Friday, August 13, 2010

Weekly Link Round-Up

This has been a week to stay inside with the air conditioning and a good book, since it's been right around 112°F. (44°C.)-- with a few more days of it to come. Have you ever heard the phrase "Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun"? Well, that was my English husband out cleaning up the garden this week. He's fine. He took frequent breaks, drank plenty of water, kept a hat on his head, and I taught him one of my tricks: putting one of those frozen Blue Ice packs on the back of his neck. My theory (based on several years of living in this climate with no kind of air conditioning other than table fans) is that, if you can keep your brains cool, that's most of the battle.

My link round-up was further curtailed by some fun stuff like going to my first-ever author signing-- Nevada Barr at The Poisoned Pen. What a blast! Tomorrow I'm going to have to make a yarn run to Michael's so I have the necessary tools for a Christmas project, and Sunday I may go to The Poisoned Pen for yet another author signing (Betty Webb).

However you've been spending this past week, I hope it's been by staying cool and doing something fun. Now let's get to those links!

Bookish News & Other Fun Stuff

Blogging & Social Media Info

Around the Water Cooler in the Book Blogosphere

New to My Google Reader

Hopefully somewhere within all those links was something to make you smile, something to make you laugh, something that caused a little spike to the blood pressure, and something to make you think. Well... at least one of the above!

Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll have a brand-new batch of links for your surfing pleasure. See you then!


  1. I've been stuck in the house (without AC) for most of the summer and I hate it. My yard looks awful. If I didn't love to read as much as I do, I think I'd go nuts. Bravo to Denis for getting out despite the heat.

  2. I'm always fascinated by all the great links you have! It seems you must spend hours finding them all :) A lot here that I had missed, as always!

  3. I have to agree with you about Emma, but Frances as Olive sounds about right to me!

  4. The post about "Respectful squatting" was very interesting. I also wondered at this phenomenon last year when we visited Edinburgh. In a Danish café or similar establishment they would just throw you out if you sat for too long without buying anything.

  5. I must admit, along with Amy, that I wonder how in the world you find and read all the great links you feature each week!

    It definitely has been fry the egg on the sidewalk weather. What also works, I might add, is bake the cookie dough on the car dash. (And if you make the cookie dough from scratch, what's really fun is to time how short it takes for the butter to soften by putting it in a bowl and setting it outside!) Maybe we Arizonans should put out a cookbook: "Green" Cooking: How to Cook Without Using an Oven!

  6. Hey, thanks for the link to The Literary Amnesiac!

    I can't fathom Hermione as Lisbeth either. I will have to see it to believe it.

  7. So many good links! One visit to your site is going to end up keeping me busy all afternoon reading those articles. :)

  8. Barbara-- I wish I could share my pool with you!

    Amy-- Believe it or not, I do NOT spend hours finding links. I think, for the most part, I've subscribed to just the right things that do the hunting for me. :)

    Jeanne-- Yes, she does!

    Dorte-- I don't see the problem with places throwing people out if they're hogging space and not buying anything.

    Rhapsody-- I LOVE your idea for Arizona "Green" Cooking. It's a winner for sure! LOL

    Kathy-- You're welcome. Well, she hasn't won the role yet, and I certainly don't blame her for trying. She's probably going to have problems portraying anything other than Hermione Granger the rest of her life.

    Alyce-- That's a good thing... right?

  9. Thanks for the shout-out. Between reading blogs for BBAW judging and your New to My Reader section, I'm discovering some great blogs.

  10. Beth-- You're welcome. Since I'm not much for awards, I should probably think about being a judge next year, eh?


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