Saturday, August 04, 2012

The Social Butterfly Rounds up Some Links

If there's one thing I've learned this week, it's this: this hermit can't be a social butterfly, keep up with her email, and blog all at the same time. Since I'm once again ensconced in my hermitage (otherwise known as Casa Kittling) for the next few days, I find myself playing catch-up.

Denis and I greatly enjoyed J.A. Jance's book signing at the Poisoned Pen this week. I swear I'll have a write-up this weekend-- 'onest!

We also had a blast meeting two good friends for lunch. 82-year-old Edna is a lady anyone should be thrilled to call friend. We bonded many years ago while waiting outside the Target where we worked. I shared what happened when I tripped and fell over the speed bump in the parking lot the day before, and she told me about sneezing out her glass eye one morning a few weeks before that. Nothing bonds two people together like laughter! Robin is in between chemo treatments, and if any of you have thought my attitude when I was diagnosed with cancer was exemplary, Robin's attitude with what she's facing would absolutely blow you out of the water.

Unfortunately we had a screaming child seated behind us, which caused Edna's hearing aids to go haywire. Our only defense was to talk and laugh often and loud to drown out the armor plate-piercing screeching. We refused to let anything so inconsiderate dull our enthusiasm during our time together. (Life's just too darned short to get up and slap a deaf parent, you know?)

On another note, have any of you noticed my new social media thingmajig on my sidebar underneath the caption Someone Needs to Keep an Eye on Me? I've seen some really nice ones on other blogs but didn't have the time or the inclination to figure out how to make one of my own. Hover your mouse over the "Follow Me" and a drop-down menu appears with all sorts of places that I frequent. I really like it; the only complaint I've made is that I think it needs to be a tad bigger so it will be more noticeable and have a bit more oomph. What do you think? If you're interested in getting one for yourself, it's free at Social Follow.

Shut up, Cathy, and share the links!

Bookish News & Other Interesting Stuff

Book Candy
  • J.K. Rowling's constructing two treehouses in Edinburgh. (I wonder if anyone will have the same thought about them that I did?)
  • Halve Bookends made of two split halves of a glass jar and fillable with anything you like.
  • I've seen the original at Monticello, but someone's copied Jefferson's revolving bookcase.

I  ♥  Lists

New to My Google Reader

That's it for this week. Don't forget to stop by next weekend when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure!


  1. I'll let other see the tree houses with fresh minds.

    Thanks for the great links and sounds like you have a great friend in Edna.

    1. It sounds almost as if you have the same idea about the tree houses as I do, Candace. You're right-- Edna is an exceptional person, and I'm proud to know her and call her friend.

  2. Cathy - I'm so glad you had such a good time, even if it does mean having to play catch-up. And thanks for mentioning the social-networking button. It's really an intriguing idea! I may check it out. Thanks also for those always-welcome links!

  3. ooh - they better do a good job with Time & Again, or they'll have a lot of upset fans (including me!)


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