Friday, January 19, 2018

A Confused & Bewildered Weekly Link Round-Up

The more I read about the bone-chilling cold in other parts of the country and about people's eyelashes freezing in the -89°F/-67°C temperatures in a town in Russia, the more ecstatic I am that I live here in the Valley of the Sun. (I've personally experienced -50°F; I don't even want to contemplate -89°F!) Back when I lived elsewhere, February was my most-loathed month. Here in Phoenix, it's the start of spring. However, I have a feeling that I'd best stop waxing poetic about our weather before I start getting hate mail.

I've been doomed to confusion this entire week. Why? Because not only was Monday a holiday but Denis's shift pattern changed after years of same-old-same-old. Monday holidays can throw me for a loop at the best of times, but when your husband adds different days off as well.... Let me tell you, I've been bewildered all week!

Good thing I had links out in the corral to remind me of today. They get mighty fractious when they're not taken out regularly, so I'm going to triple check that it is, indeed, Friday before I mosey out there. It is. Okay-- Head 'em up! Moooooooove 'em out!

►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
  • There's got to be a better way to categorize the books we love.
  • These letters tell the inside story of Mary, Queen of Scots' imprisonment.
  • Mark Billingham: "I don't finish any book I'm not enjoying. Reading should be a pleasure." (I'm the same way. If there's nothing about a book that I like, I don't finish it. I also don't think I should feel guilty about any book I've read that's given me pleasure. Life's too short. I'm done pontificating now.)
  • How Charles II used art to bolster Britain's struggling monarchy. 
  • Experts will use 3D imaging technology to assess art damage.
  • The backward-books-on-shelves trend is for neutral and minimalist book lovers. I think I've mentioned this before....

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • I can't get enough of this time-lapse photography showing gorgeous cacti blooming.
  • It's official: fish feel pain. 
  • Climate change is turning green sea turtles female, and that's definitely a problem. 
  • The oldest known butterflies existed before flowers.

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►Fascinating Folk◄

►I ♥ Lists◄

That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!


  1. OK, first of all, I totally don't get the 'backwards on the shelf' thing. Seriously? Who are these people? That's just weird. Secondly, I also subscribe to the 'if you're not enjoying it, don't finish it' rule. Believe me, life is too short and who of us will ever, ever get to all the books we want to read. And I refuse to feel guilty about it. I read what I want. So there!

    Good luck with your adjustments, Cathy. How rude of them to change Denis's schedule! LOL

    1. Actually, he's the one who decided to go with different days off. This bid is only going to last for about a month and then we'll have to do the thing all over again. *sigh*

  2. My sense of orientation always goes out the window when there's a holiday, work schedule change, etc., Cathy. So I know how you feel about that. And I can't even imagine that deep, incredible cold. I like chilly weather, but that - no, thanks. Now, if you'll excuse me, there's a sunken ship I need to explore.

  3. I never have been able to understand people who believe we're the only living things who feel pain...or that have intelligence.

  4. I agree. Of course living things feel pain. They have nerves. And intelligence? One only needs to read about or see animals to know they're smart.
    My neighbor previous dog outsmarted me a few times, and the current dog strategizes on how to get around us during "fetch." She cocks her ears and looks at us, figuring out whether to left, right or between our legs or run into another room. It's funny.
    But so many animals think.
    It's incredibly arrogant to think only humans think and feel pain -- and very unscientific. It's out of the Middle Ages.


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