This past week has had Denis and me doing major desk clearing, and it's pointed out one of our rare differences. I lay no claim to being a fastidious housekeeper. In fact, you might say that I consider dust to be a protective coating in many cases. My aim has always been to keep things picked up: I figure if all the surfaces are uncluttered, visitors probably won't be led to whipping out their white gloves.
As you can see, that wagon is loaded. Those file cabinet drawers held receipts and manuals for things I hadn't owned or even used in almost a decade, old medical insurance policy descriptions... the list is endless. Three hanging file drawers were condensed into one-- I can't believe the space I have now. (And it would be nice if I didn't rush into filling it all back up again....)
Now that I've got all that tidied up, I'd better get to work on our income taxes. Oops! Some of those links heard me. I'd best mosey on out to the corral first.
Head 'em up! Mooooooooove 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- The absolute best historically accurate Western movies.
- The Scots language translation of Harry Potter is the most Scottish thing ever.
- A rare first edition Harry Potter worth £40,000 ($56,000) was stolen.
- Took 'em long enough to figure this out: Google says English majors are among the most desirable employees.
- Decorate your house (and arrange your books) like Edith Wharton.
- All good magazines go to heaven.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- How a rare Roman mosaic was lifted from the ground.
- Ancient Roman graves were uncovered by a Palestinian in his backyard after a heavy rainfall.
- The Tudor manor house that was home to the Archbishop who helped Henry VIII become head of the Church of England has gone on the market for £1.3 million ($1.8 million). (Yes, it has a library.)
- The gold treasure lost at sea in an 1857 shipwreck is now on display.
- The discovery of a 10,000-year-old crayon points to a colorful Mesolithic life.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- The discovery of the African titanosaur helps untangle dinosaur evolution.
- Listen to an orca mimic human words.
- A stomping ground for dinosaurs and ancient mammals has been found in a NASA parking lot.
- These fifteen photos of animals eating will probably make your day.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Nine places where you can still see wheel tracks from the Oregon Trail. (I walked along the Oregon Trail in Nebraska with my grandfather when I was ten. There are probably cookie-cutter houses on the spot now.)
- I love this art! Vintage seaside posters capturing the golden age of travel in Britain and Australia sold for $510,000 at auction in New York City.
- Nineteen of the best Western books of all time.
- If you do 19/29 of these things, then you should own a library.
- Twelve literary pick-up lines you should never use at a bookstore.
- The ten nicest things to do for book lovers.
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!