Which spirit is that you ask? The Christmas decorating spirit. Part of me wants to haul out every little smidgeon that looks remotely Christmasy and decorate the house to a fare-thee-well. The other part would rather my minions did it all while I point and supervise. The problem is... I don't have minions (although I've always wanted a few).
While the pro- and anti-Christmas sides of my personality duke things out, we're still dealing with doctor's appointments. They're not the two-per-week for two months I had through all these eye procedures, but still! At least my dentist is the last one I'll be seeing for a while, and now it's Denis's turn to trek to his doctors. And may I just say that I wish the rest of me was as in as good a shape as my teeth!
I'm still enjoying my new peepers. We've been bringing out DVDs of favorite movies that I've never seen with good eyesight, and it's almost like I'm watching them for the first time. Lots of fun!
All righty then. I can see those links out in the corral are up to no good, so I'd better get myself out there. Head 'em up! Moooooooove 'em out!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- How do you move a bookstore? With a human chain, book by book.
- Stephen King has sold the film rights to one of his short stories to teenagers for the staggering sum of $1.
- A London library has discovered Bram Stoker's Dracula notes scribbled in margins of its books.
- Rita Collins opened a bookstore and drove it across the country.
- The time Raymond Chandler and Ian Fleming got together to talk about thrillers.
- The Library of Congress makes thousands of fabulous photos, posters, and images free to use and reuse.
- What's the matter with fiction sales?
- Lifetime will premiere two telefilms based on popular novels next year: Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta and Very Valentine.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Is this the bag that held Sir Walter Raleigh's mummified head?
- Medieval Europeans didn't have Tupperware, they had pastry coffins.
- A judge's copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover fetched $73,000 at auction.
- Students unearthed a 6,000-year-old stone ax at Mount Vernon.
- Toothy medieval sea monster remains have been found in London.
- Cat lovers, farmers, and ski enthusiasts: Lesser-known facts about the Vikings.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Mama bats literally nudge their babies out of the roost.
- Meet the cats of the National Trust.
- Llama antibodies may be the key to flu prevention.
- A man-eating tigress was killed in India. She was lured to her death by Calvin Klein cologne.
- Researchers can now monitor whales via satellite.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Why fall color has been so meh in parts of the U.S. this year.
- The museums of Venice have re-opened after the city's worst flood in a decade.
- This South Carolina cabin is now a crown jewel in the Smithsonian collections.
- Get to know Rex Stout, beloved creator of Nero Wolfe.
- Zelia Nuttall, the archaeologist who helped Mexico find glory in its indigenous past.
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- Twenty killer words every true crime buff should know.
- Thirteen of the best books on the elements.
- Only a true bookworm can beat this book cover quiz.
- Five books to understand Saudi Arabia.
- Twenty-six of Noah Webster's spelling changes that didn't catch on.
- The crime fiction of Barcelona.
- Nine great medical thrillers chosen by a physician.
- Eight modern Gothic mysteries to read now.
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!