Tag, I’m It (The Book Meme)

Thanks to Nessie I have a post for today. She tagged me with the old book meme. Luckily, I have a book on my desk that I can actually talk about on line! The rules are :

  • Grab the nearest book.
  • Open it to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
  • Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

Okay, the closest book to me is Chasing Shakespeare. My client gave it to me to read, and I haven’t yet–something she points out daily when she sees it on my desk  (But that’s okay, I gave her my very own, personally written novel, which she has yet to read. So there.)

Page 56, fifth sentence reads: “‘Oxford lives for eight years as a royal ward,'” she read to me in a very quiet voice.

From Amazon:

In Chasing Shakespearesby Sarah Smith, Joe Roper is a graduate student who has come from a modest background to become a Shakespeare scholar through a love of the bard’s work. While sifting through Shakespeare memorablia one day, most of it forgeries, he comes across a letter signed by Shakespeare stating that he didn’t write his famous plays. Joe does the obvious tests to prove it’s a fake, but it appears authentic. He shows it to Posy Gould, a PhD student at Harvard and daughter of a wealthy and priveleged family. She convinces him to fly off to London with her, at her daddy’s expense, to find out the truth about the letter. While Joe urgently wants to believe that Shakespeare, from common origins like himself, really wrote the plays, Posy believes that they were written by an Oxford aristocrat. It’s a mystery and an adventure to find out the truth, and where even making a claim it is true could cost Joe his standing in the academic community. Receiving praise from most reviewers, the Boston Globe calls Chasing Shakespeares “a smart, sexy modern-day mystery.”

I’m now supposed to ask 3 bloggers that I know of to do the same:

  1. Kweenmama
  2. Mrs. Broccoli Guy
  3. Looking for George

Jump in if you want to, and leave a link with your comment. Enjoy!

(I totally plagiarized from Nessie’s blog. Sorry, Nessie!)


Shopping with kiddos…

Little Boy G and I went grocery shopping today. He was running around the bakery section like a crazy man. I warned him that he was going to get hurt. Did he listen? Nah. Finally, near the cookie section he came to me, hand on head, squinting at the pain. What happened? I asked. I dunno, he said. Something hit me in the head. I moved his hand and saw that something, indeed, hit him in the head. It was starting to get red. I said, Okay, let’s go over to the cheese section right here and get some cold cheese that we can put on it. I found a bag of shredded Romano and told him to hold it on his head. He was in the cart by then and I went to reach for a loaf of French bread when he pulled the cheese off his head. I said, G, you should hold it on so it doesn’t swell. He grimaced and said, I kid you not, But it’s so undignified

I looked over to where he was looking and spotted two attractive young girls. I had to laugh. Who wouldn’t? I mean, he’s four years old. Nothing he could do would be undignified. He gets these things from Thomas Tank Engine, you see. For instance, he tells me on occasion not to be cross. You know, angry. And sometimes he announces that he’s very disappointed in me. I don’t talk like that, but Thomas does. I guess it could be worse. In fact, it’s kind of entertaining. 

Once, we were in the produce section and he saw a young Muslim woman in full garb. With a big smile he said, look mama! and nodded over to the young woman. I was about to tell him that the young lady was from the Islamic culture and that they wear robes and head scarves, but he cut me off and said in a high pitched voice, “Not without my daughter!” (See the movie with Sally Field with that title if you don’t get it.) I laughed all the way home. 

Sally Field

The kid cracks me up. Anyway, I’ve been tagged by one of my favorite bloggers (she has seven kids. SEVEN) at:http://kweenmama.wordpress.com The rules: Write a six word memoir, post it to your blog with a visual illustration (if you would like), link to the person who tagged you. Tag 5 more blogs with links. Leave a comment in the tagged links with an invitation to play.

Here are mine:

Papa: Everything works out for the Scratchman.

FoodyMom: Try it before you hate it.

LBG: Where is my Mac & Cheese?

That’s all I have. Have a great weekend!

A meme by any other name…

I still keep up with Vietnamese and Korean adoption blogs and just read Finding Sweetness–one that I’ve been following for a while now. Anyway the author tagged me to complete the following meme:

  1. What is in the back of your car?
    A blanket, a kick board for the boy, jumper cables I think, or some sort of emergency kit which I’ve never opened, and a beach towel that should have been taken out a while back.
  2. What color is your toothbrush?
    Blue and white.
  3. Name one person who made you smile today.
  4. What were you doing at 8:00 a.m.?
    Working very very hard at my wonderful place of employment. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
  5. What were you doing 45 minutes ago?
    I’m pretty sure I was talking to Liz. It’s okay. She’s my client.
  6. What is your favorite candy?
    Candy….hmmm, I’d have to say Mike and Ike!
  7. What is the last thing you said aloud?
    “You really should get some help.”
  8. What is the best ice cream flavor?
    Vanilla, because it goes so well with everything else.
  9. What is the last thing you had to drink?
    Vodka. Just kidding. Coffee. Still drinking it matter of fact.
  10. What are you wearing right now?
    Black slacks. Brown vest. White shirt. Red jacket. It looks better than it sounds.
  11. What is the last thing you ate?
    Shamefully, a handful of M&Ms.
  12. Have you bought any new clothes this week?
    This week? No.
  13. When was the last time you ran?
    I think it was in the 1990s. Actually, more like the 1980s.
  14. What was the last sporting event you watched?
    The Belmont Stakes. And I really don’t want to talk about it.
  15. Ever go camping?
    Ugh. Every weekend during my youth.
  16. Do you have a tan?
    In some places, yes, I do.
  17. Do you take vitamins daily?
    Yes, the yellow Flintstone vitamins Little Boy G refuses to eat.
  18. Do you go to church?
    No, but I should.
  19. Do you like Chinese food more than pizza?
    That’s like choosing between your children. It can’t be done.
  20. Do you drink your soda with a straw?
    If it’s in a cup, yes.
  21. Are you someone’s best friend?
    Only one person says so: Little Boy G
  22. What are you doing tomorrow?
    Going on a choo choo train to Norfolk to visit friends.
  23. Where is your dad?
    Hopefully with my mom in San Antonio.
  24. Can you say the alphabet backwards?
    Probably, over the course of several days. But….Why would I want to do that?
  25. Do you have a maid service clean your home?
    Well, yes. Somebody needs to clean it.
  26. Do you have a favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time?
    I did, until they broke.
  27. What color is your car?
  28. How do you like your popcorn?
    Full of flavor. Full of fat.
  29. How did you get your worst scar?
    Probably when I fell off my bike and broke my leg.
  30. Look to your left. What do you see?
    A high school work study wearing very wrinkled clothes.
  31. What color is your watch?
    At the moment blue. I never wear my real watch anymore because the clasp is not trustworthy. So my watch for the moment is my insulin pump, which is smart enough to tell me what time it is.
  32. What do you think of when you think of Australia?
    Very nice wines.
  33. Do you use chap stick?
    Chop sticks yes. Chap stick no.
  34. Do you have a dog?
  35. Last person you talked to on the phone?
    A special  investigator.
  36. Have you met anyone famous?
    Yes. Tommy Lee Jones. I actually worked for him. And that’s all I’m going to say.
  37. Any plans today?
    To get some work done. And then pack for the trip.
  38. How many states have you lived in?
    Okay, in order: New Jersey. Massachusetts. Alaska. Texas. Maryland. 5.
  39. Do you dye your hair?
    I’m pushing 47. What do you think?
  40. Do you like cats?


Visit their blog: http://findingsweetness.blogspot.com/ and consider yourself tagged!