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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
10:48 am - Billy Boyd's The Last Goodbye
I saw that TORn posted the whole end credits song ("The Last Goodbye") for the last Hobbit film, sung (and maybe co-written?) by Billy Boyd and I quite liked it, so thought I'd share it for those who may not have heard it yet. I love that Billy got involved with the last of the Middle-earth films in this way (even if I haven't enjoyed the Hobbit movies nearly as much as the LotR ones).

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Thursday, November 6th, 2014
8:47 am - Two Birthdays!!! :-)
Today is a doubly special day because I get to wish both primula_baggins and bellewood the Happiest of Birthdays!!! :-D I hope you are both having lovely days filled with lots of things you love. *hugs*

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
6:35 pm - National Chocolate Day!
Someone on a different board posted that today is National Chocolate Day and I think that's something worth acknowledging and celebrating. :-D

I had some chocolate earlier to celebrate. [Even if it was before I saw this information, I was just ahead of the game, right? LOL]

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Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
11:26 am - Birthdays!!
I'm here to wish the Happiest of Birthdays to my friends ladysnaps and romeny!!! I hope you are both having spectacular days filled with lots of things you love!!! :-D

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Sunday, August 17th, 2014
7:49 pm - A Birthday! :-)
Happy Birthday to the_mad_hobbit!!! I hope you've been having a lovely day. :-D

[Oddly, I didn't get a notice for your birthday even though I've gotten for other people. Not sure why.]

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Sunday, May 11th, 2014
11:06 am - It's a Birthday! and Mother's Day!
Today, I am wishing yeuxdebleu the Happiest of Birthdays!!! I hope you are having a lovely day! :-D

And, to everyone celebrating, I wish you all a very Happy Mother's Day! :-D

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
9:42 pm - National Poetry Month
shirebound reminded me that April is National Poetry Month.

I have to admit that - other than writing limericks for quite a while there (though not for years now) - poetry is not really my thing.

But, the leader of my classics book club has been talking about discussing Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, a novel in verse, for years now, and so we read and discussed it this month. And I read every word, including the notes, which were helpful because they explained a lot of references that I would otherwise have missed. I found it mostly went OK, though I got a bit bogged down at some parts when she was being more philosophical or religious rather than moving along the plot, which I found easier. It's blank verse, so I mostly read it more as prose in my head because that was easier than reading it line by line.

Overall, I'd say I liked it, but I didn't love it. And, I'm not sorry that most novels are written in prose rather than verse. ;-)

Anyone else read it? Love it? Hate it? Other comments?

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
11:30 am - Another Birthday!
Happy Birthday to frodomyhero! I hope you are having a terrific day!!! ;-D

I know you don't pop in all the time, but I hope you may see this and know I am thinking about you.

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
10:05 am - Another Birthday!
Here's wishing janejanejane the Happiest of Birthdays!!! :-D I hope you are having a spectacular day. *hugs*

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Monday, April 7th, 2014
3:29 pm - Birthday!!
I know nuke33 doesn't pop in too often, but in case you do, I want to let you know that I'm wishing you a very Happy Birthday!!! :-D I hope you are having a fantastic day.

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Sunday, March 30th, 2014
8:56 pm - Another Birthday!
Here's wishing katydid42 the Happiest of Birthdays!!! :-D I hope you had a lovely day with your loved ones doing things you enjoy. :-)

It's been so nice to have you back around LJ a bit recently too. *hugs*

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Friday, March 28th, 2014
10:16 am - A Birthday! :-)
I'm popping in here to wish shirebound the Happiest of Birthdays!!! :-D I hope you and Pippin have a wonderful day full of celebrations.

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Friday, March 14th, 2014
6:18 pm - Pi Day!
Just wanted to wish you all a very Happy Pi Day!!!

I know you're not all math geek sorts, but today is 3/14 and pi=3.14 so we like to celebrate. :-) It turns out that my son went to a friend's house where I know there will be pie, so the rest of us each had a piece of the Hershey's Chocolate Creme Pie that I bought in honor of the day. ;-)

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Monday, March 10th, 2014
8:43 pm - Spring is Coming!
In addition to the fact that this week has several highs above freezing (upper 40s today, in fact), and the snow is starting to melt and form puddles - non-ideal for my walks but I'm not complaining too much, something else reminded me today that spring really is coming. I looked at the NOAA forecast page and we have a hydrologic outlook! Basically, that's about our chances of flooding. We're not expecting bad flooding this year - we're actually below average for snowfall here - but there's an outlook every spring once the spring thaw begins and it's up today, so here we go!

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Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
9:11 am - A Birthday! :-)
Just popping in to wish mumis the happiest of birthdays!!! I hope you are having a lovely day filled with wonderful things. :-D

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Monday, January 6th, 2014
9:54 am - Reading Challenges for 2014
Hello to all my book loving friends.

If you've seen my recent posts, you will have seen my alphabet challenge lists from last year (I completed books with titles that began with every letter of the alphabet and authors' last names that started with all but two - I completed both lists in 2012).

This year, the board where I got that challenge is trying a couple of new ones. In case anyone here would like to try one or both, I thought I'd share them. Even if you don't complete it, a reading challenge can be fun to try. :-)

Eclectic Reading ChallengeCollapse )

Around the World in 12 Books ChallengeCollapse )

We're also continuing a challenge we did last year in which we try to read at least 12 books sitting on the shelf or on one's TBR list that we haven't gotten to yet. I'm working on getting to some of the books I own because I tend to read the library books that have due dates rather than the ones I own that don't have a time limit, as well as getting to some audiobooks that have been on my list (or my computer) for a long time without being listened to. I already finished The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield which has been on my shelf for at least 2-3 years (maybe longer) and really liked it! :-)

Anyone interested in trying any?

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014
9:00 pm - Happy Birthday JRR Tolkien
The Professor


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Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
2:47 pm - Some favorite books from 2013
As I've been saying for years, I am not good at picking only a small number of favorites, but I try to do it as top 5 by categories, so here goes (in no particular order within categories). [Keep in mind that if I did this on a different day it would likely be different. ;-)]

FictionCollapse )

Non-FictionCollapse )

Young Adult FavoritesCollapse )

Classics FavoritesCollapse )

One random book that I don't know how to categorizeCollapse )

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Wednesday, January 1st, 2014
6:45 pm - Alphabet Book Lists
Starting last year, I took on an "alphabet challenge" for reading. I tried to complete lists of titles and authors' last names with every letter of the alphabet. I managed to complete both last year and titles this year (just barely - I finished my "X" book on Dec 30), but I'm missing two author name letters this year. Oh well. It's not a priority, but something fun to try over the course of the year. ;-)

Title ListCollapse )

Author Last Name ListCollapse )

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6:40 pm - Books I Read or Listened to in 2013
For the past several years, I've been posting my reading lists. I really enjoy looking back at some of the ones I've forgotten about. In any case, this year I finished two fewer than last year, but I still managed my goal of at least 150, so I'm happy. :-)

Books!Collapse )

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