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Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
1:02 pm - Limerick No. 2771
I doubt I'll continue posting limericks regularly because in order to do that I need to keep up on news/events to write about and I haven't been consistently doing that. But, although I have not yet seen the last Hobbit film (we'll be waiting for the DVD or perhaps the cheap theater), I have heard Billy's song for the end credits and I love it. So today, I have this:

The last film ends with a song by Bill.
When I listen, it gives me a thrill.
It’s a lovely song – Sigh –
Titled: “The Last Goodbye”.
But to end feels quite bittersweet still.

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Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
4:17 pm - Limerick No. 2770 (I think)
I haven't posted a limerick in a looooooong time. From what I can tell the last was on 7/26/2011, except for a repeat one I posted for Thanksgiving after that. But, thanks to a comment by primula_baggins, I have this for you today:

Haven’t written in quite a long time
Anything based on a scheme of rhyme.
But a comment by Prim
Made me write on a whim,
Though I might be past my writing prime.

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Sunday, January 4th, 2015
5:51 pm - The Princess Bride
Not that long ago, I saw that Cary Elwes published a book about making the movie The Princess Bride. So, I read that, which inspired me to reread the book by William Goldman, which I had read back in college, but enjoyed again. And, the edition I had this time was illustrated and included chapter one of "Buttercup's Baby" which is the sequel (though the rest isn't available ;-)). And, I also got the DVD and our whole family watched it together yesterday evening. It was a lot of fun. The kids had seen it before, but so long ago they didn't remember much.

And, other Princess Bride Fans out there?

[I consider it INCONCEIVABLE that there wouldn't be. LOL]

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Friday, January 2nd, 2015
6:52 pm - Some favorite books from 2014
As I've been saying repeatedly 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 - or a different hour - it would likely be different. ;-)]

FictionCollapse )

Non-FictionCollapse )

Young Adult FavoritesCollapse )

Classics FavoritesCollapse )

Two random books from a trilogy that I don"t know how to categorizeCollapse )

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10:24 am - Books I Read or Listened to in 2014
For the past several years, I've been posting my reading lists. I really enjoy looking back at some of the ones I read early in the year. In any case, this year I finished five fewer than last year, but I still managed my goal of at least 150, so I'm happy. :-)

Books!Collapse )

I'd love to know what you've been reading too if you want to share. :-)

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Thursday, December 25th, 2014
9:24 am - Merry Christmas!
Just wanted to pop in and wish a very Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating. :-D And, a Happy Thursday to everyone who is not. ;-)

And, a belated Happy Hanukkah and Happy Solstice! :-)

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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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