Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Odds, ends, and a random biology lesson

Happy September everyone! This is my favorite month of the year up here in New England - cool weather, pretty leaves, cute Fall clothes (although what is up with the Goth look at Ann Taylor this season? It's like their new line was designed by Cher...) and new episodes of the Gilmore Girls to look forward to.

It was a fun weekend, despite the rain:

I read two really good books, one by Lisa Tucker, the other by Joanna Goodman (reviews on my bookpage coming soon). They inspired me to write a long-dreaded chapter for my own book (You know how you think it will be SO fun to write a tell-all about the guy who dun ya wrong? Well, not so much, it turns out. It's actually a bit daunting.) I keep telling myself, "No one sees first drafts...no one sees first drafts..." But now that the first draft is out of the way, I'm pretty happy with the results. Whew!

I also read "Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched: Life and Lessons at the World's Premier Zoo for Exotic Animal Trainers," which was interesting but left me a little lost because I don't know what a gibbon is, or a serval, or a kinkajou. Do normal people know these things??? Is this where I'm forced to admit that I took biology pass/fail in college so it wouldn't ruin my GPA??? Anyway, study up on the animal kingdom before you read this book. (And if anyone else out there thinks it's odd that this zoo keeps their sea lion within easy sight of both the wolf and the Bengal tiger, let me know...)

In other news, THAT DOG rolled in something gross at the park, necessitating not only a head-to-paw scrub down, but a complete fumigation of the house and two loads of laundry. Good times here on Animal Planet.

We spent Sunday night watching Shaquille O'Neal and his family, watching an ESPN marathon of the reality series he filmed during his first season with the Miami Heat. Now I've always been a bit of a Shaq fan, but this put me over the edge. This guy is hysterical. I like him, I like his wife (wouldn't I LOVE to shop with that woman!) and his kids are just the cutest things ever. Good stuff!

I'm working on a new contest to post here and it will involve giving away books!!! Stay tuned for further details...

3 comments:

Swishy said...

Shaq is totally hilarious. He says the funniest things EVER! I was so on his side during the Kobe feud. :)

Jen(nifer) said...

I heard on NPR today that Cher is making room for her new collection by auctioning of some of her *goth* items at Sotheby's...perhaps Ann Taylor is on to something, if Cher is throwing it out, it must be in?

Trish Ryan said...

Honestly, I think I'd rather have Shaq designing for Ann Taylor...