Friday, October 29, 2010

What's this?

Why, it's a gratuitous photo of Jon Hamm masquerading as a reminder that he's hosting SNL tomorrow.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

the grand finale

Iconic and ironic Don Draper moment  (with strains of the Stones' Satisfaction) at the beginning of an episode.

Uncomfortable elevator ride for these three ambitious women ends an episode.

Don takes to the water to get his head straight.
 Another knock out season for Mad Men comes to an end tonight. We'll be watching and trying Manhattan's for the first time.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Train in Vain

I love it when I hear a cover of a song that brings out a whole new way of understanding the original song. I also get a kick out of artists who enjoy other genres of music.

Here's the original by the Clash.

Monday, October 11, 2010

fall for these movies

Via the Bumbles Blog...

This week's theme is: fall. Here are my top five movies that depict the fall season in a memorable way:

Hannah and Her Sisters directed by Woody Allen

1. Hannah and Her Sisters
2. Pieces of April
3. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
4. Home For the Holidays
5. The Cider House Rules

Sunday, October 10, 2010

take a little trip

Spent the day in San Francisco.
I've never seen so many people here at once.
Columbus Day events, Fleet Week, the Raiders, the 49ers, Giants and who knows what else was going on.
Can't beat a day like today though.
Who can blame anyone for wanting to be here.

Saturday, October 9, 2010


Now, 75 years later in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, iPods and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books.

~ Harper Lee

a sense of adventure

The sight of a treehouse gives an immediate sense of childhood adventure. I never had a treehouse but I did spend a lot of time climbing up and sitting on tree branches. One of my favorite things to do as a child. Check out these photos of treehouses from around the world.

Friday, October 8, 2010

rainbows, hearts, dolphins and stars

I love, no LOVE Robert Plant's new album, Band of Joy. Plant covers some of the best songs (The Only Sound That Matters) and collaborates with one of my favorite singer-songwriters in the universe: Patty Griffin. I've been listening to a few tracks from this album for a few weeks now, but finally bought the CD. Last night, I listened to it all the way through in order as I drove back home through high mountain passes near Lake Tahoe. It's one of those rare albums where every track is exactly right. Incredible work of perfection.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

looky here...

a book event to get excited about!

Mr. Eggers will discuss his writings at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 20, at a free program at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street, Sacramento. Egger’s appearance is presented in conjunction with California Lectures and The Sacramento Bee. Both are presenting partners with the Sacramento Public Library for this year’s One Book Sacramento: Connecting Our Communities.
More here: One Book Sacramento

Monday, October 4, 2010


Brought to you by the Bumbles blog

This week's Monday Movie Meme topic is supernatural.

Here are my top five:
  • The Blair Witch Project (1999)
  • What Dreams May Come (1998)
  • The X-Files (1998)
  • The Village (2004)
  • The Lovely Bones (2009)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

back in the saddle

Finally went for a ride today. It's been three weeks. That's just not right. We rode for 25 miles. Not bad, but I could have definitely gone for thirty. Thinking about heading out again today by myself but the weather looks sort of intimidating.

After a few weeks of dental purgatory, I feel the best I have in ages. Maybe all the positive things said about exercise are true.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Livestrong Day

Today is Livestrong Day -- a day recognized around the world to bring awareness of the global cancer crisis. It marks the 14th anniversary of Lance Armstrong’s testicular cancer diagnosis.

While it is appropriate to think about people living with cancer and their families today, I'm also thinking about the important work of oncology nurses. I remember the fantastic nurses who helped my sister Karen years ago when she struggled with leukemia.

Friday, October 1, 2010

October Bookshelf Cleaning

Something for everyone...especially if you are fond of memoirs:

Giveaway Details:
These books are in great condition and have been read once by me, except for Jesus Land which I bought used and in good condition.  Entries are open to the US only.

To enter leave a comment on this post stating which book(s) you are interested in, including your email address.

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The winning entries will be selected by use of on Oct. 23rd.