Monthly Archives: July 2009

When blue is a good thing

Simply because I haven’t done a blogthings quiz in like forever:

You Are Ocean Blue


You’re both warm and practical. You’re very driven, but you’re also very well rounded.

You tend to see both sides to every issue, and people consider you a natural diplomat.

Sure, I’ll take it.

What’s funny is, way back in the day, when I was applying for an ROTC scholarship (told you it was way back), I had to get letters of recommendation. Since I was already attending UW-Madison, I had the option of meeting with a dean. After a chat, he/she would write a letter.

Well, not everyone on campus or in the administration was supportive of ROTC on campus. Who did I end up speaking to? Yes, the dean who was most vocal about this issue. Because I’m lucky that way.

He also didn’t like the CIA recruiting on campus either, but neither did a lot of people. Once, some protesters were digging graves on the ROTC lawn–no, I’m not making this up–then heard the CIA was across campus. So they up and left, graves half dug. It was very surreal.

Anyway, I don’t know his feelings going into this meeting, but it’s pretty clear after about thirty seconds. He essentially told me his position, that he probably wouldn’t write me a letter, but I the opportunity to change his mind by telling him why I wanted to join the military and what good could come from that.

Words came out of my mouth. This I know. What those words were? You got me. I don’t remember a thing I said. I remember it was a beautful spring day outside his office window. I remember we were on Bascom Hill. I remember sweating.

When I was done, he stared at me for a moment, then said, “That was incredibly diplomatic. After the military, you might consider the foreign service.”

And dude, check it. He wrote me a great letter of recommendation.

And I’m sure there’s a moral tucked away in all this, somewhere, but I don’t know what it is.

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Take 200 seconds

And watch the 100 best movie lines:

Bonus? They totally have a line we use in The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading.


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The Austen Inspired First Line Contest!

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that an avid reader must be in want of these new YA books!

Prada & Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard and The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading by Darcey Vance and Charity Tahmaseb
If you want to enter a contest to win these books,
visit this entry and complete the sentence: “It is a truth universally acknowledged….”

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So this morning I am officially the mom of a teenager. And I’m wondering: how the heck did that happen. Plus, my teenager happens to be heading to camp. Yes, on his birthday. But I don’t think he minds. In fact, I think it’s a pretty cool birthday present.

In other milestone news, someone has some teeth issues:


All she wants for her birthday is her two front teeth. Do you like the artistic nature of the picture? It’s from Chuck E. Cheese. Ha!

And at long last I have joined the dark side e-readers. For my birthday (we’re a mid to late summer birthday family), I got a Kindle. Do I love it? Yes, yes I do. It’s actually very easy on the eyes. (I mean to read, but it’s also a nice looking device as well.) I’ve noticed a few formatting glitches, but that doesn’t really bother me. The true downside?

It’s far, far too easy to buy books.


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Captured! (Screens, that its)

A while back, I logged into the WordPress Dashboard and saw this:


Now there’s something we’re not going to see for a while. Probably a long while.

And the other day, I logged into LibraryThing and saw that I could check to see if, according to LibraryThing, I would like The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading. What was the result? Let’s look:


So, LibraryThing thinks I won’t like it! And they’re really sure about it too. Of course, that warning/error right above the bar might have something to do with it.

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This really is the geek girl’s guide to collages

I found this site today, Polyvore, where you can take images, products, and so on and combine them into what they call sets, but what are essentially online collages. From the site:

Polyvore is a free, easy-to-use web-based application for mixing and matching images from anywhere on the web. It is also a vibrant community of creative and stylish people.

Well, they must be vibrant and creative, seeing that one of their members included The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading in a set:

That's What You Get When You Let Your Heart Win
That’s What You Get When You Let Your Heart Win by marylinopen featuring Chanel sunglasses

There we are, in the lower right hand corner (in case you missed us). I love all the blues in this set. I love the fact she included our book. That is pretty much the coolest thing ever.

And I’m itching to try Polyvore the next time I want to make a collage. I already spent way too much time scrolling through all the sets featuring Converse All Stars.


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Best response to negative reviews EVER

I think Brad Meltzer wins the Internet with this one, at least for today.


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