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The Caffeine Click Test - How Caffeinated Are You?
I’ve been working on book three a lot lately, hoping to make the deadline for the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition. Last year with my mom so sick and the kids losing the baby, needless to say, my head was not in a good place and my writing was put on the back burner. I’ve decided to use the contest deadline (and lots of coffee) as motivation to get serious about finishing my third novel. I’m not sure if I’ll start another one after this one (I may be too busy babysitting later this year), only time will tell. Click on the picture to test your own caffeine “level”:)

cool plug-in

I read about the plug-in Cooliris this weekend in the New York Times and decided to try it out. Cooliris is a new way to browse the web using images that scroll on a 3D Wall as you click and move your mouse around. I did the screen capture above after searching for “bookbabie”.  I had no problems downloading and running the program for my browser, Firefox, and the best thing is it’s free! They sneak in ads on the wall here and there to pay for the technology but it’s no biggie because unless you click on them they don’t run. Click on the photo or the text link and experience a fun and futuristic way to explore the web!

Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be. ~Kahlil Gibran

smarter than a fifth grader

blog readability test

If you click on the orange badge it takes you to a fun website that analyzes your blog’s reading level. I’ve noticed it can vary from day to day though, I suppose along with the length and depth or your posts. The first time I tried it I was at the High School level, today I’ve dropped down to Junior High, same as the popular and intellectual celebrity gossip blog TMZ so I guess I’m in good company. I had a heck of a time finding any blogs at the College Level until I came across A Blog Around the Clock and then I stumbled on a Medical Humanities blog that earned the elusive Genius Level badge! I’m not really sure it deserves it though. I tried to read it but for some reason it didn’t really make much sense. I think that blogger just likes to throw around a lot big words like hegemonic and neuropsychoanalysis. Hmm, maybe if I paste a few more of those fancy words on my blog today I can get back into High School:)

sunday rerun


I was thinking about Julie today and her husband’s sudden death and I remembered a post I did on my old blog. I had a tattered copy laying around and it being a lazy Sunday afternoon and all I decided to rerun it. I did the neat old movie animation on Mr. bookbabie’s photo at, a fun online photo editor and animator…

On our way home from Whole Foods today, my husband and I saw an accident just minutes after it happened. A large SUV had run off the road, hit a ditch, and smashed into some trees. Several cars had already stopped to help but the police hadn’t yet arrived and we saw that someone had opened the driver-side door. Inside, a woman lay slumped and unmoving over the steering wheel. She had short blond hair like me and she was wearing a red coat with a fur collar. Maybe she was out running errands we said, or maybe she was on her way home from a holiday lunch. We tried to convince one another that she was “just” knocked out from the force of the airbag, that the front end of the car really didn’t look that bad.

As we drove, one, two, three police cars sped past us, lights flashing and sirens screaming. Then two ambulances and another police car passed us and we suddenly realized that she probably wasn’t alone in that big SUV, maybe she had a car full of friends – or children. As we opened the trunk at our house we could still hear the wail of sirens in the distance and I turned to my husband and said, Every day when I hear you…and that’s all I got out before the tears started and the words caught in my throat. But what I wanted to say was this, Every day when I hear the door open and I hear your footsteps coming into the house, and I hear your tired voice call out ‘hello’, that’s the best part of my day, that’s the moment I would choose to have back one more time if anything ever happened to you.”

december daydream

faceinhole I’ve been working out lately and I’m rather proud of the results. I mean, not bad for almost fifty, right? Okay whatever, I really just ran across another website that is a complete waste of time (but kinda fun!). I’m thinking about sending this one to George. Roll back the calendar a couple of decades, throw in a few hair weaves, and I may actually be able to pull this look off;)

lost and found

Read about a cool blog today in my local morning paper. Have you ever lost or found a camera or a media card? Now there’s a place where you can go to either upload a sample of the pictures, or look to see if anyone has posted your lost pics. It’s at I really hope it catches on, it’s nice to see another positive way that people are utilizing the power of the web:)