Damian McGinty

…is such a cutie!

Denver Music
Song of the Day: “Ireland’s Call”
Song of the Day: “Love Story”

Diabetic Talk
Reduce Your Diabetes Risk by Building Muscle Mass

Albuquerque Music
Get Your Guitar From Marc’s

Birthing Books
Mothering Magazine’s Having a Baby Naturally

Automobile Book Club
How to Draw Cars Like a Pro, 2nd Edition


Things I Love Thursday

free books in the mail      new babysitter prospects!      making crafts with Wood Sprite & her BFF      having a family cell phone      businesses working with you rather than against you       art attack night at the library, in which Wood Sprite insisted on drawing in all of her own pictures rather than simply coloring what was given      WS’s first independent puppet show, featuring a Cerberus (from Harry Potter) and a caribou       long overdue calls with good friends       Mr. Sara helping brush out all of the hitchhikers from the dog’s coat with me       Totoro chasing the cats, while the cats try to figure out our newest family member, a little dwarf bunny named Chocolate Chip (WS’s naming tenancies are unfortunately getting a bit tamer)       super fun challenges at In a Sentence and Wordstew on Facebook      Nitro Joe at NW library       tortilla soup, mmm      trying out new places to work      treasure hunts with Wood Sprite      Easy A      Rosario Dawson & Emma Stone     the boys of The Hunger Games issue of Entertainment Weekly! I’m beginning to like Hutcherson as Peeta…       trying new dances with Wood Sprite       singing “Rolling in the Deep” with WS; I’m pretty sure this is the first whole song, other than a children’s song, that she’s memorized completely      Stargirl        “Show Me Your Teeth”

Song of the Day

I’m going to be doing the Song of the Day every day at the Denver Music blog from now on (see below!). If you have any special requests, be sure to let me know.

Denver Music
Song of the Day: “She Don’t Use Jelly”

Simpsons Comics: Big Bonanza

Anchorage City Talk
Bad Press in Anchorage

Dentist Report
Tooth Fairy Takes a Hit During Recession

Septimus Heap: Darke

I finally got to read Angie Sage’s latest book! And while it wasn’t as amazing as I’d have hoped, it was still fun to read, as all of her novels have been.

Adventure Book Club
Septimus Heap: Darke

Objectors US
Cop Charged with 189 Counts of Child Sexual Assault

Arizona Sports Insider
The Diamondbacks Drew Us Together

The Thinner Me
Weight Stigma Awareness Blog Carnival

French Book Club
Play and Learn French

How to Homeschool for (Nearly) Free

I’ve had several friends ask me about this, so I thought I’d make a handy-dandy guide. This two-part article, which is very St. Louis-centric, is full of links, so get ready to fill your Favorites!

Parenting Report
How to Homeschool in Missouri for (Pretty Much) Free, Part 1
How to Homeschool in Missouri for (Pretty Much) Free, Part 2

Hate My Kid
Yeah, You’re Not a Mother

Female Talk
Why Do People Always Want to Touch Natural Black Hair?

RIP, Amy Winehouse

Such a sad day, and what a tragic loss for the music world.

Pop Music Club
Rest in Peace, Amy Winehouse

X-Men: First Class Comic is Disappointing at Best

Fantasy Book Club
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

English Book Club
I Can’t Stop Watching Easy A

See Ya, Borders

Cook Book Club
Have You Checked Out Chef Madison?

Things I Love Thursday

Even though I’ve been sick this week (with some kind of flu bug?) and having nasty tooth pain, I’ve still managed to be rather productive, and that’s one thing I’m pretty darn grateful for! I’m also loving…

my new Spotify account, which is amazing!      free movie channel trials on TV, which couldn’t come at a better time (Wood Sprite is watching a free new cartoon movie while I work)      air conditioning: I think everyone is incredibly grateful for that right now!      a fridge full of groceries       music class lined up for Wood Sprite in the fall      extra projects assigned from work (and getting them done quickly!)      high-rated articles & generally writing about food      getting more things paid up or off, and making deals for the ones we’re behind on      bags of fresh pears, mmmm       surprise iced coffees from my fave aunt       a lovely, lovely, lovely date day, courtesy of my mom & sister      seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 during said date day      catching up on a little sleep      Neil Gaiman’s M is for Magic        Angie Sage’s Septimus Heap: Darke      Wood Sprite’s hilariousness, from potato songs to wanting to put sprinkles on everything      surprise ice cream adventures      The Glee Project–I didn’t like it much at first, and I’m still not really attached to it, but I do enjoy watching the performances

Bachman’s “Homeschool Army” Doesn’t Represent All of Us

So please, if you would, stop maintaining that it does.

Bachmann Sucks
Michelle Bachmann’s Homeschool Army is Out to Get Us!

Freaky Phenomena
What’s the Big Deal About Inception?

Dance Talk
Glee Project: Cameron Must Go

New Baby Gifts
What Do You Miss Most About Pre-Parenthood?

360 Blog
July Love Drop

AA Talk
Drinking Alcohol Can Make it Harder to Lose Weight

Politics Report
Argentina Bans Sexual Ads