Reading Frenzy

Thursday, December 08, 2005

A quirky meme

Drats, I usually resist doing these things but Denise made a big issue so here it is. If you read these, you can see I'm NOT quirky at all, unlike Denise who take butt shots and Adrienne who smells books (do you think she can tell a book by its smell?)

1. Thank heavens there aren't many sidewalks around here. When I walk down a sidewalk with grids my mind starts chanting the hopscotch pattern: One Two Three Fourfive Six Seveneight Nine--over and over.

2. When I was a kid, about five years old, I could name every single vehicle on the road, make, model and year. My uncle used to take me out riding just so I could amaze him.

3. I have a geographic tongue. I can't eat more than a little bit of tomatoes or strawberries without it swelling. I've tried to use it all my life as an excuse as to why I don't like green veggies but no one ever buys that.

4. Bedtime: the closet doors must be closed and the window next my side of the bed must be open, even if it's just a crack. Who knows what's hiding in the closet--I certainly don't want anything peering out at us, and I need the fresh air or the room is claustrophobic.

5. When I read a scary book, I peek at the back page to see the names of the characters still there. I don't read the whole page, I just don't want to get attached to someone who's going to die on me halfway through

Okay, I'm going to tag Shelly, Em, TW (a backatcha since she loves posting stuff like this), Beth (no blog but feel free to post here) and Rayeellen since it doesn't look like D found her.

Monday, December 05, 2005

All in the Family


All parents should have an Uncle Ed to turn to when our kids hit the teen years and the going gets rough.

Tiffany is having a tough time living in a blue collar Connecticut town--she and her mom are clashing big time and mom is one step away from installing her in a home for troubled teens when Uncle Ed comes to the rescue. Edwin, a gay 40-year-old man living in Greenwich Village, has a full life in the city. He lovingly and anxiously takes in his favorite niece, enveloping her in his life and gamely dealing with all the pitfalls that come with a precocious and talented teen--problems with school and friends, drinking, drugs and general teenage malaise.

This is a touching memoir--makes me glad my daughter is past this age--and my son just about.....Can't wait for the movie!