Sunday, August 17, 2008

Don't Rush Me

I know I'm not American. I know that I have no business commenting on American politics. Well, I guess because it's my blog, I can comment on anything that I want.

However Rush Limbaugh commented on something that goes beyond politics. I don't know how everyone feels about Rush. I understand he's controversial, but someone must like him because the guy has a radio show and he's had tv shows so he's got his followers.

Anyway, want to see what he said and see my comment on it? Well then go to Whoops, I Slipped. It's part of my abuse series if you're following that and if you're not following that, you still might have an opinion.

Nothing Much to Say

I've posted a review. Soul Harvest is another one of the Left Behind series. I'm clipping along these books quite nicely and enjoying every one of them although some things annoy me.

Funny, I think of topics to blog about and then when I get to my blog, my mind goes blank.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Two Posts and an Interview

Okay, I got a little behind schedule.

So there are two posts, count them two, that you can read.

Single in the Twilight Zone

1984 is Here

And an interview that I did with Barbara Salsbury has been added to the review of her book. Go to Preparedness Principals.

And because there are two very clever pieces and an interview, I don't have to be clever here.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

It's Late

I'm not going to be charming and witty. It's too late or early depending if you call this Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

Anyway, I posted a review for a Virtual Book Tour. Go to Preparedness Principals.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

More Insanity

Okay, there's some amount of craziness over at Ask Aunt Madge...

"Yeah, this time it's your fault."

"I was just paying you back, Aunt Madge."

"Just come on over everybody."

"There's something about pickles."

"It's not about pickles, Anna."

"Hey, you brought up pickles and now I'm hungry."

"For those of you out there, I have advice about work at home jobs, not pickles."

"I'm still hungry."

Monday, August 11, 2008

No Muskrat Love Here

Prompt day!

Go to The Joy of Writing for this week's prompt.

I went for a walk tonight. Ended up being soaking wet because it decided to rain. But it was a warm rain and I didn't mind at all.

I walked around the local lake, well it's not really a lake, it's a pond or something. It's got animals in it. Now I'm not too concerned about meeting up with a duck, but I am worried about those muskrat.

They say that Alberta is rat free. But we have lots of muskrat, and you know what a muskrat is besides the subject of a Captain and Tenille song? It's a water rat.

I do not want to meet up with a water rat.


My post for today (and today I mean Sunday because I haven't gone to bed yet is Protecting Marriage.

There was a thunder storm and my power went out. I was on my laptop at the time so the battery took over. With the light from my computer I was able to find candles and a lighter so I was prepared when the battery died.

I don't like total darkness. It's not like I require a nightlight, because I find the streetlights provide enough light to make things fine, but complete darkness I find oppressive, like I can't breathe.

I wonder how they managed before electricity. Sure they had lamps, but at some point you have to turn the lamps out and then there you are. In utter darkness. Moonlit nights are fine, but not every night is the moon visible. How did little kids find their way to the bathroom? I can't imagine a four year old lighting a candle.

I guess I'm spoiled.

Saturday, August 9, 2008


I've got another review up. Nicolae by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

I'm still reading the Left Behind series. The books I'm currently reading I've read before, but I forgot so much of it and I don't remember what book I left off with a few years ago, so I need to read the whole series again.

I really enjoy series books. I also prefer television to movies and series movies to stand alone ones. I get caught up with the characters and I don't like to leave them.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Music Soothes the Savage

I'm listening to Michael Buble right now.

There was a time when I wouldn't have anything to do with this type of music.

I find though that as I grow older my tastes in music expands, and I'm able to embrace many more different types of music, even music that others might deem "uncool" (not that Michael Buble is uncool, he's actually pretty cool, but he wouldn't have done well in the 70's when i was a teenager.)

Now, I've always liked "uncool" music. The kind that kids wouldn't admit to liking, but as a grandmother I can now listen to it without apology.

So on my computer I have Andy Williams, I have the Osmonds. I have Maroon 5, Matchbox 20, Judy Garland, Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, the Jackson 5, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Michael Bolton, Carole King and Carly Simon, the Carpenters and Barry Manilow, the Calling, MercyMe, Point of Grace, Shedaisy and Rascall Flatts and Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Taylor Swift and...

I've even found myself enjoying a little (my fingers are very close together there) opera. Yep, even opera.

I'm able to embrace a lot of different types of music - well, except for rap, polka and heavy metal, I still don't get that stuff.

I'm able to talk with my kids about music. I may not know the latest thing going on since I tend to listen more to the country music station or the station that plays everything, but I'm open to new things. My son knew I would like Rob Thomas and he was right and I'm often surprised at how much they know of the music I grew up with (although my 17 year old doesn't understand ABBA).

It was different for my parents. They were teenagers before rock n' roll hit and although my mother didn't mind the new music she never quite grew to love it as I did. My father was completely into Russian symphony, however I did get my liking for Andy Williams (which I denied later) because of the records that all self-respecting parents of the 60's had at that time. Grown up music. Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, Perry Como and Lena Horne. Music I escaped because it wasn't cool.

Now I can enjoy it again (although I'll never like the Lawrence Welk show). But I can listen to that and Lifehouse and whatever else I wanted.

It's nice not to care anymore about being cool. Especially since I never was.

For today's post (nope this wasn't it, you have to go somewhere else.) Go to
Let The Kid Do It and don't shoot me. At least not hard.

And right now Michael Buble is singing my favorite Elvis Song, "Can't Help Falling In Love."

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Who Knew I Had That Kind of Mortgage

I got two emails today informing me that Carrington Mortgage Services LLC has taken out a payment from my checking account for $8716.00.

I laid down on the floor and laughed, and laughed.

How do you take almost $9000 out of a checking account that only has about $300 bucks in it?

And who has a mortgage payment of $9000 bucks anyway? Ed McMahn I'm not.

In fact I rent. What would I pay mortgage on?

But...there was an attachment that suggested I look into.

No, I did not open it.

I looked on for information. Warning: don't go there, you'll never come out again.

Nothing about this was there.

But I'm wondering if anyone has fallen for this, momentarily and ended up with a virus.

Okay, for today's post, go to "How Did I Get Ham Out of A Shrinking Violet?

Breaking Into National Markets

Review time! Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.

I admire Stephenie. All right, I'm jealous of her too. She's managed to go national where all the money is. Let's face it, few authors make money, fewer still if you publish in the LDS world. The readership is just too small to support an author.

What I would love to see is LDS characters being accepted nationally, like Catholic and Jewish characters are.

But it would take an author who has already broken into the national market and been wildly successful with a strong readership to do it.

And I suspect that at this point Stephenie is enjoying the ride. It's good to see and LDS author join Anne Perry and Orson Scott Card in the mainstream.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Is Aunt Madge Ready for the Big Time?

"Aunt Madge has posted again. Go to Ask Aunt Madge."

"That's the way to sell me? Come on, you can do better than that."

"Well, what am I supposed to say? The stupendous, amazing, wise and wonderful Aunt Madge and her brilliant advice blogs again?''

"That's good! I like that. It's short, to the point, and absolutely true."

"I am not going to say that. It sounds like an introduction for a magic show in Las Vegas with girls in skimpy costumes and albino tigers."

"I don't wear skimpy costumes or have a tiger, but my words are pretty magic and they would work quite well in Las Vegas. Who knows, maybe one day..."

"Oh, I don't think so."

"You don't know what I was going to say."

"I do to. You were going to suggest that someone pay you millions of dollars to appear at your own show in Las Vegas."

"Well why not? They just paid a guy a billion bucks to make dolls and pieces of foam talk. At least I help people."

"I'm rolling my eyes."

"And lets not forget Dr. Phil."

"You are not Dr. Phil."

"No thank goodness. I have a full head of hair."

"And on that note I think I'll end this conversation."

"Don't forget to visit me. Remember Ask Aunt Madge. And if you want me to solve your problem just send me a note, because I'm tired of solving Anna's problems."

"Hey, they're not my problems."

"Yes, dear. We all know that." (you can't see me, but I'm winking at you all.)

Monday, August 4, 2008

Food Storage

For the latest prompt go to 10 Minutes of Crazy.

Please feel free to take part in the prompts. I would love to see what other people do with them.

I do the church bulletin. In one section I have a list of things for preparedness. It's divided up into months. I suppose the idea is to make food storage and other things easier by putting it into smaller increments. I didn't write this list, it's just been sent to me with instructions to put it into the bulletin.

So in the month of August, we're instructed to get 100 quarts of fruits and vegetables per person.

What? This is bite size and easy to do? So a family of four (small by Mormon standards but it's what I'm down to now), would be 400 quarts. Lets say I don't can. I buy cans. How many cans make up a quart? Lets say it's two cans a quart and I find this amazing deal of two cans for a dollar which is being very very modest. That's 400 thousand bucks just for fruit and vegetables. That doesn't include the rest of the list. Yeah, there's more on the list. Add to that, although it's designed with the idea that you don't have fresh fruit and vegetables, you're still supposed to rotate your food supply and I'm sure none of us are giving up fresh unless a crisis happens. You're going to have old cans of fruit and vegetables sitting around for awhile. A long while. And not everyone can store that amount, and even if they do, and then they have to move, who wants to move thousands of cans of food? Books I can understand, but old food? Books don't go bad over time.

This defeats me before I even start.

Sunday, August 3, 2008


There's another post for my abuse series. You can read Self-esteem and tell me your thoughts.

Thank you to those who have commented on my new blog. I'm glad you like it.

I'd tell you something funny, but my kids are gone for the summer and I'm all alone in my house, which in other summers was fine. But for some reason this summer I'm having trouble being alone. There isn't a lot of fun things to do alone. I can go shopping and to the movies by myself. I can travel alone (I can't this year, no money), and I like spending large chunks of time alone, but there's a lot of stuff I don't want to do alone.

I wonder if I'm getting ready for the possibility of having someone in my life again.

I've gotta lose some weight.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Map to My World

I'm watching the Gimore Girls these days. I love the Gilmore Girls. I want to live in Stars Hollow and be thin like Loralei.

I thought I'd do a run down of the various blogs I have here.

Real Women Don't Wear Bikinis - this is the home blog. This is where I keep it short and then direct you to another one of my blogs. This one gets updated daily.

Annapinions - This is an archive. It was the home blog but because it had a glitch in it, it wouldn't allow me to put this pretty template up, so I've moved from it. You can still read posts from it and I will be putting in the sidebar the extra good posts, but no more will be added here.

Musing Along the Yellow Brick Road - I update this on Sundays. Often it's thoughts on the scriptures. I also have an ongoing abuse series here. It's a serious blog and one that I hope can cause some discussion.

10 Minutes of Crazy - This is the prompt blog and I update this on Mondays. I find a prompt, write for ten minutes, and then post it in it's imperfect and sometimes non-sensical form. I invite others to take part in the prompt and post your own contributions or post a link.

Ask Aunt Madge - Aunt Madge posts this on Tuesdays. It's an advice column. I say advice just to give you an idea because frankly the advice is a little bizarre, but it makes her happy.

Views From Hobbit Hole - This gets updated on Wednesday and Saturdays, mainly because I have such a long book list. It's a review blog of whatever I want to review. Mostly books.

Annamaniacs - This is the humor blog. Often I'll post past columns to here. Hopefully you'll get a smile. I post to this one on Thursdays.

This, That, and that Other Thing - My Friday blog is about whatever I want to talk about that doesn't fit in anywhere else.

So there you have it. When you come to visit, come to this blog first and see what's going on.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Official Name Change

All right, I have declared a name for this new blog.

I originally wanted to put my name in it. No, it has nothing to do with my deep founded belief that I'm the greatest writer who ever lived and I want to tell everyone about it.

It has more to do with name recognition and blogs and stuff like that.

But I simply couldn't find a name I liked to work with.

So, I've resorted to a title of a book I haven't yet written. Well, in a way I have. It was going to be all my columns put together, but seeing as I don't have anyone who would be interested in that project right now, it's on the back burner. The far back burner. The one behind at the back of the garden plot where no one goes because there's too many spiders.

My post for today is about Beedle the Bard at This That and That Other Thing.