Blame the Babylonians...

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Blame the Babylonians for establishing the tradition of setting New Year's resolutions.  Their most common one was to return borrowed farm equipment.  I wondered if they had any more success than the rest of us in keeping such a simple resolution.  I bet there was always a crop emergency that arose delaying the return.  Or worse, the borrower broke the plow and didn't want the owner to know.

I'm not a journaler, but on New Year's Eve I take the time to jot down meaningful & not so meaningful things in my life over the year.  I enjoy the time of reflection.  As for the future, I avoid resolutions as I tend to believe there's always going to be a crop emergency to screw things up.  However, I will set a few pragmatic objectives as otherwise the year will fly by.  I think one of the most endearing quality about human beings is our never-ending hope for a brighter future and the undaunting willingness to improve ourselves or try new things.  You know, repair the plow or plant another crop.

Maybe the Babylonians had the right idea after all.

To all my readers, colleagues and friends, may the New Year bring you good reads, big sales and joy.

Love, Carol and Maddie


Ho, Ho, Ho! Christmas Trivia

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I'm boning up on Xmas trivia for this weeks Trivia at Duffy's.  Let's see how much you know!  I'll post answers on Thursday.

1) Who narrated the original 1966 TV show 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas?
2) In 'Frosty the Snowman', what was the name of the magician with the 'magic hat'?
3) What does Alvin want for Xmas in the 'Chipmunk Song'?
4) In what year did Toys for Tots hold its first toy drive?
5) In what year were electric Xmas tree lights first used?
6) What was the first state to recognize Xmas as an official holiday?
7) If you received all the gifts in the 'Twelve Days of Xmas', how many gifts would you receive?
8) What country made the first artificial Xmas tree?
9) Who was the first President to decorate the White House Xmas tree?
10) What department store originally created Rudolph the Red-nosed Raindeer as a promotion?
11) What is the name of the town where 'It's a Wonderful Life' takes place?

Been MIA

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sorry I've been MIA. I've been pounding the pages to make a 12/3 deadline [which I did] and then had proofs deadline. Plus the day job absolutely going nuts on me and working long hours. Whenever I'm quiet here, you can find me on Twitter and Facebook, where I tried to post daily.

This weekend I'll come up with either Xmas trivia or share a few favorite Xmas memories. In the meantime, here is Maddie's official Xmas picture.