Friday, January 15, 2016

Just read

Terrible Typhoid Mary

A detailed account of the life and history - what little there is of it - of Mary Mallon, aka Typhoid Mary. In the early part of the 20th century, she was responsible for several outbreaks of typhoid fever in and around New York City. 

Mary was a hardworking, taciturn, Irish immigrant who supported herself as a cook. She was well-respected in her field until it was discovered that she was a carrier of typhoid.She was confined at an island hospital for years out of concern for public safety, although she fiercely resisted.

If you've heard of Typhoid Mary, you might know that much. Bartoletti's research goes even deeper, teasing out details of Mary's background, her work history, and what became of her after her confinement. It's an interesting story about medicine, politics, and overreach.

Just read

Long and in-depth, The Witches, Salem, 1692 chronicles the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Heavily researched and footnoted, the book goes much more deeply into the events and motivations (as evidenced by diaries and other writings) than anything I've read so far. It's very informative, but very long.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

January 1, 2016

New Year, new me?

Nah. But I'm trying some new things. And some old ones.

Today I had a good start. I woke up in a good mood, sang in the shower. I had looked up traditions for New Years and discovered that pork and rice pudding are traditional Good Luck foods. As a child, I remember my aunt always prepared lentil soup with pennysliced hot dogs for New Years.

So the night before I went to the grocery and got pork chops, rice pudding and lentil soup. I'm avoiding processed meats, so I gave the hotdogs a miss.

The lentil soup was awful. Really bad. I forced down a couple of bites, then offered some to Wren. She responded by spitting it back into the bowl. It's now feeding the trash can. Next year I'll try my hand at homemade.

I prepared the pork chop myself, so I was satisfied with the results.

I was in a good mood most of the day, though I did kinda break my intention to not spend.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Word Association

First Thought That Comes To Mind When You Hear…

1. Snowflake! falling

2. North Pole! Santa

3. Elves! toys

4. Sleigh! ride

5. Presents! under the tree

6. Cookies! and milk

7. Mistletoe! and holly

8. Rudolph! the red-nosed reindeer

9. Blizzard! Nooooo!

10. School’s Canceled! Yay!

11. Ice Skating! cold!

12. Santa’s Lap! um...

13. Black Friday! Noooo

14. Melting Snow! ice

15. Carols! bells

16. Lumps of Coal! stocking

17. Nutcracker! ballet

18. Ho Ho Ho! Santa

via Kwizgiver

Sunday Stealing on Monday, the 2015 year-end edition

1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before? 
I visited my Nana now that Alzheimer's disease has complete robbed her of any real cognizance.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? 
No. And yes.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? 
Not this year.

4. Tell us a valuable lesson you learned in 2015? 
My middle daughter and I have learned some valuable lessons about each others' boundaries.

5. What was your favorite new TV program? 
I honestly can't think of one. The December hiatus has wiped what's new and what's returned from my memory. 

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015? 
A better grip on my finances.

7. What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? 
December 4-6, when I joined my mother in Florida to visit my Nana on her 95th birthday.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? 
I was shocked and delighted to find that my I {heart} Rhody website had been used as a reference in a book on local history.

9. What was your biggest failure?
My inability to motivate my daughter and her family to get their own place.

10. What was the best thing you bought? 
I can't think of a best thing.

11. Whose behavior merited celebration? 
Peppy learned to walk.

12. Whose behavior made you appalled and disgusted? 
When al Qaeda says "those guys are too violent," you know you've found the worst of human behavior. Looking at you, Boko Haram.

13. What song will always remind you of 2015? 
I can't think of one.

14. What do you wish you’d done more of? Exercise. 

15. What do you wish you’d done less of? 
Laying around on my lazy butt.

16. What was the best book you read? 
Gumption, by Nick Offerman. It's a series of essays about the people who impress him most.

17. What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying? 
Having the house to myself. 

18. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Peppy walk-a-walk"

2015 days of Christmas blogging Days 24

Day 24. What is your favorite Christmas Eve tradition?

Dinner with the extended family, then church, a light drive on the way home, and new pajamas waiting for us from Mrs. Claus.

Monday, December 21, 2015