The Awesome Blogger Award

Hello, hello! This was at one point a scheduled post, tapped out for you to enjoy while I trimmed olive trees (which were indeed in desperate need of trimming). I thought that a tag would be a great "while I'm gone" post, and am very grateful to Leigh for nominating me (thanks, Leigh!) Leigh, by…

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I’m still here…

Hello, dears! No, I have not disappeared off the face of the earth--promise. I've been embroiled in end-of-year madness involving shows, several standardized tests, packing, job prep, and a laundry list of other things I can explain at the end of this, if you haven't fallen asleep by then. Let's take that list one thing…

An Austenesque Advice Column

It should be mentioned here that I love reading advice columns. It's always nice to know that someone else is having bigger problems than me. Back when I my local paper carried Miss Manners, that was my go-to column, just because I've always loved the style of it. The paper has since stopped carrying Miss Manners (for…

The Man-Corset

So last Saturday, my family made a trip to Goodwill. I was sick (still am, really) and stayed home to study for a Biology exam I had on Monday. I have, by the way, never been to Goodwill: I didn't even know of its existence until maybe a month ago. When the troops came home…

Anne and Gilbert | A Lovely Blog Party

So...this post was meant for Cordy's Lovely Blog Party in February--which, granted, ended over a week ago--but I strongly suggest you head over there and belatedly partake in the festivities. It's a celebration of all our favorite (fictional) couples, and the month of February has therefore been dedicated to them. As to why this post is so late:…

Couples for Couples Tag

Or something close to that. Friends, Cordy is having a Lovely Blog Party all of February, and this is one of the tags she's posted. It was "excessively diverting," in the words of Elizabeth Bennet, so I strongly suggest you go have a look around her blog. This is the "Couples for Couples" tag, meaning…

Having A Ball

Ladies and gentlemen, it is almost 4:00 AM, and I have just finished watching the BBC's Pride and Prejudice: Having a Ball. By way of explanation, I am suffering from a bout of insomnia. But Oh. My. Goodness. My mind is...not blown, because "blown" does not quite do justice to what has happened to my brain…

Oh, Look: A New Year!

Note: I wrote this post on New Year's Day...and then forgot to post it. But better late than never, right? After all, it's not February yet. Whenever a new year rolls around, I like to look back at the last one--I think we all do. This day, arbitrarily chosen to mark the beginning of the…