Archive for September, 2011
It has come to my attention that I — I! — am the proud winner in The Crescat’s final year of her deliberately unpresitgious Cannonball Awards. Here are the winners:
Best Blog by a Religious: Fr. Longenecker’s Standing on My Head
Best Political Blog: Adrienne’s Catholic Corner
More Catholic Than the Pope: Real Catholic TV
Best Armchair Theologian:Little Catholic Bubble
Best Visual Treat: Betty Beguiles
Best New Kid on the Block: Heart For God
Best Blog by a Heretic: Bad Vestments
Best Under Appreciated Blog: Barefoot & Pregnant
Best Spiritual Treat: Blessed is the Kingdom
Bat Shit Crazy: I Have to Sit Down
Best Potpourri of Popery: Shoved to Them
Snarkiest Catholic Blog: Acts of the Apostasy
Blog that Needs to be Updated More Often: Recovering Dissident Catholic
Yes, that’s right, I came in first, with a disturbingly wide lead, in the “Bat Shit Crazy” category.
I’m not going to argue. All I can say is that if you knew my family, you’d know where it came from. Case in point: a recent Facebook conversation, for which I laboriously learned how to take a screen shot (you press the “screen shot” button).
Click on the image to enlarge and behold . . . the bat shit craziness.
Anyway, many thanks to the fabulous Crescat, who could have won a fair number of these awards herself, if she weren’t too cool, and too busy moving to her new headquarters. Don’t forget to check out her new art blog, too.
P.S. I want full credit for deliberately choosing a low-resolution video.
Today I talked about ten of my favorite “big family” books, but so many more didn’t make it onto the list. Here are the ones I included.
(I know they ought to have authors’ names, but if that’s the worst of the problems with this list, (a) it’s a frickin miracle and (b) I almost bit through my own fist in a rage, trying to get the stupid, stupid thing to stupid do what I stupid wanted it to do, and between Amazon’s clonkiness and WordPress’s persnickety proprietary nonsense, and me being in the “all irate all the time” trimester, this is how it turned out. Think of it like an adventure!)
All-Of-A-Kind Family (the series)
Mr & Mrs Pig’s Bulk Buy and the rest of the Mrs. Pig books
Nanny McPhee (Widescreen Edition) (the movie, which is not a book, but a movie)
The Weasley family in the Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)
and the ones I wish I had had room for:
Five Children and It and other E. Nesbit books
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy and the rest of the series
and the ones I am not familiar with, but which others recommended (thanks for your help! If I weren’t such a lazy swine, I’d link back to you all, not that you need it):
The Happy Hollisters series
Come join us at the Register and add your favorites to the list!
Oh, and if perchance you are inclined to buy any of these books, my Christmas present savings fund, which we keep raiding for frivolous flights of fancy like dryer parts and, um, extra bone marrow for my poor sick grandmother, would love it if you would click through from my blog here, because I get a small percentage of each sale. I forget if I’m supposed to mention that or not. If you’re from the Amazon Associates program, please practice the following remark, “Aw, that dizzy broad don’t know what she’s talking about. Nothing to see here, legal department — let’s move along.”
Yay, books! Yay, small percentage! Yay, big families!
For show and tell yesterday, my daughter brought in these pictures:
Our dear little Shrimpy at 28 weeks, due December 9!