Thursday, December 31, 2009

Local Flavor and Musical Interlude

Local Flavor

Ice skating in Commons Park across from the Library. Even if I had a fancy camera like my brother these pictures would still be lousy.

Ice Rink in Commons Park

Ice Rink in Commons Park

Ice Rink in Commons Park

Musical Interlude

Apeman from The Kinks

Remember when Ray Davies got shot in New Orleans?

A Few DVDs


A Perfect Getaway starring Hot Chicks in Danger, Steve Zahn. Vacation hikers in Hawaii may be teamed up with vicious murderers. Kind of like Shoot to Kill which I saw at the Virginia when it came out.

Extract with Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, JK Simmons. Workplace comedy with jokes.

Jennifer's Body starring AMY SEDARIS with Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, JK Simmons. Current It Girl is a demon possessed cheerleader who eats her male classmates.

Paranormal Activity with [people no one has ever heard of]. Scary movie with scary stuff. Set in a couple's bedroom. Read into that however you want.

Chopper starring Eric Bana. Australian convict and criminal "dreams of making a name for himself."

Ghosted starring Weird Looking Blond Woman and Chinese Lady. German lady's Taiwanese girlfriend is murdered. Taiwanese journalist investigates the murder and shows up in Germany.
I would link or embed a movie trailer but the only trailer I found was with the two chicks making out and no information about the actual plot. I also found out you can watch the whole dang movie on YouTube if you are so inclined.

Spread starring Ashton Kutcher and Anne Heche. I wrote a plot description based on the box cover but the trailer says different. Just watch the trailer.

How many jokes have been made comparing Kutcher's character to Kutcher's marriage?

Criminal Justice starring Pete Postlethwaite. Young guy wakes up next to murdered woman with no memory of what happened. Guy goes on trial while simultaneously trying to survive in jail.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bob Lee Swagger, Cookbooks, Repeats


I, Sniper by Stephen Hunter. Famed sniper Bob Lee Swagger assist an FBI pal in investigating long-range rifle killings of former '60s radicals. All evidence points to a famed Army sniper from Vietnam. But, Swagger sees that the evidence is too neat.

Crawl Space by Sarah Graves. "A Home Repair is Homicide mystery."

Ticket to Ride by Ed Gorman. Iowa lawyer Sam McCain organizes an anti-war rally in 1965. After a local war hero suffer an apoplectic stroke there are two murders. McCain navigates the changes of rock music, the Vietnam war, and rebellious youth.
If this is set in 1965 what's the deal with the Beretta 92 series pistol in the cover design?

Little Stevens Underground Garage

I Slept with Joey Ramone by Mickey Leigh. Steven Van Zandt recommends this as best book of the year. A tale of Joey's (Jeff Hyman's) dysfunctional family written by Joey's brother.

Cheap Trick

Fiction Repeats

A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh. Some romance I think.

Burn by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy. The plot description on the back cover makes little sense.

Fired Up by Jane Ann Krentz. "An Arcane Society novel." Shirtless guy on the cover.

Days of Gold by Jude Deveraux. 1766 Scotland with romance between a clan's laird and some rich lady.

Honor of Spies by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV. Two pretentiously named authors write another book about spies in WWII.

Sizzle by Julie Garwood. Girl film student needs to decide on job offers at graduation time and "witnesses a shocking crime" and meets "rugged FBI agent."

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde. I withhold comment.

Deeper Than the Dead by Tami Hoag. What's that then? Miners?


I did I mention I ordered a lot of cookbooks?

Allergen-Free baker's handbook: how to bake without gluten, wehat, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame by Cybele Pascal.

Food You Crave: luscious recipes for a healthy life by Ellie Krieger. Won the James Beard and IACP awards.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Musical Interlude and More Snow

Musical Interlude

I always liked the song. The amazing thing about the video is that even though this is early in the "video age" (1980) the girl is not really skanky.

I intended to post just that song but at the end of the YouTube clip is the "related videos" section which listed this:

I had not heard this song in a while and did not know Iris was the performer.

More Snow From Yesterday

I just keep taking snow photos. My enthusiasm is already waning.

Library's Rear Entry
Library's rear entry

Madison Street in front of the Library looking East.
Madison Street in front of Library

While I'm At It

A Star Wars version of Ah! Leah!

Just the link.

Friday, December 18, 2009

New CDs and DVDs

New DVD and CD

I just opened the box up.

Tegan and Sara

I screwed up and ordered two copies of the Tegan and Sara CD.

No. No those tattoos don't look trashy at all. Really.

Bands I Know Nothing About, Stooges, That Duck In A Cage

Music CDs

Cosmic Egg by Wolfmother. Australians? I do not remember.

Shock Value II by Timbaland. Rap? Soul? R & B? Dance?

Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin. Rap? Emo? Half Assed Rock?


Three Stooges Collector's Edition: discs one and two. Several shorts, a feature film, trailers, and extras.

Non Fiction

Lucille and the XXX Road: around the world man and motorcycle by Jim Oliver. I spoke to Oliver on video while I was in Kansas. Oliver gave a presentation on his trip from Eastern Russia west through Europe on his BMW (named Lucille). Oliver's talk focused on his 1300 miles ride across Siberia and the rough conditions he and his riding partner encountered. What do you bet I'll get a bunch of web hits for the XXX in the title?

I asked Oliver if he would take a smaller bike than his GS model if he did the trip over. Oliver said he would take a smaller bike like an F650 BMW or a KLR650.

Heaven and Hell: my life in The Eagles (1974-2001) by Don Felder. Guitarist for The Eagles tells tales. Felder has a lot of neat behind the scenes tales of life in the band of the money fights with Henley and Frey.

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La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith. That duck-in-a-cage-on-a-bicycle is back.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

18 Hours of Lesbian Love and Drama, Two Cookbooks


I wrote earlier that I would likely buy the other seasons of The L Word. I was wrong. I already ordered the discs and forgot about it.

The L Word: the complete fifth season starring Cybill Shepherd, Jennifer Beals, marlee Matlin, Pam Grier, others. "Unresolved romances and long-simmering fulm project finally bear fruit in this season's 12 episodes."

The L Word: the complete final season starring [the same people as before including some lady with a really big mouth]. "All 8 dramatic, provocative and mysterious final season episodes as careers evolve, relationships are tested and friendships end in murder!"

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Family Album by Penelope Lively.


Preserved by Nick Sandler and Johnny Acton. Food preservation books go out well so I bought this new one with fancy photos and AAHHH Sausage! They have a section on SAUSAGE!!.

Mastering the Art of Chinese Cooking by Eileen Yin-Fei Lo. I have bought several new cookbooks this past couple weeks when I remembered I have been real lax on that section of our collection. This book had some good reviews.

The Kinks

What kid doesn't want a machine gun?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

It's only -5 Degrees With the Wind So Don't Whine or You'll Make the Canadians Look Good


District 9 starring [African Guys]. Aliens from space land on Earth and are segregated into crappy neighborhoods in Johannesburg. Trouble happens

(500) Days of Summer with Joseph Gordon-Levitt-Too-Long-Name and Zooey Deschanel. Romantic comedy for chicks.

Little Rascals/Our Gang Discs One and Two. Another repackaging of the shorts. Includes Bear Shooters, Waldo's Last Stand, The Pooch, Derby Day and others.

We used to watch these on television or at birthday parties when my parents would borrow the 8mm films from the library. George McFarland, who played Spanky, spoke at Gustavus when I was a student. I had a conflicting work assignment in the cafeteria that night and was unable to hear his whole presentation. Spanky had some neat stories. He spoke about Buckwheat's career as a film technician and how simple speech therapy would have helped him out as a kid. Alfalfa's post-Our Gang troubles were covered along with the story of his killing in 1959.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Musical Interlude

Musical Interlude

I had this song bopping around in my head. The Housemartins were neat in that they would mix their peppy music and harmonies with wicked and pointed social commentary.

Pile of Stuff, Chocolate Thing, Lousy Coffee

AudioBook on CD

Take Two by Karen Kingsbury. 8 CDs at 9.5 hours. Independent movie producers compete against Hollywood for the rights to an inspirational novel.

Made-Up Stories Printed Onto Paper and Then Bound Together with Cloth and Glue (with cover interpretations by me)

La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith. A duck and two chickens travel across China in a cage is strapped to the back of a bicycle.

Divine Misdemeanors by Laurell K. Hamilton. Famed gladiator Vealinus, who wears a nail tied to his neck, is purchased and wooed by a sexy vampire.

Promised World by Lisa Tucker. Two kids on summer vacation hang out at a lake, tell fart jokes, and pick berries.

Pursuit of Honor by Vince Flynn. Special Agent Mack O'Connor Guimbetto discovers a conspiracy by the leading secular humanist, liberal in Congress who is making deals with Al Queda in an attempt to advance his political career and destroy America.

The Fleet Street Murders by Charles Finch. A Conservative Member of Parliament and disgraced Cabinet Minister arranges for his banking associates to be murdered rather than have them reveal his avarice and trade in African sex slaves.

Once in a Blue Moon by Eileen Goudge. Brenda O'Aden has lived alone on the rural coast of Massachusetts ever since being left at the alter ten years ago. Will the arrival of handsome, mysterious, emotionally wounded, and famous painter Hakeem "Haiku" Callahan give her a chance at healing not only herself but Haiku as well? How Brenda make it? Can Haiku paint art again? Read it to find out.

A Troubled Piece by L.M. Elliott. A YA book. Richard O'Theobald returns to his former German home after serving with the U.S. Army during World War Two. Is his former girlfriend, Gerta, still alive? What of Gerta's Nazi father?

Change-Up: mystery at the World Series by John Feinstein. A YA book. Josh O'Finklestein has the best job a kid could have, Bat Boy for the famed New York Long Socks during the World Series. But, when famed pitcher Kick O'Shanter is poisoned before Game 3 can Josh use his insider knowledge to help his police detective dad solve the crime?


Cookbooks (with Fiction styled plotlines by me)

Cooking Dirty: a story of life, sex, love and death in the kitchen by Jason Sheehan. New chef Silvio O'Smith heads to Los Angeles for a dream job but is quickly fired and forced to take a job as a the caterer for the set of a porn movie.

Clean Food: a seasonal guide to eating close to the source: with more than 200 recipes for a healthy and sustainable you by Terry Walters. New age farmer and cook Terry O'Porcupine brings fresh produce and delightful food to the suspicious, close-minded people of Shattuck, New York and produces a sea change in their thinking.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child. Socialite Elizabeth O'Cornelia is a neophyte to the ways of cooking and lesbian love. During a trip to the famed Egouts de Cuisine school in Dijon she learns about both.

The Best of America's Test Kitchen 2010: the year's best recipes, equipment reviews, and tasting. Fern O'Jefferson finds out that the secret ingredient in famous chef Gary Bond's New Orleans Schoolhouse Hot Dish is not pork.

Baked: new frontiers in baking by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. Matt O'Pinto spends his time smoking marijuana rather than facing life.

New American Table by Marcus Samuelsson. Sven O'Spyderco discovers life in lower Manhattan is much different than his hometown of Borglundsen, Denmark.

Chocolate Thing

This appeared this morning.

This morning's coffee was lousy.

Friday, December 11, 2009

More Christmas Novels and the Pyramids in Rock Lake

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Under the Dome by Stephen King.

Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans.

Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs.

Creed Country Christmas by Linda Lael Miller.


Lost Pyramids of Rock Lake: Wisconsin's sunken civilization by Frank Joseph. Are there pyramids and remnants of copper mining on the bottom of Rock Lake? That's what this guy and some other people claimi. Ask that guy who works at Sentry - I cannot recall his name - and he'll tell you more than you want to know.
I bought two copies of Lost Pyramids to replace older copies that have worn out or gone missing.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dead Nazi Cookbooks


Inglorious Basterds starring Brad Pitt and other people. American soldier's kill Nazis during World War Two. I have avoided reading about this and watching previews because I would like everything to be a surprise.

The Hangover starring Heather Graham. Guys wake up after a huge night out and need to find out what happened. You can watch another version of this by picking up Dude, Where's My Car?

Easy Virtue starring Jessica Biel, Kristin Scott Thomas and Colin Firth. Young American wife is taken home to her husband family's rich English estate. Comedic episodes of culture clash and in-laws clash.


How to Cook Everything: 2,000 simple recipes for great food by Mark Bittman. Tenth anniversary edition.

BakeWise: the hows and whys of successful baking with over 200 magnificent recipes by Shirley O. Corriher.

A16: food + wine by Nate Appleman and Shelley Lindgren. Recipes from the owners of a restaurant in San Francisco.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

What to Read 33: Megan Abbott and Amy Belasen/Jacob Osborn

What to Read 33

I was quite impressed with Abbott's novel. In fact, the more I remember my conversation with Abbott the more I like her as a person. I imagine this may color my judgment of the novel but the book was still good anyway.

Snow and Large Print


A snow storm is traveling through Southern Wisconsin. We remain open.

Snow 9 Dec 09 from the front door

Snow 9 Dec 09

Snow 9 Dec 09

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U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton. Lady detective from California investigates deadly doings.

Trial by Fire by J.A. Jance. Lady detective from Arizona investigates deadly doings.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Photographic Interlude

This is probably too big for proper formatting on our blog but I will not bother to check.

Hip-Shaker, Magic-Maker, Life-Taker

Music on CD

She Wolf by Shakira. Colombian singer sings songs.

Songs to Celebrate 25 Days of Christmas by various artists/ Mickey Rooney, Jimmy Durante, and others sing songs of Christmas.


Adventureland starring Kristen Wiig. College guy has summer job at tacky amusement park. Meets girl. Bill Crider liked it, here are his comments.

Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp and Batman. Actors dress nice and shoot lots of blanks while pretending to be Dillinger and Purvis.

I asked Ruth the Page if she had seen Public Enemies yet. She said "Nope" and went on to say she had never heard of the movie.
"Really?" I say. "They filmed it over in Cottage Grove or somewhere. They shot a scene at the Capitol building, too."
Ruth says, "Nope, never heard of it."

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince starring [English types]. Scary evil wizard tries to kill kind and good wizards with wizardry.


Birthday Cakes for Kids by Annie Rigg. Cake recipes for fantastic birthday cakes that no one will make.

Audiobook on CD

I, Alex Cross by James Patterson. 6 CDs at 7 hours. Relative of Cross is murdered. Cross investigates.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Tattooed Man Butt is Doing Crystal Meth with Vince Lombardi and Watching Avatar


Inside the Tattoo Circus: a journey through the modern world of tattoos by Kristian Misser. Tons of color photos illustrating the work of current artists, styles, themes, and more. The lady on the cover looks like author Christa Faust. I emailed Faust and told her that. I'm probably on her ignore list now.

Open: an autobiography by Andre Agassi and [unnamed ghost writer]. Champion tennis player Agassi had a really, really crappy father and hates tennis. So he started doing crystal meth and married a German.

That First Season: how Vince Lombardi took the worst team in the NFL and set it on the path to glory by John Eisenberg. This is Wisconsin, I am required to buy it. You know who else should buy this? The Buffalo Bills.

Avatar: a field guide to Pandora by Maria Wilhelm and Dirk Mathison. "A confidential report on the biological and social history of Pandora." This movie came from a comic book? A video game?

Super Freakonimcs: global cooling, patriotic prostitutes and why suicide bombers should buy life insurance by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. One of those hippies over at Madison Public wrote about this book and openly baited me in the blog title. Sometimes those hippies can be smart, because it worked.

What the Dog Saw: and other adventures by Malcolm Gladwell. Science or something.

Too Big to Fail: the inside story of how Wall Street and Washington fought to save the financial system - and themselves by Andrew Ross Sorkin. Take your blood pressure medication before you start reading.

Little Stevens Underground Garage Update

Little Steven Loves Locksley. Van Zandt likes to play songs by Locksley. I only mention this because Locksley started out in Madison.


Trial by Fire by J.A. Jance. Nun helps out hospital patient with amnesia. Patient's would be killer puts nun in his sights.

U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton. Add ingredients, shake, bake, let it cool.

Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword of Avalon by Diana L. Paxson. Swords and stuff.

Southern Lights by Danielle Steel.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

DVDs: Four Comedy, Five Action, and More Ray Liotta


Funny People starring Eric Bana. Bana started as a stand-up comedian in Australia until he played the lead in Chopper. This movie has something to do with a dying comedian.

Bruno starring Sacha Baron Cohen. Gay Austrian causes trouble. Remember the nude fight and chase scene in Borat? That was funny.

G.I. Joe: the rise of Cobra starring [embarrassed actors]. Soldiers use CGI to defeat "the mysterious and evil Cobra organization" and try and start a franchise.

Terminator: Salvation starring Batman. John Connor kills robots with a flattop AR.

The Line starring Ray Liotta and Andy Garcia. Hired killer with an AR is after a drug baron in Tijuana.

My Sister's Keeper with Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin. Organ harvesting.

Angels and Demons starring Tom Hanks, Obi-Wan Kenobi, That Swedish Dude. Religious intrigue and the Illuminati set amongst a huge Hollywood budget.

The Proposal starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. I wonder if they made Reynolds take his shirt off like in all those swords and fists movies he is in.

You're Welcome America: a final night with George W. Bush starring Will Ferrell. Ferrell's stage show that will " shock and awe you into uncontrollable laughter."

Spy Kids 2 starring blahblahblah. The last copy broke.

Monday, November 30, 2009

11 DVDs: Ray Liotta, Space Creatures, Hairy Dudes, Whores


Futurama: Bender's Game starring [voices]. The Planet Express crew sneaks into a dark-matter mine for spaceship fuel and find some underground, medieval place.

X-Origins: Wolverine starring A Couple Australian Dudes. Guys with muscles fight.

Arthur Hailey's Detective starring Tom Berenger, Cybill Shepherd. Television movie from 2005 with Berenger as a priest turned cop who agrees to meet a serial killer on death row.

Killshot with Diane Lane, Mickey Rourke, Thomas Jane, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Married couple witness murder and go into witness protection. Hitman comes after them. The novel by Elmore Leonard was real good.

Crank 2: High Voltage starring Jason Statham, Amy Smart. Gratuitous pistol posing on the DVD case.

State of Play with Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, others. Journalist in D.C. discovers conspiracy while investigating the murder of a Senator's assistant.

Futurama: into the wild green yonder starring [the same voices]. Funny, animated adventures.

Winter of Frozen Dreams starring Thora Birch, Keith Carradine. Biochemistry student doubles as a prostitute and commits murder. Based on the Barbara Hoffman case in Madison. Link. Link.

Anvil: the story of Anvil starring {Anvil]. Canadian metal band refuses to give up.

Girlfriend Experience starring Sasha Grey. Manhattan prostitute offers the "girlfriend experience" with 'companionship and conversation' as if she were really the guy's loving girlfriend.

Observe and Report starring Ray Liotta, Seth Rogen, Anna Faris. Mall guard wants to catch flasher, get a job with the police department, and have sex with a cosmetics salesgirl.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Lesbians, Swords, Inspiration, YA SciFi, Little Steven


L Word: the complete third season starring Pam Grier. Revisit the tightly-knit circle of freinds in Los Angeles' lesbian community as they struggle to make sense of a world filled with love, children, tattoos, families, weddings, funerals, the 'c-word', and sometimes even men.
The first and second season of L-Word check out pretty well so I figure I'll end up getting all the seasons.

Little Steven's Underground Garage

Episode 399: Thanksgiving '09. I'm listening to last Saturday's show. Songs with "bird" are being featured, including Morris Day and The Beatles. You'll likely need to log in first to listen.


Eldest by Christopher Paolini. 20 CDs at 23 hours, 27 minutes. Maybe this is a replacement.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. Not sure where this came from, I thought we had it already.

Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. How do you steal lightning? Listen and let me know. No, don't let me know. I don't really care.

Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan. Oh. This is that series with Gods and demigods and other mythological stuff thrown into the present day with teenaged characters.

Feed by M.T. Anderson. I read this for the high school's book club. The next book club meeting is discussing something like Pride and Prejudice so I won't be there unless I read the zombie version.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Dead author, Wisconsin author, Pickling


Deadly Deals by Fern Michaels. I misread this title at Deadly Seals. Now that would be a novel. Maybe the seals could fight crocodiles.

First Lord's Fury by Jim Butcher. Part of a series. The guy on the cover is a Roman-legionnaire-looking-dude with a flaming sword.

Breathless by Dean Koontz. Koontz writes another novel with a dog in it. The dog silhouette on the cover looks like an Irish Wolfhound. The flyleaf says I am right.

Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton. A tale of violence in 1665 in the Caribbean that, according to the flyleaf, was finished before Crichton keeled over.

Hollywood Moon by Joseph Wambaugh. I use to to read all of Wambaugh's Southern California cop novels. Then Wambaugh started to focus on non-fiction and I just never got back into his novels.


Against Medical Advice: one family's struggle with an agonizing medical mystery by James Patterson and Hal Friedman.

Imperial Cruise: a secret history of empire and war by James Bradley. Story of the ambassadorial cruise by Secretary of War William Howard Taft in 1905. The secret agreements of which helped start the trouble that led to World War Two.

Here's the Deal: don't touch me by Howie Mandel. I have never thought he was that funny.

Surviving a Layoff: a week-be-week guide to getting your life back together by Lita Epstein, MBA.

The Joy of Pickling: 250 flavor-packed recipes for vegetables and more from the garden or market, revised edition by Linda Ziedrich. Books on food preservation checkout pretty well here.

Knock'Em Dead Resumes, 8th edition by Martin Yate, C.P.C.

Advanced Home Wiring, 2nd edition by [corporate author]. Don't kill yourself.

Barbie, the First 50 Years:1959 through 1989 and beyond: identification and value guide, 3rd Edition by Stefanie Deutsch and Bettina Dorfmann. I flipped through this and saw the Barbie Ferrari. I'm not sure if I ever heard that John Hiatt song or not.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Cranberry Bread (for Me), Sarah Palin (for You)

Cranberry Bread

Carolyn made cranberry bread.


I made coffee.

Music CDs

I Told You I Was Freaky by Flight of the Conchords. Kiwis sings songs. I watched part of an episode of their show. It was boring. Stephanie the Library Assistant said she likes the show.

Southern Voice by Tim McGraw. Guy in hat and white t-shirt sings songs.

Kiss and Tell by Selena Gomez. Disney Channel "tweener" sings songs.

Ghost Written Fiction

The Wrecker by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. Cussler is admirable in giving the other guy credit.

I, Alex Cross by James Patterson. Patterson is also good about giving ghost writers credit. But, no one else is listed on the cover or the LOC cataloging info so I suppose he did this one himself.

Ghost Written NonFiction

Going Rogue: an American life by Sarah Palin. What's the deal with her former son-in-law to-be? That guy's behavior has been sleazy. I thought about being "snarky" and listing this under Ghost Written Fiction. Hey, it is a political memoir after all.

AudioBooks on CD

Last Song by Nichols Sparks. 11 CDs at 12 hours. Yuch.

A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve. 8 CDs at 9 hours. My first reaction is "Yuch." Hhowever, the novel is set in Africa and Mount Kenya so my second reaction is, "Eh."

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. 14 Cds at 17.5 hours. I tell my kids, "If you can't say anything nice then don't say anything at all." I should follow my own advice.

Musical Interlude

More people should try out Teddy Thompson. We have three of his CDs.

The like the full band version better but could not embed it.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

What to Read 32: Interview with J.A. Konrath

I spoke to JA Konrath at the Murder and Mayhem in Muskego meeting this past Saturday. Konrath spoke about electronic publishing, writing instruction, publishing, Han Solo, and made fun of Barry Eisler.

I was going to do a photo essay

Photographing, editing the photos, uploading the photos and then linking to them takes way too much time and trouble.


Star Trek starring Winona Ryder, Eric Bana.

Transformers: revenge of the fallen starring that guy and the current It Girl.

Audiobook on CD

Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud. 11 CDs at 13.5 hours. A Young Adult novel with legends, House of Svein, stumpy and swarthy hero, "chain of events that will forever alter his destiny."

Monday, November 16, 2009

Maybe I should get a new coffee machine

The current coffee machine overflows if the coffee pot is not all the way in.

It is very annoying. Here is an example:

Music CD

Play On
by Carrie Underwood. Pretty girl wears flower in hair for photo shoot.

AudioBooks on CD

Bloody Crown of Conan
by Robert E. Howard. 15 CDs at 18.5 hours. Three Conan tales by the inventor of the sword and sorcery genre. Just don't watch the biopic about Howard with Zellweger and the chubby guy from Law and Order.

Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews. 9 CDs at 11 hours. Werewolves, paranormal, swords, lions, Atlanta, Midnight Games, dark plot, shape-shifting.

Dark Slayer
by Christine Feehan. 12 discs, 14.5 hours. Hot chick in a kinky leather outfit travels with a wolf pack and kills vampires with a crossbow. All she really wants is love.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Volume 1 (6 CDs at 6 hours) and Volume 2 (6 CDs at 6 hours) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes. You may have heard of him before. Read by the guy who played Watson in those fantastic productions starring Jeremy Brett.

The Heir by Johanna Lindsey. Rich Scottish dude is supposed to marry one woman but loves another.

Critical Conditions
by Stephen White. 10 CDs at 12.33 hours. Doctor finds that a family with sick kids "stop at nothing to save one of its own."

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Kindred in Death
by J.D. Robb.

by Sandra Novack. Family is falling apart in 1978.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

This Should Be More Interesting Than That Previous Post

One Novel

Under the Dome by Stephen King. Boy, oh boy is this book bloated. 1072 pages. No description on the flyleaf, I suppose people are just supposed to buy his book no matter what.

AudioBooks on CD

The Amateurs by Marcus Sakey. 8 CDs at 9 Hours 45 minutes. I read a Sakey book and liked it. I even spoke about it on camera. Four friends commit a victimless crime but screw up and leave a victim. For four people pushed to the ragged edge, the only thing more dangerous than the men chasing them might be their best friends.

Nobody Move by Denis Johnson. 4 CDs at 4.5 hours. The back cover has little story description. Embezzlement and lowlifes. Read by Will Patton who does real good narration for the Dave Robicheaux series.

Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan. 9 CDs at 10.5 hours. "Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse...full of humor and heart-pounding action." Shelved in the YA section.

Last Olympian by Rick Riordan. 9 CDs, 11 hours. Same as above.

Razor Sharp by Fern Michaels. 6 CDs at 7 hours. Something about the Sisterhood and politicians screwing hookers.

Skin Trade by Laurell Hamilton. 15 Cds at 18.5 hours worth of vampires and werewolves having sex or something. I guess they kill each other too. This is set in Las Vegas so maybe they screw and kill showgirls or vacationers. Let me know.

Musical Interlude

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Lakeshore Christmas by Susan Wiggs. Prim Librarian Maureen Davenport is finally getting her chance to direct Avalon's annual holiday pageant...former child star Eddie Haven can't stand Christmas, but a court order from a judge has landed him right in the middle of the merrymaking as Maureen's co-director....spar over every detail...troubled kids...distinctly untraditional...sabotage...trying too
Prim librarian? Great. Just great.

13 1/2 by Nevada Barr. A new character by Barr. Polly lives in New Orleans and is hot for an architect while a recently released murderer does something and a tarot card reader spells doom.

Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls. This hit the bestseller list. Maybe not that list.

No Time to Wave Goodbye by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Mitchard was in the Madison paper a few weeks ago for an article about cosmetic surgery. I was going to post a link and found this instead: ARTICLE: A phrase in last week's cover story on cosmetic treatments incorrectly identified Jackie Mitchard as a "fan of cosmetic surgery." She is a fan of cosmetic treatments, including Botox injectables.

Rough Country by John Sandford. My wife tells me that whenever the main character, Virgil Flowers, is mentioned by a character in Sandford's Prey books he is always called, "that fucking Flowers."

Unhallowed Ground by Heather Graham. Boy that actress with the same name sure is a hot looking broad, huh? The character Graham played in Bowfinger was supposed to be a take-off on Anne Heche who was supposedly screwing her way up the Hollywood ladder. Steve Martin used to date Heche until Heche came out of the closet as a crazy person.

Santa in a Stetson by Janet Dailey. Sing with me again, I don't care, I don't care, I don't care.

What I Sent in for the Lake Mills Main Street Newsletter.

I'm not sure when the newsletter comes out. I need to send over some photos to go with this.

Lake Mills Main Street has worked hard to bring new businesses and visitors downtown. New and old businesses have drawn together to encourage more people to visit downtown Lake Mills. But, among all the current businesses is one you may often overlook.

The L.D. Fargo Public Library has been a downtown fixture in Lake Mills since its grand opening in October, 1902. Except for a major fire in the winter of 1980, the Library has been in continuous operation for 107 years. Through the years the Library’s popularity has weathered multiple challenges, including motion pictures, radio, mail-order book clubs, television and – yes – the internet.

In fact, the Library’s popularity and usage increases every year. In 2008, more than 1000,000 items were checked out or renewed. The library hosted almost 200 programs for children and adults with a total attendance of 5,525 people. Attendance for the Summer Reading Program events has outgrown the Library’s meeting room, and are now held in the City Hall’s Community Room.

Over the Library’s 107 years of business our customers’ interests and service demands have constantly changed. Twenty years ago, libraries focused mainly on books and magazines, with an increasing range of VHS titles. Today, DVD titles and public internet access are a big draw. (Not to mention the over 1200 VHS tapes that still – still! – circulate.) However, contrary to some popular misconceptions, the printed page is alive and well. Book borrowing is still the leading reason people use the Library. Circulation is strong and children’s books and adult fiction dominate the list of check-outs.

Electronic gadgets such as cell phones, video games, and the internet may get more attention than books, but do not forget the importance of literacy. Learning many new skills is still dependent on reading. Pleasure reading is the surest way to encourage more reading. More reading leads to stronger literacy skills and better reading comprehension and communication skills. Better reading comprehension and communication skills lead to greater success in school and work.

The link between reading and school success highlights the vital importance of LD Fargo’s children’s collection and children’s services. The Library’s weekly story times, Summer Reading Program, and various after school and special event programs bring everyone from infants to teenagers into the Library. The Children’s Librarian regularly visits local 4K, pre-school, and daycare facilities for story times, and organizes and collects “book boxes” to help support and advance their curriculums by putting books directly into the hands of kids.

Need more incentive to come to the library? Look at the numbers: the average price of a pre-school picture book is $18.97. Consider that families will check-out anywhere from one to 20+ picture books at a time. How about adult fiction? If you’re buying new books every month then STOP! An adult novel goes for about $22 on average. Yeah you’ll find heavy discounts on books by popular novelists, but checkouts are free at LD Fargo.

“But, I don’t want to get on a waiting list for that book.” Okay, but do you realize the Library gives you access to about 1 million books? Yes, really. LD Fargo’s membership in the three county Mid Wisconsin Federated Library System (MWFLS) gives you access to the SHARE online catalog. SHARE allows access to all 27 libraries in MWFLS, plus the 26 member libraries in the Lakeshores Library System in Racine and Walworth counties. That’s 53 different libraries sharing resources of almost a million items. Place a hold online through the Library’s webpage or with the help of library staff, and you will almost always have your item in a couple days.

How is all this paid for? Okay, it’s not really free. The cost for Library services is carried by you and me, of course. The Library receives funding from two main sources: the city of Lake Mills and Jefferson County. The city collects local taxes and the county provides reimbursement for services to rural residents. Smaller amounts of funding come from MWFLS (including some state and federal funds) and various fines and fees charged by the Library.

Don’t use the excuse, “I’m too busy” to cheat yourself from enjoying a good book. Reading is an escape from the hectic pace of daily life. Skip a night of boring channel flipping on television shows, pick up a book. Re-read a favorite author, or share one of your childhood favorites with your own children. Pick up a short stack of novels and try each one out. If a book does not click with you, then set it aside and start another. If that fails, get a DVD.

LD Fargo is open from 9 AM to 9 PM Monday through Thursday and 9 AM to 5 PM on Friday and Saturday. If can make a virtual trip to the Library too. Visit our webpage at See the list of all the new adult books and DVDs at Hear about some recommended books on our award winning YouTube channel at

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Six - SIX! - Freaking Holiday Novels and Tedium

Holiday Fiction

Home in Time for Christmas by Heather Graham.

A Christmas Promise by Anne Perry.

A Quilter's Holiday by Jennifer Chiaverini.

Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs.

A Christmas Blizzard by Garrison Keillor.

Merry, Merry Ghost by Carolyn Hart.


Rainwater by Sandra Brown.

The Laguna by Barbara Kingsolver.

Ford Country by John Grisham.

Other Men's Horses by Elmer Kelton.

Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica.

Widow's Revenge by James D. Ross.

Angel Time by Anne Rice.

Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris.

True Blue by David Baldacci.


Hunting and Horse Trails: from Mongolia to the Yukon by Bruce Gilbert. Gilbert handsold this to me earlier in the week. Gilbert has hunted around the world (Africa about 12 times) and written hunting articles. This is self-published, so Lee Goldberg probably won't be looking for it, but you may as well give a few of his true life tales a try.

Potluck Club Cookbook by Linda Evans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson. "Easy recipes to enjoy with family and friends."

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Four Books

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Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts. Florist meets dude.

The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber. Woman goes to matchmaker to meet dude.


Everything for a Dog by Ann M. Martin. MP3 on CD at 5 hours. Stray dog taken in by boy suffering "a terrible loss."

Alzheimer's Dialogues with Sherril Bover and Nancy Graham. Two discs covering The Basics, Communication, Behavior, Self Care. With a booklet.

Absence of Video Content

Murder and Mayhem in Muskego. So far I'm 3 for 4 of the authors I've asked to talk to me on camera. So, I'm in no hurry to do a new book talk video. That and I have nothing to talk about. Well, nothing book related.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Nothing Interesting

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Two novels.


State of Wisconsin Blue Book, 2009-2010. I am not going to waste space on the New Books shelf with this.

Sewer Repair

Part of our broken sewer line was repaired. I filmed the work and will post the video when I get the time. Not that anyone will watch it.

Murder and Mayhem in Muskego

Th Murder and Mayhem in Muskego is coming up in three weeks or so. I'll try to get some author interviews.
There is a great slate of writers this year. Joe Konrath would be a good one to film, he likes to talk.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Variety: John Keegan, Danielle Steel, Scientist Biography


The Strangest Man: the hidden life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom by Graham Farmelo. Dirac was awarded the 1933 Nobel Prize in physics when he was only 31 years old. I saw a review for this book and mentioned to The Old Man. The Old Man asks, "Are you going to buy it?" Well, yeah, I guess so.

The American Civil War by John Keegan. Keegan takes on the Civil War. I guess he ran out of European wars to write about. Keegan does some great writing and analysis so this should be good.

S.W.A.T. Magazine, December, 2009 issue. A gun magazine we subscribe to. The covers are almost always the same. The only month-to-month differences among cover photos are the guy and the rifle he is holding. This one has two dudes on the cover with one guy aiming a FN SCAR carbine. This cover also shares a commonality among most covers in that the cops on the front are from Arizona - where the editor lives. CORRECTION: The guys on the cover are from Alabama.
Read this magazine with caution; you'll just be saddened about all the firearms you cannot afford.


Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell. I think I read one of her books.

The Epoch Point by Spencer Zimmerman. Robert Davis is a young Airman fresh out of Air Force basic training who, after being held captive in China, suddenly finds himself unraveling the most immense conspiracy in history. International intrigue, hidden histories, the active hand of God, etc.

Blood Game by Iris Johansen. Johansen lives near Atlanta. I'm too lazy to read the front coverleaf so I read the back.

Audio on CD

Blue Smoke and Murder by Elizabeth Lowell. 9 CDs at 10 hours. A river guide gets involved with art thieves and calls for help from an investigative agency that owes her a favor.

Southern Lights by Danielle Steel [Hah! I hope the ghost writer gets good money.]

A Legacy Through Time by Debbie Fritter. Romance novel by local author.

Monday, October 19, 2009

A Duplicate Novel and Australian Drought


The Missing by Beverly Lewis. Our second copy. I don't know what happened. I must have forgotten to do the automated check for duplicates when I placed the order.


Rain Shadow starring Rachel Ward, [Australians]. "After a decade of drought, a devastating sheep disease strikes the small Australian farming town of Paringa. Tough minded veterinarian Kate struggles to save her community with the help of a feisty new assistant - who is just determined to unlock the mysteries of Kate's past...Hostility and hope, determination and despair mix in a combustible series that pits two strong women against the odds and , oftentimes, against each other."

Scooby-Doo Where Arer You?: the complete third season starring [a hungry dog]. "16 captivating capers." Scooby-Doo DVDs new and old check-out real well with the local kids.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Zombies!, Young Adult and Large Print


The Zombie Survival Guide: recorded attacks by Max Brooks. Selected zombie outbreaks from 60,000 BC to 1992 at the Joshua Tree National Park. I really need to buy a good AR15 and stock up on ammo.

Girl Music on CD

Crazy Love by Michael Buble. I'm not curious enough to find out how to put the accent mark on the "e" in his name.

Young Adult

Ruined: a novel by Paula Morris. Your favorite Teen motifs: Teenage girl with absent parents. New Orleans. Creepy house. Tarot reading aunt. Cemeteries. Prep School snobs. Best friend is a ghost. Wrong that must be righted.
Morris is from New Zealand and teaches writing at Tulane ( I wonder if she knows future Nobel Laureate Victor Gischler?). Did I ever mention my fondness for Lion Red beer?

Flora's Dare by Ysabeau S. Wilce. I read the description but have no still have no idea what the heck this is about. I don't know where Wilce is from but she lives in Chicago. Have I ever mentioned my fondness for Goose Island beer?

How to Not Be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler. Hell, that's easy, act like Gerard Saylor.

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The Professional by Robert B. Parker. Another Spenser novel. Crider will be happy. The regular print version has a big map of Boston on the inside cover so I assume Spenser travels around the city a lot in this one.

Ladies of the Lake by Haywood Smith. Another one of those "Do this or you do not get your inheritance" novels.

Vela Jean Learns to Drive by Jennifer Nevin. "It is a poignant story of a spirited young girl growing up in the gold-mining and moonshining South". Did I mention I just checked out two books on distilling and moonshining?

Hot Pursuit by Suzanne Brockmann. NYC bodyguard is protecting an Assemblywoman when an old murder case gets intertwined. "Suzanne Brockman is widely recognized as a leading voice in romantic suspense." What a coincidence, Gerard Saylor is unrecognized as a trailing voice in online snarkiness.

Acts of Mercy by Mariah Stewart. Serial killer novel with religious overtones.

Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall. "Meet Vish Puri - India's most private investigator. Portly, persistent, and unmistakably Punjabi, he has the exacting nature of Hercule Poirot and the provincial appeal of Precious Ramotswe."

Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji. Teenager in 1973 Tehran hangs out on the roof and lusts for his neighbor before attracting the wrong attention of the secret police.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Common Keyword Searches

Common Keywords

I use StatCounter to track visits to our blog and webpage. One statcounter feature is "Recent Keyword Activity". Here are some of the more popular ones over the past couple years.

Falburn Academy. This used to be a fairly common search and is due to the movie The Woods (starring Bruce Campbell) and set at the fictional Falburn Academy. Usually paired with "true story" or "Massachusetts".


Mysterious Montague. True story of an armed robber who made it big in Hollywood society as a golfer.

Sexy Iraqi. A very popular search in Saudi Arabia.

Tommy Lee Jones Dave Robicheaux. Just watch the movie.

Pearl Swiggum. Name of a former newspaper columnist who was widely syndicated several years ago.

Practical Shooting Exercises. Usually done by people overseas.

Sick of Vampires. So am I.

Naughty Secretaries. Our Naughty Secretary book is about handmade jewelry. Their naughty secretary is about something else.

Slutty Vampires. Aren't they all?

Nina Hartley. We bought a sex instruction and education book by her. Since she is also a porn actress most searches are paired with the word "sex".

Pilot Comics. A popular search in Europe.

More of the Same Writers and a Repaired Star Wars Paperback


Locked In by Marcia Muller. Sharon McCone has "locked-in syndrome". After a late night attack at her P.I. firm she is mentally sharp but unable to move any part of her body. Her staff gathers clues while McCone tries to figure out who attacked her.

There Goes the Bridge by M.C. Beaton. "An Agatha Raisin Mystery" This probably has a recipe too. It seems like that type of mystery.

The Professional by Robert B. Parker. Another Spenser novel.

The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber. A perfect Christmas? You mean you ask for something and people don't say, "I'm not buying you any gun stuff!" or "Don't you have enough knives already?"

Blackstone and the New World by Sally Spencer. I thought these books were reprints of a dead author. Nope the author is alive and well. The author is also a guy, Alan Rustage.

13 1/2 Nevada Barr. A new standalone by Barr. Literature professor Polly lives in New Orleans and has a new architect boyfriend. Meanwhile, a recently released killer leaves Minnesota for New Orleans.


Manhood for Amateurs: the pleasures and regrets of a husband, father, and son by Michael Chabon. Here is my advice for Chabon, "Get a haircut, you look like a hippy."

Star Wars Repairs

Star Wars Omnibus: X-Wing Rogue Squadron Volume 1 by [no author listed]. These paperbacks are poorly bound and fall apart frequently.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I'm Sick. You're Lucky I'm Listing These At All So Don't Expect Any Fascinating Insights

Music CDs

A Hard Day's Night, Yellow Submarine, The Beatles (White Album) by The Beatles.


Missing by Beverly Lewis. Amish with head cover.

An Expensive Education by Nick McDonell. International intrigue and espionage.

Hardball by Sara Paretsky.

Last Kiss by Luanne Rice.

Evidence by Jonathan Kellerman. Kellerman abandoned the author photos where he is layered in eye-makeup.

Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls. "A True Life Novel" Woman in West Texas makes her own way or something.

When Autumn Leaves by Amy S. Foster. The cover looks very familiar.

Marshmallows for Breakfast by Dorothy Koomson.

The Gates by John Connolly. Connolly, Connelly, what's the difference?

Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett. Basketball with gorillas according to the cover.


When Someone You Love is Bipolar: help and support for you and your partner by Cynthia G. Last, PhD.

He Was My Chief: the memoirs of Adolf Hitler's secretary by Christa Schroeder. From 1933 to her arrest in May, 1945. Dirty, stinking, filthy, rotten Nazis.

Understanding Parkinson's Disease: a self-help guide, 2nd Edition by David L. Cram, et al.

World Coins and Currency, 2nd Edition by Arlyn G. Sieber.

Legal Forms Toolkit by Daniel Sitarz.

Easy Christmas Cut-Up Cakes for Kids by Mella Barlow.

Toys and Prices 2009 edited by Tom Bartsch.

Cheerleading: technique, training, show by Miriam Lopez Hernandez de Alba.

Gun Digest 2010 edited by Dan Shideler.

Guns Illustrated 2009 edited by Derrek Sigler.

Big Book of Country Rock from Hal Leonard Publishing. Piano, vocal and guitar parts.

Designing Jewelry with Semiprecious Beads by Kim Gover.

Pro Makeup: salon secrets of the professionals by Kit Spencer.

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I'm too tired to list these. I'm going home.

Why does Little Steven insist on playing Palisades Park?

Friday, October 09, 2009

What to Read 31: Books on Sex

The American Library Association's annual Banned Books Week reminded me that I was going to do a book talk about books on sex. The topic covers so many different areas that I decided to limit myself to mostly non-fiction titles and grouped them together under subjects of my own devising.

Titles include:

Marvel Romance by Stan Lee, et al

Blankets: an illustrated novel by Craig Thompson

Green Bay: love stories and other affairs by Sandy Sullivan

Loose Girl: a memoir of promiscuity by Kerry Cohen

Bunny Tales : behind closed doors at the Playboy Mansion by Izabella St. James

Confessions of a Naughty Mommy : how I found my lost libido by Heidi Raykeil

Real Sex : the naked truth about chastity by Lauren F. Winner

I'm Sorry You Feel That Way : the astonishing but true story of a daughter, sister, slut, wife, mother, and friend to man and dog by Diana Joseph

Princess on the Brink and I Know It’s Over by Meg Cabot

Staying Safe: a teen's guide to sexually transmitted diseases by Miranda Hunter

You Ought Know: a guy's guide to sex by Bill Kelly

Sex, Puberty and All That Stuff : a guide to growing up by Jacquie Bailey

Enchanted Again by Nancy Madore

The Empress's New Lingerie and Other Erotic Fairy Tales : bedtime stories for grownups by Hillary Rollins

Sex Dreams : what it means when you dream about a celebrity, your boss, an ex-lover, a stranger by Carol Cummings

Secrets of the Sexually Satisfied Woman : ten keys to unlocking ultimate pleasure by Laura and Jennifer Berman

Better Sex Through Yoga : easy routines to boost your sex drive, enhance physical pleasure, and spice up your bedroom life by Jacquie Greaux

The "Go ask Alice" Book of Answers : a guide to good physical, sexual, and emotional health by Columbia University. Health Education Program.

The New Love and Sex After 60 by Robert N. Butler

Superflirt by Tracey Cox

Domestic Sex Goddess by Kate Taylor

Dehydrated Jewish Rappers Visitng Chicago With a Migraine

Music CDs

Light by Matisyahu. My apologies, I just read that he is a reggae singer. But he does sing about religion.

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The Spire by Richard North Patterson. Some book.

Tempt Me at Twilight by Lisa Kleypas. The cover photo has a gal in a wedding dress.


Rough Guide to Chicago by Rich McHugh. "Rough Guides are designed to be good to read and easy to use."

Essential Nonprofit Fundraising Handbook by Michael A. Sand and Linda Lysakowski.

Keeler Migraine Method: a groundbreaking individualized treatment program from the renowned headache clinic by Robert Cowan, MD.

Dehydrator Bible: includes over 400 recipes by Jennifer MacKenzie, Jay Nutt and Don Mercer. Books on preserving food have long legs so I thought this might fit in.

Decorative Painting Techniques for Walls, Floors, Ceilings and Furniture by Elise C. Kinkead and Gail E. McCauley. For people more ambitious than I am. We had a carpenter install two new doors at our house. On our old house the front door took a lot of time to do and I am so glad I did not try to do it myself.

McGraw-Hill's ASVAB, 2nd Edition by Dr. Janet E. Wall. I feel like I should study this book just to remember all the stuff from school I have forgotten.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

LEMON BARS! (for me), NONFICTION (for you)

Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars by Carolyn Wey. Eaten by me.


Mixed Martial Arts Unleashed: mastering the most effective moves for victory by Mickey Dimic.

Rock Band by Hal Leonard Corporation. Sheet music for "Twenty-five songs from the hit video game."

Complete Mediterranean Cookbook by Tess Mallos.

1001 Ideas for Bathrooms: the ultimate source book: fixtures, accessories, and decorative treatments by Jerri Farris.

Compost Specialist: the essential guide to creating and using garden compost, and using potting and seed composts by David Squire.

Home Landscaping by Creative Homeowner Press. "Designing gardens. Selecting the best plants. Growing trees, shrubs & flowers."

Nature Alternatives for You and Your Home: 175 recipes to make eco-friendly products by Casey Kellar. Cleaning products, beauty creams, personal care, deodorizers.

Everything Guide to Herbal Remedies: an easy to use reference for natural health care by Martha Schindler Connors.

One Pot French: more than 100 easy, authentic recipes by Jean-Pierre Challet.

Photoshop CS4 by Gary David Bouton and Carole Matthews.

Beaded Chain Mail Jewelry: timeless techniques with a twist by Dylon Whyte.

Bread Machine Bible: more than 100 recipes for delicious home baking with your bread machine by Anne Sheasby.

Tamales by Daniel Hoyer.

Country Living One-Dish Country Suppers: delicious casseroles, fritattas, roasts, and stews from Hearst Books.

Body Sculpting Bible Express: Women's Edition by James Villepigue and Hugo Rivera. We have an earlier edition that did well so I bought this too.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Lake Mills High School Homecoming Parade

I recorded the Homecoming Parade as it came through downtown. I really need a better camera; the current unit does not pick up motion very well.

Missed A Music CD

Music CD

Revolution by Miranda Lambert. Singer sings songs while simultaneously striking sexy stances.

13.25" of NonFiction and 1" of Fiction

Fiction (Height x Width x Thickness)

Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke. 8.5x5 7/8 x 1 inches.

NonFiction (Height x Width x Thickness)

250 Questions You Should Ask to Get Out of Debt by David and Marcia Rye. 8.5x5.5x1 inches.

Wisconsin Curiosities by Michael Feldman and Diana Cook. 9x6x5/8 inches.

Wisconsin's Ghosts by Sherry Strub. 9x6x5/8 inches.

Best Church Supper Recipes edited by Heidi Lloyd (Taste of Home magazine). 9 1/8 x 7 1/8 x 5/8 inches.

The Vegan Table: 200 unforgettable recipes for entertaining every guest at every occasion by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. 9.5 x 7.5 x 1 inches.

Taste of Home: casseroles, slow-cookers and soups by Janet Briggs. 9 x 8 3/8 x 1.25 inches.

Business Start-Up Toolkit by Daniel Sitarz. 9 1/16 x 7 1/16 x 7/8 inches.

Personal Bankruptcy Toolkit by Daniel Sitarz. 9 1/16 x 7 1/16 x 7/8 inches.

Complete Idiot's Guide to Preserving Food by Karen K. Brees, Ph.D. 9 1/16 x 7 5/16 x 13/16 inches.

Knock'Em Dead 2009: the ultimate job search guide by Martin Yate, C.P.C. 9 3/16 x 8 x 15/16 inches.

QuickBooks 2009: the official guide by Kathy Ivens. 9 1/8 x 7 3/8 x 1 5/8 inches.

Altered Shoes: a step-by-step guide to making your footwear fabulous by Marty Stevens-Heebner. 10 7/8 x 8 1/4 x 5/16 inches.

Fussy Eater's Recipe Book: 135 quick, tasty, and healthy recipes that your kids will actually eat by Annabel Karmel. 9 15/16 x 7 11/16 x 3/4 inches.

Ultimate Scholarship Book 2010 by Gen and Kelly Tanabe. 11 x 8.5 x 2 inches.

Classic John Deere Two-Cylinder Tractors: history, models, variations and specifications 1918-1960 by John Dietz and Jeff Hackett. 11.25 x 8 11/16 x 5/8 inches.

Doctor Who: the visual dictionary by Jacqueline Rayner. 12 1/8 x 10 3/16 x 1/2 inches.