He’s Out Of This World … Literally & Metaphorically.

The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

Any good?

No, I thought not.

Well, to help you feel even more depressed about your life, here’s an interview with an astronaut … not just any astronaut, but the charismatic bugger who decided to record Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ aboard the international space station.

I have to admit, I have a bit of a man-crush on Chris Hadfield – the astronaut in question.

Apart from single-handedly proving not all Canadians are beige [though Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford, is also doing a good job at that], he is intelligent, charming and yet down to earth.

I’ll be posting a few things about him in the next few weeks, but I’d like to start off with this – an interview he gave to Classic Rock Magazine [yes, I buy it, deal with it] which is a gentle introduction into his wonderfulness, especially when he explains how he…

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A Bookworms Month Ahead: January 2014

Tea, Books & Thoughts

In terms of awards and festivals the year starts slowly, with only a handful of awards and 4 events in the fair and festival category. For avid readers of British and Irish fiction the two dates of the Costa Book Awards should be of interest.

On the publishing front 2014 comes to a promising start with novels from Sue Monk Kidd, Helen Dunmore, Armistead Maupin and Chang rae-Lee. It is Chang rae-Lee’s forthcoming novel that intrigues me the most; a venture into dystopian fiction by such a graceful writer should be interesting. In addition to these and many other novels by well-known writers, there are also plenty of promising debuts. Among others Ishmael Beah, whose memoir about his time as a child soldier became a bestseller, is publishing his first novel about the aftermath of the war in Sierra Leone.

Try not to get too carried away bookshopping!


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New Year’s confession: I am a thief

Blooms and Bubbles

Every time I make muffins, I think of Ashlyn. I make muffins more often than most people do laundry, so the fact that I think so often of Ashlyn—who I haven’t seen since the days of Ross and Rachel—may come as a surprise to her. But a lifetime ago when we were grad students, I borrowed Ashlyn’s hand mixer, and I never gave it back. As I whipped up my umpteenth batch of pumpkin spice cornbread last night (impending snow storm necessitates baking), I thought of pretty Ashlyn, marveling at the longevity of an appliance that looks like this,

…and wondering if Ashlyn remembers I’m the one who stole it.

Given a bit of thought (and an entire day in jammies), I cataloged an embarrassing list of odd things I’ve poached over the years. I still have Lauren’s prom dress: a flapper fabulous frock of my ex-roommate’s little sister who…

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2013 in review

Chopping Potatoes

Stoked with what the annual report for Chopping Potatoes reveals, especially when I see how much it’s grown since 2012.  Thank you so much for your support!


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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