Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Of personal addictions and fabulous blogs

Thank you, Morgan Mandel of Make Mine Mystery for naming The Silver Rush Mysteries blog as worthy of the "Your Blog is Fabulous" award.

I see that, according to Morgan, to qualify for a YBiF, I'm to reveal five addictions, and name five blogs I feel are fabulous. Hmmm. Okay, I'll give this a whirl.

Five things I "cannot do without" (i.e., addictions)

1. Coffee. And not just any coffee. Peet's or Panama Red are my faves. But I always carry a handful of cards for other coffee bars, just in case (see photo).

2. Dark chocolate.

3. Texting. Oh, this is embarrassing to admit, but . . . I've found that texting is the best way to stay in touch with my kid-at-college. (No, no, I'm not a helicopter parent, honest!) We have deep and meaningful conversations, which I treasure, such as the following, verbatim from yesterday. (Note the severe lack of punctuation and capitalization on both sides of the exchange.)

College Kid: "i think i left my towels at home"
Me: "They are in yr duffle"
College Kid: "oh ok"

4. Reading.

5. Writing. Of course!

5. 1. (Yes, I'm cheating a bit) My ancient, much beloved Original Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases, copyright 1965. I still remember the Christmas that I got it. What a wonderful gift!

Now, to nominate five blogs. This is very difficult. I'm still looking around and gathering blogs for my blog roll. And I assume this can include "corporate" type blogs? In any case, here goes.

My nominations for "Your Blog is Fabulous"

Mysterious Matters: Mystery Publishing Demystified

The Blood Red Pencil
The Rap Sheet
Writing for Hire
Short Sharp Science (because I'm a long-time fan of New Scientist magazine)

Whew. Is there anything else I'm supposed to do?
Hope not, because it's past midnight. Oh well. I'm still counting this as a blog for TUESDAY.

Good night and good luck.


Eliza Gayle said...

I agree about the texting. Seems to be the only way to keep up with my teenager as well. She wont answer the phone if I call it but she will answer every text within minutes.

Ann Parker said...

Hi Eliza,
Same with me! If I call, the phone goes unanswered, rolls to voicemail, and four days later, I'll text "did you get my msg?" and the response is "what msg?" (sigh)
Interestingly enough, email tends to go unanswered as well. It's all about texting.

Katie Hines said...

I'm stuck on coffee, too. I confess that I drink far more than my fair share, but hey! I have to make it up 'cause my husband no longer drinks coffee.

Anonymous said...

Texting is my addiction, too. Ever since I joined Twitter I just can't stop updating it from my phone. It's kind of embarrassing!

I don't get the coffee thing, though, but that's because I can't drink more than a half-cup of coffee before I get sick. Coffee-flavored ice cream is a whole other story, though!

Ann Parker said...

Hi Katie!
My husband consumes buckets of the stuff, so my few cuppas don't even "move the needle" on the household's total caffeine consumption! ;-)
I figure, if one must be addicted to a substance, it could be a lot worse, right?

Hi Christina!
Coffee-flavored ice-cream . . . yum! And those dark-chocolate bars that have little bits of crunchy espresso beans in them. Oooo, now that this has popped to mind, I have to go rummage through my emergency chocolate stash.