November 29, 2010

Monday Meme: A Book Meme

Filed under: Blogs, Memes — liberrydwarf @ 3:53 pm

(Taken from here)

1. What book is in your purse/car?

It’s usually whatever I’m reading right now. At the moment it’s Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton.

2. what book is in your bathroom?

There’s a copy of a magazine (if that counts) Cosmopolitan Pregnancy Spring 2010 issue.

3. what book is nearest to your favorite chair?

Oh gosh, we don’t really have armchairs. I guess we have the computer chair in our study? The closest book to that is probably on of my husband’s book on social research and statistics (zzzzz…..)
4. what book is nearest to your couch?

Probably the copy of Anne Aguire’s Grimspace I got from BookMooch a few days ago and haven’t put away yet…

5. what book is nearest to your bed?

Trying to keep my bedroom and bedside table clear of piled-up books, and succeeding at the moment! Hubby has  a copy of Candace Havens’ Charmed and Dangerous on his bedside table…


November 26, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Cocktails, Cricket and Communication

Filed under: Education, Food, Librarian, Sport — liberrydwarf @ 3:41 pm

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: Found the gummy snakes I thought I’d lost on the way to the cocktail night for my local professional association (AKA geeky librarian club), in time to have them in the signature Bookworm cocktails which were a big hit!  Watermelon and guava cocktails with red jelly snakes = delicious! (I’m sure someone took a picture, will share if I can find…)

2) One Bad Thing: Have to work all day tomorrow. Through the cricket. Which is just about the only sport I can stand watching. Booh! (Although on the plus side there’s air conditioning. And a free day off…)

3) One Thing I Learned: More about the vocal expression of emotion than I ever wanted to, after sitting through 90 minutes of the most boring research study ever, listening to voice actors say the same 2 phrases over and over again conveying different emotions… ah well, all in the name of science. I’m a good little guinea pig!

November 24, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Children, Comics, family, movies, music, TV, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 2:53 pm

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


Daniel Day Lewis + Steven Spielberg = Abraham Lincoln. Ohhhhh yeah!

The 10 Nerd Movies Most Superior To Their Books


Six plot staples of Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV. Aah, can’t beat a classic, can you?


Had never come across this band before, but their music video made me smile…


Herge-Lovecraft Mashup (AKA “Tintin and the Tentacles”!)

A colleague set me onto STFU Parents, where bloggers showcase some really REALLY awful Facebook updates from oversharing parents. “Don’t ever be like this”, she pleaded. I will endeavour not to. At least now I have a benchmark.

November 22, 2010

Monday Meme: Top 5 Foods

Filed under: Food, Memes — liberrydwarf @ 2:14 pm

Holiday season is upon many of us (and others of us are just celebrating the chance to eat whatever we want, pretty much, without judgment being passed…) So this week, we’ll explore the top five things that, given the choice between anything else, I’d scoop up and chow down on any time…

1) Toad in the Hole

Toad in the Hole

It’s probably horribly horribly bad for you, but there’s just something about smothering your leftover barbecue sausages in Yorkshire batter, baking it up so it’s crispy on the outside and soft-and-still-a-bit-gooey on the inside, and then coating it all in gravy…

2) Cheese Twisties

Cheese Twisties

No other country in the world has these, as far as I’ve seen. And no other cheese-flavoured chip-style snack in any other country I’ve tried has the same texture/consistency or flavour. Another reason why I would never survive if I didn’t live in Australia.

Not ever to be confused with the chicken variety, which are absolute poison, and an evil trap for newcomers…

3) Tabouleh


Belittled as “Goat Food” by pretty much all the men in my family, there’s nothing quite like a fresh tabouleh salad, with just the right ratio of lemon juice : olive oil and really fresh tomato. Sadly on the “banned while you’re knocked up” list…

4) Camembert/Brie Cheese


Yes, I know these are different, but I do love them both – room temperature when they’re a bit oozy, on a crisp thin wafer cracker. Pure unadulterated creamy bliss. Also on the BWYKU list… (booh!!)

5) Honeycomb


Mind you, it’s got to be the right sort of stuff. Not that aerated melt-too-quickly Cadbury stuff. Not the violently-splintering Nestle stuff. Actually, plain is better than chocolate-coated, to be honest. I’d have to say sweet treats are not a favourite of mine, but honeycomb somehow manages it, especially home-made stuff. Really good honeycomb is a little creamy in texture and tastes all summery. Beautiful!


Now I’ve gone and made myself hungry… 😦

November 19, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Tom Sawyer, Teams, and Tests

Filed under: Uncategorized — liberrydwarf @ 8:23 am

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: Spent the weekend at Mum’s again, this time painting the fence (hence the Tom Sawyer quote. But no small children to convince to take over from me!) as one of the last things before the place goes on the market. It was kind of soothing to do something both mindless and productive at the same time… think I need a holiday!

2) One Bad Thing: Spent the whole of Thursday morning in a workshop about how to build great work teams. Depressed because from the end of the year, I lose my existing great work team, and nobody here has any idea who’s working with who on what as of January. Ironic that it was repeated over and over how good teams require clear vision and good communication – haven’t seen much of that recently!

3) One Thing I Learned: What sex my baby is :D. Suddenly I have a whole new perspective on this – it’s like there’s a whole personality in there now, not just a parasite.  (And here’s hoping my child never finds this blog. Ever.)

November 17, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Just Plain Weird, Kittens, movies, TV — liberrydwarf @ 9:52 am

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


All things Cowboys And Aliens. (My two favourite things! How could I possibly have missed this movie?)

John Cusack is Edgar Allen Poe. And he looks awesome! Add this to the list of things I’m looking forward to seeing!

Let’s hope this is less Twilight-style-sucky than the trailer indicates…


The 100 Greatest Fantasy/Sci-Fi TV Shows Of All Time. (I am suprised somewhat by some of the ranking here…)


Mural art is alive and well. And full of kittens with laser beam eyes

Horrible horrible story from my hometown. The war is over, Bogans 1, Civilised Society 0…

November 15, 2010

Meme Monday: The BBC Top 100 Books

Filed under: Books, Memes — liberrydwarf @ 8:39 am

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety.  Italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials trilogy – Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

18 The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia series – CS Lewis

34 Emma -Jane Austen

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis (given #33, why is this here??)

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel

52 Dune – Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

65 The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses – James Joyce

76 The Inferno – Dante

77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal – Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession – AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker

84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94 Watership Down – Richard Adams

95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo


That makes 36. And only one I didn’t get all the way through. In my defence, I was 14, it wasn’t my copy, and I was on holidays and couldn’t take it home with me.

How about you?

November 12, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Haircuts, Hidden Secrets and Hell Broken Loose

Filed under: family, Fashion, Scouts, Uncategorized — liberrydwarf @ 3:38 pm

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: Cut off all my hair. Well, not all of it. It now sits about a half-inch to an inch above my shoulder, rather than halfway down my back. It no longer weighs a ton, but I can still clip it up out of my face. Plus, now it looks lighter without having to fork out for more highlights. Score!

2) One Bad Thing: I’ve been helping my Mum pack up her house to move from the country to the city my siblings and I all live in, so we can be one big happy neighbourly family. Anyway, I was packing her bookshelves last weekend and came across her wedding album from when she married my Dad. Some perspective – my parents have been seperated for 17 years. And it wasn’t pretty. And you know how many couples mellow into a somewhat-friendship, or at least tolerance, over time? Not my parents. The bitter hatred ferments like a fine wine and only gets more refined with age. (In a way my parents are like Scotch. Which would please my Dad. But might explain a lot of why they broke up in the first place.) Anyway, she came over and saw me with the album, and then there was this awful tense awkwardness where she pretended like she wasn’t upset I’d found it, and I pretended like it’d never happened in the first place, and now she’s going to want to unpack and throw it out but can’t do that because I’LL KNOW! Or HE’LL WIN! Or something. *sighs* Parents…

3) One Thing I Learned: Having gone to visit the scout section above mine, that my kids are ANGELS and my behaviour management/time management/genera child wrangling skills are AWESOME! Because that other meeting was an absolute shambles – kids tying other kids up, card-games going on at the back of the room, more squealing than I thought possible outside a piggery, and all the while adults ignoring it and talking louder…

November 10, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Books, movies, TV, Words/Language — liberrydwarf @ 2:57 pm

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


Duchovny spreads rumours (in French, mind you) of a third and final X Files Movie

A brief history of the alien invasion movie

Harrison Ford threatens an Indiana Jones 5 (despite the fact that April Fools Day is still months away!)


JK Rowling says she’s not done with Potter yet... (paving the way for “Harry Potter: The University Years” adult fiction hopefully! *winks*)


20 Awesomely Untranslatable Words from Around the World


November 8, 2010

Monday Meme: The Geek Test

Filed under: Nerds — liberrydwarf @ 10:23 am

No long list of questions today – I simply took The Geek Test.


I am 33.72781% geek, which apparently makes me a Total Geek. Less than 2% shy of being a Major Geek though, so I might have to hand my Big Bang Theory DVDs back in…

Strangely, I am pretty proud of this. Both that I could answer so many questions with a tick, and that I couldn’t say yes to all of them.  Balance!

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