Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Guestlist: iPhone Apps That Christa Needs

By Christa's niece Camille, age 8

1. Cube runner
2. Cupcake maker
3. Cake maker
4. Cookie maker
5. sundae maker
6. doode jump (should be "doodle" according to Parker)
7. impossable game
8. applets*
9. angry birds*

*Added by Parker, age 12

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Potluck Sign-Up Sheet

Dishes on the Sign-Up Sheet as of Friday Afternoon for Next Friday's Potluck:
  • strawberry cake
  • Chick Fil A chicken minis
  • orange juice
  • TBD

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Guestlist: Schwag I Got at a Work Conference

by Heather
  • 16 pens
  • 2 hand sanitzers
  • 1 cookbook
  • 2 totes
  • 1 hat
  • 1 mousepad
  • 1 umbrella
  • 1 laptop case
  • 1 backpack
  • 2 tumblers
  • 1 ice cream scoop
  • 1 cup holder
  • 2 luggage tags
  • 1 notebook
  • 2 envelope openers
  • 1 note card set
  • 1 tin of mints
  • 1 team building book
  • 1 TN tour book
  • 1 set multi colored highlighters
  • 2 thumb drives
  • 1 pedometer
  • 1 sewing kit
  • 1 mobile phone stand
  • 1 stress ball
  • 1 smiling stress ball that laughs when you squeeze it
  • 1 magnetic clip
  • 3 post it pads
  • 2 chapsticks
  • 1 mini sewing kit
  • 1 pair sunglasses
  • some candy

Friday, April 15, 2011

Guestlist: Trend Proctoring

Trends in Seventh Grade Footwear, Noticed While Proctoring the TCAP
by Stephanie Chockleyblog

1. For girls: All sandals are a thong/t-strap like this one. Every last pair.

2. For everyone: Chuck Taylor All-Stars!
3. For boys: Big, huge man-sized feet and shoes on little, scrawny 13-year-old boys who have yet to grow into them. So cute!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Covered in Birds

I hear birds are the new black, but I went a bit overboard when I accidentally wore the following things covered in birds one day last week:
  1. earrings
  2. t-shirt
  3. purse

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Guestlist: Top Ten Ways to Improve NBA Basketball

by T. Christopher Long

10. Shorten the games to 5 minutes since it's only the last 5 minutes of a basketball game that matters. Reduce the shot clock to 12 seconds.

9. Eliminate dribbling. It sounds silly. It looks silly.

8. Raise the goal to 15 feet.

7. Eliminate the playoffs or eliminate the regular season. It doesn't matter which, but one of them has to go.

6. Unicycles.

5. No blood, no foul. With fewer fouls, free throws now count for 10 points. No fouling out.

4. In fact, revamp scoring completely. Shots in the paint count for 2. Shots inside the three-point line but not in the paint count for 3. Field goals count for 5. Backcourt shots count for 10.

3. Contract the league to the Lakers, Celtics, Bulls since those are historically the only relevant teams. I guess you can throw in Miami to balance things out mathematically and geographically. Now that I think about it, even the best teams typically have only two good players. Let's cut teams down to 3 players each.

2. One member of each team must be blindfolded at all times.

1. Change the channel to a baseball game.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Why You Should Take My Sketching Class

  1. You will get your own sketchbook.
  2. We will do fun exercises to loosen you up.
  3. You get to sketch and hang out with people who sketch.

Sketching from Life

Elizabeth Alley
3 Sessions - Thursdays April 14-28
TIME: 6:00-9:00pm
COST: $135 - Materials included

This class will help you to get in the habit of quickly drawing in your sketchbook from life to document a subject while capturing the a feeling of the moment. We will focus on shapes, mark-making and shading, while experimenting with a variety of materials.

PHONE: (901) 767-2999
ONLINE: class schedule

Friday, April 1, 2011

Epic List: Every Book We've Read in Bookclub

This list of all the books we have read in the almost 10 years we've been a bookclub was put together with the help of Goodreads and my very own brain. I sure hope this is really all of them. I remembered to put one book that I straight up did not read, but it's possible there was more than one in 10 years. This was already too big of a list to include authors, and inclusion on this list does not necessarily equal a recommendation, but if you have questions about either of those things feel free to ask!

  1. Ladies Auxiliary (currently reading)

  2. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

  3. At Home: A Short History of Private Life

  4. An Object of Beauty

  5. Freedom

  6. Of Bees & Mist

  7. The Pickup

  8. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  9. Wild Ginger

  10. Code of the Woosters

  11. The Recipe Club

  12. The Elegance of the Hedgehog

  13. The Mysterious Benedict Society

  14. Julie & Julia

  15. Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid

  16. Midnight’s Children

  17. The Yiddish Policeman’s Union

  18. Suite Francais

  19. Waiter Rant

  20. Sharp Teeth

  21. A Wild Sheep Chase

  22. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

  23. Franny & Zooey

  24. The Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency

  25. The Odyssey

  26. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

  27. Nowhere Else on Earth

  28. Gilead

  29. The Great Gatsby

  30. The Year of Magical Thinking

  31. Olive Kitteridge

  32. The Pleasure of My Company

  33. Without Reservations

  34. Water for Elephants

  35. Chronicle of a Death Foretold

  36. Unbearable Lightness of Being

  37. Myth of You and Me

  38. Lady Chatterly’s Lover

  39. God is Not Great

  40. Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

  41. Wild at Heart

  42. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler

  43. Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude

  44. The Namesake

  45. Under the Banner of Heaven

  46. The Optimist’s Daughter

  47. To Kill a Mockingbird

  48. The Book Thief

  49. Cat’s Cradle

  50. Lucky Jim

  51. The Awakening

  52. The Little Friend

  53. The Time Traveler’s Wife

  54. Reservation Blues

  55. Wicked

  56. I Know This Much is True

  57. Consuming Passions

  58. Paula

  59. Confederacy of Dunces

  60. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  61. Mrs. Dalloway

  62. One Hundred Years of Solitude

  63. The Eyre Affair

  64. Ella Minnow Pea

  65. The Red Tent

  66. Choke

  67. The Godfather

  68. Oryx & Crake

  69. Breath: Poems

  70. Caramelo

  71. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

  72. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

  73. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

  74. Who Do You Love

  75. Primate’s Memoir

  76. The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  77. The Known World

  78. Ishmael

  79. Freakonomics

  80. The Sacred and Profane Love Machine

  81. The Corrections

  82. Hold the Enlightenment

  83. The Soccer War

  84. Empire Falls

  85. The Secret Life of Bees

  86. Three Junes

  87. Hummingbird’s Daughter

  88. Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque

  89. Sin in the Second City

  90. The Lord and the General Din of the World

  91. About a Boy

  92. White Oleander

  93. Losing Battles

  94. Memoirs of a Geisha

  95. Bee Season