Friday, May 09, 2008

Weekly Geeks #2 and Friday Fill-in #27

I've had a few people give me links to their reviews this week, since implementing the new policy here on my blog as part of the Weekly Geeks Challenge for Week #2. (In case you missed what this is about, click on the link just above for more details). This has been a rather busy week for me so I haven't had a chance to search other blogs for reviews of books that I've also read, but I still plan to do so when I find the time. I definitely want to continue adding review links to mine here and will keep this as a standard policy on my blog, plus I think it'll be easier to keep up with future reviews as they are written. For the next little while at least, I'll try to remember to ask for links at the bottom of my book review posts. Thanks, Dewey, for encouraging us to incorporate a useful feature in our blogs.
Updated to add:
I just read Florinda's post and I have to agree with her wholeheartedly. Having a list of books read somewhere easily accessible or visible on the blog, is extremely helpful. You can find lists of the books I've read in the last 2 years linked in my sidebar, over there on the far left, just under my new 'Review Policy'. And one of these days I'll get around to making the list of books read in 2006, the year I started blogging.

1. The scrumptious chocolate cake that my mom used to make had an extra secret ingredient; it was zucchini!
2. There is a nice cool evening breeze coming through my window.
3. Right now, I need sleep. Darn cat keeps waking me up several times each night and I'm exhausted.
4. A coffee shop where I met one of my students for an hour is where I went Thursday night; it was much like every other Thursday.
5. Why do cat scratches hurt so much?
6. All I can think of is the bed, the book, and the weekend ahead.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to sleeping, tomorrow my plans include sleeping late and Sunday, I want to sleep and read! Of course all these sleep plans are probably wishful thinking. I may be reduced to having afternoon naps when said cat is also asleep!


  1. Squash in cake? When I was a kid, I worried about zucchini as a hidden ingredient. It was the only thing that grew in my parent's garden and they couldn't get rid of it. By me, anyway.

  2. I think you might be tired! lol

    Hope you get to catch up on your sleep this weekend. Thanks for stopping by my spot :)

  3. i love a nice breeze thru the open window!

    Thanks for playing :-)

  4. zuchinni in cake, now that is interesting! Have a great weekend!

  5. Hi nat :D

    All your answers are interesting,the word out is S-L-E-E-P. You must be tired and it seems this beautiful white cat is a beauty on the outside and "you fill in" on the inside.
    Cat scratches are very painful, do not know why, did you have a fight with this pretty kitty :P, I've had my share of scratches, Oliver has a patch of fur missing near his eye when my then cat Muffin showed him who was boss.

    I hope you do get to read, sleep and that "the cat" leaves you alone!!!!!!!

    P.S. are you sure you aren't a dog person :D

  6. I'm tired, too. I shouldn't be, as I usually get 7 hours sleep every night, but somehow, getting up at 5:30 am just wears me out, no matter how early I got to bed!

    I have a zucchini cake recipe that calls for chocolate. ;) It's delicious!!! I'll have to make it this summer and post the recipe on my food blog.

    Hope you get some rest. Hopefully, no more earthquakes (I remember standing in doorways in the middle of the night when we lived in San Diego!) and a well-behaved cat. ;)

  7. My cats have been particularly prone to night-time antics lately as well...I feel your pain.

    You and Florinda are absolutely right, a list of books is indeed a very useful thing. I'm in the process of organizing my own.

    I hope you have a nice weekend!

  8. Thanks for the link! When I was searching other Weekly Geeks' blogs for reviews to link, I noticed that some bloggers (like you!) were nice enough to have their reviews organized somewhere, and I didn't have that. But now I'm glad that this challenge pushed me to get it done!

    Hope you get some sleep this weekend :-)!

  9. It seems we all need sleep! Popular fill-in. :)
    Happy Friday!

  10. I have made chocolate zucchini cake! It makes it extra moist and super yummy, you would never know it is in the cake.

    I too had a cat that used to wake me up very early. Darn cake one time couldn't wake me so he grabbed ahold of the cord for the window blind in his mouth and pulled back and then let it drop and it would slam onto the window sill! I was totally amazed he could do that!

    Love you response to #7 about the cat naps! LOL!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  11. I ran into the same situation with the Weekly Geeks Challenge this week--I got others' links up but did not have time to look around much for reviews on other sites.

    I love the way you worded your review and link policy!

    Your mom's chocolate cake sounds so good!

    I hope you have a good weekend, Tanabata! I hope you are able to get some sleep.

  12. cmw- It was my favourite cake that my mom made and you really couldn't taste the zucchini. Really! :P

    Jack- Thanks. My sleep was interrupted a few times last night but I did get back to sleep so it wasn't as bad.

    Janet- The evenings are nice and cool these days. Trying to enjoy them while they last!

    Sandy M- It doesn't sound very appealing but you can't taste the zucchini (it's so mild on its own) and it just made the cake really moist.

    Madeleine- Sometimes Bailey is very cute but yes, he is a bit of hard work. He was a bit better last night but he still woke me up a few times. Luckily I could go back to sleep each time and didn't actually get up till around noon. I needed that. I don't actually have any cat scratches at the moment but I don't always clip their claws often enough and they get super sharp! And the scratches always seem to hurt for a few days.
    And no, I'm still a cat person. Besides Jiro is the complete opposite of Bailey, he's so fun and easy to have around. :)

    Les- Both comments showed up so I just kept the first one.
    I know what you mean about getting up early. I've never been a morning person. I'm hoping for a calm, quiet weekend too!
    I'd love to see your version of chocolate zucchini cake. :)

    Nymeth- Maybe it's the change of seasons? Hope you have a nice weekend too.

    Florinda- Thanks. I did get a bit more sleep last night so that was appreciated. Dewey's really getting us to shape up our blogs, isn't she? :)

    bundle-o-contradictions- Hope you get some sleep too this weekend.

    cre8tivkj- Exactly, you'd never know the zucchini was in there unless you've been told. It's pretty amazing the things Bailey will do to wake me up. He quickly learns what will get me up the quickest to make him stop!

    Literary Feline- I still plan to look around other sites when I get the time but this week it was pretty hopeless. Thanks for noticing my review policy.
    My mom's chocolate zucchini cake was my favourite. It's the cake I always asked her to make for my birthday each year. She was really good at cooking and baking. Sadly I don't think I've inherited that.
    And thanks, I did get a bit more sleep last night. It was still in chunks but I got more of them. :)

  13. French book bloggers have done this for a long time, added other bloogers reviews to their own, it is a nice way to get different points of view regarding a book.

    Annother thing they do is send each other "care packages" around a theme. Like "mistery novels" was all black and consisted of 3 crime novel trade paperbacks, extra dark chcolate, coffee of the region and 3 place markers. They do this 2-3 times a year. It souns expensive, however the system works in a way that each blogger only sends 1 package. It is super organized and I havent the rules down pat. It is a sweet idea so aspecially around christmas or the holliday season however you want to call it.
    Do you or anyone who reads this post know of this practice?

    i will try to post some photos on my blog of a french friend's "package" after I ask her permission and the rules, she is fluent in english...a plus, maybe she will write them down :)

  14. If everyone had lists of their reviews like you have, it would make this whole Weekly Geeks thing a lot easier. Alas, though, we have no reviews in common.

  15. Madeleine- The gift exchange is a nice idea, like Secret Santa or similar ideas. Nymeth hosted a Blogger Christmas exchange last year. I didn't join because I wasn't sure I'd get the gift sent in time but it seemed like fun for those who did participate. :)

    raych- Not a one? Well maybe in the future. :)


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