Browsing Archives for October 2009

I finally got around to randomly choosing some winners for a book giveaway that is so long overdue it is practically an ancient mystery that could almost qualify as a very boring side story in a Dan Brown book. At the last minute, I threw in another book too. Visit Farmhouse Library to see if you won.

In other news…

Uncle Dave is 100% okay.

Here is an email he sent last week…
Went back to my surgeon today and got the lab report. According to the lab report we caught the Melanoma In-Situ (pre-stage 1) and he was able to cut it out with wide enough margins that I should not have to worry about it coming back. Thank you for all the kind words and prayers during this tough couple of weeks. I am really lucky that Karrabi had me go get it checked out before it got out of hand….THANK YOU KARRABI!!!!!! I look forward to seeing you all at Steve’s this weekend.

Uncle Dave

And here are a few photos to go with Uncle Dave’s update…

The scar…





The hug…

That’s Karrabi, Dave’s wife.





The mullet…

It really was time for an update, even if it involved facial surgery.

Glad you are all bettah Dave!

How Wild is Your Rumpus?

October 29th, 2009

In the post below, commenter Leigh brought up an interesting point about the book, Where the Wild Things Are regarding the wordless pages that follow the line, “LET THE WILD RUMPUS BEGIN!”.  I imagine that every reader does something a little different at this point in the book. Our family typically inserts the phrase – RUMPA PUMPA PUMPA!  RUMPA PUMPA PUMPA!  when we get to those pages.  Leigh said that her family says, “And they say naughty words, ba ba boom, ba ba boom, and they broke mommy’s china. ba ba boom, ba ba boom. And they did the hokey pokey and they turned themselves around.”  

So what do you do when you get to the WILD RUMPUS?  Is it a silent rumpus?  Do you have your own personal signature rumpus?  Surely everyone has a version of the WILD RUMPUS!  How wild is your rumpus?

And when I say review… I just mean my opinion kay?  I don’t for one second believe myself to really be a ‘book reviewer’.  I have no street cred, no authority and no educational background that has prepared me to properly review a book, but I do have my own opinions.  Oh dear – am I ever full of opinions!  My opinion of The Lost Symbol is unfortunately – very poor.  Let’s just say that it was a struggle to care enough about this story to get to the end.  I figured out what was ultimately going to happen about half way through the book… because it is the only thing that could happen… and then it was just about turning enough pages until the inevitable thing did happen.  And then it happened.  And then for some reason I can’t even begin to fathom, there were still fifty pages to wade through!

Under normal circumstances, I am not even sure I would have finished this book and it’s not because I have any problems with a writer toying with prescribed religious beliefs or historical facts. I loved The Da Vinci Code! It was a fun book to read and there were moments in that book where I really found myself wondering if all the things Brown mentioned were true! Did Jesus get married?  Are his descendants still walking around on the planet?  Does the Catholic Church have a select group of monk/assassins to eliminate the threat of church history being turned upside down?  I was ‘swept away’ by that story and was looking forward to The Lost Symbol in the hopes of being swept away again.  Sadly, I was not.  



I also wanted to throw another book into this giveaway.  It is called The Doomsday Key written by James Rollins.   This book is very similar to Dan Brown’s type of writing – that of mixing historical secrets, religious fervor and of course, world domination. I bought this book at the Houston airport during a four hour layover on our flight back home from Europe to Kansas.  After my recent tour of a Doomsday Church, it seemed appropriate.  

Although The Doomsday Key is clearly an imitation of Brown’s fast paced, world traveling, frantic, life or death, hop from one ancient mystery to another, Da Vinci Code, it was much more fun to read than the The Lost Symbol.  I found it hard to put The Doomsday Key down long enough to grab my carry-ons and board the plane.  The book made a long layover and a bumpy plane ride hardly matter at all.  



Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

87	97

Timestamp: 2009-10-29 17:13:39 UTC

So the winner of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol is…….

#87 -

shelley  - who wrote…

I’m in between! I loved it, & got all caught up in it, but at the same time, I totally recognized it as FICTION. I got in a pissing match w/my church (all in my head, of course) for preaching against it, b/c “hello?” these people must all be idiots to be afraid of a FICTIONAL NOVEL! How come there’s no series on the evils of Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean? Where are the sermons about how bad Harry Potter is? Oh wait, don’t answer that :)

And the winner of James Rollins’ Doomsday Key is..….

#97 -

Katie who wrote - 

I was fortunate enough to read the illustrated copy – the one with color picutures of most of the art and architecture – it was amazing and a lot of it made sense – who says it isn’t true? Who really knows the truth?

Thanks everyone for entering and for reading this totally cracked out blog!

Winners please email my your mailing addresses at  - and I will send out your books!