Little Miss Can't Be Wrong
01 January 2014 @ 01:07 pm
The majority of the books I read in 2013 were library books on the Kindle, so that limited my selection somewhat. I also sort of gave up writing reviews (partly because typing on the Kindle is a little cumbersome), but I'm hoping to start that up again next year.

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There weren't many books that I really loved this year, but the best were:

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon
Lost in Shangri-la by Mitchell Zuckoff

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Little Miss Can't Be Wrong
27 November 2013 @ 10:59 pm
So apparently I never posted my book list from last year. It's November. So that's awful.

Total books read: 43 listCollapse )

Best books:
Ship of Gold on the Deep Blue Sea by Gary Kinder
Argo by Antonio Mendez
Little Miss Can't Be Wrong
01 December 2012 @ 10:15 am
Anyone in the Seattle area want a cushy brown suede-type sofa? It looks about like this, although it might be the color of this. We'd love to get rid of it before my mom arrives on Thursday.
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16 November 2012 @ 02:53 pm
Happy birthday to verbicide! In honor of this occasion, I'm posting with some news!

Brian and I are expecting a baby in January. (On or around the 22nd, but because I've read that due dates are only correct 5% of the time, the exact date does not seem all that important.) Obviously, this isn't terribly NEW news given that I'm almost seven months along, but I put off announcing it here for a while for various reasons, and then I kept putting it off.

One thing I've learned through this process is that my coworkers, 98% of whom are male engineers, have no filter between their brains and their mouths. It's like they've spent their whole lives filing away every piece of information that they see, and when an opportunity comes along to provide that information to someone in a relevant situation, they CANNOT RESIST.

So I've been keeping a mental list of things that male coworkers have said to me that I probably wouldn't say to my coworkers if I were in their place. I feel the need to mention that none of these people are my good friends - we don't have each other's cell phone numbers, I haven't been to their houses, etc - I think my close friends of either gender have a little more leeway to say this kind of thing to me.

1. When I told two different guys that I was pregnant (I'm almost positive that neither was aware of the other's reaction) before I was really showing but when I was maybe just slightly chubby, they each told me they had been wondering. When I referred to my stomach getting a little larger (I think I made a joke about eating too many donuts), they both clearly indicated that they meant my chest was getting larger. With hand motions.

2. When I told a third guy that I was pregnant a couple of weeks later, he also said he'd been wondering - because he was walking behind my at one point and noticed I didn't shake my hips when I walked like I used to.

3. I've been told that I need to find a childcare provider that has the same values as me. That guy then went on to tell me his Christian religion and say that he hired a family of a slightly different Christian religion to watch his kids, but said that they "still valued religion and family," as if it was somewhat surprising that someone outside of his religion would value family. He also mentioned that he wouldn't want crazy liberals undoing all the hard work he does in teaching his kids to hold Conservative viewpoints. (I care about politics, but my positions aren't a result of not having heard the arguments about the other side - I think each major party has some valid points, and I vote the way I do because I think about the pros and cons on each issue or candidate and then come to a conclusion.)

4. One guy told me that I should get a female OB/GYN, because if I had to have a C-section, she could make the incision below my panty line. First, I think male doctors know where a panty line is, and second, please stop talking about my panties at work.

5. One guy has told me a variety of different things about breast feeding that, although they might be helpful, are not necessary for my male coworkers to tell me and generally involve the words "breast" or "nipple," which I don't find to be extremely appropriate topics for the workplace. Especially when they're mine. This stuff falls into the category of things that would be appropriate for my close friends to tell me - but that I could probably get from books even if I happened to not have half a dozen close friends who had babies in the last year.

I think that's all of the really good ones I have, but there's still time!
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14 August 2012 @ 12:52 pm
For those of you who are dying with anticipation, there are detailed results hereCollapse ).

Summary: I was in the middle of the pack and didn't win either the golden airplane model or the brick. If I had a crystal ball, I could have beaten the winner - but I'm not sure if I could have otherwise, especially not without putting a lot more time into it.
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06 August 2012 @ 01:44 pm
At work, we fill out brackets for March Madness, the World Series, and the Superbowl, but this year is the first annual Olympics Pick 'Em.

The concept is nutty and a little bit confusing: The organizer chose 30 Olympics events, ranging from popular (a couple of swimming events, women's gymnastics all-around competitions) to things I'd hardly heard of (men's omnium, for example, which our organizer described as "a smorgasboard of cycling"). Two or three events per day were selected, just to keep the interest up the whole time. To participate, you pick an "alliance" of six countries. You assign one country to each event; you may assign each country five and only five events. If your selected country gets gold for that event, you get three points. Silver gets two points and bronze gets one point; if your country gets multiple medals, you get all the points. (For example, Jamaica won gold and silver in the men's 100m this weekend, so anyone who picked Jamaica for that event was awarded five points.)

Of course, because we are all engineers, everyone determined their teams differently, but most of us used some unreasonably complex algorithms. There was a core set of countries that were selected by many, including USA, Great Britain, Russia, and China, and then the picks vary a lot. Because I couldn't stand picking a team that wasn't even competing, my last two picks were Germany and France; other alliance countries include Jamaica, Italy, and Australia.

Of course, the organizer created a complex spreadsheet that allows the winning nation to be entered once. Each competitor's alliance scores are calculated in his/her own tab and then a summary tally is shown on the main page. It's against company policy to bet for money, so our competition prizes are always the same: First prize gets a small model airplane that has been painted gold, and last place gets a large brick. Both of these prizes are kept on the desk of the winner until the owner of the brick plans a new competition and manages not to lose it.
Little Miss Can't Be Wrong
01 January 2012 @ 09:25 am
Total books read: 77 listCollapse )

Best books:
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
War by Sebastian Junger
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
American Lion by Jon Meacham
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21 December 2011 @ 05:21 pm
I'm pretty far behind on posting about books, and it's almost the end of the year! (I'm also extremely behind on posting about anything OTHER than books, but we'll ignore that for the moment.)

51. The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree DrummondCollapse )
52. Millard Fillmore by Paul FinkelmanCollapse )
53. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootCollapse )
54. Rebecca by Daphne du MaurierCollapse )
55. Bridge of Sighs by Richard RussoCollapse )
56. What Got You Here Won't Get You There by Marshall GoldsmithCollapse )
57. Bossypants by Tina FeyCollapse )
58. Spousonomics by Paul Szuchman and Jenny AndersonCollapse )
59. Black Like Me by John Howard GriffinCollapse )
60. Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua FoerCollapse )
61. Skippy Dies by Paul MurrayCollapse )
62. The Dancing Girls of Lahore by Louise BrownCollapse )
63. The Sweet Life in Paris by David LebovitzCollapse )
64. Dear American Airlines by Jonathan MilesCollapse )
65. Packing for Mars by Mary RoachCollapse )
66. Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine BrooksCollapse )
67. Einstein Never Used Flash Cards by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Diane EyerCollapse )
68. It's Our Turn to Eat: The Story of a Kenyan Whistle-Blower by Michela WrongCollapse )
69. The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth by Paul HoffmanCollapse )
70. James Buchanan by Jean BakerCollapse )