Monday, July 01, 2013

I'm a new blog!

Blogger has been a nice home, but I've finally decided to move to a self-hosted blog. I'll leave Mary's Ramble here as an archive, but it won't be updated anymore. I hope you'll follow me to for more of my randomness.

A couple subject-specific blogs are on their way, too. Keep an eye on Permanent Mary Sue for news about those.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Happy Towel Day!

It's Towel Day once again and I nearly forgot, which would have been a shame since I got this nifty new towel for Mothers Day. 

Do you know where your towel is?

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Nothing to see here. (Cookies!) Keep moving. (But...cookies!)

Random, anonymous cookies in the student lounge. 
I'm just going to tell myself they're booby-trapped and move along.

If you look closely, you can see there's even a doily underneath. 
These are elegantly booby-trapped cookies.
(Keep telling yourself that, Mary.)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Isn't this a great purse?

Some of you may know about my purse addiction obsession habit collection. I've mostly given up buying purses in the pursuit of creating the perfect purse myself (updates on that as warranted), but I have to say this one was certainly tempting:

The perfect purse for me :)

I mean, what's better than a purse that shouts to the world "Yes, this is a huge purse! But when you need a band-aid, a gadget charger, ibuprofen, stain remover, an umbrella, entertainment or one of a couple dozen other things, you'll be glad I've got 'em!"

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Don't have time for Lord of the Rings? Gotcha covered!

LilGirl shared this video with me so I thought I'd pass it on (aren't I nice?).


(I think she only watched it...oh, 500 times last weekend)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Appreciating "Enough"

I loved reading this today.

"It's very important to notice when there's enough. We often have a habit of scarcity, even in times of incredible abundance and wealth. We forget that there's often enough, more than enough, to meet our needs, and to be happy, and to find appreciation, and to give some away. May this be so for you today and every day."

When a Package of Still Warm Tortillas Is Plenty and Enough Weekend Meditation | The Kitchn

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Still looking for Valentines? Here, let me help ;)

I've seen quite a few fun Valentines over the last few days, so I thought I'd round up some of my favorites here:

Wesley Crusher, from Flying Armadillo Productions 

Captain Malcolm Reynolds, from Chelsea Davison

Lydia and Lizzie Bennet (doing costume theater as Lizzie and Darcy),
from The Hills Can Be Quite Unforgiving 

More Lizzie Bennet Diaries Valentines here
(I was tempted to post half of them here, but I restrained myself)

And my favorite:

Richard III (no, I'm not tired of him yet), from Medium Aevum

Friday, February 01, 2013

Interesting OED facts

Very interesting bit about the Oxford English Dictionary from today's Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor:

"The longest entry in the 1989 edition is the word "set" in its verb form: There are more than 430 listed ways the verb "set" is used. The entry for the verb "set" is 60,000 words long, the equivalent of a modestly sized novel. The Bible is quoted more than any other work in the Oxford English Dictionary, and Shakespeare is quoted more than any other single author. Of Shakespeare's works, Hamlet is quoted the most — there about 1,600 quotations from Hamlet alone in the OED."

Thursday, January 31, 2013

A cookie (in a cup) for my hubby

Today is hubby's birthday, and he loves chocolate chip cookies, so tonight I tried this recipe to make him a special dessert: a chocolate chip cookie in a cup. Surprise, it turned out! (Yay me!)

This was far better than making a whole batch of cookies, which takes up too much time for a weeknight and involves me eating way too much dough. Since you mix the dough in the cup you "bake" it in (in the microwave), there's not much clean-up, either.

I think I'll be hanging on to this recipe. Definitely a good one for when you just HAVE to have a cookie, but don't want to make a whole batch.

no. 2 pencil: Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mitch Resnick: Let's teach kids to code [Recently Watched]

I watched this over my lunch break today. I think Mitch Resnick says a lot of important things in here. People do seem to have the impression (and I fall into it now and then myself) that you only need to learn to code if you're going to be a programmer or a web developer or something along those lines. But Resnick points out that learning to code helps kids (and adults) learn other skills through coding.

Great video. Take the time to watch it.


Monday, January 28, 2013

This is so sweet

Lizzie & Darcy on their 200th anniversary. :)

A 200-year-old book and a current web series that make me squee

Pride and Prejudice was published January 28, 1813 and the world has been reading it non-stop ever since. It's one of the few books I have re-read multiple times.

To mark the day, let me point you (once again) to my latest obsession: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. This is a web series which follows a modern-day Lizzie through the (slightly altered) events of P&P. If you want to jump in from the beginning, you can find a handy playlist here (and don't forget Lydia's videos here - of course, Lydia being Lydia stopped adding videos to her playlist some time ago, so you have to just poke around and try to watch them in order).

If you'd like to dig further into the goings-on of the story (many of the characters have their own Twitter, Tumblr & Facebook pages), check out the webpage, which will lay it all out for you (including Lydia's vids in the proper order, folded into the bigger story). The story is set to wrap up in March (after which I plan to go back and re-watch and re-read everything to catch the cues & clues I missed the first time). It's interesting to know more-or-less where the story is going , but to have no idea exactly how this version is going to pull it all off, plus there's the added fun of watching the characters interact outside the videos (for me, this is mostly on Twitter).

Have you been watching? If you haven't, do you think you'll give it a try? What's your favorite adaptation of Pride and Prejudice? (I think this one's up there, but it's not complete yet, so I'll withhold full judgement until it is. I think so far, it has my all-time-favorite Georgiana and possibly the most adorable Mr. Collins ever. Yes, adorable.)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Frank Conroy on irrelevant details [Writing]

Writer's Almanac mentioned Frank Conroy today and included this bit:
He once scolded a student for using irrelevant details in her short story. He said: "The author makes a tacit deal with the reader. You hand them a backpack. You ask them to place certain things in it — to remember, to keep in mind — as they make their way up the hill. If you hand them a yellow Volkswagen and they have to haul this to the top of the mountain — to the end of the story — and they find that this Volkswagen has nothing whatsoever to do with your story, you're going to have a very irritated reader on your hands."
She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways by William Wordsworth | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor