Thursday, April 30, 2009

"Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere"

Kate Harding, famed blogger of the Shapely Prose is soon to be an author. She teamed up with fellow blogger Marianne Kirby (Fatshionista) to pen Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body.

It is described as: "a book to help readers achieve admiration for—or at least a truce with—their bodies. The authors believe in 'health at every size' — the idea that weight does not necessarily determine well-being and that exercise and eating healthfully are beneficial, regardless of whether they cause weight loss. They point to errors in the media, misunderstood and ignored research, as well as stories from real women around the world to underscore their message...

I just received a gift certificate for Amazon so it is at the top of my list of must have books for this quarter.

Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere is due to be released May 5th but can be pre-order for about $11 - $16.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

New Tenants

With April comes rain. With rain comes tulips. With spring also comes my little garden helpers -- Robins. I love robins. I love their singing, their red breasts, the way they zip across the yard. How they play in the sprinkler when I'm watering. They are just an all around cute bird.

This year they have set up a nest on the sill of my office aka dining room window. I'm almost as glorified as the cat who spent two hours watching the Mrs. build and the Mr. eat. Ok, I probably watched for a good 30 minutes too. I'm pretty sure they knew we were there but she didn't seemed concerned.

It's not what I would call an ideal place to put a nest. Especially once you get some wiggly jiggly babies in it and a good wind. Jeff is trying to think of a way to offer some protection without disturbing the nest and without making it easier for something to climb up and get the eggs.

I'm actually pretty stoked to see baby eggs and eventually hatchlings. I hope things work out for our new tenants.

The picture isn't so great but it gives you an idea of the proximity and actually shows a bird. I also have some excellent video footage but I still don't know how to upload that to the computer so I'll have to wait for tech support.