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Went to the Pickle Barrel with Allison and Jodi last night. We're all hooked on the same smoothie: Marathon Mambo. Amazing what an effect a name can have on one's desire for a food item. I'm really noticing this as I work on the Web site for my mom-in-law's restaurant. Just formatting the catering menu makes my mouth water: "grilled skewers of scallops & jumbo tiger shrimps with Persian rice pilaf & spicy lime dip", "proscuitto, sundried tomato & asiago stuffed breast of chicken with wild rice pancake", "walnut daquoise with milk chocolate buttercream icing"...I have no idea what a "daquoise" is, but I -know- I want one! :-)

I'm having fun playing around with cascading style sheets right now.

Current topic over in Blatherchat are kids' books. For the record, my favourites are/were (in no particular order):

Eeek, maybe I'd better stop there. I could easily do a full Blather on any of the above books.

I still read kids' books. I'm write kids' books. I pity those who think that kids' books are just for kids, or sneer at adults who read them for pleasure. It always sets up warning bells in my head when I find out someone doesn't really have any favourite childhood books, or can only vaguely recall some classics like "Wind In The Willows" and "Alice In Wonderland". Doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with the person, of course, just that it's a sure sign that they aren't a kindred spirit.

Why do I enjoy kids' books so much? Because I find they often have better stories and a more benevolent outlook on life than some adult books. Because they're more likely to have happy endings, or at least an element of hope at the end. There's enough angst and depression in real life, and I'm a naive optimist. Well...maybe not as naive as before I sold Inkspot, but still a stubborn optimist. :-)

Today's Blatherpic:

    Self-portrait by Sara.

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