Browsing with the Special Pals


Today I’m going to divert from my usual tour through the Bookish blogs in my blogroll, and concentrate on those in the Special Pals section. Because they’re very important to me too, even if they’re not explicitly book-related blogs. And some are fellow exiles, which makes them even more important to me, because we’ve shared some tribulations in the past month! And therefore…

Kelly at 30 Something and Searching has a lovely tribute to moms for this Mother’s day, and then if you scroll down a bit, you’ll see a hilarious tourism promo she wrote for Chicago. It’s…perhaps not quite what the city would want in a Tourism Ambassador.

Over at Ask Me Anything, we find one of the two people in the “Special Pals” blogroll who appears there twice. Stephanie also writes the Rocket Scientist blog, which was my first introduction to her, and which drew me in immediately. Rocket Scientist is part science blog, part writing, part whatever. It’s “science” because Stephanie works at NASA (had her 20th anniversary this past week, in fact), and “writing” because she also writes novels. This past week, she’s been discussing how to write characters in particular. At Ask Me Anything, she takes questions from the comments section and writes her proposed answers, or at least her thoughts on the matter, in a post in the next day or two. This past week, she’s dealt with some rather heavy topics, mostly about parenting, but also about keeping a relationship healthy and helping it survive some of life’s big health issues.

In another vein altogether, we find one of my favourite blogs in the whole world: Daisy the Curly Cat. This features Daisy, a dilute calico Devon Rex cat, who entertains her readers by modelling some very stylish clothes, giving her observations on important matters, and trying to mentor her little brother, Harley. Daisy’s blog is one of the most delightful experiences on the Web. In the past week, Daisy grew her own pet flamingo in a bowl of water, and paid tribute to her big sister, Pixie, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge last September. And! Daisy is one of the finalists in the Hallmark Greeting Card competition! You can vote for her at this stage by buying one of the cards, using the very handy photo link in the top right-hand location on the blog! This makes me very unhappy that I’m totally broke right now.

Switching gears again, we visit Jen at Dark Passenger. She still has her blog by the same name, but has set up a sister blog as well. People who have read and loved the Dexter books (as I have) will know immediately where she got the name. She talks about certain paranormal things, but also does a lot about vampires. This past week she had the excitement of being interviewed about her research on modern-day vamirism, the interview being featured on City Talk FM in Liverpool.

Kitchen Retro brings us to the second person to appear in “Special Pals” twice. Lidian also writes the Virtual Dime Museum blog. The former is more humourous, featuring mostly products that used to be marketed and sold. These things are…indescribable. Well, not entirely; Lidian does a masterful (and hilarious!) job of telling us all about a great zit cream from 1951, trouser fasteners from the 1930s (that one was my favourite for the week; may be my all-time favourite, in fact), or the 1961 “Aeromobile,” which supposedly was a vehicle that ran only on a fan. You want to laugh hysterically, not just at these old ads but at Lidian’s commentary and that of her commenters — go there. Now. As to the Virtual Dime Museum, it’s more of a historical blog. It’s very much ad-based as well, but Lidian often researches the lives of entertainers and others, like some very slipper snake oil salesmen. Both of these blogs are well worth a visit, as often as you can manage.

Nontraditional Students R Us is another blog by Flit (who is on my book blogroll as well, for Flitting Through Canadian Fiction). In this blog, she discusses what it’s like to be an adult going back to university for a degree. Right now she’s enjoying the fact that the term is over. Doing some gardening. Waiting to get started on a great summer job. Having a well-earned rest.

And then we have Mike, at Science Fun. Back to science, with a vengeance! Mike likes to talk about various things you can do to, as the blog name suggests, have fun with science. But one great feature of the blog in recent weeks has been his weekly discussions of the components of the Apollo moon-landing missions. This past week, he got to what I am most interested in: the Lunar Module itself. And on Tuesday he reminded us that it was the 48th anniversary of the day that Alan B. Shephard became the first American to be launched into space.

And that’s what all of my not-exactly-book-related but still very special pals have been up to this past week. So many fun and interesting things they do! When we need a break from book-immersion, these are always great places to visit.

Have a very good week!


    1. Mike says:

      Very nice little write up and thanks for featuring my blog in your posting. I enjoy the various reads at your blog and I am glad that you are enjoying the Apollo series.

    2. Kelly says:

      Aw, thanks! when I saw the title, I thought maybe you were going to a bookstore with some friends! 😀


    3. laneerg says:

      I love Daisy the Curly cat’s blog too. I look forward to the Sunday Comics every week, as well as seeing what she comes up with each day. 🙂

    4. Stephanie says:

      *Blushes* You’re a peach, Bookish

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