I've been slowly but surely catching up on my blog reading, and I have to say, I've missed you all SO MUCH!!! If I wasn't so ready for a vacation I'd be really irked that I'll be another week behind on blogs soon.
As it is, I don't have much to report in the book department. I haven't totally settled back into my reading just yet, but I hope to remedy that in the next week or so. Here are a couple of books that have landed on my review pile recently:
I am certain that Why Animals Matter: The Case for Animal Protection will tear me up at some point. I make a point not to read about animal abuse or mistreatment, but when this one came through for The Environmental Blog I couldn't really say no. It will certainly be informative and it's something I feel I need to read, but it will be tough going.
A very short blurb from the publisher:
"Animal experts Williams (who works for the Humane Society) and DeMello (Stories Rabbits Tell) deliver an excellent look at cruelty to animals on an institutional level in various industries, taking a 'common sense perspective' and revealing many disturbing facts that could turn the most ardent meat eater into a hard-core vegetarian. Read more HERE.
I tend to turn a blind eye to the treatment of animals by the meat industry especially. However, because I do live in an area with lots of meat processing plants and whatnot now, it's right in my face. It's not unusual to see an overloaded hog truck headed off to slaughter or poorly treated chickens riding to their death. Hog houses, turkey houses, chicken houses...all standard stuff in this area. It's really quite affecting.
From the publisher:
Author James Speth, contends that this situation is a severe indictment of the economic and political system we call modern capitalism. Our vital task is now to change the operating instructions for today’s destructive world economy before it is too late. The book is about how to do that.
I'll keep y'all posted on how these come along. I'm taking Why Animals Matter on vacation with me, so maybe it'll deter me from eating so much barbecue.
As for Daisy, I am sad to say that she will not be going with us on vacation. Our vet here in town is fantastic, and they have a really superlative boarding and play area, so she'll be their guest for the five days we're gone. I can only imagine how excited she'll be when we get back. Our laps will be full of puppy for a week. I've already started planning her list of things to pack (her pink blanket, stuffed rat, kong chew toy, and Science Diet Small Bites puppy food.
This week was one of milestones for our pup. I noticed on Tuesday night, when she was chewing on a rawhide chip, there was blood on the chew. I took a look, and sure enough, she was bleeding around one of her loose molars. Well, totally unlike me when I was a pup, she wanted that tooth OUT of there. She chewed as hard as she could (all the while my butt was puckering watching her), and the molar fell out in my hand. Thursday night she lost a second one. Now I have two cute little puppy teeth in my jewelry box.
In closing, Andi tagged me for the Six Things About Me meme. I think I've done this one before, but I'm sure I can come up with six more things you don't know about me.
1. I detest cakes that taste like fruit. That is to say, I can deal with fillings including real fruit--raspberry filling in wedding cake, etc, but fake fruit flavorings totally gross me out. Orange cake, strawberry cake, pineapple cake--God forbid, banana cake. YUCK!
2. I'm thinking of getting a tattoo of running cherry blossoms. I expect it would reach from my left shoulder blade to the base of my neck. I'd like something colorful and delicate.
3. My hair has grown out past my shoulders. I'm notorious for my rotating hairstyles and colors, and when I finally ran out of short cut ideas a year or so ago, I decided to go polar opposite and let it grow out. It's really really curly, so I tend to wear it up a lot to keep it out of my face. I think it's time to chop it off and dye it auburn again.
4. I'm a horrible movie watcher. I go through phases when I can't get enough movies, but right now I'm in a dry spell (have been for almost a year). I get a Netflix movie, keep it for two months, finally watch it, and then send it back for another movie I'll keep for two months. Luckily I've downgraded my package, so I'm not wasting *much* money.
5. I would love to bake more. I have lofty ideas of baking exotic desserts, massive cakes, and pies with towering meringues. And no counter space to do it. Hmmphf.
If you'd like to do the meme, leave me a comment and I'll check out your answers! I love doing these things and reading others' answers.