The Norwegian Explorers 2017 Christmas Annual

This year The Norwegian Explorers 2017 Christmas Annual’s theme was “Fame and Fortune in the Canon.” For my submission, I tried to think of something creative and a bit unique, so I submitted “The Case of the Sherlock Holmes Sudoku Puzzle.” Yes, its really a Sudoku puzzle, but with a Holmes theme. I have always wanted to create a Sudoku puzzle and figured that this would be a good opportunity.

Christmas with the kids

Christmas came a little early on this Festivus night with a little celebrating with my favorite niece Louisa and nephew Julian, my Mom’s favorite daughter Sloane, and Mom. This year’s Christmas book for the kids is an autographed copy of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay’ signed by MinaLima aka Miraphora Mina & Eduardo Lima, the fantastic graphic designers from the Harry Potter and the Fantastic Beast movies. I also got them one of those paper airplanes that you build, the Fantastic Beasts movie, and an Infinity Cube Fidget toy. I received some Fanny Farmer candy (who knew that they still existed) and some foaming hand soap!

Flannel! Terry would be proud.

Sloane, Mom’s favorite daughter, gave her this very sharp pizza cutter. Guess what daughter will be driving her to the ER?

Peppermint Twinkies

Peppermint Twinkies.

This quote from Dr Ian Malcolm, you know the Chaos Theory dinosaur dude, works best for this new Twinkie strangeness: “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.”


An early Christmas gift! Christmas and gingerbread TARDIS cookies. Thanks to Sloane and Louisa for being brave and dropping them off despite my having a horrible cold.


Did you know that if you order three copies of Cass Sunstein’s book “Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide” from Amazon the final amount comes to $17.76? Get it? 1776! Haha. Intentional or just the Force moving in mysterious ways.


I tweeted that and it was retweeted by Sunstein! How awesome is that!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Ah.. Star Wars! Nothing but Star Wars! Gimme those Star Wars.. don’t let them end!

Just home from Star Wars: The Last Jedi a little after 2am (the movie started at 11:15pm on December 14pm, 2017). I thought it was excellent and funny, but I have been saying that about all the movies since the original. My mom went with me to the movie and she thought it was good, but not her favorite. People clapped at the beginning of the movie and people clapped the end and there was a Jedi in the audience. It was that kind of crowd. That is all I will say on the matter. No spoilers.

Book review!

My latest book review was published last month and I did not even know it. This was book review #128!

“A Village with My Name: A Family History of China’s Opening to the World” by Scott Tong. Library Journal, 11/15/2017, Vol. 142, Issue 19, p86-87.










Village 1