1. Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, everybody! Let's all do our best to be excellent to each other, okay?
2. How fabulous was our guest post on Friday? If you haven't already, go check out Sara B. Larson's thoughts on staying the course, even when it's tough.
3. I finally saw The Sorcerer's Apprentice this weekend. I'm not gonna lie, there were some hokey story elements. But it's always fun to watch Nicolas Cage do what he does best: the quirky, cryptic hero, from the wild, pseudo-dreds all the way down to his pointy, old man-shoes. The apprentice of the film's title was a physics whiz. I would make a lousy sorcerer by that standard - I hated physics in college.
4. One of my Facebook friends brought this to my attention. Apparently, Saturday was the 92nd anniversary of the Great Boston Molasses Tragedy. Seriously. You couldn't make this stuff up.
5. I just finished a great book by Jerry Spinelli called Stargirl. The cover got my attention initially. I'm a sucker for interesting book covers. Inside, I found a sweet little story about love and the tug of war between holding onto one's uniqueness and wanting to fit the "norm." The man can write. Check it out.
6. Last Tuesday, my mom was walking down 9th Street in Washington, D.C. when she slipped and faceplanted on the ice. She fractured a tooth, bit her lip, and cut her chin, ultimately needing seven stitches and a brand new incisor. After picking herself up, she ducked into the nearest warm building, the Washington Renaissance Hotel. The doorman and the security guards whipped out the first aid kit, sat her down, and stayed with her for twenty minutes until the bleeding stopped.
So to that doorman and those security guards at the Washington Renaissance Hotel, if you're out there, know that we're most grateful for your awesomeness. (She's healing up fine, by the way.)
That's all for now. Have a great week, Gnome Slayers!