Four people of the 25 (holy Moses! And that includes the last three of you who signed up yesterday, as well–Jordan being the latest) who said they’d participate have already completed the January TBR challenge *mutters about overachievers*

Nicole read The Bride Wore Chocolate by Shirley Jump
Tara Marie read Heiress for Hire by Erin McCarthy
Milady Insanity read Seeing Red by Jill Shalvis
Alyssa read She Went All the Way by Meggin Cabot

As the rest of you complete the challenge, don’t forget to give me the link to your blog, I’ve been updating them in the sidebar as I get them in the comments or by email. Until you complete the challenge, your name will remain as a non-link in the sidebar. I will be interested to see what percentage of completion we actually have. I started one of the three books I’d pulled out as potentials for the TBR challenge and I’m not sure I’ll finish it. I hate the heroine. Hate. Her.

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Did you know you can grow a plant from a sweet potato? This was new knowledge to me a couple of weeks ago and lucky for me, I had a sweet potato on hand so I could immediately begin my own experiment. It’s now been almost four weeks and I’m pathetic because I’m excited that the sweet potato has a few long roots. Once it’s actually a plant–or even a part of a plant–I’m going to post pictures. Yes, my life is exciting. Sadly, after more research, I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t even grow a sweet potato plant properly. I wonder if I’ll have to start over? Because you care:

Sweet potatoes make an attractive house plant. To grow a sweet potato vine, use a jar with an opening that will support it. Place the sweet potato in a jar of water with its narrow end down. Put the jar in a warm, dark place and keep the jar filled with water. New roots willstart to grow, and in about 10 days, the stem will start to grow. As soon as this happens, put the jar in a sunny window. As the vine grows, it can be left to trail or trained to climb.

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I love Mandy (please don’t tell her I said that) because she introduced me to a new program for organizing my books. The Book Collector. It’s book database software and allows you to get all the book info, instantaneously, with the ISBN number. You can view a list of your books, with details or you can view thumbnails of the covers and look at your collection that way! I’m going to separate my TBR books from my keepers and keep separate collections. You can use it to “loan” books out- the program tracks where and who you lent them to. And if you have a barcode scanner, you can just scan your books and the info poofs into your computer database like magic. It’s a moot point since I don’t have a barcode scanner. I guess I’ll put my ISBNs in my hand. But I’ll have a database of my books and that will be cooool!

Josh, being a lovely, lovely husband, immediately began looking at barcode scanners online, but they seem to run between $50 and $75 and I wonder if it’s worth it. Yes, it would go much more quickly (I only managed to do 30 books in a 45 minute time period typing them in by hand) but it seems so…frivoulous! Although, what are the chances that I’m going to enter what may amount to 1000 books by hand? hmm….it will be nice to have a database.

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I am now the proud owner of Underworld, the extended unrated version. We watched it last night in preparation for the release of the sequel on January 20th. It’s been almost 2 years since I went to the movies but I will be at the theater for this one. And we just got a new theater here–with stadium seating and comfy chairs so I can’t wait! I’m not sure I’ll know how to act.

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And as my mini-rant let me just say that formatting books and templates sucks. It sucks, I tell you.

Off rant but on the topic of writing, Jaci has a great blog up about revisions. She wrote it a few days ago but not too many people commented. Go check it out.

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The Sci-fi channel showed a marathon of Firefly episodes last week and I didn’t find out until it was too late. I want to watch Serenity but I have informed Josh we won’t be watching it until I’ve seen every episode of Firefly. So sometime in the next five years

Jen asked when The Book of Daniel is on: Friday nights on NBC at 9pm. Good show, give it a try and let me know what you think

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Brianna now has a grand total of 16 teeth. Since the middle of December, she grew in 8 new teeth. Since there are only 20 non-permanent, that means we’re almost done with teething for now. Yayyyy!

And for those of you who have been insisting she needs a haircut, she’ll be getting one this week. Her bangs are past her nose and she refuses to leave barrettes in her hair. It’s time. *sigh* Just her bangs will be trimmed. Nothing else.

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