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Happiness Meme, Day 4

I hung out with Chris today. We made an easy drive, maybe 6 miles, to a lovely walking path around a lake. We went the whole way, or about 3 miles, plus a little extra to and from the car on a side street. We got good exercise, saw cute dogs (including a Gordon Setter) and pretty houses, and also sat by a side pond for a while and watched ducks.

I also speed-read one of my mom's childhood books that I really adore, Martha's Secret Wish, and squeed myself to pieces over how adorably perfect, innocent and 60s-ish it is.

[Do you really care about spoilers from a 1962 children's book?]
10-year-old Martha has always wanted a father, but instead she finds an adorable lost dog. Her mother agrees she can keep him if no one answers the advertisement, but tragically, after 2 months or so his owner reappears. FORTUNATELY, he is a super nice man and says she can visit the dog whenever she wants. And also, he immediately starts dating and ends up marrying her mother, so now Martha can live happily ever after with her beloved dog AND finally have the father she's always wanted!

(side note: when I typed that title into the Goodreads search box, hit #3 (of exactly 3) was "The Big Book of Masturbation." WOW GOODREADS. THANKS SO MUCH. THAT TOTALLY MIGHT HAVE BEEN WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR. After all, it's by a woman whose first name is Martha.)


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Mar. 18th, 2015 06:04 pm (UTC)
I had to go to Goodreads after reading the side note. I got the same results you did. My immediate reaction was "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?" And the second hit on the results didn't seem to have anything to do with the search parameters, either.
Mar. 23rd, 2015 01:49 am (UTC)
I feel like there's a point at which smart search engines' enhancements exceed their capacity for helpfulness, and Goodreads has clearly reached it.
Mar. 23rd, 2015 02:41 pm (UTC)
Tell me about it. I went to YouTube to see if they had a clip with the tape message from a first season episode of Mission: Impossible. I tried to be as specific as possible (the episode's title is "Action!"), but while I got all sorts of results of various M:I clips, none of them were of the episode I was looking for.
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