Friday, July 27, 2007

Lists of books

Okay so I am trying to read through all the back posts of the blog Bye Bye Buy at I've gotten to Tuesday March 13th 2007 (well I've been a little busy reading other stuff okay) and she has posted this list and what of it she has read so being the ultimate copycat here is the list with my comments....:)

1. The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) - Watched the A&E Movie does that count?
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien) - Read LOVED IT
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien) - Read LOVED IT
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien) - Read Loved it
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)-Read - sorry Marie, hated it

9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling) - Read
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling) - Read
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling) - Read
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)-Read
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)- Read Loved it
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)-Read Loved it
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)-May have read in Highschool but I'm not sure
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)- Read

24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel) - Read
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) - Read and almost died laughing
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) - Read
28. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)- Read

29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert) - Read
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)- Read Sobbed and sobbed and sobbed

33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. The Bible - Read am reading
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas) - Read
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)- Read
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)- Read at least the children's comic book version

53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)- Read again it could have been the children's comic book version
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)- Read
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling) - Read
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)- Read Loved it

59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger) - Read and loved it
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)- Read
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)- saw the opera
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)- Read76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)- Read and loved it
78. The World According to Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)- Read one of the first books I ever owned, before I could even read
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)- Again saw the movie
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)- Read
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton) - Read
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

La Vida Dulce: High School Spirit Meme

La Vida Dulce: High School Spirit Meme

High School Spirit Meme

1. Who was your best friends? Rachel K. and Stephanie M.

2. Did you play any sports? No.

3. What kind of car did you drive? My first car was a pea soup green Grand Torino that sat up so high in the back I couldn’t see out the rear window very well. I was rear ended by a huge pick up that totaled my car so then I got a dirt brown (too keep it pg) Chevrolet Chevet that you had to roll down the driver’s side door and open the door from the outside and that you couldn’t have the headlights, defroster and windshield wipers all on at the same time or the wipers would just stop. I actually took this car with me after getting married to wintery Boston, MA and I have to say it started up every morning without fail…not a beauty but definitely old trusty!

4. It’s Friday night. Where were you? Babysitting. Or hanging out with the girls.

5. Were you a party animal? Regretfully no.

6. Were you considered a flirt? No

7. Were you in the band, orchestra or choir? No, German and Key club.

8. Were you a nerd? Probably

9. Were you ever suspended or expelled? No I did get sent to the principal for chewing gum in 3rd grade.

10. Can you sing the fight song? No.

11. Who was your favorite teacher? Mrs. Sigmund, English.
12. What was your school mascot? An Indian, not PC today, but I think they have managed to fly under the radar and it is still the mascot.

13. Did you go to the Prom? No I was a nerd in my junior year and an exchange student in my senior year.

14. If you could go back, would you? No way! Except for maybe my senior year as an exchange student in Germany…LOTS OF FUN!

15. What do you remember most about graduation? That I didn’t walk cause I was in Germany….missed all the parties and all the fun

16. Where were you on Senior Skip Day? In Germany

17. Did you have a job your senior year? Nope.

18. Where did you go most often for lunch? Always on campus.

19. Have you gained weight since then? OH YEAH

20. What did you do after graduation? I went to college.

21. What year did you graduate? High school 89 college 93

22. Who was your Senior Prom Date? Didn’t go

23. Are you going/did you go to your 10 year reunion? Nope

Any one else who wishes to play consider yourself tagged!

MBAs, Starch and Google

So tonight kicks off hubby reentering school...the 18 month intensive executive MBA program. We are to go to a house in a fancy shmancy country club neighborhood and meet (ie size up) the rest of the students that will be his "team" for this MBA program. All this to say...tonight he needs to really look like "the top of the pecking order" so I took one of his shirts to the cleaners yesterday and asked them if they could "rush" this so we could have it nice and pressed by this evening. The guy at the cleaners, who by the way doesn't look like he knows a tailor, cleaner, clothes store that isn't run as a charity resale, barber, or shower for that matter, looked at me in a concerned manner (he is at least sensitive if not hygenic) and said, "Well all we have left is the heavy starch loads?!?" I, pulling off my best on my way to play tennis at the club voice, said, "Well okay since were rushed"...Now my question is what the heck is the difference? I mean besides the amount or maybe weight of the starch?

This by the way really is a rethorical question since I do have google. We used to have ask our friends and random aquantinces for information we didn't know. Now we can pretend to know it ALL because we can always ask google! Between blogging and google I really don't NEED anyone :) Someone to talk to...someone to if there was just a site that would tell me how funny I am I'd be set!

And Google says....

No Starch – offers the natural feel of the fabric, presents a more casual appearance and is less crisp and more prone to wrinkling.

Light Starch – still offers the natural feel of the fabric and adds a bit of crispness to collar and cuffs.

Medium Starch – adds body to the fabric providing a crisp appearance, is more wrinkle resistant and often prevents spills and stains from setting in.

Heavy Starch – the crisp appearance lasts longer and this also prevents spills and stains from setting in.

Please keep in mind that different shirts will hold the starch in different ways. For example, a new shirt with heavy starch may not feel as crisp as an older shirt with the identical starch. However, after a few washings, the new shirt should attain the same level. Shirts which are 100% cotton hold starch more efficiently than polyester or poly/cotton blends.

Now I'm off to google the difference between washing clothes in cold water with regular detergent, washing clothes in cold water with cold water detergent, washing clothes in warm/hot water, and effect on clothes and the environment of using fabric softner in a hard water maybe a while till I post again this could take a while. When hubby finishes his MBA I'll have him post my research results in a nice excel chart...That expensive degree has to be worth something!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

And Emma


There weren't as many of Emma that he took, but here is her collage.
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Gabe sat across from JuJu at a resturant and out of bordem took 60+ pictures of are a few :)
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Coming out of the fog


Well I am slowly coming out of the fog that my brain turned into after reading the entire Harry Potter Deathly Hallows book in 9 hours straight and I remembered that I had pictures that we took at Borders that night. Remember if you click on the picture you can see it bigger :)
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