Saturday, March 14, 2009

i've got tickets... yay!

I just bought tickets to see Keith Urban and Sugarland!! I am so excited! Of course, it was a pain in the toot with the good old Master of Tickets, (timed out four times) but it finally went through! Now I just have to wait four months for the concert date to get here...

Sunday, March 8, 2009

how many have you read?

The Big Read is an initiative sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. It is estimated that the average adult has only read 6 of the 100 books listed. How many have you read?

Look at the list and color those you have read. Italicize those you plan to read, and leave the rest in regular font. Comment on those you love!

The Book List:
  1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
  3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling: A favorite of mine... generally I'd get it at soon as I could and read it all in one sitting.
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  6. The Bible: I haven't read the whole thing, only parts.
  7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
  9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
  10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
  11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott: Loved this, and the movies too!
  12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
  13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
  15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
  16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
  17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
  18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
  19. The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
  20. Middlemarch - George Eliot .
  21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
  22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
  23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
  24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
  25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
  26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh.
  27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
  29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
  30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
  31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
  32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
  33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
  34. Emma - Jane Austen
  35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
  36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
  37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
  38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
  39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
  40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
  41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
  42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
  43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
  45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
  46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery: LOVED! Read and reread the whole series and gobbled up the movies and I also watched the Avonlea tv show.
  47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
  49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding: Forced to read in school, really didn't like it
  50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
  51. Life of Pi -Yann Martel
  52. Dune - Frank Herbert
  53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
  54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
  55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
  56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
  58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
  59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
  60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
  62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
  63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
  64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
  65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
  66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
  67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
  68. Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
  69. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
  70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
  71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
  72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
  73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
  74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
  75. Ulysses - James Joyce
  76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
  77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
  78. Germinal - Emile Zola7
  79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
  80. Possession - AS Byatt
  81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
  82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
  83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
  84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
  85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
  86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
  87. Charlotte's Web- EB White
  88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
  89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
  91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
  92. The Little Prince- Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
  94. Watership Down - Richard Adams.
  95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
  96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
  97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
  98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl: I haven't read this one but I've read many of Roald Dahl's other books!
  100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

21 out of 100, not great but better than six!

Friday, March 6, 2009

an interesting meme...

Things you’ve already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven’t done and don’t want to: leave in plain font

  1. Started your own blog

  2. Slept under the stars

  3. Played in a band

  4. Visited Hawaii

  5. Watched a meteor shower

  6. Given more than you can afford to charity

  7. Been to Disneyland

  8. Climbed a mountain

  9. Held a praying mantis

  10. Sang a solo

  11. Bungee jumped

  12. Visited Paris

  13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

  14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

  15. Adopted a child

  16. Had food poisoning

  17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

  18. Grown your own vegetables

  19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

  20. Slept on an overnight train

  21. Had a pillow fight

  22. Hitch hiked

  23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

  24. Held a lamb

  25. Gone skinny dipping

  26. Run a Marathon

  27. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

  28. Seen a total eclipse

  29. Watched a sunrise or sunset

  30. Been on a cruise

  31. Seen Niagara Falls in person

  32. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

  33. Seen an Amish community

  34. Taught yourself a new language

  35. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

  36. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

  37. Gone rock climbing

  38. See Michelangelo’s David

  39. Sung karaoke

  40. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

  41. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

  42. Visited Africa

  43. Walked on a beach by moonlight

  44. Been transported in an ambulance

  45. Had your portrait painted

  46. Gone deep sea fishing

  47. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

  48. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

  49. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

  50. Kissed in the rain

  51. Played in the mud

  52. Gone to a drive-in theatre

  53. Been in a movie

  54. Visited the Great Wall of China

  55. Started a business

  56. Taken a martial arts class

  57. Visited Russia

  58. Served at a soup kitchen

  59. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

  60. Gone whale watching

  61. Got flowers for no reason

  62. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

  63. Gone sky diving

  64. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

  65. Bounced a check

  66. Flown in a helicopter

  67. Saved a favorite childhood toy

  68. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

  69. Eaten Caviar

  70. Pieced a quilt

  71. Stood in Times Square

  72. Toured the Everglades

  73. Been fired from a job

  74. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

  75. Broken a bone.

  76. Been on a speeding motorcycle

  77. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

  78. Published a book

  79. Visited the Vatican

  80. Bought a brand new car

  81. Walked in Jerusalem

  82. Had your picture in the newspaper

  83. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve

  84. Visited the White House

  85. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

  86. Had chickenpox

  87. Saved someone’s life

  88. Sat on a jury

  89. Met someone famous

  90. Joined a book club

  91. Lost a loved one

  92. Had a baby

  93. Seen the Alamo in person

  94. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

  95. Been involved in a law suit

  96. Owned a cell phone

  97. Been stung by a bee

Thursday, March 5, 2009

not much going on...

... life is status quo these days. No crafting time for me right now... I sorta lost my mojo, even with the cardigan.

I've been super busy at school. One more week and then I'm free! (for a week, anyway)