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25th-Oct-2010 01:15 pm - The book thing
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First: I realize I didn't make a Bobby post this month. It was our anniversary and I was busy *cough* and the wireless at my place isn't working so it's a pain to use my laptop. So enough with the threatening phonecalls!  will post it soon and backdate it.

Now here is the thing. Highlight the books you have read.


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
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
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
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 Faulk
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 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
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
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 Zola
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 Toole
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

I've read 17/100 but I've seen many of the movies...

On this day:

In 2009 - time
In 2008 -
In 2007 - that $50 alarm clock stopped working after 6 months...
In 2006 -
In 2005 - I really liked that produce idea. Too bad I never did it.
7th-Oct-2009 09:24 pm - Mass Consumer
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 One of my work friends has been teasing me about being addicted to shopping because I went shopping 2 days in a row last week.  But it got me thinking, not about my recent shopping, but about how much I read.

I don't read that much anymore.  There are a variety of reasons but here's the short version:
  • I used to read before bed but now the window of time I have for that before completely passing out is much smaller
  • I find I'm sometimes "read out" because of all the blogs I follow
  • I no longer have the luxury of spending an afternoon in bed reading a book
What does this have to do with shopping?  Well I guess I'm consuming too much while at the same time, consuming too little. I probably have about 20-30 books here in the house on my to-read list and I know I have many many more that I don't have (yet) that I want to read.  So reading MAYBE 5 pages a night doesn't really move things along at a reasonable pace.

I was thinking of bringing in a book for cardio day at the gym so I could at least get in a solid 45 minutes of reading time per day. I think in the near future I will start doing that but as of right now, I use that time to catch up on the Q Podcasts (side note to Jian:  the new sports panel segment is SO uncalled for. There are entire television networks devoted to that, save you air time for things people don't have ready access to).

I think I'm only 2 weeks behind on them now and I get through about 2 per day so then I'll be reading more.

I LOVE reading!  When I don't feel like I'm reading enough, I feel like my brain is oozing out all it's smarts.

For you avid readers; How do you deal with having a huge appetite for books but not enough time to go through them all?

On this day:

In 2008 - 
In 2007 - 
In 2006 - 
In 2005 - I maple syrup
12th-Feb-2009 11:35 pm - god damn I hate when that happens!
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I KNOW I had something I wanted to post about but now I don't remember what it was! *pouts and stamps foot*

Brent has taken over folding the laundry and you'd be AMAZED at how much of my time this frees up. I have a creative project IN THE WORKS because of it and I feel like a human being again.

Hmmm what else? Bobby's doing all kinds of neat things that I REALLY want to tell you about but I'm saving it for the monthly list because I think incessantly posting about him doing something awesome like BLINKING is probably annoying. OMG HE BLINKED!!!

OHHHH I ordered jeans that are like a push up bra for your ass! They'll probably be here by Monday so there MAY be a post all about my ass coming up soon which could be interesting.

I really wish I could remember what I wanted to write about. I remember thinking about it many times today and now hat I have the oppertunity *whoosh* empty brain. THis only means one thing; I'm turning into my mother. Next thing you know I'll be calling Bobby Tyrone and referring to people as "Whatshisface" and talking to people about other people they do not know as if they have known them all their lives.

For valentines day I ordered Brent a comic book that prominently features a luscious ass. Aparently THIS post is mainly about asses... I asked him for an erotic novel from Venus Envy  so we'll see what happens there.  Oh and lube!  Brent bought that KY (AWFUL NASTY YEASTY CAUSING) that *tingles*.  Ummm ok... BURNINATOR!  Ok enough about my privates.  I'll be back when I remember what it is I wanted to write because this is going all over the place.

On this day:

In 2008 - HAHAHAHAHAHA! Thank GOD for back up plans
In 2007 - sour face

In 2005
- What was I thinking?  I've been WAY closer to death many times.
5th-Sep-2008 09:37 pm(no subject)
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This is not a suitable update but there you have it.

naughty_bride has been in town this week and I love her to bits. TO BITS I SAY! Not only did we get to hang out and do very important things like;
  • go to a dinner party in Almonte and have a blast
  • watch the season premier of ANTM with Bobby to cultivate his tastes
  • go swimming
  • wear almost matching pink loungewear
  • eat semi-junk food
but she CLEANED MY HOUSE and MADE ME SEVERAL FROZEN MEALS and BAKED ME SOME COOKIES!!!! This was a HUGE help which I really super appreciate and will remember for a long long time. I really wish she could have been around when Bobby was first born but this totally made up for it.

She also got Bobby two SUPER CUTE outfits and some really cool books. She got him Everybody Poos and I read it to him and he laughed the whole time which was odd because I don't think he knows what I'm saying. Maybe he liked the drawings. She also got him a wicked Kandinsky colouring book which he will LOVE when he's older (if my genes have anything to do with it)

In other news, I have an adequate breast milk stash and that means I am going out tomorrow night! I'm so So SO excited although I'm worried my boobs will explode from not feeding Bobby so I might stash the pump in my large purse to get some relief throughout the night. Brent's filling in on bass for Brights tomorrow at Babylon for the Trevor James gig. Come hang with me!

There is a brunch going on tomorrow morning that I doubt I will be able to make it to. Firstly because I only have enough milk to leave Bobby at home for the evening and that's already planned and secondly because I don't think he'll be in a pleasant mood to come with me. I say this because it is now nearly 10 pm and he's slept a total of 2 hours since 6 am He's finally back to a pleasant mood but there were many tough hours today between oh.... 11am and... 6:30 pm At 6:30 he decided he was hungry and ate for TWO AND A HALF HOURS with a measly half hour break in the middle. I'm currently hiding from him and his mouth of doom.

I've done everything to get him to sleep and NO DICE so now he's watching Brent play guitar hero because apparently, that's entertaining. We'll have to agree to disagree on that one.

I'm out!


On this day:

In 2007 - OMG I wish someone would make this dessert for me!
In 2006 - yummy soup recipe and a checklist for the mens


14th-Apr-2008 07:13 am - To me you seem giant.
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I had my second massage yesterday. We concentrated on my upper and lower back because my pelvic pain is mostly gone and very manageable right now.

Today however, I feel like I've been kicked in the back repeatedly. Right after the massage I felt so good and loose but now I feel like I've been doing a back work out for 5 hours straight. I guess this happened last time but since it was only my butt it wasn't a big deal. Hopefully I feel better tomorrow!

I mean, my REGULAR aches aren't bothering me but maybe it's a case of pinching your arm to distract you from the wound on your leg? Probably not but that's what it feel like right now.


I have all kinds of wacky phone and email messages at work. That's what happens when you take a sick day I suppose!



Back when I joined facebook, or maybe when applications started rolling out... yeah that makes more sense... I added the visual bookshelf. I keep it relatively up to date. There are lots of books that I forgot I've read so are not on there. So I always have the one I'm currently reading marked as 'currently reading' I only read to get myself sleepy so I got through books at a pace of about 5 pages a day.

After one week i get an email from visual bookshelf asking me if I'm really sure I'm still reading my book. Like I'm some kind of idiot for not finishing a book in one week. Like it's the only thing I ever do. I get pissed off every time.


On this day:

In 2007 - in which I criticize the Kanata club scene
In 2006 - in which I link to Brent's band's website but they stopped paying for it and now it's in a language I don't know and very scary
in 2005 - the advantages of having a penis
25th-Sep-2007 08:07 am - Start the day off right
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From superfrayed 

Comment on this post. I will choose seven interests from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.


a.r.i.d.o.
Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario. You know what? I never joined. Why do I have this as an interest?

bouffant
Back when my hair was longer, I longed for a bouffant. I never got one. I am NOT good at styling anything more complicated than a straight blow dry.

dave eggers
This is probably my favorite author. He takes chances. Sometimes he misses but at least he's trying. My favorite piece of his is from a compilation of short stories. I believe it is titles "Writer's Block" and is a series of blank pages.

green design
This is designing sustainable environments using sustainable materials and building practices. If I ever get the chance to build my own home, I'll be using the CaGB's help for sure.

mc sweeney's
This is a publishing house/internet tendency. Lots of great work comes through them, they publish a Quarterly Concern which is entirely unpredictable. I once ordered something online and they have a comment field so I wrote a little something. Later I noticed they put it up in their Letters to McSweeney's section. Here's what I wrote:

A man and his pen.

This guy who sits in front of me is in the engineering department of the university at which I work. He often meets with sales reps for various things such as pumps and filters for the on-campus plant. About five minutes ago he asked me if I wanted a pen since he's been receiving so many from these supply companies. Never one to refuse something free, I accepted, and he passed me a brand-new shiny red pen with "BE WELL HUNG" emblazoned across it. At this point I chuckled, and when he looked perplexed I told him he gave me a pen with a penile reference. With a horrified look, he exclaimed, "I received it from an industrial-hanger supplier! See?" (as he showed me the brochure). I maintained that it was probably still a penile reference that related also to their business, and that it was most likely a marketing tactic.

He threw the pen in the garbage.


oblio
When I was a kid, I listened to records GASP. One of them was The Point by Harry Nilsson. It came with a comic book to follow along and all the songs were great. Oblio was the central character. I later learned that the record was the soundtrack to a TV special. So I bought it. The main moral of this story is that everyone is unique even if they all look the same so don't bother bothering people who look different. There's other stuff in there too.

social experimentsThings like randomsincerity  fall into this category. Other things to try:

  • Smile all day no matter how you actually feel. How do the people around you react?
  • Have a fake argument in public and see what people do

On this day:

In 2006 - Our financial planning x-posed! I show you how to knot a scarf.
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I feel crusty today. I think it was all the coronas I had yesterday... I got some tequila this weekend which means that once the temperature goes up a couple degrees, it's margarita time!

I spent some time out back yesterday reading BitchFest. So far so good. It's like they put all the best parts of their magazine into one book! Oh wait...that's exactly what they did.

I also emptied out one of the composters and retrieved 1.5 wheel barrels of fresh black earth! I'll try emptying out the second one next weekend. I just piled a bunch of rakings on it a few days ago and I was unable to scoop dirt out from the bottom because of it (compost physics, don't ask).

I got paid last Thursday and I only have $20 left in the bank. I am so effin' broke! I have to get fabric for my sewing class today. I have to pay for a haircut on Wednesday AND I'm tkaing my mom out for a fancy pedicure on Saturday for her birthday. Thank the babu Jesus for credit cards!

This is apparently what happens when you buy a bunch of shorts and go out for lunch with your coworkers more than once a month.

My lobes are now 8ga but I'm leavign the crescents in for a few weeks because;
a- I can't afford plugs or tunnels since I'm so broke
b- I think I should let them heal more before fucking around with changing the jewellery

For some reason I brought a pickle with my lunch. I find that odd even though it will definitely compliment my bagel and cucumber cream cheese sandwich.
On this day:

I didn't write anything on this day before.
14th-Apr-2007 04:07 pm - with the hippin' and the hoppin'
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Today, After pilates and a nice lunch in the market, Brent and I headed over to Chapeters so I could pick up a notebook in which to detail my drumming excercises.

I decided on a nice Moleskine with graph paper interior. As you may already be aware, graph paper is the best paper.


Since we are both book addicts, we picked up some extra stuff. Brent has decided to dedicate the rest of his reading for the year to WW1 & WW2.

I'm unofficially dedicating mine to cultural studies and have purchased the following two books;

Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine

This one is pretty big and will probably last me a while as I only tend to read for about 30 minutes before bed.

Fargo Rock City by Chuck Klosterman

I've read Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs and listened to the audiobook for Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story. I like that the material is familiar in nature but gives be a bit of a different perspective than I would normally have and that he links things together in a way I would never do.


So as you may have read, yesterday I went to a hip-hop thing at Suede in Kanata. It was totally weird. When we got there is wasn't very busy so we sat at a benchy place where your drinks get served to you (mixed drinks for $2.75 and they were not stingy on the booze!) As we hung out there we watched the place get packed and it became more and more obvious that NO ONE was dancing. At a club. Playing totally danceable music. IT WAS SO WEIRD.

One girl we were with stated simply that "people don't dance to hip-hop anymore". Well then what's the point of even going out. Most people didn't even seem to notice that there was music playing! They were taking videos or pictures for Facebook or playing with their cell phones.

I'm going to say this next statement fully aware of the fact that I rarely go out to clubs and that I'm relatively oblivious to these sorts of activities.

This club, despite it's swanky decor, was utterly and hopelessly lame.

Maybe it's because the dancefloor was raised and nobody wanted to be the first to go up there and bust a move?

Two of us left 'early' (12:30 - because why hang out there if we could do the exact same stuff in our own homes?) and the cabby told us that the place is pretty much just an excuse to go get drunk and into a fight.

I theorise that fights break out because these hormonal kids aren't releasing energy through dance.

Also, I ate beef for lunch and it tasted so good but my innards are mad at me.


On this day:

In 2006 - In which I eat a wiener

In 2005 - In which I discover the folly of drinking laxative tea at work
26th-Mar-2007 03:21 pm - Mags to read and fringe benefits.
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Oh benefits are awesome!  I don't have my own but I get SPOUSAL benefits through Brent.  Today I paid $6 for 2 months worth of birth control!  That's wicked!

I need to take full advantage of this.  I have to find out if his benefits cover massage and if yes I'll ask my doctor for a note while at my apoointment this Friday...PHYSICAL OF DOOM!

I currently subscribe to two magazines:

Bust
Bitch

I prefer Bitch and think that I won't renew Bust once my subscription is up.  I mean, it's good compared to mainstream women's magazines but Bitch totally blows it out of the water.  I finally found a Canadian feminist magazine Herizons and I think I'll subscribe to that instead as it's likely more relevant to me.  My local distributor was all out so I couldn't pick up a copy this weekend...

I've also been known to pick up an issue of Ms. now and again and I think it's really good, but much of it deals with stuff that is going on in the U.S. ie. politico-government stuff that I can't relate to or do anything about as a non-citizen so I pass over way too many articles for it to be worth my time but I highly reccomend it to any U.S. residents.


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14th-Mar-2007 09:25 pm - Misty is SOOOO sexy!
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Yesterday I treated myself a little. I got a short sleeved cowboy style shirt and a slinky knit tank top.

The photos below depict the ensemble for which I bought said tank top. I don't have an ensemble selected for the cowboy shirt yet.

Outfit Front

Outfit Side

I want more tops like this but in more vibrant colours.  Tell me if you've seen any!

The fog is so thick from the warm weather and melting snow that when I opened the door to let the dogs out, it billowed into the house.  Having read so much Stephen King in my early teans I keep having visions of long tentacles dragging accross the patio door. ( as in The Mist)



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