Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Check out my new favorite blog!


I read about this blog in an LM_Net post, I'm already a fan!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Stop the insanity!

So, I have never ventured out into the Black Friday insanity....And now my sister-in-law Tae has provided me yet another reason today why I have no plans to start! Read THIS story about a Wal-Mart employee trampled to death while opening the doors for Black Friday shoppers. Conflicting news reports about the same stampede say that a pregnant woman either miscarried or was taken to the hospital and declared okay.

The worst part in what I read was that when they tried to close the store to investigate etc., people refused to leave, saying they had stood in line since the day before......jeez people! What is our world coming to when a man dies so that we can save a few dollars on the latest gadgets and toys. We live in one of the richest countries in the world, despite the economic downturn....I am saddened by this atrocious behavior....

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Pedestal

The old pedestal award.

The new and improved pedestal.

Monday, September 22, 2008

The "Big Read"

This list comes from The Big Read, a National Endowment for the Arts program designed to encourage community reading initiatives and of their top 100 books, they estimate the average adult has read only six. I've read 30, so I guess I'm above average!

Now look at the list and bold those you have read; Italicize those you intend to read; and Share this list in your blog, too, if you like.

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 (I've read a bunch, but not all of it )

7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials series- Philip Pullman (um, this is three books so I added the word series) (I've only read the first two)

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 (I've read many but not all)

15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks

18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveler'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 (why is this on here twice?Isn't it part of Chronicles of Narnia?)

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 (only because I had to!)

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 (I started it once)

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 (started it once)

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(because I had to!)

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 (started it a couple of times....)

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 (isn't this in the complete works?)

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (the unabridged even!)

Monday, September 1, 2008

My claim to fame...

Okay, not really....it's always kind of wild when I see someone I went to college with on youtube or something similar

This is Keala Settle, who played Mama Rose in Gypsy when I was at SUU....I had several classes with Keala as well but that's the only show we worked on.


She toured with Hairspray for several years and you can see her here


They don't mention her by name in this clip, she is Tracy, so that's her in the front.....

Saturday, August 9, 2008

The myspace curse....

Bad news on myspace AGAIN. My friends Matt and Marcine, who have been together for at least ten years, and married for 5, have recently gotten divorced......


Monday, July 21, 2008

Only great minds can read this

Only great minds can read this

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too

Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

What's on your iPod/Zune/non-denominational mp3 player??

Thanks to Ben Mason for this interesting idea.

The challenge: Put your mp3 player on shuffle and list the first ten songs that play. The ideas is that a random sampling provides a true picture of your 'musical taste'

Clay Walker "If I could make a living out of loving you"
Tim McGraw "My Best Friend"
Lily Allen "LDN"
Andrea Burns "I'm not afraid of anything" (from the musical Songs for a New World)
Clay Aiken "Sugar Pie Honeybunch"
Montgomery Gentry "Lucky Man"
Andy Griggs "You Won't Ever Be Lonely"
Taylor Hicks "Soul Thing"
Duncan Sheik "Mama Who Bore Me" (from the musical Spring Awakening)
William Finn "Time and Music" (from the musical A New Brain)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Obama states the obvious

Friday Jul 11, 2008
Obama on Writing
Pam Coughlan over at Motherreader was at an Obama event in Fairfax, VA yesterday where he was asked what he would say to young writers.

He was surprised by the question, which he admitted was one he hadn't heard before, but didn't hesitate to answer. He referenced his two books, and specifically mentioned how he wrote them himself, along with many of his speeches. With a light inflection, he said, "In terms of getting a job, knowing how to write is a good thing." He talked about how he kept a journal, and how it was important for teaching him not only how to write, but also how to think. But my favorite part was when he said, "Over the course of four years I made time to read all of the Harry Potter books out loud to my daughters. If I can do that and run for president, then you can find time to read to your kids. That's some of the most special time you have with your children.
According to MSNBC he also said "these days kids know how to text message... but when you are applying for a job they will not be asking if you know how to text message."

In response to the bold text above....uh, no duh? ya think?

Friday, April 11, 2008

Cool t-shirt and stupid snow


It's snowing and it's APRIL. And it made Mar, Ben and Annika stuck in Colorado instead of coming to Price....Mother Nature is a meanie!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Bad news on myspace again

I swear, I'm going to stop logging in to myspace!

Every time I do, I get more bad news about an old friend. First, Ro announces that Ted Jensen died in his sleep un-expectedly, now today, I see a note from my friend Heather that she has to undergo another brain surgery related to possible tumor growth from her previous bout with cancer.

So, anyone who reads this, please put Heather Garrison (and her family) in your thoughts and prayers; she's one tough little lady (and I do mean little! She's barely 5' tall and maybe 100 lbs dripping wet!) She's beat this cancer back before, and I have faith that she can do it again but a little extra positive energy certainly can't hurt!

She has two beautiful children and an amazing husband who need her. And the world needs her sunshine in it; truly she is one of the most amazing people I know.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Cool Quote

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn

I saw it on a t-shirt over at Cafe Press....not sure who said it (if anyone), but I think it's very true.

Other library thoughts swiped from t-shirts

"Information is the currency of democracy" Thomas Jefferson

"Books are the compasses and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life." Jesse Lee Bennett

"No matter how busy you think you are, you must find time for reading or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance." Confucius

"Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation." Walter Cronkite

"There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration..." Andrew Carnegie

I spoke too soon....

Today was pretty nasty in terms of how I felt. I've been doing really well, but a big storm came in today and I had a nasty headache a good portion of the day. I also spent a good chunk of the morning at work feeling sick and light headed, partially because I threw up all of my breakfast on my way to work and didn't have time to eat something (and not much of anything I actually wanted to eat in my desk) to 'replace it'. Not totally sure what triggered the throwing up as I ate when I usually do on the way to work and ate the same thing I always do, I thought I had figured out what was causing it (going too long without eating; I also found when I eat first thing in the morning, I have to eat a carb first before anything else.... I had a couple of bites of an apple this morning before my sandwich, I think that might have been what did it, but I can't figure out why it didn't actually make me sick until I had eaten my whole breakfast sandwich...

I've wondered if this headache is an indicator that I have developed gestational diabetes because my sugar was all out of whack at work today, and the headache got worse this afternoon when I had gone a little while without anything healthy to eat (because we were moving the office today and I had packed most of my desk's healthy snack stash my afternoon snack was swiss cake rolls and a caffeine free pepsi.....) The storm was also getting worse around the time my headache was though, and the phone problems we started having again also hit around then. Add to that the fact that a couple of the calls I took around that time were from people calling on terrible cell phone connections with really loud interference and at least one or two of them were very angry people who would not be talked down (which makes me stressed and aggravates my headaches) and it's no wonder I felt like my head was going to explode by the time I left the office (twenty minutes later than usual)

If it rains it pours I guess (and today, that's LITERALLY the case....see the Boman family blog for pictures)

It's a very good thing today was Friday and I get to sleep in tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

26 Weeks

Not much news from today's doctor visit, my blood pressure is good, I have still gained no weight (which is no different than with Jacob) and after many attempts with the doppler, Dr. Ludlow finally found Madilyn's heartbeat way down, right above my pelvic bone.

No complaints lately, my headaches have been better and so has the nausea. I've been trying really hard to drink more water and eat every couple of hours. Now the problem is that everything I eat seems to give me heartburn. So, I'm looking for suggestions for what to eat that is healthy but won't aggravate the heartburn I know I'm going to have anyway, as well as any thoughts about what works the best to relieve the heartburn. I have Tums and an 'acid reliever' sort of like pepcid ac, a gal at work gave me a gaviscon today and that seemed to work better than the tums. Anything else anyone can suggest would be appreciated!

Oh, our family blog moved too, Tony was feeling a little nervous about the fact that the name had where we live in it, what with it having so many pictures of our kiddos on it. I think it's probably smart to be a little more cautious with it being out on the internet for anyone to see (although I'm pretty sure the only people who read it are our far-flung family members, still better safe than sorry) Anyway, it's now over at thehousewiththebigbackyard.blogspot.com
so please re-direct any links you might have to us over there.....

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Not sure of the origin of this but I love it

I got this story in an e-mail...if anyone can help with attributing it to the creator I'd appreciate it

One morning, a husband returns after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap.

Although not familiar with the lake, his wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors, and reads her book.

Along comes a game warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and says,

"Good morning, ma'am. What are you doing?"

"Reading a book," she replies (thinking, "Isn't that obvious?").

"You're in a restricted fishing area," he informs her.

"I'm sorry, officer, but I'm not fishing. I'm reading."

"Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know, you could start at any moment. I'll have to take you in and write you up."

"If you do that, I'll have to charge you with sexual assault," says the woman.

"But I haven't even touched you," says the game warden.

"That's true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know, you could start at any moment."

"Have a nice day, ma'am," he says, and he leaves.

Moral: Never argue with a woman who reads. It's likely she can also think.

Juno soundtrack and "The Moldy Peaches"

I confess that I had to google "The Moldy Peaches" because Tony bought the Juno soundtrack after we saw the movie. And I didn't get the song in the movie until I saw the notes from Jason Reitman in the album notes about how they chose the song and I still can't claim to be a big fan of the 'anti-folk' movement of which they are part from a musical perspective.

I also still won't say that I love their voices; I don't think anyone chooses to listen to them because they are awesome singers. And I probably won't run out and buy all the albums to put on my mp3 player...

That said, I have been poking around on Kimya Dawson's myspace, her personal webpage and wikipedia and I have to say that I like her lyrics and her take on the some of the things going on in the world. I haven't heard this song that I posted below, I have no idea what the melody is like or anything, but I think the lyrics are what's important...and I like them, although they make me sad. The teacher part of me says, this is stream of conciousness poetry at it's best....

(Incidentally, Kimya herself is only a piece of "The moldy peaches" as a group. I watched she and Adam on "The View" and just based on that one performance, I don't like Adam as a person...weird but true.

He's probably a nice guy, who knows...but I felt for Kimya as she sat there on national tv singing with someone with whom she is longer involved as an artist or in her life, forced to sing without her guitar..she looked really uncomfortable. I don't claim to understand the dynamic between them...I just noticed how sad and out of place she looked. She's kind of been forced into the spotlight and I don't think she likes it. But that's my armchair psychology at work...)

***edit**** I went over to Kimya's livejournal and it looks like maybe part of the reason she was uncomfortable was people led her to believe "The View" was not affected by the writer's strike and she then found out that it was but she was already there and too much of a professional to back out of the performance at that point. She didn't want to cross the picket lines and she didn't think she was. Why do people lie to other people just to get them to do what they want? That really blows. ***end of edit***

hold my hand by Kimya Dawson (from the album I'm sorry that sometimes I'm mean)

once i knew a little girl who refused to eat
she just banged her head against the floor and didn't sleep for a week
both of her parents were mentally delayed and they
lived in constant fear that their daughter would be taken away
so instead of getting help they just pretended
that everything was okay
so i called the social worker and said "something is wrong"she said "you know how she turns into a brat
when she doesn't get what she wants
i'll call ya later when i'm done playing with my dogs"

sometimes the world is dark and cold
and no matter what i'm told
i'm scared and i'm alone and i'm five years old
will you hold my hand?

once i knew a little guy runny nose and bruises on his thighs
and i said "hey, what happened here?"he looked at me and said "well my dad he hates me"
so i called the social worker confidentially and she called his mom
and said "guess who thinks your husband is beating up your son?"
next thing i knew that family packed up and they were gone

back pressed flat against the wall
and they hit me with a ball
pretend it didn't hurt at all
will you hold my hand?

maybe i'll call oprah there must be something she can do
i'll say "i'm fat and i'm black and i'm sick of seeing little kids feel blue"
and me and oprah we will fix c.p.s.
and make sure the people working with kids have bigger hearts than the rest
and if you wanna have a baby you'll hafta pass a test

it sucks when for a little kid living means lying
and the only place you feel safe is pretending your flying
and you'd rather be caught dead than be caught crying
will you hold my hand?

abuse and neglect are highly contagious so
i called that social worker up and i said "hey lady you're outrageous"
she said "smarty-pants, you want a gold star?" i said
"no i wanna bash your head in with a crowbar, but
the cycle of violence has to end somewhere"

come and take a swim with me
we'll wait underwater patiently
for the output of endorphins as we're swallowed by the sea
will you hold my hand?
will you hold my hand?
will you hold my hand?

(copied and pasted from http://kimyadawson.com/lyricssorry.html I attempted to preserve the formatting because I think it is part of her story telling)

I also like "12/26" which is on her site here http://kimyadawson.com/

Someone at Berkeley or somewhere ought to teach a course in 'political commentary by the anti-folk movement' and invite Kimya to speak...she seems to have a lot to say. I'm glad that the movie has been popular enough to get people like me (who would never otherwise have discovered her)to think about the issues she brings up. She seems smart and together and I think that's pretty cool.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Which baby is which? Okay, the blue blanket vs. the pink blanket is a clue...

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day

I spent most of today feeling absolutely physically awful. This pregnancy has been harder on me than my first in some ways, and one of them is that the second trimester has been worse than the first. They call it the 'honeymoon' phase for most women; not for me! So far, it's been way worse than my first tri. I've been nauseous more, fighting constant dizziness (doc thinks it's nothing to worry about, I just need to avoid standing or sitting in one place for long periods. Sort of difficult since I sit at a desk on the phone ALL day long.)

The other problem is I really HAVE to eat every two hours, if I don't, when I do eat, I throw whatever it is up pretty quickly and can't keep anything down for the next half hour or so. Seems counter-productive to throw up because I'm hungry....still hungry after the throwing up.
That also seems to happen if I let myself get dehydrated. And of course, the problem with drinking enough water to stay hydrated is then I have to run to the bathroom constantly!!

It's really a catch-22. So there's my whine for the day...

I started writing this cuz I was thinking about V-day and a discussion I had with a friend at work the other day about it. Our husbands both asked what we wanted to do for the holiday and we both said we didn't want to do anything. We basically had the same argument; I'd rather you show me you love me every day in whatever small ways you choose, then one day a year (or just on the holidays and special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries) I'm lucky that my husband is pretty good at those most of the time. One of the best ways he shows me is by taking care of our little man...