Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Is it a bad idea?

I'm considering download some Justin Bieber for my iPod.

Side note: that boy can dance!!!!

Friday, September 04, 2009

UPDATED to reflect books read recently!

I found this list here. I was interested to see how many I'd read, but figured, why not try to read most of them? There are some that I may not read cause of personal reasons, but I'm not 100% sure one way or the other. We'll see how it goes. Anyway, I've highlighted the ones I've read and added comments where I have some thoughts to share. I'll update periodically to see how things are going.

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien - Read and loved.
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen - Read it. Loved it. Will read it again and again.
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman - I actually read this a while ago (it was published as the Golden Compass in North America)
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling - Read it. Also my favorite movie of the series. Just lettin' you know.
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee - Atticus Finch is to this day the fictional character I hope to be most like.
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë - She was a better writed than Emily. Just saying....
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller - I will half highlight this caue I half finished it. It sorta counts?
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger - The only book that my non-reader sister actaully managed to read. She didn't manage to finish reading #47 so this was an accomplishment.
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott - Love, love, love this book. I give it to every girl-turning-to young-woman I know.
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell - WAY better than the movie!!!!
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
- With respect to these 3, did you have to ask?
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien - See #1, I plan on working on this soon.
26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy - Half
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot - Half
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett - It's on my shelf too. It's not very easy to carry on the train!
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens - One of my favorites!
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl - Of course!
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen - So glad this ranked higher than Emma. So underapprecaited!
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
- Without a doubt the BEST boy book ever!
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy - Less than half finished, so less then half highlighted!
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky - I definitely got the crime part.
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough - So great!
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding - I'm ashamed to say I didn't read this. We voted in class wheter to read this. No one liked this book.
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens - I've downloaded the BBC mini-series. Does that count for a little highlight?
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho - Wow, that was a long stretch without a book!
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez - Kinda overrated. Does anyone else agree?
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot - I was so excited when they made it a movie! So sad that the series is over though.
100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

So I've read about a third. Not bad I guess. But there's still a long way to go. We'll see how this turns out!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Respecting personal space

*sigh*. Where to begin.

I guess to begin with, I'm not an only child, but this seems to be an only child tendancy I have. I like my stuff to be my stuff. I know this sounds childish right off the bat, but hear me out. I like my things, I take good care of my things, in some cases, I pay good money for the things that I have, and as a result, the first two things I mentioned are the case. I am also generous with what I have. I like to think that I freely give things to people that they have said they like, i lend people things is they mention they'd like to borrow something and generally I offer things up pretty quicly if I have something that someone else could use.

What I do not like is people taking liberties with my things and helping themselves to them. It's just a pet peeve of mine. Coming into my room and taking items that clearly belong to me (in some cases, with messages to me written on them) and using them it not cool with me. Just don't do it.

I came home today to find that this is the 3rd time that this has happened. The first two I let slide. The second not so much out of choice, but more because I didn't want to acknowledge that whoever was doing this had messed with the item they did mess with. But today's item really got me mad. Mostly because it was something given to me by a friend of mine who I no longer get to see often because she's moved to Syria. Now if they had come to me and just said, hey, can I borrow this? I'd have been like, Of course! Let me know show you some cool things about it. But rather, they went to my bookshelf, sifted through the many, many, many things on there and picked it up. (I say many things because my bookshelf houses not only books but also blaank wedding invitations, my husband's antique watch collection, and a bath set I got for my bridal shower).

So at some point in time, this person went through my room, spent time standing in front of my bookshelf with my personal items identifying things, and then waited until I was gone to work to take something and use it. And then the stupidity of it all, THEY DIDN'T EVEN REPLACE IT. Similar items to this are available everywhere else in the house. Why did they feel the need to take mine? Never, in the entire time have I lived here, have I offered this item to anyone. And for specific reasons. Obviously because it has sentimental value to me and I cherish it for that, but also because there's a general lack of maintenance for things in this house. I like to keep my things nice.

I haven't said anything to anyone here, but honestly, what would happen if I did? It seems childish and no one would hear me out. I'd just seem like a spoiled kid who doesn't want to share. Which isn't the case. I like to share quite a bit. Just on my own terms.

Monday, July 27, 2009

I ate too many sour strawberries and now I feel really ill.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Bestest Night Ever!!!!

Thank you to my husband and best friend who conspired ruthlessly to let me hear these lyrics LIVE last night:

Picture you're the queen of everything
As far as the eye can see
Under your command
I will be your guardian
When all is crumbling
Steady your hand

When I got to see these guys LIVE at the Molson Amphitheatre!!!

And of course, a huge bonus was that the opening act was these guys!

So to the both of you sneaky people,


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Quote of the day...

I'm not stuck up. Awesome people just seem stuck up.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Some Good Advice...

"When life gives you lemons, squirt juice in your enemy's eyes."

How very true.