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I have so read more than six February 24, 2009

Filed under: books,memememe — Diana @ 10:39 pm

Stolen from Rebecca via Facebook:

Apparently the BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books on the BBC big read top 100 book list.
How do your reading habits stack up?

Look at the list and bold those you have read.
When you’ve finished,  put your total at the bottom.  I’m not tagging, but if you do this, leave a comment so I can have a look!

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 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 Meany – 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 Zifon
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 Inferno – Dante
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 Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factoy – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo



Five Things February 22, 2009

As we all know, I can’t resist stuff like this.  Christy gave me five things she associates with me. I’ll write about them below. If you’d like five things I associate with you that you can then write about in your own journal, just comment here!

Hedgehogs – My obsession with hedgehogs started in college.  My friend Dave’s girlfriend had been to Russia, where they were popular as pets.  He thought that was awesome, and found a hedgie in Mankato that was looking for a new home.  Dave named him Reggie the Hedgie.  After we left Mankato, he decided that hedgehogs were stupid pets, and he came to live with me.  I had him about a year before he died (cancer).  After my divorce, I got Annie, who I had for about a year and a half before I woke up and she had died.  After Jeff and I got married, I got Furrow from a hedgehog rescue, and had him until a few weeks ago, when I had to find him a new home.  Since I”m pregnant, I couldn’t play with him, and he freaked Jeff out, so he needed to be with someone who could play with him and give him love.

Once you have a weird pet, and let it know that you think everything related is cool, you have a collection.  I have so many hedgehog things that the baby’s room is going to be decorated in Hedgehog.  I’m sure our child will end up hating them.

Thrifting – Oddly enough, something else I learned from Dave’s ex.  Having grown up in a rich suburb, and raised by a mother that only likes old things if they can be considered “antiques” and purchased in the appropriate stores, I did not know how awesome used could be.  (My grandmother actually told me once that she wouldn’t buy anything on sale because sale stuff was “of lesser quality”.  Huhwhat?) For a long time, I dressed primarily in thrift (until I got a job that required suits and shit, and then it got harder as I got fatter).  Most of my furniture has been thrifted.  I fully plan on buying most of my kid’s stuff used (why buy new for that shit?  It’s just gonna get puked on and trashed.)  Since Christy and I are both unemployed and cheap/poor, we have spent all sorts of time in the thrift stores lately.  Yay!

Stroganoff – I make the best stroganoff, ever.  Hands down.  You think yours doesn’t suck?  It might not make someone puke, but I assure you that mine is better.  My recipe has evolved over the years, and keeps getting better.  Last year I even perfected a tofuganoff for the vegetarians in our crowd.  Also did not suck.  I made it for dinner the first time I saw my dad after 22 years, and was surprised to learn that the base recipe that I have used for years initially came from him.  The stroganoff circle is complete.
Knitting – I do that.  My grandma taught me to knit when I was about seven.  She was my daycare, and I think that she taught me to keep me quiet for a while.  I never learned to “make” anything – she would cast on for me, and I’d just knit giant shapeless things, and she’d bind it off for me.  I gave it up for a long time, and took it up seriously after my divorce.  I have not been without a knitting project since then, and have even started a knitting group when I couldn’t find one for younger urban knitters.  Right now, I have two sweaters on the needles, a scarf (those are my UFOs – Unfinished Objects) and a blanket for my little one.  After this, another blanket and a scarf for my dad (and a hat if there is enough left).  My house and my person often have fuzz on them.
Sawatdee- Not just a Thai word and restaurant in my world.  Little Sawatdee is what Jeff and I have called our future child since before s/he was conceived.  (You can see more about that at our baby blog, LittleSawatdee.) I don’t know what more to say about this – I feel like I got pregnant it’s all I talk about, and the word Sawatdee is uttered dozens of times a day in our house.  Have I mentioned yet that I don’t know how I’m going to make it through the next 23 weeks?

Christy also thought these words applied to me:

Easy-Off BAM!
Being swell
Being my landlady
Hard Times Cafe


Movie Meme January 5, 2009

Filed under: memememe — Diana @ 3:00 pm

Stolen from Barb:

Apparently, if you’ve seen more than 85, you have no life.

There are 238 films on this list. Put x’s next to the films you’ve seen, add them up, change the header adding your number, and click post at the bottom. Have fun.

() Rocky Horror Picture Show

(x) Grease

(x) Pirates of the Caribbean

(x) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest

(x) Boondock Saints

(x) Fight Club

() Starsky and Hutch

(x) Neverending Story

(x) Blazing Saddles

(x) Airplane

(x) The Princess Bride

(x) Anchorman

(x) Napoleon Dynamite

() Pan’s Labyrinth

() Saw

() Saw II

() White Noise

() White Oleander

(x) Anger Management

(x) 50 First Dates

() The Princess Diaries

() The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

() Scream

() Scream 2

() Scream 3

() Scary Movie

() Scary Movie 2

() Scary Movie 3

() Scary Movie 4

(x) American Pie

(x) American Pie 2

(x) American Wedding

() American Pie Band Camp

(x) Harry Potter 1

(x) Harry Potter 2

(x) Harry Potter 3

(x) Harry Potter 4

() Resident Evil 1

() Resident Evil 2

(x) The Wedding Singer

() Little Black Book

() The Village

(x) Lilo & Stitch

(x) Finding Nemo

() Finding Neverland

(x) Signs

(x) The Grinch

() Texas Chainsaw Massacre

() Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

() White Chicks

() Butterfly Effect

() 13 Going on 30

() I, Robot

() Robots

() Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

() Universal Soldier

(x) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events

(x) Along Came Polly (x) Deep Impact () KingPin

(x) Never Been Kissed

(x) Meet The Parents

(x) Meet the Fockers

() Eight Crazy Nights

() Joe Dirt


() A Cinderella Story

(x) The Terminal

() The Lizzie McGuire Movie

() Passport to Paris

(x) Dumb & Dumber

(x) Dumber & Dumberer

() Final Destination

() Final Destination 2

() Final Destination 3

() Halloween

() The Ring

() The Ring 2

() Surviving X-MAS

(x) Flubber

(x) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle

() Practical Magic

() Chicago

() Ghost Ship

() From Hell

() Hellboy

() Secret Window

(x) I Am Sam

() The Whole Nine Yards

() The Whole Ten Yards

() The Day After Tomorrow

() Child’s Play

() Seed of Chucky

() Bride of Chucky

(x) Ten Things I Hate About You

() Just Married

() Gothika

() Nightmare on Elm Street

(x) Sixteen Candles

() Remember the Titans

() Coach Carter

() The Grudge

() The Grudge 2

(x) The Mask

() Son Of The Mask

() Bad Boys

() Bad Boys 2

() Joy Ride

() Ocean’s Eleven

() Ocean’s Twelve

() Lucky Number Slevin

() Bourne Identity

() Bourne Supremecy

() Lone Star

() Bedazzled

() Predator I

() Predator II

() The Fog

(x) Ice Age

() Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

() Curious George

(x) Independence Day

() Cujo

() A Bronx Tale

() Darkness Falls

() Christine

(x) ET

() Children of the Corn

() My Bosses Daughter

() Maid in Manhattan

() War of the Worlds

(x) Rush Hour

(x) Rush Hour 2

() Best Bet

(x) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

() She’s All That

() Calendar Girls

(x) Sideways

(x) Mars Attacks

() Event Horizon

(x) Ever After

(x) Wizard of Oz

(x) Forrest Gump

(x) Big Trouble in Little China

() The Terminator

() The Terminator 2

() The Terminator 3

(x) X-Men

() X-2

() X-3

(x) Spider-Man

(x) Spider-Man 2

() Sky High

() Jeepers Creepers

() Jeepers Creepers 2

(x) Catch Me If You Can

(x) The Little Mermaid

(x) Freaky Friday

() Reign of Fire

() The Skulls () Cruel Intentions

(x) Cruel Intentions 2

(x) The Hot Chick

(x) Shrek

(x) Shrek 2

() Swimfan

() Miracle on 34th street

(x) Old School

(x) The Notebook

() K-Pax

() Krippendorf’s Tribe

() A Walk to Remember

() Ice Castles

() Boogeyman

(x) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring

(x) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

() Lord of the Rings Return Of the King

(x) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

(x) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

(x) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

(x) The 40-year-old Virgin

() Baseketball

() Hostel

() Waiting for Guffman

() House of 1000 Corpses

() Devils Rejects

(x) Elf

() Highlander

() Mothman Prophecies

() American History X

() Three

() The Jacket

() Kung Fu Hustle

() Shaolin Soccer

() Night Watch

(x) Monsters Inc.

(x) Titanic

(x) Monty Python and the Holy Grail

(x) Shaun Of the Dead

() Willard

() HighTension

() Club Dread

() Hulk

() Dawn Of the Dead

(x) Hook

() Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

() 28 days later

(x) Orgazmo

() Phantasm

() Waterworld

() Kill Bill vol 1

() Kill Bill vol 2

(x) Mortal Kombat

() Wolf Creek

() Kingdom of Heaven

() the Hills Have Eyes

() I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman

() The Last House on the Left

() Re-Animator

() Army of Darkness

(x) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace

(x) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones

() Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith

(x) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope

(x) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back

(x) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi

() Ewoks Caravan Of Courage

() Ewoks The Battle For Endor

() Evil Dead

() Evil Dead 2

(x) The Matrix

() The Matrix Reloaded

() The Matrix Revolutions

() Animatrix

(x) Team America: World Police

() Red Dragon

(x) Silence of the Lambs

(x) Hannibal

Grand total: 86


*I was surprised it’s that many, as I almost never see movies. In fact, the last movie I saw was with Barb, in May.

*Man, have I seen some shitty movies on dates. I’m a bit embarrassed at some of the crap I have seen!


I Never…. December 8, 2008

Filed under: fun stuff,memememe — Diana @ 11:25 am

Oh, wait.  I did too!

Stolen from OTM:

This is a meme from Odd One Out. Bold the things you’ve done.

1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity

7. Been to Disneyland/world (both)
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo

11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightning at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight

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

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Skied a marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught myself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt (Been to Wyoming, though.)
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance (Amazingly, no. Always taken the car to the ER)
47. Had my portrait painted (Not painted, but drawn with colored pencils)
48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris (I was on the second deck, below the top)
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma (I can’t donate, but I have certainly RECEIVED!)
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi concentration camp
67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone (Two ribs. Well, same rib, two times.)
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby (In the making! Stay tuned!)
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

100. Ridden an elephant


I’m smart but lazy, and nobody likes me August 26, 2008

Filed under: fun stuff,memememe — Diana @ 10:49 am
What’s Your Best Quality?

Your Result: Intelligence

Your best quality is intelligence! People like you because you are smart and always make the right decision. Your intelligence also helps you handle tough situations.

Sense of Humor
What’s Your Best Quality?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

Food Meme – Stolen from the Lovely Christy August 19, 2008

Filed under: memememe — Diana @ 7:12 pm

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros (I can’t imagine that I haven’t, but I can’t say for sure…)
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile  (I’ve had alligator – is that close?)
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht (it involves beets, for fuck’s sake. No!)
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich  (I am sure I am the only American that has never had a PB&J sammich…)
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries

23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche (besides my International Coffee creamer?)
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut (Had it, and hated it.)
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea  (Oh, but it sounds awesome!  I ❤ clotted cream!!)
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk (does goat cheese count?)
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu (pufferfish) (Damn it, that’s just not nice)
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear (Yum!  Anyone going to Arizona soon to get me some?)
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% (Thank you, Dave’s home brew!)
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash (My mom used to make something she called goulash – I’m not sure how authentic it was, but it sure was disgusting)
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor

98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

As I suspected, most of the food I won’t ever eat is seafood – I just don’t do seafood, at all.  And no, I’m not allergic, the thought of it just makes me want to vomit.

And, it looks like I have a lot more ethnic food to try out.  Anyone interested??


Pictoral Meme June 5, 2008

Filed under: memememe — Diana @ 8:35 pm

1. Villa Durazzo Pallavicini – Tempio di Diana, 2. 20070317 Corned Beef and Cabbage, 3. Johnston High School Chamber Choir, 4. Amazing Thailand, 5. 4978-John Cusack, 6. CokeCan3, 7. A TRIBUTE TO A DEAR FRIEND. (KILKENNY, IRELAND), 8. Carrot Cake, 9. Wise Man, 10. spreading the love, 11. sister swelly swell, 12. It’s a big pink world – National Geographic

Stolen from Schmutzie:

The concept:
1. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
2. Using only the first page of results, and pick one image.
3. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into Big Huge Lab’s Mosaic Maker to create a mosaic of the picture answers.

The questions:
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food? right now?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. What is your favourite drink?
7. What is your dream vacation?
8. What is your favourite dessert?
9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. What is one word that describes you?
12. What is your flickr name?