Thursday, August 26, 2004

Spot on


Loves to joke. Attractive. Suave and caring. Brave and fearless. Firm and has leadership qualities. Knows how to console others. Too generous and egoistic. Takes high pride of oneself. Thirsty for praises. Extraordinary spirit. Easily angered. Angry when provoked. Easily jealous. Observant. Careful and cautious. Thinks quickly. Independent thoughts. Loves to lead and to be led. Loves to dream. Talented in the arts, music and defense. Sensitive but not petty. Poor resistance against illnesses. Learns to relax. Hasty and trusty. Romantic. Loving and caring. Loves to make friends.

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  • Wednesday, August 25, 2004

    Ice Cream

    Yummmmy! I just finished stuffing myself with freshly made, homemade ice cream, vanilla.

    I was so creamy and rich. It should be. Ingredients: Whole milk, heavy whipping cream, eggs, sugar, vanilla. The only thing it needed was to be a little bit harder/colder. Not a lot, but some. It melted very fast in the bowl.

    It was a big hit here at work. It's probably all gone by now. Good thing, I would go back and get more if I knew there was some still in the freezer.

    Someone was nice enough to say I should open a restaurant. I would love to be able to bake more things, but ingredients are getting so expensive [esp. butter]. And I don't want to have to eat everything I make and become even fatter. It bugs me that I'm not offered some "Thank you" offerings. Especially when I get asked when I am bringing in more chocolate chip cookies. I want to say, "If you want me to make you something, go buy the ingredients and then I'll make it!"

    Or even have a side "business" of baking things by request for a small fee.

    Tomorrow, Chocolate ice cream!

    Tuesday, August 24, 2004


    So I guess the web wasn't hungry and rejected eating my previously disappeared posts.

    Fine. Stupid web.

    the web ate my post

    OK, I wrote a big long post and now its gone.

    Here's a recap:
    1. I did laundry at my mother's this weekend.
    2. I haven't unpacked two-thirds of it.
    3. Tuesday, best night of television, ever.
    4. Bought $30 worth of milk products last night.
    5. Going to make the first batch of ice cream in the new maker, tomorrow.
    6. I flove the Olympics.

    Of course, what I wrote before was very witty. Just take my word for it.

    Too much

    Between Big Brother and the Olympics I can't get anything done. I love watching the Olympics. I just wish I could have seen some of the Hand Ball games.

    So I went to my mother's this weekend and did my laundry (yes, I take my laundry to my mother's, but I wash it all myself, yes, I am 36, so) and now it is laying all over my apartment. I have unpacked exactly one (1) bag and one (1) basket. That leaves 3 more bags and 1 more hamper to unpack. I have found that I must put everything away on Sunday night when I get back or else it will just lay there until I can't take the open bags and spilled out clothes (because, of course, I root around in the unpacked bags looking for something specific) usually this means Friday or Saturday. But for some reason, Sunday I didn't want to get anything done. (Me, put something off, naaahhh) And with Olympic coverage and Tuesday being the best night of television ever, I don't think anything is gettin' done tonight!

    Tomorrow I make ice cream in the new beautiful maker. I am going to make the mix tonight. Last night at the store I bought:

    whole milk, heavy whipping cream, half and half, 2% milk, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, eggs, and vanilla beans.

    This should be enough to make 3 different kinds of ice cream. 5-6 batches. I sure hopes this works like I am imagining. Yummmy, fresh ice cream. I just need to get cones and I'll be set!

    Friday, August 20, 2004

    I'm not pure

    Here is the result of your ACL 100 Point Purity Test.
    You answered "yes" to 54 of 100 questions, making you 46.0% sexually pure (54.0% sexually corrupt); that is, you are 46.0% pure in the sex domain.
    Your Weirdness Factor (AKA Uniqueness Factor) is 38%, based on a comparison of your test results with 879613 other submissions for this test.

    Thursday, August 19, 2004

    My list

    *bold those you've read
    *italicise started-but-never-finished
    *quote those you own but haven't gotten to yet
    *add three of your own

    1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
    2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
    3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
    4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
    5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
    6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
    7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
    8. 1984, George Orwell
    9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
    10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
    11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller

    12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
    13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
    14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
    15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
    16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
    17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
    18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

    19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
    20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
    21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
    22. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's 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

    25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
    26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
    27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
    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 Garcia Marquez
    33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
    34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
    35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
    36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
    37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
    38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
    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
    45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
    46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
    47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

    48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
    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
    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
    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
    71. Perfume, Patrick Susskind
    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 Joyce79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
    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
    95. Katherine, Anya Seton
    96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
    97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
    99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
    100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie
    101. Three Men In A Boat, Jerome K. Jerome
    102. Small Gods, Terry Pratchett
    103. The Beach, Alex Garland
    104. Dracula, Bram Stoker
    105. Point Blanc, Anthony Horowitz
    106. The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens
    107. Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz
    108. The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks
    109. The Day Of The Jackal, Frederick Forsyth
    110. The Illustrated Mum, Jacqueline Wilson
    111. Jude The Obscure, Thomas Hardy
    112. The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13 1/2, Sue Townsend
    113. The Cruel Sea, Nicholas Monsarrat
    114. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
    115. The Mayor Of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy
    116. The Dare Game, Jacqueline Wilson
    117. Bad Girls, Jacqueline Wilson
    118. The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
    119. Shogun, James Clavell
    120. The Day Of The Triffids, John Wyndham
    121. Lola Rose, Jacqueline Wilson
    122. "Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray"
    123. The Forsyte Saga, John Galsworthy
    124. House Of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
    125. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
    126. Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett
    127. Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison
    128. The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle
    129. Possession, A. S. Byatt
    130. The Master And Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
    131. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
    132. Danny The Champion Of The World, Roald Dahl
    133. East Of Eden, John Steinbeck
    134. George's Marvellous Medicine, Roald Dahl
    135. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett
    136. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
    137. Hogfather, Terry Pratchett
    138. The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan
    139. Girls In Tears, Jacqueline Wilson
    140. Sleepovers, Jacqueline Wilson
    141. All Quiet On The Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
    142. Behind The Scenes At The Museum, Kate Atkinson
    143. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
    144. It, Stephen King
    145. James And The Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
    146. The Green Mile, Stephen King

    147. Papillon, Henri Charriere
    148. Men At Arms, Terry Pratchett
    149. Master And Commander, Patrick O'Brian
    150. Skeleton Key, Anthony Horowitz
    151. Soul Music, Terry Pratchett
    152. Thief Of Time, Terry Pratchett
    153. The Fifth Elephant, Terry Pratchett
    154. Atonement, Ian McEwan
    155. Secrets, Jacqueline Wilson
    156. The Silver Sword, Ian Serraillier
    157. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey
    158. Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
    159. Kim, Rudyard Kipling
    160. Cross Stitch, Diana Gabaldon
    161. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
    162. River God, Wilbur Smith
    163. Sunset Song, Lewis Grassic Gibbon
    164. The Shipping News, Annie Proulx
    165. The World According To Garp, John Irving
    166. Lorna Doone, R. D. Blackmore
    167. Girls Out Late, Jacqueline Wilson
    168. The Far Pavilions, M. M. Kaye
    169. The Witches, Roald Dahl
    170. Charlotte's Web, E. B. White
    171. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
    172. They Used To Play On Grass, Terry Venables and Gordon Williams
    173. The Old Man And The Sea, Ernest Hemingway
    174. "The Name Of The Rose, Umberto Eco"
    175. Sophie's World, Jostein Gaarder
    176. Dustbin Baby, Jacqueline Wilson
    177. Fantastic Mr. Fox, Roald Dahl
    178. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
    179. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, Richard Bach
    180. The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    181. The Suitcase Kid, Jacqueline Wilson
    182. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
    183. The Power Of One, Bryce Courtenay
    184. Silas Marner, George Eliot
    185. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
    186. The Diary Of A Nobody, George and Weedon Gross-mith
    187. Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh
    188. Goosebumps, R. L. Stine
    189. Heidi, Johanna Spyri
    190. Sons And Lovers, D. H. Lawrence
    191. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
    192. Man And Boy, Tony Parsons
    193. The Truth, Terry Pratchett
    194. The War Of The Worlds, H. G. Wells
    195. The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans
    196. A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
    197. Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett
    198. The Once And Future King, T. H. White
    199. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
    200. Flowers In The Attic, Virginia Andrews

    201. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
    202. The Eye of the World, Robert Jordan
    203. The Great Hunt, Robert Jordan
    204. The Dragon Reborn, Robert Jordan
    205. Fires of Heaven, Robert Jordan
    206. Lord of Chaos, Robert Jordan
    207. Winter's Heart, Robert Jordan
    208. A Crown of Swords, Robert Jordan
    209. Crossroads of Twilight, Robert Jordan
    210. A Path of Daggers, Robert Jordan
    211. As Nature Made Him, John Colapinto
    212. Microserfs, Douglas Coupland
    213. The Married Man, Edmund White
    214. Winter's Tale, Mark Helprin
    215. The History of Sexuality, Michel Foucault
    216. Cry to Heaven, Anne Rice
    217. Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe, John Boswell
    218. Equus, Peter Shaffer
    219. The Man Who Ate Everything, Jeffrey Steingarten
    220. Letters To A Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke
    221. Ella Minnow Pea, Mark Dunn
    222. The Vampire Lestat, Anne Rice
    223. Anthem, Ayn Rand
    224. The Bridge To Terabithia, Katherine Paterson
    225. Tartuffe, Moliere
    226. The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka

    227. The Crucible, Arthur Miller
    228. The Trial, Franz Kafka
    229. Oedipus Rex, Sophocles
    230. Oedipus at Colonus, Sophocles
    231. Death Be Not Proud, John Gunther
    232. A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen

    233. Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen
    234. Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton
    235. A Raisin In The Sun, Lorraine Hansberry
    236. ALIVE!, Piers Paul Read
    237. Grapefruit, Yoko Ono
    238. Trickster Makes This World, Lewis Hyde
    240. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
    241. Chronicles of Thomas Convenant, Unbeliever, Stephen Donaldson
    242. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
    242. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon
    243. Summerland, Michael Chabon
    244. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
    245. Candide, Voltaire
    246. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, Roald Dahl
    247. Ringworld, Larry Niven
    248. The King Must Die, Mary Renault
    249. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein
    250. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L'Engle
    251. The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde

    252. The House Of The Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne
    253. The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
    254. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
    255. The Great Gilly Hopkins, Katherine Paterson
    256. Chocolate Fever, Robert Kimmel Smith
    257. Xanth: The Quest for Magic, Piers Anthony
    258. The Lost Princess of Oz, L. Frank Baum
    259. Wonder Boys, Michael Chabon
    260. Lost In A Good Book, Jasper Fforde
    261. "Well Of Lost Plots, Jasper Fforde"
    261. Life Of Pi, Yann Martel
    263. The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver
    264. A Yellow Rraft In Blue Water, Michael Dorris
    265. Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder
    267. Where The Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
    268. Griffin & Sabine, Nick Bantock

    269. Witch of Black Bird Pond, Joyce Friedland
    270. Mrs. Frisby And The Rats Of NIMH, Robert C. O'Brien
    271. Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt
    272. The Cay, Theodore Taylor
    273. From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg
    274. The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Jester
    275. The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin
    276. The Kitchen God's Wife, Amy Tan

    277. The Bone Setter's Daughter, Amy Tan
    278. Relic, Duglas Preston & Lincolon Child
    279. Wicked, Gregory Maguire
    280. American Gods, Neil Gaiman
    281. Misty of Chincoteague, Marguerite Henry
    282. The Girl Next Door, Jack Ketchum
    283. Haunted, Judith St. George
    284. Singularity, William Sleator
    285. A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
    286. Different Seasons, Stephen King
    287. Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk
    288. About a Boy, Nick Hornby
    289. The Bookman's Wake, John Dunning
    290. The Church of Dead Girls, Stephen Dobyns
    291. Illusions, Richard Bach
    292. Magic's Pawn, Mercedes Lackey
    293. Magic's Promise, Mercedes Lackey
    294. Magic's Price, Mercedes Lackey
    295. The Dancing Wu Li Masters, Gary Zukav
    296. Spirits of Flux and Anchor, Jack L. Chalker
    297. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
    298. The Encyclopedia of Unusual Sex Practices, Brenda Love
    299. "Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace"
    300. The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
    301. The Cider House Rules, John Irving
    302. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
    303. Girlfriend in a Coma, Douglas Coupland
    304. The Lion's Game, Nelson Demille
    305. The Sun, The Moon, and the Stars, Stephen Brust
    306. Cyteen, C. J. Cherryh
    307. Foucault's Pendulum, Umberto Eco
    308. Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson
    309. Invisible Monsters, Chuck Palahniuk
    310. Camber of Culdi, Kathryn Kurtz
    311. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
    312. War and Rememberance, Herman Wouk
    313. The Art of War, Sun Tzu
    314. The Giver, Lois Lowry
    315. The Telling, Ursula Le Guin
    316. Xenogenesis (or Lilith's Brood), Octavia Butler (Dawn, Adulthood Rites, Imago)
    317. A Civil Campaign, Lois McMaster Bujold
    318. The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold
    319. The Aeneid, Publius Vergilius Maro (Vergil)
    320. Hanta Yo, Ruth Beebe Hill
    321. The Princess Bride, S. Morganstern (or William Goldman)
    322. Beowulf, Anonymous
    323. The Sparrow, Maria Doria Russell
    324. Deerskin, Robin McKinley
    325. Dragonsong, Anne McCaffrey
    326. Passage, Connie Willis
    327. Otherland, Tad Williams
    328. Tigana, Guy Gavriel Kay
    329. Number the Stars, Lois Lowry
    330. Beloved, Toni Morrison
    331. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, Christopher Moore
    332. The mysterious disappearance of Leon, I mean Noel, Ellen Raskin
    333. Summer Sisters, Judy Blume
    334. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo
    335. The Island on Bird Street, Uri Orlev
    336. Midnight in the Dollhouse, Marjorie Filley Stover
    337. The Miracle Worker, William Gibson
    338. The Genesis Code, John Case
    339. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevensen
    340. Paradise Lost, John Milton
    341. Phantom, Susan Kay
    342. The Mummy or Ramses the Damned, Anne Rice
    343. Anno Dracula, Kim Newman
    344: The Dresden Files: Grave Peril, Jim Butcher
    345: Tokyo Suckerpunch, Issac Adamson
    346: The Winter of Magic's Return, Pamela Service
    347: The Oddkins, Dean R. Koontz
    348. My Name is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok
    349. The Last Goodbye, Raymond Chandler
    350. At Swim, Two Boys, Jaime O'Neill
    351. Othello, by William Shakespeare
    352. The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas
    353. The Collected Poems of William Butler Yeats
    354. Sati, Christopher Pike
    355. The Inferno, Dante
    356. The Apology, Plato
    357. The Small Rain, Madeline L'Engle
    358. The Man Who Tasted Shapes, Richard E Cytowick
    359. 5 Novels, Daniel Pinkwater
    360. The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Juliet Marillier
    361. Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier
    362. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
    363. Our Town, Thorton Wilder
    364. Green Grass Running Water, Thomas King
    335. The Interpreter, Suzanne Glass
    336. The Moor's Last Sigh, Salman Rushdie
    337. The Mother Tongue, Bill Bryson
    338. "A Passage to India", E.M. Forster
    339. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
    340. The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux
    341. Pages for You, Sylvia Brownrigg
    342. The Changeover, Margaret Mahy
    343. Howl's Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones
    344. Angels and Demons, Dan Brown
    345. Johnny Got His Gun, Dalton Trumbo
    346. Shosha, Isaac Bashevis Singer
    347. Travels With Charley, John Steinbeck
    348. The Diving-bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
    349. The Lunatic at Large by J. Storer Clouston
    350. Time for bed by David Baddiel
    351. Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
    352. Quite Ugly One Morning by Christopher Brookmyre
    353. The Bloody Sun by Marion Zimmer Bradley
    354. Sewer, Gas, and Eletric by Matt Ruff
    355. Jhereg by Steven Brust
    356. So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane
    357. Perdido Street Station, China Mieville
    358. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte
    359. Road-side Dog, Czeslaw Milosz
    360. The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje
    361. Neuromancer, William Gibson
    362. The Epistemology of the Closet, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
    363. A Canticle for Liebowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr
    364. The Mask of Apollo, Mary Renault
    365. The Gunslinger, Stephen King
    366. Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

    367. Absalom, Absalom, William Faulkner
    368. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
    369. Dreamhouse, Alison Habens
    370. Hyperion, by Dan Simmons
    371. Prospero's Children, Jan Siegel
    372. Gaudy Night, Dorothy Sayers
    373. Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond
    374. Enchantment, Orson Scott Card
    375. Cetaganda, Lois McMaster Bujold
    376. Beauty, Sheri S. Tepper
    377. The Hour of the Star, Clarice Lispector
    378. The Patron Saint of Liars, Ann Patchett
    379. Sexing the Cherry, Jeanette Winterson.
    380. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula Le'Guin
    381. Assassin's Apprentice, Robin Hobb
    382. The Axis Trilogy, Sara Douglass
    383. Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie
    384. Sabriel, Garth Nix
    385. Maurice, E.M. Forster
    386. Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer
    387. The Wild Swans, by Peg Kerr
    388. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
    389. Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
    390. Welcome to the Monkey House, by Kurt Vonnegut
    391. The Stranger, by Albert Camus
    392. Angry Candy, by Harlan Ellison
    393. Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
    394. Motherless Brooklyn - Jonathan Lethem
    395. The Brains of Rats - Michael Blumlein
    396. Agent of Change – Steve Miller and Sharon Lee
    397. The Diary of Anais Nin, Volume One
    398. The Swiss Family Robinson – Johann Wyss
    399. Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O’Dell
    400. North and South, John Jakes
    401. Watchers, Dean Koontz
    402. Death du Jour, Kathy Reichs
    403. A Is for Alibi, Sue Grafton
    404. Postmortem, Patricia Cornwell
    405. The Charm School, Nelson DeMille
    406. Scarlet Feather, Maeve Binchy
    407. How to Eat, Nigella Lawson
    408. Can You Keep A Secret, Sophie Kinsella
    409. Simply Devine, Wendy Holden
    410. Prodigal Summer: A Novel, Barbara Kingsolver

    Book list explanation

    I've been holding on to this for a while. This was interesting to me. I read a lot, but have found a big gap in reading the "classics". I read too many cheesy romance novels and tend not to challenge myself enough. But once I start reading, I want to finish. I have missed bus/train stops many times because of reading a book, getting too engrossed and not paying any attention to where I am. I tend to read mostly at night before going to sleep. If I don't choose something fast and short, I could be up all night.

    I guess there are a lot worse things. At least I read something everyday. I feel sorry for people who choose not to read, I think it's a major character flaw.

    Tuesday, August 17, 2004

    I am now 36

    Friday the 13th was my birthday. I am now 36.

    I remember, when I was younger, watching One Day at a Time. It was the episode where Bonnie Franklin had her 36th birthday and had a breakdown because her life was half over. I remember thinking - God, that's so old. Now that I am 36, it sure doesn't seem that old to me. My age is really no big deal to me, it's not a secret how old I am. I don't care if everyone knows. It seems really weird to be so concerned about people knowing how old you are. I have a friend at work who won't admit her age. She claims to be 27 every year. She is really paranoid about anyone discussing her real age.

    So my birthday was quite good this year. I've been at my current job for almost 7 years now. This year was the first that anyone made any kind of "fuss". It was nice. Someone made a pan of lemon squares and a pan of brownies [no nuts!] and wrote, in frosting, Happy Birthday. They actually put candles on it and carried them to my desk. No singing, thank God. Then the managers in my division bought pizza for lunch for me. So for the first time people actually realized it was my birthday and said something.

    Stupid-lying girl refused to acknowledge me or my special day. She also refused to share in the pizza everyone else was eating. Good. I'd rather not have to pretend. Her "boyfriend", my former boss who hates me, joined in the food. It seemed to me that he wasn't going to join us for lunch, but he did. However, he did not acknowledge that it was for me.

    I then spent the weekend my favorite way. Doing nothing. I slept. I ate the food my mother made and sent up with my brother [a separate entry]. I watched Big Brother and the Olympics, Badminton is now my favorite sport to watch. I also left the air mattress in the living room inflated and laid on that when I was not laying in bed. Good times.

    I did cancel driving out to the suburbs. I was just too lazy. I think it is part of my "depression", but the medications should be helping with it. I am just too much a creature of habit. I like to spend the weekends by myself. Inertia really applies to me. A body at rest tends to stay at rest, I think. I make jokes about it. I need to spend some quality time with my couch. Ha.

    I took the money from my mom and bought an ice cream maker. I can't wait for it to get here. My brother gave me another cross. I'm not sure why. It seems that he and his wife have given me cross earrings and more than one cross necklace.

    One of the nicest things that happened was my friend Mary called me on Friday night. She's in Mexico for the summer and never calls me from there. It was so nice to talk to her, I really miss her. She will be back tomorrow! That means summer's almost over.

    Tuesday, August 10, 2004


    My name is Siandam and I am a procrastinator.

    This is nothing new. I think I have always been one, except for reading. I did learn to read at a fairly early age and now I have to read all that I can. I never seem to put that off. Especially Hamster Time and Tuna News and all the other blogs. But anyway, so many things have caught up with me this week.

    My driver's license expires on Friday. The DMV is open late on Wednesday night. Guess what, my brother is coming to town Wednesday. Do you think he and his wife will want to hang out with me in the renewal line for 3 hours?

    My car must go to the emissions testing place. If I don't hurry up and get this done, my expired license will be revoked.

    Bill payment. I suck at this. Really. I can buy things. I just can't pay for them. I spent an hour yesterday frantically at my bank website sending off the most overdue payments. Now I just have to pay the bills that are left.

    My apartment is a pig sty. I have a list of a million things to get done, but tonight is Tuesday - the best night of television. Big Brother followed by Amazing Race. I just want to lay on the couch and watch my favorite shows.

    I went to Target to buy sleeping arrangements for my brother. I splurged on a Queen sized air mattress, pump, mattress pad, and sheets. So cool. Now I have to wash the sheets. Just add it to my list. I'm gonna be up all night tonight. I am kinda excited about the mattress. I only have a single twin bed. One half of a bunk bed. I keep thinking it would be fun to bring up the other bunk. But then I would have to buy a new mattress. But on the other hand, I could have people stay in my apartment.

    I must remember - the priority is a new couch. Since I got the air mattress, I don't need to buy a sofa-bed. Good news.

    I just realized - I don't think I have actually done any work today. It's a good thing that there aren't any managers here. Actually, it doesn't really matter, I hardly work when they are here. I used to be a great hard-working individual. Now - I suck. Especially with hamster watching to keep up with. I unfortunately have given up. The sad thing is that no one has noticed and if anyone noticed - nothing would be done about it. Good for me - bad for business.

    I've also been procrastinating about writing about work here in the blog. I have a million stories to tell about this place we call hell, I just don't know where to start. And if I start, will I ever stop?

    Wednesday, August 04, 2004

    Good intentions

    When I started, I thought writing in my blog would be easy. Just jotting down a few thoughts everyday. But it has turned out to be harder than I imagined.

    Mostly its because of Big Brother 5. The hamsters are repellent, but I have to know what is really going on in the house. Because somewhere between things happening and what gets aired, lots of things get changed!

    Or I get busy at work and don't stop to write. Or have nothing I want to share.

    I also feel frustrated because I'm not sure anyone is reading. Which is fine. I am not telling any of my friends about this, in case I start to bitch about them. But it seems pretty self-indulgent to be putting things out into blog space and expect others to find me, or even care about what I am saying.

    I was going to use this as a vent for all my work rage, but most of the time I just hate, hate, hate everything about it that I can't get specific because it is so overwhelming.

    I do have to say, I work with Stupid-Lying-Girl and most of the time I wish I could really tell her how much I hate her. She thinks I gives her attitude now, she's so wrong. I haven't shown her a fraction of my attitude.

    It's not my fault

    You're Perfect ^^
    -Perfect- You're the perfect girlfriend. Which
    means you're rare or that you cheated :P You're
    the kind of chick that can hang out with your
    boyfriend's friends and be silly. You don't
    care about presents or about going to fancy
    placed. Hell, just hang out. You're just happy
    being around your boyfriend.

    What Kind of Girlfriend Are You?

    Monday, August 02, 2004


    Name the era, and you can name every artist from
    it. You've got an eye for design and a knack
    for feng shui. Color schemes, architecture, and
    objt d'art - these are all your forts.What people love: You're the perfect person to shop
    with.What people hate: They have to clean their house
    whenever you come over.

    What Kind of Elitist Are You?