Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
The Big Read, an initiative by the National Endowment for the Arts, has estimated that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed. How do you do?
1) Look at the list and color those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Remark on the books you LOVE.
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen Ohhh yea!
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte I keep starting this one too!
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling Everyone knows I love these books! And shouldn't this count as at Least 7 books!
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee This one was Jonathon's favorite of the list
6 The Bible. Jonathon and I spent about 2 1/2 years and read EVERY SINGLE WORD!
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte I keep starting this one and can't get past the first few chapters...
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-I've read most of them.
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
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 This one was wierd, but it kept me reading.
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 I really do love this series!
34 Emma - Jane Austen My favorites!!!
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen My favorites!!!
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis I think this is wierd, because this is part of #33
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 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 More of my favorite!
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens I think I've read this, but I can't remember...
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 Jonathon wants to read this one
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 I think I've read 70 & 71 too, but again, I can't remember!
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 Someday.
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 Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
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 seen the musical
So I got 29 out of 100. Now I can't say that I can't find anything to read.
ps One that I think they left off is The Yearling byMarjorie Kinnan Rawlings. If you want to experience the south, that is true, true, true! I read it a few years ago, when we'd been here for a few years and I couldn't believe how much the sayings, accents and mannerisms that I read about helped me understand the people who are from here. Not to mention that it is an incrediably touching story of life and growing up. Can you think of any other books that are missing? What is/are your favorites on this list?
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I am thankful for the new play room. After everyone left and I had it pretty much empty, waiting to be filled, I had a hard time putting the toys and food storage down there that I had made the room for. It looked so nice, so new, so pretty that it was hard for me to think of how ugly open shelves of food storage would look, or how I it would get messed up as a play room. I went back and forth with this for the entire week up until today. Then I just decided that the room IS beautiful, but I really did want it to be a play room. It's a guest room when we have guests, but the other 355 days of the year no one would notice what a nice shade the walls turned out to be, or how un-basement like it is. But those 355 days that we don't have guest, almost every one of them would find my kids enjoying their own little spot in the house. One that is dedicated to bringing them closer together as siblings, one that they want to invite their friends to and one that still feels like they are at the heart of our home. I don't think that I will have it quite how I like it for a year or so, that seems to be about how long it takes for me to figure it out, but Thursday was the first play date and the kids didn't get bored!
Friday, November 14, 2008
I thought about this all day yesterday, though no one would know it because I didn't post a word. I thought, would my perfect day be a day when I didn't have to do anything? I could sleep all day and only eat chocolate? NO! Although sometimes I think it might be, but to be honest, I think I would be bored to death and go searching for some kids to play with or some laundry to do! So, this is what I came up with as my perfect day (for now, I'm sure it will change next week...)
I will have had a really restful night's sleep. All of us are healthy and it rained in the night until around 4am. ( I love sleeping in the rain-as long as I am comfortable in a house, in a bed! I love the sound) I wake up rested, before the kids. They get up after a little bit and whatever it is we do that day, the kids get along the whole time! On my perfect day I get to reconnect with someone I haven't seen for a while, I find something I forgot I'd even lost, the meals I cook turn out great and everyone is excited that I made it and asks for more. Somewhere in there is our extended family. We play a few games with the kids before bedtime, and then everyone willingly and happily go off to bed on time and Jonathon and I have a quiet evening. Oh yea, I almost forgot. The dishes are magically done by the dish fairy, the house is kept picked up all day without me reminding anyone and the laundry fairy has washed, dried, folded, hung up and put away every piece of clothing that we are not wearing and the cleaning fairy had deep cleaned all of the nooks and crannies while the garage fairy magically cleaned and organized my unsightly garage! Yep, that would be a perfect day!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
November 5I am thankful that we made it back to the car before the sun set completely.
I went shopping today. I am so thankful that I have food to eat and feed my family with. I am thankful that I can cook and give my family things that are healthy. That when I go to the store I can get what I need and often what I want.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
- Be a DJ--I was SAM (Sarah at the Mic) at Thunder 91.1 the SUU radio station.
- Be a ski instructor--I taught at Brian Head Resort near Cedar City
- Go on a Mission--to the Philippines
- Finish College--B.S. in Education
- There was one more, but I can't remember it right now. Luckily I have remembered a few more things I want to do before I die.
Things to do before I die
- Go to Egypt. I don't want to go now, for many reasons. I want to have a year to prepare, I want to go without young children, I want to go and not worry too much about a budget, I want to spend 10 days or more. Maybe a month.
- I want to publish a book. Hmm, probably a children's book or a young adult book. It seems to me that I should stick to the things I know and like.
- I want to get my masters degree.
- I want to teach college.
- I want to do some sort of business with Liz. (Em, were you wanting in on that too?) We have always talked about doing some sort of wedding reception business. We wanted to cater it to the LDS market of after the temple wedding there is a reception at the church. That's what we want to get into. Something for people who want something wonderful but have a budget to work with. We've always been good at fitting what we want into our budget and also at producing great things for a lot less cost than you'd imagine. I remember when we were both at Dad's house for a summer we would plan these great dinners and then figure out the price per serving. I think we must be really big nerds, but it was fun!
So, I'm sure that there are more, but I'll have to post them later! Lets hope I don't die soon, I haven't gotten very far on my list!
And what everyone likes more than what I write, here are a few pictures!
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