Monday, March 30, 2009

Learn to Drive

Life would be so much easier if people would pay attention to their surroundings and not be selfish when they drive. We spend a lot of time on the road, you know? But I think we are all very self-absorbed when we're in the car, and that's not a good thing to be when you're on the road in control of a large vehicle.

Exhibit A: The right lane at a stoplight. You know how annoying it is when you're in a hurry and you need to turn right but there's one car in front of you that's not turning so you have to wait through the whole light? It's so frustrating, and yet I guarantee you that every one of us does the same thing to others. It's because we don't pay attention. If you pull up to the light, there's no one in the right lane yet, you're not in a particular hurry, hey--just leave it open. It's okay if you sit behind a car or two in the middle lane. It might make someone else's day a little easier.

Exhibit B: Rubbernecking. So. Usually I find the HOV lane a little bit pointless, because all it takes is one dumb car going slow and you're stuck without even the option of changing lanes. However, today the HOV lane was fantastic, and here is why. We're on our way to the airport. We get in the HOV lane because it was clear. For no reason we can see, traffic in the other lanes starts slowing, and suddenly all the cars are almost at a standstill. We're still going, speeding past all of them for several minutes, and we see an accident on the other side of the freeway--and then, immediately after we pass the accident, traffic is totally clear. Stop being so nosy! You're backing up traffic for miles behind you for no reason at all, and it's a little bit rude.

Exhibit C: When there's bad weather, you don't have to drive slow just because everyone else is doing it. Bad weather doesn't always mean bad roads; look around you, see how your car is driving, see how other cars are doing on the road, and make your own decision. The fact that everyone is going slow doesn't mean that they can see some ice you can't--it just means they're being paranoid, and now you are too. This is how traffic gets slowed down for no reason, when all it would take is a few people thinking for themselves instead of following the crowd.

Anyway, that's all. We just got back from Utah, so I'll be updating more on that later. It was a really fun weekend and yay for Liz getting married!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Everything is Amazing and Nobody's Happy

Haha um... Wow. I saw this on Christine's blog ages ago but didn't actually bother to watch it (because sometimes I'm lazy like that :P). But today I finally did and it's pretty great, so you should too.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Curses...

1. As of Friday I am allowed to eat only food that grows in nature. This sounds much less awful than it is, and I have yet to go a day without cheating. (Granted, it's only been three days, but the real issue is that I do not, at the present time, foresee very many days of total non-cheating in my future.) I am already sick to death of nuts, which are the most convenient snack food available to me, and am craving pasta, bread, and peanut M&Ms. Ugh.


2. I suddenly can't find anything I feel like reading. I finished the Harry Potter books last night and don't want to start the Twilight series yet because I wanted to read a few books in between. (Normally I am perfectly capable of reading two or three books at the same time, but with series like these I find that I have to just plow through until I finish before I can read anything else.) I gave up on The Borrowers because I was forcing myself to read it and thought, why am I forcing myself to read this? I started The Catcher in the Rye and it's mildly interesting, but it's already such a pissy sounding book that I don't think I'm in the mood for it because my pregnancy moodiness is currently being compounded by my not-taking-St.-John's-Wort-because-it-says-pregnant-women-shouldn't moodiness. Not an excellent combination. I also dug The Bonesetter's Daughter out of the garage and really do want to read it, but it's not drawing my attention yet and is it really too much to ask to find a book that I don't have to make myself start reading?


3. There was another thing I was going to complain about, but until I can remember what it is I will just leave this as a placeholder. I'm going to buy some M&Ms.

Fablehaven

Mike and I have been waiting for Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary since just before Christmas, when we read its predecessor together while driving the Uhaul to Texas. I liked the first book in the series so much that I went and bought the second one the next day, and then I bought two more copies to give to people for Christmas. Our genre for book club this month is fantasy, and since my mom is really not into that I suggested that she read Fablehaven. My dad picked it up and got really into it while my mom was at a Relief Society meeting, and now he's borrowed the second and third ones from us. But anyway, the moral of the story is that book four comes out tomorrow, and I've been saving the Borders gift card I got for Christmas to buy it. We'll probably start reading it tomorrow, but we already know we'll have a lot of time to wait at the airport on Thursday morning so we're going to make sure and save it for then.

Hahahaha

(To a husband who dresses like a ten year old and a wife who dresses inappropriately.)

Right now you're going to different clubs. You're hanging out at the playground, and you're hanging out around a pole.

--my dearest friend who I wish was actually my friend, Clinton Kelly

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Oh How I Love It...

I finished the Harry Potter series tonight. I'm going to bed now but soon I'll put up my favorite quotes from the last two books (which I read much faster than the prior ones). It was almost like reading book seven for the first time again--I knew how things ended but couldn't for the life of me remember how they got there. I couldn't remember things like what happens at Bill and Fleur's wedding, how the Death Eaters get into Grimmauld Place, how Kreacher becomes their friend when they're nice to him, who cast the doe Patronus, how the whole Harry dying but not really dying thing happens, Dobby dying, which Weasley twin gets his ear chopped off at the beginning and which one dies at the end, and whether or not they were the same twin (I thought it was Fred who died, but I couldn't remember until I saw that it was George who got his ear cut off)... how Percy comes back, who the blue eye in the mirror belongs to, how Harry ends up with the Elder Wand, why they went to Xenophilius Lovegood's house, the whole part about Voldemort's name being Taboo and helping the Death Eaters find whoever said it... All those things and there were tons more, too. I kept being surprised as I read. I guess I was so excited the first time, I went through it really fast and didn't let a lot of details sink in, and then this is the first time I've read it since then. Anyway. I didn't really intend to write a post now, but I got carried away talking about how I wasn't going to write a post until later. The quotes are yet to come, so until then... Nox.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Reasons I Am Annoyed Tonight

  1. An email conversation that I won't go into detail about here.
  2. I really want a snack but I can't find a single thing I feel like eating. I've resorted to dried banana chips because they were in my purse.
  3. I went to a Relief Society activity tonight and it was really fun, but I still felt so, so awkward. When it was over I helped clean up, but as soon as there was nothing for me to do I went and sat in the car because I was feeling so uncomfortable. It's so crap because I got used to being really social in college, and now I am not kidding when I say I feel socially handicapped.
  4. I'm really hungry now that I started snacking. Eff.

Poor Guy...

Is it just me or does it always seem like Liam Neeson is playing a guy who's lost his wife? Somehow that makes it even sadder to me that he just lost his real wife. I don't know, that kind of sounds insensitive, but I guess it's because I'm not generally very into the lives of the Hollywood people, so it surprises me how sad I feel for him. It's probably also because it wasn't a dumb drug overdose or something, it was an accident that could've happened to anyone.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Pregnancy Chronicles

Today I have had my first experience with pregnancy-related feeling-sick-ness. It's not morning sickness, exactly, and thankfully there's no nausea or anything so far. But I feel really weak and shaky, and it can't be for lack of food or water because I just had dinner and a snack, and I've had over two liters of water today. I asked my mom if it could be related to the pregnancy and she said yes, so... awesome. On the one hand, at least I know what it is; on the other, crap, because there's nothing to do about it. (At least not that I know of... I suppose I should research it before I just accept that I have to live with it.)

All in all, though, things have been good so far. I've already gained a few pounds, although I don't know how much because the last time I weighed myself I was already pregnant (but didn't know it yet) and I hadn't weighed myself for months before that. I'll just have to keep track based on what I know.

And speaking of keeping track, I've been writing down everything I eat ever since I found out I was pregnant, because I learned the first day that I won't eat enough if I don't. Turns out I don't pay much attention to when I eat, and I'm supposed to be eating 4-6 smaller meals a day plus snacks, which I definitely don't do unless I'm keeping track. Besides that, I'm probably a little bit weird and I think it's interesting. :)

What else? I mentioned this in a comment on Sam's blog, but I am so excited to start buying baby clothes, and it's very sad that I have to wait a whole 14 weeks (approximately) before I can find out the baby's gender! It seems like forever away. At least I have Hannah to dress in the meantime, and believe me, I take great pleasure in it. Little girls' outifts are so much fun! I will definitely enjoy it if this baby is a girl; however, I will have plenty of fun dressing a little boy too, so I'll be equally happy with either. Another reason Mike and I are fine with whatever we get: on the one hand, we want a boy because we want our kids to have a big brother (I was always really sad that even if my parents had another boy, there was no way for me to get a big brother because I was the oldest)... But on the other hand, we'd love to have a girl because then we can use the one name we've been able to firmly agree on before anyone else steals it! Incidentally, if it is a girl I don't think we'll be sharing the name until it's too late for anyone to take it. ;) It's a very special name to us, and we've been planning on using it for a long time.

I think that is all for now. I'm very close to the end of Harry Potter 5, the part where they're all about to go to the Ministry of Magic, and I'm hoping to finish it tonight so I don't have to leave off in the middle of an exciting part. (Unfortunately book five is so deceptively thick that even though it looks like I'm almost finished, I still have 170 pages to go...)

And so, I shall leave you with a couple of my favorite moments from this book.

"Don't you understand how Cho's feeling at the moment?" she asked.
"No," said Harry and Ron together.
Hermione sighed and laid down her quill.
"Well, obviously, she's feeling very sad, because of Cedric dying. Then I expect she's feeling confused because she liked Cedric and now she likes Harry, and she can't work out who she likes best. Then she'll be feeling guilty, thinking it's an insult to Cedric's memory to be kissing Harry at all, and she'll be worrying about what everyone else might say about her if she starts going out with Harry. And she probably can't work out what her feelings toward Harry are anyway, because he was the one who was with Cedric when he died, so that's all very mixed up and painful. Oh, and she's afraid she's going to be thrown off the Ravenclaw Quidditch team because she's been flying so badly."
A slightly stunned silence greeted the end of this speech, then Ron said, "One person can't feel all that at once, the'd explode."
"Just because you've got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn't mean we all have," said Hermione nastily, picking up her quill again.

--Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, p. 459

AND, I can't put quotes because there are so many parts, but I love the second half of this book where basically the entire school unites to cause problems for stupid Umbridge... the Weasley twins' extravaganzas in the halls, the teachers feigning helplessness so that Umbridge has to run all over the school banishing fireworks, McGonagall giving Peeves hints for unscrewing the chandelier in the hall, Flitwick telling Umbridge he could've gotten rid of the fireworks himself but he wasn't sure if he had the authority, and, of course, Peeves' salute to the Weasley twins as they make their grand exit from Hogwarts forever. Oh, and that fantastic scene in Dumbledore's office when darn Marietta rats out the DA! This book is really painful to read, but it has plenty of righteous vengeance for relief. :)

The end (of a very long post).

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Dreams

Haha, um... I think I have been reading Harry Potter too much. I had a dream last night that my sister was kidnapped by Draco Malfoy, and Mike and I kept stealing her back but then he would find out and catch us before we could get home, and then we'd have to rescue her again. And then we were chased by like 40 dogs led by a guy who turned out to be my dad's lawyer, but he was apparently also the Malfoys' lawyer, which was not so good for us.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Yuck.

The news is so gross. I clicked on a headline about a jail in Texas--turns out the inmates and jailers have been having sex with each other, doing drugs, bringing in recliners and cell phones, and not even running away from cells that don't lock because they're having such a good time where they are. That is so sad.

Then, on the sidebar I saw something about Nadya Suleman, that woman who had the octuplets on top of the six kids she already had at home. She bugs me. She has 14 kids without a father, eight of which are premature infants (in Texas daycares it's illegal to have more than four infants to one teacher, and that is because one person cannot handle more than four babies at once). She's living with her mom, who doesn't approve, and she doesn't pay any kind of rent or anything to help her mom out. She's running up literally millions of dollars in hospital bills that of course she doesn't have money to pay. What does she think she is doing?

And, my mom just told me a story last night about a woman in our stake whose husband has been a half vegetable for six months because of something that happened at the hospital, and doctors won't tell her anything and they won't release him to the hospital he was supposed to go to in the first place, and they had her signing all kinds of things at first but now are telling her she has to have power of attorney to get her husband's records released, and to top it all off her apartment has six different kinds of black mold in it but the management just painted over it and won't fix it. They called my mom to translate a meeting with a lawyer because the woman speaks better in Hebrew than she does English. It's just ridiculous!

Anyway. Thought I'd rant for a sec, but now I'm done. I'm actually in a really good mood today because I keep thinking about how excited I am to find out what the baby is! :) I was getting Hannah dressed after her nap and got really excited to buy cute little clothes and stuff. Yay. :)

From My Library

Rather than post a comment on Janssen's blog containing a big list of books, I thought I'd put it on my own blog.


What do I have checked out from the library right now? Not much, because I am reading the Harry Potter books and they are taking up 90% of my reading time for the moment (I'm on number five). I'm also reading The Borrowers, which I found at Half-Price books for $1.98 and bought immediately (I LOVED that book when I was younger!). But I do still have a few checked out:


Brooklyn Bridge
Milkweed
Does My Head Look Big in This?
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Last Girls of Pompeii
The Catcher in the Rye


For the record, chances are I won't be reading Brooklyn Bridge or The Last Girls of Pompeii--they're ones I checked out for last months' historical fiction book club, in case anyone needed something quick to read before the meeting. Does My Head Look Big in This? is one that Mike's mom read for book club several months ago and I thought it looked interested, so I grabbed it when I saw it at the library; and I've always wanted to read The Catcher in the Rye, so I also grabbed it last time I was there.




Saturday, March 14, 2009

Chronicles of the Weasley Twins, Part 4

"Don't be a prat, Neville, that's illegal," said George. "They wouldn't use the Cruciatus Curse on the champions. I thought it sounded a bit like Percy singing... maybe you've got to attack him while he's in the shower, Harry."

--Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, p. 366

I was glad to come across this one. The twins aren't as funny in this one because most of their time is spent bugging Ludo Bagman about the money for their bet, and I was afraid I wouldn't have any more quotes for the whole book! (It's a big book...)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Surprise!

I'm pregnant!

We found out on Thursday night (we weren't expecting it, so it was a surprise for us too). I think I'm about four weeks along, which means I'll be due in November. That's all we know for now. :)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

What Not to Wear: the Olympic Athlete

Stacy: "What is this? Were you refereeing a rugby match?"
Celita: "That was for the opening ceremonies."
Clinton: "The United States government made you wear this?? ...That's un-American!"

This isn't the exact jacket, but it looks similar. Ha ha ha oh Clinton, how I love you.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Oy Again...

Haha well, today is clearly not my day.
Hannah's been really whiny all day and I literally can't get her to eat more than two bites of anything at a time, so I've been feeding her the same little thing of stupid baby pasta for like an hour and there's still half of it left.
I left a bag of bread on top of the stove when I turned on the oven and some of the plastic got melted onto one of the burners. The oven at my house is not under the stove, so I guess I'm not used to worrying about that.
Then I knocked a jar of banana peppers off the shelf in the pantry and it broke, sending vinegary smelling juice and tiny pieces of glass all over the floor. They don't even have a broom in the house (just Swiffers) so I had a really fun time cleaning that up.
Oh, and last week I knocked Aleigha's wine opener off the back of the microwave and it fell against the wall between the fridge and the counter, so I couldn't even get it back out. Didn't happen today, but it was recent enough. Basically I am off my game.
(As though I usually feel particularly on my game... :) )

Oy

Hannah is fussy today! She's been doing that cry-whine all day long, the one babies do when there's nothing visibly wrong with them, they just want to make noise. I gave her some Tylenol before her nap, so hopefully that'll help her teeth... and hopefully that is in fact why she's crying. It's just... well, when I've changed her diaper, fed her, and played with her, I'm not sure where to go when she still cries. What else could a baby possibly be upset about? I certainly don't know.
She's awake now. Let's hope this afternoon's a little more cheerful than this morning was. :)

Some People are Idiots.

There is a very serious rant coming on in this post, so I am warning you now--if it makes you uncomfortable to read really angry posts, please don't read this one. Also, if you feel like you want to argue with me, this is NOT the time. I am 100% out of patience for stupidity in my friends, and although I do not usually do so, this time I will probably delete any comments that piss me off.

Now then.

There are some people whose inability to see plain and simple fact (or ability to completely distort it) just never ceases to astonish me. They're unbelievable. It's like if a person said, for example--in writing, clearly visible to everyone and easily verifiable--"I like dogs." And then another person read it and said, "You hate animals? What?? I can't believe this! That's so cruel, you must be a really bad person because only bad people hate animals, I bet you abuse them too, you awful abusive animal-hater, you're probably going to hell and I hope you do." You can point out what you actually said all you want, but it won't matter. They see what they want to see. (You think it's ridiculous--and you're right!--but unfortunately it is also true. I personally know people who are afflicted with exactly this ailment.) Well, I am very sorry for them, and I really mean that.

However, my sympathy for this sad affliction lessens greatly when it is coupled with unbearable self-righteousness, blatant rudeness and childish name-calling, voluntary blindness to the WHOLE truth (not just their tiny island of it), a one hundred percent inability to understand other people (and refusal to try), zero loyalty to friends, disgusting hypocrisy, and pure downright meanness--all weakly disguised as self-defense and "standing for Christ. " Ooooh I could just hit them when they say that. They're wrong, wrong, wrong, and I can't even BEGIN to count the ways.

I have been quiet about this for a long time, or tried to be. I cared more about keeping my friends than about winning the arguments (not that it's possible to win arguments with such close-minded people anyway). It is very hard for me, in the face of such incomprehensible ridiculousness, to keep from saying everything I think, but I have struggled to do so out of concern for my friends' feelings--and my preference for avoiding confrontation wherever possible. When I did say something, even if I wasn't gushy and nice, I was diplomatic and polite. Every time I was met with blindness and hostility. Well, it's freaking stupid, and I am done with it. Seriously, I am just so angry right now. I do not need this in my life. I do not need such crap "friends," and I do not need to be keeping company with such unbearable people. I have had absolutely as much of it as I can take. That is it, my friends. I am done.

Chronicles of the Weasley Twins, Part 3

"...There might not be time after the World Cup, the match went on for five days last time."
"Wow--hope it does this time!" said Harry enthusiastically.
"Well, I certainly don't," said Percy sanctimoniously. "I shudder to think what the state of my in-tray would be if I was away from work for five days."
"Yeah, someone might slip dragon dung in it again, eh, Perce?" said Fred.
"That was a sample of fertilizer from Norway!" said Percy, going very red in the face. "It was nothing personal!"
"It was," Fred whispered to Harry as they got up from the table. "We sent it."


--Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, p. 64


(It's so sad/irritating to be reading this knowing how Percy gets in the next couple books. I just want to punch his snooty face every time he says something.)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Chronicles of Fred and George Weasley, Part 2

Percy, however, held out his hand solemnly as though he and Harry had never met and said, "Harry. How nice to see you."
"Hello, Percy," said Harry, trying not to laugh.
"I hope you're well?" said Percy pompously, shaking hands. It was rather like being introduced to the mayor.
"Very well, thanks--"
"Harry!" said Fred, elbowing Percy out of the way and bowing deeply. "Simply splendid to see you, old boy--"
"Marvelous," said George, pushing Fred aside and seizing Harry's hand in turn. "Absolutely spiffing."
Percy scowled.
"That's enough, now," said Mrs. Weasley.
"Mum!" said Fred as though he'd only just spotted her and seizing her hand too. "How really corking to see you--"

--Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, p. 62

Saturday, March 7, 2009

I'm in Love with Harry Potter and I'm Not Even Kidding

I forgot how addicting the Harry Potter books are, and how completely different the experience of reading the books is from watching the movies. I just watched the first two HP movies a couple weeks ago so I was afraid I'd be kinda bored reading the books again so soon--that was very silly of me. Reading the book is 100% different (read: better) than watching the movie. I'd forgotten what a genius J.K. Rowling is.


One of my favorite things about the books is the Weasley twins, and as great as they are in the movies, so much of what makes me love them is completely missing from them. I'll remember more as I get farther into the books, but I just read one passage that always makes me laugh:


"Oh, are you a prefect, Percy?" said one of the twins, with an air of great surprise. "You should have said something, we had no idea.
"Hang on, I think I remember him saying something about it," said the other twin. "Once--"
"Or twice--"
"A minute--"
"All summer--"


There's one in particular that happens in one of the later books, I think, but I probably won't remember it until I get to it. Don't worry, I'm sure I'll share when I do. :) So anyway, the moral of the story is that I love these books and I'm so glad I finally got around to digging them out of the box in the garage and reading them. It doesn't matter that I've read the first book more times than I can count, and seen the movie several times on top of that--I was at the movies this afternoon and still couldn't wait to get home and keep reading. Yay.




(P.S. The title of this post is actually the name of a Facebook group I joined a long time ago. No lie. :P)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sigh.

Really long transcription file + Asian speaker with a super heavy accent who talks really fast - actual transcription equipment = a huge headache.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

4. Um...

I'm really done now, I just don't want to have that last post be the top one on my blog. So I will share a couple more tidbits I know you're all dying to hear.


1. I still haven't found any editing work to do, although I have had a couple false alarms. A woman emailed me yesterday about doing some transcription and we sent emails back and forth several times, but I haven't gotten the file yet and she was supposed to send it earlier today, so... we'll see if that ends up happening.
2. Mike and I saw The Pink Panther 2 tonight, which was of course ridiculous, but was funny in spite of its terribleness. One note about it: I didn't find Steve Martin funny at all. Some of his lines were funny, and some of the stuff that happened to him; the supporting characters all had some funny moments; but Steve-o just didn't do it for me.
3. We went to Half Price Books after the movie, and as we were walking in a random woman smiled at us and said "You look so good together!" That kind of made my night. (For the record, we did look good together. We both looked hot tonight. No lie. :P) Then we each bought a book and spent $10 between us, which is awesome! I bought Garden Spells, which I checked out at the Orem library a few months ago and really liked.
4. Mike had a day off yesterday, so he and I took Hannah to the library yesterday and it was really fun! She loved it, and I loved being able to get out of the house. Plus I just love the library. So I'm very glad to know that outing has possibilities in the future. I think tomorrow we'll go to the post office and drop something off for my mom. Yay for outings.


I think that's all for now. Mike was exhausted and fell asleep reading like an hour ago, and I should sleep too. The end.

3. Self-Analysis

I think I come across as a really critical person. 1) I hate that, and 2) I think today I figured out why.

I'm not super vocal about things I love. I don't usually get on my blog and rave about something that I like; if I do mention it, it's generally pretty low-key. It doesn't mean I don't get excited about things, because I do--but I guess I just don't express that very often.

I am, however, vocal about things that annoy me, make me angry, confuse me, etc. I really don't know why that is. So, for the record, I'm not as critical as I sometimes sound (and I do know I sound that way). Maybe I'll start making an effort to focus on good things more, and even things out a bit.

2. This is not one of the things I intended to write about when I first got on.

I miss the Twilight era of my life:
--I keep wanting to reread the series, but I don't because I have so many other things to read that I feel like I shouldn't. I should just dig them out of the box in the garage already, and then maybe one day I'll just pick them up and get it over with.
--I heard "The Sound of Pulling Heaven Down" today and it reminded me so much of Jennie (as it always does) that I recorded a clip of it and sent it to her in a text.
--I talked to Megan earlier today, which always makes me happy, but we talked about how neither of us gets to talk to Jennie much anymore, which makes me sad. (Don't worry Jennie, no one understands better than I do--it's really hard not to fall off the face of the earth when you're engaged, especially when you don't live with the people you're trying to keep in touch with.)
--I discovered that my Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse playlists have mysteriously disappeared from my computer (I guess maybe I only had them on my iPod?), and I was feeling like listening to them because they're a good collection of songs, so I had to go to Stephenie Meyer's website and recreate the playlists.
--This reminded me of when my roommates and I were all reading the books originally, talking about them all the time, and passing them on to everyone we knew and their uncles. I super miss having people be obsessed with the same stuff I am, and living with them so we could talk about it and be silly together at all times.

1. Commercials

As I was thinking today, I have to wonder how effective commercials really are. Cause the thing is, I don't believe commercials when they tell me something's awesome. And I usually hate the jingles that I hear the most often. And, because I am biased like that, if I hate a jingle I will generally not buy the product. In fact, it's safe to say that I don't even always buy the brand that is most familiar to me. Examples:

  • I do not buy Bounty paper towels, even though they are the only brand with a jingle I can remember; nor do I believe the little demonstrations where they show me how the Bounty paper towel cleans (with one swipe!) a mess that totally shreds the other "leading brand." Yeah... right. I can't even remember what paper towels I do buy, but I can tell you that my choice is probably made based on whichever brand has the least ugly pattern.
  • I don't buy Charmin toilet paper, and I hate those commercials. Stop showing me bear butts already! And please, the mom trying to scrape the toilet paper off the baby bear's butt with a broom? Awkward!
  • I hate how Allstate commercials try to make people paranoid about everything in the world that could possibly happen to them. This annoys me, and so I will not get insurance from them.
  • When I am choosing a facial tissue, my decision is based 100% on the cuteness of the box. (Even though I know that "a nose in need deserves Puffs indeed.") And for the record, I call all tissues Kleenex regardless of what brand they really are.
I also don't buy Tropicana Pure Valencia orange juice, even though I laugh every time I see the commercial because the woman's voice is so ridiculously sensual and it's a commercial for JUICE; I don't buy ShamWow even though I bet it's awesome; I don't buy those green bags even though my fruits and vegetables totally do go bad before I get a chance to use them all; I definitely don't include Kellogg's cereals as a part of my complete breakfast; and I don't plan to buy Shredded Wheat for my kids expecting that it will teach them to recognize Magellan in the form of cereal (I'd have put the link to a video but I couldn't find one--they're on TV right now).

Anyway, you see my point. So I guess the moral of the story is... is anyone else like this?

Intro.

I have lots of things I want to post tonight, and I am going to write them in separate posts. Otherwise there will be one long hodgepodge mess of a post and even I won't want to read it, much less anyone else.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Book List

Haven't done one of these for a while... mostly I like to see how many I own and haven't read. It's always amusing.

Bold = books I own,
italics = books on my to-read list. An (X) after the title (instead of before it) means I have no intention of reading that book, and a (*) means I've never heard of it.

(x) Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

( ) The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
(x) Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
(x) Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
(x) To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
(x) The Bible
(x) Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
( ) Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
(x) His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
( ) Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
(x) Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
(x) Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
( ) Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
( ) Complete Works of Shakespeare
(x) Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
( ) The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
( ) Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
( ) Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
( ) The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger (*)
( ) Middlemarch - George Eliot
( ) Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell (X)
(x) The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
( ) Bleak House - Charles Dickens
( ) War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
( ) The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
( ) Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
(x) Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
( ) Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
(x) Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
( ) The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
( ) Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
( ) David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
(x) Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
( ) Emma - Jane Austen
(x) Persuasion - Jane Austen
(x) The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
( ) The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
( ) Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres (*)
( ) Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
( ) Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
(x) Animal Farm - George Orwell
(x) The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
( ) One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
( ) A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
( ) The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
( ) Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
( ) Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
( ) The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
(x) Lord of the Flies - William Golding
( ) Atonement - Ian McEwan
( ) Life of Pi - Yann Martel
( ) Dune - Frank Herbert (*)
( ) Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
(x) Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
( ) A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth (*)
( ) The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon (*)
( ) A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
( ) Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
( ) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
( ) Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
( ) Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck (X)
( ) Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
( ) The Secret History - Donna Tartt (*)
( ) The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
( ) Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
( ) On The Road - Jack Kerouac
( ) Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
( ) Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
( ) Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
( ) Moby Dick - Herman Melville
( ) Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
( ) Dracula - Bram Stoker (X)
(x) The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
( ) Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
( ) Ulysses - James Joyce
( ) The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
( ) Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome (*)
( ) Germinal - Emile Zola (*)
( ) Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
( ) Possession - AS Byatt (*)
(x) A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
( ) Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell (*)
( ) The Color Purple - Alice Walker
( ) The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro (*)
( ) Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
( ) A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry (*)
(x) Charlotte’s Web - EB White
( ) The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
(x) Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
( ) The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton (*)
(x) Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
( ) The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
( ) The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks (*)
( ) Watership Down - Richard Adams
( ) A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
( ) A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute (*)
( ) The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
(x) Hamlet - William Shakespeare
(x) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
( ) Les Miserables - Victor Hugo


P.S. I wonder where this list actually comes from... it's supposedly a BBC top 100 list, but I didn't find this exact list when I looked at the BBC site. Mysterious origins indeed. And, you can bet there would be some changes to this list if I had written it. (Maybe I will... my own top 100 essential reading list. The idea is intriguing.)