Archive for February, 2009


Thank You for the Music

As mentioned before, I don’t do Facebook, but I like Karen‘s meme (although it is taking time away from “Breaking Dawn”, which I am 1/3 of the way through) so I figured why not.

Think of 15 albums, CDs and/or LPs that had such a profound effect on you they changed your life. Dug into your soul. Music that brought you to life when you heard it. Royally affected you, kicked you in the wazoo, literally socked you in the gut, is what I mean. Then when you finish, tag 15 others, including moi. Make sure you copy and paste this part so they know the drill. Get the idea now? Good. Tag, you’re it!

1. The Knack – Get The Knack
2. Blondie – Parallel Lines
3. Matthew Sweet – Inside
4. The Three O’Clock – Ever After
5. Scritti Politti – Cupid & Psyche ’85
6. Adam Ant – Friend or Foe
7. Berlin – Pleasure Victim
8. The Cars – Shake It Up
9. Hall and Oates – Private Eyes
10. Bloodhound Gang – One Fierce Beer Coaster
11. Big Audio Dynamite – This is Big Audio Dynamite
12. Cocteau Twins – The Pink Opaque
13. Propaganda – A Secret Wish
14. The Wonder Stuff – The Eight Legged Groove Machine
15. The Ophelias – The Big O
16. Foreigner – Foreigner
17. Pop Will Eat Itself – Go Box Frenzy
18. The Posies – Dear 23
19. Sebadoh – Bubble and Scrape
20. The English Beat – I Just Can’t Stop It

Okay, here’s how I cheated – I had to go to 20 and I cut out a few! Basically these were the 20 albums that have affected my life the most. I know every song on the album by heart, I listen to it to this day, and probably have an LP, cassette, CD and MP3 version of each of them. These were my introduction to the rest of the band’s catalog, and my favorite bands to this day are The Ophelias (you should hear their cover of The Kinks’ “Wicked Annabella” – so far only on LP as far as I know), Sebadoh, Pop Will Eat Itself, The Posies and The Wonder Stuff.

Okay, back to knitting my recycled silk scarf and reading “Breaking Dawn”. I don’t think I can stay up until I finish it, but I’m tempted.



Scarily enough, I don’t think I did *this* version of the book meme. I love how there are a few that are very similar but not quite. Also scarily enough, there are ZERO on this list that I haven’t read that I have any interest in reading. You know already, though, that I prefer biographies and non-fiction so I guess that makes sense. Anyway, Hillary did it, so I decided to do it too.

Here’s the challenge –
Bold the books you have already read
Italicize the books you intend to read

1) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
2) The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
3) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
4) Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
5) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6) The Bible
7) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
8 ) Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
9) His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
10) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
11) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
12) Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
13) Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
14) Complete Works of Shakespeare
15) Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
16) The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
17) Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
18 ) Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
19) The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
20) Middlemarch by George Eliot
21) Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
22) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
23) Bleak House by Charles Dickens
24) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
25) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
26) Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
27) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 ) Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
29) Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
30) The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
31) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
32) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
33) Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
34) Emma by Jane Austen
35) Persuasion by Jane Austen
36) The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis
37) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
38 ) Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres
39) Memories of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
40) Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
41) Animal Farm by George Orwell
42) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
43) One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44) A Prayer for Owen Meaney by John Irving
45) The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
46) Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
47) Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
48 ) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
49) Lord of the Flies by William Golding
50) Atonement by Ian McEwan
51) Life of Pi by Yann Martel
52) Dune by Frank Herbert
53) Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
54) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
55) A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
56) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57) A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
58 ) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
59) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
60) Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
62) Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
63) The Secret History by Donna Tartt
64) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
65) Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
66) On The Road by Jack Kerouac
67) Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
68 ) Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
69) Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
70) Moby Dick by Herman Melville
71) Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
72) Dracula by Bram Stoker
73) The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
74) Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson
75) Ulysses by James Joyce
76) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
77) Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
78 ) Germinal by Emile Zola
79) Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
80) Possession by AS Byatt
81) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
82) Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
83) The Color Purple by Alice Walker
84) The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
85) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
86) A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
87) Charlotte’s Web by EB White
88 ) The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
89) Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90) The Faraway Tree Collection by Enid Blyton
91) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
92) The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93) The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
94) Watership Down by Richard Adams
95) A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
96) A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
97) The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 ) Hamlet by William Shakespeare
99) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
100) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo


D & D

Thanks to Jennifer for giving me the letter D! Here are 10 of my favorite things that start with the letter D.

1:”D” is the initial of my oldest son, D.L. Who just turned 9!
2: D.C.: My hometown!
3: Dorothy – my grandmother and my aunt!
4: Debbie and Dwayne – my best friends in high school.
5: Daniel Pinkwater – He is my second favorite author. I first was introduced to him in college, by my roommate who had read “Lizard Music” as a child. Since then I’ve bought most of his books and his “adult” books as well, which are mostly anecdotes from his times on NPR.
6: Diners – I love going to eat hamburgers, fries and shakes!
7: Dance – I would love to go 80s dancing for my big birthday in March, but it doesn’t look good. Anyone know of a venue in San Francisco?
8: Dress – I used to wear dresses a lot more before I had my kids so I guess skirts would be more appropriate, but they don’t start with D … But I love to dress up!
9: Darcy, Mr. or Mark: I was a late bloomer, but I have finally come to realize that Mr. Darcy (and his more recent namesake, Mark Darcy) is the epitome of romance!
10: Dexter. I like this show not only because James Remar is on it (swoon!)!

And, since I’m a glutton for punishment, here is the letter “R” for Carrie K!:

1) Radio – I didn’t get my Masters’ in Radio and Television for nothing!
2) Record Stores – These were the “yarn stores” of my youth. Too bad there are so few of them left, and it’s so much easier to get things online.
3) Roald Dahl – He is my favorite author. I love his kids books and his adult books. My favorite of his is “Switch Bitch” with some great short stories.
4) Richard – My FIL. He died when DL was six weeks old (on my birthday 😦 ) but he was quite a character.
5) Rings – This is my number one search on I love to see what’s out there, and I’ve ordered way more than I have fingers for…
6) Ramones – My favorite punk band and my most recent obsession. I have “Rock and Roll High School” on Laser Disc!
7) Restaurants – I love eating out. My grandparents used to take my mom out to eat a lot so she hates restaurants, but I love them. I’m a third generation non-cook.
8) Rushmore – I love this movie. I saw “Bottle Rocket” years after it came out, and just before Rushmore did, and it’s one of my favorite movies ever.
9) Romance – I used to read tons of romance novels in high school. I still enjoy them when I have time to read fiction. I guess that’s why I like “Twilight” (the first book) so much.
10) Rating – One of my interests in grad school was the movie/TV/video game ratings boards. I’d love to work at one of them….

Wow, that was kind of hard, but it got easier as time went on. Thanks Jennifer and Carrie K.!


Time After Time

Well, I’m in yet another busy period at “work” – the kids have their annual performance in Oakland, so I need to drive them over for the rehearsal tomorrow, then back on Thursday for the actual performance. BR and I had for awhile had a rotating schedule so we only had to do the performance once every other year, but last year it was OR’s first time (you have to be 4 to be in the performance and he was almost 5), and this year it’s IM’s first time, so we’re all going yet again.

In the past I had a nice day in Oakland – dropping the kids off in the morning, going yarn shopping, visiting friends from the Job From Hell, etc. But this year, my first year with no kids along, I actually have to drive back home after dropping them off to finish some work due tomorrow, then go back and pick them up at 2:30. Fun. I’m going to try and stop by Bittersweet, though, a chocolate store I just read about online, and we’ll see if it lives up to its hype.

Did I mention after the performance, noon on Thursday, they have 4.5 days off? Fun.

Today is DL’s 9th birthday. Time really does fly, doesn’t it? You’ll have to do the math yourself, but we’re also coming up on our 10th wedding anniversary 😉 We did date for many years before that, though, if it makes it any better. We had a fun kid day of Chuck E Cheese and Red Robin and the actual party will be on Sunday, probably in the rain (yuck).

Anyway, I have been busy. I finished my Mr. Greenjeans yesterday, but haven’t found my camera to photograph it. It is very warm, and fits, but makes me look like Mike Birbiglia’s quintessential “pumpkin” (“Old people are always angry, ‘I used to be cool, now I’m shaped like a pumpkin, I’m going to play golf’,” he quotes) in it. So I guess I’ll use it inside for a warm sweater. And I loved the button, too, but until I lose the baby weight (hey, IM’s only 4 1/2 😉 🙂 ) it will have to stay inside.

*and*, believe it or not, I’ve actually read 2 more books! Yes, I have! Maybe if I start reading more, they’ll give me a library job so I won’t have time to read anymore 😉 I read “I Killed”, a bunch of stories by stand up comedians on their road antics. Some of them were really funny! I also read a book of essays about people dealing with getting dumped, but it was pretty bad so I guess I’ve blocked the title out in my mind. I’ve got the 2nd two Twilight books in my queue now.

Oh, that reminds me, I read the 2nd book in the series, “New Moon”, which always gets that Duran Duran song into my head. It was entertaining, but I think it wasn’t as good as the first. I think the author really stretched the characters to make the 2nd, and I can only imagine how annoying books 2 and 3 are going to be. She probably should have stopped at 1. Not to mention that her having gone to Brigham Young and people’s discussion about how it was an “abstinence” encouraging book has turned me off a bit to the whole thing. I think I agree with Stephen King that she’s not that great a writer. If she had done just the first, it might have been different.



I don’t do Facebook, but I thought this was a cute meme from Kimberly:

One Word

Where is your cell phone?

Your significant other?

Your hair?

Your mother?

Your father?

Your favorite thing?

Your dream last night?

Your favorite drink?
(iced) tea

Your dream/goal?

What room are you in?

Your hobby?

Your fear?

Where do you want to be in 6 years?

Where were you last night?

Something that you aren’t?


Wish list item?

Last thing you did?

What are you wearing?


Your pets?


Your life?

Your mood?

Missing someone?


Your car?

Something you’re not wearing?

Your favorite store?
Mervyn’s (RIP)

Your favorite color?

When was the last time you cried?

Who will resend this?

My favorite place to eat?

Favorite place I’d like to be at right now?


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February 2009