Tuesday, November 30, 2010

reading 101

I found this on Facebook and thought it was kind of fun. Here's the thing: I never used to read, especially in school. In fact, I did everything I could to avoid reading. Ironically I was always in Honors English. Apparently I'm really good at writing essays based on cliff notes?

So here's the deal: [Apparently] the BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Honestly I think there are several books missing from this list that should be included. I'll add those at the end.

Plundered from book sutlers in various ports!

I've bolded the books I've read in their entirety, italicized the ones I started but didn't finish and colored in purple the ones that are on my list to read. Here it goes..

(Oh and don't judge me for not having read most of the classics. Fiction bores me to no end, especially the kind with a classic beginning, middle and end. I especially am not a fan of happy endings; they just aren't that realistic to me. [wow that sounded a little pessimistic, didn't it?]): 

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (all)
5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19. The Time Travellers 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 Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck (gag me, I didn't finish this one because it was soooo boring)
29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34. Emma – Jane Austen
35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37. Kite Runner - Khalid Housseni
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Willaim 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 Handmaids Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martell
52. Dune – Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60. Love in the time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66. On the Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson
74. Notes from a Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal – Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - A.S. Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas - Charles Mitchell
83. The Colour 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 & the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

I'm wondering where The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin is? I loved that book! And what about Homer's Illiad and Odyssey (I've actually read both of those). Or Fahrenheit 451?

And for the record, why is Hamlet separate from The Complete Works of Shakespeare? And who has actually read the complete works of Shakespeare? I've read a lot of his work, but certainly not all of it!

So I guess I'm pretty much a slacker because I've only read 11 of the 100, and the truth is I don't want to read many more than those 11. In fact, I haven't even heard of most of these! In most cases I'll just settle for the movie.

What about you? How many of these have you read??

Monday, November 29, 2010

weekend in photos: thanksgiving edition

Our family Thanksgiving tradition is a little out of the ordinary. Or as my husband calls it, "Weird!"

Oh well. We've been doing it since I was 7 years old and I can't imagine spending Thanksgiving anywhere else, anyway else except:

Camping at the beach!

This year was so fun and very cold. Brrrr. But that just meant there was more snuggle time at bed time.

Dinner was amazing (as usual). Deep fried turkey, stuffing done 2 ways in a dutch oven, homemade cranberry sauce, the most amazing gravy (also prepared in a dutch oven), mashed potatoes, ham and of course: lots and lots of pie!!

Here are some photos from the weekend at Doheney State Beach, CA (Dana Point). Most of them are from my brother's camera. His is waaaaay better than mine:


How was your Thanksgiving weekend??

Monday, November 22, 2010

writer's block

I have had total writer's block this past week as to what I should post on this blog. I think my mind is elsewhere since I finally have my husband home. We've been working around the apartment getting a lot of things done that have been on our to do list for a while.

Project numero uno has been to clean out the second bedroom and make room for the newest addition to our family. Boy, has that been a project!! 3 days now and we're still not finished! But I'm very excited to be able to share pictures of the finished nursery when it's finally completed (and I totally didn't even think to take before pictures.. oh well).

Our current project is finding a dresser to paint and use as a changing table. So far, not much luck. This weekend we ventured out early on Saturday morning to do some garage sale-ing, but apparently people don't have garage sales when it's raining?! The 2 we found were total duds. So instead we came home and enjoyed some donuts and coffee.

But enough about that. Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to share with you some things I am thankful for this year. You might even want to write down what you are thankful for and put them in a jar.

thankful for my husband and how much he loves me/ thankful for the child in my womb/ thankful for an awesome family/ thankful for the opportunity to live in such a beautiful place/ thankful for amazing friends/ thankful for my fuzzy orange cat (even when he is annoying)/ thankful for fresh flowers/ thankful for a warm bed/ thankful for food in the kitchen/ thankful for the sacrifice Christ made on my behalf

What are you thankful for? I hope you take some time to think about those things this week.

Friday, November 19, 2010

friday wrap up

This week was amazing. As many of you know, my husband came home.

On the same day, I attended my beautiful baby shower! It was so lovely and I have to most amazing friends. Thank you all for coming and "showering" me with gifts and love. Here are some fun pictures from the day:

Other than that, I've just been soaking in every minute with my husband. It's so wonderful to be together as a family and for him to finally experience this pregnancy with me. And not to mention, him being home is an excuse for us to eat out at our favorite restaurants every night :)

Some other things I did this week:

*searched for a dresser to refurbish into this. no luck yet but we're still looking

*added this granny-chic pillow and taggie baby blanket to my list of projects

*watched the pacific almost everyday with my husband (part of being a marine wife :)

*loved this advice for married couples.. a six-second kiss everyday. how simple!

*really liked this 40's style pin-up shoot at an aviation museum here in San Diego

*had a major craving for homemade blueberry muffins

And here's another fun pregnancy shot for you:

Have a fantastic weekend!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

pregnancy pictures

My wonderful friend Kelsey took these photos of me when I was 24 weeks pregnant. We took some of them outside in the alley behind my apartment and some of them in my apartment. Enjoy!

Monday, November 15, 2010

what I wore.. for his homecoming

My husband has been deployed to Afganistan for the past 6 1/2 months. But guess what? He came home this weekend!! Yay for us! It's so good to be together as a family. Here we are just a few minutes after our reunion:

It was late at night and cold, so that kinda got in the way of the cute outfit I had planned to wear. So instead I wore:

Tunic- Ross
Leggings- thrifted
Belt- JCPennys
Sweater- Target
Black Pearl Necklace- gift from my husband from Singapore
f"uggs"- Kohl's
baby bump- Baby Isaac :)

And for fun, here is a picture of the homecoming sign I painted for him:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

235th birthday

Today, November 10, the United States Marine Corps celebrates it's 235th birthday! Happy Birthday Marines!!!

My husband has been a Marine for 8 years (I'm so incredibly proud of him and the sacrifices he's made for our nation). We've had the privilege of celebrating the Marine Corps birthday for several years. It's a tradition for each battalion to hold a Marine Corps Ball each year and we all get to dress up, eat, drink and dance. It's always so much fun!

I thought that today, in celebration, I would share some of our fun memories from the birthday balls we have attended in the past.

2003, Norfolk, VA:

2004, Norfolk, VA:
{I was sick as a dog that night}

2007, Camp Pendleton, CA:

2009: Camp Pendleton, CA:
{This is from a re-enactment of the raising of our flag on Iwo Jima. It was really moving.}

{Yes, that is the same dress I wore in 2003. Pretty impressive that it still fits, eh?}

The Marine Corps birthday isn't just a birthday. It's a 235 year old tradition. Every Marine is proud to take part in the celebration because of the rich history, honor and valour of the Marine Corps and because it takes something special to be a United States Marine. You know their slogan, "The Few, The Proud"? Believe me, there is nothing prouder than a Marine on his birthday.

Every year the Commandant and Sgt Major of the Marine Corps releases a birthday message. You can watch the 2010 message here. (It's pretty awesome)

"Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share." - Ned Dolan

Happy Birthday Marines!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

what i'm doing today

Today I am:

painting. this one is for baby Isaac's room. finished product to follow.

sewing.. more baby stuff!!

crafting.. Christmas gifts :)


I also had to go to the dentist. My teeth are happy but my gums are in pain :(
But it was good to have a cleaning. I love that feeling!!

I've also been doing some cleaning and ironing... oh the life of a homemaker :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

friday wrap up

This week started out with a glucose screening test (you know where you have to drink that sugar water and they take your blood to make sure you don't have gestational diabetes) that was totally messed up by the lab technician. I get there nice and early, drink that drink, sit for an hour enduring loud conversations, wild children with mothers who don't seem to notice and a rumbling tummy. Then one hour later they take my blood and I leave.

When I'm about half way home I receive a frantic phone call from the lab tech telling me that she didn't take the right sample for the glucose test! Isn't that the reason I was there to begin with?? She got all the other samples right but forgot the most important one!! By the time I was able to get back to the lab, too much time had passed. I was a little more than peeved and I was not going to waste another hour so they could do the test again. Fortunately, they were able to test it another way (I have no idea how, nor do I care) so I won't be needing to go back.

Oh and the good news: I don't have gestational diabetes! I celebrated with a milky way :)

That was Monday morning.
Other than that, this week I...

*packed up all my Halloween decorations

*worked on my baby mini book

*did a lot of baby research (mostly about immunizations this week) and still have a lot to do

*found a simple idea for curtains (thanks mom!!)

*learned that you can wash your potatoes in the dishwasher

*died laughing when I saw this video from the restoring sanity rally

*stayed up late tuesday watching the election coverage

*found these super adorable maternity photos done at a park

*can't get this jack johnson song out of my head (which isn't a bad thing :)

*started getting ready for something really exciting happening next week (you'll have to check back then to see just what it is)

Now, I'm going to eat breakfast and go for a walk before it gets too hot. It was 95degrees at my apartment yesterday (in San Diego, 6 blocks from the beach). I don't know what is going on, but I'm not enjoying it at all.

I hope you have a great weekend. And stay cool (or warm :)!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

baby mini book

I started this mini book early on in my pregnancy. The idea was to collect and record all kinds of thoughts, pictures, and scraps of what happened as we prepared for our little baby. (I originally got the idea from elise joy).

This method is so fun! It combines journaling, art journaling, and scrapbooking. I really like it because its not as streamline as scrapbooking. It doesn't have to look perfect; in fact the more random, the better!

You can use all sorts of found papers and scraps lying around. I love using magazine clippings, ribbon, greeting cards, envelopes, pages from old books and newspaper articles and tissue paper. (For each page shown in my flickr set, all the materials I used are listed in the caption).

As you can see, many of the pages are still blank because I haven't journaled on them yet.. but I will! One method I like is to paste a picture on the page, write a favorite quote or pick an important date. Then journal about it!

I just wanted to share a few of my favorite pages:
This page is made from a magazine ad, an ultrasound picture and a piece of ribbon. I pasted Isaac's tiny little baby feet onto the magazine page and then added a title and caption.
This page is simply a greeting card. I thought it was so cute! I will add some writing to it eventually, but it just seemed so perfect for a baby book.
I love this page. I simply pasted a blue envelope onto a piece of scrapbook paper and added some embelishments. The pink hearts are painted on. What I like about this page is that the envelope hangs over the edge, so when the entire book is closed, you can see it. I periodically write notes and letters to Isaac and keep them in this envelope.
This one is the back of a greeting card. It originally had only the lobster so I added a couple of other stickers to go with the underwater theme. I will either add a picture or paste some lined paper on it to journal.
Be sure to click the link above to see more of the book. And of course, I'm still adding more to it as I go along. Don't worry, I'll post the finish product when it's completed!