August 30, 2008

According to Andrea it is College colors day. We didn’t even know about it officially, and yet we participated.

Goooooooooooo Dawgs! Sic ‘Em! Woof Woof Woof Woof Woof!


Favorite Things Friday!

August 29, 2008

It’s time for another installment of My favorite things- on a completely different scale from Oprah. I LOVE these diced tomatoes.
I add them to everything… salsa, guacamole, spaghetti sauce, omlettes, toss with pasta. Everything!!! It adds such a great fire roasted flavor to all of my other favorite things. And, added bonus is that they are organic. I would eat them anyway, but that always helps. And, when Kroger has them on sale, and you use this coupon, you can stock up for $0.50 a can.
Tell me about one of your favorite things…

Look at What I Made

August 28, 2008

I know that you all would be way too excited to see the block that I made in Betty Sue’s quilting class today (yawn). But instead, check out what I made…

It’s a shiv! I made the world’s first quilting shiv. Stay out of my way. You never know when that might come in handy!

I closed my van door and hear subsequent cracking plastic at which point it was too late to do anything about my ruler hanging out of the door.

Oh well…


August 28, 2008

Here is the booklist that Andrea posted based on the National Endowment for the Arts suggestions that we all should read. Join her by posting this list for yourself, and bolding the books that you have read, and italicizing the books you would like to read.
While we are here, I also need to plug one of my favorite websites- Goodreads. This is a fabulous little place on the web where you can keep a running list of books that you have read, books that you would like to read, and books that you friends are reading. You can even make recommendations for books that you think your friends would enjoy (my favorite part of the website because Nikki and Andrea both make the best recommendations).

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the RingsJRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter seriesJK Rowling (LOVE them!)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman (I never plan to based on Nikki’s review!)
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
(many, many times)
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (I’ve read a lot of them…)
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The HobbitJRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot (maybe?)
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 (yeah, not happening.)
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
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

34 Emma – Jane Austen

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis (Why is this on here if the Chronicles are also on here?)-(Ditto, Andrea, but at least I get credit twice)
37 The Kite RunnerKhaled 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 Meany – John Irving

45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green GablesLM Montgomery
 (also many many times)
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 PiYann Martel
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 Burnett

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 – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker

84 The Remains of the DayKazuo 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
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 FactoryRoald Dahl
100 Les Miserables-Victor Hugo

So there is my list. It looks a little shabby. I thought I was doing so well with the first 10. 70% is not bad, but I ended up at about 40%, and I am ashamed to admit that there were a few on the list that I had never even heard of. I guess I am read, but not well read.
Head on over to The Braun Family Circus, and post your own list.

August 26, 2008

It’s a good thing I straightened my hair this morning, huh? We don’t even know how to act with rain in Atlanta. Thank you, Fay!!! Maybe I shouldn’t stand at the bus stop without an umbrella.

Back to School Haiku

August 25, 2008

Shannon over at Rocks in My Dryer is hosting a haiku contest. Here is mine. Head on over and post your back to school haiku.

Kindergarten Rocks
quiet! I’m too excited
but miss him too much

I have to tell you that I feel a little guilty about how much I am enjoying my quiet days and how clean my house stays until 3pm. Oh, the bliss!

Well, I made it to the end of my second quilt block. I was so proud that I didn’t have to remove any stitches. I even measured my block and it measured to a perfect 12 1/2 in. square. I was so excited that I needed to take a photo to share. Then I noticed that something wasn’t quite right? Do you see it? Ahhhhhhh.So, I had to remove that entire seam, turn it ans try again. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Wow, am I good at that one!

Favorite Things Friday

August 22, 2008

***We interrupt this blog post to let you know that it is officially Saturday***
Crazy has landed in my life and I now bring you the blog post that I started Thursday evening to post yesterday, and I just now returning to the computer. Work with me here, people.
***Now back to the regularly scheduled post**
I have to admit something here to all three of you who read my blog (I know you can tell this will be a life-changing confession)…
I TiVo Oprah every day.
Crazy, I know. I don’t even like Oprah, and I don’t watch her show. At this point, you may be asking yourself, much like The Man asks me every time he notices the list of episodes, “Why, then, does she record the show daily?”

That is a great question. I absolutely LOVE Oprah’s Favorite Things episodes. I record daily to make sure that I catch her favorite things. How fun is it to see gadgets that I have never heard of and never knew that I needed, and now realize that I can’t live without them? That is a good time.

I am going to host my own version here for ALL of us. And I would love to hear about your favorite things as well.
One of my newest and greatest favorite things is this wonderful Satsuma body set from The Body Shop.

The body polish has bits of loofa crushed into it to exfoliate the skin, and body wash and body butter smell scrumptious and makes my skin shiny and beautiful. I’m not normally one for “foodie” type smells, but this smell makes me very happy. I’m sorry to any of you who are unfortunate enough to live close to me and who have had to endure me sticking my arm into your faces to experience how wonderful I smell.

So there it is. My first favorite thing. What is one of your favorite things?

I am Anne Elliot!

Take the Quiz here!

Don’t Let Me Die

August 19, 2008

We have spent so much time at the pool this summer that it is no surprise that the boys ears are a little sore. We decided to put a few drops of peroxide in their ears last night to hopefully help ward off any infections that might creep in.
The Boy screamed bloody murder and kicked and thrashed like we were beating him. And, then, maybe we did, and maybe we didn’t. It is really cool to watch it bubble up out of the ear though. I know that we are sick. This also comes from the mom who excitedly watched the plastic surgeon sew all 36 stitches into her son’s face.
As we finished, and he had to lay there to let the drops drain, he exclaimed in his very pitiful voice, “Don’t let me die.” Poor kid thought that something was growing out of his ear because we kept talking (and laughing) about the bubbles coming out.
He is now in the market for more sympathetic parents. Any takers?