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>Happy Sunday!!!!

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I hope you all are having a fabulous weekend!

Yesterday (Saturday) I had my first migraine since the whole strep thing.
I took a med and slept through most of the day.
But the headache is gone, yay!
An observation: in lowering my bp, I’ve gone from a migraine at least once a week, to one in a month. 
Wow.

And today, I’ve been really, really lazy.
Honey and I both have.
And it’s been glorious.
Since last night, we’ve watched movies:
Prince of Persia and The Crazies
We’ve watched TV:
AOTS, Top Gear, NCIS and Modern Family
And one award show:
IAA (about gaming)
We’ve also just talked and played on our ‘puters.
Now, I’m trying to finish up what didn’t get done yesterday.
I don’t mind.
Here’s why:
My phone can be upgraded in April and Honey had the $$$ set aside.
He’d looked into a phone like his so that I could blog on my lunch break.
He has the Droid X.
(It’s actually been a blessing for him on his job, he uses it that much.)
Yeah….’puters are fine but I struggle with my digital camera!
I decided to keep my Blackberry.
I know how to work it.
He got me an iPod instead.
Now, instead of blasting my stereo so I could hear it (mostly) throughout the house,
I can carry my tunes with me.
Yay =D
(The kitties really appreciate it. No more loud noise for them!)
One thing: am I the only person who hates ear buds? They hurt! I prefer the big, ol’ fashioned headphones.
That’s me.
Fashion backwards =P
Happy Sunday
I’ll be around to visit soon!

>The BBC’s ‘The Big Read – Top 100 Books’

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Many of you may have seen this list floating around the blogverse or on facebook over the past few months. The first time I saw it was on a blog back at the end of the summer. 
Since then, it has gained popularity, or notoriety, depending on your opinion of it. I was talking with William the other day and we were wondering how some books make it onto the ‘classics’ list. 
I won’t mention the author or the book, but if the one we were discussing were submitted today, I highly doubt it would make it to any publishing house. If it takes 20+ pages to begin and end an action, it’s a good bet I won’t be reading it, or anything else that author has written. Then again, I’ve read a lot of fluff….
So anyway, here is the list. I’ve color coded them instead of writing reviews. (Time constraints.)

1.The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien     Read it, have the movies and the books.

2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen     Read it, have the movie and the book
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling     Read it, have the movie and the book
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee     Read it, saw the movie, had the book
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne     Read it, watched it on Disney when I was little
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell     Have the book
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis     Read it, have the movie, have it on radio theater
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame     Read it
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens     Started it
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott     Read it, saw two movie versions
19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy     Saw the movie
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell     Saw the movie
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling     Read it, have the movie and the book
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling     Read it, have the movie and the book
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling     Read it, have the movie and the book
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien     Read it, have the book
26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll     Read most of it, saw several movie versions
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens     Started it
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl     Saw the movie
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson     Read it, saw different movie versions
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen     Have the book
39. Dune, Frank Herbert     Saw the movie
40. Emma, Jane Austen     Have the book, saw the movie
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery     Read it, had the book, saw the series on tv
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams     Have the book
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald     Read it
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas     Read it, saw the movie
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell     Have the book
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens     Started it, saw several movie versions
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher

51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett     Read it, have a version of it on dvd, had the book
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King     Started it, have the book
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell     Read it, had the book, saw the tv version
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer     Read it, have the book
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens     Started it
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough     Saw the tv series
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl     Saw the movie
75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding     Saw the movie
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens     Started it
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar     Read it, saw the movie
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons     Saw the movie, really want the book
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist     Read it, have the book
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo     Saw the movie
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot     Saw the movie
100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
Now, that’s the list and where I’m at with it. Hart the Watery Tart (sorry, I couldn’t resist!) posted the list with her thoughts on the books she’s read. Theresa also has a tag on facebook here. Has anyone else posted anything about this list? What are your thoughts on it?
Hart also added a few that she thought should be on the list, as well as some that should be taken off. Taking a page from her idea, I’m adding a few….

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Oddkins by Dean Koontz
The Eight by Katherine Neville
The Thomas Covenant Chronicles by Stephan R. Donaldson
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Weis/Hickman (a grown up version of Tolkien* my words)

PS-why does Blogger always mess with continuity? Dang it!

Oh, yeah, my score:

Read: 20
Started/Read Part Of: 7
Saw in some form: 29
Own(ed)/Want: 20

*this count is likely off-each time I go through it, I get a different number!*

>My First Day Of NaNo

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Well, Monday was the first day of NaNo. The plan was to write, write, and write some more. Instead, I had some adventure!

First, I overslept, which I hate to do. Then, I got up and checked out the blogs that participated in the show your space blogfest hosted by Summer over at ….and this time, concentrate! Lots of fun getting to look in people’s houses without feeling creepy about it. And making new friends is always good.

That bit of blogging may take today’s place….depends on what kind of time I have. Anyhoo, I also got one of the packages I had been expecting, but it’s a secret, so…. The other one, the one I need right now-nope, it didn’t come and it was supposed to. The receipt said so. Hmph.

I also ran two errands, both of which could have been a disaster. Twice, TWICE, cars pulled out right smack in front of me. One ran a stop sign, the other turned left in front of me. If I had not been making a right turn myself, I would have hit the second car. Where do people get their driving licenses these days, out of Happy Meals?

About the errands. The second one was to the grocery store to pick up fixin’s for chili. The first one was a bit more exciting. William had ordered the set of Lost dvds and they came to my house. I dropped them off to him between classes and picked up something from him that he’d gotten for me. Did that make sense?

During Harry Potter Fest at the college, there were a couple bands that sang songs just about HP. I asked him to pick up a couple cd’s for me and he got them autographed. Sweet! Plus, he picked up a handful of buttons. I’m thinking about a giveaway. Initially, I wanted to do it as a kick off for the movie on the 19th. Well, duh! I’m in the middle (okay, beginning) of nano and won’t have time. I’m crazy sometimes, but I ain’t stupid. So, I’ll probably be adding a few other things and doing something for Christmas.

The rest of the afternoon was spent writing. The last time I stopped, I had a word count of over 2600 words-I can’t upload anything because the site is overwhelmed. Dang. I also managed to turn in last week’s homework, as well as this week’s. I thought about doing next week’s but it involved making a chart so I said eh, I can do it later. 

Right now, just waiting on the chili to cook and Honey to get home. In the fall, they move their schedule back an hour so technically, he’s off at 7pm instead of 8. Which means, he might get home around 8:30 instead of 9:30 or later. Woohoo.

RenFest was really fun and we got lots of pics. I’ll be doing a couple posts about that Thursday and maybe next Tuesday. I also got to meet BossMan and his wife and son. They’re really nice. And very funny.

I saw something on one person’s blog that I liked and so, of course, I’m stealing it. She’s in nano and has committed to visiting everyone’s blog at least once a week. That sounds pretty good to me. I feel bad, like I’m neglecting you all, but I gotta do what I gotta do, so I hope you’ll forgive me.

When I logged on here to schedule this post, Roo decided to help. She’s grown a bit and in this pic, it shows.

If any of you out there are Lost fanatics fans, you should check out William’s post. He got some really awesome shots of what all is inside. It’s enough to make me want to watch the whole thing…..

Good luck and happy writing!