Sunday, December 5, 2010

I've been having to take it easy again this week....caught myself a cold that stopped me in my tracks.  Went straight from the sinus' to my chest and kept me up all night.  Decided to take myself to the doctor after calling off of work.  He put my on antibiotics and an inhaler.  Sucks, but I'm getting better.

I managed to get the two pink and black quilts done.  Haven't done much more than that.  I started piecing together those flannel squares into something useable....not anything fancy, just warm;)

We have a Christmas party to go to this Friday, and we are going to see the Moscow Ballet the following week.  My husband has been wanting to take me to see the Nutcracker for years.  Couldn't beat the price for tickets... $10 each;)  It will be enjoyable;)

My son is due down here for Christmas break.  Right now he's in juvenile detention.  Momma's not too happy about that at all.  He's supposed to get out today...if he behaved himself while he was in there.  He didn't do anything "bad" in hurt anybody or steal anything, but he violated his probation and his PO had to follow through with the consequences.  This will be the first time he has actually been locked up for real....maybe he'll learn he doesn't really like it.  Hopefully.  I know that some people decide that it's not so bad and then don't care anymore if they get in trouble.  I'm hopeing he doesn't go that route.

My daughter is recovering from the miscarriage.  She lost alot of blood and is tired.  But she says she feels better.  She and her hubby have decided to put off having anymore children for a few years.  She needs time to recooperate physically. 

But on to something a little lighter.....
I've seen this circulating around the blogs, so I thought I would chime in.....

The deal:

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Instructions: Copy this. Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt.
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. The Harry Potter Series- JK Rowling
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
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22- Joseph Heller
14 The Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenberger
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 Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited- Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 The 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
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The DaVinci 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 Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann 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 Inferno - Dante
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 Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - E.B. 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 and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

I counted 22??  Most of these were read in school.  Some of them I don't think are worth reading.  I've read a number of other books over the years.  Travels with Charley was enjoyable.  The Journeyer was interesting.  I don't feel that just because a book has been around for a long time makes it a classic.  And a few of those are still so's like when Disney puts out a new movie and calls it a "Classic".  Where's the test of time??

Here are some other books I think are great classics that didn't make the list, and that I have read....

The Complete Tales, Edgar Allan Poe
Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren
Robinson Crusoe (1719) Daniel Defoe
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1883) Robert Louis Stevenson
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1831) Victor Hugo
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1870) Jules Verne
Black Beauty (1860) Anna Sewell
Around the World in Eighty Days (1873) Jules Verne
All Quiet on the Western Front (1928) Erich Maria Remarque

A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess

Interesting to see just how much, or how little, I have read.

I've got to get some stuff done around here....hope all is well with everyone;)

Happy Quilting!!


canuckquilter said...

I hope you're feeling better soon and that your son doesn't give you too many gray hairs. I think I've read about the same number as you on that list, about half of them for school. I love to read, some classics, some not, some very "good" and some just pure fun "fluff". My daughter loved Pippi Longstocking and my son gave Around the World in 80 Days a thumbs up.

Marsha said...

Sorry to hear you were not feeling well, hope you are all better soon! My taste in reading is more toward mysterys but I loved The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. There are some others on the list that I have read but most just aren't what I am interested in. I'd rather read for fun and quilt!

Liriopia said...

Hope your feeling better! I have that list but have to go through it yet. I will be posting.


Katie said...

I hope you're feeling better soon. Colds are so frustrating! And I hope your son learns from his experience and starts making better choices. It amazes me to see how many of those books we've ALL read, but I think maybe it's showing what the US school system values... :)

Sandy said...

As I read your post I was reminded of one of my favourite sayings. It is "Nothing difficult is ever easy", and I realized that it applies to your son's efforts to grow into adulthood just as surely as it applies to the challenges we all face every day. I hope he is able, with Momma's help, to turn things around.

I hope Momma is feeling better, too. I enjoy reading your posts. (Even without quilty stuff.)


---"Love" said...

I've heard troubles and disappointments often come in three's. The two disappointments related to your son and daughter coming at a time when you are not feeling at your best, should have the three things accounted for! I hope you will soon feel like offering needed encouragement and comfort to both your son and daughter. Enjoy whatever time you have with them. ---"Love"

Beth said...

Hope you are feeling better each day.
Hope that with your support your son will make better decisions for himself. Sometimes growing up is a little bit of a bumpy ride.
Glad your daughter seems to be feeling a bit better.
Fun seeing what everyone has read.