Saturday, January 17, 2009

40 Below...or close enough to it

This is how cold is was yesterday morning: I turned on my car 20 minutes before I had to go to work and I still had to scrape the windshield. While scraping the windshield I could feel my tongue freezing. All I can say is thank goodness we heat with wood because if the power goes out at least we'd all be warm.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A Mom Moment

These are a couple of Elijah's recent drawings. I'm pretty proud of them. I've been watching his drawings move from scribbles to recognizable pictures this past year.
There is a story that he told me that goes along with these pictures.
Once upon a time a boy named Elijah was playing hockey with Wayne Gretzky. They were playing against Patrick Roy in goal. Wayne Gretzky passed the puck to Elijah and he shoots and scores! He got a goal against Patrick Roy. He was very happy. The End.
Elijah's imagination about playing hockey really has no limit. This Sunday he showed me a picture he drew in Sunday School. It was very clearly 2 people playing hockey. When I asked him who was playing hockey he said, "That's me and Jesus, playing hockey when Jesus was a little boy."

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Top 100 Reads

Well, I've decided that it's time once again to read classic books. I get on this kick every few years. So I googled the top 100 books and found a few lists. Quite a few lists. Some of them overlapping. Some limited by category (TIME's list was the top 100 since 1923) but I think I've found one I'd like to follow: I like the list and the formula used to create the list. Here's the list with an * for the ones I have already read (20). Any suggestions to add? 1984 was listed twice so I need one more to make an even 100. I am starting with Vanity Fair (that's the plan anyway)

*THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald (6)
ULYSSES by James Joyce (6)
*1984 by George Orwell (6)
THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger (6)
ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac (6)
*THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck (5)
CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller (5)
LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov (5)
BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley (5)
THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner (4)
*TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee (4)
THE LORD OF THE RINGS by J.R.R. Tolkien (4)
ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell (4)
TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf (4)
INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison (4)
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess (4)
*GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell (4)
AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner (4)
*A FAREWELL TO ARMS by Ernest Hemingway (4)
*A PASSAGE TO INDIA by E.M. Forster (4)
*LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding (4)
THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London (4)
DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens (3)
EMMA by Jane Austen (3)
TESS Of The D’URBERVILLES, Thomas Hardy (3)
*THE SCARLET LETTER by Nathaniel Hawthorne (3)
*WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte (3)
THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers (3)
SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut (3)
*JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte (3)
*BELOVED by Toni Morrison (3)
ANNA KAREINA by Leo Tolstoy (3)
THE SUN ALSO RISES by Ernest Hemingway (3)
NATIVE SON by Richard Wright (3)
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (3)
NOSTROMO by Joseph Conrad (3)
*HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad (3)
UNDER THE VOLCANO by Malcolm Lowry (3)
THE GOOD SOLDIER by Ford Madox Ford (3)
HERZOG by Saul Bellow (3)
*THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS by Kenneth Grahame (3)
U.S.A. (trilogy) by John Dos Passos (3)
FINNEGANS WAKE by James Joyce (3)
AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Theodore Dreiser (3)
*WOMEN IN LOVE by D.H. Lawrence (3)
*THE AGE OF INNOCENCE by Edith Wharton (3
THE WOMAN IN WHITE by Wilkie Collins (3)
THINGS FALL APART by Chinua Achebe (3)
TROPIC OF CANCER by Henry Miller (3)
MY ANTONIA by Willa Cather (3)
LIGHT IN AUGUST by William Faulkner (3)
THE MAGUS by John Fowles (3)
DON QUIXOTE by Miguel de Cervantes (2)
TOM JONES by Henry Fielding (2)
WAR AND PEACE by Leo Tolstoy (2)
MOBY-DICK by Herman Melville (2)
MADAME BOVARY by Gustave Flaubert (2)
WINNIE THE POOH by A(lan) A(lexander) Milne (2)
GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Charles Dickens (2)
THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV by Feodor Dostoevsky (2)
TRISTAM SHANDY by Laurence Sterne (2)
*LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa M. Alcott (2)
VANITY FAIR by William Makepeace Thackeray (2)
*PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen (2)
IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME by Marcel Proust (2)
THE AMBASSADORS by Henry James (2)
GRAVITY’S RAINBOW by Thomas Pynchon (2)
THE AWAKENING by Kate Chopin (1851-1904) (2)
DUNE by Frank Herbert (2)
A TOWN LIKE ALICE by Nevil Shute (2)
CLARISSA by Samuel Richardson (2)
A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY by John Irving (2)
THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO by Alexandre Dumas (2)
*THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY by Henry James (2)
OF MICE AND MEN by John Steinbeck (2)
ALL THE KING’S MEN by Robert Penn Warren (2)
GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN by James Baldwin (2)
*CHARLOTE’S WEB by E. B. White (2)
ROBINSON CRUSOE by Daniel Defoe (2)
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT by Feodor Dostoevsky (2)
THE STAND by Stephen King (2)
REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier (2)
I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves (2)
HOWARDS END by E.M. Forster (2)
TENDER IS THE NIGHT by F. Scott Fitzgerald (2)
THE RAINBOW by D.H. Lawrence (2)
BLEAK HOUSE by Charles Dickens (2)
ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand (2)
ABSALOM, ABSALOM! by William Faulkner (2)
THE WINGS OF THE DOVE by Henry James (2)
AUSTERLITZ by W. G. Sebald (2)
THE TRIAL by Franz Kafka (2)
WISE BLOOD by Flannery O’Connor (2)
FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley(2)

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