Friday, March 30, 2007

Shameless Plug for a Family Member & his Family

Please read this story below (my cousin is Erik Noraas. This story was not written by me...)

"Befrore reading this story please click on the link above and view the wcco channel 4 story done on Noraas's and Gormans for Valentines Day. [unfortunately the story seems to have been removed as it was from last year...]

My name is Bridget and our entire family has nominated the Noraas family from Faribault , MN orginally but now reside in Big Lake, Mn for ABC extreme make over home edition. Erik and his wife Heidi have 3 children, ages 15, 10 & 5. Some 5 years ago there youngest son was 10 days old and came down with mengiitus which left him mentally disabled. The local news did story on them last year that was heart touching.

2 years later Erik was shipped overseas to Bosnia and while he was deployed his wife was diagnosed with cancer. She will be returning to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester this week for two days for tests. After all this Erik's wife Heidi read a newspaper story about my husband Martin who was in desperate need of a kidney. Heidi called us and we set up a time to meet. As to our surprise Erik decided to donate my husband a kidney. We had waited 7 years for this day and this angel from above was sent to us. One year ago on Febuary 15th 2006 Erik Noraas donated one of his kidney to my husband. It has been a year and both Erik and my husband martin are doing very very well.

The home they have is in need of a makeover as they have no room in the 1100 sq ft house for there family. They enjoy and welcome all friends and family to there home and have helped many people in times of need for a place to stay. There son whom goes to speech and occupational therapy ongoing desperately needs more space so that they may improve is therapy and be able to offer more for him at home. They also have friends whom are both are in wheel chairs and they do enjoy bring them out to there home but it makes it very tough for them to access the house as there are not ramps for them to enter there home. Both erik and heidi work full time jobs and manage there family life 24 hours 7 day a week. The two older children are often left to wait for there attention as there 5 year old son takes a lot of time.

There house is small but it also is I need of some repair. There windows are rotten away and because of that they are left dealing with some health issues from the mold is growing in there windows. The children and suffering from many many ear and upper respitory issues and have undergone many surgeries to repair there ear after holes have been left behind after having tubes. They daughter age 10 will soon be having another surgery in hopes to fix the ear and she is having difficulty with hearing.

We feel that this family has been put there enough and we would like for them to have a home and will better manage there busy schedule. They are so very deserving …jus think a stranger whom answered your call for help after 7 year of dialyses and Erik Noraas once again step-ups to the call of duty after 20 years in the military and answered our prayers."


So - my cousin & his family have been "nominated" for Extreme Makeover Home Edition and there is a petition to further their cause here. If you feel so inclined....please sign the petition.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

One Reason Why I Love IKEA



Sorry for the crappy picture - it's from my phone. It says that these bags (meaning the grocery-store-like-plastic-bags) are now 5 cents a piece in hopes that we will stop using them! Whohoo! Next to it is a bin of totes that you can buy for 59 cents and use until they fall apart. Yay IKEA for promoting green practices!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Ho-Hum

I'm having one of those afternoons. One where I don't know what to do with myself. I am lonely in my new office (only person in the building no less) and I'm feeling like I can't quite find my flow. I'm grateful for this opportunity and can't wait til things pick up but in the meantime I'm feeling ever so slightly....useless..

Hmph.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Three Peas in a Pod

Well, the oodles of cuteness, limey green punch and 3 anxiety dreams later the shower has come and gone. Whew.

The theme was "Three Peas in a Pod" as Kathy is having triplets. Unfortunately, other than ridiculously cute invitations, I couldn't find much "pea pod" stuff that wasn't stupid or weird lookiing (especially for trips). So my cousins & I opted to go with a springy yellow/green theme which sort of serves the pea pod theme as well as the springy-ness of this time of year. And since we don't know the sex of the babies, it works with that too.

We had the shower at Kathy's house as we weren't sure if she'd be on bedrest or not and I didn't want to risk it. It was rather odd hosting something at someone else's house because I didn't know what exactly I had to work with! I came down on Friday morning to take care of the baking and finding out where a few things were. On Saturday morning Kathy & Jay left for a couple hours to run errands so we could set up.

We had fresh flowers and yellow & green balloon bouquets. We had a lime sherbet punch, mini cheesecakes & minty brownies (new recipes! 4 stars!). There were also sausage puffs, veggies & fruit and pasta salad. Everyone seemed to have a great time. We had an excellent turnout (22 of 27!) - it was a crowded house!

We played a Mother Goose/Triplets themed trivia game which I made up (eeek), baby pictionary and baby songs (list as many songs as you can with 'baby' in the title). Kathy loves games so I wanted to make sure to have several.

She opened lots of gifts and we ate lots of food. All in all it was a good day. There were a few snags but I tried to let them slide off my shoulders. I tend to be a control freak and it's hard for me to hand over responsibilities (especially when then those tasks are 'forgotten.' hmph).
My cousin Lindsay and Kathy - both Mommies-to-Be!

Kathy seemed to love the shower and I'm so glad. I really wanted to make this day very special for her!

After the guests left we went through all the gifts and organized a few things, I cleaned up and put away the dishes, chairs, etc and later I taught her how to knit.

Oh and we pulled out the breast pump to see if it works (a double!) eeeek. It might sound weird but I'm really glad that Kathy's opening up about more "girly" things with me through the course of this pregnancy. I feel like we're closer than ever and I cannot WAIT to hold those little babies in my arms!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Thunderstorm

On another note, it's POURING rain right now. And thundering.....spring is springing.

:)

CAOK II - Knitting Bags

I haven't been doing as much as I had intended for CAOK II but a couple items fall into that category as well as "because I wanted to" too.

Photo courtesy of Michelle

I made this bag for Michelle for her knitting supplies. It is of cats, it is her favorite colors. She loved it! Yay! We knitted & had wine & conversation for the last time* on Thursday as today she's moving to Minneapolis. Hmph. I also included some fabulous Tastefully Simple Bountiful Beer Bread (my fave) and Bacon Bacon dip (my other fave).

I made another bag for my sister. I made it in pink because that is her favorite color and since she's having triplets and doesn't know the sexes of the babies...she has no pink currently in her life (only yellows, greens, some blues). I also gave her some knitting needles (purple), yarn (purple), stitch markers and last night I taught her how to knit. She'll probably be on bed rest in the near future and had been wanting to learn. She did really great! I will check in with her next week to see if she remembers. hee hee. She joined a prayer shawl ministry group at her church so after she gets the knitting/purling basics down I will show her how to make a prayer shawl.

Her shower was yesterday....updates on that to come.

*Not the last last time, just the last time while she's living in Duluth!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Guilty Pleasures



Dirty Dancing on DVD for $7.50 (!) at Target (the "Ultimate Edition" no less) and some lovely new stationary. I guess I felt like treating myself!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Getting Things Done

I feel good when I get a few things done...

Like.....writing up a schedule & budget for our upcoming production; putting the finishing touches on the baby shower I'm hosting for my sister (triplets!) this weekend; securing locations for said production for UNDER budget (thank god) and finally puttying the holes in the quarter-round of our new molding in the living room and dining room.

*sigh*

It's all good....

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Leaving




My friend Michelle is leaving me. Waaaaah! Last Friday was her last day at both of our (now) former place of employment. I met up with the gang for happy hour (as previously reported). We had fun. We had cocktails. This is a good photo from the night. I will be sad once she's back in Minneapolis. Hmph. But I'm happy for her as my matchmaking skills are continuing to pay off! YAY!! :)

One Corner

We're getting more settled into the new office....here's a sneak peek of one corner...


Monday, March 19, 2007

Weekend Update

I am finding less and less time during the day to do things I enjoy like posting on this blog and reading my favorite blogs. I'm used to having many hours in the day when I am literally bored to tears. Since I started working for myself....that is a different story. Hopefully once I figure out my "flow" I will have more time to resume these activities. :)

The weekend was good!

Friday started off with a Happy Hour with the gang that I used to work with. My last day (and therefore my "farewell Happy Hour" was snowed out a couple weeks ago so it was rescheduled to coincide with a couple of other people whose last day was Friday (hi Michelle!). I met up with the gang at about 5 and much beer was consumed. Some by me, lots by others. It was fun to see everyone and take lots of pictures and "catch up" even though it had only been 2 weeks! After the Old Chicago stop (not my favorite for happy hour, btw) we headed over to the Saratoga for more cocktails. This is a strip club and has been in existence since....oh I dont' know, many many decades. This work gang ALWAYS ends up here after a good party. Steve & I went in for a beer - our first trip to such an establishment together. It's a very cool bar, actually, but it's very smoky and there's the almost naked dancing girls thing. Mostly that is just sad to me (here especially when they have to lean over the railing on the stage and put money in the juke box for themselves!! While dancing!) but tht is a story for another day. After one beer I was good to go home and get out of the smoke. Blech.

Saturday I spent most of the day cleaning. This was good as I had been gone and it hadn't gotten done in a while and I was starting to feel antsy about it. Steve pitched in too and we got quite a bit done. I also found some time that afternoon to read my book and to do a bit of knitting (those babies will be here before you know it!).

Saturday evening Steve & I went to visit his Dad at the rehab place (for his hip surgery). We met his girlfriend and his dog in the lobby and put a nice big shamrock on Mindy (his dog not his girlfriend). We all were wearing green and his girlfriend had a huge funny hat on that said "got beer." He got a kick out of us all coming to visit. We even brought him some Guinness to celebrate the day.

After that visit we went up to a St. Patrick's Day party where there was so much incredible food. Corned beef & cabbage, potatoes, carrots, cheeses, crackers, breads, soda breads, green jello (!), cupcakes & fudge. And beer. Lots of beer. It was a good crowd (as usual at this house) and a lot of fun.

Sunday Steve & I spent the entire afternoon cutting & installing quarter round in our living room & dining room. We're rather slow at getting projects done so it felt good to get this one *mostly* accomplished. Steve measured and cut while I drilled & nailed. We made a good team! Now we have to fill the nail holes and paint the trim. We still have to install quarter round in the upstairs bedroom where we re-did the floors (aka: my craft room).

We decided that after working so hard all day we should go have vietnamese food. So we did. We even ordered enough for leftovers tonight! We stopped by and visited his Dad again and then came home and watched LADY IN THE WATER. I thought it was *okay.* Some of my friends hav LOVE LOVE LOVED IT and most have hated it but I thought it fell in the middle. I thought it was interesting but there are a lot of unanswered questions. M. Night comes across as rather annoying (especially when he casts himself as "the vessel" gag) but he does make some really beautiful pictures. His visuals are usually quite lovely to look at.

So, there you have it. I just got back from a long day's work (so busy!!), grocery shopping, baby shower supplies shopping, eating dinner and a nice long walk (uphill for a good portion - whew) and now I'm going to start filling those nail holes. Later my plans include knitting & watching a little Super Nanny. Tomorrow I get back up and start all over again.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Thoughts on the Circus


I went to the Circus tonight with my mentee, Miss M. I have some thoughts....

1) I don't think I can go to circuses any more.

2) Monkeys, albeit incredibly adorable while dressed up, are SUPPOSED to jump from high thing to high thing in the air. It's not that "amazing" or "outstanding." Cute? Yes. But it also makes me sad that they're jumping from pole to pole instead of treet to tree.

3) All of the lovely ladies of Eastern Europen descent were not only the aerial artists (some of which is pretty cool, others just kind of sad...) also manned the "rides" before, at intermission and after the circus. Spinning by your neck one minute, placing a giant snake around a patron's neck for a $7 polaroid the next. Also leading tiny ponies & air brushing "tattoos" on people's faces.


4) The big cats were gorgeous but also looked TOTALLY pissed off to have Yurgey snapping that whip at them. I don't blame them.

5) During the metal sphere of death w/motor bike finale, the aforementioned Eastern European do-it-all ladies paraded out in black & white hot pants/racing outfits to the tune of GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS while carrying large American flags. Um, WHAT? When did motorsports begin to symbolize America (don't answer that...)?

6)I am apparently the worst mentor on the face of the earth because I didn't by Miss M a blinky plastic made-in-China tchotke. I'm sorry I have seen her house and it doesn't need more plastic crap that will be broken and/or not played with by Saturday. That and I'm sort of broke right now and I couldn't justify spending another $7 on that stuff. I guess I didn't get that stuff when I was a kid and just don't see the point. Am I heartless? She didn't really even ask/beg for anything (just mini-donuts to which I acquiesed) but when we saw her brother & sister later with their mentors they both had blinky, spinny light up thingys and her older sister (age 13) said "Oh, you didn't GET anything?" Somehow that just made me feel about 1 inch tall.

Some of Miss M's comments were "From here all we can see are their butts" (referring to the aerial artists); "Clowns are TOTALLY FREAKY. If the circus was all about clowns I would NEVER come." "I'd rather have my picture taken with that giant snake than with that FREAKY clown." and "They're really not wearing very much."\

(but the ANIMALS. I could go on and on about how sad the animals seemed to me. I never thought I would get to where I was tonight but it was really quite heartbreaking. Do you think they'd miss an elephant or two if I tried to steal one tonight to bring it home? (and then take it back to Africa, naturally....))

Self-Potrait w/Jason in the background


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Gasping for Breath

Who knew that working for yourself, setting up an office & business, going to a film festival and being in pre-production on your first HD feature could be so time consuming and exhausting? GAH.

Slowly but surely I'm starting to feel the ground beneath my feet again. We picked up office furniture yesterday, I'm paying bills and getting accounts taken care of and trying to think of ways to make my life more organized again. I think a weekend AT HOME with cleaning supplies and just TIME will help a lot.

Whew.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Phone: update

So I may have found my lost phone in Fargo but as soon as I got back to Duluth last night....it died.

Dead, dead dead.

I can plug it in to the charger where it will then proceed to flash on and off and never shut off nor turn on completely.

I cannot make calls, pick up voicemails, or anything else. It stinks. I tried my old battery, I tried my new battery, nothing. Occassionally it will randomly vibrate which makes me think it may be possessed.

It wouldn't be *that* big of a deal but as a land-line-less household I feel a bit hamstrung. Especially since I'm working from home today.

I guess I'll be making a stop at the Verizon store today.

Hmph.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Fargo Theater


(not where we screened but the main venue of this event which was very cool.)

FOUND!

All is good.

Both items were turned in to the theater by this morning.

YAY!!!!!!

:)

Lost:

I'm so bummed out right now.

After returning to the hotel last night following the last film. I realized I didn't have my cell phone! I dumped out my purse & the bag I've been toting around all weekend and it wasn't there. I rushed back to the theater in hopes people would still be there...they were. I checked the counter, I checked the seats, the floor, etc. No sign of it.

Back at the hotel, I checked my bag & purse again. Nothing. Then I realized "crap! What if it was in my popcorn bag and I threw it away?"

So, I rushed back to the hotel where I looked through the garbage (it wasn't that nasty) and found my little popcorn bag (I knew it was mine because there was a diet coke can in it and it was upright in the can. Nothing. I rechecked the theater & the bathroom to no avail.

Back to the hotel.

I decided to cheer myself up by looking at the pictures I took around Fargo today in slideshow format when I realized....HOLY SHIT! I don't have my CAMERA either! I had it right before the film last night as I took a photo of the guy playing the Wurlitzer organ and POOF gone.

I am crushed and sad and I know it's stupid but to lose both your cell phone & camera on the same night makes me feel like the biggest loser ever. I couldn't sleep (well, that plus drunk people running around, trains blaring their horns all night and general noisiness from the parking log).

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that maybe someone found one or both items after we got up and forgot to turn them in and willl do so today.

I am so bummed.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

LIVE! From Fargo




Greetings from Fargo Film Festival! Our film screens in one hour and we're hoping for more than 6 people to be in the audience. hee hee....

we're having fun and watching lots of flicks!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Snowshoeing on Tischer Creek








All pictures by Steve

First we hiked on the creek from Superior Street down to the lake. The building you see is Glensheen Mansion - now owned by UMD (University of MN Duluth) - but previously the home of the Congdons. In fact....a scandalous murder happened here.... Also the film You'll Like My Mother was shot here. It's a beautiful mansion which I love to tour because I'm a geek like that. Anyway - this creek goes next to the Glensheen property so you get a unique perspective otherwise not available during the summer months. We went down to the lake (Superior, that is) and out a ways. I was a little gunshy though as the cracking noises are disconcerting.

Then we hiked upwards - it was gorgeous. We chould've been 75 miles up the north shore! And then! the pine forest!! Incredible. It was a beautiful hike and I hope to explore more of that forest in the summertime.

Blizzards are definitely good for something!!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

A Bit of an Adventure

well, yesterday went a different way than I had originally thought it would.

Jason & his girlfriend picked me up around 9;45 or so to head to Minneapolis for our auditions. I had to walk a ways to meet them because neither my street or my avenue had been plowed yet. (or my alley for that matter)...after a quick ATM and gas stop we were on the road by 10 - our targeted leaving time.

About 20 miles or so down the road, we came to some slush in the passing lane. The slush was covering, unbeknownst to us, black ice. Jason said 'slow down, slow down' and before we knew it we were spinning on the freeway and landing in the ditch with a big thump and an explosion of white. I think we spun around twice on the freeway but I can't be certain as I shut my eyes until we hit the snowbank. I am thankful that we didn't hit the cement median or another car.

The scariest part of this was waiting. We were there for probably an hour and a half waiting for AAA and the state patrol. In that time we saw 5 cars spin out (do full 360's) and either hit the median or hit other cars! There was car debris everywhere. We were terrified that these cars were going to come hurtling into US on the side of the road. Only 5 cars spun out but COUNTLESS lost control at least for a few moments and were swerving everywhere. It was ungodly stressful. It was cold. We didn't know if we should be in the car (the apex of the curve of death) or be in the ditch and dive into it further when a car came our way. I had boots on (thankfully) but Jason & Erin did not and quite frankly, my sorels aren't what they used to be. We were all cold, wet and quite frazzled.

Eventually the state trooper came, the tow truck came and a couple of plows to clear up that section of road. Whew.

Once we got back on the road - the car was shaking something fierce. We assumed it was snow up underneath it or the alignmnet was off or something so we stopped ina small town there and found a mom & pop auto shop that luckily the owner was out snowblowing (otherwise he wouldn't have been there!). He put the car up on the hoist and took a look at things and determined that yes, it was just due to snow being jammed in all the wheels. Whew. He dug it all out, charged us a modest $10 and we were on our way.

We were about 2 1/2 hours late to our own auditions. Some people had been waiting....luckily my cousin & another actor/friend were there to let people know what was happening. We saw only 5 people. We saw some good, and some bad. We'll be back down there at the end of the month to do more auditions and some callbacks. Whew.

After that we headed over to the Mall of America to hit the Mac Store. MECCA. I think we spent almost 2 hours talking to a sales guy there - about the iMac (for office stuff), about software, about my iPod which wouldn't start that morning, about the Mac Pro and sweet sweet and delicious 30 inch cinema display, about speakers, about laptop bags, about printers & fax machines and more software. Whew. We ended up with a new iMac for now & a printer/fax machine and will get the Mac Pro at the end of the month.

Then off to IKEA for some cheap office furniture. Well, we only picked out a few lamps and we each stocked up on tea lights (so cheap!). We did some browsing and are going to go back with Steve's truck next week to pick up a desk, some chairs, a work table, etc. Slowly but surely the office is coming together.

We were supposed to go to an IFP party in St. Paul that night but we were all far too exhausted to even consider schmoozing and socializing. Ah well
We drove back to Duluth.

Sunday was much more enjoyable....I'll post some pics of our snowshoeing advennture later!

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Digging Out

We quite literally spent all day yesterday digging out. I had imagined a snow day more like this: get up late, drink hot cocoa, knit, watch MARTHA, have lunch, sew, read, nap, watch a movie, etc.

Instead it went like this:

get up late, shovel, take a break, shovel, take another break, shovel, take a 10 minute cat nap, shovel, etc. Thank god Steve got the snowblower working last week or it would've went on longer than it did!

Last night was nice though - we hung out with our neighbors - a champagne toast to my last day of work, fabulous conversation (capitalism doesn't work, Dustin!) and a rousing game of Taboo.

This morning I'm off to Minneapolis (if I can get picked up, we're not plowed out yet) to hold auditions for the first 4 Track Film. There is also an IFP party that we're planning on attending tonight. Should be fun.

The sun is out this morning and the sky is a brilliant blue. The white unspoiled snow is just amazing.

Happy Weekened, everyone!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Because in Minnesota we LOVE to talk about the weather...





In Like a Lion

We're closing our office at NOON!

hee haw.

I love snow days!

And this may then be my last day of work. eeeeeeeeeek. :)

BOOKS

Because it's a snow day and I love to read and I'm quite done with any "work" tasks and why not?

Via Leah
In the list of books below, bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you want to read, cross out the ones you won’t touch with a ten-foot pole, put a cross (+) in front of the ones on your book shelf, and asterisk (*) the ones you’ve never heard of. In the comments, let me know if you're up for it; I'd love to see if y'all have been puttin your book-learnin' to good use.

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. +Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. +The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. +The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. +The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. +Anne of Green Gables (L. M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. *A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. +Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. +Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. +A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. +Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. *Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. +The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J. D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)24. +The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. +The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett) (LOVED this)
37. *The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. +The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. +Bible (parts of it)
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. +The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)--My #1 All time favorite book
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger) (I've given this many many times as a gift because I love it so much)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview with the Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. *Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. *One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo) (one of my all time favorites - unabridged please!)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. *The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)(not sure that I've ever *read* this - seen it plenty...was in it once...)
81. *Not Wanted On the Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. *The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. *Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. *Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. *In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S. E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

Blizzard

We're in the middle of a lovely blizzard. Sadly I am at work. Hmph. All the schools are closed, there are white-out conditions - the winds are wicked. Canal Park (the area where I work) is VERY very blowy & white. We've just had the first wave of this storm so far with wave #2 coming tonight. Whohooo!

:)

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for getting out early....we'll see....