ringsandcoffee: (JE 2011 proposal)
I'm looking at archived entries from 10 years ago, and found this meme. Current answers are below, and 10 years ago answers are in a comment.


Not as easy as you might think.

1. Where is your cell phone? - couch
2. Describe your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife? - nonexistant
3. Your hair? - blond
4. Your mother? - retired
5. Your father? - deceased
6. Your favorite item? - laptop
7. Your dream last night? - forgot
8. Your favorite drink? - coffee
9. Your dream car? - mustang
10. The room you are in? - living
11. Your ex? - none
12. Your fear? - failure
13. What do you want to be in 10 years? - happy
14. Who did you hang out with last night? - Natalie
15. What you're not? - sleeping
19. The last thing you did? - movie
20. What are you wearing? - leggings
21. Your favorite book? - Bronte
22. The last thing you ate? - burrito
23. Your life? - frustrating
24. Your mood? - okay
25. Your friends? - wonderful
26. What are you thinking about right now? - singleness
27. Your car? - Mazda
28. What are you doing at the moment? - meme
29. Your summer? - ComicCon
30. Your relationship status? - single
31. What is on your tv? - nothing
32. When is the last time you laughed? - today
33. Last time you cried? - observation
34. School? - Ugh



Jun. 13th, 2016 12:04 pm
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
taken from [livejournal.com profile] meathiel

Simple rules: answer sequentially, next response must start with the last letter of the previous. No googling or backtracking or otherwise cheating.

Name – Becky
Animal - yak
Girl's name - Karina
Color - aqua
Movie – Austenland
Something you wear – dress
Drink - Sprite
Food - egg rolls
Item in the bathroom – spray bottle
Place – England
Reason to be late – did not set alarm
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Lizzie reading)
Comment on this post and I will choose six interests from your profile. You will then explain what they mean/why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

Hmm, trying to remember if there was more reason to listing this than the fact that I live here. No, I think the fact that I moved here is why I added it to my interests way back when. I lived in California all my life before coming here 8 years ago for a job. A friend I'd known since 8th grade was already a teacher here, and helped me get a job at her school. Just checked my archive, and yesterday marked 8 years since I arrived.

Jane Austen
Jane, oh Jane. How do I love thee, Ms. Austen? Let me count the ways: Pride and Prejudice, Darcy, all your books, your leading men, your scoundrels, your smart female characters, the way you parts of Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park make me wish I could reach into the pages and shake Fanny Dashwood, Mrs. Ferrars, and Aunt Norris...that's just a start to the list. Watching P&P (2005) at [livejournal.com profile] holbytla's insistence was my gateway into period literature and movies.

Lord of the Rings
This is another fandom I was quite late in entering. Somehow I made it until 2003 before discovering the books existed. ROTK was in theaters when one of my coworkers and my friend [livejournal.com profile] ewanspotter said I needed to watch the movies. I had no idea what they were talking about. Later on, I vaguely remembered seeing a poster for TTT. Coworker loaned me FOTR, extended edition I think; I watched it and wondered what the heck I had just seen. A day or 2 later I found myself at Blockbuster (and I rarely rent movies) getting TTT. I watched that on a dark and dreary day, and got more into it. By the end of the same week, I was at the theater immediately after work to see ROTK. By then, I was hooked. I saw ROTK 4 times total in theaters and read the books in 6 weeks. My coworker friend was more than happy to feed my addiction, watching the movies over and over, sharing her books and introducing me to the wonderful world of dvd bonus features. Haunting [livejournal.com profile] ewanspotter on here led me me to start my own LJ so I could fangirl to my heart's desire.

Phantom of the Opera
In 8th grade, we sang a medley of Phantom songs for chorus. I loved them. My chorus teacher read us what I think was an abridged version of Leroux's story. We also watched a made for TV miniseries that I would love to find again. I think it's this one. A year or so later, I got to see the show on stage in San Francisco. Our seats were terrible but I didn't care. What I remember most about that show was how sad the Phantom sounded, and how you could hear his wail travel around the theater as he mourned for Christine. I read the book that year as well, and loved the descriptions of the opera house and the world below it that the Phantom had build for himself. I didn't have much more to do with Phantom until the 2004 movie came out, which I saw twice. I'm not a huge theater-goer, and so for me to see a movie twice (and in 3 days even) at the theater is a big deal.

The movie soundtrack used to live in my car, and is quite good for singing along to, loudly. :D

Road Trips
I've never minded car rides. Well, unless I'm stuck in the backseat and get carsick. Even then, I love going places. Before I could drive, I liked going on random rides with my dad, taking back roads and seeing the sights. I love driving. I love going places, new or old. I love truck stops and convenience stores. I'll drive alone or with someone. Each December, I make the ~13-hour drive to my hometown for Christmas. In 2001, I did an epic, cross-country trip with my dad. Every once in a while, I get an itch and just have to go somewhere for the day. My camera is usually close by so I can document the journey.

I am a teacher, so I probably should be interested in teaching. :) You get used to/better at it, but really, no 2 days are alike. Each day is a challenge. Classes can eat you alive, and that's happened to me. I start again in a few weeks, EEK. I could write a novel on this topic, but will spare y'all.

music meme

Mar. 2nd, 2011 05:58 pm
ringsandcoffee: (Default)
Grabbed from [livejournal.com profile] ekaterinn

Step 1: Put your music player on shuffle. (ha ha mine usually is anyway)
Step 2: Post the first line (or first and second line if it's completely impossible) from the first 30 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing.
Step 3: Strike out the songs when someone guesses both artist and track correctly. (Artist isn't important on covers, though, 'cause that's just unfair.)
Step 4: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING!
Step 5: If you like the game post your own!

Ok, so I had to skip several instrumental songs that came up, and one where the name of the song is said in the first 2 lines.

1. We believe in the one true God
2. Called you so many times today
3. Hello darkness my old friend ekaterinn
4. Close your eyes, give me your hand, darlin' bowiechaser
5. We gotta stand a little closer to what it is we're leaning on holbytla
6. Yesterday is a wrinkle on your forehead
7. I hear you breathing in, another day begins
8. Saturday in the park
9. Is getting better or do you feel the same
10. There's a little black spot on the sun today
11. There's nothing you can do that can't be done
12. Gotta take a little time, a little time to think things over
13. Let's dance, put on your red shoes and dance the blues holbytla
14. Blue eyes, baby's got blue eyes
15. How can I just let you walk away
16. As I gave in to temptation
17. For a second of your life
18. Give to the wind your fears
19. One man come in the name of love roseleaf
20. Left a good job in the city
21. Ma ya hi, ma ya hoo bowiechaser
22. On Jordan's stormy banks I stand
23. You were the sweetest thing that I ever knew
24. Love I get so lost sometimes
25. Forever can never be long enough for me
26. Let be lovers we'll marry our fortunes together ekaterinn
27. I want to run I want to hide roseleaf
28. Sister moon will be my guide
29. I felt it first when I was younger
30. You've got a vision of some far off day
ringsandcoffee: (Captain Von Sexypants)
The rules:
1. People who have been tagged must write the answers on their blog and replace any question they dislike with a new, original question.

2. Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.
[livejournal.com profile] ewanspotter [livejournal.com profile] holbytla [livejournal.com profile] roseleaf [livejournal.com profile] jessibobessi [livejournal.com profile] devotedteach27 [livejournal.com profile] mashena [livejournal.com profile] coffeesnob [livejournal.com profile] caitcupcake

1. Make a list of 5 things that you can see without getting up:
box of Triscuits, 2 calendars, tax documents, bin of shoes, neglected flute

2. How do you style your hair?
Wet it, use mousse and a bobby pin to flatten it, let dry, then fluff it up. When I'm not so lazy, I use the blow dryer and flat iron to make it look nice.

3. What are you wearing now?
Striped cardigan sweater over a tank top, and jeans.

4. What's your occupation?

5. What do you hear right now?
iTunes on shuffle. Currently a song from Pride and Prejudice 2005 soundtrack.

6. Who was the last person you hugged?
My friend's 18 month old son.

7. What is/was for dinner?
Strawberries, corn, and Triscuits. A few spoonfuls of ice cream for dessert.

8. What did you do today?
Slept in. Went to the Borders closing sale, Target, and the grocery store. Made snickerdoodles, went to see M's new baby, then did my taxes.

9. Dog person or cat person?
cat - they don't need to be taken on walks. I like dogs, too. However, I wonder if I'll ever own either again since I hate dealing with shed fur.

10. If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?
I have no idea. When I was a kid I think I wanted a name like Kaia or something with lots of /a/ sounds. I'm sitting here trying to think of something I'd change to if I were suddenly going into witness protection, but nothing is coming to mind.

11. What was the last thing that you bought?
groceries, unless paying to e-file my taxes counts as buying something.

12. If you could afford to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
The UK. All over England, to the castles in Ireland and Scotland, the countrysides, and Wales, since I know next to nothing about it. [livejournal.com profile] caitcupcake, you'd have to give me a grand tour.

13. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Holy cow, I have no idea at this moment.

14. Where's your birthmark?
My lower back, where a tramp stamp would go. :P I didn't know it was a birthmark until a few years ago, since it just looks like a patch of darkish veins or something. My mom said I'd always had it.

15. What are you doing this weekend?
Laying low, trying to relax before I have to attack lesson plans and grading again. Made cookies and enjoyed the rain today.

16. If you could play any musical instrument, which one would you play?
I'd love to be able to play the flute again. Piano would be cool, too.

17. How tired are you?
Pretty perky at nearly 11pm. Sleeping in probably helped.

18. What is/was your favorite thing about today?
The rain, and getting to hold a week-old baby!
ringsandcoffee: (Grissom and Sara at last)
» List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself.
» Tag seven people to do the same.
» Do not tag the person who tagged you or say that you tag "whoever wants to do it."

Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] holbytla

1. I'm really quirky when it comes to iTunes. 99.9% of the time it's on shuffle. I used to have the "last skipped" dates displayed until skipping songs started making me feel guilty about how long it had been since I listened to entire songs. If I repeat a song, it has to be after the play count number has gone up, as opposed to in the last few seconds, so it gets both plays counted. If I'm browsing the store, I'm sometimes reluctant to stop the song playing in order to hear a sample because I can't go back to that song; the shuffle reshuffles or something. Unchecked songs are not unchecked on my iPod, and I don't know why. These quirks just scratch the surface...

2. I love road trips. My 12 hour drives to and from CA? Love them. Day trip to Tucson? Bring it on. I'm dying to go somewhere new this summer, but I don't know where or with who.

3. I love having multiple calendars. This year I only have 3; 2 at home, one at work. I'd have more if I could have decided on which to get, or if I'd found a Lord of the Rings one after realizing I didn't actually get a 2010 back in September. I was thinking about the 2009 one that was on my wall all year.

4. When I was a kid, I couldn't imagine not watching hours of tv a day. Now, I can't imagine not having my computer/internet available for hours a day.

5. I have a love/hate relationship with grammar and spelling. More love than hate.

6. I know more about pregnancy than anyone as far from being pregnant as me ought to know. However, I'm really ok with not knowing what cervical mucous tastes like. Yes, some people actually taste it to track fertility. I know, gross.

7. I wish I had listened to the people who told me to stand up straight and suck in my gut when I was a kid.

Tagging: everyone, someone, anyone?? You know you want to do it!
ringsandcoffee: (LOST nerd alert)
Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ/Blog and elaborate on the subjects given.

My items came from [livejournal.com profile] roseleaf

I are a teacher. A teacher who's normally a grammar nazi but lapses into LOLspeak or other non-grammatical structures here and there. Teaching wasn't something I always wanted to do; I was actually terrified at the thought of standing in front of a class until near the end of college. I love kids though, and eventually found teaching was something I wanted to do. I'm in my 4th year now. The profession is only about 20% in front of the class like you'd expect, and the other 80% is enough to drive a person insane if you let it. I'm currently procrastinating the pile of work I brought home with me. I love 4th grade. Kids still give you hugs and don't have much attitude. It's funny, I don't know what to say about this. It's a tough job but I have no idea what else I would do (especially since I can't have Samantha Brown's job). I think I've gotten a ton of parenting training the last few years, which might be considered a bonus.

I actually live in Mesa, but to out-of-staters it's just easier to say I live in/near Phoenix. I've been here since July 2005, and it is home. I have a job, I have a place to live, I have a church, I have friends. Yes, my family is back in CA but I've lived away from home for so long that being in another state didn't really phase me. The winter weather is great, right now it's trying to jump back toward summer heat, boo. You get used to the broiling hot summers after a year, but monsoon season is miserable. Three months of muggy heat punctuated by the occasional downpours/mini-hurricanes. Sometimes I think the Phoenix area is isolated, as outside the valley the cities and towns are pretty spread out. Still, there's much of the area I need to see. Some friends and I did a sight-seeing day last month, and we had a blast. If teaching didn't leave me so tired on weekends, I'd try to get around more. Break is coming up - road trip time!

British literature
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Let's see here. My obsession with Britlit, which honestly includes both books and movies, started in December 2006, after I fell in love with the movie Pride and Prejudice. I read the book in 3 days, then over the next year and a half I read and watched the rest of Jane Austen's novels, the second one being Sense and Sensibility. After that, couldn't decide what to read next, and decided on Jane Eyre which immediately became my favorite book ever. I read it 3 times in less than 2 years, plus the countless times I randomly opened it and read parts. I attempt other books upon recommendation, though my efforts with Charles Dickens have been less successful. Our Mutual Friend was just too difficult to get into, but listening to Bleak House on audiobook was a success. Movies sometimes lead to reading books, and sometimes vice versa. North and South was a fantastic movie, and even better book. I've no idea what my next movie or book will be. Recommendations?

A timeline/progression of my coffee consumption, from childhood till now.
-I loved the smell of coffee, and loved smelling the bean bins at the store
-I'd drink a mocha with a bunch of added sugar when there was an espresso machine at McDonalds back in the early 90s. Yes, before Starbucks took over the world.
-I drank the more sugary espresso drinks at the coffee shops that kept popping up.
-Occasional stops at the Starbucks that opened near my high school. It was still a novelty back then, and I occasionally tried coffee with cream.
-I discovered iced vanilla lattes in college, which became my favorite thing. I found a balance between sweet and coffee-taste that I liked.
-Being poor but having 7:30 a.m. classes made drip coffee a necessity (lattes took longer and cost more). I still only bought coffee, since I didn't have a coffee maker at home, and lattes were an occasional luxury. I also loved to embarass my roommates by running up to the bean bins at the grocery store and just smell them.
-While in school for my credential, the early mornings made coffee a necessity. Yay for Java City on campus! A few months into school, I got a job at Starbucks, which was my downfall. Before that, Starbucks was a once a week thing; twice felt like pushing it. Free coffee while working plus 30% discount otherwise...and the rest is history. I became a coffee snob.

Am I addicted? Yes, probably. However, it's not just the caffeine, it's the taste. I could go decaf if necessary, but if I had to give it up, I'd really miss the taste. I still love half-sweet iced vanilla lattes, but drip coffee is cheaper. Even after all the coffees I had to sample as a barista, I still prefer coffee with cream to black. Darker and bolder coffees are better than mild, and I make it quite strong. It doesn't have to be Starbucks, but whatever the brand, it better not be weak.

80s TV
[livejournal.com profile] roseleaf, what made you choose this?
In the 80s, I watched cartoons, soap operas, daytime tv and primetime sitcoms. I'll just list what favorites I can remember: Mork and Mindy, Voltron, Guiding Light, As the World Turns, Smurfs, Scooby Doo, Knight Rider, The A-Team, Full House, Perfect Strangers, China Beach (or was that 90s?), game shows... I guess I watched a lot of tv as a kid, though I can't remember it all. Oh! In second grade, when everyone else was watching MacGuyver, I watched Highway to Heaven. I remember asking people the next day if they had seen HtH and they would say no, then talk about Mac.
Oh yeah! Sound of Music was on tv every year, and then there was the tv movie about Nadia Comaneci. I watched my tape of that movie so many times it started to wear out. I still have the tape, but I don't know if the vcr Alyssa gave me works.

ha ha ha

Dec. 7th, 2008 03:41 pm
ringsandcoffee: (Christmas Santa Elijah)
On the twelfth day of Christmas, ringsandcoffee sent to me...
Twelve sillymonkeynos drumming
Eleven star wars piping
Ten burritos a-leaping
Nine books procrastinating
Eight starbucks a-sting
Seven bettas a-teaching
Six hobbits a-reading
Five co-o-o-ollecting icons
Four trading spaces
Three road trips
Two taking pictures
...and a music in a get fuzzy.
Get your own Twelve Days:

It originally said 2008, so I changed it to 2009.

In 2009, ringsandcoffee resolves to...
Learn to play the tlc.
Find a better csi.
Eat more burritos.
Become a better ewanspotter.
Spend more time with my books.
Stop sting with jmp0114.

Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

I can definitely eat more burritos, but I already watch the best CSI. And, dude, how could I become a better [livejournal.com profile] ewanspotter than the original?
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy going to Lizzie)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] keeumm

Reply to this post, and I'll tell you one reason why I like you. Then put this in your own journal, and spread the love.
ringsandcoffee: (astounding)
I named 44 US states in 10 minutes How many US states can you name in 10 minutes?

The sad thing is I should have gotten all 50. At minimum, 48, since I totally forgot Nebraska and Maryland. I misspelled Tennessee so it didn't get counted, and the other states I knew the first letters of, just couldn't actually remember which A and I states I had forgotten.


Nov. 1st, 2008 08:49 pm
ringsandcoffee: (HL gazing)
1. Post these rules.
2. Each tagged person must post 8 things about themselves in their journal.
3. At the end, you have to choose and tag 8 people.

I was tagged by [livejournal.com profile] holbytla

1. I am an organized person, but I hate putting things away because they have to be in their places.
2. I was obsessed with Sting for a number of years. Little Wing is playing on iTunes so it reminded me of him.
3. I make a lot of plans and set goals for myself, but more often than not I don't follow through with them.
4. It's hard for me to do one project or chore from start to finish. I flit between I need to do and eventually get a few done.
5. Geekdom never dies. I put in Fellowship of the Ring just to watch the part where Aragorn sings about Luthien, because someone in a community had asked how Luthien was pronounced.
6. Unless something drastic happens, the next roommate I'll have will be my husband. 10 years of roommates was long enough.
7. At least once a week, I feel like a total fraud, that I'm really a horrible teacher. The feeling usually passes, but still.
8. I'm quite fidgety, which drives my sister crazy.

iTunes meme, also from holbytla.

total length:
287 songs, 19.2 hours, 1.12 GB

first and last songs (by title):
"Adiemus" from Pure Moods cd
"7" by Moby

sort by time -- shortest and longest:
"The Militia Marches In" - Pride and Prejudice sdtk - 58 seconds
"Blue Danube" 10:05

sort by album -- first and last:
Agent Provocateur - Foreigner
3 Rounds and a Sound - Blind Pilot

sort by artist -- first and last:
33 Miles

top five played songs:
(to be fair, there was a long time where I only had about 30 songs, and these were among the few. Actually, they were among the first I bought)
1. Trouble - Coldplay - 78
2. Let's Stay Together - Al Green - 69
3. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley - 69
4. Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet - 69
5. Crush - Dave Matthews Band - 66

first five songs that come up on party shuffle:
When We Dance - Sting
Romeo and Juliet - Prokofiev (not exactly a party song)
Turpentine - Brandi Carlile
The Boys of Summer - Don Henley
Candle in the Wind - Elton John

five most recently added:
(got deleted when I synced my iPod)

five songs most recently played:
(playing) Turpentine - Brandi Carlile
Sweet Afton - Nickel Creek
Pump up the Volume - MARRS
The Dance - Garth Brooks
Little Wing - Sting
Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's

spell your username in songs by your favorite artist/band:
(I don't know if this is cheating but not all th ese are on iTunes)


r - Russians
i - If I ever Lose My Faith In You
n - Never Coming Home
g - Ghost Story
s - Sister Moon
a - A Thousand Years
n - Next to You
d - Desert Rose
c - Can't Stand Losing You
o - Once Upon a Daydream
f - Fragile
f - Fortress Around Your Heart
e - Englishman in New York
e - Every Breath You Take
ringsandcoffee: (easily distracted)
Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] coffeesnob

1) Post a list of five things you currently love/like, and five things you currently hate/dislike.
2) They can be people, places, things, ideas, whatever.
3) Tag five people to do this

1. The fact that my car is clean at the moment. Yay for $4 car washes!
2. We were unexpectedly told we had to leave work by 4pm so they oculd lock up the building. So, instead of sitting and working for another 2 hours, I went to Target, got my car washed, and got Wendy's for dinner.
3. Alyssa came by after training at the district office. We were laughing so hard at something I said (which she then had to leave on the voicemail of 2 coworkers) that my stomach muscles still ache a little.
4. Staff development days - still a work day but no kids.
5. Driving around with the windows down and the radio loud.

1. Teachers pretty much get punished for all that's wrong with education these days. Not punished as in "you're in trouble" but in getting a million new, impossible requirements and responsibilities dumped on us in an effort to bring up student achievement. Really, it's not working, y'all.
2. My neighbors and all the people who go in and out don't know how to knock normally. People bang on the door repeatedly and sometimes holler until they're let inside. Really, you know they are home, give them more than 0.5 seconds to get to the door! Or, leave the freaking door unlocked.
3. My skin - it seems to have more breakouts than a month ago.
4. I can't get my key to go all the way in my front door without using the plastic part of my car key to push it in. This usually happens when it's humid out.
5. Being so busy this school year. Hopefully it gets better.

I tag: [livejournal.com profile] ewanspotter, [livejournal.com profile] mashena, [livejournal.com profile] devotedteach27, [livejournal.com profile] bluefly910 and [livejournal.com profile] holbytla
ringsandcoffee: (SW Use the force)
Grabbed from [livejournal.com profile] holbytla

1. Put Your iTunes/Windows Media Player/ETC on Shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
4. Put any comments in brackets after the song name.
5. Put this on your journal.

This turned out to be an awesome playlist )
ringsandcoffee: (Default)
Meme results
Arizona to zoos )
ringsandcoffee: (Default)
Still need topics for E, L, N, O, T, U, V, X. Get crazy if you want.

Confused? See http://ringsandcoffee.livejournal.com/205759.html
ringsandcoffee: (Default)
Alphabet Meme stolen from [livejournal.com profile] mashena

The idea here is that I'll have to talk about my opinion of 26 things ya'll pick. One for each letter of the alphabet. You reply with as many topics as you'd like to claim. Once someone replies with a word - I'll put it next to the letter - so you can see what is still available. Once all 26 are taken - I'll do a new post with my musings on things from A to Z

Letters and Topics:
Jane Eyre
nose hair
scuba diving
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Lizzie reading)
Book meme from [livejournal.com profile] larksong

"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed."
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-) 
My results:
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
(favorite book ever)
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (I intended to read this until I saw a new movie adaptation.  Yeah, that was enough for me)
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 Complete Works of Shakespeare (I have read most but am missing 1 or 2 plays)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens (listened to the abridged audiobook)

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 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 (I've read 2 of the 7 so far)
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 - 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 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 (I vaguely remember reading this, but I could be mistaken)
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 (Tried to read this, got bored)
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 - 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 - 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
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
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Fun meme thing I got from [personal profile] holbytla

Comment and I will pick 7 of your interests for you to explain.

Foxtrot: long ago, when I lived places that actually got the newspaper, I usually only read the section with the comics. After a while, Foxtrot became my favorite, and I got a few books of it. I have four.

Get Fuzzy: Another favorite comic strip. I have a few books of that as well, and this is the second year I've had a page-a-day calendar. I save the pages where the comic made me LOL. In the time I was majorly into Lord of the Rings, Get Fuzzy had a storyline where Bucky turned Rob's action figures into Bucky dolls, and Rob sometimes wore a Weta shirt. Can you guess how excited I was for a LOTR reference?

Hume Lake: A week-long Christian camp I went to for five summers. The first year was jr. high (Meadow Ranch), and then high school (Ponderosa).  I could have gone one last time after I graduated, but I didn't. So many memories: boating on the lake, the Cove, the nasty pond, snow cones in the Arc, the snack shop, spending just about all my free time at the pool, the leaders, Joel Weldon, the speakers... I loved that place.

Useless trivia: I've always been a sponge for knowledge, whether it's useful or not. I read everything that has words on it, like packages or signs or magazines cover to cover, whatever. I remember way back one night in college looking up websites with random facts. I think I was really bored that night. Still, every so often what I thought was a useless factoid came in handy, like someone would be trying to explain something and I'd know exactly what they were talking about. There was a time I almost scared someone because I knew what they were taking about.

Road trips: I inherited the driving gene from my dad. I love driving to new places. I like just going out sometimes, without a destination in mind. My friend and I used to drive to the Wal-Mart that was an hour away, and take a longer route, just for fun (Wal-Mart was more of a novelty back then, and there wasn't 5 in every town, like where I live now). If I have the choice, I'd rather drive than ride, but sometimes I let others take the wheel. Tomorrow I'm going out to Palm Desert with some work friends. It's going to be blasting hot, but oh well!

Side dishes for dinner: Rice-a-Roni is meant to be a side dish. Well, I used to cook and eat whole boxes of it for dinner. Other side dishes-turned-meals include broccoli, corn on the cob, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, potato salad, and refried beans.

Collecting icons: it took a while to figure out this whole LJ thing, including icons. I started watching a few icon communities, and ended up saving far, far more than my originally allotted 3 icons. Anyone else remember the days of free accts = 3 userpics? Then it was 6, and then 15, I think. Since I created this journal as an outlet for my fangirlishness, I was mostly getting LOTR icons. Really, you cannot have enough icons of Aragorn and Arwen, trust me on this. Eventually I had to make a file for all the icons I'd saved, and my fandoms expanded, and I now have approximately 958 icons saved on my computer. When a paid account with 30 (then 50+) wasn't enough, I bought more icon space, and now have room for 114 icons, of which 90 are uploaded.
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Keira eating a sandwich)
Hand write the following...
1. Your name/username.
2. Left-handed or right-handed?
3. Favourite letters to write?
4. Least favourite letters to write?
5. Write "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog".
6. Tag 5 people.

Check it out! )
Now, it's your turn!
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Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] roseleaf

The rules are:

Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. (No cheating!)
Find Page 123.
Find the first 5 sentences.
Post the next 3 sentences.
Tag 5 people.

The book is: Teacher Man by Frank McCourt
"He shook his head, couldn't understand my lack of ambition. I wasn't dynamic enough. Because of him those four teachers taking courses were moving on up and out."

I tag [livejournal.com profile] holbytla, [livejournal.com profile] mysterygal11, [livejournal.com profile] bowiechaser, [livejournal.com profile] annebloom188 and [livejournal.com profile] mademoisellenon.
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