Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Because i like to read.....

I found this on another blog that i read and thought it was cool..

Here's how it works:

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline (or mark in a different color) the books you LOVE - mine are with astricks
4) Reprint this list in your blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

The premise of this exercise is that the National Endowment for the Arts apparently believes that the average American has only read 6 books from the list below.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
*2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
*4 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 Complete Works of Shakespeare
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
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
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 Meany - 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 Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
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 - 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
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


Probably a couple more of those should be in italics, I wont commit to reading anything right now. I have a hard enough time finishing one book for book club every month.

Monday, July 14, 2008

More grocery cart woes

(i should rename my blog 'Alison's Complaints')

Today is Monday so the kids and I went grocery shopping. Some people think I am crazy for taking all three of my kids to the store with me and think I should go when my hubby is home. Since those times are now few and far between, I feel even more justified in taking my kids with me. Any way, they go with me because it is what we do on Monday mornings and I figure if they cant sit still and behave them selves while we shop they will never make it through kindergarten. I hit a record low today, spending only $30 because we are using up the stuff we have before vacation.

After HEB, which was pretty uneventful, we headed to Randalls. In the past couple of weeks I have had to look for the Blue 3 seater carts to put my kids in. for whatever reason they always seem to be parked on the other side from where I come in. So I went hunting today, assuming that I would find one on the other side. Alas, no blue carts or car carts. I don't like the car carts anyway because grace climbs out of them and/or hangs her head out the side making it impossible to drive. Today I would have put up with that because the alternative is exactly what i had to do today. I put Eleanor in the seat, Grace in the basket, and Eddie walks. It's a good thing I want getting my usual haul ( I only ended up spending $4.xx).

We started around the store, Eddie running ahead, Grace trying to climb out, and Eleanor trying to do whatever Grace was doing. I rounded a corner and right in front of me was a woman with a blue cart. I wanted to ram her with my cart full of kids. There in her 3 seater cart was one chubby 7 YEAR OLD girl. Come on now, seriously?????? I was practically wrestling an octopus so that this big kid could relax while they walked through the store. I was so angry that I got all distracted and couldn't find anything.

As we were checking out Grace happened to grab a comment card. You better believe they are getting a comment from me about not having enough kid carts.

(If you were the lady with the blue cart and you happen to be reading this, or if you are guilty of this yourself, I apologize.....wait, no LEAVE THE BLUE CARTS FOR THE POOR SOULS WHO NEED THEM!!)

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Free meal with a side of fat lip

We went to Ikea tonight for Kids eat free night. I dropped Eddie off in the Smaland at 4 05 and wandered around for a while. When i went back to pick Eddie up about 40 minutes later the attendant said "Eddie fell on the stairs a few minutes ago and cut his lip. It bled kind of alot at first but stopped quickly and he said he was okay" Aright.... he is the kind of kid that would have them call his mom if he was really hurt so i figured he was okay. While he was getting his shoes on i took a look. YIKES!! I checked his teeth to see if any of them were loose and he said his teeth didn't hurt. He was able to eat a whole bowl of mac and cheese. he had some trouble drinking out of a cup, his top lip is pretty bruised, I can only imagine what it is going to look like tomorrow. I took some pictures, mostly because Tim is working in the evenings so it will probably be healed by the time Tim sees him on Saturday.

On a side note... I never thought i would say this but... I love The Wiggles. They used to really bother me but one of their tapes is a great work out :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Kids eat free...

on Wednesday nights at Ikea! Now that the hubby is going to be working on Wednesday nights we are going to get some free meals.

Here are the details. From 3 to 8 pm on Wednesday nights in the restaurant, not the cafe by the check out, kids 12 and under eat free. They have a little area with a movie playing too so after the kids scarf down their food you can finish your meal while they enjoy the movie. We went pretty early last week, i think we got there around 3 30 and Eddie played in the smaland while the girls and i did a lap around the store. Then we picked Eddie up and headed for the restaurant. there wasn't even a line to get food. so for about $8 (i had the salmon and it was pretty good) we got 4 meals. I even ordered mac and cheese for the baby.

Maybe we'll see you there!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

video
Grace is learning to talk. She has started to string some things together but i cant get her to talk to Gandma or anyone else on skype, so here is a little example for everyone.