Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Reading List

So I thought maybe it was time for me to get a start on # 79.
My goal is to read twenty novels on the Random House 100 best novels, ten from the boards list
and ten from the readers list.
So I used a random number generator to pull first ten numbers from 1 - 100 for the boards list.

And the numbers are...
45 - 8 - 22 - 1 - 92 - 83 - 31 - 37 - 2 - 12
then another ten for the readers list...
63 - 22 - 1 - 76 - 9 - 73 - 81 - 54 - 72 - 7

I promised myself that once the numbers were chosen I would stick with them. And man do I wish I could break my promise... though I’ve given myself a fifty page clause. If I absolutely can’t get into the novel in fifty pages I’m allowed to stop. There’s quite a few books on the lists that I’ve wanted to read but also a few that I’ve never heard of or wish I could remove from the list.

While reading the list to Mr. Snips he informed me that the author of number nine on the readers list, was the leader of world crackpot domination, L. Ron Hubbard, the guy who started Scientology. So I googled the novel only to find out that it’s not one novel but a series of TEN novels, that total 3992 pages!    *facepalm*
I’ll try, but I make no promises.

Well, without further ado... here’s the Boards List
# 45 - The Sun Also Rises - Hemingway
# 8   - Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler
# 22 - Appointment in Samarra - John O’Hara
# 1   - Ulysses - James Joyce
# 92 - Ironweed - William Kennedy
# 83 - A Bend in the River - V.S. Naipaul
# 31 - Animal Farm - George Orwell
# 37 - The Bridge of San Luis Rey - Thornton Wilder
# 2   - The Great Gatsby - F.S. Fitzgerald
# 12 - The Way of All Flesh - Samuel Butler

And the Readers List
# 63 - The Sun Also Rises - Hemingway
# 22 - The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
# 1   - Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
# 76 - At Swim-two-Birds - Flann O’Brien
# 9   - Mission Earth - L. Ron Hubbard
# 73 - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert Pirsig
# 81 - The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy
# 54 - Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
#72 - The Door into Summer - Robert Heinlein
# 7  - Anthem - Ayn Rand
           
First off, did you notice that the first number generated for each list has given me the same book? What are the odds of that? So I’ve decided that I don’t need to read it twice, instead I’ll generate another number and choose between the two lists.
So the new number is... 55. And my choices are, On The Road by Jack Kerouac from the boards list. And the readers list has given me, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. So I guess I’ll need to decide which one to read, or maybe I’ll just read both. We’ll see.

I’ve decided to start with # 73 from the readers list,



 It’s one that I’ve wanted to read for some time and just never got around to it. I’m 58 pages in and not really enjoying it but at the same time it’s not awful...so I guess I’ll continue on and see where it goes.

I’m interested to see how many of the novels I’ll actually get through. I’m an avid reader but not much into the hard and chewy novels. I’m for the most part a pleasure reader, I’m not one for the books that everyone must read, at least once, because they are a testament to the genre, or make you think, or change your life and leave you better for having read them. I read to relax, so I don’t want to have to think about or analyze what the author is writing about. Keep it light and fluffy for me please.

Now I don’t want anyone to think I’m here at home devouring Harlequin Romance novels...that’s definitely not the case. My genre is more along the Stephen King, James Patterson, Dean Koontz style of writing. Though I will admit to enjoying the occasional chic lit novel. So with this selection to read it should be interesting.

Any opinions on the chosen novels or ideas on which one I should tackle next?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Food Chain Friends!

I’ve tried my best to limit the amount of toys we buy for Sam...and I’ve tried to let family and friends know that we are trying to avoid an abundance of toys for him. I want him to have favorite toys and I don’t think that’s possible when you have a gazillion toys to choose from.

It’s been hard though, he’s our first and everyone wants to spoil him. And I will admit certain toys I just can’t resist buying for him, I’m a sucker for eco friendly wooden toys as well as cool vintage and antique toys.

I’m not a huge fan of stuffies, they need to be super cool to get clearance into Sam's room. So Sam has a huge box full of stuffed animals that probably won’t ever see the light of day. (My apologies to all who bought them, but how many stuffed animals does one little boy need?) That being said, I came across the coolest stuffed animals the other day that I had to buy for him. And I had to buy all of them. I know, I know shame on me, but look at them!

Mom! Mom! It’s got my leg...AHHHHHH!
Haha!! Just kidding! It’s okay Mom, they’re friends, they eat each other, they’re the Food Chain Friends. It’s a complicated relationship.
Daro, a small green planet much like Earth as it was two hundred million years ago, is home to the Food Chain Friends. Let's peek into their world now... oh! there's Skitter, hopping and bopping, when Sleeth comes along.

"Fancy a game of hide and seek?" Sleeth asks. "I'm a bit bored of chasing my tail"

Skitter lights up, his pink ears standing on end. "Oh, I'd ADORE a game, Sleeth!"

"Oh," Sleeth says as he chases Skitter around. "When we're done playing, would you mind horribly if I ate you? I'm feeling a bit peckish."

"No problem," says Skitter, "I figured that's how this would end. Nice day, isn't it? Other than the cold, that is..."

"Beautiful day, Skitter. I'm sorry that you have to miss the rest of it."

This is the whole Alpha series... the big guy is Lankum, he eats Herkin, who in turn eats Sleeth, who noshes on Skitter (Sam’s favorite), who finishes the chain by eating Fraaky.
They’re like Russian nesting dolls. Each one fits neatly in the mouth of the next creature up the chain. So they only take up as much space as the biggest creature. Have you ever seen plushies this cool! I’m not entirely sure if I bought them for Sam or for me.

They also have two other series...though I was only able to find the two biggest creatures for each.
The Beta Series...

I only have Frokol the biggest guy and Vextie (my favorite). I need to find Fergel, Skoodle and Zezzel.
And for the Gamma series...

I have the big guy, Sleeb...whom I love, and the next one down, Ruffer. M.I.A. are Duddle, Meepsie and Queaky.

I’m not sure what I love most...that they’re undeniably cute, that they all have a background story or the cute names that you just want to say over and over again...whatever it is I love them!...

I mean Sam loves them, yeah... Sam loves them.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Day Zero - 2 More!

Quick post today...
    Just wanted to show some more pics for my Day Zero list. Number 66 on my list was to learn how to fold origami cranes. Done and done! I would only allow myself to check it as completed when I could fold the cranes without the help of the online tutorial I found, it's awesome!
check it out... (origami crane)
So here’s a shot of my first crane...

I’ve been using pages from an old dictionary, in hindsight I should have started with actual origami paper, it’s a different colour on each side, which would have made the tutorial a whole lot easier. The dictionary pages were also really thin so that made it a little more difficult as well. I”m up to about twenty so I have a ways to go still but I’m getting there.

Note to self...folding origami cranes with cardstock weight paper...not such a good idea.
They turned out great, but MAN were they hard to fold!

Two more pics to show. Number 65 on my list was to buy an ereader...specifically a Kobo.
Check!
Not sure if anyone had noticed how paranoid I am about hurting Sam...so the thought of dropping a hard cover novel or even a 754 page soft cover on him while nursing was starting to freak me out. Solution...Kobo,

I love it!! It’s simple, easy to use and best of all, light. Check out how skinny it is!

Well, I guess that’s it for now. But get ready for number 21! I’m hoping to work on that one this weekend!

Cheers,
     snips

Friday, August 6, 2010

It was a strange day...

I had hoped to post this last night but between Sam being fussy, my complete lack of control lurking in others blogs and the results show for cough, cough, soyouthinkyoucandance, cough, I wasn’t able to. Oh well, better late than never.

So the root of the strangeness I believe began on Wednesday. Sam turned six months (yeah!!) and had his six month check up.
The stats first... His length - 25.5 inches.
This puts him in the 10th percentile.
His head circumference - 17 inches. 25th percentile.
And lastly his weight... are you ready... okay before I give his weight lets take a look at a recent snapshot of Sam.

Yeah he’s a little chubby, but babies are supposed to be chubby. Would you want a scrawny baby? Babies are cuter when they’re chubby, and healthier too.

Okay, okay, his weight...
drrrrrrrrrrr...(drum roll for effect)...
19.6 lbs.
Which puts him in the 77th  percentile.
So he’s a little bigger than average...I like to think he’s playing catch up for being a preemie and is an overachiever.
Yeah, that’s it.
His doctor has assured us though that his weight is perfect, we don’t need to worry about it at all. But if one more person asks me what I’m feeding him or says “wow you’re a fat baby!”,
I might just snap.

All the rest of his test were great...developmentally he should be at a 4 and a half month old level...being a prem, (we go by his gestational age until he’s two instead of his actual birthday) but he’s hitting all his 6 month milestones...so he’s obviously a genius. That must come from my family...(I don’t know...lots?, the   door, what does Raid kill?...CARS!)(sorry inside jokes) anyhoo,
my fat chubby genius also had another round of needles.
One in each leg.

He did really well with them, I think it’s harder on me then him. I’m the one who has to hold him down while the doctor jabs him in the thighs.
He screams like he’s...

I don’t know, maybe...

BEING STABBED WITH GIANT NEEDLES!!!

Then he cries, the kind of cry that says, “Mooooom, hu hu how could you let her dddo that to mu mu meeeeeee!!?”
A big hug from me, and a bit of a sway while singing on top of spaghetti and he’s fine. But i'm scarred for life.

So back to the strangeness, my thoughts are that the combination of our daily schedule getting messed up, the humidity and the shots made him a little off yesterday. His timing was off all day, he wouldn’t stop eating and he was very tired. (On a side note, why is it that babies fight so hard to stay awake when they are so miserably tired?) But despite all that I managed to fold and put away three baskets of laundry, clean out the freezer, swiffer the livingroom, dust the livingroom, and clean the bathroom. And by clean the bathroom I actually mean clean the bathroom. Not just the toilet. The floor got washed, and the sink. I cleaned the mirror and got rid of all the junk that had been slowly accumulating everywhere. I will admit though that I didn’t have time to do the tub and shower...maybe today.
I also managed to squeeze in 10 more origami cranes and printed off 13 more fonts.
( #’s 56 and 67 on my list)
And I still had loads if time to play with Sam!
Now that I think about it maybe it wasn’t Sam that allowed me to get so much done...maybe I somehow just managed my time better? Is that possible? And while we’re talking about chocolate chips...
(In case you missed it, that was my awesome segue. See how I'm all smooth and natural-like)

Number 71 on my list is to bake 20 different flavours of cupcakes. So this is number 1. I will admit it’s not my finest work...and definitely not worthy of Cupcake Domination. Don’t get me wrong, they tasted great...but it was a mix. I needed fast. So I threw chocolate chips into a white cake mix and frosted with store bought icing. I know, I know, I’m a fraud. But in my defense they were tasty and quick...which is what I was going for. But a little tip for those using store bought frosting...go easy on it, it’s very sweet.
I used way to much and we ended up scraping a fair bit off.
They next cupcakes on my list will be from scratch...I promise.
I’m thinking maybe something with Oreos, mmm Oreos.

Cheers,
     snips

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Day Zero - 3 Down!

So one of my Day Zero items was to photograph and blog about my finished goals...
I’ve finished three so far. The first one done was the photo album of Sam for Mr. Snips grandparents 60th wedding anniversary. And I forgot to take a finished picture...doh! I’d considered taking a random shot of a photo album I have here to post, but somehow that seemed wrong. Probably not the best way to start this project off. So although I didn’t get the shot, Mr. Snips grandparents loved the photo album and that was enough to make me happy.

The next goal off my list was to get a library card. Done.
This may get me into trouble...I now have access to the library’s whole catalog online...I can just order what I want and some lovely librarian collects my books and has them ready for me when I get there. Sweet!

The third goal off my list was to take my Mom out for lunch and pay for everything. So last Monday instead of our usual routine (ham and cheese buns from Dutch Toko or olive loaf from the Market, then back to my place), we went to the Wooly.
 The food was great, we split the Arrow Selection
 and the kids nachos and cheese. And Sam had a nice cold glass of water.
 We had a lovely time and decided to have lunch there every Friday...a nice way to balance out our picnic Mondays.

I guess that’s all for now...
but I’m getting ready to take on numbers 66 and 67...
so get ready for the cranes!

Cheers,
     snips