29 December 2009

High School Reading

For some reason I've felt like reading.  And since I didn't do much of it in high school (or college, for that matter) I've decided to do it now.  I found this list online.  Feel free to comment or add/subtract from the list.  I'm kinda glad I'm reading these now.  I mean, I like the books I've read so far but I can also imagine being very irritated by them when I was younger.  I've stricken through the ones I've just read.  I haven't decided if I'm gonna re-read anything that I actually read previously (or that we read in class).  Hmm.  It's a pretty long list.  Wonder how long it's gonna take me.  Maybe I should rule some of these out.  Any help out there to narrow it down?

Achebe, Chinua Things Fall Apart
Agee, James A Death in the Family
Austen, Jane Pride and Prejudice
Baldwin, James Go Tell It on the Mountain
Beckett, Samuel Waiting for Godot
Bellow, Saul The Adventures of Augie March
Brontë, Charlotte Jane Eyre
Brontë, Emily Wuthering Heights
Camus, Albert The Stranger
Cather, Willa Death Comes for the Archbishop
Chaucer, Geoffrey The Canterbury Tales
Chekhov, Anton The Cherry Orchard
Chopin, Kate The Awakening
Christiie, Agatha Murder on the Orient Express
Conrad, Joseph Heart of Darkness
Cooper, James Fenimore The Last of the Mohicans
Crane, Stephen The Red Badge of Courage
Dante Inferno
de Cervantes, Miguel Don Quixote
Defoe, Daniel Robinson Crusoe
Dickens, Charles A Tale of Two Cities
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Crime and Punishment
Douglass, Frederick Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Dreiser, Theodore An American Tragedy
Dumas, Alexandre The Three Musketeers
Eliot, George The Mill on the Floss
Ellison, Ralph Invisible Man
Emerson, Ralph Waldo Selected Essays
Faulkner, William As I Lay Dying
Faulkner, William The Sound and the Fury
Fielding, Henry Tom Jones
Fitzgerald, F. Scott The Great Gatsby
Flaubert, Gustave Madame Bovary
Ford, Ford Madox The Good Soldier
Forester, C.S. Horatio Hornblower
Frankle, Viktor Man’s Search for Meaning
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von Faust
Golding, William Lord of the Flies
Hardy, Thomas Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Hawthorne, Nathaniel The Scarlet Letter
Heller, Joseph Catch 22
Hemingway, Ernest A Farewell to Arms
Homer The Iliad Homer The Odyssey
Hugo, Victor The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Hurston, Zora Neale Their Eyes Were Watching God
Huxley, Aldous Brave New World
Ibsen, Henrik A Doll's House
James, Henry The Portrait of a Lady
James, Henry The Turn of the Screw
Joyce, James A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Kafka, Franz The Metamorphosis
Keller, Helen Story of My Life
Kingston, Maxine Hong The Woman Warrior
Lee, Harper To Kill a Mockingbird
Lewis, Sinclair Babbitt
London, Jack The Call of the Wild
Mann, Thomas The Magic Mountain
Marquez, Gabriel García One Hundred Years of Solitude
Melville, Herman Bartleby the Scrivener
Melville, Herman Moby Dick
Miller, Arthur The Crucible
Miller, Arthur Death of a Salesman
Morrison, Toni Beloved
O'Connor, Flannery A Good Man is Hard to Find
O'Neill, Eugene Long Day's Journey into Night
Orwell, George Animal Farm
Orwell, George 1984
Pasternak, Boris Doctor Zhivago
Plath, Sylvia The Bell Jar
Poe, Edgar Allan Selected Tales
Proust, Marcel Swann's Way
Pynchon, Thomas The Crying of Lot 49
Remarque, Erich Maria All Quiet on the Western Front
Rostand, Edmond Cyrano de Bergerac
Roth, Henry Call It Sleep
Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye
Shakespeare, William Hamlet
Shakespeare, William Macbeth
Shakespeare, William A Midsummer Night's Dream
Shakespeare, William Romeo and Juliet
Shaw, George Bernard Pygmalion
Shelley, Mary Frankenstein
Silko, Leslie Marmon Ceremony
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Sophocles Antigone
Sophocles Oedipus Rex
Steinbeck, John The Grapes of Wrath
Steinbeck, John The Pearl
Stevenson, Robert Louis Treasure Island
Stowe, Harriet Beecher Uncle Tom's Cabin
Swift, Jonathan Gulliver's Travels
Thackeray, William Vanity Fair
Thoreau, Henry David Walden
Tolstoy, Leo War and Peace
Turgenev, Ivan Fathers and Sons
Twain, Mark The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Voltaire Candide
Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. Slaughterhouse-Five
Walker, Alice The Color Purple
Wharton, Edith The House of Mirth
Welty, Eudora Collected Stories
Whitman, Walt Leaves of Grass
Wilde, Oscar The Picture of Dorian Gray
Williams, Tennessee The Glass Menagerie
Woolf, Virginia To the Lighthouse
Wright, Richard Native Son

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21 December 2009

Merry Christmas to All

I like to hand-make my "I love everyone" Christmas treats.  Two years ago it was the box of chocolates, last year it was dipped pretzels (no pictures, boo) and this year it's this...

Oreo Truffles with ideas a la Bakerella.  I also made a gingerbread man with cute little red "buttons" but he was running late for the pictures.
For Diego's work, I made pumpkin muffins with cream cheese frosting and picks that said "Naughty" "Nice" and "Somewhere In-between."

It's all just my way of saying that I care.  And for all you wonderful people out there that I care about that I cannot give treats to - this is for you.  Merry Christmas!!!

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18 December 2009

Merry Christmas to Us

Our Christmas was a little bigger than normal this year.  In November, we celebrated our official debt-free-ness so we decided we would splurge a little bit and spend what would have gone towards bills in December.  We'll start saving again in January.  That, coupled with our Christmas money from my family we were able to purchase some things on our wish lists.  (Much to my father's dismay, we opened our Christmas presents early.  In our defense, they looked like regular Christmas cards that you are supposed to open.  I guess next year he's gonna have to put a warning label on them.).  Anyway.  Here's our loot!

Blue Man Group Tickets.
This was one of the main reasons we went to Vegas for Thanksgiving.  Actually, that whole trip was part of our Christmas money...  I had seen them before but he had never seen them.  Love their music.  Funny too.  But for me, it was better the first time.

This next item isn't actually at our house just yet but it will be soon.  Diego is from Argentina and having a gas (vs charcoal or wood) grill may seem like he's turning his back on his heritage but it just works for us.  We have a charcoal grill now but it takes so much time.  This will be so convenient, it causes so much smoke (for our neighbors) and it doubles as an emergency preparedness item.  I guess my present to Diego will be putting it together.  He very much dislikes putting things together.

I've been trying to divine a way to organize my food storage and then one blessed day I found this beaut on sale 50% OFF.  So I waited to confer with Diego then I snatched it up.  We don't quite fill it up but we will.  And man, it took FOREVER to put together.
And lastly, this - Nutrimill grain mill.  It's kinda funny how our gifts are so practical these day.  Not sure it that's good or bad.  I could still use a gift certificate for a massage or something but at least I can continue to make fresh bread with fresh ground wheat flour.  Thanks, Aunt Judy, for letting me borrow yours for so long.  You'll remember that I bought myself a Bosch for Christmas last year.  These 2 go perfectly together.
Merry Christmas to us and A Happy Finally Out of Debt New Year!!!

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07 December 2009

Visual Slants Photography is finally up and running!

I am very pleased to announce the official launch of the Visual Slants Photography website/blog!!! Please check it out, subscribe to it, "fan" it on facebook and most importantly TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS!!! It's all the portrait photography I've been doing over the years (as opposed to the corporate photography that I also do).


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