Sunday, September 28, 2008

Hmmm I am thinking I need to work on this list.

Okay so I found this list on another blog. I guess its about how literate are you.

1984 by George Orwell
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Ulysses by James Joyce
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Stand by Stephen King
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
Dune by Frank Herbert
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Trial by Franz Kafka
I, Claudius by Robert Graves
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Vanity Fair by William Thackeray
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Stranger by Albert Camus (in both English and French)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston LeRoux
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Light in August by William Faulkner
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
Call of the Wild by Jack London
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Well I guess I have some reading to do. I have the book 1984 here. I will admit to finding it boring. I know that isn't very literate of me. But this book is hard for me to read somehow. Now its not as bad as the Russian novels, they are really tough for me. I put in italics the ones where I have seen the movie. Some of which I do not plan to read.

Monday, September 22, 2008


Well here he is. I hope and pray that this will be the face of the nation come November 5th, and more specifically come January 20th, 2009. I hope the American people can step up the plate and elect a Black President of the United States. I wish the people who see abortion as the only issue would wake up and smell the coffee. Obama is the face of the Change, the republicans haven't had an original idea since wow, I couldn't tell you when. Sarah Palin is the offering to Women voters who couldn't have Hillary. Let's face it, she is NO Hillary.
Mr. McCain may be a war hero, but he is republican through and through. We aren't faring well with them at the helm. Sorry sir, but you cannot have my vote. Thank you for your service to our country. Moving on.
So whatever your alligence is, DO VOTE. But don't not vote for a man because of the color of his skin.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Well last evening we went to Wicked. It does not disappoint. I will say it took me a while to like the Good Witch. She reminds me of one my cousins on my father's side. I hope she isn't into reading blogs, lol. But she had that same kind of voice, that little girl voice, that lingered long after it was cute. Drove me a bit nuts.

I went with a posse of relatives and friends, but honestly once the musical began I could have been in OZ. I was held captive by the music and the play.

My other cousin Barb has seen Wicked twice, once in Chicago and once in Buffalo. I have never seen a musical anywhere but Pittsburgh but the Benedum Center is beautiful and I have no complaints. I had decent seats. Not the front row but fortunately on the aisle and that meant a bit more room. We had Carmen Rose with us and she loved it. She got Wicked tickets for her Birthday, as did her mom.. Speaking of her mom. Lisa was quite the entertainer. We were stuck in the parking garage for a long time, so I put in my cd of Broadway musicals, well Lisa got possessed when Ease on Down the Road came on and jumped out of the van and did a little dance in the garage. Carmen was a bit embarrassed by the display, but it was very entertaining for all who were trapped in the long waiting line.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Election and socks

Meet Avatar, he came to me as a kitten but he was already named. He is my first house cat. I mean he is a house cat because he is not permitted to go outdoors. He would love to be outdoors but he really isn't all that brave and he is declawed.

He is a somewhat crazy cat, he had a thing for shoes. He is very into playing with things, mostly things that aren't his to play with, but he does like some of his toys. In my somewhat biased opinion he is a beautiful cat.

That said, I move onto the election. I am so dreading this fall and the onslaught of commercials. I am tired of the campaign, I want to vote and be done with it. I want Obama to win and the Democrats to be in the White House. I am tired of the sillyness of the election. I am tired of the Republicans in office. Okay I voted for Hillary, I can't have her. I am over it. Let's quit crying over it. It's time we just elected the designated hitter and move on.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Similar Cats

Crazy Aunt Purls Cat - Sobakowa My Cat - Princess Tipper Pukes Alot
When I got PTPA (or baby kitty) I thought wow what a strange looking cat... Of course then I thought oh my god what a beautiful cat. Its funny how pets grow on you. I think she is quite lovely and she is a Princess and she tips over unattended glasses and she pukes frequently, I think she is bulemic if that is at all possible. Once a week she does this purge thing. Then its done. I guess we all have issues even cats. She does like to keep her girlish figure and she is a garbage can. She will attempt to eat anything including embroidery on clothing.
When I first saw Sobakowa I realized that my cat was not entirely unique. I am new to the cat thing, so forgive me for not knowing this. I read her stories of Sobakowa and thought it sounded a great deal like my baby girl. She rules the roost. She is the Alpha Cat amoung two males. They tolerate her and move aside for her. She is the Princess after all in training to be Queen.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Change happens

Well it just so happens I get a kick out this button. I haven't taken any sock in progress photos as of late so I offer you this.
We all have trolls in our lives. Those people who seek to dismiss or diminish the things we have done. My trolls are those who say silly things to me like "WHY DO YOU ONLY KNIT SOCKS? " Okay you get a button. I happen to adore socks. Since the moment I created a pair I was hooked, addicted, and hopelessly lost to the world of socks. I am happy making them, I am pretty sure the world will be better for a few pair of my socks warming the feet of the Sock Worthy folks in my life.
I do on that rare occasion knit other things, like a baby surprize jacket, here and there. I have a few other items that are on my TO KNIT list. However knitting socks is a good thing.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

New Blog

So I have changed Blogs to this one. The other blog I had opened up one of those annoying pop-ups and just made me nuts. I am potentiallycrazy enough without that.
So here is my 3rd Baby Surprise Jacket, which no longer looks like this. I washed in cold water with that wool wash stuff and still it bled like there was no tomorrow. So the white areas are pink now. It doesn't look horrible, but it isn't what I wanted. I mean if I wanted the accent stripes to be pink, I would have used pink yarn.