March 2007

>Book Meme

>In the list of books below, bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you want to read, cross out the ones you won’t touch with a ten-foot pole, put a cross (+) in front of the ones on your book shelf, and asterisk (*) the ones you’ve never heard of.

[I couldn't resist commenting on them!]

1. + The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) [good but it fell apart in the end]
2. + Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) [love it. Read it a few times. Lent it to Kristi recently....]
3. + To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) [Classic and a great read!]
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell) [found the movie good but a bit tedious.]
5. + The Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien) [read it numerous times, starting in high school.]
6. + The Two Towers (Tolkein)[read it numerous times, starting in high school.]
7. + The Return of the King (Tolkein)[read it numerous times, starting in high school.]
8. + Anne of Green Gables (L. M. Montgomery) [read it a couple of times and loved the series as a kid.]
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon) [thanks to Lisa for introducing me to Gabaldon... mmm... Scottish accents....]
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. + Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling) [what a fun series!]
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. + Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. + A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving) [ugh. not a fan of his work.]
15. Memoirs of a Geisha [a great read and a great movie]
16. + Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King) [I like the Dark Tower series and I enjoyed The Eye of The Dragon and The Talisman but otherwise, I'm not a huge fan of his work, mostly because he has trounle ending his novels, and I like a nice solid finish - or an awesome sequel]
19. + Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) [love her stuff]
21. + The Hobbit (Tolkein) [of course! How could I read the LOTR series numerous times without having read this?]
22.+ The Catcher in the Rye (J. D. Salinger) [enjoyed it!]
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) [was ok. put it down a fe times before eventually finishing.]
24. * The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. + The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) [I have the trilogy in 5 parts and a photographically illustrated version of Hitchhiker's. Love it! So much fun!!]
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) [I don't know why I never picked up a copy for myself. I'd probably read t again on a rainy day.]
28. + The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis) [read this series over and over since I was a kid.]
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. + Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom) [loved it - it made me cry.]
31. + Dune (Frank Herbert) [I have the series. this is way more comples than the film, which was a bit slow....]
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. + Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand) [preachy, much like The Fountainhead. There is a cult-like following with her stuff and I'm always intrigued by those who follow her philosophical doctrine. Not that I do.]
34. +1984 (Orwell) [was school reading, then read it again years later.]
35. + The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley) [this and the sequel were good but a bit slow.]
36. + The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett) [my favorite book - a great historical epic tale!!]
37. * The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. + I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb) [my mom gave this to me but I haven't read it yet]
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. + The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) [too preachy for my tastes]
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel) read it years ago on a gloomy weekend]
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. + Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella) [fluffy and flat- felt like the heart was missing]
44. + The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom) [love his stuff - it always makes me cry.]
45. Bible [I've read bits and pieces]
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy) [read it years ago]
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. + The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) [what a great read!]
50. + She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb) [sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read]
51. + The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver) [I enjoyed this and the differenet perspectives, until about 3/4 of the way through and then I really didn't like the end.]
52. + A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. + Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card) [I think I lent this to someone but I can't remember who]
54. Great Expectations (Dickens) [high school reading]
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald) [read it as a teen]
56. + The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence) [I'll get to it soon enough]
57. + Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough) [loved the maxi-series]
59. + The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) [creepy and good!]
60. The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. + Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) [I enjoyed it]
62. + The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand) [preachy doctrine but glad I read it]
63. + War and Peace (Tolstoy) [started it once but got distracted]
64. + Interview with the Vampire (Anne Rice) [really enjoyed this series. well, the first few....]
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davies)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares) [the movie was cute]
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) [classic]
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. + Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. + Shogun (James Clavell) [Absolutely LOVED this entire series!! Read it a couple of times and would love to read it again! I was so insired by Shogun that I did a samurai painting!]
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje) [I enjoy his writing]
75. + The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett) [read it as a teen]
76. + The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay) [Ah - the first in the series, The Fionavar Tapestry. Just lent it to Suzy. What a fantastic series. He's one of my very favorite authors - and is Canadian to boot!]
77. * A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. + The World According To Garp (John Irving) [I don't know why I keep trying to give him a chance when I find his work slow and dull]
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence) [read it year ago]
80. + Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White) [great kid's book]
81. * Not Wanted On the Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck) [love his work]
83. * Rebecca (Daphe DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind) [been meaning to read his stuff]
85. Emma (Jane Austen) [what a fun and darling read]
87. Watership Down (Richard Adams) [I wonder where my copy went... I read it a few times. Twice on my own and then once for school as a kid]
87. + Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) [a classic!]
88. + The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. * Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. * Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. + In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje) [I like his stuff. This was set in Toronto in the early 20th century and was good although a bit odd as it went on]
92. Lord of the Flies (William Golding) [read it on my own then again for school]
93. + The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck) [the good read]
94. * The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. + The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum) [read and own and love all of hs stuff! Got the bug for Ludlum and Deighton and Cussler years ago]
96. * The Outsiders (S. E. Hinton)
97. + White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford) [fun]
99. + The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield) [enlightening!]
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

Huh. Only 64 that I’ve read. Nice to see a lot of my favorites in that list though…

>Status Update

>Not muchto say except that it’s been anextremely stressfull week at work and trying to finish the set design. We have a production meeting for Cabaret tonight at 6:00, and then I’m going to go see “Cats” at SJ High.

I’m looking forward to the weekend.

>50 Things About Me

>Thanks to Anthony for the list.

1. Height?
5′ 9.5″

2. Have you ever smoked heroin?

3. Do you own a gun?

4. Have you ever been in jail?

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments?

6. What do you think of hot dogs?

7. What’s your favorite Christmas song?
Carol of the Bells

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
Chai tea.

9. Can you do push-ups?
Yes, but probably not too many.

10. Is your bathroom clean?

11. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry?
My running watch – talk about handy!

12. Do you like painkillers?
Advil comes in handy for my frequent headaches. I used to take tylenol but it doesn’t help much.

13. What is your secret weapon to lure in the opposite sex?
My smile?

14. Do you have A.D.D.?

16. Middle Name?

17. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment:
I should drink more water. there aren’t enough hours in the day. I need a vacation.

18. Name the last 3 things you have bought?
Pad thai, gas, a cool knit hat that is made out of raw silk from recycled sari’s and has a knit flower and some feathers ont he side.

19. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink:
Coffee, apple juice, Chai tea.

20. Current mood?

21. Current food?
Activia vanilla yogurt.

22. Current worry?
Work and the model of the set for Cabaret.

23. Current hate?
Whomever took my margerine from the fridge at work.

24. Favorite place to be?
On vacation. Otherwise, home.

25. What states/countries have you been in?
Canada: NL, NS, NB, PEI, PQ, ON, MB, SK, AL, BC
US: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota
Columbia, Dominican Republic, England, Spain

26. Where would you like to go?
Scotland, Ireland, England, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Prague, Morocco, Egypt, Japan, China, Mongolia, Australia, New Zealand, Cuba, Bahamas, Barbados….

27. Do you own slippers?
I do but I rarely wear them.

28. What shirt are you wearing?
Red thin-knit sweater, chocolate bown slacks, red and brown and gold dress shoes.

29. Do you burn or tan?

30. Favorite color(s)?
Purple, turquoise.

31. Would you be a pirate?
Sure. It would be fun to “Arrr.” and “Matey” all the time. :-)

32. Or would you want to be a ninja?
Hmm, that would be cool too. Bu tI think I’d rather be a pirate. It seems to have flair and pinache and I like that.

33. What songs do you sing in the shower?
I do not sing in the shower.

34. What did you fear was going to get you at night as a child?
Bert and Ernie.

35. What’s in your pockets right now?

36. Last thing that made you laugh?
Something Chad said yesterday, but I can’t remember what.

37. Best bed sheets as a child?
Nothing memorable.

38. Worst injury you’ve ever had?
I sprained my wrist so bad I had it in a cast for 6 weeks, and it never fully healed.

39. Best injury you’ve ever had?
I had (and still have) some pretty cool looking bruises from wiping out while prepping for the dress rehearsal for Noises Off. I came through I doorway I hadn’t used before and my shins landed on a pipe of wires. I must have bruised the bone because I still have bruises from it, and that was last November.

40. How many TVs do you have in your house?

41. Who is your loudest friend?
Scott T. Not in a bad way. :-)

42. Who is your most silent friend?
Quietest person I know whould be Joanna’s boyfriend, John.

43. Does someone have a crush on you?

44. Do you wish on shooting stars?
I have to agree with Anthony on this one, “Yeah, even though I think its bullshit I like the idea of wishes. And magic. And Jedi powers.”

45. What is your favorite book?
“Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett

46. What is your favorite candy?

47. What song do/did you want played at your wedding?
I dunno. Something classical I guess.

48. What song do you want played at your funeral?
Something classical.

49. What were you doing 12 AM last night?
Working on the model for the set of Cabaret while watching behind-the-scenes special features on the Casino Royale DVD.

50. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up?
Feed cats.

>The Visit

>My mother came to visit on the weekend. She took the bus down so we could have a “girls weekend.” It was good to see her but she was pretty sick – some really bad cough and cold and plugged ears (which made conversation pretty difficult). We got out a little bit, but the bulk of the weekend was still full of Cabaret stuff.

On Saturday, I took mom along with me as I got folks started on a musical rehearsal, and we stopped in at the Mocean dance workshop and made sure all was well with the cast. (They looked like they were having fun!) We then headed out to Black’s Harbour to check out the very cool yarn shop, Cricket on the Hearth. By the time we got back into town, we werre pretty tuckered, so instead of cooking, we decided on pad thai from the Thai Hut in the Quality Convenience and then stayed in to watch “The Holiday.”

We managed to get out of the house for a bit on Sunday, taking a short walk at the INP and heading to the vortex for a bit of shopping, then out to Hampton for a bit of a drive. We got back in time for mom to nap while I attended a Cabaret costume meeting. The meeting was good – log but very productive. When I arrived back home, mom was up and ready for dinner, so we popped out to the Ale House for steaks (which were ok). Poor mom wasn’t feeling so hot as her cold developed, so we spent the rest of her visit taking it easy (while I worked on the model of the set for Cabaret).

I’d booked Monday off on vacation and spent the day working on the set model while mom alternately napped and watched movies. (It turned out to be a pretty full and productive day for me, but I’m still feeling the pressure to finish the set for Thursday’s production meeting.) Mom headed home that evening and I went to rehearsal. I’m glad she came to visit, but sorry that she wasn’t feeling well. Hopefully next time she comes down, she’ll feel better!

>Friday Feast #136

Who is your favorite news anchor/reporter? Why?
I don’t have a favorite. I read my news online and can’t really think of any news-people at the moment.

Name 3 foods that are currently in your freezer.
AAA-grade steaks, salmon fillets and boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

If you were to have the opportunity to name a new town or city, what would you call it?

Main Course
What will most likely be the next book you read?
Once I have “free time” again, I plan to get back to “Dragonfly in Amber” by Diana Gabaldon. Lisa had lent ti tto me eons ago and I’d started it but put it down for some reason and just hadn’t gotten back to it. I’d like to finish it and get it back to her.

What’s the first thing you notice about the opposite gender?
I love faces, They are so interesting. I notice thier face first.

>Better Day

>Yesterday was somewhat wonky all-around. What I didn’t mention in my rant about the missing margerine was my lunch hour that preceded it. Colin had asked for a lift out to the airport so that he could get Beth’s car out of long-term parking and bring it into town. I drove him out and headed back into town. Just as I was about to cross the overpass on the highway that goes over Rothesay Avenue, and just as I was passing a transport truck, 3 deer jumped out and decided to run bound across the highway. Man – talk about scary! I have never had such a close call before and I hope to not have to deal with that again! Just as all that was happening, my phone started to ring – but I didn’t answer it, of course. I waited until I got back in town and stopped at a red light. It was Colin who had called – the battery was dead on Beth’s car. So I headed back out to the airport and gave him a boost before heading back into town.

Oh, and by the way, thank-you Kelly – for the tub of Becel! :-)

>The Missing Margerine

>Honest to goodness, you would think that we lived in a civilized society yet there are things that happen at work sometimes that just boggle the mind. You see, we have a small kitchen/lunch room in the office with a fridge. I keep a tub of Becel margerine in that fridge and I have my name written on the lid in black permanent marker. Every now and then, I bring in a couple of pieces of bread and some soup from home, and I look forward to using my margerine to butter my bread. When I went to do this today, my margerine was gone. I don’t understand why anyone would feel they had any reason to touch it. It was clearly mine, and it’s not like it was going bad and needed to be thrown out. I’m sitting at my desk with mysoup and dry toast and I have neither the time nor cash to go and get a new tub of margerine (not to mention the fact that if I did have the time, my soup and toast would be nice and cold by the time I got back to my desk. Sure, I could reheat the soup, but how do you decently reheat toast?) I just don’t understand it.

>Need some ENERGY?

>Thanks to Colin for passing along this fun link…

The Caffeine Database – the most complete list of beverage caffeine content online.

>Talk About Handy!

>Yes, I’m still raving about my new MacBook. I took it along to the Cabaret rehearsal last night and was able to make notes and start a props list, update the schedule and draft some emails while I was there. I didn’t have to take a bunch of written stuff home and then spend the next couple of hours entering it in. Now, I still had some stuff to work on when I got home, but it was way less than it could have been. Yay!

As for rehearsals, we’re just getting going on the acting rehearsals. This week is our week for text work, where we go through the text and work on the meanings and intentions and motivations. Once the dance rehearsals begin, I’m going to start attending those and the music rehearsals. Hopefully that can help with adding some cohesion to the show. It’s going to be a busy couple of months!


>I had no idea how much I was struggling with my old iMac until I got my new MacBook. I can actually do a couple of things at once. It’ll actually open apps that I couldn’t open. I can even watch Quicktime Movie Trailers again. Thanks to Scott M for helping me get set up with a wireless connection and I have sweet freedom. In short, I love it.