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A Movie Meme

Movie Meme – as seen at Tiennie’s:
1. One movie that made you laugh: One Upon A Time in Mexico
2. One movie that made you cry: Knocked Up – hey! what movie doesn’t make me cry? it’s the song at the end…everytime.
3. One movie that you loved as a child: Showboat
4. One movie you’ve seen more than once: Gangs of New York
5. One movie you loved, but were embarrassed to admit it: You’ve Got Mail? not really that embarassing… 
6. One movie you hated: Born Yesterday – my mother LOVES that show – shudddderrrr                                                                                                                                7. One movie that scared you: 28 Days Later any disaster film freaks me out!                                                                                                                                                                        8. One movie that bored you: Eyes Wide Shut 
9. One movie that made you happy: Juno                                                                                                                                                       10. One movie that made you miserable: Schindler’s List — miserable is not really the right word – it was more that I was in a state of despair for about 2 weeks — same thing happened with Life is Beautiful.
11. One movie that you weren’t brave enough to see: King Kong & Snowdogs — ummm…I can’t watch dogs or even a giant gorilla die, yeah it’s fake but..I can’t cope.
12. One movie character you’ve fallen in love with: Captain Wentworth. sigh.                                                                                                                                          13. The last movie you saw: The Happening
14. The next movie you hope to see: X-Files!!!

Please play along — or leave your answers in the comments!

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Books, books, books!

These are the top 106 books marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users, meaning they are books which people own but haven’t read. To play along, copy the list and bold the ones you have read, underline the ones you read for school, and italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish.

I’m also going to star the ones that are on my shelf – and you’ll see how many I haven’t read either.


Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell I was so looking forward to this – then I got it from the library and 60 pages in to this wrist snapping tome the story had made no forward progress and I gave up.
*Anna Karenina
*Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
*Wuthering Heights
*The Simarillion
*Life of Pi : a novel So many people have recommended this. I have actually tried 4 times – more than I have ever tried with any other book. I just can’t do it.
The Name of the Rose
*Don Quixote
*Moby Dick

*Madame Bovary
*The Odyssey
*Pride and Prejudice
*Jane Eyre
The Tale of Two Cities
*The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
*Vanity Fair
*The Time Traveler’s Wife
*The Iliad
*The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
*Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations I had them too, they came to no fruition with this novel
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
*Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
*Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
*The Canterbury
Tales (half in bold because I’ve probably read about half)
The Historian : a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
*Love in the Time of Cholera
*Brave New World Loved this as a teen
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
*The Once and Future King
*The Grapes of Wrath I hated this until I had to write my paper – then I realized everything I’d hated about it was what made it so great. I’ve never reread it though.
The Poisonwood BIble
Angels & Demons
The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise)
The Satanic Verses
*Sense and Sensibility
*The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
*Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
*Les Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes : a memoir  I got to the part where the drunken father tosses the baby in the air and she becomes ‘slow’ and I was finished.
*The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
*The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
*Oryx and Crake : a novel
Favourite Atwood
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Favourite Austen work
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye Yeah, I don’t get the fuss – or how it is a secret message about anything – least of all to kill John Lennon
On the Road
*The Hunchback of Notre Dame This has got to be the worst ever adapted-for-a-children’s-animated-feature. EVER
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
*The Aeneid
*Watership Down I am reading this as part of my Lost reading
Gravity’s Rainbow
In Cold Blood
*The Hobbit I read this about every 2nd fall – as soon as there is frost in the morning
White Teeth A friend just leant me this
Treasure Island
David Copperfield I got this when I was 10 – I thought it was about the magician. I’m kind of embarassed to say how far in I read and I kept waiting for the magic
*The Three Musketeers


Do you have any favourites on this list? What are you reading now?

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Meme on a Monday

I was tagged by the Yarn Slayer! 

 The rules…

1) Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2) Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3) Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4) Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Ok. Here goes.

1. The first time I read one of these I thought it was a typo – for some time afterwards I thought it was some insider-jokey-reference thing that was supposed to be written about Me Me Me

2. I still don’t really understand the word – couldn’t there be a simpler explanation? or a different word?

3. I love cheesy, overblown, overacted Hollywood musicals like Gigi or The Unsinkable Molly Brown

4. But I hate West Side Story. Ugh.

5. I also hate The Outsiders – or most gang related youth tragedies and I say it is because they’re so pointless and the people make such ridiculously doomed choices….

6. but I love The Departed and Gangs of New York? Am I agist?

7. My politeness is practically a compulsion. There are people I detest with vehemence whom I cannot be rude to. I will have vowed to ignore them (I don’t want to start fights!)but I run into them, I smile and ask how they are – and the scary thing is, I think my interest might be sincere!

I’m not going to tag anyone because I’m like that. I have also been known to step on cracks, walk beneath ladders and welcome black cats to cross my path.

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If you were on Lost who would you want to…

Befriend: Hurley for sure. After/with a lot of arguments, Sawyer. Libby – damn I would mourn her. Claire ‘cause I’m a sucker for babies. Sun – I love to garden. Mr. Eko – so big and strong (though I would also be a little afraid of him). Mr. Friendly – he’s so kind.

Be enemies with? Other than Ben? Ana Lucia (though not for long!) Definitely Juliet. Lots of people I wouldn’t get along with – but I would just pretend they didn’t exist.

Possibly kill? Kill – wow. Ben. Though I would rather hand him over to Jacob who he seems particularly afraid of by the end of Season 3

Kiss up to for favors or supplies? Ahhh I thought this was just kissing! I don’t believe in kissing up and I am no good at it.

Share a spot in the cave with? Jack – constant drama but he always comes back.

Hook up with just once? Sawyer. Mr. Eko (he’d take our secret to the grave). Ethan – Mr. Dangerous…but actually just trying to keep Claire alive.

Help the most? Jack & Claire. Really, anyone who’d ask.

Would you … Go on the raft or stay on the island? No question, stay on the island! And far away from Michael!

Live in the caves or on the beach? Probably the caves, but I’d end up back at the beach, that’s where everyone is now.

Open the hatch or leave it alone? Let Locke open it. I’m not messing with that – but I would shower there – and do my laundry in those ultra modern machines. Oh! And they have music there.

Keep other’s secrets or tell them? I always mean to keep secrets…

Know your blood type to help Boone? I know my blood type but that doesn’t mean I would transfuse him. Ugh.

Eat fish, boar, sushi or just fruit? Fruit and boar. Sushi if I could choke it down.  I might have to start liking fish since I’m stuck on an island.

If it were up to you …What would you name Claire’s baby? Adam Jesus Miller. Jesus — pronounced Hay-soos.

Who would get Kate, Jack or Sawyer? Jack.

Would you side with Locke or Jack? Jack. Locke loses direction too easily.

The truth behind Lost … What do you think is the secret of the island? No clue! But I’m sure it’s some mind-bending thing involving time travel.

What do you think the monster is? Something that doesn’t tolerate arguments in it’s jungle. The punisher unleashed by the Black Smoke.

Will they get off the island? Yes

Are the numbers really bad? I think they are linked to bad – but not bad in and of themselves.

If you were on an island with three of the people who would they be? Jack -gotta have a doctor. Sawyer – so good at finding supplies – and making me laugh. Kate – Jungle girl!

And you could bring three personal items? Journal, Kira:dog, lifetime supply of yarns — I could make needles.

And what part of the world would your island be in? I like this location.

Who is your favorite character on the show? Way too hard. Jack.

Tell me your answers in the comments!

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New Book Meme

In catching up on all my blog reading, I found this Meme over at Knitting in the North (curse Typepad – it lost my super long comment for her not once, not twice but three times! ridiculous). Check out her blog – she has some big news. 😀  

 1. Hardcover or paperback, and why? “Hardcover. I like the feel of the weight of the book in my hands, or against my lap when I’m reading in bed. I also find it stays open better.” Ditto – and hardcovers feel luxurious somehow. 

2. If I were to own a book shop, I would call it… I am really going to have to think that over…

3. My favorite quote from a book (mention the title) is… Sucks to your asmar!’ I have no idea why this has stuck with me, but it is something I say/write rather often – who knew required school reading would be with me 15 years later! Lord of the Flies

4. The author (alive or deceased) I would love to have lunch with would be… William Shakespeare. Seriously. I love the timelessness of his writing and his incredible insight into human motivations and weaknesses.

5. If I was going to a deserted island and could only bring one book, except for the SAS survival guide, it would be… This is hard – but Shakespeare wins again. The complete works of course.

6. I would love someone to invent a bookish gadget that…gave me more time in my day – so I could read, blog, read blogs and knit, and walk the dog and talk on the phone and…

7. The smell of an old book reminds me of… possibility, sanctuary and exploration.

8. If I could be the lead character in a book (mention the title), it would be…Anne Elliot from Persuasion. She is clever, but not overly so, loved, practical and she ends up married to Ciaran Hinds.

9. The most overestimated book of all times is…Any of those dreadful Gabaldon ‘historical’ adventure things. Ugh.

10. I hate it when a book…is heavy handed, too sentimental or dull, dull, dull.

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Aww shucks…

 Toni nominated me for a Rockin’ Girl Blogger Award. Thank you!


The hard part of accepting this is that I am supposed to nominate 5 other girl bloggers in return – I am reluctant to do it only because I don’t want this to feel cliquey or anything. I really admire the women whose blogs I read for a great many reasons and encourage you to check out the list on the sidebar. But I will narrow the list down to the following:

1) Cynthia @ Two Wooden Sticks and a Ball of Wool  My very first online ‘friend’ who somehow found my blog when even I paid it next to no attention! Cynthia has undertaken, and called attention to, some truly significant projects to help others. She also has a stash to die for. Seriously.

2) Elizabeth @ A Mingled Yarn   Not only is she one of the fastest knit bloggers out there, she sews, she travels, she reads extensively (including aloud) AND she teaches Shakespeare. This is a woman I marvel at (and envy!) copiously.

3) Sheree @ She Knits Shizknits A very talented craftswoman who blogs her work and her children’s. Her photography is incredible. Her Love Thursday posts manage to be both uplifting and grounding at the same time.

4) Dorothy @ Knitting Stuff and Going On and On   A knit designer whose patterns have fabulous names like ‘Allo Guv’nr Fingerless Gloves. She has created a knit Swiffer cloth – yes! I am not sure there is another blogger I read who so encourages me to clean my house. 😉

5) Marie @ Yarn Slayer   A knitting designer who homeschools her 5 children and blogs with humour and an open heart. 

Like Toni, I am also going to list Deirdre and Yvette two bloggers I was privileged to get to know during Secret Pal swaps.

Look for some knitting news in my next post. I leave you with a pic from our trip to the city yesterday and another addition to my 2007 Reads page.


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Meme the 2nd

I have seen this all over the place and, well, I don’t like to feel left out:

Mark with bold the things you have knit at least once, with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest.



Garter stitch

Knitting with metal wire


Stockinette stitch

Socks: top-down

Socks: toe-up

Knitting with camel yarn

Mittens: Cuff-up

Mittens: Tip-down


Knitting with silk

Moebius band knitting

Participating in a KAL


Drop stitch patterns

Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn

Slip stitch patterns

Knitting with banana fiber yarn

Domino knitting (modular knitting) — I do not even know what that is!

Twisted stitch patterns

Knitting with bamboo yarn

Two end knitting —- Is that with 2 people knitting at the same time?? If it is then yes

Charity knitting

Knitting with soy yarn


Toy/doll clothing

Knitting with circular needles

Knitting with your own handspun yarn


Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)

Continental knitting — ok how do I not know the difference?????

Designing knitted garments

Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)

Lace patterns

Publishing a knitting book (that would be nice! =) )


Teaching a child to knit

American/English knitting — again?????

Knitting to make money

Button holes

Knitting with alpaca

Fair Isle knitting — is that the same as stranded? if so then yes

Norwegian knitting

Dying with plant colors

Knitting items for a wedding

Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)

Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars

Olympic knitting

Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn

Knitting with DPNs

Holiday related knitting

Teaching a male how to knit


Knitting for a living (again, how nice would that be!)

Knitting with cotton

Knitting smocking

Dying yarn


Knitting art

Knitting two socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars simultaneously


Knitting with wool

Textured knitting — ummm this meme is making me feel provincial – what is this??

Kitchener BO


Knitting with beads


Long Tail CO


Knitting and purling backwards

Machine knitting

Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn

Stuffed toys

Baby items

Knitting with cashmere



Knitting with synthetic yarn

Writing a pattern



Knitting with linen

Knitting for preemies

Tubular CO

Freeform knitting

Short rows

Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers


Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine


Knitting on a loom

Thrummed knitting

Knitting a gift

Knitting for pets


Knitting with dog/cat hair (all the time – they love my yarn!) {no really though I have thought of it}

Hair accessories

Knitting in public

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Meme of 8 & Do Something

Here’s how to play…

1. Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves
2. People who are tagged write a blog post about their own 8 random things and post these rules
3. At the end of your blog you need to tag 8 people and post their names
4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment and tell them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

My 8 things…

1. I never wear a watch and rarely wonder what time it is. If I have to guess I am generally only off by 5-10 minutes.

2. I laugh every time  I hear someone say “Save the drama for your Mama.”

3. I used to barely tolerate dogs, little dogs especially bothered me. Then, I met a small dog that had as much personality as a mischevious, lovable child. She changed my mind. So much so that now I am a dog owner, and regularly am reduced to mush when meeting new dogs. Especially little ones.

4. Scientific concepts/realities such as electricity, phones and radio are quite simple for me to explain: Magic
Any explanation beyond that I only pretend to comprehend.

5. I can certainly be described as clumsy, or accident prone – however, I have never been injured while doing something risky, or out of doors. My injuries occur in the safest of places, while I am doing ordinary things such as…walking, on a sidewalk – not hiking, rock climbing or boating…go figure.

6. I tear up quite easily – in fact the list of things I cannot be responsible for at work is growing: disposing of dead animals (birds/fish), giving families bad news, reading to the children whose Mom’s didn’t make the Mother’s Day party, hearing bad news, hearing really great news…Probably if I asked a co-worker, this list might be longer!

7. I cannot stop buying Sudoku books at the grocery store! Soon my Sudoku stash will rival my yarn & book stash. The Sudoku gets used more though.

8. I have had 3 cats named Fluffy. I have had 12 cats. Probably because my mourning process is to quickly replace the lost cat. It works every time. 🙂

Who to tag? How about…The Stitchin’ Wench, A Long Yarn,  KnitPastis, Yarn Therapy, Dipsy, Not Pretty,  Unravellings & Sugar Bunny.

Now, part 2: Do Something

There are some really great things going on in the blogosphere.

Sugar Bunny is taking knit and crochet squares for the people of Greensburg, Kansas.

Dorothy B. is raising money for the Relay for Life – can you help her meet her goal?

And: Eeyipes! Did anyone else get totally freaked out during Lost this week??

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What a week this has been. The post that follows is a mish-mash of things – a bit of an indicator of my headspace today.

Despite the pattern, I am making headway on my Stacy Pullover. You know, I really love the items in this book – but this is the 5th time I have encountered a pretty big pattern issue that is not listed among the Errata on the website….and this book has been out for over a year now. Anyways. I muddled through it and it seems to be working so…I hope I don’t encounter any other complications further on, since I am not too secure with my ability to ‘figure’ out anything to do with sleeves or necklines!

I am making a summmer friendly version as the yarn I am using is thinner than called for. The stitch pattern is still showing – this was the only thing I was really worried about with the gauge change. 

In other news – Laura from Sugar Bunny Boulevard has started a Weight Loss Challenge group. Too fabulous! And judging from how badly I ate yesterday…much needed extra support.

My weigh in went well on Weds. night. I lost 3.8 lbs. Now why can’t I be happy with that? Why was I disappointed and down on myself? My friend thinks it could be from watching the Biggest Loser – that I am anticipating 5-8 lb losses at each weigh in. She could be right about that. In the meantime, I am struggling to regain my equilibrium and not eat like a fool because I am disappointed. And really – as if there aren’t going to be weigh ins of lesser signifigance in the weeks/months to come as I have a large amount of weight to lose. Perspective people. I lack perspective.

I was hoping to bring you some Yarn Pron but…the mails have failed me and I have nothing to show you today.  😦

10 PM –ETA: I was planning on adding a photo of my progress on the Stacy Pullover but…having frogged not once, not twice, but 5 stinking times – I decided to rip back to the beginning of the Honeycomb Pattern. I am going to try again. Really try.  I’ll fill you in tomorrow.

 And just cause how boring is this without any pics…
Kira treed the Squirrel folks!

A Meme – just ’cause it has been so long…taken from Tales from a Self-Taught Knitter.

Three Things That Scare Me:

-an earthquake – since I live on The faultline and they are always warning us about the Big One
-losing a loved one — including Kira of course!

Three People Who Make Me Laugh:


Three Things I Love:

-chocolate — and lots of it!

Three Things I Hate:


 Three Things I Don’t Understand:

-people who go to Starbucks and then smoke while they drink a $5 coffee
-Math and it’s many disguises
-the space/time continuum — or — why Jack believes The Others when the only thing we really know about them is that they LIE                            

Three Things On My Desk:

-digital camera
-oodles of sock yarn
-Kira’s collar

Three Things I’m Doing Right Now:

-blog entry
-freaking out (don’t ask me – having a day full of anxiety for no known reason)
-willing myself not to eat my way blindly through this anxiety

Three Things I Want To Do Before I Die:

-get married
-have children
-work at a ‘fun’ job — book/yarn/coffee house kind of place

Three Things I Can Do:

-overhear bizarre conversations in public — the ones no one else seems to be paying attention to
-accumulate junk
-heal plants that appear past all hope

Three Things I Can’t Do:

-sweep very well – I hate sweeping!
-keep secrets

Three Things I Think You Should Listen To:

-your oldest friends
-your heart

Three Things You Should Never Listen To:

-your critical inner voice
-liars — yep, there they are again
-gossip — you know, unless it is juicy…

Three Things I’d Like To Learn:

-the tango
-why shows like the Bachelor or What About Brian continue to air while gems like The Nine or Arrested Development are cancelled?!

Three Favorite Foods:

-didn’t we already cover this under things I Love? Chocolate
-Green Grapes
-Thai — Vietnamese — Chinese — heck, Asian food

Three Shows I Watched As A Kid:

-The Monkees
-The Brady Bunch
-Family Ties

Three Things I Regret:

-thinking I was fat when I really wasn’t
-wasting money
-torturing my hair when I was a teen

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My Week in Photo’s

Saturday – The 1st Thing I Saw My bedroom becomes a bit of menagerie by early morning. This cheeky number sleeps up near my face, when he joins us around 4:30 AM. He is a loud purrer who demands to be acknowledged. He, however, hates to be disturbed.

Sunday – Something I want to remember always

My brother was here for a 4 day visit. We do not get to see each other as often as either of us would like. He tried his best to make peace with Kira during this visit – she has a deep mistrust of him and the loud noises he makes! I had intended to take pictures at my dear friends Oscar party for this heading but…there just wasn’t enough time with all of the eating, gossiping and chatter.

Monday – Random Stranger

I nearly forgot this one! I was in Vancouver (I stayed over with my family after the Oscars) and my cousin and I were on our way for Viet Namese food. I was trying various pics through my car window, as I was driving. This one worked out well, as the gentleman waiting for his bus was backlit by the blazing lights in the gallery behind him.

Tuesday – My Feet

I’m at work, wearing my slippers. They can be quite a topic of conversation – especially when we read Goodnight Gorilla.

Wednesday – My Lunch

Mmmm. A new discovery. Instant Thai Hot & Sour Soup. Really quite good for instant soup. Not pictured: A blood orange and my dessert – Cinammon Dolce Latte!

Thursday – The Sky
For this late in the year we woke up to snow 3 mornings in a row this week – but no accumlation to speak of. There were a lot of low lying clouds while it snowed on the mountains around us – as seen from our backyard.

Friday – Self-Portrait

This felt the most difficult part of the assignment – I think this is one of 8 tries!

Saturday – Last Thing I Saw

This one is a bit of a fudge. I didn’t leave the house this whole weekend. I do this about once every month and a half. I stay in my jammies and knit, read, surf, blog and bake to my heart’s content. It is quite therapeutic. So this is a pic of the last thing I saw as I got into bed. The top quilt is an heirloom made by my Nana from scraps. I have had it since I can remember. It is the warmest thing as it is filled with heavy sheets and not batting. My Nana was famous for using things at hand and not following any proscribed order in her crafting. Sometimes the result was beautiful – such as this treasured quilt.

Thank you Dawbis for hosting this fun photo project!

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