Book Meme

Oct. 2nd, 2007 05:41 pm
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Stolen from nearly everyone. :-)

These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing users as of October 1, 2007. I'm to bold what I have read, italicize what I started but didn't finish, and strike through what I couldn't stand.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina Though it was so long ago I don't really remember it.
Crime and Punishment
See how many I havn't read )
rendiru: (home improvement)
Drum roll, please.


Ahem. I would like to announce that we have finally, and after months of agonizing...






chosen a color for the grout in the boys' bathroom.

Well, it felt like a big deal to me! Hmph!




Yeah, we're still not finished.

Latest photos:
Progress on the tile Back shower wall
rendiru: (home improvement)
Well, Friday night, anyway. This turned out to be a mite longer than I had thought. :-)

In my last non-meme post, hubby and I were planning to head out to do some serious tile shopping. He made it home at a decent hour and we headed out to Expo to try to find a little inspiration. I felt like we were on a snipe hunt )

Afterward )

Lots more to update, but I need a break, and you probably do too if you've managed to read this much, so I'll post some more later.
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Things are very quiet around here the last few days. I don't know if it's LJ being strange or that many of you have pressing business elsewhere.

C and I went to pick up our new glasses today. His look very nice on him. He was startled by how different things look through the polarized lenses of his clip-on shades. It is pretty strange, but I'm sure he'll get used to it pretty quickly.

I liked the way mine looked, but I had trouble focusing well when I looked to either side. There was an area of the lenses toward my nose that weren't clear for me. The gentleman helping me made a few adjustments, but the problem was still there. He looked up my history and figured out that the lenses in the new pair were thinner, denser, and thus less curved than my current ones. Evidently when a person has a very strong prescription like mine, even changing the curve of the lens can make a difference. They are sending mine back to have the same grade lenses as my current pair put in. I'm looking forward to having my new pair with clip-on polarized lenses. I tried the transitions lenses last time, but they never get dark enough in the sun and they take too long to go back to clear once I'm out of the sunshine. I don't mind waiting, though, because these came in much faster than I had expected.

S and I are going to march ourselves to the tile stores this weekend and force ourselves to choose some wall tile for the bathroom. We've let it drag out too long as it is.

Tomorrow I have a long rehearsal for The Wiz, then my friend and I are going to see RSP's current production of Oklahoma! Hooray for comp tickets! We have a few hours to kill in between, so we'll probably go somewhere for a leisurely dinner and chat. It's always nice to get some time to catch up with a friend.

On Sunday, I think we'll try to go to the annual Memorial Day BBQ that D's friend, K, puts on. D is in a band with K and they'll be playing on and off throughout the party. K has an open invitation to friends of friends, but we've never made it before. I've met K and her husband a few times and they are fun, nice people. It's just that we're usually wiped by Sunday afternoon. I think we (as a family) have fewer commitments this year, so we're planning to make it this time.

Monday we have all to ourselves and will probably spend it working on the bathroom. There will be much rejoicing when we finally finish. :-)

Pink woes

Mar. 28th, 2007 04:29 pm
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I'm having color issues in my bathroom remodel. The base paint is fine and on the walls with no trouble. My problem is with red.

Plum frustrated )

Thanks for listening to my whine. I feel better.
rendiru: (home improvement)
Oh wait, that's paint fumes.

Today was nice. No drama at work. No activities that I have to attend tonight. I did decide to paint this afternoon, so the bathroom has its color coat now. Once it's dry (on some other day), I'll do the red glaze.

S is fighting with some fast-setting cement patch in there right now. It's supposed to stay pliable for 10-15 minutes, but evidently the package lied. ;-)

I can imagine the guest bathroom being functional again someday soon.

My arms are a little sore from the painting, but I think I have enough strength to hold up a book for an hour or two. :-)

My laundry is nearly caught up. I don't have another concert until May, and we are well on our way to memorizing all the songs.

C begins his CHP motorcycle training this week. His boots arrived yesterday and he's working to break them in right now.

Oh! And the avocado pit I started last fall has finally shot up and is ready to be planted and cut back. I'm so excited! I've never had one actually sprout before. *in-chair wiggle dance*

*hugs* to those who want or need them.

Homework

Mar. 24th, 2007 07:43 pm
rendiru: (home improvement)
The day started off well. I was able to sleep in until nearly 9 this morning, which is unheard of for me lately. I finally felt rested - it was great!

I didn't do much of anything until just before noon, but then I did have a productive day.

I crossed a couple of things off the to-do list )

My thoughts are still with those of you who are going through difficult times. *hugs*
rendiru: (home improvement)
This was the original wallpaper. We removed all of it that we could reach when we first moved into the house, but this was lurking underneath the tile.

The original wallpaper

More destruction here )
rendiru: (home improvement)
It's so quiet here today. I feel the need to break this deafening silence.

Or maybe it's just my friends list being quiet because everyone on it has other friends whose prolific writing is taxing their time so they have none in which to write. Or perhaps you're all just busy.

No matter - I'll just blather a bit to mask the ringing in my ears. (I do hope you're all ok, though.)

Demolition of the bathroom is proceeding nicely. The toilet is out, the vanity cabinet is out, the carpet has been ripped out, the bath enclosure is bare of tile and wallboard, and the sofit has been gutted and partially removed.

Our one-man demo crew might have finished getting the tile up off the floor before he left were it not for a sneaky broken edge slicing his finger. It was a little alarming to hear a polite "excuse me..." from the other room and enter it to find him with blood smeared on his face and all over his hand. (He must have had an itch - you know how it is when you have your hands full or dirty, or evidently, bloody, you have an irresistable need to scratch a sudden itch.)

After my eyes stopped bugging out and he assured me that he was fine, I had him wash his hands so I could get some antibiotic ointment and a bandaid over the cut. It truly wasn't bad - it had stopped bleeding as he washed it - but it was startling. I think I might have been a little bossy or mother-y about it because he asked if I was a nurse. :-)

He told me that he had to get the truck back to the construction company but that he'd be by to finish this afternoon.

I took pictures last night (of the demolished room, not of the bloody finger) and will post a few when I get home.
rendiru: (can't brain today)
So the re-piping guys are here today. They showed up promptly when they said they would and started in. S is working from home in case issues come up and I'm home sick, moving as little as possible and reading lovely fluffy fiction whenever I can summon the energy to keep my eyes focused.

S was sitting at his computer trying to tell me about... about... well, about something I can't happen to recall at the moment. I wasn't focusing very well on his words, so I told him that he would need to use small words, speak in short, simple sentences, and use very clear logic today if he wanted me to understand him at all. He laughed and asked me if my spousal mind-reading, brain-wave syncing abilities were on the fritz. I told him that yes, they were because all the snot mucks up the delicate connections.

It turned out to be a good thing we were both home today - we had to go sign another paper for our loan. The loan officer told us that they have started using a wonderful new, improved computer system that, incidentally, doesn't yet allow them to print documents directly from it, forcing them to export files to the old system for printing. Unfortunately, sometimes not everything transfers completely. Thus the discovery of the form we needed to sign. He apologized profusely. I made S take me to the Dairy Queen drive-through for an ice-cream cone as his punishment for dragging me out of my sick bed.

---

Ooh, the smoke alarm just went off near where they are drilling in the hallway. There is no smoke, just dust.

The guy waved a towel at the smoke detector and it stopped screaming. Whew! That thing is loud!

Wait, I just forgot what I came here to share with you all. Give me a moment.

---

Oh, yeah! Earlier this morning I very thoughtfully prepared a roast for the crock pot so we could have dinner tonight. I made sure to get it ready to go in while we still had running water. Actually, we still have running water. They won't turn it off until all the pipes are ready to be connected to the main. But I digress!

Anyway, because it was early and I didn't want a hard, shrunken, dried out hunk of jerky for dinner, I set the crock pot to low, which setting I haven't used in years. I'm always in a hurry. Yes, even with a slow-cooker. I set my dish towel on top to keep the heat and moisture from escaping past the ill-fitting lid and went back to my urgent lounging.

I came by a while later to pick something up from the counter near the cooker and was surprised to find that it really wasn't very hot. But the roast smelled good, at least to my impaired sniffer, so I just checked to make sure I had actually turned it on to low and left again.

I came back to that counter just now to get some salt for my boiled egg and didn't feel any heat. Worse, I didn't smell nearly-done roasty goodness. Damn. The low setting must be malfunctioning, I thought. I turned it to high and happened to glance at the wall socket as I turned to go.

I hadn't plugged it in. *head desk*

I'm going back to bed now.
rendiru: (Avatar 2007)
Made in reference to Governor Schwarzenegger's health care proposal for California.

"Taking each part separately, there's something for everyone to hate, but taken as a whole, there's a lot to like," Blue Shield of California Chief Executive Officer Bruce Bodaken said in a statement.

You can read more here.

I still have a lot of reading to do before forming an opinion about the plan. More coverage is available here and here, but so far doesn't offer much more information.
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I didn't track the books I read last year and felt a little disappointed when I couldn't look back on the list at the end of the year. I think I'll track them again this year, but I'm not setting a reading goal.

1. Hot Dish by Connie Brockway
2. The Little Country by Charles de Lint
3. Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey
4. Fledgling by Octavia Butler
5. The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint
6. The Same Sweet Girls by Cassandra King
7. Paloma by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
8. Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger
9. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
10. Shaman's Crossing by Robin Hobb
11. The Outcasts of Heaven Belt by Joan Vinge

February:
12. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
13. Plum Lovin' by Janet Evanovich
14. You Suck by Christopher Moore
15. Fifty Degrees Below by Kim Stanley Robinson
16. See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson
17. Voice of the Gods by Trudi Canavan
18. You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister
19. Fire Me Up by Katie MacAlister
20. Light My Fire by Katie MacAlister
21. Fool's Errand by Robin Hobb
22. Golden Fool by Robin Hobb
23. Fool's Fate by Robin Hobb
24. Sex and the Single Vampire by Katie MacAlister
25. The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket
26. Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong

March:
27. Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong
28. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (re-read)
29. Even Vampires Get the Blues by Katie MacAlister
30. The Peshawar Lancers by SM Stirling
31. The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd
32. Broken by Kelley Armstrong
33. Haunted by Kelley Armstrong
34. The Corset Diaries by Katie MacAlister
35. Bellwether by Connie Willis
36. The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson

April:
37. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Persig
38. Anyone But You by Jennifer Cruise
39. The True Game by Sheri S Tepper
40. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
41. A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

May:
42. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
43. Rainbows End by Verner Vinge
44. Sex, Lies, and Vampires by Katie MacAlister
45. The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint
46. The Last Mortal Man by Syne Mitchell
47. A Girl's Guide to Vampires by Katie MacAlister
48. The Last of the Red Hot Vampires by Katie MacAlister
49. Jack of Kinrowan by Charles de Lint
50. Trader by Charles de Lint

June
51. All About Evie by Beth Ciotta
52. Drakon by SM Stirling
53. Spirits In the Wires by Charles de Lint
54. A Deepness In the Sky by Vernor Vinge
55. When Darkness Falls by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
56. The End by Lemony Snickett
57. Widdershins by Charles de Lint
58. Born on a Blue day by Daniel Tammet

July
59. Cross My Heart by Carly Phillips
60. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J K Rowling
61. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling
62. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J K Rowling
63. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J K Rowling
64. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J K Rowling
65. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J K Rowling
66. Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella
67. Dead on Arrival by Lori Avocato
68. Hard Day's Knight by Katie MacAlister
69. The Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson
70. The Boy Who Would Live Forever by Frederick Pohl
71. The Trouble With Harry by Katie MacAlister
72. Fool Me Once by Fern Michaels
73. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling
74. Don't Look Down by Jennifer Cruise and Bob Mayer
75. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling (yes, an immediate re-read.)
76. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

August:
77. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
78. The Experts' Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do by Samantha Ettus
79. The Nanny Diaries: A Novel by Emma Mclaughlin
80. Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1) by Jim Butcher
81. Thursday Next: First Among Sequels: A Thursday Next Novel by Jasper Fforde
82. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
83. Blow Me Down by Katie MacAlister
84. Cast In Shadow by Michelle Sagara
85. The Taste of Night by Vicki Petterson
86. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
87. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
88. Men in Kilts by Katie MacAlister
89. Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
90. Thin Air by Rachel Caine
91. Improper English by Katie MacAlister

September:
92. Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
93. Blood Rites by Jim Butcher
94. Dragon Blood by Patricia Briggs
95. Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
96. Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
97. Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
98. A Meeting at Corvallis by S M Stirling
99. The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee
100. Singer From the Sea by Sheri S Tepper
101. 1984 by George Orwell

October:
102. Recovery Man by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
103. Ain't Myth-Behaving by Katie MacAllister
104. Spellbinder by Melanie Rawn
105. Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
106. Spirit Gate by Kate Elliott
107. Aerie by Mercedes Lackey
108. Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink, PhD
109. The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
110. Bet Me by Jennifer Cruise
111. It's Never Too Late to Get a Life by Heather Estay

November/December
112. The Hammer of Darkness by LE Modesitt, Jr.
113. The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford
114. Path of Fate by Diana Pharaoh Francis
115. Path of Honor by Diana Pharaoh Francis
116. Path of Blood by Diana Pharaoh Francis
117. Death Masks by Jim Butcher
118. Sixty Days and Counting by Kim Stanley Robinson
119. Cursor's Fury by Jim Butcher
120. Holy Smokes by Katie MacAlister
121. Making Money by Terry Pratchett
122. Raven's Shadow by Patricia Briggs
123. Raven's Strike by Patricia Briggs
124. Manhunting by Jennifer Cruise
125. The Dragon of Despair by Jane Lindskold
126. The Peace War by Vernor Vinge
127. Complications by Atul Gawande
128. What the Dickens by Gregory Maguire

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