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Love. Create. Celebrate. : December 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


I added some. Scroll down and feed them for me when I'm not around.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

100 Books

I came to realize the other day that I'm not a well-read person. When people talk about certain classic novels, I've never read them, I don't recognize the author name, and sometimes I've never even heard of it. So I decided to do something about it. My brother "The Gambler" found some book lists online for me to choose from. Now I'm reading through the list. Some I've read before, but will read again (e.g. the chronicles of narnia), other's I never want to touch again (e.g. the handmaid's tale), other I haven't heard of. But I'll do my best over time!

Goal: finish list this year

Realistic goal: read 30 books from the list this year.

Book #1:

Here's the list if you want to know what I'm working with. I tried to

pick a list of books that I had mostly heard of so that when people said "oh, its like that novel ____" I would be able to say "Yeah, totally!" and actually mean it.

* Books I've read already

  1. 1984 by George Orwell*
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
  3. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen*
  5. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  6. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  9. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  10. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  11. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  12. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  13. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  14. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  15. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas*
  16. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  17. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  18. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  19. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  20. Ulysses by James Joyce
  21. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  22. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling*
  23. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  24. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  25. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  26. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  27. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  28. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  29. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  30. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien*
  31. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  32. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  33. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  34. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis*
  35. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  36. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  37. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  38. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  39. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  40. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  41. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  42. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
  43. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  44. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  45. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  46. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  47. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  48. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad*
  49. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  50. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  51. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  52. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
  53. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  54. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  55. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger*
  56. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  57. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  58. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  59. Dune by Frank Herbert
  60. Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
  61. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  62. Life of Pi by Yann Martel*
  63. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  64. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  65. The Stand by Stephen King
  66. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  67. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
  68. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  69. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  70. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  71. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  72. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  73. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  74. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  75. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden*
  76. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  77. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  78. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  79. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  80. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  81. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  82. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  83. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
  84. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  85. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  86. Persuasion by Jane Austen*
  87. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood*
  88. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer*
  89. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  90. Emma by Jane Austen*
  91. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  92. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  93. Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  94. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver*
  95. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon*
  96. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  97. Siddharta by Hermann Hesse
  98. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  99. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  100. Atonement by Ian McEwan
Props to you if you made it this far down the post.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

I don't really want a hippo, the song is just stuck in my head. Besides... I can't afford one even if I did want one, lol.

I've been getting some Christmas cards for Christmas from friends and family. It's been such a blessing. I love reading stories and messages from home. Makes me feel very loved and remembered even though I can't make it home for Christmas. I've been trying to do some things to get into the Christmas spirit although I can't make it home.

These include:
1) downloading the wonderful Vince Vance Christmas album. Family traditions will never die while I'm around! I just have to figure out how to get that old, non-stop rock n' roll Christmas album from my parents. I'm positive the boys aren't listening to it!

2) Baking. I made Christmas cookies obviously (see above), but I only had one hand so I couldn't do fancy cookie cutter shapes, but they tasted great! I also made a Lindi-sized batch of nuts and bolts for the pure deliciousness of it. Thanks mama for the recipe!

3) I didn't buy a Christmas tree, but I put lights on the balcony. Very festive.

4) I've been displaying all my Christmas cards and letters.

5) I bought Christmas presents!! I love buying gifts that I know people will like. Brings me joy. Wrapping and bagging them helps me get into the Christmas spirit most.

6) I'm watching made-for-tv Christmas movies, lol. They're all so lame, but it's one of my guilty pleasures. Don't judge me...

I love this time of year and despite the fact that I'm still working for a couple of days, I'm finding time to enjoy the holidays.

P.S. - only a hippopotamus will do. No croc-o-diles, no rhi-no-cer-os-es, I only want HIPPOPOTAMUSES!!

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Apparently wild animals just roam the streets of Grande Prairie! Saw this little guy this morning. Note the proximity to my car!! (he's just having breakfast, but look close, he's a little camouflaged). This guy was just on the road, about a block from the hospital I was at. I know these guys are everywhere, but I've never been this close to a deer that wasn't fenced in somewhere!

Sunday, December 12, 2010


Here's the link if you couldn't see the video in the previous post!



Thursday, December 9, 2010

No Family for Christmas

Something made me think of this song tonight. My brother Matt use to play/sing it all the time around Christmas.

The lyrics and the memories make me sad that I won't be home to celebrate Christmas with my family. I'm sure I'll have a great time with other relatives, but it's not the same as being with my parents and brothers. It's the first time that I've felt sad about the idea of not being home, but the good memories will stay with me! Love my family :)

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

5 Difficult Things When You're Gimpy

Here are some things I hate doing right now...

1. Putting a bra on (the devil invented bras)
2. Opening jars (this is why God made men - I don't even like olives... who needs them)
3. Eating meat (I can't cut at all!)
4. Showering/bathing (I wish I could just take this off for like 5 minutes)
5. Typing. s-l-o-w.

Stupid arm. Ouch. That is all.


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Snowboarding Fiasco

So, yesterday I got all geared up to snowboard. It was SUPER fun and I'm a pretty quick learner so it was going really well. The only problem was that I got a bit over confident.... I started going to fast and trying things and getting a little reckless. Winnipeg (friend nickname) and I were still only on the baby hills, but I was still able to be a little crazy somehow.

BEFORE: happy and innocent

AFTER: sad and defeated

I was in emerge for 5 hours waiting for everything. Oblique break in two spots of my ulna. Weak bones. Literally. I'm starting calcium supplements soon. Thankfully Winnipeg stayed with me. I'm sooo grateful for that! I don't think I could've gotten through the long long afternoon without her.

The craziest thing is that I'm totally going to go again! I'm just going to look into wrist guards, and better falling methods, haha. Winnipeg will take me whether she likes it or not! (I hope you read this Winnipeg, lol).

ps - this was a difficult and long typing process. stupid broken wrist.

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