book meme

Jul. 1st, 2008 09:33 pm
The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of their top 100 books. Let’s see.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.

My List )

hi again

Oct. 1st, 2007 10:47 pm
I haven't posted since the move - those of you who read brian's journal know that that was challenging. We're still living out of boxes, though brian has done a lot of unpacking of books. I love my new school, but all the field trips and events have their dark side - not breathing much.

sorry for the horrid writing, but I figured it'd be nice to at least say hi.
moving tomorrow. too many things to think about. am comepletely panicked.

there are black widow spiders all over my basement. I had to drive a scary big vehicle.

ack!
If I were a stone, I would be... conglomerate
If I were a tree, I would be a...dawn redwood
If I were a bird, I would be a... this is too easy ... crow
If I were an insect, I would be a... luna moth
If I were a machine, I would be an...old foot-treadle sewing machine
If I were a tool, I would be a..pair of round-nosed jewelry pliers
If I were a fruit, I would be a... peach
If I were a flower, I would be a... dahlia
If I were a kind of weather, I would be... rain dripping on leaves
If I were a mythical creature, I would be a... selkie
If I were a musical instrument, I would be a... bassoon
If I were a kind of profession, I would be... teacher
If I were an animal, I would be a... sea otter
If I were anything in the world, I would be...the olympic peninsula
If I were a color, I would be...dark purple
If I were a fragrance, I would be… the smell of the forest after rain
If I were an emotion, I would be... wonder
If I were a state or feeling, I would be...the edge of anxiety
If I were a sound, I would be... the sound of waves on a pebbled shore
If I were an Element, I would be...beryllium(Be)

Speaking of elements, you MUST check out the 2007 Periodic Tableof the elements printmaking project
well, first off as some of you know, I got a new job. I will be moving this summer to lovely Friday Harbor, WA on San Juan Island to take a one-year teaching position. since I have always wanted to live in the San Juan Islands, this is a bit of a dream come true. Now I just have to get through the last 4 weeks of school w/o losing my cool.

Second, there are a couple of jobs available at etsy, and if any software engineers or sys admins take the jobs, and list me as the person who referred you, I get a very nice shopping spree, which I would gladly share w/ that person Most of the positions are either San Fransisco area or NYC area.

hope y'all are well.
I haven't posted here in a long time, so I thought I'd say hi.

School continues to frustrate, but not in any way that is new. I am, with my principal's full knowledge (hence I don't have to friends lock this) looking for something new next year. I love my kiddos, despite the hassles, but I don't think working in this environment is ever going to be my biggest strength - or at least not until I've been doing this for another 10 years (*gulp* scary thought).

Brian and I have enjoyed watching our way through all the seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and we are now on the final season of Angel. Brian has a few episodes of Firefly still to see, and I'm watching for the second time, but soon we will be Whedon-less. Thank goodness the Buffy comic starts soon.

I have to pick another series to start renting, if nothing else, because I've discovered that I seem to make some of my best jewelry while watching good TV or movies on DVD. I've been making a kinda frightening large amount of jewelry lately. If more of it doesn't sell, I'm going to have to dial it down a little to save on supplies. I'm posting stuff to twocrows for joy, my etsy store, though I've made a lot that I'm still working on getting posted. I also post a lot of photos of my stuff to my flickr account. Anyway, I'm making a lot of it, and I love being part of the etsy community.

Other than that, things have been fairly quiet. So if anyone's reading, hello, and I hope you are well also.
we have power, and heat, and internet even.

yesterday Brian and I even ventured to the mall to get warm - the only positive effect this seems to have had was to so utterly terrify both of us that we welcomed the cold air, the darkness and the lack of people for a short while.

the part of town we live in was a strip mall ghosttown, at 7 pm the weekend before Christmas, the only store even attempting to operate in over 2 miles of Highway 99 was one little Mexican grocery. they didn't speak any English, and they were out of matches and lighters, but they had a generator running some lights, and they had day old baked goods, chile covered snack food and some little hostess-style cupcakes called piniguinos. I mean, that wasn'tall they had, but that was what I got to help sustain me.

to stay warm last night I had to wear a ski mask with two long sleeve shirts, a fleece and a wool sweater and a pile of blankets. I think the temp inside our house approached freezing.

When we drove back from Seattle, and left the freeway, I nearly cried when I saw that blockbuster video and burger king had lights because it meant we probably did too.

I'm so excited I almost wanna go out and dance around the cul-de-sac,but I'm too busy reveling in the heat coming out of the vents.

powerless

Dec. 16th, 2006 02:02 pm
so we still have no power at our house. I've dragged the laptop down to the library in downtown Kent and am reading email from here. we have been without power for more than 36 hours and I think we are very lucky compared to a lot of folks who lost roofs, houses, cars, andd evena few who lost their lives.

still, it is so cold in our house that Brian and I were both wearing 5 layers of clothes, with gloves, scarves and hats to stay warm inside the house. hence our trip to the library, which is crowded with others who may or may not be in the same situation. it's toasty in here, at least.

I am going to go pick out a few books to read while it's light, and CD's to play when the power returns. since there are some traffic lights working near us, I hope that will be soon.

snow day!

Nov. 27th, 2006 10:42 pm
tomorrow is a snow day, and this is what it looks like outside my house right now.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/52101699@N00/308400910/

it never snows around here. wOOt!
on Etsy people can use the treasury to pick a list of favorite things in other people's store. the lists are ephemeral - you get 2 days to showcase your taste, theme,etc. they have been choosing the featured items on the front page using people's treasury lists lately. my treaury is the front page, today only.

it's not like my crafts are on display, but I'm still excited, because I like my list.

If you miss it today, and want to see some cool crows there are photos on my flickr at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/52101699@N00/292292759/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52101699@N00/292292762/
lately I've been making jewelry when stressed out. this flickr photoset doesn't include all of the jewelry I've made this week, just most of the earrings:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/52101699@N00/sets/72157594345374550/

I'm a few short hours from the official 36th anniversary of my birth. I still get excited about my birthday, but I'm kinda bummed that I'm going to be at work, and I can't take the day off because there are a lot of people with high fevers and dying relatives who really need the day.

anyway, I asked the kids for a good day for my birthday. we'll see what they can manage.

hope everyone is well and happy.
so just for kicks, not that I'm expecting b-day presents, but here's a list (that will only exist for 1 more day) of stuff I wish I was getting for my b-day. It's on Etsy, of course.

http://www.etsy.com/treasury.php?id=1161471735100U29321

I am such an etsy addict.

otherwise I am stressed and tired and a little worried about work. but I am having more good days than I was last year.

in my spare time I'm making a lot of ID/glasses lanyards for people at work while Brian and I watch DVD's of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We're about to start season 6. please don't give me any spoilers.
last night I couldn't sleep until 5:30 in the morning.

tonight I really thought I'd be able to sleep.

after 1.5hours lying in bed trying to sleep, I got up to read for a while.

I'm damn tired, but I'm still not sleepy.

I HATE insomnia.
just thought I'd say hi here, as I haven't posted for a bit. I'm healing remarkably well after my surgery and am getting used to the new me, such as it is.

I've been having a lot of fun with crafts lately - knitting, making necklaces, reteaching myself to crochet from the "happy hooker" - and spending way too much money on both crafts and craft supplies online. I think I'm beginning to get somewhat serious about the idea of selling some of my crafty/creative work, primarily because it seem to really motivate me to do more creative work. I don't know if I'll be able to keep it up during the school year, given the way I work, but I'd like to. I feel a bit more, for want to less cliched term, whole when I'm keeping up that side of my self.

I also won a $10 gift certificate at my favorite local bead store, which makes me happy, even if it's less than 10% of what I've spent there this summer alone.

Otherwise, I'm reading a lot - just finished The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde, which was immensely fun - and working my way through Battlestar Galactica as fast as netflix can get it to me. I actually bought Firefly and Serenity which marks the first time I have ever purchased DVD's new, but after watching the first disk from netflix, I realized I would want to watch them again.

I am amazed by the build-up of good TV shows I've missed these past 5 years or so, given the amount of television time that seems to be consumed by reality TV. Until about a month ago, I had actually never watched any modern reality TV. I wasn't sure whether I was proud of the distinction or not, but it was a little weird last month when I got sucked into an episode of So you think you can Dance? while we were visiting Brian's folks. The only reality TV shows I find conceptually interesting are the historical reenactments, and I wouldn't mind watching a few of those. I fear that if I had cable TV in my house, Imight give in to curiousity and get sucked in. After all I'm sort of addicted to the Q13 news - for amusement rather than news - which is often so bad it should be a reality TV show called "Amateur Newscast" or something.

anyway, enough of all that. hope everyone is well.
so, as I mentioned in my last post, I'm getting very addicted to several sites on the interwub.

to rehash: lala.com is changing the face of my CD collection. I'm really having fun exchanging things I either don't like, or just don't listen to enough anymore, for new-to-me CD's. Some of what I'm getting is replacements for LP's I no longer have a turntable to play, some is stuff that I've wanted, but not enough to track down, and some is stuff that just sounds interesting.

etsy.com is my new favorite site for buying crafts. I've been poking at my etsy store, and I've added an odd and eclectic mix of stuff, with more I really want to add. We'll see what happens.

a friend introduced me to paperbackswap.com but I'm sort of terrified to start using it. do I really need another thing to keep me on the computer?

Then of course there are the two web comics I read religiously (ie hit reload until the the new one appears)
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