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8th July 2007

10:33pm: Adorable cat slideshow!
Yes, these are my babies.

24th July 2006

1:40am: Cool pics
I realized I never posted ring pics so I wanted to share those. Just shot them myself with an Elph so quality isn't amazing, but you get the drift. It's hard to find the right light to take ring pictures. A different computer has pictures from the actual proposal day; maybe I'll post those sometime. I still adore the ring (and the giver!) so I'm really happy. Wedding band will most likely be channel set with diamonds that will sit alongside this ring. I have a sapphire on my other hand.


We went hiking at Mt. Rainier National Park yesterday. It's about 2.5 hours to the highest point you can drive to (Sunrise - about 6400 feet up) from our house. Not bad. It's only 100 miles but lots of winding roads. We went on a cool hike along a ridge through some wildflower meadows and then up a peak. About 4 miles and 600-800 ft. climb. We are sore today! It was awesome though, and it helped us get away from the heat. I've definitely been whining about how we don't have AC.


21st March 2006

2:48pm: Big news
Well, there have been about a billion changes happening in my life all at once...

Most recent, and most exciting: on Sunday, Kevin asked me to marry him, and I said yes! Wedding will probably be next year sometime...not planning yet, because....

We're moving to Seattle! Our company here had a voluntary termination offer, and we accepted it. We both found jobs as actuaries in the Seattle area. This weekend we will be out there househunting (yes, buying one together). When our last days here will be are still being negotiated...any time from now until the end of May, hypothetically. I might move out there before Kevin, but I am hoping it doesn't come to that because it will be much easier to navigate that change together.

Proposal story:
We were on vacation in Tucson this past weekend, visiting my family and attending the Cubs/Sox spring training game. On Sunday we wanted to go up on Mt. Lemmon, but it was cold and rainy (the mountain got 7 inches of snow, and they closed the road, so it's a good thing we didn't go). Instead, we went to the Desert Museum a few miles east of Tucson, on the other side of the Tucson Mountains. On the way back, we stopped at a scenic overlook in the mountains. We hiked up to the top of a large hill where there was an overlook hut. We sat there for a while looking out at the mountains, desert, and city below...and then he said, "Kelly, will you marry me?" Then he got down on one knee and pulled out the ring. Of course I said yes, like 4 times! The ring is absolutely beautiful...diamond solitaire set in a 4-prong platinum setting. So sparkly. I don't have any pictures right now but I will try to post some eventually. I gave input into what I wanted but he picked the ring out himself. Yay, BlueNile.com!

I saw someone I work with occasionally today and told her about the proposal. She said, "You look so happy! I'm not used to seeing you like this." Not sure what that means, but I am happy to be exuding happiness all over the place. I have so many changes happening right now I have finally relaxed and just let it flow. I know it will all work out.
Current Mood: ecstatic

9th January 2006

Saw this in someone else's blog and liked it...shameless thief, that's me.

2005 in Retrospect

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9th November 2005

1:57pm: Interesting

After a whinefest on a notesfile, I recently had the suggestion made to me that maybe I just loathe work and life early in the week because fun on weekend = happy so no fun on weekend = sad/mad/whatever.  Then, as the week progresses, I am reminded that I actually derive some level of pleasure (OK, at least satisfaction) from the contributions I make at work.  I rejected this notion out of hand (I was having a whinefest after all and nothing would satisfy me), but after the pattern of the past 2 weeks, I am now inclined to agree.  Monday was bad, yesterday was bad, today is improving.  Nothing really changed except the progression of the week.  I think as the week goes I do accomplish things so I feel less overwhelmed and happier about my competence.  I am also wondering if the fact that I don't get a lot of exercise over the weekend but I do as the week goes on also plays a part.  My mood is definitely better when I'm active.  Things to keep an eye on the next time I'm in the depths of despair I guess.  I won't be able to test this next week because I will be in NYC for the SOA Annual Meeting Sun.-Wed.  Should make the rest of the week go fast!

31st October 2005

1:42pm: Seeing as how I don't feel like doing anything productive today...
let's blog about Paris instead.

OK, I don't have the energy to do that either.

Instead I'll talk about how I feel...itchy.  The new job (within the same company) is going well, and I'm soooo much happier than I was.  There is not a whole lot going on right now though.  For various (good) reasons things are kind of stagnant so all we can do is make progress on project work.  That's fine, but it's not the most exciting.  Things are the same on the relationship front.  We're really getting along well lately.  Really, now that I've settled into the new job, everything is same same same.  Not a whole lot on the horizon to get excited about.  I feel antsy, like I have cabin fever even though it's not winter yet.  I am looking forward to the small things like getting to go running and play volleyball...I guess that's good because I think I have eaten an entire week's worth of crap calories in 1 day.  No willpower or wantpower of any kind.  I don't even care enough to get mad at myself.  OK, a little.

I have so many work and personal projects that I should be taking this slow time to make strides on...finishing unpacking...laundry...professional development so I can finally finish my FSA...but I don't want to do any of it.  So I have no right to complain that I don't have time to get it done, because it's just not true.  I realize I'm happiest going through life being reactive, not proactive, and right now all I have is the latter.  I can be good at being proactive, but strangely my proactivity thrives most when I have things to react to.  Having a sense of urgency just makes me more efficient at everything.  Now...enh.  It'll get done eventually.  I guess.

11th October 2005

1:35pm: Paris pics!
http://photos.yahoo.com/krabin - the Paris album.  We took hundreds of photos but these are the ones that made the cut to be online.

We had a lovely time on our trip.  The weather wasn't awesome unless you're samwize- lots of gloomy days but it was enjoyable nonetheless.  Contrary to popular rumor, we did not get engaged.  *sigh* Sometime...

More later when I don't have so much work to do...

26th September 2005

1:28pm: from herbivorous
1. Copy these instructions and post them into a new entry.
2. Open up the music player on your computer (or turn on your MP3 player).
3. Set it to play your entire music collection.
4. Hit the shuffle command.
5. Tell us the title of the next ten songs that show up (with their musicians), no matter how embarrassing. That's right, no skipping that Carpenters tune that will totally destroy your hip credibility. It's time for total musical honesty.
6. If you get the same artist twice, you may skip the second (or third, or etc.) occurrences. You don't have to, but since randomness could mean you end up with a list of ten song with five artists, you
can if you'd like.

1) Sarah McLachlan - Into the Fire (Extended Remix)
2) Tori Amos - Baker Baker
3) Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl
4) Ani DiFranco - Ain't That the Way
5) Missy Elliott - One Minute Man (Remix Bonus Track)
6) 98 Degrees - The Hardest Thing
7) Liz Phair - Bars of the Bed
8) Buddy Jewell - Left at the Light
9) Howard Shore from LOTR Soundtrack - The Ring Goes South
10) Toby Keith - Good to Go to Mexico

Not nearly as embarrassing as it could have been.
1:28pm: Birthday!
I turned 24 today.  My sweetie sent me gorgeous flowers and a teddy bear with a stuffed cake on its head.  So cute!  I've always loved getting flowers at work.  The other part of my present was a Motorola Bluetooth earpiece for my phone.  It works extremely well.  Tonight we are going out to dinner at Ruth's Chris in Northbrook.  Mmm, steak and good wine.  Then on Friday evening we leave for Paris!  My sister is studying over there and we are going to visit her...4 nights in a hotel, and 4 nights in her tiny apt.  Should be a good balance.  I can't wait to explore the city again - I was there 3 years ago but only for a day and a half.  Plus it will be so fun to do it as a couple.  We got a really good guidebook - Rick Steves' Paris - that has all kinds of suggested walks in it.  Plus my sister the temporary Parisian will have plenty to show us, I'm sure!

1st September 2005

3:10pm: You've got to be kidding me

Ever wondered what happened to Dawn Medley, fellow IMSAlums?  Now you know.  And she has offspring!  I came across this in reading this article.

Dawn Medley

Director of Admissions

 Dawn Medley serves as the Director of Admissions at the University of Arkansas.  As Director, she is responsible for the recruitment of a diverse and growing population of incoming students.  Prior to joining the University, Dawn served as the Associate Director of Admissions at Southeast Missouri State University from 1998-2003 and was the Coordinator of Admissions at the University of Missouri-Rolla from 1996-1998.  Before entering the higher education arena, Dawn served as a counselor at the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) from 1991-1996.  In this role, she worked with gifted high school students and also served as the coordinator of work service for the Academy.  She also served as the Assistant Women’s basketball coach and Head Men and Women’s track coach.

 During the past 15 years, Dawn has served on various state boards including nine years as a Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling (MOACAC) executive board member with roles ranging from Professional Development Chair to Webmaster.  She also served on the Missouri Association for Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers Executive Committee.  She has served on accreditation teams and NCAA compliance committees as well as ACT panels. 

 Having presented at both the state and national level, Dawn has spoken to audiences regarding college admissions, curriculum development, financial aid, stress and working parents, and has also done community outreach in the field of AIDS education.  In addition, she has authored texts for the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

 Dawn has been honored by the University of Missouri-Rolla, MOACAC, CASE awards, and the Division of Family Services for her contributions to young people.  She is a member of ODK.  Dawn received her B.S. in English Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her Master’s in Human Service Administration from Southeast Missouri State University. 

 Dawn’s daughter, Eleanor, is in the 3rd grade at Farmington Elementary.  Together, they enjoy exploring Northwest Arkansas, attending cultural events, reading, and attending sporting events. 

3:10pm: What is wrong with people?

I like to believe that everyone is fundamentally good but stuff like this really challenges that tenet.
3:10pm: Fundraising for displaced New Orleans residents

Cross-posted from an email I sent:

As some of you have heard from me, my friends from high school had an apartment 8 blocks from Lake Pontchartrain.  Thankfully, they evacuated in time, but are still facing the potential loss of everything, no job until who knows when, and no money with which to live on.  I've decided to conduct a fundraising drive to get some money to help them get by in these difficult next couple months.  No pressure since I know these are my friends and not yours, but I figure any little bit I can get them will help.  I know the Red Cross needs money too but since we're all so fortunate, maybe we can find room to give more.  I will match any donations you make up to $500.  We would appreciate your help!

The donation website is http://alumni.imsa.edu/~aces.  It's through PayPal, but unfortunately it's not tax-advantaged since I am not a 501(c)(3).

11th July 2005

4:49pm: Woohoo!
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27th June 2005

10:38am: Really grown-up all over again
My parents moved to Tucson on Saturday.  I've known this was coming for 9 months now, but it still hit me like a ton of bricks over the past few weeks.  It amazes me how much I have grown to depend on them again.  Mostly in a friendship way, but also in a mommy and daddy way.  I grew somewhat apart from them when I moved out of their house 6 months after college graduation.  I was living in Lincoln Park and working for a consulting firm downtown and was very independent just because of the distance.  Then, I took a job in the suburbs and moved to an apartment 5-10 minutes from their house.  I saw them a lot more often...it was nice.  I was living on my own as a single girl without a lot of friends in the area, so it was only natural that we would spend more time together.  Then I met my boyfriend in April 2004 and moved in with him in November 2004.  Suddenly I was a lot busier.  They were still close by but the relationship waxed and waned.  In September 2004, on the day we were going out to dinner for my birthday, they told me that my dad accepted a job with a company in Tucson and they were moving next summer.  He was going to do a weekly commute or telecommute until then.  I was devastated.  I was so happy that he found a job since he had been out of work for a while, but really uncertain about what it meant for my life.  My best friend had moved to Cleveland and my other friend moved to San Diego, so I was feeling pretty alone already.  This led to me clinging to my boyfriend in a somewhat unhealthy way.

Over the 9 months in between the news and the move, I grew really close to my parents again.  We spent a lot of time together.  The honeymoon portion of my relationship was over so there was more room for space and other interests.  We had a comfortable adult relationship, but I was still their little girl.  They were always there for me in whatever I needed.  Advice, helping repaint my apartment when I moved, lunches and dinners, catsitting...

I said my goodbyes over the past week, both to the house and the rest of my immediate family.  The house was in our family for 19 years.  It's where I have a lot of memories, even though I haven't lived there continuously since I was 13.  It was home, unlike my apartments or the townhouse I live in now with my bf.  I guess home is where your family is.  My mom, dad, and almost 16 year old sister caught a plane on Saturday morning along with their 2 cats.  My 21 year old sister leaves for France for 6 months this Thursday.  I have a ton of extended family in the area but somehow it just isn't the same.  I always related to my extended family through my parents.

This morning I realized that I'm back to making it on my own, like in college and in Lincoln Park.  It's a little bit different this time since I have my boyfriend and 2 cats in my life, but he isn't my family, not yet, though I fervently hope that someday he will be.  I feel like there's a big missing piece right now.  Sure, I can talk to my family on the phone, but I can't call them up and say, "what are you doing for dinner?"  I can't bring my dad with to cheer me on at my softball game.  I can hop on a plane and go visit them in AZ and swim in their pool, but I'll never float in the little above-ground pool looking out on Rte. 83 again, staring at the grassy spot where my swingset used to be.  As my dad said, I still have the memories, even though the house is no longer ours.  Somehow it's just not the same.  A new family is moving in on July 8th.  I don't know if I can handle that.  I know most people experience this a lot, this just happens to be my first time.

How do I make my current house my home?  It belonged to my boyfriend before I knew him so it's not like something we picked out together.  I adore the house, but it still doesn't feel like mine.  I haven't finished unpacking.  Maybe if I do that and get everything in order there will be more of a sense of permanence.  As long as there are no family ties here, I don't know if I'll ever feel that way.    I've started going to my church again and that's helped a little bit.  It's not continuity, but it has been a constant in my life, even though I only went twice a year with my family.  My life has been incredibly chaotic ever since my grandmother died (funeral stuff, cat had emergency surgery, saying goodbye to parents).  It should be going back to normal now...but still I feel lost.
Current Mood: confused

2nd June 2005

10:27am: she was a great lady
My maternal grandmother passed away last night.  We just threw her a surprise 80th birthday party this winter.  She has been in and out of the hospital the past couple weeks.  They just released her to the nursing home last night, so we all thought she was doing better.  She's been a long-time emphysema sufferer on oxygen.  They thought she might have colitis when she ended up in the hospital, or internal bleeding of some sort, but the tests were negative.  I went to visit her last Wednesday.  She looked so frail, and wasn't really eating.  My mom said she did better over the weekend, so no one was expecting now to be her time.  I know she was suffering and that it's for the best, but it's still hard.  Insert dealing with death cliche here.  My boyfriend was a great comfort to me last night, and so was prayer.  I need to be there for my family.  My mom was one of her chief caretakers even though she was in assisted living before going into the hospital.  My parents are moving to Tucson in 2.5 weeks, so we think that God knew it was her time.  My mom has been saying since October that she thought her mom would pass away before she moved.

My grandma (Grams) is the one who got me hooked on coffee.  She used to serve it to me in a mini beer stein shot glass, after church on Sundays.  She also cooked me soft-boiled eggs, toast, and crispy bacon.  My mom hates runny eggs so this was something I shared with my grandma.  We used to dip our toast in the eggs.  My grandma also loved the Cubs.  She kept saying when I saw her in the hospital, "I want to watch Dusty!"  No derogatory nicknames for her.  She tried to get me to bust her out of the hospital...kept asking me if I drove there.  She wanted to go home.

I know my grandfather has been up in heaven waiting for her for all these years.  She had a good life.  Raised 6 children and 14 grandchildren (the newest is only 18 mos....my adopted cousin Kelsey).  None of her grandchildren were married or had children yet.  The wake is tentatively Thursday and the funeral is Friday.  I've never looked forward to a wake or funeral before, and this is no exception, but it will be good to see my family and get to say goodbye to her.  It amazes me, it takes death to remind me that God is in my life.  Even though I'm not a regular churchgoer, I still have faith, and that will pull me through in times like this.

"And He will raise you up on eagle's wings,
Bear you on the breath of dawn,
Make you to shine like the sun,
And hold you in the palm of His Hand."

I miss you, Grams.
Current Mood: sad
10:27am: Movie meme

1. Take this list and post it into your own LJ, and mark the movies you've seen (in bold).
2. Add five more movies to the end of the list.
3. Count how many you have seen. If you've seen more than 70 movies, you are a Movie Whore. Post the score of how many movies you've seen in the subject line or at the bottom. Also post the percentage.
4. Use an LJ-cut since you've got at least one LJ-friend who doesn't really want to see an ungodly number of movies snaking its way down the computer monitor.

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20th May 2005

4:32pm: Road trip!
So I haven't written a real journal entry in a month. It's like me at work "slack slack slack.....WORKWORKWORK". All the sudden the posts come flooding out. I've actually been meaning to write about this upcoming road trip for a while, since it's awesome.

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11:54am: Meme-tastic
From samwize. LJ memes are like chain letters on crack.

01. Reply with your name and I will write something about you.
02. I will
then tell what reminds me of you.
03. If I were to apply an o'clock to you,
it would be...
04. I will try to name a single word that best describes
05. I'll tell you the most memorable moment I've had with you.
I'll then tell you something that I've always wondered about you.
07. Put
this in your journal.

20th April 2005

10:27am: Got my baby back...just in time for the cold and rain
The salesdude had something come up for the 2nd day in a row, so I opted to drive to Orland Park myself before softball and pick up the car.  Damn, that's a long way, especially in rush hour traffic.  I was late getting back into the city for my softball game but it didn't matter because they were running late.

The car is sweet...much firmer drive than the 325.  I got annoyed though because they still didn't fix half the taillight that was out.  They are supposed to mail me a bulb.  He also owes me brand-new floormats (I have old ones in it now, but I negotiated new ones) which he says are on back-order with BMW, so he will have them ship them directly to me.  We will see.  I suspect I'll have to do some nagging there.  At least the trunk mechanism is now fixed and the exterior temperature sensor works.

I can't really say that I've had a bad experience with this dealership (Luxury Motors in Orland Park), but there have been a lot of little annoyances.  They have an excellent website, but they must not update it too often because the car I bought is still up there.  Service has been so-so.  The general manager was very accommodating, but I am often an afterthought to the salesguy.  Not surprising since he already has his commission, but dumb business sense on his part.  He knows about the power of word-of-mouth, and honestly if I could at all avoid it I don't think I would buy another car from them.  Too far (obviously), and I have wasted a lot of time chasing after this guy.  I'm still annoyed that I had to go get the car myself since he promised he would bring it up to me (since I caught stuff when I got it home that they obviously didn't fix), but who knows when he would have actually gotten around to it.  No phone call or anything.  Contrast this experience with Fields BMW in Northfield.  I took the car into them to get the trunk fixed under warranty.  I also pointed out the exterior temperature problem.  They did a full inspection and said that I needed a new front bumper as well as a temperature sensor.  I don't know about that, but at least I know they checked everything thoroughly.  What I do know is the service guy always answered the phone or returned my calls promptly, he was really nice about helping me work through the problem, and they even washed the car for me despite the fact that they got no money out of the deal.  They also offer a ride service (like damacus's Saturn and many dealerships) so I could get them to pick me up at my house and go get the car, or I could drop it off in the morning and then get a ride to work.  They're not stupid, they know the odds are high that I will buy another luxury car in my lifetime.  Good customer service is just common sense, and I am always irritated when people don't practice this.
Current Mood: annoyed

19th April 2005

1:55pm: Cruisin'
It's been an eventful couple of weeks. A couple weeks ago, I bought a new used car.

I found a couple things on it that needed to be fixed, so the dealership had it last week and I got a 325 as a loaner. Sweet. It's been awesome cruising with the top down. I can't wait to get my baby back though. I realized that when you buy a convertible, you're not buying a car, you're buying a driving experience (I sound like some lame car commercial!). I see the world differently - things look a lot sunnier, literally and figuratively. The salesdude is supposed to bring my car back to me at work today. That was one of the things I negotiated - he had to pick it up and drop it off since it was his fault the stuff wasn't fixed (trunk wouldn't open, taillight out, external temperature sensor didn't work). I am looking forward to some sweet road trips this summer.

I kept my Tribute anyway. It's ridiculous to have 2 cars, I know, but no way could I drive a Z3 in a Chicago winter. Only bad thing is the convertible will have to go in the garage in the winter so my Tribute will be freezing cold (with leather seats). I think I might look into getting some seat warmers installed.

lj question: How do I upload pictures to an entry?  Do I have to be a paid member to do that?

In other awesome news:
I passed the Jeopardy! test this past Saturday! Only 5 out of the 68 in my tryout did so. Me, and 4 middle-aged white males. We played a mock game then and did a little interview so they could make sure we are decent public speakers. I did fine. Demographically, the odds are in my favor since they like to do somewhat diverse casting. I've got my whole study plan all worked out now. Watch old shows twice - once to play with a clicky pen as buzzer and keep score, and once to create a database of all the questions I missed. I'm also reading cultural literacy books and probably some Dummies books. I'll post here if I find out I'm going to be on. They tape July-February, so June is the soonest I would get a call.
Current Mood: okay

31st March 2005

11:25am: This is pretty darn accurate, if not a happy scene.
From samwize:

Advanced Global Personality Test Results
Extraversion |||||||||||||| 56%
Stability |||||| 23%
Orderliness |||||||||||||| 56%
Empathy |||||||||||| 43%
Interdependence |||||||||||||||| 70%
Intellectual |||||||||||| 43%
Mystical |||||||||| 36%
Artistic |||| 16%
Religious |||||||||||||||| 70%
Hedonism |||||||||||||||| 63%
Materialism |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Narcissism |||||||||||||||| 63%
Adventurousness |||||||||||||||| 63%
Work ethic |||||||||| 36%
Self absorbed |||||||||||||| 56%
Conflict seeking |||||||||||||||| 63%
Need to dominate |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Romantic |||||||||||||||| 70%
Avoidant |||||||||| 36%
Anti-authority |||||||||||| 43%
Wealth |||||||||||||||| 70%
Dependency |||||||||||| 50%
Change averse |||||||||||| 43%
Cautiousness |||||||||||| 43%
Individuality |||||| 30%
Sexuality |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Peter pan complex |||||| 30%
Physical security |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Food indulgent |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Histrionic |||||||||||||||| 70%
Paranoia |||||||||||||||| 70%
Vanity |||||||||||||||| 70%
Hypersensitivity |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Female cliche |||||||||||||||| 70%
Take Free Advanced Global Personality Test
personality tests by similarminds.com

Stability results were low which suggests you are very worrying,
insecure, emotional, and anxious.

Orderliness results were moderately high which suggests you are, at
times, overly organized, reliable, neat, and hard working at the expense of
flexibility, efficiency, spontaneity, and fun.

Extraversion results were moderately high which suggests you are, at
times, overly talkative, outgoing, sociable and interacting at the expense of
developing your own individual interests and internally based identity.

trait snapshot:

paranoid tendencies, irritable, anxious,
fidgety, dependent, worrying, emotionally sensitive, prone to regret, depressed,
second guesses self, somewhat fragile, dislikes change, prefers organized to
unpredictable, suspicious, phobic, craves attention, not a risk taker, low self
control, very sensitive to criticism, unadventurous, does not make friends
easily, defensive, obsessive, low self esteem

28th March 2005

11:02am: Woo-hoo, I'm a lush!
From grammarwoman:

Bacardi 151
Congratulations! You're 139 proof, with specific scores in beer (120) , wine (133), and liquor (86).
All right. No more messing around. Your knowledge of alcohol is so high that you have drinking and getting plastered down to a science. Sure, you could get wasted drinking beer, but who needs all those trips to the bathroom? You head straight for the bar and pick up that which is most efficient.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

You scored higher than 86% on proof

You scored higher than 99% on beer index

You scored higher than 98% on wine index

You scored higher than 94% on liquor index
Link: The Alcohol Knowledge Test written by hoppersplit on Ok Cupid

23rd February 2005

10:44am: Banned books meme.
From logodaedalylogodaedaly:

List of the top 110 banned books. Bold the ones you've read. Italicize the ones you've read part of. Underline the ones you specifically want to read (at least some of). Read more. Convince others to read some.

#1 The Bible
#2 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
#3 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
#4 The Koran
#5 Arabian Nights
#6 Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
#7 Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
#8 Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
#9 Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
#10 Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
#11 The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
#12 Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
#13 Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
#14 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
#15 Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
#16 Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
#17 Dracula by Bram Stoker
#18 Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
#19 Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
#20 Essays by Michel de Montaigne
#21 Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (I've tried on multiple occasions to get into Steinbeck and I just can't do it.)
#22 History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
#23 Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
#24 Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
#25 Ulysses by James Joyce (blech)
#26 Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
#27 Animal Farm by George Orwell
#28 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
#29 Candide by Voltaire
#30 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
#31 Analects by Confucius (East Asian History)
#32 Dubliners by James Joyce (Thanks, Modern Irish Lit!  Joyce in small doses is OK..he's too much of a crackhead otherwise)
#33 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
#34 Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
#35 Red and the Black by Stendhal
#36 Das Capital by Karl Marx (sort of...Econ dork stuff...I had a professor who was totally Marxist)
#37 Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire
#38 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
#39 Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
#40 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
#41 Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
#42 Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (One of my favorite books of all time. Paints such vivid imagery of the Civil War South. Scarlett is much deeper in the book than in the movie.)
#43 The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
#44 All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
#45 Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
#46 Lord of the Flies by William Golding
#47 Diary by Samuel Pepys
#48 Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
#49 Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
#50 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Had to read it in junior high. Really good.)
#51 Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
#52 Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
#53 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey(watched the movie in Intro to Theatre in college).
#54 Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus
#55 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
#56 Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
#57 Color Purple by Alice Walker
#58 Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
#59 Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke(Skinner)
#60 Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
#61 Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
#62 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#63 East of Eden by John Steinbeck
#64 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
#65 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
#66 Confessions by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#67 Gargantua and Pantagruel by François Rabelais
#68 Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes (Skinner)
#69 The Talmud
#70 Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#71 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (junior high)
#72 Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
#73 American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
#74 Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
#75 A Separate Peace by John Knowles
#76 Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
#77 Red Pony by John Steinbeck
#78 Popol Vuh
#79 Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith(Econ dork alert..I love Galbraith)
#80 Satyricon by Petronius
#81 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl(junior high)
#82 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
#83 Black Boy by Richard Wright
#84 Spirit of the Laws by Charles de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu
#85 Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
#86 Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George(junior high Battle of the Books I think...that was a long time ago)
#87 Metaphysics by Aristotle
#88 Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder(I grew up on these books.)
#89 Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin
#90 Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
#91 Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
#92 Sanctuary by William Faulkner (don't know what it's about, but I've meaning to read some Faulkner)
#93 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (ditto)
#94 Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
#95 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
#96 Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
#97 General Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud
#98 Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
#99 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown(does the Buffy Sainte Marie/Indigo Girls song count?)
#100 Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess</b>
#101 Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines
#102 Émile Jean by Jacques Rousseau
#103 Nana by Émile Zola
#104 Chocolate War by Robert Cormier(junior high)
#105 Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
#106 Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#107 Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
#108 Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
#109 Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
#110 Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

And yet, I know I'll go back to reading trashy spy novels now that my exams are almost over.  This has been good for my Jeopardy knowledge.
Current Mood: tired

14th February 2005

2:38pm: I got half a dozen roses, greens, a vase, and a teddy bear from my honey for Valentine's Day. Go go gadget FTD.com! They're really pretty, and I love getting flowers sent to me at work. I also love this man so much.

We went to see the Producers downtown Saturday night. Very enjoyable! The cast was very talented, dancers were great (I just love tap dancing), and the tech was nifty (once an IMSA drama dork, always an IMSA drama dork). We had dinner at the Millennium Park Grill. Food was fantastic, particularly my filet. It had some kind of rub on it that made it oh-so-flavorful. Stayed at the Hyatt Regency - I got a very good rate on Hotwire. It was really nice to be able to walk back from the theatre. Definitely a memorable occasion. Dinner and theatre, candles, champagne, and iPod playlist...it's like Smoove B was in the house. 2 double beds because I forgot to call ahead and request a king - oops. Slight annoyance in that it took 40 minutes to get the car out of valet on Sunday morning. As we commented at the time, "when you're with someone you love, none of that stuff matters." It's true!

Tonight we each have an intern candidate in town, so we are taking them to Tuscany. Mmm, I'm looking forward to it. Have gotten very little work done today since I was out on Friday. Picking up the email pieces, daydreaming, and catching up on online stuff. Must clean my desk though...it looks terrible!
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