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At some point in the last year, I saw an ad for a book.
It's non-fiction.
Photography
Government offices / bureaucracy
Global
Including an office in Texas
And one somewhere in the Middle East

My google searching and amazon searching has been frustrating. 
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~ being in a conference room with 12 people who understand my work

~ learning cool stuff

~ lunch with a new-to-me colleague

~ easy flights

~ about 100 pages of a good book

~ following the Dalai Lama on twitter

~ being home
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~ wonderful weather

~ decent sleep

~ lazy morning

~ shopping with a friend

~ vampire movie for 75 cents (Oh Edward!)

~ unclogging the bathtub drain

~ enjoying the current reading
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~ safe travels

~ waiting: confessions of a waitress

~ kitties
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~ drive through window at the library

~ the old Dell finally de-authorizing itunes

~ season 2 of nurse jackie
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~ watching movies in bed

~ spontaneous hug at the bird food store

~ summer fruit (strawberries, blackberries, peaches, watermelon!)

~ perfectly timed email

~ good pilates class

~ help with heavy stuff in the trunk of the car

~ re-reading favored books
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noticed that my flickr page was hit 68 times yesterday - who discovered my flickr photos, and looked at all of the pictures? leave a comment if you're reading this too

bought a new car, Mazda3, graphite

bought rose-gold swirly earrings - according to the post office they were processed in Las Vegas post office on Thursday

got a massage - made some phone calls and found my favorite massage person at a little shop in West Little Rock - 1 hour of glorious relaxation followed by a quiet evening on the couch with kitties

saw a really excellent documentary (Warrior Champions) with [livejournal.com profile] pearlbeachlady as part of a fundraiser for the Clinton School of Public Service - won two tickets from the Little Rock Film Festival

finished a major goal of my current workload (chapter 3 is out for agency technical review), and have a half-strategy for the seemingly insurmountable pile of work still on the desk

at the point in the semester when I am tired of going to class, even though the subject matter is my favorite (macro!)

filling my new U-Verse dvr with movies on the Sundance channel

reading Stroke of Insight and (pardon the pun) gaining some amazing insight into the way the left and right brains work

emailed two people, regarding becoming a volunteer for the screening committee for the documentary film festival - something I've wanted to do for years - got a response from one of the two, saying my message would be forwarded to the festival and film programming director

starting to think about making a trip to DC next year to visit MOLLY!!! - and will be timing it to match the Lilith Fair concert date, yet to be announced

looking forward to knit nite - even if I'll be grading quizzes

she reads!

Oct. 25th, 2009 06:28 pm
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books in the finished pile:

Breaking Dawn (the last book in the Twilight series took the least time to read - a bit obsessed one may say)

Sundays in America


books in the now-reading pile:

Bush at War (it's been so long since I read this that I'm probably going to have to restart it)

Mean Little Deaf Queer (on loan from library, dreadfully overdue)

My Stroke of Insight

books in the car (formerly known as the purse book - for reading while in social places when I don't have another book with me):

Kings of Nonfiction (edited by Ira Glass)


books obtained since previous post:

Sing Them Home

Spontaneous Healing

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time just slips away when it comes to book posts (seriously? february 21? good grief)

there's no way I'm going to be able to remember the library books - but I'm pretty sure if I enjoyed any of them, I bought them on amazon

books in the finished pile:

Twilight (darn you susannah, dana, and misshay!)

New Moon

Eclipse

Expecting Adam


books in the finished again pile:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


books in the now-reading pile:

Breaking Dawn (darn you susannah, dana, and misshay)

Sundays in America (I really want to have a big long discussion about this book with someone when I'm done with it)

Bush at War

Principles of Economics, Mankiw, 5th edition (doh! class starts soon, and I've not read this edition yet)


book that scared the crap out of me, and is now for give-away to anyone who wants it:

Duma Key by Stephen King


books in the car (formerly known as the purse book - for reading while in social places when I don't have another book with me):

Kings of Nonfiction (edited by Ira Glass)
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I did the book list somewhere else, but then friends started doing reasoning - and I just couldn't let it go.

1. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
I read this book before I was emotionally ready to understand what the crime really was. I remember getting it from the very small library in my home town. I remember the weight of the hardback, and the smell of the pages. I remember wanting a daddy like Atticus. I read it again in high school, for an interactive book report. I can't remember much of what I said, but out of character for me at the time... I made the whole class laugh.

2. The Firm - John Grisham
I picked up the paperback to read on a plane ride to Germany. I still have the paperback on my shelf, able to open it anywhere and read a few chapters. It was a better story before the movie was made. Now I have a hard time reading it without seeing Wilford Brimley.

3. 1984 - George Orwell
I bought a cheap paperback copy of the book while I was in college. I read a few chapters and quit reading (for reasons that I forget). It wasn't until I borrowed the audio version of Animal Farm from the Central Arkansas Library that I remembered the book on the shelf. This book is on my mind often. I'm often saying that Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia, or that our office only brews the best Victory Coffee. If you haven't read this book, read it this year.

4. Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein
When I first made the list I thought, mistakenly, that it contained my favorite Silverstein poem. (Crowded Tub: There are too many kids in this tub. There are too many elbows to scrub. I just washed a behind that I'm sure wasn't mine. There are too many kids in this tub.) However that poem is in his earlier work, A Light in the Attic. Rather than change the book in the list, I just remembered my favorite poem from Sidewalk: Sarah Cynthia Silvia Stout Would Not Take The Garbage Out.

5. Harry Potter #1 - JK Rowling
I found the series much later than others in my peer group. I was able to purchase book 1 in paperback. I think I read it while living at home after returning from Arizona. It was a delightful break from reality. Like books about hobbits (but not as confusing), it's an immersion in an alternate world.

6. Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
We read this in high school english. I remember struggling with the writing. There were sections that I just could not understand. Aside from Shakespeare and Melville, this is right up there on the ultimate frustration list.

7. Dark Tower series - Stephen King
When something is really important to me, I lose the ability to express how I feel. Dark Tower was life changing for me, in a literary and a spiritual sense. All serve the Tower. All serve Ka.

8. Beach Music - Pat Conroy
I think I first read this when I was a postal worker, borrowing the audio tapes from the local library. The words and phrases that Conroy uses are beautiful. He understands the pain in a family from mental illness. Eventually, I got the paperback (and later the hardback). I was delighted to read the whole story, and not just the abridged version on the tapes.

9. Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris
Another book that I heard before I read. I borrowed the set from my favorite boys. I just about wet myself when I listen to "Jesus Shaves". I'm so excited to be seeing David Sedaris in October.

10. Rose Madder - Stephen King
This may be the first story I've known where the woman who starts the book with no self worth or power - takes back her life (or an infinitely better version of it). It doesn't hurt that the book has an Indigo Girls concert. Yet again, I heard the story on audio before reading it in print (with Uncle Stevie reading all the Norman chapters).

11. Bush at War - Bob Woodward
I would have never read this book had I not gone to a Clinton School of Public Service lecture by Woodward. I was fascinated by his lecture, and got the first book in the series from the library. I was entranced. I couldn't read the book in the library timeframe, so I snagged it from amazon.

12. The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries - Marilyn Johnson
I have a fascination with obituaries. This book just enhanced it. As a note, not many obituaries actually say that the person "died".

13. Goodnight Opus - Berkeley Breathed
I wanted something on the list by Mr. Breathed. I couldn't pick from the Bloom County books (because they are all fabulous) - so I went with my favorite of his children books. Mr Breathed has a special talent for illustration and comfort. You should find a copy, just so you can read everything on the copyright page.

14. The Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion
Oddly, a book about a woman grieving for her husband, is a good book to read while dealing with grief.

15. Here If You Need Me - Kate Baestrop
She's a chaplain. She provides comfort to strangers in trouble and to her warden service coworkers. I can't remember where I heard about this book. (NPR? Bas Bleu? library shelf?)
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A broad smattering of ideas.

€€

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she reads

Feb. 21st, 2009 12:31 pm
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given that my last book-tagged post was last January, this post should be long

but it's not

Many of the library books that I've checked out, I've forgotten.

Books in the "finished" pile
The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries by Marilyn Johnson

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Pete & Pickles by Berkeley Breathed

Books by the bed

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Called Out of Darkness: a Spiritual Confession by Anne Rice
(yuck - it's going back to the library and I'm only in Chapter 2)

The Ten-Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer
(I picked it up because she wrote The Wife, my purse book for about a year.)

Expecting Adam by Martha Beck
(I got it in Virginia, because I finished my knitting, and wanted something to read on the plane. So far, I love it.)

Book sadly returned to the library due to short check-out time and long hold list:

The Oxford project / photographs by Peter Feldstein ; text by Stephen G. Bloom

Book quickly returned to the library due terrible writing

The Unlikely Lavender Queen : a Memoir of Unexpected Blossoming by Jeannie Ralston

she reads!

Jan. 7th, 2008 01:37 pm
sernin: (BleuCouch)
Four more books in the "finished" pile:

A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas

The Simple Home: the Luxury of Enough by Sarah Nettleton and Frank Martin

The Book of New Family Traditions: How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays & Everydays by Meg Cox

The Wife by Meg Wolitzer (the purse book finally gets freedom)

By the bed:

The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries by Marilyn Johnson

Book sadly returned to the library due to short check-out time and long hold list:

Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited by Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein

Books purchased with birthday gift cards:

Running with Scissors and Magical Thinking: True Stories by Augusten Burroughs 

she reads!

Nov. 25th, 2007 10:37 am
sernin: (BleuCouch)
Two more books in the "finished" pile:

Crazy Aunt Purl's Drunk, Divorced & Covered in Cat Hair: The True-Life Misadventures of a 30-something Who Learned to Knit After He Split by Laurie Perry

Here If You Need Me by Kate Baestrup

Requested at the library:

A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas

The Simple Home: the Luxury of Enough by Sarah Nettleton and Frank Martin

By the Bed:

The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries by Marilyn Johnson

In the purse (for reading while stuck in restaurants, while waiting in long lines, while at the doctor's office, etc):

The Wife by Meg Wolitzer
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Leisure Arts has the big semi-annual overstock sale Saturday morning, 8:00 to 1:30 . They are the Oxmoor publisher for Williams-Sonoma, Cooking Light, Southern Living, and Pottery Barn. Most of the stuff on sale is scrapbooking material and craft-related (knit/crochet/needlework).

Silent Sunday is a week from today. CAIRO (central AR independent restaurant owners) all-you-can-eat buffet fundraiser for AR School for the Deaf. $20 at the door of the Statehouse Convention Center. Noon to 2:30.

she reads!

Oct. 10th, 2007 06:18 am
sernin: (BleuCouch)
One more book in the "finished" pile:

How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman

Fresh from Amazon (thank you!):

The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries by Marilyn Johnson

By the Bed:

Crazy Aunt Purl's Drunk, Divorced & Covered in Cat Hair: The True-Life Misadventures of a 30-something Who Learned to Knit After He Split by Laurie Perry

In the purse:

The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

she reads!

Aug. 9th, 2007 07:21 pm
sernin: (BleuCouch)
Two more books in the "finished" pile:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by JK Rowling

Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality by Pauline W. Chen

Fresh from Amazon:

America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook Revised Edition

In the purse:

The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

HP7

Jul. 22nd, 2007 01:24 pm
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I pre-ordered from Amazon so I could get the book cheap.
It arrived in the mail yesterday, but I was out with my mom for most of the day.  I got the box out of the mailbox around 8 pm.
I read the last two pages, and put it aside.
I read the first two pages before falling asleep.
I have no desire to rush.
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I finished a third book: Yarn Harlot:The Secret Life of a Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.


And I've got partial reading done on five more, but won't finish any by year end.

Wasted : A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher
Reader of Hearts: The Life and Teachings of a Reluctant Psychic by Darrin Owens
Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh
The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost his Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden by William Alexander
American Bee: The National Spelling Bee and the Culture of Word Nerds by James Maguire
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I'm on track to read four books this year!
The latest completion: On Call


Book I've got on the bedside table now:  Wasted

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