Friday, July 04, 2008

Jay: This Would Also Have Been…

The birthday of my great-grandfather, Arthur Melborne Irving, who would be causing quite a stir at 122 if he were still around, rather than having been gone almost 88 years.


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Jay: Happy Birthday

To Sarah Sylvia Mollohan.


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Jay: Book Meme Thingie Going Round********

Via Sharon and Wayne.  I’d love to know who comes up with these lists.

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

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible*
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell******
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien**
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky***
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving (this is a must read book if you have never read it.)
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding****
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert*****
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’ Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett *******
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

* I did sit down and read Revelations once, and maybe poked other parts with a stick, but the whole thing?  No more than I’ve read Dianetics.

** Tried once young and was so bored I couldn’t get far, which delayed my reading of the others.

*** Read part of this for an English class and found it scarily compelling.  I “felt” too strongly what the main character was feeling and it freaked me out.

**** 9th Grade reading, but I liked it almost to the point of underlining, but it’s also a creepy study in human psychology, almost to where everyone ought to read it.

***** So boring I never read another of the series, yet oddly compelling enough I finished it and can see why maybe some were so intrigued.

****** Read this circa end of 1981 in my 1st apartment, resulting in uncharacteristic nightmares, as it has the same psychological edge as the type inexplicably deep-seated fears I suffer from most.  The same thing that made me so horrified of the idea that in the Soviet Union they could call you crazy, look you up forever and torment you for being the rational one, or could easily accuse you of something you didn’t do or essentially invent a silly crime and completely ruin your life.  Oh wait.  It was sparked a deep depression that I got out of by reading Atlas Shrugged and by deciding to go to college and change my life completely.

******* It would be hard to overstate my love of this book, and its influence on me.  Somewhere in a box I have a copy that might be 1st edition but is missing key pages so can’t tell.  Or maybe it was damaged in some other way.  If I still have and can find it.

******** Like some Indonesian junk…


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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Jay: First Fireworks

I walked with Sadie to the fireworks last night, thinking about it being remembered as her first, and the whole event of walking to the center of town and the crowds of people and carnival stuff being etched in her memory.

The fireworks were excellent, and as in your face close as it gets.  However, while she was awed by them initially, she didn’t like the sound.  About halfway through, the noise became too much, and she plastered herself to me, only peripherally able to see them, and then cried through the big finale.  After which she completely composed herself as if nothing had happened, got up, and led me out of there.

It’s funny she had absolutely zero interest in checking out the carnival area, let alone going on the rides.  I told her maybe next year, if we’re still here, and if we have more money - which we’d have to because we couldn’t possibly have less - maybe we could check out the carnival too.

She practically ran the whole way there, around a mile or so, but was droopy on the way back.  Didn’t want to be carried, though, and made it the whole way.  I’d stuck little LED flashlights in my pocket.  They were originally extensions of miniature first aid kits I put in the cars and briefcase, but a while back they became hers and Valerie’s.  I’d recently found and put them up.  Had she been more intrigued by the light toys vendors were selling, I could bring hers out, but she was just momentarily intrigued.  So I brought hers out on the way home, for her to carry and shine if needed.  She was delighted, and it was an inspired bit of planning.  I used the other one in the couple dark stretches without street lights, or to get her attention.  And to show her how shadows worked.

It was very cool.  I wasn’t sure about it, but I’m very glad we went.


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Jay: Happy Birthday

To my grandnephew Elijah, who is 3 today.


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Jay: Happy Birthday

To Ida Cummings.


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Jay: Happy Birthday

To former blogger Jacqueline Mackie Paisley Passey.


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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Jay: Butter

Henry tried butter yesterday, twice, with no ill effects we could detect.  He thought rice with butter on it was just amazing.

This following Deb having started eating butter and general foods that contain milk proteins, without apparent problems for him in the nursing department.

Next up, relaxing about things that contain dairy, maybe a taste of cheese that isn’t cheddar or heavily aged/veined/fermented and more subject either to salicylates or histamines, and maybe a little milk sometime, a taste to see what really happens without flavors and colors.

To be able to have mashed potatoes again would be cool.  Ditto when he has the chance to eat squash that’s already been mashed and buttered.


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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Jay: Don’t Look Now, But…

We are considering retiring this blog and starting a new primary one centered on family and blogging as a topic and general whatever, in order to be able to use WordPress.  It’s easier to post remotely, and does other things better.  I can even use the Blackberry to post to the WordPress blogs, so if I were just killing time somewhere, I could write a post.  If I remembered the user name and password.

What’s different is that we’re thinking about using the same domain, but a subdirectory for the new blog to be named later.  Or it could be a subdomain, for that matter.  Normally we’d snag another domain, or use one we already have, but this time maybe not.  We’ll see....


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Deb: No no no no no!

So Henry, aided by his newly acquired two front teeth, has learned to say no.  Henry, stop pulling the books off the shelves. NO!  Henry, stop! NO!  I’m serious! NO!

Henry, want chicken for supper? NO! Beans? NO! Pears? ~silence~

10 months old.


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Jay: Hell’s Dreams

I woke up from a crazy dream in which I’d been tapped to be on Hell’s Kitchen, but as far as I could tell from the orientation, it wasn’t much like Hell’s Kitchen as we know it.  Deb was picked to be on it as well, just so they could use the husband and wife thing promotionally.

I was obviously the most steady, competent person there, no imposter, which of course surprised me.  I was mainly worried, as I’d be in reality, about overcooking stuff and needing too long partly as a result of that.  It shocks me sometimes how quickly they prepare a dish or cook a given item.

We were all given a pack of spices and ingredients, ad I had trouble with mine staying closed, because it was flimsy.  That was part of a pitch for a product of Ramsay’s own design, which used right wouldn’t have that problem.

Then he dramatically told us that, as we might have guessed, don’t be surprised if we’re told a list of who will leave in what order, and just deal if we didn’t like it.  Subject to change, of course, if someone seriously exceeded expectations in their week to go.

Most of this took place in an alley behind the building where the show set was, or just inside, in a delivery and storage area.

Later he came up to one girl, a tall blond with long hair, to tell her she would be the first.  Before we even competed!  She had been picked as first to go, to which she just fell apart, which happened at the same time someone drove a delivery truck into a pallet of butter, sent it flying and smooshed a lot of it.  I tried to organize people to go pick it up and put away it and other things.  That’s when I found out that unless it was punishment, never worry about that kind of thing, as they had crew to handle it.

Then I woke up.


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Monday, June 30, 2008

Jay: I Keep Forgetting

That I haven’t posted anything else today.  I’ve thought of it a few times and meant to, but nope, still the same birthday post.  Nothing about needing to examine and update my resume for a recruiter I talked with today.  Nothing about the need to raise money rapidly for one more major hurdle or still risk being being homeless (and we may have two vehicles now, but the car still isn’t as good as the van would have been for that).  No pictures from the ones pending.  Nothing about trying dairy with Henry to see what happens, starting with Deb, then him if he doesn’t react to that.  I think the dairy thing may have been a red herring, between the cheese being histamines and the milk containing strawberry syrup, which is more suspect than it might be since we know he can’t drink any Kool-Aid flavors due to something in them.  We’re also not convinced beyond a doubt about bananas, which also don’t fit the primary issue and which he loves enough to have begged for by name today.  Which doubles as practice of his mastery of the “n” sound.  As in “no.”

All the quickie items have gone elsewhere, where I can post more easily.  And not even all of those there could have been.

Sadly, it feels like it should be 4:00 and I have several hours ahead, so it’s shocking to see it turning 9:00.  The girls are fighting on my office floor, while Henry cheers them on gleefully.  Guess I should break it up, but it’s kind of funny.


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Jay: Happy Birthday

To blogger Christina of Feisty Repartee.


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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Jay: Happy Birthday

To blogger Xrlq.


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Jay: Mostly. Sometimes.




Your Personality Is



Rational (NT)




You are both logical and creative. You are full of ideas.

You are so rational that you analyze everything. This drives people a little crazy!



Intelligence is important to you. You always like to be around smart people.

In fact, you’re often a little short with people who don’t impress you mentally.



You seem distant to some - but it’s usually because you’re deep in thought.

Those who understand you best are fellow Rationals.



In love, you tend to approach things with logic. You seek a compatible mate - who is also very intelligent.



At work, you tend to gravitate toward idea building careers - like programming, medicine, or academia.



With others, you are very honest and direct. People often can’t take your criticism well.



As far as your looks go, you’re coasting on what you were born with. You think fashion is silly.



On weekends, you spend most of your time thinking, experimenting with new ideas, or learning new things.

The Three Question Personality Test


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