Thursday, September 29, 2005

I've read 37 'challenged' books on this list

Mood: good in general
Weather: fall like
Gas: $didn't notice today, they randomly blocked the road to work and I had to figure out how to get in.

Ok, Banned books... I purposely have bought and read some banned books like 'The Fixer' but this list of challenged books is crazy. I highlighted in blue the books that were required for HighSchool or earlier in Blue and it is quite a few. I remember memorizing themes and characters from most of these to use on state exams. I credit for bringing this to my attention.

100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000

(Ones that I've read are bolded)

1. Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
2. DaddyÂ’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

7. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
8. Forever by Judy Blume

9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
10. Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
11. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
12. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
14. The Giver by Lois Lowry

15. ItÂ’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
16. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
17. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
19. Sex by Madonna
20. EarthÂ’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
21. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine LÂ’Engle
23. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
24. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
25. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
26. The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
27. The Witches by Roald Dahl
28. The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
29. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
30. The Goats by Brock Cole
31. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
32. Blubber by Judy Blume
33. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
34. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
35. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
36. Final Exit by Derek Humphry
37. The HandmaidÂ’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
38. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
39. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
40. WhatÂ’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras

41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
42. Beloved by Toni Morrison
43. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
44. The Pigman by Paul Zindel

45. Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
46. Deenie by Judy Blume
47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
48. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
49. The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
50. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
52. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
53. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
54. Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
55. Cujo by Stephen King
56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
57. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
58. Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
59. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
60. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
61. WhatÂ’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
62. Are You There, God? ItÂ’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
63. Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
64. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
65. Fade by Robert Cormier
66. Guess What? by Mem Fox
67. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
68. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
69. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
71. Native Son by Richard Wright
72. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed WomenÂ’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
73. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
74. Jack by A.M. Homes
75. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
76. Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
77. Carrie by Stephen King
78. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
79. On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
80. Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
81. Family Secrets by Norma Klein
82. Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
83. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
85. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
86. Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
87. Private Parts by Howard Stern
88. WhereÂ’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford

89. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
90. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
91. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
92. Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
93. Sex Education by Jenny Davis
94. The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
95. Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
97. View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
98. The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
99. The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
100. Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Our New Kitten

New Kitten 002
Originally uploaded by
Introducing Doocie. Named because of poop issues and because it is a cute name. The other cats let her in the same room now, at times, within 1 foot.

New Kitten

New Kitten 001
Originally uploaded by
Here is Doocie on my head, she seems still in this picture but most of the time she is running full speed.

I am still alive

Weather: getting cold
Gas: $2.60

Very alive actually, I'm doing tons of stuff so that why I took a blog vacation. It would be crazy to list all the goings on in the last 2 weeks but here are the highlights;

1. Last Monday worked like crazy so I could leave work on time to bring two cats to the vet. My scardy cat who I was afraid would freak out was 100% meek and let the vet do whatever she wanted. Jingles did not do so well, she flipped out a little and they resorted to putting her in the box (so they could sedate her and vaccinate through strategically placed holes). The box actually made her really calm and normal and they took her out and gave her shots normally. I have weird cats.

2. Tuesday and Wednesday I took a loooong road trip in a company van to see 5 facilities with 4 of my coworkers. It was a very educational trip but 48h straight is hard work. I was very glad to get home and collapse

3. Thursday Lars brought home the new kitten. We was received with various degrees of distance by the other cats but they are getting over it now. The kitten is very funny, she refuses to eat kitten food and will only eat the adult food. She tries to get 'into' us, litterly, she put her head in Lars' mouth while he was sleeping and constantly rams her head into our ears and she even tried my belly button once. We named her Doocie and after a week she is adjusting. Anyway, Thursday last week I brought her to the Vet and she is disease free and now worm free.

4. Friday I got talked into looking at another job within the company in another group. I put in an application and I stand a good chance of getting it. I'm torn between wanting the new challenge and possible pay bump and leaving the group I'm comfortable and work well with. If I get an offer I'll think more about it.

5. Weekend was unremarkable. It is our last one off for a few weeks so we took it easy, did some shopping, and relaxed.

6. Monday and Tuesday I was super busy again and the department is 'a buzz' with me interviewing with the other group.

7. Today... interviewing with a bunch of people who already know me is weird. The more or less just ask why I want to move and then they are out of questions.

8. Tomorrow I work, interview more, and get on a plane to NY at 7pm for a party at my parents. Doubt I'll be writing again until I get back.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Should I still own silver pleather pants?

Mood: happy
Weather: pretty
Gas: $2.58 ish but haven't been out yet to check

I went straight from a busy, productive day where my opinion was valued and needed in meetings and people actually wait for my e-mails to home to change for Greenday. I chose to dress punk for the occasion and pulled out the silver pleather pants my sister gave me and a black tank top with silver dragons. Lars' comment is 'you've grown out of that' and I retorted that I had not and the pants were actually a bit big etc but I did get that his point was not about size. I found the shoes I wanted to wear were covered in mold (mold does not happen often, these shoes had been worn 4-wheeling and there was very gross puddle water and now I know how gross it was) so Lars suggested I just wear my black work shoes, high heal loafers, and I suppose as a sign of my 'age' I just put them on and left. While driving there I collected a few things that show I really don't belong in these clothes;
1. I was wearing penny loafers
2. With white athletic socks because I didn't change from the socks I wore w sneakers all day
3. My underwear showed and I could have changed but choose to tie a sweatshirt around my waist instead
I still like dressing up and when I got there with friends we saw the average age was about 12. I'm not joking, the box next to us was FULL of 9 year olds and there were tons of kids. The music was good and I enjoyed the extra stuff they put into the show with the lights and the fire but there was a distinctly Nazi overtone to the first half of the show. I'm talking ceiling to floor black and red drapes, with the angry fist symbol AND the talon (very Nazi). On top of that they got the entire audience (except me) to pump their right hand into the air and make a sound very much like 'Hile'. On there cool huge screen they were showing cartoon bombing scenes of the bombing of Briton, a little disturbing but I really am not sure how much of the crowd got it. While I was bouncing along to the music but not participating in the gestures and noises my friend said I was too Republican and loosen up and I just said I'm not a Nazi (and neither were the 8000 other young white blond people all around me but it made a pretty sick picture). They did a cool thing bringing 3 people from the crowd to play a song, they even got a 10 year old boy to come be the guitarist. He was so cute, he hugged Billy Joe and actually did know how to play. At the end of the song the guy who got picked to play base smashed it on the stage and the security people jumped him. (8k, let me know if it was the same at your show) The joke was on that guy because the kid got to keep the guitar BillyJo had used for the first half and he just got a trip with security.

The whole night was enjoyable, even sitting in the parking garage for 20 min waiting my turn to leave was not so bad because I had a good book on tape to listen to. I got home at 12:30 and woke up just fine the next day, no permanent hearing loss.

Yesterday I played gopher in my yard and transplanted the lilac bushes that were growing straight in front of the door to around the side of the house. I believe a few at least will live. I found 5 big gross grubs and threw them on the driveway for birds. In the end the birds never got them, my friendly yard ants found them and somehow carved them up and took them away. They are very nasty bugs so I'm glad they got eaten up just like they eat my poor bushes. While outside I met two sets of neighbors so it was a nice social day. Today I have already exercised and next on the list is errands including getting stuff for my sisters baby shower.

Friday, September 16, 2005

I'm Back

Weather:perfect days, sunny and 75
Gas: $2.58

So where have I been! Well, working backwards from today - Yesterday and Wednesday were super busy at work, so busy I didn't even get to read the blogs I normally read. Tuesday and Monday I was on a department bonding trip and fully intended to post except we were so far out of the range of technology that my cell phone didn't even work. The weekend was full of cleaning and organizing and I'm not even sure what took all the time.

I promise to be better in the future... I can't bring myself to really tell any of the silly things that happened over the week because I would write a novel but here are the highlights~

The Department bonding trip included 3 hours of riding ATV where I got muddy head to toe but it was a good time. Ironically, there was a girl on the same ride that came out with only one spot of mud on her... We were going through really huge mud holes, I don't know how she did it.

I am starting my masters degree next semester. At least that is the plan at the moment. It is going to be a long drawn out part time thing because work will only pay for so much a year. Anyway, I have a meeting with HR today to get the details from a company standpoint. So why now? During the career development portion of the trip they said that if I want the next level up then a masters is recommended and the level after that the masters is required so I better start. A MBA isn't a bad thing to get anyway, any job will be pleased to see it. I am going to apply to the U of MN, 15th best part time masters program in the country (according to their website) so in the next few months I need to take my GMAT and do a bunch of paper work.

Tonight I am going to Greenday, last min ticket but I'm excited!

Next week I'm traveling Tuesday and Wednesday and on Thursday we are adopting a new kitten. Lars is very excited to get a new kitten, so excited that I could not say no. Hopefully the other two cats like this one.

On Oct 15 Lars and I are having our first party in the house, now that the shelves are up I feel like we have really done something. We invited about 30 people and we will see who comes.

Ok, 80 items in my work in -box and the goal is to get under 50 before the end of the day...

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Pudding and my inability to remember that I am not a fan of milk

Mood: defeated by pudding
Weather: getting cool outside
Gas: $2.75

For the last few weeks the cafe has had pudding with Oreos; bottom layer vanilla, cookie layer, then chocolate, then cookie top. I have been tempted many times and today I decided to get one. Lunch today was basically a staff meeting as all but 2 of my co-workers were there and one by one they all fell under the spell of the pudding and got their own. I started eating mine and stopped myself before I ate the vanilla half somewhat remembering that milk products do not agree with me well. So now I'm having stomach pain, but at least the pudding tasted good.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Left side

left side
Originally uploaded by
Here is the Left side of the long awaited shelving unit. Ignore all the trash in the pictures, that is Lars' piggyness. Once I finish 100% I'll put books on the shelves and clean up so I can show you a pretty picture.

Right side

Right side
Originally uploaded by
Here is the right side of the shelving, that center spot gets a picture, there are 8 floating shelves to go in, and the top still needs the crown molding but look how shiny and square they are. Lars and I installed them tonight and he actually lifted them onto the base shelf all by himself (that makes up for me calling him a piggy)

Nifty holes

nifty holes
Originally uploaded by
An last, here is a close up of the holes used to put up the floating shelves. I used a special jig to make all the holes the same distance, depth and size. The stain is Honey Oak and there is 2 layers of varnish on the entire thing.

Long weekend recap

Mood: Mondayish
Weather: getting sunny
Gas: $2.75

Wow, it has been almost a week...

Last week was busy but not outstanding in any way. My cat bit my foot in the middle of the night and I started screaming like I was having my foot bitten off by wild animals. The screaming probably made the cat more scared and actually made the bite worse and it woke up Lars and he bear hugged me to stop me from hitting him. In the end after some peroxide and triple antibiotic cream it was better in a day. If I actually had gotten around to writing the day it happened I would have been more dramatic but it is well in the past now.

Labor day weekend was not big deal for us. We made no plans and ended up doing a few fun things. Sat I varnished coat 1 on all the shelves and then played online games with Lars. Sunday I varnished coat 2 on the shelves and we went to see The Brothers Grimm. The movie was ok, pretty odd and disjointed but good enough. I'm glad we only paid matinee prices for it. After the movie we went to Sears to get new tires. We talked to the sales guy and pick the tires and go outside and give him keys. He is putting all the protective stuff on the seats and we are standing there watching so we said 'so this will take about half an hour?' he says 'yes, about half an hour' we say; 'ok, see you in 30 min, we are going shopping', he replies ; 'ok, see you then'. Doesn't that sound like the dude didn't need us anymore and in half an hour we would return, pay, and leave? That's what we thought... Half an hour later we are back in Sears after going to a book store and they are paging us... we go to the auto center and the sales guy hasn't even started our order because he forgot to get our phone number. He had 3 service guys glaring at him because it was about 2 min to 6 and they were supposed to close at 6. He tried to pin it on us saying he thought we were waiting inside for him and we reminded him of the; 'see you in 30 min' conversation and he just looked sheepish. Moral of the story, Sears can put on and balance 2 front tires in under 5 min because we were out of there by 6:05. Quite the cluster but we really didn't have to wait too much longer then what they promised so that's not bad.

Monday we looked at furniture at Ashley furniture in the hope that someday we will decide on some sort of couch and love seat set and let the poor futon retire. We saw a few good things but nothing we had to have. Funny thing is we walked in ready to buy and we were completely ignored by the sales people. We had sat on every couch in the entire store and were back to the 3 we liked when finally a sales person asked if we were being helped. I like being let shop but it was annoying to be ignored. We left with nothing and we need to think about the 3 we liked. #1 girlie chenille paisley (semi floral) pattern in the right golds and reds for our house, nail head detail and nice accents on the feet, back and arms. #2 Dark blue with navy pinstripe - more square build, donut wood feet, modern look that would match our house but kinda blah on the personality scale. #3 Champaign chenille - rounded arms, very deep and comfortable and has a matching chair and a half but has no feet (just a box bottom with pleated skirting covering it) and again, little personality. We can't decide at all... After shopping we met up with friends, ate out, and watched 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'. It is a good and sad movie and it is the second time seeing it for us so we caught more of the details but it still ends sadly.

Today still feels like a Monday, slow starting and dull. I'm glad that it is a short week :) Today I hope to actually install the shelves - only took 6 months :)

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Weather: very nice - sunny, windy, 80's
Gas: $2.99 - 3.11

Here I am obsessing over gas and I feel silly when New Orleans is a wreck. I feel very bad for everyone who is trying to do the right thing but I am rather mad over the looting and shooting. Looting for food or necessities, not so bad, but looting for TV's and jewelry not excusable at all. I don't even know what they are going to do with the TV, I mean, they don't have power and I doubt they have a nice dry storage area within walking distance...

Anyway, my life continues and my house felt extra dry and nice last night.

I am in danger of loosing wife of the year, Lars apparently has not had work socks for about 3 days now. He has been wearing bright white athletic socks to work with his nice pants, dress pants and dress shoes. I'll do laundry today I suppose but I have to do it quick because we are going to the cities tonight. We went to an art fair a few months ago and saw a few picture that were very well done and we wanted one for a gift so earlier this week I emailed the artist and we are meeting for the hand off tonight. Since we will be there anyway, we are going to 'eat at Joe's (joes garage). It is supposed to be a great funky artistic place but I'll let you know later.

I officially graduated from beginners clogging yesterday. Next week I get to go to the intermediate class and thrown in with the big fish. Over the past month or so the beginner class has dropped to about 10 people. I don't know if everyone else (from our original 50) are on vacation or just lost interest but they are all gone. Our semiprivate lessons have been cool but the intermediate class is back up to around 60 on the floor so it will be tight. The teacher told us all to stand in the front row so we can see better but I'm not sure I want all the advanced people looking at me. I'll see next week....

Someone just asked me what I'm doing over the long weekend and I totally did not know that we had Monday off. Long weekends are great and surprise ones are even better. Maybe I will get the shelves done, that would be nice, but I think we will probably end up being lazy and hanging out.