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I love these book memes [Jun. 10th, 2009|08:52 am]

Instructions: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.

The Count of Monte Cristo - Dumas
Suffer the Children- Saul
The Three Musketeers
The Sword of Shanara (which I read long before Lord of the Rings and started me down the road into fantasy and science fiction) -Brooks
Memory and Dream-DeLint
Guilty Pleasures-Hamilton
The Artist's Way-Cameron
Everyday Zen-Beck
Spiral Dance-Starhawk
Drawing Down the Moon -Adler
Banker to the Poor-Yunus
Great and Terrible Beauty (Series)-Bray
Nectar in a Sieve-Kamala Markandaya
A Separate Peace-Knowles

Odd collection isn't it?  Though any day you might ask me, you might get a different list!  I have to admit, some of the authors I had to look up because I didn't remember. 
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The Story of Stuff [May. 21st, 2009|10:19 am]

The Story of Stuff
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Economics and The Compact [May. 21st, 2009|09:16 am]

Has anyone other than me heard about The Compact?  Its named after the Mayflower Compact and the idea is that for a year you avoid purchasing anything new.  They do list certain exemptions to the rules, like food and medical items, though many people/families choose their own exemptions. 

The idea of moving to a more independent (from credit cards and big box stores) spending method really appeals to me especially since I'm ready to pay off and abandon the use of my credit cards if I can at all manage it.  I'll need at least one for traveling since you can't make reservations without one.  I'm already shifting to a cash only system for spending except for bills which I still write checks for and have forgotten what fun it is to try to how far we can go on only so much.  When my daughter was little, we made a game of it and when she got older she would track the money for me.  Frankly, its been a long time since we have had to resort to these methods and somewhat frustrating to need to do so, but its nice to know that I have old skills to fall back on so to speak.

I think that when economic times get hard, its good to reevaluate what you value in your life.  Considering  that my daughter will be graduating from high school next year and possibly be moving out of state, makes me consider where I want to live and how.  What do I really need?  How much of my time and concern is being taken up by "stuff" rather than the people that I care about?  Am I forgoing traveling to places I would like to see in favor of buying things that just prevent me from traveling because I have to have a place for the stuff?

Just something to think about.
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10 things that make me happy [Feb. 26th, 2009|10:27 am]
Not necessarily in order.

10. Hooking up with old friends through the interwebs.
9.   Knitting socks (yeah, I know, my life is lame!)
8.   Watching a really good dance performance.
7.  That I danced in class this week and while my knee is a little sore, it didn't swell up like a ballon.
6.  I only have one more semester of grad school after this (yay!)
5.  I am planning a trip to AZ this summer with my daughter.
4.  Reading novels.
3.  Finding something useful in the reading for my classes.
2.  Troupe Duende
1.   Snow!  Okay maybe we'll get some today, maybe Sat.
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So who watched the Presidential Speech last night? [Feb. 25th, 2009|09:25 am]
Besides me. 
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5 things meme [Feb. 24th, 2009|09:26 am]
[mood |amusedamused]

Here are the five things suggested by </a></font></b></a>uberreiniger


When I lived in Washington state, I had goats. I started with a kinder goat (half alpine half pygmy) and her kid, Jazz. By the time I sold the herd I was up to a buck (Blizzard, named by my daughter, a nubian), Almond Joy (a Lamancha [type of spanish goat with basically no external ears, they are very sweet natured], her son Rocky Road (half lamancha/half nubian, and yes there was a candy bar theme in that particular bloodline), Dargo (chocolate brown lamancha wether [neutered male] who was bottled raised and thought he was a dog), Varia (my original goat) and her kid, Sprite (half kinder/half nubian with nubian drop ears), and Jazz (who was a baby when I started and her kid, Cocoa Bean (half kinder/half nubian with kinder ears [which are more upright].

I got them at my landlord's suggestion since she had goats on her property to keep down the blackberries vines which will grow over you during the rainy season if you don't step out of their reach fast enough. Goats love to eat the brambles, but oddly enough, not the berries.

Sigh. I miss my goats! I am evilly plotting to get them back!


Hmm, this one is more of a challenge. Although I am very cynical now, I was a romantic idealist, as I suspect that many cynics are in the beginning. I believe that everyone in the world is entitled to a roof over their heads, food and clean water, and medical care, period. No excuses, that should be the minimum care tolerated by societies.

I know I make many of the leftists look conservative.

that little blue car of yours.

when I first moved to Seattle, my car was hit and totaled in front of my apartment, by a guy driving an expensive sports car that he didn't even own because he was too busy playing with his mustache in the rearview to notice that he was about to plow into a line of parked cars. That is what he told the cop who showed up to take the report. It was labor day weekend and I was freaking out trying to figure out how to get to work on Tuesday. With the tiny bit of money I managed to bully out of the insurance company, I bought my little Festiva. The gentleman I bought it from had moved to Seattle from Hungary, he worked for Boeing. I didn't care for it at first, but I grew to love that silly blue car. But I hauled hay in it, cob in it, goats in it, sheepdogs in it. It gets amazing gas mileage and has almost 280k in mileage on it. I wish I had bought a second one when I had the chance! I think there's probably still hay in the back of it somewhere!

living in different cities

I grew up moving every 18 to 36 months. I realized some time in high school, that I have been more places than most of my friends would ever travel too and was stunned when my friend who was going to visit her sister in Kansas asked me what kind of mountains they had there (she had never been outside of the southwest and didn't know that not every place has mountains). I hated being dragged around when I was growing up, but now as an adult I realize how much all that traveling shaped who I am.

Every couple of years, I still get the urge to pack everything up and haul it across the country, preferably to some place I haven't been before.


I learned to knit a long time ago, but just recently I have decided to try some new things, like knitting hats and socks. I guess there is a lifetime quota on how many scarves you can knit!! So now I have to try other things.

While I like to knit, if I really need to relax, I prefer to spin. Its almost mediative for me, after having spun a lot of yarn in Washington, with a drop spindle and later with a spinning wheel, it was something that my dr. there suggested because my job made me so tense. I have had a hard time hooking into the fiber community since I moved here. But I'm learning to find fleece on the interwebs.
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Dollhouse [Feb. 21st, 2009|10:21 am]
Anyone besides me watching it?
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(no subject) [Oct. 21st, 2008|09:35 am]

Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...

Concientious, Fulfilled, and Spiritual

35 Renaissance, 20 Islamic, 24 Ukiyo-e, -36 Cubist, -43 Abstract and 3 Impressionist!

The Renaissance was a cultural movement that profoundly affected European intellectual life. Beginning in Italy, and spreading to the rest of Europe by the 16th century, its influence affected literature, philosopy, religion, art, politics, science, and all other aspects of intellectual enquiry. Renaissance artists looked at the human aspect of life in their art. They did not reject religion but tended to look at it in it's purest form to create visions they thought depicted the ideals of religion. Painters of this time had their own style and created works based on morality, religion, and human nature. Many of the paintings depicted what they believed to be the corrupt nature of man.

People that like Renaissance paintings like things that are more challenging. They tend to have a high emotional stability. They also tend to be more concientious then average. They have a basic understanding of human nature and therefore are not easily surprised by anything that people may do. They enjoy life and enjoy living. They are very aware of their own mortality but do not dwell on the end but what they are doing in the present. They enjoy learning, but may tend to be a bit more closed minded to new ideas as they feel that the viewpoint they have has been well researched and considered. These people are more old fashioned and not quite as progressive. They enjoy the finer things in life like comfort, a good meal, and homelife. They tend to be more spiritual or religious by nature. They are open to new aesthetic experiences.

Take What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test at HelloQuizzy

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What has 10 legs and 4,800 books?? [Oct. 21st, 2008|09:24 am]

The Biblioburro!

What the heck is a Biblioburro you ask?

Click here to find out.
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Bailout debate [Sep. 30th, 2008|11:13 am]
While the first bailout attempt failed, Congress will regroup tomorrow to try it again.

Here are some commentaries for those of you interested in who is saying what.

Jim Marshall

Lou Dobbs

Thomas Friedman

Leonard Pitts, Jr.

If you feel strongly one way or another, now is the time to write/email your representatives in Congress and let them know what you want.  They begin again on Weds.

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