Book Meme

Nov. 22nd, 2008 11:32 am
mandysee_mandydo: (Romana)
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next seven sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST

Everybody promised her a surprise.

EXERCISE 20.  Diagram the following sentences.
  1. The nights were long and cold.
  2. The stars looked exceptionally bright.
  3. The cold weather froze the pond.
  4. My friends and I usually enjoy winter sports.
  5. My parents recently gave me some figure skates.
Yes, I'm a nerd. I actually still have a copy of Warriner's English Grammar and Composition and I keep it at the desk. I don't use it often (for better or worse I'm not sure), but I still have it as a reference.
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Grab the nearest book. Find the 5th sentence on page 23. Append it to the paragraph below. Append your name to the list below of people who have contributed to the paragraph. Post the result to your LJ.

the long and winding paragraph... )
1) Ranger Rick - 2) Rialian - 3) Elenbarathi - 4) Starsandfishes - 5) Echthros - 6) Doltaghey - 7) Ebonhost - 8) Tibicina 9) Browngirl 10) ceo 11) roozle - 12) quietann 13) Dale (achinhibitor) 14) tigerbright 15) autographedcat 16) kitanzi xvii) annonyno חי)thnidu 19) smallship1 20)thalinoviel 21) valkyriekaren 22) razornet 23) mrph 24) dmh 25) battyblingtrash 26> Daevid 27> spangle_kitten 28>misspotsitt 29) suzycat 30) beafarhana 31) kinadancer 32) badriyaz 33) mrzero 34) nepenthe01 35) srturtle
mandysee_mandydo: (Birth of Venus)
I've started walking again, beyond just the walking everywhere now that we're back in town. My weight loss is stalled so I need to kick it back into high gear. I also decided tonight that I would start doing ab crunches again and was surprised that I was able to do two sets of 25 reps. Not too shabby considering it's been months since I even attempted any ab exercises! My walk yesterday was from the office up to the schools and then home. Tonight we walked all the way across campus and back, which took about 45 minutes. I think if I can get back in the habit of walking at least 30-60 minutes a day, add in three or four days of doing ab crunches, and then maybe throw in some other aerobic exercise I'll be well on my way.

I've started reading Gender Outlaw by Kate Bornstein (thanks [ profile] sk_brainstorm  for loaning it to me!) and so far it's a very easy and interesting read. I like her point of view regarding gender fluidity and breaking the gender rules. There are little things here and there that bug me, but nothing major, and I'll probably go into those a little more once I've had a chance to finish the book.

Tomorrow is the employee picnic at work. Free lunch! Woohoo! And it won't be ramen or grilled cheese or corn meal mush. I have mixed feelings about being able to spend $30 on a week of groceries for two people. The revelation in this is just how much the free market attitude has dire consequences on our nation's health. I'm not unconvinced that our nation's obesity problem doesn't stem at least in large part from speculation on commodities. Sure it's easy for poor people or even lower middle class people to scrape by and live on the cheap, but don't expect people living on the cheap to eat healthy. It just isn't possible. The cheap stuff is all processed foods that can be mass produced and come in conveniently stackable packaging that facilitates bulk shipment of vast quantities of product. The healthy stuff (which doesn't really come from local farms but gets shipped from all over the country and world) isn't as convenient to ship. Fuel goes up in price, bringing food with it, leaving those scraping by to eat whatever fits within the stretched food budget. This means pastas and noodles and sandwiches are the menu: in other words, lots of empty, processed, refined carbohydrates with little in the way of lean protein or healthy fats to accompany them.
mandysee_mandydo: (Romana)
Even though it's geared toward young readers, I really want to pick up The Invention of Hugo Cabret at some point. It looks very intriguing. It uses visual art to mimic the feel of silent films in place of some of the text. Expanded Books had a good video interview with Brian Selznick about the book.
mandysee_mandydo: (romana)
Ray just loaned a graphic novel to me tonight titled Fox Bunny Funny. This is an excellent pantomime comic that really struck me as quite personal. I agree with one review I read that said it can be read to apply to so many situations. Among those listed was one very much relevant to my own life experiences. I really couldn't help as I read through this but to see my own life reflected. I also have so many thoughts swimming through my head about how it applies to the macrocosm and not just my own little microcosm. It's amazing how a $10 102-pages, indie graphic novel with absolutely no text can make you think so profoundly.

Thanks again Ray!
mandysee_mandydo: (weekend update)
I had a wonderful weekend! A lot happened and I feel very happy about what I accomplished.

Saturday we ate out for breakfast and then went to the book sale at the library. We picked up some Avengers on VHS (the original British TV show, that is), as well as Walking with Prehistoric Beasts, The Doors Live in Europe 1968 and YesYears. Kathy also grabbed a few books, including a guide for freezing and canning.

After the book sale we walked around the Chamber of Commerce's annual fall art show on the common and saw some beautiful art. The first booth at which we stopped was that of Tom Sears, an extraordinary nature photographer. He had some incredible photos of animals including one of a very busy momma bear with five cubs! I was thoroughly impressed with his snapshots of water. He managed to capture it so stunningly! There were also a couple of abstract painters there with whom I was very pleased, including one whose signature is the use of purple and yellow in all of his pieces. Another artist did some amazing watercolors of rocks that looked amazingly realistic. I bought a small fabric painting that I liked at one of the last booths at which we stopped.

After that we went shoppoing for groceries and headed home, where I proceeded to rearrange and clean. Our dressers are now in the closet room with our hanging clothes, as is my sheet music, guitar effects and amplifier. All of the books, save for the spiritual and Native American books, are out in the living room and hallway. The aforementioned exceptions are in our bedroom. The living room is a bit more open now and it's nice to have the books readily accessible. Also, this time upon moving the remainder of the National Georgraphic collection, no injuries were sustained. It was a big plus.

Today was a wonderful day. [profile] painted_wolf stayed home to study (I'm so proud of her and how hard she's working for her degree!) and to do some cleaning so we can have the place ready for [profile] shivakat and [profile] akeashar to visit next weekend. I went to church and actually really enjoyed it. I will admit it felt awkward at first, especially getting used to the rituals of church again such as hymns and response readings and such, but it was refreshing to be actively participating in the community and sharing a fairly open and accepting spiritual environment. I did experience my usual discomfort with large groups of people and I think I was the only of the handful of new people that did not stand and introduce myself, but I wasn't ready. Besides, I truly am disquieted by drawing attention to myself like that. I'd rather just be a silent participant and get to know everyone else on more personal terms and, admittedly selfish as this is, on my terms. The head librarian, with whom I regularly work in a sense, was there and was thrilled to see me. She introduced me to a few people before I had to run to make the hike on time.

From church I went to campus to meet up with folks from one of the student organizations I actively attend. We left there and hiked West Rattlesnake. It was a beautiful day for a hike and we played a game of questions and answers to get to know each other. Three or four of them had never hiked Rattlesnake so it was a joy to witness their reaction when we arrived at the top and could see over the lakes and mountains for miles ahead! We shared lunch, chatted and just soaked in the beauty before hiking back down and parting our ways back on campus.

Afterward at home I took a nap and then we had dinner and a movie with the guys upstairs. We watched From Hell which is one of my favorite Johnny Depp movies. I had forgotten it was based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore. It's really no surprise I like it so much. There's just something about Alan Moore's work that I do so enjoy.

Cool! Here's a photo of the artist that does all the purple and yellow paintings I posted about, with a couple of his paintings in the background.
mandysee_mandydo: (romana)
It was a pretty uneventful day. I slept in, did some housework, listened to some music, went to the hardware store, went in to work to do a couple minor things, then went to pick [profile] painted_wolf up from her first day of work at her new job.

As a result of the trip to the hardware store, our headboard and footboard are now firmly attached to our bed. Finally! Sadly they did not have horse hobbles in stock this time so we'll have to wait until the new order comes in. Hehehe.

After picking [profile] painted_wolf up we went to an art gallery in Ashland to look around and then had dinner at Lucky Dragon. They have really good food there but we don't get to go as often since we hardly ever have reason to go to Ashland. We used to go more often when we lived in New Hampton because we passed through Ashland to get home from Plymouth or to get to work from New Hampton.

After that we did a little shopping where we saw Randy and Sarah. Then we went home where I fixed the bed and we had some conversation with Lonewolf.

I also started reading Talking From 9 To 5. It's an excellent book! I can see already that it will help me get a better understanding of how others interact at work and hopefully help me interact better with others. I have such a horrible time with interacting and sensing the feelings of others.
mandysee_mandydo: (romana)
In spite of some work that needed doing, today was a most exellent day!

After taking care of a couple small things in the office, [profile] painted_wolf and I first went to Riverside Park to enjoy some quiet outdoors time. When we arrived we discovered that half eleven is the time when adolescent boys play loud metal on their boomboxes and dry hump trees in Riverside Park. This discovery led us to the conclusion that downtown lunch traffic was a more appealing sensory stimulus than half eleven at the park.

We had a wonderful time sitting in the common and eating lemon pepper unsalted potato chips and wheat-free raspberry fig bars. [profile] painted_wolf did some reading and I did some sitting and then a stick fight broke out. She started it by throwing bits of twig at me. I threw them back. It ended in flailing and exclamations like "Not in the face!"

After an hour or so of that we went to Subway and split a footlong sub for lunch. Then it was off to therapy and after that another short visit to my office for a program swap.

Next we visited the used book store where I picked up two books and a new bookmark. The books were Male/Female Roles: Opposing Viewpoints and Talking From 9 to 5: Women and Men in the Workplace by Deborah Tannen. I'm hoping the latter will help me pick up some pointers on how to communicate more effectively at work, among other things. The bookmark has this beautiful text on it:
"... and then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nin
It also had a drawing of a butterfly. I really felt this was appropriate to my life as it is now and as it will be in the near future. It was meant to be.

Next we decided to go shopping for dinner at the supermarket and the farm stand. When we got to the plaza, we decided to shop around Marshalls first. We ended up getting two blouses for [profile] painted_wolf and I bought this splendid metal picture frame with the word "love" engraved on the lower third. I have the perfect picture of [profile] painted_wolf and me to put in it. I just need to make a reduced copy that will fit the 4"x6" picture window. After that we boutght food and went home.

We started counting out our change since the jar was full and wrapping it in rollers for deposit in the morning. All told it was just over $60 when we stopped. We couldn't wrap it all since we ran out of penny wrappers and the rest of the change didn't make complete rolls. Sadly in the process I put the glass change jar down too hard and it shattered. It was an old green wine bottle that had macramé and wooden beads around it in decoration. My grandmother gave it to me years ago and she had it for years before giving it to me.

We also spent some time visiting with Seeker and Lonewolf. We watched Police Academy 5 together and it was decent. I think the first two were the best. I had stopped watching the series of movies after 4.

Tomorrow we drive to Londonderry so I can go to a brief meeting and then we're visiting my parents in Nashua and spending the night. We may even go for a walk in Mine Falls Park, depending on what happens with our Wednesday plans.
mandysee_mandydo: (weekend update)
It was a very nice, relaxed weekend and we got caught up on a bunch of house work, which was especially nice.

The living room is so much more spacious now! We got rid of one of our bookcases and the couch. Where the couch used to be we have a nice, intimate reading nook with the comfy, oversized chair, the lamp and the tall, thin bookcase. I used milk crates to hold up my amplifier (formerly on the bookcase) and to hold my sheet music and theory/technique books. I still have all my books from flute, strings, piano and organ which amused me. Oh! Tangent! Staples is now carrying student model band instruments in store made by Gibson at VERY affordable prices! I may pick up another flute and perhaps a violin so I can practice again. :D

So anyway, back to the weekend... I discovered that as a snacking cheese, I'm not all that fond of Jarlsberg. It's got a gritty texture and tastes kinda like mild swiss on stale bread. Yuck! Cooked in something, though, it loses the grittiness and has a tolerable flavor, so at least I don't feel like I can't finish the wedge.

Ummm, that's about it. Stayed home, did chores, relaxed and enjoyed the nice weather with some outside reading. Oh! I finished Book the Sixth: The Ersatz Elevator. I really like how the story is building more and more upon the previous books and how Olaf's schemes are getting more and more complicated as he tries to outwit the Baudelaire children. What I think I enjoy more about these as opposed to something like Harry Potter (which I still haven't read and I'm not sure I want to read) is that the books don't get HUGE and far more complicated than they need to be. I think some authors forget they're telling a story rather than amassing a collection of fancy words. Then again, I can't really speak about HP because I haven't read them. But in all seriousness, I haven't read something that big since I read a 2,000+ page book on the Korean War in high school for a report, and that was something I was interested in since it had to do with my Pépère.

And now, a thunderstorm. This makes me very happy. What a beautiful start to a Monday morning! Seriously, I like thunderstorms. :D

"There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all." - Oscar Wilde
mandysee_mandydo: (romana)
Finally, for the first time after repeated attempts, I actually stayed awake through "The Lost Boys." The movie is only... gee... 20 years old now and I only just watched it all the way through for the first time, though not for lack of trying. I loved it! :D

We did our grocery shopping today and, with the exception of the grapes, we bought all of our produce at the farmstand on the way home. We bought a whole week of veggies for $20! We bought beets, corn, peppers, cabbage, lettuce, cucumber, scallions, tomatoes, squash and zucchini. This makes me very happy! ^_^

Now I just need to start buying local meat, eggs, cheese and cream and there's little we'll need from the supermarket. At least until the growing season is done. Which reminds me... we borrowed the freezing/canning cookbook from my Mom. We should actually learn from it and can some of these veggies so we can have the local stuff year round.

There's also a pick-your-own-blueberries place on the same road. Plus it'll be blackberry picking time soon, too, though we have to be careful of bears when we do that. Hopefully this time around we won't lose our whole frozen supply in a week-long power outage again!

Oh, and I finished Book the Fifth: The Austere Academy almost entirely in one sitting. Mmmmm.... literary potato chips...

Hey, I just realized I stopped adding quotes to my posts somewhere in the past couple days. I must go back and add appropriate quotes post haste!

"One thing about living in Santa Clara I never could stomach. All the damn vampires." - Grandpa
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I finished The Miserable Mill (Book the Fourth in "A Series of Unfortunate Events") and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There was a lot of suspense and it kept one waiting a while to discover Count Olaf, even if one knew he was still around somewhere. I'm really happy with this series of books. ^_^

[profile] painted_wolf is borrowing Transmetropolitan from [personal profile] sk_brainstorm and has made it through four of the books so far. She was insisting I start them last night but I have so much reading to do now, between Lemony Snicket and the book my therapist asked me to read. I'm so not good at multitasking on reading. I can only read one book at a time.

The moral of 'The Three Bears,' for instance, is 'Never break into someone else's house." The moral of "Snow White" is "Never eat apples." The moral of World War One is "Never assassinate Archduke Ferdinand." - Lemony Snicket
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Almost all of this weekend was good. Just a slightly soured ending, but in the context of the whole weekend it was minor. Just really, really frustrating-to-tears work stuff.

Kathy and I decided to have a day for ourselves since our plans for mini-golf fell through.I really didn't want to leave home since we're almost never there, but Kathy wanted to go out and do stuff. I had to go into town to do a couple quick things for work and we needed groceries, too, so we went out anyway. Not until we slept in late, that is. This means I slept until around 10am and Kathy slept until about noon. Then we did some stuff around home and we got all proper for going into town. Mostly this meant bathing and getting dressed. We first stopped into Chesley's for brunch. We both had the chicken fingers dinner (they make excellent barely-breaded chicken fingers!) and we ended up seeing Karen and the two girls, Katy and Alli. The girls were adorable and were running around in the grass. Oh, to be that full of energy again! :P We had some nice conversation and then we all parted company.

Kathy and I went to my office for a couple minutes and then decided we wanted ice cream. We went to the new place run by high school students (a youth in enterprise program started by a local non-profit and local chain of restaurants). The ice cream was all homemade by the local restaurant chain and we decided on a rather unique flavor called Monkey in the Middle. It is peanut butter ice cream with swirls of chocolate and chunks of banana. The texture was a bit odd but the flavor was very yummy! Kathy had a sundae and I had a waffle cone with two scoops. Mmmmmmm. We also stopped into the new shoe store and much to Kathy's disappointment they didn't carry shoes in her size. She has short feet that are very wide. She usually has to get mens' wide sizes that are too long for her.

Then we bought our groceries for the week and finally stopped in at the farmstand on the way home. Their prices were actually not much higher than the local supermarket and grown without pesticides or chemicals and, most importantly, locally grown and not shippped across country using up fossil fuels. There was a decent variety of vegetables and a little fruit so we hope to stop in some time later this week and buy our produce there.

The rest of the night was very relaxing. I finished The Wide Window, Book the Third in "A Series of Unfortunate Events." Also I noticed at that time that the series of thirteen books has each book written in thirteen chapters. Very clever. I am really, really enjoying these books and it's nice to finally be interested in reading regularly again!

We woke up just in time for me to cook breakfast, for us to bathe and then we were off to play games with Ray, Randy and Sarah. We had a great time! The first game was a three-player game of Phoenicia with Randy, Ray and me. It's an excellent game of resource and hand management with a fair amount of bidding, bluffing and trying to guess your opponents' next moves. I didn't do so well, mostly because I became to fixated with Public Works about halfway through the game and overexpended my resources.

Next Randy, Ray, Kathy and I played Prophecy, which is very much like Talisman only far better. It was better in that it had much simpler rules and mechanics and shorter play time. It played very smooth and I managed to find a great strategy right away that led to my victory without having to fight others over artifacts (the components needed to win). Kathy got really frustrated because she was having horrible luck, which was ironic since she had the one item in the game that is useless and merely a "good luck token" (it had no actual game function). Having played both Talisman and Runebound, I would say this is by far my favorite fantasy board game. The rules are simple and mechanics are easily grasped but the game play can be as heavy as one might like. It fits that nice balance between system and play that I really enjoy. This definitely made it to the wishlist.

To end the day of games, Kathy, Sarah, Randy, Ray and I played a couple really hilarious games of Unspeakable Words. We all had a great time and wackiness ensued. Ray even got down to one sanity point left and started doing a fabulous rendition of Renfield. Well played my friend! :D

After games, Kathy and I went for some dinner and headed to WalMart for ice cream and a journal (my therapist asked me to start keeping a written journal). Then we came home and hit a bit of a sour patch with work stuff, but we've resolved it. We're both really frustrated and aren't going through that again, but it hasn't ruined my weekend. I still had a lot of fun.

"Games are a compromise between intimacy and keeping intimacy away." - Eric Berne


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