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Books February 26, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — kristinskaleidoscope @ 8:50 pm

Being the little sister again I had to steal this from Karie.

The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?


Copy and paste the list below into a “new note” window. Mark those you have read with an ‘x’ (and remove any x’s from those you haven’t read).

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen ()
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien ()
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (X)
4 Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling ()
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (x)
6 The Bible – (x)
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 (x)
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy ()
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller ()
14 Partial Works of Shakespeare ()
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier ()
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien ()
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk ()
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’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll (x)

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame ()
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy ()
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens (X)
33 Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis (X)
34 Emma – Jane Austen ()
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen ()
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis (X)
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 – A.A. 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 Meany – John Irving ()
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins ()
46 Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery (x) –the entire series
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 (X)
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’s Diary – Helen Fielding ()
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie ()

70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville ()
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens (X)
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker ()
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett (x)
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson ()
75 Ulysses – James Joyce ()
76 The Inferno – Dante ()
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 – E.B. White ()
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom (X)
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 ()

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo ()

Most of them are different then my sister but we tied at 13.


Late Weekend Update February 25, 2009

Filed under: Me,My son Elvis,Uncategorized — kristinskaleidoscope @ 9:30 pm
Elvis and Momma getting on the Train

Elvis and Momma getting on the Train

So my weekend update is a couple days late, but I guess better late then never. Elvis,  Auntie Karie and I had lots of fun on the train ride. It was a long ride and we were glad that we had packed our own lunch. Elvis looking out train window
Elvis was already making plans with Auntie on the train to go swimming next weekend.

disney2I also got to get a shirt sewn for me for work, a motorcycle shirt for Elvis sewn and we got to spend time with Uncle Jeremy J. and Grandma J. playing Scene-it Disney 2nd Edition. Elvis got this for his Uncle for his birthday. It is a blast to play.  I am not just saying that because I won either.  Some times it pays to have a two year old who likes to watch the same movie over and over and over.


Long night February 20, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — kristinskaleidoscope @ 8:56 pm

worriesSomeone, I won’t mention who (Daddy), let Elvis take to long of a nap yesterday which resulted in Elvis not falling asleep till late and then he woke up at 2:20 this morning!  He got me up and decided it was time to talk, and talk, and talk.  He talked about his Uncle Jeremy’s birthday, which was yesterday.  He talked about the Gummi Bears and Batman.  He talked about the train ride he is going to go on on Saturday.  I could not shut him up!  I got him some warm milk, I got him a movie to watch and still all he wanted to do was talk.  And he is only 2 and 1/2!   I love it when he talks to me but I am dragging today.


Sad Morning February 19, 2009

Filed under: Me,My son Elvis — kristinskaleidoscope @ 8:32 pm

bear9It was very hard to leave my little guy this morning. When I was helping him get dressed this morning he told me he was getting ready to go to work. I told him that he did not want to go to work because it is boring to sit and type all day but he told me he was going to work to help me. We got in the car and he recognized the route this morning and cried the whole way that he wanted to go to work with me. When I had dropped him off he was still crying that he wanted to go to work with me as I was shutting the door behind me. I wish I wanted to go to work that bad, I just wanted to stay home with him!


Red Velvet Truffles February 16, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — kristinskaleidoscope @ 11:27 pm


Valentine Truffles for the Valentine Dessert Auction.


New, Old Show February 12, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — kristinskaleidoscope @ 6:41 pm

gummi-bearsElvis got to go and stay at Grandma’s house yesterday.  She has been letting him watch some old recorded TV shows that we watched and loved when we were kids.  The one he has falling in love with is “Gummi Bears”. This was one of my brothers favorites and he had collected many of the toys.  He dug out the toys for Elvis to play with and Elvis was so excited!  Elvis also has gotten very good at singing the song
mirrorNotice the Scooby-Doo shirt Elvis is wearing.  This was the one him and momma made for him.  It was pretty easy to make so I think we will be making some more for him.  The pattern is from Simplicity.

We are having a dessert auction at work tomorrow, I have decided to make some truffles, they are fun to make, come out looking like you worked real hard on them but they are really easy.  Elvis and I will be busy making these tonight.  He won’t make momma make these alone.  Also our friend let us borrow the tractor cake pan that she used for her sons birthday.  It was the party I bloged about earlier, ever since that day Elvis has been talking about the cake.  We made the cake last night and he won’t let me forget to frost it tonight.


Weekend Update February 9, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — kristinskaleidoscope @ 11:31 pm

book1I was very satisfied with all that I got done this weekend.  Let’s see if I still am when I get home tonight.  I think I get so much done on the weekend and then when I get home from work on Monday night I see how much needs to be done and I sit and wonder what I did all weekend, so it is good to have it in writing what I got done.  Elvis and I got a trip to the Library in where we checked out many new adventures.  I had looked up many of the books before we went to the Library so I knew what I was getting but that did not help to much when Elvis is talking to loud and wanting to run away from momma.  At least the librarians were understanding, I thought they were going to ask us to leave.  We went from there to a local thrift store, mom had told us about some books on tape she had found there that Elvis might like.  Then we were off for a picnic with Gramma, GGma, GGpa, Auntie, and Uncles.  Elvis was so excited to see them that he did not care that it started to get cold half way through our meal.  When we got home we did a lot of reading and a few art projects, plus making brownies. 

haircut.Sunday after I took the morning to clean the house, dishes, and the dog (yes, Rose got a bath!)  Elvis got a haircut.  He got a bath to get the “itchy hair” off and then he ran around the house saying, “Elvis clean, Rose clean” (Using his and the dog’s real names of course:)).  Then he helped me sew, he is getting very good at helping me and is guiding the fabric through, with just a little help from mom(wink).