Epic Autograph

I was internet star-struck last night at the Buzz Out Loud meetup at the Edison Downtown in LA. Tom Merritt was kind enough to autograph the sleeve for my Starbucks gift card. It’s totally ripped off from the Twitter Fail Whale! (If this is gibberish to you, sorry for the internet geeking-out, but … well, that’s who I am.) I requested this and Tom complied with the appropriate sense of whimsy and irony. I’m *not* a completely obsessed fangirl. Truly I’m not. Truly….

Knitting content: I was trolling for compliments on my Twisted Float Cardigan and indulgent BOL-ers graciously obliged. Also, I got a few rows knitted of my Imagine sweater for DD during the Friday-night-LA-stop-and-go-traffic on the way to the Edison. Many thanks again to darthweef, Mrs. darthweef, and phatemokid for being awesome traveling companions.


New Braces?

Can’t see them, can you? That’s because they’re “Invisaligns”. I’m amazed at how comfortable they are. But then again, I’m used to a night guard. They made something like 2 dozen plus sets of uppers and lowers designed to be worn for two weeks each, just as metal braces would be adjusted every month. But these are removable for eating or drinking anything other than water. They feel tight right now but will loosen up as my teeth slowly align, then I’ll switch to the next set. With each new set I’m told to expect a half-day or more of soreness.

Being a lot less obtrusive and painful, they cost more than metal braces, but my correction is such that I won’t have to wear them more than a few months longer than metal braces. I have a tiny lisp, but that would’ve been true for metal braces, too. Fortunately, my dental insurance covers part of the cost.

All in all, I’m pretty pleased. Tune in, though, in a few months. I’ll have to carry the case and a travel toothbrush everywhere. Brushing and care, like for dentures, are also involved. Still — I think I made the right choice for me.

Knitting content: I made more progress on the Wrapigan, almost to the next sleevehole and ending the short rows.

Sea of Bikes

A quick post just to commemorate our day-trip to Santa Barbara. The photo is in front of a former hotel converted to freshman dorm about a mile from campus. At least 75% of residents ride bikes; others skateboard. This was a mere sliver of the bike racks.

Also on our visit we heard NY TImes columnist Thomas Friedman speak about his latest book — Hot, Flat, and Crowded. What an amazing speaker and thinker! I wish he could be Energy Czar, or Czar of anything to lead our country. The lecture we heard live is also at http://www.thomaslfriedman.com, right sidebar, you’ll need to download Silverlight..

No knitting content: somehow I couldn’t really knit in the car and we were otherwise really busy.

The Big Read

Life and work have been so crazy (I’d just as soon forget the events of this week, thank you) that I’m only now getting around to posting again.  No pix or knitting content, but a meme that I’ve seen for a while that I’m finally ready to tackle.


The Big Read (http://www.neabigread.org/) said that, on average, adults have only read six books on this list. So … copy this list, remove my yeses and nos, and add your comments (favourable or otherwise) about the ones you have read. Don’t forget to include a total.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen – AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR, 1ST IN HIGH SCHOOL
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien – NO
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte – OFTEN, 1ST IN HIGH SCHOOL
5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee – YES, 1st IN HIGH SCHOOL
6 The Bible – PARTS
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte – TEACH IT ALMOST EVERY YEAR
8 1984 – George Orwell – YES, HIGH SCHOOL
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman – YES AS AN ADULT, MADE MY KIDS READ IT TOO
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens – YES, 1ST IN COLLEGE
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott – YES, 1ST IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy – YES, 1ST TIME IN HIGH SCHOOL
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller – YES, HIGH SCHOOL
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare – YES, ALMOST ALL PLAYS AND POETRY
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier – YES, 1ST TIME IN HIGH SCHOOL
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien – NO, STARTED SEVERAL TIMES
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks – NO
18 The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger – TEACH IT EVERY YEAR
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger – NO
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot- YES, COLLEGE
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell – YES, COLLEGE
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald – TEACH IT EVERY YEAR
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens- NO
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy – NO
25 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams – PARTS
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh – NO
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky – NO
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll – YES, 1ST TIME IN ELEM SCHOOL
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame – YES, ELEM SCHOOL
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy – NO
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens – YES, HIGH SCHOOL
33 The Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis – YES, AS AN ADULT
34 Emma – Jane Austen – YES, AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen – YES, AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – YES (redundant — Chronicles of Narnia)
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini – NO
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres- NO
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden – NO
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne – YES, ELEM SCHOOL
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell -YES, HIGH SCHOOL
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown – NO
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez – YES, COLLEGE
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving –  NO
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins – YES, HIGH SCHOOL
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery – YES, 1ST TIME IN ELEM SCHOOL
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy – YES, COLLEGE
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood – YES, COLLEGE
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding – YES, HIGH SCHOOL
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan – NO
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel – NO
52 Dune – Frank Herbert- YES, 1ST TIME IN HIGH SCHOOL
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons – NO
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen – YES, 1ST TIME IN HIGH SCHOOL
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth – NO
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon – NO
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens – YES, COLLEGE
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley – YES, HIGH SCHOOL
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon – NO
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez – NO
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck – YES, HIGH SCHOOL
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov – NO
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt – NO
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold – NO
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas – NO
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac – YES, COLLEGE
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy – YES, COLLEGE
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding – NO
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie – NO
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville – NO, STARTED SEVERAL TIMES
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens – YES, ELEM SCHOOL
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker – NO
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett – YES, ELEM SCHOOL
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson – NO
75 Ulysses – James Joyce – NO, STARTED SEVERAL TIMES
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath – YES, COLLEGE
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome – NO
78 Germinal – Emile Zola – NO
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray – YES, COLLEGE
80 Possession – AS Byatt- NO
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens – YES, ELEM SCHOOL
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell – YES
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker -YES, AS ADULT
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro – NO
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert – YES, COLLEGE
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry – NO
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White – YES, 1ST TIME ELEM SCHOOL
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom – NO
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – YES, 1ST TIME IN ELEM SCHOOL
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton – NO
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad – YES
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupe – YES, ELEM SCHOOL
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks – NO
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams – YES, HIGH SCHOOL
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole – NO
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute – NO
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas – YES, HIGH SCHOOL

98 Hamlet – Shakespeare – YES (redundant Works of Shakespeare)

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl – YES, 1st TIME IN ELEM SCHOOL
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo -YES

TOTAL: 56, but I was an English major and now teach high school English