Monday, October 29, 2007

Change of Venue

Okay.... I am going to try wordpress and see if it works any better than BLOGGER... UGH!!!

Here is the new site:

Check it out.

I still have a LOT to learn, and Wordpress seems less "user friendly", but HOPEFULLY I can at least make LINKS!!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Okay... SO I am not COMPLETELY computer saavy. I guess that is obvious because I am not using Wordpress and I am still using Blogger.


The stupid hypertext/hyperlink function simply won't work for me anymore. I can't link to anything unless I give the FULL web address. I hate this. It is messy and unattractive.

Did they change something in the last month?


Children's Literature

I don't have kids, but I still love the books I read as a child. I think it would be fun to go to this exhibit at The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature.
See that top picture? The Color Kittens was one of my absolute favorite books when I was growing up. I remember that my grandmother gave it to me for one of my birthdays, and I was so excited to get to read it that night before going to bed.
Too bad I have NO reason to go to Abilene, Texas anytime in the next few months.



Geez! Accept I'm on the 11 year plan!

One of the things that I regret in my life is not getting done with school in 4 years. I left for school at 18 and I am somehow STILL going to school all these years later.

I got distracted! At first it was going great, I was going to school full time, working part time... BARELY paying my bills and had nothing left over for fun. I remember thinking, "should I buy socks? or buy milk, instead of eating my cereal dry?" I HATED HATED HATED having that decision to make. So, working more (and making more money) seemed like what I really wanted to do. Eventually I was going to school part time and working full time...

They PROMOTED me! I was a MANAGER. So, OBVIOUSLY I had cut out school a little more. Eventually, cutting it out altoghether. "I'm just taking a semester off."

Now here I am... 10 years, and graduation is FINALLY on the horizon for me (ahem...3 schools later). I have a fairly decent job that, for the most part, supports my husband and me (here in the Bay Area even!). But last night, as I was walking back to my car after a night class, I started to feel how much I missed by not experiencing college.

Class was held in the library and I realised that throughout my ENTIRE college career, I had NEVER studied in the library. In fact, I think I have only checked out 3 books from a college library... EVER.I never had time to study in the library. I bought all my books online so I would never have to take time out of my life to go to the library.

I quickly walked outside the library into the dark campus. There were plenty of people around, so I didn't feel timid walking around campus by myself as there were plenty of lights around anyway. As I walked the distance from the library to the parking garage, I saw a group of about 15 people standing near the lake/pond, probably some sort of club or a class. I realised that I had never had time for clubs or friends in college. I never "hung out" with people, because I was always in a mad dash to get to work right after my classes were over.

As I walked, I noticed that I had never even been on that side of campus because none of the buildings looked familiar to me. Since I came to this school, I have only taken classes for my major, so they were all in the same building. The only buidlings I had been in on campus were the History building, the library, the administration building and the bookstore, all of which are right next to eachother.

Then I walked past what must have been a very old chapel. Light was coming through stained glass windows, and I could see people moving and hear music playing through windows along the chapel. I never had time for doing things on campus after classes. I have always gone immediately home to study.

A lot of people at my school have studied abroad. In fact, most of the people majoring in history have studied abroad. I ALWAYS dreamed of doing a semester in Britain or Italy, but I always figured it wasn't an option for me because I couldn't take time off work and NOT have a job. I couldn't save up the money to survive a semester elsewhere in the world.

I don't know why I worked so hard and let school fall along the wayside. I feel more like it happend to me, rather than it being a decision. But at least within the next year it will all be behind me and I will FINALLY have that EXPENSIVE piece of paper.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Cats are deceitful

I had a terrible time with my cat allergies this weekend. My eyes swelled and watered, my throat was red and itchy, my nose dripped...I couldn't sleep because I couldn't breathe...

WHY do I own cats?



Friday, October 19, 2007


When I was growing up my mother received this magazine for quite a few years. I LOVED this magazine so much, it was the first magazine I subscribed to when I moved out of my parents house.

I remember tearing out pages (sorry Mom!) and putting pictures in my design journal. My favorite issues were the Christmas issues. Their Victorian Christmas just seemed perfect. The outfits were so romantic...

Then a few years ago they changed everything. The logo changed, the format changed... But I still stood by my favorite magazine. A few months after their change, I couldn't find an issue anywhere! I called every bookstore in town to see if they carried it. I FINALLY found out that they had discontinued it. My disappointment was great.

Then, a few months ago, I found out that they were bringing it back! YAY!! I went immediately to their website ( ) and subscribed.

I can't wait for the 1st edition to arrive.

Go to your closest bookstore and pick up an issue to check it out yourself.


Thursday, October 18, 2007

I love Cowboys

I read a LOT of blogs everyday. Well... I peruse blogs everyday. I usually skim them until something looks interesting.

A while back I found "The Sartorialist". It is a fashion blog.

It usually contains pictures like this:


There was THIS fabulous picture

You have to understand. I LOVE this look. It looks like just what my grandfather would have worn on a day out at the Louvre.

My dad wears this outfit on a regular basis, sans the chapeau. He saves the hat for special occasions like the county "Round-Up".

I'm glad that someone "selected as one of Time Magazine's Top 100 Design Influencers" agrees with my families sense of style.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Book Meme

Bold those you've read.

Italicize books you have started but couldn't finish.

Add an asterisk* to those you have read more than once.

Color the books Red that you want to read.

Color the books green that you doubt you will ever read.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell - Don't know enough about it

Crime and Punishment


One Hundred Years of Solitude - Don't know enough about it

Wuthering Heights

The Silmarillion

Life of Pi: A Novel

The Name of the Rose

Don Quixote

Moby Dick


Madame Bovary

The Odyssey

Pride and Prejudice*

Jane Eyre

A Tale of Two Cities - I've tried 4 times... YUCK

The Brothers Karamazov

Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies

War and Peace

Vanity Fair

The Time Traveller's Wife

The Iliad


The Blind Assassin

The Kite Runner

Mrs. Dalloway

Great Expectations

American Gods

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Atlas Shrugged

Reading Lolita in Tehran

Memoirs of a Geisha


Quicksilver (Never heard of it)

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

The Canterbury Tales

The Historian

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Never heard of it)

Love in the Time of Cholera

Brave New World

The Fountainhead

Foucault's Pendulum (Never heard of it)



The Count of Monte Cristo


A Clockwork Orange

Anansi Boys

The Once and Future King

The Grapes of Wrath

The Poisonwood Bible


Angels & Demons

The Inferno

The Satanic Verses

Sense and Sensibility*

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Mansfield Park

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

To the Lighthouse

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Oliver Twist

Gulliver's Travels

Les Misarables

The Corrections (Never heard of it)

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Never heard of it)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Never heard of it)


The Prince

The Sound and the Fury (Never heard of it)

Angela's Ashes

The God of Small Things (Never heard of it)

A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present

Cryptonomicon (Never heard of it)

Neverwhere (Never heard of it)

A Confederacy of Dunces (Never heard of it)

A Short History of Nearly Everything


The Unbearable Lightness of Being



The Scarlet Letter*

Eats, Shoots & Leaves

The Mists of Avalon

Oryx and Crake (Never heard of it)

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Cloud Atlas (Never heard of it)

The Confusion (Never heard of it)



Northanger Abbey

The Catcher in the Rye

On the Road (Never heard of it)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

The Aeneid

Watership Down

Gravity's Rainbow (Never heard of it)

The Hobbit

In Cold Blood

White Teeth (Never heard of it)

Treasure Island

David Copperfield

The Three Musketeers

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Castles, Chateaus, Palaces... Whatever you want to call them.

I love castles.

I have been to a few such as...


and my absolute favorite


But after looking at http:// (sorry hyperlinks are acting up)

I just want to travel even more than I did before!


Thursday, October 04, 2007

Oppenheimer - Breakfast in NYC

These guys were the openers for They Might Be Giants this weekend. They were FABULOUS! AND SO FUNNY!!

I bought their CD and a T-shirt at the concert. They were selling them themselves and Shaun (the drummer) even folding quite nicely before handing it to me!


My favorite song is My Son the Astronaut. GO BUY THEIR CD!!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Traditional Home has a slideshow of unbelieveably BLUE furniture. It is so deep and velvet-y...

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