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101 Things in 1001 Days February Update
February 27, 2010, 11:30 pm
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Well no progress, I did get one lesson in on the sewing machine but nothing stuck as my niece was visiting and wanting me to play Monopoly Junior.

I did find out I will graduate from college in September a quarter sooner than I thought. So that goal can be marked off!! I need to relook at my list and see what I can work on. My recipe box needs to be finished and pictures can be scanned onto the computer.  So I need to get crackin! I have spring fever pretty bad and can’t wait to get my hands into the dirt! I have seeds to start for the garden. So I’m looking ahead to that goal.


1001 Books February Update
February 27, 2010, 11:23 pm
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It was a rough month for my book challenge,  but I did finish two long books. The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro was a horrendous book. It was confusing and so completely anticlimactic. In my opinion the worst book I’ve read so far on the list. And it was a beast at well over 500 pages.

The Plot Against America by Philip Roth was a great book, it was just a slow read for me. It was a history book that played the what if game had Charles Lindbergh had been voted president in the 40s and America not entered WWII. A very cool look at history.

A few days ago I started far from the Madding Crows by Thomas Hardy. Its a beautifully written book and I’m cruising through it. Hopefully the end of next week it will be done.

Considering tomorrow is the last day of the month I’ll have to say that I’m behind by 8 books. Not the place I want to be, but it is what it is.

I currently have from the library The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy and The Return of the Native also by Thomas Hardy.

As I’ve mentioned before I like to read my way through an author before moving to the next. Though on my last trip to the library I have three branches of the Toledo Public library I like to frequent and I went to the Sylvania Ave branch,  I had a hard time finding books on my list. Thomas Hardy was about it.

I sat down today and went through my list and found what books I need to read to be done with an author. I have four Ian McEwans, one Alice Walker, one John Irving, two Hemingways, one Kazuo Ishiguro, six Philip Roths and two more Thomas Hardy. These are of course the books I specifically look for at the library and they continue to elude me. I’ll have to request them at the desk or figure out how on the website.

I discovered a local used books store and I found a bunch of my books I need in there for very reasonable.  Also going to visit my mother in Fulton County, a local library was having a used book sale. Again made out like a bandit with a donation.  So I’m plugging away and moving on to better books. I found my complete works of Edgar Allen Poe and I think I’ll turn in early and work my way through as he has three books on the list. happy Reading!

101 Things in 1001 Days January Update
February 1, 2010, 1:17 am
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So the 5th of January celebrated the first year anniversary of my list. I did a count and accomplished 25 things on my list in a year, good, but not good enough to finish on time. I finished two goals this month.

So I finally did it! The kitchen is painted!!!! Its such a weight off my shoulders and it looks amazing. I love the color combo, its Berry Bush and Jungle Orange as trim. It makes me smile. Its the last of my indoor painting goals. Though I have to do a little trim work in the bathroom as the new vanity is shorter than the old one. I also need to touch up the hallway door frame, between the 6 dogs and hubby it gets nicked up often.

I also went to an art exhibit. For my birthday i asked to see the Dale Chihuly Glass exhibit at the Toledo Art Museum.  it wasn’t as good as I was hoping but it was still fun.

I also canned for the first time, I made Pear Balsamic Honey. I’m not marking that off my list until I learn to use a pressure canner in a few months. I’m getting the hang of Boiling Water Bath canning before going to a pressure canner. Its horribly addicting and I can’t wait to can something more! This was a lazy weekend and I blew my extra cash at the second hand book store so no extra canning ingredients. I have two canning cookbooks to pursue and plan my next adventure!

My next task learning to use my sewing machine.  I want to sew polka dot curtains for my kitchen windows and hubby has a pile of jeans that need to be mended and I’d like to sew myself an apron. I’m also thinking I’m going to work on crocheting, I could slightly do it at one time. I think it would be the coolest thing in the world to make my little dog a sweater and various hats for the dogs to protect their ears from the cold. They are all spoiled house dogs, but because they are spoiled they should have hats to protect their ears! =)

After that I maybe ready for pressure canning and can mark learn to can off my list!!

I’ll sign off here from the frigid pits of urban hell. One day i may become a snow bird!!!

1001 Books to read January Update
February 1, 2010, 12:29 am
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So January mys well be over. First off I finally caught my math error, its not 4 years, but 17 years to complete my goal! I was way off I know, this is why I read. Hubby figured it out for me.

So I finished Enduring Love by Ian McEwan and The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald. I love The Great Gatsby, I read this years ago and wanted to reread. Enduring Love had its moments, not completely terrible but not great.

I’m still working on The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro. Its a long, confusing book. I haven’t grasped quite what’s going on and that makes it hard to read. I’m plugging along, though.

I’m also working on The Plot Against America by Phillip Roth. Its actually a quite interesting book, its based in the 1940s and speculates what would have happened if Charles Limburgh was elected president. How America had its own Holocaust because of his German ties. Its a good book, but I haven’t gotten in the groove of it yet.

For a change I’m working on a third book Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte. I only need one more book to reach my goal for the month and I figured I could get this one done! I love the Bronte sisters. I might work on it yet tonight and try to finish it. I’ve gotten back in the habit of writing before I go to bed and I really missed it and love doing it again! Though hubby could do without the bedside lamp! He keep threatening with a dimmer lamp.

I went to a local second hand book store this weekend, oh my God! I spent more than I should’ve but they had so many of the books I was looking for for my list! I splurged and got:

Agnes Grey Anne Bronte

1984 George Orwell

Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

Anna Kariena Leo Tolstoy

The Catcher in the Rye J D Salinger

Rebecca Daphne du Maurier

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde R L Stevenson

I picked up a few more off list and a cookbook for my SIL.

I’ll finish what I have from the library and work on what I have now. I think I’m getting a bit burnt out and read an off book this weekend, pure shameless smut romance novel. =) it was a great change and I think it’ll fresh me back up for the challenge.

Honestly learning this was going to take me 17 years took some wind out of my sails. I have another list of books I can’t wait to read. So I’ll just have to sneak them in as I go. Say a prayer for me to get through The Unconsoled, at least its not as dry as The Remains of the Day.

Current tally 24 read, 1 book short of January goal.

Happy Reading