In like a lion out like a lamb

I woke up to 8° this morning! It was so cold that after only a minute outside my face was burning. I try to bundle up the children as good as I can, with what I have to work with. Only 2 out of 7 brought scarves and one didn't even have a hat (he used his hood). Yesterday one child didn't have gloves! It is not spring yet!!!! Wishful thinking will not bring it here any faster.

Here’s where you get to laugh at my stupidity –
I was talking to Ashley on the phone the other day. I took a sip of my coffee.
Then I said “UUMMM” and the coffee went splat on the counter,
Because I forgot to swallow first!

The Iditarod starts on Sat. the 7th!!!!! Yeah! Can’t wait. Here is the link to the Official Iditarod site - http://www.iditarod.com/race/
It is a great site. You can get a list of mushers, follow the race on a map, and get day to day coverage. Here is the link for the Nome webcam at the finish line! - http://www.nomealaska.org/vc/cam-page.htm (right now it is set towards the visitor’s center but into the race they turn it towards the finish line). In the past years I have actually caught people crossing the finish line!! It is really cool!

There are lots of great contests and giveaways this week! -
Lots of books over at Jenn’s blog - http://jennsbookshelf.blogspot.com/
And with Dar at http://peekingbetweenthepages.blogspot.com/
Two - $20.00 Amazon certificate giveaway! - http://crazycommamomma.wordpress.com/ and -http://bermudaonion.wordpress.com/2009/03/02/amazon-giveaway/
Another book at - http://thebookkitten.blogspot.com/2009/03/book-giveaway-carnival-story-of-edgar.html
And lots more! You can find a whole list of contests at - http://www.bookroomreviews.com/

I finished a book that Shelley sent me "Indian Creek Chronicles" by Pete Fromm.
I really liked the book, but parts of it made me mad. It is a true account of a college student that takes a job living in a tent through winter in Idaho babysitting salmon eggs. What made me mad was how little they prepared him for this! Wouldn't you think that they would have a mandatory survival seminar and a list of supplies needed and i would also thought that they should have given him most of the supplies! But NO! He really knew nothing of what he was getting into. He had to buy almost all of his own supplies. They supplied the tent, a truck, a chainsaw and a very old small wood stove. It was like they said "sink or swim". They dropped him off and said goodluck.

Reading through the states -
1. California - Echoes, by Erin Grady
2. Florida - In Her Shoes, by Jennifer Weiner
3. Iowa - The Learning, by Ruthann Weaver
4. Massachusetts (Cape Cod) - A Year by the Sea, by Joan Anderson
5. South Carolina - Bastard out of Carolina, by Dorothy Allison
6. Kentucky - The Believers, by Janice Holt Giles
7. Minnesota - Hit By a Farm, by Catherine Friend
8. North Carolina - Scrambled Eggs at Midnight, by Brad Barkley & Heather Hepler
9. Montana - My Hutterite Life, by Lisa M. Stahl
10. Kansas - Waiting for Summer's Return, by Kim Vogel Sawyer
11. Idaho - Indian Creek Chronicles, by Pete Fromm

Here is a list of 100 books that "they" say you should read (not sure who "they" is). The BBC thinks that most people will only read about 6 out of the 100. I have put an * next to the ones that I have read. Instead of a top 5 this week - Go down through the list and count the books you have read (be honest!) and let me know in a comment how many (or few). Watching the movie DOES NOT COUNT!

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte *
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee *
6 The Bible *
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 *
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller *
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
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 in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll *
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame *
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
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 - AA 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 - LM Montgomery
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
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
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett *
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath *
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 - EB White *
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Alborn
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

I have read 21 of these books. How many have you read?


  1. It was cold here too, 17* when I got up this morn. Not a cloud in the sky, very sunny.
    Some of the books you * you had to read in school..I remember.
    Books that I have read.
    2)Lord of the Rings
    6)The Bible
    11)Little women
    16)The Hobbit
    29)Alice in Wonderland
    40)Winnie the Pooh
    57)A Tale of two Cities
    76)The Bell Jar
    87)Charlottes Web
    94)Watership Down
    Have seen lot of them as movies.
    Great give a ways...entered them...
    Love. Mom

  2. only eight inches? You're lucky! Ha Ha we got over a foot by morning and it was still coming down for most of the day. About 20 degrees. very cold.

    Books I have read:

    Harry Potter series. (there are 7 books total and I have read all of them... They are big books ya know!)

    Wuthering Heights

    The Great Gatsby

    The Da Vinci Code

    Lord of The Flies

    Of Mice and Men

    The Secret Garden


    Les Miserables

    Wow, that's a lot of books for someone who says she doesn't read much!

  3. Casey - 8 degrees, not inches of snow. Good job on the reading.

    Mom - you are right, many of then I had to read for school.

  4. It's cold and snowy here again. I can't believe parents send their kids out without proper clothing in that weather.

    LOL-I've done the forgetting to swallow before I open my mouth thing too so it was funny to hear someone else do it.

    Thanks for the shoutout on my giveaways. It's quite the busy week.

    Oh, I've read 27 of those book and a few on my list for this year.

    How's the arm now? Much better I hope.

  5. I sat out in the sunshine to read today. It was breezy which made it chilly but the sun was very warm.

    I've read 29 of the books you had listed. My favorite of all of them is "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" I've read about 14 books since we've been in Florida. Will have to check which states. I remember New Jersey, Alaska, California, Oregon and New York. Some of the books were very good, others not so great. One started in Canada and ended in Illinois and one took place in Australia.

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  7. I've read 29 of the books on the list. Interestingly enough (or perhaps not interesting at all), I only have a desire to read about 15 more. Some of these I've tried to read and decided I'd rather not have them on my list no matter who says I should. :-)

  8. I thought the same thing in Indian Creek Chronicles - that they should've prepared him more!I've read 16 of the books on your list - some of them I've just seen the movie. :)
    I am laughing that you mentioned the iditarod - of course you and I would share this common interest in it! Thank you for providing the links. There's one lady's blog I visit - Dog Daze - that is going to Alaska to watch the races. I would love to see it one day (and still have fantasies about running my own dog sled team...)

  9. Wendy, I couldn't find an email addy for you so I came here. I'll be reviewing Axe of Iron in April sometime. It's yours once I'm done. I'll put a sticky on the book so I don't forget.