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Saturday, December 31, 2005


I’m not big on New Year’s Resolutions. If something needs to be changed in my life, I figure it’s best to change it when I think of it. No need to wait until January 1st.

But this is a good time to be thankful for everything I have, and to remind myself that I should remain thankful for these blessings throughout the year.

Everyday is a chance to watch a beautiful sunrise or a beautiful sunset, if only you take the time to stop and look.

Happy New Year, and may the coming year be full of small joys and the happiness of recognizing how many blessings we have.

ADDENDUM the First:
I am NOT thankful, however, for the cold I seem to be coming down with fighting off.

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Little Bits

The Best Books I Read this Year:
In Camelot’s Shadow by Sarah Zettel
A Sorcerer’s Treason by Sarah Zettel
Sorcery & Cecelia -OR- The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer
Rising Stars by J. Michael Straczynski
The Swan’s War by Sean Russell
The Fencing Master by Arturo Perez-Reverte
Tales of the Otori by Lian Hearn
The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

These are the books that have stuck in my mind througout the year, that I have given or recommended to others, or that I can’t wait to read again. This list does not include books that I reread, otherwise Swordspoint would have been here.

Favorite Movies/TV Shows I Saw this Year:
Batman Begins
The Corpse Bride
Iron Monkey

Favorite Places I Visited:
Newport Aquarium, Newport, KY
National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD

Cookbooks I Use Most Frequently:
How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion: The Essential Cookie Cookbook by King Arthur Flour
Luscious Lemon Desserts by Lori Longbotham
Cookwise by Shirley O. Corriher
The All New, All Purpose Joy of Cooking by Marion Rombauer Becker, Ethan Becker, and Irma S. Rombauer
1000 Vegetarian Recipes by Carol Gelles
Alice Medrich’s Cookies and Brownies by Alice Medrich

ADDENDUM the First:
Excluding any books I read today, I read 150 books this year. The power of Excel tells me that this averages out to 12.5 books a month. This also counts The Great Book of Amber as a single book and not ten separate books.

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auld lang syne

auld lang syne

Main Entry: auld lang syne
Pronunciation: “Ol(d)-“(l)a[ng]-‘zIn, “ol(d)-
Function: noun
Etymology: Scots, literally, old long ago
: the good old times

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Major Degree

Quiz Time!

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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Bad Dog!

Bounder burned down his dog house while we were all in Baltimore!

Luckily, no dogs were harmed in the process, and now my dad has to buy Bounder a new dog house.

Bad dog!

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The Thief’s Gamble

The Thief’s Gamble (1999) Juliet E. McKenna

In the past, I have refused to pick up a series unless I can get all the books in that series. Because there’s little worse than starting a series and then not being about to find the rest of it. However, because I can now order books on-line, and have them delivered to my door at little or no additional cost, I realized that I can start taking a chance on a single book, with the knowledge that I can order the rest of the series even if I can’t find the books locally. So, I picked up The Thief’s Gamble because it looked interesting (and also because the series is completed).

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Monday, December 26, 2005

Dante, Revised


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Sorcery & Cecelia -OR- The Enchanted Chocolate Pot

Sorcery & Cecelia -OR- The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (1988) Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer

After putting down a book that looked promising but I found only annoying after the first several chapters, I picked up Sorcery & Cecelia, which I’d put on my wish list because I thought it looked interesting. I thought that I’d just read a couple of chapters before going to sleep, however at midnight I found myself thinking, “just one more chapter and then I’ll go to sleep” until I’d read half the book.

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Happy Boxing Day!

Yesterday, as was traditional, we played Oh Hell.

This was the bidding for the three hand.
Me: Okay, bids?
Mom: One
Dad: Two
Me: One. That’s four to you Michael, you can’t bid negative one.
Michael: Cool. I bid zero.
Dad: Wait! I didn’t bid!
Me: Yeah you did, you bid two.
Mom: Yes, you bid two, I heard you.
Dad: No! No! That wasn’t my bid! That was ‘One, two, buckle my shoe!’

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Sunday, December 25, 2005

Season’s Greetings!

Merry Christmas!

Happy Hanukkah!

And Happy whatever else you may or may not be celebrating today!


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