{March 12, 2010}   Eclipse

OKOK so I know I’m about 10 years too old to be into this movie … but I’m a big sucker for star-struck romance what can I say. Fellow fans – enjoy. 😀 Non-fans … fair enough. Just leave me to my guilty pleasure in peace. – AND thanks Alex for posting this. I’d seen it available to be watched elsewhere, and meant to go back to it but forgot. You were my reminder. 🙂

{March 11, 2010}   Bizzy bizzy bizzy

Hey all –

So wanted to apologize for not being on the ball with the blogging this week. Work work work, and spending time with the family when home. And with my friend Liz coming to visit this weekend, it will be a pretty busy time then as well. But I just wanted to let everyone know all is well here, we’re enjoying the lovely spring weather, and hope you all are too! 🙂 It’s been a busy week but not a bad one, and hope that’s the case for everyone. Unbored and happy are not bad ways to be. 🙂

Cheers – S

We had a busy evening Friday –
A dinner out
And some time at
Our favourite indoor playground.

Yesterday we headed off
to Kingston, where I went to school.
So much changed,
So much the same,
A nostalgia trip indeed.
Lots of fun with our toddling
Little Tyke along for the ride.

Today – church and a quiet afternoon.
Enjoying these days!
Tomorrow, looking forward to work.
God is in His Heaven,
All’s right with the world.

Two days ago I finished reading the 1100-page brick known as ‘Under the Dome’ by Stephen King … one more book off of my 101 Books in 1001 Days off my list! Said list, plus a review, follows.

1. Dead and Gone – Charlaine Harris
2. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
3. Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi
4. The Year of Living Biblically – A.J. Jacobs
5. A History of God – Karen Armstrong
6. Dreams from My Father – Barack Obama
7. Beloved – Toni Morrison
8. ‘Tis – Frank McCourt
9. The Host – Stephenie Meyers
10. The Constant Princess – Phillipa Gregory
11. Wicked – Gregory Maguire
12. The Six Wives of Henry the 8th – Alison Weir
13. Eleanor of Aquitaine – Alison Weir
14. Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
15. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
16. The Two Towers – J.R.R. TOlkien
17. The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien
18. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
19. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling
20. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling
21. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling
22. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
23. Dracula – Bram Stoker
24. Paradise Lost – John Milton
25. The Inferno – Dante
26. Towelhead – Alicia Erian
27. Sex, Lies, and Headlocks – Shaun Assael and Mike Mooneyham
28. The Way the Crow Flies – Ann-Marie MacDonald
29. The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
30. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
31. This United Church of Ours – Ralph Milton
32. Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman
33. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
34. Stardust – Neil Gaiman
35. Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
36. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
37. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
38. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
39. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
40. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
41. Deception Point – Dan Brown
42. Digital Fortress – Dan Brown
43. The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown
44. Lolita – Vladimir Nobokov
45. Atonement – Ian McEwan
46. All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren
47. Under the Dome – Stephen King
48. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
49. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
50. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
51. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
52. Scarlett – Alexandra Ripley
53. White Noise – Don De Litto
54. Their Eyes were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
55. Primary Colours – Anonymous
56. Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates
57. Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow
58. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
59. Misquoting Jesus – Bart Ehrman
60. Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlasser
61. My Years as Prime Minister – Jean Chretien
62. Memoirs – Pierre Trudeau
63. Shake Hands with the Devil – Romeo d’Allaire
64. Team of Rivals – Doris Kearns Goodwin
65. The Secret Mulroney Tapes – Peter C. Newman
66. Why I Hate Canadians – Will Ferguson
67. I was a Teenage Katima-Victim – Will Ferguson
68. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
69. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe – Douglas Adams
70. Life, the Universe and Everything – Douglas Adams
71. So Long and Thanks for All the Fish – Douglas Adams
72. Mostly Harmless – Douglas Adams
73. Fifth Business – Robertson Davies
74. The Manticore – Robertson Davies
75. World of Wonders – Robertson Davies
76. The Donnellys – James Reaney
77. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
78. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
79. Farenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
80. Not Wanted on the Voyage – Timothy Findlay
81. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
82. Coraline – Neil Gaiman
83. The Crucible – Arthur Miller
84. Mirror Mirror – Gregory Maguire
85. Snarky Responses to Yahoo! Answers – Matthew Cory
86. Sorbonne Confidential – Laurel Zuckerman
87. What Happened to Anna K – Irina Reyn
88. The Silver Linings Playbook – Matthew Quick
89. Hey Nostradamus! – Douglas Coupland
90. Girlfriend in a Coma – Douglas Coupland
91. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
92. The 5 People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
93. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
94. Interview with the Vampire – Ann Rice
95. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
96. The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe
97. Guys and Dolls – Damon Runyon
98. Good Book – David Plotz
99. He’s Just Not that Into You – Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo, Lauren Monchik
100. The Ultimate Weight Solution – Dr. Phil McGraw
101. Real Life: Preparing for the 7 Most Challenging Days of Your Life – Dr. Phil McGraw

I’m not going to say much about UNDER THE DOME’s plot short of the summary that, a dome encloses a small Maine town, and people’s true personalities, be they benevolent or less-so, shine through in ways and with distinct clarity with which they might not have otherwise. In many ways a cautionary tale – on an isolationist level, a ‘fear does strange things to good people’ level, a ‘beware of the Moral Majority movement’ level, on an environmental level … even as such a thick book in excess of 1000 pages, there is not one wasted paragraph, nary an unnecessary word in UNDER THE DOME. Widely agreed to be King’s best novel since his heyday (The Stand et al), it is a thick but engrossing and fast-paced read, a deceptively quick one too considering the size of the book. With a bit of something for everyone – intra- and inter-personal relationships, mystery/crime, sci-fi, and yes even a small touch of romance (although beware – only a small amount, as the tacked-on romantic subplot isn’t touched upon for at least 900 pages), there are not many people out there to whom I wouldn’t recommend Under the Dome. To call it “beach reading” is insulting to just how intricate and intelligent this book is (and its physical heft), but once you are familiar with the characters and situation, it is no harder to read than a good thriller, and yet it is ever so much more.

{March 3, 2010}   Roger Ebert

This man is so inspirational. Roger Ebert was the longtime ‘thumbs up/down’ critic for At the Movies, hosting first with Gene Siskel and eventually Richard Roeper, before suffering from cancer. The ensuing treatment left Ebert unable to eat, drink or speak, and he has been communicating using computer voice technology and the typed/written word (he is a prolific and fabulous Tweeter), without the benefit of his own voice, since 2006 …

Until now. With the help of state-of-the-art technology, while Ebert still relies on computer ‘voice overs’, he has now had a program assembled which sounds exactly like him (albeit more digitized), using the vast library of recordings of his voice from over the years. Check it out:

Absolutely fabulous. Be sure and check out his Twitter and blog as well (Google, he’s not hard to find and I’m too lazy to add hyperlinks right now lol) – he’s such an intelligent, witty man who has rolled with so many punches and who I find just so very cool.

So guys I worked all week last week, and, y’know, spent the weekend with my family and the Olympics (yeah I never was a big fan but this year, they’ve intrigued me). But I did want to check in and let you know it was a fabulous weekend. Not only was I incredibly proud, of course, of both Canadian hockey teams and all the other athletes from all countries for their athletic accomplishments and performances this weekend, but our little family had a nice little weekend too, with a visit to a local wave pool yesterday (LT LOVED THIS, despite being a bit uncertain at first … and when he got cold? it had a heated pool right next to the wavy one), a decent job interview for next year, and a visit to church and otherwise a quiet afternoon today. Tomorrow, back to work as always, and the start of a bible study I’ve signed up for – with a few hours to take LT to Cosmic Adventures in between times. But I love my blog and don’t ever just want to write in it because I’m bored or have nothing else to do – I wanted to share as well that things are going superbly. 🙂 Hope everyone else had a good weekend, and is looking forward to a good week ahead. XO

et cetera