"Borrowed" from LJ on LJ!

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE, or strikeout the books you read but didn't like.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read only 6 or less and make them read.

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling

25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien

26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett

70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

Cute little "thang" gakked from Santiago!

1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List 5 songs you like that start with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

My letter- F, given by Santiago

Foolin' - Def Leppard
Forever- Y&T
Feels Like the First Time- Foreigner
Feuer Frie- Rammstein
Figured You Out- Nickelback

fun, gakked from Tacit

Bold all the ones you've done....
 01. Bought everyone in the pub a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain ...Ben Nevis, I was much much younger
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said "I love you" and meant it 0
9. Hugged a tree

10. Done a striptease
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14.  Stayed up all night long, and watch the sun rise...frequently, I used to suffer insomnia, and also for fun once or twice, on the way home from playing in a club, too tightly wound to relax, so stopped to watch sunrise in a quiet place I used to live close to.

15. Seen the Northern Lights

16. Gone to a huge sports game ...and it's rubbish. Organized spectator sports stuck.
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
 18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables ...Competitively too! Grew 20lb onions and 50lb cabbages

19. Touched an iceberg
20. Slept under the stars
21. Changed a baby's diaper

22. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
23. Watched a meteor shower
24. Gotten drunk on champagne
25. Given more than you can afford to charity
26.  Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
27. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment ....Frequently under extreme pain or duress when playing, not a good reaction to have! 28. Had a food fight ...many!
29. Bet on a winning horse....Grand National, bet every year, won a few times...you have to be english to get this!
30. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
31. Asked out a stranger
32. Had a snowball fight ...Great memories, college days, one of only 2 girls in a technical college of 2,000, spent all of the 2 winters there on the defensive...lol!
33. Photocopied your bottom on the office photocopier
34. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
35. Held a lamb ...many times, grew up in the north of rural england
36. Enacted a favorite fantasy ....often
37. Taken a midnight skinny dip
38. Taken an ice cold bath ...yes, but under orders.....i thought it was the worst thing I could endure...ntil the naked snow angel in 3 feet of snow!

39. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
40. Seen a total eclipse
41. Ridden a roller coaster
42. Hit a home run
43. Fit three weeks miraculously into three days
44. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
45. Adopted an accent for an entire day
46. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
47. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment

48. Had two hard drives for your computer
49. Visited all 50 states.
50. Loved your job for all accounts
51. Taken care of someone who was shit faced ...ex was a functioning alcoholic

52. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
53. Had amazing friends
54. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
55. Watched wild whales...sitting in half moon bay, do it every spring I get chance
56. Stolen a sign ...passing place sign from scotland, you had to be there!
57. Backpacked in Europe...does Scotland count?
58. Taken a road-trip ...three thousand miles to relocate to CA from VA...with 4 dogs, a cat and 2 hamsters in an RV!

59. Rock climbing
60. Lied to foreign government's official in that country to avoid notice
61. Midnight walk on the beach

62.Sky diving
63. Visited Ireland
64. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
65. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them

66. Visited Japan
67. Bench pressed your own weight
68. Milked a cow
69. Alphabetized your records

70. Pretended to be a superhero
71. Sung karaoke
72. Lounged around in bed all day
73. Posed nude in front of strangers

74. Scuba diving
75. Got it on to "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye
76. Kissed in the rain
77. Played in the mud
78. Played in the rain

79. Gone to a drive-in theatre
80. Done something you should regret, but don't regret it
81. Visited the Great Wall of China
82. Discovered that someone who's not supposed to have known about your blog has discovered your blog
83. Dropped Windows in favour of something better
84. Started a business
85. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken

86. Toured ancient sites
87. Taken a martial arts class Used to study shotokan katate and kung fu

88. Sword fought for the honour of a woman
89. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight....days at a time, in fact still play 6 hours straight every thursday night!
90. Gotten married

91. Been in a movie (Does a TV show count?)
92. Crashed a party ...and met a lover there
93. Loved someone you shouldn't have
94. Kissed someone so passionately it made them dizzy
95. Gotten divorced
96. Had sex at the office
97. Gone without food for 5 days
98. Made cookies from scratch
99. Won first prize in a costume contest SAtan's Secretary, halloween

100. Ridden a gondola in Venice
101. Gotten a tattoo
102. Found that the texture of some materials can turn you on
103. Rafted the Snake River
104. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
105. Got flowers for no reason
106. Masturbated in a public place
107. Got so drunk you don't remember anything
108. Been addicted to some form of illegal drug
109. Performed on stage
110. Been to Las Vegas...passed through
111. Recorded music
112. Eaten shark
113. Had a one-night stand
114. Gone to Thailand
115. Seen Siouxsie live
116. Bought a house...I’m a Realtor...lol!
117. Been in a combat zone
118. Buried one/both of your parents
119. Shaved or waxed your pubic hair off
120. Been on a cruise ship

121. Spoken more than one language fluently
122. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
123. Bounced a check
124. Performed in Rocky Horror
125. Read - and understood - your credit report
126. Raised children - just not my own
127. Recently bought and played with a favourite childhood toy
128. Followed your favourite band/singer on tour
129. Created and named your own constellation of stars
130. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
131. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
132. Called or written your Member of Congress
132a. Had them write back ...a form letter. Natch.
133. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over.... twice so far, and 1 country!
134. ... more than once?...yes
135. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
136. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking

137. Had an abortion or your female partner did ...vasectomy FTW!
138. Had plastic surgery
139. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived
140. Wrote articles for a large publication
141. Lost over 100 pounds
142. Held someone while they were having a flashback
143. Piloted an airplane
144. Petted a stingray
145. Broken someone's heart
146. Helped an animal give birth
147. Been fired or laid off from a job
148. Won money on a TV game show
149. Broken a bone
150. Killed a human being
151. Gone on an African photo safari
152. Ridden a motorcycle ...and I miss it.
153. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100mph
154. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced ...and also pierced such body parts myself.
155. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol All of the above, actually. I like guns.
156. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
157. Ridden a horse
158. Had major surgery
159. Had sex on a moving train
160. Had a snake as a pet
161. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
162. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
163. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
164. Visited more foreign countries than US states
165. Visited all 7 continents
166. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
167. Eaten kangaroo meat
168. Fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground
169. Been a sperm or egg donor
170. Eaten sushi ...ewww!
171. Had your picture in the newspaper...local paper, for growing huge veggies and donating them to a local retirement home 172. Had 2 (or more) healthy romantic relationships for over a year in your lifetime
173. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
174. Gotten someone fired for their actions
175. Gone back to school ...and not finished that time, either.
176. Parasailed
177. Changed your name
178. Petted a cockroach
179. Eaten fried green tomatoes Also not all that. Kinda gross, actually.
180. Read The Iliad
181. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read, several actually, I’m a bookworm!
182. Dined in a restaurant and stolen silverware, plates, cups because your apartment needed them
183. ... and gotten 86'ed from the restaurant because you did it so many times, they figured out it was you
184. Taught yourself art from scratch ...if photography counts as an art. I think it does.
185. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
186. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
187. Skipped all your school reunions
188. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
189. Been elected to public office
190. Written your own computer language
191. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream...on good days!
192. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
193. Built your own PC from parts
194. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
195. Had a booth at a street fair
196. Dyed your hair
197. Been a DJ
198. Found out someone was going to dump you via LiveJournal
199. Written your own role playing game
200. Been arrested
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EEEEK!! Annual aging attack!!

I was quietly enjoying my week last week, (well, as quietly as possible, given I have a wonderful, but hard to sell listing in Boulder Creek, call me, email me, send me a telepathic message or a carrier pidgeon if you know ANYONE looking for an amazing mountain home with all, and I mean ALL mod cons, including pool, sauna, hot tub, high speed cable internet....the list is endless!) um...back to the plot....it came to me in a flash of horror that I am almost upon the anniversary of my birth. I have never really cared about the years rolling by, since I never *really* get any older, my body may age, but my mind set apparently never will...thank goodness!

However....this year I reach 43. Nothing out of the ordinary you might think, but to me it is HUGE! From my early teens I have always had a wierd interaction with the number, a silly superstition if you will. I spent many years living in a house with that number, and the only 2 times I ever won prize draws those numbers featured prominently. My best ever job had 43 for a payroll number, my first car had it in the registration, the list is endless. All of these things seem to be good luck, I don't recall ever having anything bad linked to it. BUT I had a whole series of nightmares in my early teens in which I died, aged 43. Lots of different and typically teen age drama style deaths, but always aged 43. I fell from a silky white stallion in a horse race, (I can't ride r/l btw) I drove my car off a cliff in an exciting road chase, (don't ask me what or who I was running from, I can't remember) I even very dramatically took my own life with poison to avoid being enslaved by aliens. For the first time in many years my birthday has a very odd significance, so the question is this.....do I celebrate with a party in the hope that there is safety in numbers, go and play at renfaire, spend the time quietly at home with J, or some combination of all of these things? Or something else? Or hide in bed til its done, oh, and another thought, I will be 43 for a year!!

Is a good job I don't really take this seriously, or I could pass away from stress!

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From Physicsduck very cool, thank you! (When shown to my programmer hubby, "I doubt it kills them -- the harvester writers could ignore any page that says "this link kills spam" for example. it'll slow them down for as while though. nice idea."

I'm all for slowing them down at least!!

This link kills spam

Game on!!!

Wow, time to post!

We have been hugely busy, both at work and home, (who wouldn't be with 6...count em...6...dogs to take care of). But I can now proudly reveal the biggest recent project....wait for it... The NEW IMPROVED Gameroom!! For a while now we have been too lazy to actually use graph paper to map when we are playing DnD, so we hung an old projector from the ceiling in the "gameroom" aka the spare bedroom, and projected maps onto a whiteboard topped table. This has always worked great, allowing notes to be scribbled and progress to be mapped....but it had a huge major flaw. It wasn't portable, and since we live somewhat in the boonies....way up in the redwoods of Santa Cruz Mountains, we always had problems holding a good sized group of players and convincing them to haul ass 20-30 miles on a mid week night, play til midnight and then drive home. To their credit there have been and still are a few hardy souls who do this, including our "core player" Sarah, who has been in this from the beginning, and for whom the gameroom morphs into a bedroom each week.

Cool ain't it?? You have no idea how hard it was to figure out how to suspend the mirror...lol.
In the end we used a studio boom mic stand, a drum kit clamp to make a small shelf for the projector to sit on, and the door from a bathroom cabinet (it already had hinges so that adjustments are much easier), which we hung from the boom and tilted to direct the image to the table top. Its first outing will be tomorrow night, so watch this space!!

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With a hearty attitude and a gruff yet caring demeanor, you are staunchly dedicated to fighting the good fight.

Nobody tosses a Dwarf!

And no tossing me either!! (ummmm)