Monthly Archives: April 2012

Sunday R&R

Sundays are a time of rejuvenation for myself, as I find delight in the most simple and slow-paced delights.  Coffee tastes better on Sundays with breakfast after sleeping in with no care in the world about time frames.  My neglected laundry gets the attention it deserves in between whatever endeavors I deem pleasant to pass the time.  I hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday!

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Book List

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. 1984 by George Orwell
  3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  4. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  5. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  7. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  8. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  9. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  10. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  11. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  12. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  13. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  14. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  15. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  16. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  17. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  18. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  19. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  20. Ulysses by James Joyce
  21. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  22. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  23. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  24. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  25. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  26. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  27. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  28. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  29. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  30. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  31. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  32. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  33. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  34. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  35. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  36. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  37. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  38. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  39. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  40. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  41. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  42. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  43. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  44. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  45. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  46. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  47. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  48. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  49. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  50. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  51. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
  52. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  53. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  54. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  55. The Stand by Stephen King
  56. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  57. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  58. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  59. Dune by Frank Herbert
  60. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  61. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  62. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  63. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  64. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  65. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  66. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  67. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  68. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  69. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  70. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  71. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  72. Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
  73. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  74. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  75. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  76. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
  77. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  78. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  79. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
  80. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  81. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  82. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  83. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  84. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  85. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  86. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  87. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  88. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  89. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  90. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  91. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  92. Emma by Jane Austen
  93. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  94. Siddharta by Hermann Hesse
  95. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
  96. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  97. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  98. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  99. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  100. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

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New tradition

I have decided that my new tradition to establish will occur yearly on my birthday, obviously beginning next year.  The tradition that I am tentatively establishing (since it hasn’t been made official) is to write down the names of cities I’d like to go to for a few days that I have never been, proceed to draw one from a jar or my trusty Texas Rangers cap, and purchase a ticket and hop on a plane to said destination for a long weekend every year.  Boom.

 

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Road Trip

I am deeply craving a road trip through NM, AZ, NV to CA and back. I want to see the Grand Canyon as well as stay a night in Vegas and knock out several of my list items all in one swoop. I’m thinking that some saving is in order for this one!

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Pride & Prejudice

I have commenced the reading of the first novel on my list, which is the timeless classic Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.  I purchased the book a while back at my local Barnes & Noble and completely fell in love with the leather-bound book (picture to follow). 

It amazes and saddens me to read such eloquent grammar and inadvertently compare it along the way to modern vocabulary, or lack thereof.  It shames me to think that we seemingly only use one fourth of the English language in our day to day communications. 

Anyway, so far I am loving the book.  Cheers!

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Self growth

The definition of insanity is essentially doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, which is appropriate for the Insanity workout program, but not for life.  If you continue to take part in the same things every weekend, with the same people, it  completely hinders your self growth. 

 

If you never take chances on new things or people, you will keep getting the exact same results in your life that you get now.  Branch out and meet new people and take chances.  Don’t be discouraged by things you try that aren’t your favorite.  Instead, know you at least tried it and move on to the next thing.  Get beyond your comfort zone to experience life, and I promise you will not regret it.   

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Crazy

Crazy has many definitions. It just depends on who you ask. If you were to call me crazy, I’d take it as a compliment and nod in agreement proudly. Some may disagree, but to me crazy can just be someone who is bold, a maker of bold choices (I’m a fan), and a status quo changer. It can be someone who isn’t afraid to not only think outside of the box, but to think as if there is no damn box.

We live in a world of falsely self-entitled individuals who all think the world hangs on their Facebook statuses about their every detail. High school teenagers watch Jersey Shore and 16 & Pregnant marathons, and yet I wonder why their grammar is sometimes equivalent to that of a third grader with a baby bump. What the hell happened? MTV used to actually have music.

Call me crazy, but it seems to me like so many people are sleepwalking through life-the living dead. When I made this website, it was for me. I had an epiphany one evening and knew it was a wake up call. Whether anyone reads it or not, it keeps me in check and tracks my progress. I made my list of 30 things to accomplish in the next three years by age 30.

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This is the nicest thing I can say about today

That is all.   Touché Friday the 13th… Touché

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Actions

Action speak much louder than words.  At 27, I have realized the importance of actions.  You don’t tell someone who you love them; you show them.  You don’t say you’re going to change; you change.  You don’t tell yourself that you will look like a vixen in your swimwear by June; you make yourself look like a damn vixen come summer.

I pledge to be a woman of my word and most importantly, a woman of action. Today I completed Insanity Day 8.  It is a 60 day challenge, but I can already tell that it’s building a new lifestyle for me, which is stellar.  Cheers!

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Digging deep

I injured my knee during last night’s Day 4 Insanity workout.  I’m keeping my knee propped up at work with a makeshift ice pack, made with a Ziplock bag and bubble wrap, tied to my knee with a tourniquet ( I work with clinical trials so they’re everywhere).  So stylish at my desk…

I ventured out to Dick’s Sporting Goods on my lunch break to purchase a knee brace and ended up ordering Reebok RealFlex shoes in my size.  They are just lovely!  I can’t wait for them to arrive at my home next week.  Now, back  to my knee.  Obviously this puts a damper on my challenge, so I will be modifying my workouts to include exercises that do not involve jumping, but still work out with the video to stay motivated and use their time-points for intervals until my knee is better.

On with Day 5!

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