Most of them were audiobooks downloaded from the public library and loaded onto my ipod to listen to while I drive.
Most of them were audiobooks downloaded from the public library and loaded onto my ipod to listen to while I drive.
I should give up on this blog and erase it, but even if it appears that I am ignoring it, I actually do keep one thing up to date. My list of what I’ve read. So if anyone is interested, here is the list from 2011, and I’ll be starting a new list for 2012.
Don’t let the excitement be too much for you.
oh, and there are other ways to see what I’m up to, so if you are interested, let me know.
NPR put together the list using a popularity contest, so these aren’t the ‘best’ books, just the most popular.
Let’s see how many I’ve read.
I will bold the ones I’ve read (or for series, am reading.)
I will bold, but crossout the ones that I’ve started and haven’t finished, and aren’t interested in finishing.
hmmm, looking it over I think I have some things to read.
1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
3. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
6. 1984, by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
22. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
25. The Stand, by Stephen King
26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
28. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne
38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys
39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells
40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson
44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
49. Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke
50. Contact, by Carl Sagan
51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
54. World War Z, by Max Brooks
55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson
59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote In God’s Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind
63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
70. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
74. Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
77. The Kushiel’s Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher
87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury
92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
96. Lucifer’s Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis
So I’ve been at the new job for almost exactly one month. And since I’m sure you’ll ask, I am enjoying it. There are days when I think I know what I’m doing and days when I barely tread water trying to figure out what in the world I’m suppose to be doing.
Not too bad for the first month.
As I said when I started, I work for a small office in one of the counties near to where I live. The office is kind of complicated because it is set up by state law, but funded by the county where it is located, but I’m actually considered an employee of the elected board that oversees the work that I do. (If you can follow that you are doing fairly well.)
Basically I am a government employee that falls in a crack as far as whether I should be lumped in with the county (I am for somethings) or the state (other things), but anyway you slice it, my office is a government workspace.
So Monday evening I was meeting with the town board for one of the towns in the county. I hadn’t been into their office before but imagine my surprise when I discover painted on one wall of their meeting room “God give me strength…”
But that got topped on Tuesday night when my board had a meeting. I had been in the meeting room all of twice since I started. Once for a general check out and then again to look at some old stuff piled on the side of the room.
Last night I sat down across from this:
Needless to say, the poster came down first thing this morning. I didn’t bother asking anyone so we’ll see if they notice it and comment.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks.
After a full year of subbing and then over half this year subbing and job hunting, I start a new JOB in TWO days. I’m feeling just a bit in over my head and it’s not helping that we have a day trip to Chicago planned for tomorrow (theater tickets so we can’t postpone it) and I’m fighting a cold.
This JOB I’m starting I actually interviewed for last June. They ended up hiring someone else and when he took another job they readvertised it in December. I jumped on reapplying, but figured it was a long shot (it’s a government job in another county and I’m not willing to move – at least not immediately).
and waited (they were accepting applications until mid-January)
and waited…and applied for other jobs. One of which asked me to come interview with them a couple of weeks ago. It was doing sales, but the base salary was nearly what I made as a sub. And they offered me a job – dependent on passing a background check and a drug test. And with nothing else, I said to go ahead.
Only to come home to a phone call from the JOB explaining why they were not ready to precede, but that they were interested. They’d need two more weeks (they thought) before they’d be ready to consider candidates. (It’s a government job, two weeks has to be optimistic.)
Okay, no guarantees there. It sounded good, but I was not going to lose out on a job waiting to see if they would hire me. And then the sales job couldn’t get their act together and delayed and delayed doing what they needed. Wonderful.
During which I got called for an interview with a local car dealership to be their customer service/sales person handling email and internet contacts. It was to be a new position and what became clear quickly was that they really didn’t know what they wanted and wouldn’t be making any sort of decision for a few weeks…Okay.
And the two weeks ended last Thursday with another phone call.
They had reached a decision, could I start on Monday?
ummm, YES! (I don’t think they would have appreciated me screaming into the phone, but I wanted to.)
So I don’t want to be clear where I’m going to be working and for whom because to be honest I don’t want this searchable, but I’ll say that it is administrative and is working in environmental conservation.
When we finished homeschooling nearly two years ago I had no idea of what I wanted to do now that it was time for me to ‘grow up’. This job is a nice fit to both my pre-motherhood education and skills and to my current interests and abilities.
And yes, I’m pretty pysched about it.
Freedom from Religion Foundation has opened up their college scholarship competition for 2011. Depending on which age level you are in (there are three) the application deadlines range from June 1 to July 15.
The first age level is for graduating high school seniors who will be entering college in Fall of 2011.
Their essays are to answer the question: “Describe a Moment that Made You Proud to be a Freethinker (Atheist/Agnostic/Nonbeliever).” The dictionary definition of freethinker is ‘one who forms his or her opinion about religion based on reason, rather than faith, tradition or authority.’ Maybe you had a moment, experience or ‘epiphany’ that led to or affirmed your rejection of religion. Maybe you stood up for freethought or spoke out against the encroachment of religion at school social events, in government, in classroom instruction or in your family. Use that moment to illustrate why you are a freethinker.
They do require you to some how verify high school enrollment, but there doesn’t appear to be anything explicitly eliminating homeschoolers. (Wouldn’t it be nice for a homeschooler to win and break some stereotypes?)
The next age level is for current college students who are under 25 years of age.
Their essays are to answer the question: “Why I Am an Atheist/Agnostic/Unbeliever — Why I am Not a (‘Fill in the Blank’).” In honor of Bertrand Russell, who wrote the classic, ‘Why I Am Not a Christian,’ write your own essay about why you are a nonbeliever, not a ‘fill in the blank.’ Submit a persuasive essay about why you reject religion and choose reason over faith. Use a personal (first-person) approach. Experiences with being a ‘heretic’ in a religion-drenched society may be included. Or you may wish to employ your best arguments against religious belief.
And the last group is for mature college students (including grad students).
Their essays are to answer the question: “Why Thomas Jefferson Got it Right! Why the endangered ‘wall of separation between church and state’ must be defended.” The Jeffersonian ‘wall of separation between church and state’ is endangered. Write a persuasive or advocacy essay defending the constitutional principle of separation between religion and government. You may wish to debunk myths such as that the United States is a ‘Christian nation’ or address ongoing threats to the Establishment Clause. You may wish to use examples of the harm created by religion in government from a personal, legal, topical and/or historical perspective.
In business, “Ms.” is the standard default title for women until or unless an individual makes another preference known, and this default is also becoming more common socially.”
Back in the Victorian Era (at least according to my daughter) when I was a fairly freshly minted engineer (only a few years out of school) and bride, it seemed like every woman I met used Ms. and I wanted to be different. I was happy to take my husband’s name (at least most people can spell it with only minor instruction) and use the title Mrs.
Then I was an unemployed young mother and I didn’t think much about how I was called. “Hey You” worked just about as well as anything else when my focus was on the baby and so I continued to use Mrs. L…. when I needed to use something. And I didn’t think much more about it for years.
Until last year when I started subbing and paying attention to titles that the teachers were using with the students. The men were all Mr. This and Mr. That, but the woman were Mrs. This (if they were married) and Ms. That (if they weren’t.) And even a teacher that I knew was using her maiden name was Mrs. That
Even several public opponents of “non-sexist language,” such as William Safire, were finally convinced that Ms. had earned a place in English by the case of U.S. Congresswoman Geraldine A. Ferraro. Ferraro, a United States vice-presidential candidate in 1984, was a married woman who used her birth surname professionally rather than her husband’s (“Zaccaro”). Safire pointed out that it would be equally incorrect to call her “Miss Ferraro” (as she was married), or “Mrs. Ferraro” (as her husband was not “Mr. Ferraro”) — and that calling her “Mrs. Zaccaro” would confuse the reader”
which seems to be totally in conflict.
So today I started a new sub position for the next ten-ish weeks as a math aid for a middle school Title 1 classroom as it prepares for standardize testing in April. And after nearly the entire day the classroom teacher thought to ask (as she was about to introduce me to a new batch of kids) what I used as a title. Which started one student asking what Ms. meant as compared to Mrs.
Later when we got a lull while the kids worked on their project, I asked her why all the teachers didn’t just use Ms. She didn’t know, but told me about another math teacher (a male one) setting up some school-wide practice problem (they do one each week) with three characters: Mrs. A, Miss B, and Ms. C. And before finishing the problem and posting it he researched which title he should use for the three woman.
According to my ‘source’ his conclusion was that Ms. should be used to indicate some disdain for marriage, possible as a title for a divorced woman or someone who had no interest in marrying in the future…..
Now I work with a few teachers at this school over the course of my day, but not the researching gentleman so it may be awhile before I have an interaction with him that will allow me to find out if that’s really what he thinks he found. I certainly am curious what he thinks about the correct usage of the three titles and where he got his information. I was able to confirm my own understanding just by bopping over to Wikipedia (I know, not the best source.)
I know it’s a minor thing, but not teaching the students (this is a district wide phenomena) that a woman’s professional standing has no connection to whether she is married or not (and hence not information they need) is a disservice to the kids.
I can look at newspaper clippings of my mother from the 40s and 50s where she was identified as Mrs. Frank B….. even though the story and pictures are professional notices of her performances and have no connection to her husband.
And I remember when I was a child and she would be identified as Mrs. Janet N… but that was the only choice and still connected her professional activity to the fact that she was married.
Women have worked hard to be recognized as being capable and dedicated as any man and they don’t need someone holding their arm to be successful. The Ms. title is meant to balance Mr. and using anything else (as a rule) in the classroom is sending the wrong message to ALL the kids in the classroom. I have no problem with an individual deciding to use another title for themselves, but I’ve love to light a fire under these teachers and make them think of the message they are teaching the kids.