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Friday, June 13

The Cat. Stomp-John Hartford

Goin' To Work In Tall Buildings - John Hartford

Oh Hell

How did I miss the fact that I had this interview on Friday the 13th?!? I had no idea. I'm golden, now!

"Off to work in tall buildings." John Hartford


Sometimes in job interviews, I make random jokes that nobody understands. Then I try to explain myself with another joke. Then the panel exchanges confused glances as they write on their notepads. I resist asking what they are writing.

sweaty questions

I just had a job interview, and I have no clue how it went. Possibly well, possibly less than impressive. They will let me know, "soon," they said.

I'm assuming soon means Monday if I'm lucky. Damn the anticipation.

Thursday, June 12

Friday, June 6

Book Meme

Because, this is an actual meme, so to speak. It's the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users.

Library Thing is pretty cool, which I found on rayne of terror along with this list. I've grouped them into ones I read, started but stalled, never read, and never heard of. I'm surprised how many I've never heard of. This seems like a fine activity to lull me to sleep. Yoshimi Battling the Robots helps the sleep groove too.

Done Read It

The Odyssey (136/11183) - I like this and most mythology really
Ulysses (135/6385)
The Iliad (117/8902)
Foucault's Pendulum (101/5730)
Dracula (100/7076)
The Grapes of Wrath (99/7967)
Gulliver's Travels (88/4967)
The Road (67/5323)
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (72/6470) - Kill me now, was not bad enough the first time around?
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (75/2570)
In Cold Blood (75/5603)
Lady Chatterley's Lover (73/3246)
A Confederacy of Dunces (73/6186) - One of my top favorites.
The Canterbury Tales (108/6298)
The Scarlet Letter (82/7927)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (82/6014)
Watership Down (72/6362) - Another favorite
The Picture of Dorian Gray (89/7338)
Frankenstein (97/9327)
The Aeneid (71/5154)
Memoirs of a Geisha (94/11834)
Brave New World (93/12677)
Angela's Ashes (77/6498)
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (104/7638)
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli (72/6483)
Oliver Twist (83/4488)

Fits and Starts

Jane Eyre (124/14044) Bo-Ring
Wuthering Heights (162/12388)Notice how many of these books are on this list
The Name of the Rose (120/7876) Maybe another day, I liked Foucault's Pendulum
Pride and Prejudice (108/18747)
Treasure Island (69/4736) - I've never read the whole thing, but now I'm reading it out loud at work.
Dune (89/9416)
The Kite Runner (106/13964)
Great Expectations (106/8790)
Life of Pi (105/12940)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (71/5658)
A Clockwork Orange (83/6890)
Middlesex (91/9084)
The War of the Worlds (66/3131)
David Copperfield (69/4408)
Cryptonomicon (78/6203)
Robinson Crusoe (82/4528)

Never Read, Might Someday

Anna Karenina (211/9152)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (183/12222)
Crime and Punishment (176/10899)
Catch-22 (158/11121)
A Tale of Two Cities (124/7600)
Moby Dick (119/7879)
Love in the Time of Cholera (114/7312)
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books (96/4491)
The Book Thief (67/3743)
Les Misérables (73/4799)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (89/6766)
The history of Tom Jones (67/2171)
A Farewell to Arms (71/5219)

Never Heard of These - new things to look up

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (236/9195)
The Silmarillion (155/8980)
Vanity Fair (115/3885)
The Blind Assassin (110/4938)
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (97/6549)
Mrs. Dalloway (97/5684)
The Satanic Verses (88/3305)
Mansfield Park (88/5483)
The Inferno (84/5988)
The Corrections (84/5146)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (83/6091)
The Historian: A Novel (108/6596)
Middlemarch (96/4239
The Sound and The Fury (94/5141)
Quicksilver (92/4107)
American Gods (92/10560)
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (90/9089)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (89/6766)
The Satanic Verses (88/3305)
Mansfield Park (88/5483)
The Inferno (84/5988)
The Corrections (84/5146)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (83/6091)
To the Lighthouse (83/4711)
Persuasion (82/6634)
Anansi Boys (81/6665)
Atonement (80/7193)
The God of Small Things (80/5615)
A Short History of Nearly Everything (79/6433)
Dubliners (78/5643)
Oryx and Crake (78/4069)
Beloved (77/5651)
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (76/3914)
The Amber Spyglass (72/6819)
Sons and Lovers (69/2617)
Possession (67/4211)
Tender is the Night (66/3204)

Never Read, Probably Won't

Don Quixote (152/6835)
The Brothers Karamazov (136/7309)
War and Peace (132/6123)
Madame Bovary (132/6396)
Emma (117/9347)
The Three Musketeers (87/4221)
The Once and Future King (81/4375)
The Time Traveler's Wife (105/11628)
Atlas Shrugged (102/6103)
Sense and Sensibility (96/8798)
The Count of Monte Cristo (95/5295)
The Fountainhead (83/5925)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (83/4825)

Thursday, June 5

Bitch Tits

I woke up with Bob and his Bitch Tits in my head. I've been battling Fight Club style insomnia, and I need to own the movie again, so I can put it on next time the 4 am walls taunt and tease me. This morning, (yes I know it's after 1 pm), I'm basking in the upside of sleeplessness, the post-crash full body exhale of relief. Night before last I did not sleep, not at all. I watched the numbers turn over and the alarm sound, and out of confused spite, I hit snooze and watched 10 more numbers turn until it was time to get up. Then I worked from 8am to midnight, which is actually the very best thing to do on no sleep, because it guarantees THE CRASH. I left work last night, with the house still standing, kids asleep, and I slept for 12 straight hours. Right this second, I can't name a single thing in life that felt better than last night's sleep. The sweet slurpy-ness of the word SLEEP, soothes me, and I love my pillow so much I might marry it.

Monday, June 2

Glittery Pools

My social services tantrum wave crashed, and left me floating in a shallow pool of leeches, starfish and plastic swingsets. I might as well enjoy the ride, said the parrot as it was being dragged along by the cat. That's gypsy speak, not me, but you get my drift. A fuck you here, and a fat bitch there, here a fight, there a scream, everywhere a mess mess. So, I took a break to the park with the one non-freaking-out kid, where he apologized for that whole knife deal a couple weeks back. We swang, we teeter-tottered, and we talked about how giving in to the comedy of life is the key to surviving it. Good food helps too.