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There is this house that we lovingly call the Griswold house.  Seriously, they have almost every inch of their house and yard covered with Christmas stuff.  We drove by it tonight and the house next door to it had us cracking up.  It had ‘ditto’ written in Christmas lights with an arrow pointing to the Griswold house. 

I will get a picture of it next time.



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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

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Hmmm…not a bad idea

Click on here:  11/29/2009

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One of my friends had this on FB and I though it was interesting. 
The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read.


1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen – X (one of my absolute favorites)
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien (I tried to read this but just couldn’t.  He kept going on and on and on about the scenery)
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte –
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling – X (I’m a total Harry Potter dork)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee –
6 The Bible (I’m reading this now but I’m not finished yet)
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte – X
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman –
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens –
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott – X
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy –
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller –
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare –
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier – X
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien –
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger – X
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger –
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell –
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald – X
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy –
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams –
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky –
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck – X
29 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll –
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame –
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy –
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens –
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis – X
34 Emma – Jane Austen – X
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen –
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis – X (I’m reading this to Kenny right now after we went and saw the exhibition at Union Station)
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini –
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden –
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne – X
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell –
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown – X (love this one too)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez –
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving –
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery – X
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood –
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding –X
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan –
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel –
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons –
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen – X
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth –
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens –
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley – X

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – Mark Haddon –
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez – X
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck –X
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov –
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt –
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold –
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas-
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac –
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy –
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding –X (once again, one of my very favorites)
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens –
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett – X
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante – X   (I love this book!)
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray –
80 Possession – AS Byatt –
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens –
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker – X
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert –
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry –
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White – X
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom – X
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad –
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint –
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams –
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole –
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas –
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare – X
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory –
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

I read a ton but apparently I don’t read the right books.  I’ve only read 26/100, although I think the Harry Potter series should count as 7 books instead of just one.  I guess I have some reading to do.


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Does anyone actually fall for this?

Great news, Mr. Urge wants to give me his money.  Really, it’s not a scam or anything, because random people give me control of their money all the time.  (And yes, I am rolling my eyes as I type this.) 


My name is Mr vincent urge,I am a deteriorating and dying
man who had decided to donate what I have to the Charities. I am fifty
years old and was diagnosed for cancer about two years ago, immediately
after the death of my wife.I have been touched by God to donate from
what I have inherited from my late woman for the good work of God, rather
than allow his relatives to use my wife hard earned funds ungodly.
As I lay on my sick bed, I want you to help me in carrying out my last
wish on earth which will be very profitable to you. i want to WILL a
total sum of $5,600,000 (Five Million six Hundred Thousand Dollars) to you
which I want you to distribute part of it to any charity home for me.

Please for further information contact my Attorney
ASAP.( )

Mr Vincent urge.


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If you need beach towels

I just got back from the mall and The Disney Store is having a sale on beach towels for kids.  They’re 50% off, which makes them $7.25 each.  I looked on-line and they have a similar deal but it’s buy one, get one free.  We walked away with four of them (Wall-E, Cars, Mickey Mouse and Nemo) since ours are all getting kind of ratty.

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We’ve been living on these for the past few weeks.  Sam’s has had the best grapes and blueberries lately.


We’ve also been living on guacamole.  My brother, Mike, taught Eric how to make the best dip.  Yum.


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