Friday, July 20, 2012

CAH Booklist Update 2012


January 14 - 'The Light Fantastic'
- Terry Pratchett - (c) 1986

January 17 -
- Michael Morpurgo - (c) 1982

January 26
- 'Cool, Calm, & Contentious'
- Merrill Markoe - (c) 2011

March 31 - 'Middlesex'
- Jeffrey Eugenides - (c) 2002

April 5 - 'Glide Path'
- Arthur C. Clarke - (c) 1963

April 21 - 'Zero Day'
- Mark Russinovich - (c) 2011

May 15 - 'American Gods'
- Neil Gaiman - (c) 2001

May 22
- 'Equal Rites'
- Terry Pratchett - (c) 1987

May 31
- 'Single Parenting in the 21st Century and Beyond'
- Dr. Josef Passley - (c) 2006

June 10 - 'Mort'
- Terry Pratchett - (c) 1987

June 25 - 'Anansi Boys'
- Neil Gaiman - (c) 2005

June 30 - 'I am America (and So Can You!)'
- Stephen Colbert - (c) 2007

July 7 - 'Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers'
- Grant Naylor - (c)1989

Currently reading: 'Sourcery' - Terry Pratchett and 'Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice' - Derald Wing Sue and David Sue

Monday, June 11, 2012


     This post is all about my cat Jif, because three years ago today I picked him up from the adoption booth at Petsmart! Three years and three days ago, I met him for the first time when I went to get birdseed for my parakeets, and stopped in to pet the strays like I always do. For two days I couldn't get him out of my mind (cats, cats that are not kittens, and black cats are *much* less likely to get adopted.) So with my roommate's blessing, on the third day I went back and brought him home.
     Jif got his name because someone found him with a peanut butter jar stuck on his head and brought him into the shelter. He was about a year old when I got him.
Jif's first day home

     He is definitely my cuddle buddy, though he rarely wants to actually be on your lap. Just laying against or very near you. When he is very sleepy and has just woken up from a nap, that's when he comes for snuggles.

     One of Jif's favorite things in the world: Any sort of box. So he loved the packing process.

All ready to make the long move to MD!
Jif's all time favorite item: The String! It is simply a boot lace that he dug out of my closet, almost as soon as he moved in, and he has loved it unwaveringly ever since. He drags it all over the house and tries to get people to play fetch with him.

Another great item to play fetch with: hair ties pilfered off of my bathroom sink. He doesn't look very remorseful...

Sometimes it's so hard to choose what to watch on Netflix.

Another favorite activity: Going for walks outside. He loves sniffing things, meeting the neighbors, and putting the fear of God into those SOB squirrels.

Jif loves to "help" people do things. If there is any kind of activity going on, safe money says Jif is involved.
Jif, helping to make dinner.

Jif is the best. He is open-minded, forgiving, adventurous, playful, happy, conscientious, funny, adorable, friendly, smart, and affectionate. What more could a girl ask for?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Cat Box Fort: Success!

As most of you probably know, my cat Jif loves boxes...

So for our anniversary Paul and I decided to make him and the other cats a box fort. It's a pretty sweet design, with tunnels connecting the various boxes into a packing taped tower of awesome. In process in looked like this:

And even then Jif wanted to try it out:

And try it out some more:

Finally, it was done (can you spot the Jif?):

Here's Jif a bit later, enjoying the view from the crow's nest:

At one point Kitty got in on the action. She's in the Lowe's box in this picture. Jif came downstairs, heard noises coming from the boxes, and got very curious indeed:

One more round of spot the Jif (meanwhile Kitty is still in the Lowe's box):

And finally Jif decided that the best thing to do was take the high ground and wait for the intruder to leave (which eventually Kitty did):

Cat Box Fort: Success!

Monday, January 02, 2012

Crazy Awesome Huge Booklist Update - 2011 Over!...


January 3 - 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' (BOT)
- Baroness Emmuska Orczy - (c) 1905

January 10 - 'Outward'
- Paul Kuliniewicz - (c) 2010

January 21 -
'The Man That Currupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories' (BOT)
- Mark Twain - (c) 1900

January 28
- 'The Swoop! or How Clarence Saved England' (BOT)
- P.G. Wodehouse - (c) 1909

February 8
- 'The Scarlet Letter' (BOT)
- Nathaniel Hawthorne - (c) 1850

February 11
- 'Just So Stories' (BOT) (Re-read)
- Rudyard Kipling - (c) 1902

February 14
- 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' (BOT)
- F. Scott Fitzgerald - (c) 1921

February 26
- 'Heart of Darkness' (BOT)
- Joseph Conrad - (c) 1902

March 7
- 'Love Among the Chickens' (BOT)
- P.G. Wodehouse - (c) 1906

March 10
- 'The Land That Time Forgot' (BOT)
- Edgar Rice Burroughs - (c) 1918

March 18
- 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' (BOT)
- Lewis Carroll - (c) 1865

March 29
- 'Through the Looking-Glass' (BOT)
- Lewis Carroll - (c) 1871

April 2 - 'The Fourth Bear'
- Jasper Fforde - (c) 2006

April 29 - 'One Hundred Years of Solitude'
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez - (c) 1967
(Translated by Gregory Rabassa)

May 21 - 'The Time Machine' (BOT)
- H.G. Wells - (c) 1895

May 21
- 'Gulliver's Travels' (BOT)
- Jonathan Swift - (c) 1726

May 25
- 'Unseen Academicals'
- Terry Pratchett - (c) 2009

June 1 - 'Jewish Children' (BOT)
- Sholem Aleichem - (c) 1921

(Translated by Hannah Berman)
June 8 - 'Homer's Odyssey'
- Gwen Cooper - (c) 2009

June 11 - 'Nation'
- Terry Pratchett - (c) 2008

June 12 - 'The Other Queen'
- Philippa Gregory - (c) 2008

July 1 - 'The Cruelest Miles'
- Gay and Laney Salisbury - (c) 2003

July 13 - 'Ordinary Thunderstorms'
- William Boyd - (c) 2010

July 20 - 'Beggars Banquet'
- Ian Rankin - (c) 2002
July 25 - 'A House-Boat on the Styx' (BOT)
- John Kendrick Bangs - (c) 1895
July 25 - 'Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' (BOT)
- Robert Louis Stevenson - (c) 1886

12 - 'The Color of Magic'
- Terry Pratchett - (c) 1983

October 27
- 'Bossypants' (BOT)
- Tina Fey - (c) 2011

14 - 'The Help'
- Kathryn Stockett - (c) 2009
December 19 - 'Water for Elephants'
- Sara Gruen - (c) 2006
December 26 - 'Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)'
- Mindy Kaling - (c) 2011

Currently reading: 'Courage to Heal' - Bass and Davis, 'Glidepath' - Arthur C. Clark, 'The Light Fantastic' - Terry Pratchett, and 'Cool, Calm, and Contentious' - Merrill Markoe

Time to start the third year of CAH Booklist!