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Permission Granted

Saturday, January 01, 2011

This year my local library gave out gift cards that said "Take Time to READ. Card value: Relaxation. And on the back it says "Permission Granted". I put them in the books I gave as gifts at Christmas and I kept one for myself. Here is a virtual one for you!

For fun, I am sharing my summary from our Read 50 books a year challenge. I just finished my 55th last night! I added emoticons to a few of the best and emoticon for the top three: Cutting for Stone, Let The Great World Spin, and Wolf Hall.

emoticon 55. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (Fiction. I just finished this on New Year's Eve and it might be my favourite book of 2010. Fabulous writing. Characters. Plot. Locale. Subject. It has it all.)
54. The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee (NF history of cancer. Good)
53. The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean (NF. Enjoyed this, especially when read in conjunction with the beautiful book below:)
52. The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theodore Gray and Nick Mann (NF. Gorgeous, seriously!, book with photographs of the elements. Read w/#53 above).
51. The Last Days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie (NF. How did 160 conquistadors conquer 10 million Incans? Now I know.)
50. Shakespeare by Bill Bryson (NF. We know SO little. But Bill + Bard = A great history anyway)
49. Around The World in 80 Days by Michael Palin (NF. He's my favourite Python.)
48. Monster III: 511 Kinderheim by Naoki Urasawa (Manga, continuing story. Dark. Good.)
47. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (Entertaining & enlightening. Listened to the audio read by author...a plus)
46. Little Bee by Chris Cleave (Good)
emoticon45. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (lives up to the hype; I started it before Oprah picked it. Promise! I want to read Corrections now.)
emoticon44. We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (I may or may not recover from this read. It's more intense than a thriller because it's so realistic. Brutal subject matter. I couldn't put it down.)
43. Monsters II: Surprise Party by Naoki Urasawa (must keep reading to find out what happens! Manga series)
emoticon42. Tinkers by Paul harding (LOVED it. Beautiful writing. Marked my copy up, so glad I bought it.)
41. Monster Vol I by Naoki Urasawa (my first Japanese Manga. Excellent.)
40. My Dog Tulip by JR Ackerley (The movie is just out. Check out the trailer...you'll laugh:
39. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (NF)
38. Bruegel by Wolfgang Stechow ('nother NF about my fav painter)
37. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (Neil can do no wrong. Period. LOVE him.)
36. The Iliad (compared translations...like Lombardo)
35. Ape House by Sara Gruen (not worth hardback $$!)
34. Mad Men Unbuttoned by Natasha Vargas-Cooper (nf; life & culture of the 60s)
33. The Lovers by Vendela Vida (ehhh...barely good enough that I finished it)
32. The Go-Between L.P. Hartley (good old fashioned Brit Lit. Set in 1900; written in 1953. Excellent. 1st line: "The past is a foreign country: They do things differently there".)
31. The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst (Part mystery/part family saga. Enjoyed)
emoticon30. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson (Great trilogy. Sad that it's over and there will be no more.)
29. Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl (Quirky, but I really enjoyed this novel. Many, many literary & movie references...)
28. Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro (For fans of very dark short stories). emoticon27. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Excellent; sad to think this was the way things really were!!??)
emoticon26. The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins (It's true..it IS the greatest show on earth. Made me feel connected to everything on the planet.)
25. The Man In The Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam (Companion book to Old Filth. More Jane for me!)
emoticon24. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (Short stories that all have Olive in common. Thumbs up.)
23. Peter Bruegel the Elder: Artist of Abundance (Loved it)
22. Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding & The Meaning of Things by H.Arthur & Mina C.Klein (NF. Fascinating! Horrifying! Just discovered we have a family member who fits the bill and had to read up on it.)
emoticon21. Old Filth by Jane Gardam (loved it)
20. Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian (WWII story. Sad & haunting, but I highly recommend it)
19. Hotel at the Corner of Bitter & Sweet by Jamie Ford (More of a Jr. High level read, but a very good story about an awful time in US history)
18. The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister (The similes were populous, like a New York City subway. But a good plane read)
17. Worstword Ho by Samuel Beckett (3 stories, each one gets more abstract)
16. How to Read and Why by Harold Bloom
emoticon 15. Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann (Excellent)
14. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris (Fun in a wicked way)
13. If The Buddha Married by Charlotte Kasl (Great for any relationship)
12. The Vagrants by Yiyen Li (Grim, but very well written)
11. In the Woods by Tana French (Dark mystery)
10. Masterpieces of Japanese Prints: Ukiyo-e by Rupert Faulkner (Art book)
9. Loving Each Other by Leo Buscaglia (Good old-fashioned advice)
8. Under the Dome by Stephen King (One of his best)
7. Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake (CS Lewis was a fan; me too)
6. Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell (Fiction. Funny. Fast. Foul.)
5. The Reserve by Russell Banks (So so)
4. Handbook of Graphic Reproduction Processes by Felix Brunner (Art book)
emoticon3. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (Brilliant)
emoticon 2. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (Excellent)
1. The Ultimate pH Solution by Michelle Schoffro Cook (NF)

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BOPPY_ 2/18/2013 2:06PM

    Interesting list!

Re: Incas and Conquistadors

Excellent coverage in: Guns, Germs, and Steel with much more science and anthro on lots of other issues.


Alas, I've only been reading technical stuff since I started my weight loss program. Just not enough attention to go round for everything ...

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MEADSBAY 1/1/2011 8:25PM

    Man- I thought I read a lot- just went back to count the books listed in my reading journal- never read 50 in a year- but often 25-30.
LOVED Cutting for Stone so much I read 2 of his other (NF) books.
loved Olive, too.
My favorite book this year was The Lacuna, B Kingsolver.
Happy reading in 2010!


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FINDINGMEIN2012 1/1/2011 5:04PM

    I love those cards from the library! Mine says Card Value: Inspiration and on the back it says, "Go ahead."

Starting my 50 books for 2011 today! Happy New Year!

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And the Darwin Award goes to....

Wednesday, June 02, 2010


In order to follow my thought processes yesterday, I am writing this up in a blog. Herewith:

I was originally scheduled to do three kick-butt workouts last night. A power class, a groove/dance class, and then a 3-mile run with a group (see previous blog "I run!"). However, the opportunity to view not one, but TWO, films that are marked "Must See" at the SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival) presented itself. I chose the films over the workout. My rationale was that since I was giving up all that exercise, I will skip dinner. I have had some success thanks to the great input from my people at the 2010 Un-Challenge in learning to live with hunger once in awhile. A couple of times lately I have been able to eat lightly and then just live with the hunger. Really FEEL what it's like to not be full. Use the time to think of less fortunate people who do this daily out of necessity, not choice.

So, during film #1 I successfully dealt with my hunger. Not a problem. Wonderful movie!!! I had hoped to get a nutritious snack in between films because I realized I really hadn't eaten much ALL DAY, let alone skipping dinner. However, the line for movie #2 was around the corner when I got out, so I just blew that off. Movie #2 began at 9:15 p.m. I ended up in the front row because of my location at the back of the line. About an hour in, I realized that I did not feel well. I was beyond hunger. I was sitting, but felt the need to lie down. OH NO! I'm on the front row! This crowd will stone me if I leave. No matter, I finally had to get up and walk up that long aisle out into the lobby where I fell onto a couch.
Someone brought me a banana. emoticon emoticon.
Someone brought me a glass of water emoticon emoticon.
After the cold sweat went away and the banana kicked in, I had just enough strength to get to my car and drive home to my emoticon.

I'll never know how the movie ended (most likely it will never be released in the US).

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_VALEO_ 6/18/2010 1:08PM

    Oh, someone had a banana in the theater, that's amazing! Sorry you couldn't see the end of the movie, but you finally get a healthy snack and could make it to your home.

PS: I could deserve this award for not wearing the proper shoes and for breaking my ankle on my way to the pool.

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WILLBOYWONDER 6/18/2010 7:24AM

    It's great someone brought you some healthy snacks. I try to keep good things with me, like raisins, banana, applesauce, cereal bar, etc. It's so easy for me to grab the wrong thing if I don't.

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MADERINERUE 6/3/2010 8:30PM

    Idiocy would be not learning from your experience...smarts is learning. And you're a very smart girl. I trust you to take good care of yourself and not feel like you have to deprive yourself of nourishment as a "punishment" or "exchange" for not exercising...

For the want of a snack, the movie ending was lost...

xoxo, and feed that great brain of yours, girl! -M

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ROYALETBONE 6/3/2010 5:20PM

    Isn't so much of this about learning to listen to our OWN bodies, and not want some guru tells you? Oh, yes! You have just gotten some advice from your body, hooray!
Hopefully- we get to where our bodies don't have to hit us over the head with 2 X 4's to get the message across.
Breathe, listen... have fun!

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ROYALETBONE 6/3/2010 5:20PM

    Isn't so much of this about learning to listen to our OWN bodies, and not want some guru tells you? Oh, yes! You have just gotten some advice from your body, hooray!
Hopefully- we get to where our bodies don't have to hit us over the head with 2 X 4's to get the message across.
Breathe, listen... have fun!

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ONECOOKIETWO 6/2/2010 11:57PM

    Girl you ARE evolving! One banana richer, and one superb movie ending poorer.

The question is which direction are you evolving? Tolerating hunger is interesting, missing the workouts PULS doing hunger sounds a bit like "devolution" to me...

One shoulder: emoticon

The other shoulder: emoticon

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BARBARA_BOO 6/2/2010 8:10PM

    I remember one of my long-lost crazy diets included 48 hrs of nothing but water, with no problems, as far as I could tell. So, I would not have expected you to get so sick so quickly. And I'm sure you didn't either. I think your experience can serve as a red flag for several of us.

We definitely don't have to eat every time we're hungry. Most people don't. But it's a matter of degree. Most people just hold off until time for their next meal, I think when it's late at night and we've had all of our meals for the day, going to bed hungry and waiting for breakfast isn't something to fear.

As usual, it's the extremes that cause trouble. I'm so happy the banana helped you.
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READNKNIT 6/2/2010 6:52PM

    Oh, that's a shame. I did a 30-hour famine with my church youth group (30 hours with no food). But we were allowed to have unsweetened juices so that kept us from keeling over. I'm surprised someone had a banana in a movie theater! They're not known for their healthful choices! Glad everything turned out OK! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Oh my, being a little hungry is sometimes a good thing but skipping a meal when you haven't had much of anything to eat all day makes me worry about you!

When things fall off the plan, be sure you are packing your own banana!

(and as for the movie, I always assume the butler did it - no mater what "it" is or whether or not there is a butler in the cast or not!)

Keep up with your wonderfulness but make sure to take care of yourself sweetpea.


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    I'm hypoglycemic, and that's what happens to me, too, when I go more than 2 hrs without eating. You CAN lose consciousness, too, besides just not feeling well. But I find if I carry snacks, I just EAT THEM, even when NOT hungry!!

What to do, what to do . . . So better planning is definitely the option I'd choose. And PLEASE, be careful, sunshine!! emoticon

We don't want to lose you to bad food reactions!! emoticon

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ELSIE_BEE 6/2/2010 4:41PM

    Live and learn. The Darwin award never goes to people who learn from life and you're sure not from the shallow end of the gene pool!

Keep something in your purse for emergencies--energy bars are a good emergency food.

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DALAI_LALA 6/2/2010 4:39PM

    Oh gosh! I have learned the hard way to keep a snack in my bag... peanut butter crackers or a protein bar. Sorry you missed the film, though...

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    Film festivals have some of the best movies. In my opinion, they beat out some of these Hollywood blockbusters without a doubt. It's good that you got a banana rather than a donut. A healthy treat is always better than one filled with too much sugar.

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CASSIES 6/2/2010 2:41PM

    Oh dear.

I guess this reinforces the concept of planning and having emergency nutrition packed away.

Your blood sugar sounded waaaaaay low. You better watch it girl!

Glad there were some good samaritans around.


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I run!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I just posted this thought in my favourite team challenge thread. But it felt like it should also be a blog.

One of my favourite 'feel-good' movies of all time is What About Bob. There is a scene where Bob, who has psychological problems (to put it mildly) is attempting a new activity: sailing. At the end of the scene, the boat goes by with Bob at the front of the boat shouting: I'm sailing! I'm sailing! I sail!

On April 13th I signed up for a group class at my local gym called "Wanna Run". I just want to add some new cardio to my routine so I can drop these last few pounds.

My first assignment was walk 1 min, jog 1 min x 3 miles. It wasn't that easy. It wasn't that fun. I did it. Next week walk 1 min, jog 2 min x 3 miles. Better, it helped that I had gotten new shoes. Finally last week I attempted the whole 3 miles and was pleased that I did it, though I still wouldn't say it was enjoyable DURING the activity. More of a feeling of accomplishment. I also added a mid-week 2 mile jog through the neighborhood.

Last night, I brought my iPod with my new playlist of tunes and was again assigned the 3 miles (some of the others are already doing a 5 mile loop). The sun was out, the tunes were great, maybe I just ate the right food all day. But I RAN. I felt great! I passed all the other 3 mile people!!

I run! I'm running! I'm a runner!
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Next week: 4 miles.

I'm looking forward to it!


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JAZZIEGIRL05 5/20/2010 4:33PM

    Thanks, Mikiio. It IS better. I'm planning on trying it out next Tuesday.

For now: I spin! I'm spinning! I'm a spinner!
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_VALEO_ 5/20/2010 4:26PM

    How is your calf muscle? Ready to run and run again?

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ROYALETBONE 5/14/2010 2:24AM

    Hope you feel better soon- runner....

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JAZZIEGIRL05 5/13/2010 1:52PM

    NOTE TO SELF: Beware getting too excited about new events! Apparently I strained a calf muscle last night at a cardio class.

I WILL run again! But not for at least week. emoticon

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    emoticon Glad to hear this!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 5/12/2010 11:44PM

    Whooo Hooo Runner Girl!

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BARBARA_BOO 5/12/2010 6:42PM

    Run, Jazzie, Run!

You ARE a runner. Very nice progress.

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MADERINERUE 5/12/2010 2:31PM

    AWESOME! Isn't that just the best feeling in the world? Put the right music on and there are moments that feel like flying. Woo HOO!

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SALEE100 5/12/2010 12:57PM

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You rock!

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Beer (yes...that is the title of my blog)

Monday, March 29, 2010

As many of you know, I just returned from a wonderful week in New York City. I went with my daughter and we enjoyed much: Walking the neighborhoods, cathedrals, The Met, The Cloisters, met a SparkFriend... to name a few of our activities. At the end of each active day, we went to one, two and sometimes three pubs/bars. Some of the names:

Blarney Stone
Nevada Smith's
The Pizza Pub
and many more.
My favourite name was: Molly Wee pub.

All were great. However, the one I won't forget is McSorley's Old Alehouse est.1854.

You get TWO choices: light beer or dark beer. Then they bring you TWO mugs of said choice of beer. There is sawdust on the floor, pictures everywhere, it's a wonderful place.


We paid $12 (drinks are $5 each) and received our first round at the bar. Then we took our drinks to a table in the corner that opened up. My daughter ordered one more drink from a different person, which again came in 2 mugs emoticon. Meanwhile some nice British guys came to our table and ordered more drinks. So after a bit of time there were MANY mugs on the table. We left another $6 to cover her 2nd drink and went in search of our next pub (we needed to find one with a soccer TV playing the Seattle Sounder's game, Nevada Smith's to be exact).

After we had gotten 3 blocks away, a man went running past us and I recognized him as our bartender. He stopped us and I was smiling and said "Hey! We know you!". He then proceeded to tell us we HAD NOT PAID FOR OUR BEVERAGES! He said..."Look, it's written right here, 2 D and 1 L.". All this bar sells is D and L, and we had paid for our portion of D&Ls. In fact, my daughter had paid for them with her own hard-earned money. He did not believe us. "You owe me $15!!!" No way were we going to pay again. We offered to go back and talk to the the girl behind the bar or the British guys or ANYTHING BUT PAY $$$ we didn't owe. He did not want that.

I want him to know that we did not try to steal drinks from the oldest tavern in New York City. I hope he woke up in the night and had an "aha!" moment and realized his mistake.

If anyone reading this finds themselves in McSorley's...tell them the mom & daughter that were there on March 25th @ 6:00 p.m. paid their tab.

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IPA-RAY 3/31/2010 9:23PM

    Did they tell you the story about the dust covered wishbones hanging behind the bar at McSorleys?

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MOMMYDOC3 3/31/2010 8:53PM

    McSorley's is brilliant.

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ROYALETBONE 3/31/2010 6:45PM

    Ran after you? Kind of cool.

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BETWEENUS 3/29/2010 10:23PM

    It's sounds like you will have a memory for life - and sometimes, isn't that worth it??? Glad you had a good time.

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ONECOOKIETWO 3/29/2010 9:52PM

    Jazz, I'm sorry that guy did not believe you. That takes a bit of fun out of the evening I guess. But it sounds like a lovely evening!

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JAZZIEGIRL05 3/29/2010 9:38PM

    Cassie, We DID go on your recommendation!

The guys from England were very nice...I don't think it was their fault. Though I hope they didn't get stuck with a surly bartender!

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CASSIES 3/29/2010 7:51PM

    Wow, I am pleased that you have such a positive attitude about the whole thing and can say that McSorley's was your favorite. Good for you for holding your ground! You're regular New Yawkas!

Did you go to McSorleys because I suggested it? It is very cool...like stepping back in time! I love how they serve cheese and crackers...they give the whole package of saltines.

Do you think the Brit was taking advantage?

Also, did you make to the Indian restaurants in the East Village?

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I'll bite...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Saw this on a friend's blog. I learned something about her AND the person who replied. I've a few moments to spend, so here it is:

Copy and paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers, but try...

Where is your cell phone?


Your hair?

Your mother?
gone :-(

Your father?

Your favorite thing?

Your dream last night?

Favorite drink?

What room are you in?

Your hobby?

Your fear?

Where do you want to be in 6 years?

Where were you last night?

Something that you aren't?


Wish list item?
health for my daughter (sorry 4 words...)

Last thing you did?

What are you wearing?

Your pets?


Your life?

Your mood?

Missing someone?

nightly ;-)

Your car?

Something you're not wearing?

Your favorite store?

Your favorite color?

When is the last time you cried?

Where do you go over and over?
Hood Canal

Favorite place to eat?
I Love Sushi

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?

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    I had an Acura. (sniff). Until I had to get a MomMobile. Actually, until the next insurance payment came due six months after I'd bought the MomMobile, and I realized that holding onto an expensive driveway ornament was hurting my bank account more than letting go of it would hurt my emotions.


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_VALEO_ 3/12/2010 3:20AM

    For someone like me, we make long posts, answering by one word answers could be quite challenge.

Wish for health for your daughter.

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SALEE100 3/11/2010 11:25PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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MADERINERUE 3/11/2010 8:11PM

    Great fun! I wish for health for your daughter, too. xo!

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