Wednesday, November 30, 2005


This is documented proof that Sweet Boy ate frozen corn while we were at the farm. Please note that he is having NOTHING to do with the mandarin orange. The "books" say you must expose a child to a new food 10, 15, sometimes 30 times before they will try it.... yeah, I've been putting a single mandarin orange slice out every meal for about eleventy-million days and every meal he licks it and makes a horrible face before he puts it-ever so carefully- on the side of his plate.

Sweet Boy & Gunnar sittin' in a tree.....

Can I use this for my Christmas card this year?


I made an important discovery this morning. The Holiday gas station says they will soon carry Krispy Kreme Donuts!!! (The nearest Krispy Kreme is in Billings... about 5 hours away.) I must redouble my efforts to get pregnant so I can claim a craving to justify stopping there every morning.....

Monday, November 28, 2005

Working Girls

Mary P asked..... so, well, yes, actually working cows is sorta like working girls.... but trust me... I'd take that peein'-on-a-stick pregnancy test ANY DAY over what these girls have to go through....

On a sad note.... after 18 healthy babies ALL-Z was "open" (not pregnant). It is the nature of the business but it was a sad thing for all of us. Her tag actually says ALL-Z... short for Alzheimer's. She is sort of a leader-cow and always leads them the wrong way.... girl after my own heart......

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Thanksgiving at the farm.

Sweet Boy now knows how to say tractor, combine, grain cart, truck, cow, and dammit dog.

We worked cows on Thanksgiving. Yes. Indeed. Early dinner (1:00) and working cows the rest of the afternoon..... interesting. But the weather was nice so we went for it. Nothing like working cows in a sweatshirt in November. Sweet Boy wandered around and was generally helpful. For a while he walked in big circles kicking cow pies.... then he walked up and down the raised walk by the alleyway. No nap and no fussing.... who is this kid? Hot Stuff ran the "tailgate" on the squeeze chute.... and did a very fine job for a city boy. Cows aren't his favorite thing but he played along.... maybe it was the promise of beer when we were done?!?! He didn't wock Dad on the head once with the tailgate and he hardly swore at all. Brother ran the rest of the squeeze chute.... his timing is fabulous. Mom did medication and kept the dog under control. Dad did the doctor stuff.... Do you really want the details on that? Pregnancy testing... that's what we were doing. Sister brought the cows down from the barn and ran the gate. Her boyfriend did the front of the alleyway.... he did a fine job keeping the cows off Dad's back. I ran the back of the alley and did the eartag numbers. I got about 14 slivers but I didn't get the pole slammed into me or pinch my fingers once.... always a hazard when you are shoving a metal pole behind a bunch of cows that are nervous about going up the alleyway. These old girls pretty much know the drill so there aren't usually a lot of wrecks but working with animals always has surprises.

Friday we went to the river and played around. Sliding down the dirt hills & hiking. Sweet Boy had a blast.

Today we fired a big pile of branches.... much fun for the firefighters in the crew.... Now we are getting settled in to eat more leftovers and watch the Carroll College Saints football game on tv.... then we will head home to try to beat the predicted blizzard that is coming tonight.... highs in the single digits tomorrow....

Wednesday, November 23, 2005


Why does spell check try to change Hutterite to Uterine?

Because, trust me, I want to tell you about the (big-ass) Hutterite turkey my brother is bringing home but I'm not so excited to share with you about his uterine turkey.... nope. Not at all.

Knowing my brother (and the Hutterites,) chances are good the turkey is still gobbling today. Yup, I can see it now..... just pecking and pooping around in my brother's house..... making a pet out of itself..... if Brother reads this and emails me the turkey's name you know we will be having grilled cheese sandwiches for Thanksgiving.

One for the baby book....

Guess who said "Big-Ass Turkey" last night......

Saturday, November 19, 2005

The Garden

Greenie sighting! Which, of course, has me cruising the pictures here and thinking about.... spring? No. How about winter-interest in the garden? I can go there. I've actually done a pretty good job of putting my yard to bed this fall. A few select planters are on the porch with fake fall foilage and flowers.... a few fake fruits & a gourd or two. Maybe I'll take some pictures next week...... The darn deer actually uprooted the fake sunflowers on the corner of the porch.... hungry little buggers. They've made short work of any and all leaves in our yard.... truly, Hot Stuff says that makes living here worth it even if nothing else does..... no raking. My big fear is Sweet Boy realizing (the hard way) the "raisins" in the yard aren't really raisins.....

Friday, November 18, 2005

Mission: Impossible

I’m on a mission. This mission has several parts but the part I’m focused on today is the health part. I’m feeling very motivated by Lala… she’s dropping pounds and feeling great. (She also just told me about gingerbread & mocha mint-flavored holiday creamers… yummy treat!) So here are the facts:

After having a baby (June 2004) I promptly lost most of the baby weight and was down to 150-155 with very little effort beyond a daily stroller walk. (See me: Smug.)

My driver’s license says I weigh 145.

By the summer of 2005 I was pretty consistently below 150.

I thought I would loose the “extra 5” when I stopped breastfeeding (October 2005). Instead I ballooned to 160+ in September 2005.

The first focus was the eating…. As in, don’t do it so much. I’ve stopped grazing at the office candy bowl. Yes, I still get a treat or two but I’m conscious of it. That helps. Now I’m ready to add Phase II…. The movement. (I can’t bear to call it exercise… I just can’t….) So here goes. In the last week:

Thursday: Swimming with Sweet Boy
Sunday: Yoga Tape (Gentle Yoga)
Wednesday: 12 minutes on the elliptical machine & abs (pathetic)
Thursday: 14 min on the tread mill. 5 run, 9 walk. Abs & stretching (much better form)

The plan for the next week: This weekend will be much shopping & eating in Spokane. Next week will be at least 2 trips to the gym (16 & 18 minutes on machines) and maybe a swim with Sweet Boy if the weather is nice. The ULTIMATE GOAL is to drop about 15 pounds (from 150) and then gain back about 8 in muscle and hover between 140-145 in a perfect world. The reality is I will always be perfectly happy if I’m just a shade under 150.

As you can see, I’m breaking into this very carefully…. And I’m ok with that. I never thought I’d be “one of those people” who have to MAKE themselves exercise. And I certainly never thought my body would look like this!! But I’m making my peace with how it is and making plans for a few minor improvements. The only thing that looks really good right now are my calves…. That’s because I do 6 sets of toe raisers (2 each of straight, duck-foot & pigeon-toed) while Sweet Boy and Hot Stuff are playing “the bedtime game” going up the stairs. I follow Sweet Boy while he shoves his sippy cup through the stair steps and Hot Stuff catches it and puts it on the next stair up. Sometimes Sweet Boy stands on the step and mimics me…. Too cute and so motivational.

So keep me motivated people.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005


So yesterday was the first day of the bison hunt here in Montana. There has been no bison hunting in 15 years. I'm sure I have an opinion on this but I haven't had time to think about it or read any of the media so I'm just feeling uninformed. I'll get back to you.....

Sunday, November 13, 2005

The Shoes

Ya'll asked for it. ....

Ebay, anyone?


I'm thinking of auctioning my brother off on Ebay.

Somebody make me an offer.

He's 29.

He's college-educated.

He cleans up pretty well.

He likes kids.

He's hilarious.

He can fix anything.

He has a good job in Cut Bank, Montana.

He likes horses.

I'll even throw in a clean sweatshirt to make him a real bargain.

Sometimes, we call him Clem.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Guilt, Regrets, Remorse & Goals… In that order.

I believe in reflection. I’ve been thinking a lot about the way I process things mentally lately. Fall brings with it the need for me to reflect. Like Jimmy Buffett says, “I took a week off just to try to recall the whole year.” Love that song… wish I could remember the name so you could all listen to it with me.

Guilt: What’s worse than guilt? Smugness. Yep, that’s me. I’m smug. A much nastier condition than guilt. Sure, I suffer from typical raised-Catholic guilt. (My grandma could get me to do anything she wanted just by giving me a look.) But, really, when I look at my situation… I’m damn close to having it all. I have a gorgeous home (ok, it only has 2 bedrooms & 1 bathroom, pink countertops, peach carpet, a sloping floor & a bachelor packrat living under the kitchen. The décor runs a little too much toward elk prints for my personal taste but I consider that a small marriage compromise). (Side tangent: Does the punctuation inside the ( ) marks or outside? I can never remember… where is my Holt Handbook?) I have a fantastic husband (ok, he’s a little moody, he obsesses about his weight & he mumbles, but he’s funny, smart & sexy). I have a sweet & clever kid (well, ok, he doesn’t eat veggies or fruit and he loves to do “dangerous tricks” and someday he will be 2 or 16 and I will pay the price for all the naughty things I’ve ever done in this life but that’s about karma and, really, that isn’t his fault). I have a job (yes, I’d like to cut back my hours & sometimes it bores the hell out of me and sometimes it is frustrating and I wish it paid more but it has great flexibility and I love the people I work with….). I have great friends (Lala, I wish you lived closer. K- I’ll call you this afternoon… swimming then drinks at my house, I promise we’ll use the BIG wine glasses… bring Baby K’s jammies so you can spend the night.) (Side tangent: Why does MS Word change “jammies” into “jimmies” every time I type it? What the hell is a jimmies? Also, please note how I strategically got past the “I know the punctuation should go inside the quotation marks but I hate that because it looks odd” dilemma by using italics…)

Regrets: I don’t have a lot of regrets. Well, let me rephrase that… I have a lot of things in my past that I COULD regret but I choose not too. Hell, I’m a very interesting person and I wouldn’t be if I didn’t have my, um, colorful past. There are a couple of things that haven’t come-to-pass that I think about sometimes. I always wanted to raise my children in a multi-lingual household. That isn’t happening. I also mourn the general lack of ethnic diversity in Montana (Really, all we’ve got are Native Americans, unless, of course, you count Hutterites and Canadians) and I dread raising a child who might look askance at someone’s skin simply due to lack of exposure to variety.

Remorse: I think remorse really only should happen when you do something big & bad…. Like when you maim or kill someone. I mean someone who doesn’t deserve it.

Goals: Don’t ever say I’m not an over-achiever. (Ok, truth, I’m a big planner but not so good on the follow-througher part.) I like to make my goals before Thanksgiving every year. It gives me something to assess when I hit the February doledrums. My goals for the next year aren’t big. I want to downhill ski more this winter. (Do you think 18 months is too young to learn to downhill?) I want to fly fish more in the coming year. I want to have all my holiday stuff done early in December so I can enjoy the season (don’t laugh… I actually manage this most years.) I want to get pregnant. I want to de-clutter & simplify my office. I want to take more pictures. I want to remodel our house (ok, that isn’t in the next year but I thought I’d throw that out there in case anyone has some brilliant ideas….).

So, what was the point of this post again? Damn, I can’t remember. Ok, add that to the goals: Remember to take ginko biloba memory aid. I just keep forgetting.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005


So is it odd that my son went to daycare this morning wearing flannel camoflauge overalls & baby blue Robeez shoes? He also had on an elf hat & red mittens. His father says someday I will have to pay for his therapist. I say wait until you see what he's going to wear tomorrow. (Just a hint: red santa slippers)

Sunday, November 06, 2005

On Guilt

October 1: Guide to Parenting.

Because it involves dwelling on the past, guilt inhibits creative action in the present. One of the most counter-productive things, therefor, you can do to either yourself or your child is feel guilty.

(Easier said than done, eh Einstein?)

Friday, November 04, 2005

Sweet Boy's 2nd Halloween

He ditched the Pooh bear in favor of a Hot Wheels case when we got to Nana's house.

Things heard at our house this week:

From Sweet Boy, “Pun-kin.” (The daycarista musta taught him that one…. It sure surprised me when he said it.)

From Sweet Boy, “Apple.” Everything round and red is an apple. The button on the car seat. The tomato on the sign at the grocery store. Apples. He finds them in the strangest places… we are in Home Depot looking at cabinets and he is saying, over and over, “Apple. Apple.” I finally give him The Look and ask, “Where?” He points up… over my head… at the giant picture on the wall over the refrigerator section… a picture of apples.

From my father-in-law, seeing the sock fuzz between Sweet Boy’s toes, “Those are sprouts for a nice toe jam sandwich.”

Also from Sweet Boy, “Ewlcopter.” He has an ewlcopter toy. Harold the ewlcopter in his Thomas Train book. On his sweatshirt & his jammies. The whale on Nana’s shirt is an ewlcopter. The ceiling fan is an ewlcopter. How clever is that? The ceiling fan.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

You asked for it......

I really can't figure out how to post this.... so here it is... rough-style.

By no means have I READ all of these books.... I just write down titles as I see them or hear of them and hope, hope, hope to read them someday. The list is handy when I go to the library and need inspiration. (Note: Yes, there is a little "trash" among the "treasures." No snobbery allowed here at the Homestead.)

Ace, Jane
Present at the Creation : My Years in the State Department
Acheson, Dean
Education of Henry Adams
Adams, Henry
Adler, Elizabeth
A Death in the Family
Agee, James
Tuesdays With Morrie
Albom, Mitch
Tuesdays with Morrie
Alborn, Mitch
A Pattern Language
Alexander, Christopher

Alexander, Shana
Daughter of Fortune
Allende, Isabel
Allyn, Doug
Citizen Soldier

Ambrose, Steven
Have A Nice Day -No Problem A dictionary of Cliches
Ammer, C
Winesburg, Ohio
Anderson, Sherwood
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Angelou, Maya
The Heart of a Woman
Angelou, Maya
Vinegar Hill
Ansay, A. Manette

Antrim, Minna
Contours of American History
Appleman Williams, Willian
The Courtisian
Atkins, Eileen
The Handmaid's Tale
Atwood, Margaret

Auster, Paul
Secrets of the Tsil Café
20th Century Words
Ayto, J
Dictionary of Word Origins
Ayto, J

Bailey, Pear
Go Tell It on the Mountain
Baldwin, James

Baldwin, James
Notes of a Native Son
Baldwin, James
Slaves in the Family
Ball, Edward
Banville, John
The Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology
Barhart, R
A Complaint is a Gift
Barlow, Janelle & Moeller, Claus
Family Resemblance
Samuel Johnson
Bate, Walter Jackson
Gracefully Insane
Beam, Alex
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Beecher Stowe, Harriett
Zuleika Dobson
Beerbohm, Max
Henderson the Rain King
Bellow, Saul
The Adventures of Augie March
Bellow, Saul
The Life & Times of the Last Kid Picked
The Old Wives' Tale
Bennett, Arnold
An Invisible Sign of My Own
Benter, Aimee
SHEM CREEK A Lowcountry Tale
Benton Frank, Dorothea
Open House A Novel
Berg, Elizabeth
Berg, Elizabeth
Berry & Traeder

Berry, Wendell

Berry, Wendell
Tara Road
Binchy, Maeve
Class Action
Bingham, Clara

Blume, Judy
Bohjalian, Christopher

Bombeck, Erma
Clare Booth Luce
Booth Luce, Clare
Borgmann, Albert
The Death of the Heart
Bowen, Elizabeth
GABRIEL DU PRE mystery series
Bowen, Peter
The Sheltering Sky
Bowles, Paul
The Emperors of Chocolate
Brenner, Joel Glenn
If I Never Get Back
The Greatest Generation
Brokaw, Tom
A Walk in the Woods
Bryson, Bill
The Souls of Black Folk
Bubois, WEB

Buffett, Jimmy
On Her Own Ground
Bundles, A'Lelia
A Clockwork Orange
Burgess, Anthony
Stolen Valor
Burkett, BG

Burroughs, Augusten
The Way of All Flesh
Butler & Pritchett
Martha Inc
Byron, Chrostopher

Cady Stanton, Elizabeth
Tobacco Road
Caldwell, Erskine
The Wake of the Wind
California Cooper, J
The Wealthy Spirit
Campbell, Chellie
In Cold Blood : A True Account of a Multiple Murder and ItsConsequences
Capote, Truman

Carnegie, Dale
The Power Broker : Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
Caro, Robert
Silent Spring
Carson, Rachel
Life Al Dente
Cascone, Gina
Death Comes for the Archbishop
Cather, Willa
Cecil, David

Chandler, Raymond
The Wapshot Chronicle
Cheever, John
Chernow, Ron
The House of Morgan : An American Banking Dynasty and the Riseof Modern Finance
Chernow, Ron
Chernow, Ron
Chevalier, Tracy
Child, Lincoln
Money Dragon
Chun, Pam
Second World War
Churchill, Winston
Good Words to You
Ciardi, J

Cisneros, Sandra
Rainbow Six
Clancy, TOm

Clancy, Tom
What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day
Cleage, Pearl

Coben, Harlen

Coelho, Paulo
Coetzee, JM
Spirit Dive
Coffman, Michael
Children of Crisis
Coles, Robert

Christopher Collier
Collier, Christopher
My Brother Sam Is Dead
Collier, James Lincoln

Collier, James Lincoln
Blood Work
Connley, Michael
Conrad & Watts
Heart of Darkness
Conrad, Joseph
Lord Jim
Conrad, Joseph
The Secret Agent : A Simple Tale
Conrad, Joseph
The Miracle Strain
Cordy, Michael
The Skating Pond
Corey, Deborah Joy

Cormier, Robert
The Chocolate War
Cormier, Robert
Cornwell, Bernard
Point of Origin
Cornwell, Patricia
Corrieveau, Art
Generation X: Tales for an Acclerated Culture
Coupland, Douglas
Jurassic Park
Crighton, Michael
by Herbert Croly
Croly, Herbert
Desert Places
Crouch, Blake
Faking It
Crusie, Jennifer
Gorky Park
Cruz Smith, Martin
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language
Crystal, D
The Chili Queen
Dalles, Sandra
Flappers 2 Rappers, American Youth Slang
Dalzel, T
The Strange Death of Liberal England
Dangerfield & Stanksy
Breath, Eyes, Memory
Danticat, Edwidge
Danticat, Edwidge
Mind Catche
Darnton, John
For Matrimonial Purposes
Daswani, Kavita

Davies, Robertson
The Bone Collector
Deaver, Jeffrey
The Day the World Came to Town
Philosophy and Civilization
Dewey, John
Fifth Life of the Catwoman
Dexter, Kathleen
Dickey, James
I am Madame X
Diliberto, Gioia
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Dillard, Annie

Diller, Phyllis
Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass
Dinesen, Isak
Doctorow, EL
Doctorow, EL
Your Money or Yor Life
Dominquez & Robin
The Ginger Man
Donleavy, JP
Madame Sadyakko
Downer, Lesley
The Sherlock Holms Mysteries
Doyle, Arthur Conan
Sister Carrie
Dreiser, Theodore
American Tragedy
Dreiser, Theodore
The Rescue Season
Drury 363.3481 D
Peter Bowen series
Du Pre
The Three Musketeers
Dumas, Alexandre
River Teeth
Duncan, David James
Duncker, Foucault
Welcome to Higsby
Dunn, Mark

Duplantis, Jesse
The Alexandria Quartet : Justine/Balthazar/Mountolive/Clea
Durrell, Lawrence
Perma Red
Earling, Deborah
Easton Ellis, Bret
Foucault's Pendulum
Eco, Umberto

Eggers, Dave
The Mill on the Floss
Eliot, George

Eliot, George
Selected Essays
Eliot, TS
James Joyce
Ellmann, Richard
Healthy Foods
Ely, Leanne 641.5622 E

Epheron, Nora
Love Medicine Erdrich
Edison and The Electric Chair
Essig, Mark
Eugenides, Jeffrey
Hard Eight
Hard Eight
A Treasury of Great American Scandals
Farquhar, Michael
Studs Lonigan : A Trilogy
Farrell & Fanning
As I Lay Dying : The Corrected Text
Faulkner, William
The Sound and the Fury : The Corrected Text
Faulkner, William
The Majors
Feinstein, John
Horned Animal Party
Ferlatte, Diane
Fielding, Helen

Fielding, Henry
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry
Fields, Jennie
Finder, Joe

Findlay, Timothy
White Oleander
Fitch, Janet
Tender Is the Night
Fitzgerald, F Scott
Great Gatsby
Fitzgerald, F Scott
Listening to America
Flexner, S
Follett, Ken
Follett, Ken
The Civil War : A Narrative
Foote, Shelby
Parade's End
Ford, Madox Ford
Independence Day
Ford, Richard
Infinite Jest
Foster Wallace, David
The Magus
Fowles, John

Fox Maxer, Norma
Lucky Man
Fox, Michael
Golden Bough
Frazer, James George
Frazier, Charles
Great War and Modern Memory
Fussell, Paul
A Lesson Before Dying
Gaines, Ernest
A Lesson Before Dying
Gaines, Ernest
The Affluent Society
Galbraith, John Kenneth
Business @ the Speed of Thought
Gates, Bill

Geirach, John

Geirach, John
A Virtuous Woman
Gibbons, Kaye
Ellen Foster
Gibbons, Kaye
ECOLES DES FEMMES ('The school for wives')
Gide, Andre
The Interpreter
Glass, Susan
Godwin, Gail
Tales of the Female Nomad
Golden Gelman, Rita
Memoirs of a Geisha
Lord of the Flies by William Gerald Golding
Golding, William Gerald

Gordon, Barbara

Gould, Stephan J.
Mismeasure of Man
Gould, Stephen J
Gowing, Lawrence
Not All Tarts Are Apple
Granger, Pip
I, Claudius : From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius
Graves, Robert
Good-Bye to All That : An Autobiography
Graves, Robert
Graves, Sarah
Fire In the Turtle House
Gray Davidson, Osha
The Heart of the Matter
Green, Graham
Loving/Living/Party Going/3 Books in One Volume
Green, Henry
The Street Lawyer
Grisham, John
The Testament
Grisham, John
Oldest Living Confederate Widow
Gurganus, Allan
The Taming of Chance
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Hailey, Alex
Sam: The Boy Behind the Mask
Hallman, Tom

Halsey, Margaret
A Map of the World
Hamilton, Jane
The Book of Ruth
Hamilton, Jane
The Maltese Falcon
Hammett, Dashiell
I Could Tell You Stories, Sojourns in the Land of Memory
Hampl, Patricia
A Dictionary of Surnames
Hankes & Hodges
A Mathematician's Apology
Hardy, GH
The Proper Study of Mankind : An Anthology of Essays
Hardy, Henry

Harris, Robie
Abide with Me
Harrison, E Lynn
Haruf, Kent
Science - A Brief History of Time
The House of the Seven Gables
Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Hayden Herrera, Frida
Mother of Pearl
Haynes, Melinda
The Transit of Venus
Hazzard, Shirley
Stones from the River
Hegi, Ursula
Catch 22
Heller, Joseph
Sun Also Rises
A Farewell to Arms
Hemingway, Ernest
The Facts on File Word and Phrase Origins
Hendrickson, R

Henley, Linda
Henrique, Risha
Henruque, Risha

Hepburn, Katherine
The Happiness Code
Herrick, Amy
Skin Tight
King Leopold's Ghost
Hochschild, Adam

Hodgins, Jack
Here on Earth
Hoffman, Alice
American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made It
Hofstadter, Richard
The Ants

Hong Kingston, Maxine

Hornby, Nick
Religion - The Reed of God

Houston, Pam
High, Wide & Handsome
Howard, JK
Strange Empire
Howard, JK
High Wind in Jamaica
Hughes, Richard
The Lady In Kicking Horse Reservoir
Hugo, Richard
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Hurston, Zora Neale
Brave New World
Brave New World
Huxley, Aldous
Point Counter Point
Huxley, Aldous

Ibarruri, Delores

Irving, John
The Sketch Book
Irving, Washington

Ivins, Molly
The Frontier in American History
Jackson Turner, Frederick
The Ambassadors
James, Henry
The Golden Bowl
James, Henry
The Wings of the Dove
James, Henry
Dancing with the Witch Doctor
James, Kelly
Varities of Religious Experiences
James, William

Jardine, Ray
Feel the Fear
Jeffers, Susan
History - Intellectuals
The Elements of Mentoring
Johnson & Ridley
Never so Green
Johnson, Tim
From Here to Eternity
Jones, James
Fear of Flying
Jong, Erica

Jong, Erica
Finnegans Wake
Joyce, James
Joyce, James
A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man
Joynce, James
Judy Blume
The Perfect Storm
Jung, Sebastian
Junkin, Tim
Kakauer, Jon
Love It Don't Leave It 26 Ways to Get What You Want at Work
Kaye, Beverly & Jordan-Evans, Sharon
The Face of Battle
Keegan, John
Kellerman, Jonathan
Ironweed : A Novel
Kennedy, William J

On the Road


Kerr, Jean
Journal of the Dead
Kersten, Jason

Key, Ellen
Sushi for Beginners
Keyes, Marian
The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money
Keynes, John Maynard

Kimball, Nell
Why We Can't Wait
King, Martin Luther
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
King, Stephen
The Poisonwood Bible
Kingsolver, Barbara
Kipling, Rudyard

Klass, David

Klein, Norma
Sex, Lies and Cocoa Puffs
Klosterman, Chuck
Darkness at Noon
Koestler, Arthur
Swimmer in the Secret Sea
Kotzwinkle, William

Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth
Dr Strangelove
Kubrick, Stanley
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Kuhn, Thomas S
La Lenteur
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Kundera, Milan
Kurson, Robert
The Seventh Tomb of Monte Alban
Kyle Madsen, Mildred
I Know This Much Is True & She's Come Undone
Lamb, Wally
Operating Instructions : A Journal of My Son's First Year
Lamott, Anne
Sons and Lovers
Lawrence, DH
Women in Love
Lawrence, DH
The Rainbow
Lawrence, DH et al
Crow Lake
Lawson, Mary
Lax, Eric
Girls in Trouble
Leavitt, Caroline

Lebowitz, Fram
Single & Single
leCarre, John
The Canal House
Lee, Mark
Six Easy Pieces : Essentials of Physics Explained by Its MostBrilliant Teacher
Leighton, Robert
Food & Loathing
Lerner, Betsy

Lester, Julius
The Disappointment Artis
Lethem, Jonathan
Where the Heart Is
Letts, Billie

Leverson, Ada
The Periodic Table
Levi, Primo
Main Street
Lewis, Sinclair
Sweet Science
Liebling, AJ
NYT Home Repair Almanac
Lipinski, Edward
A Preface to Morals
Lippmann, Walter
Lipsyte, Sam
Call of the Wild
London, Jack
Lott, Brett
Lois Lowry
Lowry, Lois
Under the Volcano
Lowry, Malcolm

Lynch, Chris
Alien in the Mirror
Lytle, Casey
MacLaverty, Bernard
A River Runs Through It
Maclean, Norman
No Great Mischief
MacLeod, Alistair
Macomber, Debbie
Mailer Anderson, Robert
The Naked and the Dead
Mailer, Norman
A House for Mr. Biswas
Maipaul, VS
The Journalist and the Murderer
Malcolm, Janet
Malladi, Amylya
Jefferson, the Virginian (Jefferson and His Time, Vol 1)
Malone, Dumas

Mansfield, Katherine
West With the Night
Markham, Beryl
Cien Anos de Soledad
Marquez, G Garcia
Mate, Ferenc
Law of the Buy In
Maxwell, John
Bella Tuscany
Mayes, Frances

Mazer, Harry
Lay that Trumpet in Our Hands
McCarthy Susan
A Giant's House
McCracker, Elizabeth
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
McCullers, Carson
The Great Bridge : The Epic Story of the Building of theBrooklyn Bridge
McCullough, David
Child of My Heart
McDermott, Alice
Songs in Ordinary Time
McGarry Morris, Mary
The Cadence of Grass
McGuane, Tom
Story: Substance, Structure, Style & The Principles of Screenwriting
My Father’s Ghost
McKee Chamas, Suzy
A New Kind of Christian
McLaren, Brian
McLarty, Ron
McMurtry, Larry
My Russian
McNamer, Dee
Rim of the Weeds
McNamer, Deidra
The Rise of the West : A History of the Human Community
McNeill, William

McPhee, John
Battle Cry of Freedom : The Civil War Era
McPherson, James
The Age of Jackson
American Language, Supplement One
Mencken, HL
Home Comforts
Mendelson, Cheryl
Mendoza, Ruben
The Changeling
Middleton & Rowley
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay
Milford, Nancy
Like Being Killed
Miller, Ellen
Tropic of Cancer
Miller, Henry
While I Was Gone
Miller, Sue
Red Azalia
Min, Anchee
Misner & Thorne & Wheeler
A Fine Balance
Mistry, Rohinton
The Deep End of the Ocean
Mitchard, Jacquelyn
A Cup of Light
Mones, Nichole

Monro, Alice
Lies of Silence
Moore, Brian
Island of the Sequined Love Nun.
Moore, Christopher
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Moore, Christopher
Principia Ethica
Moore, GE
The Midwife's Tale
Moran Laskas, Gretchen
A Passage to India
Morgan Forster, Edward
A Room With a View
Morgan Forster, Edward
Aspects of the Novel
Morgan Forster, Edward
Howards End
Morgan Forster, Edward
Gap Creek The Story of a Marriage
Morgan, Robert
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
Morris, Edmund
Paradise and Song of Solomon
Morrison, Toni
Morrison, Toni
Stones in the Summer
Mossman, Dow
The City in History
Mumford, Lewis
Under the Net
Murdoch, Iris

Myers, Walter Dean
An American Dilemma : The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy
Myrdal, Gunnar
Pale Fire
Nabokov, Vladimeir Vladimirovich
Nabokov, Vladimeir Vladimirovich
Speak, Memory : An Autobiography Revisited
Nabokov, Vladimeir Vladimirovich
A Bend in the River
Naipaul, VS
Science and Civilization in China : Chemistry and ChemicalTechnology
Needham, John
Autobiography of Mark Twain
Neider, Charles
On Sarpy Creek
Nelson, Ira
Heather Has Two Mommies
Newman, Leslea
The Time Traveler's Wife
Niffenegger, Audrey
Little Birds
Nin, Anais
We Were the Mulvaneys
Oates, Joyce Carol
Buffalo for the Broken Heart
Wise Blood
Back Roads A Novel
O'Dell, Tawni
Christine O'Donnell
O'Donnell, Christine
Autobiographies (Collected Works of W.B. Yeats, Vol 3)
O'Donnell, William
Appointment in Samarra
O'Hara, John
Fly Fishing The River of Second Chances
Olsson, Jennifer
The English Patient.
Ondaatje, Michael
Long Days Journey into Night
O'Neill, Eugene
Peter's Choice
Orbi, Joseph
9 Steps to Financial Freedom
Orman, Suze
The Courage to Be Rich
Orman, Suze
Animal Farm : A Fairy Story
Orwell, George
Homage to Catalonia
Orwell, George
Orwell, George
Osborne, Eliza
The Schooling of Claybird Catts
Owens, James
All Over Creation
Ozeki, Ruth

P. Levi La Tregua
The Gnostic Gospels
Pagels, Elaine
Studies in Iconology Humanistic Themes in the Art
Panofsky, Erwin

Parker, Dorothy

Parker, Dorothy
Lawrence in Oaxaca
Parmenter, Ross
U.S.A. : The 42nd Parallel, 1919, the Big Money
Passos, John
The Magician's Assistant
Patchett, Ann

Paterson, Katherine
When the Wind Blows
Patterson, James
The dictionary of the Khazar
Youth in Revolt
Payne, CD
Beginner's Luck
Pedersen, Laura
All the King's Men
Penn Warren, Robert

Penn Warren, Robert
Philosophy - The Emperor's New Mind
The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
Percy, Walker
Mode d'employ
Perec, La vie, G
Susan Beth Pfeffer
Pfeffer, Susan Beth
My Sister's Keeper
Picoult, Jodi

Plath, Sylivia
The Open Society and Its Enemies : The Spell of Plato
Popper, Karl Raimund
A Dance to the Music of Time : First Movement
Powell, Anthony
Carpe Jugulum
Pratchet, Terry
Paradise Bay
Heart of the Indigenous Soul
Prechetel, Martin
T. Pynchon Gravity's Rainbow
I Thee Wed
Quick, Amanda
Black and Blue
Quindlen, Anna

Rakoff, David
Blue Moon Circus
Raleigh, Michael
The Castle of the Flynn’s
Raleigh, Michael
Rand, Ayn
A Theory of Justice
Rawls, John
Wicked Words
Rawson, H
Wild Card Quilt
Ray, Janisse
Readers, John
The Kingfisher’s Call
Reed, John
The Story Teller
Reid, Arthur
Cadillac Desert : The American West and Its Disappearing Water
Reisner, Marc
Alice Series
Reynolds Naylor, Phyllis
The Rapture of Canaan
Reynolds, Sheri
The Making of the Atomic Bomb
Rhodes, Richard
Vittorio, the Vampire
Rice, Anne
Cold Springs
Riordan, Rick
Robards, Karen
Jitterbug Perfume
Robbins, Tom
Flesh Tones
Rose, MJ
American Pastoral
Portnoy's Complaint
Roth, Phillip

Rowland, Helen
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Rowling, JK

Runyon, Damon
Midnight's Children
Rushdie, S
The Ground beneath her feet
Rushdie, S
Russo, Richard
Sachar, Louis
The Catcher in the Rye
Salinger, JD
Susan Santag
Santag, Susan
On Language
Sapphire, William
Sasson, Jean
The Reader
Schlink, Bernhard
Drowning Ruth A Novel
Schwarz, Christine
Mistaken Identity
Scottoline, Lisa

Sedaris, David
Ideas and Opinions
Seelig, Carl

Sellman, Jane
A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Bright Shining Lie : John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam
Sheehan, Neil

Sher, Barbara
Larry's Party
Shields, Carol
The Pilot's Wife
Shreve, Anita
What's Heaven
Shriver, Maria
Ghost Soldiers
Sides, Hampton
Do What You Love
Sinetar, Marsha

Sitwell, Edith

Slaughter, Karin
Good Faith
Smiley, Jame
Aging with Grace
Snowden, David
Of Human Bondage
Somerset Maugham, W
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Spark, Muriel
The Notebook
Sparks, Nicholas
Sparks, Nicholas
The Gate of Heavenly Peace : The Chinese and Their Revolution1895-1980
Spence, Jonathan
The Pilots
Spencer, James

Spong, John
Spragg, Mark
The Fifth Sacred Thing
Steel, Danielle
Angle of Repose
Stegner, Wallace
Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
Stein, Gertrude
Tender Buttons
Stein, Gertrude
Of Mice and Men
Steinbeck, John
The Grapes of Wrath
Steinbeck, John

Steinbeck, John
All Too Human
Stephanopolos, George

Stern, Laurence
Sugar Busters
Steward & Bethea
Driving Over Lemons
Stewart, Chris

Stine, RL
I Sleep at Red Lights
Stockler, Bruce
Eminent Victorians
Strachey, Lytton
Elements of Style
Strunk, William
Sophie's Choice
Styron, William
Darkness Visible : A Memoir of Madness
Styron, William
Swain, James
Paper Wings
Swick, Marly
Gulliver's Travels
Religion and the Rise of Capitalism
Tawney, RH
Memoirs - To School Through the Fields
Working : People Talk About What They Do All Day and How TheyFeel About What They Do
Terkel, Studs

Thayer, Nancy
The Lives of a Cell : Notes of a Biology Watcher
Thomas, Lewis
On Growth and Form
Thompson, D'Arcy Wentworth
Making of the English Working Class
Thompson, Edward
Thomson, Keith

Tomlin, Lily

Toole, John Kennedy
Sam Casey books
Tooley, SD
A Study of History
Toynbee, Arnold

Traven, B

Traver, Robert
The Liberal Imagination : Essays on Literature and Society
Trilling, Lionel
The Guns of August
Tuchman, Barbara
The Song Reader
Tucker, Lisa
Marvelous Monikers
Tuleja, T
These is My Words
Turner, Nancy
Working Fire
Unger, Zac
Updike, John

Vail, Rachel
The Strange Career of Jim Crow
Vann Woodward, Comer
Value in the Valley
Vanzant, Ayanla
One Day My Soul Just Opened Up
Vanzant, Iyanla
Yesterday I Cried
Vanzant, Iyanla

Viorst, Judith

von Ebner-Eschenbach, Marie
Expect the Unexpected
Von Oech, Roger
Crusade : A Duty Dance With Death
Vonnegut, Kurt
Cat's Cradle and Galapagos
Vonnegut, Kurt

Vowell, Sarah
The Color Purple
Walker, Alice
Billy's Boy
Warren, Patricia Nell
The Double Helix : A Personal Account of the Discovery of theStructure of DNA
Watson, James
A Handful of Dust
Waugh, Evelyn
Brideshead Revisited
Waugh, Evelyn
Waugh, Evelyn

Waugh, Evelyn
Ashes of Victory
Weber, David
Daddy Long Legs
Webster, Jean
The Devil Wears Prada
Weisberger, Lauren
Winter in the Blood & Fool's Crow
Welch, Jim
Big Ugly
Weld, William

Wells, Carolyn
Logan’s Storm
Wells, Ken
Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood
Wells, Rebecca

Wells, Rebecca
Welsh, Irvine

Welty, Eudora
Dictionary of American Slang
Wentworth & Flexner
The Wedding
West, Dorothy

West, Jessamyn
The Day of the Locust
West, Nathanael
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon : A Journey Through Yugoslavia
West, Rebecca
The Age of Innocence
Wharton, Edith
Ethan Frome
Wharton, Edith
The House of Mirth
Wharton, Edith

Wharton, Edith
An Avelanche of Anoracks
White, R
Shark River
White, Randy
Principia Mathematica to 56
Whitehead & Russell
Winner of the National Book Award
Willett, Jincy
Daddy's Roommate
Willhoite, Michael
Patriotic Gore : Studies in the Literature of the American CivilWar
Wilson, Edmund
Professor and Madman
Winchester, Simon
Winchester, Simon
Good Hope Road
Wingate, Lisa
Ten Perfect Fingers
Winner, Brenda
How to Make a Living Without a Job
Winter, Barbara
The Passion or Written on the Body
Winterston, Jeanette
In the American Grain
Wlliams, Carlos William
The Right Stuff
Wolfe, Tom
This Boy's Life : A Memoir
Wolff, Tobias

Wollstonecraft Shelly, Mary
Florence Nightingale : 1820-1910
Woodham-Smith, Cecil
Under the Lake
Woods, Stuart

Woodson, Jacqueline
A Room of One's Own
Woolf, Virginia
To the Lighthouse
Woolf, Virginia
Native Son
Wright, Richard
Black Boy
Wright, Richard
Wide Sargasso Sea
Wyndham & Rhys
Art of Memory
Yates, Francis
Yergin, Daniel
Banker to the Poor
Yunus, Muhammad

Zindel, Paul
Invisible Man

Secrets of the Talking Jaguar: A Mayan shaman's Journey to the

Shadow and Act

Snow Falling on Cedars

Social Science - Slouching Towards Gomorrah

The Rooms of Heaven?

Almanac of the Dead Silko

Art and Illusion : A Study in the Psychology of PictorialRepresentation

BHG New Complete Guide to Home Repair

Biography - Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Black Hawk Down.

Blind Mans Bluff

Cantebury Tales

Charming Billy

Classical Mechanics by Herbert Goldstein.

Cloud Mountain

Confederacy of Dunces

Count of Monte Christo


Fannie Calderon De La Barca


Harold Bloom's Shakespeare

In The Meantime

Knolls Medicine for MT Wilderness

Lazarus' Heart

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Never be lied to again

The Splendor of Truth (JPII)

Places I Never Meant To Be: Original Stories by Censored Writers.

Poetry - Occulta (Plunkett)

Portnoy's Complaint

Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man

Princess –Jean Sasson

Rodeo Queen History

Scull Session

Shere Hite

Success With Words

The Road To Wellville

The Bible According to Einstein

The Black Book of Communism

The Discoverers

The Invention of The Human

The Millionaire Next Door

The Mirror and the Lamp : Romantic Theory and the CriticalTradition

The Name of the rose

The Nature and Destiny of Man : A Christian Interpretation

The Oxford English Dictionary

The Postman Always Rings Twice

The Spiritual Chick’s Question Everything _Red Wheel

The Sunday Wife

Undaunted Courage,

Webster's Word Histopries

Yellow raft on Blue Water

Because it must be seen to be believed.....

Here it is.

I know you didn't believe a purse existed big enough to contain all the items in my previous post. But here it is. Notice the sexy silver trim. Sparkle is all the rage this season. And the funky flowered lining... it ain't paisley but almost.

I just got the rescue remedy stuff... it is supposed to calm you. Tranquilize me, Baby.

Can I say again how much I love Neutrogena Nail Enhancer?

But now, what you've all been waiting for (drum roll please)....

Homestead's lip gloss and book list....

Lip Gloss #1 is Mabelline Wet Shine Diamonds. Dumb name, great gloss. Mine is pink diamonds. #55. Sexy. Understated. Makes Sweet Boy sparkle when I kiss his head.

Lip Gloss #2 is Mary Kay Signature Bronzing Lip Gloss Duo in Mango/Mist. I love it. I think it was part of the summer collection. Ok, I'll admit.....I bought it when a friend had a MK party and I felt obligated to go. It was $16.50 which is way more than I would normally spend on an entire outfit... let alone one lip gloss. But it has lasted a long time and it looks great... and it has a little mirror in the lid which I love. (Note to any of you who run out and get this stuff... there is a little lip brush in the compact between the two gloss shades... it took me a while to figure that out...actually I had to read it on the bottom of the compact to figure it out...) I also love the MK lip liner in neutral. Ok, end of endorsement. Oh wait... one more thing.... Jill is a MK gal if you don't have one locally. Now, truly, end of endorsement.

My book list... oh my, are you sure you want this? I have to find it on the computer so I'll post it later today... or tomorrow.....

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

What's in YOUR wallet?

Klog has a post about what is in her purse right now. Cracked me up. So I decided to play. Right here. Right now. Wait. First let me say this: I used to not carry a purse at all. Or at least not much of one. It gave me a headache. But these days I’m carrying that purse/work/diaper bag combo… because I’m too lazy to carry an actual diaper bag (I have one in the car….) So here goes:

Wallet (small one…. So I can carry it in the pocket of my fleece if I’m just running into the video store or something.)
Check book
Plastic horse & Matchbox racecar (What do you play with in the checkout line? Oh, THAT’s when you people are reading magazine covers and learning that Britney had her baby…. I still don’t know what that kid’s name is… and I’m embarrassed to tell you how long it took me to find out what’s-her-name is having a kid with that annoying guy from Top Gun.)
Dino-crackers (I don’t usually have these in my purse… they go in the console of the car.)
Neutrogena nail enhancer (I love this stuff.)
Sometimes a daytimer
Cell phone
Baby wipes
Spare paci
Fold up fan (this is actually for my menopausal friend, but it comes in pretty handy sometimes…. Here on the frozen tundra things tend not to be air-conditioned… ever.)
Little pink zipper bag (lip gloss, spare car keys, ponytail holder, stamp cards (coffee & such), library reading list, phone list & my fishing license)
Medium orange zipper bag… these are the coolest mesh bags…. Got them at Target… they are a pencil holder set. (travel tissues, fold-up hair brush, travel lotion, travel hand sanitizer, tiny baggie of Advil/Tylenol/Excedrin, nail file, lip gloss, tampons, gum, breath mints, Shout wipes, tiny sewing kit, Immodium, decongestant, antacid, tiny sunscreen, moist wipes, bandaids, duct tape) Wow. That’s a lot of shit in a tiny bag.

Oh, and on the subject of diaper bags…. We have 4.

The car bag: In the trunk. Emergency stuff. It’s the bag we got free from the hospital.

The daycare bag: The daily stuff. Baggie of drugs (that sounds bad... better clarify... Deej's tylenol, advil, teething tablets, gas drops, benedryl, etc), swim trunks in summer, mittens/hat in winter, extra outfit, extra shoes, spare paci.

The swim bag: floaties, goggles, swim diapers, sunscreen in summer, lotion, body wash, regular diapers, towels, swim suit, change to “rent” a towel when we forget ours, plastic bag for wet stuff, membership card, jammies to put on after swimming.

The Patagonia bag: The best diaper bag from the Pata-guchi outlet in Dillon, MT. It is a narrow rectangle one-strap that goes across the body but not-really-a-messenger bag that goes everywhere. Three compartments and a sunglasses case/cell phone holder on the strap. It fits under the bleachers at football games, under the seat in an airplane, in the grandstands at a rodeo and I can pack a ton of stuff in it. Love it. And it is sexy enough for Hot Stuff to carry.