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Read 50 Books in 2012 (read all 4 entries…)
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11. Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
12. World War Z by Max Brooks



Read 50 Books in 2012 (read all 4 entries…)
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9. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
10. Death With Interruptions by José Saramago



Read 50 Books in 2012 (read all 4 entries…)
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7. Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
8. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert



Read 50 Books in 2012 (read all 4 entries…)
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I’m a little late to the New Years Resolution bus, but I hope to get a jump on this anyway! So far this year I’ve already read:

1. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
4. Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
5. Candide by Voltaire
6. Meditations by Descartes



Complete 1 year of ShutterCal
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I’ve tried this before but I couldn’t get very far. I’m hoping to do better this time! I started over yesterday. I know it would be great to be able to see my year in pictures. In reality, though, it’s really hard to keep up with it every day!! Plus, I don’t do exciting things every day :P I need to remember to bring my camera with me more often, and then I’ll take better pictures!!



Try more foreign foods (read all 3 entries…)
Sushi

Huge fan. I’ve been discovering as many conveyor belt style places in the Seattle area as I can, because I’m a student and can’t afford to splash out on the high end sushi joints. I regularly crave sushi now and can’t imagine not liking it!!



Try more foreign foods (read all 3 entries…)
Thai

Last night my best friend had a Groupon coupon to a nearby Thai restaurant. We went to catch up and discuss our upcoming papers on Kant (sounds super legit, right?). Usually I get Pad Thai in a place like this because I know I’ll like it, but she convinced me to try something a little different. I ended up getting a cashew stir fry with chicken, which was amazingly delicious btw. She got the red curry and let me try some of it. I’d tried panang curry before and hadn’t been impressed (to say the least). I was surprised to find that the curry was actually incredibly good! It was a delightful new experience =)



collect insightful quotes & sayings
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I’m not sure if I’ll ever want to mark this one complete. Perhaps once I get enough quotes I’ll put them in a nice booklet so that I can read it over and over again. It seems like it would be incredibly inspiring!!

New quotes for now:

I learned that men were born with power and women obtained it through sharpness of intellect and good hearts. —Zainab Salbi, Between Two Worlds

There are in this world blessed souls, whose sorrows spring up into joys for others; whose earthly hopes, laid in the grave with many tears, are the seed from which spring healing flowers and balm for the desolate and the distressed. —Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin

In my contact with people I find that, as a rule, it is only the little, narrow people who live for themselves, who never read good books, who do not travel, who never open up their souls in a way to permit them to come into contact with other souls—with the great outside world…I have found that the happiest people are those who do the most for others; the most miserable are those who do the least. —Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery

“I let go. It’s like swimming against the current. It exhausts you. After a while, whoever you are, you just have to let go, and the river brings you home.”—Joanne Harris, Five Quarters of the Orange

War is hell, but that’s not the half of it, because war is also mystery and terror and adventure and courage and discovery and holiness and pity and despair and longing and love. War is nasty; war is fun. War is thrilling; war is drudgery. War makes you a man; war makes you dead. —Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried

“Love stories are written in millimeters and milliseconds with a fast, dull pencil whose marks you can barely see. . . They are written in miles and eons with a chisel on the side of a mountain-top.”—Gabrielle Zevin, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

“It happens, baby. . . You forget all of it anyway. First, you forget everything you ever learned-the dates of the Hay-Herran Treaty and the Pythagorean theorem. . . You forget the names of all but one or two of your teachers, and eventually you’ll forget those, too. You forget your junior year class schedule and where you used to sit and your best friend’s home phone number and the lyrics to that song you must have played a million times. . . And eventually, but slowly, oh so slowly, you forget your humiliations-even the ones that seemed indelible just fade away. You forget who was cool and who was not, who was pretty, smart, athletic, and not. Who went to a good college. Who threw the best parties. Who could get you pot. You forget all of them. Even the ones you said you loved, and even the ones you actually did. They’re the last to go. And then once you’ve forgotten enough, you love someone else.”—Gabrielle Zevin, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

“Woe is the one who, languishing, waits for a lover.”—The Wife’s Lament

“It is a policy which entails suffering, and each one of you already knows what this suffering is; but its ultimate benefits are still far away and not yet clear for all to see…When things happen suddenly, unexpectedly, and against all calculation, it takes the heart out of a man…You must therefore be willing to face the greatest disasters and be determined never to sacrifice the glory that is yours.”—Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War

“Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.”—Unknown

“He who will pass life away in bounding from one pleasure to another, must not complain if he acquire neither wisdom nor respectability of character.”—Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

I think I found all of these quotes just in books that I was reading, and I couldn’t read farther before I wrote them down to remember them because they struck me so!!



Read all the books on the BBC Big Read Top 100 (read all 2 entries…)
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1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie



identify 100 things that make me happy. (read all 3 entries…)
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32. having heart-to-heart talks in the dark right before falling off to sleep
33. telling a close friend a secret and feeling that weight just evaporate from your shoulders
34. feeling wanted and irreplaceable
35. the warm, clean feeling right after i get out of the bath
36. cold water right by my bed when i wake up late at night and am thirsty
37. when miko is so happy to see me that he follows me around everywhere i go
38. making people laugh
39. when things that i do right or well are noticed/complimented
40. figuring out a math problem (or any other problem, for that matter) that no one else understands
41. the minty, smooth feeling right after i brush my teeth
42. waking up early and feeling energized and ready for the day
43. being a part of something, be it an inside joke or a human video
44. the first blooms of spring
45. perusing bookstores for hours and hours and hours and hours
46. watching psych! i <3 shawn and gus =)
47. reading the comics in the newspaper
48. pepperjack cheese on ritz crackers
49. rocking out to the stereo in my room
50. running through corn mazes in the dark and sliding through the mud
51. intimacy
52. history class with mr. jones
53. the design on the ace of spades
54. the faces iain makes when he thinks no one is looking
55. old fashioned/vintage things
56. cucumber scented things
57. autumn (the word and the season)
58. the way boys smell
59. going to cheap movies with good friends while dressed in thoroughly odd clothes
60. watching people write (hand write)
61. the smell of pine
62. pens that write smoothly without smudging
63. riding my bike
64. the sound of rain on our roof
65. homemade pie
66. munching on ice when it’s hot outside
67. learning about the world



Read all the books on the BBC Big Read Top 100 (read all 2 entries…)
All That I've Read So Far

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
83. Holes, Louis Sachar

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get my driver's license (read all 2 entries…)
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I scheduled an appointment to get my license! I’m going to go in on Thursday (two days from now) and I hopehopehope I won’t freeze up and get totally nervous. I know I can pass. I know I can. I just have to keep repeating that to myself. I can pass! I can! And I’m going to on my first try! I will!



identify 100 things that make me happy. (read all 3 entries…)
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24. unexpectedly eating a cinnamon jelly bean instead of a crappy cherry one
25. my delicious homemade chocolate chip oatmeal cookies
26. the sleep you get after you work hard all day long
27. cool, freshly laundered sheets on a warm summer night
28. brand new psych episodes
29. england
30. the freedom and beauty of the alps
31. inside jokes with close friends



identify 100 things that make me happy. (read all 3 entries…)
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1. my puppy, miko
2. british accents
3. eddie izzard
4. good chocolate
5. craisins
6. popcorn with the right amount of salt and butter
7. food in general
8. being with danielle
9. talking to max
10. talking to neil
11. organizing my things
12. getting 100+% on tests/quizzes/assignments/etc
13. working out
14. going to the beach in real oregon weather (i.e. rain)
15. making lists
16. receiving mail
17. getting a cd i’ve wanted
18. giving gifts to my friends and then them liking them
19. a bit of fry and laurie
20. reaching a goal that i set for myself
21. salt and vinegar potato chips
22. sunsets
23. sunrises



Try more foreign foods (read all 3 entries…)
Malaysian

I tried a Malaysian candy that I got recently. It’s called NanoNano, or Nano2. I tried the spicy pineapple flavor, and there was also a preserved plum, or something of the sort. It was. . . interesting, to say the least. My friend commented that it tasted like Mexican candy. It’s true in a way, because the spicy pineapple has this weird spicy-sweet flavor, which was a little weird to me. Anyways, it was cool to try, I think =)



get my driver's license (read all 2 entries…)
One more month!

I just have to finish Driver’s Ed, and then I’ll have the required 100 hours, plus insurance cuts, plus plenty of experience necessary in order to pass the test! cantwait



Read the entire works of Shakespeare
I have read:

Romeo and Juliet
King Lear



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