Spastic Me  

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Ok, I think it's obvious to anyone who knows me that I love me some coffee.. I saw this on another blog and wanted to see if I could get it to the highest level (which was near death). The first time I tried, I got to '"Cracked Out," Paranoid.' Now I'm sure anyone else would have been happy with that- but not me! I tried it several mores times... only to make my mouse finger too tired to get past 174 clicks in 30 seconds, which means:

The Caffeine Click Test - How Caffeinated Are You?
Created by OnePlusYou

(Be forewarned- if you click on OnePlusYou, that takes you to a dating website... click on the The Caffeine Click Test to try the game itself).

Funny thing was I had actually just made myself a Double Latte (that's two shots of Espresso in steamed milk with a little bit of foamed milk to you unfortunate non-coffee drinkers).

As I was making my Latte this morning, I had no real intentions of attempting to make Latte Art, but it appears that I actually did, however accidental:

Latte Art

Do you see what I see? It looks like some kind of weird winged creature with a big nose! Or maybe I'm just being Paranoid!

Here are some examples of intentional Latte Art from people with much more talent than me:


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I saw this on Julia's blog:

Here are the rules..
Leave a comment on my blog of a memory you and I have had together. It doesn't matter if you've known me for a short time or a long time. It can be funny, embarrassing, whatever. Anything that you remember! Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It is pretty funny to read the responses.

If you do want to play along just put this on your blog and we will see how many lovely, funny, whatever memories we can get. Have fun! And good luck.

How Well-Read Are You?  

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I saw this post at The Peach Tree: The Big Read and had to play along (though I have to agree I was surprised at some of the books on this list):

Here's how it works:
The Big Read says that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you love, and strikeout the books you read but didn't like.
4) Reprint this list so we can try and track down these people who've read only 6 or less and
make them read.

And now..... THE BIG READ TOP 100

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (I own the collection already)
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. The Harry Potter Series JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible (the parts of it I've read anyway...boring)
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller (own it already)
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (I started to read this once in 6th grade... never finished it)
25. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh .
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice 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
34. Emma - Jane Austen .
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
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
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
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
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
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
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
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov 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' Diary - Helen Fielding
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
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
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
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
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
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-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole (I really want to read this one!)
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Post a comment back to your blog if you decide to play!

I'm Vanilla too!  

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What flavor are you?


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Ok Julia Ann(!), I don't think you've left a comment letting me know I was tagged, but I did read your blog so I'm going to go ahead and play along. That's how much I love you.

Tag...I'm it!

How To Play This Game of Tag:

Post these rules on your blog.
Answer these 15 questions about yourself on your blog.

3 joys
3 fears
3 goals
3 current obsessions/collections
3 random/surprising facts-
Tag five people at the end of your post by leaving their names.
-Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Joys (I'm going to leave "friends and family" out of mine 'cause that's a given).
1. The written word. I love to read: books, blogs, emails, message boards, magazines.. you name it, I'm reading it.
2. Creating. Whether that's cooking, sewing, baking, writing... gluing Popsicle sticks together- I love it!
3. Connecting :) I'm am so interested in other people; I think that's one of the reasons I love to read so much: if I have no flesh and blood people available to talk with, I can always rely on my good literary friends to keep me company.

1. Flying! Not so much because I'm afraid of heights.. more because I'm afraid of plummeting to the earth in a great blazing fire of torrid death. It probably comes down to not having control of what's happening to me.
2. Cockroaches. 'Nuff said.
3. Being forgotten.

1. Good physical health.
2. Make all my Christmas presents this year.
3. Get through this crappy Phoenix summer without melting.

Current Obsessions/Collections
1. Sewing. This is a case when an obsession results in a collection (see #2).
2. Fabric. I could probably clothe a village with the fabric I already have and still have enough left over to make each of them their own lap quilt.
3. Craftster. I am constantly on this website reading about what other people are doing and getting ideas for things I can create myself (whoa- that hits all three of my "Joys," no wonder I'm obsessed!)

Random/Surprising Facts
1. I get seasick at weird things: scrolling down on a computer screen, scenes on TV that have up and down motions...
2. I don't want to learn how to knit or crochet because then I'd have one more type of hobby to buy things for. Maybe once I make use of a large portion of my fabric stash I'll take up knitting.
3. My favorite movie is V for Vendetta.

Tag: I don't know that many people IRL who also have a blog, so I'm only tagging Colista even though she was already tagged. You've heard of tag-teaming, and now you've heard of team-tagging!