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Sleeping

This is a test of ada sleeping photo & post.

Movin’ Locations

I have come to the conclusion that the free WordPress is limited. I’m sure if I was will to pay for service or have my own domain or something that WordPress would be fine. But… I don’t want to do that. I would like a lot of features for free. Sooo… I’ve gone back to Blogger who will support all my widget fascination.

Come find me at –  violetkey.blogspot.com   

I will be keeping this site up for a while becuase there doesn’t seem to be a good way to import my posts from wp to blogger. Until i get so bored as to hand repost to blogger I’ll just leave this up.

Thanks for viewing me here. Now go read about what I’ll be doing in November.

New Colors

I was going to blog about real life happenings but chose to procrastinate by changing my blog theme.

Hope you enjoy the new colors!

Future topics might include:
– new pictures
– I deserve this Or do I?
– Being One Stop Shopping for the Spouce

Vacation

I’m back from a 5 day vacation on the Oregon coast. It was so relaxing.

(on a side note: i just found the freakin’ text editor in the “visual” setting for a poster. Yea! No more coding the color!)

The past 2-3 weeks had been extremely stressful. My husband’s job changed – his boss sold his private vet practice to a corporation. Thankfully, no one got fired but still lots of changes as far as schedule (longer hours gets home at 8p on some nights), people & rules. The changes of course had brought on some stress that was felt by both of us. Then my company has/is going through it’s busy convention/trade show time and i’ve been working long hours under crazy deadline pressure. It was also very stressful trying to leave the office for vacation – it took forever to wrap up all my loose ends and i still don’t think i did a tidy job of it. So, needless to say we needed this!

The other more important cause for vacation – we celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary! Weeeeee!

We staid at the wonderful hotel with the even better view Inn at Spanish Head for 4 days and 3 nights *sigh*. I would show you pictures but I can’t get them off my camera at the moment because my computer isn’t recognizing it. Updates soon. This hotel is built into the side of the bluff so every room has a fantastic view of the ocean.

Saturday we ran about town – store for cheesecake*, Borders for Harry Potter. Oh, Saturday morning was spent at the Gresham Art Walk. The Art Walk is made up of all these different artist in booths selling what they make. I drooled over a few very nice watercolors that i couldn’t afford. However, what I did pick up was equally wonderful: 1 – a hand blown class cup, it has purples and white swirled together, beautiful work! 2 – a print of a watercolor of gold and white koi fish swimming in blue water, it’s printed on this stringy fiber Japanese paper – it’ll look great in the living room. It’s being framed, we get to pick it up tomorrow.

*The significants of the cheesecake; we had it at our wedding instead of traditional cake. We included berries and chocolate sauce. It was delicious!

Other things done on the vacation:

  • strolls on the beach
  • – picking up agates
  • – broken pieces of mussel shells
  • – tiny tiny tiny purple swirl shells
  • – getting slightly sunburned on the face
  • lunch with the husband’s grandparents that live on the coast
  • shopping at the outlet mall
  • going to galleries we’d never been to before
  • reading the last Harry Potter – nice ending to the series
  • watching the sunset from our balcony
    – i was reading HP off and on while hubby snapped photos
  • driving down the cost
    – imagining what it would be like to own one of the houses for sale
    – taking more photos
  • eating breakfast at the hotel’s great restaurant – yum!
  • watched a few movies in the room
  • lots of sleeping – it’s wonderful going to bed around 11p and not getting up until 9:30a or so when your body naturally does it!

The very last thing we did as we were leaving town as pop into a new housing development “Olivia Beach” – awesome homes! This the style, the size, the interior decorating that i want for my home where ever it may be but hopefully on the coast. The funny thing… we’d been left by our selves to wonder the model home and when we came back down a woman (different from the first realtor we met) greeted us and started chatting us up about the house. She asks what we do and she finds out the husband is a photographer and gets all excited about seeing a portfolio we don’t have with us. She said she had just got photos back from a photographer they hired for shots of the houses in the development and how horrible they were! More business talk goes on and she proposed that if we had a little bit of time to shoot some of the houses she’d pay us for whatever photos she liked. So, of course we take her up on the offer, get toured around some more and leave with the promise of emailing her so she can view/but the photos. Funny that we stop in for dreaming and walk away with a little bit of potential business. If nothing else, she was a great to talk to.

So, we got home and picked up the dogs from being boarded. They where VERY VERY excited to see us. Z is sleeping beside me now – aww.

Back to the grind for me tomorrow and I bet at least 60 emails.

Quote

Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.

~William Plomer

Have, want and no thanks – book list

MarillaAnne also posted about this meme from Tip of the Iceberg.

Directions: “Look at the list below: Bold the books you’ve read; Italicize the books you want to read; and leave the formatting alone for the ones you aren’t interested in.”

There are a few on here that I have never heard of but a few that reminded me that I wanted to read them once upon a time.

1. The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)

8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) {Plus the other five in the original series}
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) {I did not like this book}
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien) {first school book I couldn’t put down in 7th grade}
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) {sure these other sound good to: plus Little Men, Jo’s Boys, Eight Cousin’s, and Rose in Bloom.}
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis) {and the rest of the series}
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks) {i cried and cried…}
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb) {loved it – i want another one by him}
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini) {i started this book but couldn’t get into the first time – since i keep being told how great it is – i’ll have to try again}
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. The Bible {i haven’t read the whole thing but i’ve read many parts of it}
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb) {i started this book but again couldn’t get into at the time – i’m thinking i should pick it up again}
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger) {loved this book! i cried.}
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According to Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum) {and the others}
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce) {i’m pretty sure this is the one i read in school}

Wikipedia Birthday History

MarillaAnne opened the Wikipedia meme to all who wanted to search Wikipedia. Who doesn’t want to do that? Here are the guidelines and below that are my results. You can tag specific people or open it to all your readers.

1. Go to Wikipedia and type in your Birthday Month and day only.
2. List 3 Events that occurred that day.
3. List 2 important Birth days.
4. List 1 Death.
5. List a Holiday or Observance. (if any)
6. Tag 5 other bloggers.

Events – i had no idea so much happened on May 6th:
(there are a lot of war events as well)

1536King Henry VIII orders translated Bibles be placed in every church.

1816 – The American Bible Society is founded in New York City.

1861American Civil War: Arkansas secedes from the Union.

1954Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run the mile in under four minutes.

2004US TV series Friends ends after 10 seasons

Births:
1856Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychiatrist (d. 1939)1915Orson Welles, American director (d. 1985)

1953Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Deaths:
2006Lillian Asplund, last American RMS Titanic survivor (b. 1906)

Holiday & Observances:
Feast days in the Roman Catholic Church