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3/31/07
Spring Training is over - the Yankees and Tigers ended in a tie today. Now they can come home and start playing real ball.

And SNY showed Game 6 of the 1986 World Series today, too. A game to not only warm the hearts of Mets fans, but wonderful for Yankee fans, too, because of the sheer joy of seeing Buckner let the ball roll through his legs in the bottom of the 10th. Oh, it does warm the heart.

I took off the rest of the itchy surgical tape today. It's a big improvement, because I'm not scratching all the time. Now I just have to wait for the implants to "settle" and for the scars to heal - no rush there. It hasn't even been a week.

3/30/07
I feel alive again - I got to take a shower!

3/29/07
The nurse at the surgeon's office remarked that I don't look like I just had surgery. I guess I look relatively human. Mom washed my hair for me last night and I managed a "don't get the dressing wet" bath as well. The good news - I can shower now. They took off the ACE wraps, but the surgical tape stays on til Saturday or Sunday. That I can take off myself in the shower. They're still very sore, the left more than the right, but the surgeon said the incisions look good (I can't see them, they're on the bottom), and everything should be OK.

To celebrate the unveiling, we drove to Marlston (I know, I never heard of it either) where they have an LL Bean store. It's in an outdoor mall of sorts where there's also a JJill, Coldwater Creek, White House/Black Market and other great stores. At one of the stores, I bought an unveiling dress to wear whenever a social event comes up that I can wear a sassy strapless dress to. I've never been able to wear strapless!

I'm still in lots of itchy pain, so I'm going to pop a Vicodin, a Benadryl, and go watch the Yankees game.

3/28/07
I can't wait to get this ACE wrap and the dressings off my chest tomorrow. The wrap is tight and itchy and driving me crazy. Besides, I want to see what it looks like. Probably bruised, swollen, with the pre-op pen markings on my chest still. I'll be a weird achy map.

When I woke up at 5am searching for painkillers, I felt bad that all I was doing was lying around in bed. And then I realized, hey, this is what I'm supposed to do, lie around in bed all day recovering. That's what this time off is for. So I'm going to continue to lie around, catch up on the end of Spring Training, and get some reading done.

And hope that tomorrow gets here PDQ so I can get these dressings off and take a shower.

later on 3/27/07
So the PACU (post-anesthesia recovery unit) nurses in the surgical center cracked me up. Before I went in to surgery, we were talking about theatre - they were talking about some shows they'd seen recently. I didn't get into the conversation until it went something like this:

"I saw Spamalot, I really liked it."
"You know, the last good show I saw - Oh, I forget the name. It was set in a concentration camp. And they kept doing these songs that were really sleazy-like."
"That must be Chorus Line. Wasn't it Chorus Line?"
"No, that wasn't it. Same author I think."
Me: "Cabaret?"
"Yes! That's it!"
"Now, my kids loved Lion King when we saw it at Radio City."
"Miss, what was the other one that ran with Lion King?"
Me: "Ragtime?"
"No, the cartoon one. That Elton John did."
And on and on. But it was really fun to listen to. And then one of the nurses mentioned liking the town of Chicago, because of all of the architecture by "Andrew Lloyd Wright." I kid you not.

We are much smarter than this as a whole, nurses.

3/27/07
I'm home, alive and well and in a lot of pain, so this'll be brief. I'm wrapped up like a mummy now and popping painkillers as often as I can, alternating them with Benadryl as suggested. I spent most of yesterday afternoon on the couch, and then moved up to bed. The hardest part so far is getting up straight from lying on my back. Just have to do it real quick in a 1-2-3 motion.

So Thursday morning is "the great unveiling," as the surgeon put it.

Oh, when I was lying on the couch, the doorbell rang and it was the UPS guy with my season tickets. So I am doubly happy today.

It looks like Carl Pavano is going to start on Opening Day for the New York Yankees. So there's something to laugh about today, too. It's not even the end to Spring Training, and the injuries are starting in full force.

Thank you, everyone, who sent well-wishes. I should be more coherent in a few days, and then can start making plans to shop/hang out/do movie day here.

3/25/07
We went to the Outback Steakhouse for dinner tonight (since I can't eat after midnight, I wanted to make it a good dinner) - delicious. I haven't had steak in a while, and they make great garlic mashed potatoes, too.

I'm all set for tomorrow morning - time for a symbolic bra-burning.

3/24/07
I wasn't feeling well yesterday. I couldn't sleep Thursday night, my stomach was just bothering me too much. And then I woke up (if that's the phrase to use whe you couldn't sleep to begin with) and threw up everything I'd eaten Thursday evening. Went to work but just felt out of sorts. I'm glad the night went by fast. Today I'm feeling much better.

Last day of work before my LOA starts. The surgical center called yesterday to let me know I have to be there at 8.30am on Monday (which isn't bad, I was thinking it would be 6am or something). I'm still glad I took tomorrow as my first day off, instead of working and going right to the surgery - it'll be nice to have a day off to do things like laundry and make the bed.

3/22/07
The trip to IKEA was uneventful, since the mirror I wanted was out of stock. So we came back closer to home, and checked out the mall. No mirror luck, either. But, thanks to my friend Heather's advice, we stopped at PB Loco, a store/cafe featuring many different flavors of peanut butter. I picked up the PB/Banana, PB with cinnamon and raisin, and the oddest - PB with sun-dried tomatoes. I tasted that one and it's really good! Has a nice kick to it, and will be good for either dipping things in, or spreading on chicken before roasting. I can't wait.

We went to BJ's, and they had the mirror I want in the size I want. It makes the room look so much bigger.

3/21/07
One less thing off my to-do list, I paid my taxes today. I owe the feds $750, and am getting back a whopping $75 from the state.

And we crossed another few things off the list, too - took apart the bed in the guest room (since the pull-out couch downstairs is comfy enough), and cleaned out the bookcases from my room. We put them all in the guest room, making it sort of a library/office, and then we rearranged the furniture in my room so you can actually see the floor. It's amazing.

Tomorrow's plan is to strike another thing off the list and cut off the top branches on the tree in the front yard. The ones that are threatening the power lines and that I always poke my eye out with when I'm coming in from the car. And then go to IKEA and get new mirrors for my newfound wall space. And I think that finishes the list of things I needed to get done while I'm able to lift heavy objects.

3/20/07
With my month off from work, I'm going to do something educational - go to Philly and see the King Tut exhibit. Got tickets for Easter Sunday. Alas, the Phillies are out of town that weekend.

I can't believe City Opera is cancelling Ragtime. And replacing it with Candide. That's disappointing. Must call and try to get a refund for the non-subscription tickets I bought.

3/19/07
Why yes, I DID come home and watch Apollo 13. Why do you ask?

later on 3/18/07
And happy belated birthday, Melissa! I'm sorry I had to miss brunch today, with the unexpected snow and my lack of appropriate clothing, I wasn't going to walk (with luggage) any further than necessary.

Hey, they moved the place in Penn Station where the NJ Transit trains leave from - it's a whole new set of tracks. I got out of the subway, up the stairs, and the signs for NJ Transit all pointed to a new location. Much less distance to walk from the subway. Since I usually drive into the city, I have no idea when it was changed.

3/18/07
Home again - to snow! Wasn't expecting that. I turned on the news in Orlando (where it was 80 all week) and they showed just tons of snow all over the northeast. We got about 5 inches in Matawan and the city, and it's just icy and slushy. But instead of focusing on snow, let me recap the Sunshine State.

Flew out uneventfully on Tuesday, got to Orlando, got my rental car, and got lost on the way to the hotel. Orlando didn't appeal to me - I think next time, I'll stay in Tampa again. The city just seems to be geared to people visiting the theme parks (and they again don't hold any appeal for me), and the parts of the city outside the parks, that I saw, just looks like one giant strip mall, punctuated by freeways.

The hotel - and I'll tell you right now it was the Days Inn Orlando at 5858 International Drive, in case you have the mistaken thought to stay there - was horrible. The front desk service was terrible. They gave me a room, and when I went to open the door, there were already guests in the room. So I trekked back to the front desk and asked for another room. And that room had a non-functioning bathroom light. By this point, I was a little bit upset (just a tad) and had to run to make it to the Braves game. Luckily, when I got back, they had fixed the light.

Best part of the hotel was that it was across the street from a 24/7 IHOP.

A good thing about Orlando is that directions are very clearly marked. Especially easy to get to the Wide World of Sports ballpark, since it's a part of Disney World (with free parking, a big plus). So anyway, made it to the ballpark on time for the Astros-Braves game - Tim Hudson vs. Roy Oswalt. The park is beautiful, very Spanish/Art Deco, and as clean and shiny as you'd expect a Disney ballpark to be. The game was also great, when I left in the eighth inning, the Braves were up 3-2. Of course, when I got back to the hotel, I saw that the Astros had sent 15 men to the plate and scored nine runs in the ninth inning to win it 11-3. Never leave the game early. No Roger Clemens sighting, and no Tanyon Sturtze sighting (I knew he wasn't going to be pitching, because they said he has about two months left to recover from his shoulder surgery, but not even a sighting!).

Wednesday, I woke up early, ate at IHOP, and went east to the Kennedy Space Center. I'm such a geek and I loved every minute of it. For your admission price, you get the bus tour (where you go to the observation platform for the shuttle launches, the Apollo/Saturn V center, and the Space Station center, where you can watch them building parts that are going to the Space Station). The entire tour takes about two hours, and while you're on the bus, there are videos playing with information about KSC. You also get admission to both IMAX movies (I just saw one, the other one I had seen with Mom at the Smithsonian), and access to all of the exhibits and the Rocket Garden (they're huge, believe me). Definitely worth the price of admission and I'd love to go back.

I drove from there, two hours west to Tampa for the Yankees-Twins game. Carlos Silva vs. Jeff Karstens - we won 4-1, and the highlight was seeing A-Rod make a great diving catch and not get booed. The food at Legends Field is delicious, and since I hadn't eaten since breakfast, I scarfed down two hot dogs, some Cracker Jacks, and a cheeseburger. Drove back to Orlando after the game.

One of the weird things in Orlando is that everyone wants to sell you a timeshare. Every restaurant, hotel, and 7-11 has little stands offering free admissions to the theme parks, or a check for $100, if you come on a 90 minute tour of timeshare properties. Odd.

Thursday, I decided to check out the CityWalk shopping area at Universal Studios, since it was right around the corner from my hotel. While pulling up to the parking deck, I looked out my passenger side window, and there - right next to the mirror! - was this little lizard perched on the glass. It looked like the Geico lizard, but I am not a herpetologist, so I have no idea what kind of lizard it actually was. It was about four inches long and green, if that helps. By the time I got back to the car after lunch, it was gone.

So the CityWalk is really just a big outdoor mall with stores and restaurants. One of which - and I had no idea he had a restaurant there - was Emeril's. So I went there for lunch, and boy oh boy I was in food heaven. I went to one of his restaurants in New Orleans with Jen and Missy, and this was just as good. I had the cheddar grits with shrimp and mushrooms, and it had this delicious sweet tomato glaze. And for dessert (because you cannot NOT have dessert at Emeril's), the banana cream pie with caramel sauce. Delicious. Food coma. I brought home a copy of the menu to drool over.

There wasn't anything else I wanted to do in Orlando on Thursday, so I drove slowly to Tampa. I-4, the east-west interstate, is a breeze to drive on. But once you get near downtown Tampa and it merges with I-275, it turns into Florida's Parking Lot. Traffic just comes to a standstill while they merge together. And it's only going IN to Tampa that there's the traffic, leaving the city is much quicker.

I enjoyed driving around downtown Tampa (mostly getting lost while trying to read the direction signs), and wound up at my goal, the Florida Aquarium. I love aquariums. This one had a special exhibit in the main lobby called Penguin Promenade, where two of the staff members brought out some penguins in a PenguinMobile, and let the crowd touch them and ask questions, while these adorable penguins walked around, poking their beaks at people's shoes and being fed raw fish. You really are up close to them, and that's worth the admission right there.

I meandered (and got lost again) to Legends Field for the Yankees-Braves game Thursday night. Lance Cormier vs. Kei Igawa, our new Japanese pitcher. I wasn't impressed with him, he seemed to walk most of the batters he faced. And not in a good, Satchel Paige kind of way (where Paige would walk the bases loaded, have his infielders gather 'round the mound and sit down, then proceed to strike out the side on nine pitches). I guess the Yankees figured that if Boston had acquired an expensive, Japanese pitcher, we had to have one, too. It doesn't bode well for the back of our rotation between Igawa and Pavano.

On the drive back to Orlando, it started raining, and I had a full-scale, NJ-style thunderstorm to drive through. It cooled things down a bit, which was a welcome relief, and it kept drizzling on and off all morning Friday.

Friday was my splurge day - I went to SeaWorld. Now, I'm not a big theme park fan, maybe because I'm not dragging small children around with me, but I enjoyed SeaWorld. There's a new baby killer whale, just four days old when I was there! And at birth, it was seven feet long and 350 pounds. The baby and mother whales were swimming circles in their big pool. I went to about four shows in the park - Pets Ahoy, which was a mini-circus show with cats, dogs and birds doing tricks (and more enjoyable than the horrible Moscow Cat Circus, maybe because there were no clowns, and because they plugged the SPCA, where they adopt their animals from), the sea lions show, the dolphin show, plus I saw all of the animal exhibits and went on the roller coaster. The Kraken. Because the weather was overcast and there was some drizzly rain, the park wasn't crowded at all, and there were hardly any lines for the shows or the exhibits. I'm glad I went - I spent about six hours there and the time just flew by.

Cardinals-Braves game Friday night, more Cardinal fans than Braves fans! It was Chris Carpenter vs. Mark Redman, and the first game I'd been to that ended in a tie. 6-6 at the end of ten innings, and the announcer came on and said, "Well, folks, that's the ballgame!" at the end. They let Spring Training games end in a tie so that the players don't get worn out. It was a close game all the way through, so this one could have gone on for a while.

Got back to the hotel and saw the snowstorm news.

Yesterday, I woke up, ate at IHOP, and packed to check out. It was St. Patrick's Day, and my second Cardinals-Braves game (only afternoon game of the trip). To celebrate, both teams wore green caps, and they painted shamrocks on the infield dirt. No green beer at the ballpark, alas. It was Braden Looper vs. John Smoltz. Looper was a lousy closer for the Mets, and now he's a lousy starter for the Cards. Smoltz is, of course, one of my favorite National League pitchers, and he was fantastic. The game was close until the eighth inning, and then the Cards took the lead and won 9-5.

Went back to the airport, to find out that because of the snow, all of Jet Blue's flights were delayed - mine was pushed back two hours. So I took my book out of my suitcase and got some reading done. Since we didn't land until 12.30am, and then it took forever for them to unload our luggage and then to get a cab (and believe me, with no expectation of snow, all I had was my Spring jacket), there was no way I was going to make it back to NJ last night. I took the cab to Dad's and got there around 2am, fell right asleep.

So - today I'm home. Next year, staying in Tampa for sure - Orlando really didn't do it for me. But overall it was enjoyable, and I loved SeaWorld and the Kennedy Space Center.

3/13/07
Well, we won't take the outcome of last night's game as any kind of omen, shall we.

It's bright and early out, and sunny, too, so I'm off to the city to go to JFK to go to Orlando. I'll be back next weekend, can't wait to soak up the sun, see some games, and go to the Space Center - I'm such a dork.

3/12/07
In the "I should write these things down" category - I noticed that my name wasn't on today's schedule at work, and I was thinking, I don't remember asking for today as a vacation day. But apparently, I did, so I have an extra day off to get all the last-minute things done. I'm already packed, about to confirm my flight and check the train schedule, and then maybe go to the bookstore and drugstore.

And tonight is the Yankees/Red Sox exhibition game on TV. Carl Pavano is pitching, if you can believe it.

3/10/07
I can't believe Daylight Savings Time was moved. So tonight - while I'm at work - we have to set the clocks ahead an hour. I'm fine with the choice of weekends tho, since by virtue of it being tonight, I have an hour's less work to do.

later on 3/8/07
Apparently, Journey's End got all these fabulous reviews, but I have no idea why. It was three hours of utter boredom. Bunch of guys in a foxhole in WWI, and no plot at all.

Best part of the evening was going for drinks with Missy before the show, we hadn't seen each other in a while, so it was great to catch up. We're going to celebrate her birthday with brunch on the 18th, the day after I get back from FL.

I practically ran from the theatre (near 6th Ave) to where I parked (near 10th Ave). It was cold to start with, and then the wind was horrible. I have no idea why I didn't just park at the Hippodrome garage on 6th Ave in the first place. My brain must've been frozen.

Tomorrow I have to pack, since I'm working Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Must find shorts.

3/8/07
Oh dear, never say "I have to go to bed early" and then start editing old web site text. My life has been so utterly fascinating that I was up til all hours. And that was just the year 2000! Maybe fascinating isn't the word. Maybe it was just busy. Certainly busier than it is now. I'm going to save the rest of the text tweaking until I have off for a month (I put it on my to-do list, right after "repaint the dining room a less-garish shade of mauve" and "pay taxes").

But even so, I managed to get up in time for my surgeon appointment, and all went well. I'm all set for the 26th. Stopped by work on the way home to drop off the papers for my LOA, so that'll be taken care of. I also went to Target to get shoes for Florida, a new wallet (since Liz told me mine looks like a weapon), and some birthday/baby shower at work/congrats cards to send out this week.

Yankees/Braves on TV today - perhaps there will be the Spring's first Tanyon Sturtze sighting!

later on 3/7/07
How much do I love hanging out with Liz Ruelas? I drove into the city, expecting to get there really early, because there was no traffic at all until I hit the Lincoln Tunnel. True to form, however, I sat there for 45 minutes waiting for twelve lanes of traffic to merge into two, and got into the city and to O'Lunney's just a few minutes before Liz did. As foretold, there was cider. There was also lots of greasy fried food (we split the appetizer combo platter).

Company - as much as I'm in love with Raul Esparza, I'm still not in love with this production. It's just cold to watch, if that makes sense. But he is fantastic, and a shoo-in for the Tony Award. I'm really proud of Liz for her restraint in not smacking the guy ahead of us who kept repeating the dialogue to his companion.

What was great - besides the tickets being free - was that the usher asked us if we wanted to move down to better seats before the show started. So instead of being in the second-to-last row of the orchestra, we ended up in Row E. The acoustics were, alas, horrible, and they aren't helped by the actors-playing-instruments thing, but the show is so over-miked that you can still hear everything. Just loudly. And muffled at times.

Grandma's staying over this week, so I couldn't stay up downstairs and watch the repeat of the Yankees/Reds game (ended in a 1-1 tie in the 10th inning, according to the radio), so instead I'm upstairs fixing errors on my old web pages.

Tomorrow is my pre-surgery doctor's appointment, so I can't stay up too late. Must remember to ask the office for my leave of absence form for work (you know, the one I mailed them in the middle of January, but haven't gotten back yet) and to ask the doctor for a prescription for a painkiller that isn't Percocet, because that makes me vomit. Maybe Vicodin. Or Tylenol with codeine. You'd think that working in a rehab center, I'd know what painkillers are stronger than other ones, but I honestly don't know.

3/7/07
One of the winning $370 million Mega Millions lotto tickets was sold in NJ - it wasn't to me, since I didn't buy any. We were talking at work about how we'd spend that much money. I said I'd wallpaper the bathroom in $100 bills, and then give the rest away.

It's snowing again. And it's supposed to be in the 50's this weekend. Ah, March. But it's big soft snowflakes that aren't sticking, so it shouldn't be any trouble to drive into the city tonight.

My good friend Alison Franck is raising money for the Avon Breast Cancer walk. Help support her by clicking here. It's a great cause.

3/6/07
I know it was a bad show, but I ended up really loving it. And now - news that Whistle Down the Wind will be touring the US next season. Somehow, I must go see it.

Congrats to Jen and Sean on the upcoming addition to the family! And by that, of course, I mean the new mortgage.

Mom's coworker's son won free tickets to Company for tomorrow night - and because he is obviously cracked in the head, doesn't want to use them. So the lovely Liz Ruelas and I will be enjoying ourselves some free Raul. And some not-free cider at O'Lunney's, I'm sure. Can't wait!

3/5/07
Holy cow - ask and ye shall receive. If you go to archive.org, you can find old archived web pages. I found some of my old old old writing - I added links to the header and footer of each page here. There are some references to photos that I had had linked, but since I don't have photos on this site anymore, ignore them. Just pretend you were there.

Scary how little I've changed.

3/3/07
It's 57 and sunny, feels like Spring. I wonder if we're going to get any more snow this year.

According to JetBlue, you are not allowed to carry on a cattle prod or a meat cleaver. Good to know.

3/2/07
Can you tell Pittsburgh is a football town? From a website about the Carnegie Science Center:

Hours: Sunday-Friday, 10am - 5pm and Saturday, 10am - 7pm
The Science Center is closed on days when the Steelers play at home (August - January).

later on 3/1/07
No surprise, we won.

Mom and I bought our season's worth of opera tix - once we saw that NYCO is doing Ragtime and that Hal Prince is directing a production of Don Giovianni, we just bought a subscription. Also tix to see Nathan Gunn do Billy Budd ("It's the Billy Budd thing, Dar, a suddenly disturbing presence in a company of men." "Didn't get the Cliff Notes for that one, Kip" - Take Me Out) in Pittsburgh in May. That'll be a good roadtrip to combine with a trip to Fallingwater and to a Pirates/Braves game. Tix for next season at Lyric Opera (where Gunn is doing Barber of Seville) don't go onsale until August.

Can't wait to see my Visa bill.

It's World Book Day. I stole this from my friend Sherry (my Canadian evil twin) - the top 100 books in the UK (I guess we don't have such a list in this country?). The ones I've read are in boldface:

1. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
2. Lord of the Rings, The, JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte (saw the musical, tho)
4. Harry Potter Series, JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
6. Bible (parts of it)
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
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare, William Shakespeare (Well, most of them)
15. Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
19. The Time Travellers Wife, Audrey Niffenneger
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, L.N Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hikers 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, C.S Lewis
34. Emma, Jane Austen
35. Persuasion, Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, C.S.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, A A 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 (um, saw the musical)
46. Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
47. Far from the Madden 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, Vikrem 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
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’s Diary, Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick, Herman Melville (Ugh, in school. Chowder? Soup? Who care?)
71. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
72. Dracula, Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett (and a great musical, too)
74. Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson (Oh, all of his books are terrific)
75. Ulysses, James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal, Emil Zola
79. Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession, A S Byatt (have it, haven't read it yet)
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, E.B. White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven, Mitch Alborn
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
96. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers, Alexander Dumas
98. Hamlet, William Shakespeare (duh)
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

3/1/07
It's here - the first day of Yankees Spring Training games! Time to go veg on the couch and fall asleep during the 6th inning. It's something about Michael Kay's voice...

Mom and I are going to see The Drowsy Chaperone tomorrow night. I'm looking forward to it, the show is fantastic. We're going to pick up tix to see Curtains, too - a "new musical" by Kander and Ebb - well, until death broke up the partnership and Rupert Holmes took over. From what my friend Seth said about it, it sounds a lot of City of Angels - a show I love and which should be revived immediately. So should Grand Hotel, come to think of it. Just bring back the entire 1992 season.

This month marks the eigth year of keeping track of what I write here. I wish I'd saved the older stuff, from 1994-1995 through 2000. Not for any vast, important reason, but just because I know I was writing back then and I wonder what it is I was writing about.

-catherine

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