Interesting list circulating facebook right now, however the list is wrong.  I went to the BBC website to get the right list.  Wondering if I should try reading them all….


1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien x
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams x
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling x
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 x
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 x
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 x
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling x
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling x
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien x
26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving x
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 x
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl x
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 x
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams x
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald x
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 x
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 x
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 x
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough x
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 x
75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding x
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 x
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 x
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


There is this lady in my office that insists on communicating her immediate thoughts to me every time she passes my desk (frequently).  From talking in baby-talk about her grandkids, about the fact that her kid in Calgary has the flu, to telling me how hungry she is (“I starvin’, marvin”) to showing me her skin cracks because of the dryness. 

Why do I need to know this?  do I care?  does this make me a bitch?  probably.  I just want her to pass my desk without talking like Daffy Duck.

Dog’s Name             Tonks                                                                            

Age     2 years        Birth date _Feb 19, 200     Breed: Shih-Tzu/Pomerian cross

Male/Female __female_ Spayed/Neutered___yes___

Dog’s Height at withers (in feet and inches)              Withers??                  

Dog’s Weight (in pounds)                7 lbs                

Is your dog obedience trained? Yes/No __no__

To what level? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Does your dog participate in other activities? (please check all that apply)

Agility ___; Disc___; Dock___; Field___; Flyball___; Hurdles___; Pet Therapy___; Other__licking excessively , enjoys riding in purses and other forms of conveyance (including baskets)____

Head Shots:



Tonks as Toto "Is that a Witch???"

 Emotion Shot: Tonks as Toto, Longing for home.

Action Shot:  “OMG!! IS that a WITCH!!”

I think she has a wide range of emotions… lol

In no particular order…..

  1. Go to Edinburgh Fringe
  2. Go to South East Asia, including Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand
  3. Go to India
  4. Go to Borneo to see the orangutans
  5. Go to the Galapagos

Vega and Tonks Dec 2008 009 Vega and Tonks Dec 2008 011

It has been -20 Celsius or colder for the past couple weeks here in Edmonton.  The dogs are starting to get a bit of cabin fever.  For Vega, its not the cold so much as the snow getting stuck in her paw pads.  For Tonks, she’s just COLD! because she is so little.  Luckily, she’ll wear her booties and coat, so she does okay on short walks.  Vega will just randomly plop down on the sidewalk with her paws sticking out.  Today she actually made me carry her!  Vega figures she’ll hold her pee until spring, I think.  I must be vigilant.

  • Fat, light, puffy snow
  • Snow flakes on my dogs’ faces
  • Vega’s snow boots
  • How it glows outside at night as the light is reflected in the snow
  • The silence in the morning or late at night after a new snowfall.