Thursday, April 30, 2009

our poor, malnourished blog

so amber and i have decided that we want to treat our poor blog better. we so often do not give it the attention it desires from us and so richly deserves. the problem is that we lead... not "boring" by any means, but rather "steady" lives. nothing grand to speak of, other than being happier than i ever thought possible. but writing of that kind of stuff would only lead to mass jealousy from all of you guys. ;) so, in an effort to show our love more thoroughly to our beloved blog, we're going to try to write shorter blogs at more regular intervals. one thought we had was to write about our quest to complete our list spoken of a couple blogs back. you'll have to forgive us for not being english professors and most likely missing the deeper meaning of things, but i shall begin with our first summary.

brave new world - aldous huxley

stories about the future have always intrigued me. not because i'm a big science fiction nerd or anything (i'm a different kind of nerd), but because i think it's fun to imagine where we're going as a civilization. it's always fun to think of what future inventions we'll come up with. in this book, i particularly liked the idea of obstacle golf. it's about time someone made that game more exciting. :) anyways, the book was about a future society where genetic engineering and cloning are common practices. the book boils down to the choice between free agency, including the right to choose misery, or the right to be happy. truth versus ignorant bliss. i don't feel that the book said either was right or wrong, and i personally feel the best answer lies in the middle somewhere (but closer to the truth side of things). i found it to be a thought-provoking read and would recommend it to anyone interested. thank you and good day. :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Awesome Pitching Techniques of Amber and Scott

Recently my mom surprised us all and bought a wii. Scott and I were playing the wii sports baseball game and my sister captured these special moments on her phone...

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Check out the intensity of those fast balls!

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Future Cy Young winner!

:) enjoy

Saturday, April 11, 2009

the easton press 100 greatest books ever written

i found this pamphlet a while back and have since made it my goal to read everyone of these books before i die, and since i'm married now, i figure i get to count the books my wife has read too. for some reason, twilight didn't make the list. weird. :) some are pretty well known, others i've never heard of. some are going to be real hard. wish us luck. we'll need it. but i thought it'd be fun to have the list so i can check them off as the years go by. (not in any particular order, just numbered for my sake)

1. twenty thousand leagues under the sea - jules verne (x)
2. the scarlet letter - nathaniel hawthorne
3. dr. jekyll and mr. hyde - robert louis stevenson
4. walden - henry david thoreau
5. gulliver's travels - jonathan swift
6. moby dick - herman melville
7. a farewell to arms - ernest hemingway
8. the red badge of courage - stephen crane
9. the jungle book - rudyard kipling
10. the odyssey - homer
11. the pilgrim's progress - john bunyan
12. a portrait of the artist as a young man - james joyce
13. paradise lost - john milton
14. tales from the arabian nights - richard burton
15. great expectations - charles dickens
16. candide - voltaire (x)
17. oedipus the king - sophocles
18. the hunchback of notre dame - victor hugo
19. the last of the mohicans - james fenimore cooper
20. the sea wolf - jack london
21. cyrano de bergerac - edmond rostand
22. the canterbury tales - geoffrey chaucer
23. collected poems - robert browning
24. the essays of ralph waldo emerson - ralph waldo emerson
25. the portrait of a lady - henry james
26. uncle tom's cabin - harriet beecher stowe
27. treasure island - robert louis stevenson (x)
28. adventures of sherlock holmes - sir arthur conan doyle
29. collected poems - john keats
30. on the origin of species - charles darwin
31. don quixote - miguel de cervantes saavedra
32. collected poems - robert frost
33. the legend of sleepy hallow and other stories - washington irving
34. animal farm - george orwell (x)
35. wuthering heights - emily bronte
36. she stoops to conquer - oliver goldsmith
37. of mice and men - john steinbeck (x)
38. pride and prejudice - jane austen (x)
39. the brothers karamazov - fyodor dostoevsky
40. les miserables - victor hugo
41. the iliad - homer (x)
42. lady chatterley's lover - d.h. lawrence
43. the count of monte cristo - alexandre dumas (x)
44. brave new world - aldous huxley
45. aesop's fables - aesop (x)
46. lord jim - joseph conrad
47. the autobiography of benjamin franklin - benjamin franklin
48. the three musketeers - alexandre dumas
49. politics and the poetics - aristotle
50. the aeneid - virgil
51. the cherry orchard and the three sisters - anton chekhov
52. the tragedies - william shakespeare
53. pygmalion and candida - george bernard shaw
54. the analects of confucius - confucius
55. the prince - niccolo machiavelli
56. jane eyre - charlotte bronte
57. the divine comedy - dante alighieri (x)
58. robinson crusoe - daniel defoe
59. madame bovary - gustave flaubert
60. collected poems - william butler yeats
61. the picture of dorian gray - oscar wilde (x)
62. vanity fair - william makepeace thackeray
63. the decameron - giovanni boccaccio
64. beowulf - anonymous
65. anna karenina - leo tolstoy
66. the necklace and other tales - guy de maupassant
67. the time machine - h.g. wells
68. fathers and sons - ivan turgenev
69. heart of darkness - joseph conrad
70. war and peace - leo tolstoy
71. the history of early rome - livy
72. little women - louisa may alcott (x)
73. the talisman - sir walter scott
74. tess of the d'urbervilles - thomas hardy
75. alice's adventures in wonderland - lewis carroll
76. dracula - bram stoker
77. the rubaiyat of omar khayyam - omar khayyam
78. the red and the black - stendhal
79. a tale of two cities - charles dickens (x)
80. the republic - plato
81. collected poems - emily dickinson
82. faust - johann wolfgang von goethe
83. the comedies - william shakespeare
84. tom jones - henry fielding
85. the federalist papers - alexander hamilton, james madison and john jay
86. silas marner - george eliot
87. the rights of man - thomas paine
88. leaves of grass - walt whitman
89. billy budd - herman melville
90. the confessions - st. augustine
91. tales of mystery and imagination - edgar allan poe
92. ivanhoe - sir walter scott
93. the way of all flesh - samuel butler
94. the sound and the fury - william faulkner
95. crime and punishment - fyodor dostoevsky
96. grimm's fairy tales - jacob and wilhelm grimm
97. adventures of huckleberry finn - mark twain
98. frankenstein - mary shelley
99. david copperfield - charles dickens
100. the histories - william shakespeare

13/100
man, so few x's. we have a long way to go. :)