*No other types of marriages were harmed in the production of this video.
I'm at 34 out of 100 read and either liked or loved.
Here's the challenge [with edits for the bloggerly challenged who don't know where to find "strikethrough" and "underline"on Blogger]:
[With thanks to "This Space For Rent"]
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
The Harry Potter Series – JK Rowling
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
Tess of the D'Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
Complete Works of Shakespeare [well, no but I've read and loved alot of the plays...]
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Middlemarch – George Eliot
Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
Bleak House – Charles Dickens
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis [Hard with a series. I loved some, others not so much]
Emma – Jane Austen
Persuasion – Jane Austen
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres [I have trouble reading books EVERYONE is reading... 10 years should be a good gap...]
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne [?? or was it House at Pooh Corner??]
Animal Farm – George Orwell
The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Atonement – Ian McEwan
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Dune – Frank Herbert
Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons [LOVE LOVE this book]
Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
On The Road – Jack Kerouac
Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
Dracula – Bram Stoker
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson [didn't like it much]
Ulysses – James Joyce [This is Leah's put-to-sleep book. Bloomsday is fun though]
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
Germinal – Emile Zola
Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
Possession – AS Byatt
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry [Love this book, esp. the ending...]
Charlotte’s Web – EB White
The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
Watership Down – Richard Adams
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
Hamlet – William Shakespeare
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
Despite that, after all was said and done, it went well. I messed up a bit (well, HELLO! I didn't practice!), but I got good feedback. I did have to follow my classmate Kim (pictured right, I'm on the left) who gave speech after winning an award. She hates public speaking and yet she did awesomely. She gave a very touching tribute to her family and recited a Maya Angelou poem from memory! This was the act I had to follow!
Here are my hot tips if you have to present something similar (based on my experience and from watching other speakers):
STOP READING NOW!
Here's my Speech to the University of Ottawa in Collaboration with Algonquin College BScNursing class of 2008 (including cues for me for pauses, etc):
Family, Friends, & Faculty,
It is my great honour to address you and the newly minted nurses of the University of Ottawa -- in Collaboration with Algonquin College-- Bachelor of Science Nursing Class of 2008!
I’d like to invite the ’08 nurses –because I know how much the LOVE it – to REFLECT (but don’t worry, you don’t have to journal it) but to reflect on their first day of Nursing School.
When I did recently, I noticed how much variety there is in our class. That first day some of us were
· back at class after the summer following high school or a college prep year,
· some had moved from another city or province or country,
· some were back after switching from another career,
· some had just dropped their kids off at their first day of day care,
· others had recently become “empty nesters”
but all of us were ready to embark on nursing—our idea of nursing, whatever that was! And our incomprehension of exactly what we were getting into was just the first stumbling block really… first year was full of, well, TEACHING, --seminars on how to make SOAP?! what did this have to do with NURSING?! Where were the NEEDLES!?
And now look where we are,
· people have moved from their parents home,
· relationships have started, & some people are engaged or are now married,
· deep networks of friendships have been established,
· classmates have become parents,
· yesterday we wrote—as one person put on her facebook status “the biggest exam of my life ever!”,
· high school grads--by next Monday--will be university grads.
In fact, we’ve completed the one thing shown in double-blind trials in peer-reviewed journals to be the one real marker of future nursing success: THIRD YEAR! The real thing to remember from third year is, it doesn’t matter if you don’t like one of the nurses you work with in the future, you won’t have to write a group paper with him or her… or if you do have to write a paper with him or her, hopefully that next time you’ll know what the heck that paper is about!
Honestly, is just me or did fourth year happen in the blink of an eye? It was like first and second year was the hike in, third year when we climbed the mountain, and fourth year was the tired walk down the valley to today.
Anyways, through all of those transitions in our personal lives our view of-and abilities in- nursing have changed from that first year. We understand that accumulation of skills wasn’t the point but the appreciation of client’s context and experiences. In listening to my former classmates -now colleagues- final Professionalism presentations a couple of months ago, over and over again people said that the best day of their consolidation placement wasn’t an amazing NG tube placement, or difficult patient with a chest tube and multiple IVs, but rather the day they handled difficult situations smoothly or juggled a bunch of patients and changes in plans well. It was that point where the facts and assessment skills learned over the previous years were the framework, and the ability to integrate it all came together and creativity and nuance became the keys to success.
There is a key player I’ve kind of glossed over in this discussion of integration and transition in our lives—the patient. Because now that we have begun to integrate all that we know – or think we know – and have begun to trust ourselves to do this we can truly be patient-centred in our practice. Somewhere in all of that will come the point where we will learn that the “being with” patients is the crux of it all rather than the “doing for” or the “getting from”.
And one of my points of pride is that we do have a class of people that look out from their own practice and lives to figure out how we can advocate for others. I recently got the chance to hear Maude Barlowe speak—she’s a huge advocate against the commodification of basic human needs like water or health care. Anyways, she quoted a 92 year old suffragette, feminist and life-long activist friend who says that “Social Justice is like taking a bath, if you don’t do it everyday you stink!”.
Our class understands this in spades and has lived it in a multitude of ways:
· by the grad committee in raising nearly $1500 for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario’s HIV/AIDS foundation
· by taking a year and working internationally like Aleisha,
· by going to Sri Lanka after the Tsunami in 2005 like Kyla,
· by raising awareness for open adoption records in Ontario like Trina,
· by standing up like Adenike in one of the best bits of public speaking I’ve ever been witness to and pointing out very emotionally and eloquently the diversity of Africa as a continent and not a uniformly impoverished, HIV +, singular entity thank-you-very-much,
· by promoting leaving the pack behind well beyond getting credit for it,
· by getting everyone to sign birthday cards for a kid at CHEO who wanted to set a world record,
· and a multitude other examples of blogging, facebooking, and participating in fundraisers and petitions and organizations.
If you are here today, not as faculty or as a new nurses, but as one of the parents, grandparents, partners, spouses, children, friends who supported us through these 4 or 5 years and yet like the faculty and former students you know
· your CRNE from your CNO...
· your SN from your RN...
· if making any decision in your house now requires a lengthy
Assessment/Analysis/ Planning/Implementation /Evaluation process...
· if your graduating loved one surfaced from studying for the CRNE recently and you thought to yourself “Oh, THAT’s what they meant by self-care deficit”...
· and if you are here today because you watched your loved one transition from a naïve, mortified, disorganized anxiety-ball to a confident, caring and compassionate professional ...
...then this degree is as much yours as ours and we all join in thanking you for your love, encouragement and support for us through the process.
Also deserving of many thank-yous are the faculty. [Insert on the day: Val, thanks for putting up with the noise!] Initially, we were a disparate group united by a desire to care for and be with others on their journey to improve or maintain their health and now we are a group united as nurses who are capable of doing just that and it is you that we can thank for this.
Also can I say, despite how much we complained about it -- and I know I complained about it just about as much as the next person-- so this may sound odd, but thank you for professionalism class. Over and over in the final professionalism class watching my classmate’s presentations it was plain that professionalism was no longer a 3 hour seminar & discussion, but something we’ve all learned to embody and express in our words and actions and we have the faculty and instructors to thank. Tennyson said “I am part of all that I have met” and on behalf of all of the class, we are honoured to have met and had you all as part of our lives.
To my classmates, as the Dalai Lama is known to have said “The practice of compassion itself brings inner strength” so to the Nurses of Tomorrow, the class of 2008, I wish you all a long future of continued inner strength. Yesterday, people said they wanted inspiration from this speech here today. Please know that it is from all of you that I draw my inspiration.
Thank you & Congratulations.
But the best way by far?
Get a puppy!!!
Gibson, the wonder dog! When he grows up, he'll look like this
2 of 12: Here's that fabulous Pinball video and 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 song from Sesame Street.
3 of 12: In searching for the first Sesame Street video, I turned up this other one about the Princess Twelvia, who I think must've been the original muse for 12 of 12...
4 of 12: Here is a link to an article from my local GLBTTTIQQ paper, Capital Xtra, about a new series of 12 step programs for the more secular of us who didn't feel quite at home with the "surrender your self to [a choice of deity]" form of 12 step programs.
5 of 12: There are currently 12 oatmeal chocolate chip cookies left from a batch of like 40 ish made just last Sunday. So tasty! Here's the recipe:
3/4 c. butter
1 c brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
2 Tbsp water
2 tsp vanilla
2/3 c flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
3 c oatmeal
1 tsp cinnamon (this is what really makes it...)
1& 1/2 choc. chips (well, these are what REALLY really makes it
Mix it all in the usual way for cookies (dry together, wet together, add dry to wet in portions, don't over mix) and drop onto a greased/parchment lined sheet spaced about 2 inches apart. Don't flatten dough blobs. Bake at 350deg for 12-15 minutes. Try not to scarf 40 in 4 days...
6 of 12: A cube has 12 edges and six faces
7 0f 12: Here apparently, is the deal if your Birth Day is on the 12th:
8 of 12: Here are the current Canadian #12s on the best seller's lists:
Fiction (hard cover): Confessor by Terry Goodkind
Canadiana: My Years As Prime Minister by Jean Chretien
Children's : Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel
9 of 12: The 12th element on the periodic table is Magnesium. It was recognised as an element in 1755, but wasn't isolated until 1808. It's name comes from the Greek work Magnesia, a district of Thessaly. Here's it's electronic structure:
10 of 12: There is way more information on the 12 hour clock than I'd imagined.... All I know is there's never enough time for sleeping!
11 of 12: 12% of Canadian men work for less than $10/ hour whereas nearly 20 % of Canadian women do:
"Considerably more women than men earned less than $10 per hour. In 2005,
19.7% of women and 11.8% of men worked for under $10/ hour. Rates were highest
among young adults aged 15 to 24, with 54.7% of women and 42% of men earning
less than $10 an hour in 2005. "
[From the Canadian Council of Social Development]
I naively went to this site looking for minimum wage info, sadly there is no provincial mimimums anywhere near 12 bucks an hour...
12 of 12: What to choose, what to choose... I could go with the number of times I swore when stupid blogger's picure uploader screwed up or the formatting changed randomly which = 12 to the power of 12 *stupid formatting*, [edit: I could go with the number of days this post has been sitting around either in progress or forgotten about which = approx 12], I could go with the fact that Geoffrey the archbishop of York was born on 12 12 1212, or that the 12th thing to come up on Google with 12 as the search term is a thingy on the 12 apostles. [edit: this is where I originally stalled now I have something exciting(to me) to put in] But really, I'll go with one Stacie will appreciate: the number of times our dog Gibson has peed outside 12
Improv Everywhere is amazing. Google 'em. Also good is their bit where they took over a set of listening stations at a Virgin Megastore and spontaneously started a dance routine. Or when they infiltrated Home Depo and then all started shopping in slow-mo for a set amount of time.
Thanks to Joe.My.God for posting this.
July 7, 2007 BUDAPEST, Hungary:
Several hundred skinheads and right-wing activists threw rotten eggs and
smoke bombs at people participating in a gay rights parade in Hungary's capital
Saturday.Police detained several of the protesters and tried to disperse the
rest, some of whom threw beer bottles at police.
No injuries were reported.
Members of the Movement For A Better Hungary and the Hungarian National
Front said they were angry about two recent developments.On Thursday, Gabor
Szetey, a state secretary in the prime minister's office, announced he was gay
while the smaller party in the Socialist-led ruling coalition said it would seek
to legalize gay marriages.Some 2,000 people participated in Saturday's march,
which took place over several kilometers (miles), from Heroes' Square to the
foot of one of the bridges over the Danube River.