Catholic Women’s Almanac No. 24

Outside my window::

Dark now, but dark at 6:45 pm I can totally live with. 🙂

I am wearing::

A hunter green tank top and lululemon crops, because after dinner I am working out. Be proud of me, blog readers!

From the kitchen::

Making Ina Garten’s Winter Minestrone, with a few of my additions/subtractions/substitutions. I’m a soup kick this week. I made the Pioneer Woman’s tomato soup on Sunday, and this today, and then I have another soup planned for tomorrow. Lent=soup, right? 🙂


The Chicks With Sticks Guide to Knitting (because I am going to learn, dang it!); Middlemarch; Walking on Water.

Around the house::

Cleaning, the usual. Trying to get things totally clean by Holy Week.

I am going::

To Nashville on Friday for a weekend retreat with the Nashville Dominicans! Whee!

Listening to::

Josh Groban’s new CD.

Conclave note::

CBS News just had a report on a Catholic poll: These “Catholics” want married priests, women priests, birth control…..sigh….THESE THINGS WILL NOT HAPPEN…….So that’s my screaming out loud moment today.


The retreat; deep house cleaning and purging of closets, etc; I’m on track with my early rising and LOH.

Working out::

Back to the circuits….

Upcoming plans for the week::

Nashville Friday-Saturday. Other than that, hoping we don’t get a massive storm tonight that will make the drive to work tomorrow difficult…

Check your library…

How many of these have you read?

(I looove to post these, by the by.)

The blog I got this list from was a rather, er, grumpy blogger. I don’t think she quite understood Steinbeck, for example. I have problems with people who discount books because they are “sad” or “dark” or “heavy.” Well, um, so is a lot of life….

Bold: read it

italic: It’s on the to-read list

Underlined: In progress

Oh, and people: Jane AUSTEN, not Jane AUSTIN!

1. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice.
2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
3. Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre.
4. J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter series.
5. Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird.
6. The Bible.
7. Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights.
8. George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty Four. No, didn’t read this in school, shockingly….
9. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations. 
10. Louisa May Alcott, Little Women.
11. Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles.
12. Joseph Heller, Catch 22.
13. Complete Works of Shakespeare.
14. Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca.
15. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit. Didn’t really enjoy it…but I read it.
16. J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye.
17. George Eliot, Middlemarch.
18. Margaret Mitchell, Gone With The Wind. The book is better, per usual.
19. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.
20. Charles Dickens, Bleak House.
21. Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace. WORKING ON IT……
22. Douglas Adams, The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
23. Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited.
24. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment.
25. John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath. The original blogger I got this from said she found Steinbeck “depressing”….ummmmmkay….I LOVE this book.
26. Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland.
27. Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows.
28. Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina.
29. Charles Dickens, David Copperfield.
30. C.S. Lewis, Chronicles of Narnia.
31. Jane Austen, Emma. 
32. Jane Austen, Persuasion.
33. Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha Story about this: My grandma had a copy, and she didn’t want me to read it, which, of course, made me devour it during that visit.
34. A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh.
35. George Orwell, Animal Farm.
37. Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White.
38. L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables.
39. Thomas Hardy, Far From The Madding Crowd This might be my favorite Hardy, because it has a happy ending. 🙂
40. Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale.
41. William Golding, Lord of the Flies.  Oh, talking pig heads and crazy pre-teen boys….
42. Frank Herbert, Dune.
43. Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility. It’s Marianne and Elinor. Not Mary Anne and Eleanor! GRR!
44. Charles Dickens, A Tale Of Two Cities. My favorite favorite Dickens.
45. Aldous Huxley, Brave New World.
50. John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men.
51. Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
52. Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo. Unabridged, baby!
53. Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure.
54. Herman Melville, Moby Dick.  Ugh. 19th c. American lit class…..ugh….
55. Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist. Eh, it’s a bit twisty and excessively talky.
56. Bram Stoker, Dracula.
57. Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden.
58. James Joyce, Ulysses.  I WILL NEVER READ IT.
59. Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar. 
60. William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair.
61. Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol.
62. Alice Walker,
63. Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day.
64. Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary.
65. E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web.
66. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
67. Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness. The Horror! The Horror! Much shorter than I though tit would be.
68. Antoine De Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince.
69. Richard Adams, Watership Down. 
70. Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers.
71. Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
72. Victor Hugo, Les Miserables.
73 Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  Read in the same 19th c. lit class as M-D….it was better. That’s not saying a whole  lot. I’m sort of ‘meh’ on Twain.