Posted by: macophile | December 16, 2009

Remember This At Christmastime…

I was forwarded this and I just had to share. 🙂 Enjoy- and MERRY CHRISTMAS! (a little early!)


According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid-December. Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring.

Therefore, according to EVERY historical rendition depicting Santa’s reindeer, EVERY single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen, had to be a girl.

We should’ve known…ONLY women would be able to drag a fat-ass man in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night and not get lost.


Posted by: macophile | December 15, 2009

Teaser Tuesday: “The Butterflies of Grand Canyon”

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:

Grab your current read.

Let the book fall open to a random page.

Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

Please avoid spoilers!

“One day you’ll know too much about it, but right now I’ll tell you. What makes one person married is not what makes another married.” p. 195  “The Butterflies of Grand Canyon”” By Margaret Erhart

Posted by: macophile | October 25, 2009

100 Books

Ok, So being the daughter to two Librarians should have told me I was going to hit a high number, I never expected to have read half of them. I think it’s sad that most people only read six of these books. Of course, this is a limited list (books picked god knows how) so many books not on this list were probably part of out reading diets. What do you think, and how many have you read?

Introduction: Have you read more than 6 of these books?

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Instructions: Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read. Post ot your Blog. Send to 20 other book nerds. Send to me as well so I can see your responses!

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen X

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien X

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte X

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling X

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee X

6 The Bible – X (parts)

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte X

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell X

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens X

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott X

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare X

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier X

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien X

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger X

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot X

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald X

23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams X

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll X

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame X

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy X

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis X

34 Emma-Jane Austen X

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen X

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis X

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini X

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden X

40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne X

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell X

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown X

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving X (Thanks Ms. Holloman)

45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery X

47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood X

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding X

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel

52 Dune – Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm   X

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen X

55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens X

58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – Mark Haddon

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck X (parts)

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold X

65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas X

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

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens X

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker X

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett X

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses – James Joyce

76 The Inferno – Dante X

77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal – Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession – AS Byatt X

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens X

82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker X

84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White X

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom X

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle X

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 – Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare X (Wouldn’t this be part of the complete works of Shakespeare?)

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl X

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo X

Posted by: macophile | August 11, 2009

Teaser Tuesday: “After You” By Julie Buxbaum

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:

Grab your current read.

Let the book fall open to a random page.

Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

Please avoid spoilers!

“I want to live on a farm and throw out my BlackBerry. Have one of those movie moments where I get to chuck the thing in the ocean or something.” p. 264   “After You” By Julie Buxbaum

Posted by: macophile | August 4, 2009

“The Counterfeit Guest” By Rose Melikan

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:

Grab your current read.

Let the book fall open to a random page.

Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

Please avoid spoilers!

Nothing had been disclosed about the situation in London that he had not already learned from elsewhere. No, as usual the fellow had been a damp squib. p. 186

Posted by: macophile | June 24, 2009

The Spoon Theory

“The Spoon Theory” is an article by Christine Miserandino, a woman with Lupus explaining how people who have chronic illness/disabilities deal with daily life. I honestly could not find an article that explains what it is like any better…I hope you will read it, I know it is long but it is very much worth it… I hope it helps people better understand what it is like to live with issues like Fibromyalgia, Migraine, or Perphireral Neropathy (just to name the issues effecting my daily spoon allotment). 😉

The Spoon Theory
by Christine Miserandino

My best friend and I were in the diner, talking. As usual, it was very late and we were eating French fries with gravy. Like normal girls our age, we spent a lot of time in the diner while in college, and most of the time we spent talking about boys, music or trivial things, that seemed very important at the time. We never got serious about anything in particular and spent most of our time laughing.

As I went to take some of my medicine with a snack as I usually did, she watched me with an awkward kind of stare, instead of continuing the conversation. She then asked me out of the blue what it felt like to have Lupus and be sick. I was shocked not only because she asked the random question, but also because I assumed she knew all there was to know about Lupus. She came to doctors with me, she saw me walk with a cane, and throw up in the bathroom. She had seen me cry in pain, what else was there to know?

I started to ramble on about pills, and aches and pains, but she kept pursuing, and didn’t seem satisfied with my answers. I was a little surprised as being my roommate in college and friend for years; I thought she already knew the medical definition of Lupus. Then she looked at me with a face every sick person knows well, the face of pure curiosity about something no one healthy can truly understand. She asked what it felt like, not physically, but what it felt like to be me, to be sick.

As I tried to gain my composure, I glanced around the table for help or guidance, or at least stall for time to think. I was trying to find the right words. How do I answer a question I never was able to answer for myself? How do I explain every detail of every day being effected, and give the emotions a sick person goes through with clarity. I could have given up, cracked a joke like I usually do, and changed the subject, but I remember thinking if I don’t try to explain this, how could I ever expect her to understand. If I can’t explain this to my best friend, how could I explain my world to anyone else? I had to at least try.

At that moment, the spoon theory was born. I quickly grabbed every spoon on the table; hell I grabbed spoons off of the other tables. I looked at her in the eyes and said “Here you go, you have Lupus”. She looked at me slightly confused, as anyone would when they are being handed a bouquet of spoons. The cold metal spoons clanked in my hands, as I grouped them together and shoved them into her hands.
I explained that the difference in being sick and being healthy is having to make choices or to consciously think about things when the rest of the world doesn’t have to. The healthy have the luxury of a life without choices, a gift most people take for granted.

Most people start the day with unlimited amount of possibilities, and energy to do whatever they desire, especially young people. For the most part, they do not need to worry about the effects of their actions. So for my explanation, I used spoons to convey this point. I wanted something for her to actually hold, for me to then take away, since most people who get sick feel a “loss” of a life they once knew. If I was in control of taking away the spoons, then she would know what it feels like to have someone or something else, in this case Lupus, being in control.

She grabbed the spoons with excitement. She didn’t understand what I was doing, but she is always up for a good time, so I guess she thought I was cracking a joke of some kind like I usually do when talking about touchy topics. Little did she know how serious I would become?

I asked her to count her spoons. She asked why, and I explained that when you are healthy you expect to have a never-ending supply of “spoons”. But when you have to now plan your day, you need to know exactly how many “spoons” you are starting with. It doesn’t guarantee that you might not lose some along the way, but at least it helps to know where you are starting. She counted out 12 spoons. She laughed and said she wanted more. I said no, and I knew right away that this little game would work, when she looked disappointed, and we hadn’t even started yet. I’ve wanted more “spoons” for years and haven’t found a way yet to get more, why should she? I also told her to always be conscious of how many she had, and not to drop them because she can never forget she has Lupus.

I asked her to list off the tasks of her day, including the most simple. As, she rattled off daily chores, or just fun things to do; I explained how each one would cost her a spoon. When she jumped right into getting ready for work as her first task of the morning, I cut her off and took away a spoon. I practically jumped down her throat. I said ” No! You don’t just get up. You have to crack open your eyes, and then realize you are late. You didn’t sleep well the night before. You have to crawl out of bed, and then you have to make your self something to eat before you can do anything else, because if you don’t, you can’t take your medicine, and if you don’t take your medicine you might as well give up all your spoons for today and tomorrow too.” I quickly took away a spoon and she realized she hasn’t even gotten dressed yet. Showering cost her spoon, just for washing her hair and shaving her legs. Reaching high and low that early in the morning could actually cost more than one spoon, but I figured I would give her a break; I didn’t want to scare her right away. Getting dressed was worth another spoon. I stopped her and broke down every task to show her how every little detail needs to be thought about. You cannot simply just throw clothes on when you are sick. I explained that I have to see what clothes I can physically put on, if my hands hurt that day buttons are out of the question. If I have bruises that day, I need to wear long sleeves, and if I have a fever I need a sweater to stay warm and so on. If my hair is falling out I need to spend more time to look presentable, and then you need to factor in another 5 minutes for feeling badly that it took you 2 hours to do all this.

I think she was starting to understand when she theoretically didn’t even get to work, and she was left with 6 spoons. I then explained to her that she needed to choose the rest of her day wisely, since when your “spoons” are gone, they are gone. Sometimes you can borrow against tomorrow’s “spoons”, but just think how hard tomorrow will be with less “spoons”. I also needed to explain that a person who is sick always lives with the looming thought that tomorrow may be the day that a cold comes, or an infection, or any number of things that could be very dangerous. So you do not want to run low on “spoons”, because you never know when you truly will need them. I didn’t want to depress her, but I needed to be realistic, and unfortunately being prepared for the worst is part of a real day for me.
We went through the rest of the day, and she slowly learned that skipping lunch would cost her a spoon, as well as standing on a train, or even typing at her computer too long. She was forced to make choices and think about things differently. Hypothetically, she had to choose not to run errands, so that she could eat dinner that night.

When we got to the end of her pretend day, she said she was hungry. I summarized that she had to eat dinner but she only had one spoon left. If she cooked, she wouldn’t have enough energy to clean the pots. If she went out for dinner, she might be too tired to drive home safely. Then I also explained, that I didn’t even bother to add into this game, that she was so nauseous, that cooking was probably out of the question anyway. So she decided to make soup, it was easy. I then said it is only 7pm, you have the rest of the night but maybe end up with one spoon, so you can do something fun, or clean your apartment, or do chores, but you can’t do it all.

I rarely see her emotional, so when I saw her upset I knew maybe I was getting through to her. I didn’t want my friend to be upset, but at the same time I was happy to think finally maybe someone understood me a little bit. She had tears in her eyes and asked quietly “Christine, How do you do it? Do you really do this everyday?” I explained that some days were worse then others; some days I have more spoons then most. But I can never make it go away and I can’t forget about it, I always have to think about it. I handed her a spoon I had been holding in reserve. I said simply, “I have learned to live life with an extra spoon in my pocket, in reserve. You need to always be prepared”

Its hard, the hardest thing I ever had to learn is to slow down, and not do everything. I fight this to this day. I hate feeling left out, having to choose to stay home, or to not get things done that I want to. I wanted her to feel that frustration. I wanted her to understand, that everything everyone else does comes so easy, but for me it is one hundred little jobs in one. I need to think about the weather, my temperature that day, and the whole day’s plans before I can attack any one given thing. When other people can simply do things, I have to attack it and make a plan like I am strategizing a war. It is in that lifestyle, the difference between being sick and healthy. It is the beautiful ability to not think and just do. I miss that freedom. I miss never having to count “spoons”.

After we were emotional and talked about this for a little while longer, I sensed she was sad. Maybe she finally understood. Maybe she realized that she never could truly and honestly say she understands. But at least now she might not complain so much when I can’t go out for dinner some nights, or when I never seem to make it to her house and she always has to drive to mine. I gave her a hug when we walked out of the diner. I had the one spoon in my hand and I said “Don’t worry. I see this as a blessing. I have been forced to think about everything I do. Do you know how many spoons people waste everyday? I don’t have room for wasted time, or wasted “spoons” and I chose to spend this time with you.”

Ever since this night, I have used the spoon theory to explain my life to many people. In fact, my family and friends refer to spoons all the time. It has been a code word for what I can and cannot do. Once people understand the spoon theory they seem to understand me better, but I also think they live their life a little differently too. I think it isn’t just good for understanding Lupus, but anyone dealing with any disability or illness. Hopefully, they don’t take so much for granted or their life in general. I give a piece of myself, in every sense of the word when I do anything. It has become an inside joke. I have become famous for saying to people jokingly that they should feel special when I spend time with them, because they have one of my “spoons”.

© 2003 by Christine Miserandino

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:

Grab your current read.

Let the book fall open to a random page.

Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

Please avoid spoilers!

“Did you know only 11 percent of the 10,2500 ingrediants documented in personal care products have been evaluated for safety.” (p. 176)

Thanks to devourerofbooks for this idea!

Posted by: macophile | June 2, 2009

Teaser Tuesday – “The Unit” by Ninni Holmqvist

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:

Grab your current read.

Let the book fall open to a random page.

Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere    between lines 7 and 12.

You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

Please avoid spoilers!

“If I had been able to work out how things  were going to be in the future, if I’d had the slightest idea, I would have given birth to my child. At least I would like to believe that’s what I would have done.” (p. 24)

Thanks to devourerofbooks for this idea!

Posted by: macophile | May 22, 2009

Women Studies Final Project Bibliography

This is the bibliography for a project done for my Women Studies class… which can be viewed here:

Song Credit:
“You’re Ageing Well” by: Dar Williams

Photo Credits/links (in order of appearance):
1) “Thinking of you” by *nickilroy

2) “pondering” by ~ashboh

3) “The thinking woman” by ~mimir-the-wise

4) “Inside World” by ~Lohey

5) “Pensive Young Woman on Ferry” by Sheila Smart

6) “Thinking…V02” by ~iZgo

7) “Feminist Housewife” by Judi

8) “Fitness Coach and Customer” by Mika{fc163f0a-a7f6-4bf8-aaf4-3600c658f086}|{ffffffff-ffff-ffff-ffff-ffffffffffff}&qsPageNo=2&fdid=&Area=Search&TotalCount=526&CurrentPos=17&WinID={fc163f0a-a7f6-4bf8-aaf4-3600c658f086}

9) “Love is behind you” by ~RaVeNBA

10) “Painting” by ~arrania

11) “Women Unite” by John Olson

12) “Reality” by ~Alone-In-This-Bed

13) “I refuse” by ~Roo-kie

14) “Take My Hand” by ~WeepingDragon

15) “Untitled” by Amanda Kissel

16) “Untitled” by Maxim

17) “Change the world” by ~kikumae

18) “Rosie the Riveter” from Carrie Bennett

19) “Three Girl Friends Celebrating” from NewMoon

20) “Southern Belle” by ~WinterRose31

21) “Ciara” by ~Maylileow

22) “pensive 1” by ~tenebrousfire

23) “sad eyed red headed woman” by chelam01

24) “Old woman…” by ~StjepanVego

25) “Women-Walking-on-Sidewalk” from Chaucer/Cal Skinner

26) “feminism” from Amanda Leibovitz

27) “Women” from DJL

28) “untitled” by Louise

29) “ChiSPAN member Alison McKenna” from Anne Scheetz

30) “Dissapointment” by ~vixen28

31) “Holding hands” by ~RaeFace

32) “Pearls and Lace” by ~sexylibrarian

33) “Best Friends” by ~piiratexcore

34) “Stop” from The Infrastructurist

35) “Congressional Women Rally” by Unknown

36) “Palinka Band” by Tamas Olajos

37) “Sweet By and By” by JS North

38) “Womens’ Suffrage monument” by David Wright

39) “Stop 2” from The Infrastructurist

40) “Woman Power”  from Mireya

41) “International Women’s Day-1980” from W.E.L.

42) “Untitled” by Ramzi Haidar

43) “Construction Sign” by Jill

44) “Michelle Obama in Florida” from Tribune Interactive

45) “a thousand words” by *islandtime

46) “pensive” by *91stang

47) “Bridled Youth” by ~lorenzom21

48) “Power” by ~Lohey

49) “Thinking of you” by *pointblankstudios

50) “Corina Pensive” by *kimjew

51) “Wife at park” by ~onecrazydiamond

52) “Deep Thinking” by *anthrolibrarian

53) “mother” by ~mbalestrini

54) “for the old sake” by ~d4d4nk

55) “Paula 4” by ~northerlover-photos

56) “Victoria 03” by ~mbalestrini

57) “Models” by Gabriel Bouys

58) “Self Conscious 2” by ~songofgold

59) “Self Esteem Issue 1” by ~enchantedone

60) “Self Esteem Issue 2” by ~enchantedone

61) “Am i skinny yet?” by ~missmarymac-mac-mac

62) “i am beautiful” by ~noahlee

63) “I am a line” by ~-sylph-

64) “I wish I was one of them..” by ~Nez-rox

65) “I am SEXY…” by ~Lovemeformexox

66) “Runway Model 3” by ~Corvetta-Curves

67) “Gypsy costume” from Belly Dance Bazaar

68) “Kailee O’Sullivan” from  Glamour April 2007

69) “Perfect” by ~iishygirly

70) “Dove Beauty” from

71) “gender equality” by *meppol

72) “Only a Fad” from The Infrastructurist

73) “Ladies in Washington” from Whatcom Museum of History and Art

74) “Untitled” by Dean Stattman

75) “Still Waiting” by Christa Smith

76) “You Are Beautiful.” by ~lynette-marie

77) Pensive by ~mariemadame

78) “Faith” from PeaceChild

79) “Thinking of…” by ~bluewhale13

80) “jump” by ~denush

81) “Passion for Dance” by ~artmyass

82) “Three generations” by ~Tha-eRk

83) “Four Generations” by Oh, The Joys

Posted by: macophile | May 6, 2009

Ahh… the load has been lightened. This is now what my final week or so looks like for the semester:

  • Poetry Analytical Paper Due: 30th April (I got an A- amazing, considering I borrowed a lot form a High School assignment that was similar)
  • Draft Eng. Project Due: 30th April (I was out sick, so I got out of this one)
  • Final Irish Hist. Pap. Due: 4-8th May (This one is 3/4ths done… one last part to write than I just have to do the revisions and put in the Endnotes.)
  • English Presentations (3-5 min. long): 5th-13th May (I’m done with making the presentation, but I have to give it tomorrow… I HATE public speaking.)
  • Poetry Reflection paper due: 12th May (This I only need two more pages)
  • Wom. Stud. Creative Project & Pap. Due: 12th May (I am currently working on this one.)

I am hoping that by doing a Powerpoint presentation for english people will be looking at that, and not at me… or maybe that I can hide behind my laptop… if only it was big enough to hide me. *sigh*

I am currently trying to make a “music video for my Women Studies class to Peggy/Pete Seeger’s “I’m Gonna Be An Engineer”.

I\’m Gonna Be An Engineer

And I am trying to make a video for Dar William’s “You’re Aging Well”:

You\’re Aging Well

I have to analyze the words in the video which mmight be a little more tricky than my usual “interpretations”. I’m hoping that they come out ok… I’ll post the results.

Posted by: macophile | February 12, 2009

Walkin and Talkin

Have you ever noticed that when people are talking on their cell phones and are walking around they end up going in circles?

I’ve been sitting here for two hours now (My first class was canceled and I didn’t see the point in going home only to have to come back…) and every single person that has gone past the school campus center window (when on a cell phone) has walked in at least one circle.

I just watched one man walk around the same dirty, tiny pile of snow 5 times. And when he got around it the last time he looked up as if he has just woken from a trance and started to walk away… he got about 40 feet… he ended up back circling the snow.

I do not understand this phenomenon, but it sure is interesting… perhaps this is why people end up in so many car accidents when they are on their cell phones – they are trying to drive in circles! 🙂

Posted by: macophile | February 8, 2009

Hello world!

I’m a 21 year old college student and an aspiring photographer. I love to read, and therefor have so many books my room can’t hold them all (which is why I am an avid BookMoocher ( ) ).