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I thought this would be an interminable week, because it was my first full one since before the holidays. But it hasn't been bad. It's hard to remember what it was like when I barely had any work to do.

Ryan's birthday dinner was fun. We ate at O'Charley's around 7:30, right as I was about to faint from hunger. I wanted to take pictures but left my camera in the car, and was too lazy to retrieve it, which I am still mad at myself about. After dinner we watched Good Will Hunting on Ryan's computer. He liked his Porsche book. My sister got him a gallon of this impossibly thick chocolate milk that he loves. Luke gave him a package of really awful cookies, because Luke is weird. I have such unusual friends. :)

Evan's mom e-mailed me yesterday and officially invited me to come to New Hampshire in the summer/fall! I'm excited. We figure we'll go in early August, after Kathy's wedding (I'll really need a vacation by that time). It's so funny how I made that list of cities I want to visit, and now I'm knocking them off one per year (his parents' town is about an hour from Boston). Maybe praying for specific things isn't such a crazy idea. :) Anyway, Evan and I are already practicing the use of "wicked awesome" in conversation, with the occasional "wicked smaht" thrown in for good measure. When in Boston I shall speak as the Bostonians do.

God is so good to me.

In case anyone was wondering , from left to right:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, British edition (American edition in the bottom right hand corner. Yes, I have both. I meant to give my American one away, but I got attached to it. :P)
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Ann Brashares
Confessions of a Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella
Curl Talk, Ouidad
Crooked Little Heart, Anne Lamott
Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
Traveling Mercies, Anne Lamott
The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning
Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
Desiring God, John Piper
Pleasures of God, John Piper
40 Days of Purpose, Rick Warren
Influence: Science and Practice, Robert Cialdini

These are in my roomy CD rack because my real bookcase is overflowing. Hey, this gives me a fun idea: The Bookcase Project. Everyone take a picture of your bookcase (or haphazard book stack) and tell us about the books in it. I like to hear what everyone's reading.

Date: 2004-01-09 09:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raysofhope.livejournal.com
Ootp...ohhhh, British edition! Did you buy off amazon.uk? Is it much different from the American edition?

Date: 2004-01-09 09:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chestnutcurls.livejournal.com
Yes, I got it from Amazon.uk. It was the first site I went to the day they started taking pre-orders. I thought it would be fun to have a British first edition. Unfortunately, I found out I wouldn't get it until a week after release, and I could NOT wait that long, so Kathy and I bought American ones too, and that was the one I read. Once I finish all my new books, I'm going to re-read with the British one, and then I'll tell you how it's different.

Long response to a simple question. :)

British Harry Potter

Date: 2004-01-09 05:56 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Half of the Harry Potter books that I have read have been the British version because that is what Daniel had. (He started reading them during his semester in Cambridge) The only difference is they use of british words and spellings. Ex- pyjamas instead of pajamas. You don't really notice it. :)

Sorry for my long absense of entries to the webjournal Brens! the holidays were very very crazy! I will fill you in in a nice long email as soon as I can!

love the brens

Date: 2004-01-09 09:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chocomilkbanana.livejournal.com
That sounds like a fun project. I will try to do it; although I don't have a scanner. So how 'bout I just list the books I currently have on my bookcase?

Date: 2004-01-09 09:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chestnutcurls.livejournal.com
Yeah, do that! Fun fun! :)

Date: 2004-01-09 09:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stacye13.livejournal.com
What a good idea!! I will get out my wide angle panoramic lens and take a pic this w/e! Of course, the ones still boxed up from our move 4 years ago that haven't been unpacked due to lack of space will have to just be imagined. :(

Date: 2004-01-09 09:40 am (UTC)

Date: 2004-01-09 09:32 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
We always know who the tourists are here in Boston - the people who roam around thinking they're cute and saying things like "wicked awesome" and "wicked smaht" because they heard it in some movie.

Date: 2004-01-09 09:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chestnutcurls.livejournal.com
Well, my boyfriend did hear someone saying that when he was there. Maybe it was a tourist. Anyway, I didn't mean to offend you, Mr. or Ms. Bostonian. :)

Date: 2004-01-09 03:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fraserspeirs.livejournal.com
I read that as "Mr or Ms Bohemian". Heh.

Date: 2004-01-14 01:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] krikketgirl.livejournal.com
I checked this out, as I have a real, life friend in beautiful MA...and she says that "wicked smaht" or "wicked retahded" is like a mantra out there. So you're good to go, regardless of Mr./Ms. anonymous Bostonian.

Date: 2004-01-09 09:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] krikketgirl.livejournal.com
Oooh...there isn't enough bandwidth to even begin to cover pictures of my bookcases...not to mention the books in storage upstairs...and in the garage...and in the utility room. So here -- an extremely brief overview of some of the highlights in my collection:

~100 Agatha Christie paperbacks
~75 Perry Mason novels
~30 Rex Stout novels
Sesame Street Unpaved
~20 Terry Pratchett novels
~20 Elizabeth Peters novels
~40 Hardy Boys books
The Complete Humorous Stories and Essays of Mark Twain
Egypt Uncovered
Speaking of Marriage...
Calvin and Hobbes collections
For Better or Worse collections
The Far Side box set
Latin for Even More Occasions
The Junior Classics 10-volume set
God's Festivals in Scripture and History
Two copies of the Koran (hubby studied world religions in college)
~15 Bibles of all different styles, including NIV, KJ, NKJ, French, modern English, and Greek/Hebrew interlinear
Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing
Black Elk Speaks
The Complete Sherlock Holmes
The Complete Shakespeare

In total, we have at least 1,000 books, of which only about 10% have not been read within the last five years.

Date: 2004-01-09 09:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chestnutcurls.livejournal.com
*picks up jaw from floor* :)

It seems like there are two philosophies when it comes to book-lovers and buying books. 1) Acquiring as many books as possible because books are great. 2) Reading a lot of books from the library and only buying those you really love. I used to be a type 1 until my apartment started getting crowded, so now I'm a type 2 by necessity (spatial and financial). :)

Date: 2004-01-09 10:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] krikketgirl.livejournal.com
Erm, well, *hangs head and scuffs toe on floor* the thing is that I am actually a type 2. I just love a lot of books. I right now have 90 books on my library card, and my general rule is that I almost never buy a book or CD until I have read it/heard it at least once. I read, on average, cover-to-cover, roughly a couple of hundred books a year, both library books and my own. I guess I should throw in the explanation that, through some gift of God/genetics, I read extremely quickly and retain about 90% of what I have read...I just don't seem to have to think about reading, if you know what I mean...

Date: 2004-01-09 11:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chestnutcurls.livejournal.com
Yeah, I'm that way too. Or used to be, before I graduated and started working. :( Anyway, there's no shame in it! :)

Date: 2004-01-09 11:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] canticles.livejournal.com
Well, I'll do my best to remember my bookshelf, since I'm at Amelia's house!

Desiring God - John Piper
The Pleasures of God - John Piper
40 Days of Purpose - Rick Warren
The Purpose Driven Church - Rick Warren
The Structure of Singing - Richard Miller
Singing: The Mechanism and the Technic - William Vennard
Church Music In The Real World - Bob Burroughs
This Idea Will Work - Bob Burroughs
Message in a Bottle - Nicholas Sparks
My Heart's Desire - David Jeremiah
The Ragamuffin Gospel - Brennan Manning (borrowed from Phillip)
The Real America - Glenn Beck (also borrowed from Phillip)
Praying God's Word - Beth Moore
Jesus, The One and Only - Beth Moore
Ten Lies The Church Tells Women - J. Lee Grady
The Presbyterian Hymnal
The Baptist Hymnal 1956
The Baptist Hymnal 1976
The Baptist Hymnal 1990
The Methodist Hymnal
3 NIV Bibles, a CEV Bible and a NASV Bible
Diary of a Mad Bride - Laura Wolf
The One Minute Manager - Spencer Johnson
The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader's Day - John Maxwell
Secrets of an Irresistable Woman - Michelle McKinney Hammond
Orff-Schulwerk: Applications for the Classroom - Brigitte Warner
Extravagant Worship - Darlene Zschech

Ok... I'm stopping here, because I know I have tons of other books on the shelf about worship, music, etc... These are the ones I remember are literally sitting on my bookshelf or are in the queue to be read. There are way more than that in my book crate in the closet and even more than that stored at home in Knoxville...

Date: 2004-01-09 11:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] canticles.livejournal.com
Dude, I love the new look of your journal... ;)

Date: 2004-01-09 11:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chestnutcurls.livejournal.com
Thanks! :D

Yeah, books are just piling up on me. I never used to be so behind on my reading.

Date: 2004-01-09 11:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] canticles.livejournal.com
I've only read small bits of most of those books. *sigh* There are so many out there that look good to read, but I have no attention span and no free time... :P

Date: 2004-01-09 11:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] banzai.livejournal.com
Looking forward to when you get to Seattle on your list!

Date: 2004-01-09 11:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chestnutcurls.livejournal.com
Aww, thanks! :)

Date: 2004-01-09 11:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tingilya.livejournal.com
I'm loving your shoes! They look like the Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes, which are very rare and very expensive. You can pretend! :-)

Date: 2004-01-12 07:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chestnutcurls.livejournal.com
Woo hoo! Thanks! :) They're Rampage- the poor woman's Manolo. lol.


Date: 2004-01-09 12:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jesusrock7.livejournal.com
Okay...impossible to upload pics of a bookshelf I don't have, so I'll just list some of the ones I've got.

  • Bibles - Thompson Chain-ref study Bible (NIV), The Message (New Testament)
  • Mitford series by Jan Karon (haven't read #6-8 yet)
  • Left Behind series (except #12 of course!)
  • Max Lucado - about 7 of his, including a 3-in-1 set
  • "Chasing the Dragon" - the late UK missionary Jackie Pullinger, and how she brought Christ into the drug-infested parts of Hong Kong (one of my faves since 6th grade)
  • "Indian in the Cupboard" -- all 4, actually
  • "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
  • "The Jesus I Never Knew" - Philip Yancey
  • "Bless the Beasts and the Children" -- read in 7th grade for school, somehow ended up keeping it.
  • Anne of Green Gables set
  • Calvin & Hobbes: "Revenge of the Baby-sat!"

    I've got more, but I can't remember them all; they're in a box back in storage at my parents' home in South Dakota.
  • Date: 2004-01-09 05:41 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] enjoythemoment.livejournal.com
    i WAS wondering what books were on the shelf. :) pretty colors.

    Date: 2004-01-10 12:05 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] jazzypoet.livejournal.com
    Oooh, a trip to New Hampshire would be lovely! :-) How exciting!

    And that's a great idea about taking photos of bookshelves. Mine are in my closet (and I've seemingly run out of space, egads).... *winks*

    Date: 2004-01-10 04:11 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] mzspearz.livejournal.com
    Sounds like a fun project. I'd do it (just to finish my one roll of film which has been in my camera since like October, lol)...but I can answer the question with one title...Lord of the Rings. If it wasn't for Christian Challenge I wouldn't read anything over my break, lol, altho I may have been motivated to read it anyway.

    Oh, also, our Church is doing a "40 Days of Purpose" & we'll be reading that book you mentioned by Rick Warren, I believe :D

    Date: 2004-01-12 07:51 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] chestnutcurls.livejournal.com
    Let me know how you like it!

    Date: 2004-01-11 02:35 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] danialand.livejournal.com
    I wish I would have seen this entry prior to packing...because now my bookcase is in two rubbermaid containers!

    Date: 2004-01-12 07:52 am (UTC)

    Date: 2004-01-11 06:17 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] agentry.livejournal.com
    Nifty idea! Here's my contribution. (http://www.livejournal.com/~agentry/52483.html)

    Date: 2004-01-12 07:52 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] chestnutcurls.livejournal.com
    Hey, thanks! :D

    Date: 2004-01-12 07:50 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] stacye13.livejournal.com
    Ok, I'm sorta depressed now cause my books are so scattered or boxed up or too messy looking to take a picture. But I will make an entry to list some of my personal faves, which I will gladly loan out to any trustworthy people!

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