Listography: Books on my “I Want to Read” List

  • This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind – Ivan Doig
  • Keeping Keller – Tracy Winegar
  • The Taking – Dean Koontz
  • Princess Academy – Shannon Hale
  • Left Handed, Son of Old Man Hat: A Navajo Autobiography – Left Handed
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story – Christopher Moore
  • The Fire – Katherine Neville
  • How to See Yourself as You Really Are – Dalai Lama XIV
  • The Road to Home – Vanessa Del Fabbro
  • A Year Down Yonder – Richard Peck
  • The Folk Keeper – Franny Billingsly
  • Follow the River – James Alexander Thom
  • These is My Words – Nancy E. Turner
  • The Diary of Mattie Spencer – Sandra Dallas
  • Inkdeath – Cornelia Funke
  • Sometimes a Great Notion – Ken Kesey
  • Against Medical Advice: A True Story – James Patterson
  • Anyone read any of these? What did you think?

Listography – Because I Don’t Want to Forget

  • Oliver can now mimic the sounds for the following animals, people, or items: cow, horse, sheep, fish, shark (he sings the theme to Jaws, hilarious!), chicken, duck, car, train, clock, The Count (ah ah ah!), Cookie Monster, bird, a cowboy (YEEE HAA!!), owl, tiger, lion, monkey, various monsters, and his daddy’s butt (pppttthhh).
  • Oliver says the following words: cookie, bus, car, truck, duck, turtle, purple, mama, dada, baba, koala, and blue.
  • He has full on serious phone conversations, including hand gestures, pauses, and laughter, in a language all his own.
  • He has these same conversations with his daddy.
  • You can ask him to bring you a specific book and he can locate it and bring it to you, no matter what book it is or where it is.
  • His favorite books right now are: Sheep in a Jeep, My Big Book of Trucks, and any book featuring Grover from Sesame Street.
  • He loves big trucks and school buses.
  • He love watching Cars by Disney.
  • He can turn on my iPod Touch, locate the application he wants to play with, and start it.
  • He only has to watch someone play a game on their iPhone once before he can take total control and play it entirely on his own.
  • He knows how to turn on our PS3 so that he can watch Cars.
  • He also loves Wall-E, and now likes to carry around our little red cooler to put toys in, just like Wall-E does.
  • He can identify the following Sesame Street characters: Grover, Elmo, Bert, Ernie, Big Bird, Little Bird, Barkley, Pairie Dawn, Cookie Monster, The Count, Zoe, Oscar the Grouch, and Telly.
  • He can find the mouse on all the pages in Goodnight Moon
  • He can catch a ball…with one hand.
  • He loves to play Ring Around the Rosie and starts to fall to his knees halfway through the song, like he can hardly wait for the ending.
  • He insists on having a bowl of oatmeal every morning for breakfast.
  • He give kisses and huge bear hugs.
  • He loves to play in the drawer with the pots and pans.
  • He “winks”!

Listography: Grandma Luke

My mom mentioned the other day that it had been three years since her mother passed. Although in the back of my mind I already knew this, I was blown away. I can’t believe so much time has gone by. I think about her everyday. I miss her so much. Sometimes I am filled with so much regret that I didn’t see her more often, when I could have so easily. I think I saw her more when she was living in Santa Barbara, than when she was living a mere two miles from me. I wish desperately that she could have met Oliver. I know they would have adored and loved each other.

Taking inspiration from a recent blog post of my friend, Melissa, I have decided that this week’s list will be comprised of things that I loved and remember about my grandma.

1. Having her shriek with joy when we finally arrived at their house in California.

2. Eating mandarine oranges right off of the tree in her backyard.

3. Listening to the sound of her sewing machine whirring as she sewed you any costume you could possibly fathom.

4. Her bread hot from the oven.

5. The way she always smelled of witch hazel.

6. Stealing bottles of Martinelli’s from the garage to drink in their entirety while watching Clash of the Titans, Mr. Mom, or Gigi.

7. Going to see plays and musicals often starring her past students.

8. Playing duets with her on her piano.

9. Going to Disneyland with her for my 11th birthday.

10. Driving to Solvang and getting frozen yogurt at Penguins.

11. Her vast collection of costume jewelry. She had the coolest, quirkiest necklaces and rings.

12. Listening to her tell the story of “Prinderella and the Cince.”

13. Her burgundy thigh high boots.

14. The way my grandparent’s home always smelled of gardenias and the ocean.

15. The way she would act as if she had died and gone to heaven whenever she ate macadamia nuts.

16. Going to Italy.

17. Using her laundry chute as a means of getting from the house’s second floor to the the first floor and vice versa.

18. Going to Von’s and loading ALL of the groceries into the WRONG vehicle. (That is a story for another day.)

19. Swimming at The Racquet Club.

20. Her dishes painted with various vegetables and fruits.

21. Going to the Santa Barbara Arts Festival.

22. Having her take me to Piccadilly Square to get my ears pierced.

23. Helping her make her bed with her freshly washed and ironed sheets. Then climbing under the huge down comforter to snuggle.

24. Her gold chair which is now in Oliver’s bedroom.

25. Seeing my grandparent’s car in the driveway and sneaking in to wake them up after their late arrival to our house in Salt Lake.

26. Her love of Pepsi and Fresca.

27. Her white Keds.

28. Her cackling laugh that was often followed by a wheezing influx of air.

29. Her baby blue vinyl padded toilet seat.

30. Going to see The Jungle Book and E.T. in the movie theater.

31. King’s Hawaiian Bread.

32. Homemade orange juice popsicles.

33. Sunday Pot Roast.

34. The way she would say she “had to put her face on” before we could leave the house.

35. Her vast knowledge of Shakespeare and Greek mythology. She could rattle off any story or scene you could think of.

36. The way she would use the word “marvelous” to describe things that she loved.

…and on and on and on….

Listography: Songs I Have Played In Talent Shows

Oh lord. Some of these are so dorky, it cracks me up! I used to play the piano all the time in school and church talent shows. Then one day my nerves got the best of me, and I’ve hated it ever since. (Playing in public, not playing the piano. Still love that.) Not sure what happened.

Long Long Ago
I Just Can’t Stop Loving You – Michael Jackson (Yeah, suck on that!)
The Greatest Love of All – Whitney Housten
All of Me – John Schmidt
The Heart Asks Pleasure First- The Piano
Big My Secret – The Piano
Le Petit Negre – Claude Debussy
Coventry Carol – Kurt Bestor
Anne’s Theme – Anne of Green Gables
Prelude in C Sharp Minor Op.3 No.2 – Rachmaninov

Listography: Television Shows I am Currently Hooked On

Listography: Musical Acts I Have Seen Live

Not sure what is up with the musical theme on these lists, but whatever. Here goes…in no particular order.

  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Violent Femmes
  • Deftones
  • Quicksand
  • Snapcase
  • Snot
  • (hed)P.E.
  • Soulfly
  • Alanis Morrisette
  • The Jets (HAHA!! No shit. It was my very first concert. I was nine.)
  • Janet Jackson
  • Dave Matthews
  • Nancy Griffith
  • Sevendust
  • John Mayer
  • Linkin Park
  • Tony Furtado
  • Rod Stewart
  • Fiona Apple
  • Tori Amos
  • Eddie Money
  • A.F.I.

Listography: Vinyl

*Did I ever mention that I love buying records, especially old used records? I don’t have a way to play them but I have always loved the look of hundreds of records lined up on a shelf. My collection is not that big, but I love it all the same.*

Records in my collection:
Concerto – Freddy Martin (RCA Victor Musical Smart Set circa 1949)
Spike Jones Plays the Charleston (RCA Victor Dance Band Series)
Rodolf Friml Melodies (RCA Victor Musical Smart Set)
Memory Waltzes – Frank DeVol and his orchestra
101 Strings – The Wonderful World of Walt Disney
Walt Disney Presents Peter and the Wolf – Prokofieff
The Sounds of Combat Training
The Jewel of the Nile
The NeverEnding Story
Walt Disney Productions Mousercise
Strawberry Shortcake’s Touch Your Toes, Touch Your Nose
The Care Bears Off to See the World
A Happy Birthday Party with Winnie the Pooh
Mickey Mouse Disco
Sesame Street At Home With Ernie and Bert
Sesame Street Grover Sings the Blues
Annie (two copies)
Fiddler on the Roof
Walt Disney’s The Seven Dwarfs and Their Diamond Mine
Sesame Street 1 – Original Cast
Sesame Street Alphabet Album
Walt Disney’s Jungle Book
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – The Best of OMD
Footloose
The Karate Kid
Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana
Blondie – Heart of Glass
10cc – The Things We Do For Love
Eric Clapton – Slowhand
Xanadu
Walt Disney’s The Aristocats
Michael Jackson – Scream
Michael Jackson – Thriller (Full Length LP)
Wham – Make It Big
Culture Club – Kissing to Be Clever
Fame (not the new piece of crap remake, the original)
Flashdance
Walt Disney Presents Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
Walt Disney Presents Winnie the Pooh and Tigger (Tiggers Don’t Climb Trees)
Sesame Street Sing Along!
George Wright’s Impressions of My Fair Lady
Rocky
Superman The Movie
Walt Disney Presents The Story of Robin Hood
Disney’s Christmas Favorites
Disney’s Story of Dumbo
Yentl
John Lennon/Yoko Ono – Double Fantasy
Tiffany
The Muppet Movie
Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins
Beverly Hills Cop
The Monkees