17 Nov 2009


Grief, it's good to be back - I had an awful day yesterday - an upset tummy, a sore throat, hot one moment and cold the next.

You know for a while now I've asked myself if its possible to become addicted to blogging and, I guess, I know now the answer - its YES. As well as all my blogger buddies, I've missed 'Pooter' himself. "Pooter? Who or what is Pooter?" I hear you ask - go on admit it, your curious. Pooter is the other man in my life, the computer. (See, its not just plants I give names to.) Honestly, since I starting blogging (apart from Husband dearest having to prise me away from Pooter and finding holes in the newspaper if he doesn't get there before me), I've gradually found myself (A) Being unable to simply read a book, I have to review it. (B) Cutting articles out of newspapers thinking we can discuss this. (C) Writing down jokes, that's funny, we'll laugh at that. Oh I could go on. My addiction, however, was confirmed when at 2.41 am on Monday morning, unable to sleep and having read for the last hour or so, I found myself thinking about having an early morning liaison and visiting Pooter - thankfully a temptation I, somehow, managed not to give into.

Anyway, to today's post.

Many thanks to Sheila over at ONE PERSONS JOURNEY THROUGH A WORLD OF BOOKS who awarded me an Honest Scrap Award - part of the conditions being I tell you 10, yes ten, things about myself. "Could I retell the SEVEN I've already told them?" I briefly ask myself. "Go on, they'll never notice" said my inner devil sitting on one shoulder, "No, they deserve better" said my inner angel sitting on the other shoulder. Needless to say, me being me, my inner angel won - so here goes

1. As a child I always wanted but never got a MR FROSTY ice making machine.

2. I had my nose pierced when I was 29 and still wear a small diamond stud.

3. I'm such a disaster in the kitchen that I once set fire to a microwave oven.

4. I talk in my sleep and occasionally sleep-walk.

5. I love bubble-wrap.

6. I can't say 'statistic'.

7. I never wear make-up but have my eye-lashes tinted blue/black.

8. The first time I flew (in my late 20's/early 30's) I was sick on the person I was travelling with.

9. I love the Christmas Markets in Germany - I particularly enjoyed COLOGNE.

10. I find church GARGOYLES fascinating.

And so onto another ten items of interest.

THE Times 100 Best Books Of The Decade have been announced of which I've read a measly eight. Here are the top 10, though you can view them all by clicking HERE.

1. The Road - Cormac McCarthy (2006).

2. Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi (2003).

3. Dreams From My Father: A Story Of Race And Inheritance - Barack Obama (2004).

4. Masterworks Of The Classical Halda Mythtellers - translated by Robert Bringhurst (2002).

5. Suite Francaise - Irene Nemirovsky (2006).

6. The Tipping point: how Little Things Can Make A Big Difference - Malcolm Gladwell (2000).

7. Life Of Pi - Yann Martell (2002).

8. Payback: Debt And The Shadow Side Of Wealth - Margaret Atwood (2008).

9. Atonement - Ian McEwan (2001).

10. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (2003).

PLEASE NOTE: The books highlighted in read are the books I have read. Along with the books in the top 10, I have also read these which are in the top 100 list - position on the list in brackets.

(17) Harry Potter And The Deathly Hollows - J.K. Rowling (2007).

(25) The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time - Mark Haddon (2003).

(30) The Kite Runer - Khaled Hosseini (2003).

(90) TWILIGHT - Stephenie Meyer (2008).

And, just in case you are wondering, the top five WORST books are

1. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (2003).

2. The Secret - Rhonda Byrne (2006).

3. Being Jordan - Katie Price (2004).

4. Vernon God Little - D.B.C. Pierre (2003).

5. Dylan's Visions Of Sin - Christopher Ricks.


Vivienne said...

Sorry to hear you have been poorly. I hope you feel a bit better today.

We are all computer addicts. I don't know how I survived without my computer. I am sitting here trying to decide whether I should check blogs or do the ironing!

Elfie said...

I was definately addicted to blogger.
Today is the first time I have been on in a month though, as I forced myself to not touch it for that long until I finished my year 12 exams.
I'm wondering whether or not it is good for my health coming back on now.
However lack of sleep mixed with more inspiration will hopefully work out for the better rather than worse...

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I loved reading your 10 things! Very intersting! Now you have me thinking becuase I did name my computer when I first got it and now cant think of what it was. I know it was the color they called my mouse when I purchased it... dragon something.... it will come to me...

ANYWAY - great post - I have a question on the 5 worst books, was that the new york times list or yours?

....Petty Witter said...

Nice to meet you Elfie.

Sheila: 'Our' Times. It will be interesting to see if the New York Times produces such a list and how it compares to this.

MOLLYC said...

Ok, I loved the 10 things! A few things about me:
1. Just about everything I eat gives me GAS.
2. I am addicted to lip balm.
3. My favorite book of all time is "Little Women."
4. I couldn't spell "diarhhea" until I went to work for a veterinarian
5. My father was a symphony orchestra conductor

brizmus said...

Ooh! I've read 4 of the top 10! Also read the other 4 you read.
So sad to hear that you've been feeling bad. :-(
I hope you're better today!
I love how you give names to everything - so do I! And I think I also am becoming addicted to blogging. Agh!
And aren't christmas markets in Germany fantastic??

Kelly said...

Well I'm embarassed! Out of 100 books, I've only read two: Twilight and The Da Vinci Code! I gave my husband Freakanomics (which he hasn't read) and Seabiscuit (which he has). I read Sir Gawain years ago, but not the translation on the list.

Enjoyed all your "facts"!! Hope you're feeling much better today. I hate being away from the computer, too.

Melissa (My World) said...

I received the Honest Scrap award as well. I am still thinking on 10 things. I am going to have to make time to get that post up as well.

*lol* I have to say I am pretty much as disaster in the kitchen myself. I have gotten better over the years now, but still burn a lot of stuff. My mother use to tell me I could burn water... without trying. *lol* (sad part is its true.)

pinkfairygran said...

Just to say I am still around, just not spending as much time on the computer as I used to, only blogging once a month or so as well, but I was touched by your concern, thank you, what a sweetie! As for that list of ten books? My husband has the last two... I have read none of them.