how time flies

Today is my brother's birthday. Remember him, the brother I found on MySpace and wasn't sure if I should contact or not? Well, I still haven't, but he's been on my mind lately. Maybe because his birthday has been creeping up. I knew that today was it, and MySpace has lovingly confirmed that the kid I found is, indeed, him. He was 5 the last time I saw him. He was wearing a pair of jeans shorts with no t-shirt and had a bunch of crap all over his face. He was the cutest little kid I've ever seen (next to my his our little brother, who was 3 when I saw him last and had a pot belly that Buddha would have coveted). Here's them, a bit more recently. And clothed. And bathed. And drunk, I'm guessing.

And so, today, I wish you a happy birthday, little brother. I remember the day you came home from the hospital. I remember you used to give the sweetest little kisses, and you made a science out of hugs. If I close my eyes real tight, I can still hear your giggles. I wish I knew you as a grown up. I wish I hadn't had to miss 20-some years of your life. I pray to god it's been good.

I found this little meme at Diane's site and thought I'd give it a try. It's a list of books; you get to see what you've read, what you haven't, what you hated and so on. After doing it, I am left wondering who came up with this list. Is it best-sellers, quote-important-unquote books, what? There's a whole lotta Harry Potter on that list, and a shocking lack of Chuck Palahniuk. I also noticed that I have a disgraceful amount of books to finish. Here goes.....
  • Use blue font for everything you’ve read
  • Use red font for everything you’ve started but never finished
  • Use purple font for everything you’ve read but wish you hadn’t
  • Use yellow font for everything you would never read, even if you and that book were the only things to survive the apocalypse
  • Use black font for things you’ve never read
  • Use green front for things you want to read
  • Use orange font if you’ve read the author but not that particular work

  1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
  2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
  3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
  4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
  5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
  6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
  7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
  8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
  9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
  10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
  11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
  12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
  13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
  14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
  15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone (Rowling)
  17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
  18. The Stand (Stephen King)
  19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
  20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
  21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
  22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
  23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
  24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
  25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
  26. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
  27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
  28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
  29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
  30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
  31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
  32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
  33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
  34. 1984 (Orwell)
  35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
  36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
  37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
  38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
  39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
  40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
  41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
  42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
  43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsell)
  44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
  45. Bible
  46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
  47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
  48. Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)
  49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
  50. She's Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
  51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
  52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
  53. Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card
  54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
  55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
  56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
  57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
  58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
  59. The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
  60. The Time Traveller's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
  61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
  62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
  63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
  64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
  65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
  66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
  67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
  68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
  69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
  70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
  71. Bridget Jones' Diary (Fielding)
  72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
  73. Shogun (James Clavell)
  74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
  75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
  76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
  77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
  78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
  79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
  80. Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
  81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
  82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
  83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
  84. Wizard's First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
  85. Emma (Jane Austen)
  86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
  87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
  88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
  89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
  90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer). In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
  91. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
  92. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
  93. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
  94. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
  95. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
  96. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
  97. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
  98. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
  99. Ulysses (James Joyce)
  100. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare
  101. Tartuffe, Moliere
  102. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  103. The Eve of St. Agnes, John Keats
  104. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  105. The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  106. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
  107. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
  108. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  109. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
  110. The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
  111. Eldest, Christopher Paolini
  112. Eragon, Christopher Paolini
  113. The Deep End of the Ocean, Jacquelyn Mitchard
  114. Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey
  115. River Dogs, Robert Olmstead
  116. Shipwrecks, Akira Yoshimura
  117. The Pilot's Wife, Anita Shreve
  118. The Friendship Test, Elizabeth Noble
  119. Trail of Tears, John Ehle

after all, it would just be a shame to let living this high in the air go to waste

Have you ever felt that pang of jealousy when reading about other people who have found themselves in compromising positions and some jerk has felt the need to plaster pictures of them in their moment of shameful weakness/inebriation all over the Internet? You know, that oh that could have been my 15 moments of fame if someone cared enough feeling?

Great news! YOUR moment is coming. July 7th, in some random, dark but not smoky bar in Denver we Denver bloggers will do what we Denver bloggers do best....drink ourselves silly.
Take, for example, July 7. That will be the night that the biggest, bestest, smartest, and drunkest bloggers in the Rocky Mountain Region come together for a night of fun and frivolity.
See Resurrection Song or the World Wide Rant for all the juicy details.

this weekend in pictures

Well, let's see. First there was the Denver Shakespeare Festival. 4,000 budding thespians filled the DCPA and performed Shakespeare from 9 til 4 on Friday. It rocks. I have lots of pictures, but seeing how my kid is the cutest kid, I won't bore you with the others...

...except this one, because the only thing that horrifies our little Romeo more than the fact that she had to kiss Juliet is the fact that I got it on camera...

...and this one, because if he isn't the coolest traffic cop, smoking his cigar in a veritable sea of small children, then I don't know what is.

And then Saturday came, and with it came my big school fundraiser. You know, I told you about it...the one where we get a bunch of local bands to play a concert? Well, it was grrrreat. All the bands rocked. 3of3 loved The Panic...

Hey? See these guys here?

Yeah, that would be DeVotchKa. The DeVotchKa. Our super-secret guest. Oh my god, were they ever unbelievable. Incredible. Mind-blowing. And super nice. They hung out all night and I think they have 100 new 7-12 year old fans.

And then Sunday came, and I actually got a Mother's Day present from my kids. My friend took them to the store and let them pick out gifts for me. They got me a plant and a candle. It almost made me cry. They've never actually bought me something for Mother's Day before and they were quite proud. We had dinner with the god-family, and I don't have pictures because I was too tired to think by Sunday, but it was nice.

And that's it. How was yours?