Monthly Archives: October 2010

Nobel Laureate Reading List

One of the goals on my life list is to read a work by every single Nobel Laureate. I have decided to start over, and not count anything I’d read previously (that’s only about 20 of the authors…). My goal is to read something from this list at least once a month.
This is a list of all the Nobel Laureates. As I read something by each author, I will record (1) what I read, (2) when I read it, (3) cross it off, and (4) link to my book review.
  1. 2010: Mario Vargas Llosa
  2. 2009: Herta Müller Read: “The Passport” on 2/2/11 (Book review!)
  3. 2008: Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio
  4. 2007: Doris Lessing
  5. 2006: Orhan Pamuk
  6. 2005: Harold Pinter
  7. 2004: Elfriede Jelinek
  8. 2003: John M. Coetzee
  9. 2002: Imre Kertész
  10. 2001: Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul
  11. 2000: Gao Xingjian
  12. 1999: Günter Grass
  13. 1998: José Saramago
  14. 1997: Dario Fo
  15. 1996:Wislawa Szymborska
  16. 1995:Seamus Heaney
  17. 1994:Kenzaburo Oe
  18. 1993:Toni Morrison
  19. 1992:Derek Walcott
  20. 1991:Nadine Gordimer
  21. 1990:Octavio Paz
  22. 1989:Camilo José Cela
  23. 1988:Naguib Mahfouz
  24. 1987:Joseph Brodsky
  25. 1986:Wole Soyinka
  26. 1985:Claude Simon
  27. 1984:Jaroslav Seifert
  28. 1983:William Golding
  29. 1982:Gabriel García Márquez
  30. 1981:Elias Canetti
  31. 1980:Czeslaw Milosz
  32. 1979:Odysseus Elytis
  33. 1978:Isaac Bashevis Singer
  34. 1977:Vicente Aleixandre
  35. 1976:Saul Bellow
  36. 1975:Eugenio Montale
  37. 1974:Eyvind Johnson
  38. 1974:Harry Martinson
  39. 1973:Patrick White
  40. 1972:Heinrich Böll
  41. 1971:Pablo Neruda
  42. 1970:Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
  43. 1969:Samuel Beckett
  44. 1968:Yasunari Kawabata
  45. 1967:Miguel Angel Asturias
  46. 1966:Shmuel Yosef Agnon
  47. 1966:Nelly Sachs
  48. 1965:Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov
  49. 1964:Jean-Paul Sartre
  50. 1963:Giorgos Seferis
  51. 1962:John Steinbeck
  52. 1961:Ivo Andric
  53. 1960:Saint-John Perse
  54. 1959:Salvatore Quasimodo
  55. 1958:Boris Leonidovich Pasternak
  56. 1957:Albert Camus
  57. 1956:Juan Ramón Jiménez
  58. 1955:Halldór Kiljan Laxness
  59. 1954:Ernest Miller Hemingway
  60. 1953:Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill
  61. 1952:François Mauriac
  62. 1951:Pär Fabian Lagerkvist
  63. 1950:Earl (Bertrand Arthur William) Russell
  64. 1949:William Faulkner
  65. 1948:Thomas Stearns Eliot
  66. 1947:André Paul Guillaume Gide
  67. 1946:Hermann Hesse
  68. 1945:Gabriela Mistral
  69. 1944:Johannes Vilhelm Jensen
  70. 1939:Frans Eemil Sillanpää
  71. 1938:Pearl Buck
  72. 1937:Roger Martin du Gard
  73. 1936:Eugene Gladstone O’Neill
  74. 1934:Luigi Pirandello
  75. 1933:Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin
  76. 1932:John Galsworthy
  77. 1931:Erik Axel Karlfeldt
  78. 1930:Sinclair Lewis
  79. 1929:Thomas Mann
  80. 1928:Sigrid Undset
  81. 1927:Henri Bergson
  82. 1926:Grazia Deledda
  83. 1925:George Bernard Shaw
  84. 1924:Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont
  85. 1923:William Butler Yeats
  86. 1922:Jacinto Benavente
  87. 1921:Anatole France
  88. 1920:Knut Pedersen Hamsun
  89. 1919:Carl Friedrich Georg Spitteler
  90. 1917:Karl Adolph Gjellerup
  91. 1917:Henrik Pontoppidan
  92. 1916:Carl Gustaf Verner von Heidenstam
  93. 1915:Romain Rolland
  94. 1913:Rabindranath Tagore
  95. 1912:Gerhart Johann Robert Hauptmann
  96. 1911:Count Maurice (Mooris) Polidore Marie Bernhard Maeterlinck
  97. 1910:Paul Johann Ludwig Heyse
  98. 1909:Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf
  99. 1908:Rudolf Christoph Eucken
  100. 1907:Rudyard Kipling
  101. 1906:Giosuè Carducci
  102. 1905:Henryk Sienkiewicz
  103. 1904:Frédéric Mistral
  104. 1904:José Echegaray y Eizaguirre
  105. 1903:Bjørnstjerne Martinus Bjørnson
  106. 1902:Christian Matthias Theodor Mommsen
  107. 1901: Sully Prudhomme

No prizes awarded in 1914, 1918, 1935, 1940 – 1943

You Were Looking for Me?

The search term of the day is “lefse heresy.”

I feel like I can honestly say, “WTF?”

I also now feel that I should google the lefse heresy to find out what it’s all about.

Ooooh- turns out it’s heresy to bake the lefses. I will remember that. I promise that all my lefses will be made on the lefse griddle. No baked lefses from me!

It is also heretical to not take the lefse when offered. Although why anyone would turn down lefse is beyond me.

And thanks, random google searcher, for making me giggle today.

Call me crazy

But I just registered for a race. 10K, in fact.

Admittedly, it’s not until April, but still.

I am wearing a 50 lb boot (it gets heavier as the day goes on), and can barely put pressure on my still-broken foot.

BUT – there it is. For the 5th year in a row, I will be participating in the Bridge to Brews (4th year at the 10K distance).

Bridge to Brews is the first 5K I ran without stopping for a walk break.

It is, in fact, except for a brief flirtation with the Cinco de Mayo run in 2007, the only official 10K I’ve run.

And, it’s the last official race that I did in 2010.

So – 2011…just hoping to beat my 2010 Damian-related-pain time. Or, you know, finish (trying not to get too ambitious until I actually start running again).

Of course, there is a possibility that I’ll register for a March race (Shamrock! I have to do Shamrock!), but that I am planning on actually waiting a while.

So – a goal! And a plan! And, because I am completely crazy, a brief glimpse of my 2011 training plan. (What, you thought I wouldn’t have one yet? Or at least not one that goes through December 2011?).  It’s still a work in progress, obviously. Obviously because they always are anyways, and also because nothing can be set in stone until I start running again. BUT – I think it’s fairly sensible. As sensible as I get, anyways.

PS – Today, I took nothing for pain until 3 pm….things are looking up. Too bad I’m so tired all the time!

Shoe Porn!

You guys. I caved today and bought a new pair of boots.

These, in fact:

Aerosoles Mezzotint - Black

I got them a half size larger than my usual size AND they are extended calf size, so they should (fingers crossed) fit over my calves of power.

They are a low heel, but not completely flat.

AND – they are pretty cute – and according to reviews, pretty comfortable. They should arrive Friday. I am so excited, even if I can only wear the left one for awhile. I’ve been wanting a pair of cute, fairly practical tall boots for ages, and I hope these fit the bill.

So – what’s up with the fall trends this year? Let’s go to my all-time favorite store EVER and find out.

Holy balls, people. What the hell is it and why? Please tell me that you won’t be buying this. I feel like there is a very sad, very naked muppet running about somewhere.  This is horrific!

These are better, right? (I know, I know – there are a lot of ankle boot haters out there, but I promise I would only wear them with jeans or pants. It’s easier for us wide-calves people to buy the ankle boots, wear them under pants, and then PRETEND they’re tall. So in your mind’s eye, just picture them taller – now how do you feel?)

Børn 'McCarty' Boot

Nine West 'Scorpion' Ankle Boot

Another trend (that happens every other year, I think) is the metallic shoe trend. I love me some shiny, strappy holidy heels! I won’t be wearing any of the heels this holiday season, but the last two pairs may be doable – thoughts?

MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Shimmer' Sandal

Charles David 'Bangles' Sandal

Dezario 'Louvre' Evening Sandal

J. Reneé 'Kiana' Slingback

Steve Madden Kinnetic

Also, how much do I want these right now. Answer:  a lot!

Betsey Johnson Calandra

Oh, shoes, how I love you…..


3 Weeks

Today marks three weeks post surgery, otherwise known as the half-way point. Three weeks from today, I get my boot off (provided everything looks good).

I took photos of my foot this morning in celebration.

The foot is definitely looking better.

The pain is generally much, much better.

Most days I take some ibuprofen in the morning when I get up and some at night when I go to sleep, and don’t need any the rest of the time.

I still tire very easily. Activities which previously constituted an easy day for me now wear me out. Yesterday I got up around 6:30. Put on clothes. Went to work. Went to book club. Home by 9. In bed and asleep by 9:30.

I am (mostly) sleeping all night now, and am no longer waking up in pain.

I can put some pressure on my foot, and when I’m not in a hurry, I have been practicing boot walking.

I still have some numbness left in my big toe, but only on the very top of it, and it’s definitely receding.

My pulled muscle in my calf still bothers me – especially when I first wake up & when I go to sleep. On the off chance that it’s not a pulled muscle and is, in fact, a blood clot, I am going to start taking an aspirin every other day (yay for working with a bunch of medical professionals).

And – the swelling is definitely better.

And now – the photos!

As you can see, the current foot is MUCH less swollen. Although it still has the writing on it.

Foot at 3 weeks

Foot at 2 weeks


And, just so you know that it’s almost back to normal, here’s both of my feet:

Both Feet - 3 weeks

My toes are just naturally weird looking. (Also, you can see the swelling on Damian, Jr., over there on the left foot. You can also see my crappy toenail polish. From August. Now, however, is not the right time for a pedicure.)

My apologies for the crappy photo quality. My phone actually takes decent photos, but not at 6:45 AM.

SO – to sum up. I am definitely on the mend. It’s a little better every day, for sure. I am looking forward to washing my feet (as soon as those damn butterfly bandages fall off), and I’m definitely hoping the next three weeks fly by, because this boot is wicked heavy!

And, since I made you all look at my feet, and that’s a bit creepy, let’s leave off with something MUCH nicer!