Fire Watching in Orleans.

(These photos in only one size.)

My new hobby: dragon wrangling.

Celebrating My World Cup Victory.

2006 Hits and Picks

My entire 2006 reading list can be found here.

I read two young adult trilogies this summer that were fabulous. The first was the Midnighters Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld which is about these kids who discover a secret 25th hour at midnight and they're the only ones awake and have powers and there are creepy crawlies and things with math, trust me, they're really good.

The other one is the Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix and is in another world with evil and good guys and zombie-like things and is scary and has two of my favorite characters in literature since Puddleglum and the Ents. Mogget, a cat, and the Disreputable Dog, self-explanatory. And I don't usually like animal characters. Our next door neighbors have a white cat and I now call her Mogget. For fun, do an online image search for Mogget. I love the Internet.

A couple other books I really liked this year were Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (set after a bio-disaster wipes out most of mankind: bleak but funny) and an 800 page book that I loved and no one I know has loved with me:Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. Ye Olde Fashioned Magician story.

Some movie highlights: Watermarks a documentary about a reunion of Jewish women who were members of a swim club in Vienna before WWII. A real heart twister. I also liked Junebug, especially after I started thinking about it, Matchpoint took about 10 years off my life - I don't do well with tension, even fictional tension, Insideman with Denzel and Clive Owen, if you haven't seen it, run, don't walk. Wonderful fun movie. The New World is a beautiful poem of a movie about Indians and the first settlers. Also, I've gotten a lot of ribbing but I liked The Lake House Keanu and Sandra falling in love. Who doesn't want to see that movie?

TV: I heart Battlestar Galactica, I also like Heroes, and I NEVER miss Veronica Mars, my current top fave.

Music: nothing new to report here. Some bands that aren't 100 years old that I've heard of and like a song or two are: The Fray, Snow Patrol and OK Go.

Things I don't get: podcasting, American Idol, watching a movie on your iPod, listening to music on your phone, pomegranate anything and not wearing panties with a dress.

You can contact me anytime at pam(at) Hope all your wishes come true in 2007.

Love, Pamela

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