Taming the Wolf

The ups and downs of life as an early 30s career girl trying to balance the various demands of life, including fibromyalgia. autoimmune and dietary issues. Somedays I succeed more than others, but it’s an adventure…

All You Need Is Love… August 20, 2009

Filed under: Entertainment,Misc — jwz1978 @ 9:18 pm

This week my husband and I celebrated our second anniversary.  It’s hard to believe it’s been two years already, yet it also seems like we’ve been married so much longer!  I am so fortunate to be married to a wonderful guy.  Not to say he doesn’t drive me nuts some days (and vice versa I know) but he is so thoughtful and caring that those crazy moments are almost instantly forgotten.  Through this past year, with its various health challenges, he’s been so patient, as understanding as he can be, and helpful.  This was all totally foreign to him when the flares kicked up this year, and he just rolled with it, helped where he could, hugged me when I cried, and took wonderful care of me when I needed it.  I’m so fortunate to have him in my life.  We are headed out to vacation for a week in the beautiful desert area of Sedona and the Grand Canyon, our first vacation really since our honeymoon.  It will be so nice to get away, with just J, to relax and spend time together without all the pressure and stuff that goes on at home.  I’m hoping that some time away from the stress of work and life will help me health-wise, but it is going to be wonderful for the two of us to have that time together too.

While maybe love isn’t all you need to get by, I have to say that it certainly makes a girl happier and I think healthier.  So Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband, with high hopes for a restoring, rejuvenating, relaxing holiday away 🙂


Books Books Books August 15, 2009

Filed under: Entertainment — jwz1978 @ 7:00 pm

With just  a few exceptions, there is little I love more in this world than books.  Whatever the genre, if it entertains me, I’m happy.  With that in mind, it was fun to run across this posting on The Princess’s blog today.  I just found it today since I’m so behind on my google reader, but I thought I’d share it here (copied in part) since it’s a list of BOOKS! Yea Books!  I have a long list now to start downloading to the Kindle…

The list is from The Times Online and is the Top 60 Books of the Last 60 Years. I’ve bolded the ones I’ve read. Any of your favorites on the list?  Any that I need to download RIGHTNOW?  One of my all time favorites is The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.  I have the whole series and every couple of years I re-read them, and enjoy them like it’s the first time!  As you can see, I have a long way to go to complete this list.  I’ll probably try a few off here and see what I think.  I find I generally don’t always enjoy the books that end up on lists like these.  But, it’s a good opportunity to try a new author, read a classic, expand the circle of books I surround myself with.  Happy reading!

1949 Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell
1950 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C. S. Lewis
1951 The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger
1952 Pigs Have Wings P. G. Wodehouse
1953 Casino Royale Ian Fleming
1954 Lord of the Flies William Golding
1955 Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
1956 The Hundred and One Dalmatians Dodie Smith
1957 Doctor ZhivagoBoris Pasternak
1958 Our Man in Havana Graham Greene
1959 The Leopard Giuseppe di Lampedusa
1960 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
1961 Catch 22 Joseph Heller
1962 The Golden Notebook Doris Lessing
1963 The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
1964 Funeral in Berlin Len Deighton
1965 Dune Frank Herbert
1966 Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys
1967 Towards the End of the Morning Michael Frayn
1968 2001 Arthur C. Clarke
1969 The French Lieutenant’s Woman John Fowles
1970 Play it as it Lays Joan Didion
1971 Americana Don DeLillo
1972 Watership Down Richard Adams
1973 Crash J. G. Ballard
1974 Fear of Flying Erica Jong
1975 Salem’s Lot Stephen King
1976 Even Cowgirls get the Blues Tom Robbins
1977 A Scanner Darkly Philip K. Dick
1978 The World According to Garp John Irving
1979 Smiley’s People John le Carré
1980 Earthly Powers Anthony Burgess
1981 Lanark Alasdair Gray
1982 The House of the Spirits Isabel Allende
1983 Waterland Graham Swift
1984 Money Martin Amis
1985 Love in The Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
1986 Tourist Season Carl Hiaasen
1987 More Die of Heartbreak Saul Bellow
1988 Mother London Michael Moorcock
1989 Sexing the Cherry Jeannette Winterson
1990 Get Shorty Elmore Leonard
1991 The Famished Road Ben Okri
1992 The Secret History Donna Tartt
1993 Trainspotting Irvine Welsh
1994 How Late it Was, How Late James Kelman
1995 Northern Lights Philip Pullman
1996Angela’s AshesFrank McCourt
1997 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone J. K. Rowling
1998 The Wind-up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
1999 Disgrace J. M. Coetzee
2000 The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood
2001 The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
2002 Atonement Ian McEwan (already on my to-read list, might have to move it up now…)
2003 The Time Traveler’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger (I’m taking this one on vacation with me next week, so I’m preemptively bolding it!)
2004 The Line of Beauty Alan Hollinghurst
2005 Twilight Stephenie Meyer
2006 The Road Cormac McCarthy
2007 A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini
2008 Netherland Joseph O’Neill
2009 The Little Stranger Sarah Waters


Trying Again…

Filed under: Uncategorized — jwz1978 @ 6:39 pm

We’re going to give this a shot again.  Maybe not that often, and probably not on any one topic or the other, but I think I’m feeling the desire to rejoin the world of semi-anonymous ranting and ravings and commentary 🙂  Things are busy right now, which means I probably won’t get back into writing for a while, but it is something I enjoy doing.  I hope that everyone is enjoying the summer, it’s amazing how quickly these past few months have flown by.  With that, back to work, enough of a break for now