Thursday, July 31, 2008


I copied this from a friend’s blog with my own answers:
Here’s how it works: The Big Read says that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed.
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Reprint this list so we can try and track down these people who’ve read only 6 or less and make them read.

And now….. THE BIG READ TOP 100
1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. The Harry Potter Series JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Phillip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare - I've read some
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien - I tried...I really tried. Andy and I even made a bet.
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis - I have read some, but I want to read all of them.
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown - $10 to the person who can tell me why I laughed when I saw this on the list
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery - I have read these all many, many times
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’ Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville - I started it....never finished though.
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker -
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry .
87. Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

I have read 31 books on this list. Guess it's time to go to the library.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Another one....

Ok, so here is another fabulous story to add to my previous stories about why men think that just because we are female we can't do simple tell when the AC is broken or the brakes in the car need to be changed.

Last week I was driving up to Flagstaff and I stopped at the gas station by our house to put air in the tires. I pulled up to the machine and got the tire gage and started checking the air presssure and then proceeded to put air in the tires that were low. Meanwhile, I look up at this guy is walking across the parking lot towards me. He comes over to the car and asks..."What are you doing?"

I looked at him (mom said never talk to strangers :) ) and said, "I am putting air in my tires."

He looked really confused for some reason and then said...very seriously, "'re a girl."

WHAT IS THIS?!?! The 50's??? Seriously? And plus...what tipped him off on that one? I'm a girl. Glad he was able to tell. Genius....we live in a world of total genuises.

I just sort of smiled and said, "Yep..." and went back to my car. What do you say to that sort of thing? He wasn't an old man...maybe late 40's....early 50's. I got in my car and started laughing. What is it with these people? I guess I should feel special though. I am a girl and I can tell when my AC isn't working, when the brakes need fixed AND I can put air in my car tires. I can also dress and feed myself. Guess I should get an award. :) :) :)

Monday, July 14, 2008


I was tagged by Lindsey and instead of doing something on the list of 50 things I need to get done I decided to do this instead! Yea for procrastination!!

How to play this game. Post these rules on your blog; List 3 joys, 3 fears, 3 goals, 3 current obsessions/collections, 3 random surprising facts about yourself. Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names.
1) Andy

2) Being with my family
3) Watching something or hearing something really funny that makes me laugh

1) Snakes and other creepy, crawling things. They gross me out!!
2) Scary door to door salesman that try to come in my house
3) Heights. I have been getting better about them, but I am not to the point where I will be bungee jumping or sky diving anytime soon.

1) I stole this advice from Lindsey who got it from her grandma...I thought it sounded pretty darn good. "To be where I am supposed to be, with the people I am supposed to be with, doing what I am supposed to be doing." - Thanks Lindsey's Grandma Wilkins.
2) To be a good wife/mother/daughter/friend
3) To accomplish something important

1) The Office....I LOVE that show!!
2) Taking pictures. That's not really a current's an ongoing obsession.
3) Crystal Light...for some reason I am obsessed with those little packets that you can pour into a water bottle. I have like 5 different flavors.

1) One of my favorite movies is 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'
2) I love the oldschool Nintendos with the old games like Super Mario and Tetris
3) I hate mushrooms

*Name On Birth Certificate: Sara Kilgrow
* Nickname: Sara Lou, Sarey, Sare Bear
* Age: 24
* Birthday: August 13th
*School: ASU with a degree in Early Childhood Education
* Location: Gilbert, AZ
*Color of eyes: Brown
*hair: Brown
* Height: 5'3"
* Shoe Size:9
* Brothers/Sisters: 2 brothers

------------------HAVE YOU EVER---------------
* Missed school because it was raining: No.
* Put a body part on fire for amusement: Um....that sounds painful
* Kept a secret from everyone: I'll never tell
* Had an imaginary friend: Probably
* Cried during a Movie: Probably every movie. I cry at TV shows, movies and commercials...oh crap...that was the secret I had that I'd never told before.
* Ever thought an animated character was hot?: Some of those Dinsey Princes (The prince from Sleeping Beauty) are pretty cute
* Had a New Kids on the Block tape: Nope
* Been on stage: Yes
* Been sarcastic: Ha....never

* Shampoo: I mix it up
* Soap: Dove
* Color: Blue
* Day/Night: Night...actually dusk
*Summer/Winter: Winter...
* Lace or satin: Lace...I guess. Never really thought about having a preference
* Fav cartoon Characters: Mater on Cars....Bessie Higgenbottom from 'The Mighty B'
*Fave Food: Mashed Potatoes
* Fave Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip....the kind where the ice cream is white.
* Fave person to talk to online: Hmmm....I have a few

---------------IN THE LAST 24 HRS------------------
* Cried: Nope
* Cleaned your room: No...but I cleaned the rest of the house
* Done laundry: Thought about it...that counts right?
* Drove a car: Yes

* Who have u known the longest of your friends: Nikki and Andrea
* Who's the loudest: Hmmm...thats tough.
* Who's the shyest: Miranda? I probably
* Who do you cry to?: Andy and my mom

Ok...I tag Ashley, Desiree, Amber, Stacey and AshLee

Thursday, July 10, 2008

What is it??? I have now had 2 separate and recent incidences where I have tried to take care of something for our house/car and the people whose services I am trying to acquire must think I am a total idiot. I don't know if it's because I'm a girl (I thought as a society we were past most of that) or what....but it's quite interesting.

Scenario #1:

I noticed that the brakes on the car were going out and so I took the car into the shop to have them fix the brakes. I walked in and the guy at the counter asked what he could do for me. I said, "Well...the brakes are going out and I need to get them replaced." He looked at me for a long moment and then said, "Well what makes you think that they are going out?" This whole time he is looking at me like I am just a bug he would like to step on. I said, " first clue was that when I push on the brakes...the car doesn't slow down."

He then proceeds to scratch his head and continue to look at me disgustedly. So I continued,
"Also...when I tap on them they make a loud grinding sound. That can't be good can it?"

His response:
"Hmmm...well it sounds to me like your brakes might be going out."

In my head I was thinking...
"No crap think so?"...but I was nice and said, "Yeah...that must be it."

He then proceeded to fix my car and I was on my way.

Scenario #2:

Living on the surface of the sun makes us very grateful for our air conditioning. However, I think that we do take it for granted. Tuesday night, I decided to cook (hold applause please) and thus had to use the oven. Now when we use the oven it does make our house a little warm...but no big deal. 2 hours later however, we noticed that it was still very warm and getting warmer. The air conditioning was on...but at this point it was just blowing hot air. Andy went and bought an air filter since ours was clogged...thinking that might fix it. It did not. Then at 11:30 PM we couldn't take it anymore so Andy went back to Wal-Mart to buy a fan. That helped a little, but when your house is full of hot air all the fan does is blow the hot air around. Andy called the office first thing in the morning and they said they would have someone out ASAP to look at it. The maintenance man came at 9:00 AM and knocked on the door. I answered it and he said, "
I heard your air was broken."

Sara: "Yes, it is."

MM (Maintenance Man): What makes you think that it is broken?

Sara:'s not working. It's been blowing hot air since last night...and it's pretty hot in here.

MM: (Steps inside) It is pretty warm....and you think your air conditioner is broken?

Sara: That's my best guess.

MM: know what. It is really hot in here. I think your air might not be working the right way.

Sara: (In my head)...By George...I think he's got it.

Honestly...did I not say that already? Oh well....that one made me laugh. It was like a really bad comedy act of Who's on First or something. Eventually (8 hours later...but who's counting)...he came back and our air is now fixed.