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I am a breast cancer survivor. Please remember to regularly check yourself. If you find anything, contact your doctor!

My younger brother, Matt, was struck down with a form of vasculitis called Wegener's Granulomatosis. His immune system attacked the blood vessels in his lungs. He was in intensive care from February 19, 2008, on a ventilator from February 22 and was in critical condition the entire time. He died March 10, 2008, and we buried him March 13.

Rest in peace, little brother. I miss you so much, especially our chats on IM.

The flag's dimensions shall be three feet fly by two feet hoist; or five feet fly by three feet hoist; or any size proportionate to either of those dimensions. The field of the flag shall be blue with nineteen stars and a flaming torch in gold or buff. Thirteen stars shall be arranged in an outer circle, representing the original thirteen states; five stars shall be arranged in a half circle below the torch and inside the outer circle of stars, representing the states admitted prior to Indiana; and the nineteenth star, appreciably larger than the others and representing Indiana shall be placed above the flame of the torch. The outer circle of stars shall be so arranged that one star shall appear directly in the middle at the top of the circle, and the word "Indiana" shall be placed in a half circle over and above the star representing Indiana and midway between it and the star in the center above it. Rays shall be shown radiating from the torch to the three stars on each side of the star in the upper center of the circle.
A big, fat thank you to my youngest brother, Al, for sorting out the Indiana State Flag for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My new Swedish name, given to me by Folde is SkotskIndianabo. Thank you very much, Folde!

On February 6, 2007 I gave myself Wings for a Year to support BookCrossing. On July 28, 2008 I bought Wings for a Year again.

If anyone is interested, I have a LiveJournal. My screen name there is sweet-indiana.

A Cup of Tea
When the world is all at odds,
And the mind is all at sea,
Then cease the useless tedium,
And brew a cup of tea.
There is magic in its fragrance.
There is solace in its taste,
The laden moments vanish
Somewhere into space,
And the world becomes a lovely thing!
There's beauty as you see,
All because you briefly stopped
To have a cup of tea.

-Author Unknown

June 2009 A little bit about me: I was the second child from a VERY large family, the first daughter. I grew up in rural southern Indiana, very close to Louisville, KY. In 1988 I went to study a year abroad in Hamburg, Germany through my university. After completing university - finding no great job - I decided to return to Hamburg. While there I met someone through email who is now my husband. He is English, but was working in Aberdeen, Scotland. In 1999 we married and I moved to Scotland. We now have two incredibly soft, lovely, brown Burmese cats (who say "mau" and not "meow"), an eight-year-old, blond son (I'll call him F1-Lad) and a five-year-old, redhead daughter (well, more strawberry blond, and I'll call her MissyMousey). My life in a nutshell.

I regularly go to the Aberdeen Meetup on the third Thursday of every month. This is held from 7:30 PM at the Belmont Cinema Cafe on Belmont Street, Aberdeen. Here is our Yahoo website, set up by the wonderful vicar-of-dibley, our fearless leader:

Bookrings/rays/boxes I am taking part in:
"100 Ways to Simplify Your Life" hosted by jacinta2000 (2762558)
"The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats" hosted by Pyan (2612542) arrived 21 April 2006
"Deception Point" hosted by sublevel4 (2952490)
"A Fine Balance" hosted by phillycarol (1143057)
"Emily, Girl Witch of New York" hosted by CrawAngel (2995283) (Lost before reached me! :()
"Nine Emotional Lives of Cats" hosted by PaperbackPal (3586135)
"The Cat Who...
...Said Cheese
...Tailed a Thief" all hosted by laura0141
The Other Side of the Story by totoroandmei (3390699)
The Sparrow hosted by lmn60 (3695004)

Bookrings/rays/boxes I've been a part of:
"Beyond Chocolate – understanding Swiss Culture" hosted by nice-cup-of-tea (2564805)
"Das New York Tagebuch" hosted by nice-cup-of-tea (2642897)
"The Philosopher's Pupil" hosted by Nell-Lu
"Wolfpointe" hosted by funsour
"Tradewind" bookring hosted by rainbow3 (2450648)
"Bill Bryson's African Diary" hosted by Ebumu
UK only Bookbox started by niccijl
"UNIQUE ITEM - delta novel with a hundred endings" hosted by zzz (2934583)
"Rantus Dark & the Unspoken Children", bookray hosted by verian (2613163)
"Flowers for Algernon" hosted by Heaven-Ali (630295)
"How to live with a calculating cat" hosted by nice-cup-of-tea (2789156)
International Secret Santa organized by cowgirl-up
"The Bookseller of Kabul" hosted by EMA375 (2673050)
"The Time Traveller's Wife" hosted by iggi1812 (2634910)
"Random Acts of Kindness, Danny Wallace" hosted by nice-cup-of-tea (3048822)
"The Black Crusade" hosted by libertine101 (2819295)
"The Red House Mystery" hosted by ladilee (3175667)
"Watching the English" hosted by nice-cup-of-tea (2927579)
"Hiroshima" hosted by Doo-oalee (2985069)
"The Cat Who Saw Red" hosted by laura0141 (3258225)
"The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern" hosted by laura0141 (3233749)
"The Cat Who Blew the Whistle" hosted by laura0141
"Matilda" hosted by Ilios (1050716)
"The Cat Who Went Bananas" hosted by laura0141
"Dictionary of the Khazars" hosted by zzz (2499901)
"Round Ireland with a Fridge", hosted by cwoods (2548736)
Redhouse's Holiday Bookbox (2835825)
"Dictionary of the Khazars" hosted by zzz (2499901)
"Round Ireland with a Fridge" hosted by cwoods (2548736)
International Women's Day Bookring/box hosted by cackleberry
"Join Me: The True Story of a Man Who Started a Cult by Accident" hosted by nice-cup-of-tea (3048822)
"How to Be Canadian" hosted by wyldewomin (3080913)
"Wicked" hosted by raralovestoread (2010351)
"The Blue Bedspread" hosted by syrin (2917286)
"Regarding the Pain of Others" hosted by marko167 (3438202)
"My Sister's Keeper" hosted by Dusties (2474161)
"Mayada, Daughter of Iraq" hosted by EMA375 (4022859)
"So Many Books, So Little Time, A Year of Passionate Reading" hosted by SKingList (3017293)
"The Tao of Pooh & the Te of Piglet" hosted by chich (3787579)
"The Cat Who Turned On and Off" hosted by laura0141 (3246112)
"Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down" hosted by nice-cup-of-tea
"Bells of Nagasaki" hosted by SKingList
"The Habsburgs" hosted by aneca (2179022)
"The Other Side of the Story" hosted by TracyR

Bookrays I've initiated:
1. I started a bookray with "The 1997 Eurail Guide to Train Travel in the New Europe". As only one person was interested, it went off to zzz. It arrived there safely and was what he was expecting it to be.
2. Bookray offered on 5 May 2005: The Summons by John Grisham - WITHDRAWN, no interest.
3. and 4. Bookray offered on 8 May 2005 Roald Dahl's Incredible Chocolate Box. This turned into two bookrays, one for Europe and North America (2795057) and one for Australia/Pacific area (2795074).
5. Bookray offered on 22 June 2005: Little Book of Scottish Verse BCID 2963157. Shipped on July 4th.
6. Bookray offered on 6 January 2006: The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown. BCID 3610520. Shipped on 17 January 2006.
7. Bookring: Hoosier - Illustrated Origins of Indiana's Sobriquet. BCID 3687914. Finally posted 1 March, 2006.
8. Bookray: The Hidden Life of Otto Frank by Carol Ann Lee. BCID 3969891.

I read 59 books in 2006, but a good number of those were Pocket Penguin 60's and 70's, so I'm not quite the prolific reader it might seem!

Books I've read in 2009:
1. Doctor Who Quiz Book Four by Stephen Cole
2. Young Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald
3. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
4. Borneo and the Poet by Redmond O'Hanlon
5. Here is Home - Photographs from Northern Louisiana by Jenny Ellerbe
6. Take Off! Lives and Times Mother Teresa by John Barraclough
7. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale
8. Protobiography by William Boyd
9. The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands by Mary Seacole
10. The Coronation of Haile Selassie by Evelyn Waugh.
11. War Talk
12. George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl
13. Young Bysshe
14. The Aristocratic Adventurer
15. The Mobile Library - The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom
16. The Diamond as Big as the Ritz by F. Scott Fitzgerald
17. Christmas at Stalingrad by Antony Beevor

Books I read in 2008:
1. Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang by Ian Fleming
2. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
3. Bad Cat by Jim Edgar
4. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
5. Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
6. The Dressmaker's Child by William Trevor
7. The Habsburgs by Andrew Wheatcroft
8. The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keys
9. Nothing Bad Ever Happens at Tiffany's by Marian Keyes
10. Summer in Algiers by Albert Camus
11. Confessions of a Bad Mother by Stephanie Calman
12. 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith
13. The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
14. The Snobs by Muriel Spark
15. Happy Birthday, Jack Nicholson by Hunter S. Thompson
16. The Economics of Innocent Fraud by J.K. Galbraith
17. Idiot Nation by Michael Moore
18. The Desert and the Dancing Girls by Gustave Flaubert
19. The School Inspector Calls by Gervase Phinn
20. Ali Smith’s Supersonic 70’s by Ali Smith
21. Forgetting Things by Sigmund Freud
22. Woman's Hour: From Joyce Grenfell to Sharon Osbourne. Foreword by Jenni Murray

Books I read in 2007:

1. Mayada, Daughter of Iraq by Jean Sasson
2. The Sea by Dan Banville
3. So Many Books, So Little Time, A Year of Passionate Reading by Sara Nelson
4. The Tao of Pooh & the Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff
5. The Cat Who Turned On and Off by Lilian Jackson Braun
6. A Cup of Tea by Amy Ephron
7. The Villa, the Lake, the Meeting: Wannsee and the Final Solution by Mark Roseman (A Cody's Release)
8. The Cat Who Played Brahms by Lilian Jackson Braun
9. Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down by Nicey and Wifey
10. Wee Book of Aberdeen by Norman Adams
11. The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks
12. The Silent by Jack Dann
13. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
14. Between Friends by Kathleen Rowntree
15. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
16. Innocent House by PD James
17. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
18. Tuscan Soup by Lou Wakefield
19. The Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McColl-Smith
20. Dragon Tamers by Emma Maree Urquhart
21. A Painted House by John Grisham
22. The Bells of Nagasaki by Takashi Nagai
23. In Defence of English Cooking by George Orwell
24. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
25. Forgotten Voices of the Second World War by Max Arthur
26. On Shopping by India Knight
27. 9th and 13th by Jonathon Coe
28. The Bastille Falls by Simon Schama
29. The Cave of the Cyclops by Homer
30. Caligula by Robert Graves

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Pocket Penguin 70 Challenge:
Penguin has issued 70 lovely little books to celebrate its 70th anniversary. I now own all 70 and need to start reading them (I've decided to delete the ones I've already read). Here are the books:
1. Lady Chatterley’s Trial
2. Eric Schlosser: Cogs in the Great Machine
3. Nick Hornby: Otherwise Pandemonium
6. Richard Dawkins: The View from Mount Improbable
9. Jorge Luis Borges: The Mirror of Ink
10. Roald Dahl: A Taste of the Unexpected
11. Jonathan Safran Foer: The Unabridged Pocketbook of Lightning
13. Paul Theroux: Two Stars
15. Anais Nin: Artists and Models
19. James Kelman: Where I Was
20. Hari Kunzru: Noise
37. Steven Pinker: Hotheads
38. Tony Harrison: Under the Clock
40. Will Self: Design Faults in the Volvo 760 Turbo
41. H.G. Wells: The Country of the Blind
42. Noam Chomsky: Doctrines and Visions
45. Zadie Smith: Martha and Hanwell
46. John Mortimer: The Scales of Justice
48. Roger McGough: The State of Poetry
50. Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Seventeen Poisoned Englishmen
51. Steven Runciman: The Assault on Jerusalem
53. Primo Levi: Iron Potassium Nickel
54. Alistair Cooke: Letters from Four Seasons
57. Melissa Bank: The Worst Thing a Suburban Girl Could Imagine
59. David Lodge: Scenes of the Academic Life

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