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The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Bold those books you've read in their entirety, underline what you've read more than once, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt.

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That gives me 23 books/series I have read at least once. Not too shabby. But yes, it is noticeable that I have failed to read a single work by Dickens. I shall attempt again, one day, but I just don't find him interesting.

In other news, I went to see the Voyage of the Dawn Treader today after work. You know, I have really started to enjoy the whole weeknight movie thing. The theaters are blissfully empty, which means that they are both much quieter and much cleaner than usual.

Even I could notice some of the shortcomings of the movie, but it was still entertaining and I enjoyed it. Just keep in mind that it is not the movie version of the book, it is a movie based on some of the events and ideas in the book. They tried to keep the major moments from the book, but also make it more interesting and add a climax (something the book has in a much more subtle way, as it is a story of moral growth and therefore not readily transferable to an epic movie). I thought the result was not very successful and the plot changes may annoy hardcore Narnia fans while confusing the non-readers. The visuals were not as epic as, say, The Lord of the Rings or the Avatar, but still nice in most places. Except in a couple episodes the camerawork almost made me wonder where the focus was... I liked Eustace and Reepicheep, and Edmund and Lucy. Caspian didn't have much to do but stand around and look pretty. I don't quite appreciate the concept of making an older (and dark-haired) Caspian, but Ben Barnes is certainly easy on the eyes, so I am not complaining. So yes, I did like it.

Anyway, it's nice to have some free time and be out and about. Between being seek and then pretending to study or trying to get myself to study, I have been pretty much shut in the house the last two weeks, other than going to work, and was starting to go nuts. Of course, I didn't really study until the morning before the exam. But it was an open book exam, and I know FDA law fairly well anyway (the drug part I know well enough to teach the course, and the rest is not too hard to grasp), so I think I did OK anyway.

Now, the next movie I want to see is Tangled. I am considering going on Friday, again on the way home from work, or on Saturday, but I am just worried about crowds... might hold off until early next week. Or go Saturday morning and then stop by a couple shops I never got to because of everything that's been going on. The weather is going to be ugly on Sunday, according to the forecast, so I am planning on staying in and doing housework and such.

And then... just four days, and then the nice, long break until January 2nd. Of course, I have to work Christmas day itself, but that's OK. I am going to see the Magic Flute at the Opera on Christmas Eve. And the day after Christmas I am flying to Arizona, my parents are flying there too, to celebrate New Year's in a very different way. And yes, we are bringing some ornaments to decorate a cactus and drink champagne under it! Not on New Year's night, of course, I have reserved a spot for that.

Other plans include an ATV ride through the Sonoran desert, a hot air baloon ride over the same, a visit to the Pueblo Grande, the zoo and the botanical garden. And shopping for local turquoise and opal jewelry. Should be fun. Just need to get a hair cut so I would actually look good. That's the trouble with short hair - requires much more frequent maintenance.