the demise

Do you remember several weeks ago I mentioned that my washing machine was making weird noises? I’d find the post for you but you know, that would take effort.

Do you remember last week when I told you I rang our cheap friendly washing machine repair man and he told me it was the bearings? And that as it was a front loader I should forget about it and buy a new one?

The do you remember how I found out the part that needs replacing costs all of $60-something so AS IF I was going to buy a whole new machine and GODDAMMIT I’ll fix it myself?


About that.  . .


RIP my friend. Your service was as valued as it was necessary.


Those bearings which refused to budge after a week of WD40-ing, hammering and being sworn at can go fuck themselves though.


Yeah. Onward.

On a lighter note

OK, so today was h.a.r.d.

Pinched from Suse who pinched it from Muppinstuff and Lazy Cow.

Apparently these books form the top 106 marked most often as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users. I don’t even know what that means because the last time I read a book and finished it was 2005. But there was a time I did read. I think.


The books I’ve read are in bold,
the ones I started but couldn’t/didn’t finish are in italics,
what I couldn’t stand has a strike through,
those I’ve read more than once have an asterisk*,
and those underlined are on my To Be Read list.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina (about a hundred times)
Crime and punishment
One hundred years of solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi
The name of the rose (but I watched that movie over and over again as an angsty broody teenager
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice*
Jane Eyre
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveller’s Wife
The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius (only because I’m a sucker for a good title)
Atlas shrugged (I tried, I really tried)
Reading Lolita in Tehran: a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury tales (In parts, thank you English 101)
The Historian : a novel
A portrait of the artist as a young man
Love in the time of cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A clockwork orange
Anansi boys
The once and future king
The grapes of wrath
The Poisonwood Bible

Angels & demons
The inferno
The Satanic Verses (Anything written by Salman Rushdie is just a complete riddle to me)
Sense and Sensibility (gotta love that private girls school education)
The picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One flew over the cuckoo’s nest
To the lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s travels
Les misérables
The corrections

The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
The prince
The sound and the fury
Angela’s ashes
The god of small things
A people’s history of the United States : 1492-present
A confederacy of dunces
A short history of nearly everything
The unbearable lightness of being
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers