17 June 2002
Wow! I have so many!
1) MY FAMILY:
First and foremost, my loved ones have my attention. This includes:
My family in the States: Mom, Mom and Joe (Joe died in 2007), Barbara (my dear sister), Jenna (Barb and Larry's daughter); Jack and Fran (my middle brother and his wife), Joy Jack's older daughter, Mason Joy's son, Joy, her husband Nick, and her son Mason at their September 2005 wedding; and their daughter Amelia; Jessie Jack's younger daughter, and Jessie and her son Christopher James in September of 2005 (Christopher died in 2008); and her daughter Hope; Jamey Curt, younger daughter Caitie, Dori, older daughter Lauren (my youngest brother and his wife and their two daughters, Caitie and Lauren), Irene and Orville (my paternal aunt and her husband in 1991), Jack and Irene and Orville in 2002, my beloved cousin KathySue, her brother Butch, and his wife Sharon, Kathy's daughter Amy and her son Bret, and Casey, Buddy's daughter, pictured here with grandpa Orville. These last 5 pictures were taken in February of 2003. Unfortunately I didn't get pictures of my cousin Buddy, or of Kathy's other children or Butch's son.
Both sets of my grandparents are gone now, too.
Here is an up-to-date picture of my Aunt Rea and her husband Fred. Fred died in the Fall of 2003. Aunt Rea then met and married Dale the following year. Here is a picture of them in 2005: Rea and Dale;
And here is a picture of my father's parents: Lena and Clarence Baughman. Grandma was 1/4 Shawnee (from her mother's side). I have been trying to track down more about her family but haven't had too much success as yet.
My FAMILY IN ICELAND: Einar (my hubby), Brynja (our elder daughter), Bjarni (our elder son and our firstborn), Lora (our younger daughter and our youngest child), Andri (our younger son); And here is a picture of Brynja's boyfriend, Hinrik (a welcome addition to our family). Most recent is our grandson Bjartur, Brynja and Hinrik's son.
FAMILY IN-LAWS: I was very lucky to marry into a wonderful family!: Kjartan, Einar's father who died in 2009; Hlíf, Einar's mother, and Einar and his siblings: Einar Óli Yngvi Jói Óttar Fríða Ella and Árni.
Nína and Jói are wonderful parents to Fanney Jóhannsdóttir. She is a cheerful, charming and loveable young lady! I have known her since she was just a few days old, and had the privilege to babysit and enjoy her company off and on since then. We all love her!
Here is a picture of Ella;
Ella and her grandson Jakob Ágúst, Róbert Stefán's son;
Here is Ella's youngest son, Róbert Stefán and his girlfriend, Thora; and
Here is a really good picture of Ella's oldest son, Ingimundur;
a rare picture of Ingimundur and his son Ívan Veigar;
a more recent picture I just snagged of Ívan Veigar;
a picture of Ella's 2nd son, Kjartan and his wife, Elsa;
and finally, a really nice picture of Kjartan (Ella's middle son) and his daughter Linda Elin;
a good picture of María, Óli and Stína's younger daughter; and
a picture of Dúi Thorður María Bryndís Jói Oli and Stina's son, Dúi (very hard to get him on film), Thorður, Dúi's girlfriend María, Bryndís, and Jói).
Here is a picture of Frída,
her elder daughter, Nanna;
her younger daughter, Silja; and
her son, Ívar.
Sigga, Kjartan's sister (who died in 2007).
Dóra and Hörður, (Hlíf's younger sister and her husband);
Helga Lilja, Dóra and Hörður's youngest daughter;
and their only son Atli;
their oldest daughter (of 3), Dora Björk;
Bryndís and Dóra Björk (Yngvi's widow and Dóra and Hörður's oldest daughter);
Here's an up-to-date picture of Andri and Arnar, Yngvi's and Bryndís' twin sons;
and an up-to-date picture of Einar's mom (in orange) and her sisters, Dora, Inga and Ragna (left to right; taken July, 2004);
And finally, here is a picture of Einar's brother, Yngvi, who died in July 2000. He is sadly missed.
And not to be excluded is a picture of Haley, our 2004 exchange student from Michigan. :)
I am an avid reader! I read sci-fi, fantasy, mysteries, thrillers, historical novels, a little romance, and novels which are written with the author's tongue in cheek! Here are some of my favorites:
Sci-Fi and Fantasy: Andre Norton - she never fails to enthrall me!; Terry Brooks; Alan Dean Foster; Robert Heinlein; David Eddings; Anne Logston; Mercedes Lackey - great!; Tom Deitz; Nick O'Donohoe, S. L. Viehl; Patricia Wrede; Charles DeLint - mesmerizing!; Anne McCaffrey; Jo Clayton; Edgar Rice Burroughs; Simon Hawke; Piers Anthony; Doranna Durgin; Mark Anthony; Elaine Cunningham; and Tolkien.
Mysteries: Agatha Christie; Sue Grafton; Joan Hess; Charlotte MacLeod; Perri O'Shaughnessy; Helen MacInnes; Patricia Wentworth; Charlotte Armstrong; Dorothy Gilman; Lillian Jackson Braun; Iain Pears; Shirley Rousseau Murphy; Dorothy Cannell.
Action/Adventure: Clive Cussler; Nevada Barr; Michael Crichton; Desmond Bagley.
Mysteries set in native America: Tony Hillerman; Micah Hackler; David Cole; Kirk Mitchell; Aimee and David Thurlo; Lyn Hamilton. These authors really make me very aware of the atmosphere and feel of native America and the problems and beliefs of these people. Fascinating! My paternal grandmother was part Shawnee, and I have always felt privileged to have some of their blood in my veins!.
Medical Thrillers: Robin Cook; Iris Johansen; Tess Gerritsen; Kathy Reichs.
Thrillers: Dean Koontz; Charles Grant; Anne Rice; Laurell K. Hamilton; Jim Butcher.
Historical: Irving Stone (He really brings well-known historical figures alive and very realistic); Jean M. Auel; Georgette Heyer.
Psychological: Torey L. Hayden.
There are others, but these draw me like honey does a bear. Irresistible! Enough so that I have collected them, usually trying for used paperbacks. And Einar was kind enough to build me shelves galore in my own personal bookroom! That is the height of luxury! (But the kids keep some of their books in there, too, and I don't mind, atall.) : )
If I had to choose an ultimate favorite, I couldn't. But there are a few that are significant to me: The Beast Master and The Zero Stone by Andre Norton were my introduction to sci-fi. I have reread them so many times! Moonheart by Charles DeLint and Stitch in Snow by Anne McCaffrey (her only non-sci-fi book in my collection) - I reread these periodically; I am a Star Trek fan from the word Go! and am hooked on Buffy novels, too; Back to the Stone Age by Edgar Rice Burroughs! My older brother had a copy, and once I had read it and seen the illustrations, it had a permanent place in my mind and on my bookshelf. The Princess and Curdie and The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald: I discovered these at the library when a young teen and checked them out over and over again until I finally got my own copies. Books by Torey L. Hayden. Her books are moving, true, and give hope that psychological problems caused by abuse and neglect can be treated.
In Romance, I got hooked by the historical romance novels by Georgette Heyer - some of them are so funny! and similar to some by Jane Austen that have been filmed. (I also have all of Ms. Austen's novels.) And Charlotte Bronte's novel: Jane Eyre.
In Children's Books, I also have distinct favorites: Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter; The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis; and the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. I suppose one could include Tolkien in this area, but really Tolkien is for every age. His Hobbitt and Lord of the Rings series are wonderful!
When I need a good laugh I turn to Dorothy Cannell, *Joan Hess, Iain Pears, *Lillian Jackson Braun, Jonathan Gash, *Charlotte MacLeod, *Dorothy Gilman, Elizabeth Peters, Carolyn Hart, and Georgette Heyer. They all tell a good story with an overlay of humor.
I also like Calvin and Hobbes, P. G. Wodehouse, famous sayings and pert quotes, PEANUTS, Dr. Seuss, Dilbert, books that deal with the psychological differences between the sexes, and popular classics.
As you can see, books are my passion. I literally would be climbing the walls if I didn't have a book to read, and the same goes for music which feeds and sooths my soul.
3) EDITING ENGLISH TEXT.
This started out as a favor to Einar, but over the years I have spent here in Iceland, I have begun to use this skill as a part-time job. It is very rewarding to be able to help someone in this fashion. I enjoy doing it, and altho I do not have a professional degree in this field, I do have innate skills in my mother tongue, and take joy in fixing mistakes for people with less ability than I have.
You will note that I do not always use these skills when I am writing (or speaking), but that's a different story!
4) SUSAN SEDDON BOULET paintings. I love her work. Sadly, she died in Oakland in 1997. She was raised for the most part in Brazil, and that comes through strongly in her work. For those interested in seeing some of her work, click here.
5) COLLECTING TURTLE STATUETTES.
Turtles hold a fascination for me. They are beautiful and funny, graceful and clumsy, whimsical, determined and long-lived. I could watch live ones for hours! To date, I think I have 49 statuettes. :)
I have a wide range of interests in music. I enjoy Classical instrumental pieces, Enya, Bond, Mantovani, Helgi's band Beefolk, Andrea Bocelli, Vanessa Mae, Beatles, REM, Eagles, James Taylor, Vaya con Dios, Randy Crawford, ABBA, Celine Dion, Clannad, Chris Isaak, Anne Murray, Dido, Paul Simon, Phil Collins, George Michael, Queen, Seals & Croft, Sting, Country Western, Madonna, AHA, Billy Joel, Kenny G, Roberta Flack, Lionel Ritchie, America, Simon and Garfunkel, Barbra Streisand, Christopher Cross, Mark Knopfler, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, B.J. Thomas, Neil Diamond, Tracy Chapman, Josh Groban, Leanne Rimes, Eros Ramazzatti, Engilbert Humperdinck, and 60's and 80's music.
Then there are Icelandic singers and groups: Johann Helgason, Bubbi, Salin Hans Jons Mins, Bjarni Arason, Bjorgvin Halldorsson, Bogomil Font, Palmi Gunnarsson, and Bjork.
I also enjoy barbershop quartets and male choral music.
These are only a few!
What can I say? I love to walk outside when the air is crisp and the sun isn't too fierce. I walk when I can, and when I am in good form I can walk for hours without getting tired. I walk alone mostly, but sometimes with Einar. We try to vary our walks, often in the neighborhood, sometimes along the coast or through fields, or following nature trails (a favorite!) close by and sometimes we drive somewhere to walk. Great fun!
8) CONCERTS, BALLET, SCULPTURE. I concentrated on art in college, and have learned to appreciate it (not do it!) and when we moved here to Iceland, it became alot easier to indulge my interests in "the arts", for they are prized here, too.
9) MOVIES! (comedies, *spoofs, mysteries, action, light romance, sci-fi, biographical and some cartoon movies).
In no particular order, some of my favorites movies are: Princess Bride (a great spoof!), The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Shrek, Forty Carats, Murphy's Romance, French Kiss, Emma, Ghostbusters, Jumpin' Jack Flash, the first 3 Highlander movies, Star Trek and Star Wars movies, Hackers, Hopscotch, Bridget Jones' Diary, Lion King, The Mummy, Indiana Jones movies, Rush Hour, Dogma, Mission Impossible, To Catch a Thief, City of Angels, My Best Friend's Wedding, The Net, Housecalls, X-Men, The Big Chill, My Fair Lady, Arsenic and Old Lace, Dragonheart, Groundhog Day, Grease, An American Dreamer, Dirty Dancin', Den Eineste Ene, Grosse Pointe Blank, Jumanji, LadyHawke, Hagamus, The Gods Must Be Crazy, Hello Dolly, Maverick, Michael, Meet Joe Black, (original) Sabrina, Twins, Willow, Kolya, Ghost, The Wizard of Oz, Desk Set (with my favorite actress: Katherine Hepburn. I enjoy her other movies, too! She's good and makes me laugh alot. I confess I enjoy her comedic movies best.), 84 Charing Cross Road. (Einar and I saw it first at the theatre, and we laughed at all the wry humor and jokes while the people around us hadn't a clue what we were laughing about as the jokes were not translated in the subtitles.), The Grinch, and Ice Age.
10) TV Shows.
My memory isn't the greatest sometimes, so I will list some of my favorites from way back when up til now, not just for fun, but because when I remember a show I liked, I like to remember what it was called too, and this will give me a list to refer to. In loosely based genres:
Medical-based shows: MASH, ER, CSI, QUINCY, PROFILER, DR. FINLAY, CROSSING JORDAN, SILENT WITNESS...
Comedies: FRIENDS, FRASIER, LOVEJOY, SEINFELD, SEX AND THE CITY (thought-provoking), SABRINA THE TEEN-AGED WITCH, JEEVES AND WOOSTER, MAD ABOUT YOU, CHEERS, TAXI, ED, WHO'S THE BOSS, GILMORE GIRLS, GILLIGAN'S ISLAND, McHALE'S NAVY, THE COSBY SHOW, HAPPY DAYS, GRACE UNDER FIRE, HOGAN'S HEROES, 'ALLO 'ALLO, SPIN CITY, and SCRUBS...
Weekly soap operas: 30 SOMETHING, FELICITY, ONCE AND AGAIN, ALLY McBEAL, THE EDUCATION OF MAX BICKFORD, MY SO-CALLED LIFE, LIFE GOES ON, NORTHERN EXPOSURE, THE WALTONS, FAME, MONARCH OF THE GLEN, EIGHT IS ENOUGH...
Of course Sci-Fi: STAR TREK (original series and those connected), X-FILES, DARK ANGEL, CHARMED, SMALLVILLE, TWILIGHT ZONE, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, QUANTUM LEAP, DARK SHADOWS, EARLY EDITION, MILLENIUM, THE VISITOR, NOWHERE MAN, THE DEAD ZONE...
Action/mystery/adventure shows like: MURDER SHE WROTE, TAGGART, ALIAS, THE ADVENTURES OF THE YOUNG INDIANA JONES, THE original AVENGERS, THE ROCKFORD FILES, REMINGTON STEELE, THE PRISONER, BERGERAC, INSPECTOR MORSE, COLUMBO, A TOUCH OF FROST, MAVERICK, THE NET, RUTH RENDELL MYSTERIES, CADFAEL MYSTERIES, RICHARD JURY MYSTERIES, and JONATHAN CREEK...
11) GENEOLOGY! Family is very important to me!
I like making lists, collecting articles, pictures, and stories of my family and friends. I have made a booklet to keep track of birthdays, deaths, weddings, divorces, significant events or accomplishments, and have a folder chockful of clippings and written memorials of people and their accomplishments. It's alot of fun to collect. But I'll have to organize it better sometime.
I have also bugged my relatives in the States for data and historical facts of ancestors. My older brother, Bill, had collected alot before he died, but it was lost. So I do my best to collect what I can. Mom has been an immense help with this, as well as my aunt Irene. Thank you both!
And over here, Einar's father has collected family geneology on both his and Hlif's sides as far back as he can. Invaluable!