Sam Francisco

Just stuff about me, Sam, living in San Francisco

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Have you ever....?

taken from my sister Beccy...

Been out of the country? Well, I live out of the country, actually. My first trip abroad was alone, to Germany at 13. Since then I have been to France probably more than 25 times, Italy several times, worked in Sweden for a month, Spain, Holland, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Greece, through formerly Yugolslavia, The Maldives, Mexico (twice), Canada, Fiji (soon to be twice), Ireland many times, Austalia and, of course, the United States where I now reside.

Been in love? Yes

Gone Skydiving? No need for that

Climbed a mountain?
It was a mountain to me - you might have called it a hill.

Got fired?
No but I have been made redundant or laid off about 10 times.

Been promoted?

Rode a horse?
I don't want to talk about this.

Stay awake over 48 hrs? I have worked for more than 48 hours on the trot.

Graduated? Yes, BA (Hons) Communication Media Production.

Been on honor roll?
A what?

Caught a fire fly?

Eaten a bug?
Probably, without knowing in my salad. Oh - and there was the time dad forced me to eat the caterillars that accidentally got into the cauliflower cheese.

Been in a car wreck?
No, thank goodness.

Been in a fight? A girly cat fight, I guess. They started it.

Helped a friend?
Whenever I can.

Swam in the ocean?
Yes, the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

Swam with a dolphin?
Yes, one of the best things ever.

Been arrested? No.

Told a white lie? If I said no I'd be telling one!

Broken a bone? No - they're too precious to be breaking. I tore a ligament though and it took about 8 years to heal.

Played sports?
An early ambition of mine was to be a PE teacher.

Been divorced?
I'd have to get married first.

Sang in the shower?
I am more likely to sing in other places you wouldn't want to hear me.

Loved your life? I can't complain, it's done me ok so far.

Friday, September 14, 2007


Thursday, September 13, 2007


Scattegories is a game I used to love so when I saw this over at my mum's blog I just had to join in, and do one better than her double S by getting a triple S. Don't blame me for being competitive - the genes were handed down.


Choose an answer to each category. It must begin with the first letter of your name.

1. Your name: Sam
2. Famous singer/band: Steve Strange
3. Street name: Sesame Street
4. Color: Sienna
5. Gifts/presents: Sweets
6. Vehicle: S2000
7. In a souvenir shop: Snow Shaker
8. Boy Name: Samuel
9. Girl Name: Stella
10. Movie Title: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
11. Drink: Sparkling Wine
12. Occupation: Secret Service Spy
13. Flower: Sunflower
14. Celebrity: Susan Sarandon
15. Magazine: She
16. U.S. City: Seattle
17. Pro Sports: Soccer
18. Fruit/Vegetable strawberry/spud
19. Reason late for work: Sick as a Dog
20. You throw away: socks that have holes
21. Things you shout: Shut Up!
22. Cartoon character: Superman

Friday, September 07, 2007

How Smart Am I?

How smart are you? - Are you dumb?

Your Number Correct: 24/25
You are smarter than 96.76% of the populaton.

I wish I knew which one I got wrong!
Clearly I am not smart enough to know that.

I did it again - I know where I went wrong. And I should have known better. Really.
How smart are you? - Are you dumb?

Monday, April 02, 2007


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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

A Reading List from my Sister

I found this meme on my sisters site.

In bold I have read,
In italics I want to read
struck through - started but never finished

1.The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2.Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (J.R.R. Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (J.R.R. Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (J.R.R. Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10.A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11.Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J.K. Rowling)
12.Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13.Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (J.K. Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (J.K. Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees(Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(J.K. Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie(Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (George Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True(Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45 Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (J.K. Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolsoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jone's Diary (Helen Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth(Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100.Ulysses (James Joyce)

I am quite amazed I have read so many, only one less than my sister the avid reader.
And before any of you think I am telling porkies - YES - I have read the whole of War and Peace from cover to cover - it is one of my favourite books. I even dropped it in the bath and it swoll to nearly twice its size - that was a pain to carry on the train I tell you.

Friday, March 02, 2007


Monday, January 29, 2007

22 years after we first met...

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Thursday, November 23, 2006



Sunday, September 17, 2006



Sunday, September 10, 2006

Pool Reflection

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Sebastopol September Saturday





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Tuesday, August 01, 2006


Saturday, July 29, 2006

Picture(42)what a mess!