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Sunday, January 3rd, 2016
10:45 pm
2016 Books

1.  Above the Line, Urban Meyer (audio) 1-2
This book demonstrates what it means to strive to be better. The ideals are universal, no matter what team you favor (or don't). I can't imagine life without negativity, but it's a worthy goal to limit as much as possible. 4/5
2.  The Bride Says No, Cathy Maxwell (audio) 1-3
It's like a less well-written, dirty Pride and Prejudice. Apparently there are sequels. Nothing good can come from a father selling his daughter into marriage. 2/5
3.  Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel (audio) 1-8, for book club
I don't buy it. If 99.9% of the population dies, it would still function. There would still be electricians and engineers to keep the lights on. We'd all be in shock and mourning, but not in the old world. I know that wasn't the author's point. It's more a question of what is life like without the comforts of modern technology. I maintain that my apocolypse plan is to die. Being immune to the whatever superbug would suck.
4.  Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes, Rick Riordan (audio) 1-17
Percy's witty, sarcastic voice gives this retelling of Greek tales a new angle. Riordan always manages to tell mythical stories in a simple, fun way.
5.  I Still Dream About You, Fannie Flagg (audio) 1-21
This book deals with the very real difficulties of loneliness and aging, but interjects humor to cut the darkness of suicidal thoughts. The villain is a little too evil, and the story wraps up a little too neatly, but that fits the message of staying positive in the face of adversity. 4/5
6.  Armada, Ernest Cline (audio) 1-23
This video gamer's fantasy is so complete that I was constantly second guessing whether events were real in the book, or simply a concoction of the main character's mind. Writing style is very similar to Cline's Ready Player One, this time with the focus on gamers and space fans. Interpersonal relationships are less developed than the plot, but it is an enjoyable, easy read. 4/5
7.  Tricky Twenty-Two, Janet Evanovich (audio) 1-27
I'm adding this on 3/23, so I don't even remember what happened. Stephanie missed an easy and difficult FTA, fought with Joe, got a car blown up, went to a funeral home showing where Granda Mazur was embarassing, flirted with Ranger, caught the easy FTA with help from friends, caught the major criminal, at great personal peril, got back together with Joe, etc.
8.  Life After Life, Kate Atkinson (audio) 1-30, for book club
I like the concept of the girl repeatedly dying, then living life again/differently, but it's way too long. And I really wish this poor girl could eventually die for good. The whole family seems to be locked in a never-ending cycle.
9.  Life and Death/Twilight, Stephanie Meyer (audio) 2-6
I really like Beau and Edythe. I don't care anymore. I embrace that I still like Twilight. I still hate the narration of Ilyana Kadushin. Listening at 1.2 (or was it 1.4?) times speed was acceptable. Her monotone isn't so awful when it's not dragging in pace.
10. Breaking Dawn, Stephanie Meyer (audio) 2-9
Same review for Kadushin's terrible narration. I love the way the series ends. It expands and embraces the wider world of vampires. Once I got over the fact that it started like a bunch of (what was assumed to be ridiculously impossible) fanfiction, the new Cullen family is sweet. Renesmee is adorable, not creepy, and I'm okay with the description of imprinting. I can totally conceive of it not necessarily being romantic love. I do wonder about when that changes. One of my favorite lines is when Edward heartbreakingly says goodbye to his "son."
11. Twelve Years a Slave, Solomon Northup (audio) 2-13
Northrup's first person account of being kidnapped in the north and sold in the south details some of the many challenges and horrors of slavery. He is excessively fair, praising his saviors, acknowledging that some masters are good people who have never been taught that owning people is wrong, and exposing the worst monsters of humanity. 4/5
12. Spells and Sleeping Bags, Sarah Mlnowski (audio) 2-14
Summer camp and glitchy witch magic provide the backdrop for this teen coming of age story. Rachel learns how to be a better sister and friend, instead of focusing all her energy on a boy or the bully. It's pretty predictable, but a funny, fast read. 3/5
13. Empire of the Sun, J.G. Ballard (audio) 2-17
This novelized autobiography tells the story of the young English boy Jim's life in China as it is occupied by the Japanese. He cheers for his captors as well as liberators, with little commentary on the atrocities pictured. His stoicism and desensitization in the face of war speaks more to its horror than the descriptions themselves. 3/5
14. Winter People, Jennifer McMahon (audio) 2-20
This super creepy book was a bad choice to read (listen) during a thunderstorm. While supernatural creatures were about in the book, branches and roof shingles were flying in front of my window (with the blinds open).
15. Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes (audio) 4-18
She's old and she lies. Makes stuff up for a living. I've disagreed with several television choices, but she's unbelievably funny, witty, revealing, brave. It doesn't matter how much is true. She still makes great points about embracing the hard conversations and seeing people accurately. I love the recognition that being healthy/losing weight is never going to become fun. It will always be hard work. That's a much easier way to look at it. I'm not even trying to lose weight, but I struggle with not overindulging in sugar. 5/5
16. Decision Points, George W. Bush
(audio) 4-21
I've always thought history would remember his presidency much more favorably than the present. Time will tell. It's hard to say what another president would have done differently. 4/5 I'm looking forward to hearing him narrate the book about his father. This guy's okay, but I keep wishing it were Bush himself.
17. American Housewife: Stories, Helen Ellis (audio) 4-24
Very humorous, if often nonsensical. 5/5
18. 41: A Portrait of My Father, George W. Bush (audio) 5-4
I love that he blatantly states that he won't be objective, because he loves his father too much to be impartial. This is a nice look at American family history, and the first president I remember, even if I don't actually remember anything of political significance from those years (other than studying it later). 5/5
19. The Glass Castle: A Memoir, Jeanette Walls (ebook) 5-10, for book club
Her parents are horrible, no matter what she thinks. Even as she's writing condemning stories, you can tell that she's far too forgiving. I was intrigued by the portion of their lives in Welch, WV, which also features heavily in Homer Hickam's memoirs about Coalwood. He was there about a decade earlier, and at the higher end of the economy. The Walls moved back after the mines started closing, and were about the poorest people imaginable. 3/5
20. My French Whore, Gene Wilder
(audio) 5-11 (audio)
I kept expecting more humor, given the author. There's a predictable ending for this absurd premise (American soldier deserts his company and pretends to be a German spy to escape capture), but it's nice to see it play out. 3/5
21. When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win, Carol Leifer
(audio) 5-14
I'm still not familiar with this comedian, but her autobiography is fun and relateable, even if her struggles with aging are more about the fifties than the thirties. 4/5
22. Melissa Explains It All, Melissa Joan Hart
(audio) 5-23
Fun autobiography from a child turned adult star. 3/5
23. American Wife, Curtis Sittenfeld
(audio) 6-2
This "loosely inspired" fictionalized version of Laura Bush is a bit hard to take, and harder to imagine as true, no matter how many factual inclusions. The author appears to be a critic of 43, but does manage to portray humanity, which is welcome in the current political climate of "different opinion = evil." 3/5
24. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg (audio) 6-6
Ladydragonspaw says that I previously mentioned this book with something close to ire, but I do not recall (either having been exposed to Sandberg's work or disliking it). I loved listening to this book, after worrying that it would be dull and dry for the drive to and from work. It speaks to all my feminist vitriol. I know that I have to be better about recognizing my own sexist tendencies. I must give Little Caesars credit, because I look around the office and see a good distribution of the sexes in executive and managerial roles. I started by reporting directly to a woman, something Sandberg has never done. She gives a fair account of the choices open to women and men when gender roles are redefined. 5/5
25. The Art of Asking, Amanda Palmer (audio) 6-12, for book club
I wasn't previously familiar with this artist. I'll have to check her out in the future. 4/5
26. Anne of Green Gables, L.M.Montgomery (audio) 6-20
Sweet story of adoption and reaching for goals. I always relate to characters who long for home. 4/5
27. I Am Malala, Malala Yousafzai (audio) 7-13
Very intelligent young lady. I appreciate that she made the effort to tell her story. It's a very different perspective on "terrorism" than Americans usually see. 5/5
28. The Dead Fathers Club, Matt Haig (audio) 7-23
Very cringeworthy when Philip actually tries to follow the amoral demands of his father's ghost. In looking up a summary to remind myself of the story for this review, I learned that it is a loose retelling of Hamlet, which makes so much more sense now. 3/5
29. Lady Knight, Tamora Pierce (audio) 8-19
Alanna's story is like an old friend. It's nice to visit every once in a while. I've read too many times to be objective.
30. The Husband's Secret, Liane Moriarty (First audiobook read through hoopla library system) 9-2
Story about three women who's lives are subtly intertwined. Great until the end, when it's insinuated that the girl should have chosen Boy 1, because then he wouldn't have strangled her when she told him she was choosing Boy 2. Absolutely disgusting. Would have gotten a 4. 2/5
31. Boy, Snow, Bird, Helen Oyeyemi (audio) 9-7 book club
Great until the end, when most of the family goes to live with the abusive dad. The nouns in the title are really just proper names, which goes with the theme of nothing being as it seems. 4/5
32. Slade House, David Mitchell (audio) 9-18, for book club
33. Cinder, Marissa Meyer (audio) 9-20
After hating the endings of three books in a row, this was a fun series to explore. It has some of the simplicities of fantastical YA series, especially romance, but it's fun and easy to be engrossed. I tried to start this book a couple years ago when I discovered that Cinderella is my Disney princess, but it was a physical print book, which takes effort, and I learned that it was part of an unfinished series, which is never fun. 5/5
34. Scarlet, Marissa Meyer (audio) 9-21
The advantage of waiting until the series is over: immediately starting the next book when the previous leaves the story unfinished. I was worried that we wouldn't get much of Cinder in Scarlet's story, but I needn't have worried. The stories alternate well. I'm impressed that the author got me to care about new characters so seemlessly. 5/5
35. Cress, Marissa Meyer (audio) 9-24ish
I love that these books unabashedly embrace the very clear romantic pairs. My favorite part of Meyer's writing is that although the story frequently shifts to other characters, it rarely leaves the storyline in the middle of a cliffhanger. It doesn't diminish my suspence. In fact, I tend to forget the excitement when authors leave in the middle of action. 4/5
36. Winter, Marissa Meyer (audio) 9-26
This seems the weakest of the quartet. It's like a totally different story. It's not out of character that the evil queen has a kingdom of restless, oppressed people, but it's a little bit of a cop-out. It's much easier to overthrow the government if it just happens to be killing its people. I appreciate that Cinder is aware of and not crippled by the realities of war. Overall, I love these fairy tales, and that it's full of characters who are strong AND feminine.
37. Stars Above, Marissa Meyer (audio) 9-29
While it's interesting to get these back-stories, there's nothing new. I could have imagined most of these from alusions in the original series. It actually got a little boring, and I was just waiting for the last one to tell me where the main characters are in the future. The wedding story is cute. I only question the speed with which Cinder has accomplished her government goals. 3/5
38. Me Before You, Jojo Moyes (audio) 10-1
Lovely and heartbreaking. I'm a sucker for death stories. 5/5
39. Fairest: Levana's Store, Marissa Meyer (audio) 10-2
Again, a little bit of a cop-out. It's supposed to make the villain more sympathetic, but it just further proves that she is completely incapable of empathy. The author admits it was written for the fans, which explains why it seems like fanfiction. 3/5
40. City of Heavenly Fire, Cassandra Clare (audio) 10-11
I think I need to be done reading about Shadowhunters. Clare is incapable of ending a story. (This is Book 6 of a trilogy, so that's nothing new.) After hearing some unfavorable comments about how the author treated others as a leader in the Harry Potter fanfiction community, I'm ready to give up this story. I generally like the stories, but they go on too long and very clearly try to entice the reader into the sister books. 3/5
41. Reckless, Cornelia Funke (audio) 10-28
I've enjoyed Funke's Inkheart series and others, and I intend to read more. I wish I were fluent enough to read the original German. I was expecting another children's series, but was pleasantly surprised by the older reading level in these Mirrorworld books. Jacob Reckless is a noble hero with the usual flaws. I don't really care about his bother, but I like that Jacob does. 5/5
42. Fearless, Cornelia Funke (audio) 10-30
Noooo! I thought there were only two books, so I didn't even know to place the third, which is not available, on hold. Again, this was a fun adventure in a storybook world. 5/5
43. Golden Yarn, Cornelia Funke (audio) 11-5
How do I keep being surprised? Of course the series isn't done yet. I love this book- the way it keeps me on edge, uncertain of a happy ending, what a happy ending would even be. I am surprised that anyone would have sex after being forced to promise away a first-born child, but perhaps that speaks to my naivete. I'm excited to see a Baba Yaga. I had never heard of them until the Reunion game this year when we played "Baba Yaga," "Great Gate of Kiev" with the OSUMB. Now I need to go research more on whether/when there's a fourth book. 5/5
44. After You, Jojo Moyes (audio) 11-6
Nice look at grief after time has passed. 5/5
45. Turbo Twenty-Three, Janet Evanovich (audio) 11-21
Always fun to spend time with Stephanie. This one was a little less formulaic than usual, so it was a nice change of pace. 4/5
46. Stiff, Mary Roach (audio)

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
9:58 pm
Fog Line

I got pulled over for the first time today. I didn't understand what was happening at first, just assuming that the officer put on her light to pass everyone. Apparently I was driving on the fog line, which I now realize is a common tendency for me. When I get into the left lane, I go far left. As I could have predicted, I get nervous and lose the ability to think in front of cops. She asked if I was nervous, and without thinking, I emphatically replied, "Yes!" Later, it occurred to me that she might have thought I was on drugs, since I struggled to form sentences and was visibly shaking. Perhaps she pulled me over because I had Tennessee plates. It was strange to explain that I live nearby, but the car is a rental that I was driving to Cincinnati for work to visit a supplier. Maybe she took pity on me because I was scared from being pulled over. I didn't get a ticket, but I'm much more aware of my lane location now. I also know what the yellow line is called.

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
11:31 pm
Oh, Shenendoah
I recently rediscovered my love for the song "Shenendoah." I always appreciated it as a beautiful song, particularly the Frank Ticheli arrangement that you can hear for free at http://www.manhattanbeachmusic.com/html/mp3.html
At this point in my life, I can better feel the lyrics. After having lived away from my home for the sum total of more than 6 years, I more closely feel the pain that would be present at never even having seen Ohio for "seven long years." I'm beginning to understand what my band director Eric Aho meant when he said that we were too young to fully understand how to express passion in music for lack of years.
I've been listening to various recordings, and I find it interesting that the European singers have all sung a version focusing on love for a woman.
I alternatively identify with the version of this folk song that is about longing for the place that made me.
Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
10:31 pm
I miss Livejournal
I did a search of my username today and rediscovered Livejournal. It really is a much better discussion place than most. Facebook requires brevity, and Twitter requires even more. I guess Blogspot is (was?) popular, but I never got into it.
Perhaps I'll started blogging my ramblings again. It was fun to read about the time I interviewed for my current job four years ago.
I already found a drafted list that was waiting to be posted.
10:26 pm
The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.

2) Italicize those you intend to read.

3) Underline the books you LOVE.

4) Reprint this list so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling

5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

6. The Bible (a large portion, anyway, but probably not their publication)

7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (Okay, I may have read Cliff's notes for the odd chapter

8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott

12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

14. Complete Works of Shakespeare

15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks

18. Catcher in the Rye - JD

19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell

22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens

24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis

34. Emma - Jane Austen

35. Persuasion - Jane Austen

36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis

37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres

39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne

41. Animal Farm - George Orwell

42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy

48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding

50. Atonement - Ian McEwan

52. Dune - Frank Herbert

53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth

56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon

60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov (mostly)

63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt

64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold

65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac

67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy

68. Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding

69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie

70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville

71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

72. Dracula - Bram Stoker

73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson

75. Ulysses - James Joyce

76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome

78. Germinal - Emile Zola

79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

80. Possession - AS Byatt

81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker

84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

87. Charlotte's Web - EB White

88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom

89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

94. Watership Down - Richard Adams

95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute

97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare (why is this listed twice?)

99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
Saturday, July 31st, 2010
10:38 pm
Carbohydrates are good.
Happy Birthday, Carbo!

In honor of turning 1, she got and extended time on the balcony. She even got to keep a twig toy. She also received a full serving of just kitten food since she hates the cat food that I typically mix with it.
Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
8:17 pm
I miss you.
Happy birthday, lost friend.
Thursday, December 31st, 2009
9:58 pm
One year after the end of college
For the better part of 2009, this book list was my greatest accomplishment. It's only fitting that my final effort of the year (of any sort) was exerted to finish reading the last one. It might have been more impressive if I hadn't gotten a job. 50 of the 54 books were read in 7 months.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 Confessions of Fitzwilliam Darcy - Mary Street
3 Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife - Linda Berdoll
4 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
5 Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason - Helen Fielding
6 Prince Caspian - C.S. Lewis
7 The Happy Prince - Oscar Wilde
8 The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - C.S. Lewis
9 Emma - Jane Austen
10 Forever Princess - Meg Cabot
11 Alanna: the First Adventure - Tamora Pierce
12 In the Hand of the Goddess - Tamora Pierce
13 The Woman Who Rides Like a Man - Tamora Pierce
14 Lioness Rampant - Tamora Pierce
15 Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer
16 Midnight Sun/Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
17 Wild Magic - Tamora Pierce
18 Crown Duel - Sherwood Smith
19 Such a Pretty Girl - Laura Weiss
20 Court Duel - Sherwood Smith
21 Sloppy Firsts - Megan McCafferty
22 Marked - P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
23 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Jane Austen and Seth Graham-Smith
24 Second Helpings - Megan McCafferty
25 Terrier - Tamora Pierce
26 Betrayed - P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
27 Charmed Thirds - Megan McCafferty
28 The Declaration - Gemma Malley
29 Fourth Comings - Megan McCafferty
30 Perfect Fifths - Megan McCafferty
31 Chosen - P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
32 Bloodhound - Tamora Pierce
33 Untamed - P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
34 A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages - Kristen Chenoweth with Joni Rodgers
35 Hunted - P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
36 Devilish - Maureen Johnson
37 Fact of Life #31 - Denise Vega
38 Vacations from Hell - Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Claudia Gray, Maureen Johnson, Sarah Mlynowski
39 City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
40 Wicked Lovely - Melissa Marr
41 Fearless Fourteen - Janet Evanovich
42 The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
43 Cindy's Prince - Christine Bush
44 Ink Exchange - Melissa Marr
45 Fragile Eternity - Melissa Marr
46 Feather's Last Dance - Ginger Hanson
47 City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare
48 City of Glass - Cassandra Clare
49 Tormented Hearts - Loreen Augeri
50 The Bermudez Triangle - Maureen Johnson
51 13 Little Blue Envelopes - Maureen Johnson
52 Tempted - P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
53 Going Bovine - Libba Bray
54 The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

I graded papers of elementary children for a month in May. I learned how to make a pizza in October, and have been doing that ever since.

That pretty accurately summarizes my year.
Monday, October 19th, 2009
5:30 pm
Last Day of Lazing
I went bowling today. The scores alone demonstrate that it had been a while since I last bowled. 126, 168, 195. The first one is easily explained by needing a warm-up, adjust to the lanes period. The 195 was really frustrating because I had three open frames. It could have easily been a high game for me (212) if I hadn't made stupid mistakes. And if I could manage to pick up the 10-pin.
In addition, there's the pain. My left gluteal and right finger muscles are very sore. That's going to be very annoying tomorrow during my first day of work.
Thursday, October 1st, 2009
2:21 am
It's cold!
Cold weather really came on suddenly. It was staying in the pleasantly cool at night range, and then suddenly turned to must-have-heater-on all the time. I'm getting cold cramps. That's where my muscles clench in a vain effort to make the pain of cold go away. Ultimately, it just leads to sore muscles. I hate being cold! Make it go away! This is late October weather. I need my month of early fall. I also forgot how heavy blankets are when there are three of them piled on top of you.
Sunday, September 27th, 2009
7:06 am
slightly bored
(I know- bored people are boring. I accept that.)

I don't know why I think that sites I checked at midnight will have been updated when I check again at 7 am.

It's going to be really painful, but I'm going to try to disrupt my sleep schedule enough today (and yesterday) to get out of my seemingly inescapable loop of not sleeping until way too late.

I just finished my 50th book of 2009. That was the goal for the year. Maybe for now, I'll just finish my lists of things to read and shift focus. I'll have a weekly job application goal. Maybe high numbers, not meeting job criteria, are the way to go.
Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
12:39 am
Success! No cricket can evade the dead-body-check.
Monday, August 17th, 2009
10:23 pm
Road trip with Susan! sort of
Hopefully there will be giraffe biscuits involved.
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
10:15 am
I've been playing on www.20q.net

They have one game where it guesses famous people. I played as myself and it came up with: Betsy Ross, Susan B. Anthony, Helen Keller, Harriet Tubman, Lizzy Borden. I find these interesting because "Are you still alive?" would eliminate all of them.
Next round: Blake Lewis, Adam Siska, Andy Mrotek, Bruce Merkle, John Green, Anthony Padilla. Again, one unasked question would have eliminated all.

My cat Zeke is: Rex, Kody, Murphy, Tubby, Puck, Dobby, Freddy.

Susan, you are: Lyndsey, Heather, Emma, Claudia, Rich, Jessi.
Sunday, May 24th, 2009
8:00 pm
I definitely smelled something funny when I went outside. I think it was pot, but my mother just smelled "something burning." I tried to sniff out the source, but the smell dissipated too quickly.

I drank gallons and gallons of Gatorade and water in my dream last night but was never able to quench my thirst. Then I woke up rather thirsty. I hate it when my body makes my dream self try to take care of me. I suppose needing to consume liquid in my dream is better than needing to expunge liquid in my dream.
Thursday, May 21st, 2009
8:14 pm
I'm watching Oliver & Company. I'm not sure that I've even seen it since it came out in 1988. But I've had affection for it because I have a stuffed Oliver. And McDonald's toys. I didn't realize how cheesy this would be. They definitely made it WAY too modern. It's so late 80s.
Friday, May 15th, 2009
6:22 pm
That's What She Said
In my current job, we have a female boss who sometimes has to clarify matters. Here is a direct quote from my team leader as he described her ruling:

"It just depends how they put it in. That's what she said."

I might have found this statement more amusing than others around me.
Monday, May 11th, 2009
10:47 pm
I watched Bolt tonight

I had a choice between Bolt and Seven Pounds. I didn't feel like crying, so I went with Bolt. Yeah...that lasted exactly 23 minutes.

They spend more than a half hour in Ohio, which is cool, and they try to hop one of my Dad's trains. However, I have heard of animal control, but I have never seen a real-life dog-catcher. I have only seen them in Disney cartoons. And although I am finally willing to admit that there are people with accents in Ohio, I have never heard one like the lady working at the pound. I suppose that was some random Hollywood actress doing her general Midwestern accent.

It's very cute and I don't know why I didn't go see it when it came out. Why do I ever doubt that I will love a Disney film? I waited a month to see Enchanted, almost didn't see Wall-E, saw The Incredibles on DVD. I really need to just trust the history see Disney in the theater since I have never not loved one of their movies. I wish that I had seen Nemo when it came out, because now I've seen it in pieces among various TV showings and have never fully appreciated it in a single sitting. And now I'm prejudiced against it after that terrible musical rendition at Animal Kingdom.

The alley cat's story is sad because it reminds me of all the homeless cats who get left on campus when their People move and don't take their kitties with them.

Zeke even came looking for me and sat on my lap for a while during the movie. Clearly it is an animal-friendly film.
Sunday, April 26th, 2009
3:45 pm
Sucks to be Scarlet
The Spring Game was yesterday.
Dad and I went to the lacrosse game beforehand in order to get good seats and to help break the regular season attendance record. We started with a 3-0 lead on the Irish, but lost pretty badly in the second half.
Then the football team came out and put on a good show. Yet again, my beloved Gray team won, which brings me to 4-1 for games that I have attended and cheered for Gray. I especially liked Aaron Petrey's (intentional?) on-side kick and recovery. 2 TDs in 30 seconds is pretty awesome.
And I again contributed to a national attendance record with over 95,000 others. I was rather impressed by the turn-out (although the little girl next to me was annoying and I had to keep taking my leg off the ledge in front of me because I was being a bad influence on her). The stadium looked full, despite being 10,000 shy of usual capacity. I didn't think fans would come after being so unenthusiastic last year. I guess the near win against Texas enlivened spirits. The $5 tickets and free parking probably helped too.
I was also impressed that the Athletic Band essentially performed four different field shows. And I was glad to not be a part of it. Marching band's fun, but I'm getting too old for all that.
The final score was 23-3. 23 being my favorite number, I couldn't even be upset that Gray had to settle for a field goal on the final scoring drive.

Dad and I ate at the PAD afterward. I really love their pizza, so it was nice to have it again. Once more, fans surprised me by not coming in. No one else from the game seemed to go there to eat, so I can only assume that most fans don't know it exists. Or they underestimate it because student dining really gets a bad rep.

We also went to a senior recital for a friend of mine. I love hearing good trumpet players. I can practice and play technically challenging pieces, but I can never achieve that beautiful tone quality.

Doing so much in one day just makes it harder on days like today, when the only thing I do is finish reading a book (Sloppy Firsts, #21 for the year). Then again, maybe I can still blame yesterday for that since I woke up at 5:30 with a pounding dehydration headache. Five hours of sun, salty nachos, pretzels and pizza can do that to a person. Job starts in 9 days.
Sunday, April 12th, 2009
11:37 pm
I changed my mind. I don't actually want to put my name on a list that could cause more (any) people to view this journal. I don't create for an audience. I blather for myself.
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