Thursday, September 30, 2004

Things I Inherited Or Learned From My Dad

  • My nose
  • My sense of humor
  • Our eyes crinkle when we laugh
  • We turn bright red when we laugh
  • The ability to fall asleep just about anywhere
  • The ability to not get grossed out by graphic images...bring it on!
  • How to change a tire
  • How to stop a VW Bug from dying when it idles
  • How to jump start a car
  • How not to burn bridges, as much as you sometimes would like to

Movies I've Seen in 2005

This is both rentals and movies seen in the theater, first viewing only.

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (January 5)
Closer (January 11)
My Life Without Me (January 12)
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (January 13)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (January 18)
50 First Dates (January 30)
Million Dollar Baby (February 2)
The Village (March 3)
Napoleon Dynamite (March 5)
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (March 16)
Waiting for Guffman (April 19)
Friday Night Lights (April 20)
Collateral (April 26)
Maria Full of Grace (April 27)
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (May 26)
Cherish (June 26)
The Business of Strangers (July 1)
War of the Worlds (July 1)
The Aviator (July 5)
Bewitched (July 6)
Rize (July 14)
March of the Penguins (August 7)
Hustle & Flow (August 9)
Safe (August 24)
Some Kind of Monster (August 30)
Grey Gardens (September 13)
Bubba Ho-Tep (October 8)
Crash (October 18)
Annie Hall (October 30)
Me, You and Everyone We Know (November 9)
Crumb (November 13)
Fever Pitch (November 24)
The Machinist (November 24)
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (December 21)
King Kong (December 22)
Syriana (December 28)

Books I've Read in 2005

My resolution was to read 40 books. Will I even scratch the surface?

40 1/2: Eats, Shoots and Leaves, by Lynne Truss (it gets the half designation because I started it in 2004)
40 Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd
39 Samaritan, by Richard Price
38 His Brother's Keeper: A Story from the Edge of Medicine, by Jonathan Weiner
37 Wilco: Learning How to Die, by Greg Kot
36 Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities, by Alexandra Robbins
35 Kitchen Confidential: Tales from the Culinary Underbelly, by Anthony Bourdain
34 The Killer Inside Me, by Jim Thompson
33 Dry, by Augusten Burroughs
32 Devil in the Details, by Jennifer Traig
31 Candyfreak, by Steve Almond
30 The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry, by Legs McNeil & Jennifer Osborne
29 So You Wanna be a Rock and Roll Star: How I Machine-Gunned a Roomful of Record Executives and Other True Tales from a Drummer's Life by Jacob Slichter
28 The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
27 The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003
26 Lies: And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right by Al Franken
25 Truth & Beauty, by Ann Patchett
24 I'm Not the New Me, by Wendy McClure
23 The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters, by Elisabeth Robinson
22 The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green, by Joshua Braff
21 The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band, by Motley Crue
20 A Changed Man, by Francine Prose
19 Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, By Chuck Klosterman
18 America the Book: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction, by Jon Stewart
17 Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
16 Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble and Coming of Age in the Bronx, by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
15 Winesburg, Ohio, by Sherwood Anderson
14 Goodnight Nobody, by Jennifer Weiner
13 The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists, by Neil Strauss
12 Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media, by Seth Mnookin

The Hands Project

The story is here.

Dave

Carl

Grandma Lee



The Mr.



Kent and Keira


Brennan


Kimberly

Monday, September 27, 2004

Movies Seen in 2006

The End of the Century, January 1
Road House, January 12
Slasher, January 17
13 Going On 30, January 19

100 Things About Me

1) I have brown hair, which I have finally made peace with, after years of wishing it were blonde.
2) My hair was once accidentally dyed blonde by an inept stylist, which was at least good for one thing: making me realize I was just not meant to be blonde.
3) Sometimes I sound exactly like my mother, and it freaks me out.
4) I am the oldest in my entire family, including step-siblings and cousins.
5) I love snow.
6) I hold grudges forever about very specific things (for example, anyone who has ever said they were coming to a party of mine and didn't is forever on my shit list), and can be forgiving of most other things.
7) I like to be alone so much that sometimes it scares me.
8) Depressing things are attractive to me.
9) Stories about the suffering of animals often upset me more than stories about the suffering of humans.
10) I am not good at giving advice. I will lend an ear, but when it comes to solutions, I feel as though I always say exactly the wrong thing. I try, though.
11) Were I to quit my job tomorrow, being a bartender has always seemed fun.
12) Sometimes I have crossed the street just to avoid walking by a stranger because I didn't want to be bothered with saying, "Hello."
13) I hate the phone so much, you have no idea.
14) I was born with hearing loss and wear hearing aids.
15) My hearing loss has been a constant source of frustration for me, and while I will talk to you about it, I don't appreciate jokes. Most of the time, I want to forget about it and blend in with the rest of the population. I need to lighten up, I know.
16) My Myers-Briggs type is ISTJ.
17) I hate clips shows.
18) I graduated college in 4 years, thanks in part to a) a threat from my parents that they would only pay for 4 years and b) not being able to hear well gave me priority registration.
19) I wish I had moved to New York when I was younger and had less sense.
20) We have a red and white pembroke welsh corgi, and I would like more.
21) If I were to have plastic surgery, I would change my nose. But I could never do it. It's my dad's nose and I'm proud of that.
22) I have my routine and breaking away from it makes me break out in a cold sweat.
23) I'll do anything to avoid asking for help, even if it kills me.
24) I am a married woman.
25) I wish I had inherited my dad's ability to make friends and have a meaningful conversation with anyone, anywhere at anytime.
26) I wish I had inherited my mom's gift for giving the most sane advice you have ever heard. Like, you are crazy if you don't take her advice, because it's so good.
27) I want to learn to play the guitar.
28) Of all the talents I never had, singing is what I miss the most.
29) When it comes to eating, I have no off switch.
30) Inside my head, I can be very bitchy and quick to assume.
31) I often make snap judgments of people and am rarely wrong. But I'll admit it when I'm wrong about someone.
32) Little things make me feel like an adult. Like today, our wine rack became full. We're wine snobs now, with a full rack! Adults!
33) I have no patience for people who take forever to get to the point.
34) The San Jose Sharks are my favorite hockey team.
35) TMI: I have IBS.
36) My parents divorced when I was 5. We had just moved to a new house, and not long after that, dad asked if I wanted to see his new apartment. I said, "But we just got this house."
37) My favorite food would have to be pizza.
38) When it comes to celebrity gossip, I have a knowledge that would make most people believe I do nothing but sit in my pajamas all day reading Us Weekly and People.
39) Some things that make me misty-eyed: a good song, happy news, a good photograph, a sappy commercial, sometimes Oprah when I'm PMSing.
40) We own a house built in 1900.
41) Sometimes I'll be laying in bed, just about to drift off to sleep, when I suddenly wake up and feel the urgent need to add something to my to do list.
42) On the road, I am convinced that I'm the best driver out there and everyone else is an idiot.
43) I have never gotten a ticket for a moving violation, and have only been pulled over twice for fix-it issues.
44) My drink of choice at a bar is usually cider.
45) The smell of beer makes me want to barf. Don't tell me I have to "try this one beer, that doesn't even taste like beer." Because it still has that beer smell, and I will yak.
46) I am convinced that if I had applied myself in high school and didn't spend so much time cutting class that I could have gotten into a great college.
47) My vision is 20/15.
48) I have never broken anything, and once had a slight sprain in my finger from falling down the stairs.
49) I haven't had an illness in which I vomited in 13 years.
50) I've called in sick to work once in 6 years.
51) I stayed in a mental hospital for a month in 1989 and was treated for depression.
52) I still have depression, and prefer to deal with it on my own.
53) I was born in Chicago, and lived in the same neighborhood as John Wayne Gacy.
54) I used to accompany my friend Arwen on her dating service dates, icognito. Man, those were some losers that company was setting her up with!
55) Careers I have considered in my lifetime: forensic scientist, pianist, novelist, veterinarian, astronaut, supermodel (go ahead, laugh), ballerina, trophy wife, computer something or other.
56) Sometimes I act tougher than I really am.
57) In my next house, I want a balcony off the master bedroom.
58) I swing wildly between incredibly anal and incredibly lazy.
59) The sound of screaming or crying babies drives me nuts.
60) I love being surrounded by books.
61) If allowed to, I would be in my pajamas forever and ever. I've gone out in public in pajama bottoms.
62) I don't like short stories, for the most part.
63) I enjoy nonfiction more than fiction these days.
64) Shows like Crossfire and Hardball give me a tension headache.
65) My all-time favorite TV shows are Cupid (with Jeremy Piven) and Freaks & Geeks.
66) I can be ornery and impatient, a trait I inherited from my grandfather.
67) My shoe size is usually 9, but I have gone as small as 8 and as big as 10.
68) To feel totally normal, I like to get at least 8 hours of sleep.
69) I've never worn a watch regularly.
70) I could eat at Chipotle every day.
71) I love to take pictures and squeal when I capture a great moment.
72) One of my favorite albums is "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" by Neutral Milk Hotel. There is something so moving and sad about it.
73) My most favorite chunk of years would be the ones in college.
74) I used to see a psychologist who would fall asleep during our sessions.
75) I have been dieting since I was 8.
76) There are many things about me I wouldn't share here!
77) My favorite candy is Jujyfruits.
78) One of my favorite movies is "Ghost World."
79) I can do the Running Man quite well.
80) I can't do the Roger Rabbit to save my life. Why, why?!
81) McSweeney's makes me laugh so hard.
82) Once, my car was broken into because I left a gym bag from the year 1971 on the front seat. The contents were: a lock, a stick of deodorant and a walkman with a tape in it. Total cost of repair: $100.
83) I once won $80 on the nickel slots in Reno.
84) Despite what Mr. Nabbalicious thinks, I am a terrific blackjack player.
85) If you give me unsolicited advice, I will have to kick you hard.
86) I like going to the movies alone, but don't do it all that often anymore.
87) The first movie I ever saw alone was "Dead Man Walking." It was not a good choice and I was despondent when I left the theater.
88) I love to Google people I knew from way back when just to see what they're up to, but have no intention of contacting 99% of them.
89) I once had a hamster named Minnie. When she died, I got another hamster and named her Minnie.
90) Dogs I have owned: Shawny, a yellow lab; Rocky, a border collie; Buffy, a West Highland white terrier; Buns, a West Highland white terrier; Tawny, a golden retriever; B.J., a black lab; Nabby, the aforementioned pembroke Welsh corgi.
91) I pluck my gray hairs right out.
92) The older I get, the less afraid I am to stand up for myself. But sometimes I still get scared.
93) I tend to go full bore with things, and then burn out.
94) Astronomy fascinates me.
95) I am left-handed for writing and eating.
96) I am right-handed for everything else.
97) Math makes my head hurt.
98) I have no tattoos, and only pierced ears, but rarely wear earrings.
99) I used to know (and maybe kind of still do) know all the dialogue from "Singles" and could recite it on demand.
100) Despite the warnings not to use them, I love Q-Tips. They feel so nice.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Books Read in 2006

The goal is 40, once again.

40 Julie and Julia, by Julie Powell

Thoughts

1) Windows Media Player is calling me a thief, I think. Before when I copied CDs, it would say "copy music." Hey, it's just copying. Like sticking something in the photocopier and making copies. Copy, copy, copy. Harmless! Fun! But today when I went to copy a couple CDs, I looked for that nice little "copy" word and it's gone. In its place...rip. And when you put the CD in and click "rip music," it reminds you that you're ripping people off with a stern "ripping music now." And when it's done, "ripped to library." It's like the media player is telling me it's doing it, but it's not happy about it and doesn't want to have any part of it when I get busted. It will deny ever having met me, in fact.

2) The best day and time to visit Target is Sundays before noon. Most people are still in church, so you can get parking at the front. There are still baskets when you get inside. The aisles are clear and the sale items are still available. I might be compromising my position in heaven by favoring Target over church, but at least I get the good stuff while it's still there, right? Anyway, some people might say it's doubtful that I'm headed to heaven as it is!

Oodles of Fun

This is the most fun game ever. Also, a little scary.

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Things I Love

Added to when I feel like it.

  • Books, books, books. Going to the library is indeed more frugal (damn frugality), and libraries are the best deal in the world, but it makes me sad that my quest to have an entire library in my home has been put on hold. Being surrounded by reading material is comfort food for the mind.
  • Our WALL OF ROCK, which looks even more so now that there's a fourth row. There are plans for a fifth. I mean, have I mentioned how excited I am that it's all even? Record albums are so utilitarian...good music and art all in one package.
  • Grande Americanos. The perfect elixir after a rough night.
  • Snow, but not snow sports, unless sledding counts as a snow sport. It's purely about aesthetics.
  • Dr Pepper lip gloss.
  • Wow, I got this far without mentioning hockey? There might be a lockout, but I haven't forgotten about it. Come back, fools.
  • Well, Nabby, duh!
  • And Rufus
  • Having the entire movie theater to ourselves, so we can spread out and comment freely.
  • Oatmeal for breakfast.
  • Pizza, especially deep dish.
  • Online banking, the best invention ever.
  • Hitting all the green lights on the way home.
  • Not getting stuck behind slow drivers on the way home.
  • A breezy room on a hot day.
  • Getting an oil change. Is it just me, or does my car seem happier after having done so?
  • Sometimes, absolute silence.
  • Cake and frosting
  • Fries with ranch
  • Pear cider
  • Advice columns
  • Discovering you're having the exact same weird thought as someone else
  • Aaron Brown

Things That Bug Me

Added to when I feel like it.

  • Tuning in to a movie I haven't seen before when it's smack in the middle, when it's a movie I want to see someday. I need the full experience, and knowing the last half before viewing the first half ruins everything.
  • When, at the gym, people feel the need to shout across the room at each other and have entire conversations this way. Rudeness.
  • When you pull up to a 4-way stop, and someone gets there the same time as you do and they have the right of way, yet they insist on letting you go, and it makes you go, "Really? But it's your turn. No, no, no. You go. I insist." And they're all, "No, you go. Please." Hands are flailing everywhere, and you're doubting and it's this whole big back and forth and finally you say, "OK, I shall go, then. You are so kind." And then they start to roll forward too, because you both managed to convince each other at the exact same moment that you are going to go first. Then you both brake, and the whole thing starts over again. "No, you go. Really." "No, you are not fooling me again." "I insist." Ad nauseum ad infinitum. The whole thing could just be avoided if people would stick to the right of way rules, right? I have found that pretending to play with the radio remedies this entire situation.
  • People who talk as though they do have the entire theater to themselves. There was a time, way back when, when you could turn around and ask them to keep it down, and they would listen. Nobody listens anymore. Now they just get extra loud. But ask Mr. Nabbalicious about the time he stood up and let out a string of four-letter words to the punks sitting behind us. The best part is, they listened.
  • It really bugged me tonight, during my Gilmore Girls marathon, when I popped in the last DVD in the set and was already feeling sad that I was nearing the end, and the menu came up. There was only ONE episode on the entire DVD! I was crushed, because the end was coming much sooner than I had planned.
  • Out of season weather.
  • Holidays when there is no mail delivery, especially when the holiday is on a Sunday and just to stick it to you, they don't deliver mail on Monday.
  • People who can't figure out how to pay with a debit card at the store. Come on. How long has this stuff been around now?

Another Day, Another Hurricane


OK. Wow. These hurricanes are getting SO OLD. The first one of the season is always kind of exciting, especially if you're like me and have never actually seen one (I escaped to Vegas during Isabel last year). But people like you and me need a wake-up call about how destructive they can be. Then when we actually do see a pretty bad one (or in my case, the results of one), we think, "Whoa. Won't be needing any more of those. They are definitely not as fun as earthquakes." Yet they keep coming and coming and coming. It's almost getting boring, isn't it? That is, unless you're in Florida. Posted by Hello

Friday, September 24, 2004

Jealous

Mr. Nabbalicious called last night to tell me that he and the friend he's staying with went to Atlantic City last night. No fair! There were no Donald Trump sightings, but they did see Taj Majal. There also were no millions won. Damn! They also went to some new hotel and went to a buffet, where they had gelato. Ahhhh.

Hallo-wheeee!-n


Uh-huh. It's still only September. That's not stopping Target from putting up their Halloween goodness more than a month before the holiday. Today I got some mellowcreme pumpkins, but could only eat about 15 before convulsing.  Posted by Hello

Sadness


Looks like no one's going to be seeing this for awhile! The NHL's popularity is on shaky ground as it is...a lockout isn't going to help anyone. C'mon NHLPA, sign an agreement and let's get the show on the road! Posted by Hello

And the Banned Played On

I lifted this from Arwen (Tom Tom Club). These are the 100 Banned Books of 1990-2000. Bold the ones you've read, italicize the ones you read for school or checked out of the school library.


Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz

Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling (just the first 3)

Forever by Judy Blume (yeah, mom, I read it when you weren't looking! :))

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman

My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Giver by Lois Lowry

It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris

Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine

A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Sex by Madonna

Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard

The Witches by Roald Dahl

The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein

Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry

The Goats by Brock Cole Kaffir

Boy by Mark Mathabane

Blubber by Judy Blume

Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan

Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam

We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier

Final Exit by Derek Humphry

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Pigman by Paul Zindel

Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard

Deenie by Judy Blume

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden

The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar

Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein (I'm sorry; why is this banned, exactly??)

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)

Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole

Cujo by Stephen King

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell

Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy

Ordinary People by Judith Guest

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras

Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

Crazy Lady by Jane Conly

Athletic Shorts by Chris

Crutcher Fade by Robert Cormier

Guess What? by Mem Fox

The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende (yaaaawn)

The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Native Son by Richard Wright

Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday

Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen

Jack by A.M. Homes

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya

Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle

Carrie by Stephen King

Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume

On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer

Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge

Family Secrets by Norma Klein

Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole

The Dead Zone by Stephen King

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Always Running by Luis Rodriguez

Private Parts by Howard Stern

Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford (whaaa?)

Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene

Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Running Loose by Chris Crutcher

Sex Education by Jenny Davis

The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene

Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell (another puzzler. This book is hilarious.)

View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts

The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney

Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

Thursday, September 23, 2004

They Beep When They Back Up


Every Thursday, Michelle and I go to Weight Watchers. Then immediately after, we head to eat a sensible, reasonably sized burrito at Chipotle. Oh, who am I kidding? We stuff ourselves silly, and then we roll to my car. Walking upright out of this place really isn't an option. Every week, there's a line like this and Michelle and I get panic stricken looks on our faces (mostly because we've been starving ourselves for weigh-in and we're near death at this point). Posted by Hello

The $2,200 Snack


Nabby decided to have a little feast on my hearing aids a couple weeks ago, and this is what they look like now. I'd say they're pretty much unusable. This comes out of your snack budget, Nabby! I've been fitted for new ones and they'll be here in a couple weeks. Until then, speak up! Posted by Hello

Books I Can Recall Having Read in My Lifetime

Alphabetical by title

Wednesday, September 22, 2004


Testing testing Posted by Hello

Hello, World!

Mr. Nabbalicious and I decided to start this blog as a way for you, dear family and trusted friends, to keep up with us. We have a digital camera, a photogenic dog and we even have lives on occasion, so we're set! Hey, maybe it will even get us off our butts more, just to scare up some fodder.

We'll post random thoughts, pictures, stories, whatever. I hope we'll do it at least a few times a week, sometimes if we're really bored it might even be daily. Be sure to check back frequently!

That being said, I don't really have anything interesting to say except that we went to Home Depot and got a chandelier for our dining room. It's very pretty. If this is the first and last post, it probably means I got electrocuted while installing it (just kidding, dad! I know to turn the main power OFF.).

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Movies I Recall Seeing in 2004

  • Fahrenheit 9/11
  • Garden State
  • Open Water
  • The Bourne Supremacy
  • NASCAR: The Imax Experience
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Saved!
  • Control Room
  • Fog of War
  • Mean Girls
  • Outfoxed
  • Love Actually
  • Sideways

(Wow, there has to be more. But it was a bit of a slow year for us.)

Monday, September 20, 2004

Things Hey Harry Has Asked Us or Our Neighbors For

(The background)

(No Hey this time, because he was right in front of the house.) "Gotta cigarette?"
"Nope, sorry!"
"Gotta dime for some cigarettes?"

"Heeeeeeeeey! Got any cakes and pies?" (He asked our neighbors this, and our block is pretty much in total agreement that this is by far his best. request. ever.)

"Heeeeeeeeeey! Got 50 cents?" (this, when we were moving in. It's also his most frequent request)

"Heeeeeeeey! Got any coins?" to which I replied, nope, sorry! Then he asked, "Got any dollars?"

"Heeeeeeeeeeey! You got a cigarette?"

"Heeeeeeeeeey! Got any ice?" (this was after a hurricane when everyone's power had been out for at least a week)

"Heeeeeeey! Got any soda?"

Books I Recall Reading In 2004

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Bands Seen in 2006

Coming Up:
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, March 8

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Bands Seen In 2005

April 22: Ben Lee, Maria Taylor, Har Mar Superstar
April 23: Ben Lee, Maria Taylor, Har Mar Superstar
April 28: The Shins, The Brunettes
May 24: Aimee Mann, Ben Lee
June 1: Ted Leo/Pharmacists, The Oranges Band, Birds of Avalon
June 8: Ryan Adams
June 11: Aimee Mann, Ben Lee
June 15: Modest Mouse, Camper Van Beethoven
June 18: Aimee Mann, Ben Lee
August 3: Rufus Wainwright, Ben Folds, Ben Lee
September 27: The White Stripes, The Shins, M. Ward
September 29: Pixies
October 5: Beck
October 12: Liz Phair, Matt Pond PA
October 25: Son Volt, Fruit Bats
November 17: Andrew Bird, Head of Femur

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Things I Inherited Or Learned From My Mom

  • My appearance. People say we look exactly alike.
  • My phone-answering voice. When I actually do answer the phone.
  • An ability to be congenial, or pretend. Even if we hate your guts, we can at least be pleasant. Grandma does this, too.
  • A love of all things caffeine
  • Brown hair and eyes
  • A love of swearing for comic effect
  • Getting teary eyed at really stupid things
  • When we get lost, we turn down the radio in utter frustration
  • Our teeth are crooked in the same places
  • Don't get mascara in your eyes. It really burns.
  • The perfect nightcap is a bowl of ice cream
  • You can stand up for yourself and not be a complete bitch
  • You can change your life's path in the middle of it, you know
  • ALWAYS get the large diet Coke when you're at the drive-through
  • Peeing by the side of the road is perfectly acceptable in emergencies