Friday, January 06, 2006

Three things...

I think are fabulous.

1) The Condiment Packet Museum

2) Takk, by Sigur Ros

(Click for something beautiful...)

3) Trader Joe's Sesame Spinoza Bagels. It bagels the mind.

That is all.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006


2005 Survey – A little late, but oh well.

1) Was 2005 a good year for you?
Um, maybe not so much.

2) What was your favorite moment of the year?
Quilt Voices closing. Seriously.

3) What was your least favorite moment of the year?
Any moment that involved my department being complete assholes. There were a lot of those. Specially the moment when they pulled my funding. Fuckers.

4) Where were you when 2005 began?
In my old apartment, watching the Twilight Zone.

5) Who were you with?
Just me.

6) Where will you be when 2005 ends?
I was at my new apartment, watching the Twilight Zone.

7) Who will you be with when 2005 ends?
Just me. (Noticing a trend.)

8) Did you keep your new years resolution of 2005?
I don’t make resolutions.

9) Do you have a new years resolution for 2006?
See #8.

10) Did you fall in love in 2005?
No. But I did kiss more people in 2005 than any other year (Heather, Megan, Jen, and Jamie. And two of those were while playing Truth or Dare. :oP)

11) If yes, with who?
See #10.

12) If yes, do they know?
How would they know if I don’t even know?

14) You regret it?
Erm. No.

15) Did you breakup with anyone in 2005?
Well, usually you have to be with somebody to break up with them.

16) Did you make any new friends in 2005?
Yes. Heather moved from being an acquaintance to being one of my bestest friends. And Becky too.

17) Who are your favorite new friends?
Heather, Sean, Jon, Becky, Megan, Jamie. And, even though I’ve never met them, Angela and Stella, because they make Sarah so happy.

18) What was your favorite month of 2005?
I don’t know. Shit happened in all of them. I can’t find a negative event-less month. Though maybe February, because of the Savannah trip.

19) Did you travel outside of the US in 2005?
Only in my imagination.

20) How many different states did you travel to in 2005?
5 - Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Georgia, New Jersey

21) Did you lose anybody close to you in 2005?
My grandfather died, but I didn’t consider us close.

22) Did you miss anybody in the past year?
My Sarah!! And Evie.

23) What was your favorite movie that you saw in 2005?
Harry f*ing Potter!!! Narnia was good too, for being Disney. And Jarhead really made me think.

24) What was your favorite song from 2005?
Oh Christ. Um…Lately, by David Gray (which I think would be my theme song for 2005)…My Mother Was A Chinese Trapeze Artist, by The Decemberists…Ain’t No Easy Way, by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club…Galang, by M.I.A.

25) What was your favorite record from 2005?

If I had to pick one, “Life In Slow Motion” by David Gray (you can all look surprised now.) Others include “Picaresque” by The Decemberists, Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress, “Make Believe” by Weezer, “Back to Bedlam” by James Blunt (though technically I bought it in 2006), and “Howl” by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

26) How many concerts did you see in 2005?
Three, a new record. David Gray times two, and The Decemberists.

27) Did you have a favorite concert in 2005?
They were all my favorites. The August David Gray show was the best for crowd energy (compared to the other times I’ve seen him), the October David Gray show was the best musically (again, compared to his other shows – and that moment at the end when he took out his ear-thingies to listen to the crowd sing Babylon at him made me want to cry). And the Decemberists were the best for being completely goofy and fabulous and for being one of the most FUN shows I’ve ever been to (specially the screaming like you’re being swallowed by a whale part).

28) Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2005?
Yes, compared to other years, I did drink more. Though my “a lot” is not everyone’s “a lot.”

29) Did you do a lot of drugs in 2005?
Considering I rarely do any drugs to start with, no. Smoking twice (with the continued zero reaction) was it. I’m immune.

30) How many people did you hurt this year?
Hopefully no one, intentionally.

31) Did you do anything you are ashamed of this year?

33) What was the worst lie someone told you in 2005?
I’m good at picking up on that sort of thing. And I don’t think anything major was lied about.

34) Did you treat somebody badly in 2005?
I wanted to.

35) Did somebody treat you badly in 2005?
The usual taking advantage of me by friends and colleagues.

36) How much money did you spend in 2005?
More than usual, but out of necessity. New car, new apartment, new computer. In terms of “luxury” items, I spent too much on music, though I usually consider music a necessity, in the same category as food and toilet paper.

37) What was your proudest moment of 2005?
Realizing that I was the lead on the Ocean View project and that Becky and Beth were relying on me to run the whole thing. Without asking me first, of course, but whatever…

38) What was your most embarrassing moment of 2005?
Don’t know. I go out of my way not to embarrass myself.

39) If you could go back in time to any moment of 2005 and change something, what would it be?
That I would have been more persistent with a few things.

40) What are your plans for 2006?
Get the departmental mess fixed, write a National Register nomination, get a job (and soon!), read more books, continue to teach myself to speak Welsh and play the guitar (though not necessarily at the same time). Practice my Italian and German, and also French, which I think I’m better at than I realize.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Merry Christmas to all...

Whoops, wrong holiday! Judging from the various bangs and occassional boom coming from outside, it's New Year's. I hope all of this noise is happening away from my car. This is a city, you know. Tight quarters round here.

Wheee. (Why don't they have a rolling eyes smiley?) I spent my evening curled up under a quilt, watching the Twilight Zone. In fact, one of my favorite episodes was on at midnight (The Masks, directed by Ida Lupino). And I didn't shake any money this year. While the story goes it's supposed to bring you good monetary karma, it has never worked in the past. I think Dad was making things up when he told me that. Or else Baby New Year owes me about 25 years worth of back pay. Of course, you're also supposed to kiss someone at midnight. Eventually I'll find a nice boy who won't mind catching up on those years without a kiss. Oh wait, that's all of them.

At any rate, Happy New Year to everyone. May it be filled with good times and love and lots of laughing, and a lack of extreme worry, or fear.

May it NOT be filled with the assinine idea that if your 25 minute work-out dvd is good, then the 45 minute work-out dvd will be twice as good. Hobbling around like an old lady because your legs are so sore you think twice about standing up and walking (even when you have to pee) is not sexy.

And on a completely unrelated note, I've switched to Garnier shampoo and damn does it smell good. I like the blindingly lime green bottle, too.

peace, love, and shampoo-y goodness...