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the most important time of day is chocolate

Oh, blessed time-wasters.  The VP debate is making me cringe, so I’m going to focus on fun stuff.

The DADA Server on Smalltime.com is all sorts of fun.  My results are strangely right on target:

Your secret name is pink.
The animal which symbolizes you is brad pitt.
The color of your soul is cold.
The celebrity you most resemble is 12pm.
Your special pain or illness is circle.
Your most important time of day is chocolate.
The shape of your life is Q-yurt.
And the flavor which identifies you most is platypus.

Please go now and post your results in the comments!

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daydream believer

Picking up from Obscurorant, an oversharing meme:

1. Name the singer/band/performer you are most embarrassed to admit you actually paid good money to see in concert.

This is easy.  My mom made me go see The Monkees with one of her friend’s daughters when I was in HS.  Mortifying.  It was at The Fox Theatre, which is this very lovely sit-down concert hall in St. Louis.  We were definitely the youngest people there.  Wait, I also saw The Thompson Twins there but I’m not embarrassed about that.  Really.  Anyway, its kind of like the National Theatre or Kennedy Center- you feel undignified dancing in front of your seat. Teh Smitten got me tickets to see The Zombies in July.  I have a feeling we will be the youngest people there too.  Since I’m no longer an idiot teenager whose mom guilts her into hanging out with clingy needy doofi (the plural of doofus), this doesn’t bother me.  This is the one good thing about getting older; I just don’t give a crap about what other people think.

2. Which reality TV show have you watched more than once (come on. I don’t believe you if you say “none,” unless you don’t own a TV)?

Hah!  Beauty and the Geek.  It has opened up whole new worlds of words for me.  Like LARPers.  I’ve also been guilty of Paradise Hotel, Temptation Island, and American Idol.  I have enjoyed reality dating shows like X-treme Dating, the Bachelor (we went to HS with Trista), and Love Connection.  Be back in 2 and 2!

3. Which complete trash novelist have you not only read but enjoyed enough to read more than one book of his/hers?

Well, “trash” is kind of subjective.  Anne Rice.  What?  I’m a girl; I’m allowed.  The Beauty series got me through having my tonsils out at age 23.

4. What sappy musical could you watch over and over and over again?

The Sound of Music.  I hate when I miss it.

5. Who was your first celebrity crush?

Ricky Schroeder a la Silver Spoons.

6. Who is the most embarrassing celebrity on whom you have a slight crush today?

Me:  Baby?  Who’s the most embarrassing celebrity I have a crush on?

TS:  Me?

Me: No.

TS:  Who’s the Scottish guy who has the late night talk show and who was in that movie about growing mj?

Me:  Craig Ferguson?  Is he embarrassing?

TS:  He’s not exactly hot.

Me:  I see.

TS:  You also like Dylan Moran from Black Books.

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I don’t think either of them are embarrassing.  I also crush on Angelina Jolie, but who doesn’t?

7. What movie that everyone else and his cousin and even his dog has seen have you never seen?

Apocalypse Now.

8. What were you drinking the first time you ever got drunk?

Well, its been a rather long time, but I think it was wine coolers.  I swear they once came in two-liters.

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shameful

The Silver Fox posted a meme of books most often listed as being unread.  The purpose of the exercise is to note which you have read (bold), read more than once (asterisk), did not finish (italics) and hated (struck through).  I’m a little ashamed about the ones I’ve read repeatedly (Dune) as opposed to trying something new (Vanity Fair).  Also, I wish there was a category for books in which “hate” was too strong a word. For example, I see no problem in reading Ayn Rand but feel extreme distaste for the Rand zealot; they’re inflexible and weird.  By the same token, I will never trust a man that is way into Kundera; they’re often misogynists.  I have noted these books with a %.  Those % books or authors should not be taken too seriously.  Also, there have been plenty of BBC or old movies out there that have done some books justice.  Accordingly, I have not read them.  Should I note them too?  Hm.  Let’s give them a #.

Jonathan Strange & M. Norrel

Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
One Hundred Years of Solitude

Wuthering Heights*
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi: a novel
The Name of the Rose#
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses
Madame Bovary#
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice*
Jane Eyre*

A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveller’s Wife
The Iliad
Emma*
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged%

Reading Lolita in Tehran
Memoirs of a Geisha*
Middlesex

Quicksilver
Wicked : The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
The Canterbury tales
The Historian
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera*
Brave New World*
The Fountainhead%

Foucault’s Pendulum (I intend to finish this one)
Middlemarch
Frankenstein
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dracula

A Clockwork Orange#
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
1984

Angels & Demons
The Inferno
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility*
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest#
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels

Les Misérables# (saw the musical)

The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Dune*
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury

Angela’s Ashes%  (it just depressed me)
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States
Cryptonomicon
Neverwhere# (actually, should have read this instead of watched the movie)

A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Dubliners
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Beloved
Slaughterhouse-five
The Scarlet Letter

Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon*
Oryx and Crake
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita*
Persuasion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye

On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood

White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers#

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shakespeare meme

William Shakespeare

O! for an Allez Oop of fire, that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention!

Which work of Shakespeare was the original quote from?

Get yours here.

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peculiar

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Her Most Serene Highness Lady Allezoop the Inexorable of Bismorton Shropcake
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

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the children’s books that stuck

The Silver Fox has tagged me with a good book meme – this one required some reflection and research as it has been over two decades since I was a kid.  The goal:  to list five books that played an important role in your childhood, and explain why.  Then you tag five other people.  This will be difficult since the other people I know, who would do this, have already been tagged.

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

Good lord, did I love her books.  Fantasy/sci-fi that resonated with adolescent and pre-adolescent girls.  It stretched your imagination, made you want to understand physics, and made you feel good about yourself.  How wonderful.

A Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder

You cannot have lived in the 70’s and 80’s without having been acutely aware of the tv show, but the books were Newbery Medal winners/honorees for a reason.  Actualy, Little House didn’t win an award, but On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, and Little Town on the Prairie did.  I read and re-read them.  All of them.  Half-Pint was “everygirl” and those books were pure escape.

The Great Brain – John Fitzgerald

My fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Poger, read this to the class.  I could not wait for reading period every day.  We would all hunker down in a corner of our class, sitting cross-legged (we called it “Indian style” back then – political correctness has since taken over) around the teacher.  All I can tell you is that this book made us all laugh out loud and I hope to share it with my nephew and niece.

Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein

The only poem I’ve ever successfully memorized for life is from this book.  It is called “My Beard”.   Who knew that poetry could be so funny and enlightening all at once?  Thank god for Silverstein.

James and The Giant Peach – Roald Dahl

His books were scary, funny and twisted.  He made up words and creatures.  Most adults were evil.  Even his books for adults are like this – well, even darker.  I’ve enjoyed and sought out many Dahl books, but I liked this book better than Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. 

I read pretty voraciously as a kid, so it was hard to pick five.  Here are others that have stayed with me:

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis.  Strawberry Girl – Lois Lenski.  Blubber and Are You There God? Its Me Margaret – Judy Blume.  Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfield (actually, read a bunch of the ‘shoes’ series – Skating, Theater, & Dancing).  The Borrowers (another series of books that I devoured) – Mary Norton.  The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett (kind of a young girl’s Jane Eyre – and I also read A Little Princess and Little Lord Fauntleroy).

I’ve been picking out books for my nephew (age seven) for a while, now.  Since I’m headed out to see them next weekend, I asked him if he’d like anything from DC.  He told me, “No more books.”  I’ve threatened (teased) him with only books.  Really thick ones with no pictures.  He knows I’m kidding, but I hope he’ll start to enjoy reading soon.

I have no one to tag (if Chewy was blogging I would ask her).  Meh.  I’m okay with that.

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among the memes, this one is rather cool

is dewey decimal still alive?

You can go here if you want your own.  The Fox has done one too.  He gets that whole brevity being the soul of wit thing…

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