Thursday, December 29

one more time with feeling

Getting to know your friends: the 2005 edition

1. What time did you get up this morning? 9:45 AM EST
2. Diamonds or pearls? let's go with Diamonds this time. Non-African war zone diamonds.
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? The Family Stone
4. What's your favorite TV show? Buffy, Coupling (BBC), The Colbert Report
5. What did you have for breakfast this morning? oatmeal with raisins and pomegranate juice
6. What's your favorite cuisine? cheap and healthy
7. What foods do you dislike? rye bread
8. What is your favorite chip flavour? Nacho Cheesier Doritoes
9. What's your favourite CD at the moment? Janet's Christmas one she just made and Madonna's Confessions on a Dance Floor
10. What kind of car do you drive? Saab 93 SE
11. Favourite sandwich? turkey, spinach, tomato, red onion, cucumber on toasted everything bagel
12. What characteristics do you despise? smarminess (actually first word that came to mind. Didn't know what it meant)
13. Favourite item of clothing? Swim team sweatshirt circa 1986
14. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation,where would you go? everywhere
15. What color is your bathroom? hot pink
16. Favourite brand of clothing? Sitwell, Lucky Brand, things that fit
17. Where would you retire to? dunno. San Diego?
18. Favourite time of the day? 10am - 12:30 pm
19. What was your most memorable birthday? 30th
20. Where were you born? Community Hospital, Roanoke, Virginia
21. Favourite sport to watch? Of the pros - Baseball. Otherwise, I'd rather play.
22. Who do you least expect to re-blog this? Darci
23. Person you expect to send it back first? Any member of the Blog-stars
24. What fabric detergent do you use? Tide
25. Were you named after anyone? random famous people of the 1970's
26. Do you wish on stars? occasionally
27. When did you last cry? I'm sure it was while watching a movie
28. Do you like your handwriting? sure
29. If you were another person, would YOU be friends with you? of course
30. Are you a daredevil? on occasion
31. Do looks matter? yes
32. How do you release anger? workout, rant, use heavy sarcasm, hit things
33. Where is your second home? mom's
34. What were your favourite toys as a child? stuffed animals. they were real!
35. What class in High School was totally useless? BASIC programming
36. Do you use sarcasm a lot? No, not me.
37. Favourite movies? Amelie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Pirates of the Caribbean, Beauty and the Beast, Saved, True Romance, School of Rock, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Beautiful Girls.... I could go on forever.
38. What are your nicknames? Shellster, Shelliphied
39. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? almost never
40. Do you think that you are strong? yes.
41. What's your favourite ice cream flavour? mocha chip
42. What are your favourite colors? blues, black, red, orange, greens
43. What is your least favourite thing about yourself? procrastination
44. Who do you miss the most? April, Andrea, Dana, Darci
45. Do you want everyone who reads this to re-blog it? yes
46. What color pants are you wearing? old grey sweatpants (yes, Jelena, it is better with an 'e')
47. What are you listening to right now? the clock ticking, Morningside traffic
48. Last thing you ate? vitamin C and other immuno-boosting supplements
49. If you were a CRAYON what color would you be? shadow
side note: did you know that in 1998 Crayola introduced a
new set of colors. One is named beaver. Beaver. heehee
50. Last person you talked to on the phone? Shaun
51. What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex? hair texture - curly or straight
52. Favourite Drink? Morning - latte. Otherwise - sweet tea, margharitas
53. Do you wear contacts? yes
54. Favourite Day(s) of the Year? Vacation days
55. Scary Movies or Happy Endings? both
56. Summer or winter? Autumn
57. Hugs OR Kisses? Kisses
58. What Is Your Favourite Dessert? coconut cake... recently anyway
59. What Book(s)Are You Reading? Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
60. What's On Your Mouse Pad? don't use one
61. What Did You Watch Last night on TV? Cribs
62. Favourite Smells? home cooking
63. Rolling Stones or Beatles? Stones!
64. What's the furthest you've been from home? Te Anau, New Zealand

Tuesday, December 20

welcome to the 21st century

Sara's transitioning to blogdom! Yay, Sara!

Sara's List of Stuff, v2.0

Thursday, December 8

shelliphied sloganized

Get Serious. Get Shelly.
Simple Impartial Shelly.
I Bet He Drinks Shelly.
It's Not All Shelly, Shelly, Shelly, you know.
Ok, yes it is.
What's your slogan?

Tuesday, December 6

It's been 2 months since my last...

book purchase. Since realizing I have a book-buying problem, I have resolved to read what I buy rather than simply collect. Progress on my reading list has been kinda slow (see Stacks section on the right) . Partially because of rowing season, partially because of the first book...

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
A couple of people highly recommended this book. It is one of the shorter in my list at about 200 pages so I thought it would be good to start with. Actually, I had a hard time getting into it. I've read Catcher In the Rye so I knew it would be uh, Salingeresqe - kinda not to the point and rambling about, but likely worthwhile. To be honest, I thought this one sucked until the end. I found the beginning scenes with Franny and her boyfriend boring. The bathroom scene with Zooey and his mom was a touch long (read sarcasm here). I'd be surprised if Zooey didn't get beat up on a regular basis for his extremely lengthy rants.

It took me six weeks to read this tiny book. However, the end was worth it. I finally got into it toward the end and J.D. redeemed himself. I can see how someone's perspective on life could be affected by this book. I would just skip the first 150 pages.

Shampoo Planet by Douglas Coupland
Yeah, this book wasn't actually on the list. BUT I DIDN'T BUY IT, I borrowed it so it doesn't really mean I fell of the wagon or anything.

Douglas Coupland is wonderful (Thanks, Liz). He creates real characters in a heightened world of Now... or then if you will. This book is written from the perspective of the late 80's early 90's and the culture of the time is treated almost as a character. This is representative of Coupland's work, or at least of the two books I've read.

This one only took me two weeks (I mostly read just before bed). If you are looking for inspirational quotes, this book is full of them, but it isn't by any means preachy or the characters self-important. On the contrary, this book is generally about the required growth a person must go through in their 20s. Since I'm now in my 30s, it was a nice piece of reflection on some of the harder lessons learned. I recommend it.

Last night I started reading The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Anyone else want to read it? Consider this an invitation to a book club. Feel free to comment/lambast my conclusions.

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