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January 6th, 2010

10:14 am - Because anything about books makes me happy
1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest?
Well being that I lost a bunch of books in the great Vestal Flood of '06 (yes really) I honestly don't know what I still have, but the first real book I remember reading and owning which I know is still floating around the house somewhere is Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you'll read next?
Current: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, The Doll's House (collected issues 9-16 of Sandman) and On Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski
Last: Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Next: Hopefully the Tragic Menagerie by Lydiya Zinovieva-Annibal because I need to return it to the library before the semester starts and I left it at home in Vestal

3. What book did everyone like and you hated?
The catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Though I have quite liked some of his other things.

4. Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
I'm not sure, I like to think I'll get to all the things waiting for me to read this summer.

5. Which book are you saving for “retirement?”
Saving? Like keeping around or not reading until retirement? I'll probably read incessantly once I'm retired. Like I did when I was in high school before leisure reading was almost a foreign concept.

6. Last page: read it first or wait till the end?
Wait until the end. For sure. I'm not that impatient.

7. Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?
Interesting aside if it's a book I want to read. Dedications are better though.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?
Sybel from Forgotten bests of Eld. Although Josh and I figured out once I finally got him to read this that I should relate more with Coren (because that book is a really weird retelling almost of why our relationship works), Sybel still appeals because she lives on a mountain in a crystal house with animals who talk to her and only her.

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)?

10. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way.
I stole my copy of Trumpet of the Swans from the library at camp when I was 10. There was another copy... and I didn't think anyone would probably miss it.

11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?
Lent, not given. But yes. I lent Josh Forgotten Beasts of Eld for a plethora of reasons, but mainly because in reading that book I think you can understand me better.

12. Which book has been with you to the most places?
Eld. It's pretty beaten up at this point.

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad ten years later?
I never reread anything I read in high school that was required reading. But I really disliked The Pearl by John Steinbeck. I'm sure I still wouldn't like it now.

14. What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book?
Somebody's phone number

15. Used or brand new?
Used if it's only by me. Or library books because I love the way old books smell. But I dislike when people write in library books. Seriously that's public property use post its or something. I don't like being told when I'm reading a book what somebody else thought was important. It takes all the fun out of reading it.

16. Stephen King: Literary genius or opiate of the masses?
I've never actually read any Stephen King, so I'll air on the side of ignorance, but I generally am just not into that genre of story.

17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?
Not that I can remember.

18. Conversely, which book should NEVER have been introduced to celluloid?
I know there are some in my brain somewhere, but at the moment I'm drawing a total blank.

19. Have you ever read a book that's made you hungry, cookbooks being excluded from this question?
Yes. When I read the first Dragonlance book ages and ages ago in high school (which I actually didn't like) there's a scene with a muffin, one of the characters dreams about a muffin. And it made me want a muffin.

20. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
Josh. Because he knows my taste in books.

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September 12th, 2009

09:47 pm - Sometimes...
...you find things that just make you smile.Collapse )

I miss my babies.
Current Music: Elsiane - Final Escape

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July 12th, 2009

06:41 pm
Well I think I finally wore Sparky out for ten minutes.... okay I guess not he's already back. I just walked him around the neighborhood twice, played fetch with him in the living room for twenty minutes and have spent probably two collective hours running around with him in the back yard. And that's just been today.... It's driving me nuts. I'm too laid back to exert every ounce of energy I have on keeping a puppy busy because he's used to having five other people in the house to keep him constantly occupied. I'm beat already, slept like crap last night because the dogs took up the whole bed and now he wants me to go play chase the laser with him, which will be another 2 hour affair. My arms are all scratched up from trying to keep him interested in toys other than his "red dot". I just want to go to bed...

I love this dog, but I can't invest five hours of my day running around with him. Especially when Sue is coming tomorrow to take photos of the house and I still haven't quite finished cleaning Josh's room... If he had ever thoroughly cleaned it since he moved into this room when the twins were born, this job would've been a lot easier. He just has too much shit. I don't even think I could fit all the stuff he has in here in the entire volume of my room, even if I excluded all the furniture. I love the man, but for God's sake...

Well Sparky is finally curled up, I think he was just running on energy from before and now that I'm not playing, he's calming down. He found a really old dead bird in the yard earlier so I'm just hoping that's not going to have consequences later tonight.

I just can't catch a moment's peace and it's driving me up a wall.

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April 18th, 2009

07:38 pm
1. Rachael Sage is playing tonight at the Cyber Cafe if you call Josh or I in the next 45 minutes rides can be arranged if you want to go.

2. I would really like to go her second show tomorrow at 2pm for FREE at Barnes and Noble at 2pm. So if you have an inkling to go browse books please show up and support her. She's sweet and super talented. Plus Josh is working at 1 so if you go gimme a call if you feel like car pooling.

3. The Archery season has begun. If anybody wants to shoot targets and/or instruction (for those of my friends I still haven't taught to shoot) can be arranged. Plus I miss you all so come visit me.

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February 11th, 2009

07:05 pm
I am sitting in the library at school waiting for Josh to come pick me up after his day at Dr. Monastra's office and in my e-mail I received an e-mail from Righteous babe, Ani's record label about a tribute CD to the late and great Utah Philips. If you've never heard of him before you should. if you read nothing else for the rest of the night at least make an effort to read this interview which was posted after his death in May of last year at democracynow.org

Utah was one of those people that defined the way I saw myself, the way I perceived the world. I had Josh listen to some of the stuff he recorded with Ani and he fell in love with it on the spot. I highly recommend both his albums with Ani. I can't speak for his actual musical body of work because I don't know much about it, but his philosophies are dead on.

I am coming to loathe the middle of the weeks. I can't stand being on campus for so late. I'd much rather get my classes out of the way earlier, but at least i am finding everything interesting.
Current Location: school library
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful

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December 31st, 2008

01:28 pm
1. I'm getting sick. Josh is warming me up some chicken and dumplings right now. I have a feeling I will have no voice very soon.

2. I received my annual e-mail from Kathy today, trying to figure out whether or not I'll be back this summer. I'm almost positive that I need to take time off, I just don't know if I will be able to tell Kathy that that's what I want. Too much attachment to the place for me to leave it behind.

3. Got a new phone yesterday. Much nicer. It actually has a camera. Woot.

But now I have food.

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November 30th, 2008

10:12 am - Thanksgiving, a birthday and other miscellany
This past week has been full of turkey.

Last Saturday Josh came upstairs at around 12:30 to tell me that a whole slew of family members would be arriving within the hour for an early Thanksgiving dinner. His mother apparently neglected to tell us, which was okay really, just it was awfully short notice to get ready for a full on Thanksgiving dinner with family members I hadn't met yet. I finally got to meet his uncle and his wife and three kids. His maternal grandfather was also there, but I met Harry last year at Thanksgiving so I wasn't too worried about that. His family always seems so bizarre to me. I can never tell how anyone is related to him because everyone in his family is called by their first name. There was never just grandma or Uncle Jim or any sort of qualifier, just Joanne or Matt, and I have to put the pieces together. His family is confusing anyways because his maternal grandmother is estranged and I came into the relationship around the same time that his mother was pushing her away so I never met her. She and Harry divorced so really I've only heard stories of Lynn. The woman Josh calls Nana (or at least the kids do, he doesn't really) is the woman who really raised his mother, one of Harry's former girlfriends. Plus his father's family is equally confusing and riddled with divorce, most of whom I have never met because they live out of state. I have only ever spent time with his father a handful of times and usually I just stay quiet because his father is never in town unless he has another reason to be there so Josh gets to see him about as much as I do and it's more important for me to let him spend time with his dad who I know he misses.

It was nice for once though to have a family gathering where there are still kids. Everyone in my family is grown and having children of their own so all the kids in my family are still toddlers. And Jim's kids were very outgoing, don't care who they're playing with, they just play. In my family everyone just sits around the tv and stares at it.

Then after that Thanksgiving was over my mom called on Sunday and invited Josh and I for another turkey dinner. Dad had gotten a twenty pound turkey from work (he gets one every year) and mom didn't have enough room in the freezer to leave it there for long so she made a full on turkey dinner for Sunday as well.

Then of course my own Thanksgiving on Thursday. I always look forward to seeing my paternal grandparents. Though because Josh was not formally invited I didn't want to invite him and have it be a surprise so I had to field questions about his whereabouts all evening. Dinner was fine. Nothing spectacular. I refuse to talk about anymore of the workings about my dad's side of the family because it just makes me angry. I love spending time with my grandparents, but just about anybody else in my family I could have done without.

Grandpa was surprisingly understanding about me not returning to Hive. I think when mom and dad went to go visit them at Kendall in Ithaca where they're living now mom had words with him about how they treated me this past summer and he didn't put up a fight just said well I understand when I told him I knew I couldn't go back to Hive. At least not for a summer or two. Maybe later in life, but not now. But we had a pretty good conversation with him about what my plans were for after school and I told him I would like to go and get a masters degree at some point and he seemed very enthusiastic, which doesn't surprise me because he is very much an advocate of education of any kind.

After dinner we drove out to my other grandmother's house for desert. My mother's whole family was there except for my Aunt Debbie whom I grow more and more disenchanted with every time I see her, but that's another story. My Aunt Carol was in town from Ohio and I rarely get to see her, but because of that I often forget how much I love her. This is a woman who once named a dog Pop Tart.

Yesterday was Iris' birthday so the old crew from high school, or at least what of it is left around Vestal, got together with her family at her mother's house for dinner. We ended up playing ungodly amounts of Rockband which was super fun. We even got Iris' mom to play bass guitar for a song. That might have to be a new weekly get together.

Right now I am oogling thse socks for whatever reason. Maybe I just like seeing them on girly legs.

I also caught wind of a movie about Salvador Dali's early life as an artist and his relationship with Federico García Lorca. I am curious, though Robbert Pattinson plays Dali and that makes me really skeptical. Playing Cedric Diggory and Edward Cullen don't exactly prepare you to play Dali. Maybe he'll be good I don't know, but I have doubts about the movie itself anyhow. Dali was an incredibly complex person, especially in terms of his sexual relations and I think they'll screw it up an romanticize everything because it's a movie. It's like Johnny Depp portraying Hunter S. Thompson. Any lesser actor would have totally fucked up that movie and I'm not convinced that Robert Pattinson could pull off Dali.
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Wet Sand

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November 12th, 2008

09:41 pm
Because my brain is all abuzz.

1. Lisa Hannigan's debut album "Sea Sew" First of all I am utterly in love with her from her work with Damien Rice, but her solo work surpasses her work with Mr. Rice. Don't get me wrong I love his music to death, ever since I saw Closer I have been a devoted Damien fan, but I always had this underlying wish to see more of Lisa. I've been waiting for this album for ages. And I am not disappointed. I am especially fond of "I Don't Know," "Ocean and a Rock," and "Courting Blues"

2. We by Evgeny (Eugene if you really want to Anglicize it) Zamyatin. This is the book Orwell got his idea for 1984 from. Admittedly I have not read 1984, but We is excellent. The story of a man, D-503 (people are identified in this society only as a letter followed by a series of digits), a mathematician, who lives in a society where rationality rules over all and the whole is greater than than the sum of all it's individuals. D-503 cannot even fathom the square root of negative one because of it's irrationality. No one has secrets, everyone lives in transparent houses and everything is governed by the "Tables." When one gets up in the morning, when one goes to work or eats or goes to sleep. Sex is scheduled and is the only time when privacy is allowed. D-503 starts out a normal citizen, but becomes disillusioned Because of it's anti-socialist content it was not published in Russian or in Russia for decades after it was written. It was actually published first in English and translated by a Russian Psycho-analyst living in America. I highly highly recommend it. Though having read it I am determined to read 1984. I know, the breadth of my knowledge in American literature is strikingly bare.

3. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. I mentioned this in my last entry, but I think it bears repeating and elaboration. This book is not for the easily creeped-out, as it is about a man who fancies young girls, but a very specific sort of young girl. In particular he falls in love with a young girl named Dolores Haze. Her mother calls her simply Lo, but Humbert Humbert, the novels' protagonist, takes to her immediately and calls her Lolita. It is at it's heart a love story, albeit a somewhat unusual and especially taboo sort of love, but the language is exquisite and full of all sorts of wordplay.

There's more, but Josh just got home, so i will reserve further notes on my intellectual consumption later.
Current Music: KT Tunstall - Someday Soon | Powered by Last.fm

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November 5th, 2008

08:55 pm
Hey I'm one big queen
No one can stop me
Red light red green
Sat back, I'm watching
I'm number one
Second to no one
No sweat I'm clean
Nothing can touch me

I'll tell you my name
50ft queenie
Force ten hurricane
Biggest woman
I could have ten sons
Ten gods
Ten queens
Ten foot and rising

Hey I'm the king of the world
You ought to hear my song
You come on measure me
I'm twenty inches long

Glory glory
Lay it all on me
50ft queenie
50 and rising
You bend over
No sweat I'm clean
Nothing can touch me

Hey I'm the king of the world
You ought to hear my song
You come on measure me
I'm twenty inches long

Hey I'm king of the world
You ought to hear my song
You come on measure me
I'm thirty inches long

Hey I'm king of the world
You ought to hear my song
You come on measure me
I'm forty inches long

Hey I'm king of the world
You ought to hear my song
You come on measure me
I'm fifty inches long

50ft queenie
50ft queenie

Current Music: PJ Harvey - Dress

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09:08 am
Yesterday I performed my yearly civic duty.

I am ecstatic that Obama won the election, though I did not vote for him. No my presidential candidate is on ballot exile in Broome county, all the way at the bottom and the only candidate in the second column of presidential candidates. I realize this is an extremely momentous day for United States history and I have faith that Mr. Obama will bring some sort of change to this country, much needed change. But I can't help but wonder....

What's happened with all those gay marriage propositions that were put on the table for election day? Well let's see... ban's have been instated in both Arizona and Florida and California is still too close to call, but the word is it wall also pass.

What kind of country is this where not everyone can legally get married? or even legally have a civil union?


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