Thursday, November 27, 2008

Christmas wishes...

I've been OBSESSED with this scent since receiving a candle as a gift a couple years ago. And I just recently found out I can smother myself in this scent!


Also miss Starbucks an awful lot since choosing poverty...

Conversation with my little brother

(he calls)

Me: Hello.

Bro: Hi. How are you?

Me: Good, how are you?

Bro: Good. (pause)... WHY IS MOM ON FACEBOOK?

Mom's Celebrity Collage by MyHeritage

MyHeritage: Family tree - Genealogy - Celebrity - Collage - Morph

Tim's Celebrity Collage by MyHeritage

MyHeritage: Family trees - Genealogy - Celebrities - Collage - Morph

My Collage

Because, well you know, I am often mistaken for Mary Kate Olsen. Ashley...not so much, but I'm a ringer for MK.

MyHeritage: Celebrity Collage - Blank family tree - Genelogy

Dad's Celebrity Collage

MyHeritage: Celebrity Collage - Pedigree chart - Family websites

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Best. Dream. Ever.

There are a few things I love in life...synchronized dancing and sponteneous group singing being two. Last night I dreamt that Tim and I were in a bar and while someone was walking out they started singing a tune to themselves. Well, it was a catchy tune, so a few people started singing along and next thing you know the whole bar was singing (sadly, i can't recall the tune, but it had to be something like Sweet Caroline or Lean on Me, where you just can't help yourself). I was GIDDY in my dream because, well, this just doesn't happen in real life. But there it was happening! (albeit in a dream, but in my dream I didn't know that). We then went to another location and it happened again (what are the odds, it was my best day ever). We then went to a Karaoke bar and a new work friend of mine was singing a song that was so funny that (in my dream) i was laughing so hard that i couldn't breathe or stand up.

then...i woke up. Boo... spontaneous singing doesn't happen in real life, it's the stuff of high school musicals and, I guess, dreams. But why not, we all know Sweet Caroline and Lean on Me, why can't we just sing it all together? (please?) Say, in line at the grocery store or mid-meeting. Last night, at a Toastmasters meeting a man gave a speech about letting out your Inner child. My inner child would like to be let out to break into song in random situations. Oh, and if we all knew the dances that went with said songs, even better.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

I did it!

Thanks to Shannon at Keith Kristofer Salon!

Monday, November 17, 2008

I miss...

The Dallas malls and being able to afford new shoes, like these (by Crocs (really! i almost couldn't post them due to my feeling about Crocs (they're not right!) but these boots really are cute).

My dogs.

My husband.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

My new haircut?

I think it's time...

From Keith Kristofer in Austin, TX:

100 new book classics

Entertainment Weekly recently published a list of the 100 new (since '83) classic books. I've read 28. I'm trying to use it as my reading list but have been derailed recently reading a lot of business books.

1. The Road , Cormac McCarthy (2006) - READ
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling (2000)- READ
3. Beloved, Toni Morrison (1987)- READ
4. The Liars' Club, Mary Karr (1995)
5. American Pastoral, Philip Roth (1997)
6. Mystic River, Dennis Lehane (2001) - SAW THE MOVIE
7. Maus, Art Spiegelman (1986/1991)
8. Selected Stories, Alice Munro (1996)
9. Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier (1997)- READ (I think)
10. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami (1997)
11. Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer (1997)- READ
12. Blindness, José Saramago (1998)
13. Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (1986-87)
14. Black Water, Joyce Carol Oates (1992)
15. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers (2000)
16. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood (1986)
17. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez (1988)
18. Rabbit at Rest, John Updike (1990)
19. On Beauty, Zadie Smith (2005)
20. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding (1998)- READ
21. On Writing, Stephen King (2000)
22. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz (2007)
23. The Ghost Road, Pat Barker (1996)
24. Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry (1985)- READ (I think)
25. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan (1989)- READ
26. Neuromancer, William Gibson (1984)
27. Possession, A.S. Byatt (1990)
28. Naked, David Sedaris (1997)- READ
29. Bel Canto, Anne Patchett (2001)- READ
30. Case Histories, Kate Atkinson (2004)
31. The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien (1990)
32. Parting the Waters, Taylor Branch (1988)
33. The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion (2005)- READ
34. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold (2002)- READ
35. The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst (2004)
36. Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt (1996)- READ
37. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi (2003)
38. Birds of America, Lorrie Moore (1998)
39. Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri (2000)
40. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman (1995-2000)
41. The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros (1984)- READ
42. LaBrava, Elmore Leonard (1983)
43. Borrowed Time, Paul Monette (1988)
44. Praying for Sheetrock, Melissa Fay Greene (1991)
45. Eva Luna, Isabel Allende (1988)
46. Sandman, Neil Gaiman (1988-1996)
47. World's Fair, E.L. Doctorow (1985)
48. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver (1998)- READ
49. Clockers, Richard Price (1992)
50. The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen (2001)- READ
51. The Journalist and the Murderer, Janet Malcom (1990)
52. Waiting to Exhale, Terry McMillan (1992)
53. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon (2000)- READ
54. Jimmy Corrigan, Chris Ware (2000)
55. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls (2006)- READ
56. The Night Manager, John le Carré (1993)
57. The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe (1987)
58. Drop City, TC Boyle (2003)
59. Krik? Krak! Edwidge Danticat (1995)
60. Nickel & Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich (2001)
61. Money, Martin Amis (1985)
62. Last Train To Memphis, Peter Guralnick (1994)
63. Pastoralia, George Saunders (2000)
64. Underworld, Don DeLillo (1997)
65. The Giver, Lois Lowry (1993)- READ
66. A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace (1997)
67. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini (2003)- READ
68. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel (2006)
69. Secret History, Donna Tartt (1992)
70. Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell (2004)
71. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Ann Fadiman (1997)
72. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon (2003)- READ
73. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving (1989)- READ
74. Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger (1990)
75. Cathedral, Raymond Carver (1983)
76. A Sight for Sore Eyes, Ruth Rendell (1998)
77. The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro (1989)
78. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert (2006)- READ
79. The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell (2000)
80. Bright Lights, Big City, Jay McInerney (1984)
81. Backlash, Susan Faludi (1991)
82. Atonement, Ian McEwan (2002)- READ
83. The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields (1994)
84. Holes, Louis Sachar (1998)
85. Gilead, Marilynne Robinson (2004)
86. And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts (1987)
87. The Ruins, Scott Smith (2006)
88. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby (1995)- READ
89. Close Range, Annie Proulx (1999)
90. Comfort Me With Apples, Ruth Reichl (2001)
91. Random Family, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (2003)
92. Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow (1987)
93. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley (1991)
94. Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser (2001)
95. Kaaterskill Falls, Allegra Goodman (1998)
96. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown (2003) - READ
97. Jesus' Son, Denis Johnson (1992)
98. The Predators' Ball, Connie Bruck (1988)
99. Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman (1995)- READ
100. America (the Book), Jon Stewart/Daily Show (2004)

Friday, November 14, 2008

My real age

Ouch... not enough calcium, potassium, vitamin E...and the list goes on. Boo.

Yes, I'm a grocery store dancer...

Well, I was busted today by the Albertson's stocker while voguing (with the cart as a prop) in the peanut butter aisle (I believe what he said was "Go on then, girl") The truth is, I have no shame when it comes to dancing to grocery store music but I don't usually expect to be called out. Generally, I find that Randalls/Tom Thumb has the best tunes, but Albertson's must have upgraded. Following Vogue was RockOn. Remember it? "Hey kids, rock and roll...rock on!" Good freaking tune. Anyway, dancing in stores also effectively embarasses my husband, which is always enjoyable. I've been known to do the "Phoebe run" out of stores just to make him blush.

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