Archive for June, 2010

Just thinking

Life is so full of twists and turns, and it seems like just when you think you’ve figured out what you were meant to do, something else pops up in your face.

I am so excited about this writing project that it’s permeated my dreams. I always seem to write better when it’s for an assignment. Not that I don’t have fantastic ideas, because I do, but I think I let myself get overwhelmed by the hugeness of it all. Maybe I need someone to set deadlines for me? Of course, I would probably immediately rebel and continue to go my own way. Being a grown-up is kind of hard.

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Grey Gardens

I vaguely remember, as a kid, being aware of a scandal involving Jackie Onassis’s relatives. I didn’t understand at the time the full situation, and in fact the only reason I was interested at all was because I thought Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis and Grace Kelley were the two most glamourous women in the world.

Some months ago on who knows what whim, I watched Grey Gardens, the original documentary by the Mayles brothers.  I was simultaneously repelled and enthralled. At the time I knew nothing whatsoever about either Edith Beale.  After watching the documentary, I did a little research and was interested enough to add the HBO film starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore to my Netflix queue.

Well, last night I finally got around to watching it. Drew Barrymore outperformed any role she has ever done. She was amazing. I can’t emphasize that enough–utterly and completely amazing. Jessica Lange was brilliant as well, but my fascination lay with Little Edie.   I understood, in a way that the original documentary didn’t quite show, how trapped Little Edie was by her mother, her father, and her dreams.  I’m glad that she got the opportunity to perform in a cabaret, and travel, and get away from the oppressive atmosphere at Grey Gardens.

I was also impressed with the woman who played Jackie Onassis.  Her initial reaction to the stench inside the house was quickly replaced with the graciousness that exemplified her life, as she gently shared her memories with her cousin.

If you have any questions as to whether Drew Barrymore can act, you’ve got to watch this film.

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I Love My Nook!!

So Jehara, if you were responsible for getting Janet to get hers, then you’re definitely responsible for getting me to get mine. I did email Janet to ask her about it, and after hearing what she had to say and looking up some more info, that made my mind up for me.

I really like it. I ended up getting the one that only has WiFi (not the 3G), and since I can’t remember the password to get onto my WiFi at home, I had to zip to Barnes & Noble for a few minutes this morning. But in about 10 minutes, I bought a few books. It’s so nice. I’m a really fast reader, which makes things like packing a handbag for an overnight trip pretty tedious.  I love the thought of having up to 1500 books in the size of a trade paperback. I’ve got the complete works of Jane Austen; the King James version of the Bible; the Book of Mormon; Eclipse; two Percy Jackson books; and a few others that escape me right now.

So thank you Jehara!

In other news, the wedding shower was a success. Joe decided to go shopping with me, which meant we had way too much food. We’d have had too much food anyway, since (a) almost no one RSVP’d, which really irks me, and (b) a few people who said they were coming didn’t. But I sent all the food home with Lolo and I’m sure they’ll see to it nothing is wasted. We did a fun game (only one game) where we asked her 12 questions about her fiance.  I’d gotten the answers from him a few weeks ago. For every question she got wrong, she had to chew a piece of bubble gum and blow a bubble before answering the next question. And she had to keep the gum in her mouth and add to it with every wrong question. It was funny; she ended up with a huge wad of eight pieces of gum. And I was merciless–I bought the big fat bubble gum pieces.  She took the rest of the gum home and said she was going to make him chew eight pieces of bubble gum and see how he liked it.

I’m completely worn out. Every muscle in my body is aching right now. Fortunately, Joe is off playing guitar with a friend, so I can enjoy a quiet evening playing Farmville until I fall asleep. 🙂

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Huh? What? Get your mind out of the gutter, people!

I’m going to run to Barnes & Noble during my lunch break and buy myself a Nook.  Janet has recommended hers so highly, and they just lowered the price, so the time is right. I was relatively cautious with my spending the last few weeks, so it’s not going to hurt my pocket too terribly much. It’ll be another 2 weeks before I can comfortably afford a case for it, but that’s all right.

Moving into the 21st Century!

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It’s 11:18 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23rd. I had a day trip out to Little Rock for work. I was overwhelmed with how beautiful it was up there. There were trees everywhere, a sea of green. I saw some Queen Anne’s lace, and a huge enormous weeping willow. 

My knee was hugely swollen by the time we got to the rental car in Little Rock. Seems like every time that I fly anywhere, which admittedly is not often, I am at the absolutely farthest possible gate from the entrance. Normally that’s not a problem, but it was not a good thing today. One of my traveling companions got me the pre-boarding passes, which was lovely of her, and we got to sit in the first row where we had plenty of leg room.

And in other news; I have a writing job!!!!!!   I’m extremely excited about it. As I’ve mentioned recently, my muse has forsaken me, at least for now, so I haven’t gotten even blog posts done, much less anything on any of my projects. So when this came along, it was as welcome as manna. This project will take a few months, and perhaps exercising the discipline for this job will help me buckle down for my own books.

Lo’s wedding shower is Saturday. The Monster incredibly graciously is letting me have it at her home, since my tiny hovel is neither large enough nor non-hovel-y enough to have that many guests over. I have neither hosted nor attended a wedding shower since one of my roommates got married quite some time ago. Joe and I went to the store Monday night for paper goods and decorations, and found plates and napkins that match the invitations, all blue and pink and bits of brown. Very pretty.  My current plan is to go shopping for the food on Friday night. My to-do list is miles long. I still have to assemble the favours, get some various items that will be needed, figure out which punch recipe to use (I’m waverng between 3 or 4), etc.

As I lay here on the sofa, leg propped up with my ice machine running, I’m wondering whether I’m glad that I chose to have the knee replacement. I’m not sure yet. Right now it’s so swollen and hurting so much, the answer would probably be a solid “heck no!” But ask me in another six months. Perhaps it would be a solid “heck yeah!”

EDITED TO ADD: OOPS!!!!!  I did attend Jehara’s wedding shower, and I had a great time. But it wasn’t a showery type of shower. It was very much a Jehara type of shower, and it was loverly. 🙂

And the writing job is ghost writing someone’s biography. I’m really excited about it.

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Veganning Again

Gotta do it. Gotta do it now. Tired of gaining weight; tired of the battles with my conscience.

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Rah rah ah-ah-ah!

I made a HUGE mistake last Saturday morning. I was running early for my date with Lolo and the other bridesmaids, so stopped by Target and bought a Glee CD. I sang loudly and lustily all the way to Sam Moon’s; all the way to Cavender’s (not that far); all the way to Lolo’s house; all the way to the restaurant (not that far from Lo’s house); and all the way home (far).  I got home hot, headachey, tired, and sore throat-y.

I also got home with Bad Romance stuck in my head. That was Saturday. Today’s Wednesday. I’m still singing snatches from the song. I’m really tired of it. I keep hoping something else will take hold, or else that Bad Romance will get bored and wander away, but so far, it’s still “rah rah ah-ah-ah, roma ro-ma-ma, gaga ooh-la-la, want your bad romance.” “you and me could write a bad romance” “I want your love. love love love I want your love” and by posting this I’m probably showing how badly I know even the snatches of lyrics I know, but that’s what’s there and I’m stickin’ to it.

And while we’re on the topic of Glee, Monday night I bought two more CD’s, and loaded it all onto my iPod.  And Tuesday night I went over to Izzybella’s house and we watched Glee together. I will state herewith that I KNEW Sue Sylvester would do the right thing, and she did it so beautifully that I clapped for her.

And I’m even more pissed off, if that were possible, at Shelby. And Jesse is a complete douche-bag. Rachel’s so much better off without him, and I hope she realizes that.

That is all. You may now return to your regularly scheduled life.

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