Friday, August 28, 2009

Speed Read

I've been on a reading kick lately. When I was little, I would read for hours while sitting under out kitchen table. I remember loving Anastasia, anything by Judy Blume and every series of Sweet Valley imagined. I blame high school for halting my reading. I always knew I should be reading what was assigned, but I just couldn't force myself to trudge through such boring atrocities (Flannery O'Connor, I am staring real hard at YOU!).

When I was a lifeguard for every summer during college, I finally found the time to devote to books again. There's nothing better to a lifeguard than a clap of thunder and a jolt of lightning and I can't tell you how many times we all sat around in lounge chairs reading all day long. We would set them up under the pavilion, snuggle up in towels, and all read. I miss those days!*

Grad school a few years ago once again halted my reading. I think I spent any free time I had frantically writing papers. And any other time was spent commuting all over the place or sleeping.

Anyway, so like running or swimming, the more you read, the fast you get. I've flown through a few books recently and I'd like to report on them now:

+ In The Woods by Tana French

+ Uglies, Pretties, and Specials (3 different books) by Scott Westerfield

+ Gone by Michael Grant

+ Dead And gone by Charlaine Harris

+ The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

+ Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

+ Hunger Games by Suzzane Collins

+ The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

What have YOU read lately? Any auggestions?


*Errr, but remind me one day to write about my coworkers, some of whom turned out to be extreme cunts.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


This is my horoscope from today, which explains a lot because I was going *crazy* at work today. I even called my mom for some excitement and told her work was okay because "my imagination was entertaining me." hahah, I'm such a dork.


You are in a hyper-creative phase today, yet your need to express yourself can bring on frustration instead of satisfaction. It may be challenging to follow your heart while also meeting your current obligations. It seems like you can do one, but only at the expense of the other. Continue to adjust your plan and modify your actions throughout the day, for now being flexible is your greatest strength.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Love Will Tear Us Apart

I just saw The Time Traveler's Wife.


Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana were perfect as Claire and Henry and from two minutes in, I had to force myself to not cry. And what special little treats for me through out: the fall leaves, the cold weather, the Pavement poster, Broken Social Scene covering Joy Division, Brad Pitt as Executive Producer.

Love love love love love love love!


Sunday, August 09, 2009

Hot Stuff

Originally uploaded by scarls17
I went to the Legg Mason tennis final today and saw Juan Martin Del Potro and Andy Roddick play. I'm too tired for a real post, so go look at my pictures.

Sunday, August 02, 2009


The following is a list of foods that, when in something I am eating, ruin it*:

1. Sour cream- Sour cream used to almost make me gag, just at the thought of it. I think it's one of the most disgusting things ever. I hate that it automatically comes on so many things: potato skins, nachos, tacos...YUCK! In my old age, I still detest it, but I'm at least okay if it's near my food.

2. Green peppers- I don't understand liking green peppers. Their taste permeates everything else in the dish! Growing up, I got my dad to change his chili recipe because it had green peppers in it. And people CHOOSE to put them on their pizza? Odd. One time I had a piece of raw green pepper and I could kind of see people liking that, but it was still way too much green peppery taste for me.

3. Mushrooms- I used to think I was okay with mushrooms because my mom used to make this dish with cream of mushroom, but a few years ago I went to eat a regular ol' mushroom and quickly realized I do not like them. I think they should only be put in vegetarians' food. I got shrimp lo mein for dinner and the mushrooms were all over that! YUCK! Huge ones, too. I couldn't ignore them. My trash can is now filled with them. I'm curious about this portabello mushroom thing because don't people eat them like steaks or something? Seems like a steam would be a lot better.

4. Mixed condiments- I am the person who causes the McDonald's line to come to a halt because I order my hamburgers plain. Actually, I haven't had a McDonald's hamburger since I was about 13 so you'll actually have to blame someone else. But do you know why I don't eat those anymore? No, it's not because they're bad for you, it's because they mix ketchup and mustard on them! EWWWWW! One time, my friend Nick got a hot dog at 7-11 and he put everything from the condiment bar on it. I couldn't even look at him while he ate it. It didn't stop me from sleeping with him, though**.

That actually might be it. I'm sure one of my friends who hangs out with me a lot can add to the list, but that's all I can think of right now.


*Or ruin a particular bite if I forget to pick it out.
**GOTCHA! Just kidding! Just checking to see if you're still reading.

Saturday, August 01, 2009