Monday, February 26, 2007
when i was in high school…
Ok, so I’ve taken some time off to do my other blog. What can I say? Go read it! How’s that?
Anyway, I was home to clean out my old bedroom and among the things there, I found some stuff that I want to share with all of you this week. First up: my high school notes! When I was in high school, we didn’t have text messaging and phones. No, we had old-fashioned writing things on paper and giving them to our friends between classes. I saved them in a box that I found in my room. I thought I was a cool teenager that wasn’t an annoying boy crazy gossipy girl like teenagers now. I was wrong. See the results below.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
my new blog
So in addition to this place, I’ve started a pop culture blog to keep me busy for the next few months. Make sure to go there alot, read it alot, and pass it along to all your friends. And if you don’t post in the comments, I will be disappointed in all of you. And yes, that’s my best Catholic guilt trip impression—for now.
Sunday, December 31, 2006
books i read this year
I know, it’s been ages since I posted. Long story about that. Anyway, as I’ve done the past few years, I post a list of the books I read this year. You can see my past lists here  and here .This year, I met my mark of 32 books, which is what I read last year. Pretty impressive considering last year, I had a goal of 20 books, thinking the lack of a subway in Indiana was going to hinder my reading. There were two opposing factors that contributed to my 32 books this year. To my advantage, I read a few kids books for this article for Gelf Magazine. Those kids books are quick and easy to read. To my disadvantage, I learned how to knit this year and got a Tivo so my reading time was spent instead with knitting needles in hand watching all the old episodes of The X-Files and Alias that I Tivoed. It’s sad, I know.
So without further adieu, here’s the list for 2006.
1. Saints and Sinners - Eamon Duffy [yes, this was at the end of my list last year so technically not a new book, but I read it this year too so it counts]
2. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
3. Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling [reread]
4. The Know-It-All - AJ Jacobs
5. The Magician’s Nephew - C.S. Lewis
6. Wife Living Dangerously - Sara Susannah Katz [written by my former boss, good chick lit]
7. Freakonomics - Levitt/Dunbar [good]
8. Plot Against America - Philip Roth [also good]
9. The Last Battle - C.S. Lewis
10. The Secret Man - Bob Woodward
11. Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone - J.K. Rowling [reread]
12. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl [great! I’m such a candy freak so this was a great book!]
13. Between You and Me - Mike Wallace
14. King Dork - Frank Portman [highly rec’d, one of my favorite books this year. It’s young adult lit but totally worth it]
15. The Magazine Article - Peter Jacobi [for a class I took, did you know there are other ways to write an article besides inverted pyramid? fascinating]
16. Best American Magazine Writing 2005 - various [also for class]
17. Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling [reread]
18. Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder [great, gift from my friend Stacy]
19 Killing Yourself to Live - Chuck Klosterman [good as usual once you get past the whole hipster pretentiousness]
20. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 - Beverly Cleary [reread, first read it when I was, in fact, eight years old]
21. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret - Judy Blume [great book if you’re 12, not so good if you have to relive that part of your life at 29]
22. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safron Foer [good]
23. Holidays on Ice - David Sedaris
24. Prep - Curtis Sittenfeld
25. The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde [not as impressed as I thought I would be]
26. Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling [reread]
27. James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl [reread, first was when my teacher read it to us in first grade, I drew a picture of the peach squishing James’s aunts for my book report]
28. On Writing - Stephen King [great]
29. Marley and Me - John Grogan
30. Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen [reread, great as always]
31. But Enough About Me - Jancee Dunn [highly rec’d]
32. Killing Bono - Neil McCormick
Wow. Looking at that list, I had quite a few rereads this year. As always, got some new books for Christmas that I now have to read including Ulysses by James Joyce. I plan to get credit for some of my books at the local used book store and use the credit to by a reader’s guide to help me through that one.
So what books did you read this year that were good? Any recommendations for the rest of us?
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Apparently, Christians have a lock on being greedy and buying stuff this holiday season now that Wal-Mart is scrapping Happy Holidays for Merry Christmas. I’m so proud of my religion.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
get out and vote
But don’t strangle people.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)—A poll worker was arrested Tuesday and charged with assault and interfering with an election for allegedly choking a voter and pushing the voter out the door, an official said.
Election officials called police, and the voter wanted to file charges, said Paula McCraney, a spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Clerk.
“That about tops off the day,” McCraney said.
It wasn’t immediately clear what sparked the altercation. The name of the poll worker was not released and a Louisville police spokesman did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
the tigers are better
From the New York Times corrections page:
“An entry in the News Summary on Saturday misstated the name of the team that the St. Louis Cardinals defeated to win the World Series. It was the Detroit Tigers, not the Detroit Lions.”
You have to give the Detroit team credit. For a football team, it is quite an accomplishment to make it to the World Series. Nearly impossible in fact.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
What’s more exciting than Jenny, Cosas and Julia IMing during Game 3 of the World Series? Well, probably alot of things but have fun reading our interactions anyway.
Friday, October 13, 2006
From CNNSI [thanks, Brad!]:
No. 19 Missouri (6-0) at Texas A&M (5-1)
The only problem with the Tigers’ surprise ascension is that there are a lot of Mizzou alums in my profession—including one of my editors—and they’re starting to beat their chests a little. If they keep this up, I fear I might start seeing Chase Daniel screen savers in the press box.
Missouri 27, Texas A&M 24
Monday, October 09, 2006
jesus hates the yankees
You know it’s going to be a bad off-season when you get beaten by the Detroit Tigers, who three years ago lost 119 games, despite the fact that you have a team made of totally overpaid all-stars. But it’s going to get worse. George Steinbrenner called the Yankees a sad failure and he’s deeply disappointed in their first-round elimination. Whatevs. I’m not shedding a tear. Have a nice break, A-Rod! Go Tigers!
Friday, October 06, 2006
this is where i live
“Indiana Pacers player Stephen Jackson was hit in the mouth, struck by a car and fired a gun outside a strip club early Friday, police said.”
Wow. I frankly haven’t read past the first paragraph of this story so I have no idea what’s going on. But just...wow. That sounds like a real-life version of the Double Dare obstacle course. I just hope Stephen was able to pick up the flags from each of those challenges.