Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Top 25 Most Played Songs on iTunes:

1. Wonderlust King - Gogol Bordello
2. Supermassive Black Hole - Muse
3. Dark Eyes - DeVotchKa
4. Candyman - Christina Aguilera
5. Get Over It - OK Go
6. I'm Shipping Up to Boston - Dropkick Murphys
7. Rehab - Amy Winehouse
8. Here It Goes Again - OK Go
9. We Used To Be Friends - The Dandy Warhols
10. Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall
11. Starlight - Muse
12. Start Wearing Purple - Gogol Bordello
13. Apocalypse Please - Muse
14. Sweet Ones - Sara Slean
15. The Shape of Things to Come - Bear McCreary
16. Chelsea Dagger - The Fratellis
17. Stockholm Syndrome - Muse
18. Smile - Michael Lord
19. O Valencia! - The Decemberists
20. Charlotte Mittnacht (The Fabulous Destiny Of...) - DeVotchKa
21. Sally's Song - Fiona Apple
22. The Denial Twist - The White Stripes
*23. Something Deep Inside - Billie Piper
24. Ain't No Other Man - Christina Aguilera
25. The Legionnaire's Lament - The Decemberists
25a. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
25b. Make Your Own Kind of Music - Mama Cass Elliot
25c. What I Got - Sublime
25d. Grande Polonaise Brillante in E-Flat Major, molto allegro, Op.22 - Warsaw Philharmonic

*23-25d are all tied for the same number of plays, so I included them all rather than cut off arbitrarily due to alphabetization. Because this for some reason mattered to me.

Clearly, much like Alyssa, there is a definite tracking of songs I listen to on my shuffle while I'm at the gym. Otherwise, I can't really explain the presence of Candyman.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Thank God Memorial Day weekend is finally over. We had Marshall's high school graduation party on Saturday, which involved weeks of planning and preparation and much cleaning and cooking on the parts of me and Laura. (And not much from someone else; guess who!) Everything went well, except too many people showed up and ate too much food, so we had very few leftovers, which is always the reward when doing this type of thing.

It's getting too hot to have oatmeal for breakfast in the morning. I'm kind of stuck on what to switch in. I'm trying to cut high fructose corn syrup from my diet, so.

Still have not seen Indiana Jones. Laura has no interest in going, which means it will probably be just me and Sarah. Sometime. Maybe.

Friday, May 23, 2008



Damn straight she's number one.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

People, if I do not watch at least one of the new movies I checked out from the library, you have my permission to shoot me. Also, this is the third time I've checked out Rome S2D1, and I will watch at least one episode, so help me. I do not know what my damage is.

I am really, really excited for Indiana Jones, but Marshall's graduation party is on Saturday, so I wouldn't be surprised if I don't get to see it till next week. I need to see Cate as a Soviet dominatrix NOW.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Well, the kids are taking finals, which means I need to find a new job. Bah. (What am I going to do with my life? I hate the way this industry is set up; it is so hard to get into it.)

My Grandpa has taken a cholesterol drug for years, and when he recently started feeling muscle aches and pains, the VA was too dim to realize that one of the side effects of his medicine was aches and pains. They finally figured it out and took him off, but it's going to take months to get it all out of his system. He's just in pain all the time, stiff, especially in the morning; it's frustrating because he's a very healthy guy for his age, always up and about and doing things (the man built an extension to his barn last year, on his own, in a week, at the age of 82), and if he had gotten off sooner he probably wouldn't be this bad now. He's going to stay with my aunt and uncle for a while, and my dad's been very upset and stressed over all of this, so hopefully now that Gamps isn't all by himself things will be better.

In the meantime, I'm not sure I'm used to the idea that I can't just drive in to see my Grandpa whenever, you know? We go over to his house all the time, and now he'll be half an hour away and we can't really drop in on my uncle the same way. I think it's for the best, but it's still been kind of sucky around here the last few weeks, all of this stuff.

Friday, May 16, 2008

All I know is, Gaeta singing better be on the soundtrack. Jesus, his VOICE.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

I'm teaching myself Latin out of Laura's textbook. She obviously helps me with concepts, vocab, and checking over my translations. Here is the last one I did; it made me laugh, as I figured it out about six words in.

"Exercitus noster est magnus," Persicus inquit, "et propter numerum sagittarum nostrarum caelum non videbitis!" Tum Lacedaemonius respondet: "In umbra, igitur, pugnabimus!" Et Leonidas, rex Lacedaemoniorum, exclamat: "Pugnate cum animus, Lacedaemonii; hodie apud inferos fortasse cenabimus!"

"Our ruin is great," a Persian says, "and because of the number of our arrows you will not see the sky!" Then a Spartan responds: "Therefore, we will fight in the shade!" And Leonidas, king of the Spartans, exclaims: "Fight with courage, Spartans: perhaps today we will dine among the dead!"

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

You can definitely tell when I started writing my script in earnest, as my reading and movie watching fell way off. There is NO WAY I will watch 100 new movies this year. I'll be lucky to hit 50.

Books
12. Siege of Darkness, R.A. Salvatore. 3-4.
13. Duma Key, Stephen King. 3-4.
14. Lisey’s Story, Stephen King. 3-13.
15. Desperation, Stephen King. 3-19.
16. Victorian America: Transformations in Everyday Life, 1876-1915, Thomas Schlereth. 3-30.

17. The Dead Zone, Stephen King. 4-6.
18. Foundation, Isaac Asimov. 4-28.

Movies
9. I Am Legend (2007). 3-9
10. Bringing Up Baby (1938). 3-16

Monday, May 12, 2008

So, it's been a long two weeks. Just as I was finishing up my script, I started to come down with a sinus infection. Which turned out to be the worst of my life, I think. I had to call in for a sub for two days (a sub for a sub; I'm sure they were pleased), and it made the revision and printing off of my scripts really, really fun. I found out after school that Thursday that the next day would be my last as the language arts maternity sub (since I'm uncertified, I can only sub 30 cumulative days for the same teacher, according to the state; whatever); last week I was back to general subbing, which is easier and yet not. Easier because I don't have to make lesson plans or really teach, for the most part; harder because I've lost what thin veneer of authority I was able to work up.

Since then, my sinus infection has turned into this awful rattling chest cough, and my dad wants me to go to the doctor, but I will not. I will ride this out! I am young and hale! I don't have health insurance!

Oh, Friday's BSG was so good, it kind of hurt, knowing it's the last season. I really hate SciFi for not just committing to a fifth season, which made the EPs decide to finish up in four and know that they were going to end on their terms; I feel like we're rushing, a bit, and skipping broad story and character progressions to get to the endgame, but this last episode clicked in a very strong way. I can't believe we're already more than halfway through the front ten; I'm almost glad SciFi is splitting the season up, just to make it last longer.

Thursday, May 1, 2008



Memories...

Speaking of which, kind of, I showed Post-Modern Prometheus in class today. Because tomorrow is my last day, I'm tired, and it's kind of about writing, right? Anyway, it was a lot of fun; I hadn't watched it in a couple of years, and I had forgotten how laugh-out-loud it can be at places. Not that any of the students did, of course.