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A lot of positivity in the teacakes!

Hope your day was either fun or not too annoying! I had fun tinged with moments of annoyance . . . and I'm married!

feeling a bit: chipper chipper

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Oh, White Christmas, a thousand times White Christmas! I watch it every year, and have had viewing parties. To me, it epitomizes Christmas. It's mostly fun, with some poignant bits. There's lots of singing, some dancing, good jokes, and bad jokes. Everyone's disappointed that there's no snow (you're always disappointed by SOMETHING at Christmas, because it's so built up), but it DOES finally snow, so the holiday is redeemed. Plus, I know it so well by now, I can practically recite the whole thing (and I can DEFINITELY sing along to all the songs!)

I will say that Home Alone is a close second. (Have you noticed the insane art direction in that movie? I hadn't until this year . . . every room is wallpapered in red and green and I swear there is a Christmas wreath pattern in one room!)

Oh, and as a third, I will say Elf makes me smile.

And The Holiday is very pretty to look at.

But, White Christmas is paramount!

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Happy birthday, Laurie!!! Hope your Thanksgiving isn't too painful,and full of tasty treats!

feeling a bit: hopeful hopeful

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Wikipedia: useful tool or addictive timewaster? Maybe it's both! If you love information that is silly, or serious, or sometimes supported by multiple sources, or sometimes completely unverifiable, you've probably stumbled across Wikipedia more than once.

If this is the case, pick ten random Wikipedia entries from your browsing history and post them on your LJ. Then, ask your friends to do the same on their LJs, if they feel so inclined. Maybe you'll find you have something in common!

What I've been reading:

1. JAWS screen reader (Came up during my interview about virtual reference. Apparently, the software that is used to do chat reference is not very compatible with screen readers for the visually impaired, but IM clients generally are.)

2. July 22 (My birthday, I was interested to see what went on.)

3. Half-birthday (Yes, there is an article devoted to this. Well, a "stub" which we can help expand. Unfortunately, I don't there is much more to say on the subject.)

4. Wiki (Meta . . . This was also for my virtual reference project.)

5. Severance Hall

6. Fergie (Not the type of thing I typically research, but I saw a picture online by chance and she looked like she was about 50 and I thought she was only a couple of years older than me, which she is. Curiosity, what-what? Dead cats all over the shop.)

7. List of essayists (I like essays; I'd like to write essays.)

8. Charles Lamb (He wrote essays, natch.)

9. Bow echo (First article found when clicking “random article” that caught my attention.)

10. David Mitchell (Yes, yes, alright. At least they finally updated his picture; the other one was awful. He's wearing the standard uniform maroon shirt in this new one.)

Blerg. I lost most of my QI icons in my letting my LJ subscription lapse briefly. My Bill Bailey one with the "Welcome to my wonderful world of looking things up in books" (paraphrasing, of course) would have been parfait! However, Alan Davies declaring the Internet to be brilliant comes close to the mark. It CAN be pretty nifty, after all.

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feeling a bit: contemplative procrastinatory

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Very nearly a day late and probably a dollar short, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAURIE!!!!!!!

Hope your day, week and month is fabUlous. (My family takes birthdays pretty damn seriously, so I know how to stretch a celebration; I hope you do, too!)

I wish you buckets of baked goods and a balmy(ish) winter. Keep typing!

feeling a bit: chipper chipper

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It is official!!!

And, this cake is going to have a LOT of icing on it!


feeling a bit: ecstatic fucking thrilled

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You guys. It just hit me. We are going to win. I'm weeping like a little girl! (I don't think I can jinx this--the Republican party admitted they had to win both Pennsylvania and Ohio to win the election.)

Grant Park is going crazy and McCain is taking a nap!

(The only thing that would make this better is if I was not sitting in my apartment by myself. At least I turned on a light and I'm not just sitting in the dark.)

ETA: Okay, Pat Buchanan just said that Obama is looking at eight years in office. What planet are we on again?

feeling a bit: shocked amazed
listening to/looking at: MSNBC, what else?

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MSNBC just called OHIO for OBAMA!!! They put it in the blue column!!! 55% to 43% so far!!! SQUEEE!!!

feeling a bit: ecstatic ecstatic
listening to/looking at: MSNBC, what else?

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Yes! I went to the Early Voting Center in Akron and it's done! There were lots and lots of people there, and I very nearly cried. I didn't actually weep, but I misted over.

feeling a bit: excited excited

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So, I decided to liveblog this debate, too. It's sure to be super awkward, but I don't THINK we'll see anything too volatile.

Chuck Todd's calm and cool recitation of the latest polls on Meet the Press is strangely soothing. (It could be a landslide, actually. Maybe. Possibly. Hopefully.)

Fun video about polling numbers

I'm really tired, though, you guys. Like, megaultrontired. I need a day off work. I will vote for whoever makes more vacation mandatory!

It's the Men vs. Women graph again on CNN. Mars vs. Venus. Arrgh vs. Blerg.

I like Brokaw's foundation, but he could use a little blusher.

Obama was pretty strong out of the gate, but I wish he would have made his answer a little more pointed.

McCain likes these town hall things, but he looks pretty robotronic. His answer was kind of short, too. Oooh, NOT FUNNY, McCain. Don't diss Brokaw, even in jest.

eBay creator? No. Did he just say "cronyism"? McCain, you are the original crony(TM), Mr. Maverick.

Oh, the viewers at home in OHIO are lovin' Obama. Yayz! And, now that Blackwell has been removed as Secretary of State, we might have a chance at a fair election!

I absolutely hateHATEHATE the "Wall Street vs. Main Street" crap. Oh, and here's the pot calling the kettle . . . something.

Letter writer Barack Obama. He has many powerful penpals. "Do you think that subprime mortgages are awesome? Or lame? Please check one."

When McCain spews his venom, Obama has that relaxed "Can you believe this guy?" smile. Conversely, McCain visage becomes a grim smirk whenever Obama is saying something different from his talking points memo.

Obama wrote a separate letter, McCain! And STOP talkin' 'bout special interests, man!

Oooh, Obama is OFF THE CHARTS with the viewers at home!!! Huzzah!

I know that my stance is very clear. I'm not an impartial viewer. But McCain just comes off as condescending, even if he doesn't mean to be. Aaaand, the viewers at home seem to agree with me. He is flatlining at neutral. Oooh, now he's dipping below neutral into NEGATIVE.

Brokaw with the smackdown!

John, saying "my friends" doesn't MAKE IT TRUE. (He's not doing so well, methinks. I thought he would have brought a little more to the table for this one.)

Ooh, good question from Fiora in Chi. Sacrifices! Why are the ladies digging McCain so much on this question? It seems a little odd.

There's a slow burn on Obama's answer about sacrifice. That's right! Put the responsibility back on the people, too! We do need to examine our PERSONAL energy use. Great way to talk about sacrifice! Double the Peace Corps! Hooray!

He ain't heavy, he's my brother. Share the burden, baby!

McCain=Hatchet; Obama=Scalpel. He's razor sharp!

"Nailing Jell-o to a wall"? Huh? Oh, thanks for the tax breaks for kids--I'm single, dude. Thanks for nothing.

Obama and Biden loooove facts. They're good, but the repetition is sometimes problematic.

It's not that hard to fix Social Security--but how? You didn't answer the question, like you JUST SAID YOU WOULD. Um? He didn't answer it! He said he would and he didn't! Did we all just witness this? The viewers at home are with me! Stop. spouting. the. Talking. Points. Memo. Blindly. Oy. Vey.

Green jobs, baby, go! Oooh, John, Lieberman is not popular with anybody. You're not winning any Dems with him. Yikes. This answer is . . . bad. He keeps . . . fal-faltering. Like he doesn't have true conviction, maybe?

And now for Obama . . . pretty good. Not a home run, but much better and more comprehensive than his opponent.

Pointing at Obama and saying "that one"? Yeesh, McCain. That didn't look/sound/feel good. I can't believe he's talking about drilling offshore when the price of oil has plummeted this week.

Health care as a commodity: good question. Obama. Tick tock. Good points, all, but you're losing the time race.

What do you mean by medical airquotes "errors"? That was weird. (I heard that taking health care coverage "across state lines" will likely result in a few states with favorable taxes for the HMOs and insurance companies getting all the insurance jobs, which would lead to jobs leaving certain other states, decreasing employment, etc . . .)

McCain, nobody likes/gets your "jokes". Stay on the straight and narrow, please.

Oooh, look! Obama is saying what I just said above! Cool! (Brokaw's about to smack him down, though . . .)

McCain is kind of totally setting Obama up to spank him on Iraq. Yeah. You're going down, McCain. Lebanon? Kosovo? Bosnia? (Oh, here we go, "On the job training . . .")

I liked all of that, Obama. He's green, but he's good.

And McCain isn't answering the question about humanitarian aid. Cool hand at the tiller? Have you EVER been a "cool hand," you angry little man?

Oy, McCain and his Reagan worship is getting creepy. And DATED.

"Darn sure!" McCain has contracted the Palin folksy virus. He needs to be inoculated.

Hee, I like how Obama says Tally-bahn. It's cute. (What? I'm not made of stone, ladies.)

McCain has a LOT of heroes. Reagan, Tip O'Neill, Teddy Roosevelt, Barbara Hershey (she IS the wind beneath his wings).

Obama is like FDR (calm yet passionate, likeable and smart) and McCain is like Teddy (kind of--blustery and hotheaded).

Hee! Brokaw is "just the hired help here". You are doing a good job, Tom!

OooOOOooh. Equal time, equal time. Use it wisely, McCain; you fought for it.

Normal lives in Iraq? Where? Who?

McCain cut off Brokaw! Uncool.

Is Obama's mike cutting out? Hmmm. Ooh, Obama, it is maybe not wise to talk about funding other countries just at the moment. The viewers at home don't HATE what you're saying, but they're not sure about it, either.

I've got to find that clip from Mock the Week with Putin's bare waxed chest. (Watch this space!)

Again with the Second Holocaust fearmongering? WE were the ones to use the nuclear bombs in WWII, McCain.

"What don't you know, and how will you learn it?" Obama kind of isn't answering it. Shame. McCain is going to pounce on this, I fear.

Or . . . not. He's going to recite a prepared speech about how he "knows what it's like." Which is slightly laughable.

It's over! They're blocking the teleprompter! I think they should kiss each other on the cheeks, European-style.

I'm turning to MSNBC, but have little hope of seeing Chuck Todd weigh in. Wherefore hast thou forsaken us, Chuck? Stop playing with your Microsoft Surface and lead us!

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listening to/looking at: the debate, silly!

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For those of you who give a toss, this is David Mitchell talking about the current financial crisis (before it got to be quite so critical, I may say.) I love the fiery oratory of a fellow nerd!
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Andy Parsons is not my favorite contributor to Mock the Week, but he hit the nail on the head with this one.
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So, I was torn about my answers, but when I got this result, I thought YES THAT IS ME! So, I obviously answered correctly. My problem is, that I'm too many things.

Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...

You Are a Katharine!

You are a Katharine -- "I am happy and open to new things"

Katharines are energetic, lively, and optimistic. They want to contribute to the world.

How to Get Along with Me

  • * Give me companionship, affection, and freedom.

  • * Engage with me in stimulating conversation and laughter.

  • * Appreciate my grand visions and listen to my stories.

  • * Don't try to change my style. Accept me the way I am.

  • * Be responsible for youself. I dislike clingy or needy people.

  • * Don't tell me what to do.

What I Like About Being a Katharine

  • * being optimistic and not letting life's troubles get me down

  • * being spontaneous and free-spirited

  • * being outspoken and outrageous. It's part of the fun.

  • * being generous and trying to make the world a better place

  • * having the guts to take risks and to try exciting adventures

  • * having such varied interests and abilities

What's Hard About Being a Katharine

  • * not having enough time to do all the things I want

  • * not completing things I start

  • * not being able to profit from the benefits that come from specializing; not making a commitment to a career

  • * having a tendency to be ungrounded; getting lost in plans or fantasies

  • * feeling confined when I'm in a one-to-one relationship

Katharines as Children Often

  • * are action oriented and adventuresome

  • * drum up excitement

  • * prefer being with other children to being alone

  • * finesse their way around adults

  • * dream of the freedom they'll have when they grow up

Katharines as Parents

  • * are often enthusiastic and generous

  • * want their children to be exposed to many adventures in life

  • * may be too busy with their own activities to be attentive

Take Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz at HelloQuizzy

And this reminds me that I need a Katharine Hepburn icon.

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First, this was hilarious. LOL, indeed.

I was supposed to watch the debate at my friend's house, but her son wasn't feeling well. So, I'm watching it alone at home. And the thought struck me . . . liveblog! I have to pee first, tho.

I'm back! I'm watching CNN; they have the Ohio women v. men reaction graph going, which was interesting during the first Presidential Debate.

Why do I feel that the Republicans already have all their excuses for losing ready to go?

Five minute segments . . . less time to eff up. Less time for Biden to dither.

I couldn't be in the audience, because I couldn't be quiet!

"Can I call you Joe?" WHAT. I wonder how many times she'll say it?

Ooh, they're putting the questions on the screen; Sarah'll have to stay on point. For realsies.

She's . . . a little more coherent. A little. Little League games, though? Man.

Biden, you totally set her UP for that response about the "fundamentals of the economy". She had that one memorized! You have to ask her harder ones, if you want her to look goofier.

American's are craving something NEW and DIFFERENT? And that thing is MCCAIN??? Oooookay.

Go Gwen! They didn't answer it!

How much does Sarah love the camera? YOU'RE NOT ON THE SIX O'CLOCK NEWS NOW. You can look at Gwen and Joe, too.

Wow, the folks in Columbus don't like facts, much. I cannot defend my fellow Ohioans. Half of them are scared or idiots. That's why they vote Republican.

Her and her freakin' "Darn right!"s. She's way too yokel, I'm sorry. She is.

Oooh, Joe. Be a gentle giant.

"I might not answer the questions you want me to" ??? WHAT THE H. Oh, help us.

Joe. You possess a lot of facts. Ooh, the audience laughed at the "Bridge to Nowhere" gag! That's not keeping quiet, Missouri!

Hmmmm, I don't know if he's really working this question.

OH MY GOD. SHE DID IT. "McCain doesn't say one thing to one group and another to another . . ." RAGE BLACKOUT. Aaaannd she's not answering the question, either. Gwen, step in here and set them both straight.

Joe. 4 billion. Exxon. Message received. Move. On.

Her accent. It bugs.

Oh, the viewers at home don't like it when you change topics like that, Sarah. Well. Not at first. Fickle Ohioans!!!

"I don't want to argue about the causes"? IT'S A DEBATE. And, she doesn't know ANYTHING. Other countries do NOT pollute more than us. "Green" natural gas"?

She's tolerant. Huh.

Here we go. Iraq. Oh the funding thing! DUDE, it's been explained before. Again. And again.

I think that some of the viewers at home have been drinking. These graph lines are really wonky.

Dudes, is Sarah Palin winning "on points"? Sarah just did a classic news anchor wrap up! That's what she should be, not on this stage.

"Nuculer", she's says. Bush III? "The Castro Brothers"? Isn't that a movie this fall?

Her new BFF Kissinger! Score! WowsheistotallychannelingBushrightnow. "They hate our freedom!"

Second Holocaust? Man, the fearmongering in the Republican camp is palpable.

Biden is the fact master. Possibly to his detriment in this sound bite era.

Sarah. is. not. making. sense. about. nuclear. weapons. Keep. talking. words. more words. Can we talk about something I rehearsed? Phew!

Darfur! I didn't see that coming . . . I wonder if the candidates did.

Sarah is giving Tina Fey some material here, her adorable fake smile and head shaking. "I'm a Washington outsider."

Joe, don't push your website! Don't go negative!

Joe. This is all good. But how would your administration be DIFFERENT from Obama?

Lies. Lies. Lies. Sarah. How can you say these things without blanching?

Um, Joe has to make a point about why we need a change, Sarah. He can't NOT mention Bush. I know YOU were told not to mention him, but that's another story.

Shout out to third graders??? WHAT.

Okay, she's losing me with the response about more power for the VP position. Huh?

Ooooh, the viewers at home don't like Cheney. Watch that line jump!

Hmmmm. You could have redirected this question, Sarah. Maybe she doesn't know what an Achilles heel is? Yeah. This answer makes no sense. What? No. No sense.

That's better, Joe!

Maverick again! If I was playing the drinking game, I would have passed out by now. Ooooh, you just listed some unpopular politicians there, Sarah.

Track records? Would that be "pointing backward"?

She's wrapping up now. And, back to you in the studio, John.

He's wrapping up now. FUNdamental change. Emphasis on FUN.

No clear winner or loser, in my opinion. Where is Chuck Todd? I hope he weighs in.

feeling a bit: curious curious

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You are a

Social Liberal
(63% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(16% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also : The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

That was an interesting test, but what was with the question about needing to know where the person you were dating was at all times? It seemed . . . incongruous.

feeling a bit: chipper chipper

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How to Win a Fight With a Conservative is the ultimate survival guide for political arguments

My Liberal Identity:

You are an Eco-Avenger, also known as an environmentalist or tree hugger. You believe in saving the planet from the clutches of air-fouling, oil-drilling, earth-raping conservative fossil fools.

feeling a bit: cold cold
listening to/looking at: BAFTAs

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Why must the world be populated with creepy characters? Why don't people who are creepy seem to realize this? Or, do they realize it and just not care? I am sure that some people get a perverse thrill in causing discomfort in others, but some creeps seem oblivious to it.

Simply ponderous.

By the way, this is not really about any one specific creep. Although it was inspired by a creep at work creeping by my desk, causing me to shudder.

feeling a bit: curious curious

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Hey, does anyone else remember Mint Sprints? The Little Debbie snacks? I freaking LOOOVED those things. And then one day, they just weren't there. It truly is a cruel world. *sigh*

Wouldn't it be funny if that were all I posted? Heeeeeeee. No.

Project Runway is getting very good indeed. It's down to some pretty good designers, Ricky excepted. I loved how Heidi was all "What's UP with you?" during the judging. But seriously, what IS up with him?

I'm trying to read some improving literature. I'm nearly done with The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton (one of my favorites!) and it's really very a) good and b) thought-provoking. In fact, I keep trying to fit some of the theories he posits about why we love the architecture we do into other areas of life/art.

I'm overlapping that book with How to Read a Book, which technically I already know how to do, but according to the author very few people read for deeper meaning or whatever. I think its mainly focused on non-fiction/topical reading, which I have to do for my classes. I'll probably wish that I had read this years ago when I finish it. It was originally written in the forties, but then it was overhauled by the author and a partner in the seventies and a lot of content was added.

The donut muffins were a success! (jasminelily posted the recipe a few weeks back.) Although, I really really really need to get a mixer. Maybe not Kitchen Aid, because they are mondo expensivo, but a similar type thing. Anybody have any non-Kitchen Aid recs? Or does anyone want to defend the expense of a Kitchen Aid? I also have another birthday to bake for on Monday. Any recommended recipes? I'm thinking something chocolate-y this time. Hmmmmm. Like, maybe a chocolate BREAD or something? That could be good. I might have to Google it.

To return to my opening query, Mint Sprints not only are no longer manufactured, it seems that they are little thought or spoken of! Google searches yielded almost NOTHING on the subject. Sigh. Part of me was hoping you could still buy them on like, Classic Candy and Snacks dot com or something.

My kitchen cart has already arrived at my parents' house! They said it would be 5-7 days before it shipped and 3-5 days delivery, but it shipped the next day and arrived in 2 days. And it was free shipping, too. Score.

Dudes, I think this is my first unlocked real post in forever. I should probably just get over myself.

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feeling a bit: chipper chipper
listening to/looking at: Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey . . . in my MIND

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I rescind my apology for my last post. Love me, love my occasional slump into maudlin territory.

Now, onto other things. I've been watching the fifth series of QI, since I had to catch up (stupid computer.) It is just so good and funny and INTERESTING. And I was thinking that, though I've said it before, it would probably never work in the US, even if they gave it a chance, which they wouldn't. It bothers me that this is true, and I was thinking about how it COULD work.

First, the only panel-type shows I know of in America are on NPR on Saturday afternoons, and they tend to be a bit like Have I Got News for You. Then, there are the politicos on Comedy Central, of course, TDS and The Colbert Report, and, what's that guy's name? Keith Olbermann does a bit of political jokery, and SNL News, but that's sort of done with a stifled laugh and a big wink. And then there are those VH-1 and E! shows with all the people commenting on stupid things to a camera. Looking off to the left or the right in front of a green screen. But all of those people are shot separately and have a head's up on the topics and sort of write their own lame scripts.

I think we need to start the necessary evolution/revolution necessary to make panel shows popular in America. If we could harness the power and popularity of the talents from TDS (past and present) and do a sort of news-related game show that DOESN'T focus on stupid celebrities and their stupid stupidness. It would be easy to do, relatively cheap to produce, and could probably find a nice little niche on basic cable. And once one such does well (look at that those bloody "I Love the [Insert Decade]s", which were from England originally, anyway, for one example), it could be a domino effect. And, as much as I pray for the writer's strike to end, if it doesn't, this could be the time for the show to make its entrance. However, I'm not part of Hollywood, nor do I have the ear of anyone who is. So, likely I will have to content myself with panel fare from England forever.

It's just that I wish intelligence and wit were more highly prized in the US. I wish it weren't relegated and ridiculed and mistaken for being a snobbery. And I wish that . . . oh, well. I guess I should be glad that there are some places in this world where such things are not completely disregarded and ridiculed.

I'm going to need a ladder to get off of this soapbox.

feeling a bit: aggravated aggravated
listening to/looking at: Ballykissangel

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I know I've read more than the 20 books GoodReads says I have. Of course, I joined in June, so I'm a little hazy on what exactly I read before I started keeping track. I did reread some books this year, which I didn't count, but maybe I should have. With rereads and such, I'd maybe put the number of (non-school) books I read this year at around 30. Which is still really low, but it's hard when one is in school. I read a lot of articles and SOME chapters of my textbooks, so I guess I can feel a little bit better about things. And, of course, there was the NYT article earlier this year about how little our fellow Americans actually read, so what am I sweating?

I'm really liking the site, because I'm usually crap at keeping track of what I read. And this way, it's all nice and neat and somewhat organized. I really should try to read more this year. I think I'm going to shoot for 40 this year, since I'll still be in school and working and stuff, so let's be realistic.

I should find a movie site, too, to keep track of the movies I watch. I'll try to do some recall here. Movies Seen in the Theater in 2007 (to the best of my recollection):

Music and Lyrics
Reign Over Me
Blades of Glory
More Than Anything in the World
Deadpan Valentine
Pleasant Moments
Change of Address
The Ten
Eagle vs. Shark
Hot Fuzz
Knocked Up
Nancy Drew
La Vie En Rose
The Namesake
Death at a Funeral
Introducing the Dwights
Becoming Jane
Love in the Time of Cholera

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listening to/looking at: 24 Hour Party People

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