Saturday, February 28, 2009

My Type

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mhmmm... : )

Saturday Brunch

Jen and I went to the Country Garden at the Arlington Gardens Mall this morning. It was so good to catch up. We were definitely the youngest people there by about 40 years. : ) I had a Greek omelette with artichoke hearts, feta cheese and tomatoes. Yummy...

Friday, February 27, 2009

My Plans for Tonight

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I'm going to buy Breakfast at Tiffany's on my way home from work, wash my hair, give myself a mani/pedi, and flip through my new magazines and old fashion books. I just feel like having a super girly night all to myself.

Spring Inspiration

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“A women who doesn't wear perfume has no future.”
Coco Chanel
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“I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe
that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny."
Coco Chanel
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Thursday, February 26, 2009

New Weekend, Same List?

1. Clean Kitchen
2. Clean Bathroom
3. Clean Bedroom
4. Clean Living Area
5. Organize/Weed Desk Drawers
6. File Taxes
7. File FAFSA
8. Homework
9. Start Planning Trip Details/Packing List
10. Plan Birthday Party
11. Hang out with Jen
12. Tidy Patio
13. Mani/Pedi

Makeover

I feel like my blog is really dark and heavy right now. Maybe I'll have some time to give it a makeover while I watch a movie on Friday night : )

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Ash Wednesday Irony

I gave up sugar for Lent, and my Girl Scout cookie order was delivered today...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Currently reading...

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Thoughts so far: This is the last book in the His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman. I know that all of the "critics" have said that you just can't put this book down, but I'm going to say otherwise. I started reading this over Winter Break and I am just now getting into it. But, if a day goes by without my having picked it up, I'm not disappointed. Reading this series definitely raises my blood pressure. The series is basically the antithesis of Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia. Pullman heavily criticizes Lewis for making his writings so religious, and yet, Pullman has done exactly the same. He may not feel so, but not believing in religion is still a religion--it is still a world view.

It is sad to me that so many people are heralding this book (although I suppose that the fact that J.K. Rowling praised the book should have given me some clue as to the quality of the writing) because it is not good literature. Yes, there is a great deal of symbolism. Yes, it is archetypal. However, it is too ironic. It is not imaginative. Pullman writes of other worlds yet he is unable to come up with new names for the places in those worlds--they are suprisingly similar (if not exactly the same) to the places that we have right here on earth. My mom put it quite well--it's as if he put those names in as a placeholder, then forgot to go back and change them.

This really isn't children's literature--the subject of sex is brought into play far too often (does children's literature need to be so blatant about the birds and the bees? let them be innocents--it will only last so long!). Also, Lyra is heralded for her ability to lie.

Sorry Pullman, you will never hold a candle to Lewis. Your books just are not good literature which isn't surprising as you simply pulled from the imaginations of others. You cannot do that if you are going to write fantasy lit.

P.S. - These are my initial outpourings. I will probably edit this post in order to make it more objective at a later time. This was supposed to be a quick little overview and it turned into an all-out rant and attack on Pullman. Sorry : )

Monday, February 23, 2009

"I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor."
Thoreau

Friday, February 20, 2009

Weekend To Do List

I am sick, but that shall not hamper my productivity.
Sadly, this looks very similar to last weekend's list...

1. Clean Kitchen
2. Clean Bathroom
3. Clean Bedroom
4. Clean Living Area
5. Tidy Patio
6. File Taxes
7. File FAFSA
8. Deconstruct Denim
9. Homework:
10. Laundry
11. Organize Desk Drawers
12. See if mom's old laptop hard drive will work in mine : )

Monday, February 16, 2009

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"How can we remember our ignorance, which our growth requires, when we are using our knowledge all the time?" -Thoreau
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"Don’t worry about mistakes. Making things out of mistakes, that’s creativity." - Peter Max

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Things I need to get done this weekend:

I have been seriously non-productive since school started, and that needs to change this weekend because I'm leaving for London a month from tomorrow, and I have a lot to get done before that!

  1. Clean Kitchen
  2. Clean Bathroom
  3. Clean Bedroom
  4. Clean Living Area
  5. Tidy Patio
  6. Organize Desk Drawers
  7. File Taxes
  8. File FAFSA
  9. Homework
  10. Deconstruct Old Denim : )
  11. Finish "The Amber Spyglass"

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Friday, February 6, 2009

New Pet!

I bought a new pet after I got off work tonight! After about a year, I finally cleaned out my fish tank, and now Vera Wang is my new purple Betta fish. I tried to take a picture of him, but he's not very photogenic.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Darn Phil saw his shadow...again...

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And apparently, he has 90% of the time since his tradition began in 1887.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Super Bowl XLIII

Since the Giants weren't playing today, I really only watched for the commercials. This was my favorite from this year's selection:


And this was my favorite from last year: