14 June 2013

No List Friday

I became a fan of Ender Wiggin last week.  Sorry about being mad late to the party.

08 June 2013

Rock On

I happened to be in my early 20's when Guitar Hero and shortly thereafter Rock Band hit the scene.  Because of this every time I hear:

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps
  • The Killers - When You Were Young
  • Queen - Killer Queen
  • David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
  • OK Go - Here It Goes Again

my first thought is: I can totally play that on guitar.  

07 June 2013

05 June 2013


Not too long ago, I was weighing the pros and cons of becoming a bank robber.

My main bank robber inspiration derived from:
  • the Hamburglar
  • Bonnie [Parker]
  • any good excuse to cover my face with a bandanna

[I realize now that there are inherent flaws with the above mentioned.  One person is fictitious and known for stealing food, the other was ambushed when she was 23 ... and I shouldn't be divulging any potential disguises.]

Not everything about robbing banks is bad, there's:
  • money
  • excitement
  • fun costumes
  • ability to become famous
  • job security
  • tax free wages
  • early retirement
  • flexible hours

On the downside, I do not think I am the ideal candidate for robbin' banks because:

  • I am generally slow moving
  • and clumsy
  • and lazy.
  • I lack bank robbing social skills 
  • ... as in, not assertive when demanding money or making threats.
  • I am not a genius. 
  • I am awful at lying
  • ... I can't even lie about being able to lie.
  • I would not be a good get away driver.
  • I am a rule follower, mostly.
  • I don't want to get shot,
  • or be ambushed. 
  • I am not clever enough to create a good alias, 
  • or a fake back story for when I show up to a new town.

... back to the drawing board.  

04 June 2013

Fast Money

I had a spur of the moment brilliant idea not to spend money this week. That means:

  • no credit card swiping
  • no debit card swiping
  • no cash throwing
  • no book buying
  • no Amazon ordering
  • no music downloads
  • no new apps
  • no Barnes & Noble
  • no Starbucks
  • no fast food
  • no slow food
  • no purchasing food on lunch breaks
  • no alcohol
  • no happy hour[s]
  • no library fines
  • no speeding tickets
  • no bailing anyone out of jail

02 June 2013

11 Songs

  1. Young the Giant - My Body
  2. Adele - Right As Rain
  3. The White Stripes - We're Going to Be Friends
  4. The Black Keys - Lonely Boy
  5. Dispatch - Hey Hey
  6. Modest Mouse - World At Large
  7. MGMT - Kids
  8. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Man On Fire
  9. Mumford & Sons - Babel
  10. Patrick Sweany - Them Shoes
  11. Shwayze - Buzzin'

01 June 2013


My mom called asking for some assistance with a crossword puzzle two days ago.

The clue: petting zoo female; 3 letters

I rattled off:

  • hen
  • cat
  • dog
  • fox
  • bug
  • pug
  • emu
  • bee
  • ewe
  • doe
  • rat
  • bat
  • gnu
  • fly
  • hog
  • pig
  • cow
  • kit
  • owl

... the answer was, 'doe' ... my mom did not seem amused with my extensive knowledge of 3 lettered animals.

31 May 2013

No List Friday

It may not technically be summer, but it sure feels summery outside.

15 May 2013

11 Songs

  1. Bruce Springsteen - I'm Goin' Down
  2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Victory Lap
  3. Vampire Weekend - I'm Going Down
  4. Theophilus London - Strange Love
  5. Tegan and Sara - Closer
  6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps
  7. Modest Mouse - 3rd Planet
  8. Tanlines - All Of Me
  9. Third Eye Blind - Deep Inside of You
  10. Third Eye Blind - Wake for Young Souls
  11. OK Go - This Too Shall Pass

10 May 2013

No List Friday

Let's talk about how happy I am to own this book.

07 May 2013

I am not the wise old fish

This morning I read, 9 Books to Get Kids Hooked on Reading for Life.

To say I was throughly unimpressed is a vast understatement.  I found the list uninspired, bland, and ... well, just wrong.

What are these 9 books?

  1. Goodnight Moon
  2. Stewart Little
  3. Ivy and Bean
  4. Pippi Longstocking
  5. The Borrowers
  6. To Kill A Mockingbird (recommended for kids who are 7 to 12 [... what?])
  7. The Mysterious Benedict Society
  8. The Fault In Our Stars
  9. Native Son

You want 9 books to ignite a love for reading? I've got them right here:

  1. Where the Wild Things Are
  2. Good Night, Gorilla
  3. Have You Seen My Duckling?
  4. The Pain and the Great One
  5. Superfudge
  6. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  7. The Phantom Tollbooth
  8. Jonathan Livingston Seagull
  9. This Is Water


... and you're welcome.

30 April 2013

11 Songs

  1. Ok Go - This Too Shall Pass
  2. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - 40 Day Dream
  3. Matt & Kim - Daylight
  4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Under the Earth
  5. The Roots - Here I Come
  6. Third Eye Blind - Wake For Young Souls
  7. Ryan Adams - Starting to Hurt
  8. Tanlines - All Of Me
  9. She & Him - Sweet Darlin'
  10. Rihanna - Talk That Talk
  11. Phoenix - Lasso

27 April 2013

Doodle Me This

Things I like:

  • finding old doodles in old books


List on book (!)

Double Bonus:

Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace

26 April 2013

25 April 2013

11 Songs

  1. Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
  2. Theophilus London - Strange Love
  3. Tegan and Sara - Closer
  4. The Dead Weather - Hustle and Cuss
  5. The Dead Weather - Will There Be Enough Water
  6. Macklemore - Victory Lap
  7. Kid Cudi - Pursuit of Happiness
  8. Delta Spirit - 911
  9. The Avett Brothers - I Never Knew You
  10. Bronze Radio Return - Shake! Shake! Shake!
  11. Jay-Z - My President Is Black

24 April 2013

Movie Shortcomings

I could not sleep last night, so naturally it made since to watch The Hunger Games on Netflix.

Big mistake.

I went from being tired and unable to sleep, to being wide awake and annoyed ... more so by the movie than by the fact that I was awake.

The more I watch the movie, I find more things that bother me, like:

  • UGH. Of all things to change, why would you not include Madge in the movie!?
  • UGH. Hey, while you're busy erasing Madge, you should totally butcher, downplay, ruin, mar the way in which Katniss acquires the mockingjay pin.
  • UGH. Katniss buying the mockingjay pin from Greasy Sae? ... lame.
  • UGH. Peeta looks like such a wimpy dweeb.
  • UGH. The shaky iPhone-esque footage capturing style while running around? --- it doesn't make me feel like I am part of the movie, it makes me feel seasick.
  • UGH. Didn't the movie cost trillions of dollars to make? Some of that budget should have gone to making Katniss's fire dress look legit.
  • UGH. The Cornucopia looks like a mediocre AP Art project.
  • UGH. Way to not capture the depth and breadth of the bond Katniss and Rue shared.
  • UGH. Way to not capture all the effort that Haymitch had to put into lining up sponsors for Katniss.
  • UGH. Way to completely butcher the scene where Katniss finds Peeta in the mud.  It was one of my favorite parts of the book. Thanks.

23 April 2013

Backseat Clutter

The backseat in my car has been accumulating clutter to the point of me looking like a junior hoarder; upon un-cluttering it, I have uncovered:

  • a travel first aid kit
  • box of tissues
  • unused plastic silverware
  • ice scrapper
  • hoodie
  • sweat pants
  • another ice scrapper
  • box of Band-Aids
  • lunch box (empty)
  • cough drops
  • hand lotion
  • rain jacket
  • EarPods case
  • sun glasses
  • hand sanitizer
  • notepad
  • multiple discarded lists
  • numerous water bottles
  • J.Crew catalog
  • Real Simple magazine

19 April 2013

10 April 2013

Rational Irrational Fears?

Let's be honest, a lot of things scare me.

Did you see the story about the guy who was in his bedroom, and then was swallowed by a sinkhole?  It happened.  ... and sinkholes are one of my many fears, also making the scaredy cat list are:

  • flying
  • getting the flu
  • blood clots
  • food poisoning
  • making left turns
  • roller coasters
  • paper cuts
  • 'spontaneous death' ... I don't think this is a real term, I just made it up ... but it's when you're fine one second, and then dead.
  • germs
  • every type of natural disaster
  • suspicious moles ... not the animals
  • appendicitis
  • the flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz
  • parking garages imploding
  • flesh eating bacteria
  • cat scratch fever
  • MRSA
  • wrinkles
  • age spots
  • unfortunate encounters with garbage disposals
  • passing out

06 April 2013

11 Songs

  1. Muse - Uprising
  2. The Lumineers - Stubborn Love
  3. Ben Folds - You Don't Know Me
  4. The Shins - No Way Down
  5. Justin Timberlake - Mirrors
  6. The Temper Trap - Fader
  7. The XX - Islands
  8. The Mowgli's - Time
  9. Florence & the Machine - Shake It Out
  10. Jamestown Revival - Beat On Down
  11. Local Natives - Sun 

05 April 2013

04 April 2013

Sounds Like ...

I commonly confuse the following (solely based on spelling):

  • Septum
  • Scrotum
  • Sternum 

29 March 2013

No List Friday

'Tis the season for baseball. Check out the deals from the 1929 Sears catalog.

08 March 2013

No List Friday

Stumbled upon this 1st edition gem in storage at work this week:

The Little Island

Who could resist illustrations like this?

cat on sailboat ... color me happy

06 March 2013

Brief Encounter With A Vending Machine

  • The other day all I wanted was a granola bar
  • so I took a trip to the vending machine
  • I thought the granola bars were housed in the E4 slot
  • so I fed the machine money
  • and pressed E4
  • I was wrong
  • The granola bars live at E6
  • I selected Mini Chewy SweeTarts:

  • As I was screaming, "NNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOO" in my head, the pack of Mini Chewy SweeTarts got stuck
  • Not wanting to walk away empty handed, I payed for a second pack of Mini Chewy SweetTarts ...
  • which resulted in me getting to first mis-purchashed pack of candy being delivered to me, and the second pack getting stuck.
  • At this point I was out of change.
  • I ended up overpaying for Mini Chewy SweeTarts that I didn't want,
  • and not getting a granola bar.
  • Such as life.

05 March 2013

11 Songs

  1. Modest Mouse - Night on the Sun
  2. Bastille - Pompeii
  3. Kid Cudi - Up Up & Away
  4. Rihanna - Diamonds
  5. Van Morrison - Crazy Love
  6. The Lumineers - Stubborn Love
  7. Birdy - Young Blood
  8. Alabama Shakes - Hold On
  9. Santigold - Girls
  10. Ingrid Michaelson - You & I
  11. Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen

22 February 2013

No List Friday

Edith Nason

Edith Nason was a pediatric nurse in Norfolk, VA in the early 1900's.  The hospital bought her a bike so she could get to patients more efficiently.

20 February 2013

I Am Not a Role Model

One might think given my age and the amount of times I have washed my hair that I would be good at it by now.

If so, you are wrong.

I took a shower tonight, and this happened:

  • I got shampoo in my eyes
  • actually just one eye
  • my left eye
  • ... like TLC
  • it was awful
  • seriously, if felt like there were needles in my eye
  • cops don't need pepper spray, they need Paul Mitchell
  • the only thing that made my face feel better was to let the water run right in my face
  • ... which led to me getting water up my nose
  • ... and then I did some sort of gasping thing
  • ... so I inhaled water
  • ... and then I was coughing
  • it wasn't pretty
  • SO basically, I almost drown tonight trying to wash my hair
Life is rough.

... and my eye is still burning.

23 January 2013

11 Songs

  1. Phillip Phillips - Gone, Gone, Gone
  2. Tanlines - All of Me
  3. Third Eye Blind - Blinded
  4. The Roots - Here I Come
  5. Ra Ra Riot - Can Tell You
  6. The Head and the Heart - Rivers and Roads
  7. Nina Simone - I Shall Be Released
  8. Mat Kearney - Ships In the Night
  9. Ke$ha - Die Young
  10. Josh Ritter - Wolves
  11. Jamestown Revival - The Revival 

22 January 2013


  • I am currently addicted to Gossip Girl
  • I have no desire to watch Downton Abbey
  • whenever I see a mailman, I often sing the mail song from Blues Clues in my head ... is that just me?
  • I think Pinterest is ridiculously overrated ... is that just me?
  • I love, love, love, "to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield" BUT I have never read, and am pretty sure I am incapable of reading Ulysses ... so I feel like a giant poser.
  • Whenever I lose at Letterpress I instantly think it is because whomever beat me was cheating
  • I am terrified of catching the flu
  • I got a thing called an iPhone
  • I really want a tattoo
    • no I don't
    • yes I do
    • ... I can't make up my mind
  • I started following @cats_of_instagram
  • I don't care what the experts say, there are few greater feelings than cleaning your ears with Q-tips after a shower
  • I am more than ready for the spring/ summer

21 January 2013

Spoiler Alerts

“Time is a gift, given to you, given to give you the time you need, the time you need to have the time of your life. ”  
- Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

I had a birthday in November.  And truth be told, I totally get suckered into reading the typically cheesy, 'letters to my younger self/ things I have learned/ things I'd do differently' type of stuff.

However, fret not! My cynicism has won out, and I have compiled a list of spoiler alerts from the future  for my 15 year old self, enjoy!

Dear Liz of the past, this is Liz of the future.  Believe it or not, this stuff is going to happen:

  • You spend too much money at Starbucks, knock it off.
  • In a year or so, a guy named Jay-Z is going to put out a song called, 'Money, Cash, Hoes' ... embrace him, he only gets better.
  • You skip too much school ... high school, and college. Stop thinking you are cool, and just go to class.
  • Remember those portable phones that are housed in bags that were on display at the bank? It is only the beginning! Technology is going to boggle your mind, very soon.
  • There will be these shoes called Uggs and Crocs. They are repulsive, but do not worry, you dodge both of those bullets; good job.
  • Train, Maroon 5, and Nickelback are the worst bands on the planet.
  • Your Gramma gets more stingy (believe it) as time passes. Your birthday/ Christmas gifts bottom out at a single $5.00 bill; believe it.
  • Getting your wisdom teeth pulled is no joke.
  • You get hit in the face and have to get stitches in 2004, also not a walk in the park. Your roommates entertain you by doing yoga in the waiting room of the emergency room, and you reprimand the doctor who tries to sew your face up while he is chomping on gum inches away from your open wound.
  • Ronald Reagan dies on June 5, 2004. (6/5/04, it is easy to remember) You wait for hours and hours and hours to see him laying in state a few days later.
  • Yasser Arafat dies a few days after your birthday in 2004. You find out via a phone call from your dad saying, "I was hoping that terrorist bastard would die on your birthday, but he lived an extra 3 days." This conversation baffles you.
  • You are going to visit Italy in 2005.
  • You jump out of a plane ... not in Italy.
  • In college, after you get to your French class, you take your sunglasses off the top of your head and place them on the desk behind you so you can take off your hoodie. You never retrieve your glasses. Gone forever. They were pretty dope shades, and you really miss them.
  • Anderson Cooper is gay.
  • So is Ellen DeGeneres.
  • You will own something called an iPod Shuffle. You keep it in your car for when you go to the gym.  It will be stolen from your unlocked car one night. Someone will acquire the greatest 200+ song playlist that exists. 
  • You finally get around to getting a driver's license when you are 19. You get speeding tickets in Connecticut as well as Virginia.  You get bunches of parking tickets all over the campus of G.Mason University.
  • I am proud to report that you are one of the few people who refuses to use the word 'epic,' and even worse, the words, 'epic fail.'
  • Start trying to figure out the difference between 'further' and 'farther.' 
  • Do not be late to the party, read The Hunger Games books when they are released instead of waiting two years because 1. you think the covers are stupid, and 2. they are kids' books.
  • Hunger Games, the movie, is going to disappoint you. 
  • Your computer is going to die in 2009. You lose ALL of your PICTURES and MUSIC. Years later this still slightly annoys you.
  • It happens, you fall in love with a cat. I know, it is a tough pill to swallow.
  • The Oprah show goes off the air in 2011.
  • Hoverboards are still not real.
  • You will eventually enjoy eating avocados.
  • You will have a thing called a blog. A few people will read it. Your mom will not; she cannot get over the fact that the word, 'blog' is a bit "bizarre", and, "doesn't even sound like a real word."
  • Your spelling is still a-tro-cious. 
  • You scowl too much.
  • There will be plenty of times that you will feel lost and disenchanted. 
  • You will realize that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and The Phantom Tollbooth are not children's books, but instead the harsh realities of growing up ... sometimes. 
  •  Some awful things happen in the future. Terrorist attacks, mass shootings, hellacious natural disasters, sorry to be a buzzkill. Resiliency is nothing to take for granted.
  • A guy named Steve Jobs will give a commencement speech at Stanford in 2005; you should watch it on a thing called YouTube.

18 January 2013

No List Friday

Lately I have been conquering the task of scanning my Grandma's slides.  I have come across gems like this:

Cape Hatteras, NC, 1966

17 January 2013

a to-do list in progress

I started a to-do list on January 3 on my phone ... some tasks have been accomplished; some are still on deck.

  • go to ATM
  • apply for job
  • life as list?
  • upgrade wallet and purse
  • donate clothes
  • haircut!
  • sell stuff on eBay
  • finish reading A Series of Unfortunate Events
    • OR, 'finish reading the series A Series of Unfortunate Events
    • OR, 'finish reading A Series of Unfortunate Events books series'
    • OR, 'finish reading the books, in the series, A Series of Unfortunate Events, series'
  • find dope, yet discounted yearly planner
  • stop going through drive-thrus
  • say, "yes" instead of, "yeah"
  • write John Green
  • e-mail New Balance
  • e-mail Apple