December 2010 archive

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December 15, 2010

It whips my hair back and forth (or just forth?)

My hair, when it is
Left to its own devices
Is mostly just straight.

But it curls slightly
Under on the right side and
Out on the left side.

So as a result,
It seems the wind is always
Blowing to the left.

srah | 6:46 PM
Tags: haiku, hair, poetry

A Tale of a Bunch of Cities

The following is a stupid story, but we have a lot of Pepperidge Farms cookies around the office this week, so it keeps haunting me every time I see them. I'm hoping that by blogging it, I will exorcise my demons.

Once upon a time, my family received a Pepperidge Farms variety pack of cookies.

"Rock on," thought I, because I sometimes think in terms like that, even if they are not things I would say out loud. "Now I can taste them all and figure out which ones I like, without the expense of buying a full package of each one." (I'm sure that you understand this, as it is kind of the idea behind all variety packs.)

So I tasted all the cookies in this variety pack and decided that there was one cookie that was my Very Favorite One and that I should remember this cookie's name so that I could buy more of them at the cookie store.

"This will be easy to remember," I thought, "Because it makes me think of a city in Europe. So I just need to remember that the Pepperidge Farms cookie variety that is my Very Favorite One is the one that's like a city." I have managed to keep this little hint in my head, despite the fact that it doesn't help at all because all freaking Pepperidge Farms cookies are named after cities.

So I've got the culprit narrowed down to: Milano, Bordeaux, Brussels, Geneva and Verona. I think the only solution to this is for Pepperidge Farms to expand their Tim Tam line so that the Tim Tam Crush Mint Crisp can be my favorite. Or I could just give up on determining a Very Favorite Pepperidge Farms Cookie No, I can't do this because I'm an inveterate list-maker. SOLVE MY PROBLEMS SO THAT I DON'T HAVE TO ADDRESS MY OWN COMPULSIONS, PEPPERIDGE FARMS.

srah | 6:36 PM
Tags: cookies, food


I dreamt that I traveled for hours to go to an Alexander McCall Smith book signing at a county fair in Indiana. I was apparently the only person who had asked for his autograph, so he wanted to chat. I just wanted to get the autograph and leave, but he kept trying to make conversation: "So, you came all the way from Ohio! How far is that? And how long have you lived there? Do you like it?". I had also neglected to bring a book or anything, so I just got his autograph on some random scrap of paper I found.

srah | 12:01 PM
Tags: alexander mccall smith, dream

December 3, 2010

Wicked trainers, Dobby!

Last night I went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 again. For while I had seen it drive-in style and regular style, I still had not seen it on the IMAX. You wouldn't think it would make a difference, but it did. Everything was bigger and louder and I picked up on all kinds of things in a third viewing that I missed or forgot after the first two.

Before I left the house, I said to Jason, "Please help me remember to go to the bathroom when I get to the theatre, before the movie starts. Even if I don't think I have to go." This was accomplished, so I actually saw the whole movie for the first time.

I did not have a pen in my purse, which proved to be a problem when I started thinking of things I wanted to remember to blog about. So by the end of the movie, I was repeating a little mantra in my head to help me remember all the things I wanted to mention. When I actually said, "bathgeelensankmizda" to Jason after the movie was over, he asked if I was speaking Parseltongue, but in fact, it meant:

  • Burrows
    I hate that Mad-Eye kept calling "The Burrow" "The Burrows". That is all.
  • Accent
    What the heck is Scrimgeour's accent supposed to be? I'm not sure if Bill Nighy was going for some kind of regional accent I don't recognize or if he thought he sounded "lionlike" but sometimes he just sounded like he'd had a stroke.
  • Ties
    It's weird to see Fred and George wearing ties, like real grownups. It's not just in the wedding scene, where everyone is dressed up, but also in the Seven Potters scene where people just show up in whatever they regularly wear. The Weasley twins are important businessmen! But they are still our Fred and George.
  • Haircuts
    I suspect the real reason Ron left Harry and Hermione was that he was jealous that Harry got a haircut when clearly he needed it more. Why wouldn't Molly make Ron get a haircut before the wedding? It looked like a bowl cut to start with, and only got longer. Not Goblet of Fire bad, but still... take a lesson from Fred and Georgie's shorter haircuts, Won-Won, and please return to Chamber-of-Secrets era hair length. (My theory: The Grint has a lightning-bolt scar on his forehead that he has to cover up with bangs all the time.)
  • Glasses
    I like it when the Seven Potters are arriving at the Burrow and you see Fred and Ron wearing Harry's glasses. Wear glasses, The Grint! You are adorable!¹
  • Lawyer
    In 1776, there's a scene where John Adams and John Dickinson are arguing, and it doesn't come to blows until Dickinson angrily calls Adams a lawyer, which... is his actual job. It's always made me laugh that that's the one that pushes Adams over the edge. A similar thing happens in HP7a where Harry and Ron are arguing, and it's not until Ron points out that Harry doesn't have any family to worry about that their fight becomes physical.
  • Edgar suit
    Nagini was wearing Bathilda Bagshot like a suit. An Edgar suit. The first clue was when she asked for a glass of sugar water.
  • Nursery
    This was the first time I've seen Harry and Hermione exploring Godric's Hollow (the last couple of times I've come back from the bathroom just as Bathilda appears) and the first time I've seen the Potter house. It's hard to tell how far it is from Bathilda Bagshot's house but I seem to remember in the books that they were nearby. When Harry and Nagini crash into the nursery of the house attached to Bathilda's, at first I thought it might be the Potters' house and his former nursery, but looking at the state of the Potters' house, it seems like it probably isn't.
  • Socks
    Harry strips down more than it is necessary for me to see, jumps into freezing cold water and then is rescued by a fully-clothed Ron. Then he puts on his glasses, dry jeans and dry shirt and they get to destroying the Horcrux. The whole time, Ron is wearing freezing cold, wet clothes AND Harry doesn't even bother to put socks on until after the Horcrux has been destroyed! Socks would have been one of the FIRST things I would have put on, especially standing around on the ice/in the snow.
  • Antlers
    It's super duper cute when Harry explains that his Patronus is a stag rather than a doe and Ron makes little antlers around his head.
  • Name
    I picked up on Xenophilius Lovegood saying "Voldemort" to call the Death Eaters on the first viewing. I didn't notice who it was that said the name in the café until this viewing. And I still haven't picked up on anyone saying "Ron" to activate the Deluminator. I was listening hard for it, too! As far as I can tell, it must be that rather than coming up in conversation, Hermione just said his name to herself in a non-filmed scene. Maybe it will be a deleted scene on the DVD.
  • Kiss
    I realized on the third viewing that I have never actually made myself watch the Harry/Hermione kiss. The first time I think I just said "GROSS!" and averted my eyes, and I think I may have hidden behind my hands the second time. So I made myself watch most of it this time, and it was really weird. I'm pretty sure the kissing made Ron come-to and kill the locket because he was like, "Clearly no one has ever kissed Tom Riddle, because his idea of a romantic kiss involves Hermione pecking at Harry's face like she's eating it. This is not real."
  • Mural
    I wish we'd gotten to see Luna's mural of her friends. Again, it's not essential to the plot, but it would be nice. I hope they filmed EVERYTHING in the book, including things they knew wouldn't make it into the finished product, and we'll have an hour of deleted scenes.
  • Scabior
    The head Snatcher is kind of weirdly attractive sometimes. I really like the costuming in this movie. Scabior looks kind of like a rock star, in his skinny pants and long leather jacket. Speaking of people who are supposed to look cool, where's Bill Weasley's dragon-tooth earring?
  • Draco
    I think the movie has made Draco a little more positive than he was in the book, like the death of Charity Burbage and the threat of more death actually scares him. I think this makes him a little more complicated and interesting.
  • Avonlea
    At the end, when they arrive at Shell Cottage, there's all this tall grass and music and red hair that makes me think of Anne of Green Gables. Speaking of random red-haired people to compare Ron to...
¹ Allow me to remind you, kind audience, that (30/2) + 7 = 22.

srah | 7:26 PM
Tags: harry potter, harry potter and the deathly hallows


Um, who wouldn't be starstruck at this?
I dreamt last night that I met Darren Criss at some kind of work function. I wanted to be cool but I was excited and got all flustered and starstruck. I wanted to tell him that I'd seen all the StarKid productions but instead it came out, "I watch you on the Internet all the time!". All of my coworkers groaned, either because it sounded so creepy and I had embarrassed the whole office or because they had all been talking amongst themselves about how I would not know how to properly greet a celebrity and had this fear confirmed.

Fortunately, Darren took pity on me and invited me to come to a rehearsal of the next StarKid Harry Potter production. Unfortunately I don't remember anything about this production, although while I was in the dream, I thought it was brilliant. There was this notebook lying around where each of the StarKid members had written an essay. One of the members said something about how their greatest inspiration was this one time on a messageboard where someone named "srah" had responded to their post and quoted a Gilbert and Sullivan song¹. I thought it was Darren at first, so I went and embarrassed myself again by trying to convince him that I was his muse. He pointed out that his essay was the one before it, and it was someone else who had written it. I thought that the name he gave me was the guy who played Yaxley so I went and hunted him down and during the time I was looking for him, the production turned from a StarKid Harry Potter thing to Yeoman of the Guard, the worst of the Gilbert and Sullivan plays. Anyway, it turned out it wasn't him either. It was some limping, hunchbacked, missing-fingered guy that I didn't remember having seen before but who - after I woke up - I realized may have been a limping, hunchbacked, missing-fingered version of the guy who played Arthur Weasley and Peter Pettigrew. Then we made out.²

¹ Specifically, "Bow, bow, ye lower middle classes!" from Iolanthe, which I woke up with in my head this morning. I have no idea how this would be in any way inspirational, except that he finally felt he had the freedom to be a Big Dork on the Internet, like me.

² I think the lesson of this dream is that I am not very good around celebrities and I should probably not be around them. And apparently if I embarass myself too much around celebrities, I will then make out with hunchbacks?

srah | 5:44 PM
Tags: dream

December 1, 2010

Come on darlin', don't be skurred

I'm going to see Mayer Hawthorne and the County in Detroit on December 23rd. Who's coming with me?

Here's a video (that I did not take) from the last time I saw them, complete with "rain" action:

And some more songs to acquaint yourself with:

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They are even better live than recorded¹, and I'm sure that's all due to the current drummer (who grew up down the street from me, and who I went to school with from 2nd through 12th grade). Time to buy your tickets and come with me to cheer for Quentin!

¹ Especially Green Eyed Love, which is a song I never really cared for on the album, but was probably my favorite performance of the night when I saw them in Grand Rapids.

srah | 5:05 PM
Tags: mayer hawthorne, music

Red hair... vacant expressions... tatty second hand book... you must be the Weasleys

With the help of, I generated random numbers to pick winners for the four book giveaways. The winners are:

And the NaBloPoMo prize of a mix CD and baked goods goes to Rockle!

I'll be contacting you for your mailing addresses!

srah | 12:00 PM
Tags: nablopomo 2010 giveaways

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