424 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'memes':


The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything, and Also Me

In the last few weeks, I think I have been tagged via blog, via Twitter and via Facebook for every "Seven Interesting Things About Me", "Ten Honest Facts About Me" and "Twenty-Five Things About Me That May Or May Not Be Interesting Or Factual" meme known to man. So let this be my response to all three of those: Forty-two Things About Me That May Be Interesting But Are Likely Very Dull Indeed I just made a gigantic "cup" of tea for myself in my giant 20 oz soup mug. It is very hard to drink 20 oz. of tea...

srah - Tuesday, 27 January 2009 - 7:41 PM
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Tell me your troubles and doubts/ Giving me everything inside and out

It's Delurking Day 2009. There's a logo and everything, so you know it's official. If you read but don't comment, please stop lurking, come out of the woodwork and make yourself known! (Regular commenters are also welcome to comment, of course). Don't know what to say? Let's play a game. srah's delurking game First commenter, tell us something that you like that starts with A. It could be a food, a song, a place, a thing, an abstract concept - however you interpret it. Next commenter does B, and so on. If we get to Z, we can start over...

srah - Monday, 12 January 2009 - 12:51 PM
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I love you, Dr Johnson, and I want to have your babies.

I love Scattergories¹. I rule at Scattergories². I love being given a letter and having to come up with words that start with that letter³. So the dealio with this meme is: You leave a comment on this post, and I'll assign you a letter. You write about ten things you love that begin with your assigned letter, and post it at your place. When people comment on your list, you give them a letter, and the chain continues on and on. Allthewine did N, and gave me the letter B. Breakfast. The best meal of the day, any time...

srah - Thursday, 11 December 2008 - 5:36 PM
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So you think justice has a voice/ And we all have a choice

Oh thank you, Collective, for giving me something to blog about. (Their answers: Heather! Anne!, Abigail!, Kat!, Jennie!)You can press a button that will make any one person explode. Who would you blow up?Hmmm. I'm much more relaxed about her now that we're out of that danger, but if I have to blow someone up, Sarah Palin. You can flip a switch that will wipe any band or musical artist out of existence. Who will it be?Kids today... the music all sounds like noise. Back in my day... hold on, let me adjust this ear trumpet...Where were we? Um, the...

srah - Friday, 7 November 2008 - 12:19 AM
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Sing a lonely song/ Of a deep blue dream/ Seven horses seem/ To be on the mark

Starting out NaNoWriMo with a meme! This bodes well for the rest of the month. *rolls eyes* Oh well, it's about time I got around to doing a meme I was tagged for several weeks ago! Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog - some random, some weird. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blog. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog. If you don’t have 7 blog...

srah - Saturday, 1 November 2008 - 10:45 PM
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It's laminated!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NIBxJgUolw In August, Dooce and somebody else¹ posted their Lists of Five within a few days of each other, and I thought that this would be a fun idea for a blog post, so I started compiling mine. It has taken me two months to get where I am now, which is: 1. Richard Ayoade is a Cambridge graduate (and former president of Footlights), the talented director of many music videos and the star of The IT Crowd, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, The Mighty Boosh, The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz and several creepy posts on my blog that would scare...

srah - Monday, 20 October 2008 - 5:28 PM
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My life in film

Micah did this meme eight million years ago over a month ago and I made a note to myself to do it too. Now I am finally getting around to it. This is a list of my favorite movies for every year I've been alive. Please note that favoritism is frequently based on entertainment value rather than quality, so I am not trying to say that The Fugitive is better than Schindler's List, but rather that I can (and do) watch The Fugitive, like, five or six times a year and I haven't seen Schindler's List again since I saw...

srah - Sunday, 17 August 2008 - 11:41 AM
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Seven Songs

I have a huge backlog of blog posts in the works, both the simple and mematical. So here's yet another meme, this time via Gretchen: List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your summer. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. "Standing Next to Me", The Last Shadow Puppets"Oxford Comma", Vampire WeekendSongs #1 and #2 have something in common: I saw the videos on YouTube before I heard the...

srah - Saturday, 12 July 2008 - 9:51 AM
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The Random Lyrics Game

Via Jamelah, we have another meme. I'm not sure if I've done this exact one before, but I've certainly done similar ones. The rules this time: Put your mp3 player or music player on your computer on random.Post the first four lines from the first 20 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song (Skip repeat artists).Post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from. Readers, leave your guesses in the comments. Some will be super easy, but try not to cheat by Googling! Lyrics are after the jump. I have taken liberties...

srah - Thursday, 10 July 2008 - 9:26 PM
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Fin, enfin! (vendredi, en MUCHO retard)

Je suis la pire fondatrice de la Semaine des Langues! Pourquoi ai-je mis le dernier jour de la Semaine des Langues au quatre juillet, jour de l'Independence des États-Unis? J'ai été très occupé ce week-end, et je n'ai pas passé beaucoup de temps devant l'ordinateur. Alors aujourd'hui, de retour à Srahtown, j'ai enfin rien d'autre à faire et je peux écrire l'article final de la Semaine. Je vous remercie, tous les participants, et j'éspère que vous y participerez l'année prochaine aussi! Les participants: 5 ballerinas named moeAll The WineThe Curly QElisabeth WritesGoing to Uni (Again)...heather in europeHeliosphericthe holly and the...

srah - Monday, 7 July 2008 - 10:57 PM
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Guten Abend, Englander scum, ein ZWEI! (Donnerstag, a little late)

My grandmother grew up in Germany. In college, my mother studied abroad in Central Europe one summer and visited Germany and Austria. I took four and a half weeks of German in middle school. Last year my parents had a delightful German exchange student living with them. Although I never really studied it, German was always sprinkled into language around the house. And yet ich kann nicht sprechen Deutsch.. I have picked up phrases and words here and there - not enough to actually communicate in the language, not enough to use without embarrassment in front of actual German-speaking people,...

srah - Friday, 4 July 2008 - 9:07 AM
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J'y gagne, à cause de la couleur du blé (Mardi)

J'ai commencé un article en arabe aujourd'hui, mais l'arabe me fait mal à la tête et je suis trop fatiguée pour y continuer. Demain l'arabe, alors! Comme je suis fatiguée, je ne vais même pas vous dire quelque chose d'originale - je vous lis deux extraits du Petit Prince. Et en plus ce sont des extraits que j'ai déjà écrit sur ce blog. La paresse! Les articles de mardi:Canucks unite (anglais/français canadien)whubistuble whubile yubou wubork (ubbidubbi)Merde. (français) Segunda dia de Semana de Lenguages (espagnol)Beichten von einer Ausländerin (allemand)Language week Tuesday - German (allemand)body language (espagnol)01/Jul/2 008: Ein Bisschen Islay Auf...

srah - Tuesday, 1 July 2008 - 10:45 PM
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So viele verschiedene Arten Spatzen! (Montag/Lunes)

(Ich wünschte, ich könnte schreiben diesem Post in den Sprachen Deutsch, aber ich kann nicht sprechen diese Sprache überhaupt, so bin ich mit Google Translate Ihnen sagen, dass ich werde schreiben, die Post in spanischer Sprache statt.) En los programas de televisión y las peliculas, los estudiantes que estudien en el extranjero no son serios. Por ejemplo, Shannon en el programa "Lost" dice que pasó un año en Paris, pero no habla francés por que ella se emborracharon y no estudio. Lamentablemente, esta es una opinión típico de los estudios en el extranjero y tengo que luchar contra esta creencia...

srah - Monday, 30 June 2008 - 12:12 PM
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I'm not what you'd call a zombie connoisseur

Jennie! and Heather Anne have already done this and I thought I would take a crack: You are in a mall when the zombies attack. You have: One weapon.One song blasting on the speakers.One famous person to fight alongside you. Weapon can be real or fictional; you may assume endless ammo if applicable. Person can be real or fictional. Weapon: Super-deadly zombie head-exploding gas, which has no effect on living humans. It is very potent and spreads with the wind. We have an endless supply of canisters of this gas, which will kill the zombies before they even get anywhere...

srah - Wednesday, 25 June 2008 - 12:57 PM
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Oh my, has it been six years already?

As you may or may not know, srah blah blah is the annual host of Language Week, a meme that would be a heckuva lot more effective if I could pin it down to the same week every year, or even if I celebrated it during National Foreign Language Week instead of the middle of the summer. This year, my sister has requested that I not hold Language Week over her birthday, because she's tired of her birthday songs being written in French or something. So this year's Language Week will be held June 30-July 4, 2008. What better way...

srah - Tuesday, 24 June 2008 - 12:24 PM
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Because I am too lazy and/or busy for real content right now

A meme! I have seen Craig and Schmutzie¹ do slightly different versions of this meme (that's a fascinating thing about memes - how they can mutate slightly as they spread around the blogosphere), and I've adopted Schmutzie's list of questions. It's fascinating to try to guess the answers to the questions that people gave that led to the pictures they selected. I will answer any questions you have, but I think it's fun to speculate and guess first! The concept: 1. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search. 2. Using only the first page of...

srah - Wednesday, 4 June 2008 - 5:15 PM
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She Probably Died of Acute Smoochitis

I've been tagged by Princess Sparkle Pants for this meme where you have to write your epitaph in exactly six words - no more, no less. This is a six word epitaph meme. The rules: Write your own six word memoir or epitaph. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you want. Link to the person who tagged you in your post. Tag at least five more blogs. Leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play. After deliberating over it for days (when I remembered to think about it), I finally found...

srah - Friday, 23 May 2008 - 12:08 PM
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It's after six. What am I, a farmer?

This meme is going around again, and Elisabeth has tagged me. I've done it before, but - heck - I'll do it again. Post the rules on your blog:- Write six random things about yourself in a blog post- Tag six people in your post- Let each person know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog- Let the tagger know your entry is up I don't like most frosting, and therefore I don't like most cake. I will usually have a small piece of your birthday or wedding cake in order to be polite (and to test...

srah - Thursday, 8 May 2008 - 8:02 PM
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Madam, I may be drunk but BLEAUUUUURGH...

EV is off getting married (and is not even getting a panther ring out of it, so I don't know why she's bothering!) and so I have once again been named Emcee¹ of National Adjective Day! In honor of National Adjective Day, let me teach you a little something that I only learned within the last year! While the word "nauseous" is often used to describe the feeling of being sick to your stomach (and most dictionaries now accept the use of this word for that purpose), the original definition of the word is something that makes others feel...

srah - Saturday, 3 May 2008 - 8:06 AM
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Weekend Words

Apparently we are describing our weekends in two-word increments. I don't know why we are doing this, but it is The Internet so I must stop questioning and instead follow blindly. So let it be written, so let it be done! Friday: Dad's birthday drove north excessive snowfall slippery conditions didn't die gymnastics meet hot dog steak dinner Saturday: viewed exhibit leftover steak Battlestar Galactica pickle soup fell asleep Sunday: mix CD Red Lobster drove home changed clocks Auberge Espagnole...

srah - Monday, 10 March 2008 - 8:02 PM
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Song she brang to me

I'm not in a terrifically bloggy mood right now, but I have just noticed that I have blogged on January 23 every year since 2002. That's a pretty good record and I hate to blow it. I wonder how many other days that's true for. So here's a musical meme for you, via J! Bloggity blog! My Top 10 Most Frequently Played Tracks in iTunes 1: Simon & Garfunkel - "America" 2: They Might Be Giants - "Man, It's So Loud In Here" 3: The Beatles - "If I Fell" 4: Mathieu Boogaerts - "Sens" 5: Neil Diamond - "Forever...

srah - Wednesday, 23 January 2008 - 10:00 PM
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Kind Captain, I've important information

I have been tagged, so I bring you: 7 Random And/Or Weird Facts About srah When I was in elementary school, our music teacher, Mr McDonald (who had an imaginary friend named "Boo-Boo McGillicuddy") was the one who introduced me to Oliver! (and therefore to my first fictional-character crush) and I have the impression that he had us sing an awful lot of Three Dog Night. I don't know if it was part of the district-mandated curriculum for elementary-level music classes, if it was in our music book, or if Mr McDonald was just a huge fan of Three Dog...

srah - Tuesday, 6 November 2007 - 12:16 PM
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The great mofo delurk

So, who's lurking out there without commenting? Today - according to Schmutzie and friends - is the day to comment on everything that you read! Come out of hiding and tell us something about yourself. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream or soup or ice cream-soup? What are you doing this weekend? What do you want to be when you grow up? How long have you been lurking here? What would you like me to blog about? Do you watch Heroes? What is up with that show? Will anyone admit to watching Cavemen last night? How bad was...

srah - Wednesday, 3 October 2007 - 6:54 AM
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Spreading the word

Next Wednesday is for delurking, you lovable little mofos!...

srah - Thursday, 27 September 2007 - 6:09 PM
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Guess Again

My, there's been a flurry of blogging around here today! My blogging process is, like the Internet, a series of tubes. When one post that I perceive as particularly serious or long (like the one about Madeleine L'Engle) is in the works, it clogs everything else up. I don't want to blog anything else before I got that done, so a lot of things just hang around in the idea-stage until I finish. Anyway, here's a little meme I got from pesky'apostrophe and then it's off to bed with me!¹ Here are the [adapted] rules for the meme: Put your...

srah - Wednesday, 12 September 2007 - 10:35 PM
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The Language Week champions!

Language Week 2007 is at an end! Thanks to all of you for taking the challenge and blogging in another language! I hope you got something out of the experience. Please take a moment to look at each other's Language Week posts. We have a lot of languages in our midst! tiff (French)Elisabeth (French - and a few others)christina (German)Kinuk (Polish, French, German, Japanese)Dixie (German)Ms. M (Italian)Hilda (Spanish)ola (Polish)swissmiss (German)Anne (French, Hungarian, Polish)Elemmaciltur (German)Twango (Italian)BoonzaierBabe (Afrikaans)Betsy (German, French, Dutch)Chillmost (German)moe (Spanish)heather (Spanish, Polish)Stephen (French)bentleywg (Spanish)Ceridwyn2 (Spanish)A (French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Italian, Arabic) If I've left anyone (or any language!)...

srah - Saturday, 30 June 2007 - 9:02 AM
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I need to make a little rat-friend, perhaps (yom al-jumaa/vendredi)

اذهب الى السينما لان احب الافلام. Ce soir je suis allée au cinéma avec mon directeur, sa copine, et sa famille à elle. Le film, Ratatouille, était très mignon et agréable. À la fin du film, j'ai quitté le groupe pour aller faire une promenade au centre-ville. Il faisait beau et frais ce soir. Tout le monde est sorti au centre-ville et - entourée de groupes et de couples - je me suis sentie seule. Quand je reste chez moi, c'est normal d'être toute seule mais dehors, dans le monde, il semble que je suis la seule personne qui n'a...

srah - Friday, 29 June 2007 - 11:12 PM
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Maybe my pants will fit better, too (huevos jueves)

En mi viaje en Mexico y en el barco, comí demasiada azucar y ejercité demasiado poco. Estaba dificil tomar buenas decisiones! En el barco, había mucha comida buena y postres deliciosos y los camareros me las trajeron. Y en Mexico, busqué comida y bebidas sin hielo, sin lechuga y sin agua peligrosa. Entonces tomé muchas bebidas con alcohol o azucar (como la Coca-Cola) y comí mucho arroz y tortillas y pan. Ahora estoy en mi casa de nuevo. Nadie me hace comida! Necessito hacerla yo! No es justo. Por lo menos, quizas haré selecciones mejores. (Translation below)...

srah - Thursday, 28 June 2007 - 9:55 PM
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I haven't used my French in about three years! (mercredi)

Alors, on est mercredi, le "hump day" de la Semaine des Langues. Je me suis habillée en pyjama, sur le sofa, et je vais écrire aujourd'hui en français, une langue qui est beaucoup plus facile pour moi que l'arabe ou même l'español. C'est cool et relaxe. (J'adore le fait qu'en français, "relaxe" soit un adjectif.) Mais voilà le problème: en arabe, je peux discuter le temps et l'éducation. En español je peux commander les margaritas et les tacos (c'était très difficile là-bas de ne pas écrire "les margaritas y los tacos") et "pedir direcciones" et c'est à peu près tout....

srah - Wednesday, 27 June 2007 - 9:46 PM
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Language Week is spreading!

Even the crockydiles are in on it! [Pearls Before Swine, 6/27/2007] Well, sort of....

srah - Wednesday, 27 June 2007 - 12:14 PM
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O how the mighty have fallen! (yom al-thulatha)

Here is how much Arabic I've forgotten in the... oh, two months or so since the end of the semester: I sat down to write something in Arabic and realized that not only could I not think of how to write any Arabic phrases, I couldn't remember how to say them either. So I went to get my Arabic textbook. I couldn't find said Arabic textbook. Finally I remembered that it was in the bookcase in my "office" so I went and grabbed it. I opened it up and realized that I should consult my notebook as well. So I...

srah - Tuesday, 26 June 2007 - 10:54 PM
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The further rules of Language Week

I think that deep down, Language Week is just about getting out of your comfort zone and getting in touch with the other languages you've got inside you. It is about actually using the foreign languages you learned in school or expressing yourself in your native tongue for once. It's about writing in a foreign language even if you can't write much or if what you write isn't grammatically correct. Thanks to everyone who's posted so far - I'll do a big wrap-up on Friday. If you haven't already commented here to let us know you're participating, please do. I'd...

srah - Monday, 25 June 2007 - 10:56 PM
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Una historia de México (lunes)

He pasado una semana en México (o cerca de la costa de México). ¡Me gusté mucho! Normalmente, no quiero hablar idiomas extranjeros. ¡Tengo miedo! Pero en México, hablar el español tal vez es necessario. ¡Y puedo hablarlo cuando es necessario! (O cuando estoy barracha). En estas situaciones, puedo olvider que no conozco todas las palabras o la gramática o si algo es masculino o femenino, y puedo comunicar. Por ejemplo, hay un calle muy grande en Acapulco, y nuestro barco estaba del otro lado del calle. Estaba allí con mi amiga L, y nosotros pedimos direcciones. Pero no sabía como...

srah - Monday, 25 June 2007 - 9:03 PM
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Good Morning Internet!

Or rather, good evening. But I've been so lazy today it might as well be the morning for all that I've gotten done. Anyway, I'm back in the USSR. Photos from my voyage can be found here and videos of fascinating things like whales spouting and cliff divers cliff-diving can be found here. Now I must go and prepare for Language Week! All this time in Mexico and in on-ship Spanish classes has inspired me not to devote the entire week to Arabic. Soy hispanohablante, yo! Por el momento. Hasta que yo olvido todo mi español¹. Ha! What I love...

srah - Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 5:51 PM
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Language Week's Comin'

Hide your heart, girl. Yes, soon it will be time for the fifth installment of everyone's favorite srah blah blah-hosted floating-all-around-the-summertime meme, Language Week. The rules of Language Week are as follows: You do not talk about Language Week.You do not talk about Language Week.There are no rules.Well, okay, there are a couple of rules but they're not very strict.Language Week 2007 is June 25-29. I am announcing it early so that you can study up and so that you can spread the word to the Entire Intarnest!Blog in a language that you don't usually blog in. You don't have...

srah - Wednesday, 13 June 2007 - 5:06 AM
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Eight is Enough

I've been tagged by Tiff for this meme. Here are the rules: Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they're tagged, and to read your blog. Ever since I started trying to change my diet because of the whole PCOS/insulin resistance thing, I am a big weenie when it comes to sweets. Whereas I could...

srah - Saturday, 12 May 2007 - 5:32 PM
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"Adjective" is a noun. And I just BLEW YOUR MIND!

To prepare for today's National Adjective Day (Observed), I took a look the 2005 list of my favorite adjectives, only to find that it hasn't changed much since then (except I'd like to add "irreverent"). So, since EV gave the okay, I will list some of my favorite French and Arabic adjectives instead: nombreux (numerous)naïf (the masculine form of "naïve")éphémère (ephemeral)بارد ("bard" meaning "cold" because it's sort of onomatopoeic and sounds like shivering)كبير ("kabir" meaning "big" because I like the way our DVD-video-host Maha stretches it out for emphasis: "kabeeeeeeeeeeer")جميلة ("jamelah" meaning "pretty" is a person AND an adjective!)لطيفة ("latifa"...

srah - Tuesday, 8 May 2007 - 12:25 PM
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I am anaspeptic, frasmodic; even compunctuous to have caused me such pericombulations

Shoot. I forgot. Today is, for the next four minutes, National Adjective Day. Fortunately I have a backup, as May 8 is the traditional date for National Adjective Day (Observed). So I will get right on that... next week. Prepare the festivities! They ought to be... festive....

srah - Thursday, 3 May 2007 - 11:56 PM
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A meme with seven songs - what's so fearsome about that?

Fraulein N did this meme, and when I went to post my own list in her comments, it said I had too many links. So, what the hey. I shall bung it into the ol' blog. The directions are to: List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what they are. They must be songs you are presently enjoying. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to. I went on a mashups-hunt this week, so my current listening-list is heavily influenced by that. Believe It - The RagbirdsAls de morgen is gekomen - Jan Smit...

srah - Wednesday, 28 March 2007 - 8:11 PM
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You, on the motorcycle!¹

It's the Third Annual De-Lurking Week (or so I have heard from Below the Eight, Jamelah.net and Just Hungry). So if you've been lurking around the blog for a while without commenting, feel free to drop us a line and introduce yourself. Hiya! ¹ I had to change the title of this post from a Meatballs quote to a Blues Brothers one, because it turns out I've already used "Hey you, on the waterskis" as a post title twice. I am getting senile.)...

srah - Wednesday, 10 January 2007 - 12:13 PM
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And what the hell is on Joey's head?

Many of my blogfriends are participating in projects/memes on Flickr where you take a picture every day for a year. I put off joining any of these so that I could get started on January 1... and then I didn't actually take any pictures on January 1. I finally got started on the 3rd, so I am now finished with a whole week. I present to you my first week in Project 365!: I hope that quality of photographs and subject matter will improve as the year goes on. Frankly I'm just impressed that I haven't missed a day yet!...

srah - Wednesday, 10 January 2007 - 12:07 PM
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Time to put a meme all up in this joint

Leave a comment and I'll give you a letter. Then you must think of 10 song titles that start with that letter (as well as the artist), without using Google or other cheats. I got D. Dreams - the cranberriesDa Da Da - TrioD...rocky Raccoon - The Beatles (I'm stuck)Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover - Sophie B. HawkinsDaydream Believer - The MonkeesDo Your Ears Hang Low - ?Dream Lover - Bobby DarinDavid Duchovny - Bree SharpDrive My Car - The BeatlesDiana - Paul AnkaDon't Throw Your Sushi at Me - Srah and Cher My list of the first...

srah - Friday, 18 August 2006 - 12:06 PM
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Time for obfuscating!

Up for playing the only blog game that shamelessly encourages you to lie to your friends and family? Get your lies ready because the fourth installment of Obfuscation takes place on Friday, August 18th...... On Friday, August 18 you’ll post 3 stories.Two false and one true orTwo true and one falseReaders have to pick the false story(ies), leaving their guess in the comments. (Make sure you let them know which version of the game you’re playing.) ... More details are available at LunaNiña!...

srah - Sunday, 13 August 2006 - 12:27 AM
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Je me noie dans le talent

Joyeux anniversaire, Tu n'es pas mon frère, Je ne vais pas te voir aujourd'hui mais j'espère que tu n'es pas en colère, Joyeux anniversaire! (Ben... c'est pas pire que les autres...) (translation in the extended entry)...

srah - Friday, 28 July 2006 - 2:38 PM
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Ceci n'est pas un article de jeudi

(see extended post for translation)...

srah - Friday, 28 July 2006 - 6:27 AM
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Jedi Poo-doo!

Mince! J'ai failli oublier la Semaine des Langues aujourd'hui! Ce soir j'ai fait du chili végétarien à la srah. Ça consisite des tomates, des haricots rouges, des champignons, des épices, et beaucoup beaucoup beaucoup d'oignons. C'est quelque chose que j'ai inventé en France quand j'avais peur de cuisiner de la viande. Ça répresente toutes les groupes alimentaires: les proteines, les fruits... et beaucoup beacoup beaucoup d'oignons. J'adore les oignons! Alors, je n'avais pas de projets pour bloguer au suject de mon chili - je voulais écrire sur Le Retour du Jedi¹. Les seules personnages au palais de Jabba qui parlent...

srah - Wednesday, 26 July 2006 - 9:57 PM
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Aux langues, les citoyens!

Je pense que je vous ai dit que je vais commencer à étudier l'arabe en automne. J'ai déjà rencontré le prof; il paraît très sympa et ça m'interesse beaucoup d'étudier le Moyen-Orient et le monde arabophone¹ et de mieux comprendre ces cultures-là. Mais c'est la langue qui me fait peur! Tout le monde m'a dit que l'arabe est très très très difficile et qu'il va me falloir dix ans pour le parler couramment. Ah bon? Il m'a fallu à peu près neuf ans pour parler couramment le français (une langue qui est beaucoup plus proche de l'anglais), alors je suppose...

srah - Tuesday, 25 July 2006 - 7:14 PM
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Projets de voyage (et de travail)

En mars je suis allée en Israël pour visiter les universités là-bas qui acceuillent les étudiants étrangers. En mai c'était Montréal, où je suis allée assister à une conférence sur l'éducation internationale. Ce mois je vais voyager à travers le ouest des États-Unis, vers Seattle. J'irai en Angleterre et en Irlande en Octobre pour une autre visite aux centres d'études étrangers. On a parlé un peu d'un voyage en Inde en décembre pour assister au mariage de Sylvie (mais avec mes finances ça ne va peut-être pas être possible... on verra...). Il va peut-être y avoir une autre visite au...

srah - Monday, 24 July 2006 - 3:24 PM
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Behold: Language Week 4 (Electric Borgalor)

I hereby decree that Language Week 2006 will be held July 24-28, 2006, because I will be in town that week. It would be nice if I could nail Language Week down to the same time every year, but this has never been the case. Such is the brilliant unpredictability of Language Week! Or rather, and more accurately, such is my forgetfulness. The rules of Language Week are as follows: You do not talk about Language Week.You do not talk about Language Week.There are no rules.Well, okay, there are a couple of rules but they're not very strict.Blog in a...

srah - Friday, 14 July 2006 - 12:40 PM
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Meme! Hell yeah!

There's nothing else in my blog so there will be memes. 5 Things in my Fridge: A single solitary egg (floating in perfume and served in a man's hat)minthorseradishhalf-and-halfwee little French pickles called cornichons 5 Things in my Closet: SKELETONS! OH SO MANY SKELETONS!clothes that I want to get rid of but haven't made any move to do sohamper with three dividers because I loathe separating my laundry right before I do itsleeping bagBlogger sweatshirtmany many not nearly enough shoes 5 Things in my Purse: Hecatechapstickbusiness card casecoin pursehair ties [via Below The Eight and misanthropic tendencies]...

srah - Friday, 7 July 2006 - 3:00 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Time for free associations! So there!...

srah - Saturday, 13 May 2006 - 7:30 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Here they are! Once again I'm way behind! Two weeks of free associations coming right up!...

srah - Monday, 1 May 2006 - 10:13 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

... and then some other stuff could happen and it could be like free associations....

srah - Saturday, 22 April 2006 - 8:56 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Heyyyyyyyy, it's this week's Unconscious Mutterings. I'm only, like, 8 million days late. Oh well, the associations are as free as ever....

srah - Thursday, 13 April 2006 - 8:17 PM
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Six Weird Things About Me That I Think Haven't Landed on The Blog Yet but I'm Too Lazy to Dig Through the Archives to Be Sure

I've been tagged with this meme by ze Fraulein. It's hard to find weird things about me that I haven't blogged. Well, I think I haven't blogged about these... Every night when I get into bed, I think about arms reaching out to grab my legs. This never happened when I had the same bed at my parents' house. What's particularly stupid is that there is this huge plastic box under my bed to hold wrapping supplies and it takes up all the space where the leg-grabber would be and I can see the box sitting there even as I...

srah - Thursday, 13 April 2006 - 8:11 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Yet again, I have put off the Unconscious Mutterings for so long that I have two sets to present at the same time. So I shall publish my free associations and then I shall be gone, for there is a tornado watch. So I will put away my computer and hide in the bathroom if I hear a siren. Such is the life of srah!...

srah - Sunday, 2 April 2006 - 9:40 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

My free associations have been Biggie-sized for your convenience. They are now the size of the Notorious B.I.G. You're welcome....

srah - Tuesday, 21 March 2006 - 12:16 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Time to make the donuts free associations!...

srah - Monday, 6 March 2006 - 12:50 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Here are my free associations!...

srah - Monday, 27 February 2006 - 6:12 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Songies galore are in my head, only to be released through the power of free associations!...

srah - Monday, 20 February 2006 - 10:18 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Here are my free associations for the week. Ta da!...

srah - Sunday, 12 February 2006 - 3:35 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Here you go. Enjoy the free associations!...

srah - Sunday, 5 February 2006 - 12:48 AM
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4x4 foray

Be it hereby known that there is no order, chronological or preferential, to the things I have listed below. So let it be written, so let it be done. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. Four jobs I’ve had: library shelverEnglish teaching assistantstudy abroad counselorbabysitter Four movies I can watch over and over: TampopoPride & Prejudice starring Wet Colin FirthAirplane!Amélie Four places I’ve lived: Cusset, FranceAnn Arbor, MI, USAAlbion, MI, USAGrenoble, France Four TV shows I love: Arrested DevelopmentLostBeauty & the GeekHouse, M.D. Four places I’ve vacationed: North Myrtle Beach, SC, USAAurillac, FranceAberdeen, ScotlandAntwerp, Belgium Four of my favorite dishes:...

srah - Sunday, 29 January 2006 - 6:19 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Ahoy, mateys. Keel haul or something. Whatever that means. There be free associations stored in the ship's hold, below deck. Yarr?...

srah - Sunday, 29 January 2006 - 6:11 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

WHEREAS there is no content in my blog; WHEREAS the Unconscious Mutterings have been posted but have been sitting around festering in my Inbox; WHEREAS Unconscious Mutterings take up room on the page; RESOLVED that here are some free associations....

srah - Monday, 23 January 2006 - 5:05 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Here are the free associations. You may do them too. They are hidden for non-contamination, like....

srah - Tuesday, 17 January 2006 - 12:38 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

In go the words provided by pea, they are jumbled up in the tumble dryer of my mind, and they are spat out with metaphorical lint attached, in the form of free associations. Yea verily. That is indeed how it works....

srah - Monday, 9 January 2006 - 12:40 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

It's a big fat holiday-sized serving of Unconscious Mutterings, because I forgot to do them when I was home....

srah - Tuesday, 3 January 2006 - 5:02 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Here they are, this week's free associations, with a special appearance by everyone's favorite Fashion Disaster Of the Week....

srah - Monday, 19 December 2005 - 12:39 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Here you go, memely meme-meme....

srah - Monday, 12 December 2005 - 9:42 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Pow! Cracko jacko! Here are some free associations....

srah - Monday, 5 December 2005 - 6:21 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Rebecca beat me to it this week. But here I am, finally!...

srah - Wednesday, 30 November 2005 - 12:52 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Yes, more free associations....

srah - Sunday, 20 November 2005 - 9:35 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Hooray, I finally got to link to my favorite TV show EVAR. Okay, maybe not, but I do like it more than is healthy. Anyway, there are also some other free associations....

srah - Tuesday, 15 November 2005 - 6:23 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

WHOOMP, there it is....

srah - Sunday, 6 November 2005 - 12:03 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Blogging is hard! Memes are easy!...

srah - Monday, 31 October 2005 - 8:31 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Two two TWO sets of unconscious mutterings for the price of one! Because I thought I'd already done the last one! Oh lucky yous!...

srah - Sunday, 23 October 2005 - 9:04 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Oops. I seem to have forgotten to do this earlier in the week. These are pretty boring....

srah - Thursday, 13 October 2005 - 8:43 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

I have come to keep apete company while he studies and pats my head, but I very stupidly brought the book I just read instead of the one I'm in the middle of. Thank goodness there's an Internet (or several) and free associations to do! I think I have carpal tunnel, though. There seems to be a gefilte fish in my wrist. Or something. Read on....

srah - Sunday, 2 October 2005 - 11:16 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

I'm leeeeeaving on a jet plane. Tuesday's when I'll be back again. For now, put these in your eyes and smoke them! Or don't....

srah - Sunday, 25 September 2005 - 7:27 AM
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Archivesy meme

1. Go into your archive. 2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to). 3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to). 4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions. insolite - adjective - straight-up rebellious, nothing but outright mutiny - "No chocolate in Baldwin? That's boutsta make me a little insolite." - 30 October 2001 [via swirlspice]...

srah - Friday, 23 September 2005 - 1:27 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Just a little meme before heading off to bed......

srah - Sunday, 18 September 2005 - 12:10 AM
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Ten free associations... and I even manage to fit in a reference to The Sims. I'm surprised I'm not dreaming in Simlish yet....

srah - Sunday, 11 September 2005 - 12:02 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings, Week 135: In which srah descends into a rage against the things in her mind, especially musicals about drunken unemployed carnies....

srah - Sunday, 4 September 2005 - 9:12 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Free associations! W00t!...

srah - Sunday, 28 August 2005 - 10:43 AM
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Here you be: free associatin' with me....

srah - Sunday, 21 August 2005 - 4:21 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

I forgot to do the Obfuscation this year. :( But here are some free associations....

srah - Sunday, 14 August 2005 - 10:48 AM
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Blah blah blah here's some stuff about me that you probably already knew

I've seen this meme around a few places, but now I've been directly tagged. What I was doing ten years ago Hmmm. Summer of 1995. I would have been 14, nearly 15, and would have been going into 10th grade in a few weeks' time. This was a particularly unmemorable year for me, unfortunately. I can't remember doing anything remotely interesting in 10th grade! And summers were even worse! What I was doing five years ago I was about to turn 20, so I would have been preparing to leave for Grenoble. I may have been applying for my visa,...

srah - Monday, 8 August 2005 - 7:49 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

I'm so happy that I had an opportunity to quote Tobey Maguire/Dustin Diamond. *dances* Read my free associations, y'alls!...

srah - Sunday, 7 August 2005 - 9:52 AM
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It's Obfuscation time!

Yes, it's that time of year again! "On Friday, August 12 you’ll post 3 stories. * Two false and one true or * Two true and one false Readers have to pick the false story(ies), leaving their guess in the comments. (Make sure you let them know which version of the game you’re playing.) On Monday, Ausgut 15 you’ll post the correct response. The stories can be as crazy as you want them to be. But you want to make them all believable enough that the reader has to give the game a little thought." I played in 2003 and...

srah - Sunday, 31 July 2005 - 1:01 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Yet again... it's an attack of free associations. Feel free to play along in your own blog!...

srah - Sunday, 31 July 2005 - 12:56 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Insanity lurks in my cranium, it would seem. All will be revealed through the medium of free associations, below....

srah - Sunday, 24 July 2005 - 1:17 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

It's sleepy time! It's all over!...

srah - Sunday, 17 July 2005 - 2:57 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Unbounded memification! Or something. Stop reading this part; it's boring. On to the free associations! Let's see how my mind works! Or, if you'd like to do it yourself without being influenced by my answers, click on the icon!...

srah - Sunday, 10 July 2005 - 12:13 AM
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Vendredi

Vendredi, enfin! Cette Semaine de Langues a été très populaire et je vous remercie d'avoir participé: AnP, Armin, Christina, Elemmaciltur, In Actual Fact, J, Jamie, Jen, Katie, Marisa, Noor, Patricia, Renee, Scott et Stuart. (Écrivez-moi si j'ai oublié quelqu'un!) Et je voudrais remercier aussi quelqu'un qui m'a beaucoup aidé et m'a soutenu cette semaine: [Read the extended entry for English translation; click the Language Week icon for an explanation]...

srah - Friday, 8 July 2005 - 1:06 PM
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Jeudi

J'ai passé toute la journée à regarder les nouvelles de Londres à la télé (même s'il n'y avait pas vraiment de nouvelles, parce que rien n'a changé depuis le matin londonien!) et le résultat, c'est que j'ai oublié d'écrire l'article de jeudi. Alors le voilà, très tôt vendredi matin. Comme j'ai dit hier, je suis allée à la bibliothèque pour chercher un dictionnaire espagnol-anglais. Ce que je n'ai pas dit, c'est lorsque j'étais là, devant les livres et les cassettes de langues étrangères, j'ai pris le décision d'étudier une autre langue. J'ai tenté d'apprendre des langues plusieurs fois dans ma...

srah - Friday, 8 July 2005 - 12:11 AM
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Miércoles

Bueno. ¡Mi español es aun peor que mi francés, entonces perdonenme, por favor! Hoy día fui a la biblioteca para buscar un diccionario español-inglés. Hace dos años que perdí mi mismo diccionario. ¡Es difícil, escribir en español con diccionario, porque no sé buscar las palabras! Empezé a aprender el español cuando estaba en Francia por primera vez y compré un libro para "Apprendre l'espagnol en 30 leçons" o algo como eso. Así, aprendí un poco de español en Francia. Después, regresé en los Estados Unidos y estudié el español en la universidad durante un año. ¡Después, regresé en Francia y...

srah - Wednesday, 6 July 2005 - 5:52 PM
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Mardi

Punaise, que je suis nulle! Je viens de decouvrir que j'avais supprimé le fil RSS de Kim de mon agrégateur sans me rendre compte. Ça explique, un peu, pourquoi je n'ai pas eu de nouvelles de sa part depuis quelques semaines (je dépend des fils RSS!). Craints pas, cherie! Je t'ai rajouté et j'ai ajouté le fil de from rooster to donkey en plus. Alors, c'est assez difficile de bloguer tous les jours en anglais et c'est même plus difficile en langue étrangère. Mais aujourd'hui c'est Kim qui est mon sauveur (ma sauveuse?), parce qu'elle m'a transmis une mème en...

srah - Tuesday, 5 July 2005 - 5:00 PM
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Tuesday is Chooseday

I haven't done this in a while, but it was calling to me... Would you rather: be chased by a mob of angry squirrels OR a mob of angry protestors? Man can make no laws to control the actions of squirrels, grasshoppers. If the two groups wanted to do bloody murder unto me, the squirrels would go ahead and do it, whereas the humans would have to take into consideration things like laws and morals.take a shower every hour OR once every month? It would be like ye olde dayes. I would slather myself in perfumèd oils: frankincense, myrrh and...

srah - Tuesday, 5 July 2005 - 1:00 PM
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Lundi

(Voilà le début de la Semaine des Langues chez srah blah blah. Je vois qu'il y a, déjà, beaucoup plus de participants que la dernière fois et je vous remercie! Parmi ces participants: Anyhoo, Armin, christina, Elemmaciltur, in actual fact, J, Jamie, katie, Marisa, patricia, Renee et Stuart) Alors, aujourd'hui on est le 4 juillet, la fête nationale des États-Unis. Notre famille vient de visionner 1776, l'un de nos films préférés, et ce qui est devenu une activité traditionnelle pour fêter le 4 juillet chez nous. L'été dernière j'étais en France et j'ai passé la plupart de notre fête nationale...

srah - Monday, 4 July 2005 - 6:46 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep......

srah - Sunday, 3 July 2005 - 1:04 AM
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Language Week Three: Electric Beagle-ey

It's that time of year again... LANGUAGE WEEK III July 4 - 8, 2005 There are rules!: Blog in a language that you don't usually blog in. You don't have to blog a lot if you don't want to - a few sentences will do, as long as you continue, once a day, through the week (or at least Monday to Friday). You can blog in one foreign language for five days, you can blog in five different languages or you can find some medium between the two. What the hell. If you only want to blog in Swedish once...

srah - Tuesday, 28 June 2005 - 6:28 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Blah blah blah blah here is an introduction. And now for our feature presentation... free associations....

srah - Sunday, 26 June 2005 - 2:01 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Hey, thar be bloggage on this front page. And here be a little more. These here associations is free....

srah - Monday, 20 June 2005 - 2:10 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Ze mutterings, zey are free. But ze real posts... zey will cost you! Your love!...

srah - Monday, 13 June 2005 - 9:32 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Here they are for this week!...

srah - Sunday, 5 June 2005 - 10:33 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

I wouldn't allow myself to post these until after I did my weekend post. Now I've done that and here they are....

srah - Thursday, 2 June 2005 - 9:51 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Free ashoshiashuns. Zey are here....

srah - Sunday, 22 May 2005 - 2:56 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Free associations made and typed. Srah out....

srah - Sunday, 15 May 2005 - 2:11 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Unconsciously muttered: my free associations. Read on for more....

srah - Sunday, 8 May 2005 - 10:26 AM
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Everything I know about grammar I learned from Mad Libs

In honor of Day Old's National Adjective Day, I would like to share a few that I like: ephemeralvulpinecontumacious (of course)ferallanguorousnaïvemischievous vacuoussumptuousavuncular How about you?...

srah - Tuesday, 3 May 2005 - 9:34 AM
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Saturday Movie Meme thing (on Sunday)

I was planning to write something about the movie I saw last week, but I'm terrible at movie reviews ("Movie X is good. You should go.") so I decided to do a meme instead: 1. The last movie you went to see in a theater: The Chorus (Les Choristes). It was good. You should go. It's a French movie about a new surveillant (I forget how they translated this word - something like supervisor?) who arrives in a school for troubled boys. He has a past as a musician and forms a chorus in the school that brings the boys...

srah - Sunday, 1 May 2005 - 12:21 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

They're free! They're associations! You can read them by clicking below!...

srah - Sunday, 1 May 2005 - 3:35 AM
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Interview time IV: A New Interview

These questions are from Alfie: 1. What was your favorite class in college? My freshman seminar: To France and Back. It was all about cross-cultural communication and colored a lot of my later work/interactions at Albion, my year abroad and the rest of my life. 2. If you had the power to turn any fictional character into a real person, who would it be and what would you do with them (talk, kill them, etc.)? Gilbert Blythe! At last you and I can be together! You will be so confused and disoriented in the 21st century, but I shall take...

srah - Sunday, 24 April 2005 - 1:00 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Yet another meme!...

srah - Sunday, 24 April 2005 - 12:09 AM
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Interview time! 2: Eclectic Boogaloo

I would like to preface this by saying that for a person who has apparently lived in like a billion places, I don't feel like I've lived in a lot of different places. :( These questions are from Sarah: 1. dude. you've lived in like a billion places. which one was the easiest to live in, and why? Home is always easiest. There's free laundry and people make me dinner! That said, it's not always easy to live at home and this baby bird does look forward to fleeing the nest (or being shoved out by the Mama and Papa...

srah - Thursday, 21 April 2005 - 11:52 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

I am unconscious! And muttering! And associating, freely!...

srah - Sunday, 17 April 2005 - 11:25 PM
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Interview time!

These questions are from Jamelah: 1. Why do you like Neil Diamond so much? (Not that this needs justifying, or anything, because, well, Neil, but yeah, why?) Neil Diamond is the antithesis of cool, which makes him so much cooler. I am naturally contumacious and hate to go with the crowd so if everybody else is listening to 50 Cent, I will be listening to Neil Diamond, goddammit! My love for TEH NEIL!!!1oneone really began in the summer of 2003 when we went on a road trip in Cheryl's parents' van and her dad's 3-CD Neil Diamond set was almost...

srah - Sunday, 17 April 2005 - 10:22 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

This is the part of Sprockets where we sleep. But first... free associations!...

srah - Sunday, 10 April 2005 - 1:26 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Greetings, earthlings! Fear not; I bring you free associations!...

srah - Sunday, 3 April 2005 - 11:23 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Free associations, chumps!...

srah - Sunday, 27 March 2005 - 12:11 AM
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Another meme

I was tagged! What's to be done? 1. You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451 - which book do you want to be? This is a strange question. What difference does it make, if they're all going to be burned? I guess Dante's Inferno, just for the sake of irony and because I've never read it. 2. Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? Trillions. From books, Gilbert Blythe and Calvin O'Keefe come to mind. 3. The last book you bought is: I bought some books as Christmas presents... but I never have time to read anymore. :( So...

srah - Friday, 25 March 2005 - 9:47 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

There are a lot of bits of blog posts being generated but nothing being finished and published. I am completely exhausted now, so this will have to make do. Associations! And they're free!...

srah - Sunday, 20 March 2005 - 1:51 AM
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Reader Poll Monday Tuesday

I'm not a regular reader of Lasadh, but I liked the questions......

srah - Tuesday, 15 March 2005 - 11:28 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Very musically themed this week. My head hurts a little. EAT FREE ASSOCIATIONS. Also, FREE ASSOCIATIONS ARE PEOPLE! Like Soylent Green. Does anyone actually read what I write in this space? Or Unconscious Mutterings posts at all? Let's see if this gets a reaction: You smell....

srah - Saturday, 12 March 2005 - 8:38 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Two weeksful, you lucky ducklings, you. That's twenty free associations for the price of ten!...

srah - Sunday, 6 March 2005 - 5:47 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Vonce again eet eez time for ze unconscious mutterings. Vonce again vee shall delve deep into ze subconscious of ze srah for ze free azzociations....

srah - Sunday, 20 February 2005 - 1:55 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

What on earth am I doing up at this hour??? Well, one thing I'm doing is free-associating......

srah - Sunday, 13 February 2005 - 8:27 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

It's time for the weekly free associations! And for sleeping! Night night....

srah - Sunday, 6 February 2005 - 12:47 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

G'night. Here they are for this week. Turns out I did come home and blog!...

srah - Sunday, 30 January 2005 - 12:33 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

I had a drink or two, but it's mostly fatigue and the desire to no longer be awake, which are sometimes two different things. I'm home now and safe and pyjamaed and ready to sleep. But before slizeeping to the mizzax, a few free associations, 'kay?...

srah - Sunday, 23 January 2005 - 1:28 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

A vague desire to free associate is the fire in the eyes of this chick, whose sickness is Unconscious Mutterings. Uh... yeah....

srah - Sunday, 16 January 2005 - 1:03 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Sunday Sunday Sunday. Work to be done! But first... a few free associations....

srah - Sunday, 9 January 2005 - 11:50 AM
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The Year in Review

This meme is The Year In Review: a compilation of first lines from first posts in every month last year (except because I am not very thinksy or observant, I did the last post of every month and didn't notice until I got to October). [via eac]...

srah - Saturday, 8 January 2005 - 6:52 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

I spent this evening shooting wolverines in Alaska with my grandpa. Or maybe doing free associations on my freakin' weblog. Goshhhhhhhhhhh....

srah - Saturday, 1 January 2005 - 11:47 PM
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mp3 meme thingy

Turn on your WinAmp, WMP, ITunes, whatever you play music with. Turn the shuffle on. Push play, then fast forward and write down each song as it occurs in this list, and it will be a fortune: How you felt about high school: "Coming In To Land" by Badly Drawn Boy How you feel about life now: "Habanera" from Carmen ("Si je t'aime, prends garde à toi!") How you feel about the future: "Colombia Tierra Querida" by Cabas (Oh my god, am I moving to Colombia???) The way your crush feels about you: "Let the Sunshine In" by the Fifth...

srah - Thursday, 30 December 2004 - 1:58 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Last unconscious mutterings of 2004!...

srah - Tuesday, 28 December 2004 - 11:07 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Meme! Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeme! Meeeeeeeeme! Right. Free associations have been free-associated. Read on for mine or click the icon to do your own without being tainted!...

srah - Sunday, 19 December 2004 - 12:29 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Too late. Twelve hours of Information Architecture. Can't think. Must free associate....

srah - Sunday, 12 December 2004 - 1:05 AM
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Because I have so much other stuff I should be doing

... but hey, I'm waiting for email responses. Here's a meme: Type each letter of the alphabet, one by one, into your browser's address bar and see what the autocomplete comes up with first. [via Somewhat, Muchly]...

srah - Thursday, 9 December 2004 - 9:22 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Another week, another set of free associations. Terms to free-associate on are provided by the lovely (I'm sure) pea... click on the icon to play along in your own blog! </advertisement>...

srah - Saturday, 4 December 2004 - 11:47 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Free associations galore! Get them while they're hot!...

srah - Sunday, 28 November 2004 - 1:00 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Once again, it's not the middle of the night. Well, at least my stress-induced facial tic is making my eye twitch. That's sorta crazy, right?...

srah - Sunday, 21 November 2004 - 12:17 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Somehow when I do this in the afternoon, my free associations are less insane than when I do them in the middle of the night. Sigh. I like insane....

srah - Sunday, 14 November 2004 - 1:19 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Associations have been freed from the seething turmoil of my mind. Or something....

srah - Sunday, 7 November 2004 - 10:42 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Free associations. Get them while they're hot!...

srah - Tuesday, 2 November 2004 - 11:47 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

I am so paying attention to the review....

srah - Sunday, 24 October 2004 - 8:46 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

You've got SERVED! ... a fine helping of free associations, that is! ... Plus, I suck....

srah - Sunday, 17 October 2004 - 1:25 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

At nearly three in the morning, the contents of my mind are laid before you, in a free-associating style. Or something. Listen, I had to write an intro and I have to do it every week and I never know what to say. And are you really reading this part anyway? Let's just get to the "good" stuff....

srah - Sunday, 10 October 2004 - 2:48 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Heavily influenced this week by L. Frank Baum and G. Stupid Lucas......

srah - Sunday, 3 October 2004 - 10:30 AM
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International meme

Here thar be meme regarding international... relations....

srah - Thursday, 30 September 2004 - 10:31 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Thinkety think, then perhaps a little sleepety sleep....

srah - Sunday, 26 September 2004 - 8:35 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Yarrrrr, mateys. Thar be treasure below deck! Looted from the finest mind of North America then crammed into the hold! (And I think I am correct when I say that there is not one who would rob thee of this inestimable treasure, which all the world holds dear!)...

srah - Sunday, 19 September 2004 - 9:13 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

My free associations are very very boring. Bah!...

srah - Sunday, 12 September 2004 - 5:43 PM
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Fin de semaine linguistique

Thanks and congratulations to everyone who participated in Language Week, most of whom did much better than I did: Stuart, Jez, pea, Armin and Annica. See you again in another 14 months or so?...

srah - Monday, 6 September 2004 - 12:37 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Silence, silence from the blog. Naught is heard but the mutterings of the unconscious, whistling through the trees and making a noise that sounds like 'Phwoaaaaaar, criiikeeeeey...' (We shall return to more interesting blogfare, I hope, with the advent of the new scholastic year)...

srah - Monday, 6 September 2004 - 12:29 PM
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Semaine Linguistique 2,5?

I am the worst founder of Language Week ever! Je suis la pire fondatrice de la Semaine Linguistique!</half-assed attempt to use foreign language>...

srah - Friday, 3 September 2004 - 2:45 PM
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Language Week 2,2

Thanks to Jez, Stuart and pea for participating! If you're playing along in your blog, please let me know! Une experience intéressante... j'ai écrit l'article en anglais, et puis je l'ai traduit en français lors de son enregistrement. Vous pouvez écouter cet article (j'ai dit 'poste' dans l'enregistrement, parce que je n'avais pas encore cherché la traduction) en français, et puis le lire en anglais dans l'entrée étendue*. ––––– * Note to manager of the Multilingual Bloglossary: Why is it an "article" but an "entrée" étendue?...

srah - Tuesday, 31 August 2004 - 11:11 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

My subconscious is very boring this week!...

srah - Monday, 30 August 2004 - 4:13 PM
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Primero mensaje

Bueno. Es de nuevo La Semana de los Idiomas y hace dos años desde la última vez que aprendí el castellano. No hay mucho necesidad para el español en Michigan o en Francia. El padre del Pato es en los Estados Unidos por el momento para visitar su hijo y no habla mucho inglés, entonces quizás voy a necessitar hablarlo este fin de semana. Si no necessito el español solamente para entender el Jezito, que me habla tal vez en el español Canario, lo que no entendería incluso si había estudiado el español recientemente. (All words and phrases in italics...

srah - Monday, 30 August 2004 - 10:53 AM
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Language Week 2

A repeat of Language Week has been requested and shall be granted. Yes, I know it happened in June last year, but I'm in charge and I say it happens in August this year. Ah, power! So I bring you: LANGUAGE WEEK 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO August 30 - September 5, 2004 Here be ze rhools: Blog in a language that you don't usually blog in. You don't have to blog a lot if you don't want to - a few sentences will do, as long as you continue, once a day, through the week (or at least Monday to Friday)....

srah - Thursday, 26 August 2004 - 9:42 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Last one from France! Hurrah!...

srah - Monday, 23 August 2004 - 3:58 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

On Sundays, or sometimes on Mondays, I get an email that tells me to do this, and so I do it. It's a good thing I don't get many emails telling me to KILL KILL KILL!...

srah - Monday, 16 August 2004 - 1:19 PM
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Obfuscation the Second: Prepare to be de-obfuscated, suckah!

Guess that wasn't very hard. The lie was......

srah - Monday, 16 August 2004 - 5:00 AM
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Obfuscation the Second: Prepare to be obfuscated, suckah!

Alright, here they are! Two are true, one is false. Leave your guesses as to which is which in the blahblahs, if you please. In honor of the nearing end of my internship, all three take place in FRAAAHHHHNCE. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find anyone to run them past in advance, so who knows - it could be very easy! (The directions are here if you want to play along in your own blog, or you can guess on other people's stories.)...

srah - Friday, 13 August 2004 - 5:00 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Some kinda weird Star Wars kick all up in this joint today. Free associations, coming your way anon. Pea gave me words, I thunk things up. Peace out....

srah - Monday, 9 August 2004 - 5:34 AM
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Testing... testing...

This posting is a community experiment started by Minding the Planet to see how a meme represented by a blog posting spreads across blogspace, physical space and time. It will help to show how ideas travel across blogs in space and time and how blogs are connected. It may also help to show which blogs are most influential in the propagation of memes. The original posting for this experiment is located at: Minding the Planet; results and commentary will appear there in the future. Please join the test by adding your blog (see instructions, below) and inviting your friends to...

srah - Wednesday, 4 August 2004 - 8:00 AM
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Obfuscation 2: Electric Boogaloo

It's Obfuscation Time again! Prepared to be fooled, and hopefully more successfully than last year! The Game: On Friday, August 13 youll post 3 stories. Two false and one true or Two true and one false Readers have to pick the false story(ies), leaving their guess in the comments. (Make sure you let them know which version of the game youre playing.) On Monday, Ausgut 16 youll post the correct response. The stories can be as crazy as you want them to be. But you want to make them all believable enough that the reader has to give the game...

srah - Monday, 2 August 2004 - 5:50 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

"How much would you be willing to pay for associations, Colin?" "Well, I'd be willing to pay upwards of one dollar, Ryan!" "Well, how about downwards?" "I don't know..." "Because these associations are FREE, yes FREE!" "Free? You must be CRAZY!" "..." "... Who told you that?"...

srah - Monday, 2 August 2004 - 5:34 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Righty-o. Free associations. I done 'em. I typed 'em up. I put 'em in the extension for your viewing pleasure. ARE YOU SATISFIED YET????...

srah - Sunday, 25 July 2004 - 3:10 PM
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A meme. One that is craplicious.

I feel like doing a crappy meme. You got a problem with that?...

srah - Thursday, 22 July 2004 - 3:49 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Yet another post! Aren't you, the reader, lucky? So go read it already....

srah - Sunday, 18 July 2004 - 7:01 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Here be the free associations made by me......

srah - Sunday, 11 July 2004 - 2:24 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Thinky thinky thinky....

srah - Monday, 5 July 2004 - 3:30 AM
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Tuesday is Chooseday

TJ and I are never awake and posting at the same time, so somehow this has turned into a "Wednesday or Thursday is Chooseday" for the past couple of weeks. Would you rather: be constipated for a week at a time and only poop on fridays OR have to go pee every hour on the hour? Would this be, like, painful or would it just be that you only have to poop once a week? As long as it's not painful, I'll go with that, because sometimes you can't find a bathroom every hour on the hour. Then what? You'd...

srah - Wednesday, 30 June 2004 - 5:44 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Terms have been provided and free associations imagined up. Ford's in his flivver, all's well with the world....

srah - Sunday, 27 June 2004 - 6:03 AM
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Tuesday is Chooseday

Would you rather: hear somebody breaking into your house and all you have is a bat OR an unloaded gun? My arms aren't very strong and anyone threatening me could look at me and know that. They wouldn't know if there were bullets in the gun, though... walk barefoot over 6 feet of roaches OR 6 feet of thumbtacks? Gross. But still better than Ouch. after playing a game of beach volleyball for over an hour, have only a pitcher of milk to refresh you OR a pot of fresh-brewed coffee? I don't like milk or coffee, but I guess...

srah - Tuesday, 22 June 2004 - 9:54 AM
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ABCs of me

Act your age? No, I don't. But it's 23.822 unless I've miscounted... Born on what day of the week? Tuesday's child is full of grace. Chore you hate? Washing dishes. Dad's name? Bill. Essential makeup item? Chapstick? Favorite actor? John Hannah. Gold or silver? Gold... I guess... Hometown? Ann Arbor, MI Instruments you play? I can play the piano a little... but I don't. Job title? Intern! Glorious Intern! Kids? If I had enough A-1 sauce. Living arrangements? L'abbaye. Mom's name? Mommy. What? She has another name? Oh, Marilyn. Need? A DFE. Overnight hospital stays? When I was born? Phobias?...

srah - Monday, 21 June 2004 - 5:47 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

While all those poor suckahs in the US are fast asleep, I am unconsciously muttering....

srah - Sunday, 20 June 2004 - 7:32 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Unconscious Mutterings... now from FRANCE!...

srah - Sunday, 13 June 2004 - 7:25 AM
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Tuesday is Chooseday

[Alrighty, masses, here is a little something to placate you while Isidore is still not hooked up to the network...] Would you rather... wear the same underwear for a week OR not bathe for a week? Yechhhh. But a decision had to be made. eat a plate full of boiled earthworms, covered in gravy OR fried bird feet with a tangy teriyaki glaze? Um... I love gravy with an undying passion... but the earthworms horrify me. And the fancy glaze might distract somewhat from the texture. drop your wallet and keys in a thick patch of cacti and have to...

srah - Wednesday, 9 June 2004 - 9:25 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

So very sleepy... Here'sh shome free ashoshiations....

srah - Sunday, 6 June 2004 - 1:43 AM
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Tuesday is Chooseday

Would you rather... be trapped in a room for an hour with 15 scorpions OR one rabid dog? I guess it would be easier to run away from or fight off. Plus, it wouldn't crawl on you. *shudder* grow hairy palms OR go blind? Palms can be shaved or waxed... if I were blind I wouldn't be able to enjoy Isidore half as much. be addicted to alcohol OR gambling? Hmmmm. If I can be an artist and produce lots of tortured works, then sure. I don't really fancy gambling, so it doesn't seem like it would be as pleasant...

srah - Tuesday, 1 June 2004 - 11:26 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Step right up and get your associations! Today, and today only, we are selling them at an impossible fraction of the cost! "How much?" you ask? FREE! Yes, that's right, free associations! Just step this way......

srah - Sunday, 30 May 2004 - 2:03 AM
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Tuesday is Chooseday

... even if this is Friday. Would you rather: your best friend overhear you telling somebody else a deep secret about them OR your child overhear you venting your frustrations about your significant other? Best friends are resilient and will talk to you and yell at you; children will only be silent and hurt and scared. learn an obscure language only spoken by 15 other people on the planet OR be able to guess somebody's exact birthdate, just by looking at them? Um, language?! have eyebrows that grow in VERY bushy, daily, no matter how you try to prune them...

srah - Friday, 28 May 2004 - 8:58 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Free associations lurk lurkingly within the extension....

srah - Sunday, 23 May 2004 - 7:53 PM
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Tuesday is Chooseday

Back by great demand (too bad there's no archive or I'd go back and do the weeks I missed because I keep forgetting!) Would you rather: while visiting new york city, fall from the 4th floor of a building OR get hit by a bicycle messenger? I feel like it would be more easily survivable. kiss somebody with severe chapped lips OR eat lunch next to somebody picking a scab on their arm? How severe? Would it hurt them to kiss me? Well, I pick the one that gets me kissed. live next door to a registered sex offender OR...

srah - Thursday, 20 May 2004 - 1:28 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Look into the depths of my subconscious... it's scary in there....

srah - Sunday, 16 May 2004 - 12:50 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

I am so happy that I got to use #8... Voici mes 'free associations'....

srah - Sunday, 9 May 2004 - 10:48 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

I feel like we're starting to get back up to my normal level of insanity and inanity......

srah - Sunday, 2 May 2004 - 10:26 AM
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Misattribution

Invent a memory of me and post it in the comments. It can be anything you want, so long as it's something that's never happened. Then, if you're so inclined, post this to your journal and see what people would like to remember of you, only the universe failed to cooperate in making it happen so they had to make it up instead. [via threegoldfish]...

srah - Tuesday, 27 April 2004 - 9:58 PM
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Tuesday is Chooseday

Would you rather: have the lifetime channel make a movie out of your life OR the playboy channel? Yeah, no? lick a cat's nose OR give it a proctology exam without gloves? (thanks nicole) I would kiss a cat's nose. And I would probably unthinkingly lick my lips afterwards. So it's not a far stretch to lick the nose itself. Besides, cats' noses are soft and dry and cute and wee. find a bag containing $20,000 and turn it in before you find out it belonged to an known mob boss OR not turn it in, spend it all, and...

srah - Tuesday, 27 April 2004 - 6:02 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

t r going to read my free associations....

srah - Sunday, 25 April 2004 - 4:55 AM
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Reader interaction!

Leave me a comment asking me three questions. Something silly, something serious, whatever floats your boat. I will answer your questions to the best of my ability, at my earliest convenience. Go back to your own bloggy house and implore five people to ask you three questions apiece. (I'm skipping the 5 asker limit.) (Watch nobody ask me.) Kindly trackback and watch the questioning propagate. [via swirlspice] Or if you'd rather, go back here, leave a comment and I can ask you questions... Q & A follows in the extension!...

srah - Saturday, 24 April 2004 - 8:21 AM
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Tuesday is Chooseday

Would you rather... eat pickled herring with every meal for the next year OR eat just one live monkey's brain? How much pickled herring? I've never had pickled herring, so I'll go with that, because I refuse to eat living food. assuming they paid the same, clean up elephant poop at the circus for a living OR be a senator's aid? Depends on the senator! Ha ha, no, not really. If it were someone I liked and agreed with, I could probably have a good time. And if it weren't... well, I could slowly poison them until they died. :)...

srah - Tuesday, 20 April 2004 - 11:40 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

If you change your mind, I'm the first in line Honey I'm still free (associations), take a chance on me... (This is the lamest Unconscious Mutterings intro I've ever done and I apologize.)...

srah - Sunday, 18 April 2004 - 1:17 AM
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Tuesday is Chooseday

Would you rather: live in a place with the constant threat of volcano eruptions OR the constant threat of tidal waves? Drowning seems more lingering than burning, somehow, and maybe I could get knocked out by flying hardened lava before I burned. Of course, I could also just suffocate from the gases and ash or be buried alive like at Pompeii. But it still seems like there's something totally lame about tidal waves. go through an operation that would make you absolutely gorgeous, able to win any beauty contest OR one that would make you able to run faster than...

srah - Tuesday, 13 April 2004 - 10:54 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Free associations in the extension!...

srah - Sunday, 11 April 2004 - 1:20 AM
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The Friday Five

1. What do you do for a living? My current part-time job doesn't (and couldn't) support me in the style to which I have become accustomed. So for a "living" I am a student, in that I am doing this so that I can one day earn a living. 2. What do you like most about your job? I enjoy learning and being around similar-minded people. I like thinking that I will one day have a job in this field and figuring out how I will be able to apply what I'm learning. 3. What do you like least about...

srah - Friday, 9 April 2004 - 4:12 PM
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Tuesday is Chooseday

I knew I was forgetting something... Would you rather: go through 5 years of poverty and get $10,000,000 OR go through 1 year of poverty and get $100,000? $100,000 is plenty for me. date someone who is fabulous looking but has unmaskable, horrible breath OR someone who is simply average but has great breath all the time? Yuck! hand wash the poopy cloth diapers for 50 babies for a day OR hand wash the poopy cloth diapers for 5 babies for a week? It seems like a simple multiplication problem, but I think I'd rather get it over with. Once...

srah - Wednesday, 7 April 2004 - 2:02 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Step into the dark recesses of my mind with these handy-dandy free associations......

srah - Sunday, 4 April 2004 - 9:21 AM
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Cinco de srahyo

Five characteristics that I really like about myself: I like to laugh and make people laugh. I think I am rather good at it. Deep down, even though I may not show it, I am really quite a nice person. I am tiny and compact. I am travel-sized for your convenience! I am good at writing and editing things. I am generally a good speller, too. I try to look at things from more than one angle. What about you? [via Kazoofus]...

srah - Sunday, 28 March 2004 - 11:32 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

My free associations are in the continuation. Now go play along in your own blog!...

srah - Sunday, 28 March 2004 - 9:32 AM
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Tuesday is Chooseday

Would you rather: get an inner ear infection that leaves you feeling off balance for the next 2 years OR get a compound fracture in your arm that leaves your dominant hand useless for the next 6 months? Who needs hands, anyway? discover a new species of plant OR write a book? If I wrote a book, it would be about three paragraphs long. Blogging is my thing. push the button that launches a nuclear missle at another country OR pull the trigger that kills just one suspected terrorist? If I'm going to kill innocent people, better one (and a...

srah - Tuesday, 23 March 2004 - 10:25 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Where could the free associations be? Find them and win a prize!...

srah - Sunday, 21 March 2004 - 8:53 AM
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Tuesday is Chooseday

A new meme (to me). We'll see if it catches on... Would you rather: 1. walk to school OR carry your lunch? I'm not one of them fancy downtown-dwellers... it takes about 20 minutes to drive downtown, so I'm definitely not walking. That said, at least I wouldn't have to look for parking. 2. drink green beer and throw up for the next hour OR drink green beer and pass out and wake up in an unknown place? This is hard. That doesn't sound like a good answer, but I really hate throwing up. 3. catch a leprechaun and he...

srah - Tuesday, 16 March 2004 - 10:33 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Please, step into the inner workings of my mind....

srah - Sunday, 14 March 2004 - 10:06 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Once upon a time, there lived a happy little meme called Unconscious Mutterings. And then it was eaten by a bear. The end....

srah - Saturday, 6 March 2004 - 9:26 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

It's a meme. It happens every week. You can do it too, if you would like. The Pea will not mind. Here there be free associations....

srah - Sunday, 29 February 2004 - 9:37 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Delayed but not forgotten......

srah - Monday, 23 February 2004 - 3:04 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Something wicked this way comes......

srah - Sunday, 15 February 2004 - 9:41 AM
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Blog It Forward V: The Wrath of Srahn

Okay, I'm a little late. "Your task today will be to pick someone (or sometwo or somethree) off of your blogroll and let us know why you feel that they are linkworthy." All month I've been planning who I was going to blog forward and now I've forgotten. Yippee! There was some kind of theme in my mind, but I'll just have to pick a few unrelated ones this month. Ain't It Cruel - Justin's Movable-Type-published blog is a beauty to behol-- What's that? Still at LiveJournal? Oh. Well, it's still okay. Justin is always full of lovely links and...

srah - Saturday, 14 February 2004 - 5:15 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Free extensions? In the association. Or something....

srah - Sunday, 8 February 2004 - 2:09 AM
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Memes are not real content, srah!

I just like this because my answers are ridiculous: EXOTIC FOREIGNER ALIAS = Favorite Spice + Last Foreign Vacation Spot Herbes de Provence Antwerpen SOCIALITE ALIAS = Silliest Childhood Nickname + Town Where You First Partied Sammy Abigail Albion (partied?) "FLY GIRL" ALIAS (a la J. Lo) = First Initial + First 2 or 3 Letters of Your Last Name S-Mc (The SMIC is the French minimum wage. Sounds about right.) ROCK STAR ALIAS = Any Liquid on the Bar + Last Name of Bad-Ass Celeb Crème de Menthe Rock DIVA ALIAS = Something Sweet Within Sight + Any Liquid...

srah - Tuesday, 3 February 2004 - 11:43 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

My free associations have been removed to the extension and Sanitized For Your Protection....

srah - Sunday, 1 February 2004 - 1:11 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

For a limited time only! Free free free! Associations!...

srah - Sunday, 25 January 2004 - 1:59 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Yo yo yo, mah peeps. Wassup? Free associations to follow. Peek not!...

srah - Sunday, 18 January 2004 - 12:22 AM
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Blog it Forward

"The rules are really simple. For those of you who are new to this, all you have to do is pick someone from your blogroll and post (on your site) just what makes them blogworthy." And so I bring you... three random sites from my blogroll. And when I say random, I mean I have my eyes closed! I have my eyes closed and I'm mousing around and now I'm going to click and-- That wasn't my blogroll. I have my eyes closed and I'm mousing around the general area where my blogroll should be and the winner is... Blogrolling....

srah - Monday, 12 January 2004 - 9:23 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Thar be free associations in them hills. Free associations, I tell you!...

srah - Sunday, 11 January 2004 - 1:03 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Oh, by the way, I'm INSANE this week....

srah - Sunday, 4 January 2004 - 10:38 AM
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The Mayfly Project

Sum up your 2003 in twenty words Tried to teach. Came home. Tried to learn....

srah - Wednesday, 31 December 2003 - 10:31 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Read on, MacDuff....

srah - Sunday, 28 December 2003 - 8:51 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

My answers are hidden so as not to influence you if you'd like to do the meme yourself......

srah - Sunday, 21 December 2003 - 2:52 AM
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The Friday Five

Need content. Am tired and depressed lately and have blogtopics but not the will to blog. Encourage me? In the meantime, it's memetime. 1. List your five favorite beverages. Tea with milk and sugar, chai tea, bubble tea, peach iced tea and apricot juice. 2. List your five favorite websites. SI webmail (when it works), IMDb, Technorati, The Onion and... uh... srah blah blah. 3. List your five favorite snack foods. Junior Mints, my grandma's Nuts and Bolts (basically like Chex Mix), chips and salsa, gingersnaps and cheese. 4. List your five favorite board and/or card games. Trivial Pursuit, Rummikub,...

srah - Friday, 19 December 2003 - 10:45 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

The free associationses have been hidden somewhere where you'll never find them... because we wants them! They are precious to us......

srah - Sunday, 14 December 2003 - 3:29 AM
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Give me something to read when I'm all examed out

Cleo says: I know very little about some of the people on my friends' list. Some people I know relatively well. I read your fic, or we have something else in common and we chat occasionally. Some of you I hardly know at all. Perhaps you lurk, for whatever reason. But you friended me and I thank you. But here's a thought: why not take this opportunity to tell me a little something about yourself. Any old thing at all. Just so the next time I see your name I can say: "Ah, there's so and so...she likes spinach." I'd...

srah - Friday, 12 December 2003 - 12:19 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Yarrrr! Thar be some free-associations in the hold! Get below deck to see the treasure!...

srah - Sunday, 7 December 2003 - 1:13 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

The free associations are hiding in the extension, so as to avoid affecting your own....

srah - Sunday, 30 November 2003 - 9:05 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Reminder: do not free-associate while tipsy....

srah - Sunday, 23 November 2003 - 2:22 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

She gives out words, we free-associate. Read on for The Association....

srah - Sunday, 16 November 2003 - 11:57 AM
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The Friday Five

1. Using one adjective, describe your current living space. disastrously-messy (to protect the honor of Srah's Mother, Beloved of All Srah Blah Blah Visitors, I will point out that I'm talking about my room and not the rest of the house, which is pristine and only has this one horrific blight at the end of the hall) 2. Using two adjectives, describe your current employer. helpful, disorganized 3. Using three adjectives, describe your favorite hobby/pasttime. entertaining, enlightening?, lazy (watching movies) 4. Using four adjectives, describe your typical day. hysterical, jargonriffic, stressed, mostly-happy 5. Using five adjectives, describe your ideal life....

srah - Friday, 14 November 2003 - 5:45 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Allow me to free-associate for a moment......

srah - Sunday, 9 November 2003 - 11:02 AM
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The Friday Five

Haven't done one of these in a while... 1. What food do you like that most people hate? Mushrooms, olives, blue cheese. 2. What food do you hate that most people love? Coffee, beer, dark chocolate. 3. What famous person, whom many people may find attractive, is most unappealing to you? Lots of them. Most notably Jennifer Love Hewitt. She's so dreadfully average that the fact that some people think she's beautiful makes me want to kick her in the face. Also Nicolas Cage and John Travolta. *shudder* 4. What famous person, whom many people may find unappealing, do you...

srah - Saturday, 8 November 2003 - 6:15 PM
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On clothing and language

I've decided that this post is a meme. The theme is clothing and language. Go blog/comment your own thoughts or stories related to these two words, then read mine afterwards and we'll see how differently people can interpret and relate the two concepts. I imagine it will either be fascinating or you will all ignore me. If you like it, then perhaps we'll do it again sometime with two more words. If you don't like it, then perhaps it shall never happen again. Or perhaps I'll keep inflicting it on you in a sad, desperate attempt to make you love...

srah - Monday, 3 November 2003 - 12:02 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

A widdle bit of wine, a widdle bit of fwee associations... 'sall good, right?...

srah - Sunday, 2 November 2003 - 3:28 AM
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srah and the no-good very long meme

Nothing to do. So I have done a very long meme. Update: I decided to flesh out some of my answers because I'm trapped at work. [via Katie]...

srah - Thursday, 30 October 2003 - 2:37 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

A bit early this week, but still jam-packed with flavor and free-associated goodness....

srah - Saturday, 25 October 2003 - 8:52 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

All of the cool kids are reading my free-associations. You know you want to....

srah - Sunday, 19 October 2003 - 2:29 AM
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What's that meme thing doing here?

Everyone else was doing it, so why shouldn't I? A - Act Your Age: 23. And I refuse. B - Boyfriend: None. And I'm all good with that. C - Chore You Hate: Washing dishes. D - Dad's Name: William. E - Essential Make-Up Item: Uh... chapstick? F - Fave Actress: Claudette Colbert. Hermione Gingold. Audrey Tautou. I dunno. G - Gold or Silver: Gold. H - Homeland: Ann Arbor, Michigan. I - Instruments You Play: I took 5 years of piano and 3 of flute. I hated them both, never practiced, never learned anything, and forgot what little I...

srah - Saturday, 18 October 2003 - 9:29 PM
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The Friday Five

Meh, why not? 1. Name five things in your refrigerator. Things that belong to me or I am particularly attached to: Thursday evening's chipati leftovers, cran-grape juice, peach iced tea, mushrooms, horseradish mustard. 2. Name five things in your freezer. Cooooookies, ice cubes, frozen peas (much better than canned), blueberries, mixed nuts. 3. Name five things under your kitchen sink. Onions, potatoes, dishwasher detergent, vases, more dishwasher detergent. 4. Name five things around your computer. Empty tea-cup, address card box, piles of scrap paper, a print-out of today's Get Fuzzy cartoon, a French postage stamp. 5. Name five things in...

srah - Saturday, 18 October 2003 - 12:21 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Read on, MacDuff....

srah - Sunday, 12 October 2003 - 10:36 AM
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Gone fishin'

Don't blame me. It was Justin's idea. Same disclaimers, play nice, yadda yadda. I _____ srah. srah is ____. srah needs _____. I want to ____ srah. srah can ____ my ____. Someday srah will _____. srah reminds me of _____. Without srah _____. srah can be _____. Meeting srah is _____. Worst thing about srah is _____. Best thing about srah is ______. I am _____ srah. I think srah should _______....

srah - Tuesday, 7 October 2003 - 5:38 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Travelers, halt! Be ye brave enough enough to venture into the depths of the continuation? There be frightening things there which no one need read. For it is told that there lurk the free associations of the fearsome srah. Enter at your own risk!...

srah - Sunday, 5 October 2003 - 1:36 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

The free-associations are hiding in the extension, as they are wont to do....

srah - Sunday, 28 September 2003 - 2:21 AM
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Please don't show up on my porch with fondue forks

Jez is having an imaginary dinner party and inviting five bloggers he's never met. Although he has very nicely invited me to his, I wasn't going to participate in the meme. I couldn't limit myself to five, but I can't imaginarily cook for huge numbers of people, either. So... I am having two separate imaginary dinner parties: srah's fondue party Jezblog So Joyful! methinks Ain't it Cruel? annicapannika blog srah's pizza and lemon meringue pie party (I was tired after preparing all that fondue, so we've ordered out... and I suspect this is the kind of gang that will end...

srah - Saturday, 27 September 2003 - 11:23 AM
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Last Friday's Five

The Friday Five is not on this week, but I meant to do last week's and never got around to it. 1. Who is your favorite singer/musician? Why? The Beatles because I grew up with their music... well, second-generation, by listening to my dad's albums. Renaud because, although I couldn't see any value in his music at the beginning of last year, Stefan won me over and made me realize how clever his lyrics are. Neil Diamond because... he's The Neil. Serge Gainsbourg because he has clever, somewhat hidden dirty old man lyrics that make me feel superior because I...

srah - Friday, 26 September 2003 - 6:32 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Avert your eyes!...

srah - Sunday, 21 September 2003 - 12:58 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Guaranteed to put songs in your head... or your money back!...

srah - Sunday, 14 September 2003 - 1:00 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

I've buried the answers where ye'll never find them, ye scurvy landlubbers! Seek them if ye dare!...

srah - Sunday, 7 September 2003 - 9:19 AM
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Whatever Lola Katie wants

More quotes from movies and music, folkses, because Katie is sad that she missed the last one. Which gentleman among you am I to have the pleasure of making love to? What a fabulous window treatment! Knock down the old brick wall and be a part of it all. You should be very glad I'm not 12. I was a very straightforward child. I used to spit. I'm kicking through the Autumn leaves and wondering where it is you might be going to. There is no medicine for what I have. Hey! Hey! Her head don't come off! Don't look...

srah - Tuesday, 2 September 2003 - 12:00 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

If you wish to delve into srah's subconscious, you may do so in the extension....

srah - Sunday, 31 August 2003 - 1:04 AM
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srah's quotes quiz

I've run out of musicals. Or maybe I haven't. These are quotes from all kinds of music and movies. Identify them or perish. When he's underwater, does he get wet? Or does the water get him instead? Maids like me - I'm neat. I like maids - they're neat. 1: You know carpentry. Can you do anything else? 2: Whacking. I'm hell at whacking. 1: This sausage is moldy! 2: Shut up and drink your gin. My friends would think I was a nut, turning water into wine. We're living in a material world and I am a material girl...or...

srah - Friday, 29 August 2003 - 6:57 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

It is time, once again, to venture into the extension....

srah - Sunday, 24 August 2003 - 11:39 AM
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The Friday Five

1. When was the last time you laughed? I believe Becky remarked on my hamster laugh last night as we were on the phone. 2. Who was the last person you had an argument with? With Jez, I guess. I'm so nice and easy to get along with! Or passive-aggressive! 3. Who was the last person you emailed? La Sofinette 4. When was the last time you bathed? Approximately 6:55 to 7:15 this morning. 5. What was the last thing you ate? I had a chocolate last night and before that it was dinner - chicken noodle soup and corn...

srah - Friday, 22 August 2003 - 7:47 AM
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The Monday Mission

1. Are you good at responding to emails and/or Blog comments? Blog comments, yes. Email, not so much. I still owe Johanna an email from over a month ago... 2. Does it make you crazy when people won't reply to your emails even though you know good and well that they are reading them? In some cases. If it's someone I see in person, I'll usually ask them about it. If I've sent a mass email to everyone I know in France and received no reply, I'll just cry and cry and cry. Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a little, but...

srah - Monday, 18 August 2003 - 6:07 PM
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Obfuscation: The Blog Game

Patricia at Lunaniña is doing a new meme this week. Here's the deal. On Friday, August 22nd you'll post 3 stories. Two false and one true or two true and one false. Readers have to pick the false story(ies), leaving their guess in the comments. (Make sure you let them know which version of the game you're playing.) On Monday you'll post the correct response. The stories can be as crazy as you want them to be. But you want to make them all believable enough that the reader has to give the game a little thought....

srah - Sunday, 17 August 2003 - 10:36 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

So as not to influence your own answers, I have hidden the questions away....

srah - Sunday, 17 August 2003 - 10:27 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

I am hiding my very deep thoughts from you. Please look into the extension, folks....

srah - Sunday, 10 August 2003 - 9:35 AM
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Five Questions

A meme from Erica. Wanna play along? 1. If you want to participate, leave a comment saying "interview me." 2. I will respond by asking you five questions - each person's will be different. 3. You will update your journal with the answers to the questions. 4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the same post. 5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions. [Read answers to questions I've asked: Alfie, Katie] Here are the Five Questions she asked me:...

srah - Friday, 8 August 2003 - 4:12 PM
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The Friday Five

My kinda Friday Five! 1. What's the last place you traveled to, outside your own home state/country? My last trip out of the state was our trip to Virginia, New Jersey and New York. Before that, it was France, and before that, a very short trip to Belgium. 2. What's the most bizarre/unusual thing that's ever happened to you while traveling? It once took me 29 hours to get from Grenoble to Aberdeen. I participated in an English quiz night. I met John Hannah... 3. If you could take off to anywhere, money and time being no object, where would...

srah - Friday, 8 August 2003 - 9:30 AM
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Who's on second?

When I was little, I had to have a Favorite Everything. Favorite TV show, favorite color, favorite character in every movie I watched, favorite daddy (I always told mine he was 288th or so... but that's how our family is), favorite member of the British royal family, etcetera etcetera etcetera. Not only did I have to have a Favorite Everything, I had to have a Second Favorite Everything. And a Third Favorite Everything. And so on and so on, until I'd run out of possibilities or lost interest in the list. And so I ask you to consider: What's your...

srah - Wednesday, 6 August 2003 - 11:00 PM
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The Monday Mission A Day Late

1. When you take a vacation, do you ever suffer from Internet withdrawal? Or maybe the nagging urge to blog or read blogs? Or are you glad to be away? I always suffer Internet withdrawal, and especially blog-withdrawal. I often keep notes, although I find myself frustrated when I return and have to type them all up. 2. Have you ever been "furloughed" (told to take time off work without pay) or laid off? How did that impact your family dynamics? Your finances? If not to you, have you seen it happen to anyone you know? How did they handle...

srah - Tuesday, 5 August 2003 - 11:21 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Into the extension you go, to wait for a woman of less discriminating tastes. Hey maw! Git off the dang roof!...

srah - Sunday, 3 August 2003 - 10:33 PM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Shan't spoil it for the rest of you....

srah - Sunday, 27 July 2003 - 10:51 AM
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The Thursday This-or-That?

1) DVD or VHS? DVD! My family watches everything with subtitles on, because we never understand anything anyone says. We are movie-readers. I like to watch things in Spanish with French subtitles or in Japanese with German subtitles or in Swedish with Pig Latin subtitles. My family prefers English All Around. I like DVDs for the extras, too. 2) Best Literary/Movie Villan: Voldemort (Harry Potter) or Sauron (LoTR)? Awww, they're two different species. I suppose I prefer Voldemort because I know more about him and who he is and why he went bad. I'm sure if I read some of...

srah - Tuesday, 22 July 2003 - 7:47 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

Once again, I'll hide them in the extension for your non-spoiling pleasure....

srah - Sunday, 20 July 2003 - 11:49 AM
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Truth or Dare

This is more of a survey than a meme, I find. Care to answer yourself? 1. Do you have a disclaimer on your blog? No. 2. If yes, what prompted you to post one? Haven't got one. And I don't have one... because I don't think anyone would read it anyway. 3. When you go to a new blog or read one that you've visited before, how often are you offended by the content? What do you do when this happens (email the writer privately, comment, ignore it, etc)? Not very often. I usually ignore it, unless someone says something...

srah - Thursday, 17 July 2003 - 12:00 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

So as not to spoil the free association for others... (warning: they are more insane than last time)...

srah - Monday, 14 July 2003 - 7:41 AM
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Boring Friday afternoon post

Becky has another Musicals Quiz. Go and participate and help me out, and just be happy that she updated for once. I just realized that it's Friday, 16 hours and 32 minutes into the day. Hooray! My weekend will be spent, I'm sure, burning mixed CDs for various causes and sharing the contents with you here, whether you like it or not....

srah - Friday, 11 July 2003 - 4:32 PM
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The Friday Five

1. Do you remember your first best friend? Who was it? I believe my first best friend was Nathan, who I like to call my ex-fiancé because we were going to get married (whether he liked it or not) when I was four. Worth mentioning, however, is my second best friend, Jenny, in whose clutches I was, to varying extents, from kindergarten up to fifth grade. From kindergarten to third grade, I wasn't allowed to have any other friends besides Jenny. If she was absent, I had to play alone. She, on the other hand, could take off with whoever...

srah - Friday, 11 July 2003 - 7:26 AM
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Unconscious Mutterings

I've never tried this one before... she gives you a list of words and you make free associations. Given the state of my dreams, this could be interesting. Fashion show:: sashay Boundaries:: frontiers Roadkill:: skunk Narcissistic:: Draco Malfoy Authority:: Percy Weasley Martini:: James Bond Personality:: quiz Comfortable:: armchair Symptom:: bronchitis Dating:: orange ORANGE? What?...

srah - Monday, 7 July 2003 - 12:05 AM
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Al fin de la semana de los idiomas

Thanks to everyone who participated in Language Week, including: Ain't It Cruel?, annicapannika blog, Beatniksalad, Blethers.com, Jezblog, Ministry of Propaganda, monochromatic girl, So Joyful!, and What You Can Get Away With. Hope I haven't forgotten anyone - let me know if I have! Perhaps we'll have to try it again next year. I'll let you know then....

srah - Saturday, 5 July 2003 - 11:58 AM
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Language Week: Friday

(Except posted on Saturday, because we were having Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and a National Holiday on Friday.) Bon, ben, voilà, je suis trop paresseuse pour écrire en espagnol, même si j'ai inventé cette semaine pour pratiquer cette langue-là. C'est trop difficile sans dictionnaire, et je n'ai pas très envie de chercher chaque mot sur Babelfish. Je suis très heureuse d'avoir réçu un mél d'Agnès, qui m'a dit que les résultats des examens finaux au lycée ont été affichés et qu'elle me les a envoyés. En travaillant en France, ça m'a choqué que là-bas, les résultats des examens sont affichés, sont...

srah - Saturday, 5 July 2003 - 11:27 AM
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Language Week: Thursday

Hoy llevo calcetines con monos. No manos, monos. Calcetines con manos no existen. He tenido calcetines con dedos de pie, y no me gustan. No son muy cómodos. No me gusta la sensación de tener algo entre mis dedos de pie. Bloguo [gracias Jez!] cosas muy importante en español. Bueno... no es mejor en inglés....

srah - Thursday, 3 July 2003 - 6:22 PM
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Language Week: Wednesday

No tengo muchas cosas que decir en español, y no tengo más vocabulario en chino, entonces hoy voy a escribir en el idioma francés, lo que conozco bien porque lo he estudiado desde la media de mi vida. J'aime bien la chanson Mon fils, ma bataille de Daniel Balavoine. C'est une chanson qui parle d'un père divorcé qui risque de perdre son fils, comme dans le film Kramer vs. Kramer. Mais ce qui me gène, c'est le refrain, qui raconte « Je vais tout casser/ si vous touchez/ aux fruits de mes entrailles/ fallait pas qu'elle s'en aille ». En...

srah - Wednesday, 2 July 2003 - 7:12 PM
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Language Week: Tuesday

Ni-men hao! Ni-men hao ma? Wo hen hao, xiexie. Wo shi zai tushuguan. Wo shi meiguo xuesheng. Wo xue faguoren. Wo bu he pijiu. Wo yo meimei. As you can probably tell, my Mandarin Chinese has suffered great losses since I took a semester of it, in the fall of 1999. I, myself, have suffered the great loss of my Chinese textbook (where are all of my language books disappearing to? There is some kind of vortex in my room, sucking them in), so I can't even check to see if what little I remembered is correct....

srah - Tuesday, 1 July 2003 - 11:03 AM
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The Tuesday This-or-That?

1. Lemonade or Ice Cold Beer? Beer is heinous. Beer tastes like sweat. 2. Swimming pool or beach? Beach, I guess. You can go for walks, fully clothed. They usually make you wear a swimsuit at the swimming pool. 3. Long weekends here & there, or a 2-week vacation? If I have no money, long weekends. If I have money, a two-week vacation in some far-off foreign land. 4. Destination: Acapulco or Hawaii? Acapulco, but I'd sneak out of the resorts, off into Real Mexico. 5. Destination: Mountains or Beach? Mountains. I miss mountains, and no one expects you to...

srah - Tuesday, 1 July 2003 - 9:13 AM
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Language Week begins

Quiero comenzar, pero he perdido mi diccionario español-inglés, lo que es un problema, porque no tengo mucho vocabulario y olvido siempre donde van los acentes. ¿Que voy a hacer? Je ne sais pas. Voy a 'cheat' con Babelfish. No me gusta Babelfish. Mi colega me dijo que es un website que traduce muy bien y que debo tratarlo para ayudarme con mis traducciones. HA! Bueno. Hoy, no voy a estar cerca de un ordenador, porque voy a trabajar con mis manos, porque soy muy FUERTE! ARRRR! No, no es la verdad. Voy a trabajar con mis manos porque voy a...

srah - Monday, 30 June 2003 - 7:59 AM
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The birth of Language Week

There may already be a Language Week on the calendar somewhere; I don't know. All I know is that my Spanish needs practice. So I'm going to declare next week (June 29 - July 5)... Language Week. This is a departure from my original idea of una semana española, because - surprise of surprises - not everyone speaks Spanish. And I think it would be fun if everyone could participate. So. Here are the rules of participation: Blog in a language that you don't usually blog in. You don't have to blog a lot if you don't want to -...

srah - Friday, 27 June 2003 - 9:53 PM
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La polola española

I called Alex in Mexico the other day, and he answered the phone. "¿Puedo hablar con Alex, por favor?" "Está." "¡Hola!" "Ehhh... hola. ¿Quien es?" "¡Soy La Sarah!" He didn't recognize me speaking Spanish. I'm assuming that's a good thing, like I've made progress or something. He didn't say so, but-- HEY! I'll assume what I want, buster! I have decided to declare next week (Monday to Friday, anyway) La semana española. I am going to make an effort to blog a few sentences of Spanish each day next week, just to keep in practice. Would you like to join...

srah - Friday, 27 June 2003 - 12:02 PM
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Harry Potter Meme

This post is going into hiding to prevent spoilers for those who haven't read Book 5. Read on, MacDuff....

srah - Friday, 27 June 2003 - 9:10 AM
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The Friday Five

1. How are you planning to spend the summer [winter]? Working to make money for grad school. Drinking wine and going to Meijers. Thinking about writing - but not actually writing - a romance novel. 2. What was your first summer job? During high school, I worked at the public library during vacations, but I also worked there during the school year, so it wasn't really a "summer job". My first one of those was at the evil evil Hallmark shop at the mall. I asked for 35 hours a week and often got anywhere from 0 to 5. In...

srah - Friday, 27 June 2003 - 8:39 AM
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The Monday Mission

1.What is the difference between spirituality and religion? I'm sure people have differing definitions, but I think that to be a religion, a belief has to involve a god or gods and often deals with the issue of faith in the unknown. I think one can be spiritual by believing deeply in a philosophy, with or without believing in a god. 2. What is the difference between someone listening to what you say and hearing what you say? Listening involves a conscious effort to understand. 3. What's the difference between a Father, and a Daddy? Daddy belongs to me, and...

srah - Monday, 23 June 2003 - 10:39 AM
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The Friday Five

1. Is your hair naturally curly, wavy, or straight? Long or short? It's naturally straight, with weird kinks in it. I think rather than being natural, the kinks come from me tucking wet hair behind my ear and the hair drying into that shape. Either that or London. I suppose it's naturally long, but I cut it so it won't be. 2. How has your hair changed over your lifetime? When I was young, my hair was a sort of pixie/bowl cut. Like Susie Derkins from Calvin & Hobbes, although I'm not sure why she's the first person who comes...

srah - Friday, 20 June 2003 - 9:33 AM
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Friday Five

1. What's one thing you've always wanted to do, but never have? Learned about seventeen different languages, including Spanish, Dutch, Arabic, Bulgarian, Japanese, Swedish, and Italian. It takes a lot of time and effort to learn languages, and I find it difficult to teach myself, so I'd have to sign up for classes. Which is something I haven't done so far. I'd also like to write a book or two. 2. When someone asks your opinion about a new haircut/outfit/etc, are you always honest? Of course not. That would be rude. Sometimes I say "I think I liked it better...

srah - Friday, 13 June 2003 - 10:15 AM
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Thursday Meme-o-rama

I have The Neil in my head and he won't get out. So we will try to distract him by thinking about something else. Thursday Thumb-Twiddler 1. If you knew that millions of faithful followers were going to model their lives after you, would you change anything about how you live it? I don't think so. I think it's kind of their own stupid fault for following me, so if they don't like it, tough cookies. It would be quite annoying and I think I would have to jump in a hole. 2. When you find you don't need something...

srah - Thursday, 12 June 2003 - 2:44 PM
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Wall o' memes

Katie wants a meme and by gum, she'll get her meme or my name isn't Sparkling Joe Flanagan. What's on the walls in the room where I am, you ask? I am in the Sorting Room, where one wall is covered in weird crap the sorting staff found in people's collections, like magazine ads featuring OJ Simpson, "I'm a Mondale fan" paper fans, and a big metal sign with Smokey the Bear on it. Another wall is covered in shelves full of boxes. Another wall has some kind of Chinese painting, and the last one has a painting of a...

srah - Wednesday, 4 June 2003 - 3:33 PM
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No one? No one? Bueller?

Sigh. No one got the ultra-tricky song #3 in the Musical Trivia Quiz. The song was "Up There", from South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut. Well I consider it a musical!...

srah - Tuesday, 3 June 2003 - 4:41 PM
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Tuesday This-or-That?

1. Cats or dogs? Both have their advantages and disadvantages. I've never had a cat of my own, but I like them because they're independent. I like dogs because... they're not cats. 2. Butterflies or birds? Butterflies, unless they're penguins. I prefer butterflies because they don't make such a mess when they poop on you. And I prefer penguins to butterflies because they can't get high enough to poop on you unless you're laying on the ground and they walk over you. And having a penguin walk over you is almost worth the poop. Why am I still typing? 3....

srah - Tuesday, 3 June 2003 - 8:49 AM
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srah's Musical Trivia Quiz III: The Return of the Quiz

Becky has inspired me to start again. The research for the latest edition of Srah's Musical Trivia Quiz (which always seems to happen when I am musical-soundtrack-and-Discman-clad at work and have nothing better to think about) was grueling. It took great effort to stop from bursting out loudly in song and dancing around in my chair. 1) What I give, I choose to give 2) Look in your mind/ I'm there, nothing's new 3) Up there where skies are ocean blue 4) No one can make us give our rights away 5) Let's all stroke together like the Princeton crew...

srah - Monday, 2 June 2003 - 12:00 PM
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Monday Mission

1. One thing that really annoys me is when someone at work will just start clipping their fingernails at their desk. In most cases, it is men who do this, which only makes it worse. I can't explain why this grates on my nerves, but when I hear that "click-click-click" of the clippers, I just imagine nasty fingernail fragments flying everywhere. What habit do people have that drives you crazy but doesn't seem to bother anyone else? Um... Promo? Where the heck do you work? Um, I think chewing gum looks gross. And popping fingers is annoying, but that annoys...

srah - Monday, 2 June 2003 - 11:08 AM
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The Friday Five

1. What brand of toothpaste do you use? Right now I am finishing off a tube of Aquafresh bought in France because it was the only kind I could find that stood up. Normally in the US I buy Colgate because I like their packaging better than Crest's. They're all the same, anyway. 2. What brand of toilet paper do you prefer? Whatever my mommy has bought. In France, I bought The Pink Kind That Is On Sale brand toilet paper. I was very loyal to this brand. 3. What brand(s) of shoes do you wear? I don't have any...

srah - Friday, 23 May 2003 - 9:09 AM
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The Friday Five

Somehow appropriate... 1. Would you consider yourself an organized person? Why or why not? I am obsessively organized in some respects, but mostly a complete slob. 2. Do you keep some type of planner, organizer, calendar, etc. with you, and do you use it regularly? During the school year I often do, because I have to keep track of assignments, so I actually use it for other things too. During the summer and during the past year, I never had any idea what was coming up. 3. Would you say that your desk is organized right now? For once, yes....

srah - Friday, 9 May 2003 - 11:11 AM
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Re-band-meme

A year ago, I did the band meme. So I will do it again today, but in French. This year's victim is, of course, Renaud. 1. Are you male or female? "Femmes du monde ou bien putains/ qui, bien souvent, êtes les mêmes/ Femmes normales, stars ou boudins/ femelles en tout genre, je vous aime" (Miss Maggie) 2. Describe yourself: "Moi j'étais rien-du-toutiste." (Socialiste) 3. How do they feel about you? "Arrache toi d' là t'es pas d' ma bande/ Casse toi tu pues/ Et marche à l'ombre" (Marche à l'ombre) 4. How do you feel about yourself? "J' peux...

srah - Tuesday, 6 May 2003 - 8:55 AM
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The Very Easy Friday Five

1. Who is your favorite celebrity? Good question. I have no idea. None whatsoever. 2. Who is your least favorite? Unfortunately I think I have a lot more celebrities I dislike than those I like. Andie MacDowell is always at the top of the list, but we'll also throw in Tom Cruise, Charlton Heston, Britney Spears, Johnny Hallyday (sacrilege! I will be thrown out of the country!) and John Revolta. 3. Have you ever met or seen any celebrities in real life? Yes - Dave Coulier, Blake Sloan, Marty Turco, several other players who went pro and can probably be...

srah - Friday, 18 April 2003 - 5:05 AM
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Multi-language question

I'm not quite sure that I understand how this is supposed to work, but I will answer the damned question. In German. Welchen Beruf wollten Sie ausben als Sie ein Kind waren ? ben Sie ihn jetzt aus ? Wieso nicht ? At one point, I'm sure I wanted to be a princess. I am not a princess because I was not born one and because I have not yet ensnared a prince. I remember wanting to be a scientist, because it sounded smart. Later, I worked on my elementary school newspaper (The Mitchell Talks News... envisioned but not named...

srah - Tuesday, 15 April 2003 - 10:30 AM
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The Friday Five

1. What was the first band you saw in concert? Probably the Michigan Marching Band or the Mitchell Elementary School band. If we're talking real concerts, Dave Matthews Band. I believe my entire real-concert experience is DMB, K's Choice, DMB again, and Travis. 2. Who is your favorite artist/band now? I have loads. The Beatles are pretty steadily at the top of the list, but we can also throw in Renaud and Charles Aznavour for the heck of it. My favorites change daily - I am quite fond of Cabas aujourd'hui. 3. What's your favorite song? Once again, changes daily....

srah - Friday, 11 April 2003 - 7:54 AM
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The Friday Five

1. How many houses/apartments have you lived in throughout your life? Two houses (Ann Arbor/Grenoble), two apartments (both in the same building in Vichy), and four dorm rooms (Albion - Wesley, Spanish House, German House, French House). 2. Which was your favorite and why? Home in Ann Arbor is my favorite, because it's home in Ann Arbor. Of the apartments, I prefer the new one but do miss my oven. Of the dorm rooms, I do have a special fondness for 303 Wesley, but I might have to go with the Bowling Alley in German House. 3. Do you find...

srah - Friday, 4 April 2003 - 4:25 PM
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Tuesday This-or-That?

April Fool's Day edition: 1. The Bogey-Man or Henry Kissinger? The Bogey Man, because it sounds like booger, which is an even funnier word than Kissinger. 2. Whips 'n chains or soft ropes with furbound cuffs? Whips 'n chips and soft marshmallow ropes. 3. Fish sticks or Amazon.com? This is a tough decision. Amazon.com brings a great selection of products, but you have to pay for them. You have to pay for fish sticks as well, but they are usually much cheaper than CDs. Fish sticks can be used when one wants to pretend to be a walrus and also...

srah - Tuesday, 1 April 2003 - 2:22 AM
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The Friday Five

1. What was your most memorable moment from the last week? Sometimes I feel like Stefan thinks I'm insane and never understands anything I say, but I felt like I actually won his respect this week when I told him that I had never been to Germany because I didn't speak German. I know, I explained further, that everyone says Germans speak very good English, but I would feel guilty going to Germany and speaking English. If I were Chinese and spoke English in Germany, I wouldn't feel so bad, but being American, I would feel too arrogant and American...

srah - Friday, 28 March 2003 - 3:31 PM
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Tuesday This-or-That?

1. Poetry or prose? A prose by any other name would smell as sweet. Or whatever. Prose is the answer. Prose is the word, is the word that you heard, it's got groove, it's got meaning. Ignore me. 2. Funky modern art or the older, "classic" variety? Depends how funky or how older. I likes me some Magritte, yo. 3. Sculptures or paintings? Generally paintings, I fink. 4. Theatre: exuberant musical or serious drama? Exuberant musical or comedy. They are better for my simple little mind, which doesn't like to leave the theatre depressed or confused. 5. Ballet or modern...

srah - Tuesday, 25 March 2003 - 5:48 AM
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Participation Positives

I've never done this, but the Monday Mission hasn't been posted yet and I felt my blog needed something positive for once. So here I am, looking on the bright side of life on this bright, shiny Monday. I work in Vichy, not Paris. I complain a lot and claim my students can be "aggressive", but I haven't been attacked with a knife or had to put up with any of the other things I've heard from my fellow teachers' Paris experiences. It is the 24th of the month and I still have money in my account. I am not...

srah - Monday, 24 March 2003 - 10:13 AM
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The Friday Five

1. If you had the chance to meet someone you've never met, from the past or present, who would it be? At the moment I'd like to meet Dubya, except for the fact that I would be immediately thrown to the ground and handcuffed by Secret Service agents just for thinking about what I'd like to do to him. So instead I would like to meet Ian Rankin or Christopher Brookmyre, either of which would be much happier and less violent. 2. If you had to live in a different century, past or future, which would it be? I would...

srah - Friday, 21 March 2003 - 6:59 AM
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The Monday Mission

1. Do you have any plans for "Spring Break" this year? I want to go home. 2. Did you ever have any wild Spring Break experiences? C'mon, tell me the stories! Everso wild. My senior year in high school, we went to Toronto and went shopping and saw Rent and put underwear on our head (although not at Rent...). My freshman year in high school, Jen Dively came to visit and got bitten by my evil demon dog. So, as you can tell, my life is just one party after another. 3. What is your most memorable vacation of your...

srah - Monday, 17 March 2003 - 10:39 AM
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The Friday Five

1. Do you like talking on the phone? Why or why not? I can think of few things that I like less than talking on the phone. I get nervous, I can never remember what I wanted to say, and I feel at a disadvantage for not being able to read the other person's lips or use their body language to understand what they're saying. 2. Who is the last person you talked to on the phone? My pookie. Did I say "pookie"? How awful. My belovèd. My cheri. 3. About how many telephones do you have at home? At...

srah - Friday, 14 March 2003 - 6:49 AM
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Tuesday This-or-That?

1. Soup or salad? Zuppe, per favore. Or something to that effect. I wish I actually spoke Italian. I can eat soup as a meal. 2. Hot or cold sandwiches? I like me a good tuna salad sandwich, but I also like grilled cheese. Generally cold, but there are a few hot ones I like. 3. White or whole wheat bread (or rye, etc)? I shouldn't, because it's not good for me, but I prefer white because it's such a lovely golden color when it's toasted. Mmmm, toast. 4. Pack a lunch for work/school, or buy it? There ain't no...

srah - Tuesday, 11 March 2003 - 6:38 AM
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The Monday Mission

1. What do you like to eat for breakfast? Do you even eat breakfast? I often have a pain au lait aux pépites de chocolat. Today I had baguette with apricot jam. Thé au lait goes without saying. 2. What was the song that "blew your mind" and is etched in your brain forever? Recall the moment and why it remains in your mind. For heaven's sake, Promo, I don't know if there is one. I am perhaps not as affected by music as you. I still remember the first time I heard Maurice Ravel's "Bolero" and Carmen told us...

srah - Tuesday, 18 February 2003 - 3:24 AM
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The Sunday Op-Ed

I like it so I'm willing to do it late. As usual, click on the icon for the answers and go and put your own questions in your blog. 1. What would be infinitely better if science could find a way to make it warm instead of frozen? 2. What smells very bad when you break it? 3. What do I not like in any of my drinks, but, worst of all, always seem to get in my fruit juice here?...

srah - Monday, 4 November 2002 - 10:19 AM
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Monday Mission

1. What's the most expensive meal you've ever eaten? What was the occasion? Was it worth it? The one I can think of is when our freshman seminar went to France and while the boys had to scrounge up some francs on the last night, Roommate and I blew all of ours on a four-course meal. I don't know if it was really expensive, but it felt like it, in comparison to McDonalds or a street kebab. 2. What do you like to do when nobody is looking? Run to the CDI and hop on the Internet. 3. What's your...

srah - Monday, 14 October 2002 - 11:32 AM
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Sunday Op-Ed

1. What do I do like an idiot when I'm nervous in class? 2. What would I like to have my students do in English, as long as I don't have to do it with them? 3. What am I really craving, frites à la française? Click on the Op-Ed icon for the answers!...

srah - Monday, 14 October 2002 - 11:05 AM
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The Friday Five

1. If you could only choose 1 cd to ever listen to again, what would it be? That is very difficult, and my favorite CD changes so often. For now, I will say Charles Aznavour's 20 Chansons d'or. 2. If you could only choose 2 movies to watch ever again, what would they be? Argh! Again difficult, but I'll go with my two favorites: Sliding Doors and Le fabuleux déstin d'Amélie Poulain. 3. If you could only choose 3 books to read ever again, what would they be? I'm thinking three Choose Your Own Adventure stories, because that would at...

srah - Friday, 11 October 2002 - 4:54 AM
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The Sunday Op-Ed

1. What kind of cinema did Cheryl and I accidentally wander into two years ago? 2. What kind of bar have I never been to? 3. What did Rotolu used to do when he slept in French class? Click on the Op-Ed icon to see the answers and feel free to play along!...

srah - Sunday, 22 September 2002 - 5:56 AM
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The Thursday Tuesday This-or-That?

1. Portland, Maine or Portland, Oregon? I've never been to either. Neither have I been to Maine or Oregon and neither do I know anything about either state. We'll go with Oregon, because it sounds slightly warmer. 2. New York or New Jersey? New Jersey has a bad reputation, so I'll go with New York State, even though we once went to a Syracuse Taco Bell where their 59/79/99 cent menu was 69/89/1.09. I was young at the time and very bothered by this. 3. Van Gogh or Van Halen? Now I think I know What you tried to say,...

srah - Tuesday, 17 September 2002 - 8:47 AM
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The Monday Mission

1. Do you have a favorite piece of poetry or prose written by someone else? Care to share it? Since seeing (and researching before seeing) Pandaemonium, I've been obsessed with Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, when I ought to have been obsessed with Wordsworth's Daffodils instead. I blogged it last January. 2. In High School, did you enjoy creative writing? Do you currently do any other writing in addition to your Blog? I loved creative writing from elementary school onwards. Unfortunately, I don't get as many chances to do it these days. I wrote some fold-over stories with Becky...

srah - Monday, 16 September 2002 - 11:59 AM
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The Sunday Op-Ed

1. What hard-to-find (in France) spreadable food will I not miss while I'm somewhere beyond the sea? 2. What did I taste - mixed with alcohol - at my aunt and uncle's wedding reception this weekend? 3. Where am I going to have my one-person wedding? Click on the Op-Ed icon for the answers!...

srah - Monday, 16 September 2002 - 12:48 AM
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The Tuesday This-or-That?

1. Paper or plastic? I like paper bags and plastic money. 2. Stripes or plaid? Ye dinnae ken, hen? 3. Baseball or football? Football, because I hate baseball. 4. TV or movies? Movies. More thought goes into the writing of them, I think. 5. Craig Kilborn or Conan O'Brien? Conan, because he has red hair. 6. Amazon or BN.com? Amazon. 7. Yahoo or Google? Google, because it's good and because Yahoo is eeeeeevil. 8. Star Trek or Star Wars? Potato-asteroids are better than cardboard sets! 9. Cats or dogs? Not too attached to either, actually. I've always had dogs, but...

srah - Tuesday, 10 September 2002 - 2:04 PM
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The Sunday Op-Ed

1. What nighttime activity of my father's keeps us all awake when we share a motel room? 2. What do people say I do "like a gerbil"? 3. What was I doing when I saw Sam Gamgee chase after Frodo's boat and almost drown? Click on the Op-Ed icon for the answers!...

srah - Sunday, 8 September 2002 - 11:10 AM
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The Tuesday This-or-That?

1. Tom Hanks or Tom Cruise? Tom Hanks. I've never particularly liked Tom Cruise or any of his movies. I haven't particularly liked many Tom Hanks movies either, but Sleepless in Seattle was okay. 2. Julia Roberts or Julia Stiles? Julia Roberts. I've liked her ever since an orangutan peed on her. 3. Kevin Costner or Kevin Spacey? *Shudder* No question. Mr Spacey knows how to make movies that aren't about baseball. 4. Ben Affleck or Ben Stiller? Ben Stiller is funny. And he's sort of cute, if you can get over how much he looks like a monkey. 5....

srah - Tuesday, 3 September 2002 - 2:13 AM
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The Monday Mission

1. What's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you on a date? I don't know if it's really embarassing per se, but when I went on my first date, I went to see Titanic. My "boyfriend" asked me what I thought of it, and I said I didn't think much of it. It's good to be true to yourself and your feelings and all, but it would have been nice to say something nice about the movie, seeing as he asked me out and paid and all. Wouldn't it? I don't know, I guess that's a question for...

srah - Monday, 2 September 2002 - 9:44 PM
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The Friday Five

1. What's your favorite piece of clothing that you currently own? I like my stripey blue knee socks (which I am wearing right now) and my soft grey argyle socks. I also like my skirt that looks like a bell. I go "ding-dong" whenever I wear it. Then Alex asks me "What's brown and sounds like a bell?" 2. What piece of clothing do you most want to acquire? I guess I would like some grey pants or some new black pants. There isn't anything I've particularly been lusting over. 3. What piece of clothing can you not bring yourself...

srah - Friday, 30 August 2002 - 8:56 AM
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The Thursday Threesome

Onesome. Double. If you could have a clone of yourself, what thing would you most want that clone to do so you don't have to? Go to work today. My clone would be here and I would be home in bed. Twosome. Bubble. Anyone you know live life in a bubble? Who? And do you wish they'd snap back to reality? Well, there's the Albion Bubble. My mother always lamented that I never knew what was going on in the world because we were sometimes cut off from news or just didn't pay attention. Threesome. Bubblegum. Willy Wonka talks about...

srah - Thursday, 29 August 2002 - 8:45 AM
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The Wednesday Whimsy

What are some of the domains you admire? why? I admire not.so.soft because there are so many sections, but they're nicely organized and easy to navigate. Xkot for the same reasons. That's what I like in a website. JohnHannah.net is also pretty well-organized. Good job to that srah person. How long have you been webdesigning? what is your favorite html/cgi/php/etc. script? if you dont webdesign would you ever want to learn? Yergh. Webdesigning? Is that what I do? You make it sound so fancy. I like alt tags and title tags - little hidden notes that people might only see...

srah - Wednesday, 28 August 2002 - 2:12 PM
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The Monday Mission

1. What do you do to make things better when you feel sad and/or lonely? Cry. Oh wait, I do that all the time. That doesn't sound good, does it? I mean that I cry to relieve stress or tension or get attention. 2. Are you a "touchy-feely" person? That is, do you like to touch people you don't know that well? And on the flipside of that, do you like being touched by someone you aren't close with? I didn't like to be touched in high school. Hugging freaked me out. Then when I got to college and didn't...

srah - Monday, 26 August 2002 - 11:51 AM
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The Tuesday This-or-That?

1. Sesame Street or Captain Kangaroo? Sesame Street. If I ever watched Captain Kangaroo, I don't remember it. I sense I will be a bit young for all of these questions. 2. Muppet Show or Fraggle Rock? Muppet Show (sorry, Jillian) 3. He-Man or Jem? I watched neither, but I suppose I would have watched Jem if I watched one or the other. 4. The Smurfs or Muppet Babies? I've never thought much of The Smurfs, but they are Belgian. Muppet Babies really scared me whenever they opened the closet and there was live-action stuff in there. But we did...

srah - Monday, 26 August 2002 - 7:01 AM
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The Sunday Op-Ed

I've noticed a lot of people don't use the words that Chris provided on their webpage. So this week at least, I'll do that. If you want to know the answers, mouse-over the text or click on the Op-Ed graphic to visit the site. 1. What have I never donated, because I'm too small, because I've spent time à l'étranger and because I'm scaaaaaaared? 2. What was everyone covered in after moving Becky in on Friday? 3. What salty liquid do I exude far more often than I'd like?...

srah - Monday, 26 August 2002 - 6:56 AM
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The Friday Five

1. What is your current occupation? Is this what you chose to be doing at this point in your life? Why or why not? I am a student assistant in a historical library. No no no no no no no. And no. No no no. I never had any desire to work in anything related to archives. 2. If time/talent/money were no object, what would your dream occupation be? Half-time Director of International Education, half-time web designer. 3. What did/do your parents do for a living? Has this had any influence on your career choices? They are both archivists. They...

srah - Friday, 23 August 2002 - 7:11 PM
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The Thursday Threesome

Onesome. Small. Is it a small world? In how many miles of space do you live your life? My life... hmm. When I was at Albion, it was about 60 miles. When I'm in Ann Arbor, more like 30 (or however many it takes to get to Alex). Next year, do I count 4000? I won't be travelling those 4000 miles often, but parts of me will still be over here. Twosome. Spiral. Ever felt as if you were on a downward spiral? How did you pull out of it? I don't think so. Sometimes when the work piled up...

srah - Thursday, 22 August 2002 - 10:26 AM
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The Wednesday Whimsy

What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now? Oh, for heaven's sake. I don't know what I'm doing next year, much less when I'm - dear god - thirty-two. I guess I'll be working in an International Education office somewhere. Sure, we'll say that. If you could do anything that you wanted, what would it be? Work half-time with international people, build websites half-time, and make enough money to travel extensively during my vacations. Where in your life do you wish to be a year from now? Shoot. See question #1. A year from now, I hope to...

srah - Wednesday, 21 August 2002 - 1:25 PM
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The Tuesday This-or-That?

1. CandyLand or Chutes and Ladders? Yechhh... Candyland, I guess. We didn't have Chutes & Ladders when I was growing up. 2. Barbie or GI Joe? Neither. Barbie, if pressed to answer with one or the other. War is bad. 3. Play-Doh or Silly Putty? Play-Doh. Silly Putty is fun for about five minutes. 4. Lincoln Logs or Tinkertoys? Lincoln Logs! I had lots of fun with those, but I don't think I ever had Tinkertoys. 5. The Game of Life or Monopoly? I hate them both so much. At least with Life you can fill your car up with...

srah - Tuesday, 20 August 2002 - 7:44 AM
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The Monday Mission

1. Many children have blankets, or a favorite nubby stuffed animal that they like to keep near them for security. Do you recall what you had for your "security blanket" as a child? When did you finally give it up? What brought that about? I don't remember a blanket or stuffed animal, but I had my "binky", or pacifier (I think the nickname comes from the brand of pacifier we bought). I believe I gave it up when it developed a crack and started biting my tongue. 2. Now that you are a big kid, what do you have to...

srah - Monday, 19 August 2002 - 11:55 AM
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The Sunday Op-Ed

What odd topics for the Sunday Op-Ed. It seems like I've already talked about all of them in the past week. Guess I'll have to find something else to say about them. 1. Elementary School Where was I at the top of the heap academically... and excessively, embarassingly proud of it? 2. High School Where did I think I was happy... until I started looking back on it and became quite glad I wasn't there anymore? 3. College Where was I happy to finally find people who were in school for a reason, and not just because they were legally...

srah - Sunday, 18 August 2002 - 12:56 PM
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The old bag

According to Meg, the average woman has 25 items in her purse. I've counted items in my backpack before, but now I'm a Grown Up and have to have a purse. It's still enormous and I might as well be carrying a backpack. So let's inventory mine now: 1. Two sets of spare contacts (I didn't know one of them was there until I started inventorying) 2. Two computer disks 3. Three Subway Sub Club cards (full of stamps and waiting for me to go to Subway and redeem them) 4. Various cards tucked into front pocket: library card, video...

srah - Tuesday, 13 August 2002 - 10:44 AM
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Tuesday This-or-That?

1. Dr. Seuss characters: the Cat in the Hat or the Grinch? The Grinch has Whos, but I think I'll go with The Cat in the Hat. It has my old car's namesake, Roger, whose name is not Roger in the book. 2. "Anne of Green Gables" or "Little Women"? Anne of Green Gables! Gilbert! Moody Spurgeon MacPherson! Gilbert! 3. Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys? I've only read one Hardy Boys book, but I had a sizable collection of Nancy Drews. Besides, I have to go with her for female solidarity or something. 4. Winnie the Pooh characters: Tigger...

srah - Tuesday, 13 August 2002 - 7:40 AM
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The Monday Mission

1. If I could guarantee that the Fashion Police would not lay the smackdown on you, which favorite out-of-style article of clothing do you wish you could wear right now? (and if you have photos of you wearing it, post 'em) I like old-fashioned stuff, so out-of-style clothing sounds good to me. I would wear 1940s rayon dresses and T-strap shoes or saddle shoes and rolled-up jeans. I would be very cute. Either that, or I could go back to elementary school and wear slouch socks and my coat backwards. *snort* 2. In your opinion, who is famous but shouldn't...

srah - Monday, 12 August 2002 - 10:12 AM
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The Sunday Op-Ed

1. Canoe What is a verb that I have never performed? 2. Books What do I wish I had more time to read - but when I'm in France I'll have too much time and not enough of them? 3. Vodka What is something that sounds awfully yucky but I'm pretty sure I've never tasted it?...

srah - Sunday, 11 August 2002 - 9:32 PM
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The Friday Five

1. Do you have a car? If so, what kind of car is it? Sort of. I have a 1987 Honda Civic which has recently become undrivable. So I still physically have it, I'm just not driving it anywhere. I'm not quite sure what to do with it. But our family has a multitude of cars, so there's always something to drive if I can't wangle a ride out of someone. 2. Do you drive very often? More than I'd like. I can't wait until I'm rich and famous and can pay people to drive me places. Or until I'm...

srah - Friday, 9 August 2002 - 8:28 AM
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The Wednesday Whimsy

If you could be any animal on earth what would you be? why? I would be a llama. No one ever suspects the llama... If you could design the perfect animal what would it look like? how would it eat? how would it breath? what would you call it? I would design an animal with long floppy ears and soft, velvety fur. It would be plaid and eat human-food and stupid people and be independent like a cat, but fly with me on its back if I asked it to. I would call it "Henry". I've just drawn a picture...

srah - Wednesday, 7 August 2002 - 1:16 PM
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Tuesday This-or-That?

1. What's your personal clothing style...trendy or classic? My style is classic to the point where I don't wear trendy things until they're a couple of years past the current style and have been established as more than a passing fad. I finally own 3/4 length sleeve shirts now and I think I would actually buy some capri pants. I'm such a dork. 2. Do you shop for designer names or stick with the more generic brands? I don't wear Tommy Hilfiger or something like that, but I do like to wear Levis and I shop at The Gap from...

srah - Tuesday, 6 August 2002 - 10:46 AM
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The Monday Mission

1. Ever considered just deleting your Blog and not doing it anymore? What prompted that and what stopped you? I've never really thought about stopping altogether. I've thought about taking a break, but I haven't really done it except when I couldn't get to a computer. I like talking about myself so much that I need an outlet, I guess. And I'm looking forward to blogging about France so much, that I don't think it could stop altogether until I was done with that. We shall see. 2. How about a quick review of the last movie you saw? I...

srah - Monday, 5 August 2002 - 11:35 AM
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The Friday Five

1. What is your lineage? Where are your ancestors from? I am 1/4 English, 1/4 German, and the other half is a mixture of French, Irish, Scotch-Irish, English, Dutch, etc. 2. Of those countries, which would you most like to visit? Uh, France. Wait, I'm going there already. I've visited England and Scotland, so I guess I'd like to go to Germany. But I'm afraid. They speak German there. 3. Which would you least like to visit? Why? Germany. They speak German there. I am very conflicted on the whole Germany issue. Maybe I should go to Brazil instead. I...

srah - Friday, 2 August 2002 - 8:40 AM
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The Thursday Threesome

Onesome: Lions. How late do you lie in, or are you an early bird? "fess up, no lying here. I like to sleep in, but sunlight often wakes me up. With real, working shutters (you wouldn't know them - they don't seem to have them in this country), I could sleep forever. Twosome: Tigers. What brings out the tiger in you? Interpret this how ever you want, just warn us if it is rated other than pg *grin*. Hardy har har. Um, not much. Frosted Flakes? Threesome: Bears. Bare it all for us. We always complain about the parts of...

srah - Thursday, 1 August 2002 - 2:51 PM
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The Tuesday This-or-That

1. Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton? Buster Keaton. I always thought silent films were classics just because they were old and they were the predecessor to sound films. But I saw The General in an art-house cinema when I was in Grenoble and I found myself laughing out loud. Plus, you gotta love him in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and In the Good Old Summertime (which is vastly superior to the other movies based on the same play). 2. Laurel & Hardy or Abbott & Costello? Don't care. Neither are particularly funny. 3. Marx...

srah - Tuesday, 30 July 2002 - 8:55 AM
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The Friday Five

Where is it? Anyone else having problems getting through?...

srah - Friday, 7 June 2002 - 9:12 AM
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The Thursday Threesome

Onesome. Parsley - does anyone really cook with this stuff?!? what is the weirdest/funniest thing you ever did with the garnish on your plate at a restaurant. Hid a slug under it? Twosome. Sage - to whom do you turn for advice? This isn't limited to just one person but could be several different people for different situations. Mummy or Alex, I suppose. Unless it's specific advice that someone else would know more about... Threesome. Rosemary and Thyme - what does the name "Rosemary" mean to you and to what time frame does the memory belong? I like the song...

srah - Thursday, 6 June 2002 - 9:06 AM
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The Wednesday Whimsy

Did you read any comic books when you were a kid? Any particular reason you liked those specific ones? I didn't. When my sister was younger, she would buy Archie comic books and I would read those, but I was never into superhero comics. If you could live in the world/story of any comic book series, what would it be, and how would you figure into it? Ooooh, me in the world of Archie... wait, no, Archie sucks. Do manga count? I would like to live at Maison Ikkoku, or go to school with the gang from Marmalade Boy. I...

srah - Wednesday, 5 June 2002 - 10:02 AM
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The Tuesday This-or-That?

1. Laptop or desktop computer? It would be nice to have both. I have a desktop and want a nice new laptop to take to France. Unfortunately, I shan't be able to afford one. I will have to look into renting or somesuch. 2. PC or Mac? PC. 3. DVD or VHS? We have an enormous VHS collection, but the DVDs are growing. I love DVDs. Language selection and extras! 4. Cell phone or regular phone? Regular phone. I would like a cell phone, just for the entertainment value of making "Que sera sera" my ringtone, but I hate using...

srah - Tuesday, 4 June 2002 - 11:44 AM
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The Monday Mission

1. Who or where do you go to when you need help for web-related problems? I don't usually have a lot of web-related problems. I do what I can and if I can't do something, I don't. Or I find a site where it's been done and peek at the code. I don't really know anyone in person who's at my level. Does that sound immodest? My Computer Science teacher told my parents that when we got to the web page part of the course, he just stood back and let me do my thing because I knew more than...

srah - Monday, 3 June 2002 - 1:03 PM
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The Sunday Op-Ed

1. Muppets What do I love because they, like most of my favorite kinds of humour, manage to layer kid-humour and adult-humour so that everyone can enjoy them together? Just the other day my family was watching Sesame Street (we were about to watch a video and turned on the TV while we were waiting for Becky) and Baby Bear was talking to Zoe about sharing. He wanted to take a ride in her toy car and offered her the chance to play with his little miniature car, which had a "wich Cowinthian weather" interior. We all had a giggle...

srah - Monday, 3 June 2002 - 8:30 AM
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Eight from the Eighties

1) As I look back upon my life, it's always with a sense of... pride. I've done some rather silly things in the past but overall, I think I've done a good job of living. 2) What are you no-no-notorious for? Hmmm. Knowing how to do things on the Internet, having nice handwriting, knowing random facts about John Hannah, and talking funny. 3) Have you found what you're looking for? I've found a lot of things I wasn't looking for. And I suppose I've found some I was looking for, too. I wouldn't say I've found everything I'm looking for....

srah - Sunday, 2 June 2002 - 11:36 PM
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The Wednesday Whimsy

If you could breathe underwater (and assuming that water pressure and temperature no longer negatively affected you), what would you do? I would visit the Gungan city. Oh sorry, Katie puts me in a Star Wars mood. This question makes me think of those funny artificial breathy things Qui-Gonn and Obi-Wan used in Episode I. I suppose I would use it to keep from drowning... I don't think it would make me go out on the water any more than I do. You are an ocean spirit, and you can do whatever you wish with the mortals who cross over...

srah - Wednesday, 29 May 2002 - 8:43 AM
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The Tuesday This-or-That?

1. Charcoal or gas BBQ grill? Don't think it matters much to me... 2. Beach or pool? I'd say beach, but I don't know... sand is so rough and coarse. It's not soft... and smoothglaaaaaaaaaaaagh... 3. Sneakers or sandals? Depends on the situation and the outfit - I like the opportunity to wear either. 4. Sunblock or suntan lotion? Sunblock. Otherwise I turn bright red. It sometimes fades into a tan, but I look ridiculous for a few days. 5. Iced tea or iced coffee? Iced tea. Or hot tea, if ya got it. 6. Touristy beach town or quiet...

srah - Tuesday, 28 May 2002 - 1:03 PM
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The Monday Mission

1. What happened this weekend that made you smile? Echhh, grave-hopping trip to Ohio. So not too much. Tuna salad sandwiches and graphic novels, I guess. 2. Did you make someone smile today? If not, will you try? I told my mom to smile and she faked one, but then when I started being silly about the great horror film "It Came From the Carpet", she gave me a real one. 3. Have you any clothes or accessories you love to wear but just totally embarass the person you are being seen with? Alex and my mom hate my hawaiian...

srah - Tuesday, 28 May 2002 - 11:55 AM
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The Sunday Op-Ed

1. Painting What did I have a fun time doing to Robin's room with Robin and Cheryl during the summer between 9th and 10th grades, while being introduced to Dave Matthews Band as we listened to Andy Freeth (then known as Andy Freak)'s copy of "Under the Table and Dreaming"? 2. Canada Where do international students studying in the U.S. need to fill out a form to go to, presumably to ensure that they'll come back? 3. Pets What does the Chia brand produce?...

srah - Tuesday, 28 May 2002 - 9:54 AM
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Eight from the Eighties

1) What's in your room? Waaaay too much junk. Instead of cleaning up, I just dumped it all in here and haven't put anything away in quite a while. I can't find anything. It's a black hole. The dog refuses to enter. 2) Do you have fame? No. Except online, where I have many faithful readers, both here and at the JH site. Mwah. 3) Are you on a road to nowhere? Nope. I hope not. But there seem to be many happy options open to me. 4) Ooh, are you a little runaway? No. More of a homebody. Maybe...

srah - Saturday, 25 May 2002 - 10:26 PM
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The Friday Five

1. What's the last vivid dream that you remember having? See Wednesday. 2. Do you have any recurring dreams? Sometimes I get deja vu in dreams - I realize that I've dreamt about a place or a situation before. But I don't really have any dreams that repeat themselves. 3. What's the scariest nightmare you've ever had? I once dreamt that I killed my family. I woke up and I didn't want to go back to sleep. 4. Have you ever written your dreams down or considered it? Why or why not? I record my dreams when I remember to....

srah - Friday, 24 May 2002 - 8:40 AM
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The Thursday Threesome

Onesome. Readin. Tell me about your favorite book you read as a kid. I had a lot of favorite books. I've been thinking about that over the last week, that I should blog a list of some of my favorites. Here are a few examples. Twosome. 'Ritin. Everyone does a Senior Research paper. What was YOUR Senior Research Paper about? Oh, everyone does a Senior Research Paper, do they? Well I certainly didn't. And I am all the better for it. It would have been amusing to do it on dying or dead languages or the historical relationship between the...

srah - Thursday, 23 May 2002 - 8:43 AM
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The Wednesday Whimsy

Humanity is starting over, and you have been chosen to lead it. You must now choose only 20 people for New Humanity Colony. Who would you choose, and why? I would choose teachers, but you still have to have people to do labor. Good luck getting teachers to do it. I guess I would have teachers and teenagers/young people to do the work and be educated. You have succeeded in securing the basic necessities for your people. Now it is time to begin developing your society's infrastructure and culture. What are your first priorities? Education education education. Why does it...

srah - Wednesday, 22 May 2002 - 8:16 AM
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The Monday Mission

1. When was the last time you went out with a true love of yours? What did you two do that made it so special? Last night I went with Alex (and my family) to see Attack of the Clones, to dinner, and home to watch Sir Ian McKellen's Saturday Night Live episode on tape. I am happy just to cuddle and be around him. 2. Which far-away friend would you most like to see again? I was just thinking a few minutes ago about Shannon West, from high school. I'm not sure where she is now. I'd also like...

srah - Monday, 20 May 2002 - 12:11 PM
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The Friday Five

1. What shampoo do you use? I usually use Suave, I think. Usually peach or chamomile. Lately I found this Jasmine something or other but I don't remember who makes it. 2. Do you use conditioner? What kind? Nope, not usually. My hair's too long at the moment and it gets weighed down by conditioner. If I do, it's usually the accompanying conditioner to my shampoo, or whatever Becky has lying around. 3. When was the last time you got your hair cut? Waaaaaaaaaaaay too long ago. My hair cutting lady went on maternity leave in January and I haven't...

srah - Friday, 17 May 2002 - 8:18 AM
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The Wednesday Whimsy

The life of a Jedi (light) offers strict discipline, complete control over passionate/selfish/hurtful emotions, no place for love or family, sacrifice of your own desires, constant duty to safety and justice for others, and deference to the wisdom of your elders. The life of a Sith (dark) is made up of complete indulgence in your desires, control over others, no responsability or deference to anyone, the ability to take whatever you want, and cool lightning-zappy fingers. Regardless of the intergalactic political situation, which side of the Force would you choose? I like to be a good girl. I think I...

srah - Wednesday, 15 May 2002 - 10:26 AM
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The Sunday Op-Ed

Mom Who doesn't get shown enough appreciation? Flowers What did the Patito inundate me with when we first started going out? Children What does future teacher Erin Lewis call "germ factories"?...

srah - Monday, 13 May 2002 - 7:44 AM
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Eight from the 80s

1) Have you been working for the weekend? I've been cleaning my room. Mmm, fun. I brought home all of my junk from school and now I have to find a place to put all of it. I'm going through and throwing out all of the things I didn't throw away last time I did a major cleaning, because "I might need it later". Yeah. Three bags of balloons? Not going to need them. 2) Can you do magic? No. I had a professional magician in my graduating class at Albion. Ooh ahh. 3) Are you like a rock? I...

srah - Monday, 13 May 2002 - 7:43 AM
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The Wednesday Whimsy

You can mold any type of government you would like for the nation you are about to rule. Describe the form of your government, and your style of ruling. In high school Government class, we had to come up with an ideal form of government. Ours was something like a "rotating democratic oligarchy". Heh heh. Plus, we had super-weapons. You have just been given control of a small nation with a stable economy, friendly international relations, internal peace and prosperity, no homelessness or illiteracy, a hardworking yet relaxed people, and a culture which is studious, developed and leisurely. All in...

srah - Wednesday, 8 May 2002 - 9:21 AM
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The Tuesday This-or-That?

This or that? This. It’s closer. Could or should? Should. I like the sound of the word better. Want or need? Want. Right or left? Right. I’m right-handed. Sometimes I wish I was left-handed, just to be different. Up or down? Up. Do or don't? Do. Talk or listen? Listen. Sleep or play? Sleep! Highlight or underline? Highlight. Marry or merry? Merry, but I’d prefer Pippin....

srah - Wednesday, 8 May 2002 - 8:51 AM
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The Monday Mission

1. Do you have any tattoos? If no, why not and what would you get if you did get one. If you do have one or more, tell us how you came to get it, and why you chose the design you got inked with. I don't have any. If forced (who forces you to get a tattoo?), I would get a tattoo of a potato right under my knee, just like the kid in one of the Sideways Stories from Wayside School books. 2. Has anything ever happened that caused you to believe, or disbelieve, in a Higher Power....

srah - Monday, 6 May 2002 - 10:20 AM
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Sunday Op-Ed

1) Mexico Where is Fanny going to be until December, when she moves to... 2) France Where will I be from mid-September 2002 to May 2003? Where will I be when The Chamber of Secrets and The Two Towers come out? Where will Alex hopefully come to visit me? Where will I hopefully reunite with at least three of my old Native Speaker pals? In what country will I have to learn about grown-up and independent things like finding an apartment, paying rent, and cooking for myself? Where will I be molding young minds about American life and the English...

srah - Sunday, 5 May 2002 - 12:58 PM
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Eight from the Eighties

1) Do you want candy? Always. Chocolate-covered cherries (the kind with the clearish-red filling, not the creme kind) would be nice, as would those Ferrero Rocher hazelnut things or, really, anything with hazelnuts or almonds in it. Yum. 2) I wish they all could be ________ girls/boys. I dunno. I was going to say sweet and cuddly, but if they were all sweet and cuddly they'd be tougher to sift through. I dunno, I've got my wee Chilean. 3) What dreams go on when you close your eyes? Strange strange strange ones. The other day I dreamt that my mom...

srah - Sunday, 5 May 2002 - 12:52 PM
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The Thursday Threesome

Onesome. Lions! Can a lion tame its mane? What about you? Tell us your worst hair memory... When I was young I always had very short hair with short little bangs - almost like a female version of the bowl haircut. Then around third grade, my mom finally allowed me to grow my hair out. So there was a long period around fourth grade where I still had the little bangs and the rest of my hair was growing out... I think it looked sort of like a mullet. Twosome. Tigers! Can a tiger change its stripes? Can people really...

srah - Thursday, 2 May 2002 - 9:40 AM
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The Wednesday Whimsy

(I'm so lost. I have no idea what day of the week it is anymore - I had to check and see which daily i did yesterday.) We've all wanted to be in a movie at some point. If you could be any existing or added character in any movie, what would it be? Lina Lamont, I suppose, but Jean Hagen did quite well. See the second question. And um... let's see... adding myself? I would like to be an extra. I would love go around being an extra in movies and not telling anyone and seeing if anyone would...

srah - Wednesday, 1 May 2002 - 9:36 AM
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The Tuesday This-or-That

Which is worse: a driver riding your bumper or someone pulling out in front of you with their car? I think that someone pulling out in front of me is worse because I think there's the potential for more damage there and there's less you can do. With a car riding your bumper, you have the fear of being rear-ended. With a car pulling out in front of you, you could hit them and be hit from behind. Can you do 10 push ups? If you paid me, I probably could. Do you bathe/shower in the morning or in the...

srah - Tuesday, 30 April 2002 - 8:04 AM
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The Sunday Op-Ed

1)Thunderstorms What is a great reason to have a big window with a great view? I had a view of the back yard of Wesley freshman year and now I have a nice view of the intersection by the Dow, which is also sort of nice in a storm, except for the stupid frat boys running outside in the rain. We can always hope they'll be struck by lightning. 2)Sex What is not exactly the same as "gender" but I can never remember what the difference is? I can't. I think one is biological and the other has to do...

srah - Sunday, 28 April 2002 - 12:34 PM
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The Friday Five

1. What are your hobbies? Computer fiddling, reading (when I have the chance - certainly not during the school year), watching movies. 2. Do you collect anything? If so, what? I collect quotes and postcards from places I've been. 3. Is there a hobby you're interested in, but just don't have the time/money to do? I wish I had more time for reading and money for travel. 4. Have you ever turned a hobby into a moneymaking opportunity? Instead of having a lemonade stand when I was younger I tried to sell art on our lawn extension. I remember our...

srah - Friday, 26 April 2002 - 1:17 AM
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The Thursday Threesome Onesome. The

The Thursday Threesome Onesome. The Good. Read a good book lately? Recommend a recent read - as well as your favorite book of all time.... I would say my favorite book so far is either Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris or The Falls by Ian Rankin. I read Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s Breakfast of Champions rather recently and it was entertaining. Twosome. The Bad. Was it so bad that you couldn't watch anymore? Tell us about a bad movie - did you leave or suffer through it? (Videos can count, too) I left during The Limey (sorry, An!)...

srah - Thursday, 25 April 2002 - 10:17 AM
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The Wednesday Whimsy

If you could speak any known human language in the world, what would it be, and what would you do with that ability? Spanish, and I would use it to communicate in Chile this summer. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! How about any known animal language? Why would you want to be able to speak with that particular animal? I can't think of a single animal I'd like to communicate with. I think we get along just fine at this point. Have you ever had your own made up language, either by yourself or with someone else? Like Katie's, my family seems to communicate...

srah - Wednesday, 24 April 2002 - 9:00 AM
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The Monday Mission

1. Ever had a love that you still think of as "the one that got away?" What's the story there? No. I'm glad that the one that got away got away. Heh. 2. What was the last book that you finished reading cover-to-cover? I believe it was David Sedaris' Barrel Fever. Last one I can think of, anyway. 3. Did you ever get up and walk out of a movie? Which one and why? I walked out of The Limey because I thought it was violent and I hated the main character. It helped that I was seeing it for...

srah - Monday, 22 April 2002 - 10:19 AM
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Eight from the Eighties

1) My lucky number's... I don't really have one so when asked, I usually say 7. 2) Are you super freaky, yow? I like to think that I am odd, but in a manageable way. 3) Do you drink? Do you smoke? What do you do? I don't drink unless I can't taste the alcohol. I've never smoked. I play with the computer. Nerd alert! 4) What *do* boys like? Boys like their mommies. Or at least that's what Dr. Freud said. Kinky. 5) Is heaven a place on Earth? Heaven is being happy and loved. 6) Have you ever...

srah - Sunday, 21 April 2002 - 11:33 AM
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The Thursday Threesome Onesome. The

The Thursday Threesome Onesome. The Sun. Blow some sunshine my way, and tell me what makes you feel joyful. A nice breeze. Twosome. The Moon. By the light of the silvery moon....tell me about your most romantic evening. My boyfriend made me a candlelight dinner once... Threesome. And The Stars. What's your sign, baby? And do you believe in that sort of thing, anyway? I'm a Virgo. I find it interesting that I share many of the traits Virgos are supposed to have, but I don't believe in horoscopes....

srah - Thursday, 18 April 2002 - 10:03 PM
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The Wednesday Whimsy

Everyone has daydreamed about how they will meet their ideal romantic partner. What is your fantasy meeting? Have they? Everyone? I'm sure I've had plenty of fantasies, but there isn't just one. My fantasy involves me carrying a big box of water bottles and trying not to drop it. The box is so heavy I can't talk and there's no way I can wave so I just smile at him and continue to the airport van. If you and the love of your life could live any life together, what would it be? My Patito will be digging things up...

srah - Wednesday, 17 April 2002 - 5:48 PM
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The Monday Mission 1. What

The Monday Mission 1. What caused your last case of psuedo-road rage? I don't get that angry, unless I'm in one of those moods. Usually I'm someone to get angry at because I get into the left lane and start thinking about other things and slowing down, or I turn left thinking I have the right of way when I don't and almost kill everyone involved. Boy, I'm an awful driver. 2. Tell me about one of your favorite television shows that was cancelled (past or present). Hmmm. The Non-Sucky X-Files? That was cancelled about three years ago. Is that...

srah - Monday, 15 April 2002 - 9:02 AM
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The Sunday Op-Ed

1. Cheesecake What is my sister's favorite dessert? If cheesecake is on the menu, we know what she's going to get. She's very predictable like that. 2. Wine What did I think I was going to learn to like in France? I don't mind it as much as before, but given the choice between wine and water, I'll go for the H2O. 3. Dancing What is my family's favorite group activity? My mom, sister and I dance in the kitchen. Sometimes we ask Daddy to join in, but he mostly likes to stomp around and throw us off the beat....

srah - Sunday, 14 April 2002 - 2:39 PM
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The Friday Five

1. What is your favorite restaurant and why? Mmmmmm, food. Let's see. I like Mongolian BBQ... I like Zingerman's Delicatessen, if that counts as a restaurant. I like Chili's. Generally I'm not a big fan of chains. I like to eat at lots of restaurants, so maybe my favorite is Whichever One I've Never Been To. 2. What fast food restaurant are you partial to? Subway is yummy. Local Ann Arbor fast food restaurant Y & S (yogurt and sandwiches) is lovely. I am also rather partial to Arby's ("I'm so hungry I could eat at Arby's!"). I like Boston...

srah - Friday, 12 April 2002 - 12:31 AM
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The Wednesday Whimsy

If you found a lamp containing a genie who would grant you three wishes, what would they be? Security (job, relationship, etc.), love, and a cheese sammich. Now say you only had one wish, and it has to be for yourself. And when you make that wish, something of equal magnitude but of the opposite nature (good/bad) will happen to someone you don't know and will never meet. What do you wish for, and why? REMEMBER, you can vote for something good OR bad for yourself...) Notapony. I would wish that I would never in my life own a pony....

srah - Wednesday, 10 April 2002 - 1:12 PM
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The Monday Mission

1. When was the last time your computer crashed? What happened? Uhhhhh... I haven't had any *knock on wood* disastrous crashes, just freeze-ups that are fixed by restarting. 2. Recommend a movie (new or old) for us to watch. Hmmmmm, Sliding Doors Sliding Doors Sliding Doors. Also The Great Muppet Caper and Pirates of Penzance spring to mind. 3. When was the last time someone told you that you were attractive (and you actually believed them)? My Patito told me so last night. I believe that I'm attractive to him, but I'm constantly surprised if someone else find me attractive....

srah - Monday, 8 April 2002 - 1:26 PM
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Eight from the Eighties 1)

Eight from the Eighties 1) Are you true blue? Not really. I was in elementary school and middle school, but once I hit high school, I started to realize that the University of Michigan was not the place for me. My campus visit sealed it when the tour guide told us John F. Kennedy, Jr. had created the Peace Corps on the steps of the Union a few years before he was born. I still cheer for the sports teams and I may go back for graduate school, but I'm not quite as rabid as I used to be. Or...

srah - Sunday, 7 April 2002 - 8:02 PM
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Friday Five

1. What are the first things that you do in the morning to start your day? I get up, check my email, blog, read blogs, suddenly realize I have to be to class in five minutes, put on pants and run to class. 2. What are the last things that you do at night before going to bed? I change into my pajamas, hopefully remember to turn my speakers down, turn out the lights and climb into bed. 3. What daily routine have you recently added to your day? Hrm. Can't think of one. 4. What routine do you wish...

srah - Friday, 5 April 2002 - 12:02 AM
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Tuesday This-or-That (a little late)

For gals: Panties -- Thongs, bikinis, or briefs? Bikinis For guys: Briefs, boxers, or boxer briefs? No preference, I guess. Boxers are cool because they come in different patterns. Perhaps briefs do too...? Movable Type, Blogger, or Greymatter? I use Blogger. Movable Type looks good but hard! Rabbits or hamsters? Rabbits! Electric or gas home? Electric, I guess. Either way sounds potentially dangerous... Mud between your toes: comforting or disgusting? Good when appropriate. If I'm at the beach, it feels good. If I'm not at the beach and I just step in a puddle, it's gross. Question mark or exclamation...

srah - Wednesday, 3 April 2002 - 1:20 PM
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The Wednesday Whimsy

If you could have any magical power, what would it be and why? I would bend men's wills! And women's! Raaaaahrrr! Do my bidding! Actually, that wouldn't really be fun. A lot of responsibility would come with being able to control everyone around you. So I would be able to change size at will. Being eensy-weensy is better than being invisible because if you're invisible people might try to walk through you and blow your cover. Of course, being tiny you can be stepped on. I would be teeny-tiny with a rock-hard shell. I'm a big tough bug! If you...

srah - Wednesday, 3 April 2002 - 1:20 PM
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Monday Mission

1. When was the last time you wanted someone to take you seriously but they just humored you? Boy, I can't think of a specific time. But it does happen a lot, just because I'm so short and young-looking. Most people who actually know me are willing to take me seriously. 2. If you were going to get a vanity license plate for your car, what would it say? (Or if you already have one, what does it say?) Mine would say SRAH, I guess. But the only reason I can think of for getting one is that it would...

srah - Monday, 1 April 2002 - 1:13 PM
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The Sunday Op-Ed

1) The Easter Bunny Who does my dad catch and eat every year, so they have to get a replacement for the next year? My dad's a little sick, isn't he? I hope he only started telling us that in recent years. I don't remember, but I think it might have caused some trauma if he had told us that when we were little. 2) Cadbury What company makes the soft drink Squirt? And more importantly, why do I know that? I think I read it on the side of the bottle and it just stuck. There's so much useless...

srah - Monday, 1 April 2002 - 8:18 AM
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Eight from the Eighties

1) Do you like Mondays? Tell me why. No' particularly. I start at nine and go till five. It's almost like being a grownup. Yuck! 2) Are you footloose? I love dancing around my house, but I don't like to dance in front of strangers. I don't usually get loosened up until the end of the evening when I go to a dance. 3) Are you a smooth criminal? I've always thought I was a pretty good liar. Don't know so much about "criminal"... 4) When you call me, you can call me... Sarah, Srah, Sammy Abigail... well, I'd prefer...

srah - Monday, 1 April 2002 - 8:08 AM
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The Friday Five (Illustrated)

1. If you could eat dinner with and "get to know" one famous person (living or dead), who would you choose? John Hannah, of course! I've already met him, but I would love to talk to him again. And dinner is good, too! If I had to pick someone new who I'd never met, I'd go with my favorite celebrity crush (?) of the moment, Moby. 2. Has the death of a famous person ever had an effect on you? Who was it and how did you feel? Not that I can think of. I mean, there have been famous...

srah - Friday, 29 March 2002 - 12:09 AM
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Thursday Threesome Onesome. Bed. You

Thursday Threesome Onesome. Bed. You spend a few hours a night there, so tell us about your bed - size, favorite sheets, comforter...oh, and do you make it or leave it unmade? My bed at school is extra-long because it's a college dorm residence hall bed. Not that I need it extra-long. It has springs that poke me in the back and the couch is much comfier. My favorite sheets are forest green. My other set is green and white checked, but the pillowcases have ruffles. Echhh! It did not mention ruffles in the catalogue when we ordered them. My...

srah - Thursday, 28 March 2002 - 11:15 AM
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Tuesday This-or-That

Who would win in a fight between... Batman and Superman? Superman, unless it was a fight for my affections. I have more respect for Batman because he doesn't have any super powers - just super gadgets. I identify with him better because I don't have any super powers either (that I know of...). But Superman would win a fight because of his super powers. Aquaman and Robin? I've never seen Aquaman, so it makes the decision a bit more difficult. Robin has no powers and no Robin-tools, and mostly depends on Batman to save him. So we'll go with the...

srah - Tuesday, 26 March 2002 - 1:44 PM
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About my refrigerator

On the outside: Magnetic poetry, a Domino's Pizza magnet, two Paris magnets, a Michigan magnet and a dinosaur magnet. On top: A microwave, with a whole bunch of stuff sitting on top of it, sucking in the radiation. The little tiny stuffed Grover sitting there is probably going to come alive and attack us in our sleep. On the inside: A bag of baby carrots, queen-sized green olives with pimentos, two ice cube trays (one full, one empty), salsa (mild), cheese cubes in individual serving packs, two bottles of water (one opened), carton of white grape juice, very old bottle...

srah - Tuesday, 26 March 2002 - 9:59 AM
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PromoGuy's Monday Mission 1. What

PromoGuy's Monday Mission 1. What helps you get started every morning? Tea is good when I have a chance to make it. And when the milk is not chunky, like it was this morning. BEEEEURRRK! Also... sitting in front of the computer until I wake up. 2. What is the most memorable thing anyone has ever made for you? Hmmmm. Anita from the JHAC made me a neat wall-hangy thing and sent it to me out of the blue. That's the first thing that immediately comes to mind. Ah yes, Dively made me an excellent clipboard that I've been using...

srah - Monday, 25 March 2002 - 10:31 AM
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Chris' Sunday Op-Ed

Chris' Sunday Op-Ed 1) Chocolate What is the principal ingredient in Nutella, which is causing me to crave some toast? 2) The beach Where in South Carolina do I like to go for walks at night with my parents? 3) My First Celebrity Crush Why do I still watch Oliver! with a touch of nostalgia? (I have just looked at IMDb and discovered that the object of my eight-year-old affections is now 44 years old. How disillusioning.)...

srah - Sunday, 24 March 2002 - 10:55 AM
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Deb's Saturday Eight from the Eighties

Deb's Saturday Eight from the Eighties (a little late) 1) You might as well face it, you're addicted to... tea. Mmmmmmm, tea. Haven't had any in a couple of days, so it will make me crazy. Must get some now. 2) All I really need to do is find myself a brand new... Hmmm. A new computer would be nice. I hope my computer can't read this. Roger is dead, but I'm not looking for a new car... How about a new digital camera? 3) Who's the wind beneath your wings? My family and my Patito. And lately, Jillian's been...

srah - Sunday, 24 March 2002 - 10:51 AM
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Smattering's Friday Five

Smattering's Friday Five 1. What is your favorite time of year? Autumn. If Spring is indecisive, it's cold and snowy. If Autumn is indecisive, it's warm and sunny. Hmm, tough choice. 2. What is it about your favorite season that, well, makes it your favorite season? I always liked the beginning of the school year. And the leaves and stuff. And a coolish breeze when it's warm. 3. What is your least favorite time of year? Why? Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinter. And it won't die. 4. Do you do anything to celebrate or recognize the changing of seasons? No, don't think so. 5....

srah - Friday, 22 March 2002 - 12:11 PM
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The Back Porch's Thursday Threesome

The Back Porch's Thursday Threesome Onesome. See it. What is something so beautiful you have seen that the picture of it is etched into your mind, and soul, forever? The Pont du Gard. Twosome. Smell it. What one scent stands out in your mind as always making you feel happy and secure in your life? Hmmm, cake baking? Makes me think of Mommy. Threesome. Taste it. When you think of tasting, what one thing comes to mind as bliss for your taste buds? Crème brulée or coffee ice cream. Or most any nice, creamy kind of ice cream....

srah - Thursday, 21 March 2002 - 9:22 AM
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Ashley's Tuesday This or That?

Run or walk? Walk. Or have someone carry me. Heh heh. Thistle or dandelions? Thistle because it's tastily Scottish. And because of previous thoughts on dandelions. Birds singing or crickets chirping? There's something impatient about crickets and happy about birds, so we'll go with the birdies. Allergies or none? Am I being given a choice? Hmmmm, I prefer none, thanks. Ha ha, I am hilarious. I have none that I know of. A, B, C or 1, 2, 3? Sounds like a veiled Humanities vs. Sciences question. A, B, C. "Easy as pie" or "simple as cake"? To quote myself,...

srah - Tuesday, 19 March 2002 - 2:25 PM
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PromoGuy's Monday Mission 1. As

PromoGuy's Monday Mission 1. As a child, did you ever wish you had a different name, maybe a name you wish your parents had chosen? To what would change it if you could? I don't know that I've ever been fully satisfied with my name. I always wanted to come up with something, but I never liked any other girls' names, either. 2. What skill have you been wanting to learn but have just kept putting off? I don't know how to use PhotoShop. 3. Are there there any regional foods you love but just can't get where you are...

srah - Monday, 18 March 2002 - 11:22 AM
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Smattering's Friday Five

It is posted, after all. 1. What's your favorite animal? Rabbits, I suppose. Other animals are very entertaining, like llamas and moose and walrii. 2. What pets have you had in your lifetime? Taddy the Westie (West Highland White Terrier) until 1986, Catlin the red cocker spaniel/sheltie mix from 1989 to 1997, and now Howie the devil dog cocker spaniel, who came to replace me when I went away to college. 3. Is there any specific pet that you've wanted but never had? Why? Since Spring Break I've wanted a cat to keep me company while I'm in France. 4....

srah - Friday, 15 March 2002 - 11:36 AM
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The Back Porch's Thursday Threesome

The Back Porch's Thursday Threesome Onesome. Morning. What is typical first thing in the morning routine? Climbing out of the top bunk. It's a task, especially when you're really tired. Twosome. Noon. Ok. Fess up. What do you typically do for lunch? I go to Baldwin, our cafeteria. Sometimes when I'm grumpy and don't want to see anyone, I skip and eat junk food here. Bad srah. Threesome. Night. What are the last few things you do most nights before climbing into bed? Usually all of a sudden I decide I can't go on any longer with being awake so...

srah - Thursday, 14 March 2002 - 11:06 AM
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PromoGuy's Monday Mission

1. I love to order a Wendy's "Frosty" and then dip my French Fries into it before I eat them. Do you have any eating habits others might think are odd? I have gone through various stages where sweet & sour sauce, bbq sauce, mayonnaise and now dijon mustard were my fry-toppings of choice. Why don't we ask Alex this question? Everything he eats is odd. 2. What was the worst date you ever went on? Haven't had too many. Um, I don't know. I saw Titanic with Josh. The date wasn't that bad, but it was Titanic... Dates with...

srah - Monday, 11 March 2002 - 5:20 PM
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Smattering's Friday Five

Smattering's Friday Five 1. What makes you homesick? I miss my families - whichever one I am apart from at the moment. 2. Where is "home" for you? Is it where you are living now, or somewhere else (ie: Mom & Dad's house, particular state/city)? I have several homes - I think I consider Ann Arbor, Albion and Grenoble all "home" in some way. 3. What makes it home for you? People? Things? I think it's people and the sense of being comfortable. 4. Where is the furthest you've been from home, miles-wise? I have no idea how many miles...

srah - Friday, 8 March 2002 - 11:05 AM
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Smattering's Friday Five

Smattering's Friday Five 1. What's your favorite vacation spot? The Pont du Gard. 2. Where do you consider to be the biggest hell-hole on earth? The Albion College library. Or Louisiana. 3. What would be your dream vacation? Several months traveling all around France and other parts of Europe or maybe a trip on the Orient Express. 4. If you could go on a road-trip with anyone, who would it be and why? Denis, Sophie, and a couple of international driver's licenses. I'm not driving the whole way. American road-trips were one of the big things they were always talking...

srah - Friday, 1 March 2002 - 12:25 AM
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Nine things

Nine Things That Make Me Laugh: - Anna's blog - "Kids in the Hall", etc. - The episode of "Just Shoot Me" where someone brought back candy from China that made everyone on the show hallucinate and made me laugh so hard I fell off the couch - A really good greeting card - Rob - Patito when he doesn't try to make me laugh - My Roommate wearing a dress - Becky's impressions - Being tickled Nine Things That Make Me Cry: - Stress - Thinking about spending next year away from the Patito - Lack of sleep -...

srah - Wednesday, 27 February 2002 - 5:51 PM
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Promoguy's Monday Mission

Promoguy's Monday Mission 1. What part of your body would you most like to change? Explain. I'm pretty happy with my body at the moment. Maybe my knees and ankles would be less bony or I would have thicker/wavy hair. 2. What are the Blogs you absolutely must visit each time you log on, no matter what? Cleo, Krista, Katie, and Bob 3. What part of your (current or most recent) significant other's body would you most like to change? Oh dear me, I can't *HAIRCUT* think of a *HAIRCUT* single thing that *HAIRCUT* I would *HAIRCUT* change. 4. At...

srah - Monday, 25 February 2002 - 11:17 AM
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Friday Five

1. Hey, baby, what's your sign? Do you think it fits you pretty well? Virgo. I think so. I am (was moreso before) very organized. I can't remember any more Virgo traits at the moment, but I think I have a lot of them. 2. What's the worst birthday gift you've ever received? Erm... unwanted clothes? 3. What's the best birthday gift you've ever received? Erm... Money is always good... 4. What's the best way you've celebrated your birthday thus far? I like anything where my friends and loved ones are around. Nothing sticks out in particular. My 10th was...

srah - Friday, 22 February 2002 - 11:56 AM
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I think I'm a meme-aholic

Don't let me near the Blogstickers site again....

srah - Tuesday, 19 February 2002 - 4:48 PM
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Ashley's Tuesday This-or-That?

Ashley's Tuesday This-or-That? January or July? July, but I may just be saying that because it's winter. No... July. Email or letters? I prefer letters. I love to get letters. Email isn't quite as exciting. But it takes me a lot of energy to write a letter because I write long ones. So given the choice it's usually email. Milk or orange juice? Given the choice between those two nasties - chocolate milk. Brunette or blond? Brunette. Are we talking me or my taste? Either way it's brunette. Digital or film camera? Both. Digital camera! Coming soon! Camping or hotel?...

srah - Tuesday, 19 February 2002 - 9:08 AM
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Les Cinq de Vendredi

1. What was the first thing you ever cooked? I've been making cookies and Rice Krispie Treats for years. 2. What's your signature dish? Rice Krispie Treats. How lame. They don't even require baking and the recipe's on the box. But I feel a need to make them for all Bentley functions. 3. Ever had a cooking disaster? Not disaster per se. I've burned things several times. My mom once put microwave popcorn in the microwave for 30:00 instead of 3:00. Sophie and I tried to make cookies with a US recipe and a French stove, but they still turned...

srah - Friday, 15 February 2002 - 2:46 PM
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Los cinco de viernes

1. Have you ever had braces? Any other teeth trauma? I had braces for... what was it? Four years? Seems like millions. 2. Ever broken any bones? No. I'm kind of disappointed... but not really. 3. Ever had stitches? I am SO BORING. Maybe if I got out from behind my computer (in front of my computer!) I would have some of these exciting motion-related traumas. I am a slug. 4. What are the stories behind some of your [physical] scars? My scars have all disappeared! In elementary school I used to have a mark on my forehead from where...

srah - Friday, 1 February 2002 - 1:53 AM
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The Friday Five

1. What cologne or perfume do you wear? Sometimes I wear Arielle, by Fragonard, which Alfie brought me back from France. 2. What cologne or perfume do you like best on the opposite sex? I like nice deodorant smells. I think I like Polo Sport but I'm not sure. I don't, as a rule, go around sniffing people and ask what they're wearing. Boyfriend wears Paco Rabanne and he smells good. 3. What one smell can you not stomach? Vomit. I suspect that's true of most people. If you are a vomit-sniffer, then you scare me and now I am...

srah - Friday, 25 January 2002 - 12:18 AM
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obiter dicta's Wednesday Whine

obiter dicta's Wednesday Whine Who is/was your least favorite authority figure (i.e. teacher, manager, guidance counselor)? Many pop to mind, unfortunately, including my Great Issues in Science teacher who started out the class saying that I would not be singled out as the only Humanities student in a class of Biology and Chemistry majors in a class about how science is seen by the non-scientific community - then proceeded to do exactly that for the rest of the semester. There's also my high school counselor. Every time I visited her office, I would have to tell her that I was...

srah - Wednesday, 23 January 2002 - 1:19 PM
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Promoguy's Monday Mission: 1. What

Promoguy's Monday Mission: 1. What was the most romantic moment you remember from last year? Um... perhaps the rose-in-the-Pringles-can-incident, except that at the time it was confusing and freaky and sudden, rather than romantic, which was the intention. 2. What is your most recent obsession? Blogging, perhaps. Or french onion soup. 3. One of my favorite things in the world is to watch the sunset/sunrise, although rainbows are a close second. Tell me about your favorite natural occourance? I like to watch a really fierce thunderstorm from a nice big window. I had a good window my freshman year -...

srah - Monday, 21 January 2002 - 1:32 PM
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The Friday Five

1. What do you have your browser start page set to? IE is set to My Yahoo! and Netscape is too - for the moment - but I keep thinking about setting it to the News page of my JH site and always forget. 2. What are your favorite news sites? Mostly I skim Yahoo!'s headlines while I'm on My Yahoo!. 3. Favorite search engine? Google. 4. When did you first get online? We used to go on MNet (is that what it was called? MichNet? I don't remember) when I was in late middle/early high school, but we...

srah - Friday, 18 January 2002 - 12:04 AM
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Promoguy's Monday Mission

Promoguy's Monday Mission: 1.What is your favorite hot beverage? Didst thou have to ask? Actually, it's a toss-up. At home, I generally like Earl Grey tea with milk/cream and sugar. When I go out, I usually have chai. 2. When meeting a new person you to whom you are physically attracted, what is the first thing you notice about their body? I'm not really sure. It depends on whether they're standing up or sitting down, because if they're really immensely tall or shorter than me, I might notice that. But otherwise it's probably smile or hair. 3. Has somebody ever...

srah - Monday, 14 January 2002 - 12:40 PM
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Promoguy's Monday Mission

Promoguy's Monday Mission 1. What is your favorite TV show/cartoon from your childhood? When I was little, I loved watching old Rocky & Bullwinkle reruns on channel 31 (which has now, tragically, gone PAX). Later, around middle-school and high school, it was Animaniacs. 2. Sometimes you just can't count on other people to support something you feel is important. What was the last thing you had to do for yourself that someone close to you didn't think was important? Uh... I'm sure it's happened, but I can't think of a particular instance. Sometimes people want me to have different priorities...

srah - Monday, 7 January 2002 - 12:15 PM
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The Friday Five

1. You've just won a complete collection of movies starring one actor - what actor would you pick? Would John Hannah be too obvious an answer for you? 2. What was the last movie you saw in a theater? The Fellowship of the Ring 3. What was the last video or DVD that you bought? I got Four Weddings and a Funeral for xmas. Off the top of my head, I think the last one I bought myself was The Mummy. Sense a theme? 4. What movie could you watch over and over again and not get sick of?...

srah - Friday, 4 January 2002 - 1:03 PM
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The Friday Five

1. What was your biggest accomplishment this year? Becoming mentally stable enough (quiet in the peanut gallery) and comfortable enough with myself to handle having a boyfriend, the creation of the International Student Union, second semester in France, 4.0 GPA for this past semester... boy, am I accomplished. 2. What was your biggest disappointment? Erm... boy, seems like I'm pretty positive for once. Gradually losing my French? 3. Will you be making any New Year's resolutions? I'm going to try to be a better person. I think I was a good person when I was a freshman in college...

srah - Friday, 28 December 2001 - 3:57 AM
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Four Things

Four things you'd eat on the last day of your life: death by chocolate creme brulee chicken soup Andy Smerczak's pierogis (sounds dirty) Four names for an adorable new puppy: Daisy Fuzzhead Kitty Goldfish (I like to give animals identity crises. I am cruel) Your four least favorite CDs from your collection: The Brady Bunch Movie soundtrack Ophelie Winter "Je marche à l'envers" single CD player lens cleaning disc No Lies Four movies that made you think: Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain Pandaemonium The Sixth Sense Sliding Doors Four celebrities you would have sex with: John Hannah Kevin Kline Edward...

srah - Friday, 21 December 2001 - 4:49 PM
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The Friday Five

Friday Five: 1. What is the weirdest thing you've ever eaten? Goat cheese is weird-tasting but not that exotic. I've had snails, rabbit, and ostrich. Not too exciting. And I like it that way. 2. Name one (material) thing you can't live without. Computer! 3. Name something you've always wanted to do but didn't have time for. Learn five or six languages. 4. What outrageous thing do you wish you had the nerve to do? Go to a country where I don't speak the language and try to learn it there. And somehow find a job that doesn't require language...

srah - Friday, 21 December 2001 - 12:11 PM
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These dratted things...

These dratted things... 1. LIVING ARRANGEMENT? Me parents' house at the moment, doanchaknow. When not in me parents' house, the luverly International House (this answer typed with an Irish accent for no reason whatsoever). 2. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? The Fellowship of the Ring. Supposedly. Still haven't gotten past Tom Bombadil, whatever he is. 3. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? I bought it at the gift shop at Edinburgh's Dynamic Earth, which is wonderful. Everyone should go. And the mousepad ain't bad either. 4. FAVORITE BOARD GAME? Trivial Pursuit 5. FAVORITE MAGAZINE? Premiere, Empire 6. FAVORITE SMELLS? Peach-scented...

srah - Tuesday, 18 December 2001 - 1:38 AM
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