141 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'nablopomo':

Congratulations, you Professor Higginses, on your glorious victories!

I finished NaBloPoMo and blogged every day! I am a winner! Who else is a winner? Stand up and be congratulated! And regardless of your status as a NaBloPoMo non-participant, participant or winner, don't forget to enter the book giveaways! I'll allow entries for the rest of the day today and pick winners tomorrow, so you'd better enter while you have the chance!...

srah - Tuesday, 30 November 2010 - 1:35 PM
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He Who Must Be Driven

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 30: How has Harry Potter affected you/your life? I went out this weekend and bought a Dark Ford, which can be summoned from a distance by pushing a thing on my arm¹. Its original name can be rearranged to spell more nefarious things². It speaks to me in Parseltongue³ and once lived on the back of some guy's head4. Also, it has Sirius, but only for six months, and then I guess he will be released. For these reasons, I have named my new car.... Ford Foldemort ¹ Well, it has remote-start that...

srah - Tuesday, 30 November 2010 - 1:25 PM
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Je m'appelle Claude. Je te ploo plee.

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 29: What would your Animagus form be? It's never established as absolute, but it seems like Patronuses and Animagi are usually the same animal. So... probably a fox again. BORING. Anyway, I saw Deathly Hallows, Part 1 again this weekend, so here are some further thoughts to fill up more space: I can't believe I didn't mention it the first time I saw the movie, but it was really exciting to me that we actually got to see Neville in Part 1, since I spent the entire book whining about how we didn't...

srah - Monday, 29 November 2010 - 12:28 PM
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Call me - hic - Winky!

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 28: Favorite magical treats I would like to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter mainly to taste all the wizarding treats that I've only been able to imagine. And I would most like to taste the butterbeer! Hermione may also be a house-elf.My friend Molly had a housewarming party that coincided with the opening weekend of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. We are both big Harry Potter fans, so I made pumpkin pasties and brought Witches' Brew and the makings of homemade butterbeer. The butterbeer recipe I found...

srah - Sunday, 28 November 2010 - 10:41 PM
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Tell 'em Harry S Turkey sent you!

Happy Emily Elisabeth Day to Emily Elisabeth, purveyor of presidential lore and much much more! Go on over and wish her a happy birthday! Thus far, I have celebrated Emily Elisabeth Day by giving my sister a President Ford bumper sticker and by starting one of the few Sarah Vowell books I haven't read yet (Sarah Vowell, since I discovered her second, reminds me of EE instead of the other way around). Celebrate as best ye can with the hours that remain!...

srah - Sunday, 28 November 2010 - 9:19 AM
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It smelled like turpentine, it looked like Indian ink

Happy belated Pins and Needles Day! (Whatever that means.) I didn't know, before I looked up that video, that these songs are also by the same band: The Searchers should not be confused with The Seekers: The 60s were a bewildering time for those of us who learned about them after the fact, through oldies radio....

srah - Sunday, 28 November 2010 - 8:45 AM
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In which Harry Potter's Wheezy finds him

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 27: Top 3 favorite chapters It is hard to limit myself to just three. Deathly Hallows, Chapter 33 - The Prince's TaleIn which all is revealed about SnapeDeathly Hallows, Chapter 19 - The Silver DoeIn which Ron returns to Harry and Hermione, saves Harry and destroys Slytherin's locketOrder of the Phoenix, Chapter 23 - Christmas on the Closed WardIn which we meet the Longbottoms (I would have forgotten about this one until I had to come up with a favorite missing scene!)...

srah - Saturday, 27 November 2010 - 7:37 AM
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Something from the trolley?

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 26: What magical job would you want after Hogwarts? Cakes are on my mind, and I made pumpkin pasties and butterbeer last week so I've already made my entrée into the wizarding baking world. Someone has to invent and bake those treacle tarts and pumpkin pasties and cauldron cakes¹, and why shouldn't it be me? I will be some kind of magical bakery impresario. I'm sure that there's some way I could magick up these delights once I've invented them, so I don't have to get sore feet from standing around mixing and...

srah - Friday, 26 November 2010 - 9:04 AM
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I wish I could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy

Happy National Cake Day! I baked my first cake around 1990-91, then there was a long gap. I don't remember baking another cake until 2004 or so. In the last couple of years, I have developed an interest in cake experimentation, especially when experimentation involves combining booze and cakes. Here are some of the cakes I have baked in the past: Recipes available upon request, if I can remember how I made them....

srah - Friday, 26 November 2010 - 8:58 AM
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'But as they left, Harry was sure he saw Neville slip the sweet wrapper into his pocket.'

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 25: Was there a scene in the books that wasn't in the movies, but you wish it was? Gilderoy LockhartI wish we'd had an opportunity in the Order of the Phoenix film to see St. Mungo's, meet the Longbottoms and re-meet Gilderoy Lockhart.   Alice & Frank LongbottomI love to see the wizarding versions of things like government buildings, pubs and bookstores, so why not a hospital? The scene is not essential to the plot of Order of the Phoenix, but it is pretty darn essential to the character development of Neville Longbottom,...

srah - Thursday, 25 November 2010 - 5:37 PM
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Custard, good. Jam, good. Meat, good!

It's Parfait Day and a trifle has layers, sort of like a parfait, and also Thanksgiving Day is a great day for being lazy. So instead of a blog post, here is a link to the episode of Friends with the trifle....

srah - Thursday, 25 November 2010 - 5:09 PM
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It's funny because Dumbledore appears to be saying 'poo'.

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 24: Favorite HP related GIF/photo/fanvid I may have gotten a little carried away there....

srah - Wednesday, 24 November 2010 - 5:12 PM
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I hate you, Nermal! Almost as much as I hate Mondays!

Happy Zachary Taylor Day! Everything I know about Zachary Taylor I learned from a coloring book I had as a child, so allow me to inform you that the most important fact of his presidency is that his horse used to graze on the White House lawn. You're welcome! For more information on Zachary Taylor, and a number of other subjects, I'll let Tracy Jordan take over:...

srah - Wednesday, 24 November 2010 - 7:58 AM
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Either I'm off my nut, or he is... Or you are!

Happy National Cashew Day! I don't think I've ever cooked or baked with cashews, but if nutshealth.com¹ is to be believed (and why wouldn't you trust nutshealth.com, anyway), they are less expensive than some other types of nuts. Last year for Christmas I made spiced pecans, which I'm sure you could also do with cashews, if you so desired. This year I'm going to try to marry the spices from that recipe with the possibly-healthier (or at least more-potentially-salmonellaey) binding agent from this one, using egg white instead of oil. But it will still be with pecans (or maybe almonds!)...

srah - Tuesday, 23 November 2010 - 5:15 PM
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You ask me 'bout this thing we share/ And he tenderly replies/ It's Guy Love/ Between two guys

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 23: Favorite friendship First, a little mood music: Here's how their first meeting went: Or, if you prefer:...

srah - Tuesday, 23 November 2010 - 12:04 PM
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We're a congress, Mr. Adams, not a literary society.

This is the last book giveaway for the month of November! Today is Stop the Violence Day, so today I'm giving away a novel about the motivation, action and aftermath that surround a violent act: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. Jodi Picoult is a great storyteller and looks at controversial topics from a lot of different viewpoints, showing how many of the things we argue and worry about most are usually not black-and-white but shades of grey. Here's the description of this book from Amazon.com: Best known for tackling controversial issues through richly told fictional accounts, Jodi Picoult's 14th novel,...

srah - Monday, 22 November 2010 - 11:05 AM
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Floo powder power! Floo powder power! Floo powder power!

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 22: Favorite mode of transportation (apparition, broomstick, floo powder, etc.) The Hogwarts Express is probably my favorite mode of magical transportation, although there's nothing about it (that I can think of) that makes it particularly magical. It's also a form of transportation that seems to only run between King's Cross and Hogsmeade¹, so it's unusual in that respect. In terms of everyday transportation, I would pick Apparition. In thinking about my answer to this question I ruled it out at first, because it's a little scary and potentially dangerous. On the other hand,...

srah - Monday, 22 November 2010 - 6:51 AM
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World Hello Day

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srah - Sunday, 21 November 2010 - 11:38 AM
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I wasn't interesting. And he was. Interesting... and brilliant... and mysterious... and perfect... and beautiful... and possibly able to lift full-sized vans with one hand

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 21: Which actor would you most like to meet?I'd love to meet The Grint¹, Ian Hart, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Dawn French, John Cleese, Evanna Lynch, Sean Biggerstaff², David Tennant, Robert Hardy, David O'Hara, Bill Nighy³ or David Thewlis4. But if I could choose only one Harry Potter actor to meet, it would be... and don't judge me on this... because it's not for the reason you'd think... Robert Pattinson. I would like to meet Robert Pattinson because I feel like there's always been a twinkle in his sparkly vampire eye, like he...

srah - Sunday, 21 November 2010 - 10:57 AM
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To offer you the sort of help/ You never get from a spouse

Today's book giveaway is the 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale. Amazon.com description: Respected Canadian poet and novelist Atwood presents here a fable of the near future. In the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States, far-right Schlafly/Falwell-type ideals have been carried to extremes in the monotheocratic government. The resulting society is a feminist's nightmare: women are strictly controlled, unable to have jobs or money and assigned to various classes: the chaste, childless Wives; the housekeeping Marthas; and the reproductive Handmaids, who turn their offspring over to the "morally fit" Wives. The tale is told by Offred (read: "of Fred"),...

srah - Saturday, 20 November 2010 - 10:20 AM
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I am nothing if not predictable

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 20: What would you change in the epilogue? In the epilogue and all the post-Deathly Hallows interviews J.K. Rowling has done, the thing I would change is: More showing, less telling. Don't just tell me what happened to the characters, show me. I don't want you to tell me that Dumbledore was in love with Grindelwald in a post-series interview after you had the opportunity to show it in the book and didn't bother to put it in. This is the best moustache that my Photoshop skills could give you.And I want more...

srah - Saturday, 20 November 2010 - 9:23 AM
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There are SO MANY WORDS to choose from!

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 19: Favorite quote "Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike." - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix...

srah - Friday, 19 November 2010 - 6:51 AM
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He's like a real-life Robin Sparkles

He looks like a Real Grownup Actor here, more Van Johnson than Van WilderCongratulations on being People Magazine's Sexiest Man of the Year, Ryan Reynolds! According to Yahoo! News, his reaction to this great honor is: "Now it's going to be, 'Sexiest man, take out the garbage.' That does sound better," Reynolds said. "The most difficult part is going to be organically working this title into a conversation with random strangers." I am a bit conflicted about his new movie Buried, because while I like the idea of a movie with nothing to look at but Ryan Reynolds, I also...

srah - Thursday, 18 November 2010 - 6:34 PM
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Who has two thumbs and already saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?

Last night, Jason's boss at the drive-in movie theater unexpectedly announced that they were doing an private showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 for employees and their friends. So Jason, Tyler and I bundled up in our blankets and Snuggies and went off to see the movie a day early. I'm sure that some of you don't want to be spoiled, so I'll put the rest behind the jump. Read if you dare!...

srah - Thursday, 18 November 2010 - 5:11 PM
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It's hard to identify other things I love by their smells

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 18: What would your love potion smell like? Amortentia "has a different aroma for everyone who smells it, reminding each person of the things that they find most attractive." So my potion would smell like cilantro and nothing but cilantro, because I hate everything on earth that isn't cilantro. Gingerbread, new babies, new cars, happiness: I hate them all. Cilantro + me = 4EVA. All you cilantro-haters will have to deal with the fact that you think my love potion smells like soap!...

srah - Thursday, 18 November 2010 - 7:03 AM
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Kill the spare!

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 17: Death that hurt/shocked the most The death of Cedric Diggory was unexpected and shocking, not just because it was the first major death of the books but also because Cedric was a classmate of Harry's. For all that he was an adult in the wizarding world, he was still only seventeen and a student. Authors, especially authors of children's books, usually keep child characters safe, so the fact that he was killed is pretty shocking. And the way it's presented doesn't sugarcoat it - it's pretty blunt and final. Oh Cedric, how...

srah - Wednesday, 17 November 2010 - 5:14 PM
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'I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.'

Happy National Young Reader's Day! Today's book giveaway is I Capture the Castle, a book that is characterized as a young adult book, but which I didn't read until this summer. The description, according to Amazon: I Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Here she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills. She fills three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries. Her journals candidly chronicle the great changes that take place within the castle's walls, and her own first...

srah - Wednesday, 17 November 2010 - 7:16 AM
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I am Ravenclaw with Hufflepuff leanings. Is that a thing?

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 16: House you would want to be in Maybe it's because I've always identified with the house, but I feel like Ravenclaw is the house that has been most poorly treated by Warner Brothers¹. For some reason they changed the house colors from blue and bronze to blue and silver and the house animal from an eagle to a raven. If you want a scarf for any other house, you can just buy it from the Warner Brothers store, but if you want a real, authentic Ravenclaw scarf then you have to have...

srah - Tuesday, 16 November 2010 - 12:28 PM
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No, not on clothes...

Happy Button Day! I will celebrate it by listening to Roy say "button."...

srah - Tuesday, 16 November 2010 - 12:05 PM
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If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 15: Top 3 least favorite characters I don't want to pick the obvious characters who are mean and evil because I think a lot of them are quite good at being mean and evil. The characters I dislike more are those that I think I'm meant to like and do not. The best (and highly controversial) list I've come up with: The movie version of Seamus Finnigan (why is he always exploding?)Dobby (he has good intentions, but why must he accomplish them in the worst way possible?)Sirius Black (irresponsible, immature, says one thing...

srah - Tuesday, 16 November 2010 - 7:16 AM
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I admit I have not been recycling/ In fact, I've been openly encouraging people to be wasteful

Happy America Recycles Day! And hooray for recycling! Recycling is great, but unfortunately, a lot of people don't think about the other parts of the waste hierarchy (I would also add Research and Reflect to this list). I just attended a session about "green" issues in the workplace at my conference, so I'm a little pumped up about the subject. Research & Reflect How are you using things in your everyday life? Are there ways that you could be creating less waste? What are some ways that you could easily cut down on waste? Which ways would be harder? What...

srah - Monday, 15 November 2010 - 7:09 PM
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You called?

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 14: Favorite spell I would like to be a witch, because I think that my innate laziness would be infinitely helped by access to summoning charms. Accio TV remote!, I would shout if it was a little out of reach (if I owned a fellyvision or even knew what one was). Accio keys!, I would shout when I wanted them and couldn't find them. Accio blanket!, I would shout if I were a little bit chilly. Accio salmon!, I would shout if my personality were drastically changed and I suddenly developed an interest...

srah - Sunday, 14 November 2010 - 8:12 PM
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The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

It's time for another giveaway! If you're not familiar with Sanditon, it's one of Jane Austen's unfinished works. When she abandoned the work in 1817 (months before her death) it consisted of the first eleven chapters, which have been picked up and completed by several authors over the years. This version, published in 1975, is attributed to Jane Austen "and another lady" (it has also been attributed to Marie Dobbs and Anne Telscombe, one or both of which may be pseudonyms for the actual author). Here's the premise of the book: When Charlotte Heywood accepts an invitation to visit the...

srah - Saturday, 13 November 2010 - 10:40 PM
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Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur. Happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr, purr, purr.

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 13: What pet would you want to have? (owl, cat, rat or toad) I don't think of an owl as a pet, but as more of as a service animal. It's not an animal that sticks with you (Hedwig always seems to be in the Owlery during the school year and in cages or out delivering during the summer) and it's certainly not very cuddly or loving. I don't think of Hedwig and Harry's relationship as a pet/owner relationship, but more like an employer/employee relationship with occasional biting. It also seems like there...

srah - Saturday, 13 November 2010 - 6:30 PM
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Cute doctors: doctors who are cute

There have been rumors this week that George Clooney was spotted around town, scouting a location for an upcoming movie. None of these rumors seem to include any reports of anyone actually talking to this supposed George Clooney, though, so the cynical part of me thinks that it was probably just a guy who looked kind of like George, or maybe a well-groomed Bigfoot. It would not be totally unheard of for a movie to be filmed here, and if it turned out to be true, it would be the most exciting celebrity sighting since I did or did not...

srah - Saturday, 13 November 2010 - 8:07 AM
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The truth is, in the end, I'm pretty useless without friends

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 12: Who would you want to be friends with at Hogwarts? Who wouldn't I want to be friends with? Well, I would not have any Slytherin friends. I don't object to Slytherins on principle, but the few Slytherins we meet in the books are not particularly nice people. I wouldn't rule it out, if it turned out that Daphne Greengrass or Tracey Davis were nice once you got to know them.Go Ravenclaw! My first choices, if I get to pick my Hogwarts friends, would be Neville and Hermione. I think Harry and Ron...

srah - Friday, 12 November 2010 - 10:22 PM
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Ex-boyfriends are off-limits to friends. I mean, that's just, like, the rules of feminism.

For those of you who would like to celebrate Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day in a different way... here's some macros related to a movie with a character named Cady. I have always assumed it was a reference to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, because otherwise... why name the character that? One of the following is a special dedication for Alfie, but only she can guess which! What are your favorite Mean Girls quotes/macros?...

srah - Friday, 12 November 2010 - 9:45 PM
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Take heart, for Mrs. Pankhurst has been clapped in irons again

Happy Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day! There don't seem to be any movies about Elizabeth Cady Stanton, so instead I will share with you a movie I watched recently about the later generations of suffragists who picked up where she left off.   (I don't think this is actually a very good trailer, in that it doesn't tell you a lot about what the movie is about or how moving it is. You may want to watch this section of the film as well.) If you have an opportunity to watch this, I recommend you do so!...

srah - Friday, 12 November 2010 - 9:25 PM
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Three dimes, a hundred dollar bill and 87 ones

Dear srah-of-six-years-ago: You wondered, while right in the thick of graduate school: Grownups, will there ever be a day when I can read again? Does Real Life include the joy of reading for fun? Yes, srah-of-six-years-ago, being a grownup means that there is finally time to read for fun, and to finally read fiction again. And this, more than anything else¹ is the thing that prevents you from wanting to go back to school and get a PhD. ¹ With the possible exception of having not yet stumbled upon a topic you'd like to spend several years of your life...

srah - Friday, 12 November 2010 - 6:51 PM
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Oooh, that was a particularly juicy one!

This sketch will not get out of my head today....

srah - Friday, 12 November 2010 - 5:53 PM
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What say you, Draco? Will you babysit the cubs?

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 11: Favorite professor I feel like I have said enough about Remus Lupin('s moustache) already this month, so here's a damn video for you little bastards....

srah - Thursday, 11 November 2010 - 10:03 PM
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I dreamt last night that I was in this giant furniture store that spanned acres and acres, with a river and trees and plants right inside the store. I met some of my fellow shoppers and then all of a sudden we were in an ensemble romantic comedy (à la Love Actually) with hilarious misunderstandings and estrangements and reunions. And I, as the spunky best friend, hooked my do-gooder volunteersy friend up with Kyle MacLachlan, who had just been to Ghana with Semester at Sea and was obsessed with that country. Then they set off to go build houses in...

srah - Thursday, 11 November 2010 - 12:05 PM
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Lambs and sloths and carp and anchovies and orangutans and breakfast cereals and fruit bats

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 10: Favorite magical creature To prepare for today's question, I finally sat down and read all 42 pages of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which I've had sitting around for months did extensive research on the topic. Now I'm armed with knowledge of all kinds of Fantastic Beasts, both those that appeared in the Harry Potter series and those that make their only appearance in this guide to magical fauna. So I've picked one of each: He is, of course, in pyjamasGHOULMinistry of Magic Classification: XX (Harmless/may be domesticated) The ghoul,...

srah - Wednesday, 10 November 2010 - 9:20 PM
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We have nothing to fear but fear itself and also this one other freaky deaky thing

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 9: What would your Boggart be? I just got back from a conference in Indianapolis. This conference always happens in November, and it's always a challenge to work NaBloPoMo duties in around sessions and receptions and dinners and all the activity that conference-going infuses into my humdrum life. So yesterday morning, when I was writing my day 8 post before going to my first session, I thought, "I should read the day 9 question now, and start formulating my answer." So I read it yesterday morning, thought about it all day, thought about...

srah - Tuesday, 9 November 2010 - 9:51 PM
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I really do have better things I could be doing...

Triceratops and her human scale companion, Bust of Thomas Jefferson, Tiny Princess Leia, Squirting Emperor Palpatine and R2-D2 would like to wish you a happy Parade Day!...

srah - Tuesday, 9 November 2010 - 9:15 PM
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The telling of a story, like virtually everything in this life, was always made all the easier by a cup of tea.

According to Emily Elisabeth's master list, November 1 was National Author's Day and National Family Literacy Day, November 6 was Book Lover's Day and November 17 will be National Young Reader's Day. According to an email I got from Better World Books, November 8 was also National Bookstore Day. So I guess November is trying to tell me something, and that something has to do with books. I have decided therefore that I will hold a couple of used book giveaways on this here blog (idea shamelessly ripped from EE¹). I have several books to give away but I'll try...

srah - Tuesday, 9 November 2010 - 7:26 PM
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What do you like me to call you when we're alone together?

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 8: Which character are you are most like? I feel like everyone's going to say Hermione, and that was my first thought too. But then I considered it a little more and I think I'm going to go with Arthur Weasley. Why not? I've always thought I'd probably make a pretty good dad....

srah - Monday, 8 November 2010 - 8:03 AM
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What, exactly, is the function of a rubber duck?

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 7: What class would you most want to take? I always think it's interesting when the students I send abroad have an opportunity to take an American Studies class in another country. Even if it's not in a formal academic setting, one of the most valuable experiences students have abroad is the opportunity to see their home culture from an outside perspective, but it's especially interesting when they find themselves learning about America in a foreign classroom. For this reason, I think it would be interesting, as a Muggle, to take a Muggle...

srah - Sunday, 7 November 2010 - 11:51 AM
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Give her hell from us, Peeves!

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 6: Favorite villain This isn't a question I've really given much thought to, so to answer the question, first I tried to remember who all the villains are. There are probably some minor villains¹ (and perceived villains²) that I forgot, but this is what I came up with: Quirinus QuirrellVoldemort (via diary)Peter PettigrewBarty Crouch, Jr.Hem, hemDolores Umbridge, Voldemort and Death EatersThis is a weird one. I suppose Draco could be considered a villain, and you're led to believe that Snape is one too, but there isn't really a central villain in the way...

srah - Saturday, 6 November 2010 - 12:10 PM
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Remember, remember what rises from embers

Today is Doughnut Appreciation Day, but there aren't enough doughnuts in this town to appreciate. So in honor of Guy Fawkes Day, here is a picture of a guy with Fawkes: (Apparently you're going to get some Harry Potter even in the non-Harry Potter posts!)...

srah - Friday, 5 November 2010 - 10:05 PM
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I find their choice of prize highly illogical, as the average Trekker has no need of a medium-size belt.

I've been doing NaBloPoMo for several years and I've never won a prize, but I've also never donated a prize. It always seemed like really crafty people were the ones who donated NaBloPoMo prizes. But this year something on the NaBloPoMo site inspired me with an idea of something I could actually do. So the prize I'm offering will be a mix CD: and some kind of homemade treat, to be determined by me and the winner once they're selected. Cookies? Spiced nuts? A cake that will arrive a bit smushed? Only time will tell!...

srah - Friday, 5 November 2010 - 6:48 PM
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And Jane Austen novels!

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 5: Favorite pairing I will allow the Ministry of Magic and whoever made this video to answer that for me: While Ron and Hermione are definitely my favorite canon pairing, I think an honorable mention should go to Voldemort and Quirrell:...

srah - Friday, 5 November 2010 - 12:34 PM
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We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup

Happy National Candy Day! What a great excuse to eat candy! As if I needed an excuse! I bring you, in celebration of this joyous holiday, some candy-related haiku: On the decision-making process for choosing Halloween candy My halloween treats: Junior Mints and Take 5 bars Kids, try something new! A Take 5 bar has Too many textures with both Peanuts and pretzels. Fun-sized Take 5 bars Are better than big Take 5s They're less peanutty. Junior Mints? You know Of my love for these nuggets Of soft gooeyness. On trying a new seasonal treat Caramel apple Flavored Hershey Kisses:...

srah - Thursday, 4 November 2010 - 11:24 PM
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You can't go to Pigfarts. It's on Mars.

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 4: Top 3 favorite characters My top 3 Harry Potter characters are: Neville LongbottomNeville's one of the characters I most enjoyed seeing grow and change throughout the books. He started out timid and lonely, with low self-esteem, but you could see that as he had opportunities to stand up for himself, win points for his house and find subjects that he could excel in, he gained confidence in himself throughout the series. You might not have expected that the Neville Longbottom losing his toad in Sorcerer's Stone would turn out to be the...

srah - Thursday, 4 November 2010 - 5:36 PM
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True love is the greatest thing, except for a nice MLT, where the mutton is nice and lean

Happy Sandwich Day, everyone!...

srah - Wednesday, 3 November 2010 - 9:02 PM
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Dolores, I live in fear/ My love for you's so overpowering I'm afraid that I will disappear

30 Days of Harry Potter - day 3: What would your patronus be? I established, once upon a time, if I lived in the universe of His Dark Materials I would want my dæmon to be a fox. So I suppose if I lived in the Harry Potter universe, I would choose the same animal for my Patronus. I share a Patronus with Seamus Finnigan (but I don't think that says much about shared personality traits, because Dolores Umbridge and Minerva McGonagall both have cats). I think our Patronus could hold its own in a fight; foxes are pretty feisty...

srah - Wednesday, 3 November 2010 - 8:15 PM
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What a stupid lamb.

Yesterday, according to Emily Elisabeth's master list, was National Author's Day, and today is Look For Circles Day. In honor of these two holidays, I bring you this thing that I did not make myself, but which I am posting for the sake of blogging about these holidays. see more Funny Graphs...

srah - Tuesday, 2 November 2010 - 5:50 PM
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You're Harry Freakin' Potter!

According to The 30 Days of Harry Potter, today's topic is your favorite movie, and I already missed yesterday's, which was your favorite book. So, since Gretchen and Jennie! have already done this, let's see mine:We are not judging your dress robes, Ronald. We are judging your hairstyle. Books Prisoner of Azkaban (3)Order of the Phoenix (5)Half-Blood Prince (6)Goblet of Fire (4)Deathly Hallows (7)Sorcerer's Stone (1)Chamber of Secrets (2) Movies Half-Blood Prince (6)Prisoner of Azkaban (3)Order of the Phoenix (5)Sorcerer's Stone (1)Goblet of Fire (4)Chamber of Secrets (2) I'd say my most important decision-making factor when ranking the books was...

srah - Tuesday, 2 November 2010 - 12:45 PM
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In an action that surprises even me...

I hereby declare that I am participating in National Blog Posting Month. I've been thinking, that since I'm such a blog slacker, November would be a good time to pick it up again (and getting on the NaBloPoMo wagon gives me an excuse for the fact that I'm not on the NaNoWriMo one). Today in quick succession I learned that Jennie! is doing both NaBloPoMo AND NaNoWriMo, so it certainly would be a shame if I weren't doing either and Emily Elisabeth has declared that we must save November, and in listing off holidays for each day of the month,...

srah - Monday, 1 November 2010 - 12:38 PM
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And, in the end, the love you take/ Is equal to the love you make

I have completed NaBloPoMo! Many thanks to srahfam and my friend Jason, whose time with me was sometimes interrupted by my sudden screams of "Oh god, I haven't blogged yet today! Get me to a computer!" Yet-unguessed lyrics (I'll give you until midnight EST tomorrow night to get these, before I announce the winner and the songs you don't guess): But suddenly I feel the shining sun/ Before I knew it this dream was all goneLong ago in days of yore/ It all began with a god named Thor/ There were Vikings and boats/ And some plans for a furniture...

srah - Sunday, 30 November 2008 - 9:20 PM
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You don't know me/ You don't know me at all

My family went to the Sheraton for brunch this morning, but apparently all of our regular waitpeople had enough seniority to take the Thanksgiving weekend off. Our waitress, rather than saying, "Earl Grey tea all around?" like usual, asked us if anyone wanted coffee. What what what?! What is the point of being ludicrous regulars if tales of our orders and our foibles are spread to most - but not all - of the staff? "She must be new," we concluded. "N00b!" I said to Alfie. "Rookie of the Year," she responded. Then more constructively we determined, "We'll break her...

srah - Sunday, 30 November 2008 - 9:15 PM
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Can I get a toot toot? Can I get a beep beep?

In case you wondered what my reunion was like: Cristal poppin' in the stretch Navigator [Champagne is available for $20 a bottle. Who knew Charley's had champagne? I did not partake.] We got food everywhere, as if the party was catered [We lurked around the food table early in the evening and picked out pizza sticks and quesadillas with individual forks because there were no tongs. Did they ever get tongs? It occurs to me I never found out.] We got fellas to my left, honeys on my right [Sure, if you want to call them that. Both genders were...

srah - Saturday, 29 November 2008 - 6:08 AM
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Now I'm a little bit older/ A little bit bolder/ Never so shy

I'm going to my ten-year high school reunion tonight. I'm keeping my expectations nice and low, since a) ten years might not be enough to make attending a reunion worthwhile and b) there's no budget, so the "hey there's a reunion" notifications seem to have been completely word-of-mouth. Therefore, not only are many people I'd like to see not attending, many of them probably don't even know there's a reunion. Anyway, this should be interesting. I'm going with two of my best and oldest friends, who I've kept in close contact with over the years, so if need be, we'll...

srah - Friday, 28 November 2008 - 8:14 AM
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Thank you for the music/ For giving it to me

Good luck finding something to read on the Internet today. We will have to depend on the rest of the world to create content while America is busy stuffing itself and its turkeys and eagles and seals, etc. So American readers, if you are reading this today, get the hell off the Internet and get back to your patriotic duty of gorging yourself. International readers, if you are reading this today, get the hell on the Internet and write me something to read tomorrow when I'm rolling around and moaning and clutching my swollen stomach....

srah - Thursday, 27 November 2008 - 12:41 PM
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How was I supposed to know/ That something wasn't right here?

I anticipated this voyage home with baited breath. At each stop upon my journey north, I thought, "Michigan! O land of plenty! I return again to feast upon your bounty and to experience the rich culture of my native land!" I brought very little from That Place Below with me on my voyage, knowing that I would be provided for in Michigan. And so it passed that I brought neither shampoo nor conditioner with me. And lo! There was shampoo in abundance, but there was no conditioner to be found, for a terrible creature that roams this land had used...

srah - Wednesday, 26 November 2008 - 8:08 PM
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Baby, have you got enough gas?

I bet gas stations are kicking themselves now for investing so much money in extra fours. (Maybe it will go down to $1.44 and justify some of the expense.)...

srah - Tuesday, 25 November 2008 - 11:23 PM
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No chocolate covered candy hearts to give away

Recently my friends discussed the topic of Assortment Twins and Assortment Compatibility. For example, my friend Jen and I both like the cream soda and butterscotch Dum Dum pops best, so we're Assortment Twins, whereas my friend Jason only likes the fruit flavored Dum Dums, so we're almost Assortment Compatible, except we have to find someone to eat the nasty root beer ones. So Jen and I can compliment each other on each other's great taste, but Jason and I can actually share an assortment. If anyone would like to test their Assortment Twinning/Compatibility with me, here are some of...

srah - Monday, 24 November 2008 - 10:45 PM
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Long ago in days of yore/ It all began with a god named Thor/ There were Vikings and boats/ And some plans for a furniture store

I went to IKEA today to look for a particular object (I'd tell you what, but it's a Christmas present). It's the first time that I've ever done this, as I usually go to IKEA and end up browsing through the whole store, but this time we arrived an hour before closing and weren't sure whether to look in the "kitchen and dining" area or the "cooking and eating" area of the stores, which are on two different floors. I went to the cooking/eating area first, but couldn't find the object anywhere. So I asked two IKEA employees where to...

srah - Sunday, 23 November 2008 - 9:51 PM
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I stumble into town just like a sacred cow

There is a Taco Bell commercial running on TV now that makes me less desirous of eating Taco Bell with every consecutive viewing. Basically the message that I get from this commercial is "Eating Taco Bell makes you stupid." I wish I could find the commercial on YouTube to embed it - if anyone can find it, let me know! It involves three friends at some sort of ranch. One of the friends has climbed into a pen with a raging bull, and is calling for the other two to rescue him. Since neither of them wants to, they decide...

srah - Saturday, 22 November 2008 - 9:54 PM
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Somewhere in space/ I hang suspended/ Until I know/ There's a chance that you care

Still waiting on that call from NASA, although we managed to lose last week when I was in Indiana and win against Minnesota while I was in my apartment building, so my theory about only winning when I'm outside Ohio is now kaput. Perhaps NASA has been following this and that's why they haven't called to offer to shoot me into space for tomorrow's game against Ohio State. Or maybe they're just too busy hunting for lost tools. Alas! I seem to have no control over tomorrow's outcome, so I will just have to hope as hard as my little...

srah - Friday, 21 November 2008 - 11:08 PM
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I'm afraid those things'll harm me/ 'Cause they sure don't act like Barney/ And they think that I'm their dinner, not their friend

This is a story that I made up last night to prove to a friend that he was a terrible storyteller and that I could make up a story on the spot. I am sharing it with you so that I don't have to think of anything else to blog today. I only have so much creative energy, folks! Once upon a time, there was a happy little Tyrannosaurus Rex. T-Rex would traipse gleefully through the forest, stomping on everything in his path¹. One day, just as he was about to trample some protomammal and destroy the potential for all...

srah - Thursday, 20 November 2008 - 5:29 PM
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Her Hitler hairdo is/ Making me feel ill

A couple of days ago, Jamelah posted about her haircare routine and said that one way she keeps her gorgeous communist hair in gorgeous communist shape is to only wash it 2-3 times a week. This is a haircare tip I've heard around a lot, but had never put into action. So I tried not washing my hair on Monday, and I just looked like someone who had rolled out of bed before coming to work. I realize that it takes a while for your scalp to catch on that it doesn't have to produce so much oil, but I...

srah - Wednesday, 19 November 2008 - 6:07 PM
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I must remain in close concealment/ Until I can appear in decent clothing!

Note: If you are reading this in England (or anywhere else where "pants" means "underpants" as opposed to "trousers") you should either substitute "trousers" for "pants" when reading this OR read "pants" as "pants" and laugh uproariously. A few months ago, my sedentary lifestyle and love for ice cream and french fries caused me to have to go pants-shopping, as all of the pants I had were straining at the waist. I bought several new pairs of pants and retired many others. Now, although I am no less fond of ice cream and french fries (and no less sedentary either)...

srah - Tuesday, 18 November 2008 - 6:23 AM
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Can't think of anything I need/ No cigarettes, no sleep, no light, no sound/ Nothing to eat, no books to read

I received an email from my dad this morning: Subject: This is what you are getting for ChristmasMessage body: We saw an ad for this on TV and thought it was much more useful than a GPS When I clicked on the link, this is what I saw:...

srah - Monday, 17 November 2008 - 7:05 PM
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Oh, they say she died one winter/ When there came a killing frost

I always thought that Fraulein Maria was on crack, but snowflakes that stay on my eyelashes are pretty cool. The first snow of the season has arrived in Srahtown, and it's a very calm, floaty type of snow that blows softly on a gentle breeze, but falls mostly downwards. It's more like movie-snow than the sideways biting snows we'll probably have later this season. My usual snow-behavior consists of shuffling around, facing the ground, with all of my body wrapped up in coats and scarves and only my eyes sticking out. Today, though, I turned my bare face up to...

srah - Monday, 17 November 2008 - 5:39 PM
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Every time I thought I'd got it made/ It seemed the taste was not so sweet

I've just upgraded from Movable Type 3.3 to 4.21. It wasn't so bad, except that there was an Apache handling thingy¹ that's been set wrong on my server for months and which I've sort of just worked around, but I finally had to figure out today. And then there's the fact that my MT installation only seems to work properly when the www is included in the URL². If you notice anything that doesn't work, please let me know. I may be implementing some fun new stuff here soon! Update 11/17/08 7:04AM: Comments should be working now! And my stylesheet...

srah - Sunday, 16 November 2008 - 7:40 PM
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I like the girls with the boom/ I once got busy in a Burger King bathroom

I went to a football game today, and had to wait in line to use the bathroom at halftime. Unfortunately, the bathrooms were in Port-a-Potty form, but fortunately there were many of them so the lines weren't too long and moved pretty quickly. There was a couple in front of me in line who I didn't pay much attention to until they went into the Port-a-Potty together. I thought, "Geez, that's weird. I mean, I've been in the situation before where a friend and I might go into a single-user bathroom together, so that we can move things along faster...

srah - Saturday, 15 November 2008 - 9:17 PM
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You can see I'm in no shape for driving/ Anyway I've got no place to go

It's a good thing I went to China in September, or I would have nothing to blog about in November. Once upon a time, I came back to Shanghai from the excursion to Nanjing I'd attended with one of the programs I visited. I arrived back in Shanghai around 4pm, then had to catch a taxi to get back to my hotel during rush hour (I probably should have just taken the subway, but - to my great shame - I never learned the subway system in the whole time I was there) . I stood there with my suitcases,...

srah - Friday, 14 November 2008 - 6:37 PM
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When I want to run away/ I drive off in my car

You may remember, from last year's NaBloPoMo, my training for and participation in a 5k walk on Thanksgiving. My parents, sister and I all participated in Ann Arbor's Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5k Walk/Run on Thanksgiving morning, and it was a nice way to spend some time together and do an activity that we all enjoy, as well as the first time that any of us had walked in a 5k race before. We started out at a leisurely pace, chatting with each other and with the bicyclist who marked the end of the race group, then continued at a...

srah - Thursday, 13 November 2008 - 10:39 PM
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But suddenly I feel the shining sun/ Before I knew it this dream was all gone

I dreamt that high heels Were banned on the campus of Uni I Work At. I had forgotten Till I got dressed this morning; thought, "I must wear flats."...

srah - Wednesday, 12 November 2008 - 10:19 PM
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Just gimme gimme gimme gimme/ Fried chicken

I just got back from a conference in Lexington, Kentucky. If my culinary experience in Lexington is any indication¹, Kentucky is not known for fried chicken or bourbon or anything like that, but Indian food (which I ate twice in the 48 hours or so I was there) and pretzels (which I ate three times). Next year's conference is in Cincinnati, and I have volunteered my advice/help to our local arrangements committee, including the suggestion that our mid-afternoon snack break should involve a make-your-own Cincinnati chili bar and/or Graeter's ice cream. YOU'RE WELCOME, fellow conference attendees. (I am also going...

srah - Tuesday, 11 November 2008 - 6:15 PM
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So I try a little Freddie/ I've gone identity mad!

For almost a year now, I've been planning to dress up as the girl from the Cake song Short Skirt/Long Jacket for Halloween, but when Halloween finally came around, everyone I know was out of town, so there were no Halloween parties to go to. I'm a bit disappointed, but at least I knew that far enough in advance that the only aspect of the costume I'd bought was nail polish for my "fingernails that shine like justice." Next year for Halloween, I want to be either Freddie Mercury or Luna Lovegood. My sister has suggested that I combine the...

srah - Monday, 10 November 2008 - 1:49 PM
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The way you talk, and try to kiss me, and laugh/ In four or five paragraphs

I am going to a conference for the next three days or so. I have no idea what effect this will have on NaBloPoMo, because I'm not sure if I'll have Internet access at the hotel. In any case, I will WRITE something, whether or not I can PUBLISH it!...

srah - Sunday, 9 November 2008 - 2:11 PM
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Picture post!

The song is in the picture, not in the title this time!...

srah - Sunday, 9 November 2008 - 10:23 AM
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Before the cream sits out too long/ You must whip it

Every once in a while, a topic comes up that I am surprised I've never blogged about, because I have some long-held and violently strong emotion one way or another. Micah and I were having a conversation that went like this: @srah: I just remembered that when Thanksgiving happens, I get pumpkin pie! Are we there yet are we there yet are we there yet are we there yet? @jmblya: What's stopping you from buying a pie from the store now? Or making your own? You should never deny yourself pumpkin-based foods. @srah: No, pumpkin pie is more about anticipation...

srah - Saturday, 8 November 2008 - 11:14 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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We huddle close, and hang on to a dream

I dreamt last night that I was going somewhere with President-Elect Obama¹ and a big entourage of people in an old jalopy. Something happened (it isn't clear now and I don't remember if it was in the dream) that resulted in Obama hitting his head and being knocked unconscious. He was lying on the floor of the back seat of the jalopy and everyone was trying to wake him up with smelling salts, shaking him, slapping his face, and nothing was working. I said, "Well, this works in the movies," and leaned in to kiss him and when I got...

srah - Thursday, 6 November 2008 - 12:02 PM
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And if I dig a hole to China/ I'll catch the first junk to Soho

It occurs to me that a) I have nothing to write for NaBloPoMo today and b) I have not yet finished writing up all the little notes that I took in China of things to blog about. Now keep in mind that I got back from China over a month ago, so I may be a little fuzzy on what my notes meant... shoes - Um, apparently I wanted to tell you something about shoes, but I have forgotten what. Chinese people wear 'em, if you're curious!"what watch?" - After several days of communicating in broken English, I got the...

srah - Wednesday, 5 November 2008 - 11:43 PM
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I will comfort you/ I'll take your part

If I had thought of this earlier (and if I were sure there wasn't anything potentially illegal about it), I would have liked to volunteer (or organize an army of volunteers) to be a line-proxy for the elderly and infirm (or heck, maybe just anyone!) in high-population areas, so that they could take breaks to go to the bathroom, or eat or sit down. It's been sad to read about people for whom even the early-voting lines were too long, especially since turnout was unexpectedly high (at least compared to past years) and so people weren't prepared enough to vote...

srah - Tuesday, 4 November 2008 - 5:00 PM
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I say vote yes! Vote yes! Vote for independency!

(This counts as a post, right? Especially now that i just wrote some text? How about if I throw in some free stuff you can get for voting?)...

srah - Tuesday, 4 November 2008 - 6:04 AM
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And I hope this message stays in your mind/ 'Cause you almost lost a girl who is right on time

This morning, when I was on my way to work, my car's clock (which is set 10 minutes ahead in order to try to trick me into getting places on time, except it doesn't work because I just mentally subtract 10 minutes automatically now) said 9:07, because I had not yet reset it after Daylight Saving Time ended this weekend. The sun was bright and shining, and when I got to work, there were no parking spaces left. I started to panic that I had, in changing my alarm clock, changed it in the wrong direction, but no, it turns...

srah - Monday, 3 November 2008 - 9:35 PM
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In my shoes/ Walking sleep/ In my youth I pray to keep

I haven't subscribed to any magazines in several years, and I still feel like I've read more "fix your problem area" or "how to flatter your flawed figure" articles than I ever need to read. But you know what I would like to read more about? Why the heck do my shoes always wear out at the back of the heel before they wear out anywhere else? Is it because I'm wearing shoes that are too big, or too small, or shoes that don't flatter my foot-shape? Are my feet too wide or too narrow, or too wide in the...

srah - Sunday, 2 November 2008 - 9:12 PM
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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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On this, the momentous seventh anniversary of this blog (such as it is) I would like to announce my candidacy for National Blog Posting Month. Our campaign slogan will be: "She doesn't seem to blog all the rest of the year, so maybe she'll have plenty of material saved up for November." The outcome is questionable. During last year's NaBloPoMo, there was a reference to a song from a musical in each post. This year, I'm expanding it to songs in general, which may be from musicals or may be from this thing I've just heard of, called the radio....

srah - Saturday, 25 October 2008 - 10:45 AM
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You can talk and talk till your face is blue, but they still do just what they want to do!

I think that I will not post today, just so that I can lose NaBloPoMo at the eleventh hour! Oh wait. So much for that idea. Despite all my pleas to give someone else a chance, it appears that the winner of the musicals quiz will be my sister. Now to devise a terrible, terrible prize for her to have won!...

srah - Friday, 30 November 2007 - 4:58 PM
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Yes, it came direct from Paris, France

Paris, je t'aime is a ridonkulously huge collection of famous directors (Joel and Ethan Coen, Gurinder Chadha, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Sylvain Chomet) and actors (Steve Buscemi, Other People Who Aren't Steve Buscemi) in a series of short films about Paris. I actually wasn't expecting much, just because I find short-format films pretty hit-or-miss, but it was a cool mix of subjects and directing styles. It's hard to say which one was my favorite because there were so many good ones. The last film is about a lonely American mail carrier who's studied French for two years in preparation for...

srah - Thursday, 29 November 2007 - 7:35 PM
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With a dreamy far-off look, and her nose stuck in a book

What's the deal with polyjuice potion, anyway? In the movie version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the Crabbe/Goyle-polyjuiced Harry and Ron speak in their own voices, though they try to just grunt in true Crabbe/Goyle fashion so that Draco doesn't suspect anything. In the audiobook for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (a seriously over-polyjuiced book, by the way), Fleur sounds like herself when she's been polyjuiced to look like Harry, Harry sounds like himself when he's "Barny Weasley" but they all get new voices when they're polyjuiced into Mafalda Hopkirk, Reg Cattermole and Albert Runcorn, or...

srah - Thursday, 29 November 2007 - 12:58 PM
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I'm full of vitamin A, say!

Make that "C." Isn't it convenient that cold season and clementine season fall around the same time of year? Suspiciously convenient, I'd say. I'm on to you, The Clementine Industry!...

srah - Thursday, 29 November 2007 - 6:30 AM
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I had a dream! A dream about you, baby

I dreamt last night that I was invited to a dinner by a college friend I haven't seen in years. It was a huge dinner and I think it was held at my mom's church. At one point, my college friend attracted everyone's attention and got down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend. "This is stupid," I loudly announced, "They're already married." Then I stomped out of the room. They are married in real life, but they weren't in the dream, and apparently my dream-self was more in touch with the real world than with the dream-world. I...

srah - Wednesday, 28 November 2007 - 11:16 PM
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Arabians learn Arabian with the speed of summer lightning

I am fascinated by the idea that the words for beautiful (جميل, jameel) and sentence (جملة, jumla) come from the same root in Arabic. Beautiful sentence! This is especially confusing to me because when I hear جملة I keep translating it into French in my head, and I wonder why the topic of jumelles (twins and/or binoculars) keeps coming up in class. Alas, my progress this semester has not been up to the standards of previous semesters. I think that part of this is due to the content: It's a lot easier to make progress when you're starting from nothing....

srah - Wednesday, 28 November 2007 - 10:37 PM
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And we want you to sleep well tonight

I'm tired and I have a cold and I'm tired and also I'm tired. No blog post tonight with any actual content to it! I can't remember thinking or doing anything blogworthy today, except sneezing a lot and drinking more tea than usual. So you just get this lazy cop-out post and a chance to guess another musical. Whee. Some actual content tomorrow, hopefully!...

srah - Tuesday, 27 November 2007 - 11:03 PM
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For he might have been a Roosian, a French, or Turk, or Proosian, or perhaps Italian

I am 2-0 over the last couple weeks in Guessing Whether Someone is Danish or South African. I don't know why I get those two accents mixed up, except that they both have the combination of very good English spoken with a Germanic-type accent. You would think South African and Dutch would trip me up more often, but they haven't so far. I narrowed the Dane down to either South African or Danish before making my guess a couple of weeks ago and did the same with the South African today. If you extend the game to Guessing Whether Someone...

srah - Monday, 26 November 2007 - 5:05 PM
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They're gonna recognize my eyes, my hair, my teeth, my boobs, my nose

When I blogged about how I'd always wanted to Become A Regular Somewhere I completely forgot that my family are already regulars for Sunday brunch at the Sheraton in Ann Arbor. I probably forgot it because I am always trying to forget it. It would be nice if it were because we go there frequently, but it's because we've become recognizable. A few years ago, I was to meet my family at the Sheraton for brunch. They arrived before I did and the host was amused to watch as they danced around the table, trying to decide where they should...

srah - Sunday, 25 November 2007 - 9:44 PM
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Play with appropriate passion

We went tonight to see the second annual Jeff Daniels and Friends concert at the Michigan Theater, which was basically a huge love song to the state of Michigan. The artists were all from Michigan or had some Michigan connection, and were singing or pattering in between songs about their love for Michigan. We were a couple of rows back from the governor. I didn't realize that Jeff Daniels was so into musical performance, in addition to his acting and playwrighting. I'm always rather proud of him, because he's managed to stay true to his Michigan roots and his love...

srah - Saturday, 24 November 2007 - 11:25 PM
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A mezzanine seat to see the flickers

Every year, my mom, my sister and I go to see a movie on the Friday after Thanksgiving. When we first started this tradition, the theaters were almost deserted, but I think more and more people are taking advantage of the opportunity to get away from the Black Friday shopping insanity. This year, our movie was Enchanted, where an animated Disney Princess accidentally finds herself in live-action form in New York City and has to deal with the problems of the non-fairy-tale world. Disney is a pretty safe Thanksgiving Friday choice for us, but after seeing Shrek 3 this morning,...

srah - Friday, 23 November 2007 - 11:50 PM
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I have often walked down this street before/ But the pavement always stayed beneath my feet before

My family walked in our first 5k walk today. If anyone had asked us - which they didn't - we were prepared to call ourselves ¡Team Holt!, which had the dual advantages of sounding like ¡Steve Holt! when we shouted and raised our arms in the air in celebration, and also might have led people to believe our name was Holt, lending us an air of anonymity that would have helped when they were shutting down the race route before we were finished. ¡Team Holt!...

srah - Thursday, 22 November 2007 - 11:22 PM
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In the opinion of this court, this child is depraved on account he ain't had a normal home

A couple of weeks ago I commented on an annoying-slash-hilaaaarious conversational habit of mine. I picked up on another one that my sister and I do while we were grocery shopping today: 1: Where is the [X]? (Or brings up [X] in some other context) 2: You're an [X]! 1: I'll [X] you! Such as: Alfie: Where are the cheese and crackers? me: You're cheese and crackers! Alfie: I'll cheese and crackers you! Then when we went to drive home, Alfie unlocked the car and let me in. I reached over and grabbed the keys off her lap and joked,...

srah - Wednesday, 21 November 2007 - 3:58 PM
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'Tis makin' me kind o' sick

Unpleasant: Staying home sick from work on Monday. Worse: Hearing on Tuesday morning that there is a case of bacterial meningitis running around campus somewhere. They've contacted all the students who would have had contact with Student Zero, but I have a feeling that the don't ever ask about grownups whose office they went to and coughed on. I don't have any of the primary symptoms (high fever, headache, and stiff neck) but I did have a few of the secondary ones (nausea, confusion, and sleepiness). My first thought was "AIEEEEEEEE! I have it! I have to go get diagnosed!"...

srah - Tuesday, 20 November 2007 - 6:40 AM
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What's that? Another picture post?

(Guess the musical whose lyric is represented by the picture.)...

srah - Monday, 19 November 2007 - 5:50 PM
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I can neither sew, nor cook, nor read or write my name

This was one of the most productive Sundays I've had in a long time. It helped that I had multitasked by folding laundry and tidying the living room during the football game on Saturday, so that meant I could spend Sunday doing whatever I wanted. I decided that I wanted to make meatloaf, and ended up making meatloaf, mashed potatoes and muffins. If someone would come and do the dishes for me, that would be great. I may be feeling productive, but I'm not that productive. The meatloaf was an interesting adventure. I found the recipe online but there was...

srah - Sunday, 18 November 2007 - 10:49 PM
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I have dreamed thee too long, never seen thee or touched thee but known thee with all of my heart

I had a two-layer dream last night where I dreamt (within the dream) that I was at the opening day of a Beatles museum and I was some kind of special guest. John gave me a tour and a very young George made eyes at me. One of them was in love with me, but I don't remember now which one it was. I must have seen Paul somewhere too, because when I "woke up" from the dream within the dream, I told my mom that I'd dreamt I'd seen all of the Beatles except Ringo. I didn't remember any...

srah - Sunday, 18 November 2007 - 10:17 PM
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I'm just a girl who cain't say no

One really exciting thing about the writers' strike is that I will be freed from my enslavement to the TV. Once they run out of new episodes, I won't have to worry about what to watch and what to tape and what to watch or not watch online. I started to think, at first, that this would be a really exciting time for me, so that instead of this¹:   Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 8 Shouty Man Shouting Into a Megaphone Shoutily (ABC) The Barney and Marshall Show, Also With Other Characters (CBS) A Very Special "Social...

srah - Saturday, 17 November 2007 - 4:14 PM
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Underneath, your blood is blue!

Hail! to the victors valiant Hail! to the conqu'ring heroes Hail! Hail! to Michigan the leaders and best Hail! to the victors valiant Hail! to the conqu'ring heroes Hail! Hail! to Michigan, the champions of the West! GO BLUE! powered by ODEO...

srah - Saturday, 17 November 2007 - 12:05 PM
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And if we all could spread a little sunshine

My most recent listen-in-the-car endeavor is The Lovely Bones, which is an interesting story but very strangely told. I'm not sure now if I would have liked it better if I'd read the text version rather than listening to the audio book, but I suspect that's the case. I have a feeling that the flowery and metaphorical language that bothered me might have been less noticeable if I had read it rather than having it read to me. For example: She asked for coffee and toast in a restaurant and buttered it with tears. - "Snapshots" What? Did she butter...

srah - Saturday, 17 November 2007 - 12:04 AM
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She's not only merely dead, she's really most sincerely dead

Warning #1: If for some reason you haven't seen The Sixth Sense yet and have managed to get through the last eight years without having the ending spoiled for you¹, you might want to stop reading now. Warning #2: The following post makes me sound like a crazy person. I kind of am. I've known more than one person (it's not just you, Jennie) who saw The Truman Show and became convinced that their entire life was a reality show created for others' entertainment. For me, it was not so much The Truman Show but The Sixth Sense that had...

srah - Friday, 16 November 2007 - 12:38 PM
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Overnight, there's been a breathless change in you

Well hello, and welcome to my living room blog. It's a Multi-Stanza Weather-Haiku Extravaganza! And you're all invited! Last night: wore no coat This morning: need light jacket Right now: OH GOD, SNOW! Forty-one degrees Where the hell did that come from? Should have brought a hat What be these white flakes? Be it snow, or do the gods Need Head & Shoulders? Accident'ly punched the microwave. Unrelated to weather, sorry. My hand is bleeding Next time I'll punch you HARDER! Curse you, microwave! Oh, back to weather. Now they're forecasting showers. We'll be wet AND cold. I'm not crying...

srah - Thursday, 15 November 2007 - 10:56 PM
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Another photo post!

Once again, the clue to the musical is in the picture, not in the title. I think this one might be a little harder than last time, but what do I know?...

srah - Thursday, 15 November 2007 - 12:42 PM
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To the matter that you mention I have given some attention, and I think I am sufficiently decayed

Best. Quiz. Ever. Srsly. Your Score: Michelangelo / Rose Your ki is made up of 35% Vigor and 41% Wisdom You're not the Golden Girl who is most inclined to action, but take heart! At least you're not part of the brainiac patrol, either. You are the party animal of the Golden Girls / Ninja Turtle team. Carefree and often lazy, you're the one who will invariably be chosen for the most dangerous duty whenever a zany scheme calls for it. You crack jokes yourself and are the butt of many more, but your actions show that you are capable...

srah - Wednesday, 14 November 2007 - 5:37 PM
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Sometimes when someone has a crush on you, they'll make you a mix tape to give you a clue

Not that I have a crush on Tiff. It's all part of the NaBloPoMo game, folks. ... or is it¹? Anyway, it's time for Volume 2 of Tiff's Great CD Swap. I found myself unable to make one good mix CD of love songs, so I've made two bad ones instead. The first follows my November theme, and the second one is full of the most clichéd and/or sappy love songs evar. Read on for playlists! ¹ Yes, it is....

srah - Tuesday, 13 November 2007 - 12:22 PM
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This is what the British population calls an elementary education

Well, that's a bit disappointing....

srah - Tuesday, 13 November 2007 - 7:02 AM
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Yet there's the bold, brave spring of the tiger that quickens your walk¹

I am now in training for My Very First 5k Walk, which I will be doing on Thanksgiving morning with the rest of my family and maybe my best friend and her boyfriend and my cousin and her wife. And by "in training" I mean "I bought some new shoes! I will probably spend most of the next two weeks 'breaking them in' while sitting on the couch." ¹ Oh, I should mention that I may repeat musicals this month. Which I may or may not have done above. Surprise!...

srah - Monday, 12 November 2007 - 8:38 PM
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Beautiful girl, you're a lovely picture

We had our yearly photo session this weekend to take a picture for the family Christmas card, just as we've done for the last 28 years. Wow, that's a lot of years when you write it down! As usual, Alfie and I insisted on taking some joke pictures and messed up many others by having no idea what we were doing. Hansel and Zoolander we are not. As usual, we fervently wished that our parents would choose the joke/outtake photos over the serious pictures. And as usual, the parents prefer the serious ones. So we'll be sending out this one:...

srah - Monday, 12 November 2007 - 12:17 PM
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Today all my dreams will come true

I dreamt last night that I was in a Catholic church, dressed in a frumpy dress and a choir robe, and everyone was expecting me to help with Communion. I don't know why, because I'm not even eligible to take Communion in a Catholic church. I complained loudly about this but no one cared. Someone asked me if I was a novitiate¹, which offended me no end. I shouted, "No! I don't know why I'm dressed like this!" Then later they made me hand snacks out to the old people and children in the congregation. These horrible kids took all...

srah - Sunday, 11 November 2007 - 7:33 PM
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Rip! Rip! Rip the chipmunk off the field

Go Blue! (No, there is no real content to this post. What am I, a football blog? Kittens!)...

srah - Saturday, 10 November 2007 - 8:04 AM
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Hey mister, she's my sister!

If my sister loved me like she ought to, this is how our conversations would go: Me: Do you like sibling? Alfie: I don't know, I've never sibbled. Ha ha ha ha ha! Instead they go like this: Me: Do you like sibling? Alfie: ... no....

srah - Friday, 9 November 2007 - 10:06 PM
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What's it gonna take to stop the scabbers?

'Tis Thursday and I am therefore struck with the weekly conundrum: do I watch 30 Rock tonight and watch Ugly Betty online this weekend or do I watch Ugly Betty tonight and watch 30 Rock online this weekend? But now there is the added complication of the writers' strike. In the interest of supporting the writers, shouldn't I make a statement to the network by avoiding the online content for which they don't get paid? Geez, I think I'm actually going to have to find a blank tape and use my VCR like some kind of caveman. What have you...

srah - Thursday, 8 November 2007 - 7:31 PM
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I started life as an orphan, a child of the streets

Every one we capture says he's an orphan. The last three ships we took proved to be manned entirely by orphans, and so we had to let them go. One would think that Great Britain's mercantile navy was recruited solely from her orphan asylums - which we know is not the case.-Frederic, The Pirates of Penzance But what if it were the case? I like to imagine the Pirates of Penzance capturing the HMS Pinafore, only to find that it is crewed by orphans from the workhouse in Oliver!, all barely able to dance a proper hornpipe because they're suffering...

srah - Wednesday, 7 November 2007 - 7:15 PM
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What's that playing on the radio?

It looks like WOMC finally read this post I made back in 2005 and bowed to my wishes. Too bad for them that I've moved to Ohio, almost exclusively listen to NPR and have developed new local radio nemeses down here. Someone come down here and get the Shrieking Woman off my pledge drives!...

srah - Wednesday, 7 November 2007 - 5:26 PM
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Well-bred and mature, and out of her mind!

If you ask me "Where does [X] come from?" even (or especially) if [X] is an inanimate object or an abstract concept, there is a 95% chance that I am going to respond, "Well, when a mommy [X] and a daddy [X] love each other very much, they hug each other in a special way..." It's just what I do. Your only hope, your only savior from this predetermined line is that I might actually know some piece of trivia about where [X] comes from and feel a need to tell you the real answer. Only my love for trivia...

srah - Tuesday, 6 November 2007 - 5:26 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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You, you will be mean/ And I... I'll drink all the time!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40k7SkXi3Rc I just came across this video on the preparation of absinthe (how do I find these things? I don't even remember) and it reminded me of our parties back when I was living in Vichy. I tasted some absinthe at one of those parties, but it didn't make much of an impression. For one thing, about 4.5 years later, I don't remember what it tasted like. For another thing, even when I came home from the party that night, I blogged about tequila and Michigan accents instead. It all seems like so much work, with the special flatware and...

srah - Monday, 5 November 2007 - 10:51 PM
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I couldn't care less what she'll wear or what she looks like/ It all depends on what she cooks like

I made brownies this weekend, and they got a little overdone, which makes me sad. Why is it that when you burn brownies, it's the edges (the best part) that get burnt, and the middle (the second best part) is just fine? I am going to invent brownies that finish cooking in the middle first, leaving tender, chewy delicious edges no matter how long you cook them for. What's that? My baking ideas aren't based in reality? Well, um... LOOK OVER THERE! *runs*...

srah - Monday, 5 November 2007 - 5:43 PM
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He tucks it right under his chin

I don't really have a preference between sleeping on my left side, my right side, my back or my stomach. I've slept in all of those positions at different times, and done just fine. When I was a kid, it didn't matter what position I was sleeping in, but it did matter very much that the covers were covering my neck and both of my ears. In any kind of weather, I would wrap the covers around my face so that they tucked under my chin, and then I would be safe. I'm not really sure what I was afraid...

srah - Monday, 5 November 2007 - 7:05 AM
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And a fellow would know that his darling/ Had heard ev'ry word of his song

This is another one of those posts that probably only one of my readers will understand and/or care about, but here goes. In the song "J'en ai marre" by Alizée: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVlrqTw7wjM There's a section of the chorus that goes: J'en ai marre de ces cyniques Et dans les prés les colchiques J'en ai marre d'en avoir marre Aussi (I'm fed up with these cynics And the flowers in the prairies And I'm fed up with being fed up Too) The song is about Alizée listing off all the million different things she's sick of, and talking about how she's only...

srah - Sunday, 4 November 2007 - 10:23 PM
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The clue is not in the title this time!

It occurred to me this morning that my breakfast came from a musical. So you get a visual clue today instead of lyrics. I'm shaking things up around here. Guess away!...

srah - Sunday, 4 November 2007 - 9:02 AM
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Something has changed within me/ Something is not the same

O hai. I decided to change the rules again. It's now no longer "best out of 30" but "best out of however many NaBloPoMoLolCatted posts there are by the end of the month" because it occurred to me that I might want to write posts with titles from musicals more than once a day. Um... like I just did. So have at that....

srah - Saturday, 3 November 2007 - 10:12 PM
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Chicks who did kicks aren't kicking anymore/ They're doing choreography

I went to the Diwali festival tonight to see the festivities and eat the food. The dinner, which was heavily subsidized by Associated Student Government funding, only cost $2 to ticket-buyers. So while not free Indian food, it was pretty darn near to free Indian food. I was almost moved to tears¹ by the Classical Fusion dance done by the Rec Center class. I have been taking the half-hour per week classes offered by Employee Health and Well-Being², and these ladies (a different class, but with the same teacher) meet for an hour a week to learn and practice their...

srah - Saturday, 3 November 2007 - 7:37 PM
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A person can develop the flu/ The flu, a hundred and three point two

[Note to those of you who have suggested themes/lyrics: I am going to try to use your suggestions, especially when my everyday life doesn't inspire me. Just because I haven't used them yet doesn't mean I won't. Keep suggesting!] The yearly question once again raises its head: to flu shot, or not to flu shot? I've gotten by without flu shots for my whole life so far and don't usually get hit very hard in flu season (just enough to take a sick day off work and some time to take care of myself), but on the other hand, I...

srah - Friday, 2 November 2007 - 7:10 PM
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OMG! A contest! OMG!

Since all of my NaBloPoMo post titles will be lyrics from musicals this year, I have decided that I will also have a little contest to encourage commenter loyalty and return visits and ROI and consumer cromulence and other boring business terms that I am pretty much just making up now. So on each NaBloPoMo post (identified with the Official NaBloPoMo Lolcat), you are invited to guess the musical that the title comes from. The person who guesses correctly (first) wins! Yay for you! Then at the end of the month, whoever has won the most days out of the...

srah - Friday, 2 November 2007 - 4:57 PM
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My future, I hope, will be/ In the home of a brave and free male

As you may know, if you are stalking me and/or following me on Twitter¹, I went to Indianapolis for a conference last weekend. At the conference, I went to a session about why more females than males study abroad, and how this can influence study abroad marketing efforts. This session has been bothering me ever since, because the presenter had interviewed female study abroad students and had discovered that one reason a lot of females (at her university, anyway²) study abroad is that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do so. This is one thing that we try to point...

srah - Thursday, 1 November 2007 - 5:20 PM
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National Very Busy Month

If I am going to participate in National Blog Posting Month (post every day for the whole month of November) I am going to need some help around here. Any ideas? I've got a post brewing for today (and hey, doesn't this one count?) but you may have noticed that I don't necessarily come up with something to write about every day. So suggest away! What has worked in the past that you'd like to see more of? What are you dying to know more about? I still haven't really decided whether I'm doing National Novel Writing Month this November...

srah - Thursday, 1 November 2007 - 7:18 AM
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