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Friday Five

I'm pretending I'm early instead of like a month behind.

1. If time-travel was possible, what band/singer from the PAST would you like to see in concert?
Elvis! Preferably 1968 Black Leather Elvis. I could also work with 1971 Vegas Elvis since Tom Jones would probably be HANGING around, too.

I've never once pretended that I'm cool.

2. Put your mp3 player on shuffle, what are the first three songs that play?
Waking Dream by Natalie Walker
One for My Baby by Keely Smith
Boogie Shoes by KC & the Sunshine Band

I repeat, I've never once pretended I'm cool.

3. What singers would you like to see do a duet? (alive or dead)
I'm not a duet fan, so I can't think of one I'd like to see. There are only two I can think of that already exist that I actually like: Robert Plant & Allison Krauss and U2 & Mary J. Blige. Oh wait, and Aerosmith & Run DMC.

4. Your favorite group that has the worst band name?
Chicane. That's only because everytime I see it on my iPod, I immediately hear that motor race announcer guy yelling "chicane! chicane!"

5. What are some fashion trends from the past you wish would come back in style?
Um, nothing hasn't come back in style. Well, aside from whale bone corsets, and who wants to wear those?
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Friday Five

I'm going to pretend I'm early for this instead of really late.

Real Life
If you could change one thing in your life right at this moment, what would it be?
Bionic back! My leg is totally numb and hurty. Well okay, not totally numb since it is hurty, but.... Le sigh.

What talent/skill don't you have that you'd like to have, and why?
Apparating. Nobody said it had to be a possible skill.

What talent/skill do you have that not many people know about?
Uhhh, no idea. I've memorized the basic FLSA exempt regulations by singing them to the tune of a Goldfrapp song because I have no ability to remember things like the computer professional rate must be at least $27.63. But set it to a tune, and I'm good. Now I just have to remember to only sing it in my head during the exam. (You should hear the song I made up about the Norris-LaGuardia Act & yellow-dog contracts).

What reality TV show best matches your real life?
Is there one about people who eat too many Jo-Jo's while watching Ghost Hunters? It'd be that one.

If your life was a reality TV show, what would it be called?
SRSLY? Just like that. And the announcer would have to pronounce it without the vowels, too.
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the high school five thing

1. Would you return to high school life for a week? Why or why not?
OH HELL NO. Because it was HIGH SCHOOL. Talk about a regressive experience. I'm not going back, and you can't make me. All those preppy bitches and douchey jocks. Bleh!

2. Who were/are you in high school?
A total dorky loser. But I was a fun dorky loser. At least in my dorky loser circle of friends.

3. What was/is your favorite high school hangout? What did/do you do there?
The diner! Nothing like a heaping plate of cheese fries or a ginormous Napoleon to make you a healthy teenager.

4. What were/are your favorite three songs in high school?
Right, the only good thing to take with me from high school. Let's see.... Don't You Forget About Me - Simple Minds; Pretty in Pink - Psychedelic Furs; and With or Without You - U2. Really, pretty much any song in every John Hughes film plus U2.

5. What was the craziest thing you did in high school?
I've always been quite boring. I can't think of anything I've done that would qualify as crazy.
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Blood and Chocolate

Actually, I never finished reading that, but I was actually thinking about vampires and baking chocolate chip cookies. I meant two separate thoughts by that, not vampires who bake cookies, although that would be amusing.

This weekend's movie wrap up includes Duplicity and 30 Days of Night. Loved the former, meh on the latter. Duplicity was shocking in that somebody actually thought about what they were writing and directing. And Julia was less anoying in this than she has been in most other films. Plus, Clive. Hello. But a very clever, entertaining film. And when your supporting cast is Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti, you really can't go wrong. They're both fantastically vengeful and corrupt in this. Also, I didn't have the whole movie figured out within the first 30 minutes, so MAJOR points for that.

30 Days of Night had the most ridiculous premise. Barrow is actually a larger town, and, gee, they get mail and deliveries, and the state patrol actually has jurisdiction there. And, also gee, Alaska flies in and out of there all the time. I'm guessing at least once a day. So I struggled with accepting the isolated concept. It would have been smarter to make it a fictional town. That said, the vamps are super creepy, ruthless, and don't give a crap about how pretty any of the ladies are. No sexy. I liked it that way. They were just freaky. Although the alpha vamp made all the other vamps seem like a bunch of silly harpies after a while. It would have been better if the alpha vamp had more screen time, as he scared the bejeezus outta me. And, after a while, chopping people's heads off just becomes funny.

So I decided I should make my list of my top favorite vamp movies. Why? Who cares. In no particular order:
From Dusk til Dawn
Near Dark
Perfect Creature
Dracula (1979) - Don't even try to tell me that Frank isn't hawt
The Lost Boys
The Horror of Dracula
Shadow of the Vampire
Fright Night

Onto the cookies. Since it's cold and pouring down rain like crazy today, I was thinking about baking cookies. But then I might eat them all as soon as they come out of the oven. Still mulling that one over.
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Friday Five

1. How often do you clean your home?
Once a week and then clean as-needed (kitchen) during the week.

2. What domestic chore do you hate?
Cleaning the bathrooms.

3. What domestic chore do you enjoy?
Not a one, but it's one of life's necessities. I hate clutter and dirt.

4. Do you own a washing machine or go to the laundrette?
Yes to the former. I would never live anywhere without a washing machine. I did my time in college with laundromats.

5. Do you iron underpants and/or bed sheets?
Oh hell no.

And the other five thing going around....

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It was "only" 95 degrees in the house when I got home. It was 98 in here yesterday, so I'm taking this as progress. I will be so glad when tomorrow comes! Back to the upper 80's, which, really, is still hotter than normal for Seattle. But I'm turning into a big flat slob because all I've been able to do is sit on my ass downstairs in front of the fan every night this week. I need to move! I need to clean! I need to stop eating popsicles! No more freakish, never-before-happened-in-the-history-of-forever weather. El Nino can take its ass back to California and give us our jet stream back. Never in my life do I want to see temps over 100 degees here. It's unnatural! (Or at least not until I'm rich enough to have air conditioning.)

So I've spammed Facebook like crazy, so now I'm going to do that meme thing.

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weekend roundup

Oh holy crap, it's hot! And supposed to get hotter. Likely near or over 100 for the week. We're not built for that kind of weather here! I'm very nearly looking forward to going to work just for the air conditioning. Our house is sweltering, and it's just under 90 today. I don't even want to think about what it's going to be like by Tuesday when the temps jump 10 degrees.

Definitely going to be a bad hair week!

Starting to catch up on the Netflix queue. Last night we watched Knowing. This one would have benefitted immensely from better casting. How does Nicolas Cage keep getting work? He's so stilted in this that most of his V. Dramatic lines made me laugh. Plus, the glaring stupidity of being constantly worried about the fate of his son, yet always leaving him alone.

That said, I enjoyed the middle of the film. It seemed like it was raising some really interesting questions about cause and effect, random vs. determinism. Were these events truly pre-destined or did his involvement cause events to unfold? Or was this all a bizarre set of coincidences? The ambiguity - and a few really spooky scenes - is what made the film compelling for about an hour until it unfolded to an extremely unambiguous, cheeseball ending. Bummer. It could have been really excellent sci-fi with some fine-tuning and better acting.

This afternoon we watched OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies. I can't even think of the last hilarious French film I've seen. (Have I ever seen a hilarious French film?) OMG, this movie made me laaaaaaaaugh! It just gets funnier as it goes on. Jean Dujardin - looking like a cross between Sean Connery and Peter Sellers - is pure genius playing the completely thick OSS 117, not to mention he has the most expressive eyebrows I've ever seen. It's hard to believe that he hasn't made more films.

Right, have to put down the laptop. It's too hot to be close to this thing!
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Blood and vodka

No, this isn't a post about nursedarry's clinic. I've jumped from the court of the Sun King straight into Russian vampires. It's called Nightwatch by Sergei Lukyanekko. Actually, more than vampires. The Light and Dark sides, watchers for both sides trying to keep the balance, Others going rogue, magicians, witches, shape-shifters, werewolves/cats, you name it. I was a bit confused in the first chapter, but it's clipping right along nicely now. Good that it's written by a man, too, so we get rid of all that romantic vampire stuff. Although the Other realm is called Twilight in this, which is a bit humorous. No sparkling, though! It's an interesting paranormal tale, but also has some rather thoughtful social commentary between the lines, especially the "registration" of all vampires, particularly of those who are born vamps but don't break the "laws" as set forth by the Dark and Light. Oh, and infernal vortices! I think that's my favorite part of the book so far. Even saying "damn you" to someone puts a vortex over their head (that humans can't see, of course, but it makes them feel a bit off). But the infernal vortex is something scary. Haven't figured out what that's bringing forth yet.

My only complaint so far is that I think the richness of the prose is a bit lost in translation. Not too much, but it reads a bit choppy in places. And there is gratuitous use of the exclamation mark.

Tara came over this morning with a box a danishes (plus one pain au chocolat pour moi!). Had a nice nosh, and then I forced myself to get on the treadmill before I went into a coma (at least Erik made scrambled eggs to help balance out the butter and sugar!). Must now attack the yard again, as the ivy is trying to eat the deck. I want to slap whoever planted the cursed stuff. And due to my OCD gardening habits, I spent the bulk of yesterday afternoon re-arranging flowers in pots (for the 2nd time this week), as I hit Molbaks and had to buy snapdragons since I didn't have any yet...and then another heavenly bamboo for a container on the deck since the one out front has been so hardy, along with something called a...have to check my document (I have to type them all up, or I forget what I've planted...&@&#*% how the crap do you OPEN in Word 07?? I hate this shit! forget this, I'll go through explorer...) Ah ha, something called a firebird penstemon. It looks a bit like a cross between a foxglove and a tall fuschia.

Now if I could only get the dahlia tubers to grow something besides lazy sprouts, I'll be in business.

It's my lipstick on the pig approach to making me feel better about the current condition of my house!

Okay, must be productive now.
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Dear bibliotheque,

Would it be possible for my Holds list to function more like my Netflix queue, so I don't suddenly have 10 books waiting for me? You know I'll never read 10 books in a month. It's summer(ish). I can't just park it all weekend and read when it isn't pouring down rain outside. And since I have to work for a living, I don't have much spare time during the week.

Granted, it's sort of like Christmas when I don't even know what half these books are since, at some point, I was around number 177 of 178 holds on 21 copies & by now have forgotten what these books were about or where I even came across them. Plus, adding in all the books that don't have a waiting list but have to be added before I forget (I've tried making lists elsewhere, but I tend to forget where those lists are after a time)...well, with all that, I'm suddenly gasping for air under an avalanche Must Be Picked Up By: June 17.

Oh well. I guess I'd better go to sleep, so I can get up early enough to get all my errands and cleaning done and still have time for parking it on the deck in the afternoon.
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The funniest damn thing I've seen in a long time.

Fairly uneventful day. The usual Friday business. Clean, shop, waste time online. Just watched Bottle Shock. Kind of entertaining, kind of "just get on with it!" But overall, I enjoyed it. Now I want to have my own winery.

And it inspired me to open a bottle, so I guess it's good advertising, too.