January 29, 2004

I think I've figured out

I think I've figured out why I can only work for about an hour before I get distracted. Don't laugh. I don't think I'm making excuses when I tell you the problem is that I can't get comfortable at my desk. I don't get it. I did fine while writing draft one, but now invariably, my legs start to ache, or my back starts hurting, or my shoulders do. I can't tell what I'm doing differently, but I gotta find another position. Lately every time I quit working it's because I can't stand sitting in this chair a moment longer.

Guh. Times like this, I seriously miss my laptop. Still, the book is almost half outlined, and it's tightening up nicely. I just wish I could work on it for more than an hour at a time.

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I have a new coat and new boots that fit and are warm. I have three bras that fit. Hallelujah, I have bras that fit. And are not being held together by safety pins. It takes a woman of a certain level of endowment to truly understand the pain and suffering caused by watching the one good bra you have slowly disintegrate, knowing you'll never find the same style in your size again.

I have the day's work clearly laid out in front of me. I know what I'm working on next. And I'm ready to actually work on it. I might take the afternoon off and go to a movie. Or I might not.

I have cocoa and Gershwin.

All is as right as can be in my world this morning.

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January 27, 2004

For folks who haven't seen it...

If you're eligible (or think you might be eligible) for the earned income credit, you might want to check out The Tax Freedom Project. Intuit (the folks who make TurboTax) will e-file your federal and possibly your state returns for free.

I'm all about promoting this, if only because Intuit is a major competitor for a certain former employer of mine... ;)

Posted by Lisa at 10:45 PM | Comments (0)

Once upon a time, winter

Once upon a time, winter weather never stopped me from doing what I wanted to do, unless it was massively icy. I realize now, this is because I didn't live in the boondocks at the time. As of this post, our parking lot is still unpassable, clogged with snow. I have missed more events (games, meetings, parties, all the good stuff) in the past three or four weeks (for reasons other than depression, of course) than I have in years. I'm still alive, people. I just live in the land without snowplows, apparently. :P

And while I'm griping, it seems that I am neither sending nor receiving email consistently (aside from massive chunks of spam and virus-infected email). If you need to get in touch with me, message my cell from my info page, or comment on an entry.

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Sean Astin was robbed, I tell you, ROBBED!

Oscar nominees were announced this morning. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that LOTR didn't get any acting nominations. The cast is so big, there probably were a lot of split decisions. I was, however, shocked as hell that Johnny Depp was nominated as Best Actor for Pirates of the Caribbean. He won't win, of course, but how cool is that?

Also shocking: this year I've already seen three of the five Best Picture nominees: Seabiscuit, Master and Commander, and Return of the King. Not really interested in seeing Mystic River, but I would like to see Lost in Translation.

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January 26, 2004

File under "strange but true"...

The Pope gives his blessing to break-dancers.

"Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it," John Paul said.

Word, yo.

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Driving from Michigan to California

Driving from Michigan to California is one way to ascertain that you go through most of the states. Particularly if you take a northern route out there and a southern route back.

create your own visited states map
or write about it on the open travel guide

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January 25, 2004

Return of the King took

Return of the King took Best Director and Best Drama Golden Globes.

Lisa a very happy fangirl.

About damn time.

Also, I feel compelled to add: Hollywood is the only place where someone can win an award for gaining thirty pounds (i.e., Charlize Theron).

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Reading/research recommendations

Okay... now that I've figured out some ways to destroy the world, I need to rebuild it. Anyone have any recommendations for books about the history of civilization, or theories about how and why certain forms of government developed? I'm guessing I'm looking towards philosophy and anthropology here, but I'm not certain. Hrm. Maybe also sociology. Somebody point me in a direction, cause I'm not sure where I'm going.

I watched Derrida on TV this morning, and I think it's messing with my brain.

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January 23, 2004

Stolen from

Hey Ya, Charlie Brown.

Of course, now the damn song is stuck in my head again. Ah well, it's better than the Macarena.

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I outwitted the aliens who have taken over my brain.

Instead of cleaning my file cabinet, I filed my tax returns. Why is this better? Less housework, and I don't get money for cleaning my file cabinet.

Off to grocery shop.

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Who am I and what have I done with me?

I was freakishly productive once again yesterday. I started making dinner at 9am (okay, it involved throwing chicken and Italian dressing in a crockpot, but still!), then while cleaning out my wallet (freakish event #1) I found a coupon for a free drink at Starbucks. Since I haven't been to Starbucks in, like, a year, I packed up my writing stuff and drove to Ann Arbor. Oh, sweet raspberry white mocha, you are as good as I remember.

Anyway, huge massive pieces of background and political history are FINALLY clicking into place on The Exile's Daughter. I was barely able to write as fast as ideas were coming out--imagine if I hadn't been so caffeinated! (On another sidenote, since clearly this is an entry full of sidenotes: I'm starting to wonder if I had to write the first draft of this novel before I could flesh out the world. I can't imagine being able to figure all this stuff out if I didn't already know my characters and plot so well.)

Then I came home, thinking I would probably fall into sloth. Ha! The aliens who have taken over my brain would not allow that. I kept looking at my desk, which had not reached pig-sty status, but was clearly becoming overrun by crap. So... I cleaned off my desk. But that wasn't good enough for the aliens who have taken over my brain. I cleaned out my desk. And organized my file drawer into actual files (which begs the question, good lord, how many copies of a single story do I need to print out?). The aliens were also eyeing my file cabinet, which ostensibly should be used as a file cabinet, but is currently serving as a giant junk drawer. Fortunately for me, I ran out of time and had to go finish dinner.

Today I imagine I'll do some more writing work, since I seem to be in the zone--but I do need to go grocery shopping... and the aliens keep looking at my file cabinet. They're also eyeing my office closet.

Somebody please, send help.

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January 21, 2004

Food update

What with all the hair pictures and writing blathering and stuff today, of course, I had to share a picture of my OTHER other major project.

It's a little misshapen because one of the ends of my braid came unwrapped during rising, and I think I used a little too much marjoram, but--holy crap! It's BREAD! And very very tasty bread, at that. I think cookie-baking has been replaced as a favorite cooking pasttime. It appeals to the science geek in my head (chemical reactions! Cool!) as well as the craftsy, creative part of my brain.

The recipe, for the curious, is here. I doubled the amount of the herbs, but I think next time I'll just go 1.5 times as much.

Jesus Christ. I was productive today. Colored my hair, outlined four chapters, got my hair cut, and baked bread. Was there speed in my cereal?

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Because asked...

Pictures of the haircut. They don't fully capture the cuteness, but the color shows well. And also, new icon!

New bangs always look funny. They'll look better in a week.

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Thanks to a haircut, I once again have Flippy Hair (tm). This time, with bangs. And also, I colored it auburn this morning. I have cute hair! Yay!

And this afternoon, I will attempt to bake bread for the very first time (I swear, I think it's 's influence). And, ironically, I will do this while watching the History Channel deconstruct the image of the 1950s housewife and family. Dude, Betty Friedan interview. It's research!

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January 20, 2004

Clearly, it's not a Norwegian blue.

Winston Churchill's parrot is still alive.

Interesting story, but what strikes me the most is that "Winston Churchill's Parrot" would make a great band name.

(Edited to add: This link on the subject is even more amusing.)

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January 19, 2004


Given the news from CNN that John Kerry has won the Iowa caucus, I went over to Select Smart and took the Presidential Candidate Selector quiz.

1. Your ideal theoretical candidate. (100%)
2. Green Party Candidate (90%)
3. Socialist Candidate (84%)
4. Clark, Retired General Wesley K., AR - Democrat (83%)
5. Sharpton, Reverend Al - Democrat (80%)
6. Dean, Gov. Howard, VT - Democrat (79%)
7. Kucinich, Rep. Dennis, OH - Democrat (70%)
8. Edwards, Senator John, NC - Democrat (66%)
9. Gephardt, Rep. Dick, MO - Democrat (66%)
10. Kerry, Senator John, MA - Democrat (60%)
11. LaRouche, Lyndon H. Jr. - Democrat (55%)
12. Lieberman, Senator Joe, CT - Democrat (40%)
13. Libertarian Candidate (34%)
14. Phillips, Howard - Constitution (14%)
15. Bush, President George W. - Republican (2%)

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Totally random movie meme

Seriously, does anyone know where this list came from?

You know the drill. I've seen the ones in bold. For kicks, the ones I own have a (*).

1. X-Men*
2. The Craft -- Horrible, bad, atrocious
3. X2 -- I learned a secret about Nightcrawler via the DVD extras that I didn't need to know...
4. Swimfan
5. Fellowship of the Ring*
6. Finding Nemo
7. Peter Pan
8. Home Alone
9. Aladdin
10. The Ring
11. 10 Things I Hate About You
12. Not Another Teen Movie
13. Spiceworld
14. 8 Mile
15. Bambi -- It's true. I've never seen this.
16. Pirates of the Carribean*
17. Edward Scissorhands
18. Stepmom
19. My Best Friend's Wedding
20. 101 Dalmatians
21. Scream
22. Scream 2
23. Scream 3
24. Big Daddy
25. Billy Madison
26. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets*
27. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone*
28. Heartbreakers
29. Dumb & Dumber
30. Two Week's Notice
31. Scary Movie
32. Look Who's Talking
33. Blade
34. Blade II
35. O
36. Titanic
37. Carrie
38. Carrie 2: The Rage
39. Daddy Day Care -- Much better than I expected
40. Legally Blonde -- Ditto
41. Austin Powers
42. Storm of the Century
43. Oliver and Company
44. Two Towers*
45. Return of the King
46. Mighty Ducks
47. Fast and the Furious
48. 2Fast, 2 Furious
49. A Walk To Remember
50. XXX
51. Beauty and the Beast -- I'm assuming this means Disney, not foreign
52. I Know What You Did Last Summer
53. I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
54. Sound of Music
55. Mary Poppins
56. Tuck Everlasting
57. The Patriot
58. The Wizard of Oz
59. Teaching Mrs Tingle
60. Crossroads
61. Now and Then
62. Pearl Harbor
63. Just Married
64. Cast Away
65. Radio Flyer
66. Final Destination
67. Lady and the Tramp
68. Shallow Hal
69. 40 Days and 40 Nights
70. Bring It On
71. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
72. The Outsiders -- I adored this movie when I was 11.
73. The Matrix
74. Perfect Storm
75. Cruel Intentions -- See above, re: #2
76. Never Been Kissed
77. Clueless
78. Bruce Almighty
79. Remember the Titans
81. Girl, Interrupted
82. SWAT
83. Sixth Sense *
84. Phone Booth
85. The Lion King
86. Urban Legends
87. Nightflier
88. Lion King 2
89. Little Mermaid
90. American Pie
91. Center Stage
92. Scooby Doo
93. Bedazzled
94. Mrs. Doubtfire
95. Save the Last Dance
96. My Girl
97. American Beauty
98. Romeo & Juliet -- Seen several versions of this, especially Luhrmann & Zefferelli
99. Lost World
100. Casper
101. Miss Congeniality
102. The Rock
103. Face Off
104. Moulin Rouge*
105. Sleeping Beauty
106. Alien
107. Tombstone
108. Lake Placid
109. The Recruit
110. The Shining -- Both versions, Kubrick and TV. Kubrick version is a better film, but TV version is truer to the book
111. Pocahontas
112. Win a Date with Tad Hamilton -- This doesn't open until Friday, does it?
113. Koyaanisqatsi
114. Princess Mononoke
115. Braveheart
116. Gone with the Wind*
117. She's All That
118. Heavy Metal
119. Remo Williams
120. Fried Green Tomatoes
121. Steel Magnolias
122. Fight Club
123. Star Wars
124. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
125. Toy Soldiers
126. Clerks
127. Magnolia
128. Wild Things
129. The Nightmare Before Christmas
130. What Dreams May Come
131. Fierce Creatures -- The quasi-it's-not-a-sequel sequel to Fish Called Wanda!
132. Frequency
133. The Others
134. O Brother, Where Art Thou?*
135. Along Came A Spider
136. Annie (1982)
137. Eyes Wide Shut
138. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
139. Practical Magic
140. Down With Love -- This is just a fun movie.
141. The Fifth Element
142. Donnie Darko
143. Kiki's Delivery Service
144. Big Fish
145. Chasing Amy
146. Unbearable Lightness of Being
147. Parent Trap (new and original versions)
148. Great Expectations
149. Bridges of Madison County
150. I am Sam
151. Life as a house
152. Prince of Tides
153. Kill Bill Vol. 1
154. Bowling For Columbine
155. Elf
156. spun
157. Weekend at Bernie's
158. The House of Mirth
159. The Rose
160. Chocolat
161. Requiem for a Dream
162. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
163. Mask
164. Gia
165. Secretary
166. The Big Lebowski
167. Rushmore
168. Return to Me
169. Muppets Take Manhattan
170. The X-Files: Fight The Future
171. Moonstruck
172. Happy Gilmore
173. Mona Lisa Smile
174. Bad Boys
175. Bad Boys 2
176. The Delta Force
177. A League of Their Own
178. Murder by Death
179. The Hot Chick
180. Shrek
181. Groundhog Day
182. Liar Liar
183. House of Sand & Fog
184. Adventures in Babysitting
185. Monty Python & the Holy Grail
186. Hedwig & the Angry Inch
187. As Good As It Gets
188. Murder By Numbers
189. The Unsaid
190. 12 Monkeys
191. Igby Goes Down
192. The Mummy*
193. The New Guy
194. Girl
195. And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself
196. Valentine
197. Wag the Dog
198. Spirited Away
199. Almost Famous
200. Royal Tenenbaums
201. Citizen Kane
202. Lost In Translation
203. Transformers: the Movie
204. Stargate
205. Smoke Signals
206. Best In Show
207. Starship Troopers
208. Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels
209. Memento
210. Velvet Goldmine -- The slashiest movie EVER, and it inspired me to write my slashiest short story EVER
211. Rocky Horror Picture Show
212. The Princess Bride*
213. Anna and the King
214. The Secret Garden (1994)
215. A Little Princess (1995)
216. Mulan
217. Ever After*
218. Office Space
219. Fools Rush In
220. Willow
221. Stigmata
222. S.L.C. Punk
223. Psycho Beach Party
224. Love Actually
225. Shakepeare in Love *
226. Heavenly Creatures -- Peter Jackson before he was famous. I highly recommend this
227. Bend it Like Beckham
228. Sleepy Hollow
229. Traffic
230. Snatch
231. The Cutting Edge
232. Jurassic Park
233. Rattle & Hum
234. The Price of Milk
235. A Knight's Tale -- Less cringeworthy than I was expecting
236. Roman Holiday
237. Death To Smoochy
238. Punch Drunk Love
239. Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil
240. Identity
241. The Thomas Crown Affair
242. Serendipity

Posted by Lisa at 03:16 PM | Comments (0)

Weekend stuff

This weekend was not what I planned for it to be, thanks to Michigan's lovely weather. The "1-3 inches of snow" forecast for late Saturday afternoon translated to "freaking blizzard at 10 am" and kept me housebound instead of at Dawn (a.k.a. ) and Jason's hobbit coming of age party (he turned 33 the day after Christmas, she turns 33 on Saturday, yes we're all geeks, shut up).

But the good news is, since they've now announced it, I can post publicly and at great length about the new baby due, I'm assuming, sometime in August. Congratulations to you both, I'm thrilled to be an auntie a second time. :) Which is not to say I haven't had my moments of being green with envy, what with my best friend being on baby #2 while I'm... well, let's just say I'm hoping our next house has room for more cats, because I have to get started on my crazy cat lady collection here soon. But overall, quite happy to live vicariously, because that means I'm not obligated to change diapers or do 2am feedings.

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January 15, 2004

Brand, it's a sad sad world when I'm a heretic and you're not. ;)

I'm a Heretic!

Which Enemy of the Christian Church Are You?

Take More of Robert & Tim's Quizzes
Watch Robert & Tim's Cartoons

Posted by Lisa at 11:51 PM | Comments (0)

Am I the only one

Am I the only one around here who lip syncs or sings along to stuff like Mozart's Requiem? I mean, I'm bad about it, especially if it's a piece that I've sung in choir before (like the Requiem). "Dies Irae" in particular. When I saw X-Men 2 in the theatre, I had to almost physically restrain myself from belting out Latin during the opening scene. Granted, that scene was insanely cool and I doubt they could have picked a better piece for background music, but...

Yeah, I know. Geek.

Posted by Lisa at 11:23 AM | Comments (0)

January 14, 2004

Carol Moseley Braun is a closet geek

On the Daily Show just now, she made a "live long and prosper" joke, and not five minutes later, when talking about terror alerts, said, "We can't be afraid, because fear is the mind-killer."

Posted by Lisa at 11:26 PM | Comments (0)

Recommendation meme

I meant to do this yesterday when I saw it on Mer's journal.

Recommend for me:

i. A movie.
ii. A book.
iii. A musical artist, song, or album.
iv. An LJ user not on my friends list.
v. Something to do in the next two months?

(No fair putting, "Get a job" under v. I'm trying, I'm trying!)

In other news, hello blizzard. And the wrong characters are being boisterous in my brain. I need my novel characters to speak up, damn it.

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January 12, 2004


Given my current line of research, this is incredibly funny and appropriate. Also vulgar, so be warned.

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We put the 'spec' in 'spec fic'

Okay all you intelligentsia. Major catastrophe wipes out civilization as we know it. Human existence is limited to small pockets of survivors here and there. Most of our modern infrastructure is gone, blown down by violent winds, flooded, burned in massive fires--or quite possibly all of the above. The environment is ravaged.

The question is: how long does it take humanity to reach our current level of technological advancement and then pass it? Some of the knowledge is still there, after all, even if it's limited to (as an example) "well, I know space travel was possible once, but nobody from NASA survived..."

In The Stand, humans were back to their old ways within a year, but that's because everything was "just lying around, waiting to be picked up again". What if there's nothing left to pick up but occasional scraps and maybe a cache of information here and there? What if most of what's left is simply a collective memory of what we used to have? How many years will rebuilding take then?


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January 11, 2004


I'm intrigued. Someone is trying to see how many people it takes to max out a LJ friends list, and is asking folks to friend them. The journal is at .

(For folks who checked out , Cat's still being noisy in my head, but she's not being terribly coherent. I'm going to see what I can come up with later.)

Posted by Lisa at 09:52 PM | Comments (0)

January 09, 2004

For you ICQ folks, I

For you ICQ folks, I have ICQ once again. My UID is 312475874. Feel free to add me to bug me and stuff. :)

Posted by Lisa at 11:41 PM | Comments (0)

Bwahaha. The only thing I WOULD want to change about LOTR... ;)

You are Eowyn.
What LotR Mary Sue cliche are you?

brought to you by Quizilla

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January 08, 2004

It's my journal and I'll spam if I want to...

And for the love of all that is holy and sacred, the word is YOU. YOU. Not U. Not u. YOU.

*falls over and starts frothing at the mouth and twitching*

Posted by Lisa at 11:27 AM | Comments (0)

You know what drives me crazy?

(Crazier, at least.)

When someone either newly subscribes to a mailing list, or goes away from the list for a while, then comes back and decides to answer EVERY SINGLE POST they missed. One at a time. All at once. In the last 45 minutes, I've gotten no fewer than five emails from the same person on this list. If they were well thought-out, well-written posts, it wouldn't bother me a bit. I'd be thrilled.

No. Instead, they're badly written, badly punctuated comments that all say the same thing and are the equivalent of a "me too!" or a "no, you're wrong" (with nothing backing it up). This person is, however, right about one thing: "good thing for the delete key."

Posted by Lisa at 11:19 AM | Comments (0)

January 07, 2004

This was the funniest of all my results:

Roane in Shot or Not
In this powerfully stated epic, (Whoopi Goldberg) is a disgruntled police officer with a limp that she won't talk about. She needs to track down Mer (Kate Winslet) before her foe, Julie (Sarah Michelle Gellar), captures her. With guns blazing, she sneaks into a secret facility. Do not watch this movie if you find that idea of brutal stabbings to be distasteful.
Produced by ianiceboy
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January 06, 2004

The Incestuous World of Joss Whedon

Tonight on 24, we found out that Principal Wood once had an affair with Jasmine! Or maybe he had an affair with Zoe--it wasn't clear. I guess it would have to be Jasmine, wouldn't it? What with Zoe being in the future and all...

Posted by Lisa at 11:21 PM | Comments (0)

Random gripes

I would just like to say that I would very much like to play Dark Age of Camelot again. I miss it. I miss playing with Dawn and Jason. Reopening my account may well be one of the first things I do once I have a job. It's well worth the $12 a month.

And also? It's freaking COLD. The wind tried to rip my face off when I went outside. I think I'm going to go drown myself in hot chocolate.

Posted by Lisa at 02:29 PM | Comments (0)

January 02, 2004

How did I ring in the new year?

Well, New Year's Day we had blackeyed peas and cabbage for luck and prosperity this year. We also had some of the yummiest ribs I've ever had in my life. I'm voting that we make THAT the New Year's tradition more than the peas and cabbage.

Then today, tired of sitting and sitting and sitting (which is pretty much what we did all week), I...

...are you ready for this?....

...cleaned out my car.

Now, those of you who've never seen my car say 'so what?' Or, I assume that's what you're saying, but I can't hear you over the sound of dropping jaws from people who HAVE seen my car. It's true, my car is clean. Or as clean as it's going to get. Once again there is room for more than one occupant, and the seats and floorboards are visible.

You know, while we were cleaning it out, I said "This is proof that I was absolutely crazy. Because sane people don't do this to their cars." So I think maybe that means I'm sane now. I don't know. :)

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