Posts Tagged ‘navel-gazing’

imitation, flattery, whatevs

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Today’s Dallas Morning News front page, circa 11:10 last night (headline by me): home page, circa 11:40 last night:

I’m not sayin’; I’m just sayin’ …

mental repunctuation is key

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

I’m pretty sure I’m the only person in the history of the world to solve the Harper’s puzzle.

puzzle: solved

Seriously, though, I spent seven hours of my life staring at that page, and I think my head may have exploded three or four times. An example why:

7D: Basic fruit on salad forks.

my car wins the internets

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

If you know me at all, you know that I adore my car. A lot. Too much. We’ve been in a relationship almost 10 years, and I’ve never thought about straying — despite everyone saying I could do better.

Of course, to keep my car happy I occasionally have to pay so it can have some work done. (There’s very little work it hasn’t had done at this point.) What I’m saying is that we spend plenty of time with the car doctor, and we know the car doctor pretty well. (He has a Pomeranian!)

So imagine my surprise when I recently visited my mechanic’s website:

My car is SEXY MODELING for him. One can only imagine what the quid pro quo is.


Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Movies watched in 2009
1. Slumdog Millionaire
2. Soylent Green
3. Dirty Harry
4. Subject Two
5. Sabrina
6. Le million
7. For a Few Dollars More
8. High Noon
9. Arsenic and Old Lace
10. Woman of the Year
11. Notorious
12. Paris, je t’aime
13. Adam’s Rib
14. Holiday
15. Burn After Reading
16. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
17. Batman Begins
18. The Man Who Fell to Earth
19. Duck Soup
20. You Can’t Take It With You
21. The Hangover
22. Ben-Hur
23. Strangers With Candy
24. Coogan’s Bluff
25. Brüno
26. Pi
27. La strada
28. The Man Who Knew Too Much
29. Raising Arizona
30. Inglourious Basterds
31. Eagle vs. Shark
32. Hannah Takes the Stairs
33. Bande à part
34. Ran
35. Charade
36. La dolce vita
37. Fitzcarraldo
38. Jar City
39. Bob le flambeur
40. The Godfather, Part III
41. Bananas
42. The Squid and the Whale
43. Gangs of New York
44. American Psycho
45. Oldboy

Books read in 2009
1. The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!, Mo Willems
2. The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!, Mo Willems
3. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Michael Chabon
4. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, David Wroblewski
5. When You Are Engulfed in Flames, David Sedaris
6. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Kurt Vonnegut
7. Maps and Legends, Michael Chabon
8. Jailbird, Kurt Vonnegut
9. The Polysyllabic Spree, Nick Hornby
10. The Better of McSweeney’s vol. 1
11. Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs and Some Other Things …
12. McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #1
13. The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008
14. McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #3
15. Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids’ Letters to President Obama
16. Housekeeping vs. the Dirt, Nick Hornby
17. Shakespeare Wrote for Money, Nick Hornby
18. McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #15
19. McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #16
20. McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #18
21. McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #19
22. McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #14
23. McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #17
24. McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #20
25. McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #21
26. McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #22
27. McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #23
28. McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #4
29. McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #24
30. McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #25
31. McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #27
32. McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #32
33. Forty Stories, Donald Barthelme
34. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
35. A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby
36. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
37. Vegan Yum Yum, Lauren Ulm
38. When We Were Orphans, Kazuo Ishiguro
39. McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #26
40. The Children’s Hospital, Chris Adrian
41. When the Nines Roll Over and Other Stories, David Benioff
42. The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009
43. The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro

Music purchased in 2009
1. Sunny Teriyaki Hamburger Breakfast, various artists
2. Nineteen single, Old 97’s
3. The Music of the Sons of Hermann Hall, vol. 1, various artists
4. Distopian Dream Girl 7″, Built to Spill
5. Car 7″, Built to Spill
6. The Nothing to Attract You EP, Old 97’s
7. Center of the Universe 7″, Built to Spill
8. Wasps’ Nests, The 6ths
9. The Stand Ins, Okkervil River
10. It Happened One Night & It Never Happened at All, John Wesley Harding
11. I Don’t Believe You 7″, The Magnetic Fields
12. Strange 7″, Built to Spill
13. Knievel 7″, Scud Mountain Boys
14. All the Umbrellas in London 7″, The Magnetic Fields
15. The Hazards of Love, The Decemberists
16. SCORE! 20 Years of Merge Records: The Covers!, various artists
17. Neighborhood #2 (Laïka) 7″, Arcade Fire
18. The Opposite of Hallelujah 7″, Jens Lekman
19. Hungry Bird, Clem Snide
20. The Rake’s Song 7″, The Decemberists
21. Carpetbaggers 7″, Jenny Lewis
22. After Laughter (Comes Tears)/(At Your Best) You Are Love 7″, Lykke Li/El Perro del Mar
23. Seven Swans vinyl, Sufjan Stevens
24. Live Europaturnén MCMXCVII vinyl, Pavement
25. Someday 7″, The Strokes
26. Wizard of Ahhhs 10″, Black Kids
27. Fort Hood EP, Mike Doughty
28. Writer’s Block, Peter Bjorn and John
29. Outer South, Conor Oberst
30. Black Sheep Boy, Okkervil River
31. Your Favorite Music, Clem Snide
32. Rhett Miller, Rhett Miller
33. Veneer, José Gonález
34. Stephen, Stephen 7″, The Apples in Stereo
35. The Wayward Bus/Distant Plastic Trees, The Magnetic Fields
36. Killingsworth, The Minus 5
37. Dark Was the Night, various artists
38. It Feels So Good When I Stop, Joe Pernice
39. Riceboy Sleeps, Jónsi and Alex
40. Face to Face, The Kinks
41. God Help the Girl, God Help the Girl
42. The House of Tomorrow, The Magnetic Fields
43. Got Nuffin, Spoon
44. Wilco (the Album), Wilco
45. Live at the BBC, The Zombies
46. Dynablob 4: Swings and Roundabouts, John Wesley Harding
47. Mermaid Avenue, Billy Bragg and Wilco
48. I’m a Cuckoo, Belle & Sebastian
49. I Thought You Were Sleeping, Matt Pond PA
50. I Don’t Know Who I Am, The Minus 5
51. Step Into My Office, Baby, Belle & Sebastian
52. American Water, Silver Jews
53. The Traveling Wilburys Collection, The Traveling Wilburys
54. Hyacinths and Thistles, The 6ths
55. Bitter Honey, Eef Barzelay
56. Center of the Universe 7″, Built to Spill (not the same as No. 7)
57. Sad Man Happy Man, Mike Doughty
58. There Is No Enemy, Built to Spill
59. The BQE, Sufjan Stevens
60. Repercussion, The dB’s
61. Golden Opportunities Mixtape, Okkervil River
62. Live Sampler, Built to Spill
63. Past Masters, The Beatles
64. Black Sheep Boy Appendix, Okkervil River
65. Wreck Your Life … and Then Some: The Complete Bloodshot Recordings vinyl, Old 97’s
66. Grace Around the World DVD/CD set, Jeff Buckley
67. Phantom Limb 7″, The Shins
68. The Blues Are Still Blue, Belle & Sebastian
69. Funny Little Frog, Belle & Sebastian
70. Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo, Rivers Cuomo
71. Chatterbox, Frankel
72. The Nature of Maps, Matt Pond PA
73. Hello Radio: The Songs of They Might Be Giants, various artists

Concerts seen in 2009
1. Rhett Miller
2. Jenny Lewis, Heartless Bastards
3. Wilco, Liam Finn
4. Rhett Miller, Salim Nourallah
5. Rhett Miller, The O’s, Salim Nourallah
6. Old 97’s, Rhett Miller, Murry Hammond
7. Old 97’s, Rhett Miller, Murry Hammond
8. Old 97’s, Rhett Miller, Murry Hammond
9. Old 97’s, Rhett Miller, Murry Hammond (yes, four times.)

Sporting events attended in 2009
1. Minnesota Timberwolves 94, Dallas Mavericks 96
2. Milwaukee Brewers 8, St. Louis Cardinals 4
3. Los Angeles Angels 5, Texas Rangers 2
4. New York Red Bulls 1, FC Dallas 2
5. Boston Red Sox 2, Texas Rangers 4
6. Carolina Panthers 7, Dallas Cowboys 21
7. Orlando Magic 110, Dallas Mavericks 105
8. Arizona Cardinals 21, St. Louis Rams 13

Places traveled in 2009
1. St. Louis, Urbana-Champaign
2. Minneapolis
3. St. Louis
4. Yosemite, San Francisco, Napa
5. Washington, D.C.
6. St. Louis

Places not traveled in 2009
1. Iceland

Fried things eaten at State Fair of Texas in 2009
1. butter
2. grilled cheese
3. peaches and cream
4. cheese curds (oof.)
5. honeybun

Courses served at Monarch in 2009
amuse bouche. fried green tomato, chow-chow sauce
1. butternut squash soup, maple powder, elderberry coulis
2. “gnocchi,” oyster mushrooms, radicchio, spinach
3. farro and kasha “risotto,” sorghum molasses, marscapone, crispy poached egg, beets
4. sunchoke and black truffle gratin, parmesan mornay, apple shavings
5. apple mille-feuille, cinnamon ice cream, caramel powder, cinnamon whipped cream, apple-cinnamon pudding

Prizes won in 2009
1. blue LG Xenon cellphone
2. round-trip ticket on Southwest

Prizes not won in 2009
1. chicken hat