Monthly Archives: April 2010

BEDA 2010 Comes to a close

So, for the last day of BEDA I am sitting in my pajamas on my parents sofa ready to fall asleep as I’ll be getting up too-damn-early tomorrow to proctor the SATs again. Aah getting money while reading as stressed out students bubble in answer sheets, I guess it’s almost worth being at my old high school at 6:30am.

Well, somehow I’m supposed to wrap up this month of blogging daily. In some ways it feels like I’ve been doing this forever and it was easy but it also seems like we just started a few days ago. I’m definitely not ready for May. Can it stay April a little while longer?

I’m pleased with myself that I actually managed to blog almost everyday (I’m still kicking myself about last Saturday grrr).

So, I think our themes were a great success, they inspired me when I didn’t know what to talk about and I was almost never stumped (I got stumped one time for about 5 minutes)! We should definitely do it again next year. 🙂

Okay, after possibly the most boring blog of the month I go to sleep. Night BEDA, I shall see you next year. Though hopefully I will continue to blog more regularly.

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Almost forgot to blog! But I think you’ll understand when I tell you it’s because I just started Hunger Games. 🙂

So….Things I Love this Thursday?

  • Um. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Great deals while shopping ($130 pants from Anne Taylor for $30, half off everything at New York & Co.!)
  • Smart kids noticing creepers and alerting persons of authority
  • Talking about books that encourage feminism in boys as inspired by this article:
  • Also this article which is so spot on it’s scary:
  • These ladies:
  • “New” bikes and pretty morning bike rides
  • Waking up to a clean apartment because you tidied up after yourself the night before like the tidy person you wish to be…
  • Having the Quote of the Day widget on iGoogle feature a Joss Whedon quote which then leads to discussing fave epsiodes of Buffy on facebook.

Unfortunately I still haven’t watched Glee. But I wouldn’t have changed the week thus far (unless I could have watched it at work on Tuesday…that would’ve been nice).

Okay, this, as always, ended up being longer than I intended and now I want to sleep. Ah sleep.

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BEDA 28, A bit more than a few of my favorite things

Okay, I’m fading fast, wanna get to bed and read so let’s do this. Today’s theme is favorites. I wrote about my favorite movies yesterday so today I’m just going to list some random faves as they pop into my head.

Corduroy, Birthdays, ice cream, bright colors, photography, the Dewey Decimal System, comic books, Wonder Woman, basil, Neil Gaiman, Prendergast, best friends, quotes, zebra stripes, hamsters, cheesecake, spaghetti carbonara, James Cagney, screwball comedies, sports movies, Australia, England, Doctor Who, messy Brendan Fraser, sunglasses, earrings, honeysuckle, blogs, sarcasm, bra shopping, rings, alphabetizing things, riding bikes, tv, accents, NPH, octopuses, harmonicas, the colors green and grey and yellow, gelatto, BEDA, Maureen Johnson, museums, the smell of butter, olive oil, dark chocolate, coffee, the beach, big porches, windchimes, cats, Target tank tops, and anything Aaron Sorkin. Oh Aaron Sorkin.

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Today’s theme is ‘Addictions’ and Becky’s entry makes me want to talk about movies. Which, of course, is a great segue-way into talking about movies I have been/am addicted to. You know those movies you watched over and over again as a child? I think we all have at least one Disney movie completely memorized (mine was probably Beauty and the Beast), but I have several others.

You know the movies you just thought were so funny/awesome you *needed* to watch them once a day all summer? And then later there are your comfort movies or your bonding with sisters and mom movies or your studying with roommates movies? Those movies are the best. Those movies are so good I have large portions if not the entire script memorized. Sometimes even songs. So I’m going to introduce you to the movies that fill these niches for me, and I want to know yours too!

Movies I watched repeatedly as a child:

Beauty and the Beast

Belle was obviously the best Disney ‘princess’ because she is an avid reader. Though Mulan wins later for her awesome ass-kickery abilities.

The Little Rascals

I don’t know if I can tell you exactly *why* I loved this movie so much, but my sisters and I wore our VHS out watching it so much. We could recite the entire movie, I swear! GAH they’re SO CUTE!!!!

The Sound of Music

Okay, several things about the Sound of Music. First of all, who doesn’t love it (if you don’t I don’t want to know!)? As I’ve grown older I’ve discovered that it has really influenced my life, in my head my mom is Julie Andrews in this version (because it was her favorite movie or maybe because she often wears her hair like her, but probably because we always end up singing this song on long car trips :)). I also think that my love for difficult male characters (i.e. Mr. Darcy, Mr. Rochester etc.) stems directly from Captain Von Trapp *swoon*

Empire Records

Okay, I definitely had this movie memorized. And my sisters and I would act this scene out…oh the good times! 🙂

Movies I watch repeatedly with my mom and sisters:

Muppet Family Christmas

This is our perennial Christmas movie, not It’s a Wonderful Life or A Christmas Story. 🙂

Miss Congeniality

My dad *hates* this movie we watched it so much.

Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Also, my dad has seen all of this movie just by walking through the house when we watch it. That’s 5 hours of walking through the room!

Movies Holly and I (sometimes just me though) studied to:


I only really got addicted to Tombstone after Holly and I started watching it a lot during school. She does an excellent Doc Holliday impression. Eerily excellent. I love Virgil the best though.

The Saint

What can I say, I have a love for a young Val Kilmer, especially in The Saint. Love this movie.

When Harry Met Sally

This could possibly be the best romantic comedy. Because I think it’s the most realistic? Though I love ridiculous love stories where the couple meets and falls in love in 10 minutes without knowing each other. Harry and Sally know each other’s faults and still love each other.  Gah so good. And I love Auld Lang Syne.

The Mummy

Okay this movie has everything going for it. Mummies (who are really kinda like zombies), treasure, a dirty Brendan Frasier (he should always be dirty), stereotyped Americans, AND a kick ass librarian. So awesome. I have this one just about memorized too…

The X Files: Fight the Future

Holly didn’t really like this one so much, but it’s my show! So sometimes she watched it with me…

French Kiss

This movie. What can I say? Perfection.

Movies I put on when I’m feeling crappy:

Shaun of the Dead

I remember vividly the first time I watched this movie with Nick my freshman year of college. Changed my life. I’ve been pushing it on people ever since.

An Ideal Husband:

God bless Oscar Wilde. He was the best. Also this is one of my favorite casts of all frigging time!

Bringing Up Baby

No words necessary here.


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BEDA 26 Quotations

Today’s theme is quotations, and I love quotes so I could go on and on. This is one from Merritt:

“Sti is the best” -Merritt

No seriously, I know we (BEDA Buddies and most everyone else who reads this blog–hi!) have a deep and abiding love for the written and spoken word. So a love of quotes isn’t too far behind, right? A tiny bundle of hilarity, wisdom, brilliance, stupidity. A single moment or ideal or a vast theory distilled into a line or two, there’s something especially magical about them that I have a need to collect.

It reminds me of a story a dear friend of mine told me once about her need to memorize songs because she thought no one else would remember them if she didn’t (did I tell that right?). I love and totally relate to that. Which is why I love that Holly got me a quote book while we were still in college (I haven’t made yours yet, Holly, but I’m going to!). It’s always  a comfort on a lousy day, and people love being quoted.

So here are a few, non-sequitur, quotes from the quote book:

“I hate you too fruit cup!”  ~Holly

“I know he brought her to England and she got smallpox and died– but that was NOT HIS FAULT!” ~Holly on John Rowlfe and Pocahontas

“They said it wasn’t caliente, but it’s so caliente!” ~Kat

“Your picture is priceless…it looks like someone just walked in for a party and said, “Guess who brought the jello mold!” ~Clay to Holly

“I want my dad to be more like Bing Crosby. And I tell him that and he gets mad” ~Jen

Okay that only took us through page 5, and there are 33 recorded pages. They sort of degenerate from that point on. Also, inside jokes are rarely hilarious to other people…which is, you know, what makes them inside jokes in the first place.

But I also love legitimate quotes (not that ours are illegitimate friends!), here are a few of my faves as picked previously by myself on and

“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance, but live right in it, under its roof.”
— Barbara Kingsolver

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.D. H. Lawrence

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.– George Sand

“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”
— Douglas Adams

Okay, this could go on all night and I’m tired. If you love the quotes I love and you’re friends with me on goodreads or facebook you can see a bunch of them. 🙂

p.s. One of my kids is walking around polling people: Doctor Who or Doctor Horrible? It’s so awesome!

What do you think?


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BEDA Fail!

Aw! I’d been doing so well! I hadn’t missed a single day so far this month and then yesterday was so busy and it was a really late night and I forgot to blogggg. Very upset with myself. Ah well. Moving on:

Weekend wrap up:

Sights: Met new people at a birthday party last night, lots of geeking out.

Sounds: downloaded the newest album by Pearl Jam, like a year late but whatever.

Smells: bacon cooking, new flowers, whiskey (I like the smell more than the taste- yick)

Tastes: lots of good food and beer. Helped out our annual crawfish festival- didn’t get any actual crawfish but the fried catfish and gumbo were tasty. Tonight E made lots of yummies for M’s birthday celebration including homemade chocolate cake and spinach-artichoke dip that were both to die for.

Okay, time to clean out the hamster cage and pass out. I am exhausted. Too many people this weekend!

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I almost forgot to blog!

So tired and icky feeling. Won’t go into any detail because, yeah tmi, but yeah none fun.

But now I am mostly tired.

The theme for today is weather related stories. The weather catastrophes I have to contribute is hurricanes. Um.  Big storms. Lots of rain and wind and flooding and other related stuff. They can be awful. Really really awful. Ike doesn’t seem like it was over a year ago but it was. We were without power for a little over a week. Luckily the library didn’t sustain any damage and our power and internet were working so we got to reopen immediately which was a great source of comfort (not to mention, coolness and source of information) for the community. It felt great to be that for our citizens. When the crisis began winding down for the most part, I got to cover the lunch shift in the emergency info area of the PD. It felt very official.

Luckily our house didn’t fare too poorly. We had to get a new roof and the roof of my dad’s aluminum barn was ripped completely off which looked really scary, but we fared better than we have in the past.

Yeah, so that’s my weather story. Now I’m going to bed because, well you know why, I’ve already said it a few times. I’m tired.

p.s. My kids love Dr. Horrible so much, we watched it today for the 3rd week in a row. We’re thinking about having a singalong party where we all dress as characters. I want to be one of the Bad Horse chorus!


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