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Apr. 12th, 2010
11:36 am - [personal] my other space
I haven't updated here in so long! My life is all about baby right now and has been for the last year or so. I have another blog that I've kept since trying to get pregnant and is now updated with the latest on baby. If you so desire, you can find it at two girls' path to parenthood. Maybe someday I'll be back on LJ when my life isn't quite so baby-focused...
Dec. 6th, 2008
02:14 pm - [meme] Christmas meme
This one cracked me up.
Sep. 29th, 2008
10:50 am - [school] Read King Dork!
I had to post a response for class for the book King Dork and here it is:
Okay, how great is it that King Dork both skewers Catcher in the Rye while also being it at the same time? Aside from the obvious difference in time/culture, there is little separating Holden Caulfield from Tom (“Chi-Mo” – simultaneously cruel and hysterical) Henderson. It amused me to no end telling friends about King Dork and how it is a “modern-day Catcher in the Rye, though the lead character would totally cringe if he heard that!”
I loved the references to books and music and thought they really informed the character. Tom’s discussion of art, both what he likes and what he dislikes, gives you a strong sense of who he is as a person: opinionated, intelligent, independent thinker, ridiculously witty. I also thought it was a great way to get teens reading (who isn’t going to check out Brighton Rock if you haven’t already) and to expand their vocabulary (the devil-head references had me laughing out loud). I have to say, though, that being in the same age range and interested in the same musical genre (indie rock) as the author, I felt his presence and wondered if teens would relate to all of it.
I definitely feel that music and literature have transformative powers. The beauty of humans is that we all seek out and are touched by different things. That said, not everyone will find the same books or music transformative, which may be one reason Catcher is not appealing to Tom. When a book is assigned reading in high school, it may also have an effect on how you’ll respond to it. Someone like Tom likes to discover music and other art on his own or through a recommendation of someone he respects (his father, for example, through his collection of novels). Also, alienated teens like Tom (and Holden) aren’t going to feel the same connections to art that “normal psychopaths” will.
I thoroughly enjoyed King Dork and have already recommended it to a few friends who I know will relate to Tom’s story. Now if only the Chi-Mos would come to town…
Aug. 7th, 2008
Aug. 6th, 2008
08:34 am - Concert meme (ganked from smonster)
What was the last concert you attended?
Kristin Hersh up in Pioneertown
How many people were there?
It was a small benefit show - maybe 30 people or so?
What bands have you seen in concert the most, and how many times?
Jane's Addiction back in the day - approx 15-20
Throwing Muses/Kristin Hersh/50 Ft. Wave - like 20
Versus and Tegan and Sara - like 8-10 each
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Aug. 1st, 2008
09:34 am - Friday meme (ganked from smonster)
What are 10 of your most favorite actors' portrayals of characters in movies or television?
Not necessarily in order.
- Gillian Anderson as Scully on X-Files: I think this might be my number one for TV ever. She is such a kick-ass, brainy, gorgeous (but in an unusual way), wonderfully drawn character. I always have and always will have a crush on Scully.
- Catherine Keener as Maxine in Being John Malkovich: OMG hot bitch! She was hysterical in this role and I love that she ended up with Cameron Diaz' character at the end of the movie. I enjoyed her bitchy (and hott) turn in Your Friends and Neighbors, but it turned into all out I LOVE YOU in this role.
- Patricia Clarkson as Greta in High Art: Aging German bombshell junkie lesbian. Need I say more?
- Mary McDonnell as Laura Roslin on BSG: I love Roslin like whoa. Especially when she says, "Throw him out the airlock!"
- Edward James Olmos as Adama on BSG: Adama is a wonderful character. Stoic, loyal, fierce.
- John Cameron Mitchell as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (smonster, my sistah!): I can't even express how much I love this man in this movie. German tranny rockstar LOVE!
- Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy in BTVS: I think SMG is under-appreciated for her work on Buffy. I was totally invested in her and when she jumped off that tower at the end of S5, I cried like a little baby.
- Katharine Hepburn as Tracy in Philadelphia Story: Brash, beautiful, intelligent.
- Myrna Loy as Nora in the Thin Man movies: The cutest little smart-ass alcoholic wifey you could ever ask for.
- Joan Crawford as Sadie McKee: I love the vulnerability beneath the fierce beauty. Joan just might be my all-time favorite actor. "All I do the whole day through is dream of you." Sigh...
Jul. 10th, 2008
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd's mosaic maker.
1. What is your first name? Monti
2. What is your favorite food? Seafood
3. What high school did you go to? Westlake
4. What is your favorite color? black
5. Who is your celebrity crush? Gillian Anderson
6. Favorite drink? Iced tea
7. Dream vacation? Paris
8. Favorite dessert? Chocolate cake
9. What you wanted to be when you grow up? Reporter
10. What do you love most in life? As opposed to who, I’m guessing… Traveling
11. One word to describe you? Musical
12. Your flickr name? glamcookie1 (I cheated and searched for “gc” as there are no photos with this tag).
Linky to mosaic:
Apr. 8th, 2008
01:42 pm - [meme] TV meme
Empire Magazine has revealed its list of the "50 Greatest TV Shows" ever. Below is the list and here be the rules.
1. Bold the shows of which you've watched every episode
2. Italicize the shows of which you've seen at least one episode
2a. Star the shows you consider "the best" (Addition by tidesong)
3. Post your answers
50. Quantum Leap
49. Prison Break
48. Veronica Mars
47. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
46. Sex & The City
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Mar. 29th, 2008
1. Your rock star name (first pet, current car): Cracker Acura
2. Your gangsta name (fave ice cream flavour, favourite type of shoe): Mint Chip Flats
3. Your Native American name (favourite colour, favourite animal): Black Cat
4. Your soap opera name (middle name, city where you were born): Montine Augusta
5. Your Star Wars name (the first 3 letters of your last name, the first two letters of your first name) Law-Mo
6. Superhero name (2nd favourite colour, favourite drink): Pink Mojito
7. NASCAR name (the first names of your grandfathers): Charles William
8. Stripper name (the name of your favourite perfume/cologne/scent, favourite candy): Vanilla Chocolate
10. TV weather anchor name (your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter): Stokes San Diego
11. Spy name (your favourite season/holiday, flower): Winter Daisy
12. Cartoon name: (favourite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now): Grapes Hoodie
13. Hippie name (What you ate for breakfast, your favourite tree): Potatoes Magnolia
Mar. 4th, 2008
|- May 7 -|
|You love literature and the arts and dreaming and traveling. You love attention and are constantly attracting people with your charm. People find you very stimulating intellectually.|
Positive Traits:intelligent, ethical, analytical, photographic memory, intuitive
Negative Traits:overly introverted, eccentric, uncommunicative, selfishness, cynicism
'What does your Birthdate mean?' at QuizGalaxy.com
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