Tuesday, March 31, 2009

top 5 tuesday

Things to do instead of homework

5. sleep
4. eat
3. watch Food Network
2. work out
1. play Guess Who

signs of cultural implosion VI

That people actually road trip to Forks, that there isn't a Burgerville near Seattle, that Cat Cora continues to be an Iron Chef, Katy Parry's career, that an Irish-ish bar was not packed on St. Paddy's Day, Ann Coulter, the fact that George Takei is in a movie called "Ninja Cheerleaders" which takes place at Strip Palace, that pants that are uncomfortably tight are a "trend," shirtordresses, sweaterdresses, Starbucks instant coffee, that some DQs don't serve chicken strips and gravy, that anyone goes to DQ not intending to purchase a Blizzard, that DQ couldn't sell Blizzards made with frozen yogurt in a country with an obesity rate like ours, the fact that there aren't any non-organic bananas at QFC, that flirting with a waiter and having a lot of cleavage sometimes doesn't get you free drinks (Brunhilda's note: stfu), the new Facebook layout, that we need a website called tightsarenotpants.com because some people evidently don't know that yet, the fact that "Merlin and the War of the Dragons" is a movie, the fact that KMPS is the number-one radio station in Seattle, the fact that I--Brunhilda--am ahead of the curve pop-music wise, that whole shows exist about hairstyling.

things our grandmother believes

That each person in this family has one interest that serves as an acceptable impetus for gift-giving.

Brunhilda: scarves
the Cute One: orange cats
our father: the Simpsons
our mother: Reese's peanutbutter cups

You can see who's making out best every Christmas.

Monday, March 30, 2009

random facts

Being sick makes it really, really difficult to sleep.

cultural commentary

(from Jezebel.com 3/23/09, "Badvertising")

"Lindsay Lohan's Fornarina ad has the production values of an 8-bit animated Bulgarian public TV kids show. From 1981. There are disembodied lips, and Lindsay barks in the flattest delivery since Keanu in Point Break."

Sunday, March 29, 2009

rhetorical questions

How many roads must a man walk down before they can call him a man?

Saturday, March 28, 2009

laudable lyrics

"'Cause you were Romeo, I was a scarlet letter, and my daddy said, 'stay away from Juliet.'"

thanks for the super logically connected lyrics, and the completely nonsensical literary reference, Taylor Swift

Friday, March 27, 2009

cultural commentary

(from New York Magazine 3/23/09)

"The Internet: A Bad Idea After All.
"In a "Shouts and Murmurs" piece in today's New Yorker, Woody Allen uses the acronym “O.M.G.”"

Thursday, March 26, 2009

lessons I learned the hard way

58. No one else cares about German geography, how you say [words] in German, the coach of the German national soccer team (or its keeper), or random shit you saw in Germany. In fact, most people are not even terribly interested in your life in Germany, even if you can point to your town on a map featured in a major motion picture.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

things our grandmother believes

That your basic, fundamental character is essentially unchanged since you were six years old.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

things I care about more than what you're saying III

The requirements for getting into North Dakota State University, Merlin and the War of the Dragons, scarf-tying techniques, non-twine package tying products, how hot your calves look in your new heels, geography of ancient China, similarly-the geography of modern China, the super-hot girl/guy you met in the bar the other night but didn't exchange contact info with, your sexual fantasies if I am not in a sexual relationship with you, Freud, centripetal v. centrifugal motion, physics, smelting techniques, your mom's secret ingredients for mac and cheese, affected British accents, anecdotes from Kindergarten, dental hygiene, the occasional use of thee and thou in a movie, basket-weaving techniques, the many treatments for cold sores and/or yeast infections (and foot fungus), hypothetical breeds of dragon, what you would have "totally done better" if you were performing that floor routine/filming that movie/writing that novel even though you've never done any of those things well enough to be at a level other people would critique, anything related to accountancy.

top 5 tuesday

Seattle radio stations

5. 93.3 (because the on-air personalities are way less annoying than some alternatives)
4. 94.5 (for playing popular music minus the commercials)
3. 90.9 (for having a way better mix than most)
2. 89.5 (for having new stuff before anyone else and having good online listening options)
1. 95.7 KJR (for consistent goodness and a high ratio of Heart to other stuff)

Honorable mentions go to 92.5 because I know a kid who works there, 104.5 for sometimes playing actual oldies, 97.7 for playing good classic rock, and 96.5 except for its obnoxious promos.

Monday, March 23, 2009

favorite things

Rick Steves, the Czech Republic, fmylife.com, group power class at the community center, guacamole

Sunday, March 22, 2009

laudable lyrics

"My life would suck without you."

courtesy of Kelly Clarkson

Saturday, March 21, 2009

lessons I learned the hard way

57. You actually don't get any more motivated the longer you sit around.

Friday, March 20, 2009

jobs I would not want

Daily Cartoonist

Because it turns out it's really hard to be funny on command, and even harder to make a three-panel comic strip funny no matter how long you have to think about it. Also hard to make characters look consistent. And to make them have life-like facial expressions.

Although if you were to pay me, say, $7 per comic, I'd consider doing it on a weekly basis.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

favorite things

C-Walk's Twitter, my iPizzle, Gonzaga basketball, and lunch dates (of the non-date variety)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

things I thought were impossible

13. That it would be even harder to get shit done during Spring Break than when working and school were required.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

things I thought were impossible

12. Living on cheerios and toast because dorm food is shit

lessons I learned the hard way

56. Tall boys are really hard to resist.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

jobs I would not want

A Super Model's Personal Assistant

You're going to get a blackberry thrown at your face sooner or later and that's going to suck...hard

Friday, March 13, 2009

favorite things

Body Butter, poptarts, Eric Bana, cards, crayons

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

lessons I learned the hard way

55. Be careful what you wish for.

Monday, March 9, 2009

jobs I would not want

graduate student

Because you'd have to write two papers, edit stuff for a portfolio, and prepare a project proposal by Friday. And that would suck.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

random facts

March comes in like a lion.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

lessons I learned the hard way

54. There's a speed trap on 330th where the speed limit drops to 25.

top 5 tuesday

movie trilogies

5. The Little Mermaid*
4. Pirates of the Caribbean
3. Star Wars (the originals)
2. Indiana Jones
1. Back to the Future


Monday, March 2, 2009

lessons I learned the hard way

53. It is difficult to hide an illegally-parked car on a weekday morning in a busy parking lot.