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January 26, 2005

Hermoso? No Comprendo.

Filed under: General — stargazer @ 6:19 pm

I have a new respect for international students. I spent 2 and a half hours in spanish class on monday night and I couldn’t wait to hear a word or two of English! I had to attend so carefully, and I still couldn’t understand much of what was going on. I don’t think my spanish classes in undergrad were as difficult as this conversation class. And I’m also… well, frankly, I’m not used to not being one of the smartest ones in the class. I felt dumb. I felt overwhelmed. Perhaps, for once, I felt like a normal person. Still, I’m really pumped about the class. It’s been 5 years since I took any spanish, and I am badly in need of a refresher.

I wish my spanish was stored in a part of my brain that I had access to. I know it’s in there. If the words and gramatical rules were re-presented to me, I’d remember them. But I just can’t get there now. I couldn’t remember how to say “beautiful.” I had to use a lame synonym. “Hermoso” came back to me about 12 hours too late. What it is.

January 21, 2005

Locket

Filed under: General — stargazer @ 5:58 pm

Lockets aren’t really “in” these days, but I have one and it looks nice. Funny thing about my locket, though, there’s nothing inside. I thought the point of owning a locket was to keep something special, like a tiny portrait, inside of it. I have no such tiny portraits, and putting anything inside the locket seems like a hassle. Can I get a piece of paper to say in there? I don’t think it’s worth the trouble. Me and my empty locket with keep on keepin on with our old school fashion, despite it’s hollow appeal.

January 18, 2005

Predictions and Books

Filed under: General — stargazer @ 12:21 pm

I was right. The Rams lost to Atlanta on Saturday. So sad. :(

I finished a book and I enjoyed it. Now I’m reading “The Pleasure of My Company” by Steve Martin. I think it’s pretty good so far. A little weird. I really liked the first page. Very enjoyable. It went downhill from there.

Anyway, now my blog should not be black anymore. That suits me well.

January 14, 2005

Book-Ends

Filed under: General — stargazer @ 3:02 pm

A couple of blog entries down from this is my 2004 year in review. While answering one of the questions I realized that I did not enjoy reading any of the books I read last year, which wasn’t really that many, maybe about 10. But they all pretty much sucked, at least enough for me not to enjoy reading them. How sad is that?

I decided not enjoying books is a problem, so I am on a rampant quest to enjoy books in 2005. In fact, right now I am already enjoying a book in 2005. It’s called “Welcome, Silence” about a woman and her struggle with schizophrenia. I’ve been recommended “The Time Travelers Wife,” and I’ve requested that one and “The Lovely Bones” from the library. So hear ye, hear ye, all ye book club leaders and members and friends of mine. I will not have another sucky year of reading, oh no! Take your Stardust and your Corrections and save me from the despair of wasted time on boring or lame books. I want something amazing in the world of fiction and nonfiction for my 2005.

Throw out your suggestions in the comments.

Thanks,
Management

PS This is not to knock any 2004 selections. I just happen to have not enjoyed said and unsaid books as much as books I have read in previous years.

January 12, 2005

She was a January girl…

Filed under: General — stargazer @ 1:13 pm

[Place your bets.

Mine is that this will be the wettest January St. Louis has seen in recorded history.
That someone who reads this blog will get engaged before next January.
That the Rams will not win the game this Saturday, January 15.]

…on the other side of the galaxy

Extra points to anyone who can name the song quoted in this entry.

January 4, 2005

Review of 2004

Filed under: Review — stargazer @ 2:37 pm

I’m copying this year in review thing from some of my friends. Seems like a cool thing to do. Might help me fit in. Hope you enjoy!

1. What did you do in 2004 that you’d never done before?
Worked a full time (real) job, bought a car, and thought about eating an entire lemon (but I haven’t gotten around to trying it yet). In 2003, I rode a mechanical bull. I’ll never do that again.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t think I made any last year. If I did, it was probably something like, “find a husband.” I didn’t keep that one, and I didn’t make a 2005 resolution except to try to build muscle strength.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
A woman I work with gave birth to Evan. He’s a cutie. I want one. (oops! Did I just say that?)

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My neighbor. We worked at the Edward Jones Dome together. We used to carpool to get there.

5. What countries did you visit?
USA, Puerto Rico, and I was in a Pakistani wedding here in St. Louis

6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
A digital camera, a husband/fiance/boyfriend, and a partridge in a pear tree.

7. What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Not too many that are memorable…. boring year. Maybe February 23, the day I started my job.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting a full time job that I like. And it comes with health insurance!

9. What was your biggest failure?
What?! I’m perfect. No failures here 😉

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No, except I found out I have asthma.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Probably my car

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
All the generous people out there.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
All the Scrooges out there, and many decisions of a certain football coach.

14. Where did most of your money go?
To pay for my car. Ugh!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The Rams chances of winning a Superbowl berth, but those dreams were crushed after 2 playoff games last January. Well, I really wasn’t that excited about the Rams. I wasn’t excited about much this year… I got to see my brother in Phoenix and Jenni in California and my family in Puerto Rico. The traveling was cool.

16. What song will always remind you of 2004?
Not sure.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Definitely happier
ii. thinner or fatter? About the same
iii. richer or poorer? I guess you could say richer, but only if you count my car as money/property

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Reading/prayer/exercise

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Being concerned with unimportant things

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Well, I went to my parents’ house and hung out with my family (mom, dad, Mike, and our dog Riley). We took in a movie (Meet the Fockers).

22. Did you fall in love in 2004?
Just with Riley the doggie. He’s so cute.

23. How many one-night stands?
That would be, drum roll please……… zero.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
The news. I know. It’s lame. But that’s about all I watch. I’d say Oprah, but I’m always at work when it’s on (and it’s lame too).

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Don’t be ridiculous.

26. What was the best book you read?
Very sadly, I can’t say I really enjoyed any of the books I read this year. Hopefully I’ll have better luck next year.

27. What was your greatest musical (re)discovery?
Tori Amos’ Scarlet’s Walk

28. What did you want and get?
A job!!!!

29. What did you want and not get?
A husband, a digital camera, and a sleep number bed. But you can’t have everything.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Hmmm… I really liked Garden State. Napoleon Dynamite, In America, and Eternal Sunshine were pretty good as well.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
On my 25th birthday, I declared it “Fake Hair Friday,” and wore a hairpiece all day. I went out to dinner at Schlafly’s and went bowling at Pin Up Bowl and had martinis.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I’m sure you can guess it.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
I’ve never been good with the fashion thing. But I think it was ok. I like scarves and my five dollar clearance top from Wal-Mart that I get compliments on every time I wear it.

34. What kept you sane?
Mostly a few close friends and maybe sometimes my guitar

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
No one really, but I did like Johnny Depp, Elijah Wood, Leonardo DiCapro, and Trogdor the Burninator

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
*sigh* “Idiots!” -Napoleon Dynamite

37. Who did you miss?
My li’l brudder. He’s been in Colorado and Arizona this year.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
New person… Rhea. She’s a cool friend to have.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004:
Dogs can be more lovable than I ever imagined.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
“There’s never a wish better than this, when you’ve only got a hundred years to live.” -Five for Fighting

January 3, 2005

“We’re not gonna pay…”

Filed under: General — stargazer @ 4:52 pm

I think I’m gonna go see “RENT” on Friday for the 9th time. Can it really be that many times? Let’s see… 1) St. Louis (3/98), 2) NYC (5/98), 3) NYC (6/98), 4) Kansas City (8/98), 5) Memphis (12/98), 6)London (9/99), 7) St. Louis (with my ‘rents), 8) Columbia (12/01). Yep. Nine times. It’s just been awhile. How do you measure a year? There for a little while it was in times I saw “Rent.”

This time around, it appears I’ll be getting a “comp” ticket (how many tickets weren’t comped), so to speak, from my mom, so “we’re not gonna pay…”
“No day but today!”

“We’re not gonna pay…”

Filed under: General — stargazer @ 4:52 pm

I think I’m gonna go see “RENT” on Friday for the 9th time. Can it really be that many times? Let’s see… 1) St. Louis (3/98), 2) NYC (5/98), 3) NYC (6/98), 4) Kansas City (8/98), 5) Memphis (12/98), 6)London (9/99), 7) St. Louis (with my ‘rents), 8) Columbia (12/01). Yep. Nine times. It’s just been awhile. How do you measure a year? There for a little while it was in times I saw “Rent.”

This time around, it appears I’ll be getting a “comp” ticket (how many tickets weren’t comped), so to speak, from my mom, so “we’re not gonna pay…”
“No day but today!”

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