Friday, December 31, 2010

Two-Thousand and Ten

What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
I tried tofu (pretty good) and salmon (surprise: I'm allergic). I starred in a play. I went on two rescue missions (one for Ian, one for Grannette). I sang karaoke.

Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make any last year, but this year's gonna be full of 'em.

What countries did you visit?
None. Unless Missouri counts as a country.

What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
Impetuous adventures. I hardly did a single spontaneous thing the entire year.

What date/s from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Opening night of Macbeth, because I was mothereffing Lady Macbeth. September 26th because that's when I decided I was going on a mission. The last week of July/first week of August because my siblings and I got to hang out with Grannette and go camping with her.

What was your biggest failure?
Focusing so much on making other people happy that I totally lost track of myself. (This is basically the story of the entire year.)

What was the best thing you bought?
Sufjan Stevens' The Age of Adz. Also, any time I fed Spencer.

Where did most of your money go?
Books, food, clothes.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Macbeth! Seeing the New Pornographers with Phoebe! School starting back up! Civil War history! Going on a mission! Spencer's birthday! Christmas!

What song will always remind you of 2010?
"Gold Soundz" - Pavement.

What was your job this year?
Lollygagger/night auditor.

Did you have any encounters with the police in 2010?
I got pulled over driving from Logan to Newton for "reckless driving." Which apparently covers "trying like hell to avoid rear-ending the stop-and-go douchebag in front of me."

What was your favorite TV program?
Degrassi, 30 Rock, Law & Order: SVU.

What was the best book you read?
Sadly, this year has included virtually NO reading for pleasure.

What was your greatest musical discovery?
Avi Buffalo.

What did you want and get?
I wanted a job, and good grades, and a boyfriend. I got the first two.

Did you make any new friends this year?
Yes! Natalie (via Spencer) and Alexa and Belinda and Olivia (from work), among many others.

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 21. I woke up late, ate liege waffles, went shopping with Mom and Grannette, then went to dinner, then Spencer came over and then I went to bed early because I'd had a mysterious illness the previous day.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
The concept was "Try to Wear Fewer T-Shirts So You Aren't Mistaken for a Lesbian." I think it was a success.

What kept you sane?
Mom, and Spencer.

Who was the best new person you met?
If you mean "new" as in "met for the first time," probably the guy who brings the paper in the morning. He's incredible.

How do you plan to start 2011?
With my family, probably at home.

Where did you begin 2010?
In bed, I think, haha.

How did you spend your summer?
Stage managing, reading, road tripping, taking summer class, and narrowly avoiding emotional crisis.

What was your worst month?
It's a three-way tie between June, September and October -- but for very different reasons.

Favorite night out?
Oh jeez, the night Sadie and Autumn came into town at the end of the summer. Also, most any night with Spencer.

What sporting events did you attend?

What was your best month?

Overall, how would you rate this year?
Mm, maybe a five. It wasn't the best.

Other than home, where did you spend most of your time?
School, Spencer's house, work.

Do anything embarrassing?
Oh, lots. But it was fun. :)

Something new to try in 2011:
Getting to bed on time. :)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


It looks like I am on the official lookout for a job. Apparently the Holiday Inn is no longer gonna be the Holiday Inn (meaning no awesome bargains) and the new owners are kind of nuts (not in a fun way) and in the long run I'd rather donate plasma twice a week than be ruthlessly scrutinized by a 3-1/2 foot tall lady from the Philippines or Taiwan or whatever Asiatic country was invaded by the Spanish.

(No, that's not racism -- it's evidence of a logical fallacy. Because I have never interacted with a kind, sane, or intelligible Asian individual, I presume that there are no kind, sane, or intelligible Asian individuals. It's not that I dislike them. I'm just, you know, waiting to be proved wrong.)

Anyway. If you hear of anywhere that's hiring, hook a sista up?

Anyway anyway.

I'm reading this book called House of Leaves and holy fire, is it a trip and a half. It's full of creepy goings-on, but not like in a Beast from Hell way. It's more disturbing than that, like when you see a hand with six fingers or come across a door that refuses to open even though you've unlocked it several times. Unsettling, I guess, is the best word to describe it. And I'm blogging to take a break from it because I'm at work alone at night.

Hmm. I need pepper spray.

Tonight I went over and played with Marcus and Leah and Grannette while Bryan and Kristina saw True Grit. Marcus and I played some games on their new Wii, and Leah made Grandma hold a doll while she brushed its hair. We had a pretty good time -- when my siblings are around, I'm usually the last choice for playmate, I guess because I don't have as much energy as Phoebe and Zoe do. But tonight Leah sat on my lap and we had a fun little conversation about how many times Marcus was going to kill Mario while Grannette took a well-deserved five minute snooze.

Tried to play "Would You Rather...?" (the board game) with Mom, Dad, Zoe, Ian, and Alec, but I don't know how much fun anyone had. For a while it was nice and silly, but after a while Zoe started making fun of me because I used the word naiveté in a sentence (she holds an imaginary monocle and does this foppish highbrow laugh if I ever say anything she perceives as being pretentious) and at that point it kind of stopped being enjoyable for me.

(For the record: naiveté isn't some archaic, Olde Worlde term that's only available to Ivy Leaguers. People use it all the time. And anybody could tell you that that's just how I talk -- I use words I know, just like anybody else and so I don't really know what the big deal is.)


Well, I guess I'm gonna hit Craigslist's job ads before I get back into my freaky, freaky book. Hopefully I will have a new job soon and can read at night in the comfort of my own bed!