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in the hoosegow

Saturday, December 29, 2007

2007 movies and books

Trixie Belden and the Mystery of the Blinking Eye
He's Just Not That Into You--Behrendt & Tuccillo
The Golden One--Elizabeth Peters
I'm Your Girl--JJ Murray
The Dark Room--Minette Walters
The Last Camel Died at Noon--Elizabeth Peters
Eldest--Christopher Paolinni
Corpse: Nature, Forensics and the Struggle to Pinpoint the Time of Death--Jessica Snyder Sachs
The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog--Elizabeth Peters
Hippopotamus Pool--Elizabeth Peters
Seeing a Large Cat--Elizabeth Peters
And Then There Were None--Agatha Christie
Kingdom of the Golden Dragon--Isabel Allende
Under Orders--Dick Francis
Size 12 is Not Fat--Meg Cabot
Hot Money--Dick Francis
Banker--Dick Francis
Dead Cert--Dick Francis
High Profile--Robert Parker
The Danger--Dick Francis
The Double Bind--Chris Bohjalian
Blood Sport--Dick Francis
Sex Lives of Cannibals--J. Maarten Troost
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Middlesex--Jeffrey Eugenides
Girls in Pants
The Ape Who Guards the Balance--Elizabeth Peters
The Falcon at the Portal--Elizabeth Peters
The Beekeeper's Apprentice--Laurie R. King
A Monstrous Regiment of Women--Laurie R. King
Mrs. Pollifax Pursued--Dorothy Gilman
Island of the Aunts--Eva Ibbotson
A Murder is Announced--Agatha Christie
The Voyages of Dr. Doolittle--Hugh Lofting
Black Coffee--Agatha Christie
Figgs and Phantoms--Ellen Raskin
Total: 36

The Zero Effect
The Devil Wears Prada
Please Don't Eat the Daisies
Jesus is Magic (Sarah Silverman)
Send Me No Flowers
British Media Awards
The Thrill of it All
Last King of Scotland
High Anxiety
The Illusionist
Employee of the Month
Blades of Glory
All That Jazz
Urban Legends
The 400 Blows
Maria Full of Grace
The Departed
Simpsons Movie
Hot Fuzz
Academy Awards 2006 Shorts
Lives of Others
Andre Rublev
Withnail and I
Night at the Museum
Garfield: a Tale of Two Kitties (note: these two seen on a bus, going to and from camp)
Balls of Fury
3:10 to Yuma
No Country for Old Men
Evan Almighty
Total: 36

Burn This

Does anyone else find it odd that I saw the same number of movies as I read books?
Favorite book read for the first time--Sex Lives of Cannibals. Highly recommended. Not sure which was my fave film seen for the first time this year. Possibly Volver, 3:10 to Yuma or Hot Fuzz.

Other interesting analysis: while I read the same number of books last year and this year, I saw far fewer films this year than last, most likely because of the lack of influence of the Bad Ex. Whenever the PIG and I try to watch a film at home, I fall promptly asleep. Mmmm, sleep.

Friday, December 28, 2007


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

last day

Today is the last day of my first semester as a teacher. Grades are turned in, the place is sorta kinda cleaned up, presents have been toted and thank yous written, and now I am waiting for my colleague to finish up so we can go have lunch.

I am going to miss my little ones over the break, but a break I do need.

We spent yesterday at Galveston, thanks to a grant from BP, and most of the kids had a rockin' time on the boat, taking pictures, gawking at specimens from the benthic zone and keeping a sharp eye peeled for shark fins. (I felt off all day because I had to take dramamine. I love that that stuff keeps me from getting motion sickness, but I hate what it does to my brain.) I got to help my kids pick out souvenirs in the gift shop at the end of the day. Some of them knew how much money they had and could figure out if they had enough, but some needed help counting their money and making price comparisons. There was much discussion about what a prism is and how it works, which made my science-heart happy. My favorite kids are the ones who are always asking questions like that.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

sooonnn offff aaaaa.....

Who is Pete, and why does he need so much love?

Just over a year ago, I lost one of my best friends. It was over something fairly dumb and thoughtless but for her it was over something meaningful and hurtful. I think about her frequently but we've never made up. I've given up the hope that she will one day contact me and I know from experience that even if she did, our relationship would never be the same. Nevertheless, I feel sad and regretful. Also one year ago I was trying so hard to date one of my friends and it just was not working out. It's hard to understand why those friend-relationships don't work sometimes and do others.

In other news, I am a lucky gal who spent her day "giving back" and doing it with such a fun bunch of kids. I'm about to head off for an evening of weird film/music and I'm doing it with my sweet baboo.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

"you will get an A on the next test in your life"

Oh jeez, I'm becoming One of Those People. You know the ones. They rarely write anything of substance but constantly post results of silly internet quizzes.

Well, sorry folks, I'm kinda busy now but I do have time for the occasional quiz, especially the insightful ones: