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Time:07:44 pm
So I just need to report that I just played the most awesome game of Scrabble.

I scored 371 points, and my best word was "swirving" (using ALL MY TILES) worth 95 points.of

Best of all I finished without a handicap as I used all my tiles at the end.

wooooooooo.
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Subject:A new book!
Time:11:23 am
Alright!

New book on the horizon, and it's about time.

Next up is the highly recommended "Nasty Bits" by Anthony Bourdain.

Apparently hilarious, witty, and cynical.

ooooo, my favorite combination!
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Subject:slow and steady...will it win the race??
Time:12:43 pm
grrrrrrr! I'm falling behind. This week has been so busy and my devotion to my book of the week has been put to the test! I'm getting along well with Catcher in the Rye but I'm feeling pathetic because the book is SO short, normally it would be an afternoon of reading for me and instead it's taken me almost a week and a half to get through half of it! UNACCEPTABLE.

Back to the grindstone. Updates to follow.
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Subject:Book two: The review
Time:03:25 pm
And so we come to week two...already longer than I've lasted through most of my "resolutions", but then again, this is not a resolution, so I guess the fact that I've lasted two weeks doesn't really count.

Anyway...

Immediate Family
by: Eileen Goudge


This book was recommended by Kristen from my local library. Annnnnd...that's where my interest in this particular work of fiction begins and ends. This was a fluff book, a nice read overall but...fluffy. I think the fact that the cover included a picture of a headless woman in a wedding dress should have given me a rather large clue as to what I was in store for. Alas, not so much. This story follow four friends; three women and one man through a years worth of predictable life-altering changes. I.e. girl discovers her long lost father is actually a hugely famous reclusive rock star, girl two decides to have an illicit relationship with the help hired to assist her dying park avenue mother, girl three wants to get pregnant, even though she has no husband, no boyfriend, and no sperm donors picked out...and who does she choose for the dirty deed? You guessed it, the only male in the entire story, her best friend, who is currently married a parisian model. HAHA. I swear, it just doesn't get any better than that. Apparently this book was based on facts...how "factual" it actually was, well I'll leave that to my very cynical imagination. I'll leave my review at this, it's a good read, but just that, nothing to write home about and certainly not something I would recommend past a throwaway novel that you would take to the beach, and not be unhappy if it "accidentally" got swept away by a rouge wave on your first day out on the sand.

Out of 5 stars, I give it 1.5
Recommend: SEE ABOVE


Up next...
JD Salinger's Catcher in the Rye.
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Subject:Book one: The review
Time:07:54 pm
And so...my first review.

First Love
by: Adrienne Sharp


I have to be honest, when I first checked this book out of the library, I had...how do I put this delicately...serious doubts. It looked like a syrupy puff piece, and after reading the fly-leaf, I wasn't any more convinced it wasn't, but still I plowed on. Ms. Sharp however, proved me wrong. Sandra and Adam, the main characters are believeable and after awhile you actually start to care what happens to them. Sharp has done a great job of pairing fictional characters with actual people, as both Adam and Sandra are creations whereas George Balanchine and Mikhail Baryshnikov are obviously real people, the first being a ballet master, creating scores of dances throughout the past few decades and the latter being a well-know ballet dancer. I was impressed, particularly, with the characterization and with Sharp's ability to so clearly paint a picture of the dance world, from the beautiful aspects like the costumes and music; to the ugly, like the competition, weight control practices, and all too short life of a dancer. It was haunting and at some point disturbing. I enjoyed the weaving in of the aspect of AIDS in the 80s, but, at time, it felt misplaced and almost like an afterthought, but it did do a nice job of fleshing out some of the smaller characters that you want to know more about, especially that of Adam's uncle. This book does not have a happy, cookie-cutter ending, something I appreciated, but also found very frustrating. Sharp left the ending ambigious enough that the reader could draw their own conclusions as to what happened with the two main characters, but after all is said and done, I found that one of the books weaker points, not one of it's best.

Out of 5 stars, I give it 3.5.
Recommend: YES
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Subject:Week one: takeoff
Time:11:14 am
So the first book has been chosen and is underway. It was recommended by one of my mother's friends. Below is a critic's review...we'll see what I think of it when I finish.

"First Love"
by: Adrienne Sharp


As she did in her superb short story collection, White Swan, Black Swan (2001), Sharp, a former dancer, dramatizes the romance, ambition, and obsessive eroticism of the dance world in her ravishing first novel, adeptly partnering real-life figures with fictional creations. Set in the early 1980s at the height of American ballet's frenzied popularity and the onset of the AIDS epidemic, it stars the genius dance master George Balanchine, now aging and haunted. As he dreams of creating one last epic work, a sumptuous Sleeping Beauty, two young dancers long for greatness. Adam, a sexual magnet for men and women, has left Balanchine's company for Baryshnikov's and become a star, but Sandra, fragile and elusive, continues to dance in Balanchine's corps. Opposites attract, but love is a liability in their competitive realm. Just as a dancer fuses with her roles, Sharp fully inhabits the troubled psyches and hard-driven bodies of her commanding yet maddening characters, describing with transporting detail everything from a costume's cut and sparkle to a tragic kiss. Sharp's bewitchingly sensual and trenchant tale embodies the sublime and the monstrous aspects of dance and explores our depthless capacity for exultation and suffering.
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Subject:Not a resolution, a revolution.
Time:06:13 pm
So. I don't make resolutions, because I never keep them. I don't make goals, because I rarely reach them. However, this year, I am attempting something that I thought would be not only challenging but also enlightening. I am aiming to read a book a week. Specifically a book a week that I have never read before. It'll be a good way to expand my mind, learn about different authors, and do something other than sitting around in the evening wondering what I'm going to do with the little free time I have. I want suggestions of books to read, author, title, genre, whatever. I know there are classics that everyone says are "must reads" and I am ashamed to admit I probably haven't even attempted half of them, however, I am willing to do so now. I want classics, I want long books, I want adventure, I want mystery. I want books that I would never have attempted to read prior to, well, today. I figured, my friends come from a variety of literary backgrounds, having preferences that are different than mine and really who better to ask?

So, please send me ideas, and reasons why I should read them. I will be asking for periodic recommendations throughout the year as long as I am able to keep up my pace. I'll let everyone know what I think of the books that I read.

The only rules are:

1) If you recommend a book to me, you must have read it, and be able to tell me WHY I should choose to read it.
2) I can't refuse to read something (unless I've read it), even if it is a billion pages or a genre I would normally have no desire to attempt.
3) I have seven days (Monday to Monday) to read and review the book.
4) There is no order in which I will read the books recommended, keep in mind I have to get the book, either from the library or from a store, so proximity may be a reason why I am reading one book before another.

So, get on the train, let me know what should be my first book! Or better yet SEND ME ONE :).
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Time:11:06 pm
I can't quite believe I'm 25. I feel, not old...something else. It's quite pleasant actually. Tonight we went downtown to Fells Point and at dinner at Kali's Court. It was, quite simply, some of the best food I've had in ages. Delicious.

I plan on spending the rest of the evening, sitting, surfing the net, and watching season one of House on dvd. I love Hugh Laurie. I would marry him and have many of his children, even though he's probably about fifty. Who cares. As Erica knows well I have a thing for guys with accents :).
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Time:11:10 pm
A rare occurance -

I spent an evening with my mom and Ibe. Holy hell. And get this, we didn't kill one another, AND we had a good time!

WHO KNEW THAT WAS EVEN POSSIBLE!

We watched "Analyze This". I had completely forgotten how hilarious it was, especially the duo of DeNiro and Crystal. Crap, I laughed SO HARD.

It was, in all honestly, a really nice end to a very relaxing weekend, which I really needed. I have been working so hard lately I feel like my brain isn't really attached to my body. It's off sort of floating around fifty or so feet away from me. It's a very strange sensation.

Two important things to note:

1) I saw Missy this weekend, we had sushi. The dynamic duo has returned.
2) I sent off my thesis for another draft review. THAT FELT GOOD.

I'm not ready to go back to work tomorrow. The only saving grace is that I HAVE OFF ON FRIDAY. Oh yeah.
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Time:10:09 pm
So recently I have been experiencing major like FUGUE states while driving. I'm staring ahead at the road one minute, and suddenly I'm FORTY miles from where I started. Talk about surreal. It's been happening more and more often while driving. I have absolutely no idea why this seems to be happening so frequently. It's weird. One of these days I'm going to drive off the road into a tree and I won't even notice until I'm hanging upside down by my seatbelt.

I have come to relish the weekends even more. Who knew two days could pass so damn quickly. Weekends should officially be three days - at least. The working world should be given fridays off. Effective immediately. I've also noticed I've been sleeping ALL THE TIME. I finish work, go home, eat dinner, and go to sleep. AT 8:30PM! What is wrong with me. I've morphed into a sixty year old woman, though I'm almost certain that they stay up later that that. Pathetic.

In other news, I said goodbye to Kate (weep) on friday with a deliciously decadent night out on the town including rather large amounts of white sangria, hot men, and fabulous food from a greek place in Fells. I could have kept eating for days. Actually, I could have kept drinking for days, but really what's the difference? Saturday was major amounts of cooking and then dinner and craziness with MT. WOO. We lost his car, found Max's on Broadway (unfortunately), walked by many homeless men sleeping shirtless, and ate sushi...and slushies. I mean, slurpees. I am not longer a slurpee virgin. HA.

Today I spent a lot of money shopping. I suppose there are good points to having a job. Especially one which pays well.

WOO.

Tomorrow is work again.

BOO.

But Jess and I are due to hang out this week!!!!

WOOOOO!
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