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[13 May 2008|01:21pm]
"These chords are old, but we shake hands
'Cause I believe that they're the good guys
We can use all the help we can; so many minor chords outside
I fell in love with your sound, oh, I love to sing along with you
We got tunes we kicked around some
We got a bucket that the tunes go through..."
-Josh Ritter, "Good Man"

I told myself I'd hold off to post about Josh Ritter until after I saw him live. And believe me, I'm glad I did. Because now I can say that not only is his music amazing (did I mention his music's amazing?), he is genuinely one of the happiest and nicest people I have ever met.
I discovered Josh Ritter last December. Right around the time I decided to start Moxie, I was browsing around the Internet at some other music blogs and I downloaded a few songs from them, trying to feed the music slump I was in at the moment. I came across the song "Rumors" from The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter, and found myself loving it. The day after Christmas, I decided I was going to buy a CD, and somewhat randomly decided to get Conquests off iTunes. I remember listening to it in the car on my shopping excursion that day, and being really surprised at how good it was. It just felt so listenable compared to a lot of indie/folk music. I'm actually fairly certain that most of the songs on that album could have great success as radio singles, were they given the chance. One thing that amazes me about this man is his range. Conquests opens with "To the Dogs or Whoever," a crazy, nonsensical tale taking place in a whale's belly that's full of great one-liners; just a few songs later is the captivating acoustic "The Temptation of Adam," a heart-wrenching love story about an underground bomb shelter during WWIII. Not to mention the brilliant "Rumors." If that song doesn't have you at least tapping your foot, you probably don't have a foot. Even then, I'd be surprised if you weren't tapping something.

Josh has some great free downloads up on his website, which I promptly secured. Even so, I was itching for more. I bought The Animal Years a couple months later, and was blown away. The imagery in this album is phenomenal, and every single song is absolutely beautiful. I recently reviewed it for another music blog called A Fresh Cup of Awesome; you can read my review here. It's definitely mellower than Conquests, but it only proves to showcase even more the incredible musical range this guy has, from the haunting a capella notes of "Idaho" to the fantastical story-painting of "Lillian, Egypt."
Bottletree is a tiny bar/vegetarian restaurant/concert venue hidden away in some random part of downtown Birmingham that has a crazy cult following. I'd never been there before Sunday night, but I'm kind of in love with it now. It's really small but has all these awesome decorations. The walls are covered with random record albums and cases among all the other random decorations. (One of my favorite moments of the show might have been when Josh instructed the crowd to turn around and sing, very softly, to the sequin-studded silver "disco deer head" on the wall. I will never think of the song "Empty Hearts" in the same way again.) Anyways, the four of us (Kara, Allyn, Britt, and I) arrived pretty early so we sat down at a picnic table to wait and admire our surroundings. We ordered some sweet potato fries, which were amazing. People were starting to filter into the concert room, so we secured some great second-row spots. There was a huge screen playing very strange cartoons blocking the stage, and when it was time for the concert to start, it opened up and revealed the TINY stage. Ingrid Michaelson opened, and she was phenomenal. Her voice sounds SO much better live than it does recorded. I love the barebones style of her music too... her band consisted of her on the keyboard and another girl named Allie who sang background vocals and occasionally guitar. She was absolutely hilarious, too. Hands down wins the award for best between-songs banter I've ever heard at a concert. Some of the highlights:

> Ingrid Michaelson - Die Alone
> Ingrid Michaelson - Breakable

After she finished up her relatively short set, the screen got pulled back down, allowing us to shift slightly so I wasn't behind the same seven-foot tall guy I'd been behind for Ingrid. After Josh's band got set up and the screen opened again, I realized just how good my new spot was. Second row, dead center, behind two really short (and, unfortunately, really drunk) girls. I was probably... mm, five feet from the stage. It was pretty fantastic. Josh started the set with "Open Doors" and, to my delight, the girls in front of me pointed out the set list taped to the floor that we could see. Never having been faced with this dilemma before, I was torn. Should I look so I'll know what he's playing? Or should I let it be a surprise? I looked at the first three songs and then stopped. It turned out not to matter, though, because he didn't follow it at all after those three. I counted later, and I'm pretty sure he played at least eighteen songs. Maybe more. At one point he played an acoustic song that I didn't know, in complete darkness, just him and his guitar, and then moments after he finished his entire band came out and brought the house down with the orchestral craziness that is "Rumors." After the regular set, he came out and did an encore of "The Temptation of Adam," followed by "Lillian, Egypt," complete with a disco dance interlude. It was spectacular.

After the show, I bought a vinyl record (!) of one of his older albums, The Golden Age of Radio. I can't listen to it until next week when I go home (no record player here with me) but I'm pretty pumped about it. We waited around to see if he would come out, and sure enough, he did. When he spent about fifteen minutes talking to the couple in front of us in line, I was beginning to think that he must already know them or something. But no, it turns out he spends that much time talking to all of his fans. He was incredibly nice to the four of us, thanking us for coming and standing at the front, and he wrote something really sweet on my record when he signed it. He asked us all about school, and seemed genuinely interested. (When I remarked that I had class in 7 hours, he laughed and said that his parents taught in a veterinary school and they always purposely scheduled their hardest classes for early in the morning for the purpose of "weeding out" students.) We also talked about trains, and some other random things that I don't even remember. Kara and I got pictures taken with him, and then we let him move on to the people behind us.

It was a great night, and I'm sad that he won't be returning to the South any more on his current tour, or at least there aren't any scheduled dates up yet. If you get the chance, however, go see this guy. It's definitely worth it.

> Josh Ritter - Rumors (from Conquests)
> Josh Ritter - Good Man (from Animal Years)

All of the following downloads are courtesy his website:

> Josh Ritter - Girl In The War
> Josh Ritter - Kathleen
> Josh Ritter - Harrisburg

[ if you like them, you can find more free downloads here. ]
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[07 Jan 2008|03:21pm]
[ mood | bored ]

My Top 10 Albums of 2007

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[29 Dec 2007|12:09am]
I had a very music-snob moment yesterday. Not that I consider myself a music snob, or even want to. Because I like listening to Taylor Swift as much as (maybe more than) the next person, and I turn up the radio whenever Gwen Stefani gets played, and I think Kelly Clarkson’s new CD is a lyrical masterpiece, and I sing along to Nickelback. And if I entered the world of music-snobdom then I’d probably have to give all that up, or at least not tell anyone I like it—which I just did, so I guess that option’s out. Anyways, what I was going to say about yesterday is that I was in the mall, and I popped into Bath and Body Works because they were having a sale, and this song, “Right Moves” by Josh Ritter, came on. This probably wouldn’t have been a big deal, except I just bought his CD the other day, and I’ve been feeling rather smug that I discovered this amazing folk artist that most people don’t have a clue about. Most people who shop in Bath and Body Works probably don’t, anyway. So I hummed along under my breath as I bought my $1 bottle of soap and felt immensely good about myself. Until I walked out of the store and noticed that I was, in fact, the only person within a five-mile radius who had come shopping without my mom, or my boyfriend, or my sixteen closest girlfriends. I rather enjoy shopping by myself, actually, so it wasn’t a big deal, but it didn’t stop me from realizing that everyone who passed me was probably thinking, “oh that poor girl—she should really get some friends.” I have plenty of friends, thank you very much, I felt like retorting to them; I just don’t feel the need to bring them along to help me shop for my $300 boots like you did. And I listen to better music than you. Take that.

Oh, and here's the song, in the case that your music collection is inferior to mine.

(That was a joke.)
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[09 Dec 2007|06:55pm]
Go to the Wikipedia home page and click "random article" (in the menu on the
left). That is your band's name.
2. Click random article again; that is your
album name.
3. Click random article 15 more times; those are the tracks on
your album.

Band name: Canararctia
Album name: List of United States Supreme Court Cases, volume 485
1. Spoils of War
2. Cena Cypriani
3. Kanesatake, Quebec
4. Interpreter of Maladies (OMG I LOVE THIS BOOK -- how random is that)
5. Hawes Township, Michigan
6. Stockland Hill transmitting station
7. Streets of Rage
8. Capitol Heights, Maryland
9. Hardie
10. Lightning Racer
11. Ur-organism
12. Peninsula Point Light
13. Les Vignes
14. Philadelphia Subdivision
15. El Vocero

Most of it works, except possibly the album name. haha.
blah, finals suck. and i'm sick. off to study for anatomy now.

^ please go there! download songs! comment! spread the word!
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[02 Dec 2007|05:30pm]
Musical Moxie (http://musicalmoxie.blogspot.com) is now up and running. Please check it out, download some tunes, and comment and let me know what you think!
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So great. [25 Nov 2007|05:34pm]

I absolutely love this song. Sorry the recording isn't great... but it's a new one by Taylor Swift that she sang when I saw her live a couple months ago. I just found this recording of it and got really excited. :)
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[12 Nov 2007|12:02am]
[ mood | bouncy ]

guess who's a townsperson in cinderella? :)

i'm really happy right now. callbacks today were totally low-stress and i'm pretty sure everyone that was there got a part. and the girl who got margrethe in copenhagen is a friend of mine and she's totally amazing and she deserves it. honestly, i think the casts of all the shows are really great.

also, i'm obsessed with the song "i will show you love" by kendall payne. go download it because it's so calming and comforting.

i drank a latte at 8 tonight and i am SO WIRED. i thought i was going to have to stay up late studying for my biblical perspectives test tomorrow but i feel pretty good about it right now. so now i'm going to go lay in bed and look over my notes again i guess. by the way-- starbucks never had the maple macchiato this year. it's my favorite drink and i'm really disappointed.

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shameless self-promotion. [25 Oct 2007|07:08pm]
1. I have a new blog. It's not replacing this one; it's not really about personal stuff, but more about stuff I want to share with the world (music books, hopefully witty outlooks on life, etc.) I might double-post some of the stuff here. But here's the address if anyone wants to check it out... I don't think it has many readers right now. haha.

2. I think I said this already, but I had an article published in my college paper last week. Here's the link if anyone wants to read it... I think it's pretty good myself. :) Oh, and the punctuation error in the first sentence is theirs, not mine. And I know the title is lame but I didn't come up with it.

3. The Office and Grey's tonight! I'm so pulling for George and Callie to make it. I like Izzie, but I don't like her and George together. Plus, Sara Ramirez is freaking amazing this season.

4. I made the most amazing dinner tonight, oh my gosh. Shell pasta in garlic sauce with lots of broccoli. And a piece of pumpkin bread with cream cheese on the side. (Okay, so the pasta and sauce came out of a box. And the broccoli was straight out of the freezer. And my mom actually baked the pumpkin bread. So it didn't really take all that much cooking skill. But it was still one of my favorite meals ever.)

5. So... my roommate got hit by a car on Tuesday night. She was walking across campus and a car slowed down at an intersection but didn't stop for her. He got out of his car to ask her if she was okay and turns out it was some professor. Anyways, she didn't think anything was wrong when it happened but yesterday morning she woke up and her leg hurt really bad, so she went to the hospital and turns out they think she has a soft tissue bruise on her quad. So she is on crutches for the next few days. I feel so bad for her, crutches suck! We've been driving her to her classes so at least she's not having to walk on them too much. Anyways, please keep her in your prayers.

6. I can hear a bunch of people in my common room talking and I want to go hang out. But I've been really productive tonight and I know I won't get any more work done if I go out there, so I'm going to be a hermit in my room for the next 53 minutes and hopefully finish this reading. Bye!

P.S... new icon. I LOVE CREED. That's all.
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[18 Oct 2007|11:48am]

Sadly, fall break is over. It's been a great four days, during which I've
read three books. In the spirit of the third book on my list, I'm going to post
a short review of each one.

1. Secrets of the Tomb by Alexandra
I bought this book a couple months ago and just now got around to it.
I'd read some other books by this author that were really interesting
(Overachievers especially), and decided to give this one, an
expose on the Skull and Bones secret society at Yale, a try. I knew virtually
nothing about this subject before I read this, and it was really fascinating. A
few of the parts got a little long, especially the chapter called "The
Network"... there are only so many lists of governmental appointments and names
you've never heard of that you can read before it starts to feel repetitive.
It's good, though. Kind of made me wish I went to Yale.

2. Copenhagen by Michael Frayn
Wow. I don't
think I've ever read anything like this before. Samford's doing the play next
semester, and the one thing I know for sure after reading it is that I REALLY
want to be in it. Problem? Only three parts... and only one of them's female.
Anyways, I think I'm going to do some research about the stuff in it and then
try to tackle it again. It's about the scientists Heisenberg (a German) and Bohr
(a Dane) and their work and friendship during the first half of the twentieth
century. The script explores the mysterious visit that Heisenberg paid to Bohr
in Copenhagen in 1941 when Denmark was occupied by Germany. It's great,
especially because I always love the rare occasion when theatre intersects with
science. Read it, but only if you have time to read it again, because if you're
anything like me you will probably be confused the first time.

3. The
Polysyllabic Spree
by Nick Hornby
I. Love. Nick Hornby. I think he is my
alter-ego. Or perhaps my long-lost soulmate. Either way, whenever I read
something of his, I can't help wondering if he stole those thoughts from my own
brain. He's witty, fresh, and real, something that you don't find too often in
literature. This book is actually a collection of essays, from his monthly
column in the literary magazine The Believer. In each one, he lists the
books he bought that month, the books he actually read that month (sometimes the
lists have no correlation), and gives a review of the completed books, as well
as any number of excuses for why the lists don't match up. If you need something
quick and funny to read and you don't feel like digging into a novel, I
definitely recommend this one.

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[09 Oct 2007|11:01pm]
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Tear

I discovered this song today when I was listening to my iPod on shuffle and it came on. It's one of those songs where I have the whole CD but I haven't listened to all the songs... and holy crap, I've been missing out. The lyrics are gorgeous and the melody fits perfectly with them... a bit of sadness, but hopeful. I don't know how else to describe it. Just listen. :)

"say it now because you never know..."
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take some music. [09 Sep 2007|08:19pm]
it's music sharing time. :)

1. mrs. potter's lullaby // counting crows
this song is amazing. i've become a huge fan of counting crows lately-- they're just one of those bands that has all the bases covered. catchy melodies, yet their lyrics are so filled with emotion.

2. like i love you // amy grant
this is one of my favorite songs of all time. it's on my "wedding" playlist (yes, i'm a dork. haha). but it's very beautiful and comforting and i just love it.

3. cold as you // taylor swift
i have never had one song so accurately describe something that's happened to me in real life. it's kind of scary.
(okay so i fail at life... i downloaded this cd off itunes so i don't have it in mp3 format. and i really don't feel like burning a cd at this time. so i'll put this one up soon... you can im me at allicat2468 or leave a comment if you want it!)

4. 1973 // james blunt
if this is any indication of what the rest of his new album is like, i'm very impressed. it's fun and upbeat, which is a little different for him.

5. mona lisas // sister hazel
it's from their new "b-sides" album, which is basically all the songs that didn't make the cut onto their other albums. but this is one of the few that i seriously can't believe didn't make it.

6. me & julio down by the schoolyard // simon and garfunkel
it's from the concert in central park album, which is one of my favorite albums ever. they're doing a song that paul originally did solo, but this version is way better.
BY THE WAY- i'm going to see art garfunkel at uab in april. i am so freaking excited...

7. rapunzel // dave matthews band
i love dave. and this one is just fun.

8. norwegian wood (this bird has flown) // the beatles
i just like to listen to this one and laugh at its silliness. it's pretty too though.

9. mosquito // sister hazel
i love this one because it's so angry. a little edgier than most of their stuff, yet still awesome.

please take these! and comment if you do... i'm curious to what people like and don't like.
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[29 Aug 2007|10:37pm]
i think it's going to be a good semester. we've had three days of class, and i actually don't really feel that overwhelmed (yet).

mammalian anatomy - only problem with this class is that it's at 8:00 in the morning and 6 hours a week. but other than that it seems like it's going to be a really good class. my teacher is great and really interesting. plus we break out the cadavers next week i think... :)

biblical perspectives - i don't know what to think about this class yet. the readings are incredibly long and repetitive. i read an article and a chapter in the book today and i swear they both said the same thing. but his lecture today was interesting, and i think i'll enjoy the subject.

acting IV - i like this class a lot. i'm not planning on becoming a professional actor (obviously) but it was just the only theatre elective i could fit into my schedule. so even though it probably will not be the most applicable to my life (i think a lot of the class is learning about equity and stuff like that) it's super interesting, and of course i love mark and i'm really comfortable with all the people in the class.

senior seminar - eh. senior thesis is going to kick my butt. good news is, we barely ever have to actually go to class. which means on those days i'll have nothing till jazz at 3. which should hopefully give me plenty of time to work on aforementioned thesis.

beginning jazz - after one day of this class, i've realized how incredibly out of shape i am. but it's still fun. lisa is out of town this week, so a guy she knows from the alabama ballet is teaching it. he moves a little fast for me, but i think it'll slow down a bit once lisa starts teaching.

also, i just took a babysitting job! it's for two girls, ages 4 and 6, and they're incredibly adorable. i went over there to meet the family today and they seem really great-- parents seem perfectly normal and all that. i'm pretty sure dad is a doctor-- he was wearing scrubs and seemed really interested in asking me questions about my premed classes. plus they're jewish... one of the girls was like "mommy, does she celebrate hanukkah or christmas?" and then they took me down into their playroom where they proceeded to put on a 'kids bop' cd and show me their dance moves. can we say precious? anyways, starting in a couple weeks when their current sitter leaves, i'll be watching them every wednesday afternoon, plus possibly other random days if they need me. it'll be nice to have some extra cash flow. especially since i'm planning on going to LONDON in january!

oh, and tomorrow i'm going to start rereading deathly hallows. i've been wanting to ever since i finished it the first time and i figure i need to get it done before school gets TOO crazy. what an amazing book.
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[22 Aug 2007|09:34pm]
[ mood | bored ]

1. i haven't been on livejournal in forever. i'm just bored.

2. i just realized i'm going to need to change my layout because addison is no longer on grey's. which i'm not too happy about. seriously she was my favorite character on the show. and i'm sure her new show will be good, but honestly, i don't have time for another tv addiction, especially now that i'm obsessed with the office. thursday nights are gonna be full already with the office and grey's (which come on at the same time, so i'll have to tape one of them. grr.) and i can't afford to lose another night for private practice. plus that's the time i usually go to UCF. so i guess i'll probably watch the pilot, and i'll probably watch it occasionally if i have nothing to do, but i will not be following it. unless grey's gets really awful. which honestly, i'm kind of worried about now. oh well... at least i'll have the office. i'm in love with it. i just preordered season 3...

3. which brings me to the following point... i need a JOB. i'm really hoping and praying to find a good babysitting job a couple nights or afternoons a week. i could really use the extra cash, plus i love kids and i love babysitting, so i think it'd be a pretty low-stress job for me. plus the people that live around samford tend to pay well. so wish me luck!

4. i move into school saturday. i'm super pumped. except i haven't packed yet... that's what tomorrow and friday are for.

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[07 Jul 2007|12:09am]
1. i just got back from a mission trip to bay st. louis, mississippi with the rest of the summer staff. (well, most of them.) it was an amazing trip. ashley and i tiled a bathroom. it was actually a lot of fun. we worked in the mornings till around 1 or so and then had time to play in the afternoons. unfortunately it rained every day we were there (like, hardcore thunderstorms) so even though we were YARDS from the beach, we didn't get to go play any. sad day. but i got lots of naps and reading time in. speaking of reading...

2. harry potter. i am so obsessed it's not even funny. i just finished order of the phoenix the other day and i'm about 200 pages into the half blood prince. (i've read these before, of course, but i'm rereading them in preparation for book 7). and yeah... i still don't understand how these suck me in like no other book has ever been able to do, but i'm not complaining. they're amazing. except book 6 keeps making me really sad because i know what is going to happen.

3. music... i have a ton of new music. i just bought the taylor swift cd from itunes today... it's amazing. if you like girl country/pop, aka carrie underwood style, then you will love this girl. it's just cute. and i also got the new kelly clarkson cd. i haven't listened to it much yet but it's really different and i like it. also, maroon 5 is absolutely amazing and i could listen to them all day long.

4. NEW ORLEANS. we went last night, and let me tell you, that is one fun city. i know i could never live there, and it's pretty scary, but we all had SO much fun. the ten of us walked around up and down bourbon street for awhile, and then we ate at a really good seafood place for dinner, then walked to cafe du monde and had some great coffee and beignets, which are kind of like mini funnel cakes. it was a terrific evening. i got a visor from bubba gump's... haha. it's great. i feel like a redneck in it, but it's okay. i put pictures up on facebook of the trip so you should go look and comment.

5. i miss grey's anatomy. and i wish it was still going to be good next season, but i have a feeling it won't be.

6. bedtime.
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[22 May 2007|11:14pm]
1. grey's anatomy finale HOLY CRAP. that was quite possibly the most disappointing and least satisfying hour of TV i've ever watched. like... i don't know where the show is going, but i know i don't like it. i don't understand how they think it's cool to make everybody break up and all the main characters leave the show. it sucks because i'll prob still watch the show, just because i'm so attached to the characters (the ones that are left, anyway). and i'll probably watch private practice as well, because i love addison to death. but she won't be the same either when she's not around seattle grace. so basically... abc sucks.

2. GO BUY THE NEW MAROON 5 CD. it's so amazing. send me an IM (allicat2468) if you want me to send you a song or two from it. i've had it less than 12 hours and i'm already obsessed.

3. other albums i have recently fallen in love with:
gomez / how we operate
keane / hopes & fears
snow patrol / final straw
augustana / stars and boulevards

so basically, if you want some music, drop me an IM or leave a comment and i will be more than happy to share the love.
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[15 Apr 2007|01:32pm]
Ask me my top five anything.
as many times as you want, about anything you want, and i will answer.

i already have some lists on a facebook note called "top fives" if you need ideas. :)
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[30 Mar 2007|03:30pm]

The Everything Test

There are many different types of tests on the internet today. Personality tests, purity tests, stereotype tests, political tests. But now, there is one test to rule them all.

Traditionally, online tests would ask certain questions about your musical tastes or clothing for a stereotype, your experiences for a purity test, or deep questions for a personality test.We're turning that upside down - all the questions affect all the results, and we've got some innovative results too! Enjoy :-)

You are more logical than emotional, more concerned about others than concerned about self, more religious than atheist, more loner than dependent, more lazy than workaholic, more traditional than rebel, more engineering mind than artistic mind, more idealist than cynical, more leader than follower, and more extroverted than introverted.

As for specific personality traits, you are adventurious (100%), religious (93%), romantic (71%), intellectual (63%).

College Student100%
Young Professional80%
Life Experience

Your political views would best be described as Libertarian, whom you agree with around 59% of the time.
Your attitude toward life best associates you with Lower Middle Class. You make more than -0% of those who have taken this test, and 100% less than the U.S. average.

If your life was a movie, it would be rated G.
By the way, your hottness rank is 57%, hotter than 82% of other test takers.

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DO IT! [22 Mar 2007|02:59pm]
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open it to page 161.
3. Find the fifth
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these
5. Don't search around and look for the coolest book you can
find. Do what's actually next to you.

Here's mine:
"He's got bleached hair and a beard and he looks like Jesus."
(from Nick
Hornby's About A Boy)
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american idol (and some other stuff) [20 Mar 2007|11:06pm]
[ mood | random. ]

can i just say that i LOVED tonight's theme. british invasion was a great idea. i'm just sad that nobody sung any beatles. i think it's because they can't get the rights to them. but yeah... jordin=amazing. and melinda too.

mcat in 17 days ahhhhhhhhhhh

i'm reading about a boy by nick hornby right now. it's such a cute book. i still think i liked high fidelity better, but i'm excited i've found a new author.

by the way,
i'm very obsessed with this new gwen stefani song.

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project movie whore. [02 Feb 2007|05:47pm]
movies watched in january 2007:

1. Click
2. My Super Ex-Girlfriend
3. A Prairie Home Companion*
4. The Pelican Brief
5. Freedom Writers*
6. In Her Shoes
7. You’ve Got Mail
8. Mrs. Doubtfire*
9. The Lake House*
10 The Wedding Singer*
11. Never Been Kissed
12. Julia*
13. High School Musical
14. The Graduate*

* first time watched
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