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    10 thoughts on the oscars.

    …my first thought when I saw carole’s prompt was “darn, I guess I shouldn’t have turned off the oscars at 9:30 to let marc watch golf.” it seemed fine at the time because my favorite part of any awards show is the red carpet and I knew there was no way I’d be awake to see the best picture award at the end.  turns out there is enough coverage on the internet that I feel like I watched the entire show…in just a half hour!   photo credit 1. uggie is seriously cute. 2. I’d like to see the artist, hugo, the muppet movie, the iron lady, the descendants and…

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    downton abbey.

    …as in my latest obsession. in class on sunday there was plenty of excitement about the start of the second season. I’m not sure where I was last year when season one debuted, but boy did I miss out! fortunately, the episodes are available on-line (through next tuesday, I think). so I spent many hours yesterday at my desk, with my knitting, watching tv. (and no worries, the coaster on the right started with coffee, moved to tea, and didn’t get to wine til 7pm 🙂 what a gem! I love the upstairs-downstairs aspect. and lord granville’s strength of character. of course maggie smith makes anything better. and I can’t…

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    10 favorite chick flicks.

    …this is a fun one – and I’m sure there will be a lot of similarity across our lists, but hopefully a bit of difference and I’ll find a few new movies to check out! 1. charade. audrey hepburn and cary grant. romance and suspense in 1963 paris. what’s not to love? 2. the thomas crown affair (the new one). pierce brosnan and renee russo. new york and an island in the caribbean. and art. great soundtrack. I love renee’s look in this movie. hair, clothes and makeup. and ooohh, this dress. 3. something’s gotta give. diane keaton and jack nicholson. a fabulous house in the hamptons. I, too, will…

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    hello portland.

    …great view of mt hood from the plane. (going back to atlanta, I should get to see mt ranier). we had a lovely first day, kicked off in great style with lunch on the deck. then a walk. I’m working hard to get ready for next weekend – the hills here should help! francie’s introduced me to mad men. wow. and it’s on amc. more wine and lots of plans for paris.

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    to mom, with love

    In writing the perfect blog post, there are always a few throwback staples on which I rely: music, entertainment (i.e. television, movies, and especially celebrity gossip, because we’re all lying to ourselves if we don’t admit that Lindsay Lohan’s mug shot equates to entertainment at its finest), rambling (as just witnessed), and lists. However, a true synthesis of these elements provides for a truly mind-blowing experience. The perfect blog post (at least a blog post by me) mixes all of these elements just right, not rambling too much or referencing vague things that only I would understand too often (because it’s okay to do it once in a while), therefore…

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    Burning Questions from The OC

    [Note: This post is extremely long. I tried but could not figure out how to add a “Click to read more” link. So prepare to scroll. And read. A lot.] Okay, so I realize that next to no one reading this has actually seen The OC (the same can be said in general… after all, why do you think it got cancelled [see below]?). I also realize that I’m probably doing this for my own enjoyment. If you’re wondering why I’m not doing a myriad of other, more productive things, I don’t have an answer for you. Getting off track has long been a problem of mine, and I’m doing…

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    Across the Universe

    For much of today’s generation, the brilliance of The Beatles is lost. (Before I continue, I’d like to say that, while I’m no Beatles scholar, I definitely appreciate their work and recognize the impact that they’ve had on popular culture over the last four decades.) Sure, the youth knows some of their songs, like “Hey Jude” or “Hello, Goodbye,” but were it not for a Super Bowl halftime performance by Paul McCartney a few years ago and a catchy Target commercial, I’m afraid that many teenagers, when asked the simple question, “You know who The Beatles are, right?” would make a confused look, and, finally getting the memo, sourly pull…

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    The most wonderful time of the year!

    Has it seriously already been six weeks of this? Ay, time flies when you’re reading loads upon loads of BOOKS! Agh, Honors Lit is whipping me into shape. First The Bell Jar (multiple attempted suicides but a real let down in the end because she LIVES! At least give us a book with a payoff, English Department!), then Life of Pi (first book that I’ve actually enjoyed reading, pretty much all the way through, since To Kill a Mockingbird. But of course nothing is ever that simple. Let’s go ahead and find themes and symbols and conflicts), and now Lord of the Flies (only just started, but not too bad…

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    “California, there you go…”

    So Thursday night was the series finale of The O.C. And man was it depressing. Only sixteen episodes this season, but it was a phenomenal season, which made the ending that much more bittersweet. The episode was titled “The End’s Not Near, It’s Here,” a lyric from the song “The End’s Not Near,” which was originally by The New Year, and then was covered by Band of Horses. Both songs were featured on The O.C., and both were featured, coincidentally, in the second episode of a particular season (The New Year’s version in “The Way We Were” (2-02), an and Band of Horses’ cover in “The Gringos” (4-02)). But anyway,…