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A movie meme!

ones I’ve seen in bold; ones I want to see underlined. (of course, zuska-style, with commentary) Steal at will – I got it from E. McPan.  The “new classics” from the last 25 years. According to Entertainment Weekly, anyway.

1. Pulp Fiction (1994)
2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03)
3. Titanic (1997)

4. Blue Velvet (1986)
5. Toy Story (1995)
6. Saving Private Ryan — 1998
7. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
8. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
9. Die Hard — 1988
10. Moulin Rouge (2001)
11. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
(The ex made me watch it – worst 1+ hours of my life.)
12. The Matrix – 1999

13. GoodFellas (1990)

14. Crumb (1995)
15. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
16. Boogie Nights (1997)

17. Jerry Maguire (1996)
18. Do the Right Thing — 1989
19. Casino Royale (2006)
20. The Lion King (1994)
21. Schindler’s List (1993)

22. Rushmore — 1998
23. Memento (2001)

24. A Room With a View (1986)

25. Shrek (2001)
26. Hoop Dreams (1994)
27. Aliens (1986)
28. Wings of Desire — 1988
(Thrilled to see this favorite of mine made the list. One of the best movies this ex-Christian has ever seen)
29. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
30. When Harry Met Sally… 1989

31. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
32. Fight Club — 1999
33. The Breakfast Club (1985)
34. Fargo (1996)
35. The Incredibles (2004)
36. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

37. Pretty Woman (1990)
38. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

39. The Sixth Sense — 1999
40. Speed (1994)
41. Dazed and Confused (1993)

42. Clueless (1995)
43. Gladiator (2000)
44. The Player (1992)

45. Rain Man — 1988
46. Children of Men (2006)
(Highly recommended)
47. Men in Black (1997)
48. Scarface (1983)

49. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

50. The Piano (1993)
51. There Will Be Blood (2007)
52. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad — 1988
53. The Truman Show — 1998 (Another favorite at the time.)

54. Fatal Attraction (1987)
55. Risky Business (1983)
56. The Lives of Others (2006) (Also highly recommended)
57. There’s Something About Mary — 1998 (hated it with a passion)
58. Ghostbusters (1984)
59. L.A. Confidential (1997)

60. Scream (1996)
61. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
62. sex, lies and videotape  — 1989 (mmm, James Spader)

63. Big — 1988
64. No Country For Old Men (2007)

65. Dirty Dancing (1987)

66. Natural Born Killers (1994) (I loved this movie when it came out.  And Juliette Lewis.)
67. Donnie Brasco (1997)
68. Witness (1985)

69. All About My Mother — 1999
70. Broadcast News (1987)
71. Unforgiven (1992)
72. Thelma & Louise (1991)

73. Office Space — 1999
74. Drugstore Cowboy — 1989
75. Out of Africa (1985)
76. The Departed (2006)
77. Sid and Nancy (1986)
78. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
79. Waiting for Guffman (1996)
80. Michael Clayton (2007)
81. Moonstruck (1987)

82. Lost in Translation (2003)
83. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)
84. Sideways (2004) (ignore the bold, I can’t make it turn off)
85. The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)
86. Y Tu Mamá También (2002)
87. Swingers (1996)
88. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
89. Breaking the Waves (1996)
90. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
91. Back to the Future (1985)

92. Menace II Society (1993)
93. Ed Wood (1994)
94. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

95. In the Mood for Love (2001)
96. Far From Heaven (2002)
97. Glory — 1989
98. The Talented Mr. Ripley — 1999
99. The Blair Witch Project — 1999
100. South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut  — 1999

Beloved studied film in undergrad.  As a result, since I’ve been with him, I’ve seen a shitload of movies.  I’m pretty happy to say that off this list, only a few of them were ones I saw because of – or even with – him.

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I stole a meme

I took it from my idol.

In my life, I have ….

( ) smoked a cigarette
(x) crashed a car
(x) got drunk with a good friend
(x) stolen a car [it was my parents’ – i was pre-drivers license]
(x) been in love
( ) been dumped
(x) shoplifted

(x) been fired
( ) been in a fist fight
(xxx) snuck out of my parent’s house [1,000 times]
( ) been arrested
( ) gone on a blind date
(x) skipped school
( ) seen someone die
( ) been to Canada
( ) been to Mexico
(x) been on a plane
( ) purposely set a part of myself on fire [I don’t understand this, even]

(xxx) eaten Sushi
( ) been skiing [pretty pathetic, I think, for a New England girl]

( ) been moshing at a concert
(x) taken painkillers
(x) love someone or miss someone right now
(x) lay on my back and watched cloud shapes go by
(x) made a snow angel
(x) flown a kite
(x) built a sand castle
(x) gone puddle jumping
(x) played dress up
(x) jumped into a pile of leaves
(x) gone sledding
(x) cheated while playing a game
(x) been lonely
(x) fallen asleep at work/school
(  ) used a fake id
(x) watched the sun set
(x) felt an earthquake
(x) touched a snake
(x) slept beneath the stars
(x) been tickled
( ) been robbed
(x) been misunderstood
(x) pet a goat [he he – this is funny]
( ) won a contest
(x) run a red light
( ) been suspended from school
(x) been in a car crash [wasn’t this #2?]
(x) had braces
(x) eaten a whole pint of ice cream in one night
(x) had deja vu
( ) danced in the moonlight
(x) liked the way I look
(x) witnessed a crime
(x) questioned my heart
(xx) been obsessed with post-it notes
(x) squished barefoot through the mud
(x) been lost
(x) been to the opposite side of the country
(x) swum in the ocean
(x) felt like dying
(x) cried myself to sleep
(x) played cops and robbers
(x) recently colored with crayons
(  ) sung karaoke
(x) paid for a meal with only coins
(x) done something I told myself I wouldn’t
(x) made prank phone calls
(  ) laughed until some kind of beverage came out of my nose
(x) caught a snowflake on my tongue
(x) danced in the rain
(x) written a letter to Santa Claus
(x) been kissed under a mistletoe
(x) watched the sun rise with someone I care about
(x) blown bubbles
(x) made a bonfire on the beach
( ) crashed a party
(x) gone roller-skating
(x) had a wish come true
(x) worn pearls
( ) jumped off a bridge
( ) ate dog/cat food
(x) told a complete stranger I loved them
(x) kissed a mirror
(  ) sung in the shower
(x) had a dream that I married someone
(x) glued my hand to something
(x) got my tongue stuck to a flag pole
( ) kissed a fish
(x) sat on a roof top
(x) screamed at the top of my lungs
( ) done a one-handed cartwheel
(x) talked on the phone for more than 6 hours
(x) stayed up all night
(x) didn’t take a shower for a week
(x) pick and ate an apple right off the tree
(x) climbed a tree
(  ) had a tree house
(x) been scared to watch scary movies alone
(x) believe in ghosts
(x) have more then 30 pairs of shoes
( ) worn a really ugly outfit to school just to see what others say
( ) gone streaking
( ) gone doorbell ditching
( ) played chicken
(x) jumped into a pool/hot tub/lake with all my clothes on
(x) been told I’m hot by a complete stranger
( ) broken a bone
(x) been easily amused
(x) caught a fish then ate it
(x) caught a butterfly
(x) laughed so hard I cried
(  ) cried so hard I laughed
(x) cheated on a test  (the class?  Evangelism 101 – seriously)
( ) owned a Britney Spears CD
(x) forgotten someone’s name
(x) French-braided someone’s hair
(x) gone skinny dipping in a pool
( ) been threatened to be kicked out of my house
( ) been kicked out my house
( ) had a fantasy over someone I love as a good friend
( ) sun-tanned naked
( ) ran naked in the rain

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Tagged! Yes! 38 Questions

Magic Cookie seems to have picked  up on the fact that I love memes 🙂

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night? Jimmy Stewart.  It was family movie night.

2. What were you doing at 0800? Rolling out of bed to find out whether or not soccer was rained out.  Thankfully, it was.  So I rolled back into bed for another hour.

3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago? Picking out pumpkins in the Whole Foods Parking lot.

4. What happened to you in 2006? I got an offer for my current job.

5. What was the last thing you said out loud? I love you, honey.

6. How many beverages did you have today? A triple venti non fat latte; and a raspberry lime Calistoga sparkling water

7. What color is your hairbrush? dusky blue.

8. What was the last thing you paid for? Pumpkins.

9. Where were you last night? At home, asleep on my husband’s lap while a movie was playing and he was playing with my hair.

10. What color is your front door? Dark Green.  That’s the door to my apartment.  The door to the building is glass, but the trim is dark green.

11. Where do you keep your change? Quarters are kept in a drawer for laundry, everything else near the front door in a little bowl with a giraffe painted on it.

12. What’s the weather like today? rainy, humid, warm.  I wish it were cooler.

13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor? cake batter.  or Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla Caramel Fudge.  Or Black Raspberry.

14. What excites you? Storms.

15. Do you want to cut your hair? Yes.  I have an appointment for Friday at 5:30.

16. Are you over the age of 25? Almost by 10 years.

17. Do you talk a lot? YES.

18. Do you watch the O.C.? I have never seen it.

19. Do you know anyone named Steven? Yes.

20. Do you make up your own words? People think I do.  But they’re wrong.  Once, someone thought I made up the word “autumnal.”  It’s a word.  Beloved thought I made up the word “eatable,” apparently feeling that the only proper word was edible.  Edible and eatable are not the same thing.  Eatable *is* a word. (I told you the answer to #17 was “yes.”)

21. Are you a jealous person? I don’t think so.  I say that I’m jealous often.  Especially of those who own homes and in this glorious season, get to cover their railings with spider webby looking stuff, and who have a stoop to put their pumpkins on.  But it’s not really jealousy, I don’t think.

22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’. Abigail.

23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’. Karen.

24. Who’s the first person on your received call list? “Mom Cell”.

25. What does the last text message you received say? “Forwarding this cuz I thought it was cute:  ‘talking to teachers. will leave soon.'”  — from Beloved, from E.

26. Do you chew on your straw? No.  And when my kids do I sit on my hands so I don’t smack them.

27. Do you have curly hair? Only when it’s damp.

28. Where’s the next place you’re going to? The liquor store that’s sort of far away – we have a Zipcar today, and I want to get a couple of things.

29. Who’s the rudest person in your life? Absolutely positively without any questions or hesitation — my brother.

30. What was the last thing you ate? A mini quiche.  Actually, it’s all I ate today.

31. Will you get married in the future? Definitely not.  If something happens to this one, I’m just going to have a string of affairs with sexy women.

32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks? uhhhhh.  I’ve only seen Legally Blonde and Harvey.  I didn’t think either were particularly good. Harvey wins, though.
33. Is there anyone you like right now? I like my daughters, and I like my husband, and I like my cat, and I like my office mate, and I like my other work friends, and I like my sister ….

34. When was the last time you did the dishes? I’m supposed to do them every night.  But for some reason, Beloved did them last night.  I assigned the task to J the night before, but she blew it off.  So, I guess that means Wedneday.

35. Are you currently depressed? No.  Not even a whisper.

36. Did you cry today? No.

37. Why did you answer and post this? See answer to #17.

38. Tag 5 people who would do this survey.  I’ll try it this time:  She Says; Harmless Error; Sue (not actually sure she’ll do it – haven’t seen her do one before); E. McPan, and PT-LawMom.

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Harmless Error tagged me. I think she chose me because she knew that it was a given that I would have at least 5 dorky things.

1. I’m weird about dessert. First of all, I never eat dessert in the same restaurant that I eat dinner. Never. Usually it’s just because I am full, and I want to be active and give my dinner a chance to evaporate (since we walk everywhere, including to restaurants, this does make sense – I’m not talking about going to the gym or for a hike). Sometimes it’s just because I’m sick of the place after having been there for a while, and want to move on. But it’s my quirks about eating dessert at home, I think, that tend to drive my darling Beloved a little nuts:

  • I can’t eat dessert with the kids. Actually, I can’t eat dessert with the kids AWAKE. I want to be utterly at peace while indulging in my sweet treats, and I don’t want people asking me to get them water, or help them with this or that, or if they can have a taste, or if they can have some, or why I get some if they don’t (which is rare anyway). I just want to focus on the yumminess.
  • I can’t eat dessert if I still have the kitchen to clean up. I think this is in line with the above. To me, it’s just the topping off of the day.
  • I now also have odd rules as to when I can have dessert based upon my diet for the past week. When I was a 1L, I think I ate a pint of ice cream every night. I so wish I was kidding. Now, Beloved looks at me incredulously as I pass night after night on the pint of Vanilla Caramel Fudge that he bought over a week ago for us to enjoy together. “I can’t, I had pasta for lunch.” “no thanks, I had a cookie during an afternoon meeting today.” “I’m too bloaty today.” “Mmm, I’d love to, but I didn’t have time for the gym, and it’s just not gonna work for me.”
  • I also have a favorite spoon. I must use my favorite spoon to eat ice cream (my truly favorite dessert).

2. I’m addicted to Starbucks. It causes problems for me in a lot of ways, but despite brief moments in time where I resist and say that I’m “off coffee,” I have let this addiction control my life when: having a lazy Sunday morning at home, leaving town “first thing in the morning” to go on a trip, planning time it would take to arrive somewhere at the start of the day, and so on. This is stupid. I have been trying to be more flexible, and it turns out I’m more capable than I thought I was. However, it does in fact require 7 cups of normally brewed coffee, interspersed throughout the day, to achieve the same effect as one triple venti non fat latte. So inefficient ….

3. I get really nervous about missing buses and trains. I plan out my time, I check schedules, I allow double the time that’s needed to get to the stop. Yet, without fail, when I’m within a block of my stop, I RUN. I am so afraid that I’m going to miss the damn thing by 1/2 a second, that I get all anxious. My kids have been forced to accept this about me, and to quicken their pace once we’re in sight of the T stop or the bus stop that we’re headed for.

4. I really really hate the phone. I let phone calls go sometimes, on my cell phone, and then later find out who it was and send them an e-mail. I would do e-mail over phone talking any time. I really don’t even know why. I prefer face-to-face conversation to either technology-enhanced options. There is some sense that the phone is more of an intrusion? Maybe? Another funny phone thing: When I am on the phone, I always, without fail, sweep the floors. I have no idea why. Perhaps this is why I don’t like the phone? I can’t multi-task so easily. I can e-mail someone and tell the kids what to do or talk to Beloved. I can’t do that while on the phone. So I sweep.

And then, consistent with #5, I leave little tiny piles of swept dust on the floor, all over the house. For people to step in and kick, and spread back out around the house.

5. I am nitpicky about odd things that contradict the things that I could care less about. My room is a mess, I let the kitchen go for longer than I should without cleaning it, my desk at work is usually strewn with papers until 30 minutes before it’s time to go. Yet there are other (much smaller) things that must be “just so.” The water pitchers MUST stay full. The toothpaste cap MUST stay on the toothpaste. The husband MAY NOT pet the cats on the bed causing them to shed on my sheets and blankets. Along the same lines, I may let things go for weeks on end, and then one day, for no reason, just insist that things – ALL things be perfect.

There we are – the top 5 (for today) dorky things about Zuska. I still prefer not to tag, so instead give an open invite to all who read this to steal the concept, and let me know so I can read along.

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Magnetic Meme!

One of my fave bloggers has done an open-invitation meme – I haven’t done one in a long time, and I haven’t seen an interesting one in even longer! Thanks to Unblague for the meming fun!

Magnetic meme — or what’s on your fridge? You don’t need to list them all, just the most prominent stuff. Here’s mine in random order. Please know that this is especially fun for me, because in the past 3 years, I’ve decided to collect fridge magnets. I was finding that as a mom, who has lots and lots of stuff to put on the fridge, I never had enough. Beloved and I also had started taking a healthy amount of weekend trips, and I wanted mementos of our time. Magnets were the solution!

There’s a lot on my fridge:

  1. This month’s child support check, waiting for the e-mail saying that I’m allowed to deposit it. It is turned backward – so I know where it is and so no one else knows what it is.
  2. A ticket to a play that J was in last fall.
  3. A postcard with a picture of the Louvre’s pyramid, at night.
  4. A receipt from REI for the shoes I bought for Europe, as I had planned to wear them around the house for a couple days to be sure they’d work before permanently committing to the $108 purchase.
  5. A postcard with a photo of one of London’s double decker buses on it – from either J’s BFF or her big sister (who sent it to E).
  6. A note card left over from the bar exam extravaganza, with the namea nd phone number of the person at J’s dentist office who I was intent upon laying into (and did so successfully)
  7. Beloved’s favorite sign, pointing to the kitchen at large, proclaiming “POTATOES WOULD GO GREAT WITH THAT”
  8. Two soccer schedules. One for each kid.
  9. The girls’ performance schedule for their play, with their cast’s days highlighted.
  10. A map of the MBTA. It’s a magnet itself.
  11. The school lunch menu for the first 2 weeks of the school.
  12. The school calendar for the year 2007-08.
  13. A locker mirror.
  14. 3 philosophers. They’re also finger puppets. And magnets. There were 4, but we put Socrates on the dishwasher. Because uh, we call him Noah. He is on the dishwasher when he’s waiting for the flood. Know what that means? “Hey, Zuska, the dishes are dirty – DO NOT PUT THEM AWAY!”
  15. A grocery list.
  16. A phone number list for J’s 3rd grade class (last year)
  17. A realtor’s business card. Because I hold out hope that one day I can call her without wasting her time.
  18. A clip magnet, holding J’s medical forms that I must bring to the doctor later in the month, a letter from the principal of the girls’ school (telling us all that we have to get to school earlier this year — frizzum frazzum), extra copies of the girls’ book report forms for their summer homework, and E’s cell phone contract.

That’s it. I thought I’d have like 50. I should do this one again once school is in session for a month or so.

No tagging – take at will – just let me know so I can see whose is bigger.


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