Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Los Angeles is on fire

Photos from the LA Times

We are far from the fires (knock wood) but they still seem inescapable. They dominate the news, they dominate everyone's conversation. Everyone knows someone who has been affected. The air is thick and grey like damp cotton, the temperatures smothering. I can't help but feel the earth is dying.


Tuesday, October 02, 2007

I'm it!

I've been tagged, and being an unrepentant narcissist, I've had no trouble thinking of fascinating* personal tidbits:

Jobs I've Had:

  • Temp Worker (including two of my worst jobs EVER: 1. I arrived to replace someone who didn’t know he was being transferred- slash- demoted, awkward, and 2. telemarketing disguised as “market research”)
  • Receptionist (law office, event design company)
  • Administrative assistant (insurance company)
  • Technical Writer/Editor
  • Personal Trainer/Pilates Teacher
  • SAT Verbal Tutor
  • Pastry Chef
  • Food Writer

Movies I Can Watch Over and Over:
  • Harold and Maude
  • Wes Anderson’s movies (Rushmore, Royal Tenembaums, Life Aquatic)
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Mean Girls

Books I Can Read Over and Over:
  • Gilead
  • Birds of America
  • Candyfreak
  • Lolita & Pale Fire
  • Short stories by David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell, etc

Places I Have Lived:
  • San Jose
  • Claremont
  • London
  • Los Angeles

Places I Have Visited:
  • Western/southwestern US states
  • Hawaii
  • British Columbia
  • New York
  • 15ish European countries

Places I Would Like to Visit:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Brazil
  • South Africa
  • Thailand
  • Croatia
  • The Corn Islands

TV Shows I Watch:
  • ANTM (yessssssssssss)
  • 30 Rock (see above)
  • Veronica Mars and Arrested Development on DVD
  • The Simpsons
  • Jeopardy, to prove my mental superiority

Foods I Like:
  • Refried beans…no joke, these top the list
  • Chocolate, any and all desserts
  • Fruit and veggies
  • Homemade bread, peanut butter, banana (world’s best breakfast)
  • Vegetarian Mexican & Indian food

I'd Rather Be:
  • reading in bed

Websites I Visit Daily:
  • My zillion email accounts
  • About Candy—of course!
  • Ask Metafilter
  • Oh No They Didn’t!
  • Go Fug Yourself

*This might be a bit subjective