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My Proustian Interview


I’m copying a friend. Thank you, friend.

If I were on Inside the Actor’s Studio with Mr. Lipton…

The Venerable James Lipton

The Venerable James Lipton

What is your favorite word? besos. As in “besosbesosbesooossss” with a swirling hand motion. Try it.
What is your least favorite word? calm down
What turns you on creatively, spiritually, emotionally? new music (creatively), church music (spiritually – nothing gets me like a good “On Eagle’s Wings”), and Tori Amos/Regina Spektor music (emotionally)
What turns you off? formatting on Microsoft Word
What sound do you love? the sound of TBWSRN’s ring on my cellphone
What sound do you hate? Sarah Palin’s voice
What is your favorite curse word? god-DAMMIT-all-to-hell
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? fancy editor working out of my fancy loft in fancy New York City
What profession would you not like to do? special education teacher
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
I’d like him to give me the choice to stay or go.


Do you see a theme?


This year, I hate Year-End-Reviews. Because if I did one for myself, it might look like this:

2008: The Year of the Almosts

January: The Boyfriend Who Shall Remain Nameless (TBWSRN – long and annoying, no?) begins Elusive Job Hunt- all interviews are out of town.

(And before you get all- it’s just your boyfriend, don’t you have a life, blahblahblahhhhh… YES. I have a very good life, actually. Thank you for asking. BUT when you’ve been together so long you’re practically married and literally EVERY job interview was out of town, YES. My year did kind of sort of revolve around his job search. You spend your year going… are we? aren’t we? And this is meant to be a bitter list. So, bitter it tiz.)

February: TBWSRN has a heavy moot court month – competitions out of town

March: TBWSRN and I plan a trip to London. Which he has to miss because of unanticipated job interview.

April: Um, think he’s in town.

Beginning of May: TBWSRN interviews for more jobs. And gets one! Oh yay!

End of May: Another, better job offer! Takes it!

June: The “better” job (with the G-O-V-T) is moved to a new department. Has to re-interview. Gets it!

Beginning of July: The entire department is cut. No job. Seriously.

Mid-July: People feel bad for him (as they – ahem – should) and help him find a new job. We’re moving and it’s settled. Yaaay.

End of July: New job -fun surprise!- wants him to stay in Minneapolis for first six months. Not moving anymore. At least not for awhile.

August: Month spent in godforsaken hotbox that is apartment that was meant to be temporary because …we’re moving, right?

September: TBWSRN gets an AWESOME opportunity to work with an AWESOME “someone’s” campaign. Does it. Obvs.

October: TBWSRN is still campaigning. Doesn’t make it home.

November: TBWSRN takes a job offer from said AWESOME “someone.” Angels come down from heaven and shake my hand. I Hyperventilate. Break out in metaphorical hives. Annnnnd- he gets to come home for Thanksgiving! Wee! Head spins like the chick in the Exorcism.

December: Able to calm down. The Boy is still working between Chicago and DC. So, no holiday visits. Temporary Sadness.

SO – good year, no? Well, if you want to get all technical on me, there were some incredible parts. My wish for 2009, though, is for a little freakin’ stability.

So let’s get to the many good, incredible things that happened in 2008 that had nothing whatsoever to do with a male, like:

  • my principal having mercy on me and giving me my job back
  • friend’s wedding
  • a trip to fabulous Las Vegas with Bean to visit Amanda (the PCD, remember)
  • getting incredibly acquainted with the girls from SATC during my alone time (that sounds dirty, but isn’t) (but would almost be sort of cool if it was?)
  • experiencing London with Kirsten
  • Rachel’s health getting better and better every single stinkin’ day! Take that, TBI! Take that desensitized and overworked doctors! Lesson learned: you NEVER give up on people.
  • adopting a little doggy friend, Iris
  • going to DC for .5 seconds, walking around all independent-like
  • meeting up with TBWSRN romantic-comedy style in New York City. It’s about the city, not the male.
  • training for and running my very first half marathon
  • OBAAAAMAAAA (okay, this one has to do with a male)
  • encountering Netflix and making it my new boyfriend (not technically a male)

Though it’s been a rough-and-tumble kinda year, it could absolutely be worse. I can still say I’m genuinely happy. AND healthy. I even overcame my fear of the dentist this year. We’ll save that story for another time.

For these, I can be grateful.

Sidenote: I figure that, for those of you who don’t know me personally┬á and who don’t *get* to hear the day-to-day details of the litany above, I should clarify that the bitterness is directed towards Lady Luck – who I will not adjectify because it wouldn’t be ladylike – and not toward TBWSRN, who has been thoughtfully maintaining our relationship through all of the crap.

It’s 2 am and I’m awake.


Fun Facts

1. I just watched The Namesake. It was alright. “Aight”

2. You know what is good, though? Weeds. Totally flew through two seasons on Netflix.

3. I have absolutely been sleeping on the couch ever since break started. I’m depressed that TBWSRN is still out of town working. The bed feels a little too yes-he’s-really-gone-over-the-holidays. Don’t feel bad. It’ll be alright. “Aight” We’re rollin’ with it.

4. As a result of the aforementioned, my dog got confused and marched her little self right into the bedroom and piddled on the bed the other day.

5. Which is another reason I’m still sleeping on the couch.

6. And it still doesn’t make total sense because it’s not like she piddles on the couch. Get your head straight, dog.

7. I have to start getting my bad self together for the spelling bee. Ugh.

8. You know, there is a Drunken Spelling Bee at a bar in Minneapolis each January. Takers?

9. The candidate for RNC chair sent around a racist e-mail about my hero (Barack Obama) and called it “political satire.” Whaaa? No, I don’t think so. Nobody puts Barack in a corner.

10. I am going to go to Macy’s tomorrow and use a gift certificate to purchase a new pair of black shoes.

Okay, I finally feel the sleep coming on. Thanks, folks.

5 Things


5 Things I Was Doing 10 Years Ago

1) A junior in high school (yeesh, I don’t like how young and naive this makes me sound)

2) Dressing up as Baby Spice for Halloween (along with my other Sisters in Spice Girl World: Sporty Spice Amanda, Posh Spice Jenny, and Scary Spice Rachel)

3) Dance team 24/7

4) Getting my driver’s license (it was a long, arduous road)

5) Walked the wild side and tasted alcohol (read: got drunk) for the first time (which was swiftly followed by getting caught, getting punished in the harshest way possible for a 17-year old – grounded for THREE MONTHS because my parents are Puritans – and being too afraid to drink again for a very long time)

5 Things On My To-Do List Today

1) Correct papers

2) Swiffer the floor

3) Possibly go see Twilight?

4) Keep children under control on this day-before-Thanksgiving-break

5) Take nap

5 Snacks I Like

1) Jelly Belly jelly beans

2) Fruit Strips (like Fruit Roll-ups for grown-ups)

3) Pumpkin Pie Blizzards from the DQ

4) Naked juice thingies

5) Cheese

5 Things I Would Do If I Was A Millionaire

1) Pay off all student loans
2) Buy a summer home in another country
3) Save so that I never have to worry
4) Donate more to charity
5) Purchase many beautiful shoes

5 Places I Have Lived (For Various Lengths Of Time)

1) Coon Rapids, MN
2) Minneapolis, MN – U of M
3) St. Joseph, MN
4) Minneapolis, MN – Uptown
5) Minneapolis, MN – Southwest

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5 Jobs I Have Had

1) French fry cook at local McDonald’s (for two weeks)

2) Dishwasher at The Season’s Restaurant

3) Laptop rental “chick” at the U

4) Mary Commons Info Desk receptionist at St. Ben’s

5) Warehouse worker “girl” picking parts for beverage dispensing machines

Songs Deemed “Good Enough” to be Running Companions


By me and my iPod

1. J’ai peur parfois – (the french) Adele (when I was looking for the British one)

2. We Didn’t Start the Fire – Billy Joel

3. Bebot – Black Eyed Peas

4. Song 2 – Blur

5. I Tried – Bone Thugs -N- Harmony

6. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

7. Crush – David Archuleta

8. Get Like Me – David Banner

9. Out Here Grindin’ – DJ Khaled

10. Swagger – Flogging Molly

11. Free Willy – Jacko (The gospel choir gets me every time.)

12. Baby It’s You – JoJo

13. One Step at a Time – Jordin Sparks

14. Love Lockdown – Kanye West

15. Merry Happy – Kate Nash

16. Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon

17. A Milli – Lil Wayne

18. Daydreamin’ – Lupe Fiasco Feat. Jill Scott

19. Hi Hater – Maino

20. How Far We’ve Come – Matchbox Twenty

21. See You Again – Miley Cyrus (hush)

22. She Wants to Move – N.E.R.D.

23. Everyone Nose (All the Girls Standing in the Line for the Bathroom) – N.E.R.D.

24. Here It Goes Again – ok go

25. So What – Pink

26. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight – The Postal Service

27. When I Grow Up – Pussycat Dolls

28. On the Radio -Regina Spektor

29. Dey Know – Shawty Lo

30. Live Your Life – T.I. Feat. Rihanna

31. Back In Your Head – Tegan and Sara

32. Nineteen – Tegan and Sarah

33. Blue Orchid – White Stripes



As I transition from my election mania to, well, just my regular ol’ mania, I’d like to take a second to be grateful.


1. for INDEPENDENCE in all its varied ways

2. for HEALTH



5. for true-blue RELATIONSHIPS

6. for the RIGHT to vote

7. for MUSIC

8. for COFFEE


10. for baby IRIS

The Need to Plan


I have an intense need to achieve a sense of safety and security through PLANNING.

Without a plan, I am nothing. Once I prearranged my outfits for an entire month. Mornings were nice. I goad my students weekly to use their school-issued planners: “Look kids, I use MY planner everyday. SEE?” as they return my enthusiasm with a blank stare. They don’t seem to see the value. Strange.

And lists. Don’t get me started on lists.

Now, my problem. (If you thought planning out my wardrobe for a month was a problem, YOU’RE the crazy one, okay?)

My blog-reading has become O.C. over the last…er…for a really long time. The last book I diligently read was The Bell Jar and that happened somewhere mid-summer. This fact really bugs me. So, I have come to the conclusion that a trusty list will get me back on track with my first love: actual bound books made of paper.

For your discerning eye, I have listed my book plan for the next few months. Time is precious, so help me out. Have you read any of the titles below? Do you have any further suggestions?

September: Jane Eyre – don’t try and talk me out of it because I’m halfway through- by Charlotte Bronte

October: Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama (you shut up!), Blink by Malcom Gladwell

November: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wrobleski, The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad

December: The World is Flat by Tom Friedman, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

There. Hopefully this will motivate me to close the laptop and open a book.