February 10th, 2011


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My two favorite songs right now are "Antmusic" (Adam & the Ants) and "Fact/Fiction" (Mads Langer). If I were asked to name two songs that have *less* in common than those two, I think I would have a hard time. (Today I had lyrics from several longtime favorite songs running through my head, and I was sort of mentally composing an LJ post in which I quoted some of my favorite lyrics snippets from all kinds of random stuff. There would, no doubt, be quite a bit from Barenaked Ladies, Oingo Boingo, Jonathan Richman, They Might Be Giants, Rebecca Riots, and R.E.M. (because I love the language of R.E.M.'s lyrics, even though I can't make any sense out of most of them -- I mean, seriously, "That bright, tight forever drum could not describe nightswimming" and "Follow me, don’t follow me / I’ve got my spine, I’ve got my orange crush"-- WTF?). Maybe I'll do that tonight if I get bored, just to amuse myself, and perhaps someone else might be interested, too.

Today I went for a 5-mile walk (to the Rockridge public library and back), and I did not feel as physically exhausted as the last time I tried to go for a longish walk, which was a huge relief. I guess I was just still getting over this year's cold virus, or recovering from the trip to Hawaii, or something. At any rate, today I felt more like my usual walking-woman self.

On my walk (through south Berkeley and into north Oakland), I was absolutely surrounded by the sight and smell of cherry blossoms. I think this is my favorite time of year.

Today I also painted my toenails midnight blue, and they make me happy every time I look at them. It is flip-flop weather again, so toenail polish reappears on my radar. I need some *brighter* colors of nail polish, though. Most of the blues and greens and purples I've found are all so dark!

I finished listening to The Martian Chronicles today (while on my walk), and I think I enjoyed it as much on audio as I did on paper. It was just a different experience. Audiobooks are so wonderfully convenient when I want to "read" while going for long walks or doing housework or whatever. It's been a while since I listened to an audiobook -- I've been all about the paper books lately -- but it was kinda nice.

Speaking of paper books, I'm only partway through Johnny Weir's autobiography, but I think I'll be putting it aside in favor of Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, which I'll be reading for a book group. The Wikipedia page describes the book's genres as "Hysterical Realism and Post-Postmodernism," and I'm not quite sure what I'll think about that, but I love to read new stuff, so I'm ready to go! And what kind of former English major flinches at the idea of "post-postmodernism"?

Today I also ordered my blue canary nightlight (and an adapter that will allow me to use it in our bathroom). When I told Shannon I was getting it, he said it seemed like a waste to buy another nightlight when we already have one that probably just needs a new bulb, but a blue canary nightlight is not *just* a nightlight! It watches over you! It's your only friend, it's not your only friend, but it's a little glowing friend! It's the only bee in your bonnet! It has a secret to tell from its electrical well! Its story's infinite! It would kill Jason off, and countless screaming Argonauts! It's not just a nightlight: it's an icon! It will make me smile every time I look at it! It is valuable for more than a utilitarian purpose!

It's like when Lisa bought herself a Harry Potter wand remote control for her entertainment system (it's also now hooked up to the lights in her living room). Sure, she already owned a remote control, but this was a magic wand remote control!

When I was buying my nightlight and adapter, I found that I didn't have quite enough in my shopping cart to get free shipping, so I ended up buying one more item to put the order over the top. What else did I buy, you may ask? Guess. Okay, you don't have to guess. I bought Dial-A-Song: 20 Years of They Might Be Giants. So, yeah, it was an entirely themed Amazon order.

Missile CommandLast night, Shannon and I watched an episode of "Chuck" called "Chuck vs. Tom Sawyer," and I thought it was fabulous! I was surprised that Shannon didn't know that the song they kept playing throughout was Rush's "Tom Sawyer" (hence the name of the episode), which was voted the most popular song of the year by my 6th grade class in 1981. I recognized it immediately, but then Shannon is 2 years younger than I am, so I guess he would have been an even littler kid when it was popular and so might not have been aware of it. I, on the other hand, had no idea that "Missile Command" was a real video game and not just something made up for the episode. Shannon seemed shocked by my lack of 1980s Atari knowledge, but I was never much of an arcade gal (though I did like "Tempest," which was my first introduction to the track ball, and "Frogger," which we played on our tv at home on our Atari 2600). It was pretty funny seeing the characters on "Chuck" playing this ancient arcade game, with the ultra-simple pixelated graphics that consisted almost entirely of simple shapes and lines. (For an example, see the screenshot I've posted here, which is from "Missile Command." Pretty funny stuff.)

Okay, now I feel really old.