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Lists Lists Lists

I'm a big list writer, and I recently decided that the million gazillion little pieces of paper scattered around my desk were driving me crazy, so I've put them all in a paperless form, here in one journal entry, which is almost certainly of interest to no one but me. I'm not going to lj-cut it, since I want it to be easily accessible when I look at my own journal, but feel free to just scroll down and ignore it.


Romances to get from the library, Powell's, iTunes, or elsewhere

Atkins, Dawn, Friendly Persuasion
Gaines, Abby, Her Best Friend's Wedding
Hart, Jillian, His Hometown Girl
Mayberry, Sarah, Her Best Friend
Oliver, Anne, Her Not-So-Secret Diary

Romances to get as e-books from SFPL

Lori Wilde, My Secret Life
Tara Taylor Quinn, Best Friends
Sarah Mayberry, Her Secret Fling
Stephanie Bond, Watch and Learn
Cindi Myers, Her Secret Treasure
Kate Hoffmann, The Sexy Devil
Tori Carrington, Shameless
Karen Anders, Deliciously Dangerous

Books to Maybe Put on My Website "100 Favorite Books" List (Mostly YA)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Yolen, Briar Rose
Stiefvater, Shiver, Linger, Forever
Jones, Need, Captivate, Entice
Anderson, Speak
Alexie, The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian
13 Reasons Why
If I Stay (and its sequel, Where She Went)
The Hunger Games
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
Twenty Boy Summer
Larsson, The Girl Who ... series
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Walk Out of the World
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Rushdie, Midnight's Children
Erdrich, Four Souls

Movies to Maybe Put on My Website "100 Favorite Movies" List

10 Things I Hate About You
Rain Man
My Best Friend (French)
District 9
Groundhog Day
Good Dick
The Zero Effect
(500) Days of Summer
Meet Joe Black
The Slums of Beverly Hills
Central Station
Big Eden
Local Hero
The Cup
Pay It Forward
Dances with Wolves

"Feel Good" Movies

Field of Dreams
The Full Monty
The Shawshank Redemption
Good Will Hunting
Slumdog Millionaire
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
The Princess Bride
Happy Accidents
Big Fish
Groundhog Day
My Left Foot
The Fighter
Big Eden
Billy Elliot
Breaking Away

Stuff to Maybe Watch on Netflix Streaming

The Man from Earth
Place of Execution
The Education of Charlie Banks
Wire in the Blood
One Week
The Black Stallion
Pride and Prejudice (1980)
The Life of Mammals
Mario's Story
Omar and Pete
The Constant Gardener
April Showers
The Fighter
The Man from Nowhere
The Tunnel
Masterpiece Contemporary: Endgame
Food Inc.
The Way Back
A Single Man
Tell No One
In Plain Sight (series)
Lie to Me (season 2)
Kyle XY
Monarch of the Glen
30 Days
Prison Break
American Experience: We Shall Remain (Native American history)
How Smart Are Animals?
Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Important Things with Demetri Martin
The Tudors
Mr. Peabody and Sherman
Wallace and Gromit

My Favorite Plays (possibly to add to my website list of favorites)

Zimmer, Argonautika
Zimmer, Metamorphoses
Hwang, M. Butterfly
Stoppard, pretty much everything
Friel, Translations
Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Lear, Henry V
Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac
Churchill, Cloud Nine
Kushner, Homebody/Kabul
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
Fry, The Lady's Not for Burning
Frayn, Noises Off
Coward, Private Lives
Shaw, Pygmalion
Shaw, Arms and the Man

My Favorite Reality TV Personalities

Tim Gunn (mentor to designers on Project Runway)
Michael Kors (bitingly funny judge on Project Runway)
Christian Siriano (Project Runway)
Mondo Guerra (Project Runway)

Jonathan Waxman (Top Chef: Masters)
Hubert Keller (Top Chef: Masters)
Art Smith (Top Chef: Masters)
Marcus Samuelsson (Top Chef: Masters)
Rick Moonen (Top Chef: Masters)
Susur Lee (Top Chef: Masters)

Richard Blais (Top Chef)
Fabio Viviani (Top Chef)
Angelo Sosa (Top Chef)

Tom Westman (Survivor)
Rob Mariano (Survivor)
Ozzy Lusth (Survivor)
Yau-Man Chan (Survivor)
Benjamin "Coach" Wade (Survivor)
James "J.T." Thomas, Jr. (Survivor)

The Hippies (B.J. Averell and Tyler MacNiven on The Amazing Race)
The Cowboys (Jet and Cord McCoy on The Amazing Race)
The Snowboarders (Andy Finch and Tommy Czeschin on The Amazing Race)

Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd (Big Brother)
Britney Haynes (Big Brother)
Will Kirby (Big Brother)

MTV's Real World / Road Rules / Challenge Shows
Judd Winick (cartoonist)
Pedro Zamora (AIDS activist)
Chris "C.T." Tamburello (loose cannon)
Ryan Conklin (soldier who was called back to duty)
Sam McGinn (lesbian activist)
Evan Starkman
Kenny Santucci
Evelyn Smith
Michael Ross (Real World: Las Vegas nerd)
Cohutta Grindstaff
Coral Smith
Abram Boise

Anime Series to Ask Lisa About (Does She Want to Watch Them Together?)

Darker than Black
The vast drama of this intricate anime series begins when a strange area -- dubbed Hell's Gate by the locals -- suddenly emerges to transform Tokyo. Bitter feuds soon erupt among the Contractors, a class of people with extraordinary abilities.

Kimagure Orange Road
Welcome to old-school anime that dates back to the halcyon days of the 1980s. The plot concerns a boy and his family who have psychic powers -- and the friends, lovers and other people they meet during their day-to-day lives. Not as phantasmagorical as you might think at first glance, this series is imbued with real-life emotion (such as the age-old conundrum of being the object of someone's affections while you're pining for someone else).

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
High school student Makoto Konno discovers that she can travel back in time. Following a series of frivolous time leaps, Makoto learns that her powers have a negative impact on the people around her and sets out to correct the effects of her actions.

Determined to atone for her thorny past, female warrior and master of the spear Balsa becomes bodyguard to Prince Chagum -- whose connection to a legendary water spirit gives him power his father and would-be assassin, Emperor Mikado, cannot abide.

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas's classic novel has been retold many times, but in this case, it gets the anime treatment. After meeting the mysterious Count of Monte Cristo during an adventure abroad, Albert de Morcerf, the son of a famous French war general, brings the aristocrat home to meet his parents. But there's one problem: Albert's new friend is the man his father betrayed years earlier … and the nobleman is back to exact revenge.

Naoki Urasawa's Monster
Nine years ago, Dr. Kenzo Tenma sacrificed his career to save the life of a young boy named Johan, who later became a ruthless serial killer. Drawn into Johan's carnage, the doctor wrestles with his own morality as the stakes change by the minute.

Eden of the East (Higashi no Eden)
Waking naked outside the White House, Akira Takizawa has no memory -- and his only clues are the gun and cell phone he holds in his hands. It turns out his phone gives him access to billions of yen, and he's connected to a recent terrorist attack. Akira soon discovers he's a key player in a deadly international game -- and if he doesn't get the rules right, he'll wind up dead in this anime adventure series.
me, me without glasses

When the dog bites, when the bee stings ...

I was randomly thinking today about some of my favorite possessions:

- a piece of the Berlin Wall (irregularly shaped, but about 1" in diameter), complete with blue graffiti along one side, which a friend brought me after her trip to Europe in 1989 (This small, rough piece of cement, which sits on a windowsill I pass several times every day when I walk up or down the stairs, often makes me think of the Jesus Jones 1990 song "Right Here, Right Now.") I tried to take a photo of it to post here, but it turned out really blurry.

- the antique book I carried (instead of flowers) down the aisle with me when I walked to the altar to meet Shannon for our wedding ceremony:

Wedding Book

- the kikoy (a rectangular cotton garment that is worn most often as a sarong or wrapped head covering) I got during my summer at Stanford on a fellowship. My roommate had spent some time in Kenya and owned a few kikoys, and told me stories about how the women in Kenya wore them in many different ways, and I thought they were beautiful, so bright and cheerful in unexpected combinations of hues. The one I have (which I think I bought in Palo Alto, of all places) is mainly turquoise, with bands of darker blue, paler blue, and yellow (similar to this). I don't think I've ever worn my kikoy (if I have, it was a very long time ago, when I first got it), but I've often used it for decorative purposes, because I just love to look at it.

- one of my mom's paintings from before she met my dad or had any kids. It's from her "blue period" (she liked Picasso), and it's a still from the excellent Franco Zeffirelli 1968 film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet:

Mom's R&J Painting

- a giant Monet (my favorite artist) poster that I bought at the Musée d'Orsay (my favorite museum) on one of my trips to Paris:

Monet Poster from Paris

- the double-wedding-ring quilt my mom worked on (by hand) for two decades before she gave it to me *AND* (in the same photo) the red-and-white afghan I crocheted when I was 10, and which has stood up amazingly well to the passage of time!

Double Wedding Ring Quilt and Afghan

- my emerald green iPod Nano, which Shannon gave me as a combined Christmas/birthday gift a couple years ago, and which I have used almost every day since. I loved the tiny silver Shuffle that I had bought myself years before, but couldn't arrange the tracks into playlists, which eventually became annoying. Also, the Shuffle doesn't have enough space to hold an entire audio book, unless it's really short. But the Nano can do everything! It can hold several audio books in their entirety at the same time as it holds as much music as I could possibly want to hear on any particular outing, all arranged into easily navigated playlists. It's my baby!

- my GIGANTIC insulated mugs, which I use only for ice water, and which I use all day long, every day. They keep the water very cold, and they keep me hydrated. Excellent!

- my first edition copy of John Crowley's fantasy novel Little, Big. My friend Donald knew it was my favorite book and went to considerable trouble to find me a first edition, back when such things were not so easy to locate as they are now.

- my great-grandma's electric mixer, which still works amazingly well:

Grandma Osborn's Mixer

- the incredibly wonderful linguistic light switch plate I bought in The Castro (neighborhood in SF) not long after I had moved to the Bay Area:

Linguistic Light Switch Plate

- the "lucky rock" I found at Outdoor Ed in sixth grade, which has accompanied me pretty much everywhere in the three decades since then:

Lucky Rock

- a variety of tiny objects that have congregated on top of a bookcase in our upstairs hallway (Note: I *DO* know how to spell "Normandy," but apparently Photoshop does not. Yes, let's blame it on Photoshop.):

- the small wooden box Katherine painted and gave to me (I believe as a birthday gift) early on in our friendship -- so almost 20 years ago:

Box that Katherine Made Me

- my favorite mug, which was a spontaneous gift from my friend Janet many years ago, when we were walking down Telegraph Avenue one day, idly checking out the street vendors, and I casually said that I liked it. I was so flabbergasted when she just whipped out her wallet and bought it for me! I often think of it as my Cobweb mug, because it is striped like she is, and in similar colors (except the blue):

Favorite Mug

- my blue canary night-light, which I've written about in this journal before:

Blue Canary

- the plain-looking but very nostalgic bookmark I got from the only bookstore I knew of in Powell, Wyoming, where I visited my dad in the summers in the early 1980s:

Powell Bookmark