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Last time: Avery, Blake and Charlotte headed off to college. There was lots of drama involved. Charlotte hooked up with her creepy old drama professor. Avery beat up on some random girl for no reason. And Blake's girlfriend died! The horror! How in the world will he ever manage to move on?!?

5.6: The Grim Reaper Is Not Amused. )

In non-Sims related news, I just bought, um... seven new books. Eek. I actually narrowed the list down a lot though from the original amount because I told myself I could only spend $20 right now. So I decided on these:

  • Like Life - Lorrie Moore (Love her. I hope I like this better than Birds of America though I'm afraid nothing will ever effect me like Anagrams did; it was just the perfect book at the perfect time type situation.)
  • The Violent Bear It Away - Flannery O'Connor (I thought Wise Blood was amazing and needed more right away... well, I've still got her short stories but that's a huge collection and I wanted to read this first.)
  • The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald (I am long overdue for reading this.)
  • Atonement - Ian McEwan (I tried to buy this from Amazon but they apparently ran out of stock permanently and canceled my order so let's try it again, shall we?)
  • Less Than Zero - Bret Easton Ellis (I limited myself to one book of his for now. In case I hate it or something. But I am excited to read it!)
  • The Blindfold - Siri Hustvedt (Total impulse buy. Someone mentioned this book in the same breath as The Secret History - it wasn't even a comparison between the actual books, just between how much the person liked them - but I looked it up on Amazon and the summary literally sent a shiver down my spine. A shiver as in, "OMG, this sounds so perfect! I need it now!" So yeah, I've got high expectations here.)
  • I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith (It's been on my wishlist for awhile. And it was cheap. So I finally caved in. I feel similarly about this as I do about reading Atonement - I'm kind of weary about whether I'll like them or not but I have a weakness for 20s/30s era stories so I must read them.)

Neko Case and the Decemberists are coming to Michigan this summer and I really want to go. Up until now, I kinda sorta wanted to but was pretty indifferent (I haven't been much in the mood for shows lately; the long traveling really wears on me after awhile) but now I suddenly feel much more passionate about it. They're both pretty expensive - well, more expensive than I'm used to - but I have most of the money right now. I just wish they weren't so damn far away. Neko's actually playing twice and one of them is much closer but it's also more expensive. So I don't know. We shall see.

LULZ.

Jun. 4th, 2009 04:53 pm
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This made me laugh. A lot.


I don't even pay attention to American Idol but I like Adam a lot. He is funny. And adorable. Even with the guyliner and black nail polish. And has a good voice. Even if he uses the high, screechy side of it slightly too much. Anyway. Yes.

We went shopping today. I bought the new Mandy Moore CD as I said I was going to. I realized the other night while listening to the leak I had downloaded that it was really shitty quality. The actual CD sounds much better and now I love the songs a billion times more. I also bought It's Blitz!; it hasn't really been long enough since my last complaint to definitively say that it's never going to come in the mail but I was tired of waiting. And what the hell, I'll just have two copies if it does so whatever. Anyway, I opened it up and was amused by the art on the CD itself. It's the YYYs' faces photoshopped onto a pizza, hahaha. Like, what the fuck? How did they even think up this idea in the first place? Those crazy kids.

Also, the Mandy Moore CD reminded me of something I hate: when the booklet is glued to the cardboard if it's a digipak. That's so annoying. I want to be able to take it out and look at the lyrics without having the whole damn package attached to it. How retarded. Who even thinks this is a good idea? I think the new Metric CD is like this too. And a couple others I can't remember right now. It's so frustrating.

And another thing. WTF is up with this?!?



I swear, the only time I remember listening to Tori in the past six months is the new album a couple times with some of the songs a few extra times. HOW DO I MANAGE TO LISTEN TO HER SO MUCH?!? She is almost in the top ten on my overalls, for crying out loud! I mean, I do love (old) Tori but I just can't comprehend these numbers. I must listen to her subconsciously or something. In other news, the rest of those artists are hot.
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Oh my God. Is it possible to love books too much? Because I think I need to join Book Buyers Anonymous or something. I swear, I was only going to do the Amazon 3-for-4 thing and then buy some Flannery O'Connor and Carson McCullers but I got a bit carried away. Do I really need all these right now when I still have, like, twenty unread books waiting on my shelves already? No. But it's so much fun to buy them and so exciting to get them! I am officially addicted. I'm a compulsive book-buyer. I guess there are worse things I could be addicted to though. Anyway, my spoils, let me be ridiculously excited about them.

Does anyone else care? )
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I just found out a film adaptation is being made of An Invisible Sign of My Own by Aimee Bender, which is a very good book, and this should be exciting news except... it is starring Jessica Alba. This scares me. A lot. I did not picture Jessica Alba while I was reading this book, okay? Hopefully, the movie is alright regardless of her acting... or some miracle happens and she is suddenly an amazing actress. I am just really baffled by this casting choice.

Anyway, guess who went to Barnes & Noble on Saturday? Me! Finally. It kind of pains me to spend such a ridiculous amount of cash on books and CDs when I could get them a lot cheaper used, or hell, even brand new, on Amazon or something but... I just love the feeling of going to the store and seeing all these things and picking them up and evaluating them and deciding to buy them. It's just not the same when you buy stuff online. Anyhow, I spent, like, $100 (shameful! I vow to spend the rest of my Christmas money very thriftily) and this is what I ended up getting:

What $100+ will buy you at B&N... )

Anyway, I really really just want to work on my story right now but I have more important things that I have been putting off for way too long and should probably finish right this moment. I also still have to finish my 2008 albums list - because God knows when I say I'm going to write a "brief paragraph" regarding each that I really mean "a massive, tl;dr paragraph" and it ends up taking way longer than I meant it to. *sigh* I also think I am still changing the order a bit... I don't know why. No matter what I do, I'll never be completely happy but alas... I at least want to be happier with it than I was with my last year's. Anyway. Yeah. Onto important things. Hopefully.

P.S. I never updated with its progress but my Zune does work again, thank God. I can't decide whether the whole situation was insanely hilarious or totally infuriating. But anyway. It was interesting, definitely...
 

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Dec. 30th, 2008 05:46 pm
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Oh God. This post is going to be massive. Bear with me, okay?

First of all, it was Christmas! Which means I am suddenly rich. Well, I'm about half as rich now as I was a couple days ago, but I'm still rather rich compared to any other day. Anyway. You are probably wondering what I've purchased so far. Or not. But I'm going to let you know anyway. Okay? First, I went to this website because I had some coupon for $5 off and I started out not thinking I would find very much that I wanted, but I ended up ordering nine books. Yeah. For $50 though, which is a very good deal. So these are what I decided on (with convenient Amazon links if you need more information):

THE BOOKS )

Alright, so. No, that wasn't enough books for me. Are you kidding? We went shopping yesterday and I bought four more. And will probably buy even more. What? I need to get a good surplus built up for next year. So here are the other ones I got:

MOAR BOOKZ! )

And besides the books, I bought some earrings and hair clips and a purse and new headphones. And I also bought two DVDs: Marie Antoinette because it was cheap - I think it's only an okay movie but it's so gorgeous visually and it was only $7 so I couldn't resist - and Heathers which was also pretty cheap but I've actually been meaning to buy. Hilarious.

Also, I have to say, in regards to books again, I just finished Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer and it was so so so so insanely good. I can't decide which I like better now - it or Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. I spent most of the book thinking that EL&IC was better but then I got to the last few chapters and it just got so great and sad and now I have no idea. I just love this man's writing and I wish he had more books.

So I think I'm just going to paste my list of books I've read this year in here right now and call it good. I'm adding Franny and Zooey to the end because, although I'm still reading, I'll definitely have it done tonight or tomorrow. So I have 56 57 books overall (62 if you count books I read twice) which is pretty damn good, I think. I'd love to do at least one hundred next year but I don't know how possible that is. I'm really going to try, though. Anyway, here's the list. Italics = really good. Italics and bolded = insanely good, near perfect. With my cracked-out, barely decipherable random comments attached, of course.

BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS )

Okay, I was going to put Sims pictures in this post as well but I'm so tired of typing and just want to stop so I will do that later. So now this post is all nice and totally book-centric.
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...only when I actually have some though. When I'm broke, I hate money. Yet at the same time still want it. Hmm...

Anyway, the point of this post is "omg look what I bought!!!!11!!!" so I'll get right to that:

EXCITING. )

Yay! And before you tell me how excessive and impulsive all of that No Doubt is, let me tell you that it was super super cheap, okay? I think the other three CDs combined cost more than five ND CDs, so it's not that crazy. I am slightly worried about the quality though because I like things to look nice and new always but that's always my biggest worry with buying things used and it usually turns out okay. Anyway, I got all eight CDs for under $35, awesome! I think my next CD-buying goal is to get all of the albums that will be on my best of '08 list that I don't yet own physical copies of because it makes sense to own things that I consider my favorites. (And P.S. that list will be coming soon-ish as in a month or two and I will probably post it here as well as to my music journal because I'm weird like that.)

And because I have a strange need to fully divulge every detail when it comes to money-spending, I also bought Paste and Venuszine with She & Him on the covers and Bust with Jenny Lewis on the cover - which cost like $15 all together (why do magazines cost so much??)... and two of those magazines I would have no interest in normally... the things I do to satisfy my obsessions.

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Look what I bought Sunday!

Clicky-click. )

I was kind of pissed though because first I looked at Meijer and I found the first two but not Apartment Life and that was the one I wanted the most. So I just bought those two there thinking they wouldn't be any cheaper anywhere else then we go to Wal-Mart and they're all $5 cheaper. Gah! Oh well. Anyway, I haven't really done much yet but what I have done/watched my sister do is pretty awesome. The apartments are a lot smaller than I was assuming though... like, even the more expensive ones still seem tiny. I haven't tried out the most expensive ones yet so maybe they're bigger but still... I moved a family of three into a pretty high-priced apartment and barely had room to place the toddler's crib and changing table and stuff. I have no idea what I'm going to do when he grows up, though!

And here are a few pictures is one picture (because I stupidly deleted the rest) just for the sake of it:

*squee* )

Yeah, so they're basically the cutest family ever. More information about them a little later.

Also, look what I bought forever ago on Amazon and finally got yesterday!

Goodies. )

Yay for spending money!

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