Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Soundtrack of my Life

My friend Joe posted this little game on his facebook page and since today I am all about 1) music and 2) stealing ideas from other people's blogs, I thought I'd play.

So, here's how it works:1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc) 2. Put it on shuffle. 3. Press play. 4. For every question, type the song that's playing. 5. When you go to a new question, press the next button. 6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool. This is my life as a movie soundtrack...

Opening Credits: Ob La Di Ob La Da--The Beatles (beautiful start!)
First Day At School: Keep the Customer Satisfied -- Simon & Garfunkle
Falling In Love: Mah Na Mah Na -- The Muppets (strangely appropriate)
Breaking Up: Every Minute -- Sara Groves
1st date: Coleman Stove -- Jalan Crossland
Prom: School House Rocky, the theme from School House Rock
Life's OK: Box of Letters -- Emily Dunbar (a little wierd to hear myself, but it's my soundtrack, right?)
Driving: You Can Still Rock in America -- Night Ranger (perfect!)
Flashback: Overture from The Nightmare Before Christmas
Getting Back Together: Down to the River to Pray -- Allison Krauss
Wedding: Mad Mission -- Patty Griffin
Final Battle: Bitter End -- Dixie Chicks
Death Scene: Circle of Life from the Lion King (I kid you not!)
Funeral Song: In Thee is Gladness (instrumental) -- Jonathan Rundman (nice!)
End Credits: Stockton Gala Days (unplugged) -- 10,000 Maniacs

mix tape

I saw this on The Champ's blog and had to make my own. It may not stay up there forever, but I'll leave it for a while. Happy listening.

Monday, May 19, 2008

More Bonehead Moments

Last night we had two Netflix DVDs to choose from: "Across the Universe" and "No Country for Old Men." Paul said he was in the mood for "No Country..." This surprised me because we were starting late after an evening with friends in the backyard and I sort of felt like lighter fare. But no matter; I deferred; in went "No Country for Old Men."

It turns out Paul had, in his mind, confused "No Country for Old Men" with "The Bucket List." Why he would have imagined I'd ordered "The Bucket List" from Netflix is another issue, but imagine his surprise when Javier Bardem's character started strangling people with handcuffs and blowing their brains out with an air compressor. Nicholson and Freeman in the feel good movie of the year it is not.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Bonehead Moments with Emily Dunbar

I just wrote a final paper compareing the use of tragic dramatic irony in Sophocles' Oedipus the King and the use of comic dramatic irony in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. I went to take my final yesterday (one of three that day!) and came to a question that stumped me.

Name Oedipus' s mother and father.

Well, I had just written the paper--that should have been easy. I thought to myself "Laius is the father and the mother is....? Jocasta is his wife, but who is his mother?" I finally left it blank.

Uh, his wife IS his mother.

That's the whole flippin' point of the story: he kills his father and marries his mother.

I don't have a 4.0 for nothing, folks.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Third Grade Spelling Homework

Phoebe was working on writing a sentence with each of her spelling words. She ran this one by me:

Being physically blind is very different from being spiritually blind.

I'm sure Mrs. Olson will love that.