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Month: August, 2010

The 5 items always in my bag

by mollykl

1. My wallet – by Etienne Aigner. I think it’s possibly the nicest thing I own. Rather a sad statement.

2. My Moleskin planner. I used to belong to the cult of Steven Covey and carry a Franklin planner, and then I realized I didn’t need all that. I’m doing just fine with the Moleskin, thank you.

3. My small Moleskin notebook. Because I keep a seperate notebook just for lists. You see, I make lists compulsively. It relaxes me. Yeah, it may be a sign of some serious mental disorder, but as long as I’m ok with it, what’s the harm? So I have a book of lists that I carry around and add things to.

4. My silver Cross pen. I keep my good fountatin pens at home, so I carry this one. Plus, it’s a rollerball, so it has good flow.

5. My phone. I can live without it – I’ll say that upfront. But it’s got my husband’s number in it, which I never remember, and J’s daycare number. And I’m not sure I trust my car anymore, so it’s always good to have help.

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5 posts/stories I think you should read

by mollykl

1. Katrina plus 5

2. The Tiger Woods jokes don’t seem quite so funny

3.  Antibodies prevent most HIV strains from infecting cells

4. What is the real number of dead in the Iraq war?

5. Steve Martin’s tour rider leaked!

My 5 favorite literary theorists

by mollykl

1. Sandra M. Gilbert

2. Susan Gubar

3. Elaine Showalter

4. Stephen Greenblatt

5. Stanley Fish

My 5 favorite wines

by mollykl

1. Veuve Clicquot Brut “Yellow Label”

2. La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Ventoux Rose

3. Capay Valley Vineyards Viognier

4. Dark Matter Zinfandel

5. As-yet-unnamed Bad Astronaut  Petit Syrah

10 books that changed my life

by mollykl

Come on, you knew “the book list” had to be in here somewhere…

1.A house like a lotus – Madeleine L’Engle

2. Pride and prejudice – Jane Austen

3. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

4. The big sleep – Raymond Chandler

5. Song of the dodo: island biogeography in an age of extinction – David Quammen

6. D-Day June 6,1944: the climactic battle of World War II – Stephen Ambrose

7. Sexual anarchy: gender and culture at the fin de siecle – Elaine Showalter

8. The Club Dumas – Arturo Perez-Reverte

9. The sun also rises – Ernest Hemingway

10. My garden companion: a complete guide for the beginner  – Jamie Jobb

3 random thoughts for a Friday

by mollykl

1. The short story is dead. No one wants to write a short story because they think what they have to say is too important for a mere short story. No, it must be a novel, so they spend far too many words saying something quite simple, and boring the hell out of us.

2. Reality tv is killing human decency. People are horrible, mean, cruel and just plain stupid and they get money thrown at them for behaving in a way that I’d hoped we had evolved past.

3. If you can’t be completely honest with your husband…well then…who ARE you going to be honest with?

10 things I don’t do enough.

by mollykl

1. Do yoga. I always feel better after I do, so why don’t I do it more often?

2. Take my vitamins.

3. Drink more water.

4. Drink less wine. (Sorry Chris)

5. Calm down.

6. Talk less.

7. Listen more.

8. Wear sunscreen.

9. Pay attention to the world.

10. Worry less.

3 things I thought I’d never see

by mollykl

1. Northern Ireland peace accord

2. The U.S. electing a black president

3. U.S. combat troops leaving Iraq

My 3 favorite ways to annoy my husband

by mollykl

1. Play Nickelback, really loudly, and let J listen

2. Use superlatives whenever possible. Actually, it’s even more effective when it’s really NOT possible, and I do it anyway.

3. Talk about him to my friends at work…and let him know I did.

My 5 most influential college professors

by mollykl

1. Doug Sugano, if you’ve had a class from him, then you know why. ‘Nuff said.

2. Vic Bobb, because he is living proof that “intellectual” doesn’t equal “elitist jackass”.

3. Rick Hornor. In 1987  I took a theater/music survey course to fulfill a requirement and to pass I had to do a scene (with, oddly enough, the guy I’d had a crush on all semester). I just tried to get through it and as we were leaving class he stopped me to ask if I’d ever thought of acting. No, I hadn’t. I still wouldn’t. But I’ve carried that with me these 20+ years as a reminder that I might be more than I think I am.

4. Toni Carbo. My simple “class project” for Information Ethics helped me more than she’ll ever know.

5. Eileen Abels, Five years of grad school, and approximately 45,000 dollars…and I’m still working in a grocery store. But for fun I answer questions for the Internet Public Library’s Ask a  Librarian service, and it’s the best job I’ve ever had that I didn’t get paid for.  Do I feel that time and money was worth it, even though I’m not actually getting paid to work in a library? Check out the smile on my face when I answer a question for the IPL and then you tell me.