This past week of my life has been absorbed in the Ice Storm. Luckily we only went four days without power and we had an abundance of help and shelter from friends and family. It still sucked though. A lot.
Now the power is restored, the fridge is restocked (The restocking process led to a very happy discovery: Tagalong ice cream is back!!), and I think I've gotten rid of that lingering stale apartment odor, made worse by my precious pooch's indoor pooping as a copying mechanism for ice storm anxiety.
It's been a week since I last blogged and I had been hoping to do some fancy series (by my standards) on the future of books and a liberal arts education, but now that I've had sporadic internet access for a week I'm feeling very unmotivated. So here's a new favorite Internet video and I guess I'll do that 25 Things Facebook Phenomenon.
1. One of my favorite things about reading the NYT is that if you highlight a word and click on it, it will tell you what the word means.
2. I need to work on expanding my vocabulary so I don't need to do the above so much.
3. Starting Wednesday, Aunt Billie is teaching me how to sew.
4. I want to learn how to sew so I can make myself some Regency dresses.
5. I want Melissa to win The Bachelor. Molly is my #2 pick.
6. Despite my intense love for Pride and Prejudice, I think Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion have more satisfying endings because Elinor and Anne suffer the most. One might also add Mansfield Park to this except I can't get past my extreme dislike for Fanny Price. She's just so boring!
7. I've had a crush on Tom Selleck since I was like 5 years old. It started with Three Men and a Little Baby.
8. I have 233 movies in my Netflix queue. #233 is Memoirs of a Geisha which will probably move up to #1 soon since I'm almost done reading the book. That will but Addicted to Love at the bottom.
9. For my 7th grade school picture I wore plaid dress shorts with panty hose. Eww.
10. When I was little I hated that my legal name was Katherine. I thought it sounded too prissy, like a lame princess name. Needless to say several of my opinions have changed since then.
11. I waited until I was drunk to tell Lee I voted for Kerry. Fortunately, he didn't really care.
12. In my Philosophy of Art class in college we read an essay on "artistic dropouts." I am a writing artistic dropout. One of the reasons I started this blog was to get over some of my feelings of writing inadequacy.
13. I still miss London. A lot.
14. My best friend just had a baby, which I hoped would calm me down in my eagerness to have kids, but it did not. Not that this will change our baby planning any, but I have started reading mommy blogs which does creep Lee out a little.
15. Speaking of babies, I've been reading about natural child birth which is something I could easily change my mind on, but it's something I've been thinking about a lot. Basically, I think the decision will come down to deciding which do I fear most: needles or pushing a human out of my vagina.
16. Speaking of London and babies, I have considered naming a daughter Endsleigh. Lee doesn't approve so expect a puppy named Endsleigh in our future.
17. Speaking of fears. My biggest fear is falling: off a ladder, off a step, out of a plane, big falls, little falls. I hate the feeling of falling. (Falling in love is acceptable though.)
18. I knew Lee and I had potential when he told me that he always bought a new belt with new shoes so he would have a matching set. Hott.
19. The first book that made me cry was Where the Red Fern Grows.
20. The first movie that made me cry was Casper.
21. I'm going to guess that the first time a TV show made me was cry was when Luna died on One Life to Live.
22. I can only dog paddle. I never made it far in swimming lessons because I couldn't dive. It totally freaked me out. This goes back to my fear of falling.
23. I go to Mass every week. I don't necessarily think I'm a great Catholic or Christian or anything (I try.), but I don't miss Mass. Since my First Communion in second grade I have missed Mass approximately five times (including Holy Days of Observation) and I only think two of those really count. (What can I do if I'm sick, don't speak Italian, or the British Rail system is experiencing major delays?!)
24. Ugh, two more. What are these supposed to be anyway? Interesting things? Unknown things? Umm...My greatest accomplishment in life is finding the love of my life and marrying him. This will only be topped by successfully staying married forever (I have every confidence that we will but at 4 months I don't know if it's something to brag about yet.) and raising kids who will not be juvenile delinquents and hopefully contribute something positive to the world.
25. I've never cooked seafood. I want to start cooking more seafood.