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30 Before 30: Cinema Edition. The Final List.

17 Jan
Cover of "Citizen Kane (Two-Disc Special ...

Cover of Citizen Kane (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Here it is. The final 30 Before 30 movie list, which I originally wrote about here. These are the 30 movies I plan to see before I turn 30 on January 5, 2012. Most of them are classics. All of them are movies I have never seen. And I have about 350 days to change that.

  1. The Graduate
  2. The Godfather
  3. The Godfather: Part II
  4. St. Elmo’s Fire
  5. The Color Purple
  6. The Shining
  7. Casablanca
  8. Citizen Kane
  9. The Exorcist
  10. It’s a Wonderful Life
  11. A Streetcar Named Desire
  12. Psycho
  13. Cool Hand Luke
  14. The Big Lebowski
  15. Amelie
  16. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  17. City of God
  18. Memento
  19. Rebel without a Cause
  20. Rocky Horror Picture Show
  21. Sophie’s Choice
  22. Heat
  23. Goodfellas
  24. Singin’ in the Rain
  25. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  26. The Usual Suspects
  27. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  28. Terms of Endearment
  29. Love Story
  30. Annie Hall

Wish me luck! I’ll keep you posted on my progress.


30 Before 30: Cinema Edition

11 Jan

Three hundred fifty-nine days from now, I will be saying “Goodbye, twenties!” and “Hello, thirties!”

So to celebrate the last few days of my youth, I thought it would be fun to do a 30 before 30 list. However, since I have less than a year to do this and since I just started an 11 for 2011 list on January 1, I think I’m going to forgo the traditional skydiving, bungee-jumping, climb Mt. Everest hullabaloo and try something a little different. A little more low-key.

I’m making a list of 30 must-see movies to watch before I turn 30. As someone who comes from a somewhat disadvantaged background (You can read more about that here), one of the phrases I hear quite often (usually from my husband) is “What!?! You’ve never seen that movie!?!” There are a lot of classic (and cult classic) movies that I have never seen: The Godfather, The Shining, St. Elmo’s Fire, The Color Purple, Airplane!

Over the next 359 days, I hope to shorten that movies-not-watched list, and I want your input. I’ll be posting the list within the next week or two. What movies do you think I should add?

This Year, I’m Not Making Resolutions

2 Jan

Every January, I make a list of the year’s resolutions. You know the type: be kinder, watch less TV, read more books, eat healthy, blog more (Ha!), exercise, be a better person, drink less soda, eat more veggies, blah, blah, blah.

These “resolutions” are well-intentioned, and I’m sure I’ve kept some of them. But there is no tangible way to keep track. Honestly, no matter how significant my desire to “be kinder” is, I’m never going to keep a running tally of every kind thing I do each day and mark it off against all the unkind things. Let’s get real, people, that would be counterproductive.

So this year instead of resolutions, I’m setting goals. Hard and fast, put ’em on a to-to list and check them off goals. Here we go.

11 Goals for 2011 (Catchy, huh?)

  1. Run a 5k in under 30 minutes. I’ve recently started running again, and I’ve found that the only way for me to keep running is to continually set new goals. I recently completed the No Boundaries Beginner 5k training program with Fleet Feet here in Nashville. I finished our graduation race, the Jingle Bell Run in downtown Franklin, in 32 minutes. But I really wanted to break 30 – so I’m setting that as my goal for this year.
  2. Set a new 1/2 marathon PR. This one may be cheating a little since I have already signed up for a 1/2 marathon training program through Fleet Feet, but it’s my list and I can cheat if I want to. Barring injury, this goal shouldn’t be too hard to complete  considering  my last (and only) 1/2 marathon finishing time is around the 3:32 mark. I’m hoping for under 3 hours for this one. I’ll be running the Country Music 1/2 marathon in April. Wish me luck!
  3. Lose 11 lbs. In 2010, I lost 20 lbs. without setting a goal. Let’s see how I’ll do with a goal in 2011.
  4. Read 11 books. I think I’ll stick with the “11” theme for the next few goals. I always resolve to read more each year, but I’ve never kept track. Eleven books seems doable, especially since I used to read twice that many each semester when I was an English major in college. My first pick: The Time Traveler’s Wife.
  5. Write 11 letters/notes to 11 different people. Old-fashioned, handwritten, on stationery, sent in the mail letters. I love stationery, and I love getting real mail – as in, not bills – so maybe other people will like receiving them. It’s so quaint, so days-gone-by. I think it will be fun. I might even turn this into a separate little project.
  6. Meet 11 new people. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories, but I’m not exactly a small-talk person, so this one is often hard for me. Maybe setting this goal will give me the push that I need. And by meeting 11 new people, I don’t mean making 11 new BFFs. It just means that I talk to 11 people whom I have never spoken to before.  Actually talk to them beyond just exchanging names.
  7. Send out 11 writing queries or take on 11 freelance assignments, or a combination of the two. I think I’m finally ready to turn my writing dream into a reality. This one is the most daunting on the list.
  8. Organize my closet. It must be done! And I don’t mean just put things where they go; I do that already. I’m talking about a new organizational system installation complete overhaul.
  9. Finish my Centrifuge scrapbook. It’s been seven years since I worked summer camp. It’s about time I complete those last few pages and close the book on Fuge 2004.
  10. Take on the photo a day challenge. Not because I’m a photographer or anything, but because I like to document stuff. I think it will be neat. And I just got this really cool new Windows 7 phone that takes pretty good photos and lets me easily upload them to wherever.  This place will most likely be Twitpic. I already uploaded the photo for Jan. 1 here. These should also show up on my Twitter feed at the bottom of this blog.
  11. Visit a place I’ve never been to before. This could be a new city or maybe a touristy place in Nashville that I’ve never been to. But it has to be significant, not something like the Kroger on Nolensville. That would be lame.

Okay, so that’s my list. Here’s to an unresolved, but goal-oriented 2011.

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What’s on My Nightstand

21 Aug

  • engagement photo (we look so young) because every girl needs a photo of her man by her bed to remind her that she’s loved
  • sea breeze scented candle for relaxing aromatherapy
  • notebook, complete with notes, to jot down those late night thoughts that chase away sleep
  • a green and blue polka dot pen because pens should be fun, not boring, in order to enhance creativity
  • Billy Collins’ Poetry 180 – modern inspiration, a good read
  • bedside lamp to provide light for nighttime reading and writing
  • Dasani water, the only kind I drink
  • striped coaster to protect the furniture from ugly water rings

Three Things I Don’t Miss about Living in Mississippi

21 Jul
  1. Mosquitoes

  2. Humidity

  3. Allergies

“Is David Cook a Christian?” and “How Tall is Hoda Kotb?” That’s What You Want to Know?

3 Jul

Just for kicks, I thought I’d share with y’all the most popular search terms that landed people on my blog. Some of them are pretty predictable (American Idol, Eckhart Tolle). And some are just plain weird. Apparently, there are a lot of people out there who want to know how tall Hoda Kotb is and whether or not David Cook is a Christian. A couple of people are interested in finding out how much David Archuleta weighs. I don’t know what they’re going to do with that information, but to each his own. And apparently David Cook has (or did have) a Xanga blog that several people are interested in finding. There are also at least 38 people out there who don’t know how to spell “American.”


12 Jan

1. What is your name: Laura
2. 4 letter word: lost
3. Vehicle: Lexus
4. A city: London
5. Boy Name: Luke
6. Girl Name: Lorelai
7. Alcoholic drink: Lynchburg Lemonade
8. Occupation: Librarian
9. Something you wear: lingerie
10. Celebrity: Lucy Liu
11. Food: lemon lollipop
12. Something found in a bathroom: loofah
13. Reason for Being Late: lost my keys
14. Cartoon Character: Linus
15. Something you shout: Loser!
16. Animal: llama
17. Body part: lip
18. Word to describe you: lovely

Things to Do in 2008

8 Jan
  • drink less soda
  • run a 1/2 marathon
  • find a church that I can really get involved in
  • get more sleep
  • eat more veggies
  • send my writing in to a publisher other than my own
  • get more done on Saturdays
  • run 3 days a week
  • sleep in less
  • cook dinner more often, like once (maybe twice) a month
  • read more often

10 Things I Did on New Year’s Eve

4 Jan
  1. watched football, lots of football
  2. had a wonderful Italian meal
  3. stood in line at a club and didn’t get in, 😦
  4. wore flats because of a stupid running injury, 😦 again
  5. toasted the new year with free champagne
  6. drank a cafe au lait while walking down Broadway — not the French Quarter, but close enough
  7. met my first Aussie (Olivia Newtown-John doesn’t count because I chatted with her on the phone, not in person)
  8. had my first tequila sunrise, yummy … and free
  9. witnessed a chick fight in a bar over a stolen wallet, hilarious. the bartender kicked out the thief. so funny.
  10. made jokes about a “queen” wearing a chicken hat. he was an easy target, but also a good sport.