Love that movie. That is also how long it’s been since I’ve written. 🙂 So, with much urgings from my beloved ShellyJanuary, here goes:

WHAT I’VE BEEN LISTENING TO: Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt…and, oh yeah, more Matt. http://www.mattnathanson.com I got a hold of some of his live shows, and they have rekindled my Matty Lovin’. How is it possible that I have never seen him live? Why, now that I could finally manage to afford it, is he not touring back in California in the forseeable future? How is the Universe that unfair? Wow…these questions are really deep. I should be a Zen master. Seriously.

BEST MOVIE I’VE SEEN RECENTLY: Lost in Translation. I saw it at the ArcLight in Hollywood. Only place I ever want to see a movie again ever, incidentally. Cool ass movie theater. ASSIGNED SEATING! Anyway…Lost in Translation kicks serious booty. I can’t believe that Scarlett Johansson (sp? I don’t know) was only 17 when it was filmed. Also, Giovanni Ribisi was so perfect…I can’t even explain it. The movie was just so subtle…so few films are really subtle, and this one mastered that perfectly. I loved it.

BEST COMIC IN THE (FUCKING) WORLD: Dane Cook. http://www.danecook.com Shawna and I listened to his CD on the way home from LA last weekend, and I seriously thought I was not going to be able to continue driving while listening to it, I was laughing so hard. He is HILARIOUS!!!!!!!! Did I mention that he’s also hott? Not just hot. Double ‘t’ hott. He is a hottie hott hott hottie. HOTT!!!!! As my other hottie crush, Matty N., would say: AAWWW…..SHIT!

WHAT I’VE BEEN READING:
OK, I’ve read a ton of crap since I’ve last posted, I’m not even gonna try to touch on it all. What I want to talk about is Backspin by Harlan Coben. It’s a Myron Bolitar mystery, one of the early ones. What made it special, though, was you get some insight into Win…his mother’s in the story, his uncle, cousins…and an incident from his childhood is revealed. It doesn’t *explain* him by any means, but it offers a glimpse. And since Win is far and away my favorite character in the series…possibly in recent literature LOL…I was lovin’ it.

WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON: Well, Zany Brainy filed for bankruptcy. Damn them. Well, it’s FAO, Inc., technically. The parent company. No difference. My reaction is still: Bastards! I loved that job. Those girls were great. Oh, well, moving on with my life…

Scott Bairstow from Party of Five…you remember, Neve Campbell’s abusive boyfriend Ned? Turns out the motherfucker has been molesting/statutory raping a relative of his ex-wife’s since she was 12 years old and he was in his late twenties. I always thought that guy played a psycho pervert too well. Seriously. Shawna and I used to talk about how he gave us the creeps for real. Something about his eyes…like when Tim Conway and Harvey Korman used to laugh for real, and you could tell it was different than acting-laughing? Well, like that, but with “psycho” instead of “laughter.”

I’ve been subbing while I’ve been off track. It’s so much fun! New class every day, VERY little responsibility (compared to having my own room), I’m out when the kids are out, and although it doesn’t pay as well as teaching, it’s still pretty good pay. Damn. That’s my new career goal…subbing. LOL I would love it, actually, if I could afford to just sub instead of teach. The reason I got into teaching was to spark kids’ passion for learning, to share literature and learning that I’m passionate about with them as well…and I’m not allowed to do that anyway, so what’s the point?

Anyway, I am going to make a serious effort to post more often…even if I don’t make a big production of it every time, if I just post some thoughts. I really want to aim for once a week consistency. That would be perfect.

Check in with ya later!