7 X 7 Meme (Better late than never?)
I got tagged by Robust McManlyPants with the 7 x 7 Meme. Here goes:
Seven Things To Do Before I Die:
- See the world, or at least touch my foot on every continent before I die.
- Do at least one of the following things that scare, but fascinate me: fly a plane, skydive, be an astronaut (ok, i know it's not realistic), or hang glide.
- Retire to the lake with the people that I love.
- Take a month-long road trip around the country. (Stopping at the world's largest balls of yarn and other roadside attractions mandatory.)
- Learn to sail.
- Get my master's degree, and maybe, just maybe, a phd.
- Spend more time with my family and friends.
- Say the word thesaurus properly.
- Dance...I'm not saying that I don't shake my booty, I just really can't shake it well.
- Wait, patiently...
- Speak a foreign language fluently. I can speak a little Spanish, and I practice with a guy at work, but it's pretty basic stuff.
- Change a tire. I should know how to do this, I'm hoping it'll kind of come to me ,um, instinctively or something...I can, however, change the oil (Thanks, Gramps) and hotwire (Thanks, NCIS) said vehicle.
- Make a proper cheesecake.
- It allows me to keep up with friends, without having to talk on the phone. ;)
- There are a lot of strange things on the interwebs. I find a lot of them through people's blogs.
- I like to answer silly quiz things.
- Occasionally I have something to say.
- Um, it gives me something to do while I'm watching tv.
- It allows me to read the opinions and points of view of people I might never have the opportunity to otherwise.
- I'm actually not very good at this whole blog thing.
Seven Things I Say Most Often:
- That's so queer.
- I'm just saying...
- That's crazy talk
- I'm going to go smoke.
- It's all good.
- The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger. Teen angst at it's finest.
- The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood I read this right after 9/11. Seemed appropriate though frightening at the time.
- The Devil in the White City - Erik Larson. One of the reasons I love this book so much is that I was desperately trying to get through Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie at the same time, without much success. I became fascinated with the time period while reading Devil, which led to a renewed (and successful) interest in Sister Carrie.
- Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky. I'll admit it's not everyone's cup of tea, but I love it.
- Helter Skelter- Vincent Bugliosi. Some people read bad romance novels, but True Crime is my trash. This one's the best.
- It - Stephen King. I love many of Stephen King's novels. He was the first author to truly scare the pants off me. He's an excellent storyteller and this is a great story.
- Backlash - Susan Faludi
Seven Movies That I Watch Over And Over Again:
- The Silence of the Lambs - I *heart* this movie. This movie scared the shit out fo me, but still, I so wanted to be Clarice Starling. (Pre Hannibal, the novel, Clarice Starling that is.)
- Nightmare on Elm Street. I know it's horrible, but I love Freddy Krueger, and this one's got Johnny Depp too!
- The Game - This might be one of the few Michael Douglas movies I like. I just don't care for him.
- The Princess Bride
- Dogma - What can I say? I really think Kevin Smith is funny. (I kind of have a crush on him.)
Seven Things About Christmas that were really cool:
- Spending time with my family.
- Traditional Christmas Breakfast.
- Watching Gandalf and Tivo play.
- Lots of fun holiday parties.
- Spending time with friends.
- Days off from work.
- Lots and lots of Christmas Baking.