On the Brain

Friday Five:
1. List five people and a song that reminds you of them or that you think best describes them (list the person’s name, the song title, and the song’s artist). Greg while we dated: “Iris,” Goo Goo Dolls.
Current Greg: “Girls & Boys”, Good Charlotte.
God (sort of a person, right?): “Stars,” Switchfoot.
My crazy family: “Anything But Ordinary,” Avril Lavigne.
Adrienne (from my old floor): “Adrienne,” The Calling.
I realize that last one’s a cop-out, but I don’t usually associate people with songs.
2. What would your life’s soundtrack be? My current theme song would be “Meant to Live,” by Switchfoot. I don’t know if I could make a whole soundtrack.
3. Which would you prefer: to live somewhere that is hot or to live somewhere that is cold year-round? Why? I can’t really answer this. Okinawa was hot, but I’ve never lived anywhere constantly cold, so I’m biased to go with something I’ve already experienced.
4. Suppose you had twins, a boy and a girl. What names would you give and why? I like Alyssa best for a girl. I don’t usually think about boy’s names, but probably something traditional and Biblical: John, David, Andrew, Thomas, Matthew, Luke.
5. What’s a quote/lyric that describes you right now? “When I look at the stars, I see someone else.” “Stars,” Switchfoot again. I really like what I’ve heard, and they have a new CD coming out in a few weeks, so I’ve got them on the brain.

I didn’t do much this week. Maybe I should have stayed at work longer. It’s not like I did anything productive with my time. I finally finished If on a winter’s night a traveler, by Italo Calvino. It was assigned for my lit class last semester, but I never finished it. My professor said it was really good, though, and the discussion made it sound interesting, so I wanted to finish it. It’s such a complicated postmodern book. It’s about reading and writing, but… it’s just so convoluted. From the first sentence, you can tell it’s not going to be a normal novel.

You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino’s new novel, If on a winter’s night a traveler. Relax. Concentrate. Dispel every other thought. Let the world around you fade. Best to close the door; the tv is always on in the next room. Tell the other right away, “No I don’t want to watch tv!” Raise your voice — they won’t hear you otherwise — “I’m reading! I don’t want to be disturbed!” Maybe they haven’t heard you, with all that racket; speak louder, yell: “I’m beginning to read Italo Calvino’s new novel!” Or if you prefer, don’t say anything; just hope they’ll leave you alone.

Once I really started getting into it, understanding the book’s point, it was absolutely amazing. I never saw the ending coming, but it was very fulfilling.

I did a little more shopping. I went to the BX with my mom last night, then to Sears Essentials in search of pillowcases. Sears bought K-Mart, so it was a little like being in Target again, only it’s not as colorful. I finally bought a file crate. I’ve had files for a while, but I have them in this metal thing that just sits on my floor. The crate is bigger, but now I can take my files to school with me next week.

I went out with Megan, Stephanie, and Angela tonight to see The Brothers Grimm. Something about the trailer and commercials just didn’t strike my fancy, but I’m glad I went. I love fantasy. The special effects were great, and the story had enough plot and characterization for me. It got a bit hard to keep things straight. Since it is about the Grimms, and they wrote a bunch of fairy tales, there were a ton of fairy tale references. But it’s like “Hush”, from Buffy: Fairy tales are old-fashioned urban legends; they all start in truth.

It was nice to be out again. Megan, Steph and I went to Kohl’s and JC Penney while we waited for Angela, and we all ate in the food court after the movie. I’m not ready to slave over my schoolwork again, but I miss all the people. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to live alone, not even when I can afford it and I’m not married. It’s so lonely. I don’t know what to do with myself. With floormates, at least I know I could hang out if I wanted to. I don’t feel like such a hermit. I used to crave being alone, but now I like being around people. People are good.

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