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Insomnia's back - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Insomnia's back
Ah, yes. 3:30 am and not even vaguely sleepy.

This is stupid.

I hate it when I write myself into a corner (see end of Shifts post). It makes me antsy and annoyed with myself and is bad for potential sleep.

So, let's see. I'll do the first five memes I find on my f-list.

Wow... thin on the ground, just 'cause I'm looking for them.

From delleve

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From liwy
1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
Not bloody much. It's been a slow year. I guess that going to an election-night bash probably was the biggest one, though I didn't stay to see Kerry not come out.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Nope. Already made some, probably will break them again.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, but two of my cousins' wives got pregnant, and will have babies around the same time next year.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Sort of. One of my mother's friends, who babysat me when I was little, died of the diabetes she's been fighting since childhood.

5. What countries did you visit?

6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
Financial security.

7. What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
October 2. My grandmother was visiting, and we went to see my cousins on the Cape, and my grandmother experienced her first drag queen on a side trip to Provincetown. Not a subtle one, dressing in women's business clothes, but a guy in a glittery tank top, a miniskirt, and fishnet stockings, belting "New York, New York," at the top of his lungs. After some consideration, she said, "Well, I've seen everything now. He really does have a nice voice."

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Accomplished nothing this year.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Failed to write a novel that I had planned.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Broke my heel bone and sprained my ankle getting out of bed in August. Was in a cast for three months, and still limp when it's wet and cold out.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A pretty lavender skirt that swirls just right.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
No one comes to mind.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Too many people to list.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Nickel and dimed myself to death. Fed the credit card.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Star Wars trailer. JK Rowling's site.

16. What song will always remind you of 2004?
This was my Beatles year. No specific song.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? The same.
ii. thinner or fatter? Fatter. Grrrr.
iii. richer or poorer? No serious change.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Visited friends.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Gone out alone.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Sitting at the comp, playing games and writing. I'd indignantly point out that I'm Jewish and not expected to be doing anything for Christmas (except calling Gentile family members), but I didn't do too much different for Jewish holidays.

21. How did you spend New Year's?
Went to see Phantom of the Opera, then rang in the New Year at a swanky little hotel lounge, drinking a mimosa.

22. Did you fall in love in 2004?

23. How many one-night stands?

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Buffy re-runs on FX.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

26. What was the best book you read?
Eek, I'm a librarian. Why can't I remember the answer to this question????

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
That I don't like any music produced after roughly 1988.

28. What did you want and get?
Star Wars DVDs.

29. What did you want and not get?
Gift cards for the restaurants where I eat lunch. :( Also, old time rock-and-roll CDs--I have a feeling that when my mom passed on this part of my wishlist, she said "Classic Rock"... which is, erm, not really my genre. I hate that they call 70s loud music "classic rock," and would prefer it to refer to classic rock-and-roll, like the Beatles, Elvis, etc.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Nothing's jumping out. Phantom was fun. PoA was pretty, but annoying. I refuse to believe that Van Helsing wasn't a deliberate self-parody.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 34 in July and did nothing.

32. What one thing that would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Being married.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
Skirts and blouses, or flowy dresses with little shell sweaters over them.

34. What kept you sane?

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Crush-wise, none. Total man-I-wish-I-knew-that-person, J.K. Rowling.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Negative campaigning. By August, I was lambasting campaigners in the street when they started a pitch with a negative ("Vote against _____ because...") rather than a positive ("Vote for _____ because"). By the end of October, I was basically paying them to be positive, by literally stopping to donate every time I heard a positive pitch, and explaining that's why I was doing so.

37. Who did you miss?
Missed having a_p_ around town.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Didn't meet a lot of new people. I guess I'll say these two cool twelve-year-old kids who come to the library every day and make my work life much more interesting.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004.
Learned one that I can't share. It involves credit cards.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been,
Lives in a dream.
Waits at the window, wearing a face she keeps in a jar by the door,
Who is it for?

From everyone, most recently moralpoison

In the year 2005 I resolve to:

Read the manual.

Get your resolution here

(The systems people will be relieved)

From chocolatepot (I'll only do the first three of these):
1.) Pick a fandom out of the following:
Harry Potter
Star Wars
2.) I will write a fanfic for the fandom that is at least 250 words. I will mention five things, which I will pick, in the story from your Interests. Then, I'll put it in my journal.
3.) Put this meme in your own journal.

And another from moralpoison (I'm down to skip=150 on the ol' f-list... no one's memeing!)

100 Years by Five for Fighting

"Every day's a new day...
15 there's still time for you
Time to buy and time to choose
Hey 15, there's never a wish better than this
When you only got 100 years to live"

2004 was about thinking and reflecting - but isn't every year?

Of course, I have no idea who any of the people (except Madonna and J. Lo) are in the list. And they didn't let me answer that I'd rather listen to 1960s British invasion...

Sigh. I should listen to contemporary music. I'm not only sounding like an old fogey, I'm sounding like an old fogey from a generation I'm not even in.
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chocolatepot From: chocolatepot Date: January 2nd, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
From my meme...I'll choose Harry Potter.
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: January 2nd, 2005 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bah! I'm younger than you, and I still like 1960s British invasion.

Maybe it would help to tell your mother to call them "oldies"? Only that always sounds vague to me, and I think some of the oldies stations around here are creeping more into the seventies. Oddly, what started out as the eighties music station has also started creeping into the seventies.... At least they're honest. Their self-description is now "We play the super hits of the eighties... and anything else we want."

Soft rock is a strange and perhaps sneaky phenomenon. I think it's plotting to eat other categories and take over the world.

But I still listen to it.
chocolatepot From: chocolatepot Date: January 2nd, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I prefer oldied from the fifties. I think I'm the only person who still calls them oldies (I feel really silly saying, "I like Doo Wop"), because now different things are oldies.

I like the British Invasion as well. :)
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: January 3rd, 2005 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)
This week's musical choices:

Moody Blues (circa 1969)
Rod Stewart, recorded in 2002, but it's the Great American classics, like "It Had To Be You" and "Moonlight".

They just don't write'em the way they used to.

I'll queue up some Beatles tonight, thanks for the thought.

mozartopia From: mozartopia Date: January 2nd, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay for Star Wars DVDs!

There's no need to listen to contemporary music. I'm still stuck in the eighteenth century and I'm under twenty--which is a bit unsettling, when one enters normal conversation, admittedly--

But the British invasion is fabulous. You have tastes and they make you interesting, not a fogey. Such a high proportion of contemporary music is the most incredible **** (perhaps, rather than resorting to language, I should admit that I just don't understand it) that I would be a bit scared if you started belting out song lyrics from heart.
buongiornodaisy From: buongiornodaisy Date: January 2nd, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree, except most of my musical tastes are squared neatly away in Hollywood, and I'm not talking about the "Music inspired by" soundtrack variety. *points to icon*
mozartopia From: mozartopia Date: January 2nd, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Herrmann is on a stamp? *adores postal service*

Do you frequent filmscorefocus.com at all?
buongiornodaisy From: buongiornodaisy Date: January 2nd, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was only last year that I became aware of film score sites at all, so, not. :\

But if you do enough Google searches you'll find loads of awesome stamps. There are plenty of stamps for film score somposers; I think I saw one for Henry Mancini. :D
sreya From: sreya Date: January 2nd, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't worry, Fern -- I tried that last music meme, and I couldn't find anything in that list that I listen to (or know anything about) either. And I'm only 23!
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liwy From: liwy Date: January 2nd, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
through The Rise of Michael Jackson.

That part of the definition is vague, though. Doesn't include Bon Jovi, U2, a lot of Aerosmith, and other stuff that is often categorized as 'classic rock', at least by the radio stations I've encountered.
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