Wednesday, January 21, 2009

oscar noms

my predictions for oscar nominations tomorrow morning.

best picture
the curious case of benjamin button
the dark knight
slumdog millionaire

best director
danny boyle
david fincher
ron howard
christopher nolan
gus van sant

best actor
clint eastwood
frank langella
sean penn
brad pitt
mickey rourke

best actress
cate blanchett
anne hathaway
sally hawkins
meryl streep
kate winslet (revolutionary road)

best supporting actor
james brolin
robert downey jr.
philip seymour hoffman
heath ledger
dev patel

best supporting actress
penelope cruz
viola davis
taraji p. henderson
marissa tomei
kate winslet (the reader)

Monday, January 12, 2009

Books in 2008

here are the aforementioned 20 books that i read last year, in chronological order and with my top 5 at the end. let me know if you have any recommendations!

1. Matilda – Roald Dahl
2. Restless – William Boyd
3. The Law of Dreams – Peter Behrens
4. What is the What by Dave Eggers
5. A Thousand Acres – Jane Smiley
6. Fellow Travelers – Thomas Mallon
7. The Pacific and Other Stories – Mark Helprin
8. Billion Dollar Kiss – Jeffrey Stepakoff
9. 10 Days in the Hills – Jane Smiley
10. A Handbook to Luck – Cristina Garcia
11. Tender at the Bone – Ruth Reichl
12. When You Are Engulfed in Flames – David Sedaris
13. People of the Book – Geraldine Brooks
14. When Will There Be Good News – Kate Atkinson
15. Twilight – Stephenie Meyer
16. I See You Everywhere – Julia Glass
17. Slam – Nick Hornby
18. Flesh and Blood – Michael Cunningham
19. East of Eden – John Steinbeck
20. The Emperor's Children – Claire Messud

Top 5:
1. A Thousand Acres – loved this one from start to finish, resurrected my lunchtime reading isolation, and got me to try reading more by the author (though that foray was a disappointment).
2. Tender at the Bone – Ruth Reichl is a great writer and made me want to cook – I know!
3. East of Eden – wanted to love this more as Grapes of Wrath is probably in my top 3 of all time.
Still devoured this one, but wish I had read it in a class so that I could get all the many meanings out of it.
4. Restless – great spy novel I read at the beginning of the year – totally entrancing.
5. (tie) People of the Book and I See You Everywhere – two new novels by two of my favorite authors – neither one was extraordinary, but I love both of their writing styles.

third time's the charm, right?

i started smoking on october 31st, 2000. minus one 11 month quitting period, and another 7 month quitting period, that's pretty much 8 years of smoking. disgusting.

one of my new year's resolutions was to quit... again. i had my coworker trish take some pictures of me trashing my last pack of cigarettes

january 8, 2009 was the first day of not smoking. being completely ill has certainly helped me have no desire to smoke in these first few days, which is awesome. wish me luck!

Monday, January 5, 2009

10 things i did in 2008

1. read 20 books
2. accidentally started smoking again and then purposefully kept doing it
3. started taking happy pills
4. moved to san francisco
5. began working at an amazing job that quickly spiraled out of control ...
6. ... and then hilariously bombed an interview for my dream job
7. visited 4 states (and drove through 2 more)
8. made innumerable racist jokes
9. volunteered my ass off for a losing political campaign
10. lost my virginity

here's hoping to keeping this progress going in 2009!