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I should also mention the Jewishness of my last two days.... :) I wore my JSU t-shirt yesterday, and the entire family was sounding out what my t-shirt said (the cutest thing was Becca, aged 7: "that's a mem... and that's a hay...". I think I've gotten to the point when I can recognize more of the alphabet than she can, which makes me happy). Aunt Val was confused by all the vavs, and I think Papa Frank was the only one who just read it aloud (although he probably looked at it and figured it out before speaking, knowing him... he said he hasn't read Hebrew in 50 years.)

Anyway, Aunt Val wanted to know all about Jewish live at MHC. And last night she lent me several books. I have returned home with: *clears throat*

Jewish Literacy, by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
The Jewish Book of Why, by Alfred J. Kolatch
Miriam's Well: Stories About Women in the Bible, by Alice Bach and J. Cheryl Exum
Prayerbook Hebrew The Easy Way (which is waaay beyond my level of Hebrew. That is, it requires knowledge of the alphabet and verbs... perhaps I will borrow it again in a year)
God Was Not In the Fire: The Search for a Spiritual Judaism, by Daniel Gordis (this one sounds interesting... it looks to be about the secularization of Jews, something I know about all too well)
Jewish Women/Jewish Men: The Legacy of Patriarchy in Jewish Life, by Aviva Cantor (one of a few books Aunt Val doesn't want back... I got the sense that someone gave her this right after her divorce)
Deborah, Golda, and Me: Being Female and Jewish in America, by Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Ack! The whole stack of books just fell on me. I need to find someplace better to put them!
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Wah! I was typing away at this entry when I tried to spell check, causing Phoenix to crash... I want my iJournal back!!! wah!

So, anyway. Going to the Bay Area to visit aunt, cousins and grandparents, and drop Naomi off for two weeks of Noah- and Becca-sitting.

We stopped for lunch at the Fresh Choice, the best restaurant chain ever and tragically lacking on the east coast. Actually, tragically lacking everywhere but California, Washington, and Texas (I checked the locations at the restaurant :D ). The majority of the Fresh Choice is a large salad bar, with just about everything you could possibly want on a salad. You go through the salad bar and get your salad. They then ring you up for your meal ($6.99 for the meal) and you go on. To the soup bar. The pasta bar. The baked goods bar. The fruit bar. The dessert bar. It's a sort of health food buffet... yum. In my ideal world dining halls would be Fresh Choice restaurants... sigh.

We somehow managed to get lost in San Francisco... it was quite special. We tried to drive around the edges of the city to avoid the traffic from the Pride parade, and in the process we ended up in Lake Merced. We ended up going by Robin Williams's house, though... my family somehow almost always ends up going by his house if we are in the city for any period of time (mainly because it is directly on the path between Highway 101 and the beach). But he is growing a brontosaurus topiary in his garden, which is interesting... the neck and head are not filled in yet so it's just a wire frame with eyes stuck to it. But back to getting lost. We ended up in Lake Merced and we made a left turn and then a large truck with devil stickers on the back appeared behind us. The man in the truck honked at us and then shook his fist at us as he passed us. But then we found ourselves again and went on and visited family and such.

The most exciting part of the weekend is that THERE IS A VERY GOOD CHANCE THAT I WILL BE ABLE TO COME BACK FOR MY COUSIN BEN'S BAR MITZVAH IN NOVEMBER!!!!!!! I'm going to miss Family Weekend, but I think going home and seeing my family on Family Weekend actually makes sense... I was really upset about having to miss it, because it would make me very sad, and it would also make Ben very sad....

Mom and I came home today, leaving Naomi behind. We stopped at the Apple Store (*drool*).... there were no G5s there yet but so much pretty pretty hardware....
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computer geekery )

Tomorrow I am off to the Bay Area to visit family. I am v. excited about it... yay. Plus we're going to stop in Santa Rosa and I will get new pants... yay. I currently have one unripped pair of pants.

Also, I would like to mention, I am very proud of the new, assertive Molly. The Molly who can talk to strangers on the phone. The Molly who is not, in fact, unemployed, but rather self-employed... go me. I have decided to stop thinking of my intermittant employers as employers but as clients. Plus "I'm doing freelance graphic design" sounds much better than "I'm unemployed, and occasionally designing stuff for people"
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Dani is right... giving out codes is very fun. (When I realized that I couldn't handle loosing my lj icons and paid for another six months I got a sudden windfall of codes *promises self* I will use more paid features than just the icons this time....)

So, I present to you Katie's new journal, [livejournal.com profile] manifesto_tea

Also Hannah, aka [livejournal.com profile] quazar
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I want to kiss the Supreme Court.

They rock my entire wardrobe.
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I ran across this yesterday in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary of American Writers, in the entry on Herman Melville:

"In 1850 he bought a farm, 'Arrowhead,' near Nathaniel Hawthorne's home at Pittsfield, Mass. Their initially close relationship reanimated Melville's creative energies. On his side, it was dependent, almost mystically intense, but to the cooler, withdrawn Hawthorne, such depth of feeling so openly declared was uncongenial, and the two men drew apart."

Seriously, I am thinking about a day trip to Pittsfield and Lenox (6 miles away, where Hawthorne was living c. 1850) sometime next semester. It would be fun, and the tour guides may be able to help solve the Melville/Hawthorne mystery, or at least point out a good place to look for more information. At this point it's looking like to me like a passionate friendship, and it's interesting that it was mostly on Melville's side--it isn't mentioned in the Hawthorne entry at all (but it had a more profound affect on Melville because Hawthorne, 15 years older, influenced Moby Dick dramatically, while Melville had next to no affect on Hawthorne's style).

(Also, The Mount is in Lenox and I haven't been there since they finished the restoration...)
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I want someone else to finish Harry Potter and talk to me about it!

In the meantime, I am procrastinating by being a vampire online. It is fun.

If anyone else wants to have fun and be a vampire, you can go to

http://quiz.ravenblack.net/blood.pl?biter=Cehei
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I have finished it. And... wow.


Order of the Phoenix wibbling - spoilers )
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MHC people -

f meaplet as soon as you can. I want to talk to you about my plan ... I need advice.

Did everyone see the Vista that came in the mail this week? (Or probably last week if you live closer to school...) It had pictures of Sam (Mitchell) and Heidi, Naomi Gates Monasch, Eric Barnes, Hannah Kolack and Jamie Long. I think my family was frightened by the fact that I was leafing through the thing and kept finding people I knew... I guess it's now fairly clear what going to a small school means.... [sudden thought. maybe I shouldn't mention all those people by name because they'll find this if they google themselves in the future...]

Also, Dory, I am muy excited that you have a livejournal now. Because when I checked your plan there was nothing....
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HARRY POTTER!!!!!

8 hours!!!!!!

But here's the thing. I'm at Relay For Life tonight, so I don't get the book until TOMORROW MORNING. It makes me so sad.

And people are talking about it everywhere. Alexmalfoy gets it in something like 5 minutes. Eleanor? It's 2 am for you now, isn't it? Are you doing the crazy midnight anticipation there? Alexmalfoy and Cassandra Claire are updating like crazy in anticipation. And all the people on the HPFGU list are updating like crazy. And last night I dreamed that I was reading it and Hermione jumped off a cliff and died and that was the death that was really hard for JKR to write and in my dream I was sobbing. Even though I know the death is going to be some riddiculus character who doesn't even show up until this book. I mean come on. "A special fan of Harry's" is going to die. When GoF came out "a major character" was going to die and everyone was worried about Ron and Hermione and Dumbledore and then Cedric Digory, who had been in one scene in book three, became a major character in book four. So. It's not going to be Ginny. It's not going to be Draco. It's not going to be Hagrid. It could be Colin (but he's been Petrified before and that would just be sad). It's going to be someone random who NOBODY has thought of before. And certainly Hermione is not going to be driven crazy by ghosts and jump off a cliff, like in my dream.

"Just for the record": I figure I might as well get my predictions out there before the book comes out, and we will find out whether I'm right or wrong.

Arabella Figg will be the new DADA teacher.
Maybe here or in book six they will finally get rid of Fudge as Minister of Magic, but Lucius Malfoy will take his place (probably at the very end of the series Arthur Weasley will end up as MOM).
Hermione and Ron will get together. I do not want to deal with another YEAR of romantic tension between them. But of course we need to get rid of Viktor first, because Hermione having a boyfriend could cause problems.
Something will happen with Cho Chang. (well, really, how could it not? Harry's crush combined with Cedric's death simply does not permit her fading into the background)
Harry and Draco will not get together, and Draco will continue to be his irritating canon self, but will not die, so the H/D people need to calm down.

It has been three years and there is finally a new book I am so so so excited but this media blitz is crazy it wasn't like this even with the last one and when book 3 came out I only saw it on the news once and it's spinning out of control and I am secretly evil and jealous and don't want to have to share the Harry Potter love with all those people who only became fans after the movies came out.

Flashback: July 2000. I'm in Santa Cruz, at the summer program for high school students thing. I go to Bookshop Santa Cruz the day GoF comes out. It's packed, and the only people who can even get near the counter are those who ordered GoF in advance. I stand and look longingly, knowing that our family ordered GoF from our book club a month or so before, and that it's going to be shipped home. But I want it then. In Santa Cruz. Without a 2-3 week wait before I can go home and read it. The next day, I come back to Bookshop Santa Cruz with a group of people to see a talk on Shakespeare. We arrive an hour early and James and I spend that hour sitting in the bookshop on a bench, both reading Harry Potter (incidentally, what is it with me and people named James? My life is filled with people named James). Eighty pages in, I reluctantly put the book down for the talk, and wait to read the book.

It's a similar anticipation now. Oh. My. Goodness. A new Harry Potter book. When GoF it wasn't as big a deal, as I had been HP-obsessed for only about a year. (I first read Sorcerer's Stone after Naomi bought it in the summer of '99 from the hippy bookstore by Jen's house and she had to force me to read it because the last book she'd wanted me to read was that Merlin book I didn't really enjoy. And then I was in love with the books forever and I read books two and three as soon as the media center got them, even though they weren't ready to be checked out yet, because I took them home and read until they were done and brought them back to the media center before school the next morning.) And GoF came out only a year after PoA did, so nobody was expecting a three-year wait. And then the wait got indefinite, because they were always posting different publishing dates, and it kept getting delayed more and more and I almost didn't believe it last November when they said it was going to come out this summer. I was in a place of scoffing.

But now it's really here and I'm going on and on like an idiot becuase I'm just so excited and it's another HARRY POTTER BOOK and it really exists.
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I forgot to mention the other movies I watched yesterday. Yes, I watched four movies yesterday... a rather frightening accomplishment. Emmy and I watched Velvet Goldmine, then she, Naomi and I watched Love Serenade and Hedwig, then Emmy went home and Naomi and I watched Treasure Planet.

I'd forgotten how much I like Love Serenade. Well, I remembered liking it and thinking it was funny, but I didn't remember the actual funniness. In honor of Love Serenade, the icon you see is Ken Sherry sitting on his couch. On the other side of the couch is Dimity (played by Miranda Otto, incidentally), but putting them both in the picture made the icon riddiculously small. My new default icon is Dimity looking over the fence at Ken Sherry doing Tai Chi (only Dimity is in the icon, but I know in my heart that Ken Sherry is on the other side)

And, I will leave you with fun confusing quotes.

Dimity: Albert, are some men... different from others?
Albert: Different, as in homosexual?
Dimity: No, different, as in... they have gills?


Vicky-Ann: Dimity, where did you get that shirt?
Dimity: My boyfriend gave it to me.
Vicky-Ann: You don't have a boyfriend.
Dimity: Yes I do.
Vicky-Ann: Well, who's your boyfriend then?
Dimity: Ken Sherry
Vicky-Ann: Ken Sherry is *not* your boyfriend!
Dimity: Well, we had sex this morning.
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Yay! I have a livejournal/ujournal client again! This is very exciting to me, as iJournal has decided that it no longer wanted to work. But I am now in Phoenix land, and will be here at least until iJournal updates again, unless it turns out that Phoenix is actually cooler than iJournal... we shall see.

I saw Treasure Planet last night. Despite being really frightened by the premise ("Treasure Island in space? WTF?") I ended up enjoying it. It was Treasure Island only with cool outer space backdrops and aliens and robots and John Silver as an android. They carried the metaphor across really well, if I just avoided all knowledge of science (what? supernovas are not the same as storms?).

Best line: "Dangit Jim, I'm an astronomer not a doctor!"
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Emmy: Do you have a barbeque on top of your barbeque?
Me: Yes
Emmy: That reminds me of "you might be a redneck if..."
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fun meme from Naomi )
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Woe is me!

After taking its good sweet time, my first wisdom tooth has decided to appear. For about a year now my wisdom teeth have been growing little bit by little bit every now and then, giving me a few days of pain before going away. I started assuming that that was the way it would be forever, and that I would never actually get the teeth.

That has changed. I realized today that there actually is a tooth back there, and that means going to the new dentist (I met her in January after Dr. Mannion ran off to become a teacher) and having.... ORAL SURGERY (queue snickers from the "Dust" crowd [it would be funnier if Dr. Mannion were still around... his creepy obsession with me would contribute well to jokes])

So, here are the rules:

1. I am requesting wisdom teeth stories. They are not allowed to be scary, though. Nice wisdom teeth stories.

2. The "Dust" writers are allowed to make "oral surgery" jokes until it gets annoying, which will probably be very soon. Realistically, this means Naomi, Emmy and Heather, as I never see Adam or Katie.


In other news, today I noticed that I am now the friend of [livejournal.com profile] bigwillinhell and [livejournal.com profile] satan_dot_com, and the coincidence of hell references makes me worry that my friends list is becoming a bit satanic...
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You're
the United Nations!

Most people think you're ineffective, but you are trying to
completely save the world from itself, so there's always going to be a long
way to go.  You're always the one trying to get friends to talk to each
other, enemies to talk to each other, anyone who can to just talk instead of
beating each other about the head and torso.  Sometimes it works and sometimes
it doesn't, and you get very schizophrenic as a result.  But your heart
is in the right place, and sometimes also in New York.

Take the Country
Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid



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Naomi and I are watching The Pianist. In the earlier parts of the movie, Naomi was rather brain dead about her WWII history...

Naomi: Wait, they're Polish?
Me: They're in Warsaw.
Naomi: *smacks head in anger at self*

*later*

Naomi: Are they building the concentration camp?
Me: That's the Warsaw Ghetto.
Naomi: *smacks head in anger at self*

Ok, now we have stopped watching The Pianist, because it is a bit intense and we're both trying to do different things at the same time, so we're not paying the best attention. The experience is thus something like, "wait, why are they killing all those people this time?" "I don't know, they lined them up into rows and apparently they're killing everyone in the front row." We are getting stressed out and are going to watch crap television instead.

2 worst deaths so far:
- the Nazis were making everyone in a family leave their home, and a little old man couldn't get out of his chair. The Nazis shoved the man and his chair out the window. (they were on the 3rd or 4th floor)
- the death mentioned above, which confused Naomi and I. They had the front row lie down on the ground, and went down the row shooting everyone in the head. Just before the last man, the Nazi ran out of bullets, and had to stop and reload the gun. The man had to lie there, knowing he was about to die while the Nazi reloaded his gun.

Grrr.... watching crap tv is so far unsuccessful. We turned on SNL and there was a Jewish joke....
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This entry is soley for the purpose of showing Naomi what my new mood images look like.

Have fun.
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