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I PASSED THE THIRD GRADE ON THE FIRST TRY!
Back to monotone grayness. The air is so full of moisture that everything looks blurry. Driving up the big hill to Lund, you'd swear the sky and earth are seeping, all the grey tones running together like a watercolor wash. Now, however, the sun is making a valiant attempt to cut through the bullshit and shine, baby, shine!

I have to stop going to bed after 11 on school nights because I'm not asleep until after midnight. The alarm at 6:30 is SUCH a shock. I need more than 6.5 hours of sleep a night. More like 9. Okay, 10.

Raced through the next bookgroup book yesterday, The Nanny Diaries. I wasn't expecting much, to be honest, so was pleasantly surprised at how readable and interesting it was, and upset and depressed that there are people in this world at all like the ones depicted in this book. I reiterate my stand on how it ought to be re becoming a parent: certification or sterilization. Okay, that sounded harsh, but HONESTLY. I really need to sit down and write a couple of notes for both this book and Flesh and Blood since we aren't discussing Diaries until April 22nd, and who knows when we'll get around to discussing the other one.

pastaqueen had an interesting post about how she is right on the line when it comes to labeling her generation or decade since she was born in 1980. I was born in 1964 but I don't consider myself a child of the 60's. My childhood cultural references are all from the 70's, as that's the decade that had the most influence on me (for good or bad), so that's the generation I think of myself as belonging to, even though I'm a baby boomer. I guess it's just because before the age of six my memories are much more limited than afterwards. I don't know if it's true for everyone, but I'd guess that around 5-6 is when you really start mentally taping and remembering cultural experiences.

Good Writing Out There Right Now: Knowing Home from Chuck. Along with a really annoying geography quiz if you're up for it. :D

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Edited to Add: OH MY GOD!! I just got TWO huge boxes delivered to me at work! One from cap_killer filled with books and music for me and Bionicle goodies for the kids, and one from my sister stuffed full of candy and GIRL SCOUT COOKIES!! I done died and went to heaven! You guys are GREAT! I love you!! *blows kisses*
 tired
mood: tired
music: none. but it's not quiet here, oh no.


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I was born in 74 so most of my childhood, as opposed to babyhood, was spent in the 80s. Most of my cultural references are from the mid to late 80s through the 90s. My pop culture knowledge pretty much stops about 3 years ago when I stopped paying for cable. Jessica Simpson was on Good Morning America a little while ago - I don't know how long I had been watching thinking she was Britney Spears until they said her name... Oh well!

Mmm... Girl Scout Cookies... *drool*

I liked the Nanny Diaries, too... good disposable fiction...

It's weird, isn't it, how much TELEVISION steers our pop culture references nowadays? I left the States 7 years ago, and I feel SO out of it. Even though we get a lot of the same shows and even some specials, albeit late, I don't watch TV like I used to, and with a family I rarely go to the movies or buy CDs anymore because I just don't have time to keep up with them (or the money to spend on them either).

Very true... I was driving to work one day when I saw a billboard for a local radio station... I'm assuming all the people on the sign were "musicians," but I did not recognize a single one of them. Unbelievable, since there was a time I would have kicked all the ass in the world if I had gone on MTV's Remote Control! I recognized videos more quickly than members of my own family! Dear God it's nice to have those portions of my brain back... :)

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