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25 Shades of Grey

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June 21st, 2012 Posted 9:12 pm

Dear Anahi,

I know that it’s 50 Shades of Grey, but I am only half way through the book and so here is my review of the first half.

First of all, this is totally mommy porn. How could I ever listen to you and buy this trash novel? Since I’ve already invested $9.99, I might as well read the whole damn thing.  About 100 pages in I was like, “Sheesh get to the sexy part already! That’s what I was promised.”  About 20 pages later I was like,” OMG is she going to do anything else today because I’m like so over this.”

There was lots of build up to the sexy part and the story intrigued me. I was  immediately drawn in because our heroine, Anastasia, must interview Mr. Grey, which isn’t going so smoothly. I know what’s it like when an interview has gone awry. =/ The weird thing about our heroine’s name is how much I think it mirrors my own.  Whenever icy Mr. Grey beckons for Anastasia, he pronounces each syllable carefully and drawn out. Somehow, I hear my own name instead, long and awkward, a mouthful  — Ahhh-lex-zaan-dra. It’s really creepy. The first weekend of reading this book I had nightmares.

I totally hate you for suggesting this book. Now I’m addicted I have to read it through to the end. I must admit that this is the first time I’ve blogged in a long time, so  kudos for the fire.

Ok, last thing.

There’s a gray (not grey, we’re in America!) tie that Mr. Grey uses to tie up Anastasia. It’s a recurring theme and apparently someone is banking on this and is coming out with a clothing line. I’m not so sure about it because I’m not really interested, I’m still trying to find an awesome tie to wear on Tie Day Friday.

Overall the book is filled with many “Oh my!” moments and other naughtiness that I know my mother would not approve of. I don’t feel comfortable repeating the details at work because  it’s just that weird. Also you can only imagine what the bosses might think if they hear us talking about that stuff. The paddling jokes and karaoke “Calendar Girls” is enough for me already.

Stop reading this while you’re driving. I know you are!

Alex.

P.S. Just for fun I’m including a video of a Hole song.

Hole – “Violet”

 

 

 

 

 

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Q&A:Oct. 27

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October 28th, 2011 Posted 12:02 am

I received my Q&A a day 5-year journal in the mail today.

Oct. 27, 2011
Today’s question is: What was the last goofy thing you did?

Answer: Get drunk at San Dimas Wine Shop, then sing to Yoda and Dora in the kitchen, watch glee and then get stuck in a loop of Britney Spears videos.

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Monkeys

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October 25th, 2011 Posted 10:22 pm

Today at lunch, I went home and watched some Planet Green while I ate my food. The channel was showing a special on Jungles and Grasslands throughout the world, so I figured it was a safe thing to watch while I ate. It wasn’t. I watched a tribe of natives shoot down monkeys with blow guns and I watched the same tribe breast feed the little orphan monkey babies. I guess it’s like a circle of life thing for this community, but  “ew” is the only way to describe it. Watching those monkeys swinging in the trees reminded me of my friend Ryan’s obsession with monkeys and how he think they would be the coolest pets. Recently, Ryan put together an image of his “ideal” pet which looks something like this:

Yup. That’s a monkey (but imagine him with a cuter, puppy-like face Ryan says), with a lion’s mane, eagle wings (so the pet can fly and get him stuff) and a very fashionable raccoon’s tail. The traits you can’t see in this image are a dolphin’s intelligence and an ability to talk like a parrot, so he can sweet talk people while he’s away fetching things for his master.

That looks pretty disturbing, especially for someone who hates monkeys as much as I do. I don’t think they’re cute or cool to have as a pet (look at what Moe did) or even fun to watch at the Zoo. I think they’re gross, dirty and deeply frightening. Growing up with my dad’s obsession with monkey everything: coin banks, stuffed animals and decorative coconuts has turned me off from the  primate to the point where I “ugh” in disgust every time I see anything shaped like a monkey (like the green gorilla-shaped eraser I saw at JCPenney last week). Let’s just say there is no way I would survive a Planet of the Apes movie.

And just for fun, if Ryan could have a pet monkey, then he must be crazy or in a Disney film.

(3:50:45 PM) Alex: if u were a Disney character u would be Aladdin
(3:50:50 PM) Alex: cuz he has a pet monkey
(3:51:19 PM) Ryan: and a genie!
(3:52:34 PM) Ryan: oh snap… and a princess
(3:52:50 PM) Ryan: prince ryan
(3:52:52 PM) Ryan: it has a nice ring to it
(3:57:35 PM) Alex: ud have to wear those puffy pants
(3:57:41 PM) Alex: idk what if theyre mean pants
(3:57:53 PM) Ryan: I have a flying carpet too
(3:58:12 PM) Ryan: Aladdin had a pretty sweet gig now that I think about it

I guess Aladdin did have a pretty sweet deal especially since he was a homeless thief aka “street rat” at the beginning of the story. What guy wouldn’t want to score a princess with all her wealth and beauty? But that’s getting off the subject of monkeys. Anyways, enjoy the video below, appropriately named “Monkeys.”

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The Great -Gasp!- “B”

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October 23rd, 2011 Posted 11:56 pm

There are 2  months and 2 days until my self-imposed deadline of reading 50 books in a year. Unless I start reading a book every other day, it’s safe to say that I’m not going to make my deadline. However, my attempt  to expand my reading list beyond V.C Andrews series has been an amazing literary journey.  The latest stage in my journey is ” Bright Young Things,” by Anna Godbersen, a throw back to the days of bootleggers, flappers an materialism of the Roaring Twenties.

As a big fan of Great Gatsby, I had high expectations for this book. It wasn’t a book I went looking for or had even heard of before until it showed up as a Free Book Friday in B&N’s newsletter, but it is definitely a book I’m glad I found. Bright Young Things encompassed the laid back attitude of socialites, the dangers of bootlegger turf wars and the wonder and struggle of breaking out from a small town.  Even the names of the characters had an appropriate historic sound to them: Cordelia Grey, Letty Larkspur, and Astrid Donal. I became so enchanted with the novel that I even based my Halloween costume after the fashions of the 1920s.  Now I can proudly say I have a purple clothe in my wardrobe.

Since finishing the book, I have started doing research on the fashion and events associated with this time period from Wikipedia to documentaries and even  movies set in the 1920s. I am sad to report that Netflix does not carry the original Great Gatsby movie, but you can rent a more recent version of the film with Paul Rudd (Although, I don’t know why you would want to). That guy is in everything! But that’s for a different post…From my understanding there is a new Great Gatsby film coming out next  year starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. Jack and Spider-Man, that should be an interesting combo.

Anyways, a good read overall, with three distinct characters whose personalities were so detailed and has such depth that I felt I knew these characters personally. I could believe this  story was more of a diary entry than a work of fiction.

The only problem I had with the book was in the very first chapter, the author says by the end of the decade one of these women will be married, one will be famous and the third will be dead. So I wasn’t sure if this book was going to take me through a whole decade, but as I read on I  tried to guess who was going to die and who was going to be famous. And then it ended and no one had died. Instead, there was a sample chapter from the next book in the series. What?! I’ve been had! I didn’t want to get hung up on another series, I wanted to  take a chance on 50 new books this year and read a buffet of stories.

I’m stuck in a limbo, do I buy the next book since I got the first for free, or should I carry on with my quest and read the next books in my mental queue? I think for now I’m going to read the books I’ve been looking forward to reading instead of getting stuck in a loop of series books. The last time I decided to continue reading a series, I ended up purchasing/reading four Pretty Little Liars books and spending about $50 on books in a 2 week period and I just don’t have the budget for that right now.

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Updated 2011 Reading List

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June 25th, 2011 Posted 10:19 am

It’s now my halfway point to my goal of 50 books by Christmas. Here’s an updated list of the books I’ve read so far this year.

1. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella

2. Confessions of a Shopaholic  by Sophie Kinsella

3. Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper

4. Pretty Little Liars #1

5. Pretty Little Liars #2

6. Pretty Little Liars #3

7. Pretty Little Liars #4

8. Wicked by Gregory Maguire

9. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

10. Listen by Rene Gutteridge

11. Life’s a Beach by Claire Cook

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2011 Reading list

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March 29th, 2011 Posted 10:50 pm

This year I vowed to read 50 books by Christmas. After 3 months into the year I’m on my 9th book. So here’s a quick list of the books I’ve read so far this year:

1. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella

2. Confessions of a Shopaholic  by Sophie Kinsella

3. Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper

4. Pretty Little Liars #1

5. Pretty Little Liars #2

6. Pretty Little Liars #3

7. Pretty Little Liars #4

8. Wicked by Gregory Maguire

9. Emma by Jane Austen

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Ryan is Awesome or Awesome Ryan

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January 27th, 2011 Posted 8:39 pm

(3:02:12 PM) Ryan: I just wrote a new song… it goes like this
(3:02:23 PM) Ryan: “I’m going home in 30 minutes.. in your face Joey”
(3:02:38 PM) Ryan: I sang it to Joey… he wasn’t impressed
(3:03:02 PM) Alex: wow. i am impressed
(3:03:06 PM) Alex: and jealous
(3:03:14 PM) Alex: i sang it to Annie and she wants to buy it on itunes
(3:03:22 PM) Alex: is it on itunes yet?
(3:03:32 PM) Ryan: maybe tonight
(3:03:37 PM) Alex: hahahah
(3:03:39 PM) Alex: awesome
(3:03:46 PM) Ryan: tell her to look for it
(3:03:49 PM) Ryan: the band name is
(3:03:52 PM) Ryan: Ryan is Awesome
(3:03:57 PM) Ryan: or Awesome Ryan

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Pretty Little Time Suckers (NOOKbooks #4-7)

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January 23rd, 2011 Posted 8:39 pm

I’ve been totally addicted to these Pretty Little Liars books since I started reading the series about two weeks ago. I’m already on the fourth book and there are currently 8 novels, but soon 9-12 will be out too. I keep seeing the ads for the show on Disney Family channel, but I’m so far behind that I have no idea what’s going on in the show, so I’ll wait until it comes out on DVD and Netflix it then.

The best way I can describe these books is like The Baby-sitters Club meets The OC, and Kristy and the gang have been bad, bad girls. I love my share of teenage angst and drama in movies and books and this series does not disappoint. I was expecting to read a few pages and totally hate it, like the Twilight series.  So I downloaded a sample…and I was hooked.  I love mysteries and scandal (probably why I am addicted to “Snapped” as well) and Pretty Little Liars has all that.

First there is the mystery of what really happened to the beautiful 13-year-old Ali who disappeared on the last day of Seventh grade 3 years earlier. Ali was the Queen Bee of her group of friends: Aria, Emily, Hannah and Spencer (Really, who names their kid Spencer?) It’s three years later and the girls have moved on, but still can’t shake the memory of their missing friend–mostly because she knew secrets about them and individually she was the only person they told.  Then  there’s the question if she’s alive or dead.  And finally there is a mysterious character “A,”  who contacts all four girls (via e-mail and texting–duh) and tortures them with the secrets she knows, but only Ali could know. So is Ali back or is there someone else who knows all their dirty little secrets? Think you’ve figured out who is “A” or how Ali disappeared? Guess again, because Unbelievable (PLL#4) has me switching my vote.

The excitement from these books has me reading every chance I get. They’ve been total time suckers: work breaks, late nights, waiting to get my haircut, anytime I can fit in a few pages, I do. I am that hooked into unraveling the mystery and reading all the scandal.

Warning: the PLL series is a bunch of cliff hangers and will suck you in to read the next one. I’ve already invested about $36– at $8.99/book and will probably have a bill double that once I finish all of them.

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Successfully Saving (NOOKbook #3)

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January 15th, 2011 Posted 11:15 pm

I have just finished reading and watching “Confessions of a Shopaholic” By Sophie Kinsella. It was so funny and so real, I laughed out loud like a crazy many times. Although it’s just a story, real people are facing some real debt and and aren’t sure what to do about it. I’m not going to give out any financial advice..because I totally don’t have any. But the book left me with a feeling of nostalgia from 2 years ago when my spending way way out of hand and also some thoughts on the future.

Rebecca Bloomwood is an amazing character with a love for high fashion, but a great lack of self-control. I know I have drooled over amazing jeans or jacket that I just couldn’t afford and had to walk away. Rebecca goes out and get what she wants and from what the book describes looks fantastic in it as well. But her salary as a journalist working for a low-end magazine “Successfully Saving” isn’t enough so her father suggests two options, Cut Back or Make More Money.

I have run into this dilemma as well. With the recent purchase of my house I am currently on the Cut Back plan and actually have been for several months. I had a hell of a summer last year, first with my mom being hospitalized several times, then my grandma dying and finally my job being cut back to half time. Working half time I was given the option to apply for assistance from EDD. It was many weeks before I saw my first paycheck, so I definitely had to cut back. That meant no extra spending: pedicures, shoes, wine tastings, movies, pretty much everything. I even contemplated canceling the cable in my apartment but I figured with all this free time I had now I would probably spend a good portion of it moping and watching Oxygen. Which I totally did.

Once I started spending less, I noticed that I was less tempted to spend at all. These material things weren’t going to satisfy me, it was just going to feed into the monster inside of me that needed to shop and shop. And then one day in September I came home from work and Joey had been on the phone with a Realtor and had looked into a loan for a house. He was tired of trying to negotiate with our landlord who was raising the rent a ridiculous amount. Considering that our washer was left broken 3 weeks  after we filed a notice of repair and the damn hoodlums were able to  shut off our  main breaker twice because there was no lock on the panel, we were definitely not going to renew our contract.

For the next two months I barely spent anything knowing that we would have to come up with a good down payment.  It’s been exciting and expensive being a homeowner and fixing up our fixer upper. So even though I didn’t get those shoes I wanted or go on vacation to Harry Potter land with Ryan, I totally saved and got something better that will last a lifetime…well at  least the next 30 years.

Overall, “Confessions of a Shopaholic” was a great read, I finished the book in about three days. Rebecca’s antics are hilarious in the ways she tries to avoid her debt or reason it (Well I definitely needed to buy that wine, it’s essential–excuses I am familiar with) and struggles to keep her life together. The British slang had me checking the online dictionary several times. In the end, Rebecca solved her continuing money issues with epiphany on shopping and spending and I learned that Sophie Kinsella may just be my new favorite author.

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You are overweight

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November 2nd, 2010 Posted 12:11 am

My Mii

I’ve had the Wii Fit a little over a week now and for the past 8 days the one constant thing the Wii says to me is “You are Overweight.” Let me tell you, this thing lays on more guilt than your mother.

Ever since my friend Michael invited us over his place to play some Wii Fit  in the summer, Joey and I have walked past the game at Target nearly every week and stared longingly at it. Back in August we had our hours cut to half time…everyone in the company, including the managers and it really cut into our extra money. Money we had saved for our Hawaii trip, money for buying things like the Wii Fit, going to a Dodger game and basically everything. This was right after my grandma died actually, so sad times all around.  But our hours have been restored and after some critical adjusting, I was able to learn how to save my money.

Finally it went on sale and now I have my Wii Fit. It’s totally fun. I get to do a few Yoga poses between balancing on an iceberg, running along a river and flying out to a boat in a chicken suit.  But the Wii board is a serious trainer. There is a daily body test with short games testing my balance, memory and agility.  And based on my test scores, weight and BMI it calculates a Wii Fit age. Today I was 21. Which is awesomeeee because I’m really 24. But my BMI is a little high. It said i gained 2 lbs and that joey lost 2 lbs. it told me I need to lose about 8 lbs to reach my initial goal of losing 5 lbs. =/ Sheesh!

Today I watched Joey get mad at the board and jump on it because it wasn’t registering his exact movement and I thought, is this really going to help me lose weight? it’s great to see the changes in my weight from day to day, and know my BMI and really be conscious about it everyday.  But I’m not sure how much I can actually lose. The other day I had gained a few pounds and the Wii Fit made me pick a reason why I thought I had gained weight. So now I was totally responsible and aware of these changes. I spent today drinking water, green tea, eating fruit and salad, trying to change my eating habits before the Wii Fit yells at me again.  Maybe the games won’t shed the pounds as easy as real exercise, but the guilt definitely keeps me motivated.

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