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Things That Made Me Smile Today

Song Lyric of the Day:

I gotta see what’s up before it gets me down / It’s this thing now, that’s drivin’ me wild / I gotta see what’s up before it gets me down / No it’s not a mystery, it’s everything

Common featuring Lily Allen / “Drivin’ Me Wild

I won’t lie — I’ve been in a really bad mood the last few days, ever since unexpectedly running into the worst person I’ve ever known in my life. (I imagine Hell has put out an APB on this individual since surely they’ve noticed by now that such a high-ranking minion is AWOL.)

So here are a few things that made me feel a bit better today.

Catching up on Damages over lunch today (two more eps and I’m up to the finale). Love that show. I don’t care what anyone says — Rose Byrne was the perfect choice to hold her own against Glenn Close. And the twists? Yowza. No one can accuse FX of not knowing what makes for good drama. If only I could find the title sequence online; the images and music really are a perfect fit for the very dark tone of the show. (You can check out the theme song lyrics here.)

Putting the dog costume’s Yoda headpiece on both of the dogs in turn. Hilarity ensued. But now I’m thinking Snoops should be Princess Leia for Halloween. If only her little brother wasn’t such an idiot when in his sage costume.

The prettiness that is Gerard Butler. I think all women should have a gander at PhotoShopping themselves into the Hilary Swank position. Carry it around in their wallets just so they can open it up occasionally and look at some happy.

The awesome song and video for “Drivin’ Me Wild” with Common and Lily Allen. One of my current favorites.

Confirming a movie date with my friend to see The Bourne Ultimatum tomorrow night, since we’re both native New Yorkers, fans of the series, and have never seen a Bourne movie on the big screen. Have to go while we still can.

The knowledge that no matter what, Satan’s favorite minion will always be fatter than me.

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Song Lyric of the Day:

The days….have come / Now we…are one / Just take…your time / And then…you’re fine

Common / “The People

I’m finally going on a mini-vacation this week. A much-needed vacation; I’m starting to feel really burned out. And while this vacation is not to the Toronto International Film Festival like I’d hoped to go, it’s a vacation nonetheless, and with a good friend at that. Caren and I are heading to Atlanta to (1) see Mandy Moore in concert, (2) do some damage at IKEA, and (3) blow through Chattanooga on the way home, including seeing Rock City. And, if I can talk her into it and we can find the time, Six Flags Over Georgia. So that’ll be a nice, much-needed break.

As it is, last weekend I went to an amusement park for the first time in almost four years. My sister, Vanessa, wanted to celebrate her birthday by going to Dollywood, so go to Dollywood we did. Tamara and my favorite brother-in-law, Ken, went with us. While Tamara weenied out on a couple of roller coasters, Ken, Vanessa, and I enjoyed getting our asses kicked by the Tennessee Tornado and Mystery Mine. I will go on record as saying that the Mystery Mine is unlike any roller coaster I’ve ever been on. It kicked my ass up and down, and I enjoyed every second of it — both times I rode it.


I’m now on day 19 of the 33 Days of Pattie. I have yet to do anything really memorable, but I’ve been focusing on doing things for me, which has been the whole point. Things have ranged from not having any soda one day (I was caffeine- and sugar-overloaded) to driving somewhere for a solo lunch so I can read my book in peace to playing BioShock for hours on end to singing along OUT LOUD to my iTunes library one night. Of course, Rich wasn’t home, which is why I sang out loud. At least this time Caleb didn’t howl. I also decided to cut a certain someone out of my life (as much as circumstances allow), someone with whom I’d never be friends with had I not met this person when and where I did. I’ll be civil, but I’m not going out of my way to be around this person. Why? Because I decided long, long ago that life is far too short to waste on people I don’t genuinely like, who don’t contribute anything positive to my life. So out they go. And you know what? I feel better already.

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