April, 2006



April 1st, 2006, 11:45 p.m. - Second verse, same as the first

7. This Day in the Life (edited by Joni B. Cole and others)
I don't have much to say about this book. It was basically the same as This Day, which is both satisfying and disappointing. I wish they'd included more entries on some of the women and less on some others. I'm also sick of the women who spend their entire entries complaining about being moms. Sorry, I didn't hold a gun to your head and force you to have a baby.

Up next: The Tenth Circle (Jodi Picoult)


April 2nd, 2006, 11:28 p.m. - Okay, now I'm mostly just amusing myself

"Sean as James Bond in Diamonds are Forever"


April 5th, 2006, 12:05 a.m. - Contributing to the madness

American Idol WBTJ on Foxes on Idol

11:43 p.m. - Grrrrrr

"One Fish, Two Fish, Big Fish, Little Fish" - so tonight the nerds lost and then Mandisa was voted off of American Idol. In other words, tonight sucked.

So Lost = The Sixth Sense + Identity + "Normal Again"? Okay, then.


April 6th, 2006, 9:36 p.m. - Seriously, who is that guy?

Apprentice corner office/mailroom assignments


April 9th, 2006, 11:42 p.m. - My apologies for the lame title

"Jingle All the Way"


April 11th, 2006, 11:44 p.m. - Watch your head; opinions follow

WBTJ


April 13th, 2006, 10:31 p.m. - Joining the iCraze

The Pope has an iPod. I don't. Tomorrow, I will. (I hope.) I'm spending part of my lovely tax return on one, so I will soon be just as cool as the Pope, if not cooler. (Eh, that's a lot to live up to, isn't it?) I spent part of the evening compiling the songs I'm getting first (I already have 34!):

“All These Things That I’ve Done” (The Killers)
“Brighter Than Sunshine” (Aqualung)
“Closer to Fine” (Indigo Girls)
“Cold Hard B*%$&” (Jet)
“Einstein on the Beach” (Counting Crows)
“Empty Handed” (Michelle Branch)
“Fall to Pieces” (Velvet Revolver)
“Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)” (Dixie Chicks)
“Goodbye to You” (Michelle Branch)
“The Good Kind” (The Wreckers)
“Hand in My Pocket” (Alanis Morissette)
“Here With Me” (Dido)
“Home” (Marc Broussard)
“How” (Lisa Loeb)
“How Can I Keep from Singing?” (Eva Cassidy)
“Landed” (Ben Folds)
“Least Complicated” (Indigo Girls)
“Leave the Pieces” (The Wreckers)
“Lonesome Day” (Bruce Springsteen)
“Love and Memories” (OAR)
“Love Me Like That” (Michelle Branch)
“Low” (Kelly Clarkson)
“A Murder of One” (Counting Crows)
“She Talks to Angels” (Black Crowes)
“Sin Wagon” (Dixie Chicks)
“Song Bird” (Eva Cassidy)
“Statue” (Low Millions)
“Thief” (Third Day)
“‘Til I Get Over You” (Michelle Branch)
“Time” (Chantal Kreviazuk)
“Tuesday Morning” (Michelle Branch)
“Walk Away” (Kelly Clarkson)
“Where Are You Now?” (Michelle Branch)
“World Falls” (Indigo Girls)

Oh, and speaking of the Wreckers, their album, "Stand Still, Look Pretty," is finally coming out May 23rd. I've been waiting for this for so long.


April 14th, 2006, 12:27 p.m. - Look, if I wanted to see The DaVinci Code, I'd go see The DaVinci Code, not watch The Amazing Race

"Greece Frightening"

4:02 p.m. - Thanks for the iPod, iRS!

My precioussssssss.


April 16th, 2006, 10:01 p.m. - Happy Easter!

Risen!

Apprentice corner office/mailroom assignments - I pulled myself away from the music to write this, and now I get a week off!


April 17th, 2006, 8:01 p.m. - Not so much with the creativity

Last week's Lost was called "S.O.S." Tonight's Medium is called "S.O.S." Wednesday's first episode of Alias is called "S.O.S." What are people in Hollywood smoking?

11:04 p.m. - Yeah, I guess my titles aren't that creative either

"The Kids are All Right, but Gold Rush Isn't"


April 18th, 2006, 11:01 p.m. - I just hope I'm wrong about who I picked to go home...

WBTJ


April 20th, 2006, 12:02 a.m. - Seriously, chill out, Yolanda

"It's Getting Hot in Here"

By the way, I'm still reading The Tenth Circle. I'm a little over halfway through it. It's overwritten, like all of Jodi Picoult's books, but it's pretty good. More on it if I ever actually finish.

Alias is back, and I'm so happy. I figured Vaughn was alive, and I'm still not sure why he faked his death, but I don't even care. Also, Weiss! And Will next week! Yay!


April 25th, 2006, 6:03 p.m. - Our long national spider nightmare is finally over

Things I did today other than my normal job:
1. Read at least four recaps
2. Edited a recap
3. Got bitca'd at by a woman who screwed up her own job and decided to blame me instead of taking responsibility. (Hey, lady? You didn't tell us you needed a reporter and a room for Thursday until yesterday. I have the fax to prove it. So don't yell at me when I'm trying to save your butt when, by the way, I don't even have to)
4. Watched Julie freak out and become paranoid about a spider for an hour before finally making me kill it
5. Contemplated taking a two-hour lunch in the park
6. Told a guy no fewer than ten times that NO, I DON'T WANT TO BUY A FREDERICK PAPER, LET ME GET OFF THE PHONE ALREADY

Not so much with the working around my office. But it's not our fault. I'm sure we'll get slammed in a couple of days.

10:56 p.m. - Eeeee, Elliot, marry me!

WBTJ


April 26th, 2006, 10:39 p.m. - More metaphors than an episode of Buffy

8. The Tenth Circle (Jodi Picoult)
I counted and realized that I've read 9 of Picoult's 12 books (and I keep telling myself that I'll try Second Glance again some day). Most are pretty good, but they all have the same problem, which I mentioned before - they're overwritten. There are metaphors and similes and double meanings all over every page. You can barely read a sentence without thinking, "Oh, that works on more than one level." I mean, it's clever and all, and Picoult is a good writer, but I feel exhausted after each page. She needs to tone it down.

That said, it's a pretty good book. The story is interesting and there are enough twists and new developments to keep it interesting but not so many that it's overstuffed. (It's overstuffed enough with just the literary devices.) There aren't quite as many characters as past books, which is a nice change. (Seriously, My Sister's Keeper? Waaaaay overboard.) It's not one of her best, but at least I could get through it, unlike Second Glance. Still, if you haven't read any of Picoult's novels and want to get into them, I suggest Songs of the Humpback Whale (Rebecca's story is backwards, which is awesome) or Keeping Faith (the first of her books that I ever read).

I must give Picoult credit for being my favorite first-line writer. For example, the first line of Salem Falls: "On the second worst day of Addie Peabody's life her refrigerator and dishwasher both died, like long-term lovers who could not conceive of existing without each other." Nice.

Up next: You'll Never Nanny in This Town Again (Suzanne Hansen)

Oh, and happy birthday, Joe!


April 29th, 2006, 12:03 a.m. - I'm so stealing that phrase

"Verbal Clutter"

9:52 p.m. - Yeah, it's no coincidence that she looks like a witch in that photo

Apprentice corner office/mailroom




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