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early halloween

Posted in diary, movies and television by Kaitlin on October 25, 2009

We celebrated Halloween a little early at a costume party last night. The flatmates and I wanted wow-able costumes group style. After much brainstorming and a little thrifting we came up with this:

us as arthur

In case, you don’t recognize our rad duds here’s a hint:


We three are Buster Baxter, Muffy Crosswire and Arthur Read. Don’t get it? Then you’ve never seen Arthur, a wonderful pbskids’ cartoon that’s still running. It comes on weekdays at 5 and 5:30 – you should def catch it if you can.

fire helmets and banana suits

Posted in diary by Kaitlin on October 3, 2009

5 reasons why we’re children:

1. Firefighters think we need plastic fire helmets. And we agree.

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2. We go to the beach and howl at the moon. And people howl back.

3. Halloween is our favorite holiday. And we will try on costumes in Target aisles.

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4. We like Twilight. And we will preorder tickets to a midnight showing of Twilight Saga: New Moon.

5. We realize a spoonful of sugar does not make everything better. And we will continue try it.

a pole, some cards and scrabble

Posted in diary by Kaitlin on September 29, 2009

5 things I learned this weekend:

1. Despite appearances, a long curtain rod does not a stripper pole make.

1 david pole copy

2. Do not mess with the psychics tarot cards (especially if you have a pushy aura).

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3. Tarot card readings will be eerily accurate.

9 bridgette vicky copy10 tarot cards (vicky margaret kathryn david) copy

4. Chinese fortune-telling sticks not so accurate (but good for impromptu log cabins).

3 vicky margaret sticks copy8 stick log cabin (kathryn margaret) copy

5. Scrabble Slam is infinitely better than the original version. Seriously.

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for a flatmate

Posted in books and stories by Kaitlin on September 23, 2009

Singing Shoeman: A Poem

You there! Yes, you, you hope-killing hipster.

Who do you think you’re fooling with your too tight man pants, your disheveled range rover, your ron jon surf shop sticker and your singing shoes?

What do you think you’re doing with your wannabe crooning, your Weekend beat leeching,your pbr party throwing and your ironic logoed t-shirt designs?

You think you’re a jackal, but you’re just a jackass. Try to take a Zebra out, and you’ll be licking your wounds. Cause we’re a tight group, and we don’t let a filly down.

Tuesday Times

Posted in diary by Kaitlin on September 16, 2009

Tonight a few of the flatmates and I headed on safari in search of the elusive buff whiteout and the endangered sliced muenster. Our travels led us to Oprah’s favorite, Tarjay, and Staples, of easy button fame.

target shopping basketThe muenster was successfully captured! Along with smiling potatoes and a shower caddy. The shower caddy is slightly less interesting than the Shower Caddy!, but getting inanimate objects excited costs extra. (I was sorely tempted to buy a Basket!, but decided I could make do with the apathetic basket we already had.)

unneccesary punctuation2B browsed amongst the toilet seats while V hid her light under a basket. (The doctors advise we humor her.)bridgette and vicky shopping in targetBuff whiteout is truly a rare beast and completely extinct in the Target savanna, so we headed to the wilds of a ready-to-close Staples. Under the medical attention of cheery school supplies, V came out from under her basket and lived to shop another day.

vicky with bookbagsThe final task conquered we headed to the checkout and then onwards to IHOP. For surely only night breakfast could curb our raging appetites.

high school movies

Posted in movies and television by Kaitlin on September 7, 2009

Heading back to college has made me nostalgic for the things of high school: lockers, book bags, the cafeteria, the gossip. So instead of packing, I’ve decided to procrastinate with movies. Here are my top five high school movies (counting down for dramatic effect):

5. Bandslam – Before you judge me or totally discount this list of all merit, give Bandslam a chance. It’s like a weirdly funny  indie melded with a feel-good flick without the ambiguous ending or the sap. Mostly though,  it’s all about the music. From greats like David Bowie and The Velvet Underground to newcomers like The Burning Hotels, this film is packed with glorious sound. And all the music is real – the cast played the instruments and sang the songs – no cheating. In a day filled with computer modulated pop stars, that’s enough to get Bandslam on my list.

4. Better Off Dead – Cusack, Cusack, Cusack. I had to have one of his eighties flicks on my list and Better Off Dead won out. Why? Because when you add a heartless girlfriend, a ski race challenge, a girl from France, a guy desparately looking for drugs and completely clueless parents with a slightly suicidal John Cusack, hilarity ensues. Trust me.

3. Pretty Persuasion – This movie shows just how mean high schoolers can be, but it goes beyond the average cruel to other students popularity. In Pretty Persuasion, Kimberly Jones works hard not just to control the school, but to control the world around her. And she succeeds in getting the attention from everyone she wants, except from those she cares about most. Just remember “the devil wears a grey skirt, my friend, and her name is Kimberley Jones.”

2.Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – My favorite of the John Hughes collection. Ferris is the guy we all want to be or date because nothing goes wrong for him, ever. He  has surely inspired millions to stay at home “sick,” (including me) though few can do it as well. To watch Bueller is to believe you can create your own happy ending, no matter how ludicrous. After all, “Only the meek get pinched. The bold survive.”

1. Heathers – If you have not seen Heathers, go watch it right now. I’m serious. When monocle wearing Veronica starts using her genius IQ for forging suicide notes instead of for picking out lipgloss, you know it’s going to be fun. Especially when her boyfriend, J.D., is like the teenage version of Tyler Durden. Heathers is the high school film for those with a horribly wicked sense of humor.

So, that’s my list. Procrastination time is over and I must pack. What do you think? Did I leave any essentials out?

finding alice

Posted in books and stories by Kaitlin on August 27, 2009

I love to read. And while there is joy in discovering new books, nothing quite touches the pleasure of rereading an old favorite. Finding Alice is one of my most beloved literary treasures.

Melody Carlson’s book follows the troubling adventures of college student Alice Laxton as she slips down the “rabbit hole” of schizophrenia. Narrated by Alice, we’re led into a fictional world that for many is all too real. Along with her name, her story shares parallels with Carroll’s Wonderland and is something of a fairy tale, albeit a darkly possible one.

Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson

If this all sounds a little menacing, don’t worry, Finding Alice may not shy away from the gritty, but it is still infinitely readable. This all attests to Melody Carlson’s talent as an author. She has written a veritable mountain of books including not only serious tales but also chick lit, children’s, teens’ and nonfiction. I’ve liked every book of hers I’ve read, but none of the others can touch Finding Alice.

Carlson’s website said it will soon be a made-for-television movie, but I could not find any other info. I hope whomever the filmmakers are, they will realize the gem they have and attempt to do it justice (although that seems impossible).