Literary Bucket List

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I’ve decided to publish my book collection! Though I am especially proud of my tangible collection…there is something about that raw touch and smell of a book, a novel, the bound pages of a story…I have also included my e-books, audio books and hopeful acquisitions of the future.

The problem with my collection is that I have yet to read all of the books! Any books I have read in the last six years (post high school) I have put in bold, the rest are on my to-read list. As I feel like a fraud for owning such a rich collection of books without having read (or remembering) many of them, I am now considering this my Literary Bucket List.

*Read in school, but want to read again as an adult.
** Favorite!
¹ I started reading the book and didn’t finish…but want to!

Tangible:

  1. Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown¹
  2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  3. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  4. Animal Farm by George Orwell*
  5. Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  6. The Art Forger by Barbara A. Shapiro
  7. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  8. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (NEW)
  9. Catcher and the Rye by J.D. Salinger*
  10. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  11. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
  12. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald*
  13. Cut by Patricia McCormick*
  14. The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride*
  15. Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther
  16. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury*
  17. Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  18. The Giver by Lois Lowry*
  19. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens¹
  20. Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks*
  21. The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann
  22. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  23. Hamlet by Shakespeare
  24. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad*
  25. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  26. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  27. How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster*
  28. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  29. I Dare You! by William H. Danforth**
  30. I’ll Let you Go by Bruce Wagner
  31. In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch
  32. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali*
  33. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer*
  34. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler*
  35. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  36. Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold¹
  37. Macbeth by Shakespeare
  38. Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
  39. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey¹
  40. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  41. Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder*
  42. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich*
  43. Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
  44. The Odyssey by Homer
  45. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  46. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey*
  47. Ordinary People by Judith Guest*
  48. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  49. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
  50. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver*
  51. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving¹
  52. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  53. Room by Emma Donoghue
  54. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  55. A Separate Piece by John Knowles
  56. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  57. Stone Garden by Molly Moynahan
  58. The Stranger by Albert Camus*
  59. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe*
  60. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  61. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
  62. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  63. Too Far by Rich Shapero
  64. A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks¹
  65. Wicked by Gregory Maguire¹

E-books or Kindle Books:

  1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien¹
  2. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth¹

Audio Books: 

  1. The Body Book by Cameron Diaz
  2. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
  3. Looking For Alaska by John Green
  4. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
  5. You Are a Bad ass by Jen Sincero**
  6. The Like Switch by Marvin Karlins, Jack Schafer
  7. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Wish to Own

  1. Children of Men P.D. James
  2. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  3. The Game of Thrones Series by George R.R. Martin

13 Things To Do When You Are Having a Rough Day

What a week. It has been a very difficult time, but we cannot lose hope! Remember to do the things that make you happy or make you feel at peace. I understand there are certain issues, especially right now, that won’t go away overnight, but you must think of your present self. Soothe every part of your being; mentally, physically, spiritually and socially . Here are a few things I like to do to keep myself sane:

  1. Walk on the sunny side of the street. The vitamin D will do you all sorts of good!  http://www.self.com/story/sunlight-benefits
  2. Remember that you are a winner…In the very beginning of your days, you were the one that won the race. You are here on purpose.
  3. Scream. My friends and I find scream therapy very helpful. Scream into a pillow if that’s all you can do, but there’s something about just letting it out. Just don’t scare your neighbors.photo-1472414113715-7cc07153bd86
  4. Sing. In the shower, in the car, while cooking, while walking down the street, in front of an audience at your local karaoke bar…sing, like nobody’s there but you.
  5. Listen to music that reminds you of a good day. The beauty of sense memory. Everyone has a song that they associate to a happy memory, here is mine from Europe.
  6. Run, Dance, Exercise. Endorphins are wonderful, the only addiction you need.
  7. Stretch, do yoga. Try not to think, just focus on your body.photo-1473088555253-cc83bbc5dae3
  8. Read or watch a movie. Put yourself in a different world. We must always face reality but it’s okay to take a small vacation from it.
  9. Write. Put your thoughts on paper. Read them back. Discover how the weight of your problems change over time.
  10. Blog. Put your thoughts out there for the world, within reason 🙂 Ask for feedback if you feel like you want it.
  11. Call your mom or your best friend.
  12. Breathe. In through your nose, out through your mouth.
  13. Be in the present. Nothing matters except for right now. Just be, for a while. Recognize the natural beauty of our planet.

Quite Irksome

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Today’s word: Irksome [urk-suh m] (adj.)

Meaning: annoying; irritating; exasperating; tiresome; bothersome; tending to irk

According to Wiktionary it originates from the Old English word weorcsum(painful, hurtful).

Other forms: irk, irksomely (adv.), irksomeness (n)

Spanish translation: irritante, fastidioso

And now a list of things that I find quite irksome:

  1. When the lid of the toilet or the seat itself is left up.
  2. When people blatantly liter.
  3. Bills
  4. Hangnails
  5. Flyaway hairs
  6. Wet socks
  7. Canker sores
  8. Donald Trump
  9. When people overshare on social media
  10. Alarm clocks
  11. When people say “I seen it” instead of “I saw it”
  12. CONSTANT phone users
  13. People who cut you off while driving

15 Movies

As a student in film watching movies is like homework but I hadn’t been doing a very good job at keeping up. I have access to movies on DVD, at the theater, on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and on Xfinity OnDemand…my watchlist goes on and on.

On September 7, 2015, I started keeping track of the movies I was watching. My goal was to watch at least 15 movies that I hadn’t seen before by November 7, 2015…here’s the list!

  1. A Serious Man (2009)
    • Directed by Ethan and Joel Coen
    • Starring Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard King, Sari Lennick
    • Trivia: The Coen Brothers stated that the opening scene was nothing more than a little short that they made up to get the audience in the proper mood, and that there is no meaning behind it.
    • Watched at home on DVD
    • Thoughts: Strange but it kept my interest
  2. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
    • Directed by Guy Ritchie
    • Starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander
    • Trivia: The only principal cast members to use their natural accents in the film were ‘Sylvester Groth’ and ‘Hugh Grant’.
    • Watched in theater
    • Thoughts: Definitely entertaining and Armie Hammer is a beautiful man
  3. Behind the Candelabra (2013)
  4. L!fe Happens (2011)
  5. Vertigo (1958)
    • Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
    • Starring James Stewart, Kim Novak
    •  Trivia: There is a 25 year age difference between James Stewart and Kim Novak, who were 49 and 24 respectively when the film was shot in 1957.
    • Watched in my Scoring class at DePaul
    • Thoughts: Brilliant, I’ll always appreciate the work of Hitchcock and the score is simple but yet again, brilliant. But the ending makes me so angry.
  6. The Intern (2015)
  7. THX 1138 (1971)
    • Directed by George Lucas 
    • Starring Robert Duvall 
    • Trivia: The sounds of the police motorcycles are the sped-up sounds of women screaming together in a tiled bathroom.
    • Watched in my Sound Effects class at DePaul
    • Thoughts: Totally weird, and I still don’t quite get it but the sounds effects are awesome.
  8. Black Mass (2015)
  9. Chef (2014)
    • Directed by Jon Favreau
    • Starring Jon Favreau
    • Trivia: Jon Favreau did his own cooking by training with food truck chef Roy Choi.
    • Watched at home on Netflix
    • Thoughts: An endearing film that put a special light on a father-son relationship
  10. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
  11. Crimson Peak (2015)
    • Directed by Guillermo del Toro 
    • Starring  Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston 
    • Trivia: Everything in the house was made for the house. Nothing was reused from salvaged parts.
    • Watched in the theater for my Scoring class
    • Thoughts: Most certainly a Gothic Romance, not a Horror film. Beautifully dressed and shot. Jessica Chastain was amazing.
  12. Risky Business (1983)
    • Directed by Paul Brickman
    • Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay 
    • Trivia: The dance scene where Joel dances to “Old Time Rock N’ Roll” was completely improvised. In the script Tom Cruise was simply instructed to “dance to rock music”.
    • Watched at home on Netflix
    • Thoughts: A classic, glad I finally watched it!
  13. The Best of Me (2014)
  14. Boogie Nights (1997)
    • Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
    • Starring Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds
    • Watched at home on Netflix
    • Thoughts: That was an experience…but just another confirmation that I will watch any movie that stars Mark Wahlberg or Julianne Moore.
  15. The Room (2003)
    • Directed by Tommy Wiseau
    • Starring Tommy Wiseau
    • Trivia:
      • There are eight instances of the phrase “Don’t worry about it”, plus one “Don’t worry about that”, one “Don’t worry about me”, two “Don’t worry about Johnny”s, one “Don’t worry about those f*ckers”, and two plain old “Don’t worry”s.
      • There are thirty-four spoon shots.
      • A lot of the film’s dialogue was dubbed in, which is why there are many out-of-sync scenes, particularly those involving Johnny. Tommy Wiseau was said to be unable to memorize lines, necessitating the use of cue cards, and the sound crew was reportedly plagued with difficulties.
    • Watched at a friend’s house on DVD at about 12am
    • Thoughts: Terrible, seeing this once is more than enough. The dubbing makes me want to cry as a sound person.

So many movies, so little time.

Have you seen any good movies lately? I’m always taking recommendations!

The Dreams, Wishes and Goals of a Thirteen Year Old

I started this list of life goals in 2005, when I was thirteen. I added to it a few times in middle and high school and I’ve checked a few things off that I have accomplished since. The way it’s written below is what it looks like on the first page of this journal, cross throughs, checkmarks, excessive exclamation points and all.

“DREAM — When we take time to dream, we discover the many windows to our soul.” – Isabella Burani

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The reasons I keep journals never diminish, I love seeing the growth in my ideas and thoughts.

Dreams/Wishes AND Goals 

  • Go to college (A university)/get a well paying job that I like ✓
  • Be in band through high school 
  • Become good awesome at the piano
  • Start a family (after I’m 20…maybe 25…at least)
  • Stay in touch with my family and friends even after I start my own family
  • Become Bilingual (English and Spanish)
  • Go to France ✓
  • Go to Ireland, go to Australia
  • Do whatever I can to stay healthy
  • Never drink any alcohol of any kind or smoke
  • Be in cheerleading through high school ✓
  • Become a really good singer
  • Be the person I want to be!!!!!!!!
  • Always be brave!!!!!
  • Let my voice be heard
  • Never stop taking photographs
  • Finish my scrapbooks
  • Keep writing poetry
  • Graduate high school with a 3.6 or higher ✓
  • Fill this book with my thoughts
  • Have no enemies

Purdue Bucket List

  1. Attend Boiler Gold Rush – aka BGR aka Freshman Orientation.
    • Well of course!
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  2. Attend a basketball game
    • Absolutely
  3. Drink an entire Den Pop.
    • It was painful but yes.
  4. Eat at Triple X
    • Their breakfast is the best
  5. Get a milkshake at Pappy’s
    • Never got around to it, again, there’s still time.. as long as it stays open.
  6. Pull an all-nighter
    • More than I’d like to admit, I miss Hicks library
  7. Fountain Run
    • OH YES!
  8. Attend a concert in Elliot Hall of Music
    • Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and Weird Al…not at the same show..
  9. Go to Harry’s Chocolate Shop
    • Just a couple of times 😉
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  10. Achieve a 4.0 for one semester
  11. Ride the Citibus
  12. Get a part time job
    • Good ole ITaP
  13. Get a drink from the Lion Fountain
  14. Live with a random roommate
    • And I’ll never regret it Zucc!
  15. Skip a class on purpose and for no reason at all
  16. Visit a professor outside of class for office hours
  17. Become the president of something
    • WIT (Women in Technology!)
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  18. Shake hands with the university president
  19. Stay friends with someone all four years
    • Since STAR, Jess!
  20. Attend a football game
    • Particularly for “Shout” and the IU Sucks dance
  21. Join a random club
  22. Go for a ride on the Boilermaker Special
  23. Get a picture with Purdue Pete
  24. Get a picture with the World’s Largest Drum
  25. Take a nap somewhere on campus
  26. Go to a Fraternity party
  27. Go to a Baseball game (at the new field)
  28. Go to a Volleyball game
  29. Go to Trivia Night at Jake’s
    • Where I met a very special guy, Max, I wish I was a better girlfriend to you.
  30. Go to Famous Frank’s
    • Thanks, Jacob!
  31. Go to the Cactus
    • Thursday, the best and the worst night.
  32. Attend Breakfast Club
    • There is something exhilarating about drinking at 5 A.M dressed in a goofy costume.pirate
  33. Go sledding on Slayter Hill
    • I’m ashamed
  34. Walk under the Bell Tower
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  35. GRADUATE.
    • Boom! Bachelor’s Degree.

Gosh, I miss life at Purdue sometimes. Great times with great people in a great place.

Boiler Up!

17 Realizations of An Uptown Girl

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As of Sunday, May 24, 2015, I am an Uptown girl. It is one of Chicago’s many small neighborhoods north of the downtown area (where I used to live) and it is right next to Lake Michigan.

The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind, everything happened so quickly but it’s all very exciting because I, for the first time, live alone in my very own studio apartment. During my move and the past couple of days, here’s what I have learned and realized so far:

  1. I have way too much stuff…okay I already knew that…
  2. In a tiny studio apartment, organization is key
  3. I hate not having a dishwasher
  4. I should have asked if there was AC
  5. I don’t have a peephole in my front door
  6. It’s weird not having a TV/Cable/Internet (yet), but it’s kind of nice at the same time — CDs and DVDs are really making a come back at my place right meow
  7. I love saying “MY” apartment
  8. Sometimes kitchen cupboards/drawers are like flowers, they are just there to look pretty
  9. If I want a hot shower, it’s a quick shower
  10. I am so glad to have my full size, non-lofted bed back
  11. 300 square feet isn’t so bad
  12. I live wonderfully close to the lake and it makes for a great walking/running experience
  13. A shopping cart you can take home with you is an excellent purchase
  14. I get way more steps on my Fitbit now that I commute to work and school
  15. I am much more conscious of my electricity use
  16. It’s going to take a while before I get completely organized and decorated
  17. I feel like such an adult, I should blog about this.

And so I will!

Look out for small apartment tips, on the train stories, adulting adventures and more.

Have a lovely Wednesday!