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Meme time! 7 lists of 8 things

8 things I am passionate about
My kids
My husband
Birth/Breastfeeding
Equality/Human rights issues
Kindness
Learning
The power of travel to solve the world’s misunderstandings
Environmentalism

8 Things I want to do before I die
Be kind to others
Share myself wholly with those I love
See my kids blossom into whatever their hearts tell them is their path
Live for a while in another country (Yes, yes, I shamelessly stole Dan’s answer, but it would have made the list anyway)
Achieve inner peace, if only for a moment
Learn to speak a foreign language (maybe British?)
Learn to play guitar
Write a book
8 Things I say often
I can’t understand it when you use your whiny voice.  Can you say that again in your normal voice?
Stop hitting your brother/sister!
Everybody calm down…
Let’s take some nice, deep breaths… (Actually I say this both as a parent and as a doula)
You’ve already used up all your screen time today. (to Connor)
No, It’s never not okay to play with the chapstick on the carpet. (to Siena)
Let’s all just start over today, okay?
So…what time do you think you’ll be home today?  (To my husband)

8 books I have read recently
Hypnobirthing (Marie Mongan)
When Survivors Give Birth (Penny Simkin and Phillis Klaus)
Birthing From Within (Pam England)
Eat, Pray, Love (Elizabeth Gilbert)
The Doula Book (Klaus, Kennell and Klaus)
The Birth Partner (Penny Simkin)
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth (Ina May Gaskin)
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn (Penny Simkin)
(I do read about other things than birth – really I do!  I love fiction…just haven’t had a lot of moments to lose myself in a story lately.  But it’s in the works, once I finish my stack of birth books on the nightstand.)

8 songs I could listen to over and over again
Closer to Fine – Indigo Girls
Aluminum – Barenaked Ladies
Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
American Idiot – Green Day
Silent All These Years – Tori Amos
Revolution – The Beatles
The Distance – Cake
Carolina Blues – Blues Traveler
What’s the Matter Here – 10000 Maniacs
8 Things that attract me to my best friends
Sense of fun
Quick Wit
Intelligence
Sense of humor
Open-mindedness
Introspectiveness
Common interests
Divergent interests

8 people who should totally do this meme
Circuitbeta
Erin
Jennifer

Jessica
Singlemomleftofthemiddle

Smile
the other Kristina
the other AmericanMum

10 Things About Me

I’ve been tagged by Cheeky to do 8 things about me and by my first doula client to do 10 things about me (but I’ll keep her myspace page to myself for confidentiality reasons). So because there is nothing particularly interesting going on at my life at the moment and there is very little I haven’t shared with all of you about me (that I’m willing to share anyway), I’ll combine them and do the greater number – 10. Sound fair?

1) I have always loved Christmas. In college, I used to start listening to Christmas music in September. Because it was a “ber” month (you know, SeptemBER, OctoBER, NovemBER, and DecemBER) it seemed okay to dust off the holiday albums on labor day. Although I’ll admit to sneaking a listen or two in August as well. In my “old age” I’m not that much of a nut anymore, though. At least about Christmas music.

2) I really fretted over our Christmas tree this year after our old pre-lit one wasn’t so pre-lit anymore (only one strand still worked). Plastic or real? Which is the most environmental choice? Plastic trees you can re-use and you aren’t killing anything. Real can be bought locally and often organically (not around here of course) and aren’t made from petroleum-based plastics (PVC is evil!) and don’t contain lead (yikes). But the hubster is mildly allergic to real Christmas trees, or anything living for that matter. We entertained the idea of trying out a potted live Christmas tree then planting it in the yard, but how many douglas firs or nobles do we want in our yard over the years, in a desert environment no less? In the end we opted for a fake one, but I bought LED Christmas lights so I could feel a little bit better about it.

3) I’ve been having trouble sleeping lately. I’m chalking it up to NyQuil withdrawals. Hence why I’m up today at 5 in the morning after tossing about in bed until about midnight.

4) My SIL is at this hot springs turned hippy commune retreat/spa this weekend, probably meditating, doing yoga, reading ancient texts and walking around half-clothed, and I’m jealous. We’re talking about planning a trip there together soon. It will probably be the closest thing I’ll come to staying in an ashram.

5) Lately I have been having a few random “I want to have another baby” twinges. Nothing major. I probably wouldn’t even notice them except I know I can’t birth another child, because I don’t have a uterus anymore – It is probably just a bit of mourning the loss of it. But the reality of having a little baby in the house and being outnumbered by my children does not sound like something I want to tackle. Weird. I think most of it is just wanting to give birth again, and do it a little differently than my other two births (which, all in all, were really great, rewarding experiences, truly). I have all this knowledge now and wish I could put it to personal use. Sometimes it stinks to know too much- it sort of downplays the really great feelings I had at both births just because I’d make a few changes if I could.

6) I pee a lot. There are times it is almost a ritual – for instance I have to go pee almost every time I stand up. Or before I get into the shower. Or when I am leaving or coming home from somewhere. Or before I go to bed or when I wake up in the morning. It doesn’t matter if I peed 5 minutes ago – I still have to pee each time I do any of these things. OCD perhaps?

7) I don’t like to be touched when I am eating. I’m like a hungry dog munching on my vittles – I just eat much. More. Slowly.

8) I’m going to confess to going through the drive through lane a handful of times in recent months. If that wasn’t a sign of my depressive episode, I don’t know what was. Very unlike me. Also all exercise has stopped. These two things coupled with Halloween candy and Thanksgiving gluttony has resulted in my jeans not fitting so well. I’m counting the days until I feel up to starting to exercise again, but I’m not entirely sure what my new regime will look like. Usually I’m a walker but the cold air aggravates my lungs in the winter months until I get a cold. Good Christmas idea for me: a gym membership (with childcare vouchers thrown in).

9) I have not bought a single, solitary Christmas gift. I’ve been sick, people! Mostly I do all my Christmas shopping online. It turns out that it is probably just as environmentalist to do so. Yea. I really do not like shopping at all – let alone during the crowded holiday season. Besides at the online places it is so easy to compare prices, features, read reviews – what’s not to like?

10) I “speak” a limited amount of sign language. I have a deaf brother-in-law and picked up some of it from him. But I’m really slow, and my hands start making weird shapes that don’t mean anything, or start throwing in random letters that don’t belong in a word. So mainly BIL just reads my lips and ignores my hands unless absolutely necessary for comprehension. However I do have fantasies that my limited sign language might come in handy at a birth eventually…

Pretending I’m famous for 15 minutes

Dan from Cafe Leone tagged anyone in his blogroll that hadn’t done the “Inside the Actors Studio” meme – the one that you answer Bernard Pivot’s questionnaire.  I might be one of the only people in the world who truly loves that show.  I wonder if it is still on the air?

As an aside, don’t you hate it when the actors pretend that they have to think about their answers to these questions?  Like they didn’t have them picked out weeks, or possibly years, before.  Is it just an excuse to do a little acting?

1. What is your favorite word?
I have to pick just one?  How about autodidact?

2. What is your least favorite word?

Frothy.  It is hard to say and usually refers to something disgusting.  My mouth even feels like it gets all frothy trying to say it.  That, or satchel.  Just ask my mom for the backstory on that one.

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?
When people naturally seek out and find the goodness in humanity and themselves.

4. What turns you off?

Racism, homophobia, sexism, and jokes at anyone else’s expense.
5. What is your favorite curse word?
I don’t swear often – but am known to curse when I really need to get my point across.  There is something about a female blond pacifist dropping the f-bomb in a business meeting.  It gets results.

6. What sound or noise do you love?
My father used to say, “Listen. Did you hear that kids?  Quieter.  Yes, there it is.  The sound of nothing.  Isn’t it the best sound you have ever heard?”  We thought he was just weird.  At this point in my life, I tend to agree with him.  If I had to pick an actual sound, it would have to be the breeze blowing through some tall evergreens.  In a quiet forest.  Do you see a theme here?

7. What sound or noise do you hate?
“Play the drum, everyone, play the drum!”

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Midwifery.  I bet you never saw that one coming…

9. What profession would you not like to do?
I hope I never have to go back to my former life in marketing communications.  Writing, strategizing (is that a word? Strategery!)  and creating for the sole purpose of making people buy something does not make my soul feel good.  You are especially good at marketing if you can get people to buy something they wouldn’t actually desire had you have not done your job.

Filler meme while I’m gone

I’ll be at my Aunt’s funeral this weekend so starting tonight through Monday I’ll be in Texas and unable to post. I didn’t mention her death last weekend because my posts were getting a bit depressing and I needed to lighten the mood a bit. The beer helped.

Anywhoo…I saw this post over at Doulicia and thought it might be fun. I did a movie one a while back — I’m much better at watching movies than reading books, so it doesn’t surprise me that I fare worse here. I looked up each of the books I knew nothing or very little about, and found that all had something to offer. It was hard not to italicize the entirety of the list.

Truth be known, I’m a sucker for such lists. But what is the significance of this one? I tried to look it up but to no avail. It seems this particular meme has made its rounds. Judging by the list, I’m guessing it’s the most read books of the 21st century…but don’t quote me on that. Interestingly, there are a lot of Canadian writers here.  And every is a work of fiction, but the Bible is in the list.  (I’ll plead the fifth.)

I’m tagging anyone who reads this…which probably accounts for a whole ten people.

Instructions:

Look at the list of books below. Bold the ones you’ve read. Itilacize the ones you want to read. Leave blank the ones you aren’t interested in.

Movies don’t count!!!!! (K. – Damn.)

  1. The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown)
  2. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown) sitting on the bookshelf. Rich read it and I’ll pick it up soon.
  3. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
  5. Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
  6. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
  7. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
  8. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
  9. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
  10. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
  11. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
  12. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling) Yes. I’m the only person on earth who hasn’t read any of the Harry Potter books. I imagine I’ll pick them up when they’re appropriate for my kiddies and we’ll read them together – and be surprised how much I’ll really love them.
  13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
  14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
  15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
  16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
  17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
  18. The Stand (Stephen King)
  19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
  20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
  21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
  22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
  23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
  24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
  25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
  26. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
  27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
  28. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
  29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
  30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
  31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
  32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
  33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
  34. 1984 (George Orwell)
  35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
  36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett) I think Rich might like this one though
  37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay) Maybe a book for Rich
  38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
  39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
  40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
  41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
  42. The Kite Runner (Kaled Hosseini)
  43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
  44. The Five People You Meet in Heaven (Mitch Albom)
  45. The Bible – maybe someday. I need to separate politics and religion in my own head first.
  46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
  47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas) Another one I think Rich would like
  48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
  49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
  50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
  51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
  52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
  53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
  54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
  55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
  56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
  57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
  58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
  59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
  60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
  61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
  62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
  63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
  64. Interview with the Vampire (Anne Rice)
  65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
  66. One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
  67. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares)
  68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
  69. Les Miserables (Hugo) But I would love to see the musical.
  70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
  71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
  72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
  73. Shogun (James Clavell)
  74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
  75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
  76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gravriel Kay)
  77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
  78. The World According to Garp (John Irving) I’ve read and loved much of Irving’s books, but surprisingly never picked this one up.
  79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
  80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
  81. Not Wanted on the Voyage (Timothy Finley)
  82. Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck)
  83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
  84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
  85. Emma (Jane Austen)
  86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
  87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
  88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
  89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
  90. Kane and Able (Jeffrey Archer)
  91. In the Skin of a Lion (Ondaatje)
  92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
  93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
  94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
  95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
  96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
  97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
  98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
  99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
  100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

7 Things about me

Dan from All That Comes With It tagged me with a meme. I’ve mentioned before that I actually love to do memes – my low self-esteem side gets to feel all warm and fuzzy and included, while the overinflated part of my ego gets to talk about myself. It truly is a perfect situation for me, really. (Dan – psychoanalize that, would you?)

What’s even more perfect is that I’ve been at a loss lately about what to post. It’s not that I have nothing interesting going on in my life at the moment – actually I’ve been quite busy. I had my last postnatal visit with my first doula client where it was hard to say goodbye. I have two new doula clients and two strong nibbles, however due to confidentiality issues I won’t be talking about them here unless they agree to it in writing (and I actually get the nerve up to tell them about my blog). We’ve also been quite busy with swimming lessons which is another post all to itself. The garden is producing a bit of vegetables, and sadly, even taller weeds, and I’d like to get out there and take some pictures for a post in all it’s weedy glory. Finally preschool is about to start up again and I’m about to go to Seattle with the girls for a showing of Young Frankenstein on the stage, so I’m sure there are posts that will come out of that. But for the moment, I’ve got to deal with blogstipation and have faith that it will work its way out naturally as it always does.

But the posts above take real work. Coming up with seven things to tell about myself? For this narcissistic? No problem.

1. After an MRI, I learned that all cartilage in my right hip is completely shattered and in 10 years or so I will need replacement hip surgery. That will make me about 44 years old. So in ten years if you find yourselves in the Tri-Cities in Washington State at the grocery store and you come across a middle-aged woman with a walker trying to reach the Kashi cereal, hand it down to me, would you? Thanks.

2. My major personality flaws include but are in no means limited to a talent for saying exactly the wrong thing at the wrong time, over-analyzing most everything, over-thinking situations in which feelings might be hurt by me (but somehow overlooking the most obvious way), and the inability to look someone in the eyes while I am talking to them so as not to see any judgment on their face. Now don’t you want me as your doula?

3. As a youngster of about 8 years old I swallowed a penny while diving for coins in the backyard pool. I got to ride in the front seat in the ambulance and honk the horn all the way to the hospital.

4. I have never had an ice cream headache.

5. My butt crack tweaks to the right at the very top. It has since the day I was born. In fact, my parents asked about it immediately after my birth to verify I was normal. Unfortunately doctor’s can’t predict a normal personality from a baby’s butt crack.

6. If Rich kisses one side of my elbow joint then the other, he must kiss it in the middle or I have to rub it for a minute or so. He often uses this obsessive-compulsive tick of mine to his advantage.

7. My brother learned to swim before I did, even though he is 2 1/2 years my younger. This made me furiously jealous and I swam for the first time about 30 seconds after hearing the news.

Alright – I’ve never tagged anyone before…let’s see. I tag kkblaze, myallusions (you didn’t think you were going to get away with letting your blog slide unnoticed into oblivion, did you?) and needs new batteries.

I’ve been memed!

I know some people hate this sort of thing, but I actually LIKE memes. They mean that someone thought of me, and that I get to fill out a form (yes, I’m strange like that), and that I get to usually talk about myself. What’s not to like? So, after a year and a half of blogging, I’m actually a cool kid. Kaitlin at primum non nocere has tagged me – for the first time. Oh, sure, I’ve filled out memes before, but I’ve searched them out – I’ve never been actually given the task by someone else. So I’ve lost my meme virginity to a woman…does that mean I’m gay? Even if I am, I could have done much worse. Kaitlin is a really cool gal who’s currently in medical school, and thinks I should be a doctor or a politician. So again, what’s not to like? 🙂 Pop on over and visit her blog – you won’t be disappointed.

  1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Nope. But legend has it that my parents decided to have me while watching a Shirley Temple movie. Sorry Mom and Dad that I don’t have rosy cheeks and tap dance…I guess you got the blonde hair though…
  2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? I cry all the time. But it was probably my labor support class at SMS. I’m pretty sure I am incapable of watching a birth without sobbing.
  3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Yeah, I have disturbingly neat penmanship, and I like it that way.
  4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Turkey, I guess. But I’d rather take a salad.
  5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Yep, two of them, and a furry baby, too.
  6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? We would have a lot in common…so we’d either love each other or hate each other, I guess.
  7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Yes, but sometimes people think I’m actually serious so it doesn’t always go over so very smoothly.
  8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes
  9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Nope. I get motion sickness. Although I wouldn’t mind hang gliding…
  10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? I only eat cereal when I’m in a serious hurry. Then it’s something like Kashi. But if I allowed myself to eat more sugar I would probably pick some kind of granola muslix-ish thing. Generally I save my sugar for things like raw cookie dough and tubs of icing – you know, the important stuff.
  11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Seriously, who does this?
  12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? I’m stealing Kaitlin’s answer – some days, yes. some days, no.
  13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? 1 scoop of Baskin & Robbins chocolate and peanut butter and 1 scoop of either world chocolate or fudge brownie chunk.
  14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Their smile
  15. RED OR PINK? red
  16. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? I’m working on being a better listener.
  17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? There is someone I miss very much…someone who used to be close to me…but I think I’ll leave out the name of said person here.
  18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? If you feel like it, sure
  19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Grey sweat shorts and no shoes
  20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? A square of semisweet chocolate
  21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Rich is watching tv
  22. IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Apparently I’m violet.
  23. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SMELLS? an evergreen forest, a field of wildflowers, the smell that tells you it is about to rain.
  24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My friend Tammy
  25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Yes, I really do like Miss Kaitlin…
  26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? I like to watch WSU football, but mostly it is for the beer
  27. HAIR COLOR? blonde
  28. EYE COLOR? blue
  29. ARE YOU: OVERWEIGHT, UNDERWEIGHT, JUST RIGHT, OR NEVER RIGHT? about right, although I’m not as fit as I could be at the moment
  30. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? No
  31. FAVORITE FOOD? Hummus and veggies
  32. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Neither. I’ll pick drama or documentary.
  33. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Unfaithful. (Hard to watch, but well done.)
  34. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? mint green (Hey! It’s a t-shirt I got for free!)
  35. SUMMER OR WINTER? Both
  36. HUGS OR KISSES? Depends on who 😉
  37. FAVORITE DESSERT? ice cream
  38. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  39. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? I have a laptop.
  40. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON T. V. LAST NIGHT? Some of the Live Earth concert (sign the pledge!)
  41. FAVORITE SOUND? my kids’ laughter. The wind through the trees. A waterfall.
  42. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles
  43. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME/HERE? Rome
  44. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? Rich says I do, but I’m not going to share it here 😉
  45. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Madigan Army Hospital, Tacoma, WA.
  46. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE VACATION SPOT? Wherever I’ve never been.
  47. WHAT’S THE ONE THING THAT YOU’VE BEEN DYING TO DO BUT HAVEN’T DONE YET? be with a woman in labor. (soon!)
  48. WHAT’S THE ONE SIMPLE THING THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY? listening to Rich snoring beside me in our bed.
  49. HAVE YOU EVER TRULY BEEN IN LOVE? Still am!
  50. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BOOK/AUTHOR? Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World or Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. (How’s that for polar opposites?)
  51. WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO BE? In the mountains on a sunny day.
  52. WHAT’S YOUR PERSONAL THEME SONG? Closer to Fine by the Indigo Girls
  53. ARE YOU REGISTERED AS A REPUBLICAN, A DEMOCRAT, OR AN INDEPENDENT? Registered as a republican in college (seriously, what was I thinking???) but definitely left-wing, independent/democrat.
  54. WHEN YOU WERE A KID, HOW DID YOU SPEND MOST OF YOUR TIME? drawing and dreaming
  55. WHAT IS THE AIR-SPEED VELOCITY OF AN UNLADEN SWALLOW? african or european?

AFI Top 100 Movie Meme

I love film. This has been tough because a) I have two children under the age of 5; and b) I live in a small town that does not have an independent film house or video store. Case in point: I once tried to rent Citizen Kane here and none of the video store people had heard of it.  Where I live, movies like this have a longer theatrical run than any of the Oscar contenders.  But now with the invention of online movie rentals, the world of movies has re-opened itself to me.

Below is the AFI’s list of their 100 best movies of all time.

  • I’ve bolded movies that I’ve seen. (All others are now in my Blockbuster Online queue. I’ll update this list as I see them.)
  • I’ve put a plus sign (+) next to movies which I especially loved.
  • I’ve put a minus sign (-) next to movies which I just don’t get what all the fuss is about.
  • If there is neither a plus or minus sign, it means I liked it (maybe a little, maybe a lot) but it just doesn’t hold a special place in my heart for whatever reason.
  • I’ve added comments randomly.

Which movies have you seen or not seen? Which movie are you the most embarrassed about never having seen? Any movies on the list you flat-out hated?  I know people hate memes so I won’t single anyone out but if you are reading this and feel in the mood, consider yourselves tagged.

AFI’s Top 100 Films of All Time

1. CITIZEN KANE (1941) – (“Rosebud” was the one time I actually was intrigued.  Too bad the movie was over.)
2. CASABLANCA (1942)
3. THE GODFATHER (1972) +
4. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
5. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
(rented this one after major surgery and put the second tape in first and didn’t notice until the credits rolled.  Probably should rent it again.)
6. THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
7. THE GRADUATE (1967) +
(loved the soundtrack, too. This might be my favorite movie on the list.)
8. ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)
9. SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993) +
10. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952) +
11. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)
12. SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)
13. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957)
14. SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
15. STAR WARS (1977)

16. ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)
17. THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951)
18. PSYCHO (1960) +
19. CHINATOWN (1974) –

20. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (1975) +
21. THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940) (read it but never seen it…)
22. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) +
23. THE MALTESE FALCON (1941) –
(seemed like a bad Casablanca sequel.)
24. RAGING BULL (1980) (embarrassed)
25. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)
26. DR. STRANGELOVE (1964) +
27. BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967)
28. APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)
29. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)
30. THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)
31. ANNIE HALL (1977) +
32. THE GODFATHER PART II (1974)
33. HIGH NOON (1952)

34. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962) +
35. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)

36. MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969) (embarrassed I’ve never seen it)
37. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)
38. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)
39. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)
40. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
41. WEST SIDE STORY (1961)
42. REAR WINDOW (1954)
43. KING KONG (1933) (embarrassed I’ve never seen it)
44. THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915)
45. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951)
46. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971) (embarrassed I’ve never seen it)
47. TAXI DRIVER (1976) +
48. JAWS (1975)
49. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)
50. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)
51. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)

52. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)
53. AMADEUS (1984) +
54. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)
55. THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965) +
56. M*A*S*H (1970)

57. THE THIRD MAN (1949)
58. FANTASIA (1940)
59. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955)
60. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
61. VERTIGO (1958)
62. TOOTSIE (1982)

63. STAGECOACH (1939)
64. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977) +
65. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)

66. NETWORK (1976)
67. THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)
68. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951)
69. SHANE (1953)
70. THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971)
71. FORREST GUMP (1994)
72. BEN-HUR (1959)

73. WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939)
74. THE GOLD RUSH (1925) +
75. DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990)
76. CITY LIGHTS (1931) +
77. AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)
78. ROCKY (1976)
79. THE DEER HUNTER (1978)
80. THE WILD BUNCH (1969)
81. MODERN TIMES (1936) + (yes, I have a Charlie Chaplain thing…)
82. GIANT (1956)
83. PLATOON (1986)
84. FARGO (1996) +
85. DUCK SOUP (1933)

86. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935)
87. FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
88. EASY RIDER (1969)
89. PATTON (1970)
90. THE JAZZ SINGER (1927)
91. MY FAIR LADY (1964)
92. A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951)
93. THE APARTMENT (1960)
94. GOODFELLAS (1990)
95. PULP FICTION (1994) +

96. THE SEARCHERS (1956)
97. BRINGING UP BABY (1938)
98. UNFORGIVEN (1992)
99. GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (1967) +
100. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)


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