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Idol favorites February 20, 2008

Posted by Victoria Fredericks in music ♥, Television.
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This show gets more and more obnoxious, stylized, sterilized and hyped every year, but it’s still a highly addictive staple of pop culture. (Watching isn’t optional.) While I feel tepid at best about most of the performances (I’m more of a hardcore rock girl), here are my top picks so far from the male contestants:

Jason Castro

The only contestant to play an instrument during last night’s show, Jason’s dreamy blue eyes (while he sang “Daydream!”) definitely won me, not to mention his amazing voice. I dig the dreads, I dig everything about him so far. Definitely swoonworthy.

Michael Johns

There is something about a married man that makes me swoon substantially less (still, check the sexy face), but I have been a fan of Michael’s since I first saw him, and especially when he did “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Last night’s “Light My Fire” was not the best song, but he rocked it out and everyone loved it, I have no doubt he’ll make it to the top 12.

Robbie Carrico

Total rock star. I am always all about guys with facial hair, bandanas and leather cuffs. He also has my favorite personality. I liked how he faced Simon when his “authenticity” or whatever was in question. I know a rocker when I see one, trust me baby! I just hope he doesn’t win, because Fuller will chastise all the good and sex that is rock n’ roll in this fine-looking man.


World Spins Madly On February 17, 2008

Posted by Victoria Fredericks in Lyrics, music ♥.
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Sometimes a song will move you to tears. This one by The Weepies moves me. I heard it first in Because I Said So (one of my favorite movies ever) and I was just stunned…it’s beautiful, sentimental but not far-reaching. There is no way you can listen to this and not think of something, or someone in your own life. 2:45, amazing, you should hear it and you’ll know.

Woke up and wished that I was dead
With an aching in my head
I lay motionless in bed
I thought of you and where you’d gone
And let the world spin madly on

Everything that I said I’d do
Like make the world brand new
And take the time for you
I just got lost and slept right through the dawn
And the world spins madly on

I let the day go by
I always say goodbye
I watch the stars from my window sill
The whole world is moving and I’m standing still

Woke up and wished that I was dead
With an aching in my head
I lay motionless in bed
The night is here and the day is gone
And the world spins madly on

I thought of you and where you’d gone
And the world spins madly on.

Statements February 17, 2008

Posted by Victoria Fredericks in Books.

Finally, I read it! This would have been a fantastic beach read, if only I hadn’t been camped out in my apartment in a snowstorm in the middle of winter…

“She was too busy to keep a diary…luckily, American Express kept one for her.” So quips a headline atop this deliciously fluffy (another reviewer called it “the M&Ms of the memoir world”) read. Amy Borkowsky humorously remembers 12 years of a twentysomething, single, career-woman’s life in Manhattan as she goes through her credit card statements. From the habitual (Starbucks,* Chinese takeout) to the romantic (getaways, gifts, dinners out) and the practical (a bells-and-whistles stereo system, quest for the perfect sofa) and exorbitant (ski lessons, airline tickets), only a gifted writer can transform the mundane and depressing (read: bills) into such a delightfully amusing account. Maybe gimmicky, and even corny at times (like the last page), but you just can’t stop reading.

This excerpt is from a chapter called The Tarot of Leg Hair (really!), and I found it to be somewhat accurate in defining any single woman’s romantic situation:

Hair growth on legs of a quarter-to a half-inch = not dating anyone.
Hair growth greater than half an inch = will take trip in near future, to waxing salon.
Smooth, hairless legs = dating someone or has doctor’s appointment.
Slight stubble (eighth-inch of less) = has boyfriend but he’s out of town.
One leg smooth and other stubbly = working crazy hours, ran out of shaving gel.
Both legs shaved from knees down only = had blind date from computer, wore pants.
Hairless legs with cuts = rushed through shave for booty call.

Entertaining as it is, it’s stunningly true how much we (single women, maybe everyone?) can learn about our prior selves by looking through our own statements. Our habits, major events, disasters and necessities all seem to be neatly portrayed on a monthly basis. You’d be surprised what you can learn–and remember–about yourself, and the events and circumstances that surround your purchasing history.

*Ironically, there was a reference to the whole Tall=Small thing discussed in the previous entry.

why I don’t go to Starbucks February 5, 2008

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I was on Youtube (looking for the video for Wicked Game, don’t ask) and not normally being one to spend lots of time looking at random funny shit on Youtube (as is my dear friend Zoe), this video caught my eye. This girl is hilarious, and she’s also completely right. I had the same thing happen to me, and I have completely evaded Starbucks since, and prefer to go to places where “a small is a small.” I’m a smart girl, but when it comes to coffee, I’m basically a simpleton. How about a lesson, shall we?

Route 66 signs February 4, 2008

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Just a few of my favorite Route 66 signs I’ve “collected” over the past few years. I’m obsessed with them. Dreaming of that road trip, baby. Before I’m 30…

you were pretty as can be… February 3, 2008

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I have always adored everything about this video, now more than ever.