it’s pronounced “meem”

Following Scrivener’s lead, I’m giving y’all more context on these lines…because I’m not quite ready to retire this post yet.

Because, you know, this has been a crappy day. GB woke up in a rotten mood, and mine wasn’t much better, and overall this day has been frustrating and annoying and disappointing. So a meme seems like a good plan.

(This is kind of weird, actually, because I shuffled through all the songs on my iPod, instead of one of my playlists…and there’s actually a bunch of stuff on here that I don’t really know, and some kind of obscure stuff. Some, on the other hand, are downright gimmes.)

As seen first at Anastasia’s

Step 1: Put your MP3 player or whatever on random.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 25 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Step 4: Strike through when someone gets them right
Step 5: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is cheating.

1. I shake and I shudder and I shiver
In my bath while it’s cold and my windows are broken,
As my poor dog lays a-chokin’ on the floor.

2. Well I remember every little thing as if it happened only yesterday
Parking by the lake and there was not another car in sight
and I never had a girl looking any better than you did
and all the kids at school, they were wishing they were me that night.
(“Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” Meatloaf)

3. Davenports and kettle drums
And swallow tail coats
Table cloths and patent leather shoes
Bathing suits and bowling balls

4. Rifle in hand and two in the bush (“Gunshy,” Liz Phair)
5. London calling to the faraway towns (“London Calling,” The Clash…though the one on my iPod is actually a live Pogues version)

6. God of the rich man ain’t the God for the poor
God men and the state hospital is closed
and wouldn’t you know
winos and office girls in the park
wanted you alone to walk beside her
wanted you alone to live beside her

7. The colors are flowing from the wall to the floor
And only an outline still remains
Cause the roof’s got a hole in it
And everything’s been ruined by the rain

8. (uh, an instrumental song came up for this…trying the next one…) Come you masters of war, you that build the big guns (“Masters of War,” Bob Dylan)

9. It’s the same old tune, fiddle and guitar
Where do we take it from here
Rhinestone suits and new shiny cars
We’ve been the same way for years
We need to change
(“Are you sure Hank done it this way?”, Uncle Tupelo (or Steve Earle, or Waylon Jennings))

10. I don’t like you, but I love you
Seems that I’m always thinkin’ of you
Oh, ho, ho, you treat me badly
I love you madly

11. I am on a lonely road and I am traveling, traveling, traveling, traveling (“All I Want,” Joni Mitchell)

12. To the river of Jordan our savior went one day
And we read that John the Baptist met Him there
And when John baptized Jesus in Jordan’s rushing waters
The mighty power of God filled the air.

13. There were barefoot dreams of catching outlaws
There were school dreams of catching footballs
There were young dreams of finding great romance
There were armies and I took the chance

14. It’s the shadow in the dark
it’s the silver in the park
it’s the broken, faded bird
you’ve learned to call your heart

15. He never left a trace
They only found a note
Take the past nine years
Back from where they came
People call that suicide
But I see him on the street today

16. (weird–another instrumental! Second try…) So many long days, in so many ways
I try to get through to what lies deep inside of you.
Oh, baby. I said, you’re breaking me up, woman.
Yeah, you’re breaking me down.
You’re lying in little pieces —
Scattered all around.

17. Went to the movie matinee
To see the blue coats try to get away
From a smoke signal
Above the trees
A smoke signal
Shifting in the breeze

18. Let us pause in life’s pleasures and count its many tears (“Hard Times,” and yep, the Dylan version was the one I have)

19. Sit back, matter of fact
teasing, toying, turning, chatting, charming
hissing, playin the crowd
play that song again
another couple caught up in a nod, a glance, a half-hearted bow

20. Well you hate those diesels rollin’
And those Friday nights out bowlin’
When he’s off for a twelve hour lay over night
You wish you had a dollar
For every time he hollered
That he’s leavin’
And he’s never comin’ back

21. The minstrel in the gallery looked down upon the smiling faces
He met the gazes — observed the spaces between the old mens cackle.
He brewed a song of love and hatred — oblique suggestions — and he waited.
(“Minstrel in the Gallery,” Jethro Tull)

22. 22. We sail tonight for Singapore (“Singapore,” Tom Waits)

23. Darkest of night with the moon shining bright (“Superfly,” Curtis Mayfield)

24. Woke up this morning with love in mind (“Love in Mind,” Neil Young)

25. Should I fall out of love, my fire in the light (“All My Love,” Led Zeppelin)

(Actually, it’s kind of weird how many artist repeats I had, considering there’s almost 6400 songs there to choose from…)


As seen at Lina’s.


1. Go to
2. Type in your answer to the question in the “search” box.
3. Use only the first page.
4. Insert the picture into your Blog.

1. What is your relationship status?

2. What is your current mood?

3. Who is your Favorite Band/Artist?

4. What is your favourite movie?

5. What kind of pet do you have?

6. Where do you live?

7. Where do you work?

8. What do you look like?

9. What do you drive?

10. What did you do last night?

11. What is your Favorite TV Show?

12. Describe yourself:

13. What are you doing today?

14. What is your name?

15. What is your favourite candy?

16. What is your favorite drink? (I added this because candy? Seems like a lame one to quit on.)

I have a lot of performance anxiety lately. I can tell it’s worse than usual because I’m even avoiding memes that ask me to be a tiny bit creative.

But life_of_a_fool tagged me for the six word memoir, and I figured, what the hell. My career isn’t riding on this, right? (Unlike some other things I could be–and am not–writing.)

So here it is:


1. Write your own six word memoir

2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you’d like

3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post and to this original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere (link to the original post seems to be gone)

4 Tag five more blogs with links

5. And don’t forget to leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play!

And here’s my six-word-memoir:

Can I keep this buzz around? 


(Yes, the line is  a song lyric, and yes, it’s also the tagline of my blog. But there’s a reason for that. It works for me on a lot of levels. And the photo there, of course, is me and the boys in the Bumper Pool Basement. God damn. I miss those boys, and that basement, so much it’s a little painful. Sigh.)

Anyway. Okay. I’m supposed to tag people. I think most people have done this now….I’ll tag (with no pressure) CRSE, skycatCanada, Weezy, and Kermit.

I’ve seen this enough places now that I feel it’s been thoroughly tested and ready for my blog:

Make Your Own Album Cover
1. Click on this link. The title of the page is the name of your band.
2. Click on this link. The last four words of the final quotation on the page are the title of your album.
3. Click on this link. The third picture is your album cover.
4. Add your band name and title to the picture.

Seriously? How totally perfect is that?

(In what I can only assume is a Bloggy Christmas Miracle, I found this post in my drafts. When I lost this post the other day, I checked my drafts, and it wasn’t there. So hooray. My waste of time was not wasted.)

Here’s another recycled meme. Warning: It’s very long, and it repeats some of the other end-of-the-year memes.

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?

Got knocked up. And presented at the Big Damn Conference. And camped in the Adirondacks. And ate oysters. Oh, and had sex with Bad Idea. Hee!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn’t really make any, I don’t think…I think I wanted to stop freaking out so much, and in a weird way, that’s worked out. I’m still freaking out, but less anxious and panicky (even without the Lexapro), which is good.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

In 2007? Hmmm, I don’t think so.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No (*knocking wood vigorously*)

5. What countries did you visit?
No other countries–lots of U.S. states.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
A PhD, and the baby. Oh, and enough money to live on.

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Hmm…nothing too huge that’s related to a specific date. The Buzzlet was conceived on GB’s birthday (yes, despite having tons of TTC-sex, I do know which date it was), so that one kind of stands out.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Probably the Big Damn Conference presentation. And *finally* getting some dissertation chapters written.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I should have much more written by now than I do.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Still some panic attacks and anxiety, but they’ve been better since I quit drinking. The OCD has been pretty minimal, too. Nothing much, then, thankfully.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Um..that’s a tough one. I’m happy we rented this apartment, if that counts.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
GB graduated from law school, which is pretty awesome. The cats have (for now) stopped peeing on everything, which makes me extremely happy.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Happily, I really can’t think of anyone.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent. And a lot of that wasn’t even ours. And, for awhile there, BPAL.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Camping was especially fun this year. And I really threw myself into the whole making-a-baby thing.

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
Jens Lekman’s “Black Cab” (thanks, Phantom!). Whiskeytown’s “Dancing with the Women at the Bar” (and a bunch of other Whiskeytown and Ryan Adams songs). And, for reasons I can’t quite explain (since I’ve known the song since I was 16), the Rolling Stones’ “Star Star.”

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
Sadder, in many ways; happier in some others. Compared to December 2006, about the same weight–I lost the 40 pounds just in time to start gaining back baby. Ending the year a tiny bit richer, just because of GB’s current contract.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Relaxing. Camping. Dancing. Happy drugs. (Last year’s answers still work for me–though I’ll add “writing” and “happy drunk kissing with friends”.)

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying. Panicking. Beating myself up for nearly everything I’m doing/not doing/not doing fast enough.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
With GB’s family again. It was supposed to be with my family this year, but finances intervened. It’ll be nice, anyway.

21. Did you fall in love in 2007?
Not really, though I honestly do keep liking GB more and more.
22. How many one-night stands?
One. Yes, I’m counting it.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
We’ve watched almost the whole Oz series recently, which has been great. We watched Dead Like Me, too. And The Office, of course.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

25. What was the best book you read?
I can’t think of a book I read that wasn’t dissertation-related. Damn. That’s sad.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Me, not so much. GB went all crazy on iTunes and Limewire and made a million new musical discoveries, most of which I benefit from. I’ve been very happy with Bellwether, who were new to me this year. Oh, and I almost forgot Jens Lekman!

27. What did you want and get?
Well, after sometime in June I wanted to get pregnant, and that worked out (*knock knock*). I wanted to move to California, and got that too (though I should have maybe been more specific about what I was asking for). Oh, and we got our iPods at the beginning of the year.

28. What did you want and not get?
A PhD.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
God, I have no idea. This headache is killing me and I can’t remember any movies…(Which is a little insane, because I think that’s really all we did.)

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 36. Had a fabulous birthday with GB, and spent the weekend with Trixie and G-Love.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I meant to finish the diss and get on the job market this year, but whatever. Having any local friends in the last third of the year would have helped.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
Uh, yeah. That’s funny. I’ve been wearing BPAL t-shirts all year, and for the past month I’ve worn the same pair of sweatpants pretty much nonstop. “Fashion,” I have none.

33. What kept you sane?
GB and the cats. Music. Movies. Talking to my sister on the phone. And, again, my mom’s generous and frequent checks.
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
As always, my Johnny Depp love continues unabated.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Um. Right. I keep reminding myself there is a world outside of my worried little brain. (last year’s answer, sadly still accurate.)

36. Who did you miss?
My sisters, Skycat and the Yogini, and my Hometown Women (there are more of them, but they don’t all have blogs…or at least, they won’t tell me about them).

37. Who was the best new person you met?

I got to meet Phantom (AND her Amazing Offspring) AND Canada this year!
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.

Moving sucks.
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Tough one. I can think of several. The first that came to mind was “tonight the bottle let me down,” but I also feel pretty good going with the concise, yet perfect, “Oh no, god damn.”


Your Score: Saffron

You scored 75% intoxication, 25% hotness, 75% complexity, and 25% craziness!

  You are Saffron!

Those other spices have nothing on you! You’re warm, smart, and you make people feel really good (and with no side-effects!). You can be difficult to get to know and require a lot of those who try, but you’re so totally worth it. *Sigh*

Link: The Which Spice Are You Test written by jodiesattva on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Wait, 25% hotness? WTF?

(As seen over at Cayenne Pepper’s.)

*Mad propz to anyone who recognizes what that title refers to.

This made me laugh.

William Shakespeare

O luckybuzz! O gentle luckybuzz!
Nature’s soft nurse, how I have frighted thee.

Which work of Shakespeare was the original quote from?

Get your own quotes:

Although then, of course, I had to reload, and I liked this one even more:

William Shakespeare

When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in luckybuzz?

Which work of Shakespeare was the original quote from?

Get your own quotes:

(As seen at Dr. Crazy’s)

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