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so, this thing. i find it weirdly tempting as a purchase. but it's pretty silly, right? i'm trying to convince myself that if this garment is completely unflattering i'm still going to wear it around the house constantly.
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it's been a couple of days now since i got back from my trip. i went to new brunswick, new jersey for work (a book exhibit at a conference) and then i spent a couple of days in nyc. (in case you're wondering, since others did, i don't usually sell books as part of my job. it's just something they need people to do periodically and when the usual suspects are busy i sometimes take a turn.)

new brunswick was fine in every way, but i really didn't get to see much of it or do anything much. i mostly just saw the comfortable but weirdly super-dry inside of a hyatt while i was there. i ordered room service from a woman with the most unusual accent who seemed to get a genuine thrill out of convincing me to get chocolate cake. and the exhibit was fairly slow, but somehow that almost made it more tiring.

finally i was all done with that, and it was time to have what was basically a belated weekend in new york. it was a quick visit, but it was good. i saw two film screenings with my friend t, glen and randa and japanese summer: double suicide. at the second of those i ran into susan's college friend j who i hadn't seen in about 12 years (sounds scarily long ago when i actually count). hung around t & e's lovely apartment with the continuously-mellowing jessie the dog. had some nice meals, including good new york pizza and veselka, where i'd been meaning to go for a long time. went to the strand and fell victim to cheap books, but not that many. put myself through the soho shopping meatgrinder. the new topshop was totally blah and surprisingly pricey, except for the guy's clothes. if it weren't for these pesky hips i might have left with a bunch of button-down shirts. uniqlo yielded a couple of nice, super-practical, and sale-priced things, which redeemed my shopping efforts. most importantly i got to see friends, including vietnamese dinner with j & a, pete's candy store with the other t, lunch with m, and of course quality time with my gracious hosts.

plus i got a lot of train-riding in, which i always enjoy for some reason.

anyway, it's really good to get away from home once in a while. at some point while i was gone i did the math and realized i hadn't left the state in ten months before this, and that's entirely too long.
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so, i gathered together my friends jon and joe last night to see the wrath of khan at the south alamo. the idea was that they were showing it along with ten minutes of exclusive new footage from the new star trek movie. we barely made it into the screening (one couple got in behind us, that's it), even though we were almost an hour early.

they did one of those little switcheroo things that people who put on film screenings love to do, and it turns out we saw basically the american premiere of the new star trek movie instead, maybe even the first public screening based on what everybody was saying. also, leonard nimoy was there. he was there, and at one point he bumped into jon and for the rest of the evening jon kept saying he touched leonard nimoy and giggling.

and joe got a poster signed by leonard nimoy and the other dudes.

the new star trek was good. i was expecting a decent, entertaining film (two words i don't use as lightly as some people) and that's what it was. it even got to me in a few pretty awesome ways. they totally manipulated us - they got people who were excited about the real, old, good star trek and made us feel like we were in on something special and then told us to feel free to blog about it. but for whatever reason, it was pretty awesome and i was very happy when it was all over.

meanwhile, the last couple of weeks have included a lot of bad moments and general drama/shittiness, and after a long day at work (i had stayed at the office until 8:30) this really felt like a good omen and a chance to reset. anyway, yay!

p.s. here's harry knowles writing about it.

p.p.s. and here is vulture making fun of us.

and the entry from the alamo blog.
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this is my favorite entry from slaughterhouse 90210.

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our party this weekend was, by all accounts, highly successful. the cops came (warning only) and apparently one couple had sex in the bathroom. and there were tons of people there. i had fun much of the time, but i was constantly distracted with trying to figure out who was where and what was happening. here's looking forward to somebody else having a similar party i can enjoy without being neurotic in that special way that i have.

most importantly, everybody i talked to seemed to be having fun and getting along with people, with the exception of a couple of jackasses who were ultimately more or less tolerable.

... and now i've got an early flight on wednesday (followed by an intense several days of selling books in a hotel exhibit hall) and a ton of work to get done before then. wish me luck.
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maybe that new cupid show will be okay, what with bobby cannavale (you know him if you saw the station agent) and endless mike being in it.
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if you really did have special tattoos that protected you from harm (like in numerous fantasy stories), what would you imagine them depicting?
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when i was in middle school and for most of high school, i took a sense of identity from the fact that i was small. i was short, flat-chested, and had tiny feet. turns out i was just a tremendous late bloomer - i didn't even stop growing in height until after my first year of college. so i had to make a little adjustment.

i think we're all apt to hold on to things about ourselves that we find (at least relatively) unique as part of our self-concept. (though i suspect i may be slightly more this way than usual, though, due to my lifelong obsession with facts about people - birthdays, ages, etc.)

i am now exceedingly average. i'm on the thin side for an adult woman but i'm far from unusually skinny, i'm a little less than 5'6" so i'm a couple of inches above average but hardly tall, my feet are just under average size, and my bra size is almost dead-on average. so i focus on some more specific things.

i'm pretty nearsighted (more so than most people i know, but less so than others). i have kind of a big butt (not that i'm complaining). i wear a large hat size. my teeth are tiny (something a few guys i've dated have found endearing, something which in turn i find kind of endearing but mostly weird). i have little brown hairs on my second knuckles. i have tiny wrists and rather thick ankles. if i spend enough time in the sun (meaning my skin tans and my hair lightens) i am more or less all the same shade of brown. the fingernails on my right hand are significantly longer, the pink part i mean, than on my left hand.

so i wonder, do other people think this way, and if so, what random physical things do they hold on to as part of their idea of themselves?
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i organized my yarn last night (i know, it's exactly the sort of distracting task one convinces oneself is important before a move, but it's not and it is, as i said, distracting). anyway, two things are interesting about this (to me, anyway). one, it's amazing how much green yarn i have. yeah, it's my favorite color, but i didn't realize what i was doing all these years. two, i need to think of interesting ways to use relatively small amounts of yarn and/or to use a variety of yarns, maybe even yarns that vary a bit in gauge, in one scrap project. lucky for me i find the idea of scrap projects terribly exciting, so this mostly makes me happy.

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vulture interviews mark webber, who's playing stephen stills in the forthcoming scott pilgrim movie. he looks appropriately scruffy. also, somehow i was unaware that jason schwartzman is rumored to be playing gideon. hm.

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trying to avoid feeling blah today. it's good but not especially thrilling that it's finally raining. i'm making an effort to look forward to eating at swad tonight...

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p.s. i spent a really long time with hair too short for me to see in any way except in a mirror. just recently my hair reached a point where it tends to hang in my vision, and i grew out my bangs to a length where they're ever so slightly visible at the top if my vision. it's weird. i think it makes me feel hidier and nestier, which isn't good or bad. but it's like i'm peeking out at the world from a brown curtain.
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i keep a constant mental list of songs that should be covered, and in a way i think of it like i'm going to be doing the covering, when in fact the closest thing i've ever been to "in a band" was playing drums with april in frank's garage for a couple of months. i am almost unaware of the fact that i think this way, even though some thought of this type goes through my head approximately once a day.

i suppose there is an extremely slim chance that someday i will have an opportunity to suggest a good cover to somebody who can actually play music. otherwise, this will remain an odd little game that i play in my head.

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