Seven things


1) The sound of nails on a chalkboard evokes an immediate reflexive response in me: I instantly, and without thinking, put my fingertips in my mouth. It might make more sense to cover my ears, but you can’t argue with “natural tendency.” It must be evolution.

2) I am a consolidator. I cannot stand to have two half-empty bottles of the same thing, whether it be soy sauce or face wash or peanut butter. I will mix them together into one substance, and discard the empty vessel. Unless it’s a pretty glass jar. Then I will save it for something special, like someday when there’s a boy who gives me flowers. I’ll be ready. With my jar.

3) My least favorite serving dish is the olive boat. It makes me uncomfortable to casually pass around a dish in that shape. Am I incredibly juvenile? Probably. I can’t sing “where ox and ass are feeding” in church without snickering, either.

4) I check Seattle/Nashville Craigslist EVERY DAY for the following items: apartments, jobs, Mazda 3’s, elliptical trainers, Missed Connections. It does not matter that I don’t live in either of these places anymore/yet. It does not matter that I don’t have the money nor the need for a new car. It does not matter that I will not sign a lease for an apartment until I’ve seen it in person. It does not matter that I don’t have a home to put a mammoth item like an elliptical in. I like to keep my finger on the pulse of my cities.

And no. No one is looking for me on Missed Connections.

5) I vacillate between pursuing a career that I am passionate about, and pursuing a career that will provide me with the lifestyle that I want (which really means the ability to finance a wardrobe from Anthropologie and a hot yoga habit). And deep down, I’m afraid that I’m incapable of either.

6) I made up a word with the sole purpose of describing Sufjan Stevens’ music: “changley.” Too much changle. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, just listen to the one that goes, “Changl-ey, chaaaan – gaaaall – eeey / All things go, all things go.”

7) My favorite scene in movies is that point just past halfway where there’s some upbeat song playing, and all of the characters are progressing and growing and changing. No dialogue – just a montage of forward movement that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and makes me want to go run a marathon or learn how to cook a turkey or something.

If you have a blog, I think that you should do a similar entry to this: seven things. I’d love to know some underground, non-obvious facts about my friends!


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  1. Greta on December 11, 2007 at 4:18 PM

    I just went and checked Seattle’s “Missed Connections” to see if anyone had spotted me, and it is BLOCKED by my work server.

    Dang it.

    I really like this blog. :) Seven things from Greta Weisman to come soon.

  2. Mary on December 11, 2007 at 6:39 PM

    As of late, that “upbeat near the middle of the movie” song is always KT Tunstall’s Suddenly I See. I challenge any filmmaker to create a movie with a young woman in it, and upon coming to the realization of her place in life/who she is in love with/whatever she is to realize, to NOT use that song. :)

  3. Elle on December 12, 2007 at 9:28 AM

    I can’t help but snicker at that line in ‘What Child Is This?’ also…I think that’s why it has always been one of my favorite Christmas hymns. The fact that I was able to be just a bit rebellious while singing in church. ;)

  4. MJ on December 12, 2007 at 6:09 PM

    hmmm.. maybe just the inspiration I need to get back on the horse. Thanks for missing me! :)

  5. Ross on December 12, 2007 at 6:16 PM

    Having excessive amounts of time is wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration, Annie.

  6. ~lady j on December 13, 2007 at 12:08 AM

    hi there! i just ran across your blog cause i’m friends with Ross… but I just read this entry (which was hilarious) and your note about your trip to NYC and– well, i cried through the Lion King musical too, starting with Circle of Life. :) reading your entry just took me right back to the moment! hehehe

    oh AND I live in Nashville! so if you ever decide to move here, we should hang out because i bet we’d get along really well. :) anyway, nice to “meet” you– have a great weekend!

  7. Sally on December 13, 2007 at 1:14 AM

    I totally agree with you about S. Stevens music. Very Changley. Also I’m with you on the ox and ass bit. Hee Hee.

    P.S. I’m Marijke’s friend so don’t be wierded out. :) I also think your blog is way fun.

    I may post a 7 things post, right after my rant about Christians getting mad about Christ being taken out of what was an originally pagan holiday.

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