July 4, 2003

It’s officially Friday and the Fourth of July. A happy 4th to you, and Happy 227th Birthday to this great country. Just think of how many times over I would have been executed in other countries by now!

Last night I had a dream that in order to have a plant I had to send an argument named ‘seed’ to a function named ‘grow.’ There was also a ‘water’ subroutine. Too much PERL, my friends.

And on a less-bizarre note, I’m sitting next to David, whom I haven’t seen for more than 1.75 hours in 12 days straight. He’s a much better companion than the volleyball with the painted-on face whom I’ve been talking to the last 3 or 4 days. *twitch*

Wt: 135.8, heading into the weekend.
Mood: Reclusive
Plans: May head off to breakfast w/David(!!)
BBQ? Of course. I’m making devilled eggs and my pasta salad. John will be responsible for meat.

And, finally, the Friday Five!

1. What were your favorite childhood stories?
I liked Dr. Seuss books, and I also had a big hard-cover book of fairy tales. Not the sanitized ones, but the nasty ones where people died horrible deaths and Snow White has a sister named Rose Red who spat up toads and vermin whever she spoke. (I can’t find a link to prove I’m not crazy…trust me…I’m not crazy!) Cool, huh? The Little House on the Prairie series and Little Women were favorites of mine, too.

2. What books from your childhood would you like to share with [your] children?
Probably all of them!

3. Have you re-read any of those childhood stories and been surprised by anything?
Those fairy tales were pretty harsh, plus Little Women had Beth, who was nothing but Dead Girl Walking for 3/4 of the book.

4. How old were you when you first learned to read?
Three. Taught by Mom and Sesame Street. My first reads words were traffic signs, then brand names (the logos probably helped) but I was reading kiddie books by 3.

5. Do you remember the first ‘grown-up’ book you read? How old were you?
At 10, Judy Blume books were the most grown-up I could imagine. Mom was very on top of the media that I had access to, so I really didn’t hit adult books until my teens.

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