Miss Letting-Go-Getting


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May 23, 2008, 9:13 pm
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(R)andom (A)wesomeness of the (W)eek…

1. “Embrace a Dignified Life”

My brilliant little brother graduated from college this past weekend. I used to change the kid’s diapers and felt much like a parent must as he received many honors and gushing compliments from faculty and friends. I was so proud. Now I am both incredibly excited and scared for him, as I know all to well what a nerve-wracking time of life this can be, leaving the warm cozy bubble of academia for the real world. The commencement speaker gave an amazing speech encouraging the graduates to “embrace a dignified life” and to always strive to work for the common good rather than money, power and position. “Embrace a dignified life”–I love that phrase–I’ve been thinking about it all week. Embrace a dignified life. I know my little bro will have no problem at all with that. Me, I’m a tryin’!

2. Comeback Kid James Frey/Suck-it Oprah

Remember when all the hub-bub happened around James Frey’s book A Million Little Pieces. Basically what was published as a memoir was proven to be largely fictionalized and chaos ensued. Oprah publicly crucified him, the publishers pulled his book off the shelves and then offered refunds. Memoir or not, I enjoyed his book and I dislike Oprah even more after she tore him to shreds on live television. Then I read thisVanity Fair article, which made me even more pissed at the publishers and Oprah. Now he’s got a new fiction book out, Bright Shiny Morning and it is getting awesome reviews. Congrats James Frey, suck it Oprah.

3. Carl Sagan–Guba

I posted the below video on Facebook awhile ago because it features one of my all-time favorite people Carl Sagan talking about the great library of Alexandria. My friend and fellow Sagan fan Mike directed me to this amazing link about how Sagan and his wife fell in love. Mike also directed me to GUBA a site that allows you to download all sorts of awesome video, including the complete series of Cosmos!

4. NetFlix Streaming Video Box

For $100 you can buy a streaming video box and watch your Netflix movies immediately on your television with a broadband connection. WANT IT NOW!

5. TEAL

Another great find from my friend Mike (he’s like my dealer for fun and interesting web stuff), TEAL stands for Typo Eradication Advancement League. Check out their blog! Thanks for feeding my addiction Mike!

6. The President Gives Up Golf!

Golf? Golf! Ha! Grr! AAAAAHHHHHH! I hate George Bush! Like I often do, I’ll let Keith Olbermann express my anger…

7. On a lighter note–LOL

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8. Three Day Weekends Y’all!!

I’ll be spending mine drinking my friends Dan & Natalie’s new ho-made beer Phil’s Prrrtr with a bunch of crazy union organizers, biking out to the botanical gardens and general chillin with my peeps. Hope you enjoy yours!

XXXOOO

Miss LGG



The Importance of Having a Plan
April 7, 2008, 10:57 pm
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I saw the play Crimes of the Heart yesterday at a theatre in Naperville, one of the gazillion suburbs of Chicago. Why drive all the way out to Naperville to see theatre you might ask? To which I reply, I went to see one of my darling friends perform! He was brilliant, despite having to act on the tiniest stage ever. Seriously tiny–with a table and three chairs, a sink, stove and cot all crammed up there.

Anyway, the long drive back to the city gave me way too much time to ponder the nearly 13 years that have passed since I was in that very same play. It was the summer after freshman year of college and I stuck around my trashy college town to avoid returning to my small hometown to work as a cashier at the local grocery store. Anyway, I was cast as Babe in Crimes of the Heart along with someone who is now quite famous. This person, who will remain unnamed, was several years older than me and it bears mentioning that in college a three year age difference feels like a monumental gap in wisdom and maturity. She took me under her wing, and I was enamored of her, of her confidence, her power over men, and especially her plan. This girl had a plan. A plan to move to LA and make it big, and she had it planned down to the tiniest detail. From point A to Z–this is how she would make it happen.

Now I’m sure it didn’t quite all happen as she had planned, but she did indeed make it BIG, and I have to wonder: a) how much of it was luck? b) how much of it was drive and persistence? c) how much of it was having a plan and making every effort to stick to it? Ehh, probably all of the above, with some talent thrown in there, and also big boobs. They always help. Dammit.

Me though, I can’t even stay loyal to a day-planner. I buy them every year and vow to be a better planner of life, but never write anything in them after a week. Sometimes I wonder if my lack of a solid plan is a good thing or the reason for feeling like I’m always spinning my wheels. I’ve lived most of my life operating on the “I live in the moment,” free-spirited, “whatever happens happens” attitude–and I’m starting to think that’s bull-shit. You gotsta have a plan. You of course need to be flexible, but you definitely need some idea of where you want your life to go. Duh.

Holy shit. I’ve finally figured it all out. All of it.

To illustrate my point with a book, which you will soon learn is how I operate–I will direct you to the current book I’m reading, which just happens to be the perfect example of what kind of giant mess can happen when you operate without a plan. I suggest this book to anyone who:

a) enjoys black comedy

b) is royally pissed off about the Bush administration and needs more fodder for arguing with people who are still republicans

c) needs motivation for planning something

Oh crap, I’m sorry, I’m not being a very good librarian when I let my own political leanings influence how I describe the book. In all seriousness, this book is an eye-opening, intimate look at what happened (or didn’t happen) inside the resort-like Green-zone in Baghdad. It will make you laugh out loud, scratch your head, cry, and shake with anger–all at the same time. It will also make you want to plan the shit out of things.

Miss LGG’s Book of the Week:

Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone by Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Reviews of Miss LGG’s Book of the Week (by professionals who actually know how to review a book):

New York Times

New Yorker

Website of the Day:

Lifehacker “tech tips, tricks and downloads for getting things done”

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Alright, I’m off to start planning some stuff!

XXXOOO,

Miss LGG

P.S. I have a potty mouth. Sorry.

P.S.S No I’m not.