2008 in Review

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
Visited New Orleans, started working in PR.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t do New Year’s resolutions; I do them for other people, though.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not really – a client’s wife had a baby, that was about it.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My former mother-in-law; my friend Deena’s mom passed away at the end of 2007 but I didn’t find out until January.

5. What countries did you visit?
None.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?

Courage to push myself beyond what I think I’m capable of.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
2/2 – Joe picking up the last bit of his stuff – and meeting his skanky new girlfriend. UGH.
4/1 – started my new job.

late October – vacation in New Orleans.

September – getting press for me and T-Wizzle.

11/13 – being told by my boss that my hours were being cut to part-time.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Transitioning into PR and doing very well in getting placements. Unlocking and jailbreaking a first-generation iPhone.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Having a car that I really loved repo’ed. That was awful.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Had the flu when I came back from New Orleans.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A used iPhone from my friend Richard.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Barack Obama’s presidential race and win!

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Joe the ex-boyfriend.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Paying off debts and having fun with friends.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going to New Orleans for Voodoo Music Experience.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?

There are a few songs: Let It Rock (Kevin Rudolf), Viva la Vida (Coldplay), Horse to Water (R.E.M.), Supernatural Superserious (R.E.M.)

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier.
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter – office work will do it to me every time.
c) richer or poorer? Richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Staying out of my head and more in my heart.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Being afraid.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
With Aunt Gigi and her family.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Maybe a little bit.

22. How many one-night stands?
I have two nightstands, it’s better for feng shui purposes. That was the question, right?

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Mad Men.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I’ve moved beyond hate to complete disinterest in their physical existence.

25. What was the best book you read?
In Praise of Slowness by Carl Honore

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans – I definitely plan on going again.

27. What did you want and get?

An iPhone.

28. What did you want and not get?

A car.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

I didn’t go to very many movies, but I did see the original Bedazzled on the big screen and that was fun.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 37. I had several girlfriends come over and we popped open a $60 bottle of Domaine Carneros Le Reve sparkling chardonnay I’d been saving. It was delicious.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Not having to rely on public transit to get everywhere.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?

Um, wear clothes that fit properly and don’t make me look like an angry lesbian.

33. What kept you sane?
My friends. I am so grateful for my friends.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Jon Hamm.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Proposition 8 here in California. Don’t get me started.

36. Who did you miss?
My parents.

37. Who was the best new person you met?

Peter was a lot of fun.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:

Life doesn’t end just because things appear to be falling apart.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Hearing R.E.M.’s “Walk Unafraid” live at Voodoo had me practically in tears because that’s what this year has been about. The whole song is awesome, and because I can’t pick out just one part of it to quote here, I’ll give you the WHOLE song and video, courtesy of Beth’s blog.

The Fab Fifteen, Brought to You by Moxie

Here’s another meme, this one courtesy of Beckeye. She tagged me for this one featuring my 15 favorite sex-ay actors nearly a month ago. I started on it soon after, but didn’t have the time or inclination to finish it up until now. Since she willingly participated in the meme I asked her to do a while back, I will return the favor. Plus it’s fun to talk about hot men, even if I’m cheating by pulling up info from a September 2007 post. Hey, I’m allowed to plagiarize myself!

*Still figuring out PicApp, so please forgive the huge images that make this post so freakin’ huge. Well, some of you might actually enjoy the big photos, so knock yourself out.

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Jon Hamm

I’d really like to find a picture of him as Don Draper, the successful, sexy, and mysterious advertising executive on “Mad Men”. I decided to try out Picapp today for images, though, and they didn’t have one of him in that role, so you’ll just have to watch the show when it comes back on AMC this July to see how yummy he actually is. Apparently he’s been around for a while, doing work on “The Division”, “The Unit”, and some other short-lived TV series. His character on “Mad Men” makes me wish that all men dressed in well-cut dark suits and drank whiskey on the rocks. Whew.

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Hugh Jackman
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I have a weakness for men that can sing and dance. That being said, I love Hugh as Wolverine in the X-Men movies, all buff and growly and tough. I also loved him in The Fountain, a very existential metaphysical flick about love, time, and transcendence. And don’t get me started on The Prestige, which featured not only him but Christian Bale, another fine-looking actor who’s a little further down the list.

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Clive Owen
I’m still a little sad that Clive Owen did not get asked to play James Bond, even though I’m very happy with Daniel Craig as 007. I loved Clive in Closer and Croupier. I’d like to see Shoot ‘Em Up if just to see Clive with the very lovely Monica Bellucci. Who doesn’t enjoy watching beautiful people make out with each other?

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Julian McMahon (“Nip/Tuck”, FX)
Julian McMahon tends to play major assholes, but he’s so delicious in his villainy that I can’t help but drool. I first noticed him as Cole/Balthazar on “Charmed”, then moved on to watch him play the lusty plastic surgeon Christian Troy on “Nip/Tuck”. I love how nearly every episode includes some crazy sex scene between Christian and a patient. These scenes invariably include Christian’s bare ass. Nice buns, Doc!

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Daniel Craig
Not only does Daniel Craig make a yummy James Bond, he also seems like a really nice guy. I also love the fact that he found out he would be the new 007 while shooting The Invasion in Baltimore, my old stomping grounds. He’s a little craggy and beaten-up looking (imperfection is rather sexy to me), he cleans up real nice, and he has that awesome accent. Lord have mercy.

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Gerard Butler
His role as King Leonidas in 300 put him smack-dab in the middle of my radar. Could it be that watching him in IMAX, on a 7-story-high movie screen, stunned me into submission? Possibly. The fact remains that he is a fine man with a fun Scottish accent. Yeah, I love accents. Is it obvious?

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Christian Bale
I have been smitten with Christian Bale since I saw him in American Psycho, all buff and smeared in blood. Gross, I know, but damn, he was fine. T-Wizzle and I went to see Batman Begins and at one point she turned to me and said, “I totally want to have sex with him.” Get in line, sister.

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George Clooney
Oh, George. You had me at “Roseanne”, with your awful haircut and cheesy lines. Then there was “ER”, with your idealistic pediatrician desperately in love with a nurse. The kicker, though, was your roles in Out of Sight, Ocean’s 11-12-13, and O Brother Where Art Thou? Not only that, you seem like you’d be the perfect host: funny, friendly, and thought-provoking, with an awesome selection of wine and liquor and a great personal chef. I’m free next month to come stay at the house in Lake Como, by the way. And I won’t demand sex in return. Honest.

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Ewan McGregor
You know what I love about Ewan McGregor? Yes, he’s versatile, funny, a very good actor. I loved him in Moulin Rouge and I cried with him when Satine (Nicole Kidman) died. But the big thing I love about him is that he has no qualms about doing nude scenes. I’m talking full-frontal here. And while I’m not pressed to see my favorite actors in the buff, it is a fun little treat to have on occasion, like making brownie sundaes at home.

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Ioan Gruffudd
Last year I went to a free screening of Amazing Grace, starring this hottie. With longer hair, Ioan is even yummier. It’s a shame he was in such a clunker as the Fantastic Four movies, but who cares? Doesn’t change the fact that he is very cute.

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Eric Bana
Eric is not one of the first actors that comes to mind for me when coming up with a list like this. And I honestly can’t say I remember what, if anything, I’ve seen him in. Munich is in my Netflix queue, so eventually, I’ll see his body…of work! Of work, dammit!

The “Lost” Boys
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Naveen Andrews
A long time ago I rhapsodized on here about the smoldering dark sexiness of Naveen as Sayid on “Lost”, so I won’t go over old territory. If you really want to know my deep feelings for Naveen, just put “Sayid” in the blog search box. Though you may be sorry you did.

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Henry Ian Cusick
Ever since Henry exploded onto “Lost” as Desmond, the lovesick psychic Scot, I’ve been a bit lovesick too. I love his accent, intensity, and the body. Nuff said.

Flashbacks:

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Rick(y) Schroder
Before he was Rick Schroder, star of “NYPD Blue”, he was Ricky Schroder, the lovable towheaded imp of The Champ and TV’s “Silver Spoons.” I had a poster of him on my wall during junior high and was teased mercilessly for it. What’s sad is that he finally showed the world his bare ass long after my fascination with him was over. Oh Rick, I hardly knew ye.

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Jimmy Smits

My obsession with Jimmy was during his tenure on “L.A. Law” as hottie Latino lawyer Victor Sifuentes, which Pops & I would watch every week in the 80s. (Pops’ ringtone on my cell? The theme song from the show, of course. Eventually I may change it to “Bonanza”, though.) When Grace Van Owen (Susan Dey) finally made her move on Victor, I was cheering her on. This troubled Pops immensely, but he got over it. I think.

The Six Word Memoir

Historical Wit, a frequent reader of this blog, tagged me a few weeks ago for the six-word memoir meme. Beth did this meme a while back and it was then that I started thinking about what I would write…but never came up with anything that really felt right.

In this moment, I’ve chosen six words based on everything that’s happened to me over the last few months, and how I am working to experience the world.

I believe in a magical universe.
Yeah, that works.

The Middle Name Meme

I got up this morning to discover I’ve been tagged by the infamous Beth at Cup of Coffey to participate in a meme. What makes this one a little challenging is that the meme requires me to use a middle name, and not only do I not have a middle name anymore in the real world, I also want to keep my name, as well as the names of my loved ones, anonymous (or at least the semblance thereof). That being said, I do want to participate, so I figure there are a few ways I could go about doing this:

  1. Use the maiden name of a woman in my family tree.
  2. Use “With”, since that’s my middle name on this blog.
  3. Use the middle name I was given at birth.

I think I’ll go with #1, since #3 is too short to offer any sort of interesting response (my former middle name was Rae), and #2 is just too corny and I’m leaning more toward zany practicality than wacky humor this morning.

Here be the Rules:

1. Post the rules before you give your answers.

2. List one fact about yourself beginning with each letter of your middle name. If you don’t have a middle name, use your maiden name or your mother’s maiden name.

3. At the end of your blog post, tag one person (or blogger of another species) for each letter of your middle name. Be sure to leave them a comment telling them they’ve been tagged.

I never got the chance to know my maternal grandmother, as she died of breast cancer when Momcat was a teenager. In her honor, I’ll use her maiden name, which was Trask.

T: When I am upset or stressed out, I have a tendency to render technology ineffective. Long-time readers of my blog are familiar with my score-keeping. I’ve had challenges with computer monitors (I’ve had about 3 or 4 monitors die on me, which T-Wizzle finds baffling), printers, my DVD player/recorder, Palm TX, and MP3 player; cell phones; software programs; Internet access; and a host of other products. Someday, this superpower will enable me to take over the world, or at least bring global e-commerce to a grinding halt. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

R: While rebellious wouldn’t be the first word that comes to mind when describing myself, I definitely do act the rebel at times. I have been known to do things just because someone said I couldn’t or shouldn’t. Some positive examples of this are:

  • My high school world history teacher told me that it was hard to get an A in the American history teacher’s class. I said, “Watch me,” and for 3 out of 4 grading periods, I got As in American history. (One quarter I was distracted by a part-time job. Once I quit, I had more time to study and got As again.)
  • My former editor said I’d never get tickets to see Spamalot while in New York for a trade show. Again I said, “Watch me.” I sat in line for nearly 6 hours and got 8th row orchestra seats. I grinned the whole way through and brought my editor back a t-shirt.

I’m waiting for the day when the right person challenges me to lose weight or publish my novel. King Kong ain’t got shit on me! Bring it on!

A: Ever since I was little, I’ve been interested in acting. Back east, I was in my high school’s drama club and performed in a couple readers’ theatre productions with Pops. I’ll admit that part of my motivation for moving to LA was that I wanted to become a famous actress. The thing is, you actually have to work at doing that, and I was always too insecure about my looks & weight to make it happen. I wanted to just show up and become famous. I admire comedians who are super-talented at improvisation, so I’d like to take improv classes at some point. Then who knows? I could finally bite the bullet and really give acting a shot.

S: I have never been one to fear for my personal safety. I have been in some dicey neighborhoods and suspicious places, but I have never felt threatened or scared. I’ve been cautious, sure, and I’ll use my intuition to avoid putting myself in uncomfortable situations. But I feel it’s all about attitude, and I am so freakin’ arrogant that I cannot imagine why anyone would ever want to do harm to me. I’ve said several times that I would walk naked through Watts just to make a point – which goes back to that rebellious thing again. Because of my attitude I have a hard time empathizing with people, especially women, about safety issues. My belief is that fear is the biggest bully you can ever encounter, yet all it takes is one hearty yell to make fear run for the hills.

K: I love singing karaoke. I’ve been doing it since I moved to CA over 7 years ago, starting with a piano bar where the average age of the clientele was 68. Those old folks were so supportive and excited to hear a thirty-something singing old standards, so it gave me the courage to branch out and go to more karaoke joints. The place where I went regularly has gotten more ghetto-tastic, so I’m going to new spots that have a wide variety of songs. I even have a spreadsheet on my Palm TX for tracking songs by venue, but I have yet to buy my own karaoke CDs and bring them with me when I go sing. My favorite artists to cover at karaoke include Journey, Amy Winehouse, Garbage, Heart, Maroon 5, Olivia Newton-John, Britney Spears, Sarah McLachlan…and the hits just keep on comin’.

And now for the tagging of others (links to completed memes are in green):

Staci at Laughing Mommy (because she is my cousin and she loves me, plus it’s payback for the taser Superpoke on Facebook last week)
Arianne at Daily Llama (because she likes memes)
Gifted Typist at Gifted Typist (because she’s cool and I like her writing)
Splotchy at I, Splotchy (because no-meme month is over)
Beckeye at The Pop Eye (because she loves ONJ as much as me, if not more)

Five Random Things

My cousin of the Barbie princess cake tagged me to answer five random questions. And because I would much rather blog than work on a freelance writing project that has eaten my brain (more on that in a couple weeks), I am going to answer her questions now. Here we go!

1. What is your favorite flower? Why?

I’m not so good with names of flowers, which would probably make both of my grandmothers tsk-tsk at me. I do love hybrid roses – the more exotic-looking and variegated, the better. The different colors all within one blossom just amaze me.

2. What is the nicest thing a guy has ever said to you? The worst thing?

Nicest: Recently my boyfriend Joe (his blog name) said to me, “I love you with all my heart and soul.” By the look on his face, I knew he meant every word.
Worst: That’s a tough one. It’s a toss-up between:
a)”I would date you but I wouldn’t go out with you.” [Translated: the guy didn't want to be seen with me, but would have deigned to have me as a booty call. I didn't speak to him again after that.]
b) “Do you have to sing along to every song? Your voice isn’t that great.” [This was said by a guy who was very tone-deaf - go figure. His comment made me feel so insecure about my singing voice for a long time. Thank god I got over that, as evidenced by my undying love of karaoke.]

3. What is your favorite food?

I enjoy a lot of different foods and cuisines – Indian, Mexican, Chinese. But as an overall favorite, I would have to go with Italian. Pasta made my boobs what they are today.

4. What is your best memory from grade school?

Hmm, another tough one. I would say the 6th grade Renaissance Faire. I wore one of Momcat’s old bridesmaid’s dresses that was a deep burgundy with pink lining and a cardboard crown with a filmy pink veil attached to it. I felt very regal and I got to be the narrator for our class puppet show. I am such a ham for the stage.

5. What are you the most proud of?

In my career: Getting promoted after 6 months.
As a volunteer: Getting over $300 worth of raffle prizes donated in 2 days’ time for my Meetup group’s 2007 Oscar party.
In my personal life: Finally figuring out that it’s worth it to be transparent about who I am, and then actually doing it.

I guess I am supposed to tag some people…so Ari and Beth, you’re up! Here are the questions:

1. If you could be a type of chocolate, what kind would you be, and why?
2. What was your favorite song the year you graduated from high school?
3. If you were running for president in 2008, what would be your platform?
4. What is your least favorite root vegetable?
5. What three historical figures would you like to have over for dinner and drinks?

Okay, kids, get to it.

Eight Strange Quirks about Moxie

One of my favorite bloggers, Beth at Cup of Coffey, posted three different memes in one post. While she didn’t specifically tag me to respond with a meme of my own, I’ve been feeling rather honest lately, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

These are the rules, per Write Procrastinator’s blog:

1. All right, here are the rules.2. We have to post these rules before we give
you the facts. 3. Players start with eight random facts/habits about
themselves. 4. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their
eight things and post these rules. 5. At the end of your blog, you need to choose
eight people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a
comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Here are…drumroll please…[dddddddddddddddddddddaah!]

Eight Strange Quirks about Moxie
  1. I have slight OCD about my deodorant use. I like to apply it using the same number of strokes per armpit, otherwise I feel unbalanced. This feeling usually goes away after about 5 minutes, or if I see something shiny, whichever comes first.
  2. Ever since I was old enough to shave my legs, I have plucked individual hairs from my legs. I frequently do this using just my fingernails, but sometimes I do it with tweezers. I think this may be why the hair on my legs grows in so patchy.
  3. For no apparent reason I will be sneaky with food. I won’t tell Joe when I go out for lunch or dinner, and I will surreptitiously eat snacks. I remember being about 6 or 7 and hiding behind an armchair with a container of Cool Whip. I am trying to break this habit, but it’s been difficult.
  4. When my fingernails are long and unpolished, I like to click them against each other. This usually involves putting the nail of my left ring finger under my left thumbnail and clicking them together. Sometimes I make up that this habit really annoys people, but for the most part, I don’t think they notice.
  5. My right pinky toenail has been split for at least 10 years. I stubbed my toe on a plastic crate and it split a very small portion down the outside of the nail. Sometimes I clip the little flap of nail all the way back, and sometimes I just let it grow out. I am too scared to get it properly fixed. What would the doctor do, completely remove my toenail? No thanks.
  6. I have plantar warts on my feet. They used to be really bad, but now I’m down to just one plantar wart per foot. Fortunately they don’t hurt that much, and I know I could heal them completely if I got more of this stuff, which works extremely well. I get very self-conscious of these warts when I go in for a pedicure. The woman that does my pedicures doesn’t understand English very well and always wants to whack away at my plantar warts with her callus remover. She will point at my warts and say “Callus” and I will say “IT’S NOT A CALLUS”. I don’t want to say “wart” out loud for fear she will start yammering at her cronies in Vietnamese about the weird white woman with the funky feet. This is part of the reason why I tip her extremely well: I feel like I am paying her off so that she will not discuss my feet with other people.
  7. I have a “tickle blanket” on my bed all the time. It’s a blanket that belonged to my parents and I fell in love with it because it had this satin trim that felt good and tickly against my fingers, hence the name “tickle blanket”. I like to weave the trim in between my fingers or rub the corner on my face.
  8. I hate peas. The only way I will consider eating peas is if they are in heavily seasoned food, such as Indian samosas or curries and sometimes Mexican rice, because then I cannot taste their awfulness. I will pick them out of dishes, vegetable medleys, salads, etc. They are an abomination and a curse on mankind, those peas.

Not sure who to tag…when I’ve done this before, I wound up with diddly-squat. If you feel compelled to respond with your own list of eight things, please do, and post your link in the comments. If you’d rather not share your list with the world, send me the link at girlwithmoxie at gmail dot com. I promise not to tell.