Monday, February 16, 2009

5 Things I Did This Weekend

I finally took the red pill and joined Facebook and have enjoyed catching up with old and new friends. If you're on FB (a cool acronym which, I've learned, stands for FaceBook), come see me.

Also, if you're on Facebook, you've probably been inundated with requests for 25 Things about You. That seems like a pretty exhaustive list to me, so instead here are 5 Things I Did This Weekend, in no particular order.

1. Read William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. May be my favorite Faulkner novel yet. He allegedly wrote it in six weeks and announced that he intended to write a tour de force. He succeeded.

2. Ate Almond Roca candy. One of my favorite Valentine's treats. The chocolate comes wrapped in these little gold foils. Fancy!

3. Knitted an irregular-shaped kitchen towel. I was shooting for square; it turned out rectangular. Totally irritating, because it had this wierd pattern and took much longer than it should have. Especially for something that's meant to wipe countertops.

4. Saw Elvis at Half Price Books. He had jet black hair, gray roots, those fabulous alcoholic farmer glasses, and was purchasing one of his own albums. He was trying to be incognito, but I'm no idiot.

5. Put together a style exam for my technical writing class. Passive voice + dangling modifiers + faulty word choice = tons o' weekend fun. Still, I amuse myself by creating truly awful, and sometimes funny, sentences for my students. I mean, if you've got to make the grade, you might as well have a good time.

Your turn. Want to share a quick 5 things?

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Blogger Barrie said...

He wrote that in SIX WEEKS! That's incredible!

7:31 AM  
Blogger Alyssa said...

I can't top your Elvis sighting, but here goes:
1. I called and chatted with a friend who was on some good drugs after giving birth.
2. I ate a box of chocolates.
3. I blogged on test taking and truth.
4. I wasted lots of time on FB.
5. I took my dog for a couple of walks and let her smell lawns to her heart's content.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Charles Gramlich said...

ate chicken
kissed Lana
had a nap

10:51 AM  
Blogger Barbara Martin said...

listened to music,

11:46 AM  
Blogger Mathilda said...

(Note: As I Lay Dying is good. Absalom, Absalom! is better. Just personal opinion...)

1. Went on a coffee date with a new friend.
2. Wrote several important and funny emails/letters.
3. Sulked about not being able to go to AWP.
4. Did a happy dance about AWP being in Denver next year.
5. Started a new series on my blog called "What's in Sarah's Mailbox".

2:56 PM  
Blogger debra said...

shopped for food
baked bread
collected eggs from chickens
brushed and bathed one of the dogs

3:08 AM  
Blogger Mathilda said...

Question, since you're in grad school, are you workshopping short stories or sections of your next novel? If you are workshopping short stories, are you going to send out to any literary journals?

6:57 PM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Barrie, I know. It takes me six weeks to catch up on laundry, let alone write an incredible novel.

Alyssa, just keep a lookout. No doubt Elvis will pop up again. It's the Elvis way.

Charles, I like the consecutive nature of your list. I can almost see your weekend.

Mathilda, I'll add Absalom, Absolom to my list. Just the title makes my heart hurt. Love the important/funny emails.

Debra, I imagine egg collecting as a soothing pastoral event. In reality, though, I bet it involves a lot of noise and feathers.

Mathilda, great question. I've been workshopping sections of my new novel, but I'm thinking about writing some shorts as well. I tend to create "long" so it'll be a stretch, so to speak, to stay in a shorter medium. Haven't sent out to journals...that's on my to do list for 2009.

4:56 AM  
Blogger catherine said...

1. went to one of those restaurants that cooks in front of you and throws rice in your mouth with 8 other couples. We were like 8 yr olds at a bday party!
2. rubbed stretch mark cream all over my belly numerous times.
3. enjoyed red tulips from bobby and watching kate enjoy her first valentine from daddy! it was a big red balloon and stuffed elephant!
4. went to robby seay concert with kate...bad decision...left early.
5. recorded outgoing message for the new office line for Sharpe Renovations. No easy task with a perfectionist standing over my shoulder and script in his head. Took one hour, lots of deep breaths and serenity prayers.
6. read britta's blog and missed her tons!

6:23 AM  
Blogger Travis Erwin said...

Really that fat guy with sideburns was me.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Kern said...

1. I also saw Elvis. This was my second sighting at Half Price Books in Watauga.
2. Ran 3 miles nonstop. 1st time ever!
3. Watched Vicky Christina Barcelona with Britta.
4. Hosted my dad on Valentine's day. (Britta's a champ!)
5. Read "Food Matters" by Mark Bittman. I'm in!

4:02 PM  
Blogger Beth Fitz said...

Here are my Weekend Top Five:
#5. Baseball Draft for Coach Pitch (David didn't make it but Jake did)
#4. Love Fest Friday night with some of my best friends (good wine, good food, good friends....does it get any better?)
#3. Fashion show at the Anatole in Big D (in the audience not on the runway)
#2. Dinner with my amazing husband and the Clarks at PF Chang in Sundance Square
And the #1 thing I did this weekend......
...Renewed my amazing husband and I renewed our wedding vows at the Botanic Gardens.
All in all a fabulous weekend!

4:15 PM  
Blogger Lana Gramlich said...

*LOL @ the Elvis sighting!* Unfortunately I just cancelled my FB account the other day for the 2nd (& LAST) time. Too many security & content issues, too much time completely wasted. No one actually contacted me there--all I got were goofy app requests & pokes. That's not friendship, to me. Call me crazy...

8:03 AM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Catherine, I too am a sucker for flying fried rice. I love that Kate got Valentines from Daddy Bobby! I hope you took lots of pictures. I miss you too!

Travis, I don't want to be the one to say it, but you've really let yourself go. And I had no idea you had such an affinity for sequins.

Kern, you are a running machine. I'm serious about recording a montage, a la Rocky meets Chariots of Fire. I'll post it here on the blog.

Lana, I heard about the FB security issues on the radio the other day, and it definitely made me think twice about what content I'll post. And I imagine with your fabulous photography that would be an even greater concern.

9:18 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Chiming in late here. This weekend I:

1. Enjoyed my brother and sister--both guests at my house.
2. Finished reading THE READER, my book group's selection for the month. Now I want to see the movie
3. Read the opening of a story one of my creative writing students -- Kirsten, a teenager -- is working on. (It's fabulous!)
4. Ate cheese fries and half a green chile burger at Coyote Bluff--one of my town's best holes in the wall for lunch. And shared a chocolate meringue BITTY PIE (another good Amarillo hole in the wall) with my sis. I will have to eat healthy all week to make up for this one weekend.
5. Watched an old scary (and a bit cheesy) Kevin Bacon movie called STIR OF ECHOES and loved it. (I love cheesy scary movies.)

1:44 PM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Beth, Friday Friend Fests are the best. And you're the hostess with the mostess.

Jennifer, I really enjoyed the film version of the Reader. Haven't read the book, but have it on the (ever growing) pile...

10:44 AM  
Blogger JaLaSeifert said...

5 Things I did this weekend ...

1. Ate dinner at the Baker's house
2. Met with a financial planner and began the process of refinancing our mortgage - yippie!
3. Read "Stellaluna" to my son, Ben - a book given to him by his Aunt Britta, whom he mentions nearly every time I read it.
4. Enjoyed one of those "coma" naps on Sunday afternoon
5. Dined on beef fajitas and lobster at Pappasitos.

7:23 PM  
Blogger Billy said...

Britta, I think AS I LAY DYING and LIGHT IN AUGUST are among Faulkner's best. I like the character of Darl. As for speed of writing, Bradbury wrote the rough draft for Fahrenheit 451 in six days. He was outraged at haveing a cop stop him from walking around his own neighborhood.... I too was nudged onto FB. Where does this all end (he asked rhetorically)?

6:11 AM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

JaLa, I can't tell you how it thrills me that Ben loves Stellaluna. Every time I say that book's name, which is surprisingly often, I say it like he does, with a question mark at the end. Stellalooona? Shmoopy boy.

Billie, Light in August is my next Faulkner read. Too funny that you mention Fahrenheit 451. I just finished reading it today. Not sure how I made it out of high school without it, but I thought it was a terrific book. He has an interview at the end of my edition that mentioned one of the reasons he blazed through the draft was because he was on a rented typewriter -- a dime for thirty minutes.

3:11 PM  

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