Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I really love this song a lot. 

Monday, December 27, 2010

thoughts on HP5: written while listening to the book

"Better wizards than you have lost buttocks, you know." - Moody
I would want Dumbledore for my lawyer.
Moody has a spare invisibility cloak?
I love that the punishment Fred and George are 
most afraid of is that Hermione will tell 
Mrs. Weasley :)
I love that Professor Grubblyplank smokes a pipe.
Why would Malfoy think his Quidditch team 
being reinstated would have anything to do 
with influence at the ministry?
I've never thought potions sounded 
that hard. Just like trying a new recipe.
"Harry allowed him 30 seconds of reminiscence 
before clearing his throat." (referring to Hagrid 
talking about Mdme Maxim)
I find it hard to believe that they snap your 
wand when you get expelled from Hogwarts but 
not when you're sent to Azkaban. (as in, how 
does Bellatrix still have her wand?)
"Oh, stop feeling all misunderstood."
- Hermione to Harry
Harry is such an idiot. (when he looks into 
Snape's pensieve)
"The girl sitting behind [Sirius] was eyeing 
him hopefully, though he didn't seem to have
noticed." Of course he didn't notice - she was 
sitting behind him.
Harry, don't break into Umbridge's office! 
Just use the mirror!  I don't understand how he 
could've forgotten about that. I would've 
used that thing like, everyday. 
It's so sad when Harry thinks he'll be able 
to talk to Sirius again in the mirror :(
Luna makes me so happy :)

Friday, December 24, 2010

the age-old Christmas question -

Who tells scary ghost stories on Christmas?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Dear Santa,

Please push play on this video and scroll down while listening to see pictures of what I want for Christmas. 

a really cute pygmy hippo

another really cute pygmy hippo - the size of a puppy!

"Most sincerely yours - especially on this holiday season - 
Your Pal, who's been very, very, very, very, very good all this whole year long, 
Alison 'I'm not kidding about how good I've been' MJ

P.S.  I really have been good.  Please believe me, Santa, please!  Please and thank you.  I've practically been an angel." 

P.P.S. Name that movie! and Merry Christmas!

Christmas songs

I love Christmas songs!  I have been listening to them almost exclusively since before Thanksgiving.  I like pretty much every Christmas song.  Some exceptions: Santa Baby (I always think of when Hope was singing it in show choir in high school and the choir teacher told them to sing it to their dads.... WEIRD); Baby, It's Cold Outside; the weird version of Deck the Halls that I have that Carrie and Joel hate.  I love the Carpenter Christmas album. It's so Christmas-y!  And Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You" is a must-play.  "Joy to the World" from The Preacher's Wife makes me wish I were black.  Bing Crosby, Faith Hill, Polar Express, David Archuleta, and Darlene Love ("It's a Marshmallow World") also have some great ones.  This is the one, besides "Marshmallow World," that I really love right now, introduced to me by Nick Walter.  Enjoy!

And just for fun...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

what I look like when it's cold outside

I was at school when I took this picture, so I was trying to look natural... so this is what I look like when I stare at a computer screen :) And wearing the best hat EVER.  I always feel really cool when I wear it to school.  Also, it is so comfortable and warm. So comfortable and warm, in fact, that sometimes it makes me take a nap.  Probably the best $1 I have ever spent.

Monday, December 13, 2010


One of the current topics of discussion on blogs I read right now is new stocking styles.  I think it's more fun when everyone has their own stocking that never changes than to make/buy new stockings every year to match the decorations in your house.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


As you know, I read quite a few crafting/sewing blogs.  Since it's the Christmas season, there have been a lot of posts lately about fun homemade presents to give, homemade Christmas tree ornaments, and fun ways to wrap presents.  In the past two days, I have seen several ways to decorate your house (wrapping presents, making wreaths...) using pages from old books.

That makes me want to cry.

I can hardly imagine tearing pages even out of some of my textbooks, let alone old and pretty books, to do something as worthless as wrap a present with them.

About me: Books are special and not to have their pages torn out, especially on purpose.

Friday, December 10, 2010


Katy Perry & Zooey Deschanel
Have you ever noticed how much these two look alike?

Free Christmas Music!

You all know I'm a sucker for free stuff - well, here's a link for free Christmas music! from People.com.

**I downloaded them but haven't actually listened to any of them, so I don't actually know if they're any good.... but hey, they're Christmas! :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


So, besides this blog, I also have an account on a website called Livejournal that I use as my journal when I'm not at home and also as a backup for my on-the-computer journal.  There's always a "stuck on ideas?" question on the log-in page.  I always read it, but I don't think I've ever answered it before.  Well, today I decided to.

What is your favorite Beatles song and why?

Although some of their songs are more fun to dance to or sing to, etc., for as long as I can remember, I have always loved "Eleanor Rigby."  Every time it comes on the radio or on my computer when my songs are on shuffle, I get excited, more so than with any other Beatles song that I can think of right now.  It's kind of like "Brandy," by Looking Glass in that respect. Why do I love it? Honestly, I'm not really sure.  I like imagining situations songs might be written about when I listen to them, and what I imagine for that song is very... poignant.  That's not usually why I love songs, but I think that might be why I love "Eleanor Rigby."  It's definitely a winner.

Monday, December 6, 2010

I don't know why, but I get them all the time here!

I currently have the hiccups for the third time today.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Books to read...

Well, this little list is going around the blag-o-blag lately and I have been challenged to post it.  Apparently, the BBC made this list and said that most people had only read ten of the books on it.  I have bolded the ones that I've read... They add up to 17.  

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien 
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte 
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling 
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte 
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger 
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald 
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky (and Brothers K)
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
 50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
 53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo- Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens 
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno - Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom 
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery 
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

c'mon people.

All I want to know is, WHO decided it was okay for us to start tucking our scarves into our belts?!
And I thought the current fads couldn't get any more ridiculous.

alisonism #11: burglar!

Sometimes I get scared that someone's in my house when the heater turns on and moves pieces of paper that we have in the trash can.  And even though I know no one's there, sometimes I'm afraid to look over there and make sure. (like just now)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

alisonism #10: necks

If my scarf (or hoody or anything) touches the sides of my neck too much, I feel like all the blood is getting trapped and that I'm going to die of strangulation.  My neck area is super sensitive, I guess; I don't know why it happens.  But it does.