The Other Reality

Lists About Me

I wanted to write about myself but I feel awkward doing that.  How can I let readers know a little bit about me without exposing too much?  Without seeming pretentious?  Without pretending that this blog is going to make us buddy-buddy and that you, the anonymous reader, will care about me?  I came to this idea: Lists.

What better way to talk about myself than in lists?  First of all, I love lists.  I love making lists.  There is just something fulfilling in writing down a list and then crossing things off.  Or just writing lists to look at them and feel accomplished.  Plus they are very practical, like me, and they don’t come across as too pretentious.  They’re useful.

So, here are some lists that I thought might be interesting.  An added perk to lists is that you don’t have to read them all at once, if you get bored you can stop or you can skip around to the topics that are most interesting.  See, I care about your enjoyment.

If you have a suggestion for a list, movie, book, food or anything else that I might like I’d love to hear it.

Lists I like to make
1.    To Do
a.    General
b.    School
c.    Work
2.    Future- my life plan in list form
3.    Things to buy when I have the money
4.    Party Lists
a.    Food
b.    Activities
c.    Decorations
5.    Things to pack
6.    Grocery list

Top three sisters
Oldest first
1.    Eva Marie
2.    Tatiana Rae
3.    Anastasia Victoria

Nicknames
In no particular order
(Not all of these are particularly complimentary but they have background stories).
1.    Lexi
2.    Alex
3.    Alexis
4.    Loser
5.    Big Gay Al
6.    Easy
7.    England Ho

Things I wanted to be when I grew up
In on particular order
1.    Artist, Painter
2.    Ballerina
3.    Stage Actress
4.    Singer
5.    Marine Biologist

Pets
In chronological order
1.    Liberty, Miniature Schnauzer
2.    Melonie, Miniature Schnauzer
3.    Birdie, Suicidal Fish
4.    Rainbow, Suicidal Fish
5.    _______, Many, many, many fish
6.    Gray Cat, Cat
7.    Boy Cat, Cat
8.    The Orange Cat, Stray Cat
9.    Whiskers, AKA Kitty Whiskers, AKA Whiskey Kitters, AKA Whiskey, Cat
10.    Claire, Yellow Lab/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix
11.    E. B. Harrington III, AKA Harry, Bichon Frieze (maybe)

Schools attended
Most recent first
1.    Vermont College of Fine Art- MFA
2.    Rochester Institute of Technology (briefly)
3.    Andrews University- AA, BFA
4.    University of New Orleans
5.    Cuyahoga Community College
6.    Theologishe Hochschule Friedensau
7.    Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen Sprachschule (Columbia Union College)
8.    Mount Vernon Academy
9.    West Holmes High School
10.    West Holmes Jr. High
11.    Clark Elementary
12.    Birchwood Elementary School
13.    Laurel School

Places Lived
In no particular order
1.    Cleveland, OH
2.    Millersburg, OH
3.    Mount Vernon, OH
4.    Berrien Springs, MI
5.    Chicago, IL
6.    Rochester, NY
7.    Bogenhofen, Austria
8.    Friedensau, Germany

Countries Visited
In no particular order
1.    USA, of course
2.    Canada
3.    Mexico
4.    England
5.    Scottland
6.    Austria
7.    Germany
8.    Czech Republic
9.    Ukraine
10.    Italy
11.    Denmark
12.    Netherlands
13.    India
14.    Bahamas
15.    Burmuda
16.    Peru
17.    France
18.    San Marino
19.    Hungary
20.    Finland
21.    Iceland
22.    Poland

Favorite film cameras
1.    Pentacon TL6
2.    Canon AE-1 (Black Body)
3.    Holga, no flash

Top Sweet Foods
1.    Hazelnut Gelato
2.    Chocolate Chip Cookies (Hot)
3.    Walnut/Raspberry Cake (mom’s variety)
4.    Vegan Chocolate Cupcake
5.    Non-dairy creamer mixed with sugar (hey, don’t give me that look… its good…)

Lazy Foods
In no particular order
1.    Fancy Oatmeal w/dried cranberries, walnuts, honey and soymilk
2.    Fried Egg and Toast w/ hot sauce
3.    Tomato and Mayo on Toast
4.    Veggie slices

Words I Hate
In no particular order
1.    Crevice
2.    Moist
3.    Panties

Things that I have too many of
In no particular order
1.    Shoes
2.    Purses
3.    Coats
4.    Framed Pictures
5.    Cameras (can you really have too many though?)

Favorite Things
1.    Sleeping in a sunny window when it’s cold outside
2.    Drinking hot apple cider in the fall
3.    When cars are warm inside despite it being chilly outside when you get in
4.    Falling asleep in the car
5.    Falling asleep in the bathtub
6.    Singing at the top of my lungs in the car by myself
7.    New places
8.    Skipping work on my birthday
9.    Inside jokes with my sisters
10.    Being in the darkroom, even if everything goes wrong

Blues busting songs
In alphabetical order by artist
(These are almost guaranteed to make me smile…almost)
1.    Beatles, Birthday
2.    Beatles, Good Day Sunshine
3.    Flight of the Conchords, Robots
4.    Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)
5.    Weezer, The Good Life

Movies that once occupied the number one position on my top movies list

Starting with the most recent.
(I’m not proud of all of these… and I did say once occupied the no. 1 spot.  These are not current favorites. I do like a wide variety of films so this hardly exhibits my full range of cinematic interests).
1.    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2.    The Happiest Millionaire
3.    A League of their Own
4.    Wild hearts Can’t Be Broken
5.    The Great Mouse Detective

Top TV Series
1.    MASH
2.    The Simpsons
3.    Black Adder
4.    Gilligan’s Island
5.    The Last Avatar

Books I’ve read.
In alphabetical order by author
(This is only a small, varied selection of the books I’ve actually read, basically this is what popped into my head first.  Even though more books are popping into my head as I write this I thought 100 would be a good place to stop).
1.    Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart
2.    Adams, Robert. Why People Photograph
3.    Audrey Niffenegger. The Time Traveler’s Wife
4.    Barnouin, Kim and Freedman, Rory. Skinny Bitch
5.    Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography
6.    Berger, John. Ways of Seeing: Based on the BBC Television Series
7.    Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre
8.    Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights
9.    Brown, Dan. The Da Vinci Code
10.    Campbell Webster, Emma. Lost in Austen: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure
11.    Camus, Albert. The Stranger
12.    Chbosky, Stephen. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
13.    Clark, Melissa and Aranson, Robin. The Skinny: How to Fit into Your Little Black Dress Forever
14.    Crombie, Deborah. A Share in Death (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novel)
15.    Crombie, Deborah. All Shall Be Well (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novel)
16.    Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
17.    Dahl, Roald. Matilda
18.    Dahl, Roald. The BFG
19.    Dahl, Roald. The Vicar of Nibbleswicke
20.    Dais, Dawn. The Non-Runner’s Guide for Women: Get Off Your Butt and On With Your Training
21.    De Cervantes, Miguel. Don Quixote
22.    De Turner, Clorinda Matto. Birds Without A Nest: A Story of Indian Life and Priestly Oppression in Peru
23.    Douglas Admas. The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide
24.    Francis, Dick. Blood Sport
25.    Francis, Dick. Dead Heat
26.    Francis, Dick. Forfeit
27.    Francis, Dick. High Stakes
28.    Francis, Dick. Risk
29.    Francis, Dick. Smokescreen
30.    Francis, Dick. Wild Horses
31.    Frank, Anne.  Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl
32.    Friedan, Betty. The Feminine Mystique
33.    Gaarder, Jostein. Sophie’s World: A Novel About the history of Philosophy
34.    Gabaldon, Diana. Dragonfly in Amber
35.    Gabaldon, Diana. Drums of Autumn
36.    Gabaldon, Diana. Voyage
37.    Golden, Arthur. Memoirs of a Geisha
38.    Haslip, Joan. The Lonely Empress: Elizabeth of Austria
39.    Havel, Vaclav. Disturbing the Peace
40.    Hawking, Stephen. A Brief History of Time
41.    Heller, Joseph. Catch-22: A Novel
42.    Hemingway, Ernest. The Old Man and the Sea
43.    Hill, Ingrid. Ursula, Under
44.    Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders
45.    Homer, The Iliad
46.    Hornby, Nick. High Fidelity: A Novel
47.    Jordan, Sherryl. The Juniper Game
48.    Joselit, David. American Art Since 1945
49.    Junger, Sebastian. The Perfect Storm
50.    Kastnew, Erich. Drei Manner im Schnee
51.    Kesey, Ken. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
52.    King, Ross. Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Architecture
53.    Knowles, John. A Separate Peace
54.    Koestler, Arthur. Darkness at Noon: A Novel
55.    Lahiri, Jhumpa. Interpreter of Maladies
56.    Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake: A Novel
57.    Lee, Harper. To Kill A Mockingbird
58.    Lewis, C.S. The Chronicles of Narnia
59.    Machiavelli, Niccolo. The Prince
60.    Maguire, Gregory. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
61.    Martel, Yann. Life of Pi
62.    Moliere. Tartuffe
63.    Murakami, Haruki. Norwegian Wood
64.    Nabokov, Vladimir. Lolita
65.    Orwell, George. 1984
66.    Orwell, George. Animal Farm
67.    Palahniuk, Chuck. Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon
68.    Peters, Elizabeth. The Amelia Peabody series
69.    Plath, Sylvia. The Bell Jar
70.    Plath, Sylvia. The Journals of Sylvia Plath
71.    Plato, The Republic
72.     Rice, Anne. Vitorio, the Vampire
73.    Rosenblum, Naomi. A World History of Photography
74.    Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter series
75.    Sachar, Louis and Brinckloe, Julie. Sideways Stories from Wayside School
76.    Salinger, J.D. Franny and Zooey
77.    Salinger, J.D. Nine Stories
78.    Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye
79.    Shakespeare, William. Select plays
80.    Shikibu, Murasaki. The Tale of Genji
81.    Sijie, Dai. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
82.    Smith-Lucie, Edward. Movements in Art Since 1945
83.    Snicket, Lemony and Helquist, Brett. The bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1)
84.    Sontag, Susan. On Photography
85.    Steinbeck, John. The Acts of King Arthur and His Nobel Knights
86.    Steinbeck, John. The Pearl
87.    Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit
88.    Tremayne, Peter. Shroud for the Archbishop (Sister Fidelma Mysteries)
89.    Vonnegut, Kurt.  Player Piano
90.    Vonnegut, Kurt. Breakfast of Champions
91.    Vonnegut, Kurt. Mother Night
92.    White, Ellen G. Desire of Ages
93.    Wiesel, Elie. Night
94.    Winspear, Jacqueline. An Incomplete Revenge
95.    Winspear, Jacqueline. Birds of a Feather
96.    Winspear, Jacqueline. Maisie Dobbs
97.    Winspear, Jacqueline. Messenger of Truth
98.    Winspear, Jacqueline. Pardonable Lies
99.    Zimmer Bradley, Marion. The Mists of Avalon
100.  Zinn, Howard. A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present

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  1. bblondie said, on October 5, 2008 at 10:57 am

    I enjoyed your three postings as i am busy creating a book on the life of Summumo a mute who lives in a sqauttercamp – Freedom Park, Rustemnburg, South Africa. The script is sparse as he do not posess a language, the white and black photographic shots must tell his reality. I am an author of two novels and this third one is experimental. Do pictures still speak more than a thousand words?

    Thankyou again your musings are inspirational.

    Regards

    Willem nel

  2. brian miller said, on October 27, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    I just learned that another one of my friends hates the word “panties”!

    Like the whole site by the way. Is this something required for your MFA?

    brian

    PS: In the middle of composing an email to you anyway…

  3. Kate Renner said, on November 11, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Hey Lexi-

    It was so fun to have you visit last weekend! I love this part of your blog…. and I really like what you wrote about the darkroom. I overheard one of the maintenance guys at school this morning talking about a ‘seepage problem.’ If I had a list of words I don’t like, seepage would be at the top.

  4. Roderick said, on November 25, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    What’s with the word moist? I hear that word mocked more than any other, and mostly by women. Very Strange.

    I think you should read Douglas Coupland, either Shampoo Planet, All Families are Psychotic or Generation X (yes it’s where the term came from supposedly.) I’m not sure why I’m recommending him to you, but I felt it in my bones. He seems to have a sort of cerebral irreverence, which I sense in you sometimes (that’s a compliment, by the way.)

    I also appreciate anyone who is willing to put M*A*S*H on their list.

    Happy Thanksgiving


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