Spaced, Daisy


The Life and Opinions of

Alice Marie, Slacker

I just hate weddings so much
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I love my best friend, honestly, I do.

But if I have to listen to any more wedding talk (which, she's not even engaged yet btw), I'm probably going to punch her in the face.

Or gouge my eyes out.

Or something else overly dramatic.

I have been watching a lot of TV recently...
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And I thought I had hit rock bottom when I couldn't stop watching the same episodes of Stargate over and over again.

But now I can't stop watching Teen Wolf.

And now I know what rock bottom actually looks looks like Tyler Hoechlin's shirtless torso.

And then I got a tumblr
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And have been posting nonsense for about two days straight...

It's the greatest thing ever!!

The Perfect Argument for Plagiarism
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So, after my sister and I saw Harry Potter when ended up having a conversation about how someone can plagiarize something and get away with it. (Note that I do not condone plagiarism, but you gotta do what you gotta do.)

It ended, as most of our conversations do, as complete nonsense.

Sis: Sometimes people just have the same ideas at the same time.
Me: Yeah, it's like in Y: The Last Man, where they talk about this theory with the analogy of, like, monkeys on different islands with no contact with one another start to use tools at the same time.*
Sis: ...
Me: I should use this argument if I'm ever accused of plagiarism.
Sis: What? "We're all just monkeys on different islands learning to use tools at the same time."
Me: Yes! And then I go into the fact that everyone is just plagiarizing Shakespeare, and he in turn plagiarized off that one Italian dude that no one remembers because Shakespeare stole all of his thunder. So really, if I'm going to plagiarize anyone, it's that Italian guy! So, ha!
Sis: Sounds like an air-tight argument.

From there, we discussed who came up with the idea of the bottomless purse first, J.K. Rowling or Brian O'Malley.

Sis: When was the first Scott Pilgrim published?
Me: 2006 [Because I know these kind of things right off the top of my head, but cannot multiple or divide to save my life.]
Sis: So, Brian O'Malley had that idea first, which mean J.K. stole it from him.
Me: And they both stole it from Mary Poppins.
Sis: Adelbert Von Chamisso had a character who sold his shadow in exchange for a bottomless purse. He died in 1838.
Me: How did you know that? Did you just start a conversation about a topic you have actively researched?
Sis: Maybe.

I think we're highly amusing.

*They actually do talk about this in the graphic novel. I have no idea what the theory is and I'm much too lazy to actually look it up.

(Also, the creepy man-eating pig/evil parapalegic episode of Criminal Minds is on. I hate this episode. Why is there never anything on TV at 9pm on a Friday. Probably because most people have social lives...)

Reason #52 of Why I Shouldn't Drive
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Pretty sure I almost killed some golfers in a golf cart as I was exiting the museum's parking lot this evening.

To be fair, I had the right-of-way.

And I didn't actually hit them. I just gave them a bit of a scare.

And another thing! Who plays golf when there's a 107 degree heat index?

They were basically asking to die, one way or another.

I Need A New Job
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I literally had a nightmare last night about the museum.

Nothing scary really happened, but I just kept getting more and more work to do and never getting any of it done and then everyone got mad at me.

The sad thing is that it was only a little bit exaggerated from reality.

I definitely need to finish my resume and send out those job applications asap.

Texas Has Invaded
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My dad's side of the family decided to come up and visit this week. It's my aunt, uncle, & their two granddaughters. They've been staying in our house, which is tiny for four people. Let me tell you, eight most definitely is enough.

It's been terrible. My sister & I have been sharing my room, so we've been fighting. My dad has been drinking, so he's been an asshole.

And my poor cat! She hates having strangers in the house & the girls will not leave her alone. She's so stressed out she's started to literally pull her hair out. She has a bald spot on her back.

I can't wait for them to leave.

Does that sound bad? I mean, they're my family, I love them, but I don't even want to be around anyone 24/7 for an entire week. I hate people too much.

And they're Texans for christ's sake. Four Texans is, like, the equivalent of eight regular people. Not in size, but in the amount of effort it takes me to put up with them.

Praticing Self-Restraint
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That subject title sounds kinkier than I meant it to be, but it's very appropriate for my subject.

A happy accident.


I am friends with one of my high school teachers on the facebook.

He is currently having European adventures right now and he updates his facebook like crazy at times like these.

What makes it funny is that he doesn't really check if what he writes makes sense...

He current posted something about meeting someone he & his hubby met in one gay bar in one country in a gay bar in another country. However, how he worded it makes it sound like he's talking about intercourse.

So, basically... Hilarious.

It is taking every fiber of my being to not make inappropriate comments right now...

Seriously, I could make soooo many jokes about how he cannot speak any English.

House Sitting
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I'm house sitting for my friend's family this week.

Their house is huge, they have central air conditioning, a big screen TV, DirectTV, a closet full of DVDs, and a pool. I am never going to want to leave.

Plus I get to be away from my parents, which is always a good thing.

The only thing I'm worried about are their animals.

They are a handful. Two indoor cats, an elderly outdoor cat, and a hyperactive outdoor dog.

Their internet connection is way better than mine at home.

So... Worth it.

Beauty Queens
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I have basically just inhaled Libba Bray's new novel, Beauty Queens.

Oh, my God! So good! Loved it like nobody's business. It is the most feminist teen book to ever exist basically.

I have a few issues with the end, in that I hate it when books end with "And then they grew up and got married and had babies!" It's a trend I just do not like. I like it when books let me make up the rest of their lives, you know? I mean, the ending was way better than the Harry Potter and the Hunger Games epilogues, but still. 

Also, I would like for her to include an actual lesbian relationship. She always has a lesbian character and a bisexual character and then the bisexual girl leaves the lesbian for a dude.

Okay, so that's not exactly what happened in the Gemma Doyle series or in Beauty Queens, but its basically what happens. Essentially.

Don't get me wrong, I love what Libba Bray is doing for the LGBT community. She is writing popular YA books with LGBT characters, exposing future generations to the fact that we're around and we're just like everyone else. That's a great message to give to kids. (Especially LGBT kids. I know that the books I read when I was a teenagers did not really have any gay characters. It wasn't in the popular YA fiction and I wasn't about to go look for it because I didn't really understand and didn't want to acknowledge what was going on with me at that specific time of my life. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist was the first book I read that had gay characters in it and I read that when I was a senior, when I was in full denial mode.)

As I learned this week, not everyone is going to be happy in how someone shows support to gays. There was a big brouhaha about Glee's Diana Agron wearing a "Likes Girls" t-shirt at the Glee Live! concert. I thought Agron's gesture and subsequent essay on tumblr were really nice. A lot of other people, however, did not.

Anyway, my point about this tangent is that I appreciate the support that is being given (and I love people for it), but some times the message gets tangled in how others interpret it. That doesn't make the message a bad one and it certainly doesn't make the messenger a terrible person. It's just all about differences of opinion and point-of-view and experience. So, this is not me dissing Libba Bray (I would never. I think she's brilliant!), but its just my opinion.

Also, there is a continuity error on page 229 of the hardback. Tiara tells the pirates that Jennifer is the one who cut her hair, when it was really Petra.

It's just a little, baby error, but it's an error none-the-less.

It actually gives an interesting insight into Libba Bray's writing process. I'm assuming that originally Tiara had the problem with Jennifer being a lesbian and that Petra was added in a later draft.

All in all, I loved the book. Will recommend it to everyone I will ever see ever.

ETA: Poorly organized post is poor. Too lazy to fix it. Let's just call it stream-of-consciousness and think it's brilliant, shall we?


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