The Friday Five!

1. Okay, so I’ve been up since 4:30. Now it’s 6:01. I’m all about embracing the day and everything, but MAN. It’s funny, because now that I’m starting to do some stuff for Along For the Ride, I’m getting a lot of questions about why I chose to make Auden an insomniac, and what inspired the “late-night” feel of the book. It was mostly because I was suddenly up at all hours, feeding Sasha, and wondering who else was awake. These days I’m more early morning (clearly) than late night, but I still wonder the same things. The only folks I know for sure are up when I’m up at 4:30 are my mom (an early riser herself) and the intrepid Amanda Fitzpatrick, a local reporter on WTVD-11 News who always seems to be the ONLY one they throw to for the super early stories. Me, my mom, Amanda and Sasha. Good morning!

2. The other day, I took the gift cards I’d gotten for Christmas and went to the mall, all excited to do my part to help the flagging economy. But first, I went to the Apple Store, as I am still circling the whole PC vs. Mac thing. A guy came up to help me, and I was telling him about how I wasn’t sure I wanted to switch over, but I’d heard great things about Mac, wasn’t sure about Vista, blah blah blah. He just kept looking at me with this little smile on his face, like I was cute. Then he kind of shrugged and said, “Well, it’s like chocolate and vanilla. You like one or the other.” Okay, I said. Well, I’d keep thinking. Then he said, “Do you want me to walk you around the store and massage your ego?” I just looked at him. I mean, how do you answer that question? I was totally flummoxed. So I left, and went to the Aveda store, where the woman told me that to use my gift card, I had to give her my name, address and phone number. What? I said. Can’t I just use the card. “Well, you CAN,” she said. “But we prefer that you give us the info.” I told her no, she was clearly miffed, and basically shoved my stuff at me with my change. Maybe this is a sign that 2009 should be a year I don’t shop? I am thinking so.

3. Yesterday, I finished Wally Lamb’s latest book, The Hour I First Believed. It’s a BIG book, weighing in at 752 pages, and it took me FOREVER as I only have time to read about five to ten pages at a time these days. I liked the book, but it was a bit of a slog at times. When I finished it, I kind of wished I was in a book club, if only because it’s the kind of book you want to discuss, because there’s so much to talk about. I guess it’s time to hit up my Goodreads page again. Yesterday, I also finished my latest audiobook, the unauthorized biography of Tom Cruise. It was also long and kind of bizarre. But at least I have that sense of accomplishment. Really massages my ego.

4. The Sesame Street that is on right now—-and is making it possible for me to type this unhindered, if only in spurts—is all about Cookie Monster, who I am pretty sure is Sasha’s favorite muppet. She likes Elmo a lot. And Bert as well. But only Cookie makes her laugh and jump up and down. If getting up early is genetic—like I said, my mom is awake every day around 4—then a sweet tooth must be as well. We love us some cookies! Even at 6:26am. Especially then.

5. Finally, I’ve written here a lot lately about Freaks and Geeks, and how I’m pretty much obsessed with the show now. Like, going to fansites and the IMDB page and just generally kind of geeking (and freaking) out. What I REALLY wanted to do was send an email to Paul Feig, who created it, but I couldn’t find a way to do so. So I joined his Facebook fan page, which is the next best thing. But if anyone out here happens to know someone who knows someone who is related/dated/lives next to Paul Feig, can you let him know that I pretty much think he’s amazing? That his depiction of high school is one of the best I’ve ever seen? I would appreciate it. Because this internet thing is vast and wide. And you never know who’s out there. Hi Paul Feig! I love you!

Have a great day, everyone!

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