So Ray posted this long list of movies and apparently we're supposed to put in bold what we've seen. And I'm gonna be a dork and do it. Here goes....

1 Godfather, The (1972)

2 Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)

3 Godfather: Part II, The (1974)

4 Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)

5 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002)

6 Casablanca (1942)

7 Schindler's List (1993)

8 Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001)

9 Shichinin no samurai (1954)

10 Star Wars (1977)

11 Citizen Kane (1941)

12 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

13 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

14 Rear Window (1954)

15 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

16 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

17 Usual Suspects,

18 Memento (2000)

19 Pulp Fiction (1994)

20 North by Northwest (1959)

21 12 Angry Men (1957)

22 Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Le (2001)

23 Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

24 Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (1966)

25 Psycho (1960)

26 Silence of the Lambs, The (1991)

27 It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

28 Goodfellas (1990)

29 American Beauty (1999)

30 Sunset Blvd. (1950)

31 Vertigo (1958)

32 Matrix, The (1999)

33 Apocalypse Now (1979)

34 Pianist, The (2002)

35 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

36 C'era una volta il West (1968)

37 Third Man, The (1949)

38 Paths of Glory (1957)

b<>39 Some Like It Hot (1959)

40 Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001)

41 Taxi Driver (1976)

42 Fight Club (1999)

43 Cidade de Deus (2002)

44 Boot, Das (1981)

45 Double Indemnity (1944)

46 Chinatown (1974)

47 L.A. Confidential (1997)

48 Singin' in the Rain (1952)

49 M (1931)

50 Maltese Falcon, The (1941)

51 Requiem for a Dream (2000)

52 All About Eve (1950)

53 Bridge on the River Kwai, The (1957)

54 Se7en (1995)

55 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

56 Saving Private Ryan (1998)

57 Raging Bull (1980)

58 Rashômon (1950)

59 Wizard of Oz, The (1939)

60 Alien (1979)

61 Sting, The (1973)

62 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

63 American History X (1998)

64 Léon (1994)

65 Vita è bella, La (1997)

66 Manchurian Candidate, The (1962)

67 Touch of Evil (1958)

68 Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)

69 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

70 Great Escape, The (1963)

71 Reservoir Dogs (1992)

72 Clockwork Orange, A (1971)

73 Wo hu cang long (2000)

74 Modern Times (1936)

75 Amadeus (1984)

76 Ran (1985)

77 On the Waterfront (1954)

78 Annie Hall (1977)

79 Jaws (1975)

80 Braveheart (1995)

81 Apartment, The (1960)

82 High Noon (1952)

83 Fargo (1996)

84 Aliens (1986)

85 Strangers on a Train (1951)

86 Shining, The (1980)

87 Sixth Sense, The (1999)

88 Finding Nemo (2003)

89 Blade Runner (1982)

90 Metropolis (1927)

91 Duck Soup (1933)

92 Donnie Darko (2001)

93 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

94 General, The (1927)

95 City Lights (1931)

96 Great Dictator, The (1940)

97 Princess Bride, The (1987)

98 Sjunde inseglet, Det (1957)

99 Toy Story 2 (1999)

100 Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1989)

I only did the top 100 because I got tired of putting "bold" tags on everything.

So last night was the Gunsmoke Dialogue/Shapiro/Georgia show. It went really well. A ton of people showed up, we were really suprised by how big the crowd was. Caleb's guitar died halfway through their set, so he had to use Ryans and then Ryan couldn't do the second guitar part. So they weren't all that happy with their set, but it sounded fine to me (and apparently everyone else, becuase they got a lot of applause). Shapiro was amazing as always--that band is just one big smile after another. I got a lot of compliments on the flier I did for the show, I'm really proud of it. Hopefully it will lead to me getting some more design work to do for my portfolio. I'm definitely sore from the show, because Caleb and I put up and took down the entire stage. Stage pieces are heavy!

I'd write more, but I have an Oral Presentation for my 18th century Lit class and it's due in two hours. And I'm not ready yet. So hasta for now!


I am so hungry! I'ts 3:35 and I haven't eaten lunch! I had a nutri-grain bar for breakfast this morning, but that was it. After my class ended at 1:30, I was going to go get something but I ended up going to the computer lab. And...I've been here since then. I'm using one of the scanner computers, so I've been scanning in random things for an hour, to use as textures and such for my backgrounds. Thankfully I have Caleb's headphones in my bag, because otherwise I'd probably be so tired of hearing background noise.

I'm kind of killing time, to tell you the truth--we're having a sort-of dinner party/band practice tonight (for Caleb's band, of course; I don't have a band. Although I admit that would be kinda fun) at 6:30. And so Caleb is supposed to call me to let me know what we were doing and what I need to buy and so on and so forth. But alas, my phone is still unlit and not ringing.

So I think I'm going to start in on my Web Design class project. Oh! I have pictures from yesterday! And they're going up as soon as I can get my camera back from Caleb's apartment and upload them to my drive. They're cool, I'm really happy about them.

My stomach just growled and made the person next to me cower under their chair. I have a mean stomach.
Jess had these two questions in her journal and asked me what my answers would be. So instead of continuing my 18th Century knowledge-diving, I'm going to ponder for a moment....

When was the last time you had fun? Just played with carefree abandon?
Honestly, today. Roaming around the top floor of the thift store from paradise (but with too-high prices) and taking pictures of light streaming through gigantic multi-paned windows was amazingly fun. Especially since I had the awesome company of Mandy, Cameron, and Caleb. Fun people + random places = fun times!

Does dreaming come naturally to you? Name 5 dreams you have right now.
I'd like to think it comes naturally...but I have to admit that lately I've been more task-focused than "dream" focused. It's hard when there are so many small hills to conquer, like mastering programs, promoting shows, and studying. Oftentimes it's hard to stop, look up, and remember what the Mountain really is. So what are my Mountains?

  • Get an internship (and eventually a job) at a fun and exciting graphics firm where I can witness but still find some semblance of comfort.

  • Lead a Bible study or sunday school class (this is something that probably won't happen for a while, as I still don't feel all that qualified).

  • Buy, decorate, and/or rennovate a house and transform it into a place that completely expresses me (and hopefully my future family, since I'll probably have one by the time I actually get a house).

  • Get married. Duh.

  • Go to Europe again. Especially Italy and Switzerland. Hopefully more than once.

  • Get involved in the arts again (the real nitty-gritt visual arts, like drawing and sculpting and painting) and become good at them!

  • Wow, I'm really glad I took time to ponder. That was fun. Thanks, Jess!
    Today was so much fun! Cameron, Mandy, Caleb and I went to Buzz's (the really cool warehouse-y thirft store) and took all sorts of crazy pictures, and then we went to Goodwill and back to Caleb's apartment, where we proceeded to make chicken sandwiches and chicken salad good enough to feed the gods (if they weren't just a myth). We made Mandy watch High Fidelity for the first time, and she loved it. Plus we even squeezed in an episode of "Till Death Do Us Part (Carmen and Dave)". So much fun!

    Unfortunately, right now I am doing not-so-fun things like looking up research for my oral presentation for 18th Century Lit and also one of my two research papers for said class. The 18th Century is boring. Bleh. Poo on Swift and Congreve and Pope and Bunyan. I'll take the abridged versions, thanks....

    [listening to Weezer--"Pinkerton's"]


    I woke up an hour early today. I looked at the clock, thought it was an hour later than it really was, and hurried to the shower. Well, as you may very well know, once you take a shower, there's no going back. I knew if I went to sleep again I'd be ruined for the rest of the day, so instead I took my good old time getting dressed and eating my lunch (PB&J anyone?). I'm not looking forward to today very much--BIO lab, 18th Cent. Lit., and then a group presentation (and three hours of watching other group presentations) in my three hour evening class.

    I just now realized that I haven't said a thing about this weekend. Well, first of all--it was good. As far as the Valentine's Day/cute boyfriend part (of course!). I had to work Friday night, which I was dissapointed about because Student Life has Coffeehouse that night. I think Cameron best describes Coffeehouse for any of you non-LU-ers:

    Well, first off, it's in a gym and doesn't involve coffee. Hey, i didn't name it. It's the big LU talent show deal - large-scale performances and what have you. Last fall's was mediocre, in my humble opinion (not a big fan of Evanescence covers), but this year's was phenomenal.

    And he's right. Because (thanks to my amazing boyfriend) I got to see it--Caleb just worked the last hour for me so I could go. I even got to sit at a table (there's a small area of tables and two sides of bleachers) so I could actually see and hear everything quite well.

    It was probably the most enjoyable Coffeehouse I've been to so far. There was the most spectacular cover of "I believe in a thing called love" by The Darkness, a few great skit/videos, a really cool rendition of "Good Morning Son" (Ben Folds); not to mention a choreographed dance number that made me wish I'd taken dance class all over again.

    Valentine's Day itself was good...and then bad...and then good again. Caleb had to work until six, so after I went to his house and he made me eggs and a bagel, I came home and washed floors and did some other not-so-fun stuff around the house. I picked him up from work (he let a friend borrow his truck for the weekend so he could go home) and we went over to his house. Earlier in the week, we bought a huge bag of shrimp, chicken breasts, and angel hair pasta. Wow. Let me just say that it was as good as (if not better than) the Olive Garden, AND we didn't have to wait for two hours. It was really nice to just hang out and cook together.

    Well, everything was nice. Until I got an email.

    I won't go into great detail, but my roomate's mom owns the house I rent from. Apparently the electric bill was really high, and for some reason, it was all my fault. Which makes no sense, since I'm barely at the house much anyway during the day. Anyway...leaving out a lot of the details, I'm really not enjoying being at the house much anymore. The rent is too high (for this area), it's always cold, we don't have much furniture, and apparently if anything goes wrong in the house, it's my fault. Not very fun living conditions.

    Needless to say, that kinda put a downer on my Valentine's Day. I hate feeling like someone is mad at me, and the idea that my roomate is saying untrue things about my character is even worse. I'm currently looking for a new place to live (for next semester) and a roomate to move in with me. I really hope I can find someplace (and someone) decent.

    Anyways, after that whole ordeal, we ended up watching "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days", which was pretty appropriate, since we'd watched it on our first sort-of date a year ago (on the day after Valentine's Day). It wasn't really even supposed to be a date, we were going to go to Roanoke with some friends, but thanks to bad weather, they didn't go. So it was just me and Caleb. And it was fun. It's so hard to believe that it's been a whole year since then. Time moves so quickly when you look at the past and so slowly when you're in the present.

    Sunday night was pretty cool, we had Open Mic Night despite the sudden (and unexpected) blizzard of snow. While it engulfed the Lynchburg area for about four hours, after all was said and done there was only an inch or two remaining on the ground. No school cancellations for us, folks.

    It's 12:01 and I'd best be going. Don't wanna miss Biology now, do I? Oh no....


    The Bloggies. I knew such a thing existed, but until this evening, I'd never taken the time to look at the site or its nominations for the best blog "about photography"/"in south america"/"to talk about music"/"written by an ex-child tv star" (okay, maybe not that last one). As I clicked through the numerous links and opened what seemed like a zillion new windows, I realized something.

    I barely ever read blogs.

    I used to. Although I guess technically it was before blogs were actually called that. I used to have a list of seven or so websites that were updated daily. So I read them daily. I enjoyed learning about the lives of these random people--laughing with them, shaking my head at their stupidity...everything one does while prying/reading into someone else's life. But today I realized, I don't do that any more. Every few days I might check one blog and a couple of livejournals, but I've been out of touch with my blogging counterparts.

    I did, however, just learn how to make dotted lines in Photoshop. (And yes, I admit it, i did a photoshop tutorial instead of finishing this entry becuase now it's time for me to close the Lounge. I hang my head in shame).


    I've been perusing the Food Network site for the past hour. And now I'm really, really hungry. Especially because it's 6:13 and I'm looking at a recipe for buttery lobster. Excuse me while I quiet my stomach.

    I'm hanging out in the lounge, keeping Caleb company until he gets off work at 6:30. I finished another tutorial in my CMIS book. I'm trying to CLEP CMIS 201, so I borrowed the books from my old roommate. I've begun the tedious process of going through and reading the book/doing tutorials. Not fun stuff, but at least I know how to use databases now. And hopefully I'll be able to CLEP it and not have to spend a semester with busy work coming out my ears.

    It's sad, my week really hasn't been all that interesting. I hate to admit it, but I'm going to be really glad when Culture Shape (the talk show/forum thing for Kairos) is over. Mainly because of all the other events and things that have been and will be happening before it.. It feels like half my day is spent running around trying to get random little things accomplished, and four weeks of doing that is starting to wear on me. I wish I could travel to a little house in the Caribbean, where I'd find a huge bookshelf, a surfboard, a G5 Mac, paints, and lots of canvases. Mmm, bliss. Time to allow my creative energies to resurface.

    [By the way, I'm still craving lobster. I'm starting to have visions of it on a plate in front of me--this is bad.]

    One good thing, however--my web design class is really cool. We aren't technically learning anything yet, but I have the coolest group for the first project. We're designing a website, and it's going to look good. Dang good.

    Alrighty, it's almost 6:30 and I need dinner!



    My friend Ray had this on his journal, and I thought it was kinda nifty. So, viola, I present to you...all the states I have visited! Followed by all the countries I have visited! (they're in red):

    create your own visited states map

    The air was warm this morning, and I actually smiled as I walked quickly from my front door to my car. Maybe all of this cold finally got tired of Virginia! Or...maybe not. Leaving the main academic building after classes ended today, I was immediately surrounded by an icy cold grip that was all but laughing at me. By the time I'd reached the parking lot, I could barely feel my legs (of course I'd picked today to wear a knee-length skirt). So the weather has struck out again. I'm almost glad that Caleb didn't meet me to go running, because now I'm at home painting my toenails and listening to Peter Gabriel's "So," which I picked up yesterday for only a dollar fifty.

    Cameron discovered this amazing warehouse of a thrift store last week, and yesterday he took me along. It's amazing. I've never seen anything so big, and while it's not the most organized of places, it has an incredible amount of stuff. Stacks of records, mostly the typical Barry Manilow-Barbara Streisand-Andy Williams genres, but I managed to get the Peter Gabriel album, "The Best of Frank Sinatra", and an amazing three-record collectors set of "50 American Movies" (featuring themes from the likes of Casablanka, Rocky, The Jazz Singer, Gone With the Wind, and even Shaft. I was reeeeal excited about that one.

    The store also had tons of furniture, but I was still too poor at the moment to actually get anything else. I want to go back soon, Caleb needs to see the place and I want to take some pictures of it.

    Last night we went over to my friend Jordan's house so I could take pictures for Yearbook--I'm doing the "commuter" spread, and that means getting everything from photos to copy. Jordan's house is built partly into the side of a hill, and it's huge. It used to be an old tire showroom, but it was converted to a place now called home by five college guys. Their living room is amazing (not to mention gigantic) and it gave me a renewed desire to finish furnishing this place I now call "home". My room is coming along alright, albiet without a decent rug, curtains, or pictures on the walls. Still, the downstairs rooms are sadly lacking when it comes to decor, and I want to change that as soon as possible.

    I got a Christmas check today in the mail from my Grandpa. My mind has about a million things I could spend it on, but I'm going to rest on it for a while. A rug is at the top of my list, but so is saving for spring break (which might prove to be cheaper than I thought now that Gunsmoke Dialogue might be playing a few tour dates with Unforsaken). Everything is still up in the air though, so we'll see. We'll see.


    I really like the Beatles. Dang. I finally have the time to go through and listen to all of the albums that I attained this summer (since I just got my record player this semester). I knew I liked the Beatles, but I'd never listened much of their albums. I almost feel pathetic for not being able to appreciate them until my Junior year of college.

    Speaking of this being my Junior year--it really is now. Before I was just a Junior by status, and although I suppose I technically still am, I'm now going to be done with school next May. I'll still have my internship left, plus I might stick around another semester part time to finish my English minor. But I could walk in May if I did my internship this summer, if I wanted to. Which is just plain out nice to know.

    A lot of small things have been falling together, like stuff with Caleb's band, with Unforsaken, school...all sorts of stuff. I hope this semester keeps with the good track that it's been on so far.

    Even though I have twenty loooong pages of Oroonoko (18th century literature) to read for tomorrow. And it's past midnight.

    Coffee time again!