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New Year's Resolutions for 2012

2011 has been a rough year. 2012 will be amazing.  My New Year's Resolutions:
1. Meet financial goals for 2012 - I'm not going into the specifics here, but this will be my number one resolution for both 2012 and 2013, and it's pretty key in terms of moving several other things forward in my life.
2. More better self care - by the end of 2012 I would like to be able to run the Warrior Dash without dying 1/3 of the way in and also be at my goal weight. I'd like to look awesome in a bikini this summer. I want to sleep better, sleep more, when possible. I want to continue with kickboxing where I can and renew my Yoga Yoga membership once I have a job. I want to ride my bike often through the trails in the park down the street. I want to hike as much as possible.
3. Eat more vegetables - I want to discover new recipes, ways to involve veggies in my dinners without resorting to salads all the time.
4. Get out more - this year I will see an opera, see a ballet, go …

Thoughts on Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

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Last night we went to see the Fincher "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." Travis and I have both seen all three Swedish versions with Noomi Rapace, and I've read the books as well. We both had concerns going into the movie based on word of mouth, early press and marketing, the lead actress's appearance, and in general what on earth an American take on a female character as complex and different and unfeminine as Lisbeth Salander would look like. It's one thing to love her and identify with her on the page - do American audiences really want to be face to face with a woman whose punk/goth image doesn't cross into more traditionally sexy versions of punk and goth?
One of my major problems with our culture and Hollywood movies is the seeming requirements for any thriller or action film with a female star. We. Can. NOT. Allow a woman to just be a strong heroine. She has to be pretty (according to a commonly accepted aesthetic). She has to have a love interes…

Sleep No More NYC

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One floor of the hotel had a bar, a creepy replica of the bar we were in when we first entered. No singing or drinks here. Hecate passed by me and stopped, and looked at me for a long time - a minute? Trust me, that's a minute that goes on forever. She then smiled, touched my neck and told me that she knew me, or recognized me, or was expecting me. Then she took me by the had and pulled me into a hall. She told me to wait where I was standing, that she had something for me, and then ducked into a room and shut the door behind her. I stood in that hallway for awhile, and I think I remembered there was a person in a black mask right next to me, so I would not have been able to follow her into that room. I didn't try to walk away, although I was pretty terrified, and wondered if the black mask person would try to stop me from leaving if I did. After awhile, Hecate came back out and took me by the hand again and led me into a small tea parlor. She removed my mask, sat me…

Soundtracks

I'm in the middle of drafting the "Carousel" light plot right now, which means that "Chess" is playing. I have a real OCD, but I have THOUSANDS of Megan-invented OCDs as well. One is how I train my brain to work to a certain CD, artist, etc. I find certain pieces of music become associated with certain activities, and then generally just stick to that activity/music combination until it's hard-wired into my brain. For example:


DRAFTING: Can only be done listening to the Actor's Fund concert performance of "Chess." (Travis is not a fan.)

CODING: Can only be done to the Battlestar Galactica soundtrack. Yes, that means I listen to the entire soundtrack every day at work.

FOCUS: Can only be done to Ziggy Stardust.

FOREST-ING: This isn't really official, but in the 10 months I've been involved in the FORESTS-IN-STORAGE project, I've also fallen in love with Veda Hille, and have worked on the installations while listening to her …