• Books to read: He Will Hold Me Fast (thanks, Christine! ;)), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (almost finished, funniest of the four so far), Alexander Hamilton (on chapter 2 or 3? eek!), and I want to read Infinite Jest again. I didn’t like it the first time because it jumped around so much (a bit of a pet-peeve for me) and it felt like a convoluted Catcher in the Rye; it is considered a weighty tome, so I get it. And the whole privileged-white-man’s-story was a bit banal, but I may be wrong and biased. Plus, I didn’t read much of the footnotes, so I may have missed 90-99% of David Foster Wallace’s references and therefore failed to see his genius and humor.
  • Speaking of privileged-white-man’s-story, Dead Poet’s Society! I watched it for the first time a few weeks ago and, 1) I knew the ending from the beginning (I also predicted the murderer in The Usual Suspects from the beginning and was right (mind you, I had no idea what the movie was about and was unaware there was a twist and that it was a cult classic); I am prettttty~ good at predicting plots and plot twists without knowing there is one, aha!,  2) It is SO CORNY! SO 80s, SO cliché–I know they couldn’t help it in the 80s, but still, 3) If only today’s society’s students rebelled by forming poetry reading groups, and 4) There is a class system that is intriguing; there are worlds I can only imagine, read or hear about from the news and learn from books. Mysticism, fantasy, science-fiction are fun and entertaining and I love reading those genres because of their alternate realms and captivating nature, but I always preferred reading stories more true to real life, stories about people/characters in settings/situations different from my own that depict realities of others (I had a Charles Dickens phase, a Harlem Renaissance phase, a Beat generation phase, etc.). However, for some reason, I have a hard time getting into stories about privileged white men/boys. I will still read Infinite Jest again to give it a chance.
  • My hair is growing back and falling out less. The sparseness of hair reveals my scalp all around, but it is important that the treatment still works. We’ll see how long it lasts before I have to shave it again. If my treatment stops working, (please pray that this won’t happen), I would have to switch treatment methods and that might mean hair loss again.
  • Someone who looks chic with a pixie cut: Michelle Williams. I was watching a series of clips called “Actors on Actors” on Youtube and came across an interview between Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams. Their conversation was dry, but Michelle’s style and hair was so chic.
  • I trimmed my hair today but the stylists cut it shorter than I wanted and we’re taking Christmas photos on Sunday. My husband and I have the same hairstyle now, sort of. Should I wear my wig or go natural? Hm.
  • I had a nightmare last night where Christmas was tomorrow and I didn’t buy any gifts for anyone. The problem is, I don’t know what to buy everyone except for my daughter. She is easy to impress and I can’t help wanting to buy her everything. My heart is too soft for her. It is endearing to see that my husband, who is often “frugal” about most things (except for his personal and home gadgets; he thinks he’s Tony Stark), buy things for her out of the blue. On Cyber Monday he purchased something from Walmart and had to pick it up in-store. Because he often buys random tech gadgets, I assumed it would be something of the sort, but he brought it home today and it was a toy for Elaine. That was sweet.
  • Our daughter is 90% potty trained. FINALLY. It has been such a long battle (a year? 6 months or more for #2); the stool ordeal is coming to an end and she might be ready for preschool in January. She is only 90% trained because she hasn’t shown 100% consistency in going to the bathroom to take care of serious business, and she can’t pull up her underwear and pants on her own. She gets easily frustrated because they’re scrunched up together and I had no idea pulling up one’s underwear and pants would be another milestone. Parenthood.
  • March vacation planning: Korea or Orlando, or both??

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