Author: Autumn
•1/19/2009 01:29:00 PM
As many of you know, my car, Murdock, has been through a lot in the 2 1/2 years we've been together. I've replaced the engine, tires, brakes, thermostat and more. There has been one thing though that I have all but refused to get fixed. Until now ...

About a month after I got my car, I got irritated in a Wal-Mart parking lot stuck just behind a man who decided to wait ten minutes for someone to pack up their groceries, put their cart away, get in their car and go. It was a thin aisle, and there was a whole line behind me.

I guess I could have just honked my car horn, but it didn't occur to me. I wanted this guy to see that I was irritated, so I tapped on my front windshield with my fist. Not hard, but I think my watch hit it just right or something, because it cracked, in quite a lovely spiderweb pattern. I don't have a picture of it though.

So I have been driving around like that for over two years. I would even say I've grown accustomed and attached to it as it is. I can still see just fine. But then this past week, two other windows broke, seemingly of their own accord.

I went out to my car last Thursday and two of the windows on the drivers side had just completely shattered, but within the frame. There was no empty space where a hand could have reached in, so it wasn't theft. It didn't even look like vandalism; I don't know what someone could have done to create that effect without part of the window falling in. And it had been FREEZING. So the only thing I can figure, as little sense as it makes, is that the cold was the culprit. (The hole in the picture was where I accidentally knocked part of the window in later.)

Fun right?!

Well I decided since I had to fix two windows, I might as well get it over with and get my front windshield fixed too. I called around and found a pretty good deal on all three. So as I write this my car is getting a bit of a face (and side) lift. I have mixed feelings about getting a new windshield. As I said I've grown almost attached to the front crack. I only drove the car with a clean windshield for a month or so. What if I don't recognize my car? What if it changes him?
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Author: Autumn
•1/10/2009 01:02:00 PM
OK, I am fully aware that this is a random thing to blog about, but I wanted to have said this somewhere. I watched the movie The Holiday last night, which is a really sweet movie with quite a few big-named actors in it.

And I have to say that as sexy as Jude Law is and as adorable as Jack Black's character is, the man who steals my heart every single time is Eli Wallach's character, Arthur Abbott. The man is beyond adorable and just so sassy. That feels like such a female trait, but I can't really think of a male component just now. Cheeky?

Now obviously, as I am only 24, I don't have a crush on the man in the everyday sense of the word. But that is exactly the kind of man I want to find myself in love with in 50 years. I want to be the wrinkled old lady by his side with a walker in my hands. The trick now is to find a way to spot what kind of man today is most likely to age into an Arthur Abbott-type man. THAT is the man who more than anyone could change my opinion on marriage.
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Author: Autumn
•1/03/2009 02:19:00 PM
Those close to me know already that for several years now I have been keeping a reading log. It is a very OCD thing to do I guess, and who knows where I got the idea, but I love it. I keep track of every new book I read, when I started it, when I finished it, and how many pages it was.

Here are the stats for 2008:

I read 36 books I hadn't read before, that doesn't include re-reading books.
I read a total of 13,643 pages.

Began 2008 with: Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
Ended 2008 with: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Shortest book: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - 198 pages
Longest book: The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray - 819 pages

Oldest book: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - 1859
Newest book: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer - 2008 (Though I read five books that were so freshly published.)

I am starting off 2009 by reading Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, which was recommended to me by the sexy librarian herself, Stephanie E.J. Long. I am looking forward to a fun year where I will endeavor to read more books than I read in 2008.
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