Thursday, December 15, 2011

the 21 club

Today is my twenty-first birthday. So here are twenty things I bet you didn't (or maybe you did, I am quite transparent about certain things) know about me. Why twenty things, and not twenty-one? Check #5.

1. I have been a vegetarian for over a decade. The thing that swayed me into vegetarianism was the cartoon show Brace Face. I saw an episode where Sharon Spitz works at a meatpacking factory, and I've never touched meat since.

2. I don't trust boys who giggle a lot. It's unnatural and I think that it means they are up to something.

3. I compulsively lie all of the time, usually about small things and when it makes my story sound better. And I think admitting that makes me the worst liar of all time... or the best.

4. Besides blogging, I also write for my university newspaper, write poetry, and make experimental short films.

5. I hate odd numbers.

6. My guilty pleasure is watching a marathon of old episodes of "Law and Order: SVU" while eating a scoop of Baskin Robbins' gold medal ribbon ice cream.

7. I don't believe in celebrating my birthday - not in a Jehovah's Witness sort of way, just birthdays always tend to disappoint me so I don't expect much from them.

8. I can quote every line from The Philadelphia Story, Notorious, Help!, A Hard Day's Night, several Andy Hardy movies, Rebel Without a Cause, Almost Famous, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and practically the entire catalogue of films made starring Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, and Marilyn Monroe.

9. My favorite authors are Colette, Truman Capote, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Lewis Carroll, Ernest Hemingway, David Sedaris, Chuck Klosterman, and Simon Doonan. But my favorite author of all-time is Virginia Woolf. My favorite poets are Frank O'Hara, Sylvia Plath, Dylan Thomas, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac. And I think Bob Dylan is a damn fine poet as well.

10. I change how I feel and who I want to be about a dozen times a day.

11. My favorite words is 'brilliance,' with 'luminescence' (which I am stealing from Michael Cunningham after hearing him say it when he came to one of my classes a few weeks ago) being a close second.

12. Right now, I really want to look like Sienna Miller's character Nikki in the movie Alfie.

13. I have a personal bucket list - among the first things listed are to move to Paris, visit Morocco, follow a band on tour, cut my hair into a pixie cut, live life like an Audrey Hepburn movie for a year (obviously that would include me dating William Holden ... I haven't quite figured out how that'll work yet).

14. I live an incredibly superficial existence, mostly revolving around the shoes I am lusting after at the moment, the beauty products I've decided I cannot live without, and the movie I am incessantly quoting.

15. I have severe crushes on Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino / Troy from Community) and Keith Richards.

16. I want to live inside of a French New Wave movie (preferably one by Godard, if I can make a choice on the matter).

17. In my dream world, I would just quit school and become a rock star.

18. My favorite book would be a tie between Faithfull by Marianne Faithfull and Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway. A close third would be Infinite Variety, the biography on the Marchesa Luisa Casati.

19. I am a hoarder - I keep all of the makeup I purchase, the magazines I subscribe to, papers I get, and clothes I buy (regardless of if they fit or if I particularly like them or not). Apparently Edie Sedgwick was like this as well, so at least I am in good company.

20. There are so many classes that I want to take (that unfortunately my university doesn't offer): sewing, knitting, French cooking, costume jewelry making, t-shirt printing, pastry making, language classes in Arabic, Hindi, Japanese, Italian and German, etc.

7 comments:

Klara Tavakoli said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Happiest 21st birthday to you, darling Alexis – I hope it's a real blast, but don't go too crazy! I'm happy to know you in the blogosphere!

Laura said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Happy birthday!!!

I love lists like this! I also adore Donald Glover & Keith Richards, Infinite Variety, and Dylan Thomas. Don't you think he looks just like James Dean? So handsome! I am also a hoarder and am rather superficial as well. And number 10? Oh girl, me too.

Happy birthday again, I hope it surpasses your wildest (or lowest?) expectations!

angel corpus christi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

very impressive #8.

Jessica said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Happy Birthday :)

JessM said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh my goodness I soooo relate to this! I want to do a blog like this for my birthday in January. I'll be 24 though... wowza. I feel like I have a pretty superficial life sometimes to because all I think about is playing music, musician crushes, and an ever expanding list of records to look for. Needless to say I don't even tell many people in my town about stuff I'm into because they don't like anything that hasn't come out in the past five years. Le siiigh. Thank God for the blogging community:)

misslikey said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

happy birthday! love how you described yourself.
p.s. I also want to live in one of Godard's movies

Ash said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi! Let me wish you a related happy birthday! I just visited your blog today, and I find it really good. I tell you, I was actually looking for a blog like yours, and I'm trying to be like the young Jane Asher right now. So, I'm really happy to find your blog!