Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Ugh, Quizzes

They are all over the interwebs and they drive me batty.  Really?  An online quiz said you talk like a Californian, should live in Tunisia, you are Joan Jett, and if you had a pet it would be a giraffe?  Is this how are are defining ourselves these days?  I'll take the manic-pixie dream girl, thankyouverymuch.

Ok, but I caved.  I did one.  The book nerd in me had to find out.  Apparently I am soul mates with Anton Chekhov.  According to's oh-so-apt quiz, the reason why is:

Calm and contemplative, you need someone who shares your desire to lie in a hammock in the Russian countryside, drink champagne, and think about the meaning of life. Both of you know that love, alas, is a fickle emotion, so you must cherish it for the fleeting moment in which it graces you.

Oddly enough, for years, my favorite quote was a quote of Chekhov's which ultimately led me to perform it as a monologue in an acting class I took once upon a time.

“We shall find peace. We shall hear angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.” (From "Uncle Vanya" by soul mate)

Ok, Anton Chekhov's of the world, come and get me. (But I might be in Madrid speaking with a Buffalo accent.)

He is a little dreamy here...

Friday, February 21, 2014

I Get it From My Grandpa - Dance Friday

This past Christmas my dad took my sister, my mom and me out to see some live music.  His friend was playing at a local bar.  My dad introduced my sister , "This is my daughter Jessie."  "Oh wow!," the man exclaimed, "you look just like your mom!  Wow, you could be the same person!"  A little bit of laughter followed because we were used to hearing this.  "This is my other daughter, Megan."  *crickets* "Oh.  Nice to meet you."

Once Upon a Time...
I was going to marry that dancing man

Me and the G-Macs

Some people look like carbon copies of their family members but I seem to be a hodgepodge of little bits and pieces that result in a person who doesn't look really like anyone at all.  However, I was recently visiting my grandparents, my mom's parents, in Seattle and I realized that I get some really good things...and I get them from my grandpa.  Examples?  You got it.

1. We all go get our coats to head out to dinner.  Grandpa and I both grab our hats.  Always.

2.  I ask my grandma if I can help with the dishes.  No, she reminds me, dishes are grandpa's thing.  (I LOVE doing the dishes.)

3.  Grandpa wants to learn how to moonwalk.

Yes, folks, that right there is a guy related to me.  So for Dance Friday, Grandpa McCullough, I am bringing you a tutorial and some inspiration from the man.  You can do it!

Friday, February 14, 2014

"L" is for the way...

My Valentine for the past
~almost~ 16 years.  He was recently
diagnosed with early lymphoma
and my heart broke into about
 a million pieces.
It is Valentine's Day and I generally have some opinions about this holiday.  This year, I am simply sharing a fantastic love story with you.

The Fault in Our Stars (TFIOS) by John Green tells the tale of two teenagers who have had cancer.  Hazel and Gus meet in a support group and fall madly in love.  The Fault in Our Stars will continue to be a story that moves everyone because, really, it has never been told before.  When I read The Fault in Our Stars, I happened to be head over heels in love with somebody.  (It is debatable about whether the feeling was mutual.)  I remember when I read the book I kept thinking how real, how true the story was.  The love wasn't sappy and clichè, it was honest.  It sounded like my love.  My guy was confident, just like Gus was confident.  And Gus was right, you don't get to choose if you get hurt, you do have a say in who hurts you.  Some people are worth it.  Was he worth it for me?  Yep.  Will I find someone worth it again?  I'm not sure but I certainly hope so. TFIOS sounded like how I really felt...confused, excited, giddy, and a little nervous.  Regardless of how you feel, whether or not you are in love this Valentine's Day, take a second to feel the love in the trailer for the movie version of this book. I am actually, sorta, looking forward to the movie version. And maybe another opportunity to find someone who is worth that sort of risk.

Happy Friday.  Happy Valentine's Day.  Love is better.

Um, yeah, now dance!!!

Sunday, February 9, 2014


I met him.  Stood in line for almost an hour but it was totally worth it.  I also picked up the membership card that I received when I was selected to go to the gala last fall.  I love that the membership card lists me as a "Family Member."  If you ever get a chance to make it to this museum, it is well worth the trip!

The view while waiting in line.


A member of the family

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Wake Up and Boogie!!

It is Saturday kids!  I'm heading out to the Eric Carle Museum to hang out with Oliver Jeffers.  He writes the best books, he is dreamy, and Mas's son is named after him.  So basically he is quite an important person.  I've wanted to meet him for years but always seem to miss him so I am pretty excited to get to see him. (He also did the art/writing this music video for U2.  Pretty spectacular.)

What should you do while I am making my dream come true?  That's right, dance!  This week my roomies and I were watching an overcoming-adversity-through-dance movie (my favorite genre of movie) and my roommate Geoff asked if people really had dance battles.  I was like, "WHATTT?!"  Of course they do!  Every year in San Diego there is this dance competition and I don't go but I always watch the videos to see who won.  My favorite, by far, is this dance crew Choreo Cookies (get it?) because they kill it on all levels.  We can't dance like they do, but we can ogle.  Check 'em out and then go watch all their other videos.

Have a great weekend!!!!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Be a Reader

A tree grows in Rome...
Reading got me there...

A couple of years ago I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn for the very first time.  I was won over when I read the following part:

“From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. There was poetry for quiet companionship. There was adventure when she tired of quiet hours. There would be love stories when she came into adolescence and when she wanted to feel a closeness to someone she could read a biography. On that day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived.” 

Reading is a gift that we often take for granted.  Reading is power.  Reading changes lives.  In case you forgot, this beautiful ad might just help you remember.  It got me a little weepy on this snowy day.  (Also, it is an ad for whisky which isn't so bad either.)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

February Events

February came in fast and I predict it will zoom by.  My month will be filled with trips, guests, and lots of classes.  I am taking 2 (AHH!) this term and if I make it out alive it will be one of my greatest feats.  I am hoping to make it to some of these events but more than likely you will find me in front of a computer typing away.  If you make it to any of these, send some photos my way and I can post them on here!


February 8
* Oliver Jeffers, OLIVER JEFFERS, at the Eric Carle Museum, 12:30 pm

February 9
* Meet author/illustrator team Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri read and present their book Secret Pizza Party to help celebrate National Pizza Pie Day, Eric Carle Museum, 2 pm

February 13
* Join Roger Sutton as he moderates a panel discussing the recent ALA awards in "Why Did THAT Book Win?” with Martha Parravano, Julie Roach, and Vicky Smith,  6:00 PM, Simmons College, in the Kotzen Room; admission is free but registration is required as space is very limited. Write to CBB @ if you would like to attend.

February 18
* Join A C Gaughen for her book launch of Lady Thief, the second book in the Scarlet series, Porter Square Books, 7 pm

Los Angeles
February 4
* Joel Stern reads and presents his book, My First Origami Kit, at Children's Book World, 4 pm

February 8
* Laurice Elehwany Molinari, reads and signs her new middle grade book, The Ether: Vero Rising, Children's Book World, 2:30 pm

February 12
* David Adler, author of the Cam Jansen series, presents his books at a school event hosted by Children's Book World, public is invited, call Children's Book World for details

February 15
* Ken Jennings, yes of Jeopardy fame, presents his non-fiction series, Are You a Jr. Genius?, at Once Upon a Time Bookstore, 7 pm

February 25
* Cecil Castellucci presents her new YA book Tin Star at Skylight Books, 7:30 pm