I do a yearly re-read of Pride and Prejudice however this year I've expanded to all of Jane Austen's works. I've never before read so many books by the same author in succession that weren't part of a series. I don't know that I'll do it again...
I've recently started writing letters with various friends. A great letter is a true art form.
Movies: Midnight in Paris, Match Point, Bridesmaids, Braveheart, Office Space, The Shining, Monty Python-Anything, The Godfather, Saved, The Darjeeling Limited, Edward Scissorhands, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Donnie Darko, Pride and Prejudice, Igby Goes Down, The Graduate, Wonder Boys, The Dreamers, Dangerous Lives of Alter Boys, The Commitments, Fargo, Love Actually. Anything Woody Allen, Kubrick, Coen Brothers, Wes Anderson or Hitchcock. Guy Ritchie films kind of turn me on.
Music: Murder by Death, The Beatles, Spoon, Pixies, The Builders and the Butchers, Band of Horses, Patti Smith, Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, Mountain Goats, Air, Sigur Ros, The Clash, Led Zeppelin, Husker Du, Beck, The Black Keys, The National, Graham Parsons, Elvis Perkins, Buddy Holly, Scissor Sisters, Yo La Tengo, Joy Division, New Order, Bob Dylan, Emmy Lou Harris, devo, The Fling, Delta Spirit, Edward Sharpe, Lou Reed, Of Montreal, The Brain Jonestown Massacre, Ween, The Plimsouls, Atmosphere, Cowboy Junkies, Florence and the Machine, Pulp, Weezer, Wipers, Sonic Youth, Flaming Lips, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, TV on the Radio, Talking Heads, Stereophonics, Ryan Adams, Smiths, Jeff Buckley, Elliot Smith, Radiohead. Ok, I'll go ahead and stop there, but there's much much more...
Television: Downton Abbey, Mad Men, 60 Minutes, Game of Thrones, Once Upon a Time, Law & Order (particularly SVU), New Girl, Camelot, Tudors, Celebrity Ghost Stories, Hart of Dixie, Portlandia. I feel like I just aired a bunch of dirty laundry...
2) my glasses/contacts
6) the internet (specifically wikipedia- yeah yeah, I know it's not terribly accurate but it provides these handy little links that feed my curiosity)
...you are awesome, even if you do say so yourself
...you dream in color
...you fight the good fight
...roses aren't your go to flower
...you have a super hero alter ego
...your idea of romance is not dictated by Hallmark
...you commit, regardless of talent, when on the dance floor
...your advice is often sought
...you can go a whole day without saying "rad" <- toughie, I know
...you have man skills
...you've never had to do remedial sensitivity training