August 31 07

as a female, i’m an expert at telling you what i completely suck at, what i’m only fairly good at, and what i wish i could be better at.

i really wish i was a better photographer. i wish i had taken a course and learned how to really use a camera and get the most out of it. i wish i was a better phone person. i’m not. i know i’m not. but i’d like to be. i’d like to be that friend who will call you every day just to check in…but i never do it. i wish i was better about getting people their gifts on time. i swear, i have the best of intentions…i just can’t figure out how to make the delivery happen. i wish i was a better dancer…because, seriously? i can’t dance for crap.

what i’m not so good at, however, is telling the things that i am good at. so, today’s exercise, friends is to come up with five…

1. i’m really good at pilates. i have learned to use my *powerhouse* to do all sorts of contortion acts. and now i’m insanely flexible.

2. i make a mean-ass chocolate chip cookie. just ask everyone at baseball (except for the few naysayers [is that a word?] who think they can do better…and the few who say they don’t eat cookies. i ask you, who doesn’t eat cookies??)

3. i’m a really good piano player. i started taking lessons when i was 7. my mom went out and bought this used vintage piano that had a treasure trove of sheet music inside the seat. i taught myself to play them all….well, with the help of Mr. Kahn and his gestapo-like teaching skillz.

4. I am a movie quote queen. I swear…my brain remembers all sorts of useless trivia, and movie quotes are high up there in the random things i remember area. i’ll remember most of movies i’ve seen once…so don’t even get me started on movies i’ve seen several hundred times…like the Breakfast Club.

5. i’m a really good listener. i swear, i know it sounds like putting “I have excellent written and verbal skills” on a resume…everyone says it…but i really am. just because i don’t actually call my friends, i’m am very good at listening to them. i’m not one of those wait-to-speak-ers, like my mom, if you’re talking to me…i’m actually listening…and i’m remembering everthing you’ve said to me. so…i guess that makes me a good listener and a good retainer. bonus! two in one!

now it’s your turn :)

i cannot get enough of this man:

he’s dirty. he’s greasy. he’s mean. but this man makes me weak in the knees (and in other unmentionables), i tell you. weak.

all you Lost lovers out there…are you a Jack or a Sawyer??

come and say hi over at Fabulous today. It’s Hot Topic Friday and we are, of course, talking about Lauren Caitlin Upton. Poor, poor Miss South Carolina and The Iraq.

  1. I’m Sawyer, hands down.


    Comment by metro mama on August 31, 2007
  2. No question about it – Sawyer. My breathing is getting shallow just looking at that picture.


    Comment by Michelle on August 31, 2007
  3. Sawyer. I even considered Sawyer as a boys’ name when I was pregnant with Macy. I am not kidding.


    Comment by LoriD on August 31, 2007
  4. Sawyer all the way!


    Comment by RLGelber on August 31, 2007
  5. I started out being a Jack…now I am a total Sawyer!


    Comment by Cynthia on August 31, 2007
  6. It still amazes me that you, queen of the boys-who-look-like-girls fan club, are Sawyer smitten.


    Comment by Giblet on August 31, 2007
  7. I’m kind of both, actually.
    You know who doesn’t like cookies? Satanists, that’s who.


    Comment by Rebecca on August 31, 2007
  8. i used to be a jack girl but now i’m all about sawyer!

    ps – my husband figured out torrenting for me!!!! hehaw – Friday Night Lights, here I come!


    Comment by Jodi on August 31, 2007
  9. Can I have both? Come on, I’m pregnant, and we all know what that means.


    Comment by Beth on August 31, 2007
  10. Sawyer, if for no other reason than he doesn’t stalk Kate and guilt her into meeting him at LAX after they get off the island.

    Well, that and he’s hot.


    Comment by Stacy on August 31, 2007
  11. Sawyer for sure! They don’t have Kraft dinner is the
    US? I thought they did…


    Comment by Maria on August 31, 2007
  12. I love photography too, and tho I think I have “the eye” I sure don’t know what the hell I’m doing most of the time, and wish I took a class in those days when I had free time.

    AND, I am a bi-lost-sexual – I’d do em both. ;)


    Comment by AndreAnna on August 31, 2007
  13. I’m just a Jack kind of gal. They’re both super hot in their own ways. But Jack just beats Sawyer out any day of the week for me.


    Comment by manda on August 31, 2007
  14. Sawyer. I’m all about the greasy and mean. My husband is greasy in all the good ways – seriously – but he’s not mean. Still, scruffy and scraggly is my bag!

    I’m a good writer and a good cook. I’m not one of those people who’s magically good at every sport I try, but I’m athletic and a good soccer player.


    Comment by chantal on August 31, 2007
  15. Sawyer.

    No question whatsoever.

    I don’t like Jack at all. I hate Jack, actually. Talk about a God complex. I started watching LOST in the middle of the first season, and I never understood why anybody liked Jack until I went back and watched from the beginning. But still I can’t shake my dislike.


    Comment by Sadie on August 31, 2007
  16. Oh, and I’m good at knowing what’s on TV. I’m also good at reading fast and doing online research. I’m also a champ at relaxing. I can relax with the best of ‘em.


    Comment by Sadie on August 31, 2007
  17. I’m a Sawyer girl myself. Jack has way too much baggage.


    Comment by hello insomnia on August 31, 2007
  18. Hi – I’m the girl that sits next to your friend Dave at work. I’ve been afraid to comment on your blog before for some reason, but,

    With pictures of Sawyer – it kept a smile on my face all day today :) I’m a Sawyer gal all the way. Always have been. Don’t know what it is.


    Comment by Janna on August 31, 2007
  19. I think I’m a Jack. Sawyer’s too skinny and pretty, and I don’t like the long hair.

    I’m happy you’re not a phone person. I myself MUCH prefer email. Although I have been known to call you at work and talk your ear off…….. ;)

    Me? I’m insanely flexible, too. Born that way and LOVE IT. I’m pretty good at analyzing art and lit and movies and people…. I good at getting gifts for kids (everyone loves our gifts!), and I sing aiight in the car…….. ;)


    Comment by haley-o on August 31, 2007
  20. I’m already a seasoned professional at shoving what I’m really good at down everybody’s throats…. I need to do that exercise in the opposite. Hmmm… maybe I’ll do that next week.

    And you forgot two things Ali… 1. You’re a great writer. 2. You’re purty.


    Comment by jasmine on August 31, 2007
  21. I love Jack.

    Have you ever posted your chocolate chip cookie recipie?

    Let’s see pictures of the flexible lady….



    Comment by Jenn on August 31, 2007
  22. I TOLD YOU ALI!!!!!!!!! Sawyer ALL THE WAY!!!!! Now you get it…redemption is mine!! ;)


    Comment by Jen on August 31, 2007
  23. You mean I have to chose one? Geez, you are so straightlaced. :^D


    Comment by anne nahm on August 31, 2007
  24. It’s so nice to know there are other Sawyer fans out there. I totally agree. Everything about his personality is so mean but he’s so damn sexy it doesn’t matter!


    Comment by Shannon on August 31, 2007
  25. I don’t watch Lost but I’ve had a crush on the guy on the right since he was on Party of Five!


    Comment by BlondeBlogger on September 1, 2007
  26. Can you believe I have NEVER watched a single episode of Lost? I think I like the dark haired guy’s looks better though…..

    As far as what I suck at, phoning people. I hate the phone.
    I am good at planning kick ass dinners and buying the perfect gift.


    Comment by SleepyNita on September 1, 2007
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  28. Definitely Sawyer. But I also have a thing for Sayid…


    Comment by Nancy on September 2, 2007
  29. At first Bossy was feeling out-of-it, but then she realized when you say ‘Sawyer’ you mean Tom, right?


    Comment by BOSSY on September 2, 2007
  30. Excellent post, it’s always nice to hear someone say what they’re good at. I’d love to hear you play the piano! What kind of music do you usually play?

    About Jack & Sawyer. Do I have to choose? ;)


    Comment by Nadine on September 2, 2007
  31. Wow, I never realized there were so many Sawyer fans. I’m a Jack gal myself, but that doesn’t mean I don’t understand the attraction to Sawyer ;-)


    Comment by Jackie on September 2, 2007
  32. I like Jack, but Sawyer has his moments of sexyness also….


    Comment by Ruby on September 3, 2007
  33. Uh, I like Sawyer in the same way I have the hots for Craig Whatever-His-Last-Name-Is The New James Bond …I want to scream OOOh Baby slap me around! But, alas I will never have that chance…neither is on my laminated list.


    Comment by Whitney on September 3, 2007
  34. You and my husband can start a movement to get “Chicks can’t hold their smoke” moved onto the AFI Hundred Greatest Movie Lines list!


    Comment by Di on September 4, 2007
  35. I’ve played piano forever too! Do you still play? My hubs is a movie quote freak too! He’s constantly quoting something and then turn to me and says “what’s that from” knowing that I do not know. Drives me nuts, makes him laugh.

    Sawyer has grown on me. Used to be Jack hands down. It would be a hard choice for me.


    Comment by Kerry on September 6, 2007
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