Friday, February 20, 2009

John Green fails to imagine unicorns complexly.

A meme! Courtesy of Famous Alan.

1. List one book you think everyone should read this year. (if you mention my book for brownie points, please list a second book as well)
Well. YouTube: An Insider's Guide to Climbing the Charts, obviously. And also Paper Towns. And The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing. That book is beautiful. Yes, that was three. Deal with it.

2. What is your favorite thing about your hometown?
I've never thought about this. There's not much to do in Elyria itself. But I guess just my neighborhood, the environment in which I grew up (awkward grammatical phrasing ftl). It's been awesome to be able to grow up next to my pastor and his family. So many fun times with Joseph and Jonathan, picking and eating honeysuckles in the backyard, riding our bikes to the library and Twist-n-Shake. Building up huge snow ramps and sledding and snowboarding off the roof of their garage. Arming ourselves with badminton and racquetball rackets and chasing and destroying lightning bugs. Ahhh childhood.

3. Incorrectly complete these Fall Out Boy lyrics: "This ain't a scene, it's a(n) _____________" (be creative)
This ain't a scene, it's a bloodthirsty army of sentient vampiric underfancies. What.

4. What would you title your autobiography and how many pages would it be?
CLICHE CLICHE IDIOM: The Valerie Barr Story
Pages: OVER 9000

5. What was the best Christmas gift you've received? (ages 15 and under, adult Christmas gifts don't count)
BK RatchTech shoes. Instead of laces, they had things similar to cable ties, like on rollerblades. I loved them so much, until I tried to take them off. So freaking hard. So frustrating. I was always the last kid to line up at the end of recess :(

6. What's one new thing you learned this week? (they say you learn something new every day, so you should have a few things to choose from)
I learned that cashiers look at you funny if you come up to the checkout with an armful of Peeps paraphernalia.

7. Open Skype/G-Chat/AIM and type "how's my favorite friend who I haven't chatted with today?" to someone you haven't chatted with at all today. This item isn't a question, just a polite demand to let someone know you were thinking of them.

[12:23:27 AM] Valerie says: how's my favorite friend who I haven't chatted with today? :D
[12:23:45 AM] Sara says: How ironic.
[12:23:50 AM] Sara says: Paige just send me the same message.
[12:23:50 AM] Sara says: lols.


8. Tell me one really proud moment from your life. (be specific)
I don't know...I'd say when I gave my valedictorian speech at graduation, but I was terrified out of my mind and not really dwelling on anything other than the paralyzing fear of having to go up there and talk in front of all those freaking people. I loathe public speaking.

So I will say the time I won Around-the-World in math in first grade. Sarah Zinn: PWNED.

9. Tell me one really embarrassing moment from your life. (be specific)
Whenever my parents bring up the fact that once, when I was two, I was playing in the sandbox, and I took off my pants, and ran out to the front yard, and my neighbor across the street yelled "Valerie, put some pants on!" They do this quite frequently. Bah.

10. Have you owned something for way too long... something you know you should get rid of or replace, but can't? If so, what and why?
I have stacks and stacks of old issues of Wired that kind of get in the way, but I'd NEVER throw them out or give them away.

11. Fill in the blank:
Other than this one, Alan's is the last blog I commented on.

12. Do you have any scars? Tell me about one of them.
I don't think the mark is even noticeable anymore, but when I was four, I was riding my bike down a boardwalk-type thing, going really fast, and I ran into a dog. Got a huge cut on my chin. SHUT IT.

13. I say "this is not tom", you say:
A. Who the eff is Tom?
B. Thank god, Tom sucks!
C. Oh, I love staring at page source code all day and solving riddles!! <3
D. And this is not me, not clicking the back button and not not reading the rest of this stupid meme.


14. What do you get complimented on the most? (your looks, your creativity, your impressive collection of black santa figurines)
My ability to locate information quickly. Lame.

15. Paste a link here to your favorite picture online:


  1. Underfancies for the win! Thanks for taking the time to fill it out. =)

  2. Haha, I was the third person to hit Sara up on skype. I told her she should feel loved.

    - Genevieve

  3. I have a feeling you're going to regret telling us that story about your childhood streaking.

    MUWHWHWHA *cough cough*. I need to work on my evil laugh.

    (and fail on me for having an epic typo the first time I posted this. DELETE BUTTON FOR THE RESCUE!!)

  4. Oh, I want to read Octavian Nothing. I hear it's goooood.


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