Secrets from my diary

My friend Haley had a very funny post today where she shared pages from the diary she kept when she was nine. It is delightful, especially the entry about her dead bird.

I like Haley’s idea so much I am following suit with a page from one of my diaries. It’s about to get deep in here, deep with the tawdriness that is my every day life. Prepare to blush.


Just kidding. Nothing tawdry here, unless you count my grammar. Books I’ve read in ’05? No, me from 9 years ago, it should be Books I read in ’05.

Looking at this list, there are some books that jump out at me.

Catch-22 remains one of the funniest, darkest, most savage books I’ve ever read.

Me Talk Pretty One Day was my first Dave Sedaris book. Years later, he came to our town on his “Evening with Dave Sedaris” tour and Brent and I went to see him. It was a good time, but we had to leave early. Hours later, after the performance and book signing were over, Brent was back at the theater peepin’ and creepin’ on Mr. Sedaris, all to get an autograph for me. Brent may have looked like a stalker/possible murderer to Dave Sedaris, but Brent looked like a wizard-hero to me when he presented me with the autograph.

Rich Dad, Poor Dad – ugh, what was wrong with me? I probably wanted to play the Rich Dad Cashflow 101 board game, too. Also, why did I start to write it out again on the right side of the page? It looks like a sad attempt at fancy cursive. While your eyes are drawn there, be sure to note the complex mathematical operations.

American Gods -  I have heard many say that it is Neil Gaiman’s best work. I prefer Coraline and the Graveyard Book myself.

Little Women – I hate you, Amy March.

Truman Capote (biography by George Plimpton) –  an old neighbor of Truman’s and Harper Lee’s tells a story about the real-life Boo Radley! How freaking cool is that. The story was verbatim from the neighbor being interviewed so one could presume the story is at least partially true, but really, who cares. It was a great story.

5 People You Meet in Heaven – in a weird coincidence, I tossed out a Mitch Albom reference just today. It was part of a joke that fell very, very flat. I even chuckled at it myself to try to help it catch on, but that didn’t work.

Jaws – the movie was better.

One last thing, you might have noticed that the page itself has Samantha and Jake from Sixteen candles as a sort of watermark. Diaries don’t get much cooler than that.

2 Comments on Secrets from my diary

  1. Haley
    April 3, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Hahaha! You diary is bad ass with the Sixteen Candles watermark..! My diary was a Precious Moments one…!! Yes, that diary was filled with precious moments from my adolescence. Dead birds, killed dreams of universAty and moments of sheer rage…

    You read an impressive number of books and I’m even more impressed that you remembered what they were all about today. I am brutal when it comes to what book I’m reading or have read. I have a kindle now and rarely know who the author is, or the title of the book I’m reading. I’ve read a zillion books in the last five years and would have a really hard time remembering any of the titles..!

    • Sarah
      April 21, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      I feel like there were a lot of memorable books in that mix, but some I have no memory of, either. Like the two John Grisham books – I’m sure I enjoyed them, but I don’t remember anything about them. I am still torn on whether or not to get a Kindle. I am so rough on books and I lose them all the time. Oh, and I’m terrible at recharging my electronics. But, I see the good things about it, too. Good for the environment, doesn’t take up a lot of space, books are cheaper, there are independent titles only available electronically…plus, I’d feel cool with a Kindle :)

      I love that your diary was Precious Moments! That delighted me so much that I squealed out loud. Precious Moments. I used to think they were so darling. Those crazy 90s.


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