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Free Slurpee Day 2012: 8 Slurpees, 8 different 7-11s, 7 different flavors, no regrets.

Well, okay, the sugar crash was/is still unpleasant, but as I am now unemployed, I am free to spend the day driving all about town in pursuit of my beverage of choice and reap the consequences thereof.  If you weren't following my exploits on Twitter, I had: Coke, Wild Cherry, Blue Raspberry, Banana, Mango Bango, Grape, Twisted Citrus, and Wild Cherry again.  (I would have preferred to end with another Coke for a sense of symmetry, but alas, the flavor was defrosting, it was getting to be rush hour, I would've had to go fairly far out of my way to find another 7-11, and quite frankly, I was getting a little sick of Slurpees at that point.  Who knew?) 

I drank them all, with the exception of about 3/4 of the Mango Bango because it had artificial sweetener in it, which was not advertised on the sign.  I even drank the Fanta Banana, which was, quite frankly, revolting (though not as bad as the artificial sweetener).  At 7.11 ounces each, that's a rough total of 51.5 ounces or 1.5 liters of Slurpee, which is -- and I never thought I'd say this -- too much Slurpee.  Though it did help that it was 97 degrees outside and I have a colossal sweet tooth.  Still, I don't really want to calculate exactly how much sugar I consumed today.

Day 23: A book you've wanted to read for a long time but haven'tThe Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien

Oh, any number of books could fit this description, but I’ve occasionally thought that a good title for my autobiography would be One Day I Will Read The Silmarillion Cover to Cover (And Other Lies).  The spirit is willing, but the brain starts to doze somewhere around the Valaquenta.  God bless you, J.R.R., you could invent a magnificently detailed world, but you couldn't write a page-turner for all the pipeweed in Middle-Earth.  I always have a massive TBR pile, but that’s probably what’s been sitting there the longest.

Regarding the preview for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby in 3-D: Really?  Really?  I know it's Baz Luhrmann and all, but... really?

I'm starting to think I update this thing too much.

Date: 2012-05-24 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wait, when you say artificial sweetener, do you mean Splenda or HFCS? I am no Slurpee expert, but I kind of assumed they were 99% HFCS and 1% artificial flavor.

Date: 2012-05-24 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I assume they're all mostly corn syrup, which I don't consider an artificial sweetener. But the mango one, I don't know if it was Splenda brand or aspartame or Sweet n' Low, but there was something like that in it. The weird thing was, there was a SECOND mango flavor that was actually advertised as sugar-free. I'm wondering if they mixed up the signs.

Date: 2012-05-24 05:16 am (UTC)
ext_393041: perfect Spock (Loki eyes closed)
From: [identity profile]
Feel like singing then having a slurpee hangover?

SIMPSON's - never forget!

Date: 2012-05-24 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't know where you magic pixies came from, but I like your pixie drink! :D

It's a little weird that I have an icon from that exact episode of the Simpsons....

Date: 2012-05-25 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ha ha, that's awesome! I'd totally forgotten about that! I, too, have the remorse of the sugar junkie...

Date: 2012-05-24 01:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So much agreement on the Silmarillion. I tried once, years ago, and gave up about 15 pages in. Too much genealogy! I couldn't keep the names straight.

Date: 2012-05-25 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, it's like the Leviticus of the Tolkien universe.

Date: 2012-05-25 02:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Pretty much. I adore LOTR and the Hobbit, but I just can't wrap my brain around the Similarion.

Date: 2012-05-24 01:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The Silmarillion is just a (way too) long narrative of a family tree. I forced myself to read the whole thing, but it was painful & I probably couldn't recount any of it.

Why is it in 3D?! I think this article I read said it best: Luhrmann's film will get released in 3D, since nothing needs an extra dimension like classic 1925 prose.

Date: 2012-05-25 03:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think the extra $3 per ticket has something to do with it.

Why does Baz Luhrmann get to do whatever he wants? Sure, Moulin Rouge was great, but didn't his last film tank? IS IT TOO MUCH TO ASK NOT TO HAVE JAY-Z IN MY CLASSIC LITERATURE?!?!

Date: 2012-05-24 01:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I agree that the Silmarillion isn't exactly a page-turner, but it is still one of my favourite books because of all the backstory it provides for The Lord of the Rings, and particularly for the Elves and the dúnedain (but then I also really liked The History of Middle-Earth. I don't know what that says about me lol). The Valaquenta is the hardest part to get through in my opinion; I much prefer Quenta Silmarillion and Akallabêth.

Date: 2012-05-25 03:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good to know it gets more interesting. One day I shall have the patience for it. One day...


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