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Marissa Flaxbart
Going to the movies and writing are my two favorite pastimes. Watching TV is up there, too. I also love sitting someplace for hours having a long conversation. Preferably Europe.
Interests: comedy, movies, writing, books, singing, performing
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My roommate and I just stood outside and stared at the sky for over an hour. So...that's pretty cool. @nataliemrabun #bloodmoon — flaxbart (@flaxbart) April 15, 2014 from Twitter April 15, 2014 at 12:47AM via IFTTT Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Popular Sentiment
I knew this already but man...I hit the BFF jackpot with @dcphotog Bonus: numbered gifts make it easy to explain to your BFF via text or phone how much you love the contents of each package. MK, you are so... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Popular Sentiment
In my TV writing class, we get a lot of wisdom from our veteran professor, Ron Friedman. This was one I wanted to hang on to: "What if I'm wrong?" "There is no wrong. You're God." Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2013 at Popular Sentiment
So here's something weird: now that I live in California, I almost never go to Chipotle. There's even one right by my place but, though I've long loved the chain, I almost always skip it in favor of something that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2013 at Popular Sentiment
Finally unpacked my Sweet Valley Books here in...Sunny California! That's right, I made the Westward Pilgrimage foretold by many a Super Saga. I am in grad school these days, and it's keeping me busy, but the Diaries live on...stay tuned. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2013 at Sweet Valley Diaries
A couple thoughts: When I was in high school, I got to take a trip to Germany. During my trip, my peers and I spent some time at a German high school, and one day, toward the end of our... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2012 at Popular Sentiment
I haven't posted on my blog in ages. I haven't written Sweet Valley reviews. I haven't even baked a cake in months. But I have a good excuse, as you may or may not be aware: Grad School. I'm here... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2012 at Popular Sentiment
Is someone coming between Cara and Steven? Abbie had every intention of coming back to the Wakefields' house. And she was sure the best way to make them inviter her back was to make herself useful. - p. 63 At this point in our journey, we're used to new characters... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2012 at Sweet Valley Diaries
One minute, I'm suggesting "pizza party" as a birthday idea for a friend. The next minute, I'm singing. I had to look up this commercial for the '80s board game, "Pizza Party," to jog said friend's memory and tickle my... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2012 at Popular Sentiment
I thought about calling this post "Marissa's Tips for Living the Dream: Celebrate Any Damn Thing," but that just didn't seem informational enought. Today, as some of you are sure to be aware, Apple stock (aka AAPL) passed 600 and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2012 at Popular Sentiment
Maybe this time things would be different. Sure, Tofu products might be strange, but then, Elizabeth reminded herself, people would buy almost anything. -p. 10 The more times Jessica tries to do something properly and see it through to the finish, the harder the job for Sweet Valley's writers. Other... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2012 at Sweet Valley Diaries
1983. Maybe you remember it as the year Return of the Jedi was released. Maybe you don’t remember it at all. I know it as the year of my birth, but something else was born in 1983: Sweet Valley, CA and its idyllic populous, not the least of which were... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2012 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Don’t worry: I haven’t joined some sort of undead poultry cult. “chickenzombies” is the handle of a sweet and supercool reader who just sent me a GIANT box of books she’d unearthed while doing some housecleaning. Upon opening this box, I felt like that sparkly gold light was shining on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2012 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Haven’t you lain awake at night, wishing you could look more like the denizens of Sweet Valley? Or perhaps you’ve wondered to yourself, “How much does it cost to live like a Wakefield twin?” Well, lie/wonder no more. Here are the twins on the cover of Book #1, Double Love:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2012 at Sweet Valley Diaries
I recently found out about this fascinating, albeit somewhat pointless, iPhone app called Percolator. Basically, it's an adjustable filter for photos that turns them into beautiful dots of color. I'm not sure exactly how it works, but I'm guessing it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2012 at Popular Sentiment
Just then, the man stopped to hoist the load up, as if to get a better grip. Part of the green blanket fell back as he shifted the weight, and Jessica felt her heart–almost literally–stand still. A woman’s arm was clearly visible, hanging limply out from underneath the blanket. –... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2012 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Pretty much every song on "Her Best" has been one of my favorites ever since I first started listening to in high school. Thanks, Ella James, for being awesome. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at Popular Sentiment
How's this for a random observation: I just noticed that, at times (like, um, the chorus and the verse), Sam Cooke's "Nothing Can Change This Love" and Journey's "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" are more or less the same song. They're even... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2012 at Popular Sentiment
Ingredients: 1. Something about Illinois governors 2. Something about retirement homes 3. Something about federal prison. You put it together yourself! ( Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2011 at Popular Sentiment
Posted Nov 23, 2011 at Popular Sentiment
Today I got DirectTV. Our high-rise building is switching en masse, and I'm actually pretty excited about it, mostly because it will bring me HBO Go and Adult Swim Gold. All went smoothly except for one thing: the installer took... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2011 at Popular Sentiment