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New soda love in my life! Books, movies, etc. [Jan. 14th, 2008|09:35 am]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
As you may know, I'm a big fan of unusually flavoured diet sodas. I mostly drink water or tea, but I like to pepper that with weird diet sodas.

At Publix the other day, mixed in with a huge Valentine's Day display - I found "Limited Edition Diet Dr. Pepper: Cherry Chocolate"!!! I bought three 12 packs, untasted, and they are awesome! Yum!!!

It is interesting to me, because one of my other favourite sodas is Canfield's diet Chocolate Covered Cherry, and this new soda is like that mixed with diet Dr. Pepper. Pretty tasty! I used to work at Winstead's (a diner/soda fountain place in Kansas City) when I was a teenager, and I'd make Dr. Pepper with flavoured syrups a lot, and it tastes kind of like that too.

It is highly artificial tasting, kinda like a mouth full of chemicals, lol - but that is the flavour I like from my diet sodas, so I give it 5/5 stars =)

Now, if only I could find a place locally that sells Dr. Brown's diet Cel-Ray (celery soda!), I'd be happy! I love diet celery soda, and the one place that sold it by me changed ownership and no longer carries it =P

(Psst - Matt thinks the new chocolate cherry Dr. Pepper is gross!).

Yesterday morning we snuck out (I always feel like I'm sneaking out of the house, whenever I leave, since lately I haven't left very often, being tied up with artwork/paperwork) - and we saw "El Orfanato", which was very sad, but excellent. I thought it had a happy ending, but Matt said it was sad. It was also kind of a scary movie, it reminded me a little of "The Others", and "El Espinazo del Diablo" (the Devil's Backbone, also a Guillermo del Toro movie).

Since I got my IPhone, I've been listening to a lot of Audiobooks from ITunes. I love listening to books while I paint. My main day-to-day complaint in the past had often been that I could never read and paint at the same time, so discovering Audiobooks has been a blessing!

The only problem is that ITunes has what I would call your basic "Airport Bookstore" selection, if that makes sense. Not a crazy big selection, mostly focusing on best-seller names, Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Dan Brown, Dean Koontz, that type of stuff. Of course sometimes I like that kind of stuff, but I like a lot of other stuff too, that isn't available. Right now I'm listening to Stephen King's "Bag of Bones", which is pretty good. I also have listened to Christopher Priest's "The Prestige" (which was AWESOME I loved it so much, and I loved the movie too!!!), and I listened to Joe Hill's "Heart Shaped Box" (turns out he is Stephen King's son in real life, lol - thought that made sense!), it was pretty good.

Does anybody know of any place you can buy or download (legally, please - as an artist myself I don't mind paying so the writer's get their royalty checks!) audiobooks that will play on IPhones? Or is ITunes just about it?

I'd better get back to painting. I'll post a new painting later tonight, I'll have some new cameos up here this afternoon sometime, and also remember my 25% off everything sale in my eBay store will be running until midnight tomorrow.

Happy Monday, everybody!

[User Picture]From: audeo
2008-01-14 03:06 pm (UTC)
I use audible.com, and the site says they're compatible with the iPhone. I use my iPod to listen to their books all the time, and they have a pretty good selection.
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[User Picture]From: novemberhour
2008-01-14 04:56 pm (UTC)
Audible is what I was going to suggest. There's quite a few good things there.
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[User Picture]From: femmefrets
2008-01-14 04:05 pm (UTC)
Audioflix is sort of an audiobook/new take on radio drama site you might be interested in. I'm actually an actress in their current feature, Arctic Invasion. Very good quality stuff!

Being a KC resident, you've reminded me that I need to go to Winstead's soon! It's been too long for me, and I miss the limeades!
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[User Picture]From: ariesx5452
2008-01-14 04:06 pm (UTC)
I thought i was the only one who liked the celery soda :D, I found it in NY though it was a random find and have yet to find a store in Mass that sells it, but i get it here. Sadly the diet version is discontinued :(

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[User Picture]From: ulaluma
2008-01-14 04:09 pm (UTC)
The only sodas i've had lately were the one we were all living on at DragonCon --- can't recall the names of those but they kept me awake!'

Going to look up that movie you requested....

...and audiobooks are fabulous. I hear ya about Itunes not (at least not yet) having a good selection of audiobooks by more obscure authors. Great things to listen to while painting, I agree! Kevin has been collecting audiobooks for years, as he listens to them in the car and around the house any chance he gets. Most of them are of the scary sort, and enjoyable to listen to.

I've been subscribing to the Coast to Coast AM radio show for a couple years now, and listen to those shows (ghosts, shadowpeople, ufos, and other fun stuff) every day as well, while painting. Some really interesting stuff, if you don't already listen to this one live at night. Not sure if you're already a Coast to Coast listener. ( coasttocoastam.com )
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[User Picture]From: novemberhour
2008-01-14 04:58 pm (UTC)
I saw that Dr Pepper at the store the other day and immediately thought, "I bet Jasmine will like this, lol."

I like weird cheap diet sodas too. Some store near us in Grandview used to have diet coconut soda, and diet blue raspberry. Those were tasty!
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[User Picture]From: sweetkisses13
2008-01-14 06:01 pm (UTC)
I'm going to need to try these new Diet Dr. Peppers. =) They sound great!! I'm looking forward to the cameos!! =) I will have to keep checking! =)
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From: allroads
2008-01-14 06:22 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: mentallyscrewed
2008-01-14 06:34 pm (UTC)
This is slightly different.. dont know if it is the same in the US.. however, my library offers eAudiobooks.. where you can download them at home and are compatible with various mp3 players.. just a thought
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From: jenbugafer
2008-01-14 07:20 pm (UTC)

and this reply got longish....

mmmm I love the Dr!! Ive not tried the chocolate cherry one. Must go on a hunt!!

I drink mainly water and green tea. Strangely the only soda I like is Diet Dr Pepper (either cherry vanilla or the mixed berry one)

I managed to snag one of the cameos. I wanted one for myself, but, I got it for my sister's birthday present. (I dont wear much jewelry..just my Othello's ashes in a locket.)

Oh, do you ever think you will do a painting of a mother faery nursing her baby(s)? If you do, I know many people who would want prints. (hint hint)
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[User Picture]From: princess_lilam
2008-01-14 09:43 pm (UTC)
Those weird flavor sodas is something I must try sometime. I have gotten some Japanese sodas once and they were yummy but I have no idea what flavour they were, strawberry Caramel or something but the rest were all in Japanese.

Audio books are a BLESSING. I can't live with out them anymore :) Glad to see you discovered them as well.

Which ones are you listening too?
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[User Picture]From: malikasaghir
2008-01-15 03:49 pm (UTC)
i go to the library and borrow books and burn them onto my computer so that i can listen through my ipod instead of carrying the cd's around. I usually end up deleting them after i have listened to them like borrowing a book. Also, ebay has cheap books on cd sometimes and you could just rip them to your iphone then.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-01-15 04:07 pm (UTC)


hey,im with matt on the soda,sounds soo gross!!lolyour drawing sleeping with spiderwebs is awsome!!!
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-01-17 11:38 am (UTC)

UK company distributing your fairies

Dear Jasmine,

We are a UK company that sell fantasy giftware. We love your fairies and are about to take them to a large trade fair in 2 weeks. We have a lot of new stuff in, but we are going to make a big deal of the fairies (because they are fabulous!). Do you have any promotional material e.g. flyers for your site or posters that you could send us?

Best wishes,
A big fan of your work!
Layla Randle
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From: carmensylph
2008-01-18 01:36 am (UTC)
I second LibriVox! I listen to stuff there all the time, keeps me sane. ;) There are tons of great books on there, I'm currently listening to "Hound of the Baskervilles". You can subscribe to the books on iTunes, so I bet you could do it through your phone as well.
It's good especially if you like period novels, Jane Austen, Sherlock Holmes, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, mysteries, gothic, poetry, those sorts of things. All of the Oz books too!
They're all read by volunteers.... I've contemplated volunteering myself sometime, I think it sounds fun.
Yay for delicious diet soda!
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