Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The joy of being almost 30

Now, most of my friends are older than I am, so I don't expect much in the way of sympathy.

But come on, turning 29 is fairly traumatic. I'm now only one year away from being 30! Ack! Presumably, actually turning 30 would be easier - 'cause at least then it would be over. I think that it is the anticipation of officially leaving my 20's that is getting to me. When I leave my 20's, that means I'm supposed to have things figured out and have a plan.



In other news, Dave over at blogography has finally lost his ever-loving mind. I expect he'll recover, but only after inventing a Mega-Super-Death-Ray and firing it at all McDonald's employees.

I don't ever want to be the subject of that man's ire. He's vicious... but in a good way.

(We love you Dave!)

Saturday, November 26, 2005

I stole this meme from Dave

1. Of all the bands/artists in your cd/record collection, which one do you own the most albums by? Nine Inch Nails. Up until very recently, I was completely compulsive about collecting each "halo" - Trent's cutesy term for anything musical he publishes.
2. What was the last song you listened to? My aunt singing various soul tunes.
3. What’s in your record/cd player right now? I don't use my cd player anymore... but my Shuffle has about 1 gig of random stuff - Franz Ferdinand, NIN, U2, Me First and the Gimmee Gimmees.
4. What song would you say sums you up? Liz Phair's Extraordinary - the line 'average everyday sane pyscho Supergoddess' seems to fit.
5. What’s your favorite local band? Molly and the Ringwalds, an awesome 80's cover band.
6. What was the last show you attended? Some random band on Beale Street in Memphis last night. No idea who they were, but they had pretty good Hendrix covers...
7. What was the greatest show you’ve ever been to? Nine Inch Nail's downward spiral tour in February 1995. Close seconds - Hometown Throwdown by the Bosstones in 2001 and U2 Elevation tour just last month.
8. What’s the worst band you’ve ever seen in concert? Collective Soul. So freaking bad I'm astonished they ever got signed.
9. What band do you love musically but hate the members of? Slim Shady. Such a prick, but so talented. Oh well.
10. What show are you looking forward to? Well, I don't have anything planned. We had our excellent concert month last month - U2 and NIN about 10 days apart! Yipee!
11. What is your favorite band shirt? An old NIN shirt from the 1995 tour. It is the only shirt I've ever actually patched. Usually I am so not into the sewing...
12. What musician would you like to hang out with for a day? Bono or Moby.
13. What musician would you like to be in love with for a day? Bono. Or Trent Reznor if I thought he wasn't probably infected with every STD known to man.
14. Metal question-Jeans and Leather vs. Cracker Jack clothes? Jeans.
15. Sabbath or solo Ozzy? Sabbath.
16. Commodores or solo Lionel Ritchie? If I have to answer this, Commadores. But I hate them both.
17. Punk rock, hip hop or heavy metal? Punk! Now fuck off!
18. Doesn’t Primus suck? Of course Primus Sucks; otherwise the end of days would come.
19. Name 4 flawless albums: NIN, downward spiral. NIN, broken (altho it is an EP, so only counts for half). Nirvana, Nevermind. Guns and Roses, Appetite for Destruction.
20. Did you know that filling out this survey makes you a music geek? Yes, I figured that.
21. What was the greatest decade for music? 1995 - 2005.
22. How many music-related videos/dvds do you own? Two.
23. Do you like Journey? Only when really really really really drunk.
24. Don’t try to pretend you don’t! Yeah, painful...
25. What is your favorite movie soundtrack? The Crow.
26. What was your last musical “phase” before you wisened up? Metal. Really, people screaming into a microphone only sounds new and invigorating while teen.
27. What’s the crappiest CD/record/etc. you’ve ever bought? Wham! Yes, I dug that cute George Michael. So sad that he's gay.
28. Do you prefer vinyl or CDs? CD's or iPod. I still like having the CD around 'cause I dig that info jacket. There's cool stuff in there, man!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Turkey Day!

I love Thanksgiving. It is definitely my favorite holiday - you get all of your people together, cook some fabulous food and you don't need to buy anyone a gift. All the good parts about getting together with relatives without the stress of shopping and wrapping etc. etc.

This year hubbie and I are in Memphis with my Cool Aunt. I have a theory that in every extended family there is always the just sorta 'okay' aunt or uncle and then the Cool Aunt/Uncle. Aunt M is definitely the cool one on my mother's side. And I swear to God, everyone else in Memphis thinks she's cool too. For example, she has three Thanksgiving dinners to attend today - one 'public' affair at a very wealthy friend's house, one 'private' affair with the same folks and then her own Turkey Day with family. Then, looking ahead at the coming weeks, she has at least one social event per day most days of the week.

Yikes! I think the social life of Memphis might grind to a halt if she ever left...

But we all love her. I can't wait until she gets back from her 'private' gathering and helps me start the turkey.

Mmm... turkey!

Be good, ya'll and have a Happy Turkey Day.

Monday, November 21, 2005


Okay, so I'm obviously OD'ing on the quiz thing, but hey, when you score as the 'perfect girlfriend' ya gotta brag!

You are a Perfect Girlfriend! Not too shy, but not
to forward! You are just the right amount! Any
guy would be lucky to find a girl like you to
wrap around their arm.
Quote: To love and be loved is to feel the sun from
both sides. David Viscott

What Kind of GIRLFRIEND are YOU? (with pics)
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I miss this comic something fierce. In loving memory...

You're Devi...very cool. You are probably the
sanest insane person out there. You are doomed
to never find another soul you can connect
with. Luckily enough, the only thing you really
care about is painting. If you don't
paint...you go mad. GO YOU!

Famous quote: "I don't remember being

What "Johnny the Homicidal Maniac" Character Do You Most Resemble?
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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Awesome freakin' weekend

Or, how I learned to love crazy Cubans.

Anyway, Friday night was a gas. My hermit friend (referenced in an earlier post) threw another juggernaut of a party. This time, there weren't any homosexual singing surgery interns, but there were Jello shots. And it was good. Oh yes, it was good.

It was made even better because before the pah-tay we went to see Molly and the Ringwalds. They are an awesome 80's cover band - everything from Oh Micky to GnR to Black Sabbath to Depeche Mode. Aww yeah! So, so good.

Then there was Saturday. Saturday was filled with shopping for one of my favorite things ever. Kitchen supplies. We went to Ace Mart Restaurant supply, Sur la Table and Penzi's Spices. We got spatulas, spice containers, spices, roasting pans, wine glasses... so, so good.

And it wasn't over yet. Next was... billiards! And beer! And friends! Yippee!

Then, the coup de grace, Harry Potter! Again, so, so good. Right after the movie, there was a brief interruption in the goodness when our crazy Cuban friend lost his car keys, but because it was such a good damned weekend, we found them without too much panic.

Today was also super good - I got new fish! Yay fish! And the crazy Cuban kept me from buying some less than ideal Frontosa. Instead I got some beautiful haps and some mbosa. My 55 gallon aquarium is officially purdy now. And tonight I'm baking home-made bread. I'm not even cheating and using a bread machine - I'm doing it all on my own.

If the rest of my vacation goes like this, I'm in fat city.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Harry Potter

I was sitting in the theater the other day, watching previews, and that tinkling HP theme music started. Now, by this point I had seen the short teaser previews already. You know, the ones that just have faces appearing out of mist with ominous music. So I thought I would just be seeing that crap again.

Oh boy, was I wrong.

This was a long, dark, ominus teaser. Scary music, plot hints, awesome visuals. I was pretty much drooling by the end of the 2 minute spot. Now, I didn't much like Goblet of Fire when I first read it. I had gotten used to the short books - I liked the punchy, fast style. Then J.K. produces this book with digressions, side plots and (what I thought was) way too much angst.

Since then, I guess I've gotten used to the 'big' books. But I gotta say, I look forward to the edited version of the book. Expansion of character development is good... only to a point.

So I have tickets to the Saturday 8pm showing. Before the show, I'm gonna drink beer and play pool. I just can't freaking wait. Aww, yeah!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Fun with Quizzes!

This is a direct steal from karla. (Hi!) But I love this quiz, and I love the result. Why? 'Cause it's true - I'm a died in the wool aetheist. I have been for a while. After I do this, I gotta go see if I'm evil...

You scored as atheism.



















Which religion is the right one for you? (new version)
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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The power of the Palm

So I recently discovered eBooks.

They're freaking great. I no longer need to lug a clunky old paperback (or wrose yet, hardback) around with me. Now I can simply pull my Palm out of my pocket and start reading. So, so nice. No headaches. No eye sore. Nothing - just the fiction of my choice.

I gotta tell ya, people, if ya have a relatively new palm, download Adobe for the PalmOS and take it from there. And yes, I know I know, the actual authentication process for opening a book for the first time is a pain, but dude, it's worth it!


In other news, I'm still deeply depressed that the White Sox ran over the Astros like a train over a penny. But hey, there's always next year.