Thursday, December 31, 2009

So long, 2009!

Hello from lovely, snowy New York. I am not going anywhere near Times Square, but I am in close proximity to the city.

I've been thinking a little bit about what I could say about 2009. I don't want to do a "looking back" meme. I had no really huge events to recap on in 2009 other than my accident and finger surgery. I haven't traveled anywhere and I haven't seen anything spectacular. I can't even give you my top ten albums of 2009 because I think I've only listened to maybe three albums that were released this year.

I guess this all means that 2009 was mostly mediocre. And it was. It wasn't the worst year I've had, but it wasn't the best to date either. I'm happy to see it go, and I'm really hoping 2010 is going to be an amazing year - at least, I'm going to try really hard to make it one.

Anyway, so as not to disappoint and merely trash talk 2009, here are the ten albums that I clung to the most in 2009. Enjoy this, please.

1. XTC - Apple Venus Volume 1
I heard this exactly one year ago today. I was lucky enough to be wearing headphones during my first listen so I could enjoy the full experience. It still feels like the first time every time.
2. Fleet Foxes (self-titled)
I never thought I'd love this album as much as I do. I get chills every time I hear it. I like to sing along with it. My family will endure listening to it. There's just nothing wrong with this. And seeing the band live was a treat - they perform well.
3. Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
I'm always a little bit wary of new albums from bands/musicians that I already love. Because eventually it ends in disappointment. This album was a bit different to my ears from previous offerings from Mr. Bird, but it was really well done. Took a few days to grow on me, but I listen to it frequently now.
4. Tears For Fears - The Hurting
This came heavily recommended and I liked it upon first listen. That never happens.
5. XTC - English Settlement
If I could just put every XTC album I've heard on this list, it would probably be more accurate. But that's not fair. I like to listen to this one while I'm cleaning.
It's really fantastic. It was only posted in October and I've already listened to it over 100 times, I'm sure of it. Download it. Also, Eric did an XTC mix that was excellent. And some others too. I'm constantly impressed.
7. St. Vincent - Actor
I wasn't sure how I'd feel about St. Vincent when I found out she was opening for Andrew Bird in Charleston. I bought the album, forgot to listen to it, and saw her with no previous knowledge of her work. I will say that she was amazing on stage - I prefer her live performances to the album. But the album grew on me quickly, and I really would love to hear more from her in the future.
8. The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
This has always been my favorite album from The Shins and that still hasn't changed. Their music makes me happy - I like to dance around to it while I'm working in the kitchen.
9. Nick Drake - Pink Moon and Five Leaves Left
I can't choose one. And I usually listen to them back to back anyway. Great albums. I heard them both for the first time on the long drive to Minnesota with my mom a few years back.
10. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - No More Shall We Part
Oddly enough, this is a Christmas album of sorts for me. As soon as it starts getting cold outside, I dig it out and revisit it. It also is the album I listen to while I'm trying to sleep at night.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I've been staring at this thing for a couple of days, knowing that I've neglected it and should write something, but not able to think of anything. It's not that nothing has happened since I last wrote - quite a bit has - but nothing really worth talking about so much.

Staci and I *did* go to Presents for Punks at Mellow Mushroom this year. It was a charity art show type thing. Locals artists donated some of their work and most of it sold for under $50 - some pieces were just straight sales, others were sold in silent auctions. It was a nice event and we each left with one piece. We had them picked out within ten minutes of entering the room, so I'd say we did good. The event is only in its second year, but I'd really like to see it go on for many years to come.

Currently, I'm home in Pennsylvania again, and ready to get out of here. Ready to get out of anywhere I call home, really. I'm in a bit of a rut and am having a hard time getting out. It feels like time for me to move again.

Anyway, hopefully in the next day or so I'll have something to say about 2009 since it's drawing to a close. I'm a little happy about its passing. In 2010, maybe I'll be better at this. But don't count on it... :)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

So close to the end...

Not much has been going on lately, mainly because it's getting closer to final exam time and my work load has just gotten insane. Some of the frustration since my last post has worn off, thankfully, but I'm still just quite stressed. With all the school work, weird dreams and awful sleep, and the fact that I've been killing all the technology around me, it's just been a bit much all at once. Luckily, little fun things have been sort of breaking up the stress for me.
Earlier this week, I met up with my friend Staci and we played a little pool. I haven't done so for several years, and even though I am less than excellent at this, I really enjoyed it. We had a fun time.
Yesterday (Friday), I helped out another friend, Trisha, with a project she has to do for her photography courses at school. She shot some photos of me goofing off and some other normal ones. They were all on film, so if I'm not sure if I'll get to see copies of them or not. I just hope they turn out well for her. We spent a lot of time catching up, as we haven't really seen each other in about 2 years.
Yesterday was also a good mail day for me. I received two postcards I was really fond of. The first was a Futurama card that someone received and was kind enough to pass on to me. I do love Futurama.
The other was a handmade card that just made my day. It was really interesting, in a good way, and also had some beautiful vintage stamps on the back (commemorating the moon landing).

I know...I'm a nerd, but simple things make me happy.
Today, Staci came over and helped me dye my hair darker again. It turned out really well, thankfully, so I think I'll keep her. We spent a couple of hours just talking and laughing about random things afterwards, which was a nice way to end a day of studying.
Unfortunately, the only break I have between the end of classes and my exams is Reading Day....I get one day off. That's never happened before. I've also never had an 8 a.m. exam before or one on a Saturday - this year I have an exam at 8 a.m. on Saturday. So, I will not be getting out of town until after my exams are finished. Hopefully then I'll have some more interesting news.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Waste of Time?

Wednesday evening after class, I spent 90 minutes traveling 16 miles to get out of Charleston and to head toward Charlotte. I was excited all the way there because I was going to see Nicole Atkins for the third time, this time with her new band.Even though I was an hour behind schedule, I made it early enough to see Stephen Warwick/Secondhand Stories take the stage. I really enjoyed them, just as last time. Their trumpeter is back and Stephen cut off all his hair. He started the night off right, breaking a string on the first song. It was replaced and he broke another one before the set was over.
Next up were HYMNS. They hail from Brooklyn, NY and have a spazzy lead guitarist. Actually, I'm not going to lie, when I first saw them, I though the bad hair and shoes convention had come to town. Unfortunately, I do not have a good picture to share. Luckily, the internet is always there to help.

Appearance aside, I actually enjoyed their set very much. Am I going to rush out and buy the albums? No. But it was worth seeing. Their lead and rhythm guitarists also managed to each break a string.
Foley Stewart played two songs before Nicole went on. He has a beautiful voice, but I'm not sure if his music is really my thing. He also comes from New York.
Nicole and her band took the stage and here's where I start sounding like a snobby bitch. Maybe it's because I was accustomed to the old Nicole, but I really wasn't impressed. The new band have an air about them - I can't even exactly say what that means, but it just was a weird feeling from the start. They played a lot from the upcoming new album and it's a completely different sound - not in a bad way! It's just different. I can appreciate an artist's desire to take things in a new direction. A "but..." should follow that but I really don't have one.
The thing that sort of struck me most was the way Nicole has seemingly changed. She dressed the same, had the same gorgeous hair and amazing voice. But she, like the new band, had an attitude about her. There were many comments made throughout the set in a very sarcastically rude manner followed by "just kidding". It honestly made me think of that girl in high school that thinks being a bitch makes her cute and sexy. And it doesn't. Don't get me wrong, I still love her music, I still think she's a great person, great with her fans. But I just don't understand the on-stage presence change. It was just weird to watch.
I left immediately after the show - didn't stick around for chatting or anything. I was glad I went, but at the same time, I wasn't overly impressed. Broken string count for the night was 4, and that was pretty much the most amusing thing to me. I don't have any photos that came out from the show, simply because there was no lighting from the front of the stage and I'm not the asshole person who uses flash when I'm right in front of someone's face. I have one video of Hymns and one of Nicole. Hymns video is not uploaded yet. But here is Nicole doing "The Way It Is" - my favorite song by her.

I got home at about 3:30am, changed clothes, and went to bed. I love these little trips, but they really wear on me - I could just be getting old. The next morning I woke up with the worst migraine I have ever had in my entire life. Every little movement I made set my head throbbing, and the light coming in through the crack between the curtain and the wall was just killing me. So I spent most of the day sitting in a darkened living room with one of those eye masks on. The medicine I was given months ago wouldn't touch it, so I'm asking that if anybody knows of any non-medical ways to help destroy a migraine, please please please share. I don't plan on it happening anytime in the near future, but I'd like to be ready when it does.
My mom sent me a box this week with my aquarelles in them. I'm looking forward to a few weeks of artsy stuff ahead!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

iTunes can suck it.

I've installed the newest version of iTunes and have been waiting approximately 20 minutes now for it to update my library. This is what I'm seeing.

Unbelievable. Twenty minutes and that's all??? What the hell, iTunes?

God willing, I'm off to Charlotte tomorrow night (departing immediately after German poetry class!) to see Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea. If I make it there, pictures and video will be posted later this week.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Savannah Record and 'Zine Fair 2009

Yesterday, Staci and I drove down to Savannah to take in SCAD's record and 'zine fair in hopes that we would each find a few little things that we could bring home with us. Thank you, SCAD, you bastards, for nearly bankrupting us both. :)

It was actually a fairly tiny little fair. It took place in a ballroom in one of their buildings on campus. But I'm glad that it wasn't any bigger, because until we got through everything, we both had nearly empty wallets. I came home with a total of 28 records, which is way more than I intended upon. But I'm glad we went and I'm glad I got the things I did!

In addition to buying some fun records, we had good thai food, tried on some cute clothes, and visited the best art supply store EVER. Seriously, it was huge and had everything I could ever want. It also just so happened that we were in town on the day that Savannah was having its Wag-O-Ween event. So there were tons of cute puppies everywhere all decked out in Halloween costumes.

I gained some new respect for Savannah on this trip. I still don't think I could ever be content living there, but it is a pretty cool city and I'd like to visit again soon. It's much less boring than Charleston, and has a lot of interesting things to see.

On our way back to Charleston, the sun was just setting, but it was still fairly bright out. So we made a little stop at the Old Sheldon Church Ruins. I was there with my family several months ago - you can see that entry here.

Unfortunately, I don't have any photos from yesterday. Was just more focused on enjoying it. Now it's back to the same old boring stuff for the week!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Rev is always there for me.

When I'm at home with my parents, I watch way too much television, mostly because I'm bored and because I can, whereas at my home in Charleston I don't really get to see a lot of this stuff. One show I've gotten into the habit of watching is Run's House on MTV. I love this show, and I can't even really tell you why. Maybe it's because of the lack of really intense drama. Maybe it's because of his happy-go-lucky attitude. Whatever it is, it's working, and due to my love for this show, I somehow signed up to receive Rev Run's Daily Words of Wisdom over a year ago. I don't even know.

So I get these e-mails daily. Sometimes they're about stuff I'm not so into like God or business. But for the past few months, there have been some really good little blurbs that have really been coinciding with various problems I've been having. Don't get me wrong - I know that these little two-sentence motivational speeches are not going to solve all my problems. That's my responsibility. But it's good to kind of get a little push to stick with it or whatever sometimes.

All of that being said, lately I've been having a lot of doubts about my choices for my future. I've been having a lot of doubts about college and about myself. And I'm really not at all sure what to do about the situation. But, in the mornings, I open my e-mail and there are the Words of Wisdom. Here is today's:

Good morning. Never give into a melancholy vibe; resist it steadily,
for that habit will hang around and it's HARD to get rid of!
God is Love
Rev Run

It's a legit point. So anyway, I've really been looking forward to these for the past few days. If you're interested, you can read more over at Global Grind.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Oh look! It's my favorite time of year!

October through January is a generally enjoyable time for me. I like the holidays and I like the cold weather. I love snow, even though we don't get any in Charleston. I love being able to wear sweaters, coats, scarves, and even the occasional hat. And surprisingly October, November, and December are typically my busiest months of the year.

Anyway, last year's fall/winter was not super fun. So I am happy to report that I am feeling much more positive about this year. I am getting really into the whole Halloween thing. I've been baking lots of stuff. I've been contemplating some mild decorating. And I have decided to hopefully do something on Halloween. While I am not yet sold on the idea of having a costume, I am otherwise very excited about celebrating! If all local Halloween plans fail, The Old Ceremony are playing at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta. And there I will be.

As for Thanksgiving - it will kind of be skipped over because I will still be here in Charleston. I might cook fancy dinner and I may have some people over maybe. But I'm not really worried about that right now. I'm not going to be terribly upset if I don't have a big Thanksgiving celebration.

And then comes Christmas! Every morning I've been waking up and taking the dog outside in 45 degree weather saying, "It feels like Christmas." Because it does. And this morning when I went out, the sky was completely clear of clouds and there were just stars everywhere. It was really amazing...reminded me of winter nights back home with snow everywhere and a bright moon and bright stars. So I'm counting down until Christmas gets here. I have about half of the gifts taken care of. Two of the remaining ones are going to take me some serious time and work. But I'm ready!

Aside from holiday things coming up, I've got some other stuff on my calendar in the next few months. This Saturday, October 24, I think Staci and I will be traveling to Savannah, GA for the Third Savannah Record and 'Zine Fair. It will be good times for all, I'm thinking. Even if it blows, we'll at least be in Savannah.

November 3 and 4, Nicole Atkins is playing at Snug Harbor up in Charlotte, NC. I love this venue, and I loved her show the last time I was there. So I will be going at least one of these nights, if not both. It's just a long drive there and back for a school night. But I have done dumber things.

Completely unrelated to upcoming events, I received a postcard today from a nice lady in Australia. It's a photo her husband took. And it is of the cutest baby kangaroo (which she lovingly called a "bunnyroo", because of the adorable ears) I have ever seen. Not that I have seen millions of baby kangas. But anyway, I love him, and this woman has informed me that they have a "mob" of them living near their home. I'm moving to Australia.

But not until after I get to go to California.

Really...anywhere but here would be good right about now.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I saw the Bird at the Farm!

Monday night, my friend Staci and I headed downtown to The Music Farm to see Andrew Bird. Despite some rough events of the night, it was an amazing show, and I'm very glad we had the chance to go.The opening act was St. Vincent. I have St. Vincent's album "Actor", but just haven't really gotten a chance to have a good, thorough listen to it yet. I was very impressed by the live performance, though, and will definitely be enjoying the album much in the future. The girl's real name is Annie Clark, and she is just fascinating to watch. First off, she is one of those tall, skinny bitches I wish I could've been born as. But the way she moves is just very mesmerizing - it's sort of mechanical like a wind-up doll...maybe a little spazzy...but so much fun to watch. And she is not afraid to really use and abuse her guitar. Very interesting. She also used to be a member of The Polyphonic Spree, who hold a special place in my heart. Click here to watch my video of her song "Now Now".

There was a little altercation in between St. Vincent and Andrew Bird between Staci & I and the group of drunk [approximately] 16-17 year olds behind us. I got more action in that one night from drunk teenagers rubbing all up on me than I have had in the past year altogether. Anyway, things progressed to ass grabbing and shouting and went a little too far. Staci punched a kid, and normally I'm not for violence but he was being a tool and deserved it. It's better that Staci hit him and teach him a lesson than for him to piss off some really big guy in the future and get his ass kicked. And I was proud of her for standing up for herself. Attagirl! :)

A-nyway. Andrew Bird came on stage and things got back to normal. Sometime in the past week, my brain flipped a switch and I decided he was actually quite the handsome man. It might be the way he dresses and the eyes, but I can't say for sure. All that aside, he was really fun to watch. The videos you see online give sort of an accurate impression, but obviously he has much more presence when you're there. He played an amazing set, and brought St. Vincent on for two songs in the encore. Set list was as follows:

Fiery Crash
Opposite Day
Fitz and the Dizzyspells
Not A Robot, But A Ghost*
Fake Palindromes
Encores: Why / Scythian Empires / Tables and Chairs

The two with asterisks may not be in complete proper order as they weren't included on the planned set list. But I think I'm right. Click on the 3 songs with links to see my videos of them. I'm not putting them up here because it takes forever to load with them. And anyway, if you go to the link you can watch them in super cool HD! All big and stuff!

So that was pretty much the night in a nutshell. I wish I had more to say about it, but it was really just a good night and I'm glad that I was able to go. For more photos, click. I like links because they let you do all the work. :)

Friday, September 18, 2009


I went to the hand doctor today and got my cast taken off and my stitches removed.  There were 5 in case you were wondering.  I'm happy to have two hands to use, but it's weird getting used to this now too.  And my left hand is very weak - I can't make a fist or really hold on to much more than a magazine.  I would provide an "after" picture, but a) I'm prepping my laptop to possibly go to the great Apple Store in the sky, and b) it's pretty gross with lots of dried blood and such.  Can't really even see the incision.  It is bigger than the original cut though.

So anyway...Yayyyy hand!  That is all.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Quality Time With Kitteroo

Since my family took my puppy home with them, I've been missing her lots and have been taking it out on the cat by giving him so much love.  We've been playing lots and snuggling and trying out new treats (treats for him, not me).  He hates this and protests with angry mews.  He only puts up with me because I'm good for a catnip mouse or two.
I, however, am very glad that he's here to keep me company and cause chaos while I'm trying to get ready for school in the a.m.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Bandwagon: I'm on it.

My life has been fairly boring lately.  I've been busy with class, I'm trying to be more social, and I'm just tired.  I apparently destroy all technology in my life unintentionally.  My phone, my laptop, and my refrigerator are all giving me problems.  So anyway, I'm at home and I'm bored and I'm going to do one of these "About Me" things that tons of people are doing.

100 Things About Me

1.  When I was maybe 6 years old, I fell off a box while answering the phone (I was too short), smacked my face off the kitchen counter, and had to get 3 stitches on my lip.
2.  I can't stand the sight of my own blood.  I don't get freaked out by other people's.
3.  I was an exchange student in Germany for almost 2 months.  I lived with a family and had an amazing time.
4.  I've taken classes in 4 languages other than English - German (my major), Portuguese (sort of almost a second major), French, and Arabic.  I do well in the first 3 but only know how to say maybe 5 things in Arabic after a year of studying.
5.  I have no underarm hair.  Ever.  I am a lucky girl.  :)
6.  The first music video I remember seeing was "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morisette.  First song I remember knowing the words to was "What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes.
7.  I love light.  I love everything that glows or makes light, e.g., stars, streetlights, bioluminescent sea sparkles.
8.  The progression of possible things I wanted to be when I grew up was figure skater, gymnast, veterinarian, married (seriously), Mia Hamm, DJ, architect, chef, linguist, and now I'm at interpreter or translator.
9.  I still want to go to culinary school after I graduate college.
10.  I have never seen Saved By The Bell.
11.  I grew up on a faux farm.  We had sheep and they only had lambs in winter, often during heavy snows.  We'd have to find the baby lambs,  bring them into the house and bottle feed them.  They slept in the laundry room for the first few nights until they were strong enough to be outside with the adult sheep.  We also eventually had chickens...stupid asshole chickens.
12.  I was born on December 28 and sent home in an oversized Christmas stocking.  I was due on the 29th, my paternal grandmother's birthday, but got bored with waiting.  :)
13.  I hate living in Charleston, but I get homesick for it every time I leave.
14.  I really, really want to be an EMT, but can't afford the training.
15.  I love orchids.  I have 6 of them in my home, all different colors.  They are one of only indoor plants I've been able to keep alive without a struggle.
16.  I once swallowed a little bit of Listerine by accident.  It was the sickest I have ever felt in my entire life.  I refuse to use that brand of mouthwash since the incident.
17.  I don't think I could ever enjoy living in a place that didn't have some body of water nearby.
18.  My family is fairly small and I only have one cousin.
19.  I am extremely shy and nervous around new people.  "New" meaning people I've known for less than a year.
20.  I take really tiny steps when I walk.  I'm always asking people to slowww dowwnnn.  And yet I get very irritated with people who just stroll along on a busy sidewalk.
21.  In Tech Ed, I designed and built a bridge out of balsa and toothpicks.  It tested at 2180% efficiency.  I still have it.
22.  My mom and I have essentially the same middle name, but she chose to spell mine differently.  Hers is Lee, and mine is Leigh.  I got in trouble in 5th grade for threatening to punch a boy in the head for incessantly calling me "Leia" after the teacher pronounced my middle name wrong during roll call.  I'm all better now,  :)
23.  I only eat one thing on my plate at a time and I'm not keen on different foods touching each other on the plate.  I'm slowly trying to break this habit.
24.  When I'm cutting food for cooking, I hold the knife in my right hand.  If I'm cutting food on my plate with a butter/paring knife, I hold it in my left hand.  I know it's a mental thing, but I find it very hard to hold the knife in my right hand and fork in the left.
25.  I always paint my toenails but almost never my fingernails.  I would be far more willing to get a manicure than a pedicure, though, because I hate people touching my feet.
26.  I've never seen a rat that wasn't somebody's pet.  I want to see a rat.
27.  I am dying to take a big cross-country road trip with a friend.  It just never works out.
28.  I don't like the sounds of putting dishes away.  To me, it sounds a million times louder than it actually is, and sometimes even causes tiny headaches.  I take forever to do this job on my own, because I carefully place each dish to minimize the noise.
29.  I can only communicate with one or two people at a time.  I like to give others my full attention, and large groups overwhelm me.  This is why I suck at parties and social gatherings.
30.  I abhor the word "moist".  But I love the band Moist.
31.  I only say "I love you" to people I love enough to give up anything for.
32.  I very rarely get a good night's sleep.
33.  I have an awful memory and worry a lot that someone will be pissed at me forgetting a memory I had with them.  I do, however, remember very tiny details of situations, often long after they have occurred.  Like I may forget a conversation with someone, but I will probably be able to remember what they were wearing or a gesture they made while we were conversing.
34.  I am extremely self-conscious about my artistic ability or lack thereof.  But I love painting, drawing, and photography among other things.
35.  I can't sleep unless I'm under a sheet and a blanket, the closet doors are shut, and the bedroom door is closed and locked.  These rules don't apply at other people's houses.
36.  When I'm alone in the car, I sing constantly and loudly, but when someone else is there, I don't sing unless they'll sing with me.
37.  I hate avocados and black beans but they're ALWAYS on vegetarian things at the restaurants I end up at.  What the hell?
38.  There is a garbage disposal in my apartment and I never use it.  I hate it and am really kind of scared of it.  
39.  Unexplained, irrational fear:  X-Men.  Hairs on arms and neck raise, throat tightens, fear occurs....seriously.
40.  I never ran away from home.
41.  But I did move 700 miles away for (college and) a boy.  He turned out to be a tremendous dick.  But it was worth the experience and I'm glad it got me the chance to be living on my own so I'm slowly transitioning myself into being 100% independent.
42.  My senior year of high school, I gained a little weight.  When I went to college, I lost 40 pounds my first semester because I hated 90% of my life and didn't bother eating.  When I moved to Charleston, I gained 30 back.  I miss being able to see all my bones and having zero fat in my arms and back.
43.  I don't have an real allergies.  But I was on time asked in a hospital if I was allergic to tape and I laughed.  God repaid me by causing me to now have mild skin reactions to the clear medical tape with the little grid type pattern in it.
44.  I have broken three bones: my right clavicle, my right fibula, and my left middle finger.
45.  Brazil nuts are my favorite nuts.
46.  I wish I could drop everything and move back to New York City.  I'd be extremely happy if I could live in the same exact apartment as before, or at least one in the same building.
47.  I don't typically drink more than 10 alcoholic bevs a year.  But I'm a sucker for German Rieslings due to a wine tasting I had on my first trip to Germany in high school.  We stayed in Zell in the Mosel River Valley, the home of Black Cat wine.
48.  I'm a first soprano.  Which is weird because my speaking voice is lower than that of most girls I know.
49.  I really want to learn to do all these rugged things that other girls do like rock climbing and kayaking and spelunking and whatnot.  But I'm way too clean and way too much of a wuss for that.
50.  I can't whistle, but I was good at it as a child.
51.  I was in all advanced classes in middle and high school but could never make it into the "enrichment" program.  I failed the test 4 times before they stopped inviting me.  It was the "What comes next in this sequence of patterned geometrical things come next?" questions that I got wrong every time.  I'm glad I didn't make it in.
52.  I was a sleepwalker for a period of 3 weeks.
53.  I hate white shirts and dresses because they require white underthings which you can usually still see through to anyway.
54.  I have really long fingers.  Almost freakishly so.  And they bend in weird ways that most people think would be painful. 
55. I miss sitting in on people's band practices and I miss singing on stage, but I wouldn't even consider trying to nose my way back into these things.
56.  My temperature always comes up low in the doctor's office.  I'm usually in the 96s or 97s according to their thermometers.
57.  I'd love to become a certified wildlife rehab person.  But I could never do that while living in an apartment.
58.  My grandpa tried to teach me to play pool when I was 15, but he got frustrated at my inability to have power behind my shot and my inability to understand English (not the language)...on my first lesson.  Later that year I practiced and kicked ass at pool.  But I stopped playing and now I couldn't win a game to save my life.
59.  I feel weird about taking photos of people without asking them first.
60.  I don't subscribe to the whole "kissing random people" thing, whether drunk or sober.  Thus, I have kissed very few people.
61.  I don't give up on explaining what I mean or how I feel until I get an acknowledgement of understanding or until someone tells me to shut the eff up.  I don't ask for agreement, just understanding.
62.  I am a quiet person much of the time, but I can't stand it when people don't talk to me when I'm with them.  If you want to utterly destroy me, give me the silent treatment.
63.  I very rarely walk around barefoot in my home.  The floor is clean, but I am not crazy about the feeling of my feet on carpet, linoleum, or hardwoods.
64.  I think physics is phun.  But only if I'm not being graded for it.
65.  I relate to guys better than I do to girls.  Except for my huge love of wearing dresses and heels.
66.  I suck at bowling, but OHMYGOD I love it!
67.  If I could, I'd give up sleeping, eating, and peeing.  Really.
68.  I am very embarrassed by my own crying.  I cry a ton for tons of different reasons and I hate it when people see me because it must be way awkward for them.
69.  I can't stand it when people eat or chew gum audibly or with their mouths open.  It just really grosses me out.
70.  I'm an awful dancer.  But I still dance around late at night or if I'm really happy, no matter if I'm in public or at home.
71.  Up until I was 13 or so, I was taller than everyone I knew.  Now I'm the shortest of all of us.
72.  My high school crush probably doesn't remember me and he definitely never found out that I liked him.  I am extremely okay with this.  But I still won't say who it was.
73.  Dandelions, when in their white puffball form, are the most amazing thing.  I love them soooo much.
74.  My senior prom was one of the worst nights of my life.
75.  I'm not afraid of sharks but I am afraid of jellyfish, even though they are pretty little creatures.
76.  I never read in book stores.  It makes me feel awkward and guilty.  Because if I ran a bookstore, it would piss me off.  If I want to read a book and not buy it, I go to the library.
77.  I am afraid of bumper cars.  The sparks on the ceiling are what freak me out.
78.  When I was younger and had longer hair, someone that worked for my mom tried to tell me I resembled Alyssa Milano.  I advised my mom to fire this person based on the assumption that they must be on crack.
79.  No matter how lame it sounds, my puppy is like my closest family member.  My family took her home with them after my surgery because I can't put her leash on her one-handed.  They left here 5 days ago and I'm already counting down the days until she's back.  I cried more about her leaving than my family.
80.  I lived in the same house all my life until I left for college.
81.  Girl loves her some tomatoes.  And broccoli.  And okra.
82.  My favorite thing to do on a rainy day is curl up on the bed or futon under my cuddle blanket (a quilt that either my grandma or great grandma made for either my dad or my brother) and watch 12 Angry Men and Garden State.
83.  I am a huge fan of Alton Brown and I will legitimately argue about his excellence with anyone who cares to have such a debate.
84.  I suck at debating.  :)
85.  I collect postcards that are written on.
86.  I've never had any type of flu.  I've also never gotten a flu shot.
87.  I've been mildly nauseous every morning I've woken minus a handful from November 2006 until the present.  This also applies to naps.
88.  I rarely wear actual perfume.  I use single-scent fragrance oil.  Usually jasmine, sandalwood, or vetiver.
89.  On the rare occasion that I get a little tipsy or more, I don't typically act like a jackass.  I become very insightful and honest and open about things.
90.  I don't use #89 as an excuse to drink.
91.  I own four guitars - one acoustic, two electric, and one bass.  I don't know how to play bass.
92.  I am terrified of messing up my life by not planning correctly.
93.  I was once very involved in the Lutheran church.  Now I am completely removed from Christianity.
94.  I've always wanted to keep a large map with green pins for places I want to go and red pins for places I've been.  But I always think to myself, 'the problem with this plan is that it's dumb to just cover the entire map with green pins.'  Who needs a map!
95.  I wanted to be Korean when I was little because I had a Korean friend and was jealous of how pretty she was.  :)
96.  I can link to Kevin Bacon in less than 6 degrees.  I do not like Kevin Bacon.
97.  I have had two landscaping jobs.  I was paid under the table for both of them.
98.  I have recurring dreams about tidal waves and collapsing bridges.  I blame this for the severe anxiety I now have when crossing the George Washington Bridge and the bridge to Savannah, GA.  
99.  I have very, very mild dysphagia which includes occasional difficulty with swallowing or breathing.  Luckily, it's nothing that has a big effect on my life.
100.  I can't sleep without being cuddled into a pillow or a person.

If you got through all of that....well, good for you.  I wish I had more to say aside from the whole 100 Things meme, but I'm short on words these days.  The end.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Surgery Update

I've only got one free hand so I'll keep this short and sweet.  Surgery went fine - the surgeon was able to reconnect my radial nerve woo!  Right now my left hand is in this cast because I'm not allowed to move my fingers for two weeks to a month.  I also have to wear a sling during the daytime because I'm not supposed to put my arm straight down to my side.  I'm in a lot of pain, but hopefully that will get better in the next day or so.  So hopefully in a few months I will have a fully feeling finger!

That's all...typing is a little difficult at the moment.  More things soon, I'm sure!

Monday, August 31, 2009

The Most Awesomest Kid EVAR!

Today, while I was at Whole Foods getting some things for later this week, I stopped in the bulk food section to pick up some chopped pecans. As I was filling my bag, "Rebel Rebel" by David Bowie was playing and I was enjoying it a little, and then I hear a mom in the aisle say, "You like this song, don't you?!" I looked over my shoulder and saw a little boy, maybe 3 or 4 years old. He was wearing a little blue cape and pushing one of those itty bitty grocery carts (his mom was indulging him and putting all her stuff in it). And as the music played, little boy was gettin' on down. It made me smile for the rest of my trip. If I ever happen to have kids, I hope they are that cool.

Friday, August 28, 2009

I'm excited!

I purchased my tickets for Andrew Bird at the Music Farm on October 12th today.  *happy happy happy happy happy dance*

Boring Week?

As this week rolled in, I was prepared for a hectic schedule, and actually it hasn't been much like that at all.  Classes started Tuesday.  I more or less like all of them, but two of my professors I'm not too keen on.  Such is life.  Microeconomics will be a major challenge for me this semester.

My surgery was supposed to happen on Wednesday, but someone at the doctor's office messed up so it has been postponed until next Thursday, September 3.  I guess my dad and grandmother are coming down here to help me take are of things for a few days.  I'm glad they want to come but it kind of stresses me out.

Other than those two things, not much else has happened.  Just a few really random things.  I've met a few new people this week, which is always fun.  And I may or may not be trying to get a spot on CofC Radio.  We'll see.  I had success yesterday in making pudding with soy milk.  Clearly I am a genius.  Or at least have general knowledge.  

I have one more class to go to today and then it's off to 52.5 to maybe pick up some fun music.  Hopefully more exciting news in the future.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Weird Dreams & Upcoming Week From Hell

Last night I don't recall waking up a whole lot, but I didn't have a restful night.  I had dreams that were weird, even by my standards - three in particular.

In the first, I was at a Blue Man Group concert with a bunch of people I supposedly knew but didn't know in real life.  There was this big PVC pipe running through the crowd that was painted all different colors and little pieces snapped off of it.  The people around me kept taking off all these little pieces and then walking away and coming back for more...and that was all that happened.

In the second, I was at a Dallas Cowboys game with my grandma.  Apparently the cowboys were getting their asses handed to them.  My gran and I were walking around and passed through this open field that was separated from the football field by a wooden fence.  Big things started landing on the ground around us.  They were bodies...the bodies of several Cowboys players...that were being tossed through the air by the opposing team.  We were trying to get out of the way of this seemingly normal occurrence when a body landed on top of me causing mild discomfort.  I made a pissy face and the dream ended.

In the last dream I can remember, I was in a school in some sort of large city.  The front half of the building was sagging a little - it looked like it was leaning out over the street.  But we still had classes in this building, even in the half that was collapsing.  The inside of the building was dirty and old, with holes in the wall and plaster cracking away.  The floors were dusty and there weren't many lights but there were old TVs in every room on little wheeled carts.  We all entered a classroom at the front of the building and could tell that the floor was sloped due to the building's front slowly sliding to the ground.  But we were told it was ok and we were each instructed to grab these little tiny mattresses, get comfortable, and pay attention to the lecture on TV.  And then it ended.

I didn't do anything different in my routine before bed last night, so I'm not sure what the cause of such weird dreams was.  I'm not good at interpreting those sorts of things.  However, it's not normal for me to have that many dreams, let alone strange ones, in one night.

In other news, I went to the hand doctor today.  It was a weird experience because he had two med students following him, and they came in to try to diagnose me before the actual doctor came in.  The doctor is 99.9% I sliced through three branches of the nerve on the side of my index finger closest to my thumb.  The cut is just on the border of where nerves become too small to be repairable.  The doctor says he's done one or two repairs on cuts in this area before, and he thinks he can fix it.  So I go in for surgery next week to determine if he actually can or not.  I will never have the same sensation I used to have in my finger, but if the nerves can be reattached, not only will it save me some pain when the nerves try to branch out, but it will restore a little bit of feeling to my finger.  The doctor said that the sutures for reattaching the nerve in this area of a finger are about 1/10 the size of a human hair, so I will probably be put under to prevent me from moving as much as possible during the surgery.  He said that most people who don't have the nerve repaired do what I'm already doing and sort of stop using the finger that has lost feeling - instead they replace it with another finger in the duties it would usually perform.   Anyway, I'm sure it'll be fine and I'd rather just get it out of the way.  Hopefully all will go smoothly and in 3ish months, I'll have a little bit of feeling back.

So next week, school starts on Tuesday, surgery sometime in the week, and sorority recruitment stuff starts Saturday.  Busy, busy, busy and I will be more tired than I can even express in words.  I guess it depends on when I have the surgery as to whether or not I'll be doing the recruitment stuff, but it's just a lot going on all at once.

That's all I've got for now.  More next week, I'm sure.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I Get It Honestly...

The week has been fairly uneventful - I've been in sorority workshops all week.  Hand has been healing quite well except the swelling has gone down and I still can't feel my fingertip.  At the advice of the ER doctor, I'm going to see a hand specialist tomorrow.  Perhaps that's a little over-cautious, but sounds like a good idea.

Anyway this evening I missed a call from my father and when I called him back he said only two words: "You win."  And I was confused.  He explained.  Turns out he had just gotten home from the doctor because, while on a job site, he was hanging a lighting fixture and the screwdriver slipped.  After gushing much blood, he came home with two stitches on his wrist.  We are a clumsy people.

Unlike my accident, however, this was not his first run-in with a screwdriver.  When I was younger I remember him working on something in his old Mazda pick-up truck and stabbing himself in the hand with a screwdriver.  Good goin', Dad.  I wouldn't make fun of him if he wasn't okay.  :)

So that's about all the excitement we can handle at the moment.  Possible update this weekend.

Friday, August 14, 2009


I wasn't planning on writing anything today as it was supposed to be a fairly low key day.  I slept in.  I unpacked some stuff.  I paid my tuition, and most importantly, I went to Whole Foods to buy things specifically for making myself dinner for the next few nights.  I'm not one of those people who is good at planning meals ahead of time, so a three-day dinner plan was something pretty adventurous and exciting for me.  Pretty normal stuff, right?  And then it began...

The first thing that sucked about today was that my electricity was turned off for like an hour or so because of a misunderstanding between SCE&G and myself.  Basically it's all clear and they now understand that they can suck it.

Once I had electricity back, I spent some time doing some things on the computer with iTunes and such, and at about 8:30, I decided I should probably get a move on with the food thing.  I wanted bruschetta, so I got this nice nice nice baguette and some decent produce at the store.  I was really looking forward to this fairly unbalanced meal.  Diced up the tomatoes, looking good. problem.  Parsley and basil were a breeze.  Then came the red onion.  I really don't even like onions.  Really.  And I highly debated (at Whole Foods and again while I was chopping things up) just omitting the onion and having a lighter fruitier bruschetta.  But nooooo....I always follow the recipe the first time around and I wanted to see it from the recipe writer's point of view and maybe this would be the best bruschetta ever and I'd be thankful for this stupid onion.  

I sliced the thing in half with great ease and no tears.  It was the stupid little thing on the know, the thing that you don't eat that's all gross and the peels all are attached to it.  I just had to remove it and then it would be smooth sailing.  Mhm.  Right.  I was almost through when by some freak force of nature, my hand that was holding the onion still slipped.  And simultaneously the knife decided, "Oh this onion doesn't seem so dense anymore!  I'll just slide right on through!"  At first I thought that I just kind of bumped the knife into my hand and it was all cool.  And then I started gushing blood all over the place.  Awesome.

I have never had a cut this bad before, so I have never involuntarily lost this much blood before.  I was freaking out.  I hadn't eaten all day and I was gushing blood...what if I passed out or died or turned into a unicorn or something else really ridiculous and bad?  So I followed my instincts.  I channeled everything I had every seen on a fake medical TV show, and I wrapped it up, squeezed it tight and held it way up over my head.  I then ran to my neighbor's door.

My neighbor, Jennifer, is in school about to graduate and become a physician's assistant.  Of course she'd know what to do.  I felt like a tool for disturbing them at 9:30 at night, but it had to be done.  She invited me in and took a look.  After a few minutes she'd stopped the bleeding, and I started feeling super nauseous.  I can't stand the sight of my own blood.  We rinsed it out with a saline solution and she came to the conclusion, "If you came into my office, I'd be giving you stitches."  Off to the E.R.

The particular E.R. I went to has to be one of the best ever.  Everybody was nice and human and accommodating.  My nurses joked around with me and we had a good time, considering the situation.  The doctor was nice enough to humor me and laugh with me and let me take pictures even though it's kind of a weird thing to do.  He performed what he called a "finger block" - basically he stuck me with a needle 4 time and my finger magically went numb in all the right places - and stitched me up.  I was proud of myself for being able to watch what was going on for once.  It was actually kind of a humorous situation once I determined that I wasn't going to die and they set my finger up in its own little surgical tent type thing.  Three stitches later, I'm back home.  I was having some issues feeling the tip of my finger, so I may or may not have to go to a hand specialist next week, as I may or may not have just nicked the nerve a little bit.

My super special dinner tonight ended up being Frosted Flakes...

Pictures follow.  This is where you stop scrolling if you have a ridiculously weak stomach.

The scene of the crime.


My finger in its little mini surgical tent.

The Frankenfinger Monster.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Oh Deer!

I love this time of year because of all the little baby animals.  Since I've been home, I've seen young bunnies, elk, llamas, and of course, deer.  This is however an awful time of year, because I decide that I want to adopt one of each of these critters and pet them and love them.  :)

Today was an active day in our front yard and fields.  For the past few weeks, as is typical at this time of year, we've had a doe and her 3 little baby fawns hanging around in the front yard and the field that we used to have sheep in.  Two of the fawns are always seen together and we call them "twins".  The other fawn is often off on its own and seems to have a bit more character than the other two.  The mother isn't around as often, at least not visibly.  

We hadn't seen the deer for the past week and were a little concerned.  The fawns are young enough that they still have spots on them.  And then today, as I walked out of my grandparents' house, I saw this thing munching on one of my grandmother's plants and it stopped and stared me down for awhile then returned to its snack.  Later, when I left the house in the car, I saw the twins lying down in the field, and they too stared at me without moving.  When I came back home later in the evening, the mother walked across the driveway in front of me, and the twins were still lying in the field.  By the time I got to the house they'd walked off.  The little fawns are so adorable and I was able to get two kind of blurry pictures of the twins before they ran.

The brown blobs are deer, ok?

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Things Are Too Normal

After the rushing around of the past two weeks, it's weird that things are now TOO quiet.  I haven't been doing a whole lot.  In fact, the only things I have accomplished are reading the first Harry Potter book, doing a little artsy project, and brushing the dog.  Everything else has kind of been me milling about and just generally not doing anything.

I've decided I'll be returning to Charleston on Wednesday.  I'm kind of happy, but at the same time I'd just rather not return to Charleston at all.  But also not stay here.  I need to move, but that's not something I can do right now for about a million different reasons.

I feel like my summer has been completely non-existent.  I haven't really gone on vacation other than the little New York trip.  I went to school for a month.  I haven't even had any major change or accomplishment.  I've been trying to get back into painting and other stuff like that, but just am finding that it's a lot harder than I remember.  I lack inspiration and ideas.  I want to start sewing.  And embroidering.  But it has to be by hand because I don't have a machine.

Actually I just remembered, I did go see Julie & Julia on Friday with my mom and her best friend.  It was a really cute movie.  When I was younger, my father and I used to watch Julia Child on TV and have a cup of tea together.  I wasn't crazy about her then, but that being said, I didn't give a damn about cooking then.  So I was really kind of intrigued with this movie because it exposed a julia Child that most people were not familiar with.  Her character was really revealed and it made her a much more interesting person to me.  As for Julie Powell, I think it was really cool what she did.  I don't really know anybody that dedicated to anything as she was to cooking through Julia's recipes and learning everything she could from it.  I really WISH I could be that dedicated to spending so much time in the kitchen after a day of doing something else.  Of course, this movie was probably not completely accurate in respect to either of the women, but it was just really cute.  Much better than I expected it to be and I was pleased.

There was a preview before this movie for 2012.  I have to say I'm really looking forward to this movie coming out and I'm going to see it whether anyone comes with me or not.  It's another movie about apocalyptic stuff and if your'e interested in seeing the awesome trailer, you can go here.

That's all I've got.  Two little art projects in plan for the next few days.  If they don't totally suck, maybe I will share.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

New Car For Me!

Yesterday I finally got my shit together and went to get my new car.  It is good to be done with all the searching and the paperwork and other annoying stuff.  I went with the 2004 VW Jetta 1.8T GLS!  Yay for letters and numbers!  I may have actually stated before that this car was a 2006.  That was a lie...oops.  But anyway, the car has like 27,000ish miles on it and has a moonroof, heated leather seats (because it gets so cold in Charleston), a huge trunk, lots of airbags and some other nerdy stuff that you may ask me about if you feel so inclined.  I'm really happy with the car so far and hope to continue to feel that way about it for a long time.  She has not been named yet so...suggestions are welcome.  :)  And now, for the pictures.  Ignore all my stuff that's already in the car.  And also maybe more pictures later.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Another Excellent Weekend in New York

Anybody who knows me is well aware that I absolutely love New York City.  Also any part of New York state that I've been to, I have thoroughly enjoyed.  Last year started my awful habit of making several little trips to New York each year.  I even took the opportunity to study at NYU for 2 months last summer and to live in the East Village and enjoy its weirdness.

So this weekend I packed a little bag and borrowed my father's car and took off for New York to visit my friend Adam in Yonkers and to make a little trip into the city.  When I visit Adam we don't really make extravagant plans or write down a schedule or do super touristy things, but we always have fun and it's just enjoyable.  I love having the time to hang out with him and it's nice to do it in a place that I love.

When I arrived in Yonkers Friday afternoon, Adam was still at work and I was dying for some sleep due to a huge lack of sleep from the night before.  After much listening to the cat squeaking away under the bed, I finally dozed off and before I knew it Adam was there.  We sort of had a relaxing evening watching Food Network and just generally being lazy, and then eventually went to a diner for late food.  Note: I love diners.  In Charleston, we have maybe 2 diners that I never go to because they are nowhere near me and always are ridiculously busy.  So diner fun with Adam is always a treat.  :)  Anyway, after dinner we called it an early night and that was that.

Saturday was our day to head into the city and just sort of amble around and explore.  Apparently Adam doesn't often venture into Manhattan, so it was a treat for him too.  We did nerdy things like checking out the MTA museum/store in Grand Central and going to the FDNY museum/store somewhere (I really just not good with directions!).  Adam had a moment of glee over each and I enjoyed it as well.  After that we trekked down to Herald Square so I could buy shampoo.  I always get my shampoo from Lush and typically I spend way too much money there, but I managed to keep myself in check this time.  But man, I really love that store.  We then sort of walked aimlessly around (I say that because I had no idea where we were going :)) until we ended up in Times Square.  At this point I decided that it was imperative that I enter Toys 'R' Us because I saw Hello Kitty things and I am probably really only 5 years old.  Fun was had by all...or at least by me.  We ate dinner at this little Italian restaurant that specializes in pasta.  Was very, very good.  After that we took a nice little walk through Central Park and then headed back toward Grand Central.  I really enjoy taking the subway and the Metro North.  It is one of those little pleasures that I just am overjoyed about.  So train ride back was fun fun except for the "wobbles" of the train that made me want to vomit.  Also the drunk couple in the seats next to us who were making out and considering getting down on the train may have contributed to the need to expel my dinner.  All in all, the trip was super fun.  The only thing that was not accomplished was the finding of a real, live rat for me to view because I have never seen one in that wasn't someone's pet.  Weird story...nevermind.  We walked to the train station from Adam's apartment, so naturally we walked back and I died on the way due to a tremendous hill and the fact that I am lazy.  My legs are still giving me a big "fuck you" over that.  Thanks, Adam.  :)

Also, while we were in the city we became very aware that it is Hello Kitty's 35th Anniversary!  Hooray for HK!  There were some neat statues and fountains of the feline and her bunny friends in this courtyard that we passed by.  There was one bunny fountain and a Helly Kitty fountain that operated by having two little streams of tears shoot from their eyes into pools around them.  Poor sad bunny and kitty!  Anyway, if you like Hello Kitty, go check it out.

Sunday we had planned on doing some rugged nature things.  We were going to wear plaid and grow mustaches especially for the occasion.  However, it poured all morning and most of the afternoon, so we slept in, had bagels in the afternoon, watched MIB2 and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and had dinner at Spice Village, possibly one of the best Indian places EVAR.  After all that we sort of chilled at the apartment and just talked and laughed and had a grande olde time.

Monday I headed back to Pennsylvania.  I always hate returning to PA after I've been in New York.  Not only do I miss my friend, but I just miss the happy feeling I have while I'm there and I become irritated as soon as I leave.  That's actually not true.  I'm fine until I hit New Jersey, where I start to prep myself for the mild irritation, and then in PA I just become a grumpy asshole who hates everyone.  I am really sick of Pennsylvania in general and if I could get away with it, I'd probably make it a point to not come back here for a very long time.  However, most of my family live here and it's really not an option at this point in time.

So those are all the boring details of my weekend.  Not boring to me at all.  I had an amazing weekend and the best host in the world and I hope that I can do it all over again in the near future.  I hope even more that I can get my ass in gear and graduate college very soonly so that I can then begin searching for jobs and hopefully move to New York semi-permanently.  Hooray!

Tomorrow I'm getting the new vehicle.  Be excited please, because I am.  :)

(Apologies because I never really take photos in New York.  Sorryyyy!)