Saturday, November 29, 2008

Let's make some soup 'cuz the weather is turning cold.

Home from fall concert 7/8! I can't believe that I'm down to one pair of concert tickets (Stars). I used to have a huge stack of them in my desk drawer. Well, hopefully there will be just as many great shows for me to go to in the new year.

Anyway, tonight was my Hawksley Workman/Hey Rosetta! show at Massey Hall. Hey Rosetta! were a fabulous opening band. Why does it seem that the sets of opening bands that you actually like are super short, but those of bands you don't care for go on and on and on? I definitely need to see Hey Rosetta! on their own sometime so I can enjoy a nice long set.

Hawksley made me beyond happy by opening up with a Christmas song (Almost a Full Moon). Yay! His second song, Ilfracombe, is one of my favourites and I've never heard it live before, so it was super speical. The rest of the set was great. The sound equipment actually had technical difficulties during a really rawk version of the sound Striptease which was unfortch. (One fan yelled "you busted it with awesomeness!") However, Hawksley made the best of the situation by doing an amazing acoustic version of Anger as Beauty. When the sound system was fixed, the rest of the band came in, and finished off the song.

For the encore, Hawksley invited up all of Hey Rosetta! to play with his band for "Your Beauty Must Be Rubbing Off". It was awesome. He had done the same thing in March when I saw him at the Danforth Music Hall, and that's actually how I discovered Hey Rosetta! It was definitely a performance worth seeing a second time.

Hawksley always has a special place in my heart as a performer. I've lost count of the number of times I've seen him. The first time I saw him was in March of 2001 at the Rivoli with my pal Becca T (who of course accompanied me tonight). It was the first really small indie show we'd ever attended, and turned us into the concert-going nuts that we are today. Seeing Hawksley is like seeing an old friend, and it's best done with an old friend. :)

ps Rilo chewed through my headphones the other night but I still love her.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Maybe it's time to wave goodbye now.

There's an episode of the Simpsons where Mr. Burns goes to the Mayo Clinic to get a checkup. It turns out that he has every known disease. When he asks why he is still alive, the doctor uses a little toy door, and a bunch of toy germs to explain. Basically, all of the germs in Burns' body are trying to get through the door at the same time, but they get stuck as a result, hence Burns is alive.

Sometimes my thoughts are like those germs. They are all trying to get through the door at once and get stuck.

Anyway, I guess it just boils down to there is someone that I needed to say goodbye to quite a long time ago, but I kept putting it off because even though it's something I *need* to do, I don't really *want* to do it. But I think it's time because I can't think of anything else to say. Well, actually I *can* think of a lot, but all of those thoughts are stuck in that doorway right now.

Or maybe I should just quit trying to say so much and just leave it as one word. Goodbye.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I lace my Chucks, I walk the aisle.

Can I just say I hate how early it gets dark??? And it's still only November! I honestly feel like it's getting darker earlier this year than I've ever noticed before. I probably feel like this every year, and then forget about it during the long days of summer, only to be shocked by the fact by the time winter (well, it's actually still fall) rolls around.

I had a fairly low key weekend. On Friday, I got a little Christmas tree for myself and plus far too many ornaments (some of which I returned). When I first got the tree, Rilo seemed hell bent on knocking it over, but I think she's habituated to its presence, and it's no longer at risk (knock on wood).

I splurged on a bunch of ornaments from Pier 1 (man, how I love Pier 1). My second favourite (my favourite being a red bird; a Christmas tree isn't proper without a bird, I believe), is the dill pickle ornament. I've seen these before in Christmas stores, and always thought they were hilariously random. Anyway, I bought one just to make myself laugh, and researched the significance of the pickle ornament. Turns out there is some sort of tradition where you hide the pickle ornament on the tree, and the first kid to find it gets an extra present.

Here's a picture of Rilo looking saintly in front of my tree. Can you find the pickle ornament?

On Saturday, as I was on my way to return some superfluous ornaments, my beloved iPod died. It was three years old, and got a lot of use, and I think I had been anticipating its death. It's been replaced with a super-cute purple nano that has *almost* enough space for my music library. This has caused me to do a little bit of house-cleaning so that the songs I don't love are not on my iPod. As a result, I'm finding shuffling much more fun.

Speaking of music, I think I'm in the dreaded musical rut. I've just been listening to old stuff, and haven't come across anything new in like, oh I dunno, a month. I want to stumble across a new amazing band or album or something dammit! A little help?

Friday, November 21, 2008

I see the stars coming down there, coming down there to the yard.

Here's something new. An early morning post.

Report card season and all of its super-fun associated events (can you hear the sarcasm in my voice) are done with.

Which means bring on Christmas! 4 more weeks until holidays!!!

Quiet weekend ahead. Christmas decorating and chilling with Becca T. Oh, and I really want to spend some time knitting.

I saw the stage version of The Sound of Music this week. It was great.

A week today and I'll be off to fall concert number 7 of 8. It's my dear Hawksley at Massey Hall. I hope he plays Christmas songs. Like "A House or Maybe a Boat". That's really all I want for Christmas this year.

I'm wearing my snowflake Tshirt today because there is snow on the ground.

Rilo needs food, and I need to be off to a boring PD day, but at least I don't have to be at school until 9 am and they are feeding me, and I hope I can knit a bit during the proceedings. And they feed us. Portuguese food I hope.

After the day, I think I'm going to do some shopping. Yay.

Alright, seriously its time to head off. Later.

Monday, November 17, 2008

In love with love and lousy poetry.

Quick two-to-three-sentence updates on what's been going on. I'm trying to temporarily reduce my verbosity.

1) Jack's Mannequin was oh-so-fabulous. They put on a high energy show, and the highlight song for me was "Caves" which has two movements. The transition between the two movements was incredible.

2) Had an enjoyable visit with one of my pals from high school on Saturday and Sunday. The weather was so gross on Saturday night that we just ended up staying in and drinking wine and being silly.

3) I had a baby shower for a co-worker on Sunday. Santa Claus almost ruined the shower because the guest of honour was 1.5 hours late because of Santa Claus Parade traffic.

4) Tonight I'm cooking dinner for my dear pals Becca T and Eric. Yes, you read that correctly. Luckily, they are good enough friends that they will still love me even if I poison them.

5) Remember that online course I took in the summer? Well, finally the paperwork is in, and I am going to get my raise for taking it (after I send it to HR). Woo-hoo! (I've spent that raise already.)

6) It was cold today. I wore my new coat which made the cold weather slightly more tolerable in that I like wearing new stuff. And the coat itself is super warm.

7) Starbucks' Peppermint Mocha Twist. OMFG.

8) I'm in the Christmas spirit. I broke out the Christmas songs this weekend. I'm going to decorate next weekend.

9) Rilo is running around like a cat possessed.

10) Time to get this dinner party started. Later!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

There's a lot that I don't know; there's a lot that I'm still learning.

This is tomorrow night.

I am so excited to see Jack's Mannequin tomorrow night! It's going to be, well, emolicious. :) I *think* that perhaps that maybe JM has unseated my beloved Dashboard Confessional as my favourite emo band, but perhaps I need to wait for a third album to be released to make that decision for sure.

The above song, The Resolution, will most definitely go down as the song that exemplifies 2008 for me. Not only have I listened to it a lot, and introduced it to a lot of people, the lyrics give me a sense of strength and hope. Don't get me wrong, this year has been pretty great overall, but for quite awhile, I've been feeling that I lost a part of myself somewhere along the way, and I've been trying to figure out exactly what that part is, where it went, and how I can get it back. The songwriter explains that this song is about accessing the positive, and that's exactly what I've needed to be reminded of this year.

I just need light in the dark as I search for the resolution.

Emo-post out.

Monday, November 10, 2008

I guess on days like this you know who your friends are.

The above lyric is from the song "Taxi Ride" by Tori Amos. I love that song and it always makes me feel happy about all of the awesome friends that I have when I hear it. It's a good song for my iPod to choose for me on a blerg-y Monday.

I don't belive in astrology. I know all about the Earth's wobble making everyone's sign technically wrong (I'm really a Capricorn not an Aquarius). Besides this, I can't really believe that the stars that were present in the sky on the day of my birth predict my future and my personality.

However, reading my horoscope is fun, dammit, and it makes me feel better in the morning. And my Sunday morning horoscope, "something good is coming over the horizon for you", makes me want to close out my inner skeptic and become an astrology devotee.

I also like this quote from Kate Winslet: "Everyone can commit to 20 minutes (of exercise), especially if there’s a glass of Chardonnay afterwards." So, if I go to a 90 minute yoga class tonight, do I get 4.5 glasses of wine afterwards?

One of my favourite Simpsons words is "Boo-runs". After a conversation with a friend last night, I realized that all of us who say Boo-urns are using it incorrectly. I always use it instead of boo. However, Moleman uses it as a cheer, so I really should use it when I'm happy. So Boo-runs that Monday is over. Meh, I honestly prefer using it incorrectly, I think.

Rilo discovered one of the toys that I bought her before I got her this weekend. It's a stuffed duck and she carries it around in her mouth like so:

This is her favourite spot in my apartment. I suspect it is because she likes the cat painting on the wall.

Monday randomness out.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

I get back up and I do it again.

Because it's a lazy, rainy Saturday afternoon, and I'm killing time before going for dinner with a pal, and I should be cleaning my messy apartment and I don't feel like it, I decided to find a blog meme to do. Because that is so much more important than living in a clean and orderly space.

Anyway, no surpises that an Itunes survey meme would appeal to me.

How many songs total: 4181 songs, 16.39 GB
How many hours or days of music: 11 days, 1 hour, 48 minutes, 30 seconds
Most recently played: Girl by Beck
Most played: Sleeps with Butterflies by Tori Amos (401 times)
Most recently added: Apparitions (Live) - Matthew Good

Sort By Song Title
First song: A-Hole by Bowling for Soup
Last Song: 99% of Us Is Failure (Live) - Matthew Good

Sort By Time
Shortest Song: One Last "Woo-hoo!" for Pullmen by Sufjan Stevens (0:07)
Longest Song: Sleep Don't Weep by Damien Rice (21:55)

Sort By Album
First Song: Living Well is the Best Revenge by REM
Last Song: Sleep Don't Weep by Damien Rice

Top 10 Most Played Songs
1) Sleeps with Butterflies by Tori Amos
2) Souvenirs by Christine Fellows
3) Light Years by Sloan
4) So Long, So Long by Dashboard Confessional
5) The Con by Tegan & Sara
6) Your Braids by Colin Munroe
7) In the Cinema Alone by Memphis
8) Reunion Tour by The Weakerthans
9) Reconstruction Site by The Weakerthans
10) Your Ex-Lover is Dead by Stars

Five Songs that come up on Shuffle (please don't embarrass me dear iTunes!)
1) Christmas is Coming - Vince Guaraldi Trio
2) If You Can't Leave it Be - Dashboard Confessional
3) At My Most Beautiful - REM
4) Comin' Home - City and Colour
5) Why Do You Love Me - Garbage

“Sex”, How many songs come up? 9
“Love”, How many songs come up? 177
“You”, How many songs come up? 602
“Death”, How many songs come up? 82
“Hate”, How many songs come up? 25
“Wish”, How many songs come up? 10

Okay, so that was an incredible waste of time. LOL Time to go clean, I suppose.

Friday, November 07, 2008

A map is more unreal than where you've been or how you feel.

I played hooky today.

I needed it. Yesterday, I was in a very negative mood. I think this was just a super long week for me. Monday was super fun since it involved a concert. Tuesday I worked an 11 hour day, so less fun there. Wednesday I was sent to a really boring workshop that was a waste of time. You know something is pretty bad when my mind wanders and fantasizes about marking, which seemed like a far more productive and exciting activity. By Thursday, I was tired, and grumpy, and realized that I needed a day for myself. Also, I could feel something coming on since my throat was scratchy and my nose stuffy.

Today I slept in, watched The View and walked down to meet Becca T for a frappucino. We've been having some unseasonably warm weather, and we've been taking advantage of it by sipping frappucinos in the park. (Even though this results in us feeling chilly.)

Then I picked up some stylish new yoga duds on sale at Roots.

Then I meandered back home where I am now. Throat is still scratchy, nose is a little stuffy, and I'm really tired, but a day to me was good stuff.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

But he don't, but he don't, he just don't.


1) Feist was a great show! I had such a good time. It was great to see Hayden too, who's been on of my favourites since I was 18 years old. I hope he does his own tour sometime soon. His stage setup was just a mish-mash of instruments on the stage with a carpet underneath that had a garage-ish feel. Cool.

Feist was fabulous. I think the highlight song for me was the closer of "Sea Lion Woman". That woman can rock it out. She also managed to incorporate my favourite four things (stars, hearts, flowers, and birds) into her show. Anyway, it was a super fun time.

2) My new favourite word is blerg. Thanks 30 Rock!

3) So there was like some election or something last night... Joking. I didn't get to watch as much of it as I would have like because I had to help out with our school's open house. (Who was the silly person who set that date?) Blerg! However, I had a pretty fun time at the open house where my work spouse and I did some flashy science demos. My hair smelled like burnt gummy bears on my way home.

The US election was pretty inspirational. I wish we could have a charismatic leader in Canada. That would be something, eh?

4) Today I was volun-forced to go to a really boring workshop. I could have been at work getting work done instead. Blerg!

5) This kid made the comment last night that "Ms. W doesn't need chemicals to be on fire!" That was nice. :)

6) I downloaded some songs by Kim Barlow, who is a singer-songwriter from the Yukon that I saw as part of the Pan-Canadian Folk Ensemble a few weeks ago. She's fun. My fave tracks are "But He Don't", "Great White Nothing" and "Dancehall". Great stuff. I think I'm becoming a complete folkster (new term, just invented it). The last three concerts that I went to (Folk Ensemble, Great Lake Swimmers, Feist) are sometimes classified as folk music by iTunes, so maybe I need to become more crunchy-granola?

7) One day I'm going to write an actual post about one thing and not just a list of randomness. I swear. I find at this time of year my brain is complete mush. Blerg.

8) The weather has been crazy warm the past couple of days.

9) Are you aware of the phenomenon of pregnancy brain? Basically, when you are pregnant, like my dear work spouse, your brain gets a little bit mushy. This caused her to bring us to see the Sound of Music when we were supposed to see A Chorus Line. Well, she ended up breaking all three photocopiers at work because she put in the wrong kind of overheads. When she told me the story, my first reaction was "What? Did you break the good one?" and her reply was "Yup, and the other two as well." Last night we witnessed some people panicking over the situation and had to try so hard not to laugh. I'm sure there was mass chaos today at school. So maybe that boring-ass workshop was a blessing in disguise.

10) I hate when I have to decide whether or not to take a risk. I tend to play it safe when it comes to most things in life, but there might be something happening where I'll have to put something out there, and I'm not sure if it'll go my way. However, I have this nagging feeling that if I leave things as they are in the interest of playing it safe, I could possibly regret in the future. Trust me, what I'm babbling about right now isn't overly deep or anything, but I just need to vent. Blerg.

Oh yeah, and new 30 Rock tomorrow. I hope Liz Lemon says blerg!

ps How many times did I say blerg in this post?

Monday, November 03, 2008

Kick drum on the basement floor.

This is tonight!!!

I would have posted 1234, which is like my fave music video of recent memory, but that seems too cliche. I really love the above song though. And the video is cool. I wish I had a field with barrels of fireworks in it. Would be good times.

Hayden will be there too with members of Cuff the Duke as his backing band.

I feel sorry for the poor dude who agreed to go this concert with me. I am so excited to see Feist and Hayden and I think I'll constantly be shouting "I love this song!" in his ear all of the time.

Going to a concert with me means that you will get poked on the shoulder quite a bit. Just ask my poor friend Becca T who has accumulated many bruises in her life from such occasions as when Hawksley played "Your Beauty Must Be Rubbing Off" or when the Weakerthans played "Reconstruction Site" or when REM played "What the Frequency Kenneth?" or when...

Saturday, November 01, 2008

It's Saturday night on Utopia Parkway.

Have you ever wondered what happens when you are asked to bring a scary dessert to a Halloween party and you have absolutely no culinary skills?

You end up with my patented Bloody Tarantula Cookies. (Directions: 1) Bake Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. 2) Add red icing. 3) Place gummy tarantula upon red icing. 4) Don't go into sugar shock.)

Now what if another person (my pal Mathew), who has a friend who dabbles in the pastry arts, is asked to bring a dessert to the very same party. You get these:

Anyway, I had a pretty good Halloween that involved me burning my fingers on a test tube while doing flashy demos for the kids, and going to Becca T's Halloween party in a recycled witch costume from last year. At said party I only had a couple of scary desserts, ran into some old friends, maybe had a bit too much punch, lost my shoes, and then found them. Good times.

Today I sweat out the toxins that I accumulated last night at yoga, and got my hair cut. I have bangs! I haven't had those since high school.

Hope your Halloweens were happy.