Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Douse The Flames

I have been cleaning all morning. Every last one of my nails are chipped to bits, which to some may be a sign of poor nail nutrition, but to me it's a sign that I'm getting something done. I'm achey. I'm worn out. I have an ocean's worth of troubles swimming around in my head. I'm actually glad it's been raining. It fits my mood to a T. Who wants summer weather and chipper birds when you just wanna keep your head down and keep movin? I feel like I've made a small dent in this house, but I know every corner and crevice I more closely inspect will no doubt reveal a need for more attention and elbow grease. Spring cleaning at it's best, right?

We have a work meeting in an hour. That should just be heaps of fun. Why is it that no one calls together a meeting to discuss what could be improved upon AND what's been going well? I have long been over this Nega vibe so many people here are all about. I'm not used to that. I don't wanna be used to that.

I am working on hatching a fledgling idea for a DJ night that no one is doing around here right now. It's still in early stages so I don't wanna talk it up just yet, but if all goes well I'm hoping to get some fun started. Keepin it Posi in '09. Get hip to it.

And lastly, if this doesn't give you the biggest shit-eating grin you've ever had, you are dead inside. Compliments of Youtube

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Black, White, and Blue All-Over

It has just been one of those days...

I say "days" in that, although it's only 2pm, the last consecutive 24 hours have sucked tremendously. For several reasons right now, I am in the dumps. So I'm going to photo montage some B&W photos that I have taken this past weekend to lighten my otherwise surly mood.

Beer Home Brewing

Rza Gettin' Love

Gettin Springy

Total Girl


Hungry Pup

In Trouble Pup

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Girl Talk

Generally I remain pretty mum about my fashion/style obsessions, but I need to get a few things off my chest so I don't, (no joke) have a bizzaro dream about them. This is the point where most of the dudes I know will amble in to the other room and make a hot pocket or something... so feel free to do so if this is boring to you. I understand.

First off, I just stumbled across a blog mentioning that Alexander McQueen was doing a line for Target. Fucking stellar right!? Wrong... I would link to the blog, but it's a moot point really. I'm pretty sure Mr McQueen spent all of thirty minutes sketching out these outfits with a liquid eyeliner pen while he was taking a mid-day crap. The aforementioned crap coincidentally, must have been the inspiration for this line. Consisting of boring basics, mismatched color pallets, and oddly placed studs, it bears resemblance to what would happen to a closet full of workout clothing if you let 9 year olds bedazzle everything.

Is your stomach turning yet?

My point is, for such a well known and well respected avant garde fashion designer, you would have thought he might put a modicum of effort in to relating hiS product to people who might buy it en-mass. Perhaps someone jokingly suggested Mr. Mcqueen not work too hard, and he took it to heart. Either way, I give it a big thumbs down.

Next...I know I'm way, way behind the times on nearly everything in fashion. About this I could generally care less about cause you know all that shit cycles back around again within a decade or so (hello grunge!?).

Except for this. Apparently about a year ago, Sam Edelman created a line of Balanciaga-inspired shoes for Victoria Secret.


They are almost exact knock-offs of the original and they are fucking fantastic in my opinion. Jason told me they look like goth tranny shoes and he's probably right, but I told him to take a hike and go get a hot pocket or something so let's carry on. Unfortunately they are gone from VS and while they occasionally pop up Ebay, they sell for several hundred dollars. Considering the originals retailed for around $179, that's a hefty mark-up. Supply and demand I guess. Anywho...I'll be lusting after these forever I s'pose. Unless I stumble across another pair, that are reasonable, and my size.

Alright I'm finished for now.


Monday, April 13, 2009

Jams List

This weekend was ridic. I am winding down on a Monday morning with some Earl Grey and a post-weekend chillout song list @ work. I'll update more details about the last few days after I take a moment to relax.

Post Easter/Pop Punk Weekend Mix: Cavity-Free

Billy Bragg-Greetings to the New Brunette
Spoon-You Got Yr Cherry Bomb
The Decemberists-Eli, The Barrow Boy
Eisley-Brightly Wound
Novi Split-I wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
Elvis Costello-Wave a White Flag
José González-Crosses
Neil Young-Heart of Gold
Centro-Matic-The Massacre Went Well
Black Keys-Remember When (Side A)
Beach House-Apple Orchard
Ambulance LTD-Anecdote
Stranglers-Golden Brown
Bon Iver-Blood Bank
Donny Hathaway-Jealous Guy
Chet Baker-Let's Get Lost
Patti Smith-Gloria

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Takin It Back For The Inner Weekend Warrior

I am beaming with self pride today.

Why you may ask? Well I shall tell you. I have put together what is (in my opinion), a fan-fucking-tastic weekend full of plans. Let me give you the run down.

Friday post work:

Get some Pho at Little Saigon*
Drive down to Cincinnati for the 8th annual (reliving of my teenage years) Cincy Punk Fest (night 1)
Stay at the Deer Run house (since no one will be there)

Wake up and get some post punk coffee
Go to the Cincinnati Museum Center to see the Dinosaurs Alive! Exhibit and the Omnimax**
Drive up to Pump for Jason's appointment with Heather to get his hair did
Grab dinner at Cumin, this amazing Indian fusion place I've heard a lot about (paneer ravioli? OMG!)


Maybe stop in at Shake It! to find some rad new stuff.
Then back down to SGH for the second night of Cincy Punk Fest.
Followed by some rest before we make the trek up to Gem City for Pam's birthday/Easter lunch.

That reminds me. I need to find a birthday gift for Pam...

Needless to say, I think this is going to be super fun. I like a full weekend just as much, if not more than sleeping till 1 and then watching the Goonies on the weekend.

*this was actually Jason's idea

**Hopefully their gift shop still sells these

Apart from that I am getting super excited about Spring for another very, very important reason.








As soon as it's warm for a few days I will be at the Cincinnati Zoo with bells on. I love me some Zoo Babies. If anyone is interested in joining me for a day filled with copious amounts of "awwwwwwww!", feel free to let me know. It could be a good day for Poloroids and Vegan soup at Myra's . Let me just reiterate how much I adore being outside in Spring. Zoo Babies, Parks, Polaroids, Wine.....mmhmmmm...

Last night I said "This had better happen, I blogged about it already!" to Evan. I was only joking, but Evan, Jason, and I all had a good laugh. Blogging...there are worse hobbies.



Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A Busy Last Few Weeks

So I have been meaning to make an update for some time now, but I've been inundated with things to do the were a bit higher on my priority chain. Since I am at work now and essentially have loads of on-the-clock free time, I suppose theres no time like the present to re-cap on the past.

Lets see...

Jason's car was totalled. That's a big one. We were coming back from Karaoke at the Northside Tavern. Dave and Anna were with us and I had elected to drive, since I hadn't drank anything all night. A white pedder van hit us on the rear passenger side where Anna was dozing off. I was in the center lane, driving 65, (I don't mess around with speed limits at 3 am) and once the van slammed in to our little Toyota Corolla, it just kept on going. I have a picture of the car. We're very fortunate that no one was hurt at all. We're also fortunate because Jason had full coverage insurance and it covered his can since the van dipped. Fuck a bunch of whoever that asshole was.
Jason's amazing parents are giving him their Honda Civic which is awesome, and it is seemingly working out for the best. OH! Here is a photo of the (car)nage.



Apart from that I have been searching for a new job, since the call center I work at now is seasonal and the Deli is only a day or two a week. I had an interview yesterday with another call center and I think it went very well. I don't love working at call centers, but it usually pays well and I'm pretty good at it. I sort of want to go back to school so I can find a way to do something I enjoy doing AND get paid well for it....or at least sort of well.

I'm looking in to getting a decent bike and learning once and for all,. how to handle a fixed gear. I'm used to bikes without brakes, but there is something about the way fixed gears ride, that I still need to get the hang of.

I would really love to find a bike like this


If you happen to know anyone who is selling a bike around 54 cm that looks similar to this, let yo girl know.

So it's also time to get the fuck in shape. It's probably going to be warm soon (emphasis on "probably" since our weather these days is pretty apocalyptic and changes super drastically from day to day). I'd like to start running, but I'm only going to do that if other people are with me. I'm not about to get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time with all these people getting mugged around the Oregon District. Eff that! I'm also going to start trying to make bi-weekly pilgrimages to stores with healthier fare. If I'm going to continue riding this domestic train of cooking a lot, it might as well be reasonably nutritious. So I'll set my goals for shaping up and trying to have the overabundance of energy I used to have. Wish me luck.

This weekend is Cincy Punk Fest. Oh how I am letting the nostalgia wash over me. This is going to be fun. Saturday Supercade, Spodie, Pincushion, Seedy Seeds, Arms Exploding, Turnbull AC's, Mint 6 Ten. It's going to seriously be like a big old Void show, minus 300 couches and the possibility of having to use Doug Fingers bathroom witht the shellac'd tv because the downstairs bathroom looked like Hurricane Katrina hit it and Beale was no doubt watching through a hole in the ceiling from the sound booth. Oh the memories.

I kinda miss being younger and going to shows for shows' sake. Thats how we found out about good local and up-and-coming national bands. That's also how I met some of the raddest people I know. I'm very thankful for whatever the cincy scene was when I was 16 on up, even if it was really like a dying star in those days. It still helped bring a lot of people together and I applaud Cincy Punk Fest for carrying that tradition, despite a generation of kids who go to shows to be seen...or scene.


Lets end on a positive note shall we? We're having a Lost Nite at our house tonight, so if you're an avid fan of the show, or just love hangin out with sweet people who break copious amounts of bottles, come over. I still have to watch the most recent episode, but I'm about to knock that out now. I'm pretty happy right now. Things are feelin Spring-y.