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19 Feb

Have I ever told you guys that my husband is the most fantastic and awesome guy ever? He is. Seriously. Yesterday he came home from work with a bundle of flattened boxes all bound together by some masking tape. I love that he listens. I never even asked him for more boxes! And then today he took me to get coffee and then to the comic book shop where I got an issue of the Doctor Who comics (the 2010 annual) and an issue of The Doctor Who Companion magazine! I think my affection for DW may be getting out of hand, but as long as Shawn is enjoying it as much as I am then who cares?

I want to get a tattoo. I love tattoos! This one will probably be next, because sometimes if I think about a tattoo too long I’ll talk myself out of it and what fun is that? I want to get sort of a cameo with lace around the outside but in the middle instead of a silhouette I want a picture of the tardis with roses growing behind it. And somewhere in the lace, kind of hidden I want the words “Bad Wolf” stitched into the lines. And then underneath the whole thing, maybe overlapping the cameo a little, banner that says “Allons-y”. I need this. It will go on the outside of my right ankle/lower calf.

Confession: I had pizza today and yesterday. That is totally NOT diet friendly. I feel like I need the move. I need this total reset to be able to get my life back together. My apartment is a mess (today I took out 3 bags full of trash). I guess ever since my last episode… I didn’t clean at all during it and the house fell apart. Big time. I just haven’t had the motivation yet to get up take it all back. I really hate the fallout from it. I was watching the United States of Tara and she was talking about how much she hated cleaning up after her other personalities… I kind of knew pretty much how she felt. Obviously not entirely… but, by the time I’m feeling like myself again there’s usually mess and destruction all around me. Not always physical either. It puts a lot of stress on my personal relationships.

There is another side to bipolar… not just myself and Skadi… there’s also the manic side. When I feel so happy and energized I could just bounce off the walls. It’s also the reason I was first misdiagnosed as ADHD. But, it gets to the point where I’m obviously not acting like myself anymore (I usually get the “Are you ok?” and the “What are you on?” questions). I’m a fairly calm and down to earth person in general. I like to be happy, but quietly. I haven’t had a good flash of manic for a while now. I could use one with the move coming up. I tend to get so much done. Endless amounts of energy, and like this crazy super focus. It’s like I can hone in on one thing like a missile and ignore everything else.  I could really use that right now. I need to get a lot done.

So… best to start right now. I’m going to put on some indie-rock on Pandora (welcome back springtime!) and I’ll work on cleaning, laundry and packing.

TTYL

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Some Seriousness Pt 2

22 Jan

Alright guys… let me lay some heaviness on you all. I haven’t blogged much the past couple days because I’ve been having some serious ups and downs and have been hoping they’ll just pass, but no luck so far. I was diagnosed as bipolar only last year having been told I was merely chronically depressive most of my life. I have swings like it’s no one’s business. I try my best not to put my negative moods into the world but sometimes it can lead to some serious thinking…

Today I’ve been reading news. Never a good thing. I think what bothers me the most is the lack of awareness out there. The lack of anger. The lack of panic. Why is no one else freaking out like I am? Why is no one else slightly terrified of bringing a new life into this world we live in considering the direction we’re headed? I’m not just talking about the degrading morals… I’m talking about the 1st world taking everything for granted and not realizing what deep shit we’re in (pardon mon français) .

Water. It is in everything we eat, everything we drink, most things we do involve this seemingly commonplace liquid. The average American uses roughly 176 gallons of it a day. We are running out. FAST. It has been predicted that by the year 2050 the world will be facing the largest scale water crisis in the history of recorded time. That’s what…. less than 40 years from now? Quite frankly… what are we doing, people?

Amount of water used, per day, to irrigate the world’s golf courses: 2.5 billion gallons

Amount of people in the world who lack access to safe and clean drinking water: 884 million people

And we’re watering golf courses.

Anyone else having a “wtf?” moment?

Have some music for this next section: Mizan Version David Bowie/Trent Reznor Version

The average American uses more clean drinkable water in a 5 minute shower than the average impoverished African family uses in a day. England uses about half what Americans do and Japan a third.

What I’m really getting at is that we have more in the news about Brad and Angelina than we do about this? Why? Because Brad and Angelina sell and this is the scary truth. Ostriches. No one wants to acknowledge the alarms going off around them so they bury their head in the sand.

It’s great for me to dream of having kids and moving into a house and progressing in my career, but the terrifying reality is that it may not go that way. A human being can go for almost a month without food… but only a week without water.

Did you know that there are large corporations buying up the water rights throughout the world and hoarding it? Imagine a world where bottled water is no longer a choice. Where you turn on the tap and nothing comes out. Imagine water being sold by the gallon at ever-rising prices as the supply erodes.

It’d be like gas prices… only if you can’t pay it it’s much worse than having to give up your precious car… it’s life or death.

It makes me very sad to think that I may tell my children about the days of having a pool in the backyards and playing in the yard with the hose knowing they’ll never experience the same.

But, there are children in the world right now who never got that luxury.

All I want is for people to take the time to face the truth about this and other things happening in the world around them. Don’t be distracted by the media’s shiny celebrities. Pay attention to what’s going on. Watch a documentary instead of a romantic comedy. Watch it with your kids. Learn something together. Grow the bonds of your family by knowing how much you rely on one another.

And please… save resources whenever you can and I will try to do the same. I’m not perfect. But, I am scared. I guess that’s something.

Tomorrow’s post will be much nicer, I promise.

Facts from Water Facts and Water.org

Curls and Monikers

9 Jan

Sunday was awful. I mean awful. I was so sick.

Saturday was fun, my mother and I went to see Gregg Allman live at the Hard Rock in Biloxi, MS. I have never really listened to his solo work (or the Allman Brothers for that matter), but we got the tickets for free and I had a free buffet they sent me for my birthday so we figured we’d go and check it out. It was fun though I don’t think blues shows are my thing. I liked the music, but at times I found myself yawning. My mother said the same thing and she was disappointed that she only knew one song, most of what he played was from his solo career (which is totally understandable and I don’t hold it against him at all). Overall, aside from one very rude bartender we had a good time.

The being sick didn’t start until about 3am Sunday morning. May have been something I ate, who knows.

Last night I decided to do my hair. I used this awesome tutorial from youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYxS1ohz4Ao

And these were my results:

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With a little fun vintage coloring via the picplz app for android

Forgive my horrible self-photography skills, but you get the idea. I like this style because it only took me roughly 10 minutes in the morning to do my hair and the work the night before didn’t take long either. Downside is my hair is only barely long enough yet for this. Still trying to grow it out.

So, today had me thinking on baby names for hopefully upcoming (as in SOON please?) pregnancy/embryo/eventual child. I think my favorite name for a little girl is Nora Kennedy. But, that has long since been shot down by Sir Hubby. So instead I’m pondering Zoe and Heidi. As for boy names… forget it. We cannot agree on anything. I’m fond of the names Owen, Elliott and Nolan. He thinks every name I come up with is overtly feminine. So… I started picking names from things like the list of Nobel Prize winners, famous authors, etc. Needless to say neither of us has given to compromising as of yet. Luckily we have at least 9 months+ to think about it.

TODAY:

  1. Work
  2. Drink coffee
  3. Go to gym
  4. Clean house
  5. Continue reading “A Feast for Crows” by George R.R. Martin
  6. Play Skate 3 (picked it up for $14)
  7. Sleep?

Seasons, Songs and Subjects

6 Jan

Waking up at 5:30-ish in the morning is really not my forte’, although I did get to bed early (Around 10) after finally finishing Portal 2. So knock one thing off of the to-do list.

Today I have music on the brain. I tend to go in cycles with what music I listen to. I like my music to reflect the season. It helps me to appreciate the ever-changing world around me. The cycle usually tends to go like this:

  • Spring – light indie-pop, upbeat folk-pop, lots of airy guitars and birdlike voices. (Favorite Spring bands currently include: The Decemberists, Regina Spektor, A Fine Frenzy, CSS, Sufjan Stevens, etc.)
  • Summer – Very bright pop and indie-pop. Tends to be a bit less folky. (Favorite Summer bands include: The Postal Service, Kate Nash, Signal Hill Transmission, Broken Bells, Noah and the Whale, etc.)
  • Autumn – the return to folk-pop but with a bit of a darker tone. (Favorite Autumn bands include: Miike Snow, the Decemberists, Seawolf, The Pierces, Kimya Dawson, Via Audio, Sia, etc.)
  • Winter – Takes a whole new turn and I dive headlong into symphonic, epic, folk and progressive metal. (Favorites in Winter include: Sonata Arctica, Tyr, Eluveitie, Kamelot, Epica, Symphony X, Dream Theater, Agathodaimon, Children of Bodom, Iced Earth, etc.)

I guess it’s kind of odd to pick what you’re listening to by the season but if you’ve never tried it I suggest you do! It creates a year-long ebb and flow. I find without my seasonal soundtrack I’d never know what season it was. See, here in Louisiana (aka Hell) we have only two seasons: Hot as Hell and Uncomfortably Cold. Between these two distinct seasons there is about a two weeks switching period which I lovingly name “Allergy-time”. Mostly because for about 2 weeks everything is wonderful and then immediately following there is one week of hot one day, cold the next, hot the next, etc. The plants and my sinuses get very confused and I ALWAYS end up sick. So the only way for me to keep in mind that there are indeed 4 distinct season is to a) listen to different music and b) drink seasonally flavored coffee.

On the baby-making front… a few years ago (more like five or six) I thought it would be hilarious to give my grandmother a joke gift for Xmas (Did you know that “x” translates as Χριστός or Christ in Greek? Sorry you bought that bumper sticker now, aren’t ya?!). I gave my grandmother a book entitled “Sex After 50″… I had seen it in Spencer’s and hadn’t even bothered to open it before purchasing it because I was finally old enough that sex wasn’t a forbidden topic anymore and apparently I felt the rather immature need to put that into everyone’s face. Sorry, Grams. When I gave it to them it got worse as apparently the entire book was made of blank pages! We all had a good laugh and moved on with the holiday. Ever since my wedding I’ve been badgered with little comments of “You know this family could use some great-grandkids” and the like so as her way of “revenge” she bought me a giant book called “Getting Pregnant Fast”. I know she meant it as a joke but I’ve read almost the whole thing now! It’s  a little out of date (pub’d in 2001), but still full of great information. The months seem to move so much sower when you’re counting days, come on already!

A note on topics:

I realize that this blog is kind of everywhere. Being so I also understand that it will never have the following of some of the more one-topic dedicated blogs out there. Honestly… I could never continuously write about one topic. This blog is an outlet for me for my day-to-day thoughts, activities and ideas. I have absolutely no writing experience and really just like to type and think on the go. That being said, even if someone only looks once at this blog without subscribing, that’s ok with me. Maybe someone may look once, see one thing they like and move on. There’s still a chance they may connect with one thing I write about. That’s the whole goal. Anyway, this is just a me-blog.

Okidoki so this week has been a to-do list flop. Completely. So today I’m making a realistic to-do list.

TODAY:

  1. Work (TGIF!)
  2. Drink coffee (out of milk so having fun with recipes today, may post some good ones.)
  3. Make dinner (Use up the stupid left-over chicken before it goes bad! Waste-not!)
  4. Help hubby set up a blog for his new project (our new aquaponics balcony garden!)
  5. Take Chase for a long walk instead of going to the gym.
  6. Sleep? Who needs it?! It’s the weekend!