Throwback Thursday

the cure 2004

This is me on August 6, 2004 (let’s pretend I don’t have that drink in my hand). My friends and I had lawn seats to see The Cure at Merriweather Post Pavilion (Curiosa Festival).  So many amazing bands performed.  Mogwai, Muse, Interpol, Cursive.  The night ended with The Cure and it was magical.  We danced in the grass and sang along.  They did two encores.  Again, magical.


Today’s Top 5: Mopey Christmas

i'm going to die alone and merry christmas

This stress of my grandfather being ill and the tensions in family is really getting me down during my favorite time of year.  It has definitely painted my mood tonight.  And to cope with the sadness, I present you with today’s top 5.  The mopey Christmas edition.

1. “Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis” by Tom Waits
2. “Whatever Happened To Christmas?” by Aimee Mann
3. “Christmas Lights” by Coldplay
4. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Michael Bublé (Mariah Carey cover)
5. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Sam Smith (first performed by Judy Garland)

Google Play Music listeners, click here.

Everyone else, here’s the playlist on YouTube.  Goodnight.



Despite my best efforts to focus on the good and meaningful things in life, I can’t bring myself to be positive right now.

My grandfather is in the hospital and I’m pretty upset about it.  The details don’t matter right now.  I’m just glad he’s getting the care he needs.

Things between my parents and I are strained to put it mildly.  My father let me know that he doesn’t approve of my lifestyle.  Again, I’m paraphrasing.  That sentence is the best way to describe a 25 minute one-sided conversation.  My mother agrees with him which is doubly painful.  I’m tired and I’m left with the realization that my best will never be good enough.  My sister once said I was the glue that held the family together.  Well, even glue becomes brittle over time, breaking with the application of pressure.

Be a good girl
You’ve gotta try a little harder
That simply wasn’t good enough
To make us proud

Tonight’s song is “Perfect” by Alanis Morissette.  It needs no explaining.  Goodnight.

Mr. Holmes // “I Thank You”

Mr Holmes

I didn’t know I enjoyed writing until Mr. Holmes told me to write.

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NaBloPoMo Update: Halfway There.

I haven’t been enthusiastic about my NaBloPoMo posts recently.  I haven’t approached them with the same gusto that I did my first several posts on the blog.  I’m going to change that right now.

The theme for December is “Joy,” and I know that those who have shaped my life bring me an immense amount of joy.  Therefore, for the rest of the week, I’ll be highlighting individuals who made a lasting impression on me.  I’m actually looking forward to this.  Let’s hope I can get back into the groove again.



DIY Day 1: Blood, Sweat, and Tears

I thought today would be a breeze.  I’d prime AND paint the chairs as well as make great progress on reupholstering the chairs.  I was terribly, terribly wrong.

Two chairs primed.  TWO.

Fabric removed carefully.  (Because my boyfriend’s sister-in-law wanted to keep the fabric, making my job much more difficult.

Oh well.  Day 2 will hopefully be more productive.

Charming Little Couch // “You Make My Dreams Come True”

running through ikea

My boyfriend and I purchased a loveseat today.  No, it wasn’t at IKEA.  We went to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore closest to us.  Visiting the ReStore can be a hit or miss kind of ordeal.  Today, within five minutes of walking into the store, we had a hit.  We came away with a white loveseat for $30.

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