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Stuck in my Head
"Kiss Me Harder" by Bertine Zetlitz
"Hot" by Avril
"Brain Problem Situation" by They Might Be Giants

Now Reading
Number 9 Dream by David Mitchell
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro

Recently Finished
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by David Eggers
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Mad Tony and Me by Carl Hoffman
Sweet Soul Music by Peter Guaralnick
This Must Be The Place: Adventures of Talking Heads in the 20th Century by David Bowman
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Movies Lately
4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days
Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts
Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour
2 Days in Paris
United 93
The Savages
The Bourne Ultimatum
Sweeney Todd
The Departed
What Would Jesus Buy?
Ghost World
I'm Not There
She's The Man
Lars and the Real Girl
Romance and Cigarettes
No Country for Old Men
Into the Wild
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With
Across the Universe

Shows Lately
Damo Suzuki/Stinking Lizaveta @ Mill Creek
Death and the Maiden @ Curio
Devon Sproule/Carsie Blanton/Devin Greenwood/John Francis @ Tin Angel
Assassins @ The Arden
Oakley Hall and the Teeth @ Johnny Brendas
Isabella and Flamingo/Winnebago and Map Me and Gatz and Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven and Sonic Dances and Strawberry Farm and The Emperor Jones and No Dice and Hearts of Man and Principles of Uncertainty and Isabella and BATCH and Addicted to Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre's 20th Century and Car and Sports Trilogy and Explanatorium and Wandering Alice and Must Don't Whip Um and Festival of Lies and A Room of Ones Own and Recitatif @ the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe
Martha Graham Cracker and Eliot Levin and Kilo etc. @ the Fringe Cabaret
Lullatone and Teletextile @ Boulder Coffee [Rochester]
TV Sound @ the M Room
Aretha Franklin @ East Dell, Fairmount Pk.
Romeo + Juliet in Clark Park
Daft Punk @ Red Rocks
Spoon @ Rockefeller Park
Ponytail at Pony Pants' House
Mirah/Benjy Ferree @ the 1UC
Tortoise @ World Cafe Live
Hall & Oates...ish
"Nuclear Dreams" - Mascher Dance Group, x2
The Four of Us @ 1812
Machines Machines Machines Machines Machines Machines Machines by Rainpan whatever
Mascher Dance Group/Nathaniel Bartlett
Cornelius @ TLA
Sloan @ World Cafe
In Fluxxxx
Slavic Soul Party!/Red Heart the Ticker @ I-House
the Fantasticks @ Mum
Peter Bjork + Jorn/Fujiya + Miyagi @ fkaTLA
John Vanderslice @ Johnny Brendas
The Books & Todd Reynolds @ 1UC
Into the Woods @ LPAC
The Fishbowl @ the Frear
Caroline, or, Change @ the Arden
Low & Loney, Dear. @ 1UC

Sunday, February 11

the fake weekend is real again

see, ben likes it when i'm ridiculous.

odd thing, i blothered with rebecca and later, helpfully, counseled with millie on monday about, partly, not doing things, you might say, spontaneously and radically (more the latter i guess.) but hey look! yesterday, as you can see ,i spontaneously and radically got new glasses. really so. until the moment i set foot in the store, i had absolutely no premonition that i was going to get glasses that day. i did spend a while trying to pick out frames - my goal was to get something bold and remarkable that would be different from my other pair, but i ended up getting some that are extremely similar to my old glasses (which were broken in the accident), just slightly more uniform in their thickness and emphatically stripey in their tortoise (which is the only aspect i don't really like.) tried to go for some color (green or red, blue's no good) but i couldn't do it and/or they didn't have what i would have needed.

wait, let's count - that's one. 2. also radically and spontaneously changed my order to sesame and lemon mock chicken at cherry st. veg - that was a bad choice, but then i wasn't the one who decided to eat there. (jason ordered "feathered knishes," which is not something i would have ever thought to think of in conjunction with veg chinese, if at all.)

2.5) also radically and spontaneously happened to see martha when i was at laura and caitlin and dave's yesterday. that made twice in as many days after friday, when we watched high school musical instead of dreamgirls. i'm gonna have a hard time feeling like that was a wrong decision, because hsm is wow great good, even better than the part of me that was expecting to love it expected. still a little confused about how a made-for-even-disney-tv movie became teh phenomenon, but ok. i'm gonna say not b/c talent will out.

for real 3) all thursday tara and i radically and fairly spontaneously began not so much just restructuring my apartment as transmogrifying it. a process that involves furniture and cleanliness. and, like all good things in life, lots and lots of cds in piles all over the place. it's getting less spontaneous as it lulls (no, just waits patiently whilst i run about town in the bikebreaking cold), but no less radical, no sir. oh man, it is so radical. and it's not finished yet!

it might be truer than i even think that i've managed to 4) spontaneously, certainly, and radically cut back on my internet abusage since two weeks or so ago when i verbalized, seriously albeit jokingly, that it had become something like addiction. still suffer some blog guilt, but that's going too. on the other hand, worklife, apartmentlife and other things have also helped by forcibly intervening.

so now, what do i do instead of (just) compulsively internetting (and for the nonce cleaning/straightening) when i get home? after work for instance. well, for one thing, i lie on the floor, when i get home from work, especially now that i am just getting readjusted to the strain and drain of it. but for the most part, after baking all day at work, i find myself playing around in the kitchen. which makes me think that i must really like doing things with food.

[eta: but! i'm not gearing up for a career in food service, but rather for being a stay-at-home and making dinner for my future spouse(s).]

hmm, i just now spontaneously and fairly radically made a cheese sauce to put on asparagus and rice. hey, cheese sauce is really easy, and tastes good. asparagus was 99¢ and tastes like it, but okay.

that's five, but i must say that it's been less satisfying than it should/could be this week to make food experiments and to transmogrify the apartment. that's because my new-minted roommate has indeed evidently very spontaneously and radically - and uncharacteristically - disappeared, without advance or subsequent notice - i haven't seen him since last sunday night, and it wasn't until tuesday that he cryptically texted me, or thursday morning that i got his e-mail saying he'd be back this tuesday, but still not explaining where he was or why... this after all of two nights actually staying together in the apartment.

so that's been a little mystery. (i dreamed he came back and had been on a fishing trip.) i guess i'll let you know what happens.

by the way, i wrote about the akron/family and jonathan richman and david byrne concerts i went to this weekend and last here, so dig that.

there's a lot i want to write about on mincetapes these days - jazz (and electronica), reggae (and soul), soul (and the ny times), keith urban (and being a teenage girl) - and i may or may not catch with all of it before the flurry of valentimes posts that i just realized i ought to do as well. that may or may not depend on whether i try to go to the lily allen concert tomorrow night, which will be somewhat spontaneous and radical if i do it. (do you think this is an annoying structuring device? i do!)

i feel nice about valentimes being this week - even though i didn't get to make crafty cards with rebecca yesterday (neither did she), and even if this party isn't happening again this year, which it looks like it may not, which would be a shame. it was some memorable fun last time. look, you can tell me by my shoes (tho even better is the one with me and the paper bags):

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[eta: since i am now an avatar of elemental love, i'm not responsible for actually propagating love in the puny form of valentines cards, or for having an actual valentine. feel the ross of love and the love of ross.]

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