Monday, July 30, 2007

Lovin' a music man ain't always what it's supposed to be

Today was my last lesson before my teacher takes her annual month-long vacation. I'm on my own for all of August. I ordered sheet music for "Faithfully" last month -- 5 sharps!!! The first time I looked at it I just closed it up. But today I figured it out: B major! I was actually able to plunk it out today. Very, very exciting. Oh, the crush I had on Jonathan Cain when I was a kid.

Snidbits, Part 2

It's thunderstormy out, and it's morning. For some reason, that doesn't seem right. It's somehow unnatural. Storms should happen when it's already dark out. Anyway, it has me up and contemplative.

Jeffrey and I went for a nice, creative dinner date last night. It was pretty good. For the appetizer, we got beef tartare with pickled eggs and tiny toast as well as fried goat cheese and ham and artichoke salad. The tartare wasn't what I expected it to be. I guess I expected it to be more rawish. The goat cheese was delicious, though. And it was a gigantic patty -- much more than I expected. For the entrees, we got the lamb shank (who can resist saying lamb shank) and the etouffe, which were both very tasty. For dessert, we got the pound cake with strawberries and strawberry ice cream and the creme brulee. It was an experience at a restaurant we've been meaning to try, and I felt really grateful that we are fortunate enough to enjoy a dinner like that.

Then we went to see "The Simpsons" movie. It was packed. We sat in front of some of what I call "dude seating," (dude, empty seat, dude, repeat) which is annoying. The dudes had to use their outside voices to be heard across that empty seat. Anyway, I have to say that the movie was a bit of a disappointment. I'm sort of a season 2-6 kind of a gal. Maybe the new ones are like this. It had its moments, though.

Some other snippets:

1. It always amazes me when I find someone who really easily lies. It's one of the two things I don't believe in until I have to: people who are genuinely stupid and adults who lie. What is with adults who lie? I just think of it as a thing that people outgrow, you know, when they're 5. But some people do it really easily, every single day. It just rolls off their tongue! It always amazes me. I know that I'm naive in many ways, but I just don't see a reason for it. It's like, little bullshit stuff, too, just to get their way. And big stuff. Like, answering a direct question no when you know the answer is yes. I just wonder how a person gets to that point in life where they have to lie to get through a day. It's just such a small life. It's mind-boggling.

2. I'm sort of anti-base-10-establishment right now. It drives Jeffrey crazy. It's gotten to the point where we just can't discuss it. It really makes him mad. Like, I'm anti 3.141592, but I'm mega-pro (circumference) over (diameter). To me, the digits are not as precise because they'll never be right. They'll continue to approach rightness to a degree that I can't even discern, but they'll never actually be right.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

And the sign said, long-haired freaky people need not apply

Tonight was batshit at work. Everything kept changing. So that means just one thing: a night of relaxing with "Say it With Sign"!
I LOVE Say it with Sign. It is an incredibly cheesy early '80s PBS-esque (though I actually think it's NBC) show in which an adorable and theatrical husband-and-wife team teaches sign language conversationally. So far I've learned like 4 letters and maybe 15 words. I bought a few of the videos at a library sale a couple years ago for maybe a buck apiece. It really is too great. Every episode, one of them signs out a song. The first one is "Consider Yourself!" from "Oliver!" And then they sit on the couch and have a sign conversation. And always, they flirt. Unfortunately, the person who spoke sign at the post office doesn't appear to work there anymore. I'm going to have to go out and find someone to tell please, thank you, and yesterday I felt fine but I now am feeling cold or hot. It's kind of a workout, really.

Oh man. Now they're showing pictures of their baby and signing about her. I love this so much.

Oh, and for you out-of-towners, I got new glasses this week. They're a bit of a funk upgrade for me. Here they are:

They have funky bows, too, but I couldn't figure out how to photograph that without it looking funny.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Some random things I love

1. The "When the Going Gets Tough" video. It has Danny DeVito, Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas as back-up singers/dancers wearing all white. Them acting out the lyrics is just hilarious and endearing. "Darling! I'll climb any mountain!" and then later, "Oooh! Can I touch ya?" They're all so adorable. There's no way to watch this video without smiling. It's like I actually believe that the three of them did the background singing on the Billy Ocean track. That's how good their acting is. I mean, it's nondescript and pretty easy; they could have done the singing! I especially love the end when they start scrapping with each other and run off the stage.

2. The West Wing episode: Debate Camp. The president's staff handles him just right but has a lot of fun trying to get Toby and Andy back together, too. It's in the fourth season, when Rob Lowe was still in it, and before the Donna/Josh thing got stupid. Also, Mary Louise Parker is such a great, sexy, feminist. And they sing Latin in 8-part harmony! How great is that?! There are a lot of great episodes (the beginning of the second season when Josh gets shot and they all recall how they got to the campaign is really good too) but I really love this one.

3. Produce aisles in the state of Washington. When I lived in Bremerton, one great joy I had was walking down the apple aisle at the local Safeway. Sure, I had to time taking a bus there and back, and it rained ALL THE TIME, but there was an entire aisle full of different kinds of apples. The sheer volume and variety boggled my mind. And, of course, it's where I learned about Rainier cherries, which were dirt cheap there and exquisite. Now I'm deciding whether to shell out $7.99 a pound for that sweet nostalgia. Mostly it's a no.

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So I've been writing people to let them know I'm getting married. I don't know. I guess I think it's one of those things that people write to each other and tell them. Not like I have much experience in these types of things; I only know a couple people who are married -- that I know of. I say that because here's how it's gone for the past 2 people I've written to let them know:

Me: Hey, I just wanted to write to let you know that I'm getting married.
Alexis: Congratulations on your wedding! I met someone last summer and we got married in November!

Me: Hey there. I just wanted to let you know that I'm getting married!
Jeremy: Oh wow! Congratulations! ... Have I told you about my son, Hank? He was born 3 months ago.


So I guess the lesson here is that I have to keep in better touch.

I don't know why this song makes me so mad, but it does

I know. There's a lot more out there, especially right now, that deserves my rage. And mostly, there's enough to go around. But this song just makes me so angry. Maybe it's because I dated a cheesy bullshitter for so many years, and maybe it's because I am forced to work with another bullshitter who I think reminds me of him. And, I'm sort of a low-bullshit-tolerance type of gal. Anyway, here ya go. It's called "Sometimes When We Touch," it's by Dan Hill, and I have heard it maybe 10 too many times this week.
You ask me if I love you
And I choke on my reply
I'd rather hurt you honestly
Than mislead you with a lie
And who am I to judge you
On what you say or do?
I'm only just beginning to see the real you

And sometimes when we touch
The honesty's too much
And I have to close my eyes and hide
I wanna hold you til I die
Til we both break down and cry
I wanna hold you till the fear in me subsides

Romance and all its strategy
Leaves me battling with my pride
But through the insecurity
Some tenderness survives
I'm just another writer
Still trapped within my truth
A hesitant prize fighter
Still trapped within my youth

And sometimes when we touch
The honesty's too much
And I have to close my eyes and hide
I wanna hold you til I die
Til we both break down and cry
I wanna hold you till the fear in me subsides

At times I'd like to break you
And drive you to your knees
At times I'd like to break through
And hold you endlessly

At times I understand you
And I know how hard you've tried
I've watched while love commands you
And I've watched love pass you by

At times I think we're drifters
Still searching for a friend
A brother or a sister
But then the passion flares again

Friday, July 13, 2007

Words

A friend and I were chatting over lunch yesterday. You know what's a weird word? Husband. You know what's an even weirder word? Wife. Don't get me wrong; I'm very excited to be getting married to Jeffrey. But you know, I'm going to have a husband. And I'm going to be a wife. It's just very, very weird.

I'm very specific about words and phrases. I like to think that it's because I work with words for a living, but probably it's because I'm oversensitive and I talk too much. Whatever the reason, here are a couple phrases that I hate. If I hear them in the right context, it's possible I may get violent.

"I'm just beating myself up over it." Really? You're really beating yourself up over it? This phrase means someone who speaks bullshit psychotalk feels EXTREMELY sorry for themselves and wants you to, too. Who wouldn't feel sorry for someone who's doing themselves internal bodily injury??? Oh yeah, me, that's who. I'm a cold b.

"My bad." I don't know why I hate this one so much, but I do. I guess I'm just traditional when it comes to "Oh, I'm sorry, I made that mistake." It's sort of like when I see "mishap" being misused. "17 injured in truck mishap." I bet those people who are injured don't think it's an oopsie-daisies.

Whew, that's enough hate for now. It's been sort of an angry week.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

OK I just want to clear something up

I still don't like Zach Galifianakis, but no longer because he's affiliated with SpongeBob Squarepants. I had to drop this as a primary reason when I found out that he is not affiliated with SpongeBob Squarepants. I totally thought he voiced the annoying little seacube! But the truth is that he's never been part of that cash cow. So I'm just going to have to rely on the fact that I don't think he's very funny. However, his Web site links to savedarfur.org, which is important. So he's got that.

That's all for now.