Thanks

I love the sound of that word. “Thanks” or “thank you” is something I love to say and hear. I hear it all the time, which makes me feel good about the world around me. When I don’t hear it, however, it makes me madder than hell.

This isn’t about something that happened recently, just a general post about how I don’t understand why someone wouldn’t say “thank you” when someone else does something for them. Like, holding open a door. Countless times in my life I’ve seen someone take time out of their day to hold a door open for someone several steps behind them and not receive so much as a smile of gratitude (let alone a whole word). Do some people just expect to have the door held open for them? Are they spoiled enough to think they shouldn’t have to say “thank you” to someone who has just thought about another person over themselves? Ridiculous.

Even more frustrating is when I don’t hear “thank you” at a restaurant. Sure, the waiter’s just doing their job, but how would you like it if you were never thanked for doing something at your workplace? I admit that I probably say it too much, being sure to give at least a “thanks” every time my waiter does something for me. I sometimes wonder if I’m annoying them by saying it too much, but then I just figure that I’ll make up for all of the lame human beings who don’t feel the need to thank the people who are providing food for them to eat.

I guess some people just weren’t raised correctly. It’s a shame.

Happenings

Saw Once on Monday night, and was really glad that I got off the couch and spent the $8. It’s an independent film that’s touted as a musical, although it’s certainly not full of the typical musical fare you’d expect to find. It’s more akin to Damien Rice, with a bit more urgency behind the emotions in the music.

I liked the music, truth be told. It got a little sappy at times, but once I began to forget how cold I was in that stupid theater I found myself forgetting that I was watching a movie alone. I forgot about me, really. I love it when that happens; it rarely does anymore. If I had set out to do that, lose myself in a movie, it wouldn’t have happened. Things like that don’t happen when forced, no matter what the circumstances. I always find myself becoming too self-aware. This movie wouldn’t let me do that, and I was grateful to it for that.

Anyway, I enjoyed it. If you think you might, I’d highly recommend trying to catch it.

Today the cousin and I joined Premiere Lady Fitness. I have no idea why they decided on that name. I’m almost a little embarrassed saying that “I belong to Premiere Lady Fitness.” But it’s the truth, and it’ll be the truth for a year, since I went ahead and took the dive into a year membership. There’s no backing out, either. So I guess my only option is to actually GO to the gym as much as possible. I confess that the major catalyst is the wedding in (gasp) 9 months, but I’m really just getting fed up with feeling sorry for myself. If I’m going to get to a point where I’m happy with how I look, I’ve got to work at it now.

Two Things

1) I’m thoroughly convinced that Cold Roses is right up there with Heartbreaker in the “best Ryan Adams music” category. I know this is the opinion of others as well, but I just wanted to put that out there. If Cold Roses didn’t have “How Do You Keep Love Alive” on the first disc, it’d probably surpass Heartbreaker on some days.

2) Did you know that Highway 183 will take you straight up north all the way to Nebraska? I had a bit of fun on Google Maps today. One day I hope to just pick a road and follow it until it ends.

Confession

Sorry if this post doesn’t flow well. It’s one of those days.

This is difficult. I’ve only told a few people about this so far, and I feel that it’s best to just come out with these sorts of things. Just be honest. That’s the best policy, right? Yeah. So here goes.

I’ve begun watching WE. That’s right, Women’s Entertainment. Specifically Bridezillas and (gulp) American Princess. I don’t know what’s happened; maybe it’s because I’m engaged and am hungry for anything info that pertains to weddings. That doesn’t explain American Princess. Nothing explains that.

I used to be one of those women that swore off ANYTHING on Lifetime or WE or whatever other channels are geared towards women. Even if, say, Sleepless in Seattle, a movie I adore, was on one of those channels, I’d probably find something else to watch. Like ESPN. Yeah, I’m usually that girl.

I’d heard about Bridezillas from some friends, and always thought it sounded like a funny show, but the dilemma was that it was on WE. So I never tried to catch it and see what it was all about. Then one day recently we came across it–and the rest, as they say, is history. I was hooked. Even Jared didn’t mind watching it too much.

You might think that there’s no big deal with watching the channel for a couple of shows. And I think I could live with that if that was the truth. Except…well…I watch it almost every day now. As in, I check to see what’s on when I get home from work. I used to check the big three (Comedy Central, FSN, Discovery) then probably settle on Comedy Central, especially if it was almost time for Daily Show. But then Discovery had Shark Week, and I lost interest. Comedy Central is inexplicably in love with Carlos Mencia (who steals his jokes, by the way, worthless idiot). And my Astros aren’t doing too hot, so FSN is usually more depressing than entertaining these days. So the big three don’t always grab my attention anymore.

And who’s gonna be there to pick me up? I’ll tell ya who! Crazy women getting married! Crazy women wanting to be an American Princess! And then some more crazy women getting married!

At this point, I won’t swear off WE once the big three come back. I’ve realized that I can watch that channel and not feel like a crazy lady. It just makes me a more rounded person, right? Maybe I just won’t watch it for hours on end after work anymore…

I miss…

my mom.

I do. She came up last night to drop off her (my old) car for me to drive (CR-V’s in the shop). It was just what I needed, that visit from her. There was nothing special about the visit; she came up to the apartment for a few minutes, we had pizza at Frank & Angie’s, we picked up my cousin, and I drove Mom home. No big deal.

But there was something about being able to talk to her in person about different things that have been milling around in my head, about the wedding, the possible job application, general stuff, that made me relax and feel better. Lately I’ve been wanting to talk to her more and more, so that now it seems I call every day during my lunch break or on my way home from work. We don’t talk about anything in particular every time, but each call makes my day better.

Is it because I’m in some sort of slow lifting fog of a depression? Is it because we’re planning my wedding, which is in the same moment making me feel both very mature and extremely helpless? Is it just that time of month?

Or is it just that I’ve never really had a problem with my mom, and I’m really beginning to appreciate that? I can’t imagine what it must feel like to not have this kind of relationship with at least one parent. My mom really is one of my best friends, as cheesy as that sounds. And I do realize that this entire post is a bit heavy on the sentiment. Oh well.

Ok, I’ll bite

Two of my friends have done this, so I thought I’d do it too.

Go here and pick 5-6 words that you think describe me.

ACL Festival Schedule

I guess this post won’t be of any interest to those not going to the Austin City Limits Festival, but for those who are going, I invite you to some discussions about who to see. If you’re not going you can join the discussion too, of course. Here’s the schedule in case you want to check it out.

Here is my Friday, Sept. 14 Schedule as of now:

–2:30-3:30 – Can’t decide between Bela Fleck & The Flecktones or Pete Yorn. I don’t own anything by either, so I am open as to who would be better to see live. I’ve heard more Pete Yorn than Flecktones, but I wonder if I should see a band that would be completely new for me.
–3:30-4:30 – Peter Bjorn and John. Oh.So.Excited.
–5:30-6:30 – LCD Soundsystem. Again, don’t have anything by this band, but have heard their stuff on KEXP a few times and have been sad that I can’t boogie down at work.
–6:30-7:30 – Can’t decide between Queens of the Stone Age or Spoon. While I dig me some Spoon like crazy, I’ve seen them several times. I’ve never seen QOTSA. I have more albums by Spoon (a lot more), so even though I could probably see Spoon in Austin within the next year, I’ll probably end up heading their way.
–8:30-10 – Bjork. Also don’t own anything by her, and really don’t listen to her that much, but I’ve heard she puts on one hell of a show. Should be this year’s Flaming Lips. And the alternative, The Killers, are apparently quite boring on stage.

Saturday, Sept. 15 schedule as of now:

–3:30-4:30 – Andrew Bird. I’ve only heard a few songs by this guy, and he seems alright. Might put on a good show, and one never wants to miss a good show.
–4:30-5:30 – Damien Rice. Might not be the best place for his sound, but I was in love with his first album for a while so I can’t pass him up. Especially when the alternative is Blue October. (Blech)
–6:30-7:30 – Can’t decide between Arctic Monkeys or Muse. I really dig “Knights of Cydonia” by Muse, but staying at the Arctic Monkeys ensures a good spot for…
–8:15-9:30 – Arcade Fire!!! I saw this band two years ago at ACL without really knowing if I’d like them. They are now one of my favorites, and this is one of the shows I paid the money for. Can’t Wait.
–9:30-10 – Might try to catch a bit of The White Stripes. But I won’t cry if I miss them.

Sunday, Sept. 16 schedule as of now:

–12:30-1:30 – Yo La Tengo. I’d really like to catch these guys, but it’ll most likely be very hot at 12:30. And I need to be able to last until the end of the day.
–1:30-2:30 – The National. Again, I’d really like to catch this band. I’ve heard them on KEXP many times and always turn the volume up for their songs. But it’ll be hot! Will have to decide that weekend if I’ll make it out for them.
–2:30-3:30 – Ben Kweller. By now you may have heard about Ben’s bloody nose at last year’s festival. It was bleeding so profusely that not even the tampon he ended up shoving up his nostril could stop the flow. I hope he’s able to finish his set this year.
–3:30-4:30 – Can’t decide between DeVotchKa or Rodrigo y Gabriela. Wait, RyG has a cover of “Stairway to Heaven.” It’s just been decided. Sorry DeVotchKa; I’ll catch you next time.
–4:30-5:30 – Lucinda Williams beats out Bloc Party.
–5:30-6:30 – I’d like to see Midlake, but I think I’m gonna get food to get ready for…
–6:30-7:45 – WILCO. Again, one of the bands I’m paying money for. I’m incredibly bummed that I’m missing My Morning Jacket, but seeing as I own every Wilco album as opposed to one MMJ album, the choice is clear.
–8:30-10 – I’ll have to (sadly) miss Ghostland Observatory and The Decemberists to try and snag a decent spot for…(drumroll please)…

BOB DYLAN. Bob Dylan, people. Bob effin’ Dylan.

ADD: I forgot to mention that, as usual, I’ll probably end up hearing something I like as I’m walking and will venture to random stages. That’s the true beauty of ACL. That’s why this schedule, while I’d like to stick to it as much as possible, is never set in stone.

Did you actually make it this far? Wow, thanks!