General

I’ve been tagged for a meme, but I’m going to save that for tomorrow. Mainly because I actually have some other stuff to write about, which honestly doesn’t happen much anymore.

I’m a little late on the bandwagon, but I need to publicly declare my love for the new Radiohead album, In Rainbows. I have several friends who don’t care for Radiohead. And while I try to be understanding of other people’s opinions, especially when it comes to music, I keep wanting to make them listen to this song, or that one, in the hopes that they’ll finally see what I see. Or hear what I hear, I guess. Anyway, the new album has become my best friend while I’ve been training for the 5K.

Oh yeah, something else. I’m training for a 5K. The Bun Run, to be exact. Here’s how that happened: I few weeks ago I was out sick for several days. On the day that I finally came back to work, I went in for a half day. Instead of going to Subway like I was planning, I decided to stop by Schlotzsky’s on my way in to work to grab a quick lunch. Along with the delicious food, I received a flyer asking me to vote for the 2008 Bun Run T-shirt. When you voted, you were automatically entered into a contest, the prize being a free entry into the race. Well lo and behold, I won an entry. I’m not religious, but figured this was as good a sign as any that I needed to buck up and do the 5K. I’d been talking about it ever since I started running, and I was already at the point where I could run a full 30 minutes. Now I’m up to 39 minutes for 3.14 miles, with my ultimate goal being 31 minutes. I’m not sure if that’s going to happen, but if I get down to 35 minutes, I’ll still be happy.

If you’ve never thought of yourself as a runner, I urge you to rethink. I never liked running, and figured it would forever be too hard to “learn” how to run. But my darling friend Pieces got me started on a running program again (this was the second time I was trying it) that was designed to help a person reach 30 minutes of running. I’m not exactly sure why it worked this time, but I suspect it had something to do with the fact that I’m going to be wearing a white dress in a few months. Regardless, I’ve grown to love running. I’m excited by the thought of how good I’m going to feel after I’ve gone to the gym, and I’ve finally figured out what people are feeling when they talk about a runner’s high.

I’ve started taking an anti-depressant for my PMDD. I don’t exactly remember the name of the drug (I’m awful about that stuff, and I’m at work so I can’t look at the bottle), but it’s basically generic Prozac, according to my doctor. I was diagnosed with PMDD eight years ago, when I entered junior college. Once I got a boyfriend I stopped taking the medicine because I thought, “Hey, I have a boyfriend now, everything will be great.” I was wrong. But I didn’t realize it was the PMDD. I guess I thought I was a bad girlfriend. Anyway, I’ve now realized that the anxiety and paranoia that plague me before my period can be helped. There’s no point in suffering if I don’t have to.

Since I started taking the medicine, I’ve been much calmer. More at peace, even. Sure, I still get mood swings, I still get depressed and slightly anxious at times, but it’s nothing compared to what was happening before. I didn’t really want to be on meds, but honestly, it’s a small price to pay for your sanity (and the sanity of your fiance).

That’s just a general recap of what’s been going on lately. I haven’t abandoned the internet completely, just found that life is taking over all of my time right now.

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Wilco Wedding Wish

Do you think that writing a nice letter to Wilco will convince them to play at the wedding? Their website doesn’t have them booked for May 24, after all…

Here’s where that question came from: I’m listening to an NPR streamed Wilco concert in Washington, D.C. And I’ve got to say that even though I’ve seen them three times now and heard their concerts via the internet twice, I really (REALLY) can’t wait until I’m able to see them again.

I think I’m finally coming out from under the blanket of exhaustion that was my version of the flu. Actually, I don’t know what’s been plaguing me the last four days, but the last two have found me so completely wiped out that I haven’t gone in to work. Even today, just washing a few dishes made me so tired that I immediately returned to the couch. However, I’m feeling a little more optimistic this evening, and I’m thinking tomorrow is the day I’m going to return to the real world. The last two days have found me watching more reality TV programming than I care to admit (because seriously, that’s all that’s on anymore), and I think I’m beginning to go a little crazy.

I’m such a copycat

I keep seeing things on other blogs and thinking, “I want to post that!” I need some original ideas, but it’s a Friday, so I won’t feel too bad about it. I got this one from 650miles.

My list won’t seem as varied since I’m doing this at work. My iTunes here isn’t nearly as full as my bank at home.

Here’s how it works:
1. Put your iTunes on Shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. You must write that song name down no matter what.

Q. What would best describe your personality?
A. “Can’t Even Breathe On My Own Hand” by Half-Handed Cloud

Q. If someone says it’s okay you say…
A. “Pas Si Simple” by Yann Tiersen

Q. What do you like in a guy/girl?
A. “Jacksonville” by Sufjan Stevens

Q.How do you feel today?
A. “I Feel It All” by Feist

Q.What is your life’s purpose?
A. “My Moon My Man” by Feist

Q. What is your motto?
A. “Gray Stables” by Iron and Wine

Q. What do your friends think of you?
A. “Memories of You” by Elana James

Q. What do you think of your friends?
A. “Two” by Ryan Adams

Q. What do you think of your parents?
A. “On the Bus Mall” by The Decemberists

Q.What do your parents think of you?
A. “Walken” by Wilco

Q. What do you think about very often?
A. “Leave Me (Like You Found Me)” by Wilco

Q. What do you think of your best friend?
A. “The Infanta” by The Decemberists

Q. What do you think of the person you love?
A. “Love Song No. 7” by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Q.What is your life story?
A. “La Noyee” by Yann Tiersen

Q. What do you want to be when you grow up?
A. “St. Apollonia” by Beirut

Q. What do you think when you see the person you love?
A. “The Act of the Apostle, Pt. 2” by Belle & Sebastian

Q. What is your hobby/interest?
A. “Shake It Off” by Wilco

Q. What will they play at your funeral?
A. “Limit To Your Love” by Feist

Q. What is your biggest secret?
A. “The Flying Club Cup” by Beirut

I just realized

…that if I had no regards for how obnoxious it would be to do so, I’d tell everyone about my music collection in the same fashion that others talk about their kids.

Jared likened the joining of our two cd collections to the merger of a big company with a smaller one. Some people might get pink slips (we have a good number of the same cds), but in the end it will be a more cohesive group. I liked that.

I think my dream job would be to work in music in some way, but I’m not that qualified. I’d only be able to scout out new talent. Anyone need a professional listener for their indie label?

Addition

If you need some music to walk down the street to, 70s style, check out Orgone. I am not kidding; you will feel like you’re in a movie.

Music!

While others are listening to holiday music, I’m listening to dance music.

KEXP seems to be into the dance music today (not house music, but music that really makes you want to shake your booty), and I have no complaints. Are you tired of hearing cheery Christmas music and want to tap your foot while wrapping the last few presents? You should try these websites/bands on for size.

Beats Broke is a brand new hip hop label that belongs to a boyfriend of a friend. I’ve gotta say, I don’t like the hip hop as much as the next kid, but I do dig the music offered up on this site. I’m a fan of Pax & Pry, and Arts the Beatdoctor lives up to the great name. Sure, I’d tell you to go to this site even if I didn’t like it, since it belongs to a genuinely nice person who deserves some web visits to his label. But I do recommend listening to the music if you think you could possibly need a little hip hop in your life.

Muscles is actually a band recommended by Dooce a little while ago, so if you read her site you’ve maybe already had a taste of them. I really dig their music and don’t take them very seriously, which I think is the point. Just shake your booty already! (Have I really said the word “booty” twice in this post?)

Black Kids is a band I’ve mentioned before, but I really can’t get enough of them. Their songs make me smile every time I hear them, especially “I’m not gonna teach him…”

Granted, this type of music isn’t for everyone, and that’s cool. I just like the happy feeling I get when music makes me want to dance in my chair at work, so I wanted to share it with the 2 or 3 readers who are still around. If you do end up dancing, let me know!

Dance party!

So I use Gmail which groups emails under the same subject into one long email conversation. For example, if you and I were to email back and forth 20 times about WordPress, I wouldn’t have 20 emails in my inbox. Just one very long (and potentially boring) email. (I know most of you use Gmail already, but, you know, some don’t.)

Since I started listening to KEXP, I’ve come across a good number of bands that I’d like to have in my iTunes. The first time this happened, I sent myself an email with the subject being the name of the band I liked (Ghostland Observatory, for those who are interested). The next time it happened, I decided to just reply to the Ghostland Observatory email with the next band name in the text field. And so on, and so on. So now I have an email list that’s about 20 bands deep. To be honest, I’ve only bought one band’s CD (Dr. Dog) because I’m simply poorer than I previously thought. And occasionally I go back through the list and realize that when I turn the music up a little more, I don’t like the band as much as I thought. (I listen to KEXP at work, and therefore can’t turn the music up to the appropriate volume.)

Last night Jared and I went through some of the list together, and I reconfirmed my longing for a few bands. Beirut is one of them. It’s safe to say that if you liked the music in Amelie, you’ll probably dig Beirut (and if you haven’t seen Amelie yet, get to it!). Starlight Mints is another one. They have one song that reminds me a big of Pavement. The band Awesome is original and, as their name suggests, pretty awesome.

But my happiest reminder came with Black Kids. Oh how their music makes me want to have a dance party. And if you like(d) The Cure at all, you’ll probably appreciate Black Kids. Especially “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You.” And what’s really great is that they let you download their four song EP from their website (and from MySpace, which is where that link will take you) for FREE.

Will anyone dance with me if I dim the lights, pour some drinks, and turn their music up loud?