Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tuesday Tunes



Heard this on the way home from work today. It is totally weird, but very catchy. It's one of the many songs I would have heard once and then forgotten about if my cousin hadn't introduced me to SoundHound. SoundHound, for those of you too lazy to click on my link, is an app that identifies music. Like, say you are in a store and you hear a really catchy tune on the in-store radio. You just activate the app and in a few seconds it will tell you the name of the song, the artist who sings it, the album, and all that good stuff. You can even look up lyrics and tour dates! Or just buy the mp3 right from your phone!  And it saves a list of all the songs you identify so that you can remember them. It even has a gps map of where you were when you heard the song. What did we do before smartphones existed?

Frontier Psychiatrist - The Avalanches

Monday, June 27, 2011

MIA

So I know it is bad blogging etiquette to make a post explaining and apologizing for blog laziness, but I;m going to do it anyway.  I just wanted to make sure you know that it isn't because of infinite sadness the way it was last summer.  Lately I haven't had time to post very often because I have been too busy enjoying myself.  Crazy, I know.

I've been having a lot of fun and I've been very happy.  I don't know how long it will last, but I intend to take full advantage of it while it does.  A lot of this has to do with my newly revised outlook on life.  I started developing this new outlook back when I made my summer goals list.  I realized that I would have to loosen up a little if I wanted to fulfill and enjoy all of the things on my list.  So I made a concerted effort to stop and enjoy things while they were happening rather than planning and expecting and worrying.  More importantly, I realized that I could have a good time on weekdays.  I know this sounds dumb, but it is a big deal to me.  You see, I've been very strict about going to bed as close to 11:00 PM as possible.  This meant stopping what I was doing, no matter how much fun I was having, around 10:30 to give myself enough of a buffer.  So I spent most of my night watching the clock to make sure that I would be in bed "on time".  This constant clock-watching would make me remember how nice it was to stay up late when I was young and didn't have to worry about getting up early for work.  I would then spend the rest of my time remembering that I had to get up and go to work the next morning.  This all combined to be a huge downer and I would no longer be having a good time.

Recently, though, it was as though a switch was flipped.  I am an adult.  I don't have to go to bed until I want to go to bed.  Will I be tired the next day if I stay up late?  Yes, probably.  But who cares?  As long as I can still wake up and go to work the next morning, what does it matter if I yawn a little more than usual?  Also, back in the day when I didn't work?  I didn't really do anything during the day anyway.  I was just bored and broke.  So what's there to miss about a time when I was poor and sitting around the house all day when now I have money and can do whatever I want whenever I want (within reason)?  It seems kinda silly to me.

Now I am not saying that I should go out partying til 3:00 AM every night.  But if I am having a good time watching a movie or creating art or hanging out on a weekday and it gets a little late?  Who cares!  Have a good time, me.  Life is flying by at an alarming rate - why waste it?

...that being said, I'll try to update my blog more often.  But only if I feel like it.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tuesday Tunes



Can I tell you a secret? I actually really enjoy the music of Nine Inch Nails most of the time. This embarrasses me and I am not entirely sure why. So I'm coming clean about it, I guess.

Only - Nine Inch Nails

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sketch 25



Still haven't decided on the apperance of my new D&D character.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Air Conditioning

This morning, while I was checking weather.com so I could decide what to wear, there was an old lady being interviewed on the news.  The caption beneath her? "Remembers life before air conditioning."  For realsies.

I remember life before air conditioning, though maybe not in exactly the same way.  I mean sure, it existed at the time.  But I did not have access to it.  My family did not have a/c until 1994.  And we lived in the city!  And even then, when we did finally get a window unit, it was only in the living room.  I didn't have a/c in my bedroom until we bought this house (the bedroom at the apartment had protective bars on the windows, so we really couldn't put one in there)!

You know what else I saw on the news?  Local schools have been having early dismissals due to the heat.  Can you believe this?  We didn't have a/c at school in the dark ages during my school career and we never got sent home early.  I feel like an old lady saying so, but back in my day we just suffered through it!  Kids these days need to learn to suck it up.

It has been ridiculously hot though.  Seriously - it is only June and it has been in the high 90s this entire week.  I hate to think what the temperature will be in August...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tuesday Tunes



The first time I heard this song, I didn't really like it. I think I turned to a different station before it had even finished. But somewhere along the way I fell in love with it and now I just walk around singing it to myself.

April Fool - Manchester Orchestra

Monday, June 6, 2011

Summer

I love summer, it is pretty much the best thing.  And yet, I still usually end up wasting it away without even noticing.  Does anyone else have this problem?  This year, I made a solemn vow to myself - I vowed to enjoy ever day of this summer to its fullest potential.  So far I have been very successful with this goal.  Since I consider Memorial Day weekend to be the beginning of summer, here's what I have done so far to enjoy the season:

05/28 - Kyle's picnic
05/29 - Mt. Gretna
05/30 - family picnic
05/31 - gardening
06/01 - wings
06/02 - greenhouse & ice cream with Kim
06/03 - girls' night
06/04 - shady maple and relaxation
06/05 - gardening, pool party, and ice cream

I know some of these things are not necessarily summer-related, but the point is just to have a good time and so far I have been doing just that.  There are, however, lots of seasonal things that I would like to do - such as:

Celtic Fling
Apple Dumpling Festival
Art on the Avenue
Community Days
Celtic Oyster Fest
go to the beach
pick fruit at an orchard
go to a theme park
go swimming
host a picnic
go to yard sales/flea markets/antique shops
go on a photo adventure

I have a lot of goals, I know, but they all seem decently acheivable.  I'm not aiming too high - just high enough.  Seriously, though, I had enought fun this weekend that I forgot to be sad that it was Sunday when that dreadful day came around!  If you know me, you know what a big deal that is.  Here's to hoping I can keep up this momentum!