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Tripping Wire

Have you ever been to Chuck E. Cheese?

If you have, what do you remember?

Here’s what I remember. I remember going to Chuck E. Cheese and going up front to the stage and my brother and other guy cousins going up to the female robotic character that dances around on the stage and looking up her skirt. No. Lie. Creeps. πŸ˜‰

I also remember that I never really enjoyed their pizza. And that says a lot. Cause PIZZA is my weakness. And you know, they say that in your weakness, God is strong. And I gotta testify. In my pizza, God is strong! I love pizza. πŸ˜€

I ate pizza today for lunch. I went to Pagliacci’s pizza and ordered my pizza, got my pizza and stood in line to pay. Next to me was this chick who looked like she stepped right out of Sailor Moon. No. Lie. So naturally, I’m thinking . . . day before Halloween, office party, dress up, fun costume. I was a HUGE fan of Sailor Moon when I was a kid. So I did the only rational thing in my brain at the moment and I complimented her.

It went like this:

Me: I LOVE your costume! I was always a fan of Sailor Moon. You really rock the outfit. (all said with a goofy grin only a 6 year old could have)
Her: (looking slightly offended) Um. Thanks, but it’s not a costume.
ME: (in an awkward attempt to recover) oh. sorry.

Luckily we were both paying at the time so it was a short conversation, after which I made a bee line for the door.

Okay. Let’s get real. I’ve had awkward moments before. I mean, just last night some chick in a car next to me saw me sniffing my new coffee grounds from Cupcake Royale. I know I’m awkward and crazy stuff happens to me all the time. I get it.

But the look on her face seriously made me feel like I’d just run over her cat or something.

K.Rowe offered me solace. But a word to the wise, unless it’s Halloween night, just let it go. just. let. it. go.

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Don’t Wake Me

Wow. I tell you, these extra two hours each day are something else! πŸ˜‰ Granted, the nice early morning coffee buzz sure feels good πŸ˜€ The fact that my co-workers are ENTIRELY TOO encouraging and gracious towards me is quite humbling and refreshing as well. πŸ™‚

I read online today that there are 4 new Chick-Fil-A openings coming up. None of them are in Seattle 😦

Now, I DO love that Seattle has more locally owned business . . . i REALLY do. But I don’t think it would kill the city to have one . . . just ONE Chick-Fil-A around. πŸ˜€

Just sayin’

Please, please, please . . . if you are out there, and you are looking for a new adventure . . . PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE move to Seattle and open a Chick-Fil-A πŸ˜‰

well would you look at that? πŸ˜‰ he he he he he!

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Franz The Tailor

So I’ve been working here and there trying to edit my photos from the Owls To Athens show, and it’s been slow going. Hopefully this weekend I’ll post ALL of them up on Facebook. In the meantime, you can see them below:

The Venue

Obligatory bar shot

Female Guest Vocalist: Kendra

Strings/Keys/Vocals: Chris

Bass/Accordion/Vocals: Jon

Strings/Vocals: Matt

Drums: Tom

It was another fun show, and was extremely interesting because OTA is a folk band and the bands before AND after their set (Jettison Never & Smile For Diamonds) were these heavy rock bands, so the contrast was mighty fine. πŸ˜€ Also there was a heckler there that seriously had a beer in one hand and a mug with coffee in the other. And for the entire set of Jettison Never’s, he kept heckling them and was like, “What is your band called?” literally like 5 minutes after they told the crowd their name for the THIRD time. It was so funny watching that guy.

So hopefully by this weekend I’ll have more pics to add.

PS: Taking pictures at rock shows REALLY makes me want a ‘spency, professional camera πŸ˜€

PSS: You can check out the music of OWLS TO ATHENS at their myspace:

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Have I Told You Lately?

Man, it’s been a long time since my last post. This whole holiday schedule work time configuration has left me with less time to do blog stuff, but I do want to keep this up, so I’m gonna work on scheduling some fun posts this weekend πŸ˜€ Some may be longer than others, so just bear with me. πŸ˜€

For today, I was just thinking how I wanted to share some random things with you . . . you know, as if I don’t do that ALL THE TIME. πŸ˜‰

So here we go:

1. I’ve been listening to Christmas songs already! (I know, I know, shame. heap the shame) Most importantly, I’ve been listening to N*Sync’s MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS. This song always reminds me of bringing hot chocolate over to the MC guys house as they decorated their house/s for Christmas. They would decorate it like so, clark griswold style:

Rich Wolter was the mastermind behind it allβ€”He’s my christmas lights hero πŸ˜‰ But anyway, they would decorate the house and then put a boombox by the window and would be BLASTING Christmas music into the front yard and anyone else within a 5 mile radius. Strangers would seriously stop by and take pics in front of the house. It was all a part of keeping Austin weird. πŸ˜‰ But part of that mix was this hippy hoppy song that i STILL get stuck in my head. But it’s okay cause it always brings back the fun memories πŸ˜€

2. I’m going to be a LADYBUG for Halloween! Now when I first thought of being a ladybug, all that came to mind was the ladybug man Francis from A Bug’s Life. You know, this guy . . .

But lest you be deceived, I will NOT be that kind of ladybug. I will also not be dressing up as a “SEXY” Ladybug. Though I have contemplated making a sign that says “SEXY” around my neck just so i can tell people i’m a sexy ladybug. It could work. hmmm. nah. you’re right. it wouldn’t. Instead, I shall be a beautiful mexican ladybug and I MAY even bust out with a rousing rendition of LA CUCARACHA just to remain true to my roots without the grossness of actually dressing up as a cockroach.

3. Lately I’ve been debating between which song is sadder . . .

ENOUGH FOR NOW by The Fray, which details the strained relationship he had with his grandfather.


CAVES by Jack’s Mannequin, which gives an account of going through treatment for leukemia during Andrew McMahon’s battle with cancer.

They’re both sad. But both beautiful songs. There’s something so mesmerizing to me when you can take sad, tragic, harsh realities and make them beautiful expressions in art.

Speaking of Andrew McMahon (and let’s get real, I could speak about him for a LOOOOONNNG TIME!) I’ve listened to ONLY ASHES by his original band, Something Corporate on repeat for the past hour. It’s so good that I had the rock fist pumping while sitting at my desk. that’s good. just sayin’ πŸ˜€

3. Kelley Rowe will be here in Seattle with me in a month! Wheeeee!!! She’s amazing and I’m so glad she’s going to be here to enjoy the city sights and sounds with me! Copious amounts of coffee and live music will ensue. Rest assured my friends, it’s true. We’re going to go see Parachute play at the WaMu Theater with Kelly and then we’re going to go see Justin Nozuka play live with Sam Bradley at Neumos a couple days before she heads back to Austin! And we’ll be sure to catch some live performances at Easy Street Records as well πŸ˜€

Speaking of Parachute . . . Here’s one of their new promo pics taken by Jeremy Cowart.

For those who aren’t familiar with the band, that’s (from left to right)
Kit French, Nate McFarland, Will Anderson, Johnny Stubblefield, and Alex Hargrave

it’s STUNNING! Will is gorgeous, and not just cause he’s good looking, but his voice, his talent, the glimpses of his personality you see in their Video Fridays and interviews, makes me wish I’d have gone to UVA four years ago to major in music like he did. πŸ˜‰

I love it!

4. I ABSOLUTELY love fall in Seattle! It’s so colorful and so accomodating to my personality. πŸ˜€ You know, sweet, breezy, and the perfect excuse for hot chocolate or coffee πŸ˜€ Just sayin’. I’m going to another pumpkin patch this Saturday with my small group, then I’m going to stop by another friend’s house who has a holiday tradition of making homemade doughnuts, and then I’m going out with an ex-co-worker for dinner before she moves back to Reno where she’s from. It’ll be a busy, but sweet weekend and i can’t wait to carve my new pumpkin on Sunday. One of our housemates is moving out 😦 and we’re throwing her a going away party! The mexican food, chocolate, board games, and karaoke will be flowing people!

5. There’s no place like home for the holidays! Thus, come hell or high-water, I will be coming home for Christmas! If you’re in the ATX, mark your calendars now! I’ll be home from December 24th (I fly in the 23rd so I’ll probably get settled in that night) through the 1st of January (I fly out the 2nd) and then when I get here, hopefully my new friend, who i could’ve almost met at the Parachute/The Script concert will be in Seattle and we’ll hang out before she & her friend leave back to Canada on the 3rd. One of the vacation days will be devoted JUST to shopping for gifts (probably the 24th) so if anyone wants to join me, please do! I realize I won’t get to see everyone, but stay tuned to my twitter (on the right hand side of the blog) to keep up with where I’m at and give me a holla and we can join up quickly or you can join me for lunch, dinner, coffee, etc. πŸ˜€ it’s gonna be so fun, especially since I probably won’t be home again till next summer!

That’s all for now! Stay tuned for more πŸ˜€

Oh, and if you missed the video link from my tweet yesteday on how I get pumped up at home on Glee nights, here it is for your enjoyment!

Gleekdom at it’s finest? πŸ˜‰ from amanda martinez on Vimeo.

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You Make It Real

I got to take a small excursion yesterday to West Seattle and came across some amazing art, both at Cupcake Royale and at Skylark, where Owls To Athens played live, along with Jettison Never and Smile For Diamonds. It was a great show, and I really enjoyed all the artwork at Skylark too! It got me thinking about some of my photography heroesβ€”people that I would LOVE to learn photography skills from. So here are my top 5 thus far (you can click on their name to visit their site and see more!):

Audrey Hannah Photo
She’s a friend, and a FABULOUS photographer! She specializes in weddings and engagements and I cannot tell you how many times I look at her pics and think, “Man, I need to HURRY UP and get married before her rates go WAY up!” She seriously has mad skills! One of my fave of hers is this one:

Nathaniel Goldberg
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This is my guilty pleasure pick. He’s got great work published all over the place . . . but my fave of his by far is this sweet little GQ pic of his:

I think we all know why. πŸ˜‰

Jeremy Cowart
I must admit, I had never heard of Jeremy until Parachute tweeted about doing a photo session with him and so I immediately headed over to his site and was STUNNED by the beautiful artwork he does! His techniques and editing and creative staging is phenomenal!

Jenny JimΓ©nez
She’s a local Seattle artist who, much like Cowart, covers a wide range of styles. Her artwork was featured in Skylark and I was just mesmerized by the simple beauty of her photographs.

Chona Kasinger
I stopped by the Cupcake Royale in West Seattle and saw Chona’s work featured. It gave me such inspiration! She features mostly photographs taken at live music shows, but also has others in her collection. The ones that I saw at Cupcake Royale were mainly band ones though. They were just so rich and had great angles! I am a new fan!

Seeing all these amazing photographs makes me want to just sell a kidney and buy a super high quality professional camera and just have at it! πŸ˜€ Alas, I will continue to enjoy art in it’s finest qualities as a spectator and amateur. πŸ˜€

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Wait For You

This coffee thermos is not just ANY coffee thermos. Okay, so maybe it is. But it’s also cause for a funny story πŸ˜€ I went to a Light In The Darkness Banquet last night with the Westside staff and it brought back so many memories. From being greeted by the girl with (by far) the largest smile I’ve ever seen to the white and black ensemble that each server was wearing, I was reminded of many a banquet where I’d helped set up and serve. Usually when you are serving at a banquet, you are taught that the front row of tables are super important because that’s where a lot of the VIPs and other special guests are seated. We were in the far left table on the front row (if you were looking out from the stage). And I’m pretty sure all the waitstaff thought we were “Table Nine” even though we were clearly table 7. πŸ˜‰

We had eaten our meals and noticed that every other table but ours had a coffee thermos on it. So we asked for coffee. And we waited. And we waited. And we waited (I know, I know, I sound like a super brat right now) . . . Alas, no coffee. So then we asked againβ€”about 20 mins. later, Jay walked out of the auditorium to ask someone to bring us coffee. About 5 mins. later, one of the servers comes into the auditorium with the coffee and she’s ALMOST to our table, like 2 tables back and she’s looking around at the tables to figure out which one to drop off the thermos. I keep trying to make eye contact with her to no avail, and she gives up and walks away as we are left sans coffee. So about another 20 mins. later, we’re well into the program and Jay finally gets up again and walks back in WITH the beautiful thermos you see above. It took forever, but man, it felt SO great to have that coffee! πŸ˜€

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People Got A Lotta Nerve

I grew up watching people. No really, not just like, I’m a kid, I mimic adults and I watch them. But I definitely grew up intrigued by peopleβ€”why they did the things they did. Why the cafeteria lady never looked happy; How my 2nd grade music teacher never criticized my poor piano skills; Why the boys on my baseball team in 4th grade were so trixy when it came to hiding the ball from me during practice . . . intriguing. I still people watch. I notice things and I wonder why people do what they do. I wonder if I sat down with a random stranger while they were just relaxing at a coffee shop, what would they say? Would we talk? What would we talk about?

I think it helps me as a creative to be able to explore these things, if not in real life, in my imagination. One of my favorite places to people watch is on the bus. It’s like the melting pot of dysfunctional and crazy! I’m pretty sure thats why I’m on it πŸ˜‰ Anyway, here are some observations from riding the bus here in Seattle:

Not all Twilight Saga readers are proud Twilight Saga readers. It’s actually quite often that you’ll see someone, young AND old included, reading a black coverless book. They are ever so strategically hovered over the book, and hiding the words on the spine, lest you think they’re reading something other than Yeats. No no, it’s Meyer. Stephanie Meyer. The sad fact is that I can spot the words on the page that I’ve read so many times and instinctively know which of the 4 books they’re reading.

Not all crazy people are out to get you. Don’t get me wrong, there’s definitely some wild ones out there, but for the most part, they’re just trying to get somewhere. My favorite is this one guy who has a strange form of turrets that causes him to randomly turn his head and make the Chewbaca sound. No. Joke. It’s quite entertaining. πŸ˜€ But I’ve actually gotten to talk so some of the “crazies” on the bus and some of them are genuinely just mentally handicapped or just want someone to talk to. It’s always a unique experience.

Rosa Parks is very much still alive. Despite attempts at fighting the “minorities at the back of the bus” stereotype, it’s sadly still quite a frequent occurance. I ride the bus all the time, and it’s so odd that there are still people who would rather stand near the front or middle of the shaky bus, in the aisle hanging on to the OSBars instead of plopping down at one of the 3 or 4 open seats at the back of the bus. The thing they seem to not understand is that there’s actually MORE legroom at the back of the bus.

Riding the bus is like a bar of chocolate, you never know which bus driver you’re gonna get. Half the fun of riding the bus is the bus driver. In Seattle, all bus drivers are REQUIRED to call out each stop along the way over the bus microphone. So most of them will call it out and be all cool, calm and collected . . . others, not so much. One of the morning drivers on the #13 to W. Queen Anne feels the need to lean in to the mic and it seriously sounds like what I imagine Satan would sound like. Every stop is like a stop on the bus to hell. I promise. Sometimes when I don’t have the iPod turned up enough, I hear his menacing voice over the mic and I say the sinner’s prayer, just in case. πŸ˜‰ Then there’s the bus driver of the #16 to Northgate. She has printed out probably 100 pictures of dogs and posted them all over the front inside portion of the bus. She also has stuffed animal puppies riding with her as she drives. She is a fun driver. She makes comments over the mic as she’s driving. Like if she sees an accident, over the mic she’ll say, “Poor people. They should’ve taken the bus.” Sad but classy. I dig it.

City Bus is code for “speed dating.” I cannot tell you how many times old dirty men have hit on me on the bus. What’s almost AS surprising is the look they get on their face when I tell them “Thanks but no thanks.” Look, I’m not TRYING to be hurtful, but really? the bus. the bus. Romantic flicks strike again . . . What would be better? If I told them, “Look, sorry but I’m really not into dirty old men.”? Just sayin. The city bus is nice for a convenient hello or some small talk, but asking me to join you for dinner at your place, when I don’t know you but I’m sure I saw you walking out of The Lusty Lady, isn’t going to save you a space in my heart. Do people REALLY think this works?

Seattle Metro is a Bark and Ride. It’s so wild for me to see people bring their dogs on the bus with them. I’m just so not used to that. I enjoy seeing all the puppies, I just think it’s funny when you walk onto the bus and there’s a dog sitting on the bus seat next to it’s owner, wearing it’s little doggie clothes. I feel like sitting next to the dog and asking it to come to my place for dinner . . . uh. just kidding. πŸ˜‰ But it’s really random. Cute, but random. What I find completely unnecessary is when owners get that pissed off look on their faces when someone asks to sit where the dog is sitting when the bus is jam packed with people.