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Missing My Baby

Do you guys remember that short-lived show, THE BLACK DONNELLY’S?

http://www.youtube.com/v/anjRkzHEtyU&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b&border=1

Lately I’ve been missing it 😦

I was in LOVE with that show!! Such good writing, great plots, lots of drama, mobster action and some fun accents. I brought back a stack of unlabeled DVDs (and other stuff I hadn’t had the chance to bring with me before) from home. I spent the last 2 weeks going through them and finally labeling them according to what was on them. Alas, my season 1 (the only season before it was cancelled) iTunes files were nowhere to be found 😦

So now I resort to watching vids of it on YouTube. I just don’t know whether to give up looking for the episodes I had saved to DVD or if I should just go ahead and re-order it on Amazon. 😦

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American Girl

The new Punk Goes Classic Rock album is out and to tell you the truth, I’m only in love with 2 of the tracks. I feel like I probably should be in love with all of them, but I’m not. I love punk rock music (which includes pop punk as well), but it’s WAAAAY daring to try to cover the classics . . .

I was really excited to see that there was a Tom Petty cover on there! I love Tom Petty’s tunes. I grew up rocking out to Last Dance With Mary Jane, Free Fallin’, and American Girl. So when I heard the cover of FREE FALLIN’ by The Almost on the album, I immediately went to download it, and I’ve been playing it on repeat all day! It’s like reliving those days when I would stand on my bed, rockin’ air guitar and thanking my audience for “coming out to the show!” 😉

I’ve been reading a lot of reviews about the album, and a lot of people don’t like that bands are trying to cover such iconic tunes. I, on the other hand, don’t mind. I mean, if you can do a cover right, then you should. And you should ROCK it! I feel like The Almost does that with Free Fallin’. I love the aggressive power of Aaron’s voice in the cover and the fact that they didn’t stray far from the original. I know that it’s really cool when a cover is done with a different feel (see John Mayer’s slower cover, which is also awesome) but I appreciate that The Almost didn’t stray too far from Tommy P’s version. I think it pays homage to it’s natural quality. I still listen to the original, but now I get to have a nice punk pop cover of it to add to the collection.

http://www.youtube.com/v/5gqT6En2O78&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x2b405b&color2=0x6b8ab6&border=1

http://www.youtube.com/v/aakKjLgOAxU&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x006699&color2=0x54abd6&border=1

The other song on there that I love is the Mayday Parade cover of WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS. Love it!

http://www.youtube.com/v/CcU-s6mvHzY&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x234900&color2=0x4e9e00&border=1


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What’s On My Mind

Let’s take a moment to talk about some of my favorite Seattle things . . .

1. Local Caffes like Caffe Ladro, Caffe Vivace, Verite Coffee, & The Jewel Box Caffe. Seriously, the local shops work hard to prepare delicious coffee, and it shows. I love the sense of pride the baristas at the shops take in making the coffee not only taste delicious, but look delicious as well. They also get mad crazy awesome points for always having honey on the bar ready for me to stir in.

2. Molly Moons Ice Cream. This is the Seattle answer to Amy’s Ice Cream! I love all of their unique flavors and I actually just found out that they are going to start sending out Ice Cream trucks! Insane! I better go hide my wallet right now!

3. Flowers in Seattle. They’re gorgeous, okay? They are! They pop with so much color that they make even the gloomiest days seem hopeful.

4. Fireworks. It’s a store that sells unique items and a lot of it is super creative—what a haven for me! This is one place I frequent when I’m searching for gifts for my friends & family.

5. Counterbalance Park. It’s close to where I work and when I get the chance, I like to sit on the fun bright yellow chairs and enjoy a cup of coffee. I love the way the lights change color and how they light up the neighborhood at night.


6. The AGOG Primo pizza at Pagliacci Pizza. It’s fontina and mozzarella cheeses, roasted garlic, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, goat cheese, parsley and Kalamata olives on an olive oil base, baked to perfection. They may as well call it crack cocaine.

7. Local Art-house Style Theaters. They’re so unique and beautiful. There are so many of them here and they all feature movies unique to their neighborhoods! And I’m pretty sure the popcorn is cheaper too! 😉

8. Westside Church. My home church. It’s amazing! I love all the people that I get to share life with there. My pastor and his wife are hilarious and the staff inspires me to greatness. I’m honored to be a part of that church family!

9. Easy Street Records. Where music lives. No, really lives. All of the staff KNOWS their stuff and are ready to suggest new music that is actually worth listening to. Plus they host fun Live—In—Store performances fo’ frizzle! You can’t beat that!

10. King County Metro. I gotta give major props to the metro transit here in Seattle. The bus drivers have to put up with pretty crazy shenanigans but they still maintain a positive attitude and I’ve even seen a couple hold their tongue even when they had every right to say something about a person’s rude behavior toward them. They are truly unsung heroes. Also, the transit system is tracked via GPS and is 95% accurate in accordance with their online Trip Planning site. The service is great, it’s relatively cheap transportation, and I can go to so many places all over Seattle just on one monthly bus pass! Love it!


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American Idiot

I am a lover of all things pranktastic. I just am. I think pranks are hilarious when done right. I’ve been gotten by pranks a lot, and though most of the time they either scare the ever loving life out of me or make me look like the biggest fool ever, I appreciate that they tend to shift my perspective and lighten the mood.

On Saturday, I got to hang out with some wonderful women and talk about pranks that we had pulled and what some of the best ones were. As it happens, most of my really good ones, tend to backfire the most because either my timing is off or because the person doesn’t think it’s funny. But hindsight is 20/20 right?

One of my favorites is from this haunted house outreach that my church did. I worked at a church in Austin with the Master’s Commission program as the Media Director. So not only did I do all of the media for the program, I also taught other students how to do it as well. Well, one year, we decided to do a haunted house at an old abandoned grocery store. The staff and students pulled excruciatingly long hours to put it all together. We had a section where people would chase you with chainsaws and we had an Exorcist station where they would show a clip from the movie and then someone would jump out and scare you, we had crazy insane clowns, and all sorts of other haunted house things. Well, at the end of it we had a coffee shop set up where you could talk to people (including our students) about what you thought of it all and we left out comment cards for people to give us feedback on what they liked and what they didn’t like.

So, one day, just to be funny, I filled out one of the comment cards beforehand and I told the person in charge of choosing the cards that our director would read each night aloud to the cast to be SURE he read that one. So on the comment card, I said something like:

Wow! You guys did amazing! I’m a theater student at UT and I work a lot with painting sets and some of the more technical aspects. Man, whoever ran tech for your car crash scene was AMAZING!! [side note: for the record, it was me ;)] They must have put in a lot of time and effort to get the cues right. I’m impressed! And the painting in the clown section was phenomenal! [side note: the person who painted it was sitting next to me when I was filling the card out.] Your team deserves a big fat raise!

He read it out loud to us at the end of the night and even though most people in the room knew I had written it, and were giggling (as was I), our director TOTALLY thought it was real and was feeling pretty awesome about the magnitude of the compliments . . . until he found out it was me. 😉 He then proceeded to fire me, then rehire me. This firing and rehiring would be a recurring issue between us for the next 4 years . . . in fact, I think that since I’ve left, he’s fired me 3x as well.
(For the record, he doesn’t REALLY fire me,

he just says it and we laugh)
So basically what I’m saying is I love pranks.
Also, I need some people to help me recreate this awesomeness! 😉


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Steady As She Goes

Some things you should know:

1. I LOVE my job—the workplace, the co-workers, the atmosphere—i just LOVE it all! I seriously wish people could spend a day with me and get to experience all the greatness of my workplace!

2. My office building is an old church renovated into offices.

3. My personal office has 2 huge round portal windows with beautiful views.

4. One of those windows is removable plexi-glass so that I can get a fresh breeze when it warms up in the summertime.

5. There are no elevators in my office building.

6. I work on the 3rd floor

7. There are still more offices higher up than mine.

8. When you gotta get things from one place to another, you get inventive.

9. When you sit and work at a desk all day, it’s nice to get interrupted with these inventive ways

10. When these inventive things happen, I will most likely take pictures of it!

One day last week, we had to get a whiteboard into my boss’s office, but there was no way to get it through the stairwell up to his office. So, my co-workers got inventive . . .

They tied rope around the whiteboard so that we could
hoist it up from my window directly into my boss’s office

It wasn’t holding right the first time, so they kept trying different knots

Finally found one and made sure it could handle being hoisted

We lifted it up out of my office and began to hoist it up!
(i promise i helped!)

Then they hoisted it up

Up . . .

Up . . .

And away!!!

It’s a good thing my boss’s office is directly above mine 😉


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Worlds Collide

Can we just talk about how much I love LOST? Cause I do! Seriously, I brought back my Season One DVDs from home on my last vacation just because I NEEDED to have it ready for when I get really nostalgic after this final season is over. Look, a girl’s gotta be prepared!

I think part of the fun of it all is that since the beginning of LOST, I’ve been able to get together with a group of friends and watch it. When I was in Austin, every Wednesday night, my friends and I would pile into cars and drive over to the Matlock’s or over to the Lermster’s house and freak out together over the smoke monster, or over Arzt’s big blowup (you uh, got a little Arzt on ya’), and finding out who Benjamin Linus really was. :O I mean, we went all out, brought over tons of snacks, some Dharma themed, some not. We even had a party where we all dressed up like members of the show and wore T-shirts with our characters on the back. I mean really, between Simo getting hair extensions a’ la Sawyer and Tanner getting a perm so he could look like Sayid, I couldn’t have asked for better friends!

My name is Sayid Jarrah . . . who is this Tanner you speak of?

And now that I’m in Seattle, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to carry on the viewing party tradition with when I go over to the Harvey’s to watch it with Kyle, James, and Julie. We get to talk about our theories, what we’ve heard about upcoming episodes/the series as a whole, and just enjoying the company.
There’s just something about being able to watch your favorite TV shows with others that makes a show that much better.
I really can’t believe this is the last season of LOST. I am such a LOST geek. So much in fact, that when Damon Lindelof (co-creator of LOST) accepted my friend request on Facebook, I got ALL KINDS of geeked out giggly. It was bad, guys. Bad. Also, yesterday, I bought a shirt online from RIPT that has this on the front of it:

and I’m probably gonna wait by the mailbox like a sick puppy dog until I get it . . . this obsession is kind of ridiculous, I know.

Knowing that the final season is coming to and end and that there isn’t going to be a spin-off or a movie made about it, I just keep looking back at things through the year that are have come about because of LOST. Things like this:

i’m still pretending this isn’t REALLY the final season 😦

a picture of perfection . . . er . . . i mean,
of Matthew Fox as Dr. Jack Sheppard ;
)

Tell me that didn’t make you laugh! Thank you, Chatroulette jokes!

i can’t stop laughing at this

http://www.hulu.com/embed/ox5AHQbj9pf29nne9g-XAQ

I gotta admit, if I were in an elevator with Matthew Fox,
I’d be like, “Oh my gosh, Amanda, what are you doing?!?” 😉
(sorry i couldn’t center the vid—blogger is misbehavin’)
In conclusion, I’m finally coming to the sad reality that I am just like all the folks in this video: