December 26, 2006

To relate all the interesting bits about Christmas this year, I should just send you over to Maria’s journal, since we were at her house on Christmas Eve, and she captured the best parts, for example, the ham flying off of Tallulah’s fork onto my breast. I had told that girl many times to be careful about waving her fork around when she’s got ham on it, but she was excited, and so the ham finally did fly off. Directly onto my black-clad breast. Which aroused a few moments of amusing, be-careful-where-you-put-your-ham banter around the table.

The children greatly enjoyed their presents, and they got a number of good-quality, interesting stuff this year. But other than their joy (which is precious to me) not much else about this time of year is causing much happiness in me. To quote one Sufjan Stevens, “that was the worst Christmas ever.”

Here’s hoping 2007 is a good year. Though I know it’s going to be tough. I think I’m actually going to make a few very well thought out resolutions this year.

Fall music mix 2006

December 23, 2006

It’s been a while since I put a mix up for downloading. This is an end of autumn, oh look Christmas is almost here mix, culled, as usual, almost note for note from my Song o’ the Day postings. Plus two surprise songs that I’ve been listening to a lot this fall. Cheers!

–At Least I Author My Own Disaster–
Autumn’s Ending, 2006
download here (100 MB) – link will likely expire on Dec. 31st.

1. Imperial Teen – Lipstick
2. Stephen Malkmus – (Do Not Feed the) Oyster
3. The Cloud Room – Hey Now Now
4. The Foundry Field Recordings – Holding the Pilots/Holding the Facts
5. Casiotone For the Painfully Alone – Scattered Pearls
6. Tapes ‘n Tapes – Insistor
7. Thee Headcoatees – What Once Was
8. Ra Ra Riot – Dying Is Fine
9. Califone – 3Legged Animals
10. Of Montreal – The Past Is A Grotesque Animal
11. Destroyer – 3000 Flowers
12. The Cudgels – Joybang!
13. The Handsome Family – Here’s Hopin’
14. Serena Maneesh – Sapphire Eyes
15. The Pink Mountaintops – Cold Criminals
16. Okkervil River – For Real
17. Love – No Matter What You Do

song o’ the day

December 22, 2006

The Decemberists – “The Crane Wife, Pt. 3”

And I will hang my head, hang my head low.

in the big city

December 19, 2006

I went to New York City last weekend, and Roman took pictures.

song o’ the day

December 18, 2006

Okkervil River – “For Real”

And there’s nothing quite like the blinding light
when that curtain’s cast aside,
and no attempt is made to explain away
the things that really, really, really, really are behind.

I’m changing?

December 12, 2006

What is going on? For years I’ve consistently scored as a personality type INFJ. And now all of a sudden I keep turning up the result ESFJ.

I, I, I

December 11, 2006

I’ve been trying to stay busy.

Thursday – Asobi Seksu w/ Glissade and Veronique Diabolique show at Local 506 (shoegaze bliss)
Friday – the Gondoliers playing at Wetlands (instant garage rock dance party)
Saturday – dance party at Hell (wasn’t feeling it this time, but the company was good)

And I’m going to New York for a few days later this week. I’ll be staying with Roman. I can’t wait. I just need to leave town and all my obligations, hopes, fears, responsibilities behind for a few days.

I purchased a Christmas tree this weekend, and the children decorated it. This is the first year with children that decorating the tree was relaxing. I purchased two skirts, two sweaters, and a blazer/jacket sort of thing for myself for Christmas (among other sundry gifts for other people), and NOT A SINGLE ARTICLE OF CLOTHING IS BLACK.

I spent the whole drive back from Matilda’s preschool this morning obsessing over the difference in pronunciation between “reh-gay” and “ray-gay.”