Saturday, March 26, 2005

articles of clothing that I will never wear, part 1

Any pair of pants with words printed on the seat

Hard Rock Cafe tees

Socks with holes

Any shirt with shoulder pads

Matching mother/daughter outfits


Waking up automatically at 5:30 a.m. on a daily basis is not cool, especially when I could use a little more sleep. On the plus side, everyone else is quiet and it's nice to have the house to myself. Maybe that's why my body's been programmed thus - time for myself.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

what to do for an anniversary

We did the anniversary thing on Sunday, and it was fun. I did not wear enough clothing and was miserably cold for the first half, but after buying a sweater on the fly, I felt much better. I was too optimistic that the temp would hover around 50, rather than the high 30s. It doesn't help that EVERY SINGLE shop window I saw featured sleeveless things and chiffon-y skirts.

So we had lunch at this very funny place called Duke of Perth, which is a Scots pub right on Clark. I liked it. An extremely tattooed couple sat next to a dad and his two kids. Fabulous. Darin had a good beer which was proclaimed as very smooth. We had burgers that tasted like real burgers. There were scary, sharp implements on the wall, like a reaper and a saw. I don't know if that's really good bar decor. Seems like trouble.

We then made a pit stop at a little vintage store to see if I could get a sweater because by that time I was so cold I was feeling ill, but I didn't find anything I liked. Darin thought I was insane. "Buy a sweater for three bucks! Throw it away if you don't like it! It's three bucks! Who cares!" I thought, okay, maybe I can tough it out and the movie theater will be warm.

So the theater on Clark is at the top of an enclosed mall - it seriously felt like LA for a few minutes. We saw "Sideways" -- funny, funny, funny -- and "Kinsey" as a double feature. I enjoyed "Kinsey" less. I have a general problem with biopics. Clearly, the person in question was considered important enough to have had a movie made about his/her accomplishments and life. The problem is that there's always the sense of the hammer coming down to make points on why this person is important, which is distracting, and, frankly, annoying. I prefer subtlety. But for not seeing any movies since the last LOTR, these were good choices.

Yen's for dinner - yummy Chinese food and they deliver to the northern wasteland! I'll probably order takeout next week.

All in all, a sweet anniversary and a reminder of how cute and fun my husband is.

Saturday, March 19, 2005

oh, and while I'm at it

I hate chick lit. Feh.

buy this album

I don't listen to commercial radio anymore because it gets on my nerves. I am more than happy to pay my dues to KCRW or NPR so I can hear and learn about GOOD MUSIC, as opposed to craptacular music that unfornately seems to be more the norm these days.

Amos Lee is an artist I've just heard about -- from Darin, who's really good at picking out music I would like -- and I bought his album off iTunes. It's phenomenal. Go listen to it wherever you get your music samples. He's a little less California-y than Jack Johnson, but it's along that same vein -- stripped down, guitar-based, mellow, thoughtful stuff.

And Beck has a new album coming out too. It's going to be a great year.