Thursday, November 23, 2006

And I'm going on vacation tomorrow....

So this is an example of what can happen when you go on vacation for a couple days (note the post-it notes on the monitor). And this is what happens when you don't use your keyboard for too long. I wonder what my desk will look like when we get back from Winnipeg....

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Look at me I'm a Boston Creme!

You Are a Boston Creme Donut

You have a tough exterior. No one wants to mess with you.
But on the inside, you're a total pushover and completely soft.
You're a traditionalist, and you don't change easily.
You're likely to eat the same doughnut every morning, and pout if it's sold out.
What Donut Are You?

Actually I do like those donuts but the best are plain sugar coated from this little indie bakery in Stittsville. They melt in your mouth - so good.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Song of the Day

I have been extremely busy lately and will be for the forseeable future. I am currently working two jobs and all the travelling on the weekends takes up any free time I might have had.

Anyway on the busride home (my only real quiet reflective time) I heard a great song on my mp3 player and I just wanted to share it with everyone. (I was previously going to post the lyrics to another great song but that will have to wait I guess)

It is 'Such Great Heights' by The Postal Service (yet another great band off of Sub Pop Records. Here are the lyrics:

I was thinking it's a sign that the freckles
in our eyes are mirror images and when
we kiss they're perfectly aligned
and I have to speculate that god himself
did make us into corresponding shapes like
puzzle pieces from the clay
and true, it may seem like a stretch, but
its thoughts like this that catch my troubled
head when you're away when I am missing
you to death
when you are out there on the road for
several weeks of shows and when you scan
the radio, I hope this song will guide you

they will see us waving from such great
heights, "come down now," they'll say
but everything looks perfect from far away,
"come down now," but we'll stay...

I tried my best to leave this all on your
machine but the persistant beat it sounded
thin upon listening
and that frankly will not fly. you will hear
the shrillest highs and lowest lows with
the windows down when this is guiding
you home

Now I am not always a fan of love songs but this one is so irresistable with its catchy beat and soft melodies......oh so good!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Protect your what?!?!?

I will never cease to be amazed at what you can buy online. People truly are insane in this overtly capitalist society. But I guess if you really hate bruising your banana...... (should we get this for you Irene?)

ps sorry for the slightly rude overtones (I couldn't help it)

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Crazy Cousin Alert

Here is a pic of my crazy cousins attacking my sister with what might be love but I'm not sure.
If you put these three in a room together crazy things are bound to happen.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Another Music Switcheroo

Listening to: Sufjan Stevens - Sufjan Stevens invites you to: Come on feel the Illinoise

A couple months ago I promised Tim that I'd write a blog on some music he handed to me. After listening to it and growing to love it oh so much I have come to some conclusions that may or may not change. These cds have made it through my mp3 player several times in the past months. Since I am doing a major overhaul on my player contents I figured this was as good a time as any to pause and reflect on the good tunes that have worked themselves into my heart.
So here is a selection of the latest:

Belle & Sebastien - Push Barman to Open Old Wounds: I love these guys. In fact after only a few listens I went out and bought the actual cd. Nothing like some modern scottish rock ballads to soothe the soul. I can't believe I missed their North American tour. Its also the best type of music for a lonely bus ride through the city.

Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah - Selftitled: Also an amazing disc, a little like the Arcade Fire but better I think in some respects (clearly not in all respects). This band encompasses all that I love about modern rock music. It is a super solid disc through and through.

Islands - Return to the Sea: What can I say other than I listened to it over and over again while driving back to Ottawa from camping in the summer. 5 hours of the same cd! Not to many cds can handle that. Click on the link for a good pitchfork review.

Preston School of Industry - Monsoon: Another great disc. Lots of good wails. Their version of 'Caught in the Rain' is amazing.

Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary: Took a while to get into this one as it is louder than most music I am into these days. Has a bit of a Franz Ferdinand feel to it. Good times.

Yo La Tengo - Prisoners of Love: A Smattering of Scintillating Senescent Songs: 1985-2003: A smattering indeed. I have really only begun in the last two weeks to appreciate this band. I prefer some of the softer songs on disc 2 like 'Autumn Sweater' and 'Tears Are in Your Eyes'. They tend to go on these lengthy noisy bits which you really have to listen too hard if you want to appreciate it.

Manic Street Preachers - The Holy Bible: One of my favourite bands and this cd fits in well as a good backdrop to my other manics cds. It is some of their older stuff from when they still had their lead singer and a 4-piece band. Its rougher and louder and you have to like the manics to like this stuff. I recommend their more accessible compilations like 'Lipstick Traces' to get into the (in my opinion) kings of Britpop.

Happy Listening!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

I Hate Suburbs: Reason #88

Listening to: Yo La Tengo - Prisoners of Love: A Smattering of Scintillating Senescent Songs 1985-2003

Finally a study that clearly states that suburbs are unhealthy and are therefore a burden on the health care system. (I added the last part because since the study was done in the US they don't have a health care system.)
Yes its true, we knew all this already BUT now there has been a study!