This is my collection of ticket stubs so far this year! I usually try to keep all of my ticket stubs, but I’m trying EXTRA hard this year!  I’m not a scrapbooker, but I want to do something to keep these safe.  Any ideas?




Joel Hodgson of Mystery Science Theater 3000!


We went to see the band, Sparks, a few weeks ago. It was their first time playing in Seattle AND we were right against the stage!


Yesterday Eric and I went to see the documentary “A Band Called Death.” It was so good! Here’s how the documentary’s Facebook page describes the film…”Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early ’70s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis, are now considered pioneers in their field. But it wasn’t until recently — when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of Bobby’s attic nearly 30 years after Death’s heyday — that anyone outside a small group of punk enthusiasts had even heard of them.”


I flew to Pennsylvania and back this year.


Also…The Hobbit and lots of roller derby!

What have you seen and where have you gone this year?

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Today wasn’t a horrible day, but it wasn’t a good day.  I was mega-tired and cranky.  Also I realized halfway through my workday that my underwear was inside out.  Eric so kindly pointed out that my panties were literally in a bunch.  True story.  And just for the record, I don’t even like the word “panties.”

A few things managed to brighten my day though.  I elliptical-led (how do you use that word?!) 4.25 miles after work.  Sweet sweet sweat to make the cranky go away.

I’ve been hesitant to list to St. Vincent and David Byrne but I finally did it today!  I love David Byrne, but I was skeptical.  This is fabulous!  David Byrne is 61 and is as dreamy as ever!  Shake it boy.

I also made chocolate chip cookies after dinner tonight.  Suck that one bad day!


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Dead giveaway.

This week has been a long one.  And this was definitely needed!

And while I’m at it here’s another one of my favorites.

But this is my absolute favorite!  I pretty much naturally dance like

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Here comes the sun!

Soon!  Almost!  It’s just around the corner.  The sun has been poking out more and more.  Kitty naps have been had in the sun by the kitty in the house.  And kitty naps have been had by me on the couch.  I feel like I’m slowly creeping out of my winter hibernation.  I didn’t hibernate as long or hard as I have the past few winters.  I’ve been trying to juice more and run (is that what we call it?) on the elliptical machine.  I’ve been trying to stretch my lazy winter muscles as much as possible too.  It’s actually been helping my stiff neck and back.  It makes me think I should really take yoga classes.  I bet it would help more than just my still muscles.

One place Eric and I keep talking about visiting this summer the Ancient Lake area in central Washington.  We paid it a quick visit last October, but we need more!  It was our last real trip of the summer/year.  I think we went out with a bang!  Ancient Lake was way prettier than anything we were expecting to find in the coulee.


Ancient Lake, October 2012.  Polaroid Land Camera negative scan.

Today Youtube recommended a Lana Del Rey song to me.  I usually don’t listen to Youtube, but today I gave in.  I’ve seen posters for Lana’s new album plastered all over the local record store.  Sometimes I don’t listen to the music the record store advertises on their walls because quite often the poster has the face of a hipster on it.  But perhaps I don’t listen to certain things because I’m afraid that it *might* be hipster music *and* I’ll like it.  What’s wrong with that though?  Can’t we all have guilty pleasures?

But in the end I listened to Lana Del Rey today and I am girl crushing!  She is gorgeous and she can sing.  I’m the type of person who can listen to the same song on repeat for hours AND not tire of it.  I did that tonight with her song, “Ride.”  She made me want to travel!

“I hear the birds on the summer breeze, I drive fast.  I am alone in the night.”

“Every night I used to pray that I’d find my people, and finally I did on the open road.  We had nothing to lose, nothing to gain, nothing we desired anymore, except to make our lives into a work of art.  Live fast. Die young. Be wild. And have fun.”

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We don’t just do grunge.

I’ll leave you with this for the evening.  Seattle artist, Macklemore, is apparently pretty popular right now.  2:25 was filmed in the vintage mall that Eric and I frequent.

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Current dude crush.

I guess it’s more of a music crush.  I heard Wild Nothing Playing at the record store the last time we were there.  I liked what I was hearing so I found out what we were listening to and here we are!  I’ll be listening to this album on repeat for the next few days!

(He kind of reminds me of the oldest Pete from The Adventures of Pete & Pete!)

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Records on a Black Friday!

Black Friday was also a special day for record stores across the US. There are special Black Friday releases, some of which are limited edition. Eric and I braved the mean streets of Ballard to do some record shopping at Sonic Boom.

Juniper helped me photograph my Black Friday finds!

We also gazed into a table lamp together.

I picked up a release from Tyler Ramsey. Tyler Ramsey is part of the band, Band of Horses. 78 rpm!

I also picked up a 10″ from Primus. It’s on clear green vinyl with too! The labels on the 10″ are actually reversed. Shame on the person pressing the vinyl!

The most recent album from Primus is titled, “Green Naugahyde.” Their 10″ from Black Friday was packaged in a green naugahyde folder with the band name debossed on the front.

Band of Horses also released a 7″.

The 7″ has two songs off their new album on it. But those two songs were performed at the Sonic Ranch studio. Don’t tell the band, but I like the recordings on the 7″ better than the ones on the album!

Tyler Ramsey.

This is the green naugahyde packing with the Primus 10″.

Happy Black Friday Record Store Day!  Did you go out and buy some records?

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I’m rather bored with the music I have on my MP3 player.  I listen to music most of the day while at work so I’ve been on the hunt for some new music.  These are a few of my favorites I’ve either just found or have finally added to my music collection!  What are you listening to right now and what else should I be listening to?

(Does anyone else feel like calling CPS after watching this?!  Creepy!)

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Go West.

“Go West. Life is peaceful there.  Go West. In the open air.”

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Big Country.

“I’m not expecting to grow flowers in the desert, but I can live and breathe and see the sun in wintertime.”

More lyrics:

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