wildflowersoul: (strawberry shortcake)
What a fantastic weekend!

Friday night my brother took me to see NIN and Godspeed You Black Emperor at the Garden. It was a great show! Though I'm old and I wish I could just watch a show sitting down in my hundred dollar seat. Everyone stands up when the show starts, and sometimes I am still 16 years old at heart, so I stood because I didn't want to look like a poseur. Though given that I haven't really listened to any NIN albums after The Fragile, I am probably now the definition of a poseur anyway. Do people even say poseur any more? Is that a relic of the 90s? Anyway, we put rock music into our ears. I really wanted to catch a glimpse of Trent Reznor in town before the show, mostly because I just want to see him wrangling a toddler or holding a baby. Dude has two kids now!

Saturday West had swimming in the morning, there was a crazy street fair in Salem to check out, and there were bouncy houses on the Common in which he bounced delightedly. That night we went down the street to a neighbor's house for a pumpkin painting party for the kids. I need to get my act together and put more effort into making parent friends in the neighborhood, we have so many kids around West's age on our block.

Sunday I took West to the Franklin Park Zoo to hang out with [livejournal.com profile] incandes_flower's family. West had tons of fun (and I did, too, but damn that kid is exhausting!). He has been ENRICHED this weekend. That afternoon we made a second foray to the bouncy houses. This time West beelined to a giant bouncy slide that he totally went down several times on Saturday, but on Sunday he got to the top and just... sat there. For like 15 minutes. While we cajoled him and tried to convince him to come down, other children also tried to get him down, and eventually I had to go up and go down with him. Otherwise he'd probably still be there right now. Sunday night we had one of his daycare teachers come over to babysit, and we went into Boston for a live show of Comedy Bang Bang with [livejournal.com profile] starflow and [livejournal.com profile] cosmicserpent. It was super funny, Paul F. Tompkins is hilarious.

Yesterday we kept things low-key. [livejournal.com profile] tenillypo came up for lunch. I discovered I am seriously lacking in crafting skills and slapped together some Labels for Education collection boxes for daycare that look like a five year old could have done a better job. Whatever, I am not a crafty person. I am a get-it-done person, and that's gonna have to be good enough.
wildflowersoul: (Default)
We are finally getting a tax refund this year (thanks, Tax Exemption West!). Sweet! Even more sweet, I am going to do something crazy indulgent with the small bit I'm taking as fun money (since most of the money is going to pay off our roof)- I got in on a living social deal for a brazilian blowout. Which is not nearly as dirty as it sounds- it's a fancy hair treatment to relax curls and defrizz. So I'm gonna get myself my annual haircut and then I'm getting it treated. Decadent! The deal also includes a makeup application and manicure at the salon, so I'm going to have one fancy lady day sometime, and then I'm going to need an excuse to go out on the town all fancified.

Listened to the Sarah Silverman episode of The Nerdist this morning on the [aggravatingly late] train- she actually seems like a really nice person. Her comic persona seems a little bit too "I'm a pretty girl who says naughty things, tee hee," though I do enjoy her and find her funny, but I was surprised by how down to earth she sounds. They were talking about Joan Rivers and how hilarious her twitter feed is, so I will check that out.
wildflowersoul: (Bunny Cookie!)
Alright, work closed at 2! I have a hot mug of Ovaltine, a blanket, and a hefty tome on the history of the middle ages. I am ignoring the urge to chow down on pickles. Life is pretty good.

Has it been days since the weekend already? Since we actually did, like, stuff, I should probably get it down. Saw Patton Oswalt on Friday- that man is hi-larious. Very fun times. Went to Sleep No More on Saturday, and I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would. In retrospect, it was really, really cool, despite my tepid response at the end of the night- I was sleepy and my feet hurt and a lot of people pushed me around all night. The crowd issues were annoying, but the experience was pretty spectacular. Sunday was awesome Super Bowl party. And despite the amount of fried foods (and bacon chocolate chip cookies!) I shoved in my face, I found out yesterday that I've actually lost a few pounds since my weigh-in last month. Yay for not getting weight scolded by the midwife! I live in fear of that, because I've been advised that I should only gain 15 pounds with this baby, and that seems... overly optimistic. I do need to hit Old Navy this weekend for some new pants. Not maternity, but definitely up a size or two. Everything is getting snug. And by "snug" I mean the top button is not really buttoning anymore.
wildflowersoul: (buffy- doomed)
I was going to rant about the dismal state of affairs in this country, but... I just don't have a good rant in me. I'm just so disgusted with everything that is going on these days, and would love for the wingnut righters to take just one day off so I can ignore them for a little while.

Instead of depresso ranting, I give you a blog that just made me lose it with giggles Crappy Taxidermy (I have only looked at 1.5 pages, I make no sfw promises and if you're squeamish about taxidermized animals then this is not for you. That said, it's friggin' hilarious.

Finally, I am beyond excited for tonight's live performance of The Nightman Cometh. Supposedly there will also be a showing of a season 5 episode and some other stuff. I just hope it gets out at a reasonable hour (i.e. before the Red Sox game ends).
wildflowersoul: (sunny- legal)
Huh. So This American Life (most recent podcast episode- "Fine Print"), blew my mind this morning.

All these years I'd thought that Van Halen's "no brown M&Ms" demand in their show riders was a possibly untrue example of crazy band diva demands. Not so! It actually is true that this demand was in their rider, but it was there simply so they could gauge how well the concert promoters at each venue read their contract. Apparently VH was one of the first bands to do super big productions on tour, and to tour smaller venues with their big shows. As such, they had huge, complicated contracts for every show, with lots of technical details about electricity and weight capacities and whatnot. So they put the M&M clause in the middle of the contract, and when they got to the venue for a show, if they saw any brown M&Ms in the green room, they knew they'd better double check everything before the show, because there was a good chance something could go seriously wrong.

Interesting!

The rest of the episode contained an extremely depressing story about how horrific the state of health insurance in our country is.

Also, Drew got us tickets to see a live show of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"'s musical episode!! Awesomecakes.
wildflowersoul: (cullen- shut up edward)
We had a pretty successfully awesome weekend.

Friday night we went to see Rob Riggle, Eugene Mirman, the Upright Citizen's Brigade, and a few others with [livejournal.com profile] starflow and [livejournal.com profile] cosmicserpent. Eugene Mirman never fails to entertain, and Rob Riggle was way funnier than I expected (I like to set my expectations low because otherwise I get a big Disappointment Face and get pouty).

Saturday I spent the day cleaning/running errands before the arrival of [livejournal.com profile] tenillypo and [livejournal.com profile] incandes_flower for Sparkletastic Twilight. Oh, Twilight, you never fail to entertain me. I did not have to set my expectations low for this because I knew it would be awesome.

Sunday had an awesome brunch with the aforementioned ladies and [livejournal.com profile] mrs_muffin and [livejournal.com profile] aquarianna6. Yay, brunch! Then Drew & I walked from our house to Marblehead, found a fun little bar in Marblehead where we had a couple beers, and then walked back to Salem. It was a lot of walking. It was too nice a day outside to not spend hours walking, though. I am getting excited to get out and do a lot of hiking this summer! I also want to explore interesting old timey stuff around New England. Summer fun! I insist on having summer fun this summer, last summer was lame.
wildflowersoul: (Arise Chicken!)
So on May 7 Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter will be at the Somerville Theater. And we will be there! Comedy!
wildflowersoul: (conchords- bret jemaine mel)
Went to see Glasvegas last night, and they were totally rockin'. I love a good show. And it was fairly prompt! I love getting out of a show at a reasonable hour on a work night. The drummer didn't have a kick drum and stood the entire time.

So thanks to Netflix we've been discovering comedy that we otherwise might not check out. Our latest discovery is The Whitest Kids U'Know. It is killing me with hilarity. I think about this sketch randomly through the day and get the giggles, though I caution that even though the naughty words in it are bleeped for tv, I don't think it's all that safe for work, depending on your work situation:

wildflowersoul: (conchords- bret jemaine mel)
Well well. To make up for the crappiness that has been February, today was actually a banner day. Got tickets to see The National in May. We went up to Salem to poke around and get a lay of the land, and while there three marvelous things happened. One: Went to a couple of bookstores with the vague hope of finding a book that I have been hotly anticipating for a year. Since it's not supposed to hit shelves until March 1, I was prepared for disappointment. But lo! One store had it on shelf early. Then we found a cupcakery in Beverly that has amazing cupcakes. Like, better than Lyndell's. And it was supposed to close at 2:00, but somehow was still open when we got there a bit past 3:00. These cupcakes are so good, seriously you guys. And then, on our way back to Somerville, the radio played a brand new My Chemical Romance song (shut up, I love them). Finally, we topped our day with a Metafilter meet-up and the Cinematic Titanic show at the Somerville Theater. Success!
wildflowersoul: (Grennie)
Happy new year everyone! It's been a while since I've updated, let's see... we did Christmas in Maryland, which involved a super awesome ghost tour of Annapolis. Ghost tours are the best! Saw Joel McHale on New Years Eve, then made it to a very fun party afterwards. The rest of this weekend so far has been extremely lazy, which is a good thing. I'm pushing through my first edit of my crap NaNo story, and incubating an idea for a new story which will hopefully not suck as bad. Drew got me a thingy that will plug into the computer and convert my old tapes and minidiscs to digital, so that will be a project that will take me a while to get through. Grendel is acting very weird, she wasn't eating for a good portion of the day yesterday, but is nibbling a bit today, though not with her usual gusto. She is being a sullen bunny.

2008 was... weird. But it did involve the best vacation ever, and successes in my hobbies, so hey, that's something. Here's to 2009!
wildflowersoul: (hello kitty)
Note to self: when skin meets jagged edge of tin can top with enough force, you will lose a frightful amount of blood and need stitches. My evening got started last night with a trip to the emergency room! I think I've officially moved past "clumsy" into "hazardous to my own health."

Also: Season 1 of The State is on iTunes! Now they just need to get season 3 up some time so I can see L'il Brown Dog Food.

We're seeing Stella tonight, and I am excited for some comedy.
wildflowersoul: (cullen)
This blog makes me long for England. Shut up, I love British food. I want to go back!

Also, Stella is coming to Boston Dec. 11. Michael Ian Black! David Wain! That other guy! We have our tickets already.

Also, I am over 35K words on my NaNo story. Productivity! I suppose if I get to the end of my story and need to pad to get up to 50K I can always add more make-out scenes. Make-out scenes!

If you weren't aware, I am way, way too excited to see Twilight on Saturday. Sparkly vampires!

Finally, last night we were discussing the infinity of space and it blew my freakin' mind.
wildflowersoul: (Rats off to ya!)
John Hodgman last night was totally awesome. As a bonus nerd treat, we also got to hear Jonathan Coulton sing some songs. After the reading we stood in line for a very long time to get our books signed, but it was worth it. Had a brief conversation with Mr. Hodgman and got my book personalized. Now I have to actually take care of it, which means I can't lug it around in my bag where it will be prone to tears, water damage, and general destruction.

And the answer to my question of "what is the next awesome thing" is answered handily in the new book: mole men. I can get behind that.

I just signed up for NaNoWriMo. I will be productive in November!

Also, anyone in the Boston area in need of a last minute trip to the Garment District on Saturday? My costume... is not coming along so well. I may be ditching my original idea and moving on to something else.
wildflowersoul: (Buster)
Last night I think I successfully networked. Went to Simmons to help represent the Association of Boston Law Librarians at a career panel. It was interesting, but I do wish Simmons students would learn the fine art of looking at the clock and not having the same questions as everyone else when the panel could easily have ended fifteen minutes before its scheduled end time. Some of us have to work in the morning and had an hour commute to get home. So glad I don't have to make the Simmons trek any more.

I made the mistake of getting into a reply-to-all email "conversation" with my mother and now her husband about politics. If you can even call their thoughts politics, as they are both so completely dissociated from reality I'm amazed they can remember how to breathe. Did you know that there's some sort of crazy, paranoid right-wing-nutjob conspiracy theory about Obama having become a citizen of Indonesia under a different name? And how the entire state government of Hawaii is clearly in on the deal, as they have helped Obama forge his birth certificate? What?! I had no idea the extent of right wing lunacy until now, and trust me, it is hardcore crazycakes.

Tonight we see John Hodgman at the Coolidge!! So excited!!
wildflowersoul: (conchords- business time)
Hal Sparks is really, really funny. Having a Carmina Burana joke in your schtick is a good thing. Also, the Comedy Connection is a surprisingly good venue for comedy. And comedy on a Friday night = win.
wildflowersoul: (Default)
Oh my god. After two straight hours of The Wire we needed some comedic relief. South Park came on, and I said to Drew, "It would be so perfect if this could be the Loch Ness Monster episode, but they never show it." And lo! It was. Yesterday they showed the Chewbacca Defense episode. My two favorites in two days! And I really do not watch South Park at all these days.

In honor of that, I give you some YouTubage, South Park & GI Joe, may not be safe for work )
wildflowersoul: (Veronica- Pony!)
Oh good god. Pleaseeasaur is playing Great Scott on Thursday night! And for you Mainers, he's playing Geno's Rock Club in Portland on Friday. I'm not sure I'll be making it to the Boston show, but I sure am going to try! Yay!
wildflowersoul: (Bunny!)
I am feeling silly. Know any good (or bad, for that matter) jokes? Entertain me, my friends!
wildflowersoul: (I love lamp)
Sitting on the T this morning, I happened to glance at a copy of the Metro that someone was clutching in their cold, wet hands. And who did I see gracing the cover of this fine news publication? Neil Hamburger!!! He's playing the Middle East tonight, but I know I won't be able to convince anyone to experience his fine comedic stylings again. Besides, I'm icky and sick, so I don't even know if I'm going to be doing anything tonight.
wildflowersoul: (Arise Chicken!)
Awesome news!

My friends in the blogosphere, I present some truly fantastic news for your edification: Pleaseeasaur has signed a deal with Comedy Central. They're working on an cd/dvd double disc set to be released in the Fall of '06. This means that we may possibly also get a Comedy Central special starring the wonders of Pleaseeasaur.

*happy dance*

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