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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Heathcliff, it's me Kathy!

I've had a migraine inducing day, a day fraught with insolent clients, dimwitted co-workers, and selfish siblings. However, I slid into my CD player (yes I still used CD's and no I do not own an MP3 player) The Whole Story by Kate Bush.

I have a recent and rabid Kate Bush fan over the past year and purchasing The Whole Story first was an excellent and happenstance purchase. This particular CD is a best of/compilation and gives a great cross-section of the myriad type of music Kate Bush creates.

Random factoid #1: She was discovered at age 16 and began to work with David Gilmore of the Pink Floyd juggernaut.

Random factoid #2: Ms. Bush is an accomplished dancer as well, she studied pantomime at art school.

Random factoid #3: Kate hasn't toured since 1979. Doubt she ever will again, though she will do the odd gig here and there for charity organizations.

Hands down my favourite CD of Kate Bush has to be The Dreaming, a lush piece of art that incorporates all kinds of unusual instruments, sounds and imagery. Kate's writing ranges from literary references to bare naked confessionals. Check out "Get out of my House", a nod to the horror classic The Shining. Or for you more cerebral types "Sat in your Lap", a song about a person in search of knowledge and insight but too lazy to pursue such things.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Razzleberry Dressing

I spent alot of time this weekend imbibing alcohol. This is New England's best kept secret. Harpoon. They make many fine beers and beer type products in Windsor,VT and from what I've been told the Harpoon Brewery Octoberfest is a wicked good time.

My personal favourite is Raspberry UFO. So fruity, so tasty, so not like slurping down standard issue hops and barley. It's a liquid party for your mouth.

Another good one to try is the regular UFO Hefewiesen, especially during these hot summer days.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Let's make out. Blah, blah, blah.

I've just recently viewed the incredible movie Juno. I'm sure there are more than enough blog posts out on the interweb praising Juno to the heavens. However there is one major oversight I have noticed. Not a peep has been mentioned about Michael Sera/ Paulie Bleeker.

I'm in love with Paulie Bleeker, the scene where Juno angrily confronts Paulie about taking the smelly soup girl to the prom is one the brutal and touching things I've been witness to in a long time. The look of anguish on his face, his heart been ripped into shreds, so beautiful.

Plus, Ellen Page and Diablo Cody have been heaped with well deserved accolades. Where's the love for Michael Sera? Seriously, that kid is gonna go far. I watched Jonah Hill on the Craig Fergason Show and he describes Michael Sera as "he's like a kitten." I couldn't agree more, Jonah. Michael Sera is vulnerable and cute.

sigh, swoon, melt

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


A note of apology: I didn't not fully edit yesterday's post and for that I'm sorry that everyone had to read my grammatical mistakes.

Now to business:

I was blissfully reading in the bed the other night my favourite magazine, Bitch. I was deeply engrossed in a thought provoking and intelligently written piece about reproductive technology by Meisha Rosenberg.

And to my delight I noticed in her bi-line that she lives not 30 minutes east of me in Troy, NY. Wow, a feminist with a sense of humour and fellow cat lover. Meisha Rosenberg let's be friends!

By the by, this season's issue of Bitch magazine is chock full of great articles involving the theme of origins of life. more to come on Bitch in a later post.

Monday, June 16, 2008

I Wants Flies in on Dragon

No I haven't lost my sense of good grammar. It's a lovely ode to one of my favourite television shows Metalocalypse. You haven't seen this show, do yourself a favour and TiVo it Sunday at midnight (though technically speaking it is considered Monday).

In essence, the 15 minute cartoon tells the misadventures of a the speed metal band DethKlok. 5 brainless and hilariously inappropriate boobs that make the most brutal metal ever. My favourite is Skiwsgaar as I think if he was real and I was 17 I would probably be in love with him. Considered the most musically talented, aside from front man Nathan Explosion, and the biggest man whore on the planet. A close second would be Pickles, the drummer doodily do, I giggle like an idiot when he speaks in his thick Wisconsin accent. Pickles is a bit of a fame whore really.

My friend sent me the first season on DVD for Christmas, best present ever. Seriously it's the gift that keeps on giving. Boyfriend likes to point out all the metal references I miss. Not to mention the merchandising. I'm saving money for a banana sticker and psychological validation.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

You Sank my Battleship!

I'm a nerd. A really big nerd. My rocking Saturday night was all about drinking a Patron Margarita and playing Carcassonne. I love being a nerd.

Hand in hand with the nerdiness is the love of complicated board games. Carcassonne is completely awesome. Feudal villages, thieves in the road, tiny little pigs.

Though would have been just as happy playing Beer Money. No it's not a stupid frat boy drinking game. It's a board game in which you pretend to beat the crap out of yr fellow game players for pennies. It's the father version of the game Lunch Money.

And alas and alack we didn't have time to get to Simpsons Jeopardy. Obviously this game is geared to a specific population: nerds.

The Patron threw off what little mind I have for strategy and I came in dead last. Matt built one hell of a road.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tag! I'm it

My lovely and talented blogger friend Lydia of and fame has tagged me. Thank you! And you should check out her blogs, she is definitely 50 kinds of awesome.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
Well 10 years to the day, I had recently graduated from Castleton State College with a useless Bachelor's Degree in Spanish. I was working at a copy shop faxing and photocopying bankruptcy documents and lamenting about my future.

2. What are 5 things on my list to do today?
a. Go to the bank to deposit my mileage check of a whopping 165.00. I despise all banking matters, why do they have to move so slowly and the ATM is not convenient. no no no.
b. Go to work. I had a busy agenda but I still had time to leave 15 minutes early. woohoo
c. Cook dinner. Tonight's feast was pork chops w/ a blueberry ginger glaze, squash and boiled potatoes with parsley and butter. Wicked easy, awesomely good. (feel free to ask for the recipe)
d. Do laundry. Total necessity as I am running low on underpants. Please not I did not use the word "panties". I loathe that word, it sounds dirty even though it isn't.
e. Paint my nails. I'm prone to depression so a half assed pedi always cheers me up. I think I'll go with "It's a Doozi, Says Suzi", a gorgeous wine color from OPI, the only nail polish I ever use.

3. Snacks I enjoy?
Oh I am the snack queen! Depends on what kind of mood I'm in, chips and salsa, popcorn, bagels, Cheese-Its, 100 calorie packs of Lorna Doones or Grasshoppers, anything my mother bakes esp. chocolate chip cookies or cherry pie, fresh berries, nuts esp. almonds, sunflower seeds, or trail mix with the chocolate in it. Wow, no wonder I can't get rid of my gut.

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire
Hmmmm....... pay off all the debts my family and I have accumulated. And also make sure everyone was set for life with home and cars. Definitely set up trust funds for my nieces and my nephew. As person working in non-profit it always nice to give back to the community, so I'd give what I could to places like Planned Parenthood or any local agency that was in need of cash. And for purely selfish reasons, I'd be living near the water where I would never have to abide by a clock ever again.

5. 3 of my bad habits
a. Criticising people's grammar. I don't know why this gets under my skin but LORD ALMIGHTY THERE IS NO SUCH WORD AS IRREGARDLESS. Heh I should take it down a notch.
b. Picking at the dry skin around my fingernails. God it's so gross and I know it but I can't stop. It feels good for some reason.
c. Being anxious about the future. My parents call me Nervous Nelly. I'm big into What If's, what if I'm in a car accident, what if the house burns to the ground, what if the sky falls. Good thing I'm in therapy.

6. 5 places I've lived
a. Schenectady, NY
b. Castleton, Vt
c. White River Junction, VT
d. West Lebanon, NH
e. Claremont, NH
I don't really like the northeast but I can't seem to get away.

7. 5 jobs I've had
a. Izod Gant- I worked for 5 dollars an hour under the table dressed as the Izod alligator waving at cars on a busy intersection. It sucked. And I met a whole lot of plushies, icky.
b. The Zone Music and Video - Best job I ever had. I watched movies and listened to CD's all day long. It wasn't like work at all. Except my boss was a total douche bag and tried to get this guy I was dating to break up w/ me and go out w/ him instead.
c. Planned Parenthood - Reasonable women's health care and safe abortions! Hurray for non-profit. I worked the front desk, thankless job.
d. Darthmouth Hitchcock Medical Center - I was an "order taker offer" on the neuroscience/ENT unit. A monkey could do the job. It was miserable and most doctors are dicks.
e. Catholic Charities AIDS Services - Where I'm at now, coordinating care for people infected with HIV and most are homeless, addicted, and fall way below the poverty line. I adore my job, it's challenging and everyday is different.

8. How did you name yr blog?
When I really like something, then it's 50 kinds of awesome. Simple and to the point.

I would tag other people like I'm supposed to but I don't know any other blogs. I don't like to hemmed in by rules anyway.

Monday, June 9, 2008

For a Wicked Good Time

This past weekend I was living it up in VT/NH, otherwise known as the twin states. My amazing boyfriend was unknown in the ways of Newbury Comics. I made it my mission to bust his Newbury Comic cherry.

I adore this place, it's cheap, there's a million things to look at and it's fun to make fun of the all hipster doofus that camp out at the place.

I now wish I had the extra money to purchase that Sleestak piggy bank or complete set of Doctor Who figurines which includes both the 9th and 10th Docs with a TARDIS. Plus the nice assortment of Taschen coffee table books. And Adult Mad Libs! Oh, I almost forgot about the Wonka Bars. Truly a magical place.

Though one thing has been stuck in my craw about Newbury Comics. Can a business truly be considered independent if it franchised out the butt? Please comment.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

love is a many splendored thing

As you can all tell I was absent yesterday. Wednesday is reserved for spending time w/ my boyfriend.

Yes after many years of braving the wilderness alone and dating every asshole known to man in the tri-state area, I have, at long last, found someone to love.

I was surprised as anyone else. Especially since I bought into the whole idea of bells and whistles and rainbows concept of love. And shame on me for doing so! It goes against every feminist principle I have beating in my heart.

No, my friends, love snuck up on me. Similar to the sun rising. Now I'm not being corny, what I mean is, you sorta see this hazy ball of light in the horizon and then slowly the entire sky is full of bright beautiful sunshine. And so it happened with me, love crept into my life without me fully realizing it.

So, for the time being Wednesday is my "day off" because I'll be nestled into a warm bed curled up in the curve of my man.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Tree Hugger

I got a little spring in my step this afternoon when a friend (hi dan!) informed me that GMC is closing down the manufacturing of the Hummer. I was elated and stunned "But won't that cost them money?" Nope! It's going to save GM about 15 million dollars by 2010.

Hurray! The reign of eco-terror is starting to crumble.

In all seriousness, why the fuck does anyone need to drive a Hummer? Unless you live in the mountains of West Virginia or rural Vermont, you don't need to drive that wasteful, enormous pile of scrap metal.

Also, we all know that certain cars are purchased to compensate for the underdeveloped gentleman. I'm looking at you Govenator! That moron actually owns 10 Hummers. 10! Then has the balls to get on the cover of Newsweek promoting the California "going green" campaign.

At times like this I harken back to the wisdom of Doctor Seuss and his momentual tome "The Lorax". Remember this word my friends: unless.....

Monday, June 2, 2008

The End is the Beginning is the End

More random thoughts from a geek? yes, unfortunately.

I'm a well fed starving artist trying to rekindle my creative voice. I started out a young and idealistic wanting desperately to get onto the NY Times Bestseller list. Now I'm a 32 cynic trapped (mostly happily) in the non-profit world wanting to recapture my love of writing and maybe published. I merely want to express my opinions on things that I adore and others that are too sucky to exist.

#1: cats

Not the most innovative subject to opine about but let me tell you, my cat is bloody awesome. Cats in general are 50 kinds of awesome. They're aloof, discerning and enigmatic. Chances are if you are not a cat person, I don't care for you.