Wednesdays suck around here. This Wednesday has sucked more than the typical Wednesday. I can only hope that The Pumpkinator cupcake I picked up from Hey Cupcake! in a moment of weakness can make alllll better.
I don’t remember if I ever said so or not, but my friends and I did end up getting Radiohead tickets for March. I’m really looking forward to it, thanks in no small part to the Radiohead suggestions shared by Chelsea and Meredith (thanks, girls!).
Hello, again! Thirty seconds for tumblr, so here I go… this is my favorite song by The Strokes. Hope you all had a lovely holiday, if in fact you had one, and if you didn’t have one, hope you had a great weekend.
OK, so this song’s just a bit summery, but I really wanted something upbeat and fun to balance the dreary gray day we’re having here. Plus, it’s Monday. Wouldn’t want to add to the misery with something slow and melancholy.
I pre-ordered it from amazon.co.uk just Friday, and got an email yesterday that it has shipped. Estimated delivery date: 12/05/11. :/ I’m counting on the fact that they generally like to overestimate these things.
Just finished reading the novel One Day, by David Nicholls, today. I loved it. Absolutely loved it. It is nothing overly challenging or mind-blowing, just a beautiful love story featuring two of my favorite modern characters since Claire and Henry in The Time Traveler’s Wife. Emma and Dexter felt very authentic to me, and the story was good enough to compel me to read during every free second I got over the last few days. I even felt moved to dog ear a page, to more easily find this passage:
'Live each day as if it's your last', that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that? What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy? It just wasn't practical. Better by far to simply try and be good and courageous and bold and to make a difference. Not change the world exactly, but the bit around you. Go out there with your passion and your electric typewriter and work hard at…. something. Change lives through art maybe. Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and full and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved, if you ever get the chance.
I’ve heard the movie adaptation is less than wonderful, which is disappointing, though not really surprising. So, skip the movie, but read this if you get the chance.
Way Back Wednesday Song of the Day- Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)- The Temptations (1971)
I love Motown. The Temptations, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson… I love it. I think that probably has something to do with the fact my dad loves it, and listened to it a lot when I was growing up. This song, for some reason, has always been a favorite. It’s a song about unrequited love… he sees himself with the woman he loves, living a beautiful life, but it’s all just in his imagination. I guess that really resonated with me as a perpetually dateless teenager. Anyway, if you haven’t listened to a lot of Motown, you really should. You’re definitely missing out.
This Saturday, I will be one of the bazillions of people trying to get tickets to Radiohead in my hometown. I feel like a bit of a fraud doing this because I have never gotten VERY into Radiohead. I like them well enough, but don’t feel like I really know their music. One of the friends I will (hopefully) be going with is a HUGE fan and she’s super excited. I know I won’t approach her level of enthusiasm, but it’s Radiohead, you know? I feel like I can’t possibly miss it if I have the opportunity.
So, dear tumblr friends, I’m asking for your help. Can one of you Radiohead fans make me an “Essential Radiohead Playlist”? I actually have all of their albums, except In Rainbows, which I can get my hands on, so all I need is a list. A list of Radiohead songs you’d play in order to convince a friend of their awesomeness. Pretty please?
Today is one of those days that actually looks like fall, if it doesn’t exactly feel like it. It’s cloudy and gray with intermittent rain, though, this being Texas, it’s still warm and humid as hell. But this afternoon, I was waiting in the pick-up line at my daughter’s school, reading a book, and the rain started falling on my windshield right about the time this song came on the radio. It was perfect.
Had a wonderful night out with my husband and our really good friends, completely child-free. Enjoyed delicious food at a restaurant I haven’t been to in years, great conversation, and fabulously inexpensive but delicious wine (Archetype Shiraz, for the record). We even lingered over coffee and dessert. Then, as we still had an hour before we had to pick up the kids, we spent time browsing at the book store. I know this probably sounds boring as hell to most of you, but at this point in my life, a dinner where I don’t have to cut someone else’s food and the ability to browse a store in peace are downright luxurious to me. Hope your Friday night was equally awesome.