“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”—Neil Gaiman (via boxofoctaves)
So, I’m finally getting a little bit of time to sit down and spend some time here, so I’m going to make the next couple of posts really for my own personal use. Feel free to completely disregard. :)
This was a great concert-going year for me, though I missed a couple I would have loved to have seen (The National), I still made it out to some really fantastic shows…
Two Door Cinema Club
Band of Horses/Kings of Leon
Naked & Famous/Freelance Whales/Foals
Railroad Revival Tour- Old Crow Medicine Show, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Mumford & Sons
Explosions in the Sky/Arcade Fire
Noah and the Whale
Matt & Kim
The Civil Wars
Coldplay, Austin City Limits taping
Austin City Limits Music Festival- Ray LaMontagne, Bright Eyes, Coldplay, The Antlers, Young the Giant, City and Colour, Iron and Wine, Cut Copy, Stevie Wonder, The Head and the Heart, The Walkmen, Broken Social Scene, Elbow, Fleet Foxes, Arcade Fire
So this album has appeared on a couple of Best of 2011 lists I’ve seen, and I just discovered I had this song in my library. I’m gonna have to check out the rest of the album, cause I’m really liking this.
Remember that post last weekend about how I must be getting older since I ditched The National to stay home with my family? Well, now it’s official. Yesterday I won tickets to a local radio station’s anniversary party, where The Gourds, Givers, Mat Kearney, and Dawes will be playing. I’d been hoping to get in and I love all those bands, so I was excited about it. Then, today, I realized I’d much rather stay home and watch Elf with my kids (it’ll be their first time seeing it), and then have a glass (or bottle) of wine with my husband after the kids go to bed. I realize this makes me lame, and I’m OK with that.
Incidentally, they’re supposed to be streaming the whole show (that makes me feel a little better about not being there) somewhere HERE, though I haven’t been able to find where exactly.
“These accidents of faith and nature
They tend to stick in the spokes of you
But every now and then the trend bucks
And you’re repaired by more than glue”—The Sunlight Through The Flags (The Lightning Strike)
thank you all, so much! I did finally get the call back from the doctor, though the news was really neither good nor bad. Seems the samples were not good enough to get a good read on, and the doctor would like to do the test again. Which means I get to have a needle stuck into my neck for the second time in two weeks. woo hoo! On the down side, I’ll probably be getting the results right before christmas (how’s that for putting a damper on my holiday spirit?!). On the upside… well, um….it’s a short procedure…?
last week I had a test done on a “nodule” on my thyroid gland. The doctor called with my test result earlier today, but I wasn’t here to answer, and he left a message saying he’d call back later this afternoon. THE DOCTOR. not the nurse, not the doctor leaving a message saying everything’s good. The Doctor saying he’ll call back. hmm. I’m thinking this can’t possibly be good. Positive vibes are appreciated, friends…
So, tonight, instead of being enthralled by The National and Local Natives, I watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas with my husband, daughter and son. I ended up being sidelined with a nasty migraine earlier today, so our tree decorating stretched into dinner time, and I didn’t feel like cooking, so we ordered a pizza and watched the Grinch. While I’m sure I would have LOVED The National, tonight was a great night.