Thursday, May 23, 2013

I wanna ROCK!

Who doesn't?

The past week I spent working on a massive remodeling project that we didn't get close to finishing. The we is my brother and I. While the experience and wisdom gleamed from such a task is a reward itself, I'm pretty my favorite part about the whole thing was the classic rock we listened sang to. It was so much fun to not work in a quiet setting where if you laugh too loud you fear everyone, even those past several cinderblock walls, heard you. Here are some of my personal favorites:

Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
Renegade - Styx
Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Bad Medicine - Bon Jovi
Tush - ZZ Top
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
Wheel in the Sky - Journey
The Stroke - Billy Squier

There are so many more these were just the ones I put on my wish list for the next music I buy. Although I already had Summer of 69 and Bad Medicine. Oh and of course the basis for this whole post:

I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister

On one hand I'm happy to be back to work but I am pretty sure I couldn't away with letting this music play at work. MUSE is sometimes a little heavy but you could never make me stop listening to them.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

No One Like You in the Universe.

I once again got to go see MUSE in concert in Las Vegas. They played at Mandalay Bay Events Center and it was a fantastic time! It's been two days since the concert and I'm the square that can't bring myself to take off my GA wristband. I will wear it like a piece of jewelry. The nice thing is that it's a color I rather like and it has M's all over it so I can say it stands for Mary, MUSE or I suppose what it's supposed to be which is Mandalay.

Here are our tickets, which we were not able to have in our hands until 5:30pm the day of the show.

A long time ago I purchased glow in the dark hair gel for Ragnar but it didn't come in time for the one I wanted it for and I never used it for any others. This stuff was starting to become years old and I decided that if you can't use glow in the dark hair gel at Vegas then where in the world could you use it? So I bit the bullet and attempted it. It worked for the first 30 mins of having it on. After that it was just SUPER stiff and wet looking hair. FAIL!

The show begins....

I'm still learning this camera thing okay so some shots are eh.

This one here is where I learned that maybe I should look at the shot first and make sure they are facing you.

I love their shows!

Matt is playing on Chris' side of the stage!

I read someone once say that Matt has the voice of a space angel, so here is the cosmos to prove it.

The big fire filled finale!! Somewhere in all that light is MUSE. 

 Now before all this started though I thought I had taken a picture of all our wristbands. Apparently I didn't push the shutter button all the way down. I'm still learning plus I was still sick. I blame those reasons. So insert a picture of 3 hands wearing our sweet wristbands because it was these two ladies who made the night that much better. They helped me with my hair, they allowed me to be that person who takes pictures, they didn't laugh when I timed Knights of Cydonia wrong and started early but most of all they stayed right there next to me the whole concert. I'm sure I was annoying but anytime I looked they were standing right there.

And this part is mostly for me but I want to be able to easily recall the set list so I'm posting it here, for me. *source*

1.  Isolated System
2.  Supremacy
3.  Map of the Problematique + Dead Star riff
4.  Supermassive Black Hole
5.  Resistance
6.  The Star-Spangled Banner + Panic Station
7.  Man with a Harmonica + Knights of Cydonia
8.  Montpellier Jam + Explorers
9.  Follow Me
10. United States of Eurasia
11. Liquid State
12. Madness
13. Time is Running Out
14. Undisclosed Desires
15. Stockholm Syndrome + Freedom outro


16. Unsustainable
17. Uprising (extended)


18. Starlight
19. Survival

Until we meet again MUSE.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The things we discuss when working a puzzle

Who likes to work a puzzle? If you don't then we kinda think you've never worked one with us. All kinds of topics come up and we just have a great time. I was at my mothers house tonight working our 2,000 piece puzzle with her and my brother and I mentioned I had seen The Great Gatsby trailer. My brother asked who wrote the novel and I answered that it was someone who wasn't that famous. My mother countered with a no and that it was someone famous. So wikipedia we went.

In case you didn't know F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby. My mother said "see it is someone famous". Which prompted my brother to ask her to name another novel he wrote. She couldn't but she was on and eventually said The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I was on wiki still and I said "what?! He most certainly did not!" That is when I noticed she was on imdb and said that maybe the two movies share the same screenwriter. She said she searched F. Scott Fitzgerald. I laughed at her and then named the other 3 novels the real F. Scott Fitzgerald penned, one of them being Tender Is The Night. I sang the words Tender Is The Night and my brother corrected me saying it was Lonely Is The Night. My brother pondered if he remembered correctly that Lonely Is The Night was sung by Billy Squier and wouldn't you know, he is correct. We youtubed this video and listened as we continued our work on the puzzle.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

What I've done in 4 weeks time

I moved 4 weeks ago. I've learned that I don't like moving as it is a change and I hate changes. Plus, it's a lot of work, stress and it winds up costing a lot. My plan is to only move once more and then never again. I'd like to blame it on me working but it also boils down to laziness. Here is a before and after of my living room. Gotta get back to work.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Monday, September 24, 2012

Random Thoughts...

I don't have enough to make a full post on one subject so I'll just "random thoughts" it. Which makes me think of "Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy". Classic.

Ever play that game of "that's a good band name"? No. Just me then, eh? Doubtful. Anyways, I do love it. It's nearly as good as "that's what she said". Maybe it's the new version!! My brother and I played this game when we were remodeling the bathroom as well. I can't remember the ones we came up with there. Within days of each other I had two pop up in regular conversation just the other week with my friends. The first one is "We Steal Dollies" and the second one "My Gay Friend Thinks It's Electric".  I've been told we need to start writing these down. Maybe I'll find a twitter hashtag for them. For now they live on here.

I love music. Do I make that clear on every chance I get? I don't dance but I love music. I love nearly every genre of music. Except rap. Although I think I may find a favorite rap song if I was to delve in my deepest corners of my mind. I'd find a rap song there that I didn't mind. I felt my summer of 2012 was summed up nicely by the playing of two songs, back to back, on the radio, on the last day of summer. Those songs were  Madness by MUSE and Anna Sun by Walk the Moon. I also heard a One Direction song today on the radio that wasn't You Don't Know You're Beautiful and I will admit that they'll probably be a one hit wonder for me. It was awful! But I love me my Beautiful and proclaimed it the song of my summer a while ago.

Recently I've been looking for quotes that I want to remember forever. This has led me to poetry and I want to buy some poetry books but I feel very overwhelmed and don't know where to start. I don't think I want just one person, I'd rather have a collection of different ones. I recently read a book that highlighted the Dylan Thomas poem of "Do Not Go Gentle" and loved it. So then when my favorite quotes search brought my full circle to poetry, I figure I should just start there. I then listened to a audio recording of Maya Angelou and loved that. So I think right now my mind and heart are into poetry. But it's just such a big world and very intimidating. I feel like I'll start with things that  I don't like as much as what I do already like and then I'll be turned off of it forever. So if anyone has any suggestions, I'll take them.

I leave you with a favorite quote of mine that I heard in 1997 but didn't consider it a favorite until recently when I started thinking about poetry.

"You're capable of such beautiful dreams and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you're not. See in all out searching, the only thing we've found that makes the emptiness bearable is each other."

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Bullshit Mountain

I love Jon Stewart and The Daily Show. I can remember watching him 13 years ago when he took over as the host but I think my fondest memories are at my sisters. When I was done working at the Clearfield Pool(now known as the Clearfield Aquatic Center) I would go over to my oldest sisters house. Usually, to return the nights dinner dish but also to see my nephew, and later nephews. Each time I went we would watch The Daily Show, except on Friday. That is where my affinity for Jon Stewart was born.

I've compiled two of my favorite clips from the show. When I think of The Daily Show these are what come to my mind.

Check out this 8 minute bit on job hunting.

Or this tongue in cheek clip

Well last nights episode also had another gem. The video is great but in years to come it's not the video I'll recall. It's the words.

"The biggest problem with the denizens of bullshit mountain is they act like their shit don't stink. If they have success, they built it. If they failed, the government ruined it for them. If they get a break, they deserve it. If you get a break, it's a handout and an entitlement. It's a baffling willfully blind, cognitive dissonance."

Well The Daily Show is now on so it's time to say goodbye. Enjoy!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

It just suddenly occurred to me today

that I am totally Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson. In the early years. Not when she gave up her sweets. Who would want to do that? Crazy people, or as people deem acceptable in today's slang, cray-cray folks. One day I'll discuss why I hate today's slang. It will take a whole post, or maybe three or four. Back to Brenda; I love her.  Probably because of her addiction to sweets. I can relate to that so so so well. Much better than anything else I've ever related to before. 

See that delightful drawer? It is full of goodies. Sugary, sweet, chocolaty treats. I think everyone should have such a drawer. It would make life nicer. 

This is my version of such a drawer. I also have a cabinet that I regularly stock with some such items and with actual real food. As real as anyone can call easy mac and cheese, cheez-its, cookies, emergen-C and at times beef jerky. I love that I get to call myself Brenda. I wouldn't want to do her job though. She also has Fritz. I hope to find my Fritz one day. I adore them together, they are so cute. It doesn't hurt that Fritz is portrayed by Jon Tenney, whom I've had a crush on for over a decade now. That is a long time to crush on a person, if you were normal, but I am not, and that is a relatively short time. No worries, I'll continue to crush.

I'll miss The Closer. I haven't watched the series finale as I'm worried that they may have split up Brenda and Fritz. Fritz is on the spin-off Major Crimes. But if Brenda is not there, then how did they write her out but keep him. Plus, I have decided I like to give up my tv shows when they end they way I want. So Lost ended with Desmond and Penny reuniting, and I ended Gilmore Girls when Loreali proposed to Luke. Yep, they ended there. Nothing else happens.

Much like this post ends here.