25 Random: “Everybody’s Doin’ It” (to the tune of the SeaDoo jingle)

  1. Since I grew up there, I’m the designated Cary direction-giver among my friends. I can get most anywhere in Cary at least 4 different ways but I get lost in Raleigh at least once a month. At least. I blame it on the fact that the Raleigh streets all change names half a dozen times…and also on the fact that I’m generally bad with directions.
  2. So far I really like my new job.
  3. I wish I were more adventurous when it comes to fashion. I sometimes think I wouldn’t mind someone who’s better at it giving me a total make-over.
  4. A few years ago, I worked doing airbrush tattoos at local events.
  5. Among my greatest fears are that I’m completely uninteresting or completely annoying. I’m not sure which is worse in my mind or whether either are true.
  6. I have a pretty impressive(?) ability to remember the lyrics to tv theme songs. I can, off the top of my head, sing the themes to well-loved classics like 227, The Hogan Family, Small Wonder, and The Gummi Bears. I maintain that the best themes are all from mid-80’s sitcoms. I don’t think I can choose a favorite.
  7. By age 22 I had never been kissed, tasted alcohol or been on a date. Six years later, I’ve at least minimally experienced all three.
  8. Some people are music snobs, some are art snobs, some are grammar snobs. I’m a comedy snob. I judge people based on their tastes in comedy. For example, I find it very difficult to respect anyone who believes MadTV to have ever been funnier than SNL or who can’t appreciate the genius that was Arrested Development, or who prefers Brian Regan to Zach Galifanakis. I don’t pretend that this means I’m particularly funny it just means I think I have better taste than you.
  9. I have no problem with the American right to bear arms but have never even held a gun and don’t really have much desire to do so.
  10. Although I would LOVE to travel more, I’ve never left the country and have never traveled further west than New Orleans, where I was born.
  11. I’m not a good driver when other people are in the car. I get distracted too easily.
  12. I want to be married. Though right now I’d settle for a good date.
  13. I’ve never been much for thinking or fantasizing or planning wedding, marriage, and baby-type things that I imagine other girls dream about.
  14. Although I don’t mind them, I rarely put on actual pajamas for bed. More often than not I just end up just wearing whatever t-shirt I wore during the day.
  15. I’ve been stuck at #15 for about a week now.
  16. I played the flute for 4 years. I stopped playing because near the end of my 8th grade year, I left my flute on the bus one day and was too shy to ask the bus driver if she’d found it. I played this old beat-up one of my dad’s in class for the rest of the year rather than tell my parents what had happened. The next year when it was time to sign up for band again, I told them I didn’t really want to play anymore. They didn’t know until a few years ago, the real reason.
  17. It takes sincere effort for me to make a quick decision and usually I just make myself do it. I’m naturally inclined to hem and haw (and apparently use outdated cliches.
  18. I’ve never been able to break the habit of biting my nails.
  19. I’ve learned that it’s never a bad thing to initiate, and follow-up, and pursue time with friends. I used to think pursuing people for friendship would make me a geek until I realized that not doing it, just made me lonely.
  20. I don’t talk on the phone or text very much at all which is why I use a phone with very few features and no contract.
  21. I love doing crafty things and one of my favorite crafts is something called unit origami where you basically make puzzle pieces out of paper and then put them together to form these larger geometric sculptures. Despite this, I really don’t like traditional origami at all – the kind in which you’re supposed to make little animals or ornaments…yeah, I don’t do that mess.
  22. I don’t really enjoy cooking. Usually it stresses me out too much but I do make great scrambled eggs, grilled cheese sandwiches, and chocolate chip cookies (if I don’t burn them).
  23. Most nights I should probably go to bed earlier than I do.
  24. I think it would be fun to take classes on graphic design, upholstery, acting, creative writing, or rock climbing.
  25. I wear blue jeans almost every day.

Whew. That was tough.


February 7, 2009 at 7:12 pm Leave a comment

Ira Glass on Good Taste

If you have any inkling of a desire to be creative in life, this is good and rare advice:

June 1, 2008 at 5:47 pm Leave a comment

music videos

I think it’s safe to say that those of us who remember a day when there was a legitimate expectation that music would be something you’d find occasionally on MTV, long for a good old fashioned video every now and then. Thanks to youtube, you can now view the videos of yore right on your computer screen in mediocre quality. But. It’s better than nothing.

Anyway, so I find when I look up a music video on youtube it always leads me to at least a dozen other songs/videos I’d forgotten about.
The other day, my 90’s pop progression went as follows:
EMF, Unbelievable -> Filter – Take my Picture> Duncan Sheik – Barely Breathing> Natalie Imbruglia – Torn> Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue> Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta> Eve 6 – Inside Out> Cake – Short Skirt, Long Jacket> Baz Luhrmann – Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen> Fatboy Slim – Praise You

I figured I’d stop there, because it’s hard to top Spike Jonze.

Anyway, I highly encourage getting lost in music video nostalgia for a few minutes. Here are a few other good launching points for your own video progressions:

Fatboy Slim – Weapon of Choice – Christopher Walken, baby!
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer – mmm. stop motion.
George Michael – Faith – doht-da-doht-da-doht. da-doht-doht.
New Radicals – You Get What You Give – one hit wonders = best video progressions
Marcy Playground – Sex and Candy– like double cherry pie, like disco superfly
NSYNC – I Drive Myself Crazy – why so literal, boys?
The White Stripes – Fell In Love With A Girl – i still can’t figure out how they did this.
Supergrass – Pumping On Your Stereo – um. it’s muppets with people heads.

June 1, 2008 at 5:40 pm Leave a comment

In Rotation

The Great Divorce
2 Corinthians
Where the Sidewalk Ends

Listening to:
The Official Lost Podcast
The Sound of Music 35th Anniversary Soundtrack
All That You Can’t Leave Behind

The ATM Finale – Yay Whitney!
American Idol – Yay it’s a Double David Final!
The Hills – Lo > Audrina
Creature Comforts America Season 1 DVD

The 50 Greatest Commercial Parodies of All Time
Prismacolor Shrinky Jewelry
Pundit Kitchen
An Interview With Roald Dahl – Great thoughts on writing. (In the bio section)
Me at Twitter. I’m kind of boring but follow away.

Exercising. I know. Crazy.
Spring weather

Complaining about:
$3.75/gallon. Domestic drilling, pls. k. thx.
That Mylie Cyrus song in heavy rotation on local radio stations

New digs
New roomies
Prince Caspian
Indiana Jones

May 15, 2008 at 4:11 pm Leave a comment

Home Group Question and Answer Session (or more than anyone ever wanted to know about me)

So in an effort to get to know one another a little better my home group has been having question and answer sessions with various members. I was in the hot seat this week and have posted below, most of the questions and my answers. Please excuse typos, grammar, and spelling errors as I wrote these out pretty quickly. (more…)

May 9, 2008 at 10:24 am 1 comment

Don’t you wish you had seen this in person?

Are there musical moments that you just desperately wish you’d been able to see in person or maybe just artists that you’ve hoped to catch live before either you or they were gone?

I’ve seen Nickel Creek live a few times and they’ve always been incredible, but I would love to have been there to experience this version of I’ll Fly Away, featuring Sean and Sara Watkins, Chris Thile, Bela Fleck, Mark Schatz, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, Tim O’Brien, and Benmont Tench, performed on the last night of their Farewell (For Now) tour.

and just for fun, check out Nickel Creek’s cover of another beloved American traditional. This one I have seen, and it’s glorious:

May 5, 2008 at 10:58 pm Leave a comment


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P.S. If I haven’t already directed you to nataliedee.com for some randomly wonderful web comic action. Allow me to do so now.

May 2, 2008 at 2:22 pm 1 comment

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