Saturday, January 30, 2010

Let Us Talk of Hobbits and Things

My soul is craving The Lord of the Rings, so all I can do while I wait for them to arrive in the mail via NetFlix is watch these trailers. *Sigh* I love these movies.

If I were a character in the movie, I would be an Elf.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

My Metal Addiction

Screams are like sweet lullabies in my ears.

Metal music is as normal and good to me as is the Grateful Dead or Celine Dion. Is that weird to you? I'm sure it is. But metal has been part of my life for many, many years now and I don't know if it will ever part from me.

My love for rock music started when I was a child. The first rock band that I remember choosing to listen to was The Doors. My father gave me a tape and I used to play it in my little WalkMan. I was heavily and permanently influenced by my father's (and mother's, actually) musical tastes, but like most children, my tastes evolved once I flew the nest, and for me that was into metal. A lot of people my age gravitated toward rap or hip-hop or R-n-B, but not me. Metal has just always made sense to me and it doesn't make me feel uncomfortable like I am sure it does to many. The funny part to me is that while I don't need to listen to it every day like my ex-boyfriend, there comes a time every week or so where I literally crave some metal. Sometimes it's Ihsahn, well actually, a lot of the time. And other times it's Metallica or Otep (though that's a story for another day). And I spend a couple of hours listening, enjoying, rocking-the-fuck-out, and then I'm good.

I actually do wonder if this is something that I will do for years to come. If I will be a mom and still listening to metal. Or a grandma! I mean, hey. My grandma still listens to music she listened to when she was my age. Above my computer I've posted a cut-out comic strip from the brilliant Dan Piarro's "Bizarro". It simply says, "SENIOR MOMENT - 2060" and has an old man with all sorts of tattoos and piercings asking, "Now where did I put those car keys?"

Yeah, my generation kicks ass.

Beauty Begs

Again tonight, beauty calls from beyond and beckons to to seen.

Thus, I respond and give you: Ihsahn.


Friday, January 22, 2010


Super funny!

Time Warp

 This is one of my favorite songs from Rocky Horror. And FYI, my favorite character is Riff Raff. *wink, wink*

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

In Conclusion

Regarding lack of trust: I would rather be wrong than be right.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Whadda Ya Gonna Do???

In my Italian kick for the day, I've been missing The Sopranos. What an excellent show... one I wish would've never ended. Sigh. Alas, all good things must come to an end. ;)

Memories, Sweet Memories

Missing my grandmother today, my lovely, warm, Italian grandmother. So what better way to go through pictures than to have Dean Martin playing in the background. Ah, nothing like my grammy and her delicious Italian cooking. I am so proud of my Italian and Irish heritage. I am looking forward to one day doing an ancestral search.

Ah, in the meantime, sway along with me and maka some anti pasto tonight!

Needed Something Beautiful to Look at Today

... and Criss Angel (will always) fit the bill.

Grateful Dead: What Rainy Days Were Made For

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

Peter Paul and Mary

 My mother used to sing this song to me as a child and it was indeed a magical story to me. The movie from the 80s will always be dear to my heart.

This is such a beautiful version of the song. Enjoy.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

What Would Jesus Do?

Our Brothers and Sisters in Haiti

From MMW.

This list was compiled by Chris Sacca, and the links are verified legitimate.

1) Text “HAITI” to “90999″ to donate $10 to the Red Cross — Our friends at the US State Department, including Katie Stanton (@kateatstate), very quickly put together this number to channel relief contributions directly to first responders who will be on the ground there.

2) Text “Yele” to 501501 to donate $5 to Yele Haiti –  Wyclef Jean of the Black Eyed Peas created this foundation to permanently improve the lives of the most impoverished in his home country of Haiti. Check out more on Yele Haiti.

3) Donate to Partners in Health (click here) — PIH (@pih_org) is already on the ground in Haiti and mobilizing their relief efforts. If you have heard of Paul Farmer, this is the organization he co-founded. Working to provide health care and education to the poorest of Haiti, PIH is the real deal.

4) Donate to Architecture for Humanity (click here) — Cameron Sinclair (@casinclair) and his non-profit Architecture for Humanity (@archforhumanity) can be found at virtually every developing world disaster site on the planet. These guys are a collection of design and housing geniuses who work tirelessly to provide shelter for the most deserving.

5) Donate to charity:water (click here) — charity:water work to bring clean water to the 1 billion people on the planet who don’t have it. Recently, the organization’s founder Scott Harrison traveled to Haiti to commence operations in that country and already thousands of Haitians have clean water to drink. Every dollar of support to C:W goes fully and immediately to work in the field.

Knit Picky

I am so enjoying learning how to knit. I have wanted to pick it up for some time now and have joyfully discovered what I thought to be true, which is that I am taking to it quite quickly. It's kind of funny though as I don't know anyone in my daily life who knits other than my mother-in-law who is in another state, so I learn from YouTube videos. But visual learning is the only way to understand a visual activity, at least for me. Reading from a book is much more difficult and even just looking at pictures doesn't do the trick. But anyway, it's really fun. AND... I am a certified vegan knitter! OK, well maybe not certified, but I am a dedicated vegan knitter... no wool, silk, or any other animal-derived yarns. Yay!

Monday, January 11, 2010


Impossible, but oh so cool!

Post-Freaky Styley

I remember when this song first hit the airwaves back in '92. I was shocked to my core. This was my first taste of modern rock and it was at that moment that my long and great love affair with said music began and I haven't looked back since. ALWAYS love this song. Seen the band twice, both times good, but sure do wish I was at this show. The crowd is half the beauty of this version! And as always, peace to Hillel.

Oh No You Di-ent!!!

Elana Baker, author of The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance, here describes what it's like to be a giant, Mormon vagina. Pure awesomeness.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sunday, January 3, 2010

2009: In Review

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