Monday, January 31, 2005

You were right when you said all that glitters is not gold.

I've decided to give up watching television for a week, just to see how my mind functions without as many distractions. What I am really trying to do, crazy as it sounds, is to learn to listen more closely to the voices in my head and perhaps learn to be more creative. With this little experiment I will (hopefully) reclaim my mind.

I am not giving up going to the cinema or renting films though, as I still consider that an art form and more rewarding than a sitcom. We shall see.

Music: Air, "Alone In Kyoto"

Thursday, January 27, 2005

January '05 mix.

So I finally completed my track listing for mix trade, now all that's left is for me to cut out the art work and get these in the mail. I do realize now from looking at the track list what a strange and disjointed moood I must have been in to create this, but here's the listing anyway for those interested:

1. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, “Me And Mia”
2. Luna, “Malibu Love Nest”
3. Built to Spill, “You Were Right”
4. Magazine, “A Song From Under the Floorboards”
5. Modest Mouse, “Gravity Rides Everything”
6. Beth Orton, “Stolen Car”
7. Galaxie 500, “Snowstorm”
8. Camera Obscura, “Books Written for Girls”
9. Elliott Smith, “Angel in the Snow”
10. Death In Vegas, “Anita Barber”
11. Gipsy Kings, “Hotel California”
12. Led Zeppelin, “Tangerine”
13. Echo and the Bunnymen, “The Cutter”
14. Belle & Sebastian, “This Is Just A Modern Rock Song”
15. Coldplay, “A Rush of Blood to the Head”
16. Jonny Corralitos, “The Bees in the Trees”

Friday, January 21, 2005

Too lazy to write a real entry? Quote email!

laundry lines
Originally uploaded by theredthread.
From an email to Kate.

my birthday was OK. I only cried a few times. I hate getting older. But on the upside, I got to go out for sushi and fried ice cream, and received a cool box set (Left of the Dial: Dispatches from the 80s Underground) and the first four Nico CDs.

I'm kind of inbetween and blah with my emotions ... I feel really distracted and closed in by the winter. There's only so much of it I can take before I get cabin-fevery. To alleviate my boredom, I've been painting little bits and pieces of trimwork around my house that are long overdue for a fresh coat. And playing with my cats with one of those toys that hang from a string that's attached to a plastic wand, or, as I like to call it: cat fishing. Boy, I'm exciting. The fun never stops around the K. household.

I know, I know ... you're all going crazy with envy at my fabulous existence.

Snowed in?

There's a blizzard coming our way this weekend.

Time to take the board games off the shelves ...

I know the meaning of life, it doesn't help me a bit.

So I just found out through some browsing on the imdb that the ridiculously good and funny Augusten Burroughs memoir Running With Scissors will be translated to the big screen. I haven't been quite as excited about a movie in a long time. I love anything that explores human dysfunction. I just hope they don't slaughter it.

If you haven't read the book on which this movie is going to be based, you should. Highly recommended.

Music: Magazine, "A Song From Under the Floorboards"

Monday, January 17, 2005

Times makes you bolder.


Also today I found out that my one of my cats is diabetic and my mind keeps saying: "here we go again..." and thinking about last year.

And, on an unrelated topic: I am hard to handle and I apologize.

Friday, January 14, 2005

Everyday people.

It's pouring rain outside and the guy across the street is trimming his bushes with a piece of equipment that is plugged into an electrical outlet.

Of course, this is the same guy who once vacuumed the leaves off his lawn. And raked the snow in order to evenly disperse it so it would melt faster.

Some people need better hobbies. The suburbs breed anal retentiveness to the extreme.

Music: Gipsy Kings, "Hotel California"
(I feel like I should be bowling.)

Monday, January 10, 2005

Do you ever think about it?

Pilates is HARD.
That is all.

Music: Built To Spill, "You Were Right"

I'll admit I'm feeling strange.

1 night ago I watched The Big Lebowski for maybe the sixth time. Best way to inaugurate the new year, I think. And speaking of the new year, how have 10 days gone by already? My life has never moved so fast. In a week, I'll be older and this depresses me even though it may seem ridiculous. In my opinion, 19 was the best age--and the farther I get from it, the more worried I get. I should get over it and accept that I won't ever be that young again--and at least I'll be able to legally order an alcoholic beverage in this country now.

I'm only now making my list of new year's resolutions. I won't tell you what they are even though on the surface they seem simple. I'll let you know how they pan out next year.

Ummmm, and I am not nearly as depressed as I sound: I think. Mostly, I feel like I'm standing behind a glass wall and watching myself go through the motions. That's not depression, it's just disconnected-ness.

Music: Bob Dylan, "The Man In Me"

Thursday, January 06, 2005

When in doubt, post cat photos.

Originally uploaded by theredthread.
I don't know if it's indicative of the weather or if the lack of more than 8 hours of daylight is finally wearing me down, but I've found myself at a loss for words lately --- nothing really substantial going on in my mind. But I don't think I'm alone in this, the blogs I keep up on reading seem to be sporadically updated lately as well. I feel like maybe I need some new music to listen to or a trip to take, anything really to shake me out of this winter funk I seem to find myself in. I'm doing my best though, to keep up and stay awake, but man it gets hard sometimes. I feel like such a tool complaining about this, but whatever.

I'm trying to keep busy and am focusing my attention on my mix for mix trade. If you haven't signed up by the way, you should. Especially if, like me, you're in need of something different to coat your ears with.

But anways --- how do YOU beat the winter blahs?

Music: Clinic, "The Magician"

Monday, January 03, 2005

Books read, 2004.

Just because I keep track of little things.

* indicates favourites/recommended reads
+ indicates that this was a reread

The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen *
Songbook, Nick Hornby *
Enduring Love, Ian McEwan *
Sellevision, Augusten Burroughs
Geek Love, Katherine Dunn
The Fourth Hand, John Irving
Why Girls Are Weird, Pamela Ribon
Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer
Ecstasy, Irvine Welsh *
The Sopranos, Alan Warner *
The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan *
House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus III *
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Mark Haddon *
Sputnik Sweetheart, Haruki Murakami
Life of Pi, Yann Martel *
The Whore’s Child, Richard Russo
The Risk Pool, Richard Russo
Cavedweller, Dorothy Allison
The Hotel New Hampshire, John Irving
The Rachel Papers, Martin Amis
Girl with a pearl earring, Tracy Chevalier
Good in bed, Jennifer Weiner
Deliverance, James Dicky
Glamorama, Bret Easton Ellis
The Orchid Thief, Susan Orlean
You Shall Know Our Velocity!, Dave Eggers *
Love in The Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Icy Sparks, Gwyn Hyman Rubio
Lady Oracle, Margaret Atwood
Hey Nostradamus!, Douglas Coupland *
You Have to be Careful In the Land of the Free, James Kelman
The Fortress of Solitude, Jonathan Lethem *
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers *
South of the Border, West of the Sun, Haruki Murakami
Here on Earth, Alice Hoffman
The Metamorphisis, Franz Kafka
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami *
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human cadavers, Mary Roach *
The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky +
Another Bullshit Night In Suck City: A Memoir, Nick Flynn *
The Five People You Meet In Heaven, Mitch Albom
Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch Albom
Perv–A Love Story, Jerry Stahl
The Sweet Hereafter, Russell Banks

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