Monday, October 31, 2005

Happy Halloween

Matt and I went to a Halloween Party/Benefits for our local Arts Council on Friday night. I went as an 80's Goth Girl. You could almost hear eerie strains of Depeche Mode, New Order, and The Smiths following me around. The event was called "Ghosts At The Reg," and was held on the stage of our civic center theatre. I guess they're going to do it up bigger next year, but this party was pretty decent. There were tours of the basement dressing rooms where different players acted out ghost stories. Later we watched ghost stories vignettes being acted out on the balcony and box seats from the stage. And naturally, there was a sort of murder mystery where 10,000 Maniacs Keyboardist Dennis Drew was killed off. It turned out to be done by the Mayor of Jamestown. Fun times around. All I know is that I'm still amazed I got my hair to stay put.

Summer Shakes Its Mortal Coil

I caught this while driving on the northside of Jamestown a week or two ago. A blazing sign that Autumn was in its full glory for the moment, but the grayness behind the tree suggested winter was inching closer.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Tune In, Tune Out

Favorite song meme taken from BFLO Blog:

Favorite Beatles song: Got To Get You Into My LIfe

Favorite solo song by a former Beatle: Live And Let Die - Paul McCartney

Favorite Rolling Stones song: Gimme Shelter

Favorite Bob Dylan song: The Hurricane

Favorite Pixies song: It's a toss-up between Gigantic and Debaser

Favorite Prince song: Little Red Corvette

Favorite Michael Jackson song: Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough

Favorite Metallica song: Wherever I May Roam

Favorite Public Enemy song: 911 Is A Joke

Favorite Depeche Mode song: Argh.. so many!! Never Let Me Down, Behind The Wheel, Strange Love, Personal Jesus, Enjoy The Silence, Judas, and It's No Good

Favorite Cure song: High, Caterpillar, Love Cats

Favorite song that most of your friends haven’t heard: "You Were Right" -Badly Drawn Boy. Although my friends in Rochester probably have heard this song since it airplay there.

Favorite Beastie Boys song: Sabotage

Favorite Police song: Don't Stand So Close To Me

Favorite Sex Pistols song: Ermm... I didn't really care for them

Favorite song from a movie: Until - Sting. I liked it enough to use it as the song that Matt and I danced to at our wedding.

Favorite Blondie song: Heart Of Glass

Favorite Genesis song: Ew.

Favorite Led Zeppelin song: When The Levee Breaks, Communication Breakdown

Favorite INXS song: Suicide Blonde, Beautiful Girl

Favorite Weird Al song: Theme From Rocky XIII

Favorite Pink Floyd song: Comfortably Numb

Favorite cover song: They Might Be Giants - New York City

Favorite dance song: Love At First Sight - Kylie Minogue

Favorite U2 song: In God's Country, Sunday Bloody Sunday (live version from Rattle & Hum), Stay (Faraway, So Close)

Favorite disco song: I know I have one...

Favorite The Who song: Who Are You

Favorite Elton John song: Tiny Dancer

Favorite Clash song: Rock The Casbah

Favorite David Bowie song: “Rebel Rebel”

Favorite Nirvana song: Heart Shaped Box

Favorite Snoop Dogg song: Don't Really know any

Favorite Ice Cube song: Ditto

Favorite Johnny Cash song: Ring of Fire, One

Favorite R.E.M. song: Near Wild Heaven

Favorite Elvis song: Viva Las Vegas

Favorite cheesy-ass country song: Shania Twain - Man, I Feel Like A Woman

BFLO Blog's Addendum:

Favorite Billy Joel song: River Of Dreams

Favorite Bruce Springsteen song: Philadelphia

Favorite Big Audio Dynamite song: Rush

Favorite New Order song: Regret

Favorite Neil Diamond song: Cherry, Cherry

Favorite Squeeze song: Tempted... I guess

Favorite Smiths song: All of "The Queen Is Dead" album plus just about every other song by them. One of the best bands in the World!

Favorite Tragically Hip Song: Ewwwwww... SO overdone!!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Odd Days Off

I'm spending the first of a couple odd days off today at home. Our vacation policy at work says we can only carry so many hours of time from fiscal year to fiscal year, and I was over by 2 1/2 days. It's nice to have a random day of the week to do laundry and work on various chores. Heck, I'm even getting a chance to update the ol'blog!

The past few months have been interesting. Matt and I got back into radio news in a round about way. We're not getting paid, but when it comes to doing something you love, pay doesn't always matter. If this was our main job, you bet it would be an issue! In the meantime, I'm happy with free dry cleaning and the occasional case of wine.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Furniture Can Make A Home

We moved all the furniture out of my grandma's house this weekend. Most of it came to our house, with some bedroom dressers going to my parents. Matt commented that our house really feels like home now. The other big item that was moved this weekend was my upright piano. It's been at my parent's house, waiting until we were going to be someplace more permanent. The piano tuner comes next Friday. Of course all the painting still needs to be done, but I feel more relaxed now having these familiar items around me. The next big thing is that we're replacing our very petite refrigerator with money my parents are getting for selling my grandma's house. That also arrives next Friday.

As far as we know, we close on my grandma's house next Thursday. I'm going in one last time this Saturday to help my parent's pack up any remaining items (tools, yard tools, silverware, etc.). It's been pretty hard. The next door neighbor who has lived there all my life has been pretty weepy too, since she and my grandma got on real well. The new owners are an older couple who have grandchildren a few blocks away. This will be the first house they own, so we feel good about that.

Away, Away

We're on a mini-vaca in an area where they're experiencing forest fires (thanks asshole arsonist). It's an area that makes Clift...