Tuesday, December 22, 2009
So in the spirit of the season, and to prevent my inner Grinch from taking over, I’ve decided to make a list of things I am grateful for.
Aaaaand we’re off!
…to Heavenly Father and Jesus for all of my blessings.
…for my family and friends.
…for my church and my faith.
…for Riley, Karlie, and Sadie G.
…that Sadie G’s kidney problem is resolving itself.
…that I have a job – even though sometimes I don’t like it.
…for all of the opportunities I’ve had.
…for second, third, fourth, and fifth chances.
…that I was able to move out of my parents’ house this year.
…for friends that indulge me in my strange whims, ideas, grandiose plans, and overall weirdness.
…that I’m one year closer to paying off my car.
…that I’m getting closer to completing my B.A.
…for freedom and those who fight to preserve it.
…for chocolate, cookies, pastries, and candy.
…for gym memberships.
…that vinyl records are coming back.
…for puppies, kittens, and little baby bunnies.
…for Beatles Rock Band.
…for my hairstylist who is also my friend.
…for long hot showers on cold mornings.
…that I can go into five different grocery stores and have thousands of choices of what to eat.
…for loud rock concerts that leave my ears ringing for days.
…for pretty dresses, sexy high heels, jewelry, and purses.
…for all of the bands I like to listen to.
…for books, iPods, and Blackberries.
...for DVR, Wikipedia, and footrests.
…for heating and air conditioning.
…for Christmas trees, lights, and presents.
…for fireworks, swimming pools, and barbecues.
…for candles, ceiling fans, and flowers.
I’m grateful for so many things; these are just some of them. I hope you all take time to remember what you have instead of focusing on what you don’t have.
Have a merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a Kwazy Kwanzaa, a Tip-Top Tet, and a solemn and eventful Ramadan!
God bless and 84,000 blessings to y’all.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
When you have brothers and sisters, it takes the brunt off of you and anything bad you might do. If you happen to fail a test on the same day that a sibling punches a hole through the wall, your failure will be most likely blown off, if not completely unnoticed.
But when you have siblings, anything good you do also risks going unnoticed. Milestones can potentially go ignored, especially when your siblings have already achieved them. Things like graduations, weddings, and children aren’t quite as interesting when they’ve already been done by your brothers and sisters and you’re the only one left who hasn’t done any of those.
Weddings, graduations, and new babies are great. The first time any of those happen in the family is so exciting. The second time is exciting but the newness is worn off. It’s not clichéd but it’s not unique either. After enough of those milestones have been reached by your siblings, when the last one’s turn comes along, it’s like “Okay great you did this but who cares because it’s already been done," or "Oh, look what you finally got around to doing."
My brother has gotten married, graduated from college, and had two children. My sister has gotten married, graduated from college, and is expecting her first child.
I have not gotten married, I have not graduated from college, and I am not expecting any children; however, I HAVE managed to flunk out of college, total a car, go to four different colleges without getting a single degree, and be the only one of my parents’ children to still be living at home at 27. Yay me.
My brother and sister have done these amazing and wonderful things and I am so happy for them, truly.
But I don’t have much to look forward to when and if my turn comes, do I.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I hear those gasps and cries of outrage but be of good cheer, oh faithful readers of mine (and I do love you so.)
The inanity, hilarity, and zany-ness will continue. Come on. Did you really think that would change? I can’t even write an entry about changing the blog without it getting out of hand. See?
I have decided to try my hand at amateur music promotion, in addition to my “usual” posts. I have done many music-themed entries, so there is no need to reiterate to you of my deep love for music. But instead of just raving about established bands and musicians that certainly don’t need any promotion from me, I will dedicate myself to sharing my love of various local and indie bands.
And by local, I mean Las Vegas, because that’s where I’m based. I’m a poor college student – I can’t afford to be traipsing everywhere. Yet. Someday, when I take over the world, though, that will change. (Do you see what I mean about the inanity not going anywhere??) Luckily, Las Vegas has a thriving music community.
Don’t worry; I am not suffering delusions of grandeur. But I love going to see local bands play AND if I’m going to procrastinate doing my homework, why not write about something I love? It works on so many levels.
I even already have a candidate in mind for the first official band promotion entry – entry coming very, very soon.
If your brother’s roommate’s cousin’s friend is in a band or if you have a band you really dig and want to share with the rest of us, let me know. I’d love to have a listen and see how they sound.
I'm going to add this: If you live somewhere other than Las Vegas and know of a band that you love, and their music is somewhere that I can listen to online (i.e. Myspace, Facebook) or otherwise available (indie music stores, band websites whatever), I'll give them a write-up too. What the heck, right?We’ll see how long this lasts. I may get bored. I may not have enough time. But I think it’ll be fun, so hopefully I can roll with it.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Yes, yes: we all know that I love music so don’t be so shocked that this is yet another music-centric post.
I am under no delusions that I am educating any of you about music. You may even think that I have horrible taste in music. You’re welcome to think that. Truly, you are. (Judge not, lest ye be judged.)
But be forewarned that if you ever ride in my car, step foot in my house or office, or borrow one of my iPods (HAH!) these songs are prominently on there, as well as all of the other songs I’ve made reference to in this here blog o’mine.
Here is another list of songs that I’m currently enjoying. I find the time between release dates interesting: there is 17 years between the first released song on my list and the one on the album released just last week (March 31, 2009 – for posterity.)
I’ve also included album titles and release dates, in case you ever want to go on Jeopardy or something. (Nerd.)
1. “Yellow Ledbetter” – Pearl Jam (“Jeremy” Single B-side, 1992; included on Lost Dogs, 2003)
This song just speaks to me. It makes me think of things I didn’t know I could think of. “Yellow Ledbetter” is fast becoming one of the songs that I would have to have with me if I were stranded on a desert island.
2. “Unintended” – Muse (Showbiz, 1999)
The guitar intro, the haunting melody(e) (hehe), and His Hotness’ heartfelt words make a beautiful song about taking a second chance at love. The first time I heard this, I got a little teary. I’m not even joking.
I heart this song.
3. “Stolen” – Dashboard Confessional (Dusk and Summer, 2006)
Yes, I know. Dashboard Confessional is emo. (Get the holy water!) It’s still a good song.
4. “Today” – Smashing Pumpkins (Siamese Dream, 1993)
Ahhh, Smashing Pumpkins. One of the significant bands of the 1990s. This takes me back to flannel shirts, black t-shirts, and ripped jeans. Who am I kidding? These are still mainstays of my wardrobe. (Grunge will come back, dang it!)
Even though this song is about Billy Corgan’s depression, self-mutilation, and suicide attempts, this is still an enjoyable song. It’s funny that this is being used in a fairly upbeat commercial proving once again: “they” just don’t get us, man.
5. “Like a Stone” – Audioslave (Audioslave, 2002)
This is a song about waiting. Which I seem to do a lot of. But I still like it. Chris Cornell has a nice voice and Tom Morello rocks, period.
6. “My Never” – Blue October (Approaching Normal, 2009)
One of the seven original plots of the world that plays out like this:
Person A wants Person B.
Person B doesn’t want Person A.
Person A mopes and pines for Person B.
Person B doesn’t care.
We’ve all been there. But this song is touching. I heart this song as well.
7. “Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?” – The Offspring (Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace, 2008)
Who knew that those responsible for “Pretty Fly for a White Guy” and some of their other more…interesting…songs could do this?
I could have used this song during high school.
8. “So Close, So Far” – Hoobastank (For(n)ever, 2009)
At first, I thought the song sounded kind of stalker-ish, but Doug Robb (the singer) says the song is about the people across the world fighting to keep the peace. Whatever it’s about, I can dig it.
9. “Eternally Missed” – Muse (“Hysteria” Single B-side, 2003)
In my opinion, this B-side really should have made it onto Absolution, Muse’s 2003 album; however, I don’t work for a record label. That probably says something right there.
Whatever. I love it. So :P on you.
10. “Safe” – Travis (The Invisible Band, 2001)
Anything I say about Travis would be paltry and inadequate because this band is just PHENOMENAL.
11. “Angels on the Moon” – Thriving Ivory (Thriving Ivory, 2008)
I love the lyrics in this song. This one gets the A+ for lyrics.
** I figured out who the lead singer reminds me of: a cross between a young Axel Rose and Gavin DeGraw. COOL!
12. “Killing in the Name” – Rage Against the Machine (Rage Against the Machine, 1992)
I don’t know if my list has a theme or what, but whatever the theme is, this song surely deviates from it. But it’s RATM! Come ON! They rock!
I wasn't going to mention the uh, language because again, come on, it's Rage Against the Machine! But for you people who have been living under a ROCK and never heard of RATM, well, they say naughty words. A lot.
13. “Fake It” – Seether (Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces, 2007)
LOVE THIS. Beware of language though. You may not want to play this around kids or uber-religious types. (I’m just sayin’.)
Fun fact: This band is from South Africa.
14. “Little Pieces” – Gomez (A New Tide, 2009)
This album is literally brand new, released March 31, 2009. I don’t know if this is going to be released as a single or not, but this song is fantastic.
15. “Black Metallic” – Catherine Wheel (Ferment, 1992)
I seem to have saved the best for last. Rock on!
As Ned Flanders would say, this song ro-diddly-ocks. A common misconception is that this is about a woman: not so, fair reader, for this song is about a car.
Fun fact: front man Rob Dickinson is cousin to Bruce Dickinson. Yes, THAT Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden. (Another rockin’ band!)
Honorable Mention: “The Killing Angel” – Demophon (unreleased)
I’m including this song on my list as an honorable mention because I love it. The only reason it didn’t make the 15: I don’t have it on my iPod because it is still unreleased and therefore limited to the myspace website. (check it out at: www.myspace.com/demophonmusic)
All right then!
After reviewing my list, I’ve noticed that a good portion of the bands are from England & Scotland. I don’t know what they put in the water over there, but so many AWESOME bands are British. Maybe I should move to England…
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
But for the first time in my life, today I wished I had a truck.
Why the sudden change of heart, you might ask.
I was feeling very pensive and a little blue this evening and needed to go sort some things out in my head. Possibly have a good cry, even. I needed to just sit and think without any distractions – other than Muse, of course.
One cool thing I discovered very early on in Las Vegas is the airport. (Yes, I know. Of all the things in Vegas, I write about the airport.) The neat thing about McCarran International is that on one of the streets running next to the runways, there is a little parking lot where you can pull off and watch the planes take off and land.
I have always loved planes – military, commercial, private, you name it; I love it as long as it’s an airplane. Maybe it has something to do with my dad being in the Air Force; I don’t know. But I love planes.
So I go to that little parking lot to watch the airplanes when I’m feeling sad, pensive, or lonely. It’s therapeutic, really, and after an hour or so of my “therapy,” I’m usually okay.
But today, my thoughtful spot was no good.
There is a ton of construction going down at McCarran and a lot of it is going on at the runways. From my thoughtful spot, all I could see were parked tanker trucks, piles and piles of rubble and building materials, and cranes. Of the few planes landing at that time, the only parts of the planes I could see were the tails. That’s not the tail I want to see. (hah!)
After a few minutes of that, I decided to try my backup thoughtful spot in Anthem. After driving all the way to Anthem from the airport, I was dismayed to discover that my backup has been paved over and made into houses.
What does this have to do with the sudden urge for a truck? I wanted to go into the desert and do some rough driving. I wanted to do what I still call “off-roading”, but what other people call “four-wheeling” or “muddin’.” I wanted to find a new thoughtful spot, or at least a temporary one to stand in until the construction at the airport is done.
Alas, I do not have a truck, but my lovely Jetta and I was not about to take that into the desert. So I have not had a chance to be all pensive and do my thinking, and more than likely, have a good cleansing cry. Gas is still too expensive to just drive aimlessly, and with a potential crying jag on the horizon, I didn't want to be driving and crying at the same time.
Does anyone have a thoughtful spot that they wouldn’t mind sharing until mine’s back? :(
Wanted: One thoughtful spot. Must be Jetta-friendly. Apply within.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Um. Okay. I’m totally going to say that from now on.
“Are you okay, Melodye?” they’ll say.
“The Meeeeehtal, man,” I’ll reply.
“Are you okay, Melodye?”
“I’m Underneath the Sky so I’m pretty The Metal today.”
See? It’s perfect.
I guess I’m tryin’ to get a little V-I cause on a one-to-ten he's a certified twenty…
Very fitting. It would be even more fitting if it was “Ms. Blue” as I am, after all, a female.
WHAT'S YOUR MOTTO?
I can’t swim, but okay. Surf’s up dude!
WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
I hope this doesn’t mean that my friends don’t think I have anything to be sad about.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
Collecting rocks? Stoning someone? Getting stoned?
There is no LAW that 2 + 2 always has to equal 4, dang it! I know my rights! Good DAY sir!
I have no idea how this fits my best friends. I don’t get it. None of them are overly made-up 80s cheerleaders.
I don’t have the hardest life, but some parts have not exactly been the easiest. I have been known to slur my words in a Dylan-esque fashion, too, so I’ll give this the old two thumbs up.
Does this mean I want to be an exhibitionist??? … Okay, I can dig it.
WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
I don’t even have anything snappy to say to this. It’s too funny.
How awesome! I LOVE that song!!
Does that mean that people will like that I’m dead? Or does that mean that I’ll like that I’m dead? Or will it just be played to get a rockin’ dance party going? Because I’ll come back for that.
WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
I'm clapping right now. iTunes has hit it right on the head with this one: I do like a nice long nap.
This is true: I’m deathly afraid of terrible disco songs by former Beatles. Get it away, get it away!
(Sorry Ringo. You’re still my favorite Beatle. But this song is truly, madly, deeply terrible.)
This one I have no arguments with. I AM a TOTAL biz in the morning. And during the day. And at night.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
It’s like iTunes…KNOWS me or something.
Rock on, brotha man.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Things you have done during your lifetime (plus comments, as necessary):
(X) Gone on a blind date
(X) Donated Blood
(X) Skipped school
( ) Watched someone die
(X) Been to Canada
(X) Been to Mexico
(X) Been to Florida
( ) Been to Hawaii
( ) Ran out of gas while driving
(X) Been on a plane
(X) Broken the law
( ) Been on a helicopter
(X) Been lost
(X) Gone to Washington, DC
( ) Hugged a homeless person
(X) Swam in the ocean
( ) Swam with Stingrays
(I don't know that I want to, after what happened to the Crocodile Hunter...)
( ) Been sailing in the ocean
(X) Cried yourself to sleep
(X) Lived in more than one state
(X) Played cops and robbers
(X) Done a back flip on a trampoline
( ) Recently colored with crayons
(X) Gone on a diet
( ) Ran a marathon
(X) Made a life-long friend
(I hope that I have. I haven't exactly finished living my life yet, so I don't know who is lifelong and who isn't...)
(X) Sang Karaoke
( ) Volunteered at a soup kitchen
( ) Been ice fishing
( ) Paid for a meal with coins only
( ) Been to the top of the St. Louis Arch
( ) Seen the Northern Lights
( ) Been Parasailing
(X) Been on TV
(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't
( ) Learned to play an instrument well
(I was excited until I saw the "well" part)
(X) Made prank phone calls
(X) Fallen hopelessly in love
( ) Been down Bourbon Street in New Orleans
(X) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose
( ) Fed an elephant
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
( ) Had a child
(X) Fired a gun
(X) Danced in the rain
( ) Been to the Opera
(X) Written a letter to Santa Claus
( ) Serenaded someone
(X) Seen a U.S.President in person
( ) Been kissed under the mistletoe
( ) Been to Africa
(X) Watched the sunrise with someone
( ) Driven a race car
(X) Been to a National Museum
(X) Dyed your hair
(X) Been to a Wax Museum
( ) Seen Mount Rushmore
(X) Eaten caviar
(X) Broken a bone
(Just toes. Nothing too serious - which is surprising, as I'm a world class klutz.)
(X) Blown bubbles
(X) Gone ice-skating
( ) Been scuba diving/snorkeling
(X) Gone to the movies
( ) Been deep sea fishing
( ) Driven across the United States
( ) Been in a hot air balloon
( ) Been sky diving
(I TOTALLY want to though!)
( ) Gone snowmobiling
( ) Lived in more than one country
(X) Learned a foreign language
(It doesn't say fluently!!)
(X) Lay down outside at night and admired the stars while listening to the crickets
(X) Seen a falling star and made a wish
( ) Enjoyed the beauty of Old Faithful Geyser
(X) Seen the Grand Canyon
( ) Seen the Statue of Liberty
( ) Gone to the top of Seattle Space Needle
( ) Been on a cruise
(X) Traveled by train
( ) Traveled by motorcycle
(X) Been horse back riding
(X) Ridden on a San Francisco cable car
(X) Been to Disneyland OR Disney World
(X) Truly believe in the power of prayer
(X) Been in a rain forest
(A Washington state rainforest - it still counts!! It's just not tropical!)
(X) Seen whales in the ocean
( ) Been to Niagara Falls
( ) Ridden on an elephant
( ) Swam with dolphins
( ) Been to the Olympics
( ) Walked on the Great Wall of China
( ) Saw and heard a glacier calf
( ) Been spinnaker flying
(X) Been water-skiing/wakeboarding
(X) Been snow-skiing/snowboarding
( ) Been to Westminster Abbey
( ) Been to the Louvre
( ) Swam in the Mediterranean
(Someday, I will do those things. Someday...)
(X) Been to a Major League Baseball game
( ) Been to a National Football League game
( ) Been Married
( ) Been Divorced
( ) Swam with sharks
(and I would do that WHY???)
( ) Been White Water Rafting
(X) Seen a Broadway show
(Just not ON Broadway)
( ) Written a book or screen play
I don't really know why I did this and posted this on here. I'm not even going to announce or shamelessly self-promote this entry as I usually do.
I guess I really just don't want to do my homework.
Peace out, yall!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Here are a few thoughts of mine while I’m writing my special expose’ about strippers. I know you’re all super-excited and can’t wait for that entry, but my dears, you’ll just have to be patient.
1. I was doing a search for a hot picture of Matt Bellamy (that’s redundant isn’t it?? I mean, come on, have you seen the man?! So pretty…) to put as my background on my work computer today and while typing in Matt’s name, there was a Google suggestion of “Matthew Bellamy’s girlfriend.” Me being the naturally curious person that I am – rather like a cat – I followed the suggestion and was somewhat surprised to find that the suggestion yielded truthful results.
Upon viewing said girlfriend of Hottie Rock Star, I had my “aha” moment. Because Chicky-babe is SUH-MOKIN’ hot. (I am comfortable with my sexuality to be able to appreciate another woman’s smoking hotness.) My surprise vanished and I was left temporarily heartbroken.
Why was I heartbroken, you may ask? Surely Melodye, you should know that the chances of meeting a celebrity are slim and the chances of dating said celebrity are even slimmer, you might say. I’m well aware of the practically non-existent odds, okay. I’m not NAÏVE. (Maybe I am, a little. But I think it could be endearing.)
It’s just…well, I don’t think I’m alone if I say that I have this fantasy of meeting one of the men on my List, him falling truly, madly, deeply in love with me and ditching his model girlfriend and running away to Paris with me. I think a lot of people have that fantasy about the people on their Lists.
And PS: why do ALL of the men on my list have model girlfriends? That must be proof of my extremely good taste in men. (Don’t look at me like that. You knew going into this that I have a big ego.)
Sigh. C’est la vie, right?
2. Who came up with the idea of making the response to an error message be “OK”? What if the error is not okay? It is not okay if Internet Explorer suffers a fatal error and has to shut down. It is not okay if my computer has to restart because of something that the software did. And it is NOT okay if Word stops responding and I lose my midterm paper after being up all night working on it. (And don’t give me that “you should save every 5 minutes” crap. That’s what auto-save is for. Bite me.)
I think a more appropriate response to an error message would be “Fine.” Why “fine” you ask?
Well, as I have mentioned before, if someone (especially a woman) says they are “fine”, that means that they are the exact opposite of “fine.” “Fine” really means “Bob, get the kids into the minivan because the world is about to come to an end.” Hearing someone say that they are fine should get your spider senses tingling and your self-preservation instinct should be set at “flee”.
If my extensive and ridiculous hyperboles have failed to drive the point home to you: “Fine” means DEFCON One. (Cue the scary music: dun dun DUN!)
That is why, my pretties, “Fine” would be a better error message response. This way, the computer knows that you’re pissed off; but you know that there’s nothing you can do because the computer’s going to do whatever the hell it wants to do regardless of your feelings.
I think that Microsoft and Apple should consider my idea. It would be an improvement. I'm waiting for their calls.
3. I feel like I should clear something up after that last point. Saying that someone is “fine” is perfectly okay. That is a compliment. Compliments are good. Should I use it in a sentence for you so you understand? Okay. I can do that.
“Melodye, you are FINE.” Or: “Melodye, you are a fine example of womanly beauty.”
Do you see the distinction? Good. Those are excellent examples of “fine” usage.
4. My ten-year high school reunion is coming up. I don’t feel like that can possibly true. I swear to you that I was just walking across that stage, getting my high school diploma, and screaming with my friends.
Am I going to my high school reunion?
Is the Pope Jewish? (HAH! You thought I was going to say “Catholic” didn’t you. Psyched you out, sucker.)
No WAY am I going to that. Why would I want to go back and see all the people that used to make fun of me? I got made fun of a LOT in high school.
But Melodye, that was ten years ago and you’ve changed – heck, they’ve changed! You could say that. You could be right. I should probably just get over it. Forgive and forget.
I’m not going.
5. I just saw a commercial for the DVD release of “Twilight.” Wal-Mart is making a big deal about having the movie available for sale at 12:01 am on March 21st. Now, okay. (Fine. Hehe)
I enjoyed the movie very much – I was there for the midnight premiere the day it opened in theaters. I was crazy exhausted at work the next day, but it was SO MUCH FUN. I went and saw the movie again, the night before Thanksgiving. (I did have some issues with the movie but that’s not the point of this.)
I find the attempt to recreate the same hype and excitement for the DVD release as was created for the theatrical release to be lame and pathetic.
There. I’ve said it. I regret nothing!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I LOVE this candy.
It only comes once a year for Easter and then the government takes it away again. We'll all be depressed and it will be a sad day when it's gone, although not so much for me because I usually stock up on this fantastically amazing candy. So I'll be eating the candy of the gods in August, while dear reader, you will be despondent because you, like the idiot grasshopper, did not hoard your supply for the long, dark winter.
And don't think I'll be like the benevolent ants in that story or whatever those nasty bugs were. Oh no.
To quote Jack Handey: Just as bees will swarm about to protect their nest so will I 'swarm about' to protect my nest of chocolate eggs.
Buy your own Mini-eggs. These are mine.It's The Most Wonderful Time
It's The Most Wonderful Time
It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Yeeeeaaaaarrrrrrrr!