Monday, August 31, 2009


For those of you who dig Arrested Development, here's a drinking game to play while watching it.
From my funny friend over at Teenage Rampage.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

what's weirding me out today

New category alert! Has anyone else noticed how commercials are starting to have better music in them? I shouldn't generalize and say 'commercials' but a bunch from big companies have featured actually good music.
Here's some examples, I'm going to post links to these commercials as soon as I'm not at work where the internet is the speed of molasses.
-Miller Chill commercial with a song by the Dodos called Fools.
-Either another Miller Chill commercial, or something similar that uses one of Santigold's songs.
-That new All commercial with I'm Cool Like That from the Digable Planets.
-A Geico commercial with that wonderful Royksopp song, Remind Me.
-One of the first instances of this (that I noticed) was an Outback commercial that completely rips off Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games by Of Montreal.
These are the only ones I can remember off the top of my head currently, but I plan adding to this list, and if anyone else can think of any, help me out!
Also, as soon as I figure out how to, I want to post links to download some of these songs and others because they're excellent.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

i'm excited...

Today I'm excited because,
1. some jewelry I ordered from ebay finally came, all the way from Hong Kong. Ebay is one of my favorite things because the deals I have found there are amazing. It's one of my best sources for great cheap vintage finds like an old hunter green Dooney and Burke bag I have, vintage dresses, all sorts of jewelry, and an Oscar de la Renta scarf I love.
2. Peaches is coming to Tucson*
3. Junior Boys are coming to Tucson**
4. I went to a sweet show on Thursday where I saw Death Vessel (not a metal band despite what the name sounds like) and the Fruit Bats. I really dug some of Death Vessel's stuff because it sounded very back woodsy and chill. There's something about that Southern, back woods sound that is amazing - think Kings of Leon around their first or second album, before they sold out.

*Footnote to number 2, I probably won't actually be able to go to Peaches (sad) because I'm most likely going to be in LA for the Halloween monster massive.
**I'm really not sure why I want to say Peaches is, but then I say Junior Boys are, because both names are plural. Ack, prescriptive grammar.

Also, I am currently rereading 1984, after I finally finished A Brave New World. I wish I had as much time to read as I used to, but with school and work, it's hard dammit.

I was talking to one of my recently graduated friends this evening, and I noticed, once again, how ridiculous it is for recent college grads. He just graduated with a degree in classics I think, and he is applying for jobs at CVS and Walgreens, neither of which are looking promising he says. Unbelievable, but I do not despair (just yet that is) because I have a couple more years until I graduate, and who knows what will be going on then.

Friday, August 28, 2009

my one true love

Alright well in truth I have many loves, but Hawaii is up there at the top. It is one of my favorite places in the world, and I fully intend to move back there someday. My brother and I were actually born in Hawaii and our parents lived there for a while before we came along. Unfortunately we were packed off to Tucson when I was only five, because my parents thought we should grow up knowing our grandparents.
But when we went back recently, I knew right away I needed to live there again. As soon as you get out of the airport, even amidst the traffic, the air is soft and smells wonderful.

My parents used to rent this house and could have bought it at the time for $125,000 I think they told me. It is now worth over a million dollars.

Night fishing with my dad's friend Vaughn who is Mormon and has seven kids. My dad told us about how he used to always try to get Vaughn to drink tequila with him, and Vaughn would try to convert my dad to Mormonism.
I think that Hawaii is not as picturesque as it is presented and shown in movies and whatev. I think it is a little more wild. It's not all white sand and clear blue water, there is hardened lava and coral to slice up your feet, and jellyfish, but stuff like that just makes it exciting.

Birdpoop Island. Seriously.

An eight year old Mormon fire dancer. His mom proudly told us how he went to the national competition for fire dancing.

This is Turtle Bay Resort which is just a cove away from the house we used to live in. There used to be houses all along these beaches, but over crowding was hurting the turtle population so most of the houses were torn down.

But now it's been more than twenty years since the houses have been gone and there are far less people in Kawela and Turtle Bays, and so the turtles are coming back. We snorkled with them.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

to be thin or not to be thin

Alright that was a lame title, hopefully I'll come up with something better. But it is something I've been struggling with since I turned eighteen or so.
I've always been slim. When I was a kid I was downright skinny, and tall for my age too, which made it more noticeable. Now that my metabolism has slowed down a bit, I'm approaching more of an average weight, and for some reason it really bothers me.
I keep remembering when I was sixteen and I got horribly sick and lost eleven pounds so that i weighed one hundred and nineteen pounds, which, at five-foot-eight is not remarkable, but was the least I had ever weighed at my full grown height.
Ever since then I have wish-washed between wanting to be happy and wanting to be thin. I go through phases when I am very unhappy with myself, and I work out so much that I do end up losing weight. The problem is that clothes fit better when I am thinner, and no matter how I try to convince myself, I just feel more attractive when I weigh less.
Currently I am in a minimal working out phase, which means I still do yoga and ride my bike to school and work, but avoid actually intentionally exercising. But I can tell that another workout phase is coming soon because I am feeling very unhappy with how I look right now.
I just wish that I could either keep a solid exercise schedule, or could just be happy with my body and not feel the need to be thin. Realistically I weigh probably 135 right now, which is by no means an unhealthy weight for my height. On the contrary, I eat pretty well and while I don't intentionally work out, I get enough exercise to be deemed healthy.
I can only hope that as I get older I will get more comfortable with myself, and can eventually be happy to be healthy, even if I am not skinny.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

wednesday's finds

This street art is done by Kurt Wenner in chalk.

This is one of my favorite pictures, I wish I knew where it was from.

Pictures from izismile.