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"This tea smells and tastes like a funky, dirty, wet wool sweater. No way would I ever drink it again."

I was reading tea reviews since mom decided she'd just order me more tea instead of going through the hassle of returning (our printer's almost out of ink, so printing the return label turned into frustration -- hopefully they aren't really expecting it. before getting a link to the label, you must confirm you're shipping it back... eesh) and that one popped out at me. people have a way with words sometimes ;D


...and yes, I'm awake at this hour (it was the usual in the past, but I've been doing better lately!) 'cause I accidently fell asleep at 1:30am which is a bit too early for me to have a full sleep. I woke up at 5am and am unsure when I'll get sleepy again. I'm just mildly tired.

My birthday's today though so hell, I can sleep for as long as I'd like! least this interlude gave me a chance to brush my teeth and listen to The National's Mistaken For Strangers single for around the fifth time (thanks lindsey! I got it today, so thought what the hell, I'm opening it.. heh ETA: obviously I mean yesterday today... I'm still stuck on it being the 15th). I must say, still The National sticks out as the best thing that's come out. I love how even on the one bside, a nice horn section is surprisingly added at the very end. it comes off as classy to have that small bit of fanfare that only appears once. recently I was reading a thread about what always makes a song better and that certainly does... along with violins which is what I answered with, yes.. nothing beats that.
aekastar: (time to pay the price!)
The a/c'll be fixed by Tuesday (unless someone cancels) and not a moment too soon considering the humidity level...

I've been picking lint and stray hair from my feet all day.
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Today was spent mostly reading the 33 1/3 book on In The Aeroplane Over The Sea. it had been forever since I'd listened to that album and now I think I finally have an appreciation for every song on there. for the most part, I skipped to the title track (which I know all the words to; I dunno why I never sung that when I recorded 'karaoke' style spontaneously -- I mean, I did Red House Painters which I think is harder to sing...) and Oh Comely which still never sounds like it's 8+min long. the song that usually made me cringe was The King of Carrot Floweres Pts. Two & Three due to the whole Jesus Christ thing. it mentioned enough in this book about how it shocked / confused other people as well (really, for me, I think I just shook my head and left the room till it was over the first time I heard it). I'm not big on religion, but now I think I can calm down a bit since even if he really means it, it shouldn't affect the listening pleasure of the album -- I had never thought to read the liner notes (weirdly; I usually at least skim/glance when I get a new album) and the idea of an eternal white light within everything is a nice idea, so yeah. also don't mind the reincarnation notes brought up later for the song Holland, 1945; I'd actually like to believe in that (when I was younger I pictured my last life involved being a painter living on the streets in Italy; I came to the idea after mumbling gibberish in a grocery store and out came a string of italian words which I probably subconsciously remembered from relatives. it's still nice to hold that past life idea).

For such a small book, I did get interested in a couple things mentioned like Steve Keene's paintings which was brought up under the section about the Aeroplane Over The Sea sessions where the paintings (made for an Apples in Stereo video) were all over the new 'studio'. I'm almost tempted to spend $10 for a random painting, but I'll maybe wait on that. I'm lazy when it comes to buying frames.

Also, William Schaff's little book based off the song Holland, 1945 pulls everything I'd read together. this page in particular really moved me.

Embarrassingly enough, I have yet to hear the album On Avery Island which was discussed at length at the beginning to build up to the main event. I think it should be a top priority whenever I next find it and it's not that hard to find.

Maybe I'll read more of these books at some point, but most albums chosen are ones I just don't have by the artists picked. I did see there's one on The Velvet Underground / Nico album, but only sort've care about... yeah, it's one I usually bring up to say I like -some- old music (ie; music before the 80s).

[ETA: yes, I see there's one on Radiohead's OK Computer which I spent more time listening to than In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, but it got some bad reviews, so I don't think I'll read that one]
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Earlier tonight, my klutziness reached new heights!

I was discussing a buddhist monk who's supposed to show up at a Borders this coming weekend when I smoothly leaned back on the bed on my elbows....

This move was interrupted by the fact that I didn't clear my green bean plate from earlier and my elbow fell on the resting fork! it was a mini stab of sorts, but it still hurt for awhile and I joked about needing a tetanus shot then mom said it just had rabies is all.

Later she kept pretending there was a fork coming out of her head and needing an ER visit.. yes, I guess it's good I didn't decide to lay on the bed head first... hm... well, in that case, I'd have known the plate was there, so maybe it would've been best!

[ETA: oh, also my elbow got all greasy due to the olive oil... that was fun]
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Vonnegut dead at 84:

Slaughterhouse-Five inspired me to write the piece on my profile page here along with other inspirations in writing as not many have been able to do. I have only read two of his novels, but it's clear he was one of the greats.
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This was the last trip I'll take to downtown Houston for the next couple months yet due to feeling rather crappy, I only took a minimal amount of photos. the weather was rather dreary, too (which probably accounted for part of the crappiness) as it was the last time I went to anthropologie back in January. this time, we were going to Vinal Edge first which was near the airport, so it was a longer drive...

more )

That was my exciting trip. at least it was worth my effort despite how awful I felt at the start of it.
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01. Bill Callahan - Night
02. Eluvium - In A Sense
03. Burial - You Hurt Me
04. Kode9 and The Spaceape - Nine
05. Herbert - Birds Of A Feather
06. Marissa Nadler - Feathers
07. Berg Sans Nipple - Aquarium Life
08. Giardini Di MirĂ² - The Swimming Season (Hood Remix)
09. 17 Pictures - The Garden
10. Ella Guru - Park Lake Speakers
11. Thee More Shallows - Night At The Knight School
12. TV-Resistori - Intiaanidisko
13. Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid - Our Time
14. David Thomas Broughton - Execution
15. Hush Arbors - Wooded Reel
16. Stuart A. Staples - Say Something Now
17. Jan Jelinek avec The Exposures - Collage Of Digital Passion
18. Arcade Fire - Ocean of Noise
19. Shearwater - Nobody
20. Menomena - West
Total time: 79:35 after edits.
Crossfaded tracks: 2&3, 6&7, 9&10, 13&14, 17&18 -- remember, these work correctly on an ipod or on your computer, but burning to disc (at least on itunes) creates a glitch, so put those tracks in wav format just to be safe

p.s. even if you've received an actual copy of this mix, read the liner notes! I just typed them up today since I didn't keep copies of the ones I sent out + this is a better, more in depth, set of notes.

liner notes )
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I checked my valentines.

Thanks all!

I even got an anon message... now I'm curious who that was... it reminds me that I haven't shared music in awhile though. I do plan to post the latest mix I made soon!

In the meantime, a good place to check for leaked albums is here (I also check some forums, but maybe they don't want direct links).
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The other night, I completed In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar.

Back in the summer, I heard about this book through a blog which linked the Guardian article. I was, at first, disappointed to see it was only available at amazon UK at that time, but when I saw it'd arrive at the end of January over here, I claimed it to be the first novel I'd read and it technically was (I read some manga, a graphic novel and a book of poetry, but it is the first actual novel). I could've gotten it through amazon UK like one of the reviewers on amazon, but I liked the cover art better for the U.S. one (hush).

The book itself is about a 1979 Libya told through a nine-year-old child's eyes, but interspersed with the 24-year-old he grew up to be exiled in Cairo. usually I'm not big on political novels, but this isn't at the forefront. as the main article suggests, it wouldn't make much sense without the political backbone. the main point of the story seems to be the relationship between him and his mother and having to live in an oppressive country; how things began to change when he found that his father wasn't on one of his business trips, but instead in a house with green shutters on Martyr's Square hanging a red towel.. when his best friend's father was taken and later executed... how a hero won't come in to save them all; how he can't rescue his mother from her past.

I think my favourite part of the book was the mulberry scene where he keeps saying over and over again how the angels brought them from heaven behind god's back... he returns to that train of thought throughout the novel. after handing his baba a mullberry a day after the beating, baba spits the partially chewed berry on the ground seconds later.

There are parts of the characterisation of the boy which I didn't like such as the scene where he betrays his best friend (yeah, he felt remorse, but still...). he also bullies a homeless man a couple times; hitting him with rocks and later pushing him off the pier when he can't swim. he even accidently hits a hemophiliac! the least understandable part was handing the man in the white car the book he saved from the burning. sure, maybe he had some good intentions, but some of it just seemed detestable while reading.

Despite all that, it was well written and worth the read. I even stopped here and there to look up info on the various issues.

My next book in queue is What is the What by Dave Eggers. I'm sticking to Africa, it seems, though then I'm hopping back to that Gabriel Garcia Marquez autobiography which I never finished after that to see if it's a faster read after some time.
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I stole this idea from [ profile] yiskah since I am not in the mood to list them on eBay.. I've mostly been wary since the fees went up and it'd suck when half the items I list don't get a bid yet I still must pay the listing fees!

Even if you don't want them yourself, please pass this around if you know anyone who does and would be interested. the more I sell this way, the better! as for actual prices, I'll take the best offer and then give you the paypal info. if you want multiple items, we can negotiate a better deal. some of these were hardly worn or not even worn at all in the case of two shirts definitely. so yes, on with it! )


Okay, that's that. please spread the word + let me know if you yourself want anything / have any questions in a comment! at least I got the photos taken so I can put them up on eBay if I don't get enough takers, but it would be nice to give clothing to people I know or through people I know :)
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My Valentinr - aekastar
Get your own valentinr

Why not? it's cute!

(and weirdly I almost forgot about valentine's day before seeing this.. I just remembered my mom's bday is in Feb. -- the 10th. heh.)
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I recently discovered Stuart Staples of the band Tindersticks' solo website:

Click on the first two album covers to stream all the songs. I can't believe I missed out on two albums considering all the music blogs I've read in that time. it sounds like his usual Tindersticks stuff, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. I love everything he does.. I think it's the voice really. it has a way of pulling you in!

As for what I said about hearing there may be a Tindersticks release this year, I may have been mistaken. there is going to be a compilation put out around February called Songs For The Young at Heart which is his latest project. I heard a bit of the Bonnie Prince Billy cover on boomkat.. I think I liked the instrumental theme better than it, but I still have hope this'll be good.
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I figured since I mentioned them, that sharing the recipe would be a good idea. I think the idea for these came up as a substitute for meatballs so that vegetarians could have something to eat with their pasta as well.. or at least mom thinks so.

The Recipe:
8-10 slices bread
1 cup of cheese (romano / finely grated)
4 eggs
sprinkle cracker meal & cheese to firm
dash of black pepper
-fry in oil-

photo of how mine turned out )
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I ate more than usual today.

-Finished the other half of my cranberry orange muffin from starbuck's when I woke up
-Went ahead and made the cheeseballs I wanted to try (grandma made them while I was there and I was determined to try them out later myself) for dinner though mom hated my whisking style and did that herself + they looked more like potato cakes without the potatoes or frittatas though still tasted the same, so whatever
-The cheeseballs were had with rigatoni w/ a cheese marinara ragu sauce which was a bit too much cheese, but not too overpowering nonetheless
-A bit ago I then had a linzer cookie (this time I bought the 3-pack at la madeleine on Sunday) with tea (the assam melody one which seems to be the default tea.. I'm to the last spoonful.. may have to make another adagio order soon. I have some I didn't like, but am unsure how to sell them off.. anyone want some mango black or raspberry?)

..and now I'm full. I think I'll pass on my usual chips later. I don't want to overdo it more than I have.


Oh, also, I took some photos in one of my new anthropologie shirts yesterday. here's the two I liked best: .... )
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Today dad was on yahoo messenger, so I asked him if he'd want to go to Arby's later (me and JC's talk about Arby's last night made me hungry for it) which later brought up the idea from mom that I should see about doing other stuff as well if dad was going to make the effort to stop by, so I called to find out when anthropologie closed. I thought it wouldn't be open long being a stand alone store, but it closes at 9pm Monday-Saturday.

Anyway, once dad got here, it was brought up, so we left. it took an hour or so to get through traffic plus dad got off of the 610 loop too soon and onto 288 due to a traffic jam thus got lost per usual. we were going back and forth down dunlavy and then down shephard forever before he found westheimer.. geez. we saw a ton of neighbourhoods though which was cool.

The store itself is cute though I found it a bit comical that half the sign was burnt out, so just the 'pologie' part was lit up I think. I made dad get me two plates as part of my xmas gift. I still want an exercise bike, but y'know, two plates isn't breaking the bank. these are them. I didn't have to get the whole set ($12 per plate). sadly, when I got home and washed them, one broke... yes, I know. I even said I wasn't that klutzy, but damn. I now know never to wash it by hand again.. that one plate shall be protected as if it were gold ('cause it'd be pretty embarrassing to break both so quickly)!

With my own money, I got this and this. despite hating pink, the first one is my favourite of the two. it goes well with a black cami and jeans. the other is nice, too. I had to buy a beige cami to wear underneath it though since it's completely see-through.

They didn't have the pants I wanted in yet, but I guess that gives me a reason to go back.

Dad seemed to like sitting on the couch in the store people watching which is good; I figure only the home decor section would appeal to him considering there isn't any men's clothing in that store. I apparently missed a middle aged man wearing flashy suede pants.. that's what I get for being in the dressing room at the time!

On the way home, we got the Arby's I wanted, but we asked for two combos and they just gave one. dad ate my fries (well, I stole one or two) and they put the mayo on my blt wrap even though I asked for none. I still ate it, but I didn't finish the ends due to it being too mayo-y.

All in all a nice trip despite the rain and traffic + I'm now broke.
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Thanks to [ profile] davidfrazer and [ profile] babyalligator for the cards!

The grandparents sent them both in an envelope over here recently... I was surprised since I didn't expect any due to being lazy about sending my own, but it was a nice surprise.
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As soon as it turned midnight, I put up my new calendar. aren't I exciting?
It's a Kandinsky (half off at Borders! woo!). I usually get an anime calendar, but I didn't see one on the rack.. perhaps I was just looking in the wrong part of the store. there were some other calendars scattered about elsewhere. maybe they weren't on sale though. anyway, it's pretty and minimalistic, so I like it.

I was at Borders mostly to return that manga I bought twice (which took awhile 'cause they had trouble getting the register to recognise the difference in sales tax), but yeah, I figured while I was there, I'd get the calendar and look in the music section. I stayed away from the literature 'cause I have a dozen books I'll never get through as is.. gah. I ended up getting a Four Tet album ('Rounds') and a Nick Cave one ('The Proposition') which I haven't listened to yet. I heard most of 'Rounds' anyway, but yeah..

In exchange for the book, I got the other volume of the manga... the picture on the front was slightly pervy. eesh. I'll probably read it tonight. those things are fast reads.. that's why manga is dangerous.

At the register, I also asked about the rewards card, so hopefully I'll start getting the emails now.

After Borders, I demanded getting La Madeleine which I'd missed while in Ohio... mom thought I was a bit insane to get two desserts (I have an apple turnover for tomorrow! ate a linzer cookie earlier with tea!). the food portion was my usual, so I won't get into that. it was good though. so yeah, overall a good day.. finally sunny! the past two days I stayed in due to the tornado warnings and wind.

Right now as I was coming down from the sugar rush from the cookie and tea, I felt rather lonely, but reading and music listening sounds like a plan. hopefully 2007 is a good year.
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I finally got approval to post what's here and I must note that there are no food photos or many candid shots because I was so dazed out on both days that I forgot. at least I took some photos unlike on Thanksgiving where I completely forgot to even bring my camera out!

better late than never! )
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Finally I'm back home and have finished this list. it took longer due to deciding to elaborate on all 10 instead of just the top 5. it's longer than I anticipated.. I figured I'd just type up a few sentences each, but I'm not good at being concise even with writer's block, sorry.

#s 10-1 )

world music I liked )

dvd )

So, that's it!
Perhaps this list'll provide you with some ideas for what to spend your holiday cash on or at least provided you with some entertainment for the day.

p.s. my connection is being an ass today, so I'm unsure if the songs I uploaded play all the way through, if it's bandwidth or what, but some stop streaming before the end. who knows. let me know if it's an overall problem beyond my connection
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