Saturday, December 29, 2012

the end (of 2012)

as usual, the crazy of this time o' year has gotten to me. luckily i have the week off to recuperate. we are off to the other side of the country to visit family and such.

palm trees

so we've been doing the usual silly things we only get to do out here, like visit sonic and re-watch "the room" and come down with a cold (every time??). but it'll be all good. see you next year.

Friday, December 21, 2012

a million days of xmas music - day 11

crap, i'm behind!

the ramones - merry christmas (i don't want to fight tonight).

i know everyone knows this one already, but i love it too much. r.i.p. joey.

there is altogether too much christmas-related stress going on this year, i tell you.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

a million days of xmas music - day 9

welcome back. it's been a busy weekend.

ben folds - bizarre christmas incident.

immature, i suppose. whatever. i like it.

so, knitting? this has been a bad year for that. check out the progress on my new years socks. yes, cast on in january of this year.

handknit handdyed socks!

ugh. i don't know, it's like i lost my knit-mojo for the past year. working on that. been plugging away at some smaller projects (smaller than socks? sigh).

Saturday, December 15, 2012

a million days of xmas music - day 8

first off: this album is a classic. (and available on spotify, woohoo!)

new kids on the block - i'll be missing you come christmas.

don't hate.

this was the go-to cd for my best friend and i to listen to in the car around christmas, even in high school. i have to go with this song in particular today because really, it's kind of odd. i get this mental image of his girlfriend tied up in a big giftwrapped box with airholes punched in it.

Friday, December 14, 2012

a million days of xmas music - day 7

rufus wainwright - spotlight on christmas.

who better to write an awesome sweet non-cheesy christmas song? sadly, i can't find my copy of this song, which means i'll have to try and rescue it from my barely-functional old laptop someday. thank jesus for youtube.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

a million days of xmas music - day 6

happy 12/12/12! here is day 6.

the eels - everything's going to be cool this christmas.

apologies for the presence of the o.c. if you prefer the usual more gloomy e, here is a bonus video.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

a million days of xmas music - day 5

it has been found! from one of the bestest holiday albums ever (which you should definitely own...):

hawksley workman - learn how to knit.

this is not even the best song on this album, but it does involve knitting so this has to be the one today. he has said these are sort of songs from a simpler time.. which is true, isn't it? i can't believe it's been over ten years.

a million days of xmas music - day 4

there was another song i wanted to use for today.. i'm having trouble finding it in internet land at the moment, so it'll have to wait. it's a super good one, seriously.

jill sobule - merry christmas from the family.

i hope this isn't trending too strongly towards the 90s. does no one write good christmas songs anymore, is that it? sigh.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

a million days of xmas music - day 3

a quick one for today: this song doesn't get as much play as it should, i think.

porno for pyros - pete's dad.

real-life christmas miracles.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

a million days of xmas music - day 2

so i used to make christmas mix cds every year. i was prompted to do this blog version of it after dragging them out recently and discovering that 10-year-old CD-Rs do not hold up that well. i guess no-one really burns cds anymore anyway, huh?

dar williams - the christians and the pagans.

all about the war on christmas. ha.

Friday, December 7, 2012

a million days of xmas music

so at this point in the year i usually have been avoiding 24-hour christmas music radio stations and the like for several weeks. once december hits, however, it becomes more and more difficult to dodge the onslaught. so, this is when i must bring out the good shit to drown out the really horrendous stuff. (few things can make me change the channel quicker that the opening strains of "it's the most wonderful time of the year"..) i present, in absolutely no particular order, my very favorite actually good xmas music. more to follow.

fairytale of new york - the pogues and kirsty mccoll.

of course. this has always been one of my favorites, but i didn't realize it was considered a sort of classic in the uk until recently. you don't hear it over here quite so much. beautiful, sad, and funny; just like christmas.

now, i am off to roast a pumpkin, because that's the kind of thing i do on my day off.


so, we have moved. for reals this time(no roommates!). just me, the man, and the cats.

window cats

so, that and a bunch of other crappy business that happened kind of set things into a tailspin for a while. tmi, etc. and really, i don't deal with stress as well as i probably should.

end sock one.

also making very slow progress on the knitting. these are my new years socks, as in january 2012. i've just gotten past the cuff on sock #2. sigh.

so, pity party over. now back to real life.