melcreada: (geisha glasses)
Thank Jeebus and the holy goats that it is the weekend! Trying to get the energy to

1. Get out of bed
2. Make breakfast
3. Color hair
4. Clean up the master bedroom

Things are not looking too promising.

Refinance goes on apace. They sent me a copy of the drive-by appraisal and they weren't kidding! A couple of blurry shots of the front of my house obviously taken from a moving car, LOL! I don't know why that cracks me up, but it does. I see that they took the picture on an early weekend morning because the sun is not quite all the way up, the porch light is still on and my Jeep is parked out front. I see you, Appraiser Man. Creeper.

Still loving The Civil Wars. I guess they are classified as folk singer-songwriters, but there is a strong bluegrass element, kind of a throwback. It's great. 

I'm sorry this post isn't more interesting but I have been living and breathing work and it's really not worth discussing. Next time, I will talk about something cool, like my plans to go to Alaska!
melcreada: (real genius - up the dosage!)

For some reason I am reading like four books at once, which was fine when I was young and sharp but now I'm just confused and grumpy. Also, my attention span keeps getting shorter and shorter as I get older and older. Verrah scary.

I felt like posting, but I really had nothing to say. So, yeah. Here's what I came up with...


Things I Am SO Ready For

1. The muthafuckin' weekend
2. Taking JP to see Esther's Follies Friday night (which also means hanging out in Austin, woo woo!)
3. Visiting the Kid and his wife in about 6 weeks (San Diego, here I come!)


Things I Am SO Over

1. Eating healthy (so. difficult. especially after a whole year of eating crap. delicious crap.)
2. Work. Do not get me started - it's just depressing.
3. Getting my finances in order (I know it's important, but boring!)

I am listening to Nelson's (Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection. I approve of their use of parenthesis.
melcreada: (if it kills me)
Mainly for me...I have to keep this shit straight:

Thursday, 10/13 - JP leaves for NY (I KNOW, RIGHT?!?!) and we have a Recognition Event at work (woohoo, half day!)
Sunday, 10/16 - JP returns
Wednesday, 10/19-10/20 - Jen and Gary arrive for a quick visit
Saturday, 10/22 - Paul's belly dancing show at the downtown theater
Thursday, 10/27 - Flash Gordon is showing downtown at the Slab Cinema. Flash! Ah-ahhhhh!
Saturday 10/29-10/30 - Drive to Houston and then to Austin to see David Cook in concert (YAY!)

There is other stuff in there, but those are the high points I think.

And wouldn't you know...work is starting to get crazy-busy.  : (

In other news, we went to see Xanadu the Musical at the local community theater last weekend. It was hilarious! Sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally. Good times, though. I was impressed by the amount of actual roller skating occurring onstage. It makes me really wish I had seen the show when it was on Broadway.  Oh, well.
melcreada: (Adult!)

Ugh. Wild fires are raging 15 miles north/northeast of us and everyone seems to be losing their shit over lack of containment/drought conditions exacerbating the situation/etc. I am going to sit here and pretend I am a pretty, pretty princess until I can get a grip. What made it real to me was that my work just instituted their "Red Alert" system, where they call you and tell you that there is bad weather/dangerous conditions/the Apocolypse happening and to be careful. I just got 2 voice mails and 2 text messages from some creepy disembodied voice. 

Two weeks to go until I depart for the family cruise. My parents, Paul, and I are flying to Los Angeles to meet up with the Kid and Traci to go on a Carnival cruise. I am looking forward to spending time with my family, but preparing for the trip has been a pain because everyone keeps asking me questions, but I can't remember 5 minutes ago, much less 5 years ago (also JP always took care of planning our previous cruises and no one seems to want to ask him anything).

All this plus my own planning and the thought of navigating my parents through airports and onto the ship just makes me want to lie down. And never get up. Wah, wah, wah - me and my middle-class, first world problems, eh?

The local playhouse is putting on Xanadu: The Musical and I have already bought tickets! I don't have...high expectations, but if someone wants to put on rollerskates and pretend to be a Muse while singing Magic and Suddenly, then I am honor-bound to go and watch them do it. Yay!

Okay, time to go be a grown-up or something.

melcreada: (dia de los muertos)


Things That Have Escaped My Attention Due to Overwhelming Stress at Work
1. Eddie Vedder and Glen Hansard toured together in late spring/early summer.
2. Who CARES?!?! See #1!!!!


They didn't come anywhere near Texas, but with enough forethought and planning, I could have taken a trip. I suck at keeping track of my favorite artists...


JP went back to the Seattle, WA area this past Sunday and I am very : ( without him. Also, scared at night because I keep hearing things, like imaginary burglars and rapists (but really it's just my creaky house and needy cats). Haha - but once I'm asleep, that's it. They could light me on fire and I wouldn't notice.


melcreada: (music is my life)

The gods did not want me to watch the Grammys. Less than an hour in and Nay-nay called. She just had surgery on Friday and was sitting at home all bummed out and in pain, so since I am not a heartless monster, I muted the show and gave her my mostly undivided attention. We talked for almost 2 hours, so now I am surfing the interwebs to try and find out what I missed.

I have no idea why I am so interested in the Grammys this year, other than I am looking for new artists/music to buy with my iTunes gift cards from Christmas. Just earlier today, I purchased The Road of a Gypsy and sent it to the Kid as a nostalgic postcard reminding him of one our favorite movies in the entire universe, Iron Eagle. Yeah, you read that right. That movie is badass.

In searching for Grammy performances, I stumbled on Aretha Franklin's Nessum Dorma from 1998, where apparently she was a last minute replacement for Pavarotti. Pardon my language, but that lady has some big balls. Wow. You go, Aretha!

I loved Muse's performance and although I am not a Miranda Lambert fan, I really like that song. Eminem and Dre sounded great. Who else should I look up?

I am nervous about work! Announcements, offers, new things, scary things in the offing. Sometimes I feel like such a little girl.
melcreada: (bitch needs to man the fudge up)

So...happy post...

Good things that are happening:

- Tomorrow is my last day of work until next Wednesday (hooray!)
- In spite of this horrible economy, we are still getting a bonus (double hooray!)

OMG, is anyone else watching American Idol? I feel like a total patsy, but that last singer with his brain-damaged fiance just made me bawl. Seeing the judges be all human, too... *sniffle* Ugh. This show.

Everything else I am hearing about is bad - violent protests in Egypt, the 11 police officers shot in a 24-hour period, Social Security trust funds drying up way before I will ever retire, yadda yadda yadda. I am counteracting all these bad vibes by listening to Cat Steven's Peace Train on an endless loop. Pointless, perhaps, but it makes me feel better. It also reminds me of the Dreaded Ex, who loved this song, but the memory my brain keeps conjuring up is the two of us driving between Dallas and San Antonio and singing and clapping to this song like little kids. So, you know...it's all good. I wonder what that lunatic is up to these days? He's probably out there stumping for Sarah Palin or something. *puke*

Don't judge me - I was young!

What's new, f-list?
melcreada: (british accents rock)

The best line from Idiocracy:

Rita: You think Einstein walked around thinkin' everyone was a bunch of dumb shits?
Pvt. Joe Bowers: Yeah. Hadn't thought of that.
Rita: Now you know why he built that bomb.

I don't know why I am thinking of that movie, but it always seems to be in the back of my mind every time I read the news or take a gander at some forum or community not carefully moderated.

Just watched Clerks. Oh, happy memories! I remember when that movie was considered the epitome of wit and the voice of our generation. Now it seems that every other kid is dying of ennui and a desperate need to be this clever. Fail. Fail. Fail.

Speaking of being a Gen X-er, Stone Temple Pilots is coming to Austin next weekend, but it's my brother's birthday and we are having a late lunch/family party for him on the day of the concert. Oh, well.

Um. I bought new underwear today? Yeah, that's all I got. Later, taters!
melcreada: (witchy)

Embarrassing confession #1,907: I love Miley Cyrus' song Party in the USA. The other day I mentioned it to one of the girls at work, who promptly whipped the headphone jack out of her iphone to show me that she was listening to that very song. And then, one of the other girls heard the music and came running up to show us her iphone that was playing the music video to it. I thought it was pretty funny. And maybe a little sad, but mostly funny. I am mainly an indie/90s grunge/singer-songwriter kinda gal, but I like Top 40 music, too - it's usually popular for a reason.

So, there you have. Another dirty little secret. *^___^*

And now, here is a meme I have been too lazy to post until now:

1. Write your memoir in six words.

Did nothing, enjoyed it all anyway.

2. What would you change about your undergrad?

I would have picked what I loved, English or History. My "practical" degree did not help me one bit in my "career" and I had a Hell of a time getting through the upper level microbiology classes.

3. How do you view your own personal spirituality?

It's a blend, I think, of how I was raised (sorta Catholic) and what I picked up along the way (try not to be a bitch, especially when the situation really calls for it). If I had the time, I would spend idle afternoons watching clouds or sitting by the ocean. That's my idea of spirituality.

4. What is your favorite comfort food?

Refried beans and tortillas (do NOT tell me mother). Growing up, it seemed like no matter what the main course was, the side dishes were always beans, rice, and tortillas. I swore, with bitter certainty, that the moment I left home, I would NEVER eat beans and rice again. Now, sometimes, the craving is so sharp, I have to laugh at myself. But smearing some beans in a warm tortilla take me right back into my parent's kitchen, where someone was always cooking and my siblings were always arguing and laughing, and somehow, I belonged. Which is a nice feeling.

5. What is one thing that scares you, that you think you should do?

Quit my job.
melcreada: (headphones let go)

I just watched Xanadu for the first time in a long time and you will all be relieved to know that it still ROCKS. Seriously, I totally had good taste as a kid when I watched this movie like 30 times in a row. I mean, they have a freaking 68-year-old Gene Kelly tap dancing AND roller skating; the soundtrack is completely Olivia Newton John and ELO; they quote Coleridge; there is a Don Bluth animation sequence; ROLLER DISCO MUSICAL. What more can I say? It took me back to a time when all I wanted was to be a rollerskating queen like Olivia Newton John, with her strangely sexy apron dresses and hair ribbons. *le sigh*
melcreada: (marie antoinette le hangover)

Mild hangover is mild, thank Jeebus.

Family is good overall. I have spoken with JP and the Kid and spent some good quality time with people I love this weekend. Went to Shakespeare in the Park (Romeo & Juliet) and other than being appalled at the fact that PEOPLE LAUGHED during the scene where Juliet's parents and nurse THINK SHE IS DEAD, I enjoyed it muchly.

Seriously. Everyone on stage is wailing, I have tears in my eyes, and people are out and out laughing. RUDE. Granted, the players are mainly comedic actors and they are local talent and doing tragedy ain't easy and more than once I was like why are you doing it like that, but fucking a people! Show a little respect, not only for the actors, but for the actual story.

Mmm, grouchy Melissa is grouchy.

I liked this guy on America's Got Talent, but I don't know if it's him or the righteous song he is singing.

melcreada: (ouran twincest)

Hope all the mommies on my flist had a good day! We went to my parent's house and my sister bought enough food for 20 people, even though there were only seven of us. *urp*

Dad is looking good, although he is not what I would call a good patient, always trying to do too much and pretend like he did not just have major surgery. His machismo is something to be reckoned with. The older he gets, the worse he will be - I am thinking of my grandfather, who was an ornery ol' cuss and my dad will probably go that way as well. *sigh*

I have been going through concert withdrawal or something. I haven't gone to one in forever. I really wanted to see Lady Gaga, but all four of her shows in Texas sold out by the time I realized I wanted to go. The Toadies will be in New Braunfels in August, but that isn't quite the same as a crazy, over-the-top Gaga extravaganza. Who else is touring this summer?

I have been re-watching Ouran Host Club and just laughing my ass off. It's holding up better than I thought it would. And speaking of anime, I really want to buy Special A and I would love to find Lovely Complex on DVD as well, although I do not believe the anime was ever licensed in the U.S. (???). I know I sound soooo 1999, watching anime on DVD, but the truth is, I don't like watching stuff on my computer (torrents, etc). Call me an old-fashioned girl, but I likes my anime on discs that I can watch on my semi-big screen TV and then put the cases on a shelf to admire.

What else? Oh, I found the cutest dress at Target but they had every size except mine (curses!). I also really want this dress (the back is beautiful), but again, it's not in my size and also I will not pay $60 for a dress because I am le cheap when it comes to clothes. I did, however, buy these incredibly cute sandals because it is practically summer which always means new shoes! Just like the beginning of every other season...

Okay, back to regularly scheduled Sunday night...ugh back to work tomorrow.
melcreada: (amadeus)

I have just discovered Goldfrapp and am entranced! It's like ELO absorbed Olivia Newton John circa the Xanadu years. Delicious...

And speaking of delicious, I am MAD craving chocolate, specifically some Toblerone. Uh-oh.

Today, we had lunch with Nay-nay and her hubby, who were in town visiting her grandparents. We had a total blast! I love her and can't wait to invite myself up to Austin again. ^____________^

See? I can be normal and social. Sometimes. Okay, once in a while. But it's better than nothing!

I raided Half Price Books and bought books on the following subjects: Kit Marlowe, Queen Elizabeth's governess, Shakespeare, notorious royal marriages in history, and Da Vinci (bad ass MacGyver extraordinaire). Mmmmm. Books. I love them.

The Middle

Jan. 21st, 2010 08:33 pm
melcreada: (disco)

I have been having some trouble getting out of bed and going to work (post holiday blues mixed with sporadic crippling insecurity) so I have taken to listening to Jimmy Eat World's The Middle on the way to work to bring my mood up. It actually works most of the time - the tempo is upbeat and the lyrics...well, they are not poetry but they are words I think you need to hear sometimes.

Hey, don't write yourself off yet
It's only in your head you feel left out
And looked down on.
Just try your best,
Try everything you can.
And don't you worry what they tell themselves
When you're away.
It just takes some time
Little girl, you're in the middle of the ride.
Everything, everything will be just fine,
Everything, everything will be alright, alright.

Hey, you know they're all the same.
You know you're doing better on your own,
So don't buy in.
Live right now and
Just be yourself.
It doesn't matter if it's good enough
For someone else.

It just takes some time
Little girl, you're in the middle of the ride.
Everything, everything will be just fine,
Everything, everything will be alright, alright.

It just takes some time
Little girl, you're in the middle of the ride.
Everything, everything will be just fine,
Everything, everything will be alright, alright.

Hey, don't write yourself off yet,
It's only in your head you feel left out
And looked down on.
Just do your best,
Do everything you can.
And don't you worry what their bitter hearts
Are gonna say.

It just takes some time,
Little girl, you're in the middle of the ride.
Everything, everything will be just fine,
Everything, everything will be alright,alright.

It just takes some time,
Little girl, you're in the middle of the ride.
Everything, everything will be just fine.
Everything, everything will be alright. The meme is on hiatus for the moment, mainly because my weeks have been running together in a tired, slumpy blur. I hope to pick it up soon, though.
melcreada: (neal - singing)


Here are the things I am pondering (don't worry, it's nothing worthwhile like world peace or how to go green):


1. Should I buy some expensive, yet super-cute and comfortable shoes? It's not like I don't need them, but you know...

2. Should I go to the Green Day/Franz Ferdinand concert in August? I can't get good seats anymore, thanks to my endless dithering, but for a group as epic as GD, is there really a bad seat in the house? I could also suck it up and get better tickets from a re-seller, but ugh! Overpriced!

*as a side note, I was supposed to see Green Day at Lollapalooza (geez, back in '94?), but my guy harem insisted on stopping at Taco Bueno so I was waiting in line to get into the grounds while Green Day was rocking out. Bastards.

3. Should I just suck it up and read Pride & Prejudice & Zombies? On the one hand, BWAH!!! On the other, desecration of one of my favorite authors. Hmmm.

melcreada: (neal so it goes)

I know this has been mentioned on LJ many times, but I don't think it can be said enough: Transformers 2: Electric Boogaloo BLOWS. Robot fights were cool and of course, Peter Cullen's totally awesome voice makes everything better. But other than that, zip zilch nada. Story, humor, characters all reeked. Although, JP found this HILARIOUS FAQ for those of you who might have questions about the WTF?! plot of this movie. Spoilers warning!

You know what else blows? Going to a baby shower and getting babies shoved at you, followed by the inevitable, "Don't you want one?!" It's almost as much fun as getting asked about my marriage plans. Oh, well. At least there was cake and crazy Melinda asked me if I would consider going on vacation with her sometime. So the day wasn't a total bust. Oh, and I also won the 'put a paper plate on your head and draw a baby' contest so that was cool. Apparently, no one minded that I drew the baby's face on its tummy. The cake was delicious.

I am starting to get obsessed with David Cook's pre-idol band, Midwest Kings (I know, I am always late to the party). The lead singer (Andy Skib of Cook's current band) has such a distinctive voice and some of their stuff sounds so like the mid-90s: a later Alice in Chains, Toadies kind of vibe which is just sooooo my type of music. Ah, college days...

melcreada: (nana so tired)

Exhausted.

I wish someone would bring me an ice cold martini or bloody Mary (heavy on the olives) while I lie here in bed.

I dislike working Saturdays, not gonna lie.

Tomorrow, Wicked! I am trying so hard not to have high expectations - but I've heard the soundtrack and know the story and can't help but give a little anticipatory *squee*

And now, a nap.

AHHHHHH!!!

Apr. 19th, 2009 09:38 pm
melcreada: (audio pink)
Lady Gaga and the Veronicas are performing in Austin and the theme of the night is 'Second Chance Prom' and all attendees are encouraged to wear prom/formal attire. FUUUUUUN!!!

I just love goofy stuff like this and Austin is the perfect place for such wacky shenanigans...I wish I was younger, richer, and had friends who liked to attend all these concerts. As it is, I get occasional 'grow up, Melissa!' lectures for many of the choices I make.

For real, I hope I never lose this intermittent need to be a teenager again.
melcreada: (twilight bitch as if!)

Taste of New Orleans was fun, although both JP and my sister had minor altercations. I swear, I surround myself with scrappers! LOL...

I am suddenly in love with Lily Allen's song The Fear. I don't usually dig her, but...nice!

I will miss National Poetry Month...

Where now the horse and the rider?
Where is the horn that was blowing?
Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing?
Where is the hand on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing?
Where is the sping and the harvest and the tall corn growing?

They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow;
The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow.
Who shall gather the smoke of the dead wood burning,
Or behold the flowing years from the Sea returning?


- JRR Tolkien

Le tired

Apr. 14th, 2009 10:54 pm
melcreada: (neal - snake bite)
David Cook shoutout on AI! Wot, wot! Kris Allen sang one of my all-time favorite songs from the movie Once, but Kris - you are no Glen Hansard.

I keep making Japanese curry! I can't stop! I have a problem!

Really, Melissa? This is all you've got? Well, I can't talk about work because I will get all 'le-boo-hoo' so, the answer is yes.

This weekend is Taste of New Orleans: belly dancers, beer, no shade to speak of, and some of the best damn fried bread EVAR. Also, turkey legs!!! I don't think I have devoted enough time here to explain in detail my great love of smoked turkey legs. Another time, perhaps...

I am totally excited about the following things:

Death Cab for Cutie (May)
David Cook (June)
Wicked (June)

For now, Coldplay and NINJA tour are off limits. BUT time will tell...

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