Archive for October, 2008

New Starbucks Lids?

October 31, 2008

I met Konny in Starbucks this morning before work. As I was walking in I saw a lady leaving holding a venti cup with a really ugly, flat lid and wondered to myself if they ran out of normal lids. Konny had a tall coffee and hers had a nice, normal lid. Well I get my grande drink and lo and behold, there is a FLAT UGLY LID on it, like worse than the kind you get with cheap coffee. There was a tab you had to rip open and there wasn’t even an indentation so you know when to stop ripping or the little lip you can tuck it into so that it doesn’t hit you while you’re drinking. Thanks to this new flat ugly lid I got hot hazelnut Americano all down my sleeve. Is this just a one time thing or did Starbucks get hit with the ugly-and-impractical stick?

(If my cup hasn’t been thrown away I will try to take a picture later.)

In other news, free Chipotle today from 6PM onwards if you wear aluminum foil! Oh yeah!

Anna is cute.

October 19, 2008

(My stomach has been hurting since about 10 PM.)

Anna: dear jesus
we ask for healing for bommy’s stomach
we entrust to you to do what only you can do
and give bommy complete healing from stomach/stomach area problems
amen
yea you should get that fixed
your stomach hurts like everyday


Anna after prayer tonight.

Adele, again.

October 18, 2008

Here’s a video by Adele, whom I wrote about previously. This is a live version of “Daydreamer,” my favorite song off the album.

Reluctance

October 18, 2008

On why I haven’t really written in so long:

I could go on and on about this. I’ll try to keep it simple.

1. I don’t recall if I’ve ever blatantly said this before in my Xanga or anything, but I’ve never actually liked anything I write. I know I’m not a terrible writer, but there always seems to be something missing, some crucial element I can’t exactly pinpoint in my writing that keeps me from being a good writer. I kind of see this in all of my creative efforts. I mean, I can’t draw or anything like that worth my life, but I like to think that I’m pretty honestly critical of myself and when I think about other things like photography or music, for example, I’m not badddddd but there’s a line that I seem unable to cross into the “good” realm. But I don’t know. Is that important? Should it even matter at all as long as I’m creating, producing, making something, anything?

2. Sometimes I just feel like I have too much of a jumble of thoughts, that I don’t even want to begin to start recording it. Or I don’t know where exactly to begin. I know if I start trying, it’ll sound bad, it won’t come out like I want it to, I’ll delete it, and then I’ll be back at point one. I don’t think I’m particularly gifted with clarity and succinctness. I tend to ramble. I look back at the mess I’ve made and cringe a little. The only writing I’ve been doing these days is in my (physical, tangible) journal, and that’s easy because I just write down revelations that I’ve had, things God has spoken to me, or in my Twitter where I write about momentary day to day things I want to remember (and those statements are so short I don’t even know if you could call them writing).

3. I’m reluctant to share with the world. And I feel that if I write, I should share it. I shouldn’t be afraid to put it out there. Those who know me know I like my privacy. And it’s difficult to pour your heart and soul into something knowing people are going to be evaluating and judging (whether they do it consciously or not). But I’m trying. I’m learning the value of transparency and accountability. Practiced with discretion, of course.

So I guess to herald (what I see as) my entry back into the writing world, I’ll start off with something simple, my week.


On the steps.

The weather was weird but at times beautiful. Probably one of the last nice weeks we’ll have. Anna and I spent a lovely Wednesday afternoon outside on the steps. The week wasn’t as bad as it could have been considering I had three midterms and a paper to look forward to.

The weekend has been even better. It was pretty relaxing since I had very few responsibilities. I had a class-wide lecture to attend on Friday so Konny graciously gave me the entire day off from ACLU where I intern, a much needed break. Ever since I got back to school I have not had a single free weekend. But my body is so crazy now that it woke itself up at 9 AM on its one free day. Yeah great, good job guys.

Today was especially great. After morning prayer and ST meetings had lunch (Chipotle!) with some people. Then Red Mango with Norman and Minnow. Then blueberry pancakes from Mikey. And then Starbucks with Norman. I feel like I haven’t really chilled with people in a really long time. It was good. Despite the fact that I have a midterm on Monday I don’t know how to study for and that I might be in Jersey for most of the day tomorrow, I am strangely calm. Yarrrr.

Prayer meeting soon. I am stoked.

That is all.

New Find

October 15, 2008

Miracles of Modern Science. “Orchestral space-pop.” Most excellent.

Actual music and stuff on Hiemann’s blog.

New Find

October 14, 2008

Why am I just finding out about British singer Adele? Okay, maybe I’m jumping the gun a bit since I’ve only heard a few tracks so far on her album “19” (she was only 19 when she debuted! geez! I’m 19!) but I’m liking it. I’m having a bit of trouble describing her style. Think Amy Winehouse not on crack and singing about happier things. Her voice reminds me a bit of Feist and Yael Naim except maybe with more…soul? Which I like, although I feel like some tracks would be more suitable to a thinner voice.

She was just in New York in September. *Sigh*  And she’ll be on SNL this week.

I don’t think I can go to any of the concerts I wanted to go to this year.

Chairlift | 10/18 | Bowery | 9 PM | $15. Opening with Holy Ghost! for The Juan Maclean.
Yael Naim | 10/27 | Webster | 7 PM | $25.
Kaki King / The Mountain Goats | 11/09 | Webster | 8 PM | $23.
Sondre Lerche | 11/20 | Bowery | $22.