Saturday, February 28, 2009

92. Panda Panda Panda



He's just something I was playing with in paint.

Friday, February 27, 2009

91. A Fine Institution

Today I had advisory meetings with the two community colleges I am attempting to choose between. After careful consideration, I believe I'm leaning towards Bellevue (click image to enlarge):



Unfortunately, I am probably not going to be able to attend full time due to the need to work full time as well. I am not certain how this will affect my eligibility for student loans, but if I have to pay for much out of pocket, I won't be able to go. I am also somewhat discouraged by the fact that attending part time means it will probably take me about 12 years to earn my bachelors. While I am excited to go to school, it is disappointing to think that by the time I am able to graduate, I could be almost 40.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

90. The Purpose of Hibernating



This week my heart belongs to Bon Iver, the achingly beautiful creation of Justin Vernon. On the surface, his debut album "For Emma, Forever Ago" is whisper soft, almost fragile; but underneath lies such honesty and depth and sadness your soul nearly bursts at the sound.

Pitchfork Media has a really excellent article regarding the album's coming into existence, which I found both fascinating and inspiring. Most of the tracks were written and recorded when Vernon sequestered himself for several months at his father's cabin in northern Wisconsin. I often wish for the same sort of isolation in order to explore my creative bits. There never seems to be quite enough time to wander around in my own head and actually find whatever it is I'm looking for amongst all the muck...

Anyway, here's my very favorite track of the moment. I'd post the entire album from my playlist, but I'm afraid I'd be violating all sorts of file sharing laws or something.

Skinny Love - Bon Iver

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

89. Oh, I love her



Ladyhawke is my new candy. I can't get enough. She's so perfectly 80's synth done exactly right. She's obviously heavily influenced by Berlin and Pat Benatar, but she does it so well that I can't help but love her for it. It just makes you want to dance.

For your listening pleasure, here's the first track from her self titled album.

And her video for My Delirium:

You can hear the rest of the album on Soundcloud, and also pick up a couple of tracks for freeeee at Spin.com.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

88. A Date With Myself

It is Saturday, 9:17am to be exact, and I have the whole day to spend however I like. Matt and Chris are off to Stevens Pass for a day of snowboarding, and Soren has most unfortunately contracted my horrible cold, thus forcing us to cancel our breakfast plans. While I am disappointed that I won't be devouring waffles with my favorite polar bear, I am excited to have so much free time with only myself.

Best of all, my house is already as clean as I would like to make it, the grocery shopping is pretty much done, and I have no real errands besides. My only required stop is to pick up greek yogurt for tzatziki, as I'm making falafel for dinner, and the ingredients for tiramisu, which Chris plans on making for dessert tomorrow night. Chris' cousin is currently living in Paris, where she's attending culinary school, and the tiramisu recipe came from her.

So I think Frank and I will spend an hour or two walking around Greenlake, and I may have to do a little thrifting as well. And then when I've worn myself out sufficiently, I think I'll curl up in bed with the most appetizing book I found at the thrift store last weekend:



And my soundtrack for this chilly February day? Lots and lots of Joy Division.
Happy Saturday!