Tuesday, September 29, 2009

An Open Letter To My Malodorous Neighbors

*I am completely plagiarizing this idea from Tiburon...just sayin'*

Dear Neighbors,

I remember back a few years, a young and foolish college freshman, completely oblivious to the rules of social normalcy and etiquette. We had no qualms about just walking into each other's apartments without knocking, bang on the walls to quiet a noisy situation, or stay up all hours of the night giggling (regardless of who was trying to sleep next door). We even thought it swell to leave our front door open, indicating a warm, open invitation for company. However, upon graduation from college, social norms dictated that we start living like adults and abandon the carefree days of school.

I moved into this community well over three years ago, and have had constant struggles with those that have occupied your residence during that time. I thought to myself, "Self, maybe once the pot dealers get evicted, perhaps the management can put a decent family or newlywed couple in that trash-hole."

you moved in (with all 25 of your children, none of whom have seen the interior of a shower in months), and brought along with you a few bad habits of your own. My favorite, perhaps, is the way you leave your front door open (which, I think, has something to do with the fact that caring for your 25 children prevent you from affording air conditioning - WHICH I could look past, IF your house smelled anything better than the streets of India). The foul stench emitted from your open door leads me to believe that your cooking skills leave much to be desired (if not your personal hygiene). I have to make a mad dash for my own door, two floors above, to keep the vomit from erupting. Now, I know we all live in what could be considered "the ghetto," but that doesn't mean we need to smell like one.

Please consider this my notice to you (and your unkempt children) that your heinous odor and lack of social norm observance has been reported to management, and I await your eviction notice with baited breath.


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Just Blue, v.2

Last week Laura and I drove to Provo together and she asked me to bring my iPod along for entertainment (LOVE when she does that). When I asked what she preferred to listen to, she replied, "Something sad and mellow." WOW! She must know me well (I shouldn't brag about this, but most of my music and preferential listening is the sad, mellow stuff). She asked me to make her a CD, and I have. I thought it would be fun to share with the world, Just Blue, v.2. I made the first version of this playlist one night following the whole debacle with Mike when I told him I liked him and was so worried he was going to stop hanging out with me because of it...but I figured that it was worth a revamp with some of my newer tunes:

Just Blue, v.2

Lie in the Sound - Trespassers William
The Heart of Life - John Mayer
Duet - Rachael Yamagata *not on the OFFICIAL New Moon Soundtrack - it just says so on this vid*
Kite Song - Rosie Thomas
If You Ever Did Believe - Stevie Nicks
Recognition - Susie Suh
The Acrobat - Johnathan Rice
Keep it There - The Weepies
Get Well Soon - The Perishers
Hazy - Rosi Golan (feat. William Fitzsimmons)
Stand Still, Look Pretty - The Wreckers
Rain - Priscilla Ahn
The Absence of Your Company - Kim Richey
Say (All I Need) - OneRepublic
Two - Ryan Adams
Dream - Priscilla Ahn
Gravity - Sara Bareilles
The World Spins Madly On - The Weepies
9 Crimes - Damien Rice
The Longer I Run - Peter Bradley Adams
Ain't Gonna Lose You - Brett Dennen

I've been listening to this playlist all week, and I think I'm in love. It's a keeper - if you have any inclination to take a listen, they are linked.


What a great way to help build the anticipation for the new album Battle Studies, coming out November 17th! Such a sweet little ditty...

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Celebrity Crush #2

I recently acquired all four seasons of the OC. I loved the show back in college when it was all the rage. I was working at Subway at the time, and my manager, Brian, and I would "talk OC" on Friday mornings while doing prep. I always had a thing for Seth Cohen (played by Adam Brody), and always thought the attraction was to the actor, but through careful conversation with Brian, we came to the conclusion that my soulmate was Seth Cohen, the character.

He exhibits that witty, charismatic charm that I'm always looking for. He has those dashing good looks. If there were a dictionary definition for my "type," his photo would be there.

Some funny Seth-isms I adore...
  • He uses sarcasm and irony to cope with life's hurdles
  • He doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut
  • He is madly, obsessively in love with Summer
  • He is a board-certified geek
  • He loves music
  • He is cautiously distracted 90% of the time
  • He has grade A geek-chic style
I know it's mildly inappropriate and irrational to have a huge crush on a fictional TV character, but real life has failed to produce anyone quite as intriguing.

Here's a cheeeeesy montage of Seth/Summer moments. Love the song (kudos to Ryan Adams for that bad boy). And in case anyone is dying to set me up (because it seems EVERYONE is these days) compare him to Seth Cohen first.

Weekend Hoopla

It's fun when friends meet. Especially when you know they would have something in common. This blessed meeting took place at, where else, the Rio. I'm so glad they let me be "in" on the fun.

Shamae needed to come down with her cute family for an endocrinologist appointment on Monday, but I managed to twist her arm into coming early so they could attend the SLC JDRF Walk.

After meeting up, Tib decided to host a BBQ on Sunday for their families, and again, they let me come. It was so fun! I decided I would be willing to have kids if I could clone Ethan and Sydney. Good thing they're gonna end up married someday - here's the first photo for their wedding video:

I had to buy the love of the children (except for Ethan...already won that kid over) so I brought some glitter-ific tattoos for the girlies. We didn't snag a photo of all the kids with their tats, but when I got home, I got one of mine - I think it's a keeper (it's two sparkly cherries with two STARS)!

Seriously love these ladies. Can't wait until we can get together again!

*If I look stoned in any/all of these photos, it is because I was running on a tremendous lack of sleep. The Walk doesn't plan itself!*