Friday Five – December 28, 2012

This week’s Friday Five (www.f.riday5.com)

  1. Who stands out among people you met in 2012? My ex, “McFly”
  2. What new interest did you discover in 2012? Pinterest! But seriously, DIY.
  3. In what way was 2012 better than 2011? I was a stronger, happier, healthier person!
  4. What small, symbolic item might serve as a good souvenir for 2012? Anything South Park related.
  5. Many years from now, what song, when you hear it on the radio, will remind you most of 2012? “Handwritten” – The Gaslight Anthem
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It’s a Punk Rock Christmas Eve!

It’s late on Christmas Eve.  The little one’s asleep, Santa has filled the stockings… and Mama is rocking out to some totally badass Christmas tunes.

No joke.

I’m not a big Christmas person, and even less of a Christmas music person. That was until I stumbled across “Season’s Greetings From Lowbrow.”

See… I kinda love punk rock. And these guys do it well. (Which is evidenced on their album “Doing It All Wrong”, in case you dislike festive tunes more than even I do).

Their Christmas EP has made me feel like less of a grinch, which is pretty amazing. Their full-length album is downright amazing. And both are FREE to download. Happy fuckin’ holidays – don’t say I never did anything for you.

But seriously, check these boys out.

And merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, blessed solstice, happy kwanzaa and any other holiday greetings I may have missed!

 

Friday Five – December 21, 2012

This week’s Friday Five:

  1. What’s something gross you’ve seen or tasted recently? The NRA’s attitude towards Sandy Hook immediately springs to mind…
  2. What movie this holiday season are you most looking forward to? Elf! I have never seen it, but kiddo and I are going to the theatre to watch it tomorrow!
  3. What makes one photographer better or worse than any other? The ability (or lack thereof) to capture the essence of the subject.
  4. What specific, annual part of this season most makes you feel all the positive feelings again? Decorating the tree with the little one.
  5. What are your thoughts on eggnog? It’s not vegan. 😦 But Almond nog and rum is fantastic!

On Love and Loss

“December 24th and we’re through again.
This time for good I know because I didn’t
throw you out — and anyway we waved.

No shoes. No angry doors.
We folded clothes and went
our separate ways.

You left behind that flannel shirt
of yours I liked but remembered to take
your toothbrush. Where are you tonight?

Richard, it’s Christmas Ever again
and old ghost come back home.
I’m sitting by the Christmas tree
wondering where did we go wrong.

Okay, we didn’t work, and all
memories to tell you the truth aren’t good.
But sometimes there were good times.
Love was good. I loved your crooked sleep
beside me and never dreamed afraid.

There should be stars for great wars
like ours. There ought to be awards
and plenty of champagne for the survivors.

After all the years of degradations,
the several holidays of failure,
there should be something
to commemorate the pain.

Someday we’ll forget that great Brazil disaster.
Till then, Richard, I wish you well.
I wish you love affairs and plenty of hot water,
and women kinder than I treated you.
I forget the reason, but I loved you once,
remember?

Maybe in this season, drunk
and sentimental, I’m willing to admit
a part of me, crazed and kamikaze,
ripe for anarchy, loves still.”

“One Last Poem for Richard” by Sandra Cisneros

 

It’s true, I admit it. Boyfriend and I are done. Have been for awhile, actually. While the Titanic sunk beneath me, I stood on the deck praying for a miracle, all the while knowing that deliverance would not arrive.

Everything was perfect, and then it wasn’t. Looking back, I can’t pinpoint the precise moment where it all started to unravel. Maybe it was the first fight. Maybe it was the second. Maybe it was when I stopped buying his groceries and cleaning his house because I only had the time and money to take care of myself. Maybe it was all of these things and maybe it was none of them. My perfect faerietale turned into something I didn’t want. My prince became an ogre… and I wasn’t about to stand for it.

I could do a lot of finger-pointing at his issues with his ex, or his questionable nights out with random girls, or his hidden sexist agenda that appeared five months in. But the truth of the matter is – I miss him.

I called it off. Yes, I’m the bad guy there. It hurts to know that someone you love is not right for you, was not right for you from day one and will never be right for you. It hurts to know that you, once again, gave your whole heart to someone who wasn’t able to treat it the way it deserves. It hurts to know he’s already moved on.

But now… now I need to live my life for me. I need to take care of myself. I need to mourn. And I need to make sure that the next time I give my heart, he’s playing for keeps.

Friday Five – December 7th, 2012

This week’s Friday Five:

  1. You know those delicatessens that name sandwiches after famous people? What would be the ingredients of the sandwich named after you?  Baby romaine, cucumber, tomato, bell pepper, red onion, avocado, sunflower sprouts and a smidgen of mustard.
  2. What’s your favorite part of staying in a hotel? Having someone else clean up after me!
  3. What was the last book you read, and how was it? Wideacre by Philippa Gregory. I’d say 3/5… the plot was good, but the protagonist was detestable.
  4. What’s something super-unhealthy you’ve recently eaten? Tofurkey “pepperoni” pizza.
  5. What do you do with all those Christmas cards with photos of friends and their kids? I have a photo album specifically for them. 🙂