February 2007

I try not to post the search terms people use to get here too often–I think it’s interesting, but probably less so for other people. But a quick glance at today’s list tells me that anxiety is high in the blogosphere lately:

  • wake up with black tongue (a classic–I get at least two of these a day. I’ve said it before, I said it again, and I’ll keep reassuring you–you ate Pepto-Bismol before bed. You’re not dying.)
  • worst daughters ever (Yeah, I have totally felt that way too, sister.)
  • I really hate giving blow jobs (You’ll note that the only time I wrote about blowjobs, it was not in the context of hating them. But for the anxious querent: girls are soft and pretty and smell good. I’m just saying.)
  • Sela Ward botox (I have no idea why people keep finding me using this phrase, but clearly there’s anxiety behind it.)
  • my dissertation advisor sucks (no comment)
  • what to do with an ego maniac boyfriend (this one made me laugh out loud)
  • “but now I don’t care, I could go anywhere with you” (another Bright Eyes fan. ‘Nuff said.)
  • nudist roommates (holy crap, and I thought I had it bad)
  • interesting things about myself (if you have to google it, one of those interesting things might be “lack of self-esteem”. I’m not judging. I’m relating.)
  • Virgo regret 2007 (I do not even want to know. Seriously. We’re only two months into 2007. Just leave it alone.)

Why do people never find my blog by searching for unicorns, rainbows, and puppies? Do I need to link to Cute Overload more often?


There is totally a God/dess, because the deadline for proposals for the Big Giant Conference has been extended until next week.

Just feeling like I’m buried alive. Too. Much. Crap. and not even close to enough time to do it.

Don’t you think I could have come up with some kind of paper proposal for the Big Giant Conference at anytime in the last couple of months, instead of scrambling in the last 48 hours to come up with a workable topic and proposal?

Sure I could have. But where’s the drama in that?

Have I mentioned the whole first-paper-proposal thing here? This is all just a giant pain in my ass. Oh, and I’m covering the other TF’s section this week, which leaves me with lots of class prep and No. Freaking. Time. I am so having one of those “not a damn thing is going to get done” weeks.

So that’s why I haven’t been visiting or commenting, though I do miss you all. But I wanted to stop by here real quick to bitch, moan, and whine gloat just a tiny bit: that chapter/intro/whatever I was working on? I sent it to my advisor last night, officially marking the first piece of the diss (assuming the feedback isn’t so crappy that I have to scrap it all) I’ve actually let someone else read. Yippee.

Feel free to leave me highlights of your last few weeks’ blog posts in the comments.

I have the Hangover! From! Hell! and, having made GB swear to me that I can’t die from a hangover, I’m trying–at 5:30pm–to get out of bed and do something productive. Memes are productive, right? I’m borrowing this one from Anastasia.

Name your top 10 most played bands from your music library:
(recently……and I’m going in alphabetical order, because it’s easier and I have the Hangover! From! Hell! and I need things to be easy.)

1. The Band
2. Bright Eyes
3. David Bowie
4. Dinosaur Jr
5. The Jayhawks
6. Modest Mouse
7. Richard Buckner
8. Rolling Stones
9. Ryan Adams/Whiskeytown
10. Townes Van Zandt

What was the first song you ever heard by 6?
(Modest Mouse)–I think it was “Gravity Rides Everything“. Rock&Roll Boy from Seattle put it on a mix tape for me about 7 years ago, and I have learned (the hard way) to trust everything he tells me about music.

What is your favorite album of 2?
I’ve just started getting into Bright Eyes, and I don’t really have any albums….I’ve been downloading songs. But I seem to like a lot of songs from “Lifted, or the Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground.” (Any recommendations for albums?)

What is your favorite lyric that 5 has sung?
The Jayhawks…tough one! I’m more about the melodies and the sing-a-long-ability than their lyrics…I do like “It’s hard to sing with someone who won’t sing with you,” but that’s a long story.

What is your favorite song by 7?
My favorite Richard Buckner song? Really? I guess I’ll have to go with “Lucky Buzz,” for obvious reasons.

What is a good memory you have involving the music of 10?
Townes Van Zandt…damn, so many. When GB and I lived Way the Hell Out in Heaven, I used to drive home through this amazing landscape singing “To Live is to Fly” and loving my life. That was pretty good.

Is there a song of 3 that makes you sad?
David Bowie….huh, probably the only artist on here who doesn’t make me sad! “Five Years” is pretty intense….

What is your favorite lyric that 2 has sung?
Well, this verse turns me into a sappy, soggy mess every. freaking. time:

“Remember the time you drove all night
Just to meet me in the morning
And I thought it was strange you said everything changed
You felt as if you’d just woke up
And you said “this is the first day of my life
I’m glad I didn’t die before I met you
But now I don’t care I could go anywhere with you
And I’d probably be happy”

“I’m glad I didn’t die before I met you…” [sniff] Damn.

How did you get into 3?
David Bowie…how do you get into David Bowie? He just *is*. Though the album Hunky Dory is what convinced me I needed him in my life.

What was the first song you heard by 1?
The Band? Holy crap, I have no idea. I bought Before The Flood–the Dylan/Band live album–when I was 14, so probably whatever the first Band song on that is. Or “The Weight” seems like a likely possibility, too.

What is your favorite song by 4?
Dinosaur Jr….so many good ones! I think that “Get Me” is just a gut-wrenching heartbreaker of a song, and it might be my favorite in a very masochistic way.

How many times have you seen 9 live?
Never have.

What is a good memory you have involving 2?
The first Bright Eyes song I heard was actually just a couple months ago–GB and I heard “First Day of My Life” (the song I mentioned above) on the XM radio in the car, and he said, “If I’d heard that song during the time we were broken up [when I moved here, and he moved somewhere else for a year], I would have put it on a mix for you.” He meant the “Can I please come home” part, and see, that’s why it makes me cry. In a good way, of course.

Is there a song of 8 that makes you sad?
A Stones song that makes me sad? Hmmm…these questions don’t line up with the bands in quite the way I’d like. Not really, though the Stones make me miss Skycat and the Yogini, and that makes me sad.

What is your favorite album of 5?
Tomorrow the Green Grass. That’s easy.

What is your favorite lyric that 3 has sung?
Hmmm, Bowie….Well, “Can’t take my eyes from the great salvation of bullshit faith” is a classic, right? But it’s a tough call…

What is your favorite song of 1?
I don’t know if it’s my favorite, but “The River Hymn” is just gorgeous.

What is your favorite song of 10?
Townes…damn, that’s hard. “To Live is to Fly,” probably, though how do you *not* pick “Pancho and Lefty“? Hmmmm….this is making my head hurt more.

How many times have you seen 8 live?
The Stones–once, I think, Halloween of 199…um….1993? Maybe 1994. We were pretty close to the front, and when Mick Jagger walked out on stage I literally gasped–I could not *believe* the stage presence of the guy. I’ve never been the hugest Mick fan (I’ve seen Keith Richards live a few times), but daaaaamn. Seeing him live was pretty amazing.

What is your favorite album of 1?
Probably Stage Fright. Or Cahoots. Or–can I count stuff with Dylan? Because I’d probably go for the 1965 concert.

What is a great memory you have of 9?
Listening to Strangers Almanac after hours, three years ago, with the Wrangler, Bad Idea, GB, IB/DM…happy, boozy fun.

What was the first song you heard by 8?
The Stones again? God, I have no freaking idea. I barely remember when they weren’t in my life.

What is your favorite cover by 2?
I don’t think they do covers…

Ow. I have to go lie down again. You *can’t* actually die from a hangover, right?

I was feeling fairly good about my progress today–I actually got to work on the diss, and finished another piece of the section I’m working on, so I only have 1/2 a section to go. And I was all, go me!

And then I checked the mail. Why did I check the mail? What a stupid idea.

I got a rejection from one of the diss completion fellowships I applied for. Since I didn’t get the mandatory two chapters done in time to apply for the one through my school, I only have one other fellowship app that could possibly save my ass next year, and I don’t expect to hear about that one until April.

That sucks. This was the one I actually thought I had a chance at.

(I’m annoyed by how many of my sentences in this post end with prepositions, and I’m not even going back to change them.)

Also? I have to have a paper proposal in for the Big Freaking Conference by next week, and I have No. Freaking. Idea. what to even propose for it.

Fuckity fuck fuck. While I’m at it, did I tell you I spent $420 at the vet last night? Totally worth it, of course–I mean, look at this face!:

Oh, is that not adorable enough? Check out this one:

Yep, unbearably cute. But still–we paid, essentially, $52.50 a pound.

I could really go for something amazingly good happening right about now.

This thing is creepily accurate in some ways, but that’s not really surprising considering it came from crse.

I especially like “Doubtful that things will be any better in the future, but inclined nevertheless to make exaggerated demands or reject compromise.” Well, yeah, but you say that like it’s a *bad* thing…

(I can’t take the Who Are You Screwing At Hogwarts quiz that crse also did, because I’ve never read a single line of a Harry Potter book. You heard me. And we all know I’m Barney already.)

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I know that people have the commenting on their blogs set up just they way they like it for various reasons, but I just have to say this because I am so easily frustrated: if you have your blog set to not accept anonymous comments, then every time I (or others, I imagine) want to comment on your blog, there’s the whole logging-in process. I try to log in for comments in an IE tab, but even then it requires an extra 3-4 steps, and sometimes the IE tab doesn’t work, and have y’all noticed you’re getting fewer comments since the Blogger switch?

On the other hand, if you have your blog set so that “Anyone” can comment, sure you’ll get the occasional anon comment (though honestly, I don’t think I ever have)–but you also give all of us lazy people the opportunity to leave a comment using the “other” button, which lets us put in our names without logging in. Aaaaah. So easy.

I just kind of feel like someone had to say it.

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