Friday, December 31, 2004
"Ole Crazy Eye"
Thursday, December 30, 2004
Beware The Gooey Eye
I'm working on my New's Year's Resolutions. One is to eat less sugar. I'm a pretty healthy eater in general, but I do go through binge/purge cycles with sugar. God, it's so good. Second is to try and be more comfortable with talking to random people in unfamiliar places. I tend to clam up and freak out. It's silly, I know, but I have some minor social anxiety, I guess. Third is to budget money better which I figure I'll stick to for two months. Ummm, there are probably other places where I am deficient, but I'm not ready to admit them just yet.
Crazy Cat Lady? Who? Where?
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
We're All Going To Hell
And On A More Cheerful Note
Trail of Lights Stars Xmas 2004
Originally uploaded by silverzephyr.
Here's my favorite picture from Christmas.
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
More Xmas Merriment!!!
To The People Of Islam: Just think: If we'd invaded your countries, killed your leaders and converted you to Christianity YOU'D ALL BE OPENING CHRISTMAS PRESENTS RIGHT ABOUT NOW! Merry Christmas
I've said it before and I'll say it again every day for the rest of my life -- WTF???
Monday, December 27, 2004
Holiday Fun Comes To A Close
Last night was the "meeting of the parents" - my Mom met Dave's parents & sister. It went really well and they all chatted up a storm. I think the alcohol really helped.
My Mom's visit was tons o' fun but of course this means next year we must leave the comfort of Austin for the great white north (and by that I mean Oklahoma and Missouri). The only bad thing that happened was that Malcolm peed on her pillow. For those of you who have anxiously followed the ever developing Polly Poo stories, I would like to report that she was on her very best behavior and did not pee or poo inside the house the entire time despite the extreme cold temperatures outside. Good for her.
And now, I must search for Christmas sale items at Target for 2005....
Sunday, December 26, 2004
Check out the Ms. Magazine blog. It's informative and pretty cool
Saturday, December 25, 2004
Compassion For You White Folk Out There!
"The Christmas season fills our hearts with gratitude for the many blessings in our lives, and with those blessings comes a responsibility to reach out to others," Bush said in his weekly radio address.
Bush went onto clarify, "...that is, if you ain't one of them Christmas-hating heathen terrorists." Bill O'Reilly celebrated the day with a stack of porno DVDs Santa brought him for being such a good boy and saving Christmas. You see, because so many people were losing their faith in Santa Claus, Christmas almost DIDN'T HAPPEN. But luckily, O'Reilly stepped in at the last minute and all the little rich, white, Christian boys and girls all over the land got presents! Barbie dolls for the girls and fire trucks for the boys. No way in hell is little Johnny Womack getting that Easy Bake Oven he so wanted! Meanwhile, Carl Rove sharpened and shined his retractable horns, the met with Wolfowitz for a champagne lunch and review their plots...I mean, PLANS...for the coming year.
Merry Christmas, Iraq!
Thursday, December 23, 2004
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
You've Been Stroodled!
Read more here on the “Future of Crowd Control”:
Karma Police Arrested This Man
I am reading a gloriously bad Larry McMurtry book. My friend Sarah put me on her Paperback Chain Letter and now I am receiving random books in the mail, which is great fun! Since I managed to somehow lose the book I was reading (“Spring Snow”…and right when it was getting good, too)…I figured what the hell? So “Desert Rose” is it! It’s about a cheerful but put-upon Las Vegas topless showgirl. Nuthin’ like a stripper with a heart of gold.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the soldiers in Iraq being killed/murdered protecting America’s corporate interests. Protecting our right to drive a Porshe SUV like an a total jerk off. I like Austin allright, but I’m not sure I can continue to live in a Red State. People have some pretty fucked up priorities here: people who dare to preach so-called “Christian values” (ugh…I just hate typing the word values…which is so filled with conflicting meaning, it is rendered meaningless) while never *volunteering* in their own community! Going to church doesn’t count, dude! Sitting on your fat suburban ass for a few hours every week so that you can feel better about yourself doesn’t cut it. The pastor or minister or whatever may talk to you about being kind and understanding and empathetic. And yet, you will have no empathy for anyone but yourself. And maybe some other white people...Church is just another service industry. Bleh! Bleh! Bleh! Of course, there are plenty of activists here and some good peeps, but they get overshadowed by the assholes.
Monday, December 20, 2004
Democrats! Now with 50% more Republican!
Wrapped most of our presents yesterday morning and put them under the tree knowing full well that the ribbons will be covered with chew marks in a matter of days. It’s like a kitty kat playscape for Malcolm. Angus is too dignified for such nonsense.
And lest you think I am going to leave on a positive note, read this:
An excerpt: “The week after Thanksgiving, dozens of Democratic Party loyalists gathered at AFL-CIO headquarters for a closed-door confab on the election. John Kerry dropped by to thank members of the liberal 527 coalition America Votes. When Ellen Malcolm, president of the pro-choice political network EMILY's List, asked about the future direction of the party, Kerry tackled one of the Democrats' core tenets: abortion rights. He told the group they needed new ways to make people understand they didn't like abortion. Democrats also needed to welcome more pro-life candidates into the party, he said. "There was a gasp in the room," says Nancy Keenan, the new president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.”….
That’s right! Democrats need to be MORE LIKE REPUBLICANS. Are you fucking kidding me???
Sunday, December 19, 2004
It's too damn nice this weekend to spend any amount of time on the computer. Many leaves have been raked and more to follow. Watched Last Temptation of Christ last night -- though I was too young to see it when it came out, I do remember lots of fuss and controversy from the religious right. I was surprised since I thought the movie was a flattering account of Jesus. In the end, he decides that he will sacrifice himself -- he comes to realize that he's made a mistake. The movie actually shows Jesus as a conflicted human. I guess it makes complete sense that "evangelicals" would pooh pooh any movie that depicts Jesus or any other coveted religious figure as *thinking* for themselves & addressing serious theological issues. The right path is to blindly follow, isn't it?
Friday, December 17, 2004
Jolly St. Dick
"Frank Corte Jr., a San Antonio Republican, is the author of an odious bill that would protect the jobs of pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions on moral grounds. But don't worry, boys, none of this has anything to do with your pecker pills. Nope, Corte's bill is aimed solely at women. It would allow pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions for "morning after" pills, a form of contraceptive that women can take up to 72 hours after intercourse."
We're Always This Clean
My Mom will be here next week and so we’ll be running around scrubbing the house and pretending like we’re always that clean. Yeah! But the shining beacon of light is the Tuna Helpers Christmas show on Sunday at Emo’s which all you Austinites should gather for. I think it’s an early-ish show.
Its genuinely cold – could see my breath and everything early this morning! Xmas-y!
Thursday, December 16, 2004
If You Must, Call Me An Old Bag
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend
In Girlstownproductions.com news, we have a logo by none other than Marshall S., one of Austin’s finest. Still working on the absolute shitload of writing that needs to be done.
Note of Funni-ness: Spell Checking this document, the computer recommended "foreskin" as a replacement for "freakin'"...heh heh heh (In Beavis-y laugh)...
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Monday, December 13, 2004
Measure Of A Man
It distracts me from thinking depressing thoughts about Iraq every second of the day. Now I just think about people getting killed for a coupla hours.
Sunday, December 12, 2004
Toast n' Stuff
Beautiful weekend. It was eighty here today which is ridiculous considering we are getting ready for Xmas. Did yard work all day and remembered what a drag it is being an adult. Bah! The flurry of activity makes up for the fact that we actually just had fun yesterday. Headed to the Cherrywood Art Festival, El Azteca and The Blue Genie Art Bazaar for presents, then Lovejoys. Bought stuff for Mom and, uh, me. Dave got me the cutest purse in the world with a piece of toast on it (for me). Not actually toast, cartoon toast. With a happy gace and toasty cheeks! Whee....Came home and our DOOR WAS OPEN. We had been gone for eight hours. Surprisingly, nothing was gone and the cats were located quickly. I was practically hyperventilating with worry about Malcolm. But he was in the neighbor's yard. Nobody stole the tree. We must not have pulled the door shut all the way or something...I don't know...stupid, stupid!
I made Dave turn off the news this morning because my ears were hurting listening to Russert talk about Scalia. I can't bear it, honestly.
Saturday, December 11, 2004
Oh, I ate some Indian food last night and actually liked it! I was always under the impression that it wasn't for me with all the heavy sauces and what not. But the Tandoori had no sauce. And that fried bread...bring it on, yo. In addition to being a cat person, I am also a food person. Some might say...a food snob.
I finished my Frausdots story for Rocket Fuel and it should be up in maybe a week or so on the website. I reviewed their album Couture, Couture, Couture and interviewed 'em...Couture is like...the best eighties album you never heard...and it's totally about drugs, fashion, glammy glam glam stuff...but these pretty Echo and The Bunnymen-esque pop songs. It took me about four listens to get into it and then I loved it. Then again, I also like that new Gwen Stefani song...not Rich Girl, the other one. What can I say? I am a sucker for some good pop. I am totally comfortable listening to Alex Chilton next to Ciara...
Friday, December 10, 2004
Leggo My Ligonberry
Speaking of food, I just had a delightful Dark Chocolate/Espresso Truffle Bar from Seattle Chocolates that I was only going to eat one fourth of, then gradually ate the whole thing. The dark chocolate was a little on the sweet side, but it was very good overall. Recommended.
Peanuts in A Pear Tree
Last night, we bought a Christmas tree that touches the ceiling. Malcolm wore himself out chasing tissue paper and pouncing from beneath the tree. He was such a little freak, but I was intoxicated with motherly love. Angus slept in his box, completely uninterested and above it all (of course).
Thursday, December 09, 2004
From The Desk of Mildred Millay...
Last night, I had a delightful dinner with Kae from TARAL. An amazing woman! Very interesting, engaging and funny – of course, very fired up about her job and wanting to move the organization forward and get younger ladies involved. She very graciously asked me to serve on the Board of Directors and what an honor! I think it will be beneficial for both of us. I’ll get to learn more about event planning and how non-profits operate and I think I can help attract younger volunteers even though we all know I ain't no spring chicken.
Tonite, we’re planning on buying our Xmas tree! I’m using lots of exclamation points! I like exclamation points!!!!!! I went kinda crazy at Joann Fabric yesterday and bought some decorations for the house. I feel like it needs to be ultra festive since a good chunk of family will be around. And as you all know, I’ve got just a touch of Martha Stewart in my blood. It lays dormant for the majority of the year, but rears its ugly head up around major holidays.
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
A Few Of My Favorite Things
The new issue of Venus is out. Go buy it! It has Joanna Newsom on the cover and some of my reviews in the back. You should also go buy the new Ms. Led CD while you’re at it – “These Things We Say”. Political Rawk never sounded so good. They’ll be playing at Emo’s with The Thermals on Jan. 22nd. I’m excited to see them not only ‘cause they're great live performers, but also 'cause when they played Ladyfest, I was too stressed/busy to enjoy anything…ok, except for the craft fair because that was the last thing that happened.
My favorite word for today: persnickety.
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
#2: I'm always surprised when boys seem just as concerned about their appearance as women. I forget they're victims of dumb ass ad messages and from seeing too many covers of Men's Health (and/or pornos...ok, mostly pornos...whatever).
#3: I'm getting lamer by the day. Soon, I'll be shaking my fist at those damn kids and their damn music. I'll be wearing a pink terrycloth robe while doing this, of course. And slippers.
Poo and Our Website (not related topics)
Not Complaining: Tomorrow is going to be an exciting day! I’ll be meeting with the exec director of TARAL, an organization you should all check out. They are our Texas branch of NARAL, the National Abortion Rights Action League. Their website is http://www.taral.org Kim and I would like to feature them in our very first edition of girlstownproductions.com. Speaking of the website, things are coming along nicely. I am almost done with an initial graphic design. My friend Nick will code it with Moveable Type. We’ve got two people working on a logo…and we’ve got a huge amount of writing to do! If any of you are interested in reviewing albums or live shows, lemme know…please!
Monday, December 06, 2004
Xylophone Is Fun To Type
The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is this weekend (goes from 12/9-12/19 and opens at 10 every day!) if ya'll are lookin' for some super cool Austin-made stuff. Ex-Ladyfester and all around neat gal Gina McCool will be displaying some of her jewelry. http://www.bluegenieart.com/ for more info. Their place is over on Springdale by the Blue Theater in the lot behind Salvation Army. It sounds hard to get to and maybe it kinda is the first time, but you'll find it. Kim and I are planning a trip this weekend if anyone's interested...
Does anyone have a Xylophone? I am interested in purchasing one. Or borrowing for an extended period of time. I require a Xylophone to make my vision a reality.
Banana Nose Is Not My Name
Besides that, I spent last night reapplying myself to the TASCAM four-track, inspired by Dave’s friend Bryan telling me that it’s really easy and that I shouldn’t be intimidated by it. That was before we realized the free demo of Pro Tools won’t work on my OS. I need to either run two different systems or find someone who has a copy of the real thing to lend me to see if I like it before I buy…anyone? I need to think of an alias to record under. I’ve always wanted to have one…or at least a nickname…but never have (ok, except for my Mom calling me Banana Nose which isn’t really my idea of a cool name)…
Sunday, December 05, 2004
Fashion Death Trends
I've been wondering lately about the relationship between fashion and political trends. Is the recent popularity of "vintage" 40's and 50's fashion due to our more conservative political environment? Are we returning to the fashions of the old days (you know, when women acted like Presidential Stepford Wife Laura Bush) because apparently, a large contingent of people in the US (red states! ack!) really believe that the atomic age was a golden era? I truly believe these people wish they could have the Cold War back. You know, a time when men were men, women were women and Russians were really bad spy dudes with furry hats. Things were so much easier to figure out then!
Wearing vintage clothing (and I don't so much anymore) used to be a way to differentiate myself from the masses; also, it was meant to be an ironic statement made with the (maybe a little smug) optimism of third wave feminist attitude...as in, see, I can wear a 50's housedress as fashion because we're so far beyond what it stood for! In the current climate, this doesn't quite fly 'cause things suck ass. As the threat to our control over our own reproductive rights increases and unions between gay couples are described as "immoral"...I gotta wonder...maybe vintage clothes mean something different in a Bush-era political context. And if it's not a vast right wing conspiracy to get women to look "proper" again, then maybe it just means something different to me personally. Crap. Because I do really love those round-toed pumps out now...
Maybe I am completely overthinking this and it's just a fashion that's been around for a while and now it's more mainstream and next year scrunchies or something will be popular.
Saturday, December 04, 2004
Talk To People More!
GenAustin is a kick ass non-profit that provides empowerment programs for teenage girls and their parents. They do this through a Speaker Series (with topics like "Ten Things Dads Can Do To Support Smart, Saavy Daughters" and "Yoga For Modern Girls") and other specials events. Definitely worth checking out: http://www.genaustin.org Wish I had access to this kind of stuff when I was fourteen.
On a completely unrelated note, I was wondering today if Dennis Miller and Ann Coulter have TOTALLY DONE IT. I bet they have. They so freakin' deserve each other. Bleh.
Friday, December 03, 2004
Met with Kim (who just finished her last paper yesterday and is done with school until January – yay!) and Audra, who is new to Austin, last night at my favorite North Austin bar, LaLas (and also conveniently down the street from me). It’s decorated for Christmas year round, of course, but seems extra festive around the actual holiday. Everyone in the city has heard a different story on why the decorations never come down – it has become one of those ever-changing urban myths. Someone told me a few years back that LaLa (one of the older ladies who runs the bar) had decorated for her son’s return around Christmas from Vietnam, but he was killed on his way back. Keeping the holiday spirit is an act of mourning. Romantic, yes. True, prolly not.
Thursday, December 02, 2004
What Ever Happened To...
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Holy Crap! Links!
Anyway, Rocket Fuel is an online music site that I write for. I also did some music reviews for the Winter issues of Bitch and Venus. If you go to Venus online, you'll see one of my reviews on the first page! Eek! I am so excited!
My friend Kim and I are starting a music/activism website and hope it will be up sometime in January -- girlstownproductions.com We're working on content and will have music & live show reviews and interviews, as well as features on local non profits and news pertaining primarily to women's rights. We'll be focusing on the ongoing battle to preserve our right to obtain safe and legal abortions.
The other link is to my friend Spencer's blog and list of shows he's playing in the NYC area. He so rocks. And ladies, he's single!
When my Mom asked me if I remembered the Silver Zephyr, I was just as enamoured of its sound. And I still have to pause to correctly spell it out even today. And so, it seemed a capitol idea for a title.