Have you ever been yelled at by a 90-year-old Jewish man for putting on hand lotion? I have. Twice. (Ok, I’m actually not sure if he was mad about my use of hand lotion or hand sanitizer. And it doesn’t matter because I’m not about to stop using either.)
Here are some other things that happened while I was on blog hiatus:
- Brand New blessed us with new music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (There aren’t enough exclamation points in the world to adequately express my excitement.) I’ve even heard “Mene” on the radio twice: once on Alt Nation about a week after they released it and on Faction last Friday. I was driving back to work from lunch when I heard it on Friday. (Why should I get a long weekend for the national holiday to end all national holidays just because said holiday fell on a Saturday? My boss is such a fucking asshole.)
- I saw both Brand New and Neutral Milk Hotel (!) in concert. I had to pass up the Brand New show in St. Pete, though 😦 (I’ll get over that someday.)
- I was not emotionally prepared for the Phillies to trade Jimmy Rollins. Not at all.
- The powers that be have decided on a global release day for new music. I’m all for that, but the morons chose Friday as that day. Friday?! It’s an abomination. Everyone responsible should be tried for crimes against humanity. It starts this Friday and I don’t think I will ever get used to it.
- You know what else is an abomination? The live-action Jem movie. I saw the trailer before Pitch Perfect 2 and it fucked with my head. That is not a Jem movie; that is a movie about a teenage YouTube star wherein all the characters just so happen to have the same names as the Jem characters. (I’m still so upset about this that I won’t even link to the trailer.) Still, it might improve the market for my vintage Jem dolls.
I’m sure there are other things, but that’s all I can think of right now. Obviously there were changes in my life, too, and someday I’ll write a post about them. Today is just not that day. I will try to get better about posting.
Oh, and I still haven’t heard anything about that dream job I interviewed for. I’m trying to remain optimistic (no news is good news, right?), but it’s getting harder. I know it’s only been three weeks, but it’s been three weeks. If you have any positive vibes to send my way I would really appreciate it. Really.
Until tomorrow. (Hopefully.)
I got the refund check for my recalled Fitbit Force today. It came with a letter from Fitbit’s president or CEO or some such thanking me for my loyalty. Yeah, good luck with that. I’m totally going to put that money away so I can use it to buy whatever you come out with that replaces the Force. I’m totally not going to use it for an Amazon shopping spree. (Actually, that one is true. That money’s going to end up going towards my credit card payment. I wish I could spend it on Amazon, though; I could get so many things I want with 140 bucks.)
Thankfully my birthday’s only a month away. My birthday wishlist is like an Amazon shopping spree only with an element of chance: I include all the things I would buy myself if I could afford it and I have no idea which items people will actually buy until I unwrap my gifts. (I’m being very literal, by the bye; there’s almost no difference between my Amazon wishlist and the birthday wishlist I have in Evernote.)
In other news, I applied for a job that would be perfect for me today. If you have any positive vibes you’d care to send in my direction, I’d really appreciate them 🙂
Taking Back Sunday announced their new album, Happiness Is, today. *Kermit flail* (Of course, that makes one major lineup change and two records since Brand New released Daisy, but who’s counting?) It’s coming out March 18, which is actually not that long from now 🙂
And, of course, that reminded me that Bayside has a new record, Cult, coming out February 18.
Plus, Manchester Orchestra has all but announced their next record (which I have a sneaking suspicion will be called Cope and released April 1).
Things are looking good, musically speaking. If I knew for certain that Brand New would have a new record this year it would be the best year ever!
You know what Brand New does have? New stuff in their online merch store. Who wants to buy me a grab bag? (I would’ve gotten one myself if I’d gone to one of their shows in December.) I know I said this last year, but I feel a new record coming from them. I just checked their website for the first time in forever and it is completely free of images; I take this as a good sign because it had had Daisy‘s wolf for years.
And I just talked myself into feeling optimistic with respect to a new Brand New record in 2014. Well done, Kristin.
You guys. You guys, you guys, you guys, you guys, you guys!! Brand New is playing four (4!) shows in December! And at these shows (to quote the email I got today) Brand New will be playing ALL THE SONGS.
They’re gonna play their entire catalog in back-to-back shows on the East & West Coasts (playing two records per show). And here I thought playing Your Favorite Weapon in its entirety on New Years Eve 2011 was impressive.
Of course, I can’t go to any of the shows because I am very, very poor, but I’m trying not to focus on that. Thankfully there’s a lot of good to focus on instead. Brand New posted shit on Facebook (and, conceivably, Twitter) that was actually about Brand New. I got an email from Brand New’s mailing list that wasn’t about a sale in their online merch store. And, oh yeah, there’s the little mention in the email and Facebook post (yes, I am aware that the two messages are the same) that they are working on some new material 🙂 (Yes, I’ve heard that rumor for ages, but this is confirmation from the proverbial horse’s mouth.)
I know what I’ll be listening to at work tomorrow.
With a loss to the Braves.
It’s funny how the Phillies’ season started and ended with losses to the Braves (not funny haha, but funny). I watched the whole game because I am a glutton for punishment, but at least the Phillies’ season is now finally, mercifully over. The regular season isn’t over, of course, because Game 163 will be played tomorrow (go Rangers!). It’s pretty cool, but the idea of a one-game playoff to get into a one-game playoff is kind of depressing.
Speaking of depressing, how ’bout that Eagles game, huh? Yeesh. That game was so bad that I’m pretty sure the national FOX broadcast switched to the Cowboys – Chargers game at the start of the fourth quarter. The feed in Tampa definitely switched. I didn’t actually do much yelling at the TV during the Eagles game (shocking, I know) because it played out pretty much how I’d expected. What was the point in yelling? At least the Cowboys and Giants lost, too. (Remember when the NFC East was good? Those were the days.)
I actually came up with the title of this post last night when I decided to wear my Chase Utley shirsey today. Yes, the 2013 Phillies were a disappointment, but that doesn’t mean I support the team any less today than I did on Opening Day. Thus is the oddly hopeful nature of fandom.
Look at that, I found something to be positive about. Go me 🙂
I didn’t feel like updating yesterday’s post after Romney conceded. Even though I didn’t go to bed until 3 AM. (Needless to say, I didn’t set an alarm for this morning. I slept about nine hours and it was glorious.)
The more election results I see, the prouder I am of my fellow Americans. There will be 20 women in the Senate. That’s a record, y’all! All four marriage equality measures passed. And marijuana was legalized in two states. These things are awesome 🙂 Now if the federal government would just decriminalize marijuana…
(For the record, I’ve never smoked pot in my life. Never been remotely tempted to. But I fully support legalizing marijuana. We’ve seen again and again that prohibition doesn’t work. And just think of all the revenue the government could generate by taxing pot sales.)
Wherever you are in the world, I hope you’re celebrating last night’s election results with me. But if you’re not, I hope you believe that I voted for the candidate that I honestly believe was the best choice for the country. (I saw a disheartening number of retweets of people claiming that all women who voted for Obama are sluts who want free abortions and free birth control. Yep guys, I want to have all of the abortions.) I believe that Americans have more in common than the media claims. And now’s the time to come together and prove me right. There’s a lot to be done but I believe we can do it.
(When the hell did I get all optimistic? Weird.)
Remember the All-Star Break, when I publicly announced that I had given up hope on the Phillies’ playoff chances? Yeah, me neither 😉
Seriously, though, I think it’s been fairly obvious that I haven’t been as firmly entrenched in “acceptance” as I thought I was. And lately, of course, I’ve gone way outside the five stages of grief. I’m back in the land of crazy optimism and “why can’t us.” Because y’know what? Fuck it. This team has been hella fun to watch lately. They have a winning record for the first time since June. They’ve won seven games in a row (the longest winning streak they’ve put together all season!). They are three (3!) games back in the Wild Card. They are playing September Phillies baseball and it is a glorious thing to behold.
High hopes, indeed. It’s all happening. Bring on Red October!