Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Ashleigh gave me these hydrangeas from her garden, and my home office is brighter already.
Now if only Gilbert doesn't decide that I put them out as his personal salad...
Monday, May 24, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
"Casimir Pulaski Day" by Sufjan Stevens
I like the honesty in this song. Sometimes we don't understand why God allows pain to occur in our lives, but it doesn't mean we don't trust Him and that we don't keep praying.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Compelling stuff. I've loved U2 for a long time (their lyrics are amazing), but I genuinely like the man behind the music, too.
Also, check out this hilarious blog post on whether U2 is a Christian band or not if you have some time.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
"Dragonfly" by M. Craft
So I'm back to mellow music this week. This song makes me want to park myself in a hammock all day long with an endless supply of poetry books and lemonade.
Friday, May 14, 2010
I was looking on YouTube last night to see if I could find the video for it, and came across this middle school chorus performing the song. Yep. That's right. Middle school chorus.
Things that impressed me:
1. Their chorus teacher's coolness. Schools need more music teachers (and just teachers in general) like this dude.
2. Their harmony and timing is spot-on.
3. Every single kid is completely into it. I love their little hand gestures and facial expressions. I love watching kids truly enjoying music.
Ok, so here it is - I hope this makes your day a little brighter, too!
And just for good measure, here's the original version by Phoenix:
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
"You're too blessed to be stressed!"
"You know what 'stressed' is spelled backwards? 'Dessert!' Eat some ice cream and you'll feel better!"?
No. I'm sorry. YOU are now stressing me out by making stupid comments.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I asked her to sing part of it for me so I could place it, and she started singing in this slow, monotone voice "This old man....he played nine...He played knick knack on my spine...."
And I got the heebie jeebies. We sang the whole song, but seriously - that song is spooky.
"This old man, he played five...he played knick knack on my hide...with a knick-knack paddywhack, give a dog a bone...this old man came rolling home."
Can't you just see the horror movie that could be made from this song?
Preview voice: "They thought he was just the harmless old man down the street..." Cue one child singing, a little off-key and with a lot of reverb, "This Old Man." And then a shot of a cane and a rabid dog.
Coming this Halloween.
Monday, May 10, 2010
I watched this movie Saturday night, and I have to say - this is the most visually stunning film I think I've ever seen. I was literally catching my breath throughout it. It's just so, so beautiful.
And of course, the story is fantastic (and true!) as well. I bawled through the last thirty minutes. I'm definitely going to purchase the DVD for my collection.
Man. Why don't we write poetry like that now? Why don't men write sonnets for women anymore? I'd be such a goner.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
"Spit It Out" by IAMX
This is so not the sort of song I usually gravitate towards, but I like this one for some reason. It's kind of like a mixture of Duran Duran and a sexier A Clockwork Orange. Don't you think?
Friday, May 7, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
And...this convinces me more than ever that Donald Miller and I could get married and have a few really sarcastic babies.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
But sometimes...people say things or put me in situations where I can't help but feel a little beaten up about my single status. Most of the time (most...) they don't even realize what they've said/done to gut punch me, but here's a few "oh, you forgot you were alone? Let's remind you" moments I've had lately:
Reminder #1: Invitations
I got an invitation in the mail to a retreat at church. In huge bold letters, it stated "BRING YOUR SPOUSE! SPOUSES ARE IMPORTANT TO OUR SEMINAR!" Great. So I guess I'll just have an empty chair next to me all night to go along with the sympathetic looks.
Reminder #2: Old lady know-it-alls at church
I actually had a lady walk up to me at my church and say "Amanda, I've really been thinking about this, and I think that you are just one of those women that God means to be single. You know, like Paul? I mean, He just doesn't want you to marry or have children."* Wow. So now even God's against me. Thanks for the heads-up.
*Yes, she actually said that. Exactly that. I'm not embellishing here. Her name is Linda. Every time I see her I think "Oh, that's the lady who wants me to die alone and childless."
Reminder #3: Children who have been taught that marriage is the epitome of adulthood
It never fails - at least once every couple of months a child will wander into my office and see the picture of my sister in her wedding dress on my desk and ask who she is. I'll tell them, and they'll say "Oh, she's older than you." I'll say "No, actually - she's three years younger." And then the six-year-old looks at me with pity. And I swear, after that moment - that kid acts a little superior.
Reminder #4: Married friends who feel like they need to include you in activities, but don't really want to
This past Sunday, one of my married friends invited me to lunch. I told her that I thought I could, but if I wasn't there it was because I had a lot to get done that afternoon. I thought I made it pretty clear that I was hopeful that I could go. And it turned out that I could. So I was maybe three to four minutes behind my friend and her husband in getting to the restaurant. When I showed up, I told the hostess I was meeting some friends and she ushered me to their table. Where they were sitting with two other married couples. And they hadn't saved me a chair. Cue awkward looks and stutters of deflated enthusiasm - "Oh, Amanda...you made it. We didn't think you would..."
Reminder #5: Christmas gifts
Married couples get to tack on "from Bob and Sally" on every gift tag. Therefore, both Bob and Sally have to fork over just half of whatever the gift cost. Because it's from both of them. I have to say "To Bob. From Amanda." and "To Sally. From Amanda." And yep. I paid for both of the gifts. And you got me a mug with a snowman on it. From both of you. Thanks. A bunch. Really.
Reminder #6: Waiters and waitresses
I can't tell you how many times I've heard this sentence come from a waiter/waitress' mouth when they're getting the bills ready: "Ok...you two are together...and you three...and yooooooou are by yourseeeeeeeeeeeeelf." Ok. To be fair, I doubt they actually string out the "you" and "yourself," every single time, but it sure does feel like it.
Reminder #7: When people find out I have a cat
"Oh...that's so great. I'm sure he's such good company for you." Yes. Because I don't get much interaction with humans. I'm also saving all of the fur I've lint-rolled off the couch and putting it in a baby album to save for my cat so I can give it to him when he graduates from college.
Ok. I'm going to go make some tea now. For myself. And maybe heat up a tv dinner. For myself. And then I'm going to watch "Bridget Jones's Diary" while I snuggle. With my cat.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
"Feeling the Pull" by The Swell Season
I've loved these guys since I became a little obsessed with their awesome, spectacular movie "Once." It hurt me to hear that their real-life romance ended last year, but man...it made for some good breakup songs on their new CD.