Where I Fall

I was at work on Saturday and a patient came in and was clearly flirting with me. People flirt with us fairly regularly at our office, but I guess that's normal. However, I've only been asked out a few times while at the job. At this job anyway, people would ask me out all the time at Blockbuster. They were probably trying to get to my free rentals.

So anyway, this guy was clearly flirting with me. Before he left, he took the plunge.

HIM: Let me ask you a question.
ME: Alright... (I'm beginning to get suspicious here)
HIM: Do you like food?
ME: Um... yes. (Definitely suspicious)
HIM: Do you maybe want to get something to eat with me? Or do you have a boyfriend?
ME: I have a boyfriend.
HIM: That hurts.

This was odd to me. I haven't heard a pick up line like that since I was in high school. I wasn't totally aware adults used pick up lines, especially cheesy ones like that. I guess I haven't spent a lot of time at bars and places, since I've been in a relationship since I was 15. Not with the same guy, obviously, but I've jumped from one relationship to the next. I've only been single for about three weeks since I was a sophomore.

What are your feelings on pick up lines?

Would you ask out someone at your doctor's office the first time you met them? Wouldn't you be embarrassed to go back to the doctor after she turns you down?

But That Was When I Ruled The World

First, Happy Memorial Day.

So, one of the bands I like is Coldplay. They have an awful reputation and I don't know why. I've been listening to them ever since Yellow came out in 99. Yes, Chris Martin is a bit whiny, but I don't mind falsetto. Anyhoo, I've heard two of the songs off of their upcoming album, Violet Hill and Viva La Vida, and both sound awesome. It's a little more "rock" than Coldplay usually does, but I like it.

I like this commercial a lot, it features Viva La Vida and it looks cool. I don't pretend to understand technology, so to me, it's just pretty to look at.

This Magic Moment

For our five year anniversary, we went to a little restaurant called Niche. We had a relatively low key dinner and evening. We started with a cheese plate with some cheese I had never heard of, but resembled brie. Then I had the lamb chops with some sort of fava bean salad and some wilted greens. I never know what any of this food is. The main attraction for me was our dessert. It was a S'more Semifreddo, with homemade marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers. Yum.

Mostly I just wanted to show you what my boyfriend got me for our anniversary. Yes, that's right, just what every girl wants on her fifth anniversary. A box of zebra cakes and a 40 Year Old Virgin card. It said Happy Birthday, but he scratched birthday out and wrote in Anniversary. It even says "Kelly Clarkson!" when you open it, along with other waxing related quotes. He's just so romantic, you know? Okay, you can stop being jealous now.

(*To be fair, the Radiohead tickets were also my present)

The Magic That Was You And Me

In the fall of 2002, a new manager was transferred to my store. In all honesty, we thought he was gay at first. Then we met his fiance, so we changed our minds. Months went by and this person became my favorite manager. He was funny and smart, and always gave me a break when I didn't want to do something. We became good friends as time went on, and eventually. starting developing feelings for each other.

However, he was engaged, and I had a boyfriend of two years (which is a long time in high school). First my boyfriend and I broke up, and I realized just how much I liked my manager. Then my manager broke up with his fiance, and it was inevitable.

When he asked me out, it was quite romantic. I believe it went something like this:

HIM: I'm not doing anything tomorrow if you want to see the Matrix Reloaded.
ME: Um, sure.

See? Romantic.

So he picked me up one afternoon during the last week of my senior year of high school, and we saw the Matrix. After the movie, we were in my driveway, and I said:

ME: I have to go, American Idol is on.
HIM: Um, okay.

In my defense, it was the finale (Ruben and Clay, specifically).

Thankfully we went out again the next day to see a movie with mutual friends of ours, and I actually invited him in to see the second half of Idol. That's the only time he's ever seen it, he refuses to watch it with me.

And we've been together ever since. Five years is a really freaking long time.

Happy Anniversary, baby.

I Can't Help The Feeling

I just wanted to share a video from the concert I went to on Wednesday. This is sadly not my video, as I was much, much further away.

What Is Love?

I need you to help me out today.

I've made no secret or apology of the fact that I'm Liberal. However, I can usually understand both sides of any argument. While I'm in favor of stronger gun control, I understand wanting to uphold the second amendment. I wish for a prompt withdrawal plan, but I understand why "staying the course" is the option for some people.

There's one thing I can't wrap my head around, though. Why on earth would anyone want to begrudge two people who are in love the right to get married? I truly don't get it, so please help explain it to me. And please don't give me the whole "Gays are going to hell!" bullshit, because the bible also says not to wear blended fabrics, and I'm guessing your shirt is a cotton blend. Unless it's polyester, then I'd like to compliment you on your style.

Love is love, and I don't see how gender could in anyway make love less justified or real.

Granted, I'm not someone who necessarily believes in marriage, so maybe that's why I don't get it? I don't think I need a piece of paper to validate my relationship. If you want to get married, then that's awesome. Good for you. Truly. But why shouldn't this right be upheld to all people?

My Fake Plastic Love

I went to the Radiohead concert last night, and it was as awesome as I had hoped. I mean, come on, it's Radiohead.

I have literally never seen that many people in one place, so it was super crowded. I have also never seen that much tie dye, dread locks, and Birkenstocks in one place.

The funniest moment of the night was when my boyfriend asked me what that smell was, and I realized just how different our adolescences had been if he didn't even recognize the smell of pot.

The highlight of the evening was "Fake Plastic Trees" for me, because that's probably my favorite Radiohead song.

My only point of contention is that the venue is a large amphitheater. There is limited seating under a roof, but most people are in the lawn seats. There are huge screens on the roof so the people in the lawn can see the stage. Last night, however, the message printed on the screen was "Per the artists request, the screens will not be on tonight." I've never been to a concert there where they didn't have the screens on. It kind of sucked because you can't see the stage at all from the lawn.

So I got to listen to a great concert, but not see it.

You're All I Need

Tonight I'm going to see Radiohead in concert, for the first time. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am. Truly.

I'm too excited to write anything today. Plus, I have to work and Wednesday is normally my day off.

So instead I'm going to pimp myself out to you.

I had been avoiding this, but I finally signed up for Facebook. I actually had one awhile ago, but I hadn't been on it in a long time, and I didn't know what the login information was, so I guess the account was deactivated. So add me, if you're on there. Please.

Also I've been on Last.fm for a long time, but still only have two friends. This is the story of my life. So again, if you're already on there, please be my friend.

I'm starting to realize how sad I sound, so I'll stop.

Have a great Wednesday, I'm going to go listen to In Rainbows again.

Listen To The Music Of The Moment, People Dance And Sing

I know I said I was going to try to do musical themed Mondays, but two of my very favorite artists released albums today.

1. Jason Mraz- We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things

I know Jason's not for everyone, and I get that. But he's practically the soundtrack to my relationship with my boyfriend. We've seen him in concert lots of times. His music, to me, is total relaxation. He's such a free spirit, and that really translates into his music.

This song, I'm Yours, was a longtime favorite of mine, and many Mraz fans. It was a demo that hadn't yet made it onto a studio album until now.

2. Death Cab For Cutie- Narrow Stairs

This has been one of my favorite bands for years and years, and I think they've gotten a bad rap. Yes, they're indie and mildly emo. But they're also unique and creative, and have a sound all their own. Ignore the fact that they were OC favorites. Just because they've caught a little bit of popularity doesn't make them bad.

Their first single, I Will Possess Your Heart, is an ambitious 8 minutes 30 seconds long. The first four minutes is an instrumental introduction. It's creepy and stalkerish, in a great way.

Tell Me Something I Don't Know

I believe that I reached a new level of anal retentiveness today. Which, trust me, is saying a lot.

I love making lists, as I believe I've mentioned before.

I also love to read, and go to the library fairly regularly. However, I never know what to get, so I always grab a few random books. Sometimes this turns out well, but sometimes the books are complete crap. I tend to get generic thrillers and memoirs.

So while I was stuck at work Sunday, alone all day, I started browsing books at Amazon, going through people's Listmania lists of favorite books. Some of the lists were bizarre, such as "Soul Nourishment- Contemporary Women Farmers and Ranchers Memoirs" . Some didn't much relate to me, such as "Recommended Reading for Gay/Bi Men of Color"

But still, I searched list after list, stopping to read reviews and summaries. I wrote down the books I wanted to read, and after hours (and I mean literally hours) of browsing, I had more than three pages worth of books. So now I have more than enough books to look for at the library, and they range from memoirs to science fiction to classics to non-fiction and history. I typically read 2-3 books a week, but I'm not taking any classes this summer, so I should be able to squeeze in a few more.

I want to add to the list, with your recommendations. What do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? I promise to at least attempt to read all the books you all comment on here. So come on, what should I read?

I Watched You Change

I took the day off so I could study for my final tomorrow. Instead, I watched tv and played around on the internet. Oh, and I cut my hair.

I'm not exactly a stranger to haircutting. I've cut my boyfriend's hair lots of times, and when I had bangs I trimmed them myself.

However, I've never cut my own hair full scale. I love my hair long, but my boyfriend prefers it shorter. This doesn't really bother me, but it's getting hotter out and my hair feels like a blanket on my neck, so I figured it was time to cut it.

(please excuse the poor bathroom lighting, the lack of make-up, and my lack of photoshop skills so I couldn't touch these up.)

Here's how it started:

Here's the halfway point where I started to doubt what I was doing. Can you see the grimace on my face? Yeah. I'm seriously regretting this.

And the final product, after I took a shower and flat ironed my hair. Still no make-up though. It's not uneven, my head is tilted. Sad face.

Thankfully my hair grows back quickly.
P.S.- I do own shirts that aren't old concert tees.

Prolonging the Situation Only Makes It Worse

I've been struggling to think of things to write here. I've tried to think about things that go on in my life, because I know I don't talk about that much. But really, my only hobby is movies. I know that's sad, but that's really all we do. We go to the theater and we rent movies. I already talk about that, so that's a bust.

Then I realized I do love something as equally as I love movies. Music.

So on Mondays (probably) I'll talk about something music related. It may be a list, it may be a specific song or band, or it may just be music news. Who knows?

The idea for the first installment came to me as Josh and I were texting about how awesome Radiohead is (yes, this is what we text about.)

Here's my top 10 songs from the 90's from bands that I still listen to:

1.Creep- Radiohead
2.Glycerine- Bush
3.Don’t Look Back In Anger- Oasis
4.Buddy Holly- Weezer
5.Learn to Fly- Foo Fighters- (This came out November 99, it counts)
6.Into Your Arms- The Lemonheads
7.Vasoline- Stone Temple Pilots
8.Basketcase- Greenday
9.What’s The Frequency Kenneth- REM
10.My Friend- Red Hot Chili Peppers

And the top 10 of songs I love but I don't listen to the bands anymore:

1.Jeremy- Pearl Jam
2.Inside Out- Eve 6
3.Save Tonight- Eagle Eye Cherry
4.Popular- Nada Surf
5.Black Gold- Soul Asylum
6.Adam’s Song- Blink 182
7.Closer- Nine Inch Nails
8.Come Out And Play- The Offspring
9.Wrong Way- Sublime
10.Smells Like Teen Spirit- Nirvana

These weren't in any order. Do you think I liked rock in the 90s?

What are your favorite 90s songs?