We Are All Made Of Stars

Happy Halloween, all. I'd like to go on the record saying I'm jealous of all of you in Orlando.

I've never been much of a dreamer. At least, I don't remember my dreams in the morning. Recently though, I've been having some bizarre dreams.

Some are obvious as to their meaning. Last night I had a dream where a customer at my store starting yelling at me, telling me I didn't know the difference between monk's cloth and broadcloth. I tried to explain that I did know if she would listen. Then she got mad because I said viscose was rayon. Have I mention that I'm taking a textiles class? And not doing so well in it?

Other dreams are harder to interpret. For instance, I was at a library with my boyfriend and he bought a poster from one of the librarians for $1,000. I got mad at him and made him return it, but they were only willing to give us credit towards a school fund raising catalog. So we had to pick out $1,000 in cheeses, sausages, and wrapping paper within a half an hour on a Supermarket Sweep type stage.

What the hell does that mean?

Love Of Mine

Reason #4987 I love my boyfriend:

His bank has a points system (you spend money, get points, turn points into rewards) and he's been saving them for awhile. However, his bank is currently most likely getting bought out by some foreign company (one of the few big ones not being bailed out by the government) so he wanted to spend them in case the new owners got rid of the system.

His decision? A gift card for Morton's, a Starbucks gift card, and a gift card for Sephora.

He could have chosen Best Buy, or something for himself, but he chose two we both would enjoy and one just for me.

He can be really sweet sometimes.

Those People Were Overjoyed

I had kind of an interesting weekend again.

It started off Saturday when we went to the Missouri Botanical Gardens to see the Niki sculpture exibit. It's not my kind of art, but it was interesting to see it at least. It doesn't hurt to learn new things occasionally.

Then we went to a fairly new casino here, Lumiere Place, which neither of us had been to before. For my birthday next month (November 13th, feel free to send presents) we're going to a restaurant there so I wanted a trial run, because last year on my birthday we couldn't find the restaurant we wanted so we drove around for an hour getting really lost. Anyway, I wanted to make sure we could find it, so we went to a place there called Burger Bar and I had my first taste of Kobe beef. It tasted like all other beef I've had.

After that we went to equal rights festival at a local college, which was mostly hippies sitting around singing songs. We then went to the grocery store and bought stuff for a cook out, since it was probably the last weekend we'd have temperatures in the 80s. My boyfriends brother grilled while my boyfriend set up his projector outside again. So we ate yummy food while watching Old School and playing Mario Party under the stars.

The next day, I had to work, but that evening I went out to a couple of bars with my coworkers. I don't get out a lot without my boyfriend, so it was nice to do something different. Especially at the second bar, where there was only a small group of us.

Monday I worked again, but monday night something wonderful happened. I went to my first Death Cab for Cutie concert. They've been one of my favorite bands (and my boyfriend's absolute favorite) for years and years, but we've never been able to go to a concert (mostly because they don't come here often) It was by far one of the best concerts I've ever been to. It was so exciting. I've never seen so many skinny jeans, plaid shirts, and converse in one place before. For those of you who care, this is a part of what they played:

The New Year
Bixby Canyon Bridge
Grapevine Fires
Soul Meets Body
I Will Follow You Into the dark
I Will Possess Your Heart
Marching Bands of Manhattan
Crooked Teeth
Long Division
No Sunlight
The Sound of Settling
Title and Registration
Tiny Vessels

All my favorite songs. They played more, but I can't remember the whole set list. I would have liked to hear A Lack of Color, but I'll live. I was surprised they played Transatlanticism, bands usually don't play their super long songs live, but it's by far my favorite of theirs. It made me cry. My boyfriend would have liked to hear What Sarah Said, but he'll live also. When they played I Will Follow You Into The Dark it was sort of surreal, they turned all the lights off except a single spotlight on Ben and the whole crowd sang along.

Oh yeah, and Fleet Foxes opened for them. If you're not familiar, they're almost like a choir that sings indie rock. They have amazing harmonies, which were even better live.

Transatlanticism - Death Cab For Cutie

Dreaming of Revelry

I try not to talk about music too much here, because I'm constantly excited about something new. Blitzen Trapper, Joshua Radin, Ben Folds, The Stills, Low Vs. Diamond, Okkervil River, Glasvegas, TV On The Radio, and Cold War Kids are just a few of the bands with awesome new stuff I've been into lately. I know I tend to like weird stuff, or at least lesser known bands, so I don't try to spread the indie rock word, because I know it's not for everybody.

However, there is a particular new album out that is SO good. It's Only By The Night by Kings of Leon. You may be familiar with them from the song "Molly's Chambers," which was in a Volkswagen commercial awhile back. This album is so above and beyond that though. If you're a fan of rock music at all, I encourage you to check it out.

The first single off of the album is called Sex On Fire and it's one of the better songs I've heard in a long time. Plus, it's incredibly sexy. For real.

Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon

I just keep listening to the cd over and over again.

I Got A Notion To Say What Doesn't Feel Right

For the past few years people (especially my former coworkers) have been telling me "Hold off on getting married" They tell me to wait, there's no rush, etc. And I agree. For fuck's sake, I'm 23.

My new coworkers, however, are a different story. A 65 year old who works there part time told me I wasn't getting any younger.

Another told me if he hasn't proposed to me yet, he never would.

A third was shocked that I've been going out with him for five years and we weren't married. My response was that I'm still young, I have plenty of time. She said "You're not that young."

Christ. Why does everyone assume he's the one who doesn't want to get married? It could totally be me. For all they know, he's ready and I'm the one holding things up.

In actuality, it's both of us equally. But still.

People are weird. What's with the trying to convince me to get married?

I Find Something To Do

I haven't done this in awhile, so here goes:

Eagle Eye

Summary via IMDB: Jerry and Rachel are two strangers thrown together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family, she pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situations, using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move.

My take- I feel this movie could have been really good. It had all the pieces it needed, including a super talented cast (Shia LeBeouf, Billy Bob Thornton, Rosario Dawson, Michelle Monaghan) and a superstar producer (Steven Spielberg). I think it started off really strong, with awesome action scenes, interesting characters, and great mystery and intrigue. However, somewhere along the line I feel it fell apart. The "twist" was something I've seen many, many times, and the ending was cheesy.

All and all, it was pretty good though. If you just watch it for the action sequences and acting, it's good. Just don't expect a lot of believability or originality.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Summary Via IMDB:High school student Nick O'Leary, member of the Queercore band The Jerk Offs, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and she asks him to be her boyfriend for five minutes.

My take- I thought this movie was really cute. I kind of think Michael Cera is one of those actors who plays himself, but I dig it. Kat Dennings is never anything but awesome and hot. It wasn't a super original plot line, but it was a somewhat believable one. There were plenty of laughs and awkward moments, especially from Norah's drunk friend.

For me, the music alone was enough to make me love it. Bishop Allen, Band of Horses, Modest Mouse, Takka Takka, Rogue Wave, We Are Scientists, Vampire Weekend, and Devendra Banhart were a few of the bands that had songs in the movie. If you're an indie rock fan, this movie is a treasure trove of goodness.