Christmas, Broken Toes and Music

Yesterday I didn’t have any job interviews but still managed to drive all the hell over LA for various reasons. I drove Kristyn to her internship and came home and wrote a review for a song by La Femme, a new French lo-fi surfer rock band haha. The song is really REALLY good and here is a link to my review: linky.

Also we went to get our Christmas tree. I have been lamenting on whether or not to even get a tree this year. Financial reasons being the main reason BUT we decided to throw down and get one. We went to the above lot in Glendale because it’s pretty but Glendale is a little richy rich so their trees were pretty expensive. So we went to the tree lot that’s in our supermarket parking lot and found a great one. Took two seconds to pick out. The guy said, “What are you looking for?” And we said, “Cheap and shortish.” He said you can have that one right there for $30 even and I’ll throw in the stand for free.” I said, “Boom.” Here is the guy tying it to our car. Thanks guy.

Also, I went into this weird thrift shop down the street. I’ve driven past it a lot of times but it was always closed. It’s got an Indian name and it benefits some charity but I didn’t catch the name of either because I found Pee Wee Herman Shrinky Dinks from 1987!!! What?! 2 beans. I couldn’t pass them up. And I’m glad I went in there because I’ve been looking for a legit thrift shop forever. All the thrift stores in LA are overpriced, trendy or waaaaay picked over (and therefore only filled with the stuff that NO ONE WANTS). All of the trendoid hipsters have already taken anything that’s worth having because you KNOW they show up on the day they load the stock. Bitches. And I’ve been thinking a lot about Shrinky Dinks lately for some reason and have been DYING to make them. I think I only did it once when I was a kid. I think I’m going to make tree ornaments out of these!

Here is a sweet pictures of Chuckles giving Kristyn’s nose a kiss.  He’s had a tough time lately because since we’re alway busy working or looking for work, we haven’t had much time to let him out of his cage to stretch his legs for a hot minute.  Any time he gets out of his cage, he is really happy to be alive.  For like a minute.  And then he runs back into his cage and puts himself to bed again.  It’s like he’s shellshocked.  Poor Chuckles.

After we brought the tree in, we really had to motor because Kristyn had to cover a show for a singer named Jenny O.  She has a song on the new Target Christmas album (that I think is free for download). Anyway she was adorable and really talented. Really pretty voice. Good times. OH. And I want to say, audiences in LA are A-DORABLE. At every show I’ve been to, people leave like a three foot space around the performers no matter how many people are in attendance. It’s so funkin polite. In NY, if there is an inch in front of the performer, you can bet your bippy someone is in that inch of space. And if it’s YOU who is in that inch of space, no shit, someone is going to take their elbow, dig it into your NECK and take that inch of space over. AND say “Fuck you” to you when you complain about it. I wish I were kidding. What’s even more adorable is that this kid accidentally kicked over a beer that had been set on the ground and a guy from ACROSS THE ROOM came over with a handful of paper towels so they could clean it up. Amazing. And another reason why LA doesn’t get enough credit. The people here are SO POLITE it’s ridiculous. I love it.

Here is just a shot of the ceiling at the Bootleg Theater.

When we brought the tree in, we realized that we had NOWHERE to put it haha.  We always ask for a tall, narrow tree because we are apartment dwellers and just don’t have room for a big fat tree.  Unfortunately we had gotten the word “short” stuck in our heads when we were at the lot and when we picked out the tree we didn’t think of the word “narrow”.  When we got home we realized that the tree we’d gotten was HELLA thick.  Oh, and as an aside, I almost broke my damn toe taking the tree off of the top of the car.  I don’t know why by they attach a wooden cross with a plastic cup to the bottom of the tree.  It’s like what you see on TV, trees with the wooden “X” stand on the bottom of it.  Anyway, as usual, I overestimated my strength (I am always doing this) and decided to lift the tree off of the car like I was picking up a cat.  I had my purse on my shoulder and everything.  Like I was lifting a goddamn grocery bag.  IT’S A TREE.  A GODDAMN TREE.  Here I am wearing a cardigan and ballet flats, purse slung over my shoulder, as casual as you please, trying to hoist a tree over my head.  Naturally it crashed down on me, landing on my stupid toe.  I saw stars.  Kristyn starts screaming “ARE YOU ALRIGHT!  ARE YOU OKAY! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING! ARE YOU OKAY!”  (as you do). I’m running for the courtyard because I want to get into the light to look at my foot to make sure it’s still attached and everything.  It was and Kristyn is like belly laughing and screaming caring/rhetorical questions at me.  I shrieked, “I don’t care about your right now!!!”  And she goes (through hysterical laughter) “You’re making me have to pee right now!”  She told me to sit down on the couch and brought in the tree.  She asked me what in the hell I thought I was doing trying to lift a tree OVER my head and frankly I didn’t have a logical answer.  Oh and the toe is NOT broken, it’s A-OK.  I’m just an idiot.

Anyway, when we got back from the show, we were both exhausted.  BUT I forced Kristyn to get up and help me move some stuff around to make room for the tree.  We had to move an entire bookshelf, Chuckles cage and the entertainment center but we did it haha. Kristyn tried every avenue she could to get out of it but I put my (broken) foot down and we got it done.  Then we watched “Modern Family” until we fell asleep on the couch.

We woke up this morning and took a million pictures of the cats, the above is one of them.  I have to write two articles and then go to a show at The Strange.  I’m excited because it’s La Femme, the band whose song I reviewed in the link at the top of this (lengthy) blog post.  There really isn’t any info on this band online so I’m excited to hear what the rest of their music sounds like.

Also, another one of my reviews went up on LA Music Blog yesterday.  I reviewed the recently released 30 Rock Soundtrack.  I am not usually one for TV/Film soundtracks but I really, really like this one.  Read my review.

Okay I have to go write some more stuff. I went to see a band called “He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister” the other night and I think I found a new favorite band. So cute and so fun. Talk to you bitches later. (“Bitches” meant in the nicest way possible, of course.)

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