I’m all tapped out.
Here’s a sample of the day though:
That’s the big news! Last week Kristyn got to interview Liz Phair for LA Music Blog! Check it out here:
We were fans of Liz Phair’s but are even bigger fans after the interview. She was so engaging and nice. I listened to (and painstakingly transcribed the interview) and she was just so awesome. She did it over the phone last Thursday and I really think it couldn’t have gone better. We’re going to see her at the Troubadour on Wednesday so Kristyn can review the show. I’ll post pictures. If you’re in or around LA, go to the show!!!
I am seriously SO PROUD of Kristyn!!! And thanks Mike and Kristin for giving her this opportunity, you don’t know how much it means to both of us. :)
* AHEM: This is another post that has been lounging in my draft folder since mid-December. Go here to check out Kristyn’s review of Check Yo Ponytail and here to check out her review on Peaches Christ Superstar!
Right now I am at the Echoplex in Echo Park at a party called “Check Yo Ponytail”. Kristyn is covering the bands for LA Music Blog. I am chilling on a couch. The bands are good but it’s kid of nice to go see a band I am not invested in for once. I always envy the people who can relax in chairs while I frantically have to be right up against the stage. On one hand I always want the total front and center experience and on the other, who’d ever turn their nose up at taking a load off? So it’s nice to enjoy the music and blog. Two of my favourite things uniting! Oh and sorry if my spelling reflects the Queen’s English, I somehow put my phone on UK English and am too lazy to turn it off. Oh also, we went to see Peaches do a one woman rendition of Jesus Christ Superstar the other day. It was called, you guess it, Peaches Christ Superstar. I am here to say that it was the bomb. The last time I saw Jesus Christ Superstar was in CCD and I barely paid attention. And going into this, I honestly wasn’t sure if Peaches was gonna do it tongue-in-cheek or not. BUT SHE DIDN’T. She was dead serious and it was AWESOME. I love Peaches in all of her incarnations but I had no idea she had such a killer voice. I mean usually what you like about her is her humor, dirtiness and attitude. Not that she isn’t a good singer but she doesn’t like belt anything out. With this she did and she was great. So good. Kristyn is gonna post a review on LA Music Blog so I won’t say any more other than it was awesome and now I want to see the movie. What else? Oh here are some iPhone pictures from Peaches Christ Superstar. If you have an iPhone you know they take crappy lowlight photos but THIS is something else. She was dressed all in white and had bleached blonde hair. The light on her was also white. She got so washed out that she looks like she got cut out of the picture. OR like an apparition. Spooky Peaches, spooky.
Here are three pictures from last week that I shot that I really liked for different reasons:
Hi guys! Two more of my blogs posted on LA Music Blog.
Go to this link to read my review of the La Femme Show at The Strange last Saturday night. And here are some of my favorite pictures from that night:
Also, go to this link to watch the new video for Sick of Sarah. Here is a picture of their new album:
I went to see He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister at the Echo the other day. The show was a LOT of fun. Here is my post for it at LA Music Blog.
Also we started decorating for Christmas! I put some of the lights on the tree the other night and some on last night. I also put on a TON of garland because I felt like I didn’t put on enough last year. It’s gaudy/beautiful as heck. Tonight we have some work to do and then we are going to finish decorating the tree and the house. Tropical winter wonderland y’alls.
Here is the tree in the dark. The Golden Girls approve. Also that blue light on the right of the picture is the ghostly aura of Michael Moore’s “Roger and Me”. Nothing says Christmas time like 30,000 layoffs at General Motors.
Also I went to see La Femme play on Saturday night. Here is a picture from the show:
Great pate, Mom, but I gotta motor if I wanna be ready for that party tonight.
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.)
Suddenly things are looking way, way up. I haven’t been offered any jobs but I am getting interviews out the wazoo. I have gone on an interview almost every single day for these past two weeks (besides Thanksgiving and Black Friday). Naturally that doesn’t mean that one of them will pan out but it helps my theory. As frustrating as it is to go on interviews (CONSTANTLY) and never be offered a job, there is/will be a finite amount of job interviews that I will go on before I cinch a paying position. I look at it as though with every interview, I am one interview closer to the one that sticks!
Today I went on a second interview with a company I REALLY love. It’s not a prestigious position at all but it is a growing company with lots of room to move up. Yesterday I went on an interview for another job that is not a prestigious position but is ALSO with a growing company that I’d LOVE to work for. So, if nothing else, I am excited just to be considered by these companies I admire. It gives me hope for the future that they noticed me at all.
Also, I applied to two colleges this week which felt GREAT. One college is my dream college but the chances of me getting in are “slim” to “Coleen, it’s not going to happen”. Before you start with the “Coleen, you shouldn’t have such a negative attitude!” replies, let me explain. I applied to an EXTREMELY competitive school in a program where they select maybe 15 people out of the THOUSANDS that apply. I have the grades. I have the creativity. Lord knows I have the chutzpah. BUT my transcript from Bergen is spotty because I had a ton of family problems while I was trying to go to school. I was working full time and trying to take on a full course load while dealing with some pretty traumatic stuff. So, I make their requirements BUT there are tons of people who have a LOT less drama on their transcripts and who are smart and creative enough to fit the bill. STILL it felt great to send off that application. Even if I don’t get in, I still accomplished a dream.
The second college I applied to is a great school but it doesn’t have the cache that the first one does. I think it’s a great school and I’d be honored if they’d have me but again, I applied to a competitive program so IDK if they’ll accept me. I didn’t apply anywhere other than those two schools because they were the only two in my price range in LA. If I get into one of these schools I will start next fall. In a way, it would almost be better if I just went to the school with lesser prestige because they tailor their classes around an adults’ schedule, aka they understand that people have to work. The more prestigious school doesn’t care how you support yourself, they want you there full time and during the day. If I got into that school, I could only go with heavy grants, scholarships and loans. So IDK.
And like I said, I know it’s bananas to even be considering school when we are this broke ass broke BUT I got to apply to both schools for free due to my current level of destitution AND who knows? I might actually get need based grants so I can finish my degree and support myself!
AND the jobs that I interviewed for yesterday and today would be great to have for school. Some of the more SERIOUS CORPORATE CAREER JOBS that I’ve applied for want your schedule fully clear so that you can come in early and work late. I am still going to apply high and low and if I manage to secure a great SERIOUS CORPORATE CAREER JOB before school starts, I will just decide what my heart really wants. After all, you go to school to GET the job. If I can get the job without school, I should take the damn job. (Although honestly, I have been advised by a LOT of wise people, one that I respect a lot, not to even put so much emphasis on worrying about my degree. The sentiment across the board is really that a degree isn’t that necessary if you’re networking. And I agree that that’s true. I’ve been able to secure tons of interviews just based on my work experience alone. BUT I think about all the job interviews that I COULD have if I had my degree or how polished I’d come across to an interviewer if I had my degree. The interviews are going well but when an interviewer looks at one resume without a degree and one with, and both interviewees did great, they’ll go for the one who sacrificed and got the degree. Also, I just REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY want my degree!! It’s just a sense of personal pride and accomplishment. No one can take it away from you AND I love school.)
So we’ll see what happens. I got a great reference from one of my previous employers (a million bazillion thank you’s for that) for one of the schools. And my interviews went well. I sent off a bunch of thank you letters to my interviewers. I also got another two interviews, one tomorrow morning and another one to-be-scheduled. So things are looking good for ol’ Buberella this week!
ALSO, we got a package in the mail from our besties Matt and Rachel. It was filled with candy, some lip chap, tea and cookies that Matt (aka Chef Otter) baked. I loved it sososososo much! I took a million pictures of it and will post them later. I have to write some blogs for LA Music Blog and need to get on it. AND I have a bunch of emails to respond to for that.
So excited about everything! (And a million thank you’s to everyone who’s ever prayed for us or shot off good wishes into the universe via their eyeballs, brains, fingers or orifices. We love you guys and it’s working!!!)
EDIT: I didn’t get the job I had the second interview for today. It’s a bummer but they said they’ll keep me in mind if anything opens up again!
Guys my first LA Music Blog post went up! I went to see mr. Gnome play at the Silverlake Lounge last Wednesday. They were awesome and I highly recommend them. Go here to read my review. I also shot the photos. Silverlake Lounge doesn’t have much in the way of lighting effects so I had to shoot these at 800 ISO. I’m proud of how (mostly) clear these pictures are because I had my aperture WAY open (sometimes to 1.8) and my shutter speed was like 6. I guess those ambles around Silver Lake working on my steady hand have been helping haha.
Here are a few of my favorite shots:
Yesterday I was kind of a mess. I have been temper tantrum-y and mopey lately. All “woe is me” blahblahblah. I keep trying to remind myself that EVERYTHING that is going on is the direct result of the fact that I am living one of my dreams and you have to give to get. You can’t just waltz into a new situation and expect for it to run smoothly. Nothing in life is like that so why should this be any different? Anyway I just keep feeling sorry for myself and it’s getting so damn old. I don’t even want to RSVP to my own pity party. That’s when you KNOW you need an attitude adjustment.
It started earlier this week for a variety of reasons. The thing about people who work for the city is that they are bound by a variety of red tape that is frustrating for them. They have a hundred bosses who are all pulling on them. And they serve the public who are all pulling on them. So they are CRANKY as hell. I mean some of the people aren’t but there is definitely a “blaminess” that gets tiring. You are expected to know what they are thinking sometimes and when you DON’T know what they are thinking, you are stupid or trying to get away with something or obnoxious. I keep trying not to let it bother me but almost everything I do lately involves some kind of civil servant so it’s tough to keep my feathers unruffled all of the time.
So all it took to set me off yesterday was a follow-up conversation about something unpleasant and not my fault. Incredibly my trouble started because of a plumbing problem AT my work help office. (And no I didn’t do anything to that bathroom.) I would elaborate but I don’t want to. Anyway, I had an “oh screw everything” moment that I allowed to color a lot of the rest of the day. Poor Kristyn having to deal with me. I guess it’s okay though because I help her through her veterinary mental breakdowns regularly. When I say that I allowed my temporary lapse of maturity to color the day, I don’t mean that I stayed angry for the rest of the day, just sort of melancholy. I am getting good at re-steering my day to exclude frustration but I haven’t gotten as good at re-steering to exclude mopeyness. Working on it.
I decided to force myself to realize that no one was burning me with a hot poker, I just to put one foot in front of the other and DO. And I got a lot done and I didn’t have a bad time AT ALL. In 2001 I worked at a horrible job in a lovely bagel place that happened to be owned by a terrible man. Well he wasn’t terrible necessarily but any boss that calls you “The Irish Bitch” as a pet name because you don’t laugh at his misogynistic jokes in front of customers is kind of a dick in my book. I did a helluva job at that place though, let me tell you. We didn’t get along but he gave me the lion’s share of the tips and gave me a raise too because I cleaned the hell out of that place. When I resigned for a better position though, he turned up the heat on the “Irish Bitch” comments and I faked him out like I was walking off the job by removing my apron and kind of punching it into his stomach. I didn’t hit him hard, don’t hate! It was just enough for him to be like, “OOF, no don’t go!” Then I took the apron back and without a word continued to clean. You don’t mess with an Irish Bitch. To his credit though, that bagel place is the best one in the area and EVERYONE knows it. We still dream about that place (it still exists under different management). I continued to go there after I left but we never crossed paths again. Also to his credit, and this is amusing to me, that man is OBSESSED with chickens. It’s kind of endearing to me. The entire shop was decorated with chicken paraphernalia. He even had a gigantic taxidermied chicken in the shop. He also owned chickens at home and talked about them obsessively. Also he fed all of the neighborhood cats. God bless you if you threw out those meat scraps because he’d get in your face. The deli meat scraps were for the cats and if you were stupid enough to throw them out, good luck. So I can’t hate on someone who loves animals that much. He was just a character. Anyway after that LONG aside, the BEST thing that happened to me when I worked at that place was the fact that he had a sign on his office door that read, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” That little sign on his door changed my whole life right then and there. I always keep that in my mind.
So I had that in my mind yesterday and it helped me to get my shit done and not to worry so much. BUT I did hear my first Christmas music on the radio for this year and YES it made me weepy. I was so sad for Coleen that she can’t go see her family for Christmas. Boohoo Coleen. I just keep reminding myself that THIS is the tradeoff. I knew that coming into this but it’s easier to blow stuff like that off when you have your eye on the prize; the prize in this case being “living in LA”. But my quality of life is WAY lower than it was in NJ. That is a fact. So sometimes it’s difficult to see the benefits to what we are doing. Definitely we have gotten valuable professional experience out here that although we could have gotten at home, we definitely wouldn’t have. We live just outside NYC but when you are entrenched in your life and used to living a certain way, there is NO WAY you are going to give that up to chase a dream. Moving out here kind of put us on a clean enough slate so that we could rebuild from the ground up. And we can’t cry about being poor too much because we knew it would be a possibility as a tradeoff to moving to somewhere that you have no professional contacts or friends. *shrug*
But whenever I hear Bing Crosby, I’m a little girl again, safe at home and decorating the tree with my family. But I’m not a little girl and I’m far away from home, scared and not sure what tomorrow may bring. And my family isn’t here with me, they’re really far away and together. So my old life is still carrying on but I’m not there to live it. It’s a weird feeling.
So I got over that and decided to force myself to sit down and work on my Etsy shop. I put on yesterday’s episode of “Sons of Anarchy” and that set off the waterworks again. I won’t say what happens but there are a number of really emotional scenes that have to do with families and I ugly cried over that shit. Oh Jax I love you. Also, I just want to say that I am kind of excited about what they implied about Gemma and Clay. Fascinating. This season has been kind of slow-moving but I love that they’re in Ireland. And seriously this is Katey Sagal’s role of a lifetime. She is Peg Bundy no more. MAN she is good in this role. Can I say that I am just so goddamn happy that both Katey Sagal and Ed O’Neill are back on TV and in SUCH good shows? I was a fan of “Married with Children” back in the day but I find it hard to watch now. I guess what I liked about it then was just how shockingly different it was from anything else on TV but I find that a lot of the jokes don’t hold up (for me). So I love that is being rerun but I can’t watch it. That said, I really love me some “Modern Family” too and I think that Ed O’Neill is knocking it out of the park. He’s like a modern day Archie Bunker and he plays it so well. It’s good to see them back on TV and in such amazing shows.
Oh and then because I was all insane in the membrane I forgot that Kristyn got out of work at 1am and hurried to get there for midnight. Kristyn works like a half hour to fourty minutes away so it’s not like I could go back home. I had to sit in the parking lot until she got out. Duh.
And that’s it for me. I have an appointment today and then I have to go get Kristyn from her internship. She has a show to go to tonight but she couldn’t get a plus one because it’s sold out. I think I’ll finish my college applications tonight or at least work on them. I’m about halfway done. I also have something else to write because I am now going to be writing for LA Music Blog like Kristyn! Can’t wait to start. So there, that’s a big positive!
Oh and here is a picture of one of the most fascinating characters on Sons of Anarchy, Tig. He is a total creep but is my favorite character. The actor plays him so well. Total sociopath. His role in “the club” is to dole out vengeance which makes him a trained killer with seemingly no moral compass. He has a good sense of humor and is “all in” as far as the club is concerned. There ARE moments where we get to see something of a softer side of him though and I have the feeling we’re going to see a lot more of it next season. He has a lot of weird quirks, some SUPER dark and others just kind of funny. For instance, he is scared of dolls but is a necropheliac. Disgusting but interesting and well-played. He makes you nervous. And you can’t see it in this picture but he has crystal clear blue eyes. He’s always filthy and covered in grime from the auto shop they run but those blue eyes stand out. Perfect choice in casting because he is just fascinating to watch. Love it. Also I lovelovelove these promo shots they released for this season, so cool. If you haven’t given this show a chance yet, by all means do. If you like the Sopranos, you will like Sons of Anarchy, I promise you.