Sunday, November 30, 2008

5% Chance

I stayed cooped up in my house all day. I did nothing but read comics, watch TV, and snack on food (some moldy and some spoiled, I'm almost sadly sure). It's back to work tomorrow. Am I ready? Sure. Willing? Partly.

I'm working on a six and a half year plan. It would be nice to be retired by age 35. It'll take some doing...but I do think it's actually possible. A 5% chance is better than nothing.

And so I have hope.

Friday, November 28, 2008

First Rodeo by honeyhoney

This is an amazing CD from a band I had not heard of before two days ago.

Signed to Ironworks Music - the music company co-owned by Keifer Sutherland - I hoped they would be half as good as Rocco Deluca and the Burden. I was not disappointed. They have that same alt-country vibe, that same twang that isn't quite country, yet is country done tremendously well. The music is catchy and addictive and new. I have a feeling I'll be spinning this CD for quite some time.

Possibly as long as February when the new Rocco CD drops.

First Rodeo by honeyhoney is available in stores and online now .

Top Tracks: "Little Toy Gun" and "Come On Home"

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Up Late and Wandering

I'm up late (for me) and had the urge to look back through my blog. There's some fascinating things I'm noticing again for the first time in over a year(!) -

I used to blog about a thing I called The Stacks. I would list all the media I was currently working my way through...only it appears I never got anywhere with any of it. Example from my last post on September 17, 2007:
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson - finished
The Dark Tower (Dark Tower book 7) by Stephen King - finished
On Writing by Stephen King - still on the bookshelf
Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay - still on the bookshelf
The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam by Ann Marie Fleming -still on the bookshelf
No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July -still on the bookshelf
Tumble Home: A Novella and Short Stories by Amy Hempel - still on the bookshelf
Pretty Little Mistakes by Heather McElhatton - still on the bookshelf
His Dark Materials – Book III: The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman - still on the bookshelf
The Road by Cormac McCarthy - finished

(3 for 10 finished)

Paste issue 32, June 2007
Corel Painter: Official Magazine #5

(not even sure if I still have these magazines - though I'm sure I do, only where?)

The X-Files: Season 6 (TV series) - not finished
Weeds: Season 1 (TV series) - finished
Deadwood: Season 3 (TV series) - nope
Futurama: Season 2 (TV series) - nope
Black Snake Moan - nope
The Replacement Killers - nope, not done either
Spawn: The Animated Collection (TV series) - no
300 - nada
Rome: Season 1 (TV series) - sorry, no
Heroes: Season 1 (TV series) - finished

(2 for 10)

Blood: A Tale (TPB) - no
The Other Side (GN) - no
Beyond! (TPB) - no
Pearls Before Swine: Lions and Tigers and Crocs, Oh My! by Stephan Pastis (Treasury) - finished
Grendel Archives (TPB) - no
Grendel: Devil by the Deed (TPB) - no
The Goon vol. 1: Nothin’ But Misery (TPB) - no
The Goon vol. 2: My Murderous Childhood (And Other Grievous Yarns) (TPB) - no
Sentences: The Life of MF Grimm (HC) - no
Scalped vol. 1: Indian Country (TPB) - finished
Showcase Presents: Batman and the Outsiders vol. 1 (TPB) - no

(2 for 11)
And this stuff was on my pile to read/watch back on September 17, 2007! And it's not like I haven't added to that in the past year.

I spend entirely too much money on stuff still patiently waiting on shelves. I'm up to 13 bookshelves full of stuff in my home. I'm literally surrounded by unfinished purchases.

Also, there were labels for posts about weight loss (no success there) and bike riding (haven't done that almost half a year) - things that have fallen by the wayside.

All is not lost. In fact, I have some plans for next year, plans that might reinvigorate this blog (and the joy I get from writing)...

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Vacation

I sure do love me some vacation from work. It's not that I don't enjoy work, but...

Waking up late, cooking breakfast instead of pouring it in a bowl, rockin' some Dropkick Murphys while casually surfing the 'net, trekking off to a movie (Australia and maybe Transporter 3 afterward), baking an apple pie from scratch (crust and all)...

Now that's a day.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

First Snow 2008

Today was the first day of some snow that actually stuck around - not for long, but for awhile. The driveway and roads are clear, but slightly slushy, while the grass has a nice dusting of white. Somewhat pretty.

I love snow. The cold. Winter. This is my time of year.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Power Through the Tired

It's late (or early). I think I might be getting too old to hit the midnight showings of movies on a work night.

I'm going to tough it out and do without the sleep. I'll go from one day of work straight on into the next. I might be a little tired and have trouble keeping from yawning all the time, but I'll survive it.

And Quantum of Solace was good. Worth the lack of sleep at any rate.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

New Ink

It is difficult to not stare at a new tattoo.

I should have been working last night, but instead, I went and added on to one of my previous tattoos. In fact, this addition should - finally - complete the image.

It was a little mind-blowing to remember that this particular tattoo was my very first, and that it was done ten and a half years ago. I'm getting so old.

Still, it does look cool.

Tattoo is on the upper right arm.