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So apparently I turned off comment notification from LJ. Oops? Anyways, hi lovelies! I miss you all loads.

Thanks to adventurat, I now know what I'd do if I had unlimited vacation time and money - Byron Bay Blues Fest! And, since I'd be in the area, a small trip to Adelaide and other parts of Oz. But as I have a "real job" that pays me in insufficient funds, I'll have to settle for, well, living my actual life and not my imagined life.

Sometimes, real life is awesome. Like when I get to dress up like this:




Five of us went as Disney villains (Cruella, Ursulla, Maleficent, Queen of Hearts and Mad Hatter) for Halloween. We ended up at a house party, which was beyond awesome. Especially because I could take off my shoes!

In other news, I'm sadly not doing NaNoWriMo this year. Feels odd, but with working A Lot and then being away for 10 days later in the month, it would have been silliness. Still makes me miss LJ peeps and writing and fandom.

Speaking of autumnal activities and fandom, I'm going to go have a bath, eat some halloween candy that was on sale, and watch "Fringe".

Sometimes, my life is awesome!

Awesomeness

So, it's been nearly a year. Oops??? Anyways, I wanted to share, mainly because I might explode from awesomeness if I don't. I'm heading to New York for 10 days in November, with two of my bestest friends. Our plan was to go to lots of shows and just have a generally awesome time. Then we decided, hey, November, let's go over American Thanksgiving and see the parade. Ok, done!

Plus, this way we can go to the Macy's and meet the real Santa! Huzzah!

Then we got tickets to see How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (starring Daniel Radcliffe!). And then we found out that Alan Rickman will be in a play called Seminar, so we got tickets to that as well.

And then, about a month ago, a friend of a friend offered us a free place to stay. Okay! Awesome trip just got super awesome.

And then, just now, I found out that Darren Criss and StarKidPotter are doing a show in NYC, and I'll be getting tickets tomorrow!!! Which means we'll get to see (and hopefully meet) both Harry Potters and both Snapes!!!

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you should really youtube A Very Potter Musical. Seriously.

Awesomeness doesn't even begin to describe it. Hope you're all awesome, or at least have something totally awesome to look forward to.

NaNo? Or NaYes?

It's nearly November and I can't decide about NaNoWriMo. On the one hand, it's fun and crazy and I'm not superduper busy. On the other hand, I haven't been writing, like at all, of late and it'll be very very hard (more so than usual) to get back into it. And I really don't know what to write.

Well, I have rumblings of vague ideas but not so much the things that make a novel. You know, plot, setting, characters. I mean, plot is of course "optional" for NaNo, but the years I've been successful I've had either settings or characters I was really into. Hmm.

p.s. apologies for the awful subject

Sep. 7th, 2010

Sean Maher is going to be on Make It Or Break It?!?! OMG! I knew there was a reason to have a twitter for stalking all my favourite peeps!

Make It Or Break It, btw, is a super awesome show all about gymnastics. If you liked Stick It or Bring It On, then it's possible you might like MIOBI. It's cheezy and crazy and beyond drama-tastic. I love it. Also, they tend to have <a href="http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1499766016/nm1337982super hot coaches</a>. And now Sean Maher!

Sep. 6th, 2010

So I'm off work on Labour Day for the first time, I think ever. Well, except that fall I was unemployed. But still, is very strange. So far today, I've watched last night's Mad Men, had breakfast and drank a lot of coffee. It's only 10am so I'm kind of okay with that.

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I guess I should finish that music meme. Here it is, really quickly.

Day 28. A song that makes you feel guilty:

I don't understand this question. There was already a guilty pleasure song. Listening to music doesn't make me feel guilty. Next.

Day 29. A song from your childhood: Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones

My parents are huge Stones fans. I could sing along to this song probably when I was 7 or 8. We never listened to a huge amount of music at home, but for sure in the car. Back then, the trip to see my Granny was about 8 hours (new road means it's only 4 now), so we spent a lot of time in the car together, listening to music. The two standby's were the Stones and Charlotte Diamond.

Day 30. Your favorite song at this time last year:

I already listed Through & Through & Through by Joel Plaskett as being a song from my favourite album. Seriously, though, I kind of want to put it for this question, too. It's brilliant and awesome and I adore it. Instead, though, I'll give you Deny, Deny, Deny from the same album.



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30 Days of Music: Day 26 and 27

Day 26. A song that you can play on an instrument:

This one is actually hard. At various stages I took piano (age 5-12), played clarinet in band (grades 7-9) and took guitar (grade 12), so could play lots of different songs. As far as something I could pick up and play right now? Good question. There's very little chance I still remember much about the clarinet. I got A+s in band mainly because I was quiet and looked like I knew what I was doing. Piano, I can play lots of bits of things, but nothing very interesting. So guitar. I still remember a few chords, and could probably play through the pain on my left fingers. If I had to, though, I could probably play Give Me One Reason by Tracy Chapman. Or at least enough of it that you'd know what I was trying to play.



Day 27. A song that you wish you could play: Blackbird by The Beatles

Seriously, how awesome would it be to whip that out on a guitar? I just don't have the dexterity or the patience for this...

30 Days of Music: Day 24 and 25

Day 24. A song that you want to play at your funeral: Long May You Run by Neil Young

I adore this song, and always got the impression it's saying goodbye to someone. If I were choosing the music for my funeral, I'd want to say goodbye.



Day 25. A song that makes you laugh: Cecilia by Simon and Garfunkel



I also adore this song, and have for ever and ever. The reason it makes me laugh, though, is thanks to How I Met Your Mother. Long story short, Marshall comes out with this Venn Diagram:



Now it's pretty much all I think about when I hear the song. Well, that and the really old (like 1995ish) cover by Great Big Sea that I lost when my old computer blew up.

30 Days of Music: Day 23

Day 23. A song that you want to play at your wedding: I'm Yours by Jason Mraz



It might be super cliched, but it's also a beautiful song and it makes me super happy when I hear it. Wouldn't be my first dance, I don't think, but it's a good solid wedding song.

Also, I forgot to write this when it happened, but the day after I posted about a song I wished they played on the radio (Domino by Van Morrison), I heard it on my radio station! Best station ever.

30 Days of Music: Day 22

Day 22. A song that you listen to when you’re sad: Songbird by Bernard Fanning



Bernard Fanning's whole album, Tea and Sympathy, is awesome. It never fails to put me in a better headspace. This song, though, is one that I can kind of just wallow in, in the best possible way. Musically, it's got so many things I love going on, especially the fiddle bit. And his voice just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Basically, this is one of those songs that I can put on repeat when I'm sad or in a bad mood and it makes me feel better. Doesn't fix the problems, but just makes a part of me feel good for having listened to it.

30 Days of Music: Day 21

Day 21. A song that you listen to when you’re happy: Emerald Lake, AB by Said The Whale

This song pretty much is my happy summer song. Also, singing along to this song squished with a bazillion people at Robson Square during the Olympics was one of my favourite moments.



Said The Whale are from Vancouver and I am a big fan. If you're into this song you should totally check them out (let me know if you're overseas and unable to find their music, as I can hook you up!).