Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Good Old Days

So, it looks like the rule around here is that if you mistakenly check this blog, or some jerk sets it as your homepage and you simply open your browser, you have to post something.


Just kidding.

I haven't seen most you in years (literally!) and I'm still holding it down here in Bloomington. I work in the School of Fine Arts, and have since June '06, but I'm applying to grad schools right now with the crazy idea that someone would accept me into their MFA program. Applications are due in the next two to three weeks and most schools will make me stand in the corner and wait for a good three months before they even bother to tell me anything. I'll keep you all posted (literally, again) with my news.

As it was usually my thing to tell you all what music I'm digging, here is what made me hot in 2007 (in no particular order):

-Radiohead In Rainbows
The Tough Alliance New Chance
Of Montreal Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
Jens Lekman Night Falls on Kortedala
The Field From Here We Go Sublime
Battles Mirrored
The Besnard Lakes ...Are the Dark Horse
Feist The Reminder
Animal Collective Strawberry Jam
Panda Bear Person Pitch

Honorable Mentions:
Kanye West Graduation
M.I.A. Kala
Pantha du Prince This Bliss
Low Drums and Guns

If you want the hook-up for any of these albums, I'd be glad to share. Just like the good old days.

Peace and Happy New Year,


Thursday, December 27, 2007

and again

This is what I get for checking the blog. No one writing. But because I made an "agreement" with Thom to keep posting every time I check (and I haven't even been doing that) I felt the need to continue. Since it's boring to tell everyone what I GOT for Christmas, I'll tell you what I didn't get.
I didn't get:
a bazillion dollars
a Brasilian model
a pyramid
a bronze statue of myself that rotates to always face the sun (like in Turkmenistan)
four DeLoreans
a date with Lance Bass (thank god)
religion (and still don't)
herpes (yay)

This leaves an infinite number of things that I could have gotten. Such as:
a new face
FIVE DeLoreans
lost graded Kobe Bryant rookie card
Turkmenistan itself
Hitler's fashion sense
a wheel
seven brides for seven brothers
a lock of rob's pubes
a basket full of other, smaller baskets
nine lives
a cold

But I assure you that none of those items were acquired either. What an uneventful Christmas. What did you NOT get?

Monday, December 24, 2007

I promised to write

Thom and I got together recently to try to plan out some of the details for our trip to the Dells and hammered out a basic outline. We also both mentioned how we rarely post anything on this blog but check it somewhat frequently. The end result was that we promised to post every time we checked. This has made me check less often because it means I'll have to post, but perhaps as the posts increase from others then so will my hesitancy.

I'm on break from teaching (thank the gods) for two weeks until 1/7. I needed it badly. Yesterday I kept thinking to myself that if I had to report to school today I would just leave my books at home and bring a gun. I didn't want to be there for so many reasons:
I am tired of working and coming up with plans
I don't want to see the coworker that broke up with me last week
I want to have some free time
Next semester is going to be busy.

Second semester won't be nearly as bad as first, but some of the bad news I got this week was that one guy who teaches the same class as me won't be teaching it next semester. Result? They are shoving his kids into my classes. Fuck. But I plan on staying no later than 5 on any given day unless I'm there working out, which I intend to do at least 3 days a week. I have lost 10 pounds so far this year and have not exercised with any frequency for a little more than a year now. It'll be nice to have confidence in my appearance again.

Finally, this trip to the Dells should be a lot of fun. Mike is taking off work. Sara doesn't have to work. And I've just got a final to give that will last until 9am. We'll leave around 11 or so that Friday in January and just have a good ole time up north. I'm really hoping to make a trip to Miami over spring break, so if anyone wants to join me, let me know. The more, the merrier. And here's a pic of Rob and me from the Bears/Lions game we went to on Halloween weekend. I was a Mexican and he was Hulk Hogan, and then there's an uumpa lumpa. In case anyone told Rob he had to put a shirt on, he had one stuffed down his spandex. Charming.