Hardcore Pepperocini

Saturday, February 26, 2005

"...all of those early friends were quickened within it, and in some strange way they accompanied me through all of my new experiences."

-Willa Cather

The new Tori CD is great, and I was so excited this morning when I was reading The Stranger and saw that she would be in town, right by where I work, on April 22nd. But alas, tickets have already sold out even though they have only been on sale for 3 hours. Oh well. I'll keep checking back, but its not the end of the world.

Work is going good. Yesterday was the first day where I actually felt like I knew what I was doing, which was nice. I got off at 6:30 PM, and usually I would've gone right home because I try not to be out on my own after dark. But the streets downtown are SO packed with people on Friday nights that I decided an hour or two wouldn't kill me. I went to one of the many Starbucks and ordered a Caramel Apple Cider and finished my book, and I was just so happy. The city is so pretty at night. After I finished my book I wandered around and went in a bunch of stores, then took the bus home where I immediatly fell asleep. It was a very enjoyable night. I felt like Carrie on the episode of Sex in the City where she says she is dating the city.

Today I have the day off and I was going to go try to find the Craft Store in the Southcenter area, but I think I might go take the bus to a big church that I remember seeing. I think I've overcome my fear of playing my piano in my apartment, but it would be kind of nice to play a different piano.

I'm becoming addicted to reading. I've always loved reading, but in college you have so much reading that you are assigned to do that you never get to read just for fun. I've been making up for lost time in a big way. Today I am going to start "Snow Falling on Cedars." My mommy loaned it to me a million years ago and I still haven't read it.

That's the great thing about living in a city where there is literally a Starbucks on every block. Lots of places to read!

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

"When a woman gives birth to a crackbaby you do not buy her a puppy."

-Emily Gilmore

I just wrote a long blog entry that I was really proud of and the computer erased it. Humbug. And now the computer is going to cut me off soon, so I have to hurry. Double humbug.

I was watching TV this morning, and Tori performed one of her new songs! Her CD comes out today. I pre-ordered it a month ago, so it should be getting to me any day now.
The lyrics to the song the she sang this morning mixed with her haunting voice were so heartbreaking. I was getting all teary from that one song, so who knows what the entire CD will do to me!

I spent these last few days exploring my new surroundings, because there is so much to explore. I'm trying to get a feel for all the different parts of the city so when my lease is up at the end of June I'll have an idea about where I want to live. On Saturday I found a Target, which totally rocked my world.

Anyways, I have to go home and practice before I go to work. I'm learning Ravel's "Pavane for a dead princess", and I LOVE it! Sometimes you start a new piece and it slowly becomes a part of you, and that is always exciting, but I love when you can feel the music inside of you before you even start learning it. Its the best.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

"But that means that I might maybe never see my furry little monster friend ever again."

-Big Bird, after Elmo got changed into a bird. (Don't worry, they turned him back into a monster at the end).

Two nights ago, I got to go see
Meagan at the airport! It was really great to see her. Its funny how the world of blogs and e-mail made it seem like we had just seen eachother, when actually it had been a couple of months! She brought me chocolate and even made me a little guy out of a napkin. And I saved him, and he survived the busride home, and now he lives on the nightstand by my bed. His name is Heineken, since that is what was on the napkin.

Yesterday I had to go downtown to fill out some paperwork for my new job, and then I decided to go check out
UW since I still haven't been there. It is HUGE!!! I mean, I know that SOU is small, but this place was HUGE!!!! I wandered around aimlessly, clutching my campus map until I found the music building. Then I wandered around in there for awhile. Just being in the building and hearing people practicing totally inspired me. So then I took the bus back home and spent the evening and this morning listening to CDs and looking at old notes from Alex that reccomended pieces to play, and I decided on an entirely new program to learn! So exciting! I just ordered all the music, and I should have it in the next 1 to 3 weeks. That seems like an eternity, but I guess until then I'll work on Czerny and my Bach fugue.

Speaking of piano, I got an e-mail from
Gina the other day. It cracks me up. She doesn't e-mail me often, but every e-mail I have gotten from her since she went to France has either been a link to an article about pianos, or a drunken e-mail from some random French city. I love Gina.

Oh, and it occured to me that I never blogged about the Grammy awards. I thought the performances were all great, ESPECIALLY Joss Stone and Melissa Etheridge. That was an absolutely amazing performance. However, I do have one complaint. Did everyone see the cover of the Beatles song that had the all star line-up to raise money for tsunami relief? I think its cool they came together for charity, but I was not impressed at all with the performance. Have none of those singers been able to grasp how to arrange music, and how to order the singers with respect to what voices go together and what voices don't? It could've been a great musical moment, and instead I felt like it was a great big bowl of vocal mush. Maybe its just me... but I found that number dissapointing.

I guess that's all I have to say for now.

Much love!

Monday, February 14, 2005

"There's more to Valentine's Day than chocolate. There's more to the ocean, too, than water, but really, where's the focus?"

-The card I got from my mommy

This weekend was super-duper fun. Amber-face came to visit me! She got here on Friday night and we chatted for awhile and then went to sleep. We got up the next morning and took the first bus that we could catch and went downtown, before we even had coffee! We both were reminded of our caffeine addictions because by the time we got to starbucks we had headaches and were extremely dizzy. Its hopeless.

We spent a good seven hours downtown, just exploring and going in all of the little stores, only stopping to eat at a really good Indian resteraunt. I've been so pre-occupied with trying to find a job that it was my first time to just enjoy the city, and it was so much fun! However, it was also tiring, and by the time that we got back to my place we were completely exhausted. We watched Almost Famous and Sex in the City, drank wine, ate the mini doughnuts we had bought at Pike Place Market and played "The Game of Life." I hadn't played that game in forever! I won! Yesterday we went out to breakfast, then Amber took off for Oreegawn.

I start my job on Friday and it is inside of this place.


Thursday, February 10, 2005

"I'm glad that your piano-face is there."

-My cute sister

Yesterday was kind of like Christmas. My piano came! I'm soooooooooo glad that my piano is here! And as an added bonus, my mom got the piano movers to also bring me most of my stuff, so my apartment is no longer bare! It is very exciting to have all of my books and little trinkets. It really makes me feel like I live here, not like I'm just in some weird surreal state. I spent all of yesterday unpacking, resting, PLAYING PIANO and drinking mass amounts of water, trying to get this stupid virus to go away. So far my neighbors haven't said anything to me about my piano. We'll see. Just playing it for 30 minutes affected my mood drastically. I think that was the longest I had ever gone without playing piano!

Today my plan was to wake up early and go down to the University District. I had it all figured out: take the 132 bus to 4th and Pike, then transfer to the 43 and that will take me to UW. So I got up early and took the 132 bus to 4th and PINE. That's right, "Pine", not "Pike". But its not my fault! The bus was abnormally full to the point where the bus driver was calling out the stops because we couldn't see out the window. That would've been a great help, except the bus driver spoke awful english, and his accent was so thick that I had no idea what he was saying.

I later found out that Pike was a street below Pine, so I actually missed it. Because when I got off at Pine, I thought "well, I guess I'll just start walking until I get to it", and then I unknowingly trotted off away from Pike street.

I walked for quite awhile and was actually enjoying myself. I passed TWO amazing piano stores that made me practically faint, and alot of cute shops and resteraunts. Then, as I started wondering where exactly I was, I turned a corner and was right in front of this. That was really cool! By this time I had been wandering for a long time and I decided to just head back. But first I really needed to find a bathroom because I was having a definite emergency. So I went to the nearest Starbucks, (they are EVERYWHERE), and asked where the nearest bathroom was, and they pointed at the mall across the street. I went to the mall and it was so cute that I decided to look around as long as I was there. I spotted this ADORABLE store called "Seattle Sox" and was going to go in and look because it was an ENTIRE store full of happy socks, and that made me happy! So as I was heading in, they were putting up a "Now Hiring full-time" sign. I snagged an application.

Then I was heading back to the bus to go back home and saw my first "big city street-fight". It wasn't violent and it didn't last more than about 20 seconds, but I still was riveted. I dunno. I don't have cable.

Now I'm going to go home and play my piano and hope that my neighbors don't hate me. Maybe tomorrow I'll find UW.

Oh, and I want a pigeon. They are SO CUTE!!! My sister told me I can't have one. She is sooooooooooooo weird.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

"All the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves."

-Virginia Woolf

I don't have much to say because I'm in a hurry and my sickness is clouding my brain. I was feeling so much better yesterday and decided that I should go on a long walk around my area, and spend a couple hours at the library, and learn a couple pages of a Bach Fugue (on my keyboard), and blah blah blah. I had today all planned, I was going to get up early and take the bus down to UW and try to find "help wanted" signs and hopefully a nice music person that I could convince to let me have a practice room key at the campus.

Instead I slept for 10 hours and woke up feeling awful. Its back with a vengance. UGH. I'm very unhappy about this. I need to get a job. Grrr.... On the upside, my piano should be arriving tomorrow morning!!! Oh, and what's-her-name that plays Lorelai on Gilmore Girls was on the Ellen show this morning and she is starting to learn how to play piano! She even made up a little song and played and sang for Ellen. It was cute.

Sigh. Is it lights out yet?

Friday, February 04, 2005

"I only have the next two and a half hours planned. After that there's just darkness and possibly some dragons."


I feel compelled to blog because I was reading my blog buddies (tm) updates and they were making feel somewhat in touch, so here is my effort to keep in touch. Also I've been sick for the last couple of days and my throat is swollen and on fire, so I haven't been able to talk on the phone much.

Yesterday I got on the bus-stop that is about 5 minutes from my place and went downtown. I found the Nordstrom, Old Navy, Urban Outfitters, Barnes and Noble, and more Starbucks establishments than I have ever seen in one area. The stores are all so big, and they all have two floors. (I was very excited about the two-floor Barnes and Noble). The buildings are HUGE and they are everywhere and it seems like the city doesn't end. It was definetly overwhelming. And there were poodles everywhere! But they were in pigeon costumes.

Still no job. Sigh. I'm taking today to rest and drink tons of water hoping that I get better soon and can venture out again.

Oh, and I don't know what this says about me, but I was having the time of my life putting my fun shelf paper on my shelves yesterday. Maybe its just cause I had never used shelf paper before. But if you all could've seen how much fun I was having... I think you'd be worried.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

"You should toss and turn before you fall asleep so you can tell your friends that you were 'Sleepless in Seattle'!"

-My Mom, the Canadian

EEEEEE!!!! I'm here! My mommy-face left this morning, and now here I am at the library that is a few blocks away from my new home. I love my place. Its super cute. Now I need to find a job, because not having a job makes me feel very uneasy. I'm trying to figure out how the busses here work, and the website just isn't doing it for me so I guess I'll go home and call the transit people and just admit that I have no idea what I'm doing.

Last night with my mommy was fun, even though she isn't feeling well. We got here and unloaded the car and met the cat that was sleeping across the hall until mommy scared it away. (She meowed too loud). Then we drove around the area and found all of the local stuff, then went to the store to get me food. We were originally planning to go out to dinner, but we were both feeling pretty tired so we bought dinner at the store. Then we went back to my place and watched "Spinal Tap" and drank wine and ate grapes, party pizzas, and oreo ice cream. MMMM... Then we watched a few episodes of Sex in the City and called it a night. This morning we went out to breakfast, then went to the gas station where we had to feebly admit that we didn't know how to pump our own gas. Then we made a trip to Fred Meyer to get some last minute essentials, and then she took off.

I guess now I'll go home, call the transit gods, and then start unpacking. I have a really strange assortment of stuff, because I could only take what would fit in mom's car.

I can't wait until my piano gets here.