Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 Revisited

I realize now my post from yesterday was kind of bitter. I don't want it to seem like I'm overly dramatic about the year so I thought I'd talk about a few things that really stuck out to me. Far too often we don't realize the importance of an event until it passes. Afterwards you look back and just know that a particular moment in time was singular in some way. For me, they're usually the times where I was perfectly content exactly where I was. I was just happy. You wouldn't think that alone is all that special, but for me it means everything.

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Talking to my grandma for the last time.

Okay, this is one of those bittersweet memories. The kind where you look back and wish you would have known. Like all really important moments though, I didn't realize how big this one would turn out to be. A simple phone call where I was distracted and not fully invested in the conversation turned out to be the last one I ever got with my grandma. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Stargazing while camping.

This is another one of those moments that just felt perfect. The cost afterwards was more than I would have liked, but I'll always look back and wonder how I could feel so happy just looking up.

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Hanging out in Park City.

Even though I have a lot of good memories from the weekend I spent in Park City (and some not so good ones cause by a slightly shocking amount of whipped vodka), one of the best memories I have is just hanging out with Tiffany. I remember there was one particular moment when I just felt okay with everything. I no longer felt scared of the prospect of moving in with her and felt confident things were gonna work out the way they needed to. You can't really put a value on a moment like that. (The hot tub was pretty awesome too.)

Holden seeing the ocean for the first time.

When I think back over the year, this is one of the first things that stuck out to me. The beach is something I grew up with so it was a lot of fun to watch Holden experience it for the first time. You could tell he didn't know what to think and he wasn't comfortable in the water (he loved the sand though). He wanted a bucket full of water and I told him to just bend down and get some when a wave comes in. As you can see by the picture it took him a few tries to get the hang of it. I still laugh when I think of it.

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There are other moments that stick out to me. Holden playing with my oldest and dearest friend's daughter, waking up in a tent surrounded by the coolest people I know, riding the ferry back from Coronado, carving pumpkins in the park, throwing handfuls of colorful powder with strangers, and many more that hurt to think about now. So no, the year wasn't a total wash. I'm still happy to say goodbye though.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Can't Say I'll Miss You 2011

This is the time when everyone looks back over the last year and says some cheesy crap about what they learned or how they can't believe how quickly the year has gone by. Well screw that. This year sucked and I'm not gonna pretend otherwise. Yeah some pretty awesome things happened, but far too often they were the direct result of something super crappy happening first.
Let's see some of the things that happened this year:

1. My grandma died.
2. My boyfriend of almost seven years broke up with me.
3. I had to get rid of my dog.
4. My mom relapsed and had to go to rehab.
5. I got my first F this semester.

I could go on but just typing that has made me a little depressed. So yeah, 2011 can suck it. Bring on 2012!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

DIY Contact Mic

I took an audio production class this semester with the hopes of learning a little more about different type of sound equipment since I've been toying with the idea of starting a podcast for a while now. Even though the class was a lot different from what I was expecting, I walked away with a lot of interesting information I can bore my friends with. (Seriously, no one cares about the difference between the sound quality of mp3s or the Doppler effect.) Even though we didn't get to do any hands on stuff for the most part, this DIY looks like it might be simple enough for even me to pull off.



Also, there's something about a smart man that just does it for me.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Golden Nugget of Thought: Pain is a Right


I love this quote because I think we've all felt the pressure not to feel what we feel at least once in our lives. I may do or say the wrong things, but I will never apologize for feeling the way I do. Ever. It's the most honest and genuine thing I have to offer the world. No matter how misguided or uncomfortable it might make someone. Numbness is never the answer.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

New Music Thursday


New Music Thursday is an attempt to keep my goal of listening to some new music alive and kicking. Not all of these bands/artists are new to me, but all of the songs are. Also, I've decided I'm gonna start adding an old favorite to the mix since old loves are just as important as new passions.

These are the songs I'm diggin this week:

Chains Of Love by The Dirtbombs:



Give Up the Goods by Mobb Deep:



Move to town by Milow:



Lonely Boy by The Black Keys:



This song is all over the radio but I just can't resist.

Old Love:

Be Be Your Love by Rachael Yamagata:



I posted this song forever ago, but I recently fell in love with it all over again.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

X96 Nightmare Before Xmas

Last night I went to see The Naked and Famous and Cake at the Saltair with my friend Brett. While I was most excited for The Naked and Famous, Cake's performance was golden. They just have a stage presence that will blow you away. All of their songs are upbeat and even if you've never heard the song before, you'll find yourself swaying with the rest of the crowd and getting quite excited. Seriously, they're brilliant. While The Naked and Famous pumped everyone up, Cake was able to take that energy and channel into something more focused and unabashedly awesome.
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My knee is a little sore from standing for so long and I'm a bit tired, but it was worth it. I'd forgotten how live music is it's own beast and I see more concerts in my future.