Teh Sick.

31 01 2011

I haz it…

I woke up today, after a GREAT night at My Living Room, feeling like the sole of a shoe. No, really. I felt like death walking.

I had to be at work tonight at 6pm. And rather than my normal, shower and head out the door BEFORE 5PM, I took a nap and slept until 4:30. I considered calling off, but it was too late (in my mind) to do that. And then I had to force myself to get ready for work. People? This NEVER happens. I’m usually so ready for work that it’s silly. I even arrive outrageously early all the time!

I was at work for a little over 2 hours when even more body aches & pains consumed me and Peaches let me go home. I appreciate that so much…

I stopped at the store on the way home to buy meds, and now I’m at home, feeling like death, and planning to down a ton of said meds to sleep as long as possible and hoping said sleep beats the crap out of whatever is seemingly trying to kill me.

Here’s hoping, since I don’t have insurance, and don’t want to spend all of my money on a trip to any medical facility and/or prescription meds.

Music is My Muse

29 01 2011

Remember when I did these posts? Music is My Muse? Yeah, me neither. It’s been a while. But here we go again…

Today, I woke up, and seeing as how I never leave home except to go to work lately, I decided I wanted – no NEEDED – to do something this evening. Cue Chachi and Gwenix having the perfect combo of suggestion and offering.

Gwen was offering a ticket to see Jonathan Coulton at the Rex. Chachi said he was going and that I should try to get the ticket. He said I’d like it… I did as I was told, got said ticket, and met Gwenix, her hubby Shadow and their friends for dinner at Piper’s Pub….

Dinner was awesome, (thank you Dave America and Piper’s!!!!) and I saw some of my regulars from My Living Room who work at Piper’s, but often hang out at my place of semi-employment.

When we got to the show, I chose to sit with Chachi, Sorgatron and TheSilentNinja. Gwen chose to sit at the bar. Shadow was up front. No complaints, all around.

The only complaint I have? Is that when I showed up, the announced the no-chair policy, and we had to put the chairs the nice men had saved for us away… They pulled chairs off of the hangers, set them out for us, in a great spot (off to the right side of the stage, by the wall) but then they announced it was a “floor” show. Chairs had to go back. Booo!!!!!!

However, I was determined to see at least most/part of the show from these musicians. I love me some music. And Twitter people have never let me down on live music (see @UncleCrappy and my post on the Carolina Chocolate Drops.) LOVE!

And this performance, Paul and Storm AND Jonathan Coulton, did NOT disappoint.

For your review… Paul and Storm

And then, Jonathan Coulton… (can’t find a good video on you tube to share… sorry)

Gotta be honest… At first, I felt like I was looking at a lighter-haired version of a friend of mine. I got over it pretty quick, and I dig it…. I WILL see Jonathan Coulton (and Paul and Storm) when they are in Pgh again….

The show he played this eve, he said we had to deal with 2 and 2…. Two old known songs, and then two new songs. I LOVED ALL OF THEM. Granted, I was not a fan earlier, and apparently he was acoustic earlier in his reign, but ZOMG, tonight’s show? AMAZING. I loved it. I will see this man play live again. And, from me, that is saying a LOT.

I am a music nerd, and a live music FREAK. There are musicians I prefer live, and then those I prefer otherwise… No rules… But just my preference…

Really, I’m done if it doesn’t grab me… And I’ll be honest, tonight’s show? Both bands? THEY GRABBED ME!!!!!!

Thank you, Gwen, Shadow, Chachi, Sorg, and TheSilentNinja.

I had a WONDERFUL night seeing musicians I never even imagined.

I love you for it.


(I’m already downloading both on iTunes…)

See also #luckytohaveamazingfriends

Pretty sure I win today for that.

Thanks, friends. 🙂

Play time.

21 01 2011

This is late… I originally wrote it on 12/29… But I apparently left it in draft status until a friend of mine said he wondered where I was since I hadn’t posted in a while… and that the blog needs more Little C….

Who am I to disappoint… We all need more Little C in our lives. True. Story. Except I have no pics I can share… So deal with it…

So back to 12/29…

So last Monday, I flew to Ft. Lauderdale to spend nearly a week with Lili, NE and of course, Little C. And a few days with The Nana and The GrandPa…

And it was the best time ever. I love my little lady. And her recognizing me, running to me, and giving me hugs, snuggles, and even a toddler reprimand here and there were awesome.

My favorite thing she said to me was, “How do you do, Claire?” (How do do Car!) over, and over, and over again. My goodness, it was so awesome. So. Awesome.

There were also some “No, Car” and “Stop, Car” at random times. We’re still not sure what it was that I did to merit a No or Stop, but whatever. Toddlers know the rules. We do not, obviously.

I was gifted with many meals of fake eggs, sausage and “bead stew,” also known as a small kiddo pot filled with the beads I got Little C at Ti Kanaval. Bead stew was a favorite for all this trip. As were potato chips, random fruits (cooked in the microwave “beep beep beep” and then given out freely.)

Little C loved her Santa gifts on Christmas morning. And when she was told there were more gifts to open, besides the ones unwrapped that Santa had left, she said, “No.” And it took us a while to get her to open gifts. She did help me open most of my gifts, which The Nana thankfully put in gift bags with tissue paper. She’s a good tissue grabber, that Little C.

My favorite gift was being there… And basically everything my parents got for me (new ice skates!, a new vacuum and ironing board) and the framed & unframed pictures from Lili, NE and Little C from the Thanksgiving photo shoot of the family.

The pictures are amazing. There are even shots from when Little C unintentionally threw sand in my face during one family shot. The photog got it in multiple frames. Hilarious!

I say that now. At the time, it wasn’t so pleasant, what with sand up my nose, in my eyes and such.

I love my Little C. And I can’t wait to see her again. Here’s hoping it’s soon!

Pittsburgh Bucket List

4 01 2011

While I’ve lived here all of my life (save for 5 years in college) it seems I’ve been nearly nowhere in terms of the places to go in Pittsburgh.

This, if you recall, was pointed out to me last summer… I apparently live in a big bubble. I never go anywhere.

So, once I saw my friend Jacob talking about D’s 6 Pax & Dogz earlier tonight on Twitter, I pointed out that I hadn’t been there yet to eat (I’ve stopped by once to have a beer or two) and said there are so many places I haven’t been to yet here in Pittsburgh.

So now I’m asking, you, my friends, to tell me where I should go. Leave it in the comments… I’ll let you know if I’ve been there yet.

Once I have a nice list, I’ll add it to the header where the Cast of Characters, etc. are. And I’ll update my progress, or lack thereof, as we move along…

I should point out that I don’t eat seafood or sushi… Uh, if I recall anything else I won’t eat/do, I’ll point it out in the comments as well.

Thanks for a great start.

1 01 2011

Just a quick note to thank my friends for making this morning a fun one. I opened My Living Room early for my friends who were attending the Polar Bear Plunge.

You can see some pictures from the actual plunge at BurghBaby‘s site or on her Flickr account. (Great pics, btw!)

It was a great morning, albeit slow food-wise since all 20+ of you ordered food at the exact same moment. But Rook and I appreciated your patience. And the fact that you love My Living Room and wanted to spend your morning there.

Thank you for a great start to 2011. Your support of me and My Living Room truly means a lot to me. 🙂 I have great friends.