filaments, filaments, filaments


OMG guys, I was watching a rerun of New Girl tonight and Jess put some sexy lace underwear on her head and said, “I hope Mr. Darcy likes my new bonnet” in a poshy British accent.  How appropriate for Pride and Prejudice week, am I right?

Besides that, I don’t really feel like writing about P&P today.

Instead I am going to make an off-topic bullet list of all the ideas I very nearly posted to Twitter today, but then didn’t:

  • If I could meet a guy I like half as much as I like microwave burritos, I’d marry him tomorrow.
  • Tried on one of every single type of exercise bottom they have at Target today. Like literally.
  • Russian Model on New Girl made my day. MICK MOUSE!?!?  Classic.
  • Why do they put seams right down the front of jogging pants?  It’s like they want me to have a camel toe.
  • End of the year fifth graders.  Am I right?
  • You know when you’re boiling a chicken and you completely forget about it?  The WORST!
  • My new deodorant smells like the deodorant I used in Ireland.  Please excuse me while I sniff my armpits and get carried away by the olfactory nostalgia.
  • I overuse the phrase, “am I right,”, am I right??
  • Coworker asked if he had indeed seen me singing and dancing by myself in the copy room, and I answered, “I was just talking to the printer.”  Which was true, but no less weird.

I bet you are thinking “I’d for certain like to follow this person on Twitter to keep myself up-to-the-minute with her zany, mad-cap adventures.  What is her Twitter ID thingy?”

It’s Fauxspectacles, in case you are feeling enticed.

OH!  And I almost forgot:

I am late to this game but Ze Frank is amazing.  I watched this video and also all his other ones and I’m all, “MAN, he’s brilliant” the whole time, because MAN, he is.  His face alone makes him worth subscribing to.


Shuffle up and deal…


Continuing the riff on this week’s theme: Hey!  My iPod is On Repeat!

(Fair warning: I have already scrolled through my first three songs – prepare to have your mind blown with high-quality, certified-awesome taste in music.)

Song #1: “One More Time With Feeling” by Regina Spektor off the album Far

My history with this song: Regina Spektor is probably my favorite singer of songs, and for sure my favorite singer of songs who is currently singing songs and is a woman.  The album Far came out in Summer 2009, right after I finished graduate school; I was all existential-crisis-y looking for a job.  I suppose as a balm to the fact that I could hardly even find jobs to apply for, and that when I did, I managed to do stupid things like get my phone number wrong on my resume, I began a summer-long rereading marathon of Nora Roberts’ romance novels.  I only remember that I had this Nora Roberts’ sesh because I also happened to be listening to Far on repeat at the same time.  I am fairly sure that for the rest of my life whenever I hear a song from this album, I will be instantly transported to the fictional Manhattan bar Lower the Boom, the setting of more than one Stanislaski-family romance.

worst cover ever, right? still - SUCH a good book. Ish.

Meanwhile, as regards this particular song off the album Far – it’s not my most favorite, but I still like it a lot.  I also appreciate that its title reminds me of the Buffy episode “Once More With Feeling.”(The song I’ve included below?  Also on my iPod, just in case you had any doubt)

Awful/Great?  Obviously Regina is excellent stuff, even though I can imagine she does not appeal to all.  I would prefer not speak to my Nora Roberts habit at this time.

Song #2: “Holland, 1945” by Neutral Milk Hotel off the album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

My history with this song: Got the album senior year of college from Mia, who used to supply me with a steady stream of awesome music from bands I had never heard of.  Still listen to it all the time.  Love this song the most, particularly the phrase “the world just screams and falls apart”, which I once used as the title of a mix CD that I made during a time of moderate depression.  Use this song on my gym mix for treadmill-running, for which it is incredibly well-suited.

Awful/Great?  I warned you that you would have bow down to my good taste.  Everyone agrees that Neutral Milk Hotel are geniuses (don’t they?).  Plus – young adult writer/my hero John Green also loves them, which is enough for me.

Song #3: “Gonna Get Along Without You Now” by She & Him off the album Volume Two

My history with this song: I used to have a record with this song on it when I was kid that I would listen to all the time.  It also had songs like “What’s New Pussycat?”  (sung by children, not Tom Jones), “The Name Game” and the “3-6-9, the goose drank wine, the monkey chewed tobacco on the streetcar line” song (is that supposed to be a children’s song?  because in addition to the vice-ridden activities, the monkey gets choked and they all go to heaven in a little rowboat.  I don’t think it is a children’s song after all, but it remains pretty excellent…).

Anyway, when She & Him Volume 2 came out, I was really thrilled to hear the cover of “Gonna Get Along Without You Now”, which I hadn’t thought about since I was like 7.  I don’t really like the rest of Volume 2, besides this song actually.  I do , however, pretty much like Zooey Deschanel’s new TV show New Girl…which I feel is somehow relevant to the conversation, even though it isn’t really.  I am loving the character of Schmidt, in case you were wondering, and I look forward to continued romantic tension between Nick and Jess.

schmidt's sweet 'mono is the stuff of legend

Awful/Great? I feel like some people probably hate the She & Him and Zooey, and others love them and her.  Still – I suspect this song gives me a little more cred than the Justin Bieber that could have (and still might, later in the week) come up in this game.

Stay tuned – there might yet be some Bieber in this if that is your thing!