Thursday, March 27, 2014

warpaint: magic stick, detroit

just wanted to drop by and say how AMAZING warpaint was this evening. i went to the magic stick in detroit to see this show, expecting it'd be cool, but mostly expecting it would be something to do.

wow, was i surprised.

i really like warpaint's new album--it's an interesting sort of ambient, psychadelic kind of rock with a tension and depth that drives the music. i like listening to it alone, but wouldn't break it out at a party. that kind of music.

but, holy shit, live? phenomenal. warpaint was utterly fantastic: the bass deep, the guitar and vocals demanding and loud, yet engaging. that's what shocked me so much. the show was totally engaging. the music was better than the album. just. amazing.

if they're coming your way on their tour, go see them. you won't regret it for a minute.

Friday, March 21, 2014

my electro playlist: march 2014

electronic music & a friday night go together like gin & tonic.

in other words, utter perfection. complimentary in every way, and much better together than separate.

i told you i'd be doing an electronic playlist, and here we have it! my taste is kind of all over the board, but i really do love house most of all. it always puts me in the best mood, and i can't help but dance (when i'm out) or tap my feet a bit (when i'm at work. tameeee.).

my friday afternoons (while at my ridiculously quiet office) usually consist of tuning in to annie mac's bbc radio 1 show, but i loved when b. traits was on as well. score one for the ladies! a lot of my songs come from different mixes one of these two ladies have put out, and a few are songs i found somewhere else and listen to regularly or have rediscovered recently.

a few highlights:
'NY is killing me' by jamie xx. absolute classic. when jamie's remixes of gil scott-heron's album came out, i couldn't get enough of them. i still listen to a few of them quite regularly two years later! slightly eerie with HEAVY bass, NY is killing me is meant to be listened to on a stereo with clear, but solid, bass.
'okay' by shiba san is a BANGER! i love that tune. such a great beat.
'yes, i know' by daphni is a fun one. really cool sampling, and when you listen to daphni, you always know it's going to be something totally different.
'NE1BUTU' by scuba is super uplifting. really lovely track. scuba mixed on annie mac's BBC radio 1 show recently and absolutely killed it.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

new project: a bake stand!

okay guys, so one of the things i've really been wanting to do is start a farmer's market stand. the farmer's market and 'eat local' scene in michigan is really thriving; it's great! i love shopping at little markets and downtown shops.

but one thing that is seriously lacking in ann arbor, and michigan as a whole really, is a proper british market.

i'd like to fill that niche in a small way with a british baked goods & preserves stand.

remember these guys?

i did this same thing when i lived in virginia and it was cute and fun! you meet a lot of really nice, interesting people at farmer's markets. it's kind of a lot of work on top of a 40 hour-a-week job, but what the hell. we can sleep when we're dead! plus it's a fun way to let out some creativity. it'll be my own venture where i can play and be creative just the way i want to.

i think i'm going to go with a fun british-invasion, sofia coppola's "marie antoinette" kind of feel. kind of punky, but feminine.

the one thing i really need help with, though, is a name!! the only thing i can think of would be 'bloody hell bakery' because it's recognizably british, easy to remember, and fits the criteria of the vision i have.

also any suggestions on what to make would be awesome! right now i plan to make the following: my victoria sponge cupcakes, lemon curd, a spicy tomato and apple chutney, some sort of pickle (like branston pickle)... but i don't know what else. maybe some bakewell tarts or eccles cakes.

what do you think? do you have any suggestions?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

next steps: working abroad

i've been spending an inordinate amount of time thinking about what i'd like to do with my life post-michigan, likely due to the fact that it's still fucking cold here, it's still fucking boring here, and my job still fucking sucks here. i'm ready to go.

tokyo tower.

in my limitless boredom, i peruse groupon daily, looking for something fun to do (paint & pour, anyone?). i came across a TESOL (teaching english as a second operative language) online course a few days ago, and i snapped it up without further thought.

now, we all know online courses are bullshit, right? yes, most of them are (barring MOOCs offered through legit schools and google analytics academy), so i may or may not have wasted $70. judging from the post-purchase research, it was likely a waste to some extent.

but what this opened me up to is the idea of moving abroad and teaching english.

i had heard about a few people i vaguely knew moving to korea or something right after college to teach, but never considered it further. i was trying to build a career, i was tied down in a relationship, i was tied down by student loans. i remember i almost started crying at work one day a couple of years ago chatting with a friend who had just moved to portugal; i felt like it was all i wanted to do, but that i absolutely couldn't. it was one of those soul-crushingly miserable feelings, when you truly believe nothing turned out the way you wanted it to and it never, ever will be what you want it to be.

i can't pinpoint what changed recently, but i think it's a culmination of things. my career is stupid. i'm not even doing something i like doing, and i know that corporate life is not what i want. and unfortunately, "working your way up" in a corporation just isn't happening as often these days, so i now know that the idea of leaving and putting my career on hold for a few years is no longer a deterrent for me. i dropped that negative association i so deeply held with putting my career on hold. i realized that what i'm seeking is meaningful work. i want to see the direct positive result of my work. i also haven't traveled in a long time, and i miss it. it's where my heart is. i get 10 vacation days a year. like, what? i've come to the conclusion that nothing gets me down like being stuck in a routine, experiencing the same exact things every day, or every year. like, cool, we have packzis in michigan for fat tuesday. I DON'T CARE. I'M BORED OF THEM. I'VE BEEN EATING THEM FOR 20 YEARS. THEY'RE JUST FUCKING DOUGHNUTS.

i'd rather look forward to a vacation for months than a custard-filled doughnut. fuck you, paczkis.

been wanting to get that one off my chest for years, apparently! and sorry to ruin the fantasy that packzis are anything but a regular doughnut, for those of you that still believed in its rarity and specialness.

so, anyway, i posted a facebook status asking if anyone had taught abroad and had any advice for me. i messaged a friend i knew was teaching english as a second language in england (lol, but seriouslyyy. they have a lot of non-native speakers). and the responses i received from the people i spoke to were beyond helpful. friends and acquaintances i hadn't spoken to in years were more than happy to talk to me about their experience teaching ESOL, certification needed (or not), programs/corporations one should work with... really everything i need to know! so now i'm in the process of applying for jobs, and moving quickly as schools are hiring right now for the fall semester. exciting times, indeed.

i've always known this to some extent, but i never fully embraced it until now. this is what i learned from this dumb groupon situation: follow your instincts. something sounds so incredibly amazing to you that you would feel lucky to do it? look into it. don't be afraid, and sure as hell don't feel guilty. i know i love to travel and i want to see the world. i don't want to settle down with some bland-ass guy, live in the suburbs and work a corporate job i hate. i don't even want a fucking boyfriend right now! i want excitement, and i want adventure. i want to be responsible about it, of course--i do have a future to consider--but there's a way to do it. all i have to do is stop being scared to take what i want from life, and do my research. i'm going to follow my instincts, draw some insight from them, and make a move accordingly. life's too short to feel trapped and to be scared to do what you want to do.

so from now on, i'm going to just do shit i want to do.

and you know what? i'm honestly so genuinely excited about what's in the works right now i can hardly stand it.

images from my pinterest board. check it out. k byeeee.
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