kaciagemini: (Kacia Gemini - frog)
( Sep. 29th, 2008 03:46 pm)
My dad: also the most ridiculous dude on earth. He sent me an oversized t-shirt he screenprinted with approximately a zillion frogs. It's kind of precious and ridiculous. I still don't know why he bought a t-shirt press, but it seems to make him happy.

I will never actually understand my dad's views on money because he is seriously a ridiculous tightwad (he would argue if you asked for a quarter for bubble gum when I was a kid, no really) but then he buys ridiculous things like a t-shirt press out of the blue. IDK. He also has a living room full of slot machines (well, most of them are actually Japanese not-exactly-slot-machine things), though they're kind of fun.

I like to pretend that our apartment is gradually becoming more apartment-like and less hovel-like but I'm mostly lying to myself. Yesterday I unpacked most of two boxes of pretty things and put them on the bookshelf.

The random trip to Louisville to see my bro on Saturday was nice in other ways besides the direct side effect of getting Tim Tams out of it (it's good that he got me two packages because I've already gone through the first one). He also bought me sushi for dinner and I got to meet his new girlfriend (that I didn't know he had... I don't pay attention to anything and he's not exactly the oversharing type anyhow), wandered around in Louisville for a bit, and finally actually got to see his apartment. It's a walk-up in the top floor of an authentic Victorian house. I has a jellusy.

Anyhow, he's coming to Bloomington in a few weeks to see some dude named Mason Jennings in concert and he wants me to go with him. I'm not too sure on this as my brother's tastes in music and mine don't exactly line up all the time and also, it's after one of my night classes, but I'm pondering it.

Everybody I talk to lately keeps asking me how I'm doing and I don't actually know. Classes are... classes. It's school, IDK what to say about it. It's kind of interesting, not too complicated, and kind of just... fine? My graduate assistantship is more interesting and more stressful, but still not terribly high-key adventure. Life is very different than it was a year ago. Not better or worse, really, but definitely different.

It probably makes me crazier than I want to admit to, that a lot of my current ennui-ish feelings are directly to the lack of concerts I want to see in my forseeable future. I saw Journey and Heart a few weeks ago! That fix should have lasted me longer, damnit!

Okay, enough rambling for now, I suppose. (Seekrit note to self: Upload music later!)
kaciagemini: (Cute Little Kid)


( Sep. 28th, 2008 03:04 pm)

My brother is so ridiculous.

"So they did an ultrasound of my heart. It's a boy!"

Yeah, bro, thank you for that helpful health update there. Lol. Call me when they figure out whether it's a minor bundle branch block or something else, dude.

In other trolling news of the day, being a graduate assistant is occasionally awesome! I have to proofread a paper my prof co-wrote about troll behavior on Wikipedia. I get paid for this? o.O

I'm gonna go do productive things and get ready for class now. Really.
I haven't checked my friendslist since sometime Thursday, so I'm trying to slog through that.

Mindless Self Indulgence on Tuesday was very... interesting. MSI fans are weeeeiiiiiiiirrrrrrrrd. The Birthday Massacre was decent as far as opening bands go, but the first opener made me want to shoot them in the face. :(

Thursday we went adventuring to a skeezy bar in Nashville to go to what was supposed to be a Pink Spiders & Drive By show, but we found out after we (finally) got there that the Pink Spiders cancelled. :( But Drive By was very happy to see us because we were the only ones who knew who they were. :) The bar was ridiculously hard to find mostly due to the fact that it was, quite literally, a hole in the wall. We drove past it like 5 times without ever seeing it and walked around the block for like half an hour before we figured out where it was. Lol. While Drive By was playing, there was a maximum of 15 people in the building, counting the band, the bartender, and the sound guy. Yeah. Poor dudes. We gave them lots of money for merch, though. I bought a t-shirt even though I already have a hoodie and my sis bought herself a hoodie and one for a friend. I kept trying to apologize to them for the show sucking and the lead singer was all like, "No, it was great because you guys came!" Aww, that's sweet honey, but don't you have to, like, be able to put gas in your van or something? ♥

If you have the chance to go see Drive By & The Pink Spiders you should definitely do so. I'm half tempted to hit their show in Cincinnatti on the 30th except for how I really, really, shouldn't.

Then, yesterday, Jen & I headed down to the Ryman to see Eddie Izzard. (♥_♥)
We stopped in Russelville & there was a light on in my car's dash so I decided to check the oil. Which was... practically empty. I made my big sis come out and look at it to make sure I wasn't crazy then she went and got me some oil and she filled it up. I figured I could check when we got to Nashville & before we left to see if it was leaking because I didn't see how it could be, but I also didn't see how it could have so little oil in it otherwise.

When we got to Nashville and were parking, smoke started pouring out of my engine. ...apparently my sister didn't put the oil cap back on & I didn't think to make sure she had. I think it fell out of the engine somewhere on I-24. :(
My mom found a 24-hour car part place and I called them to make sure they had one and I could come get it after the show (because I was not, by fucking god, going to miss that show - the tickets were ridiculous). Went to Eddie (Eddieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! So much more awesome live! Nashville! It is a city... of Nash! Known for its... Nash!) then took a cab to get a new oil cap and then back to the car (Ouch! Cabs are expensive!). Put a couple quarts of oil in (since it all, ya know, sploded out of the engine due to lack of oil cap) and put on the new cap so we could go home.

Originally, we were going to swing by Tony&Tonya's before going home (sorry, dears!) but it seemed terribly inadvisable when I still don't know for sure if my car is leaking oil or what the fuck is actually wrong with it. :(

A mechanic friend of my mom's looked at the car briefly today and said that it has definitely had some kind of major engine work done on it (because there's a fucking bolt missing off the manifold or something) that they neglected to mention when I got the car two weeks ago. So, in summary, the dealership either sold me a car that is terribly leaking oil, or handed it over very very low on oil. Either way, stupid fucking move, dealer. Just because it's a used car does not make that okay. It is supposed to be inspected and shit and neither of those things should have been possible, not to mention the whole missing a fucking bolt thing that ought to have come up somewhere. >:(

Anyhow, I'm going up to the dealership on Monday so they can look at it and I can yell at them until they stop trying to sell me some kind of bullshit story of how it can't be their fault and 1) admit the truth and fix whatever bloody problems it has or 2) give me a fucking refund for the car. Not cool, Gary Force of Bowling Green, not cool at all. You'd better make me happy on Monday, because I don't want this to have to get ugly.

Balancing Eddie Izzard and car troubles, though, I think yesterday still comes out on the positive side. Eddie fucking Izzard, yo. I can't wait for Stripped to come out on DVD. I laughed for pretty much the entire two hours. And Eddie Izzard is just so precious with his bouncing and twitching and flailing and spasticness, I just... ♥_♥

Now I have to go shower and get ready to go to Jazz on the Lawn in Clarksville with my family.

P.S. Why don't I know anyone in Chicago that I can stay with to go see Warped? ;_;

P.P.S. Today is Jen's half-birthday. Happy 22.5, dear!
kaciagemini: (Bandom - cobra starship)
( Jun. 7th, 2008 08:25 pm)
I've been running pretty much non-stop for... 72 hours or so? I think I've have about six hours of sleep since Thursday and it wasn't even all at once.

On Thursday, my dad finally got me a car like he promised 5 years ago (granted, I didn't have a license at the time, so it made sense to wait for the first couple of years). It's a 2002 Nissan Altima and it's terribly shiny. Silver! And it has like power stuff and it all works and this is all just fascinating to me. After three years of driving a shitty Kia Rio that doesn't even have a trunk release latch, much less power locks or power windows, anything would be an improvement. This car is blowing my mind. I might post some pictures soon if I think of it/get motivated (so don't hold your breath).

Just so you know, car shopping with a 4-year-old and a sick 9-month-old in tow? Not the brightest idea. Do not try this at home.

Yeah, then I went to the CMA Music Fest thing that night to see Taylor Swift (and some other people, I guess). Rascal Flatts showed up as a surprise guest which was pretty cool. Jessica Simpson popped out of thin air pretty much to say, "Blah blah blah and I'm hard at work on a new album" but at least I only had to put up with her for a couple of minutes. Anyhow, everyone who played was awesome (well, except I hate Kellie Pickler kind of a lot) and I really wish I'd had the money/time to go for the whole 4 days of shows. It would have been pretty awesome.

Friday I got my car insured, went to see my lil sis in a performance, went out to dinner and bowling with my dad because he was in town and I hadn't seen him in, umm, a year or so. That's pretty much how we roll.

Got home pretty late and then I had to help my sis (the one the bebes belong to, incidentally) get stuff ready for the yard sale she had this morning. Then, when we finally got done with all that, I got to have a couple of hours of sleep before I had to get up terribly early in the morning to go help her run the yard sale.
I did manage to escape assisting for a couple hours and run by and check out some other yard sales in town and pick up some cool stuff.

I made it home some time after 4-ish, hot, tired, and slightly sunburned. I am going to crash so ridiculously hard and probably soon. *sigh* Life is busy!

...and for some reason, me and Jen and Zoe decided it would be a good idea to go out bowling tomorrow (we keep forgetting how much we like it) and probably to see Prince Caspian because I haven't yet (I was at a concert when it opened, damnit, I have a good excuse!). I obviously hate myself and never wish to be well-rested.

... Cobras on Wednesday! \o/

ETA: Oops. I just remembered we were supposed to maybe have, like, cake and ice cream to celebrate my birthday today since I ran away the day of. Oh well. We'll get to it. Or not. Whichever. Lol.
Happy birthday, Pete Wentz! I will never fail to be amused that we share it. You may be 29 now but the thought that someone actually found you mature enough to marry and procreate with will always fill me with wretched amusement.

So yeah, my day is going to be filled with hanging with my dad who's on a fly-by visit, looking at cars in hopes of finding one worth having, with a cranky 4-year-old and a sick 9-month-old in tow, and then going to a concert in Nashville. Should be exciting.
Let's just call this the "I hang out with tiny kid things all day, I can't help it if they're adorable" post. It's been a long time coming.

The first several are from last fall, not long after Alex was born (and my girlfriend is probably going to murder me for her presence in some of them ^.^ ). No, I have no idea what Luke was doing with the scarf. In fact, I usually have no idea what's going on with that kid.
The stuff from me mostly-failing at camwhore self-pics onward is all much more recent stuff.

Pictures! )
My sister's probably gonna want to know why her baby is blue when she gets home, isn't she? At least he didn't stick the marker in his mouth. And he hasn't eaten any paper today so I count it as a win overall. 8-month-olds? Have much better reach than you wish they had.

Hopefully he won't eat anything important when he's visiting mommy at work tomorrow while I hare off to Birmingham for MCR (MCR!!!!).

Gotta go, he's making a wiggling break for the beer.
My lil sis turns 18 today, so happy birthday Zoeoeoeoeoeoeoeoe!
kaciagemini: (Dresden - Bob - O rly?)
( Apr. 22nd, 2008 12:22 am)
My mom is hanging out in the living room watching "Hell Comes to Frogtown" with her part-time boyfriend. I... don't even know. I really don't.
kaciagemini: (Brave Little Toaster - Smile!)
( Mar. 3rd, 2008 02:45 pm)
Beautiful weather. WTF?

Taking cranky baby out to enjoy some of it now. Oh hush, Alex.

ETA: And thusly the sky did open up and it began to rain.
kaciagemini: (blamerita minifesto)
( Jan. 14th, 2008 08:45 am)
Nephewlet: "My candy is cracking open!"
Me: "It tastes the same... if you close your eyes."
Nephewlet: *eats candy, closes eyes* "No it doesn't!"
kaciagemini: (FOB - patrick w/ pete's chest overlay)
( Dec. 23rd, 2007 02:46 pm)
Best fic snippet ever, y/YYY ? ♥

...I'm not ignoring you guys, I'm just trying to fight through skip=100 so I can get back to the eighty bajillion things I need to get done before the familial seasonal celabrationing gets rolling. Tomorrow night. And I have to work tomorrow. It's very hard to crochet/sew/wrap gifts/bake when you are holding a 3-month-old and/or chasing a 3-year-old. Fail, world, fail.

In other news, I saw Sweeney Todd on friday and it was lovely. ♥ (Random Anthony Stewart Head, FTW!)
I've spent a disturbing amount of the last two days wandering around with a baby sleeping in my hoodie. He likes it there. And all I have to do is tie on the baby wrap thingie and he stays put handsfree. It's pretty nifty. And much comfier than the snugli. I strongly feel that Pete Wentz would be fascinated by this concept.

Umm... Stuff. Happened?

Thanksgiving was... nice. I guess. I spent most of the period playing a hell of a lot of Guitar Hero II, III, & Rock Band, because my oldest brother came for the long weekend and brought his shiny new Xbox 360 & toys. The three piece band of me, him, & our lil sis made it to the Hall of Fame in Rock Band (which is how you win, I guess?) by Saturday. (We were a three piece band instead of four because the drums are fucking hard, yo.)

I have the majority of my holiday shopping done, which is pretty shiny. I also have no money. *shrug*

I changed my moodtheme? Now it's all winter-y. I'll probably switch back after x-mas. Winter might last for several more months after that, but my tolerance for it only lasts til around the new year.
I am totally goiing to read my friendslist. Tomorrow. After I sleep for about 12 hours.

Last night I got about three hours of sleep, then I had to get up to take my lil sis to BG to take her ACT. Killed some time (and way too much money) till she was done, had lunch with Teh Rita (TM) and then hung about and played way too much Guitar Hero with Teh Laura (TM).

Then we (being myself, The Girlfriend, Lil Sis, Mom, & Teh Laura because we had a spare ticket) went to a concert. Some crazy oldies fest with one member each from The Platters, The Drifters, The Coasters, & The Temptations. It was really awesome. I forget that I adore live music pretty much no matter what kind. (Additionally, Best Intermission Music Ever. I need that album, like, yesterday. Except for the part where it reminded me that Doug won't be at my tour date.)

But yes, the concert was great. I totally wore my Fall Out Boy shirt which amuses me to no end. (10 days!!!) I think I'll wear my Academy shirt to the Young Wild Things date & I'm not sure yet what shirt I'll wear to see Academy & Cobra. Not that any of you are interested.

I spent a lot of time at the concert thinking that FOB should hire 50's/60's crooners to be backup singers. That would be so incredibly awesome there would not be words to describe it in this or any other language.
kaciagemini: (Bandom - cobra starship)
( Oct. 24th, 2007 03:14 pm)
I've finally decided to start watching TAITV. Go me. I started at the beginning. Eep.

I love the new Cobra Starship album more every day.

The baby hates life today. Damnit.

Weather is stupid.
kaciagemini: (Cute Little Kid)
( Sep. 27th, 2007 06:55 pm)
Pictures of the baby! Better late than never, right?
He's next to my computer, as you can sort of almost tell from the first one.

Clickies for bigger versions.

Sprog #2/Alex )
kaciagemini: (Bandom - Panic! - Jon)
( Sep. 17th, 2007 07:55 pm)
Would it be inappropriate to rock/serenade your 2-week-old nephew to sleep when he's crying with Cobra Starship?
If so, I totally deny having done so today.
(And given that this did not happen it could in no way have been the cutest thing ever when he fell asleep sucking his thumb during the middle of "It's Warmer In the Basement".) ♥

La la la. I'm gonna go eat some rice and then read my f-list cuz I haven't checked it all day. Be entertaining! I need it after the day I had today.

On an entirely different note, the odds of me ever actually trying to get caught up on the Wheel of Time series just shot so low they can no longer be comprehended using the existing number system. I almost feel bad about the fact that when I first picked the books up ten or so years ago, I figured Robert Jordan would probably kick the bucket before he finished the series. Actually, more I feel a little bit bad that I don't feel very bad and am in no way surprised.

Also? Happy Birthday, Jon Walker! (Even though it makes me kind of sad that, as the oldest person in Panic!, you are still 3 months younger than me. I still ♥ you because you are a pretty, pretty boy. And still a real boy. You are an enigma wrapped in a conundrum. Wrapped in hotness.)
It's been brought to my attention that I have forgotten to mention that I have a new nephewlet! Eep!

He was born on Monday (haha, Labor Day, good joke, Alex. *frowns at bebe*) at a little after 2 AM.

He's quite small (well, 7 lbs 14 oz at birth, so not *that* small, but BABY!) and newborn-funny-looking. I'll post a couple pics when I get my hands on them. (He has monkey toes! They're wretchedly silly looking and adorable!)

I am still annoyed at him for being a few hours too late to be a Spencer Smith baby. *pouts at Alex*

His big brother has yet to drop him on his head, so all round I'm counting the first couple of days in the win category. \o/

(I don't know why I've been so quiet here lately. It's not really that I have nothing to say because I never have anything *important* to say but I rarely let that stop me from, ya know, talking. I half-way don't even realize I'm not posting because I keep composing LJ posts in my head and I just don't notice that I never actually put them down and watch them scroll by on my f-list. Silly me. I shall work on this communication-y thingie because I know I'm rubbish at it. If you are feeling neglected, tell me so!)

I'm gonna go shower now so I'll be ready to get Sprog#1 off the preschool bus later in case his mommy isn't back yet with Sprog#2.

(For reference, for those that don't know/don't remember/don't know what the frick I'm blathering about: Sprog#1 = my nephew Luke, aged 3. Sprog#2 = my nephew Alex, aged 3 days. & thier mommy is my next eldest sister, Aileen. These would be the kidlets I'm going to be taking care of full-time for most of the next year.)


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