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So lets see...

I've been sick this week, so that sucked (flu-ish thing, with chills & dizziness, although to be fair most of the dizziness happened while I was playing tennis with a fever so...)

Today, I got up, went to yoga (trying to make that a weekly thing, prolly just jinxed it,) came home, ate lunch, played my new wii karaoke game, took a nap, folded laundry, walked 6 miles, went grocery shopping for my tennis match, got dinner, watched a movie, unloaded & reloaded the dishwasher, & put away my laundry.

That was my day. Was it like you were there?

How wrong, on a scale of 1 to 10, to take band merchandise you like the idea of but not the execution of, and get it made somewhere else? Aka fall out boy, I would give you money if you'd stop making ugly merch.
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Fall Out Boy!!

It was like, 100 degrees in the Tabernacle tonight. I'm pretty sure I sweated off a few pounds jumping around like an idiot. It was good times!

We got there in time to get my favorite seats! So close to the stage without all the crush of being on the floor!
Photos and vids ahoy! )
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 I HAVE FALL OUT BOY TICKETS. 

thus completes my bandom trifecta, as I've already seen Panic & MCR. Hopefully it won't end in break up (Panic) or disillusion (MCR.) 

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I meant to come on earlier and update, but oh, how the evenings just slip away!

I had a very nice weekend:

Friday was tennis but no going out after - everyone else was out of town, injured, or not there. I could have met up with friends, but honestly after playing in the humidity & heat I was happy just to get takeout and go home. I'm making a mix for bandombigbang, so I worked on that.

Saturday was Ladies Brunch (G called it that once and now it's stuck that way in my head because I made fun of her for it), aka hanging out with my non-tennis friends. We tried a new restaurant in Buckhead, and I had the most divine breakfast sandwich - black forest ham, brie, and apples, with a maple syrup dipping sauce and a side of cheddar cheese grits. AND I DON'T EVEN LIKE HAM. It was amazing! Then after I did a little shopping, and found some great deals. I got a BCBG shirt that had originally been $140 for $10, and four packs of scrapbooking paper for about the cost of one if I'd gotten it at the craft store - I heart Marshalls. The only sad thing was I realized after I left that I had a card for instore credit from a return that I'd forgotten about, but I'll just use it next time. I also bought white pants. I haven't owned white pants in well over twenty years. We'll see how that ends up!

Saturday night, a friend invited me over to a dinner party at her house. One of her high school friends is a chef, and he cooked us a vegan meal - it was delicious! I can't remember now what all there was but dessert was chocolate mousse made from avocado and coconut.

Sunday was quiet. I'm working on finishing my 2006 photo album - I am through April totally, and through September without captions. I think I started working on it in June, so that's a pretty rapid pace. I'm hoping to power through this week and finish it by the end of the weekend.


And that's about it. I'm still not sleeping right, my neck hurts, but otherwise I am well. I've emailed the potential renter and am waiting to hear back; thanks to everyone for advising me this afternoon!
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Ok, so more concert thoughts from Wednesday:
*I got to hear Gerard say 'mothafuckas' live.
*Mikey Way's bass is a sparkly, sparkly thing.

I took Wed-Fri off. Thursday I ran errands and then went to a laser hair removal appointment. I can't remember if I mentioned it on here, but I got a Groupon deal - 6 sessions for $400, normally a $2500 value. So I am giving it another go, we shall see. After that, I came home and started my major project, painting the panelling in my office. I got the deglossing treatment done on 3 of the 4 walls that night.

Friday, I went and got more deglosser and finished the fourth wall, then painted one coat of primer on the other 3 walls. It looked like crap. Like "oh my god I'm going to have to pay someone a lot of money to come fix this" levels of crap. I took a break to go play a tennis game (we won, yay!), and then came home and put a second coat of primer on the 3 walls.

Saturday started off with another game of tennis - we won again, but it took 3 sets. It really should not have, we were better players, but we couldn't quite get it together in the first set. Then I came back home and... you guessed it! Painted. By the end of the day, all four walls had 3 coats of primer on them. They looked pretty good!

Today, I slept in! After lunch, I went down and painted the trim and the door white, and then put the sample paint on the wall. I have learned that no matter how much you think the color you've picked out matches everything, it's best to try it out before you commit to purchasing a whole gallon. So far, I think it looks lovely, but I am going to live with it for at least another day to be certain.

As a reward, and to get out of the house, I went to see Thor. It was so-so. I was distracted by:

a) the guy who plays Thor sounds just like Heath Ledger
b) Loki is played by Johnny Weir's evil twin. No, really, look:Pictures or it didn't happen )
c) the completely unsubtle product placement. This movie brought to you by Southwest Airlines.
d) the lack of AC/DC. How can you make a movie about the god of Thunder, and NOT PUT THUNDERSTRUCK ON YOUR SOUNDTRACK????

And that was pretty much my weekend. OH! And another one of my plants is blooming - my mini rose! Apparently it's been all about the amount of sunlight, who knew?
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My favorite band in my favorite venue. I was so, so scared it wouldn't live up to my expectations.

IT BLEW THEM AWAY.

I had such an amazing, amazing time. Like, I can't even tell you about it, it was so good. I can't explain it. We had great seats, on the first balcony so we were as the crow flies maybe 25 feet away from the stage. I swear Gerard made eye contact with me at one point (yes, I'm delusional, leave me alone.)

I'm shitty at set lists - they opened with Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na), they did Mama, I'm Not Okay, Teenager, Welcome to the Black Parade. They closed with Helena, and then came back for an encore and did the Gravity song off the new album (I can't remember its actual name but it's the one that starts out with "Graaaaaaaaaaaaavity"). Oh, and they did the Life on the Murder scene song (which I think is actually called You Know What they Do to Guys Like Us in Prison).*** They did Planetary GO, I jumped around like a mad thing.

I am bad with song titles. I can know all the words to a song and not know its real name. It's a talent.

In conclusion, AMAZING.

Oh, and I went with a friend (which is noteworthy in itself, usually I have to go alone), and she is now TOTALLY ENAMORED. Mikeyway strikes again. :D I just sent her this email. Some of you will recognize this from 2007!Me:
Cut for your viewing pleasure )
And now I will go to bed. :D


ETA:**** No it's not. It's "Give 'Em Hell Kid." It just came on my ipod.
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The fic I mixed for is posted, so I've put up my notes and links to my mix if anyone's interested:

http://vixalicious.livejournal.com/413898.html
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My notes for the mix I did for [livejournal.com profile] romanticalgirl's 'Butch and Sundance.'

Story and music are here.




Track: So Hard Done By/The Tragically Hip
Quote: “I want it noted that I’m going under protest… And I hate you.”
Lyrics: Yeah, that’s awful close but that’s not why/I’m so hard done by
Notes: Poor, poor put-upon Patrick.

Track: I Can’t Decide/Scissor Sisters
Quote: His eyes hurt and his back hurts and he has a document on his computer now named “ways2killpete.doc” and a spreadsheet labeled “gabewillsufferohyes.xls”.
Lyrics: I can’t decide whether you should live or die/ oh you’ll probably go to heaven/ please don’t hang your head and cry…
Notes: I liked this song for both Patrick at the airport, and the scenes of Gabe’s wild driving, because Patrick’s trying to hang on to his grumpiness, but I felt like even arriving in Uruguay started to change his attitude, like there was a lighter note to the story.

Track: Lazy Days/Robbie Williams
Quote: He’s also relaxing, which is part of what this hiatus is for, at least in theory. Gabe takes him places – nightclubs and beaches and private family parties. He gets his picture taken like a normal person, not by half-crazed paparazzi thinking he’s someone worth telling the world about.
Lyrics: Now you can be sure love is the cure/ what we're searching for/ is to have a jolly good time
Notes: I really wanted to get some Robbie Williams in this mix, because I think there’s a parallel between his kind of music, and Gabe’s – very tongue in cheek, very pop, very much not taking itself to seriously, but when you listen to it, there’s substance.

Track: Qué Onda Guero/Beck
Quote: Patrick keeps trying to leave the sombrero behind, but Gabe either sees it and snags it and slaps it back on his head or he hears a faint, pardon, senor, and someone’s handing it back to him.
Lyrics: See the vegetable man/ in the vegetable van/ with a horn that's honking/ like a mariachi band
Notes: Qué Onda Guero means, to the best of my internet searching capabilities, ‘what’s up white boy?’ The whole scene of Gabe dragging Patrick around taking humiliating pictures just cried out for this song to me. Plus I love the rhythm of it.

Track: Los Angeles Waltz/Razorlight
Quote: “Even worse, I let myself be used, and so I kind of hate myself too, and I hate Saporta and it’s a damn good thing we’re on hiatus because I don’t know that I want to hang around with you right now…”
Lyrics: And I know it's not easy/ when you don't get what you deserve
Notes: I chose this song for the title, and the sort of wistful tone. It has that post-vacation let-down, melancholy air to it. Plus it starts the underlying connection of several of the songs in this mix with references to L.A.

Track: Come Around/Counting Crows
Quote: The problem is that Los Angeles is…Los Angeles. It’s filled with people he doesn’t want to see doing things he doesn’t want to do. He spends a lot of his time at Pete and Ashlee’s place…
Lyrics: Have you seen the little pieces/of the people we have been/ little pieces blowing gently on the wind/they have flown down California/ they have landed in L.A./ little pieces slowly settling on the waves
Notes: I liked the idea that Patrick was scattered, and also that a big cause of that was that he’d left a piece of himself with Gabe. This song is one of my favorites off Counting Crow’s latest album, and of course, references Los Angeles.

Track: California English/Vampire Weekend
Quote: Patrick’s in hell. Not just any hell either. It’s a special type of Hollywood hell that he’s pretty sure even Dante couldn’t have dreamed up.
Lyrics: Contra Costa, Contra Mundum, contradict what I say/ living like the French Connection, but we'll die in LA
Notes: What I love about this song is that it sounds like I feel when I’m at a party I’m uncomfortable with, like little snippets of conversation going on around you that you can barely understand, like everyone’s speaking another language, when maybe in fact it’s just California English. Also, if the song disconnects your brain like it does mine, the lyrics are here.

Track: Who Do You Love/Bo Diddley
Quote: “Patrick Stump. You have a fucking girlfriend and you don’t fucking tell me? What? Do I embarrass you? Because she’s not much of a girlfriend if she’s unaware that I come part and parcel with you, dude.”
Lyrics: I walk 47 miles of barbed wire/ I use a cobra-snake for a necktie
Notes: I wanted to add some more soulful, blues-y numbers in honor of Patrick, and how could I resist one that references cobras?

Track: A Boy Like That/Selena
Quote: Seeing Cobra Starship in all its glory is a little overwhelming. No. Seeing Gabe is overwhelming.
Lyrics: A boy like that will give you sorrow/ You'll meet another boy tomorrow/ One of your own kind/ Stick to your own kind!
Notes: More Spanish – I think I used every song in my library that had any Spanish in it. Plus I needed to keep up my (second) annual tradition of shoe-horning a song from West Side Story into all BBB playlists. I also felt like at this point in the story, Patrick sees Gabe as out of his league, which isn’t exactly what this song means by ‘stick to your own kind,’ but I chose to interpret it that way.

Track: Unrequited / Ani DiFranco
Quote: There’s no chance that anyone can hear them over the rest of the party, but she drops her voice anyway. “How long have you had a thing for Gabe?”
Heat flares inside him and Patrick shakes his head, even though it’s clear from Ashlee’s face that she’s not buying it. “I don’t know what you mean.”

Lyrics: But all the theories/ that he recited/ played like the song/ of the unrequited
Notes: I picked this song mostly for the title, although I think it parallels the story in that the reason for the unrequited love is talking yourself out of trying. Also, up until the point I’d picked A Boy Like That, I’d intended for this to be an all-male-vocalist playlist, so I was pleased to add another female vocalist to add symmetry.

Track: Jealousy / Queen
Quote: “What about your someone?” He doesn’t actually wait for an answer, just pushes off with his feet, turning the bike and wobbling away.
Lyrics: I wasn’t man enough/ to let you hurt my pride/ now I’m only left with my own jealousy
Notes: Okay, this is my all-time favorite Queen song. I’ve loved it since I was five, and it’s super fun to sing along with. It was the first song to be added to the playlist, since as soon as I read the scene it popped right into my head.

Track: Might Tell You Tonight / Scissor Sisters
Quote: “I don’t know, man.” Gabe casts a quick glance at him, and Patrick has to duck his head to hide his smile. “She thought you were pretty cute.”
Lyrics: And I just might say it tonight/ and I just might tell you tonight that I love you/ and you should stay all my life
Notes: Okay, okay, I know – two Scissor Sisters songs in the same mix, and from the same album even! I couldn’t help myself! I put this in here, because in this scene I felt there was a hopeful moment, where they started talking again, and I thought they might be about to clear the air, right before everything went to hell.

Track: I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish / The Smiths
Quote: “Gabe. Wait. That’s not…” He stops, not bothering to finish his thought to the empty air. He spins around and kicks the wall hard, whimpering beneath his breath as pain shoots through his ankle. “Fuck.”
Lyrics: Typical me, typical me, typical me/ I started something/ and now I’m not too sure
Notes: And then everything went to hell. That’s the sole purpose of The Smiths – the soundtrack to your heartbreak.

Track: Low Rising / The Swell Season
Quote: Patrick blows out a breath and tosses the last part of his cone in the trash. “Yeah. Yeah, there is. But it’s not really…lunch conversation. Or public conversation or…possibly not even conversation that we should have, but I need to have it, so…”
Lyrics: I want sit you down and talk/ I wanna pull back the veils/ and find out what is I’ve done wrong
Notes: I actually just got this album, and I was going through it for this playlist because I like the male vocalist’s voice (Glen Hansard, he’s the guy from Once, and The Frames). Now I’m totally in love with this song.

Track: Dreamboat 730 / Ringside
Quote: Patrick’s fairly certain that Gabe dances like he fucks, and he can’t help thinking about what it would like to be on the floor with him, on the receiving end of all that attention. In public.
Lyrics: This one’s not about the lyrics, it’s all about the way you grind the rhythm!
Notes: I have to confess, I think this is one of the sexiest songs to dance to, so when I read the dancing scene, it was my first thought. It’s just fun to move to!

Track: These Days Without You / Big Head Todd & the Monsters
Quote: Gabe laughs, his voice raw and throaty. “You mean I’m not going to be your kept man? Damn. Guess I’m going to have to earn my living.”
“I guess so.” Patrick pauses, uncertain of what to say. “Call me tomorrow?”

Lyrics: These days have got me down upon my knees/ Amazed at what I never thought I'd need
Notes: In this song, I liked the sort of mellow, wistful tone of missing someone, and thinking about what you’d do if you could be together again.

Track: If I Was Your Girlfriend / Prince
Quote: “Yeah.” Gabe’s fingers trace Patrick’s jaw. “You’re not going to laugh if I kiss you, are you?”
Lyrics: Could I make you breakfast sometime/ or then, could we just hang out, I mean
Notes: Ok, another shout-out to Patrick! I couldn’t do a playlist for a Patrick/anyone story and not put a Prince song in it! I like this one because it’s about wanting to be your significant other’s best friend, and I thought it had a certain dichotomy for the story, which is about discovering you want to be your friend’s significant other.
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and yet apparently it is. Bob Bryar is no longer the drummer for My Chemical Romance.

I am super sad about this. I'm pretty invested in them as a band, and a part of that has always been that these guys really seem to care about each other. (Example, this clip from their documentary) It makes me sad to think that might not be true, as the rumors are that it was not an amiable split. Plus I think he's a great drummer.

Plus I think he's hot. ;)

Also, since when is Frank the band ambassador? I'm starting to associate his name with bad news. :(
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Day 15: A fanfic

Fandom: Bandom/Panic! at the Disco
Pairing: Brendon/Spencer, barely
Warning: This is stupid, and only one scene, and un-betaed. And I've been drinking.

ETA: Now on AO3 here

"You should ask him out."

Brendon loves Gerard a whole lot. Gerard gave him a job when no one else would, when he was literally two seconds away from being homeless, and now he gets to spend his days shilling comic books and playing Magic. Gerard is arty and sweet and smart and one of Brendon's absolute favorite people in the whole world. Gerard is also thirty and still lives in his mom's basement, and no way in hell is Brendon taking dating advice from him. He draws two cards from his deck as he shakes his head. "No fucking way. He's out of my league."

"Dog-boy is not out of your league," Frank frowns over at him. "He walks dogs for a living, he's not out of anybody's league. And would you fucking go already?"

Brendon lays down an enchantment on his creature and attacks Frank (with malice in his heart, for calling Shiny-Haired Smiley Guy a name like Dog-Boy, that's just not nice.) "I think he goes to college, I saw him reading a textbook over at Starbucks once."

"That doesn't make him out of your league," Gerard frowns, and Brendon can see the 'you're just as good as anyone' lecture building over his head like a thundercloud.

"Who's out of whose league?"

Brendon looks up, and grins happily at Bob. Bob works next door at the stereo place. Bob is badass, and one day, with a lot of hard work and practice, Brendon is going to grow up to be just like him. Only slightly more sparkly.

"We're planning Brendon's happy future with Dog-Boy," Frank says, because Frank's kind of an asshole like that sometimes. Brendon sticks out his tongue at him.

"Dog-Boy?" Bob looks confused. He raises a brow in Brendon's direction. "I'm not one to judge, but I gotta say, stick with one species."

Gerard giggles, high-pitched and happy. Gerard's always happy when Bob comes over, and Brendon suspects it's because he'd like to move Bob into his mother's basement but so far he hasn't been able to prove that. Gerard just shakes his head and says, "No, Brendon's crushing over that guy who walks the Betermans' schnauzer."

"Oh, Spencer?" Bob says and shrugs. "He's a cool dude. You should go for it, B."

Brendon just shrugs, and doesn't say anything. Especially not that Spencer is like, the world's most perfect name for the most perfect boy. It's a shiny name. It goes with the hair, Brendon thinks.




Future days )
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I'm trying to rebuild my lost music files - does anyone have copies of the Panic songs/covers/goofing around stuff from this summer? IE, the lullaby for Bronx, 3 Little Birds, and the Good Life? I will love you forevvvvvvvvvvvvvvvver!
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Ok, so today was kinda crap. I downloaded about 6 file recovery programs and none of them could see my NAS drive. So then I had the brilliant idea that I could just hook up the drive to my laptop by USB... except I don't have a USB to USB cable. I ran to Walmart and bought what I thought was one, but it turned out to be an adapter. Oops. Who needed that $15 anyway? Then I ran to Best Buy, and the guy there said that it was much more complicated than that and rambled for a while while I pretended to understand him. It always amazes me how easily I'm thrown by things in those situations. He kept asking me if I had a WEP. Only he was saying it Double U Eee Pee, instead of whep, like a word. Anyway, long story short too late, it's to difficult to get the files.

So I'm downloading them again. Those of you in bandom will understand the horror of this - most of these songs were stuff I'd downloaded from [livejournal.com profile] bandombigbang. On the plus side, all the rare mp3s I'd paid to download from Paste Magazine were still available.

And I'm going to start backing up my NAS now.

Also I had to put soft paws on Cinnamon tonight because they'd all come off, and now she hates me. Want to know how to make a bad day worse? Get your cat to hate you.
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Ok, so this morning I went into my networked hard drive to delete a sub-folder I didn't want, and accidentally deleted the whole folder. Vista apparently thinks that things from a networked hard drive don't need to go to the recycle bin. What was in this folder you might ask? All of the music I've downloaded in the last six months, including several mixes from Bandom Big Bang that are mostly unrecoverable if I can't get the files back.

So I've spent this morning downloading file recovery programs from CNET. I can't find one that can search networked external hard drives (I have an IOMEGA drive). Does anyone out there know of something that could help? I'm willing to pay for the software if it's reasonably priced.





GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.
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If you need a good laugh, I highly recommend checking out my twitter activity from this evening. I might have had a little to drink at the Counting Crows concert :)

Also, for those that are interested, Brendon Urie may have some competition for the title of 'Failiest, most Earnest Frontman" in the form of the lead singer from Augustana, whose name I am too tired to look up and who apparently was in 4th grade when Counting Crows released August & Everything After. You know, in 1997, the year I graduated from COLLEGE.
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My Chemical Romance are playing two gigs in LA this weekend. I want to goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. *pouts*

Ok, yes, I'm going to two concerts this weekend, but it's MY CHEM.
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I'm back. I've gone from skip=400 to current on LJ tonight, and found out that Panic at the Disco is splitting up and LoudTwitter is no longer posting my twitter stuff on LJ and that the internet just generally sucks right now. I am sad.

Also, I miss my cat.

More soon about my vacation and more crazy cat-lady adventures and stuff but now? Bed.
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For [livejournal.com profile] bandombigbang, I signed up for doing a fanmix and got to make a soundtrack to go along with [livejournal.com profile] sunsetmog's totally hilarious and cute high school au about Panic at the Disco being faily and in love. You should totally read it, it's PG-13 for those of you who aren't into the pr0n, and snarky and funny. It is here, along with links to listen to or download the mix I made.

Anyway, I didn't realize when I was doing it that a lot of people put in the quotes that inspired the song choices, and I wanted to do that, and she was kind enough to humor me, but it got a little long so I'm putting it here instead.


tl;dr, omg navel-gazing ahoy )
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Ok, so all I want to do is read the stuff from [livejournal.com profile] bandombigbang, but that is sooooo not gonna fly. As of this moment, I am not allowed (yes, I'm a child and I have to do stuff like this to corral myself) to read another story until I have:

1. Opened all the mail that is lying around my house from the last month. done!
2. Put away said mail.
3. Cleaned the kitchen. done!
4. Completed my work documentation/training invitation. done!

ETA: And on that note, I'm officially calling 3 out of 4 not bad, and I'll pick up with the mail tomorrow. I also managed to make macaroni salad and go to the bank to deposit a couple of checks. *goes off to read*
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FIRST [livejournal.com profile] bandombigbang POST FTW!!!

Of course, now I don't have time to read it, must go to bed.

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