December 19, 2014

Mixtape No. 3

You guys know Kate, right? She's been featured in my vlogs before, and is responsible for "absurdly long comments" (her words, not mine) on any number of my posts. Well, this girl knows her stuff, and she very kindly offered to put together a holiday playlist for y'all.

I'll tell you what -- I'm still not in the holiday spirit, and suspect it just won't be happening for me this year. I'm okay with it. But there's one thing I can't deny - this is a great list of holiday songs, and I've been listening to them ever since she sent them over to me. Enjoy!

1. Perry Como // It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
2. Stevie Wonder // What Christmas Means to Me
3. The Pogues // Fairytale of New York
4. Louis Armstrong // Cool Yule
5. The Head and the Heart // What Are You Doing New Years?
6. Otis Redding // Merry Christmas Baby
7. Coldplay // Christmas Lights
8. Barenaked Ladies ft. SM // God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings
9. Hanson // Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
10. Michael Buble // Cold December Night
11. Dan Fogelberg // Same Old Lang Syne
12. Judy Garland // Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

And one to grow on...

13. Andrew Bird // Auld Lang Syne

December 17, 2014

Useless Information

{stolen from Michelle}

4 names people like to call you other than your real name:
1. Liss
2. Lissa
3. A'liss - call me this and I'll stab you.
4. Melissa - sometimes on accident, sometimes on purpose.

4 jobs you've had:
1. Nanny
2. Cashier at a card store in high school/college called Scribbles and Giggles. No joke!
3. Counselor at an after school/summer camp <--my favorite job, ever.
4. Hell. Also known as my previous two office jobs.

4 movies you've seen more than once:
1. Katy Perry: Part of Me (where "a quiet 15" comes from)
2. Step Brothers - it's a classic!
3. Just Friends - watch it, PLEASE, if you've never seen it.
4. You've Got Mail

4 places you've lived:
I've never moved - HELP. GET ME OUTTA HERE.

4 places you've visited:
1. North Carolina (OBX, Charlotte) and I'll be back in a couple of weeks!
2. Mexico...and it was a lot like Florida.
3. Northern California, and I was such a brat, I didn't even enjoy it.
4. Myrtle Beach - way too many times.

4 places you'd rather be right now:
1-4. My bed.

4 things you don't eat:
1. Tomatoes
2. Seafood
3. Eggs
4. Faces

4 of your favorite foods:
1. Green beans (seasoned with Mrs. Dash's Original Blend, duh)
2. Pizza
3. Beef jerky
4. Cheese, in general.

4 TV shows you watch:
1. The Walking Dead
2. Nashville (CAN WE TALK ABOUT IT?)
3. Vanderpump Rules because I can't fucking help myself.
4. Until last Sunday, The Newsroom. RIP.

4 things you're always saying:
1. "Ya know what?"
2. "That's right, Bob...that's right."
3. "Fuck!"
4. "lolz, bye"

December 12, 2014

Mixtape No. 2

1. Nicole Atkins // Girl You Look Amazing
2. The Avett Brothers // Ill With Want
3. Young-Holt Unlimited // Soulful Strut
4. The Who // You Better You Bet
5. Fiona Apple // Get Gone
6. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals // Things I Never Needed
7. Churchill // Change
8. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros // Home
9. fun. // Why Am I the One

And this song - but it's not on rdio, which is a real crime. It's truly the song I've been listening to all week.

December 9, 2014

December 8, 2014

Alissa Lately

{written on Sunday}

watching // just finished last week's episode of Nashville, waiting for The Newsroom to come on, and I just remembered that The Walking Dead won't be on again until February. I'm devastated.

drinking // been thinking about hot chocolate for a good 2.5 hours now. I suppose I'll make some.

wishing // this week goes by smoothly and quickly. Only 12 more work days (for me) this year!

listening // to Hanson's Christmas album...on Youtube...because my CD is officially too scratched to play. I remember buying it the day it came out in 1997, and listening to it on the CD player in my bedroom while I decorated my mini-Christmas tree. It had a good run, and I'll keep it for posterity.

wanting // a nose ring, and the balls to wear red lipstick.

hoping // it doesn't snow on Saturday, because I have unexpected travel plans.

reading // hopefully this will be the last week I say Harry Potter. I'm about halfway through the last book, and plan on finishing it this week. Then it's time to read Lena Dunham's book, because, yea.

eating // I made stuffed shells for dinner. Make them! So easy, so good.

feeling // the tiniest bit excited for Christmas (finally!).  My house is as decorated as it's going to get. Well, at least until I make some bad decisions in Target during my lunch breaks this week. And in case you were wondering, the only tree I'll have this year, is the one pictured above. I couldn't love it more.

December 5, 2014

Mixtape No. 1

Please allow me to share with you some songs that I've been listening to this week. Maybe I'll continue to do this, maybe I won't. But I can assure you that if I do, I won't be listing songs by obscure artists because I think it makes me look cool.

There's a Hanson song on this playlist for Christ's sake.


1. Langhorne Slime // The Way We Move
2. Hanson // This Time Around
3. Frank Turner // I Am Disappeared
4. James Taylor // Something in the Way She Moves
5. Bay City Rollers // Saturday Night
6. Creed // What If
7. The Waitresses // Christmas Wrapping (favorite Christmas song of all time)
8. Beyonce // If I Were a Boy
9. Brandi Carlile // Save Part of Yourself

December 3, 2014

Stream of Consciousness

Remember back a few weeks ago, when I stood on my soap box, and preached about the blasphemy is The Newsroom being canceled after 3 seasons, despite Big Brother still chugging along? Insert foot in mouth, but this girl cannot get enough of Vanderpump Rules. Trust me, I know. Everyone on that show is dumb, and I'm not just saying that because I think most people are stupid. These people prove every episode that they are idiots, yet I can't stop watching. This show is the reason why I can't quit Bravo completely, and I hate myself for it.

If you were to ask to me two weeks ago what kind of tree I was going to have this year, I would've said real. Now I'm thinking more along the lines of invisible. I have zero Christmas spirit. Actually, I have zero spirit in general, if we're being honest. I'm going to have a lot of people in my house in a few weeks, I know I should decorate, but I have no motivation. Someone please help. I spent a lot of money on Christmas decorations at Target last year, and it would be a shame if they didn't make it out of my basement.

There's something about going to the movies lately that I can't get enough of. The people who work at the theater I go to are so incredibly nice, which is why I can never say no when they up sell me on things like soda and popcorn (no, really, I wish I took a picture of the giant popcorn I was swindled into buying last weekend). Do I want to donate a dollar for charity when I buy my ticket AND when I buy my snacks? Sure. I can't help myself.

Between schmoozing with the counter staff (whose average age is probably 16.5, if that) and being slightly condescending, yet still charming (much like a sour patch kid - first sour, then sweet) to the ticket takers, I think I've made some real friends there. Or I've at least found other people who share my belief that Sims 2 is better than Sims 3.

Speaking of meeting new people, I went out on a kinda-sorta date last week. It was more of a double blind date, set up by a friend of mine. I mean, it could've gone way worse. But as I sat at the bar, slowly sipping my beer because I can't let on how quickly I would normally drink it, I thought: I am the worst. I will be alone forever, and I probably won't hate it. I am so awkward. And I don't care.

Not awkward like I'll-spill-my-drink-on-your-lap-and-snort-laugh or anything. Okay, maybe snort laugh. More like I-won't-look-at-you-or-ask-you-questions-first kind of awkward. Getting to know someone is exhausting, and getting to know me is difficult. Can't we hide behind our computers and phones for two years, and then maybe I can pick you up from a sketchy bus station in Albany? It's worked in the past, at least with friends (looking at you, Tiff).

We'll see. Well, not with this guy, we won't. He was fine, but simple. See also: I think most people are stupid. See also, again: I will be alone forever, and I probably won't hate it.

But, really, The Newsroom? Canceled? Bullshit!