January 27, 2015

Alissa Lately

I’ve spent a significant amount of time watching Homeland recently. I made it through the first three seasons in about a week and a half, and then took some time off before starting season four. Plot lines were starting to blur, so I spent some time re-reading Still Alice, instead. It’s been on my bookshelf since I read it 6 or 7 years ago, but it didn’t leave a lasting impression. Now I remember why – not my favorite.

I can’t shake the feeling that February is going to be a long, slow month – despite the fact that it’s actually the shortest month of the year. I don’t have anything planned (which my bank account is happy about), so I’ll spend my weekends organizing my house, and maybe taking down my Christmas decorations. Maybe.

Remember all of that talk about me wanting to cut my hair? Well, it didn’t happen. Instead I spent some time practicing how to curl it with a straightener.  Yes, it works. And yes, it’s easier for me. If anyone saw me try to curl my hair with a curling iron, they would think I never used my hands before. 

Last Saturday, Kelsey, Kate and I went to Bennington VT. There’s a store there that has records for $1, and once again, we came back with some real gems. Afterwards, we headed over to Madison Brewing Co. for dinner (chicken wings and cottage pie!), and what turned into a few hours of drinking their craft beer and listening to a live band.

The band consisted of a woman, probably in her 60s, wearing a fedora and playing an electric guitar, along with her husband (or, maybe just a friend, or something) on the pedal steel, which I kept calling a “steel peddle.” Let’s blame it on the fact that I’m slightly dyslexic, or maybe it was the beer. Either way, I felt the need to leave in between songs so I could yell, “LOVE THE PEDAL STEEL, BY THE WAY!” on my way out the door. So, maybe we should blame it on the beer, after all.

Sunday night I made tacos, and I’ve been eating leftovers ever since. Homemade tacos are quite possibly my favorite meal, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I make them at least every other week. I have to take a break from green beans once in a while, you know?

January 23, 2015

Mixtape No. 6

1. Oasis // Don't Look Back in Anger
2. Zac Brown Band // Sweet Annie
3. Coldplay // Yellow (Live)
4. The Avett Brothers // All My Mistakes
5. Adele // Lovesong
6. Langhorne Slim // Coffee Cups
7. Stone Temple Pilots // Creep
8. The Lumineers // Dead Sea
9. The Head and the Heart // Rivers and Roads

January 22, 2015

10 Things You Really Didn’t Need to Know About Me

1. I quit gymnastics after 3 years because my practices got switched to Friday nights, and that interfered with TGIF (shows like Step by Step, Family Matters, etc). I was also too tall and not nearly flexible enough, but really, I quit because I wanted to watch TV instead.

2. My left foot is slightly bigger than my right foot. Not enough to warrant buying two different sizes, but enough that my right foot is typically sliding around in all of my shoes.

3. I played the clarinet from 5th grade until I graduated from high school. But in the 10 years since, I’ve lost the ability to read music.

4. My hair is naturally curly. Like, really curly. We’re talking spirals.

5. I didn’t have an imaginary friend growing up. Or an attachment to a blanket, or a certain stuffed animal. Foreshadowing? Probably.

6. I only set my alarms for odd times. For example, it’s set for 6:51am during the work week.

7. I didn’t get my license until 2 months before my 18th birthday. I was scared to drive.

8. I can't use chopsticks to save my life.

9. I have a scar under my right eyebrow that I got when I walked into the side mirror of my mother's car when I was 3. People have asked me if I used to have an eyebrow piercing. To me, having an eyebrow piercing is more embarrassing than the real story of how I got the scar.

10. I prefer to sit in a chair, rather than on a couch.

January 15, 2015

Mixtape No. 5

1. Etta James // A Sunday Kind of Love
2. Merle Haggard // My Favorite Memory
3. Fleetwood Mac // Tusk
4. Florence + The Machine // No Light, No Light
5. The Allman Brothers // Soulshine
6. Noah and the Whale // Blue Skies
7. The Guess Who // No Sugar Tonight
8. Creedence Clearwater Revival // Midnight Special
9. Mumford & Sons // The Cave

Also, listen to the Scott Avett version of "My Favorite Memory" and try to keep your pants on.

January 13, 2015

Alissa Lately

My own version of The Ballad of Love and Hate.

{watching} Homeland. YOU. GUYS. I know I'm late with this. People have been telling me to watch this show for years, and I finally got around to it. More or less because I called Time Warner Cable and bitched about my bill, and now I have free Showtime for a year. Which means you do, too, if you have my HBO username and password. And I'm pretty sure at least 90% of you have that information.

But I'm only halfway through season 1 of Homeland so shut your mouth if you're all caught up.

{drinking} coffee. I tried to quit sugar last week for like ~3 days and I was a monster. So now I'm back to my DD French vanilla with cream and sugar. Also, after spending a few days down South, how do you people survive without having Dunkin Donuts on every corner?

{wishing} I knew what to do with this mop of hair on my head. Should I cut a few inches off? Leave it alone? I'm asking for a friend - specifically one named Tiffany.

{listening} to "Welcome to New York" by Taylor Swift ON REPEAT. That song is always in my head for some reason, so I listen to it to make the madness stop. Spoiler alert: it doesn't.

{hoping} my co-workers don't get me sick! Although, that means I could stay home and watching Homeland, so...brb while I let them cough on me.

{reading} I just finished Lena Dunham's book - more on that in another post. I've also been reading The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. Only a few chapters in, but it's an interesting read so far.

{eating} lately I've been putting dried cranberries in my oatmeal every morning and it's the most delicious thing I can't believe I've never done before.

{feeling} cramps! bloating! mean! Cheers to being a woman.

January 9, 2015

Mixtape No. 4

1. Carolina Chocolate Drops // Hit 'Em Up Style
2. Patsy Cline // She's Got You
3. Brandi Carlile // The Eye
4. Shakey Graves f. Esme Patterson // Dearly Departed
5. Stevie Nicks // Leather and Lace
6. Duffy // Mercy
7. Miranda Lambert // More Like Her
8. Taylor Swift // Dear John
9. Mumford & Sons // The Boxer