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January 6th, 2009

08:40 pm: The Albums that got me Through 08
These were my absolute favorite albums of 2008 (in no order):

1. Jack's Mannequin - The Glass Passenger
Jack's Mannequin's first album, Everything in Transit, is my favorite album of all time and I knew it would be tough to follow. However, the Glass Passenger is hauntingly amazing, and starts off poppy and light, and then dives deep down where Andrew sings about his battle with cancer. It gives me chills, I can't believe it's just as amazing as the first album
Standout tracks:
Crashin', Spinning, Hammers and Strings (A Lullaby), Caves
2. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
I stalk Vampire Weekend. Seriously. I check about every 2 weeks to see if they have any new singles that have leaked on to the internet and then download and listen to them on repeat. This album is so fun and light and reminds me of summer. I don't think I could ever get sick of it.
Standout tracks:
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa, M79, Oxford Comma, A-Punk
3. Girl Talk - Feed the Animals
Girl Talk is now the only thing I listen to when I run. This album gets me PUMPED UP like no other. It also keeps me occupied while I'm running trying to figure out what songs he's sampled in each mix. AMAZING.
Standout tracks:
Just listen to the whole thing
4. Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst
Sausalito was the soundtrack to my summer. I found out he was playing in Northampton one night and managed to get tickets half an hour before the show started. Conor's lyrics are simply amazing and I'm digging this whole folk music thing right now.
Standout tracks:
Sausalito, Danny Callahan, Moab, I Don't Wanna Die in a Hospital
5. The Killers - Day and Age
This album got a lot of criticism from...critics but I absolutely LOVE it. Amazing amazing reminds me why I love the Killers so much. This is the kind of album you need to blast in your car and sing along to, because it's just that good.
Standout tracks:
Human, Spaceman, This is Your Life, Dustland Fairytale

Honorable Mentions:
MGMT - Oracular Spectacular, Black Kids - Partie Traumatic, Kings of Leon - Only the Night, Okkervil River - The Stand Ins, Tokyo Police Club - Elephant Shell, Lykke Li - Youth Novels

Current Mood: lovedin love with music 08

October 13th, 2008

09:39 pm: If I had the choice again, would I work 40 hrs over my October Break? Absolutely.

Am I doing it again over Thanksgiving Break? Absolutely.

Current Mood: happyhappy

August 10th, 2008

07:49 pm: Today I ATE SO MUCH I can't even believe it.

Apparently, I was starving because yesterday I worked from 4am-4pm, and though I had a few Swiss pastries along the way, it was not enough to fill me up. I was so tired that by the time I got home, I just went straight to bed and didn't eat anything. Today I woke up and worked 5-8am still eating nothing and dying of starvation all morning.

Today was my little cousin's baptism and after there was a huuuge catered party. In the span of 3 hours, I ate:

2 hot dogs
1 bag of chips
1 roll
1 lobster
1 grilled chicken breast
2 cookies
1 piece of cake
ice cream

I wasn't even disgustingly full. Just satisfied.
Goodbye all the weight that I've worked so hard to lose this summer.
It was almost worth it.

July 31st, 2008

06:49 am: I feel like a deadbeat dad right now.

I got tickets to Futures at Fenway for my birthday and I just found out I can't go because I have a 12 hour work day to fill in for everyone that's on vacation and I can't miss it.


July 26th, 2008

06:47 pm: They are going to teach me how to bake this winter and I am ridiculously excited.

July 25th, 2008

06:52 am: I have to get up at 2:30am to be outta here by 3:30am tomorrow for work.

Most people my age are out partying till then.

I am crying just thinking about it.

I'm supposed to go watch the Red Sox/Yankees game at the Woburn Showcase Cinema today and you know that's not going to get out until around midnight.

And then tomorrow I have to work from 4am-4pm (COME TO THE ANDOVER FARMER'S MARKET AT 97 MAIN ST FROM 12:30 TO 3:30 AND VISIT ME!).

Maybe I should go by some Red Bull. I'm not sure what to do.

July 3rd, 2008

02:56 pm: Boys on the Docks
It's so hard being a girl, and it has never been more apparent to me than when I'm making deliveries at Whole Foods. The loading docks at Whole Foods are, sadly, no place for young women. When I'm there making deliveries, I get ignored, berated, belittled, and talked to like I'm 5 years old.
The one good part is that if I smile and bat my eyelashes a little bit, the guys there will pretty much do anything for me: carry boxes to my car, open doors, do the deliveries FOR me, etc.


Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Current Music: Dropkick Murphys - Boys on the Docks

June 23rd, 2008

05:20 pm: Iced Coffee
Today I had iced coffee for the first time.
I did not like it.

June 16th, 2008

08:43 am: Even Spammers Need a Day Off
One night, toward the end of Spring Break in March, I started to get a few dozen emails from Mailer-Daemon telling me that my message to wherever had failed. I never sent these messages and freaked out. I changed my password immediately and emailed the web admin at Mt. Holyoke to ask what was wrong. He wrote back and told me that someone was forging my email address to send out spam, and there was nothing I could do about it until he got caught.

The spammer picked up momentum and I started getting upwards of 8000 of these messages a day. This is when I found my spam filter and made over 20 new "rules" to automatically delete anything that came from Mailer Daemon, Postmaster, Web Delivery System, etc. Right now they're set pretty high, but I still get probably 50 emails a day of just plain gibberish and things I wouldn't be able to filter out. I researched this phenomenon online and found out it happened to a whole bunch of people, and usually only lasted a week or so until the spammer moved on to different email addresses, or was caught.

Three months later, this is still happening to me. The part I find funniest is that I NEVER get any of these emails on Sunday! Does the spammer need to take the day off and go to church? I always get excited and think that the spamming is finally over, but then he goes into overtime on Monday morning.

Current Mood: aggravateddeleting emails

June 15th, 2008

09:45 pm: Sure Thang
I made myself a list of all the mistakes I made in my job search this summer, just to keep for myself for future reference. This was my favorite one:

1. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Seriously. Just because you worked somewhere last summer and your cousin was the boss and told you at Thanksgiving that you had a 99% chance of coming back, doesn’t mean you should count out that 1%. Even if it does sound like a sure thang, apply to other places anyway. Especially when you’re an economics major and wrote two papers about the downturn of the business cycle, got A’s on both of them, and then thought that nothing you wrote about applied to you.

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