worth getting up for in december

Worth getting up for in December: taking a Triangle transplant to Only Burger for the first time; Chatham County Line’s Electric Holiday Show at Haw River; finding cute well-made wrap dresses for cheap; bright colored tights; fixing my meds; the Tallest Man On Earth covering ‘Working Titles’; new pants; a new TV; The World History…

list: my ten favorite photos of 2012

Of all the photos I took this year, these are my ten favorites, unranked and presented without comment. I will say, though, that I was surprised that three of these were basically portraits (the Cowboy and Biggs; Montgomery, thoughtful; and Erin Rae on Matt’s porch); I don’t think of myself as a portrait photographer, but…

best of: top 25 albums of 2012

I hate making these lists. Everything was good! If it was bad, I didn’t keep it, thus, all the albums in my iTunes from 2012 are excellent! Agggh. But anyway: I contributed to the Speakers In Code list, of course, but this one is mine and ended up getting a hefty end-of-the-list tweak from my SiC list….

song share: santa is an asshole

I lucked out: I was supposed to be at work today, but our handsome and benevolent president closed all federal offices in thanks for our hard work, so I’m not at work; I’m listening to holiday music and drafting blog posts at home. You might be at work, though, and I am sorry that you…

christmas mix: someone you used to know

I’ve been making what I call a Christmas mix — that is, not holiday songs but a mix made at the holidays — since 1997; first they were tapes, then for a few years cds, and finally, in the digital age, the last seven years have been downloadable zip files, and this year is no…

almost people @ local 506

I know Scotty Sandwich from many things: his digital label Death To False Hope Records, his booking of great punk and garage and hardcore shows in Durham, but I’d never seen him play in his own band, Almost People, before last night. They play sharp, clever, hooky pop punk, lots of great guitar riffs from…

a mind like a diamond

The slip is vintage. The nail polish is Goldeneye from OPI’s James Bond collection. The lipstick is Make Up Forever’s Rouge Artist Intense, part of my life list goal to find the perfect red and pink lipsticks. The camera is my D80, Emmylou, and the strap is my third from vmjess. The title is, obviously,…

book review: you are awesome

You Are Awesome, Cicada Books, 2012. First, how nice is it to have a book that right up front tells you that you rock? I need more books like that. You Are Awesome is a book of 21 crafts; gifts for yourself, or to make someone else feel awesome. I need more of that in…