Posts tagged ‘de-stressing’

August 20, 2007

I need to go for a walk.

I’m really glad it’s cooler outside. I need to go for a walk.
I have a lot of different emotions going on at all once right now – happy, frustrated, excited, annoyed, impatient, optimistic, hopeful, pessimistic, realistic, appreciated, and forgotten.
Hopefully, some good musical creations will come from this.

May 27, 2007

Lullaby versions of rock songs

This may sound weird, but there are these Rockabye Baby!  CDs I discovered by accident on iTunes that are really good! They do lullaby versions of Radiohead, Coldplay, Smashing Pumpkins,  Nine Inch Nails,  Bjork, Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age, Tool, and more… and then traditional rock bands like the Beatles, U2, The Rolling Stones, etc. I haven’t heard all of it yet, but what I’ve heard so far is good. They seem to choose songs that really work. I am thinking about just buying some of these for myself to help me fall asleep at night. I like how the artwork looks like kid versions of the bands’ original artwork.

You can hear 30 second previews by going to iTunes. Type in “Rockabye Baby!” as the artist.

May 20, 2007

I finally have the internet again!

I haven’t had the internet on my own computer for a year. I’ve been using friend’s computers, my work computer, and library computers. But today, Comcast came. And I got lucky –  I actually got a tech who was great. He was kind and he hooked up the wires in the house the right way without me even having to explain what I wanted. (The main computer is far away from a cable jack).  I’ve had major problems with Comcast in the past, so I was happy. I didn’t even mind that he was 15 mins past the window of 12:30-4:30 they gave me since he was actually competent. The only reason I even have Comcast is because Verizon DSL doesn’t have service in the area I’m in just yet.

I’m living in Mount Washington now. I still have crap to clean up at my old apartment but I’m not staying at the Essex apartment anymore.

I go walking a lot for exercise and to help de-stress. I’ve taken hour long walks without problems.  So I didn’t think a few days ago that taking a walk in this neighborhood would be a big deal. Boy, was I wrong. Where I live now is full of hills and so for the next couple days afterwards, all these muscles I don’t think I’ve ever felt before were aching. There were muscles in my butt cheeks, my calves, and other parts of my legs that hurt. But I guess that’s a good thing because I’m getting better exercise now!

February 5, 2007

Past weekend-photo shoot, mall walking, etc.

Original entry:

This past weekend was a nice one. Friday night, I went to see the fabulous Big in Japan at the Ottobar. They are the type of band that you really go there for the music because it is so good. You don’t just go see them because it’s something to do. But it does also end up being a social event because I’ll see people that I know at the shows. (Lennex is one of those bands for me, too. But they were playing a little too far away on Friday, in Arlington, VA).

Saturday during the day, my friend Adam and I went to Arundel Mills Mall to walk. Last week, we went to Towson Mall and Eastpoint the week before. Yes, that’s right, I have turned into a crazy mall walker. No, but really, it’s a good way to stay motivated during the wintertime. I don’t want to walk in the cold weather, especially the way it’s been the past couple of days. But I want to still exercise. I can’t afford a gym membership and from bad stories I’ve heard, the only gyms I would want to join are the non-chain ones, which I notice cost even more money. (I’m not bashing gyms, I’m just saying they’re not for me. At least not right now, maybe they will be in the future). So walking in the mall solves the problem of not wanting to join a gym but not wanting to walk out in the cold. I wish I‘d thought about this a couple years ago when I lived in a neighborhood where you don’t want to walk outside any time of the year. Oh well. Better late than never.

Saturday night, I went to see Eleven 54 and Ballyhoo! at the Stone Cellar in Ellicott City. (It’s the basement of the Blue Point Grille). The show was really fun and the Stone Cellar is a place I like to visit here and there. If you live in the area, you’ve probably heard of it. But those who don’t venture outside of Baltimore city often for places to hang out might consider it a nice little hidden gem. The crowd seemed to be a nice mix of regulars who go there all the time and those who ventured out solely for the bands.

Sunday, I went to do a photo shoot for Jim Lucio, a.k.a. Defekto. It’s going to be in Gutter Magazine. It wasn’t what I expected, but I don’t mean that in a bad way. He told me he’d have clothes there from Killer Trash but to also bring some of my own. I obviously had no idea of the clothes he wanted me to bring, because none of it was right. Luckily, what he wanted me to wear that he had actually fit me. One of the outfits I wore ended up being these baby blue plastic pants with suspenders with a silver scarf and the type of hat you saw men wear in old movies and some older men still wear today. But I liked the hat. I ended up kind of looking like a 90s raver who took the wrong drugs and tried to look like they were from the 1920s and poor. But the way Jim puts together weird things ends up working somehow. He has visions, and from what I’ve been told and what I’ve seen, you have to just trust it. One of the many things that I like and respect about Jim is his idea of “beauty” or “art”. None of the people he chose to be in the photo shoot looked anything alike at all. They were people of different sizes and shapes and just totally different looks and people with different features. I think a true artist has the ability to see things in a certain way, if that makes sense. Anyway, the other concept he came up with for me to wear is weird! You will probably get a good laugh. And trust me when I say you won’t be able to tell that it’s me when you see the pictures. I’d explain more about what the shoot was like, but really you’ll just find out from the photos when they come out. I will post either the photos or the link to them when the time comes.