Posts tagged ‘holidays’

February 13, 2010

President Obama Says Happy Lunar New Year

This is pretty cool.

For the record, I don’t literally believe in any type of zodiac or in using a lunar calendar. It’s a cultural thing. It’s sort of the same way many non-religious friends of mine still celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and other December holidays.

I’ve noticed that Obama has made a conscious effort to reach out to minority groups and I think that’s pretty cool. I could be wrong, but I don’t remember any other President going out of his way to wish us Happy Lunar New Year. I also give him credit for saying lunar and not Chinese.

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February 2, 2009

Writer’s Block: Been There, Done That

I’m assuming this question is being asked because it’s Groundhog Day and there’s that movie.
Let me ask another question here:
Is there a real point to Groundhog Day? I mean, really?

November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

Happy Thanksgiving! I had a small and simple, but good meal with my mother. She’s been having some medical issues lately, so she wasn’t able to make her famous dinner. So I tried to help out as much as I could. She baked the bread and cooked the turkey, while I took care of the rest of it, like the side dishes.

Some of the things I am thankful for:

  • My Friends and Family: You know who you are. You help keep me sane. Or at least make me feel like I’m not completely crazy.
    I’m glad that I’ve gotten a chance to be on good terms with my mother and that we’ve gotten to know each other better. For years, we were on really bad terms but we’ve become much more understanding of each other compared to the past. And we get along so much better.
    And Mandi, I’m glad we were able to reconnect this past year. I know you’re moving to Vegas soon, but at least we’ve been able to bond again before you leave. I don’t know what I’m going to do when you leave, haha. But I’m happy for you.
  • My Job: I somehow ended up working for a good company. I had been a temp there for a while and in January, they hired me. I wasn’t originally meant to end up being employed there. I was just there to do some clerical work. I don’t even have a degree, which almost everyone there does (except for some of the call center employees). But my boss was open minded enough to give me a chance because I showed that I knew a lot of stuff already and was also a fast learner in the things I didn’t know yet. I get some great benefits and they treat us well for the most part. I get to work around some cool people. Most of the people I work around have this nice combination of hip but professional. And I’m lucky enough to have a boss who is very understanding about my mom’s health issues and he doesn’t give me a hard time about missing work due to helping my mom. It’s also in a cool location in Brewers Hill.
  • My education: I’ve been fortunate enough to go back to school this past year and not only have a chance at a better future once I get my degree, but I’m learning things in which I’m actually interested. I’m lucky enough to have some great teachers and to have met some interesting other students. And most of my friends, family, and co-workers are very supportive of me.
  • Music: With so much going on in my life right now, I don’t get to record or perform nearly as much as I used to in the past and definitely not as much as I wish I could. But I’m glad that there are people who haven’t forgotten about me during this time. And that I’ve still gotten some opportunities to do projects and collaborations with other great musicians.

I was planning on going to work tomorrow. It’s not required, but it would be a floating holiday so I’d be able to use that as paid time off later. But I have so much to get done, I don’t even know if I’ll go.

Some of the things I’ll be doing over the Thanksgiving weekend:

  • Finishing up lots of schoolwork. With the end of the semester approaching, there is a lot of work due. Most of what I have to complete are projects due in my C++ programming class. One of the programs due next week is a memory game. It’s similar to this: http://www.zefrank.com/memory. Sure, it’s not a very complex game, but writing the code for it is harder than some might think.
  • Attending this show on Saturday:

I hope everyone is doing well and is having a great Thanksgiving!

Love,
Teresa

November 6, 2008

My bday, Halloween show

I know I haven’t updated in a minute. This always seems to happen to me when I have the most things going on in my life to report. That’s when I don’t have time to post because I’m busy living life.

My 27th Bday:
It was fun and low-key this time. I just had a few close friends with me at the bowling alley. Yes, rock and bowl birthday. Fun times.

I thought a few years ago that this would be a year I would have a freak out. But I did not. Yay to me. Why would I have possibly freaked? When I was younger, 27 seemed like a landmark age.
For one, lots of influential musicians have died at this age. I didn’t think at any time that I’d be dying at 27 or anything like that. But I’d look up to these artists for accomplishing so much and so if they were able to achieve that by age 27, then that must not be all that young. I also thought of them as much older. What’s weird is when I think about people such as Kurt Cobain or Jim Morrisson, both of whom were my age when they passed away, I still think of them as being older than me. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that they were the same age. Even when I think about Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur, who were 24 and 25 when they died, I still think of them as being older than me.

The age of 27 also held significance because of other random other things that I can remember. When I was in high school, Limp Bizkit were the biggest selling rock band at the time. And I remember people discussing how it was weird how Limp Bizkit didn’t really get famous until Fred Durst was about 27, which they claimed "is so much later in life than other rock stars".
Back when I was in my first "real" rock band, I remember having a discussion with one of my bandmates. He asked me how much longer would I want to be out there regularly playing shows before calling it a day, settling down, and getting married. He said if he didn’t get a record deal by age 27, then he was calling it quits. [He has not called it quits and he is 29 🙂 ].

But I know that 27 isn’t old by any means. I have barely gotten my feet wet in my life. Sure, I’ve done a lot of things that I’m proud of/happy about, but there are many more that are yet to happen. As you live life and time passes, your perception of things will evolve and change, and the age 27 isn’t really so scary to me anymore.

Angel Dust @ Fletcher’s on Halloween
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Angel Dust, my Faith No More tribute band, played Fletcher’s on Halloween.

Angel Dust’s members: Brandon Thomas (of Phantom Communique and formerly of Bleed the Dream) – vocals, Boyitz (of 7 Days Torn) – bass, Dawson (of Heroes of the Dawm and formerly of Victory Twin) – drums, Derrin (Heroes of the Dawn) – guitar, and Me (keyboards).

I thought we rocked, haha. The other bands were awesome as well. It was great to see Keith Thompson front a band in Ghouls Night Out! The vibe from the crowd was great, most of the people there were in costume, and I saw some friends of mine who I hadn’t seen in a while. I love Halloween. I was dressed as Lil’ Red Riding Hood.

Here are some pics from the show. The rest are in this MySpace photo album.
 
   

It looks like Angel Dust will turn out to be one of those one time things. We were planning to play a couple shows a month just for fun, but Brandon has decided he’s moving back to L.A. again.

There are more cool things that happened, but those are the main things.

July 4, 2008

Happy 4th!

I realize not all of my friends who read my journal are American, but I want to say Happy 4th of July!

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July 5, 2007

Raining, thunderstorming 4th of July

I was going to go to my friend’s house for a party. Adam Meister threw a party. (By the way, he is running for City Council in the 11th District of Baltimore – check him out if you live in the area. www.adammeister.com)
He lives in this awesome house in the city with three flat roofs. They are fun for parties and you can see the fireworks from there.  I went to his Fourth of July party last year and it was lots of fun. When he told me he was doing it again this year, I was looking forward to it. Not only is his house perfect for watching the fireworks, but he and his friends are good people. But noooo, there had to be a freakin’ tornado, thunderstorm, and hail warning until 10 PM. It rained and there were warnings on tv not to go outside if it started lightning because there is a risk of getting struck. Being on a roof isn’t the safest place to be when there’s lightning involved. I was going to see if maybe he was still  having the party inside, but my boyfriend’s back was hurting him badly today, so he didn’t want to go out. So I just ended up hanging with him at his place.  I had a good time with him,  but it just sucks the weather had to be like this today. Oh well. I’m not really complaining because there is a lot I have to be thankful for.

And the day wasn’t a complete loss.  I got to sleep later than usual.  And I ate some crabs and drank a corona with my mother.

May 30, 2007

This past Memorial Day weekend

Most of the memorial days of the past several years, I have had to work. This year, I had the day off. So I was all excited.  The times when I had to work, there were always great parties, cookouts, shows, etc. going on.  It seemed like I was missing out on the “party of the year”.  So guess what? This year when I have off, there is nothing worthwhile happening.  LAME.

But the weekend all-in-all wasn’t bad.  Friday though, I didn’t go out. I had to take my mom to the hospital. She’s doing better. She recently had shingles, and some people have excruciating pain  and unbearable itchiness weeks, months, or years afterward.  She was absolutely screaming in pain.  I felt so horrible that I couldn’t take that pain away for her.  She said the pain is the worst pain she’s ever felt – even more severe than childbirth.  She has permanent nerve damage and her eye is messed up. She also has red scars that might never completely go away. I hate illnesses so much.

Saturday, I saw Lennex at the Recher Theatre.  They are always great. But hardly anyone was there for them, which I found odd. Then I realized it was because everyone apparently decided to go out of town for the weekend, yet no one I actually knew was out of town. So where was everyone? There were a bunch of people there for the band that went on right before Lennex, a band called Ashes Remain.  You’d think they were a hardcore band by the name, but they were somewhat of a jam band with more mainstream appeal.  The Ashes Remain fans that stuck around for Lennex actually seemed pretty impressed, which was awesome considering the two different styles and the fact that they really seemed like they were just there for the band they came to see.

Sunday, my friend Adam and I went to a bunch of different bars. Hardly anyone we knew was out.  It wasn’t until we went to the Depot that we had an awesome time. I got to see some people I hadn’t hung out with in a while.  I only had two drinks – an amaretto sour (which is what I almost always order these days) and a vodka martini with some of the nicest, biggest olives I’ve ever had. I had them at the Club Charles (which is right by the Depot).  The martini really snuck up on me because I was feeling “nice” the rest of the evening!

A friend of mine, Dave, was in town and I missed him. It sucked! He was at the Rec Room after Lennex but I had already left. He lost his phone and didn’t have my number anymore. When my other friend Dave called me to tell me he was there, I called but his number had been changed. By the time I finally got a hold of him, it was Sunday night and he had to get up early the next morning to drive back to North Carolina.  He’s a soldier now, so I don’t know when I will see him again. He’s one of those awesome people that I’d talk to forever about stuff. It’s always the quality people that go away.

February 13, 2007

Valentine’s Loser?

Original entry and comments: http://cherryteresa.greatestjournal.com/2007/02/13/

I’m not the type of person that’s like “Oh my god, I can’t live without a boyfriend”. I actually think I’m too comfortable being single sometimes and that I might not ever want to get married because I like being alone and I might be too picky. I’m not extremely picky about who I’ll date, but I am about who I’ll be in a “relationship” with.
I actually think having two separate beds and pushing them together when you want to be closer to each other is a good idea! I know it’s not for everyone, but it may be right for me.

But for some stupid reason, I let society’s dumb ideas get to me on Valentine’s Day. I don’t buy into the frenzy of how society and corporations make you think you have to get into thousands of dollars in debt around the holidays in December. I’m “above that”. So why does Valentine’s Day bother me? I don’t like being single this time of year. I don’t know what bothers me more – being single on Valentine’s Day or the fact that I let it bother me. Also, does it make me a loser that I haven’t had a boyfriend on Valentine’s Day since the 9th grade? I’ve had boyfriends since then, just not on Valentine’s Day. I even broke up with someone right before the day. It wasn’t on purpose, it just happened to be around that time.
I can’t wait until tomorrow is over.

December 28, 2006

Holidays

Original entry and comments: http://cherryteresa.greatestjournal.com/2006/12/28/

I didn’t do anything too exciting this year but I can’t complain. On Christmas, I went over to my mother’s and had dinner. It was good to spend time with her. And I talked to some relatives I hadn’t spoken with in a long time over the phone.

I almost didn’t go to my mother’s because I have been sick and I wasn’t feeling well on Christmas. I had to take a nap before I went there and I didn’t stay long because it hurt to even sit up. For more than two and half weeks now I’ve been sick and in pain. I have an infection that spread to my neck, shoulders, back, spine (spine is the most painful area with this illness), and even into my thighs, legs, and arms.

I do feel like I am getting better though. Slowly. I just hope that I am feeling better or at least decent by New Years Eve. If I have to stay home, I will be very angry! I bought tickets to see Lennex/Agents of the Sun at Fletchers. It should be a good show!

December 26, 2003

Happy Holidays

http://cherryteresa.greatestjournal.com/2003/12/26/

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Subject: Happy Holidays
Music Johnny Cash "Ghost Riders in the Sky"/"Hurt"/"One"

Hope everyone had a good xmas or any other holidays that you celebrate. I had a really good Xmas. I spent a lot of good quality time with my step dad in DC.

I’m on my way out to see To A Science at the Vault. And then afterwards, I’ll go see the Colouring Lesson Reunion Show! If time permits, of course.
 

 
 


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