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Boredom…

I’m in a weird mood tonight. I’m not tired. It’s too late to go anywhere. I can’t seem to get motivated to finish a painting I started earlier. I’m bored, but I’m not sure why, or what to do about it.

Most of the past week has been rather low-key for me. Yesterday I went to World Market and Big Lots, managing to find a few things I needed, a few I didn’t, and some random birthday goodies for Katie. Her birthday is Wednesday, but I probably won’t be seeing her again until her party on Saturday. She hurt her back, so I haven’t seen much of her at all in the past week, and she’s heading to Atlanta to visit her dad tomorrow. While the introvert in me enjoys the alone time, I’d gotten rather used to seeing her almost every day. For some reason I just had a flashback to “I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face.”

Saturday night I went out to the Bywater with my neighbors. While we had a good time, every time I go out I’m reminded why I don’t like drinking out. I didn’t have any cash on me so Angela paid my cover in exchange for a drink. The drink I bought her plus two for myself ended up costing $18. I could by a pretty nice bottle of booze for that. Makes me wonder just how much money bars take in every night. Then I start daydreaming about buying a bar. And naming it “Puzzles” of course.

Work has been mostly uneventful. Last night I randomly got an earache, and when I woke up this morning it was still there. It eventually spread to my sinuses, and when I took something it left my sinuses for the greener pastures of my forehead. Eventually everything felt normal again. I have the next two days off, and I’m pretty sure this crazy weather will bother my sinuses again. Yay!

I can’t think of much else interesting to write about. Perhaps I’ll find the motivation to finish my painting. Or I might just sit here until I finally get tired. Whichever comes first.

 

Art and women and stuff

Welcome to yet another edition of The Week In Me. Not a whole lot has changed since the last time I wrote an actual update. The two main developments have been in my art career and in my dating life…

For starters, things seem to be working out nicely with Katie. We typically see each other several nights a week, although a lot of that is just hanging out. We have this inside joke about her being a wombat, and she created a fake Facebook profile with the name Wombat Superpants, with whom I am now “in a relationship.” Last night we went out on a double date with my friends Nici and James, and everyone seemed to click, so that’s good. I won’t be seeing her much in the next week and a half – evidently her birthday is a huge deal, and she’s doing something with some long-lost friend or family member every night. Also she hurt her back, so that’s kinda kicked her activity level down a few notches. Next week is her birthday, and I still haven’t figured out what to get her. She’s having a party which happens to fall on the same night as the Jeff Mangum concert, so I’ll be going to that first and then joining her and her friends for a night of drunkenness. But yeah, this is probably the most “normal” and functional relationship I’ve had in a while, so yay.

As far as art goes, a few new developments…

I have several different projects in vastly different mediums in the works. I just finished a crazy mixed media piece on wood that’s taken the past month or so to complete. I’ve been doing a few small tempera pieces on wood with abstract backgrounds and the cross-section of a tree. You can see one such piece here. I’m also going to start a series of pieces on wood, done in the style of medieval iconography, but of outdated technology. I’m calling it “Iconology.” Today I laid the ground for an oil reduction piece, although I’m not completely sure what it will end up being. And last but not least, I snagged some giant damaged canvases from work and some paint samples from various paint stores. I’m going to be doing a collaborative project with a few of my neighbors, probably rather abstract. Should be a lot of fun working under the guise of a collective.

And also further artistic developments… I’m trying to get my stuff shown somewhere. The Bar Of Soap posted on Facebook that they’re looking for new art, so I emailed the guy, and he likes my stuff. The Benjamin Moore paint store where I got some free samples has recently opened a mini-gallery, and the manager there really likes my stuff as well. I’m toying with the idea of entering a few contests, if I can convince myself to get over the entry fee. And I really need to send an email to the guy at The Courtyard Gallery. One of the owners of the building the gallery is in came into True Blue a while back and we started talking. I described my art and she said it sounds like something he would be totally into. Then the holidays happened and then I started dating someone and I just haven’t gotten around to contacting him. I’ll probably use my week of free time to do that, along with venture out to galleries and venues outside of downtown and try my luck. Hopefully I’ll have another show coming up soon.

But that’s about it for now. I seriously need to get some sleep. The End.

 

The Best of 2012 – part 5

And here we have it, the fifth and final chapter of The Best of 2012, wherein I count down the top 5 albums that came out last year. Keep in mind that this list is entirely subjective. If you disagree with my choices, I’m sorry, but you’re wrong. These were the best albums of the year, and that’s final.

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You know that thing I keep saying about getting to bed at a decent time? Yeah, that never happens. But what does appear to be happening is the Top 10 of 2012

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The Best of 2012 – part 3

In my attempts at finishing these posts and getting to sleep at a decent hour, it seems the third time is in fact the charm. So without further ado, let’s pick up right where we left off…..

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Welcome to another incredibly late night edition of The Best of 2012. Is this what being in a relationship is like? Because I thought there would be a lot more sleeping. Oh well, enough about that. Time for five of my favorite albums from last year…..

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The Best Of 2012 – part 1

It’s insanely late and we’re getting off to a slow start, but I did promise an update, so here goes…

 

We beginĀ The Best Of 2012 with a look back at some of the not-so-good releases, a few albums I didn’t get the chance to hear, and a few that came close, but just didn’t quite connect. Continue reading

It’s coming!

Stay tuned… this week I will finally be posting my Best Of 2012 list. I’ll do a post a day, starting tomorrow with the year’s biggest disappointments and honorable mentions. But as of right now, I’ve spent entirely too much time socializing the past few days. I need to go be an introvert for a while, get some sleep, and then work a long shift. Fun times!

 

So I log on to make a new post and WordPress looks absolutely nothing like it did a few days ago. What the???

Well anyway… back to what I was going to post about…

Yesterday I closed my account with BB&T. They didn’t even ask why I was closing my account. You could tell they just didn’t give a shit. I guess after the whole “occupy” thing and everyone switching to credit unions they’re just so used to it. But switching to a credit union is definitely the way to go, in the event someone reading this was contemplating.

After my bank fun and a little shopping I picked Katie up from work. Her ex sent her a “moneygram” and we ended up going to several places hoping in vain someone would cash it. We didn’t have any success, but she was able to cash a refund check from the electric company and she insisted on paying for dinner. I wouldn’t have any of that, but I did cave and let her pay for the movie tickets…

We went to see Frankenweenie at the Brew-n-view. It was pretty good overall, if not earth-shattering. While it was clearly aimed at children, it never came off as cheesy or pandering, and there were plenty of jokes adults would love. There were a lot of neat homages to classic black-and-white horror movies, but it mostly avoided the popular trend of inserting a million pop culture references to make you laugh. The bottom line is that if you’re a Tim Burton fan you’ll like it. It wasn’t my favorite of his movies, and after a while the 3-D glasses were giving me a headache, but it was definitely an enjoyable movie experience.

That’s about all for now. I’ll probably play around with this weird new setup and hopefully get around to posting my long-delayed best-of-2012 list. I have a few more albums to listen to before I set anything in stone, but it’s almost finished. Until then…..

 

It’s nearly 2:00 am. I’ve just returned from Katie’s apartment. She has four cats, and her roommate and her roommate’s boyfriend both smoke in the house. I haven’t been able to breathe for quite some time and I itch all over. I just took a Benadryl. What better time to finally write my review of the past year?

Yeah. I’ll make this quick.

This year was pretty eventful. In January I got out of a long-term relationship. I’ve spent the past year chronicling my dating life, which has been mostly humorous. I seem to have found someone who isn’t interested in stupid games, but this post is about 2012, not this year.

It was a year of loss. In February I lost my grandfather on my dad’s side, three months to the day that my grandmother on my mom’s side passed away. In September I lost my other grandmother. I drove to Fayetteville for my grandfather’s funeral and saw how completely and utterly insane my family is. I decided to stay far away when my grandmother passed. In the interim, my aunt has severed all ties with everyone else in my family. She even un-friended us all on Facebook. Is it possible to “un-family” someone? Holidays haven’t quite been the same since then. I’m pretty glad I live on the other side of the state from her and the other nutcases I’m somehow related to.

On a professional level, 2012 was a year of triumph. In late 2011 I set a personal goal that by my birthday I would have my art career off the ground. I bested that goal by several months, putting together a website, a Facebook page, a shop, getting business cards printed up, and being booked for my first solo show in Asheville by the end of April. My show started in August and ended up running for over two months. I sold a lot of prints and an original. In November I was booked for a group show, and while that ended up being a disaster thanks to the complete unprofessionalism of the “gallery,” it was still something. Not only this, but I was given a raise and promotion at the art supply store, enabling me to quit the gas station, gain an extra day off, and not lose any pay. On this end of things, I really have nothing to complain about.

A lot else happened. I got sick a few times. I most certainly did damage to my liver. We survived another election campaign. Justin Bieber still exists.

In the end, it was like any other year. It had its share of ups and downs. I met new people and watched old friendships dissolve. I laughed and had good times. I got my heart broken. You win some, you lose some. But returning to the world of blogging has helped me to keep things in perspective a little better, and be the introspective sonofabitch I was designed to be. So far 2013 is off to a smashing start – a potential new girlfriend, a new roommate, a new bank account. But like any other year, there will inevitably be low points ahead. That’s really about all you can say about life. I made it through another year, and this new year will be one hell of a ride. Life is a journey, not a destination. I’m not sure if that was Coleridge or Aerosmith, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that the Benadryl is kicking in. The End.