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posted by [personal profile] minervacat at 09:33am on 02/01/2011 under
[Posted elsewhere as well; apologies.]

Since the mid-nineties, Justin has been saying, ironically or not, that this is how your first entry of the new year should always be, and so it is.

new year's round-up )

Happy 2011, y'all. ♥
Music:: Talking Thunderbird Blues -- Townes Van Zandt -- Live at The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas
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posted by [personal profile] minervacat at 02:09pm on 31/12/2010 under
1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
Saw the motherfucking Avett Brothers in a tiny club. Shot at Koka Booth on a photo pass. Watched TJ Yates win a bowl game, what is this madness. I went to an NHL game for the first time in ten years, I mean, not ever, but that's a long time!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Sure? I resolved to be happy, and mostly I was.

This year I'm resolving to be kind, and be awesome.

that end of the year meme )

HAPPY NEW YEAR, YOU JERKS. ♥
Music:: crappy football on tv, avetts videos on youtube
Mood:: 'peaceful' peaceful
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posted by [personal profile] minervacat at 11:15am on 01/01/2010 under
Since the mid-nineties, Justin has been saying, ironically or not, that this is how your first entry of the new year should always be, and so it is.

  1. tales of new year's festivities

    Watched three quarters of Kiffykins vs. The Beam, went to a party with shep., drank some Crown Royale and Miller Light, had a good time.

    Oh, and I walked into a wall. Yeah, I'm awesome.

  2. accounting for some unfinished business

    Last year on New Year's Day, I said: I am going to take photos, dance, get a new tattoo, buy a prime lens, go to a lot of concerts, feed starving rock musicians when they're not on tour, and watch some tall dudes who ball try to do something amazing. and Gain a paid publication credit. Shoot a band's promo photos. Explore this amazing state I live in. Take a picture every day. Manage my money better. Get the Stump's brakes fixed. See 100 shows. Eat a lot of club sandwiches at Linda's. Go on the road with some of my boys for at least a couple of days. Swim in the ocean as much as possible. Take pictures of snow.

    I saw a national title for the basketball team. I bought two prime lenses. I missed 100 shows due to 10 weeks of unemployment, but saw my 89th two weeks ago. Instead of getting the Stump's brakes fixed, I bought a new car. I shot some promo photos. Until I got laid off, I ate at Linda's at least once a week. I didn't get paid but I did have a half page shot published in the Triad's independent weekly paper. I posted more than 4500 photos to Flickr, though I didn't shoot every day. I took pictures of snow, on Inauguration Day. shep. and I drove all over the state, to Charleston, to Virginia, and to Tennessee twice.

    I didn't get a new tattoo and I was sometimes crap at money management and I didn't go on the road with anybody. But I can always do those things later.

  3. envisioning the year ahead

    Stockpiling vacation time, all the baseball in the world, no more food photography unless I want to shoot something presented amazingly well, Bristol again in September, hopefully a crazy cave sight-seeing weekend with A., shows upon shows upon shows, albums by bands I love better and best, studio time with some of my boys. Living and not just surviving.

    I'm working on a photo and writing project for March. I'll be 30 on the 18th of March.

  4. any sort of resolutions

    This year, I'm going to be happy.

  5. an extended and unfortunately eloquent harangue

    swore to myself that i would never say good-bye, so instead of good-bye, i'll just say goodnight

  6. a final thought composed in silence

    shep. is my partner in every crime but especially the ones involving TJ Yates, poetry portfolios, Texans, and bartenders dressed like the guys from 300; Lani has known me longer than anyone; t. is always willing to listen to me bitch and bitch and bitch, and then she gives good advice; Ash is always willing to stop and take that photo, and always willing to mediate, and always willing to offer us her family, and I love her for it; the American Aquarium boys are my favorite drunk rock stars to offer food and manfresheners to; the Holy Ghost boys opened a dozen doors for me just by loving me back; a hell of a lot of you guys kept me going this year at those times when I wasn't sure I knew how to; and finally, Billy Donovan, who hates everyone and poops passive-aggressively, but who loves me and is always willing to sit in my lap and give me kisses whenever I need some love.

    I remain, as always, thankful for direct flights, cordless drills, my family, Chicago public transportation, wireless internet, OS X, photos of Ben Browder kissing Michael Shanks, torrents of television shows from the BBC and Canadia, Kerry Wood as bad-ass new relief god (even in Cleveland), Matt Wieters and his throwing arm and his ass, prime lenses, sunrise at the beach, live music, successful college basketball (and baseball) teams, [items redacted], Patrick Stump, Frank Iero, and Jon Walker, and Keira's ass. You know. The important things.
So far 2010 hasn't sucked!
Mood:: hungover
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posted by [personal profile] minervacat at 09:47pm on 31/12/2009 under
Blah blah blah self-reflective-cakes.

one of those end of year memes, sneaking in under the wire )

THERE. HAPPY NEW YEAR. DON'T DO ANYONE I WOULDN'T DO.
Music:: does it hurt too much? are you just fed up?
minervacat: (... i'm gonna go study.)
next week i will try to get to some of the other lists of things you think of when you think about me that you guys gave me -- i may pick and choose! because i am a rebel like that! -- but [livejournal.com profile] kickthebeat is my roommate, and thus, she gets priority.

queer ya literature, onegreekonehorse.com, the box-and-one defense, journaling through the ages, that handsome and talented middle reliever john matthew danford )

february wraps up my letter a day photo project (x and z to be posted later today); it turned out to be somewhat fun, and somewhat a pain in the ass, but i'm glad i did it. march is a month for windows and doors, which should be both more interesting and a lot less stressful, and in april we're going with green for the month's theme. i am, of course, still just shooting a lot in general and also taking pictures of my daily food, but i like having a monthly project; it makes me feel like i have some kind of structure to my random clicking. anybody who wants to join me in the daily windows & doors theme is more than welcome to. if you do, post your photos on flickr so i can see them! i also just discovered the group doors & windows so i'm doubly excited about my new project.

in other news, this week has been epically long, i hate being in the office on fridays, and i have slept really, really badly all week. SIGH.
Music:: Carolina's RV -- Tim Barry -- Laurel St. Demo 2005
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things that [livejournal.com profile] traveller thinks about when she thinks about me:

five things )

i can't promise to give you topics but if you'd like me to talk about anything else that you associate with me, say the five things and i will try.

now i have to buckle down and get some work done, because i am hoping to skip out of the office early and watch the first couple of innings of the carolina baseball game before i go home.
Music:: Ep. 393: Not Your Everyday Buzzerbeater -- No Dunks Inc. -- The Basketball Jones
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the strap that came with six, the D60, is too short for me -- when i sling it across my body, it sits at my waist instead of down by my hip. and so i want to replace it, and if i'm going to replace it, i'm going to replace it with something awesome. you can help me decide!

[Poll #1351957]

that random questions meme )

and now, i go to a meeting. woo.
Music:: The Magician -- Jason Isbell -- 2008-03-21 @ the Berkeley Cafe, Raleigh, NC
minervacat: (you ain't playin' for free)
Since the mid-nineties, Justin has been saying, ironically or not, that this is how your first entry of the new year should always be, and so it is.

  1. tales of new year's festivities

    Went to the 506 with [livejournal.com profile] triskellita for Red Collar and Hammer No More The Fingers, and left before Kerbloki headlined, because we're old. (Photos to come, I'm too tired for uploading tonight.) Celebrated the departure of one of our favorite bartenders for New York. Unintentionally rubbed elbows with a lot of ridiculous hipsters who play music in this town. But the real festivities are after ez arrives from the south later today and the DC crew comes down from the north on Friday.

    Also I took pictures and drank PBR and the Tar Heels won, which is good, because if they had lost to Nevada, 2009 would have already been a wash.

  2. accounting for some unfinished business

    you are broken and callow, cautious and safe
    you are boundless in beauty with fright in your face
    until someone loves you, i'll keep you safe
    but like them, i will give you away


  3. envisioning the year ahead

    I am going to take photos, dance, get a new tattoo, buy a prime lens, go to a lot of concerts, feed starving rock musicians when they're not on tour, and watch some tall dudes who ball try to do something amazing.

  4. any sort of resolutions

    Gain a paid publication credit. Shoot a band's promo photos. Explore this amazing state I live in. Take a picture every day. Manage my money better. Get the Stump's brakes fixed. Get laid. See 100 shows. Eat a lot of club sandwiches at Linda's. Go on the road with some of my boys for at least a couple of days. Swim in the ocean as much as possible. Take pictures of snow.

  5. an extended and unfortunately eloquent harangue

    singing don't let me into this year with an empty heart

  6. a final thought composed in silence

    Sid is the Patrick to my Pete; shep. is my partner in every crime but especially the ones involving TJ Yates, poetry portfolios, and bartenders dressed like the guys from 300; the rest of the Axis keeps me laughing and in beer and chocolate and porn; [livejournal.com profile] quicknow is always willing to stop and take that photo, and I love her for it; the American Aquarium boys are my favorite drunk rock stars to offer food and manfresheners to; a hell of a lot of you guys kept me going this year at those times when I wasn't sure I knew how to; and finally, the iCat, who pees in the bathtub and is eating my couch in systematic passive-aggressive fashion, but who loves me regardless of everything.

    I remain, as always, thankful for direct flights, cordless drills, my family, Chicago public transportation, wireless internet, OS X, John Sheppard's hair, photos of Ben Browder kissing Michael Shanks, torrents of television shows from the BBC and Canadia, Kerry Wood as bad-ass new relief god (even in Cleveland), Matt Wieters and his throwing arm and his ass, prime lenses, sunrise at the beach, live music, really good fanfiction, successful college basketball (and baseball) teams, marijuana, Patrick Stump, Frank Iero, and Jon Walker, and Keira's ass. You know. The important things.

    And now, to bed, bed.
Happy 2009, kids -- may this year be better than the last one. So far it hasn't sucked.
Mood:: 'tired' tired
Music:: Empty Hearts -- Josh Ritter -- The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
minervacat: (we could keep each other warm)
This post is what I did instead of working this morning. My boss is out of town and I have knocked out most of my current to-do list, primarily while sitting in front of several OC reruns yesterday late afternoon.

I had a hell of a time making this list; a shitload of albums I adored, flat-out adored, got bumped out of the top ten, and then some again out of the top 25. But this is, in the end, my top ten albums of the year, in rough order; there's definitely some (a lot of) sentiment mixed in with my objectivity, here, but I can't talk about music without sentiment creeping in, so: ten best albums of the year )

And then: the live music.

First show of the year was American Aquarium at Slim's in Raleigh on January 9. Last show of the year will be Kerbloki, Red Collar & Hammer No More The Fingers at the Local 506 tomorrow night. Furthest we traveled for a show was Chicago, for the Honda Civic Tour. Furthest I went for a show via car was ... Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit at the Satellite Ballroom in Charlottesville, VA, which is just over 200 miles from the CH, one way. Shortest distance I went for a show was any one of the 19 times I went to the Cat's Cradle, which is a mile and a half from our apartment; the Cradle is also the venue where I saw the most shows in this year. The artist I failed to see the most number of times was Justin Townes Earle who canceled not one but two shows on us in the space of six months, though we eventually got to see him, using the tickets from the original canceled show.

Ten best sets of the year, in order: show of the year goes to ... )

And that's that. Basically what I did this year was watch baseball, go to rock shows, and take pictures. And now I have summed most of those up, and baseball can best be summed up by saying that I do not regret all the times shep. and I drove to Cary to see the Carolina baseball team, but damn will I be glad to get back to the Bosh this year. Four minutes versus 40 minutes in traffic? YES PLEASE.
Music:: Thank God For The TVA -- Jason Isbell -- 2008-03-21 @ the Berkeley Cafe, Raleigh
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Some years I do this; some years I don't. This year I sort of want to collect myself before starting 2009, you know?

Also I'm bored and TJ Yates sucks.

end of the year meme )
Mood:: 'contemplative' contemplative
Music:: the meineke car care bowl! now featuring more tj yates than anyone needs!

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