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* i blinked and now august is over, where has the time gone.

* i am still tired and disgruntled and blah and whatever. there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done and my apartment's amess and and and.

* i've been volunteering for the obama campaign since earlier in the summer and i've got to say, it feels really good to get involved. sittingaround shaking my fists of rage at twitter and tumblr and facebook doesn't do much other than raise my blood pressure and make meirritable. i said this on tumblr a while ago, but it bears repeating here:

Even if you live in a solidly blue state like I do, you can still make a difference! And don’t be afraid that you can’t get involved because you have major phone anxieties and can’t do phone banks! I explained to my field organizer that I wasn’t comfortable on the phones, and she set me up to do the data entry for her phone banks instead. It might not seem like a lot, because entering information into a database isn’t exactly glamorous, but the data work I do frees up my team lead to be able to make connections with more volunteers and make more phone calls of her own, whether she’s recruiting potential volunteers or canvassing out-of-state voters in battleground states like Iowa and Indiana. Your local campaign leaders may also be able to set you up with volunteer-from-home opportunities, too, if time or commute is an issue.

Go to BarackObama.com and check out the “Get Involved” tab to find volunteer groups near you!
* and of course not long after i wrote that in the first place, my neighborhood team leader moved up to be a community organizer for the far north side of chicago so guess who got wrangled into being the neighborhood team lead for her ward? yeah, me.  it's going to be a huge time suck, but, well, we're only 60-some days out from the election, so it won't be that long of a commitment, and it involves some phone calling but not a lot, and i can mostly hoard all the follow-up "you told us you wanted more information on volunteering, here it is!" phone calls to myself instead of calling in to iowa to try to persuade people to do things. 

* i finally gave in and watched s1 of teen wolf.  it was surprisingly enjoyable, though tumblr/fandom totally misleads when it comes to what the show is actually about.  it is not actually the derek/stiles show, for the record.   i don't feel the burning desire to get all fannish about it, but i will eventually acquire s2 and watch that.

* also started my eleventh doctor rewatch, a bit belated (i wanted to have it done by the time the new season started but clearly did not get there).  i watched s5 so quickly that i really didn't absorb a lot of it, so, rewatch.  

* also, all the love ever for white collar, still, always.  i will need to do a s4 rewatch at the season break, which should be coming up soon, mostly because i watch with coworker h, who is great fun but who is also a tv talker, so i miss little bits here and there.  also, there has been a lot of shirtless neal this season, so, yes please.

* other than that, yes, i am just insanely tired all the time and when i get home it's often all i can do to not faceplant on the bed.  work continues to be work -- frustrating at times, sometimes rewarding, often neurotic -- but they pay me too well for me to really consider jumping ship.  i may look into getting my phr certification this year (professional in human resources) once i've passed the 2-year mark at the firm, so that they'll pay for the class for me.  it's not something i or my employer really cares much about, but it looks good on a resume and i'm the only one in my department without it, so, whatever.  i had thought about going back for an mba/masters in hr, but that's a lot of money and they won't pay for everything, so that will have to wait, if i ever do it at all.

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* I had a delightful time traipsing about the south with [personal profile] agonistes last week.  There was history and cats and music-acquiring and also Andrew Bird.  I wrote the review for the Atlanta show, she wrote the one for Nashville.  You should read both of them.   They were super exciting and we had a lot of feelings about both of the shows, especially Nashville.  (Also, in Nashville, we both procured Satan is Real tshirts.  I l plan on wearing mine to the annual hipster radio vinyl sale next month, and things will be glorious.)

* I also saw Mr. Bird in Milwaukee and while the show itself was excellent, I need to gripe a little bit about the audience.  They were boisterous in all of the right places -- Bird got extended applause throughout the set, including one point at which he looked a little surprised at how enthusiastically they applauded.  But the amount of drunken hooting, random shouting, and the tendency to scream every time words weren't coming out of his mouth slowly drove me more and more nuts as the show went on.  (He even acknowledged it at one point, in that slightly snarky way of his: "There sure are a lot of interesting opinions out there.") I get that you're happy to be there but, seriously, put a lid on it.  I have such disdain for the practice of shouting song titles repeatedly at an artist, particularly one who is on tour supporting  a new album.  I just think that it's rude, especially if you keep doing it.  While Bird changes his set list on a whim all the time -- he threw Bein' Green in at Nashville, and Skin Is My in Atlanta -- he does it on his own terms, generally not because someone yelled a song at him.  I've seen him take requests at smaller shows, like the Sonic Arboretum gigs he did at the MCA, but he generally sticks to what he's already decided to play.  Also, I think there's a certain level of decorum that one expects from a seated show in a fancy theater, and drunken hooting and yelling doesn't quite measure up.  Also -- and this is just a "it personally annoyed me" rather than "bad concert behavior" -- in a huge, cavernous concert hall, there is going to be sound phasing, so clapping along in time almost NEVER works right, because you think you're clapping along but you're really NOT and it is just out of time and annoying.  There were a few quiet moments where Bird and company were playing acoustic songs, clustered around a single mic, and people got it in their heads to clap along, which, okay, not begrudging you having a good time. And then the out of time clapping along devolved into what sounded to me like people playing the "who claps last" game - you know, one person claps, and then another claps right after, and then the first person claps again to try to be last, etc.  I know that I have odd reactions to certain sounds and rhythms, so it likely bothered me more than most other normal people, but I honestly had a hard time focusing on the performance because so many people were doing this.  Ugh, people.  Don't be douchebags, why is that so hard.

* In an attempt to clean off my desktop, I found the folder of songs by my band.  I've uploaded a few of them for your listening enjoyment. They're from a rehearsal, so the quality is not great, but I like sharing.
  * All Along the Watchtower 
  * It's All Over Now Baby Blue
  * Bruce's Grave (original)
I also do a pretty mean cover of Neil Young's "Don't Let It Bring You Down", but the only copies of it I have are either incomplete or in a single/unsplit MP3 of a full show, and I am too lazy to edit.

* My cat is currently shedding like it's his job, and won't stop meowing.  I spend a lot of time going "WHAT DO YOU WANT".  Also, I seem to have developed a case of little tiny ants since I left.  I picked up an organic/pet safe ant killer that seems to work okay so far, but I also sprinkled some corn meal on the floor where I keep seeing them.  Allegedly the ants will eat it and then explode because their bodies can't process it?  I don't know if it will actually work, but it's worth a shot, especially since these little assholes are crawling around where the cat eats.  I haven't seen any since I sprayed the place with the organic ant killer, so we'll cross our fingers that there aren't any more.

* Also, against my better judgment, I signed up for a White Collar prompt over at [livejournal.com profile] queer_fest so there is that.  It's Neal/Peter and Neal/OMC and what was that that I said about me probably never actually writing Neal/Peter? Oh well.  

othersideofthis: (bored rufus)
* Today's my birthday. I don't particularly care about birthdays, but I will say that I started my morning off by getting bitten by my cat (I apparently wasn't waking up quickly enough for him) and then by leaving my gloves on the train. Ugh.

* Is anyone else watching Smash? I have feelings about it. Spoilers for the pilot. )

* And for White Collar. Spoilers for White Collar 3x14, Pulling Strings )


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