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When I worked at the SECC there were a few security guards who didn’t call me by name – instead, the spelled out my surname in the UN Phonetic Alphabet.

Delta Echo Echo Delta Sierra

Which has quite a nice rhythm.

They’d sure have a heck of a time now.

Tango Echo Mike Papa Lima Echo Tango Oscar November

Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

xo

A

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Now this applies equally to you and I

the only thing that we share is the same sky.

These empty metaphors are all in vain,

like, ‘can’t you see the grass is greener where it rains?’

-Eve, the Apple of My Eye

Laura, Angela and I went to King Tut’s last night to see Bell X1.  I can’t remember for the life of me when I first heard them, but I know it was circa 2004/2005.  Their earlier incarnation as Juniper included a young Damien Rice before his solo years. 

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The first album of theirs that I owned was Music in Mouth released in 2003, but their next album, Flock, is apparently “highly acclaimed”.  Even though I own it I must admit that I haven’t given it the credit I should.  Which is because I am busy listening to songs off Music in Mouth

Their latest album, titled Blue Lights on the Runway has come out to much anticipation and I am eager to get my hands on a copy – the songs they played off it last night promise an intriguing break from what I would consider their “norm” and I am happily looking forward to falling in love with them as heartily as those from Music and Flock.

All this serves to tell me

is maybe there’s no ladders in this game at all.

All this serves to tell me

is maybe only snakes like the one in the garden that has to crawl…

-Snakes & Snakes

Seeing them play live is something else!  Laura, Angela and I went to see them a few years ago when they played the Garage in Glasgow, and when we arrived they were already playing our favorite song,  Eve, the Apple of My Eye, and we were very excited.  Except that by some twist of fate and stage times, it was actually already the encore and we had missed the entire show.  I am happy to report that we arrived at King Tut’s not only on time – but early enough to hear one or two songs by the opening band as well!!! Way to go us!!

I should have know by the arc of the empty wine glass

I should have know ‘cos you step on don’t walk over cracks

Looking over my shoulder to see you looking back over yours

But you were paying the ferryman even after Chris said ‘don’t’

– Alphabet Soup

Anyway, the point of my post is that they were amazing and we had a great time.  The lead singer, Paul Noonan, was spot-on.  The rest of the musicians were ace and the entire gig was amazing.  They played a lot of new stuff, which, as I said above, sounded promising and they played a big handful of old favorites so they really covered everything.

setlist

If you get a chance, check them out.  If you’re looking for song suggestions get in touch with me because I can recommend some excellent tunes.

My next piece on Bell X1 will be dealing with their strong inclination towards religious allegory.

What’s with the angel and what’s with the devil?

They keep swapping shoulders and I can’t tell which from which.

‘Will you be my Kriskindle? Will you be my better nature?’

Said one to the other, but I think they’re only showing off.

-I’ll See Your Heart And I’ll Raise You Mine

xo

A

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it’s my birtday!

What did I get?

Just even more proof that I have the best Husband, Mom, Brother, Sister and Niece.

birtday!

From S: An electric keyboard and an Absolute Beginners Guide to Playing The Piano!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  And a box of chocolate cake – because when he went to bake it yesterday we didn’t have enough eggs! 

From my Mom:  Peanut butter, French Dressing, Taco Mix, a pen with a pig topper that lights up, one of those stick scent infuser things that smells wonderful, loads of kitchen towels and stuff.  Oh, and a Kitchen Aid ICE CREAM MAKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From Eric & Linda & Natalie: Nestle Chocolate Chips! Double Stuffed Oreos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  JET PUFFED MARSHMALLOWS!!!!!!!!!!! Teddy grahams (two boxes!!) and CHEEZ-ITs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And later today I am going to make ice cream, chocolate cake and Skype with my family!!

Best Birthday Ever!!!

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The first part of my post is about cupcakes. The best vanilla cupcakes I have ever had, actually. Ever. The recipe is from Amy Sedaris (I know!) and it can be found any number of places. The one I used is from Cupcakes Take The Cake and I followed it to the letter. I doubled the recipe and got 36 cupcakes, 30 of which went to my work.  They turned out perfectly and were, according to the people at my work, the most talked about treat the office has ever seen! Which I thought was nice of them to say!! Anyway, here are the cupcakes:

cupcakes!

 

The second half of this post is about my birthday tomorrow.  The Pressies part.  Or – Why I Have The Best Husband, Mom, Brother, Sister and Niece.

The following is what I came home from work to:

pressies!

Now, the big brown one – as you can see – is from my Mom.  The two with the stars are from my husband and the rest are from Eric, Linda and Natalie!

I have no idea what is in any of them – not even the brown box because S took away the custom’s slip so I couldn’t even cheat and find out that way.

Also I think he made a cake for me – but it is not in the fridge so I have no idea where it could be. 

So, all in all I am excited about the wonderful birthday I am going to have!

I will post more afterwards!!

Now, I am going to put on my PJs and watch some of my favorite films from snug in my bed!!!!!

xo

A

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I was driving home from the Counting Crows concert last night and I called my brother from the car.  It costs about a million £s for me to use my mobile to call The States, but I just had to do it. 

My brother and I both LOVE the Counting Crows.  Love may actually be a bit of an understatement.  I have seen them twice while my brother has never seen them live before.  When I saw them the last time I made sure to get an autograph from them for my brother and he assures me he still has it in a safe place.

But this is neither here nor there. 

 I told Eric about the gig last night and how good they sounded and how Adam Duritz is amazing. How he changed the lyrics to fit the situation and how he spent a good 5 minutes explaining to the audience what Goodnight Elisabeth is about.

 Adam said that he wrote the song when he first went away on tour and that he’d broken up with his girlfriend (presumably Elisabeth) because he knew it wouldn’t work with him being away.  So the song was about saying goodbye without actually saying goodbye.  Then he said, as time went on, he realized that the song wasn’t about that at all.  It was about saying goodnight to your loved ones at the end of the day and how, when you’re away on tour, the act of saying goodnight is the only way that time progresses.

So after I said all I had to say Eric and I wrapped up the conversation, said our goodbyes, etc.  Then Eric said he wished he had an appropriate Counting Crows quote to finalise the telephone call and I concurred, but we hung up anyway.

Two seconds later I knew exactly the quote that would finish our chat off perfectly, so I called him back.  Of course, the song I was thinking of was Raining in Baltimore, and of course, he was thinking of the same exact song.

Our conversation was rather brief.

So, this is for Eric.

Raining in Baltimore – Counting Crows

This circus is falling down on its knees
The big top is crumbling down
Its raining in Baltimore fifteen miles east
Where you should be, no ones around

I need a phone call
I need a raincoat
I need a big love
I need a phone call

These train conversations are passing me by
And I don’t have nothing to say
You get what you pay for
But I just had no intention of living this way

I need a phone call
I need a plane ride
I need a sunburn
I need a raincoat

And I get no answers
And I don’t get no change
Its raining in Baltimore, baby
But everything else is the same

There’s things I remember and things I forget
I miss you I guess that I should
Three thousand five hundred miles away
But what would you change if you could?

I need a phone call
Maybe I should buy a new car
I can always hear a freight train if I listen real hard
And I wish it was a small world
Because I’m lonely for the big towns
I’d like to hear a little guitar
I think its time to put the top down

I need a phone call
I need a raincoat

xo
A

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how people love their dogs

There’s a woman in our neighbourhood who has a golden retriever. 

The poor dog is quite obviously nearing the end of its life.  Most mornings on my way to work I pass the woman walking her dog – well, walking might be too strong a word.  Plodding might be more appropriate.  Shuffling, even.  The retriever shuffles along at a snail’s pace, each step a contemplated event, and yet the woman does not rush the dog.  She does not walk ahead of the dog and tug furiously at the leash.  She does not stand, arms cross, glaring at the dog. She walks just as slowly, often reaching down to pat the dog on its head or to give it a wee cuddle.

It warms my heart to see them shuffling by my car most mornings. There are many people who do not have that kind of patience or, even if they do have it, choose not to show that patience with their pets.  This woman LOVES her dog. You can tell – from 50 feet away you can tell. It’s just nice.

It will be a very sad day when I no longer see them shuffling.

xo

A

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