‘Duke of Earl’ by Frank BlackFor Mike on our 5th anniversary. If we’d had a dance, it would have been to this. Nothing can stop us now. I love you.

‘Duke of Earl’ by Frank Black
For Mike on our 5th anniversary. If we’d had a dance, it would have been to this. Nothing can stop us now. I love you.


‘California Bound’ by Frank Black and the CatholicsLove this song, perfect for packing. Excellent for saying hello and good bye.

‘California Bound’ by Frank Black and the Catholics
Love this song, perfect for packing. Excellent for saying hello and good bye.


‘Jinx Removing’ by JawbreakerThe ultimate song for today, the first of the month, this rain, packing to move cross-country, doing more barf laundry, and being very in love.

‘Jinx Removing’ by Jawbreaker
The ultimate song for today, the first of the month, this rain, packing to move cross-country, doing more barf laundry, and being very in love.


‘Wind of Change’ by ScorpionsMeet me at the amusement park. We can watch the world burn together. 80’s ballads were so epic.

‘Wind of Change’ by Scorpions
Meet me at the amusement park. We can watch the world burn together. 80’s ballads were so epic.


‘We Used to Be Friends’ by The Dandy WarholsThe Veronica Mars theme, in honor of the red carpet premier. 

Come on now, Sugar

‘We Used to Be Friends’ by The Dandy Warhols
The Veronica Mars theme, in honor of the red carpet premier. Come on now, Sugar


‘California’ by The O.C.This goes out to @essl on his 40th birthday to celebrate life and our upcoming move to California.

‘California’ by The O.C.
This goes out to @essl on his 40th birthday to celebrate life and our upcoming move to California.


All stickers should go on one’s body. Preferably the tummy.

All stickers should go on one’s body. Preferably the tummy.



I have measured out my life with coffee spoons

making coffee

I think I actually prefer instant coffee. Not for its taste (Café Bustelo being the premier choice while Nescafé is a distant second) but for its immediacy. It’s so fast to make. I don’t have to plan how much I’ll want or expect to have time to have. I don’t end up with wasted coffee and bitter grounds in the bottom of my carafe. I don’t have to plan ahead like I’m reserving a hall as I do when I’m making slow-drip iced or hot coffee.

Fill an electric kettle to the minimum, flip it on and wander off. Excellent. This fits my needs.

No machine to push back and forth on my counter as I try to access its water tank and basket, no losing count of scoops and making half a pot because small portions don’t turn out as well (someone tell me why there aren’t measuring cups labeled with portions for 4-12). So I’m not doing something menial and mentally repetitive before I’ve had my Go Juice.

Making coffee is an amalgam sort of activity. That’s why it’s nearly impossible to remember what one has already done in preparation just a moment before, because one has experienced this literally thousands of times.

The whole act of making coffee is parenthetical to life. I’m all for the act of ritual, and enjoy plenty of them. But not when I need my cawfeh. And I’m the only one in my home who drinks coffee, so nobody understands me.

To continue…

The other option, those K cups, seems to be getting more and more popular, if displays at Bed Bath and Beyond are any indication. I’ve used them in offices when I didn’t feel like going out or paying for my own coffee. But they strike me as horrible wastes of materials and trash. Also they’re super gross and artificial-tasting to me. They taste stale and like sugar alcohols. I’m not a snob about fake flavors. I have a preference for Sweet’N Low (because that’s what I was raised on). But it’s like when Arm & Hammer, a company that people like (I think) because their product is simple and pure and comes in nothing but easily recycled cardboard, started making those plastic self-adhesive freezer disk thingies. People who think their baking soda needs to be stuck on their door or fear it being tipped over and making “a mess” are bad at science. These people are profitable but should not be catered to. This is the way the world ends.

After seeing how the plastic ends up affecting oceans and animals I care less about recycling and more about plastic reclamation.

I have a problem with people who are bad at science.

Clarification: I was/am not paid to discuss any brand, and haven’t talked to anyone related to these companies or anything like that. I just think about this stuff.


‘Vampires Will Never Hurt You’ by My Chemical RomanceHappy Hallo’ Eve. Fell in love with this song ten years ago after a show at the Velvet Lounge in DC when I got it on an Eyeball Records sampler CD.

‘Vampires Will Never Hurt You’ by My Chemical Romance
Happy Hallo’ Eve. Fell in love with this song ten years ago after a show at the Velvet Lounge in DC when I got it on an Eyeball Records sampler CD.