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Anyways the other point of this post was to let everyone know I will be pretty scarce online June 10-27. I will be checking twitter sporadically but not doing much backreading. At reply or dm me if you want me to see something on twitter. I have email notifications sent up for those, and I will be keeping up with email more regularly.

I welcome any and all suggestions for things to see/do/eat in the Oklahoma City and Omaha areas.
05 May 2013 @ 09:35 pm
After regaling several people with a story about the bros at my work, [personal profile] ellen_fremedon's boyfriend suggested the lyrics to Ludacris' "Ho" should be reworked as an ode to bros. He was right in that most of the work was replacing "ho" with "bro."

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30 April 2013 @ 03:14 pm
About 3 weeks ago I started noticing that my right ankle would swell up over the course of the day and go back down overnight. It didn’t hurt, wasn’t discolored, and I could move and dance without any problems. I finally emailed my doctor about it, and she told me to make an appointment. Turns out I have been retaining fluids which caused an ~10lb. weight gain that I hadn’t noticed and the swelling in my ankle which had been really obvious. This sort of thing is apparently very common in women and happens more often when it’s hot out. About 3 weeks ago was when DC had a hot spell, so the doctor thinks that’s what triggered it. She prescribed a diuretic for me to take daily for the next month to try and flush the excess fluid out my body (I have already noticed a significant uptick in my number of bathroom breaks.) and suggested ways to lower my salt intake since a high sodium diet makes fluid retention issues worse. If I haven’t improved by the end of May, I will go back for more tests. I welcome all suggestions for low sodium recipes.

This past weekend I was in another belly dance show. It went really well. The audience was suitably impressed by our sword balancing abilities. I have a few posed pictures from before the show. I’ll add any stage shots once I get them from the other dancers. Mom and Dad came up for the show. It was nice to see them.

I will get to see Mom again in a couple weeks. She, my grandmother, and one of my aunts are taking a road trip up to Richmond to see my cousin graduate from VCU. I’m going down on May 10 and will come back up on May 11 unless I make fangirl plans to crash on someone’s couch.

Then I will get to see both parents + my sister for Memorial Day weekend. I’m flying down May 23 and back May 28, just in time for Fall Out Boy in Philly on May 30 and DC on May 31.

My life is unusually exciting this month.
12 March 2013 @ 05:02 pm
Two cases of fandoms colliding recently brought to my attention

1. On this season of Project Runway, I only just realized Amanda is James Valentine's sister. (She said something at the beginning of the season that I had missed.) James Valentine, aside from being in Maroon 5, is also in JJAMZ, a band I have seen live twice. While James didn't perform with them for either of those shows, I did get to meet Jason Boesel (also of Rilo Kiley and the other J in JJAMZ) and chatted with him both times. So I'm now one degree of separation from personally knowing someone who has been on a reality show.

2. While perusing the cast of Teen Wolf's IMDb pages (as you do), I learned Tyler Hoechlin played for UC Irvine in the 2008 Super Regional against LSU and was the last out ever in old Alex Box Stadium. This means at least one of my family members (and probably a bunch of other people I know) has seen Tyler Hoechlin play baseball in person. I don't know if you understand the level of college baseball feels I have. I grew up going to games at Alex Box. My grandparents had season tickets since time began. Grandmother is 90 and still has her season ticket. Mom and some of her sibling split Granddad's season ticket after he died, so they take turns taking Grandmother to the games. If I ever meet Tyler Hoechlin at a con or something, I will probably have baseball feels all over him and completely forget that he has ever done anything else in his life.
10 February 2013 @ 08:22 am
Two weekends ago, I went with friends to another amazing Cowboy Mouth show. The openers had a few good songs but where overall meh. Fred was in excellent form, at one point going down into the crowd to take a guy's cell phone. He then called the guy's wife, who was standing right next to him, made her answer her phone, then asked her to tell her husband to stay off the fucking phone while he was at a Cowboy Mouth show. Then Fred went over and climbed up on the bar to remind everyone that you come to a Cowboy Mouth show to lose your mind in order to free your heart and soul. Not to talk on your fucking cell phone.

Last weekend there was another excellent Thai and karaoke outing. I went as Gabe Saporta because sometimes that just needs to happen. The videos at this place are hilariously forever unrelated to the actual song. This time we had several videos that were jazzercise/dance aerobic sims, so I had fun trying (and failing) to dance along with them.

This week has been consumed with the extremely stressful Fall Out Boy concert planning. Announcing a tour on Monday with tickets on sale Friday does not provide much lead time on this, guys. Team DC managed to get almost enough tickets for the 9:30 Club show which I am super excited about because it is the best venue. 9:30 had a really strict 2 ticket per purchase policy in place which seemed to keep scalpers away. Even then with 10 of us trying for tickets, only 6 of us managed to buy them. I am also excited because I have seen Panic, MCR, Cobra Starship, and Travie there, so now I'll be able to add FOB to the list. We completely struck out trying for Charlotte. Four of us tried, but no one managed to get anything. Dear scalpers, I hate you. Then we lucked into almost enough tickets for Philly. Six of us tried, and only 2 managed to buy tickets. Glad these shows are at the end of May, so we can plan everything else at our leisure.
26 January 2013 @ 10:25 am
Last Saturday, my coworker Kim and I went to Longwood Gardens in PA. The weather was cold but really sunny, so the little bit we walked outside was nice. We spent most of the time inside the massive conservatory for the Orchid Extravaganza. So many orchids! I'm always fascinated by the wide variety of colors and shapes orchids come in. Their cafeteria has really delicious food. (I love you, turkey and brie sandwich with lingonberry spread.)

Pictures from the trip are here. I am definitely interested in going back when it is warm to walk around the grounds. Maybe we can plan a picnic excursion in May.
08 January 2013 @ 10:40 pm
Here's the complete list of shows I saw in 2012. If you are interested in hearing some songs from any of these bands, leave a comment, and I'll put together something for download. All my 2012 concert pictures are in this set.

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07 January 2013 @ 06:34 pm
Coming back from getting groceries Sunday night, I saw a shitton of flashing lights and 2 firetrucks turning into my apartment complex’s parking lot. I decided to continue driving past while I called my roommate to see what the hell was going on. I could see 4 fire trucks, 4 ambulances, and a few other cars with flashing lights. She had no idea and said a fire alarm hadn’t gone off. Since the building wasn’t being evacuated, I drove back. According to a group of people hanging out in the lobby, there had been a fire on the 3rd floor, and it was taken care of. My roommate said the fire alarm went off for a little bit a few minutes after I called, but that would have been well after all the emergency vehicles showed up. I’m seriously wondering how reliable our building’s fire alarm is.
06 January 2013 @ 01:17 pm
In an attempt to get back into posting after almost a year of failing, here are my yuletide recs as previously seen on my twitter.

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28 March 2012 @ 07:29 am
I made a mix for bandomreversebb, and in return romanticalgirl wrote a fic for it. So exciting!

My mix is called Embrace the Feminine, and you can download it here.
Track Listing:
1. I Enjoy Being a Girl - Doris Day (from Flower Drum Song)
2. The Girls of Rock N Roll - The Chipmunks and Chipettes (from The Chipmunk Adventure)
3. It’s a She Thing - Salt n Pepa
4. Make Your Own Kind of Music - Mama Cass
5. Cherry Bomb - The Runaways
6. R-e-s-p-e-c-t - Aretha Franklin
7. Cinderella - The Cheetah Girls
8. I’m Not That Girl - Idina Menzel (from Wicked)
9. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
10. In My Own Little Corner - Lesley Ann Warren (from Cinderella)
11. Most Girls - Pink
12. Special Agent - Universal Hall Pass
13. No Mermaid - Sinead Lohan (from Message in a Bottle)
14. Without You - Julie Andrews (from My Fair Lady)
15. Secret Agent - Melissa Etheridge

And here is the fascinating fic romanticalgirl wrote based on my mix. Go check it out!
Title: Possessed by Light
Author: romanticalgirl
Bands (and/or pairings): Gabe Saporta/Mikey Way
Rating: R
Word count: 5036
Warnings: cross-dressing, gender identity
Summary: Sometimes Mikey isn't always what he sees in the mirror.
21 January 2012 @ 10:25 am
Another year, another crazy long posting hiatus from me. *sigh* Anyway, to quickly recap the past two months, Brooke and I went to New York for Thanksgiving to see our friends Natalie and Judith. We had a great visit, and the weather was fantastic. Pictures from the trip are here.

I performed in another belly dance show. This time I had a sword on my head. If you want to see a video of the performance, go here. The password is ‘RCS’. I am in the Raquettes Tahia 8pm piece. I’m looking forward to the next show in May when I will get to have fan veils.

While home for Christmas, I spent a few days in Mobile with my friends from undergrad. We had a great time (as always). We also visited the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo for the first time. It’s pretty good for a small zoo, but I wish their signage was better. The day after Christmas, I got to go to my 2nd Saints game. My sister and I bought tickets for Dad as his Christmas present, and she got pre-game field passes for us through her boss. It was a really awesome day. We beat the Falcons, Drew Brees broke Dan Marino’s single season passing record (on a touchdown pass just to be more awesome), and we won the NFC South.

The day I got back, I went to see Aficionados, Make Do and Amend, Screaming Females, mewithoutYou, and Thursday with mizubyte. Pictures start part way down this page. Then I got to keep Miz for several days during which there was some sickness and much visiting of friends. All in all a great end to 2011 and a great start to 2012.

I have started volunteering with Community Tax Aid DC to help low income people in NoVa, DC, and parts of Maryland prepare their taxes. If you know anyone who make $25K a year or less (filing as an individual) or $45K or less (filing as a family), there are many locations in the area they can go to for help.
18 November 2011 @ 09:02 pm
3-day weekends make for awesome birthdays. Last Friday I went out for delicious Ethiopian food and karaoke with about half of the DC crew. Private karaoke rooms are amazing. No listening to songs you hate butchered by people you don’t know! Other highlights of the weekend include watching Clueless, goodies from Lake Champlain Chocolates from my parents, and lots of sleep.

Next week, Brooke and I will make our regular trek up to New York for Thanksgiving. I have been instructed to try to get to New Museum as there is an exhibit with a 3-story slide to ride down.

While in Chicago last month, I picked up a book of Star Wars mad libs. Feel free to fill out the first one in the comments. I will post the full text of the mad lib with my favorite answers filled in next week.

1. The Power of the Force
Plural noun
Part of the body
Plural noun
Part of the body
Part of the body (plural)

Lastly, I will be performing in a belly dance show December 10 at 8pm. Tickets are $20. In this show I will be dancing with a sword on my head which I think is pretty awesome.
I saw Foxy Shazam and Patrick Stump open for Panic! at the Disco on Halloween at the 9:30 Club. Since it was Halloween, the crowd was in a great mix of costumes. I went as a belly dancer. It was great fun meeting and hanging out with new people I had previously only known online while waiting for doors to open and the show to start. Foxy Shazam did not dress up, but it was hard to tell based on their usual stage clothes. I liked their music but not their lyrics or mottsy stage banter.

Patrick Stump put on an amazing set. However, he was a lying liar that lies at the radio show because he told me there would be no costumes or other Halloween surprises. Then he opens with the Ghostbusters' theme wearing light up devil horns, a red suit, and face paint. Except he later told us he couldn't find white paint, so he used baking soda. According to Patrick, baking soda makes your face feel like it is on fire. 'Awwww,' went the audience. 'No, not awwww. I'm an idiot,' Patrick said. He is quite tricksy. In other news, I love Michael Day's face and Matt Rubano's ridiculous bass-keytar hybrid thing. During the set, Patrick played a mini trumpet, guitar, drums, sang, and strutted all over the stage. It was great to see them all have room to move and dance and be ridiculous.

Panic! at the Disco really brought it in the costume department. Brendon Urie dressed as Jesus complete with stigmata and crown of thorns. He gave up on the robe pretty quickly though and performed most of the show as Sexy Jesus in jeans, a wig, and the crown of thorns. Dallon Weekes dressed up as the lead singer of Foxy Shazam, and it was pretty hilarious. Dallon did a great imitation of his voice and mannerisms. Ian Crawford was the most adorable, headbangingest Hit Girl. Each time he changed guitars, the tech had to adjust his cape, so it was free from the guitar strap. Spencer Smith won the night though as Pantsless Ron Burgundy. He didn't keep the jacket on for very long though, so we were treated to Spencer Smith drumming in a button down shirt and no pants for most of the show. It was glorious. (Note: watch this video on mute. My camera is not always great with sound.)

While I enjoyed Panic's music very much, I was not a fan of Brendon's banter during much of the set. It felt like he was using the night as religious therapy hour, and it got old pretty quickly. To give you an idea how bad it was, his banter at the end of the show about wanting to fuck the entire audience was less mottsy.

After the show, [personal profile] siegeofangels and I left pretty quickly since we both had to be up early for work the next day. On the way out, I saw Michael Day (Patrick's guitarist) and complimented him on a great set. He said thanks and that he liked my glittery eyelashes. He is adorable. The next day I commented on the 9:30 forum that I had seen Seth (owner of the 9:30 Club) out on his balcony a lot during Panic's set and that I didn't know he was such a fan. Seth responded and totally owned up to loving the Pretty. Odd album. He is great.

All my pictures from the show start on this page.
02 November 2011 @ 04:12 pm
[personal profile] alpheratz won a radio contest to see Patrick Stump play a short acoustic set and Q&A session. She brought me with her because she is the best! They gave us pizza which was an awesome surprise because I had not made time for lunch at all. Then the ~20 people there were all taken to a room with a little stage to watch Patrick play. [personal profile] alpheratz and I got front row seats! Patrick played "Everybody Wants Somebody", "Run Dry", and "This City".

In between songs, he took audience questions. Someone asked what music he's currently into, and he mentioned a band called King (might have been Kings) with 3 female singers. I asked if there would be any Halloween surprises at the show at the 9:30 Club that night, and he said no because all the cool costumes had masks. He really wanted to be Darth Vader, but he didn't think he would sound that great singing through the mask. Someone else asked what inspired all the hidden things in the liner notes for Soul Punk. Patrick said it was all his idea because he like pop music, but he felt that the word 'pop' connotes (yes, he actually said 'connotes.) something not great, not intelligent. He wanted to show subtextually (again, he actually said 'subtextually', twice.) that there could be a message, an intelligence, a cleverness to pop. He is really articulate and interesting.

One of the radio djs asked if he still drank like the lyrics in 'Run Dry', and Patrick told us about how little alcohol they ask for on their rider. They ask for stuff like Kashi cereal and almond milk. They do request one bottle of wine because his drummer, Skoota, likes to have a glass of wine and a cigar after a show. He said clubs often give them more alcohol than they ask for but are hesitant about the cereal and milk because that's not anything they have in stock, and it's so much extra work to send someone out all the way across the street to get it.

The last question I can remember was about the differences between doing every single track for every song as a solo artist versus just tracking guitar and vocals when he was in Fall Out Boy. Patrick told us he actually tracked everything when he was in Fall Out Boy, too, because no one in FOB can read music. Patrick wrote all of the music for FOB. To teach the other band members their parts for recording, Patrick would go in and track everything himself. Then the other guys would come in and 'do it better'. For 'I Don't Care', both Patrick and Andy are playing drums on the cd because the producer liked the sound from Patrick's track better for part of it and Andy's track better for another part. Patrick said the difference is now he plays all the tracks and goes 'Here, have an album.' where as before he played all the tracks, and everyone would come in behind him and do all the tracks again.

After the set and Q&A, we all got to take pictures with Patrick and get his autograph. I gave him pumpkin chocolate chip bread that I made and thanked him for the experience and for the recommendation to see the Museum of Science and Industry while I was in Chicago. He was really enthusiastic that I had liked it and referred to it as the best place ever.

The radio station has posted the pictures they took during the show. I'm in a couple. My pictures are on this page.

The radio station posted the video of the whole thing!
02 November 2011 @ 04:09 pm
This weekend was full of awesome things! So many things that I feel the need to break it into several posts and spam your flists/circles.


I went to Chicago for my friend Chantal's wedding this weekend. I'd never been before, and I had a great time doing touristy things. I went up the Sears Tower and stood on the sky ledge. It is seriously trippy to be able to see the ground right below your feet from 103 floors up. I ate deep dish pizza and don't really feel the need to do that again. I rode the El and was surprised at how small the loop was. I spent most of Saturday at the Museum of Science and Industry. It is really amazing. There are lots of interactive displays and staff members with carts containing more experiments. They have a daily ball drop where they drop things 25 feet to see what happens. Since I went in October, the grand finale of the ball drop was a pumpkin. Watching a pumpkin splatter after being dropped 25 feet is a pretty great experience. They had a Dr. Seuss exhibit of some of his concept drawings and private art that he had requested only ever be displayed after his death. He had a really amazing creative mind. I had a great deal of fun in the gift shop where I purchased angry robot matryoshka and a Star Wars mad libs book. Since I spent so long there, I didn't get to the Art Institute, but I did take some time to walk along Michigan Avenue and see some of the parks and public art work. I look forward to visiting the city again when I'm not on such a short time frame. My pictures are here.

Chantal's Wedding

The wedding was a pretty stand Catholic event. There was a bit of hilarity with both Chantal and Joe having trouble getting the rings on each others' fingers. The reception was nice but awkward since I didn't know anyone else there. I did enjoy the photobooth with its crazy hats and sunglasses, and they had a great mariachi band play during dinner. Chantal and Joe's first dance was to 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight?' because Chantal loves Disney musicals. Once the open dancing started, there was no more awkwardness because I never the most embarrassing person on the dance floor. You really have not lived until you have seen a pack of drunk 25-30 year old men sing along to every word of 'Party in the USA' by Miley Cyrus. All the pictures are here.
23 October 2011 @ 11:01 am
To anyone who is interested in volunteering at anything ever, I have a few notes for you.

1. Show up on time.
2. Take the assignment you are given. Do not whine and complain and try to find another assignment that you think will be less work (protip: it's not).
3. Don't quit in the middle of your shift.
4. Don't try to steal a case of candy (or anything else) at the end of your shift.
4a. When caught stealing a case of candy (or anything else), don't lie and say your supervisor said you could take it. We all have radios and will check with said supervisor who will tell us you are lying.

These tips brought to you by last night's Boo at the Zoo volunteers.
16 October 2011 @ 06:00 pm
I got my plane tickets, hotel, and rental car booked for Chicago. I'm flying in Thursday, Oct. 27 and flying out late Saturday, Oct. 29. I welcome any suggestions for things to do/see/eat while I'm there.

I went to a winery with [personal profile] alpheratz, [profile] cincodemaygirl, and [personal profile] siegeofangels today. The weather was fantastic, and we ate delicious apple cider donuts at a bakery near the winery. We had actually planned to go to a different winery, but we asked the lady at the bakery for suggestions. She told us 'Aspendale up the road has great wines.' We mentioned out plans to go to Naked Mountain Winery and asked her thoughts on it. She replied, 'You know, Aspendale has great wines.' Ha. She's right though. Aspendale does have some great wines. It is also very picturesque.

Next weekend is Boo at the Zoo, and I get to be in charge of the crossing ghouls again. This means I get to drive a golf cart, have a walkie talkie, and spend most of the night gossiping with the volunteer coordinators in the visitors' center. I love my volunteer work.
10 October 2011 @ 10:08 am
I'm going to Chicago for a friend's wedding at the end of the month. Anyone else going to be in the greater Chicago metropolitan area October 27-30? Maybe we could meet up. Also, anyone who had been to Chicago is encouraged to offer suggestions on things to do and places to eat while I'm there. My hotel is in Bolingbrook owing to the location of the wedding, and I will have a rental car to get wherever in the area.
16 September 2011 @ 07:44 pm
So way back in July, I went to Snore & Roar at the zoo. You get to do a behind-the-scenes tour of one part of the zoo, spend the night at the zoo in tents they provide, and you get breakfast in the morning. The Snore & Roar I did had behind-the-scenes of the Reptile Discovery Center. I got to feed an aldabra tortoise and learn that they feed the cockroaches that are fed to the reptiles Milwaukee's Best. It was super fun. Pictures are here.

Brooke and I have spent the past few weekends watching MST3K. We feel this is time well spent. If you have any particular episodes to recommend, please do so in the comments.

In awesome good news, I paid off my car this month! The title came in the mail, and Doom Buggy is all mine. Yay!
10 September 2011 @ 01:29 pm
I have once again been ridiculously negligent in posting. This is pretty much going to be a rundown of flickr links for interesting stuff I've done in the past few months.

Italy was amazing. I probably posted way too many pictures, but everything was so cool to look at. Here's a quick rundown of what we saw in each city:
Rome - Forum and Colisseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Vatican Museums and Sistene Chapel, Borghese Museum
Impruneta - south of Florence, homebase for most of the trip, excellent villa with pool and neighboring cat
Florence - Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Leather Working School
Wine Tours - Castello di Verrazzano, Il Palagio aka Sting's Place (yes, that Sting)
Siena - Il Palio (annual horse race dating back to the 1300s), escalators
Thursday - Lemon Museum, thermal spa with hot springs and grotto
Lucca - walled city

Concerts were a big part of August. I saw the B52s, My Chemical Romance (twice), and Patrick Stump with an amazing opener named Wynter Gordon.

I continue to perform in belly dance shows, and I went to a week long belly dance retreat in Costa Rica. 3 of us reprised our performance piece for the talent show.

Ta da! I'll try to be better about posting. I have gotten more into twitter recently, so you can follow me there (jrho_jrho) if you like.