Thursday, May 27, 2010

I'm Listening To:

Irish singer/songwriter Lisa Hannigan's debut album, Sea Sew.

She used to sing with Damien Rice, but he gave her the boot, for which I am actually thankful, because this album makes me happy. 

Sea Sew sounds like summer to me. I listen to it and in my head, I see images of linen summer dresses, cool grass, lemonade, sunlight through the trees, and the ocean -- not necessarily because of the lyrics, but just the sound. The songs are sweet and poetic, and she has such a pretty voice.

I know it was released like two years ago, making this post a bit behind-the-times. I don't care. I'm listening to it right now and I wanted to recommend it.

Also, she really did sew her album jacket. That's a skill I admire.

Monday, May 17, 2010

The thought that crosses my mind today

For quite a while now, I've been feeling a sort of professional malaise. I don't know if it's appropriate to describe my current job(s) as dead-end, but those are the first words to come to mind.

I know, I know -- I am supremely lucky that I'm able to make money and pay the bills in this economy, etc, etc. But at the same time, the jobs are lonely and not really what I set out to do. I came into these jobs expecting them to be temporary stepping stones to the places I wanted to go. But when does temporary end?

As time passes, and as job prospects are few and far between, I'm finding myself mildly considering graduate school.

Yes, I think I really did just say that.

It's not that I never considered it. It's just that it was always a "Maybe Possibly Someday" in my mind, rather than a "Perhaps This Fall."

There are some serious pros and cons to hash out. I don't really want to write more research papers -- or a thesis, for that matter. But I can't deny that having a goal to work toward would be a nice change from my current state of monotony, even if that goal is just getting another degree.

And I won't lie: the prospect of taking more literature classes does make my inner English minor feel giddy. She had really hoped to be an English major but never got the chance.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dear College Degree,

You are no help at all.

I'll let you make it up to me: you help me get full-time employment, and I will conclude that I haven't wasted my time with you.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Water, water

I try to drink lots of water, but I don't always succeed. In fact, I don't usually succeed, because most of the time, I don't think about it. Hydration doesn't cross my mind until I get super thirsty, which is usually late in the evening after a day of not drinking enough. Those days usually end with headaches.

Actually, I get headaches a lot. They're never far away, so drinking plenty of water is one of the ways I can stave them off. It's one of the variables I can control.

Just a few days ago, a friend gave me one of these stainless steel water bottles from Vessel Drinkware.

Besides the fact that it's cute, it's also very personal. For many years, I used to draw a penguin/owl/bird thing, with big eyes and little feet. It was sort of my signature or trademark, if you will, and I drew it on everything. This little penguin is reminiscent of that.

It doesn't make water taste plasticky or metallic, and it's easy to drink from. Maybe it's just because it's new, or because the penguin is cute, but I have been drinking bottle after bottle of water the last few days, effortlessly.

I do really hate having to use the bathroom a lot, though.