It has been miserably hot in NY this week so why do I keep listening to music that makes me want to dance? So I can sweat more? I can't get enough of this remix right now so it looks like I will have to try to find a place with a/c to listen to this on repeat and not die from the heat.
i need to listen to this more so I'm forced to walk at a more leisurely pace so I won't melt.
I've been immersed in typography for the last week and while my head is spinning with all the lovliness, this has to be my favourite by far. From my new favourite website welovetypography. I think I'll be spending a lot of time on this website (in the next few months especially).
This song popped up in the itunes tonight. I'll always remember seeing this video on 120 Minutes when I was in junior high and loving it so much. I got the CASSETTE (yep, so old school) for Christmas along with Blur's Leisure and I was a very happy girl dancing around my bedroom.
I've been needing a big change for several years now. I haven't been happy with my job but didn't really know what else to do so I've just been stuck in a rut and miserable. Well, come April 18th I've got a BIG change starting up and I'm so excited!
I'm a believer in destiny and fate, as cheesy as it may sound. Too many things have happened in my life that were so lucky that they had to be fate. Anyway, I was coming home on the subway one night and noticed an ad for a graphic design course. I thought about it then promptly put it to the back of my mind. Then I saw the ad in another magazine and saw that there was an open house to check out the school at the end of February. I went, thinking it can't hurt to see what they have to offer, and I was really impressed with it but still a little hesitant to fully commit. This didn't stop me from talking about it with everyone I could and thinking about it A LOT. So I started to really consider it and was ready to put my deposit down but needed just a little bit more reassurance. When I heard they were having another presentation I took Heidi, and after hearing what they had to say again and talking with the instructors, I put down my deposit. I went to work that day and it was the happiest I've been there in years! Just knowing there is a light at the end of the tunnel gives me a new focus. It's a 3 month course, Monday through Friday, from 8 to 5pm. I really like that it's short, but I'll learn what I need to know to get a job and start earning some money by September. I'm still going to be working nights and weekends at my current job to keep my insurance and have some money for rent and food but I KNOW I'm headed for a better future. YAY!
Yesterday in NYC was CRAZY. At least in midtown where I work. It was such a lovely day out, a coworker and I decided to take a walk for lunch not realizing the mayhem we would encounter. When did this holiday become an excuse for drunken teenagers to run around and act like maniacs? The "adults" weren't much better either. The Vegas strip on New Years Eve night is more composed. After work I went to the grocery store and hummed along to my two new favourite subway/walking songs and ignored all the nutters. Yay headphones!
Back in March we went to Palm Spring to spend a long weekend with our parents and Denise. We weren't able to go home for Christmas so this was our get together instead since we hadn't seen the family in over six months. When my mum asked where we would like to meet up we picked Palm Spring since we haven't ever really had a chance to explore it properly. We have gone to the Coachella festival for 7 years but it's different when you're there for a festival and spend your whole time in a polo field watching bands for 2 or 3 days. We flew into Long Beach (strangest airport ever, but also kinda cool) and drove to Palm Springs with Denise. Our car rental had satellite radio! Woooohoooo! Such a little thing but the difference it made was great.
We spent our time with the family driving around looking at architecture (how they humor us), eating lots of asparagus, going to an outdoor market and to lots of thrift stores (my favourite advertised a "Divine Fusions Fashion Show") and laughing a lot. We also took a tram ride up a canyon and it was wild. You go from 80 degree sunny weather to the top of the mountain where there is snow around a foot deep and it even started to snow while we were up there. People were decked out in snow gear and sleds ready to take a trail and have some fun.
We also went to a date farm and watched an educational film while we had date shakes. We'd never had a date before but our mum swore they were delicious so we tried them. They are so good! We didn't realize they were so sweet like candy. We hauled a bunch back to NY to nibble on for a few months.
We had to go check out the Ace Hotel while we were there. Great cheeky design.
Last month we saw Kings of Convenience at Warsaw in Brooklyn. It's no secret we love Erland and Erik so any chance we get we go to see them. That night we were introduced to Franklin For Short. They were fantastic! It made us even more homesick for Idaho listening to them. Something about their sound makes us think of home. After the show we met them and found out they are from Ventura, CA. So close enough to the home state. They are really nice and humble guys who deserve a listen. You will become hooked instantly like we were. Their albums have become our summer soundtrack.
A while ago we went to see the Banksy film Exit Through the Gift Shop. We love street art so we knew we would love this film. It was fantastic! Great music, funny and really makes you think about what is art. By far Banksy is one of the most talented street artists out there. This is a must see.
"Unfortunately nothing else ever in your life will affect you like music did in your early teens, and it puts you on a certain course. It’s like a love affair. It widens your taste and it broadens your view on everything. It saves you." - Morrissey in i-D, 2004
Happy Birthday to our dearest love! Another year has passed and he still brings so much joy and happiness into our lives. The happiest days are when we get to see those beautiful blue eyes smiling back at us, singing his words that have shaped who we are. We can never tell him thank you enough to make up for all that he has done for us. We love you from the heart of our bottom always and forever.
This year we were a bit forgetful and did not post a birthday greeting to our dear sister Denise. The day of her birthday we had a friend in town and were working the merch table at a gig at The Bowery Ballroom. It was a long day but we did call her to wish her a happy birthday.
This past weekend Denise came to visit for the weekend and we had so much fun laughing, walking her all over the city and taking a special day trip out of the city. Denise took care of us all weekend buying us food and getting us a few essentials for the summer. She is,as always, the best sister two girls could ask for. Thank You for all that you do for us Denise!
Having been vegetarians for over 17 years we have done our part to help the environment in addition to recycling, using public transportation and buying local as much as we can. We know it's hard for some people to give up meat, but by just eating vegetarian one day a week you can make a difference.
There is a new restaurant that has opened in New York that we are very excited about because it combines a veggie diet with being green. Otarian is going to become our new go-to place when ever we eat out. So excited to have this new place to go!
I haven't really been in the mood to contribute to this little blog that maybe 20 people read, but I'm going to be better about this and even try to write something everyday!
So, to start I have a twin story that happened a few weeks ago. Some find it amusing so here it is for you to decide.
Here is some background info first. Heidi and I are really into music and we really love to go gigs as often as possible and we have no problems with traveling to see a band (The Man mostly, but others too). Well, back in February a band I'm totally into was doing a tour of the US and we decided to do a weekend of three shows starting in NYC, then to Philadelphia, then to Washington DC. Three shows in three days may sound nuts to some but its what we like to do. Winter had been bringing us down and we needed this little pick me up. Since Heidi is a master at finding cheap travel deals, I left her to do all the planning while I enjoy her hard work and go along with it.
So, we were in Washington DC to see this band at the 9:30 club and here is the twin part to the story.
There weren't a lot of people outside when we got to the venue and I walked up to this girl (boring and conservative looking-not really relevant but it has to be said anyway) and this is how it went down:
Me: "Is this the line to go in?"
Her: "Who's playing tonight?" (Errrrr thanks for answering my question)
Me: "Band 1, Band 2, Band 3."
Her: "Oh, do they have bangs and glasses?"
A moment of silence since Heidi and I had no idea how to respond since we didn't know what she was talking about.
Heidi: " I don't know, since I don't know what you mean." She thinks a bit and says "Noooooo, no one in any of the bands wear glasses." And they were a bunch of guys, so no bangs either.
Her: "Oh, well I thought you were emulating someone in the band"
Heidi then gives this girl a death stare that only she can give and says rather firmly. "We are identical twins, we were born this way,I'm just being me."
Her: Stammering and backing up away from us since she knew she was an idiot and simpering "oh, I'm sorry I didn't mean to offend" repeatedly. Then she disappeared and we didn't see her again. I totally lost it and kept laughing over Heidi's "just being me" comment. I kept teasing Heidi about it and her look to the girl and how she must have thought we were going to kick her ass. Heidi can get pretty tough and NY on you when she needs to. She's protected me at many a gig when people have been rough on me. Not that I can't defend myself-I did palm a guy in the nose once who grabbed me inappropriately. We've decided to start a girls gang (like the Pink Ladies) called "Sweet and Vicious". So far it's just the two of us.
I guess if I'd thought about it a little bit more I would have picked up on her stupid question but I guess I was just a little annoyed that she wasn't answering my original question. And really our look isn't that unique-girls with bangs and nerd glasses are a dime a dozen in Brooklyn. We think we're different enough but I guess we could do something more about looking so much alike. Yet, neither of us really wants to change our styles so I guess we'll just have to put up with the constant staring, questions, and my favourite-when some people find out we are twins and say to us "god bless you". Um, thanks? I really don't have any special powers because I was born with someone else that looks just like me but that's sweet.
The final gig was great but I think Philly was my favourite since I spent a lot of time during the DC show feeling self conscious about being so bloody identical. While we were waiting for the final band to play I was tapped on the shoulder and a girl said she's seen us at all the shows. I think she thought we were "cute".