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Feeling Old [22 Jun 2009|05:20am]
[ mood | exhausted ]

Feeling old is weird especially when you're only twenty-one-years-old.  Time is moving so fast, and I feel like I barely remember any of it.  The last three years feels like a whirlwind...  And things continue to change.  I keep wondering when it will settle down...  When people will begin to act in predictable ways, myself included.  I guess constant movement and dynamic characters make for an interesting life.  Exhausting, but interesting nonetheless.

I've been stricken by nostalgia lately...  I've even dyed my hair dark again.  I need to figure out how to put time in reverse.  But until then I guess I'll keep blindly hurtling into the future.

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New Year's Resolutions [03 Jan 2009|05:28pm]
[ mood | high ]

 So, as a part of my long list of New Year's Resolutions, I have resolved to begin writing again.  When I made this resolution, I was mostly referring to expanding my creative writing efforts, but the more I think about it, the more difficult the task at hand.  So, eccola! the solution!  Daily livejournal writing exercises to hone my metaphorical chops and literal writing proficiency.  The older I get, the wordier I become.  So, disclaimers done with, I'll move along and think about how I used to do this so many years and so many brain cells ago.  I think I used to blab on and on about people I didn't know and blather about my day.  I guess I could continue to do a little of that here or there, but I think I want to take this journaling experience to a more transcendental-train-of-thought-level, but maybe that's just the copious amounts of THC talking...  That and the Allen Ginsberg documentary I watched last night.  I ordered Bob Dylan//Basement Tapes on vinyl on the last day of December and it should be coming any day now and I'm extremely excited.  Happy 2009 to me!  So does anybody else think that Israel's ground invasion into Gaza marks the beginning of the Apocalypse.  I'm inclined to think so, unless George Bush can fulfill his goal of transporting American society to a bio-bubble on Mars sometime in the next 17 or so days.  Maybe he'll surprise us. 
But incase he fails me, I might as well leave some sort of record of my last days on the planet.   

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[02 Nov 2006|05:31pm]
[ mood | stressed ]

I'm stressin' out, yo!  College is hard...  And I got a C+ on my History midterm...  ::grumbles::  Well at least I didn't fail...  

This week I have two papers due and next week I have three exams.  Kill me now, please.

Oh, and here's a piece of advice:  Trick or Treating on West Campus in Austin is pretty much the best thing ever.  
The spoils from Tuesday include:  three packs of Chicken Top Ramen, a six pack of Parrot Bay, a box of Camels, and, last but not least, a dimebag of weed.  
Other not-so-interesting things given to us include a shitload of Dum-Dums and Tootsie Rolls.  

The going exchange-rate for Halloween candy is 10 Tootsie Rolls for 1 Dum-Dum (excluding the mystery flavour...  you hold on to that.), 5 Dum Dums for One piece of chocolate.
Candy corn is flooding the market...  You just can't get rid of that shit.

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[29 Oct 2006|01:49pm]
Right, so...  We carved pumpkins and had a Halloween Party on Friday.  It was madness...


Me and my roommate, Amy, in our costumes.  I'm a soldier, she's a hoodrat.  :)


Carving pumpkins before the party...  I'm the one smoking a cigarette and looking confused...


Oh no!  Cocktail party!Zombies!  Andrew and Katie being adorable...
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your just a man, you get what you can... [23 Oct 2006|05:29pm]
[ mood | content ]

I completely slept through my classes today because my alarm clock is a piece of shit that hates me...  So that sucks.  But I can't blame it entrirely on the alarm because I stayed online all night making a facebook for my friend Nic's cat...  



But the weekend was enjoyable...  I bought Let it Be on vinyl because my cd was stolen and I brought my friend Katie to her first co-op party and she had fun, which is good.  I also discovered that white kids like to dance to The Strokes and Michael Jackson with equal fervour, so that's helpful when making party mixes.  Oh, and rap doesn't go over well...  We just can't figure it out...  We try, but ultimately fail simply because the running man is not applicable in that situation.  There are some exceptions however, namely Outkast and Kanye West.  

Helios is having a massive shindig on Friday so we're already preparing...  We've invited about three-hundred people and the decorations are going up as I type this.  It's going to be revolutionary...  </excited>

Hmm...  Here are some photos of the fools I live with...


Nic getting a haircut on the fire escape...


Julia, Carmen, Nic, Mr. Cat, Chelsea


The Common Room...  Have you gotten your October?


The dinner gong of DOOM!

Anyway, I want to see Marie Antoinette, but I have a lot of homework, so I think I'll go and attempt being productive for a while.  I love you all, peace out.

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fuck [16 Oct 2006|02:25pm]
[ mood | cranky ]

Today is lame...  Austin is wet and cold and I have three papers due on Thursday, two of which count as 50% of my grade.  And I got an 82 on my philosophy test.  So this is for my TA, Tomas:



Anyway, I'm off to listen to Cat Power and mope. 

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back from the dead... [15 Oct 2006|11:02pm]
[ mood | good ]

Wow...  I can't believe it's really been a month and a half since I've updated...  Well, now that I'm pretty adjusted to college life, I'll try to change that.  I've missed talking to you people so much!  

Now that I've finally gotten around to updating this, I don't know what to say.  I guess I'll just fill you guys in with a comprehensive, numbered list of interesting shit that I've done.

1.  Went to ACL - The Raconteurs show was probably the best show I've ever seen... Ever.
2.  Saw WAS/Art Brut, but was really drunk, so I didn't really have the best experience.
3.  Went terrestrial wind surfing in a Wal-Mart parking lot.
4.  Visited home last weekend and finally comprehended how truly bizarre the Peanut Festival is.
5.  Been appointed to the Inter-Cooperative Council Board of Directors.
6.  Accidentally gave a homeless person a $10 bill.
7.  Depleted my bank account to $80.
8.  Got a 92 on my sociology test.
9.  Written comprehensive papers on both The Velvet Underground and Jefferson Airplane.
10.  Procrastinated on school work more than I should have.
11. Missed the Yeah Yeah Yeahs show because of lack of funds.
12.  Concluded that I'm going to be a bandit for Halloween.

Well I guess that's it.  Please comment, for I dearly miss chatting with all of you.

Oh, and I'm going to see Micheal Ian Black and Micheal Showalter this Saturday.  I'm excited.  


Jack at ACL 







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you know it's gonna be alright... [30 Aug 2006|10:23pm]
[ mood | chipper ]

Carl Barat and Peter Doherty Team Up

Just the thought of hearing Pete and Carl's vocals on the same track gives me butterflies.  I don't care if they didn't record it together...  It still gives me hope.  Always the optimist, me.

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just leave me alone... [30 Aug 2006|09:06pm]
[ mood | Jew-y? ]

Today was fun...  I went to my first two classes, Youth Rebellion in American Culture and Intro To Political Philosophy, and they were okay.  It's great that I can tell my friends that my homework is listening to Dead Kennedys and reading Kerouac...  Ah, good times.   

We were asked to listen to Dead Kennedys//California Uber Alles and analyse it for our course blog...  This is what I wrote:

The punk movement was essentially a reactionary response to the 'flower power' movement of the late sixties and early seventies... So basically one of punk's main motives was to put an end to the hippy movement and most true punks were very vocal about this. When Dead Kennedys first released "California Uber Alles" in 1979, the hippy movement, for the most part, had come and gone, but certain parts of the hippy ideology were still finding their way into government policy. This was demonstrated clearly by Gov Jerry Brown who became very well-known for fiercely advocating environmental interests. Dead Kennedys take direct shots at the "green" governor several times with lyrics such as:
"It's the suede/denim secret police
They have come for your uncool niece "
and
"DIE on organic poison gas
Serpent's egg's already hatched
You will croak, you little clown
When you mess with President Brown"
These references to 'suede/denim secret police' and 'organic poison gas' take certain elements from the mainstream hippy movement of the late seventies and paint them in a sinister light, continuing the battle between the two subcultures. 

What do you think?  Sound collegiate enough?

And I was approached today by four, count them, FOUR rabbi's asking if I was Jewish.  Apparently I look it.  And the thing is that they weren't even approaching everyone...  Just select few.  The next one that I asks me, I'm just going to break down and convert.  Embrace my apparent Jewiness.  I told my mom this and she told me, "It's the nose."  Yeah, thanks for helping my self-esteem.  

Anyway, my giant Jew-nose and I have to read expensive textbooks, so I'll update better later.

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one question... [24 Aug 2006|04:19pm]
[ mood | hopeful ]

Alright, now that I'm living in the co-op, I don't have a television!  Oh no!  And I really, really need to see Project RunwayIs there a way I could download it online?

If anyone could help me with this, I'd be eternally grateful. 

Thanks

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I didn't realise I'm lonely... [22 Aug 2006|09:29pm]
[ mood | scared ]

So I'm all moved in, and my room is fantastic!  Very spacious.  The only thing that annoys me a lot is that the air-conditioner doesn't work that well on the third floor (I live in TEXAS).  It is very hot up here during the day, and we have a lot of windows.  Anyway, once I get batteries for my camera, I'll post pictures.  

My first evening on DSL is fun.  It's very fast and allows me to watch videos on youtube without waiting an hour.  My roommate's name is Amy and she's a graduate student (21) from North Carolina.  She seems very nice, but very different.  Also, she has a lot of shit.  I don't know how anyone can accumulate that much shit.  Her area of the room is much bigger than mine, but she got here first, so I suppose she's entitled.  We have a blue valour couch complete with acrylic paint stains on the cushions, but it's pretty comfortable.

I haven't really talked to many of my housemates other than, "Hi, I'm Nicki and I live on the third floor."  They're all older than me, and subsequently very intimidating.  Earlier I was too nervous to ask if I could get something to drink, so I rode my bike to Wendy's for a diet coke.  Yeah, I'm lonely and scared.  But that's normal, right?  

But my good friend Katie is coming up to Austin tomorrow to hang out with me and see a movie.  She's also bringing me a Radiohead poster.  :)  

Anyway, I suppose that sums up my first day in Austin.  I hope I get to take a shower this evening, but I'm too scared to use the bathroom...  Other people's stuff is in there, and I don't want to inconvenience anyone.  </timid> 

I think I'd rather be at home. 

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dialing you up in my sleep... [21 Aug 2006|02:42pm]
I know many of you may be wondering where the fuck I've been the last  couple of weeks, and to make a short story even shorter - The AC adapter to my laptop caught fire.  It turns out that those are fairly expensive and take about two weeks to order.  I tried to explain to the people at the computer store that my internet social life was actually more lively than its counterpart in the real world, but I don't think they cared.  Anyway, I'm pretty sure that the laptop people wish me a painful and slow death.  But it doesn't matter anymore because I got the AC adapter and everything's swell once again.

I guess the only benefit of being off-line the last two weeks is that I missed out on all the posts from excited DPT punters exclaiming "OMG!!  I MET CARL!"  Those probably would have made me die of jealousy.  But don't get me wrong, I'm very happy for all that got to see Dirty Pretty Things on the mini-tour, just equally jealous.

Anyway, I hope you're all doing well, I've missed commenting back and forth with all of you, and I'm excruciatingly out-of-touch with all my communities.  I'll attempt to remedy that shortly.

In other news, I move to Austin tomorrow.  And I'm all packed and really excited.  

Love you all. 
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little Carl in wellies... [03 Aug 2006|02:50pm]
[ mood | chipper ]

Alright... I'm not a creepy stalker, I swear.  I just stumbled upon this today and thought it was too fucking adorable not to post.  

So here goes...  Carl Barat, age eight:



Even at the age of eight, that boy has the best hair ever.

I AM NOT A STALKER. 

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if everything you want was something you couldn't have... [02 Aug 2006|10:15pm]
[ mood | pitiful ]

When did my music become the stuff of commercials instead of stereos?  Apparently it's not good enough for the American masses to listen to, but it's good enough to sell a product.

  • Spoon - Jaguar
  • Razorlight - Honda
  • Bloc Party - Er... some car that wasn't good enough to make me remember it
  • Franz Ferdinand - L'Oreal
  • Chemical Brothers - Budweiser

::Grumbles something about consumerism, capitalism, and materialism cheapening art and culture::

Oh, well...  Went on a bike ride today and saw some goats.  I liked them. 



Life is boring and the evil people at the financial aid office are toying with my emotions.  They give me funds, but tell me I can't use them yet.  That's stupid.

Anyway, I'm having a fantastic pity party over here in Texas...  If you like goats and hate financial aid counselors, you're invited.  





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Wouldn't it be nice to be Dorian Gray, just for a day... [01 Aug 2006|04:32pm]
[ mood | okay ]


Nicked from kaitoucheckers.
1.Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5.Don’t you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.


Because my Oscar Wilde collective is always my closest book...
From pg. 123 of The Picture of Dorian Gray:
'It is simply because she remembers you when you were a little girl, Lady Narborough,' said Lord Henry. 'She is the one link between us and your short frocks.'

'She does not remember my short frocks at all Lord Henry.'


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Get me a ticket for an aeroplane, i'm tired of being alone... [30 Jul 2006|05:01pm]
Today is Sunday and I haven't done anything all week.  It's been pretty much great, though.  Earlier I finally got to see Wilde and Jude Law as Bosie is probably the best idea ever.  Why do all the shows I'm interested in seeing only come on Bravo or Logo or BBCamerica?  I'm beginning to think that I am indeed a gay man.

Yesterday I fell down so I have a huge scrape on my knee that keeps oozing.  It's not even bleeding anymore, just oozing...  Yeah, I'm sure you all wanted to know that.  Well fuck off, it's my journal, I'll talk about my oozing wounds if I want to.  

I went to Waterloo Records and Video last Thursday and it was fantastic.  I bought four old NME's, the "Bang, Bang You're Dead" DVD single (gayest DVD ever, but in the best way), and The Kills DVD single for "The Good Ones" (I intend to give this to Kayla if I ever see her again.)  

I like this a lot.  Please download it.  For it is good.
Guillemots//Trains To Brazil
Someone better download it, because I almost risked a blinking-add-induced seizure trying to upload this on yousendit. 

My financial aid finally came in (thank god) and I don't have to pay one cent of my tuition for the whole year.  And I think my mom is going to buy me Bloc Party tickets...  :)  That makes me really, really happy.

Damon Albarn Forms New Band
Goddamn, Damon!  Stop forming new bands and put out another Blur record.  ::grumbles::

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life set to the sweet sound of spanish guitar [24 Jul 2006|08:30pm]
[ mood | depressed ]

The weekend was good, despite the fact that I had to spend my Friday evening washing dishes at a local restaurant/bar, The White House Cafe.  I can no longer look at gravy without experiencing the very unpleasant urge to be sick.  I swear...  the shit was everywhere.  It didn't matter if I picked up a plate or a shot glass...  It would be fucking covered in gravy.  Disgusting.  So yeah, I fucked up my hands after five hours of scalding water and was paid a measly $25 for my efforts.  That sucked.


But the rest of the weekend was good.  I bought The Raconteurs//Broken Boy Soldiers and it's fucking fantastic.  I think I'm obsessed with it.  I'm serious.... Download these two songs.  They are so good your head just might explode upon hearing them.


Blue Veins
Store Bought Bones


And yesterday my sister and I decided to dye our hair the colour of beverages.  She chose 'sweet latte' and I chose 'sweet cola.'


And here is the result: 



What do you think?  Too dark?  Oh, yeah, and I bought that Kills shirt at a vintage shoppe in Austin called Buffalo Exchange for $9.  It brings me great joy. 


I got some new icons thanks to Kayla and her lovely icon community nice_mug.  


A Libs icon for every occasion.

And I'm missing my best friend really, really badly right now.  I haven't seen her in two weeks and won't be able to see her until August 11.  Then we only have one week until I go off to school.  I'm going to go cry now.  South Carolina is a stupid, stupid place to be when you can be here with me.  

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Sleep Medication/Jagermeister Don't Mix [23 Jul 2006|01:11pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

Alright, Adam Green...  You win.  

Adam Green Hitchhikes Across Europe In Pyjamas

I'm not even kidding.

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orientation report [20 Jul 2006|04:46pm]
[ mood | chipper ]

Wow!  I haven't been on livejournal since Sunday.  Torture, pure torture.  

But, woah, orientation was great!  University of Texas at Austin in one month, people.  That scares the crap out of me, but I'm really excited.  I registered for classes this morning, and I'm immensely happy with my decisions.

Classes:
Youth Rebellion/Rhetoric of American Identity - W (heavy writing component)

Class will explore the rhetoric produced by and about these three countercultures:  hippies, punks, and grunge.  :) I can't believe I'm getting three hours of credit for this. 

Intro to American Studies
Utilizing both historical and contemporary perspectives, and drawing from a wide range of approaches, we will take as our central motif the escalating importance of regional and local identity in a world of globalization and modernization.

Intro to the Study of Society
Class focuses on the development of sociology as an academic discipline, its theory and research traditions, and the implications of a sociological perspective for analyzing contemporary social problems.

The United States 1920-1941
Upper-division course devoted to the study of the interim years between WWI and WWII. This isn't actually intended for first-year students, but since I tested out of six hours of history already and I am a history major, my advisor said I should go for it.  The History Department doesn't actually abide by the rules that much, I'm discovering.

And I'm on the waitlist for Intro to Political Philosophy.





and woah!  This was taken two days ago.  No shit.

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i'll go back to the start... [15 Jul 2006|07:51pm]
[ mood | repentant ]

Alright, I'm only going to say this once, so listen up.  I take back all the mean things I've said about Razorlight and their new album.  For it is good.  I mean, really good.  The re-worked version of In The Morning is much, much better - and absent of Libertines allusions/lyrics.  Which is good.  Also, the re-worked version of Kirby's House is way more appealing.  They scrapped the gospel singers so you really get to hear and appreciate the lyrics.  Johnny Borrell's vocals are spot-on as well.  My only complaint about their sophomore attempt is that it was too short.  

Highlights:
In The Morning
Kirby's House
Back To The Start
Los Angeles Waltz

Dud(s):
America (but that was only upon first listen...  It might grow on me, I'll let you know.)


Image nicked from Andrew Kendall's gallery.

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