Monday, December 29, 2008

Does this slide?!

My job is dangerous, lemme tell ya. First I cut my finger on some boxes which I didn't notice til I saw blood on the boxes. But that was really the least of my problems when I went to put something on the lowest shelf, lost my balance, and put my knee right into a sensor pin I didn't know was on the floor. Stabbed at work! Impaled in the knee! In case you're a little clueless on my retail jargon, I'll explain. We have security sensors that we put on the clothes with these pins that you stick through the clothes and into the little security device. They're not real big, but the pin is about an inch or so long and when an inch of metal went into my knee, it hurt pretty bad. I felt something go into my knee and I looked and only saw the white of the pin. I've seen that plenty of times when I've looked on the bottom of my shoe, but never through my jeans into my knee!! Then I had to all pull it out. So gross. And painful. I didn't tell anyone at work because I hadn't shaved my legs in a few days and I didn't want anyone to ask to look at it! hahaha Not that you can see anything since it look just like a little razor cut anyway. But my mom thinks I should go in tomorrow and let them know it happened just in case. It's probably going to be fine. The area around my knee hurts, but I think I'll be fine. I soaked in the tub for a while when I got home and it felt a lot better after that. For all the injuries I have at least I have super cute band-aids!!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

I know about the whole thing

I got a new camera for Jesus' birthday and I've been playing with it a lot. And it came with "film" software so I made this. Don't get excited, Lisa. The software has even less options than Windows Movie Maker! Buuuut...Gizmo is cute so it's worth a look!

ps. Just five months til Nathan's birthday! ahhh!!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

There'd always be that one reason

All I can really say is I had a really Mr. Toad's Wild Ride day which included crazy amounts of fog, hair in a burger, grillz, naughty steps, closet envy, R. Kelly trapped in the closet, and the most bizarre, disturbing trip to Miner St ever. Bar none.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Gizmo the Grouch

That's right, today, four years ago, Gizmo Wilkerstinitious came into this world! And with that, a life was saved; my own! He's difficult, he's moody, but he's loved beyond words can express! Perhaps even more than music can express. Not to say I haven't tried! Hm, born on Boxing Day, maybe that's why he's such a fighter. If he wasn't so cute, he'd be living in a trashcan.

♥ ♥ ♥

Thursday, December 25, 2008

making some mental souveniors

Happy Christmas, ya'll! I hope you enjoy it more than Gizmo enjoys wearing this hat!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Closing Time at Aeropostale

This video is a lie. Aero is never fun enough to warrant Wham! For the nth time, I nearly quit today! If Aero was worthy of a little jitterbug I'd never feel this way! I won't go into any details, but I'm getting to my breaking point. I say that a lot, don't I? Well, it's okay, I made a special promise that I would be out of there by Jamie's birthday anyway. So, if anyone knows of any great job opportunities....

Monday, December 22, 2008

just dance, it'll be okay

I've been procrastinating and putting off wrapping gifts, but today I finally got it done. Whenever I get my work schedule, I try to plan out times to do other things in my head. Most importantly, artistic things. I try to fit it in here and there between work, family, my social life, and my sleep. So, wrapping presents didn't seem to fall anywhere in my scheduling until I realized that Christmas was nearly here (over for some). That made gift wrapping priority one today. That being said, it took me a while to even get to that. How can I wrap gifts when Lady Gaga is on? Can't! That being said, I did this while I wasn't wrapping presents over the weekend. It's not great, but check it out for a giggle:

Circus (Britney Spears Cover) - JeNell

ps. Yes, that's Gizmo on tambourine.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

you could never hold my hand in public

Gizmo Wilkerstinitious received his least favorite of things tonight; a bath. His skin problems aren't much improved despite all the trips to the vet and special shampoos and what not, but we preserver! It is worth it in the end. He looks devastatingly handsome and is a bit calmer on the itch-scratch front. My hands on the other hand are very unhappy. This medicated shampoo burns the many little nicks and cuts on my hands and makes them so raw and dry. Lotion will be no use to me as they're at their dry point of bursting into flames if any sort of lotion is put about them asides from basically pure petroleum jelly. But if you've ever put petroleum jelly on your hands you know it's a huge, gross feeling mess. So, that must wait! My hands will just have to suffer until then.

In somewhat related news, I have a blister on my finger from the hangers at work. Isn't that ridiculous? I need to quit on that basis alone. I've got blisters on me fingers!

And for all of you haters out there, Gizmo is not a prick. He just loves me more than the average monkey, chicken, or dog. Ferociously so!

Friday, December 19, 2008

because you're worth it, you're really worth it

Christmas comes early for some little boys.
Talk about bein' spoiled!

I took a little video of Samuel opening the gifts my mother and I brought over because he was so cute about it, putting clothes on his head and throwing them across the room, but I won't bother to post it up here! It's not quality film work! It's not up to snuff for my blog! And, excuse me, it's personal. Geez. You guys are rude. ;)

So, hey, Merry Christmas, ya'llz.
Let the season ring or some shizz!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

congratulations, cause we made it all the way home

Christmas is quickly approaching and I do believe that I'm finally done all of my holiday shopping. I think. This is probably a new record for me. I can't believe that when I get paid on Thursday that I'll get to put that money in the bank and not spend it all on gifts. That's pretty sweet. Not that it'll be very much! Ihatemyjob.

Got some new lights. Trying to salvage some Christmas spirit. You'd think I'm full of it considering that I'm all done shopping, my room is sparkling with festive lights, and I did a cover of "Blue Christmas" for the band page. But I'm not really. I can't believe next week is Christmas. These weeks have been flying by. No doubt about that. For awhile I thought December 11th would never arrive, and now it's been and gone.

I'm not sure if it's Christmas that is bumming me out or the fact that I have to go to work tomorrow. Hmmm...

Monday, December 1, 2008

I've never stuck a toe in

This photo is for the persons involved in the accident that left me without my car for the entire month of November. November; as in the month my car needed to be inspected. Thanks to your poor defensive driving skills, I had to sit in a line at the inspection station for an hour. Without my cellphone. It's not directly your fault that I forgot my cellphone at home, but I indirectly blame you. Despite all of this folly, Shermin passed inspection and we're gonna keep on kickin' it! Can't stop, won't stop!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

now my feet won't touch the ground

Working 5a-2p is stupid, but standing in line outside at Best Buy at 4:30am is stupider.
Maybe that's just me.
From the looks of that line, it's just me.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Takes a lickin, keeps on kickin

Got Shermin back. He doesn't look like this no' mo. Good as new for the most part. Though, the speakers that were in and out of death before the incident are now completely deceased. If that's the only casualty that I have to pay for in an accident that resulted in four grand worth of damages I guess I should be happy. And I was very happy to see my Bugger when I got home. Totally hugged my car. Fingers crossed that I can get him inspected before the police have the chance to see that it's December and I was supposed to have it inspected in November. Kind of hard to have your car inspected for the month of November when it's gone from the last week of October until now, though. I don't think the authorities will give a flying squirrel about that! Wish me luck! My bank account cannot carry a ticket!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Can we afford to do this?

I just googled infectious mononucleosis (aka mono). Apparently I don't have it. I thought it was possible considering how fatigued I am all the time. I would say that for the first time in years I'm sleeping plenty, more than enough, but it certainly doesn't feel that way. I feel more tired all the time than I have when my insomnia was at its worst. Maybe it's the time change. Maybe it's the weather. I'm not sure. Whatever it is. It sucks. I'm going to sleep through November and have a nervous breakdown when Christmas is nearly here! Santa Schmanta indeed.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Oh yes we can!

If Obama hadn't won, I think the nation would be in some serious mourning. I distinctly don't recall this kind of jubilation either time that Bush got into office. Be that as it may, I liked this song so I wanted to share it. It's so upbeat :)

Friday, November 7, 2008

Just like Lisa's blog except not with Jenny Lewis

I love Nicole Atkins and I love this song. It's a cover. Well, if you watch it, that's clear since she chats a bit about the writer and the writer's family. Sort of. Just watch it. See just another reason why Nicole Atkins amazes me and inspires me in every way!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


50% of today sucked ass.
but the 50% of it that was good was really good!


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

hey, you're a good looking group

Thursday obviously was a bust. As in, Shermin got busted. Then Friday wasn't much of an improvement. Singing without a voice sucks for everyone involved. But Saturday turned out to be a pretty fun day. Slept in, had a leisurely day with my mom, got to see a great free show at the Bus Stop, had pizza quesadillas, and got to hang out with Edie Sedgwick, Pam Beesley, the new guitarist of JeNell & the Yets, a dude with two last names and no middle name and a 1970s swinger with mismatched socks. Well, I hung out with a lot more people than that, but they're really the highlights. So many secrets shared! So many Bowie songs rocked (again)! I can't think of a much better way to kick off Halloween. I don't know if actual Halloween can possibly live up to it!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

this is why I'm having a bad week

Yesterday, I had a crappy day at work and came home and pretty much hibernated in my bedroom all evening. I was happy that day was over when it ended. Then when I woke up this morning feeling extremely groggy and dreading work. Well, lucky me, I didn't wind up getting to work until noon because an accident occurred outside my house and my car, Shermin, was taken into the fray. I was practically on my way out when I heard the horrible sound of cars colliding. This isn't a foreign sound. I live on a highway and despite it being a residential area with a speed limit of 35mph, people drive down the road like bats out of hell and frequently there is accidents. And it's common place if you live in my house to have that moment of terror when you think someone has hit your car. So, I looked out my bedroom window, but I couldn't see my car from my angle, but I saw a car up the road a bit and figured the accident occurred too far up to have involved my car. I was wrong. My car had been pushed from right next to my driveway down in front of my neighbor's driveway; I can't estimate how many feet that is. I'd guess 20? I don't know. So, to make a long story short, Shermin is at the body shop and hopefully the damage can be repaired. But it sucks. While the other peoples' insurance companies battle out who is at fault, we're going to be stuck paying the deductible just for living on a shitty street. Financially we've seen better days. Things just keep gettin better and better! And in the words of my manager, "I can't believe it's November next week." - Fucking aye.

Monday, October 20, 2008

that's why I don't do two shows a day, I won't do it

It's been casually mentioned in and around my blog about Gizmo's on-going skin troubles. After forgetting and being unable for a few days, I finally made a vet appointment for my pooch. The poor little bastard had to have his temperature taken TWICE. And if you know anything about taking a dog's temperature, you know it's not comfortable! To make matters worse, he had to have another allergy shot. Furthermore, he had a fever so now he's on antibiotics and his psoriasis has worsened so now I have to bathe him every few days with a special shampoo. If you're thinking you want a dog, maybe you should consider what kind of costs can arise when you happen to get one with allergies. But, all in all, it was all worth it, because he's doing much, much better and he's more like himself again! Not sitting around whining and scratching all day and night. This evening we had a nice long hour nap together which hasn't happened in a long time because of his fidgety, itchy behavior. And any day now his Halloween costume is going to come in the mail! I'm excited! I've got the best puppy ever! That's an opinion, not a fake, don't attest it.

Friday, October 17, 2008

it's just the passage

Autumn is great when it's all Indian Summer.

Autumn sucks when it's all Wannabe Winter.

Let's keep this Indian Summer thing going!

Though...I hear it's going away shortly.

I'll look back on this post shortly

and cry.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

the worst is behind

Two things happened that haven't happened in a long, long time. One: I ate Chinese food. I hate Chinese food, but there's only 4 choices for food in the mall. Salad Works, Luca's Pizza, Auntie Anne's, and the Chinese food place. I only stopped in to see what kind of chicken they had and the lady behind the counter kept giving me pieces of it to try. I couldn't deny that the chicken was pretty good so I got some. The rice sucked. Two: I got a raise! I'd like to say more about that, but I'm not permitted. If I say anymore about it, I'll be terminated. As in, a cyborg from the future will come back and kill me. So, that being said, wooooooooooooooooooooooo hoooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Monday, October 13, 2008

The busiest beaver award does not to go me

Pain is exhausting. I got up early this morning to take my mom to the doctor. While I waited for her in the car, I slept. Then I went home with intentions to get some work done, but instead I lazed around and didn't do much of anything. Even that made me tired so I laid down and was in and out of sleep while watching overly dramatic TV. Then I got up and took a shower hoping that would get me all woken up so I could get some work done. And it would have worked if my clothes rack hadn't given up and fell apart. So, instead of working, I put that back together and secured it and put my clothes away. By the time I was done that, dinner was ready and I was really hot and tired. But somehow, I got a little bit of work done after dinner. Not much, but a little. And now I'm so ready for bed. I'm so useless and pathetic. I'm dreading work tomorrow. Why must my mouth be so afflicted?! Blah. I need to go ease Gizmo's itching. Hope you guys are doing better than I.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do

Between Gizmo's terrible skin, my canker sores, my mother's bandaged foot (she had foot surgery on Friday), and my grandmother in general, we make quite a household. Gizmo can't stop scratching, my mom can't walk, I can't talk, and my grandmother can't really do much of anything. But somehow we all team up and get things done. I fetch things for my mother and she calls my work to see if I'm needed for my on-call and Gizmo lays on my grandmother to keep her warm. The buddy system really works!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Come in, she said, I'll give you shelter from the storm

Just when I thought my trip to NYC was random and spontaneous, Jamie topped me and threw together an impromptu trip to DC. It was not just a trip to DC either. It was a cultural learning experience. I learned more about Maryland while stopping in a movie theater for a pee than I have in a long time. I could have learned had we left earlier and not arrived fifteen minutes prior to all the museums closing, but we had a good time anyway. We got an eye full of beautiful as the sun set as we walked along the Mall towards the Lincoln Memorial. It took us a while as there was a lot of photo opportunities (jump shots, cart wheels, reflections, monuments, trees) and a lot of violence threatened. And from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, I made dinner arrangements and we took the long walk back to the Metro to go to Chinatown to have Mexican food. Best $7.99 dinner I've had in a long, long time. DC and NYC are in a tight competition against the other. Classic, recognizable abbreviated titles, accessible public transportation, free museums, history, culture, crime... Who will win?! Hopefully Obama. :D

Friday, October 10, 2008

Death already came and got me

Going to work at 8am the day after a NYC trip sucks ass. It's unholy to have to be at the mall two hours before it opens. I just don't like it. But I endured and survived and made it home without wetting my pants; it was a close call. Trust me. But much later on, my old friend from high school surprised me with a somewhat predictable, yet delicious surprise; challah! G-d only knows how she knew I had been looking around NYC for it. I haven't even seen her in ages! Let alone challah! It was about time we caught up; with her and bread! She also bestowed a delicious pumpkin cupcake on me which I enjoyed as I got myself all Office/GA caught up. Talk about a sweet Friday night indeed!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Do what John, Do what John?

On October 9, 1940, John Lennon was pushed into this world. On October 9, 2008, there was a gallery showing of his art in Soho. Fortunately, it was the one day (of the four days of the show) that I was able to attend! For all the years I've been a card carrying John Lennon fan (I possess no literal card) I haven't done anything "special" to celebrate his birthday and it was about time that I did! I had been to a showing of his work in Cape May a while back, but this show was had a lot more pieces. And they had new t-shirts. So, all in all, it was a worthwhile trip. Despite failing a mission. Don't go looking for challah on the day of Yom Kippur. It's unlikely that you will accomplish this quest. But at least I was able to make eyes at all the good looking young executives. All two of them.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

I've turned into vapor

Today is only Wednesday, but I must say thus far this week has sucked. It started out decently with a fun band day out on Sunday and then a nice day off (at least from Aero) which ended with a trip to the mall and to see my favorite Lisa. I was even starting to feel a little bit better health wise. But there was foreshadowing to the downfall of my week when my "index toe" on my left foot began to mysteriously hurt and then get red and even swell up. I don't know what's wrong with it exactly, but it's sore as hell and causes me to limp terribly. That being said, I had a craptastic day at work on Tuesday. First I woke up with the hiccups. And when I get the hiccups, it's violent. They are severe. And they don't go away completely for the whole day. They take a break and then they always come back over and over again throughout the day. Anyway! Aero decided to change their floor set system and instead of doing it on one Sunday night from 6pm to 3am, they've been doing a little bit everyday this week from 6am til the store opens. But it's ridiculous for me, the merch flow manager. Now the backroom has the old product all over the place along with all the stock boxes that come in everyday that I'm supposed to unload and shelve along with everything else. And the floor setting continues throughout the whole day. It's not terribly busy at Aero during the day, but it made my life hell. And then to add to my perfect day, on my break I got some soup to eat outside and I burnt my whole tongue. Then I woke up today feeling sicker than ever. Bleh. I'm going to take a break from complaining about that and say that the day was saved by a little mister. I hadn't seen Samuel since his birthday in July. I can't believe how much bigger he is every time I see him. I know children grow, but I never cease to be amazed. Nor do I cease to be amazed at how different it feels when they belong to your brother.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Just one sucky night all around

I have a slew of canker sores in my mouth so I'm reliving the glory days of when I could move my mouth more easily. Oh, it's like it was only yesterday, but actually it was Saturday. And now I'm feeling sick. I don't like the state of my glands. And am I the only one that has to avoid watching the debates because the pounding of their own heart is too unbearable? That's weird, isn't it? Yeah. A little weird. Anyway, check this out... if you want. What do you have to lose other than a few moments of your time?

Distraction (Live) - JeNell & the Yets

Monday, September 29, 2008

you got it, you're wow wow wow wow

This is fuckin' weird.

I think I prefer this. I guess I'm just a new age kind of girl.

And now I return to my extensive work on cardiovascular disease.

do you find me sadistic?

There's a little something that I have to speak about here in my blog. It's not really little, but I have to speak about it. It's important to me to speak about. I would have made an update about it yesterday, but I was too bummed about it and I had a show in Pitman to prepare for and perform at. Be that as it may, you probably read that Paul Newman passed away on Friday. As with all terrible news, my brother, Andrew, informed me of this. He didn't intend to this time, though. When I sign on AIM I frequently first browse my friends away messages and it just so happens that his said, "RIP Cool Hand Luke" and I swear the world stopped turning for a second. Granted, he was 83 years old and that's a nice long life to have led by all means, but it's just sad. I adore Paul Newman. Even his cookies. Every time my mother goes to the store, I request Ginger-o's which is a cookie made by the Paul Newman company. For weeks she was unable to find them and while we were in Target just the other week, I turned the corner and there they were! And I was skipping and so happy! Now I think there will be a bittersweet taste in every bite. :(

So, now I'm going to fill up my blog with all the beauty that is Paul Newman. Well, all the beauty that I could find and could be encompassed in photographs. But if you haven't seen any Paul Newman movies, you need to do so. Recommendations: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Cool Hand Luke, The Long, Hot Summer, The Hudsucker Proxy, Empire Falls, Nobody's Fool.. Alright, I just named all the ones I've seen. Loved them all, though!

I think my brother put it best...
RIP Cool Hand Luke

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Borders is the new Star Search

So, check out who else used to play at Borders! Ha! Though, she's terribly more talented than me by a mile or more. I'm constantly blown away by her amazing vocals. I'm so jealous. And I went to open mic tonight and didn't feel at all like playing music, but after watching this I'm a little bit more excited for Saturday (as I'm playing a show). Nicole always makes me wanna sing! :)

Friday, September 19, 2008

the question is, do you love him?

Lisa, this is for you :)

And this song is for anyone that can bare it. It's awful. And I have to hear it a lot. Well, not as much as I used to as hours at Aero were cut. But when it came on today at Aero I happened to be in the stock room and I was finally able to see who the geniuses were that made this disaster! So take a listen... if you dare!!

Happy Birthday - Altered Images

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Do you want the real thing or are you just talk?

Free buffet? No strings attached? No cover charge? No nothing? You've got to be kidding me. That can't be right. That's not possible! Not at such a swanky joint! There's Greek statues! Classy 1980 Beverly Hill home decor! They couldn't possibly have free buffet Monday thru Friday!

...and yet, they DO.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

No, I'm not going to sleep with you anymore

So, I got my hair did! I don't know how I feel about it. I tried to take my color back to it's natural hue. I cut some length off and thinned it out a bit. What do you think? I'm a little uneasy about it. Maybe if I dye my eyebrows to match I'll feel better? Maybe I won't feel like this witch hat is attached to my head...


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Joel Madden; a man of substance, not just good looks

If the video I posted exposing some scary truths about John McCain wasn't clear enough, I am an Obama supporter. But I'm also a Joel Madden supporter. I have to be clear in saying that as I am NOT a Benji Madden supporter. It's very complicated. That's for another post. In another life. Anyway, if anyone other than my friends read this blog then I hope that if you haven't registered to vote that you will register to vote. I know that it's scary. It could potentially get you jury duty someday. BUT it's your civic and patriotic duty as an American to register and vote and be a living, breathing, participant of this society! I mean, fuck, America ain't nothin if we ain't gots Americans. Right?

they look great, don't they?

I didn't paint this sky, but I wish that I did.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

whatever whenever

Went to NYC on Tuesday to see Conan O'Brien, Kiera Knightly, Dwight Schrute, Tyler Perry, Bill Burr, Nicole Richie, and Agent Michael Scarne. Some we planned to see, but a few were total surprises! As you may or may not know, it's Fashion Week up in the Big Apple and you could definitely tell. There was so many tall, gorgeous, and fashionable women and just a lot of really well dressed people all over the place. It was awesome. I love clothes and shoes so I was like, "Oooo... Ahhhh..." everywhere we went. It made people watching even better! It also made me want to live in NYC again. But in Soho. So, that's a definite no go. Stupid money. Anyway, in Soho, we went to eat at this very lovely place called "Bread". As you might expect from the title, they had really good bread. I ate a lot of it. And learned what "melschun" is. It's actually delicious. Be that as it may, I was definitely not getting fruity pebbles in my pinkberry. Anymore grain in my stomach and I would have exploded. But I did have mango! yum!

In other news, everyone at Aero is having their hours cut. Since school got back in, the sales have dropped off and there's just no hours. It won't be like this forever, but I'm a little bummed about the drop in money that's coming my way in the new few weeks. I've been cutting back on spending the past few months, but I suppose I should cut back even more. This trip to NYC did not help with the cut back either. Ah well.

Here's my next installment of Songs I Hate at Aero:
Fan - New Young Pony Club

Jamie, you like this band! They do that "Jerk Me" song! Are you making Aero mix CDs for the company?! If you are, stop putting dumb songs on there! They suck if you only have to hear them one time but it's torture to hear them over and over and over... ;)