My Chemical Romance

I’m gonna talk about my favorite band (even though they aren’t together anymore) – My Chemical Romance.

(Wait she likes MCR???? But she said she likes One Direction and Taylor Swift?? – Yeah and I also like classical music, jazz, The Beatles, and Frank Sinatra. My music taste is complicated. Back off.)

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My Chemical Romance is a punk rock band that hails from New Jersey. And I love them. A lot (like I used to celebrate their birthdays… by myself).

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The lead singer is Gerard Way and he has a voice like none other. It’s haunting and beautiful and raspy and total rock n roll.

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His little brother, Mikey Way, is the bass player for the band. He specifically learned how to play the bass so he could be in the band.

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One of the guitarists is Ray Toro. He is probably one of the most talented guitar players on earth. Seriously. He’s awesome.

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The other guitarist is Frank Iero. He is probably the craziest guitarist out there and it is sheer entertainment watching him play.

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MCR has gone through several drummers. They’ve all left or been kicked out of the band because they are not nice people, or they get drunk, or they steal money (except Bob… Bob was awesome and I miss him).

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I first learned about MCR in JR High when I saw the music video Helena. I loved it but my Mother would not let me listen to non-Christian music so I didn’t get my hands on one of their albums until 2007. I know kids say “Music saved my life” or “This band saved my life” all the time and it can get pretty cliche. But My Chemical Romance really did help me through a really hard time in my life. My parents made me go to a college I hated and I lost a lot of my friends when I went there and I was terrible at making new friends. MCR became like a companion to me. Songs like ‘I’m not Okay” – “Teenagers” – “Famous Last Words” – etc. really helped me deal with some of the feelings I was going through. I didn’t have anyone to talk to, so instead I would listen to MCR and try to cope (I’m insanely good at coping today… I rarely deal with my feelings. Which is why I have the emotional capacity of a robot.).

MCR’s first album was “I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love” – it was not my favorite, mostly because Gerard wasn’t sober yet and you can tell when you compare this album to the others. The others are better.

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The second album was “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge” – great album. My favorite song on it is ‘Helena’ – which is my favorite MCR song of all time.

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Their third album was “The Black Parade” – basically the most epic album ever that tells a beautiful story. My favorite song on  it is ‘Famous Last Words’.

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Their fourth album was “Danger Days: True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” – this album was definitely different from all the others and it was phenomenal. My favorite song on it is – ‘The Only Hope For Me Is You’.

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Earlier this year My Chemical Romance decided to end their days as a band. I’m not gonna lie, I cried like a freakin baby. But all good things must come to and end right? One of my biggest regrets is that I never got to see them in concert. I’ve watched countless YouTube videos of their concerts but I never actually got to be there.

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MCR graciously released their last songs this year as well. During the time that they made the decision to end the band they released 5 sets of songs on iTunes. Each “album” had 2 or 3 songs on it.

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I wish I could tell them how much they mean to me, how I will always love and respect them, and how I miss them a lot. I’m happy that they are happy with their wives and little families. Rock on My Chem. Rock on.

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8 Out of 10 Cats

Ok guys, time to talk about my love for this show (which is not in any way actually about cats).

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Wikipedia describes the show as: “8 Out of 10 Cats is a British television comedy panel game produced by Zeppotron (a subsidiary of Endemol UK) forChannel 4.”

My description: “A freaking hilarious British panel show, where I don’t understand at least 50% of the jokes because I don’t live in the UK, but the other 50% that I do understand usually make me laugh so hard that I cry and I love Jon Richardson so it makes it all better.”

The host of the show is Jimmy Carr and the 2 team captains are Sean Lock and Jon Richardson.

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These 3 guys are like the gods of funny to me.

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So basically on the show the 2 teams have their captain and then 2 other people on the teams. The guests are usually comedians, B-list actors, TV personalities, or reality stars (sometimes they have sports players on as well). There are 3 parts of the show. The first part, “What Are You Talking About?”, the teams have to guess the most popular talking points in Britain. The second part, “Pick of the Polls”, is when the teams are shown 4 pictures and they pick one and answer the statistic or question that goes with the picture. The third part, “And the Winner Is”, is when the teams have kind of a free for all answer/guess part. At the end of the show the team with the most points wins.

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Some of my favorite European comedians are on the show.

David O’Doherty is an Irish comedian. My best friend and I will have entire conversations just quoting his material.

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Joe Wilkinson is about the creepiest looking comedian in the world. He looks like a pedo… But he is hilarious.

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Sarah Millican is who I want to be when I grow up. She is the funniest woman on the planet.

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But Jon Richardson is still my favorite.

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8 Out of 10 Cats is now doing Countdown shows. I’m American… So I had absolutely no idea what Countdown was. And I still haven’t even watched a regular episode of Countdown.

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I’ve only watched 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and I love it.

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They are given a set of letters and have to come up with words, whichever team has the longest word gets the points. They also have certain sets of numbers and have to used basic math skills to get to a designated number. I am terrible at doing the letters and the numbers. But it is a delight to watch these comedians try.

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Several of the same comedians guest star on it. And it is almost funnier than the actually 8 Out of 10 Cats show.

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This show is just one of the reasons that I would want to move to the UK. To watch it I have to rely on the kindness of strangers. And by kindness I mean them illegally uploading it onto YouTube. So thank-you guys! Keep ’em coming!

If you’ve never watched this show… Well, you just need to watch it.

Meet Dwight

This is Dwight.

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He is my dog (ok he’s really my family’s dog… but he likes me most… ok he likes my dad most but I’m 2nd!).

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He is a pretty awesome dog. Sometimes… He can be really dumb. But he means well.

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He’s not a huge fan of the holiday season. Big trees scare him, so do lights, loud noises, men, men with beards, women with beards, cars, cats, clapping, yelling, thunder, lightning, rain, snow…. Basically he is afraid of everything. He’s pretty much the worst guard dog ever.

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He’s a big cuddler.

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My family got him February 2010. I was still in college at the time so I didn’t get to see him until May. I missed him being a puppy. But my sister would text me pictures of him constantly.

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He still loves to sleep on that blanket.

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He was basically the cutest puppy ever.

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He still is pretty darn cute.

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Sometimes I like to dress him up when I’m bored.

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Last year for Halloween I dressed him up like Dwight Schrute (he is actually named after Dwight Schrute – my family loves The Office).

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But he’s just a normal dog… Loves swimming, running, playing fetch, sunshine…

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He’s my buddy.

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Socially Acceptable Sweatpants

I really wish they existed.

Because I really love wearing sweatpants.

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For reals, yo.

I have been told, for most of my life, that it is socially unacceptable for normal people to wear sweatpants out in public. Unless you are a model or way more chic than I am and you look like this:

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(Honestly that’s not even fair…. I could never make sweatpants look that good.)

Let’s be honest though… We usually tend to judge people who look sloppy out in public. And wearing sweatpants is a great and comfy way to look sloppy. (This of course excludes all athletic activities when you wear sweatpants.)

But sometimes you are having a rough day, and just want to be comfy ya know?

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We’ve all been there… We’ve all been there.

But that feeling of going from jeans/dress/slacks/skirt to sweatpants… Ahhh… The best feeling of comfort in the world!

I try to be very understanding when people wear sweatpants in public. They could be playing a sport, doing laundry, etc, etc… Except when they wear these types of sweatpants:

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If you wear these. I will judge you. I hate hate HATE hate when people (it really should be just girls but I’ve seen guys with it) have some sort of writing on the butt of their pants. You are drawing the wrong kind of attention to your booty.

And I don’t really want to know if your butt is PINK or JUICY… those seem like personal problems and you should go to the doctor if those are you symptoms.

What do you think? Sweatpants in public yes or no?

(Please say yes so I can use that as an excuse to wear them to the grocery store!)

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Overactive Imagination

Do you ever dream up ridiculous scenarios in your head that will never come true? 

Oh, just me. Ok then.

I have what can be called an “overactive imagination” – like really bad. And I’m not talking about worrying about worst case scenarios. I mean best case scenarios. I think up the best thing that could possibly happen to me and I latch onto it like it’s the truth sent from an angel and that it’s my destiny. Hence, why I live in a dream world most of the time.

For example, my current “amazing life thing that is of course going to happen” is that I will get a library job in NYC and move out of this god-forsaken town and become magically chic. I will also lose a ton of weight and my blog will become super popular and even famous people will want to be interviewed and SPIN magazine will hire me out to do special interviews and I’ll still have my awesome full time well paying job as a Librarian. I will also have super famous friends and Niall Horan will meet me and fall in love with me and all of me exes will get hit by busses. 

It got a little morbid there at the end… Sorry about that. See what I mean? That will never happen. Never. Not EVER. But for some reason that it was a daydream/dream/imagine/talk about/obsess over constantly! 

What is wrong with me? Do I need a reality check? I feel like I get those a lot anyways. I’m pretty much constantly reminded by reality how crappy my life is. Thanks reality. 

Other past “amazing life things that are of course going to happen” are: writing a movie and having Spielberg want to direct it and have me star in it, magically becoming a great singer and getting signed to an amazing label, work for SPIN magazine, actually getting married some day, Drake Bell/Joseph Morgan/Joseph Gordon Levitt/ Andy Samberg/Rupert Grint/ Channing Tatum/James Franco/Jon Richardson/Taylor Lautner/  really just any other attractive man falling in love with me/being able to afford a Great Dane as a pet and finding an apartment to keep it in/winning the freakin lottery/having Jennifer Lawrence or Taylor Swift or both as my best friends.

I think I like to live in an imaginary world because this one sucks. Get with it world! Stop sucking! No more hate! Or world hunger… And all that other stuff. Go world peace!

I’m gonna go dream about Niall Horan now…

Oh, crap… They noticed.

That awkward moment when you delete or unfollow someone… and they notice… and they call you out on it.

How do you even respond? Honestly, you usually lie.

  • “My phone/computer/internet has been acting so funny lately and messing stuff up!”
  • “It was so an accident! I meant to send you a message and then accidentally clicked it!”
  • “My sister/mother/boyfriend/roommate/kid was messing around on my account. I don’t even know what they did!”

When in reality the truth is: I hate you, you post dumb/annoying/ignorant/ridiculous things, and I wish you were no longer involved in my life at all.

Have I used those lies before? Yes, definitely, and very recently.

Have i used the truth? Yes, a few times, it did not end well (but they didn’t know where I lived so I was safe for the most part).

Also, as my final note… Who really goes and checks to see if someone has deleted or unfollowed them??? I have never done that. I don’t give a crap about how many friends or followers I have.

I don’t even know how many I have (I should have more though, I’m hilarious, adorable, and smart… come on people!).

For those of you who obsessively check: You make me very sad. Get a hobby… Like bird watching.

Angry Baby Penguin

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Don’t worry baby penguin. I know how you feel.

This picture is from a holiday card that someone sent me a couple of years ago. I like it so much that I keep it on my memory board right by my bed.

And today I look like this angry baby penguin. (Not that I’m cute or fluffy…)

You ever just wake up in a bad mood and you are kind of okay with it? Like you feel “You know what, I will be a little moody and angry today because I’ve been nice for the last 3 days and that has gotten me no where.”

Reasons for my annoyance/anger today:

  1. Today is my day off and my only day to sleep in and my mother called me to see what I was doing. Even though she knew I’d be sleeping.
  2. I still live with my parents.
  3. I’ve been considering applying to a job in NYC so I can get out of this po-dunk county and all my friends think I’m nuts for wanting to leave.
  4. I still live with my parents.
  5. I have been waking up with headaches for the past 2 weeks but I’m too poor to go to the chiropractor to see what’s wrong.
  6. I have an unhealthy obsession with True Blood and I constantly think about the previous episodes.
  7. I always want to skip more songs than Pandora will let me.
  8. I still live with my parents.
  9. I have a huge zit on my lip and someone asked me if it was herpes. (No I do not have an STD -_-)
  10. Did I mention I’m a 24 year old single female still living with my parents.

Did I really want to be whiny on this post? No, not really, but that’s how it comes off. And sometimes you have to be whiny and annoying and a little angry because it can cleanse the soul. It helps you evaluate what’s going on around you and you can determine what is really important to you. Like out of all those 10 things, #3 and #10 really do bother me, but the rest I know I will get over by the end of the day.

We are human. We are dissatisfied. And hopefully we will all figure out our lives eventually.