Tuesday, 03 January 2012
...23 degrees is COLD!
FEELS LIKE 6!
I suppose I shouldn't complain too much. This is January, after all, and we do get insane temperatures like SIX DEGREES in January. :P
There is a song by Elton John called January, which I would now link to or embed a video of, except that Youtube doesn't have it.
I would upload my copy of the file, but I am too lazy. The song is from the album The Big Picture, which is most notable for having the song "Something About the Way You Look Tonight," which was on the B side of that song about Princess Diana ("Candle in the Wind") which was a re-write of a song about Marilyn Monroe ("Candle in the Wind").
Personally, I'm not terribly fond of "Something...," perhaps because it is a long and awkwardly worded title. There are a number of songs I do like, such as "Wicked Dreams," "Recover Your Soul," and "If the River Can Bend." The title song isn't bad either. You have probably never heard any of those unless you are a huge Elton John fan. Which, for the record, I'm not, but my ex was, which is why I happen to have a rather large collection of Elton John albums (though not nearly as extensive as some people).
Anyway, the song called "January" is not my favorite, but often comes to mind at this time of year simply because it's the name of the month. The lyric which stands out in my head is that "January is the month that cares," to which I say, "No, no it doesn't. If it cared, it wouldn't be trying to freeze my face off."
I generally don't try to turn people I care about into living popsicles. But then, I'm not Mr. Freeze. :P
Well, it was a fabulous day to go back to work, considering that the temperature was below freezing and I didn't get enough sleep last night. I went to bed at around 11, after watching (of all things) a documentary on Siberia.
It was part of a serious of 6 documentaries called "Wild Russia," which they insist upon titling with a backwards "R" because that is the Russian way or something. I dunno. The Siberian episode I had actually seen most of already, but the two before that, which I was only half paying attention to while I was writing and cross-stitching, were new. They were on a region called Kamchatka (I think) and the Caucus mountains.
Anyway, after that, I went to bed at a reasonable time and proceeded to lay awake, staring at the insides of my eyelids, until nearly 1 AM. Probably because I slept until 11 AM that morning. Sigh.
I spent the day in relative bliss, working on a particularly boring project, attempting to keep my eyes open, and blasting my eyes out with some music by Adele and also Thomas Bergersen. The lady has a fabulous voice and I don't regret purchasing the album at all, though there are a few slow songs that I was obliged to skip over because of my somewhat sleep-deprived state today.
The Dude is this guy that I discovered through YouTube. He was once a part of an epic-sounding musical studio thingie called Two Steps From Hell, which if you search on You Tube, you will see has produced a bunch of epic, soundtrack-sounding music. From what I understand from the ever knowledgeable YouTube comment pool, it used to be impossible for ordinary humans to purchase said music, since it was made basically for movie studios and all that. However, they recently released an album, and this dude, Thomas Bergersen, released an album of his own, which I recently bought with my iTunes gift card Christmas present. It's called Illusions and it's pretty good. I blasted it for most of the morning and had absolutely no idea what was going on around me, which trust me was a good thing.
On the way home I had originally planned to go to the gym, but after waking up feeling super tired this morning I decided I would procrastinate until tomorrow. Instead, I went to Barnes & Noble on my way home, hoping to purchase a calendar and nothing else (which is a hard task for me). The store was nearly empty of goods, a good section of it is now taken up with Nook displays (their version of the Kindle), and it was empty of people as well, since the Christmas rush is obviously over and now people (who haven't got gift cards and aren't nerds) have no reason to go out to book stores.
Last year, at some point in January or perhaps late December, I remember going to a Borders (which there are none left, sigh) and buying a Corgi calendar. So I expected that a decent number of calendars would be remaining at this decent-sized bookstore.
First, it took me nearly ten minutes of aimless wandering (trying to ignore the interesting book displays around me, and wisely keeping clear of the HUGE used/clearance/bargain section they have) to find the pitiful display of calendars remaining, by which point my feet were starting to hurt (I was wearing new shoes) and my sleep-deprived mindset was making me grumpy. When I finally located it, all that remained were the following:
Mets. Yankees. WTF Sarah Palin Moments. TWILIGHT.
I should have looked at K-mart yesterday when I was there buying my shoes. I had the idea before I went in, but then completely forgot.
Or maybe I'll just order one online. :P