It’s been waaaaay too long since I’ve had a spare moment AND the mental energy to say hello. You know you have been too busy when you walk back into your house about 30 minutes after you normally leave (because you forgot something) and your dog starts acting like you are have brought her a lottery ticket for a lifetime supply of free and unlimited refrigerated dog treats (they’re the best). But I guess everything’s free to her. She doesn’t understand the concept of money. Pfft, dog.
The concept of financial stressors or student loans are so foreign to you. I’m going to start asking her if she wants to go for student loan in the morning when I get her leash out of the drawer. If I ask it in my super excited voice, she will still want to do it.
I guarantee it.
So, what have I been up to these last few months? Well, scant recreation, I will tell you. BUT… BUT! I did manage to sneak in a few trips to Athens to see (author) David Sedaris and (musician extraordinaire) Ingrid Michaelson. I asked David Sedaris a question during the Q&A, and he answered me in front several hundred people. For the life of me I cannot remember what it was right now. But let me tell you — at the time, it was MEANINGFUL AND LIFE-CHANGING. Or maybe that was the pizza…
I went to Avalanche pizza for the first time during one of these Athens excursions.
And you might say, “Pizza? Big whoop. My three-year-old can make pizza. It’s dough, sauce, and cheese. Stick it in the oven for 10 minutes and you are in Italy.”
And to that I would say, “Good day!”, turn on my heel and walk away briskly.
But then I would come back and say you have no idea what you are talking about because Avalanche Pizza is the bomb.com. Bombdotcom. Yes, btw, we had a social experiment last week where we bought my dad a smartphone and gave him an email address. He was spelling out the “dot” in .com when we were trying to tell him what his email was. Yes, really. I know. What do you do?
So anyway, Avalanche Pizza. I got Crouching Kimchi, Hidden Chicken. I will never be satisfied with Giovanni’s again (was I ever?). Thanks for breaking my pizza spirit, Avalanche. I love you so much I hate you.
But anyway —- Ingrid Michaelson! She is the best.
My husband and I saw her in Cincinnati about 5 years (before she was cool, hur hur, street cred). But really. We did. It was like some garage somewhere and there were approximately 100 people there. There weren’t seats. It wasn’t an auditorium. It was like a garage, and not even a very nice one. I think our tickets were $12.
So I basically talked about that concert for years anytime anyone would mention her. That she was amazing and her voice is impeccable and I could have sworn that she had recorded it somewhere, except she was weaving jokes in and out all the while. That’s really the best thing about her — she is very clever and funny.
At the encore, she just crouched behind the drums with her band and put a blanket over themselves because she said there wasn’t any backstage for her to hide (like I said, it was someone’s garage).
And I knew when we went to go see her in Athens a few weeks ago that it was going to be different — she’s bigger, she’s on iTunes being heavily promoted, she’s making a name. She’s had commercial success.
But uh…. no, she’s still hilarious and amazing and her voice sounds like an angel of pop music.
And her music also sounds like winter, so if you don’t know her, get to know her. Listen to her while you decorate cookies and wrap things. Just be happy and full of love.
Merry Xmas, Happy Hanukkah! xoxo
Also, Go Herd!