so the eels released a demo preview of a song entitled "somebody loves you" awhile ago, and it's a pretty solid song. here is one of my favorite parts*:
"this nagging malaise / is more than a phase it feels like a job / but no boss ever pays you to lay there / and think how you'll die then tears start to well in your eye."
i hope that you get a chance to listen to this song. you might want to go here to download the free mp3. i would also recommend downloading "i'm going to stop pretending that i didn't break your heart" too; it's pretty phenomenal. and i will write about it another day.
*okay, perhaps the fourth line is a little less fantastic (maybe a little junior high OMG I MUST RHYME THIS!), but the other three are so rad that they more than make up for it. also, i briefly contemplated leaving it out, but since i was singing it in my mind while writing it, it just seemed dishonest to leave it out. but seriously, this man is a brilliant songwriter and musician. and he puts on a fantastic live show. please try to go see the eels if you get the chance. you won't regret it. and if you do, you can send me an email and let me know.
today is my blogday! yes, 365 days ago, i had some things to say about making mix cds. (today, i find myself with similar concerns, if you were curious.) so, um, thanks for reading, and extra thanks for commenting, and extra extra thanks for sending me email, and i hope you like it. it's cool if you don't; i am still enjoying myself and i think that's the point, but if you do, all the better. stay warm! and happy blogday to me!
because there is. my most recent adventures in shower cleaning involved a disturbing discovery: in addition to forming unholy alliances with the hairballs in the drain, as previously discussed, the soap has also begun conspiring with the shower mold! there are a few lines of grout that are covered with soap, from the windowsill to the edge of the tub, and while i was scrubbing the soap away, all the while thinking about how easy and pleasant it was to gently wash away soap, i realized that there was crazy black mold growing underneath it!
yes, underneath it! it was thicker and scarier and more aggressive-looking than the rest of the mold! and rather than being intimidated or even killed by soap, it just lives beneath it! in a symbiotic relationship! yikes!
seriously, for several years i heard people talking about broken social scene but i could never bring myself to listen to them because i thought the name was so unforgiveably pretentious...but oh boy was i missing out. some of the song names are also kind of silly, but their music is beautiful. even brother bear took some time out from his customary mockery of my musical taste to say that he liked it.
today i scrub scrub scrubbed the gross greyish soap scum out of the bathtub. the person who i share my bathroom with goes somehow through truly mind-boggling amounts of soap (like several bars per week!), and the soap he's been using for awhile now has an unfortunate tendency to break up into small pieces, and then it ends up all over the floor of the shower (also known as the bathtub) and then it forms unholy alliances with the astonishing amounts of hair that i shed each time i shower, and then the soap/hairball hybrids close up the shower drain and then the soapy dirty water hangs out while it drains super slowly and then there's crazy soap scum.
that is what happens.
so today, i discovered a fantastic combination of cleaning products for dealing with a super scummy bathtub: this crazy "orange-scented" degreaser called "fabuloso," (although it should be called "¡fabuloso!") and baking soda. the ¡fabuloso! loosens up the soap scum, and the baking soda makes it really easy to scrub it all away! woo!
so yes, i would recommend ¡fabuloso! and baking soda to anyone with soap scum in their lives. that is all.