Today's musical eargasm: Tori Amos's new album, Night of Hunters. It is her 12th studio album and was released in September of this year.
Asglkjkjjkbdks! This album is so completely amazing that I don't have words that could do it proper justice. I have always loved and adored Tori Amos but this is a whole new level. From the moment the first track started to play it caught my complete attention and I just laid in bed listening to the whole album. It's a breathtakingly gorgeous collection of musical brilliance.
My favourite songs would have to be Shattering Sea, Fearlessness, Cactus Practice, Job's Coffin and The Chase. I realize that's a lot of favourites, but go listen and you'll understand! Some of those song titles are links so if you give them a click you should be directed to a youtube video.
I seriously recommend this CD, and if you've never listened to Tori Amos before you should also look up her other stuff. She's extremely talented.
I cannot be alone in this struggle. I have a midterm paper due Tuesday and I am procrastinating. I have most of the outlining done and almost all of the first page complete. I really need to get to work on it though.
However, I did succumb to the powers of the webcam. Behold, crappy (and kind of creepy) webcam fun. :)
To all my U.S. readers, I want to wish you all a lovely Thanksgiving, I hope you are getting the chance to spend the day with your families and stuff your face with food! I will spending the day with my mother and her boyfriend, eating food, drinking wine and who knows what else. It'll be a small holiday for us but it's nice to with my mom. I don't get to see her that often and I don't live with her, so when I go home for vacations I don't even get to see her much then. So I'm enjoying the quality time.
And because it's Thanksgiving today, you all know what that means about tomorrow. Yep, tomorrow is Black Friday, almost a holiday unto itself. It's a day where everything goes on sale, people get up at the crack of dawn (or before), race to the stores, push people out of the way, and give stores all their money. Doesn't that sound like fun?
I have personally never gone out shopping on a Black Friday and this year will be no different. I don't get up that early and I don't like having a ton of people constantly surrounding me like that. Plus, I am not keen on giving up all my money to a ton of department stores because everything is "on sale." This year I am hoping to do most of my holiday shopping at thrift stores (because my friends are awesome and love second hand gems), etsy, and the like. Maybe I'll go into a department store if I need something in particular, but I want to try to keep it small.
Anyways, I hope you all have a good day and eat lots of mashed potatoes and pie (and turkey for you meat eaters) and don't forget to give thanks for all the wonderful things in your life!
I am thankful for: my friends, my family, my boyfriend, school, books, coffee, tea, cats, and Harry Potter!
Ideally I would like to be able to take awesome photos of the awesome clothes I wear and share them all with you. That's what the cool kids do, haha. But all I have is a crappy webcam for pictures on my netbook and it really doesn't work well for something like that. I'm also not wearing anything extraordinary today, just some plaid pants and BVB shirt. So instead of doing that I am just going to share with you what I've been practically drooling over lately.
This is a really awesome deconstructed hoop skirt from this lovely shop on Etsy! With thoughts of the Emilie Autumn concert in February, my mind has been stuck on cool pieces like this. Unfortunately I am far too broke to afford this nice piece.
Other things that have been in my head:
Lovely crushed velvet leggings and Jeffrey Campbell's Lita's <3 Both items I have been seriously crushing on. The leggings I think I could probably make on my own, but the Lita's are only in my dream world right now. There is no way I could afford them, but they are oh-so lovely!
You should always be nice for people. I always hold the door open for whoever is behind me. It's plain rude to let it shut in their face. The fact that a "lady" may be behind you has nothing to do with how polite you are. There could be a dirty, drunk homeless man behind you and you better hold that door open.
For some reason this general idea of being polite to others seems to be lost on most people at my college. I'm not sure why. Just because we don't necessarily know each other doesn't mean you can't be nice. How on earth did you make friends that way?
Topic: Reading out loud in class / poor pronunciation
I realize that kind of sounds like a weird topic to be discussing but I was thinking about it a lot today in my Women's Lit class. Actually, I think about it a lot when I am in that class. As a 4000 level course (the highest level of undergraduate courses at my college) it, by default, requires experience with analyzing old pieces of text in depth. Something that if you are taking this class you should have under your belt by now. The only people in the class are all English Lit majors -that's because no one else takes higher level English classes. Most students who need to fill their lit requirement to graduate take one of the 2000 level survey classes which are much easier to follow and are usually pretty light on the workload. The point is, if you're in this class you should know your stuff.
But every time the professor has people read out loud to the class, most of said people seem to encounter countless problems in the few short paragraphs they've been assigned. A lot of the texts we read are written in outdated language, however, at this level, as an English major, you should be able to read it. The professor should not have to tell you what a word says every 10 seconds and be endlessly correcting your punctuation. It's embarrassing to the person reading and frustrating to those of us who are being forced to listen to them. I just don't understand how you can get to this level in college and still not be able to read and pronounce things properly. Sometimes it's not even the odd language that throws people off, sometimes it's simply things that have more than two syllables. That's ridiculous! I just don't get how that happens. I, honestly, do not have this problem and I'm not sure why so many others do. I realize speaking in front of people can be nerve racking, but reading out loud, sitting at your desk to a small group of people? Where's the problem?
And don't take this as me thinking I am more intelligent than my peers, because I don't necessarily think that's true. It's just painful to listen to them read anything. I personally would be really embarrassed if I was having trouble reading in front of people and would work on it so that I didn't stutter and stumble over everything. Apparently others do not think the same way?
I suppose I don't understand because I feel like that to be an English Lit major you have to have a real love for literature, because the degree at the end of your college time probably isn't going to get you very far. People don't pay you to analyze poetry. You have to really love digging into a text. With that in mind, I would assume that if you're that type of person, majoring in literature, you would have the capability to pronounce words properly.
I suppose this is just me ranting. Sorry my first Thoughtful Thursday wasn't more uplifting, but I wanted to update and this is what is currently rattling around in my brain.
Alright, so anyone who knows me even a little bit at all probably knows that I am completely obsessed with Emilie Autumn, the amazing victoriandustrial violinist! From the very second I first heard her music (I believe the first song I listened to was Misery Loves Company) I have been in love. It was like an awakening of the soul; she brings together all the things I love in perfect musical harmony.
A new CD has been announced to be released sometime next year (Fight Like A Girl) and she is going on an extensive tour to perform for all her little Plague Rats. My boyfriend was lovely enough to get me a VIP ticket for her Boston show! I am intensely excited to finally meet this lovely woman and see her perform!