My songlist is really piano-driven pop right now. It was veering to dreampop for a little bit (got the new Portishead CD!) but the folk and mild rock stuff saved me a bit. You would think it’s me being mope-ish with all the just listening to lots of chicks but it’s more the pure voice stuff that totally gets me to that good place. I’m a little off the gruff sound right now. I just didn’t want to listen to any hard rock or hiphop this week, and my dance stuff was kinda pissing me off. I also think I’m comfy with the fact that I like this eclectic music that’s not necessarily mainstream cool. It’s definitely awesome, I know that.
The past two weeks have been great for visitors! Maliha came into town with Ayesha (Aisha?), a cutie I definitely met before though the memory’s a little vague. She might have been a little offended I didn’t remember who she was, but I think I cut the edge off that during our long “dinner” at El Vez. It was just three of us, as Sourabh was ditching for Walnut Walk (… though he’s not graduating), and Rebecaa, Brian and Rola were all getting food elsewhere. Oh well. It was fine. I had hung out with all of them the night before at Italian Bistro. Good thing, as I was SUPPOSED to chill with Neha but she showed up (as usual) 3 hours late. Granted, she kept me updated during dinner, but it was a LONG wait. Lucky enough, got to catch up with her. She doesn’t hate me (!) and we actually had a good time. Lots of shit going on in her life (quitting her job, long holiday in Europe and India, etc etc etc) and a lot less dramatic shit in mine. We went to Smoke’s. Hadn’t been there forever, and it actually felt kind of awesome to be there this long after being at Penn and not feeling weird about it. She was a lot more wistful than I’ve seen, and we ended up shooting the shit outside real late for a long time.
Sourabh, Rola, Maliha and I at Italian Bistro.
I’m eating dinner, apparently.
Went to see Les Miserables at Walnut Street Theater with Maliha and her RA from Harnwell… I don’t remember her name now. Shoot. Anyway, she was fun. The show was actually very well done. Les Miz is hard to get right, since it’s so long and complicated, and the production has to do a good job of delineating time jumps, character IDs and just keeping all the tension in it. Once the tension falls off, it could possibly get deadly boring… you’d have to sit through 3 hours of crap! But it ended up being really awesome. I had never seen a show there, and getting $15 under-24 tickets to see it was a real bonus. I plan on seeing more shows there, now that I know about day of discounts and the fact that they’re really good. I always expected it as such but never bothered to see if that was the case.
Brenna’s visit with her sister, Caitlin, was pretty damn good. I ended up taking them out to Irish Pub and finally Medusa’s for the Philadelphyinz party that Alexis was hosting. She’s their party promoter or something, and I hadn’t seen her in a while – so when I saw the update on Facebook I was like, gotta go. They were pretty good, actually. We all had a pretty rad time just dancing like crazy weirdos to old disco, nerdy hiphop and ridiculous grooves. I think Caitlin had a hard time getting into it, but she got there. I got pretty wasted that night… we made it to Ludwig’s, but there was NO way I was gonna finish that huge liter glass they gave me of whatever German beer. I don’t remember. Anyways, there’s the possibility that little sis will be staying at yours truly for the 2009 academic season, and if so, great! Personally, the whole visit went WAY better than I thought. I was way more relaxed (after having finished the Monty theater thing REALLY successfully) and I totally opened up to her a lot more than I may have in the past. I’ve found that I usually let her talk her issues out on me and this time, I tried to turn it over a little bit. I felt it was only fair… and I also wanted her to remember me for me. I always have this fear of being a wallflower type, and I hope I’m getting over it.
Heard the scoop on several old friends… also realized how long since I haven’t talked to others! Finally got the Belgium address of Caro’s family so I can send a thank you card to them and stuff for Caro. Man, waiting a year to send a thank you? I’m a jerk. I haven’t talked to Rachel since she wished me Merry Christmas. I’m a jerk! Christine’s in town, and I haven’t done anything with her. I went to the GCGC at Platt on Sunday and saw a bunch of old Glee’ers who I haven’t hung with for a long while. I saw Patrick at the Counterparts show, and that was the first in a LONG while. Alex, Matt, Rob Biron and some others. Elise and Chris are moving back into town and Megan’s been in the city for a while, and where have I been? On the far side of the moon, apparently.
Doing the turkey with Brenna at Medusa Lounge.