Catching My Breath

Somehow… I survived the semester. I finished a month ago, actually. I am only just now catching my breath. It was all worth it, I suppose, since my grades were waaay better than I could have even hoped for! However, I spent all semester repeating “just make it to summer” and now… I’m stuck facing all the things I have to do over the summer. And I’ve spent the majority of the past month sitting down with whatever-it-is-I-should-be-working on and just.. staring off into space. I also have a lot of health issues that I ignored all semester that are now biting me in the ass. I want nothing more than to crawl back into bed and sleep for a solid week. But I can’t, and now, somehow, it’s June. Blech.

Why am I whining? I’ve had some really good times the past month. Firstly, amaaazingly, I saw Rammstein (again). This time I brought a giant German flag with me. It was one of the best times I’ve ever had! Words really can’t describe how incredible their shows are. Neither can pictures. But just for fun, here’s a couple I was able to capture between all the jumping/screaming/singing-my-own-German (as always, click to enlarge):

   

Even crazier: a couple days after the concert my mom was shopping at Fry’s Electronics and saw Schneider!! I’m so incredibly jealous!!!! I also feel super lucky that I have such an awesome mom – would yours recognize anyone from Rammstein? 🙂

Eric and I also worked on ‘upgrading’ our bedroom. It’s something we’ve been wanting to do for years, and finally got the money/time to do it. We got everything from IKEA and it took us 2 days of shopping, assembling, etc – which I thought might turn into The Ultimate Marital Test but it was actually tons of fun!

Ok, here goes some IKEA fangirling: We got the Malm bed and nightstands – which look SO cool, almost like they are floating! We also got two framed drawing collections for above the bed – one is from Da Vinci’s sketchbook and the other is Picasso’s sketches of animals. ART HISTORY. ANIMALS. I love them.

We also used the Dioder lightstrips to do some backlighting behind the headboard. It looks really awesome – click the pic to the left to enlarge (the exact lighting doesn’t really come across through photos…).

We have been sleeping on a mattress that is not only past its prime (we got it from Eric’s parents, who got it from Eric’s grandparents…), but we both found it really uncomfortable. Which isn’t good! You spend a third of your life asleep, so your had better damn well be comfortable!!! So we got the Sultan Finnvik mattress and OMFG is it amazing. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like a memory foam mattress but WOW. Now It’s even harder to get up in the morning. I know I’m not alone: the cats won’t get off the damn bed! Example:

We also got the Sultan Laxeby slatted bed base which probably adds to the extreme comfort and amazing-ness of our new bed. I read a lot of horror stories online about the assembly and instability, but we put the whole thing together (King size) in only 60-90 mins, no injuries, and it hasn’t fallen through or anything. All this talk about my bed makes me want to go take a nice nap with the kitties – but instead I have to go learn the French language… quel dommage!

Nine Inch Nails concert!

 
(this picture was taken by someone else at the concert… credit goes to them of course, but I don’t know who they are!)

March 15th Eric and I went to the NIN show at Cricket Pavilion.  We saw a few people we know, bought some over priced shirts, and woke up the next day feeling like we got in a fight with Angry Trent Reznor (and lost, of course). As always, it was an amazing show. The setlist was INCREDIBLE. They even played The Fragile! We had reeeally good seats because we got pre-sale tickets like the SECOND they went on sale.
You know what I love about NIN concerts? We always end up making these weird intense connections with the people next to us. At this show there were two girls next to me… after the first song we were screaming “THIS IS FUCKING INCREDIBLE!!!” and jumping around/dancing/head banging/etc with each other. By the second one she was screaming “THE THREE OF US WANT TO BEAR YOUR CHILDREN!” (amongst other things) to Trent while we laughed hysterically and made exhibitions of ourselves. And by the third song… we were planning a four-some sex tape with Trent which my future husband, for some reason, objects to (I think he’s just feeling left out…).

That’s all I’m going to say about it for two reasons. 1) NIN shows are always beyond words and 2) I have a fever at the moment. So does Eric. We’ve been watching Family Guy and South Park all day, like winners.
Hopefully we are better by tomorrow because we are seeing Flight of the Conchords!

Hello Teacher, tell me, what’s my lesson?

You know what makes doing your homework difficult? Having Guitar Hero II and III to play…. PLUS Rock Band!!
Eric and I weren’t planning on getting Rock Band. We were content with out Guitar Hero II & IIII, and our awesome band “Caulk.” Then our friend Chris brought over his brand new Rock Band and we created the kick ass band “Cöck” (I’m sensing a pattern…). It was so much fun that Eric and I ended up going out and buying it, despite having next to no money…. but we’ve had SO much fun with it, so I guess it’s worth it!
Our band is named “Byczy Gówno” which means “bull shit” in Polish 😀

Halo History

My last post about Halo 3 got me thinking about why I started playing Halo in the first place: the music.
     When Xbox (and Halo) came out, I was pretty out of the video game world. The only console I had ever owned was the N64, which I got way after it first came out and sucked at it pretty bad (except for Mario Kart or Diddy Kong Racing – I will kick your ass!!!). I had little interest in video games, especially the newer ones. However, one day a friend of mine sent me an mp3 of the Halo theme and I was immediately blown away.
    Several months later I played Halo for the first time at a “Halo party” – it was me and 15 guys that were hard.core.gamers. I only went because I was begged by a friend of mine, and the whole time I kept thinking “WHY AM I HERE?” as I respawned, looked at the ceiling, died, respawned, looked at the floor, died, respawned-died. Died, died, and died some more. The double joy-stick was so alien and I didn’t have the time to figure out how to do things like pick up weapons, reload, etc. All the guys just laughed and didn’t help so I left that “party” pretty frustrated. I wrote off Halo as having great music but otherwise it was “stupid.”
    Luckily, many months later my brother got an xbox & Halo for his birthday… Once I was able to learn the game at my own pace I feel in love. It got even worse when Halo 2 came out and I could play with people online. I love the social interactions and meeting all different kinds of people all over the world! That, mixed with the awesome game-play of Halo … it’s a beautiful thing 🙂
    Despite my usual apathy for video games, and the fact that I’m not the best player in the world, I have never lost interest in Halo (1, 2 or 3). I have played it regularly for years and still love it!

After all these years the music still has such an impact on me – wether it’s a tear to my eye, goose bumps, or the sudden heart-pounding urge to shotgun an elite in the face… it never fails to stir up some kind of emotion!


I absolutely love this video…. except the clapping between movements/rests breaks my classically-trained-musician’s heart!

Chopin & Halo 3

Ok, laugh all you want, but I actually tear up a little (at least the first few times) when I watch the H3 “Believe” ad. A majority of the awesome-ness is due to the music. I’ve read A LOT of comments of people complimenting the music… However most don’t seem to realize that it’s Chopin.

It’s interesting because most people think they are too cool for classical music, and say it’s “boring” etc – but they are quick to compliment it if it’s in a video game commerical….. *sigh*

Here is a video of someone playing the original song, Chopin’s Prelude No. 15, aka the “Raindrop Prelude”
(for those who can’t suffer through the non-H3 parts, then fastforward 1 minute and 35 seconds in to hear the part you’ll recognize)

and just for good measure, the H3 commerical: