June 16, 2006

 nothing is different but everything's changed

i need to tell you that for the last few days my exclusive soundtrack has been paul simon's new album, "surprise". i had heard good things, but sweet jezus i had no idea how soul-stirring this music would be for me. i listened to it for the first time a couple of days ago on my way to work and i actually got teary. i had to pull over. (i can't even say that about david byrne albums.)

"surprise" is produced by brian eno. i couldn't fathom what it would sound like. paul simon's high-pitched voice on top of ambient rumblings? but yes, it works. and works so well that i don't want to listen to anything else right now. you can hear some samples at paulsimon.com

so, with this constant soundtrack in mind, here is my day in pictures.

we've been taking care of the neighbor's kittens. they are totally adorable and full of energy. we let them out onto the tiny screened porch and they just want to take everything in. and, much to my amusement, anything is a toy to them, too. (2.5 MB .mov)

there's new "art" in the traffic circle, though it's merely a neighborhood reminder about this weekend's beaver queen pageant. (last year, an area of the neighborhood was inhabited by beavers who built a dam that flooded the yard of a low-lying house or two. a couple of fun-loving neighborhood lesbians took the presence of the beavers to heart and started a quirky little pageant.)

now that my workday has shifted (i'm working roughly noon-7pm) i run my errands in the morning. i had a lot of them to do. as i made my way down highway 70 i passed a church that always has good signs.

over the last few weeks i've been shopping for new glasses frames. it's been a blur. (335k .mov) i've got a zillion photos of me wearing a zillion different frames and i'm nowhere near making a decision.

ray's birthday is sunday, so i also did a little shopping for him. that's all i can say about that, though i can mention that i spied this restaurant, which --because i totally judge a book by its cover-- i feel compelled to eat at! as i took this photo i was practically salivating. while giggling.

by this point, i was only a mile or two from the wide shoe warehouse so -duh- i had to stop in. all the salespeople recognize me, which i'm both flattered by and worried about. over the years i've been shopping there, the stock has definitely become less old lady and more christa. they now have tons of colorful sandals and espadrilles. i walked out with these beauties.

since i now had photo-taking in the forefront of my brain, the missing "T" caught my eye. (the first word is "circus" --which makes the sign even funnier-- but i was stuck at a stoplight and couldn't maneuver to get a proper picture.)

and that is all. it occurred to me that i could've taken photos of a couple of radio stations and stuff, but eh... whatever. if i find the time i may post some photos of my top choices in glasses frames. my new work schedule leaves very little time for blogging, though, (or the reading of blogs). i miss it... i feel like i'm falling a little out of touch. but i'm not really complaining -- work is more fun and more challening than it has been in years and i couldn't be happier.

Posted by xta at June 16, 2006 10:02 AM | TrackBack

Christa, please stop thinking about the glasses and get the ones that I told you to get!!!!!!!! ;)
And stop copying my shoes dammit! I want tamales.

Posted by: Charo at June 16, 2006 06:26 PM

You know speaking of Paul Simon songs that make me cry, he did a song for the RUGRATS movie that came out a few years ago, and it always makes me tear up, it's about how much a father can love their child and it seems so raw, just such an honest expression.
I always have a hard time listening to it because it seems so personal and it definitely makes me cry.
Of course I don't know what it's called because that would be too simple....

Posted by: Gidge at June 18, 2006 02:14 PM

ironically enough, gidge, one of the songs on the new album that makes me cry is the one called "father and daughter".

go figure. it's the parenting song that gets me.

also, the one called "another galaxy" about a woman who ditches her wedding.

Posted by: christa at June 18, 2006 05:01 PM

Duncan by Paul Simon makes me all teary, in a weird way. Lincoln Duncan is my name and here's my song, here's my song...
So, do you surgically have a camera grafter onto you? You're so clever at getting movies and photos and I can't remember my camera even to things like childrens' birthday parties. I must take a page from you and remember to take my damn camera out.

Posted by: Becky at June 19, 2006 01:41 AM

Remember that "cute" 'net-litter photo of the woman catching elephant crap in a bag, with the caption, "You think your job sucks?" or something like that?

Your Circus thing makes me wonder about the vet who has to deal with elephant sores in "certain parts" of its body.

I'm glad you have a nice new church!

In a moment of sweet cheesiness, I quoted a nearby church board for my Dad's "Father's Day" card. "A dad is someone you always look up to no matter how tall you get."

I hate Hallmark holidays but my parents don't so I play along. It was nice to find a funny card with room to write something nice. FYI, my dad is slightly shorter than I. (Physically, I mean.)

Posted by: Phil at June 20, 2006 10:19 PM

Love the wedge sandals!

Posted by: giove at July 28, 2006 07:50 PM
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