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a gentle introduction to punk rock (and a hint of ska)

don’t be scared – punk rock is probably not what you might think it is. there are quite a few sub-genres but it’s not all mainstream rejection and anti-establishmentarianism (is that a word?). for instance, me first and the gimme gimmes  are mainly a cover band. they do covers of songs that you almost certainly already know, they just punk them up a bit. yes, they’re faster than the originals… and occasionally some lyrics are changed… but the integrity of the originals is still there. open your minds and have a listen, will ya? you might like it, you might not, but “the more you know”, etc.

first up, “jolene”.


and then there’s “mandy”


and how about “wild world”?


and of course, “blowin’ in the wind”


and as a bonus, here are two covers from reel big fish (although they’re actually considered less punk and more ska what with all the horns/brass) “take on me”


and finally, “brown eyed girl”


see, that’s not “the devil’s music”, now is it?? no. no it is not. relax. enjoy life.


Thu, December 4 2014 » music » No Comments

colorado – april 2014

so, wayyyy back in april, i flew out to colorado to meet up with three of my besties for a girlie weekend in the mountains. it was SO MUCH fun, and i hope that i can get back out there in the future because i fell head-over-heels in love with the rockies. the scenery was amazing and the company was even better. as a bonus, i got to see my favourite first cousin.

here are some photos of the trip. it was truly breathtaking:

redrocksviewdenver skyline in the distance
view from red rocks

redrocksthree3 out of 4 girlies at red rocks
(the other had to go do secret stuff)

mountain2on the way to the rental

mountain1on the way to the rental

suppliesstopping for supplies on the way to the rental

snowbootsi brought my awesome mountain boots
(because snow)

pooltableviewview from the pool table  at the rental

tubinggone tubing

ooh and i almost forgot, i’ve also got a couple of photos from colorado on instagram.

this one…. and this one

i’m already looking forward to the next one :)

Mon, July 14 2014 » about michelle, my friends are awesome, photos, travel, update » 1 Comment

i really like these tie dye skinny jeans

i found a picture of these tie dyed jeans online but it didn’t list the make or model, and i’ve lost the link to the page on which i saw them. BOO! they were in a collection of other high-end clothing and accessories and i think they’re kind of funky and awesome. i like the busy-as-shit pattern, i like the symmetry, and i really like the added detail of the motorcycle-style knee panels, even though you have to look pretty hard to see them. i could totally get away with wearing these, IF I ONLY KNEW WHO MAKES THEM.



i’ve found some that are similar, and they’re good, they’re just not AS good.

Tie-dye low-rise skinny jeans by CURRENT/ELLIOTT




Joe’s Jeans Tie Dye Skinny Jeans


if i HAD to choose from these three identifiable and available ones, i’d probably have a go at that last pair there – the Joe’s Jeans ones – even though i’m not positive my husband would be seen with me in them… or the ones this post is about, but hey, you know, whatever. my tastes border (and often cross) a special kind of tacky but i’m completely comfortable with that.

i don’t suppose anyone can help me out here? can anyone tell me who it is that manufactures the first pair?

don’t worry if you can’t. i’m not holding my breath…


Mon, March 10 2014 » about michelle, fashion » No Comments

samantha loves me

i have awesome friends. seriously, i do. i might even have more than my quota – and i don’t mean acquaintances, i mean actual friends who love me, and who understand me, and who accept me for who i am, and who may or may not have seen me naked at some point in the past. samantha is one of those friends.

sam likes to make pretty things, and because she can, she does. she could sell her creations but she doesn’t. she makes them out of love and gives them away with the intention of bringing a smile to the recipient’s face. for many, many years now, i have received a high-quality, handmade valentine and a high-quality, handmade christmas card from her and  i’ve kept every one of them… because they are special to me… because she is special to me.

this is the one she sent me for christmas 2013:



i can’t tell you  humbling it is to have someone think of me so often, and sweetly, and selflessly because frankly, i’m kind of a twat. i’m a horrible friend and i’m hugely self-involved and i’m surprised that anyone chooses to be friends with me at all, much less send me pretty cards. (i jest. i’m not *that* horrible, but i’m certainly not the best either. i’m kind of a fucked up mess, really, but don’t tell anyone.).

now, to be absolutely clear, samantha isn’t all sweetness and light – she’s got a dark and deliciously evil side too… which is one of the things that i absolutely ADORE about her, but that’s not what this post is about. this post is being written because she is an incredibly considerate and wonderful and genuine friend, and i love her lots.

here are pictures of the other cards that she’s sent me over the years. i suspect that i have another year or two’s worth of cards at my apartment in florida, but what i have at this moment represents seven years of her creativity and thoughtfulness (photos after the cut)…


Sun, February 9 2014 » my friends are awesome, update » 7 Comments

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