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More Than I Can Chew, NaSoAlMo 2011

December 4, 2011

more_than_i_can_chew-200x200.jpg For the low, low price of $0.00, you can download all of the songs I wrote and recorded for National Solo Album Month in November. I named the album in October, thinking it would be short of the goal of 29:09 minutes. In other words, I thought it would be More Than I Can Chew.

I'm happy with the songs and especially happy with "What Went Wrong." It's classic folk rock chick.

I'm also debuting my new music website, Kimp3.net. I've had that domain name for years. Catchy, eh?

Enjoy the music!

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brava, kim!

it's hard to choose, but i think i like scoggins and kay the best, probably because i have a very similar memory. i also really like what went wrong and count the sunrises. i can count only one sunrise, though-- when i was in kauai. but it was the best morning of my life. i don't know if i'll ever experience something like that again, but it's nice to have that memory to at least know that it is possible.

i always start feeling bleak in november but your nasoalmos have a way of lifting my spirits. thanks for the music.

i remember shopping with my mom when i was little, maybe 5 or 6 years old, at a women's shop called judys' two (not exactly sure how it was spelled, but it was owned by two women both named judy). i would hide in the middle of the circular clothing racks, pretending that they were my secret hideouts. i loved to see what i would find in there-- a few stray hangers and price tags, of course, but sometimes a penny, or if i was really lucky maybe a dime or a pretty button. i remember that i really liked one judy because she didn't mind me playing like this. the other judy, not so fun. the clothes at the shop were really expensive for our family, so whatever my mom bought there she treasured for a long time. when she was shopping, it was like both of us were in our dream worlds for the moment.

Live Oak Cemetery

December 11, 2011

I used to drive to San Marcos 1-2 times a month for pizza and coffee. On the way there, I would pass a turn off to Live Oak Cemetery. I always had an idea to turn off and see it... next time. I don't go to San Marcos as often now because I don't eat pizza, so today I decided to make a trip to Live Oak Cemetery for the sake of seeing Live Oak Cemetery.

It was peaceful, as cemeteries are. One grave caught my attention -- a little girl who was born May 1977 and died Oct. 1980. Just 3.5 years old. Her picture was on the gravestone and there were a small Christmas tree and two angels on the ground above it. I wonder who put it there 31 years later.

Christmas Gravestone

Sometimes I visit my parents' graves in Houston. I don't know how to act when I go, really. First, it takes me a while to find their plots, and I almost always give up but then always make myself keep looking. I find them, and I stand over them, and I look at them. Sometimes I move some grass or dirt off of their headstones, mainly because I saw my aunt do that once. I think if there was a bench, I would sit for a while. There's usually a bench in the movies. But to sit on the grass would mean sitting on someone else's grave and that doesn't seem right to me. But I like this ritual better than the alternative of not going at all.

Something I watched today

Pearl Jam Twenty - Great documentary by Cameron Crowe, especially if you love Pearl Jam the way I love Pearl Jam.

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When I "visit" someone in the cemetery, I usually tidy up the headstone. I don't know what else you are supposed to do. I mostly walk around and look at the other graves. I like the idea of there being a special place to go and think about that person, but it still seems odd.

I should add that documentary to my Netflix queue.

Vaclav Havel

December 19, 2011

My father's side of the family was from Czechoslovakia. I don't know their history — why they left Czechoslovakia to end up in Nebraska and then Oklahoma so many years ago. I don't know much about Czechoslovakia even though I have a nearly two inch thick coffee table book called "Czechs in America."

So when I read that Vaclav Havel died yesterday, I don't know why it brought tears to my eyes. One of my friends in grad school talked about him being president of Czechoslovakia. And back in November when I was writing "On The Strength of Hope," I was browsing through famous quotes with the keyword "hope" and he had a few things to say on the subject. Here are a couple:

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.

Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.

The article about his death in the Austin American Statesman paints a picture of a great man. I would like to learn more about him and the country of my ancestors.

Something Lily Dawg Wanted To Tell You

Happy Howlidays

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happy holidays to lily and you, too!

those quotes are good food for thought. thanks.

Right before I heard that he died, I had been working a New York Times crossword in which one of the clues was, "Playwright who became president", one of the few clues in that particular puzzle that I knew without having to get intersecting letters first. I was weird hearing later that day that he died.

Sweet Hostage

December 22, 2011

I bought a movie from the Warner Archive that I thought I would never see again. Sweet Hostage stars Linda Blair and Martin Sheen (who looks a lot like his son, Emilio Estevez in this). Sheen escapes from a mental hospital and kidnaps Blair. She falls in love with him. It made quite an impression on me. It's been about 35 years since I've seen it, and I still remember the title, premise and some details.

Do you remember any obscure movies from that long ago?

Something From Facebook

Deep Fried Planet (Facebook Post)

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Happy New Year('s)?

December 31, 2011

Two people told me "Happy New Year's!" Isn't it "Happy New Year" without the 's?

Today is the last day of the year to make donations and claim them on your income taxes. Goodwill got a box full of stuff from me including two Yoga DVDs. That'll be good for someone's New Year's resolutions.

Merlin: New Year's resolutions. People do these. Dan, do you know about New Year's resolutions?
Dan: This is the thing where you say "This year, I am going to do this thing." And then, for some reason, saying that at the start of the year makes it less likely for you to actually do it than if you just started doing it.

Back to Work 47: Utter Failure and Hotel Steak

Something I Gazed Upon Yesterday

Colorado River Bridge as seen from Fisherman's Park in Bastrop, Texas.

Colorado River Bridge

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Worked this time. It was hanging when I clicked on Sign In. Lovely picture. Where is Bastrop, Texas? Our Bastrop is in the extreme northeastern part of Louisiana.