OOF. My ass is tired.
The busy season at work started and I have managed to completely fail my own personal challenge to blog every day. It is seemingly such a simple challenge but sadly I have not yet been successful. But I’ll keep trying like a good little overachiever and hopefully one day it will be as natural a task as anything.
I suppose the good news is that I’m really busy at work. The better news is that I’m busy at work and really enjoying it too, which means I’m not seeking out distractions or trying to procrastinate by blogging.
But let’s attempt a little update on general goings on in my little world, shall we?
First and most important – I saw Hozier in concert at the Masonic in Nob Hill.
And let me tell you, he was as amazing, as humble, and as intoxicating as I hoped he would be. The first time I heard Take Me To Church on the radio I had to pull my car over to listen to it because I was so taken with it. That might sound dramatic but so few songs these days are substantial, and this one, and Hozier, spoke to me from the very first note. Seeing him in concert and hearing the full breadth of his collection of songs only cemented the fact that I know my musical soul mates when I hear them. Hozier has desperation in his lyrics that I can honestly only compare to Leonard Cohen. They’re meaty and gritty and so honest that they pain you and inspire you at the same time. At 25 years old, he writes of death and damaged love like old friends, and I can only imagine how much deeper those lyrics will go as he gets older.
Clearly, I’m taken with him. Not want to run away and have a love affair taken, but rather a passionately wanting to sit on your bed while you sing to me until I’m ready for you to stop kind of taken.
In OTHER news, we had a work event at The Slanted Door in San Francisco and after trying an array of appetizers I now MUST go there for dinner. How I’ve never been before, I’m not quite sure, but dear God the food is good. If you’re ever in SF, do your best to make a reservation and try it. With the amazing food and perfect view of the Bay Bridge, the experience really can’t be beat for any tourist or local.
In what can only be ridiculous news, I competed in my first Irish dancing feis / competition (as a grown up) and placed first in two of my dances (second in the other two). Look at my pretty medals:
It was a bizarre experience and brought back a lot of weird memories from being 8 years old and doing the same thing, with practically the same steps. I still don’t quite know how I feel about it. I know competing is the only real way for me to improve, but the environment still makes me feel unsettled. My next feis is June 6th and I’ll be dancing the same steps and hopefully doing just as well if not better. Eventually, after enough medals, I can learn new steps and start really improving. But so much of it depends on the smallest technical improvements, so it’s a long road. But damnit if I am not committed!
Other random updates – my work has organized a staff volunteer day at the Oakland Zoo. I will be working in the Education department (surprise!) and from what I hear it’s a pretty fun day. Last year apparently the education group made puzzles for the monkeys to play with. Time well spent. Hopefully I can take a few photos and blog about it in a few weeks.
I also get to spend a long weekend (working) at Silverado Resort in Napa this August. I know it’s WORK but if you have to work, why not do it from a serene setting like Napa?
I suppose that’s it for now. More blogs, recipes, and the like to come after things settle down a bit.
I’m gonna go fall down now.