or is the guy from the CIBC tax-free savings account commercial kind of hot?
so i’m broke again. not that it’s a huge surprise but it does appear that i’m not the most fiscally responsible person. this week i’ve been nerd-ily logging all my food purchases in a fantastic, and colour-coordinated, spreadsheet i made in excel in an effort to reduce my expenditure on food. as with the last time i was broke this doesn’t mean i’m not eating well – quite the opposite – it just means i have to purchase carefully.
the other night i made a fantastic meal which i’ve dubbed ‘poverty pasta’ and which is simple, delicious and versatile.
225g spiral pasta
1 tuna steak cut into cubes (thawed, from frozen)
200g frozen green beans
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp gia green pesto
basically i sauteed the beans and tuna in oil with a little garlic and tossed them into the pasta adding the pesto and a little olive oil. it’s super easy because the pasta takes 10 minutes and beans/tuna take about 5 so the whole meal is quick and came in at about $4.50 for the whole thing. it’s 2 servings and the best thing about the recipe is that it’s great hot or cold: it makes a fabulous hot meal but is equally as delicious served as a pasta salad for lunch the following day.
as a quick sidenote, i love gia green pesto. i know it might be a little low-classy to buy pesto in a tube but i always keep one in the fridge because it’s perfect for a quick pasta dish and is great in lots of dishes. i often add a little bit to tomato soup or use it with vegetables. fantastic.
ok so the weather in edmonton has officially gone batshit crazy. after weeks of the temperature jumping leaps and bounds overnight – from -25c to 17c in the blink of an eye – yesterday it started rain/snowing atop already somewhat icy streets and now the whole city is a slippery death trap. the fact that i have managed to stay vertical thus far is clearly a heaven sent miracle.
i was going to go on about how i would love to have used my new umbrella yesterday but i’ve been informed – by a former friend of mine – that some people tire of my longer posts so i’m going to cut it off there. GARY OUT!
so in case you hadn’t already heard kelly clarkson has a new song out. it’s called ‘my life would suck without you.’ and it’s amazing. on the surface. i mean the lyrics are shit, but in the same way that ‘hot and cold’ (katy perry) is amazing despite the lyrics so is ‘my life would suck without you’.
the problem with the song is more to do with the history of kelly clarkson. ms. clarkson came out with this song in 2004. only then it was called ‘since u been gone’ and had the opposite message. back then it was all about dumping the bad bad man and getting over it. the message of ‘my life would suck without you’ is pretty self-explanatory and is essentially the same song sped up. it’s even more annoying because kelly clarkson came out with an album in the interim that didn’t perform as well and was largely seen as her effort at focussing on her own writing rather that just being a pop singer. let me be very clear that i have nothing wrong with either pop singers or singer-songwriters, it just feels a little disingenuous to jump back into the pop spotlight after a bit of a misguided attempt at becoming more a ‘serious’ artist.
this whole project just feels a little like a re-heated steak: not quite the same. even the music videos are nearly identical in approach accept that in 2004 (click for video) kelly has fans and in 2008 (click for video) she doesn’t. in both we jump between shots of ‘performance kelly’ and ‘annoyingly literal kelly’ who in 2004 is alone and in 2008 is having a nauseating argument with her ‘boyfriend.’ although i’m not going to lie, the bit at the end of the ‘my life would suck without you’ video where she’s in the jeep is pretty good. definitely the best part of the video.
UGH. you see that’s why this whole thing is annoying. i do actually think the song is pretty killer but i feel as though they’re just hoping we’ll all forget about her entire past career with one song. is the song powerful enough to do that? apparently it has broken records for jumping to number one already in the states… i’m still not convinced.
i mean every bitch loves a comeback, but i like to feel a little loyalty from my gay icons and while i have wholeheartedly screamed ‘since u been gone’ at the top my lungs while jumping up and down like a crazy person on a dancefloor i’m not yet sure if i am completely won over by this new song. let’s be honest, i’m a fickle bitch and if they would have really gone for broke with the music video for this song i very well may have forgiven all and just embraced the new, old kelly. now this whole campaign really hinges on the next single for me. the single and especially album cover are already unmitigated disasters so i really feel like i need another single to decide. after all if i’d been asked to decide about kelly’s ‘breakaway’ album based solely on the first single of the same name i would have decided firmly against it from the get go. in fact, it wasn’t until last year that i even realized that song was by her. IT IS AWEFUL.
ok, i’ve listened to ‘my life would suck without you’ eight times while i’ve been writing this and i’m unhappy to report that i already want to dance to it like a fool with my arms in the air like i just don’t care. BLAST YOU KELLY CLARKSON!
as a final aside i’ve decided that there are two types of women in the world, ‘since u been gone girls’ and ‘my life would suck without you girls.’ ‘since u been gone girls’ love themselves and are capable of functioning with or without a man. ‘my life would suck without you girls’ are incapable of functioning without a man. i prefer the former, obviously.
*disingenuing is now a word. that’s how it works when you have a degree in linguistics. you just write things and they become words.
la roux is electro in a very 80s kind of way with vocals that border on screaming banshee but in an absolutely fantastic way. they are a british duo, not unlike my idols the eurythmics, and they are hopefully set to explode in 2009, though perhaps not to the same extent as little boots if their 5th place listing on BBC’s sound on 2009 poll holds any bearing.
first single ‘quicksand’ is pretty great (click to see the video THAT INCLUDES A GIANT PINEAPPLE!) but nothing compared to the absolute genius that is ‘in for the kill’ (click to download) which is KILLER! i can’t get enough of it right now. any song that references punctuation marks is okay by me. i can’t wait for the video!
2009 is shaping up to be a pretty great year for music. specifically pop and electro music. very exciting, indeed. i have to say that 2008 was an okay year for music but more for blips of occasional good songs, rather than a generally great output. i may live to regret putting this in writing but 2009 seems to shaping up as a great year for killer music, new artists, and fantastic albums. we shall see…
i have to say that i really enjoyed my non-celebrity news post despite what happened to it so i might try and integrate it every now and then. LIKE NOW!
1. jo-ann: ‘i’m newsworthy!’
jo-ann was a little perturbed that she wasn’t mentioned in the last round of non-celebrity news. also we had a fabulous lunch the other day at the new earl’s on campus where they have these ridiculous gold chains at the entrance. it’s like a drag queen’s s+m dungeon and you know they’re going to be super dated in less than six months. restaurants should really stick to timeless style options so that they can remain current. trying too hard to remain current is exactly why a lot of restaurants look dated so quickly. but i digress.
2. mother nature: ‘bitch please it’s not spring yet’
it’s fucking freezing again today and i can just imagine mother nature being all ‘mm hm, that’s right, it’s still winter bitches!’ spiteful cow.
3. salloum in health scare.
jessica has an ulcer. it sucks but you know she’s going to totally use it whenever she is feeling slightly ill. for instance i saw to her today and she was all ‘ooh, my ulcer’ when she hadn’t even known about it yesterday. although i do have to say that once you know about something it’s easier to think that you’re having symptoms. hmm…
4. gary and salloum: ‘apologize to alec baldwin’
so salloum and i have decided to write a self-help book called ‘love yourself’ after we spent far too long in chapters looking at the volume of ridiculous self-help books on offer. as a sidenote, highlights included ‘why men marry bitches,’ ‘don’t be THAT girl,’ and ‘manslations.’ the latter of which manslated ‘i’m just out of a relationship and not ready to settle down’ into ‘i’m not lonely enough to want to date you.’ BURN. anyway, we saw alec baldwin’s self-help book (WTF?) and decided ours should have the same cover. for some reason we both thought he was leaning on his fist in the picture so we decided to lean on eachothers fists in the picture, making an attempt at said pose for photographs the other night at the bar. anyway to wrap up this now rather meandering story i was at chapters the other day (incidentally while waiting to meet jo-ann for the aforementioned lunch at earl’s) and i noticed that alec baldwin’s hands are not even in the picture of him on the cover. he’s leaning in rather oddly but his fist is no where to be seen! strange.
so i was talking to my friend salloum at work today about my celebrity news and we were postulating how our day would be reported in celebrity news fashion.
1. salloum on her sexuality: ‘i feel like this is just a little blimp”
there is just so much to work with here. jessica is going on a blind date with a man tomorrow which i already find endlessly amusing. furthermore, i had to clarify to her that the words blip and blimp are not the same. AMAZING.
2. jennie, jackie headed for ‘awkward’ showdown
so jennie no longer works at starbucks but still wants to come to the christmas party (when it eventually happens) which actually seems really nice. jackie disagrees.
3. bouchard in fashion faux pas drama
sarah bouchard showed up to work in the same sweater she wore only 2 days ago out dancing with salloum and i. not cool.
4. ‘turn your paycheque into a memory’
this isn’t non-celebrity celebrity news as such, just the slogan from some postcards pushing a trip to thailand that i think makes the wrong statement.
5. gary upsets jessica with weight comment
this is more big brother style news. salloum and i were talking about who would play us in a film and after suggesting colin farrell for myself i suggested angelina jolie for her. after salloum replied that angie’s too thin i simply replied: fair enough.
my day does seem much more interesting when broken down into quick news-bites. perhaps my new years resolution should be to keep a journal of salacious celebrity news style quotes?
so as i’m sure most of you are aware: it’s january. i have decided that 2009 is the last year of january. next year it will be renamed ‘alanuary,’ at least in canada, but eventually internationally, too. 2009 will be a transition year where you can call it either the traditional ‘january’ or the more modern ‘alanuary.’ you see the thing is, not only is alanis morissette a national treasure deserving a month named after her regardless of which one, but january is the perfect time of year to listen to alanis. every ‘january’ i’ve gotten out my alanis albums and every year i revel in how perfect alanis’ music is for the often emotionally charged period following christmas and new year.
the thing about alanis is that her music has the perfect mix of melancholy and hope. like sometimes i break out a little alanis in june but she just seems to perfectly fit what used to be known as january. also, it’s not like january won’t be glad of the attention. it’s a month that’s long in need of an image makeover. ‘alanuary’ will do for the first month of the year what diamond shreddies did for general mills. brilliant. everybody wins.
january is so over. it’s all about alanuary.
ps – ‘hands clean’ is the best song of alanis’ career. fact. also right now i’m totally loving ‘not as we’ and ‘underneath’ as well as the rest of the new album ‘flavours of entanglement.’
so as much as find lily allen a little irritating, i still find her refreshing when compared with the other skanks of popular music. i’m talking about the likes of the puerile katy perry (ugh), the skanky pussycats, and the plethora of american idol filler or disney bitches that seem to clog the airwaves and music channels. lily allen also has the inate ability, in my opinion, to create a great pop song. her first album was fresh, different, interesting, and very enjoyable and her follow-up looks to be amazing as well if this first single is anything to go by. ‘the fear’ is a relflection on fame and it is genius. it has some fucking killer lryics like the one above and my other favourite:
life’s about film stars and less about mothers
it’s all about fast cars and cussing eachother
but it doesn’t matter ’cause i’m packing plastic
and that’s what makes my life so fucking fantastic
it’s brilliant, obviously. there is something playful about lily allen’s music that i always find fresh and charming and perfect for a warm melting spring-esque day like today. also the video is quite enjoyable. bonus.
lily’s back, bitch.