Monday, December 15, 2008

Forever Wasn't You

First of all, let me start by saying that I honestly have no idea which relationship spawned this little ditty. And no, I don't really have anything else remotely like this in my oeuvre. It's a lot like when "They Might Be Giants" say, "There's only two songs in me, and I just wrote the third..."

In all my life I have written what seems to be one of anything: one graduation song, one instrumental, one lullaby, and one sort of "I'll just wait right here for you, shall I?" sort of song that really requires a good guitar or banjo backup to realize its full potential. So, this is the only sort of polyphonic, Sweet Adelines, Barbershop type song I am likely to ever write. And now that allows for free 1 GB of shareable uploads, I can now inflict it upon you:

Forever Wasn't You
You've come to say goodbye
(Guess it wasn't you)
Hate to see me cry
(Guess it wasn't you)
Still, it's worse to lie
(Guess it wasn't you)
Thought I'd found forever, but forever wasn't you

She's just another name
(Guess it wasn't you)
Just some faceless dame
(Guess it wasn't you)
Still you're not to blame
(Guess it wasn't you)
Thought I'd found forever, but forever wasn't you

Oh, but someday, maybe one day
She'll show you the door (the door)
You'll realize what a fool you've been
And look to me once more!

Then you'll come to me
(Guess it wasn't you)
Get on bended knee
(Guess it wasn't you)
For my love you'll plea
(Guess it wasn't you)
Thought I'd found forever, but forever wasn't you
Oh you thought I'd wait forever
But forever wasn't you



Sunday, December 14, 2008

A couple of funnies for you

Whoo - we're down to the last couple of grains of sand for 2008. Despite having been off work for the last week (I was burning vacation time), I've just barely scratched the surface of the bajillion things I would like to cross of my "To Do" list. It is not very often that I keep such a list because I often find them rather overwhelming and depressing, rather than empowering, but I guess I'll have to find a way to reframe that if I'm gong to get through this doctoral degree.

Did I mention that I was taking classes towards an EdD? And yes, you can say that as, "Eeeeedddddd?" just like in the Lion King.
(I do - makes me giggle). I am officially one semester out of nine done. I'm not sure what I will do afterwards, except cross another item off that imaginary, soon to be not-so-imaginary list.

In the meantime, here are a couple of things from here and there, hither and thither, over and under, etc. etc. etc. that have helped me stay sane during this crazy semester. Maybe they'll work for you, too.

Simon's Cat

Poor Geoffrey - he introduced me to this gem of a cartoon and now if my cat Max goes to climb all over us, I have to laugh. I have been known to place a paw on his cheek while he's trying to sleep too (Geoffrey, I mean. My cat could care if I touched his cheek while he was sleeping).

And my second funny is in the form of a new Christmas carol. Geoffrey and I have a great collection of alternate holiday music, either unconventional covers or remixes of the classics, or new songs, such as "Christmas is Interesting" by Jonathan Coulton. More on Coulton after the lyrics below.

Here the song gets additional backup help from Paul and Storm (formerly of DaVinci's Notebook for any of you barbershop quartet fans out there):

Christmas Is Interesting
You have put on your feety pajamas
It's time for a long winter's nap
There's a knock on the door and a stranger is there
He wants you to sit on his lap
He takes your watch and he gives you a hairbrush
Your wife gets a wig on a chain
He says he can't stay
Cause he's got a long way to go
And it's starting to rain

Christmas is interesting
Like a knife in your heart
Christmas is interesting
How it tears you apart
Christmas is interesting
Like a stick in your eye
It's so freaking interesting
That it might make you cry

So you're an elf, but you'd rather be a dentist
Maybe you're a train with square wheels
Maybe you're a squirt gun that only shoots jam
Now you know how Jesus feels
He is riding a sleigh he calls Rosebud
His mansion is lonely and cold
He can't remember a pleasant December
When he wasn't tired and old


So you're drunk and your name is Jimmy Stewart
You once had a wonderful life
Then you lost all your money, you cracked up your car
You yelled at your favorite wife
You go to bed and you wait for Jacob Marley
He comes to make you feel brave
But under his cloak he is nothing but smoke
And a finger that points at your grave


Both Jonathan Coulton and Paul and Storm are well worth checking out if you like geeky harmonic pop, along the lines of They Might be Giants, Flight of the Conchors, and some Barenaked Ladies, but with a crazy twist all their own. You can find primers (and free downloads) for both on their respective websites: and

That's it for me - I'm off to bed. Later!


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Pre-cable TV childhood memories

Growing up in Detroit, we had the usual national networks, plus the UHF stations (young 'uns, don't ask, just wikipedia or Google it), and the occasional bonus of good stuff on CBC - channel 9 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Channel 9 had Mr. Dress-up and the Polka Dot door, and a few other shows that seem surreal now, more like a dream.

As Geoffrey started to make his way through the incredible game, Little Big Planet, the introduction included a theme that made me exclaim, "That's the Canadian show with the grasshopper logo song!"

And crazy enough, simply searching for the words, "Canadian Children television grasshopper," I hit the jackpot and found a site about Vision On:

I didn't realize how much of that show I actually remembered and attributed to other sources, like odd episodes of Benny Hill or Monty Python or my sleep deprived imagination!

But it was the Gallery song that I remembered best, and if it didn't make me giddy happy then, for whatever reason it does now:

Thank goodness for the collective memory of the internets!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Fall and Friends

Goodness, did I really skip August? Well, it rather feels like it skipped, hopped, ran and bulldozed over ME, so I guess we're even.

Though Fall as a season doesn't really start until the 22nd, Fall as a semester began two weeks ago. When I was much younger, and I know I've mentioned this before, but I often felt like the older maiden aunt whom everyone hung out with until they formed their own cliques and intrigues. This never seemed more apparent to me than at the start of each school year. I didn't really have any close friends on my block so I would come back feeling just as maidenly and frumpy as ever, while my peers seemed to gain a new sophistication over the summer that I couldn't place. It didn't occur to me to be angry or resentful enough about it to change - I just always felt like fourteen going on forty. I cherished the friendships I did have, pined over the boys I couldn't have and alternated between being overly clingy and dismissive of the boys who would. It was quite a relief to leave high school behind and start college.

Now, many years later, Fall has its own nostalgia to it that is not unlike sipping cold cider. It's earthy, sweet and at its best, seasonal. Some years I'll get quite a few friends looking me up in the Fall - there seems to be a window just before the craziness of the holidays that invites providence and coincidence to tea and manages to bring a lost friend or two back to me. Fall is also rather close to my birthday and so I suppose it's a lot like New Year's Eve or even Rosh Hashanah - a time for setting aside the old and looking to begin something new.

This year, in addition to feeling the adding of yet another ring to my circumference (and circumstance, hahahaha, I kill me!), I have started classes towards my doctorate in education. I didn't think I would get to this point of taking classes again so soon, of seeing the end of one road approaching and needed to forge my own off-road path.

So thank goodness for friends, and cider, and donuts, and beginnings. And for DVD, which brought me my very own copy of "Peter's Friends" from 1992 (!). I remembered that I liked it, but had forgotten why, and here's one of the scenes that reminds me why, as well as makes me think fondly of friends past and present:


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Yup, I threw these!

Originally uploaded by paulandstorm.

And no, I wasn't wearing them at the time!

After a slight pause for being misplaced, the pair of panties (really, a thong very much not in my style given to me as an Avon freebie by (shudder) my mom), thrown at the Crofoot at the July 10, 2008 Jonathan Coulton with Paul and Storm show in Pontiac, MI. They have now been included in the hallowed hall of the "Gallery of Thrown Panties."

For a more photos from the concert, visit my Flickr stream here
and Paul and Storm's The Gallery of Thrown Panties at


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Ok, so the first episode premiered already. But the second one comes out tomorrow followed by the third installment and then on July 20th - poof! - it's gone. If you love Joss Whedon, Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Super Villians, Musicals (or love to laugh at how bad they can be), or just plain old have 10 minutes to kill - check this out. Don't be the last to know!


Monday, June 23, 2008

Kitty Deluxe

Originally uploaded by Kodamakitty.

A couple of weekends ago, my cousin Clair and I hung out and I took her to the cutest gift shop - Kitty Deluxe. Kitty Deluxe is run by the very cool Cat Massof, her sister Jennifer and their Mom, Cheryl. It's the sweetest pink house packed floor to ceiling with unique gifts and handmade jewelry. Whether you are looking for something for yourself, or for a special person (young or young-at-heart), Kitty Deluxe rocks!

Click on the photo above for a link to my ever-growing set of Kitty Deluxe pics. Thanks to Cat for letting me have such a great time photographing her amazing shop :)


Saturday, June 07, 2008

Geek Pop Culture Monkey Pirate Concert - interested?

With a little help from JoCo
Originally uploaded by Kodamakitty.

Hey everybody!

Geoffrey and I just bought tickets to go see one of my favorite indy geek performers, Jonathan Coulton (for listening suggestions, go to:

Coulton recently gained a few more points of 'net notoriety for writing the song, "Still Alive," for the closing credits of the Orange Box game, Portal. It's sort of a mini-game for Half-Life. He's also done an acoustic rendition of "Baby Got Back." If that's not geeky enough, I'm not sure what is. Geoff and I saw the show in Chicago and it was great fun. Major influences include They Might be Giants, Barenaked Ladies, and Dan Fogelberg.

If you're interested, let me know and we'll figure out a way to meet up. Here are the details:
Thursday July 10 at 8 PM
The Crofoot (Pontiac, MI)
With Paul and Storm, All Ages
Tickets are $15.00 each with $8.75 service charge per two tickets.

Unfortunately, it is a Thursday night and the show is at 8 pm, but I'm willing to use up some long overdue vacation time to sleep in a little the next day.

I hope you'll be able to come along, or at the very least, explore a new artist from the comfort of your own home.

PS - Try listening to "Ikea." Then try to get the catchiness out of your head - mwahahahaha!

PPS - Thanks for the reminder, Frank!

Friday, May 23, 2008

"The stars will always shine, the birds will always sing..."

I remember my brother offering to mix me a tape once, and I took too long to get him the list, but I remember that one of my geeky dance pleasures was the "Always Coca-Cola" dance remix from 1993. I was a year out of high school at that point, so don't ask me where I heard it, but it was just too catchy to ignore. And thanks to the wonders of YouTube, I can now inflict my guilty pleasure on you. And not just the 50 second commercial version, oh no. This is the full three minutes plus version.

One of the comments on a version of the video claims that "Another Night" by the Real McCoy was inspired by this tune. What do you think?

Oh 1993, you crazy thing, you!


Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Originally uploaded by Kodamakitty.

John Hodgman points out that the Vancouver Olympic mascots not only include a Sasquatch but that they also have their own mascot:

Their website even pays indirect homage to Hodgman by asking their version of "Which superpower would want?"

Thursday, May 01, 2008

First of May! NSFW

NSFW = Not Suitable For Work (or small children, for that matter!)

Jonathan Coulton with Paul and Storm

Recorded by Gle3n live at the Paul Gleason Theater 9-12-07

Enjoy! ^_^

Monday, March 31, 2008

Oh thank goodness

Barenaked Ladies started their own independent label when their obligation to Reprise was completed in 2003 with "Everything to Everyone." They began "Desperation Records" and released "Barenaked for the Holidays," which while fun, isn't one of their most even-keeled (though really, check it out for "Elves' Lament," you'll listen to it in mid-July, it's that catchy). So, Geoffrey and I were a little concerned when the band released what essentially amounted to a 29 song double album within a five month period, "Barenaked Ladies are Me" and the follow-up, "Barenaked Ladies are Men" back in 2006. The songs seemed a bit remote, and hard to access. It seemed like work.

I assumed that the guys were running a bit loose without needing to worry about radio airplay and other trappings of being on contract to a major record label and resigned myself to not loving either BLAM record. I was happy for them, because by all accounts they seem to be having more fun and getting more joy from the process. But I felt a little out of sync and I missed my most beloved band.

I suppose I could have plowed through Ed Robertson's YouTube "Bathroom Sessions" for acoustic versions of the tracks, but there is something about the entire band performing on stage.

Fast forward to now. We needed to burn up a downloads on, and they had the full album for the "All-New Revue* Live from the Glenn Gould Studio." I had heard one of the tracks as a B-side, and much like the live tracks on Maroon, these versions just seem a little easier to get into and fall in love with. I think it's because BNL is so good live and they do such an amazing job with whatever the five of them can do onstage without extra production or layers, that these tracks just resonate more with me.

So, if the last BnL releases left you a little cold, try giving this a listen. I'm just happy to have my guys back.


Friday, February 08, 2008

Sleep well, sweet cat

Nikita sleeps
Originally uploaded by Kodamakitty.

My eldest cat, Nikita, passed away shortly after midnight today. She was a kitten when I graduated from high school, so that makes her 16.

Nikita, or Nikki, was an ornery grande dame who survived moving from my mom's house to two other apartments before we bought the house is Harper Woods. She was a cranky, feisty cat who would love you and then nip you, just because she could. I somehow felt safe when Nikita was around, because she seemed like the sort of cat who would know if there was something dangerous lurking in the shadows. If she could sleep soundly, then I was okay.

Nikki loved my brother Alex and quickly attached herself to my husband Geoffrey when she moved out with me. She was fearless when it came to our two dogs, whose presence she barely tolerated. Our younger dog, Zookie, is very lucky indeed that Nikki was declawed. Zookie has a habit of taking long and in-depth sniffs of everything and when Nikitia reached her limit, bam! Bam! BAM! She'd smack at Zookie with a mean right hook.

As she got older, she got a little quirky, at it wasn't unusual for her to start yowling like a little banshee around 11:30 at night. When we finally all tucked in, she would settle herself on the bed, oftentimes somewhere on or near Geoffrey.

Nikita never really sought me out or pandered for my attention, but that doesn't mean I won't miss her. It will seem odd to not have people wonder what is wrong with me when I say I have two dogs and three cats. Somehow only having four pets seems so ordinary.

Sleep well, sweet cat. Thank you for watching over me.