In high school, my sex ed was what you would call minimal. Since Texas firmly believes in abstinence only education (which so doesn't work - my high school had a day care program for crying out loud!), I consider myself very lucky that I had a very open-minded mother who taught me about sex. Here's what they should be teaching high schoolers in order to better prepare them.
This, my friends, is my very last week of college classes. Ever. It's all very surreal to me right now. It's hard to imagine that after tomorrow, I may never step into a classroom again. With the reality of the real world heading at me like a freight train, I'm getting fairly nostalgic this week.
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww sh*t! Musical talent doesn't always have to come in the form of amazing voices. Sometimes great and hilarious lyrics (and an outlet on one of the country's most well known shows) is all you need. Hearing "I'm On A Boat" this weekend at the bars just reminded me how awesome The Lonely Island is.
For some reason lately, I've been on a real retro kick when it comes to my iPod. Looking back at my most 'recently played' list, every song comes from 1985 and before....and I wasn't even born then. What can I say? I guess the combo of my recent break up and finals season makes me nostalgic.
Well, springtime in central Texas was short lived. We had a week of 70 degree weather, but now it's back to being balls hot. For that one brief period of AMAZING weather, I reveled in being able to drive around town with my windows down and my music way, way up.
So, it's a bad week for Sarabeth. My boyfriend and I broke up since I last posted and so right now, I want music that supports my cranky mood. I went back to an old favorite for this week; I literally wore this CD out in my car the summer before my senior year of high school. So if you're into something different, here's She Wants Revenge's self-titled first album.
Apr 6, 2011
It quite honestly feels like everyone here in Austin still has a hangover from spring break. SXSW had so many great bands this year, I had to extend my coverage of it to a second week! Beats Antique is by far probably the most creative and original band that I've discovered in awhile, and so I share with you their second album Collide.
Mar 30, 2011
You might have noticed that I was absent last week. With SXSW going on over Spring Break here in Austin, I was too busy running around town from show to show to write. But never fear! It was all for a good cause, because now I have even more bands to show you!
Mar 23, 2011
Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino have been rocking out since 2004, with Matt on keyboards and Kim on drums. They have a DIY attitude towards their music and do just about everything when it comes to putting out their albums.
I was really sad Monday when I went to the interwebs to find that Suze Rotolo had passed away. She was a very creative individual in her own right, but was most well known for being Bob Dylan's gf/muse and was on the cover along side of him for his album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.
This week's artist is someone who's totally inspired me growing up. While most people spent their college years drinking and dreaming about what they'll be after they graduate (guilty!), MC Lars was doing something about his dreams.
I've lived in Texas for most of my life, but one thing I will never understand is the gun-happy culture that is so prevalent here. My own sister got a gun as an anniversary present from her uncle-in-law. And now our state government wants to take this love of guns one step further and allow students and professors to carry concealed handguns on public university campuses.
Rarely do I get albums based off a random review I find on the internet. Ironic? Yes, but I usually wait until one of my friends has the album and I can listen to it or hear good things from them before I buy. Well, last Tuesday that all changed. While I was perusing the interwebs I came across a review for Cut Copy's Zonoscope that piqued my curiosity.
To be honest, I've always been a little torn about Valentine's Day. For me it's kind of like communism; while great in theory, it almost never works in the execution. Considering last year I got two Snickers bars from my now-ex (gee, I wonder why), I don't have high hopes for Valentine's Day, but I'm not a complete Cupid-hater either.
This Sunday, all American eyes will be glued to their television sets, but not everyone will be so into the game. Maybe it's because football isn't their thing or maybe it's because they wagered way too much money in the puppy bowl and are now majorly stressed. Whatever the reason, no one should be left out on all the Super Bowl Sunday fun.
This week, I'm in nostalgia/angry mode. Angry because my Dbag of an ex-boyfriend has decided to try to start calling me again (barf). Nostalgic because when I'm trying to blow off steam, I tend to go into organization mode and this time around, my music collection got my attention. While re-labeling my iTunes collection I came across an old favorite album of mine: AFI's 'The Art of Drowning.'
Anybody else out there already having to read volumes upon volumes for their classes? WTF? It's only the second week back, professors! Can't a girl catch a little post-break break? Le sigh.
When the Grammy nominations were released for this year, I was thrilled to see that Mumford and Sons were up for best new artist and best rock song for "Little Lion Man". I heard that song last year on the radio and immediately went home to download their album, Sigh No More, and every track is better than the last.
Not only do I want to mourn the end of my last semester break of college, but to also drink away this past week with my entire family under the same roof for the first time in a year. For this last weekend of break, I highly recommend AWOLNATION's debut EP, Back From Earth.
Here in central Texas, it doesn't really snow during winter. It just gets cold, rainy, and miserable. For some reason, I like to embrace rainy days and stay inside to be all gloom and doom. I want to do this today especially while I recover from some bad choices on New Year's Eve.
The non-stop Elf marathons last week made me realize just how much I love Zooey Deschanel movies. She's just so...cute! She also happens to be multi-talented.
With Christmas being just a few days away, I figured I'd go through my parents' CDs to get into the holiday spirit. I'd already listened to my own Christmas music collection (Mariah, Glee, NSYNC) and needed something different. Mannheim Steamroller's Christmas was a major find.
I know I'm one of the lucky few out there right now, but as of Friday I was completely donezo with finals/studying/projects/school BS. And I'm thrilled. Why? Because this means I can get my party on and drink the last semester away. I thought what better to do this with than with Kanye West's newest album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Boof. Finals Time. AKA the darkest of dark times for college students who are holed up in libraries with nothing but a Jimmy John's sandwich and a prayer.
I was born in Quincy, Illinois. I moved to Abilene, Texas when I was eight years old when my mom was offered a huge promotion from the company she worked for. I moved to Austin, Texas for college when I was eighteen, which is where I am now. And then a year ago, the company my mom had worked for for 21 years laid her off (damn recession).
This semester is FINALLY starting to wrap up. Exciting? Yes, I can't wait to finish this round of classes. Stressful? Hell yeah, mofo. The end of the semester means that every. single. thing. I've been working on is going to be due at the same time. And on top of that, I have to start studying for finals. Barf.
The temperature is finally starting to drop here in Texas so to say TTFN to those hot days by the pool, I thought I would kick things off with my favorite album of the summer: Plastic Beach.
Just about everyone out there seems to have dating horror stories. Seriously, ask anybody; chances are they'll tell you that they have a relationship that they wish had just never happened. I myself went through a pretty nasty break up earlier this year. I've spent the past 7 months trying to put my life back together and pretty much hating my ex for how nasty he got post-breakup.
Austin is somewhere I'm glad to call my home. It's a city that's big enough to be exciting, but at the same time small enough to be super friendly. There is always something to do here, which is why I think it'd make a great fall break destination. Why you ask? Well for starters, if music is your thing, Austin is definitely the place to be.
I woke up yesterday morning like I usually do. I rolled out of bed at 8:15, threw on some clothes, and started cooking breakfast. But then I got a text. I figured it was my friend from class reminding me to print out our paper that was due at 9:30. But I click "Read" and instead I see "UT ALERT: Armed suspect reported last seen at Perry Castaneda Library on 09/28/2010."
I'm grateful of my parents for many things: bringing me into this world, my killer sense of humor, taking me to morning band practice in high school at 6a.m., etc. However, there is one thing that I'm grateful for that most people is crazy: I thank my parents for making me pay for my own college education.
OK, so you have your bedding, your towels, and your laptop; you think you're ready to move off for your freshman year of college. Before you go, though, there are a couple of things that a freshman might not think to bring that will make dorm life a million times easier.
In case you've been hiding under a rock these past few weeks and haven't heard the shrieks of 8-year-old girls and 45-year-old women everywhere, Eclipse is coming out in two days. Yes, on Wednesday we will have yet another opportunity to watch Bella get herself into trouble that requires her two loves to come and save her. AKA watch two sexy shirtless men run around for an hour and a half.
With this being the last week of classes (THANK GOD), I can now spend the time I was spending in the library for more useful things. Like daydreaming about summer time. When it's 80 degrees and sunny outside my classroom, can you blame me?
You know who that couple is. The two people that none of their friends want to hang out with; the ones that everyone assumes are different and don't want to do fun things anymore. They're the couple that has been tagged old and boring. Basically, if you're THAT couple, your friends see you as mom and dad.
Last week, my boyfriend and I found this group of guys who boffer (it's basically sword fighting role play) so that he could do a documentary about them. I went with because I was bored and figured I could help Matt out. I was expecting a group of stereotypical Dungeons and Dragons nerds; aka fat white boys who have no social lives. Well, we show up and there were, dare I say, really hot guys there!