The Life of Erin

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50 days until The Swell Season March 30, 2008

I spent a fair amount of time in our car this weekend running errands, something I rarely get to do, and it was fun because I could listen to the Once soundtrack over and over (and over) and belt it out at the top of my lungs. Matt and I are worried that “Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy” won’t be played the the concert we are going to on May 20, but I think it may be a possibility. This is some footage from a November 2007 show of The Swell Season:

And a more unique spin on the song:

We really can’t wait. I may start an official countdown.


4th on 4th March 29, 2008

One of my former students made me so proud tonight. Maiko, who was one of my first students back in Japan 8 years ago, had some of her art work exhibited in a boutique called Bus Stop on Fabric Row. There is an event called “4th on 4th” (kind of like First Friday in Old City) and at the last minute, Anita decided to join me! It was a lot of fun, and Maiko’s art was very cool. And I was very proud of her!

Anita, Maiko, and me in front of some of her art.


The boutique before it got really crowded.


The artist.


Anita and me in front of all of the gorgeous, but very expensive, shoes in the boutique.


Signs of Life! March 27, 2008

I took a stroll around our “grounds” yesterday evening and saw so many plants and bushes coming back to life! I’m so excited to plant for spring.

This is our grape vine that we planted last year and Matt pruned it back. Hopefully it will keep getting stronger and produce lots of grapes!

These winter pansies survived and were flowering during the whole winter–amazing!

These were some of my favorite (wild?)flowers as a child but I forget what they are called…

This is our blueberry bush that we never got around to planting last year. It survived being outside all winter and it has lots of new branches and buds on it! I plan on putting it in the ground in the next few weeks.

I never noticed these plants before on the side of the house–they must be perennials. I can’t wait until they bloom!

This bush literally blossomed overnight!

These are blooming on the other side of the house. What are these called? (Mom?)

Our rose bushes are getting really out of hand–pretty soon they will be as tall as the house! I have to look into the proper way to prune them back. But–there are tons of new branches, buds, and leaves on them. They are so beautiful when they bloom!


80s and 90s Pop Take 2 March 25, 2008

Filed under: entertainment,music,Uncategorized — erinp @ 11:33 pm
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Another fave (circa 1990:)

I actually think some of these are incorrect–let me know what you think.

Yo VIP let’s kick it

Ice ice baby (x2)
All right stop collaborate and listen
Ice is back with my brand new invention
Something grabs a hold of me tightly
Flow like a harpoon daily and nightly
Will it ever stop yo I don’t know
Turn off the lights and I’ll glow
To the extreme I rock a mic like a vandal
Light up a stage and wax a chump like a candle
Dance go rush to the speaker that booms
I’m killing your brain like a poisonous mushroom
Deadly when I play a dope melody
Anything less than the best is a felony
Love it or leave it you better gain weight
You better hit bull’s eye the kid don’t play
If there was a problem yo I’ll solve it
Check out the hook while my DJ revolves it

Ice ice baby vanillla (x4)

Now that the party is jumping
With the bass kicked in and the vegas are pumpin’
Quick to the point to the point no faking
I’m cooking MC’s like a pound of bacon
Burning them if you ain’t quick and nimble
I go crazy when I hear a cymbal
And a hi-hat with a souped up tempo
I’m on a roll and it’s time to go solo
Rollin’ in my 5.0
With my rag-top down so my hair can blow
The girlies on standby waving just to say hi
Did you stop no I just drove by
Kept on pursuing to the next stop
I busted a left and I’m heading to the next block
The block was dead
Yo so I continued to A1A Beachfront Avenue
Girls were hot wearing less than bikinis
Rockman lovers driving Lamborghinis
Jealous ’cause I’m out getting mine
Shay with a guage and Vanilla with a nine
Reading for the chumps on the wall
The chumps acting ill because they’re so full of eight balls
Gunshots rang out like a bell
I grabbed my nine all I heard were shells
Falling on the concrete real fast
Jumped in my car slammed on the gas
Bumpet to bumper the avenue’s packed
I’m trying to get away before the jackers jack
Police on the scene you know what I mean
They passed me up confronted all the dope fiends
If there was a problem yo I’ll solve it
Check out the hook while my DJ revolves it


Take heed ’cause I’m a lyrical poet
Miami’s on the scene just in case you didn’t know it
My town that created all the bass sound
Enough to shake and kick holes in the ground
‘Cause my style’s like a chemical spill
Feasible rhymes that you can vision and feel
Conducted and formed
This is a hell of a concept
We make it hype and you want to step with this
Shay plays on the fade slice like a ninja
Cut like a razor blade so fast other DJs say damn
If my rhyme was a drug I’d sell it by the gram
Keep my composure when it’s time to get loose
Magnetized by the mic while I kick my juice
If there was a problem yo I’ll solve it
Check out the hook while Shay revolves it

Ice ice baby vanilla
Ice ice baby (oh-oh) vanilla
Ice ice baby vanilla
Ice ice baby vanilla ice
Yo man let’s get out of here
Word to your mother
Ice ice baby too cold
Ice ice baby too cold too cold (x2)
Ice ice baby


Sue does infomercials!

Filed under: random info. — erinp @ 10:24 pm
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I was looking for videos from the recent Stargazer Lily reunion show at the Tin Angel and look what I found:


Easter March 24, 2008

Filed under: Family,food — erinp @ 9:34 am
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Yesterday I played photographer at Easter brunch at my parents’ house. As always, there was lots of food, and lots of fun!

Crocuses greeting us in the morning:


My mom always sets a very cute table:


My Nannie was there in many ways:


Everyone helps in the kitchen:


Matt’s just wondering where the food is.



An easy spinach quiche I made that turned out pretty well:


My mom made a delicious asparagus and salami cheese tart:


Andrew’s homemade jam (Strawberry Banana and Plum) to go with scones I forgot to take a picture of:


Because one pot of coffee just isn’t enough:


And the crocuses had opened by the time we left:



Funny Japanese commercials

I will have my Easter post up and running tomorrow, but until then, I want to share a video I found on Very Funny Ads. If anyone had a rough Easter, these ads might make you feel better, although they are all pretty awful:

A new version of an old-fashioned commercial.

Celebrities score in Japanese commercials: