123Valerie Strikes Again

Unprecedented Self-Indulgence.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Blog? What Blog?

It takes a delicate balance being a blogger, my pretties.

On the one hand, you have to actually go out and do things so you're not just writing, "I had a ham sandwich today. I should have used Swiss instead of cheddar. When will I ever learn? What is sooooo wrong with me that I keep choosing the wrong cheese? Oh, I am so tortured and sad. Please comment and alleviate the void in my heart that wretched dairy products have left."

At the same time, though, you need enough dorky down-time to post about the dern things you're doing.

Is it blogger cliché to write that I've been too busy living life to write about it?

It is? Damnit. Well, I'm not afraid of clichés, though I am paralyzed by centipedes, what with all of their squiggly little legs. Burf.

Here are a few more clichés to explain what's going on:

I'm having the time of my life.
It's all good in the hood.
Life is just a bowl of cherries … (Wait. That one might not actually work. Does anyone know if they mean, "Life is sweet and juicy," or, "Life is the pits?" Halp.)

Point is, my pretties, I am good. GREAT, in fact. Coming off of a weekend filled with friends and food and flopping around in the pool, I couldn't be any more content if I tried.

But, my happiness sure is hell on my creative streak, blog not-with-standing. Those of you who know about my blossoming music thing know I have a lot of songs about bad boys and drinking and drinking with bad boys. It's much easier to write bad heartbreak songs than good love songs.

These days, everything comes out all schmoopy and fluffy, which is how I feel, but I don't know of many words that rhyme with schmoopy, except "poopy," and that just doesn't make any sense at all, does it? I mean, look at us:



A.J. and I don't look poopy. "Loopy" maybe. Yes, definitely loopy.

He's so great, ya'll. I got a small spot in a singer/songwriter showcase this weekend—just a step above an open mic. A.J. came with me to sit through six other acoustic artists over four hours just to hear me fumble through my 30-minute set.

Apropos of nothing, one of the singers with whom I swapped CDs credited her "back door" and "a fly" with "guest appearances" in her songs. That's rich. I'm giving a credit to "Yuengling Black & Tan" on my next effort. I mean, let's keep it real, ya'll.

So, there you have it: no alien abductions, I'm not trapped in a meat locker and I have not joined a cult. But, I've got another busy week ahead. Good busy, not limited to but including:

  • a bridal shower for my dear friend Glynnie
  • a reunion with some of my D.C. sisters
  • a possible trip to the demolition derby
  • a meet-n-greet with a super talented dude who wants to "produce" some of my songs
  • a pap smear

Good stuff all around, kids. I hope things are going well for you, too. You know just 'cause I can't always holla back doesn't mean I'm not around.

In the Comments section, tell me what's making you happy these days. Oh, and maybe some other words that rhyme with "schmoopy" if you have a chance.

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22 Comments:

  • At 12:32 PM , Blogger Matt said...

    With my bagel, I'd like a schmear of pap!

     
  • At 1:17 PM , Blogger Akelamalu said...

    You're HAPPY!

    Snoopy, Gloopy, Whoopie.

     
  • At 1:55 PM , Blogger mist1 said...

    I was going to list all the things that make me happy, like morning sex and new shoes, but then Matt's comment made me feel vomity.

     
  • At 2:24 PM , Blogger Matt said...

    Mist1,

    I think the vodka from last night is making you feel vomity. :)

     
  • At 3:21 PM , Blogger EJ Takes Life said...

    It is a testament to your lovely nature that you would list a pap smear as one of the fund busy life things that is keeping you from navel-gazing!

     
  • At 3:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Sunshine, bike rides, and beer have all been on the "things that make me happy" list lately. glad to hear things are working out for you.--- t
    how about droopy and groupie?

     
  • At 5:54 PM , Blogger Lee said...

    matt - i just threw up a lil in my mouth.

    val - you're gross too with all your gloppy happiness, but i forgive you. i'm gonna go shower your cuteness off me right now.

    groupie, schmoopie, fruipy

     
  • At 8:47 PM , Blogger My Reflecting Pool said...

    I heard your music at Lee's house this past weekend, you have a wonderful voice. Happy? Not feeling bloated makes me very happy right now.

    Here is for your word: once I was schmoopy, then we said I-doopy, a couple kids later, I was droopy.

     
  • At 7:18 AM , Blogger Jon said...

    Awesome. Good for you, Val.

     
  • At 10:40 AM , Blogger Hey Pretty said...

    Sigh. Hoping some of this positivity and radiance rubs off on me...

     
  • At 11:07 AM , Blogger Pookie Sixx said...

    I'm happy to know my kid is coming out soon. Oy.

     
  • At 2:28 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

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  • At 2:34 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

    (I goofed the first time)

    Matt made me a bit sick and I almost forgot my comment; Your post sounds alot like my post today. So true, the good times are way less creatively stimulating than the rough ones, that's why I have to write about the past most of the time.

     
  • At 5:09 PM , Anonymous Kirstin said...

    The sun is making me very happy. I was starting to believe it may never shine in Ohio again.
    Oh by the way I am planning a trip to DC sometime between Aug 10 and Aug 27 , one of those weekends. Think you will be around for lunch, mabey dinnner?...something!!

     
  • At 5:11 PM , Blogger Spellbound said...

    You have your priorities exactly right. I often have the same issues with a lot less fun involved.

    Soupy? Boopy? Croupy?

     
  • At 6:49 PM , Blogger Flat Coke and Flies said...

    Glad you're happy!! I'm happy. Been thinking about my cruise a lot...oh and sex too.

     
  • At 10:58 AM , Anonymous Slick said...

    I just don't understand why everyone is jumping on matt for his comment...

    I cracked a smile at it anyway.

    Glad everything is going great for you girl.....you deserve it!

     
  • At 7:52 PM , Anonymous spf 45 said...

    Valerie,

    I'm glad to read that you are so happy. Life is so much fun when you are happy.

    Make sure you use sunscreen, your skin is like mine and when you get older you will wish you had.

     
  • At 2:23 PM , Blogger Winter said...

    I agree with Mist1, I was going to be all witty until I read Matt.

     
  • At 9:08 PM , Blogger James Burnett said...

    Happy is good. Pass it down! And post a couple of your songs for us little people to hear. Or at least let us read the lyrics.

     
  • At 11:11 AM , Blogger Flenker said...

    The weather around Iowa City is making me happy for the time being. Kind of overcast at times, but the usually clearing and wonderful later in the day.

    My problem lately with blogging has been having too much to write about, not being able to choose between thoughts, and then not actually doing anything. Not good times.

     
  • At 12:26 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

    Hey Val, come up for air

     

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