31 May 2012

My garden is planted

All plants and seeds are officially in the ground.

I'm working on a quick blog post about my garden. This is a tomato in Ryan's fridge on Sunday. He swears it naturally decomposed this way.

Last year I had too much food, but this year my garden is even bigger.

- 8 different tomato plants, heirloom (I'm pretty sure one is going to die; it's withering while all others are thriving and one especially is growing like wildfire)
- 6 broccoli
- 2 kohlrabi
- 1 eggplant
- 1 chard
- 1 collard green
- 1 Brussels sprout
- 15ish corn (planted a week ago, all planted from seed and are emerging!!!)
- a long row of sunflowers, two varieties mixed
- a long row of quinoa, seeds planted today
- 2 pepper plants
- 1 blackberry bush
- 9 okra, seeds from Ryan's plants
- two garlic bulbs that sprouted so I buried them in the garden

I feel like I'm missing some things.

Then again, I feel like that all day every damn day.

Listening to: Grave Blankets - You'll know everything

29 May 2012

RnR :: An Open Slackers Anonymous Meeting

Rock N Roll Armageddon Playlist

29 May 2012 
The phones were still busted at WQNA so we gave out my number for text requests. 
That's the news.
-----Noodles---31 May 2012-----------------------

1. Box Elders - One Foot In Front of the Other
2. Eagles of Death Metal - English Girl
3. Danzig - End of Time
4. Grave Blankets - You'll Know Everything
5. Wreckless Eric - Semaphore Signals
6. Buffalo Killers - On the Prowl
7. Thee Headcoats - Every Bit of Me
8. The Strangers - Young Maggie
9. the Rolling Stones - Mercy Mercy
10. Leper Print - Phobia
11. Devendra Banhart - Lazy Butterfly
12. The Makers - Sad Little Bug
13. Yusuf Jerusalem - Gilles De Rais
14. the Steve Adamyk Band - Domino
15. Hank IV - Security System
16. Old 97's - Doreen
17. Magnetix - Grasstrack
18. King Khan & BBQ - Got It Made
19. The Biters - Hang Around
20. Ty Segall - Go Home
21. the Ponys - Chemical Imbalance
22. Black Lips - Veni Vidi Vici
23. Black Lips - Boomerang
24. Black Lips - I'll Be With You
25. Murder City Devils - Dancin Shoes
26. Queens of The Stone - Gonna Leave You
Text request.
27. the Closet Fairies - I Can't Rewind **
28. Motorhead - The King of Kings **
29. Dick Dale & The Del-Tones - Banzai Washout
30. Motorhead - Please Don't Touch **
31. Pangea - Haunted
32. Clone Defects - Cheap Livin'
33. Mikal Cronin - Green and Blue
34. Candy Snatchers - This Town
35. Scared of Chaka - A Lie and A Cheat


28 May 2012

I did some stuff over the weekend

I was lucky enough to find myself with an impromptu 3-day weekend. Thank you Tanner for covering my Sunday shift to make this mini-vacation possible!

Saturday I was invited to tag along on a one-day road trip to Burlington, IA to watch the Snake Alley bike race. These athletes are impressive! Normally I think sports are stupid. Since I've never played a sport in my life (no, seriously, I've never played a sport) I don't get it. I don't want to watch a bunch of people run around in a field kicking a ball back and forth while playing keep away, or watch people hit a ball back and forth over a net. I definitely don't want to watch people balance a ball on a stick just to hit it real far, fetch it from the bushes, hit it into a pit of sand, hit it a couple more times before they gently tap it into a hole. Whatever; leave me alone so I can take pictures of circles or glue broken pieces of junk to wood.

Geez, I rambled quite a bit. My point was, the Snake Alley race was cool and the whole day was awesome! I laughed for twelve hours straight; it was a beautiful drive and my friend and I were able to investigate lots of small towns along the way. It was a nice getaway!!

That climb!

I can't get over how crazy the Snake Alley race was!


I was going to write about much fun I had on Sunday


and how productive I was on Monday, but then I started thinking about my ongoing heartbreak and trying to work through that. It's tough. We're trying to be friends, but my intentions are different from his since I'm hoping our friendship will blossom into more. He just wants friendship. We love each other differently and it sucks and it's hard. But it is what it is and we're trying to find a happy medium.

But then I fall in love all over again when he does stuff like peel an orange perfectly with his bare hands.

Another epic orange peeling!

But I have good times off on my own, too. Just 23 hours ago I was walking around in the St. Louis City Garden, admiring this greatnes:

Blown away.

Moral of the Story:

Things are fun and good, but the broken heart is still there.

Listening to: Johnny Thunders - You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory

22 May 2012

RnR :: Spanish Fly

This week's show was a lot of fun! We had a secret guest again, but this time he kept me good and distracted while the show was going on. It was fun to sit around and get to know somebody new.

And we didn't get ONE request! Phones were busted and we had no idea about it. Ooopsie!

Call in with your requests! 217.529.0312

The Secret Guest & The Spanish Fly: A Rock'N'Roll Mystery Novel

by Rock N Roll Armageddon on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 6:09pm ·
here's our playlist

1. The Hives - Black Jack
2. Compulsive Gamblers - Devil In My Back Pocket
3. Goodnight Loving - One Too Many Times
4. David Bowie - Joe the Lion
5. King Khan & the Shrines - Shivers Down My Spine
6. Jeffrey Novak - Take Your Friends
7. Home Blitz - Is Anybody There?
8. The Pink Grease - The Pink G.R. Ease
9. the Oblivians - Mad Lover
10. Mother's Children - (Baby You Ain't) Tough Enough
11. Kajun S.S. - German Kajun
12. Pangea - Night of The Living Dummy
13. T. Rex - Metal Guru
14. Downtown Struts - Anchors
15. Mississippi John Hurt - Coffee Blues
16. Johnny Thunders - You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory
17. The Bloody Hollies - Burning Heart
18. American Death Ray - Baby Lightning
19. Jay Reatard - Ugly Death
20. the Surf Trio - Gold Beach
21. The Maggots - Don't Stand in My Way
22. Nobunny - The Gutter
23. Murder City Devils - Bunkhouse
24. Ty Segall - California Commercial
25. NRA - Wasting My Life
26. The Motards - You Make Me Sick
27. the Trashingtons - Astro
28. Tommy James & the Shondells - I Think We're Alone Now
29. the Spits - Rip Up The Streets
30. The Vipers - Nothing's From Today
31. Neon Piss - Bullet In The Back
32. Little Richard - Jenny Jenny
33. Prima Donna - I Don't Want You to Love Me
34. Mikal Cronin - Is It Alright
35. Carpettes - Help I'm Trapped
36. Tommy Bell - Swamp Gal
37. the Ramones - I Wanna Be Well
38. the Vindictives - Impossible
39. King Tuff - Lazerbeam


19 May 2012

I blew it! I should have bought it.

Punishment and Reward.

I went on a mini road trip after work to investigate little towns around Springfield. I was lucky to spy this brick-a-brack, knick-knack or whatever they call it - porcelain statue - at a shop in Lincoln, but I regret that I did not buy it. This is a once-in-a-lifetime find and I merely took a few photos, laughed about it and skipped merrily on my way.

Just look at it.

Gramma is up to no good.

This view leaves a lot to the imagination.

- Pyle Driver?
- Swirly?
- Helping someone with a handstand or cartwheel?

Grandmotherly Pat Down
Hmm. It appears that Grandma is massaging the taint of a small boy. I want to believe she's sewing up a tear....but no one has their clothes sewn, by an antique sewing machine, while wearing them. Especially if it's in the Frank-n-Bean region, accessed from the South.

No way.

I should have bought this! What was I thinking!!?!

Yep. She is definitely doing that.

I should've bought that humdinger. Dang!

What IN THEE world do you think it means!? I've never seen anything like it!

Listening to: Ty Segall - Booksmarts

18 May 2012

So two things happened this week

I finished the main part of the broken-hearted robot's dress.

#robot #mosaic #progress

More importantly, I found out Jodi's Booty can do this:

Man oh man, Rock n' Roll Armageddon is FUN!
I am one lucky girl to have fallen into this gig.

Listening to: WQNA - Boot Party

15 May 2012

RnR :: Various Booties

for Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Waiting for Eggs  
Noodles conducted the show on-air and unsupervised for 15 minutes!
This improved her self-confidence.

--- Noodles - 18 May 2012 --------------------------------

Attn: Boys and Girls! Rock N Roll Armageddon starts in 20! Tune in WQNA 88.3

5-15-12 pray wrist

1. New Bomb Turks - Tattooed Apathetic Boys
2. Los Idiotas - dejame en paz
3. The Gories - Goin' to the River
4. The Soda Pop Kids - Put on Your Tight Pants
5. The Drags - Allergic Reaction
6. The Hunches - Static Disaster
7. Esquerita - Crazy, Crazy Feeling
8. King Louie One Man Band - Beat Up By a Girl
9. Magnetix - Vega 2000
10. Chuck Berry - Too Much Monkey Business **
11. Death From Above 1979 - Little Girl
12. Los Saicos - Camiza De Fuerza
13. Functional Blackouts - Tick Tick Tick Tick Boom

12 May 2012

The devil is in the details

The gray smalti that's been added to the robot mosaic over the last two days...that was 8 hours of work between Thursday and Friday nights.

#mosaic #progress

This piece measures 24" x 24" and so far I've used turquoise, hematite, shell, body jewelry, bicycle chain, bolts and smalti.
You can kind of see where I'm going with this.

Listening to: Oblivians - Sunday You Need Love

10 May 2012

It already doesn't look like this anymore

I can't wait to see how her dress looks in the sun tomorrow.

08 May 2012

RnR :: Move Over Janis Joplin! Here's.....Springfield Shakey!!!!!

for Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Just like every Tuesday before, Noodles arrived about 30 minutes ahead of time. Typically, Eggs shows up within the next fifteen minutes. This week, however, Eggs called Noodles five minutes before the show is about to start to say she'll be fifteen minutes late. Eggs walked Noodles through the set-up and BLAMMO!!! Noodles ran the show ON AIR and SOLO for her very first time!...for FORTY MINUTES. Boy, am I glad to get THAT experience out of the way!

Eggs refuses to admit her whereabouts during those forty minutes. I suspect painful flatulence had something to do with it.

I love lamp.
------ Noodles -- 18 May 2012 ----------------------------------------


1. Davila 666 - Noche De Terror
2. Oblivians - Blew My Cool
3. Gentleman Jesse And His Men - Stubborn Ghost
4. The Gories - Goin' to the River

What I did from 3-5pm on Monday

The worst thing about being broke and unable to afford health insurance is missing out on routine, preventative exams. It has been a few years since my last annual well-woman visit and that sort of thing freaks me out. Of the fifteen or sixteen annual check ups I've had, only one test result has been abnormal. I was 14 and had been sent to see a gynecologist by a hematologist (long story), I was not yet sexually active, my results came back with precancerous cells, I had cryosurgery and I've never had an abnormal test result since.

But the last few months I have been thinking about how important it is to get regular exams and I mentioned this to a friend who recently visited the Sangamon County Department of Public Health, had a great experience and she encouraged me to go. Their services are offered on a sliding scale based on income. The quality of treatment I received was better than most of the insurance-covered experiences I've had. The wait time was virtually non-existent, even in the exam room, they were patient and thorough, explained everything clearly, gave me options and I would highly recommend them to any woman in need of her annual exam.

So I was very excited to get a pelvic exam and Pap Smear. I never thought I'd say that because that whole experience is uncomfortable - unless you like laying on a table, spread eagle with your feet in stir-ups while someone cranks open your vag, peers in there with a light, does several uncomfortable scrapings (to be sent away and microscopically examined) and lastly pokes around in there with his or her fingers for good measure.

It's awkward.

Somehow I managed to feel more awkward after that whole scene went down. 

I thought that it'd be a good idea to get the STD screenings, too. The guy didn't tell me not to, but he said that based on my consultation and exam I didn't really need every single test available. I expressed my concerns and reasoning for why I'd rather be safe than sorry and I thought I did a great job of convincing him that I should be tested for everything, man.

Then he side-eyed me for a second, gave me a puzzled look and said, "But you can't give yourself an STD." I returned his puzzled look with a puzzled look of my own. He went on to explain, "Based on your sexual history.... I mean, I understand that you had A sexual partner - a while ago - and it's never a bad idea to get a routine screening, but ummm... you can't get an STD from yourself, even if you use a toy."

Point taken. 

I brought my own cheese into the gas station.


Some dude and I walked in at the same time and because there wasn't a wait and they had the registration, exam and payment systems down to a science, The Dude and I ended up on the exact same schedule. We each got our paperwork, filled it out and turned it in. We were called in for our consultation and exam. We ended up back in the waiting room together and then called back for our exam results. And then we ended up leaving at the exact same time. As we're walking toward the door I said to him, "It seems like we're in a race." He replied, "It looks like we're tied."

I don't know what came over me because I am in no way shape or form competitive; I immediately give up if I find myself in a competitive situation.  But I took off running for the door, opened it and exclaimed "HA! I BEAT YOU!"

We laughed about it for a minute and then he says, "I've never done this at an STD clinic before......."
[I'm thinking: I thought this was a PAP SMEAR clinic!?] 
He finished, "........but would you like to exchange eMail addresses?"

So, yeah.... that's what I did from 3 - 5pm on Monday.

Listening to: The Gories Radio on Last.fm

02 May 2012

Divide by 11

Today is the last day you can take my age, divide by 11 and get three. As of tomorrow, to get a whole number even close to three, you'll have to divide my age by 17. Who wants to go to all that trouble to end up with a lousy two?

All that I know now is partial and incomplete.

Listening to: The Compulsive Gamblers - The Way I Feel About You

01 May 2012

RnR :: Moodiness, Mayhem, and Destructive Vaginas. It's Complicated.

Playlist for
Rock N Roll Armageddon on Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Something was going on with Eggs this day. I wouldn't have remembered, except weeks later I noticed her bolding was structured, where only the numbered list is in bold, but the songs and titles are plain text. Typically, Eggs likes to bold/unbold in a completely randumb pattern. 

On this day she was acting off-kilter, ya know, having an off-day. On top of that, it was my first time sitting at the controls....which I learned nothing, but it was good practice for the next two weeks where I had to do the first part of the show by myself. YIKES! Also, PHEW! - got that experience out of the way!! 

BuTT AnYwAy.... most days she's on target and bolds in a haphazard manner. 
But on her off-kilter day, she bolded in a structured and orderly fashion....

Where's Freud when we need him?

----- Noodles -- 18 May 2012 ----------------------------------------------

Rock*N*Roll Armageddon

Playlist for
Rock N Roll Armageddon on Tuesday, May 1, 2012

1. The Dwarves - I'm a Living Sickness
2. Eagles of Death Metal - Flames Go Higher


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