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Jan. 24th, 2011 10:35 am
amandahpinney: (Default)
this is a comment i got on an old LJ post...i'm sure it's a fake-o hacky thing, but i thought it was kind of funny:

Subject: the book of all flesh
I dont truly be acquainted with what you talking about fair here. This cant be the only personality to about about this can it? It appears like you understand a lot, so why not enquire into it more? Exhort it more reachable to all and sundry else who might not correspond with you? Youd insinuate a lot more individuals behind this should you just stopped making normal statements.

why...thank you.
amandahpinney: (green wing - mac and caroline)
I actually went looking for memes everywhere because i'm bored. and by "everywhere" i mean on teija's page.
50 Questions )
amandahpinney: (felicity - little room)
it's been a long day. not in the sense where you walk in the door, throw all your stuff down and sigh and say "man, it's been a long day," but in the sense where you're not saying that, not at home...because you're still at work. it's one of those days that steals even your sense of obligatory professionalism. thankfully, most of my co-workers and superiors don't waste their time with that. at least not with me. which may explain this email i wrote to my boss today

To: Mike E.
Subject: Re: Test Kitchen

Oh also, the guys who said they are building things in the kitchen – the ones you said shouldn’t be building things in the kitchen – said that someone named Steve Little is in charge of this whole building-things-in-the-kitchen operation. I’m waiting for Dan to be finished with whatever he’s doing today to tell him the same thing. I literally have NO idea what’s going on today.


Oh well. There's always Thursday.

In better, though almost-too-far-away, news. I'm going to Argentina this month (wow, it's December already. so much for almost-too-far-away)! for like 9 1/2 days! Adam's parents (one of whom was actually born and raised in Argentina - despite being European herself) are taking us there as a part of some "We're blowing all of the rest of our money to satisfy our bucket list" scheme to get all of their kids (and..me? wow) to Argentina with them once. I am...beyond excited. 20 days til that happens. :)

tonight i'm going to make black bean burgers with corn and mushrooms (and black beans) and korean chili sauce. hopefully that turns out well.

also, if you never have...listen to the song "Mykonos" by Fleet Foxes. it is...enchanting, to say the least.


ALSO UPDATE ON FOOD QUEST: Sublime Doughnuts TOTALLY lives up to its name. You must go to there. Have the strawberries and creme and the reeses cup at least, if not all of them at once.

over the hump, guys.
amandahpinney: (Default)
whoa man. some awkwardly giddy twitter thoughts )

Now that that's out of my system.

Twitter just brings to mind another thing i've been thinking about lately. I think one starts to feel old once they start to feel uninformed, at least about pop-culture. And i think, even with the human life-span getting longer every day, there's a point in the life of a twenty-something like me where you start to feel old. And not because you're not hip - you totally are. It's because pop-culture is too fucking fast now. I read a blog post about something that happened recently and I tell someone and they're like "WOW that was a few days ago." YES. a few DAYS ago, guys. not months, years, decades. DAYS. Back in ancient times (you know, the 80s), stuff stuck around for at least a week, right? Now i see hashtags hanging around for, oh i don't know, 5 minutes before they're old news. Gimme a break, internet! Don't make me feel old! I'm only 26. At least until next month (holy crap). How about happy things.

Thanksgiving is coming up soon. Thank goodness. Too much of the year is spent not being November 20-something-th through December 31st. Give me a break, rest of the year! I love the holidays like crazy. I think my crazy mom got it from her late crazy mom and so on and so on and i will probably pass it on to my kid(s) as well. I hope so. Adam and I are going to get a little electric light-up Christmas tree either next week or the following week and I am already plotting to steal some ornaments from my mom's collection and/or make some. maybe it's just being at work all day, but this stuff makes me mega excited.

Also, everyone is having babies. So, yeah. Congratulations, people having babies. Pin the scarlet "O" (OLD) to my chest. jk. have fun with your babies.
amandahpinney: (Default)
here's an update:

1.I'm working for Calphalon as a "temp" or sometimes i'm referred to as a "contract employee" none of this makes any difference as, either way, i'm making $10/hour. But i like 98% of the people i work with and it's an easy commute, so I can't complain.  We even get to dress up for halloween. What?

2.Currently trying to get my artistic life back on track.  I had lost my way until the end of Korea. So now, with the unfailing support of my awesome boyfriend, i'm reaching back out to the parts of my life that I hadn't really kept up with.

Theatre: i'm in a musical called The Last Five Years at the New London Theatre in Snellville...it's running through next weekend. It's one of my favorite shows ever, so I think it's a good way to introduce myself back into the performing world. I'm also taking improv classes at Dad's Garage Theatre in Inman Park. If you've never been there, you should go there. They're awesome folks.

Visual Art: a few months ago I had the opportunity to put some artwork in a show at The Highlander in midtown called Skywalk With Me. it was a Star Wars inspired art show it was awesome. A rollergirl bought this peice ) which was really exciting.

Then we got a chance to paint a Creative Loafing box for the tie-in with the Dali Exhibit, which turned out pretty good if you ask me. )

"So I've got that going for me." - Carl Spackler.

Photography: This one is sort of come-and-go, but I really enjoy it so much. Lately the only things i've done are taking some headshots for a friend of mine and taking pictures of a friend's graphic design for her website. But I have this portfolio that i'm working on, and I don't think it's half bad.

3. Living in town is the best. I think it's one of the main reasons I've been getting so re-involved in things. Until this past July, I hadn't lived in downtown Atlanta since I was 19. So it was a welcome homecoming that i had been waiting for...for a long time. I must take advantage of all of the things our awesome city has to offer. one of which is

4. Food. I've become more of a foodie than I ever was. Within a budget, i seriously want to try every single restuarant in Atlanta that looks even remotely interesting. My favorite of recent? Hankook Taqueria. It's Korean. It's tacos. It's Korean Tacos. and it's brilliant and wonderful. go there.

Apparently this entire post is about plugging things. plugging myself, plugging restaurants and theatres. But really...i think it should read more as an expression of how amazingly happy I am to be back in this city. There is something magical about Atlanta.

So who's up for some exploring? I think Sublime Doughnuts is next on my list. ehh?? let's go!

ding ding!

Oct. 18th, 2010 10:06 am
amandahpinney: (singin in the rain - happily ever after)
dustdust, coughcough...nice to see you again, lj.  oh and i completely forgot how to format.  how nice.

here's a meme i stole from whisperwords )
amandahpinney: (felicity - little room)
i know.

so here's the skinny. I have a job taking pictures of peoples' pets on the weekends. it's a little boring at times (i know, surprisingly, people don't need professional pictures of their dogs), but it's work, and I know a lot of the country is suffering right now (not to mention, you know, the world), so I'm not going to complain about having a job that's less than way-exciting.

Adam and I are gearing up to get the heck on and get a place in the next couple of months. He's working extra hard right now to finish a huge animation project he's doing for a play that's opening in Louisville in March. After that, we should be on a roll. Look out, Atlanta! We're definitely looking forward to all of that.

That's it really. No, really. That's about it. I'm really happy, pretty busy, and more and more convinced that I'm getting better at taking care of things and being a responsible adult. Baby steps.

My Friends: I miss you. I know we're all busy (you guys, definitely, because you have better reasons like school and stuff), and I know I haven't been the most available friend (especially now that my weekends are during the week and viceyvoicy) but I love you guys and I really, really miss you. So, having said that, let's hang some time please. I know i've missed a couple of key opportunities, *wristslap*, but...yeah. :/?

I leave you with this:
I like the new Spoon album.
I don't care about the Super Bowl this year at all. Even less than most years.
I'm going to have a new niece in about 10 hours. Ariella Marie. excited!! :)

talk to you all soon, hopefully.
amandahpinney: (Alias - Will smile!!)
I'm back. Finally. For a long while.
I missed you, Home.

Love,
Amanda
amandahpinney: (singin in the rain - happily ever after)

365 in Korea - 7/6 - Woman
Originally uploaded by senzatema.
not that i haven't always been pretty crazy about taking pictures - i think my friends in pretty much every corner of my life can attest to that - but recently, it's become something of an obsession.

I was approached by an aquaintance of mine here in Pohang, and he asked if I knew anyone who was looking to buy a used Nikon D40. It was like a reflex. I just agreed, gave him the money a few days later, and bought a new lens a few days after that. I've never enjoyed taking pictures so much. It's been so much fun to play around with. Just figuring out all the little details.

The other day I sent off for yet another lens, one that would make it easier to take clear pictures in lower light, capturing the expressions on peoples' faces. I'm so excited to get it when I arrive home in a couple weeks. Sure, most of my friends will be annoyed with me for constantly taking pictures of them, but it will have been 6 months and they'll get over it. :)

This picture is my new favorite. This woman was sitting next to me under a tree at one of the temples near the city. I kept craning around to try to get a good focused shot of her, and she never even moved her head, so it worked out really well. I love her face...I think it shows so much experience and even strength, even though I don't know her at all.

Anyway, I just wanted to share it.

17 Days :)
amandahpinney: (monty python - MOL - ooh you are so big)
Less than four weeks to go. If I may,

Oh Atlanta...hear me callin'...I'm comin back to youuuuu one fine day...heeey no need to worry, there ain't no hurry, 'cause I'm.....on my way back to Georgia!

There are no words for how that song has kept me going over the last year and a half...and the entire time I was in England. Almost every time I walk into Mindy's Bar in Pohang (which, admittedly, is very seldom now), she puts that song on. And finally I'm done with my June calendar. Yes, I realize it's still June for another day and a couple hours. But...it's July to me now!

Things that come with July:

1. July 4th. That's this Saturday. I'm looking forward to setting off fireworks at Bukbu Beach for the last time.

2. References to a Decemberists song that i really like.

3. another going away party.

4. one last performance at Live Story.

5. AP. AP. AP. :)

6. My Atlanta life back.


I'm sure there's a lot else that will happen in the next few weeks, but for now...these are the things that make my days go by happily. These are the things I look at on my July Calendar.

Oh. Music:

1. Dragonslayer - Sunset Rubdown (i'm disgustingly addicted to this album right now. especially "You Go On Ahead" and "Black Swan")
2. Dark Night of the Soul - Sparklehorse and Dangermouse. Good good good compilation/guest artist stuff here.
3. Still pretty much anything Jenny Lewis has ever sung.


Adam just finished a trailer for a show at Dad's Garage Theater that's going up in a couple weeks, and I love it. A lot. submitted for your approval....

Fingertips from Adam Pinney on Vimeo.




Plans for this week:

1. Taco Night (what?! yes.) at Whistler Bar tomorrow night with the ladies.
2. Art Night (there are nights here.) at Ben's on Wednesday.
3. things and stuff
4. July 4th! (Fire!)


DEAR UCOG: if you still read me...
let's get sushi when i get home.
i miss you guys a lot. :(

beep

Jun. 11th, 2009 05:04 pm
amandahpinney: (christmas story - ralphie wink)
I've got a month and a half left here in Korea and I'm beginning to understand how senioritis works, even outside of high school. I don't want to sound like a debbie-downer, but I keep finding all these things to complain about. I'm not going to go into all of that here, but just be aware that I am, in fact, complaining a lot more often these days. Which is silly, really, because I'm only getting closer and closer to where I want to be. What's to complain about? Oh yeah.

1. Old Korean Men. Especially the ones in my neighborhood. [PFFT]
2. The drummer in our band is leaving. His school closed and he's leaving next week. So no more full band. [PFFFFT]
3. My school is awkward and tense because kids keep leaving and my boss knows i'm leaving soon. [PPpfff...t? i guess that's kind of my fault]
4. My private lesson (that I taught illegally for cash - gasp!) dumped me last week. [PFFFFFT!!]

That's all really. And a couple of those things don't even really bother me that much. But it's on my mind quite a bit. Especially at work (where I am, right now, diligently working).

Also people keep asking me what my plan is for when i get home. It's a fair question, I guess. I'm leaving a paying job and flying back to Atlanta with a couple thousand dollars (hopefully) and no real occupational prospects. I keep saying "I'll figure it out," and I mean that sincerely. I just sort of have to hit the ground running when I get back. Here's my tentative plan.

1. get home.
2. lovin. (for real)
3. see friends/fam and stuff
4. get situated at dad's (sort of. very temporary.).
5. get a "real" job.
6. get a place to live that doesn't already belong to someone else.

Sounds pretty reasonable, huh?
I think so.

Of course I end up spending most of the time thinking about this guy who is pretty amazing....Look what he can do! <3
amandahpinney: (AD - michael - cornballer!)
Janna's gone. My world is sadder, but I will see her in a little while. Not that I'm counting cough51dayscough or anything. Let's just say I like it here, but the end of July can not come fast enough.

Lately, thanks to the giant gorgeous nerd that I talk to every day, I've been reading more blogs and trying to keep up with things on the internet more. I never thought it would be so exhausting. I'm currently addicted to videogum and stereogum...which are pretty much the same. If you have a strong love-hate relationship with Gossip Girl, like me, then you'll be pretty entertained.

Keeping up with new music coming out is another story altogether. I'm getting better at being on top of things, but man. It all comes out so fast! and it's all so good! I guess not all of it...but too much of it to keep up with. Here's what I've been introduced to lately:

Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest (awesome)
White Rabbits, It's Frightening (also really good, reminds me of Spoon kind of)
Passion Pit, Manners (nopantsdanceparty!)
Spoon, Kill the Moonlight (i've been listening to Gimme Fiction (2005) for a couple years but i just started listening to this one (from 2002) and I might - might - like it a little more)

Anyway, I have a couple friends who are way hipper than me. ok, I have dozens of friends who are hipper than me, but these couple are specifically cool as balls because they pay attention to this music when it comes out and screen it for me. they have the patience to do what makes my brain explode, thereby providing me with a more filtered rec list. I am eternally grateful to these people.

Same goes with movies really. I don't have a very refined movie palette. I'm still willing to see just about any garbage movie at the theatre as long as it doesn't involve monsters... or killer robots or alien attacks or anything you might find in Cabin Fever. I took one film history class in college and made it through the 1930s before i started only coming to class to barely-pass tests. needless to say, i missed a lot of the good stuff. that's ok. that's what a dozen hipster friends and a film-nerd-boyfriend is for, right? :)

speaking of watching just about any movie, I watched Baby Mama with Janna on tuesday night (because I love Tina Fey and babies?) and it was pretty cute. I'm not going to give it the Awesome Award or anything, but it was a good laugh and Amy Poehler has awesome fuckin hair.

got a show in Daegu with the band next weekend. we're cheesin' this shit up, big time.
anyone in Daegu next weekend? head to The Commune (like you weren't going to be there anyway) and see us bang on stuff until music comes out.
amandahpinney: (AD - banana stand)
So Janna's leaving tomorrow and I'm sad. That's all there is to it. I know i'll be home soon, but her having come and gone is making me really impatient. 53 days and I'll be headed back to Atlanta. Less than two months. I don't like to "wish away my time," as my mother would say, but sometimes it's hard not to.

On a brighter note, we went to Pusan last weekend and it was mega-cool. Had some tacos, some Indian food, and saw a modern art museum. I haven't been to a proper museum in years...and that's including the High. Janna and I decided that we should really take advantage of the High more often, actually. There is no good reason not to see all the stuff that comes through there.

Blerg:

Ok, yeah. I read like 4/7 of the Twilight "saga." I even went to see the first movie by myself at the theatre. I can appreciate it's appeal to very sensitive teenagers because I, myself, used to be a very sensitive teenager. I'm just glad these sorts of things weren't around when I was a teenager, because I probably would have turned out to be a horrible, humanoid version of this trailer.

That might be worse than how Teija told me books end. Might be.

So, yeah, other than Twilight being retardedly terrible and my best friend leaving, things are pretty awesome. The weather has been awesome, I've been eating healthier, the job is pretty easy, I feel super loved (and, really, there's not a whole lot better than that), and I'm going home soon! yaaaay :)

Happy Birthday, Adam!
amandahpinney: (studio 60 - matt - pink)
1. eat a Kraze (pronounced "Crazy", not "Craze", incidentally) Burger at the airport. Because your friends who are just arriving in Korea from America are dying for stereotypical American cuisine.

2. get on a subway trainn in Seoul without her by accident, leaving her alone at Gangbyeon for 10 minutes while you backtrack.

3. spend the remainder of the next day pulling her into and out of subway trains to avoid a repeat of #2.

4. visit an ancient Korean Palace in the middle of the city. Take a lot of pictures of the ceiling.

5. go to Hongik for lunch at Dos Tacos. achieve spiritual enlightenment.

6. show up at the bust terminal at 8pm only to be told the next bus doesn't leave until 11:30.

7. introduce friend to Korean food by way of Gimbap Chunguk chain restaurant near the terminal.

8. get on a bus for 4.5 hours. now she's really impressed!

9. arrive at your apartment in Pohang at 4am and treat friend's extreme jet-lagged disorientation to a good night's/morning's sleep.

10. wake up to sunlight in your face at 7am. facepalm.


we're having a good time though! last night was the show at Live Story, which i think went really well. I'm thinking it's because she was there.

today we're probably going to hit the beach and maybe watch Star Trek (i've heard good things). also, i think some Haejang Guk is definitely in order.

yes ma'am.
amandahpinney: (Default)
my life-long friend, Janna, arrived in Korea on Saturday night. I am so beside myself to finally share this experience with her. I know this sounds really corny. It's ok. Ever since I was 7, I've shared every place I live with her in some way, even if she just stepped inside it a few times. Now, for the next 2 1/2 weeks, I get to share Pohang with her. I'm so stoked.

Yeah we have all these fun plans. Tomorrow is a BBQ on my friends roof, for instance. Tonight, however, we will be eating chocolate pizza (an experiment both in trust and appetite) and watching 30 Rock (because I am convinced that Janna IS Liz Lemon...and it's a pretty funny show).

This weekend, there will be a Live Story show with the band and myself, plus a possible trip to see some runes or some such nonsense in Gyeoungju. Or maybe we'll go to the beach. I don't care if we sit and eat Ramen on my bed...Janna's here!! :) :)
amandahpinney: (felicity - little room)
It's been an interestingly long week. We had the day off on Tuesday, but, for some reason, that just made it feel like monday and tuesday were a whole week and then wednesday through friday was a whole week. it went by quickly, but it felt sooo looonnggg.

I'm getting really tired of getting up in the morning and going to the other school for an hour. It's way easier now that i have the scooter (oh yeah, I bought Stone's scooter when he left. freeedoomm!), but it's still such a pain in the ass to go in and sit in that tiny little room and scream at this tv screen. It's a cyber school, which sounds really cool, but you never realize how much of teaching is hands-on until you try to teach a class via fancy-webcam. just a headache. anyway my "contract" there ends in about a month. i'm glad.

Went to visit my friend Chris in the hospital today. he broke his ankle playing soccer the other night and he's going to have to have surgery so he's stuck at St. Mary's for 3 weeks. Count your blessings, folks. Being in korea is annoying enough sometimes without being in a Korean hospital.

can anyone tell i'm looking forward to coming home? i seem to be complaining about everything lately. It's really not bad, obviously. i have a job, i live near the beach, i have great friends...I just want to get back to Atlanta. badly.

77 days :)

songs I'm listening to a lot right now:

1. "Capturing Moods" - Rilo Kily, The Execution of All Things
2. "Die Die Die" - The Avett Brothers, Emotionalism
3. "Electric Feel" - MGMT, Oracular Spectacular
4. "Daniel" - Bat for Lashes

also, Adam made this for Dad's Garage Theatre in Atlanta:

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...which i think is friggin amazing. :)
amandahpinney: (Default)
So I thought i'd share it with you. :) Had a pretty good day. It was sunny, the kids at school were good, and I bought ice cream for my private lesson girls, so they were really happy with me. That's another great thing about spring and summer...no one feels silly eating ice cream. I'll tell you what, Janna's going to be here in 23 days, and we're going to eat some damn ice cream. And everything else we can find. hahaha

Today is the anniversary of the death of my grandmother who I never knew. I don't mean to be morbid. I only mention it because I always think about her on April 23rd because I've always been curious about her. I think something about her being my mother's mother makes it even more fascinating to me. I've never felt like I had much in common with my father's mother, but because I've become like my mother in so many ways, over the years, I always wonder what it would have been like to know her mom. Anyway, it's just on my mind.


your ship may be comin' in
you're weak but not givin' in
to the cries and the wails of the valley below
and your ship may be comin' in
you're weak but not givin in
and you'll fight it, you'll go out fightin' all of 'em

howdy.

Apr. 22nd, 2009 11:19 pm
amandahpinney: (monty python - FC - alter saddle)
So here's the dirt:

1. in the words of the great Rilo Kiley, "someone come quickly, this place was built for moving out." I'm leaving good ol' Korea in 3 months from this saturday to come back to Atlanta...indefinitely. Pohang is tired and bigger, better (awesome!er) things are calling me back.

2. other than the planning to leave early, things here are pretty much as they ever were. I work all week, i play all weekend, then i start the process all over again. wash, rinse, repeat. Spring is here, finally, so we've been going to the beach more often.

3. I've also been playing music a lot lately with Jason, Dana, and Rob (guitarist, drummer, and bassist, respectively). There is something really amazing about being up there and having so much sound come out at once. I know it sounds silly, but i've never played in a 'band' before, and it makes so much difference to have all those elements at once.

4. Speaking of music, I've been doing a little writing/recording myself. I'm hoping to get more in depth with it once i have better equipment, but for now this is what i've got: www.virb.com/ahmusicah.


Movies I have seen recently:

1. Rachel Getting Married ~ awesome.
2. From Dusk till Dawn ~ saw the last half on T.V., then went back online and watched the whole thing. I can't believe i've never seen this movie before.
3. Speed 2 ~ I only mention it because i think it's probably the worst movie i've ever seen. ever. It was on TV also.
4. Blood Car ~ fucking hilarious. :)
5. Annie Hall ~ brilliant.

Music I have been listening to:

1. Merriweather Post Pavilion - Animal Collective
2. The Execution of All Things - Rilo Kiley
3. It's Blitz - Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Books:

1. The Long Walk - Stephen King
2. I'm currently wading through Where I'm Calling From, a collection of Raymond Carver short stories that Adam got me for my birthday. really, really good stuff.


that's that, for now. counting down the days until i get back to Atlanta. making shit work here until then. here's a picture of a cowboy riding a giraffe.

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