Monday, November 10, 2008

My Top Artists of the Week (Nov 2 - Nov 9)

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Oh man, it's Monday! The past week was kind of a whirl with the election and how busy I was at work - and then just trying to relax it all away this weekend. Last week started out pretty anxious, so I think I tried to keep it mellow with some Cardinals and Death Cab. On November 5th, I started blasting No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom for the rest of the week - because it's one of my all-time favourites and there's nothing like Gwen's singing and some horns to keep me smiling along with my mood. Definitely "End it On This," "Different People," and "Sunday Morning" were repeated last week.

And this week? Well, I'm only three or four songs in on the new Butch Walker record, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to love it as I was already smiling to the lyrics while I walked into work this morning. It also comes highly recommended by two of my besties, Gaby and Erica, whose opinion I trust on most things musical (um, Dragonette!). Anyways, the album, called Sycamore Meadows, officially comes out tomorrow - buy it for good tunes. I'm not going to lie, there was already a song that reminded me of Butch's previous band Marvelous3 (Cigarette Lighter Love Song, anyone?!?!)



On Friday night, our apartment had an official PARTINI GAME NIGHT. Many of our friends came over, and we had a lot of fun in our competitive exploits. There was a lot of screaming, laughing, groaning, and humming. It was fantastic.

On Saturday, we awoke to a dreary rainy day - perfect for curling up on the couch! Jesse had made reservations for a little date night at a great steakhouse in Manhattan called Ruth's Chris. It was, legitimately, the best steak I've ever had. I ordered a filet and it was perfect. PERFECT. I also did something I've always wanted to do, which was order the wine recommended with the steak. And, again, delicious! Jesse also enjoyed his ribeye. I think I probably ate most of my meal wide-eyed and in surprise of how incredible it was. Seriously.

We ordered some coffee after the meal, and I was sipping slowly (must take it all in, of course) until Jesse said, "would you want to see Joel McHale tonight?" My eyes flew up: "What...are you talking about??" And Jesse had gotten us tickets to see The Soup host do stand-up at Town Hall. It was about 715, and he goes, "We have tickets for 730..." Cue the squeal. We got up and headed a few blocks down to the venue, and settled in for the hilarity. It was a great surprise - Jesse is really good at surprising me, and really good at what he surprises me with! Joel McHale was, at one time, the only other man up for the "husband" role in my life. Yes, he has a wife and two kids, but this is beside the point: Jesse has decided to take on this particular challenge.

After the show, we headed to Justin, Ali, Tyler and Jim's place for Justin's 25th birthday party! It was a lot of fun, and devolved into games again, as it apparently always does when we're around. We played some epic games of Uno, and taught some people how to play Rummy.

On Sunday, we got ourselves out of bed and headed to a bar to see the Patriots v Bills game, which we won. Yay! The rest of Sunday I spent doing errands, cleaning up a bit, napping and reading. And today is Monday, in the second week of November, and I can't believe it!


  1. what a great surprise! your date night sounds perfect :)

  2. Um definitely the best surprise!! I love Joel McHale! But really who doesn't?

  3. i still find it somewhat odd to read "jesse also enjoyed his ribeye."

    i'll get over it eventually...

  4. ok this is seriously amazing jessica. you have a great man!

    Antranig and I watch the soup every weekend! I dvr it for us and we enjoy it late friday night or saturday morning while having breakfast!

    yay for love!!

  5. "Tragic Kingdom" is one of my all-time favourite albums too.

  6. LOL at your "goof that smiles" tag.

    I am never sans iPod as I walk around campus, and quite frequently, I crack a smile. How can I not smile when MCS or The Format comes on the shuffle? And if it's Mitch Hedberg, boy I'm in trouble.

  7. I love Joel! That must of been a great show. That was very sweet of Jesse.

    And yea Pats!

  8. rialeilani - oh, it was! :)

    kristen - how could anyone NOT love that man?!

    erin - haha! i know! it was strange last year, this year it's just old hat ;)

    sabrina - we DVR it friday nights, too! so, so great. it's a good dude who laughs to the Soup with you.

    paula - so many anthems!!

    jessica - for reals! i am always smiling! i always smile at that part in the format's "dog problems" where it comes back from the lull - "C! C is for seeing through you...because! because!" gah, so good.

    ginny - it was awesome. and jesse's pretty sweet on me, ha. :)