32. Happy Lil’

Taken at my mother’s birthday party last weekend, this is my niece Lily, and she is adorable.

2013-11-24 Mom's Birthday-00872013-11-24 Mom's Birthday-0048Today’s song is Kissing Families by The Silversun Pickups. The name of the song might be misleading, it’s not really a lovey-family song. I just picked it because I can’t get it out of my head today.


30. Popovers

Popovers are synonymous with Thanksgiving for me. Growing up, my grandfather would make popovers from scratch every year, once a year, for just this day. I was a notoriously picky eater as a child and most stuff that’s served on Thanksgiving wasn’t even up for debate, I knew that I wanted nothing to do with that jello mold without having to try it. I don’t think I’ve ever actually tried it. Sorry Mom.

Popovers were the one thing I got excited for. They’re like a mini breakfast in a warm buttery roll.

Now that my grandfather has passed, I have taken up the torch as family popover baker. I use his recipe and for many years I was using his popover pan. I like to think I’ve gotten pretty good at it too.

2013-11-28 Thanksgiving-00042013-11-28 Thanksgiving-0009Tonight’s song is 23 by Jimmy Eat World, because it just feels right. I wanted to write something about hearing this song when I was still 23 and how much I identified with the feeling of the song… and then I read the YouTube comments and it’s all right there. It’s amazing how many people feel the same way.

To me, it was like this great motivational tool for letting go of my childhood and embracing the uncertainty of adulthood. That was a scary prospect for me back when I was 23. I’ve always admired people who knew exactly what they wanted to do in life and just went for it without hesitation, but I knew that wasn’t me. I didn’t know which direction I was supposed to be taking so I just stopped moving in any direction for a period of time. I had a lot of long, boring nights spent transitioning between obsessively worrying about my future and trying to ignore my obsession with worrying about my future. This was one of the songs that I listened to over and over while driving aimlessly around town to pass time.

I like to think that it was songs like this one that subconsciously motivated me to make the decision of becoming a professional artist. That’s another story for another time. I didn’t even plan to write this… Oh blog, you got me again.