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Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Time:5:40 pm.
Mood: crazy.
I live in London again! Serious ants in these pants. However, I am lusting after LA and sunnnnnnnshine. So...after my HUSBAND (eep!) and I FINALLY buy a house (had an offer accepted on a gooooorgeous little Victorian thing last week, but had to drop the sale because of my precarious and shitty work situation...BOOOO), we will live there for a bit and then rent it out and float off to the land of surf and sun, and then come back and then maybe hop off to Paris or NYC. By then he'll have collectors banging down his door and gallery representation on every continent. I can't wait!
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Friday, September 18th, 2009

Time:12:55 am.
i live in paris now. it's rad.
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Sunday, September 14th, 2008

Subject:Quick update
Time:3:00 am.
I live in Finland now, yo. Getting my MA, possibly my Doctorate at an art & design school. Taking half my classes at art school and half at the music conservatory (and one at the business school). Finland is pretty rad. Good times.
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Monday, May 26th, 2008

Time:12:00 pm.
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Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Time:8:08 pm.
Mentally, right now I feel like absolute fucking rubbish.

Life sucks and yaddi yaddi yaddi.

I also feel the urge to start blogging again, but I think I've outgrown Livejournal, so I'm moving to WordPress and starting fresh.

Sigh. I could just fucking die. Or cry. Or both. But instead I'm going to put on some mascara and meet my friend Tim at the bar.

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Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Subject:Busy Bee
Time:2:14 pm.
I am ok. I've been hitting the gym like mad and not getting tons of
sleep. I am a bit addicted. But I have a free membership with my
work, and it is amazing. There is a pool, spinning, yoga, pilates, I
have a personal trainer, I am starting boxing training and get to
punch things, there is a rad sauna and steam room...etc etc. And it's
in Westport, so it's all really fancy pants and nice. Consequently, I
am getting ill. My boss came in this morning with a big thing of tea
from Starbucks to make my throat feel better, because she is the shit.
I love her. This weekend is for recuperating. It's the first
weekend in a while that I have nothing planned, and my DVD arsenal is
well stocked. I rented a bunch of French films from the 60's (best
genre ever) including my favorite film of all time, Godard's "Le
Mepris". Plus, I'm house sitting for our upstairs neighbor, so I've
got some privacy and space for once.

I am starting drum lessons next week, and am starting fencing lessons
in March. I have been learning French in the car from a course on CD
that I asked for for Christmas, and it's going well. I tried to start
Russian, but two languages at once was getting kind of confusing, so
that's for later. My neighbor is going to start learning Polish, and
my best friend back in London is Polish, so we are going to try to
learn that together. Languages are fun.

I'm also joining an orchestra again because I really miss playing the viola.

My sister and I are practicing to perform at a local open mic
night...me on guitar and backing vocals, her on lead vocals.

Ummm...what else? I got a car awarded to me by a charity. That's
pretty cool. It's a 1990 Toyota Tercel. I have to pick it up this
week. I also got my first speeding ticket ever the other night. I
was going 70 in a 40 in my neighbor's BMW X5 that I've been borrowing
for the last few months. I have to go to court on the 29th. I'm
nervous! It was 1AM and I really wanted to get home. Bad.

Hoping to go to Coachella, but I'm not sure I want to (or can afford
to) drop a grand on it. Been trying to get Sony UK to get me a pass
to write some editorial and take pictures for them, but that's looking

In the middle of 6 applications to grad schools in Europe. STRESSFUL!
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Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Time:8:04 pm.
Erm...I don't really use this anymore. Seems none of my friends do, either. Which is good I guess. The only people that seem to still update are Nadja and Courtney. Well, anyway, my life has been weird. I got kicked out of the UK in October and was stuck in Paris for 3 weeks, then went to Dublin to try and sneak in that way, but was told I would be thrown in prison if they caught me near the ports, so after a few weeks there I decided to fly back to Connecticut instead and figure it out here. I haven't. Everything I own is sitting in my flat in London. It's been almost 3 months now. I borrowed a shit-ton of money from a rich dude in London, I'm fooling around with a married guy who I'm kind of in love with too, fucking random dudes, doing drugs and living on my mom's couch and working full time at a homeless shelter. I have no morals. I am trying to read, trying to learn the drums better. I air drum in the car a lot. My friend sent me a Dredge CD and I airdrum to track 2. I spend the weekends getting into trouble in NYC. I have a free gym membership. I have no friends. I have no money so I'm getting a car donated to me through this organization for poor people that I found out about through the homeless shelter I work at. In the meantime, I'm borrowing my neighbor's extra BMW. It's cold outside and I miss London and life is really weird right now. My birthday is in two weeks. The only thing I want is a ticket back home. London.
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Thursday, July 19th, 2007

Time:1:21 pm.
Mmmm...so I'm not covering the festivals anymore. Becki kicked me off the project. She's got issues she needs to deal with. It's unfortunate, and sucks and all that, but nothing I can do.

I went to Jon's last night for a nice BBQ. It was lovely.

I didn't get the job on the production team at MTV2. That sucked.
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Saturday, July 7th, 2007

Time:11:55 am.
Hello there! Here's an update:

Still living in London. Still broke (more than ever...like to the point where I can't buy food). My rent is 2 weeks late. Got a job at a music label. Got chucked out after a few months. Kit broke up with me in the most horrible 2 month long breakup I've ever been through (that's saying a lot). Hate boys. Had a mental breakdown. Stayed in the hospital for a while. Got chucked out of the band. Am looking for a new band. Started dating my old label's promo manager. Started dating the stage manager at Barfly. My lease is up at the end of the month and I have nowhere to go. Thinking about squatting this house in Camden. Have a job interview on Monday. Submitted my resume to work on set at a porn company. Went to Koko to see Shy Child last night. Someone threw beer onto Pete's keytar and it broke. Am going to see Metallica with American Jon tomorrow because he had an extra ticket. Should be interesting. Seeing Albert Hammond Jr on Wednesday night. Working at a bar near my house in Primrose Hill. Made a friend in Brighton. Might be getting a job at a leasing agency. Me and a friend started a company and have gotten sponsored to cover 7 UK music festivals over the summer, but neither one of us has the money to actually *get* to them. What else? Not much. I was thinking about moving to Melbourne for a bit but the plane ticket is way too expensive.

That's about it.
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Saturday, March 31st, 2007

Time:10:00 pm.
i have to say, wembley arena doesn't seem like an arena at all. kit took me to see my chemical romance last night (snicker if you will but i think they're brilliant and there's obviously something wrong with me because like the last time i saw them, kit and i were the oldest ones there by a good ten years). it was my christmas present, and it was quite a show, with plenty of fireballs, showers of white hot sparks, and confetti covering the entire 12750-strong audience. just the lighting alone was breathtaking, and enough to make me consider a career in lighting design. aesthetically, it was a stunning spectacle unlike anything i've seen before. though i have to say that the arena itself looks and feels more like the storage shed for the trucks and equipment they used to refurbish next door neighbor wembley stadium than a real arena. it felt like an over sized tin shack.

i guess cell phones are the new lighters.

i am also still jobless and really struggling. i need a haircut very badly, but have no money. not that that's the most of my worries, but it would be nice. my hair is in quite a state with it's dark roots and damaged condition. i don't think i want to bleach it anymore. i just want it nautral and healthy. or maybe a nice red. but the blonde is too damaging and i can't be bothered to keep it up like i need to.

today magda and i went for lunch at belgo (we both had mussels and she paid since i'm broke) and then had a lovely walk along the north bank of the thames. it was so beautiful out today! i've been thinking about moving to either hawaii or south africa, but now have been offered a permanent spot in the band. i'm going to play guitar and keyboards on a few songs as well, which will bolster my credibility. we've got a show at dublin castle in camden on the 6th and another in old street at night of the long swords on the 14th, and then i think another in the works for barfly at some point. plus i can't really leave if i'm going to do the photography business with magda, which i think could be a great success.

the whole job thing is really shitting me, as is the living situation. i just want to be stable and have a bit of money and not be completely fucking broke all the time. i also don't want to work like a dog at a job i despise. i'll settle for working hard at a job i dislike even. is that so tough? i really don't understand why it's been so incredibly difficult to find work. i just feel like i'm at a dead end sometimes.

i think tomorrow i'll stay in, because i'm still sick, which is why i'm home on a saturday night and not out at a party with kit and jay. they'll be out until 5AM at least, and i just can't keep up. it's been 11 days since i first got ill, and i went to the doctor and he put me on penicillin so i don't develop pneumonia in my lungs, and i've also got a cyst under my left eye that he said will probably have to be operated on and will most likely leave me with a large scar on my face. how lovely. you can call me scarface.

i think monday i will practice guitar parts and then go to the british museum since i've never been and it's free and i need to get out of the house.
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Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Time:10:26 am.
SXSW was fun, even though I'm pretty sure we played two of our worst shows yet. It was interesting just to be there...what a zoo. I also ran into a few old friends. And now I have the flu and we've got 4 shows this week in NYC. Like, FLU...103 fever, the whole lot. I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to sing tonight.

And I'm going to be on the cover of the new National album, which is pretty weird.
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Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Subject:Buy a tub grippy mat thing.
Time:1:28 pm.
Yesterday I was in the shower, and slipped and fell through the shower curtain, onto the side of the tub, then onto the toilet, then onto the floor. I broke the curtain rod, too. And I think I fractured my elbow. And I have a huge ugly bruise on my ass and one on my calf. It really hurt, but I was really lucky I didn't hit my head or break a bone in half or something. Scary stuff. So I'm going to Homebase today and buying a tub grippy mat thing and a new shower curtain rod.

Then today I got two emails from Michael Page, the BIGGEST recruitment agency in London, saying my skill set isn't what they're looking for, and they can't help me with a job. Fucking A! According to their website, they've got like, 20 THOUSAND job vacancies! And apparently I'm not qualified for any of them. Wow. I sure am glad I'm going to be paying off my college degree until I'm 64, because it has obviously done me a world of good. Kit got his current job through them, and he's been sorting files into piles for the last week. So I'm not qualified to sort files into piles. Apparently. Jezus H. Way to kick dirt on the ol'e self esteeem.

And I'm not even going to start on the booking shit. All I'll say is I hate bookers. They are wankers.

So that's how it's going.
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Friday, February 16th, 2007

Time:3:02 pm.
magda and i had a business meeting tuesday night before artrocker. we went to wetherspoons and bejeezus! i've found my new favorite watering hole. who cares if wetherspoons is likened to starbucks with it's awful chain mentality and cheesy decor...it's fuckin' CHEAP! and i mean cheap. hell, it's cheaper than drinking at home. a huuuuuuuuuuge bottle of newcastle was a pound ninety nine! needless to say, we got pretty smashed. i'd say the meeting was a success! we're going to meet once a week.

also, a bunch of us are going to koko tonight to see the cold war kids and then dance our butts off. it will be fun times!

i think i am going to start a night at catch. they seem pretty game about the idea. i just have to figure out if i want a theme or not. but if i can do a weekly night, i can surely make some money off of that.

i also booked my ticket for the states.

still no job :(
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Sunday, February 11th, 2007

Time:4:37 pm.
hi. i haven't been on here in a long time.

just wanted to say that i'm still alive. and we're playing a gig on march 3rd at barfly in camden with the voxx. the show the week before last was awesome...it was nice to headline and the place was packed and the promoter sent us the most awesome email the next day saying we rocked and please let them know what dates and where we would like to play for next time. some girl actually asked me to sign our poster for her. it was so weird. then the gig on friday was sold out like a week in advance, and there was a photographer from NME there taking pictures of us, and that was weird too. and then there's barfly and then sxsw and the nyc dates in march, and it's all very exciting, really. i've been doing a lot of booking and PR and lots of odd things for the band as well, which is fun.

i am still unemployed since leaving the bar. i'm so glad i left, but i have no money and finding a job is proving to be a huge hurdle. recruitment agencies don't even want to talk to me. it's ridiculous. i have no clue what i'm doing wrong;it's not like i don't have the skills or experience. kit and i went over my CV together and did a really nice cover letter, and he does recruitment for a living, so he knows what he's doing. i think businesses don't want to see that i've worked at a record label, or something. i don't know. anyway, magda and i are thinking about starting a photography business here. my visa is up in april, but i'm on my lease until june, and i plan to stay here after that anyway, so i need to figure this whole thing out. i might apply to get my MBA, because that way I'll automatically qualify for the highly skilled migrant worker scheme, and eventually i'll be able to get my citizenship.

anyway, fun stuff. if only i could get a job, things would be really awesome.
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Sunday, December 10th, 2006

Subject:band photoshoot...
Time:11:31 pm.
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Subject:I like all the girls and all the girls like me.
Time:9:07 pm.

I saw CSS two nights ago. I was standing 3 feet from Jarvis Cocker. CSS were incredible.

I'm going to Africa on Wednesday.

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Thursday, November 9th, 2006

Time:10:15 am.
Yay. I don't work until 3 today so I'm off to Primark to get a coat after I finish writing emails and drinking lychee juce. I went to H&M to get a coat on Monday, but ended up spending 70 pounds at Topshop. Booo. And then I'm going to Lush. And then to the bank. And the post office. Fun times. That's about all the excitement in my life right now. Yee haw!
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Monday, November 6th, 2006

Time:3:02 pm.
So Mom's out, but the doctors say she can't be alone. Her medicine is starting to kick in and it looks like she's going to be ok, though she's esxtremely fragile right now. It's so stressful. I can't afford to fly home, and I feel terrible about it, but it would be $1600 between that and Christmas, so I'm just doing Christmas. Kit and I booked our flights to Morocco, so we'll have a week there at his parents' villa (with a maid!) and then we fly to NYC for New Years and my birthday. I'm really hoping he has a good time in CT/NY. I'm scared he'll get bored or be dissapointed. Hrm. I fly back home to London on Janurary 9th.

We played our first gig last week at Fuck & Roll in Shoreditch and everyone from the bar came. It went really well and was heaps of fun. We've got another show on the 25th. Kit and I worked on our solo stuff last night and wrote/recorded a few songs...they're turning out really well, with sort of a Ravonettes/Kills vibe going on. Uber-cool. We're booking London shows for January and planning a US tour for March.

What else? My beautiful boy came into work last week with the most gorgeous bouquet of white lillies for me, then took me to Soho to the most deelish sushi dinner I've ever experienced. Saturday we rented a really nice car and drove out to Stonehenge and then had dinner in Bath. Then Saturday night we just stayed in even though we were supposed to go to Hannah's leaving do at some bar and then to my old neightbor Thanasis' party in my old warehouse loft building in Hackney. Kit wasn't feeling well, so we stayed in and I took care of him and his sore throat. Last night we went to Victoria Park to see the bonfire and fireworks for Bonfire Night, but we were too late and missed everything. That was sucky.

Today I have work off, because I have a doctor's appointment. I think I'm going to go coat shopping and work on the job hunt. And go to Lush if I can fit it in. Tonight I think I'm going to Dublin Castle to see Gilkicker with my bestest friend and flatmate Magda, and tomorrow night it's Tapes n' Tapes (I think) at King's College. Cool.

I think I'm going to buy some canvases and start painting again.
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Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Time:3:08 pm.
Mood: numb.
mom's in the hospital so i've got to go home. don't know if i could handle losing both my parents within the same year.
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Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

Subject:Croatia Trash.
Time:4:48 pm.
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