This has been the week of cats for me. purrrrrrrrrr
Of course, everyday is full of feline fun since Bridget Brown moved in back in 2009. My admiration for her Long Beach, Mississippi born charm/dysfunction has been properly documented. So, I won’t stay on this too long.
The big cat news this week was when I interviewed a mother and father duo who are in jeopardy of losing their house full of cats because they have more than the 6 cat limit in Olive Branch, MS. It was a heartbreaking story full of tears, litter boxes, 16 year old elderly cats and kitchen prepared chicken lunches their owners feed them. (for real) (yum) (adopt me)
WATCH The mother and son talk about how much they love their cats.
Below :: A grown man crying over his cats
He admits it sounds silly
He loves them
Then, today there is an article in the NYTIMES talking about just what serious killers domestic cats are….I’ve known Bridget is holding in her inner huntress, but I had no idea the number of kills they make every year. Interesting read, I’m telling you.
All of this has had me singing and inconspicuously dancing to The Cure song :: The Love Cats.
It has the sweetest little chorus with adorably lyrics……
We move like cagey tigers
We couldn't get closer than this The way we walk The way we talk The way we stalk The way we kiss We slip through the streets While everyone sleeps Getting bigger and sleeker And wider and brighter We bite and scratch and scream all night Let's go and throw All the songs we know... Into the sea You and me All these years and no one heard I'll show you in spring It's a treacherous thing We missed you hissed the lovecats We're so wonderfully wonderfully wonderfully Wonderfully pretty! Oh you know that I'd do anything for you... We should have each other to tea huh? We should have each other with cream Then curl up by the fire And sleep for awhile It's the grooviest thing It's the perfect dream Into the sea You and me All these years and no one heard I'll show you in spring It's a treacherous thing We missed you hissed the lovecats We're so wonderfully wonderfully wonderfully Wonderfully pretty! Oh you know that I'd do anything for you... We should have each other to dinner huh? We should have each other with cream Then curl up in the fire Get up for awhile It's the grooviest thing It's the perfect dream Hand in hand Is the only way to land And always the right way round Not broken in pieces Like hated little meeces... How could we miss Someone as dumb as this? I love you... let's go... Oh... solid gone... How could we miss Someone as dumb as this?
So….when I moved to Memphis I told myself I would take advantage of the bands that do come through the city. We don’t get a ton of the type I like, but over the last 8 months or so we’ve been lucky. Beach House, Wild Nothing (a fave) (twice), Japandroids, Future Islands (love), My Morning Jacket, Sharon Van Etten with Damien Jurado, Flaming Lips and Band of Horses. No complaints here. Though, with my MASSIVE life change, now anchoring mornings-waking up at 2:30 am, it takes A LOT of pre-planning if I’m going to catch a show.
Purity Ring played Thursday night at the hi-tone.
From the website, A heart is a spade
It’s a male/female duo from Montreal.
I was fascinated by what the male was up to during the show. It was so packed :: I swear every hipster from Oxford and Little Rock made the trip, so I had to stand on a chair in the back stretching my neck to watch his interesting work. The male does all the light changes (which are awesome) does all the mixing and also plays with the female singer’s vocals. The result is a very ethereal sound with cool beats, and I don’t talk about beats all that often, so this is good haunting stuff. On the album it’s a little creepier than live. No worries. Good both ways. I did listen to the album all the way down to Meridian two weeks ago. Sounded great in my rented impala. Still fighting the urge to get one :: it sounded so good.
To make the night of music happen I went home and went to sleep for like 5 hours then went to the show at 10, and got two more hours of sleep after the show. So, in total, just as much as I normally get. I’ve turned into a crazy sleep counter. I know how much I need and work constantly to organize it.
Now, since the show I’ve learned their electronic kit deal on stage is custom made (by the looks of it that’s obvious) and the female singer apparently makes a lot of their clothes. She’s got the whole — beach house — hair thing going so she looks a little like a baby doll with dark hair.
All in all a fantastic Thursday night of music, though with a tragic twist. It was probably the last show I’ll see at one of my favorite places ever, the hi-tone. Oh well, all good and bad end.
If you want to see them they play friday (tonight) in Nashville.
Good morning from Highlands, North Carolina!!
It’s 8:19 here and I’ve been awake for last hour and a half.
When I took the morning anchor position back in December I knew I was signing up for a life of 2:30 am wake ups, but didn’t realize I was also essentially setting my alarm for weekend mornings.
I’m the gal who was in a comatose state till noon sat and sun, well m-f for that matter.
Now, I’m with my boyfriend at his family’s amazing home in North Carolina wide awake. ( future blog will talk more about this beautiful scene and home. I’m having a sensory high.)
Matt is fast asleep as he should be. ( more on him in a later blog, too ) To pass time without a book, didn’t think I’d have time, I’ve been staring at him, successfully digging around in kitchen for a diet coke and eating a granola bar and now writing this quick entry. Poor Matthew is going to kill me. He keeps asking if I’m ok.
Nice view to be wide awake with, though, huh? I think I have another hour to kill then the house will start moving with the other couples here with us.
I hate driving, plus I have a very unreliable car, so I haven’t made the trip down to Meridian alone since I moved up here. I’ve only been through when mom was driving. Normally, we only have time for a 45 minute stop, and usually that’s a flea market. Hadn’t even driven past my old apartment since I left a year and a half ago. Last minute I decided to go to a good friend’s baby shower in Philadelphia, MS and make a BIG time out of it.
With my new schedule I can leave relatively early on a friday and have a pretty full weekend so long as I’m in bed Sunday night by 8.
I rented a car. Drove down to Meridian on Friday. Had dinner with a best friend Tom Daniels at Weidmann’s.
Tom was the 10 pm anchor at WTOK before I took over the gig. He’s worked all over the country and is a forever friend with a similar view of life. A true joy to have one of those friends. Weidmann’s is a restaurant downtown that I’m thrilled to see is still experiencing great success. Even has a new amazing sign.
Dinner with Tom downstairs and then drinks with my friends upstairs. Jason, Patrick, Joshua, Krilecia, Lee and Chuck. Thank you all for spending time with me. I miss them. Plus, all my old WTOK who were there.
Even had a little post bar dance party to a favorite, The Cure — Boys Don’t Cry.
Lost my phone in the middle of all my dance moves Friday night and spent the morning searching for it. Before Joshua found it in the crack of the couch cushion, I spent the early morning hours of Sat. a little heartbroken and extra freaked out that I would never find my sweet sweet iphone 5 in its lovely aqua case. Lesson one of the weekend :: I’m obsessed with my phone and there is no turning back. Four hours without it and I felt very very low. Not sad. Just reality. Must not be separated from it again. Big thanks to Joshua, Krilecia and Patrick for helping me find it and not making fun of my very obvious emotional roller coaster.
From single friends to pregnant ones.
Leigh Allyn’s baby shower was adorable. She has such a supportive group of lady friends in Philadelphia. Pregnant women were everywhere. The shower was nice, but after was a treat. Pajamas on and wine in hand, for the non-pregnant ones. We just talked. Shared memories from our Delta Gamma years. I was with the two girls I lived with in the sorority house. Man, they know a lot about me. It feels good. Went to sleep that night in the middle of a king sized bed. My friend Shay on one side and Lauren, pregnant with twins, on the other, and she had the gall to say I was hogging the bed. he he he
Even had dinner with Jonathon in Philly
Lesson number 2. I seriously need a new car. As someone who has always said I hate driving, I sure enjoyed it. The big Chevy Impala glided down the road. Not even heavy rain ruined my positive thought filled journey as I enjoyed music playing from a car with modern amenities.
Lesson 3. I can’t go that long without going back down there. I love it and the people too much. Planning a spring trip now. By then my friend Tony Sansone’s azaleas will be out of this world beautiful. I thought about it as we chatted outside his house.
East Mississippi will always feel like home.
Lydia and Leona now have a new much more appropriate home. Gone is the small plastic cage they came to my home in almost a year ago. L & L, as my friends affectionately call them, now have a big, antique, brown bird cage.
I’d been looking for a while, but because many people like to decorate with the old cages you’d be shocked by what shops are asking for them. I’m talking around $300-400.
What?? My girls are special, but really? I found this one for much less at one of my favorite Mid-South shops. The Tin Roof Market on the Hernando square. Adorable shop.
Hernando is one of my favorite North Mississippi towns.
The community has done a great job making sure their square remains vibrant with good restaurants, quality shops and lots of festivals that encourage the idea that the square is the center of the city/town. Same as a downtown in square-less communities. If you haven’t been to the farmers market there…you are missing out! Bought my favorite sweet & crunchy pickles there.
Turns out this is the same speech I gave the Hernando Rotary Club over lunch Wednesday. My friend Doug Davis, former MS state senator, asked if I’d talk to the group. Glad he looks out for a MS girl and helped me talk about my new job anchoring the morning show. Always trying to recruit viewers!!
For the record, I’m a TERRIBLE public speaker. I lose my thoughts, it’s all scattered and flows like my writing does, at times….total stream of consciousness. Anyhow, it was nice to meet the people there and tell them how much I love their town. They did give me a mug!! Used this morning at 4 am because its so BIG.