Little love for my city, good tunes, and awesome television.

Even though I have so much I feel I need to share with you, I’ve been a bit scarce lately. As usual, I have been quite busy doing very important things. Like what, you ask?

Well first of all, I’m finally trying to follow through on a New Years Resolution I made back in 2008…. then again in 2009. I gave up making resolutions in 2010, but now I’m determined to give it another shot.

For the last 10 years I’ve lived in the Dallas area, and I’ve never really given the city a chance. I mean… I’d venture out beyond my neighborhood for the odd concert or karaoke bar, but for the most part -I’d long ago written it off as being void of culture, and have said time and again that the most notable thing that this city has going for it is the unbelievable number of Douchengoyles and $30,000 millionaires. The plan has always been to work here in DFW as long as I needed to in order to save a little bit of money, and then to take off for Chicago or New York…

But a few years ago it became clear that I wasn’t going to get discovered on a street corner, and I’m not currently motivated enough to find a job that allows me to live beyond paycheck to paycheck, much less save for a plane ticket to a far away land… Plus, it dawned on me that I really like being in a city where I know people. . I realized that just as I am sometimes quick to deem a girl driving a BMW a bitch or a guy wearing a graphic tee as a douche canoe (which, is actually usually true) I had prematurely judged Dallas as being boring and industrial, with nothing to offer. That’s when I made the decision to make friends with Dallas, to really get to know this city before I pass complete judgment on it.

After college, I interned at the then start-up newspaper Pegasus News, where my “job” consisted of driving around to different neighborhoods and trying to gather information on local restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues for our database, so I already had a vague notion that there was more out there south of Denton and Plano. The last few years I made several attempts at exploring some of these places, but it wasn’t until the last 3 months or so that I’ve really made a conscious effort to delve into my local culture.

I won’t go into detail now, but I will say that I owe a lot of my recent discoveries to twitter, and also the fact that the guy I’ve been dating lives right in the middle of Deep Ellum so it makes it a lot easier when you don’t have to go too far. In the last few weeks I’ve spent some time at local museums, historical hotels, dive bars and comedy clubs, and I’ve been surprised at how much I’ve enjoyed myself. I really wish I would have embraced this fine city years ago. But more than anything else, I’ve really gotten into some of the local music, which to be honest I wasn’t aware existed much outside of Denton. Last week we went to the Dallas Observer Music Award Showcase and had a freaking blast of a time.

My favorite show of the night just happened to coincide with my most recent obsession, and ummmm.. you might know by now what happens when I get obsessionated.

I discovered the Dallas duo  Smile Smile a while back and haven’t listened to much else since. Their new album “Truth on Tape” (that’s the link to purchase on itunes!)  is the best $10.00 I’ve spent in a while, and simultaneously makes me want to laugh and cry. Smile Smile’s is made up of Ryan and Jencey, who were once engaged.. which makes their amazing music and their undeniable chemistry  even more interesting. There’s nothing I love more in the world than genuine music that I can dance to.  Check it.

Also they are super nice and posed for pics after the show. I know. I’m such a fan girl.

Ryan from Smile Smile!
Smile Smile band (my lazy eye comes out when I'm drunk)

I really can’t talk about local bands without mentioning my other current fave, Sleeperstar. I grew up with their bassist, and had no idea until fairly recently how much they rocked. I cannot wait to see these guys in person, and you really have no excuse for not checking them out. They are pretty much guaranteed to be the next big thing. Love.

Here is a link to their album on itunes!

As you can see I’ve neglected my blog for perfectly good reasons. I mean, what is a better way to spend time than singing and dancing your heart out?

Speaking of, I’ve also invested a little bit of time into So You Think You Can Dance. As if you’re surprised.  I’m so torn on this season. Every season before I’ve had an absolute favorite. Now I’m not so sure, but I think I’ve decided to route for Robert, because.. umm.. HELLO!!!

Mostly he just kind of sort of reminds me of Mark from a couple of seasons ago. You know, the weird one who wore guyliner but was absofreakin amaze-balls at everything he did? Here’s a little refresher. Sit back and prepare to wipe some drool from your lips.. or maybe I’m a freak.

*please note, I will now be using sarcasm. I wasn’t using sarcasm when talking about SYTYCD. It IS awesome. It doesn’t really work when I have to point that out, does it?

Besides watching and re-watching quality television, I’ve also seen a few incredibly awesome movies. Like just this week I caught an Emilio Estevez (The Mighty Duck Guy, I swear to God!) classic called Freejack.How this movie didn’t win an Oscar I will never know. And such good special effects. Have a mentioned the acting? Uh-maze-ing.

And next up? Well I can hardly contain my excitement for this one…

Alrighty, I’m out just like Lindsay Lohan’s about to be. Happy weekend!

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  • Eadams444

    Get out there girl!

    Don't be a wallflower.

  • Hip Hop Hippie

    You're a star. No matter where you are.

    Omg and apparently I'm a poet. Ha!

    Love the pics. You're too freaking adorable!!

  • JustMe

    When I get drunk my lazy mouth comes out. As in, I say anything.

  • BobbiJanay@Kid to a Grown Up

    Dallas is beginning to grow on me too, but I still love Ft. Worth better.

  • Herding Cats

    Okay first off, I'd like to “un-watch” the Human Centipede thankyouverymuch. That disturbed me beyond anything I've ever seen. Secondly, I really like the Dallas airport – so clean!

  • ScoMan

    You can learn to love a city. Or a country town shithole.

    When I first moved here 6 years ago, my plan was to get 3 years experience in the field and then move to the city.

    But then I grew to enjoy my job. My coworkers aren't bad. Plus very few people in town know me, everyone I know is like an hour away, so that stops the dreaded pop ins.

    I hate them so much!

  • CarissaJaded

    Doin it and doin it and doin it riggghhhht.

  • CarissaJaded

    Ha thanks! And you, my friend are an excellent poet.

  • CarissaJaded

    Oh me too.. Or do anything..(not necessarily in a sexual way)

  • CarissaJaded

    Ahhh I do love me some Fort Worth. I havent' spent much time there lately and I miss it!

  • CarissaJaded

    haha, I hate the Dallas airport! You must have been delirious!

    And yeah.. that movie looks atrocious!

  • CarissaJaded

    hahaha You do hate those pop ins. Luckily, everyone I know in DFW is so spread out, it's virtually impossible.

  • JD at I Do Things


    I need to start watching SYTYCD, apparently.


    HUMAN CENTIPEDE!!!! Man, I cannot WAIT for this, and I am not even being sarcastic at all. This is truly the movie of my dreams and nightmares, and I will not only blog about it; I will force everyone I know to watch it. AND LOVE IT!

  • steff

    oh stop it! you are ADORABLE! and im a total fan-girl too. only i usually just do embarassing things so it never works out the way i think it should. this goes hand in hand with my new life-phase of “staying-home-more-to-avoid-the-inevitable-embarassment-that-just-being-me-seems-to-cause”

  • *uncorked

    Way to get out there and have some fun! I was never a big fan of Dallas, but never truly gave it a chance. I lived in Fort Worth for three years and loved it there, but every time I went to Dallas it was a disaster. I either got in a car accident, my car died, I got lost, etc. But I know there are a lot of great things down there and will need to go explore again sometime.

  • Pollypoptart

    I want to come to Dallas now!

  • BugginWord

    I'm going to totally ignore the centipede part of that because I need to forget that film exists if I ever want to sleep again. Period.

  • dani

    That Sleeper Star song is great, and I agree, they have “next big thing” written all over them. Good for you getting out there and loving your city. Sounds like it's loving you right back…in its own city way.

  • The Constant Complainer

    Dude, “Freejack” has been one of the pay channels all the time recently. I love that movie. A classic no doubt!

  • Christa/Sharky

    delayed reaction to this post, but i LOVE smile smile. saw them on tour with Bob Schneider when he came to CLT and fell in lovey. yay!