Do you like the way the water tastes?

It’s been awhile, so let me sum up…

1. I just finished reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson. It wasn’t my favorite, but it was good. It took forever for the story to get going, but, I admit, once it hit it’s stride I couldn’t put it down. I’m tempted to finish out the series. Mostly because I’m not sure what else to read right now.

2. Diamond Eyes has long been a favorite, but I’ve finally hit a stride with The Deftones. Ed sent me a bunch of their covers and I absolutely fell in love (mostly because of Savory, a Jawbox cover, and Do You Believe, a Cardigans cover). Chino’s voice used to be hit or miss with me, but I’ve come around to it. Okay, I really, really like it. It’s been a long time since I’ve fallen for a band and it’s about damn time — I’m definitely in a Deftones phase. I can barely listen to anything else, it’s all I want to listen to in the car, the songs are stuck in my head all day long, and they’re mostly all I want to talk about. And, of course, the closest their tour is coming in the next few months is Louisville. Anyone want to go?

Phases with bands are definitely not new to me. The worst was Led Zeppelin. It lasted several years and nothing has matched it since.

3. Ye old Ford Escort ZX2 passed the eCheck today. I was relieved, though a little put out that so many people doubted it. Sure it’s leaking a couple fluids and the Check Engine Soon light was on a little over a week ago, but that’s in the past (and the sensor that keeps turning the light on is faulty). I’ve never driven so much in my life — I’m in my car at least 10 hours a week, so we’ve definitely bonded and it’s become incredibly important to me. I’m hoping it holds out.

4. Last weekend Ed and I found a vinyl of Mastodon’s Crack the Skye. Well, he found it, but I bought it and he bought a different record. The album was my standard for maybe a month. It was my default if I didn’t know what to listen to in the car and it was most often my morning drive song. Somehow an album that sings Ed to sleep became my wake up jam. Three years ago I never thought I’d be listening to some of the music I am today, but I’m so, so glad that it’s happened.

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