end of my work week random eleven: “thanksgiving and such” edition

22 Nov

Wednesday is my last day at work this week. In fact, they’re releasing us a little early for the holiday, which I’ll take happily.

I’ve got basic meal plans for the meal tomorrow – pretty low key, but I got some great produce at the farmers’ market this week (Turnips! Fresh Brussells Sprouts!) I’ll be employing; likely a simple roasting (that’s the best way to do sprouts – half ’em, brush em with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and garlic, toast ’em a bit, then drizzle some balsamic on ’em), but some recipe googling between now and then may change things.

Otherwise, it’s gonna bit chill. Folks are home, everyone else is off starting Wednesday. I picked up Atomic Blonde on Blu-Ray the other day – stylish cold-war spy stuff will be my post-turkey and cranberry jam.

Friday, however, I do have to head north to Baltimore; as I mentioned, the ‘Riffs are playing some tunes at Chessiecon for the weekend. Looking over the guest list, there are a couple of folks I know, but I’m not really sure what to expect; it’s a bit out of my usual range for a while (I tend to work in a southerly direction these days). I’m mostly hoping for some decent, low-key social interaction, maybe a few discoveries, and minimal drama.

That’s about it, really. Hope you all enjoy your long weekend, however you choose to celebrate, be it eating or football or shopping or quiet contemplation; go ahead, be you. If I have any advice, it’s don’t feel obligated to traditions that make you unhappy. Life’s too short for that.

Anyway, since I’ll likely be consciously off the grid a bit, here are some tunes a few days early. Enjoy. Decent little mix there. Pop Punk, Prog Rock, a little Goth, a little art, a little Viking metal, and a nice nod to Malcolm. Mostly, though – that little five-note/three-note accent guitar lick in #9 on the verse? I so totally forgot how awesome that was (I haven’t heard this tune in years that I can remember). Hell, the whole collection of lead fills on that one…#goals.

  1. “Enjoy the Silence” – Depeche Mode
  2. “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” – AC/DC
  3. “Fat Man” – Jethro Tull
  4. “Crying Shame” – 7 Year Bitch
  5. “Iron Hand” – Grand Magus
  6. “Renegades” – X Ambassadors
  7. “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen
  8. “Heroes” – David Bowie
  9. “Der Kommissar” – After the Fire
  10. “Montana” – Frank Zappa
  11. “Havamal” – Falkenbach
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