I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, either with loved ones, friends, or not too lonely at work.
Well, it’s almost that time of year again… time for lighting the menorah, eating latkes and sufganiot, and spinning around like a dreidel while your mom plays Chanukah songs on the piano until you fall over and maybe throw up. And you know what that means: a Roaring Softly Chanukah giveaway!
Here’s the dealio:
Chanukah has 8 nights, starting on Thanksgiving (11/27) this year. For each night, I am going to pick a winner. That’s 8 winners total!
These are the prizes:
Nights 1-6: Custom tumblr icon drawn by me
Night 7: Drawing of you and the celebrity or character of your choice, emailed to you
Night 8: A surprise pack of a ton of prints (like, a ton) (all with slight imperfections like smudges or printer lines) (but nothing crazy) lovingly mailed to your door!!*
Just reblog this post! (Likes don’t count, sorry.) And please make sure you’re following me at Roaring Softly on tumblr! You can reblog as many times as you like.
Winners will be chosen randomly and notified each night of Chanukah via ask box. If you don’t respond within 48 hours, I will choose someone else.
Stay tuned for an exciting holiday sale in my Etsy shop coming up very soon! Get ready to stock up on prints for all your pals this holiday season.
*Only U.S. pals will be accepted for this night because international shipping costs are a little bit ridiculous. Sorry to be a buzz kill.
This is me submitting an entry for Tyler’s Channukah giveaway. Good luck to all who do reblog.
You guys, remember when I made this? Hahahahaha. (This was back when I was really into that skinny handwriting that’s kind of hard to read.)
/Ugh ugh ugh procrastinating from my Second City sketch that’s due tomorrow.
Procrastination is a son of a gun. Best of luck on your sketch.
In Writing 1 last week, we were supposed to come up with a pitch for a sketch. This week, we were supposed to take that idea and flush out a 5 pg scene. It took a while but my first draft is done. I can’t wait to share with the class on Saturday. Hopefully it works…
Work has been able to get me to stop thinking about today, to a certain degree. But there are some interesting tunes that’ll set the tone for how you feel about Valentine’s Day.
For some self-reflection and loathing of this day, perhaps AFI’s “The Leaving Song” is appropriate. “Poisoned hearts will never change…” Powerful.
For a bit more romantic take, “Would You Lay With Me (In A Field of Stone)” is emblematic of that person who will be with you, through thick and thin, in spite of it all. “Walk a thousand miles through the burning sand…”
Shakira’s “Si Te Vas,” or, “If You Leave” is the random VLC player choice of music to begin “celebrating” Valentine’s Day. For one, this was still a part of her classic, socially conscious, rock period which won her a lot of notoriety all across Latin America and Spanish-speaking American audiences before selling out to “Hips Don’t Lie” and dangling her two week old child at a Barcelona FC match like she was Michael Jackson in a balcony.
I miss this Shakira. There was a rebelliousness to her music during this era that’s missed among “She Wolf.” That said, Taylor Swift wishes she could pull off a power ballad or otherwise about being a scorned lover half as good as this offering by Shakira.
It starts off soft, and you can feel the tension start to build after the first couple of phrases with the electric guitar riff.
During the chorus, you can really hear the acoustic guitars shouting out above the percussion and emphatically, she proclaims she’ll be fine on her own, and telling her ex, you go with that witch you’re with now and see what’ll happen to you. And if you try to come back to me, I won’t be here and I am not interested.
She also throws some disses at the other lady in the second part, in particular poking fun of when “y la cerulitis invada sus piernas,” “and then cellulite will invade her legs.” So much brilliance, such an awesome Anti-Valentine’s Valentine’s Day song, because fuck it, I’ll be better off without you. I’m just going to let off some steam.
Inspired by introvertedchicagoan, here is a picture I took of an Abe Lincoln sculpture last week at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Lincoln has always been a favorite for many Americans and historians. He has received a renewed notoriety due to the film starring Daniel Day Lewis. As with every historical character, there are good traits that are mythified and flaws that sometimes are brushed to the side. But there is no arguing Lincoln’s place in American history.
And as I look back on my visit to the Art Institute last week, I can’t help but be reminded that having Lincoln so close is like seeing the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, but on a much smaller and intimate scale.
Ralph Wiggum. Sleep. Viking. Me.