Friday, September 28, 2007

meeting of the minds

Have you met Tanya Espanya? You should. I did today and it was beyond awesome. She is even funnier and cuter in person than she is online and don't even get me started on that wunderkind, baby Alexander. Which is kind sort of like a Brandy Alexander, but sweeter and not as boozy. Not at 9:00 am anyway.

I had a moment of apprehension when I pulled into the driveway of the several million dollar house at which Tanya and family were staying during their trip to Calgary. "These people are way out of my league", I remember thinking to myself. But I needn't have worried, for as I walked in, there was Tanya clipping Alexander's toenails on the kitchen table. I knew right away that these were my kind of people.

I'm not sure where the morning went, it was swallowed up in swapping tales and cracking jokes, snuggling babies and quaffing copious quantities of caffeine after finally scoring the best seats at Starbucks.

If you haven't already been over to Tanya's to say hi, please do, she's got some fabulous stories and she's a total doll. Tell her I said smootchy bootchy.

But even though I did have to cut our coffee-fueled love-in short to go for a facial, I wasn't a complete lady who lunches today, because we all know how exhausting that is. I did actually finally write a review for the second completed book on my Fall Reading Challenge list (well, first real book if you want to get all semanticy about it). Please head over here if you simply have to know what I thought about Ruth Rendell's The Speaker of Mandarin.

Of course, it's also time for the Friday Random Playlist. You do know that Just A Cool Cat has graciously taken over hosting responsibilities for this, don't you? He would love to hear what's been randomly assaulting your ears today.

Here's what was pounding my Eustachian tubes today:

Natural's not in it - Gang of Four
In place of you - Ron Sexsmith
Postcard blues - Cowboy Junkies
Providence - Sonic Youth
Long winter - Cuff the Duke
O thou that tellest good tidings - Handel
Broken face - Pixies
Favourite - Neko Case
Should I stay or should I go - the Clash
Flower like years - Great Aunt Ida
The week is done, get out there and get your groove thang on.
Go fuck yourself, San Diego


mellowlee said...

You got to meet Tanya! How fabulousm she got to crush you with her love in person YAY!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

She's got really strong fingers too, Mel! She crushed really hard, but I didn't cry.
We talked about you, were your ears burning?

mellowlee said...

oh yeah, my ears were on fiyah! well, not really haha! XO

Karen said...

Tanya Espanya...coolest name ever.

Dale said...

I'm glad she didn't kill you because it would have been my fault. Imagine the size of the crawlspace in the mansion?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Burning ears, that's what that smell was!
We were kind, Mel and only talked about how awesome you are.

Isn't it, Karen? It's really fun to say. Worth meeting up with her strictly for that!

I should have demanded a tour of the crawlspace, Dale. Except then of course, I might have become a permanent resident myself. And you would miss me so and feel so guilty. And we can't have that.

Allison said...

The name alone makes you smile, I'm glad you two had a good time meeting up!

Happy to see Cuff the Duke on a playlist...oh, and I think I'm going to see the Decemeberists next week?! They are playing near here and someone just asked me today. Woot!

Toccata said...

Yay, to new friends. How nice for both of you.

That is quite the random list you have going there. Well, I had better get over and meet this Tanya Espanya.

Toccata said...

Those pictures she posted are fantastic. That picture of the two of you together says more than any words could. You both look pleased as punch.

Tanya Espanya said...

Aw, everyone is so darn nice! I'm going to cry! And then I will continue to crush everyone with my love.

Thanks again, darling B!


Zed said...

I'm envious that you got to meet Tanya and Alexander! He's gorgeous, isn't he?!

I was supposed to be the babysitter, but I think Tanya felt paying the cost of a round-trip flight from NY to Toronto every time she needed a babysitter was cost prohibitive. So fussy! And cheap! :)

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I met her years ago in Co-ed prison. Sure she's nice wen you first meet her, but watch the heck out if you cross her or she'll stick a shiv in you faster than you can say "Boo."

mellowlee said...

Awwww thanks Barb :O) Last night I was sippin wine and reading blogs. Thank goodness I didn't make too many comments *GRIN*

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Okay, I've calmed down now, Al - that is so great, you absolutely must go see them, if only for me, because they are in my top 3 bands I need to see before I die. And if you meet Colin, give him a big hug for me. I'm counting on you to live my life for me here.

We were pretty pleased as punch, Toccata, I know I was anyway.
Alexander is pretty darn adorable too, isn't he?

You should be a wrastler, Tanya Espanya, the way you crush everybody is awesome.

I can't believe that some people don't love their children enough to fly them to New York for babysitting, Zed. Some people are just not fit to be parents. He is so cute though, so I'm glad he came along.

That was the impression that I got too, Dr M. She looks nice enough on the outside, but I was thinking to myself the whole time "I'll bet Monkey has had run-ins with her - she looks like she could make a shiv out of a potato".

hahaha wine blogging - been there done that, Mel. In fact I rarely blog sober.

Tanya Espanya said...

Zed, I was in Buffalo last week, where the hell were you?

Dr. Monkey, I thought you were never going to speak about that time? Thanks for reminding me!

And Barbara (if that IS your real name)...have you thought of changing your profile picture to the one of you and my baby?!

Dale said...

I was just rereading this and laughed over the "if you want to get all semanticy about it" bit.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Good idea, Tanya, next time I need a feel the need to change the avator, that is the picture I should steal.

Semanticy is one of my favourite words, Daire, and if it's not a word, it should be.

BeckEye said...

Aw, what fun! I'm dying to meet Alexander. Oh, and I guess his mom, whatzername, too. :)

If I ever meet Tanya, I will serenade her with the Dave Matthews song "Crush." I guess I better learn all the words, but I'll worry about that later.

And if I ever meet you Barbara, I'll let you feast on my brain. That's just the kind of chick I am.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That would work out so well, Beckeye because I absolutely want to pick your brain if I ever get to meet you!

phlegmfatale said...

The problem of leisure
What to do for pleasure
Ideal love: a new purchase

timelessly wonderful stuff

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You know I love a gal who can quote Gang of Four lyrics at me, Phlegmfatale! Love you long time, even.

gifted typist said...

I was nervous about meeting Espanya. I thought she might be an axe murderer or something luring me into her lair but alas she pepper me with a beautiful baby, Thai food and Vietnamese iced coffee. Not an axe in sight.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hi Gifted Typist, welcome! Hey, Tanya Espanya and I talked about you! You are adorable, apparently.

I didn't even need to use my bear spray on her, so the meeting was a huge success.