Pink elephants on parade

I’m a baby of the 80s, which means that exposure to Disney movies that happened to have blatantly racist scenes was not unheard of for my generation; This includes the Disney classic Dumbo. When “Baby of Mine” begins in Dumbo, I cry just as hard as I do when Mufasa dies in The Lion King. At times, these are physically painful experiences.

Anyway, Mark and I celebrated my new office tonight. I’m not drunk by any standard (again, I’m trying to keep tabs on my alcohol intake since my surgery), but I do get what I call “pink elephant hiccups” from time to time. Like, now. No one ever seems to know what I’m talking about. so I’m going to fix that.

There’s a scene in Dumbo where he and the mouse accidentally drink from a keg. The mouse floats around in cartoony hiccup bubbles for quite a bit until Dumbo  is apparently dosed with acid or something (it can’t possibly be alcohol) and hallucinates the following nighmare-inducing musical number:

So, whenever I get celebratory hiccups, I call them “pink elephant hiccups.”

… The more you know?

This is the most embarrassing post I’ve ever made.

I’ve been trying to get this out of my head for over a week now, but I can’t. I feel like it’s my responsibility at this point to post it, and make it clear that I have deep, dark secrets of which I can’t keep hiding anymore.

So, here’s the preface:

  1. The following is a Katy Perry song.
  2. I do, in fact, watch Glee — but I would probably not admit to it in person.
  3. I enjoy acapella group performances much more than I should. One Valentine’s Day at UNC, the Clef Hangers sang Swallowed in the Sea (Coldplay) outside the dining hall as I was on my way to class. I found it so beautiful that I almost cried. I didn’t, but… yeah.
  4. As a pre-teen, I did listen to ‘N Sync — I feel that this exposure may have something to do with why this particular song won’t go away. To be somewhat fair: at the same time I listened to boy bands, I also listened to a lot of Stone Temple Pilots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day (Dookie to Warning-era), Garbage, and The Offspring. For a 12-year-old upper-middle class white girl, I like to think that this was somewhat acceptable. My dad called it “boom boom music” and found it very irritating, so at least I was rebelling in some way. Since that was also the era of Creed, it’s worth nothing that I did, in fact, hate Creed.
  5. For the purposes of this post, I find Darren Criss attractive enough to help me deal with coming to terms with all of the above issues.
  6. I am posting another cover of the same song here — I find it to be much more substantial and interesting, so please listen to it if you still have any residual respect for my taste level.


So, there. I hope I have some redeeming qualities that will help you overlook this post and continue reading this blog in the future. Or, I’ll probably die alone.


“Teenage Dream (Glee Cast Version)”

Darren Criss with Glee cast (original: Katy Perry)


Glee: Season 2 / Teenage Dream


“Teenage Dream (Katy Perry Cover)”

The Rescues (official site is here)

Single (on iTunes): “Teenage Dream”

“it was not your fault but mine, and it was your heart on the line. i really fucked it up this time didn’t i, my dear?”

Little Lion Man

Mumford & Sons


Sigh No More

Part of what I like about Mumford & Sons is how their style reminds me of the movie Once (Irish indie-folk-rock). Basically, if you like “Little Lion Man” at all, or anything by Damien Rice, and you also happen to enjoy good movies, you need to see Once. It’s a entirely about music and there’s a lot of music performed in it, but it’s not something I’d ever really call a “musical” — though it did win an Oscar in 2008 for Best Original Song. Anyway, it’s awesome.

In addition, if you find that you enjoy the style of Once, I’d also recommend Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. And then go watch Waking Life (my favorite movie) and have your mind blown — Richard Linklater‘s fantastic like that.

I was hoping to finally get back to work today, but apparently my body and I are still not on the same page. Surgical follow-up tomorrow… hopefully that’ll help somehow.

“well, fuck you and all that jazz as we fall down”

SO, I had surgery six days ago, during which I delivered an bouncing 23-year-old gallbladder that needed to die in a fire. I am on all sorts of medication for pain and nausea and gastrointestinal battles.

Then, a couple days ago, I was put on antibiotics for bronchitis, “walking” pneumonia (emphasis on the “walking” because I cannot actually do much of that), and a soul-crushing cough that probably kills kittens. Now, I have a completely different cold that is evacuating all the snot from my nose.

This is all happening at the same time. Oh, also, a brand new contact broke right after I put it in my eye. My body does not know WTF and neither do I, so I got three songs today. Morning, afternoon, evening. Have a blast — I’m going to take more stuff that turns me into Droopy Dog (1:12).


I  think this first song accurately depicts my attitude to my immune system right now.

Fuck You!

Cee Lo Green


The Lady Killer


I think the context of this applies, as well. After telling my body to go fuck itself, much like Velma Kelly killed her sister and boyfriend, I decided to dance around like I’d pretty much won and just didn’t care anymore.

All That Jazz

Catherine Zeta-Jones

2002 (original: 1975)

Chicago: Music from the Miramax Motion Picture


And finally, this is my Waterloo.

Going Down

The Rayees

sometime between 2007 and 2009

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“quelqu’un m’a dit que tu m’aimais encore [someone told me that you still love me]“

Quelqu’un m’a dit

Carla Bruni


Quelqu’un m’a dit

For some reason I never put “Carla Bruni – musician” and “Carla Bruni – first lady of France” together until just now.

Also, even though half my family speaks French, every time I make an attempt at the language I think of the chef who tried to chop up Sebastian in The Little Mermaid:

I giggle like a 2-year-old every time I hear “Zut alors, I have missed one!”

“it’s a piece of cake to bake a pretty cake! WHAT? if the way is hazy, HEY! you gotta do the cooking by the book; WHAT? you know you can’t be lazy! YEAH!”

“Cooking by the Book (A Lil’ Bigger Mix)”

LazyTown (Julianna Rose Mauriello) / Lil’ Jon


Mashup of

Cooking by the Book” (LazyTown, 2005)


Step Yo Game Up” by Snoop Dogg ft. Lil Jon and Trina (R&G [Rhythm & Gangsta]: The Masterpiece, 2004)

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“a soap impression of his wife which he ate and donated to the National Trust”

“Happiness is a Warm Gun”

(film cover)

The Beatles

Performed by Joe Anderson and Salma Hayek in Across the Universe


Albums: “The White Album” (aka, “The Beatles”)/“Across the Universe” (Soundtrack)

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