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Thursday, December 02, 2010

I'm tumbling up a storm over on my new blawg. Bookmark/RSS/follow that one. I love ya blogger, but you're less simple and full of easily re-blogable gifs than tumblr. So: get yr DUH SQUARED on.

And listen to the Pinna Storm November Playlist while you're at it!

Thursday, November 11, 2010


I know that I haven't been the world's best blogger of late. Starting using Twitter a couple years ago sucked away the quick link/photo/thought posts. And Pinna Storm has demanded the majority of my spare time since I launched it in August. I don't want to neglect you, my pretties, but I think I need something lighter to actually encourage me to blog more. SO: I started a secret* Tumblr. I might still use this guy from time to time, but for your baseline Amanda Mattos fix, visit me over at duh squared from now on.

*I keep saying it's secret. But I'm posting it here, so clearly it's not. SHHHHHH DON'T TELL! Or ya know, whatever.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Pinna Storm Killing It This Week

Go over to my music blog and read some of the amazing stuff from amazing people we've put up this week:

Eric Uhlir is cool hunting the best new videos for you, as usual.

Christy Baugh took some great pics at the Local Natives show.

Rebecca Armendariz is bringing you the best covers of "Teenage Dream" and announcing her love for Rustik's music selections.

Matthew Yglesias talks pop songwriting (again, in regards to "Teenage Dream").

Ryan Avent takes a cue from Matt and discusses the pop music division of labor.

Jessica Guilfoyle explains why you absolutely must get yourself to the Black Cat's backstage tonight for Future Islands.

Martin Silbiger is the funniest person ever and writes about a really geeky metal show he saw in Baltimore.

And ya know, a bunch of stuff by me. Go check it out! Week's not even over yet.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

So I Rejoined Facebook

My concerns of privacy and generally disliking it still stand. But I was tired of missing invitations to things and not seeing people's babies' pictures. And because it's so goddamn ubiquitous and you people don't just use Twitter and Flickr and email like normal human beings, I rejoined. Here are all the things I already hate about it all over again:
  • The newsfeed doesn't let you select what kinds of things you see. You have to either block everything a friend does, or receive notifications every time they like something or comment on somebody else's picture or what have you. This is terrible and should be changed.
  • I know 8 million trend pieces have been written about this, and it's a stupid and cliched thing to be bothered by, but it immediately suggested I add 2 exes and one dead friend. When Xing them out, I was tempted to select "offensive" as my reason, but went with "not relevant to me."
  • Why can't you just upload a picture? Why does everything have to be in an album? This is also terrible and should be changed.
  • And, hey, why not. This.
So uh, see you on Facebook, I guess.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Things I Recommend

I've been devoting most of my spare blogging moments to Pinna Storm lately, which has left poor old stretchy over here a little neglected. I just cleaned out my purse and was reminded of a few awesome things I want to tell you about so you can bask in the warm rays of awesomeshine too.

Carmex Moisture Plus. I picked it up on a day walking around that I'd forgotten to grab one of the eleventy billion tubes of chapstick at my house before struttin' around U St. This stuff is the 'ish times a million. It's got that good tingly "I'm having an effect" carmexy feeling, but not quite as strong as the original yellow top stuff. PLUS some super awesome moisturizing balmy goodness. Love this.

Lysol Dual Action Disinfecting Wipes. Ever had something caked onto the inside of your microwave you couldn't get off? Or a corner of mildew in the shower you just couldn't scrub at? Or any sort of run of the mill thing that usually requires a lot of elbow grease and weird angle achievement? These bad boys are the answer. The scrubby side is SO SCRUBBY! And they smell pretty good, and I love them. Mine have purple packaging/are purple, so look for that at the store.

Mrs. Meyer's Basil Hand Soap. My friend Matthew told me recently that the mark of adulthood is when you start use Mrs. Meyer's hand soap in your home. I was so happy to learn that despite living in a group house and maintaining an active and lively drinking schedule, I am, and have for some time been, an adult! Everybody already knows about Mrs. Meyer's, but do you know about the the basil scent? Oh my god. It doesn't even smell like basil really. It just smells like happiness and good things and wonder and perfection.

Raising Hope. Sweet, funny and cute new comedy on Fox. I think people are hating Running Wilde, but I also have been enjoying it. Did you expect straight, non-oddball humor from the Arrested Development team? Anyway, Raising Hope has a ton of heart and Martha Plimpton is the best and you should watch it, k? Oh also, all you dummies that didn't listen to me to watch Vampire Diaries the 800 other times I told you to: you're such suckers. It's so good this year too.

Fresh Supernova + Firebird Mascara. I am not a fancy, expensive makeup kind of girl. If you can't buy it at CVS, it is generally not found on my face. But I got this little duo as a birthday bonus thing at Sephora, and holy shit guys. This is the greatest pretty-fying invention of all time. I would never seriously recommend you buy two separate tubes of mascara to use at once that each cost more than $20 if it didn't turn you into the PRETTIEST WOMAN ALIVE. I've had conversations with many girlfriends about how mascara is the single makeup item that takes you from looking plain to looking good. And this stuff... it's just great. It lengthens, volumizes, conditions, en-shinies... it's just great. If you've seen me lately and thought damn, Amanda looks good! It's cause of this stuff. Also cause my bangs finally grew out enough. If you're skeptical, buy that little duo pack I linked to up there. I bet you'll be sold.

Tom's Shoes. I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry for the jokes about these shoes I laughed at. Because sure, it does smack of pseudo-activism, to wear these shoes and think you're doing good. But hey, kids everywhere need shoes. Whatever. So, I am sorry because my favorite sales person, Ian, at the shoe department at Nordstrom in Tyson's Corner, brought me out a pair to try on while he was selling me the world's most beautiful Frye boots. And I thought, "psshhhhhh, yeah right." Then I put them on. Holy comfortable cute wear them anywhere and look a little better than sneakerses and even have arch support, Batman! I'm a total convert. I think a gray pair will be joining my navy ones soon. Sorry haters. These things are the jam.

Target Rain Boots. I had to buy a new pair of these because the various end of days snowstorms last year finally surpassed the limit of my original navy pair, bought years ago. But these things, and really just rain boots in general, are the best. They, as the name indicates, are great in rain. But more importantly, they allow you to get around in snow better than anything else, because they cover your leg. I'd actually prefer something a little tighter around the top, but for the price and the crazy wide array of colors and patterns available, Target can't be beat. Mine are red, and they're super cute. Gotta order them online, though.

The cocktails at Hank's. Everybody knows the food is great, and they keep the perfect wines and beers to match both the seasons and their menu. But I don't think Hank's Oyster Bar gets enough love for their cocktails. The menu is constantly refreshed, everything always sounds appealing, and everything I've ever gone ahead and ordered has been delicious.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Danzig runs errands. Is your mind blown? My mind is blown.

Proof to support my constantly retold "my family used to own the Black Cat space" story. This collection of photos of DC from the 80s is amazing.

This drawing is my spirit animal.

I sold my condo. I'm no longer poor. And the thing that kept breaking on my car? Got recalled, so it's all fixed forever, AND I get reimbursed for all the times I fixed it. Things are good.

These are things I want printed and framed:

Friday, September 24, 2010

It's great when your friends really, really know you

Like when they do things like send you an email with the subject, "a great way to wake up today." That link to this.