Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Weekly Obsession Wednesday - Books and Songs

Here are my obsessions for the week. I'm just realizing that they might not that exciting but the are my obsessions none the less. Haha!

#3 Singing Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me

At some point in the week I got the Irving Berlin song "Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me" in my head. I have been singing it around the house at least once a day since. It really is a lovely little tune. I enjoy the rhyme scheme of the song. I'm thinking about maybe learning how to play it on one of my instruments. That might be super fun.

#2 The Illustrated Man

I finally got around to reading Ray Bradbury's short story collection The Illustrated Man this week. The stories in the book are all with in the science fiction genre and they center around the idea that the stories are being told through the magical future telling tattoos of the Illustrated Man. I meant to read it last year but never got around to it. I don't read short story collections very often due to my preference for long stories. However, I think it is important to read a short story collection once in a while and I was in the mood for some short stories. The Illustrated Man turned out to be a great read.  The stories contained a lot of interesting ideas and I finished the book very quickly. I would certainly read this book again sometime.

#1 Re-reading The Chronicles of Narnia

I have planned to re-read The Chronicles of Narnia this year and since there are only four months left in the year I thought I should get on that now. I decided to read them in the original publishing order instead of the chronological order this time around. Apparently there is a big debate on which order is best for reading the books. Since I read them in chronological order the first time I'm give publishing order a chance now. I breezed through The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and Prince Caspian in quick succession. I am now reading The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I am truly enjoying reading these books again. They are a wonderful books to escape into. As adult I am noticing different things in the stories and remembering things that I forgot. I haven't read them since I was twelve or thirteen or so after all. By the way, so far I prefer reading the in the original publishing order. We shall see if I still think that when I finish the series.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tunes For Tuesday - Keeping Happy Playlist

Hello all! I feel like I have been picking a lot of sad songs for these playlist recently, so I thought I would make a playlist of songs that focus on positive feelings or going for your goals. Yay! Life is good.

Keeping Happy Playlist

1. Do It Now - Ingrid Michaelson
2. Home We'll Go - Walk Off The Earth
3. I'm A Believer - The Monkees
4. Thank You For The Music - ABBA
5. Life Is Wonderful - Jason Mraz
6. Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae
7. Let's Dance - David Bowie
8. Say - John Mayer
9. Brave - Sara Bareilles
10. To The Dreamers - For King & Country

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Weekly Obsession Wednesday - Music, TV, and Exercise

Hello all. Time for my weekly obsessions. Yay!

#3 Daughter

I thought it was time to try out some music that is new to me this week. I have been hearing the group Daughter on the internet and on movie/TV soundtracks. Thus, I figured that it was time that I check out their full albums. I highly enjoy their music. There is something that is relaxing and mesmerizing about their sound which them the perfect music for reading or working. I also think they have really interesting lyrics so they are great to just sit a listen to. It think that it's cool that they blend folk and electronic music together at times. I love trying out new music.

#2 The Musketeers

Even though I am streaming quite a few shows I am adding BBC show The Musketeers to my line up. I can't resist a period piece. I always have enjoyed a good Musketeers related film despite the fact that I still need to read the book. When I saw that The Musketeers was on Hulu I jumped at the chance to watch it. The premise of The Musketeers is pretty straight forward since the story is a well referenced in culture. I like what they are doing with the show so far. I particularly love how they are developing the characters. The action/adventure elements are super fun. I'm definitely invested in the story-lines. The show has inspired me to want to read the book series. I have been meaning to for years and I haven't gotten around to it yet. 

#1 Exerpeutic Exercise Bike

Both my mom and I have been having some knee issues. The only exercise that helps strengthen your knees is bicycling. So mom decided to get a small stationary Exerpeutic exercise bike for the family to use. I like using this bike even more that using walking as exercise. For one thing I can ride it inside on hot, cold, or rainy days which is awesome.  I have a lot of fun cycling to the beat of the music I put on to exercise to. It puts me in a good mood. An extra plus is that it is really helping to realign my knees. Yay! I also like that you can fold the bike up and store it without it taking up a lot of space and looking ugly. Mom made an excellent purchase when she got this bike.

Tunes For Tuesday - It's Just A Feeling Playlist

Hello all! I was feeling weird today. One moment I was feeling normal and then I was suddenly struck by a strange mood. The only thing I could think of that was close what I felt was "The Mean Reds." That feeling that is described in both the book and movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's." Even then I'm not sure that was the feeling. Anyway, when I sat down to make my playlist I noticed I kept picking songs that made me think of strange moods. So I decided to call the playlist It's Just A Feeling. Even though most of these songs are not exactly happy they did make my feel more relaxed. That made me feel a lot better. Well the playlist and watching the movie August Rush which is about music made me feel better. Maybe I just needed to listen to music today and luckily I did listen to quite a bit of music.

It's Just A Feeling Playlist

1. Youth - Daughter
2. Kingdom of Rust - Doves
3. Charlie Boy - The Lumineers
4. Sing For Absolution - Muse
5. Cold Day In Heaven - Delta Rae
6. Eggshells - Landon Pigg
7. Lucky - AURORA
8. Dancing In The Dark - Ruth Moody
9. Colorblind - Counting Crows
10. Have You Got In You - Imogen Heap
11. Talk - Coldplay
12. Extraordinary Machine - Fiona Apple

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

My Internet Is Down.

Hello all. Sorry for the lack of a post today. My internet is down for some reason. I am posting this note with the 4G on my phone. However, to post anything else I would need to use the computer.  So annoying. Hopefully the problem will be resolved soon. Keep it shiny!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Epic TV Show Tag! (Featuring My Mom)

I decided to have my mom guest star this week. We did the tv show tag because we love to watch our shows. I apologize ahead of time for occasionally talking at the same time as mom. I was just really excited to have her there. Lol!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Weekly Obsession Wednesday - Quirky Music Is The Bomb!

Hello! It's weekly obsession time. It was easy to think of my obsessions this week, so I must really love them all.

#3 My New Haircut

I felt like a change with my hair that was artistic. I already had a one side shaved haircut and I started looking a some pictures where girls had shaved both sides of their head leaving the middle section long. I decided to give that style a go, so I had mom cut my hair for me. It might be odd but I like the style. It have enough hair to put in styles like a ponytail or french twist, but less hair to wash and style at the same time. If I want to cover my shaved sides I can part my hair a certain way and they are covered. Thus, it is a edgy hair cut the can be conservative when I want it to be. Fun!

#2 Does You Inspire You On Vinyl

I haven't gotten any new vinyl for a very long time. I decided to get something off my Amazon wishlist to keep adding to my collection. Chairlift's first album "Does You Inspire You" caught my musical mood so I ordered it. This is album is a cool re-release edition in white vinyl. I was super excited when it arrived in the mail. I was extra excited when I played it on my turn table. I sounded so good! I could hear every single vocal and instrument clearly it was mixed so brilliantly. I rarely notice the difference between digital and vinyl, but the difference is definitely noticeable difference with this album. I love it!


My mom introduced me to music by the Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora a few months ago. I immediately loved her music but I wasn't obsessed yet. I blame my lack of obsession on the fact that I hadn't yet listened hadn't listened to enough of her songs, and also hadn't listened to her music on good speakers or in my headphones. I finally got around to listening to her album "All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend" on my headphones this week and cue my obsession. There are many things that I love about Aurora as a musician. Her style and lyrics are true to her and no one else sounds like her. Every song on her album is good. She performs brilliantly live by throwing her self fully into the interpretations of the songs. She has excellent music videos. On top of it all her interviews are lovely. She just seems like a wonderful quirky creative person. I can't stop listening to her music and singing her songs. I'm so obsessed that I have to post three videos of this girl. Haha!

Tunes For Tuesday - My Writing Playlist Pt. 2

Hello all! After a long break I have started working on my poetry book again. While working I was enjoying listening to the writing playlist I made in January. However, there were some different songs that I thought of that I would like to listen to while writing. Hence, I decided to make a second writing playlist. I feel like this one ended up having a darker tone to it, but you never know when you might be in the mood for that while writing.

 My Writing Playlist Pt.2

1. Crash Into Me - Dave Mathews Band
2. Warrior - AURORA
3. The Cave - Mumford & Sons
4. I've Seen It All - Bjork
5. My Eyes - The Lumineers
6. A Case Of You - Joni Mitchel
7. I Don't Know What To Do - Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johannson
8. Here With Me - Dido
9. Heart Shaped Box - Nirvana
10. #1 Crush - Garbage
11. Life On Mars - David Bowie
12. Razor's Edge - Digital Daggers
13. Read My Mind - The Killers
14. Hello - Adele

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Monthly Recommendations: 1 Year Anniversary

It's the 1 year anniversary of the Monthly Recommendations group. To celebrate we are recommending one book for each of the themes that they've had over the year. Which is why this video is on the long side but I hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Thursday Dance Topics - Moment of Fever Dance Film

I'm really into looking at different dance art films. So I went to look for one to share today. I found this one particularly interesting. This had very simplistic choreography at first but it still kept me interested because of the intriguing concepts, music, locations, and camera work. Near the middle there  starts to be some creative choreography. I loved the way the dancers used entwined their arms in these sections and also how the dance used the lack of moment to make a point. It's certainly a thought provoking piece.