Monday, December 23, 2013

Things I'm Loving Lately

People who know me know that I get a little obsessed about things that I think are awesome. When I was in college, I was all about the Jane Austen (Still am. Check the blog, and the cat), followed by Grey's Anatomy, Bones, Jane Eyre, Harry Potter, etc etc. As a prelude to Christmas, I thought I'd share some things that I've been enjoying lately.

Christmas Cookies. Last weekend, I helped my sister bake about a million sugar cookies for her employees as a Christmas present. It was long, hard work and I'm so glad that we're finally able to enjoy the fruits of our labor now (ourmom, aunt and cousin helped decorate them on Thursday, which made that part go faster). They're pretty tasty, just so time intensive.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Okay, so I've been a Joss Whedon fan since high school, but this week, my love of all things Buffy came back with a vengeance. I got to talking about it with my work friend, Leah, who is also a fan, and I've been looking through the episodes on Wikipedia, and now I'm watching it on Netflix. It's like when you look for hidden meaning in great works of literature. I look for hidden meaning early episodes to make sense of later ones. Yes. I'm a nerd.
Small Houses. I've been wanting to get my own place since college. I lived alone for about six months, and enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. Awhile back, I discovered tiny houses, specifically from Tumbleweed Houses. They have super tiny houses that go on trailers, that you can take with you, but those are too small for me. They also have small houses that have a foundation, that are more my style. I'd love to build one, and set up shop writing stories. They look so comfortable and cost-effective.
This is the Exterior of the Whidbey model, built by a woman in Arkansas:
And this is the interior. It's so open and bright. I love it.
Check out the whole house here. So adorable.

Christmas Decor. We never really have a theme outside of "Christmas" for our house for Christmas. Just well loved ornaments that we've treasured for years. And my mom's Nativity obsession. We have at least three Nativity scenes up right now, some we've had more than others.
We've had this set since I was a little kid. 
The latest addition, made by a friend at church. Sorry for the grainy quality.
Last year, my mom got four Peanuts figurines (Charlie Brown-Saxaphone, Snoopy-Electric Guitar, Lucy-Flute, Shroeder-Piano) that wirelessly connect to each other and play music. This year, my mom discovered that they'd also come out with Linus last year, so my dad bought it for her. He plays trumpet, like I did. Linus was always my favorite.

Hot Chocolate. Last night, before my church's third annual Song & Story, my dad and I stopped at Starbucks for Hot chocolate. It's been so cold in Iowa lately that hot chocolate all the time sounds wonderful. I'm also debating making the Polar Express Hot Chocolate for Christmas Eve.

Candy Crush. I will fully admit that I'm totally obsessed with this game. ANd when I have to wait for more lives, I got a very similar game called Frozen Fall, based off Disney's Frozen, that I got for my Galaxy S III. Instead of breaking apart candy, you break up ice. And you get the added benefit of having Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff helping you. So fun!

That's pretty much it. I'm looking forward to Christmas. It's at our house this year, which makes it easy for me to slip away for a nap, if I need to. I'm really looking forward to seeing my favorite cousin, Laura. She's thirteen years younger than me, and my Mini Me. I haven't seen her in forever, so I'm definitely looking forward to that. I'm also looking forward to seeing her Airman older brother, who recently graduated from Air Force boot camp. I talked to him a few weeks ago, and he seems to be doing really well. It'll be nice to see him. As he's now an adult (how did THAT happen), his life will be as sporadic as the rest of ours. 

Disney Dream, September 20ll

Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Time Is Here

And I am keeping as busy as I possibly can (she says, sitting in her jammies at 11:17 AM on a Monday morning, watching Food Network). Actually I'm on a break. Last week was SUPER busy, with my church's Ladies Christmas Dinner on Thursday, the Women of Faith Telecast at church on Friday night, a Celebration of life concert on Saturday evening, Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon. We have three more performances this coming weekend, and then we'll be done until Spring. A week from Sunday, my sis and I are also the Emcees of our church's Song & Story Variety Potluck Dinner show. This Friday night, I have a Christmas party (my second of the season, actually. I almost never do Christmas parties).

The kitties are ready for Christmas.

Janie's ready for Christmas!

Miss Tris believes she's a present.

Quite the dapper Henry.
The concerts this weekend went really well. I'm singing "Who Would Imagine a King" as a duet with my dad. I hope to get a video of it this weekend (My videographer opted to treat a friend to a much-needed girl's day, but promised she'd get it this weekend). To see the kind of performances we do, here's a video from about two years ago, last time dad and I sang (I wasn't singing with my dad for this song. That's Ron, the then-president). We were singing a song called "This is Our Son," and it's by far, my favorite song from any of the seasons I've sung with the group.

**Fun Facts: My parents met in the Celebration of Life Choir back in 1980, and my dad started working with them in 1975. I feel I owe this group my mere existence, so thanks, COL!

Our current group.
Earlier last week, we decorated our tree. I'm glad it's finished now, because when just my ornaments were up, it looked a little sad.

I don't know if you can see it, but my computer is making the lights twinkle.
We don't have twinkle lights! So cool!
We also got snow yesterday, but it's supposed to get into the 30's later this week (Thank God), so I don't think it's going to last long. How's the weather been for you? I've been absolutely freezing! To the bones, even. My bones and joints have been sore because of the cold. Not cool, soda pop.

I'm looking forward to Christmas. It's at our house this year, and might be the last one we have here (My 4-person family unit is hoping to grow out and go our separate ways. Or at least split down the middle. My parents together, then my sis and I), so I'll enjoy it while it lasts. 

I'm hoping to spend more time blogging in the future, so here's hoping I succeed. Enjoy those Christmas movies! We've already watched Scrooge, Miracle on 34th Street, The Santa Clause and The Santa Clause 2 (Don't hate). Last week, my sis and I also saw Frozen, and I can't recommend it enough! I mean, just watch Idina Menzel's showstopper as Snow Queen, Elsa.

Wonderful story about the love between sisters. Glad I saw it with mine. I totally want to see it again! I think I've even convinced my sister to run the 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon with me as Elsa (Kiri) and Anna (Me). Now to get on that. :-)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

I'm not a huge fan of going around the dinner table and sharing what I'm thankful for (and neither is my family, since we don't actually do that in our traditions). Not that I don't have a lot that I'm thankful for, but I don't necessarily feel the need to voice it out loud (I live in constant fear of snarkastic judgement). But this year in particular, I wanted to share some things that I'm thankful for, especially since I feel like some things are starting to catch up to me. Without further ado, here we go.

  1. I'm thankful for my parents, how hard they work, and everything they've taught my sister and I about being decent, Godly women. 
  2. I'm thankful for my big sister, and glad she's home with a job she enjoys. I like living with my best friend (something I never really experienced in college, until senior year, when my best friend lived in the same building).
  3. I'm thankful for my best friend, Lauren, with whom I can share anything. Wish we lived closer together.
  4. I'm thankful for the Nebraska Humane Society, all that they do, and how kind they are. We had to go through something this week, and they were as kind as they could be. When we were training Oliver, they were always there with an answer to our questions. I appreciate all they do, and support them, hopefully monetarily soon.
  5. I'm thankful for my kitties. They've been especially kind and cuddly this week (due to what we had to go through earlier this week, which shall remain private). Now I just pray that I can figure out what's going on with Jane's rash when I take her to the vet tomorrow.
  6. I'm thankful to have a job, even if the trek out there is really long. Since we lost my original client, things have been really slow for me at work, but anytime I've expressed concern over my employment, my supervisor was very quick to tell me that I am needed, they're just ironing out details.
  7. I'm thankful for all the writer friends I've met through Goodreads, Facebook, and Blogging. Once again, having someone experienced to answer my questions has been extremely beneficial to this crazy indie publishing adventure I've been on.
  8. I'm thankful that I love my church. I love the message that I get every week (it always seems to be something I need to hear), and I love how it feels like an extended family. Everyone is always happy to see you there. Definitely gives me the warm fuzzies. 
  9. I'm thankful to have a vacation in 84 days that I'm looking forward to. We're really getting close!

Overall, I'm pretty happy with my life. I know I could be much worse off, and considering where I am, I have a drive to reach a higher peak. I'm getting there. Hopefully I get there soon, even if I didn't succeed in my goals that I set for myself on New Year's. Life's a journey. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

I am a HUGE baseball fan. Mostly minor league, because I grew up with a popular stadium across the river that is no more (Rosenblatt, may she rest in peace). It used to be a fifteen minute drive to see a baseball game, but now it's about half an hour. We didn't get out to many games this season. In fact, I only got to this one game. But it was stunningly beautiful outside, we got wider seats in the shade, and the game was really exciting!

The first homerun of the game!

Game Buddies

Far Left Field
So far away!

There's a Family Fun area with a playground and carousel

Center Field
Even Further Still!

Right Field
Who sits back here?!
This is our new field, Werner Park. It's considerably smaller than Rosenblatt, which closed in 2010, but I think the layout is fantastic. It's not too big (I find Major League stadiums too big), so I can keep track of what's going on in the game while going to the bathroom, or getting a funnel cake. It's nice and breezy, and where we sat, there was no sun, so it was all nice and cool.

Our team is the Omaha Storm Chasers, and the game was VERY exciting today. So many runs, lots of pop up balls, foul balls, line drives, plus at least two home runs. It was awesome!

Mom and I are talking about getting season tickets for next year. They got them my senior year of college, and I was able to go to several games with them that summer. I love baseball. It's one of the few sports I love. I'm an artsy girl, but I love me some baseball. I get it from my mom.

Farewell, Storm Chasers! Until Next Year!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fifty Ways to Leave Your HusbandFifty Ways to Leave Your Husband by K.C. Wilder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was just coming off a chick lit high of reading Blogger Girl by fellow author, Meredith Schorr when I was looking for another book to devour, and this one came into view.
I wasn't sure what to think at first, because typically books about women in their late 30's/early 40's don't really connect with me (I'm 27), but I found protagonist Eve Woolcot to be very likeable, and personable. And I could relate to going on vacation with your girlfriends, too. Best trips ever! But what happened to Eve this time around is that her partner in crime, Tamara, of the foul mouths (typically I can't stand swearing, but as a character trait, it seemed to be a great contrast to Eve's more conservative nature) was unable to attend. Instead of turning around to go home to her most likely cheating husband, she decided a few days with a few books sounded great. It was here that she met Finn, who changed her world for the better.
For the first several chapters, I really had no idea where author K.C. Wilder was going, but after the first real obstacle hit Eve (antidepressant detox fail!), there was most definitely a flow and I couldn't stop reading! I love it when characters who are meek in personality get some back bone. It's so cathartic for me, as a reader, and that's one of the great things about well-written books: They let you sneak along for the ride, almost like a spy. Parts of the book (which Wilder admits in her author bio) were extremely graphic. Not for the faint of heart, but overall, I absolutely love this book.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Ivan Mihaljevic and Side Effects

What I look for in music that I enjoy is creative themes and instrument uses. I can actually pick out bits of pieces in music that I love and memorize because I think they're so creative. I used to listen to Movie Soundtracks for the purpose of finding music that wasn't too popular because it had amazing moments.

Now Ivan Mihaljevic and Side Effects, is a group I've never heard of, like the last group I covered,  Barclay & Ichinose, and if all music that comes out of Europe is like this, then Europe is where it's at music-wise.


The song I listened to the most is off their newest album, CounterClockwise, and called Driving Force. Take a listen:

I like the build up of the plucked guitar, into the driving electric guitar and drums. The lead singer, Ivan, has a great baritone and his words are clearly sung (something I appreciate), which is great when the message of the song in particular is as follows:

Our dreams are a driving force
Of our passion, only source
They should be in command of our life's course
If you don't have a goal in front of you
From my humble point of view
You feel depressed 'cause there's nothing to do

Anyone who knows me knows how I value aspirations and dreams, as they give you a reason to do something. I think it's something that all artists can get behind because if artists didn't have dreams, we wouldn't be doing what we're doing. That's the whole message behind "Driving Force." I much prefer songs with messages that are clearly defined, and that's a big reason (aside from their musical brilliance) that I can get behind it. 

I couldn't tell if the other two band members, Marko Karacic Karo (Bass) and Alen Frljak (drums) were also singing when the vocals broke up into parts, but the harmonies are amazing and interesting. If it's Ivan singing his own harmony, that's pretty epic, too. Sometimes that's the only way to get great blending.

About halfway through the song, the entire rhythm changed, and it was a bit more swingy, with a 6/8 beat, which feels like indecision of people without dreams to me (there I go, reading into music again), but with a beat like 1-2-3...4-5-6, it sounds like someone is making a decision, but backtracking, over and over again. In my experince with people without dreams (or at least without BIG dreams), this is exactly how they are: Indecisive and stuck where they are. Talk about fabulous musical painting!

I always get apprehensive when new music is recommended to me, because I'm afraid I won't like it. This is twice now that I've enjoyed what has been suggested to me. Maybe this is the world saying I need to try new things. Maybe I need to open up my musical repetoire again (I had a HUGE music collection in college!), and stop listening to the same six CDs that are in my car. 

I really can't recommend this group enough. They need to be internationally known. I hope I can help bring them to America!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Blogger GirlBlogger Girl by Meredith Schorr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kim Strong is a girl that I think I'd be friends with. She reminded me a LOT of myself. Working to get by, despite being bored to tears at my job, and kind of drifting along, not allowing anything to change. She also can hold a grudge, much like me, and cherishes her closest friends above all else, again like me. Seriously. This book was like reading a what if I'd actually moved to New York after college like I had planned.
This was a really fun story. I enjoyed the dialogue, the misadventures, and the complete change that Kim went through. I feel that's the mark of a good story: How the main character changes over the course of the entire story. How they grow, how their opinions change when given new information.
Kim's high school nemesis wrote a book, and it was a book that everyone had so far adored. Kim, a well-known chick lit blogger is reluctant to read it, as she had so many bad memories of this Queen Bee from high school. We've all been there, I'm sure. We always hope our high school enemies end up penniless in the street (Just me? Moving on...). With the push of her new boyfriend, Nicholas, and the pestering of her sister, Erin (who is obsessed with this person), she reads the book and much to her chagrin, she likes it.
This is where it really started to hit home. This is where it really started to click with me, and that's what I love about certain books: When I find the main character completely similar to where I am in life, and I learn something new about myself, as well. Bravo.
I really enjoyed this book. If I like I book, it doesn't take me long to read it. This one took me a few days (which is normal for me. I work a LOT), but I found myself picking it up every chance I got. That's definitely the mark of a good book in my opinion.
I did receive this book as an ARC, but the opinions are completely my own.

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

How I Made Over $42,000 in 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooksHow I Made Over $42,000 in 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks by Cheryl Kaye Tardif
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was fortunate enough to get this book while it was on promotion awhile back, and I devoured it. I've read several books on marketing for indie authors, as I AM an indie author with dreams of making writing my full-time job. When I went to college for Creative Writing, they never taught us the business side of writing, or HOW we can make money as professional authors. It was frustrating, being told to get the Publishers Guide. There had to be a better way to be a writer, and be a professional writer.

This book unlocked so many hidden doors for me. There are so many options for marketing in this book, and Ms. Tardif laid them out in such a concise manner that I got really excited to continue my book series just so I could start on the writing. She made it sound...dare I say it? Fun!

Almost immediately after finishing this book, I started to put her tips into practice. I joined the writing networks she suggested, I made several professional acquaintances. My Facebook and Twitter followers have grown so much because of this. I haven't seen any additional sales due to KDP, but that's partly my own fault, as I only have one book available right now. But I'm working hard to finish the second two books in my series so I can see where these steps will take me.

Written by Rebekah Martin author of Sugar and Spies

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Wedding Weekend!

"When my roommate came through the door, I thought it was you, pulling a Golden Girls finale and coming back for a final goodbye!" The blogger's best friend, and short twin texted.

Self-portraits are awkward. Much like us.

"I'd have to say her for two reasons," The blogger's sister and traveling companion answered their cousin when asked who was more attractive, the cousin or his wife. "A, she's not related to me, which is a trait I always find attractive in a person, and B, she's got Boobs!" The cousin couldn't argue either point, and a memorable moment was made.

The Cousin's Daughter, and Adorable Flower Girl
"I never want to get in a car again," She said in a most ridiculous manner, as if she never would get in a moving vehicle again.

Nebraska Cornfields. Check out that sky!

"I want to see you again later this week," The chiropractor added as the blogger stood up from the adjustment table. "Your back is a mess!"

Colorado Mountains: Meteorological Irony
These are a few memorable moments from my weekend with my family out in Colorado Springs (And after, considering the visit to the chiro, which holy cow! I feel better!

Last week, my family was lamenting how sad we were that none of us could make it to my cousin, Andrew's wedding this last weekend. I'd paid all my bills for my paycheck, checked my bank balance, and decided I could afford the gas to get there as long as I could impose on the generosity of my aunt and uncle (who are two of the most generous people in the history of ever). My mom then decided that my sister had to come with, as it would be the first time all six of my grandpa's grandchildren would be together (when we were little, the youngest hadn't been born yet).

The drive was long, and my sister and I stopped off in Centennial, Colorado, to see my best friend, Lauren, who took us to Cafe Rio, a restaurant that was a cross between Qdoba and Pepperjax. I got the Salmon Taco specials, and Lauren also convinced us to try their Mint Limeade. It was so refreshing after an eight hour car trip. On our way out, we also sampled their horchata, and a shot cup of it was just enough. It was heavy, but that little cup was perfectly delicious.

Afterward, we headed down to Monument, where the rehearsal dinner, and later the wedding, was going to take place. It was a beautiful hotel, and the wedding was taking place in the back under a gazebo. There was a great view. My sister and I had a great time catching up with our cousin, Ann, who'd come up from Florida, leaving her husband and their two sons at home. We also caught up with the aforementioned generous aunt. Aside from being tired and nursing a headache from lack of sleep and a long drive, I enjoyed myself.
(L-R) Ann, Andrew, Kiri, Weston, Julie, Me
This picture was supposed to just be us, but Andrew and his son, Wes, photobombed us. Goofballs. :-)

Britney, the lovely Bride, and my uncle Jim (Her father-in-law)
The next morning, I don't know if it was the time change (Central to Mountain), or not sleeping well, but I was up at 6:30. I left my sister to sleep and went to the sitting room downstairs to read, but spent some time with my cousin's children, Wes and Shay, who were watching TeenNick.
I could get used to this view. For seriously.
When my sister got up, we made breakfast for everyone before heading over to my cousin, Joe's house, where Ann was staying, to get ready and wait for Grandpa to come pick up his girls.

Makeup is Serious Business.
Ann was funny. She's a coffee fanatic, much like me. On our way to the wedding, we were turning onto the street where the venue was and we saw a coffee shop, so we stopped. I thought Ann was going to drive over a curb to get coffee. My kind of person. ;-) But we had a nice date with grandpa. My grandpa's adorable. He seems like a tough old-school kind of guy, but give him the option to get a frou frou coffee drink, and he'll get it.
Photo by Ann
The wedding, itself, was beautiful. There were tons of stormy clouds everywhere, and it was sprinkling a lot, but when it came time for the actual wedding, it was sunny and peaceful. I think that's a good sign.

Andrew and Britney
Andrew has two children, and Britney is such a good stepmom to them. Her family welcomed them with open arms (and even us, who we'd probably not see again). Wes and Shay are two very lucky children. And some of the most polite, articulate and imaginative that I've ever met. I love seeing and talking to children like that. Gives me hope that the world isn't going to end.

The joining of two families.
Playing off their name, the wedding favors were Pez dispensers. My sister got a C3PO (that I had to steal back from a kid who stole it from underneath my sister's sweater), and I got a Goofy, which I gave to my daddy, as he loves Goofy. The cake topper were these two fun dispensers. I think these are amazing, and need to stay on display in their house. Seriously.

Viva Creative Wedding Choices!
One of the best parts of the wedding, though, was getting to see my grandfather surrounded by all of his grandchildren. It was heartwarming, and I love being his granddaughter (youngest granddaughter, I might add. LOL). He's such a sweet old man. He had to say goodbye to his longtime companion/pet, Bobby, today, but the poor puppy was old and had been sick for a long time. At least he's got a lot of people who love him to comfort him (wish I could be there for him).

Back L-R: Andrew, Joe, Danny, Ann
Front: L-R: Me, Grandpa, Kiri
On Sunday, my sister and I made the long (and I mean LONG) drive back home, by way of our mother's hometown, St. Francis, KS, to visit our grandparents' grave. It was a long drive that was completely out of our way (any by that I mean it made a longer drive than actually getting to Colorado), but it was a good drive. We had Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as read by Stephen Fry for the trip (love it!), and it was nice to zone out and focus on another world.

We haven't been to Sainty in almost ten years. Not since we lost our beloved grandmother in January 2004.

Winifred Lippert
February 23, 1928-January 1, 2004

Jackob Lippert
December 4, 1915-August 2, 1986
I cried, I admit. With seeing pictures of my paternal grandmother (who died less than a year after this one) at my aunt's house, and returning to a church holding so many memories, crying was gonna happen. As we were leaving the cemetery, happy memories came through, like Roman Candle Fights, and playing baseball in the yard (and grandma getting a homerun!). It was good to be back.

I was so glad to be home last night, in my own bed, cuddling my own cat. Jane wasn't happy I left her, but she was happy to have me back, as she's kept in view of me the entire time I've been home.

Welcome to the family, Britney, we're completely insane a lot of the time, but we're glad to have you with us.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

"Night Draws Nigh" by Barclay & Ichinose

Oh, my gosh, you guys. I told you I was going to review some music, as I've started accepting work for reviews on, and this last week, I got my first job. I was a bit apprehensive at first, being as it's the first review, but honestly, they blew me away. I'm pretty excited to tell you about them.

They are Barclay & Ichinose, and they hail from Italy. Joe Simon Barclay sings, plays guitar, and keys. Randy Ichinose sings, plays guitar, drums and produces. On the demo that I was sent, the voices sound fairly similar, so it was hard to tell if it was one person, or both men singing. Regardless, they definitely sounded like the punk, pop and rock that influence them.

The song, Night Draws Nigh starts out with a very sweet, almost lullaby twang (maybe that's just me, but I fall asleep to random music all the time, thank you, Pandora!), but at :38, it did a complete 180-turn and there was a harder beat, more obscure time signature (I've been a piano player for almost twenty-three years. I know time signatures), and the lyrics rang out over heavy guitar and drum sounds.

The message of Night Draws Nigh is a very adventurous one, but turns melancholy. He is racing to the moon, flying, dizzy and feeling no pain, almost as if in a drug or alcohol-induced stupor. But it goes on to ask the real hard-hitting question, "Why I'm not smiling Am I quenching my happiness?" That is the question to ask, isn't it? 

A lot of musicians rely solely on sound, I notice. When I was in junior high and going to youth group a lot at church, I recall hearing people say they like a specific groups musical stylings, but they didn't listen to the lyrics. What we were all too young to understand is that lyrics and words have a habit of getting inside your head and making you think long and hard about them. If done well, that is. It's why I love words: they make you think. I probably listened to this song three or four times before I actually listened while reading along with the lyrics. While reading them, that's when the lyrics really spoke a message to me. 

The lyrics end on a desolate note, where the narrator is lost, alone and no one can help him. He doesn't know why the night draws nigh. He knows no one understands what he's going through. But then the music goes back into a normal, less chaotic time signature, almost as if reality is returning, and real life is waking him up and shaking him loose. But there's still a mix of chaos in the dueling guitar and piano, two different melodies fighting for dominance, until they start to balance each other to a faded end.

So, I don't usually go this in-depth with any kind of reviews, because as a pseudo-English major in college, I HATED reading things into the way things were said, spelled, punctuated, etc, in literature, but music speaks to me. Music tells me things that I honestly don't get from books. Seriously. You should see me when I hear a piece of beautiful film music on Pandora. I stop, there's a trance until the song is over, and I move on. If it's done well, I can see a story playing out, much like I could here. 

I'll be keeping watch over Barclay & Ichinose's website (linked above), looking out for their next LP, which is set to drop at the end of 2013, or at the beginning of 2014 (as an artist, I know how annoying those release dates can be!). 

Nice work, guys. Feel free to let me know when your LP actually drops and I'll be sure to get a message out.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

New Reviews

Awhile back, I joined, hoping to make a couple bucks off doing odd jobs. I mostly offered to do edits on papers or articles, and also offered to review music on my blog.

I got my first request for a music review today. Haven't had an opportunity to listen to it in its entirety yet, but I will later today and will post my review. What I heard from it so far, I liked it, and I'm looking forward to hearing the entire thing.

If you're interested in checking it out now, here's their website:


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day!

Happy 237th Birthday, America, land that I love! 


I hope to come back tomorrow with a different recap (with more pics, hopefully with the help of my dad, who has a working phone camera, as mine is currently crap).

Tonight, my parents, sis and I will be heading to my aunt and uncle's house for their annual Independence Day BBQ. They always get the best fireworks, so I'm really looking forward to it.

Right now, we're doing our annual screening of Independence Day (best holiday movie EVER!), and a bit later, we're going swimming. Very low-key day. Just how I like my Staycations.

Be safe and remember the reason for the holiday.


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sunday Musings

Hi! Welcome back! It's been almost two weeks since my last post! Yikes! Did not mean to let it go so long, but truthfully, I have been going through some stuff, and needed to step away. Haven't had a lot of time to blog, and I wasn't sure what I wanted to blog.

You might have noticed some changes around here. I've had the blog over a year, and decided to change up the look a little bit. Give Jane Austen a little something summery. My garden's gotten so huge, I thought I could jazz dedicate the new backdrop to how great it looks!
I have FIVE Cabbage plants. I keep looking for the Cabbage Patch Kids

The first Eggplant flower. There are about four more flowers now!

I accidentally let a sweet potato grow vines, so now they're buried in the yard.

Yellow tomatoes! I hope they do well! I want them to do well so badly!
My love of kale might really be tested with how much of it I'm getting this cool, wet summer.

Zucchini Blossoms!

Strawberry flowers! I might get strawberries yet this summer!
I was looking back at the early pictures of my garden, and the amount that it's grown is absolutely amazing. My lackluster gardening efforts the last two years weren't for nothing. And we have a perfect backyard for planting. My plants are getting adequate sun, and with the soaker hose, it's easier to water them.

I've also been attempting to compost this year. Bought a $5 bin at Target, drilled some holes, dump my compostable items in it and give it a flip every few days. I'm thinking of getting two more bins as this one gets full, to have a three bin system that some people swear by.

Gardening has been an amazing stress reliever the last few weeks. Sometimes, when you butt heads with someone, there's nothing better than getting your hands into the dirt while belting a Sutton Foster song. 

I think my plants like the showtunes. I know I do. ;-)

So, not too exciting around here, lately, but hopefully I'll be able to use the zucchini blossoms for This Recipe. I'm looking forward to having fresh veggies. I've enjoyed the lettuce and kale so far, but I'm looking forward to everything that's in my garden.