Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Beautiful Covers Book Tag

The best way to talk about pretty books!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Weekly Obsession Wednesday - Music, Music, Music

Hello all. This is a very musical weekly obsessions this time around. I don't have a countdown this time, because I love all these obsessions this week equally. I was a really fun week and weekend.

Anthems for the Apocalypse by Jonathan Jackson + Enation

On Friday July 14th Jonathan Jackson + Enation's new album was released. Jonathan Jackson and his brother Richard who is the drummer in the band did an album signing at my local Barnes and Noble. Since Enation is a favorite band of mine as well and my mom's we decided to go there get the CD of the album. It was wonderful briefly chatting Jonathan and Richard for a second time. We met them at a meet and greet at one of their concerts for their previous album. They are both such sweet and kind people. Of course we got our copy of the new album signed which is pretty cool. I love this new album. It's very progressive rock which really shows of the the talent of the musicians. I also love the stories in the song writing and the melodies. I can not stop listening to Anthems for the Apocalypse. Seriously every song on it is good. We have tickets to see Enation in concert in September. I'm so excited!

New Vinyl Records

I may have gone a bit crazy on vinyl purchasing this week. First I found Green Day's American Idiot album on Amazon for 30% off so I decided to order it. Then I was at the a fore mentioned Barnes and Nobel and just could not resist the vinyl section. I ended up buying Coldplay's Viva La Vida and Changes One Bowie by David Bowie. All of these albums are the bomb. They are all wonderful displays of musicianship. I'm so happy to have them as part of my collection. As an extra bit of fun my copy of Changes One came in clear vinyl. Only half of the re-released versions of this album were printed in clear vinyl so it is pretty cool that I snagged one.

The Little Mermaid Sing-A-Long

I love the Disney film The Little Mermaid. It was the first movie I remember seeing in a movie theater. When the I saw that The Franklin Theatre was having a Sing-A-Long event for The Little Mermaid I knew that I had to go. I didn't care if I was an adult. Haha! My mom and my friend Katrina went with me because they also love a good sing-a-long. I went dressed in my Ariel tank top, mermaid scale skirt, and my red wig. As soon as I walked up the the theater a little girl said "Hi Ariel!" to me. How cute is that?! Actually a couple other kids thought I was the real Ariel which gave me a giggle and weirdly made me feel like a Disney Princess. Mom, Katrina, and I had a blast singing the songs and acting out the dialogue occasionally in our seats. They had props like bubbles to blow during the song "Under The Sea" as well. Which was additional fun. Katrina and I always want to sing when we go to musicals, but we can't without being rude. At this event we could sing to our heart's content. I had a great time.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Tunes For Tuesday - Light and Darkness Playlist

Hello all. I got the idea to do a playlist that centered around songs with the work light and dark/darkness in the titles. I love how the playlist turned out. It has a very cohesive sound to me.

Light and Darkness Playlist

1. This Darkness - Jonathan Jackson + Enation
2. Darkness and Light - John Legend, Brittany Howard
3. Dancing In The Dark - Imagine Dragons
4. Light My Fire - The Doors
5. Dark Necessities - Red Hot Chili Peppers
6. Everlasting Light - The Black Keys
7. Writer In The Dark - Lorde
8. Lights - Ellie Goulding
9. My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark - Fall Out Boy
10. In The Light - The Lumineers

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

BookTube-A-Thon TBR 2017

I am so excited to join Booktube-A-Thon this time around. Here are the books I want to read for the challenges.

Weekly Obsession Wednesday - Clockwork Princess and Haven

Hello all. I only have two true obsessions this week. It seemed like if I wasn't reading one I the was watching the other. Haha!

Clockwork Princess

Yay! I read the last book in The Infernal Devices Trilogy Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I was so obsessed with this book. It's one of the those novels that is difficult to put down, and that I thought about when I wasn't reading it.  It was such an excellent story that I got highly invested in. Clockwork Princess is also one of the few books in my history of reading that made me cry. That a is a rare feat for a book. I think I read this one quicker that any of the Cassandra Clare's Shadow Hunters novels I've read previously. I loved it and someday I will most certainly read Clockwork Princess again.

Season 5 of Haven

A few years ago I loved the TV show Haven. However, because of the ever changing scheduling of the show on the Syfy channel I lost track of the show and never got to watch all of the final season. I finally got around to starting to binge watch the show in full on Netflix. I finished with the final season this week. I was in full binge watch addiction mode by the time I got near the end. I kept trying to squeeze in an episode more than I usually do. Season 5 was just that addicting. The situations the characters find themselves in are the craziest they have ever been in on the show. That is saying something considering the show is about a town that is filled with people who have dangerous super powers that are curses. I'm so happy that the series had a solid ending. I was really worried that it wouldn't, because the show is so complex. I enjoyed the whole series over all which is awesome. Although it did make me cry a couple of times. What is it with everything making me cry this week? Haha!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Weekly Obsession Wednesday - Top 5 Obsessions of the Last Few Weeks

Hello all! As you know I missed posting the Weekly Obsessions post for the past couple of weeks. Mostly because I was super exhausted because of a couple physical issues. Things are going great now though. If I listed all the things I've enjoyed over the past few of weeks the list would go on forever. Thus, I decided to go for my top five favorites.

#5 Super Long Leg Warmers

One of the things I was dealing with a couple weeks ago was hamstring tendinitis. It has healed up pretty nicely but the experience stressed to me the importance of keeping my leg muscles warm when I'm teaching dance class or taking a dance class. I realized that I didn't have any leg warmers that went up over my hamstrings, so of course I went on Amazon a ordered a pair of red long leg warmers. I love these leg warmers so much! They go almost all the way to my hips, and they have done a great job at keeping my legs warm. They are also super soft which is always an extra plus.

#4 Parachutes In Vinyl

Coldplay's album Parachutes was been on my Amazon wishlist for a while. I always check my wishlist to see if anything has dropped in price. A couple of weeks ago Parachutes dropped to 30% off. It was the perfect time to order this album. I really enjoy reading to Coldplay's music and I love reading while listening to vinyl records playing. Thus, Parachutes is a great addition to my collection.

#3 Melodrama by Lorde

I started listen to Lorde's new album Melodrama not long after it released. What makes me so happy about this album is that I enjoy it just as much as I did her first. I love it when a music artist keeps staying awesome. What I love about Melodrama is that it's feels kind of like watching a movie. The song writing has a cinematic structure that puts across strong imagery and the album has a great cohesive theme. I also love that the melodies of the songs allow for Lorde to do some new and different things with her vocals than what I heard before in her other work. It's one of those albums where if you listen to it many times over you always hear something new and different in the songs.

#2 The Breakfast Club Soundtrack In Vinyl

Since I was able to get the a fore mentioned Parachutes for such a good deal I figured I had room in my vinyl budget for one more album. It turned out Amazon has another long time wishlisted album on sale. That album was the soundtrack for the film The Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club is one of my favorite films. I had to have the music from the movie in vinyl. I really enjoy this soundtrack and not just for the popular 80's tunes it features. I also like the instrumental synth songs the soundtrack features. It's a great listen in vinyl and as a plus I got it in limited edition "dandruff"white. I kid you not that is exactly how Amazon describes the color and every time I think about it I laugh. Movie reference!

#1 Re-reading Anne's House of Dreams

A couple Sunday's ago I went to visit my grandpa with my parents. He lives four hours away so we usually drive there in the morning, spend time with him, and then drive home in the evening. I thought the perfect book to bring with me on the road trip would be Anne's House of Dreams which is the fifth book in the Anne of Green Gables series. I love Anne books so much! They are great road trip books because they aren't super long and they are just feel good books. Even though I haven't re-read the series in a long while I've always remembered Anne's House of Dreams being my favorite of the series. It's safe to say that it is still my favorite. Not only do I love Anne and Gilbert, but the supporting characters in House of Dreams are the best. It was a wonderful read for traveling though I was smart enough to pause reading when I got to the one part that makes me cry, and waited to read the rest of the book when I got home. Haha!

Tunes For Tuesday - Red, White, and Blue Playlist

Hello all. I let the July 4th holiday inspire my playlist for today. I picked out some songs that featured the words red, white, and blue in the title. It's a crazy little playlist but I think it fun. Happy 4th of July!

Red, White, and Blue Playlist

1. Red Dirt Girl - Emmylou Harris
2. White Flag - Dido
3. Blue Jean - David Bowie
4. Red Light - U2
5. White Wedding - Billy Idol
6. Blue Jeans - Lana Del Rey
7. Red Eyes - Switchfoot
8. White Flag - Joseph
9. Blue Skies - Blue October
10. Red Hot Lights - Moon Taxi
11. White Teeth Teens - Lorde
12. Blue Ridge Mountains - Fleet Foxes

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Did Fidget Spinners Help With My ADD?

I have some nervous ticks because of my ADD. I tried using fidget spinners to see if they really do help with ADD focus and compulsive behavior. Here are my thoughts.