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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Everlasting Love and Strength

Rainbows over Little Shuswap Lake in Chase BC. © Marvin Beatty Photography, 2011 
Your love, strength and beauty radiates and resides in your family and friends, and will carry on in your children and your children's children.

I woke up with those words on the morning of the day she had passed away.  My mother-in-law Cathy had passed away recently from a 2 year long battle with cancer.  Over the recent time she had spent in the hospital and hospice I was lucky enough to spend quality time with her and say everything in my heart; how much she meant to me and how much I loved her.  We got to revisit some good memories, I got to hold her hand, help her ease the pain and I got to tell her those beautiful words. It feels strange to not have her here with us any more, but I know she is looking over us now.  I believe it.

On the eve before her passing I experienced some things that will stay with me forever.  It made me have a stronger connection with my spirituality.  Some would say these events were pure coincidence, but I feel that the moments were too personal, too perfect for them to not be signs.  A sign for me to go be with her and loved ones, a sign for my boyfriend and I that someone is looking over us.  

I shared with her the second sign I saw that day because I felt it was for all of us in the family.  I went home from work after not being able to focus at the office for obvious reasons.  My boyfriend Dave had picked me up by the new bus loop near our home.  I mentioned I wanted to grab a coffee having been extremely tired, having stayed at the hospice past midnight the previous day.  Dave and I were not focused and only realized when we got to the gate of our underground parking that we forgot to grab some coffees.  Dave turned the car around and then stopped to point out his window; there up in the sky was a rainbow.  It was the most perfect rainbow I've ever seen.  So bright, so big, so beautiful and perfectly arced.  I instinctively had to jump out of the car to take a picture.  When I went to grab my camera though, it was too late...it had faded away before my eyes.  Then in that moment I knew that rainbow was for us.  A sign that everything would be okay.  We would've never seen that rainbow if we hadn't forgot our coffees...and it would've never lasted long enough for us to see it otherwise.

I miss her terribly, but glad she is no longer suffering and can now rest in peace.  She was an amazing woman.  She was a great wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend...the list goes on.  I'm so lucky to have had the pleasure of knowing her, having her in my life and being part of her family.  I feel blessed.  She has given me many great gifts in life.  She was like a mother to me and I love her dearly.

I have a lot of good memories of Cathy, some of them being the best memories of my life.  I'm so grateful for everything she has shared with me.  From her famous pumpkin pie, to the best vacation I've ever been on...that trip alone was a life changer.  I also had the chance to visit her hometown with her this past Easter; to see where she grew up and got married.  So much family history.  I will miss her loving face, her kindness, her hugs, her sense of humour...I will miss the fact she was so compassionate, warm-hearted and full of light.

She has helped me grow as a person and will forever be an inspiration to me.  I feel over the years that I've known her, she has passed some of her strength on to me.  When I came into this family I was far more fragile than I am now and after a few years I had been toughened up and toughened up even further.  Together we got through the toughest of times as she lent her strength, love and wisdom to us.  

Although it has been one heck of a rough year, there are a lot of things to be grateful for.  I've learned so much in this year...about myself, about life in general.  I know what I want out of life, I know who I want to spend it with, I know what really matters.  I am surrounded by the best people life has to offer and they have been with me through thick and thin.  These past couple of years wouldn't have been easy without the love and support that I've received by them.  A huge heartfelt thank you to everyone who has been there for me, for this family...the outpour of love has been tremendous and has helped a great deal in this time of our lives.

With time we will heal from this loss because for the mere fact she's not really gone.  A piece of her remains in everyone that she has touched and it will eventually overpower any feelings of sadness hanging in our hearts.  Love you always and forever.

Your love, strength and beauty radiates and resides in your family and friends, and will carry on in your children and your children's children.  

Friday, November 30, 2012

The X Factor: Red, White and Why is CeCe Frey Still Here?

If you're here, then you're most likely a fan of big time talent show, The X Factor.  This is my second X Factor entry on this blog; my first featured my favourite UK contestant from season 7, Cher Lloyd.  I'm happy to see that my predictions have been right; although she didn't win the competition, she has been successful after the show.  I love her fun, charming and poppy style and I really believe that she will continue to make waves in the music industry.

The beautiful Cher Lloyd rocking a red pouty lip
As the title suggests though, this entry will focus on The X Factor USA.  I've been following the second season and I've been enjoying it for the most part but find myself frustrated about some others, which I'll get into later.  There are definitely some wonderful acts that I have been rooting for.  At this point of the competition though, I see one act with the undeniable X Factor; that would be the amazingly talented Carly Rose Sonenclar.  At the tender age of 13 she has proven to be a force of nature with a remarkable singing voice.  She is a major sweetheart and never fails to captivate the audience.

America's sweetheart Carly Rose Sonenclar
Britney Spears is a great mentor and I feel she does a great job figuring out what works for her acts and what America wants to see.  Britney is the gravitational force that had me tune in.  The Queen of Pop definitely doesn't have trouble drawing in a crowd.  I'm so glad to see her on the judges panel.  I love Ms. Spears' funny facial expressions and honest feedback.  Her body of experience makes her a great asset to The X Factor team.

The many faces of Britney Spears
I feel the opposite about judge and mentor Demi Lovato.  While I think she's personally talented and very likeable, I feel she doesn't quite understand the competition.  Her acts have not been strong under her guidance.  I've never felt blown away by any of them during the live shows, except when Paige Thomas sang Coldplay's "Paradise" for a survival song (having been in the bottom 2.)  Everything about that performance was brilliant, but unfortunately Paige's talent couldn't be showcased in this fashion during regular live performances and she has been sent home this week.  I really wish the best of luck to Paige Thomas.  She seems like a very sweet person who has the passion and drive to follow her heart and dreams.

Paige Thomas and her adorable daughter on stage during auditions
I feel Demi really needs to start listening to Simon Cowell.  Every time Simon has an opinion about one of her acts, I am in full agreement.  I feel she is doing her acts a disservice by not taking any of Simon's feedback.  He's been doing this show for a long time and understands the perfect formulation for The X Factor.

Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell in disagreement on the X Factor judges panel
Demi makes a lot of bad decisions, but I think there is one decision she should have never made.  I saw a star in one of the acts she didn't put through onto the live shows.  I believe that if Jillian Jensen, whose audition has now reached over 10 million hits on YouTube, had the chance to perform live, Demi would've had an act that would've made it far...maybe even win.  Although seeing how Demi's acts have been doing under her wing, maybe it's in Jillian's best interest to have not made it through this time.  I hope Jillian tries again, because I know she can go far in the competition.  Who doesn't like a good comeback!

Jillian Jensen pouring her heart and soul on stage during auditions
With that said lets get to the nitty gritty.  You may disagree with me, but I can't help but feel this way after seeing so many wonderful acts being sent home. I strongly feel CeCe Frey should not have lasted this long in the competition.  She has been in the bottom 2 far too often, and I feel she gets saved any week that America sees she's in a vulnerable position.  In this season they reveal the rankings of the American vote and her results have been very volatile.  It almost seems she is getting the pity vote whenever she suddenly jumps a few rankings up, from being in the bottom 2 the previous week.

It's so sad that someone like Vino Alan who has been in the top 3 numerous times, is being sent home this week.  What a shame.  Vino Alan has a soulful and powerful voice, so much heart and a loveable personality.  He's an example of not to judge a book by its cover.  With his rough and tumble exterior, inside he is nothing but a big pool of love!  He does a lot of great work spreading joy to the troops with his voice and I really hope that life outside The X Factor treats him well, but I'm sure it will! Good luck Vino!

Vino Alan connecting with the audience
Back to my rant though...I'm going to sound like Gretchen Weiners from the movie Mean Girls talking about "Queen Bee" Regina George, but what's so special about CeCe Frey?  Yes, she's a beautiful girl, but the X Factor is more than just looks (ex. Susan Boyle.)  CeCe misses the mark on all other points.  Her vocals are not technically sound.  While she has a powerful voice, I often find her songs are sung flat or off key.  Watch Demi's facial expressions and you can see even she is not impressed.  Each week I have not seen her progress in the vocal department.  On another account, her personality is seriously lacking.  Demi, who is CeCe's mentor, even said during the judges houses that her personality was unlikeable...and I still find her to be.  If CeCe Frey is not sent home next week, then I will have to say goodbye to another amazing act.

The remaining acts include:
  1. Diamond White:  This young diva is like a little Whitney Houston.  I know that whatever happens in the competition she has a future in music.
  2. Fifth Harmony:  These wonderful girls have formed a strong and genuine bond over the course of the competition.  Each of them on their own sound amazing and together they are incredible.  It's exciting to see the birth of a new girl group.  Girl power all the way!
  3. Emblem3: These boys with their fun and energetic personalities and cool Cali sound weren't always a favourite of mine, but they've definitely grown on me.  They have proved to be a talented group over the course of the live shows and I know they have more musical skills to showcase.
  4. Tate Stevens:  To have a country singer in the competition is refreshing.  You may be surprised to hear this, but I happen to like myself some country.  He's definitely a fan favourite and his devotion to his wife is so lovely.  He dedicates every performance to her...doesn't that melt your heart!
  5. Carly Rose Sonenclar:  Need I say more?
In conclusion, if CeCe takes out another talented act who is far more unique, loveable and talented than her, then this blogger is going to have a virtual hissy fit haha.  Okay maybe not that bad but I'll be kind of disappointed as a viewer.  Now don't get me wrong CeCe fans, I never said she outright sucked, I just think she doesn't embody The X Factor.  Remember American voters...this show is the X Factor, not season 2 and on of American Idol...no more pity votes please!  And now I leave you with CeCe...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Song Crushes #2: Summer Loving

Summer has come to an end, but we're still receiving some beautiful weather over on this side of the world.  It's a good time to share with you some of the songs I've fallen in love with over the last couple of months.  These songs kind of illustrate what kind of summer I've had.  I'm definitely attached to a few of these on a deeper level.  Again to follow suit with the first Song Crushes post, I present you with 6 songs that my ears find delightful.  Hope you enjoy!  Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments.

Passion Pit - Constant Conversations (St. Lucia Remix):  This song is nothing but a slow motion strut.  Super chill, full of soul and blissful.  It's like really good dark chocolate.

Zee Avi - Concrete Wall (RAC Mix): I remember Zee Avi when she first posted videos to YouTube maybe 6 or 7 years ago.  She was living in Malaysia, singing and playing the ukelele in her bedroom, never revealing her face to her listeners.  Then she gained popularity and Jack Johnson caught wind of her amazing talent and signed her under his label.  It was a joy to find this rework of her song by RAC, whose music I also enjoy. Boom Shi Clack Clack anyone?

Tycho - A Walk:  This song came into my life shortly after the car accident I was in.  For a while there I didn't have much of an appetite, I could barely get a good nights rest and music didn't even sound good to me any more.  This song helped with whatever I was struggling with.  I remember getting up early one day, discovering this song and felt everything that I was bottling all up, instantly pouring out.  It was a release of negative energy; a much needed one at that.  Music is therapy.

Lana Del Rey - Summertime Sadness:  Oh Lana Del Rey, how I love you.  She helped ease the sorrow I was feeling when a bunch of employees were laid off at my workplace.  We lost a lot of people that I will dearly miss.  It is a strange and sad feeling to see so many wonderful and talented people vanish in one full swoop.  I remember hearing the news from a fellow colleague after returning from lunch one day and I couldn't help but burst into tears.  By that time most of everyone who had been laid off already had vacated the premises and I never had a chance to say goodbye.  We're still dealing with the after effects of such a huge lay-off, but I'm doing my best to keep focused and work hard.

Lykke Li - Little Bit (AutoErotique Bootleg Remix):  What a great remix of a song I already like in the first place.  I find it's rare for me to like a remix based off a song I'm madly in love with.  The lyrics still shine through strongly and the beat is married with some lovely new sounds.  I hope I can find more gems like this one :).

Ellie Goulding - High For This (The Weeknd Cover):  I listened to this version before listening to the original and I have to say that I like this far more than the original.  Interestingly enough I'm not fond of Ellie's original songs unless remixed.  This song was served up to me as an appetizer one afternoon before a fun night out with friends.  It's one I listen to often, especially if I'm getting ready for an adventure :).

Baauer - Harlem Shake: This is a new addition to my playlist favourites.  I didn't know what the Harlem Shake was until the bass in this song took full control of my body.  I know this isn't everyone's style of music, and it kind of surprised me that I liked it so much.  First listen I didn't fully connect to it, second listen through and I was hooked.  You definitely have to be in the right mood to appreciate how wonderful this track is.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Road to Recovery; Path to Discovery

Hey world, it's me again.  I feel like I've been neglecting this blog and I really need to get my write-on, right now.  Since my last entry there has been one personal experience that I felt I should write and share with you all, as it has made an major impact on my life.  As with most stories, I'll start at the beginning.

One very sunny Friday the 13th, July 2012, I was involved in a car accident.  My boyfriend Dave and I were visiting my hometown; he was staying for the day and I for the entire weekend.  I was really excited to visit that particular weekend because one of my best friends that I grew up with and her husband were visiting from Calgary.  This would be the first time her husband and my boyfriend would meet, as Dave wasn't able to attend their wedding the previous year.  

After a long ferry ride over from Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay terminal, my dear ol' dad picked myself, Dave and another pair of friends up, who coincidently were visiting Nanaimo that same weekend .  We dropped our friends over at my besties mom's house which is a short drive away from my parents'.  Then we left on our merry way to my childhood home.  My dad was stopped fully waiting for some oncoming traffic to pass before turning left onto our street, which is a 3-way intersection.  For a millisecond I saw in my peripherals my dad glance at the rear view mirror and make a small gesture of incoming danger.  It was an "uh" that was missing an "oh."  I at the time had been reapplying chapstick, in which I lost the cap inside the car and Dave had started to turn around to see what my dad reacted to, but never managed to fully turn around in time to see what it was.  It all happened so fast; then time went slow, then time stopped for a moment and there was nothing but an instant flood of white haziness.  Queue the shock, fear, adrenaline and etc.

I didn't move; I was in shock and worried about the state of my boyfriend and father.  I also had quite the whip lash motion and was worried what that meant for myself, but that thought didn't form right away until my dad and boyfriend exited the car.  I didn't undo my belt buckle or move until the paramedics showed up on site.  The other driver admitted he wasn't paying attention.  He explained he was a mechanic and mentioned he was distracted looking at another car.  He took full responsibility.  So him being distracted, mixed with him speeding, equals to a lot of bad luck on Friday the 13th for all involved.  

I never saw the damage to either of the vehicles and I was unsure about the state of my father and boyfriends emotional and physical well being.  I remember the stress and worry on my dad's face, as he went to grab a pen and some paper from the car.  I could hear my boyfriend outside of the car talking to the other driver, the witnesses, passing traffic and helping my dad deal with the situation at hand.  He would check on me periodically to see if I was okay and I was stuck in a mix of emotions; mostly shock.  It was explained to me that the impact from the other car had bent in the metal frame and took off the bumper from our car, and the front end of the other car was smashed in and 2 fluids were leaking out.  

The paramedics showed up on site and took me first.  They asked me a few questions, asked me to turn my neck to access the situation, put me in a neck brace, strapped me down in a stretcher and lifted me up inside the ambulance.  When I got inside the ambulance it had occurred to me that my mother was awaiting our arrival for some time; we were originally going to sit down for lunch at home.  My dad shares a cell phone with my mom, but my mom usually is the one carrying it.  So I knew no one would've called her yet.  

Now let me introduce to you Wade.  Wade was the paramedic that rode in the back of the ambulance with me.  He was an integral part of keeping me from being completely hysterical.  Since I was laid back out in the stretcher he was trying to find my Care Card out of my wallet for me, in fear that I would spill everything out.  He was unable to find it and handed it over to me.  I filtered through my cards without being able to overlook the contents of my wallet, and on my second card pull I was able to find it.  He then told me, "My wife tells me you need to have a uterus to find anything."  I would say this is true in most cases, unless I'm trying to get ready in the morning for work.  

Back to having to call my mom; Wade tries to fish out my phone, again unsuccessful and hands me my full purse.  Without fail I pull it out immediately, which is kind of a surprise for how messy and open the contents of my purse are.  I then dial my parents number and get a hold of my mom and calmly explain the situation so that both her and I don't freak out, which Wade prior to the call mentioned happens quite often in this type of situation.  The caller ends up crying hysterically putting the callee in complete panic and worry, which in turn leaves major gaps in the information being given to the callee.  I was successful in giving my mom all of the information I knew and kept calm during the call but after I hung up, it all started to settle in.  Here I was in the back of this ambulance going to the hospital and tears started to flow out of my eyes.  It wasn't the weird crying face or whimpers type of thing, just silent tears.  After I wiped away those tears, Wade and I chatted during the whole ride and we safely made it to the emergency room.

I lay waiting alone, wondering what was going on and really needing to pee.  It was a peemergency!  Shortly after, another paramedic comes along and asks me, "Do you know who's here?" and I reply "I can hear him!" and another stream of tears come out of my eyes and I smile to feel the grasp of my boyfriends hand in mine.  He too now laid out in a stretcher with a neck brace.  

I eventually tell the nurse that I need to relieve myself and she says she can't take me out of the stretcher and I would have to use a bedpan.  She wheels me to another room/office (I'm not sure what kind of room I'm in because my point of view is mostly facing the ceiling, due to being in the stretcher.)  She shuts the doors and she slips a bedpan under my heiny.  So here I am asking the nurse, "So I just go?  Like this?  It won't spill on me?" A girl has to know!  She promptly answers "Yes." and leaves the room, although I can hear someone else in the room with me...awkward.  Time for me to commit, I am ready to take a "wicked yes" and eliminate the strain on my bladder, but no matter how hard I tried to find a place of serenity, not a single drop of pee would come out.  I swear I was there for a good 15-20 mins trying to pee before I just gave up.  I had pee anxiety, or just anxiety from it all.  I don't know if I actually had to pee, or if I was coming off from the shock and my system was just being pumped full of chemical reactions to feel this way.

So I wait and wait and wait.  I get accessed by one doctor and they have to take me in for x-rays.  I wait some more.  My parents arrive, my mom hangs around for as long as possible until she had to leave for work.  My dad ended up taking the day off but he leaves to drive my mom to work (since we are now down to one car) and returns home as we coordinate for him to leave and wait for our call.  Then we wait and wait and wait.  

Finally I get wheeled into the x-ray area.  The x-ray technician asks me to move off my stretcher onto another bed under this huuuuuge x-ray machine that made me feel it would drop down on my body and crush me.  A few snaps sent up to another doctor and he confirms nothing is broken.  Whew!  Off comes the very uncomfortable neck brace that I had been wearing for hours!  I then follow up with the emergency doctor from earlier and he prescribes me a muscle relaxant for my whip lash.  My boyfriend turned out with the same injury but maybe worse since he was in the back seat of the car.  He left with a prescription for T3's I believe and he got a huge shot of it as well while we were there.  Then we were released back out into the wild and my dad picks us up at the hospital entrance.  I did not want to be in a car, but it was the only way to get home.  We get our meds from a nearby pharmacy and head home to deal with multiple phone calls and papers to report and record everything related to the accident. Our whole day is gone and Dave ends up staying overnight.  So from about 12:30 in the afternoon to about 8 something in the evening we were dealing with all of this.  

So flash forward and I'm back on the Mainland.  I take a few days off work to visit a doctor, and a physiotherapist.  Dave and I have been doing physio ever since.  A recent visit with my doctor and he says I'm getting there.  It's nice to know I'm on the road to recovery.  Although I really worry about "aftershock" effects though, if it's something that will bother me for life every now and then, or as I get older.  This is the first serious injury I have received.  I'm almost at the 2 month mark :S, although I keep being told these type of injuries take some time to heal, and with the nature of my work (desk job) even longer.  It's nice to know that even though I do still feel pain, that I am getting better.  I will be able to enjoy the lifestyle I had prior to the accident and be more active.  Going through something like this is kind of a wake up call though.

What have I learned from and since the accident? (Another excuse to make a list) 
  1. Things could be worse, much worse.
  2. I should keep flexing my existential muscles.
  3. Laughter is the sugar that helps the medicine go down.
  4. I can be more patient of a person than I ever thought I could be.
  5. Cuddling a furry animal makes things a little better...okay a lot better.
  6. Our health care system truly is awesome and I'm so thankful for people like Wade, and my Physiotherapist.
  7. Really savour the little things, because sometimes those are the only things you are able to enjoy.
  8. Vancouver slash Brooklyn based comedian Phil Hanley is really funny.
  9. Kegels give you a much flatter stomach.
  10. Life doesn't slow down in your mid 20's, that's when it ramps up!
  11. If what I love to do is laugh and make others smile, then I should feed my soul more of that and find a way to do that daily.
  12. Friday the 13th is no longer considered my lucky day.
Some of you may be wondering, "Hey, where's the super sappy part?"  I wanted to leave this for last, 'cause you guys are the cream of the crop.  Life has its ups and downs, but there is one constant I can always rely on.  The support system in my life is definitely incredible.  I'm very thankful for all my friends, family members and colleagues who have supported me throughout this entire thing.  I really have appreciated everyone who has helped me where I haven't been able to fully pick up since the accident.  You guys know who you are! Love each and everyone of you!  Any ways that's all for now folks -- more exciting things to come :).


Saturday, April 21, 2012

New Girl on the Block

It's about time that I write up about one of my new favourite shows, New Girl.  It's a sitcom about Jess A.K.A. Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) a very quirky, go-getting elementary school teacher who moves into an apartment shared with three single guys, who are best friends.  The guys are Nick (Jake M. Johnson), a bartender going through the motions of a hard breakup, Schmidt (Max Greenfield), a young professional who is a loveable douchebag with obsessive compulsive tendencies and Winston (Larmorne Morris), a former roommate who returns after playing professional basketball in Latvia for 2 years with no real idea what his next venture is.  There is also Cece (Hannah Simone) who is Jess's very supportive and loving best friend who works as a model.

It's pretty amazing how wonderful and supportive the guys are to Jess as she goes through a bad breakup.  I won't say what happens because I don't want to completely spoil it for you if you haven't watched it. Without further ado, let me describe how wonderful each main character is!

Winston is often the voice of reason in the male trio, although not when it comes to his own life.  When he left for Latvia he forgot about the things he left behind in the US.  Now that he's back he has to deal with his past, which includes old cars, old relationships and old ways.  We see his struggle of being unemployed and trying to figure out what he wants to do in his life.  Winston is a fast learner as we see in one episode called "Bells", but he often forgets how much potential he has.  With his friends' support and encouragement, we definitely can foresee him propel into a great future.

This is bad quality, but one of Winston's best scenes!  Here he is to save the day - he's a super star!

Schmidt is quite the character.  Deep down past all the douchebaggery is a major sweet heart.  To me he's the type of person who knows exactly what they're doing, but doesn't always know why they're doing it.  To explain it better, a lot of the things he does is to try to get the approval of others and he forgets what he wants in the end.  On the outside things look good; great fashion sense, good job, good health and etc. but he has some insecurities to work through and needs to be more honest with himself and less concerned about what others think.  All in all he's a very nice guy just looking for love :P.  

Also this!  Kind of a spoiler...but this is Schmidt way back in the day.

Cece is Jess's best gal pal who lives in another apartment with her fellow model friends.  From what I gather Jess and her go all the way back to high school, and perhaps even earlier.  We still haven't seen exactly how the two met, and I don't know if we ever will.  That would be cool to see some flash backs of them when they were younger, 'cause they've done that for a couple of different episodes already.  Cece is very protective of Jess and helps her through thick and thin.  In her own life she's still figuring out things when it comes to dating.  She doesn't have the best taste in men, but a large part of it may be due to the men that revolve around in her industry.  When the guys meet Cece, it's obvious that they're very attracted to her.  Guys will be guys? haha

Nick is a down on his luck bartender who recently got dumped by his girlfriend.  He's a mess when it comes with dating and women in general.  He's also the groups handy man...although he has a Mickey Mouse way of fixing things around the apartment.  I think he has a unique way of approaching different situations, but in the end he gets the job done.  He often speaks his mind and is very direct.  Out of the guys I think he wears his heart on his sleeve the most, not being afraid to show emotion and spill out his feelings.  His insecurities hold him back from going after what he truly wants, but he's working on it.  I'm rooting for Nick!

Jess has been dubbed as "Adorkable."  What a great word!  She generally has a positive outlook on life.  She sees the best in everything and everyone, although sometimes that gets her into trouble.  She works as an elementary school teacher. When it comes to her students she's very dedicated and does her best to get them to be as enthusiastic about things as she is...even if that means writing a song about it.  She adds a whole new dynamic to the apartment and brings a breath of fresh air that the guys needed.  Her quirky personality and ways are not something you come by everyday, but you can tell the guys taken a great liking to her.  Most of the time she's really nice, but she's not afraid to speak her mind to the people who need to hear it.  When it comes to dating she gets really insecure about what to do.  Usually it just takes the love and support of her friends to set Jess in the right direction and go full force!  She herself is a great friend and will pretty much do anything just to see her friends do well.

Overall I love everything about this show.  It's a half hour long show that I look forward to every Tuesday.  Plus I love saying "Oh a new New girl is on TV tonight!"  Saying "new" twice feels like untreaded speech territory.  Anyways the situations are hysterical, the characters are all loveable, the underlying story is just great!  If you haven't watched this show, I suggest you do and thank me later.  Now I leave you to this awesome music video.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Song Crushes #1: Love At First Listen

Art by Kairixxxkiss

April showers give me super powers! Spring is here and it's finally starting to warm up!  Life is busy and I'm feeling dandy.  Although I really should be in bed right now...I have the terrible habit of going to bed late.

I've already mentioned this and you probably know, but I love music.  I love finding new music and when I find a song I really like I have to share it!  I thought it would be fun if I wrangled up some of my new favourite songs and capture them up on my blog.  I also think this will be a reoccurring blog event!  And without further ado, here are my latest song crushes.

The Neighbourhood - Sweater Weather:  I stumbled on this song by pure accident.  I think it only had a few hundred views when I first listened to it and now it's well over 90,000.  What a wonderful chill and catchy song that I had on repeat for a good solid hours.  Also the video is very lovely!

Crizzly (Remix) - Lost Woods from Legend of Zelda:  Terribly catchy and upbeat.  A remix featuring one of my favourite video game songs.  Do as Navi says..."Hey Listen!!"

Javelin - Tryouts:  This song makes me feel happy.  Very satisfying...like popping bubble wrap.  It makes me want to bop my head, wiggle to the beat and skip down the sidewalk.

Kavinsky - Nightcall:  This song was popularized by the movie Drive, which makes it difficult to find an ad free version.  You should check out the movie if you haven't, it's great...as well as the entire soundtrack.  This song in particular makes me want to drive down the streets of L.A. like a boss.

Kid A - BB Bleu:  Kiddddd you got it going on!  I thought we could make it last, but the song unfortunately ends at the 3:02 mark.  This song basically plays hard to get, but my ears won't give up!  Love her voice and those knocking beats.  Great song to chill out to.

Madeon - Icarus:  This producer from France is only 17 years old and is making big waves on the EDM scene.  Fall in love, but don't fly too close to the sun now :P.

I decided to choose 6 songs for each "Song Crushes" post, 'cause I don't know how frequent I'll post but also because I like consistency.  I looked at my "Where Would I Be Without Music?" post and it had 6 songs embedded haha.  Well that's it from me.  I hope you enjoyed that selection and are all doing well!  Love you all :)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Magic Is Real

Now some of you may be thinking I'm crazy but I'm serious - magic is real!  Now I'm not talking about any type of sorcery, I'm talking about those moments in life that are so special and precious...the things that inspire us, the things that bring joy to our hearts and souls.  These are the moments I live for.  Now sometimes these magical moments are something that we ourselves can create, and other times it's something we happen to stumble into unknowingly.  Either way they usually happen unexpectedly and that's what makes it all the more magical.  

I like that life is full of surprises, that there is mystery because if I did know how my life would turn out, well that would be very boring and I think I'd be miserable hahaha.  Now I wasn't always this way.  As a kid I worried a lot about the future and that was too much worry for one kid!  I'm glad that I have changed a great deal from the worry wart and stress case I used to be.  Now I embrace challenges, change and chocolate...sorry I like alliterations hahaha.

Ever since I discovered the magic of life and started to appreciate what life had to offer, I became less fearful.  I have a lot of people to thank for that.  And since I made that transformation in my life I hope to spread that magic onto others whether it be on a small or large scale.

This blog topic reminded me of an English 12 story essay I wrote.  I think it's kind of corny, but still a good message overall. If anything it's always fun to look back at old school work!  My English teacher liked it so much she submitted it into the school newspaper.   I hope you enjoy it as well!



     I wished upon a star, and then wished on another.  I wished on many birthday candles. The rule is to not state your wishes after they have been made or they do not come true.  Since I was a little girl, I believed in this rule but the more I grew, I knew, that by keeping these wishes silent, I would never be heard.

    The wisps of smoke from my birthday candles sifted through the screen door.  I believed that somewhere in the smoke nestled my wish, a smoke signal of my own.  Outside the wind blew, I stared out at the clouds hoping my wish would pass through them safely.  That night I opened my window to stare at the sky.  I counted many stars and believed that my wish had reached one of the trillion stars I saw.

    "Turn wishes into dreams; dreams to goals, and goals to realities," whispered the gentle wind to the shining stars.  The wind whistled around the whole world carrying many wishes to the silent stars.  It wailed, "Please help the world below."  One shimmering star replied, "I wish we could."

    The wind blew past my window bearing the faint scent of candle smoke.  I knew that my wish had not been granted.  I learned from the wind to keep moving, to be gentle at some times, and strong at other times.

    Carrying on like the wind, another year rolled by.  I made another wish on melting wax.  Wax trickled on the birthday cake.  I blew out the candles with one breath.  My silent song was wrapped in mists of smoke, and sailed out the screen door once again.

    The moon smiled that night, as I stared out my open window.  The wind sang a song that night.  "We can wish, we can dream.  Nothing is what it seems.  Learn to live; learn to love.  Make your wishes true.  Don't depend on the stars above."  Remember this song every time you blow a candle out.

    The wise wind answered my wish and sang my song to the world.  The wind granted my wish, and so I granted the wishes of others.  In life, my true wish is for everyone that I love to be happy and to be healthy.  I'm there for my friends when times are tough and with them when they need to laugh. I also look out for those I do not know well.  I give them advice and support when they seek it.  I help my parents around the house keeping things tidy, feeding the cat, and make sure my parents don't have dishes to do after a long day's work.

    Granting these loving wishes for others gives me the best feeling in the world.  I know I have changed and even saved lives.  Wishing is harmless, but can hurt overtime if we don't take action towards our wishes.  We have to harness this energy of our desires to make all our dreams come true, rather than dwelling on them day and night.  We need to use this energy to help others.  If we keep wishing on desires that cannot be attained, we forget who we really are.  We can't all be millionaires, beauty queens, or all-star athletes.  Humans share the same emotions; some even share the same dream.  If we share our dreams with others, if we let them hear our wishes then they may come true for all.  "Turn wishes into dreams, dreams into goals, and goals to realities."

    I see many stars around me, and there are many more to come.  They are all beautiful people and hopefully one day we'll be living in a galaxy.  Each and every one of us can become a star.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Making Music Videos!

Start of a new year and I've got some projects in queue from last year that I need to finish!  Two of them being music videos!

The first song is "The Earth So Dark" by Bogatzke

The second song is "Trip" by Vacationer

I've received permission by both artists to use these songs.  I've had some ideas stirring in my head so far about both of these videos and I hope I'll find all the right inspiration to complete them in 2012.  Last year was just horrendously busy and I hadn't found the right moments to capture something beautiful that suits the music.  Keeping my eye out for unique locations to shoot :).  Also I'm hoping that it'll snow this year too haha.  Anyways hope you're all doing well and already having a great new year!