Daily Archives: March 21, 2014

Here’s My Weekend…

I know.  I know.  It is a bit repetitive, but I can’t stop singing this song!  It’s like a Pavlovian response now.  I realize it’s Friday, and the song starts playing in my head.  What can you do but pass it on?  (I also think of the movie Friday.  “You ain’t got no job…” Every. Time.)

This weekend it is all about taste testing some cupcakes for a Bridal Shower/Bachelorette party I’m throwing (Mad Hatter Tea Party anyone?).  Have I mentioned I like theme parties?  (There is a Sherlock Party post coming soon. Promise)  So far, I love, love, love this Mad Hatter Tea Party theme.  There are so many possibilities!!

Tonight, a local used book store is having a Ladies Night, and it is buy one get one free (I think).  Of course, I’m going to a book store after two people have told me it would be easier to stop buying books than buy more bookshelves.  Silly people… Not to mention, this is where I end up getting most of my comic books. (Thank you for the recommendations! Keep them coming!)

I’m finally going to watch Catching Fire and possibly Divergent.  Apparently, it is also YA movie adaptation weekend.  Here’s to hoping they do a better job than they did with Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

Also, I may go to the zoo.  Yep, maybe the zoo.  “Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!” Maybe finally finishing the furniture I started re-finishing like a month ago.  We’ll see how motivated I’m feeling.  Honestly, I’m not holding out much hope for that furniture, but there is still a tiny sliver of possibility there. (There are also books to be read…which will win?  Work?  Books? Zoo? All of the above?)

As I’m looking at this, and the list of normal stuff that has to get done (grocery shopping, laundry, etc.), I think I may have figured out why I’m tired…ah, oh well, who needs sleep?

So what’s going on with you this weekend?

‘Til next time,
Jessica

P.S. Have you ever accidentally ordered a foreign film from Netflix?  I have…twice now.

P.P.S. Sorry for the rambling…I can’t stop…still…

The Healing Power of Music

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
― Bob Marley

 

Sheet music.

Sheet music. (Photo credit: jonisanowl)

 

Music is, without a doubt, a balm for my soul.  It sweeps me up and can impact my mood for the entire day.  There are songs or artists that I turn to when I need to get my head on straight, when I’m doubting myself, when I want to celebrate life, when I’m so angry I can barely see straight…you get the picture.  Certain songs can make me smile, no matter my mood when it comes on.  Amanda Palmer’s “Ukulele Anthem” is one of these, Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried”, Fun’s “Some Nights”…I always sing along (and occasionally dance) when I listen to them.  Right now, “Ukulele Anthem” is buzzing around begging me to get it stuck in someone else’s head.  I’m sure I’ll oblige it sooner rather than later.  (My nephew is due a phone call…I’ll get hung up on when I sing it to him, but it will be worth it!)

 

Lately, I’ve been talking with people about music, asking for recommendations mostly.  There are a lot of new artists I’ve discovered, established artists I’m really delving into for the first time, exploring genres that never appealed to me before, and relying on old favorites to recall a certain mood or feeling…or just because.  I don’t know what I would do without Spotify giving me the freedom to explore a bit. (Although, oddly enough, I rarely use their discovery feature recommendations.  It isn’t that they aren’t good.  They’ve been pretty decent when I have clicked on a recommendation.  I don’t know.)

 

Discovering music through recommendations by people is one of my favorite ways to do it.  It keeps me listening when I might have switched to something else, because I know that there’s a reason so-and-so likes this song.  Sometimes, I find a new favorite.  Sometimes, not.  How do you find new artists to listen to?  Send me some of the songs you love to listen to.  Maybe they’ll find a place on my next playlist.

 

Current Playlist (a.k.a. musical obsessions)

 

  • Ukulele Anthem – Amanda Palmer
  • London Calling – The Clash
  • Drunken Lullabies – Flogging Molly
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash
  • One Day Like This – Elbow
  • Makin’ Whoopee – Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman
  • I Want You, But I Don’t Need You – Amanda Palmer
  • Some Nights – Fun
  • Day For The Dead – Zac Brown Band
  • Lola – The Kinks
  • Speed of Darkness – Flogging Molly
  • Tessellate – Alt-J (Actually just this whole album)
  • You & Me – Caroline’s Spine
  • Bother – Stone Sour
  • Cocaine Blues – Johnny Cash
  • At Last – Etta James
  • I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
  • Weather To Fly – Elbow
  • Demons – Imagine Dragons
  • Everybody Talks – Neon Trees
  • Shake It Out – Florence + The Machine
  • Strong – London Grammar
  • Piano Concertos – Mozart

 

Actually, I just switched to Chopin’s Mazurkas…

 

‘Til next time,

 

Jessica
 

 

 

 

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Christopher Walken Dances

This came across my Twitter feed (@ilovegeekology) on Thursday. It didn’t make for an incredibly productive afternoon, but it sure was entertaining.

‘Til next time,
Jessica