Thursday, June 28, 2012

5 Albums I Love Right Now

5. Here by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
      I am a big fan of this band. "Home" was my summer anthem two summers ago, and somewhat last summer as well. So far I've only listened to this album a couple of times and I don't love it as much as Up From Below but it is still really good.
     Check out "That's What's Up"

4. Synthetica by Metric
      Metric has been one of my favourite bands for a long time. I loved seeing them at Sasquatch, I can't wait to see them again at Osheaga, and they are coming to my home town in the fall so I may just see them again. Anyways, the new record is killer. I am loving it and can't wait to dance to it again outside in Montreal in a month and a bit. 
     Check out "Breathing Underwater".

3. Adventures In Your Own Backyard by Patrick Watson

      I love Patrick Watson. He has a beautiful voice, he's a talented musician and songwriter and his live show is great. This new album is really good. I listened to it a couple times this week driving on the highway in stormy weather, and it is the perfect soundtrack for that.
      Check out "Quiet Crowd".

2. What We Saw from the Cheap Seats by Regina Spektor
     I have been a Regina Spektor fan for a long time so I was really excited for this album and it did not disappoint. I really like it. It's got all the usual Regina stuff - some fun dance songs, some slow piano ballads, and some crazy weird stuff. 
     Check out "The Party".

1. Bloom by Beach House
     This band is great, this album is great. Last summer I was really into Teen Dream after Sasquatch, and this summer I am loving this one. It's dreamy, uplifting, sad, and beautiful.
      Check out "Myth".

What are you listening to right now? Any recommendations?

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Desert Island Books

Got the idea from this video.

Basically a list of books you would take to a desert island/would want if you were on a desert island.

1) A book you have read and would like to re-read. 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

2) A book you have never read and would like to read.

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
3) A childhood book.

the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

4) A series.

the Anne of Green Gables series by L. M. Montgomery

5) A random choice!

The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

What would your choices be?

     Also related to books, I just joined the site goodreads, which I am basically using as a way to keep track of what I've read and what I want to read, etc. It's hard to think of all I've ever read, I have about 200 books rated just from the site recommending things to me I'd already read, and from taking a day to sit in my library at home and enter in books on my shelves.
     I am still figuring out how to navigate the site and what I'll use it for and such, but if you are on that site feel free to friend me if that is a thing that people do on that...or just check out my page. Click here. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Beauty Tips

Inspired by this post.  Here are some of my own beauty tips:

1. Spend time in nature. Fresh air and sunshine are good for your body and your soul.

2. Surround yourself with people you love. You will smile and laugh often. (Also, being silly keeps you young.)

3. Drink water. 

4. Eat good food.

5. Wear things you like that make you feel good about yourself.

6. Be natural. Let your hair air-dry sometimes. Go without make-up. 

7. Be kind.

Images 1, 2, 5, & 6 are mine. Images 3, 4, & 7 from here. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

House and Garden Things

My friend's mom gave me a gift card to Ten Thousand Villages for my convocation.
We bought this sculpture for the house. It is the Tree of Life, made in Haiti out of an oil drum.

Buddha sits on the microwave.

Our friend drew this for us. It's on the fridge.

I got this from my grandma when she moved out of her condo.
"Days overflowing with sweetness and song, Years filled with memories golden and strong."
It was above her stove so that explains the grease splatters.

some new records - including Beach House's Bloom.

just re-potted this plant from our friend.

And speaking of plants....
Some things I didn't plant are starting to grow.

Daisies by the side of the house.

And what I hope are lilies by the deck.

And some things I did plant are going to grow, too, I hope, and not die!
I planted this orange dahlia...

and a rosebush that promises bright pink flowers.

And I put some petunias in a flower box at the front of the house.

I am going to be planting some more flowers and a vegetable garden soon. My hope is that I am on my way to this.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

My Convocation Story

      Last Thursday, I drove into the city to attend my friend's convocation ceremony. This was technically my convocation as well. I would have received my BA in English, but I went as a guest and not a graduate. I cheered loudly as two of my best friends crossed the stage to get their degrees. Afterwards I hugged them and got photos taken, then went to my boyfriend's family's house for pizza to celebrate with his sister (one of the friends who convocated that day.) This was the start to an amazing weekend.
     That night, my sister and her boyfriend arrived into town for my convocation the next day. I would be receiving my B.Ed, after five years of hard work. The ceremony was pretty boring but it was nice to see all my classmates I hadn't seen for a month or so, and it was very exciting to see all my friends walk across the stage. A lot of my family and friends came to see me, which was awesome.
     After, we went to my boyfriend's family's house for a big BBQ with all our family, and then later a bunch of our friends came over for a party. It was a great night filled with lots of love and laughter.

My cards from everyone and flowers from a neighbour and family friend.


My sister and her boyfriend got me this stuffed toy because we had an inside joke about a platypus and this looks like a platypus, but the funny thing is that when I worked at the bookstore, we sold these and I always thought they were so cute and a few months ago Stephen finally bought me one (the blue one) so now I have two!

My sister also gave me this candle holder. A tealight fits under the lid. 

This is the quotation on it.

My parents had this necklace made for me. The words "Dream" and "2012" are painted on a grain of rice.

     My brother and sister-in-law got me this globe. The story I told in this post relates to this. When I graduated they got me my light-up globe, and now for my convocation they got me this. It is solar-powered and spins slowly on its pedestal. 

It is also engraved with this.

     The best part of the story happened yesterday. On Monday I got a call to set up a job interview. Yesterday I met with the principal of the school in the morning, and had my interview at 4:00. Then last night while my family was out celebrating my dad's birthday I got the phone call and I got the job! It is in my town so I will be able to walk to work. I will be teaching in my subject areas and it is just perfect and I am so happy and excited. And nervous. But mostly happy and overwhelmed. And that was the end to a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sasquatch! 2012 Day 4 - Monday

     Just like last year, Monday this year seemed to be the day that we didn't care much what we saw so we parked it in front of the main stage, found a nice spot on the hill and opened our umbrella to get some shade.

     The first band we saw was Grouplove. I had never heard of them but when I was driving from Seattle to The Gorge I kept hearing this song on the radio, so we decided to check them out. They are from California. They were fun. They danced around the stage a lot and dressed like hippies. 

    Next we saw Gary Clark Jr., a jazz/blues guitarist I had never heard of but Stephen knew of. He was really good. I napped a bit during his set.

We saw Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.    

     Then we saw The Joy Formidable for a couple songs.

     We left to go see Fun., which neither of us cared about but we figured we should see. They were better live than on their album because there was no auto-tune and their songs are pretty catchy and work well at an outdoor concert, but just sound like everything else when on the radio. The guy was wearing his own band's shirt, which I found funny.

     Next we saw Feist. Stephen left for a bit to check out Shabazz Palaces, then came back. We have seen Feist before but she is different every time. She always plays different arrangements of her songs and has different people playing with her. This time she had Colin Stetson (from Broken Social Scene) playing guitar with her, and three girl singers backing her up. She was great. I danced and sang along. 

     We took a break for supper and got ready to see Spiritualized at 8, but Deer Tick started playing instead. Mogwai couldn't make it to the festival, so Spiritualized took their later time slot and Deer Tick was playing a covers set. We left Deer Tick and went and saw Tenacious D, who were super entertaining. They had this giant "phoenix" on stage behind them. They made their roadies take off their robes at the beginning of the set and pour water into their mouths. They played a song with Sasquatch, they had a giant alien come out, their guitarist got possessed by the devil to sing the song from their movie. It was really funny and good. We left a bit early to go see Spiritualized...

...which was amazing! So beautiful and moving. I really liked it. They didn't talk once, just played continuous music. They didn't banter or even introduce themselves or explain why they weren't Mogwai. It was interesting. All about the music. 

     We stayed at Spiritualized until 10:35 (they were supposed to finish at 10:30) then left to catch Beck (who started at 10). I was very cold and tired but I still enjoyed the show (even though I fell asleep on the ground for a bit in the middle) and it felt a lot more finale-esque than Wilco did last year because there were more people and at the end, Tenacious D and Sasquatch and Beck's kid and probably some other random people came out and played a few songs all together, which was great. 

And that was Sasquatch.

The next day we had extra time to kill in Seattle so we went for seafood and I ate this:

and Stephen ate this:

and we looked at this:

and we went to Pike Place and bought some CDs and books. And that was the trip (then we travelled on planes and in airports for about 7 hours...then we were home.) 

     Overall, it was a great trip and an excellent grad present but I can't imagine going back again. We thought last year would be the only time we'd ever go and this year the lineup made us go back but there isn't anyone I can think of who would make me want to go again and this year the trip was so different with flying and renting cars instead of was just a lot more hectic and stressful. It was fun and amazing and cool and special, but it probably won't happen again. And that's okay.

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