Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Roaring Titanium Ball on Fire (Titanium/Wrecking Ball/Girl on Fire/Roar Medley)

I made a new pop song medley.
The theme of this one is standing up for yourself, not giving up, being super fierce, that kind of thing.

The songs I used in the arrangement:
Titanium - David Guetta feat. Sia
Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus
Girl on Fire - Alicia Keys
Roar - Katy Perry

All the songs are performed by awesome ladies who love singing about inner strength.

The songs in the order they are used:
Titanium/Wrecking Ball/Roar/Wrecking Ball/Girl on Fire/Roar


Check out my other covers/arrangements/original songs here.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

10 items (and 10 accessories) 10 ways - autumn edition

I had so much fun making this post in the spring that I wanted to make another one for fall. I chose 10 items from my closet and 10 accessories and created 10 outfits.
The Clothes:
1. Green camisole - Ricki's ages ago
2. Burgundy t-shirt - Urban Planet last fall
3. Black t-shirt - Smartset (I actually got it from my mom's closet a while ago)
4. wine-colored t-shirt - Randy River way back when I was in high school
5. jeans - Urban Planet this fall
6. burgundy cardigan - Zellers winter before last (while it still existed)
7. blazer - Suzy Shier outlet last fall
8. Green tie-up cardigan - Ricki's last winter (I think my mom bought it for me. Thanks, mom!)
9. black dress - Superstore fall before last
10. black pants - Smartset years ago. (I actually got a new pair of black smartset jeans to replace these since a student spilled white-out on these ones last year, but my new ones have to be hemmed so I used the old ones today.)

The Accessories
1. ocean pendant - from my late grandmother's jewellry collection
2. watch necklace - etsy
3. brown riding boots - Zellers last fall.
4. brown oxfords - Zellers last fall. I bought them to wear as "Sunday school shoes" for my Suzy Bishop costume, but I like them so I wear them.
5. green pashmina - my university bookstore while I was in university
6. purple tights - GAP ages ago
7. owl earrings - craft sale a long time ago
8. "gypsy" earrings - Claire's foreeeever ago
9. ankle boots - Payless years ago
10. cream/floral pashmina - my university bookstore while I was in university.

The Outfits:





Which one is your favorite? What are your favorite fall clothing items and accessories?

Monday, September 16, 2013

Summer Flowers

Shots of the garden from May - September 2013.

when we came back from our holiday in July some of the lilies were taller than the deck. 


Monday, September 9, 2013

Stuff I've Been Loving Recently

I haven't blogged in a while because I was away on holiday, then spent a month posting travel blogs. So I thought it might be fun to just blog about everything.
Here's what I've been digging lately.


I made this awesome quinoa salad based on this pin I found.
It is romaine lettuce, quinoa, avocado, black beans, tomato, and the original recipe had mango but I used nectarine instead. and salsa, and we crushed taco chips into it. It was super yummy and very filling.

Lately I have been making smoothies in the morning for work instead of having coffee or tea. It's more filling and just yummier some days. This one that I love is frozen banana, oats, and chocolate almond milk. Yum!
Costco sells these salmon burgers that Stephen loves. We got some a while ago and had it for supper last week and this week. They are very good.


I watched this show a few weeks ago. It is great. It's a Netflix original, and only has one season out right now. The main character is a woman who gets incarcerated a decade after working as a drug mule and she goes to prison and the show follows her and the other women in the prison. It's based off a book which is based on a true story, and the woman it's based on is a producer of the show. It's really good but there is a lot of nudity, sexual content, some violence, and coarse language...just to warn. But I do recommend it.

On our overseas flight home I watched 4 or 5 episodes of Season 3 of the Voice because our airplane had the entire season for free on their TVs. So I have been finishing up that season. I had never watched the show before even though my parents have recommended it to me. But I am pretty into it, and will probably watch Season 5 when it starts.

Stephen and I have been watching this one together. We watched Fullmetal Alchemist years ago when we were in school, and now that this new series is on Netflix we have been watching through it. I like this series more than the other one, even though it is darker and more complicated. It's much more interesting. 

I saw this one in theatres and I really liked it. I keep confusing the title with This Is The End, which I also saw this summer, and which I also enjoyed. Both This Is The End and World's End are super funny and I recommend both!
World's End is the newest movie by Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, and Edgar Wright. It follows five high school friends who reunite to do a pub crawl they did as teenagers. They return to their hometown to find something is wrong...

A movie theatre in the city has a new program where they show more independent and artsy films, which is so awesome because often movies that I want to see never come to theatres near me. But they got this one and I saw it last weekend and I loved it a lot.
It's a coming of age story about a kid who is forced to go to his mom's boyfriend's cabin for the summer. The boyfriend is played by Steve Carrell, and the character is a real douche. The kid seeks refuge at a nearby waterpark, and finds a mentor in the park's manager - Sam Rockwell. Cute, funny movie.

 This past weekend we caught this one at the library in the city. Very good adaptation. The direction and cinematography were great. Loved it. I want Joss Whedon to do more Shakespeare - particularly Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet since those are commonly taught in schools.


I like this album by Alt-J called An Awesome Wave, which is kind of old but new to me. It's great.
Alt-J is an English band who won the Mercury Prize in 2012.

I love lorde's EP and can't wait for her full-length later this month.

and I am excited for Arcade Fire's new record in October.

I am reading A Song of Ice and Fire - currently only on the second book. It's slow going.
I am really looking forward to the new Divergent book, which is coming out at the end of October. I just ordered some new books with a gift certificate I had, so maybe if I ever finish the Game of Thrones series and read some new stuff I will post a book review.

That's it. What have you been loving lately?

Monday, September 2, 2013

Europe Trip Travel Blog # 10: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

On our way home, we spent time in Ottawa with our friend. He moved there after high school to complete his undergrad. Then he moved home for a year, and this past year he was back in Ottawa doing his Master's degree. And we have never visited him in all the time he's lived there.
So it was about time....especially since he moved to Toronto last week!

Most of our time in Ottawa was spent with him, visiting and hanging out, meeting his friends, getting a tour of his university campus, etc, but we did do a few tourist-y things.

Stephen had never toured Parliament before so we went there.

The Saskatchewan side of the Centennial Flame outside Parliament.

The first room on the tour is the Centre Block, where press conferences are usually held. The main door into parliament is called the "Canada door." On the left is the "English Door," and on the right is the "French Door." The doorways are decorated with carvings showing symbols of those cultures.

On the opposite wall of the three doors is this stained glass window that was put up in 2012 to add Canada's "third culture" (or their first depending on how you look at it) - aboriginal people.
At the top of the window is the year 2008, which is the year the government formally apologized for residential schools.
At the bottom of the window are symbols of residential schools (see the children in uniforms in the centre left panel) and moving up, the images represent hope and reconciliation.

After seeing memorials and statues and things in other countries (I am thinking of all the war memorials in Germany, especially), it was interesting seeing things like that in Canada. It was weird after being abroad for so long, and thinking about my country and how it differs from the ones I was in, to come home to the capital city where everything is super patriotic and political.

This is the Saskatchewan stained glass window in parliament. Each province and territory is represented by a window with that place's flower on it. (but for some reason Nunavut doesn't have a window yet...)

We went up Peace Tower and enjoyed the view of Ottawa.

I liked these Suffragette sculptures in front of Parliament.

On our last night in Ottawa, we saw the Mosaika show - a light show projected onto the Parliament building. It tells a story of Canada. It starts by showing the land, then boats come and it shows the settlement of Ontario and Quebec. There are parts that honor Canadian music and books. There is a cool effect where they make the building dance and it looks three dimensional, like some parts of the building are popping out and others and pushing in.
It was pretty interesting seeing which story they chose to tell, what they omitted, and what they placed importance on.

We flew home out of Toronto and Stephen snapped this pic of the CN Tower from our cab to the airport.

That was our trip!
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