Seen & Heard | June-July

At the end of June, I had too much on my plate. There are times I wish there were more days during the week so I won’t have to rush around to schedule blog posts. I ended up having four posts go up that week, but it wasn’t ideal. That’s why I’ve decided to combine both this month and the last one into one post so I can stop feeling so guilty. Two months into this series and I couldn’t even get the third month up in time! 



What I watched in June? In the beginning of the month, I was watching the movie The Phantom Of The Opera after worrying about it for almost a week because I thought the storms we were supposed to the night of was going to kick off the power and ruin my taping of the film on HBO. It didn’t thank god but while I was busy waiting for it to load to the actual movie, it advertise the upcoming movies it was going to play for the next three weekends: The Judge with Robert Downey Jr. Get On Up with Chadwick Boseman, and Gone Girl with Ben Affeleck and Rosemund Pike. I managed to record all of them but only watch two of them.

I watched Gone Girl back in January with my mother and sister, but we never got to finish it because the beginning of it was SO boring! When I saw the advertisement for it, I was actually excited to watch it but probably because I was going to stay in my room to watch it. After I recorded it, my mom was the first to watch it and then I did. It was very twisted but amazing! I thought it would be like those Lifetime movies that were mild and this was not mild in any way shape or form. I’m very glad that I chose to watch this by myself because towards the ending, I wouldn’t be able to look at anybody in that room for a while! My mom read the book, I didn’t and when we didn’t finish it the first time I had her tell me the ending because I didn’t think I’d ever see it again and it still surprised me!

The other things I recorded on my DVR were ATL, Honey, and Brown Sugar! I’ve always loved all three movies and if I remember correctly I watched them all for the first time in 2008. I also got Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix too! Now all I need is Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hollows Part 1 and I’d have all of the Harry Potter movies! The only shows that came back to me were Ink Master, Wild n’ Out, Mistresses, and Mysteries At The Monument. The two new ones that I’ve added to my daily schedule are Ballers on Sundays and The Astronauts’ Wives Club on Thursday’s! I love both of them too!


The first movie I recorded for the month of July was called The Book Of Life and it’s got a cute “Day Of The Dead” vibe but has a weird cast. If you’re going to use a Hispanic story I think you should have the whole cast have some sort of mexican heritage. So in other words, I didn’t like Channing Tatum playing Jaquin. Now Zoe Saldana and Ron Perlman, I was perfectly fine with! It’s a cute little movie! Keeping it in the kid’s section I guess! We had a free preview weekend of Showtime and they had some good movies playing, while looking through the guide I found the One Direction concert film. No joke either! It was like 11pm and I almost screamed because I was so happy! I wanted to get this as part of my Christmas gifts but I think my family remembers me through the Backstreet Boys days so I didn’t end up with it. This works though. It’s so nice on my HD TV too I’m not going to lie!

After I graduated from high school five years ago, I was wondering if I’d still want to read books as much as I did in school. I loved reading once I was basically forced out of the animals and cookbooks I had read all throughout Elementary and middle schools, but once I started freshman year, I became a bit of a bookworm and I thought I would just stop reading altogether. The first book I got after I was out, was Richelle Mead’s “Vampire Academy” and it was a thick book about vampires and it wasn’t made into a TV show or film at that point. I started it, but I guess life got in the way because I never finished it but the better news was I still loved to read books outside of school! Recently, during the free preview days I found the movie playing and I decided to record it. I don’t want to watch it before finishing it, but I still have no idea where the book is so it might be in my DVR a bit before I can ask my mom if I can purchase it onto my Kindle.

Something that I’ve been looking forward since mid-June was the premiere of Tut on Spike. I thought it was very strange to have something like this appearing on a channel that is more focused around their male audience. However, it had blood, war, and sex in it so I guess it fits the bill! I enjoyed the three part miniseries. i recorded all three parts and managed to finish them in two days I think. I was a little addicted to say the least! It was good, but if you are really curious about what I thought of it, you can read my review here. The next movie I found was this cute, very hilarious–probably better than Guardians Of The Galaxy–and it was called Big Hero 6. Truth be told, it was a movie that I don’t think was even on my list to watch. I thought it was too kid-like, I need stop doing things like that because I’ll just watch it anyways! If you need something cute to watch for an hour or so, this is your movie. Trust me!

What I’ve Listened To:

If you noticed above with June, I didn’t include what I had listened to that whole month. I figured since I was combining both months into one place I didn’t want to bore you all even more. So I’m only including the month of July’s songs I’ve added to my Starred playlist.

I’m a late bloomer and just now starting to like Shinedown’s “Cut The Cord,” Little Mix’s “Black Magic,” Papa Roach’s “Gravity,” and “Should’ve Been Us,” by Tori Kelly. I found a new song that I liked at the first listen, “In Love With A Boy” by Kaya Stewart, very simple but wonderful! Demi Lovato’s new song took me a few days to get interested into it, it’s a good thing I didn’t do a review of it when it first came out. Blondie would have killed me after she came back from Hawaii!!

Laurel released a new song called “Blue Blood” and it is so good! Then there were releases like Afrojack, Audien, Janet Jackson, and Xandria that deserved their own reviews I thought! I really like Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike/Ummet Ozcan’s “The Hum” a lot now! Before my sister for her trip, she’s been insisting we listen to The Weeknd a lot more than just the song “Earned It” because our mom is still obsessed with the song! So she played both singles: “The Hills” which I loved probably because of the bass that you can clearly hear! And “Can’t Feel My Face” and that has become a favorite of our mom’s. It’s so weird on how that worked out! We rarely like the same thing!

In the middle of July, I was scrolling through my Facebook and found Jack U had posted a new live set on their YouTube channel. It took me three separate days to complete it! I kept getting tired and the WiFi was going crazy for two of those days! I’ve never been able to listen to EDM for a whole hour and I was hoping I’d be able to do it with this, but I was wrong! This next part can be apart of both segments too. I watched about the last hour of the Special Olympics World Games opening ceremony at like 11:30 on a Saturday night. My sleep’s been jacked up! I watched this and they were going through the “M” countries, it was strange for some countries to have maybe 8 athletes and there’s USA and Russia that had over 400 of them! It was so enlightening to see these people with both physical and mental disabilities in these countries like Egypt, Africa, etc I couldn’t stop crying! Anyways, I got to see some of the performances like Avril Lavigne, Cassadee Pope and then there came J Balvin and I’ve haven’t heard of him before. I used to listen to some raggaeton music a few years ago, the morning after I went on a hunt for the songs he performed and I found quite a lot of music to keep me busy for a while!

I am in between of excited for the new Bring Me The Horizon album. I mean, I’ve heard of a lot of people getting upset of the different direction of their sound. One person said it best: Bring Me The Horizon sounds like the new Linkin Park. Ouch! That’s a little insulting but completely true! I love LP and always will, but I still don’t know about the two songs that BMTH released recently: “Happy Song” and “Throne.” I am starting to like HS so I’m making progress! After a month I think, Spotify finally put up Icon For Hire’s new song called “Now You Know” and man, is it good!

Song Review: “Something Better” by Audien featuring Lady Antebellum

I think as both a person and blogger my focus has been on three things: being different from the rest, having an escape, and giving a new perspective on things. I try to have a little bit of all three meanings brought into my blog posts, but until today all three have never been in one post and track.

Audien is still somewhat of a newbie for me. I’ve only heard maybe one other track by him and I don’t think I cared too much of it, but I saw a tweet earlier this month that caught my eye. It was from a radio station saying that they were going to premiere this song late that night and immediately I was like, “oh, I’m not going to remember but sounds great!” Like I sI figured, I missed it. I didn’t hear it until maybe two days later. When I finally heard it, I thought it was a remix. I mean, Lady Antebellum doing a song with a DJ? It’s kind of unheard of because DJ’s are working with mostly rappers and pop singers. Lady Antebellum has been on the pop charts before, but they’re a country group! This was mind-blowing for me when I realized that song wasn’t a remix at all. It was completely new for both sides and it actually works.

Since LA being in the country world, and Charles, Hillary, and Dave all have that southern twang in their voices. You don’t think that it could ever work in a dance track. I mean, I never thought it would. I like the uniqueness of it. It has some elements of the two genres colliding together! Two sides working together as one is amazing! It’s always been a weakness for me and I think it will always be! It’s definitely not what we are used to hearing coming out of the EDM side. I’ve been looking for something new from this side for the past couple of months and I’m glad that I haven’t given up because missing this would have been a disaster! I hope you climbs the charts and I’m being dead serious here! If there were more DJs willing to use different musicians from the normal pop, hip hop, I think everybody would enjoy and look forward to hearing dance music on the radio again!

What do you think of this song? Do you think using Lady Antebellum was a good choice? What are your thoughts of using different styles of music into the more dance-y tracks?

Tune Tuesday | The Netherlands


Throughout the years, my music has grown beyond what I even wanted. That’s not to say it’s a bad thing. I think everybody should try to expand their love of music. There’s always more than what they play on the radio. In every country, I feel like I should have a list of what gets me the most. I’m pretty sure The Netherlands is a good candidate for the third spot. I definitely don’t need anybody to help whenever I go to talk about my favorite artists and bands from there that’s for sure. Since last year, the genre was mainly metal except for Don Diablo in the EDM category. I thought I’d use more in that genre for a change.

I always think Within Temptation started the trend of NL music on the rock/metal side, but Tiesto started it on the EDM side. Except what really gets me is that I don’t have an exact date of when I got into Tiesto’s music. I want to say 2009, but I feel like it was much earlier than that, like towards 2007. It could work honestly, I’ve always been into dance music and he’s one the older DJs and so I could have heard his music earlier in my teenage years and had to hide it. I shouldn’t say that, I didn’t hide my music at least not to my parents they generally don’t care, but since at this point dance music wasn’t at its peak like it is now so “hiding” it back then would have been easy! I hid that I liked Cascada for years so it could happen! Anyways, I love Tiesto’s music. I got interested in his music when I went looking for more trance style back in 2011-12. Ended up finding his albums Kaleidoscope and In Search of Sunrise 4 – Latin America. I have a weakness for tracks over 4-5 minutes long! Don’t judge me!

Tiesto has amazing music, but he’s (thankfully) not the only great Dutch DJ out there. There’s actually quite a bit that I like to listen to, but if I had named them all we’d be here forever! I think Tiesto is great for the older generations, but both Martin Garrix and Hardwell are great for the younger generations of music lovers and ravers. I can’t say who I like the most between these two, they have their own styles. I’ve been interested in Martin’s music I heard “Animals” on the radio. I lost it after I downloaded it because I thought it would sound differently on my stereo and it didn’t, but my love for the song grew back for it after it was part of a dance routine on Dancing With The Stars. I’m surprised my mom didn’t ask ,me what the song was called after that! She usually does! I can’t wait until his debut album comes out. I’ve been looking forward to that since March! I found out about Hardwell’s music through Spotify of course, but I didn’t start like REALLY listening to him until I started listening to the Sirius XM BPM channel and that’s when I really got into his stuff!

The Only Way Is Up – Tiesto & Martin Garrix

Don’t Look Down – Martin Garrix ft. Usher

Sally – Hardwell ft. Harrison

Colors – Hardwell/Tiesto ft. Andreas Moe

Good Man

A few weeks ago, while I was out with my parents. I mentioned in the blog post for it that the drive was boring. I think I wrote that sentence wrong, because there wasn’t anything bad about it. I mean, I did have my music on, the surrounding areas us in the car were pretty interesting. There was a part at the beginning of the drive that kind of made me think, like in a deep way.

Every once in a while, my dad will show his true colors. What he is truly thinking about at that moment. Usually, he’s had a few beers before he decides to let anyone know about them, but this time he was nice and sober. We stopped at a small gas station just before heading out of town. Past the driveway into the building, there’s a nice, light quiet pink building. A couple of years ago, it was turned into a small diner but I doubt it made it a year. It’s been empty for a while. Anyways, we past it on our way out and all of a sudden my dad says, “that’s what we need Meggie.” My nickname with my dad is Meggie Pooh. It’s one that I hate but I still allow him to use every once in a while. While he was busy driving I kind of gave him a look. I mean, I didn’t know if he was being serious. He’s voiced his opinions on opening up a restaurant many times before, but nothing’s ever been done about making things come true.

He was busy looking at the road in front of him, literally! He started throwing things like if he opened up a shop (later on I figured out he was talking about a car repair shop) and a restaurant. That was the first time I’ve ever heard him talk about getting a shop fixing on cars, but I could see it because he’s helped out his buddies and their vehicles for years! A few months ago, my mom’s battery went out in hers and instead of going to somebody else to work on it. He and some of our neighbors worked on it for probably 12 hours or so. He’s even gone as far as went and helped out a buddy of his at his shop for a few weeks! Now about opening up a restaurant part, my dad has said once that he’d “never” make anything for a big crowd, making it for family and friends were good enough for him. Now I’m starting to wonder if it is?

What got me the most was that I think he wanted to combine it all. He said something about having me working there, answering the phone and taking orders. I thought that was pretty sweet of him to think about while telling me this, but later on while we were going the spice and cake aisles at Wal-Mart of how much I’d want to cook/bake. I swear if I could reach the counter tops I would definitely like to bake. That’s what is basically holding me back is not being able to reach anything. My dad has lots of dreams that he apparently wants to accomplish one day. Something else that he really wants to do is fix our house; make it bigger and more handicap accessible for me.

My dad’s a very handy man; he used to work construction before he had to give it up because of his back. He’s also a male, so he’s very stubborn and doesn’t favor in stopping completely. That’s why he still lifts heavy things when he knows he shouldn’t. He likes fixing things and cooking a lot. Of course, cooking doesn’t have a lot of heavy lifting involve unless it’s a big bucket of sauce or a whole hog. I think he’ll still try to find a way to get it all done.

I’m always wondering about him, scratch that, we’re all worried about him at times. Because he’ll basically push himself sometimes past his limits. He has his good and bad days, but we all do one way or another. I feel like some days we use each other as our “inspirations” for a lack of a better term to describe our traits. Because whenever I’m in pain, it can be both intense and not so intense pain and I will not take any medicine. I was just talking about this during a chat on Twitter that he gets a little bit frustrated with me whenever I refuse medicine to help my pain. Here’s why though, I know if I have the right distractions I will forget about it. Now if its cramps related I’ll shallow my pride and take the damn things! I’m not the one to stop what I’m doing and rest. I’ve never been like that and I’ll say I had some help figuring this out from him because he is the same way! If he is in pain, even though he’s never been that vocal about what number of a 0-10 scale how much pain he’s in, there’s a chance he’ll take his medicine but he won’t stop and rest for a long period of time. We’re both the same as far as pushing ourselves past our limits.

I also have a feeling on certain times in his life, that he’s had to use me as his inspiration to get him through it. As much as I hate that word, I have been used as examples for strong physical pain and what kind of life message I try to share with others. I’m pretty sure everybody in my family has used me in some kind of matter in their lives. Being a person with a disability, people generally think of you having lots of strength to get through each day. This is something I get told a lot while I’m out in public. They say they admire me and what I can do. Something that I’ve learned is that I’ve just adapted to the things that I could do. I’ve been using my feet to do things since I was about three years old. I wasn’t built to walk on my feet, so the next best logical answer was the electric wheelchair which I happened to get at age four. After I had my back surgeries, not only did we have to find other ways to lift me but I also lost ways to do things, like getting on and off my bed and the couches. Even though I couldn’t do those things anymore we learned how to transfer successfully! Of course only one person will do it in our house, but at least I know I can do it and it doesn’t hurt me or anybody else. What’s all that really matter to me.

My dad has never read my blog before. He’s seen it, well in parts! I’ve never let him read one of my posts, especially my more personal ones. It’s mainly because he doesn’t use the internet like we do. Recently he did pull a good one; he came into my room one night talking about a lot of weird things. He came in asking about his FFDP CD I burned for him and he has expressed only a couple of times about if he should make a Facebook profile. He asked me in a serious tone and I laughed at him because he wouldn’t like it. He’d barely use it I think. Whenever he goes to borrow my laptop, I have to close the tabs he’s used because he doesn’t exactly know how to do it all. He’s got his adorable moments! He’s even gone as far to saying he wanted a Twitter account. If he made one I’d have to block him or hid myself for a few months until I knew he would be able to handle everything that I retweet and the blog chats that I join during the week in general. I think of anything, he’d be annoyed with both sites and ask one of us to delete his profile. That’s my opinion on it.


I think I’ve always been interested in Egypt; the history, mysteries over there since I was maybe eight or ten years old. I really don’t know how it got started and why I was so taken by the mummies, their views of the afterlife and the gods. It just memorized me enough that I have read a few books and watched so many specials on TV that in 2009, we heard about a new exhibition coming to the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis and it was called Tutankhamun: The Golden King and The Great Pharaohs. I was stoked but since it was up north, I figured I’d never get to see it. Well, one of my family friends was writing to my nana and she had gotten four tickets into the exhibit from her job but figured I’d like them more and my mom, sister and one of her friends were already going up north for a concert, now I had an excuse to go with them. My Aunt Laurie, cousin and her husband at the time took me up there and that was my second time ever been there in the museum. I was the only 17 year old that could past under the age of 10 and I was okay with that! I loved everything about it honestly! It was so bright, full of knowledge of King Tut and the other pharaohs and some about their wives and how they did the mummification. This was as close I was going to get ever getting to Egypt and I was okay with that!

When I saw the trailers on the Spike’s Facebook page I wasn’t really interested. I’m so used to watching the interviews of different Egyptologists and archaeologists talk about what they think what happened in their lives at the time and what the stories that they left behind on the inside of their tombs and other buildings. They’re still finding more information about these people and I, of course love every ounce of it! As far as getting interested in this miniseries, I had to make a deal with myself in a way, even though I knew I’d lose. I told myself just watch the first part. Time was getting closer and closer to the day and I actually kept getting excited about it. Finally after hearing about three months before it aired! I decided to record all three in case my dad wanted to watch it afterwards. It started Sunday night and I watched it until Wednesday afternoon. I was so addicted that I ended up surprising myself at the end. I was really sad that I almost started it over again.

To start this, while I was busy finishing the first and second episodes that I couldn’t keep myself away from my wandering thoughts. I wanted to how much of this was true. I should have waited until it was finished completely but I didn’t. I found information while I was watching it that there were a lot of things in the miniseries that may not have happened. This is where you’ll be finding spoilers so beware! I knew (and have known for years!) that Askhesenamun had two stillborn daughters, in the show they still categorized them as stillborn but sons instead. There’s no record of her life after Tut’s death so whether or not she got pregnant again by anybody else is unknown. My second problem was of the story line using Suhad, who was a woman Tut meets in the marketplace in the beginning and she is Mitanni/Egyptian that basically falls in love with the King and it’s mutual, she ends up pregnant by him and is ultimately killed at the hands by Askhesenamun. This person and Ka, who is Tut’s friend/Askhesenamun’s lover/father of third child don’t exactly exist. Lastly, the Mitanni and Egyptian war, the whole thing that the show is based around. I was more concerned about this than anything else. There was a battle between both places but wrong pharaoh. It was during the Pharoah Tuthmosis IV’s reign instead. There’s not much about it, but I did find this.

I’ll be honest I have never seen any other TV show or movies with these actors/actresses, except for one. I have seen Ben Kingsley in another movie. I find I’m more critical while watching these types of shows, movies because you’re taking a part of history and your creating a visual of what life could have been like. Acting the parts is only half as good as looking the part. I thought the use of Avan Jogia as King Tut and Sybilla Deen as Askhesenamun were a good choices for the two main roles, but I hate, hate, hate it when movies use different actors/actresses from other countries. I would have liked all actors to be true to who they are playing and I think ethics is a big part of that! Knowing that not single person on the credits is Egyptian is a little insulting! I say that but I wouldn’t change Avan or Sybilla so I just contradicted myself. I have to say I think Avan was awesome as King Tut, very believable! Alexander Siddig as the High Priest was very malicious! I hated the guy, but the part was great for him though!

I think watching this made me want to get books and watch other documentaries of Ancient Egypt again. Too bad the History channels hardly ever switch up their guide anymore. Even though I did give a lot of the story line away. I think it was pretty awesome. I got through the blood a lot easier than I thought I would! For a miniseries like this one to be shown on Spike, I think it was a good risk to take! As much as I had a lot that I didn’t agree with, this is just somebody perception’s of how the story could have gone back then and who knows it could have we might never know!

Do you watch the three part miniseries? What were your thoughts on it?