Seen & Heard | August

UntitledHere it is, the end of August! I can’t believe how fast the year goes after summer ends. Once it becomes July, the rest of the months just slide on by! I’m already getting questions about what I want for my birthday and it’s only four months away! Even I haven’t that far yet! Okay, I have but it’s still too far into the future to really think about that in my opinion. My friend Ania and I were talking about this a few weeks ago, she had seen people countdown to Halloween! I saw my first one the other day! People seem to be more excited for the month of October than getting through September first!

I know I’m happy for September! All of my summer shows ended on the 19th starting with Wild N Out and then of course, the show that I didn’t think I’d so sad about but The Astronauts’ Wives Club ended for its first season! I don’t know they would do a second season after how the entire season played out. I do hope there’s a new season since ABC took off my Forever. As for my other shows like Mistresses, I Am Jazz (which I love too!), Mysteries At The Monument and Ink Master are all still going strong! The big comeback for my mom and I is the 21st season of Dancing With The Stars. I love how we always think we’ll never make it through summer break, but we do. We were very distracted in other interests this summer so it was smooth sailing! I’ve stopped watching Total Divas a couple of weeks ago! I love the Bella Twins and Paige very much, but everybody else has just become very whiny and too much for me to handle!

As you can see from the two movies I’ve decided to include in this post, I had a kid friendly but educational month! Somehow it was ruled by the Duff sisters on accident! I follow Haylie Duff on Twitter, I love watching her show on Cooking Channel, but she had promoted a Lifetime movie she starred in at the beginning of the month called His Secret Family. To tell you the truth, I’ve never watched a movie with her in it! I read the summary on the guide and I recorded it on my DVR. I watched it in three hours if I can remember correctly! It was pretty good, very suspenseful! My first “adult” Lifetime movie I’ve watched in a long time! A few days after that, I was up late looking through my guide again and found that The Lizzie MacGuire Movie was on ABC Family at 1am!! Who puts a movie like that on so late when there are others who would gladly like to watch it too! Is it too hones if I say I realized how cheesy it was and skipped through most of it just to sing the song at the end? Well, I did!

Back in January, I did the first installment of different movies I wanted to see this year and there was a film on it called Playing It Cool with Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie. It is a romantic-comedy type of movie. I always love it when Chris is in these of films, because he is pretty hilarious! It’s taking me a bit longer than I wanted to finish it but it’ll happen soon! A film that everybody in my family has seen but me, was Fury with Brad Pitt and Shia Labouef. I’ll be honest as bloody as it is, it’s very interesting! However, it’s safe to say I’ve seen WWII in every perspective now. I’ve been trying to find films that have had people buzzing about since the announce of their production was in motion, Foxcatcher was one of those movies and it stars Channing Tatum and Steve Carroll. Sadly I was interested at first but then I lost it so I deleted it on my DVR. Even my mom didn’t want to watch it! Lastly, the movie that I found a week before premiered on HBO was The Theory Of Everything and it was worth the wait! So, so good! It literally surprised me honestly because I don’t like able-bodied actors playing out disabled person but I couldn’t see anybody but Eddie Redmayne as Dr. Stephen Hawking!

I’ve recorded another kid friendly, it’s crazy how people when they go to think of the story lines for movies and they switch things around, I love the movie Shark Tale purely because of the fact that’s our world but underwater, in a fish’s point of view! It’s cute! And Will Smith voices him so of course that makes things 10x better!! I found it playing on Cartoon Network, hardly watch anything on there since the early 00s. Whenever my sister and I were kids, they used to do an all day marathon of Scooby-Doo. I don’t know who loved those days more, us or our mom. I also love finding concerts on TV. I have maybe 6 of them on my DVR right now and they range from pop to rock. I just recently added one by the band OneRepublic. So far so good since I’ve never been THAT big of a fan of them.

My sister’s boyfriend has been really nice and has let me rent a couple of movies here and there. The first time he asked if I wanted anything, I told him no because I only have one way to watch DVDs and that’s through my laptop but since it’s been freaking me out lately with its unpredicatble timing to want an update I just stopped asking for movies in general. That’s why I’ve been living off anything that plays on out movie channels. The second time he got me something, I liked it but I don’t have a clue what it was! He’s been letting me borrow his game consoles to watch these movies. They’re a little strange and my mom and I are too afraid to touch them. This time he got me Insurgent and I was sooo excited! I was so giddy that I think I scared the shit out of him. I never got to finish it but it was good in the parts I got to see!! I’ll rent it again soon and finally complete it.

What I’ve Listened To:

I love finding songs from my favorite TV shows, a little more than hearing one during a movie. Before all the shit went down on Mistresses, Callista (Jennifer Esposito) was standing out a hotel balcony thinking about tossing her wedding ring off the ledge and during this scene a beautiful song comes on. It was “Made For You” by Niia. It was a small scene, considering it was the end of the episode but I had to listen to it twice and that next morning I went on Spotify, found it and the rest is history! You guys know that I’m also a bit quick to judge. As I just recently published a post called “Better Than The Original” where I was talking about my favorite remixes. I can be hard to impress. I love Tiesto’s “Secrets” the way it is. So when I heard Diplo’s remix I wasn’t feeling it at first. Leave it to me two months later I’d cave after the BPM channel played it on the air. They haven’t played it since, I’d say it was fate, what do you think?

I also did a review of the new Bring Me The Horizon song. They released a second single a little bit after that release called “Throne” and I managed to surprise myself again and I have to say I might’ve reviewed the wrong song! This one is so much better! Rihanna’s not having the best time grabbing my attention lately. It took me WEEKS to get into both of her new songs! I can finally listen to “Bitch Better Have My Money” now! Getting back into the rock scene a little, the symphonic metal band Leaves’ Eyes released their new single called “Halvdan The Black” and man, is it good! You can read my review here. I also did a review of Prince Royce’s song “Back It Up” too if you want to read that one too! Rob Thomas is one of those artists that I like, but I don’t know it can be hard to explain sometimes whenever a band you like has a singer that does the same music as a solo artist. However, “Trust You” doesn’t like Matchbox Twenty thank god!

Some new songs, first up “Ghosts” by Feenixpawl featuring Melissa Ramsay. I really love this song! I almost know every word! Icona Pop is back with a new single called “Emergency” that I reviewed recently. It’s pretty great as well! I love to watch performances on TV and YouTube, but I’m only able to watch/listen to EDM mixes through YT so I’ve been finding more and more music that way. I watch too many JackU and just plain Skrillex shows. I know, I gotta stop but they’re all so good! I mean, I love watching the crowd’s reactions to every song that they play. A song that I’ve been hearing a lot in both sets is called “Burial” and it’s by Yogi & Skrillex together, featuring a couple of other rappers. I only like it because I can’t get enough of that damn beat! If I can just find out about that other one, I’d really be a happy camper! I will find it soon.

Tune Tuesday | Germany


If you heard last year’s post about Germany, I think I had my friend Stephanie, who lives over there, help me out a bit. She used to suggest some groups to me and I kind of grew to like maybe three of them. This time around, I’m doing this one all on my own because I actually discovered a band a while back that I probably should have listened to YEARS ago, but with symphonic metal I am very picky on the singer’s vocals, whether or not they use full orchestra sounds in their set, like I said I’m picky! And then back in late April, I found a Spotify playlist that I just kind of fell in love with and I’ll explain more about it later on in this post.

When I was just getting started listening to bands like Within Temptation, Nightwish and Delain. You would think that I’d like cave into every band that has a small similarity to them. Instead I became a very picky person and only sought out to find bands that had clean cut music, which meant no “new” bands. It still doesn’t explain why the band Kypteria wasn’t one of my favorites after I found Delain. I had quite a few different symphonic metal fans tell me how much they liked the band and their sound, but it never meshed well for me. When I go to write up my album reviews I’ll listen to a song and everything can sound perfect or something that I would love but I wouldn’t be able to connect to it at that time and this is what happened to this band. I still haven’t been able to hear a lot of their music because I can’t get myself to enjoy it.

Back in April, I went looking through the different Spotify playlists and I found one called Electro Swing. Now I’ve been in a HUGE electronica music phase and I just thought it was a bunch of music by DJs like the others, but it didn’t exactly sound like that. I recently found out why my dad likes to watch Dancing With The Stars with my mom sometimes. He actually has a weakness for swing music or basically anything from the 1940’s, he enjoys the Lindy Pop, Charleston, and Swing dances on the show! I never knew that until a few weeks ago, but it does explain a bit of why I also love it too! I love the whole bandstand groups and swing dances, they seem like such a workout but so much fun too! So this playlist has nothing but modern day swing music if that makes sense. I found an artist by the name of Parov Stelar, he’s actually the one that started this trend if you want to call it that! It’s really amazing!

 The Promise – Kypteria

Booty Swing – Parov Stelar

Tune Tuesday: Christina Perri


This week it’s all about Christina Perri.

It really amazes me how everybody became a fan of Christina Perri’s music. In 2010, her debut single “Jar Of Hearts” was featured on So You Think You Can Dance. I’m really BIG fan of the show. I don’t watch it religiously as I do with Dancing With The Stars, but I love finding new music from their dances on both shows. Unfortunately, I did not see this dance like everybody else. I heard the song after it started playing on the radio and I loved it! Of course, I finally did watch the dance and it was so beautiful! In 2011 she released her first album, lovestrong. Another song I grew to love was “Arms” because it’s so soft and meaningful to me, which is a little weird to explain.

Last year, she released her sophomore album called, head or heart and I’m proud to say that I actually listened to this album all the way through when it came out and again a few months ago. I needed something kind of mellow to level me out one afternoon, and it actually did the trick and I ended up coming back with liking a few other songs off that album. When the first single, “Human” came out I was instantly in love with it and to make things even better it was featured on DWTS for Amy Purdy and Derek Hough’s dance to her father. My mom, dad and I all cried that evening watching that dance. Thank god we were in two different rooms! Now when her second single “Burning Gold” came out, it had to take me a while to get myself into it. I think it took me like two or three months to finally get myself to stop denying how good it really was. The third single, “The Words” only had play for a few seconds and I was hooked again. Other songs that I have grown to love are “Lonely Child” and “Butterfly” from the second album.

What are your favorite songs?

Will Travel

I am following over 700 different accounts on Twitter, they range from fans of bands, celebrities, and TV shows. If you want the whole story of how I really got into the whole Twitter phase of my life. Blame it on Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park. In the fall of 2008, I had created my first ever account but I was so confused on how to use it that I lost my will to use it, that is until the summer of 2009 were I was following the guys of Linkin Park and their fans like crazy. I got to release some thoughts that I felt were trapped deep inside my head. It was a great idea until I started to have old classmates and family members creeping up on me and seeing my tweets. Is it bad that in the beginning that I actually blocked a few people I knew? In 2010, I deleted my original account and got a new one a week later. Trust me, my break from Facebook was longer. Now I follow different bloggers and several contestants of Dancing With The Stars.

As you may know, I really enjoyed seeing Amy Purdy on DWTS this past year. She was my idol on that show for season 18, as she is a double amputee snowboarder that decided to join the cast two days after she won a bronze medal at the Paralympics in Russia last winter. She was partnered with my mom’s favorite Derek Hough. This week on DWTS Derek was having a bad week finding creative ideas for his and partner for this season, Bethany Mota. The next day, I saw a tweet that I didn’t think would inspire me in any shape or form, but it did. Amy posted a tweet of a link she had him watch on the week he wasn’t getting any ideas of what to do for their routines. The video at the bottom was the link she included in the tweet. It was 11:30am and my mom was just getting up, I had been up for a few hours. I decided to watch the video of author of the book, Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert talk about finding ideas and describing them as “geniuses” and how to turn off those doubts of after you’ve done something amazing.

In the middle of the 19 minute video of Elizabeth’s speech, my mom came in with one of our kittens: Stormy. I didn’t get the chance to pause the video while she was in my room, so it kept playing and she talked and soothed Stormy to stay up on my bed. After she left, I quickly figured out how to rewind it just a tad after I found the place I missed hearing, I continued on and different things she was saying were really revealing to me. Without giving too much away, I’ll just skip to the parts were it really made me think. When I get ideas, I have trouble getting them and having them last for a long period of time. When I was in high school, I used to write songs and I did this for nine or ten years, by the end of it though my ideas would only last for a good ten minutes before they float away. Now I have the problem of getting an idea and the words to write it out from my brain down to my feet to type it out so it’s real. Apparently it’s a slow process going down to my feet and that’s the reason why it takes a few days for ideas to be let out.

If you have 20 minutes to yourself and have a headphones set with you, I think you should watch this and maybe you’ll learn something about yourself. I did…

Road To Thanksgiving


I think this is my first week of Thanksgiving were I am actually paying attention to what is going on around me. I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older and I’d like to take over the reign of getting things ready for Thanksgiving in our family, but it’s just drastic change from last year and the years before. My only concern is that we have fun and I have my celery and dip. That’s basically all I want honestly! As I get older, I was wonder about if somebody would allow me to make something, but by the time I find something it’s too late to get everything ready to make it. Since I can’t use the stove/oven by myself because of the use of my feet, my courage of cooking or baking anything for my family or friends in the neighborhood just freak me out. I’ve never done it before. Even in our Cooking Ed class or whatever it was called by then, I never got to do anything that the students got to do because I couldn’t reach the countertops. I got left in charge of putting the rags that they used in the washer. Oh boy! In my last year of that class, since I got sick I missed their whole week of cooking/baking and I got left with memorizing different types of cookies and what are in them. I failed that damn test. I knew I was going to fail it, I just did it because I wanted it over. I’m pretty sure I could pass it now though!

My family is celebrating our Thanksgiving on Friday. So I’m making my “road to Thanksgiving” a bit early but it’s okay. We thought everybody in our family had heard of my mom’s schedule enough over the weekend that we’d all knew what days she was off work and when we were going to celebrate it. Well, my poor dad has been a little bit backwards. We’ve had to tell him at least twice now. This is the first time I think we’ve ever had to celebrate a holiday on another day than the actual day. I thought I’d be the one doing this or at least my papaw, but nope it’s my dad instead. My week really started on Saturday when my mom began getting things from the store. I still remember most of the stuff we needed that we had on our trustee list my mom had stuffed in her purse. On Monday and Tuesday, my mom and I had our finale of Dancing With The Stars to watch, you know? She didn’t have to work on Tuesday or Wednesday, so she could stay up and watch it with me. An hour before it all started, she went to McDonald’s to get herself a milkshake. I already had a dessert product from there like two days before, my dad got us a hot fudge sundae to share. I didn’t end up with nothing though, they’re still selling smoothies here, so she got me a strawberry and banana smoothie. I finished it within an hour while Wren laid on my bed next to me.

10383084_4713071762841_7525113251877170692_nWell, when I was finished with my smoothie. My mom asked me if I wanted to watch DWTS with her in the living room. I told her yes. So she took me in there and Wren in there, along with my Transformers blanket because I was freezing my toes off! I stayed in there on the smaller couch for three hours. Wren only lasted a good ten minutes on the couch before she got down and went back to my room on my bed. After the first break, mom went in there to bring her back out in the living room. She led her for a bit and then put her back on me and there she stayed for the next hours. I loved how this season ended even though I wasn’t too sure if I’d be so pumped for it like last season. I was worried that even though we didn’t have Amy Purdy on there anymore, I’d lose my interest in the show. I didn’t though, I was very much Team Sadie, Tommy, and Alfonso. My mom on the other hand switched on me. She’s usually on Team Derek, but she went on Team Val this season. You should have seen her on Tuesday when Sadie and Mark got those tens from the judges’ scores  for their fusion dances. She was NOT happy, but I was! I loved it! She was also not happy about Janel and Val getting booted first too. After that, she didn’t care about who won which ruined my outlook of the night. I would have been fine with anyone, but she’s just mad that her favorites didn’t win, but she always tells me if you don’t vote you can get mad at who wins. Karma’s a bitch! And I say that in the nicest way possible!

Wednesday, I went over to my nana’s for the second time. I’m not complaining but I think after the third hour being there the day before, we kind of ran out of things to talk about which ended up being a very good thing because something happened that neither one of us was expecting at all. Our family is notorious for surprising different family members. My uncle Dave is the king of this and his son Chris has been in second for years! One year we were having our Thanksgiving lunch, we all just got done eating and we were having our infamous food fight at the end and I remember “running” from everybody’s whip cream fingers as fast as I could. We all ended up in the kitchen because that year we had so many people that we had to put the kitchen table into the living room. We got into the kitchen, we were shouting and pointing at each other. All of a sudden, we heard this knock which freaked us out because we were all there. Nobody we knew was going to be there was there. So then when my cousin Chris came through that door our entire family kind of exploded with joy, then he got on the food fight by dropping a cupcake on the floor.

1476090_674439456003244_7982745793397983540_nJust like that year, my nana and I were in the kitchen, we just got done eating and were trying to figure out what we were going to discuss next. She was facing towards the door and windows, I was facing the opposite direction so when she started to freak out on me, I didn’t know what was going on. She totally scared me until she said “you’re never going to believe who’s here.” I thought it was my sister at first until she went to the door and I turned out and looked out the window. They said they heard somebody scream, I’m pretty that was me. I even scared my papaw that once everybody was inside I went to get him and I think he was surprised too! It was such a fun time to be around Chris, Amber, and the kids again after almost four years. The kids had grown a lot! I showed Lynnie majority of the house, even my nana’s dollhouse. She’s got such a tiny voice. She had her hair up in the Elsa braid. I actually talked to her about Frozen and what teams we were on. She like Elsa the most, I told her I was on Team Olaf. We established that her daddy could be Kristoff especially since we explained he talks to a moose named Sven, then Chris said that he talks to his cars which doesn’t surprise me one bit.

My mom and dad got to see them after they came back from getting a head start at Christmas shopping. Neither one didn’t stay very long, but were glad they came down finally! Of course we can’t have a family visit without taking pictures. I felt bad for my sister, she was stuck at work while they were down here. She definitely wanted to be home then and that night as our older kittens from Bootsie’s first litter, Tubby decided to turn up after a year. Dad had always he got hit by a car because apparently there was a cat like him at the side of the street. He just didn’t tell us because he didn’t want to upset us. Blondie texted my mom after she continued to send pictures to her that he was home to never him go back outside, but after having my mom and ChiChi follow him around throughout the house, he meowed and mom put him back outside. Dad thinks somebody else has been taking care of him as good and calm he was being to us and other cats too.

 Now that it’s actually Thanksgiving, it’s a bit weird. I taped Macy’s Day Parade and I tried to watch a bit of it after I woke up, but I’m starting to understand why I don’t usually watch it. I loved it as a kid because of the giant balloons, but now they’ve got performers that you know they’re all lip-syncing to their music. Especially those broadway sections, but I like those I always have. I know, I know! I’m being weird again. Anyways, the parts I did watch it I only saw at least 3 balloon characters. Really? So I’m thinking now that setting it up to tape was a bad idea. I did this last year too, you’d think I’d remember it! However, one thing that my family and I always say we’re going to do is watch the Thanksgivi10426523_4715594625911_262121616550919199_nng episode of Mad About You, called “Giblets For Murray” its were their dog Murray eats their turkey after they just told their family that it was their year hosting Thanksgiving and they were going to do things their way, well then they walk into the kitchen and find the dog going to town on the turkey. They spend the last part of the episode trying to sneak in another turkey into the kitchen without anybody noticing. It’s honestly a great episode, probably the best! I know every word of it because I’ve watched it so many times.

I hope everybody in the US is having a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am thankful for everything I have, my family and friends, this blog and ever-growing amount of music I can consume in a week. This is my road to Thanksgiving, if I can get myself to do anything tomorrow evening I’ll be posting my day with my crazy family that I am so stoked to seeing. I waited up for my sister last night as she came home from work in the snow. Yeah, I’m pretty sure we won’t be getting any snow for Christmas. That’s just my guess since it’s here on Thanksgiving. Dad said we didn’t get much though. I hope you’ve enjoy this post.