Wednesday…woof

Wednesday’s can be rough. Especially when they’re gloomy like it is here in the Bronx. So here are a few pick-me-ups to get you through today 🙂

I once had a flight attendant who insisted he was Lady Gaga and called the passengers his little monsters…but I would much rather fly with this guy.

While we’re on the topic of flying…get me on a plane and take me here. Now. Pleaseandthankyou.

My love of The Office is borderline unhealthy obsession, but this is hysterical! In fact, take a look at the rest of the site while you’re over there. A few of my faves are timesheets, permission slip, and missing missy.

This makes me want the movie to be out already! (Someone had a lot of time on their hands!)

Enjoy ❤

Music Monday

In college, I had a roommate who would listen to the same song on repeat for 3 straight days. Literally. As much as my other roommates and I made fun of her for it, I totally do the same thing because sometimes a song is just that good! And then you get sick of it and never want to hear it ever again, but a month later you find yourself slowly falling back into the same pattern with the same song. It’s a vicious cycle! Today’s music post is a song that for me was on repeat for months when it came out. It’s been a few years now, but it resurfaced on my daily playlist when I recently discovered this cover. Say what you will about covers, but this Brooklyn-based band nailed it. I did a little more digging and quickly found that covering Beyonce isn’t the only thing they’re good at. They released Busy Hands earlier this year and their cover of Halo was just one of beautifully layered tracks featured on the album. So, here is Harper Blynn and their rendition of Beyonce’s Halo. 

And to get you through the rest of today, here are some other fantastic covers 🙂 enjoy!

These guys make music look like so much fun!

Who knew shakin it like a polaroid could be so…sad?

Goosebumps every time.

As good as it’s gonna get

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I woke up this morning, found some questionably clean clothes, looked in the mirror and uttered these exact words. The day after parent-teacher conferences is always a rough one. Students walk on eggshells knowing at any moment I can bring their hard exterior crashing down by simply bringing up the tears that were shed just a mere 12 hours earlier. If I were them, I’d think twice about calling another student a “fat, ugly, troll,” even if she does resemble the mountain troll that found his way into the dungeons of Hogwarts many years ago. Teachers are exhausted because there are only so many times “pleasure to have in class” can be said and overly pleasant smiles can be upheld before lockjaw sets in.

For the most part, the conversations go something like this:

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With the occasional:

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and

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Overall, parents were cooperative and the 5 minute-conferences proved to be painless, however, there was quite a language barrier between myself and a few parents. I tried to break out my high-school Spanish, but I’m pretty sure it sounded more like this.

The best part of PTC? Using it as an excuse to make today movie day…Even better? With Halloween quickly approaching (yay!), I can justify showing Are You Afraid of the Dark? reruns…allllllll day. 🙂  

Music Monday

Mumford. Just that word alone sends shivers up my spine. Marcus Mumford’s voice just might be more magical than Harry Potter at Christmastime; more addicting than the crack in McDonald’s french fries; and just as trance-provoking as any deadmau5 “song” (if you can even call that noise, music). A few months before their latest album, Babel, was released, I heard a local radio station played this version of “The Boxer,” featuring Mumford on vocals. Of course Paul Simon is featured on the track along with Jerry Douglas who has worked with everyone from Ray Charles to Dolly Parton and performed on the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack, which happens to be one of my all time favorites. It’s just nice to know there are still artists committed to making great music amidst an industry so concerned with churning out music for $$$. Growing up, our house sang proudly with the Greats: The Beatles, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan…the list goes on. Somehow, Mumford and Sons manages to bring back that nostalgia while still brining something unique to the table, and this version of “The Boxer” couldn’t be a more perfect example. So turn up the volume, turn down the lights, and enjoy. :]

Adventures…

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Just over 15 years ago, a few starving artists asked “how do you measure a year?” They offered up the possibilities of daylights, sunsets, midnights, cups of coffee, inches, miles, laughter, and strife. While I have no desire to learn just how many cups of coffee it takes me to get through 12 months, the adventures I’ve taken this year have added to the 175,750 miles on my car. Most recently, an adventure out to Brooklyn to see the one and only, Hova.

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If you haven’t been out to the new Barclays Center, or weren’t planning on it, change your mind. Now. Besides the fact that Jay-Z killed it, Barclays is beautiful and the energy in the venue was unreal. Sure, beers are expensive, and say what you want about Brooklyn, but at the end of the day, it’s about the music and the people listening. Some people go to church every Sunday, others practice yoga morning, noon, and night, a few pray to the gods of fantasy football, but for me, the freedom we all crave from our anxiety-filled day-to-days, is music. More specifically, live music. So if being at Jay-Z’s closing night of the Barclays Center’s opening week (3 days after my birthday) is any indication of the year to come, getting older isn’t so bad.

Mark Twain said it best when he declared, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” My adventures this past year may not have been as grand as someone else’s, but they were mine. They were my experiences to learn from and to grow from. I think we tend to get caught up in looking for the “next big thing” and we forget to pause and appreciate the small moments we have. Sometimes, the small moments can mean more to us if we take the time to savor them.

Just in case you can’t think of any of your adventures this year, you can borrow a few of mine 🙂

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(MUSE)ic Monday

I’m sure this is the most overused blog-item, but I don’t care. This week’s pick is from a band that I can’t say I know too much about, but this song is too good to not share. It’s been said that if Radiohead had a baby with Queen, their bundle of joy would be Muse, and I can’t say I disagree after hearing their latest album, The 2nd Law. A little Bohemian Rhapsody, a little Fake Plastic Trees, and a whole lot of fantasticness. So I leave you with my first Music Monday post, my friends, Madness, by Muse.

Birthdays…

It’s a funny thing, birthdays. A day all about you when you didn’t exactly have any choice in the matter, yet somehow, we get so caught up in the attention and the excitement that not getting any recognition seems to ruin the day. Do you tell people it’s your birthday and risk coming off as narcissistic and juvenile? Or is it fair to assume they’ll somehow find out? While it’s nice to know people are thinking of you, wouldn’t it be even nicer if those relationships lasted longer than a Facebook comment or a text message? I feel like lately, relationships are becoming momentary, and any hopes of creating lasting ones are fleeting. I’m not saying everyday should be like a birthday, but I’m saying when a birthday comes around, maybe it shouldn’t be the first time that person hears from you all year. Where is the fun in life if there is no one around to share it with? So my birthday wish is for you, my dear friends. Remember to spend time together. Remember to care about each other all year long. Remember that relationships go beyond “happy birthday. hope all is well.” Ask about the “all” that you hope is well. Have a conversation. Live up to the friend part of “friendship.” I promise to hold up my end of the deal. Will you hold up yours?

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