Friday, March 27, 2015

Come join the Circus

(By looking at these rad blogs)

Can I Eat That? - Mia

The Candy Factory - Anna

Tights and Tiaras - Claire

The Treasure Mountain Undercurrent - Karsten

These people are rad, bro

P.S. This was written by the amazing Mia, who is the focal point of the picture above.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

An Attempt to Live in the 21st Century

Despite all the love I have for The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and Little Feat, I actually do like some music produced in the twenty-first century. So to prove it to you, here are some sensational songs and their best lyrics, all of which have been released after 2000. Maybe even 2010.

Some notes on the artists:
Lorde - I know she gets a lot of hate for being overrated and apparently bratty and all, but her music makes me feel edgy and pumped up and sassy.
Sia - I understand why she doesn't like to show her face. I've read her Wikipedia page and she seems like a sort of tortured creative genius who manages to find happiness. Also the music for Elastic Heart is a little odd and got a bunch of mean comments, but I linked it below anyways, so you can watch it if you want.
Glass Animals - They have such unexpected sounds and lyrics, it's mesmerizing. My dance teacher is convinced that they will be the next big thing and I agree, but just as a warning their music videos are pretty wild.
Vance Joy - I've only heard two of his songs but I didn't like the other one.
Hozier - Another dance teacher find when we did a combination to Work Song, this past week I've been completely obsessed with his soulful, rock and roll, haunting melodies. And also with his Irish accent.

I have Youtube videos for each song linked in each title.

Ribs - Lorde "Laughing 'till our ribs get tough"
Glory and Gore - Lorde "Tired little laughs, gold lie promises"
The Love Club - Lorde "I'm sitting pretty on the throne, there's nothing more I want, except to be alone"
Yellow Flicker Beat - Lorde "I never watch the stars there's so much down here"
Elastic Heart - Sia "You did not break me I'm still fighting for peace"
Gooey - Glass Animals "You just want to know those peanut butter vibes"
Riptide - Vance Joy "This cowboy's running from himself"
Work Song - Hozier "She gives me toothaches just from kissin' me"
To Be Alone - Hozier "I feel like a person for a moment of my life"
From Eden - Hozier "Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on its sword
Innocence died screaming, honey, ask me I should know"
Like Real People Do - Hozier "I will not ask and neither should you"
It Will Come Back - Hozier "Don't give it a hand, offer it a soul"
Foreigner's God - Hozier - "All that I've been taught And every word I've got Is foreign to me"
Cherry Wine - Hozier "Open hand or closed fist would be fine"
Someone New - Hozier "There's an art to life's distractions"

Okay, I hope you guys enjoy these songs cause I do immensely. If you have any songs that you like by these artists, other songs like it, or just general comments, you know where to put them!

Image creds to The Line of Best Fit
Image creds to Irish Times

Image creds to TrendingMp3
Image creds to Sunset in the Rearview
Image creds to Wikipedia

Sunday, March 22, 2015


"What are you gonna do when you grow up?"

If there's one question I abhor, it's that one. I understand that askers of this atrocity are just attempting to make conversation, but first of all, it is none of your business what I am doing in my future, and secondly, do you honestly expect me, with my meager fourteen years of worldy experience, to know what I want to do for the rest of my life?

Lately, everything's been looking forward. We've registered for next year at school, I have an audition for a ballet class coming up, and spring break is on it's way (thank god.) I've been enduring constant fear that my rond-des-jambes aren't turned out enough, struggling through sixty-term Quizlet sets, and encountering nasty looks from school counselors who don't approve of art classes. All for what? To get into a selective, overly difficult ballet class? To get into college, where I will find an even more difficult course load? To be honest, it makes me pretty unenthusiastic for next year and the rest of high school. But we can't let negativity rule our lives, so today I will be sharing some goals and ideas and that make me excited about the future that do not include colleges that won't except me because I didn't take AP Physics.

First of all, I highly doubt will go to college immediately after high school graduation. I'd like to spend time abroad in other countries, drive across the country on a hippie road trip, and visit Canada. I'd like to get a bit of break after twelve years of school before I go back for at least four more. I'd like to get jobs to see what I like and what I don't.

Secondly, I will live in the west when I grow up. In Idaho or Utah or Wyoming, because this is where I belong, and it will always be my home. It makes me really excited to think that someday I'll have my own house that I can paint whatever color I want and redecorate and rearrange whenever I want, and not just my own room, the whole house.

Thirdly, summer is coming in just two months and and you can swing and go on adventures and look at the stars and go camping and sleep outside and start a community garden.

Fourth, maybe someday I will own a tea shop and I can serve scones and sell crafts and donate money to charity and hold fundraisers.

Fifth, tonight I am going to go to bed early.

Sixth, tomorrow morning, I will wake up to this new Pandora radio station that I really like.

Seventh, next weekend, we probably won't have so much homework because it's the end of the quarter.

Eighth, when I am finished with this post I am going to go make lunch and maybe I will make pancakes and defy social norms.

Ninth, I have something exciting coming to this blog very soon:)

So the moral of the story is that even though sometimes you have four finals in one week and sometimes AP Geography makes you cry but also sometimes you get to lie next to your friends and stare at the stars and sometimes you do a really good saut de chat jump. As long as you appreciate all the good things then the bad ones don't seem so terrible.

Queen Svetlana doing a saut de chat (possibly a grand jeté  but it's the same idea)
credit to National Theatre

A literally translated saut de chat - jump of cat
image creds to The Poke

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mini Post - Full Moon Soup

If your parents are like my parents, sometimes they make me cook dinner. (Technically I'm supposed to do one dinner a week but that doesn't actually happen.) But when I am forced to cook, 85% of the time I make black bean soup, which is super straight forward to make and also just so happens to be one of my favorite meals on the planet. So, because I like to share good things with you, here's the recipe.

Ground Cumin
Olive Oil
About 1 c. chopped carrots
About 1 c. chopped onion (around a half an onion)
Two or three cloves pressed or chopped garlic
Three cans black beans
Any other vegetables you think might be good in it
Sour cream, salsa, corn bread, crumbled tortillas, and/or cilantro for garnish.

Makes about five servings.

Chop your carrots.
Put enough olive oil to cover the bottom of your pot in your pot on medium heat. Add some dashes of cumin.
Chop your onion quickly because you don't want the cumin to burn in the oil, you just want it to get a little flavorful.
Put your carrots, onion, and garlic in the pot and let them sit there until they get mushy-ish, about ten minutes, stirring once or twice.
Add all three cans of undrained black beans. Recycle the cans. Let mixture boil and simmer for another ten minutes.
Put on dishwashing gloves.
Get out the immersion blender and stick it in the pot and mash everything all up together. (The dishwashing gloves are in case some of the scalding hot liquid bubbles up and hits your arms or hands while you're blending.)
Serve with any of the above garnishes. Sour cream and corn bread are my favorite. But you do you.
This is an immersion blender
Photo creds to: St. Joseph Hospital

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Finally! (Part two)

Okeydokey buddies, here is part two of my long-excused Beatles post. (Or more appropriately, the BAEtles.)

13) Lady Madonna: To be honest I have no idea what's going on this song but it's catchy.

14) Hey Jude: One of my other first favorite Beatles songs, thanks to my summer babysitter Josie who would blast this song in the car with the windows down and we would all scream the "na na na na na na naaa" as loud as possible. Additionally, the only real song I can still play part of after five years of piano lessons.

15) Something: Written by George. Romantic.
 Paul McCartney's Ukelele Tribute to George here
Something in the way she moos

16) Come Together: When we had to dance in PE last year, I convinced my group to dance to this and let me tell you it's extremely hard to count all those "shoops" if you were wondering.

17) Let It Be: Written and sung by Paul, in a time when he was the only one of the band who really wanted to stay together. He had a dream that his late mother, who's name was actually Mary, came to him and told him that it would be alright, and he wrote the song based on the dream. (John wrote a song for his deceased mother as well, Julia.)

18) The Long and Winding Road: It's just one of those absolutely gorgeous songs you play when at the end of movies when you want to make people cry.

19) Strawberry Fields Forever: Feel good playlist! Also there's probably about a 96% chance the guys were a bit impaired when writing this one... Among others. (P.S. I do not encourage or partake in illicit activities)

20) Happiness is a Warm Gun: Also probably about illicit drugs and it will never not be stuck in your head. But I just love it and it's grunge-ness a lot.

21) Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds: So, as someone noted after the song was released, the letters spell out LSD. But I'll let John explain this one:

Since this version is a bit odd, here's another.

22) In My Life: Sing along, please! Probably the only song I will be willing to sing karaoke to... If I am ever threatened by death to sing karaoke.

23) Ob-la-dee Ob-la-da: This just makes me smile.

24) Across the Universe"Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup"

25) A Day In the Life: Can songs have schizophrenia?

26) Blackbird: Proof that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. (I think I saw that in someone's Instagram bio.)

27) I Am the Walrus: Who even knows.

P.S. Af you have a spare two hours you should really really watch Across The Universe (the movie)
 Mamma Mia : Abba :: Across the Universe : The Beatles
Here is Bono singing this song in the movie with wierd inverse colors and such.

Alrighty friends. Thanks for reading!
See you later!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Finally! (Part one)

So first of all, I need to apologize. This is a hippie-60's-era blog that had been around since last September and I still haven't done a real Beatles post. (Not counting John/George birthday posts) I'm appalled by myself. So, guess what I'm doing today!!!
Omg if you guess writing about The Beatles, you're right! Did you know that The Beatles had twenty seven number one hits? 27! So I'm gonna be talking about some of them today plus some of my other favorite Beatles songs. (And because all of their songs are absolutely wonderful, this is going to have a part one and part two because the entire thing ended up being about 900 words. And I didn't even do all of the really good ones!)
Okay, let's go!

P.S. Click on the title-links to get to youtube videos

1) Love Me Do: I'd never heard this song before writing this post and at first I thought I was listening to the wrong song because it sounded so much like country (no thanks.) but it turns out it's really catchy because it's still playing in my head.

2) She Loves You: High school gossip 101

3) I Wanna Hold Your Hand: Honestly all I can think of when I hear this song is my sister getting really hyper on a car trip and singing "I want to hold your foot - and drag you halfway across Kentucky" to this tune.

4) A Hard Day's Night: It will never not be stuck in your head. Ever.
(P.S. This is also the name of one of the movies they made which is pretty much entirely based around the shenanigans of Paul's felonious grandpa)

5) Eight Days A Week: The way-more romantic predecessor to 5-ever.

6) Help!: More like Help! We're wearing oversized rain-coat things and gesturing wildly and incomprehensibly with our arm flaps!

7) Yesterday: The anthem of broken hearts. Sing along. You have to.
Listen to the song and you'll get it;)
Image cred to instagram user @live_love_beatles

8) We Can Work It Out: So the video that plays if you click on the link is of Stevie Wonder (who's super fabulous) playing at the White House, and you can see President Obama sitting next to Paul McCartney as they listen to him and oh my gosh it's great.

9) Yellow Submarine: I'd like to thank my 2nd grade teacher, Mr. Call, for having the entire class sing along to this song while playing along on the guitar. Unknowingly, this was the beginning of my hippie carrer.

10) Eleanor Rigby: tears and pretty violin harmonies and tears (another one you have to sing along to)

11) Penny Lane: Feel good, happy music and trumpets

12) All You Need Is Love: true.

Alrighty! Thanks for reading:) Part two coming soon! See you all later!