So, I decided, that as a way of keeping this side of my blog/website a journaling form of my life, I followed the example of a few of the blogs that I like to read (The Artsy Musings of A Bibliophile and Vanna Is Not Interesting) and made my own version of the Monthly Recap.
There's no better time to start than now!
Moncoeur, one of my close friends, recently moved back to his home in NZ. It was pretty tough to say goodbye but my other friend Sam and I sent him off with a fun round of Halo and sniping each other at Reload Bar and back at my place. He plans to come back, but who knows if I'll still be around by then? Maybe!
The YSA dance in Sydney was super fun! It was a 1950's theme, so my brother and his friend went to go and check it out. Luckily I didn't wear my actual 50's styled dress, 'cos majority of the people there were wearing casual clothes, while only a few girls and guys were wearing 50s dresses and guys were Greasers. The music at the start was 50's, which everyone did the twist or some form of awkward dancing to, and then they finally put recent popular music on like 'Shake It Off' by Taylor Swift and 'Treasure' by Bruno Mars. They played that kind of music for a while so everybody would get into dancing, and then they briefly went back to 50's music for a moment but noticed not many people would get into dancing for that, and then it completely escalated into dance/club music to which EVERYONE started thrashing and fist pumping. When they switched DJ's, it stayed on a reggae/Polynesian type of music in which made all the islanders rave and hoot at the excitement. I just tried to dance like a noodle and hope that no one was looking. It was an amazing experience to be able to dance with these recently returned RM's (Amy, Mike, and Mina) and watch them be completely uncoordinated and just let loose. Though the weekend was full of RM stories and I was like, 'K GOT IT' after 2-3 of them. I also got to go to my first YSA ward on the Sunday, and it was so strangely quiet. I got a lot out of the talks, especially the Atonement one.
It was a surreal experience.
My driving lessons have been going alright - I'm more so just stressing myself out about them and trying to be the perfectionist that I usually am about everything. It's a skill that requires time to be good at, and to be efficient, so I just keep repeating that to myself so I don't completely throw myself in front of a bus every time I fail a parallel park or do something wrong or make a mistake. I WILL GET THERE THOUGH! It's all trial and error, baby, all trial and error.
This Autumn and Winter has been completely lame though, and I cannot wait for it to be over. While I do love the cosiness of warm blankets, snuggling friends, hot chocolate, and more frequent rain, I've started to get Season Affective Disorder, which means because of the lack of sunlight and the weather, I get down more frequently (And no, I don't mean getting down dancing, I mean depressed and suicidal down).
It's something that's kind of hard to cope with, and to realise 'it's just the weather and listening to these thoughts that are making it bad. Just go outside, suntan, maybe go for a walk, and think positive thoughts' but I'm getting there slowly :) It's why I frequent trips to Sydney, due to the warmth of sunlight and good weather in Sydney. Also, the Temple is there! I have my best friend though to encourage me and tell me when I'm being crazy and need to just sit in the sun for a bit like a lizard.
Another thing, I recently got back into playing World of Warcraft. It was more of a nostalgic thing and also to spend more time with my brothers, than to actually play the game. It's so weird to get back into it :) So so weird.
1. My 'Sherlockian' Jacket.
A Portman's coat at about $120 because I've been searching for months for a good winter coat, that matched the picture that I had in my head of something Sherlockian. Black, cinched at the waist, with these lapels. It was the only one that matched it and as soon as I saw it, I immediately whispered 'Aww Yiss' as I ran up to the cash register. It pays to have a FANTASTIC WINTER JACKET!
2. My new Wedge Boots.
I am infatuated with boots. I love them, I had like...more than 5 pairs of them. I will always put them higher than any other form of shoes. They're just, agh. AAHH!
The pair I bought are knee length wedge boots, black, from FSW in size 5. I believe they were $30.
The Matched series is about a Utopian civilisation and it follows a girl who has to rebel against society and choose her own path while simultaneously being in a love triangle.
So...basically every single YA series ever.
It's not the best series I've ever read, but it is quite interesting!
Basically, in this society, at 17 you go to a matching ceremony where it is revealed who your perfect match is. They then have a choice whether to marry them, or to stay forever single. Society has gotten to a point in time where everything is perfect; the perfect portioned meals, the perfect jobs for each person, the perfect amount of music, drama, and any form of arts. Society is perfect.
Until there is a malfunction and Cassia sees that she has been matched to two boys, instead of one.
These books aren't too long, neither are they too time consuming. I finished the second book on a roadtrip to Sydney. It's very peculiar! I'll definitely have to review them soon on The Book Nooks
I've been obsessed with the band Oh Wonder for the past 2-3 months now! ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED. They're a not very known band, though they really should be. This year they've been releasing one song per month until September, where they'll release their new album. Every single song I have been listening to whenever I read because it's the perfect background music. I always play this band whenever I get the aux cord ;)
2. 'Get Stupid' by Aston Merrygold
He basically sounds like Bruno Mars and it is the catchiest song ever. The next 'Happy' or 'Uptown Funk'
3. 'Lay Me Down (Single Version)' by Sam Smith
Anything Sam Smith releases and I will destroy it in listening to it for hours. Especially this version of it, it's so earnest and meaningful.
4. 'Like I'm Gonna Lose You' by Meghan Trainor
I DON'T LIKE MEGHAN TRAINOR BUT HER MUSIC IS SO CATCHY AND I CAN ACTUALLY SING TO IT, DO. NOT. JUDGE. ME.
5. 'Blurryface' album by Twenty One Pilots
(Yes I'm still listening to that on repeat, and yes, I'm almost close to knowing how to sing and rap all the songs on it. #Represent)
6. 'Can't Feel My Face' by The Weekend
This song makes me feel so funky I just dance around the room like a mix of Bruno Mars and Michael Jackson and have a permanent lip bite going on while snazzily snapping my fingers.
7. 'Fun' by Pitbull (ft. Chris Brown)
'F. U. N. FUN' and then proceed to thrash around and mix in a bit of salsa moves. This is currently on my Dance Playlist.
8. 'Sugar' by Maroon 5
This is an absolutely trial and error song to sing but I love it. I love shrieking to reach his high notes, and I love the look on my friend's face when they realise the kind of person they've chosen to hang around with.
And I also can't sing the chorus without being like, 'SUUUUUGAAAAR. YAAAAAASSS PLS'
9. 'Worth It' by Fifth Harmony
This is my shower song because it makes me feel so flippin attractive. But this song is also the song I murmur under my breath when I see yummy food or when my friends have something I want -
'Give it to me I'm worth it. Uh huh, I'm worth it'
10. 'The Buzz' by Hermitude
It started with my brother listening to it, then Moncoeur, and then me and it's been repeating for DAYS NOW. This is my favourite style of dance music, not that club stuff that just repeats the same word over and over. Or a trumpet.
SAVANNAH. YOU DID THIS TO ME. I CAN'T CONTROL MYSELF.
I've basically marathoned 4 seasons in two weeks. Mind you, that is two weeks with some form of social interaction with other people, going to Sydney, class on Tuesday, and other stuff. I've been rekt by Netflix.
I love shows that can make me actually care deeply and on a profound level for these characters. Also, every guy is shirtless and that rekts me even more. I'm a loser for interesting plots of drama and shirtless guys. Soon enough I'll catch up and slowly die on the inside when it goes on hiatus and blame Savannah for all my issues. And if you don't know what Teen Wolf is about - I think the name gives away everything. It's about Wolves....that are teens.
like seriously. Look at it.
LOOK AT THESE CUTE BABIES OF PRECIOUSNESS.
If you take Veronica Mars, and The Walking Dead, you get IZombie.
It's such an amazing concept, with an amazing female lead that I love and adore. I've been so preoccupied though with Teen Wolf that I've only gotten maybe 4-5 episodes into IZombie, but everything about it is amazing. SHE'S A BLOODY ZOMBIE WHO INVESTIGATES CRIMES BY EATING THE DECEASED SUSPECT'S BRAIN AND TAKES ON THEIR MEMORIES AND MANNERISMS.
IS THAT COOL OR WHAT?
So, I know this movie came out in June, BUT I SAW IT IN JULY. It counts.
This movie made me feel on so many different levels (Getit?) and I absolutely adored it. It spoke on so many different aspects of life and emotions, and even lightly touched on depression and how it can numb your emotions. I'm sure if I was watching this movie alone, instead of with my friends or family, I would have sobbed my eyes out and just let everything flow. Instead, I repressed it so far down that now whenever someone mentions 'Bing Bong' I start tearing up. BING BONG IS AMAZING AND AWESOME.
I watched this movie twice, and I'm most definitely going to be watching it more times than I care to admit. I highly recommend this movie to EVERYONE, but I'm sure a lot of people have seen it already :)
1. Going to Reload with the Boys:
I was introduced to this video game bar by Sam, and my brother, Moncoeur, and I used to go there. It was awesome, but we haven't been since Moncoeur moved home :)
2. The YSA Dance with Amy, Mike, and Mina
I adore dances, but they can also go sour real fast. This dance was actually heaps of fun, and though I didn't get to meet anyone new from Sydney, I still really enjoyed being able to get to know, Amy, a girl I met at Convention :)
I also love the 50's theme.
3. Getting that nostalgic feeling back from returning to WoW
Nothing beats going back to Westfall to go into the Deadmines dungeon and realise now that you can instantly level to 90, go from 1-60 in a day by getting RAF (Refer A Friend) and getting double the xp for everything. It's a much easier game from what I remember! But it's still amazing fun :)
4. Marathoning Teen Wolf and crying to Savannah on facebook about how much I love Stiles.
You did this to me Savannah. You did this. It hurts. My life is Teen Wolf right now. I've basically become a combination of Scott and Kira <3 I'm already in Season 4!
5. Dying my hair!
So, I was trying to not dye my hair for a long time, but it just happened and I absolutely love it. I went for a reddish brown, which I've done in the past and it slowly became gingerish or very very light red. So basically orange. But now it's a nice colour that you see the best in natural light. It made me really nervous but it came out so much better than I thought it would.
I can only say that I've listened to their album, 'Vessel' repeatedly. I know the sequence of songs that come now before they're even playing. When the newest album, 'Blurryface' came out, I just devoured it. I researched the video clips and the symbolism behind each other, I watched interviews, I read and re-read the lyrics of the songs (Particularly Car Radio and Holding Onto You on the album Vessels). I still listen to their entire albums while I'm doing something like reading or blogging. I don't listen to entire albums ever, I'll always just have favourite songs I play over and over - but with Twenty One Pilots, if I skip a song I feel weird and odd and I know that I've missed a special child I need to nurture.
And look at them! JUST LOOK AT THESE PRECIOUS BABIES!
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
-- Theodore Roosevelt