Life Lesson #7

So, I mentioned in my last LL#6 how my mom and I got into an argument. Well the outcome of that was my mom forcing me to do some yard work. In my opinion, I think gardening/working in the yard is: 1) a gigantic waste of time 2) a huge waste of money 3) a useless waste of energy since all of the dumb plants die anyways. Even the perennials sometimes freeze and die because of the crazy weather changes.

My dad even jokes all the time that when I grow up my backyard is going to be one huge slab of cement. I never was joking when we discussed that.

The point is though, that after 30 excruciating minutes of push mowing the dumb lawn (I’ll finish my rant in a minute), I ended up getting a cold that has lasted for two straight weeks, and is still running strong.

Life Lesson #7- Do NOT Do Yard Work

Push mowing is a 100% waste of time. I could have killed someone. We don’t have a gigantic yard or anything, probably 3/4 of an acre. So we generally mow the lawn with the riding lawn mower and then weed whack whatever we don’t get close enough to with the rider. Well, apparently, push mowing the lawn is necessary (read as: 100%, definitely UNnecessary) so I was “given” that outdoor chore to do.

After doing the bull crap, I started sneezing and coughing. My eyes are watering, and I’ve been having a scratchy throat off and on ever since I did that stupid chore.

Maybe you are not understanding me ( although I hope you can empathize a little) I did this August 21st. Today is September 7th. I have had this flipping annoying cold for 16 days. It is getting ridiculous. And I blame my allergies I apparently have to grass/the outdoors. So the point is, I implore you, do not do yard work. It is a waste of time, money, and energy and there is the potential that you could be sick for 16 days strong and never stop feeling like crap after that dumb yard work is over.


Tune In Tuesday (4)

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Ginger at GReads! The purpose is to highlight an old or new song/band that you cannot get enough of in hopes of raising interest in other bloggers. I will try to vary my posts so that you can get a fresh look at what is spinning my wheels at a given time.

Music makes the world go ’round.

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This week has been a little crazy; I started my first week of my Sophomore year at SVSU, I had to deal with ignorant co-workers, and I’m still battling a cold.

Luckily, however, the weather has finally granted all of my wishes and cooled down to an undeniably pleasant 70 degrees. I hate sweating, and unfortunately, I am always hott. Temperature-wise too. Ha ha. 🙂

Ok, puns aside, I am in love with the song “Lay it on Me” by Kelly Rowland featuring Big Sean. One of my favorite parts of fall/winter, is that when me and my friends go to the club and shake what our mommas gave us, we don’t die of heat exhaustion. And I can not wait to hear this song at the club! It is such a good one.

Another band that I have stumbled upon through Pandora is FM Static. After hearing them a few times at work, I decided I kind of love them. This song is just one of many that are seriously so dang good. They are catchy and just fun to listen to. I can definitely dance around to this band any day of the week!

“Crazy Mary” by FM Static

Hope you enjoyed these bad boys!!

Life Lesson #6

Ok, this was supposed to be done on August 9th. Clearly, that did not happen. But feel free to read and enjoy regardless!

So, I have not exactly had the best weekend of my life. My goal was to relax and clean up my room and bathroom. This was all fine and dandy until I came home Friday night and my mom and I got into a huge fight. It wasn’t a big deal, we are a lot alike and we tend to butt heads very often. I just assumed that particular argument would end by Saturday morning. Unfortunately, it is still quite the icy situation, Sunday night at 8pm. Therefore, the only thing distracting me is one of my favorite shows.

Life Lesson #6: Watch Grey’s Anatomy

This show is amazing in so many different aspects. The characters are dynamic and continue to surprise me, thus the relationships are incredible and keep you hoping for the best every week, and the medical situations are unmatched by any other show out there. Clearly, I am a huge fan.

Such a big fan that, I have actually done two speeches in colleges about Grey’s Anatomy. It’s not weird, I just really like this show. For my fall 2011 public speaking class, we were assigned to do a celebratory speech (i.e. toast, maid of honor speech, award presentation, etc.) I did my speech as if I was presenting Shonda Rhimes with the TV Producer of the Year award.

Honestly, this show is so amazing. I love watching medical shows and cop shows. Bones, CSI, House, Against the Wall, Private Practice, Castle, Psych, I watch these religiously!! To me, there is nothing better than a show that entertains as well as educates the audience. If you ever find yourself bored, Netflix one of these shows! I swear, you will not regret it.

Back to the point, Grey’s Anatomy is awesome. All of you should watch it. Whenever I’m in a bad mood, Cristina’s sarcastic remarks, Bailey’s endless “mothering” over the interns, Derek’s perfect hair and McSteamy’s hottness always make me a little happier. It distracts me from any meaningless arguments or annoyances from the day and allows me to fall into the face-paced world of the Seattle-Mercy West hospital.

Tune In Tuesday (3)

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Ginger at GReads! The purpose is to highlight an old or new song/band that you cannot get enough of in hopes of raising interest in other bloggers. I will try to vary my posts so that you can get a fresh look at what is spinning my wheels at a given time.

Music makes the world go ’round.

Join the wolf pack friends.

For the 90’s edition this week, I am choosing two songs that I will never stop loving. They are fun and upbeat; I can always sing and dance to these regardless of who’s around. Sometimes that’s not always that awesome for the bystanders. But oh well. I am what I am. ENJOY!

This first song is the title of one of my absolute favorite movies of all time! Katelyn and I seriously crack up every time we watch this bad boy. Check out the movie here and the song that started it all below.

“(You Drive Me) Crazy” by Britney Spears (1999).

Ok, this song is a little bit older than the 90’s, but it reminds me of my dad and we always sing this together in the car. He is seriously one of my favorite people in the world. It’s almost scary how alike we think sometimes. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. This video is kind of boring, but the lyrics are there for you to learn the song I suppose.

“Black Water” by The Doobie Brothers (1974).

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Tune In Tuesday (2)

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Ginger at GReads! The purpose is to highlight an old or new song/band that you cannot get enough of in hopes of raising interest in other bloggers. I will try to vary my posts so that you can get a fresh look at what is spinning my wheels at a given time.

Music makes the world go ’round.

Join the wolf pack friends.

For the 90’s edition this week, I am choosing two songs that I seriously sing 24/7. Well, I definitely sing the first one quite often, and I just love the second song.

Faded by SoulDecision (1998)

I know every single word to this song, and blare it no matter where I am. I love boy bands until the end of time, including SoulDecision. This song was on one of the earlier Now! That’s What I Call Music CDs when I was younger. You can buy it here.

Jumping, Jumping by Destiny Child (1999)

This is the PERFECT club/dancing song! I am a huge girl power/girl band fan as well. I love to get all crazy and try to sing/rap this song with Beyonce. 🙂 Buy it here.


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Life Lesson #5

At my place of work, a tire store, there seems to be an unusual amount of fruit flies and regular flies. I’m not sure if it’s because we eat at our desks (probably), or if it’s because the fruit flies know I hate them (also likely). One of the worst parts of working full-time in the summer here is those dang bugs! I cannot escape them nasty little buggers.

Life Lesson #5: Kill Fruit Flies

Not only will this help eliminate a major nuisance, but killing bugs, fruit flies in particular, helps relieve stress.

Now that you’re done laughing, I am completely, 100% serious. I spend roughly 4-5 hours per 8.5 hour workday doing a whole lot of nothing. This is generally not a problem for me at all because I can very easily entertain myself. However, occasionally I get so bored that the only thing to keep me awake is killing the fruit flies.

Yes, I do oftentimes look like an idiot spinning around in my chair, clapping my hands together. BUT, I have yet to physically harm a co-worker or customer. In fact, I have not truly blown up at anyone since I’ve started working here. Over a year ago.

This is a big deal people! I can have as many patience as I want to with a person/group, but after they say/do something to really annoy me, I fully let loose and say anything and everything on my mind. Just ask my mom.

This is not to say that I flip out if you accidently bump into me or are a little slow to arrive at a location. I generally only become irritated if you are: misogynistic, trying to tell me what to do, or simply straight up disrespectful.

Each of these three annoyances happen regularly at my workplace. The point to that whole rant was that killing fruit flies gives me something to do, other than whip staplers at Dan.

And, while I previously admitted I may look foolish doing this, that is also a little healthy. No one can look/act cool, calm, and collected  24/7. Sometimes, acting a little goofy allows you to laugh at yourself. I know, personally, I laugh at myself at least twice daily. I just do weird crap sometimes.

By accepting who you are, it is my firm belief, that ou can become a better person. Ignorance is bliss. Knowing who you are and what you stand for and against is priceless.

I bet you didn’t think this life lesson would turn into an inspirational speech but THAT SHOWS HOW LITTLE YOU KNOW OF ME! 🙂

Continue doing those little things that make you feel better and a little strange at times. It’s been working for me; 8 fruit flies down, everyone here is still alive without injury caused by me, and I laughed at myself today.

Enjoy the rest of your day folks, I’ll always be here with such awesome words of wisdom. 🙂

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Tune In Tuesday (1)

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Ginger at GReads! The purpose is to highlight an old or new song/band that you cannot get enough of in hopes of raising interest in other bloggers. I will try to vary my posts so that you can get a fresh look at what is spinning my wheels at a given time.

Music makes the world go ’round.

Join the wolf pack friends.

This week’s song that I’m featuring is “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips. My parents always listened to oldies (or what I consider oldies) when I was growing up. Thankfully, I know some awesome classics, like this one. If you’ve recently seen and loved Bridesmaids, like I have, you will probably enjoy this song. Katelyn and I seriously blare this is our cars whenever we’re together. No one else really gets it, out of our friends. But hopefully, you will start grooving to the music after a few seconds.

Another awesome song that I never get sick of is “Big Poppa” by Notorious B.I.G. However, when looking for this song on YouTube, I found this genius piece of work. If you love old gangster rap and Harry Potter (I know there’s more of us out there somewhere) you will seriously love this remixed version of “Harry Poppa.” Not kidding, this is hilarious and catchy.

This is the coolest discovery I have made in a while.

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Bass Ackwards and Belly Up by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain

Title: Bass Ackwards and Belly Up

Authors: Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Pages: 386 Hardcover

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Source: Purchased in store

For readers of the New York Times bestselling Gossip Girl and A-List series, here is a smart and highly commercial first novel about four best friends who, after graduating high school, decide to postpone the standard college route to pursue their creative dreams.

Harper Waddle, Sophie Bushell, and Kate Foster are about to commit the ultimate suburban sin–bailing on college to each pursue their dreams: write the next Great American Novel, make it as a Hollywood actress, and backpack around the world. Middlebury-bound Becca Winsberg is convinced her friends have gone insane…until they remind her she just might have a dream of her own. So what if their lives are bass ackwards and belly up? They’ll always have each other.

Harper is going to be the next Jane Austen. Or Sylvia Plath. Or Plum Sykes. Figuring out which should be easy. It’s living with the lie she told her three best friends that’s going to be hard.

Kate doesn’t know exactly what she wants. But whatever it is, she won’t find it at Harvard. Maybe the answer is in Paris, or Athens, or anywhere Kate can be someone besides the girl with perfect grades, perfect hair, and the perfect boyfriend.

Sophie is a star. She’s already got the looks, the talent, and a list of demands for her dressing room. Now that she’s wrangled a furnished guesthouse in Beverly Hills, it’s only a matter of time before she’s discovered. Unless she isn’t.

Becca is dysfunctional. At least, her family is. Which is why she can’t wait to flee the drama and get to college. But Becca’s friends know she needs more than a spot on the Middlebury ski team and a cozy dorm room. They know she needs to fall in love.

Dreams are complicated. They almost never turn out like you imagine; they almost always change. Sometimes, they change you. (Summary, courtesy of

1st Reaction: Huh, this sounds like a good book. Living the girl power going on here. Yeah, I definitely want to read this bad boy.

Writing Style: Prose; easy to follow, descriptive, entertaining, realistic.

My brother got me this book for my 16th birthday I believe. Of course, I had to spell out which book I wanted and then had to wait another month after my birthday passed to actually get Bass Ackwards and Belly Up. Although it seemed like forever before I actually got my hands on this book, I could not wait to start reading it. Craft and Fain are the perfect duo to create such an amazing novel. The characters these women created are humorous, realistic, inspiring, and, most important of all, perfect examples of growing friendships. I can not get enough of Harper, Kate, Sophie and Becca. These girls become a part of my life each and every time I pick it up.

With one lie to her best friends, all of their lives forever change. Harper decides to tell her friends that she will forgo college in hopes of writing the next Great American Novel. In reality she didn’t get accepted into the only college she applied for. This decision kick-starts the Dream Train and before you know it, there are two more passengers. Kate defers going to HARVARD and decides she wants to see if she can fend for herself in PARIS! Talk about a lucky girl. Sophie, being the drama queen that she is, decides to move out to L.A. to start her acting career. Becca’s dream was always to go to Middlebury and ski for a coach she has always idolized. However, Becca’s friends are giving her a mission to complete at school: Fall in Love.  As the Dream Train departs from the station, the reader is able to see the trails and tribulations each character goes through while submerged into a new lifestyle.

The story is amazing for several reasons: each chapter is broken up so that you can see how each of the girls are handling a new life, allowing you to fully understand the situation; the dialogue between characters is relatable and believable; and the dividers between chapters highlight the communication between characters as well.

There are some spoilers and quotes from the book down below. Just getting that SPOILER ALERT out there now. If you don’t want to know the particulars of what happens, trust me. You will NOT regret buying/borrowing this book. It is endearing, entertaining, and exception in every possible way. I would highly recommend it to any person I like.

Harper, my favorite character, must figure out how she will juggle writing the next Great American Novel and working as a barista to pay rent to live in her parent’s BASEMENT. Harper also battles with her conscience about lying to her friends while she discovers what may be her father having an affair. On top of all that, Harper’s crush on her high school teacher may actually develop into become something more real than the fantasy she’s been dreaming up for over a year. Her sassy attitude, humorous demeanor, and quirky personality leave the reader wanting nothing more than to be Harper’s friend in real life.

Harper’s high school friend Judd also works at the coffee shop. Here is a little exchange at Harper’s house from when she invited Judd over to ask for some help. I think it describes her perfectly.

Favorite Harper Quote:

” ‘Are you going to be nice?’ Judd asked warily, staying as far away from the butcher knife as possible in the Waddle’s nice-but-none-too-large kitchen.

‘I can’t promise anything… but I’ll try.’ It was the best she could do under present circumstances. Harper set down the butcher knife and stuffed her hands in the pockets of her gray hoodie to show she was sincere” (189).

While Kate is in Paris, she tries to follow a list that her friends and adopted sister sent her in the mail. It’s basically a guide/ list of goals that they think Kate should accomplish. While attempting to fulfill one of the 100 items on the list, Kate is attacked.

Favorite Quote Involving Kate:

“As she started to shift her pack, Kate sensed rather than saw a presence behind her. Suddenly, he head jerked back. Someone was holding her ponytail. She tried to twist around, but she couldn’t move, and now there were more of them. The three teenage guys she’d seen before. Only now they were doing more than staring. They were dragging her off the street into an alley” (180).

Sophie is living the good life in L.A. but she is still struggling to start her acting career. Thankfully, her parents have an old friend who lives there and is allowing Sophie to stay in their guest house. The pool boy, Sam, is also not such a bad companion when Sophie starts feeling sorry for her lonely self. When on set though, as an extra, she meets Trey Benson, Hollywood It Boy. Trey seems to take an interest in Sophie and here is a little dialogue between them over the phone.

” ‘I had fun hanging out on the set the other day.’

‘Me, too.’ Sophie hoped that if she fainted, Sam would make sure she didn’t hit her head on anything sharp. ‘And, I’m not that busy.’

‘I haven’t been to Zuma in ages,’ Trey continued. ‘The snack bar there has the best corn dogs on the West Coast.’

‘I like corn dogs.’

Oh God, she sounded like a complete fucking moron. Where was the Sophie Bushell she knew and loved? The one who always knew just what to say?” (193).

Becca, who has so much family drama, she can’t see straight, decides to let loose one night after a disastrous family dinner. She and her roommate, Isabelle, make the choice to consume some alcohol at a giant party. Here is a little piece of how Becca was feeling after the worst meal of her life.

“She was just going to dance. When had she become such a great dancer? Damn, she was on fi-ya! Let is go, baby!

Becca closed her eyes and moved her hips to the music. She let her arms rise over her head. She imagined that she looked like Sophie, all confidence and sexy moves. Nothing else mattered but the music and her body–

Until her body slammed into another body. A big body. She opened her eyes.

Some guy named… something… whom she vaguely knew from somewhere — she briefly tried to figure out where, but it was far too much effort — was leering down at her, his hand on her arm” (144).

Final Thoughts: Get this book ASAP! You will not regret it! You will laugh at Sophie’s situations, shake your head in disbelief at Kate, cheer Becca’s love life on, and hope Harper makes the right decisions.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave some below. 🙂

Life Lesson #4

So, this Tuesday, myself along with 4 other girls are all going down to Pontiac for a concert. I can’t wait!! Of course, one of these friends is Katelyn. We are going to see We the Kings, The Summer Set, The Downtown Fiction, and Hot Chelle Rae. This is going to be one of the best concerts ever! We’ve gone to several other concerts at the Crofoot Ballroom, which is where this Tuesday’s concert will also be held. Therefore…

Life Lesson #4: Listen to We the Kings!

Katelyn and I have seen them at least five times in concert already, and they just keep getting better and better! Their music is what I would consider alternative/ feel-good jams. I have all of their CDs on my iTunes and in my car. There is no other band that I love more than We the Kings. And no, I was not paid in any way for this awesome advertisement. Hmm, maybe I should be though..? I’ll think about that next time before coming up with such a super suggestion as this one!

Please enjoy!! This is my favorite song on their most recent CD!

P.S. Sorry this Life Lesson is so short. I have been working on my first book review, so this is the best I could up with using whatever few brain cells that are still actively firing in my head. 🙂

I only wish Friday Is Forever could be the soundtrack to my life. Mine’s more like You Learn by Alanis Morissette. But whatever, we call all dream right? 🙂

Life Lesson #3

So, on Thursday, I had to work with a particular individual that drives me absolutely insane. When my awesome boss, Suzy*, goes to get her nails done on Thursday afternoons, Dan*, takes over her position for a few hours. Dan is in a band that he thinks is just plain incredible. He basically plans his entire life around this band. Keep in mind that Dan is a 50-something, skinny, single, aggravating person. Yeah, THIS is who I am forced to work with on Thursdays for at least 3 hours. It is obviously nothing but pure torture. I have actually talked about my adventures with Dan before in way older posts, Fruit Flies, Whatever I’m Choking, and some other ones. After working with Dan, this is the advice I have for you all out there.

Life Lesson #3: Don’t Talk to Other People

While it may seem like the exact opposite of what we were all told as children, this is the advice I could offer any one on the planet. What I have learned is that if I talk to others, they either don’t think I’m funny and immediately get lost in the conversation, or they then decide to talk to me back, and I find them really annoying. Now, this is obviously not the case for my best friends, definitely not true for Katelyn, but occasionally you NEED to integrate this life lesson into your daily communication.

Clearly, this is the best plan of action that I most often choose to take at work because I try to ignore everyone. This is not because I am mean or unfriendly, in my mind. This is to save myself and the other person from an uncomfortable conversation neither of us really wants to partake in. If you really think about it, I am doing both of us a favor by not responding to the “other person.”

Imagine it like this: If you are shopping and you have to wait in a long line with other people, do you really want to talk to the Creepy McCreepster right next to you? NO. So when he says something like “Good sale on those peaches this week, huh?” This is what you do: NOTHING. Do not respond, do not even look his way. If he proceeds to try to hold a conversation with you, stand as straight and still as a statue until it is your time to move in the line. Really, you are saving both parties from the devastating effects of a poor conversation.

I, myself, at times, do not know when to stop talking to others. BTW-The first step to recovery is acceptance I’ve heard. This is me trying that out.

Katelyn, her sister Kari, our friend Nick, and I all went to Warped Tour together on July 8th. This was perhaps the best year that I have ever gone to Warped Tour. You can read all about it on Katelyn’s blog post, Vans Warped Tour 2011. Anyways, on of our new favorite bands, Shut Up and Deal, had a merch tent set up, so we naturally went over to talk to them after we saw them play.

The lead singer was talking to us about how he sang to Katelyn, we were right in the front row at front of the stage, and we laughed about how awkward that was. Then he mentioned how he’s pretty much just a regular guy until he gets a microphone into his hands. Then it’s like BAM!! INSTANT POWER. We were all still chuckling about that when my disease flared up. This disease is called, “Incessant Talking Disorder.” So, I immediately say, “Oh right. Powerful, like when you have your gun or something.” Cue end of normal conversation.

The whole point of telling that story is that sometimes we all, myself included, need to know when to just NOT talk to other people. It can be for the best.