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Music plays a different role for everyone. I’ve always found it to be a huge mood-influencer. If I’m happy, it’ll pump me up. If I’m melancholy, it’ll carry me away. If I feel one way and want to feel another, I turn to music.
However, as I’m coming out of a stressed-out, depressed and burnt out episode of my life, that it’s been a while since I’ve really, actively, enjoyed music. For the last while, it’s mostly been filler, background noise, and a distraction. But it’s been ages since I’ve sat at my computer and cruised YouTube for new tunes.
And I’ve rediscovered Home Free. They’re an a capella country band, and the sound that makes them them is delightfully unique. They do occasionally cover other genres, and while I enjoy the novelty of it, I enjoy their country stuff best.
I’ll probably have to source their CDs now…
How about you readers? What have you been rocking out to lately? I have a fairly eclectic taste in music – I might like it!
I have a confession. I have a Skittle addiction.
Well, really it’s more of a sugar/munchies addiction, but let’s face it, “Skittle” is a fun word and “Skittle addiction” sounds better than “snackaholic.” Maybe. Actually, “snackaholic” sounds pretty awesome too. Ahem. Anyways.
I love candy, and everyone who knows me, knows that, including people at work. I have earned the nickname “Squirrel” for the snacks I stash away, and also “Hummingbird” for the sheer amount of sugar I consume (ironically, not usually in liquid form, as I don’t drink pop). They are all familiar with me nibbling away on chocolate, skittles, other candies, and Tostitos.
Which brought me to an amusing thought. What if, while typing, every time I ate a bite of something, I had to type the word skittle? When I send invoices to customers, it would probably read something like this:
“Dear Mr. skittle Smith,
Please find you invoice skittle attached.
Thank you for skittle your business.
Or what about when I’m working on my manuscript?
“Vhi hovered behind skittle the thick trunk of a cottonwood, occasionally peeking around it at the village down the road. The village skittle looked to be a fairly humble one, with largely thatched roofs and accessed by a road that was more of a wide path of earth packed by feet and wooden wheels. Humble or no, each skittle glimpse of it drove her back into hiding behind the tree.”
Again, I may have a problem.
By the way, Orchard Skittles are the best variety of Skittles. Just sayin’.
So, dear readers, what’s your favorite kind of Skittles?
I’m one of those people. Yes, one of those people. The one who’s always cold. It will be crazy hot outside (say, mid-thirties Celsius – mid-nineties to you Americans), and I will be packing a sweater around because the second I step foot inside, I know I’ll be freezing. ‘Cause y’all have the AC on too much.
So while the below video is a very humorous portrayal of this trait divided across gender lines, I take it to new heights. The other women laugh at the fleece blanket that I cuddle up in while they’re complaining about the heat.
So ladies, take pity on me, because if you feel like the ladies in the video, imagine how it must be for me; when you’re warming up, I’m still cold.
How is it for you, readers? Are you like me, always cold, or like the guys, laughing at the cold people?
Yeah, yeah, yeah, another Pokemon GO post. This’ll be my last one… maybe.
But seriously, these are funny! It’s not just churches hopping on the Pokemon GO bandwagon. Savvy entrepreneurs (children and legit business alike!) are taking advantage of the craze.
These two kids set up at PokeStops:
And why wouldn’t they take advantage of those who can’t play GO for hardware reasons?
One bartender is simultaneously increasing her tips and conducting an interesting case study on which team tips the most…
Oh, and these guys want a peek at you:
Anyone have some to share? Most of mine came via Bored Panda!
I have aching legs and a dead cell phone battery. Yes, you guessed it, I have been sucked into Pokemon Go. I wasn’t really planning on playing it. Really. Sure, I heard all the hype on the internet (and even on the radio!) but I kinda went “meh, nothing will beat the original games I grew up on” and had no plans of pursuing go. Besides, it’s technically not even available in Canada yet. But then my husband became strangely obsessed with the game. He started researching about it, figured out how to “side load” it (don’t ask me, he put it on my phone for me, and he said he just googled how to do it), and now we are Pokemon Go players.
So there are three Pokestops within close walking distance around our apartment, and we have been walking laps between them. There are also two gyms within walking distance (a little further than the Pokestops, but not horifically far). We tried out battling, and clearly we need to do some leveling/practicing, but I did manage to add one of my Pokemon to a gym for about 5 minutes before the gym was defeated by another team.
I’ve collected a few facts about Pokemon Go:
1. My feet hurt. I need new shoes. Like, real shoes, with support.
2. Our local Starbucks, with a Pokestop right on top of it, is enjoying a surge in business.
3. My phone battery is going to be worn out in no time from all the draining/charging cycles its going through.
4. This game really is getting people out and about. My husband and I enjoy guessing which of the people we see out and about are playing Pokemon Go, and I suspect its quite a few of them. At the very least, it’s getting US out and about. I had no idea the number of little parks in the area.
5. The gamer rage when servers are down is unreal (and they’re down kind of a lot, when they’re not just plain glitchy)
6. Starter Pokemon are useless. No really. The only way to level them is to catch multiple of the same kind to get breed-specific candies to feed them. Since they’re super rare (as far as I can tell, although I’ve only been playing a couple days), you get your first one and then never use it because it’s super pathetically weak compared to stuff you catch even a couple levels later. This disappointed me actually quite a lot, since I went out of my way to get a Pikachu as my starter.
7. It’s fun. No really. Get it on your phone and get out in the world.
Oh, and there are some dangers involved. VG Cats explains one humorously.
Hey guys, I have a few unorthodox pieces of music to share with you. This first guy obviously had WAY too much time on his hands, but his results are undeniable. Check it out:
Wintergatan – Marble Machine (music instrument using 2000 marbles)
I do deeply love this song, but I think it’s especially beautiful played on wine glasses. Yes, you heard me, wine glasses:
Sugar Plum Fairy by Tchaikovsky – Glass Harp
This isn’t in the same musical caliber as the two above, but I bet this was an awesome band practice when they figured this out:
Duet for French Horn and Chair
No, not for my wedding. Not yet. Not quite. But don’t expect a blog from me next week, as I will be on my honeymoon!
In the meantime, enjoy this crazy wedding pictures:
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