orangerful: (fotc - favorite box)
Well, I've been so caught up in the house stuff and other things, that I have fallen woefully behind on my friends list/reading list/social media. So instead of staying up until 2am trying to skim your posts, I'm just starting from today. Sorry about that. I still haven't found a balance between my new home on DW and keeping up with LJ people who didn't switch over and apparently I've just stopped checking everything because of it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This Friday we're going to see The Aquabats which is a band I wish I had known about sooner because they are just so geeky and fun. Their TV show is on Netflix now and we binge watched the first season and while we were doing that, they announced a tour so we thought WHY NOT? I mean, Weird Al makes an appearance in their show, they are clearly meant for me.

Also this Friday the contractor is coming out to rip up the wood floor in the kitchen and see if they can dry out everything enough to install new floor soon. We're going to go with porcelain tile. We figured for a room with three water sources, tile was better than wood. And really the only downside to porcelain is if you drop something on it, that thing will break. But I'd rather replace a mug than a floor.

Tim got me hooked on Gwent again. I hadn't played since it was in closed beta, but now it is free to play, open beta. I feel like I'm getting the hang of it but we will see how long that lasts LOL. It's like Hearthstone but a little bit more complicated? I still need to finish the first Witcher game. I really like the story, but it's sooooo clunky because it is soooo old. I could just jump into the second game, but I've got to be close to the end now so why give up?

We finished season 1 of The Expanse but Season 2 isn't on Prime yet and OMG THE CLIFF HANGER!!! I'm hoping one of the nearby libraries gets the set soon so I can request it. Or that Prime gets the second season...but I doubt that will happen until Season 3 starts up :(

I'm about halfway through BBC's Victoria because the library DVD finally had no requests on it so I could keep it for longer than 7 days. I'm enjoying it but I think part of that is my fondness for Rufus Sewell. I do like Jenna Coleman, even if I wasn't a huge Clara fan. She is working for me as Victoria.

OH and I finally watched a few episodes of Gravity Falls and I ADORE IT SO MUCH! Why was I not watching this before??

hmmmm...this makes it sound like I've just been watching a lot of TV instead of reading your posts...not entirely true but I suppose not entirely false either. Sorry about that.

Okay, I should probably sleep now...
orangerful: (paramore)
As I drive halfway across the country and my husband flips through SiriusFM channels, I have come to the realization that I've never been a radio person.

In middle school, I was obsessed with The Beatles and listened to them non-stop. My Walkman was always on me with an album or mixtape. When I got my own car, I kept mixes on hand for driving around (thanks Napster).

I just can't stand most stuff that gets radio airplay and then the songs that I like they play so much that everyone hates them. For example, I really like Paramore and Ed Sheeran but since Tim listens to radio all the time, he hates their singles.

This also leaves a gap in my pop culture knowledge but nothing I'm upset about. I know the good stuff. ;-)
orangerful: (one girl // orangerful)
Thanksgiving is right around the corner so I'm trying to think POSITIVE for a bit because it is far too easy to slide dooooown with everything swirling around right now.

So, fun stuff! I'm hosting Thanksgiving again this year! Hopefully I will NOT melt my new oven thermometer (because this one is actually MADE to go in the oven!) but even if I do, I have two more back up ones because everyone got me one for Christmas last year after seeing my melted one on Instagram.

We were bad this weekend and bought ourselves an early Christmas present. We'd been eyeing up new TVs for awhile and they dropped down the pricing to "black friday prices" on Saturday and it was in stock so...we now have a Samsung 65" UHD smart tv. IT IS EPIC! I tested it out with Force Awakens and Rey was freakin' life size.

It is that time of year again - LORD OF THE RINGS REWATCH TIME! It is going to be BEAUTIFUL on the new TV and on blu-ray. I also ordered wire covers so I can attempt to set up the rear speakers. I love surround sound and I miss it and now that we pretty much have a movie theater downstairs, it needs to happen.

FYI - Sting has a daughter and she sounds JUST LIKE HER DAD. I'm listening to the full album now and I can't decide if it is weirding me out too much to enjoy it. I do like her sound though.

Oh, we watched Star Trek Beyond tonight. DVD from the library so not as pretty as it could be, but the Xbox tried its best to upscale it. (so spoiled). Anyway, that movie lost points with me for wasting Idris Elba. I mean, WTF, it was right up there with X-Men wasting Oscar Isaac. Two beautiful men that are amazing actors and you cover them in blue paint and have them just grunt for most of the film? Blah. The movie itself was alright, better than Into Darkness (but that movie made me fly into a nerd!rage). Good way to veg out on a cold Monday night.

Only working tomorrow and then we are off Wednesday and Thursday for the holiday. I'm off on Friday because I work Saturday. 3 days in a row. So awesome. Especially with the new Gilmore Girls appear on Netflix on Friday morning. I know what Sylvia and I will be doing while Tim is at work!
orangerful: (music paramore born for this)
So, while the world was in turmoil on Friday night, I escaped into the world of very loud music.

We saw Panic! At the Disco at Jiffy Lube Live (a prime example of why corporate names are stupid, I snicker every time I say it) in Bristow, VA. The weather was perfect, warm but not too humid, and the rain waited until we were safely under the pavilion before coming down.

I had bought the tickets for Sylvia's birthday, though I'm the one who got her into Panic so I was excited about going just as much as she was LOL. I had seen Panic once before at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, but there was no way I could take her to a venue like that just yet as she is only 14 and not very tall - she would probably be crushed and lost in the crowd.

ANYWAY so a pavilion show was perfect, and I managed to get fantastic seats! Dead center, row N, I was so happy when we walked to our seats and the stage was just right there.

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness opened the show and played a great set. I think I have listened to their album on Spotify before because I recognized more than one of the songs. I really liked their sound and he was a great showman, jumping around, engaging the crowd and even running around the theater.


It was a double bill with Panic and Weezer and we weren't sure who would play next. None of us really cared about Weezer so we were happy when Panic came out second! Brendan and the band played for a solid hour+ and they rocked it hard. And there was just enough space in the seats for me to dance around.


It felt SO GOOD to just let the music take over. I love going to concerts and just dancing along. I love jumping and raising my arms with the crowd, swaying to the slow songs and rocking to the fast ones, singing at the top of my lungs. I was so sweaty and gross by the end but I did not care. It felt SO cathartic to just let go.

And I didn't even have time to get a drink LOL. So Sylvia now knows that I am a crazy person at concerts with no special substances required haha. She is still learning how to let go, I think. It was funny because I could see her out of the corner of my eye, doing whatever motions I did. It's fun to think back to the time when I didn't know how to concert. It takes me back.
orangerful: (one girl // orangerful)
First, THANK YOU EVERYONE for the get well wishes. I'm getting there. I did come home early yesterday and crash and then slept in again today. Not sure if I will work the whole 1-9 tonight, but I have purchased some HALLS lozenges which I think will help keep my breathing.

Just realized I'll probably need to do a chunk of these for the last week because of being out of town. I plan on bringing my iPad but typing on that thing is not the most fun. Though I do have a keyboard for it...maybe I should just look for the charger. :P

22.[ profile] blizzardskies asked: Have you been to any online meet-ups/gatherings?
I used to be a member of some Star Wars forums and there was a local group that tried to meet up a few times. They were okay, but not super organized. BUT having tried this group, I was desperate for a Star Wars club and when I stumbled upon the DCSWCC at the library one day, I joined immediately. They had a website, but I found them because they were using our meeting room space. :)

I also took part in the True Blood costume group at my first Dragon*Con, along with [ profile] faeriesfolly. We dressed as Merlotte's waitresses. I didn't march in the parade but I did meet up for the group photo op with Charlaine Harris (which is funny because I've never actually read a single Sookie Stackhouse book LOL)

23. [ profile] rogueslayer452 asked: What song/artist has been on repeat for this month?
Usually I listen to music while I drive, but right now I've got an audiobook in the car to try to "reread" the book I'm doing for a discussion next month. I do listen to music while making dinner though and for some strange reason I have been on a classics kick. I had one day of Simon & Garfunkel (it was because I needed to pull out spices and I saw the sage and rosemary and then Scarborough Faire would not get out of my head!!!) and then the other night I wanted something bouncy and fun and ended up putting on Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys.

I've been trying to find some new music on Spotify but have been a little hit/miss with most of their suggestions so I've been skipping all over, no one new has made the cut this month! I'm a rough critic!

24. [ profile] kaitydid33087 asked: What's your favorite food?
Oh so many things, I do love food. And there is just so much of it to try. I love sushi, especially salmon. I could just eat salmon sushi all day om nom nom.
I like a nice med-rare steak fresh off the grill with a big loaded baked potato.
I have a fondness for veal marsala but it has to be GOOD restaurant for me to consider ordering. I've learned that lesson the hard way.
Chimichangas are so delicious too, I love Mexican food. I mean, how can meat and cheese be a bad combo?

Hm, perhaps I need to eat some lunch before I head out to work LOL. All this talk of food...
orangerful: (music beatles wave  // marshmallow)
[ profile] eowyn asked: What 3 CDs would you take to an isolated island with you? They're the only CDs you can listen to for the next 10 years.

GAH this one is tricky...

Beatles - Hard Day's Night. It's my favorite album, the only one that is all Lennon/McCartney. I feel like if I was trapped on an island, I'd need a Beatles fix every now and then.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back soundtrack - if I can't have the movie with me, the soundtrack will do. ESB has all the great themes - the imperial march, yoda's theme, han and leia's theme...if I can't watch the movie, I can watch it in my mind! Plus, sometimes you want just music, no words.

Bastille - All This Bad Blood (is this cheating? It's a 2-disc album...) I have listened to this album SO MANY TIMES since I bought it and I love it. This was the hardest one to pick because it is new to my collection but I think I'd want something new. But I really love the sound of this band. Plus, i have an image of me burning stuff and dancing around to 'Things We Lost in the Fire' as part of a very cathartic experience after getting stranded.

And I'm going to go to bed now and probably wake up at 3am and think "NO WHAT AS I THINKING, NOT THOSE CDS!"
orangerful: (easily distracted // orangerful)
ALL THE NOPES GO TO THIS: Reboot of 'Labyrinth' in the works.

ALL THE WTFS GO TO THIS: Gillian Anderson offered less money for X-Files reunion series.

This song is stuck in my head, I can't stop watching it...I think it is the pretty that is Oscar Isaac and the ridiculous faces that Adam Driver has to make when he sings the noises:

Speaking of Adam Driver, Star Wars + SNL is a good mix:

and I can't remember if I posted this one so I am doing it again because it makes me laugh EVERY. DAMN. TIME. (I totally know collector's like this. I love them but...they can be such nerds LOL)

and now, to shovel snow so I can feel less guilty about playing Fallout the rest of the day...
orangerful: (music kermit)

Seemed appropriate today!!!

I hope my other post didn't seem like I wasn't excited about gay marriage now being legal in all 50 states. I am THRILLED that this is law, that my friends don't have to worry about whether they are married depending on what state they are driving through.

It's always nice when we do something right. **high five America**
orangerful: (music nat tune in // orangerful)
Going to try to bring this weekly post back, just a random song that I like. My iPod shuffled this one on my way home afterwork. I forget about this song but every time I hear it, I love it.

lyrics under the cut )
orangerful: (music kermit)
I love and adore Mika's music. So excited to see this pop up in today's YouTube newsletter. ***dances around***

orangerful: (music kermit)
It was a gray morning here in Maryland today and I swear my iPod could sense this. I liked the little shuffled mix it made for me on my drive to work and I thought I would share it with you:

orangerful: (music nat tune in // orangerful)
Anyone else not really feelin' the new Mockingjay soundtrack? Why does all the music sound like it's for some dance party? I tried listening to it on Spotify and found myself dropping everything to walk over and hit "NEXT" on the controls.

The first soundtrack was SO good, filled with songs written for the series, for District 12. Catching Fire's mix was full of songs bubbling over with rebellion. Apparently Mockingjay Part 1 will be ... a big rave?

I know I haven't read that book in a few years but I'm pretty sure I'd remember that!!
orangerful: (music beatles jump // marshmallow)
LOL so like 12 days ago I asked for [ profile] ragnarok_08 to ask my 5 questions as part of a meme and then I sat here and didn't answer ANY OF THEM. LOL. I am so awful at question memes. But it's 7pm and I'm mentally done with work even though I have two hours left.

1. What do you love the most about Buffy The Vampire Slayer?
The care that was taken with telling a full and complete story. That Joss had a vision and the conclusion to the story felt right. Yes, it faltered every now and then, but the core of the show was always there. Friendship, feminism, and doing what is right.

2. What genre you love reading?
Oooh that is tricky! I can't tell you genres I don't typically read (ROMANCE) but if a book is well written, I will give it a try. I really enjoy Science Fiction that takes a current situation and throws it to an extreme (Hunger Games and reality survival, Unwind and abortion debate) but I've recently really started to enjoy realistic long as it's SHORT. LOL. I can't take long-winded realistic fiction.

3. Is there any type of music that you're not a fan of?
Rap and Pop!Country. Both of them tend to represent values I don't agree with (not always, but many times I'm uncomfortable with the things being said)

4. DC Comics or Marvel Comics?
Vertigo! Image! IDW! :) I guess if I had to pick between those two, I would go Marvel's superheroes. But most of my favorite series are Vertigo which is owned by DC...

5. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas. I love buying presents for people. I love all the little traditions, like making cookies and watching movies. I don't really have any other time of year that I have a traditional activity.

And now, a haiku:

orangerful: (music nat tune in // orangerful)

OMG that was SO MUCH FUN! Bastille sounded FANTASTIC live. My Mom had a wonderful time too (and I think if she was a young adult now, she would totally be a vidder. She kept telling me how she felt each song matched up with her favorites shows. If someone wants to make a Sleepy Hollow fanvid using "Bad Blood", you would make her day, just throwing it out there).

The concert was at the Patriot Center, which is in Fairfax, VA - an hour drive from home. We got down there around 5pm and had a delicious dinner at the Bollywood Bistro. I had been craving Indian food for ages and I don't know anywhere in the Glen Burnie area to get the good stuff, so when I stumbled upon this place when Googling for restaurants around the venue, I knew it was where we would go. If you are in the are or live near by, it's definitely worth a trip. SO GOOD! We were STUFFED when we left, which is why I think my Mom agreed to stand up during the concert because sitting was just too much LOL.

Our seats were AWESOME! We were CC and I thought that would be, you know, 28 rows back. But NO! They STARTED with AA so we were the third row back from the floor. Great view of the stage, center of the room.

Grizfolk opened the show and I really liked their sound too. They have an EP of 5 songs out, I'm tempted to buy it but will give it a few more listens on Spotify before I commit. They had a good stage presence though and got the audience psyched up for the show.

Bastille played a new song called "Blame" and also a cover of "No Scrubs" which was really random but fun.

And though I'm not usually one of those people who record video at the concert, I had to snag a clip of the finale, with Grizfolk on stage and the audience doing the "pogo stick" as lead singer Dan Smith called it. You can just FEEL the energy.

If they are playing near you, GET TICKETS! I think this will be the last time you see them in a venue this small.
orangerful: (music kermit)
Album meme snagged from [ profile] msdillydally:

I've been challenged to list 10 albums that have had an impact on me. This challenge is not about best sellers or classics...just 10 albums that have had an effect on you in some way and it does not have to be in any particular order.

(this was WAY more challenging than the ten books because I haven't really held an album in my hands in a long while. I was going to look in the box under my bed for some of the CDs I owned, because I kept all the ones I loved, but I'm going to go with the ten I can think of while sitting here at the desk because it's quiet tonight and I need to amuse myself)

1. Hard Day's Night -- The Beatles (my favorite Beatles album, with my favorite song 'If I Fell')

2. Everybody Else is Doing It So Why Can't We? -- The Cranberries (my mom bought this the same day I bought the Pocahontas soundtrack. I remember scoffing at her for listening to pop music but it quickly became one of our favorite albums to listen to)

3. Under the Table and Dreaming -- Dave Matthews Band (I was obsessed with The Beatles through most of high school and had given up on modern music, until I found DMB. I have a soft spot for acoustic guitar)

4. Off the Deep End -- Weird Al Yankovic (the first Weird Al album that I bought and listened to and actually knew the songs he was mocking!)

5. Out of the Blue -- Debbie Gibson (the first album I ever bought. I doubt I could listen to it now, but at the time, this was my 7-year-old-me's jam)

6. Live on Two Legs -- Pearl Jam (my online friend convinced me to listen to this one, a live album with a mix of their hits and other stuff, it blew me away. I had dismissed grunge up until that moment)

7. Kid A -- Radiohead (probably the weirdest album that I like, Radiohead expanded my musical ear in a way I never expected)

8. Vice and Virtue -- Panic at the Disco (I just love and adore this album, every song, no regrets)

9. Antidote -- Rockwell Church (I actually got to visit them in the recording studio while they were making this. It was probably the coolest I have ever felt LOL).

10. Garden State (soundtrack mix) (Zach Braff hand-picked the songs for this movie and I loved the film so much I bought the CD and it introduced me to several new artists, like the amazing Imogen Heap)
orangerful: (music kermit)
okay, so random but [ profile] thekaiserchief was posting about favorite artists and mentioned Cobra Starship recently and look who has a new single out today???

Maybe not their best stuff, but definitely a good, bouncy earworm. And what else do we want this time of year anyway?

OH OH OH! AND totally unrelated but also awesome!!!!!! Speaking of other co-inky-dinks, my Mom, brother, and I were singing Flight of the Conchords songs yesterday and this popped up on Facebook -- I HOPE IT IS TRUE!

HBO has commissioned some sort of new Flight of the Conchords show
orangerful: (easily distracted // orangerful)
You can stream the upcoming Imogen Heap album on NPR! (hm...just realized this is probably only for US Residents...sorry for teasing you if that is the case. I love Imogen and I'm already enjoying this new album!)

In other music news, Bastille also posted a new track streaming -- bad_news

And now for something completely different - EW!

I <3 Jimmy Fallon
orangerful: (feisty! // orangerful)
You know, I thought I had worked my way through the Into the Woods panic last week, talking myself down and trying to accept the movie version of the musical.


And now I am raging again because this means some of my favorite songs may be cut or at least drastically altered to fit this new version of the play. Sondheim doesn't sound particularly happy about it, just sort of...begrudging. Like "Yes, I cashed your check already so I'm legally obligated to rewrite my story, better me than you...assholes"

At least I got the DVD from the library.
orangerful: (music nat tune in // orangerful)

I don't usually do Throwback Thursday posts but this idea was in my head AND it happened to be Thursday ya go:

I was driving around the other day listening to the radio (which I don't usually do, I usually have my iPod plugged in because ever since I worked in radio for a year and I can't really stand listening to it...but I was nice and lent my iPod to Tim for his 12 hour drive to Wisconsin) and this song came on.

And as soon as I heard the opening strums of the guitar, I was hit by a wave of memories.

Peal Jam and Nirvana were super big when I was in middle school. I wasn't into them at all. My musical tastes were still mostly focused on Disney soundtracks and whatever my Mom was listening to at the time (so, ya know, Phil Collins and Sting). Hearing the term "grunge", I assumed that the music would be loud and screamy and not my thing. So I kind of avoided them somehow.

But there was this really nice kid in my class, his name was Alec Miller. He *loved* these bands. He sensed my resistance and after we sat and discussed music for awhile (yeah, I'm sorta shocked that we were able to have an intelligent discussion about what we liked and disliked in music when we were only 13...). Anyway, Alec was a good listener and he returned the next week with a mix tape of hand-picked Pearl Jam songs that he thought I would like. Betterman was on that tape, I think it might have been the first song actually.

It's weird how the mind works because this song triggered this memory which lead to another memory of Alec, a memory that changed my young adult life. I can't really remember all the details, all I know is that Alec was being bullied by some other kids in the school. I think they decided that since he wore grunge style clothes, he was some kind of punk. One day, it escalated to the point where they flat out told him they were going to beat him up that day. I have a memory of Alec being a total wreck, his eyes bloodshot from crying and we convinced him to tell a teacher, that the thing you were supposed to do was tell and adult and they would fix it.

Unfortunately, the adults had the same biases based on Alec's look - he told them he had been threatened and they said nothing would happen and told him to go to class.

And then he got jumped by three guys on his way to class.

I'm not even sure I ever saw him after that. His mother yanked him out of our school and transferred him to another school. But I remember that day as the day I realized that you can just trust people in authority to do the right thing. If those teachers had taken him seriously, it could have been avoided.

So these are the things that go through my head when any of the low-key Pearl Jam songs come on the radio...

Do you have any songs with powerful memories attached to them? Write your own post or share in the comments!

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