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Awesome/Not So Much #3

It’s that time of the week again, kids.  I can’t decide what day to put this on.  Just let it be known that it won’t be posted on Mondays because that’s taken up with my giant post of anime goodness.  Speaking of which, that Crunchyroll guest pass is still available, so scroll down and take it!  ETA: it’s gone now.  It pays to be fast!

Five Awesome Things for the Week of March 20, 2013!

1.  The “Veronica Mars” movie is a go!

Have you heard about this?  Marshmallows, rejoice!  The “Veronica Mars” movie is happening because it was funded via kickstarter.  I can’t wait until I get paid so I can give them my money.  I’ve been a donor for one kickstarter project in the past, and it’s a lot of fun.  Basically, any donation you make will be used to fund a specific project.  And, honestly, I’ve been waiting for some kind of “Veronica Mars” continuation since the end of the third and last season (and not that horrible FBI school rumored fourth season, yuck).  VERONICA AND LOGAN FOREVER….even though I love Piz.  Don’t judge me.  Go give them your money.

2.  Justin Timberlake’s song “Mirrors”

So “Suit and Tie” was not my jam.  I’m not down with this whole throwback album Timberlake’s got going on this time around.  But “Mirrors?”  Holy hell, it’s a good song, even if it is incredibly long.  Go listen to it on Spotify.  Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

3.  Penguindrum

I will wait to talk about this in detail so just watch at least the first four episodes and then wait for Monday.  It’s coming.

4.  New spring products over at Fortune Cookie Soap

I can’t wait for my giant box of body butter and bath bombs to arrive at my house.  I actually liked a good number of the spring scents (I’m definitely a spring/summer person more than fall, ugh, everything in the fall smells like food), and their whipped cream body butter is to die for.  Seriously.  The scent lasts ALL DAY.  My favorite scents out of the new bunch are Honeydew Me (watermelon/honeydew), Down to Earth (it says it smells like lavender and basil, but I don’t get either of those…it just smells FANTASTIC) and The Birds and the Bees (Carried Away from Bath and Body Works).  Go try a whipped cream sampler if you haven’t before to see what you like.  The sample tubs are big; I got about a week and a half out of my last one and I used it everyday.  If you have a $75+ purchase, you get free shipping, and normal shipping is $9+ so keep that in mind.

5.  The SeeYaReelSoon youtube channel

I love this channel.  No, really.  I found it searching for Disney World tips, and while Ashley and Joe do share awesome trip planning ideas, the best videos are their “Family Vacation” series, where they actually tape their days at the Disney parks.  Oh my god, when Ashley started crying on the carousel because they were leaving, I cried, too.  The two of them are just so cute, and their love for Disney World is so genuine, it’s refreshing to see.  Also, their videos are shot in great quality, the editing is awesome and the theme music is catchy as hell.  Yes, these things make a difference to me.  Deal with it.  And then go watch everything they have ever put out.

Five Not So Awesome Things for the Week of March 20, 2013 …:(

1. This season of “Celebrity Apprentice”

I don’t want to spoil you, but either the celebrities this season are making the STUPIDEST decisions ever or Donald Trump is being a real dick in who he fires.  My favorites are all gone already.  I miss Meat Loaf and Clay Aiken 😦

2.  McDonald’s

I don’t know what it is, but every time I’ve eaten there in the past month, I’ve gotten ridiculously ill.  It’s so easy to go there.  It’s right across the street from me.  But it’s also now proven deadly.  Stop being so shitty, McDonald’s.  Make me a salad or something that’s not disgusting.

3.  Degrassi two-part episodes

Why is it that part one is almost always incredibly good, and then part two sucks something terrible?  I’m looking at you, every single episode that’s aired thus far in 12C.  The Eli-centric ones have been the best of the season by far, but even the second part of that was kind of a let down.  Except the very end.  You know.  That was boss.

4.  The fact that nail polish racks cost $60+

Okay, I really need a new one.  Actually, I need about four of them.  They’re too fucking expensive.  It’s just plastic.  It’s not like I want a designer rack, I just want one that spins and holds a lot of polish.  BE CHEAPER.

5.  Katy Perry is still on the radio.

Can someone shut her up already?  Now she’s on it even more because she broke up with John Mayer.  NO ONE CARES.

What’s something awesome that happened to you this week?  Do you want to punch Donald Trump in the face, too?  Let me know in the comments, and we’ll chat!

Awesome/Not So Much #2

So…I’m a little late with this.  I have a fantastic reason, though, which will be outlined below.  PS: there was no Anime Monday post this week because I watched a whole episode of Chihayafuru 2 and that was it.  I’m gonna have to make up for this big time.  What are you guys loving this week?

Three Awesome Things for the Week of March 14, 2013!

1.  NEW JOB!!!

Yes, your good buddy Glitterbots has left the world of retail, hopefully for the rest of her life.  And there was much rejoicing, like you wouldn’t believe.  Ah, it’s nice to be a grown up making grown up money.

2.  Orange Mountain Dew Kickstart

I’m happy to inform you that it was just as good as the red kind.  Now, my friend has said it doesn’t work for shit, but it’s not an energy drink.  It’s a coffee replacement.  I’m not trying to get a Red Bull buzz, I just want to stay awake through breakfast.

3.  That “Thrift Shop” song

Catchiest hook ever.  And the bridge is awesome, too.  The verses are shit, but whatever, just listening to the singing parts.

Three Not So Awesome Things for the Week of March 14, 2013 …:(

1.  Survivor

This is the worst season of “Survivor” I have seen in a long, long time.  And I freaking love this show.  Just saying.  It’s bad.  First of all, the “favorites” aren’t anything special.  I only remembered one girl because it looks like she’s permanently wearing eyeliner, and all the boys besides Malcolm are either forgettable or unlikeable.  Brandon Hantz is just…ugh.  I liked him the first time he played.  Russell is one of my favorite contestants EVER.  But did you see the show last night?  What in the hell, people, what in the hell.

2.  Family Issues 😦

I don’t want to go into detail, but drama is not great.  It’s not even drama, it’s just…bad things.  So think good thoughts for us please.

3.  Katy Perry is still on the radio.

Enough said.

Yeah, I copped out and only did three because I couldn’t think of anything else bad that I wanted to share.  I must have some good karma coming my way.

Awesome/Not So Much #1

In attempt to write more crap than your a-ver-age bear, I present to you my new weekly column (cause, oops, this is my very own magazine) where I talk about stuff I think is awesome and stuff that I think is not so much.  You know.  With the awesome.  Like I don’t shove enough of my opinions down people’s throats via the internet.  If you try something new and like it, let me know!  If you think I’m an asshole, well, you’re probably right.

Five Awesome Things for the Week of March 5, 2013!

1.  Mountain Dew Kickstart

Sidenote: when did they start abbreviating the word “mountain?”  It’s like…Mtn Dew now.  Seriously?  Is “mountain” that hard of a word to spell?  Anyway, this stuff is the shit.  I hate coffee, and I feel like a real tool for drinking Sugar Free Rockstar in the morning.  This is at least marketed as a coffee replacement (even though it’ll never work), rather than an energy drink.  Plus, the red one tastes like red Amp, so I also won’t have to feel like a tool for drinking Amp in the morning, either.  And it works.  No foolin’.  If this stuff mixes with vodka, this could be one awesome party drink.  I haven’t tried the orange one yet, but don’t worry, I will.

2.  The fact that I remembered to cancel my Spotify Premium subscription.

Seriously.  I’ve been trying to do it for the past three months.  It’s not like it’s a bad service, I just don’t really use it all that much anymore.  My phone won’t connect to the ipod cord in my car, and it’s like, well…I guess I’ll just plug my regular ipod in.  It’s not like I don’t have the songs on there already.  I just had a couple great Spotify playlists (because I am too lazy to make Itunes ones) and wanted to listen to them but then I just had to stream them through my phone’s speakers in my car and….ugh.  Not worth it.

3.  Wreck-It Ralph Blu-Ray

Yeah, as soon as the UPS man comes today in this snowstorm, I’m watching this movie at least twice in a row, or until “Face Off” comes on.  I have no shame.  This movie is the greatest thing in existence right now and/or ever.

4.  That “Call Me Maybe/Head Like a Hole” Mash-Up

Pretty much what I want my musical career to be like.  Haven’t heard it?  You will thank me.

5.  Friday Night

Going to see my favorite bar band!  And probably getting some more fodder for my “Dumb Things…” series.  Because, you know, boys are never smart when there’s alcohol involved.

Five Not So Awesome Things for the Week of March 5, 2013!  …:(

1.  Tweetdeck is no more.

Yeah, did you heard this noise?  They’re taking away my precious Tweetdeck because of some API shenanigans.  Um…I never use the website.  I pretty much only use apps and Tweetdeck.  So much less tweeting going on now.  This sucks.

2.  Facebook has noises.

Speaking of hearing things….last night when I was innocently updating my status on an event, I heard this bleep bloop ping noise.  Now, I had no music on.  The tv wasn’t on.  What the shit?  Facebook makes a noise now when you get a notification.  How freaking annoying.  Luckily, it’s pretty easy to turn them off, but if I wanted to hear things, I’d have Itunes going or something.  Don’t make noise just to scare the shit out of me, Facebook.

3.  The Harlem Shake

Have you listened to this piece of crap?  Who decided it should be popular?  Who decided there should be a million stupid viral videos concerning it?  I heard about a minute of it for the first time this morning…never again.

4.  My OCD is forcing me to watch season one of “Full House.”

I just want to watch the Disney World episode where the Tanners go to the Grand Floridian and DJ sees Steve everywhere and Uncle Jesse sings to Becky from the lobby and Michelle acts like a brat (wait, that’s every episode…) and it’s in season six.  So I have to sit here and watch six seasons of the damned show before I can watch the two episodes I want.  I have to go in order.  If I don’t, I’ll feel all off.  Don’t judge.  Just accept it.  PS: season one of anything is almost always the worst season.  This definitely applies here.

5.  Katy Perry is still on the radio.

This will be my #5 until all her songs disappear from the two pop stations I listen to on my pre-sets.  All her “songs” sound exactly the same.  They also all sound like Ke$ha songs.  I can’t get behind that, guys, I just can’t.  Please make it stop.  Please???  Anyone?  Bueller??

What’s awesome or not so much for you this week?  Click on the little cartoon balloon and let me know!

Bits and Pieces (AKA I used the word “try” in this post about six million times)

So much for that “more blogging” thing, huh?  Luckily, I’ve been doing better with other aspects of my life, including finding the old wordpress dashboard page (ugh the new one — especially the post page — is fucking terrible) and planning out my year.  Normally I’m not one to schedule stuff that happens so far in advance unless there’s a concert, but I have so many things to look forward to over the course of the next 11 months, it’s insane.  I’ll get to that in a minute, but I’ve also switched jobs for awhile (RETAIL ONLY ONCE A WEEK!) to work a “grown-up” job temporarily and I’m on a never-ending diet.  I want to look super cute by the end of October because…

I AM GOING ON A REAL VACATION!!!

Now, this is exciting for many reasons.  Even though I’ve spent the last several years traveling around the country, mostly, it’s been for concerts.  My friends and I didn’t stick around to look at where exactly we were, we’d just hop in the car once a show was over and drive to another show.  Well, it’s time to begin (stop singing Imagine Dragons in your heads, now) to take some time to stop, smell the roses, and not be rushing everywhere all the time.  So instead of taking 40 road trips this year, I’m taking one real vacation.  It’s long, too, I’ll be gone for over a week, and I’m actually going out of the country.  Sort of.  I’ve got a cabin booked on the Backstreet cruise to the Bahamas (I guess there is one concert involved, so sue me) and as soon as the boat docks, my friend and I are going to DISNEY WORLD.  I know.  I KNOW.  I haven’t been since I was six years old, and needless to say, it was time to go again.  I just wanted to go for a day to preview it for when I take my niece in a few years when she’s old enough to remember some of it, and my friend was like, “Oh, no, you can’t just go for one day!”  So, we’re making a full out vacation of it.  Disney on a budget.  It’s not gonna stop me from getting a pirate makeover or having dinner at the dinosaur restaurant, but she priced out something that’s actually affordable, especially since you can pay in installments.  Did you know that?  If you book through Disney you can.  Lord knows, I’ll never have $700 at one time, but now that I can pay over months, that shit is so getting booked.  Plus, we’ll be there through Halloween, which means I am going to get some magic back into my favorite holiday.  Needless to say, many future posts will be about planning this trip to end all trips.  I’ll put it in the subject, so that if it’s not your schtick, you can skip them.

Some other friends and I are also planning a trip to our local Comic-Con (where we’re dressing up and staying the whole time, whoop!) and in February I’m going to this The Walking Dead panel thingy…I bought VIP tickets because my friend wanted to go…but I had never seen the show.  Oops.  I’m currently in the middle of season two, and it’s pissing me off hardcore so I had to stop.  Without spoilers, let’s just say, I have never hated characters on television like I hate some of these.  I’m just praying for the fucking zombies to eat them.  Seriously.  Anyway, apparently these tickets were extremely hard to get, especially the VIP ones, so I’d better hurry up and catch up in between everything else that’s going on right now.

I’m trying to be more active on my twitter account (you can find links to it just about everywhere on this page) where I’m archiving my nail polish.  I’m attempting to try all of the ones I have in a year, which means every time I change my polish, I have to use multiple colors.  I’m cataloging them all right now, and I’m currently at 23 pages in this Word document…and I haven’t even started on my salon polish.  No more nail polish for me this year.  I need cash to buy a ton of Disney cupcakes.  Priorities, people.  So you can find that over there.  I’d post pictures but by the time my self-manicures look halfway decent cuticle wise, I have chips and stuff.  When I get more time to make my nails picture ready, I’ll have that stuff over there.  I’m also really into tweeting/live tweeting whatever tv show I’m watching at the moment (most recently it was The Lying Game) and I’ll be writing about those more on the blog.

I know I’ve been slacking on my Anime Mondays posts, but the next one will be up sometime on Monday (I know because I’m writing it right after this post, haha) and will have a crunchyroll guest pass up for grabs.  This new season is amazing already, especially since my beloved Chihayafuru is back.  I’ve already checked out a couple other new shows, as well, and it’s not going to be crap like seasons past.  I haven’t forgotten about my best of 2012 posts, either, and I want to talk more about music when I get a chance.  My new work schedule is completely different from what I’m used to, so I’m still getting adjusted to it, aka: my spare time is spent sleeping or doing something work-related.  It’s getting there, though!

So that’s what’s been happening in my 2013 so far.  What have you guys been up to?  Comment and let me know!  I’ve rambled enough, so now it’s time to put some posts in the queue so I don’t look like such a slacker.  I mean, I’ll always be a slacker, but it’s nice to at least try 😉

My Top 5 Albums of 2012

I love top lists.  Yearly recaps.  All that kind of junk.  Honestly, I love it because it gives me a chance to look back on the entire year, not just whatever pops into my head at the moment, and decide if anything was worth giving a shit about.  Over the next week, I’m going to give you what I thought 2012 had to offer…but be warned.  Honestly, it’s not much.  Apparently everything awesome came out in 2011 and I just loved the shit out of it all this year, too.  But whatever.  Let’s talk about music.

My top five albums of 2012 should really be a top three.  I struggled to find two more complete albums that I really liked from start to finish, and #’s 4 and 5 were ones I liked immediately when I purchased them but have declined for me the more and more I play them.  However, I like more than 75% of the songs on them, so I feel that they deserve to go on a list.  Here’s some trivia for my top albums of the year: two albums are from American Idol alumni, one is a soundtrack, and two have songs that are featured in commercials.  Are you ready?  Here we go!

All album cover images were found via Yahoo! image search.

 

5.  Alex Clare – The Lateness of the Hour Alex Clare - The Lateness of the Hour

Yes, I first heard of Alex Clare because of the Bing commercial.  However, I purchased his album before “Too Close” started getting played on the radio, and I immediately fell in love.  I remember listening to the whole thing while I was driving out to a friend’s house who lives an hour away and was sorely disappointed when the album ended without me arriving at my destination.  How could anything else compare to these beats?  The uptempo songs are fantastic and the slow ones (although not as good) can definitely hold their own.  Each track is full of electronic greatness.  And Alex’s voice?  Don’t even go there.  Finally, someone who can actually sing puts out an album.  It’s like he belongs in a dark blues club but instead turns on a black light with the power of the sun so everyone can dance.  Even his cover of “When Doves Cry” is awesome, despite what this one woman who came into my work said when she cried out, “Who is destroying that Prince song??!?”  Girl, please.  This is the shit, not shit.  Favorite tracks: “Too Close,” “Hands Are Clever,” “Whispering.”

4.  Fun. – Some Nights fun. some nights album cover

I learned about Fun. (fun.?) because of Glee.  I’m sure a lot of you did, too.  If it weren’t for Rachel Berry singing her heart out to a cover version of “We Are Young,” I never would have known this band existed.  Thank you, Ryan Murphy, for allowing Glee to introduce me to an album full of Queen-esque harmonies.  The song that got me interested in the band is now so overplayed I can’t stand it (even though Kelly Clarkson covered it in an amazing fashion), but the album can stand on its own without the lead single.  And let’s be real, thanks to its place on the Wreck It Ralph trailer, I will love the song “Some Nights” for all time – this also was covered on an episode of Glee, but it was not as powerful as the first Fun. cover.  The singing is what stands out here, along with the fact that a band is ballsy enough to make epic, anthemic songs with no pretentiousness and no apologies.  You rock, Fun..  You rock so hard.  Favorite tracks: “Some Nights,” “All Alone,” “Stars.”

3.  Glee Cast – Glee: The Music, Season 4,glee season 4 volume 1 cover Volume 1

Usually, it’s hit or miss with a Glee soundtrack.  There are three or four good songs on it and then the rest are crap.  Or, in reality, I have already purchased all the good songs when the episodes aired and now am stuck with a cd full of junk I already have and crap I didn’t want in the first place.  Now, I did purchase a good number of songs from this album separately first.  Actually, I had already paid for 1/2 the album.  However, once I started listening to this on Spotify, I realized that there were a few gems that I never really looked into/completely forgot about.  “Give Your Heart a Break” by Rachel Berry and Brody, for example…that’s a really beautiful song.  The mash-up of “Homeward Bound/Home” is fantastic, as well.  This album has so many great tracks, from Blaine’s Imagine Dragons cover (yet another band I was introduced to via Glee) to The Warblers covering One Direction to the “Holding Out for a Hero” duet (which I am positive will be the only song I like that Marley will ever sing), this compilation is such a winner.  I could have done without the Santana solo or the cover of “New York State of Mind,” but I hear there are people out there who actually like Santana, so I’ll let them have their moment.  Favorite tracks: “Dark Side,” “Americano/Dance Again,” “Give Your Heart a Break.”

2.  Kris Allen – Thank You Camellia kris allen thank you camellia cover

This album is so underrated, I can’t stand it.  While Kris Allen’s debut album pales in comparison to the gigantic party that was his competitor Adam Lambert’s debut, Thank You Camellia can hold its own.  There is not one song I skip on this CD.  Not one.  There are more uptempo songs than his eponymous debut, and each one makes me dance and sing along like there’s no tomorrow.  Shit, I hope Future Mr. Glitterbots knows that “My Weakness” is going to be our wedding song.  I guess I’d better book a band whose singer can whistle.  Seriously, though, “Monster” is so different from anything Kris has ever put out, and even the ballads soar.  He took his time with this album and it shows.  It’s good.  Really, really good.  And it’s just a shame that because he hasn’t been on television for a few years that not a whole lot of people bought it.  To add to this, each time I see him in concert, he gets better and better, especially performing songs from this album.  Plus, you know, my name’s in the book for the CD that came with the deluxe version.  Thank you Camellia?  Thank you, Kris Allen.  Favorite tracks: “My Weakness,” “Blindfolded,” “Monster.”

1.  Adam Lambert – Trespassing adam lambert trespassing cover

Yes, I put the hot cover rather than the deluxe cover.  And the battle for my #1 album of the year was a strong one.  I think Adam Lambert only pulled out ahead because I listened to this in my car for three months straight without pulling it out of the player.  Oh, the times I had, driving down the road, windows down, blasting “Runnin'” while I sang my lungs out….amazing.  I can’t say that Trespassing is a better album than his previous For Your Entertainment, but I can say it’s just as good.  There are some songs I don’t like as much as I liked on his debut, but I like more of them, if that makes sense.  There is not a bad song on this album, let me tell you.  In fact, I think the worst song on it is the lead single, “Better Than I Know Myself,” but that’s not Adam’s fault.  The dance party first half of the CD is where he really shines where songs like “Cuckoo” make everyone want to party until their clothes fall off.  However, I’m not going to underestimate the ballads, which are leagues above the ones on his first album.  When (if :-/) he ever tours the US for this, I know I’ll be the one in tears every time I hear “Underneath.”  Yes, I will be that girl.  It’s a dream of a pop album.  And for that…it is the best.  Favorite tracks: “Never Close Our Eyes,” “Take Back,” “Trespassing.”