Or should I rather say 'what I'm listening to'? But if I enjoy it, why not shove it down everybody's ears :)
Pronounced 'Churches', this group are what you need to listen to on a somewhat cloudy Monday morning. Their electro sound is very retro 80s and retro is cool :) Gary Clarke Jr.
The blues. The good ol' blues. It's a bit of an acquired taste, but it appeals to everyone at some stage or another. And this guy has a voice that'll melt away most of your blues anyway...
If you are not yet listening to this 16 year old wunderkind from New Zealand, where have you been?? Her single Royals has been HUGELY successful, but it doesn't stop there. Her album is full of intelligent lyrics and melodies that you can't believe came out of somebody that young. Do yourself a favour.
Do you have any suggestions for me? I'd be glad to give 'em a listen!
What a wonderful week! Wednesday was Rihanna as I documented. Loads of people complained, but what's the use really? You went, why regret it or complain? Do you think it makes you sound cool and knowledgeable? Well, it doesn't, in fact, in the words of Mila Kunis "nobody cares, you sound like an asshole" (Friends With Benefits, 2011)
Speaking of Mila Kunis related things, how awesome is this photograph? Topher Grace had to to Instagram this epic That 70's Show reunion, and we're all glad he did :)
Last night was the amazing Lindsay's (rather premature) 21st (her birthday is late November). We went to the Private Hotel School in Stellenbosch, and I made my own pasta from scratch!
But that's enough about me, here are more things that I like though :)
JGL is a beast. He can bust a silent lyric any day! Here he is on Jimmy Fallon, in a lip synching competition.
I love the idea of new slang, so here are a few yiddish words I'd like to add to my vocab :)
I am a procrastinator. That's one of the reasons I ended up having a blog. Here's a new plan I have trying to beat it. Maybe I'll actually get things done. This is the 2-minute rule.
Rihanna in Cape Town on Wednesday, get in my face!!!
I'm getting pretty amped now that a few other things have settled down. Firstly, my heart is broken because I couldn't attend RTD (Rocking the Daisies), but Rihanna tickets came first ya know....
Secondly, I am relieved as hell to say that Koorbal is over!! Koorbal is the annual ball for the University's choir and this year, it was my baby (goodness me, never again). Now I can have a life, and that means academics (weeps).
But before I get too depressed, back to RIHANNA!
For those of you interested, here is her set list for her Diamonds tour:
"Phresh Out the Runway"
"Talk That Talk"
"Pour It Up"
"Cockiness (Love It)"
"You da One"
"No Love Allowed"
"What's My Name?"
"All of the Lights"
"Love the Way You Lie (Part II)" / "Take a Bow" / "Cold Case Love"
"Hate That I Love You"
"We Found Love"
"S&M" / "Only Girl (In the World)" / "Don't Stop the Music"
"Where Have You Been"
(it's not 100% official, but this is pretty much what it was for the rest of the world tour)
I think she has the coolest accent and I can't wait to hear it! Whoop!!
Anyhoo, that's all I got for now! Will follow up soon!
I've been so busy I haven't even realised until now that I can scratch off two things from my bucketlist!!
#41: Own an iPhone
I bought myself (ie, my dad went half) on my very first iPhone for my birthday more than a month ago! And in that time, it's been dropped and the screen smashed, and I fixed it all on my own, no help from the rents, which I consider a HUGE step. #45: Receive an actual letter in the mail.
Thanks to AMMIE!! She's being all cool in Detroit and she sent me a letter! How amazing is this chick?? I've written my reply and have a special surprise to send along with it. But like everything in my life, it's a touch delayed. Sorry, Am-Star, promise it'll get there soon!
Wow. So, Justin's new album The 20/20 Experience has been out for awhile, but it hasn't been out of my head for one second. Justin has jumped right back into the niche that nobody could fill while he was gone. The album is fresh and sexy and makes me pull my stank face all too often!
And let's just all agree that the black and white is working très well, along with that slick hairstyle....
Having struggled with poor vision all my life, to sound corny, this has gotten me seeing all to clearly :P
Although, I must admit it has always been a bit of a pet peeve of mine when artists (Justin is especially guilty of this) include interludes in the actual track. Don't do that! But that aside the album is a stand out for me. Maybe it's just the suit and tie. Probably not though...
Stand out tracks include Pusher Love Girl (recently covered by my other fave, Pentatonix), Suit & Tie, Don't Hold the Wall (esp for that Eastern flair) and Let the Groove Get In (get out of your chair! this jam JAMS).
Not a fan of Blue Ocean Floor, but I won't skip it (everytime)...
New single Mirrors is a tad out of touch for me. Sick beat, yet I find the lyrics a smidgen corny. But it's growing on me...
All in all, I would like to extend a very warm and gracious welcome back to JT, and please, please stay a while...
Why do I blog? I ask myself this question everytime I think about this blog. Do I really have anything of relevance to say that could affect that many people? Do I actually think that whatever I have to say is of any actual relevance? I think, sometimes, that blogging is one of the most vain things we do as a generation... Putting our thoughts on the world wide web thinking it is surely profound.
But then I picked up the latest Times magazine's 100 most influencial people of today issue and I wonder... For some, yes, they always knew they were going to hit the top level, but, surely, not all of them. Some of them must think, "me?"
Wouldn't it be fantastic if, in a number of years, I look back at this post and I look at the Times magazine of that time, and I see myself.
The only way I can really make in impact if I believe I can.
Tomorrow is my first post-grad exam and there are two things bugging me, beside the lack of knowledge in my head.
#1. I can't stop telling people that it's an EXAM and not a test. Weird. I want to correct people. And that's so pretentious. What is happening to me?!
#2. Why am I busy writing this blog post when I should be sleeping and if I'm not sleeping, I should at least be studying! It's as if my body and brain are both working in tandem to make sure I fail this exam so that I no longer have to subject myself to this torture.
I've realised that I want to go sing on a cruise. I don't need to know about Fourier Transformations if that's what I want to do... Why?????
Also, I feel super bad for being a shitty blogger at times and then I come here and write things like this... Ai, T... Ironic.
Yes, it's been long, but if I had male anatomy, honours would be crushing it.
So, now that I had a spare moment, I thought I'd bombard you with wonderful gifs. Above: Daily Grace at her classiest... Below: Mamrie Hart + Harry Potter puns = happiness
Speaking of harry potter epic-ness...........
Onto bigger and better things... (not really better though)
Time to get some Organic Synthesis on! Whooooppp:(:(
#7: This french film looks wonderful! It's about a guy that falls in love with a girl with a rare disease that causes her to be around fresh flowers at all times, or something like that... And then, she get's sick and he needs to work in these crazy places to make money to take care of her. Beautiful.
So far, so good... I've really struggled to feel motivated like a usually do this time of year. Usually I can't wait to let go of the past year, because it was boring or sucky, but 2012... Man, that was my year. In fact, when the countdown was done and it was officially 2013, I cried. How embarrassing. How devastating. I didn't even know why I was crying. I just felt heavy. But, I absolutely cannot mope my way into this year or it definitely won't live up to 2012. So far it has been wonderful, but it's time to get serious. Goals & resolution kinda serious.
I've taken a while to settle with my list of goals & resolutions, but they are a dynamic part of life, growing & evolving as the year gets older, so these are just a basic skeleton.
#1: Fit comfortably into my maroon shorts.
I don't care about losing a certain amount of weight, or size, I just wanna fit into some of my old clothes from when I was in first year. I don't want to have to give it away because I love them and I never buy new substitutes because I'm determined to get into them again. This year I WILL make it happen.
Read. Read. Read. My focus this year is going to so-called classics. I love exploring that section of the books store. I want to know what made them classic, so I'm going to read as many as I can this year and get my culture on.
#3: Graduate BSc(Hons) Cum Laude.
This is no easy feat, but with determination and hard work it is possible (I think). This year, Wesley is studying at UCT, so I figured I'd have more time to spend in the bib.
#4: Clear out my closet.
And hope nobody pops out holding a few skeletons. I have so much clothes that I don't wear anymore an never will wear again whether I achieve goal #1 or not. And so, by the end of the year I would like to have gotten rid of all of the excess and keep only what I wear. (and hopefully have a brand new wardrobe to boot)
Those are my basic goals.
I resolve to:
#1: keep my bedroom & flat as tidy as I possibly can.
#2: work hard to achieve my goals, including hitting the gym & bib as often as I can.
#3: be more organised.
#4: always have nice, neat nails.
#5: be a cool girlfriend, within reason. ;)
#6: look after my skin.
#7: save money & be smart with my finances.
#8: not lose earrings.