- The untimely death of my Pekingese, Andie. I learned to cope with grief and heal my wounds after her loss.
- I learned to skate, which became a big time hobby and calorie burner!
- I had my first "real" boyfriend in 9th grade, a total disaster nonetheless, but a learning experience.
- The First Kiss, which of course transpired during a impromptu Spin The Bottle session in middle school, sigh.
- Learning true compassion and kindness through my favorite teacher of all time, Mrs. Coley.
- Realizing that my love of reading and writing could actually influence my career path.
- Finding a sense of belonging and happiness in the midst of a singing crowd at concerts. Nothing will ever compare to it.
- Learning in 10th grade that words are merely words, and the sweet-talkers never really stick around for the long haul.
- Finding one of my best friends due to out mutual love of a band. It doesn't happen every day, but when it does it's awesome.
- Learning to never seek something "better" when the what you have is golden.
- Realizing after 18 years that when I'm sad, alone, or feeling like a downright terrible person, God's love washes all the negativity away.
Though big and small, those events alone have changed me greatly over the last decade. Obviously I've matured since being 8 at the start of the new millennium, but if not for those occurrences I'd be an entirely different person. So now for those darned resolutions for 2010? I'm vowing to keep it simple and only stick to four this year, with one notably more significant than the others:
1.) Aim to make all A's next semester, and put together my writing portfolio.
2.) Complete the story I'm currently writing.
3.) Remain consistent with my Bible study, and strive to live a better, more gracious life.
What are all of your resolutions, hopes, and dreams for the next decade to come? I'd love to hear them! I hope everyone has a safe and fulfilling New Year!
Although this unforgiving, wintry weather has kept me down in the dumps lately, there was one saving grace that instantly lifted my spirits this week: the Warped Tour '10 line up announcement! Yes, the tour won't hit my beloved Atlanta until mid-July, but that doesn't hinder me from being utterly excited. Click the banner below to check out the dates and bands playing Warped this year to see if a few of your favorites are on board.
Although I'm not a fan of every song on this play list, Zeus's "Marching Through Your Head" is catchy enough to make these picks worthwhile! The song's Billy Joel-esque melodies are just great. Don't believe me? Download and listen for yourself :)
I love their free weekly music, which is almost always right up my alley, taste-wise. From this week's picks, I especially like Surfer Blood's boppy "Swim," although the entire sampler is enjoyable.
I already feel so accomplished today! Since I don't have class due to finals starting tomorrow, I've already studied a bit, gotten the next 1,000 words of my short story written, and written this blog. Not to mention, stumbled upon some pretty great music. Mondays aren't so bad after all, now are they?
I'm going out and about with my mom later, which should be fun. I'm stopping by the library to pick up some new Stephen King to read. I've never had the guts to crack open Pet Semetary, but I think it's about time to. Hah! I'm stopping by Clothes Less Traveled after that, since they have bargain sales on Monday. I have a feeling this is going to be a great week, and I hope the same happens for all of you :)
Also according to King, I should be actively reading as well. Thank goodness I've already got a gameplan for this Christmas break of mine, wouldn't want it to go to waste :)
With my month-long Christmas Break coming up in less than a week, my great friend Carrie and I have been planning some exciting shopping trips! One of which is to a vintage and secondhand clothing store in Atlanta called Clothing By The Pound. Basically, the store functions exactly how it sounds. You search the racks for what you like, your finds are weighed at the register, and you pay an affordable, set price per pound of gently used duds. I cannot wait! My love of thrifting is so immense that I decided to put together an outfit entirely composed of thrifted or handmade items. The result?
Unfortunately, my fish eye lens failed me once again and cut out my sweet, patent leather, peep toe flats, sigh. However, for the parts of my ensemble you can see:
-Striped cardigan- Rag-O-Rama, Atlanta
-Black, high-waisted pencil skirt- Clothes Less Traveled
-Yellow skinny belt- Wellspring Thrift
-Black scarf- Handmade, by mom :)
-The evading shoes- Rag-O-Rama, Atlanta
Needless to say, there will be an in-depth thrifting review after our trip to Clothing By The Pound!
Lately, I've fallen in love again with my iPod. For some odd reason, I've reverted back to listening to the bands I adored during my junior year of high school. Why junior year? The world may never know. However, I've decided to share the little band collage I have on my wall, which will undoubtedly come along with me when I move into a dorm next fall.
Fortunately, my musical taste hasn't strayed far from what it was a little over two years ago. I still love Motion City Soundtrack and Say Anything. I once interviewed the twin brothers, Jake and Jeff Turner, of Say Anything for my high school's newspaper since they were alumni. Just a little informational aside there :) It's also crazy to think of how some of these bands have grown since I compiled this little mecca of mine. For starters, Cobra Starship has completely and utterly blown up. It's surreal to go from seeing them in a small crowd to hearing them routinely played every hour and a half on a major radio station. I'm happy for Gabe 'n the gang, in a bittersweet way. Between the Trees has also gained a fair amount of popularity, although they're still fairly indie, in my opinion. The first time I saw them, the band was fresh out of high school. Now they've been played on MTVU and the sky's the limit :)
Alright, enough with my musical ranting! I could honestly go on for hours on end. I hope all my sweet readers have a wonderful weekend, and an even better week ahead of them. Update me on your lives, will you?
My fish eye lens decided to be difficult today, note the slight blurriness. Anyhow, I plan on wearing this for my two year anniversary dinner with my boyfriend next month! Planning ahead is oh-so much fun, especially when it has to do with outfits. Am I right?
Dress- Target, my beloved
Boots- Shoe Land, my new go-to stop for kicks!
Pearls- Borrowed from my Grandmother 3 years ago, hm...
Headband- Wet Seal
Expect more outfits posts soon; the cooler weather opens many new closet doors and possibilities :)
Download "You and I (acoustic)"
Once again, you may have to create a free Amazon.com account to access these downloads. However, it takes little to no time. So, are you ready to kick back and relax with a pina colada in one hand and your iPod in the other? Enjoy, happy followers! :)
Footsteps beyond the door.
You distinguish your father’s slow, thoughtful trod.
Your mother’s overbearing, deliberate march.
Your sister’s careful, timid waltz over eggshells-turned-landmines.
You wonder where you fall into the monotonous menagerie.
Where your footsteps fall beyond closed doors.
Why your mother’s always worried.
Why your dad is never quite right.
Why your sister hides herself away.
What will it be like when you’re gone.
Will your stride lengthen and set you free,
Or will silent shackles set in.
You stretch your legs, put on your shoes,
Stare at the door.
This is your life.
These are your dreams.
Although they may come after you, you run.
Run for the bright lights that may blind you or serve as your spotlight.
Never looking back.
Photo credit: Jason Nunez/Flickr
Download "Loose Threads"
2.) The Swell Season- "In These Arms"A beautiful, soothing song with even greater lyrics. If you've seen the movie Once, you'll know why this duo is completely unstoppable.
Download "In These Arms"
3.) Tegan and Sara- "Hell"
I found all of these MP3 selections on Amazon.com. To download, you may be required to create an Amazon user account. No need to be discouraged, though! It's quick, easy, and pain free. You'll be on the route to musical bliss in no time.
I began frequenting Purevolume during my sophomore year of high school. The site has evolved so much since that time; it's wonderful! Once you've accessed the site, click the "Top Downloads" tab on the homepage. Although not all songs located there will be free, the majority of them will be. Of course the free songs will be the most downloaded; who'd turn that down?
I've said it once and I'll say it again; I love thesixtyone.com! Being my personal favorite of all music sites, it's extremely innovative and quite fun! Although you have to sign up for an account to access the downloads, it's quick, painless, and sends you on your way to musical heaven immediately. Like Purevolume, not all downloads are free but a vast majority of them certainly are.
Insound.com offers one to two free downloads as a sample of each album they have for sale on their site. A great incentive to buy the full album, no? I've actually found free music from great bands on Insound, like Fruit Bats, Portugal The Man, and The Raveonettes. Win! With literally thousands of songs to choose from, Insound offers the most diverse selection of music. They even have a handy little search bar on the homepage to make your MP3 searching adventure a little less daunting and, dare I say it, intimidating.
So, there you have it! The complete list of my beloved music-hunting sites that I visit religiously. Although I use these sites the most often, I won't neglect to include a few other sites that regularly offer a great selection of free music if you're willing to search for it: http://www.pastemagazine.com/, http://www.fuse.tv/, http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/.
Like their quirky and fun designs? Check out all that Plastic Party has to offer in their online store here , or become a follower of their awesome blog here! There you will find out about sales, recent happenings, and get a taste of the bands that love wearing Plastic Party.
"My Only Offer" MP3
2.) The Swimmers- "A Hundred Hearts"The Swimmers are a fairly new indie rock quartet, with their first EP being released in 2008. However, they're definitely on the rise and extremely promising! Check out "A Hundred Hearts", which is featured on their new album People Are Soft which drops on November 3.
"A Hundred Hearts" MP3
3.) Via Audio- "Developing Active People""Developing Active People" is a mellow, soothing song that I listen to whenever I've had a stressful day. It does just the trick to settle my nerves and make my day that much better!
"Developing Active People" MP3
Have a wonderfully music-filled day :) -Lindsay
Pledged was absolutely impossible to stop reading until I was at the bottom of the very last page. I felt as though I had been submerged into a secret world of popularity that I'd never taken much notice to before. Being a freshman at a local community college, Greek life is not available on my school's campus; therefore, I've had no first-hand exposure to it. Pledged gave me insight into sororities, and I feel I will make a more well-informed decision upon whether to rush or not next fall when I transfer to a larger, 4-year state university to complete my major. I want to get involved in a good community service program and develop close and lasting friendships, which is a widely-known attribute of Greek life. I yearn to remain open-minded about the Greek system, although I have my hesitations. I know that the morals and ethics of sororities vary by chapter, and no two chapters are alike. Some girls feel that their decision to pledge gained them the best friends of their life, while others regret taking the plunge into the sisterhood. As my close friend and Kappa Delta sister once told me, "I've made some wonderful friends, but some are just plain jerks."
"Last Dance" MP3
I love, love, love remixes! Name a good song; I'll most likely have the remix of it stashed away on my iPod. "Blue Skies" is especially great remixed, hopefully you'll agree!
"Blue Skies (Remix)" MP3
You can find all of these great songs, along with many others, uploaded at Paste Magazine's website, here.
Happy downloading! :)
Be sure to check out Maroon 5 on their upcoming college tour this fall! Unfortunately, they won't be playing anywhere remotely near where I go to college, upsetting.
November 2009 Tour Dates
2 - Murray, KY - Murray State University
3 - Louisville, KY - Bellarmine University
6 - Rochester, NY - Rochester Instititute of Technology
8 - Ithaca, NY - Cornell University
10 - Blacksburg, VA - Virginia Tech University
12 - Fairfield, CT - Sacred Heart University
14 - Lewisburg, PA - Bucknell University
16 - Newark, DE - University of Delaware
18 - Peoria, IL - Bradley University
21 - San Angelo, TX - Angelo State University
22 - Wichita, KS - Wichita State University
If I haven't made myself entirely obvious enough in my decorating tastes, I'll most likely stick with Target, Urban Outfitters, and thrift marts to find the exact items I hope to liven up my former surroundings with. I love bold, eccentric prints and subdued hues. I cannot wait until this long overdue transformation is complete :)
Fortunately, after hours of scouring the internet, I compiled the entire play list that is up to listen here http://www.imeem.com/people/c3Rfqbn/playlist/MJHZ4y8E/personal-soundtrack-music-playlist/; it's pretty rewarding and dance-worthy :)
Upon my arrival, my eyes quickly sought out the most adorable sundress of, quite possibly, all time. Alarms practically went off in my head screaming, "Zooey Deschanel-esque dress, hello!" and thankfully I grabbed that sucker off the rack before anyone could get their mitts on it. Did I mention the cute little frock only cost me a whopping $6?
After that, I found a delightful, yellow, swing top with big buttons adorning it's front. I have nothing in my closet similar to that color, so I bought it to expand my wardrobe into a full-out color spectrum. Lastly, my mom surprised me and ordered me an adorable owl necklace! It came in the mail today, and I honestly felt like Christmas had come 3 months early! To say the least, rainy days must have their perks sometime, eh? :)