Musical Mondays are here & brand new on TB! Back in high school, I had this chunky external harddrive full of music I accumulated over the years with those massive CD mail-in-to-order deals in addition to my very tech savvy cousins burning me new albums from my favorite artists. If my friends weren’t over for the marvelous made-from-scratch cakes I made, they were over to play video games & to transfer my harddrive’s music over to theirs. A few of my friends would ask me to point them in the right direction for some new music to listen to & I always delivered whether it was heavy rock (think “screamo”), pop, or trance. Now with Spotify & the like, it’s so much easier to listen to a bunch of bands you’ve never heard of. This mix is a bit more personal because a human, me, put it together & not a fancy, often frighteningly accurate algorithm. Also, I get to be creative with the cover art!
This playlist is a calm & relaxing downtempo playlist that should help focus your brain less on stress & more on tranquility. It’s perfect for a 50 minute car ride, when you’re sitting around reading, having a night in, having dinner with friends, or just on as background noise while you surf the web. I hope that those of you who are into the genres I’ve packed into the playlist enjoy this mix. Not everyone enjoys tea the same way, so if you’re more into rap & hip-hop, you can check 8Tracks for mixes in that genre there.
I’m going to be busy studying this week, so I’m going to leave all of you with music in my absence. I’ll be back with recipes & more photos soon. Thanks for all of your feedback on the giveaway. That’ll happen soon, promise!
Technically, Lunar New Year was about 6 days ago on January 31st, but the point is…I’m wishing everyone a happy Lunar New Year now. It’s better late than never, right? Right? AMIRIGHHHH? Since I didn’t make a post about my New Year’s Resolution, I thought I might as well make one for the Lunar New Year. Anyone notice the background change? Probably not, but I made a new background for the blog & I like it much better than the previous grey floral pattern. Hope someone else agrees or else this was all for naught & it definitely didn’t take 5 minutes like YouTube said it would. You lie, YouTube, you lie – or I’m just Illustrator handicapped.
2014 is the year of the horse, which is my Chinese zodiac, so if you’re superstitious, you’d predict that this would be a good year for the all the horsies out there, right? You’d be wrong, my superstitious friend. My friends & I are brokenhearted because we lost someone dear to a bunch of monsters. I had known her for nearly a decade of my life & although we had our differences, what happened to her was horrific & undeserved. It wasn’t her time to leave this Earth, so here’s hoping that her assailants serve their time in prison. She deserves more than this small paragraph, so I plan on writing an entire post in her honor. It probably would’ve embarrassed her, but I think she would’ve also appreciated it. Her loss is the reason my last post ended sentimentally. If you took the time to read about her story & are outraged, moved, & want to do something about it, “Like” the Facebook page, Justice for Kim Pham. You can donate to her family &/or send your condolences.
My father always told me that life is too short, but I’d always retort back, “then why is it the longest thing we’ll ever live & experience?” Only until Kim’s passing did I truly understand that life truly is too short. These recent events have really had many of us reflecting & vigilant. My parents are paranoid & don’t approve of my brother & me going out to bars because they fear they may lose us too. Although it’s understandable, we’ve tried to tell them not to take Coach Carr’s “don’t have sex because you’ll get pregnant & die” approach literally. We are all more likely to die in a car accident than in a bar fight, but anything could happen. It’s important to be cautious, but it’s also important not to let our fears hinder our passions, goals, spontaneity, & our ability to live life to the fullest.
Since its birth, this photojournal has seen about 4 themes I’ve personally crafted, but this new layout is the first time I’ve ever used mint instead of the usual pink. I’ve always chosen to use pink because it was my favorite color since I could remember, but (not really) interesting fact: according to my mommy, green was my first love, aside from eating snow. I also randomly learned today that I never rolled around to crawl as a baby. Instead, I sat up & eventually progressed to walk. My mom told me I was weird for not rolling, but I just told her it’s because rolling over is for dogs. Anyway, so this theme color was picked by my -4 readers! Okay, so maybe I actually have a positive number of readers so thank you all for your input! Hopefully you all chose wisely because the next time I’m changing this would probably be next year. Let me know if there are any weird bugs or things out of place or suggestions. I still think my navigation bar is as awkward as you feel when someone is singing you happy birthday & you have no idea what to do. Can we talk about this? Do you all just smile & clap or what? I’ll probably change the ribbon to make it look all fancy later. I promised the boys of NAHT that I’d work on their website this weekend, so mush!
Jessy of Everything is Makeable was sweet enough to nominate my little photojournal for a Liebster Award! For those of you who don’t know what it is, “liebster” is German for “dearest”, meaning that the award acknowledges the small blogs that are held dear. The Liebster Award is modified chain mail as there is no committee that nominates you. Anyone who is “nominated” can nominate another blogger for the award, so long as they haven’t been nominated before. The original requirement was that the blogger had to have less than 3000 readers, but it’s now just more popular to award that to less than 200 readers because you’re kind of a big deal in the blogging community if you’ve got 3000 readers. You’re supposed to answer questions the person who nominated you created, so here we go: