Weekly Update 8

I am so bad at this.

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Wow am I bad at this. Forming (and breaking) habits is not my specialty so please bear with me. Anyways here is what I’ve been up to these past few weeks.

Unmotivated Reader

Haven’t picked up a book in a while (no surprise). Does reading fan fiction count? I re-read a few of my favourites, but does re-reading really count? Anyways yeah I haven’t picked up a book in a few weeks, which is disappointing, but I’ll try to be better.

This Week in Television

*Spoilers for The Defenders and Game of Thrones ahead

First of all, I’m still emotionally fragile from that Defenders ending. I knew that they weren’t going to kill off Daredevil like that, but I stilled sobbed inconsolably until he showed up again. Also can we all stop for a minute to talk about Danny Rand? I never watched Iron Fist because of the not-so-stellar reviews, but never could I have anticipated THAT. I broke out into hysterical laughter every time he said ‘I am the immortal Iron Fist’ or when he tried to explain asian concepts. I just wanted him to stop. What a disappointment that they didn’t cast an asian man in the role. I think it would’ve been much more interesting and a lot less grating. Aside from that, it was still so cool to see all these heroes interact with each other. I loved seeing the interaction between all the non-superpowered friends as well. Really just a treat overall. I’m looking forward to see if they make more appearances in each others’ respective shows in the future. (Also shoutout to The Dig, whose music makes TWO appearances on the show. So Proud!)

So tonight is the Game of Thrones season 7 finale. I’m just going to be a ball of nerves the whole time. This season went by so quick and I don’t want it to end. The episode from last week has me so anxious and conflicted it’s kind of ridiculous. I’m so sad to see Arya and Sansa in conflict. I really like both of them, but Arya’s reaction to the note is so disappointing. Like how could she not understand that Sansa was young and scared? It just doesn’t make sense to me. Also the whole dragon becoming a white walker was SPOILED for me by some asshole tweeting about looking at the eclipse without glasses on. (Ok I know I was late to watching the episode, but that’s because I was busy ok?) I think it made me more anxious going into it knowing that was going to happen. I’m still very conflicted on Danaerys’ and Jon’s impending relationship. I can see the romance happening, but I also know about R+L=J and I cannot condone incest. I know they don’t know it, but I’m still so uneasy about it. This is Game of Thrones so it’s definitely going to happen and I like the idea of them together, but I will never be 100% on board.

Last night, I went to see a movie out on the lawn of a historic mansion in Bozeman. The movie was called A River Runs Through It. It has Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a young child and a twenty-something Brad Pitt, which is always a nice sight. The movie is about fly-fishing in Montana in the early 1900s so it’s about as interesting as it sounds. It was still a cool experience to be enjoying a movie out in open air instead of watching the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight that’s for sure.

Songs of the Week

Buckle Bunny – Jesse Woods

Communion – The Dig

Birds – Indians

Have a great week! Good luck to all my GoT fans.

The Smell of Smoke on the Air

Hello my lovely readers! Sorry about not doing my weekly update this week. My best friend came to visit me and we went camping so no wifi. Anyways, due to the smoke in the air caused by wildfires all over Montana, I’ve been feeling nostalgic so I thought I would talk about what weird things give me nostalgia.

The Smell of Smoke

Growing up, some of my most cherished memories include camping out in the wilds of California. My favourite part was sitting around the fire with family and friends and stuffing myself with s’mores. The smell also reminds me of the bonfires I went to in my teens. Some of my best birthday parties were held under the stars enveloped in the warmth of a roaring fire. They were times of stupidity and merriment that I will always cherish. On a weirder note though, the smell also reminds me of fall in California. I remember starting the first grade and we were moving to a new neighbourhood and school as these massive wildfires roared through northern San Diego. Since then, I have associated the smell of smoke in the air to the start of autumn and new beginnings.

The Smell of a Certain Brand of Lipgloss

I wish, for the life of me, I could remember the brand of the lipgloss. It belonged to my mom and the smell always reminds me of where my love for makeup comes from. The smell also reminds me of France. Maybe it was a french brand or my mom wore it when we lived there, but either it has such strong connections to my childhood. I wish I could find it again.

Music

There are some songs that bring back such fond memories and periods of time for me. Title and Registration by Death Cab for Cutie is one of those songs. To be honest anything by Death Cab is nostalgic for me. I started listening to them at the tail-end of my emo phase after going through Never Shout Never and All Time Low, I slowly made my way into emo indie music which honestly changed my life. This Death Cab song in particular reminds me of a friendship that I formed back then and bond we formed over our shared love of music. It reminds me of times when I thought I was deep and emotional for listening to songs about heartbreak that I didn’t understand (and still don’t to be honest). I also recently saw Blind Pilot in concert. One Red Thread plagued all of my pandora playlists and was on my top ten most played songs on my ipod for a long time. They were incredible live, and it reminded me so much of being 13 and my first forays into indie music. Gosh what a time that was for me.

Anyways, I just wanted to share with you how I was feeling recently and I would describe that feeling as hella nostalgic. What about you? I would love to hear what makes you feel nostalgic!

Weekly Update 7

I have way too much time on my hands.

Hello dedicated following (all 2 of you)! It is once again Sunday so I shall give you a rundown of everything I watched/read/listened to because I don’t have an active social life.

And she finished another book!

The Girl From Everywhere was so good! I know time traveling pirates are kind of a niche genre, it has to be my second favourite niche genre behind reimagined Russian fairytales with badass heroines (I’m referring specifically to Uprooted by Naomi Novik). I actually got it based off  a review on NPR because I’ve read some crappy books that came highly recommended by Goodreads users and Kirkus. I think I might be alone in this, but I decided to read The Magicians by Lev Grossman because of Kirkus and I did not like it at all. I have yet to find a reviewer that I can trust completely, but I’m also unaware of what is out there, so if you have any recommendations, feel free to leave a comment!

She watched so much tv

I’ve been bouncing between shows because I have the attention span of fly. I started watching The Flash. It’s actually pretty good, but I’m so upset that the villain is once again a conventionally handsome middle-aged white man who lost his wife early on in life. I have so much beef with Arrow and the continued presence of Malcolm Merlyn. Don’t get me wrong, I love John Barrowman, but I’m so annoyed that Merlyn hasn’t faced the ending he deserves. It’s just annoying at this point. Don’t even get me started on the fact that no one on these shows stay dead. I really can’t handle it sometimes.

I started watching True Blood and two episodes in I started laughing so hard I sounded hysterical. Everything about the show is just over the top and the brooding vampire just pushed me over the edge. I’m so over it, I don’t know why I even tried to watch it. I bet I could get hooked into it easily, but it’s just too much and after watching Alexander Skarsgård in Big Little Lies, I don’t know if I can watch him in this show.

I also started The Man in the High Castle and this show is incredible! It’s suspenseful and such an intriguing premise. I like that the stakes are so high and you can really feel how high the stakes are. I look forward to binging the crap out of this show!

Songs of the Week

Put Your Money On Me – Arcade Fire 

The Way She Said – Velour

Song on the Beach/Photograph – Arcade Fire

You should also really check out Spirits which is a hilarious podcast of two women who get drunk together and talk about mythologies, urban legends, and monsters!

Weekly Update 6

Jade turns 20!

Hello everyone! I would apologise for the delay, but my birthday celebrations supersede everything else in my life. Work? Nah it’s my birthday. Budgeting? It’s my birthday so I get to treat myself. Diet? Psh everyone knows that birthday calories don’t count. Anyways this week was full of interesting stuff that I read/watched/listened to.

Where is she from? Everywhere.

You guessed it. I started reading the YA time travel fantasy The Girl From Everywhere. The day I bought it, I read 330 pages. Jade’s binging habits are back! What a fun and refreshing read. The book follows Nix, a 16 year old whose father can sail to distant times and lands both real and fantastical as long as he has the right map. He has been fixated on returning to a time before Nix’s mom dies so he can be with the love of his life. This threatens to change Nix’s life completely, which could possibly cause her current self to be erased from history. A good portion of the book so far has taken place in Victorian era Hawaii and it’s such a rich, beautiful, and complex setting for this story. I love Nix. She is such an interesting character and her struggles are so complicated, you can’t help but feel for her in her situation. Definitely pick it up if you love adventure, time travel, history, and a little bit of piracy!

What hasn’t she watched?

Wow, where to start? I’ve watched so much this week so I guess I’ll start with the most ridiculous.

Arrow season 3. Oh my lord. What a roller coaster. This show has been on a steady decline since its first season not gonna lie. The cherry on top of this mess of a season? It has to be the forced marriage trope. I laughed so hard watching it. It wasn’t meant to be funny, but it sure was silly. Also does anyone actually ever die on this show? Like I’m not even sad when people die because they’re more likely to come back than the people who exit the show without dying. I’m currently debating whether to finish the next two seasons. I don’t know if I have it in me.

On a very different note, I finished Big Little Lies at the beginning of the week and I’m still shook. What a heart-wrenching and fitting ending to a great miniseries. If you haven’t watched it yet, start it this instant!

I went to the movies this week to see Dunkirk. So I’m a fan of Christopher Nolan’s work, but I didn’t have the highest expectations for his foray into historical war cinema, but was I wrong. I was blown away by the beautiful cinematography and minimalist feel. Even knowing how the story ends, I was on edge the whole movie. Hans Zimmer once again creates an exquisite and fitting film score. Also I think I’m in love with Jack Lowden so there’s that.

I also went to a play/vaudeville on my birthday. I spent the day in Virginia City, Montana, a historical town that has a beautiful old opera house where the Virginia City Players put on a show and vaudeville act during the summers. The play was Robin Hood, which was charming in its humor and handmade stage props. The vaudeville portion had me laughing so hard I was crying. I would highly recommend going to anyone who finds themselves in southwest Montana!

Also what a way to top off my birthday with new Game of Thrones AND Rick and Morty. Both shows give me life! Too bad I have to watch them week to week instead of all at once. That’s the best way to watch anything!

Songs of the Week

PSA: Stop what you’re doing and listen to the new Arcade Fire album!

Hollow Life – Coast Modern

Almost Anything – DAUNT

Enjoy!

 

Weekly Update 5

Jade discovers the joys of HBO

I come to you after an exhausting day exploring Yellowstone (I’ll post about that later). I’m still recuperating from 9 miles of hiking, a mild sunburn, and too many bug bites. While I’m recovering, I can still talk to you about what I have read/watched/listened to this week.

HBO is my saving grace

Well I finally watched Game of Thrones! Wow, what a great start to the season. From the intense opening scene to the last lines uttered as a promise for the game to finally begin, I was enamored. I was so happy to have the show back that I didn’t care about Ed Sheeran’s random cameo. I don’t really understand all the people who were so upset to see him in Westeros. He’s probably one of the more high-profile musicians to make an appearance on the show, which was a bit jarring I’ll admit, but It’s not something to get up in arms about. Some other standout moments for me were when the writers threw in a jab at man buns and when Euron Greyjoy shaded Jaime Lannister hardcore. That was hilarious.

Another standout HBO show I started this week was Big Little Lies. Now that is a great show! I’m concerned at how much I relate to Madeline Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon) considering I’m not a mom and I’m only 19. I love her pettiness and her fierce love for her family. She can be a bit overbearing sometimes, but she is still amazing. What I love about this show is that it portrays these women as multi-faceted and sympathetic, even though they can be real catty with each other. Definitely worth a watch!

Did she read?

No she didn’t. I don’t really have an excuse for why, but that’s the case. I will be starting a new book soon though, so I don’t need your judgement.

Songs of the Week

Tired of Love (acoustic) – The Dig

Breaking the Habit – Linkin Park (RIP Chester Bennington)

I hope you all have a lovely week! This time next week I will be turning 20 so I might not have a post on Sunday, but I’ll make sure to have one up on Monday.

 

Weekly Update 4

Hello world! Here’s is my weekly roundup of what I’ve been watching/reading/listening to.

The wait for Game of Thrones is over…

Or it would be if I didn’t have the slowest. wifi. ever. I just want to watch it before all the spoilers get to me. Is that too much to ask? I have been spoiled for too much on the show already and it angers me.  Oh and if you’re one of those people who posts spoilers to ANY social media right after it happens without tagging it as a spoiler, then you are a terrible person and I hope you incur the wrath of all your pissed off friends/family. There is no need to spoil the fun of everyone who can’t afford HBO or live abroad. It’s just uncool.

Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas

Yes, I read a romance. Yes, I enjoyed it a lot. This was kind of my first foray into the adult historical romance genre (if you don’t count Jane Austen that is. I’ve read A LOT of Jane Austen.). I made sure to pick a book that didn’t involve too much abuse-masquerading-as-love crap that is popular in the genre (i.e. Fifty Shades of Grey). Also I am so tired of the whole brooding guy who pushes and pulls women in all directions because they want the woman, but they’re “too broken” to love. That is such bullshit and I’ve hated it since the days I read Twilight. Thankfully, this book isn’t like that at all. Cam is self-assured and comfortable (for the most part) with himself and his desires. So is Amelia. There is nothing that makes you not want to root for them to get together. It really is a fun genre. Is it my favourite genre? No, I’m much more of a sci-fi/fantasy gal who prefers plot with a side of romance or even no romance at all. Am I going to read more? Probably. The books are fun, entertaining, and the men are the stuff of dreams. If you’re someone who thinks that their taste is above romance, you should just get over your pretensions. Seriously, don’t knock it ’til you try it.

Songs of the Week

Honey – Swim Deep 

Cold Blood – Jesse Woods

Seabird – Alessi Brothers (reminds me of The Suburbs a little bit)

Have a great week!

S’mores to Die for

Step up your s’mores game

You might not know this about me, but I love camping! I love going out in the wilderness and bond with family/friends under the wide open sky. While there are many merits to camping, the best part about the whole experience is eating s’mores! Over my lifetime, my thoughts on s’mores have pretty much expanded into a discourse on how to make them and what ingredients to use. Here are the many variations of s’mores that will make you want to pack up car and head for the nearest campground (wow I sound like Buzzfeed).

I only have a clever name for one type of s’more, and that is the s’moreo. This variation was discovered during a woefully under-resourced birthday bonfire. With only marshmallows and oreos, we were forced to combine the two and it was quite magical. If you’re on a budget or want a simpler s’more recipe, this is the one for you.

Another type of s’more is the reese’s s’more, where hershey’s chocolate is replaced with a delicious peanut butter cup. This was introduced to me by my cousins and it literally changed my life. Never before had I really thought about switching out the iconic hershey’s for anything else. Now that the door was open, there were endless opportunities ahead of me.

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An excellent reese’s s’more

This leads me to this time last week when I tried a new and heady combination that knocked the reese’s s’more from the top of my list. This new s’more replaces the hershey’s with a york peppermint patty. I mean, my god, it was a revelation. I’ve never had anything like it before.

Another good hershey’s substitute are those chocolate squares filled with caramel (literally chocolate squares filled with just about anything would be good on a s’more). If you’re camping any time soon, I highly recommend venturing beyond the hershey’s chocolate and try experimenting with your favourite chocolates.