1. I’m pretty obsessed with JT’s latest single, “Mirrors.” It’s an epic, eight minute-long love song with a very catchy, Timbaland-esque sound to it – it’s been on repeat for the past couple of weeks on my iTunes rotation. The universe is totally laughing at me, right now, considering my last post was pretty negatively directed at Justin (read: exclusively/all/entirely hating him). Oh, well.
2. I’ve started following Shaun T’s 60-day “Insanity” workout. I’ve only gotten past the first two weeks so far, and I feel as though my relationship with all of this can be likened to, uh, a pretty abusive one. Basically, I look forward to seeing him fairly often, and when I do, he beats the shit out of me. Then, the very next day, I go back for more. (In all seriousness, though, and true to its name, it’s a pretty intense, crazy workout – but I feel great! It hurts, but I feel great).
3. My current indulgent drink is almond milk. It’s creamy, nutty (obvi), and so delicious. The only problem with it is that I’ve learned that the most accessible, mass-produced kinds that they sell in cartons at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods or wherever contains a ton of preservatives that skews the flavor and real quality (you especially be on the lookout for an ingredient called carrageenan). But, the legit, fresh kind of almond milk is insanely pricey (around $8-10 for a 16oz bottle), and not easily found in retail stores because it’s so perishable (and expensive to make). Either that, or you can make it yourself at home, except it requires a Vitamix or some other really insanely expensive, high-power blender that I also can’t afford at the moment. So I make do with having it as an occasional treat. And, a yummy treat it is. Pressed Juicery (locations in LA and SF for those of you living in California) makes a pretty delicious vanilla or chocolate version (made with real vanilla or cacao beans and sweetened with dates). Mmmm.
4. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are blowing up on the radio these days. At least all Bay Area radio stations. (For those of you who don’t know who I’m referring to, see: Thrift Shop). I still can’t decide if I hate their single because it’s obnoxious and annoying, or if it’s so insanely catchy and brilliant that I love it. At the very least, it’s definitely unique and fresh for mainstream Top 40, and I think that part of the reason it is is because they need to have a more daring and edgy entrance into the mainstream music scene because a. they’re a rap duo and b. they’re white.
I don’t know why I led with that whole spiel because the whole point of bringing them up was to recommend their song, “Same Love.” It’s a song about gay marriage and equality and, probably not ideal for a debut single, but amazing on all other counts: profound lyrics that send a great message backed up by a great melody.
5. Speaking of blowing up on the radio, I also can’t decide if I hate all Bruno Mars’ songs because they are so insanely overplayed, or if I just legitimately do not care for his music. I’m leaning toward a combination of both but more heavily toward the latter. Something about his style is too one-note and formulaic for me, and while he is talented and has a set of vocal chords, I just cannot stand that whine-y type of crooning at such a freaking constant. It really doesn’t help that all five radio stations that I have on rotation in my car will, more often than not, ALL be playing some BM song when I surf them. Gawd.
6. Instagram is probably my favorite social media outlet these days.
7. The Backstreet Boys recently celebrated their 20-year anniversary of officially being a group. They even got their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a fangirl since I was in middle school, this makes me feel incredibly old. And proud. And still holding out hopes to marry one of them (technically not even legally possible at this point, unless Nick backs out of his engagement. What do you say, Carter?)
8. My two new favorite shows are Mindy Kaling’s “The Mindy Project,” on Fox, and Lena Dunham’s “Girls,” on HBO. I feel as though a quick blurb here on this list would not nearly do them the justice they deserve, so I won’t go into it too much at this moment. But, I will say that they are both hilarious, brilliant, and fresh. The two shows are actually nothing alike, but both these ladies are very dedicated to redefining the image of the female in their 20s-30s, and I have nothing but insane respect for that. That’s not to say they’re girly shows, however – guys and gals alike can enjoy them, I think.
9. My new goal is to visit at least 3-4 new countries or 1-2 new continents before 2015. Once I get finances straightened out, I really would like to make this happen. On my short list are Thailand, Alaska (ok, not a country, I know. School is important), Peru, Taiwan, and somewhere in Europe. I’ve come to the realization that growing up and living in San Francisco has instilled this feeling of false worldliness in me. Because it’s such an insanely diverse city, I tend to forget that it’s still only just one city, and that I haven’t been to as many other places around the world as I’d like to. This is crucially important to growth and in life for me, so, I just need to put it down in words somewhere that I have this goal.
10. Chicago is also on my short list if we’re talking domestic (yes, I know I put Alaska up there, and no, I’m not going to remove it). It’s the last of the major metropolitan cities in the US that I’ve yet to experience.