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Happy Belated Hump Day everyone… this is technically from yesterday but I forgot to post it:

-Must’ve had some bath salts cause I feel like a zombie today! (In my head that sounded like Sheriff Carter from Eureka)
In your head, in your headdd. Zombie zombie zombie eh eh eh…
-I’m not sure how much of that song is actual singing compared to just making noises.
-I could really go for a Mojito. Why, yes, I am channeling Sam Axe today. All I need now is my Hawaiian shirt, brother.
-BTW Burn Notice bloopers are hilarious!
-What a crazy, random happenstance!
-I’m excited for some grillin action!
-I need some sunshine & fresh air. I feel very Office Space “they took my stapler” today.
-I should just go work construction with a mullet-ed Deidrich Bader.
-So many times at O State that I wanted to go all Office Space on the printers.
-Ok, this has now officially lost all of the small amount of coherent-ness (see what I mean?) that it ever had.
-Know what I’m sayinnnnn?

Damn it feels good to be a gangsta.
BMS-

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Ahh, Yellowcard. No other band understands me quite like you do. Yesterday, Yellowcard’s new album, Southern Air came out. Naturally I pre-ordered it from Amazon a week ago and happily received it on my door step yesterday afternoon.

My husband isn’t a Yellowcard fan (he attempted to listen to a few songs on the new CD before giving up). That’s fine with me. Not everyone likes all the same things. In a way it’s nice because it makes me feel like Yellowcard is all mine. It’s frequently my music of choice in the car– but it’s so much more than that. Whatever it is I’m going through, they have a song for it. Their songs make me feel better when I’m down. They’re an epic anthem to my life. It’s my everyday background music. It’s inspiration for writing a great scene or blog post. It’s gratifying and uplifting.

My first instinct upon getting the CD wasn’t to stuff it into the nearest CD player. Instead, after dinner, I sat down and read through the book of lyrics. I patiently waited for this morning, when I could listen to it peacefully in my car. My car is where I get my best listening done. It’s where I can belt out the lyrics, or cry along with them. Happily, I put in the CD and turned the volume up. The first song– Awakening –started and they had me all over again. After the first bit of the lyrics, a much stronger guitar and drum background came in… immediately I was taken back to the days of Ocean Ave. This CD encapsulates all this is Yellowcard. Some old, some new, and everything you expect Yellowcard to be. Southern Air is a beautifully well-rounded album book-ended by the strong Awakening & Southern Air.

At this point I’m going to run through the 5 songs on the album that really stood out to me. While I enjoy and like them all, these five just stick out to me. I don’t want to give the songs away, though, so rather than talk about the lyrics, I’m going to talk about why they stand out to me.

Awakening– It’s that first punch. Every Yellowcard CD  starts off with a song of not-quite-describable Yellowcard-ness. It is epic and within the first 5 seconds of the song, you know you’re listening to a Yellowcard album. It falls right in with Way Away, Lights & Sounds, The Takedown, and  The Sound of You and Me.

Always Summer– The anthem song. It’s the type of song I turn up when I hear it. The one I can always listen to. The one that makes me feel better.  It strikes me the same way that Ocean Avenue, Only One, Light Up the Sky, and For You and Your Denial do.

Here I am Alive- The song that resonates with me. On every CD there are 1 or 2 songs that resonate with me as really relating to my life or helping me put things in perspective. It’s a go to song when I’m feeling down or upset or when I need a pick me up. It’s there to help me not feel so alone. This song immediately stood out to me like that, in the same way as Empty Apartment, Down on my Head, Hang You Up, City of Devils, Shrink the World, and You and me and One Spotlight.

Ten- The “crushing” song, as another reviewer put it. On every Yellowcard album, there is at least 1 song that makes me really think about things. At least 1 that is more emotional and that stands out the most. Listening to this song in the car this morning brought tears to my eyes. It is beautiful. And heartbreaking. It follows some of Yellowcard’s most poignant (and my favorite) songs: View From Heaven, Believe, Space Travel, Dear Bobbie, Sing for Me.

Southern Air- The closer. The final act. Yellowcard’s albums always have a great balance to them. While they’re all different, they have a consistent formula. Start with the punch, then tell the story with the mix of rock and smoother ballads, then close with an epic, beautiful, and gratifying song that makes us all listen to the CD all over again. Southern Air is no exception. It follows it’s predecessors Back Home, Holly Wood Died, Paper Walls, and Be the Young and like them, wraps up the album in a very fitting, understated, and yet epic way. It’s an anthem. It’s a story. It’s Yellowcard to the very core.

I know I didn’t mention much (OK, any) of early Yellowcard. That’s because, although I’ve listened to it, it’s not my niche as much as Ocean Ave., Lights & Sounds, Paper Walls, When You’re Through Thinking Say Yes, and Southern Air are. I understand that not everyone is a Yellowcard fan, but if you are, you’ll love this. Because it’s Yellowcard doing what they do best… writing and recording amazing, meaningful music that speaks to me and so many others out there. This album is great. It continues to push Yellowcard forward (including some amazing, strong vocal ranges from Ryan Key), and will hopefully introduce them to a whole new generation of fans. A new generation to grow up to and find solace in their music.

“This southern air is in my lungs. It’s in every word I’ve sung. It seems the only truth I know, is we’ll always be home.
Always be home, always be home…”

BMS-

Happy hump day everyone.

-Sorry I’ve not been consistent with this… it ain’t my day job.
-But I promise an article on Yellowcard’s new album, Southern Air, by the end of the week.
-Which I’m already in love with. #amped #itslikebeingbackin2003 #hellyes
-OK, I’m done twitter speaking with the pound sign now. #promise
-Oops… I lied….
-Anyway… in my head I just said “anyway” the way Dr. Cox says it on Scrubs. I miss that show.
-I have so many different Yellowcard songs going through my head today it’s not even funny.
-My new TV show obsession is Eureka.
-Tyler & I are going to Maine & Connecticut in 2 weeks… so excited!
-Fall is in the air…. which I’m excited about!
-Which means I’ll be watching Gilmore Girls season 1 annnnnddd hopefully doing some retro recaps of it. 🙂
-Welp I suppose I’ll wrap this up. ‘Pologies for my absence.

Did I get lost while I was gone? I traveled space for much too long...”
-BMS

Morning all…

-My apologies that I’ve not updated this in a while. I was busy/sick.
“I was dead at the time. I was on the moon. With Steve.”
-Ya know you get food poisoning once and it effs up your whole body.
-I had to go to the dentist yesterday…. I think you all know my thoughts on that…
-Sometimes, I just wanna run around and do the shit they do on Burn Notice.
-But I’d probably die.
-What I really want to do is just answer the phone like I’m Jack Bauer. “Yeah this is Smith. Go ahead. What? What?! Son of a– who?! Damn it!!!!!”
-But I see where that could confuse the person on the other end.
-I love Kiefer Sutherland…. and Eddie Izzard. Oh and Bruce Campbell.
-Note: if you aren’t getting the Eddie Izzard reference see my second “thought”.
-I’d love to put the three of them in a movie together. That would be fantastic.
-Ok… I’ve lost any sort of relevance whatsoever.
-Moving on…..

Kthxbye. Have a good rest of the week kids!

My husband has been on a kick lately, believing that he’s “fat.” Any of you who know him can feel free to get in line to smack him for thinking this. I try to tell him that his weight and BMI are just fine, but he persists. Today, he started talking about the “paleo diet,” and I immediately bristled. This sounds like a fad diet, I thought to myself. He told me the general idea: lean protein, carbs only from vegetables, and healthy fats. And exercise. So, I decided that before I wrote it off entirely, I’d look into it. Whenever I look into anything like this, I’ll do a general overview first. I look at an affiliated website, a blog or similar website talking about it, and the wikipedia page. If I feel I want/need more info then I’ll hit the research. Research is a fickle thing, though. Generally, you can always find something to verify for or against whatever it is. When I’m doing my overview, I look for a few key things: who came up with this, are the terms RD or Dietitian anywhere to be found, what’s the general plan, what type of exercise do they recommend, what does it claim or promise to do, and who (if anyone) endorses it.

Here’s the quick and dirty info that I got out of it:
-“I lost 25#!”- great! How? Was there exercise? Are you still doing this? Is it sustainable long term?
-“The secret is not in eating less, but knowing what to eat.” This is the question tests I always hated because its both true and false. You should know what to eat, but pure and simple if you eat too many calories it will become fat.
-“Results may not be typical.” Duh. Welcome to dieting 101.
-Lots and lots of shit about it to buy.
-A gastroenterologist first pioneered this.
-Theres a split about how good it actually is in the dietetic world.
-Lowers risk of disease*
-Lowers BP and Glucose*
-Lists variety of websites, journals, etc on its site… its unclear to me whether those actually support it, or if they just published articles about it.
-“Whenever I want to lose weight quick before a vacation…” cough fad diet cough.
-Lots and lots of restrictions (no healthy grains like quinoa or couscous, no dairy, no beverages except water, no fruits if trying to really lose weight).
-I looked around a lot and couldn’t really find anything that detailed the exercise required for it.
*= per research that I didn’t check out

Given all that info, I have some concerns. Now, I want to be clear, though I know some of that rundown sounded cynical, I truly went into this with high hopes. That list is a product of all the info I found out. Here are my concerns:
-We AREN’T hunter-gatherers anymore. We don’t spend all day walking miles and miles hunting then dragging back the catch. Also, they didn’t have a lot of food. They ate less, which this diet touts that you don’t have to.
-It comes off as a Fad diet, much like Atkins, which means it probably is. The thing about a diet is, it’s just that. It’s more focused on losing for the short term and not long term, whole health sustainability.
-It’s very intense. This goes back to sustainability and also practicality, you have to be able to keep this up long term without extreme effort. If you can’t then it’s just yo-yo dieting which isn’t safe or healthy.
-It really concerns me that there wasn’t anything about the exercise involved, and thats a huge piece of the puzzle. If you eat protein and don’t use it, it will turn to fat just like extra carbs. High protein=high exercise!
-It cuts out good grains and even root vegetables. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, and beets are great sources of nutrients. And grains like quinoa and couscous pack both protein and carbs into one great package.
-I’m not convinced that enough trustworthy sources support this.

All of that said… there are BIG issues with the “true american” diet as well. What I personally think (and have for a while), is that you need a healthy balance. So, my pro-tip here is to eat lean protein (slightly more than recommended), eat lots of fruits and veggies, eat healthy carbs (slightly less total carbs than recommended), eat generally whole/ minimally processed foods, exercise (!), and maintain balance and practicality. That is how you succeed. Why? It’s not a diet, it’s EATING HEALTHY. I also recommend that you follow the 80/20 rule and do really well 80% of the time, and the other 20 let yourself slip a little without any guilt. Use what the earth gives you, don’t eat over-processed stuff, remember to keep a good balance, exercise, and you’ll be fine. I admit, I haven’t been following those things as well as I should, but I plan to make a real effort to in the future.

Finally, I’ll leave you with this (something I learned in school & happen to love) :
A- Adequacy of amount of food & nutrients.
B- Balance of type of food and nutrients you eat.
C- Color. Lots of different colors=lots of different nutrients.
D- Density. Choose nutrient dense foods whenever possible.
M- Moderation. Everything. Especially sweets, but even with carbs, fat, and protein. Too much food = turned to fat.
V- Variety. Vary what you eat and you’ll get different nutrients and you won’t get bored. Try different styles of cooking like Mediterranean or Asian.
(I’d also add E to that for exercise!)

Now that– that is sustainable, healthy, and practical. It will also likely give you better results than any fad diet!

“It’s not a diet, it’s eating healthy!” – the first words the first dietitian I ever saw said to me, and what made me want to become a dietitian.
BMS-

America! Fuck yeah!

Happy 4th of July all…

-I’m working a half day today cause I’m not really hardcore for Holidays other than Christmas.
-In fact the only thing I really care about is FIREWORKS!
-Yeah… Happy Birthday America! But seriously, fireworks!
-Anywayyyyy… got a new boss at work. He’s pretty legit.
-In fact theres a whole lotta shiz changing at my work right now.
-For some reason my patriotic spirit makes me want to listen to Centerfield by John Fogerty. Cause baseball is all american. And stuff.
I got a beat-up glove, a homemade bat, and a brand new pair of shoooees…
-Or maybe Creedence is just an all american sort of band to me…
-Welp, I guess I’ll wrap this up.
-Happy 4th everyone… go listen to Creedence, play some baseball, watch fireworks, eat apple pie, have a hamburger and other stereotypical American things!

“Just to hit the ball, and touch ’em all, a moment in the sun. It’s gone and you can’t tell that one went byyy..”

BMS-

Holy hot hump day, Batman!

-Today’s the first day of summer, kids. Ya know, in case you didn’t notice.

-Hope everybody’s staying cool today.

-It’s been nearly 5 years since I graduated from OFA. #timeflies

-Work makes me feel like this today: fbfhrsujhzdbeyuiexdrw

-I could go for some 90’s TV…

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh this is All That….

-Yeah, I can bust out 90’s theme songs like nobody’s business.

-OMG, anyone else remember slap bracelets? And smacking your friends with them? 😉

-I just can’t watch Hell’s Kitchen anymore… besides it being a ridiculous carbon copy of last season, it’s all about drama and not about Gordon Ramsay being a dick awesome or, what’s the word… oh yeah — COOKING!

-But I do still love Master Chef… though I find myself missing Ben Stahh (Ben Starr). He was my favorite.

-Guess that’s all my randomness for now. TTFN (ta ta for now).

-Yes, I’m 23 and still love Winnie the Pooh #chubbylittlecubbyallstuffedwithfluff

OK, now I’m really done…
BMS-

It’s that special time of week everyone…
Happy humping day!

-I have the song Faithfully stuck in my head.
-Which is kinda like having Red Solo Cup stuck in my head, in that it embeds itself in there. Except I actually like the song Faithfully.
-My apologies that my posts have been sporadic at best, I gotta busy life.
I’m still yours….
-Strawberry Festival this weekend! So excited, seeing as I’ve missed it the last 2 years.
-The only time I miss having more than basic channels is in the summer, cause thats where all the good shows are.
-I suppose my DVD sets will have to suffice for now…
-I genuinely can’t believe its the middle of June… where the eff did the last year of my life go?!
-Yesterday whilst doing hours of monotonous computer work, I started making up songs about what I was doing– like Marshall does in HIMYM.
-I love his laundry song. But I’m back too soon, because I left the room without detergent and some quarters…
-I want to watch something with BC (Bruce Campbell for those of you not privy to my vernacular) kicking someone/things ass.

I’m forever yours… faithfully…
BMS-

Bet you thought I forgot about you….

-Today is my dear friend Laura’s birthday! Happy Birthday. ❤

-Almost time to get my grill on.

-People sing Red Solo Cup at work…. makes me want to stab them or possibly myself with a fork. NO MORE!

-I had like 7 thoughts for this earlier and they’ve all escaped me now.

-Es-capé (yes, I’m trying to phonetically spell the way Dorey says it in Finding Nemo).

-Kenan & Kel! (Yeah, that was random. Hence the title of this post).

-Q: Who Loves Orange Soda? (A: Kel loves Orange Soda)

-When will the rainy days end?

-I could go for some Creedence right now ( Rain->Who’ll Stop the Rain-> Creedence)

-fhntugwaudfhtr

 

I do, I do, I do-oo!

BMS-

From my new favorite tv/movie like substance, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog:

Penny: Billy?
Dr. Horrible: Yeah?
Penny: You’re driving a spork into your leg.
Dr. Horrible: So I am. Hilarious.

Hilarious….
BMS-

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