Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Obsessed with: The Madden Brothes music

I have been a fan of Good Charlotte since their The Young and the Hopeless record and so I was anxiously waiting for The Madden Brothers to come out with their new record ever since they started talking about it. Slowly Benji and Joel have been releasing a few songs off the album to get every one excited and it's been working (at least for me it has been anyway). The songs that have already been released, to me, definitely have that "California vibe." Especially the first song that they released entitled We Are Done had this perfect summer vibe to it, so naturally I listened to it all summer. The rest of the album is set to be released on September 16 and I will without a doubt be heading to my local record store to be picking my copy up since I already these songs on repeat. 

If you want to listen to the songs that have already been released you can listen to them on Spotify HERE

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lakefront relaxation with my best friend

Last week I decided to hop into my car and pick up my best friend to just hang out with her. We live so close to each other yet we only get to see each other every so often because I'm always working. Well like I said I decided to just pick her up without a clue as to what we were going to do, all I knew was that I wanted to see her and I didn't care what we did. After a little thought we decided to head over to our local lakefront park and just sit there enjoy the view while we caught up. I'm so glad we did that because sitting by the lake was so peaceful and relaxing. 

After a while we decided I was getting hungry so I took her to this little cafe that my mother found in town while on lunch for jury duty. When I first went to this cafe I fell in love and my best friend fell in love with it as well just like I knew she would. The food there is delicious and it was the perfect way to end our little BFF hang out session. 

We plan on having more days like this soon, and to try and plan some other fun things as well. Oh and it wasn't until after we finished eating that I realized a variation of my best friend's name was the name on my coke bottle. She spells her name Cathee not Kathy. I started laughing when I saw it and so did she. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Giver

During my last movie outing with my co-workers I saw the movie poster for Lois Lowry's book The Giver and I immediately got excited. I had remembered reading it while I was in middle school for one of my classes and I remembered that I loved the book. What I realized though after I saw the movie poster was that even though I read it in middle school I couldn't fully remember what it was about. So like any book lover would do I read the book before it came out in theaters, just to refresh my memory as to what the book was about. If you are like me let me quickly go into what it is about. 

In a community where everything is under control, everything is the same and all the choices are made by a council of elders a twelve year old Jonas is excited to finally receive his roll in the community. He is selected for the highly honorable position of Receiver of Memory, a position only given out once ever so often. The memories of the whole community is given to Jonas by The Giver. Over time the truth comes out and nothing is the same for Jonas. 

The Giver is a great book to teach everyone about memories and emotion and how those are things we take for granted in life. For without emotion we aren't really feeling and without memories we don't truly know what life is all about. 

"There were no quick comfort for emotions like those. They were deeper and they did not need to be told. They were felt"
"Memories need to be shared"
"Memories are forever"

After I finished reading the book I decided to take a look at the movie trailer. Now I know that movies are never exactly the same as their literary counterparts and are changed for the screen to pull in more viewers but I always hope that they keep some important features in the movie from the book. Like I said things are changed for the screen to pull in viewers so I will give the movie the benefit of the doubt and go see it when it comes out in theaters. The only thing that I wish they kept the same is the way the main character looked, Lois Lowry took the time to describe certain features of her characters to her readers so I feel that details like that are things that Hollywood shouldn't change and should be true to. But anyway I am excited to see the movie now that I have finished re-reading the book. 

Have you read The Giver? How did you like it? Are you excited to see the movie?