Song of the Day: Zella Day – East of Eden

Today I discovered Zella Day!!!!

She is beautiful both physically and vocally. I love her fashion sense, her style of music, her vocal control, and lyrical compositions. I may just be excited because I found a new artist that I really enjoy listening to, so please excuse my gushing. She is lovely.

I heard Hypnotic on the radio on my drive home from school and her voice and music captured my attention immediately. I love listening to the radio, driving and then when a new or fantastic song comes on my ears get a little perkier and my mind finds a focus. I also realized she has a song called Sacrifice that is featured in Insurgent, which I liked Divergent but I have yet to see Insurgent. Apparently I’m a little behind on pop culture and the indie music they let in.

I also loved her songs Compass, High and Sweet Ophelia and would recommend checking them out. She is very therapeutic to listen to. Music is therapy.

For our song of the day however, I think East of Eden had the best application to our times today. Or perhaps just the issues that have come into focus for me. It is a goal of our generation to keep from being in cages and be allowed to live our lives the way we decide, not society or family pressures. I think people need all the support and love they can get in order to follow where their hearts lead them. Unfortunately, as Paulo Coelho talks about in The Alchemist, there are obstacles in the way of our personal legend. We are confronted by realists every day who seem to think reality is that there are impossibilites and that our dreams in life won’t really happen, that they are just dreams. So we settle. We are confronted by the fear of leaving the ones we love behind to follow our personal legend. We don’t want to miss our families or loved ones by following our dreams and so we choose them over our own personal fulfillment. It’s understandable, however I also think that this is a misconception of selfishness. In The Shame Game (amazing book), the author talks about how its OKAY to be a little selfish. That kind of selfishness ensures that we take care of ourselves first and foremost. If we can’t take care of ourselves, how are we ever going to be a positive influence on the people around us? Personally, I don’t think we can do a very good job if we ourselves aren’t on track with where WE want to go and who we want to be. We are finally faced with our own fear of failure. That fear makes us stop in our tracks, be wary of taking risks, that fear is crippling. It can stop us from growing and changing as life grows and changes around us. To not grow and change would be the same thing as dying. It is very human to grow, change, and adapt. It’s how we survived as a species for this long.

Maybe Zella’s personal legend is East of Eden 😉

“Keep me from the cages under the control
Running in the dark to find East of Eden”

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Here’s What We Missed…..

I can’t believe I missed the whole month of October… my favorite month out of the year for all its beer cheer and fall colors! The one month of the year I get to gush about everything in fall tones. The one month I get to complain about stores putting Christmas decor up before Halloween is even over and horrific costumes as well as a few clever and awesome ones. The one month I get to drink fall beers till I costumecan’t taste the pumpkin anymore and take shameless selfies with my favorite brands. Good food, great weather, and the best holidays in the land; that is what I missed. I’m sorry.

BUT here is what y’all missed!

I dressed up as a green and pink monster… I even wore it to my office costume/chili contest! I didn’t win either, but I only participated in one so it serves me right. One of my coworkers had the brilliant idea to come as Count Von Count from Sesame Street. He won of course!

I coffeediscovered two new coffee shops that make fantastic cappuccinos and macchiatos! Serj Books and Ascension Coffee are fantastic places to go and eat and have just straight up great, authentic coffee.

I made it to ONLY one Oktoberfest. This was very disappointing to me since my plan had been to hit up at least 3 different fests.

My shameless beer selfie!

My shameless beer selfie!

However, life can take you by surprise and I found myself with little time to go and oct beerdo much for almost the whole month. There is always next October to look forward to though! I always find myself taking selfies with food and beer in the fall. It’s just that time of year, I think….

We had a lovely birthday party for a dear family friend of Casey’s on a rooftop bar. I LOVE rooftop bars! The last one I went to was New York, New York and it was freezing yet wonderful. It was my best memory in NYC southsidedespite the chilling wind. I tripped over a couch trying to climb over it because I was catching up with Casey’s mom. I got to watch her trip right before I did and we both looked absolutely ridiculous, but it was hilarious! I digress. I loved this rooftop bar here in Dallas simply because it was different from your average uptown club or bar. It was cleaner and less noisy than most. Not nearly enough seating but…. I think when people “go out” they expect to stand most of the time. If they don’t (aka, Me), then1425578_10152834518359253_5975674370663165663_n they should probably change their approach to going out.

I got a new HAT!!!!!!!!! I have been dying to get a fedora just like this for

Its fedora time!

Its fedora time!

quite some time…. mostly just this last year. Still in terms of fashion, it has been forever. It’s just slightly too big, but I will probably wear it 5 out of the 7 days in the week. Just too perfect.

Last but not least…. my final beer pictures. I went to the grocery store the other night all excited about refilling my stock of beer with more blue moon pumpkin ale, because it is the best, only to find that they had already switched their fall beers to their Christmas ales!! I was devastated to say the least……

https://www.facebook.com/3015Dallas a place called LUCK. They had so many different beers on tap it was so cool!

https://www.facebook.com/3015Dallas a place called LUCK. They had so many different beers on tap it was so cool!

I look forward to them all year round and now, they are just gone… I do enjoy St. Arnold’s Christmas Ale, but it’s not the same as that good ol’ pumpkin seasonal fall beer.

beer

I don’t have pictures as of yet but the future is bright! We are getting a husky puppy and potentially moving to Colorado in April. When I say potentially, there is not a doubt in my mind that it will happen. The dream will finally happen!

That is what you missed! Thanks for listening to my life update. Ciao bella gente!

Little Known Ways To Make The Most Out Of Craziness

“You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven.” ~Jimi Hendrix

“‘Crazy’ is a term of art; ‘Insane’ is a term of law. Remember that, and you will save yourself a lot of trouble.” ~Hunter S. Thompson

To start out with… if you have a bored friend you are out with on the weekend, make sure they don’t steal a bottle of vodka from the table next door just for kicks. It’s a fast way to end a nice weekend evening and someone will inevitably have to pay for the bottle service that was stolen. It is never worth it.

Second, try to avoid clubs where the average patron is near 45 years old and where rather large older men are being “escorted” by pretty and shapely young ladies.  I felt like I would see their pimp walk around the corner any moment. Now that I think about it… the club manager kind of looked like a pimp. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not!

Third, if you find yourself in a cool environment but then you sit down on the couch and are suddenly overwhelmed by the smell of body odor, have no fear of the repercussions of leaving. It is a better alternative to having to smell years of sweat that has soaked into pleather material of a “vintage” couch. There may have also been the faint smell of an e-cigarette filled with marijuana (efficient to a fault).

Fourth and final, watch out for cougars! That is all.

Now we get to making the most of it! We had fun regardless of all the craziness of the above. We had a few drinks, we danced a bit (especially since the seat smelled dank, we didn’t really feel like sitting) and we made some fun memories. Luckily no one wound up in jail and $300 is money that can be made back although still a lot to just lose. It’s also worth it to see what your friends are like in crisis, it’s always good to see who has your back in situations like these. Makes me very thankful for the best friends I have.

Otherwise, I’m not gonna lie, it was a weird experience and I’m not exactly sure what else there could have been as a bright side to the situation. It was crappy for everyone in the end really. The club got stolen from (paid back of course), they had grumpy customers because of the missing bottle, and we were unaware of the situation until it was already happening and could really only help with damage control. I’ve talked about good karma on here, now its time for me to talk about bad karma. This wasn’t the first time something like this has happened (I’ve never been there for it, thank goodness) and they had gotten away with it. But, if you steal… it definitely WILL come back to bite you in the ass. Maybe not right away, but eventually the universe will settle things. In the end, it’s better to have karma come sooner rather than later, just saying.

A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy? ~ Albert Einstein

A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy? ~ Albert Einstein

 

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