The Comeback Kid

I’m back! I love writing on this blog and realized that I have been absolutely AWFUL at keeping up with it. So I’m going to start writing again. I’m going to start my new era of blogging with a few things I’m really loving right now.

Music:
Sledding with Tigers – One of the best bands in the whole entire world, according to me. They are seriously so great and the best folk-punk-bluegrass to exist. The song “Never Really Good At Sports” puts my exact feelings into words and that’s just amazing. They also have an entire album dedicated to space jam…

Sports – I started listening to this playlist on spotify called “Surf Rock Sunshine” and now I can’t stop listening to it. It’s cool and calm and warm, it makes me want to look at clouds or something. But one of the bands I’ve discovered from this playlist is called Sports. They have an album called “Naked All The Time” that I want to listen to all summer. The vocalist sounds calm and lazy, in the best way, and the guitar sounds so cool. Some of the songs on the album almost sound warped, like an old record.

Movies:
Casablanca – I rewatched this one last night and it’s just so great. I’ve always loved Ingrid Bergman because I feel like we have a special connection. (We have the same birthday.) (Coincidentally, she died on our birthday! Isn’t that bizarre?) Casablanca is one of the OG rom coms, which I’m always a sucker for. It also has some of the best lines ever. Including “We’ll always have Paris” and “Here’s lookin’ at you, kid”. It’s superb.

Books:
Cruddy – I’m reading this book right now and it’s wonderful. My aunt gave it to me when I went to Ohio, and I haven’t been able to put it down since. It’s a journal from the point of view of this girl who’s bizarre and badass and has had the strangest experiences. I’ll leave it at that, cause I want everyone to read it. The novel is also illustrated! It has the coolest pictures. I’m really liking it so far, and its an easy read.

Geek Love – This might just be my mom’s favorite book ever. She gave me a copy of it for Christmas, and I had forgotten about it until a few weeks ago. It lives up to the hype my mom gives it. It’s about a bald hunchbacked albino dwarf named Olympia. She grew up in a family of “oddities” and travelled around with her father’s circus. Her brother has fins and her sisters are conjoined twins. Her mother made a name for herself biting the heads off of chickens. It’s a really good book. Also half of it is set in Portland!

If you see/hear/read any of these things (or if you already have!) tell me what you think!

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Plane fun!

Things Grace can do in the plane!

Name and draw the clouds out the window
Write a haiku about bugs
Draw a picture of Mila doing something really cool
Write a song about something that makes you so so happy
Play solitaire and get really good at it
Talk to the person sitting next to you! Say you’re a secret agent.
Try and draw pictures of things you love with your eyes closed
Listen to a really funny podcast
Write your own fable about how something came to be
Learn how to draw a dragon really really well
Listen to this playlist!
Sunny Days!
Have so much fun!!!!!!!!!!!
Love you!!

An overall good week

I’m going to wear my overalls tomorrow. I love my overalls. They make me look baggy and like scrubby and like I’m a farmer who could also have a secret life as a radio DJ / slam poet. I love them with all my heart. They still have sand in the pockets from the beach. I don’t think it will ever come out and I think it’s better that it doesn’t. The sand makes me smile. It’s ridiculous. I’m going to wear my overalls tomorrow because I’m hoping for it to be another good day. This week has been pretty great. I got to bask in the sun on Monday, and play cards and eat outside and watch West Side Story and talk to my friends and listen to music. I almost feel like my overalls are lucky, which I know is silly but I’m probably gonna need luck with the march madness bracket I filled out. Anyways! Here’s to another good day! Goodnight!

Favorite Bands

I did a lot of thinking today and I’m hesitantly saying I can narrow my favorite bands into a top 5. So I thought I might share them! Also, I reserve the right to change my mind about my top 5. Cause I’m the boss. If this ends up being wildly embarrassing, then you can’t hold me to it. (Also if I knew how to put links to the bands on Spotify, I would)

1. The Fleet Foxes. I love the Fleet Foxes. So much. I’ve seen them live four times now, and own all of their albums. I know all the words to all the songs, and they make me feel warm, like the sun is shining on my back. Everything they do is good. They know calm and they know turbulent. They know pessimism and optimism. The Fleet Foxes can change your entire head space with one song. Lots of the time, they make me feel like a witch who is returning to her home in the forest. It’s great.

2. Onsind. Onsind is the band that you have to sing the songs with a thick phony accent. They’re rough and folk and true and raw. They yell and scream and show you it’s okay to yell and scream along with them. They rebel rouse, but in the way that calls to action. They’re angry for the best reasons. And when they aren’t angry, they can be beautiful and soft and pure. Just beautiful and soft and pure with funny accents.

3. The Decemberists. I saw the Decemberists in seventh grade at Edgefield. After that I fell in love with them. I love the lyrics and the voices, the versatility of the songs. The Decemberists light bonfires and then make them into candlelight. They send smoke signals to far off lands. They’re so full of energy and life, I’m surprised lightning doesn’t strike every time they play.

4. The Oh Hellos. Wow. Wow wow wow. Their voices. Their lyrics. One album will make you feel like an 18th century poet, sending a love letter to your dearest, and the next album will make you feel like you are having a party in the woods with all the forest animals. The Oh Hellos are good at lifting someone up. Second Child, Restless Child makes me feel like I could run forever and Eat You Alive makes me feel like I could move mountains. The Oh Hellos will allow you to breathe.

5. The Beatles. Duh.

Here Comes The Sun (do do do do)

I love the sun. I love springtime and the breeze and when everything blooms. Winter is nice but grey gets depressing. The entire world looks different once winter is over. I know it’s incredibly cheesy, but it’s true that spring is hopeful and new. There are new beginnings in the spring. The air feels clean and the sky is blue and the sun is warm. Spring is full of The Beatles and little daisies (which are my favorite flowers!) and dogs and things to do. I wish I could bottle up these sunny days. I wish I could give sunny days away, like gifts. Wrap them up in boxes with bows and send them away. I would constantly be giving people sunny days. They would get annoyed after awhile. Everyone I love would have so many sunny days they don’t know what to do with them. That would be a perfect world. I love the spring.

The Oscars

I’ve always loved the Oscars. For as long as I can remember, I’ve tried to watch all the movies and dressed up in a silly dress (or pantsuit as it happened in 2016) and watched the Oscar ceremony with everyone else who had seen all the movies. We always play Oscar themed games like match the quote to the movie and we vote for best dressed. We also try and guess what movie will win each category. Whoever gets the most right wins. Last year, I was the only person who thought Moonlight would win best picture, and I was right. I’m very proud of this. There were so many great movies this year, and I can’t wait to yell at the TV screen if the academy disappoints me. A female director has only won best director once, for The Hurt Locker. Now Greta Gerwig is nominated for best director and I hope she wins. Ladybird was amazing. It’s so rare we see a female coming of age story that doesn’t focus on the men that she’s around, but on the girl’s life and experiences growing up. It felt extremely important to me. I love the Oscars. I can’t wait to watch them!

Theatre

Theatre is great. It’s really really great. Every so often I forget about this and that’s usually when I become lazy and sad and not fun to be around. But when I remember everything I know and have learned about theatre, I immediately get to work. On something, anything. It’s an escape but also an outlet for all my energy and ideas. I think if I didn’t have this outlet my head would have exploded and all my ideas would just be yelling at me all the time. But I do have this. And it’s great. Sometimes. Cause then sometimes people don’t want to be friends with me, or make judgements about me based on my extracurricular activities. A lot of people I know (including some of my friends) think that the people who do theatre are toxic or bad. That makes me really sad because I really like people and I want to be friends with more of them. I feel like sometimes people rule me out before giving me a chance just based on what I am dedicated to and love. Theatre is incredible. I don’t know where I would be without it. But sometimes I feel like people can’t separate me from the misconceptions about theatre. I want to stand up for what I love, but I also want to be someone that people have no trouble connecting with. Someone that you could potentially have a normal conversation with. I don’t know what the balance is, but please let me know if you happen to find it.