Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tunes Tuesday

Hey y'all!

Omgosh, I am sooo sorry for being MIA for like... Ever! That's horrible. Thankfully, October is almost here!!! Isn't that exciting?! I love October. A lot. It has Halloween and my best friend's birthday is this month. My half-birthday is this month. Ugh, October is just so awesome.

Anyways, I wanted to highlight a single I've been listening to via Google Music for a while now. As in, for the past few days, I've just listened to it on repeat. It's actually by a rapper which is odd, I know, as I've only showcased pop and alternative so far... I think. But, if you know nothing about me, I listen to everything. Except for country and even then, it's very few artists in that genre I listen to. It's kinda hilarious as I live in Texas and almost all of my friends listen to country. I have stayed strong but I'm sure I'll soon start listening to them as well.

The single is by IAMSU! and it's called Only That Real feat. 2 Chainz and Sage Gemini. Now, I got it for free which I highly recommend to Android users to use Google Music or anyone who can get access. Through Google Music, I've gotten Katy Perry's album Prism and Ariana Grande's album My Everything for free. Isn't that the best thing you've ever heard? It's the best for me. I love it. I use it a lot when I'm not using Spotify or when my Spotify app just freaks out for some reason or other.

I'm not sure how to describe the single as, well, it is explicit so definitely don't listen to it in front of polite company if you can. Or your parents, depending on how old you are. I like it because it seems particularly mellow and it doesn't change pitch too much. It's kind of like background music and it seems pretty chill. I suppose that's really what got me hooked is that I can listen to it and it's not too loud or anything.

Alrighty guys, I'm back for reals this time. See y'all tomorrow!!


"Don't stop get it get it one time for real
I know you got big dreams on your mind for real
I heard you trying to sing do you wanna sign a deal
Or you wanna fall back just take your time and chill"
-"Only That Real" by IAMSU! feat. 2 Chainz and Sage Gemini 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

T.V. Thursday

Hey y'all!

So, for today's T.V. Tuesday, it's a little different. Considering it's a Thursday, I've decided for all the T.V. shows happening this fall, I'm gonna change my days. T.V. Tuesday will now be on Thursday while Tunes Tuesday is gonna be the new music day. Moving on, here are the shows for this week:

Season 4 premiere of New Girl
Season 3 premiere of The Mindy Project
Series premiere of Mysteries of Laura
Series premiere of Red Band Society

Starting with New Girl, this season premiered on September 16, 2014. I have been a loyal New Girl fan since the show started. My dad and I have been huge fans of this show and we watched the pilot together and we'll try and watch it when it airs but if not, we'll catch up on his iPad or separately. I'm missing a few episodes that I need to watch but I've kept up with the majority of the show not to have missed any major plotlines. This show really fueled my love for Zooey Deschanel. Putting aside my unending love for both of the Deschanel sisters, Zooey just plain shines in this show. It's hilarious and I feel that the role of Jess was written for her.

    "The Last Wedding": Omg, even from the beginning, I was cracking up laughing. Jess' awkwardness just kills me every episode. The gang is determined to have everybody sleep with someone and go to the last wedding of the summer with this mindset. Cece shows up and Schmidt reacts, of course, but no one knows that she broke up with Buster. So now I'm thinking that Schmidt&Cece is gonna happen again but who knows? Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised or displeased. I really like those two. Jess tries to get with the best man but competes with Kat, played by the lovely Jessica Biel. Kat is actually hilarious as a character. She seems to be a form of Amy Farrah Fowler (Big Bang Theory) but obviously not as wonderful as Amy can be! She's still really funny and she does try her best. As this is the last wedding in a line of what seems to have been many weddings this past summer, Coach has had some repeats and so no one wants to be with him. Winston gives Jess advice to just physically be around the guy the whole time and so she tries that. Nick and Schmidt try and get two bridesmaids because Nick is trying to distract Schmidt from Cece. Poor Winston this whole episode was sore from police academy. Ted couldn't make a decision between either so Kat went home with the officiant. They are upset because no one ended up with someone. Jess pipes up and says they're going home with each other. They end up back at the loft and trash all of the invites while making fun of them. (Season 4, Episode 1)

Continuing with The Mindy Project, this is a show I started right before the second season. I noticed my dad had been watching it and so I too wished to watch it. I watched that week's episode and fell hard. I tried my best to catch up right before the second season but I fell a few episodes short. I still went ahead and watched the second season and was so proud of myself for keeping up with it. Mindy Kaling had not been a very big celebrity love of mine until I watched The Mindy Project. That's when I fell in love with her and her quirkiness. Maybe that's not the best word, but it's all I got right now. This season also premiered on September 16, 2014.

    "We're A Couple Now, Haters": Mindy and Danny are now officially a couple. I never really wanted them to be a couple, neither did my dad, so when we saw the name of the episode, he would go, "I don't wanna watch Mindy. I hate her." He was joking, but I kinda do feel like a hater. Now that Mindy has Danny, is the show almost over? I thought the show was just about her love life. Will it just continue to be Danny and then stuff that happens at the practice? Will they break up? Will they do a weird breakup, get back together, breakup again kind of thing? I loved seeing all the different guys Mindy was with but as this show still makes me laugh, I will stay a loyal fan. Anyways, so Mindy talks about a skill of Danny's. Peter goes to him for advice and Danny runs out to confront Mindy for talking about their personal lives. A staff meeting is being held so that Jeremy can finally start a charity along with Lauren, his colleague who is Peter's girlfriend. Cousin Lou is Morgan's cousin who becomes interested in Mindy. Danny is at the office when he sees Jeremy giving Lauren a massage. Mindy finds an article in Danny's drawer that she questions but Danny shuts that thought train down. She goes to Peter but as Danny asked her not to talk about their personal relationship, she doesn't address it. Peter identifies the article in her hands and so she starts googling for Diamond. Morgan comes into her office and talks to her about it and also verifies that the article is a man's. Mindy figures out a secret of Danny's after that. The charity party is at Lauren's and Danny and Mindy explode at each other in another room. Danny doesn't want to own up to what he did. Lou tells Peter that Lauren and Jeremy are hooking up. He punches Jeremy in the face when Lauren says that Jeremy gave her a back rub and then they kissed. Danny is at his apartment where Morgan and Cousin Lou come by because Lou stole Danny's wallet. They also try and give Danny relationship advice. Jeremy admits to Peter that he likes Lauren and wants to date her. Danny goes to Mindy's and comes clean about a lot of things in his life. Then Danny dances. And it's hilarious. (Season 3, Episode 1)

Thirdly, the beginning of a new series entitled Mysteries of Laura. When seeing the promos for this show, what first drew me was that the main character was Grace from Will & Grace! Yes, I was not really old enough to watch that show at the time that it was airing but I always saw commercials for it. (Guys, y'all don't understand; T.V. is my life. It always has been and will always be. I'm a fanatic. I probably have a problem but I don't think too much about it) Anyways, that was a hook for me as I always thought Debra Messing is really pretty. Well, I haven't seen Will & Grace but oh man, Messing presents a whole new side to her acting career. I absolutely love the premise of the show as I always adore when a female character is presented as a strong heroine. She an independent woman, y'all. She don't need no man to take care of her or her kids.

"Pilot": (Season 1 Episode 1)

Last but not least, it's Red Band Society. This show I had seen many commercials and promos for but I didn't know exactly what the show was going to be about until I heard a Spotify commercial, I think. It's definitely an interesting concept to me and I have high hopes for this show. I'm kind of hesitant as I get really into T.V. shows and I hope that all the characters come out okay but who knows, really.

"Pilot": The narrator of the show turns out to be the coma patient, Charlie, that is the youngest of the group. There's a snarky cheerleader with abandonment issues named Kara, Nurse Jackson who pretty much rules with an iron fist, a partier and someone who gets into all kinds of things named Dash, Leo who's an amputee cancer patient, an eating disorder patient and Leo's ex-girlfriend named Emma, Dr. McAndrew who is supposedly the leading doctor in the pediatric session, Brittany who's a new nurse, and Jordi, the newest addition to the hospital who becomes Leo's roommate and will go through the same stuff Leo has medically. Jordi is dropped off at the hospital because he believes that Dr. McAndrew is the only doctor who will be able to save his leg. Through sheer stubbornness and optimism, Jordi becomes the newest addition to the hospital. Dash and Leo are caught by Nurse Jackson getting high in the supply closet and skipping school. They are escorted by the nurse to school where we meet Emma for the first time. Charlie has already been shown by the narrator introducing himself and Kara is in his room recuperating from her injured arm. She antagonizes Charlie, even though he can't do anything, and causes general ruckus for Nurse Jackson. Dr. McAndrew decides to make Jordi and Leo roommates since they are similar medically. Leo is uncomfortable with having Jordi as a roommate but Jordi tries to connect with him seeing as how Leo's already gone through what he will go through the very next day. There's a volunteer who's in Charlie's room and Kara snaps at him. She doesn't understand why he volunteers. Charlie then farts and keeps going because he knows it's bothering her. As a coma patient, he can hear everything, he just can't respond. Jordi and Leo sneak around Nurse Jackson to meet Dash at the adult wing to go visit Ruben Garcia. He's a wealthy hypochondriac who will donate all his money to the hospital once he dies.  Ruben says that Jordi has to have a party before his surgery the next day. Dash tries to score with Brittany and just causes her to be flustered. Kara goes around the hospital just causing mayhem and sees Jordi and Leo. Leo antagonizes her this time around. Jordi and Leo invite Emma to this party that they're throwing for Jordi's leg. It seems that Emma and Jordi have some instant chemistry which may turn out to be awkward considering that she's Leo's ex. The watergirl from Kara's cheerleading squad visits the hospital to check on Kara. When Kara chews her out, she says that no one besides herself cares even an iota for Kara and she only came out of pity. Kara passes out again but not before hitting the call button. The nurses were going to blow it off but Nurse Jackson runs to the room to see Kara passed out. While she's out, she meets with Charlie in the "in-between" where she finds out he can smell and hear everything. He asks her to order pizza and tell his dad it's not his fault. She wakes up again after that. Dash, Leo and Jordi take a hospital patient's car to go to the store. We finally find out that Dash has cystic fibrosis. Nurse Jackson finds out about the joyride and makes them go inside. Kara's parents have finally arrived. It seems that Kara has an enlarged heart that's starting to fail and she's going to need a transplant. Because of all the drugs that she's put in her system willingly, she's at the bottom of a very long list for heart transplants. Kara talks to the volunteer who turns out to be Charlie's dad and uses the information she has as a lure. She gets beer and as a group, Leo, Jordi, Dash, Emma, Kara and Jordi all go the roof to drink beer. Ruben set up an area for the kids to relax. They hang out just like regular teengers. Kara FaceTimes Charlie's dad, complains about the beer and then tells Charlie's dad it's not his fault. Leo explains the reason behind all of his hospital bracelets and gives them away. Jordi's band is from when Leo had his leg amputated. With this, they become the Red Band Society as Leo's hospital bands are all red. Jordi and Emma are in Jordi and Leo's room when Jordi asks to dance with him cause he's getting his leg amputated the next morning. Leo sees them and then sees Dash and Kara talking. He goes to Charlie's room and talks to him instead. Leo gives him the last red band. Jordi and Leo have a heart-to-heart with Nurse Jackson standing outside of the room. The next morning, Kara tapes on their room's window to send pizza so maybe Charlie can wake up. She waves a bunch of different pizzas to wake him up. Before surgery, Jordi runs to give Emma his red band so Leo won't know she lost it. Leo sits with Ruben and just reads.  (Season 1, Episode 1)

That was it for this week! Until nexttime....


"Everyone thinks that when you get into a hospital, life stops."
-Charlie, Red Band Society 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Workout Wednesday

Hey y'all!

It is now the 3rd week of #Septonber and I'm still going strong! Diet-wise... Well, that's a whole 'nother story but at least exercise-wise, I've kind of hit a routine and am making time for it instead of pushing it off to the side.

Today's videos consisted of:

Tough Love Handles WO
Heartbeat Heaven
Hard Core Workout
Fat Loss Cardio

Again, I am so not loving Wednesdays for this month's calendar. I'm getting through them though! Today, I had to pause for a couple of them but I've at least made progress. I can go for much longer and not everything has to be done on my knees or in a beginner's modification.

My favorite video today was probably Hearbeat Heaven, which is crazy, but I really like the last move. You roll around on the floor but I think it's so much fun. Cassey kills me everytime, no matter what day it is. I'm waiting for the day that I can get through the videos and not want to completely die after.

I did take my brother to school again and then I had to bike again to go pick him up cause it's sporadically raining over here. So on a cardio day, I added more cardio. Ugh. Okay, well, see y'all tomorrow for T.V. Thursday! I'm soooo excited :)


"I once ate so much tofu, brown rice, and green beans that I passed out."
-Cassey Ho

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tunes Tuesday

Hey y'all!
So for this Tunes Tuesday, I actually have something pretty new for once. It is surprising, I know. Anyways, my sister actually brought my attention to this song a week ago today so I should have listened to it & talked about it then but I didn't because I was on the Sia Chandelier train.
This song apparently first came out on tumblr, which if you're a tumblrer or you tumble or however you say it, then you probably heard it way before the rest of the world. The track I'm talking of is Fall Out Boy's new single, "Centuries."
Some people may have already heard of this and I applaud you for that. But if you haven't... Click on that link right now and revel in the awesomeness of Fall Out Boy. Seriously, I even tweeted about this single. Which for some reason, I'm not too active on Twitter. I should fix that.
Anyways, I just thought I'd bring your attention to this amazing new song cause it's definitely one of my favorites at the moment. I still love "Chandelier" but "Centuries" is just giving me amazing feelings. This is definitely my #1 track for Fall Out Boy so far. I'm not sure what brings me to this decision.
I have been a loyal Fall Out Boy fan for... good grief, almost 7 years now. That's crazy, isn't it? So while it is odd I say this now, it may just be that I really, really like it right now. I'll probably love the next song they release just as much.
"You will remember me. For centuries."
-Fall Out Boy, "Centuries" 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Workout Wednesday

Hey y'all!

So sorry for going MIA these past few weeks. Hopefully, I can get back on track now. It is the second week of #Septoneber and I currently have been doing pretty well on the monthly calendar! I'm so proud of myself for that.

Here are today's videos:

Food Baby Workout
BB1: HIIT It Hard
Hot Summer Dance
50 Random Facts WO

Today was Hump HIIT Wednesday. I have to say this though... I hate cardio. Despise it. I wish I never had to do it but I totally understand that to kill fat cells, cardio needs to be done. I just desperately want to never have to do it. Maybe if I ate super healthy all the time, I wouldn't have to do it. As I still live with my parents at the moment, that is not the case and won't be for a while.

Whoops, I forgot to mention. This month, I'm doing Cassey Ho's regular monthly workout schedule instead of the beginner's. You can find all about her at her website linked here. I highly recommend her as a trainer as she has recipes and plenty of different videos that target different body areas you'd like to tight and tone.

As you can probably imagine, today was really hard. I hate cardio and so it takes me a while to do these. I had to drop off my little brother at school today, as usual, and so I woke up early and was able to fit in at least one video before having to stop to freshen up and get ready for work. On days that I have work early, I try to do as much before work as I can but can usually fit in only one or two videos before I have to stop in order to give myself enough time. I hate to say it, but I take forever to get ready. It's a problem.

So, after work (it was only a 10-2 shift as I work retail), I came home, changed, took off my makeup and then finished the other three videos. It took a while, again, and I just ended up pausing when I needed to. I also drank plenty of water before, during and after the workouts. I was pretty good on water intake. I'm not always the best, so I try to fix that when I can.

So that seems to be about everything for this post. Should I also include food or something?? I've been making progress, you can check that out at my Instagram or even talk to me on my Twitter. Either is good. If you have any other comments, questions, concerns, e-mail me at prettychickadee@hotmail.com which is the e-mail I made JUST for this blog. I have good things planned for this thing. I just have to get into the swing of things.


"Train Insane or Remain the Same"
-Cassey Ho, founder of POP Pilates

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tunes Tuesday

Hey y'all!!
Welcome to another Tunes Tuesday!! Argh, I'm really not good at this blogging thing, am I?? I'm trying, really!! I think it's just me being lazy but I'll work harder at actually posting these instead of just leaving them as drafts.
Now, I may be so, super late to this party but oooohhhhh, what a party to be at. As most of you know, the wonderful Sia released her album, 1000 Forms of Fear, recently-ish.... Okay, okay, it's been a while & no, I'm not trying to introduce the album. Y'all know the album is great.

I was curious today after watching Nick Pitera's piano cover of her song, "Chandelier" &, on a whim, I decided to watch the music video. Aaand, now I can't stop. Oh, dear heaven above, it's so intricate!! I'm not even sure what's my favorite part, honestly. I think I love it all because it is AMAZEBALLS. Listening to just the song on the radio, Spotify, or whatever, I had an idea of what the song's lyrics meant & I thought maybe I knew what the music video was going to look like.

Oh my gosh.

I had no flippin' idea.

I started watching it & for one solid moment I thought the performer was Sia. Then I noticed it was a young girl. I just stared enthralled at the screen for the rest of the video. This girl is amazing. I'm definitely not a professional dancer, even though I'd love to be, but I felt her performance was life-changing.

Her moves screamed flawless & graceful. Her facial expressions were spot-on for the vibe I felt the video was giving off. Overall, the video gave me the feels that it was a child/child-like psyche that simply deteriorated into a set of moves that was muscle memory.

It also seemed as if the home-life wasn't the best, from certain movements the dancer did and how the rooms looked inside of what I'm guessing was an apartment. I'm not sure I know what the catalyst was for the deterioration, but I have to say I absolutely loved it. Anything with the human psyche just kinda gets me all up in arms about how awe-inspiring it can be.

Side note, I'm also not a professional critique giver (is that a word?? Is that even a thing??). I simply say what I feel. & this is how I feel about this video. So this whole rant-y kinda blogpost is a bit new but I wanted to blog today (I'm really, really trying, I promise!!!) & so I decided to write this. The performer is Maddie Ziegler. Is it crazy to say she looked familiar?? It wasn't until I looked her up to credit her in this post that I found out she was on Dance Moms. & I love Dance Moms.

Weirdly enough, I was very proud that Maddie was chosen to perform this song. I'm not related to her at all but I always relate to T.V. people & so of course, on my reality shows, I feel for all these people. Hence the pride but me thinking it odd because I don't even know her. Oh well.

Do y'all like that I did something different?? Does it matter how I write these?? Should I just write more?? I'm pretty sure I should just write more... Alrighty, well, that is everything & I'll see ya tomorrow for Workout Wednesday!!

"But I'm holding on for dear life, won't look down, won't open my eyes"
-Sia, "Chandelier"

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

August Shazam Tags

Hey y'all!
So for today's Music Monday, I decided to try something a little different. I'm always Shazaming & then never going back into my tags... What better way to keep track of what I've Shazamed then writing a blog post about it??
I thought it was a pretty good idea so I've decided it may become a thing. What you have to understand though is that my Shazam is gonna be pretty diverse... As I currently do not have my own car to drive myself around, I'm subjected to whatever music is played.
Obviously by the amount of the many tags I have on my phone, I'm not too bothered by this. Instead of me going on and on, lemme go ahead and list them out, shall I?
  1. "Chimes" by Hudson Mohawke (Shazamed twice)
  2. "Bailando (Dubbel Dutch Remix)" by Enrique Iglesias feat. Sean Paul & Gente de Zona
  3. "Break Free" by Ariana Grande feat. Zedd
  4. "Nights Like This" by Eli "Paperboy" Reed
  5. "Transcendence" by Lindsey Stirling
  6. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!
  7. "Girl On Fire" by Alicia Keys
  8. "Dumb" by Jazmine Sullivan feat. Meek Mill
  9. "Couldn't Get It Right" by Climax Blues Band (Shzamed twice)
  10. "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder
  11. "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" by Steely Dan
  12. "Wanted" by Hunter Hayes
  13. "Sun Shy" by Dresses
  14. "December 1963 (Oh What A Night)" by The Four Seasons
  15. "Jungle Love" by Steve Miller Band (Shazamed twice)
  16. "Die Another Day" by Madonna (from the Bond movie with Pierce Brosnan)
  17. "Two Hearts Breaking" by Jewel
  18. "Heard It All Before" by Sunshine Anderson
  19. "My Touch" by DJ Maze
  20. "Get Up Offa That Thing" by James Brown
  21. "Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On" by Funkadelic
  22. "Cool Kids" by Echosmith
  23. "Reelin' In The Years" by Steely Dan
  24. "Lido Shuffle" by Boz Scaggs
  25. "Babylon" by SZA feat. Kendrick Lamar
  26. "Maps" by Maroon 5
  27. "Cold As Ice" by Foreigner
  28. "A Sky Full of Stars" by Coldplay
  29. "Who Can It Be Now?" by Men At Work
  30. "Let Her Go" by Passenger
  31. "Happy Together" by The Turtles (Todd Terje Edit)
  32. "It's Too Late" by Carole King
  33. "Don't Bring Me Down" by Electric Light Orchestra
  34. "Say You Love Me" by Fleetwood Mac
  35. "I Got U" by Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones
Now, before you go all crazy on me for having some songs that I should definitely know the name and artist of just from the first few notes... I do know them, but I like to Shazam everything so I can go back and add the songs to one of my Spotify playlists.

Also, I'm not really sure why I have certain songs shazamed twice... Like I said earlier, at least I hope, I Shazam everything. This way, I hopefully never miss a song that may become a new favorite.

If you are interested in any of these songs, I made a playlist on my YouTube channel and it's entitled August Shazam Tags, the name of this post. I decided to just do this because one, I have a channel and it needs to actually be used and two, this is easier than finding individual links for every song.

I highly apologize for the lateness of this post... I try and write all my blog posts the Sunday before so that way I'm not rushing into anything. I also apologize for skipping out on Blogust. It was a crazy time for me y'all. Hopefully, I'm now back on track and back to posting!

I know I probably don't say this enough (or at all) but thank you for reading! Thanks for just checking me out or following me or whatever! It really means a lot to me, y'all. Even those pageviews. It's a pretty heady feeling :)


"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."
-Bob Marley