Archive | December, 2012

2012 Odds & Ends

21 Dec

I’ve got good news and bad news.

Bad news: This is my last post of 2012.

Good news: I plan to resolve to keep blogging weekly in 2013! And writing promises in a blog post is basically like tattooing it on my…heart. (Mark your calendars for my resolution post on January 4th! No really, mark them. I’ll wait until you’re done.)

Moving on! Because you’re important to me, I’ve made a quick agenda for our time together. Really, it’s just a random list of my last electronic thoughts for the year, but that whole “I care about you thing” is nice to hear, huh?

Item 1: Don’t do anything until you listen to this song by none other than my favorite (and the world’s cutest) songwriter, Ike Peters. “Christmas Time is Here” is a happy little tune that keeps on giving, buy it and all proceeds go to Heifer International.

Item 2: Be excited for some jubilant news from the Peters fam on or around January 15th. I don’t want to jinx it, so I can’t give details just yet. Here’s one hint: it’s bigger than a bread box.

Item 3: Another Ike-related tidbit (isn’t he the cutest??): check out The Coasts’ Daytrotter session here. For the die hard fans out there (mom…), 10 bonus points to the person who names the song Ike messed up the lyrics to. You can exchange your bonus points for a hug once you get 100, so the stakes are HIGH!

DayTrotter

Item 4: I get to test my maturity skills this season. The challenge? Don’t complain ONCE while working Christmas Eve.

To ready myself for the task, Ike and I are planning an epic date night on Saturday. Thanks to our kind family and friends, we’ve got gift cards to fund a movie and Starbucks date. We may also splurge and check out Little Rock’s latest hot spot (literally – it always has over an hour wait), Local Lime. And who knows, we could finish out the night with Christmas lights seeing and snuggling. Best. Date. Ever.

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Item 5: I can’t wait until Christmas!! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and I’ll see you back here in Jan 2013.

The Coasts: Best Stocking Stuffer Ever

14 Dec

Tired of the hustle and bustle of the season? The gridlocked parking lots, the lady with a million things in the Target check-out line and the general insanity of the inevitable Hobby Lobby trip? What if I told you I told you that the search for THE stocking stuffer is over?

For all you waiting with bated breath I offer you this: Santa Fe, The Coasts new EP. If you haven’t heard of them, just remember this: they are the best thing to happen to music since your last favorite band.

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For a digital copy you can buy it…

Here: Bandcamp

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Here: AmazonAmazon

or Here: iTunesiTunes

Then just stuff your favorite friend/cousin/sibling’s stocking with a sharpie-decorated burned CD, stand back and wait for the hug.

For those of you don’t want the joy to end with December 25th, I have some amazing news.

You can purchase a limited-edition CD or, as I like to think of it, a part of rock-n-roll history. With your $8 purchase you get a digital download AND a copy of The Coasts’ first tangible release (set to ship January 10). As always, a portion of every Coasts purchase goes toward hopeforhaitischildren.org. And as a bonus you get to keep checking your mailbox in January for the best gift you could ever give yourself — great tunes.

Dying for more? Watch The Coasts FB page for updates on their Daytrotter session AND and (can you believe there’s more???) an upcoming fun merch giveaway.

Have a great weekend!

2012: 3 (Totally Awesome) Things I’ve Learned This Year

7 Dec

2012 has been a weird year. We got in a car crash, Ike lost his job (and found another, thankfully), and (to end on another high note), we are finally, finally house hunting. As the year winds down, I want to take a minute to focus on what I’ve learned.

Like all great speeches/sermons/marketing blog posts, I came up with 3 astounding points that start with the same letter. You’re welcome! Feel free to make flash cards on Alexis’ 3 Ps.

1. Plans are impossible

On February 16th, fate crossed the centerline and hit us head on. By fate, I mean a guy and his black camaro. I spent scary/long month in the hospital, and had 2 major surgeries (woo hoo!)

I had no idea what was in store for me, and I don’t know what will happen tomorrow. I don’t say this in a morbid way, but in a I-can’t-control-things-so-I-better-not-worry sort of way.

Does this mean I still don’t try to plan things months/years in advance? Nope, the planner in me dies hard. But I’ve learned (little by little) to not be so let down if things don’t work out. I can make an outline, but I know that it isn’t the ONLY way for me to be happy. And with that realization, as if waving a dragon-heartstring wand, I am happier.

2. People are important

It’s not like I didn’t know this, I promise. But somehow, I think I had forgotten (and still do) how wonderful other people can be. Confession: I can get easily annoyed by people’s quirks — close talking, shifty eyes, clammy hands — and substitute those tiny facets for their whole substance.

But every day while I was in the hospital, I was surprised and comforted by a kind word, gift or time given to me. I have learned to try to give people the benefit of the doubt, to loosen up on harsh judgments and to stop being too quick to create distance.

3. Priorities have changed (sorry couldn’t think of a final “i” word)

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I’ve been struggling with this one lately. There have been some changes at work, and those changes have consumed a lot of my thoughts for the last couple months. But I need to step back, take a breath and be thankful. Thankful to walk around without hurting anymore, to feel like myself, to even have a chance to be myself again.

Heavy, I know. But I need to remember what’s important. In the end, even what I do for 40 hours a week is far less important than eternity or on a smaller scale, what good I can do here. So I am focusing on what I can be thankful for and what I can do for others instead of being fixated on the couple details I’d change in my day-to-day life.

Ok, lesson over. Hope you took notes, there’ll be a pop quiz next week. (Not! Gotcha!) Actually, stay tuned for updates on The Coasts! Exciting things are happening, my friends.