Archive | January, 2013

3 Songs I Want to Learn on Guitar

25 Jan

Confession: I’ve totally ignored my beautiful new guitar (and my public resolution) with a total of maaaaybe 10 minutes played since Christmas times. My hard-earned calluses are softening, my feeble memories of chords, fading. So to make my resolution more tangible, I’m picking 3 songs I’d like to learn on guitar before the end of the year (ok, if I learn 1 I get a gold star).

 Cliche Classic: Led Zeppelin – “Stairway to Heaven”

Let’s get this one out of the way, shall we? Isn’t this THE song that every budding guitarist tries to learn? Well, count me in. Even if it takes me 20 minutes to play that all-too-familiar intro, I will, someday.

 Token Slow Jam: Bon Iver – “Skinny Love”

Bon Iver graced Little Rock with their presence at the Riverfront amphitheater back in June. My favorite moment of the show? When it started pouring rain during Skinny Love. That was a transcendent rock’n’roll moment to remember. Will it resemble my labored picking in the living room? Probably not, but it’s worth a try!

 Peppy Sing-Along: She & Him – “Sentimental Heart”

Ok, if you actually listen to the words of the song, it’s not too peppy. But I love She & Him and their fun, throwback vibe and I happen to know all the words to this somehow vivacious breakup song. If this one happens to have bar chords (I’ll ask Prof. Ike), then I’ll just pick another. I also really love their cover of “I Should Have Known Better” which would check off the all-important Beatles/British Invasion category on my guitar-musts list.

Well folks, I’m off to have a busy (read: slightly hectic) weekend of baby showers, baking and, oh yeah, MOVING!! If you’re lucky, I’ll document how to add Oreo balls to your dessert arsenal. Until then, have fun!

Alexis Peters, Homeowner

18 Jan

That’s right! The big announcement you’ve all been waiting for: WE FINALLY BOUGHT A HOUSE! And yes, I want you all to address me as “Alexis, Awesome Homeowner”

We had to drive through HAIL (wink, wink) on Tuesday to get to the closing, but close we did, and we are now official property-owning grown-ups. Gotta say, it feels good.

It will feel even better to leave apartment living behind us on the 27th when we finally move in! I’ll keep you up to date on how filling our home up with pretty stuff goes, but for now I’ll share a few of the pictures from the listing.

The Front! This the outside. It is even prettier and quaint-er in real life. Don’t believe me? Come visit!

Kitchen! I’m super excited about having a non-galley kitchen! I have grand dreams of putting in granite counter tops, updating the floors and opening up the wall between the kitchen and the living room. But our first kitchen improvement is buying a refrigerator. I guess if I’m excited about that there’s no denying I’ve crossed the great divide into adulthood.

Dining Room! I think it will be nice to have a formal dining room. I already hope to host Thanksgiving 2013 in that very space. Probably need to buy a table first…

Living Room! I love that the WHOLE HOUSE has hardwood floors! But I think we’ll need to find a rug for the living room. And some sort of sectional. Wow, seems like I’ll switch straight from saving for a down payment to buying house stuff.

Music Room!

Plan on changing current “hunting room” to Ike’s music room. I’m sort of worried that I will never see him again after we move in.

Double Sinks!

I cannot wait to not share a sink with Ike. Between you and me, he always hogs the mirror.

Yard!

And finally, we keep telling Buster he’s getting a yard, but I don’t think the realization has really sunk in yet. He’s going to love playing fetch out there, and I’m going to enjoy that deck! Ike will finally have the space to develop his grilling skills.

How it feels to FINALLY be homeowners!

That is it! Have a wonderful weekend! That’s an order.

5 Reasons to Watch TV in 2013

11 Jan

As much as I enjoy reading, writing and conversing about the latest cultural news, I (admittedly) also love to turn my brain on a lower setting and just enjoy some good ol’ TV. Not just any TV, though. I try to only waste brain space for especially riveting or especially hilarious programming.

Here is my list of the 5 shows that may be worth not talking to your family during dinner for. By the way, I did my best to be as general as possible so NO SPOILERS.

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad

From the very first episode on, I’ve wondered “How far will Walt go?” After 4.5 seasons, I still don’t know. For those of you who haven’t tried it, you should. Don’t worry, the show doesn’t glorify meth cooking or melting people with chemicals, it demonstrates time and again that actions have consequences.

Bunheads

Bunheads

So what if Ike has dubbed Michelle (the charming lead character) Lorelai 2.0? I feel like Bunheads has filled the void that the charming Gilmore Girls left in my entertainment schedule. It captures the same small-town-full-of-quirky-people feel that GG did so well. I’m excited to see what happens next, and I prefer to call Michelle “the animated Lorelai who can also dance” aka totally different.

Parenthood

Parenthood

If you are behind in your crying schedule, please immediately start watching Parenthood until your tear ducts are cleansed. I will admit that I HATED the first few episodes. I thought it was overly dramatic and full of amoral people. It may still be that, but these are now MY overly dramatic, amoral friends. So watch it and just TRY not to fall in love with the Bravermans.

Downton Abbey

Downton Abby

I need my fix of English accents and will they/won’t they relationships stat. What this mesmerizing drama lacks in explosions, it makes up for in dramatic twists and turns. For a “talking show” (as my dad calls all period dramas), this one keeps me on the edge of my seat.

Arrested Development?/Community

Arrested Development

WHAT? Did I read that correctly? The long-standing rumor may just come true: Arrested Development is set to return this spring on Netflix. This wacky, silly and always laugh-out-loud show will (hopefully) release 12-15 episodes. And to tide me over on dramatic, over-the-top humor, I may just have to stay up to date on Community.

These suggestions will waste more than enough of your time. I even had to leave some interesting prospects (The Americans) and returning faves (Game of Thrones, despite the pervasive nakedness) off the list. I’ll leave that up to you to decide, it’s your brain to rot!

Have a good one! See ya next week.

Lucky 2013: Resolving to be Great

4 Jan

I hope you found the holidays relaxing, re-energizing and r…eally awesome. I had a wonderful week with the fam, and I’m ready to face another 365 days filled with who knows what.

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I’ve made and shared resolutions for the past 2 years, and I’ve had some great successes. I’m most thankful that I found a church home (yay Chenal Valley Church!) and found a job (woo hoo Dillard’s copywriter!).

And failures. I still HAVEN’T learned to sew and let’s face it: I still prefer a burger sans tomato.

This year, I tried to keep the my goals tangible, realistic, specific and not too trite. I mean, of course, I want to be more positive and more kind, but that’s not something I want to limit to this list. So just assume that I have lofty goals of interpersonal perfection and these are just my more physical aspirations. Deal?

Here are my official resolutions for the year of our Lord, 2013:

 1. Write 1 blog post per week.

That’s right! I like this outlet in my life. And by 1 per week, I mean every Friday you can expect a dazzling post from yours truly. And by every Friday, I mean most Fridays. I’d say 45-50 posts this year would be a success. Keep me accountable on this! (I’m looking at you, Amber.)

 2. Workout 3 times a week.

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To say the least, the great collision of February 16th, 2012 slowed my workout regimen. I mean it was a chore to eat a milk shake. But I want to get back into the swing of a more active lifestyle. With an after-work engagement almost every day (sorry, I can’t help that people like me) I need to workout in the mornings. Ugh. So that means that on Tuesdays and Thursdays I have to peel myself out of my warm, comfy bed at 5:30 am and hit the elliptical or treadmill at our complex. Throw in Saturday or Sunday and we’ve got 3 days a week. Wish me luck!

3. Keep the house neater.

I’m tired of the clean the house on the weekend and it’s gross on Wednesday cycle. The answer? Maintenance. I bet with as little as 15 minutes a day I could do it. And yes, my Netflix history proves that I must have a few spare moments each evening. I even broke this one down.

Part A: Kitchen

  • Don’t leave dishes in the sink
  • Wipe off counters

Part B: Clothes

  • Put them up, the love seat doesn’t count
  • Put up clothes right when they are dry. (So tempted to say yeah right, but I can try;)

Part C: Clutter

  • If things get cluttered, put on a good record and wage a 15 minute de-cluttering rampage.

4. Use my reusable grocery bags

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I got on this kick last year of buying a reusable grocery bag every time I went to the store. What have I done with them? So far, I’ve set them by my front door and NEVER used them. That ends the next time I go to the store. I hope.

5. Practice guitar 3 times a week.

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Ike, aka The BEST, surprised me with a guitar for Christmas. That leaves me with no excuses. I already kind of know Whole Wide World by Wreckless Eric. So what if it only has 2 chords!

6. Write down all the books I read.

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I already can’t remember what books I read this time last year. That’s not cool. I want my gold star for reading the great classics and cutting-edge best sellers. I can’t do that if I can’t remember what I read.

7. No-Watch Monday

I propose that one night a week, we say no to TV (even addicting guilty pleasures like Revenge, anyone? Just me, ok.), and focus on creative pursuits. Like blogging and reading for me, and songwriting for Ike.

8. Stay disciplined on daily Bible reading/study.

Last one, thanks for sticking with me. I want to make this a goal again because I’d say I did ok-ish on this goal in 2012. The bottom line: I could do better, and maybe by writing it down I will!

I’m resolving to be great in 2013. I’m excited to see what happens.