Feeling very Ziggy Stardust today…
Feeling very Ziggy Stardust today…
Today I popped into one of my favorite coffee shops in Asheville, Double D’s Coffee & Desserts! If you’re ever wandering through the streets of Downtown you can’t miss this, mainly because it’s a bright red double-decker bus parked in a patio.
Besides its iconic English face, I love the bus’s whimsical inside decor and the upstairs windows that are perfect for people watching. Another cool perk? The coffee beans and syrups are local. My favorite is the dirty chai!
Double D’s is such a neat place to hang out, sip on a drink, and watch the world go bye. Next time I go I’ll remember to charge my phone beforehand so it doesn’t die mid photo shoot, haha!
I’ve only had Spotify for a few weeks now, but I’ve already fallen in love with the ready made playlists! The “Pop Punk’s Not Dead” playlist is a recent discovery. It’s so great! A perfect blend of older pop punk and newer bands I’d never heard of before. It reminds me of pairing your fave pair of worn jeans with a new top and suddenly falling in love with your entire wardrobe all over again, no? Just a me thing? Okay. Anyways, here’s my playlist for the week! Enjoy!
I work as a lifeguard at a resort. Each weekday morning I open the pool half an hour early for a water aerobics class attended by elderly women from the surrounding neighborhood. Today was no different. I opened the gate, set out freshly rolled towels, opened umbrellas, and turned on the speaker. However, there was one thing out of place: someone had left a large beach ball in our lost and found bin.
One of the Aquafit ladies found the ball and tossed it to her friend in the pool. A game of volleyball, held between five seventy to eighty year old women, commenced. Never before had I seen such joy on their faces, even though the game was more of chasing after bad passes and missed catches than anything else. But, after all, isn’t most of child’s play chasing after things?
Children are so good at running after whatever captivates them in a singular moment in time. Adults are much more focused on details, plans, and long term consequences. We tend to get so wrapped up in things that we live in the future rather than the here and now. Visually, this can be represented by samples of Picasso’s work.
It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. – Pablo Picasso
How to be “younger”? Be more here and now. Focus on how you feel, what you want, what joy the next five minutes can bring you. Better yet, can you make someone else’s day better in the next five minutes? Live in the present more often and you’ll find yourself to be living a more youthful life.
Okay, so, confession time…I’m in love with “Badlands” by Halsey. I’d give you the entire album as a playlist but unfortunately not everyone has that same “I will listen to this on repeat until I die” mentality. So if you don’t do anything else this week, do me a favor and at least go listen to “Colors” off that album, will ya? Thanks, you’re a doll.
Today’s playlist is short and sweet…probably because I’m working a long shift every day this week and won’t have time to enjoy the music I’ve put together before crashing! But hey, at least y’all will get to rock out for a good half hour!
Intention — Kiiara
All My Friends — Snakehips, Tinashe, Chance the Rapper
Clear ft. Monthica — Pusher
Colors — Halsey
No Money — Galantis
Summer 2016 has plenty of popular books ready for you to stow away in your suitcase or sling in your backpack for time spent at any vacation spot. Here’s what’s hot now so you can read it before everyone else spoils the ending.
What better way to start off summer than with a romance novel. Another perk? The book is about to become a movie, so read it before hitting up the big screen! If you’re looking for a tale of romance and adventure, look no further.
Reading the reviews of this book (because I’ve yet to read the novel, sadly) I’m sincerely reminded of the movie Up. Ove is a cranky old grandpa, somewhat like Carl from the Disney flick. One afternoon a young, energetic family moves in next door and crushes his mailbox. And thus, the plot line is born. I’m looking forward to picking up this book as soon as I can; it’s bound to be a charming read!
milk and honey is a book of poetry and prose about survival and the loss of femininity. Broken up into four chapters, each part deals with a different type of pain and heartache but instead of focusing on the bad author Rupi Kapur manages to find points of joy and resolution.
Will the world ever get it’s fill of Harry Potter? And for that matter, his children? I don’t think so. Or at least I never will. Follow Albus Potter on a new, magical adventure in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
I just started reading this book and I’m already bawling; happy tears, sad tears, the whole shebang. When Breath Becomes Air is a touching memoir about both death and life. Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer at the age of 36, during the height of his career as a neurosurgeon and the beginning of his life as a father. His memoir grapples with living life day to day because the future isn’t a given, what makes life worth living, and other hard questions that presented themselves during the last stages of Kalanithi’s life.
What are you reading this summer?
The Island of the Blue Dolphins!
I can’t tell you how many times I read this book as a kid, either for my own enjoyment or for a class requirement.
The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell is a tale of adventure that starts when a young Indian girl named Karana gets left behind on an island when her people leave with a ground of white sailors. She must learn to fend for herself, fight off predators, and keep herself company. Nearly two decades pass before another ship docks at Karana’s island. This ship takes her to Stanta Barbara, California, where she learns to live a new life.
In Star Sand by Roger Pulvers, a young Japanese-American girl named Hiroumi is abandoned by her family in Japan when World War II comes to the islands. Alone, she makes her way to the island of Hatoma, where she fends for herself. While wandering the beach one day Hiroumi finds an American solider in a tattered uniform. He is obviously in distress. When she goes to assist him, a Japanese deserter comes to her aid, helping her carry the American to a nearby cave. In the cave both the Japanese and the American deserters live, with the help of Hiroumi.
I won’t spoil anything for you, but the reason these books are so similar is because of how each book ends.