Month: February 2013

Just an FYI…

I’m getting married! Reggie popped the question last Friday, and I (obviously) said yes! So get ready for all of my stressed out blog posts in the near future… Here’s to an awesome engagement and a fun-filled planning season!

Musical Morsel: SPSV Jazz Tech ’06, “Teach Me Tonight”

I’m going back to my high school roots tomorrow night: I’ve signed up for a vocal jazz ensemble directed by my old high school choir director Kristy Juliano at Solano Community College. I’m super duper excited. So, in honor of my return to music, here’s a little musical morsel: my high school jazz choir’s a cappella rendition of “Teach Me Tonight,” performed at the Reno Jazz Festival at the University of Nevada, Reno (that’s me, second from the right!). Enjoy!

For Accountability’s Sake: Lenten Plans

For those who don’t know (and who care to know), I’m Catholic. And — since tomorrow is Ash Wednesday — it’s customary for us Catholics to give up and/or do something throughout Lent in preparation for Easter. So, for accountability’s sake (and because I’m the type of person who will stick to something if I convert it into a to-do) list, here is what I’m going to be giving up/doing over Lent: 1) Refrain from eating rice and junk food. 2) Pray the rosary when I’m tempted to consume the above. 3) Join Music Ministry at my parish. 4) Attend Mass at least one weekday every week. To my fellow Catholics and Christians: anyone have any Lenten plans? Share in the comments section!

Minute Musings: Another Year Older

I celebrated my birthday about a week ago. I just turned 23, and I can’t help but feel like I’m in an awkward stage of life. I talk to Reggie about this all the time, how I feel like I’m in some sort of limbo. And I suppose that’s appropriate for such an awkward age (I mean, what good thing supposedly happens at 23? Nothing.). I just feel like I’m a middle-aged woman trapped in a young woman’s body. I don’t think it helps that I’m an MBTI-certified Introvert (true to my type, I don’t like to hang out all hours of the night, and I don’t like making small talk with strangers). Or that I work with a bunch of women who are in different stages of life than I am: their priorities are different, more mature. When I’m surrounded by them for 40 hours a week, they make me feel like I’m about 40-something years old, happily married and with children waiting for me at home. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. But, …

A Brief Movie Review: “Warm Bodies”

After a long day of working at home, Reggie and I decided to treat ourselves to a Friday night at the movie theatre. Between prepping for the Oscars with “Zero Dark Thirty” and indulging in a good ol’ popcorn flick with zombies, we naturally chose the zombie movie. After all, what better way to prepare for the return of “The Walking Dead” this weekend than watch a zombified rom-com? Directed by Jonathan Levine, “Warm Bodies” tells the story of R, an uncharacteristically thoughtful and internally conflicted zombie (Nicholas Hoult) who collects trinkets, loves listening to records, and ultimately falls in love with an apocalypse survivor named Julie (Teresa Palmer). As their friendship blossoms, R ā€” and the rest of his undead companions ā€” begin to transform and get in touch with their human sides once again. Without a doubt, “Warm Bodies” (produced by Summit Entertainment) aims to be the “Twilight” for zombie lovers. Except it manages to make the ridiculous (and tired) human-girl-falls-in-love-with-non-human-boy plot into something endearing and overall entertaining. Hoult’s lovestruck running inner monologue …