Sunday, December 9, 2012

Acceptable Christmas songs

SO I have work today.
Which I don't mind.
Except that instead of the usual outdated pop music playlist,
Its the same five Christmas songs.

I feel like its an unpopular opinion, but I really don't like listening to Christmas music.

I mean, I like it if its playing in the background while decorating, or some other holiday task. But I don't get how people can just sit around and listen to Christmas Pandora!!

Here are my reasons:

1. You hear the same song too many times, just by different people

2. When people try and cover Christmas songs, they make an effort of trying to sound unique and different. They drag out words longer than the original, they belt out random words, they try to make it sound more, Im sorry. Frosty The Snowman will never sound  any cooler than it already does (no pun intended).

3. People start listening to Christmas music IN NOVEMBER. 
Im sorry I cant handle this monopoly of music for over a month!!

With all of that said...
There are some exceptions which I will gladly share:

Let Me Sleep- Pearl Jam
I would listen to this even if it wasn't a Christmas song. Love it. Love Pearl Jam.

Little St. Nick - Beach Boys
Gotta love the Beach Boys

Christmas In Hollis- RUN DMC
I love RUN DMC, and this is awesome.

Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
Always liked this haha

Hannukah Song - Adam Sandler
Not Christmas... but all three of these are hysterical

Jingle Bells - Barbara Streisand
I do not listen to Barbara Streisand.. But even I can admit she does a god job of this,
And its kind of really funny.

Merry Christmas (I dont want to fight tonight) - The Ramones
Lame video, good song. Love the Ramones.

You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
 I legitimately love this song lol, My favorite actual Christmas song.

Mele Kelikimaka - Bing Crosby
I love this, Hawaii Christmas sounds chill to me.

We Wish You A Reggae Christmas - Yellowman
This is ridiculous lol but i seriously love it

What Are You Doing New Years Eve? - Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Not Christmas... but I'm obsessed with both of them. And ukuleles. JGL couldn't get more adorable.

White Christmas - Red Hot Chili Peppers
LOL ok randomly after this show... last July... Chad Smith from RHCP, the drummer, sang White Christmas. Im sorry, they're just my favorite.

Happy Xmas, War is Over - John Lennon
Well, this song is great. And John Lennon died yesterday, 32 years ago. There will never be another like him, no talent will come close. The world should take a lesson.

Also, Happy Birthday to Jim Morrison yesterday!! He would have been 69!!

Merry Christmas!

Aesthetically Yours,

Monday, November 26, 2012

This post is my alternative to watching Finding Nemo.

So, I'm in my web design class right now.
We have a substitute, so we're watching Finding Nemo.

...Why is it that this is always the go-to movie when there is nothing to do in class?
I swear I have only ever watched this movie unwillingly.
 You'd think teachers would realize that a seventeen-year-old's humor is a little bit beyond
 "He touched the butt".

Just kidding. Someone just laughed at that..

I wonder if the kid behind me is reading over my shoulder.
If so;
Uh, hi. Stop reading over my shoulder.

Ugh I still have like 23 minutes left.

Then lunch.
Then Improv.
Then I go home.
and I'm being held up by Finding Nemo.

I would seriously hate to be a substitute.
Kids kinda  know they are just there for attendance, and that's fine, as long as the sub knows that too.
But then there are those subs that try and take charge and teach a class when they don't even know whats going on.

Wait a second haha, I forgot about the part in Finding Nemo where the fish in the fish tank and the pelican are watching the root canal and they keep using correct medical terms only a dentist would know. Hahaha that's really the only good part about this movie. And I love Ellen. And Australian accents.

I actually got yelled at by a substitute last week.
Before the bell rang, I came to class, dropped my stuff off, and went to the bathroom.
When I came back she was yelling at me about how 'I'm late' and 'I can't trick a veteran...'
Yeah ok seriously I wasn't even late, and if i have to use the bathroom I'm going to use the bathroom.
My teacher didn't even care lol.

But we do have one awesome sub.
My friends and I call him Shneebly.
Because he looks exactly like Ned Sneebly from School of Rock.
Not Jack Black. He's Dewey Finn.
I mean actual Ned Shneebly.

Whenever we see him, we're like "YEAHHHH SHNEEBLY!!"
And he just smiles like "hahah hey guysss"
Its so great.
Once we got him to play Improv games with us in class, he was awesome.
And one of my friends got him to do the super long hand shake from School of Rock!

 It was so sick hahaha.

Omg ok!
 Class is ending!
Talk to you soon!

Aesthetically Yours,

Friday, November 2, 2012

Sandy took away my Halloween and my Jersey shore.

Nobody thought it would be this bad.

I live on the mainland, I was lucky.
We lost power, heat, internet connection, and cell phone service for three days.
Trees came down, power lines came down, the only open stores were empty and dark.
Traffic lights were broken.
Without electricity, there were barely any gas stations open, with lines that extended endlessly.
Our town was trashed, like a warzone.

But we were lucky.
Towns barely miles away from us, near water, Long Beach Island especially, are destroyed.
Nobody is even allowed to go back there yet.
 Its flooded, like a town in the middle of the ocean.
Left people we know and love homeless and in worse situations than we can imagine.
Every shelter is filled.

But whats amazing is every single person I know is volunteering to help.
Everyone has put there own issues aside to do what they can to help those who really need it.
Today I went to a shelter to donate food and medicine, and helped transport food and clothes with my neighbor.
Its not alot, but since EVERYONE is doing a little bit, its making a huge difference.
Im so proud of everyone, thank you.

Its surreal seeing everywhere I grew up in destroyed
LBI and Seaside heights especially.
But we will restore them, I cant imagine not.

Its just weird, this isn't the kind of thing that happens to you.

Oh, and Chris Christie cancelled our Halloween in NJ. Postponed, actually, till Monday. I have work that night though. So cancelled for me. Oh well.

Aesthetically Yours,

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Here comes the story of the hurricane..

Im being attacked by hurricane Sandy!

Its actually not that bad here yet.

But OF COURSSEEE there would be a hurricane the first weekend I get my license.

Thats right.


I know, its insane.
The test was waaaay easier than I thought, once you get past the nervousness and stress.
Stress is overrated.

But I wouldnt be able to have passed without my mom teaching me to drive for six months, my Aunt Cindy teaching me how to parallel park and getting me ready for the test, and my cousin Jimmy fixing my car up multiple times. Thanks guys!

But driving alone is the coolest thing ever.

Well anyway, i hope everyone is safe from the hurricane!! Im inside where its safe, drinking hot chocolate, watching the Shining!

Ill let you know if the storm sucks up my house.

Aesthetically Yours,

Sunday, October 7, 2012

CAUTION: This blogpost may actually contain words.

Hey everyone!
I'm sorry I haven't been so present on here.
Since school has been back in full-swing, I haven't had time to sit around and write,
so I got away with pictures and captions for awhile.
I'm sorry.
You've been jipped.. I know.

I had some issues with word font and color on here,
and it was making my posts so hard to read, even though I changed it.
I don't know if it's totally fixed now, 
or if anyone cares, or reads this enough to.
But this is my attempt at a satisfactory font situation.

Well some excitement has happened!
I got my first real job, at a local retail chain store.
I don't know if it's bad to mention the name of it on here or not,
because of like company affiliation issues or something.. 
Actually I may have just completely made that up.
I won't say it either way, just to be safe.

It's so hard for a minor to get a job now.
I mean, Its hard for anyone to.
But now that more adults are looking for jobs that a minor might usually obtain,
employers would rather an experienced adult take the position.
I've been applying for jobs since I was fourteen, so I'm glad It finally worked out!
I've had TONS of volunteer jobs before, and I worked at a little league concession stand one season.
But this is cool, I like it.

I played guitar and sang live for the first time last weekend.


Haha I think it went well, I'm getting some positive feedback.
I played Brain Stew by Green Day.
It was for the music school that I take lessons at.
It was one of their concerts, for their student appreciation day,
I have two videos of it if you wanna see it...
The first one gives me trouble with skipping sometimes but the second one is low visual quality.
I don't know, try both hahah.
Hope you like it!
I'll be back soon, I promise.

Aesthetically Yours, 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


HEY so I painted my Doc Martenss!! I think they look kind of awesome! 

But they are steel toed... and are a huuge weight to carry around all day haha. surprised I didnt fall!!

Aestheticaly Yours, 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Artistic Saturdays

Artistic Saturdays.
What? That's not a thing?
Too bad, it is now.
Because I have no other reasonable purpose for grouping the particular brand of excitement I possess this morning.

First order of business.
I don't even know what to do with this much ecstaticness.
It's got me making up words (see ecstaticness).

Personally, I think they are MILES away from the original I'm With You songs. 
Way more creative and well developed. I've been so obsessed with Long Progression!
I apologize If you read this and do not care for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
My rant is almost over.
Well, it's not a rant if I'm not angry...
Can I coin a new term for a 'happy rant'?
A hant? A rappy?
....I'll work on it.

Ok I PROMISE this is the last thing that has to do with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, or music even!
John Frusciante was the best guitarist RHCP ever had, and I love his solo music too, just not his new electronic stuff.
But this song,
Its weird...but so good...
Central by John Frusciante! ->>
You might not like it, but you can't deny how unbelievably talented he is.

I'm taking an art class this year.
I'm so excited.
I haven had an actual art class in years.
My first project is a sketch of a head shot of Anthony Kiedis (shocker).
But this got me thinking of my favorite artists, favorite pieces.

Keith Haring is one of my favorites
I just love EVERYTHING he did.
Wasn't always the most complex, but it always had character and a purpose.

I also love Andy Warhol.
He was so...weird.
I love weird.
I love the sixties.

Here's a weird guy.
Erwin Wurm.
He does these things called one minute sculptures, with people. 
They sit in interesting situations for a minute, and then walk away.
Then the sculpture is gone forever.

This video might give you a better idea..

Another artist I love is Andrew Wyeth.
His art is really haunting, which I think is cool.

And to wrap up today, my favorite painting, since I was little.

Bridge Over A Pond Of Water Lilies, by Claude Monet.
It's the kind of place that you wish you could go to.
ACTUALLY, I've been there.
sort of.

New Jersey has a beautiful sculpture garden called Grounds For Sculpture.
Its one of my favorite places EVER.
They recreate TONS of famous paintings
Including Monet's bridge.

That's all I have for you today.
Keep it classy.

Aesthetically Yours, 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Senior year... ohh my.

So today was the first day of school.

There's not really much to say, except it's weird being a senior. Its weird that my brother's a freshman, it's weird that my graduated friends are gone, and it's weird that it's not summer.

But I'll get over all that.
It was cool seeing my friends, and all of my teachers seem laid back and easygoing.
And here are my thoughts about underclassmen:
Half of them are overconfident, and half of them are scared out of their minds.
I was somewhere in the middle, a little nerdy but somewhat angsty, antisocial, and still looking like I was twelve. If you described my life and what im like now to 14 year old me, I don't think I'd believe it.
So to underclassmen, I'd say just hang in there. Upperclassmen don't seem like they have a lot of patience for you, but you'll come into yourself soon.

Oh, and I feel like underclass years are full of pressure to be just like everyone else.
Don't do that.
Find you.

I did that, once I decided that I didn't care for peoples judgement.
I hung out with who made me happy, I expanded my musical tastes, I thrift shopped, I gained 58 band shirts, I ditched the boring name brand t shirts, I ditched the heavy racoonish bottom lid eyeliner, I got bangs like Joey Ramone and pushed them over, I learned guitar, I became fluent in the art of improv, I drew more.
And you know what?
I love who I am.
And you know what else?
So do other people. 
I've learned that a lot of respect comes from being yourself, as cliche as that sounds.

Here's the process... oh my..
A photo timeline of me from eight grade to now... hahaha 
"What a long strange trip its been!"
 Anyone catch that Grateful Dead quote? No? Ok.

Well, should be a fun year!

You know, if I actually survive!!! My area has been receiving extreme threat flash flood and tornado text alerts for the past few days! Hopefully it passes, I'm tired of them waking me up at night!

Aesthetically Yours,

Friday, August 31, 2012

My Favorite Moments of Live Music.


Its my favorite thing in the world. Some people don't understand it. Everyone likes music... but few people can understand the greatness of it, you know? Like a good song comes on, and you're lost. It gives you the chills. These are people who understand that music isn't "a catchy beat you can dance to", it's this beautiful transfer of energy. This is why I can't stand top 40 pop music. People just like that because everyone else does and you can dance to it, but its mindless garbage. You have to find what kind of music speaks to you and moves you like nothing else. For me, that's rock music. Classic, grunge, jam bands, some folk, reggae, ska.. I love it all. But all of these overwhelming feelings I have about the music I  love is MULTIPLIED when the music is seen live. Here, I wrote this right after I saw my favorite band live.

But there is some live music that is so powerful that you don't need to have been there to understand how great it was!! Here are some of my FAVORITE live versions of songs, ever.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Don't Forget Me - Live at Slane Castle - 2003
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are my favorite band in the world. I love EVERYTHING about them. And this song, from Slane Castle in 2003, its seriously amazing. The song just swallows you as soon as it starts. And Chad, Flea, John, and Anthony were all SPOT ON that night. It's perfect.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge Live Acoustic - 1991

Ok so John Frusciante was INSANE during this, but Anthony was way flat haha. But I dont even care. This whole video I'm just like ohhh my gosh I want to BE there. They just look so peaceful and wrapped up in the music, like they have nothing better to do than play that song right now. I can't even express how excited I am for the rest of the Chili Pepper's 18 new b-sides to come out this year.

Pearl Jam - Black - MTV Unplugged - 1992
This is without a doubt my favorite live version of any song ever. As soon as this second verse starts, a wave of anger mixed with pain washes over Eddie Vedder, and you can tell. He hits these sick high notes and starts shouting ad-libbed lyrics. The first timeI saw Pearl Jam on MTV Unplugged, I knew this song was something great, and I talked about it every time I heard the album version. Then, last year, PJ20 (the Pearl Jam 20 year anniversary documentary) came out, and the movie mentioned how amazing it was too! Apparently MTV told them it was one of the best Unplugged performances ever. Rightly so - To me, Eddie Vedder's singing voice is the best in the world.

Nirvana - Where Did You Sleep Last Night? - MTV Unplugged - 1993

Speaking of MTV Unplugged, Nirvana was my favorite band to have been on it. Every song done on that show was just so awesome. What a great album that came out of it. This song was originally by early 20th century blues singer, Lead Belly. But Nirvana's version is glorious. Kurt stays calm the whole song, except for the last verse. He sings the last verse in that unique voice he had, that sounds like he's gargling shards of glass, but still sounds like it's coming from an angel. That might sound terrible if you aren't a fan of Nirvana.. but trust me, it's great!

The Doors - Touch Me - Smothers Bros. Comedy Hour Performance - 1968

Keeping with the topic of television performances, this video is what made me become obsessed with The Doors. Just look at Jim, he's amazing, and his voice is like molasses! They will always be one of my favorite bands.

The Doors - Light My Fire - The Ed Sullivan Show - 1967
Haha okay I had to include this. This is when The Doors were banned from the Ed Sullivan show because Jim Morrison sang "girl we couldn't get much higher" on live TV when he said he wouldn't. Gotta love that guy hahaha

Sublime (Feat. Gwen Stefani) - Saw Red

I don't know the details of this concert, I would guess its around 1995, but man, isn't this just the sickest thing? Sublime had the coolest music, such a great band, and Bradley's voice was flawless. And this, in my opinion, was Gwen Stefani's prime. The early No Doubt days were golden. I love her freaky over  vibrato-ed voice form that time. I wish she never went solo, and I hope there is good things to come out of No Doubt's new album Push and Shove. Needless to say, this song is Ska gold.

Led Zeppelin - Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - 1968

Watch this, and then pick your jaw back up off the ground. Such a powerful and beautiful song, I cant even handle it. And Robert Plant's voice is PERFECT live.

The Grateful Dead - Throwing Stones - 1987
So yeah... Bobby Weir is wearing a Madonna shirt and short shorts...but I dont care. This is one of my favorite Grateful Dead songs, and anybody knows that The Grateful Dead are best live! And Jerry Garcia is so happy in all his 9 and a half fingered glory!

The Who - My Generation - Woodstock - 1969
Here is my favorite song by The Who, at the ever glorious Woodstock festival. I think the stuttering in this song is GENIUS. Its like, adolescent/young people are so defiant in being heard, but they are still young and inexperienced and have difficulty getting the words out maturely. ( I shouldn't be saying they, I should be saying we...)

Well there is TONS more I could share, but I put a lot of thought into this and it kind of took me all day.

Now I'm about to go parallel parking with my aunt....wish me luck!!

Aesthetically yours,

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I made some shoes today, ohhh boyyy.

Was anyone else amused by that Beatles reference in the title? John Lennon, A Day In The Life? No? Just me? Ok, understandable.

Well these are the shoes I made yesterday! Here is how they started:
Cool right?
I got the idea from these boots, from Luxury Jones.
I saw my favorite youtube vlogger grav3yardgirl had them, and I wanted them too! Now, I don't know if anyone has random, never worn boots lying around like me... but I'll show you how I made them anyway,
The boots were hand-me-downs that I never wore even though I've had them for years. I got the fabric from a tie dye tapestry I had two of the same of. So i cut the tapestry into strips about two inches thick and wrapped it around the boot.  I cut them wide and sloppily to give it a rough look. It looks cooler if the straps overlap and fold over. Then I did a rough stitch along the edges of the strips of fabric. The boot was too thick to sew through, but the fabric will hold itself there if sewn together. I am less then mediocre at sewing, but it really doesnt matter with this!
Once that was done, I just took two similar old belts and wrapped them around the shoe a few times.

Yeah they are a little out there... but I think they turned out cool!
I had a very successful thrift shopping trip today, I'll try to have a post on that up tomorrow!
Aesthetically yours,

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Out on the road today, I saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac.

Just thought it was uncanny how this song fits into this time of year. It's still summer until September 6th, but the season is slipping through my fingers and I can't stop it! Just two weeks until i'm a senior.. oh my. Anyway, this is a great song (also, there's a Deadhead sticker on my car hahahaha)!

The Boys of Summer - 
Don Henley
Nobody on the road 
Nobody on the beach 
I feel it in the air 
The summer's out of reach 

Empty lake, empty streets 
The sun goes down alone 
I'm driving by your house 
Though I know you're not home 

But I can see you 
Your brown skin shining in the sun 
You got your hair combed back and your 
Sunglasses on baby 
I can tell you my love for you will still be strong 
After the boys of summer, have gone 

I never will forget those nights 
I wonder if it was a dream 
Remember how you made me crazy 
Remember how I made you scream 
Now I don't understand 
What happened to our love 
But babe I'm gonna get you back 
I'm gonna show you what I'm made of 

I can see you 
Your brown skin shining in the sun 
I see you walking real slow 
Smiling at everyone 
I can tell you my love for you will still be strong 
After the boys of summer, have gone 

Out on the road today 
I saw a deadhead sticker on a cadillac 
A little voice inside my head said: 
"Don't look back, you can never look back" 
I thought I knew what love was 
What did I know? 
Those days are gone forever 
I should just let them go but, 

I can see you 
Your brown skin shining in the sun 
You got the top pulled down 
Radio on baby 
I can tell you my love for you will still be strong 
After the boys of summer have gone 

I can see you 
Your brown skin shining in the sun 
You got your hair slicked back and those 
Wayfarers on, baby 
I can tell you my love for you will still be strong 
After the boys of summer, have gone

Enjoy the last of summer while it's here!!

Aesthetically Yours,

Friday, August 17, 2012

Hershey Park 2012!!

My brother, Brody and I in the boardwalk water park section of Hershey Park

So I have been absent for too long on this blog, but I have good reason! 

From Tuesday to this morning, My dad, brothers and I were in Hershey Park, Pennsylvania!
It was so much fun, great weather and lots to do. We stayed at the Hershey Lodge, which had five restaurants, two outdoor pools, one indoor pool, three arcades, mini golf, tennis courts, and basketball courts, so there was tons to do. And it was huge! I'm not lying when I say  I got LOCKED OUT OF MY ROOM AND LOST FOR OVER AN HOUR. That was a tiring day lol.

But we also went to Hershey Park and Chocolate World. It was great.. and I hope I don't have any cavities... just kidding, I really didn't eat a lot of chocolate. I just went to the dentist last week haahaha.

So anyway,  I thought I'd share some pictures!

 Here is me and Brody (he's nine) in the first five minutes we got in our hotel room.. he was obsessing over the light switch in the bed lol:)

Here is Brody and my dad during dinner on the first night!

This is Kieran (He's fourteen) and he doesnt know I took this hahahah. We were outside our hotel room.

Brody at the pool, he's so photogenic!

 See what I mean?


 Here is me waiting by myself for everyone to get off of a rollercoaster.. I got a few looks for taking 
pictures of myself... whatever...

This is them looking for me after the rollercoaster... looks like they mean business hahah

 Brody testing out a rollercoaster seat.. after this he asked "So what does it do..?"

 Here's me and my dad

 Here's another, please ignore my odd face and horrible pool hair hahahah

 Me and Kieran

 Brody, bein' all photogenic again..

 Me on this random playground that no kids were on, so we all took photos on it!

 HA! I love this. This was at the Chocolate World, where we were making candy bars.

 Hairnets are fun...

 A lot of fun... lol!! I dont know why we had to wear these, we were never in contact with the chocolate, just touch screens.

 Brody watching his chocolate bar being made through the factory.

 Oh my, I know this is horrible but I kind of love it hahaa! I think I was laughing or something..

And here is my dad and Brody last night before dinner, when we couldnt go to our hotel room because the housekeeper didn't even get there until 5:30  PM!! Insanity..

And me after mini golf!

Well that was our trip! I'll keep y'all updated on the rest of the summer. Happy Friday!

Aesthetically Yours,