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One of my best friends from grad school is in town for two days, so naturally, we are spending both days together.  Man, seeing her in person made me realize that I miss her much more than I thought I did.  We talk everyday, but it’s not the same.  For 3 years, we lived three minutes from each other so our days were always filled with spontaneous coffee runs, mall crawls, dessert hunts, and you know…everything but studying.  Anyway, she’s one of the biggest reasons why I want to move to Texas.  It’s actually pretty funny because T. wants to move to Texas for the same reason.  His best friend just moved there last year and he hasn’t stop talking about moving to Texas ever since.  I mean, T. and I are each other’s “other half” …but our other other halves are both in Texas.  Let’s face it, Texas and I are just meant to be.  I still ♥ New York.  Just not that much.

Ok, onto less sappier subjects.  While riding out to meet her yesterday, I stumbled upon my old gym music playlists.  Do you guys have gym playlists of your own?  I’ve stopped going to the gym ever since I moved back to the city, where gym memberships costs $800 annually on the cheap side. Danggit, New York Sports Club.  My mom has been hinting that she’s going to get me a gym membership as a birthday present this year, which I mean, I’m not sure if I should be pleased by her overwhelming generosity or annoyed that she is pressuring me again to lose weight.  But hey, if it means I can get back on the elliptical and do yoga classes again, I’m in!

I want to update my playlists in preparation.  I generally have two: one for when I do strength-training and one when I do cardio/running.  Most of my songs are old, although I did add a recent Big Sean one.  What songs do you listen to while you exercise?  Share yours with me and help me build my list!  I won’t pay you though – or here, I’ll pay you in high-fives.  This is what I have so far: Read More

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So before yesterday’s post, I have been gone for a hot minute.  (I’ve always wanted to use that phrase, you don’t know how accomplished I feel right now.)  Things got really busy around Thanksgiving, which overlaps with my grandpa’s birthday; he’s 81!  Thanksgiving was awesome.  My family and I had a huge dinner over an in-depth conversation on World War II.  We all like history in our house, but different time periods.  My dad and grandpa are obsessed with World War II and I’m all about Ancient Civilizations.  Oh well, I make do.

But with how busy and chaotic it got around here, guess what I still made time for?  THE WALKING DEAD MID-SEASON FINALE, of course!  Ok, let us all pause for a moment of silence.  It’s been more than a week and I’m still not over it…I didn’t think I’d be hit this hard, but yes, waterworks happened, screaming happened, followed by a prolonged feeling of numbness.  Alright, I’ll stop being dramatic but it was a big deal!  If you watched that episode, you know what I’m talking about.

Anyway, now that we have a long and unwanted break from new episodes, I thought it would be a great time to do a TWD Tag.  Dora @ notyourrolemodel (except she is) helped me with a few questions and now I present to you:

The Walking Dead Tag

1. Walkers, Lurkers, Biters, Lame-brains, Geeks, or Rotters, which is it?
2. You just woke up to a zombie apocalypse.  What is your weapon of choice?
3. Now that you have your weapon, choose your partner.  Who will it be?
4. Location is everything, where will your camp be?
5. Who is dead that you wish were still alive?
6. Who is alive that you wish were dead?
7. Which character is the most evil of all time?
8. If you had a baby during an apocalypse, which character would you put in charge to care for your child?
9. Hey leader, your call: the needs of your loved ones or the needs of many?
10. What’s the biggest lesson TWD taught you about surviving a zombie apocalypse?

I’M TAGGING: Very Bangled, NotYourRoleModel, and anyone out there who is a TWD fan.  Do it!  Tag yourself, tag your friends, tag someone.  Feel free to copy all the questions into a post of your own or just comment below with your answers.  And feel free to use as much TWD gifs as you want.  Spread the TWD love!

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Pandora Hearts is a short, 25-episode series based on a manga written an illustrated by Jun Mochizuki.  I really looked forward to watching this show after reading about its premise and seeing that it contained a lot of Alice in Wonderland imagery.  Despite its popularity, I found it to be severely lacking for several reasons.  Keep in mind that I have only watched the anime and am basing my review on such; I’m sure (or at least, greatly hope) that the manga is much, much better.  Watch out for spoilers below!

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RATING: 5/10

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Let’s talk TWD; let’s talk Crossed.  It was a complete visual buffet, wasn’t it?  We got to follow along with Rick’s group, Abraham’s group, and Beth’s “group.”  While we got teased a bit on what happened with each group, just like a buffet, we didn’t get a complete satisfactory resolution.  Rick’s group still has not rescued Beth’s group; Abraham’s group is still stuck on the middle of the highway; and Beth’s group is still at the hospital.  But guess what?  I still loved this episode mainly because I’m just so proud of all the characters and with how far they’ve come along.  Seriously, I feel like a momma bird watching her little birdies fly.  Watch out for spoilers!

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Here is a brief summary on who I’m proud of and why:

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I hope all of you are having a warm and toasty weekend.  I’m here in my snuggie, bopping to some Christmas songs …yes, it’s that time of the year already!  I have been watching quite a lot of television lately (thanks to à la Netflix), and one of the shows I’ve been watching is Chopped.  Does anyone else here watch Food Network shows?  Am I the only guilty one here?

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In each show, four different contestants are each given a mystery basket of ingredients to work with. Their task is to create a dish incorporating all of the ingredients given to them while using other ingredients from the fridge or pantry as they like.  The challenge in the first round is to create an appetizer within 20 minutes.  The challenge in the second round is to create an entree within 30 minutes.  And the challenge in the last round is to create a dessert item within 30 minutes.  So far, I am enjoying the first season and am sometimes envious of the judges for getting to try such great food.  There are some factors though, that make me thankful I’m not a judge on this show.

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Noragami is a very short anime series consisting of only 12 episodes and 2 OVAs (manga ongoing).  I started watching this series at Sunite’s (@ Daily Anime Art) recommendation and was instantaneously hooked.  I rarely come across anime shows where I’m instantly impressed from the first episode, so this was definitely a welcomed surprised.

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RATING: 7/10

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An anime show that I have been itching to watch and write about is Kill la Kill, a 24-episode long series that follows the life of Ryuko Matoi as she strives to avenge the death of her father.  Been done to death, you say?  Well let me tell you something buddy, it’s never been done with fashion and aliens.  The exaggerated forms of violence, crude displays of gore, and high levels of near nudity reminded me of Danganronpa, an anime I watched last year that followed the Battle Royale theme. But Honnouji Academy is not your typical kill-or-be-killed setting; no, its design is much more magnificent.  Now that I have finished watching all of the episodes, there are some things I want to talk about.  Watch out, spoilers ahead!

“If there is any show that can make you want to rip off all your clothes and run around in all your naked (and free) glory, this one is it!”

RATING: 7/10

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I haven’t developed a crush in so long that I thought there was something wrong with me. But no, the reality was that there was something wrong with all men but one: they’re not this guy. I would give up a burger for him; now that’s serious.  I’ve been dreaming of a true love’s kiss…

I don’t post about music as much as I probably should, and I’m hoping to change that by sharing with you what I am currently listening to (and loving) every month.  I do keep up with the Top 100, but a lot of the music I will be sharing will most likely come from stuff deep in my music library – a.k.a. old stuff.  I have been very careful not to institute scheduled postings on this blog because my life have been on quite an erratic schedule lately.  But I do hope to try this monthly thing out and do what I always do – hope for the best.

My plan is to share with you the top 5 songs, listed in no particular order, that I am currently listening to or am loving on a monthly basis.  With each song, I will include a “Lyrical Highlight,” in which I will share a sentence or two from the song that I found particularly interesting or that I really enjoyed.  Of course for instrumentals lacking vocals, there will be no lyrical highlights.  Anyway, let’s get started.

Monthly Listenings, October 2014 Ed.

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