Steal My Girl

My new Song of the Moment… This one just released today!

Song: Steal My Girl
Artist: One Direction
Album: FOUR
Source: Bought on iTunes via FOUR (Deluxe Version) preorder

Favorite Lyrics:
She’s been my queen since we were sixteen
We want the same things, we dream the same dreams, alright, alright
I got it all cause she is the one
Her mom calls me love, her dad calls me son, alright, alright
I know, I know, I know for sure

I got up this morning for school and looked in the Purchased section of my iTunes library for One Direction’s newest single. I preordered their album and knew that Steal My Girl would download automatically today when it released. Alas, it didn’t release until I was in the middle of AP Psychology (not that I was checking or anything) and I listened to it for the first time after lunch. I kid you not, I almost cried in the middle of class when I heard it (we had a sub and were allowed to study). I wanted to dance and sing and laugh like a maniac because One Direction does that to me. I think the lyrics are so sweet, and I knew I would love the tune since listening to the nineteen second preview that was released by the band last week. I’ll be listening to this on repeat until my boys release their next single!

iTunes | Lyrics | Audio

Kick-Start to Hockey

Tonight was the first game for the Tampa Bay Lightning since the team was swept by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The game was at home, at the newly renamed Amalie Arena, against the Nashville Predators. It was the 2015 Preseason Home Opener for the Lightning, and they did not disappoint the rather small but enthusiastic crowd of fans that gathered on a Tuesday night. The final score was 4-2, with the Lightning scoring one goal in the first period and three goals in the third. My dad and I left after the second period when the game was 2-1 Predators because he has to get up really early tomorrow morning. 26 seconds before the end of the second period, a linesman was badly injured, so the final seconds were postponed to the start of the third period. There were only five or so players who played with the Lightning last year on the ice tonight, and one of the rookies got into a massive (and totally awesome) fight with a Predators player. That was definitely one of the highlights for me. And it was also great to see Andrei Vasilevsky in goal.


In other hockey news, the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-0 and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0. Poor Steve Mason.

I can’t wait for hockey season to get going in a few weeks. WOO HOO.

Labor Day Weekend

A few weeks ago, the U.S. and Canada celebrated Labor Day on the first Monday (and this year, the first day) of September. For Labor Day weekend, I traveled to Miami, Florida for the first time with my friend Korina and her parents. Miami is like a different world- almost everyone speaks Spanish, there’s cool graffiti all over the walls of shops, and the climate is hotter and more humid than the rest of Florida. Because it’s a big city, there are tons of cool restaurants (one of my favorites was one that served sushi with a Peruvian twist), shops, and art galleries. We stayed at the Sagamore Hotel, which was cool because every stairwell had wall art painted all the way up. Korina and I spent most of our time in South Beach, which is a neighborhood in Miami Beach. We rented bikes and biked up and down the beach paths,  bought coconuts to drink, got henna tattoos from a street vendor, and we shopped. A lot. We also visited a cool indie bookstore, enjoyed the waves at the beach, and ate at some unique restaurants. It was such a fun trip and I loved experiencing a new city and different culture and lifestyle than that of my own city. It would be too long to detail everything we did in words, so without further ado, here are some pictures from my Labor Day weekend Miami adventure.

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First time on the beach
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Trying to model with the wall
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Another rad wall
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Coco loco
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One of many selfies…
And another
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Breakfast at my new favorite cafe, Aroma
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Arte del elefante
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Wynwood sidewalk quote
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Awesome graffiti in Wynwood Art District
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Seven years?
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Back at Aroma for an afternoon chai (16 oz mugs..)
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Martha Pointer Photography ©
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Kardashian love
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As artsy as I get
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People were staring at us
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My favorite picture of Korina
Black & white & henna tattoos
Final farewell to the Sagamore

For more quirky photos of my Miami trip, check out my VSCO page,

Four + Fireproof

On Monday morning, I was sitting in homeroom when my best friend sent me a text: “Their new album is called Four.” That was all I needed. I immediately pulled up One Direction’s Twitter page, saw the official tweet and Liam’s announcement tweet, and was overcome with excitement. A new album in November? Yes please. Fourth album titled Four? Cool. Free download of a new single? SO FREAKING AWESOME. As soon as I got home from school, I downloaded Fireproof and it was love at first listen.

Fireproof is subtler than many of One Direction’s songs. It’s art. Its beat makes me want to sway and move my hands to the rhythm. The lyrics are pretty and the vocals are on point. I LOVE this song. Unfortunately, the free download was only available for 24 hours, but it will probably release for the standard $1.29 soon. Four is set to release on November 17th and there’s already talk about a tour. According to Mirror, One Direction will team up with the magician Dynamo (who participated in 1D Day in Los Angeles last November) for the Four tour.

The album covers have been released, and both Four and Four (Deluxe Edition) are available for preorder. The standard album will have twelve songs, while the deluxe version will include four bonus tracks.

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One Direction has released three albums in the past three years- Up All Night in 2011, Take Me Home in 2012, and Midnight Memories in 2013. Their fourth album Four will continue this pattern, as every album has been released in November. Based on the sound of Fireproof, I’m excited to see the new, more mature direction the band is taking. I think One Direction’s fourth album will appeal to a wider audience and be a little more artsy. But whatever it sounds like, I’m sure I’ll love it.

I can hardly wait until November 17th.

Preorder “Four”
Standard Edition: Amazon | iTunes
Deluxe Edition: Amazon | iTunes

Bought But Not Read

As if the title didn’t already explain it all, this is a list of books that are sitting unread or unfinished on my shelves. Some of them I’ve started and put down for various reasons; others I haven’t begun at all. Honestly, I will probably never get around to reading some of these, but most I’d like to tackle within the next year or so. Fingers crossed.

Not Started:
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Other Stories by Lewis Carroll
by Kendare Blake
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Eve by Anna Carey
Evertrue by Brodi Ashton
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Goddess by Josephine Angelini
God Loves Ugly by Christa Black
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
Messy by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan
Reached by Allie Condie
Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Shakespeare’s Scribe by Gary Blackwood
Shakespeare’s Spy by Gary Blackwood
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen
What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Not Finished: After by Amy Efaw
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
The Offering by Kimberly Derting
The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

This list doesn’t even include ebooks. I better get to reading…