Lyrics Lately | 3

So after a whole year of no “Lyrics Lately” posts, here’s my second in the past two days. Those college decision feels, am I right?

“But I, I’ve got a lot to say. And I’m scared that you’re gonna slip away.”
– Vance Joy, Wasted Time

“Deep in the meadow, under the willow, a bed of grass, a soft green pillow. Lay down your head, and close your sleepy eyes and when again they open, the sun will rise.”
– Jennifer Lawrence / James Newton Howard, Deep in the Meadow (Lullaby)

“Forget your woes and let your troubles lay, and when again it’s morning, they’ll wash away.”
– Jennifer Lawrence / James Newton Howard, Deep in the Meadow (Lullaby)

“I ain’t hung up on you, I ain’t in love with you. This is just time that I’m wasting. One or two little sips, I’m alright, I can quit. You’re just some wine that I’m tasting.”
– Carrie Underwood, Relapse

“I don’t have to have you, I don’t need to need you. Just a high that I’m chasing.”
– Carrie Underwood, Relapse

“And we’ll make it right tomorrow, but tomorrow’s not a sure thing.”
– Carrie Underwood, Clock Don’t Stop

“The clock don’t stop ticking away, away. Always hanging on the wall; no, it don’t care at all. It won’t slow down; it won’t wait. The clock don’t stop ticking away – it’s ticking away.”
– Carrie Underwood, Clock Don’t Stop

“If I would’ve known, if I would have known it could have been you. If I had the chance, if I had the chance I’d make us brand new.”
– Justin Bieber, Been You

“Feeling the remnants, caught in an instance; blink of an eye, no goodbye. I had a notion, deep as the ocean, blue like the sky, oh my. Like a permanent stain, wishing I could just wash away, away.”
– Justin Bieber, Been You

“Haunts me tonight, the ghosts are alive. All of the memories of serenity dwindle in my mind, all the time.”
– Justin Bieber, Been You

“Hello from the outside… At least I can say that I’ve tried.”
– Adele, Hello

“Up with your turret; aren’t we just terrified? Shale, screen your worry from what you won’t ever find. Don’t let it fool you. Don’t let it fool you… down. Dancing around, folds in her gown.”
– Bon Iver, Rosyln

Thanks for reading.

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2014: Best Movies

I’ll be writing a few posts recapping 2014 and listing my favorites of different categories of entertainment. To be honest, I don’t watch many movies. There were some good ones I remember seeing on TV this year that released in prior years, but I can’t for the life of me remember what they were. So I’ll just stick to theater releases of 2014.

1. Maleficent
This film was absolutely amazing. Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning blew me away. I loved the retelling of a classic fairytale from the perspective of the antagonist or villain. And the twist- how the film portrayed Sleeping Beauty as a false version of the story rather than just showing Maleficent’s side of things- was unexpected and refreshing, making me think.

2. If I Stay
I read this book years ago and to this day it is one of my favorite contemporary young adult novels. I thought the film represented the book very well. The film starred Chloë Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley and I wrote a whole review of it here

3. One Direction: ‘Where We Are’ Live from San Siro Stadium
Being a huge One Direction fan, this film obviously made the list. The first half hour was an exclusive interview that I found both interesting and entertaining. The other hour was a well-made film of the boys’ concert in Milan from June of this year. I went to the concert in my city, but it was nice to relive the experience. The filmography was fantastic; I talk about it in this post.

4. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
The Hunger Games movies are, in my opinion, some of the best film adaptions of books out there. Watching these movies is like watching the books and Mockingjay Part 1 was no different. The part of the book that this film represents is slower and less action-packed than the first two books. But I was surprised at how captivated I was for the two hours and some minutes the movie played. I thought the adaption was incredibly accurate, interesting, and well done. The soundtrack and acting were also phenomenal.

5. Into the Woods
I love musicals. The cast of this movie had so much depth and was extremely talented. I loved the combining of various fairy tales, the morality, and the acting. Daniel Huttlestone is one of my favorite child actors. The singing was beautiful. While there were some slow and, arguably, unnecessary parts, I still loved the film and would probably purchase it.

Well, there’s my list.

Movies are listed in order of release date.

The Happy List (1)

This week I’ve decided to start a little post series called The Happy List. I’ve thought about doing it for awhile, and I think it will be a fun and positive meme to do on the blog. Basically, it’ll just be a quick list of things that have been making me happy lately or that I’m looking forward to soon. This first post pertains to this week.

1. Colder Weather
Our first big cold front of the season arrived today and the crisp, cool weather is a blessed relief from the usual humidity. I even broke out jeans and a flannel today, along with some cute ankle boots. Plus, it gives me a reason to miss swim practice (haha… just kidding).

2. Hockey
There are four Lightning games this week (not to mention the one I went to on Saturday). The team dominated last night on the scoreboard and on the ice against the New York Rangers. The final score was 5-1, with former Rangers captain Ryan Callahan scoring two Lightning goals. It was the first game between the Lightning and Rangers since the captain swap last March and since the summer, the Lightning have acquired two more ex-Rangers: Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman.

3. Europe
I will be traveling to Europe for the first time with my friend and her parents next summer and I could not be more excited. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to go to Europe and I still can’t believe I’ll experience three new countries in less than a year.

4. FOUR
One Direction’s new album released yesterday and needless to say, I’m in love. I think it’s their best album yet; I love every song (though I do have some favorites). I will be listening to this on repeat for awhile, and memorizing all the lyrics- much to my friends’ annoyance.

5. Mockingjay, Part 1
The first installment of Mockingjay, film adaption of the third and final book in the Hunger Games trilogy, premieres Thursday night. I hope to see it with a friend this weekend. I’m a huge fan of the book series and love the film adaptions, as well. Hopefully it won’t be as boring as other part ones have been. Regardless, I’m looking forward to seeing it.

6. Babysitting
I desperately need to save money for my summer trip to Europe, so I’m incredibly thankful to have a babysitting gig this Saturday. The kids are super sweet and I like earning my own money; it makes me feel a bit more independent.

7. Essay Deadline Extended
The essay I have to write for my English class about the moral upbringing of Huckleberry Finn in Mark Twain’s famed and controversial novel was originally due this Friday. Thankfully, my teacher pushed the date back to right after Thanksgiving. This took a huge stress off my shoulders this week and I think my essay will be better written with the extra time.

8. Thanksgiving Break
I am wholly looking forward to a week off from school, and I plan to relax, read, and spend time with family and friends. School has been manageable, but tiresome and difficult as of late. I could definitely use some rejuvenation and a mental break. Not to mention, more free time and (hopefully) more sleep!

9. Reading
I have slacked a lot on reading since school started back up in August. I’ve read a few books for English and book club, but only two for pleasure. One of the two was The Young Elites by Marie Lu, an author I adore. I quite enjoyed this novel, told from the perspective of a developing villain. There were several unexpected twists that have me yearning for the next installment to the series. It was unique and unexpected, yet very easy to immerse myself in. I finished it today and have fallen back into reading. I haven’t decided on my next book but I look forward to finding and beginning it!

10. Reign
Reign is a historical fiction-based drama on The CW. It’s set in France in the 16th century and has all the drama, romance, and mystery that a girl like myself craves in a TV show. I stopped watching it toward the end of last season in the spring due to a huge amount of schoolwork, and never caught up over the summer. Season 2 began in October and this past weekend I spent an ungodly number of lazy hours in bed watching all the episodes I’d missed. I’m all caught up now and ready for more!

Well, that’s it. That’s my happy list for the week. Just a few things to keep in mind and help me think positively as I get through the tasks I’d rather not do. Bonne semaine!