Six Months

IMG_5839It’s been six months and sometimes I almost forget that you’re not somewhere traveling or enjoying that new reclining chair you bought last year. Last month was unbearable at times. Your birthday and Father’s Day both in one week.

It was the first time ever that I didn’t buy some kind of grandfather card. I cried in the card aisle when I realized that I no longer had to buy you birthday, Father’s Day, or Christmas cards or presents. We won’t have your famous chicken wings with the special barbecue sauce on Christmas dinner.

I did okay until the casket closed. I did okay until I was reminded that we had to bury you. It was like a punch in the stomach. It felt like all the air in my lungs was sucked away. You’re really gone. It was impossible to push that ache to the back of mind. I couldn’t bury those thoughts. The youngest of nine, but gone before six others.

I miss you.

via Daily Prompt: Bury

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Song of the Week

Happy Friday, folks!

Here we are again at the end of another week. Hopefully, you all had a good week. Summer is usually the time when everyone falls in love with a handful of songs and declare them the songs of the summer. This summer, I have yet to give a song that title. I know DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts” and Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” are in the running for many people. What’s your pick?

One song that I really like right now is “Want You Back” by HAIM. The sibling trio returned this year with new music and I love it so far. Their new album Something to Tell You dropped today. It’s playing right now as I write this. “Want You Back” makes me want to dance and has a funky rock feel to it when it really picks up. It’s one thing I love about the band’s music. I’ve seen some trying to categorize it as pop, but it has flavor from different genres that it’s hard to nail their music down. I mean these girls rock out. You can’t really lump that in with artist like Ariana Grande. And that’s no shade to Ariana because we all know the girl can sang!

Check out “Want You Back” and give Something to Tell You a listen and if you love it enough toss some dollars HAIM’s way.

 

P.S. Dua Lipa just dropped the video for “New Rules”, which was my last Song of the Week pick. It’s an interesting video. Other albums I’m listening to today include Sevyn’s Girl Disrupted. Happy birthday, Sevyn.

Kira Elise

Tuesday Talks: Breaks and Refocusing

Happy Tuesday all,

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Tuesday Talk post and that’s mainly because I’ve been focusing on some other things. I spent a while on a very time-consuming application for a graduate school program. It took a lot of creative thinking, research, and execution. In the end, I didn’t get in. It took me a few days to accept that because it had been the first time I was rejected from a school. I’m not afraid to admit I bawled my eyes out.

*Note: I applied to about 12 or so schools for undergrad and got into them all. I have a few other schools to apply to so I’m not giving up hope.

I’ve spent the last week or so planning my next steps and relaxing after the stressful waiting period. I also started working on cleaning up my categories and tags for this blog. I will admit that there was some bitterness because the project took time that could have gone to my WIP. But after talking to some friends I realized that graduate school is a part of my plan and there will be setbacks. A setback isn’t time wasted it’s simply life and God telling me which road I need to take.

I’m happy to be getting back to my WIP and will be posting more on here throughout the summer as I work to reach those writing goals and apply to the other programs. This may be a stretch, but if you work in advertising or know anyone in advertising, especially any copywriters I would love to chat with you about how you got to point that you have in your career.

Kira Elise

Song of the Week

Happy Friday, folks!

This week’s song of the week was discovered while I was working out. New Rules by Dua Lipa came on a Spotify playlist and I got distracted from my workout to really listen to the song. Even had a mini dance party. The London-born Albanian singer flew under my radar until her collab with Martin Garrix “Scared to be Lonely” and even then I thought of her as just another pop newbie on an EDM song. “New Rules” made me want to check out the rest of her music.

Check it out here.

Song of the Week

Happy Saturday, everyone.

I’m a day late for Song of the Week but I didn’t forget about it! This song came out last week and is the latest single from Nick Jonas.  “Remember I Told You” is one of two new songs released since his album Last Year Was Complicated was released in June of last year. The other song he released was called “Bom Bidi Bom” and featured Nicki Minaj. The song was featured on the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack.

The first time I listened to “Remember I Told You” my first comment was that the way Nick delivered the verses reminded me of Drake. The song features British singer Anne Marie and singer/producer Mike Posner. Posner joined Nick and Demi Lovato last summer on their Future Now Tour. I went to the D.C. show and enjoyed most of Posner’s opening act. It’s unsurprising that the pair ended up teaming up on a song together.

 

Song of the Week

Happy Friday folks!

It’s been a while but I’ve been playing nurse to my mom. Besides that, I’ve had a lot of free time to work on my WIP and to apply to grad school scholarships. I’ve been listening to plenty of music too. Paramore is my favorite band and has been for quite a while. They released their new album After Laughter last week and I’ve had it on repeat. My pick for song of the week is a track called “Told You So” from the album. It’s one of the more upbeat songs on the album. The lyrics and the idea behind the song definitely capture a relatable experience of hearing people say “I told you so” when something doesn’t go quite right in your life.

Check out “Told You So” and the rest of Paramore’s fifth studio album, After Laughter.

Kira Elise

At the Movies: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Review

Happy Monday, folks!

I was able to get to the movies this past weekend and see Marvel Studios’ Guardians of Galaxy Vol. 2. The sequel opened with $145 million domestically and climbed to $428 million worldwide. That’s a lot of money. Is it worth seeing though? I say yes. Stick with me for my complete thoughts. There are spoilers from this point on.

GOTG2 focused on the guardians getting into trouble after Rocket steals very expensive batteries from their client, The Sovereigns This, of course, caused discord amongst the team who split for a time with Peter, Drax, and Gamora going with Peter’s father Ego (played by Kurt Russell) to his planet, which Rocket, Groot, and a recently imprisoned Nebula stay with their wrecked ship. It turns out that Peter’s father is a celestial who wants to use his son’s inherited powers to spread his essence and take over the universe. The team reunited and partnered up with Yondu, Nebula, Kraglin, and new character Mantis to take down the celestial and deal with the Sovereign fleet.

What I Liked

Just like the first film and Doctor Strange, the film was nice to look at. The special effects and the set designs, especially Ego’s planet. There were so many colors and things to look at. I really enjoyed all the character development. We got back story on Yondu and learned more about Nebula and Gamora’s childhood. They did a good job of showing how complicated Nebula is and how her relationship with Gamora is the same. Although those moments tried to make me emotional about every five minutes, it was important for us to get to know the characters better. For some, the Guardians felt like strangers compared to the Avengers and its familiar characters like Iron Man and Captain America.

The humor was great. When Yondu, Rocket, and Kraglin jumped to Ego’s planet, I was almost in tears watching their faces warp. Some of my favorite moments were the Mary Poppins joke and Drax’s sensitive nipples. Baby Groot brought a lot of humor to the film as well. His post-film teenage Groot scene was great. For the characters, Mantis was a really good addition to this sequel. The dialogue between she and Drax was fun and introduced the character, who she is, and who she can be well.

The In-Between

The mutiny that happened on Yondu’s ship was needed to pull the character away from the ravagers,  but from what we learned in the first movie the ravagers were kind of like family. For them to turn so violently on not only their leader but their crewmates startled me. I wasn’t sure if I completely believed they would go as far as launching their crewmates into space to die. I never saw them as murders, just thieves.

Ego spent millions of years planting his seed figuratively and literally on a bunch of planets. How is it that none of those planets noticed a foreign plant impacting their ecosystems or giving off some kind of energy. For Earth and the Midgard dimension, the Asgardians and other aliens species like the Kree have visited. Wouldn’t they be able to notice something otherworldly? Am I just thinking too hard about this one? Also, if you want someone on your side you certainly don’t tell them you killed their mother.

There wasn’t anything I disliked about the film that much to go into detail about it. On a side note, I did like the soundtrack from the first film better than I did this second film. The plot was good for the most part and the pacing was okay. There were just characters who got more screen time than they probably should have. For example, Taserface. Great character for a moment and to cause problems, but I was ready for him to go by the time he met his end.

There weren’t any valuable mentions of the infinity stones so it looks like we’ll have to wait until Avengers: Infinity Wars to figure out how the Guardians end up on Earth. Maybe the Sovereign’s creation of Adam Warlock in the post-credit scene will do the trick.

I’m going to give Guardians of the Galaxy a B.

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Song of the Week

So much new music! Happy Friday, everyone. There’s been plenty of new music this spring with the return of Paramore and Fall Out Boy as well as a solo debut from Harry Styles. His former 1D bandmate, Niall Horan, released his second single, “Slow Hands” this week as well.

While I love new music, my pick this week came out last month. Most recognize Charlie Puth for his collaborations like “See You Again ft. Wiz Khalifa” or “We Don’t Talk Anymore ft. Selena Gomes”. I refer to “See You Again” as the Fast and Furious song that makes you think of Paul Walker or anyone you’ve lost and cry. This week’s pick is probably one of Charlie’s first songs without a feature that has caught my attention. Funny enough the name of the song is “Attention”.

The R&B sound really works for Charlie over the pop styles he’s been trying out. I think like Nick Jonas, he’ll always walk the line between pop and R&B with his music.

Check out “Attention” by Charlie Puth.

Kira Elise