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Things Are Getting A Little Harry

This year will forever be remembered as the years Harry Potter took over my wardrobe. After my jaunt in Wizarding World, I’ve been rocking the crap out of my Gryffindor House sweater- I wear it to work, I wear it while shopping, and yesterday, I even wore it to the spa (it was cold out…so cold we even had our first snow! How wintertime in Hogsmead of us!). I’m kind of addicted to this sweater.

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Yesterday, I met up with a friend for lunch (it’s amazing how much time I have for friends when I’m not doing both school and work! I’ve seen more friends in the last week than I had in the last three months) and we exchanged some pretty epic gifts. Imagine how thrilled I was when I opened this little gem?!

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Yeah, I was beyond excited to be holding my very own golden snitch necklace! (Shout out to my friend Ashley who handcrafted him for me!) You bet you’re going to see him pop up on the blog from time to time. I can’t wait to figure out how I can make him be a work appropriate accessory. She also got me the fanciest snuggie out there…check the poms on this guy!

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Impromptu photoshoot while blogging! Yay! Spontaneity!

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Sweater:Wizarding World of Harry Potter//Shirt:Ross// Scarf:Found//Jeans:Gap//Snuggie:Pier 1

Yay! Goofy Face Picture!!!

And so it has begun. Pretty soon you’ll be seeing me rock a robe and tie like it’s no big deal, I’ll be working my time-turner like it’s my third year at Hogwarts, and I’ll have a magic bag where I keep all my possessions stashed away…or maybe not. Guess you’ll just have to keep an eye on the blog to see just how far bad my Harry addiction gets. But be sure of one thing, I’ll be wearing my snuggie as the coolest blanket cape ever for the next six months straight.

Happy Sunday folks!

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Stripes: A’ca Awesome

This week I’ve been really homesick for the familiarity of my college town-the restaurants, the parks, the people, work, school, and, especially, a’capella. It’s been a while since I’ve talked about just how much singing was my life for the last year, but really guys, it’s taken this absence from music for me to realize just how much of my life was tied up in the a’capella scene. And that’s how this post came to be in my mind. I got an email earlier today asking if there were any videos of me singing on youtube so I poked over to send find some links…a half hour of singing later I spent the email. This a’capella business is quite addicting.

This is my “I’m craaaaaazy for a’capella” face.

So I sat down, and after 20 more minutes of a’capellaing (including pulling out sheet music and a pitch pipe to make sure I was doing it right) I decided I should totally start a list of ways you know you sing a’capella. If you sing a’capella, you’re welcome. If you don’t, you should. You’ll love it, trust me. Then you’ll think my list is freaking hilarious. And you’ll be apart of the best hobby ever. WIN.

This is my “hitting an epic harmony” face. You know you want to be this awesome. A’capella can help you achieve this level of coolness.

You’re an a’capella singer if:

-You’ve choked on food because you forgot you were singing and accidentally took a bite (true story, this happens to me at least once a year…I am skilled at being alive)
-Organizing your sheet music takes hours and the project never gets done because you immediately remember how you wanted to learn the T2 line on “that one song” and the VP on “that other song” and “that song” is SOOOOO FRRRREEEEEAAAAKING AWESOME!!!!
-You carry a pitch pipe and have a pitch pipe app so you can never get caught without the pitch
-You use singers hands while singing in:
….the shower
….the car
….Coldplay concerts (…not that that’s from personal experience or anything…yeah…)
-You match pitch with random hums and pitches then make harmonies and dissonances with it (we’re talking hair dryers [every morning], pop machines, city buses, your car, air conditioners)
-You know your hairdryer hums at an E
-You hear a noise and immediately try to imitate it
-You’ve immediately thought of 10 ways you could somehow add that noise to a song some day
-You’ve heard a song on the radio and tried to figure out how many parts it would take to a’capellaize it
-You conduct music while you walk around, are sitting at a desk, or driving
-You’ve been in a vocal percussion off with a friend. In public.
-You wish you could harmonize with yourself because life would be 10000 times easier and better if you could
-You’ve heard the a’capella version of a song before you hear the “real” version
-You sing the a’capella artistic liberties to the “real” version of the song even when you’re with non-a’capella people
-You warm up to sing in the car
-You are legitimately concerned about your posture while singing in the car (and adjust your seat so you’re sitting super up right if you’re driving for a long distance so you can properly support your sound)
-You love long car rides alone so you can learn every part to a song (including the vocal percussion) and no one cares that you just have to sing it until it sounds perfect (which, for your information, is approximately 7361 times per part)
-You’ve used your pitch pipe in the car to test your range while driving because it feels like your voice is especially low that day
-You’ve wondered what a cop would say if you got pulled over for testing your range while driving
-You have a singing bucket list of songs you want to sing
-Eric Whitacre is on that list
-You’ve had a choirgasm
-You’ve put off homework/studying for finals/making important phone calls/sleeping/eating/going to the bathroom to sing
-You’ve sung, in harmony, on public transportation
-You scope out places with awesome harmonics just in case a singing occasion should arise
-Colds and sore throats are an excuse to try and beat your “personal best” low note
-You secretly LOVE having a man voice while sick…who are we kidding? that’s not a secret.

Can I just say this list was WAY too easy to make. Holy cow. I’m not sure if I’m proud of myself for coming up with so many ideas, or if I feel like a total nerd because every single one of those are true for me. And by nerd I really mean most awesome person ever because clearly that’s what you are if all those things apply to you.

This one had nothing to do with singing…I just got silly (what else is new?). But you can also see my main man Harold in the background! 

What do you guys think? Are you just as a’ca-nerdy as me? Have any suggestions that should be added to this post? Any suggestions for future a’capella posts you’d like to see?

Stripes: The Final Vacation Post

It’s that time, folks, the last vacation post of my epic East Coast adventures. Florida was a long rerun of allergy free pancakes, theme parks, and laughter so I think the best way to sum up this segment of travel is to throw about a million pictures of me and my friend, Blue. The first pictures are of us at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom (*cough cough* seven hundred pictures of giraffe butts because I am really a 6 year old trapped in this big person body) and the final set are from Universal Studios (more specifically, Wizarding World of Harry Potter) and a rainy day photoshoot of us EPICALLY nerding out. Please revel in our nerdiness and let me know in the comments if you’ve ever had a similar photoshoot because I would love to know we weren’t the only ones who were so HP excited!

Our very dorky HP photoshoot came up because of an 8 hour thunder and lightning storm accentuated by a torrential downpour and a Lifetime movie marathon. Needless to say, after being stuck in our hotel room for hours and hours right after buying a TON of HP stuff we *had* to have a photoshoot.

Anyone else having a nerdy summer? I sure hope so! Life’s way(yyyyyyyy) more fun this way!