I feel like I am pushing my limit by posting these photos of the Arboretum at Connecticut College at the end of October. Better late than never! While I am embracing sweater weather I’m remembering when the summer had those perfectly warm days. One of those days happened on a day I was working at the art museum back in August. I decided to take a stroll at the Arboretum on my lunch break and snapped a few photos of the lush, green grounds. These photos only cover a portion of the area near the entrance, as there is a botanical garden and other nice trails to walk down if you happen to visit this place.

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It’s a beautiful space. I’ve watched plays here put on by the Flock Theatre, sat by the water for some quiet reflection, and took Aiden for walks here when he was younger without the stress of making sure we don’t get in the way of fast walkers.

Thanks to the people at Google Maps, you can now take a virtual tour!

Arboretum at Connecticut College
830 Williams Street
New London, CT 06320

I don’t know about you, but I prefer to have a lot of my day set to a soundtrack or at the very least a group of bands & songs to get obsessed with over a period of time until I start to crave something new. Here’s what I’ve been liking lately:

Also, I really loved this video of a father breakdancing with his kid. Too adorable.

Have a good weekend, friends! I’ll see you next week.

Overtone singing

Quoting Wikipedia (this isn’t a college essay, get off my back), “overtone singing” is “a type of singing in which the singer manipulates the resonances (or formants) created as air travels from the lungs, past the vocal folds, and out of the lips to produce a melody. This resonant tuning allows the singer to create apparently more than one pitch at the same time (the fundamental and a selected overtone), while in effect still generating a single fundamental frequency with his/her vocal folds.” In simple terms, one creates a melody and harmony at the same time coming from the same sound source. I first learned about this in a college music history class and up until now I’ve only been familiar with a style of throat singing being done primarily by Tibetan Monks. This video of singer Anna-Maria Hefele shows her doing polyphonic overtone singing, where you can hear her singing two lines of music in harmony. It’s weird but kind of cool.

Rockapella is still a thing

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Do you remember the theme song to Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? It was sung by a vocal group called Rockapella. Almost 20 years later and here they are with a new rotation of members but still bringing a great sound to the stage for audiences of all ages. I’m kind of excited to mention that they’ll be performing a show at Kent Hall in Westerly this Saturday, October 18th! The ticket prices are affordable and they’re bound to put on a great show. If you or anyone you know will be in southern Rhode Island that weekend, let them know.

Bottle Boys

I have no idea where I found this clip, but please enjoy the Bottle Boys performing their own beer bottle rendition of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean.

Voice Lessons with Kristen Bell

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I’ll be honest, I’ve never seen Frozen. I think Aiden saw it at a friend’s house once. Me, I have no clue what it’s about. I found out that Kristen is one of the voices who also sings in the movie. I’ve heard her voice-over work on Gossip Girl, and I’m late in becoming a fan of Veronica Mars, but I’ve seen numerous talk show interviews with her and I’ve loved her for the last few years already. (her story about a pet sloth was adorable) Here’s an interview on The Chalkboard blog with Kristen in which she shares some of her favorite Frozen lines and a couple singing tips. [image via The Chalkboard]

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I used to write a letter to Aiden every month when he was a baby. If you want to read them (or what’s left after I accidentally screwed something up and lost a lot of the posts along the way) you can read the archives here. When Aiden turned three I wanted to do something different than the letters but I never came up with a good idea. So, this is it. Hope you enjoy the read and I’ll try to write them as frequently as I can.

You guys, I’m a mother of a four and a half year old human being. This is insane! My little guy is a fully functioning person. He knows what he likes and doesn’t like, he knows what foods are the bomb and where they come from, he has preferences on so many things that I can’t just give him something to eat and expect him to start shoveling it in his mouth. Everything presented to him needs examination and approval for his consumption. This is wonderful and stressful all at the same time.

Aiden is very inquisitive. He asks so many questions like what a word means, or why something works a certain way, or why some people act the way they do. I like his curiosty because most of the time I’m able to explain the concept in a way he’d understand. Unless he asks me how magnets work, which I uh, had to ask Google for help. A lot of information you tell him he retains and it’s so impressive when he can regurgitate that information like he’s known it for years.

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How am I doing? (more…)

If you guessed that I’m probably sitting at home drinking a glass of wine and binge-watching something on Netflix, you’re right. Since I’m here and probably the most exciting my night will ever get, I’m going lay out all my thoughts and weird character traits that I feel the need to admit to you.

  • Since having a kid I realized that I have no patience for repetitive actions, especially noises. That shiz drives me up the wall.
  • I really suck as supportive friend when it comes to all those freelance business ventures. Sorry, I can’t come to your party to buy stuff because I’m broke. I don’t use enough makeup to keep going to Avon/Mary Kay parties (related- I have a Julep account but I’ve skipped every month this year), I don’t wear a lot of jewelry so I can’t keep going to the Lia Sophia parties (related- I have a JewelMint account but I’ve skipped almost every month this year and bought one necklace), and personalized totes are cute but I honestly can’t come to your online party for Thirty-One Gifts. If it ain’t marked down on a shelf in TJ Maxx, I can’t go through with this transaction.

    …though I’m actually in need of some plastic food storage containers. Does anyone still do Tupperware parties? (related- I use Chinese food take-out boxes)

  • I enjoy a good omelet in the middle of the night.
  • I like the many fruity flavors of bubble tea but I don’t like the tapioca balls.
  • I’ve been wearing the same pair of shorts at home for the last few weeks. It’s summer, man.

THROWBAAAAAAACK!

And now for something completely different.

Pip over at Meet me at Mike’s started posting this list describing everything she was seeing/hearing/listening to/consuming at the moment. It reminded me of my old Facebook statuses and AIM away messages where I’d post a one-liner about what I’m doing or what took me away from the computer (I think I just dated myself by referencing AOL Instant Messenger). I’m sure most people didn’t care what exactly I was doing but I still told everything anyways. Now I feel the need to do it again. So if by chance you’re wondering what I’ve been doing lately, here’s a list!

Making: A wall hanging. Have you ever weaved before?
Cooking: Rice
Drinking: Iced Coffee
Reading: Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
Wanting: New bedsheets
Looking: at new-to-me artwork!
Playing: Candy Crush, sadly
Wasting: time on Facebook
Sewing: an apron with an old summer dress
Wishing: there were more hours in the day
Enjoying: The Mind of a Chef, season 1
Waiting: for a phone call that’ll dictate our near future
Liking: the iced Americano with caramel syrup my friend made for me
Wondering: why some things are happening in the world
Loving: my family. you knew i’d say something mushy.
Hoping: for that one phone call will bring good news
Marvelling: at how skilled and talented some people are in creative fields
Needing: gas for my car, always
Smelling: nothing. stuffy nose.
Wearing: red, white, and blue. ‘MURRICA!
Following: anything and everything #Ferguson
Noticing: nothing new, I’ve been stuck in a routine lately
Knowing: a new coffee shop is about to open nearby and am excited about it
Thinking: I want to start a creative business one day
Feeling: antsy
Bookmarking: The Eyeglass Lass
Giggling: at a conversation with my friend that took a weird turn
Feeling: as good as it gets