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I fretted and fretted about which song to feature this week. Was I going to do another one by Two Door Cinema Club in honour of their (very good) concert last week? What about something by the Barenaked Ladies in anticipation of the gig we’re going to on Friday at the Academy? I could not decide. Then something happened which made both artists slip completely from my mind. What could this be? you ask, what remarkable event could possibly have occurred to throw me off my path?

Well, OK Go have released a new video, of course!

OK Go

Yes, I know, another post about them. Yes, I know, another link to another of their videos. But, really, can you blame me? The answer is NO, no you can’t. Why not? Because they are wonderful guys who make fantastic music and ridiculously, ridiculously awesome videos, that’s why!

So, happy Tunesday. And to the boys; well done.

The song: White Knuckles

The band: OK Go

We all know I can’t say enough good things about these guys. It’s true, I love them. Although I did promise myself years ago that I wouldn’t turn into one of those fans that’s just a nodding, smiling face who repeats “Oh, yeah, it was great…” over and over again no matter what, and I am proud to say I have remained true to this promise. To prove it; I have a very vivid memory of Tim’s reaction when I told him I thought the new album was “a grower”! But I also can say that I really do think everything they’ve released has been great. Beyond great in a lot of cases, actually. So when they released a new video yesterday I approached it with some trepidation afraid they would fall short of their extremely high mark (even though I had four very emphatic assurances that it is the best one yet). I am happy to report they did not.

This video is great (smile, nod, nod), not only is it highly entertaining, it’s already viral AND it promotes animal rescue efforts. Honestly, what more could you expect four guys to do in 3 minutes and 36 seconds?

It may not have the immediate mind status = blown that their video for “This Too Shall Pass” has, but it did make me want to a) buy their album [again], b) shop in IKEA and c) adopt [quite] a few dogs.

So – if you are not already one of the million (plus) people who has viewed the video since it’s release yesterday, do yourself a favour and go watch it now. Then buy their album(s). Then head directly out to your nearest animal shelter and adopt a dog or two, provided you are able to love and take care of them properly. Allergic to dogs? Animal shelters have all sorts of pets – go on down and see if they have something you like. Provided you can take care of them properly. (disclaimer!)

And most importantly go and see these guys perform live; it may just change your life. It certainly changed mine. Oh, and while you’re there – say hello from me.

White Knuckles by OK Go

You’ll never get that taste, out of your mouth
You’ll never get the paw prints, out of the hen house now
And you can’t go back, same way you came
Round all the pieces up, but they just don’t fit the same

White knuckles
Maybe it’s not so bad
So let your hair down now

White knuckles
Yeah maybe it’s not so bad
Aww go ahead and let it down

So come and let it all out, let it bleed
Did you get what you want? Did you get what you need?
Behind the lines, behind the walls
Tell me what’s the bet you made, was it that bad after all?

White knuckles
Yeah maybe it’s not so bad
So let your hair down now

White knuckles
Aww maybe it’s not so bad
Just let it all come down now

So just have fun, it’s far enough
Everybody needs to sleep at night, everybody needs a crutch
But couldn’t good, be good enough?
Cause nothin’ ever doesn’t change but nothin’ changes much

Yeah, maybe it’s not so bad
So let your hair down now
White knuckles

Aww maybe it’s not so bad
Just let it all come down now

Yeah maybe it’s not so bad
Just let your hair come down now

Oh maybe it’s not so bad
Just let it all come down

Congratulations on another scorcher, boys, you’ve done very well. One of my favourite tracks on Of the Blue Colour of the Sky and another video that makes me wish I lived in the future and could receive YouTube transmissions directly to my retinas (sorry, am I taking it a bit too far?).

xo
A

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Hello people! Sorry I’ve been away for so long. We still don’t have any internet – I am currently at my favourite coffee spot, Cafe Koko, thoroughly abusing their free Wi-Fi!

I thought I would go ahead and post about the redecoration project S and I undertook while we were in Ohio. We transformed my old bedroom at my Mom’s house into a nursery. At the moment the only person young enough to enjoy this nursery is my niece, Natalie, but who knows what the future holds? Either way it very much needed to be redecorated anyway.

First, a few BEFORE pictures. *note, the last time I properly lived in this room I was only 18! so no snide comments!!*

view across the bed towards mirrored closet doors

my old dresser overwhelmed with decorations and stuff!

my bed with posters everywhere, including the ceiling!

Right, so now you know what it USED to look like. Our first task was emptying the entire room, taking down the posters and all the decorations, clearing away every single item of mine including boxes and boxes of my old stuff, then spackleing over the ridiculous number of holes in the walls!! It took AGES!!

I suppose I should explain that we did all of this in secret not telling my Mom what our plans were at all. This took a good bit of trickery and plenty of lies on our part. We had to make sure that she would be out of the house for the whole day when we were planning all the painting. Think of that TV show Changing Spaces or whatever, and that’s exactly what we did!

We prepared the room, then painted everything white using low-VOC Sherwin Williams Harmony Interior Acrylic Latex Paint in Eg-Shel, including the woodwork (everything except the built-in bookshelves). For any environmentally friendly readers I give this paint an emphatic 10 out of 10. It went on easily and there were no horrible fumes at all. Well worth the extra few dollars per gallon.

We also spray-painted my old dresser white, the only piece of furniture we put back into the room. It turned out lovely, just the refresher it needed – It went from looking old and worn (seeing as it was bought in 1984, I think) to looking clean and brand-new. Excellent result. I know I could have done it better and painted it properly, but we didn’t have enough time.

Luckily neither my Mom nor I ever throw anything away and we were able to find most of the decorations and furniture in the basement and around the house. Some of my old stuffed animals made it back onto the shelves and there were quite a few kid-friendly books lying about, too. In the basement we found an adult rocking chair and also one for kids. Very luckily we had a neighbour with a crib to spare so we didn’t even need to buy one of those!!

Honestly, things could not have gone better.

Now, I don’t want you to think we did all the work ourselves, a few friends of mine (THANKS Alison & Stef!) helped with the painting and more friends (THANKS Matt, Charles & Betsey!) arrived in the afternoon to put the finishing touches on. I can’t express enough thanks to them because we would not have been able to do it on our own.

Anyway, with a few purchases at Toys R Us (foam alphabet flooring & building blocks) and a miraculous mural painted on the wall (unending thanks to my fabulous and artistic friend Matt) the room was complete. I know you are all waiting with baited breath to see the finished product, so here you go:

view from the door

The trees were fantastically well done by my friend Matt Soul. He’s wonderfully talented and I am extremely grateful that he agreed to help us out. As you can see he did a phenomenal job. On the right-hand side you’ll see my hastily assembled colour block made completely out of paint sample cards (free!). The line between the painted trees is meant to resemble a clothes line and has my own alphabet photos pegged to it.

The freshly painted dresser. I love that you can see the mural in the mirror!

The picture of boats was lurking somewhere in the basement and thankfully S discovered it in time to hang it on the walls. On either side are posters of Dora the Explorer because my Niece LOVES Dora more than anything. Most of the other items were things we already had, like my lovely purple butterfly night-light!

The windows and built-in bookcases.

This is the view from the doorway towards the windows. The gorgeous white wooden bookshelves and cabinets were installed in 1996 and were always my favourite part of my bedroom. The black paint between the windows is actually magnetic blackboard paint. Well, actually, it’s 12 coats of magnetic paint (no joke) and a few coats on top of that of blackboard paint. There’s almost a whole quart of magnetic paint on that small section of wall. The tin said “minimum two coats” and we thought it might take a few more than that. It took a LOT more than that before the little alphabet magnets would stick. Looks fantastic, though, and now it’s both magnetic AND a blackboard! Ingenious, if I do say so myself!! The removable stickers on the cabinets were mine but used to live on the mirrored closet doors (as you can see above).

Tree detail and alphabet pictures.

As you can see in the detailed picture above, the tree mural really was ingenious.  And gorgeous. And much appreciated.  You can also see a bit more of my alphabet photos. I took these in the month before our trip to Ohio, using those plastic alphabet magnets.  I am very pleased with myself and glad that they turned out so well.  Here is a sample of my favourites:

Apple, Flower, Rainbow, Yolk, Cat, Ice Cream

So there you have it, our fantastic room redecoration project. I know that my Mom was pleased as punch and I hope that my brother and sister-in-law liked it as well. My niece Natalie adored it and immediately started referring to it as “Natalie’s Room”, which was really nice. It was a lot of hard work and it took a long time, but it was worth it.

So, tell me, what do you think? Wonderful isn’t it!

I promise more posts about our trip to Ohio, probably one tomorrow if I get a chance to get somewhere with Wi-Fi again.

xo
A

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no internet

I think this might be what a drought feels like.

The internet at our house is broken. The internet on my phone is unreliable. The internet at my work is inaccessible. 

Therefore I am without internet.

Strangely I am enjoying it a little. (a very, very little)

If I did have the internet I would be researching U.S. Route 66. Just a side note.

I would also be posting a link-rich post about this week’s choice for Tunesday.  As it stands, however, I am simply going to give you the artist and song title. You all have internet (or you wouldn’t be here) so you’ll have to look it up for yourself.

Think of it as me sending you on an adventure…NO, a QUEST.

Yes, I am sending you on a QUEST. From my mobile phone’s unreliable internet connection. Because I love you all that much.

This week’s Tunesday: Old Old Fashioned by Frightened Rabbit. 

Once you listen to it my choice will be quite obvious!  Enjoy your QUEST!!

xo
A

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