We’re a bit of a Christmas holiday nut over here and being Canadians, we already got the whole Thanksgiving done back in October so its full steam ahead in November to start decorating for Christmas. We had about 80% of everything set up by November 20th with only just little things to do for outside decorations and garlands on ramps and whatnot. Suffice to say, Christmas decorating and Christmas music almost go hand in hand.
As usual, some Christmas and some other music obsessions to balance things out! 🙂
Cold December Night – Michael Buble
Kicking off with some Christmas music! What is Christmas without Michael Buble, right? Well, I’m a Michael Buble fan, so I guess I’m slightly biased. That also means that there will be a more traditional Christmas music a la Michael Buble style later on in this post also.
Hypnotized – Set It Off
I have no idea how I missed this song by Set It Off which was released earlier this year. I love their style a lot and this one is really no exception.
O Holy Night – Voiceplay feat Rachel Potter
Voiceplay and Rachel Potter collabs always turn out really awesome. O Holy Night is one of those songs that I remember from an elementary school recital. I can’t say its particularly a fond memory although at least it wasn’t embarrassing, just included an angel costume. Still, this rendition is fabulous.
Nobody Else – RetroVision x Raven & Kreyn
Lighthearted and fun are the only two words that I can use to describe this song. Nobody Else is what of those songs that I love for their uplifting style which makes it a great song to bring up the energy any time.
You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Lindsey Stirling ft. Sabrina Carpenter
Christmas classics are the most fun to watch in the holiday season. I have my faves of course. Charlie Brown Christmas, Garfield Christmas Special and of course, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I always love to hear different versions of You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch. And this one is absolutely cool.
How Long – Charlie Puth
If you asked me back in the Meghan Trainor duet days whether Charlie Puth was on my radar, I’d probably tell you no. But the last few songs that I’ve discovered with Charlie Puth has honestly been quite catchy. I’m not exactly a fan of the lyrics in this one but its a catchy beat to it that works.
All I Want For Christmas – Michael Buble
Okay..so I know my husband thinks this (and a lot of other people) that Mariah Carey is really the only one that can do this song justice however, I do think Michael Buble does a great job with it. Plus, its nice to see the Christmas music renditions he does. I don’t have it here, but go and check out a guy version of Santa Baby. Its hilarious and awesome all at the same time.
And for something a little different…
Light shows are such a staple for the winter events. Lyon had the Bandai Namco Insert Coin Lightshow that looks fantastic. It showed off Pacman, Tekken 7 and Little Nightmares which higlights both new and old titles.
This wraps up the Music Obsessions for this month & the last of 2017!
It will be back in 2018!
For those of you following me, I was on vacation and was on my way back home on Canada Day! That also meant that I couldn’t celebrate Canada Day the way that everyone else was. Instead, we had the chance to enjoy Canada’s beautiful landscapes as we traveled back from New Brunswick back to Montreal. It was a fantastic few days away and now I’m more relaxed and with the next week of staycation, I’m ready to really get back into gear and maybe hopefully create some backlog. Of course, I couldn’t give up a chance for my own Canada Day post. Its a day late but Canada 150 wasn’t something to pass up on.
With that in mind, this Music Obsessions is all about Canadian music artists and some of my favorite songs from before and now. The list really does go on but I had to make choices from what popped up in my head right away.
That Don’t Impress Me Much – Shania Twain
S’il Suffisait D’Aimer – Celine Dion
I Believe in You – Michael Buble
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back – Shawn Mendes
What are some of you favorite Canadian artists? Which songs do you like?
Christmas music floods our stores and radios and even our homes. I know it does. If I went to my in-laws right now, 24/7 (I exaggerate, maybe like 18/7) Christmas music. That’s how much they love Christmas. We love it equally, minus the hardcore music playing. Still, Youtube always has some nice covers and mash-ups and here are a few that I’ve liked a lot in the last few weeks 🙂
Joy to the World-Pentatonix
All I Want For Christmas (in minor key)-Kurt Hugo Schneider ft. Chase Holfelder
This one’s a little different. My husband isn’t a fan but I think it has a nice eerie twist to it. It could be that I just saw Krampus and heard it that night. It had a good atmosphere going on.
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Straight No Chaser
The More You Give (The More You’ll Have) – Michael Buble
Mary Did You Know? – Peter Hollens
What do you think of these song? Its quite a bit of change with a lot of a cappella covers. I always like to add in Michael Buble. Its been a while since I’ve heard his smooth voice. As for Kurt Hugo Schneider’s covers, he’s done two of these minor key ones and they are a little weird at first but it does grow on me. A very unique take on the music.
That’s it for Music Obsessions. I’m planning to keep them with 5 song selections from now on. Its a reasonable amount and won’t be overburdening 😉
This past week went by in a flash. Maybe it was having fun, maybe it was work being busy but peaceful, maybe it was just having time to finally get things out of the way and maybe its just finally feeling like I’m moving into a direction where things are resolved. Sure, that resolved feeling doesn’t quite feel that way during this week but as I put this post together on Sunday night, I also try to reset my mindset.
Last week’s updates was set up in a 10 item list mostly focused on gardening but I love that structure so to not overwhelm everyone, I’m keeping that structure from now on but we’ll be staying positive and looking at happy stuff. That was always the goal of being here and as much as I love to share events, I also love to share positive thoughts 🙂
The past week wasn’t quite as eventful, thank goodness, but it did involve hanging out with friends and experiencing/exploring new stuff so I’m pretty excited to share it.
1) Attending and seeing an entire movie at Shitfest Social
Eric organized a Shitfest Social in the Evening with Table 9 Mutant hosting it in his place, although he still made an appearance. The movie is that one up there, Alone in the Dark. You can check out all our comments and interaction right HERE! It was pretty hilarious and fun stuff to just be watching a crappy movie at the same time and seeing everyone’s comments and criticism.
Just saying, if you do want to watch this, think about all of us that suffered to tell you that it sucks. I was pretty confused throughout the whole movie as to what was going on and the ending didn’t really make sense either. Plus, it had some pretty horrible music and it was so loud that it overpowered anything they were saying. Anyways, just perfect Shitfest material, my friends.
2) Free Children’s Workshop at Home Depot
Project: Bug House
Totally new experience for me. I never knew that Home Depot offered these free workshops for kids once a month. Apparently, its every second Saturday. You get little badges for every project you complete and its just amazing seeing kids bond with their parents and other relatives. A really nice family activity! Kudos to Home Depot 🙂
3) Enjoying my mom’s vegetable and flower garden
There are also lavenders and pink roses, some purple flowers, etc. Lots going on.
These two are the ones I gave to my mom to plant in her garden: Sweet potatoes and Delicata Squash. My mom also has chives, lettuce, tomatoes, green beans, winter melon, other varieties of squash and bitter melon.
4) Spending time with friends at Longueuil’s Percussion Festival
Courtesy of my friend 🙂
I’ve never been to the Longueuil Percussion Festival but the last few years, we’ve been learning a lot of festivals and checking them out one by one. This one was really awesome since I spent it with some great friends, made some new ones and the kids with us had a blast which always makes for fun times. There was a bag of free samples from a pharmacy chain and lots of games and crafts for kids. Plus, of course, there’s food and I’ll talk about that in the next point…
5) Eating great food at Percussion Festival
My friend’s food stand Takoyaki Montreal
Shaved Ice from Takoyaki Montreal
Last year for the Matsuri Japan Festival, I had already talked about my friend owning a food stand. This year, they got a spot in the Percussion Festival. They had their usual Takoyaki, which is either octopus, shrimp (I think) or mushroom flavor shaped in little balls. They also had shaved ice in lots of flavors as well.
Not their booth, but J-Dog also made an appearance and last year, I had that awesome hot dog up there and I just couldn’t resist to have it again. Plus, Lemon Heaven was there and they make the best lemonade EVER! 🙂
Friends, Food and Festivals…the 3 Fs I possibly love the most!
6) Reuniting and meeting new friends for my friend’s bachelorette party dinner
Glasses decoration at Kyomi Restaurant
Special table decoration at Kyomi Restaurant
Bachelorette parties are kept secret so only some food and decor shots here. I haven’t seen the bride in at least 5 years but we’ve known each other for a long time. It was my pleasure to be invited to her bachelorette party and her wedding next weekend. Kyomi Restaurant is not a typical restaurant you would catch me at but the decor was beautiful. The lighting gave a beautiful mood. You can see it on the glass and yes, those are penis decorated straws. Don’t ask…
As always, there’s always food in the mix.
Someone’s meat dish
These two dishes was one of the girl’s meal: Wonton soup and a meat dish. Not sure the exact thing.
Then me, my best friend and another friend decided to order three dishes and share among us.
All three were very good. Lobster Salad was delicious. Basil Shrimp was original and I was happy to have rice. The saw was done really well and they had a rice sheet at the bottom which gave it a nice texture. The U.B.B Maki rolls were great. UBB has eel, avocado, shrimp tempura and mango.
Blue was the theme. Here’s my outfit for the party
Dinner may have taken long and I may have had gotten beat to the last parking spot and ended up parking in the side streets and had to trudge in my heels to and from the car but seeing some long time friends and hanging with a bunch of nice girls was very enjoyable. It was a change of pace and just a nice night 🙂 I couldn’t join them for the activities before and after as I already had plans and I needed to get home to rest for Sunday.
7) Spending an entire day with my boyfriend
Not a lot of pictures to show for this one but after a pretty busy Saturday, my boyfriend and I took Sunday to recharge and spend together. Mentally, its been a tough week with a lot of stuff to reflect on and I might touch on that a little but we had a few errands to run so we took care of stuff together.
I’m thankful for those lovely friend and family that took my advice and gave me Reno Depot gift cards because it covered all my pool treating and maintenance expenses and I love you for it. We didn’t get the chance to get more paint but we definitely have to do that as our next priority. We made a stop at Ikea and bought some ceiling lights. As much as we want to change as little things as possible, some rooms have really dim lights and we’re going to do a little moving lights around and installing extra ones. We still have to go back for a second round for wall mounted lights and dining table but things are falling into place. One floor is completely painted and I’m getting some furniture ready to be moved over.
Gluten-Free: Bison Burger and Sausages
After that we ate dinner together at our home. We made some gluten-free penne, sausages and bison burger patties (our first time trying) along with some broccoli.
We even managed to see two movies on Netflix: a ridiculous soft porn movie giving this chick a million times to show off her too big boobs called Jailbait (Side note: I should’ve used this Shitfest, Eric.) and a Marvel movie I’ve never seen and know nothing about, The Punisher with Thomas Jane. Review for this one will happen eventually…
8) Calming my soul with some Michael Buble
It really doesn’t mean anything but Michael Buble is always a winner especially with these slower songs. It brings me contentment. Plus, I started trying to play this on the piano so its pretty much on repeat 🙂 Thats really how this all started. The second one that I have on repeat is called Lost.
9) Fantasia Film Festival coming up this Thursday!
Last year, I got mega sick last year for Fantasia Festival so I missed my most anticipated movie which when some of you reviewed it, turns out it wasn’t all that great. Still, this year, I was more structured. I tracked when the schedule came up and made my setlist of 10 movies 🙂 My boyfriend will join me for the weekend ones so yay to date night.
Still, all is just talk until I get the tickets. I”ll be updating you on what I’m going to see right after I manage to get my hands on those tickets 😉 I’m excited. It looks like there are some cool movies in this year’s line up
10) Finding inspirational quotes 🙂
This quote just made my day when I saw it. I’m happy that I found someone that I can lean on and confide in 🙂
So true, right? Its a work in progress. Negative BS, the door is that way, please see yourself out 😉
Here we go! My 10 things this week! I’d say its a winner. Saturday was a bit nuts and overcrowded but the next two-three weeks will be very busy with Fantasia in my plans. I’m planning on drafting a mad amount of posts so that I’m covered for the nights I’m out. Lots of planning in there 🙂
Yesterday when I was coming back from piano lessons, I came across this awesome song on the radio from one of my absolute fave singers, Michael Buble!
Its Monday, so I figure its a great time to share it with everyone, especially since its sunny outside and warming up. Its making me all warm and bubbly. This is also going to be a short week since Friday is off! Woohoo! I have some fun plans for this weekend, so I’m excited 🙂
Check it out! Its called Its a Beautiful Day 🙂
Love the lyrics in the chorus part!
It’s a beautiful day and I can’t stop myself from smiling
If we’re drinking, then I’m buying
And I know there’s no denying
It’s a beautiful day, the sun is up, the music’s playing
And even if it started raining
You won’t hear this boy complaining
‘Cause I’m glad that you’re the one that got away
It’s a beautiful day
Upbeat and fun! Its been a while I’ve heard anything good on the radio and this one sure kick starts the fun spring/summer music thats to come.