The musings of a girl who's a bit too eager to talk about anything and everything.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Allie's Guide To Being Homesick

11:00 AM Posted by Allie Wood No comments
Well, I think the title explains how I'm feeling right now pretty fairly, so there you go.

I would imagine that the reason why I'm really homesick right now is because yesterday marks another mission farewell that I haven't been able to go to, because, y'know, I happen to be living 1,882 miles away from my family and friends at the moment.

Do not get me wrong. I love living in Florida, I love my job, and I love the people around me and my life in general, but, it's rough because I'm still trying to get used to the fact that I'm not living at home anymore. It feels like some weird business trip to a vacation spot or something. Actually, the business trip thing is technically exactly what's going on here. It's still an odd feeling. I don't like getting the reminder that my friends' lives are going on without me there and that my life is going on without them, as well.

But, here's how I seem to get over getting homesick, at least for a couple days at a time.


  • STEP ONE
    • Eat 3 Musketeers bars. Lots of 3 Musketeer bars. 3 Musketeer bars cure almost every problem know to mankind. It's science. Trust me. (You actually probably shouldn't trust me on that, but... Trust me.)

  • STEP TWO
    • Go all typical mopey teenager and have a Netflix marathon in bed. Netflix is usually a good distraction. I'm currently in season 3 of Last Man Standing and it's so hilarious. Watch it. I dare you. Actually, I triple dog dare you. Now you have to do it. Christmas Story even says so.

  • STEP THREE
    • READ ALL THE BOOKS. No, but for real, my desk shelf is slowly filling up with books because bookstores seem to be the only places I want to go when I go off-base anymore. Also, quick appreciation sentence about Brandon. I'm really, really lucky to have a boyfriend who will just sit in bookstores with me for literally six hours on end while I look at book-after-comic-after-magazine-after-book and not get sick of me or my bookworm shenanigans. He's rad.



  • STEP FOUR
    • Count down the days until you'll be back home on leave. That kind of only works if you're in the military, but... You get the idea. In case you're wondering, that's in 26 days. 26 days until I get back to the snowy coldness that we call Utah. By the way, I only know of two other kids on this whole base that are from Utah, and I knew both of them before getting to boot camp, let alone getting to Florida, so I guess that works, too. But, anyway, I can't wait to see everyone back at home. I miss you guys like crazy. We'll party. And by party, I mean probably watch The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty in our pajamas and drink chai tea. (Yes, I'm talking to you, Abigail Shields.)

  • STEP FIVE
    • Study. Y'know, I figure I might as well be productive and study for my tests instead of mope around about all the fun I'm missing back at home. (By the way, I totally have a ton of fun here, don't worry about that. I'm just complaining about missing things for the sake of complaining.) To be honest, learning about my job is like one million times more important than missing home. I love you guys back at home to death, but learning how to find the current and total impedance and other related measurements of a circuit is kind of... better, for the lack of a better word. Ha, look, I used the word better because I lacked a better word. (Exhibit A of things I think are funny that actually aren't.)

  • STEP SIX
    • Go to Portside and play pool and watch movies all night with your friends. That seems to do the trick right away. Shoutout to Nikko for teaching me how to play pool, by the way. You rock.

And, usually, by the time I get through with all that, I thoroughly remember that I love my life and, as much as it sucks to be away from the home I've known my whole life, I'm on a new adventure and I'm doing just fine.


“Home wasn't a set house or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.” 
- Sarah Dessen

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Top 10: Marvel Characters

1:00 PM Posted by Allie Wood No comments
You know, I spent like two hours at Barnes & Noble with my boyfriend just reading Deadpool comics the other night, so I might as well go on a Marvel rampage, right? I think that's acceptable.

Here we go, then.




  • NUMBER TEN
    • Nick Fury.
    • He's just really cool. I mean, there's a guy who can keep the Avengers in check better than most people could, so props to him, right?

  • NUMBER NINE
    • Bruce Banner aka The Hulk.
    • C'mon. You've gotta love him. It's Hulk. Also, Bruce is a complete genius. Science > a lot of things. Breaking news: Future scientist Allie Wood over here relates to Banner for this reason. Yay.

  • NUMBER EIGHT
    • Sam Wilson aka Falcon.
    • Honestly, I love anyone associated with Captain America's story, but that isn't really what matters here. Falcon's probably my favorite of Cap's partners-in-...justice. (I guess. They're definitely not partners-in-crime.) Plus, Falcon took over as Captain America for a little bit, which is pretty cool. That's a tough job to fill.

  • NUMBER SEVEN
    • Rocket Raccoon. 
    • I am Rocket Raccoon. Rocket Raccoon is me. We are one. If you've seen Guardians of the Galaxy, you can probably figure out why we're similar. Plus, he's just absolutely adorable. (Because I'm obviously super adorable, too.)

  • NUMBER SIX
    • Clinton Barton aka Hawkeye. 
    • Just... Um. He's waaaaay too underappreciated. I hate it. He's phenomenal. Plus, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye is just a bonus.
 

  • NUMBER FIVE
    • Loki Laufeyson.
    • Honestly, that's all that really needs to be said. He's misunderstood and a bit crazy, which I'm fairly sure most of us can relate to. Plus, Tom freakin' Hiddleston. Simple as that.

  • NUMBER FOUR
    • Victor von Doom aka Dr. Doom. 
    • dunno. I just really like his cape. His back story is really interesting, too. Y'know, born in a gypsy camp, avenging the death of his parents, turning a bit insane, sacrificing his one true love to a pack of demons for power and having armor made out of her skin. Crazy stuff like that, because why not? Plus, he's pretty attractive for a comic book villain.

  • NUMBER THREE
    • Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier.
    • Okay, if you didn't understand how much I love Bucky, you don't get me. C'mon. My cat is named after him. And my cat is extremely important to me, so that's a pretty big deal. Just saying.

  • NUMBER TWO
    • Wade Wilson aka Deadpool. 
    • The Merc With The Mouth. Obviously named because he's sassy as all heck. We can also talk about how I stayed up for like two straight days during Comic-Con weekend waiting for the Deadpool footage that was inevitably going to leak, and I wasn't disappointed in the least. Also, since they haven't actually made a Deadpool movie yet, I can't add an actual picture, so you get a cheesy picture of me in my fantastic Deadpool hat that Brandon got for me. You're welcome to be jealous if you so wish.

  • NUMBER ONE
    • Steve Rogers aka Captain America. 
    • Anyone who know me knows that I adore Captain America with my whole entire heart, and soul, and psyche, and whatever the heck else falls into that category. Steve's my favorite because he always sticks to what he knows is right in his heart, despite what his fellow avengers or S.H.I.E.L.D. or whoever wants him to do, and I find that respectable. Let's all try to be more like him, yeah?




So, basically, Marvel is fantastic, and nothing can beat that, except for cats. Cats always rule.







Sunday, November 2, 2014

Take It From Bob Marley.

5:01 AM Posted by Allie Wood , , No comments
Don't worry about a thing, because every little thing is gonna be alright.

Okay, let me explain why I'm trying to sing a Bob Marley song to you through my keyboard.

Around here, I've started hearing more and more people complaining about everything going on. They complain about Florida being too hot or too cold. They complain about cleaning. They complain about missing family. (Okay, okay, it's no secret that I complain about missing my family, too.) It gets a little tiring hearing this stuff ALL THE TIME. 

But, luckily, I keep getting told that I'm such a positive person and I'm usually in a good mood and I'm always smiling unless I'm giving one of my friends a sarcastic look to tease them and make them laugh. Honestly, I love being like that. Let me tell you something. I spent two whole months of my life being inherently mad at all of my surroundings. I would be mad at my RDC's when they'd make us do 10-count core builders or push-ups or wouldn't let us sit down and other dumb stuff like that. I'd be mad at all of my shipmates because they were either just annoying me by being in my general area or they were busy getting the whole division in trouble. I was mad at the temperature of our compartment and having to clean the bathroom multiple times a day because I was on head crew and because the rest of the girls would trash it and not even attempt to clean up after themselves. And, boy, being angry at the world all the time was just absolutely exhausting.

Because of this, I moved down here to NATTC and I decided I just wasn't going to be mad anymore. 

Here are a few reasons for me not to be angry:

  • I'm in the U.S. Navy.
    • I've been wanting to join the military since I was little, and, look, here I am, in the military and such, wearing the uniform I've been dying to wear for years.
  • I'm not living in Utah anymore.
    • Don't get me wrong, I love Utah. It's my home. But, after spending 18 years and 10 months of my life there, I was ready for a scenery change. And, man, I got my scenery change twice in the course of two months. I moved to Illinois for boot camp, and now I'm down here at NATTC in Florida. Now I'll be living here until roughly March or April and then I have no clue where they're going to send me. That's pretty rad, if I do say so myself. 
  • Florida is absolutely gorgeous.
    • Being right by the ocean and having palm trees and sand right outside my window is so new and awesome for me. I feel like I'm being paid to be on vacation. (Well, minus the cleaning, but that doesn't matter.) 
    • Let's mention how the temperature here can get a little too warm, but it's phenomenal. I'm used to snow starting around this time, not trying to locate a fan so I can cool down, so that's fairly awesome.
  • I'm surrounded by great people.
    • My group of friends I've made is an absolute party. I never have a dull day around them because we're all hilarious and know how to have a great time without having to spend money or even go off base.
  • I'm surrounded by something I have a passion for.
    • AVIATION. AVIATION EVERYWHERE. Starting in a couple days, my classes to become an aviation electrician's mate is going to start and, I don't know about you, but I'm excited as heck. I love learning. Especially anything to do with aviation. And, lo and behold, this whole base is dedicated to that topic. Heck, I get so happy walking outside and seeing a jet fly by.

I could go on, but that would make this post waaaaay too long, and I'm not about that life.

So, kind of long story short, if you focus on the good things instead of the bad, you are going to have a much easier, as well as a much better, time with anything that you do. It's totally cliche to say, but look on the bright side. It's worth it. Take everything in stride, and just smile.

OH. FUN FACT TIME.
Even if you're in a bad mood, if you force yourself to smile, you will start feeling a bit better.
Totally scientifically proven. Google it if you need to.

Also, one last Bob Marley lyric song, because YOLO, petty officer.

Every life, we have some trouble,
when you worry, you make it double.
Don't worry, be happy.
Don't worry, be happy now.



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hooyah, Zero!

1:40 PM Posted by Allie Wood , , No comments
So, in the course of the two weeks, I turned nineteen, graduated Navy boot camp, and spent a bunch of time in three different airports and moved to the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Pensacola, Florida to start my training as an Aviation Electrician's Mate. I think that's all pretty crazy. Don't you think?

Let's recap the past two months that I've been away, shall we?

I left for boot camp on August 19th and proceeded to be terrified for the next two weeks after that. I was thrown into an environment that was completely different than what I was used to and I did not like it one bit for quite a while. I'm an only child who's used to having places to herself, right? Well, I had to live with 83 other girls who all had their own strong personalities and ways that they wanted to do things. Our days were all planned out. I was 100% not used to that. You must remember, I went from watching whatever I wanted on Netflix all day straight to boot camp. We also didn't get a lot of sleep, mostly because people wouldn't shut up after taps. I don't think I ever got used to that. I didn't have any contact with the outside world except for letters. I had to exercise. I was DEFINITELY not used to that at all. On the bright side, I went from running a 21-minute mile and a half (Super slow, I know.) to a 13 1/2-minute mile and a half. I was pretty impressed, at least.

Honestly, I can say I was fine with boot camp. It was not my favorite part of my life, but, hey, I can say I got through it. A couple months ago, I was worried I wasn't going to be able to finish, and look at where I am now. I'm a United States sailor and I'm extremely proud of that.

Now for the fun parts.
FLORIDA IS AWESOME.

It's always so warm and sunny. It's 67 degrees back at home and it's usually warmer than 80 here, so that's a thing. I might freeze to death when I go back to Utah for Christmas, though. That'll be a big shock.

BUT FLORIDA.
I mean, look how pretty it is.


Next item of business.
My roommate here is awesome.

So, her name is Aubree. We went through all of boot camp together and ended up getting roomed together here at NATTC. Which is extremely lucky for me, because I'm not sure I would be having so much fun and laughing so much without her here. And we do cool things like volunteer in haunted houses. See?




So, I'm one thousand percent positive that I'll have a lot more amazing adventures to tell you about starting fairly soon, so yay for us. It'll be a good time,

“I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: 'I served in the United States Navy.”  
- John F. Kennedy


Monday, August 18, 2014

Go The Distance

9:27 AM Posted by Allie Wood , No comments
Well. It's here.
This is going to be my last blog post for roughly eight to nine weeks.
So, here we go.
This is going to be a short one, since I'm not totally sure that I won't be able to make it through this without crying just a bit.

I seriously can't believe it's time. It's insane. I can't figure out how I'm feeling right now. I mean, I'm excited, nervous, sad, and basically every emotion in between.

With that in mind, what better thing to do than sing Go The Distance in your head, on repeat, right? I watched Hercules yesterday, so I'm 100% positive that that is the reason this particular song is my choice right now.

My favorite part is:

I'll be there someday, I can go the distance.
I will find my way if I can be strong.
I know every mile, will be worth my while.
When I go the distance, I'll be right where I belong.

Down an unknown road, to embrace my fate.
Though that road may wander, it will lead me to you.
And a thousand years, would be worth the wait.
It might take a lifetime, but somehow I'll see it through.

It's really uplifting at this exact moment. I have some semblance of a clue of how the next two months will be, but I know it will be much more difficult than that, but I just have to see it through so I can reach my end goal. This is what I've wanted to do for years, and the time is now upon me.

Here's a huge thank you to everyone who's been supporting me in my decision to join the Navy and has been there for me through thick and thin. I love all of you with every last bit of my heart, mind, and soul. You are all amazing and I couldn't be any amount more grateful than I am right now.

I have a bit of a rough time ahead of me, but I'm sure I can make it through and get myself to where I want to be. So, let's start my journey into the great blue yonder.

Let's see here.
I think my attitude for the next few months needs to include Hercules dedication to finding where he belongs and doing what he needs to do to get there, Spock's logic, Gracie Hart's all-around personality, Steve Rogers' loyalty to causes and his friends, and Indiana Jones' spunkiness towards an adventure.
I should be totally set with that, right?



The quote I will leave you with is a quote by one of my role models.

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. –Amelia Earhart

I'll see you guys soon.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Nostalgia

9:37 AM Posted by Allie Wood , , 1 comment
Nostalgia sounds like it could be a name for a horror movie if no one knew the meaning of the word.
Think about it.
Nostalgia.

Anyway.
It's my last Thursday at home, so I've decided  I'm going to do a really long Throwback Thursday for just a little bit.
It's a weird feeling because, normally, I'd be starting school again right about this time, but I'm not this year.
I mean, hey, no more high school. That's a plus.
Let's recap on some finer points of senior year, then, shall we?

  • I met my best friend.
    • Well, technically, I didn't meet her this year, but we got extremely close and I could not be more grateful than I already am for the girl known as Abby Shields. (Thank goodness for our U.S. Government class for bringing us together and a big shout out to Mr. Adamson for letting us sit next to each other all semester and wreak our sassy havoc.) She's been there for me through everything and I can always count on her for a late night conversation that will make no sense in the morning, but totally makes sense when we're discussing things of the world, such as how cool Nic Cage is, at around 1:00 in the AM hours. I mean, who else is going to watch The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty with me whenever I want?  I'm actually trying to figure out how I can steal her and bring her to Florida with me after boot camp, because I'm not going to know what to do with myself with her not being a two minute drive from my house. I can hide her under my bed, right?

She's the Riley Poole to my Nic Cage.

  • I went on my first flight.
    • No, not my first time on a plane. My first time actually flying a plane. It was a glorious experience. Every plane I've seen since then prompts the thought of "Why can't I be the one flying that?" Let me tell you, once you actually get to fly a plane, that's all you really ever want to do.

Simple "plane" selfies are the best.
And so are plays on words.
Side note, I really miss my long hair.

  • I actually graduated.
    • That was definitely a close one. If you're still in high school and you're reading this, please, don't slack off like I did and have to do pretty much a whole two years of high school in the last semester of your senior year. It's not fun. So, DO NOT DO IT.


But, hey, look, I made it and there I am standing on the base of a statue I probably wasn't supposed to climb on and touch. Oops.


  • PHILOSOPHY CLASS
    • Okay, this one is SO important. That was the most fantastic class I have ever taken in my life. It really opened my mind to a lot of new perspectives and ideas. The term "question everything," has become extremely relevant in my life due to this class, and it's actually extremely useful. Never be afraid to have a different opinion than others, but do not limit yourself to just your own opinion.
    • And how can I not include our wonderful video that we made for the class? The link is right below this so that all you have to do is click and witness the glory. Yes, I'm the one in the beginning on the swing, swinging a sledgehammer at a door, and randomly in for like 0.2 seconds throughout the rest.
    • Bohemian Rhapsody - Philosophy

  • My best comment of the school year.
    • I say a lot of funny stuff at school. I really do. Granted, most of it is in my head because I'd get in trouble if I said it out loud. But, I made everyone laugh with this one in my Interior Design class.
    • Mrs. T: "This symbol here stands for a single sink. Class, what is a single sink?" Me: "A sink that watches chick flicks and eats Ben & Jerry's." 

  • Snowball fights at Hill Aerospace Museum.
    • That kind of just speaks for itself, honestly. I mean, have you ever had a snowball fight around and underneath planes like the B-29 Superfortress, a Boeing B-52G Stratofortress, or a C-119G Flying Boxcar? Nope. Didn't think so.

Here's the view from my hiding spot of choice. It was truly a glorious day.
It was also the best field trip I have EVER been on.

  • OU beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
    • That actually has nothing to do with my senior year, but it happened, and I'm still extremely proud of it. Plus, I have an awesome OU hoodie dedicated to that win that says "Pour some sugar on me" which is the most clever piece of clothing I own.

  • I joined the Navy.
    • I made the decision that will dictate my life for at least the next eight years, and that was the decision to join the United States Navy as an aviation technician. I joined on December 17, 2013, and here I am ready to leave for boot camp on Tuesday. Crazy how time flies, right?

  • Breakups.
    • Okay, I mean, I wouldn't personally call breakups "finer points" of anything, but, y'know, they taught me a lot and I'm actually quite appreciative for them. It helped me learn what type of guys NOT to date as well as qualities I need in a guy, such as a great sense of humor and his support for my life goals. So, all in all, at least I got a bunch of free dinners and movies out of all that dating stuff, right? (That was totally not meant to sound snobbish or bitter towards any of the guys I've dated, so, if I dated you within the last year or so, and you're reading this, you're still rad, just not my type of rad anymore, which is probably the best for the both of us.)

  • I wrote some kick-butt college papers and made some kick-butt presentations.
    • I mean, I still go back and read all my essays and look at all my presentations because, dang, they were good. Such as my WWII conspiracy theory presentation that I managed to make look absolutely awesome. Look at the wide view of this glorious piece of work.


  • Great memories.
    • Just overall, I made some phenomenal memories that I'm not ever going to forget. (Y'know, until I have an accident in a science lab and accidentally turn myself into an evil villain and forget my previous life.) So, this is a thank you to everyone who was in my life for the past year. I'm grateful for all of you. If you're on my good side, I'm grateful for your friendship and love. It got me through a lot, even if you don't think we were that close, or whatever. You helped me, trust me. If you're one of the people on my bad side, I'm grateful for you, too, because you were in my life and helped teach me some great lessons, and I really do wish you guys all the best.


Honestly, I'm scared to leave, but I'm excited to start the next chapter in my life.
I feel like a fresh start will do me some good.
Starting over in a new place will most likely be a very fantastic moment somewhere in the months to come.

In the words on Rhett Butler, "With enough courage, you can do without a reputation."


Friday, August 8, 2014

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow.

10:20 AM Posted by Allie Wood , 1 comment
First of all, that's a title to an episode of Gilligan's Island, so yay for re-purposing.
And, no, I did not turn bald like the Skipper or Gilligan.
But, my hair is a fairly substantial amount shorter than it was a mere day ago.
(By fairly, I mean over half my hair is gone.)

Here, let me enlighten you and tell you why getting your hair cut short is more stressful than you'd think it is.


  • What if it doesn't look good?!
    • Well, if it doesn't, you're smack out of luck until it starts growing out again. If you want to know if it looks good or not, ask an eight-year-old because they'll more than likely be brutally honest. That's just a plain fact.
  • What if it doesn't complement my facial structure?!
    • See, that's a major issue. Some hairstyles just don't look good with certain facial shape. I can't explain it, but it's true.
  • How on this green earth am I going to style this now?!
    • Granted, if you're anything like me, you have two, maybe three, go-to hairstyles because you're not that talented at doing anything with your hair. As in, it's either down straight, down curly, up in a horrible-looking bun or in a ponytail. Maybe throw in a side braid to keep things interesting. So, you have to say goodbye to everything you've been doing to your hair for the past couple of years and start anew. Plus, you can't really do anything with short hair, so yay, maybe?
  • How's it going to affect how rad my beanie looks?
    • Okay, that one's probably strictly one of my personal worries, because, if you know me, I'm almost always wearing a beanie, even if it's like 98 degrees outside. (I like them, okay? They're comfy.)


So, after five hours at the salon, (yes, five, because I had to get the relaxer treatment because my natural hair is its own monstrous entity.) of course it only makes sense to have an impromptu photo shoot showcasing before and afters. Yes, beanie shots included, because I'm sure you guys are on the edges of your seats wondering if my hair is still okay with a beanie. Don't lie. I know it's true. (Let me just say I'm lucky cameras have self-timers because I'm pretty sure teaching Bucky to take pictures wouldn't have gone over well at all.) So, get ready to get bombarded with a bunch of pictures of me. Here we go.



So, here's some super cheesy BEFORE pictures.

I'm all about the beanie lyfe, yo.

Look how long it was. Ughhhh.

Straight up thuggin'.

Yay for selfies.

I don't know why I have this one. You can't even see my hair. But I think it's a pretty cute picture.
And here's AFTER.

More selfies.

Somebody please teach me how to not look awkward.

This one's pretty cute.

Go-to pose. Still all about that beanie lyfe, yo.

Back view.


All of my cliche photos aside, it's getting super real that I'm leaving in 11 short (too short, like my hair) days. Mostly because I'm over here like, "Hey, if you weren't going to boot camp, your hair would still be long and would continue to overheat you while sitting perfectly still in an air conditioned home." I mean, I'm really not sure how I happen to be liking the short hair yet, because I have not had my hair this short since sixth grade. But, c'est la vie. I'll survive.

Also, can we talk about how weird hair actually is? They are seriously lines coming out of your scalp and sometimes the lines look good and sometimes the lines look atrocious. I don't understand it.

Take care, and comb your hair.

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Secret Life Of Allie Wood

12:18 AM Posted by Allie Wood , No comments
So, I mean, it's 12:18 in the AM hours.


I'm not asleep. (Duh, Allie. Of course you're not asleep. You're typing this.) I mean, that's not surprising.
I haven't slept well at all lately. I'm pretty sure it's because I'm stressed out of my mind about leaving. Let's not get me started on that subject, because I'm not quite sure if I'm ready to talk about that. I'm basically in denial. I have myself convinced that I didn't actually graduate from high school and I have to go back on August 26th or whenever it is that school starts back up again. Hmm, maybe I'll take more art classes this time around. (See my denial? It's grand. I'm imagining going back to a place I hated. Yaaaay me.)

So, what do I decide to do when I can't sleep? I get on my handy dandy movie laptop app thing, (no, not Netflix. Now THAT'S surprising.) and watch The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. Honestly, I watch that movie about every other day, but it does seem to take on new meaning when it's a little past the time where my brain figuratively recedes into itself and starts contemplating EVERYTHING.

I'm SO  in love with this movie, if you can't tell by the way I bolded, italicized, underlined, AND capitalized the word "so." Honestly, I say this a lot towards many different things, but if you haven't seen it, you really need to. It will make your soul so happy. Ben Stiller is great and his clothing style in this movie is how I think I want my future husband to dress. It's that good. The cinematography is phenomenal. The soundtrack is super perfect. The whole thing is flawless. I'm not using the term 'flawless' lightly here. This is one of my all-time favorite movies.

But, tonight, it really got me thinking. Yeah, I know, I'm always thinking. Actually, I'm usually the one who thinks way too hard about everything. Tonight, I was just speculating. (There we go! There's the word I was looking for.) I related a lot more to Walter this time around than I have before. Let's talk about this. There's only three comparisons at this moment. There's probably more, but I can't find it in me to think of anymore right now.

  • We both have creative minds.
    • I mean, he uses his to come up with amazing daydreams. Mine mostly stems out in the form of things like painting or poetry, but same thing, right?

  • There are great journeys ahead.
    • He leaves to go on this insane adventure to places he's never even dreamed of going to track down something for his job, but has an amazing time along the way, including witnessing things like an erupting volcano. Me? I'm moving out on my own, doing things I've never done, for my job. I don't think an erupting volcano is going to be in my journey here anytime soon, but it's still going to be an insane adventure all the same.

  • Ghost cats. (This is Wil Wheaton popping his head into this post and screaming, "DON'T READ THIS BULLET POINT IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE MOVIE, FOR THE LOVE OF HUMANITY."
    • My favorite part of the movie is when Sean O'Connell is talking to Walter Mitty about the snow leopard, the ghost cat. He talks about how beautiful things don't ask for attention. I love how that line resonated with me the first time I watched this glorious cinematic masterpiece. Walter Mitty ends up being a metaphorical ghost cat himself. I'd like the think that I will fit into that description at some point in my life. It's an amazing concept, and I want to be part of that.

I feel as if I need to channel Walter Mitty and Sean O'Connell going into my journey ahead. I'll be Major Tom with a side of teaching myself to appreciate moments while they're here instead of bulldozing into the next one.

Side note: I need to get myself a cool travel journal and maybe go somewhere where I can get one of those "mountain blessings" Walter got.
Again I say:
GO WATCH THIS MOVIE.
RIGHT. NOW.
STOP READING THIS.
GOOOOO.

Also, they were completely correct in the movie when they said that Rizzo from Grease was both tough and tender.
And it gave me a brand new appreciation for the song Major Tom.


Let's go find our quintessence of life, yeah?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Top 10: Bands

11:05 AM Posted by Allie Wood , No comments
So, I've decided to periodically do lists of Top 10 *insert subject here.*

I think starting off with my top 10 bands, (Currently. By 'currently,' I mean today. A lot of them change weekly.), a short description, (or a long description, if I so wish), and my list of what I think are their three best songs is a fantastic place to start. Y'know, since all I really do anymore is sit around all day and listen to music anyway. It's perfect.

HERE WE GO, THEN.
(Also, the song format will go "Song  Title" // "Ablum Name.")
(One last note, the song listed last in a set is my favorite.)

  • NUMBER TEN

  • The Arctic Monkeys are definitely one of my absolute favorite indie rock bands. And let's talk about just how attractive Alex Turner is. On a scale of 1-10, he's probably a 27. My favorite album of theirs is Humbug, which was released back in 2009.
    • Love Is A Laserquest // Suck It And See.
    • R U Mine? // AM.
    • Dangerous Animals // Humbug.

  • NUMBER NINE

  • So, Faber Drive is a pop punk band. Pop punk is life. That's all I've got to say. Also, all my favorite Faber Drive songs are all on the same album, so it's pretty safe to say that that is by far their best work.
    • Tongue Tied // Seven Second Surgery.
    • Sleepless Nights (Never Let Her Go) // Seven Second Surgery.
    • When I'm With You // Seven Second Surgery.

  • NUMBER EIGHT

  • Rise Against is a punk rock band. Punk rock is also life. This is my go-to band when I'm feeling an odd mixture of angry and melancholy. I haven't heard a single song by them that I'm not absolutely in love with.
    • Savior // Appeal To Reason.
    • A Gentleman's Coup // Endgame.
    • Tragedy + Time // The Black Market.

  • NUMBER SEVEN

  • The Neon Trees are freaking awesome. It's even better that they're from Utah because, hey, I'M from Utah. It makes me so happy. Rock band. Phenomenal. Rad hairstlyes. No need for anymore explanations.
    • Lessons In Love (All Day, All Night) // Picture Show.
    • Teenager In Love // Pop Psychology.
    • First Things First // Pop Psychology.

  • NUMBER SIX

  • Bastille is indie rock/pop, and they are absolutely glorious. Bastille should be proud that I dubbed their Bad Blood album as the best album that came out in 2013. That's a really big accomplishment in the world of Allie. Dan Smith's hair is definitely one of my favorite things in this world, as well as his face, and voice. He's just fantastic.
    • Flaws // Bad Blood.
    • Durban Skies // All This Bad Blood.
    • Sleepsong // All This Bad Blood.

  • NUMBER FIVE

  • The Classic Crime is an alternative rock band and I love them. So much. Like, let's talk about the time that I stayed up until 2 AM for the debut of their music video for "The Precipice" and actually happened to be the very first view on that. I'm still quite proud of that.
    • Beautiful Darkside // Phoenix.
    • The Coldest Heart // Albatross.
    • Painted Dreams // Phoenix.


  • NUMBER FOUR

  • Hey, punk rock again. They're the best punk rock band EVER. Not even joking. Billie Joe's long black hair is also his best look. I still really need to see American Idiot: The Musical. I really do. Somebody take me, yeah?
    • Basket Case // Dookie.
    • Holiday/Boulevard of Broken Dreams // American Idiot 
    • 21 Guns // 21st Century Breakdown.

  • NUMBER THREE

  • Pop punk/alternative rock. Perfect combination. Never mind the fact that I have to listen to at least one P!ATD song a day for that day to be complete. Brendon Urie is probably one of the hottest, coolest guys that has ever graced the earth with his presence. 
    • The Ballad of Mona Lisa // Vices & Virtues.
    • Collar Full // Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!
    • Ready To Go [Get Me Out Of My Mind] // Vices & Virtues.

  • NUMBER TWO

  • Pop rock. Ryan Tedder's voice is to die for. First thing's first, (Hey, look. A Neon Trees reference. Fancy.) I'm still grateful until time ends to Mishea for letting me go to the OneRepublic concert back in June because that was basically one of the best things of my life. They put on an AMAZING concert. I still get emotional over it. (Oh, pet peeve. Everyone types it out One Republic, when it is OneRepublic with NO SPACE BETWEEN ONE AND REPUBLIC, OKAY?!) My favorite band t-shirt is my OneRepublic t-shirt.
    • Ordinary Human // Ordinary Human.
    • If I Lose Myself // Native.
    • Come Home // Dreaming Out Loud.

  • NUMBER ONE

  • Everything about Fun. is just absolutely phenomenal. They're an indie pop band. Nate Ruess, (Utter perfection. I hope somewhere in an alternate universe that I am married to him, because the would make me the happiest person that's ever been alive.), Jack Antonoff, and Andrew Dost. All of them are just so great. Listen to them. Also, my pride and joy clothing are my "Some Nights" varsity jacket and my Fun. moon walk crewneck. 
    • Why Am I The One // Some Nights.
    • Stars // Some Nights.
    • The Gambler // Aim and Ignite.

One more thing about Fun. 
NATE RUESS' HAIR.
It is glorious and it makes me want to cry tears of joy and run my fingers through it.
(Simultaneously. Although Nate would be thoroughly creeped out if some random girl was crying while running her fingers through his hair.
So, I might not actually want to do that.)
BUT, LOOK AT IT.


Quickly, let's get one little thing clear. My all-time favorite band is The Beatles and everyone should know that by now which is why they are not on this list. They're absolute perfection, as well as the fact that John Lennon is my role model. That is all for that mini clarification.



So, there's my list of top 10 bands for you. 
I'd recommend listening to the songs if you really feel like it. It's worth it. I promise.

Stay rad, my friends.