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If you are in any way, shape or form a part of the Vampire Diaries fandom, you know Heather Vee. Not only is she the co-founder and site runner for our favorite TVD fansite, Vampire-Diaries.net, she is also co-editor of A Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls and co-authoring Love You To Death Season 4 with another of my favorites, Crissy Calhoun. And because she is one of the coolest ladies I’ve ever had the peasure of meeting, she agreed to answer my silly questions.
Green, all varying shades, all the time.
Do you read fanfic?
I used to, but not anymore. That’s not a commentary on quality, as I have read fic better than a lot of published novels, I’ve just drifted away from that aspect of fandom.
Last episode of television that made you cry
I very rarely cry over television, but when Alaric appeared to Jeremy in the Vampire Diaries Season 3 finale, I lost it.
The drink you order when someone else is buying
Either a bourbon, neat, or a Black Velvet, which is half hard cider and half Guinness. Though I have only recently discovered the beauty of a Kentucky Blizzard, so I might have a new go-to.
Song you will never get enough of
This is an impossible question and, frankly, I think you might be a sadist, Erin. How about this: The song I cannot get enough of right now is Jack White’s cover of U2’s “Love is Blindness.”
Tumblr. Yes or no?
I’ve actually had a Tumblr (not the one I use now) since the site was started. It’s very, very different now that it has exploded in popularity. Whether that’s a good or bad thing, who’s to say, but I find myself enjoying it more when I only visit once a week or so. I think Tumblr can facilitate fascinating discussions and I think it’s interesting that fandom seems to have migrated from LiveJournal to Tumblr; Tumblr gives talented fan artists a bigger platform to show off their wares, so that’s a definite positive. In any case, I think it’s good, but not my preferred means of interacting with folks. TWITTER 4EVA.
Favorite musical instrument
Anyone who knows me understands that I have a deep banjo fixation. I often joke that I’m in need of a BANJOS MAKE ME HOT t-shirt. I’m not sure when my love started but it is an enduring love. If you ever want to know the mood you can build with a banjo, stick Neko Case’s “Things That Scare Me” or “Deep Red Bells” on the player and marvel.
The movie you can recite the most lines from
The Princess Bride. I could actually sit in front of you and quote the film in its entirety from start to finish.
Holiday you’d most like to abolish
I loathe New Year’s. I have always loathed it. I crawl into bed well before midnight and sleep through it every year.
Your favorite food to make for yourself
I’m very big on roasted asparagus right now. Throw it in a pan, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, add minced garlic and salt, roast. Easy comfort food is remarkably easy.
Best book you’ve ever read
One book?! GO HOME, ERIN, YOU’RE DRUNK. All kidding aside – wow. I have a few books that are very close to my heart, ones I turn to again and again and again. I’m not sure I would trust anyone who had one favorite book. I think I’d just assume that’s the only book they had ever read and then I’d be sad about it.
I love the smell of ballpoint ink on paper and, tragedy of tragedy, it’s something I don’t smell too often nowadays.
Your favorite thing to do alone
My first real concert was Tori Amos. She was touring for Under the Pink at the time, so I’m sure I’ve just dated the hell out of myself there but I can’t overstate what a huge impression she made on me in my pre-teen/teenage years. My first club show was Oasis on their first U.S. tour. I was 15 and my 18+ friends smuggled my Britpop-obsessed self in. I lost a large portion of my hearing in my left ear at that show! I’m partially deaf in that ear to this day. It was absolutely worth it.
I haven’t done a proper music post in a while but there is so much great, new stuff out, I thought I would share with y’all what I simply cannot get enough of right now.
First off, the new Fall Out Boy album, Save Rock and Roll, is amazing from start to finish. I had no idea I would be so in love with it. I am sure you have all heard the first two singles, “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” and “The Phoenix.” Both are incredible get up and go songs, perfect for conquering anything in your daily arsenal whether it be a job interview, cheering for your hockey team or simply making that first cup of coffee. My new favorite from the album, though, is the title track featuring Elton John. Because, Elton John. Check it out:
A band that I REALLY love and have loved for YEARS (hello Colorado!!) has a new(ish) album out. OneRepublic’s Native was released late last month and is FULL of good stuff. The first single, “Feel Again” got me really excited and the rest of the tracks have not disappointed. My favorites on the album include the gorgeous ballad, “If I Lose Myself,” and also “Life in Color,” which is perfect if you are needing an excuse to look at the world through rose colored glasses. The song I’m most obsessed with is “Counting Stars.” It makes me want to dance the entire mile long walk to work every morning. And it makes me happy to do so:
And because I just saw them perform this live less than 2 weeks ago, I have to talk about Muse and their new video for “Panic Station,” their latest from The 2nd Law. (The entire live set was AMAZING, by the way. One of my favorite bands on the planet to see live. YOU MUST DO IT). The video is pretty crazy and incredible. So much fun. It features all of the guys in some super hot gear, doing what they do. Also, the song freaking rocks. Need a new jam for the gym? Here ya go:
Another favorite (though lesser known) band, also has a new video out. Brian Buckley Band delayed the release of their video for “Funeral” after the horrific bombings in Boston last week, as a sign of respect. The vid and the song are both stunning, though and I really hope you all check it out below. I can’t wait to spend some more quality time with their latest album, Without Injuring Eternity. Their music is just really moving. Some of my other favorite BBB songs include “Bye Blue Sky” and “I am Human.” I hope you all go look for them right now. Incredible. Hopefully they will make their way to MA one of these days so that I can see them live.
Speaking of last week’s unfortunate events, I am still listening to “Battle Born” by The Killers almost every day. Such a great anthem for me, for my friends and for the City of Boston as we move through the healing process. I shared some of the lyrics in a post last week and it still seems so fitting for a city that was the birth place of the American Revolution. This song helps remind me every day, how strong Boston really is. The Killers had one of my favorite albums of 2012 and I will never forget when they closed my birthday show with this song last December. Make sure to add it to your playlist if you have not already:
That’s all for now, folks!! Don’t forget to fill my comments with your faves. Let me know if you like what I’ve posted and be sure to tell me what you’re currently repeating on your iPod. I love to look for new tunes!!
Lots of good stuff in this week’s list of FAVORITES!! I really hope you guys check them all out. I never write about stuff I only kind of like just a little bit maybe.
End of Watch – I remember seeing previews for this movie and thinking that it looked pretty awesome, even though (don’t hate me) I am not the biggest Jake Gyllenhaal fan. The movie about two Los Angles cops was released on DVD last week and over the weekend my husband & I finally had the chance to check it out. Both of us LOVED it. A few minutes in I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to take the shaky, hand held camera angles for a full movie but in no time at all I was too swept up in the action and the stories to notice and when I did, it only added to the intensity of the narrative. I was easily pulled into the lives of these partners and really grew to love their relationship. I won’t spoil the ending but it caused a lot of very different and very acute emotions. Grab it from the Red Box or On Demand as soon as you can. Great movie.
Oldies but Goodies – The husband and I were in serious movie watching mode this weekend and not just new ones. We also watched Reality Bites & The Crow for probably the millionth and billionth times. I love both of these movies but the best parts of each one are their soundtracks. AMAZING compilations of music and, for me, an instant time warp via my iPod. Reality Bites is full of indie rock and pop including the forever famous, “Stay,” from Lisa Loeb. The Crow is almost entirely industrial and hard rock from bands like Rage Against the Machine and Pantera. Favorites from Reality Bites are The Juliana Hatfield 3’s “Spin the Bottle” and “Going, Going, Gone” from The Posies. It’s harder to pick favorites on The Crow but I have to go with the Nine Inch Nails cover of Joy Division’s “Dead Souls” and The Cure’s remastered “Burn,” both of which are mainstays on my annual Halloween Party Playlist. Both soundtracks are available on iTunes and Amazon. If you don’t have them, get them. Music this great is timeless.
The Carrie Diaries – The newest CW show is SO MUCH MORE than I ever hoped that it would be. I watched it online a few days after the Pilot aired because every TV genius I follow on Twitter was raving about it. They were not wrong. It’s absolutely darling and so much fun. As a huge Sex and the City fan, I had my doubts about this “prequel” series. Here’s the thing, though: If you loved SATC as I did, it’s pretty easy to distance yourself from the Carrie of this show and the Carrie you grew to love so long ago. They are the same but different (in case that makes any sense). And if you hated SATC or never watched it, you don’t have to be worried about what you hated or what you missed! Because it’s different! AND OMG THE MUSIC!! Amazing in epic proportions. I strongly urge anyone and everyone who is a fan of or can relate to nostalgia or teen drama or growing up or The 80’s, in general, to watch this show!! You will not be sorry!! And if you are, you have my permission to TP my house! The Carrie Diaries airs every Monday at 8PM EST on The CW!!
HDMX Portable Speaker Case – My sister sent me this little speaker system for Christmas and it’s pretty much the best gift ever. As most of you know, I am OBSESSED with my music. I have an iPod dock in almost every room of my house. Which is great when I am hanging out in one room. But, when I am cleaning or cooking or doing a bunch of stuff at the same time, this little set is PERFECT. My iPod zips safely inside so even if my clumsy ass drops it, no damage will be done. And 3 AAA batteries last a really long time. The sound will not blow your mind but the convenience and the price will. Most online stores including Macy’s and Bed Bath & Beyond sell this gem for less than $10.
Just wanted to share with you all a few of the things I am in love with today/this week/in general. I promise to try and be better about posting a list at least weekly. It’s fun and it gives me a chance to rave about the pop culture things that are making me happy! Hopefully you will listen to me and love them too! Enjoy!
Argo – This movie came out AGES ago and I feel like I might be the last person on the planet to see it but HOLY CRAP am I so glad that I finally did. Amazing film. I was on the edge of my seat for the entire two hours, wringing my hands to a painful degree. The moments of Hollywood levity were greatly appreciated and really helped balance out the entertainment value. A very well told and exciting story that left me with a happy feeling (and an ulcer) in the end. My favorite of the Oscar films I’ve seen so far (which include Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty). I will also be jumping on the band wagon raging about Ben Affleck’s Best Director snub. His acting in the movie wasn’t too shabby either. Run, do not walk to the nearest theater to see this movie if you have not done so and then come thank me. I’ll wait here.
The Following – An incredible new TV series airing on Fox. The pilot was an absolute blast to watch and not just because I have a totally healthy interest in serial killers. Kevin Bacon is the bee’s knees as a former FBI agent assisting on a case he once thought was closed for good. The show is scary and intense with just the right amount of intrigue and gore. I loved almost everything about the Pilot episode, including the best ever use of Marilyn Manson’s cover of “Sweet Dreams.” I am really excited about the upcoming season of this way creepy and exciting new drama. You can catch an encore airing of the first episode on Friday night on Fox and I really think that everyone should.
Justin Timberlake – “Suit & Tie” ft. JAY Z – I have talked to a TON of people about JT’s latest and I would say it’s split pretty evenly down the middle between people who love the new tune and people who feel like Justin somehow owes us something more after all his time away from the recording studio. I am definitely one of the former. The song is smooth with a great beat. It gives me a lot of the same feelings I had with JT’s first solo album and it makes me shake my butt. That’s good enough for me. And honestly JAY-Z can do no wrong. Speaking of JAY-Z, I am also totally obsessed with his new song from the upcoming Jackie Robinson movie. What a JAM. Listen to both below (YouTube links) and let me know in the comments what you think.
Boston Bruins Hockey – To say that the NFL post season has been a disappointment for me is like saying the Grand Canyon is a little hole in the ground. Thank the heavens that hockey is back. JUST IN TIME. And the Bruins get all of the credit for healing this sport’s girl’s grass stained heart. The season opener was fantastic and yesterday’s game (which I got to attend thanks to the world’s best BFF) was a total thrill ride. No matter who your team is, I hope you are enjoying hockey being back in our lives as much as I am. Football what? The Bruins face off against the New York Rangers again on Wednesday night at 7:30 PM EST. GO BRUINS!
Felicia Day on Supernatural – I have been a big fan of Felicia Day for a long time, longer even than I’ve been a fan of Supernatural. She was great in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, mind blowing on Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and hilarious on her web series, The Guild. Her first appearance on Supernatural was a real highlight of Season 7 and on Wednesday night (9:00 PM EST on The CW) she returns as Charlie Bradbury, the geek girl we all want to be. The photos of her and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) all decked out in costume are making me positively giddy. If you’re a fan of hers but don’t watch Supernatural, you should still probably check it out. This one looks like a lot of fun.
*Is there anything you are absolutely in love with right now? Tell me all about in the comments! I want to love more things!
No one got into Christmas like my mom. She used to decorate every inch of our house, starting the day after Thanksgiving. Lights and bunting and ribbons on everything. There were always cookies baking and new presents showing up under the tree. Her enthusiasm was infectious. It was impossible to be around my mother and not feel the Christmas spirit. Even when she was cursing the first batch of Peanut Brittle (which she always burnt). The Holidays with her were filled with glitter and sprinkles and the familiar scratch of her favorite Christmas albums on vinyl records. Everything smelled like evergreen and sugar and brand new rolls of wrapping paper.
My mom was generous with her time and her thoughtfulness. She once drove 2 hours in the snow and crazy holiday traffic just to get me the jersey of my favorite Denver Broncos player. Another time she bought my dad seat covers for his truck from a place she hated to shop because they were the only store that carried the right size. She always helped us bake treats to take to our schools or jobs. She never failed to have a gift for everyone, even if it was just a tin of her best, baked with love. If ever there was someone who had no place to be on Christmas, they were always welcome at our house.
This is the time of year when I miss her the most. More so than on her birthday or the anniversary of her passing. I don’t want to say that Christmas has lost ALL of its magic since she has been gone. I still love to lie under my tree and look up at the lights while listening to her beloved Christmas songs. Only, now they’re on the iPod and no one is in the kitchen making my favorite goodies while I do so. This will be my 12th Christmas without her and it doesn’t ever seem to get any easier. I hear her favorite music while I hang the ornaments she made me and I can’t ever stop myself from getting emotional while doing so. I probably never will.
Perhaps one day I will have children of my own and I’ll be able pass down the things I learned from her about the Christmas season. I will fill the house with red and green and the sweets that they love. I will tell them that presents are fun but a warm, happy, home is the greatest gift. I will play them the songs I have grown up loving and hope that they will grow to love them, too. I will fill their minds with memories as rich as the ones she left with me and hope that they will share them with their children as well. I will teach them to be thankful for what they have and to treasure friends and family above all else.
Suzi’s Christmas Playlist: