Thursday, April 29, 2010

you & me

Today is one of my most favorite days. April 29, 2006 was an amazing day for us. It was the day we got married! It's hard to believe 4 yrs have gone by. They have been 4 great years and I look forward to all of the rest of the years we will have. I love Josh. We are a perfect match. He takes care of me and makes me laugh, what more could a girl want?

Friday, April 16, 2010

Whats in a Name?

Actress - Natalie Wood (who i was named after)

Lately I have been thinking a lot about nicknames and my nicknames. Nicknames are complicated to me. For example, how long do you have to know someone before you can call them by their nickname? Which nicknames are you allowed to call someone by? What does it mean 'friendship wise' when you start calling someone by their nickname? Are you then better friends with them, or closer? Does anyone else feel this way?

So here are my main nicknames:
Nat Wy
. . . and the list goes on.

I have one nickname that most people use which is Nat. Most of my friends call me Nat. But I have a secret. I kinda giggle inside when people call me Nat. I don't know why I feel this way. Nat is a perfectly normal nickname for my name. Right? But it is so funny to me. I have never felt like 'Nat'. However I completely accept Nat as my other name and I don't want people to not call me Nat. Maybe I should think of it as an abbreviation of Natalie and not so much a Nickname? Plus I'm little like a gnat so Nat should be pretty fitting for me, right?

My real nickname is Naddie. Everyone in my family (grandparents, uncles, aunts & cousins, etc.) call me by that name. I'm not really Natalie to them I'm Naddie. My other name is Na which my dad holds exclusive rights to. I feel like Naddie is me.

In conclusion Nat is my most socially popular common nickname and I find it funny for some odd reason. I'm totally weird.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Quick Trip

Last Wednesday night we flew out to San Diego. This trip was super quick and tiring, but we got a lot done!

These are my BFF's from High School. Me, Nicole M., Rachel & Nichole G., (but now B, plus little Jude). We haven't all hung-out together in years. It was really fun to catch up on everyones lives. We used to have a lot of fun together back in the Middle School and High School days. I have a lot of fond memories with them.

After organizing for the garage sale at Grandma Bee & Pa's house Josh and I went back to H&M. We needed to go to the Bonita Plaza store because the Otay store didn't have suits. Josh bought this sweet shark sheen suit. He looks a little miami in the photo. I promise he won't wear v neck shirts with his suit. I got a lot of fun new clothes too. H&M knows how to make clothes for us. I really miss shopping and finding cute things. It brings much happiness into my life.

What day of mine wouldn't be complete without a run to Target?

Friday: Garage Sale day 1
It wasn't too crazy, but it was really tiring! There was a lot of moving and organizing. The sale covered the drive way, 2 car garage, back patio and car port. For dinner we meet up with my Dads brothers family. Michelle and I love spending time with our cousin Chelsea!

Saturday: Garage Sale day 2.
Michelle manned the money with the old cash register from my grandparents jewelry store.

You can't really get the enormity of all of the stuff from this shot, but I promise there was A LOT! Josh was a furniture mover. He sold 2 beds, a head board, entertainment center, 4 chairs and a dresser. I sold a dresser and the kitchen table. I practiced my Spanish too. Saturday was nuts with all of the people from TJ.

The garage sale was the purpose of our trip. My mom wanted our help. We were really glad we were able to help the family out. Even though it was tiring it was well worth it to be outside in beautiful weather. We even got sunburned.

That night we went to the House of Blues to watch my dad play. My dad is really talented. He plays the base and has been playing for about 40 yrs. He knows so much about music. Most of the time I don't understand what he is talking about when he talks about music. I have the coolest dad in the world. How many people can say their dad is still in a rock band?

Yesterday was Easter. The night before we colored Easter Eggs. I love coloring Easter eggs. The colors are so vibrant and beautiful. My mom made us all Easter baskets. Josh got his Cadbury Mini eggs, I got my once a year See's Bordeaux egg and Michelle got her Jelly Beans.

I love my family (and backyard). I love that we are all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 13 years ago we went to Church for the first time on Easter Sunday. Our lives have changed so much during the last 13 years. I am so thankful for all of the blessings Heavenly Father has given to us.

We flew out of Long Beach so we had to drive back up to there. Look how pretty and green the freeway is. One thing I really miss about living in SD is the beauty of the city. I miss seeing green. I grew up loving to look/play in my backyard and seeing all of the beautiful plants.

We had a fun, quick trip. It was great to runaway from the snow/rain/cold for a few days and bask (work) in the nice sunlight. We can't wait to return in the summer. Oh how I LOVE San Diego in the summer.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Songs that Changed My Life

Blogs and lists go together like bubble gum and my teeth. So here's a list of the songs and albums that changed my life. Some of these are naughty songs, but being bad never felt so good! I wish I could embed all these audio files for you to listen to, but if anyone's interested I can rip you a quick mix tape. So here they are, in alphabetical order (cause nothing's more punk rock than alphabetizing a list for a blog post).

Black Sails in the Sunset: "God Called in Sick Today"
What can I say about AFI? This band is simply amazing. They started as a straight up punk band and have become so much more. This album introduced me to fast, gothic hardcore punk, and I've loved them ever since.

Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses: "Aint Love Grand"
Taylor introduced me to Atreyu. I had always had metal tendencies, and Atreyu kicked open the door to my metal-loving-soul and ripped me out to bask in the glory of all that's metal.

Holding This Moment: "Both Guns Blazing"
Bane is the epitome of east coast hardcore punk. From the second I heard this song in the back seat of a friends car I was hooked. I went to Budget Tapes and Records and special ordered it that day. This song has one of my all time favorite break downs in it. Bane came to me

Dude Ranch: "Dammit"
Power-trio punk at its finest. What can be said for this amazing piece of music? Dude Ranch put Blink-182 securely in my soul. An album that I can sing every word to every song.

Boy Sets Fire
After the Eulogy: "After the Eulogy"
Oh man. Ok, this band (and this song in particular) is not for the faint of heart. But seeing Boy Sets Fire perform this song live at the Bricks in Salt Lake is one of my fondest concert memories. All I can say is...Rise! Rise! RISE!!

Brand New
Deja Entendu: "The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows"
The most beautiful song about a car crash you'll ever hear. Funny story about this song. The first time I heard it, I was making out with my girlfriend (sorry mom). I actually stopped kissing this girl, and turned all my attention to the music video. I knew my life would never be the same. And turns out Natalie and I have the same favorite band and the same favorite song, Brand New, The "Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows."

Bright Eyes
Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep your Ear to the Ground: "Waste of Paint"/"Bowl of Oranges"
Carlee gave me this album when I came back from my mission. And it really did change my life. I played this album over and over and over again for a year straight. Not even kidding. "Waste of Paint" hits a very personal note for me (especially the second verse), so much so that the first time I heard it I nearly broke down crying. And "Bowl of Oranges", if I was crashing to the ground in an airplane, this is the song I'd want to listen to. And it would cheer me up, no question.

Sixteen Stone: "Come Down"
Bush is admittedly a risky move, but hear me out. Before Bush, I was listening to Weird Al Yankovich. Yeah, Weird Al. Bush introduced me to real rock, and gave me a glimpse into the world of indie rock.

Coheed and Cambria
In Keeping Secrets with Silent Earth 3: "In Keeping Secrets with Silent Earth: 3"
I had never heard of Coheed and Cambria until I saw them perform live with Thursday. Andy asked me if I had heard them before. I told him no. And he said, "You're going to love them." He was right. They were the opening band. This is the song they opened with and my mind was freak'n blown. And they have gotten nothing but better since.

Dashboard Confessional
The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most: "This Bitter Pill"
Saying you like Dashboard Confessional is like admitting you still have a Myspace page and you love the way pukka shell necklaces look. When I first discovered Dashboard I was coming off an exclusive diet of hardcore punk and metal. The first time I heard "This Bitter Pill" it gave me goose bumps. To illustrate how much I love Dashboard, and this song in particular, it was the last song I listened to before walking into the MTC and the first song I played when I came home. I'm proud to stand by my love for Dashboard Confessional, and Natalie says I look like Chris Carabba (totally blushing right now).

Adrenaline: "Bored"
1993 was a strange year for rock music. Lots of bands thought it was a good idea to mix rap with rock (it wasn't). Deftones got swept up in that group of really terrible bands, but they just served up straight rock. The first five seconds of this song lets you know exactly what you're in for. And it's awesome.

From Autumn to Ashes
Too Bad You're Beautiful: "Cherry Kiss"
I love metal. I do. I can't help it. "Cherry Kiss" is such a freaking good song. It's simultaneously the most beautiful and punishing metal song you'll ever hear. This song made sixteenth notes so cool! I have blown out more than one speaker in more than one car listening to this song.

H2O: "5 Yr Plan"
Ok, I'm going to try to not get emotional about this song. My good friend Kyle (who is an amazing artist by the way) put this album on one night on our way to a skate spot. I have loved H2O ever since. I actually quoted this song in my farewell talk. Not even kidding. H2O gave words to the way I felt about my friends. They kept me safe and good; they gave me acceptance and love; they are some of the best people I have ever met and I am extremely privileged to call them friends. Here's the first line from this song (you'll see why I fell in love with H2O): "My friends look out for me like family." Beautiful.

Modest Mouse
Lonesome Crowded West: "Bankrupt on Selling"
Modest Mouse is an incredibly talented band. This is one of their more simple arrangements, but I love this song so much I couldn't think of putting up another Modest Mouse song as my favorite.

The New Amsterdams
Never You Mind: "Goodbye"/"Idaho"
A couple of members of the Get Up Kids (Also one of my favorites) decided to drop the punk and go more folk. The New Amsterdams was the result. I sang these two songs over and over in my head while tracting in Texas. They kept me sane while companions were attaching bike tubes to their pants so they didn't have to use someones bathroom (true story).

The Bends: "Street Spirit"
I love Radiohead. They could release an album of nothing but chickens clucking at feeding time and I would love it. The Bends was kind of a transition album. They went a lot more experimental on their next album. But I feel that listening to "Street Spirit" gives you a good idea of what Radiohead is all about.

Radiohead-Street Spirit from Esat Karayağız on Vimeo.

Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine: "Killing in the Name of"
This is another naughty song. In fact, this song started one of the biggest fights I've ever had with my dad (he was right by the way). This band lived up to its name 100%, and nothing was more sweet than hearing these songs of rebellion when you were a 15 year old punk trying to "define" himself.

The Shape of Punk to Come: Chmerical Bombination In: "New Noise"/"Summerholidays vs. Punkroutine"
Kyle (yeah, that Kyle) introduced me to Refused. The intro to "New Noise" takes you to a different world and then round house kicks you back to reality. And "Summerholidays vs. Punkroutine" has so many amazing lyrics it blows my mind. Here's a taste: "Rather be forgotten then remembered for giving in." Enough said.

Saves the Day
Through Being Cool: "Holly, Hox Forget Me Not"
I don't remember who introduced me to Saves the Day, but I thank them dearly. Emo music has a bad name these days (rightfully so, cause most of it sucks real bad). Saves the Day really started the whole emo thing, and it was awesome. I love Saves the Day. I can listen to this album and it makes me happy. It's the best.

The Smashing Pumpkins
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness: Dawn to Dusk: "Bullet with Butterfly Wings"
Twilight to Starlight: "X.Y.U"
In junior high there were two CDs I listened to over and over again. Both of them were by The Smashing Pumpkins. They made some of the most amazing ballads and some of the hardest rocking songs around. I love these CDs.

Full Collapse: "Understanding in a Car Crash"
This album is so good. Man, it's just so good! Thursday throws out hot chunks of rock laced with soul rending emotion. Sadly, their follow up records couldn't come close to the awesomeness of Full Collapse, but most bands can't even come close to releasing an album this good.

Thursday - Understanding In A Car Crash
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Unwritten Law
Unwritten Law: "Harmonic"
Another Kyle band (I've thanked him, don't worry). I can't really explain why this song is so amazing. You kinda just need to hear it. Sorry.

The Used
The Used: "The Taste of Ink"
The Used came on the scene and totally changed the world (this is a hyperbole). This album opened the door for a lot of good music though (and a lot of really, really crappy music too). Unfortunately their follow up albums were all horrible. At least we have their first effort though, we can all be thankful for that.

The Blue Album: "Say It Aint So"
I would be remiss if I didn't mention Weezer. My sister Julie bought this CD and I probably listened to it more than she did. I'm not a poet so I can't really explain how much I love Weezer. But I really, really, really love Weezer. I like them a lot.