Pursuit of Happiness

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Have A Very Modern Christmas! [Music]

So as most everyone probably knows, I am OBSESSED with Christmas music :)  So my iPod is full of it. I of course have the classics: Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, etc...But lately, I've been introduced to a more modern side of Christmas music...

Of course in 2007, Relient K changed my life with their EP, "Let It Snow Baby...Let It Reindeer," however, since then dozens of alternative/indie bands have been following suit and spreading the Christmas cheer.  So what's on my playlist this year?

The Classic Tunes:
Carol of the Bells: Family Force 5
O Come All Ye Faithful: Weezer

Do You Hear What I Hear?: Copeland
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas: Daphne Loves Derby
Silver Bells: Relient K
Sleigh Ride: The Late Greats
Winter Wonderland: Jason Mraz
Angels We Have Heard On High: Family Force 5
Silent Night: MercyMe

The Newer-Yet-Still-Classic Tunes:
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home): Death Cab For Cutie
All I want for Christmas Is You: House of Heroes
Happy X-Mas (War Is Over): The Fray
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: InMemory
Someday at Christmas: Jack Johnson
Wonderful Christmastime: Jars of Clay
Holly Jolly Christmas: The Format
Rocking Around The Christmas Tree: Cartel
Christmas Shoes: FM Static

The Scrooge Tunes:
You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch: Queens Club
Blue Christmas: Bright Eyes
Last Christmas: Jimmy Eat World
Heat Miser: Thousand Foot Krutch

The New Tunes:
Christmas Anthem: Landon Smith & The Real Matt Jones [OBSESSED!!!!]
Jesus Gave Us Christmas: Emery
The Christmas Song: Owl City
Drinking Up Christmas: Dwarves
Santa Stole My Girlfriend: The Maine
Wasted Wishes on Mistletoe Misses: Transition
Ex-Miss: New Found Glory
Merry Swiftmas: Evan Taubenfield

With this mix, who could ever have a Blue Christmas?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tis the Season to Study

As the warm thoughts of Holiday cheer is supposed to be entering my heart, I have another thing on my mind....exams.  I am always the first person to break out the Christmas music and hang my stocking abnormally far before Thanksgiving.  But this year, my jolly cheer has been halted by the ever burdening final exams.

While spending a wonderful, yet far too short, Thanksgiving break at home in Michigan, I was able to put off my dismal thoughts for just a short time.  I refused to open my laptop in hopes that those dreary papers would magically go away, only to find them still waiting to be written as I landed back in Birmingham.

So how do I plan to cope with these scrooge-like papers?  Spending my time writing them as warm and jolly as I can.  I went on a little excursion today to get the necessary tools to survive my holiday exams:

The first stop, Starbucks.  I'm in love with their Peppermint Mochas (NF/SF).  To keep me in an even brighter mood, it came in their holiday cups to not only keep me alert with caffeine but to boost my creativity and optimism simply from the cheery containers.

The second stop was Target, where I found the most adorable holiday pens for note-taking.  It may be dismal, but these vibrant utensils may just make it a little more bearable :)
And of course, I can't go to target during the holidays without getting a new set of mittens for walking to class.  We only barely need them in the mornings down south, but it's a little bit of home! [I heard i snowed today in Michigan...SO jealous!]

Finally, I updated my iPod with some Classic Christmas music (Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby of course) to get me in the Christmas mood.  I snuggled up to my Peppermint Mocha and am now in the middle of writing a fabulous paper and presentation for my Elections class [oh the joys of term limits!]...

Just one more Presentation and two more exams til I'm home free for the Holidays in beautiful, snowy Michigan!