Music: In Which I Am a Neil Jackson Fangirl

It’s no secret that I love me some Neil Jackson. I mean, seriously, have you seen him? When I first started to follow him on Twitter earlier this year, he linked to his YouTube account of him playing guitar and singing. I admit I had a little trepidation when I first clicked over to watch, not knowing what to expect. But it turns out he’s AWESOME, just a guy and his guitar, singing right to my heart. (You may remember my flailing here.)

Since then, Neil has recorded his first album, The Little Things, which comes out February 4th. You can hear a preview of each of the songs on Amazon (but you should buy it from his website).

Last week, the first single, “Holding a Candle” came out with a video:

The video also features Chelsea Hobbs (aka Emily from Make It or Break It), which was fabulous to see. I’ll admit I was a little squicked to see them together as the couple, since the last time I saw them on screen together, she was playing MUCH younger and he was playing her coach. But she’s ridiculously adorable and it’s easy to see why Video!Neil would be in the love with her. The lip-sync at the beginning of the video is off (and a bit distracting), but by the time, he gets to the chorus, it’s back together. The video storyline reminded me a lot of Easton Corbin’s “Lovin’ You is Fun”, with the guy singing about the pretty girl he loves, but this is clearly more grown-up. I also LOVED the improvised shot of Neil backlit in the rain.

I’m disappointed that my favorite song, “All That I Am,” isn’t on this album, but I’ve been promised it will be on the next one. That said, I’ve already listened to “Holding a Candle” enough times now that I can sing along, so clearly, it’s fantastic as well! Is it February yet?!

“The Unseen Sea”

Thanks to the Bold Italic and Karl The Fog for linking this fabulous time lapse video of our magnificent fog.

Just another reason I love living here!

4 Things I’m Obsessed With Right Now


1. Okay, you know how I went down the Netflix rabbit hole, Neil Jackson style? Well, now it turns out, dude can SING! And play guitar! And makes videos of himself wearing a beanie, drinking a beer and then singing while play guitar. So, it’s possible I’m a little in love with him now. Sorry Neil – it’s your own fault, really!

2. 100 days until the Olympics!
Okay, fair warning, I freakin’ LOVE the Olympics and will likely be blogging a lot more about them as we get closer. Add in my love of London in general and I’m SUPER PSYCHED that we are less than 100 days out from the Summer Games! Bring on the gymnastics, swimming, diving, and all the sports I only care about every four years!

3. Wednesday night’s Giants game
Brandon Belt sums it up quite well actually. This is the first game of the season that I watched on the edge of my seat. I was groaning, clapping and yelling at the TV all game long, but nothing felt better than jumping off my couch, screaming and clapping when Brandon crossed home plate. I was cheering like I was in the stadium, and laughing when the boys ran out of the dugout for a dog pile. Fingers crossed for that kind of awesomeness next month when I head to AT&T Park for the first time this season!

4. NY-LON
As preparation for my upcoming trip to the UK, my friend Katie recommended this short UK series about a New Yorker (Rashida Jones) and a Londoner (Stephen Moyer) trying to make a trans-Atlantic relationship work after a chance encounter at a London pub. I’m halfway through the meager seven episodes and I’m completely hooked!

Links: Chillin’ out, maxin’, relaxin’ all cool 3-day weekend edition

There are few things better than a 3-day weekend. Even if when you come back to work on Tuesday, you have at least three different people suggest that the work week should be structured that way all the time. I may have wasted today’s fun potential, but I still have Sunday and Monday to make up for it.

Maybe, it SHOULD be like that every week!

  • Watching this video of Charles Schultz drawing Charlie Brown just takes me back to my childhood in a wonderful way.
  • I very nearly took the NY Times advice and spent 36 hours on the Mendocino Coast this weekend because they made it sound AMAZING.
  • I love this Life magazine shots of high school fashion from 1969 if only because these same girls are the ones giving kids crap these days for how short their skirts are!
  • Everyone’s seen the 100 Years of Style in 100 Seconds video by now, but that doesn’t make it less awesome.
  • I can’t believe I’m linking Lauren Conrad’s website, but I’m a sucker for yummy-looking cookies.
  • Of all the ways listed to fix a bad mood, I think “go outside and play” is the most underrated once you get to be an adult.
  • This essay about death and Facebook hit me a little harder than it should have.
  • To counterbalance that, please enjoy the fact that ToeSox exist! I may to get some for doing yoga.
  • Sometimes xkcd just hits it out of the park. “It’s nice of you to say that, but I know what I did.”

July Links Round Up

One of my favorite inventions is the “star” feature of my Google Reader. I love being able to favorite posts I read for later consumption. I only wish I could do this with everything else in life as well.

  • Clockwork Lemon: Picnics and Picnic Baskets
    I’m a little bit in love with this picnic basket. I’ve never been one to pack a picnic, but this basket makes me want to frolic in a meadow or whatever people do while picnicking. LOVE!
  • Stanford Magazine: The Menace Within
    “You never know what you’re going to get involved in that will turn out to be a defining moment in your life.” – Stanford Prison Experiment “prisoner”
  • xkcd: Delivery Notification
    Oh, I’ve so been there! I remember trying to get FedEx to pick up my laptop for repair and it taking over a week for the guy to actually ring my apartment to pick it up and it only needed to go to Santa Clara. It was so frustrating to sit there day after day, waiting, when I could just drive 45 minutes south and get it over with!
  • The Hairpin: Bacon-Wrapped Egg Cupcakes
    Yum!

A Royal Visit to North America: