Spring Cleaning 2022 Playlist

Before we begin this playlist, I just want to note that I had all the songs planned out for this in March 2020 right when the pandemic shut everything down and made life miserable. I held off on posting it until we weren’t all going stir crazy right now, so by the time I went back to the playlist I couldn’t remember my reasoning for a few of the songs on it 😅

Also had planned to do a roller skating playlist this spring but I rolled my ankle on day 11 of re-relearning to roller skate after a 15+ year hiatus. So there went that.

In any case, we are now in almost completely mask-free endemic phase, with spring weather hovering in the high 40s. Not pleased with the amount of freeze warnings still happening but it’s now the perfect time to stay indoors to do some spring cleaning.

Enjoy dancing around the house in cleaning gloves with these jams:

1. Hello (ft. Rejjie Snow), Clairo. Hello spring, but also hello to the pollen and other dust allergens.

2. Sugar Daddy, Qveen Herby. Time to don your favorite outfit for a bougie Qveen Herby-esque cleaning sesh.

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3. Shock Horror (ft. JONES), Shy Luv. For when you’re both shocked and horrified at the amount of grime that accumulated in hard to reach corners over the last year.

4. House of Cards, Radiohead. My favorite song to partner dance with the broom to.

5. LAVA, Still Woozy. For those of you cleaning both before and after the spring break parties like the one in this music video, my heart goes out to you.

6. Aftershock, Summer Heart. You don’t really realize how much dirt you cleaned until the never ending task of rinsing out the reusable Swiffer rag.

7. Fake It, jesse saint john. Fake your desire to clean until you start feeling like you actually want to (or until you’re done cleaning, whichever comes first).

8. Extra Fresh, Birocratic. A beat to help get your space looking extra fresh.

9. Machine, Lemaitre. This one goes out to all the Roombas.

10. Kimono House, Ruby Empress. Looking forward to lounging around in a kimono when the place is finally all cleaned up.

11. Under the Sheets, Ellie Goulding. Don’t forget to put on some fresh sheets to bask your tired body in after cleaning.

12. April, Blowsom. Closing out April groovy and squeaky clean!

Cheers to a clean spring!

Mid-Winter 2022 Waiting Mini Mix

I meant to write this post last week but I was too busy relaxing 😅

While there is still some ice on the ground from the last time it snowed in the Northeast, it looks as though the weather is warming up (save for a few 20°F nights).

I’m so ready for spring. While I wait for the next season to arrive, I’ll be jammin’ out indoors on my roller skates to this mini mix of songs with the theme of longing.

1. Waited 4 U, Slow Magic. Let’s start this period of longing with a somber electronic beat.

2. Every Breath You Take, The Police. Looking forward to not being able to see every breath I take in the form of condensation.

3. Wait a Minute!, Willow Smith. Couldn’t forget this TikTok gem.

4. Waiting for Tonight, Jennifer Lopez. Don’t mind me, just waiting in ’90s nostalgia.

5. Wait for You, Elliott Yamin. “I’ll be waiting…”

6. Blankets, DWNTWN. Ready to trade these heavy winter blankets for some lighter spring linens.

7. I’ve Been Waiting, Dear David. Indeed we all have “been waiting so long.”

8. If You’re Gone, Matchbox Twenty. It’s time to come home, spring.

Spring 2022 better hurry up.

2021’s Best in Music

It’s that time of the year again!

Even though the last two years have been nothing but hell, music got many of us through it all. Let’s pay homage to some of my favorite songs, albums, and artists of 2021:

1. “Surprise Surprise”, Andrew Belle, Nightshade. It is no secret that my obsession with Andrew Belle multiplied tenfold this year.

2. “Oh My God”, Adele, 30. I forgot how versatile her voice truly is.

3. “Need to Know”, Doja Cat, Planet Her. All hail Queen Doja.

4. “Starlight (Taylor’s Version)”, Taylor Swift, Red (Taylor’s Version). I feel like I’m a teenager again hearing these songs.

5. “Abracadabra”, Qveen Herby, Halloqveen. Magic.

6. “New Light”, John Mayer, Sob Rock. A classic.

7. “Feels Right,” Roosevelt, Polydans. Indeed, it does.

8. “Lost Cause”, Aly & AJ, a touch of the beat gets you up on your feet gets you out and then into the sun. Hoping 2022 isn’t a lost cause like the last two years.

9. “Animal”, Kye Kye, Arya. KYE KYE IS BACK!

10. “Die for You (ft. Dominic Fike)”, Justin Bieber, Justice. He’s still got it.

11. “Softly,” Amber Mark, Softly. I need to see her live in concert soon.

12. “Pink Noise”, Laura Mvula, Pink Noise. Issa party!

Have a happy and safe New Year!

April 2021 Favorites

As you can see from the new style of image for this post, Monthly Favorites will be taking on a new format. It might change again as I finagle with a few things later this summer, but for now, the posts will be shorter and will have two new categories! Enjoy my favorites in pop culture and entertainment for the month of April 2021, now including a favorite celeb tweet and TikTok!

Favorite News

Master of None is coming back to Netflix on May 23! Might consider watching!

Favorite Music

“Untouchable (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift. So happy she decided to re-record this album!

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

Qveen Herby’s first album release announcement. CANNOT WAIT UNTIL SHE CAN TOUR OMJ.

Favorite TV Episode

Law & Order: Organized Crime, “What Happens in Puglia”. The most intense series premiere on television, ever.

Favorite YouTube Video

“Kiss Me More” by Doja Cat ft. SZA music video. Loving the diversity here.

Favorite Celeb Tweet

Hugh Jackman’s forks are lethal, folks. Beware at any dinner parties you chose to attend in his honor.

Favorite Celeb TikTok

Shay Mitchell is me with my chronic back pain.

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Reposted for original sound 😈 Let’s see how creative you get with it!

♬ original sound – Shay Mitchell

May is flowering.

Feb & Mar Favorites: Amazon Dating & Sarah Baska Goes Emo

Alright, so here’s a compact version of what happened:

I procrastinated too long in March and never ended up posting February 2021 favorites because I then managed to eff up my right (dominant) wrist during a 40-some-odd-day yoga streak (a story for another post).

Since my hand is still healing, I present to you a very short combined February and March 2021 favorites!

Favorite News Articles

1. Amazon Dating parody site tried to make Valentine’s Day fun this year. Found out about this through @dimpey6 on TikTok and I’m not even ashamed to admit it.

2. Pics of Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana for the upcoming film Spencer. I keep telling people that K-Stew was born to star in biopics.

Favorite Music

1. “Feels Right” by Roosevelt. It does, indeed.

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December Favorites: WAmP & “End of the World” Music Video ft. Zooey Deschanel

Sooo, 2020 is over right? Yeah? 🥴

I really have no words to describe what went down at the US Capitol this past week but boy am I glad the election results are certified and we can move forward to Emperor Spray Tan being dragged out of the White House kicking and screaming Inauguration Day on January 20th.

On that note, let’s journey back to December 2020 for a lil’ bit for my faves in pop culture and entertainment.

Favorite News Articles

1. Cardi B gives her stamp of approval for Johns Hopkins University’s “WAmp” (Wear a Mask Please). Love this so much. 

2. Marsai Martin set the record for youngest producer. YAAASSS gurl!

3. Steve Kornacki gets a gig doing football stats weeks after his amazing 2020 election coverage. Someone give this man an Emmy. 

4. iCarly is getting a reboot with the original cast! Something to look forward to in 2021 🙌🏽

Favorite Music

1. “Teach Me How To Love” by Shawn Mendes. This man can do no wrong I swear.

2. “Lets Have a Party” by Mike Posner. Feel good fun.

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Sky Ferreira and the little black kitty. Too much adorableness! 

2. Ariana Grande is engaged! The ring is so gorgeous and I wish her all the best after going through so much in the past. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Favorite TV Episodes

1. Black-ish, “Compton Around the Christmas Tree.” Of course Bo would want to do more than just peel potatoes 😜

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Zooey Deschanel stars in Katy Perry’s “Not the End of the World” music video. I’m ded. 

2. Liza is having a ball making masterful cuisines with her air fryer. Oh, how I’ve missed this crazy chick!

Is it too late for a refund on 2021 though? 🤔

2020’s Best in Music

Of course my neck would hurt and my head would start to pound on the last day of this God-forsaken year when I’m scheduled to recap the songs, artists and albums that kept us all sane in 2020.

OF COURSE.

Anyway, I’m powering through this with the help of Tylenol and eggnog.

Truly, music is the MVP this year. I’m amazed at how many artists followed through on their releases and then some (looking at you, T-Swizzle).

So without further ado, I present 2020’s Best in Music:

1. “Nydia,” Buscabulla, Regresa. Started out the year with these enchantingly addicting vocals.

2. “Sinner,” Galimatias, Renaissance Boy. This boy better get his behind on tour as soon as its safe to do so again.

3. “Pure / Santiago,” Lido, Peder. This year’s pleasant surprise for sure.

4. “Is It True,” Tame Impala, The Slow Rush. I feel like Tame Impala knew how 2020 was gonna go before it even started.

5. “Midnight Sky,” Miley Cyrus, Plastic Hearts. I can get used to this rock and roll phase.

6. invisible string, Taylor Swift, folklore. Back on that Taylor Swift train.

7. “Mission,” Qveen Herby, EP 9. Eat cake, stream spoopy Qveen.

8. “WATER (ft. Pharrell Williams, Salatiel),” Beyoncé, The Lion King: The Gift (Deluxe Edition). So glad this was re-released with Black is King!

9. “Back Up,” Aluna, Renaissance. AlunaGeorge WHO?!

10. “Easy”, Troye Sivan, In A Dream. So proud of this kid.

11. “Spark It Up,” LEISURE, Side A. Not even a global pandemic can rob this band of their chill.

12. “Supersonic”, Fleurie, Portals (The Deluxe Version). Excited to watch Fleurie continue to grow as an artist.

13. “Oakland (ft. Winnetka Bowling League),” RAC, BOY. Lord knows we all needed this RAC album this year.

14. “Babe Ruth,” COIN, Dreamland. The calm before the chaos.

15. “Dance Again,” Selena Gomez, Rare. “Feels so good” indeed.

See you on the other side 😉🎉

September Favorites: Swearing Birds & Qveen Herby’s “Sleepwalker” Music Video

Looking back, September wasn’t as eventful in pop culture and entertainment, so this monthly favorites will be a bit short.

Enjoy!

Favorite News Articles

1. These gray parrots got kicked out of the zoo’s viewing area for cursing. I can’t imagine how hilarious that must have sounded😂

2. Selena Gomez DM’d Mark Zuckerberg about hateful messages and misinformation on Facebook. Love it when celebs stand for what’s right.

Favorite Music

1. “Bodies (Tycho Remix)” by The Knocks, MUNA. Remixed to perfection.

2. “BEST4U” by Lido feat. MulherinPeder as a whole is such a treat.

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June Favorites: ‘Lucifer’ Season 5 Announcement & Beyoncé’s “Black Parade”

I really don’t have an excuse for not having this favorites post done before the 10th so I’m just going to skip any nonsense explanations and get right to it.

Enjoy my June 2020 favorites below.

Favorite News Articles

1. Lucifer season 5 is coming this summer. So glad it didn’t get postponed with all the mess going on in the world!

2. A Kentucky tattoo parlor is covering racist ink for free. Now this is how you start meaningful change in majority White communities. #BLM

3. Barbara Streisand gave Gianna Floyd Disney stock. YES to everything about this!

4. An audience of plants attended a symphony in Spain. Is this the secret to enormous plant growth?

Favorite Music
1. “Black Parade” by Beyoncé. I felt this Juneteenth jam deep in my Afro-Latina/West Indian soul.

2. “My People” by Amber Mark. Another Juneteenth tune that hit just right in the most minimalist way.

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May Favorites: Post Malone’s Rosé & HTGAWM Series Finale

Before you begin reading this post, please ensure that you have done at least one of the following:

Signed a petition regarding justice for George Floyd & Breonna Taylor

Donated to a charity supporting Black Lives Matter

Safely participated in a protest (only if you are healthy enough to be outdoors)

Supported a BIPOC-owned business

If not, please do not come back to this blog until you have completed one of the aforementioned things.

#BLM

The world better not experience a week like the last week of May 2020 ever again.

Despite all the ways May went wrong, I was still able to find some amazing things last month that’ll put a smile on your face, if only for a few moments.

Let’s get to it:

Favorite News Articles

1. Post Malone is launching a brand of rosé. I feel like I’m the only person who is super hype about this!

2. Hamilton the musical will stream on Disney+ in July! CHRISTMAS IN JULY!

3. The law wouldn’t let Baby Musk keep his name. But not even an intervention from the state could change it enough.

Favorite Music

1. “Passion” by RAC feat. Louis the Child. “We’re pieces of the universe…”

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