Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Smitten: 1989

If you've ever been a passenger in my car, you know I'm prone to wild sing-alongs and dance parties. These dance parties, however, can range from a very intense Depeche Mode performance to bopping and belting out 90s boy band hits at the top of my lungs: it's safe to say my taste in music is a little bit all over the place.

So it may or may not surprise you that I'm in love with Taylor Swift's latest album, 1989. I've had a love/apathetic relationship with Ms. Swift (not love/hate; I spent the first half of her musical existence blissfully unaware, and then fell charm to her cat obsession and fun-to-croon pop songs at some point in the past year). Her video for Shake It Off sealed the deal, though. One massive, lighthearted parody of a dancestravaganza? I couldn't handle it and immediately busted a move myself.

I caved and downloaded the whole album —it's so very worth it! Each song is equally fun to sing along to, from the belt-worthy Blank Spaces to the more reserved Clean. I've already listened to the album on repeat so that I can sing the words while half asleep on my drive to work in the mornings. 
I stand by my assessment that Taylor Swift and I would be best friends in real life. 

Favorite tracks? Blank Space, Style, All You Had to Do Was Stay, This Love, Clean, all of them

*This post uses affiliate links, but all opinions are my own. If Taylor Swift had asked me to write this post though, I'd die of happiness and it would be kind of hard to write this post as we'd be out playing with kittens and eating ice cream instead.

What are you listening to?

Monday, November 24, 2014

For the Love of a Linguaphile v.131

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( via June Cochran, The Blogcademy NYC ) 

errant adj.: straying outside the proper path or bounds; behaving wrongly (via)

Errant strands of hair stuck out from her bun in every direction.

For the Love of a Linguaphile is a weekly series celebrating the snazzy words we encounter, from those found in great literary works, to those pesky words that keep popping up in everyday life. Hopefully you can incorporate a new word into your vocabulary, or even share one of your favorite words!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

link love

♥ By now you've probably seen the Barbie Computer Engineer book saga, but watching it evolve over the week has been a treat: the original Barbie Computer Engineer book was embarrassingly sending the wrong message, then a PhD student rewrote the book to be awesome, and finally, the Barbie brand wrote an apology — a good, earnest apology.
Benedict Cumberbatch's Completely Random Opinion on Totally Random Things, because why not?
♥ JeeYoung Lee's creates the most dreamy landscape creations!
♥ With 2014's word of the year being 'vape', the topic of ever-changing language comes up often. So what do we love about new words?
♥ Someone recreated Final Fantasy VII as Little Big Planet 2 levels and it is wonderful! This person is my hero.
These 20 U.S. Cities Are Allowed to Complain About the Cold. #17. It already feels like January here. Until tomorrow, when it goes up to 63 degrees, whaaat?
♥ It's no surprise dystopian stories are all the rage right now, but what about the topics dystopian films won't touch?
Rockets, meet bicycles. Don't try this at home. Also, 1930s, you rock.
The original Empire Strikes Back included a Lando-Han-Leia-Vader DINNER PARTY! Can this please happen somehow?
♥ Overwhelmed and rushed? Do a stress assess.

What links are you loving this week?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Things I Love Thursday

I currently can't speak much louder than a whisper, and my throat feels like it's closing up. Here's to thinking I avoided sickness, but alas, no luck. I'm just happy that it's not a full-blown cold. Salt-water and cough drops are my best friends today, and I'm hoping to kick its butt, pronto! Good news for you is, my ability to speak and write are not connected, so here's TiLT!

Tonight is...Mockingjay (which makes me feel a bit better already)! My cousins and I have tickets to tonight's premiere and I cannot be more excited! It's become a November tradition over the past few years to all go together, and it feels like the last movie was forever ago, so we're pretty pumped!

♥ Thank you all for being so supportive of all the upcoming changes here on My Life as a Teacup! I'm finally feeling excited about blogging again, and just thinking about the things to come has made this out-of-nowhere blogging slump turn around already.

little loves
thoughtful cupcakes ♥ The Gobbler — the best Thanksgiving on a bun I've eaten! ♥ small towns that have local delis ♥ slipper socks ♥ dancing around the kitchen ♥ enough leftovers to last the whole week ♥ homemade chocolate chip cookies ♥ the most pleasant dinnertime conversation I've ever had, even if it didn't end the way I'd hoped ♥ practicing my lettering ♥ not having to walk in the cold ♥ snowflakes! ♥ cousin lunches ♥ the magical powers of salt water gargling
Another thing I'm thankful for? The return of 30 Days of Lists this December! I'm hosting another prompt and even have some craftiness of my own up my sleeve this round (and by craftiness I mean impromptu lunch bag-turned notebook). Join us this December!

What are you loving this week?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Giving Back Giveaway: A Blogger's Dream Tools

Every blogger has her go-to blogging tools, whether it's something to edit photographs, an app to schedule social media posts, or a good ol' notebook.

Kate's blog, Clear the Way is turning four this month and she's teamed up with a bunch of bloggers to celebrate by giving away a one year subscription to Adobe Photography Plan (which includes both Photoshop and Lightroom) as well as a year subscription to CoSchedule editorial calendar.

You have from now until midnight of December 3rd to enter this giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below. There are no mandatory entries. The contest is open internationally and one winner will be chosen at the end of the two weeks.

Make sure you check out all the bloggers co-hosting this giveaway and good luck!


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