Thank You Undertaker

Last night,  a piece of my childhood exited the ring, the Undertaker retired. As an avid wrestling fan throughout my early years, I remember watching every Wrestlemania and waiting to see the Undertaker retain his streak. Over the years, we have all watched him weaken in strength while maintaining the same strong spirit and love he has always had for his sport. His loss to Brock Lesnar, which ended his streak, was heartbreaking to watch but it did show that time was closing in on him. Last night, I watched as Undertaker essentially gave his last show, but in a way let us know, through Roman Regins defeat, that it was time for him to go and stop fighting. As sad as this makes me feel, I also know that it is time to accept that he has put in all he has got and now he must rest. My heart broke as I saw him take off his gloves, cloak, and hat and lay them to rest in the ring. While this is goodbye to the Deadman, this is also a time to thank him for his years and contributions to Wrestling entertainment. I will always remember being mesmerized while watching him excel at his sport.

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Thank you Undertaker. May your gimmick rest in Peace.

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Van Morrison Playlist

To be honest, I have been going through a lot lately and I don’t exactly know how I feel about some things. I was watching my favourite show, This Is Us, and this song came on and it was as if I found clarity and peace within myself, even if it was only for one minute. When I later googled it, it was called Into the Mystic by Van Morrison. I listened and listened to this song over and over again on repeat and I felt calmer each time I did and I felt at peace each time I did. Time stopped for a moment and everything was finally okay. Then I went searching for more of his music and actually stumbled upon a few that I was quite familiar with. I made this playlist of my top 6 Van Morrison songs to help me calm down when I am stressed and anxious. You can access them via Spotify below. Happy listening!

 

September Song

I originally stumbled upon this song on an acoustic listening Spotify playlist. I then went to research more about the artist, JP Cooper, and I found the more mainstream pop version of the song. This is probably one of the cutest songs I have ever heard, however it is not too lyrically complex which allows for a more easy listening experience. I have been listening to this song on repeat as it is just great period and the artists voice amplify the song. This is one of those songs that you will find yourself listening too repeatedly on a road trip.

 

Happy New Year!!

To all of my lovely blog followers, whom I have neglected by not writing as much this year, Happy New Year to you. I hope that this year brings you loads of blessings and happiness. Thankfully the year of realizing is over.

I am also going to get back to writing on this blog…for the remainder of the year and then I will retire it in the most wonderful way possible. I have maintained this blog throughout high school and university, and as I progress into my professional life, I don’t know if it will be feasible for me to keep on writing here. I may want to venture into different types of writing or I may simply just one day run out of time. As a final thank you to myself and a final goodbye to this blog, I will finish this in May 2017 and I will move on to other things.

I look forward to seeing your likes on my new blog posts!

1 NIGHT

1 NIGHT is a song by new rapper Lil Yachty.  For some odd reason, I love this song. It is actually quite bad, the voice is extremely monotone, the lyrics are not intelligent, but it is so catchy and funny that I cannot stop listening to it. The beat is also good so it doesn’t hurt to listen to it for that reason. If you want to laugh along to the lyrics and bad singing/rapping, then just watch the video which also doubles as a lyric video.

P.S. The music video is just as hilarious as his aesthetic!

 

Book Review #7 – The Homecoming

“This ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review”

The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey is a novel about finding yourself in times of insecurity and emotional strife.

John, thc975dc79924bab42d8efe55968f0e4e4e main protagonist, has been kicked out of his home and seen as the problem child ever since his brother got into an accident. His life hasn’t been the same since and he spends his time living with his other family members while he deals with his personal demons that are back home. In his last year of high school, John moves back home and back in with his mom, sister and brother. Angry most of the time, John yearns to run away from this life and to never look back. Along the way, he realizes his academic talents, develops a stronger bond with his little sister, falls in love, realizes that his parents aren’t all bad, and most importantly, he comes to terms with his ‘old’ brother being gone.

While this book did deal with heavy subject matter and the dark emotions of the protagonist, it failed to follow some form of flowing story-line throughout. It was well written and engaging, but felt more like a guide trough John’s self realizations than an actually dramatic novel. There was really no climax. While his feelings about the situation with his brother are resolved by the end of the novel, the death of his previous girlfriend is all but thrown at the back burner and we are left wondering, “What about her and all the pain he felt throughout the first 75% of the novel?” It was strange that the only resolution he had with that was telling her relative about his new girlfriend.

This book was an interesting read but it was not memorable. The beginning of the book was great and really explored the protagonist in depth. By the middle I had a full understanding of his struggles emotionally and his life. At the end, I was very confused as to what was going on and how he came to all of these conclusions and realizations. How did he resolve the issues in his life? This was not clearly gotten to. Also there was a lack of climax in this book. There were a bunch of little bumps to ride over, but no big hill and that took away from this novels potential.

The book had a lot more potential for growth. It had great components but left me wondering a lot towards the end. Having said that, I do not think that this book needs a sequel. Maybe a prequel so that I can understand the relationship he had with his deceased girlfriend with more clarity.

I would give this book 2.5/5 stars,  for as well written as it was, it was missing that kind hamburger style of writing (not saying that this is the only model), and it was more of a bun to meat to bun kind of book. Great intro, great middle, lack of a substantial ending.