Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Greatest Showman Tag

*reads MK's post*

*laughs hysterically*

Hiiiiii!!!

I know what you're thinking... Lilah, why did you leave for 3 months and then come back with a tag????


To that I say....




To be honest, I totally had an actual post planned for last Wednesday. But we're redoing our library/schoolroom at the moment, so things are little crazy. But! Next Wednesday, I will get back to my regular posting schedule. Posts every Wednesday and Friday!!!


Anyway, on to the tag!!!!








MK and MovieCritic both got me for this one, Check out their posts here and here 



The Greatest Show: Name a book that's as entertaining as a circus 

Legendary by Stephanie Garber. I LOVED IT SO MUCH!!


A Million Dreams: Name a book that's set in a fantastical world 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

Come Alive: Name a book that makes you outrageously happy

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Love and Gelato/Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
Wanderlost by Jen Malone

*is bad at following directions*


The Other Side: Name a book that changed your mind about something

*doesn't know how to answer*


Never Enough: Name a book that you've re-read more than once

Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy by Ally Carter
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch


This is Me: Name a book with a character that reminds you of yourself

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch


Rewrite the Stars: Name a book with a forbidden romance

GAAAAH I DON'T READ BOOKS WITH FORBIDDEN ROMANCES!!! I'M INTO STUPID, CHEESY ROMANCES WITH STUPID, CHEESY HAPPY ENDINGS *WAILS*


Tightrope: Name a book with an adventurous main character

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer


From Now On: Name a book with a wonderful family (Related or otherwise) 

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer



And now, like MK did, I'm going to list my favorite Greatest Showman songs in order from most to least  loved.



  1. A Million Dreams
  2. Never Enough
  3. Rewrite The Stars
  4. Tightrope
  5. The Other Side 
  6. This Is Me
  7. Come Alive 
  8. From Now On
  9. The Greatest Show 


I'm not tagging anyone, but anyone who has the soundtrack memorized, consider yourself tagged!! 


Til next time! 

Lilah





Sunday, July 1, 2018

Lilah Can't Come to the Phone Right Now....Why? She's....



Not dead, if that's what you're thinking.

She's on a vaca!

...sort of?


Anyway, she won't be able to post anything this week. She also will not be responding to comments or emails, etc. She's taking a nice little internet detox. (Not by choice of course...)

So what did she do? Why is this crazy woman here?

Well, I too am on a blogging break and won't be posting for...awhile? But I answer my emails, so...

When Lilah needed someone to post something for her, she snapped off a text to me!






She asked me to come over and post something saying that she'd be away for a while, that she won't be able to post for this week at least, but she promises she'll be back before you know it and when she does, she'll be jumping back into the world of blogging again!!!! And that she loves you all and blah blah blah.

So hang tight peeps. Lilah will be back soon to brighten your day and fill your life with music, light and laughter...and probably more tangled gifs...


-Not Lilah


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Life Update

Ummmm hi!


Its been a while. And I apologize for that. School has been kicking me in the pants (even though I don't wear pants XD) and I honestly have had no time to blog.

Oh, and there's the little matter of graduating at the end of the week.... haha totally not stressed.


So I promise in June, you guys will get an April/May wrap up post and I will be back to posting normally!

See you then!!!

Lilah

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Awkward and Awesome: Choir!!!

Hi guys!

Our last collab post was basically me flailing on the floor and Catherine picking up the pieces, but this time, i’m normal! (ish)

Notice the “ish” part.

*sticks tongue out at Catherine*

*snickers*

Anyways, we have decided to do another collab post together this week - An Awkward and Awesome post on “Being in Choir”.

You see, Lia and I are part of our respective church choirs and we’ve been passing around funny stories from choir every time we chat with each other. So, we figured, why not?

Anyway, let’s get into it!!!!!!

*drumroll*


Awkward 

Almost knocking someone out with my choir bag….


When you are trying to find practice tracks for some of the songs - and all the YouTube covers are either the wrong tempo, or worse in the wrong key!


Singing a wrong note and the choir director makes eye contact with you.


When one section misses an entrance and “kidnaps” another section - causing major musical mayhem!


When you make sarcastic commentary and the person in front of you hears you and laughs…..


When your choir director misses a note and takes out the entire choir!


Sounding like a 40 year old smoker after singing Holy Week. (Or coughing like crazy after a long Mass….)


The temptation to run away, hide, cringe and cry when a person is practicing….and singing flat/sharp/horrible. Bonus points if it is a family member…..


When you practice a song so many times, you hear it in your sleep. And that’s annoying.


The eye rolls we get from the director if we make a mistake again after being lectured on the correct form for doing it the first time…..


Trying to take a drink of water and slamming your head into the organ pipes….
(only me, guys, only me)



When the choir director loses his pitch pipe (or in my case, tuning fork)
(lol, that happens all the time)


Music stands are your best friends. Or your worst enemy. Case in point, accidently punching your music stand while trying to count beats. (Or they dump things all over the floor. Or they get knocked together during Mass and make a horrible racket.) (AKA giant dominos)


When a soprano (or any) section is actually timid to sing out.


When you are convinced that the composer hated your section so much that he gave it the worst line imaginable.


When the electric keyboard that the choir director uses for practice is on the fritz/dying….and much banging on it is the only way that it works again…and maybe a muffled word from the director.


Not being able to see because you are in the back row…


The let’s-find-all-the-weird-hymns-in-the-hymnal game…


Why is the water all the way over on the other side of the choir loft?????


When your chapel has the WORST acoustics in the world (in spite of it’s small size) and the director has to have everybody sing loudly in order to have any kind of a decent sound….


Raise your hand if you feel like dying after hitting the high G note….(*raises timid hand*)



Awesome

When we hit that perfect “open fifth” or chord.


The last ringing note echoing in the church


When your choir director has a wonderful sense of humor. As well as several other members of the choir.


Water is your best friend


The beautiful music pieces (ex. Sicut Cervus, Jesu Rex Admirabilis)


Walking around the choir loft barefoot
(What????) (Its carpet, it’s fine)


The inside jokes!!!!!!


Messing up the song so horribly that the whole choir erupts into giggles


The very satisfied feeling after singing wonderfully.


Being known as the musical one in your family


Your musical knowledge expands practically every practice.


Music becomes your life


Receiving Holy Communion first before everyone.


Getting a bird’s eye view of the whole church


The camaraderie that everyone in the choir has with each other! Choir parties are the best ;). (Choir is a second family!)


And the best awesome of all….glorifying God through song!


Hope you enjoyed this post!

Now it’s your turn to talk! Are you part of a choir? Did we miss any awkwards or awesomes? Please share!!


With love,

Lilah and Catherine

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Time I Met Damian McGinty

Hi guys!

Let me start out by saying, there were many different ways I could have titled this.

"The Time I Almost Passed Out At Damian McGinty's Feet"

"The Time I Acted Like A Six Year Old At Damian McGinty's Concert"

"The Time I Had A Complete Mental Breakdown At Damian McGinty's Concert"


So yeah.....

I still have no chill.


So my aunt is the nicest person ever!!! She offered to take me and of course, I was like YES!!

So yesterday, we got in the car and started driving and we stopped to get gas. And just before my aunt got out, she was like "I bought meet and greet tickets, you're going to get to me him."

She got out of the car and I had a complete mental breakdown.

I started laughing and crying at the same time. I was rambling to myself. The guy that walked by the car probably thought I was a crazy person...... (which I am, but he doesn't know that)

(Yes. Yes she is. Very crazy. You should have heard her when she was telling me this thing over the phone ~ Catherine). 

We get to the venue an hour early because my aunt thought there was going to be a lot of traffic. So we just chill in the lobby for an hour. And then we finally get into the venue.

(She needed that hour break. Considering the exercise her nerves were going to get, they probably appreciated the break). 

So this venue did not have assigned seating so we could sit wherever we wanted. And it just happened that there were two empty seats in the front row!!!!!  AAAAAAAAAAAA

(Fasten the seat-belts, everybody....) 

We sit there for a bit and then he walks onto the stage.  My aunt said she has never seen me smile so wide. I had the biggest Cheshire cat grin.


That's how close we were. *screaming again*

(I really wish I had been there just to see her face these next few minutes....)

So at the beginning of the meet and greet, he had a 15-20 minute Q and A. I initially was not going to ask a question, but then as he was answering another person's question, I was like, "Screw it, let's ask a question!!!"

So I raised my hand and he pointed to me and I said. "What's your song writing process?"
(*pats self on back*) (I'm so proud of her.)

He said he's actually never gotten that question before and it was a really thoughtful question. And then he answered. He said he does his best writing on planes because he doesn't do well on them, so to pass the time, he writes songs and records little voice memos of his ideas. I was taking notes :D :D :D

(She conveniently forgot to tell you that she was bobbing her head a lot and her aunt had to elbow her in order to get her to stop....)

So then he leaves to go out to the room where everybody can take pictures and get stuff signed.

We're in the line and i'm literally jumping up and down in place and my aunt told me 3 times to stop. I told her I was getting all the jitters out.

And then we get to the front of the line...

(Give her a second...she's dying again.) 

I walk up to him and he gives me the bestest hug I have ever had. I literally didn't want to let go.


Oh look its me!

(Yep. She's getting bold in her madness.) 

He signed my CD and he actually spelled my name right!!!!! (People spell it wrong all the time!)

(You forgot about the bouncing in the line part....)

And then he followed up on the question I asked him. He asked if I was a songwriter, and I said yes.
And then he gave some advice.

He said, "Work hard, and even if you fail, you can't give up because one day you will succeed."
And then he said,

"I look forward to performing with you one day."

(okay, she is literally melting over the phone into a puddle right now...not that I blame her in the least. I dare say I would have had the same reaction if I had been in her shoes. *goes to Lilah and hands her a hankie*)


And then we went to take a picture together and I almost tripped over his shoe, because I lost feeling in my legs.


Oh look there's my full face!

(The only reason why she is upright is because she's gripping the table.) 

He hugged me again and we walked back into the venue. And while we were walking back, I started walking sideways. My aunt was like, "Are you okay???" 

Me: No, no I am not.

(Gosh, I really wish I was there.....with a video camera...) 

We sat back down and sat for a half hour while he finished and then he went backstage. We sat for another half hour and then his guitar player and piano player came out and started warming up. 

And then he walked out.

(and she's melted on the floor again.....) 

Chesire cat grin came out again.

He sang a couple songs. He talked a bit before each one and told us the title before he sang it. He sang Caledonia (and mentioned her dearly beloved late George Donaldson, which immediately prompted "awwws" from the audience) and he sang the first couple of lines and then busted out laughing. His guitar player gave him a funny look and he couldn't help but laugh.

He made fun of his 14 year old so much, it was hilarious. He started singing Puppy Love and to make fun of himself even more, he started doing the moves he did when he was younger. I have never laughed harder.

(She's so shooketh that she forgot half the details again. Apparently, he also did the same thing with Breaking Up is Hard to Do, and Bye Bye Baby, ending each song snippet with "But enough about that". He included cracks about his costuming (like bell-bottomed pants, and earlier skinny jeans and leather jacket) that I found hilarious.) 

He debuted a new song that is not on his EP. He's releasing this song with his album next February. The song is called Salt Water. He sang through the first verse and chorus and I burst into tears. There were tears streaming down my face. My aunt surprisingly did not notice.

He started singing "I Want To Dance With Somebody" and we all got up and danced and it was really fun! Then he started the last song, which was his single "Slow Dance". We all were dancing and having the best time ever. He started twirling all the people in the front row, so I got to dance with him.

(Gosh, she's so CALM about it!! Let us take a moment to realize that she Actually. Danced. With. Damian McGinty. Now, I'm freaking out. Cause seriously, who can say that they Actually. Danced. With. Damian McGinty.)  

Oh my gosh, I danced with Damian McGinty.....



The concert was over.

(And the feels and the fangirling started anew....) 

So we got in the car and my aunt looks over at me and says, "you know you literally leaned over to me before every song and said you loved this song" And I said that I literally do not remember saying it at all.

And then we got home and went crazy on Facebook. Here is what I said...

"Lilah cannot even right now. Lilah met Damian McGinty tonight. Which has made Lilah talk in the third person. Lilah is not okay. She met Damian McGinty. This is weird now so Lilah is going to stop."

"Let it be known now that Damian McGinty is the best hugger ever"

"His eyebrows are even more magnificent in real life."

"I'm probably going to be talking about this for a while. I'm sorry in advance."

Then I went to go take a shower to calm down.

And came back and posted this.

"Its been an hour and I still have no chill."

(It's been 48 hours and she still has no chill. She literally has it BAD, y'all. It has taken us almost three hours to write this post out. I've never seen her this shook up EVER. She and I have been on the phone this whole time talking this thing out as we go, and if I had a dollar for every time she said "I've met Damian McGinty", "Okay", "I'm Cool", "Going to be Mature about this" or giggled, I would be a millionaire right now.) 

She's not wrong.......

If you have managed to get through all this, I congratulate you.

We really hope you enjoyed this post! Please send Lilah some chocolate, she's now in a bad concert hangover after writing this all out. Have you gals been to any concerts lately? If so, who was the artist? What is one artist that you are dying to see in concert? 

Lilah (and her impulse control, Catherine Hawthorn <3) 
  

Saturday, April 7, 2018

March Wrap-Up 2018



Hi guys!!!!!!

March was a very busy month, so let's get on with it!!!!




Blogging Things 

I posted 9 times this month! 


A lot of you guys liked the way I did this so I'm going to keep doing it! 

Thanks everyone!!

I regret everything.......

I had a lot of fun answering these! 

I had a lot of fun answering these too, except it took 1000 years....

MK and Catherine reveal what an insane person I am! 

My favorite song from Amelie the Musical

I wrote a song this month!!!!!

I learned how to make collages! If anyone wants me to make one for them, see this post! 


Bookish Things 

I read 27 books this month.........

Cinderella is Evil by Jamie Campbell 2/5 stars. 
It was okay. A little creepy..

Solving For Ex by Leigh Anne Kopans  2/5 stars
Math jokes galore.... I hate math. 

Capture by Rachel Van Dyken 5/5 stars!
I loved this one!!!!! There is some language in it and a scene........... But the rest was great!! 

The Girl In Between by Laekan Zea Kemp 3/5 stars
Creepy Sleeping Beauty ish tale. Modern day. 

Bellamy and the Brute by Alicia Michaels 5/5 stars! 
Have I mentioned how much I love Beauty and the Beast retellings? Because I really love Beauty and the Beast retellings. 

A Work In Progress by Staci Stallings 2/5 stars
Weird college based romance book.

Cinderella and the Colonel by K.M Shea 5/5 stars
THIS! I CAN'T EVEN! IT WAS AMAZING! *FANGIRLING*

Carousel and Other Short Stories by Sharon Haste 4/5 stars
Really thought provoking stories. Well done. 

In Between by Jenny B. Jones 4/5 stars
Small town. Adopted rebel girl. Faith. 

Summer Unplugged by Amy Sparling 2/5 stars
Spoiled brat gets her cell phone taken away. Goes to live with her grandparents and falls in love with the neighbor boy. 

Until Now by Cristin Cooper 3/5 stars
Cute. Wouldn't read it again. 

Boyfriend Contract by Melanie Marks 2/5 stars
I don't even remember what this was about??? It wasn't very good. 

Broken Fate by Jennifer Derrick 5/5 stars! 
This one was so interesting! Greek myth retelling about the 3 fates. It was really cool! 

A Spy Like Me by Laura Pauling 3/5 stars
A Gallagher Girls withdrawal book........I face palmed so many times during this. 

The Flirting Games by Stella Wilkinson 2/5 stars 
Nope. Nope. Nope. 

Saving Wishes by G.J. Walker-Smith 4/5 stars
So wonderful! I actually felt like I was on the island they are on (can't remember the name?) 

Shattered Rose by Tammy L. Gray 4/5 stars
College based book. Actually better than I expected. 

A Dance of Dragons by Kaitlyn Davis 4/5 stars 
Woaaaaaaah. Need the sequel! 

Promise You Won't Tell by John Locke 1/5 stars
If there was a rating less than one, I would give it. I can't even express how terrible this books is.

Taking the Reins by Katrina Abbott 4/5 stars
Horse book. Boarding school. Cute horse coach. *thumbs up* 

Breaking Rules by Tracie Puckett 4/5 stars
Cute romance. 

Prom Impossible by Laura Pauling 2/5 stars 
Bored. Would only re read in case of the apocalypse, and even then, I might not.

Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle 2/5 stars
WOAH. SUPER CREEPY. HORROR MOVIE VIBES. ( I don't like horror movies!!!!!!)

UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn 4/5 stars
Awesome! Grimm's Fairy Tales. Modern twist.

 The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater 4/5 stars
WOAH. WOAAAAAAH. WOAAAAAAAAAAH. (that's all I can say) 

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater 
DNF'd it. Got about a quarter in and it got boring. And creepy. And so much language! (Ronan, wash your mouth out!!) The Raven Boys was really good though!!!!!! I need to talk to people about that one! Seriously email me if you've read it! catholicgirlstuff@gmail.com 

Fame, Glory, and Other Things On My To-Do List by Janette Rallison 4/5 stars
Pretty cute. 

Losing Charley by Casey Peeler 3/5 stars
It was ok. Wouldn't read again. 

And finally, we are done. Holy moly. 





Playlist for March 

I Wanna Get Better by Bleachers

Simple Things by Brooklyn and Bailey 

Morning in America by Jon Bellion 

Havana by Camilla Cabello 

Pompeii by Bastile 

New Rules by Dua Lipa 

Thunder by Imagine Dragons

Closer by the Chainsmokers

Symphony by Clean Bandit

Crying in the Club by Camilla Cabello 

All Too Well by Taylor Swift 

Common Sense by the Orchardist 

No Roots by Alice Merton 

Shut Up and Dance by WALK THE MOON

Have I Told You Lately That I Love You by Keith Harkin

Everybody Talks by Neon Trees 

Rosa by Keith Harkin 





Life Things 

  • I went ice skating for the first time this month. And proceeded to fall very many times. Ouch. MK was laughing at me. And she also tried to push me over. Many times. But then we painted silk at her house! So that was fun.
  • Holy Week happened. I'm still not fully recovered. I sang 5 days in row. My mom and sister said I sounded like a 40 year old smoker. 
but after Holy Week comes Easter!!!



And that concludes my monthly wrap up!!!!!! Also note! I will be on hiatus from Sunday to Tuesday. My aunt is taking me to go see Damian McGinty in concert Monday!!!!!!!  So I will catch up on blog posts and comments on Tuesday! 


Talk to me in the comments! What were some songs you listened to in March? 

Lilah


P.S. the spring picture at the top is supposed to be what the outside looks like...... But since Ohio can't make up its mind what weather is. Its snowing...... In April. uggggh 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Collages

So guess who finally figured out how to make collages??





I went a little crazy...........

I made one for my self!




Would you guys be interested in me making collages for you or characters you may have? I would love to do it! 

I would need a description of characters though. Just let me know! 

Lilah

The Greatest Showman Tag

*reads MK's post* *laughs hysterically* Hiiiiii!!! I know what you're thinking... Lilah, why did you leave for 3 months and th...