Well... One of these days I’ll remember what day it is. Honestly, I think it’s my subconscious trying to tell me that I can’t just tell you “five” things, so maybe Five Things Friday might forever turn into Seven Things Saturday? Hmmm…. Let me think about it.
Something I Love
COOKIE DOUGH! My darling heart B took me out for a long awaited date on Friday evening. It’s been quite a while since we’ve even been in the same time zone, so this night on the town was much needed. We decided it was a special occasion to be in the same county, so we deserved something sweet. On our quest for a celebratory dessert, we tried out the new “Cookie Dough Magic” in Avondale and we both fell in love!
This cookie dough is safe to eat raw, and there are 10 delicious flavors to choose from. You can combine flavors, get them in a flavored cone, and really craft something you’ll love so we were excited to try.
B got “Fancy’s Peanut Butter” and “Brownie Batter.” Yummy! That flavor combo is almost a more iconic duo than me and B. ;)
I decided to go a little off the wall (of course) so I got “Magic Dunks” in a lavender flavored cone. It was soooooo cute and definitely an “Insta-worthy” dessert. Hey, the phone eats first, so presentation is definitely a category on which to judge your food in 2019! But, even as beautiful as it was, IT WAS EVEN MORE DELICIOUS!!!! Here is how this perfect dessert was described on the Cookie Dough Magic website: “Do you remember DunkARoos? This combo of Teddy Grahams, vanilla frosting and rainbow sprinkles is sure to bring on the 90's nostalgia!”
If you haven’t made it to Cookie Dough Magic and you’re living or passing through the Birmingham area, you should definitely plan a trip!
(BTW, THEY NOW DELIVER TO THE B’HAM AREA!!!!! SAY WHAAAAAAT?!)
2. Something I Learned
There really might be a Loch Ness monster…
But, it isn’t a sea snake and it wouldn’t look like Godzilla.
It would actually just look like a fault line in the earth’s surface.
The Great Glen Fault in the Scottish Highlands has been a hot topic of study for years. This fault is recognizable to us because it includes the mysterious Loch Ness, and it’s a reason it has the shape and characteristics it does now.
According to Live Science “The Great Glen fault is more than 62 miles (100 kilometers) long and cuts the Scottish Highlands into northern and southern halves. The strike-slip fault, where rocks slide past one another with no vertical movement, is largely responsible for creating Loch Ness, the deepest freshwater lake in Britain. (The San Andreas Fault and Anatolian Fault are also considered strike-slip.)”
When the earth tremors, it would create bubbles on the water’s surface and look like a monster is swimming beneath the murky, mysterious black waters. MWAHAHA!
But perhaps even more interesting than the Loch Ness Monster being a fault line, the Great Glen Fault Line’s existence could suggest that part of Scotland is geologically similar to Canada in North America. Before the Caledonian Orogeny about 450 million years ago, the rocks of Scotland, Scandinavia and North America were one continent, while on the other side of the now-vanished Iapetus Ocean lay the rocks of England and the rest of northern Europe.
I’m not a huge geology fan, but this cool story rocks. Get it?… hehehe
3. Something I Accomplished
I am sooooo excited that Changé was presented at this year’s “Black Warrior Film Festival.” I acted, danced, and choreographed for this film, and I am unbelievably humbled to have worked on this project with such a stellar director, Danielle Wilcox, and such an awesome crew.
I fell in love with film during this process, and I’m itching to work on some more. Let’s get rolling!
4. Something I’m Inspired By
The OA. Part II now streaming on Netflix.
Brit Marling is a genius, and her commitment to the art of acting, filmmaking, writing, and artistry is unmatched. The OA team is brilliant and there are so many beautiful ideas swimming in their minds.
The visual direction is gorgeous, and without ruining too much of the Part II that was just released, I have enjoyed every bit of the visual motifs. Something about the visual direction of this show, and obviously the movements, are incredibly inspiring to me choreographically. One of my favorite shots from the first episode is from above watching Karim walk the docks. I don’t know why, that shot just gave me chills.
Also… I’m currently obsessed with the name Prairie. Anyone else?
5. Something I’m Looking Forward To
WINTER IS HERE…
And so is the eighth season of Game of Thrones! In just a week, the highly anticipated season premiere will grace our televisions. To say I’m excited is an understatement!!!!!!! I’ve got my dragon-glass ready, and I’m prepped to braid my hair like the Khaleesi every Sunday til the season finale.
I’m almost finished with Fire & Blood, the book detailing the Targaryen history. It has been SUCH a good read, and I’m thankful B gifted it to me for Christmas. I can’t help but come up with lots of theories for how the final season will end since Game of Thrones is always on my mind in some way shape or form.
I won’t bore you with my insane theories or stories about the Targaryen lineage… But, I’ve got an article to share about Game of Thrones tourism in Northern Ireland that I was featured in with my friend Grace!!
It just so happened that on the day I headed to the Haunted Forest, Winterfell, Walder Frey’s Twins, and Robb Stark’s camp, that a correspondent from The Guardian had tagged along.
On our trek, we got to chat with him. Here’s what came of it!
6. Something I’ve Got Going On
DID YOU SEE ME ON THE ALABAMA BOOK FESTIVAL AUTHORS AND WORKSHOP LEADERS PAGE?! I am so thrilled by the opportunity to host a panel at Alabama Book Festival on April 13 in Old Town Montgomery. My workshop will be at 2 PM in the Loeb Center. This presentation will feature the research I’ve been doing on Zelda Fitzgerald as well as how this relates to Alabama’s Bicentennial and storytelling at large. I am unworthy to be included amongst such strong, brilliant minds, but I am honored nonetheless!
I can’t wait!
Come on out for an awesome day of fun on April 13! My panel is FREE to attend.
PLEASE COME HANG OUT!!!!
7. Something I’m Listening To
So, if you aren’t following me on Spotify, you should be. I think that I have pretty doggone good taste in music even if I do say so myself. Yes, sometimes my Spotify is littered with dance class music and my Discover Weekly often includes “Ballet Goes Pop” so I often have to listen to Barbie Girl for 4/4 Jeté Combination… But overall, I think I have some cool tunes.
Despite this playlist being titled, “trash” there’s some good songs on here.
I know I’m late to the party, but I’m looooooving Poppy as a visual artist right now. I want her hair color of course, the jacket she wears in the Your Mommy video, and the entire outfit she wears in I Told You So needs to be in my closet RIGHT NOW. I’m on the hunt for her all pink outfit in the So Close to You VR experience video too. Honestly, I just want all of her clothes…
I can’t believe I watched a video of her petting a computer monitor for a minute and 12 seconds in pink platform shoes and striped tights, but for some reason I did. I also watched her buckle her shoes for 6 minutes and 28 seconds and iron a sandwich in a grilled cheese tutorial…. Why?
(Let’s address that no, I don’t want to join a Poppy cult and I really get the heebie jeebies from her Poppy.Church stuff and so doooooon’t take me liking some of her stuff thaaaat far.)
I do think some of her other stuff is brilliant in its own right separately, and as an artist and content creator in the digital age she’s really got her own space. She’s got a really unique voice in commentary. Bleach Blonde Baby is so great, and her collab with Diplo in Time Is Up is so smart. I loved all the visuals in the music video, and absolutely live for her white jumpsuit. (again with the clothes….)
On another note, I BLAST “Holly” by Sleigh Bells when I’m alone in my room so I can properly throw my hair around and jump on my bed. It’s not a good driving song because I want to imagine that my little Mustang Sally is a monster truck and I can off-road and do cool stunts like drive off a bridge…
So I think I’ll stick to the alone in my room head banging like a rebellious teenager in an indie coming of age movie.
Though, at 24 I’m starting to realize head-banging is kind of a pain in the neck…