*getting into it!

I have been so into writing music the last few days though this is usually how it works for me. I go through spurts where there is an overflowing in my head and I spend a handful of days getting it all onto paper or recorded digitally. I am especially pleased with the song I have nearly finished tonight, think it’s one of my favourites so far :D

And now some random tunes that have been on a moderate amount of repeat lately in and out of my head…

Bang, Bang, Bang – BIGBANG


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New Study ~ Smells and Autism

I randomly came across this while surfing the web a few days ago, I thought it was interesting. I don’t think this test would work for all cases of ASD as not all have sensory issues with all the senses. Like my son doesn’t seem to have any issues with smell, only with all the other senses.

But, it could be a good early indicator for getting an assessment done though, early intervention is so important!

Smells and Autism Study

*updates, updates, updates!!

This first chunk of items is stuff that is kind of always ongoing. Some progress, but not necessarily an end in sight as of yet.

(#2) learn all songs by all bands/artists I have in my possession ~ always picking up new music, but I’ve been only listening to music lately when I am working out or running.

(#12) learn to box/kickbox ~ no official training yet, but I go through combos that I pick up from other people and practice keeping my guard up. Apparently there is a place nearby that only charges fifty bucks a month, which is an amazing deal!

(#13) be able to do 50 push-ups ~ I’m back up to 30 again just trying to make sure that I don’t hurt my shoulder. Slowly, but surely!

(#15) write music to all my songs and share with one person ~ I’ve been a touch more focused on this as of late. Especially since it’s been so hot out and it’s been tough to fall asleep.

(#48) be able to do 200 sit-ups ~ still only at 100 a set at the moment. I will start working harder on this one soon.

(#82) read all the classics ~ I haven’t had much time to read lately so no progression with this over the last few months.

(#104) read all my books and review/rate ~ basically the same thing as I mentioned on the previous one… I’ll try to make more time for some reading before the summer is over!

(#113) no more swearing ~

(#123) be able to do a handstand ~ in progress!

(#129) be able to do the splits in both directions ~ to the side is coming along alright, definitely more flexible than I used to be, but still a ways to go.

The fitness goals on my list kind of took a backseat to my training for my race at the end of May, so it’s been a slower process of fitting them all back into my daily workouts.

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#105 Finish Back Piece ~~ DONE!

This is almost two weeks overdue now, but better late than never, right!!

I had my last sitting for my back piece (that I started nearly 8 years ago) right at the end of June.
My artist did an absolutely amazing job, I am so incredibly happy with the finished product :D

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Now I will take a break from tattoos for a bit, maybe a year or two, and most likely start on my sleeve when I go for my next one. Gives me lots of time to think it over and compile as much reference work as possible.

I had a small piece added just above my collarbone for my son at this last sitting too. He’s been working on printing his name for two years and has hit the mastered mark! Proper letter formation, keeping letters within provided grid space, and the use of a capital at the beginning of his name and lowercase for the rest. It was a long process for him but persistence paid of and I am so very proud of him!!

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I really need to get a post up for what my goals from my list are for the rest of the year, it’s been awhile since I did an update on here. That will be coming soon! I’ll start working on it today, so it should be up tomorrow or the day after. Bye for now :)

*that feeling of accomplishment

I had my 10 km trail run this past Sunday and it was so much fun!! I was incredibly nervous the night before and the morning before the race started. Not because I thought I would do badly, I actually did pretty good, but it was because of the waiting. I just wanted to get running and not stand/sit around waiting to start running.

Me and my friend, Stacy before the race

Me and my friend, Stacy, before the race (Photo taken by Kyle Crane)

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*Genes & Autism

Just a quick post as I am working on, or supposed to be working on I should say, an essay for Biology.  In some of my research I came across this article (based on a U.S. study) and I found it extremely interesting, and helpful with my assignment to a degree.

The article talks about some new studies that are out that show up to 1,000 genes that may attribute to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I, personally, find this fascinating and I am curious how this could affect the apparently growing number of individuals who are diagnosed with ASD. Being able to look at someones DNA and see how exactly you could help them, via gene therapy or a specific treatment is amazing!!

The article is here: Discovery of 100-Plus Genes Tied to Autism May Improve Treatments

I will definitely be keeping an eye on this in the future now that I know about it!

Music Review ~ “PVRIS”

Artist: PVRIS
Albums: White Noise (2014)
Genre: Post-Hardcore, Alternative/Electronic Rock
Years Active: 2012 – Present
Rating Out of Five: 3

Record Label: Rise/Velocity Records

For Fans of…. Tonight Alive, Paramore, Palisades

I think I came across PVRIS while I was surfing YouTube one day and it popped up in my sidebar recommendations. They caught my attention right away as they sound a lot like Paramore. So, right off the bat, if you don’t like that band then you won’t like this one.

Because they have a sound that is so close to that of the band Paramore, there isn’t much that sets them apart yet. The overall sound and the lead vocalist have very similar vocals and range, so I am interested to see how their sound progresses or changes as they release new music. The thing I am enjoying the most about PVRIS is some of their lyrics and how some of their songs are put together, it’s a little different from the norm and that is what appeals to me most when listening to music. I feel like there is definitely a ton of potential for them!!

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