A Michaelson Experience

Recently, I have been listening to a lot of Ingrid Michaelson Ingrids heartlately. Reasons for this—One: Her music makes me feel happier when I have the homework blues. Two: Her songwriting skills are flawless.  And three: She puts her heart into her music. Basically, she’s a very talented and genuine person who brings positivity into the world.

Ingrid Ellen Egbert Michaelson is a half Swedish American; New York based indie pop singer-songwriter who was born December 8, 1979. In 2006, Michaelson independently put out her second album, Girls and Boys. After a music producer from ABC Drama Grey’s found her music online, the producer made it possible for the single Keep Breathing to play during Grey’s Anatomy Season 3 Episode 25- Didn’t We Almost Have it All. After this, Michaelson was approached by many record companies. Michaelson, being the amazing person that she is, wanted to retain all of her rights as an independent artist and signed a deal with Original Signal Recordings. Michaelson wanted the label to act as the marketing and distribution arm.

In September 18, 2007, Michaelson re-released her album Girls and Boys into the mainstream market on September 18, 2007. This album peaked at #63 on the Billboard charts. That’s is a pretty great accomplishment. Now, if you are still not convinced that Ingrid Michaelson is a unique artist that you need to be listening to–here are my top four songs/reasons why Ingrid Michaelson is a spectacular human being.

Top Four songs that are also reasons why Ingrid Michaelson is a spectacular human being:
  1. “Everybody”

This is an oldie that sure to put a smile on anyone’s face because “everybody wants to love and everyone wants to be loved.” If you are feeling down you better listen to this song right now!

  1. “Girls Chase Boys”

Originally, intended to be a break-up song Michaelson’s framed this music video to ingrid chases boyssimulate Robert Palmer’s late ‘80s single “Simply Irresistible”. The take away in this song is that “no matter who or how we love we are all the same” –Ingrid Michaelson

  1. “You and I”

This cute and catchy song captures the idea that as a couple we may not have a lot of money but we can make the best of what we do have—and strive to get to where we want to be.

  1. “Afterlife”

This is an empowering song that tells people to face their fears head on and to know that you are capable of doing whatever you set your mind to. This song gives me such a confidence boost.

CONCLUSION: Ingrid Michaelson is a great addition to society and her art through music has such a positive impact on the world and gives people those happy tingly feelings inside.Ingrid_MichaelsonJune15

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Spectacular Summer Treats!

I am that person who doesn’t have a sweet tooth–I have sweet teeth! With summer around the corner, I cant help but think of all the delicious treats there are to eat! Clearly, I love sugar; maybe a little too much–maybe that why I have so much energy.Smore frap plz

Anyway, sugar and summer go together like peanut butter and jelly. Another reason I love this time of year is because Starbucks has their Frappy Hour from 3 pm- 6 pm, if you don’t already know. I have to say their new S’more Frappuccino is delicious–but fair warning, if you don’t like things too sweet, like my mother, this Frappucino may not be your favorite. Regardless, Starbucks knows what’s up in the sugar department.

Yum shortcake iceStrawberry Shortcake Ice cream bars are my favorite summer time treat. They are to die for and very delicious and the fact that they are cute to look at, is an added plus. My addiction to sugar has found its way into an info graphic I’ve created (click on the thumbnail to see the full view). This info graphic covers a westernized view of the sweets people prefer to eat. Comment below and tell me what your favorite summertime treat is?

IshantiTo get your taste buds ready for this summer’s delicious treats, here is a list of America’s Best: “Top 10 Sweets” according to Food Network. Enjoy!

“AMERICA’S BEST: TOP 10 SWEETS”
Food Network Magazine’s list of the top ten best desserts in the US.
  1. Best Beer-Spiked Cupcake: Miette, San Francisco and Oakland, CA
  2. Best Drinkable Dessert: Parkesdale Farm Market, Plant City, FL
  3. Best Pie on a Stick: Kermit’s West Lime Shoppe, Key West and Deland, FL
  4. Best Exotic Ice Cream: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, Columbus, OH
  5. Best-Dressed Doughnuts: The Donut Man, Glendora, CAFood n best foods
  6. Best Little Box of Chocolate: Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier, Madison, WI
  7. Best Upside-Down Frozen Treat: Ted Drewes, St. Louis
  8. Best Flaming Treat: Brennan’s, New Orleans
  9. Best Spin on Souffle: Falai, New York City 
  10. Best Big Whoopie: Two Fat Cats Bakery, Portland, ME

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The Brilliance of Grey’s Anatomy

Greys titleCAUTION: If you have not watched the second half of season 11 you should NOT read this blog because there are spoilers!!!

I don’t know about you all, but honest to God I whole heartedly adore the show Grey’s Anatomy by Shonda Rhimes. I have friends who agree, but after watching exciting seasons like eight and nine, have falling off the bandwagon due to new characters. This is understandable to some degree–because Rhimes has a way of emotionally attaching the viewer to certain characters. If those characters are suddenly taken off the show I can understand how a viewer would want to stop watching.

I have stayed loyal to Grey’s because Rhimes’ character development is spot on. Characters you thought you would always hate end up being the ones you love the most. Grey’s Anatomy has so many exciting aspects that I am interested in as well–love, drama, and life lessons. Not to mention, the medical aspect of the show is very interesting and entertaining. Granted, some medical features are not completely factual, but the diseases are– and these diseases happen to real people. This has definitely caused me to shed a few tears. Another feeling that is a very frequent theme in Grey’s Anatomy is love.

Love

While watching this show, you soon discover that it is not just about doctors and their patients. It’s also about their personal lives–whether that is a natural disaster or their love life. There have been many relationships that have filtered through this show. Some successful, others not as successful.

Throughout all of this time, the main character Doctor Meredith Grey and her neuro-surgeon husband, Derek Shepard have managed to stay together through thick and thin. They have been through more than the average couple, especially this season (season 11) I wasn’t sure if they were going to make it. The way the creator, Shonda Rhimes, sets everything up, it seemed as if Derek and Meredith were about to end their marriage for good.

Derek was offered a job by the president in Washington D.C. He decided to decline the offer because his wife Meredith wanted to stay in her home town Seattle, WA and MERDER fightingcontinue her work there. Derek’s decision quickly took a toll on him and he began to resent Meredith. Tensions ran high and the couple got into an argument resulting in Derek accepting the job in Washington D.C. Once he arrived, he gets settled and starts to work with a woman who was on her way of making a medical breakthrough. Once this woman and Derek finally get the results they desired in the lab– this woman made a move on Derek.

How did Derek respond? He took the next plan back to Seattle to tell Meredith what happened. To finally say to her and I quote “I thought D.C. was everything and I was wrong–you–youderek smiles–you’re everything–I love you–and I’m not gonna stop loving you–Meredith I can’t live without you–I don’t wanna live without you–and I’m gonna do everything in my power to prove it” (abcfamily.com). After this, Meredith paused and thought with a concerned face. Meredith went on to say “I can live without you…but I don’t want to…I don’t ever want to”(abcfamily.com). The narrator who is also Dr. Grey voices “Just because we can live without something, it doesn’t mean we have to. This brings me to the next subject I’m going to talk about; life lessons.

Life Lessons

For some who dislike this show, Grey’s Anatomy is a corny drama about doctors and their love lives. It is much more than that for me and many others; it is an amazing piece of art that affects our lives with the life lessons it teaches us. Enjoy these life lessons quotes I’ve picked out:

  • No one remembers easy–Why do we even try when the barriers are so high and the NOREodds are so low? Why don’t we just pack it in and go home? It’d be so, so much easier. It’s because in the end, there’s no glory in easy. No one remembers easy. They remember the blood and the bones and the long agonizing fight to the top. And that is how you become legendary.

– Amelia Shepherd (Season11, Ep.14-The Distance)

  • Do you like what you see?–Picture the life you dreamed of living, the person you pictured being with. Picture the job you dreamed you’d have. Are you living the life you envisioned for yourself? Are you who you wanted to be when you grew up?

    How’s the view? Do you like what you see? Think back again to when you were little. Are you living the life you pictured for yourself? Or are you still dreaming of something bigger?

– Meredith Grey (Season11, Ep.18-When I Grow Up)

  • Transition is movement–There’s a stage you go through in child birth and it’s the toughest part. It’s called the transition stage. You’ve been pushing so hard and so long. You’re exhausted, spent and there’s nothing to show for all of your effort. During this transition stage, it feels like you can’t go on but it’s because you’re very nearly there.

    Transition is movement. From one part of life to a whole new one. And it can feel like one long, scary, dark tunnel but you have to come out the other side. Because what’s been waiting there, might be glorious.

– Meredith Grey (Season10, Ep.16-We Gotta Get Out of This Place)

I would like to thank Shonda Rhimes for creating such a powerful show that has been on the air for over ten years. I will continue watching Grey’s Anatomy until it’s over and I’ll take with me the life lessons I’ve learned along the way.

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