Are you ready for some football?! Or whatever floats your boat?!

It’s that time of year again, I am gathering materials for our annual fantasy football draft night! Football season is huge in my family, it’s awesome to experience the games and especially draft your chosen fantasy champions of the year! Ok fine, I haven’t had any champions yet, but I have been close!

This is just a quick post to remind everyone to enjoy some of the smaller things in life. Sure this will take up a night that could be used to better my education or be more productive as far as economic manipulation is concerned… But remember if you never have any fun what’s the point?

Whether it be football, basketball, dressing up in Stormtrooper armor, or whatever puts a smile on your face… Do it.


Because I hate living in a world full of miserable people. Enjoy life (And never become an accounting major… haha)


Nate’s Mix Tape Monday – 08/30/2010 – Aerosmith

Nate’s Mix Tape Monday

Featured Song: Flesh

by Aerosmith

 It’s Monday, and Nate’s Mix Tape Monday has been one thing you’ve been looking forward to start the week with right?! Well I’ve recently been on a huge Aerosmith binge. Aerosmith is a very likable band by almost anyone. I’ve never really met anyone who doesn’t like Aerosmith, and if you’re going to be that one person who says Nate, I got bad news for ya, I despise Aerosmith’s greatness… Well just stop here and wait until next Monday, I’ll have something for you. In the meantime, this is Flesh by Aerosmith on their Get a Grip album.

 You know how I talk about the mind connecting experiences with music? (For those of you that don’t…CLICK HERE and you need to visit more often!) Well I’m connected with this album as well as Big Ones to my homeschooling days. I used to listen to these albums all the time when I did my work so when I listen, I get reminded of that.

Do any of you have any connections to Aerosmith? Let’s hear it! Enjoy… FLESH

The battle of the mind…Some work out tips.

I’ve been running a lot recently (how else am I going to maintain my figure?) and I’m one of those people who must have music to run to. My personal preference recently has been running to pop punk because it’s upbeat and easy to sing along to in my head.

Working out is mostly a battle between you and your mind. It’s about working through mental barriers that are naturally present. Your mind does not want to work the body like this, it wants to conserve it’s energy as much as possible which is why I don’t have to fight it sitting on the couch like I do running a mile.

This post is essentially taking a look at some possible negative outcomes to having a “work out” playlist and ways to counter them, along with some advice I have for you.

As I said above, the battle between the mind is a lot of what makes working out hard. There’s always that voice in your head that taunts you, you’re too tired, something is wrong, you’ve gone far enough… the list goes on and on and on. How do I counter this attack of the mind? Usually with music, which is why I like running to something familiar that I can get lost in the melody, or sing along in my head. BUT there is some things you want to watch out for if you’re like me…. You might want to write this down.

Our minds like to connect certain things to experiences. Ever break up with a girlfriend/boyfriend and there’s that song or album that just always reminds you of it? Well the same thing can happen with working out. Let’s be honest, working out is not the funnest thing to do in the world… If you listen to the same songs while you work out, your mind will connect it to that horrid experience of sweat and pain to the songs on your playlist (ok maybe not that dramatic but you get the point). How to counter this? Either make your playlist very large and diverse, or get rid of it all together and just go with bands (switch it up, or the same thing will happen).

Use the music…

What I mean by that is when that song (you know what song it is) hits and you find yourself moving with the music as you run use that energy and crank it up! Crank up the speed… The whole point of working out is to work your body right? If you’ve been given the gift of energy via melody why not use it?! When that song hits, I often turn up the speed, or raise the incline (if applicable) and find the energy the song produces makes it almost easier than the previous speed or incline. And as a bonus, you’re working even harder and showing your mind who’s boss!

When push comes to shove (and it will… trust me), as you do your workouts remember it’s a battle against yourself. Next time you feel yourself saying you’re tired, you’ve gone far enough remember that’s just your mind using gorilla warefare… I suggest increasing the speed and taking a stand against the mind. Own it, and see the results… It feels good.

Until next time, thanks for reading.

A quick apology

I must apologize for the lack of posts recently. As a remedy, I’ll show you why I have been absent.

Thank you for your continued support.

Nate’s Mix Tape Monday – 7/26/2010 – Alkaline Trio

Nate’s Mix Tape Monday

Featured Song: Crawl

by Alkaline Trio


Happy Monday! It’s been quite an eventful week for me, I finally finished my project (Stormtrooper armor) and I found a lot of the time I worked on it, I was listening to this band. So this week’s edition of Nate’s Mix Tape Monday goes to Alkaline Trio, “Crawl” off my favorite album From Here to the Infirmary enjoy!

Thanks Alkaline Trio…

Nate’s Mix Tape Monday – 7/19/10 – New Found Glory

Nate’s Mix Tape Monday

Featured Song: 2’s & 3’s

By: New Found Glory

I apologize for missing a couple of Monday’s! This week we have an ultimate high school song for me. I absolutely love it every time this song comes on my iPod. This album was a soundtrack to my high school years, I can vividly remember walking down the halls blasting this is my disc man (remember those?!). New Found Glory is without a doubt the kings of pop-punk.

Enjoy, and remember….


PS: this YouTube video is wrong it was actually released on Nothing Gold Can Stay.

Shout it Out by Hanson Official Review

Official Review

Shout it Out by Hanson

I know I promised this awhile ago and quite some time has passed. To be honest, this review was a little difficult for me. I had a hard time forming a concrete opinion of this album that I could put into a blog post. In fact, I’m still not really sure where this will go; this is going to be an on the spot flow so prepare yourself…

If you know me at all, you know that I have always loved Hanson. They were my musical influence and Zac Hanson was one of the reasons I wanted to play the drums. Most of this review will reflect a lot of Zac in it.

If you don’t really know about Hanson’s situation, I suggest you go read my post about it Here.

Let’s get the bad news out first… And I say this with great respect to Zac. I’d like to take you back in time to around the Middle of Nowhere era. Zac was a crazy little kid who always had a smile on his face. If you watch a performance from back then, and one now, there’s a big change. He’s just not as lively and charismatic as he used to be…. And below, you will find my opinion why I believe this is happening.

I don’t think he’s challeging himself as a drummer. Using this album, Shout it Out, as an example, this problem is apparent. Almost all of the drum beats are very basic and straight forward, the only real exception to that is the track titled “And I Waited” where Zac uses some off beat accents.  This is really my only negative critcism of the album.

The album is definitely sticking to the matured Hanson theme. Taylor’s vocals give it some what of a Motown feel to it. Every song we get the recognizable Hanson harmony. Upbeat, romantic, over all I think this album is absolutely worth buying. My favorite track on this album is “Carry You There”.

Is it their best work? Given the circumstances of their position in the industry, I’d say it’s definitely quality.

Official Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

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