Hello all! I’m back for January trends, as promised. Looking through last month’s trends made me realize all over again why I’m doing this so frequently – things change all too fast around here. This month I started working full time for the first time in my life, so I haven’t been able to play games or watch TV much. However, I do have some things that seem to be in the forefront. Without further ado:
Game: Casual Mobile Gaming. I haven’t had a lot of time to play the consoles lately, so I’ve taken to casual gaming on my Android phone. I’ve been staying entertained with games such as Farm Heroes Saga, Sim City Buildit, Words On Tour, and little bit of Trivia Crack. They are easily put away when I get busy, and easy to spend a little more time on when I have time to burn. However, I do have an Xbox 360 game to spotlight in February.
TV Show: Parenthood. Parenthood follows the lives of the Braverman family, which consists of Mr. Zeke and Mrs. Millie Braverman, their 4 adult children and their spouses, and all the grandchildren. The series addresses many real-life issues such as mental illness, addiction, relationship problems, sibling rivalry, health concerns, and so much more, all wrapped up into one loving family that is always there for one another. The characters are easy to love, and fascinating to follow. The actors have outstanding chemistry together, and the writing is spot-on. I cannot say enough about this show. It must be one of my absolute all-time favorites. Parenthood is currently in its 6th season on NBC and only 1 episode remains – the series finale – which will air on Thursday, January 29th. However, the first 5 seasons are currently available on Netflix. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone!
YouTuber: Laci Green. I am a big fan of Laci Green. She is amazing at what she does. She is a vlogger on YouTube and has her own site. She promotes safe, consensual sex, sex education, women’s rights, and so much more! If you haven’t already checked her out, I recommend it. You may even learn a thing or two.
Music: Spotify. So last month I wrote about how annoying Pandora was being for me, and was asking for suggestions for other music services to try. I tried a few, but the one I have enjoyed the most is Spotify. It has the same feature of music station creation that learns from your likes and dislikes. But it also has unlimited skips, playlist creation, and even offline listening. Normally it runs $9.99 per month, but since I signed up just before the end of the year, I got my first 3 months for $.99! I like that I can follow my friends’ listening habits too, to discover new music, or it will suggest bands like the ones I’m listening to. It’s just what I wanted out of a music service and more.
Interest: Dreadlocks. Yep, that’s right, dreadlocks. For those of you who followed me from the beginnings of Ink & Earth, you may know I’ve given them a couple of short tries before. I took out my first serious set of dreads only 3 months into the journey to look presentable to officiate a friend’s wedding. Between then and now I have done tons of research and even joined a group to learn from others’ experiences with dreads. (Best group of people I’ve ever met, by the way – The Dread Den on Facebook) And finally, in December, I took the plunge again and started a new set of dreadlocks. I told myself I would not give up on them easily this time, and that if I did I would force myself to cut my hair as a consequence. And if you know me, you know I like having longer hair. I’m 4 weeks into my journey now, and there are good and bad days. But the point is, I’ve stuck it out so far. Some days I feel like my head is a mess and I’d just like to be “normal” again, especially at work. And other days I am so happy to have so little maintenence, and not to have to brush my hair or wash it as often. I do believe with time I will grow to love it more and more. As my desktop computer took a dump and I’m posting from my phone, I can’t make embedded photos look proper in my blog post this time. But I will post updates and share photos along the way of my dread journey.
So that’s my post for January. I’ll seeya again for another trending post on February 28th!