My Weekly Top Ten :: The Week of October 14


My Top Ten :: Week of 10/14/13

1. Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando


I am not a “judge a book by it’s cover” kind of girl, but when I was at the library last weekend I stumbled upon this book and was taken completely by the cover, and ended up checking it out without knowing a thing about it. The words inside, thus far (I’m about halfway through), have lived up to the cover. I am a sucker for stories about amusement parks and real life fantastical mysteries, as well as a fan of both YA novels and stories about people trying to find themselves – this book has all of that, and more.

2. American Horror Story Coven :: Boy Parts


This may very well be my favorite season yet, and Misty Day (Lily Rabe) is one of my current favorites from this season. The Stevie Nicks music and her dress, the way she described the way Fleetwood Mac’s Rhiannon made her feel (so much how I take in/feel music), and her childlike demeanor, despite what life and death she has been through, and empowers, is all so intriguing. I am loving this season so much.

Rhiannon :: Fleetwood Mac

3. Cate Rangel’s art


I fell in love with her interpretation of Alice, and from there have discovered all of her amazing work. I love paintings that pair up fantasy and supernatural with realism, and I love interesting art of women, I find them so inspiring to create characters from. Browsing through her gallery makes me want to write a story about each and every one of them.

4. Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke by Rob Sheffield


I met my husband at a karaoke bar and spent our first year of dating singing together, often weekly, and in-between the songs and the time spent, we fell in love despite both of our resistance to the notion (we both had bad luck in the past in the love and marriage realm). Rob Sheffield is one of my favorite authors, he is someone I would love to have a drink with (maybe at a karaoke bar) and talk music with, and discuss how we both write with certain songs as topics/themes/inspirations/sometimes chapter titles. I listened to this one as an audio book, during my daily commute, and it made me nostalgic for our first year together, and anxious for the next time we can make time to sing together again.

(stay tuned for a full audio book review here soon)

5. The Pumpkin Patch at Live Oak Canyon


A family tradition, since my Grandparents were still alive, is to go to Oak Glen Apple Orchards during October, and to stop by the Pumpkin Patch for our Halloween pumpkins. It is a bit of a drive, and true, there are more local pumpkin patches around, but this is tradition, and the kids and I love this tradition. I look forward to it every season, and this Saturday will be this year’s trek.

(will post a “What’s in my bag – Pumpkin Patch style – after our trip)

6. Sirens :: Pearl Jam

I’m loving the new Pearl Jam album (reviewed earlier this week here), especially this song. There is a line in it that gets me right in the middle of the chest, that seized up feeling that I know is the prequel to tears. I love when songs hit hard and deep.

7. Stevie Nicks


I pretty much love her always, but with the inclusion of Edge of Seventeen, Rhiannon and the discussion of her in this week’s American Horror Story Coven, I have been happily inundated with Stevie. She is one of my most favorite female voices ever, and one of the first that was deep and raspy enough for my Alto voice to sing-a-long to. Gypsy has been in my head nearly non-stop for the last two days.

Gypsy :: Fleetwood Mac

8. Supernatural, Season 9

Supernatural 8x23

To be honest, for the last three seasons, at the start of the season, I have wondered how on earth they could continue the story, and continue it well, and every season always surprises me (in a good way). I do not talk about my love for the Winchesters and Castile (and Meg and Charlie and I could go on), because the fandom can be overwhelming, but that does not mean that I do not love the show, and the characters. The first episode of Season 9 was phenomenal, once again proving that there is always more story to tell – I cannot wait for more (nope, not going to spoil even a little bit).

9. Daryl and Carol, The Walking Dead


The show is back and they are still with us, and though I hold my breath more as the episodes come, I still enjoy their scenes together. When Carol called Daryl Pookie it was one of those moments, the kind that makes me adore their friendship. Cheers to shows who actually portray real friendships between characters, friendship is becoming my favorite “ship” in television land.

10. Kat Robichaud, The Voice

I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing in the Battle Rounds, was my favorite Battle Rounds performance yet. Kat is crazy fun to watch perform, and I love her voice. This has never been a favorite Aerosmith song of mine, as I have never been all that fond the band’s “90’s” offerings, but she makes it work for me.

3 thoughts on “My Weekly Top Ten :: The Week of October 14

  1. I didn’t get the chance to watch the last AHS yet so I can’t read your blurb yet! Must cover my eyes.

    I didn’t mail your stuff yet, will do Monday. Do you want Juliana Hatfield’s new one in there?

      1. No problem.
        Take your time too, don’t feel pressured to mail on Wed, it’ll be so fun whenever it arrives.
        I’m making some more cds/mixes for somebody else and they are sending me a Soul Asylum mix in return-this is fun!

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