All of the Lights

Say what you will about Kanye West, but he sure as hell knows how to lay down a song.
This has been on replay this whole week in my ears. Simply amazing.

Top Ten Tuesdays: Coolest Music Scenes in Movies


The Shins - New Slang
Garden State (2004)
I'm pretty sure The Shins had changed my life before I saw Garden State. I love Natalie Portman's smile in this scene. I love how it grows.

Otis Redding - Try A Little Tenderness
Pretty In Pink (1986)
God this is amazing. And sexy. She should have chosen the Duck man.

Nico - These Days
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
I wish I could change life into slow-motion like in Wes Anderson Movies.

Sneaker Pimps - Six-Underground
Can't Hardly Wait (1998)
I also wish that I had theme songs that followed me into a room like Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Annie Lennox - Money Can't Buy It
Striptease (1996)
I don't know about you, but the part at 2:27 makes me feel funny things for Demi Moore. So. Sexy.

Elton John - Tiny Dancer
Almost Famous (2000)
It's movie scenes like these that make you believe in the magic of awesome road trip sing-alongs. I mean, everyone is in this bad mood, and then one person starts jamming to an amazing song and everyone joins in and life just seems right. Plus Kate Hudson's "You are Home." Kills me every time.

Lisa Bonet - Baby I Love Your Way
High Fidelity (2000)
I wanna live with a musician.

Teen Witch - Top That
Teen Witch (1989)
THIS IS WHY I LOVE 80S MOVIES. FOR IMPROMPTU RAP SCENES LIKE THESE.

Felix Da Housecat - Money Success Fame Glamour
Party Monster (2003)
"For we are living in the age of the thing." Plus Macaulay Culkin and Seth Green in fabulous costumes.

The Carpenters - They Long To Be Close To You
MirrorMask (2005
Sooooooo creepy.

Feel free to add your own favorite music scenes in movies in the comments. I'm sure I missed a bunch because Top Ten Tuesdays only allow a list of ten. It's the rules. Of top ten lists.

30 Minute Walk-Run Playlist

Recently, I have decided to change my lifestyle. And part of this is regular exercising. Now, I'm a girl who loves to dance and go for walks, but I like it more when I don't think of it as "working out".
The only time I've ever lost a significant amount of weight was sophomore year in college when I started working at a job about .25 miles away from the dorm where I lived, and I didn't have a car so I either biked or walked. Also, walking up and down Harvey Hill to classes and carrying a toolbox and drawing board up 3 flights of stairs in Applied Arts to get to my Life Drawing class didn't hurt either. And I decided not to bring snacks for my dorm room so my only food was served 2 times a day at the commons.
With all these factors, I saw a difference in about 3 months. Without really trying. Just doing normal things, not snacking, and walking everywhere.

So here's Jenna's fun and super easy work out plan! It only takes 30 minutes.
You can follow it too if you want! (Note: this is kind of personalized for me, and is open for changes.)

CARDIO:
I started by walking one mile for three days.
Then, I increased it by walking one and a half miles for three days.
Then, two miles for three days.
Now this:
1. Walk 1 mile.
2. Do fartlekers for mile #2. Here is an easy way to do them: Use city blocks as your track, run for a block, and then walk for a block, repeat until you hit a mile! I usually hate running but this is really fun. I pretend that I'm running from zombies most of the time, and then when its time to walk, I pretend that I've outrun them or they've eaten one of my zombie apocalypse survivor team.
3. After you are done doing those awesome fartlekers, walk for about a half mile.

TONING:
1. Do TWO sets of 20 crunches - fingers uncrossed behind your head.
2. Do TWO sets of 20 push-ups.
3. Do TWO sets of 10 lunges.

And for this extra-fun workout I've made a little playlist that is exactly 30 mins - what is recommended for a successful cardio workout.

Enjoy!