Monday, December 12, 2016

The (Phone) Who Died...Wolf

I'm not even gonna talk about how before December started I had fully intended to partake in Blogmas.

Eventually I am going to start really giving my blog the love and attention that it both needs and deserves. (I hope.)

Friday, I decided to take out the trash...cause as an adult that is something you need to and should do; frequently.

So I'm all..."look at me, going outside...taking out the trash.  I'm such an adult and whatever."  When all of sudden

**Wham!**

My precious iPhone 6 Plus had brutally found it's way to the pavement beneath me.

In sheer terror I pick up the phone from it's very hard fall.  I quickly notice the chunks missing out of the left hand side of my beloved plus sized phone...

Then, the scrapes and cracks that had also appeared on the glass screen; the glass screen that only moments before had been perfectly unharmed...now.  Now it was almost unrecognizable.  As I pressed the home button I saw a rainbow of fuzzy colors dance across both Johnny Stevens' (of Highly Suspect) and my face.   Where before the rainbow had arrived, we were just laughing and having a great time.

My poor phone seems to be much sicker than just a ruined screen unfortunately.

All of this would be much easier for me to handle if only I would have never set my phone to require a password before it will let itself unlock, which I did for the first time ever a few months ago during the summer, because I had started babysitting Doodlebug for the summer, like I do every year.

Only this year she had become even more obsessed with playing on phones and she had started answering my phone without my permission; if she heard it ringing while I was in another room....she would then bring the phone to me, whereever I was and say: "Here LaLa...It's (insert name here)"

Which yes, is sort of sweet of her...in a way. However also very annoying in cases when she had already answered the phone but personally I was not ready to talk to (insert name here) yet or at all.  I guess Doodlebug doesn't know that sometimes people don't answer the phone for a reason.  In her mind if the phone rings it has to be answered.

That being said, iCloud failed to back up anything that wasn't my contacts list or a digital copy of Highly Suspect's new record The Boy Died Wolf  which is a fantastic album so I was happy to see it in my Cloud...but I have that album in so many different forms that I wouldn't have lost it even if I had lost it, you know?


My THOUSANDS of photos and videos that can never be replaced or taken again (most of which had yet to find their way on to Facebook and/or Youtube)...gone; all gone.

My laptop still recognizes my phone, so this made me very excited once I had discovered this news, because I knew all I had to do to get my photos and videos back was to do a manual iPhone sync using iTunes.  From there I would be able to pull the photos/videos off the phone and simply save all of them to my laptop.
YAY!!!  Problem solved.

NOT!!!

 It would have been, but for the last few months there has/had been the afore mentioned password on my phone because of my sweet little Doodlebug.

If you have a passcode on your phone, then iTunes wants you to type it in on your phone's screen after you connect it to your laptop, and if you don't, it refuses to let you sync your device.

I can not use my phone to type in the code, because my phone's screen is too messed up to even recognize that you are trying to type the password in.

So close, yet so far.

Never again will I EVER put a password on any of my future phones after dealing with all of this shit!!!

So many photos and videos probably lost forever, just because of a stupid 4 number passcode.  Sad day you guys, sad day.


-laurenmikael


PS: This post title worked out pretty perfectly...seeing as that was the only record left in my iCloud.

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Boy Who Died Wolf

Today The Boy Who Died Wolf the new album from Highly Suspect was released and to be totally honest, I don't think I could be any more excited about this record if I tried.

It's so great.  I've been listening to it all day.  I pre-ordered it a month ago.  Of course I bought the MCID bundle.  You know, that's how I do...I want all the things; all or nothing.

As soon as Highly Suspect had announced that they were releasing a second album, I knew it was going to be amazing.  Everything they do is amazing...so it was sort of obvious.

Normally when I listen to a new record, I can tell you which track is my favorite, but with The Boy Who Died Wolf  I literally don't know. All 11 songs kick ass.

I've gotta give them major props for "Viper Strike." I love that they are standing up for their opinions and giving zero fucks what other people have to say.  More people, and music should be like that...in my opinion.

"Chicago" is awesome. This song takes you through so many different feelings in just 4 minutes and 24 seconds. All the while showing you the more sensitive side of Highly Suspect.

"Send Me an Angel" shows you a similar piece of them as well.  I dig it.


"Look Alive, Stay Alive" is pretty sweet.  Love the energy of it.  I really like the line "...you think you're better than everyone...well you're fucking not!"

"Wolf" is so good that I don't really even have words for it...give it (and the entire record) a listen.  It'll be your first of many; trust me.  One of the best lines in this track "...but baby I was born to rock, and now I gotta roll."

"Serotonia" is a song that has been out for quite a while now, no matter how many times I've heard it, with every listen I find myself loving it even more.  The best part is when Johnny mentions slow dancing with Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey...then afterwards he'll bum a cigarette from Cary Grant.

The '60's was...err is my favorite era when it comes to movies.  Breakfast At Tiffany's is my all-time favorite movie.  I was Audrey for Halloween this year. (More on that in a later post.)  Cary Grant, Marilyn, Humphrey Bogart...I love them all!

That's pretty much all I've got to say for now.

To recap:

The Boy Who Died Wolf Buy that mess, seriously...BUY it!

It's amazing.  You can thank me later.
"Serotonia" (Official Music Video) 




"Chicago"





I feel like this has to be done when Highly Suspect is mentioned in any way, so...MCID.


-laurenmikael










Saturday, September 3, 2016

Should Have Started Doing This Sooner

Woah!  Ok, so it has been eight months since my last blog post...oopsie! Haha!

Truth is the end of last year/beginning of this year I was very depressed, like really bad.  Hardly would go anywhere or even bother to get out of bed most days to be honest.


In May things started to get better and the depression "went away."

For the most part I'm very happy now.

I just wanted pop in and say hi!  Also, I wanted to tell you about Ebates.  They pay you to shop online (now even in stores.)  Yep, you read that right...you can get paid to shop.  That's pretty awesome if you ask me.

I've known about Ebates for years now, because other bloggers and through Youtube videos.  Somehow it  just recently occured to me that I should start using Ebates myself.  Wish I would have started sooner!

They pay you anywhere from 1% to 40% back on your purchases.  Tons of stores and websites paticipate. anywhere from  Wal-Mart to iTunes and Amazon!



Ebates Coupons and Cash Back


Click the Ebates  link above and you can start getting paid to shop too!


I know I say this all the time, but I really am going to try to start posting on here more frequently.  I have a lot of post ideas right now...I just need the time to be able to actually write them.

I hope you are all doing well!


-laurenmikael