Bohemian Goddess and I do a Cafe Crawl

Recently the glorious Bohemian Goddess and I stormed through Anchorage, Alaska. While there we decided to do a café crawl.

We hit four cafes and thought we would give y’all a review.

Our first stop was Kaladi Brothers off 7th Avenue. We ordered the 4 cheese quiche and a hazelnut mocha to share.

Ratings:

Quiche: Bohemian Goddess-7        Wild Thing – 7

Mocha: BG- 9     WT- 9

Customer Service: BG-4.5       WT-5

Atmosphere: BG-7.5         WT- 8

 

We really liked it. There was awesome indie music, weird artwork, lots of walls separating sections, which we liked. Very modern, very relaxed.

 

Second stop was Steam Dot. We ordered an Americano.

Ratings:

Americano: BG- 8.5       WT- 8.5

Customer Service:  BG- 6.5     WT-8

Atmosphere:  BG – 8.5     WT-7

The music was good there too, maybe a little loud, but very good. There was a full bar there, which would’ve been cool if we were 21. Also, there was a Chris Evans look-alike. That was pleasant.

 

Next was Midnight Sun Café. I ordered the Wedding Cake Latte which was Coconut, vanilla, and Irish Cream. Bohemian Goddess order a Strawberry Guava Watermelon Red Bull Italian soda.

Ratings:

Latte:  WT- 6.5

Italian Soda:  BG- 6.5

Customer Service:  BG- 9     WT-9

Atmosphere: BG- 7.5    WT-7.5

 

The place was cute, kinda hippie, relaxing. Plus they had Taco comics. Adorable. It was colorful without being overwhelming and, again, good music.

 

Monday morning before we left town we stopped in Busy Beans. They serve Kaladi Brothers coffee. So we knew the coffee would be good. We both ordered a quad-shot mocha. I got a ham, cheddar, spinach, and pesto Panini. BG got a turkey, pepper jack, tomato, mayo, and grey poupon Panini.

Ratings:

Coffee: BG- 9       WT-9

Food:  BG-10!     WT-10!    (Soooooo yummy!)

Atmosphere: BG- 8   WT-8.5

Customer Service: BG-8      WT-8

 

It was a very open place. Had a kids section and everything. Cute artwork everywhere. The sandwiches took a while but were well worth the wait! Good music, just like everywhere else. Nothing too well-known, which we really enjoyed.

 

All in all, everything was way better than Starbucks and I don’t know why anyone would choose Starbucks over Kaladi Brothers. Seriously people. Drink local.

What’s your favorite café or coffee place? Please let us know!

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#FeeltheBern

Ah, the favorite Democratic presidential candidate.

There are so many reasons to not vote for Bernie Sanders. Here are some of them.

~ Pro-choice (pro-abortion)
Morally this is wrong. As a Christian it is an abomination. It seems like as a nation we are taking steps to do away with abortions, but not fast enough. And it won’t get done with people like this.
~ Voted NO to banning partial birth abortions
What the what. The baby is BEING BORN. It is obviously a tiny human. It’s moving, crying, breathing. You can’t kill it. It’s alive. That’s murder.
~Voted yes on over 200 billion in stimulus spending
If you believe stimulus spending is actually good for the economy, you haven’t done any research. Here’s just one link for you. There’s many more.
~Black Lives Matter
ALL LIVES MATTER
The point of this organization is stop racism. How can you stop racism by perpetuating it through telling everyone that this one specific race of people are important enough to single themselves out by saying Black Lives Matter.
Good job ending racism. Let me know how that goes folks.
~Voted NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance
Doesn’t want to protect the phrase “One Nation, Under God”
~Pro-gay-rights
A lot of people don’t see this as an issue. As a Christian its a huge issue, a violation of traditional marriage, a pathway to polygamy, and make us as a nation similar to Sodom and Gomorrah.
~”War on Drugs is a failed policy”
He’s saying this because he’s pro-drug. War on Drugs would be great if there weren’t so many political top hats pro-drug.
~Voted NO on military border patrol to battle drugs and terrorism
No wonder its a failed policy. People like Bernie don’t want to do anything to keep illegal drugs out of our country.
~Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests
What, federal employees never use drugs? For real?
~ Wants to spend 70 billion to make college and universities “tuition-free”
Does anyone understand that “tuition-free” does not mean free of charge to anyone. That’s still our money. That’s still our nations money. It comes from us. The only difference is the people using it didn’t have to work for it.
~Pro-Common Core
How do you make 10 out of 8+5?
You don’t.
Common Core needs to rot in hell.
~Wants to spend 18 billion to fund two-year “free” tuition at state colleges
AGAIN that’s our money given to people that don’t want to work for their own.
~Voted YES on additional 10.2 billion for federal education &HHS projects
This is money we don’t have ON TOP of money we don’t have.
~Voted YES on 84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges
So… the same man who wants to end racism wants to give different ethnic groups their very own colleges and spaces.
You mean… segregation…?
~GMO’s are ok with labeling
The problem is, companies get tricky in their labeling because people don’t want to buy GMO stuffs.
~LGBTQ values are ‘family values’
Uh no. No they aren’t.
~He actually has an anti-family-value voting record
~Pro Syrian Refugees
The majority of Syrian refugees are young men ages 17-28 who are perfectly capable of fighting for their country. Either they are un-patriotic or they’re up to something here in the US
~Voted YES on congressional pay raise
Because they don’t get paid enough?!
~Voted NO on requiring an ID to vote in any election
Only US citizens should vote because illegal immigrants are only going to vote for whoever benefits them the most, not the country.
~Honestly can’t make up his mind on gun control
“Guns in Vermont are for hunting. In LA they’re for killing people.”
Is he really this stupid?
Donald deMag
Jason Michael Hann
Brian L. Rooney. All Vermont murderers.
There are hunters living in Los Angeles. Stop being an idiot Bernie.
~Pro-gun control voting record
Clear violation of the 2nd amendment.
~Mental  health coverage would stop homicide and suicide
Just it’s existence? Because people only get help if they want help. Also, are you saying that the GUN isn’t the issue here? That maybe *gasp* it’s the people using the gun??
~Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare
Isn’t it pretty racist to take away their right to choose? After all they were here first…
~No Border fence
None. It’s like we’re holding up a sign “LOTS OF JOBS AND WELFARE OVER HERE. YOU EVEN GET TO VOTE FOR WHOEVERS GOING TO GIVE YOU THE MOST MONEY”
~Voted NO on declaring English the official language of the US
Because apparently it’s unfair to illegal immigrants who are here illegally and who don’t bother to learn English first because they are illegal.
Illegal.
~Supports raising minimum wage to $15
And consequently supports the loss of minimum wage jobs across the country.
~Voted yes on extending unemployment to 59 weeks
That’s over a year! Who can’t get another job in a YEAR?!
We are rewarding people for being lazy in this country. Why do you think America is the fattest country?
~”Our invasion of Iraq led to ISIS”
What?! You think our country led to the creation of ISIS?? I got news for you. Before we invaded there was the Taliban. There’s just always terrorists. Not our fault.
So these are just a few reasons why Bernie Sanders would make a positively horrific president.

Music Appreciation

Music is a beautiful thing.

Everyone knows this. But I think too often we take it for granted.

As long as you veer away from the Top 40 (Let’s face it, the majority of the songs are about nothing more than sex and partying, and that’s not very ‘beautiful’)

I’m talking about the songs that give you chills, the melodies that make you want to either sway and curl into a ball underneath a big fluffy blanket. The lyrics that bring tears to your eyes.

It’s amazing that humans are creating these songs. Just a few minutes that bring up so many beautiful feelings that you don’t feel all the time.

I think my favorite genre is the cozy, rainy day, coffee shop type music. Not really a specific genre at all but I think you guys know what I’m talking about. Hozier, Bon Iver, Birdy, Ruth B, Jeff Buckley, Halsey, Simon and Garfunkel, Iron and Wine. Music like that.

I love that one song can mean so many different things to so many different people.

I think that writers, especially as a writer myself, get a special dose of this. You create these characters, all these little parts of yourself. Each one has a life and a backstory and history and heartbreak and certain songs just pertain to their life and their relationships and you can’t help but feel all their feelings because that’s you. That’s a piece of you on paper, or on a screen.

That’s the beautiful part. Even when it’s not your personal past music can move you.

I’m going to set some choreography on a friend and we chose Not About Angels by Birdy. I suggest you listen to it. It’s a haunting song.

I’m really excited. I know there’s a lot I can do with it.

So go play that one Spotify playlist that is perfection. Put on your favorite record. Just sit and listen for a minute. Let yourself be swept away by memories and enjoy it.

Here are a few of my suggestion from above:

Not About Angels- Birdy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj_VidtyaOc

Like Real People Do- Hozier : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrleydRwWms

Skinny Love- Bon Iver : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVGl8Spm1v8

Lost Boy- Ruth B : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO3ppTYwRYs

Hallelujah- Jeff Buckley : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8AWFf7EAc4

Drive- Halsey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oI-BsWbIg4

Sound of Silence- Simon and Garfunkel : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oI-BsWbIg4

Flightless Bird, American Mouth- Iron and Wine : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwZNGaMrwcE

 

Religious Tunage

“We’re going down to the river
Down to the river, down to the river to pray
Let’s get washed by the water
Washed by the water and rise up in amazing grace
Let’s go down, down, down to the river (You will leave changed)
Let’s go down, down, down to the river (Never the same)”

  • The River

“There’s a war between guilt and grace
And they’re fighting for a sacred space
But I’m living proof
Grace wins every time”

  • Grace Wins

“You are loved
If your heart’s in a thousand pieces
If you’re lost and you’re far from reason
Just look up; know you are loved
Just look up; and know you are loved
When it feels like something’s missing
If it hurts but you can’t find healing
Just look up, know you are loved
Just look up, know you are loved
Ooh”

  • You Are Loved

“So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held, just be held”

  • Just Be Held

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These are choruses from the four most popular Christian songs today. Really, they sound like one song if you string them together.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t absolutely hate Christian music.

But honestly….. They’re all the same.

God is there

He is with you.

You are loved.

No worries.

There are, of course, exceptions to this rule, but generally speaking, Christian songs and shallow puddles of acoustic guitar and keyboards playing the same four chords in every song.

The Bible is deep. There is so much substance there. And so many old hymns portray that so beautifully.

But nowadays contemporary Christians music is like spoon-feeding a baby. Here is the bare bones of Christianity: Jesus loves you.

And of course, it’s true. But can’t you ever sing about anything that has to do with real life? I wanna hear the song about God helped you out of an abusive relationship. I want the grit of real life, the angst, the depression, the pressure.

NOT “I was going through all this hard crap but I was fine because God is with me.”

False.

No one is ever fine going through break ups, addictions, mental illness, death, depression. No one. It doesn’t matter how devout you are, how many times you go to your church during the week. It doesn’t matter who you study the Bible with or how you pray.

Saying that you are ok going through all of that is bullcrap.

You’re lying. You are lying to non-Christians about what faith means.

Faith doesn’t mean you are ok. Faith doesn’t mean you’re happy all the time.

Faith means you have somewhere to go to. Faith means there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

Faith is not flowers. Faith is a coach while you struggle through an obstacle course. Faith is your best friend. Faith is not some prescription medicine you take to feel good about yourself.

That’s why Christian music pisses me off. It’s not real. It’s not what people struggle with. It’s so candy-coated.

Step it up, people. I would love some substance.

Time to Get Back on that Horse

It’s that time of year again folks.

Dance is starting up tonight.

Not that I’m dancing. Not this semester. But I am still teaching.

I have hopes. I have goals for my students. I’m sure they have goals too. I can’t wait to hear them.

I am especially excited about my intermediate class. There’s a bunch of new students in there, along with two of the most senior dancers in the studio. I am very excited for the improvement I’m going to see in them.

I am, of course, sad and quite a bit discouraged that I can’t dance this semester but I think God is giving me a chance to focus on my teaching and directing skills.

I’ll be directing our spring show, which I’m excited about. I’ve never directed without being in half the show myself.

Here’s to a great semester and a new focus.