Friday Was...

Hash-Tagged as the #BestDayEver by everyone in this house!

This entire house has been awaiting the release for Iron Man 3.
(If you don't know it by now.. we are Superhero Fanatics! In a house mostly of boys (Izzy loves action packed movies too) we are always first in line for any Hero-Action Movie).

But first, hubby surprised me with taking the day off and taking Kai and I to our favorite hang out, Kailua Beach.


Kailua is so beautiful, this beach is the best! I keep telling hubby that this is where I'd like to buy a house, in Kailua. We spent a few hours there and headed to my favorite place to eat lunch, Whole Foods.

Even though we were exhausted from being out for most of the day, we needed to stick to our plans and make it a point to still go to the gym.

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*FYI, those stairs are killers on your quads! Especially after you've done 3 sets of squat, lunges, and plank work outs!

Luckily we were able to buy reserved seating because it gave us time to eat dinner, get some candy treats, and find our way. We were all on the edge of our seat and entertained for 2 1/2 hours! (Next to reserve Star Trek, Into Darkness... then the long awaited Man of Steel).



I've been doing a lot of brainstorming on how I want to revamp my blog, maybe dress it up with a lot of bling by asking my co-worker, an amazing web designer, to get in there and make this blog shine (shine bright like a diamond). Sorry I had to... But as I looked back at previous post that seemd to have more "life" in them (probably dating back to when I first started in 2006) when I got a thrill from writing my thoughts down. Not that life was more exciting, but my love for writing was evident. Lately it seems like all I do is "recap" my days kind of like a robot. Not that it's bad, but it lacks "life" in them, what it it lacked is my "voice". I've never had a problem expressing myself, in fact, that's what gravitates me towards people is my "zest" for life and my open-mind and willingness to explore life and to share it with people. But for some reason or another, I feel that my zest for life has been sucked out of me.

Then I realized that changing the appearance of the blog won't make a difference, I need to get back to the beginning of it all. Just stick to the basics, and just tell the story of my life the way I see it, the way I'm living it, for me...  cause at the end of the day the stories told are about me and the life I lead with those I love.

I've been inspired by a new show called Touch we started watching, no Zombies, no serial killers, just a story about a boy who sees the world differntly and in turn opeing our (the viewers) eyes to a whole new light.

At the end of Season One, Episode 4, the monologue says:

Human beings are hard-wired with the impulse to share our ideas… and the desire to know we've been heard. It's all part of our need for community. That's why we're constantly sending out signals and signs. And why we look for them from other people. We're always waiting for messages. Hoping for connection. And if we haven't received a message, that doesn't always mean it hasn't been sent to us. Sometimes, it means we haven't listened hard enough.

In spite of all our communication technology, no invention is as effective as the sound of the human voice. When we hear the human voice, we instinctively want to listen, in the hopes of understanding it. Even when the speaker is searching for the right words to say. Even when all we hear is yelling, or crying or singing. That's because the human voice resonates differently from anything else in the world. That's why we can hear a singer's voice over the sound of a full orchestra. We will always hear that singer, no matter what else surrounds it.


Well said, don't you think?

The show talks a lot about The Red String of Fate...





Renner & Levine.

Thank You SNL for making my night.. complete.
Little did I know (I found out via Pinterest, out of all places) from a trusted Jeremy Renner fan who I follow religiously because she seems just as obsessed with Renner as I am.. that he hosted SNL on Saturday with musical guest... (wait for it) Adam Levine, I mean Maroon 5! 



Can you imagine the "high" I was on. Believe me everyone in my house knew that Renner & Levine were in the "hiz-house".

Some awesome skits, I loved the monologue.. never knew Renner could sing (sigh, my heart just went 'pitter-patter'.  I loved his spoof on The Avengers "I ran out of bows .." I could not stop laughing. And my favorite skit was the "Stand Off" skit. Hilarious.

I felt like I was at a Maroon 5 concert when they came out to play.


Love that song...

Speaking of Maroon 5 and music..
I bought their "Overexposed" album back in July and still listen to it religiously.
Maroon 5 - Overexposed

The entire album is pleasing. From the quick hard beats of "One More Night" to that sweet melody of "Daylight" I loved it all. "Sad" and "Beautiful Goodbye" are also my top faves..  "Payphone" is a bit overplayed so I tend to skip that when I listen to the album. But all in all, I enjoy Maroon 5's latest album on my playlist.

The latest album I purchased was the latest P!nk Album, The Truth About Love.  This is the one that I'm currently listening to and on repeat. I'll have to save another post about that one... all I can say is you will not be disappointed.. True Love feat Lily Rose Cooper is by far my favorite of that album!  Pink defines "True Love" the best way she knows how. 

Lady Antebellum (was) Here.

I never got around to writing about my experience at the Lady Antebellum Concert...

Seems like ages ago (only a few months) but I'm getting around to scrappin' about the day and I just wanted to recollect my thoughts.

When I first heard about the concert, I was ecstatic. I love Lady Antebellum. One of the first songs I remember, was their famous, "I Need You Now.." I can remember Izzy singing the lyrics "It's a quarter after one, I'm a little drunk and I need you now .."

Surprisingly, I love a little bit of country music in my playlist. It stems from living in San Antonio for a while and I think that's all they played :)  My faves are still, Tim McGraw, a little of Kenny Chesney, a touch of good ol' Dixie Chicks, of course you gotta have Reba in there. Some Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, oooh Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks.. Oh Shania.. man I could go on and on.

Lady Antebellum was for me a country with a touch of pop. And I loved that.


I didn't buy their tickets right away.. (After that concert, I wish I did).  But mainly because my hubby was due to be out of town and being new here, I really didn't know who would go crazy over them like me. Or wouldn't think I was crazy when they came out on stage. So I bought 2 tickets anyway, knowing I would go.. just not sure with who. It turned out that hubby didn't have to TDY just yet and he was my official date for the night! And OH WHAT A NIGHT IT WAS.


Before I go into how amazing the concert was.
I do want to share the minor "obsessive" side that I have with music.
So .. my husband, who maybe knew 1 or 2 songs from them.. had to go thru a "Lady Antebellum" Crash Course. That's right you read that right.


So I purchased their very first album and their latest. (The thing with iTunes, it gives you the ability to just buy a little here and there..)  And that was the only thing playing in the house, the car, outside, at night while we were asleep.. I kid you not. I drilled each melody into his head (and mine) till we were humming them subconsciously. And that was how we prepped for this "glorious" night of good music.


The actual concert, bear with me, I haven't been to one in ages. (Alright, the last time I went to one was when The New Kids On The Block was here when I was like 10.. ha ha ha, are you done laughing now.. I swear, I thought I was gonna be Mrs. Jordan Knight)

But the concert was amazing.
I was going absolutely crazy and even lost my voice singing (yelling) every song they performed.

(Evidence below, warning.. turn your volume down, no infact, turn it off!)



I loved ALL the song choice they picked to perform, a little from each album, and quite a bit from their first album which was AWESOME!

One of my all time favorites, well there are SO MANY, "American Honey" And Hilary gave me goosebumps! 



All in all that concert was amazing, love my hubby for tagging along and probably developed some sort of hearing loss from that night, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Till the next concert (cross my fingers, Mumford & Sons)
Embrace music, crank up that volume, and sing your heart out!!!

What Amuses Me.

Some TV shows I take full delight in.....

Okay, where have I been for the past 7 years?


Definitely not at McClaren's with these guys...

Because I have been missing out on one of the most "legend" (wait for it) "dary"  TV shows of all time! Yes, a slight exaggeration, but seriously, I have become quite obsessed with this show. Much like anything I invest my time in, I become quite consumed by it for a while. Like it's not enough to just get a little bit of something, I need to know all about it.

So one week, while I was sick to stomach and laying in bed, unable to do much but watch tv. I came across an episode. More like I was to tired to get up and changed the channel, I left it on. I saw a few back to back episodes and laughed my sick butt off. Since then I was hooked and needed to know more about this show.. from the beginning. I found the show on Netflix and realized that it was getting ready to air it's 8th season!  That's 7 seasons, 7 years! 

I'm not even ashamed to say that it took us just a month to watch 7 seasons (7 years) of How I Met Your Mother.  If that is not "obsessed" I don't know what is.

So now we are all caught up and our family is excited to actually watch it on regular television with the rest of the world.

So being that I have become completely fixated with this show, I've also dug a bit deeper and read more about each character's real lives as well. And yes, I'm totally following them on Instsagram and Twitter! 

Right now our entire families' vocabular contains a bit of "Slap-Bets" a lot of "wait-for-its" in between each word, and when we are getting ready, we like to say we are "suiting up".


Just a little bit of  I keep myself entertained in the media world. I admit I love diving into different kinds of tv shows and movies.

Just before this show, we watched all 4 seasons of Prison Break.

And it was "so good" kept us on our toes the entire time. I mean how many times can one try to escape prison? You think you couldn't make a show about "breaking out" of prison in 4 seasons.. but you can!

But one of our family favorites... is Zombies!!!!

The Walking Dead!!!  We are huge fans! Every Sunday is a "Zombie" day in the Barut house!

My DVR also contains:

  • Hawaii 5-0
  • Once Upon A Time
  • Grimm
  • Revolution

I have to say the list has gotten a lot smaller ... Netflix has become more prevalent since it's become so easy to access from any device in this house.


I hope everyone enjoys their Veteran's Day Monday :) We are still enjoying our weekend together and gearing up for a drive on the other side of the island :)