Perspectives of a Lady, Gentleman & Dane

Monthly Archive:: March 2015

Hannah Sheflyand

Have you heard about this now fully funded Kickstarter card game? Brian asked that we invest a few months ago and I finally got around to actually reading into what we bought. It not only got 100% funded, it got 10,000% funded. For a card game that seems pretty crazy right? I have to say I cant wait to play it, the game looks pretty funny and entertaining and I bet it will be the next Cards Against Humanity (which was also funded through Kickstarter). What do you think?

The game was created by Matthew Inman (from The Oatmeal), Elan Lee (from Xbox) & Shane Small (Marvel). Its quirky but genius and so far seems pretty simple to play.  Read more…

Hannah Sheflyand

To start with, I am not a huge fan of this song, I have tried listening to it many times hoping it will become as catchy as “Call Me Maybe” but I just cant get into it. So why post it? The video is hilarious, who would ever imagine Tom Hanks starring in a music video (and then have Justin Bieber cameo randomly). Have you watched it yet?

Once you watch the music video, I would strongly recommend the parody below, it is a great laugh too. I hope everyone is starting their week off in a silly mood, hopefully this week will fly by 🙂

Hannah Sheflyand

Brian and I often joke about how Charlie needs to get her lazy dog butt up and do some work around the house to earn her keep. Then I saw these photos of actual working dogs and felt I needed to run home and start training my lazy great dane to do something more then eat, sleep, fart and cuddle. I love these photos and the hard work it portrays. It is one of those weeks where photos are really inspiring me and changing my mood drastically day by day.

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Hannah Sheflyand

I was very surprised when Brian recommended that I listen to Frank Turner, mostly because I never thought Brian liked that kind of music. There is always something to learn about each other even after a few years. What was no surprise is that I would love his music; the songs are a combination of funk and pop mixed together in catchy love sonnets and I cant get enough. My favorite album is Tape Deck Heart, this is definitely one of the most listened songs on my ipod, with Recovery as close second.

What kind of love music do you listen to?

Hannah Sheflyand

It has been a crazy few months since our vacation and the engagement and I thought it would be nice to share my process so far and the other excuses on why I have been so sporadic with posts since then.

Right away Brian and I agreed that we wanted something simple and relaxed. We quickly picked a date (9/12/15!), a venue for the ceremony and a venue for the reception. I found a dress fairly quickly, a rental company to work with and we organized our guest list seamlessly and sent save the dates. Brian was being a huge support and helped with all the big decisions.

Yet somehow I became the crazy bride to be, I spent weeks barely sleeping, and stressed over the smallest things, like whether we should use clear or white plates and whether we should have blue or white napkins (I know crazy right?)! I started getting frustrated because while I was stressing like crazy Brian had no preference on these little things and I could not understand why. After a few more weeks with tension of discussing anything wedding related without freaking each other out we did the smartest thing possible, we sat down and talked. We talked about all the exciting events ahead and what that means to each of us, but then we also talked about what was bothering each of us and how we can communicate better so that we can be back to our normal happy couple. After that it was so much easier to relax, talk to each other and most importantly remember that the only really important part of this whole wedding planning is we are getting MARRIED!

Now I make lists, I go down the lists when I have time and I try to check some things off when I can. If there is something that I feel would be important to Brian I make sure I go over with him as well, if not I try to be bold and decide on my own or get some friends opinions and then I let Brian know. This way we both are on the same page with the wedding but it is less stressful to make decisions for either one of us. Now things go so much more smoothly, I sleep normally and we are much happier and relaxed.

Have you gone through this issue with your fiance or husband?

If you are married, or getting married, what are your best tips that you can share?

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The location of our ceremony. I am so excited!

Hannah Sheflyand

I was holding on to this song for a while really wanting to share it but never knowing how to fully explain what this song and album mean to me. There would never be Music Monday posts if it wasn’t for this album, there truthfully would probably not be this website if not for it too. I was never really into music, I would listen to whatever was popular on the radio at the time, but that would be as far as I would go into being interested to a song or an artist. Things drastically changed mostly due to this album.

When I first started dating Brian he was on a break from school so we had a lot of time and energy to spend each afternoon running around and planning crazy dates and being up until all hours. Once his winter break ended and he started having classes after work it started to get a little tough for both of us to find ways of spending good quality time together but not having to drive somewhere far to do so.

One evening we decided to make our first dinner together and just hang out on the couch and relax. I am one who gets pretty uncomfortable with quiet pauses in conversation but Brian put on some music in the background and it made everything feel just perfect. When we were finished with dinner, Brian put Help Wanted Nights, by the Good Life, on his record player and we laid down and cuddled up and just relaxed. There was nothing to concentrate on other then each other and the music, it was such a simple yet beautiful way to spend an hour. That was when I knew I was falling in love with this amazing guy laying by my side.

Listening to something on vinyl compared to the radio or pandora does make a difference, some people say it has to do with sound quality (I truthfully cannot tell), I think it has to do with the fact that you have to actively listen to the music since it doesn’t just keep going and going. It made me start appreciating what was playing in the background and started my love for music again.

By this point Brian and I have probably over done it, we have hundred of records stored away in all the possible storage spots in the tiny studio apartment but I would not have it any other way. To this day whenever either of us has had an overwhelming day we just put on a record (usually the Good Life or Jason Isbell), cuddle up and just listen.

I hope you enjoyed my little story and this beautiful song. Have a fabulous Monday and a great week!

P.S.- Love you Brian!

Hannah Sheflyand

Brian and I often joke around on how it is acceptable to be grumpy once your a retired old person and that Brian is very excited to let loose and be able to do that. Yesterday he sent over this awesome comic by Wes & Tony from Amazing Super Powers that I could not stop laughing at because it is so a Brian moment to be.

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And an addition to Brian’s grumpy faces (with some Charlie love) below to hopefully add an extra smile to your week 🙂

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Brian McCarthy

As Hannah mentioned, the winter blues are here, and while she’s got some great ways of getting through (I particularly enjoy the baking), I prefer to indulge the dreary setting.  To me, there’s no better way to get through the blues than to put on a good album and listen to songs of heart break and suffering.  There’s something about hearing somebody else’s stories sung that allows me to let go of mine.  For today’s music Monday, I give you ‘Ladykiller’ by The Horrible Crowes, a song about having your woman stolen away from you by some younger, better looking guy.  If you’re feeling down I’d suggest listening to the whole album, Elsie.