Sunday, August 4, 2013

New Blog!

{Moving to a new location}
Hey lovely people! I know I've been kind of a sucky blogger lately, but I swear that part of the reason for that is because I've been working on setting up my new website (music website) and also I've been moving my blog over to Word Press... Been busy!

Well, today is the day that I release my new blog! Of course, it's the exact same blog only this time I'll be writing in it regularly.

So if you want to read more (and there is more to read) then please find me here: http://mermaidtracks.wordpress.com/

Please stop by and say hello!

XO
Nicole

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

New blog coming up!

48 Hour Film
{Recording the music score for my team's 48 Hour Film Festival}


Hey guys, I'm really sorry to be a sucky blogger in the last few months... Or longer... I've been working really hard to get my new website up and running and along with this new website will be a new blog! Note: the website will be different than the blog! The website is specifically for my music and the blog is specifically; well, my blog... I will pretty much be doing the same thing... Writing random things about myself; except it will be with a different platform and with a better layout.

Anyway, I will let you know when it's all up and running, but expect it to be very soon! I'm in the final stages now!

I'm sorry it's taken so long! I've been working pretty hard on it!

Love,
Nicole

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Pay for Downloads

My hands
{www.nicoleandrewsmusic.com}


Some significant news in the world of Nicole Andrews Music! I am now charging for downloads of my songs!

Don't worry, its still super cheap and this way you will be supporting a musician... Helping me to do what I love.

Originally I had wanted to make my music free and give the option for a donation if someone wanted, but there's more than just monetary exchange happening here. I'm also sharing a product that I have put my hours of love and attention into. This choice is more about valuing my work than it is about making a few bucks.

If you haven't listened to my music yet, please checkout my bandcamp page, where you can purchase my music.


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Where have I been?

Kiwi bird art
{Hello from Kiwi-land}

Some of my regular readers might be wondering: where did I go in the last few months?

Basically I've felt a little confused about my position in the blogging world lately. What do I write about? Am I just an online diary or do I write like an informative blog? Do I write about music, paleo, travel, or weddings? I seem to write about all of these things with a sprinkle of burlesque and family stuff every now and then.

So I took a step back and thought: what am I doing?

I have had this secret plan for months and months now to merge my blog and my music website together, and this is part of the "discovery process" I have gone through in trying to figure out what that means for me. Unfortunately it also meant that I stopped blogging a little bit. I still feel a little bit like I'm in limbo with the two sites being separate, but the plan to merge is going to happen, and hopefully will happen in the next month or two.

I also have another side project that I am working on, which will give me a location for my paleo/food related blog posts to belong. This project is still too green to reveal the details, but I'm pretty excited about it.

With these 2 projects in the works, I think that my blogging should pick up again. I just needed to "find myself" a little bit. I had started blogging to share my world of New Zealand with my friends and family (way back in like 2007!), but the longer I write the less relevant it becomes.

So keep your eyes on this space for updates on when this merge will happen, about the food project, and just for more random ramblings as I fumble with my blog content.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Gluten free

I eat you!
{Dinner at Carnevino in Vegas}

Sometimes I tell people that I'm gluten free instead of going down the whole "I'm paleo" route.

It's easier... Paleo often involves a long conversation about what I can't eat (stuff you will now tell me you couldn't live without)... Is it like the Atkins diet (no)... Is it anti-vegetarian (no).... Are you crazy (no one can prove that yet)...

The reality is that paleo is still a bit controversial in the eyes of the general public, and sometimes I just want to be in the vicinity of cake, and have a real excuse not to eat it.

"Here's a sample"

"Oh, no thanks! I'm gluten free."

But sometimes this back fires: "Oh, well we have gluten free too!"

(Why can't I just say no thanks? Who cares, that's not what this post is about.)

So sometimes I just say "I'm gluten free." But I usually say it in a way to keep people from asking more questions.


Gluten free: accepted among the masses as something that some people need because otherwise they get sick.

Paleo: something that crazy people do which will only lead to their early death due to their consumption of fats and animal products. Not necessary and certainly vegetarian haters. 

Sometimes it's just easier being the hippy than it is being the nutritional rebel. But there are a few things I've noticed about posing as a gluten free being. People who choose gluten free get their fair share of discrimination and awkward conversations. 

Here's a favorite: if you stop eating gluten then you will not be able to eat it in the future because your body won't be used to it.... So you are telling me that its like poison... I have to keep eating it for my body to be used to it anymore, and if I stop then my body just can't handle it?... Interesting. Sounds like a necessary food (this is sarcasm).

I've had people tell me that celiac disease isn't real. Why don't I just go to the doctor and know for sure instead of experimenting with my diet for no reason... They can't actually prove gluten intolerance anyway... Blah blah blah. 

All I hear is: you are doing something which makes me question my own opinions on food. Stop it because it freaks me out. I am not a doctor but I will quote things that I think doctors would say.


But I'm happy with my choices. I'm now one and a half years paleo, and even when I cheat I try to be gluten free... And why: because gluten really does affect me. I don't have a habit of flailing from diet to diet, except for attempting vegetarianism every few years. And I have never felt better than I have in the last year and a half. So whether or not you believe that gluten is bad, or paleo is a crock... I am benefiting.