Archive | April 2011

Brother, sister bonding time.

Lil’ Bro and I enjoyed some quality time together checkin out an awesome show… Iron & Wine.

Great time spent with awesome music, even if our favorite song wasn’t played!  More to come tomorrow!

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Words of Another

I find solace in the words and lyrics of other…

 
…Words that simply hit me in a way that I can’t describe.  Song lyrics reach deep within and bring me at ease in the midst of chaos.  Oftentimes the words of another calm me; bringing me back to reality. While I can often put my own words down onto paper; the words of another say exactly what I feel or think… 
 
The power of  written words can be so influential… completely honest and sincere.  Sometimes my own words just don’t suffice in expressing true sentiments in some situations…
 
 
Here my friends, are a ew of my favorites…
 
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” — Dr. Seuss
 
 “We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.”
 

“Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
And you are young and life is long and there is time to kill today. And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.  No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun” ~ Time by Pink Floyd
” Long you live and high you fly
smiles you’ll give and tears you’ll cry
all you touch and all you see
Is all your life will ever be”  ~ Breathe by Pink Floyd

“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” — Dr. Seuss

 

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”  ~Maya Angelou
 
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  
“Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.”  ~Henry David Thoreau
 
“I am just a raindrop that accelerates without control
Losing bits and pieces in descent ’til I’m no longer whole
I am just another shooting star above that you might see
Until I have your full attention I’ll be anything but me”  ~Anything But Me by Phish

“May the journey always be your reward in life…”  ~ Author unknown 

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
“The future is something we create” ~ Author Unknown
 
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.”  ~ Maya Angelou
 
“I want to be remembered as the girl who always smiles even when her heart is broken, and the one that could always brighten up your day even if she couldn’t brighten her own.  – author unknown

 “…I am just a satellite, high above the atmosphere; Bouncing every thing you say to someone who was meant to hear…”         ~ Anything But Me, Phish

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent” ~Victor Hugo

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” — Dr. Seuss

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss

“You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change…”

“…I would do it all again; Lose my way and fall again; Just so I could call again; On the mercy in you…” ~ Mercy In You, Depeche Mode

“…I was taught a month ago, to bide my time and take it slow…But then I learned just yesterday, to rush and never waste the day…” ~ Character Zero, Phish

 …Within your heart keep one still, silent spot where dreams may go…

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
— Dr. Seuss
 
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”   — Dr. Seuss (Oh, the Places You’ll Go!)

 

“…Turns out not where but who you’re with that really matters…”  ~ Dave Matthews Band

“Life has many doors that can be opened and closed, what you make of your life depends on the doors you choose to close and doors you choose to open…”

We learn about each other and from each other; sharing our words, thoughts and stories. 

Do you live by the words of another?  What are some of your favorite quotes?  Thoughts???

GRRRR… WordPress does not like me lately.

Friday I wanted to post about my new gadget and the cool home I got for it… with lots of pictures. Ended up just posting about new songs I purchased instead…

Yesterday I wanted to document a much-needed, long over due day of pampering…with more pictures.  Ended up not posting at all… First day I didn’t post since March 5th…  That didn’t make me happy! 

AND, today I wanted to share pictures from my Easter visits with family….

BUT… WordPress is not cooperating!

Pictures won’t upload…

They won’t go in the placement I want them to be…

I can’t move them where I want them to go.

SOOOOOOOOOO, frustrating!

I started stressing about what to write…. WHY?  Well, because somewhere along the way I started pushing myself to post every day.  When I started the blog, I posted here and there… no rhyme or reason… Just when ever an idea popped into my head.  At the start of the year I committed to the PostAWeek challenge and somehow started posting everyday.  More recently topic ideas were getting a bit more difficult… causing me to stress and over-think things…Resulting in posts that aren’t very good!

I also found myself getting frustrated with stats and obsessing on numbers.  Why aren’t I getting as many hits as others?  No new subscribers in a while?  Seriously I was starting to obsess about it. 

Hmmmmm.  NOT why I started this blog in the first place…. I’m not sure when I started to care about the numbers, but I’ve decided to stop looking as often.  Yes, I want people to read my blog, but when I first started it, it was for me and me only to get the “stuff” outta my head.

I realized that sharing my thoughts with you shouldn’t be frustrating… Sharing my days with you shouldn’t be frustrating. 

Writing is something I love to do… pictures add to the story, but they don’t make the story. 

Writing for my blog shouldn’t be stressful…  It’s something I’ve enjoyed since I first started last June… It’s been therapeutic and has helped in healing; it’s helped me to meet some of the most amazing people that I never could have met otherwise… Some of which I consider to be honest, sincere and true friends. 

The numbers don’t matter… the pictures don’t matter.

Getting my story out there is what matters…

Sharing my story with you…

Each of you that stop by and read my ramblings matter…

So now i feel as if I’m a bit refocused.

If you don’t hear from me for a few days… no worries; all is well and good. I promise! 🙂 

I don’t want to post because I feel like I have to post. That’s not fair to you that come back to read. I wanna get back to writing the things I love to write about… sharing the things I want to share.  Writing the way I did to bring my readers to this blog in the first place.  By sharing bits ‘n pieces of me!!!

*** Wouldn’t it figure that adding a picture worked just as I wanted it to now???? Just sayin’.  ***

How do you stay true to the goal of your blog?  What do you do when you have trouble coming up with ideas?  Do you find the committment to posting daily/weekly to be daunting at times?

Happily Humming…

This evening has been somewhat enjoyable if I do say so myself…

Today was a pretty low-key kinda day with dreary weather. Stuff at home, visited my mom and 2 youngest nephews for a bit, shopped a little with Jaim, had dinner with her family and then home for the night.

  I woke up way earlier than I wanted to on my day off, but by 7 AM the internal alarm had already gone off a few times!

Spent the morning doing one of my most favorite things in the world…

I purchased a TON of new music on iTunes!  9 albums to be exact… Hmmmm. Think I have a problem????

I have an ongoing list that I maintain detailing new artists I’ve heard of or older artists that I remembered to be purchased at a later date.  I put a nice dent in  the list today, but of course with every album purchased comes another one or two you add to the list!!!

The cool thing is, that a couple of today’s purchased albums were direct suggestions of fellow bloggers or I “discovered” the song in one of their posts.

Tonight, I’m sitting here enjoying each and every new dig to the fullest.

Here’s a sampling…

Christina Perri-The Ocean Way Sessions

William Fitzsimmons- Gold in the Shadow

Lights- The Listening

Paper Route- Absence

Relaxing as I sit here… happily humming my night away!

What are some new tunes you’ve enjoyed recently?  Any suggestions for me?

Roller Coasters…

The Texas Giant'', a large wooden roller coast...

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You either love the thrill of the ride or you don’t. 

The anticipation during the long steady climb up to the top of the incline immediately followed by the rush of descending rapidly down the hill followed by loops, swoops, dips and curves in between before the next big climb begins.

OR

You just can’t handle the ride… Anxiety and nervousness takes over as you climb the hill, which seems to take an eternity.  Looking out as you reach the top of the hill, you begin to panic; having difficulty breathing, stomach doing flip-flops and just plain old scared outta your mind.

As a young child, I never ever wanted to go on a roller coaster.  Too high, too fast and too scary. 

I distinctly recall my first experience on a roller coaster and being undoubtedly terrified.  Really, I’m not even sure it would be classified as a roller coaster, but I was terrified none the less.  Thunder Mountain in Disney was my first experience.  I was crying in line…. Didn’t want to go on.  My mom, uncle and I were in line to ride and I was freakin’ out.  There were no loops, there were no gigantic hills there was nothing more to it than some speed and twists and turns.  Did I enjoy it?  NOPE.  Did I survive it?  You bet I did.

Crazy similarities exist between roller coasters and life.  So much of what we experience takes us on a ride up, down, loops, swoops, dips and curves.  Much of it is enjoyable, while some of it is not so much.

Relationships, friendships, emotions all tend to end up on one path or another… at some point in time taking a long steady path up hill and then speeding downwards faster than you can think.

Friends and family can carry you along the way or sometimes they can hold you back…  One minute they’re there for the long haul and  help you up the hill.  Sometimes they watch you speed downwards; others they hold your hand and help you to put on your breaks before crashing at the bottom.

Emotions have a crazy way of taking you all over the place in a matter of months, weeks, days, minutes and seconds… Working, building and steadying themselves without you even realizing it at times… Then a loop and a swoop pop up, catching you by surprise and the emotions get twisted and turned all over in any and every direction.

Relationships inevitably partake in the roller coaster extravaganza at some point as well.  If two people aren’t working together to get to the top of the hill the descent downwards isn’t gonna be too pretty.  One going one way and the other going in the opposite. 

As I’ve gotten older…. I did grow to love SOME roller coasters; the old, beat up wooden coasters.  The tried and true pieces that have withstood the test of time and  have weathered the storms. Not the fancy dancy steel coasters that are “smooth” rides all the way to the top just to send you down the hill all the more quickly.   I’ll take the bumpy ride up the hill any day versus a faster, smooth ride any day. 

I’ll take the bumps in the track, just as I have in my every day goings on.  The roller coaster in life can wear on you at times.. from emotions bouncing here there and everywhere, even when you didn’t even realize you had them; from friends and family encountering bumps along their respective paths…  You can’t expect to get any where in life, in friendships, in love if you don’t hit a few bumps in the road people. 

It’s just the way it is. 

So I’m gonna try to remember to take each day, each step in stride and see what comes.  While I enjoy the ride… bumpy wooden tracks and all!

I hope you take in each moment and enjoy the ride. 

Do you enjoy roller coasters?  Tell me about a time where you felt like your life was a roller coaster or an emotion that made you feel that way?

“Thriller” by Michael Jackson-Throwback Thursday

Michael Jackson dancing with the living dead.

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Before anyone says anything…. YES,  I know it’s not Thursday; it’s Wednesday.  I may be scatter brained sometimes and get my days mixed up, BUT today isn’t one of those days. 

Today is my THURSDAY!  Which means tomorrow is my FRIDAY! And we all know how much I LoVe FrIdAyS, right?  Hooray for Friday!!!!!!! 

Ok, now I’m getting ahead of myself…

Since tomorrow is my Friday, I decided to mix things up a little bit and do my Throwback Thursday today…

Song: Thriller

Artist: Michael Jackson

Album: Thriller

Memory: 

Who doesn’t have memories of this song????   First thing I remember is the poster I got for Christmas one year along with a t-shirt and pencils/notepad… All with the picture from the album cover. 

Michael Jackson was AMAZING to me back then… he was such an amazing artist and seemed to completely have his wits about himself at that stage in his life.  He looked human back then…  It saddens me to think of how much he changed over the years and had such a struggle.  Who wouldn’t crack under constant speculation and criticism?  Not defending or accusing….  Not my place to do so… Back to the music I go!

This video scared the living daylights outta me!  The LAUGH in the song scared me even more…. I don’t think I listened to that song on my tape for a long while after I got it because I was a CHICKEN!  I remember being at my grandma’s house to sleepover with my cousin (Yes, Jess if you’re reading this, it was you!). * For the record… I was a cry baby…   a little cry baby 😉 

 I don’t remember ALL the specifics, but I do have some recollection of Thriller playing, me not wanting it too, probably some crying on my part, wanting grandma to call my mom and dad to come get me and gram saying no.  LOL.  Yup, I could be a cry baby.  BUT I did stay the night at Grams.  🙂 

Ok, so in my opinion, the coolest part of this video is the choreography…  Hello?!?!?  I sooooo wanted to know all the dance moves… heck, I still do!  Probably look like a complete idiot doing them, but who cares!  Pretty sure my older sis would know the moves if I asked her … and if she doesn’t I’m sure she’d be up for learning them!  What do ya say, sis???? 😉

 So who’s up for it?  What are your thoughts on Thriller?  What’s your favorite MJ song?

Let there be lights….

Pampered Chef logo

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Ya, so the rain has made a return appearance in my neck of the woods today, actually started raining last night… A Storm rolled through not long after I got home from work but before getting ready for my cousin’s Pampered Chef party; thunder, lightning and a little bit of wind.  For some reason though, my hatred and fear of storms has started to dwindle more recently and found myself enjoying it a bit… Weird, huh?

So with the rain last night came the flickering of the electricity.  And with the flickering of electricity comes the beeps of the printer and microwave turning off and on and the tv turning off and on… Pretty subtle sounds excepting when one is trying to sleep.  So needless to say I had a little bit of a restless sleep and ended up settling in for the night on the couch.  So much so that I apparently forgot to turn on my alarm clock for this morning. 

I did however wake to the sound of an alarm on my phone that was set for Monday… A whole hour later than I was supposed to get up today!  NICE! 

Thankfully I took a relaxing bath last night so I quickly started running around my place like a crazy lady… This would be one moment I wished I ironed my clothes the night before; pulling out the only pair of pants and shirt that were not wrinkled… Didn’t match super well, but they’d just have to suffice.  So I now sit down to curl my hair… what do you think happens???? The electricity starts flickering again… NICE!  Quickly gave up on my hair and started putting my face on and what should happen??? The electricity flickers again.  By this point I am now applying my face by the light of a flashlight… easier than the eyes adjusting and readjusting to the lights coming on and off….. NICE!

Today my friends I looked a bit like a ragamuffin… A bit disheveled all around!  Which, in turn didn’t matter much any way because the rain stayed and helped me to look even more like a ragamuffin by day’s end. 

I was very happy to find that the lights were all on upon returning home from work…needing to freshen up a bit for the Pampered Chef shindig.  I am happy to say the lights were on and remained on for the remainder of the evening… Even through the slight storm that rolled through… The P.C. party was a nice weeknight evening out where I enjoyed good eats and purchased  a few necessities for the kitchen.

Now sitting here by the light of my laptop winding down my day… A little off kilter, but all in all it was a good day my friends!

And now in sticking with the “Lights” theme… I’d like to send a little birthday shout-out to one of my blogging buddies who is celebrating the big 4-0 today!  Happy Birthday Buddy!!!!  Hope you’ve had a wonderfully awesome birthday!  🙂

What throws you off in the morning?  How do you deal when your routine is interrupted?  Any other milestone birthdays coming up soon?