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Friday Music Fun – Indecisive Edition

I couldn’t decide which one I wanted to post, so I’m posting two songs that I’ve been digging this week.

First up is my beloved Pearl Jam doing “Johnny Guitar.” I got to hear it live when they were here in KC last May and it’s been in my head lately for some reason.

Next in line is G. Love singing “Just Fine.” I’m really enjoying his recent collaboration with The Avett Brothers, Fixin’ To Die, and you can find this song on there as well.

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Friday Music Fun with Francesca Battistelli

Things are a bit crazy in my world right now and I can’t take the time to write about it yet, so I thought I’d share what’s spinning around in my head today.

This is the stuff that drives me crazy
This is the stuff that’s getting to me lately
In the middle of my little mess
I forget how big I’m blessed
This is the stuff that gets under my skin
But I gotta trust You know exactly what You’re doing
It might not be what I would choose
But this is the stuff You use

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Friday Music Fun with Rabbit!

So, here’s something new. I don’t usually do this, but I’m just in a funky mood today (and maybe want to push that last post down on the page) so here’s what I’m calling a “Friday Music Fun” post. I have no idea if there will ever be another one or not, but it seems like a good idea today.

I discovered the band Rabbit! a while back after downloading the Do Fun Stuff cd for the kids (okay, for me).  They are not at all what I would normally listen to, but their music is just so fun.  I click them on and my mood is instantly lifted.  I want to get up and dance, although I’m pretty sure people would look at me funny if I did that in the office.

This morning, I was in a funk and being rather moody.  I clicked a link and found a link to Connect The Dots by Rabbit! in a post and knew that was the perfect thing to pull me out of my mood. For only $5.99 on Amazon, I decided it was worth a little treat to myself.  So, that’s what I’ve been listening to all day and now I’m sharing it with you.

I’m going to share a couple of videos of them so you can see for yourself just how fun and quirky they are.  Do yourself a favor and give them a listen!

Oh, and if you are my husband, don’t bother listening because you’ll just make fun of my music choices. 😉

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Intimidated By A Blank Page

I’ve been sort of lying low on the internet for a while now.  My blog posts have become much more random and infrequent, I rarely post on Twitter, and while I do keep up on Facebook most of the time, I don’t post nearly as often as I used to.  I’m still reading though.  I try to keep up with what my friends are doing.  I check in on Twitter a few times a day (usually) and what I don’t catch there, I get on Facebook.  My Google Reader, however, is overflowing with unread posts.  I tend to read posts that are linked on Twitter and Facebook more often and this one about journaling really caught my attention.

You see, I have this slight obsession with paper products and pens and I really have a weakness for pretty leather-bound journals and notepads.  Just before 2010 started, I purchased a pretty lime green covered journal and promised myself that I was going to use it.  I also selected a pack of multi-colored pens that were to be used specifically in that journal.  I made a total of one entry in that journal, which listed my one goal for 2010 – to complete the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  I never added anything else.  The blank pages intimidated me.  As with every other journal I’ve ever had, I didn’t want to mess up the perfection of the book before me.

After reading Karen’s post, however, I have a completely different outlook on what a journal can – or should – be.  It doesn’t have to be elaborate or deeply introspective.  It can simply be a list of to-do’s or what you did that day, a favorite photo or quote that you came across, a picture drawn by a child.  The everyday things that make life what it is are probably much more worth remembering in years to come than a perfectly thought out rant about the state of the world today.  And really?  The messier the better.  Why not scribble that design that has been playing around up in my head?  Why not write down that funny comment that my daughter made last night?

I couldn’t wait to get home, pull out that pretty, practically brand new, green-covered journal and start writing.  I took it to bed with me last night and, before I turned out the lights, started writing.  My first entry was a list of accomplishments for 2010.  I had two pages filled in no time.  Next, I wrote a list of things I would like to do in 2011 – not goals or resolutions, but just things I would like to do.  By the time I stopped, I had filled four pages of that perfect little book.

And the best part?  I went to bed feeling peaceful, instead of lying awake with a million thoughts swirling through my head.  I slept well, and woke up feeling refreshed this morning instead of tossing and turning all night.  Maybe it was a fluke, but if a few minutes of writing is all I need to do to get a good night’s sleep, I’d say it is well worth it.  Who knows, maybe it will help me get back to blogging on a regular basis.  I already have a couple of post ideas from things I scribbled out last night.

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Do Fun Stuff — A Kids Record For Parents

One day as I was reading online, I came across a link to Pacing the Panic Room. I was immediately sucked in. At first, it was Ryan’s photography that interested me but soon I was reading all about LB, Ryan’s step-son, and his diagnosis of Smith Magenis Syndrome. When he was first diagnosed, there was very little information available to comfort his family. Instead of sitting back and just accepting it, Ryan decided to do something about it. He put together a really great cd of kids music to help raise money so that more case studies can be done on Smith Magenis Syndrome to help researchers and families seeking more information.

I’m not doing him any justice by trying to summarize his story. You can read all the details by clicking the “Our Cause” link in the widget below. Do Fun Stuff! is available on iTunes now. I urge you to click around on the widget below, give the songs a listen, and then head over to iTunes to buy it. Not interested in the music but want to donate? There’s a link at the bottom of the widget for that too.

Thanks in advance for checking out the album, or even just reading about it here. If you would like to help spread the word, just click on the “share this widget” link for the code.


Look! Over There!

Voices In My Mind ReviewsI haven’t had much time to update lately, but I am trying to get caught up on some review posts and wanted to lead you over to my reviews page. Today I posted about a really great web site that just may help you out with your holiday shopping.  You can thank me by sending a gift card my way! 😉

Next up is a review of a great children’s music cd that I received.  Hopefully my daughter will go to sleep at a decent time so I can write it up tonight!

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