May <3 List

Sadly, I haven’t been very active on here. I’m hoping to make a positive change by posting at least once a month. I will start by posting a list of things I’m loving on each month. Without further ado…May:

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PLAYLIST

  1. You Make Me Feel So Young Michael Bublé
  2. To Love Somebody – Michael Bublé
  3. Close Your Eyes – Michael Bublé
  4. To Be Loved – Michael Bublé
  5. Young At Heart – Michael Bublé
  6. Let The RoadRixton
  7. Storyteller Morgan Harper Nichols (feat. Jamie Grace)
  8. Go Hard or Go Home Wiz Khalifa and Iggy Azalea
  9. They Can’t Take That Away From Me – Jimmy Dorsey
  10. Moonlight Serenade – Glenn Miller

Listen to playlist

Why?

I got myself Michael Bublé’s latest CD for my birthday last month. I don’t think I’ve ever heard an album of his that I haven’t enjoyed. This one didn’t disappoint. The five songs listed are the ones I continually put on repeat. I really cannot wait to see him in concert again.

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I discovered Rixton on the Today show a couple months ago. They are very reminiscent of 98* (remember Nick Lachey and the rest of those guys?). Lovely a capella tones with just a bit of percussion mixed in for a perfect balance.

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Morgan Harper Nichols is a breakout artist that I heard on a local radio station a few weeks ago. The lyrics are amazing. And her voice… I can’t even describe how amazing it is. And no wonder I fell in love with it; Nichols is the older sister of Jamie Grace, who performs background vocals on the track. If you get a chance, watch the official music video; it’s pretty powerful. I won’t lie, it brings me to tears every time I watch it.


Go Hard or Go Home is a track from the Furious 7 movie. Not only is the movie spectacular, edge-of-your-seat action, but it is emotional as well, since this was Paul Walker’s final hurrah. They producers and co-stars did his legacy justice. This song, just epitomizes that beautiful relationship that was shared amongst Vin Diesel and Walker and their characters over the years. furious-7


Of course my list wouldn’t be complete without some Big Band. Jimmy Dorsey and Glenn Miller are two of the most notable big band directors of their day. Moonlight Serenade, all-time-favorite of that era. Plus it reminds me of Rose and Nine from Series 1 of Doctor Who, and the book I’ve been writing (rewriting) for the last few years. Rose and 9


COFFEE

Ethiopian…fruity, caramel-butterscotch, floral type of flavors.

In my Doctor Who mug.

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READING

I’m a multi-tasking reader, as you can see. I’ve got probably twice as many on my nightstand and coffee table, but these are my active reads.

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Homer’s Odyssey is about a blind domestic cat who overcame physical challenges he faced during his life, from the time he was found on a street battered and worse-for-wear, to having to navigate through the many places he lived as a blind pet. It is written by the lady who rescued him, but ultimately, he rescued her. Heart-wrenchingly wonderful. I’m about half-way through it.

The People of Sparks is book two of The City of Ember series. I read the first book for my Children’s Literature class and absolutely loved it. It ended on a cliff-hanger, so I can’t just leave the rest of the series unread. I must know if they the city is able to be rescued from their life of darkness.

The Golden Compass was for my Children’s Lit class also, on the topic of censorship and controversial texts. It would never have been my first or second choice to read this, mainly because of the heretic controversy surrounding it. It is a book laden with concerning subject manner: violence against children, general violence (one fight scene at the end…oy vey!), not to mention the anti-religious message. After doing some research for a paper, it turns out the author is atheist, which makes sense why it was heavy on the anti-religion. As soon as I read the last page, my jaw had dropped open because I just couldn’t fathom the ending. Cliff-hanger, of course, as well. But it is part of a series, and I have to know if Lyra ever finds what she’s looking for. Merely for educational purposes. I would not recommend this for any child to read due to the violent nature of the story.


TELEVISION PLOT-LINE

The relationship between Sr. and Jr. DiNozzos on NCIS. If you’ve watched much of this season, you’ve gathered a shift in their relationship. Sr. DiNozzo so wants the approval and acceptance of his son, yet Tony is plagued by memories of his father’s past failures and disappointments as a parent. It’s been interesting to see a somewhat friendship unfold between Sr. and Gibbs, however, making the elder DiNozzo seem more human and vulnerable, causing Tony to see him in a different light. DiNozzos


OTHER LOVELIES

This is a painting of Gallifrey I would love to attempt. I have no idea who originally painted it; I just came across it on Facebook one day and saved it for future enjoyment.

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New Blog and 30 Day Meme

So I’ve had so many blogs in my adult life (only because blogs didn’t exist when I was a kid….how weird is it to admit that?) I’m can recall six so far, making this one my seventh.  😉

So I found this 30 day meme thing on my friend’s LiveJournal.  The object of it is to post something every day for 30 days to your blog, with topic starters.  I thought this might be an excellent way to get me back into blogging again.  So here goes… 🙂

Day 01 — Your favourite song

My favorite song changes quite often.  New artists and albums are released every day.  Not to mention genres are reborn bringing new sound to our ears.  The songs that are my favorites right now have got to be Michael Buble’s “Haven’t Met You Yet” and David Crowder Band’s “How He Loves”.

“Haven’t Met You Yet” is an ode to the single person just waiting and believing for “The One”.  You may or may not have met that person that you’re destined to spend the rest of your life with, you just don’t know it.  The way the honest lyrics flow from Michael’s crooning voice is comforting.

“And Somehow I Know That It Will All Turn Out
And You’ll Make Me Work So We Can Work To Work It Out
And I Promise You Kid I’ll Give So Much More Than I Get
I Just Haven’t Met You Yet”

This gives hope to the heart yearning to be united with their soul mate.  I long for that day. But I also desire for it to be a God sanctioned union of the heart, soul, mind and body.

Now why do I love DC*B “How He Loves Us”?  Well I originally heard this song sometime a year or two ago.  At the time, the line involving “sloppy wet kiss” just bothered me to no end….basically because God isn’t sloppy and He does everything out of perfection, so why would any kind of emotion or expression of His love be sloppy? This was of course the original lyrics written by a gentleman with a heart that loves God. A second compilation was done by the angelic Kim Walker, whose rough with emotion voice pulled at the heartstrings. :*)  But the day I heard David Crowder*Band belt out “How He Loves Us, OH How HE LOVES US” I fell in love again with my Savior.  The raw and real feeling emanating from their hearts was pure delight.  I seriously stop what I’m doing every time I hear it because it just transports me to the feet of my Savior, unable to remain upright in my soul.

“He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realise just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.”

These afflictions that are spoken of are all the things that seem so traumatizing and debilitating in our lives.  But really…it is only a fleeting moment in our lives…in eternity…and then it is replaced by His wondrous glory. His unimaginable love for us.  A love that we don’t deserve…a love that we’ve fought against through all of time.  And yet, He is persistent in His desire to love us.  How amazing.  Awe-some.  Beyond comprehension.

That is why I love this song.  It’s a daily…often times, hourly, reminder of His enduring love for me.

Entire 30 Day Meme List

Day 01 — Your favourite song

Day 02 — Your favourite movie

Day 03 — Your favorite television program

Day 04 — Your favorite book
Day 05 — Your favorite quote
Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 — A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 — A photo you took
Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 — A fictional book
Day 14 — A non-fictional book
Day 15 — A fanfic
Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 — A talent of yours
Day 20 — A hobby of yours
Day 21 — A recipe
Day 22 — A website
Day 23 — A YouTube video
Day 24 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 — Your day, in great detail
Day 26 — Your week, in great detail
Day 27 — This month, in great detail
Day 28 — This year, in great detail
Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 — Whatever tickles your fancy