Monday, October 22, 2012

Song of the Day: Monday

It's been a while. No excuses.

Tonight I am sad. I just got a refund I've been waiting for for 5 months and a gift from my dentist. But I am sad. I had an entire day at work with no migraine (finally!) and I am sad. This is what happens when you dig your fingers and nails into your half-healed wounds.

This song is one that I heard while in college. I actually got to hear Bob Bennett sing at the Waterville Opera House.  His life was a mess at the time and maybe because of that his music made sense to me since, as I was discovering, my life was also a mess. It was just a man, his voice, his guitar and his pain in those lyrics; they all touched something deep within me. It still does. Someone (else) who has never met me gets me.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Song of the Day: Sunday

After last night's game-day party, I came home thinking about vegetarianism/veganism again. I've flirted with it off and on for years. One of my new friends at the party is vegan; her entire family is almost completely vegan. She tells the story of driving her husband to the hospital while he was having a heart attack and worried about their sixth grader left at home. They were already pretty healthy eaters, but this converted them. Their teens are slowly converting.

She made a good point about healthy and healthy enough for your body. Despite the fact that I am physically healthy (to a point), I have a family history of heart disease with which to contend. She mentioned a movie, "Forks over Knives" that I should watch. It was eyeopening to say the least.

I've always thought of food having the ability to heal. But it was interesting to see people with "death sentences" who are alive many, many years after their doctors told them to prepare for death.

I'm interested in making the change now. I just have meat in my freezer, meat products in the fridge. I just bought it. I don't want to pitch it, even though the thought of it makes me queasy. So I have to find a way to use up what I have as I transition into this new diet lifestyle.

Anyway, this topic makes me think of this song.

Song of the Day: Saturday

All week I have been humming this song. Kinda crazy! I don't necessarily think of myself as "redneck." More of a country girl. A little bit of a hick. Definitely country. Country meaning rural, not farm. I don't know all of the words to every Tanya Tucker, Ol' Bocephus, or Charlie Daniels songs.

However, I think of this song as a lullaby of contentment. No matter what's going on around here, SB feels like home. It's nice to have a car to jet around to the local discount store to get household goods. To got to the farmers market and buy produce from the person who grew and harvested your food. To get lost in town and know that I'm not really lost since this place ain't that big! So, maybe this is more small town, but that doesn't explain the dudes driving around in big wheel trucks as if the place (in their mind) where they go mudding is really, really deep.

Kind a nice here. I accept the label, if necessary.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Song of the Day: Friday

As much as I'd like to proclaim my happiness, I cannot. I am in a bit of a funk.

Work is going well enough. My lecture was a bit short today. Was asked if my class was pass-fail. Interesting question since I've talked about grades in class and the syllabus gives the grading breakdown. Strange for sure.

And, I am now bummed about my childhood. I feel like my homelife set me up, in some ways, for bad, unshakeable habits. I'd like to think that I will get married and have kids. But, I don't want to bring this kind of brokenness into a new family. Ugh!

This song describes my mood, in a quirky sort of way.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Song of the Day: Thursday

Somehow this week got away from me. I've been prepping for Friday's class and now, it's the day before.

I felt newly invigorated this morning and was craving 80's music. It made me think of this song. It's a shame that he over-lipsynchs and is a bit too clowny towards the end. Could have been a great video.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Song of the Day: Wednesday

This week has moved rather quickly. I'm not sure what I expected. Maybe it's the euphoria of having given my first quiz. Maybe it's all of the appointments breaking up the day. Maybe it's me relaxing into my stride.

I've done my good deed by mailing a present to an alum I know. I've worked to keep my students informed and I am ahead of the curve in terms of preparing my lecture for Friday. I've even been given the name of a local shop that might be able to work on my car and has good customer service. All plusses in my book.

A little sappy, but this it today's song.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Song of the Day: Monday

Work seems to be a little slow, which is ridiculous. I have plenty to do, just not tons of people demanding my time. I gave my first quiz on Friday and am happy to note that the majority did well. That makes me happy.

But, there's still a lingering sadness for me about Friday and Saturday's communication. Really frustrated, too.

I'm back to my old tricks of using music to improve my mood. This song is so powerful.

Song of the Day: Sunday

Despite my bout of melancholy, I'n still mostly happy. It's nice to drive my little stick shifter around  with the sun roof open and just a little bit too much sun shining through. Kind of nice to kick back.

This song has been playing in my mind and on the radio a lot as I cruise around SB.

Song of the Day: Tuesday

For the past few weeks I've been dying to listen to KT Tunstall. Every once in a while I get this sassy, pop-y feeling and need my music to match. Alas, my iPod has betrayed me.

For a while I kept getting a message on my work computer that my iPod needed to be reformatted. I ignored it until I could no longer play music on my work PC. So, I reformatted it at home and reloaded everything.

Now I am being punished for having a Mac at home. I can no longer play my iPod at work on my PC because it won't recognize my Mac formatting. Woe is me!

So, today I pulled up this video to get my fix.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Song of the Day: Saturday

It's been a while, I know. Things got a little busy and, unfortunately, it was easy to drop blogging. But, baby, I'm back!

The past couple of days have been difficult for me. I had a text exchange with a relative who has essentially told me that she loves me but she doesn't want me to make her daughter my beneficiary. I'm not sure I understand it, but I definitely feel rejected. We've had this exchange a couple of times before where I try to get information to make this young lady my beneficiary; my requests are ignored. Kind of a bummer. Since I have no children or spouse she would get the bulk of my paltry retirement benefits as well as life insurance. But I got a no.

Follow up emails make me wonder if the mother really understands what I was asking. But I don't want to belabor the point. And I don't want to set myself up to get punched in the gut again. Instead, I will continue to check in with the daughter directly (she's over 18, but her mother wanted me to ask her first) to find out if she needs anything that I can help with.

I can be positive about the situation. It's the closing of another chapter at home. The cutting of ties that have tethered me to a place where I've not always felt at home. And, as my aunt said to me last night, I am a good person and this doesn't reflect on me.

But honestly, I am hurt. I feel rejected all over again. And really sad.

So, as I think over today, this song comes to mind. Adele seems quite capable of singing my emotions for me.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Song of the Day: Monday

I got my car today, after 1.5 weeks of waiting for the dealer to make repairs. And a strange thing happened: I began to feel sad. Not sure I understand it. The car is fine. (I did notice that the alignment is off, but that is easily repairable and cheaper than one of the repairs I had them do.)

But still the sadness. It's not buyer's remorse. It's a nice car and beautiful. I just wonder if it's the emotional letdown after all of this time of anticipating and waiting. Sigh!

Anyway, this song is for today's mood.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Song of the Day: Thursday

I had a full day today. And, while I felt tired, I didn't buckle under like yesterday. Sickness is nearly kicked. I just have to finish off my antibiotics.

I am prepped for my first class. I have my slides printed out and I have my presentation on a flashdrive. I emailed the assignment to my class (because the mass homework and information system was not "prepared" for the number of people accessing it today!). I went to a meeting for a group that I will be supporting with my research. And met with a number of other people. Honestly, a full day.

And, now I am packed for tomorrow. I head to New York for a follow up doctor's appointment. I also get to see some friends while in town. Before I go, I teach my first class and pick up my car, which I will park on campus before I hop on a bus to the airport. Excited about all of the above and a little nervous.

This will be a low tech weekend. I am leaving my computer at home for the first time. This, of course, means no blogging while away. I will do my best to keep notes so I can catch up when I return.

This song is a good one for the attitude I want to take. Cool. Calm. But flavorful.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Song of the Day: Wednesday

So today I went to work. I woke up refreshed and ready to go. I was even prepared in time to get a lift to campus. I felt a little off but was able to function, which was good. My class starts on Friday and I needed to notify my students of the assignment. And, it seems, meet with a professor about some research she wants me to do.

Around 3:30, though, I bonked out. I looked at the computer and couldn't quite force my mind to function. So, I packed and left for home. I had to walk since I left early; my car won't be ready until Friday. Not sure how long I took since I also took a detour into a cemetery.  Pretty calm walk, though.

Anyway, today I listened to the iTunes Essential Rihanna. A lot better than buying a bunch of albums that I don't want. This song stuck in my head.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Song of the Day: Tuesday

I've been home sick today. I passed out around 9:30 last night and woke up at 1am. Light still on. I got up and brushed my teeth, washed my face, took my meds. But I couldn't really get back to sleep. So I ate (I actually got hungry!!!) and read until I could sleep again. I only slept three hours! So I read and watched tv during the day. I tried to sleep in the afternoon but it was in fits and starts.

I feel a little better. My throat doesn't hurt much. But the sneezing and coughing is still there. And I my body aches from being sick and laying around. Not really a fix for that except not being sick and moving around. We'll see how I feel in the morning, whether I go to work. This is not the week to be sick. I have a class to teach on Friday. And students to notify of the assignment. Ugh! And I am going out of town on Friday, too.

On the plus side, the dealer called and they are repairing the broken door handle on my car. I hope they get other things done too--especially things I might have missed in my test drive. He knows I'm sick so maybe there's some sympathy for the new girl in town who is home sick.

This song has been in my head today. I'm pretty sure I haven't seen any Trident commercials, but the chorus is catchy and I caught it.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Song of the Day: Monday

For the first time in my life I got sent home with an infectious disease: strep throat. I feel kind a crappy and am tired. Really tired. I just thought I'd overdone it. Truly possible since I either walk or bike to and from work. Rain or shine.

Lucky for me someone mentioned that strep is going around campus. And that campus has a Wellness Center. I popped in to make an appointment (all of the instant appointments were gone) and then popped in for my visit. Did a check in with the nurse who wasn't really a good listener; I had to repeat a few things for her because she either didn't write it down or because she assumed things that I did not say. Got checked out by the nurse practitioner who diagnosed me for the flu. But she did a throat swab just in case. It came back positive for Strep. Yea for me! Luckily the Wellness Center also has a pharmacy. I got my antibiotics and cough medicine. I went back to my office to get my stuff and be treated like a leper. I went home. And then made a quick trip to the grocery to get a few things to tide me over until the contagion is over. Approximately 24 hours after I start my antibiotics I will be disease free. So I go back to work on Wednesday at the earliest.

Through it all, this song by INXS has been in my head. Nice and calming.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Song of the Day: Saturday

I was exhausted when I went to bed last night. I could have fallen asleep at 8 and probably wouldn't have roused myself until morning. I woke up this morning with a sore throat. But I had to bike to the bank to get the loan check for my car. And then biked home. I spent the day snoozing on the couch in front of the tv.

I'm not sure this is a real cold. I have been juicing for a few weeks. But, I have been phasing out of so much cooked food. They say, as your body starts to detox, you feel a little ill. I'm hoping that is what this is. It'd be a shame for me to be broke-down so early in the school year.

I chose this song because it says, "rest your weary bones." That's what I've been doing this weekend. I'd never heard this song before, but I like it.

Song of the Day: Thursday

I feel as if I am settling into a groove. The initial moments of panic with a new job are starting to fade. I am starting realize that it's normal not to know how things go, but that I do know how to do my job. And, people expect me to be a little behind the 8 ball since I am new.

This song has been in my head for a few days. I walked around singing "We live in a beautiful world / yeah we do, yeah we do, yeah." I thought it was the title. Unbeknownst to me it's called "Don't Panic." How ironic.

Song of the Day: Friday

Today was an exciting day in my life: I bought a car!!! Actually, I test drove and put down a deposit on a car. After a couple of weeks of researching new cars and then used, I found a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta that was lingering at at Lexus dealership. It's black with tan interior. Gorgeous and drives well. And, the price had been further reduced from what I saw when I originally found the car. The dealer is making some requested repairs and, hopefully, I'll get the car on Monday.

This song comes to mind when I think about the car. Not that I mean a word of it. No one drives my car except for my mechanic.

Song of the Day: Wednesday

Today I got the surprise of my life today. Despite the fact that I just started my current job at the beginning of the month, I got another job offer today. It wasn't even an invitation to apply for a job; it was a bald-faced offer to be wooed to this new position if I was open to moving so soon! Hahahaha! What a great feeling! I said no, but it's nice to be desired.

In light of today's news, this song seems appropriate. Well, sort of. I like Pitbull's music if I don't watch the videos and think too hard about what he means.

Song of the Day: Sunday

So, it's been a little while since I have posted. Life at work has picked up quite a bit. Tomorrow is the first day of classes. I teach my first class on Friday. I am calm but nervous. I still need to get the temperature and feel of this place, but I will soon know.

I've been shut up in my apartment for the weekend. Sore throat, congestion, headache, post-nasal drip and cough. I spent most of today in bed, except for the obligatory trips to the kitchen and restroom and a foray to the living room so I can say that I got out of bed.

Despite being a shut-in, this song has been in my head. Kinda sassy for a sick girl.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Song of the Day: Sunday

Today was a low-key day. I woke up early and walked to Mass. It felt good to get out and get moving--even though I wasn't quite awake when I headed out. I came home and made fresh juice and cooked a pizza. I watched Doctor Who before taking a nap. Other than that I did laundry and watched the Olympics.

This song stuck with me from the Olympics closing ceremony. Jessie J is a lot of fun and a great performer. She was the Freddie Mercury stand-in with Queen tonight. A lot of energy.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Song of the Day: Saturday

I spent most of the day in bed reading and watching tv. Last night when I got home, it was cold. Not winter cold. Just rainy, no sun, cold. I put on a sweatshirt and yoga pants to warm up. And I snuggled down in my bed. I was a bit cold when I woke up and it was raining. No reason to actually get out of bed. Except that I need a few groceries. And I had hoped to go to Mass today. And, that's what adults do: they get out of bed and take showers and get dressed.

I showered and dressed and got back in bed to do some research and watch tv. I discovered that Mass was at a Church a little further than I wanted to walk or bike, so I didn't go. And, around 5 I got up and walked to the grocery store (.5 miles). When I went outside I discovered that it was only cold in my apartment, and only because I wouldn't get out of my bed and open the blinds. And it was bright. Really bright. I felt a little like a vampire. Luckily I didn't disintegrate in the sun!

Anyway, reminds me of this song.

Song of the Day: Friday

My second week of work. Less than a week before classes begin. Two weeks before my class (?!?) begins. And, I am excited to be on my job. Crazy! I have a lot to learn before I can teach my students the hierarchy of authorities for legal research.

I went to the Law School picnic and got to meet the dean. She has a dry, deadpan sense of humor that I like. I also met with three different professors, one of whom I hope will be a friend. Maybe I can bring  Sherry hour here!

The surprise of the day was my boss. I mentioned on Thursday that my bike chain had broken; he repairs bikes as a hobby.  I asked whether that was in his expertise; it is not. He offered to help me get my car to a repair center. He also offered one of his many bikes to use until my bike gets repaired. I said that I might stop by this weekend to get a bike. So on Friday he brings a bike to work for me. I was content to walk, even though it's been raining since Wednesday; it's good exercise and good motivation to get a car sooner rather than later.

Anyway, even though I'm not quite used to it, my boss is looking out for me. The title of this song reminds me of him.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Song of the Day: Thursday

Today was okay. Last night the chain on my bike broke, so I got to walk my bike home with the threat of rain. I walked to work today with the threat of rain. I walked home from work and it began raining when I was within sight of my building. It is supposed to rain for the next few days. This of course moves up my timeline for purchasing a car.

I am fine with taking a day trip out with a driving friend to get groceries and lunch. However, I have trouble with the possibility of taking a lift to and from work for days on end because of rain. So I have spent the past two nights looking for a car. I think I might not get my dream car because of how much it costs. It'd be great to get a used car, but there is the problem of making sure the car is sound. We'll see.

I can't remember the song that played in my head as I got rained on. But this one will do.

Song of the Day: Wednesday

I've been employed for over a week at my new job. I am still amazed at what a great deal this job is. There is a hair salon and a dry cleaner on campus!!! And I am amazed at how crazy cheap the benefits are. And I am adapting to work. A few twinges of bewilderment over what I should be doing, but mostly plenty of things to do with the need to prioritize.

Yael Naim has been in my head. This song is the one that I sang throughout the day.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Song of the Day: Monday

I had a rough start this morning. I had to be on campus for orientation at 8:20. They wanted us there by 8:15 and I had to bike. In order to have made it on time, I needed to have left home at 7:30 so I could go to my office and get directions. I left at 7:50 and bike really fast. By 8:15 I was in my office trying to get directions so that I could bike over to orientation. Ironically I found the building without being too late (I'd been there before) but because I couldn't see the name anywhere, I assumed I was at the wrong building. So, when I found the correct building (again!) and room, I was about 5 minutes late for the start of orientation. But, they waited for stragglers like me!

After orientation, I am quite happy to be employed at Notre Dame. The benefits are awesome! I'll be paying much less than before. There is a wellness center on campus so my regular copays are half what I'd pay to see an off-campus doctor; I can also get my prescriptions on campus. And, even though I started last week I get paid next week! Can we say Happy?!!

Anyway, I had a Gaga moment. I played the entire album but this was this song inspired it.

Song of the Day: Tuesday

I am tired. I think it's the combination of the late nights and biking to and from work everyday. It is only about 2 miles if I bike directly. But, if I bike directly I have a really steep uphill to work. On a blind curve. Of a busy road. So I take an alternate route a little bit out of the way, which probably means I'm biking closer to 3 miles to work. It's the same route home, but a lot more coasting. And yesterday I changed from a borrowed 3-speed cruiser to my 18-speed mountain bike. I didn't realize the change of impact on my body. I'm using muscles that I had never anticipated and am a little sore right now.

I am juicing now. My juicer arrived on Friday and I started juicing Saturday as I finished up the solids in my fridge. I still have non-juiceables in the fridge. I've make toast when I get home from work. And, I've had some candy at work. But, otherwise  fresh fruit/vegetable juice and water. And a chamomile to warm me up. My body is adjusting. Although tonight I was searching online for a Chinese restaurant that delivers. None close enough. So, I had another juice and I feel much better.

Anyway, this song is currently on my mind. Apparently the Pretenders did it first. No matter. I am already dreaming of my bed while sitting on my couch.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Song of the Day: Sunday

Today was a bit of a slow day. I slept in a bit more than I wanted before I biked to Mass. Fifteen minutes each direction. I came home, made juice, and took a nap. When I got up, I finally began to put away my clothes. I've got a couple of loads of laundry in, but then I will have my life (sort of) organized.

I've had a few songs flowing through my head today, but this one comes to mind at the moment.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Song of the Day: Friday

This week has been short but full. I worked three FULL days (actually 2.5) and I am tired. But I just realized that I am happy. I have slept well at night and woken up early in the mornings. While I didn't always get up when I awoke, I was happy to be awake. I even felt as motivated to get up to bike to work early.

These are not behaviors that I exhibited in New York. I disliked waking up early. I was not eager to go to work. And biking? Forget about!

This move feels right. I am settling in, unpacking. I am content to stay home reading and watching tv, which is good since I'd have to walk or bike to do anything else. I am happy.

So, here's today's song.

Song of the Day: Saturday

My one complaint with SB is the water. I tend not to drink soda, juice or milk. I love water. Not the  plastic stuff from the store. I want to be able to drink crisp, clear well water. In a pinch I will drink tap water. But not here.

The water tastes horrid. Even after filtering through a Brita, it is horrible; I tried it. I even let it sit uncovered in the fridge thinking that the horrid taste is a gas that needs to evaporate. That helped but not much.

I had been dreaming of a heavy-duty survivalist water filter but at over $200, it would have to wait. But then I remembered this water filter. I got it today to see it would work. It did. the water tastes good. I've been drinking glasses of water since I got home! So, here's today's song.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Song of the Day: Thursday

So, today was my second day at my new job. I had a bit of panic. Instead of transitioning in slowly, the work began to creep in. I was given a cite-check for a professor's book. My boss decided he wanted to (slowly) walk me through the library website for cite check resources instead of just telling me what he thought I should use. I had a professor, whom I haven't seen since the interview, with a project for her Spring Class to be completed by November. I got an email from a visiting scholar about some research he is doing. I began delving into the class that I am teaching this semester. The professor from this morning came back with an author's statement  that she was trying to make sense of in an area of law that is new to me. And, I had to track down some work that my predecessor did for one of my professors. Nice second day!

As I biked home from work, I started singing this song out of the blue.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Song of the Day: Wednesday

I am finally home! The movers brought my things and set up my furniture in a manner that is pleasing to me--for now. I have slowly been unpacking and washing dishes and clothes to put away. I made up my bed and am sleeping in it tonight! What a great feeling!

Anyway, it all reminds me of this song.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Song of the Day: Tuesday

I have been lazing with a purpose today. I slept in a bit and got up to get some work done. The movers come tomorrow morning; he said 8 and I hope he's running early. I spent a little time tidying up so that my stuff can be put in the appropriate place. Oh a furnished apartment and my own bed!

I also start work tomorrow. So, I spent some time organizing conference and moving receipts for reimbursements. My credit card companies will think I have had a windfall when I start paying them off.

And, still the Olympics. Swimming, diving and women's gymnastics. I've also been watching sports that you'd normally have to bribe me to watch. But, it's a good way to waste time. Ergo, this song.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Song of the Day: Monday

Today has been another lazy day. I only left the house to go to the leasing office to drop off my inspection report. I still have two windows that won't open, a back bedroom that smells like smoke and a broken hinge on the master toilet seat. But my most sustained complaint? Even thought the air cond is turned off, according to the thermostat, it still comes on a few times a day making it seem a bit to open a window, which is what I prefer. There is something about the position of my building and apartment that keeps it from feeling hot. So, I can do without the conditioned air.

On the plus side, I just found out that my stuff will be delivered this week--on my first morning of work. So, in order to get my things, I need to be late to my first day of work. Yea! But, I am happy to have my stuff, I will willingly go to work lat on Wednesday.

Not sure why, but this song comes to mind. I know it from "The Truth About Cats and Dogs" soundtrack.

Song of the Day: Sunday

I guess I have Olympic fever. My posts are spotty and behind.

On Sunday I returned my rental and borrowed a bike from a colleague. My bicycle is on a truck between NYC and South Bend. This was me yesterday riding the three miles home. Thankfully I'm not sore today.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Song of the Day: Saturday

Today was another one of those days where lazed around bed reading. And eating as necessary. And making arrangements to borrow a bicycle until I get my stuff. And reading. I read so much that my vision got blurry. And then I made a trek to WalMart--again. If Walmart were a man, we'd be dating as often as I have been to visit (once or twice daily)!

Anyway, as I was driving this song came on and really struck me. What a wonderful song. And wonderfully sad.

Song of the Day: Friday

Friday was a lazy day for me. I am technically unemployed. I left my old job. I start my new job next week. I stayed in bed reading and eating when hunger struck me. I then went out to shop for essentials at BBandB and WalMart--again. I can't remember when I have been so relaxed. Being jobless helps. As does driving.

This song reminds me of my Friday.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Song of the Day: Thursday

I am home now. I have the keys and am in my new apartment. I was a little disappointed. There was dirt and cobwebs that the cleaners missed. One of my toilets didn't work at all. I have a window that won't open. So, I had to make a trip back to the leasing office to inform them of the problem. It has been rectified. Except for a window that won't open. Still. And there is this random smoke smell.

Because the movers have not come yet, I have singlehandedly driven up Walmart sales in one day. Three separate purchases, including an air mattress. I had to go back to WallyWorld to get something that I left on the cart from my first purchase. (Yeah, that kind of day.) I now have cable (I got a cheapo tv at Goodwill today until my real tv arrives), Internet (I always travel with my laptop) and phone (that's still on the truck!) But I am home!

I have discovered that I really miss driving. I got a rental when I arrived yesterday. It's been so nice to drive here and there whenever I want. I miss that freedom. What I really miss is listening to random radio. It's been forever since I've heard this song. Reminds me so much of this song, that I get queavish.  I think it's just JT that grosses me out, though. But the song is great for driving.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Song of the Day: Wednesday

I am exhausted. Bone. Weary. Tired. And sick. Not in the way of the cold. More in the way of not wanting to put another bite in my mouth that isn't homemade. Or a salad. Or Fresh Fruit. Ugh! But, I am in South Bend spending the night at my friend Sulli's house. Tomorrow I move into my apartment. I cannot wait to close the door on the outside world and be home. I won't have my stuff until August, except for what I already brought or sent ahead. But, the place will be mine. The cable guy will arrive at 1. I'll make random runs to Walmart and the grocery store and the farmer's market to stock up. And then I will shut the door on the world and snuggle down for an eternity. In my new home. My new future. My destiny.

This song comes to mind when I think of home. It's been a while since this song has been in my head. I remember watching The Wiz when I was a kid. We were so fascinated with people singing and dancing on network tv who looked just like us. It didn't hurt that it had Diana Ross and MJ.

Song of the Day: Tuesday

I am back in New York. It's a madhouse here! There are people pushing and shoving and wandering aimlessly. I had a few errands to run and kept running into people who walked like molasses or who just stopped in the street. I felt the rage boiling up in me. Get out of my way!!! Now I remember why I don't hit the tourist attractions.

Anyway, this song seems appropriate. "We're just ordinary people/We don't know which way to go". Definitely reminds me of tourist, in a romantic sort of way.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Song of the Day: Monday

It's the last night of the conference. I am tired. I feel a bit beat up, like I have had too much to drink and eat and haven't slept nearly enough. I now regret scheduling my bus for 6:30pm. I want to go to NYC as soon as possible so I can get some sleep. And repack to go to SB. Luckily I only have one session to attend and maybe a lunch date. I hope to go to the bus station and hop on an earlier bus tomorrow. We'll see.

Anyway, this song has been in my head. Not sure why except that it's quite mellow. Nice.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Song of the Day: Sunday

Today was a busy day! In addition to sessions I was scheduled to attend, I was social chair for a caucus and nominated to be its vice-chair.  A lot to be responsible for. The social went great. I ordered too much food, but everyone was happy. We gave away 100 drink tickets. I saw one laying on a table when I left.  I also had one person come to me and ask how she could be social chair next year. I invited her to be on my committee so that there were people ready to do the work when I left the position. I have the business cards of 4 people who will be on my committee for Seattle.

Fastcase was really happy as well. Our main contact hugged me twice or thrice for doing such a good job with the social! They all were happy, but free booze doesn't hurt. And, I don't know about the elections yet. Taryn and I are the ones who showed up. We'll see what happens.

Anyway, this is the song that comes to mind after tonight.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Song of the Day: Saturday

I have arrived in Boston, but it is after great toil. This morning I had to schlep all of the worldly goods that I still have in my possession to a friends house for another friend to pick up. It was back breaking labor when one considers the number of ruts and potholes in the ground near "ramps for sidewalks. A nine block walk took about 20 minutes. But, I made it!

I've been seeing people that I haven't seen in forever and making new friends. Definitely a good start to the conference.

Anyway, my mind flits back to the interminable walking that I did this morning in New York and now today in MA. It brings to mind this song.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Song of the Day: Friday

The removers showed up at 8 am, when I had been awake for more than 24 hours. I still had so much to do. I ended up throwing away a bit of stuff that I didn't have a chance to look at. I will just have to trust that no one will try to hack my accounts based on what they find.

I met a former student and her bf for dinner at MY local. My favorite bartender was working. So, after dinner we had drinks. We had 2 margaritas, a round of coronas (he gave me a second that I gave to one of my party) and a shot of patron, all for under $20. It never hurts to know the bartender.

The song that I would use for him has already been used. So, instead, I'll use this one for my last Friday in New York.

Song of the Day: Thursday

I am a lot late in posting Thursday's blog. I usually post right before bed. However, for Thursday, I have an excuse: I didn't go to bed. As I type I am tweaking on approximately 2 hours of sleep. I stayed up all night making sure things were ready for the movers who showed up at 8am!!! Everything is now packed and away. I even mailed a 64lb container and donated to Goodwill before I headed out to my friends' house to spend the night.

Anyway, the past few days as I've been packing, this song has been on my mind. It's the chorus and just Jack Johnson's lazy, kickback attitude. It's the chorus.

But, this song has also been on my mind. I love Hall&Oates lazy soul and blues. And this song reminds me of the end of the line for me. Thursday was my last day on campus!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Song of the Day: Wednesday

I am almost done! I spent the day packing up my office and tossing files. There is only one day left at work. And one more night to finish tidying and packing my apartment before the movers come. So excited and trying my best not to freak out!

This song by Europe, kept playing in my head today. Seems apropos.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Song of the Day: Tuesday

For such a sparsely furnished apartment, I have so much junk. After finally apportioning my clothes to their respective bags, I spent most of the night sorting through piles of papers that I have lying around the apartment. I have a bad habit of laying stuff down rather than addressing its importance once I get it.  And, since I somehow lost my shredding scissors on Saturday, I spent most of my time stamping out my personal information. I placed a really heavy garbage bag of recyclables in the compactor room. And I have more. I know I'll get all of this stuff down to a manageable, shippable amount to ship--I have no choice!--but it is still a bit of a chore.

Anyway, I have been singing this song in my head for the past few days. Maybe there is a reason that I don't yet know.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Song of the Day: Monday

I am in the last stretch of New York. Things are moving so quickly. It seems like I had more time yesterday, weeks not days. But here I am, three days from finishing work; 4 days from the movers coming to take away all of my personal possessions. And I still have so much to sort and pack. After saying goodbye to my Italian friends, I came home and packed all of my drinking glasses. Hopefully tomorrow I will pack up the rest of my kitchen and clothes before working my way through the papers that I drag from place to place in every move. It's all doable, but it seems so daunting.

Addign to the tension of packing to move my life to the midwest is the upcoming annual conference where I am de facto social chair and nominated vice-chair for a certain caucus. Not quite sure how to balance that with my upcoming role as a member of the CONELL committee.

Anyway, this song has been on my mind for the past day. I grew up singing some Paul Simon but this album is the Paul Simon that is mine.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Song of the Day: Saturday

Today was a lazy, lazy day. I was up until midnight Friday rolling and packing my clothes. Still amazed at how much I own! But, because of how late I was awake and how long it took me to pack my stuff, I stayed in bed as much as possible, reading, listening to the radio and napping.

I had a dinner date for Korean Fried Chicken with Miss N. Really good food! We both had the designer Soju cocktails. Ad then we went for frozen yogurt. I definitely had a bit of a food hangover. I was done with eating before we even left the East Village.

And today's song is "Suppertime" from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Song of the Day: Sunday

I woke up rather early Sunday morning because I went to bed early Saturday night. Around 10pm I couldn't keep my eyes open. Next thing I knew it was 4:15am and I was wide awake. It was nearly 7 when I was able to get back to sleep, only to get up to go to Coney Island.

Coney Island was a lot of fun. I was worried because the weather reports predicted rain and there was a bit of a downpour at 8. But I kept the faith and went anyway. The rain cleared and the day was nice. There were moments of hotness, but overall a good day for eating "fair food" and going on rides. It would have been more fun if my friend would have been more adventuresome. It's not fun riding by oneself while one's friend takes pictures along the outside.

Anyway, I woke up with this song in my head. I originally got this as a free download and I played it over and over and over. I still like it a lot.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Song of the Day: Friday

I had today off from work. I had an appointment with the oral surgeon this morning, followed by a last minute visit to the dentist to fit my dental appliance to my implant. After a couple of hours of lazing around, I began sorting, weeding, folding and rolling my clothes. All of my closets are empty of clothes. I have one duffel that is stuffed to the gills. And, I have a suitcase and another duffel that are waiting to receive the rest of my clothes. It's crazy how much it seems that I have nothing to wear, but I have too many clothes when it's time to pack.

Most of the time I don't want to pack; I'd rather be doing something--anything--else.  But then I have to remind myself why I am working so hard. Besides, the movers will be here on Friday!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Song of the Day: Thursday

Tonight my friends had a going away party for me. Really sweet. Italian pizza and appetizers. Beer and wine. There was a game that I lost but I got the prize anyway! A youngun there flirted wildly with me and I flirted right back. Flattering if I hadn't been a teenager when he was born.

Anyway, he began singing this song tonight. He knows it from this artist. But I only know the KT Tunstall cover.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Song of the Day: Wednesday

This week has flown by so fast! I am working 4 day weeks until the movers come. I have been packing slowly but surely. I took my bike in to get a tuneup and they are already finished!!! I also bought two REI duffels to pack my clothes.

I've done a lot but there is still more to do. It made me think of this song. I remembered the song but not that it was Vanessa Williams. Apparently the Isley Brothers first performed the song, but I don't remember them. I almost forgot that Vanessa Williams had a music career....

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Song of the Day: Tuesday

Today one of my coworkers began planning a going away lunch for me. She said it was to celebrate my last day. This song popped in my head. I emailed it to everyone who was invited to the lunch. Kinda funny really. My coworker asked me, "Who is the wicked witch?" I meant myself but it is possible that it could also be my job. Doesn't matter!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Song of the Day: Monday

I am not good with people--especially when I am tired. The best people skill that I ever learned was to keep my mouth shut. But there are times when a closed mouth will not do. And, tonight was one of those.

I had the late shift tonight so I didn't get to see my friends until almost 10. They are all excited for my new job and my move. I'd prefer not to talk about it. Imagine getting asked the same questions again and again by very extroverted Italians within a 20 minute period of time. And imagine every conversation involving the question "Are you happy?" along with an encouragement to find this or that friend or group in SB. With every. single. conversation. from the time you began the application process four months ago. It wasn't until last month that I figured out that the "Are you happy?" was not an existential question, but a question of whether I am pleased with the opportunity and my choice.

It was too much pressure for me. I have been by myself for so long, answering to no one and having no one actually interested in what I did unless it was for their benefit. It never occurs to me to call anyone to let them know I arrived safely because I didn't grow up having to report my whereabouts when I left the house.

I am not equipped for how to respond when so many people show an interest in me. I have gotten better at accepting praise, but accepting so much attention and the barrage of interested questions about me? Too much!

Tonight I lost it a little before I had to remind myself that I am tired and it's not their fault. With each successive question, I had to inhale first and then answer, when all I wanted to do was go home and go to bed. On my way home tonight, I realized that I need to learn to function, if not thrive, in this kind of situation. Otherwise I will end up alone. So, today's song.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Song of the Day: Sunday

I'm back in New York with dedicated internet and cell phone coverage. Yea me!! Reminds me of this song from the"Dick Tracy" soundtrack.

Song of the Day: Saturday

I am back in New York. Travel was easy but Auntie Anne's failed me. This was the first time I bought a pretzel dog that was not quite done or soggy; not sure which. Ick! Got a refund.

Flew USAir and got my bags lost again. This time I brought it as a carryon and it wouldn't fit in the overhead. They checked it for free, but it never made it to New York. They were to deliver last night, but my cell phone was dead. However, I had called earlier to give my home number as a back up.

I was assured that my file had been updated and that the delivery driver had my updated number. Not true. So, still I sit in my apartment waiting for a deliver. I was told that it  be delivered between noon and four. I got a call before one asking if I would be available between 4:30 and 5 to receive my baggage. When I mentioned that I'd earlier been told I'd have it by four, the story changed to 3:30-4:00. It is quarter to four and no bag. I would like to attend mass tonight. hopefully it will arrive before then.

Anyway, when I returned to my apartment I discovered that one of my relatives had called to "be sure I made it back okay." This relative also made some pale statement in form of apology regarding yesterday's behavior after I confronted on what had been said. Reminded me of this song. A cheesy 80's song as usual.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Song of the Day: Friday

Today has been one of those days. I had a nasty disagreement with a relative over nothing. She's still sore about it. And I am pissed about being treated like a child until she needs something from me that only a grownup can give. And, even then, I still need paternalistic guidance.

I found out that one of my mentors is not what I thought. My mom is dead [big sigh!]. My emotionally estranged dad is hospitalized from the effects of his life choices and refuses to change. Siblings!-- [Insert angsty retort!].

With all of my familial strife, my first, second and last instinct is to run away. But somewhere inside of me is this drive to use this  stress to make me better. I'm not yet sure how.

As I reflect on my family situation, this Regina Spektor song plays in my head. "Always one foot on the ground..." That's how I feel about my family. It's sticky and I can't  quite detach myself. But I am hopeful.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Song of the Day: Thursday

It's my birthday! It's my birthday!

This is one of those milestone years when people get maudlin and try to drown their sorrows. When I was younger, I was obsessed; I used to think I was gonna pull a Jimi or a Marilyn. So I am quite happy to have made it to this birthday.

Thinking of this birthday reminded me of this song. Not quite a birthday song, but not one you hear U2 singing so often either. Happy Birthday to me!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Song of the Day: Wednesday

Happy Fourth of July!

Song of the Day: Tuesday

For the longest time I have felt as if I was on the verge of something great. It's that feeling of anticipation as if,  just around the corner, there is some tremendous prize waiting just for you. I've felt like that for a few years and I didn't know what it was.

Now, as I prepare to move for a new job, I wonder is this what it was? Maybe. But is there more? If so, obviously I accept.

Anyway, I think of this song whenever I contemplate my future. Or when I am trying to cheer myself up. It came out when I was in high school and at my science and math school we loved it. It's a little dated now but I still love it.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Song of the Day: Monday

Monday did not turn out the way I'd thought. I visited my grandmother and she usually presses me into service. I am normally enlisted to drive her around to run errands. She told me that she prefers me to one of my uncles because she likes to have someone walk with her and grab things off the shelf if she needs help; my uncle usually waits for her in the car or on the bench until she is done.

However, when I arrived, she didn't want to run errands. She talked to me. She fed me. She sent me to nap in her bed. We talked some more. And she suggested that Friday would be a good day to go shopping. Nice!

Another positive for Monday? I finally got my lease by email!!! I now have a place to live! I won't be living in a paper bag. Granted I knew this from the beginning, but it's always nice to have confirmation!

Speaking of paper bags, this song came to mind. It's that same one I chose when I was about to move to Gotham, but it's still a good one.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Song of the Day: Sunday

It's always a good thing when I can be around my best friend. We've known each other since 7th grade. She knows stuff about me that will never be tortured from her lips. Because of this, I definitely am relaxed when I am around her--unless I am in the midst of a crisis. She knows me well enough that I don't have to explain myself unless the parameters of my life have changed. And I trust her enough to be myself around her.

I relayed to her an incident from last week and asked her advice on how to be a "nice girl". Her answer was a balm to my soul: I don't need to work on being a nice girl because I didn't do anything wrong. She agreed with me that the other party in the encounter had been rude. My manners were fine (since we were brought up the same way) and that it might be a matter of different manners in the north. Or the midwest, as the case may be. No need to change myself to be someone that I am not. People really need to get to know ME rather try to make me like them. Whew!

Anyway, her words of encouragement reminded me of "Hotel Song" by Regina Spektor. I like this cover by Irma. Come into my world....

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Song of the Day: Saturday

Today was my niece's 5th birthday. She grew up so fast. I remember when she was a newborn and weight just over a pound. I was afraid I'd drop her.

I drove out for her birthday party and Cinderella showed up. Kind of cool! After the party we went to Aunt Helen's to play in the pool.

This is the song that's been playing in my head.

Song of the Day: Friday

I have survived a day in North Carolina. I spent most of the first day at my brother's while he slept in. I seem not to have that ability. Despite the fact that we both went to be around the same time, I got up at 8:30. He slept until 10:30. When we finally left the house, we made the slow progression toward my aunt's house. We started with my dad's house. He and my little brother were happy to see me. But, I have discovered that my little brother is a sexist jerk. He has the habit of trying to tell me what to do despite the fact that I am older and did fine without his help for all of my life before I got to meet him three years ago. (That was my father's doing!)

When we got to my aunt's job I began to serenade her withmy rendition of this song. She move to Baltimore at 16 and lived there for most of her life before she moved back to NC.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Song of the Day: Thursday

I made it home to North Carolina. It was kind of surreal until I saw my brother waiting for me on the other side of security. I usually see him once, maybe twice a year. So, when I saw his face, even fatigue faded.

But now that I am in NC, it has occurred to me that blogging will be sporadic at best. Not all of my relatives see the need for internet access in the boondocks. Just like not all of the cell phone companies see the need for a cell tower in the boondocks. Luckily there are still landlines.....

Anyway, today's selection is John Legend, who my brother was quick to inform me is not R&B or HipHop, but NeoSoul. Um, okay. I don't really care. I just like him.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Song of the Day: Wednesday

Today was tough. I was so tired that I almost fell asleep at my desk. So, I went home early. I decided to eat an early dinner and watch a bit of tv. I almost fell asleep in front of the tv. So, at 5:30 I was snuggled in my bed for a nap. I got up at 8:15, but was definitely sure I could have kept sleeping.

I have another early morning before flying to NC. Can't wait. I have so many last minute items to tie together: lease for the apartment, shipping, packing, donating. It will get done, but it's easy to get stressed.

Today's song is "Tightrope" by Janelle Monae. Something about her and her style, I don't know what. I just like her!

Song of the Day: Monday

Monday was a busy day, so I forgot to post. I am in South Bend looking for an apartment. I spent the day driving hither and thither trying to find a place. Calling and talking to people, touring apartments.

My choice was quickly narrowed down for me, though. One company that runs two different apartment complexes hasn't called me back; it's been more than a day since I called. They are off the list. Once place was small, dingy and hot. They are off the list.

That left me with two places that are equidistant from work. When I thought about that fact that for the price of a one bedroom apartment with washer and dryer in one complex, I could get a two bedroom, two bath apartment with washer and dryer in the other complex and still halve my current rent, the choice was clear. I still needed to talk to someone and have them confirm what I knew was true, though. But, I am almost in my apartment. The lease should be coming to me in a couple of days. Now I just need to organize the move.

Anyway, this hunt for apartments and my impending visit to see my family has me in a bit of a maudlin mood. This mood calls for the Dixie Chicks! I like this song.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Song of the Day: Tuesday

I'm finally back from SB. Had a great time and am sure I have an apartment. But, one little incident keeps niggling in my mind.

On Sunday I was hanging out with new friends. The flatmate of one showed up. He began to ask me questions about myself in the way that I hate--in which I feel like I am being interrogated. I abruptly interrupted him and told him that for everyone question he asked he had to answer a question. I was a little sharp when I did it, but he was also being a little rude.

When he left the room, his flatmate asked me why I'd done what I did. He thought it might be a southern thing. I indicated that it might be that or a little me. But I also pointed out that it's a little rude. If we are "getting to know each other", then WE should get to know each other rather than someone interrogating me.

I pointed out extreme examples of it where people interrogated me over meals and I never got to eat and they never told me anything about themselves. I indicated that because of how much it happens to me--it happens a lot--that I can see it coming and cut it off at the pass. And, I indicated again that that behavior is kind of rude. They seemed to understand and the guy said he would talk to his flatmate. But I left feeling like a not so nice girl. Which sucks since he was rude! Did no one but me pick up on the fact that he was being rude?!!

Anyway, this song by John Legend popped in my head. The only connection is the phrase "I Can Change." The context does not apply to this situation.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Song of the Day: Sunday

Last night and today I narrowed down my interest in apartments. But, since it is Sunday, most places are closed. So, after making an additional appointment for tomorrow, I started researching cars. Again!

When I move to South Bend, I will have a bicycle. But as the weather gets colder and as I begin to travel to visit my family, I will need a car. I think I have decided on what I want. For today. I may change my mind tomorrow and the day after until I actually purchases something!

Anyway, all of this car shopping has triggered this Smashing Pumpkins song.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Song of the Day: Saturday

A long day. I got up a little after 4:30 to get to South Bend. I've ridden two planes. Begun to navigate my way around town. Seen a number of apartments that, apparently, aren't available until next year and been fed and driven on tour of possible places to live. And now I am starting to droop.

I can't decide whether my song should be a celebration of leaving or a mournful "don't forget me" song. Really, I think mournful fits my mood better. I love Simple Minds. And I love The Breakfast Club, which featured this song.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Song of the Day: Friday

Today felt like the longest and shortest day. I got plenty done, but really I was thinking about getting done so I could get closer to leaving for South Bend. I did find out that I won't have to pay a penalty for leaving my lease early. Yea, for that!

Anyway, here's a song by the Ramones. They say "Let's Go!" a lot and I hear "Blitzkrieg Bop" occasionally, but other than that I haven't really bothered to learn the words. Sad, I know!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Song of the Day: Thursday

Plenty of stuff happened today. I donned my superhero cape and found a missing book for a professor. I found a mislabeled book while shelf reading.  I had a really great prep for a class to which no one showed. And, I got a letter.

It is official because I have seen it in writing: I am an employee of Notre Dame Law Library as of August 1! I'm so excited. I knew it was coming, but I didn't want to jinx anything so I kept my mouth shut.

Anyway, in honor of my officially new employment, I present the Notre Dame Alma Mater and Fight Song by the Notre Dame Band trumpet section. Kinda Cool!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Song of the Day: Wednesday

Today was a busy day. I got so much done. I think it finally occurred to me that I have much less than 30 days before my time is done. And, in that time I have two classes to teach. So, I needed to get on the stick and get the work done.

My presentation for tomorrow is pretty much finished. I have a couple of last minute edits before I print it out and teach. The one for July has been revamped a little. While I only want to teach research, I do want to give more substantive information to facilitate the learning. I'm pretty happy with the changes. I just have some updating to do an I should pretty much be done.

Anyway, I've been humming Justin Bieber in my head. A little sad since I am not some teenaged girl. But this song is rather catchy!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Song of the Day: Tuesday

Today was a productive day at work. I got a lot done, but still more to do. I'm now on the countdown clock for leaving my job.

I've been on a bit of a Queen jag today. I think it was an email that made me think of this song. I have the audio of a different concert. No matter. Freddie Mercury is wonderful! What a performer. What a voice. I'm actually sorry that I was too young to enjoy him when he was alive.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Song of the Day: Monday

So, I quit my job today. Sort of. I officially resigned! It feels a little reckless since I don't have my official letter from my new place, but I have been assured that this thing is going through; the letter will be signed and sent this week. And, I am nearing the 1 month mark before I plan to have my last day of work. So, it made sense to go ahead and resign and trust that everything will work out as it should. And if it doesn't I might have to pull an Erin Brockovich and just show up for work!

Anyway, as I printed and signed my resignation letter, this song started playing in my head. Really kind of funny!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Song of the Day: Saturday

Today was another one of those lazy days. Despite the fact that I have to ship off my apartment in about a month, I spent the day reading in bed. The change-up was getting up to cook a dinner of sorts and eating it front of a tv that I later napped in front of. Oh how productive! I work tomorrow so, it's typical behavior for me.

Bruno Mars wrote a song about these kinds of days.

Song of the Day: Friday

I had Friday off from work. I should have been sorting and purging my stuff. Instead I had a Kosher Chinese lunch with a friend and then came home to watch tv, read on my new Kindle Fire, and drink margaritas that used frozen strawberries as the ice cubes. Not bad.

So, in celebration of getting nothing done, here is Friday's song.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Song of the Day: Thursday

Today I was reminded of a lesson I've known for years: never tell your broken family secrets to people from nice, normal families. They don't get it and believe that you either are horrible person  or a liar who doesn't appreciate the god-given gift of family. Either way, you always come out on the bad end of the stick.

I just found this song by the Raconteurs.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Song of the Day: Wednesday

Today is the Feast Day of St. Anthony of Padua. He is the patron saint of finding lost things. That I knew so I prayed the novena and moved on. But today I discovered that he is also the patron saint of single women who are called to marriage. Seriously, I did not know that. And guess who's been praying about marriage during the St. Anthony novena?

So, in honor of St. Anthony's matchmaking intercession, there is this song.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Song of the Day: Tuesday

Despite the fact that the doctors cannot find anything wrong with my brother, he is still in the hospital. This is day 4. He's ready to go home. Actually tempted to walk since his house is only two miles from the hospital. I know how he feels. But, I get it from the doctors' perspectives too: No one passes out in a dead fall and cracks open their head, losing three hours from their day, for no reason. He called me to chat.

This song is for my brother, based on our convo.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Song of the Day: Monday

I've been humming this song tonight. I'm not sure why. But, I watched the video and I'm not sure what that says about me.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Song of the Day: Sunday

It's been pretty quiet around here. I've been recycling magazines left and right. I texted my brother but haven't heard back from him. I'll have to call him in the morning. But, I also found out that my niece graduated from high school yesterday and if it hadn't been for a high school friend who teaches at the school, I wouldn't have known. This, my friends, is indicative of how close I am to my sister an her girls.

Today's song is "It's Oh So Quiet" by Bjork. This song was my introduction to this quirky Icelandic singer. Since this song is so upbeat and mainstream despite Bjork's accent, I was surprised when I heard the rest of her music. But I like it.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Song of the Day: Saturday

Today has been pretty low-key. I spent the morning apartment ticket hunting. I went to a friend's for pizza and I came home. I just found out that my brother--the oldest one who helped raise me--passed out today for an unknown reason. He's being kept overnight for observation. I'm not nervous yet.

Today's song is "Save A Prayer" by Duran Duran.

Song of the Day: Friday

So I forgot to post again. But there is a reason.

On Monday I got a really great offer. On Thursday I officially accepted although there was no doubt from the beginning that I would. On Friday I talked to my big boss (BB) and decided that it was okay for me to start telling people at work.

And, in the course of telling people, I found out that my BB, who suggested that I not tell anyone about the prospect until I had a tangible offer, had spilled the beans in a meeting. And didn't tell me. Didn't acknowledge the mistake. Possibly suggested that people pretend that they didn't know. So, as I made my rounds telling folks one of the persons let me know that he knew it was a possibility and when I pressed, indicated that it had been spilled in a meeting. But, he said that he respected me too much to pretend that he didn't already know of the probability. Because the BB let it slip in a meeting.

This begs the question of who else was in the meeting since these meetings usually entail more than two persons. I have a guess of at least one person who most likely was in the meeting who pretended not to know. And it also undercuts the stern lecture that the staff got a few weeks ago about the hurtfulness of gossiping. Because I know these people well enough to know that it almost definitely a full-on discussion that followed the slip of the tongue.

So last night I was a little bitter and having a carbo-fest with sangria to make myself feel better. Lucky me that all that I ate Friday night came off in the morning!

I can understand the need to share my potential news with the higher-ups for planning purposes.  But it would have been nice to have the BB come clean about the issue. I would have respected the BB more even if I was hurt by the breaking of a confidence that she encouraged. Mistakes are forgivable when confessed, even if "no one will ever know." But to pretend or cover up--especially after advising me to say nothing--is an issue that I will remember for a long, long time. I may never say anything. I, hopefully, will not behave differently.  But I will always know. And I will struggle with whether I can ever again trust you with my secrets.

Anyway, rather than go the route of torching this b*tch (and how does one do that on a blog?!!), I thought I'd instead select an Adele song about rumors. I love Adele. When one looks at her, her voice is so unexpected. And, after she is done singing, one doesn't expect such a strong Cockney accent. But I love it! And I love her!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Song of the Day: Thursday

It's almost 100% official. Just need paperwork to move things along. My friends wanted to include me in their get together to celebrate. Awkward!!! One guy decided that his response to me was that it was a big move. When I asked why he answered that he didn't know. For me some things just are and you don't make them bigger than they need to be or you get swallowed whole. Let's just say that interaction did not go over well.

And then there was my group of Italians who consistently asked two questions: "Did you tell your boss yet?" and "Are you happy?" The happiness question might have to do with the strength of their command of English. The other is a quirk of Italy in which a boss is not told until the last possible minute. I get it, but all of it is a little too weird a convo to be having starting at 10:00 at night since my Italian friends don't do anything earlier than that.

Anyway, as I headed home trying to process these encounters, and hoped that I wasn't too much of a b*tch tonight, this is the song that played in my head. I know it from "O Brother Where Art Thou" sung by the Statler Brothers. But, this version is nice.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Song of the Day: Wednesday

Long day. Had a good talk with my mentor and a good talk with my predecessor. Still inordinately tired from last night. This is the song that currently is playing in my head. My kind of country.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Song of the Day: Tuesday

Tonight was the annual dinner for my professional association. The two most dangerous words of the whole night?: open bar. Moreso when I got comped to attend! Three Bogka drinks before we sat down to dinner. My preference is red wine.

I got chewed out by a Moldovan about speaking Russian! (minchia!!!)  Nothing I initiated but I still had to defuse the bomb. He came back and apologized, but still!! And all before the after party in Antarctica. Somehow I never got to buy any of the drinks put before me!

But, interestingly enough, I was told by the grandson of immigrants that he is more patriotic than me. Really?!! Seriously?!! I hope that was the alcohol talking since he doesn't know me. Thankfully he said patriotic--which could actually be true since I am still salty about being born the day AFTER Independence day--and not American. He was gracious, and smart, enough to concede that I was more American than he, even though there might have been some aspect of servitude to his ancestors stay in the Americas. My ancestors shed blood, sweat and tear to build this country, brought here against their will many, many generations ago, and made citizens without their consent. Glad to be an American, but you could at least ask!

Anyway, after that convo, this is the song that has been in my head. Not quite on target with the topic, but you get the picture!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Song of the Day: Monday

Today was weird. First day back after a four day weekend. I had trouble getting to sleep then trouble waking up. I had a bit of a headache and nauseous all day; taking meds only made me sleepy. So, I went home early and got some interesting news.

Anyway, this is the song that's been in my head this evening. It seems to fit my mood since it's a little odd. I first heard of Moloko when I was Austria for a course during the summer after my first year. I don't remember what song or album it was that I heard. I just know this wasn't it. But, strange as it is, I like this. My favorite line? Singing a song about nothing/talking through my belly button.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Song of the Day: Sunday

I am a sucker for happy endings. It's what I like about romance novels and adventure movies--the ones that end well, that is. It touches something in my heart. My eyes get blurry. A few tears leak. My nose starts to run. Good times!

Anyway, I saw this video today. It's a live lip-dub of "Marry You" by Bruno Mars. I have to admit that I was a bit weepy, and sniffly, at the end. Good job, Isaac!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Song of the Day: Saturday

I got home late today. Every couple of months my gang of Italians and I get together for dinner and beautiful social time. It's kind of crazy. Growing up we weren't allowed in the kitchen when someone else was cooking unless we had business in the kitchen. And there was only so long that we were allowed to stay. Italians are different.

The kitchen is chaos. Everyone in and out, whether or not they are cooking. And even if someone is not cooking it does not mean that they won't comment on what's being cooked or season something that doesn't taste just right. Apparently this is what Italian families are like. I'm so not used to this, but they are breaking me in.

Anyhow, at the end of the night, when everyone was lazing around waiting for the dishwasher to finish, my friend ST turns to me and begins singing a country song that I introduced her (and my suite mates) to a couple of weekends ago when we shared a room at a retreat. I was amused and impressed. She said it got so stuck in her head that she looked it up on YouTube. My plan to corrupt Italians is working! Here is the song.

Song of the Day: Friday

I once said that I wanted to rule the world through libraries. This is still true. I just forgot that I said it.  Until yesterday. I know: It's a little Pinky and the Brain. But it is true.

Anyway, here's the song for today, following the same theme.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Song of the Day: Thursday

I have been a bit tired and mopey lately: the anniversary of my mom's death. and general bouts of self-flagellation. But on Monday I read something on a blog that encouraged me and I wrote the author. She wrote me back and asked if she could send me a book. It arrived today!! You'd think I'd never gotten a present before. Or a book. Kinda cool!

Anyway, with the arrival of the book, this song has been on my mind.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Song of the Day: Wednesday

I am at the beginning of a few days off from work. Yeee Haw! I'm so excited!

The temperature has been bearable today. Warm but not scorching. Just enough to warm me up after spending all day inside an icebox. This has been the song in my head today.

Song of the Day: Tuesday

It's officially summer. Nothing to do with the calendar. It's the infernal heat that marks it. It was so hot that I couldn't abide the thought of wearing pants. I wore a dress. No hose. I brought a sweater to shield me from the ice box air conditioning on the train and at work.

And, there was a fierce thunderstorm. This is what I love about summer: the storms. I sleep better when there is rain, thunder and lightening. It cools off the night. Hopefully I will be getting a lot of sleep this summer.

Anyway, this is the song that has been in my head. I finally listened to the original version by Christina Perri, but I like Katrina Parker's version better.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Song of the Day: Monday

It's Memorial Day. I had been thinking of the Lee Greenwood song, "God Bless the USA" all day today. I had planned to post it to the blog but as I looked at the comments for each video attached to the song, I decided against it. Too much negativity to attach to my blog. However, you are quite welcome to hum along with me since EVERYBODY knows the chorus. It begins "And I'm proud to be an American...."

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Song of the Day: Sunday

My mom died a  year ago on 27 May 2011. We had a love-hate relationship, never really seemed to get each other. We each wanted something that the other was unable to give. Neither of us could speak in a way that the other could hear the words actually spoken. I was on my way home when she died. I had hoped to have one more conversation to try to bring some understanding between us. Unfortunately I missed her. And, yet, fortunately I missed her.

There aren't any songs that I can think of that address the wounded chaos that was our relationship. No songs that speak of, or to, a dying mother. No songs that convey the depth of pain and loss and love and relief at her passing. No songs that speak to a child orphaned at birth, and more so with the passing of her mother. No songs. None.

But, this Nina Simone song came to mind. While the words don't match the event, the emotion of the song as sung by Ms. Simone, do touch that sensitive chord.

RIP Mom.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Song of the Day: Saturday

Sixpence None The Richer is an angsty band. Or at least that's how they were described to me by someone who assumed that I was so highly uninformed. Oh how those in the throes of artistic angst are so egocentrically misled.

But, my attraction to Sixpence had nothing to do with artistic struggle; for me the struggle was spiritual. And what I liked about listening to Sixpence during this time is that they weren't the shiny happy Christian band. They were, and still are, blessedly melancholy and blue. Even their happy songs are sad. Kinda reminds me of The Smiths without the gratuitous references to suicide.

I am currently refraining from self-flagellation; I keep falling into the same trap. And this song is like a balm. It's the chorus that does it for me: So I'm changing who I am / 'cause what I am's not good / And I know you love me now / But I don't see why you should /And I don't see why you should / No I don't see why you should.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Song of the Day: Friday

Still waiting.

I got a call today to tell me that there still was no answer. It'll be another week and a half before they can begin to expect an answer. Nice!

In honor of my wait, here's some Foreigner.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Song of the Day: Thursday

Still no word. And people keep asking me as if I had neglected to tell them! I am not coy. If  had some news, I would have told the entire world by now. Good news would result in me screaming really, really loudly. Bad news would result in me trying to find a polite way to curse out the people who rejected me (See yesterday's blog post on replacement words)! But, no: no news!

Today at work a colleague told me that she dreamed that I got the job. She affirms the power of her dreams because the only other time she had a dream with a clear sort of message, it came true. In honor of her prophetic dreams, I have chosen this song for Thursday. Her voice is a little annoying, but you get the point.

Song of the Day: Wednesday

I totally forgot to blog yesterday. Sorry to my committed follower. I will try to do better.

Anyway, in light of forgetfulness, I thought I'd share one of my favorite songs about forgetting. In truth, CeeLo's "Forget You" doesn't mean "forget you". It is a replacement phrase for something much more powerful. (We used to do it as kids; we used "bump" rather than "forget".) But, I like this song.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Song of the Day: Tuesday

Everything is changing. The semester is over and students have graduated. It's definitely spring and hopefully the rain is over. Holidays and vacations abound, hopefully with good results. Lifechanging results. That's what I want.

Here's today's song.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Song of the Day: Monday

My infernal relationship with the nook has ended. My current device has died and my extended warranty end early this month. After spending over 5 hours trying to get numerous CSRs to understand and help me, I am done. As a consequence of the loss of my loved one, I am back to reading print.

I am currently reading Dostoevsky's "Notes from the Underground." Ugh! I know I am part Russian in my soul, but I am struggling with the writing. I have finally found a line that I like: “I agree that two times two makes four is an excellent thing; but if we are dispensing praise, then two times two makes five is sometimes a most charming little thing as well.” I'm not sure why I like it but I do.

Anyway, this song seems reminds me of this story: it makes no sense, but you can't quite stop reading.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Song of the Day: Sunday

They say that deaths come in threes. And while people die every minute of every day, I was more concerned about the musicians who were dying. First MCA with cancer of the salivary glands. Then, there was Donna Summer of lung cancer. Today, I discovered that Robin Gibb died of colon and liver cancer. These three were a musical trifecta of my youth. But, Robin Gibb imprinted on me earliest.

I grew up in the 70s listening to some of everything, much to the chagrin of certain relatives. And disco definitely had a place. I don't remember my introduction to the BeeGees. I just remember being in love with the voices and the harmonies.  As I wrote in my post on Donna Summer, disco hasn't died. This BeeGees song was revived in a weird TV series called "The 10th Kingdom." When I saw this scene, along with the others of the trolls singing and speaking of the "Night Fever," I remembered again why I love this band. There is something happy and enlivening about the music.

Robin Gibb: Thank you for providing soundtrack for my childhood and life. RIP.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Song of the Day: Saturday

Day two of the retreat. A lot to process. It all seems to boil down to the question of who is in control of your life? Are you in control or are you following? Makes me think of this song by U2.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Song of the Day: Friday

I'm at a retreat this weekend. I didn't realize that part of the time is spent in silence. Like right now. I have three roommates that I'd love to speak to but we are in silence until morning. Sigh!!!

The idea of this retreat of unusual silence (ROUS) brought to mind this song by Paula Cole. Been a long, long time.

Song of the Day: Thursday

Donna Summer, the Queen of Disco, died today of cancer. I grew up in the shadow of disco, so I was familiar with her music. And, as the saying goes, familiarity breeds contempt.

But the thing about disco is that it is eternal; it never dies. It get sampled. It gets remixed. It gets refreshed. Here is my favorite refreshment of Donna summer's "Last Dance." Rest in Peace, Donna Summer.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Song go the Day: Wednesdy

I had jury duty today. A whole lot of hurry up and wait. I didn't get selected and I am released for another six years. This is my song.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Song of the Day: Tuesday

Tonight I heard this song covered on Glee. The story line was sad but resonated with me: Puck and Shannon dealing with life situations that tell them that they are nothing. That used to be me, but I have changed my address. I don't live there anymore.

So, you have been warned mean people!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Song of the Day: Monday

Today on the train to work, I saw a teen who had the trademark Bieberlicious look. Kinda cute, but Justin changed his hair now that he's older. Here's the song.

Song of the Day: Sunday

Another flub. It's getting hard to remember to do a song of the day when I am comatose at night. Since my body wakes me early in the mornings, it would be great to do the post then, but I haven't yet had a chance to have my music choices be influenced by the day. Maybe I can begin to pre-sage my days?....

Anyway, I saw this video yesterday. Made me love Regina Spektor even more.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Song of the Day: Saturday

It was a hottish day today. So, when I went out to shop and run errands, I wore a skirt. I have noticed that I get more attention when I wear a skirt. But what is a little disturbing to me is the number of decidedly old men who are chatting me up. If I actually looked my age, it wouldn't have been so bad. But I know that I look like I'm in my early 20s. It's like my father (in his 70's!!!) or a grandfather trying to hit on me. Trying not to throw up here!

Anyway, one of my favorite party girls wrote a song about this. I think it's kind of funny when Ke$ha has standards.

Song of the Day: Friday

Yesterday was one of those days that just got away from me. I had the late shift at work yesterday and I took my time getting home. And, as I began my night routine, I forgot that I still needed a song of the day.
Since I am in a holding pattern, here is Friday's song.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Song of the Day: Thursday

World's shortest work week. I was so tired last night that I fell asleep for a significant amount of time with the light on! I got to work pretty close to on time. I spent the day sharing about my trip, though, and trying to tie up some loose ends. I actually stayed a little late, too! It's nice to have a break.

When I got home I caught up on some of my DVR shows and I finally watched the Voice Finals. I am happy for Jermaine Paul. I am not the biggest fan of R&B/Soul, but I really like him. It's the way that he sings with emotion and passion. Other R&B singers don't effect me as he does. This was his song.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Song of the Day: Wednesday

Today has been a long day. I began a battery of meetings from 9am to 5pm--most of them with me talking. Good times for the introvert! Compound my day of talking with the fact that I woke up with a headache. Could be that third of a bottle of wine that I drank last night or the fact that I got about 5 hours of sleep before running through the gauntlet. Overall I found the people surprisingly nice, generous and kind--not that I expected them to be mean so you know that they were beyond-beyond!

Anyway, through out the day, this is the song that played in my head as I wandered through the day and I felt myself slumping from fatigue. I found a video of a young Adele singing and playing "Daydreamer" on Jools Holland. Beautiful and refreshing.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Song of the Day: Tuesday

It's been a long day. I got a chance to look around and meet a few people that I wanted, in addition to some of the people that I expected. Really nice group and exciting opportunity. I reviewed my presentation and am now thinking about all of the people that I will meet during the day tomorrow. Ugh! Not enough time to cram all of that information. Hopefully I am capable of charm when the day begins to wane.

As I debate sleep or cramming, this song comes to mind.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Song of the Day: Monday

I am out of town on a secret mission. So far, so good. Except that I started to panic a little. Am I doing the right thing? Am I prepared for the change, the responsibility, expectations? Do I even know what I am doing? I called my friend K to have her talk me down. Right after she stopped laughing at me. As.Is.Usual. when I freak out for no reason.

Anyway, as she talked me off of the ledge, this is the song that began to play in my head. (Sting is another man that I'd planned to marry when I grew up, but I'm not sure if I planned to get divorced a lot or have husbands all over the place!) Nice calming music for the highly strung.

Song of the Day: Sunday

Typical me: I was so busy yesterday that I forgot to post. I did my laundry and then spent about and hour sorting and packing a bag for a two day trip. I am currently sitting in bed trying to do a few last minute things before I go. Considering my lazy state, here is my make-up song of the day.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Song of the Day: Saturday

Today has been a bit of a mellow day. I slept in a little, but I also stayed up late reading. I went for a walk over the Madison Avenue Bridge into the Bronx and back.  I showered, ate lunch and leisurely got ready to go out. The plan was to shop for a suit that fits. No such luck. The stores that sell the styles that I like and would wear don't carry my size in-store! So, it was away to Lane Bryant which carries my size--sort of! Apparently I am on the small size for Lane Bryant. The size that I purchased is on the low end of what they sell and it's a little roomy. And, no jackets in my size unless I wanted to wear a cream colored cropped-sleeve jacket with my black pants. Or I could wear a size 22. What the hell is that?!? I have never been that big! So no jacket. Today's dilemma, then, is to decide whether I will wear two different shades of black or go all out and intentionally not wear the same colors: charcoal grey and black; or black and slate grey. I felt so much better when I began to think of coordination rather than matchy-matchy!

Anyway, because of the absolute mellowness of the day, this song has been in my head. I haven't heard of the band before or since this song.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Song of the Day: Friday

Today an icon in rap music died: Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys.

I grew up listening to the beginning of rap. It was just part of my childhood musical landscape. There was no like or dislike; it just was. But in junior high, I heard the Beastie Boys for the first time. This is the first song that I heard. It was more rock than rap, but I was hooked since I was already a rock girl. I especially liked the rebellion.

MCA and the Boys became part of the soundtrack of my childhood. I didn't follow the Beastie Boys as much as I got older, but I always have fond memories of them. And I stopped to listen whenever a new song played.

Rest in Peace, Adam Yauch. Thanks for the childhood memories!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Song of the Day: Thursday

I was in the middle of my bedtime routine and this song popped into my head. Cake is a bit quirky but it reminds me of the 90s, when my life seems much less and much more complicated. Some things were just simpler back then. Other things were not. Cake reminds me of those moments of mindless joy!

Song of the Day: Wednesday

I spaced on this one. I was dog tired when I got home. Been working on a reorg of a research guide. I'm happy to do it. The current version is a little stale. And now, after nearly two years of working with students, I realize that there are some things that I assume, presume, about student knowledge that are not quite on point. I want to correct that error.

Anyway, yesterday, I walked around singing this song. I didn't want to put it in the blog because I was worried that it would be a jinx. But, I don't really believe in jinxes, so why not another Florence and the Machine song.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Song of the Day: Tuesday

Today was a carryover from last night. Just in the doldrums and disappointed--despite my great news. Luckily my coworker, a great talker, was able to lift me up a bit. It helped to just to get it off my chest and to meander through various topics landing on something that was not that. And, as I worked through the day and made plans for next week's trip, it got better. I am less moody and less likely to cry (yep I cried a bit!), and happier about the future. But there is still a part of me that is disappointed. I am glad that my current response it not to withdraw though. My friends are still my friends. I am now aware that there is possible room for education among my crew, not necessarily these two.

Anyway, this was the song that I had planned to post last night before I made Sixpence into my lullaby. Everyone should have a good  Irish band to make them cry. This is one of mine.

It has Italian subtitles, but the other options available did not include Dolores. Italian it is!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Song of the Day: Monday

Rough night. I had good news this morning and I thought my challenge would be to find some song that I hadn't used to evoke my mood. I was so wrong.

I went out with friends tonight to celebrate and came home devastated. One word spoken was enough to crush the mood and leave me wooden. And when I was alone, waiting for the train, trying not to break down into tears, sobbing like a baby. I never expected it from this group of friends. I wasn't crushed; just really, really disappointed and questioning whether I had made the right choice in this group. It wasn't a real existential debate, just the things that one things when considering how one got to such a pivotal moment in time. I'm not abandoning my friends. But I am not sure how to behave now.

I am not sure I believe that he didn't know what he was saying. I doubt question whether he truly didn't understand the gravity of what he said. No matter the answer to those questions, what was said was said and it is now there for me to respond to. My first instinct was to hurt back, but I am an adult now and that is no longer my way. My current instinct is to withdraw from my friends as I wonder if they too are thinking and saying the same thing behind my back. Not as a conspiracy but just out of a painful ignorance.

This incidence seems appropriate to what we discussed tonight. I hear him asking me the same question that I expressed earlier tonight. And it's tempting for me to walk away. But I won't.

Anyway, this is the song that seems appropriate to my mood right now.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Song of the Day: Sunday

I love Florence and the Machine. There is something about her voice, her phrasing, the theatricality of her singing that has made her one of my favorites since Lungs. When the new album, Ceremonials, came out. I wasn't so sure. It was new and different from the former. However this past week, I was reading one of my blogs and I changed my mind.

This blogger that I follow wrote about her experience traveling with a friend to an orphanage in a country in Zambia. She wrote about many things, including working and singing with the children there. She said there was music day and night because the kids loved music so much. She shared a video of these precious children singing and dancing to this song. They were so happy and carefree. The thought pricks my eyes with tears. Florence is now back in the playlist rotation!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Song of the Day: Saturday

This song was one of my favorites in high school. It's a bright infectious 80's tune that got everyone dancing. And, the chorus easily stuck in my head.

It wasn't until I was an adult that I understood what the lyrics meant. It wasn't as if they tried to hide the meaning. I'm just sometimes slow! I guess if I had seen this, the banned, version of the video, I would have figured it out.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Song of the Day: Friday

I guess this has been a long week. I don't actually recall. I just remember coming to work today and feeling unproductive. Like I couldn't find my stride. I tried to focus and did get some things done, but in the late afternoon it occurred to me that I was not being productive. So I decided to go home.

Today's mood reminded me of this song by the Smiths. It's where he says, "Oh, I wanna go home/Don't make me stay." I had thought I was the only strange one who got happy listening to the Smiths, despite their depressing lyrics, but there are others out there. Is it the confluence of the music and lyrics in a sort of perfection that create joy?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Song of the Day: Thursday

Today was eventful. Some things went better than I expected. Others, not so much. But, I am happy that it's over and I am closer to the weekend!

I was a bit hyped up and stressed, but it all went well. Even the thing that stunned me a little bit. In celebration, here is today's song.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Song of the Day: Wednesday

Tonight I had an after-work meeting. It was for one of my professional activities. We had new people show up, which is great. But we had one Jabberwocky that even my patient leader was ready to slay. This is the song that comes to mind. This context skews the intent of the song, but the intent is correct. I love Amy Mann! But the douchebag boyfriend is ... a douchebag!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Song of the Day: Tuesday

Today, despite running late and a snotty nose from allergies, I was in a good mood. So good that I stopped by my allergist's office and sang part of this song for the receptionist. It's her name.

My introduction to this was a cover by Tori. Someone had given me the Crucify EP in which she wore a necklace of wild onions! I loved the haunting way she sang over the light carousel-like piano accompaniment. She definitely showcased her voice and made me love this song before I knew it was by the Stones.