A Much Delayed Thankful Thursday: Weeks 5, 6, & 7

I know that I’m behind here. Still having technical difficulties with uploading images too. Thanks for your patience guys. Here we go!

Week 5

Monday 4/20: Free coffee cards for Monday mornings. An awesome babysitter that is laid back and loves Little Man. I love that he’s always happy to see her.

Tuesday 4/21: Snuggle and relax time watching movies with Little Man and doing absolutely nothing.

Wednesday 4/22: Wine, lunch and dinner with my lovely Mother-in-law, new stem less wine glasses, and tax returns.

Thursday 4/23: What we believe was a successful surgery for my grandma. And a kitchen sink that no longer leaks.

Friday 4/24: An easygoing Friday, ending with a great dinner with Batdad and Little Man and watching movies.

Saturday 4/25: A relaxing day with the in-laws and other family at Little Miss’s last soccer game for the season, then just hanging out at home.

Sunday 4/26: Hanging out at a local festival with my mom and cousin, Batdad getting off work early, and pizza for dinner.

Week 6

Monday 4/27: Four day work weeks.

Tuesday 4/28: Watching as Little Miss’s love of reading grows. She’s starting to read chapter books by herself. I think that’s pretty impressive for a 7-year-old.

Wednesday 4/29: Lovely, thoughtful, early birthday presents from my family.

Thursday 4/30: Early Friday- Batdad getting off early (he was scheduled to work late). Early birthday dinners and movie nights.

Friday 5/1: Birthdays spent relaxing with my family- Fantastic Elk Steak made by Batdad as mu ACTUAL birthday dinner and NEW BOOKS!

Saturday 5/2: The chance to take my littles to a Renaissance Fair and spend time with the in-laws

Sunday 5/3: A father-in-law that does projects with me.

Week 7

Monday 5/4: An opportunity to try something new at work.

Tuesday 5/5: Getting comfortable in different areas at work, stretching myself to adapt.

Wednesday 5/6: Good news about my Grandma (again)! Her cancer is NOT invasive! WOO HOO!!!!

Thursday 5/7: Doctors that actually know what they’re doing. Gritting my teeth and getting things done at work.

Friday 5/8: The end of a long work week. My MIL staying to help with the littles since Batdad and I are sick.

Saturday 5/9: Not having strep throat, FIL building my planter fence so the dogs stay out of my plants

Sunday 5/10: Belated Birthday/Mother’s Day BBQ with my parents, lovely gifts, a new outfit, and yet another new book.

What are YOU thankful for today, this week, this moment, this month?


Back from a Tech Break

Hey guys!

I took a bit of a tech break over my birthday weekend, so I know I missed out on a couple of weekly features. I’m now two behind on Wordless Installations due to technical difficulties but hopefully I can get that fixed shortly so that I can assault you with pictures tomorrow.

I know that with my tech break I also missed last week’s Thankful Thursday. I think this week I’ll go ahead and just combine the last two weeks into one post.

If you’ve been curious about the Self Harm Series that I promised, I haven’t forgotten about it. I’ll be honest, I’m nervous to write that series. I know that I need to get past that and just get it out, but it’s hard to work up to it. Also, I need to be in a place where I can feel my emotions while writing, and coming up with time for that is proving challenging at the moment.

Batdad started his second job a couple weeks ago so he’s now working quite a lot of hours a week. Like, almost 65 at last check. I’m a bit worried about that, but it’s going to be short-term and he feels confident that he can handle it. We’ll just see how it goes. We both took off work on Friday for my birthday and called Little Miss out of school so that we could all spend the day together. It’ll be our last day off together for a while. It was a pretty low-key day. We went out to breakfast, did some shopping, Batdad bought me some books (a sign of true love), and we worked on getting the yard cleaned up. Our lawnmower is broken so we haven’t been able to mow it, and it sort of resembled a jungle. All better now though.

On Saturday the kids and I went to the local Renaissance Fair with my in-laws. We had a great time there, great booths and food, great activities for the kids. Sunday we made a trip to Home Depot and my father-in-law helped me pick some things out to build a small fence around some tires that I want to plant some flowers in. The fence will hopefully keep the dogs out of that area. They had to leave before we could get anything cut or built, but I’ll hopefully find time to put it together this week.

So that’s it for me. Nice, relaxing, tech-free birthday weekend. How about you guys? What did you get up to this weekend?


Z is for Zombie by The Cranberries

First, the formalities: Lyrics and Blogging from A to Z info.

This is an interesting song simply because of what it is about. Written by the band’s lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan, Zombie is a protest song that was released in 1994. It was written during the Cranberries’ English Tour in 1993 by O’Riordan in memory of two boys, Jonathan Ball and Tim Parry, who died in an IRA bombing in Warrington. The Warrington bombings were two attacks that took place in early 1993 in Warrington, England. The first was on the 26th of February at a gas storage facility, which caused a lot of structural damage, but no injuries. While fleeing the scene, however, the bombers shot and injured an officer. Two of them were caught following a high-speed car chase. The second attack was on the 20th of March. Two small bombs were placed in trash cans outside of shops and businesses on Bridge Street. Although a warning was sent, the area was not evacuated in time, resulting in two children being killed and dozens of people injured.

These attacks were carried out by the Provisional Irish Republican Army, or as most people know them, the IRA. The IRA had been carrying out attacks on infrastructure and commercial areas in Northern Ireland and England. Their goal was to harm the economy and cause disruption, which would hopefully put pressure on the British Government to withdraw from Northern Ireland. The bombing on March 20 resulted in massive coverage in the media and cause widespread anger and protests against the IRA in Dublin.

I happen to love Dolores O’Riordan’s voice though, whatever the song is about. The video is a bit strange, mostly because I’m not sure why she’s all gold in parts of it and the other parts are black and white “footage” style pieces. I feel like they should’ve chosen one direction to go or the other.

What did you think of the song and the video? How did you enjoy my posts for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge? As always, I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts. 🙂


Y is for Your Guardian Angel by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

I love acoustic pieces. This song is just beautiful. In the music video you see Ronnie Winter, the writer of the song, and the band moving around and getting ready for a show. Ronnie sings in a closet with one light bulb, then plays and sings while the band is preparing for the concert. The rock portion of the song hits when the band steps on a stage alight with flashing light effects and chandeliers. The video was directed by Shane Drake.

By now you may or may not have figured out that I’m a fan of rock ballads. 🙂 I heard this song after a friend of mine mentioned that he liked it and it just stuck with me. There’s not a whole lot to say about it. It’s clearly about a man in love, and he’s imploring his lover to believe that he’s the one and to not walk away from that.

You can find the lyrics here and more about the Blogging from A to Z Challenge here. One day left guys! Any predictions for the letter Z?


My Little Dream Box

My friend The Girl in the Glasses posted a Motivational Monday post yesterday (Dear, Future Me) that I thought was SO clever. You can and SHOULD pop over to read her post, but in it she highlights a website called My Little Dream Box. The site is a place you can write your future self a letter and it will hold the letter for exactly 365 days then deliver it to your email inbox. How clever!

We’re watching over your dreams – to give you the desire to make them come true, send yourself an email that you will receive in the future. In 365 days precisely, and not a day more, a message will be waiting for you in your inbox, to help you confront your personal challenges.
Follow your dreams.

Personally, I’ll be writing myself a few letters this year, I think. The one I just wrote pointed out things that I want to try to do over the next year, and asked my future self if I have achieved them. I also wrote a couple of things that are current milestones for the kids so that I can look back and remember what they were up to. Kids grow so fast, it’s easy to forget things. So this has prompted an interesting set of thoughts in my head. What’s important to you right now? What do you want to achieve in the next year? Where do you want to be in your life? What do you want to make happen? I, as always, would love to hear about it, but if you don’t want to tell me, maybe a letter to yourself would be just thing for you!


X is for Xanadu by Rush

Who doesn’t love Rush? Anyone who raised their hand should probably leave now. This is sort of the ultimate Rush song. At 11 minutes long, it’s time consuming, but the five minute instrumental opener is perfection. The song then transitions to a narrative written by Neil Peart, inspired by the poem “Kubla Khan,” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. In the lyrics (found here), the narrator describes the search for something called “Xanadu.” While it’s never actually explained what “Xanadu” is, the poem “Kubla Khan” implies that it is a mythical place based on the summer capital of the Mongolian Empire that will grant him immortality. When the narrator finds Xanadu and attains mortality, a thousand years pass and he is left “waiting for the world to end,” and actually bitter about the success of his quest.

If you’re into instruments, this is a great song to feed that. Each member was required to use an array of instruments to effect the performance. The was a double-necked Gibson electric guitar (one twelve-strong, the other six-string) as well as synthesizer pedals used by Alex Lifeson, a double-necked Rickenbacker 4080/12 guitar (bass and twelve-string guitar) as well as extensive synthesizer arrangements while singing by Geddy Lee, and Peart took on various percussion instruments including temple blocks, tubular bells, bell tree, glockenspiel, and wind chimes, in addition to his drum kit work. More recent cuts of the song have been altered to simplify the arrangement, to which I can only say this, not everyone can be Rush in 1977….not even Rush.

What did you all think of this song? Was 11 minutes too long for you or did the instrumental portion tie it all together for you?

Don’t forget to check out more about the Blogging from A to Z Challenge here.


W is for Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show

Okay okay, I know that Darius Rucker did a version of this song and it was a big hit blah blah blah. I don’t care about Darius Rucker. For me, this is the original version of this song, and it’s the best, hands down. I’m biased because this is mine and Batdad’s song. One of them at least. I have a deep fondness for bluegrass, and I love the twang of this song. Plus,  you can hook me on almost any song with the use of cello or fiddle (violin or viola). Batdad told me once upon a yesteryear, long ago when we dated once before, that this song made him think of me, and it just stuck.

The song is sung from a man’s point of view as he hitchhikes south along the eastern coast of the US, from New England down through Roanoke (Virginia), hoping to get to Raleigh (North Carolina) where his lover is. As he’s walking South of Roanoke, he catches a ride with a trucker traveling from Philly westward to the Cumberland Gap and Johnson City, Tennessee. Though that’s not the right direction, and the writer of the song, Ketch Secor, admits that his geography was a bit off when he wrote the lyrics, I think that it adds to the story of trying to get to his “baby” and having a hard time of it.

Here are the lyrics to the song and here is more information about the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Only a few days left! What have you guys thought about the music overall? Is there anything you wish I would have included?


V is for Vermilion Pt.1 & 2 by Slipknot


My first “real” concert that I attended was Slipknot. This song (I’ll count them as one) has always hit me in the chest. It’s one of those songs that makes you feel…things. Pretty vague huh? Overwhelming emotion of some sort. The deep baritone of Corey Taylor’s voice is amazing, and the acoustic ballad sound of Part Two….ugh. The lyrics speak to the dark times I’ve fumbled through in my life, and I’m guilty of having listened to this song on repeat more than once.

Enough about my personal attachment to the song.

Corey Taylor says of the songs, “The differences (between the two tracks) are subtle — ‘Vermilion Pt. 1’ is about the enrapturing, the buildup, the anticipation and the neurosis. ‘Part 2’ is the aftermath, the pieces that have to be picked up later, and maybe the guilt of having lived through it” There are two music videos, one for each part of the song, and they are integral to the story of the song. Pt. 1, directed by Tony Petrossian and percussionist Shawn Crahan, shows a girl living a tortured life in the city. She moves slowly around the streets in contortions and twists as people move by in a blur, ignoring her pain. She finally gets noticed when she puts on a Maggot Mask (a specially designed mask for fans of the band) which makes the members of the band appear and dance with her. Upon appearing to the girl, the band members put on white masks which enable their true faces to be seen for a moment. A portion of the video is spent with the girl watching a caterpillar turn into a butterfly then escape her. She chases after it and it seems that her inability to catch it triggers a bit of a meltdown. She tries to connect with people who are all moving faster that she is and towards the end of the video you see her in clear anguish pulling chunks of her hair out in different locations of the city before the butterfly comes back to her and the sun comes up.

Pt. 2 was directed by Marc Klasfeld and shows the same girl, but this time she is sleeping peacefully in a field. The wind begins to pick up and lifts her up, tossing her around and swaying her back and forth. Eventually, you realize that the girl is dead and not actually sleeping at all, but overall the video is much more peaceful than the first. Maybe that’s a nod to finding peace after life?

Here’s where you can find lyrics for Part 1 and Part 2, and more information about the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

What did you guys think of the songs and the music videos? Were you moved or disturbed?


U is for Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers

This song is special to me and easily recognizable. The intro is well-known and most people can sing at the least the first few lines. While I’ve always been a fan of the song, and of RHCP, this song is special to me because of a friend. When I was 19 I lived in Las Vegas for a year. The ‘burbs outside Vegas, but close enough. In the time that I lived there, I made one friend that I always felt had my back. My “homie” Van. Homie was his word, not mine. In the chaos that was my life that year, Van picked me up and held me together numerous times, whether he knew it or not. This song was one that he would always crank up when we were riding around, claiming it was his “jam.” He always substituted the word “angels” in the lyrics, for “City of Vegas.” I’ve since lost touch with Van, but this song never fails to make me think of him.

Anthony Kiedis, vocalist for RHCP, wrote the lyrics for this song as a poem at first, expressing his feelings of loneliness as well as reflecting on his use of narcotics and their impact on his life. He didn’t feel as though the song would fit with the current repertoire of the band and did not show it to them until producer Rick Rubin found it in a notebook of his poems and implored him to do so. The band was receptive to the song and pretty much immediately picked up instruments and started writing music to it.

You can read the full lyrics right here and you can read more about the A to Z Blogging Challenge right over here.

What do you guys think about the song? Any personal connections to it?


Thankful Thursday: Week 4


Here we are again, week 4 of my Gratitude Journal entries and thankfulness. Also, a quick apology for missing yesterday’s Wordless Installation. I had uploading issues.

Anyway, here we go.

Monday 4/13: Family cuddle time on the couch while geeking out to Star Wars (Episode 6). We started with Episode 4 (as one should) and it BLEW my 7 year old’s mind! This was her first time watching all the movies and I think it’s safe to say that she’s hooked.

Tuesday 4/14: Time to pamper myself a bit and paint my nails.

Wednesday 4/15: Packing up the family to take a little drive, have some dinner, and just spend time together.

Thursday 4/16: Batdad getting an earlier appointment to see the specialist about his sinuses.

Friday 4/17: Having such cool in-laws and random road trips to pick up my father-in-law so he can hang out with us. He works a very early shift in the morning and works 10+ hour days so he’s usually pretty tired in the evening. They live a little more than an hour away from us so we see them pretty frequently but he was too tired to drive after work so we went up to get him.

Saturday 4/18: Lots of family coming to Little Miss’s soccer games. Even though she didn’t feel well she tried hard.

Sunday 4/19: Feeling productive but still getting to relax a little. Going to the park to throw Styrofoam airplanes as a family.

What are YOU thankful this week?