Pushkin really doesn’t want me to publish this! For those of you who don’t know, Pushkin is my 16 (or 17) year old feline partner in crime. We’re in love. And, she needs a huge hug right now. Enjoy!
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands!
This is just the video I needed to watch. What a great start to 2014! Thank you, Rainn Wilson.
While you are learning about happiness and success, please check out my list of books to read in 2014. Feel free to leave me any suggestions for interesting books that I may enjoy!
Happy New Year! May 2014 be fantastic for everyone!
Because a new year is upon us, I want to share a bittersweet song with you. Brandi Carlile is an amazing lyricist and musician & always puts me in a great mood.
Love me, love me, saaaayyy that you’ll love me!
Originally posted on A Life In Paperback:
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Ooops, it’s been just over two months since my last post. However, I believe I had a preemptive warning this might happen! School has been quite time consuming and I seem to spend a lot of my non-school time at work.
Right now, my body seems to be feeling a bit funny. I (among others) have come to the conclusion I might have a bad case of dermatitis only aggravated by too much forced heat at work. On top of that, I feel a little bit of a cold lingering. This means that my focus is out of sync. I’m trying to write modified case briefs for an assignment that is due next week, but I lose my train of thought every couple of sentences. Which is why I am here, writing this – an attempt to reign in what little focus I have and keep it within a fairly close radius.
So, let me share my ultimate musical obsession: The National’s “I Need My Girl” Enjoy!
It’s Monday and I’m lucky to have the day off. That is a pro (or con?) of working retail. Yesterday, I visited a friend in Morro Bay and good chunk of my day was driving.
Today, I’m taking it easy, especially as this time next week I will be back at school with a full load of classes.
I woke up at 9.45am and grabbed a cup of coffee while I decided what to eat for breakfast.
I decided on a couple pears and some cheese. Good carbs, calcium, and protein!
I sorted through the Sunday papers and picked out the sections I like. I’ve got some good reading to do. My two notebooks I use for new words I come across & ideas I get for creative writing and blog posts.
Afternoon tea and cookie. So good!
I love these glass jars I got from Urban Outfitters a few days ago. They were $1.99 each! I scoured Pinterest for crafty ideas that I could do with them. I think I’ll leave them as is, though.
I love my running shoes. When I went to purchase them, they salesman asked me as he was bringing them out “do you mind if they are a bright color?” Of course I don’t! Had he not brought out bright ones, I would have asked to see the bright ones.
Stopped at the library to return two books and pick up the third Harry Potter book. I ended up getting a couple others, obviously. We’ll see if I get around to reading them.
I decided to treat myself to a movie, Afternoon Delight. Interesting and awkward, I loved it.
About to get my 9.30pm workout on. I’ve got my iPod mini loaded with some great playlists & podcasts to make my run and strength training more enjoyable. I definitely need to be distracted to get through a hefty workout.
Post 5k run smoothie. Yum!!
Some green beans with olive oil & champagne vinegar. I love veggies!
Pomegranate Green Tea for a dose of antioxidants. I love having my nightly cup of tea in my big EWU mug.
I’m so tired that I don’t feel like doing a major skincare routine. A quick cleanse & pump of moisture followed by clean teeth, and I’m set.
I’ve never not wanted to be a writer. It’s in my blood. But, I would like to do something more than just write…
Originally posted on A Life In Paperback:
During my childhood, my goal in life was to be a writer and own a small bookstore that sold used books and independently published books and magazines (that were forward thinking and world peace positive). At 31, I still have that dream. But, in the technological, economically rough time we are living in, I understand how difficult and unlikely that dream is. During my teens and early twenties, I wanted the bookstore to also be a cafe & meeting place for students, radicals, progressives, anarchists, and all people non-mainstream. I wanted a place for people to feel safe, have a coffee, and somewhere comfortable to sit with a book to read or a conversation to be had. In Menlo Park, Kepler’s was the place to be. It started as a counter-culture meeting place a couple decades before I was born and became the intelligent, independent, book selling hub of the Peninsula (with Berkeley a 45 minute drive away). While I went to college in Washington State, Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane was the only real option I had for finding solace in my dream. And, I sadly only went in two or three times during the three years I was up there.
Lately, I’ve been itching to move. There’s a part of me that wants to move back to Cheney/Spokane and get some final closure. I left so abruptly when I actually did leave ten years ago. I want to go back to EWU, finish my degree, and start the ball rolling on some sort of progressive, positive hub/hive/social network that I feel that part of the state desperately needs.
But, with Auntie’s as the mainstay and iconic indie place of Spokane, I know my idea of an independent Salon/Bookstore/Cafe wouldn’t stand up to Auntie’s. There is no need for an identical business that is part of a dwindling business circle. But, what if I opened a Salon/Cafe? What if people would leave a book they’ve read and took a book they want to read? What if independent writers came and lead a Salon a couple times a month? What if…??
Go out & walk, y’all! Make a playlist that will keep you moving and motivated. And, switch up the playlist every single time you go for a walk. Variety is amazing.
Originally posted on Daily Ellie:
I’m not sure if anyone else does this, but I’m going to start! Every Thursday, I will offer something fun you can do for yourself to lift your mood & take care of your wellbeing (physical, emotional, spiritual, etc.). And, if you keep watch, something might just be in store for a lucky reader!
Today’s Treat will be a playlist to be played during a leisurely stroll. Walking, no matter the pace, is an amazing action pretty much anyone can do. Taking 20-30 minutes out of your day to go for an intentional walk is not only great exercise, but a way for you to process your emotions. If you’ve had a particularly stressful day, taking yourself on a walk by yourself allows you to take inventory of why you feel stressed & formulate a way of letting go. Also, exercise is a natural stress reliever in general. It regulates many hormones, including cortisol (stress hormone) and melatonin (hormone that helps dictate your own circadian rhythm & sleep). Walking outside in the sun for 20 minutes will also get you a good dose of natural vitamin D, an essential nutrient that allows your body to absorb other nutrients more effectively.
Treat Yourself Playlist:
Floetic - Floetry
She Gave Me Love - The Getaway People
Radio, Radio - Elvis Costello
Thing of Beauty - Hothouse Flowers
Trouble - Ray LaMontagne
Candles - Daughter
Dreaming - Loudon Wainwright III
Hold On - Alabama Shakes
Bad - Luka Bloom
What You Wish For - Guster
In The Twilight - Alexander
Revolution Song - Fefe Dobson
Motorcycle Emptiness - Manic Street Preachers
La ou je suis nee - Camille
Badass - Kacy Crowley
2000 Miles - The Pretenders
As I am well over 1,000 views and gaining a somewhat decent audience, I feel it is time for another giveaway. But I want to do something exciting for y’all. So, I am hoping you can give me ideas as to what you would like as a giveaway.
Some ideas I have:
-Another iTunes gift card giveaway (I’ll figure out how to include non-US readers)
-Subscription to a music/pop culture related magazine for a year
-A ticket to a concert of your choosing (within reason, and I can only afford GA/Cheap seats)
So, dear readers, please tell me if you like any of those ideas or if you have other reasonable ideas. The giveaway will be done sometime between August 30th & September 13th. Get discussing!
This mixtape/playlist is awesome! I can’t wait to get in my car and drive with these tunes filling my car.
Originally posted on witchin' in the kitchen:
I haven’t made y’all a playlist in awhile, and it’s definitely past time for some summer jams. I’ve been listening to this mix nonstop in the evenings while making jam (pun!), and excited to share with you some of my latest music discoveries and old faves. This music is energizing and laid back, joyous and bittersweet, and a little sultry and smooth. Hope you enjoy.
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Inspirational quotes, photos, links & other great stuff for the Monday's of Life.
“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection...” ~ Steve Maraboli
Literary feminism for the working writer.
Photography of the Great Plains and American West
Poetry on adrenaline
Creative, Funky, Inspirational Poetry...
Light Love Passion
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you – here at The Flavored Word, writer and author Shauna Nosler tends to agree with what the late Ray Bradbury said – although my writings steer clear from dystopia, I am a fan of Batman and the young Bruce Wayne … and throughout this blog (if you stay long enough) you’ll come to understand what this mortal, wife, mother, writer, author thinks of the world around her ... and every now and then, you might even find yourself agreeing. Cheers!
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A new song each day (give or take a few). Some old, some new, all worth a listen or two....
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Observations from the trenches....
it's this or get a real job