Life Changing Music

My last post may have started something… (in my own head, that is) I was driving home listening to one of the best bands in the entire world, thinking…I should write a post on essential artists; the world needs to know!

So without further ado…

Mutemath…these guys are freakin’ geniuses.
Sooo looking forward to their new album! If you have not seen them live then you are missing out! Not only are these guys fabulous and innovative (not to mention master) musicians, they are great performers.

Sixpence None the Richer…has been a favorite of mine since probably 1995, and still a mainstay in everything I listen too. I’m so glad they got back together! I had the opportunity to see them in 2003, and it was definitely one of my all time favorite concerts. Also amazing musicians. (Hmmm… a Mutemath/Sixpence collaboration…that would be awesome!)

Hmmm…yep, that about sums it up for me right now. I’d probably be fine stranded on a desert island with only music from these two bands.

As for other bands…I like a whole lot of them, and go through stages for sure- but these are the two that stick in the rotation always. 🙂

What are your essential artists/albums?

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Five Things I Cannot Live Without

With a shout out to Bee, whose idea this was…

This is a question that can be taken seriously, or not so seriously…either way, it is intended to, at the very least, stir up some otherwise dormant brain cells and get you thinking. Like Bee, up there, I’m also interested in your answers, and possibly the “whys” ( or whies…hmmmm…plural of why? anybody?) Anyways…you can answer in my comments, or hers, or on your own blog…and make up your own rules… I think I may do five material things I can’t live without, and then five non-material things I can’t live without. So to speak, I think there’s very little I need to live. You know, like water, air, food, shelter- so think of these more as essential items.

The Material…
1. My Mac. I certainly wouldn’t be here writing this if it weren’t for my trusty computer. It is my link to the outside world, so maybe I should include internet service with that. All aspects of my life are held on this lil’ laptop, in one form or another. (Which is kind of scary if think about it…)
2. Dark Chocolate. I’m not a big fan of things that are super sweet. I used to not even be much of a fan of chocolate. Becoming a woman has changed at least the latter claim, and dark chocolate (at least 60% cocoa, thank you very much!) is my solace. Plus…it’s healthy! Rich in antioxidants and other good stuff. (At least that’s what my dad and I keep telling ourselves.)
3. My camera. As an artist, visual representation is a must. As a mother, whose mind is slowly dripping out her ear with each fire she has to put out, visual documentation is a must. It especially helps when you forget that you actually love your children, and they actually do behave from time to time. (If only for the split second that picture was snapped.)
4. Good Sunglasses Recently, I’ve discovered that when I put on a pair of cheap sunglasses, my eyes start going batty resulting in an immediate headache. If I take them off, and squint into the bright sun, the same happens. So…needing to protect my eyes, and needing to protect everyone else from my headache (you would not believe what a monster I can become while suffering from a headache), we finally shelled out some big bucks for optical quality lenses. Much better. (So far.)
5. Music. (Though I’m not sure music is entirely material,) I believe that music is a gift from God. I think it holds within it, life changing power (good an bad, to a degree.) So I try to choose well.

Non-Material…
1.My husband. Here’s where I get sappy. Kevin and I, we just fit together, we balance each other out, we keep each other in check. There’s really nobody I’d rather spend my time with. He’s always interesting, often entertaining, always getting better, always encouraging me to become my best self. And there’s sooo much more. Definitely can’t live without him!
2. A good nights sleep. I’m no Margaret Thatcher, functioning highly on just four hours of sleep. To be all that I can be, I need twice that, sometimes plus an hour. I’m just a much better person when I’ve been well rested.
3. My alone time. This is very much like the sleep and good sunglasses, I’m just a better person when I’ve had some time to just cut loose and not have to worry about every body else.
4. My children. While somedays…I wonder why I chose this path, my children are really the light of my life, giving me a purpose (to boot!), and I cannot imagine how empty my life would be without them. I also am excited to see what kind of life skills I’m learning as a result of being their parent.
5. Friends. Friends are an interesting thing. There are good and bad, new and old, close and not so much. If there is one thing I know, it is that we are not meant to be solitary beings. There is a lot of good that comes from having friends.

…and now that I’m done, I have to say, that was fairly difficult. Some things are kind of obvious, some, not so much. As always, I’m claiming my “woman’s prerogative” and reserving the right to change my mind. Ha ha. Because if there’s one thing that trumps this entire list, it’s that life changes.

Menu of Mulberries… (not really)

Monday: Eat at our mainstay, Chipotle… (then shop for groceries together!)

Tuesday: Speedy Peanut Pan Fry

Wednesday: Burrito night… burritos are easy to make, and everybody likes them…so… I often make them Wednesday nights before I head out the the pottery studio. I just open a can of beans, heat them up, but them in a tortilla with some grated cheese (pepperjack is yummy) and fry em up. For the kiddos, I make bean and cheese quesadillas, which are basically the same thing, but a different presentation. Apparently the different presentation makes them more appetizing to my kids. Go figure.

Thursday: Broiled Salmon with Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Seafood Magic seasoning, rice and vegetables

Friday: Portabello mushroom burgers

Saturday: Vegetable spaghetti with a salad and garlic bread

Sunday: Leftovers

Monday: Grilled Chicken with vegetables

Tuesday: Stuffed Pablanos

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday-Monday: Mini vacation to see my sis! Woohoo!

Lunches and snacks: big ol’ salads, avocado sandwiches, tuna sandwiches…etc…popcorn, fruit…

 

Today…

I’m having the first of many 29th birthdays. Hee hee hee.

And omigoodness, I can’t believe I’m already at 29! This last decade has gone by so quickly and my life has changed so much. Some times I barely recognize myself. But I can say that (most days) I’m happy with who I’ve become. I’m also happy with who I’m still becoming, and where my life seems to be going.

At milestones like this, people (well my hubby for one) like to ask themselves what their goals are for the next ten years. By the time I’m 39….
-I hope that my marriage is still going strong, and happy and better than ever!
-I hope that my children are healthy, emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually. (I hope I am too!)
-I want to have contributed a lot more to the art world, through pottery and drawings for sure, but also anywhere else my talents may take me.
-I would like to have a money-making job of some sort. Something that fits in very well with what my husband does and doesn’t steal time away from my growing children.
-I want to have traveled more, if not overseas, than to at least several more of the States that I haven’t already seen.
-I might even want to go back and get my masters degree…of course, that depends on a lot of things.
-I want to know God even more than I do now.
-I hope that I’ve spent more time laughing than crying, more time talking sweetly than yelling, more time praying than worrying.

Here’s to the future! And Happy Birthday to all you July babies too!

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

Whoops two days late! That’s what happens when I have too much going on wait to upload cute pictures… Anyways…pretend it’s Monday as you’re reading this. 🙂

Dear Selah,
As of 8:01 this morning, you are a year old! You will probably hear this many times in your life, but a year has gone by so fast. It seems like just yesterday I was going into labor with you. You have accomplished so much in a year. Of the classic milestones, you’ve done them all; laughed, rolled over, crawled, stood up, walked, sprouted many teeth, but you are so much more than that. You are a beautiful and very aware little girl. As your grandma says, you don’t do anything without knowing what you are doing. You are naturally curious and always exploring everything, and willing to embark on precarious adventures to check something out. You are already rather independent and strong willed. You absolutely love your two older brothers, and always want to be in the midst of what they are doing. You are forever at their heels, and picking up the parts they leave behind. (I cannot tell you how many legos I have pulled out of your mouth since you began to crawl!) You have a very sweet personality, full of lots of smiles. You’re still a little unsure about some people though, especially if mommy is not right there with you, but that is not a bad a thing. These are just a few of the many wonderful things about you, and I’m looking forward to seeing you grow and change in the years to come, even though a part of me wishes you’d stay this small forever.

As for me, your mom, I have very much enjoyed have a girl around this year. Getting to dress you up and brush your fine hair, and make you as cute as possible is a gift. I’m thankful to have a fellow female in our home full of testosterone (I’ll have to explain that later.) My prayer for us is that we become great friends, and are able to share much the older we grow. You are my darling little girl, my promise from God, and I count it a privilege to be your mother, and an honor to raise you. I love you so much!
Love,
Mama

Sinking the Fingers In

Menu Madness

Monday: Salmon, rice and veggies
Tuesday: Dinner Out with Family
Wednesday: Kev and I are going on a date for my birthday!
Thursday: Roast Chicken with Paprika and veggies
Friday: Steaks and salad
Saturday: Chicken Fajitas
Sunday: Leftovers

Random Friday

-I’ve found this to be an odd and yet, interesting summer so far. I don’t know if it is that my high school reunion was supposed to happen this summer, so friends are thinking about old friends, but people are coming out of the woodwork. I’ve recently been in touch with people I haven’t seen or talked to for several years. Some of it is due to things like Facebook, but other people have just emailed out of the blue, or I’ve (almost) run into them at the mall. I’m enjoying catching up with some old friends, I’ve really missed their presence in my life. Some, I’m not so sure about…but isn’t that always the case? In any circumstance, I’m discovering it’s good not have burned any bridges.

-Selah is cutting a molar today. Yay me.

-We are getting a concrete slab poured in our backyard today. Then we will eventually build a little storage shed out there. Does this mean we will finally have room in our garage to park our cars? Wait and see…

-I haven’t seen my sister, Hannah, in almost a year. In August, she’s flying in to go to a friend’s wedding and will be in state for 30 hours, give or take… We’re planning to go see her while she’s here. A year is too long, and a little bit o’ time, is better than none at all. Should I bring her Christmas present with me?

-Swimming lessons are going swimmingly. Pictures are, ehem, still, ehem, in my moms camera. Will get on that asap.

-The rest of this weekend is a whir of family activity. We will take part in a funeral for Kevin’s grandfather tomorrow.

-Sunday is a birthday party for Kevin, Selah and myself. As you might remember from last year, our birthdays are all a day apart. We’ve got lots of family around to help celebrate…so it should be fun!

Have a happy July weekend! And a Happy First Anniversary goes out to two friends of mine, who share their happy day with my little girl’s birthday! 😉