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Beltane and End of the Song Meme

I hope everyone had a  lovely long weekend! The husband and I celebrated with his family on Saturday and laid low the rest of the weekend. Since Easter was the last holiday I celebrated with my Mum before her death, it was definitely bittersweet for me.

I can’t believe we’re a week away from Beltane! I still have no idea what my plans are, which has sadly become a trend over the last couple of years. It’s been a tough transition, going from working with a tight knit group to suddenly finding myself solitary. I am thinking that whatever I do, I want to make this cake. Honey and Lavender? Sounds like a delicious plan to me! Yum!

And in other news, the song meme is now done! Here are my last few bits:

day 25 – a song that makes you laugh

You know you love it.

day 26 – a song that you can play on an instrument

Sadly, none. I don’t play any instrument :( I used to play the clarinet, but that was about 13 years ago.

day 27 – a song that you wish you could play

I LOVE this song. I walked down the aisle to it and would LOVE to learn to play it.
day 28 – a song that makes you feel guilty

Strange, right? Well, my Mum had asked me to burn a CD for her, and this was one of the songs she wanted. I kept putting it off, forgetting and it never got done. It’s one of those silly things I can’t seem to get over, but I really wish I had made her that CD.

day 29 – a song from your childhood

Paul Abdul and I go way back. My barbies and dolls would put on elaborate performances of Straight Up and Cold Hearted Snake (I blame my love of JEM. Most of my childhood games for the next few years involved some kind of dramatic love story and singing). I think my sister and I played that album until it died.

day 30 – your favorite song at this time last year

Yes, Mumford and Sons. It was about this time last year that I was obsessed with this album. I was also listening to a lot of our wedding music at this time, trying to figure out what songs to tell the DJ to play.

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Song Meme catch up, Day 18-24

day 18 – a song that you wish you heard on the radio

Don’t want to bog you down with the same bands over and over again. Basically, I’d love to hear more Tori and Neko Case.

day 19 – a song from your favorite album

Tori Amos, Virgina. Yes, sorry. I know, it’s a lot of Tori, but I love her. This is from Scarlet’s Walk. I have a hard time picking an all time favourite album, but if I had to, I think this would be at the top of the list. This album has followed me on trips to foreign countries, on road trips, through death and births, through university, success and unemployment.

day 20 – a song that you listen to when you’re angry

A Perfect Circle, Pet.  I love me some APC, and this is one of many songs by them that I enjoy when I’m feeling rageful.
day 21 – a song that you listen to when you’re happy

Jason Mraz, I’m Yours.

day 22 – a song that you listen to when you’re sad

Weeping Tile/Sarah Harmer, Dogs and Thunder. This is a bittersweet song for me. It’s beautiful and comforting, but it hurts my heart. I love it so much.

day 23 – a song that you want to play at your wedding

Lifehouse, You and Me. This was our wedding song. Pat and I have quite the tie to Lifehouse. Their first album was a big part of our early relationship, we saw them live, and then while we never really followed them further, this song came out and seemed to fit our day perfectly. It’s also the background music to our wedding video.

day 24 – a song that you want to play at your funeral

Tori Amos, Happy Phantom. Cause, you know, it’s awesome.

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Days 15-17

day 15 – a song that describes you

This was a hard one for me. I really cling to the music that’s important to me, so to narrow it down like this was really difficult. I tend to have different songs that I relate do, depending on my mood and what’s going on in my life.

Tori Amos, Spark.

Neko Case, Hold On Hold On

Tori Amos, Wednesday

day 16 – a song that you used to love but now hate

Honestly, I don’t hold on to songs that I hate. I just stop listening to them.

day 17 – a song that you hear often on the radio

Bambi, Tokyo Police Club. I really dig this song. It’s been getting a lot of air time on Live 88.5 lately and I’m really enjoying it.

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Days 11-14

day 11 – a song from your favorite band

White Blank Page, Mumford and Sons. One of my favourite bands.

day 12 – a song from a band you hate

Lips from an Angel, Hinder. Thing song, and most of their stuff, puts me into a blind rage.

day 13 – a song that is a guilty pleasure

Blow, Kesha. Yes, I know. Please don’t judge me… I blame van der beek.

day 14 – a song that no one would expect you to love

This one is tricky. Depends on when we met/how we know we each other. For some, neither of these are a surprise.

Dragula, Rob Zombie. Yep. My brother, Mike, brought me up on Black Sabbath and Metallica. I love me some metal and hard rock.

Jolene, Dolly Parton. My Daddy was a big country guy. Big big country. These days I see his influence in my music choices. Neko Case and Sarah Harmer are two of my big faves, and both have big country influences. I love me some Cash, Nelson, Brooks (Thunder Rolls will forever give me shivers), Rankin Family and Parton.

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Tuesday Day book and music

A peek at the past week (how I’ve been): Up and down. It’s been a roller-coaster! I had a fantastic night on Thursday with Jamie, but was then sick on Friday. Saturday was an amazing day with Sarah and then L’s bridal shower and my cousin-in-laws buffet and bowling dirty 30 birthday.  Sunday was a good day until some estate drama.

I am thinking… about tactics. How to move forward. How to face adversity, and stand up for myself without aggravating the situation and making things worse. Oh, and babies.  Oh, and about what I’m doing for Beltane. No plans yet, and that makes me sad.

I am thankful for… Good friends! I have had a great week of friends. Long conversations, girly days, sangria in a great restaurant, epic emails, plans and new connections. I am really excited about getting to know a girl friend of mine from University. We’ve been talking about hanging out for a while but never really got around to it. We’ve recently connected on FB and are plotting a craft day. I’m excited :)

From the kitchen… Nada. We’re broke right now. I’m trying to be creative with what we have to make it last longer.

I am wearing… I think this question needs to go. Hrm. Suggestions for a better question? Maybe about my underpants. My underpants are awesome today. Pink, ribbons and a thong on the bottom, black and awesome on top.

I am creating… Nothing yet. Been pondering creative ventures. I’m also in the planning stages with one of my besties about a matching tattoo for us before she moves away.

I am going… to start job hunting soon. My hours are dropping in about a month, so I need to pick up something part time to make up for it. Thinking about book stores and cafes. We’ll see.

I am reading… For a few demons more (some urban fantasy fluff, that I’m enjoying) and The Very Best of Charles de Lint.

I am hoping… For a break. Seriously. I really need a break.

I am hearing… A whole lot of BS, which isn’t unusual. Also some great support from good friends.

Around the house…I have some cleaning to do tonight! Pat and I are hosting Jamie tomorrow, if all goes well. Also, I’ve been trying to sort through all the pictures I’ve inherited from my parents place. It’s a massive collection.

One of my favorite things… Taking time for me. This weekend, that included painting my nails and watching Return of the King extended edition. Also, Face masks from Lush. Seriously, my bestie, Leigh, got me into them and they are now my standby for when my face is acting up or when I’m stressed out.  I currently have a pot of Sacred Truth. It’s awesome.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Tonight, cleaning and organizing. This will hopefully be a de-stress for me as well. Tomorrow, Jamie will be over for dinner and games. Saturday is the anniversary of my Mum’s death, so I’m not sure what I’ll be up for this weekend.

Here is picture! Yay!


Annnnnnnnd Music Meme:

10. a song that makes you fall asleep

In Memory of Trees, Enya. For this, I blame both my amazing massage therapist, Diana, and my oldest friend, Brytani. When Brytani and I used to have sleepovers, she couldn’t sleep without listening to music. Enya was a big staple in our “go to sleep” soundtrack, so after a couple of years of that it’s almost an instant trigger for me.

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Day 9

day 09 – a song that you can dance to

Slowly, Amon Tobin. This is the song that I performed my first tribal bellydance group performance to. I still remember the choreography. I miss those days, though I have to say that my tastes run far more folky/Roma style these days.

Now, for random dancing, for whatever reason, this song always makes me want to dance:

There’s just something about that Dance Hall vibe that gets my hips shaking. (PS, when I dance, it is ALL in my hips)

And to complete that image, here is one of my favourite shots from my wedding:

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Days 6, 7, 8.

day 06 – a song that reminds you of somewhere

Wish You Were Here, Incubus. I listened to this song a lot right before I left for my amazing trip to St. Kitts. I won a trip through Much Music (Canada’s version of MTV back in the day), and decided to bring my best friend, Melissa, instead of my oldest friend, Brytani, or my boyfriend (now husband) Pat. I thought about them a lot while I was gone, listening to this song.

day 07 – a song that reminds you of a certain event

Parasol, Tori Amos. This song was a huge source of strength for me. I listened to it a lot around the time that Mum’s cancer was getting worse. Every call, every oncology visit, every update, I was prepared for whatever storm we were about to face. I relate this song to that time, of Mum and Dad, and my time as their caregiver.

day 08 – a song that you know all the words to

Home for a Rest, Spirit of the West. This is a Canadian anthem. It’s played at every wedding. It’s sang to, danced to, and loved by all (at least, anyone with awesomeness)