Musical Sunday

Not sure if it’s the rainy cold weather or the pregnancy hormones, but I have been one cranky blue bitch today. I’m impatient, tired and in no mood to put up with anyone or anything. My husband has been smart and hiding in his computer games, so I’ve decided to take some time to flee upstairs and cheer myself up (or at least do something to distract myself from my unhappy belly).

What better way than to listen to some new tunes. On my radar today: The new Tori Amos album (!), the new Weepies album (note, this will launch some tunes, so be aware) and, thanks to this tumbler page (which I adore, btw), I came across The Civil Wars.

Here is a selection of those:

This Tori Album is very thematic. She definitely has more of a classical feel to it, and has welcomed her daughter to participate in vocals as a character in the story. It’s definitely an odd album, but I really like it so far.

Apparently, this song was featured in Rachel McAdam’s new flick. I love me some Weepies, thanks to my sister. It instantly transports me back to Calgary and our road trip to Banff, which was a wonderful time for Tracy and I. Loving this new album. Definitely great for the fall.

Wow, right? Love them. How did I miss them?

Meanwhile, one I haven’t mentioned yet, introduced to me by my good friend, Isaac (most likely discovered one his journey to the UK this summer), Frank Turner:

We listened to this a lot on the weekend he was down for a quick visit home (I count myself very lucky to have caught him for two visits while he was in town. He is a Rambling Man for sure.)

Enjoy :D

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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)

Song Meme

day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone

Both of these are in honour of my friend, Jamie, who I’m seeing today for the first time in about 7 years. We dated over a decade ago, and these two songs are from that time. Both of which, he sang to me. He’s a very talented fella.

If He Tries Anything, Ani DiFranco. This one is a shout out to my girls. It makes me think of my BFFs.

Everything You Want, Vertical Horizon. This song will forever remind me of my husband. Weird, right? Well, except that I pined after him for YEARS before he and I finally got together. We were good friends first, dated off and on, broke up, got back together and then really found love in each other.

Meme catch up!

Sorry to miss yesterday. I was on a professional development course at work all day, so I ended up no having any time at the computer.

day 03 – a song that makes you happy

There are many, but these two always puts a smile on my face:

Sister Kate, The Ditty Bops

Say Hey, Michael Franti & Spearhead

day 04 – a song that makes you sad

Hard Times, Eastmountainsouth. This is the song that I listened to after both my parents died. It’s from the Elizabethtown soundtrack (If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s basically about a man who has moved away from home to pursue a career and had distanced himself from his family. His father died, and he has to come home for the funeral. Throw in some romance, some complicated family dynamics and some really sweet touches, and you have a great but heartbreaking movie). Once Tracy and Lacy had arrived from Calgary, after Dad’s passing, I remember sitting down in Dad’s office. I put on this song, and we sang and cried together.

let us pause in life’s pleasures and count its many tears
while we all sup sorrow with the poor
there’s a song that will linger forever in our ears
oh, hard times come again no more

’tis a song… a sigh of the weary
hard times… hard times come again no more
many days you have lingered around my cabin door
oh… hard times come again no more

while we seek mirth and beauty
and music light and gay
there are frail ones fainting at the door
though their voices are silent
their pleading looks will say
oh, hard times come again no more

’tis a song… a sigh of the weary
hard times… hard times come again no more
many days you have lingered around my cabin door
oh, hard times come again no more

’tis a sigh that is wafted across the troubled wave
’tis a wail that is heard upon the shore
’tis a dirge that is murmured around the lowly grave
oh, hard times come again no more

’tis a song…a sigh of the weary
hard times… hard times come again no more
many days you have lingered around my cabin door
oh, hard times come again no more
oh, hard times come again no more

Cosmic Love, Florence and the Machine. This song is just so beautiful and heartbreaking to me. It makes me think of my Mum, as I listened to it a lot around her death. It also makes me think of Pat and I, and how he has gone right down into the darkness with me to get me through all of the crap that this past year has dumped on us.

A falling star fell from your heart and landed in my eyes
I screamed aloud, as it tore through them, and now it's left me blind

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart

And in the dark, I can hear your heartbeat
I tried to find the sound
But then, it stopped, and I was in the darkness,
So darkness I became

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart

I took the stars from my eyes, and then I made a map
And knew that somehow I could find my way back
Then I heard your heart beating, you were in the darkness too
So I stayed in the darkness with you

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart 

And for the next meme, the Tuesday Daybook:

A peek at the past week (how I’ve been): No more window for me! Let’s talk about the week past, shall we? I’ve been up and down, and lately, more so down. I’m trying to live my life according to my word, Acceptance, but it’s been very hard the last week.

I am thinking… about my plans, my friends and my family. I can’t wait for this estate stuff to be over so that we can move on. Also, I need spring. Now. I need the sun and the warmth. I need that comfort.

I am thankful for… Good friends and my husband. They have been able to calm me down, comfort me, make me laugh and get me back on track. This week, I’ve been especially thankful for my sister in law, Stacie. She and I have spent a lot of time together and she’s been a god send in helping me deal with everything that’s been going on.

From the kitchen… I haven’t been up to much in the kitchen lately, which is perhaps a sign that things haven’t been good. I did do some cooking with my SIL over the weekend which turned out great. We made a veggie casserole and some tasty pasta for the husband (Super easy stuff! Rotini whole wheat pasta, in a pre-made sundried tomato alfredo sauce, with chicken and thick cut bacon).

The neat thing I tried in the kitchen this week were chia seeds! I call them “Goo Seeds”, and am looking forward to including them in my diet. They have incredible health benefits and can easily be included in your day. (high in protein and omega 3s, has calcium, iron, fiber, antioxidants) The SIL showed me how they absorb water. It’s the coolest thing! One tsp in a cup of water and they just go to town! They absorb a ton of the water and form a gelatin like goo around themselves. More information on these seeds can be found here.

I am wearing… Nothing fancy today, but I recently picked up some great new clothes when I went shopping last week. Looking forward to more of a warm weather wardrobe.

I am creating… Nothing :(

I am going… no where, right now.

I am reading… A Fistful of Charms (some urban fantasy fluff, that I’m enjoying) and The Very Best of Charles de Lint.

I am hoping… that I have a good time tomorrow with my friend/ex.

I am hearing… A whole lot of BS. Yay for dramas!

Around the house…I’ve been trying to stay on top of cleaning, but it’s been an up-hill battle. I was away, then sick. Then Pat was sick. Now, we’re both too busy and tired to care.

One of my favorite things… Shopping with my SIL. Today we’re going to a little shop in one of my favourite parts of town. The shop is amazing and it’s been years since I’ve had the time to pop by. Can’t wait!

A few plans for the rest of the week: Wrapping up some estate business, shopping with the SIL, hanging out with my friend/ex, a bridal shower for a good friend, a trip to the spa for pedis with one of my beegirls, and a 30th birthday party for my cousin-in-law.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing…

EDIT:

I’m going to add this here, because it needs to be shared and this post is as good as any. I absolutely fucking love The Bloggess, and this just makes me adore her more.