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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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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)

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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.

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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.

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Day 2

day 02 – your least favorite song

There are many songs that put me into a rage, or that piss me off. Here is one of them:

Soulja Boy – Crank That.

Not only is it terrible and offensive, but it has a dance. DIAF.

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Music Meme

It has been a hard weekend. It’s been a hard weekend for a whole variety of reasons that I don’t want to get into right now. I’m working on the estate accounts. Rather, I’m sitting at my computer with Quicken open, supposed to be working on estate accounts. Instead, I’ve decided to do a bit of procrastination by being a joiner. What have a joined? Well, I’m a bit late to the party, but that’s typical of me. Can’t be too trendy you know.

I’ve decided to participate in the Song Meme that’s going around. I love music. I love sharing music. Why not share the music that’s important to me in one way or another? So, without further delay, here it begins. Day 1.

Day 1 – Your Favorite Song

Of course, they start it off with one of the hardest. I don’t have a singular favourite song. I don’t. I can’t. I have many songs that I love, so here’s a tasting:

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Sunday Videos!

Here in Ottawa, we have a relatively new radio station called Live 88.5. They specialize in “alternative” music, which is mostly rock based. It’s my favourite station, and generally plays music that I enjoy. One of the best features about this station is that they feature Mr. Alan Cross and his various shows, including the Ongoing History of New Music and Explore Music.

I’ve come across some amazing music thanks to Mr. Alan Cross, and this week, on the way to my Mum’s house to set up for the garage sale, he played a band I had never heard of: Murder by Death. It was specifically “As long as there is whiskey in the world”. I loved it! It reminds me of Neko Case and Johnny Cash. I have a great love of that bluesy dark country rock that is very specific to only a few bands. It’s more of a feeling than a sound. These guys specifically remind me of Autumn. They sing about whiskey, zombies and the devil…how perfect! My favourites so far:

And, because it wouldn’t be fair to list those without showing you what they remind me of, Here’s some Neko Case and Mr. Cash:

Enjoy :)

And, because we’re talking country,  I am looking forward to this movie: