It worked so well for me yesterday, that I figured I would try it again today. You know, the big old data dump out of my brain, so I can clear out the clutter and get on to what matters. Except, I cleared it all out so well yesterday that there just isn’t much left today. Still, I need a motivational jumping point, to warm up the fingers and crack open the creative side of my brain. So, I thought I would steal an idea from one of my favorite blogs, city & the cubicle. Her Caitlyn Currently entry had a survey of sorts, that I am going to borrow and re-blog with my own submissions.
I have been locked into The Outlander series, by Diana Gabaldon for quite some time now. I am currently reading #5, The Fiery Cross. When I picked it up, I really didn’t have high hopes that it would hold my interest. While I absolutely devour historical fiction, I really have no taste for time travel works. It has been a pleasant surprise and I find myself drawn into the characters, wanting to see where the story goes … and therefore, I keep plugging along, book after 1200+ page book. Because of the length of the books, breadth of the series, and the limits on my time, this is the only work of fiction I am currently reading. Usually there are 2 or 3 going at a time. On the non-fiction side, I am plodding through “The Story of the Irish Race” by Seamus McManus. The plodding is my fault, not his. I enjoy the book, it just seems to be taking me longer than normal to complete. I love my history, folks!
Hmmm … maybe I should have chosen a different list. I have a confession to make: I haven’t been listening to any new music at all lately. I’ve got my car radio tuned into 2 stations, one is talk radio (bo-o-ring, I know) and the other is classic rock. Lot’s of AC/DC, Heart, Journey and the like. If I plug my iPod in, I generally turn it to Dropkick Murphy’s or Grace Potter and the Nocturnal’s. I guess I need to spend some time perusing the iTune aisles? Here’s the bit: My new car did not come with Sirius or XM radio, and I really don’t like our local radio stations all that much. So, my introduction to new music is limited to the times when I go seeking it. Generally, that is something I do once a month in order to get a new updated workout music list. Lately, however, I have been doing my workouts with a partner, and therefore no headphones, no music. Also, I am not a huge fan of what is considered pop music, right now. Here is a sampling of my last updated playlist:
- Kelly Clarkson, What Doesn’t Kill You
- Flogging Molly, Salty Dog
- Grace Potter, Turntable
- Christina Aguilara, Fighter
- Dropkick Murphys, Dirty Glass
- The Young Dubliners, The Foggy Dew
- Queen, We Will Rock You
- Jessie J, Domino
- Bob Seger, Old Time Rock and Roll (Live)
- Skid Row, Monkey Business
- The Band Perry, Better Dig Two
- KT Tunstall, Black Horse & the Cherry Tree
Pretty bad, eh? I am open to suggestions. Just not Rhianna or Beyonce or Justin Timberlake or the like. Good God … have I gotten old?
Current Guilty Pleasure:
Salted Caramel Frozen Yogurt with peanut butter topping. I do not indulge often, but I think about it every other second.
Current Nail Polish:
I am badly in need of a mani/pedi. My fingers are bare and broken. My toes are neon orange. Hoping to fix this issue next Tuesday. Maybe black for the fingers?
Black, unsweetened coffee (morn), and black, unsweetened iced tea (eve). And lots of water (all the time).
Grilled chicken on chopped southwest salad. Happiness combined with food I can actually eat.
Current Favorite Show:
Oh, bugger. My Game of Thrones and Revolution series just had their season finales. True Blood starts back on Sunday (guilty, oh so guilty, pleasure … my husband and I call it Vampire Porn. Cuz it kinda is …) and I think I might watch the new Spielberg/King thing starting on the 24th, Under the Dome. I don’t do reality TV of any sort. I get enough of that every day. And my idea of reality looks nothing like what is portrayed as such on television.
Current Wish List:
A trimmer body for the swimsuit season?
Soccer shin guards to wear on my forearms for kettlebell. The heavy weights are bruising my bones and it hurts. An oil change for my car (who has the time?!). A maid, because cleaning takes away from my creative brain flow. I swear it does (however, the hubby isn’t buying it …).
I could say the frozen yogurt I listed as guilty pleasure, but I think I am going to say “spending all of my time writing or lifting kettlebells instead of cleaning my house.” Both are worth it in the long run, but boy, oh boy, could I ever use that maid …
There are many. However, I am going to stick with this: My son will have a new start with a new teacher next year, and an IEP to address the dysgraphia issue long term. Dealing with a learning disability, either in your self or in a loved one, is stressful and heartbreaking. Seeing a light at the end of the tunnel is uplifting.
Workout clothes, covered in chalk. You don’t expect me to dress up any time soon, do you?
Heading out to NYC for a few days. This will be my son’s first real visit and I am excited to share with him the uniqueness that is Manhattan. Oh, and I have a birthday on Saturday. I know I am not supposed to be excited about birthdays anymore, at this age, yet … I am. I enjoy logging another year into the books. My husband shares the same birthday, so I only ever focus on his age anyway (he’s 8 years my senior).
That about wraps me up. Chime in, or steal the idea and let me know so I can go read it. I love peeking into other’s lives … 🙂