Thursday Q&A

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So today one of my favorite bloggers tagged me for a Q&A session – so here goes – first I’ll give the rules… then I’ll answer the questions!

Here are the rules:
1. Respond and rework: answer all the questions in a post on your blog, except one: replace that question with a new one. Additionally, add one more question of your own.
2. Tag seven other people to do the Q&A!

  1. What is your current fashion obsession? Fashion?  Oh… that’s one of those things I thought about BEFORE I had kids.  Next question… LOL!
  2. What is your current makeup obsession? My current makeup obsession is a shade of eye shadow that I am not sure if it can be claimed an obsession or not, simply because I used it all and need to go buy more. I plug my brand here… I wear almost exclusively Bare Minerals makeup (minus moisturizer,  mascara, and 2 lipsticks) and I discovered that “Nude Beach” works with all kinds of other colors to make a prettier me! It’s a neutral shade with a touch of glimmer but goes well with browns, purples, pinks… you name it (and that’s why it is gone).
  3. What are you wearing today? Coral colored top, off-white capri’s, Clark sandals.
  4. Hair? I’m in that awkward stage of growing it out.  I had kept getting my hair cut shorter and the last time I asked for a trim and my stylist cut it too short and that was it, it signaled grow-it-out time. How did I know it was too short?  My Velcro rollers would not fit into my hair.  So now I’m trying to grow it out into a short bob.  I am so lucky I have spent my life being patient with my hair.
  5. Morning go to? Dr. Pepper – but am trying to wean myself off of it. Poorly too as I get a migraine (not from a lack of caffeine as I have been drinking tea, I just get migraines too often) and then I drink a DP and all seems to be better (well, after a few hours).
  6. Why is today special? Today was my boy child’s first day of school. I can’t believe he is in fourth grade already.  Doesn’t he know he is suppose to stay my little boy forever?
  7. What would you like to learn to do? How to win the lottery simply so I could be at home at the end of a school day and spend more time with my kids… even though they would just go and hang out with their friends.
  8. What’s for dinner today? Still trying to figure it out.  Gave hubby a chance to decide dinner… it’s 6:36pm and I still haven’t heard any ideas.
  9. What are you listening to right now? Listening to a fan oscillate in the dining room and my boy child playing MineCraft.
  10. What are your essentials when traveling? Good music, at least a visit to 1 historical place, and pray I don’t have to use too many public restrooms.
  11. What’s your style? See Liz Claiborne clothing mixed with Coach handbags.
  12. What is your most challenging goal right now? Finding a job/career/hobby that is fulfilling (this is word for word from who gave me this Q&A but is quite true for me too!)
  13. What is your current favorite band/song? Though I never thought it would be an answer to a music question… I do find myself having the song “Style” by Taylor Swift going through my head quite a bit lately.
  14. How was your childhood? My childhood was awesome. No it wasn’t long enough and I fought it ending with every fiber in me. Did I think my parents were unfair at times? Yes, isn’t everyone’s parents unfair at times? But I had great parents, and in retrospect I realize how fortunate I was to grow up when I did – only wishing my own children could have the freedom to run around outside without having to be watched as they walk to their friends house because some person may take them. Such a sad world we live in these days.
  15. What would you like to have in your hands right now? This great mixed drink I had over 11 years ago at a dinner theatre here in the area that no longer exists. It tasted like a lime popsicle.  I’ve never had it since but it was soooo refreshing!
  16. What would you like to get rid of? Clutter – my neverending battle as I just stink at staying organized… see more topics on this in my future.
  17. What are you most excited for? For something to happen to me positive occupationally.
  18. What is your favorite weather? Sunny dayswhere the temperature is just perfect for jeans and a sshirt… do days like this happen?
  19. What is your favorite movie? If I had to pick just 1 – The Princess Bride… if I’m allowed to use categories… wait, that could be a whole other blog post.
  20. Which countries have you visited? England – junior year of high school I travelled there with a group of students and 2 teachers… incredible trip! Canada too – Niagara Falls.
  21. What do you associate when you hear the word “blogging”?  Talented, dedicated, hardworking individuals as it is not easy pumping out good content on a weekly/daily basis!
  22. What is something you find fulfilling? To become the crafty, organized and thin person I strive to be!

Memory and Music

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All my life I have been told what a fabulous memory I have, but there is an unknown method to my madness – all my memories are tied in with music. There is something in my head that links everything together – and often I can hear a song and re-iterate everything in minute detail of what happened.

One such moment came when I was in 10th grade, studying for my Enriched Biology Exam to finish up the first semester of school.  As I studied I listened to my Huey Lewis and the News album “Sports” and the next morning as I took my exam – as I had Biology first period of the day – as I read the questions and answered them, I had each and every song going through my head… especially the songs “Walking on a Thin Line” and “Finally Found a Home”. I ended up getting an A on the exam and yes, I attribute that grade to Huey.

But so many other moments of my life I can relive in vivid details because of the wonder of music.  When I hear “More Than Words” by Extreme I’m taken back to my senior prom and dancing with my date.  When I hear “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls, it was the song playing when I kissed my now-husband for the very first time.  Anytime I listen to “Chicago’s Greatest Hits ’82-’89” makes me think of a trip I took to London when I was in school.  When I hear “Stay the Night” I remember standing outside of Windsor Castle, and “Along Comes a Woman” reminds me of all the many sights I saw in the week I was there and the surrounding area.  Another popular song at that time was “Been Around the World” by Lisa Stansfield and I remember standing on the corner as I bought one of the BEST pairs of shoes (I got them at a Peter Lords and the brand was “Bubbles” and they were just these comfortable canvas shoes that went with EVERYTHING), anyhow, I remember walking down the street and that song came on and I remember thinking… Wow… here I am, all around the world, and I couldn’t find my baby as my boyfriend was across the ocean!  Tacky I know – but I was a junior in high school, what did you expect? One more set of songs that makes me think of my London trip was the Violator CD by Depeche Mode, though I didn’t really hear any of the songs on my trip, it was the official cd of everyone on the trip.  So a few years down the road, when I got my 5-changer cd player, I purchased the Violator cd enjoying the great songs on the cd – “Personal Jesus” and “Enjoy the Silence” but I still think of that trip.

Flash forward a few years and during my college years I loved the popular 90’s Swedish group Ace of Base.  Overall in life I have a thing for Swedish groups, or at least the really popular ones as I love ABBA and Roxette as well.  But with Ace of Base they had that blending of dance along with great vocals and I just loved their music.  One song in particular was “Beautiful Life” – the intro is just incredible when you stand solidly between the two speakers with the sounds going back and forth beating throughout your entire body.  I so love the beginning of that song.  Forward ourselves a few more years into the future, my then fiancé and I are trying to find the ideal wedding spot.  Where we ended up having it had  a dance floor with speakers tilted around it so that the music was incredible while on the dance floor, yet those sitting at the tables could carry on a nice conversation.  So the salesperson goes and turns on the stereo player so we can hear the speakers and lo and behold what do we hear?  “It’s a Beautiful Life… O-O-O-O” – I was sold right then and there.

I could probably write a never ending post about how my memory works with songs… and I know I have more stories because my co-worker looks at me like I’m nuts all the time because I have all these precise details of situations that pertain to a song I heard at the moment.  My husband cracked up at me just 2 weeks ago because the 80’s on 8 (with SiriusXM radio) had a 1987 countdown 2 weeks ago and I was in heaven.  They were in the top 5 when we heard it on our way to his uncle’s house as I said… this was a great summer of music – I wish I could listen to the entire countdown because I just know “Alone” by Heart was going to be on it.  The very next song was “Alone” (it was song #2).  My husband somewhat sighed in disgust as I had correctly predicted a song on the countdown – I just laughed… 1987 was the final time my family had gone camping – and whenever we went camping it always rained.  I remember sitting in the pop-up tent I slept in (on my inflatable raft/air mattress) listening to the countdowns that weekend.  When all was said and done, I’d counted about 10 songs that I thought were on the countdown for that July 4 weekend… as I did listen to it online and had forgotten a few of the songs that were in the lineup.

Music is a huge part of my life.  For the longest time I use to have this inner debate with myself as to what would be worse to be – blind or deaf.  And over the years I have come to the conclusion that it would be far worse to deal with deafness than blindness… it would kill me to never be able to hear music again – but I would still be able to imagine what something looked like if someone described it to me. Just my opinion.

Do you have songs that allow you to recall a moment in vivid detail?

Daily Post Prompt Always Something There to Remind Me

Dreams

So I recently was reading a really engrossing blog called The Belle Jar and the topic was dreams which made me think of my own strange dreams over the years.

I think one of my favorite dreams was when I was in eighth grade, or around there, and I was madly in love with Kirk Cameron of “Growing Pains” fame and wouldn’t you know he was just about to ask me out in this dream when I woke up! So very bummed I willed myself back to sleep and finished it off.  <Sigh> If only I could have had the date too!

Flash forward a few years and one of my other favorite dreams happened with me fresh out of college, my goal in real life was to move to New York City where I could live where I always wanted to live surrounded by all the culture that goes with it – and of course, have the opportunity to watch every New York Giants game for FREE!  Yes, the dreams of a 24 year old.  But my dream was great, because not only was I living in New York, watching my beloved G-Men, I also had my favorite dog by my side, who had passed away a few years before I graduated from college. It was like the perfect moment.

But dreams can be brutal.  I remember one I had woke me up at 5am where an intruder was in my church and shot and killed my Grandma.  Though I saved everyone else in the church, I remember waking up so horrified that I called my Grandma at 5AM!!!!  She was just the best and thought it was nice I was so worried that someone may have harmed her in some way and this was God’s way of having me check on her.

So have you ever had eerily realistic dreams – good or bad?  Let me know!

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