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Music Monday – One Hit Wonders

Music Monday – One Hit Wonders

Today is a real treat over at Dolly’s; the theme for Monday’s Music Moves Me is “One Hit Wonders from when you were in High School”.

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I was in high school from the mid-to-late ’80s, and there was no shortage of one-hit wonders during that time. But for me, Hair Metal was king. While I’m taking creative liberties here, I’m not really sure they can be called one-hit wonders. For one thing, these weren’t mainstream hits. The videos were probably only ever seen on Headbanger’s Ball. And these may not be their only “hits” – meaning, the bands may have had more songs, but songs that were mainly popular among Hair Metal fans. And what’s worse is that all my truly favorite Hair Metal one-hit wonders came out in ’89 or later, the year following my high school graduation.

But I managed to find a few from my high school years, and here they are…

Song(s) For Monday:

Autograph – “Turn Up The Radio”

Yngwie J. Malmsteen – “Heaven Tonight”

Lillian Axe – “Dream of a Lifetime”

Manowar – “Blow Your Speakers”

This was harder than I thought! What are some of your favorite one-hit wonders of your high school years?

NaBloPoMo Day 12

NaBloPoMo Day 12

I actually made it twelve days without being late (although I’ve been totally late and even inactive at linking up at the various places hosting link-ups) or skipping a day. I know the quality of posts hasn’t been that great, but have you seen my site lately? Because I’ve been working on customizing my theme and getting stuff added.

For now, I’m keeping the gorgeous (to me) header which gives me all the feels: I picture a quaint lake town about late summer/early autumn…possibly even later autumn, long after everyone’s gone back to school and packed away summer. A thunderstorm looms offshore, making for a beautiful, muted golden light from a break in the clouds, and the red lights at the far end of the beach really pop in front of the dark cliffs. I can just picture myself sitting on that dock, drinking coffee and reading until the rain rolled in. It is my idea of bliss!

But I…

  • Added social media icons. I already had some, but the pack that came with my theme didn’t have all the ones I wanted and needed, so I fixed that today.
  • Got rid of my “About” page (too long) and opted for a sidebar blurb instead.
  • Created a site credit page, where I have listed everything I’m using to run this site. I haven’t gotten around to listing my plugins yet because of time issues, but they’ll be there soon enough. Also….if you run a WordPress site, which plugins can you not live without?
  • Enabled Facebook comments. Okay, that’s NOT new, but I felt I’d put it out there in the event that anyone reads through Facebook, but doesn’t want to comment the traditional way.

And how is your Sunday?

Song For Sunday: The Black Crowes – “Seeing Things”

We’ve gotta stop meeting like this.

We’ve gotta stop meeting like this.

I know, I know. I should probably have posts ready first thing in the morning instead of writing them at night and then sneaking the submissions in before midnight my time so they “count”. Honestly? Even if a post is a day late, or one was skipped…does anyone really care? I don’t. I just enjoy reading and participating.

Today was absolutely productive: up at 7:30 AM with the dogs, started the day’s laundry, started the day’s dishes, and then? I unplugged and defrosted my fridge. (More on that fridge in a later post.) I cleaned all day while waiting for the fridge to do it’s thing, and now everything is back in place and I can relax.

I don’t know whether to try like hell to finish the last 3.5 seasons of How I Met Your Mother before Netflix yanks it on the 13th, or do like I did late last night and jump down the rabbit hole that is YouTube.

Y’ALL. I spent about 2.5 hours last night just watching episodes of My Favorite Riff with Nikki Sixx, Revolver Golden Gods Black Carpet interviews, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction performances, and Kennedy Center Honors performances.

Really made me miss my Metal days. I still love a lot of that music, but no longer get to get out to metal shows like I used to. Maybe I will again someday. And on that note…a song from one of the bands I got to see back in the day!

Song For Saturday: Satyricon – “Black Crow on a Tombstone”

Another work week down.

Another work week down.

And I couldn’t be happier, because right now I have (most) nights and weekends off – which I know is SUPER RARE in the retail world. I really hope I am kept on this schedule from here on out!

So I’ve come to the close of my first full week (and a few days – weeks end on Friday for me on the blog!) of NaBloPoMo, and I’m actually doing better than I thought I would. I’ve made it in by the skin of my teeth some days, but I’ve stuck it out and gotten it done. I like the accountability this challenge has given me.

Although I’ve been blogging off and on for years under various names, and even this blog has been around for a while (though not very active), I still consider myself a bit of a newbie. Mostly because blogging is an entirely different game than when I was last this committed to it. A lot has really changed over the years, and I am having trouble adapting. Social networking sites have taken the place of blogs for many of those I used to know and read. I still know and read – their social media posts – but it’s just not the same for me.

Anyway, I’ve come across a slew of other bloggers who will be added to my daily reads list and I hope I will be to some of theirs. By the end of the month, I’m hoping I have a more clear idea of where this little space of mine is headed. It’s currently niche-less with aspirations of being a lifestyle blog with a twist. Maybe a lifestyle blog for those with no life and no style? We shall see.

So I close out the week with plans to snuggle up to doggies, bingeing some more on How I Met Your Mother, maybe starting a new book (my favorite author has one I haven’t been able to check out yet), and sleeping in just a bit in the morning. Because this weekend’s all about getting caught up on housework and such. I have kitchen appliances to clean and defrost, so I already know tomorrow will be an adventure in and of itself.

Song For Friday: Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger – “State of Shock”

Last night almost broke me.

Last night almost broke me.

Both literally and figuratively.

I had gotten home after my long, taxing work day (double shift) only to find that all hell had broken loose here in the form of my youngest son’s work van being stranded with a flat tire and no spare, and him in a panic because our money situation? Is one I can’t even talk about right now for fear of setting myself up for a panic attack. And ain’t nobody got time for that.

By the time all was said and done, I had been out of my house (including work and commute and seeing to work van) for fourteen hours and everyone was in a foul mood. And I was so exhausted, I just wanted to crawl in bed. I pulled my bedspread off and replaced it with a comforter because it was actually cold last night. Then Aristotle, our pit pup, crawled up on my bed and literally PEED on it! He’s been regressing lately and I’m not sure if it’s just something this breed does, or if it’s because of the tension in the house lately, or what the deal is.

But I digress. On the other hand? It was a comforter, so only the comforter got wet and I was able to make do with a plush blanket and my bedspread. It was kind of cool in the room, but as I said before, I was exhausted. I started to watch Tuesday’s American Horror Story, my favorite after-double-shift ritual, but fell asleep part of the way through. Of course, I woke up way too exhausted to blog or visit any blogs this morning, but at least today’s tonight’s post will go up before midnight (my time).

Today was a much better day. The work van was fixed. My comforter is once again (with the help of my homemade oxygen cleaner, homemade stain remover, a vinegar pre-soak, and homemade laundry detergent), clean and smelling fresh. And unlike this time last night? It will go directly from the hot dryer to my bed.

I’m still stressed, but taking things day by day. Which is really all anyone can do in any given situation – good or bad – anyway.

Song For Thursday: – Zac Brown Band, “Jump Right In”
Because I’m in bad need of an island lullaby…

(Mostly) Wordless Wednesday

(Mostly) Wordless Wednesday

On a trip to the lake earlier this year, I snapped a pic of this pile of firewood and I couldn’t help but notice the striking similarity to Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”. Do you see it? The first large piece in the upper right corner. It even looks to me like it’s got “hands” framing the “face”, though one hand is covering an “ear” and the other is down at his “chin”. Oh, and the log is facing the opposite side.

Still, it’s the first thing I saw when I cropped this photo. Here is a photo of the original for comparison:

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Song For Wednesday – Starset, “Satellite”

Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Randomness

Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Randomness

…may very well spell the end of NaBloPoMo for me before all is said and done.

Tuesdays, because it’s This Is Us night, and I have to block off a period of time to watch, cry, and then go discuss it on Facebook with other like-minded individuals who also block off part of the night to watch, cry, and go discuss it on Facebook. Wednesdays, because that is the day of my double shift at work, and the last thing I want to do is get near a computer. Which means Thursdays don’t really look so good, either, because that’s the morning after my double when I contemplate staying in bed all day, but actually only stay in bed until I barely have time to get dressed for work. I’m working on getting better, but I haven’t yet found anything that will get me moving any faster than the threat of losing my job if I don’t go back.

Today is super special, because this guy (who, at the time of this photo, had just finished unraveling and stuffing almost an entire roll of toilet tissue into his Grandmother’s toilet – but at least he didn’t flush?)…

…has grown into this hirsute (and mighty handsome, if I do say so myself) 25 YEAR OLD!

I have no idea where the past 25 years have gone, and it seems impossible that I’m old enough to have one this age. But I am so proud of the man he is becoming, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for my first born.

And on that note, I need to conclude this Tuesday randomness so I don’t break my posting every day streak.

Song For Tuesday – Blind Faith, “Can’t Find My Way Home”
As heard at the close of This Is Us, Season 1, Episode 2.

Music Monday – For the first time in a long time

Music Monday – For the first time in a long time

It’s been a while since I posted any sort of Music Monday or similar post. It’s actually been quite a while since I actually liked any music. But then this year, a band of brothers (and one friend) from Michigan burst onto the scene and took the music world by storm. They’re very young, have been drawing well-deserved comparisons to the mighty Led Zeppelin, selling out shows across the country as I type this, and have probably single-handedly restored my faith in music.

Did you figure out who I’m talking about yet? It’s Greta Van Fleet!! And if you aren’t listening? You should be. I know that people will balk at the comparisons to Zeppelin, and I get it. If you’re going to compare a band to one of such legendary proportions, they’d better bring it! And I think they do. Only time will tell if they stand the test of time, but I really hope they can because this debut EP is clearly the best thing to happen to music this year. And more importantly, today’s younger generations desperately NEED their own Led Zeppelin. Pop and hip-hop and even metal are pretty well-represented among younger artists, but there isn’t much in the way of straight-up rock and roll.

Their debut EP, Black Smoke Rising, has only four tracks, and every single one of them is worth a listen. I get the Zeppelin vibes, but there are also elements of older Rolling Stones, The Black Crowes, and 80s stoner rock in there, too. “Highway Tune” got tons of airplay around here (but you should totally check that one out if you haven’t yet heard anything by them), and their second release, “Safari Song”, looks to follow suit. So I am sharing my personal favorite, “Flower Power”.

Song For Monday – Greta Van Fleet, “Flower Power”

Please let me know what you think! And if you blog, consider heading over to X-Mas Dolly’s to participate in “Monday’s Music Moves Me”.

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It’s the little things, y’all….

It’s the little things, y’all….

And since I will take a victory whenever and wherever I can, I consider my weekend productive and accomplished.

This may sound weird, but I spent most of it doing dishes. And enjoying my 80-degrees-in-November weather! (Seriously. Everyone I know is all like “I want cooler temps!” and “I can’t wait for winter!” But I am just enjoying these unseasonably warm days while they last, because I don’t like cold weather.)

So the reason I did dishes all day long is because I FINALLY got around to bringing in a lot of vintage stuff I’ve picked up during the spring and summer months, and left in the back of my RAV4 to deal with later. For those who may not know, the RAV4 has a compartment underneath the floor in the cargo area at the back. And you might be surprised at just how much it will hold.

The stuff I’ve picked up is mostly vintage dishes. Most of them I got to list in my Etsy shop whenever I can get around to dealing with it again, and some of them were for me. I had forgotten all about some of what was purchased, so this has been like shopping all over again, but for free! And the best thing about it is that, since I would only bring in enough at a time to wash, dry, and put away, roughly half the stuff is still out there!

I foresee fun times ahead this week as I finish cleaning, putting away, cataloguing, photographing, reorganizing, and storing these treasures until I can get them sold.

That, and How I Met Your Mother have consumed my weekend. I don’t even mind at all that it’s Monday tomorrow, and back to the grind.

Song For Sunday – Billy Squier, “In The Dark”

No special reason this was chosen, other than random shuffle really gets me sometimes. This one is from my childhood, from the time I spent my weekends at our local backwoods skating rink. I used to skate to this!

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Song for Saturday

Song for Saturday

So my original plan was to spend this weekend getting caught up on all the NaBloPoMo posts, and reading other blogs, and getting a jump start on future posts for myself.

Anyone who knows me probably already knows how that went! In my defense, my house was really messed up, so I’ve been cleaning off and on all day. Also, I just got into How I Met Your Mother, and I’ve been marathoning that all day.

Which brings me to this point: the evening almost being over, and me squeezing a post in 15 minutes before midnight. Forget that glass slipper and RUN!, Cinderella! Don’t miss your coach before it turns back into a pumpkin! Or…streamline and compose a few thoughts before midnight so you won’t break your NaBloPoMo streak. And…an epiphany of sorts.

When I started this blog, I hoped to be able to truly combine all my favorite things: vintage stuff, books, music, making stuff, doing things around the house, chronicling my attempts to better my health (physically, mentally, and financially), and documenting my travels as well as exploration of local establishments and events.

So far, I’ve gotten a few book reviews and some info on vintage dishes posted, and that’s pretty much it. But I was thinking the one constant I could bring to the blog is to share a song with each post. New or old, country, rock, or something else…none of that really matters. I’m just always listening to music, so it only makes sense that I post about it regularly. If I’m cleaning house or cooking, I have a playlist. If I’m making things, I have a playlist. If I’m happy, there’s a song. If I’m sad, there’s a song. You get the picture.

So today’s song is a cover, by a favorite band, of a favorite song by another favorite band. I took the photo above last night as some fog was rolling in. The moon, the fog, and the atmosphere reminded me of Pink Floyd. Surrealish sky/space scenes always do. Anyway, I thought it would be a good time to pass along Avenged Sevenfold‘s cover of “Wish You Were Here” because a) we all know I love a good cover, and b) I think A7X have managed to do justice to the song while still maintaining their own sound.

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