30 Day Blog Writing Challenge: Day 16

Day 16.  What are your views on mainstream music?

Ok, what exactly is mainstream music?

Wikipedia says:

Mainstream is, generally, the common current thought of the majority. However, the mainstream is far from cohesive; rather the concept is often considered a cultural construct. This includes:
  • something that is available to the general public;
  • something that has ties to corporate or commercial entities

Urban Dictionary says:

Music that’s usually on the radio, Top 40 and is well-known to the general public. Usually criticized by fans of the previous mainstream generations, and people who prefer bands and/or genres that aren’t apart of the mainstream popularity of the time.
Today’s Mainstream Music usually includes Bands/Artists such as 50 cent, Rhianna, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, etc.
I’m a huge music aficionado and adore the music library I have acquired on iTunes which streams mainly from my cell phone.  I wholeheartedly adore 70’s & 80’s artists that are timeless such as Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Jean Luc Ponty, Peter Gabriel, and MUCH MORE. 
I love all different older artists as well as genres but also LOVE some of the mainstream artists and think they are amazing talents!  Some might refer to them as “one hit wonders” but I don’t care if someone has one hit or 20 ~ as long as it’s catchy, and it strike s a chord with me then I jam along and it will usually become one of my favorites.  Here are just a few snippets of my recent favorites:


My Tiny Dancer

So, my granddaughter has MAD dance skills and is now enrolled in ballet and hip-hop.


Here is my little sweet ♥ @ the studio:


I am so in love with this sweet girl.  I’m so proud and grateful to have her in my life.  If you are reading this- you are so loved and cherished for all of your grace, intelligence, and beauty inside and out.  I love you sweet baby girl.


This is not me.

I am venting.  I just have to say that I have not been feeling well lately ever since the start of the New Year.  Depression-wise.  I think I’ve got this seasonal depression funk going on.  I do not like feeling this way ~ I’d say I feel unsettled, lonely, misplaced, unorganized, generally depressed, anxious, worried, and basically there is a dark cloud of sadness hovering at any given time.


I’ve been taking my meds on time daily.  I have just been sleeping and working or watching my granddaughter a few days a week but other than that have not been eating well or exercising.  In reality, I know it’s my own fault for feeling this way.  They say the endorphins from exercising make you feel better and I’ve done nothing on that front whatsoever.  I’ve just been hiding from the world.

It feels like the year just started off hectic.  There is so much “unrest” in this country in general.  This makes my heart hurt.  I feel a huge division in the people of this country ~ and see many divisive people making it worse and worse and it makes me anxious.

My son got a new job where he is training out-of-state and within the next few weeks will be moving to another state permanently.  My son and DIL’s relationship is kind of “up in the air” and that leaves me extremely anxious.  I know my DIL and granddaughter will be staying in our area for a while but will they eventually move out-of-state as well to be with my son and when will that be?  I want them to be together and to be happy but that’s really none of my business so I stay out of it.

My daughter, God bless her sweet heart is finally in the states after being deployed to another country for 8 months.  She will be coming home for a 3 week visit in approx. a month and ½.  I cannot wait to see her but worry about her too.  She is having some medical issues that she refuses to deal with because she doesn’t want to appear “weak”.  I understand that she is an adult and it’s out of my hands but it still upsets me anyway.  She’s also in the market for a motorcycle which doesn’t thrill either her father or myself.  But, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

The hubs and I are planning our first official vacation.  It will be sometime in April and we have never traveled.  We’ve decided that we are not interested in going out of the country and have basically decided on Florida for the warmer temps and the fact that my niece lives there with her beautiful family.  Thing is, now it’s all about deciding a date, WHERE do we stay and booking airfare.  I’m sorry, but I find the whole thing extremely overwhelming and my husband just does not have the time to help in the planning process.  I’ve been searching hotels and airfare for the past 3 hours and I’m still at a dead-end.  Whatevs.

I have severe shoulder (rotator cuff?) problems and neck pain which I think is only exasperated by stress.  I am a big ball of stress.

I gotta work on getting out of this funk I’m in.  It’s not good for me or my soul.  This is not me.  This is not who I have become or who I even want to be around.  Time to plan.  Plan for more positivity, more “me time” with friends and family, and to work on a healthier lifestyle.  Time to stop HIDING and time to start living before these years fly by.

I needed to get that off my chest.


30 Day Blog Writing Challenge: Day 15

Day 15:  Write 15 interesting facts about yourself.

  1. I have 3 beautiful grown children that I’m extremely proud of.
  2. I LOVE to draw, sketch, and paint.
  3. I have OCD, ADHD, Depression/Anxiety, and PTSD ~ I’m in treatment.
  4. I am a GREAT friend to have.
  5. I believe wholeheartedly in being 100% authentic and honest.
  6. I want to share my life lessons and knowledge about life with others so they do not have to learn the hard way like I did.  I’m keen on matters of the ♥.
  7. I have a demented sense of humor.
  8. I may not have 100’s of close friends but I do have a close core group and I’d give the shirt off my back for any single one of them at any given time.  They are the best friends and highest quality people a girl could ask for.
  9. My best friend is my husband.  We’ve been married 25 years.
  10. I’m a perfectionist at my job.  OCD.
  11. I love to sleep a lot.
  12. I love to watch “feel good” sappy – chick flick movies.
  13. I don’t eat like a regular person – I go through “phases” of something that I LOVE and eat that for a week until I’m sick to death of it.  Then I move onto my next new thing.
  14. One thing I cannot STAND is people that think they are better than everyone else.
  15. I’m a giver.  Love to give.  Whether it’s love or something “material” that I have that someone else wants.  To give and see the receiver be happy in heart makes me happy.




30 Day Blog Writing Challenge: Day 14

Day 14.  What is your earliest memory?


I’ve done this one before so I’ll share another “early” memory that I have of my childhood.  I was 5 years old and in kindergarten.  I was in class and did not know the answer to the question that Mrs. Hamil asked me and so she pulled my hair as punishment.  I cried.  I came home and went about my business.  Never told anyone because I sorta forgot about the incident.

The next day mom had packed all of our lunches and sent us all off to school but I sneaked back home and sat on the bench on our wrap around porch.  My mom went out the front door to put out the mail and saw me sitting there and hollered at me, “WHAT are you doing home????!!!!!!” and she was so angry with me.  I told her, holding back the tears that my teacher pulled my hair and why, she was livid.  She marched me up to that school and had a conference with the principal ~ that teacher never touched me again.

What a horrible experience.




30 Day Blog Writing Challenge: Day 13

Day 13.  Where would you like to visit/live one day?

I think I’m finally at that point in my life where I’m dreaming of moving to where the temperatures are warm or hot all year round.  I live in the “Windy City” and it’s called the windy city for a reason.  Brrrrrr!  So, where would I like to move to?  I think I might actually like to move to Florida one day.  I love the temps, how beautiful it is and my niece and her family already live there.  It would be nice.  One can dream, right?



30 Day Blog Writing Challenge: Day 12

Day 12.  Bullet point your whole day.

  • Got off work at 6:30a
  • Drove over to my son & DIL’s house to babysit my granddaughter
  • I layed down in their bed
  • “A” woke up and came to snuggle with me
  • We slept until 9am!!!!!!  So wonderful!
  • Made her breakfast
  • Watched a movie – George of the Jungle
  • “A” had pre-school so I did her hair in a ponytail and headband, she loved it
  • Drove her over to our house so I could fix her lunch
  • Drove her to pre-school
  • Went home and to bed (slept like a baby) until it was time to wake up for work tonight
  • Am at work taking calls
  • Hoping and praying this night goes by f-a-s-t because tomorrow there will be no babysitting and I can just relax and sleep all day and night long 🙂


Pure Happiness

We’ve waited 8 long months for our daughter Lexi (a US MARINE) to return to the states from Japan.  Well, it finally happened and my hubs and her twin brother were there to greet her as she stepped off the plane.  What a pure joy to know that she is home and in approximately a month or so she will be coming “home-home” for a much needed, long visit.  I wish she understood somehow how much I’ve missed her smiling face and her company.

Must be a “shocker” to her system to return home to Eastern Time Zone compared to being 15 hours ahead of us whilst in Japan.  She will have some adjusting to do.  I believe, she is the luckiest girl in the world to have had her father and brother go drive her car to NC so she has a way to get around, but also to show her the love and support that she has.  Me, Myself, and I were not able to go on this trip due to work scheduling and I’m sad but uplifted by the thought that she will be home before I know it and I will finally have time with my sweet baby girl.

Pure Happiness, I tell ya!


30 Day Blog Writing Challenge: Day 11

Day 11.  Put your iPod on shuffle.  Write down the first 10 songs:

  1. Candle in the Wind – Elton John
  2. Alcohol – Brad Paisley
  3. Let It Be – The Beatles
  4. Best Thing I Never Had – Beyonce
  5. Outside of Space & Time – David Byrne & St. Vincent
  6. How Come You’re Not Here – P!nk
  7. Don’t Be Cruel – Elvis Presley
  8. Dance On Vaseline – David Byrne
  9. New York State of Mind – Billy Joel
  10. Bottle Pop – Jean Luc Ponty