Throwback Thursday: March Playlist

As stated earlier, I like making monthly playlists. Here are the songs that were frequenting my headphones this March:

  • ‘Maps’ by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • ‘One Love’ by Marianas Trench
  • ‘7 Years’ by Lukas Graham
  • ‘She Ain’t You’ by New Hollow
  • ‘Someone Nee’ by Hozier
  • ‘Hallelujah’ by Panic! At The Disco
  • ‘Ex’s & Ohs’ by Elle King
  • ‘Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)’ by Sly and The Family Stone
  • ‘I Got Rhythm’ by Lena Horne
  • ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ cover by Ingrid Michaelson
  • ‘Take It Like A Man’ from Legally Blonde
  • ‘Diane’s’ by Iwan Rheon 
  • ‘You and I’ by Ingrid Michaelson
  • ’10 Hours’ by Warren Barfield
  • ‘My House’ by Flo Rida
  • ‘Unsteady’ by X Ambassadors 
  • ‘I Will Follow You Into The Dark’ by Death Cab For Cutie
  • ‘Safe & Sound’ by Taylor Swift
  • ‘Fall For You’ by Seconhand Serenade
  • ‘If I Ever Leave This World Alive’ by Flogging Molly

Until next time
~ Q

Throwback Thursday: April Playlist

As I’ve mentioned earlier, I like making monthly playlists.Here are the songs that were frequenting my headphones this past April:

  • ‘She Ain’t You’ by New Hollow
  • ‘I Will Follow You Into The Dark’ by Death Cab for Cutie
  • ‘Fall For You’ by Secondhand Serenade
  • ‘If I Ever Leave This World Alive’ by Flogging Molly
  • ‘Night Train’ by Jason Aldean
  • ‘White Walls/Can’t Hold Us/Same Love/Thrift Shop’ Mashup by Megan Davies featuring Jaclyn Davies
  • ‘Try Everything’ by Shakira
  • ‘Immortals’ by Fall Out Boy
  • ‘Stutter’ by Marianas Trench
  • ‘My House’ by Flo Rida
  • ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ by Kansas
  • ‘Die A Happy Man’ by Thomas Rhett
  • ‘Hey Pretty Girl’ by Kip Moore
  • ‘Any Way You Want It’ by Journey
  • ‘Saturyday In The Park’ by Chicago

Until next time
~ Q

Throwback Thursday: July Playlist

As stated previously, I like making monthly playlists. Here are the songs that were frequenting my headphones this July:

  • ‘Ophelia’ by The Lumineers
  • ‘Stutter’ by Marianas Trench
  • ‘No’ by Meghan Trainor
  • ‘Roses And Violets’ by Alexander Jean
  • ‘Just My Type’ by Leaving Austin
  • ‘Everything I Want’ by Matthew Puckett
  • ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not’ by Thompson Square
  • ‘Girl Put Your Records On’ by The Alley Cats
  • ‘I Love You’ by Benjy Davis Project
  • ‘Perfect To Me’ by Marc Broussard
  • ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ by Matt Alber
  • ‘Ever Start To Wonder’ by The Dirty Guv’nahs
  • ‘I Did It All’ by Vince Myers
  • ‘X Gon’ Giv It To Ya’ by DMX
  • ‘We Run This’ by Missy Elliott
  • ‘Lost Boy’ by Ruth B
  • ‘Like I’m Gonna Lose You’ by Jasmine Thompson
  • ‘Just Like Fire’ by P!ink
  • ‘Left Hand Free’ by alt-J
  • ‘She Ain’t You’ by New Hollow
  • ‘Little Wanderer’ by Death Cab for Cutie
  • ‘I Melt With You’ by Bowling for Soup
  • ‘Amnesia’ by MoZella
  • ‘Shark In The Water’ by V V Brown
  • ‘Pumping Blood’ by Sara James
  • ‘Sweater Weather’ by The Neighbourhood
  • ‘See You Again/Love Me Like You Do/Sugar’ (Accoustic Mashup) by Megan Davies
  • ‘Crazy Beautiful’ by Andy Grammer
  • ‘Honey, I’m Good’ duet by Andy Grammer and Eli young Band
  • ‘[Kissed You] Good Night’ by Gloriana
  • ‘Young Wild And Free’ by Snoop Dogg and Wix Khalifa featuring Bruna Mars

Until next time
~ Q

September Playlist

As stated earlier, I like making monthly playlists. Here are the songs that have been frequenting my headphones this month:

Until next time
~ Q

Semi-sleepless Night

I woke up at three and have yet to fall back to sleep. So far I have done some laundry, released a zombie horde and daydreamed (or would it be nightdreamed) scenarios all in attempt to tire/trick/lull myself back to sleep. All to no avail.

What steals my sleep tonight? Not entirely sure. True I keep playing my botched audition for the local musical. Thankfully the directors have saved me from myself and did not cast me. I had already agreed to assistant direct and be in charge of publicity, I didn’t really need anymore responsibility with this show. I’m excited to AD, although really I’m just shadowing the director to learn her process. Perhaps in the future I can build the skills to direct (thats the collective hope).

Perhaps my subconscious is being reminded of the fact that I leave for vacation in 17 days! I had discussed with my friend Allie that our trip would become ‘real for me’ once auditions were over. Well, here I am, eight hours after auditions, and now I need to plan my trip! For the third spring running my buddy Allie and I are heading out on vacation. Out first year we went to Texas to visit our dear Cheryl. Last year we headed out to California to experience a little of San Francisco. This year we are crossing the Atlantic and visiting Northern Ireland and Ireland. We’ll be gone for about 10 days and there is still much to prepare. I need to contact my clients at work (might just be easiest to update my e-mail signature). We need to book hostels and finalize some of our travel plans but I cannot wait. Its been warm this weekend (only 10-15 degrees cooler than it will be in Ireland) so I was able to test drive some outfits. I don’t know what it is about spring that brings the dresses out of my closet but research was necessary to see if I would be too cold. Survey says no.

Could the night noises be keeping me awake? Not likely. Earlier I thought I heard a mewling but it was so indistinct I can’t decide if I imagined it or not. To keep myself from continuing to hear them I listened to The Legend Sleepy Hollow (yet again). As much as I would enjoy theorizing more causes to my wakefulness, i am being happily attack with onslaughts of yawns. If I play my cards right I can get another hour of sleep before I need to wake up for my work out.

Although I hope you got a full nights sleep, I am curious, what do you do when you cant sleep?

Until next time
~ Q

Week Eleven of Summer

Drawings 11 The eleventh week of summer was an odd one, full of intentions that didn’t go quite to plan. My parent’s were gone on vacation and I was left in charge of their plants. Now I am not the most faithful at watering plants so I was a wee bit concerned. Luckily it all worked out and I managed to keep them and their cat alive – hooray!

Drive-InOutside of family ‘duties’ I had made several plans, some of which that didn’t quite work out. On Thursday I had planned to go to a Drive-In movie (Guardians of the Galaxy) with my friends. Mother Nature had other plans. The week started with rain and kept up on Thursday. So rather than sit in our car and watch it through windshield wipers we, being a flexible bunch, altered our plans. Instead we went to an Irish pub for dinner and went to the theater to watch it. (Clearly NOT seeing the movie was no longer an option. We were all rather excited to see it). It was awesome. I recommend it.

HikeI had the day off on Friday so I continued leisurely working on the basement. I FINALLY completed muddying and sanding the last of the drywall. (Hint – this is very very exciting.) I also got said room primed. What what! Work continued on Saturday when I painted the stairwell. After so much productivity I decided to pack up and go for a hike. It did not go quite to plan either. I made it about 1/2-3/4 of a mile in before the mosquitoes got too bad and I had to turn around. They’re wicked little blood suckers. I think I’ll postpone that hike until the fall when the they’ve gone for the season.

ConcertSunday rolls around, the day that I had planned to go to an outdoor concert. I was kind of excited to see Ingrid Michaelson but earlier in the week I discovered the concert was cancelled. Presumably because of the rain (I’m guessing that don’t blend well with an outdoor venue). So the plans for the day rather cleared up. I was feeling rather productive when I woke up so I went ahead and got the bedroom painted. So all in all, despite the week not going to plan it was still quite lovely.

Until next time
~Q

Summer Series: Intro | Week One | Week Two | Week Three | Week Four | Week Five | Week Six | Week Seven | Week Eight | Week Nine | Week Ten

Daily Writings: August 5 | August 6 | August 7 | August 8 | August 9 | August 10 | August 11

Summer 2014

  1. Nap in a Hammock
  2. Have a Bonfire
  3. Play Sand Volleyball
  4. Visit an Iowa Winery
  5. Go to the Zoo
  6. Eat Sushi
  7. Go Stargazing
  8. Christmas in June
  9. Rainy Day Picnic
  10. Make a Summer Soundtrack
  11. Visit a Bed & Breakfast
  12. Ride a Carousel
  13. Go Camping
  14. Watch a Baseball Game
  15. Harry Potter Non-Stop Movie Marathon
  16. Radio Silence (no music, tv, computer or phone for 24 hours)
  17. Watch a Movie Outside
  18. Go Roller Blading
  19. Go to a Concert
  20. Go Wading
  21. Go Bowling
  22. Make Caramel Apples
  23. Meal Over a Fire
  24. Launch a Firecracker
  25. Urban Exploration
  26. Have a BBQ
  27. Make a Quilt (started)
  28. Blow Bubbles on the Porch
  29. Play Bocce Ball
  30. Go People Watching
  31. Fill the Tank & Drive
  32. Make Wind Chimes
  33. Draw a Landscape
  34. Go Berry Picking
  35. Take a Weekend Trip Alone
  36. Paint a Canvas
  37. Do Yoga
  38. Make a Meal using only Farmer’s Market Food
  39. Spend the Afternoon on a Riverbank
  40. Watch a Sunrise
  41. Attend a Street Market
  42. Listen to Rock Music from a different country
  43. Picnic in the Park
  44. Start a Wish Tree
  45. See a Drive-In Movie
  46. Make Sangria
  47. Go for a Hike
  48. Go to a Fair
  49. Make a Banana Split
  50. Sketch Everyday
  51. Give to Others (donate old clothes to charity)

Week Ten of Summer

Attend Street Market I know this is late, but c’est la vie. Summer is (or was) two-thirds done! The excitement of my tenth week of summer was Saturday. I decided to get up nice and early and head to the Des Moines farmer’s market. It was fun to walk around and see what is being produced locally. I managed to snag a few things for supper later that night.

Week 10 drawingsAfter touring around the market I returned home and was already muddying my bedroom when my mom called at 9:30 to see where I was. To say she was surprised would be an understatement. Who sleeps in on weekends?

Farmer's Market FoodLater that afternoon I took my loot from the market and concocted a lovely treat for supper. There were so many options there it was hard not to get too much food, but I ended up with some nice fresh green onions, new potatoes, some Gouda cheese (with bacon) and some focaccia with green peppers and garlic. With such beginnings I went with cheesy hash browns with a side of bread. I don’t usually make hash browns so I’d call it a success. Really it was just nice to get out and enjoy the day in a way I don’t always get to, which, of course, is the point.

Until next time
~Q

Summer Series: Intro | Week One | Week Two | Week Three | Week Four | Week Five | Week Six | Week Seven | Week Eight | Week Nine

Daily Writings: July 29 | July 30 | July 31 | August 1 | August 2 | August 3 | August 4

Summer 2014

  1. Nap in a Hammock
  2. Have a Bonfire
  3. Play Sand Volleyball
  4. Visit an Iowa Winery
  5. Go to the Zoo
  6. Eat Sushi
  7. Go Stargazing
  8. Christmas in June
  9. Rainy Day Picnic
  10. Make a Summer Soundtrack
  11. Visit a Bed & Breakfast
  12. Ride a Carousel
  13. Go Camping
  14. Watch a Baseball Game
  15. Harry Potter Non-Stop Movie Marathon
  16. Radio Silence (no music, tv, computer or phone for 24 hours)
  17. Watch a Movie Outside
  18. Go Roller Blading
  19. Go to a Concert
  20. Go Wading
  21. Go Bowling
  22. Make Caramel Apples
  23. Meal Over a Fire
  24. Launch a Firecracker
  25. Urban Exploration
  26. Have a BBQ
  27. Make a Quilt (started)
  28. Blow Bubbles on the Porch
  29. Play Bocce Ball
  30. Go People Watching
  31. Fill the Tank & Drive
  32. Make Wind Chimes
  33. Draw a Landscape
  34. Go Berry Picking
  35. Take a Weekend Trip Alone
  36. Paint a Canvas
  37. Do Yoga
  38. Make a Meal using only Farmer’s Market Food
  39. Spend the Afternoon on a Riverbank
  40. Watch a Sunrise
  41. Attend a Street Market
  42. Listen to Rock Music from a different country
  43. Picnic in the Park
  44. Start a Wish Tree
  45. See a Drive-In Movie
  46. Make Sangria
  47. Go for a Hike
  48. Go to a Fair
  49. Make a Banana Split
  50. Sketch Everyday
  51. Give to Others (donate old clothes to charity)