My Top 20 Tracks of February 2017

So I had a relatively light music month again. Mostly I just had other stuff distracting me, between the power outage and watching a lot of movies. But I enjoyed the music I did listen to, and I actually found a couple of “Daily Mix” playlists made for me on Spotify that introduced me to a few new artists, so I’m okay with that.

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Would You Rather…

This was something I answered for a swap I did, and I had so much fun with it, I thought I’d share the answers with y’all…

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Would You Rather…

Drop your favorite book in the toilet -or- watch it fall into the wood chipper?
You know what? I was going to say toilet, but changed my mind. I’d rather drop it in the wood chipper, because I can buy a new copy for myself AND the shredded book can become compost.

Read only 1 book a year but remember everything -or- read 100 books a year and remember nothing?
Yeah, I’d rather remember what I read, so I’ll go with the one book option. Unless it’s a shitty book I’ve been given… LOL

Read only the first page of a book -or- read only the last page?
First page only. I need to be hooked and interested, not spoiled…

Get locked in a Library -or- locked in a bookstore?
While both have their merits, I’d prefer the library, as there’s more than just books there to work with.

Read a book with a cliffhanger ending -or- read a book with a heartbreaking ending?
Screw cliffhanger endings! I actually tend to despise those with a white hot passion that is hotter than the sun. Gimme some tears and a solid final ending.

Read an awesome book -or- watch a movie?
Honestly, it depends on the book and movie. But for the most part, I have preferred books to the movie adaptations, so I guess I’ll say the book for now.

read only series -or- only stand alones?
This is predicated by how much money and time I have. If I have enough of both, series. If not, then I’ll go with standalones, as they’re easier to consume in the long run.

Professional reviewer -or- famous author?
Famous author, hands down. I have so many stories I want to tell people…

Favorite book become a movie -or- tv show?
I’ve had both happen and it’s a toss-up. Movies are usually more finite and able to stick to the canon of the books, whereas TV shows can run way off-canon, as it were. But TV shows have more of their own extant canon to work with… Honestly, I really can’t choose here…

Would you rather your eyeballs be located next to your bellybutton -or- have to quote Scarlett O’ Hara 10 every day?
A bellybutton view of the world could be interesting. And far less painful than anything to do with Gone with the Wind.

My Top 20 Tracks of January 2017

This is something that I’ve been doing over on Swap-Bot for several years now. In a nutshell, you keep track of the top 20 songs you’ve listened to in a given month. I track mine via

Well, this month was a little different…

First off, I hardly listened to any music all month, which is weird in and of itself. And then I did most of my listening on my ancient iPod while on a trip to Oregon the middle of the month, and that’s too old to scrobble properly. I don’t remember what I’d listened on the train trip down to visit my family, but I know what I listened to on the way home. Because they don’t show up in my, I basically included them in my “Honorable Mentions” section below.

And for once, I don’t think I listened to the Hamilton soundtrack at all. Unless that’s what I listened to on the trip down to see my family.

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New Things Coming…

So I’ve decided to be more proactive in my journaling this year.

Among other things, I will be doing some monthly posts about music and books for each month. I’m also going to be doing a “What’s Up, Wednesday” post. I used to do this over on my pro blog [and may continue it over there again, too], and it’s a nice way to keep myself on track with what I need to be doing.

So there you go. New content coming at least once a week from yours truly.

[30DoG] Day 7: What memory are you grateful for?

The first memory that comes to mind that I am grateful for is one that is actually painful for me. I don’t need to describe it to anyone else to be able to say that it has shaped me as a person. To this day, I still take the events of that memory to heart. At times, it has been a convenient hook upon which I can hang the cause of my personality, confidence, and mental health issues. Other times, I use it as a challenge to make myself a better person. So it’s a seesaw game that I simply try to keep as balanced as I possibly can.

This is part of the 30 Days of Gratitude meme.

[30DoG] Day 5: What sound are you grateful for today?

This was going to be a two-part answer for me, but then I realized that half of what I was going to say is felt, not heard. It’s the sound of my cats purring their love and affection. It doesn’t matter if it’s the louder rumbles of my boys, or Stasia’s purr that’s louder than her meow, or even Elphie’s sweetly broken and relatively soft purr. The minute they purr for me, I instantly start to feel better.

Oh, and the part that is more felt than heard? That would be the sensation of my cats’ heartbeats. Both of my boys love to stretch out across my chest to cuddle, and I can almost always feel the strong beat of their hearts right above my own. It makes me love them even more than normal.

This is part of the 30 Days of Gratitude meme.

[30DoG] Day 4: What food are you most grateful for?

This is actually a really rough thing for me to answer…

I think the “easy” answer would be that I am grateful for all food. My slim, trim, girlish figure can attest to that. I mean, there aren’t a lot of foods I’ve tried that I refuse to eat. And I have a rule of trying any new food once to see if I like it. Again, there are very few exceptions to that rule.

As for right now, the food I’m most grateful for is the salad I had for dinner. It was light and easy on my system, though very peppery [yum!], and tasted really good.

This is part of the 30 Days of Gratitude meme.

[30DoG] Day 3: What color are you grateful for?

This is actually kind of a weird question to me. I am grateful for all of the colors available, even the ones I don’t like. Every color out there is liked by someone, and that makes me grateful it’s out there.

For me personally, I am grateful for purple. It’s my favorite color, and always makes me smile when I see it. I’d be happy to have tons of purple in my life, not gonna lie. I’m also very grateful for black. The all-consuming quality of black is comforting, as odd as that may sound. You can safely hide in black or be terrified in black. Black covers up your mistakes, for good or for ill.

This is part of the 30 Days of Gratitude meme.