Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesday Tunes - 01/17/17



A good lyric is like a great book...

The Longest Time

Billy Joel, Artist/Writer




Oh, oh, oh
For the longest time
Oh, oh, oh
For the longest
If you said goodbye to me tonight
There would still be music left to write
What else could I do
I'm so inspired by you
That hasn't happened for the longest time
Once I thought my innocence was gone
Now I know that happiness goes on
That's where you found me
When you put your arms around me
I haven't been there for the longest time
Oh, oh, oh
For the longest time
Oh, oh, oh
For the longest
I'm that voice you're hearing in the hall
And the greatest miracle of all
Is how I need you
And how you needed me too
That hasn't happened for the longest time
Maybe this won't last very long
But you feel so right
And I could be wrong
Maybe I've been hoping too hard
But I've gone this far
And it's more than I hoped for
Who knows how much further we'll go on
Maybe I'll be sorry when you're gone
I'll take my chances
I forgot how nice romance is
I haven't been there for the longest time
I had second thoughts at the start
I said to myself
Hold on to your heart
Now I know the woman that you are
You're wonderful so far
And it's more than I hoped for

I don't care what consequence it brings
I have been a fool for lesser things
I want you so bad
I think you ought to know that
I intend to hold you for the longest time

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tuesday Tunes - 01/10/17



A good lyric is like a great book...

Blasphemous Rumours
Depeche Mode, Artist
Martin Gore, Writer




Girl of sixteen, whole life ahead of her
Slashed her wrists, bored with life
Didn't succeed, thank the Lord
For small mercies
Fighting back the tears, mother reads the note again
Sixteen candles burn in her mind
She takes the blame, it's always the same
She goes down on her knees and prays
I don't want to start any blasphemous rumours
But I think that God's got a sick sense of humor
And when I die I expect to find Him laughing
Girl of eighteen, fell in love with everything
Found new life in Jesus Christ
Hit by a car, ended up
On a life support machine
Summer's day, as she passed away
Birds were singing in the summer sky
Then came the rain, and once again
A tear fell from her mother's eye
I don't want to start any blasphemous rumours
But I think that God's got a sick sense of humor
And when I die I expect to find Him laughing

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Random Thought -12/29/16

I have thoughts. Sometimes they are worth sharing. Other times, not so much. Oh well...

I recently read Mara Wilson's memoir, Where Am I Now?  If you don't know who Mara is, she is the actress who played Matilda and the little girl in Mrs. Doubtfire. Her memoir was pretty good. I enjoyed it.

I read a lot of memoirs, particularly celebrity memoirs.

I am usually an entertaining person, outgoing and funny, and have considered writing my own memoir. But, here's my question... What do I have to offer?

What in my life has been interesting or entertaining enough to hold a reader's attention? That one time when we moved out of our apartment for a weekend because we had to bug-bomb it for roaches, and the fact that I will forever remember that apartment for that smell? Or the time I spent an hour making some friends laugh with the blow-by-blow of my annual gynecological check up? Or maybe the time that I was chosen with a group of my college choir buddies to sing with Mariah Carey when she performed at our school, only to be told that Mariah choose to fly in a gospel choir and how most of us turned down the free tickets we were offered? Or maybe...

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

In 2016 I…

(Idea borrowed from Katieleigh @ Cakes, Tea and Dreams)

In 2016 I…


  • Survived (hey, we all get credit for that)!
  • Stuck through a worrisome company merger with a positive outlook.
  • Produced a successful and safe summer program season for the Boston Conservatory, giving several hundred children an amazing and irreplaceable arts experience.
  • Read 38 books, not quite meeting my goals but remaining happy with my efforts.
  • Managed to maintain my enjoyment of and my desire to continue blogging, despite a stressful, busy year and limited energy and time to do so.
  • Lived through the most embarrassing, stressful, and heartbreaking election in (my) history and managed to do so without losing all hope for our country. Don't get me wrong, there is still fear...much fear. But there is also expectation (impeachment) and much hope that it will happen in time for our wonderful country will be able to bounce back. Oh alright...and also the hope that our president elect will offer something positive to our beautiful country during his term, however long that may be.
  • Spent Thanksgiving in an hospital ER (while simultaneously hosting Thanksgiving dinner), but started what I hope is a journey toward healing for life-long intestinal issues.
  • Managed to keep my mother-in-law's 30-year old plant alive after it came to live with us, despite a very rocky few months (seriously stressful).
  • Performed multiple times over the summer with my divas, continuing a decade plus long love affair with a Capella music and the sisterhood of Purely Vocals.
  • Continued efforts to expand my knowledge and experience of photography skills.
  • Continued to love and care for two active, adorable kitties who continue to light up the world.


Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Tuesday Tunes - 01/3/17



A good lyric is like a great book...

Fifteen
Taylor Swift, Artist/Writer



You take a deep breath
And you walk through the doors
It's the morning of your very first day
You say hi to your friends you ain't seen in awhile
Try and stay out of everybody's way
It's your freshman year
And you're gonna be here for the next four years
In this town
Hoping one of those senior boys
Will wink at you and say, "you know I haven't seen you around, before"
'Cause when you're fifteen,
Somebody tells you they love you
You're gonna believe them
And when you're fifteen
Feeling like there's nothing to figure out
Count to ten
Take it in
This is life before you know who you're gonna be
At fifteen
You sit in class next to a red-head named Abigail
And soon enough you're best friends
Laughing at the other girls
Who they think they're so cool
We'll be out of here as soon as we can
And then you're on your very first date
And he's got a car
And you're feeling like flying
And you're mama's waiting up
And you're thinking he's the one
And you're dancing around the room when the night ends
When the night ends
'Cause when you're fifteen,
Somebody tells you they love you
You're gonna believe them
And when you're fifteen
And your first kiss makes your head spin around
But in your life you'll do things
Greater than dating the boy on the football team
But I didn't know it at fifteen
When all you wanted
Was to be wanted
Wish you could go back
And tell yourself what you know now
Back then I swore I was gonna marry him someday
But I realized some bigger dreams of mine
And Abigail gave everything she had
To a boy who changed his mind
And we both cried
'Cause when you're fifteen,
Somebody tells you they love you
You're gonna believe them
And when you're fifteen
Don't forget to look before you fall
I've found time can heal most anything
And you just might find who you're supposed to be
I didn't know who I was supposed to be
At fifteen
La la la la la
Your very first day
Take a deep breath girl
And take a deep breath as you walk through the doors

Monday, January 02, 2017

Bout of Books Read-a-thon 18

Host: Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 2nd and runs through Sunday, January 8th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. 
For all Bout of Books 18 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.


Despite the return to work week, count me in!!

I'm all a Bout of Books, Bout of Books, no movies...


 

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving

Hello all!
 
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday (or just a great Thursday, if you are a non-American).
 
I wish I could say mine was awesome, but after weeks of prep and cleaning and planning, it ended up being pretty crappy. It actually went really well for everyone else.  Delicious turkey, yummy side dishes, lots family and love and such.
I don't (thankfully) have a lot of health issues, but I do have one health...we'll call it an anomaly...that can rear up and cause issues at the most inopportune times. What I am thankful for this year is that I have family that are willing to give up their holidays to sit in a crappy local ER with me. All. Day. On Thanksgiving. Without turkey or stuffing or other yummy stuff.
 
But I am home now, feeling better (though not 100%). All tests showed nothing unexpected wrong. And I have the rest of the weekend to rest.
 
So, while I'm not officially taking part, I am reading away with you all this weekend.
 
Hope it's a joyful and relaxing one for all, as we move into the typically crazy, busy holiday season.
 
Blessings!
 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Mondays - 10/31/16

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been and plan on reading over the week. Recently taken over, this meme is managed by my Kathryn at the Book Date.

A good scary one for Halloween!
    Currently Reading • Brother (Ania Alhborn)     Finished Reading • Where Am I Now? (Mara Wilson)
 
  

Monday, October 24, 2016

Mondays - 10/24/16

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been and plan on reading over the week. Recently taken over, this meme is managed by my Kathryn at the Book Date.
Currently Reading • Where Am I Now? (Mara Wilson) Finished Reading • Where The Light Gets In: Losing My Mother... (Kimberly Williams Paisley)
  

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday Salon - 2nd try

1. I put together a great post yesterday using a new  blogging app. The eblooger app keeps failing due to the recent Apple updates (and it was never great anyway, barely enabling you to add pictures, no html access, etc.). The new app is pretty impressive, or it was until my post was all set to go, I hit publish and …it went “away”. No clue where it went, but it is not live, not saved, just gone. Grrr!!!! But I’m trying this ONE more time. [Looks like it was my fault…the save button I’ve been hitting is, obviously, NOT the save button. But I do think I found the right one now.] 2. It was a busy, busy summer. My summer program were overwhelming and exhausting, but I survived (as did most of the students, haha, just kidding everyone had an awesome time!). I was glad when it was over and I went on vacation, but I do feel I learned a lot about the process and expect that next summer will be smoother 3. I am pretty much done with this whole election thing. Seriously. And more than a little terrified. I have never been shy about sharing my political points of view, sorry Facebook friends, but will spare you all. You’re welcome. But let’s just do this thing and get it over already.  
4. A few months ago, I had written a wonderful long post with lots of updates and just needed to add pictures (see note about eblogger above). I then walked into the kitchen for something and managed to break a toe on the way back. Yeah, I know. Hubby says I could stub my toe in a round room, and he is not wrong! I know a broken toe shouldn’t stop me from blogging, but…well, you know. 5. I had the opportunity this summer to take some photos. My “little” brother played a performance with his band, The Miller Street Barn Band. I took the ole camera along for fun. And, I actually got some pretty good pics, if I do say so myself! More importantly, I had a great time. 6. So Boston Conservatory has officially merged wth Berklee School of Music. My paycheck now comes from Berklee. The actual process, merging efforts, will take years, but we have begun. And, more importantly, I still have a job…and that is good news! 7. The Purely Vocals girls and I performed out last gig of the season last night. With Vicki enjoying her retirement and traveling the world during the winter months, we only get to sing and perform together during the summer. But it was good one, with several performances and another girls’ weekend away in Conneticut. See attached photos. 8. Way back in the day, I was able to get a little blogging done at work…during extreme down times (I spent a lot of time waiting for others to get back to me). Now a days, not only am I very busy much of the time (which is good, I prefer being busy), but we use Google products (email, drive, etc.). That means that I am not able to log into the blog, without logging out of work email, etc. and logging into my own. That is very inconvenient. Come on Google, figure this out! 9. The kitties are doing really well. They are fully grown now, at two years old. L is still a little tiny peanut and A is a big, big girl, but everyone is healthy. They still play like little babies, jumping on one another, chasing mice toys, and cuddling as much as they can. A has recently started coming to me for cuddle times, that is new! And its awesome!  
10. Well, I’ve managed to pick up some nasty bug…runny nose, sore throat, and I do believe a fever. Time for me to go to bed, despite it being only 7:30. Night, night.
P.S. If this upload works, I am all into this new blogging app!
Update: hmmm, not perfect. Needed a bit too much nit-picking.
   

Monday, September 26, 2016

Mondays - 09/26/16

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been and plan on reading over the week. Recently taken over, this meme is managed by my Kathryn at the Book Date.



Currently Reading
• A Sudden Light (Garth Stein)



Just Finished 
• Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town (John Krakauer)
• If I Stay (Gayle Forman)
• The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives (Theresa Brown)

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Mondays - 07/10/16

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been and plan on reading over the week. Recently taken over, this meme is managed by my Kathryn at the Book Date.



My week:

A hellish work week ending in a shortened weekend as my summer program students arrive tomorrow. Still exhausted, despite spending her day chilling, and not at all looking forward to more work. But, am excited for the kids to arrive. Hoping and praying all goes smoothly!  Also, wondering if my sore throat is a harbinger of illness to come....ugh!


Current 
• Man Bites Log: The Unlikely Adventures of a City Guy in the Woods - Max Alexander
• 
The Ultimate Field Guide to Photography - National Geographic
• Torment Saint, the life of Elliott Smith - William Todd Schultz
• Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (still rereading) - J.K. Rowling



Sunday Salon - 07/09/16

The Sunday Salon.comSUNDAY POST

The Sunday Salon is now a Facebook group.


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by




Life:
Goodness what a hellish week it's been!!
After months of "nah, I got this", "no problem, all is under control", and "nope, I don't need to hire more help.", this week hit like a brick...or a ton of bricks...or a ton of ton of bricks! Last week, it truly and honestly was all under control, I swear!
Wiith over 100 students arriving tomorrow for summer programs, this week has been a non-stop, early arrival leave late, go in extra days week. We, uh I, got the list of parents who didn't bother sending the appropriate paperwork on time down from over 30 to just 3 or so, and the unpaid (how do you sign you kid up for a summer program and not think to PAY for it!?!) down to just one.  We also managed to get ID cards for all despite the machine constantly breaking down. And I am exhausted!!! 
But I am pretty sure we are ready...I hope...I really, really hope we are ready!!
Sadly, that is all life has been this last couple of weeks, work....

Blogging:
...and nothing more. Sorry guys.

Have a great week everyone.

Shannon
 

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Taking Great Photos - Mikle

Title: The Absolute Beginners Guide to Taking Great Pictures


Author: Jim Miotke
Genre: Non-fiction
Rating2/5- Just okay.  Choose with extreme prejudice.

Book Source: Purchased
Recommended if you like: Photography, How to reading, Non-fiction

 
What Its About: 
Basic how of photography.









The Bottom Line:
Basic info good for real beginners.  Very, very dated...lots of conversation about film and how to develop it. A
nyone with a little experience (and YouTube) will be bored.

There are better options out there.