Tuesday, October 25, 2016

10-25: On This Day

I listened to a podcast this weekend, Boss Girl Creative's # 071, Busting Through Overwhelm, by Taylor Bradford. It's a really great podcast by a really smart woman who I was lucky enough to meet through the Women Bloggers. This episode spoke to me in a big way.

What I got from Taylor this week was that it's important to be yourself. Do what you need to do, not what someone else thinks you need to do. I struggle with the imposter syndrome—where I fear that someone else will realize I don't know what the eff I'm doing because I'm just winging it over here. But here's the deal—I do know what I'm doing. And I feel that imposter syndrome when I'm trying to be someone I'm not. When I'm being an imposter. So, let's not do that, hmm?

And today, I'm kicking it old school. My playlist:
  1. Down in the Boondocks (Billy Joe Royal)
  2. Spill the Wine (War w/ Eric Burden)
  3. Sir Duke (Stevie Wonder)
  4. Nighttime is the Right Time (Ray Charles)
  5. She's a Bad Mama Jama (Carl Carlton)
  6. Atomic Dog (George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars)
  7. Gett Off (Prince)
  8. Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) (Michael Jackson)
  9. It Takes Two (DJ EZ Rock & Rob Base) 
  10. Black Cat (Janet Jackson)

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Year Without a Pumpkin Patch

It's fall! My favorite. It's when I get the urge to nest, to create, to be crafty, to get outdoors after a summer spent trying to manage the heat, and I love it. I love Halloween and spooky homemade crafts and pumpkin patches and jack-o-lanterns, roasted pumpkin seeds, costumes and a sugar-buzzed night spent trick-or-treating.

But, here's the thing. My kids? Not so much into the pumpkin patches anymore. Or the crafting. They still want the candy and the costumes and the trick-or-treats (and my older one even got wrapped up in watching the Spookley the Square Pumpkin special on TV the other day), so my fall has been sans pumpkin farm. No petting zoo, no "how tall this year picture, no jack-o-lanterns or pumpkin seeds in my oven.

But I still want my Halloween.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

ROCKtober Guest Post: Marisa Mohi

Welcome to guest #ROCKtober blogger Marisa Mohi!

Not only did she agree to hop over and share a playlist with me, it's her birthday today. She's someone I love to be awkwardly social with, and our time together is usually spent drinking coffee, swearing profusely, discussing topics from capsule wardrobes to pop culture to writing and editing. She's probably my favorite millennial that I'm not related to.

She's wicked smart, well-educated and so accomplished she makes me feel a little bit bad about myself but also happy that I get to be friends with her. Marisa has great taste in music and favorite seasons and she teaches writing at OU and blogs about smart things at MarisaMohi.com.

Let's give a warm welcome—and Happy Birthday!—to Marisa.

Friday, October 21, 2016

10-21: On This Day

It's a perfect fall morning out there. And I heard the weather lady say that this was going to be the only one we get—I could be wrong, this was just a few sips into my coffee this morning, but I think I need to make the most of it.

So I ventured out into the dewy morning with the one who loves a crisp fall morning as much as I do and we ran around the yard for a bit. My wet toes bring me back to childhood, winters where the toes of my school shoes seemed perpetually wet from playing out on the playground at recess.

Kind of like I'm playing now.

And aside from the ever-present Hamilton soundtrack that plays in my head (today I don't mind, as the PBS special is going to be broadcast and I'm ever so excited), there are other songs that bubble up. Today's earworm is courtesy of the Velvet Underground.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

#NastyWoman Playlist

This has been an October like no other I can remember in recent history. There seems to be more at stake in this election than any I can remember. I miss the days when I wouldn't watch the debates because, though I vetted my candidate, I believed that no matter who was elected, there would be a conscious decision by the parties to work together. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

ROCKtober Guest Post: Elizabeth Michelle

There's this thing called the "Oklahoma Standard" that we hear about all the time—describing how when asked, they will always rise to the occasion and do what needs doing. That's what happened when I asked my Oklahoma Women Blogger ladies and Elizabeth Michelle stepped up right away and said "Hells yes I want to participate in ROCKtober!" I mean, I might be paraphrasing her reply, but she totally stepped up to share a playlist. I love that.

She writes all the things, including romance novels and blog posts at elizabeth-michelle.com. I'm thrilled to welcome Elizabeth to share her music post! Give her a big, warm welcome.

Monday, October 17, 2016

10-17: On This Day

This weekend, a dear friend told me, when I told her that I was a rule follower, that I was a rebel. I mean, I own that as a younger version of myself, I rebelled against basically everything. But as the current version of myself, I tend to prefer more structure. Guidelines. A to-do list. Deadlines.

Or do I?

Friday, October 14, 2016

ROCKtober Guest Post: Marie Wreath

Marie Wreath is one of the most individual individuals I know. She's kind and she's creative and she loves to run and she ... loves. Seriously, she leads with love and that's one of the things I absolutely adore about her.

When she's not featured here, she's blogging at Lazy W Marie—but lazy is probably the last word I would use to describe her! I'm thankful to have found her through the Oklahoma Women Bloggers and happy to call her friend. 
I'm thrilled to have Marie here to share her music love, so let's all welcome Marie!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Dear Daughter

Dear Daughter,

It's 2016 as I write this. The morning, in a word, sucked. I'm sure you don't remember it now, all these years later, but today it's heavy on my heart. No sleep, early mornings, busy schedule, sick dog, raised voices—this was our morning. And then there was a text from you, as you rode the bus to 7th grade:  

I'm sorry for being a butthead. :(

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

10-11: On This Day

It's #ROCKtober! This month is supposed to be a joyful celebration of music. However, the election is stealing that from me. I've heard of this phenomenon where people are physically ill from the vitriol being flung about by both sides of our two party system, and while I'm not physically ill, I'm feeling the effects.