30 Day Song Challenge: Day 3

It’s day three of the 30 day song challenge. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, check out my Day 1 post which explains the challenge and has the schedule.

Day 3: A song that makes you think of summertime

This song doesn’t just make me think of summertime, but of one specific summer in particular…

Counting Crows: Mr Jones
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When I hear this song, I am instantly transported back to the summer break after finishing high school. It was a weird in-between time – waiting for exam results, on the precipice of adulthood, but with 6 weeks of idle time stretched out in front of me. I spent a lot of this time with the friend who introduced me to Counting Crows, and this song in particular. The lyrics speak of wanting to be something, but not knowing quite what, or how. That I feel is a perfect summation of that summer for me, and this song always gives me that exact feeling of uplifting potential.

We all wanna be big stars
But we don’t know why and we don’t know how
But when everybody loves me
I wanna be just about as happy as I can be

Interesting, I now realise the album title also has appropriate connatations. Mr Jones is from the wonderful (seriously, if you’ve never listened to Counting Crows this is a good place to start) August and Everything After. And I guess that summer, August and everything after it was exactly what I was waiting for.

Do you like Counting Crows? What is your summertime song? Do drop a comment

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 2

It’s day two of the 30 day song challenge. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, check out my Day 1 post which explains the challenge and has the schedule. Lots of people liked my choice for day one, and I hope today’s song strikes a chord too.

Day 2: A song you like with a number in the title

I think everyone could guess what I’m going to choose for this one. Tim had worked it out before I said anything…

Dolly Parton: 9 to 5

It’s got to be Dolly! I love Dolly Parton (of course), I love this song, and the film behind it. On days when I’m finding it hard to get up, I can motivate myself by singing the opening to this song alone:

Tumble outta bed and I stumble to the kitchen
Pour myself a cup of ambition
Yawn and stretch and try to come to life

I practically act out the song to get me through the painful process of waking up, and by the end I’m always raring to go! Are all my readers out there Dolly fans, or am I alone in this one? Let me know your choice for today’s theme in the comments, and I’ll see you tomorrow for Day 3.

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 1

Hey! Tim starting doing a 30 day song challenge on twitter, and I’ve been wanting to join one of these challenges for ages so this one seemed perfect. Here’s the schedule:

Let’s get straight in with Day 1, shall we?

Day 1: A song you like with a colour in the title

First go and already a tough one. First songs that sprung to mind all had black in the title – Paint It Black, Back to Black, but I’ve decided to go for a brilliant song with my favourite colour in the title:

Prince: Purple Rain

There couldn’t be any other choice, could there? The songs has its best context within the film of the same name, of course, but it is still always one that’ll make me stop, listen, and sway along when it comes up on shuffle or something.

I’ll leave you with today’s stand out lyric

Honey, I know, I know
I know times are changing
It’s time we all reach out
For something new, that means you too

Let me know in the comments your choice for today. Are you going to play along with us on twitter? Come back tomorrow to see my choice for day 2. TTFN folks

Maggie Bob Reviews: 2017

Well, that was a year, wasn’t it? In all honestly, I could easily sit here and trash 2017 as terrible year and in a lot of ways – personally and in the world – the past 12 months haven’t given us much to smile about. However, I am eternally driven to look on the bright side of life and that is what I am doing here. I started the year with a list of goals, and I’ve not ticked many of them off, blaming my health and various things outside of my control. However instead I’ve achieved a whole bunch of things I’m really proud of that I didn’t even consider would be possible 12 months ago. So in the spirit of optimism and celebrating successes, here’s my 7 achievements of 2017.

  1. We bought a house! More on this in future posts I’m sure, but with some determination and help from family, we have managed to break out of the renting cycle and are happily settled in our new home now. We’ve already done quite a few DIY jobs to spruce the place up and really make it our own, and it’s just nice to know we can settle here and put down roots.
  2. I tried wall climbing, and didn’t freak out (too much). Given my fear of heights and my tendency to vertigo this was a really personal physical challenge and I’m ridiculously proud of myself. I’ve been to the indoor climbing arena a couple of times with friends from work now and actually made it to the top of a wall my first day. Further trips took a back seat thanks to the above mentioned house-buying and the onset of winter, but I’m hoping to pick this up again this year as I genuinely enjoyed myself and would like to improve. Plus – I learned how to tie myself in to my harness and that’s not a skill I want to waste.
  3. We’ve gone vegetarian. It’s something I’d wanted to move towards for a while, but it was much more achievable once Tim decided he wanted to make the switch too. So, one day in April we decided no more meat, and managed to keep that up. And yes, you can expect more vegetarian recipes and recommendations on this here blog in the future.
  4. I’ve been much better with my self-care – I’ve actually made a tangible dent in all my lovely bath time goodies with my regular(ish) bath nights. I’ve taken the opportunity to whack on a face mask while watching YouTube ‘just because’ and have even broken out my extensive nail polish collection and given myself the occasional home manicure. This is definitely one I want to keep up and even do more of in to the next year.
  5. I swam in a loch you guys! A long term dream has been to try open water swimming, and I got a shot during a team building day at Loch Lomond. We were actually paddle boarding and canoeing (also amazing new experiences) but after a few deliberate and accidental capsizings I decided to swim in to shore. The life jacket (safety first!) did impede my progress a bit, but this is definitely an experience I’d love to repeat. However, don’t know where I’m going to find a wet suit that fits me properly as the borrowed one I was in had to have the sleeves and legs rolled up, which contributed to me getting a bit too waterlogged!
  6. I had an amazing Halloween run of performing Rocky Horror stuff. One brilliant show with Denton Deviants in Dumfries and two shows providing live singing at BAAD. There’s already some exciting potential Rocky shows on the horizon and I’m hoping for plenty of opportunities to take to the stage in 2018.
  7. I. SAW. HAMILTON. Having booked the tickets in January 2017, and following many months of anticipation, a delay due to the theatre refurbishment running over, and a few changes in attendees, I took a road trip to London with some friends at the beginning of December and finally saw Hamilton actually live on stage in front of me. I did worry that having played the OBC recording to death that the show might lack a bit of impact but I was thankfully very wrong. I’m already planning for when I can go back – there’s so much to take in and I just want to be in the room where it happens once more.

There’s been some more things I’ve achieved and plenty I didn’t get around to, but reading all that back, it seems 2017 wasn’t such a dumpster fire of a year after all. And now the calendar has turned, I’m hoping I can keep going on to better and brighter – and more fun – things.

So, what’s your plans for 2018 folks?