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Laura’s Music Challenge 31

Walking across piano keys

1. Post a video of a song by a band with a number in their name.

2. Post a song by a one-hit wonder.

You have to actually watch the video! 😂

3. Post a video of a song that has a number in lyrics and/or title.

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PS: Oopsy! Forgot to link to Laura! 🤪🙃😂

Four on Friday

Shamrock

From Rory’s Question Fun Directory!

1. Have you ever been afraid of the dark?

Yes, at various times. From age 11, when I comprehended my own death and nothingness, I spent a year or so utterly terrified and unable to sleep. I tried to talk to my parents, but they didn’t understand. Eventually, the thoughts just settled within me and I went on, but occasionally they surge up. When my ex moved out in 2009, I became afraid again and had to sleep with the TV on for a while. Sometimes now I have to keep a light on, just randomly.

2. Have you ever been arrested?

No.

3. What were your first thoughts this morning when you awoke?

My back hurts. It’s still so dark. Winter is coming. What horribleness is in the news? Did anyone like my twitter poem from last night? (Yes!)

4. If you could have witnessed anything around the world in whatever time zone, what would you have loved to have seen first hand?

All of the world without people on it yet.

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Creative Fources

Shamrock

More Q’s from Rory, S1g4.

What truly motivates you to write?

Depends on the day. Could be a need to express emotion, which I tend to do best via the written word. Could be a need to express the joy of creativity, like yesterday when I wanted to capture how I felt about a beautiful painting of purple flowers. Or maybe I want to challenge myself with a writing prompt outside my usual genre simply to see if I can do it well. Sort of like an intellectual puzzle.


What’s cluttering up your life today and what are you doing about it?

I have a to-do list full of lots of unfinished writing (and other) projects, which bothers me, but I’m always running out of time for all the things. At this very moment, I’ve just finished my weekend paying work, which took me too long because I was texting in between, and now I still have cleaning I want to do. It’s almost 5pm though and it would be nice to relax tonight before work Monday, but I really can’t. This post is my break. Maybe in a couple hours I’ll blog more, or read.


Did you enjoy a creative childhood?

I think so, though there could always be more. I read a lot and began writing little poems early on. I had sketchbooks and paints, and loads of beads for bracelets and such. My mom loved arts & crafts, so we always had something going on ~ candle making, latch hook rugs, macrame, knitting blankets for dolls, etc. Each was a fad, but fun.


Have you ever wanted to write a book or if you have written a book do you feel accomplished for doing so?

I have written books… and at first I did feel accomplished, but now not so much really. My first one was easy because I simply globbed together previous writing, edited it a bit, and made a cover. I was thrilled to have some sales and grateful for each one. When I completed an entire novel though (while working full-time), it felt like a huge deal. I had amazed myself! But then I did it a few more times, so eh whatever. And it turns out that zillions of people are writing novels while working full-time. Plus, they are also finding the time to market their books properly and get way more sales and do promos and send newsletters and tweet and do Facebook ads and so knowing this…

I actually feel like a failure a lot of the time. Like, why did I bother sinking so fucking much of my time into writing? I could have just been watching TV like a normal person and reading romance novels written by others. Blogging sure, since I enjoy that and there’s no expectations. But I did think I’d “get somewhere” with my writing. No, not on the NYT bestseller list, but not a flatline week after week on Amazon either.

I’ve been taking a writing break because I feel so down about it all. And no, I’m not fishing for praise or rah-rah follow your dream type pep talks. Just venting. Maybe someone will come along and commiserate. We can be writing quitter buddies.

The Daily Four

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Song Lyric Sunday ~ Sky

Once again, Jim Adams gives us some great prompts to work with for our tuneful Sunday. I chose sky… “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by the Beatles from the 1967 Sgt. Pepper album. The lyrics are credited to the Lennon-McCartney songwriting partnership. Some people believe the song was about LSD because of the keywords and it’s weirdness. They said it wasn’t. Who knows. Who cares… it’s a fun song!

For the video, I’m sharing with you William Shatner’s absolutely bizarre take on the thing, because you just can’t have enough strangeness. Amirite?

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Friday Dance Cha Cha Cha

Dancer with ribbons

Let’s get the weekend kicked off with some dancing tunes! Join Larry and his cha cha cha party by posting a fun song! 🎉🎶💙

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Perchance to Dream…

Night sky with crescent moon and stars

As part of her “Working on Us” series, Beckie asks about sleep disorders…

1. Have you, or do you suffer from sleep disorders?

– It depends. If I engage in foolish behavior, my sleep will become disordered. Forex, if I stay up until the wee hours, for any reason, good or bad, I won’t be able to make up the lost sleep. (I’m physically unable to sleep past 6am or so.) I’ll be exhausted during the day, clumsier than usual, and feel awful. It will take almost a week of tiny naps and incremental earlier bedtimes to be okay again. I can’t simply go to bed at 8pm and get it over with because then I’ll wake at 2am and be done for the night.

2. Have you sought treatment for your sleep disorders?

– Yes, I have Valium for the times when I’m too upset to fall asleep naturally. Since I quit dating, at the end of 2016, I haven’t needed a refill.

3. Have you ever had a sleep study on you, and if so, what was recommended?

– No.

4. Has your doctor prescribed medication for your sleep disorder, if so, what has worked for you?

– Valium (Rx) or Benadryl.

5. Have you ever tried home remedies to alleviate your sleep disorders? 

– Yes, and they’re all silly. Drugs work. But even better is to eliminate stressful things from my life, such as dating.

6. What’s the longest amount of time you went without sleep?

– Probably 24 hours when I studied for my history test back at the U of I after blowing off many of the classes ~ very unlike me, but history is SO BORING. Eventually I said eff it and just memorized the 8 points of fascism. Luckily, that was the essay.

No, I don’t remember them. Geez. 🙄

I’ve always been a “good sleeper,” not fussy about where I get my 💤. I can sleep on a plane. I have slept on a train. I probably could sleep on a box. Or next to a pile of rocks. Etc. But as I age, I find it harder to stay asleep. If I’m in pain from a migraine or a backache, or if Gatsby is yelling, or a scary nightmare wakes me… boom 💥 it’s over for the night. Depending on the time, I may take something to try to return to dreamland; but if it’s 4am or later, meh. I’ll just get up.

I resist taking naps on weekends because there’s so much to accomplish on my list, but the times I succumb, I feel so much more energized. It’s hard to give myself permission though. I like to constantly cross stuff off on my list… naps are not an item. 🐱

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Laura’s Music Challenge 28

Walking across piano keys with music notes in the air

Oh, hello again Monday. I thought I had more time, but here you are. Let’s make things more fun by joining Laura’s song challenge, shall we? 🎶

1. Post a video of a song that reminds you of a loved one.

This one’s for my parents ~ always fighting, but together until she passed away.

2. Post a video of a song that mentions a food or drink.

Gotta get Weeeeird!

3. Post a video of a song that talks about rain or sunshine.

I like country music, so there!

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Song Lyric Sunday ~ Dream

Song Lyric Sunday

Jim Adams brings another great week of song choices with some sleepytime ideas, and I chose “California Dreamin'” by the Mamas and the Papas. This song was written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips, and it was first recorded by Barry McGuire. The best known version was sung by the M&Ps however and released as a single in 1965.

All the leaves are brown (all the leaves are brown)
And the sky is grey (and the sky is grey)
I’ve been for a walk (I’ve been for a walk)
On a winter’s day (on a winter’s day)
I’d be safe and warm (I’d be safe and warm)
If I was in L.A. (if I was in L.A.)
California dreamin’ (California dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day
Stopped into a church
I passed along the way
Well, I got down on my knees (got down on my knees)
And I pretend to pray (I pretend to pray)
You know the preacher like the cold (preacher like the cold)
He knows I’m gonna stay (knows I’m gonna stay)
California dreamin’ (California dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day
All the leaves are brown (all the leaves are brown)
And the sky is grey (and the sky is grey)
I’ve been for a walk (I’ve been for a walk)
On a winter’s day (on a winter’s day)
If I didn’t tell her (if I didn’t tell her)
I could leave today (I could leave today)
California dreamin’ (California dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day (California dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day (California dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day

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Laura’s Music Challenge 27

Piano music notes

Yay, it’s time to have some fun with another one of Laura’s song challenges! Join in and have a musical Monday. 😀🎶🎉

1. Post a video of a song that’s perfect when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

2. Post a video of a song you’d find humorous if it came on while making whoopie.

3. Post a video of a protest song.

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Trippy Dippy Do

Question fun

My goodness! Rory has outdone himself with a kabillion and one questions about holiday plans as if he means to become a travel agent or summat. Here we go then.

The Topic Today Is – Staycation, Vacation or Excavation?

What was the last holiday you took away from where you live?

– What do you mean what? I went to my daughter’s wedding celebration up norf.

Where did you go?

– NORF! It’s that way ^^^.

For you when is the best time to take a vacation [Holiday] as in which season, and why?

– Mrf? That’s a lot of things in one. The best time to go is when someone spots me their flyer miles which is why I’m going norf again this fall (it’s still that way ^^^).

Provide five links or titles [your choice] of the best comedy holiday films you have seen to date?

– Eh? So much work.

1. My Life in Ruins. Nia Vardalos from My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a travel guide in… guess where?

2. We’re the Millers. Sort of a “holiday” for a group of weirdos.

3. What’s Up Doc? Hilarious movie with some characters on holiday colliding with others on biz.

4. Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates. Dumb but funny.

5. Dirty Dancing. Okay, so it’s not a comedy, but I love it.

Did you overspend or underspend to your allocated budget for the vacation that you took?

– I spent the right amount.

Have you ever fallen unwell, experience jelly belly or worse on a holiday and what happened?

– Only briefly, probably from spoiled food. Nothing happened… just took it easy for a few hours.

Are you a mankini/bikini/teenykini or nokini holidayer/vacationer?

– I have modest swimsuits.

Last time you went potholing/skydiving/parachuting/dolphin or shark swimming and if none of those, when was the last time you swam in the deep blue?

– Stuck my toes in the Pacific a few years ago. I’m not a strong swimmer, so I don’t go in all the way.

How long do you normally vacation away?

– A couple days. I don’t like to leave Gatsby.

Please provide three musical tracks/song titles that make you feel in the vacation spirit?

Please display five images of the top archaelogical ruins you would love to visit or have visited and please define which they are [as in visited/love to visit].

– Would love to visit this old thing…

Buckingham Palace

If you are a staycationer, what do you tend to do when at home on your holiday/vacation break that is different to the normal routine?

– Nothing.

Last time you were seriously sunburnt was?

– Over 20 years ago.

Do you speak any languages if so which and how fluent are you?

– None, zero, meow.

When on holiday or vacation are you the same as when at home behaviour wise or are you a complete party animal?

– Same.

Have you when away ever upset the locals to the point that the law had to be brought in?

– Who told you?! I mean no. Of course not. Don’t be absurd.

Provide three images to the worst souvenirs you have ever purchased thinking they were fanbloodytastic when you bought them?

– I haven’t bought dumb things. Oh, that’s not true. In Florida when I was 13 I bought a plastic alligator from a vending machine. All gone now.

What is your preference, solo/group/duo or family holiday/vacation time away?

– Family.

Please name five places you have never seen that you would love to visit?

– Boston, Maine, England, Scotland, Ireland.

Why do you want to go there?

1. Boston = lobster roll.

2. Maine = Stephen King story settings.

3. England = old crumbly things.

4. Scotland = shortbread.

5. Ireland = supposed to be pretty.

Come on fess up, l’ll not tell a soul, but have you ever seriously embarassed yourself or been embarassed by another when on holiday/vacation so badly that you wanted to excavate yourself right there and then?

– Er no.

I realize this post makes me sound like the most boring of boring borings and I’m okay with that. Everyone else can sound exciting in comparison. I’m setting the curve. You’re welcome!

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© 2019 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.