Wednesday Randomness: Playlist of the Moment

Happy Wednesday, everyone. 🙂 

Today’s topic…sharing a playlist. The playlist I listen to most recently is kinda specific to a book I’m writing, but honestly, I just love the songs. Some of them are…well, some may consider them slightly depressing. As I was listening to it in the car on the way to our family camping trip, one of my kids piped up from the back “What is up with the slow, depressing songs? Geez!” So you’ve been forwarned. 

World Spins Madly On – The Weepies

Trying Not to Love You – Nickelback 
Your Love is a Song – Switchfoot
Crawling Back to You – Daughtry
Secrets – OneRepublic
the lonely – Christina Perri
I Won’t Let Go – James Morrison
I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
Prodigal – OneRepublic
I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
Bleeding Out – Imagine Dragons
What You Mean to Me – Christopher Wilde 
Come Back to Me-  Trading Yesterday
Something I Need – OneRepublic
Gone, Gone, Gone – Phillip Phillips
What Went Wrong? – Until June
Burning Bridges – OneRepublic
Halo – Haley James Scott
One Last Chance – Daughtry
Marchin On – OneRepublic
Demons – Imagine Dragons

C’est La Mort – The Civil Wars
The Beacon – A Fine Frenzy
White Blank Page – Mumford & Sons
Battle Cry – Imagine Dragons
Dark Paradise – Lana Del Rey
Maybe – Ingrid Michaelson
10am Gard du Nord – Keaton Henson
Breath of Life – Florence + the Machine
Home – Phillip Phillips
Say Something – A Great Big World
Somewhere Only We Know – Keane
Calls Me Home – Shannon LaBrie
Need – Hana Pestle
In My Place – Coldplay
Only You – Matthew Perryman Jones
arms – Christina Perri 

Wherever You Will Go – The Calline

F**kin’ Perfect – P!nk
Counting Stars – OneRepublic
I’d Come For You – Nickelback
I Would Die For You – Matt Walters
Shattered – Trading Yesterday
How Far We’ve Come – Matchbox Twenty
You and Me – Lifehouse
Monster – Imagine Dragons
Last to Know – Three Days Grace
In My Dreams – James Morrison
Your Arms Feel Like Home – 3 Doors Down
Look After You – The Fray
Broken – Seether
My Immortal – Evanescence
Here Without You – 3 Doors Down
Come Home – OneRepublic
Goodbye For Now – Nick Urb
‘Til Kingdom Come – Coldplay
Heart’s on Fire – Passenger
Echo – Jason Walker
Soldier – Gavin DeGraw
Savin’ Me – Nickelback

There you go – That’s four hours… LOL Yeah, some of the songs are sad and I end up like this…


If anyone is on Spotify, I have the playlist up there. Click here to check it out. 

Norris, did you notice there are THREE Nickelback songs on there?? And damn, that list is OneRepublic heavy. LOL 

Check out what the other ladies are listening to. 

Wednesday Randomness: Things I Fear

Happy Wednesday! Today, the lovely ladies and I are talking about our fears. Oh fears, I have’em. LOL
I’m going to do my top three. I could do more, but I’ve got a book to finish so I’m limiting myself to three. 🙂 So here it goes…

1. Spiders – this is the first things that pop into my head when I think of fears. I’ve always been afraid of them… Logically, I can tell myself it’s silly, but I see one and I freeze…or run screaming, arms flailing in the opposite direction if that’s a viable option. Luckily, I have a husband and son who are willing to terminate any that come around me. If I’m alone… objects get thrown across the room at the devil’s spawn. My aim has gotten pretty good.

2. Heights – I can’t do rollercoasters, much to my family’s dismy, and I’m wary of climbing things or being high up. Heights are not something I enjoy. Oddly, I don’t have a problem with flying, and even enjoy the window seat. *shrug* I think some of it is I’m not the most graceful person. I manage to trip on fall over air on the safe, flat ground. Why add dangerous heights that could result in my gruesome death into the mix? That’s just not smart, people.

3. Failure – I’m going deep here, folks. LOL Not an outside, tangible thing here. This is a fear that can be paralyzing. I’m my own worst enemy, to be honest. The biggest thing in my way. When I find myself in a cycle of self-sabatoge, often not realizing I’m doing it right away, the root of it is always fear of failure. Of falling flat on my face, of not being able to meet expections. And it’s easier to say I wasn’t able to do something because an outside force interfered than to admit I failed. Because who wants to fail. Not me!

And that’s it, my darlings.

Check out what the other ladies said this week…

Bronwyn Green
Kellie St. James
Kris Norris
Leigh Jones
Tess Grant

Until next week. 🙂

Wednesday Randomness: Pet Peeves

Happy Wednesday! This week, we welcome another author to the Wednesday Randomness. One of my all time favorite people… Kris Norris. I adore her and am so happy she’s jumping into this with us. Welcome, my dear!

When we decided to write on pet peeves this week, I was excited, thinking that I could knock this post out in no time. Wrong. I have stared at this blank page for longer than I care to share. But, without further ado, here is my attempt at listing my pet peeves.

1. Not following through – I think I’m pretty understanding. I get when life gets in the way and shit happens. Do I ever! But when it comes to people who promise and promise and never ever follow through on those promises? That burns my ass.

I’m not saying I don’t drop the ball sometimes. I totally do. I’ve gotten bogged down and been late on things more times than I care to remember. Or something has happened and I can’t do what I thought I could. BUT, I own it, I think. I explain and apologize and do what I can to make up for it (if it’s possible.) But what I’m talking about, what really pisses me off, is when this is the norm and the person doesn’t even seem to think there is a problem. There is no apologies, no acknowledgement that maybe their lack of following through has just fudged up my plans. 🙁

2. Self entitled people – News flash: The world doesn’t owe you anything, it’s not always someone else’s fault, the world doesn’t revolve around you.

This is a big one for me, because I just want to scream at people to grow the frick up and OWN their lives – the good, the bad, and all the freaking messed up shit. While how we grow up and who is in our lives definitely influence our decisions, placing the blame on those things for everything that goes wrong in our lives…it gets old.

And the thought that somehow you deserve more or better that the rest of us? Well, I’m not going to start ranting on that one because I wouldn’t get anything else done today. (And of course, I’m using “you” to generally address people who operate under these beliefs – not addressing anyone reading this blog specifically!)

3. Being unclear about expectations – It drives me up the wall when expectations aren’t clear. When suddenly I’m bearing the brunt of someone’s annoyance or anger because I didn’t do something “right”. If you want me to do something, and you want it done in a specific way, please, please, PLEASE tell me that upfront, for the love all things glorious!

4. Hypocrisy – This can come in many forms. Many, many forms. One I’ve come across recently that just makes me…not so much angry, but really, really sad…is I’ve heard people talk about someone who is going through a rough time. This person isn’t a nice person. He’s actually a pretty cruel, hateful person, truth be told. But when people I know found out about the horrible stuff happening in this person’s life, they went off on hate-filled rants about how this person deserved it and they hope he suffered, and so on. Now, don’t get me wrong, I will admit to having a thought or two about Karma and it biting someone in the ass. I did. BUT answering hate with hate? When has that ever turned out well?

I’m by no means perfect, and I’ve been guilty of pretty much everything on the above list at one point in my life.  I just hope I recognize it when it happens and do a one-eighty, yeah?

So those were biggies. There are other, more minor, things that drive me batty. These are pretty self explanatory.
1. People who don’t use their blinker when changing lanes or turning.
2. Chewing with mouth open.
3. Not separating laundry the right way (ie. my way)
4. Using the last of the toilet paper and not replacing the roll.
5. Asking questions during movies/tv shows (“Who’s that?” “Why she do that?” “Is he going to die?” Just shut up and watch!)
6. Double negatives.
7. Guys who say they are “babysitting” their own kids.
8. Not using a bath mat when taking a shower or bothering to wipe up the flood of water left behind, resulting in my socks getting soaked when I go to take my morning pee.
9. Leaving hair in the sink after shaving or trimming bangs or whatever.
10. Swearing in public – Note: I can curse up a blue streak and drop f-bombs like nobody’s business, but I try so hard to be aware of my surroundings. When I’m out with my kids – especially when they were little-little – it would drive me up the wall when people would swear wily-nily around them. Because I don’t want to have to explain why my cute little four year old just casually called her grandma a bitch, thank you very much.

I’m going to end there, because now that I’ve started, I could just keep on going. But I won’t.

So what are your pet peeves? Comment away, friends!

What drives the other girls up the wall? Go forth and find out!

Bronwyn Green
Leigh Jones
Kellie St. James
Tess Grant
Kris Norris

Until next week!

Wednesday Randomness: I Can’t Live Without…

Happy Wednesday! We have a couple of ladies joining Bron, Leigh and me on our Wednesday Randomness posts. Welcome Kellie and Tess! So glad you’re here. 😀

So this week, we decide to list five things we can’t live without. So here it goes…

1. Family & Friends – To be honest, I wasn’t going to mention people at all, and keep this limited solely to things. Mostly because I have a lot of wonderful people in my life and to list them all would be impossible someone would get left out inadvertently (because I have a sieve for a brain), and when I finally realized the error, I’d feel horrible and guilty and wallow in it.

That being said, I just had to list this first, keeping it general and not naming names. Why did I have to list this? Well, I’ve been reminded over and over again lately just how awesome the people around me are. I have tremendous support from those in my life. I’m so lucky I can hardly believe it. Specifically, my husband is just…well, let’s just say I don’t know what I’d do without him. (And I didn’t say his name so I’m sticking with my no naming names rule!) He’s been traveling a lot for work lately and this results in a couple things. First, I’m so grateful for the help and support from family and friends as I single parent it with four kids. Second, even when he’s a half a world away, he’s the only one that can really calm my neurotic ass down. And he does it, without hesitation, even though he’s off working insane hours in a foreign country. For example, I was stressing about something last night, just worked up, and once I’d talked to him – a handful of words while he was in between meetings – and I was able to relax and actually sleep.

So yeah, I’m incredibly blessed with the people who are in my life and I damned well know it!

2. Caffeine – I’m not particularly picky here. Coffee or pop, either will do. I need the caffeine. I’ve always had trouble sleeping, so as a woman who has a lot to do, I need to be able to function. Caffeine is my crutch, plain and simple. I realize that this is a bad cycle because I consume huge amounts of caffeine, which then affects my sleep, then I need more caffeine, and so on and so on. It’s a problem, and  I should probably cut back. Really really should. And I hope someday I can. But today is not that day. *glug glug*

3. My phone – Yeah, I’d be lost without it. I use it ALL the time. To check email and listen to music, My to do lists are all on there. I don’t even wear a watch; my phone IS my watch. And it’s how I’m available all the time for my kids. With three teenagers and one preteen, our schedule are insane. So checking in is done by text or phone call a lot of the times. Also, when I forget to pick up a kid (which has happened an embarrassing number of times) because I’m running with another or something, I can be contacted immediately. And speaking off, the regularly scheduled pick ups or drop offs? All scheduled in my phone to ding with reminders. Yeah, definitely be lost without my phone.

4. Internet – Seems silly but OMG, when my internet was down I thought I was going to go insane. INSANE!! Everything I do is online, almost! My family – mom, dad, siblings – live hundreds of miles away. Most of my friends live hundreds of miles away (AND I met most of them…yep, you guessed it, ONLINE). And yes, I can – and do – call and talk to them, but honestly the internet is what keeps us connected. Whether it’s email, IM, playing Words with Friends with my mom and sister, FaceTiming or Skyping with the hubby when he’s out of town, or using it for work/research, the internet is definitely my friend and a HUGE part of my every day life. It keeps me connected.

5. Tumblr – Okay, if forced to, like during a zombie apocalypse, of course I could live without Tumblr. But, guys, this is my happy place, I’m not ashamed to say. I can fangirl like crazy and just not think about stuff. It’s total escape for me, and sometimes, I just need that.

Check out what the other girlies said they couldn’t live without!

Bronwyn Green
Leigh Jones
Kellie St. James
Tess Grant

Until next week! 🙂