Tuesday, May 26, 2020

30 Days of Music Challenge

So about 40 days ago I noticed several of my facebook friends were playing a posting game: 30 Days of Music.  I thought the categories were quite interesting so I decided to play along.  We were all using the one below. 

30 Day song Challenge

If you Google 30-Day Song Challenge, you'll find a ton of templates.  Anyways, I wanted to share my list with you.

I have also created a Spotify list if you want listen instead of read:   Spotify List Here

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

 Raspberry Beret - Prince

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

8675390 (Jenny) - Tommy Tutone

Day 3: A song that reminds you of summertime

Summer Girls - LFO
Day 4: A song that reminds you of someone you’d rather forget
 Naughty Boy - Galaxy Express
Day 5: A song that needs to be played loudly
 Mr. Brightside - The Killers

Day 6: A song that makes you want to dance
Suavemente - Elvis Crespo
Day 7: A song to drive to
Get Out the Map - The Indigo Girls

Day 8: A song about drugs or alcohol
Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind

Day 9: A song that makes you happy

Juggernaut - The Shiz
 Day 10: A song that makes you sad
Amor Eterno - Rocio Durcal

Day 11: A song you never get tired of
Read My Mind - The Killers

Day 12: A song from your pre-teen years
Pelo Suleto - Gloria Trevi

Day 13: A song you like from the 70s
Layla - Derek and The Dominoes

Day 14: A song you’d love to be played at your wedding
Esa Mujer - Pepe Aguilar

Day 15: A song you like that’s a cover by another artist
Fotos y Recuerdos - Selena

Day 16: A song that’s a classic favorite
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys

Day 17: A song you’d sing as a duet in karaoke
Got Your Money - Old Dirty Bastard

Day 18: A song from the year you were born
Reunited - Peaches and Herb

Day 19: A song that makes you think about life
O Let Your Light Shine Bright - The Lilie Lewis Project

Day 20: A song that has many meanings to you
Not Ready to Make Nice - The Dixie Chicks

Day 21: A song you like with a person’s name in the title
 Bernadette - The Four Tops

Day 22: A song that moves you forward
Juice - Lizzo

Day 23: A song you think everyone should listen to
Bones - The Killers

Day 24: A song by a band you wish was still together 
No Controles - Flans
Day 25: A song you like by a dead artist
Back To Black - Amy Winehouse

Day 26: A song that makes you want to fall in love
Hanging by a Moment - Lifehouse

Day 27: A song that breaks your heart
Prometi Olivarte - Pepe Aguilar

Day 28: A song by an artist whose voice you love
Crossfire - Brandon Flowers

Day 29: A song you remember from your childhood
Let's Hear It for the Boy - Deniece Williams

Day 30: A song that reminds you of yourself.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Quarantine Reflections

When we started this whole quarantine business back on March 16 or so, I had every intention of keeping a diary/blog a day thing and then reality set in pretty quick and here we are my first post since early February.  So what exactly happened to all of my plans?  Well honestly, I was going to write to celebrate my first half-marathon back on Feb 22nd and it was a whole different experience from my other races but here we are May 18th and no post on the half-marry.

I am one of those people that needs to feel inspired to write.  Even with a great topic, I need will, idea, time, and space to be in a magic blend to actually write anything so here we are May 18th, 2020 and I have the magical blend.  I've been working from home since March 20th.  I am not a stay at home mom.  I've been navigating the waters of working full-time from home while dealing with a 3-year-old that is thrilled I am home all the time so we can hang.  It has not been easy and yet I know I am in a privileged position.  I am working.  I still received a steady paycheck and have help from my parents and husband so that when I have meetings during the day/night whenever, I can find space to turn on Zoom and work.

Okay so I do want to mark what has happened.  I need to write down some reflections/diary entries so that much like my pregnancy with my oldest, I can go back and remember.  As a hard-core introvert, I have no actually struggled much with the being away from people but I am struggling with the being with people all the time.  I miss my commute.  I miss the time to think, to write, to reflect.  There are 6 of us here all the time.  It is hard to think.  So what have I been doing?  I've been running/walking/working out in my backyard.  I get up, dress out, and move.  I have basically cut a track in our backyard.  40 loops is a mile.  I'm working on cutting a slightly bigger loop.  Last week, I actually got a 10-mile run done, so like 400 or so loops!  Good thing I change direction every half mile or so.

There has been a blessing in all of this.  I have been able to spend time with Baby Lala.  I have been working long and hard since before she was born.  I was still bleeding when I went back to work.  I've been career focused or focused on getting my dad through cancer treatment and often times both.  I was selfish and took up running in order to survive the stress.  That didn't leave much time for being the mommy of a baby/toddler/preschooler.  Now I'm with her 24/7.  It is hard to balance everything so honestly I don't.  I'm either in mom-mode or in work-mode.  I move unbalanced and someday unhinged between these two worlds.  I have loved watching Lala mature and grow.  She has been teaching herself to read.  She is so strong-willed and strong physically.  She is a force to be reckoned with.  In short she is amazing and everything I would like to think I could have been if I had been born 2nd instead of 1st.

And there is time with GymGirl.  She is so grown up.  She is all of 10 but is going on 20 entirely too fast.  She is an artist, digital.  She creates.  She still has a laugh that lights up my world.  When she and Lala get going, I swear it is what angels in heaven must sound like. 

Yes, I'm ready to be back in my office.  Yes, I miss the days of being a hard-driving focused and ambitious career woman.  But for right now, I'm reminding myself to take the time to enjoy the total lack of balance in my life.  My girls will never be this little again.  Time march forward so quickly.  Normally I would have heard about Lala's adventures in potty training instead of being hands-on.  I would only have a couple of hours each day with my girls instead of spending only a few hours a day on work (well 8 hours but in chunks so it doesn't feel as heavy). 

It is funny, right before covid turned everything upside down, my husband had made the move to full-time podcasting so after almost a year of not seeing each other, we were finally back together everyday.  It was awkward at first.  It was like starting over again, learning to share the space again.  Quarantine has actually allowed us the time and space to get intimate again, not physically [well also physically] but intellectually.  It has been nice.

What have I lost in this time?  Well I did have a fellow colleague pass away due to covid.  I have missed working with my students.  I cried on what would have been their graduation day.  I miss running with my badass run partner.  I miss going to coffee with the 2 people who bother to give me time. 

Will I be different after this?  I hope so.  Hopefully more aware and appreciative of those around me.  You even know when life is going to turn upside down so you better look around, take a deep breath, and understand this moment will never be here again.  I'm making these the best moments of my life.  I pray you are well.  Maybe magic will happen again soon and I'll write more about my adventures in developing my covid routine!  Maybe not?  We'll see.