Yes, I know it’s Wednesday. However I was debating on waiting until tomorrow to post this because (not to rub it in or anything but I find myself in the middle of a 5 day holiday) my “Monday” will be Thursday. Why did I decide to take 5 days off from the Pit of Despair? Well you see… I could. Every year we have what is called a leave scramble. You are expected to know when you will want to take vacation time for the next year. Yah, not so much. How do I decide when to take time off a whole year in advance? Find one of our thirteen observed holidays and make a long weekend out of it or open the calendar and pick a random day. Super scientific I tell ya. Since yesterday was a “real” holiday most people would have enjoyed a three-day weekend. Greedy little me needed a bit more time away than that to practice my Jedi skills. I’m really trying to work on not getting so worked up and learning to relax. If you know anything about first-born kids you know how well this is going.
Enter the theme for this week’s Mix-up: relax damn it!
Only Time~ Enya
Make fun if you will but I’ll bet I’m not the only one that hums along when this comes on at the store. Also good to sit in a comfy place with a candle or two and some incense (I like Nag Champa) and just breathe.
Let Her Cry~ Hootie and The Blowfish
It’s taken me a while to really like the sound of Hootie and his fishy friends but for whatever reason this song is the perfect stop-and-mellow-out sound.
True Colors~ Phil Collins
Not only was I an orchestra nerd I was also in every choir I could sign up for in high school. I had fun as an alto and first soprano was a challenge I accepted gladly. This was one of the songs that a ladies ensemble I was in performed for state competition. Nine of us walked away from that performance with gold and a new favorite song in our hearts.
A Long December~ Counting Crows
Back to that friend I kind of dated back in the day. Lots of time spent listening for the answer to what seemed like a dark question. Some music helped and some just made me feel that what I was going through was ok.
18 Days~ Saving Abel
Sometimes hope and strength are found hidden within a melancholy song.
Let Him Fly~ Dixie Chicks
I don’t often admit to listening to country music but I have been caught enough to say… yes, I’ve heard of the Dixie Chicks. I like them even. This song especially. Picture a poor little teen girl freshly dumped driving just to drive… this song blaring as the little green Saturn makes it all better.
Cry Me a River~ Diana Krall
To be honest I’ve never heard of this artist before looking for this song. She really makes me want to head down to Nola now. Ugh. vPod has several different artists performing the song. It’s been in my head off and on for a couple of weeks and figured it needed to be released onto you good people. I’m off to find out more about Diana Krall now.
Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to enjoy my last free hours before I have to return to the Pit of Despair tomorrow. Good book, tasty coffee, free time. I’m happy.