Teaser Tuesday – Mr. Mercedes

Remember the last time I was talking about how I never have time to read?  I think I finally found a solution.  I’m not sure if it will entirely replace reading in my life, but at least it’s filling in the gap for now.

I discovered Audible and listening to books rather than reading them.  Do you realize how many hours we waste just driving?  My drive is a half hour each way to work and sometimes longer depending on traffic.  Now I can fill that time with words and stories rather than getting pissed off at idiotic drivers.  I also realized it was something to do while I crochet rather than trying to “watch” television.  I’m not so good that I can’t watch my hands, so I realized I was missing a lot while I was busy crocheting.

It is rather expensive, but if it’s something I will use, I will consider it worth it.  Besides, the first book is free, so why not give it a try?

The first book I downloaded was Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King.  I’m enjoying King’s writing style (as usual) and the chilling look into the killer’s mind.  I’m not very far into it, but it is exciting and intense and I can’t wait to get into my car every morning so I can listen to it.


Since I don’t have page numbers to go by, I will let you know that this quote comes from the tale end of Chapter 14.  I hope you enjoy!

“What he knows now is that guilt isn’t the only reason people commit suicide.  Sometimes you can just get bored with afternoon TV.”

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Jenn at Books and a Beat.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Mindful Monday – Learning to embrace change

I can’t believe it’s been another week… the time is just flying by.  It makes me think about how quickly things can change.  Change is a way of life and as much as I don’t like change, it happens every single day.  The way my world looked a year ago is completely different than what I’m living now.

Last year, I was working a job I thoroughly disliked and I was unhappy as hell.  I felt like I was going backwards in my career, not only with compensation, but also with what I was doing.  It was a pretty rough situation.  Looking back now, I’m amazed that I almost ended up staying…

I’d been halfheartedly looking for a job and hating every minute of it.  I remember one random Sunday I sent my resume to two different places while I was making my Monster page public.  Two days later, I couldn’t even remember the name of those companies or what the jobs were.  You can imagine my surprise when one of them called me two or three weeks later.

I decided to set up a phone interview, but two days before it was supposed to happen, I almost cancelled it.  I was talking to my Fiance about how maybe things weren’t that bad at the current job and things were starting to change.  He told me I should keep the interview, “it’s good to have options,” he said.  I still almost cancelled it…

I decided to keep the appointment and I can’t even tell you how grateful I am that I did.  I’m moving up quicker than I thought possible and I have a boss who respects me and sees my potential.  She has raised my pay twice in less than a year and I have another pretty fancy title coming my way as well.  I’m finally happy in my day job after three long years of feeling in-between.

What does all of this have to do with Mindfulness?  I believe it’s about not attaching too heavily to the situation you’re in today.  Accept it, be in the moment, but also know that things will be very different in a week, a month and most definitely a year.

I have a hard time with change, but it can be a good thing in the end.

Bee at A Spirit of Healing is currently hosting Mindful Monday while Colleen at Silver Threading is away.


Song Lyric Sunday – Summertime by Ella Fitzgerald

I’m not a huge Jazz fan – it can get a little much for me at times, but there are some songs that are classic and can take on a meaning all their own.  I think what makes this one so amazing is Ella Fitgerald; her voice is so smooth and silky and I just can’t get enough.

The lyrics to the song are simple, but they make me think of childhood innocence and how Mom and Dad made it all better.  I can’t remember feeling that way a whole lot when I was growing up, but I know I felt it sometimes and it was a magical feeling.  I believe there is a far deeper meaning in this song, but I can only imagine it will mean different things to different people.  I just know that the song gives me chills when I hear it and I can’t quite explain why.

“One of these mornings you’re gonna rise up singing…”

Summertime by Ella Fitzgerald
Written by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin
Lyrics found at AZ Lyrics

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’
So hush little baby, Don’t you cry

One of these mornings you’re gonna rise up singing
And you’ll spread your wings and you’ll take to the sky
But ’til that morning, there ain’t nothin’ can harm you
With Daddy and Mommy standin’ by

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’
So hush little baby, Don’t you cry

One of these mornings you’re gonna rise up singing
And you’ll spread your wings and you’ll take to the sky
But ’til that morning, there ain’t nothin can harm you
With Daddy and Mommy standin’ by

For this week, the theme is Summer.  Feel free to click the link and join us in sharing music and lyrics.


Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 6/19/16

I know tomorrow is Father’s day, but I didn’t really think about that in terms of my theme until just a few minutes ago.  I’ve sat here for a few minutes debating on whether or not to change it, but I think I will go with my original idea.  After all, Father’s day is all about the start of summer, barbecues and spending time with family.

I feel like summer took forever to get here this year and I spent a few months just longing for the sun, the heat and being able to walk outside barefoot if I wanted to.  I used to think of summer in simple terms like that.  I suppose I still do in many ways.

Anyway, if you haven’t already figured it out, the theme for Song Lyric Sunday on June 19th is “Summer“.  Pick a song that makes you think of summer, that has the word in the title or lyrics, or pick one of your own that has nothing to do with the theme.  We’re all open to sharing and listening to new, amazing music.  Most of all, just enjoy the process.

Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due and it’s honestly just a simple Google search
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  • Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process

Feel free to use the Song Lyric Sunday badge by copying it into your post or add it to your site to show you are participating.


SoCS – Change your perspective, Change your world

I’ve taken a bit of a break this past week.  I wasn’t planning it, but I was frantically trying to finish a blanket for a baby shower of a co-worker and I’m one of those really annoying people who procrastinate until the last second.  I always told myself I work better under pressure, but to be honest, I was quite put out with myself this time.

Anyway, it’s back to normal doses of all my favorite things, one of which is blogging.  I don’t know how I ever went a month without it.  A few days now and I’m dying to get back to all of you.

The really funny thing is that when you take a step away from writing and come back, your mind is much more silent than if it’s something you are doing every day.  Our prompt today is “class” and it makes me think of stereotypes or labels, which I really dislike.

However much I dislike them, it’s hard to get past them.  We’ve sort of defined society this way and as much as I don’t like it, I find myself putting people into predefined classes.  Even thinking about it now, when I try to picture someone who is “lower class” I find myself thinking of the lowest common denominator, but are all those people really drug dealers, dirty and unkempt?  No, they aren’t.  Is someone who lives in a trailer really “trailer trash”?  It’s such a terrible thing to say about someone (and even now my head is saying, “well, it’s true in some cases”).

I think the hardest thing is to not judge someone until you’ve spent some time trying to know them.  I’m surprised all the time at how my original judgments are completely wrong.

I have a co-worker (funny enough, she’s the one who had the baby shower) and when I first started working there, I always thought she was stand-offish and rude.  She hardly ever talked to anyone and when she did interact, it was in short bursts.  It’s been really hard to get to know her and there were points this year when I honestly thought she disliked me, so I started reading into all her quirky behaviors and classifying them into some not-so-nice things.

About two weeks ago, I found out she’s never had a problem with me and I realized, her standoffish behavior is just how she is.  It isn’t personal to me.  She’s just quiet and reserved.  I can’t say I know her better today than I did two weeks ago, but it’s amazing to me how when you change your mindset, everything looks differently.

She isn’t necessarily any more open with me, but I’ve changed how I am with her.  I interact with her more and I work with her, where as before, I always hesitated to work with her because she was so reserved.

It leads me to believe that many of the issues we have with other people are our own issues and once we change our own perspective, outlook and behavior, things can change for the better.

Happy Saturday everyone!

This post is part of Stream of Consciousness Saturday hosted by Linda G. Hill. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “class.” Use any meaning of the word in your post. Enjoy! Please feel free to click the link and join in the fun.


One-Liner Wednesday – Fill the World with Love

“My wife’s the reason anything gets done
She nudges me towards promise by degrees
She is a perfect symphony of one
Our son is her most beautiful reprise.
We chase the melodies that seem to find us
Until they’re finished songs and start to play
When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
That nothing here is promised, not one day.
This show is proof that history remembers
We lived through times when hate and fear seemed stronger;
We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.
I sing Vanessa’s symphony, Eliza tells her story
Now fill the world with music, love and pride.”
-Lin-Manuel Miranda

One-Liner Wednesday is hosted by Linda G. Hill. Click the link, read the rules and join in now! You won’t regret it!

I’m totally cheating this week, but I just couldn’t help it.  I had to post Miranda’s acceptance speech for Best Original Score for Hamilton at the Tony Awards on Sunday.  Taking out just a piece of it leaves the rest of it just hanging there, when the entirety of it is, as my daughter so eloquently stated, goddamn beautiful.  If you haven’t seen the YouTube video floating around social media, I highly suggest you watch it.  He says it so much better than just the words written here on the screen.