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October 2021

New Song of the Week: 10-29-21

I’m a total traitor to my sex when I say that I’ve never been a massive John Mayer fan.  Sure, I can appreciate him, but I’ve never really been at the “OMGeeeee!!!! JOHN MAYER!!!!!” level of chickdom.  But I have to say I’m totally liking his new single “Wild Blue” more than I have song of his in the past.

Ok, so the video is kind of lame. Nevermind that.

 

I am loving the chill, vibey sound to this song.  It makes me think of a beach vacation, and it definitely has a guitar lick that channels Fleetwood Mac’s “Rihannon”. Maybe that’s why I like it? The older I get, the more I appreciate Fleetwood Mac.  Same goes for chilled-out Adult Contemporary music- something I never had much use for in the past. Middle Age, I see you!

 

It’s really not a bad thing, though.

 

New Song of The Week: 10-22-21

Yeah, so I know I always feature Miranda Lambert’s new music on my blog, but only because Miranda continues to deliver great Country music.  I feel like she only gets better, and her new single “If I Was a Cowboy” is definitely going into my playlist, like pretty much everything else that she has.

“If I were a Cowboy, I’d Be Queen”

Ya damn right.

 

She’s working on a new album, and just dropped a holiday album with her side project “The Pistol Annies” today, so if you’re a Miranda fan like I am, you’ve got plenty to look forward to!

New Song of the Week: 10-16-21

So, I just gave birth and was in a hospital for a couple days with not much to do but be medicated and play on my phone. (What did people do in the hospital before smartphones? Seriously.) A lot of new music came out this Friday, but you already knew who the winner was gonna be, because, you know, Adele.

Her new single “Easy on Me” is everything you would expect.  Incredible vocals, relatable emotions, and just another great record from a timeless artist.  I love that she waits until SHE is ready to put out new music. The wait is always worth it.

Yup, Adele always gives me faith in today’s music.  And how incredible does she look? Wowza!

Can’t wait for her new album “30” on November 19th

Leave Pregnant Women Alone!

As of this minute, I am 39 weeks pregnant.  So, I’m due like any second now.  While I wait for the big event to happen, I’m reflecting on the past 9.5 months, and to be fair, I’ve had a pretty good pregnancy, especially considering my age (38).  Just headaches, backaches, and of course, the not fun part of limiting my usual activities- horseback riding, tennis, cardio, wine…yeah, all that had to come to a halt-but overall, it’s been a really cool, rewarding experience.  It was actually way better than I had anticipated, and growing a human is literally the coolest thing I have ever gotten to do.  But there is one gripe, aside from the migranes… the seemingly constant judgement from others.

Yeah, I knew that Mom-shaming is a thing, and I need to prepare myself for even more of it after Baby B comes, because everyone wants to judge everyone else’s parenting choices.  Which is insane to me, because I’m pretty sure there are plenty of ways to be an awesome parent, and everyone has different ways of doing it well.  But when the baby is in utero, it seems that you and your choices become public property immediately, there to have stones cast upon you when you are not even asking for it.

For example, a few weeks ago, I was loading groceries into my car at Wal-Mart.  A woman cruised up to me in her motorized cart and admonished me for not wearing a mask. Seriously. “You better be wearing a mask with that baby inside you” was the direct quote.  Even though I was outside and had noone around me, this crazy still felt the need to go out of her way to gove her unsolicited opinion.  Or the woman at Starbucks telling me that I shouldn’t be drinking coffee while pregnant. (OB told me to go for it…just have a latte if I need an afternoon boost to cut back on caffeine)  Or the aquaintance who told me that I was crazy if I didn’t breastfeed- all I had said was “We’ll see how it goes”- and she flipped saying that everyone should breastfeed.  (Infertile women like me have less of a chance of success with that, so that’s why I wasn’t adamant that I would.  I have no idea what’s going to happen, so I like to set my expectations low)

And of course there were the host of people judging me for horseback riding through the first timester (Again, appoved by OB) or the endless “Oh, you better not drink your wine” comments.  Oddly enough, the OB even approved 1-2 glasses of red wine a week- but I’ve been more into Orange Juice, so it was kind of a moot point- but still… if I wanted to have that wine, hey, my choice.  That reminds me, I was buying a bottle of Whiskey for JB and a woman at the liquor store said “I hope that’s not for you”.  So what if it was?  I mean, obviously it wasn’t, but still… having a baby bump seems to give everyone a free pass to state their opinions.  If only it didn’t take me 10 minutes to come up with the perfect comeback. Ah, well.  But it’s not just me who gets the judgement- check out this thread that popped up on the Whattoexpect forum: https://community.whattoexpect.com/forums/october-2021-babies/topic/dammit-im-having-a-glass-of-wine-122431802.html?utm_source=nl&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailydigest&utm_content=dd_C_20211003&member_id=996795242(I get these e-mails constantly, and this one caught my attention).

Jeebus… judge much?

 

Here’s the thing: Pregnancy is awesome, and it would be even more awesome if we could all mind our own damn business and let people make their choices without being harshly judged for it.  Granted those choices aren’t obviously dangerous, like drugs, etc.  But in my experience these past few months, people want to judge for the most inane reasons (Lunch meat! Epidural! Labor Induction!) and it’s stupid.  Humans have existed for centuried upon centuries with some pretty shady conditions, and somehow, here we are.  As for women, shouldn’t we be nicer and more understanding to each other?  We are all going through the same thing- so please, stop judging over breastmilk vs. formula, or which car seat is the best. I’ve learned from all the pregnancy and motherhood forums that most people are craaaazzzyyy and I’ll just do what feels right for me and my family and let it be.

This actually can be applied to most things in life, really.

Also, to all of my amazing friends and family who have been nothing but supportive? I love you!

Also, I can’t wait for the Mommy-Judging to begin after Baby B is here. Maybe I’ll finally learn to have a snappy comeback in less than 10 minutes!

 

But most of all… I can’t wait to finally meet my baby boy, after all these years of trying.  He is going to be so loved, and that is the most important thing of all.

 

New Song of the Week: 10-8-21


Ok, so I’m a huge Elton John fan, so I am really excited about his upcoming album “The Lockdown Sessions” which features collabs with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Dua Lipa to Lil Nas X to Miley Cyrus.  It will be out on October 22nd, and Elton’s camp has been teasing us with a few of the songs off of it.  This one stood out to me so far- it’s a collab with pop star Charlie Puth, and it’s called “After All”:

I’m really loving this… it has kind of a 90’s groove to it, and Charlie Puth definitely has one of the better male voices in today’s music.  Elton’s vocals are a bit overproduced, but he’s 74, so it’s ok.

 

I can’t wait to hear more from this album in a couple of weeks!

New Song of the Week: 10-1-21

I love a good cover song, and there’s been a lot of great versions of “Love Hurts” from The Every Brothers to EmmyLou Harris and Gram Parsons to Nazareth.

Well, add this one to the list.

 

One of my favorite female voices- Ashley Monroe- who is a solo Country artist and a member of The Pistol Annies- is on this track, as well as Tyler Cain and Ruston Kelly.  Ashley is one of the most underrated voices in the industry, and I’m still baffled as to why more people don’t know about this songbird.

Anyway, check out this version of “Love Hurts”

 

Right? So good.

This version has gotten little to know fanfare, which is bulhonkey.  So I’m just trying to do my tiny part.

But if Luke Bryan was singing about tailgates and short shorts and shaking it for the catfish, it’d be straight to #1, bet.

 

It’s a strange, messed up world we’re living in, kiddos.