The prompt for “Stream of Consciousness Saturday” is YAWN.
Glad to be joining in with Stream of Conscious Saturday (#SoCS). I start this post with thoughts of the Doobsters, Joey, and Dan.
On my mind right now?
1) JOURNEY COVER BAND
Need to post soon about the Journey cover band, Frontiers, we saw play last night at the Tin Pan.
I did not YAWN at all.
Sometimes we see cover bands and it is yawn and leave early. But NOT this time.
The singer, Elaine Tuttle, is a trained opera performer and vocal coach. Her singing, and the band’s playing, reminded me again about how live music is good for the human soul.
During the concert, I was also reminded about the episodic memories that emerge while hearing music we grew up with. Journey was never a top band for me, but their music was part of my culture. Dawn came to mind. So did Lori S. from freshman year in high school. So did Steve from ’87. Then, my old high school friend, Kim H., texted me during the concert. We usually check in ONLY on birthday’s and so it was a surprise. We shared a few texts during the concert and it was like she was with me. (That reminded me of a time when Sherri Matthews and I were emailing in real-time during a piano recital a few years ago – the digital world has perks.)
Getting back to the Journey cover band, there is a personal “redemption story” with this concert experience and so I will share that when I make the post.
2) Tiramisu Cake Post Coming Soon
We had a tiramisu cake on V-day and this needs a post of its own (because priorhouse blog has a cake category). In the meantime, here are the Valentine’s Day flowers:
3) Lady by the River BOOK POSTS coming soon.
I plan to post about Lady by the River book over the next few weeks. This is a book I put together with eight other authors and I really look forward to a series of posts sharing about the book. The posts are meant to market this enriching self-help book, but the posts should also offer some inspiration for those do not get the book.
4) Cubano and Beer Post in the works
I have a post coming up about beer and a Cubano sandwich (for Sorryless and Dale) and to share about how blogging connects to real life.
5) Balance & Tidying Up:
The guest room make-over is almost done. Thanks to Joey, I will be adding a small batch of books for guests to peruse just in case. I am still glad to have parted ways with 21 bags of books. And thanks to comment sharing with author Joy Pixley (here) I realized so much more about book organization and storage.
The Konmari method (here) is a topic that came up at least four times this week. Winter 2019 will always be associated with this trendy chatter about how we need to “tidy our spaces” so “more joy” can unfold.
My thoughts on tidying up?
“Defining tidy will vary for each person. Too much tidying up can lead to minimalism that feels sterile and not alive; Too little tidying up can lead to feeling smothered and weighed down.”
That reminds me of VJ’s challenge this week, which is the word balance.
My thoughts on balance?
“Sometimes life needs lots of imbalance to have a natural balance.”
Mr. Money Mustache (here) recently shared thoughts on this – and how sometimes a busy season reaches a point of not knowing if it is stimulating and life-giving or becoming too much and might be time to pause:
Do you agree?
How do you define balance?
6) Favorite Photo of the Week:
Lisa at Northwest Frame of Mind (here) and Amy Maranto (here) are sharing their favorite photos of the week in a weekly wrap-up post (great idea). With that in mind, I decided to share my favorite photo of the week:
Here is the original:
Here is my edited version:
Which one do you like better? A or B?
Or do you think a “C” is needed? ha.
How was your week?
Care to join in with Linda’s challenge? #SoCS is here
word count for this post – 762 (there is not a word limit for this challenge, but my goal is to keep my SoCS wc under 1000)