Tune for Tuesday – Joe Sorenson, “King For A Day”

I can’t believe I forgot to do this earlier!

There were three, well, four songs during This Is My Brave, and I can’t stop singing all of them. Libby, Greg, and Joe performed Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” to kick off the show; then Wes sang an original song entitled “Rain Came Down;” then Libby performed an original song she wrote called “Looks Like Love;” and then Joe sang his original song “King For A Day.” They were all phenomenal.

Today’s Tune for Tuesday is courtesy of Joe. You will be able to one day say, “I knew Joe Sorenson when….” He is an incredible artist, and an even more incredible person. Go, Joe!

Here is “King For A Day.” (Many thanks to Talya Miller for uploading the video.)

Happy listening!

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This Is My Brave

On Friday night, I took part in a once-in-a-lifetime moment with an amazing group of people, sharing our stories about and our experiences with mental illness.

And everyone was excellent.

Once the whole show is put out online, I will make sure I post that video, because everyone’s stories need to be heard.

For right now, though, you get my story. If that’s all right.

I wasn’t really nervous – just worried that my story wasn’t nearly as compelling as everyone else’s. But everyone else said my story was really good.

I am so glad to have shared it. It is the first step.

A couple things. You will hear my full real name, and this is the only time I will ever say it or mention it here on the blog. You get to know what the plain and the able really are, if you haven’t already guessed that. I don’t know why, but the audio and the video are a tad bit out of sync. And some of what I say may seem unbelievable and extreme, but it is the gods honest truth. What I wrote and performed just scratches the surface of my mental illnesses. If you want to know any more, feel free to ask. I will answer any question(s) to the best of my ability.

Thank you to our producer Brook Easton and our director Lisa Baum for putting everything together so beautifully.

Thank you to my fellow cast members – Greg Thompson, Sandy Koloupek, Ryan Hansen, Anna Bandfield, Erika Miranda-Bartlett, Hannah Twitchell, Wes Forester, Heather Akers, Ted and Annie Potter, Elizabeth “Libby” Potter, Diane Painter, Diana DeSerano, Margelea Warner, Chillipepperwild, Joan Becker, and Joe Sorenson. You guys are all incredible and wonderful people, you speak for me with your words and pictures and songs, and you all are so so brave.

Thank you to my family for your support and love throughout the years; extra special thanks to Older Sister for filming this video and posting it.

Thank you to my relatives as well, for the same love and support.

Thank you to everyone I’ve ever met, for everyone taught me lessons, big or small.

Thank you to my boyfriend, Johnny, for being there and making me smile and for being so understanding with it all.

And finally, thank you to all my followers and readers of this blog.

Stay brave, all of you. (That should be my new catchphrase – “Stay brave.”)

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Temporary (tattoo) fix

Posting this now, just to remember it, because it’s all mostly sluffed off now.

I applied a temporary tattoo to the inside of my right wrist. It was a snowflake from a “Frozen” inspired temporary tattoo set.

Yes, just a subtle reminder to “Let It Go.” tee hee.

frozen temp tattoo

It was pretty while it lasted.

I’ve also got one on my left foot that has lasted a lot longer, and I hope it’ll last a long while. Only I don’t have a picture of that one for you. It’s from the same tattoo set, and similarly pretty. So. Use your imagination.

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Tune for Tuesday – Lenka, “Bring Me Down”

Just know that, life is going really well right now. I mean, the weather is chilly, and cloudy, but there is an abundance of metaphorical sunshine.

So why I woke up this morning thinking this song is beyond me.

I love Lenka. Her’s was one of those album purchases that just looked interesting, so I bought it and I love it. Plus the album cover photo is just so cute, don’t you think? I love her, she’s adorable, and she has a great voice, and great lyrics.

Again, I just don’t know why I woke up thinking this song.

Well, it is catchy.

From her 2008 debut album “Lenka,” this is Lenka with “Bring Me Down.”

(FYI, I do have this album – I just didn’t have time this morning to post the MP3. So the video, as it were, will have to do.)

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Sorry, so sleepy, but….

So I should really be asleep, because I am dead tired. There was a major move at work today and, while I didn’t physically have anything to do with the move, I felt it along with everyone else. So, that’s why I’m so tired.

Plus, I put the finishing touches on The Book today. All that’s left for me to do is copy and bind it, myself (it’s going to be waaaay cheaper that way). In the interim, I have scanned it as a PDF, and I’m trying to figure out what I’d like to do with the PDF. Any suggestions? Maybe make it an e-book? Just not before family, relatives, and friends receive their paper copies first. Hey, I’m only being fair.

I’ve also got a lot to look forward to this weekend. Tomorrow morning, we might mow, depending on the weather. Johnny and I have plans for after my guitar lesson tomorrow afternoon. And Sunday is Mother’s Day, so we might take Mom out to lunch somewhere – only that also depends on the weather, because we’re supposed to get severe weather on Sunday.


Meanwhile, tonight, I’m still awake, and I have my Pandora stream going. Ooo, Beth Orton, “This One’s Gonna Bruise.” Good song.

And I’m having more fun with questionnaires. So here’s another one.

1. Are you young at heart, or an old soul?
~ I am both, young and old. I will always be a child at heart, but I’ve always felt older than a lot of people, if that makes sense.

2. What makes someone a best friend?
~ I quote a quote I found online about friends: “Someone you can trust with your life, who has seen the best and worst of you, and will be there whenever you need someone to talk to. There is a balance in the relationship between give and take. You feel so in sync with then that you can comfortably share your innermost feelings and thoughts.” That makes a best friend.

3. What Christmas (or Hanukkah) present do you remember the most?
~ A couple of my angel figurines. I got them the same Christmas – one was the first present I opened, and one was the last present I opened.

4. Tell me about a movie/song/tv show/play/book that has changed your life.
~ A movie that changed my life? “Gods and Monsters.” A book that changed my life? The Language of Goldfish by Zibby O’Neal. A TV show that changed my life? “Daria.” A play that changed my life? There isn’t one, or at least, I haven’t seen it yet. A song that changed my life? Wow. Too many to name.

5. Name one physical feature that you like about yourself, and one you dislike.
~ I don’t know – I don’t think like that. I guess I like my eyes. I know I dislike my hair, because it hardly ever cooperates.

6. Would you like to reconnect with any friends you’ve lost contact with?
~ Yes, with Cora, Serena, Brooke, Virginia, and all my friends from Partial.

7. What’s more important in a relationship: physical attraction or emotional connection?
~ While both are important, I think the emotional connection is the strongest, and should be the strongest.

8. Name a movie that you knew would be terrible just from reading the title.
~ They always say ‘you can’t judge a book by its cover,’ but sometimes they’re wrong. “Robin Hood: Men In Tights,” and, yes, it was a horrible movie. And my apologies to the late Robin Williams, but “Death to Smoochy.” Older Sister and Younger Brother loved that movie, but I hated it.

9. What holiday do you most look forward to?
~ Halloween. I wish I could explain why, because it isn’t for obvious reasons.

10. How is the relationship between you and your parents?
~ We are closer now than we’ve ever been, even though Dad lives in Idaho.

11. You’ve got the TV on, but you’re not really watching. What channel is the TV on?
~ The Weather Channel. Just for noise.

12. Name a song that never fails to make you happy.
~ “Valentino” by Diane Birch.

13. You know at least one person named Michael. Tell me about him.
~ My uncle Michael. I was really little when I knew him best, but over time….I just don’t know him very well anymore. From what I know, he is funny and nice and smart and kind.

14. Have you ever read the “missed connections” on Craigslist? Have you ever posted one, or wanted to?
~ I’ve never been to Craigslist, so I don’t know what the ‘missed connections’ are.

15. If you could pick anywhere to live the rest of your life, where would it be?
~ Seattle, Washington. Or anywhere close to family, most likely in Illinois.

16. Can money buy happiness?
~ No.

17. Do you drink? Smoke? Do drugs? Why, or why not?
~ No, no, and no. Because when I was five years old, I swore on my life I would never get into such things, because of a relative who had a drug problem at the time. When Mom said the relative was “hooked on drugs,” I imagined a huge heavy iron fishhook snagged clean through my relative’s cheek, and my relative’s dead weight hanging from it. No, I really did picture that as a five-year-old. That was a very scary image. The relative is since clean and sober, but that has always stuck with me.

18. Is there anyone close to you that you know you can’t trust? You don’t have to give names.
~ I used to know some people like that, but since I’ve removed myself from those situations, I currently trust everyone I know. No one I know would ever steer me wrong.

19. Where was your favorite place to go when you were a little kid?
~ That small town in Illinois, to visit grandparents and relatives. It’s still a favorite place to go.

20. Have you ever spent a night in the hospital?
~ Yes, back during that January when I was seventeen. I spent two days in the hospital.

21. Do you enjoy being with only one or two friends, or with a large group of people?
~ I enjoy both situations equally nowadays. Used to be I could only tolerate one or two people, but now I enjoy that or bigger groups. So. I’ve come a long way.

22. Do you like the type of music your parents listen to? Do your parents like the type of music you listen to?
~ Yes. My parents had very diverse and distinct tastes when I was growing up. Dad was more eclectic, a fan of progressive rock, hard rock, jazz, and more, while Mom was the classical fan, the soft rock fan, and the main player of our beloved kidling records. So my taste in music was equally inherited from both parents. I am proud of them for their musical tastes. I also feel proud for myself when they hear a song or artist that I like and they end up liking them in return. For example, I do believe I was the one who introduced Dad to Imogen Heap’s music.

23. Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever bullied anyone else?
~ I was bullied growing up, and I would not wish that upon anyone. I have never bullied anyone else because of that.

24. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
~ I’m not a fan of one particular food enough to want to solely eat it for the rest of my life. So.

25. If your partner wanted to wait until marriage before having sex, would you stay in that relationship?
~ Yes.

26. Do you believe in a god?
~ I believe in the one true God.

27. Of all the social networks in the world, why use what you use?
~ I use WordPress for blogging because my Older Sister initially found WordPress way back when, and I simply trotted over too. I use Facebook to keep in touch with family. I like Twitter because, on occasion, it challenges me to try to find the right words.

28. What’s your favorite Tumblr tag to track?
~ I don’t know, I don’t use Tumblr.

29. Would you call yourself/your family “middle class?”
~ Yes. If you want to get technical about it, we would be considered lower middle class.

30. Name a TV series you didn’t enjoy until after it ended.
~ “Invader Zim.” I actually meant to watch that series when it was initially on TV, but I kept forgetting when it was on, and so didn’t watch it. Then I found clips of it on Youtube, and got it on DVD, and now I love it.

31. Have you ever bought a product from an infomercial?
~ Yes. We tried Wen, that hair care product. Didn’t work so well.

32. If you could give up your car and never have to drive again, would you?
~ Well, I’m still a green driver, so I’d have to say yes. I’d find alternate means of transportation, for sure.

33. If you go back to one point in time to give advice to yourself, when would you go and what would you say?
~ Wow. Haven’t really thought about that. I honestly don’t know. That’s a good question.

34. What’s your “quirkiest” habit?
~ Being able to repeat dialogue from stuff I haven’t seen in years. Youngest Brother has this same ability.

35. What is “normal?” Are you normal?
~ There is no ‘normal’ anymore. So, no, I’m not normal.

36. Someone close to you is dying. You have the choice to let this person live for 10 more years, but if you do, you cause the death of 10 strangers. You don’t have to see them die. Do you take the offer?
~ Yes. I mean, I’d feel terrible about it, because I don’t know the strangers who die, but I’d do it.

37. What is one thing you could never forgive?
~ Murder. Also intolerance.

38. Would you rather be in a relationship after the honeymoon period ends, or be single?
~ Huh? I don’t understand the question.

39. Is it possible for guys and girls to be just friends?
~ Yes.

40. Where do you and your friends go to hang out?
~ Iowa City. Most of them live there, anyway, so Johnny and I will drive down to join them in whatever plans they have.

41. Write the first paragraph of your obituary.
~ Can’t do that. Because isn’t that for someone else to decide for you?

42. What is the best TV theme song ever?
~ I haven’t seen them all, so I can’t say for sure. I liked “Daria”s theme song, though. “La la la la la….You’re standing on my neck….” The name of the band who did the song was Splendora.

43. When you were young, what would you dream you would be when you grew up?
~ Well, I’ve always known I wanted to be a writer. But I also wanted to be a singer or an actress. Or even a meteorologist – sorry, I’d forgotten all about the meteorology slant I had as a child.

44. When you’re alone in your own home, do you walk around naked?
~ No. At least, not totally naked. I’ll walk around with no shirt on but with a bra on, or with no pants on but with panties on. TMI, for sure, but I’m not ever totally naked.

45. What gets you out of bed in the morning?
~ My alarm clock, of course, and the fact that today could be better than all others.

46. Do you want to have more friends than you have right now?
~ Yes. Though I am happy with the friends I have.

47. What part of the past year sticks out in your mind?
~ The year would run from May 2014 to May 2015. My first Employee Appreciation Days week at work in June 2014. My depressed streak in September 2014. Gina’s wedding in January 2015. My surgery in April 2015. And meeting Johnny in December 2014, and all the times spent with him.

48. You win a scratch-off lottery game that gives you $2,000 a week (after taxes) for the rest of your life. Do you keep your job?
~ Of course. I’m a creature of routine, and the job is as routine as they come, so I’d need to keep the job for the sake of routine.

49. Could you be in a long-distance relationship? If you’re in one, what makes yours work?
~ I think so. I would make good text messages, because at times, I write better than I talk.

50. What’s the best route to your heart?
~ Someone who would love me despite my mental illnesses.

51. Have you ever met someone through the internet, then met them in real life?
~ Yes, that’s how I met Johnny. Thank goodness for Johnny.

52. What is your favorite sport?
~ I like to watch sports, primarily baseball and hockey. I used to be into gymnastics, but quit watching after Shannon Miller retired. I like participating in volleyball, swimming, biking, and running as well.

53. What has been troubling you lately?
~ A couple things. Not stuff I want to talk about openly on the blog just yet.

54. Did you enjoy your high school prom? If you haven’t gotten there yet, do you look forward to it? If you didn’t go, why not?
~ I did not attend prom. I was only at that school for one year – why on earth would I have gone to prom?

55. What do you use more often: your intuition or logical reasoning?
~ My intuition. I don’t have a spate of logic in me, really. That’s one reason why I preferred Spock in “Star Trek,” because he was so logical and could point out everything everyone else missed.

56. Do you know what makes you happy?
~ Yes.

57. Tell me about the last book you read.
~ Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. It wasn’t bad. I preferred it over Tina Fey’s Bossypants. I don’t know if that means anything, but that’s my review, so.

58. What is the nicest compliment you’ve ever been given?
~ That I’m beautiful.

59. Who was your first crush?
~ Egad. That was Matt Wolf in 7th grade. He was the class brainiac. Go figure.

60. Do you believe that there is life on other planets?
~ I think there might be, but I agree with Bill Watterson when he wrote as Calvin, “The surest sign of intelligent life out there is that none of it has tried to contact us.”

61. Predict what your life will look like a year from now.
~ I predict that I will be exactly where I am right now, but with a driver’s license.

62. Often people will ask how your last relationship ended. I want to know how it began.
~ Well, I’ve only been in one relationship, and it hasn’t ended. But here’s how it began – we met online, on a dating site, and we set up a meeting at the local Barnes and Noble for a drink and to talk. And that’s how it began.

63. Where is your favorite place to go out and eat?
~ I like comfort, so Village Inn is good, or else Applebee’s or Perkins. Those places I find comfortable, both with food and atmosphere, so I like those places.

64. What is something you want to change about your current situation?
~ I’d like to wave a magic wand and be able to drive well every time I drive.

65. Early bird or night owl?
~ All-day sort of person. No, seriously, all-day. I don’t prefer morning or afternoon or night above all others. I just….am, every day.

66. Are there any childhood possessions you still hold on to?
~ Yes. I have three childhood toys that I haven’t gotten rid of. My doll Samantha, my china doll Chips, and my rag doll Carrie.

67. Give me an unpopular opinion you have.
~ This might be more than you bargained for, but I am a firm believer in a woman’s right to choose.

68. What was the last song that was stuck in your head?
~ It was that song that plays during “Big Hero 6,” about immortals. Cool song.

69. Where do you live? Be as general or specific as you want.
~ I live in Iowa, in the United States of America, on planet Earth. There.

70. Do you believe in giving kids medals and trophies for participation?
~ For participation? Not really. The joy should be in participating, not in receiving a medal for it. Or am I wrong?

71. What was the longest car ride you’ve ever taken?
~ From Illinois to Georgia, which was a 15 hour car trip. One way.

72. Have you ever taken part in a protest?
~ Not really. In seventh grade, I took part in a walk-out. That’s as daring as I’ve gotten.

73. Would you ever use an online dating service?
~ I did. That’s how I met my boyfriend.

74. What is your ethnic heritage?
~ I am 1/4 German, 1/4 English, 1/4 Scottish, and 1/4 Irish.

75. Describe a person that inspires you.
~ My mom. She is strong-willed and independent and just a wonderful person.

76. If you earn minimum wage doing what you love, would you?
~ Yes.

77. Do you believe in luck?
~ Sort of. I suppose it’s a conditional belief. I really can’t explain what I mean by that.

78. Describe the last time you were very angry at someone.
~ This particular person didn’t know when to quit, and he should have quit about ten years prior to my knowing him. So he annoyed me to the point of my being very angry with him.

79. Do you want to live until you’re 100?
~ I’d like to, yes. Just to see what would be different about life at that time compared to when I was really little. As it is, I can remember life before the Internet and cell phones.

80. Do people change? If so, how do you keep a relationship together when both of you start to change?
~ Everyone changes every day. You keep a relationship by being open to and honest about the changes that occur. Communicate. Communication works through change.

81. Have you ever risked a friendship by telling someone you liked them?
~ No. I haven’t ever been in that situation.

82. Would you rather be alone doing something you enjoy, or doing something you don’t like with your best friends?
~ I’d rather be alone doing something I enjoy.

83. Do you practice what you preach?
~ I certainly do try.

84. If you take precautions to stay safe, do you ultimately act more recklessly?
~ No.

85. What do you value more in a significant other: attractiveness or intelligence?
~ Intelligence. That said, my boyfriend is one of the smartest people I know, in addition to his being good looking.

86. Are you hard-headed?
~ Hard-headed as in stubborn? You betcha.

87. Have you ever laughed uncontrollably when it was socially inappropriate?
~ Yes. Once or twice. Don’t remember what was going on, though, but it wasn’t anything like a funeral.

88. When have you felt most alive?
~ Hmm. Good question. When I’m writing a good story or poem. I feel possible when I do that.

89. Where would you prefer to live? A city? The suburbs? The countryside? The mountains?
~ I’d like to live somewhere like Seattle, Washington. I don’t know why. I like rain. Or I’d like to live somewhere close to family, like somewhere in Illinois. But wherever I live, it’ll be an adventure.

90. Do you often skip breakfast?
~ I used to, back when I was a teenager. Nowadays, I don’t. Orange juice is my coffee.

91. How do you know what true love is?
~ It’s a ‘you know it when you feel it’ type thing. It differs for everyone.

92. Would you want to know the exact date and time you were going to die?
~ Sure. If there was something that would predict that, I’d like to know.

93. Where is “home” for you?
~ Home is somewhere where I know I’m loved. That’s simple enough.

94. What song best describes your life right now?
~ Hmm. Good question. Let me get back to you on that.

95. Do you want to be perfect?
~ No. I’m happy the way I am right now. Besides, nobody’s perfect.

96. What have you never tried, but would really like to someday? What’s holding you back?
~ I’ve wanted to try RAGBRAI, which is the Registers Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, but I’m not in the proper physical shape to do it. I’ve also wanted to try a Polar Bear Plunge, just once, but I’m worried people would think I was crazy to want to try it.

97. How do you express your creativity?
~ By writing.

98. Describe your neighborhood.
~ It is quiet, small; we’re near a country club and a branch of a major company. We’re not exactly a tight-knit community, but we do know a couple neighbors by name.

99. Name something you only liked because it was popular.
~ I have never fallen into that ‘trap,’ as it were. I either like something or I don’t.

100. Give me the story of your life in six words.
~ Flawed girl, doing her very best.

Okay, I know that was awful long, but I had fun filling it out. By all means go ahead and take it for your own blog or Facebook or whatever. I’d love to see other answers.

Okay, now it’s time for sleep. Good night!

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50 Little Things

So. Just another quick little questionnaire.

1. How many pets do you own?
~ I have two pets – a cat named Nuala and a parakeet named Little Blue. Older Sister, who lives with us, has three pets, a dog named Jasper and two cats named Camille and Teag.

2. What’s your least favorite season?
~ Summer, unfortunately. I wilt in the heat.

3. Do you prefer to text or call?
~ I prefer texting. It goes hand in hand with my sometimes being able to write better than I talk.

4. Morning or night?
~ Night.

5. Do you like tacos?
~ Sure. They’re okay.

6. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
~ Very much an introvert.

7. What’s your favorite desert?
~ Um, my favorite desert – I haven’t ever been to a desert. I think you mean ‘your favorite dessert.’ I’m more of a cake person than anything.

8. Do you enjoy walks?
~ Yes. I need to walk more.

9. Are you a frequent user of Facebook?
~ Depends.

10. Do you still watch animated shows?
~ You bet. Although it’s mostly just “Sofia the First” that I watch now, because our local cable company had a dispute with Viacom and now we no longer get Nickelodeon. Which sucks, because I’m in major “Spongebob” and “Rabbids” withdrawal. But at least we have “Dragons” on DVD, so we can watch that whenever.

11. Can you roll your tongue?
~ Nope. I can do no such stupid human tricks.

12. What’s your “lucky” number?
~ Either 5 or 7. Or even 17.

13. Are you scared of anything?
~ Bees, needles, driving (to a degree).

14. Big Mac or Whopper?
~ Neither. I prefer chicken.

15. Do you like to play board games?
~ Yes, though it’s been a while. I hate to say it, but I am very competitive, so I usually recuse myself from games, because I don’t want my temper getting in the way.

16. Are you fond of romantic novels?
~ Depends on what kind. Straight up pulpy romance novels, I cannot stand. Novels with more subtley, I will read.

17. Fruitloops or cocopops?
~ Ew! Neither! I cannot stand cereal; thank you, Roald Dahl.

18. Would you eat a live spider for one million dollars?
~ No.

19. Are you a heavy drinker?
~ No. Never will be, either.

20. Would you forgive someone for cheating?
~ It depends.

21. Are you superstitious?
~ I’ve been known to hold my breath and cross my fingers when passing a cemetery. Maybe a little. Most of my superstitions have to do with writing, though, such as I cannot and will not share many details of any story I’m working on for fear of losing steam.

22. Have you seen “A Clockwork Orange”?
~ No. I’m actually afraid to watch that movie.

23. Do you like to read?
~ Yes, I love to read.

24. Are you easily distressed?
~ I used to be. I think I’m much better, much calmer now.

25. Do you believe in aliens?
~ I’m with Bill Watterson on this, when he wrote as Calvin “The surest sign of intelligent life out there is that none of it has tried to contact us.”

26. If you were the last person alive besides one other person you get to choose, who would it be?
~ Oh my god! Don’t ask me that! I couldn’t pick just one person, they’re all dear to me!

27. Dogs or cats?
~ Both.

28. Are you a grumpy person?
~ I’m not 100% cheerful all the time, but I’m not Grumpy Gus all the time, either. I’m comfortably in between.

29. What’s something you hate?
~ Intolerance.

30. Are you a worry wart?
~ Yes.

31. Do you like having your picture taken?
~ It depends on how I’m feeling. No, honestly, it does.

32. Do you like cotton candy?
~ Once in a blue moon. Like, one time, at a hockey game, I had to have some because I was just craving it. I really really have to be in the mood for it, though.

33. Would you ever use a dating site?
~ I have. That’s how I met my boyfriend Johnny.

34. Do you believe in ghosts?
~ Yes, from personal experience.

35. Rap or pop?
~ Pop. Rap isn’t really music, if you think about it.

36. What’s the weirdest flavor of ice cream you’ve tried?
~ Red bean ice cream at a Chinese/Japanese sushi house. It was really super good!

37. Do you like math?
~ It was not one of my strongest classes.

38. Are you the type of person to laugh at others misfortune?
~ No. I can’t even watch “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” because I wince with every hit to the crotch video.

39. Love or lust?
~ Love.

40. Do you remember lyrics easily?
~ It takes me one or two listens of a song, but it comes pretty easily to me. Now, I can hear a song after several years and still remember all the lyrics. Like the other day when Fiona Apple’s “Shadowboxer” came over my Pandora stream and I hadn’t heard that song in years, but I remembered all the words to it. Every. Single. One.

41. What was/is your favorite school subject?
~ Creative writing. Or English, if you don’t count creative writing as a subject.

42. Do you like tattoos?
~ Yes, they’re all right. I’ve often thought about getting one done, but I can’t stand needles, so. Lately, I’ve been collecting a lot of temporary tattoos.

43. Are you the type of person to lie?
~ No. I haven’t told a lie since the third grade.

44. Do you eat porridge for breakfast?
~ No. Not a big oatmeal fan, either.

45. What music are you listening to right now?
~ I’ve got my Pandora stream running. Lots of variety tonight. It’s played the likes of Tiffany Anders, Nirvana, Marianne Faithfull, Aaliyah, Fiona Apple, Beck, Brandi Carlile, The White Stripes, Haim, Liz Phair, and even Waylon Jennings. Very diverse tonight.

46. Are you allergic to anything?
~ Makeup to a degree. Bee stings to a degree. Sun to a degree (my skin is very fair). Other than that, nothing that I know of.

47. Do you like Lady Gaga?
~ I’m not a fan.

48. What about Nicki Minaj?
~ No.

49. Do you like rainy days?
~ Yes.

50. Last question, do you like pie?
~ No. I’m more of a cake person.

This was fun!

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Me. Singing. (A sort of Tune for Tuesday, late edition)

Okay. So. This past Saturday, there was a recital of some of Cindy’s students, myself included. Cindy doesn’t just teach voice – she also teaches piano and various other instruments, like flute and trumpet. And Cindy is a really good teacher.

Cindy had said that singing is probably one of the hardest musical instruments to learn. Because a guitar is an extension of oneself. A flute is an extension of oneself. A voice is a self. You see?

Since Johnny couldn’t attend the recital (even though he really wanted to!), I had Older Sister videotape my performance for him to see later.

And then I thought I’d just go ahead and share it here on the blog.

I’m a bit outside my comfort zone with this post – I don’t want to seem self-centered or self-congratulatory or anything, so I still don’t know if I wanted to share this post, even as I pushed “Publish.”

But, you know, here it is.

For whatever reason, I got nervous about halfway through the song – and you can tell. I have a death grip on the microphone so I don’t drop it, but mostly I was worried about causing screechy feedback with my voice (which, thankfully, didn’t happen). The reason I’m looking down the whole time is because I’m consulting my lyrics sheet, so I wouldn’t forget the words. Also, all the shifting I do – I was trying to find a comfortable stance to sing. Didn’t quite achieve it, but I got through the song. And how d’ya like my Eponine-inspired outfit? No? That’s okay, me neither, only I didn’t think that until after I watched the video and thought ‘My gosh, I look awful!’ Didn’t plan well for that, did I? Oh well, c’est la vie. At least I was semi-comfortable.

Sorry. Am I being too harsh?

As a bonus, Cindy told me tonight that one of the audience members who remembered me from the last recital (when I sang “Memory”) said I did better at this recital than I did at the last one. Success! I was banking on that, actually; it felt better singing this time around, aside from the sudden onset of nerves. So.

Here I am, Mouse, singing “On My Own” from “Les Miserables.” I hope you enjoy it.

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