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Hello there, fall, you sexy sexy beast

I had to turn on the heat yesterday morning.

*happy sigh and then wiggle of joy*

This past summer was pretty horrendous. I’m a warm weather gal – I usually hate fall with a passion because that means winter is coming. brrrrrrr! But this year? OMG that heat and humidity made for a very very unhappy Momma K. The weather cooling off has delighted me.

I don’t hate winter. I just slightly despise it. When I focus on the good stuff – sledding or even the quiet that comes from a snowy morning – I’m happy. When I think about driving in it? uggggggggggg!

Oh but hey, I have a new all wheel drive Subaru! That will be fun to try out in the snow, right?

Happy snow times:

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Seriously unhappy snow times:

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But good stuff is coming! Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and finally Solstice/Christmas/Hannukah. Boo-frickin-yah!

Oh and we can’t forget the happiness right now – GO INDIANS! I will be a mega happy lady if they make it to the World Series.

I have been listening to a lot more music lately – not only for my blog but because it makes me happy. I’m blessed that so many of my promotions friends still send me music links and files. I keep a notepad by my computer so I can write down new music I want to write about. The list is super long, which I love. There is so much great music out there!

New Music:

*Weyes Blood: Here’s what’s cool – NPR has the first listen to her (Natalie Mering) whole album “Front Row Seat to Earth”. My first gander was the single “Seven Words”. Dudes. Doooooods. I have a weakness for female singers who aren’t scared to experiment yet do so in a way that’s accessible to an old-fashioned momma like me. Here’s the single. Then go listen to the full album on NPR. Trust me.

*My friend Anya Marina sent me a link to Matt Pond PA‘s newest & yet-to-be-released album. It was hush hush and nothing had been released yet. I didn’t post about it because I won’t talk about an album until I have something to share with you. So I’m doing a super happy dance because now I can!!! His new album “Winter Lives” comes out on November 11. And Brooklyn Vegan has a link to the first single from the album.

All that being said, Matt Pond PA is fucking awesome. So go listen to the single. Then go check out his Patreon page and help him out if you can. We need to support artists, whether it’s through Patreon or buying their music.

*Hiss Golden Messenger has a new album and tour. This has caused a serious happy office dance to happen. The entire new album is one to buy. And going by previous tours, go see them live. Here’s the title track from the new album, “Heart Like A Levee”:

*Finally, we move on to an awesome musician and totally cool dude, Mike Doughty. His newest album, “The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns” was released on 10/14.

How do I review Mike? His sound is distinctively HIM yet at the same time he’s not afraid to play with new and exciting sounds and technology. The single, “I Can’t Believe I Found You in that Town”, is totally Mike and totally radio-friendly (blah, I hated that term when I worked in radio) but it’s ok and apropos for the song. Why? The single is a great way to be introduced to him. Once you’re pulled in you can fall down that happy rabbit hole exploring his awesomeness. Check him out live if you can.

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Trying to land on solid ground

As this year has passed, exciting is one way to put things in my life.

But my life has also been boring. I holed up for a few months trying to find my purpose (oh no, now I can’t get that song from Avenue Q out of my brain). I know I’m awesome and have so much to bring to any team I joined – I’m smart, strong, passionate, a hard worker, a great manager, and a superb team player. I do my best to inspire people while working side by side with them. I applied for job after job. I started rejoicing if I actually got a “no thank you”, since most didn’t even respond. Only one interview – and I was applying to 3-5 jobs a week.

Then I started doing grant research & writing for a non-profit agency as a consultant. I found my happy. It hits all the high points for me – research (yaaaas), writing, technical (keeping a database of grants), organization (tracking the progress of grants), and compiling the information to create the actual grant application. I’ve added another organization into the mix and it’s rather wonderful. To know that I can help non profits find money to fund their amazing projects delights me.

I haven’t forgotten about #IRespectMusic and #FairPlayFairPay though. I’m chilling until after the elections because getting in to see reps is mega difficult during an election cycle. But we do need to find a way to let people know where their Representatives stand on this issue. Hmmmm, maybe time to create a website? 🙂 I think I know what I’m working on this week!

I do have more wonderful news – I bought an awesome new (to me) car last weekend! A 2002 Subaru Outback. My friend Alex (plugging him and Kia of Bedford) convinced me this was the car I needed and he was right. I am so happy. My mechanic at ECP is happy too – says the car is darn near perfect. A few things to fix but nothing major. Yay!

The only blah in my life is the realization that I haven’t seen the ocean in almost 2 years. I also haven’t had a vacation since then. Momma needs a vacation and ocean time. In my dreams I find $5k to take me and my kids on a Disney cruise in December (what we used to do for our vacations). Hopefully 2017, right? 🙂

A happy pic from our last cruise. Me + Castaway Cay = awwwww yaaaaaas.

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If you worried that I’d stopped listening to new music, you’d be wrong! New music makes me happy!

Here’s Angel Olsen performing her song “Shut Up Kiss Me” on Colbert. She is so mega incredibly fabulous.

*Gordi is new to Americans – but not for long, methinks. One listen and I was hooked. Thank you, Australia, for many things, especially Gordi. Her rich voice, slightly melancholy sound, and deep lyrics make her a winner in my book.

Here’s a live version. Cause saxophone and trumpet, that’s why.

*I’ve talked about Anya Marina before. Time for a another shout out though – I adore this new one by her. She co-wrote it with Tristan Prettyman and Jewel, so it’s triple fabulous.

*Let’s end this week on a chair dancing song. Actually, I’m going to wrap this up and then turn it up to dance around the office with my kids. Because that’s really the only way to enjoy Sonny Knight and The Lakers, friends. Turn it up and dance with me.

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