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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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Whoa, dudes & dudettes!

Sooooo it’s been a bit – not that I haven’t been thinking of posting but I keep forgetting. Busy Mama K is busy. I’ve started a part time work from home temp gig. Bonus is money, work, and working from home. Negatives are….it’s temporary. I’m not giving up hope. I’m strong, resilient, brave, passionate, smart, and dedicated. Good things are coming, friends. I know that because I’m working on them. 🙂

This week is “plant the garden” week. I was taught to wait until Memorial Day but folks around here start planting on Mother’s Day. I figure if another frost comes (very likely here in NE Ohio) I can cover my plants. I’ve decided on eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes this year. We’ve had no luck with watermelon, cucumber, or some herbs. This will be my first year trying eggplant so wish me luck!

Running is going well. I’m slowly increasing my speed which is awesome. I’m taking a break because I desperately need new running shoes – I’m having back pain and knee pain when I’ve tried to run the past week. I believe it’s related to my shoes since they are older and I didn’t have any problems before. New shoes happen later this week! I need to train! I haven’t picked a 5k yet but I’m talking with a friend about a half marathon in 2017. Cause I’m hard core insane.

Me after today’s run:

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If you know me at all you’ll know that I’m not much of a movie person. I like movies but I prefer action or comedy. I am not a fan of drama. So it will surprise most of you that I saw The Revenant this weekend. I.Couldn’t.Even. I was glad I wasn’t in the movie theatre because I would have gone bonkers. I played a game on my phone. I messaged my friend Craig. I had to because that movie is hella intense and I couldn’t take it all the time. Splitting my focus helped. I will say it’s a great movie. I am not surprised it won Oscars. Leonardo DiCaprio was incredible. The views were stunning. The movie was dark and depressing and amazing and powerful. I don’t ever ever ever want to see it again but I’m glad I did. Mostly.

I have been listening to new music, btw. Cause even if I’m not working in radio currently, discovering and sharing the music I’m passionate about will never stop.

I’m going to shake it up a little bit though and focus on Cleveland artists. Either ones who live here or artists that are from here. Cause NE Ohio has some incredibly talented musicians and everyone should know about them.

*Let’s start with Cleveland native Clarence Bucaro. He’s a prolific writer and I love almost everything he writes. But his newest offering is so incredible I’ve listened to it over and over – and then finally put it on my iPhone – if it makes it onto my iPhone you know it’s good! His new album “Pendulum” is flat-out gorgeous. Here’s the first single from the album (which releases May 20), “Tragedy”:

*Shawn and Shelby have an album coming out this weekend. While I’ll miss the concert (emergency trip to Chicago), I’m a lucky woman because I’ve already heard it. (score!!) This album is haunting and gorgeous. Shawn’s rich voice is the perfect complement to Shelby’s stirring cello. A match made in heaven. Here’s the title track, performed live at Beachland Ballroom:

*There are some bands I haven’t gotten to see live but love them anyway. Nights is the biggest. I love their sound. Pop and synth and edgy. Love! Here’s “Walkaway” from their album “Whisper”.

*I’m a mom. Unsurprisingly, my nickname is Mama K. Dan Miraldi is one of my boys. Not only because he’s a good man but also incredibly talented. He’s passionate and brave. And he’s never scared to follow his dreams. That’s why he’s in NYC currently pursuing those dreams. I believe in him. Rock, Americana, with a punk edge. Puts me right in my happy place. Here’s “Demon Baby” from his album “Chaos, Destrution, & Dancing”.

*If Welshly Arms has a new album coming out I don’t know about it. But they’re touring this summer with NeedToBreathe so I gotta plug them. This band? This band. OMG this band. I would travel many distances just to see them. Cause the word awesome isn’t awesome enough to describe their awesomeness. Here’s “Night Prowler”.

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