Monthly Archives: March 2012

Musica! Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Be still my beating heart. One of my most favorite bands ever, I’m that dork who has seen them 8-10 times (I lost count) in 5 different states. Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI is where I first saw them live, and is where I’ve seen them the most, but I can’t remember how many times. When I graduated from high school my mom took me, my then boy-friend, sister and cousin to San Antonio, TX to see him. My step-sister and I created a whole road-trip vacation out of seeing him in Saratoga Springs, NY one summer, my now husband and I hit up Atlanta, GA a few years ago, and once again, my step-sister and I saw him in Tampa a couple years ago. (Tampa was by far, THE worst venue, indoors, not cool, at all).

So yeah, I love his music and his shows. One of my favorites:



Never invisible

Thursday was the first time I mentioned to anyone that I had started this here blog. Granted I’m only a couple posts in, but none-the-less.

For shits & giggles I checked the stats info to see the traffic, fully expecting to see nada, and HOLY CRAP. Um. Ok, so I’ve been getting hits. The most I’ve had in one day is 4, but regardless, I’ve consistently had at least 1 hit a day for about 4 days, having told not a soul. Now, I don’t think any of those hits are repeat hits, but it’s interesting that people I don’t know have found this blog, even if just once. Of course, it’s probably just the web bots out there trolling around, but, whatev, I’ll take it!

I’ve historically not been good at keeping up my blog. I started a photography business, and a blog to go with it, that I just never was able to keep up. This time, however, I’m hoping will be different.

I’ve been inspired by Molly Mahar and Stratejoy, so I’ll be using all the fabulous writers and content there for inspiration to keep this up!

Where do you look to find inspiration or motivation to do the things you want to do, but aren’t always great at actually doing?

The Sun is Shining

What a stunningly beautiful day. It’s 80 degrees, in mid-March, outside Chicago. Yesterday was just as beautiful. This past winter was one of the mildest I’ve ever seen, and considering my disdain for winter, I fully appreciated it. But now I’m feeling apprehensive. The 10 day forecast shows us expecting 70+ degree weather for the next 8 days, followed by 60’s. It’s only March. I KNOW we have at least 1 more snow in us. I’m fairly certain we’ll go back to the 30’s, most definitely the 40’s, and as much as I’ve appreciated the mild weather, this warmup has me spoiled me, and when the temp drops again, I’m going to be downright pissed. I know I know, not very grateful of me.

ANYwho……The thing about it for me, besides disliking the cold, is that I need sunshine and a warm breeze to keep my mood up. I have challenges with bout of depression, and the winter months are even more challenging for me. Now that the sun is shining later, and I can have the windows open, something about it stirs my soul, and I feel more…..alive I suppose, cliche as that sounds.

Today was a day off for me, and in the winter, I would have spent it in bed until about 10 or so, gotten up, eaten breakfast while watching one of my dvr’d shows, then once it was over, figured what the hell, I’ll go ahead and watch another one. Once that was over, I would have realized I need to go to the store to get something for dinner, but that would also entail I get dressed. So. Much. Work.

Today though, with the warmth and sunshine, I was up before 8, ate breakfast while watching one show, then headed out the door to my p’s to let Coco and their dogs run for 45 mins, hit the grocery store, lunch, back home a half hour walk with a friend, photo editing, some magazine reading, and now, at 3:15, I’m typing this out.

Clearly this weather agrees with me!

Do you find that certain weather condition effect your mood and energy levels? Surely I’m not alone here!


Ah, Laura Marling! I love her voice, and her music. It’s sad, and haunting, yet uplifting, all depending upon my mood. Here’s one of my favorites, New Romantic:


First World Problems

Fuuuuuuuuuuuck. The world.

I’m having one of those days. I can’t be the only one who has those days, right? Physically I feel like crap. Not from a sick stand-point, but from a I feel like a total fat-ass stand-point. Then I spent too much time online today, looking at blogs that can be inspiring, but instead, today, they leave me hating where I’m at in life, and wishing I was somewhere else.

Somewhere warmer.

Somewhere with more flavor.

Somewhere more exotic.

Somewhere that would give me awesome memories and experiences.

But I’m here. Outside Chicago, in March. It’s cold, there’s snow on the ground, and there’s jack to do.

Today was supposed to be a good day. I could tell last night that today was going to be a good day. I was going to have breakfast with my mom before she leaves on a long-ass vacation, then I’d have the afternoon open, I’d get some grocery shopping done, cook something fun for dinner, and possibly/probably go see that movie tonight that we’ve been trying to get to.

At 7:45-ish though my phone rang. I ignored it, cause it was too early. I felt it vibrate that a message had been left, so I glanced to see who called at least, and it was a number not programmed into my phone, so I check the voicemail.


It was that call that I never thought I’d be on the receiving end of, “Hi Candace, just wondering where you are, you’re supposed to work this morning.”


Yeah, who knows how it happened, I swear I double checked the schedule, but regardless, here I was, barely awake, with a good day ahead of me, and now I had to rush to get ready.

It took me a good hour being discombobulated to finally wake up.

Then I was all good. I enjoy work, so all was well. I got off at noon, so home I go to cook lunch, and entertain my insane dog.

I had a couple of shows on dvr waiting for me, so, while eating, they were my entertainment. What shows you ask? Why, Khloe & Lamar, and The Real Housewives of Atlanta, of course! Quality, educational television.

I’m just bitching, realize. Sometimes you just gotta vent, get it out, then hopefully move on. I work the rest of the week, and have a busy schedule, so I think that’s what bothers me the most about the shift in todays plans, I had been mentally prepared for my last day off before working the rest of the week.

Such is life, eh?

Hope for a better tomorrow!


I LOVE music. You’ll come to learn that, because I will probably post a lot of music videos on here.

This video is by Mana ft. Prince Royce. I love the beat, it’s Bachata, which is possibly my favorite of the latin styles/dances. I also love their voices, so rich. I don’t speak spanish, so I have no idea what they’re saying, but I know it sounds beautiful. Enjoy!