Further topics for Rosalilium’s Blog Every Day in May Project. Today I’m covering the news, my dream job, a message to my 13-year-old self, compliments, the fridge, and my favorite albums.
I’m not sure what to say about the tornado in Oklahoma City other than the fact that it is profoundly sad. I worked in Oklahoma for about 8 months helping to manage the construction of a power plant south of Oklahoma City, about 7 miles from Plaza Towers Elementary. While I was there we did have a tornado warning – the tornado sirens sounded, and that was scary. I’ve been so lucky to not been directly affected by a tornado. The people of Oklahoma, like most Americans, are tough and they will recover. But my heart just goes out to everyone who lost a loved one in Oklahoma on Monday, especially the parents of the children who passed away.
This video of a woman and her pooch put a very happy tear in my eye this morning.
I’m pretty sure that if there was a dream job for me it would be Interior Designer. The creative side of it really appeals to me – pulling together colors, textures, and shapes to make a cohesive whole would be gloriously fun. However, that is one small part of the job. There’s dealing with clients, budgets, and deadlines, expediting all the materials, trying to coordinate with the construction manager and the trades to get what you want done, sales and marketing, managing staff, and some other things I’m sure I haven’t considered yet.
I think most “dream jobs” are like this – it sounds great on the surface, but once you dive in you’ll see there’s a lot more to it.
To my 13-Year-Old Self:
First, it gets better. Life is pretty dire now, but it will start getting better soon. Second, learn how to throw a good punch. They might say that you shouldn’t fight but no one will really get mad at you for defending yourself. Third, cut off those damn long nails. They’re just silly, and they keep you from being able to make a good fist.
Best Compliment I’ve Ever Received
My husband and I are supremely happy together. We are extraordinarily lucky to be together and we tell each other this on a regular basis. He’s a smart man of the world, and knowing that he’s very happy being married to me is the best compliment I could ever ask for.
What’s in the Fridge
In the fridge? Lots of fruit and veggies – zucchini, carrots, cabbage, watermelon, honeydew melon. Leftover halibut and shrimp with minted broth (easy and very yummy), brown rice, green beans. Milk, eggs, cottage cheese, ricotta, pickles, peanut butter, jam, condiments, lots of dark chocolate, cooking wine. Beer – Harp, Guinness, Smithwicks.
In the freezer we have baking supplies – chocolate chips, instant espresso, pecans, walnuts, cranberries. A few remaining Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies, Alaskan beef and reindeer sausage, edamame, peas, ice packs.
I just can’t limit myself to five.
Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream – Etherial, kick-ass, cohesive. I couldn’t tell you the names of most of the songs, I just press play and drift away. One of those albums that grabbed my attention as I had never heard anything like it before.
Dire Straits On Every Street – Sexy and bluesy with a hint of old country music. Mark Knopfler is a guitar auteur – you always know when he’s playing.
The Beatles The White Album – it spans from orchestral (“Good Night”) to hard rock (“Helter Skelter”) and everything in between. Quite a phase in the evolution of rock and roll.
The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers/Let it Bleed (tie) – I heard “Can’t You Hear me Knocking” on a classic rock station back when I was in high school and instantly loved the song. They didn’t play it very often as it’s over seven minutes long. In the pre-internet days it took me years to figure out the lyrics and which album it was on. Once I got my mitts on it, wow! The whole album is great. Let it Bleed is just as amazing with personal faves “Gimme Shelter” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”
Soundgarden Superunknown – A cohesive whole. The album just flows. Another one where I couldn’t tell you the name of many of the songs.
The White Stripes White Blood Cells – Jack White is a genius. When I first heard “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” I was hooked. You won’t find anything that sounds quite like The White Stripes.
George Carlin FM & AM – I’ve been listening to this comedy album since I was about six years old (thanks, Dad!).
Bill Hicks Rant in E-minor – Bitter, biting comedy and so true with a glimmer of hope.
- Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking
- Joni Mitchell – Miles of Aisles
- Stone Temple Pilots – Purple
- 311 – Music
- Dire Straits – Communique
- The Eagles – Hotel California
- Ocean’s 11 Soundtrack
- Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
- The Beatles – their entire catalog
- George Harrison – Best of Dark Horse
- Errol Garner – Concert by the Sea
- The Police – Synchronicity
Wow, my musical taste is pretty dated, doyathink? Well that may be, but you have to admit that I’ve got quite a variety of genres in the mix. I’m not too worried about it!
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