Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Artistic Endeavors on New Tunes Tuesday

It seems I've had a thing lately for British musicians. What can I say? I like my man Italian and my musicians British.

Recently, I've been listening to Ben Howard. He sounds a lot like Brett Dennen but with way way way better guitar abilities.

I haven't had a lot of down time recently because of a full, fun, busy weekend with both friends and family in town. So I came home from work today needing some rest. I used to come home from work and literally shut the door to my room, get in bed, and read until I fell asleep for an hour. This was when I lived in an apartment building with a workout room, and was getting up at 5:15 every morning for a pre-work workout. WHAT WAS I THINKING? I will tell you. 

I was daily running 4 miles super fast on the treadmill because I was dating my now husband and I had all this energy because I was carried on the wings of loooooove! 

If only that were true. Actually, maybe that is mildly very true. But it was really just because I was in the habit of working out before work. The treadmill was literally about 100 feet away, it would take me about 3 minutes from the time I rolled out of bed, put on my shoes, and started running. And, it was really good time to be by myself. Let's face it: there aren't that many people in an apartment gym at 5:15am. 

Anyway, I don't get up at 5:15 anymore. PTL! But I do still get tired in the afternoons. And I do still need some quiet time, even though I'm not living with 6 girls anymore. My old roomie Liz used to come home from work and yell "helloooooo! Anyone home???" throughout the whole apartment. I would purposefully not answer because I cherished my quiet. Liz soon figured out that I was avoiding her and so she would barge in and sit on my bed. This was semi-ok in my book. At least I was still in bed. And I do love me some Liz time. 

The point is! The point is (what movie: the thing is... the thing is... I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her...) that today I had some quiet time and cherished it. I did something that I often do and rarely do:

OFTEN: listen to new tunes.
RARELY: paint!

The combo of music and painting was both soothing and uplifting. I can see my artist friends rolling their eyes right now... Avery, Kendall, Matt... as I'm sure this is something they have known for their whole lives. Hey now, we all live in the dark. Seldom do the lights turn on.

I'm working on a little art project for my one my BFFs who I cherish so much. I can't post the final product here as it's not done, and I don't want to spoil the fun, but I'm so glad she made me get paint under my nails today. And it's still there. Which makes me happy.

And listening to Ben Howard while painting was like a mini vacay. I can't decide what song is my favorite -- they are all uniquely beautiful -- but "Old Pine" brings me a lot of joy.

Listen! And remember to slow down. It is quite good for you. As I have quoted on this blog before: all the way to heaven is heaven.

...and, I have no idea why part of this post has a white background. C'est la vie!


  1. It's Renee zellwiger saying it to Tom cruise!!! Why can't I think of the movie title!!!?? Xoxox ...love me some quiet times and need to do more of them!!

  2. hah -- you are thinking of the movie Jerry Maquire -- but that is not right! That is "you had me at hello...I love him for the man he is and I love him for the man he wants to be. I love him Laurel, I love him!" The quote from the post is from Notting Hill! Julia Roberts says it to Hugh Grant :)