Photo 365 #130

Sometimes, it’s the simple things in life that are the sweetest.


Like visits from best friends on cloudy days, or – in this case – a night out with great food, great friends, and great fun.  I still maintain that Gaelic Storm concerts need to be an annual thing.  Who knows?  Maybe 2015 will be the year we revisit the Englert and have a rollicking good time!

What simple things do you enjoy?

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Writing 101: The tunes

Gaelic Storm at the Englert Theater

Gaelic Storm at the Englert Theater

I can’t even begin to count the number of songs in which I can find meaning, or the number of songs that I love, that hold inspiration for me, that have shaped the person I’ve become.  The first three that popped into my head, though, are “A Way Back Into Love” and “Dance With Me Tonight” from the Music and Lyrics soundtrack, and “Walk Through My Door” from Gaelic Storm’s album, Tree.

I listened to a lot of Gaelic Storm during my teen years, and their first three albums in particular can send me back to fun times with great friends in seconds.  While I love all their music, “Walk Through My Door” always reminds me of a certain person.  The song itself even inspired a short story, one that I’m told wasn’t half bad.

But, as inevitably happens, I graduated high school and got married (to someone else).  And when my marriage ended, I listened to this song again…

Writing, then and now

My parents in our living room. Those lovely bookshelves went from floor to ceiling. :)

My parents in our living room. Those lovely bookshelves went from floor to ceiling. 🙂

Well, once again, I didn’t get my post up on time.  I’ve been spending a lot of time writing lately, although not on The Lokana Chronicles or Remnants.  I’m taking a writing class online, and in our second class, we received a prompt.  My homework was to work more on what I’d come up with for the prompt in class, and it’s been a challenge.

I got called into work yesterday afternoon and since I had to drive over there and drop the boys off anyway, I left in the morning like normal and spent three lovely hours at the library working on this new story.  It reminded me of when I was younger, and I would take over the living room to write, or spread things out in my room.

There wasn’t really much to take over in the living room, since my sister lived with my grandparents and my dad lived at his desk in the dining room, but it was the space I wanted.  Often a friend or two would join me and we would stay up till the wee hours of the morning writing and giving each other feedback.   And also dancing to Gaelic Storm.

Okay, so I’m going to hell…

So I started this post Monday afternoon.  Apparently I have a small problem with procrastination.

Anyway, I went to one of my best friends’ sister’s wedding Saturday.  I had an awesome time; I had a lot more fun than I expected to have.  I got together with three great ladies and I think the last time that happened, we were still in high school.  It’s been a while!  So naturally, we put off ending the evening as long as possible and went out for supper after the wedding.  Jenni drove in her parents’ Tahoe and we had the music cranked; everyone was singing and laughing and it was a wonderful trip down memory lane.  Ah, good times, great oldies!  Well, actually, it was the latest Gaelic Storm album, but we all rather had a hankering for some “Ice, Ice Baby!”  Yeah!  I loves me some Vanilla Ice when I’m cruisin’.

It’s too bad we don’t live closer to each other so we could do things like that more often.  On the other hand, I suppose it’s the rarity of those type of get-togethers that makes them so special.  Jenny, Jenni, and I agreed we should all get together in Iowa City sometime and go out on the town.  That would seriously rock…if we ever get around to actually following through on it.  I hope we will.  Although if Saturday night is any indication, I can’t wait for my bachelorette party (I was promised a much better wedding experience this time around).

*raises a glass*  To good times with great friends!

And now I think I’m going to go prowl the kitchen in search of food since I haven’t had supper yet and I might be a tad bit hungry.  Ciao!

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