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Ahh music. There’s nothing better for me when I’m cranky. Or unhappy. Or sad. Or angry. Or hurting. Or laughing. Or happy. Or driving with the windows open. Something about music can amplify or fix my mood. But if you’ve read this blog then you probably know all this. That being said, don’t discount the power of music in your life. Music can be unbelievably helpful and inspiring. Often, when I’m writing a scene it comes from a song. I’ll hear the melody and think it would be great for a montage or I’ll hear the lyrics and think it describes what my characters are going through. I don’t fully know where I’m going with this except to say let the music heal you. Also I’m going to pop a song or lyrics of the moment up here every so often…

The main song stuck in my head lately is Florence and the Machine’s Shake It Out . I personally believe that songs get stuck in my head for a reason, and I think I need to focus on shaking off and letting go of a lot of things. Maybe this will hit some of you the same way. “I’ve been a fool and I’ve been blind. I could never leave the past behind. I can see no way. I can see no way. I’m always dragging that horse around. Our love is pastured such a mournful sound. Tonight I’m gonna bury that horse in the ground. I like to keep my issues strong. It’s always darkest before the dawn.

Enjoy… maybe it’ll resonate with you. When you’re going a little crazy or you’re upset for whatever reason… give music a try. It’s more powerful than you might think.

“Every song ends, is that any reason not to enjoy the music?” -OTH
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Happy hump day:

-I just had to look to see what date it is, even though I’ve written it about 40 times today…
-Today’s the sort of day where I just wanted to call into work and watch Dirty Dancing. And Casablanca. But I didn’t. Damn my work ethic!
-BTW I have As Time Goes By stuck in my head… “Play it Sam, play As Time Goes By…”
-I desperately need some sunshine.
-Every single time I scribble anything out I do it like I have to at work: two lines through it with an “e” at the end. Then I catch myself and realize it’s not work related. Palmface. #firstworldproblems
-Glee ended on a depressing (but good) way last night. It was also depressing cause all my shows for the season are over. #morefirstworldproblems
-But thats means Hell’s Kitchen and Master Chef start.
-Now I’m thinking of Master Chief. Oh how I love Halo.
-I digress back to TV shows… Gilmore Girls and OTH will suffice just fine to get me through the summer.
-Oh yeah and not to mention grilling/bonfires/parties/vacations.

Here’s lookin’ at you kid(s)….

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I’ll give credit where credit is due, I was just checking out Lauren Conrad’s website as I do every so often and found this lovely little work out…

100 jumping jacks
90 crunches
80 squats
70 leg lifts
60 jumping jacks
50 crunches
40 squats
30 leg lifts
20 jumping jacks
10 mins of running*

*I hate running so if you’re like me I’d suggest substituting in another type of cardio. For instance I enjoy dancing and kick boxing.

All of that adds up to a whopping 180 jumping jacks, 140 crunches, 120 squats, and 100 leg lifts!

I love this idea for 2 reasons:
1- It’s simple and you can make it harder by changing your technique
2- I have the exercise attention span of a squirrel. Thus, anything quick that I don’t get bored doing (read: I can watch OTH while doing it to prevent boredom) is a plus. I also don’t have to try to follow along with a routine. 🙂

I haven’t tried it out yet (because people would probably look at me weird if I randomly started doing it at work), but it looks pretty kick ass. I’m hoping tonight or tomorrow I can give it a try.

Visit 100workout‘s website for more deets!

Enjoy the ass-kicking goodness!

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“Somebody told me that this the place, where everything’s better and everything’s safe.” -From Walk on the Ocean by Toad the Wet Sprocket

I love this quote for two main reasons. First, because of One Tree Hill. It’s written on the wall of the cafe, and for many seasons I had no clue it was from a song until I googled it. So, it always triggers that OTH mentality in my mind, which usually gets me to a better place.
The second reason is the actual song it’s from. It’s one that I’ve listened to many times… much like the song City of Devils by Yellowcard, it helps whenever I’m upset, no matter what the reason.
The quote itself also signifies to me a special place or person or thing or time– whatever it is that is a safe place. And I think everyone has that.

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-It’s far too nice outside to be at work!
-Today is going by way too slowly.
-Glee was excellent last night.
-I love Dirty Dancing
-My tooth is still effed.
-I’d rather be grilling things.
-Why isn’t it Friday yet?!
-Happy hump day everybody…

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