Hope you all had a happy new year. I had purchased a Huion Kanvas 13 graphic tablet in mid-December to replace my old Wacom Intuos Pro, but after a few days of it working perfectly, it stopped working correctly. I was getting ready to create a “December Playlist” image and the pen cursor and the pen were not aligning. I tried everything under the moon to fix the problem, but nothing worked. I ended up returning the thing and got a Wacom One, which was a lot more expensive than the Huion. It wasn’t all quick and easy to setup either with the Wacom. The tablet required a USB-C to HDMI adapter. For some reason my iMac doesn’t like generic or other brands of adapters. I tried one that was $35 (these adapters range from $15 and up) and because it didn’t work, ended up paying $70 for an Apple one that worked.
I’ve read quite a few reviews on the Wacom One having issues. I just hope mine isn’t one of them. This was what my mind was occupied with in the last few days so my new year felt like an extension of 2020. You know, like one big mess. Anyway, here are my favorite songs of December.
Before You Go – Lewis Capaldi on The Voice (I love the song and his voice, but check out the piano guy. Isn’t he just amazing?)
I’ve been binge watching “Chuck” on Amazon Prime. When the show first came out, I watched an episode or two but didn’t have the time to keep up with it. I’m so happy that it’s on AP. One of the episode played “One More Try” by Timmy T in the background. That just totally solidified my love for the show. That song brought back so many memories.
This song came to me early one morning. I know why but I’ve got a lot of memories attached to it. It was used in a TV series called “Mr. Robot” but I haven’t seen it. I remember the song from “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.”
“In Time” by Robbi Rob
Here’s one that I just love. It’s a timeless song.
October’s playlist was very minimal. I wasn’t really listening to a lot of music. There were things going on in my life that made it difficult to focus on what I’m passionate about. I’ve had moments where I’m just not sure why I’m doing what I’m doing. I think a lot of it has to do with our current situation with the pandemic and how it has impacted everyone’s lives.
I did have two epic inspirational songs I listened to on repeat for a short time that I think are worthy of mentioning. They are:
Hoping for a gentler and kinder September. Here’s the top three from my August playlist:
I’ve revisited this song because of what’s gone on in my life last month. “Legacy” by Lustral.
Earlier in August, I was remembering those college days in the 90’s and Tori Amos was one of my favorite musicians to listen to. “1,000 Oceans” came later but it still gave me those college days vibes.
“Radishes and Flowers” by Jesse Blake Rundle was a song I heard on a Youtube compilation. The guitars from 2:30 to the end really hit me.
Before I share my list, just thought I’d mention that I’m doing Camp Nano this month. Goal is 30K words for a romance novella. It’s something different from the sci-fi and fantasy stuff.
As you know, I love music. I track monthly favorites in my bujo. I do it pretty sloppily but it’s nice being able to flip back and see what I’ve been listening to. I used to track it on this blog but stopped and I’m not sure why. I enjoyed doing that so I’ll continue it.
Here’s my top favorites/most listened to songs from June:
“Aeternum” by John Lunn for The Last Kingdom series on Netflix. The soundtrack for the series is simply amazing. It’s one of the best out there. I’d say it’s just as good as The Last of the Mohicans soundtrack. “Aeternum” is so haunting. The drums and bass from 3:10 on is one of my favorites. In the show, they play that beat without the singing and it gives me goosebumps.
“Enso” by The Alliance. This is a trance song and has a pretty fast beat but at 2:00, it slows down to nothing and then picks up with an epic tune from 2:23 to 2:50.
“Last Hope” by Antoine Heid. I’ve shared this song before but I’ve started listening to it again. Mainly because I’m editing my sci-fi novella, but also because there’s a part of the song that has this really good drum piece that I missed before. It’s from 1:45 to 2:45. It’s sort of like a rolling drum but I’m not sure. It’s just fabulous!
“Zocalo” by Armin van Buuren. This is an old tune but I could never get enough of it. The breakdown from 3:35 to 5:15 kind of takes all my worries away.
“I Should Have Known” by Jovani feat. Jazzu. Love Jazzu’s voice, but also love the rolling drums. I’m a sucker for rolling drums.
This pretty little thing came in the mail yesterday. It’s a Chic Sparrow B6 Slim Folio in the color Huckleberry. It is from the Crème line, which is a thick leather. The Huckleberry B6 Slim Folio is different from what I expected. I thought it was going to be thick but it’s been pressed very thin. At first look, I wasn’t sure what to think, but pretty quickly, I fell in love.
Here’s a comparison of the Crèmes I have.
I have quite a lot of traveler’s notebooks. It all started with the Midori Traveler’s Notebook which I found through the planner girls on Youtube and Instagram five years ago. What I love about the Chic Sparrow leathers is that they are super high quality. They only sell full grain leather and they have superb service. For instance, I specified smooth leather on the Brûlée and Huckleberry and they came through. I didn’t ask for anything on the Chocolate because I wanted to be surprised and what I got was gorgeous.
The Huckleberry smells devine, like walking into a leather shop.
A comparison of the Huckleberry to the Chocolate.
Wasn’t sure what I was going to use the Huckleberry for but I think I found something that I’ll enjoy doing. As a kid, I used to write down pieces of song lyrics that I loved. Back then, I simply used a notebook and markers, and that’s all I needed. Now, I like to embellish a bit.
The folio doesn’t come with notebooks or inserts. I purchased a Midori B6 Slim for this folio. It fits perfect. I’ve used an A5 Midori notebook before and liked it so it was an easy choice.
First decorated page.
I did make an unboxing video. I’m a lot new to making videos and am pretty nervous about my voice. I write better than I talk, but if you’d like to see it, here it is.
July was a busy month. Swim is done for my youngest. It was very intense and we’re glad to be done with it but we will probably join a less rigorous swim team during the school year. School starts for my youngest this coming Monday. She’ll be in 5th grade, the last grade in grade school where we live, then she’ll start 6th grade in middle school. When I think about it, I get teary-eyed, so I try not to let myself get too deep into thoughts about it.
My oldest will be starting 10th grade in a week. She loves POMs. If you don’t know what POMs is, it’s a competitive sport where they compete their skills with other high schools. The best go to national every year to compete for first place. But, they also do volunteering and fundraise, and attend and cheer at all the varsity football games, other varsity games, and some junior varsity games. Although she loves POMs, a part of her misses dance. A few weeks ago she was so sad that she cried her eyes out begging to take a lyrical class with the dance studio. So, husband and I signed her up and now she’s happy as can be. She loves to dance. There are so many facets of dance and some of them she doesn’t like or want to deal with, but dance, mostly just lyrical, she’s passionate about.
On the 3rd of this month, husband and I celebrated our 16th anniversary. We had lunch and then in the evening, went to see the movie, Valerian. In between, we took our youngest to school for registration and to meet her 5th grade teacher, and took our oldest to gynmastics (required for POMs).
Anyway, enough jabbering. Here are my top 3 epic songs I’ve been listening to so far.
I’ve been reading and writing and just haven’t been able to post a lot. I’ve also decided to return to college to finish my master’s degree. I only have 7 classes left so I figured I might as well go for it. I’ve also begun to edit other writer’s work because that’s what I’d like to focus on doing while in the process of completing my novel.
Anyhow, life’s been busy with the kid’s school and after school activities so there hasn’t been much time to post. I just did a photo session of my niece early this week so I’ll be doing post production on those photos in the next few days. I was able to slip some watercolor + mixed media in my painting journal. Drawing and coloring (painting, etc.) have always been a stress reliever for me + music. This piece was done yesterday using watercolor and charcoal.
This morning, I found this beautiful piano piece and I think it kind of matches the portrait’s expression.
“Unbreakable” by Josh Kramer (emotional epic piano)