good morning, Monday: Soundtracks for Everyday Adventures by Lullatone

I was looking about on Bandcamp when I stumbled onto Lullatone.  A single listen, and I was hooked.  I think they may have made their album, Songs for Everyday Adventures, just for me.  It’s sweet and pretty instrumental music, each track representing a specific moment in life.  I love all of the songs, with standout favorites being “Checking Things Off of a To-Do List Early in the Morning” and “Clapping Contest”.  I ordered their album and they sent it to me with a hand-penned thank you note, a bonus CD, and bookmark.

I have all sorts of happy flutters in my chest when I listen to this.  It’s perfect for a Monday morning, and I’m giving it a listen today as I prepare for my first day back at school after February break.

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good morning, Monday: Better late than never.

I know, I know – it’s not morning any longer!  This particular morning found me rushing to get to class and I had no time to craft a Monday pick-me-up post.  However, while the day is already in its postmeridian hours, I still have a multitude of things to do.  I’m running on just a few hours of sleep and absolutely need some external forces to jump-start my afternoon.  Here’s what I’ve come up with to keep me going on this sleepy Monday:

First, some happy news: Over the weekend, I received notification that four of the dogs up for adoption from Friends of Retrievers Rescue found their forever homes.  Not only is this happy news for those pups, but means that four spots are now open in foster homes and four new dogs can be pulled from shelter situations and listed online for adoption.  Happy news always helps me get through a long day, and this is some of the best I’ve heard in quite a while!

Next, I’d like to share a song I frequently turn to in times when I need to self-motivate.  I can’t listen to “Ce Jeu” by Yelle without breaking into my ridiculous version of dancing.  There are few jams that pump me up quite as well as this one, and I hope you find it works the same wonders for your Monday afternoon as it will mine:

And there you have it!  Instant Monday motivation, brought to you by animal lovers and French pop stars.  Happy Monday, y’alls!

good morning, Monday.

Monday mornings are rough.  I thought I had managed to avoid any hatred of this first day of the work week, for in my past life working as a direct support professional my schedule resulted in Mondays off.  There was even a period of time when I worked overnight shifts on Sundays and would actually be just getting out of work on Monday mornings.  Those were lovely days, when I could park myself in coffee shops and watch 9-to-5-ers hustle into their workplaces, reveling in my ability to leisurely begin the day.  Clearly, that has changed.  Resuming my academic career meant reverting to more typical hours – and thus, I hate Mondays.

Granted, once the day has begun and I’m at school, Monday isn’t so bad.  It’s just getting started that gives me trouble.  I’ve thus decided that my Monday mornings need a pick-me-up, and I’m going to start right here on Notables Near the Shore.  Each Monday I’ll do my best to post a song, photo, something – to help me get my week started right.  (Confused as to what I mean?  Think: cute puppies, dance jams, happy news).

This small step works toward my biggest goal of 2012: regaining my positive outlook on life.

 For this first post, I want to share a song that makes me instantaneously happy.  If you told me 5 years ago that my favorite song would someday be by Chicago, I would have giggled and informed you that all I knew of the band came from a minor reference in an unfortunate Adam Sandler film.  That was before a friend introduced my thankful ears to this tune, “25 or 6 to 4”.  For real, I hear this song and my limbs start jutting out in all directions (am I dancing or having a seizure!?  The world may never know).  It’s so good.

Perhaps I’m the only 20-something willing to profess her love of Chicago, but admit it: you kind of like this song.  Happy Monday, y’alls!