I come to this place to write - once a year, it seems. It could be the proximity to the sea, or perhaps the familiar American coffee. The street lamps might inspire me, or the way the wind dances down the street. Maybe it's the giant mermaid in the park, or the beautiful mothers and their beautiful babies.
Sitting here, staring down the sea, I feel freedom the most.
After a few minutes, I will fasten my jacket, pull on my hat, face down the wind, and walk towards the train. Towards home. Where beautiful babies wait for their mother.
So a friend of mine posted a blog post on the top 40 songs of 2009. I'm not as adept a music listener as he, but it inspired me to make my own list. So here's my:
Top Forty(two) Songs of the '00s
(in no particular order... actually, in reverse alphabetical order)
1st of july / Foy Vance (I have no idea what album this is from, but my sister gave it to me so I heart it)
yahweh / U2 / How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Work / Jars Of Clay / Good Monsters
When Your Mind's Made Up / The Frames / The Cost
When You Were Young / The Killers / Sam's Town
When The Saints / Sara Groves / Tell Me What You Know
When It Was Over / Sara Groves / Add To The Beauty
Viva La Vida / Coldplay / Viva la Vida
Use Somebody / Kings of Leon / Only By the Night
Universe & U / KT Tunstall / Grey's Anatomy Soundtrack, Vol II (I think)
tribute / Tenacious D / Tenacious D
This Too Shall Be Made Right / Derek Webb / The Ringing Bell
Sweet Child o' Mine / Taken By Trees / Sweet Child o' Mine / Above You - Single
Somewhere A Clock Is Ticking / Snow Patrol / Final Straw
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) / Beyoncé / I Am Sasha Fierce
Sing To Jesus / Fernando Ortega / Storm
Shiver / Coldplay / Parachutes
The Scientist / Coldplay / A Rush Of Blood To The Head
Run / Snow Patrol / Final Straw
Rocky Took A Lover / Bell X1 / Flock
Revolution / Jars Of Clay / The Eleventh Hour
Politik / Coldplay / A Rush Of Blood To The Head
The Planets Bend Between Us / Snow Patrol / A Hundred Million Suns
original of the species / U2 / How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Open Your Eyes / Snow Patrol / Eyes Open
Oh My God / Jars Of Clay / Good Monsters
Maybe There's A Loving God / Sara Groves / All Right Here
Magnificent / U2 / No Line On The Horizon
Lies / Glen Hansard / Once (Music from the Motion Picture)
Kite / U2 / All That You Can't Leave Behind
Jeremiah / Sara Groves / The Other Side Of Something
Is It Any Wonder? / Keane / Under The Iron Sea
He Said She Said / Bell X1 / Flock
Falling Slowly / Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova / Once (Music from the Motion Picture)
Crazy In Love / Snow Patrol / Up to Now
Clocks / Coldplay / A Rush Of Blood To The Head
Chicago / Sufjan Stevens / Illinoise
Breakeven / The Script / The Script
Blessed Be Your Name / Matt Redman / Blessed Be Your Name: The Songs Of Matt Redman
Best Of You / Foo Fighters / In Your Honor [Disc 1]
Beauty Of Uncertainty / KT Tunstall / Drastic Fantastic
all because of you / U2 / How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
What's my criteria? Well, if I can play the song on repeat like 10 times and never get tired of it. Or if only by hearing that one song was I moved to purchase the whole album. Or any song that made me laugh and/or cry out loud ("Tribute," for instance, accomplishes both of these things). Some of these songs might not be the best of the whole decade, but their my favourite. What are yours?
I have a nook and a nest. When I lay down on the sofa, one squirmy child finds her way between my neck and arm - the nook, whilst the boy plops down behind the curve of my bent knees - the nest. Apparently I have the perfect body for two children, with a nook and a nest. Where do I put the third? There's just not enough of me...
Update: Thanksgiving was a success! It was quite the international event, as we had friends from Zimbabwe, Germany, Ireland and Northern Ireland here with us. I'm not sure how much they enjoyed the football, but the company was great and it was nice to again have a full house.
Now we are enjoying a visit from Matt's parents, which is so wonderful and much-needed. We had such a brilliant time with all my parents here that once they were gone, we were quite bummed. And the kids so needed grandparent-time again. I hate to think that it'll come to and end too soon.
And thanks all for your kind words about dear Ella. She's back to her hell-raising self, pic below to prove it: