Well, howdy 4am! Please don't f-up my day

We got up really, reeeeeeally early. Hours before sunrise. And, while I caffeinated and walked the dog in the cold, I was still not 100% awake. I had an appointment with the lovely and evil Lisa (my trainer), but didn't have the brain power to figure out the morning (shower and dress and run errands and then gym? run errands stinky and then gym? go back to bed?) not enough brain cells to parse the choices out on this particular morning, so I headed to the gym.

Before leaving? I picked up Just Kids from my bookshelf. It had come highly recommended, but I wasn't really convinced...I'm not a huge P. Smith fan, like her music (and her words), but always figured her for a heroin addict and less-than-sympathetic figure. But I figured I'd skim the first page, and put it back.

Instead? It totally grabbed me. I am loving her highly individual voice, her frankness, and the amazing life she's carved out of life and society's gray areas. It's fascinating.  (Side note - she's NOT a junkie! Who KNEW?)

Add to that a kick-ass morning at the gym (I may not be able to move my arms tomorrow. Lawdy.), a productive workday, a kick-ass chamber music concert (with a fabulous arrangement of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring arranged for woodwind quintet. Seriously.), and you'll find a girl who is having trouble falling asleep, even though she's been awake since 4:00 a.m.

Day WIN.

My five:

  1. Feeling good at the end of a long day.
  2. Inspiration.
  3. Confidence.
  4. Big daydreams.
  5. Stories. 
And, to share some happy with you? Smilemix, volume 1. They're not in any specific order, and they're not all happy, but they all make me smile when I hear them. And you can download them here. I'll try to put up a new batch every few weeks.


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