Thirty Days of Blogging.

Day 30. National Blog Posting Month.

I did it!!!  I wrote a post every day during the month of November.

[Extra points to anyone who can tell me where the “Grr Argh!” reference is from.]

But seriously folks, as today is the last day of the November,  I am going to reflect on this month of posting.  When I first read about the National Blog Posting Month, I immediately thought it was a great challenge and one I should embark on. I mean, what else have I got to do these days, you know, besides nursing my infant every 3 hours and changing a diaper almost as often? My brain needs the exercise, almost as much as my body needs the running. 

As I got started, the magnitude of what I was doing hit me, around day 4 or day 5.  Could I really find something to write about day in and day out?  Well, as it turns out, I can!  And even more surprising to me was that you fine folks were actually reading! It is such an honor to have your attention for a few minutes every day.

One of the goals I had this month was to increase the number of followers of my little blog.  At the beginning of the month, I had 86 followers.  Today, as I write this, I have 109 followers.  Astounding!  Thank you!!!!  When I read other blogs and see that some folks have hundreds of followers, I wonder how they got there.  Well, I kind of figured it out – you have to write often, you have to write about stuff that people are interested in and it doesn’t hurt to be a little funny and be willing to poke fun at yourself.

I also learned a few things while writing this month:

  • I can write every day, if I set my mind to it.
  • I need to get some decent sleep if I want to lose the baby weight
  • The best time to have that morning cup of coffee is around 9:30am, when cortisol levels start to fall.
  • There will always be parents who won’t vaccinate their children, but I will continue to educate those parents (in my medical practice especially) and if I can instill change in just one family, then I will have done my job well.
  • I’m going to continue to fill my house with music – the memories that are made are there for a lifetime.
  • I am so very blessed to have three beautiful, healthy children.
  • It’s okay to have a noisy household, especially during naps; in fact, it might actually improve neurodevelopment.
  • I am spending way too much money during this maternity leave (see “Costco” post).
  • I love running.

 

And with that, I bid November and the National Blog Posting Month, adieu.

 

 

My Running Mix.

Day 14. National Blog Posting Month.

Well, it took 4 days but I finally recovered from my first run last week. I wasn’t surprised how much I hurt, after all, I did just get cut open and  have a new human being removed from me not too long ago!  I’ve been counting the days until I could go again.  And, yesterday was that day.

When I started running last year, I went out with only my cell phone so I could “MapMyRun”.  I didn’t listen to music, or the radio, or an audiobook.  I loved listening to the sound of my feet hitting the pavement.  It wasn’t until much later that I started listening to music.  Of course, it made for much more interesting running as well as encouraged a quicker pace. I decided that to keep me motivated on these early runs, it might be worthwhile to listen to music.

While perusing Pinterest, I’ve seen a lot of pins for running songs, ie. “100 best running songs”, “top 10 running songs”, “summer running songs” etc.  I’ve looked at a few and thought, “Meh, I can do better”.  As I talked about in my post Music, I am a sucker for a good hook.  If a song has a good beat and melody, I will probably like it.  So, before my run yesterday, I went through my music list and compiled a running mix.  Here’s what played on my run:

  • Pink – “Just Like A Pill”
  • Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
  • Pink – “Raise Your Glass”
  • Daft Punk – “Get Lucky”
  • Calvin Harris – “Feel So Close”
  • Daft Punk – “Giorgio By Moroder”
  • NIN – “Head Like A Hole”
  • Deadmau5 – “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff”

So let me ask my followers who run – What do you listen to?

Moved by Music

Day 4.

Inspiration struck me when I saw this post come up on my Twitter feed.

The challenge is to write something about music; a song that represents you — that you could consider as your “intro music.”  As it turns out, this is pretty easy to write about.

This post is dedicated to an old friend.

I grew up with an older brother who was heavily into heavy metal.  Coming home for lunch meant I was listening to the likes of Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Judas Priest, you get the drift.  This was the early-mid 80’s.  Glam rock was just starting, but new wave was well on its way and it was music that I really didn’t care for at the time.  With an older brother constantly blasting rock and roll music, it’s not hard to see how I became a metal head. 

Ah … the metalhead.  I wish I had looked like that in high school.  While most of my friends were listening to the likes of Madonna, Whitney Houston, and New Kids on the Block, I was deeply entrenched in the metal scene.  Well, actually, that’s not true.  By the time I was in high school I was listening to a lot of glam rock. Poison, Slaughterhouse, Ratt, you name it.  I was known in high school as the metal head.  Dance music and “pop” was not my style at all.

Eventually the glam scene died out and was replaced by the Seattle “grunge” scene.  I was a huge fan of Nirvana and Pearl Jam for many years.  The death of Kurt Cobain hit hard, so hard in fact, that I actually wrote a letter to the editor of Time Magazine (which was published) after his suicide.

I remember the later 90s being somewhat devoid of music for me.  Shockingly, only one song sticks out – “Tubthumbing”.  Don’t laugh!!!    It was a big hit for me in 1997.  I remember it so well because at the time I was living on my own with my then best friend and just starting to discover who I was.  We were two girls on our own, going to school, living  in the city.   It was a great time.

The very-late 90’s was a major turning point in my taste for music.  I was a graduate student in Physiology.  A fellow grad student made me listen to something called “trance”.  I told him repeatedly that I wasn’t into dance music.  He persisted. I’m so glad he did.  The album he put on for me was Paul Oakenfold‘s Tranceport 2 ( below is track 1 only).

I know this will sound cheesy and cliché, but my life changed that day.  Music suddenly made sense to me again, the rhythm, the beat, the hook – it moved me, it spoke to me. It was a profound moment. I got goosebumps.  I am forever grateful to my friend for introducing me to trance/electronic music. I still listen to it today.  I am introducing my children to it as well.  Walk into our house on any given Sunday and you just might find a little dance party going on.