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week #9, I Like That and other stuff too

March 3, 2020

Last week’s post also dropped on Tuesday (or Wednesday) due to other priorities namely my submission for a veteran’s writing program. Maybe Tuesday is the new Sunday? In a life without a fixed schedule and only a defective rooster for an alarm clock, time gets a little wibbly woobly.

Plagued by a 24 hour stomach bug that kicked three of the four human butts at the Murphy Ave Menagerie last week, I confess my listen to Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer was less than thorough. Furthermore, I confess that my selection of this week’s song “I Like That” was based on my nephew’s joy (expressed through his little happy dance) while dancing to the song. It’s a snappy, fun song with a decent message that I can mos def get behind.

I’m always left of center and that’s right where I belong
I’m the random minor note you hear in major songs.

2020 Playlist (so far and in this specific order) 

  1.  Time by Jungle
  2.  Severed Crossed Fingers by St. Vincent
  3. Lemon Glow by Beach House
  4. 666 by Bon Iver
  5. The World at Night (for Stew) by Walter Martin
  6. The Place I Love by The Jam
  7. The Great Pretender by Brian Eno
  8. Hot Freaks by Guided by Voices
  9. I Like That by Janelle Monáe

With Wednesday and Thursday as sick days, I spent my time horizontal napping listening to podcasts, reading, drinking broth and eating Saltines. We got a new couch on Thursday. Maryland NCAAMB suffered last week and into this. Opposite of joy. The weather is holding as cool, spring, and dry. Isaiah is working diligently on the family garden and I’m over the moon about having fresh, homegrown food this year. I baked bread and made a huge pot of leafy greens that I collected from the “Kid’s Garden” a local community patch down the street.

Lastly, I downloaded the Audubon Bird Guide app and logged my first backyard bird, the Mourning Dove.

Mourning Dove

Actually there were two together, possibly a mated pair? I’d seen them before back when I was a novice (two days ago) and still thought they were called Morning Doves.  Not sure if bird watching is for me, but watching birds, like watching the cat, soothes me. And serves as a decent foil to the human tornado that is the Menagerie led by the 14 month old babe. I am grateful for technology with a low barrier to entry to learn something new.


Speaking of new, next week’s artist/album:

379. Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha

#didnotcheat #serendipity

Coo coo until next week birdies.





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