Thanks to Third Man Records for my Jack White vinyl / New Music Friday: Marcus Mumford, AJR, and some woman named Beyoncé / Yip Harburg quote

morning babble / Friday 07-29-22

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156 days until EXIT PLAN

So – we’re home from the shore already . . .

New Music Friday:

  • Well, today is the day – Beyoncé’s new album is officially out – Renaissance. 16 tracks – over an hour of music. I’ve talked about this one enough already and I know that she’ll get enough people chatting it up today, too. Song being pushed today is “Church Girl.”
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently touring and just a few months ago they released their comeback record Unlimited Love. Well, they have now announced another new studio album: Return of the Dream Canteen and it’s due out October 14th. I had written this one up already for today in anticipation of mentioning what new song was released from it. BUT – nothing yet. So, go back and enjoy Unlimited Love. The next album is coming this Fall.
  • New music from AJR arrived – the song “I Won’t” has been played at times as early as April during their recent tour. Last night, it was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. I have scoured the internet in search of new album info . . . nothing yet.
  • You know Mumford & Sons. Well, we’re just going to get the front man – Marcus Mumford – for a new album. Couple weeks ago, we did get the song “Cannibal” where there’s a video too – directed by Steven Spielberg, who shot it on an iPhone. Today, we get another song off of this upcoming album. This song is called “Grace.” Full self-titled album drops on September 16th.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Words make you think. Music makes you feel. A song makes you feel a thought.” – by Yip Harburg

Vanilla comes from Beaver Butt? / Still meditating / Maya Angelou quote

morning babble / Thursday 07-28-22

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Not quite the weekend, but it is FRIDAY EVE!

Meditation every day is still going strong. Today, the line I enjoyed was “Meditation is the art of paying attention to what really matters.” This is all via Sam Harris and his app “Waking Up” – I think it’s great. I love how it really walks you through everything.

157 days until EXIT PLAN

Several weeks ago, we were at a friend’s house and we were discussing cupcakes, desserts, and such, when she asked – do you like vanilla? My wife and I agreed. Our friend then added, “Well, it comes from beaver’s butts.”

Article on the National Geographic website “Beaver Butts Emit Goo Used for Vanilla Flavoring” For more info, click here.

Beaver butts secrete a goo called castoreum, which the animals use to mark their territory. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration lists castoreum as a “generally regarded as safe” additive, and manufacturers have been using it extensively in perfumes and foods for at least 80 years

“While most anal secretions stink—due to odor-producing bacteria in the gut—this chemical compound is a product of the beaver’s unique diet of leaves and bark.” So, instead of smelling like . . . butt, “castoreum has a musky, vanilla scent, which is why food scientists like to incorporate it in recipes.”

Did I mention that I enjoy Vanilla Bean which means it comes from the Vanilla Bean!

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”by Maya Angelou

At the Shore! / To the Jenday Conure: Go Potty! / Aesop quote

morning babble / Wednesday 07-27-22

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158 days until EXIT PLAN

Welcome to AMA Wednesday –

Via someone – “Did you bring the dogs and bird to the shore?”

WATCH THE VIDEO!

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – by Aesop

Shore-bound: What do I pack & why so much? / Let’s talk books on Podcast Tuesday? / Cato quote

morning babble / Tuesday 07-26-22

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159 days until EXIT PLAN

PODCAST TUESDAY!

I’ve got none because I’ve been listening to – The Art of Impossible by Steven Kotler

I’m packing . . . and it’s a lot.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“I begin to speak only when I’m certain what I’ll say isn’t better left unsaid.”by Cato

Goal Setting on a Monday with James Clear & Steven Kotler / Meditation tally = 25 days / Marcus Aurelius quote

morning babble / Monday 07-25-22

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25 days of meditating. . . in a row. Today, Sam Harris taught me: “No matter how stressful or busy your day might feel, you can always “put a smile in your mind” in the present moment”

I use the “Waking Up” app and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I have not worked out or ran since my U of D 5k run on June 5th.

160 days until EXIT PLAN

GOAL SETTING MONDAY & REVIEW –

Yesterday, I was finally clearing out some emails and was drilling through some James Clear ones. His newsletters really are the best. Anyway – I retweeted the following:

“A surefire way to make a bad situation worse is to continue replaying it in your mind.

The damage is done. The only thing that matters now is making the best choice given your current position.

Next play mentality.” – James Clear

Don’t dwell – GO!

I’m also wrapping up listening to the audiobook – The Art of Impossible by Steven Kotler

Reminded me of several ideas, but a key one in setting goals for the day is you begin it by “Eating the Frog” – I believe that was a Mark Twain quote, too.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Frightened of change? But what can exist without it?” – by Marcus Aurelius

Third Man Records – waiting on some vinyl / New Music Friday – let’s simply declare it: Jack White Day!

morning babble / Friday 07-22-22

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I won’t lie . . . I’m bummed. I didn’t get the new Jack White album – Entering Heaven Alive -on vinyl prior to the digital release today. I told you that I was spoiled before with his first album – Fear of the Dawn – it arrived on the Tuesday before.

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Via Morning Brew – daily email I receive – I learned that Queen just became the first musical act to sell 7 million copies of an individual album in the UK. That record, the band’s first Greatest Hits collection released in 1981, is now owned by one in every four UK households. This is the album that includes “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “We Are the Champions.”

New Music Friday:

  • New Jack White – full album drop of Entering Heaven Alive. Over 40 minutes of new tunes, spread out over 11 tracks. We already got earlier singles from this album: “If I Die Tomorrow”, “Love Is Selfish” and “Queen of the Bees”. And again, this is his 2nd album of 2022 – Fear of the Dawn being the first.
  • Beyoncé’s new album isn’t out until next Friday (July 29th), but things are slowly leaking out like the track list of her 16 songs. But also the album cover which features her sitting on top of a silver horse. She’s wearing silver spikes, silver heels . . . well here it is. (Picture) So again, next Friday, new Beyonce album called Renaissance – where we can hear new songs like “America Has a Problem,” “Alien Superstar,” and “Thique.”
  • This one snuck up on me and it shouldn’t have – new Ben Harper and it’s a whole album release, Bloodline Maintenance. We already got the new song, “We Need To Talk About It.” The new song I heard today was “Need to Know Basis” – I enjoyed it and dug a little deeper. New Album. That’s on my playlist for today.
  • Billie Eilish has released two new songs: “TV” and “The 30th.” Pitchfork’s Mathew Strauss was writing about this 2-pack of songs and highlighted where: Eilish sings, ‘The internet’s gone wild watching movie stars on trial/While they’re overturning Roe v. Wade.’
  • 7th Studio Album from Slipknot has been announced: The End, So Far. We’ll get the full album on September 30th. The band has also shared a new single called “The Dying Song (Time to Sing)” and there’s a video – a scary one.
  • Last night, Megan Thee Stallion along with Future released a naughty, fun song called “Pressurelicious.” Both artists are heard celebrating strong and confident women from two different perspectives — Megan as the woman and Future as a loving and supportive partner.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Maybe we should all just listen to records and quit our jobs” – by Jack White

The Upside-down Pineapple / Where’s Brodie? / SpongeBob SquarePants quote

morning babble / Thursday 07-21-22

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HAPPY FRIDAY EVE!

164 days until EXIT PLAN

Where’s Brodie? Wearing his pineapple booties so he doesn’t slip n slide across the kitchen floor.

Pineapples . . . not so innocent. A symbol that has been around for centuries, the upside down pineapple has a long and varied history. It is most commonly associated with hospitality and welcome. In fact, it is often used as a sign or decoration in hotels, restaurants, and other places where guests are welcomed.

Some believe that the upside down pineapple originated from Hawaii. The state is known for its pineapple plantations, and the upside down pineapple is said to represent the locals’ friendly hospitality.

If you see a pineapple upside down, it could also mean that there is an upcoming swinger party. The symbol has been associated with swingers for years and continues to be used in public areas today.

Pineapple meaning—sexually—is about appreciation for those who choose to join in on the fun. It’s not just about sex, but rather love and connection with others, whether they be swinging couples or single people looking to get involved.

Upside down pineapple cake – brings a whole new meaning

Married with benefits sticker on someone’s car – within a pineapple logo

Let’s play spin the pineapple

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“With imagination, I can be anything I want.” – by SpongeBob SquarePants

Dear diary . . . / New journal talk – how about my own journal? / Eckhart Tolle quote

morning babble / Wednesday 07-20-22

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

Just to follow up on my banter from Tuesday – it was good day. I do believe my daily meditation practice is helping me through this though. I find myself – pausing more. Deep breaths. Focusing on what’s unfolding and not allowing it to spiral out of control.

Today – today is definitely a good day. A hard one, but my son is helping me all day, so I am very excited about that.

165 days until EXIT PLAN

Welcome to AMA Wednesday –

Via someone – “What diary are you going with?”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Nothing happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now.” – by Eckhart Tolle

Not Monday, but instead Tuesday / Nice hat. / Carrie Fisher quote

morning babble / Tuesday 07-19-22

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Tuesday – I always joke about it not being Monday. BUT – this is always one of my toughest days. I attack on Monday and lay out some good groundwork. Since a good amount of goals were hit on Monday, expectations are then set for Tuesday. However, I typically hit the road on Tuesdays and that’s when things can go awry. I find myself by the end of Tuesdays – screaming for Fridays. I’m not trying to be a downer. I’m just trying to figure it out. I don’t want it to be like that. I do know that dinner tonight is pasta and wine – that always makes me smile.

Good hat day – they happen / reached out and picked on my hat – sweat marks

166 days until EXIT PLAN

PODCAST TUESDAY!

I listened to a lot of podcasts again, but none were worthy of me saying “Hey – go check this one out.” Various issues – accent / host had poor delivery with questions to the guests / Another host threw out too many big words

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.”by Carrie Fisher

I love hot moms? / Meditation practice continues / Killer Mike quote

morning babble / Monday 07-18-22

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

No more baseball games / No more swim meets – summer is almost over

A friend of my son’s – so, this kid was like 12 (Cohen) – he was wearing a t-shirt that said “I love hot moms”. There is a very small window of time when that’s so cute. Could you imagine me wearing that to the meet?

Run the Jewels had new music on FRIDAY!!!!! It was “Terrible 2’s” by DJ Premier, but it most definitely featured Run the Jewels

Jack White is coming this Friday / Vinyl arrives this week – Entering Heaven Alive

167 days until EXIT PLAN

GOAL SETTING MONDAY & REVIEW –

Meditate Every Day!

All month – the goal is daily meditation. I’m officially signed up through the Waking Up app – it’s from Sam Harris – author, philosopher, podcaster, not the singer. 

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“I never stop reading. I read everything, and I read every day. If you never read anything, be curious. Curiosity is the true foundation of education, reading things that we’ve factually already agreed on, and I love reading books. With that said, it’s more important that you ask the question ‘why.’” – by Killer Mike