My Record Collection 🎶

I don’t know what exactly it is about records that make my old soul so happy… My mini collection doesn’t get played as much as it should, but when it does, there’s a smile plastered on my face for hours.

My little orange Crosley Cruiser is one of my favourite possessions, mainly because it gives me a way to play my records. And because it’s adorable. It lives on top of my dresser with my stack of records, a couple books, and my wheat bag dog.

It’s cheap and not perfect – it skips quite a lot on the first couple songs on some records, but that’s okay! One of the things I love about my records is that they contain music that I wouldn’t normally listen to on my phone. And it’s a lot of music that I grew up listening to, thanks to my dad. So it’s nostalgia and being an old lady at heart all rolled into one odd love for these beat up records.

I have pieced my collection together thanks to record shops, antique stores, and flea markets. Most were bought just to add to my stack (meaning I have never heard some of them before), but there are some that contain favourite songs and artists that I adore. The genres are all over the place, from jazz to 80s rock to traditional country to pop. I also have a few Christmas albums that get a lot of playing time at the holidays.

As with all collections, I have some favourites! These three are my current faves. I way overpaid for Thriller, but I don’t even care because it’s MJ… The Top Gun soundtrack is super badass to own, and I love singing along with The Beach Boys’ Endless Summer.

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So much love for these LPs… ❤️🎶

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My first week at a new summer job

Working at a museum is going to be so cool! There is tons of history packed into the galleries and I love wandering through them. Boomtown Street is delightful! It’s a replica of a Saskatchewan town in 1910, complete with sights and sounds. (Just missing the smells!)

There was also a special program happening for pre-schoolers called Giddy Up & Whoa. There were some adorable animals out in the barn and the kids went on wagon rides thanks to some gorgeous horses and awesome museum volunteers. It was a great week to start for a vet student! 😊

Album Spotlight: Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour

Finally doing another album spotlight, this time for one of my favourite artists: Kacey Musgraves.

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Tracklist:
Slow Burn
Lonely Weekend
Butterflies
Oh, What a World
Mother
Love Is a Wild Thing
Space Cowboy
Happy & Sad
Velvet Elvis
Wonder Woman
High Horse
Golden Hour
Rainbow

Kacey’s latest album has a different feel from her first two, and it was a welcome change to hear her musical growth and the heartfelt songs about where she is in life now. Many of these songs also bend genres and the album has a really great feel to it. One of the things I love most about Kacey’s music is her lyrics – they are so well written, witty, and are guaranteed to make you feel so many emotions.

Here are my favourite lines from each song:
Slow Burn: Born in a hurry, always late / Haven’t been early since ’88
Lonely Weekend: I keep lookin’ at my phone, puttin’ it back down / There’s a little part of me that’s got the fear of missin’ out
Butterflies: I was just coastin’, never really goin anywhere / Caught up in a web, I was gettin’ kinda used to stayin’ there / And out of the blue, I fell for you
And: I was hiding in doubt ’til you brought me out of my chrysalis / And I came out new all because of you
Oh, What a World: Did I know you once in another life? / Are we here just once or a billion times?
Mother: Hope my tears don’t freak you out / They’re just kinda coming out
Love Is a Wild Thing: Running like a river trying to find the ocean / Flowers in the concrete / Climbing over fences blooming in the shadows / Places that you can’t see
Space Cowboy: I know my place, and it ain’t with you / Well sunsets fade, and love does too
Happy & Sad: And I’m the kind of person who starts getting kinda nervous / When I’m having the time of my life
And: Is there a word for the way that I’m feeling tonight? / Happy and sad at the same time / You got me smilin’ with tears in my eyes
Velvet Elvis: All I ever wanted was something classic / The kind love song that goes on ’til the end of time
Wonder Woman: ‘Cause, baby, I ain’t Wonder Woman / I don’t know how to lasso the truth out of you
High Horse: Oh, I bet you think you’re John Wayne / Showing up and shooting down everybody
Golden Hour: All that I know is you caught me at the right time / Keep me in your glow / ‘Cause I’m having such a good time with you
Rainbow: It’s hard to breathe when all you know is / The struggle of stayin’ above the risin’ water line

Clearly her first verses seem to draw me in most. I have listened to the whole album so many times now, so of course I have some favourites!
Butterflies ~ Happy & Sad ~ Velvet Elvis ~ High Horse ~ Rainbow

This album is definitely worth every penny!

Little by Little…

This school year has been rough. Real rough. Second semester pushed me to my limits and really wore me down. It was an info-dump piled on top of tons of exams and quizzes. There were so many classes and labs, and it was hard to find time to slow down and catch my breath.

I was often thinking one day a time, or even one class at a time. That was all I could do to keep my head above the water. I had to find the inspiration to keep going in the smallest of things every day, and one of those things was “Little by Little” by Clare Bowen. I would sometimes play it over and over, doing my best to take baby steps toward my goals, step by step, breath by breath, and always: little by little.

Motivation Monday #8

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

~ Thomas Edison

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.

~ Nora Roberts

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.

~ Robert Collier

Motivation Monday #7

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.

~ Fred DeVito

Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.

~ Suzy Kassem

Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

~ Steve Jobs