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GMM: Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors — Shine Like Lightning

One concert was enough to make me a fan. I bought this album on vinyl the very next day. It got here yesterday afternoon & I was listening to it while cleaning the kitchen. So good.

What’s funny is I listened to this before the show and I remember thinking ‘Oh, this is pretty good, this is ok music.’ Just ok, no strong feelings. But hearing them live — that’s another story. I already loved Ben Rector, but I wasn’t expecting to fall head over heels for the other two openers. I can’t remember another concert where I have enjoyed each act so much.

Happy Wednesday!

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WIP Wednesday & Yarn Along

In case you missed it, last Friday I shared the FO for the mysterious striped project i’ve been working on recently. (Spoiler alert: it’s a zebra!)

I’ve still been plugging along on my secret projects, but since one is All But Stuffing, I’ve been poking around in my WIP basket & attempting to finish stuff up.

What’s in the picture up top is a hat (so nice that I’m finishing up these warm hats now that it’s 80 degrees outside… :), and I discovered that all it needed was 10 rows of sc on the brim and some buttons to be done! So I’ve completed the actual crocheting and found some neat buttons from my stash. Just need to do a bit of sewing!

I turned my attention next to my autumn leaves hat (another hat, I know, ridiculous). This one will take a bit longer than an afternoon to finish up, but I spent some conference call time on it earlier this week, and it’s really starting to take shape. I can definitely see the leaves now; in fact, it almost is like it’s blooming! Such a neat pattern.

It’s been fun picking up some of these WIPs that have been hanging around. I won’t be able to wear them right away, but at least after I’m done I’ll have 2 new hats for this next winter.

I just started reading The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, which definitely reads like Sherlock Holmes fan fiction (and I don’t mean that as an insult!). It’s written in the same style as the original Sherlock Holmes stories. I really enjoyed those, so I think I’m going to enjoy this as well. I like the mysteries and action so far, and the new Mary Russel character is engaging.

 

I hope you’ll join me on Ginny’s blog & share what you’re working on and reading!

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GMM: Concert playlist — Ben Rector & Needtobreathe

You’ve heard this from me before. I know.

This. Concert. Was. Amazing.

I was so excited for both Ben Rector and Needtobreathe, but I definitely didn’t expect to love both Colony House and Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors as much as I did. Enough to buy both their albums the very next day. And get tickets to see Drew Holcomb in October.

I didn’t get the setlists for either of the first two openers, but here’s Ben Rector & Needtobreathe’s.

Happy Monday!

FO Friday! Stripey Zebra

 

Happy Friday, y’all! I’d love to share another project I finished recently as a present for some good friends of mine, and their new arrival, little D. I have it on good authority that D and zebra love to snuggle together & zebra is almost as big as he is!

There’s all the relevant info about this project out on my ravelry, but I just have to call out the pattern book that I got this zebra from, Edward’s Menagerie. There are all kinds of animal patterns, each one more adorable than the next, and they each have their own special details, like zebra’s mane and tail (which you can see in the pictures).

Speaking of which…. yay, pictures!
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Shout out to my mint nail polish! So trendy! (It happens every once in awhile :)

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Baby F Shower gift

Baby F Shower gift

Baby F Shower gift

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Baby F Shower gift

Just loving how zebra turned out! I hope he continues to be a great snuggle partner for little D as he grows up :)

 

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GMM: Needtobreathe — You Are Here

It’s here it’s here! I’m going to brag a little bit here, but M got me a surprise for our anniversary, and it was tickets to the Needtobreathe concert tonight! (Here’s the bragging part: I have the best fiance y’all. Such a thoughtful man :) I was already so excited, but then I found out that Ben Rector is opening… holy cow. Literally shaking with excitement. It’s going to be so, so good.

Happy Happy Friday!

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GMM: MIKA — Love Today

Y’all, today is one of those days. Granted, most Thursdays are ‘one of those days’. I have 3 and a half hours today when I’m not in meetings. *sigh* This song is from my encouragement playlist, which I sorely need today. Maybe you need some too.

Well: One. At. A. Time.

Happy Thursday!

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WIP Wednesday & Yarn Along

Oh man, y’all. I just heard that Nepal had another earthquake yesterday. I said my rosary this morning for all the people of Nepal, but I felt like I should do more. If you feel the same way, and are able, I donated to Catholic Relief Services. I just can’t imagine what that’s like, having so much destroyed, and thinking it was over and beginning to pick up the pieces, only to get hit again.

I am back to the crochet pictures obviously lit by overhead fluorescent lights only found in corporate cubetown. I’m making pretty good progress on secret project #1, especially during conference call meetings where all I do is listen. Slowly but surely wins the race, right? I am definitely the tortoise in this scenario.

I finished Outlander! It ended on both a happy and a speculative note, and I enjoyed the story and the characters enough to want to keep going with the next book in the series. I’m going to branch out and read some other, shorter things first before I get back to that. Over the weekend I also started and finished Lock In. It’s set in the near future, and explores what happens to society when a disease causes a large portion of humanity to be completely paralyzed, but still have a completely functioning brain. If you’re into sci-fi or speculative fiction like that, I really recommend this book. The story also had an element of mystery / crime solving that kept me turning pages way past the time I should have been asleep in bed.

 

I hope you’ll join me on Ginny’s blog & share what you’re working on and reading!

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GMM: Gavin Degraw — We Are the Champions

This cover of this song is rather polarizing, I guess. Quite a few people hate it, but I think it’s pretty fantastic. Gavin Degraw doing what he does best, infusing his soulful style into a Queen classic.

Anyways, appropriate because my kickball team just won the championship last night! For the second time in a row! So between the past 2 seasons and a win at glow-in-the-dark 80s kickball, we are undefeated in the last 25 games. I generally don’t contribute much, but I have a great time cheering the rest of my friends on :)

Happy Wednesday!