Monday, September 08, 2014

The First Listen: Train - Bulletproof Picasso #BulletproofPicasso #O2O

Thanks to the One2One Network, I was provided a free copy of Train's latest album, Bulletproof Picasso. For fans of Train, this album delivers all of the things that you love about Train--great, mostly upbeat songs that you can listen to in almost any situation.

What I like about it is that through the lyrics, they go far beyond just fun pop tunes. While many would say the best storytelling songs are in the country genre, I think that Train does an equally good job in telling a great story through song, and (thankfully!) does it without a country twang. All of the tracks are so good that I don't know if I could pick just one to call the best.

If you want to learn more about the album and check out a couple of tunes, here are some videos and information about Bulletproof Picasso. You can also pre-order the album from iTunes or Amazon.


 Don't forget to check out Train on tour:
8/28 Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook
8/29 Lenox, MA Tanglewood
8/30 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel and Casino

**I participated in the Train Bulletproof Picasso album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

Monday, September 01, 2014

A New Month, A New Set of Goals

So... about last week. It kind of sucked. More than that--it really sucked. I'll spare everyone the details, because whining does no good. So I'll just sum it up like this: I started off the week with small glimmers of hope, they were crush into oblivion, I nearly got scammed (which makes me want to never use Guru again) and to top it off, I was barefoot and stepped on a cricket. Again. Yuck... And since crickets in the house are supposed to be lucky, I think stepping on that sucker is probably like breaking a mirror.

Fortunately, there was a good part about the week. There was a good amount of work, and I was able to do more in a week than I've been able to do for most of the summer. Will it help in the long run? Maybe not, but it's always a start. And since this is the first day of a new month, I'm shifting all of those very lofty August goals into September goals. There will be much writing, revising--and if all goes well--moving.

Here's to a great September!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Still Chugging Along...

My head is filled with plans and plots and dreams and inspiration. Some have even ended up on paper. It's a writer's curse, but it's still lovely.

I'm at one of those points where I just have to stick with a project and see it to the end, rather than trying to manage two, three or more. Today I'm choosing one project to finish the first draft and one project to finish revisions. That's it--no more until they are done.

Along with all of my writing, I'm still trying to make my move. Again... there's a lot more planning going on than action. While I would just love to pack a bag and take off, I'm the type of person that has to consider every single positive and negative outcome imaginable first. This may take awhile... ;-)

All of this stalling can end with taking in a deep breath and making a decision. I will get there... even if I have to reread those self-help books I read a few months ago to get my butt in gear.

In more mundane news, my book auctions on eBay ended today. There was some interest, but no bites so I'll be relisting them tonight. I may also get a few new titles listed, but no promises on that one. If you don't want to wait around for me to list books on eBay, you can always check out what I have on if you are interested in building up your library as I downsize mine. 

Have a great week! I'm going to make sure mine will be. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

The #VitaVoxBox is Here!

Influenster has bestowed upon me another box of fun products to try out. This is the Vitality Vox Box, and it is full of goodies. As always, I'll be posting reviews, photos and videos on my other blog, Showered in Beauty, and across all of my social media platforms.

Received this box free from Influenster for testing purposes.

Monday, August 11, 2014

I Think the Universe Might be Trying to Tell Me Something...

Last week was one of those "it could only happen to me" kind of weeks. I was very excited about getting those cover letters and resumes out to the editorial assistant jobs I found. I only needed to spend a little time on each cover letter because I've done so much prep work.

Then I go to the listing I saw on the company's website and... POOF.

Yeah, poof. The job listing was taken down. Not all of them, mind you, just a few--including the one I was applying for. It's crazy, I know. The first one on my list was gone. I was in shock about the first one because I really had my heart set on working with that particular company. So I waited a day to apply for another one. Then--you know what comes next.

I am entirely serious when I tell you that this happened to me three times in a single week. That last time it happened I checked on the listing to make sure I had everything correct on the cover letter and the correct contact information. I accidentally closed out my browser, so I quickly went back to the page and I couldn't believe that the listing I was JUST LOOKING AT had been taken down.

I understand this time of year bratty little college graduates who had the luxury of taking their last summer off are the ones causing me this stress. I get it. I don't like it, but I get it.

After some more research today, there is one left that I want to apply for. If that disappears right before I apply, I will scream. Loud. I don't care if the universe is trying to tell me something--the universe is wrong about this one.

I'll be totally honest--it's the relocation that's at the top of my list, not necessarily the specific job. I would happily temp for the rest of my life. So if these listings are gone too, well... I'll try something else. I should probably get a little unconventional in my job search tactics anyway, because the traditional route is certainly not working in my favor.