Fall Features and All Time Faves

I thought this morning in amongst this dreary day and the snow that’s expected, I would take a minute to review some of my Fall Faves.
First, the up-and-coming British singer, Adele.  I LOVE the sound of her voice, and seeing her this morning on CBS, I was impressed with her interview as she conveyed her confidence in not caring what people think of her singing and/or image.  Hands down, I’m a fan.

Adeles Album 19

Adele's Album "19"

Another fave is another up-and-coming artist, who is already big in Australia: Lenka.  At first listen of her song, “The Show” I was hooked.  That song actually made it to my cell as a Ring-tone, which in it’s own right, is a “Hall of Fame” of sorts:

Lenkas Debut Album Lenka

Lenka's Debut Album "Lenka"

Also, a new fave of mine is Leona Lewis.  Her voice too, is very unique and distinctive.  I was a fan of “Bleeding Love” when it came out, but I love “Better With Time” even more.  If there’s such thing as a #1 Break-Up song in the world, that would be it.  It doesn’t take a “victim role” and beautifully portrays how life goes on.  LOVE IT!

Leona Lewiss Album Spirit

Leona Lewis's Album "Spirit"

These three artists have a “Coffee House” kinda feel to them and although it may not be trendy, it’s still a sound I LOVE!  I’m hoping to get these 3 albums for the car, because as much as I love the XM in the car, they don’t have an all-Adele channel, an all-Lenka channel, or an all-Leona Lewis channel….yet.

Other artists & music that I’m a fan of are:
Gavin Rossdale “Love Remains the Same”
Augustana
Blind Melon
Blink 182
Colbie Caillat
ColdPlay
Collective Soul
Counting Crows
Dave Matthews Band
Duffy
Five For Fighting
Gin Blossoms
Goo Goo Dolls
Green Day
Gwen Stefani -“The Sweet Escape” which kidlet now sings to.  The “Oooh ooooohs”
Hinder
Hootie and the BlowFish
Jack Johnson
Jason Mraz “I’m Yours”
Katy Perry!
Lifehouse
Lisa Loeb “Stay”–an all-time fav!
Live
Maroon 5
Matchbox 20
Matt Nathanson “Come on Get Higher”
Natasha Bedingfield “Pocketful of Sunshine”
Nickleback
Oasis
O.A.R “Shattered”
Pink
Puddle of Mudd “We Don’t Have to Look Back Now”
R.E.M.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rob Thomas “Little Wonders”
Sara Bareilles!
Sarah Mclachan “U Want Me 2”
Staind
Sublime “What I Got”
The Spill Canvas “All Over You”
Toad the Wet Sprocket
Tom Cochrane “Life is a Highway”
U2!!!!
Uncle Kracker “Follow Me”
Wallflowers
Weezer

These songs were taken from the XM Channel Flight 26’s play-list.  They play more, but these are my faves.  I guess my taste is modern hits, but I love some 90’s thrown in there too.
All I know, is that I have to have my music!  🙂

Falling into Another Dream

Two Days after my “Leap of Faith,” I have taken another.  I am once again a college student-of sorts.  This time without the parties and the extra-curricular activities.–Which will probably help A LOT.
My loan payment came in yesterday and last night I signed up with Ashworth University to get my diploma in Floral Design.  It will take me about 6-9 months to complete, but will be completely worth it.  Also, I’m happy that my boss isn’t helping me pay for it (not that she offered).  I simply mean that this is MY education to take anywhere and because I paid for it, I don’t have an obligation to anyone in the future. 
Plus, I can do this no matter what age I am and no matter where life takes us/me.  I’m happy. 

After I finish my Diploma in Floral Design, I’m debating going for my Diploma in Jewelry Design and Repair.  I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. 
On a different note, one of my High School classmates passed away this week at the age of 27.  I never really knew him well.  I just knew of him.  Which is another lesson my new book “Life is a Verb” teaches.  Not to look beyond people or see through them.  It pays to make the effort to get to know them because you never know what they may bring to your life.  Good to know for the present and the future.
Speaking of getting to others, I told my co-workers about my jump Thurs.  One told me that she wouldn’t do it because if she had a little girl and a job she would be worried about hurting herself and not being able to work and who would help with the child.  I don’t know what to think.  I mean, this is the best I’ve felt about my life EVER, and I certainly don’t mean any thoughtlessness towards my family and my Hubby has been cool with us doing what we have.  He’s my partner and if he thought it was irresponsible there is no way I would do it.  In the meantime, I’m left with this question.  Do I hold back and put the things I want to do on hold in order to stay safe for kidlet?  One part of my now feels guilty, but the other part also knows I can be perfectly safe jumping from a 6 Story Tower and perish in a car accident on my way to get groceries.  So, what do you think? 
Finally, here are some pics from our fall here.  Hope you enjoy!

Be Different

Be Different

 

 

Kidlet Chasing Rowdy on a Fall Day

Kidlet Chasing Rowdy on a Fall Day

 

Hubby & I

Hubby & I

 

Ready to Rock n' Roll

Ready to Rock n' Roll