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I really like all colors — they all have a certain dynamic in their own rite. I have, however, always favored purple since I was a little girl.

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Like all colors, I love all their shades. Purple is no exception. I hope today’s instagram post shows that. Also, the train that takes me to my home sweet home is via the purple line…so, it kind of just came together for me today. Enjoy and please play along. Tomorrow’s prompt is: “busy”.

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Every morning I wake up early because I’m the one who starts work the earliest… usually. I get to enjoy the morning silence and the sounds of waking up by myself with a cup of coffee.

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P. S. I’m still a day behind.  Today’s prompt is “your favorite color”. Please play along!

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I’ve been slacking y’all. But, I did get a pic for water. Yesterday was a beautiful Sunday,  and my guy and I were out and about.  We were really close to the lake. Here it is:

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I hope to have another pic posted for today. P.S. today’s Instagram prompt is “alone”. Won’t you play along?

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I can’t remember the first game I listened to — if I was listening with my father in the car or if I tuned in myself, but listening to baseball on the air is quite possibly my favorite way to catch a baseball game…particularly when the Milwaukee Brewers are playing. I am definitely a fan, and it is sometimes hard to be a Brewers fan without cable and living in Chicago. I don’t always get to listen let along watch. The internet isn’t always forgiving either if I have to pay to watch the game.

Well, today my boyfriend and I had off, and we walked past a second hand store that just happened to have a variety of AM radios. They’re ridiculous alongside my smartphone and laptop. Plus they remind me of my grandfather’s garage — sometimes a game would be on, but it was mostly country tunes while he tinkered (his word) with the car. Funky as they are, they do work.

NOW, I know that not everyone enjoys baseball…and I challenge those that have only watched a game on T.V. Because honestly it’s not the most exciting way to enjoy it if you mildly like baseball. If you don’t like it at all, well then, I probably won’t change your mind either way about radio just being better. But, it also helps a lot that Bob Uecker is Mr. Baseball. One can’t help but get excited about what’s happening. He’s a legend in baseball and radio broadcasting. He’s also older, and I can’t help but be caught in the frenzy of his joy when an amazing play is happening; it’s because he doesn’t hold back. What kind of young whippersnapper would I be if I didn’t “Get up. Get out. GONE!” every time one of the Brewers hits a homerun?

Anyway, I’m listening to a game now, and I’m all smiles. Spring is in the air, baseball season has begun, and my Brewers are on the radio. Life is good.

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I worked a 10 hour day today at the preschool.  It most certainly warranted a glass of sweet, girly, fruity wine.  It was very good and very “necessary” 🙂

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So, I was at a loss today. I mean, lots of things start with “A” and working with pre-schoolers, this should be too easy, right? Ugh, well today, all of our kids were on an extended Easter candy sugar rush, plus we had a full classroom (Twenty 3-5 y/o) with kids running all over the place. So I kind of put my personal fun on the back burner today and went into “crisis” mode often by breaking up fights, finding pink crayons that MUST be had in order to make the picture “perfect”, stopping children from stealing each other’s food, and helping others work through their time-out sessions. Needless-to-say, I just didn’t get around to the photo nor felt much inspiration to brainstorm something more clever.

Thankfully I can home to dinner already made. Nothing with “A” though. 😦  Then later,  we took a walk to get some emergency staple groceries before the weekend, so as I was walking, I was running words through my head about what would be a cool picture of something with “A”…and given last minute, I got a shot of the alley near our grocery store.

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There isn’t anything fancy about this alley or any alley I suppose, but I guess what’s interesting is that taking a picture of an alley is something that I would normally do, let alone look all the way down an alley. There are some I just won’t look down because I’m afraid of what I’ll see, and other times I just don’t have time to look. They’re also nothing fancy too look at in general. But here is one, in all of it’s…glory?  Here’s to a better idea tomorrow. 🙂

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Today’s challenge was to exhibit something blue.  While today represents autism on a national scale, April also represents domestic violence awareness — especially where children are involved.  These blue ribbons are posted outside a Headstart program where I work, to spread awareness.

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And, so it would seem I already forgot to post for April 1st…not really, I work with children, and had lots of pictures of “play” in action. However, I decided last minute that I didn’t want to use any of their pictures – whether I blurred them out or didn’t get their face in the shot or not. Just didn’t want to do it.

Instead, I have a picture of my nephews and I. They are still young enough to think playing with cameras while hanging out with auntie is cool. We were playing with funny faces (an all time favorite of ours). I think we look incredibly silly, and as an adult I hate seeing myself in photos, but kids seem to think it’s the coolest thing — and the sillier the better!

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This is my heart. She pisses me off in more ways than one, but after a long day of feeling under appreciated, her curled up on my lap like this,  makes the world a better place.

I have had heart-breaks with my pets, and losing them is like a death in the family, but they are the “family” that are there just when I need them. Flaca, my cat, doesn’t need to say anything. A gentle purr on my lap while I brace myself for another day is all I need.  ♡

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Today’s Daily Prompt asked me to come up with five songs to describe my week.

It is now Sunday afternoon, and all I can think is what happened to the weekend. It went by too fast and I am in NO hurry, what-so-ever, to return to work tomorrow morning.

I have been working with pre-school children for the past 5 months, and either it isn’t really for me or it this particular school isn’t meant for me. It might be a little of both, and it is driving me crazy. We have two children in particular, in our classroom, that create utter chaos for the rest of the children. All of the teachers are at wits end with their fighting and manipulating ways, and are frankly out of tricks to restore harmony in the classroom. Here’s what comes to mind this week:

1. Offspring Come Out and Play (Keep ’em Separated)

I know that this sounds like quite the song for a group of 3-5 year olds, but honestly when a 3-year old starts to name off artillery jargon, and throw toys are a lead teacher like they are “grenades” I find this song totally appropriate. I’m mildly annoyed on the surface, by children who do this, but I know that it is deeper than that because they run through my mind when I try to sleep at night. I worry about their overall growth and development, and I am concerned about what kind of people they will become in a a few years time. My experience has been primarily with teenagers, and I can see what kind of adolescents they will become if we don’t do something about this now.

2. Alicia Keys Pray For Forgiveness

I can have a tendency to let my situation get me down, and I’ve been finding myself really unhappy these past few months. I take each rejection and unreturned phone call from potential employers to heart. I feel stuck, broke, untapped, and I start thinking about how much different my life should be, could be, and how maybe there’s no way to turn this ship around. So let me sing it, “I’m so broken hearted/No where left to run/No where left to go/So I hope.” I can’t let every little rejection let me down. I just keep hoping that there will be good news tomorrow, and be thankful for today.

3. Beatles Here Comes the Sun

We had one lovely day of sunshine this week and it was not long after a crumby Chicago snowstorm. Everything was starting to melt — a sure sign that Spring is on it’s way and it feels so wonderful. I long for some sun. A warm spring day partnered with this song could possibly bring me to tears…of happiness. 🙂

4. Alicia Keys Superwoman

I know that I’ve already put an Alicia song on here, and you guys already know how much I LOVE her, but stick with me. Friday was International Women’s Day, and I’m lucky to have some pretty great ladies in my life. My job also has a lot of ladies working in the field, and we all do so much. But it’s not just them. Most of the women I know (and I think a lot of women do) give 100% or more in everything they do. This is a shout out to all the women everywhere, who, even “still when [they’re] a mess, [they] till put on a vest, with an “S” on [their] chest…”

5. Bob Marley Everything’s Gonna Be Alright

Things could be a lot worse off, and I’m certainly not as bad as worse could get. As long as I have right here, right now, and maybe a chance at tomorrow, then everything’s gonna be alright.

 

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