Random 5:30 am Things

I’m pretty terrible at writing frequently but I’m not about to guilt trip myself on this now. Instead, I’m going to just get some thoughts going on with me at 5:30 am since Neck Pain and lack of sleep is the worst.

Also, this is in no particular order:

1) Dispatch has always been one of my favorite bands since I was introduced to them in college by some good friends. Ever since then they’re like a comfy tee shirt that gets you through life. Their last album, America, Location 12 is probably my favorite album I’ve listened to in a long time. It’s got some Beatles inspired things, thought-provoking lyrics and infectious music.  My recommendation off of the album is ” Midnight Lorry“.

2) I’ve become seriously addicted to podcasts and a variety of them because they’re the easiest way for me to digest all of the things I’m interested in. My latest find was Song Exploder  ( which I know I’m late to the party). I’ve always been someone who loves the little stories behind random things or how  they can be related; so this podcast feels like it scratches both of those needs. My Spotify library has grown considerably since I started listening to this.

3) Levar Burton Reads has also been my go to for finding new reads.  I’ve always loved his voice but the choices are so varied so I rarely get bored with it. So far I’ve used one of my Audible credits towards one of the books he read a story from ( What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories By Lesley Nneka Arimah ) and have seen my Want to Read grow considerably.

4) The Ogre’s Wife – Fairy Tales for Grownups by Richard Parks . Seriously good stuff, if you like some fantasy and deep thinking, this is a thing you need to read. It’s available on Scribd if you use that for reading as well.  My favorite story so far is probably the Title one but there’s some other really amazing characters and some feelings that I can identify with. It actually has made me want to start keeping a notebook again just to get thoughts out of my head that it brings to mind as I’m reading it.

P.S. After reading over this and a lot of my references to either various apps or things that have become part of the way I explore my “fun” hours it made me realize that this is a topic I’d like to review. What are the things that have become part of your daily life that aren’t just to get things done but are to help you enjoy your days?

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