Birthday Music Challenge

Last year, on this day, I created a new playlist on Spotify. I decided I wanted one of just artists who share my birthday. It was easy to start with the ones I knew: Johnny Cash, Juliet Simms, Fats Domino.

But I wanted more, so I went to Wikipedia and went through the list of people born on February 26. Let me tell you, there was a lot, and it took me a while to search through and find all the musicians.

Once I had done that, I went through Spotify, searching for those who I had found. Some were artists I had heard of before, but wasn’t aware of their birthdays, like Michael Bolton, Erykah Badu, and Corinne Bailey Rae. There were long dead composers. Others were international artists who I wouldn’t normally have found out about otherwise, such as: Najwa Karam, Natalia Lafourcade, and Keisuke Sakai. And then there were other artists who fell somewhere in between.

This is a playlist I may only play once a year, but it is fun knowing that I have this connection with them, of having the same birthday. It was also great expanding my music library in this specific way.

Here’s my challenge to you, go do the same. Go to Wikipedia, search the births on your birthday. That alone could lead to some finds. After that, go to Spotify and look for the musicians who share your birthday. Find out something you might not have known. Expand your horizons. Enjoy life.

O, and Happy Birthday to all the February 26 kids!

Dreams of Bathroom Privacy

As parents, there can be a lot of things we miss, from before the time we had kids. For me, bathroom privacy is probably what I miss the most.

Something no one took the time to warn me about is that babies and toddlers can’t handle you going to the bathroom, without them in the room.

Sure, you can close the door with them on the outside, but that just leads to complete blowout crying. So unless you want that, you either bring them in with you, or once they’re walking, leave the door not completely closed, so that they can join you.

baby-in-bathroomOnce they’re inside the bathroom, you end up spending half or more of the time trying to keep them from playing with anything in reach. Conditioner, shampoo, bodywash, etc. along the bathtub rim aren’t safe. Nor is the toilet paper or anything on the edge of the sink’s counter.

The most fun is when anything but being held leads to crying. Then sometimes it’s actually worth the tears, instead of holding them on your lap while trying to utilize the facilities, which is completely awkward.

Lately, our thirteen month old has taken a lot of joys with shutting and opening doors, in any room. She’ll shut the door, up to the point where it’s about to latch, then pry it back open and giggle about it. For me, it just adds to the feel of invasion, even though I do love her joy.

I’m sure there will come a time when I look back on these times fondly, or at least with humor, but this is not that day. For now I just look forward to those blessed moments when someone else is home to watch her, so that I can actually enjoy some privacy. They are too far in between, when you’re the stay at home parent.

Changes

Changes are a constant thing in our lives. Some of the time they are carefully planned and orchestrated, but often they are sudden, unexpected deviations from our attempts at planning. These changes can be good, bad, or just different. No matter what, change of some sort can always be counted on to happen.

For me changes have been plentiful, throughout the years. Over the last couple years, I had two laptops die on me, not just cutting into my ability to grow my site, but basically ending it’s ability to go anywhere, and resulting in it’s end. Now I’m trying a different route, by starting again with blogging. Though, over the next weeks we’ll see some other things pop up. The last couple years have also brought about the change of going from single, to married with a step daughter, and then last January gaining a daughter of our own.

Since then, I’ve gone from being restaurant manager to being a stay at home dad, who runs a household of four and has learned a lot about being a parent, including things I had never imagined. More on that later, as I’m figuring on some blogs specifically about such things. But it all has kept me busy, dealing with changes.

Anyways, as aforementioned, I will be blogging again. For now, the goal is to at least be weekly, if not a couple times a week. My hopes are that it’ll end up daily, but we shall see, and I do have other things planned, with the oooShiny Network looking to make a comeback, in a bigger way. Look for stuff to be popping up from there, by the end of February. So stay tuned, follow me here or on one of my social media accounts.

No matter what, it is good to be writing again, and I hope you’ll enjoy or gain something from what I write.