Monday, November 15, 2010

playlist for a relaxing Monday morning!

Good morning Monday, good morning readers and friends, and good morning to maybe-possibly the week I give birth to our son! Pretty fun to think about. Yesterday was one of the most relaxing days I've had in a long, long time. Sometimes I find it hard to just stop doing and going...and just sit and take time for me. Yesterday though, I found it really easy. I slept in until 10am which is rare for me, and then I proceeded to lay in bed and read a new book on my Kindle for hours and hours- literally all day long, with cat naps thrown in here and there. I decided to indulge in one of my "guilty-pleasure" authors, Nicholas Sparks, and read The Guardian. I didn't know anything about it, except that one of my former students enjoyed it, so I ordered it and began to read. Talk about a surprise. This book is definitely not what I expected, and if you know anything about Nicholas Sparks you know that most of his books are in the vein of one of his most popular novels-turned-movie, The Notebook. This book is NOT like that at all, and by chapter 3 and I was totally creeped out. I've definitely been enjoying the book, but from the beginning I was on the edge of my seat and totally weirded out by the character of Richard. I kept on reading all day long, (then broke my relaxation for a workout and to make chili) and now my lovely Kindle informs me I have a mere 30% of the book left. I am definitely going to finish it this morning and I'm beyond curious to see where it no spoilers in the comments if you've read it!

Outside of the creepy book though, I really and truly enjoyed a relaxing day. So in the spirit of that, I decided to share a playlist of more low key music for all of you on this Monday morning. If you're in the get-up-and-go kinda mood, maybe come back later tonight...but if you want a slow start and a calm air to your day, perk up those ears and enjoy! Either way, have the happiest morning, noon, and night. Lots of love!

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  1. hey, morning! I just came across your blog yesterday and I must say I loved it! I stayed up reading your posts. I wish all the best to you and your family. Oh, and another thing, it's amazing that you live in a country where you can be a teacher despite the fact that you have tattoos. I used to be a teacher and fell apart with the headmistress because I wore ballet flats and t-shirts (it was considered non serious, despite the fact that there was no dress code and other teachers wore over the knee vinyl boots-I guess their being hot was what saved them). Tattoos are totally out of the question in Greece if you work in a bank, public service, schools, shops and generally they consider you a punk...It's so pathetic. I have three tattoos, my husband got one, and we thank God they're not on parts that would show through clothes. We would be unemployed for life!!!We're lucky however to have worked in magazines+publications where there's a more "artistic" feeling.
    Take care, be beautiful, think only happy thoughts now you're close to giving birth. My happy thought in whiskers on kittens :P, maybe yours can be wet noses on little dogs. Have a great week!

  2. I love it when authors surprise you!

  3. Awesome list!
    #6 is my fav! Haven't listened to Band of Horses in forever. Thanks for this!

  4. Sounds like a lovely day! We got snowed in up here in the northland and enjoyed being forced to relax. Sparks is one of my guilty pleasures too.

  5. Hello!

    First time commenter, long time reader. Thank you for this lovely little playlist this morning. I've been listening to it while watching it snow outside.(I'm in Colorado)

    I'm sending you lots of good thoughts this week for Henry's anticipated arrival!

    Take care,


  6. You seriously post the best playlists ever. Usually I know quite a few songs that you put in them, but I love hearing the one's I've never heard before. I'm especially happy you've talked about the acoustic Yeah Yeah Yeah's songs. I had never heard any of their acoustic stuff before and it's gorgeous. I love it! Thank you for another wonderful playlist to start off this gloomy morning. =]

  7. Good luck this week! I can't believe it's time for Henry to arrive already. It seems the past few weeks flew by.
    I wish you a smooth delivery and can't wait to see pictures of your precious boy!

  8. Cute blog.

  9. Appreciate the play finding new music. : )

  10. I keep checking back to see if you had the little man yet.. I'm super baby hungry.. friends everywhere having babies.. thanks for the playlist.. can't wait to see the little guy!

  11. Love the playlist!

    Every time i "sing along" to Couer de Pirate, Dani makes so much fun of me. Apparently I think I can speak french now ;).

    Love the playlist as always! Have an incredible week! Can't wait to see your baby boy! <3

  12. Love the playlist =) I actually have a laid back playlist on my Ipod and have #1, #6, and #12 on it =). Now I can add a few more great songs to it, thanx!

  13. so cool!! i'm proud to see coeur de pirate on your play list. I'm from montreal like her and to see a local french artist on it makes me think you are awesome !!!

    best of luck for the birth of henri reading your personal values through your blog make me think you'll be a incredible mom!

    p.s sorry for my english ;)

  14. This playlist was perfect for a late afternoon of painting my bathroom! Thanks!



  15. I have been reading your blog for some time now, and I can't believe how quickly your pregnancy has gone.
    Force yourself to relax this'll need the extra energy when Henry arrives!

  16. "long time reader, first time commentor"
    Awesome playlist! I loved it. Listened to it while cuddling my sick little Yorkie Lucy and I think it made her feel better too.
    -Madeline, your humble observer and reader.

  17. We would so be friends in real life.

  18. Hey Danielle.
    I'm checking your Blog everyday, waiting desperatly for the baby to arrive!!! ;D
    Hope little Henry will join us soon.
    Hugs from Germany,
    Lucie ♥

  19. Thank you for this playlist! It was beautiful, and calming, and lovely, and really, truly, just what I needed at the end of this day. :)

  20. I love book recommendations so when I read this I instantly bought The Guardian on my Kindle, too. I found myself reading and reading and reading and all of the sudden I am like 59% of the way through. And I completely agree. Richard is SO creepy. Keep those book reviews coming, I would love to read more of them =]

  21. I just wanted you to know how much I love this playlist. I listened to the entire thing while doing chores around the house on the day you posted it. Something about today's sunshine reminded me of it and I had to hunt it down. I love the energy of your playlist, and of course your blog!
    <3 Always,