It is Saturday morning and I have finally gotten a decent night's sleep.
Such an important thing for a working mom. Did I tell you that I get severe insomnia about three nights out of the month- always at the same time of month? Well, I do. My doctor prescribed Xanax for those nights, and while I usually don't go for Western medicine in this way, I finally did give into it as nothing else worked to soothe me to sleep and I was SO tired (literally) of being tired.
Anyway- our 1 year old Lab decided to eat the whole bottle of Xanax a while back. Leaving me with a huge emergency vet bill, and worse yet, no Xanax. I never re-filled the prescription. Too tired, I guess. So it was a rough week for me of little sleep. Finally last night I was able to fall asleep early and the girls and I slept in until 7:15 a.m. While I would not use the word "refreshed" to describe my current state, I am "better than bad." And that is good.
And on another note, I used to bake and cook a lot more. I used to spend time in Whole Foods just browsing for an hour or two and really thinking about each item I dropped into the cart. Well, I don't have the time these days. Isn't that sad? Brad does more of the shopping and...he's just a good ol' boy from the Midwest. He thinks Whole Foods is just a ripoff for suckers like me. Whatever.
So I've been eating a lot of toast and burritos, I'm ashamed to say... you know- quick and easy. Until yesterday I remembered that in a pinch when I really need something quick and healthy, I can do a kale smoothie:
Handful of de-stemmed kale, couple cups of almond milk, a big glob of Almond Butter in the Vitamix and...baddaboom. Nummy.
Also in the news...have any of you guys heard of the popular website Blog Her? Someone with a good mind for social media told me I should write an article for them. And so I did. I wrote one on coming back to my music career after being a mom. ( So you know - anyone can write for them, it's kind of cool.) (And here is an interesting story on how flippping huge this company is.)
After I posted my story, the next day, one of the site editors emailed me and asked me if I would re-write my story a little bit so they could syndicate it on their site for a special series on "Taking Courage." My jaw dropped. This means my story will run on the front page of the Blog Her site on July 14th, the week of their big conference in LA. My social media wiz friend was blown away. So, I'm pretty stoked! I'll make sure and let you know about it when it happens.
I am working it, people. I am working it hard. There are more things coming up- some things that maybe you help me with too if you want! You will be amazed at how hard I am going to work to get my new album out there.
Well, on that note- I should get moving along. I hear that we will be able to make my release date of the 29th of this month for the digital download of my album. I hope we can pull it off. It's really gonna be tight. It'll be a miracle.
P.S. Photos today include:
A "sparkler" shot that (after some photo cleaning and editing) may make it on the back cover of the CD.
My smoothie (described above).
An artichoke from the garden (yes!)
My guitar, I've had it since my early twenties.