Mundane Monday Morning Music: Des’ree – “You Gotta Be”


Mornin’ Readers!

A bit (which means a lot) of inspiration is the order  of the day today. It was an interesting weekend that made me process a lot of things, making me push all of the things on my “to-do list” to today.

I am so happy I have this week’s MMMM pick to give me some guidance and a much needed pick-me-up to my spirit. I’ve selected Des’ree’s “You Gotta Be” to get me back on track for the day and for the week. This song always pops into my life when I need it. It has always given me the strength to accomplish what I needed to do, face up to my fears, and has given me the push to always strive to be better than I was yesterday.

Check out the first verse to see what I mean. It is some of the best advice I have ever heard:

“Listen as your day unfolds, challenge what the future holds
Try and keep your head up to the sky
Lovers, they may cause you tears
Go ahead release your fears, stand up and be counted
Don’t be ashamed to cry”

This song is like that friend who is always with me in my darkest hours. When it finds me, I am able to breathe again. Almost 20 years later, “You Gotta Be”is still relevant, and is such a great song I have on the soundtrack of my life. I am forever grateful that this song exists.

I hope that “You Gotta Be” gives you the push you need to get up and slay any dragons this mundane Monday morning may put in your path.

Until my next post, Readers!


Mundane Monday Moring Music: Salt ‘N Peppa – “Shoop”

Hey Readers!

It’s been a while since I have shared a MMMM post. My life has become hectic since the VP of Cuteness started school this fall. The landscape of the blogisphere has changed for me, so I have had to learn to adjust. I  know it is a bit late for it this morning, but I would have been sad if I did not share one this week!

Bundled up in my favourite blanket while I clack away on my laptop, I felt I needed a song that will help me move around and get warm. I decided to go back to my teen years for a fun song that always made me dance and sing along. This week’s MMMM pick is “Snoop” by Salt N’ Peppa. This song is peppy, fun, and has a lick that will stay in my head all day! I need a fun song like this to get me though the rest of the tasks of my day, and a bit of nostalgic memories with my friends also helps make my day brighter.

I hope that “Snoop” get you dancing in your chair and makes your day brighter on this mundane Monday morning!

Until my next post, Readers!


Mundane Monday Morning Music: Destiny’s Child – ”Independent Women, Part 1”

Mornin’ Readers!

It’s finally a gorgeous morning in my neck of the woods! I also did some of my To-Do List yesterday while everyone else at home with me decided to take a siesta, so I am in very good mood this morning.

Since I am in very rare form at this point of the morning, I wanted to find a fun and empowering song to continue the good vibes I am feeling.  After a long search, I picked a MMMM song that I felt would fit the bill. This week’s pick is Destiny’s Child’s ”Independent Women, Part 1.” This song is great because it’s fun and the beat gets me moving. The lyrics are also motivating to get me to keep doing what I need to do to better myself in my goals.

I hope that ”Independent Women, Part 1” helps to get you working towards your goals today while getting you in a good mood on this mundane Monday morning!

Until my next post, Readers!


Mundane Monday Morning Music: Aqua: ”Barbie Girl”

Mornin’ Readers!

It’s the first week of Summer Vacation where all three of the ”Bosses” are here to manage my work. I’m also clacking away on my new toy today. I have needed a new laptop for a while now, and this puppy is awesome!

For today’s MMMM pick, I thought I would be playful silly since this Canada Day week is going to be a hectic one. I went back to 1997 to get a song that I remembered from my high school days that out me in a good mood every time I heard it. This week’s song choice is Aqua’s ”Barbie Girl.” This sing is all about having fun with bright colours and several fun wardrobe changes. I really needed a song like this on a day like today.

I hope that ”Barbie Girl” takes away from the seriousness that a mundane Monday morning brings!

Until my next post, Readers!


Mundane Monday Morning Music: Madonna – “Vogue”

Mornin’ Readers!

It’s been a bit of a mixed bag of good and bad this morning. I got my initial tasks crossed off of my “To-Do” list, but there have just been little things that seem to pop up that keep setting me back. It has made it hard to gauge which way my morning is going today.

Even picking this morning’s MMMM song has been a fickle task. I originally had a tune I thought was going to be great this morning, but it didn’t pan out that way. It took me a while to choose today’s pick. I wanted to pop into the 80s for some nostalgic music, and I eventually decided to go with some Madonna music. I wanted to go with “Holiday,” but I have already used this song already, so I had to move things up about a decade for today’s pick. I went with “Vogue.” This song always brings back memories of my friend from middle school who was a huge Madonna fan. She LOVED this song, and it became burned into my memory. “Vogue” is also one of the ultimate dance songs, so it is greatly needed to get me going this morning! Besides, how can you resist doing the choreography along with Madonna in this video?!

I hope “Vogue” gets you on your dance floor, and to some great memories to make your mundane Monday morning off to a great start!

Until my next post, Readers!


Mundane Monday Morning Music: Brandy and Monica – “The Boy is Mine”

Mornin’ Readers!

We have (finally) hit June, yet the weather is still trying to decide whether summer is on its way or if cold temperatures will be the norm for a while longer. As I started working at the Blinky the Computer this morning, I had to wrap myself up in a comforter with a few extra layers of clothing for warmth. I just can’t wait for summer to arrive! I LOVE the sun and the heat!

I decided I needed a fun song this morning that I can move to to get my blood going. I turned to my late high school days for for inspiration to choose today’s MMMM pick. Brandy and Monica’s duet, “The Boy is Mine” has to be one of my favourite songs from my youth, and I still love belting out this tune! Back in my day, my girls and I chose sides, being on Team Brandy or Team Monica (I was, and still am Team Monica) singing this song together while we jokingly fueled the “rivalry” between these two singers. Nowadays, I still love dancing and singing this song, and it really helped to shake off the chills that the cool weather brought with it today! In my head, summer officially starts today!

I hope that “The Boy Is Mine” gets you singing and dancing, brings back fond memories, helps to make new memories and makes summer seem that much closer for you on this mundane (and chilly) Monday morning!

Until my next post, Readers!


Mundane Monday Morning Music: Foo Fighters – “Monkey Wrench”

Mornin’ Readers!

My Monday morning got off to a smashing start as I was awoken in the middle of the night by the waft of Eau du Skunk, then the “Bosses” decided to wake up and, well, raise a stunk of their own. The fact that the sun has decided not to make an appearance to make the day brighter has also helped to make this morning a peachy one!

Since this day has gotten off to such an auspicious start, I felt as though I needed to have some fun rock out music that I could belt out and to rid myself of the cranky mood I’m in. This morning, I turned to the Foo Fighters for some help. I chose “Monkey Wrench” to get me going today. Though it cannot help change the weather, it’s loud, its fun and the last verse is suppose to be yelled at the top of your lungs!

I hope that “Monkey Wrench” rights the wrongs of this mundane Monday morning you may be experiencing today!

Until my next post, Readers!


National Siblings Day: Fond Memories and Great Life Lessons

Hey Readers! Today is National Siblings Day, and it got me thinking about my two older siblings and everything we have been through through my lifetime. There are so many memories and lessons that both of my siblings taught me (whether they were aware of it or not), and they make me feel happy that they are in my life. They helped to make this little lady into the woman I am today. Even then, I was tipping my hat to people!


Here is a pic of the three of us many moons ago! Yes, Mr. T was a big influence on me, Readers! 😛


My older brother, for the most part, was the main male influence in my life when I was little. He was the oldest and was also the only boy. I felt, at times, that he was a bit lonely, especially since there was a bit of a gap between him and rest of us (he is four years older than my sister and 5 1/2 years older than me). He did what many older siblings did, you know, hog the television when our mom wasn’t watching it, tell us tall tales about why things were the way they were, and use us as guinea pigs for his various “experiments.”

One of my favourite memories has to be when I was about five years-old, and my brother thought he was a gourmet baker. He decided that he would make a cake from cake mix and thought he knew what he was doing. After putting in WAY too many eggs into the mix, resulting in a very gloppy and bubbly mess after he took it out of the oven. Realizing that he shouldn’t be the first to taste his masterpiece, he turned to us to see if the cake tasted okay. let’s just say we let him know just how great his creative cake was with a mess all our own all over our tiny kitchen! Even though my brother did all of these things to my sister and I, there were other things my brother did that helped me learn some great lessons throughout my time at home.

Out of all of us, he was the quiet one, so I learned how to stop blabbing all the time and to try listening once in a while to what others are saying. He also taught us how to play video games and introduced me to the wonderful world of comic books that I still enjoy today. His closet became my closet, too. There were times that he allowed me to borrow his clothes during my tom boyish phase throughout high school. The fact that the jeans I borrowed from him were baggy on him didn’t stop me from sporting the latest fashion trends (they were a waist men’s size 44, and I was lucky enough to be a women’s size 24…yeah, it was fun to keep these babies up!). My brother is a very interesting cat who, for being the quiet one, never gave our home a dull moment and let us know he cares about us in his subtle ways.

This is an even older pic of my big brother. He had to be about four or five years-old here. Like me, he’s camera shy.


My older sister and I have had an interesting relationship. When we were younger, we had our love-hate moments, but, if push came to shove (you know, fights over clothes and make up), we always could depend on each other. My sister is also a very funny character and there were times that I had to explain certain things to her. There were song lyrics I had to correct for her (ex – “Soap On A Rope” was really “End Of The Road”,) and the many times we played practical jokes on other family members, both at home and on road trips. It took a while for me to realize just how much my big sis really cared about me, and now we are the best of friends.

My sister has and continues to teach me so many life lessons. She plays Devil’s advocate to see things from another point of view. She calms me down and makes me sit on my hands when I get too upset about a situation. She taught me to do things for myself when she knew I could do it on my own. I learned so many fashion tips and tricks from her over the years as a result of plundering her closet time and time again. She taught me to expand my appreciation of music by having to listen to some of her “questionable” choices (some of them have been used in my Mundane Monday Morning Music picks). I continue to learn how to face the unknown without fear as she experienced different situations in her life. Finally, she continues to teach me that life is a crazy adventure, and to have fun along the way, especially when you get lost (as we have on MANY occasions)! She sets such an example for me to try and live up to. I don’t know what I would do without this crazy and clever cat!

I don’t have any pics of her when she was a child. This one I found in an old wallet of mine from high school. She loves the camera, and it loves her, too!


So there you have it! We have had our ups and downs, but we are siblings and we love each other a bunch. I am raising my “bosses” to love each other and to look out for one another every day. I hope that they have such fond memories of each other as they become adults and giggle at their cute, fun and goofy pics of when they were young like I have today.


Are you the oldest, the middle or the youngest child? What was the best memory or lesson you were taught by your siblings?

Until my next post, Readers!


Mundane Monday Morning Music: AC/DC – ” Thunderstuck”

Mornin’ Readers!

Daylight Savings is kickin’ my butt this morning! I’m still an hour behind, and after a night of horrible sleep and a 2 AM wake-up call that resulted in me staying up until 6 AM, Let’s just say I’m a little worse for wear.  😦

Since my eyes were half open until I chose today’s MMMM pick, I decided I needed something that would get me literally moving. It had to be fun and super high energy that would get my butt in gear to take on the day in a much better mood. After a bit of a search, I landed upon AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.” Once I heard the opening chords to this song, there was no turning back! It had my head bopping and I was lip syncing the chorus (I don’t want to kill my bosses with my voice this early in the day). This song will definitely be stuck in my head all day, so I will have a pick-me-up when something taxing comes across my path.

I hope “Thunderstruck” puts you in a good mood and gets you through your sticky and troublesome moments on this mundane Monday morning! Until my next post, Readers! Reese

Christmas Hit List: Alan Jackson – “A Holly Jolly Christmas”

Hey, Readers!

We are just under two weeks away from the big day! I’m almost finished with my laundry list of things to do to get ready for Christmas, but I still have some gifts, items for stockings (don’t tell the kids I’m helping Santa out) and baking to do, so I feel as though I’m scrambling a bit!

I thought I’d go country today with my pick on my Christmas Hit List.  I chose Alan Jackson’s version of “A Holly Jolly Christmas” because I wanted a different genre to listen to, and I was influenced, again, by the Home Alone 2 soundtrack. It’s a great song, and Alan Jackson does it proud!

I hope that you are getting ready to have a great day and an amazing holiday season!

What is your favourite Christmas song sung by a country singer?

Until my next post, Readers!