I actually wondered if I would publish this or not; I’m not in my normal element at the moment. October in general hasn’t been a regular month, I have been staying at my mom’s work, she is a nurse at a nursing home and this is my second time here, I came roughly around the same time in 2017, when my mom had surgery, I only stayed for eight or nine days whereas I’m going on my fourth (and hopefully final) week, and I’d like to get back to some of my old routine again.
Anyways, I’ve had some issues with being able to type between trying to find the perfect level and lessen the amount of swelling on my feet, it’s been somewhat difficult. I did, however, write up my posts from last week in advance so I was smart in that regard but since I figured I’d been home by now, I didn’t exactly bother to do this one.
I would like to write up a full post of my experience here so I will not be discussing much about this month, just going ahead with the October playlist for you instead. If you would like to check out the rest on Spotify, click here.
Unholy by Sam Smith featuring Kim Petras This Is Why by Paramore Beep by M.I.A. Diseased by Icon For Hire Wolves by Marshmello x Selena Gomez Kick Me by Sleeping With Sirens Feeling Good by Michael Buble Red by Taylor Swift Shenandoah by Celtic Woman World’s Smallest Violin by AJR 5 Foot 9 by Tyler Hubbard Down Home by Jimmie Allen Teardrops On My Guitar by Taylor Swift Truth About You by Mitchell Tempenny Fancy Like by Walker Hayes Hell On Heels by Pistol Annies
I was able to listen to one album before I left, and it was Icon For Hire’s sixth called “The Reckoning” and it has become my new favorite lately and perfect for Halloween too! Speaking of holiday tunes, I think I will be doing a couple of album reviews for Christmas, because you know how much I love doing blogmas every year. So, down in the comments I want to see your guesses on what recent release is on my list for this year.
This past month has been pretty crazy and I’m happy to be done with it honestly.
The beginning of it was interesting though, my sister has expected contractions throughout her pregnancies, but she went to the hospital more frequent with this one, and the most recent weren’t necessarily had anything to do with my niece. She had some issues with her breathing and her feet were very swollen, and she was told to rest more and put up her feet, and she tried to do everything the doctor requested but she still had complications, so she went to the hospital to be checked out and when she came home over two weeks later, we had welcomed our newest member into the family!
💗 MEET KIMBER MAE 💗
In my baby announcement back in May, I mentioned that I wasn’t going to share her name until she was born, mainly for the suspense but I also didn’t know whether or not her parents would change it last minute.
Kimber is a preemie, like moi, but at least she didn’t weight like two pounds and have to spend roughly 70 days in the NICU! Despite this though, she actually weights one pound less than her brother Nolan. We are all in agreement that we definitely don’t remember Nolan ever being this small! Nolan was a chunky baby but she’s very petite. A big difference between she and Nolan is that Kimber loves to be swaddled whereas Nolan has never enjoyed being wrapped up. He’s even four years old and he does not sleep with a blanket on him!
Since she came so early, as she was supposed to be born in early October, we had to make some adjustments to our plans of having my nephew come to our house while Blondie was in the hospital, we assumed it would be like two days, but it turned out to be two weeks. He went to his dad’s house on certain days but for the most part he stayed at our house, and he was a very good boy. He was very helpful to us, especially my dad and I, with our issues lately. I watched a LOT of toddler based educational shows like Paw Patrol, Blippi, and Cocomelon. By the end though, I was growing to be a fan of Blippi’s videos at Children’s Museums and Zoos. And at night we switched between Bluey (another favorite of mine!) and Muffet Babies. He seemed to enjoy having a sleepover in Aunt Meg’s room.
When Blondie was officially allowed to go home, she came to our house, and I finally got to meet her after almost a week after she was born. I was thrilled as this meant that I could have her on my bed like I did when Nolan was a baby. My mom got her a bouncy seat thingy in the beginning of her pregnancy, and we got to test it out and we found out that even though she enjoyed sitting in it, she seemed even smaller! I swore she gave me a little smile that next morning too!
Now let’s move on to the sad part of this post. I was hoping to write a separate one, but I thought it would look strange since I included Kimber’s announcement in this one.
I am very sad that Her Majesty the Queen has died. She was the reason why I became obsessed with the British royals and other monarchs in Eastern Europe, as I was curious about why she had the Roman Numeral “II” behind her name and that’s when I discovered my love of the Plantagenet and Tudor dynasties.
I have watched many documentaries on the Queen’s 70 reign in the last few years. I’ve enjoyed seeing her all dressed up, doing engagements out in public in various colors and her signature smile, hat and bags. She always seemed so interested in everything! I will forever enjoy the opening of the opening ceremony of the Olympics in 2012, where she walks the walls of Buckingham Palace with James Bond and her corgies, and acts like she drops out of the helicopter into that arena, I knew it was fake but it still shocked me they would do something like that. She must’ve had her say in the way of the segment too, after all she is the Queen, she wasn’t going to do something that showed her in a negative way, and joining Daniel Craig, allows us as the audience and fans to see her playfulness and overall sense of humor!
After 70 years of her reign, we now have a King and will probably have one for quite a while as after King Charles is William, The Prince of Wales, and his son Prince George of Wales. This part is a part weird, but I’m sure I am not alone in my thinking, but I am curious on how the British royals will evolve into this new order, and still be able to be caring human beings to themselves and others around the world.
As you can imagine, having to experience all of these new changes in a matter of two weeks, I haven’t been able to listen to music nor read my books as much as I normally do, I am finally trying to keep up with my stuff but I’m trying to take it easy as well.
This month saw a lot of good and bad things, but I still had my music to get me through it. So, I hope you enjoy my Top 20 below. If you’d like to play the entire monthly playlist on Spotify, click here
Little Lies by Fleetwood Mac Fallin’ For You by Colbie Calliat Sometimes A Prayer Will Do by Celtic Woman All She Wanna Do by John Legend Late Night Talking by Harry Styles Brand New by Ben Rector Love Me Anyway by P!nk featuring Chris Stapleton Vegas by Doja Cat Choke by The Warning featuring grandson and Zero 9:36 Shivering by Illenium featuring Spiritbox Kickstart My Heart by Halocene featuring Shershen&Zaritskaya Bow Down by Rain Paris Toxic by Charlotte Wessels Try Again by Aaliyah Come, Little Children by Clovet Mae Godless by BANKS Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost by Eklipse featuring Melissa Bonny Bom Bidi Bom by Nick Jonas featuring Nicki Minaj Black Widow by Fame On Fire featuring Twiggy
What were listening to this month? Name your top three favorites in the comments!
The music I was listening to this month was all over the place. Well, it’s like that all of the time, but I didn’t want a single artist/genre, I was switching it up every day. The reason for this was because I found my main Blog Playlist, I had on the right side of the site in 2015-16, when our internet wouldn’t allow me to have my Spotify for a longer period of time. I can’t tell you how grateful to have three separate ways to listen to my playlists now! Anyways, the playlist has some good jams, but it is super long, so I’ll probably listening to it as we make our way into April.
I’ve also made it my mission every week to pay attention to my ‘Discover Weekly’ too. I like how on the beginning and end of the weeks are controlled by the wide range of music. My DW playlist changes on Monday and every Friday we get brand new music, so they are really handy if you want something new or want to stay with a certain genre/mood. For example, if I’m in a mood for BANKS and proceed to listen to her stuff for like half a week, it’ll give you artists and songs that might be similar to her.
For March, I thought we should bring back the Top 25 because why not? If you’d like to listen to the full playlist, click here.
Transform by Julianne Hough Trophy Hunter by Within Temptation Bitch by Emily Vaughn iPad by The Chainsmokers Holding Back by BANKS Chicken Teriyaki by Rosalia Chaos by Hollywood Undead Bad Girlfriend by Theory of a Deadman Every Man Is A Warrior by Lena Fayre Go by Meg Myers Day Before We Went To War by Dido God Gave Me You by Dave Barnes Impermanence (Abbey Road Version) by Architects Invisible by Ashlee Simpson Now I’m In It by HAIM My Universe by Kurt Hugo Schneider featuring Alex Goot & First To Eleven Crystaleyes by AVIVA Decay by Sevendust Bad Habits by The Animal In Me Love Me Harder by Lauren Babic featuring Radvansky War (Epic Trailer Version) by J2 featuring Maddi Lasker American Idiot by Halocene Pinky Ring by Ne-Yo featuring O.T. Genasis Butterflies by Abe Parker Circle The Drain by Wage War
Whenever there is a situation somewhere in the world, I tend to really lean on my cinematic music, especially the superhero/uplifting type of music, but ever since the start of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, I’ve really pushed them away because it just seemed weird to be listening much less sing along to lyrics that these people are actually experiencing right now. Honestly, I didn’t want to talk about my thoughts of what’s going on, but there is one song that I found at the beginning of the fighting, and it was J2’s version of Edwin Starr’s “War (What Is It Good For?)” featuring the singer Maddi Lasker. I’ve only listened to it twice earlier in the month, but I can’t hear it anymore or else it’ll make me sadder of what’s going on.
I’ve been looking forward to the holiday since July but you would never know it if you saw my room right now. I only put out my plaid pumpkins around my window like last year, and mom managed to hang up the wreath that Rumer did nothing but bark at throughout the month of August. Thankfully Rumer doesn’t have a glue about it so we’ve been enjoying the quiet there. I’d still like to get another one for Christmas/winter with lights on it but I fear that’ll just provoke her so I’ll have to find something else…
Since we’re discussing festive music, I thought I’d let you know that I have updated my ultimate Halloween playlist I created about two years ago. It still has all of the classics but I have also tried to save anything I share on my Insta too, just in case you can’t check those out because you don’t have an account. If you’d like to take a listen to my favorites lately, click here I would also like to add that I did not forget about my promise about including my September playlist too! .
Here are my Top 25 songs for October, and if you are curious to see what else I got into, here is your final link of the post.
This Fire Inside by NerdOur featuring Halocene Invincible by Saysh x Anderson Rocio Legend by Holy Wars Get Better by Leslie Mosier This Town by ELLA EX Queen by Hidden Citizens featuring Ranya Ain’t My Fault by Zara Larsson Let Me Love You by Love and Death featuring Lacey Sturm Whose Side Are You On by Tommee Profitt featuring Ruelle Parachaute by Saint Chaos Rebel by Pep Squad God Only Knowns by for KING & COUNTRY featuring Echosmith Show Yourself by Idina Menzel and Evan Rachel Wood Down by The Birthday Massacre Wicked Game by Violet Orlandi Crawl Back In by Dead By Sunrise Everybody Hurts by Avril Lavigne Somebody Else by VERITE Does He Love You by Reba McEntire featuring Dolly Parton Dead Inside by Nita Struass featuring David Draiman Emily by James Arthur Friday by Jeris Johnson featuring Trippie Redd No Rest For The Wicked by Lykke Li How Soon Is Noe by AG x Dressage Gravedigger by MXMS
One thing I have been really enjoying is sharing my “Halloween Inspired” theme of ‘Song of the Day’ on Instagram’s stories in the evenings. It is the only thing I was able to keep up with throughout the entire month as the others failed fairly quickly!
I try to change it up every other day with various backgrounds and of course the music too. We started off with Ice Nine Kills’ new track featuring Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach “Hip To Be Scared” as I felt like it was a great way to start off the spooky season. The band itself is really interesting, they are definitely a metalcore type of band but like to muddle with other subgenres like my ultimate favorite: symphonic metal. I love anyone who is different from the rest and what I love about this band is that, they focus on horror films. All of the elements of those amazing, cult-like, movies like AmericanPsycho, Halloween, etc. They recently released their newest album: “Welcome to Horrorwood: The Silver Scream 2” which is totally awesome, you should definitely check it out before the month is over.
Since I kind of messed up my blogging schedule for this month, I decided that it was more important for this post to go out than the regular monthly playlist. I hope you’re all fine with this arrangement, and don’t worry I’ll include the Spotify link onto next month’s post, okay?
It’s funny, last summer while we were just getting out of our lockdown, the music being released throughout the summer was good, and I remember appreciating the effort to be huge among artists and bands. I mean, it was odd that the majority of the continent was still running through their stay-at-home regiments but were still able to bring out these bangers for everyone to enjoy. And now coming out of this year’s summer, I don’t feel as thrilled and I don’t know why. I think it might have something to do with the full moon and retrograde though so just ignore this whole paragraph!
One thing that I think both made me really happy and surprised the living hell out of me this summer, was how much rock music I was loving this summer! I still had the popular pop tunes , but I was all about rock music and that rarely happens! My TV was mostly glued to Sirius XM’s Octane station, they play a lot of current and 2000’s rock and heavy metal music so I was able to create my own soundtrack than other people. I think it helped that with everybody being allowed to go back on tour again, bands were releasing more and more songs and I literally just absorbed as much as I could in the past seven months because you know I’ve been working on this playlist since the end of April!
Here is my Top 25 songs of the summer! If you want to check out the whole playlist, click here.
Drunk (and I Don’t Want To Go Home) by Elle King featuring Miranda Lambert Girls by Zella Day Peaches by Justin Bieber featuring Usher, Ludacris and Snoop Dogg If You Love Her by Forest Blakk Forget Me Too by Machine Gun Kelly featuring Halsey Summer In June by Ava Muscleville by Kai Wachi Wait A Minute My Girl by Volbeat The Devil by BANKS Only Love Can Save Me Now by The Pretty Reckless Kiss My (Uh Oh) by Anne-Marie featuring Little Mix She’s Fire by Diane Warren featuring G-Eazy and Santana Lil Bit by Nelly featuring Florida Georgia Line Choke by The Warning Justified by Kacey Musgraves Wherever I May Roam by J Balvin and Metallica Hip To Be Scared by Ice Nine Kills featuring Jacoby Shaddix MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) by Lil Nas X Dark Side by Blind Channel Deal With It by Ashnikko featuring Kelis When Demons Come To Life by Halocene featuring Lauren Babic Arcade by Duncan Laurence Up by Cardi B Cover Me In Sunshine by P!nk and Willow Sage Hart
If you have created your summer anthem playlist, I would love to know what kind of music was fueling you in the last few months. Have you discovered new artists and bands? What are you keeping for later releases? Please put it all in the comments for me. Thank you.