I’m not sure if you’re already familiar with Spotify or not. It is one of the numerous options available to listen to music – on your phone, PC, tablet. (It’s free with ads/paid for ad-free).
I’m always looking for the ideal channel to tune into on Spotify for just the right music to work and be productive. It’s hit or miss a lot of the time. You might like one song, but not the next 20. (But I’m too lazy to do a few extra clicks to change it up.)
Lately, I’ve discovered a random and interesting genre on Spotify called ‘Word’ (at the very bottom of the options under ‘Browse’). It is so intriguing… When trying to focus on work, you can’t really listen to and absorb it all, but it’s nice to have on in the background to take some of your mind off the mundane. Check it out: https://open.spotify.com/genre/word.
The Spotify Word playlists are eclectic and unique – poetry, speeches, stories, meditation, self help, foreign languages, vintage radio, children’s stories, presidential voices and more. They have specific writers featured in some playlists as well – Shakespeare, Bronte, Jane Austen, Noam Chomsky, Emily Dickinson… You can learn what you might have missed in high school English!
The voice actors can be varied, dramatic and entertaining. A few times I’ve tuned into the Shakespeare poetry playlist and got entranced in it. It’s nearly impossible to comprehend what is being said, but it transports you to another place in time. Then, at random, you start speaking in Old English to your colleagues.
I highly recommend exploring it for yourself. Play some for the children in your life for good measure. It’s truly a fun and passive learning experience.
His voice is gravely and rustic, reminding me of some of my favorite classic country artists. The video and music is similar to the vibe of O Brother Where Art Thou with the folk elements. The hand clapping, foot stomping, humming and swearing/shouting is infectious. The prison story element is compelling – nod to Greg Barnes and Melissa Giles, producers.
I don’t have personal experience with delirium tremens or alcoholism, but can relate to needing a stiff drink on occasion. Cheers!
My friend/drinking buddy Vanessa and I with our lemondrop martinis at the Green Dragon, Carlsbad
You can purchase this Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats album on CD, MP3 or vinyl!
At work, I’ve been known to sit on an exercise ball, peddle an under-the-desk stationary bicycle and do crunches while I sit at my desk. I like to multi-task by marking items off the to do list while working on my fitness simultaneously. I’ve always wanted a stand up desk or treadmill desk, but could never justify the cost…until now.
Knowing about my enthusiasm for such health/productivity devices, a conscientious coworker introduced me to a new phenomenon I can embrace – the ‘Hamster Wheel Standing Desk‘!! Even better, it’s a DIY project you can do for a team building exercise.
In the future, I would like to have a ‘fishbowl’ work desk invented: a small swim spa, floating desk and waterproof PC. Can someone in Redmond get on this stat? Heated water, please.
Who else likes to proofread marketing emails at 6:00 a.m. just for fun? When trying to awake this morning, I scanned my email and stumbled on this gem – the ‘Greatest Country Music 5k Ever Created’. Of course I had to open it. And then, I was assaulted by spelling/punctuation/consistency/formatting issues.
Here is the email in question and my subsequent response to them. How many errors can you find?
“The Greatest Country Music 5k Ever Created!”
A new, unique 5k like nothing you’ve seen before! The event starts off with a new and exciting western themed 5k course. Then, the event turns into a big festival like atmosphere with great Country music, awesome games and activities like cornhole, line dancing, and our crazy cowboy hat contest! Of course we’ll have amazing country BBQ and ice cold beer to.
Like Our Facebook Page and Receive 20% Off
Use Promo Code “facebook” to receive a “early bird”
special of 20% off registration
This Event Will Sell Out!
Country Festival and 5k!
The Great Country Run So Cal! We have a deal for you! For a limited time registration is 20% off! Don’t miss this offer!, here is a chance to capitalize on the ultimate “Ealry Bird” Special! You will not get a better deal than this! Like our Facebook page, Tell your family, friends, neighbors this deal will not last. Promo code “Facebook” will get you 20% off registration! Promo Code Expires October 12th 2014.
The Great Country Run March 14th. 2015
The Great Country Run is for all ages. The course is 3.2 miles + western action (full 5K course), Celebrate at the The Great Country Run festival with family, friends, music, & beer where you can dance, listen to live music, enjoy BBQ, play games, and win contests!
There are several spelling errors in this email.
I can proofread it for you:
Country doesn’t need to be capitalized mid sentence (country music)
Too, not to. (Ice cold beer too)
Early, not ealry
March 15, 2015 (comma, not period)
Is the promo code facebook or Facebook? You have two versions listed; capitalized or lowercase?
No exclamation point before a comma
Comma after October 12 (not October 12 2014)
Copyright 20XX should be 2014
I like the concept of the race and I’m interested. Can I get a bigger discount for proofreading? 😉 I know you are trying to appeal to country lovers, but spelling and punctuation, attention to detail is still important.
Would you run the Greatest Country Music 5k Ever Created? Would you run in cowboy boots? Of course I would; country costumes, beer, music, dancing…cornhole! Maybe there will even be moonshine! I can guarantee there won’t be any spelling bees, however, which is a shame, because you know I would totally win.
UPDATE: I received a response from the race promoter (after they sent out the same email again and I replied): “I am so sorry, we have been on the road for events. I know that’s not an excuse, but we will fix it before the next one, I promise!” Needless to say, I asked again for a race entry for compensation for my proofreading. I’m intrigued by this race!
“Alright stop. Collaborate and listen! Ice is back with my brand new invention. Something grabs a hold of me tightly. Flowin’ like a harpoon daily and nightly.” – Vanilla Ice
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Annika, 8 | Signorelli-Mix Butterfly Necklace | Etsy Store
Annika, 8 | Signorelli-Mix Butterfly Necklace | Etsy Store
If you like Janine’s handcrafted jewelry, please share it with your friends and family. Better yet, buy some Signorelli-Mix jewelry for your mom, mother-in-law, wife, girlfriend, daughter or grandma! Her jewelry would be perfect for Mothers Day or Easter gifts!
I persuaded my daughter to take a walk with me this morning while she was engrossed in cartoons. She loved it. When I asked her if she wished she stayed home to watch cartoons she said, “No way, this is way better. It’s real life.”