Monday’s Muse with Cinnamon and Honey: All the Above

Today is Monday’s Muse with Cinnamon and Honey.  The day where Robin invites us to write about something that makes us feel inspired.


(Adding an intro and the button now because obviously you should never write a post when sleep deprived.)


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All the Above by Maino featuring T Pain


My favorite lyrics:

It’s easy to hate,
It’s harder to love me
Ya’ll don’t understand,
Ya’ll quickly to judge me
Put your foot in my Nikes,
Picture you livin’ my life,
Picture you stuck in a cell,
Picture you wasting your life,
Picture you facing a charge,
Picture you beating the odds,
Picture you willing to bleed,
Picture you wearing the scar
Thank you for making me struggle,
Thank you for making me grind
I perfected my hustle,
Tell me the world ain’t mine
You’ve been seein’ me lately,
I’m a miracle baby

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Ain’t you happy I made it?
That I’m making a statement?
Take a look and you can tell
That I’m destined for greatness


I much prefer this version of the song (for which I could not find a good video)
I first found this song because Ryan Hanigan from the Reds uses it as his walk up music.  I think it’s a great symbol of the Reds and the year they’ve had.  They came from nothing and made it to greatness.  I listen to this song if I need a little nudge to remember what is to start from the bottom and work your way to the top.


If you want to see more Monday’s Muse go visit Robin at Cinnamon and Honey.

Monday’s Muse with Cinnamon and Honey

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I haven’t done the Muse in awhile but Robin’s post today reminded me just how many great artists there are out there.  You, know ones from our youth…anyway!  I actually had the chance to go to see Green Day when I was in college and while a lot of their stuff isn’t to my liking, I really do enjoy this song.

“When I Come Around” by Green Day

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Monday’s Muse with Cinnamon and Honey – Brick by Brick

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Today is Monday.  I’m on vacation….excuse me if I drink that in for the next several hours that statement is true.  For Monday’s Muse with Cinnamon and Honey today I’m going to feature a song that I recently discovered and love.  It also fits nicely with the piece I’m writing.  It’s by Train and is called Brick By Brick.

The dust has finally settled down

The sun is shining on these pieces that are scattered all around
This house was everything we knew
Its where we kept our love and

every single memory of me and you

Every letter, every note, every dress you never wore under your coat
Thrown away

Brick By Brick, we can build it from the floor
If we hold onto each other, we’ll be better than before.
And brick by brick,
we will get back to yesterday
When I made your body shiver and

when you took my breath away, you took my breath away.

The sky has made it back to blue,
everything that’s left is telling us the worst of it is through.
Home has never felt so right, there’s nothing in the way.

There’s nothing in between us
knowing where we’re going is inside.

Every letter that I wrote,
Every dress you never wore under your coat thrown away


Brick by brick, we can build it from the floor
If we hold on to each other,
we’ll be better than before.
And brick by brick,

we’ll get back to yesterday.
When I made your body shiver

and when you took my breath away.

All the pictures that we’ve taken
and the songs that we have played
They have all kept track and
followed back the love that we have made.
Now they’re spread out on the
surface where we can try to congregate
It’s not too late to believe that we can get it all again

Brick by brick, we can build it from the floor,
If we hold onto each other,
we’ll be better than before.
And brick by brick,
we’ll get back to yesterday
When I made your body shiver and

when you took my breath away,
you took my breath away.

Brick by brick
We’ll get back to yesterday,
when I made your body shiver and
when you took my breath away,
you took my breath away.

I couldn’t find a video of Brick By Brick so I’m including one of my other favorites Soul Sister also by Train.

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What music is inspiring you this Monday?  Which group or song are you carrying into the new year?

Monday’s Muse : The Call

It’s time for Monday’s Muse with Robin at Cinnamon and Honey. I’ve strayed in recent weeks from selecting music for Monday but today I’m back with a great musical selection – at least to my ears it’s great.

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I recently discovered artist Regina Spektor, whose song The Call was in the second Narnia movie, Prince Caspian. Her album Far has been on repeat on my iPod this week.


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The lyrics on some of the songs are whimiscal and funny Sometimes I forget I have a perfect body / My eyelashes catch my sweat / Yes they dooo but others are thought provoking. Here are the lyrics to The Call.

It started out as a feeling
Which then grew into a hope
Which then turned into a quiet thought
Which then turned into a quiet word

And then that word grew louder and louder
‘Til it was a battle cry

I’ll come back
When you call me
No need to say goodbye

Just because everything’s changing
Doesn’t mean it’s never
Been this way before

All you can do is try to know
Who your friends are
As you head off to the war

Pick a star on the dark horizon
And follow the light

You’ll come back
When it’s over
No need to say good bye

You’ll come back
When it’s over
No need to say good bye

Now we’re back to the beginning
It’s just a feeling and no one knows yet
But just because they can’t feel it too
Doesn’t mean that you have to forget

Let your memories grow stronger and stronger
‘Til they’re before your eyes

You’ll come back
When they call you
No need to say good bye

You’ll come back
When they call you
No need to say good bye

No need to say goodbye / You’ll come back / When they call you

Let your memories grow stronger and stronger / ‘Til they’re before your eyes

I particularly like those few parts of the song. It’s reflective and kind of sad as well.

The song Eet is also very good. Here is the video from Regina’s site. Apparently now the world is on to her. Upon visiting her site it seems she was on Fergusons show last week (I had no idea, I’m not a tv watcher!)

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What song are you thinking about today? Are you listening to something you want to recommend? Leave me a comment and let me know then head over to Cinnamon and Honey for this week’s Monday’s Muse.

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Monday’s Muse: Fall Leaves

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It’s Monday’s Muse time with Robin at Cinnamon and Honey. If you don’t know what Monday’s Muse is head over to Robin’s and check it out. This past week I wanted to get out and take some pictures of the fall colors before they disappear. Cycling Papa and I took Chick to Valley Forge Park and captured the following.

Fall is my favorite time of year because of the changing colors on the trees. Each year I find myself declaring this year and this tree the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. Until the next year comes along and I end up saying the exact same thing I said the year before.

Fall Leaves Fall
Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.

I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day.

Emily Jane Bronte

Do you enjoy the change of seasons? What does fall look like where you live?

For more Monday’s Muse head over to Cinnamon and Honey and see what else is inspiring people today.

Monday’s Muse: New York City

It’s Monday so that means it’s time for another edition of Monday’s Muse. Want to learn about Monday’s Muse? Then go see Robin over at Cinnamon and Honey to see what else is inspiring people today.

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For me this week’s muse was an easy one. Three of my favorite words:

New York City

I Love New York City. I know, a lot of people think they love NYC but I LOVE NYC. I would live there if I could. I wouldn’t even care about having no space or about roaches (well okay so that last one is a lie but I could probably deal with it.)

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There is something about New York that I find electric. The city pulses or something and it gets under my skin and I become this dopey, happy, wanna-be New Yorker whenever I go. So yesterday’s trip to NYC left me feeling just like that.

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We originally went into the city to take my parents to see the 9/11 Museum. For whatever reason we could not find it. We found the Preview Site but not the museum. It was disappointing because I really wanted to go there but we went to the site of the former World Trade Center and that in it’s self was humbling.

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Even though they have the view of the site itself covered you can see into parts and see the construction taking place. Thinking about what I was doing when it happened (working) and were I was at in life (pregnant with Thor) what I saw on tv then made it so real when I was standing right in the same spot that changed American history forever. If you ever get the chance to go I think it’s worth it.

New York is New York. We saw the Naked Cowboy (I declined to have my picture taken with him though). Does anyone know why he is famous? I haven’t quite figured that one out.

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We saw the M&M’s store, Toys R’Us and Times Square. We drove past Cipriani’s and Grand Central Station. We kept the Empire State Building in our sights most of the day (it made it easy to remember where the car was). We drove through the Lincoln Tunnel and the Holland Tunnel. The Statue of Liberty waved to us as we headed down the NJ Turnpike towards home.

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It was one of my favorite days because I was in New York. New York inspires me. There is something about the variety of people you find there, their toughness and strength and that makes me wish I could claim to be one of them.
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I can’t explain exactly what it is that I feel when I am there but it is something. Something good. Something awesome. Something…

New York

Where do you go to find that “I can’t explain it” feeling? What’s your muse this week?
For more muses head over to Cinnamon and Honey. She gets my I Love NYC feeling. That may be just one reason why I like Robin so much.
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Monday’s Muse with Cinnamon and Honey: Autism Speaks

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Today is Monday and that means it’s time for Monday’s Muse with Robin at Cinnamon and Honey. If you aren’t sure what Monday’s Muse is or you would like to participate then head over to Robin’s place for all the details.

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This week it was easy for me to find my muse. It came from a little thing I did with my kids on Saturday. We participated in this:

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I could not think a better cause than this. It’s near to my heart but that’s a future post as to why. For now I’m going to show you who else was raising money for Autism Speaks. Just take a look.

It all started here in Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park.
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Some celebrities came by to champion the cause.
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Actress Holly Robinson Peete and her son
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Then it was time to walk. A one mile loop around the parking lot and stadium. Can you guess how many people participated?
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Behind
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In Front
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And all around
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There was a band to keep us going and plenty of refreshments along the way
Afterwards we met some more famous people, like Boba Fett
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And we had this man to thank for letting us try on the Phillies World Series rings.
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It was pretty cool.
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But the best part of all was raising money for an awesome cause with these two.
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We raised $270 and next year I plan to join the walk more than 6 days beforehand so I can raise a heck of a lot more. I’m hoping maybe to get a team of walkers together and make it into something really special. I’d like to thank the people who donated to my personal page for Autism Speaks – my parents, my mother in law and two of her sisters and a big thanks to my blogger friend Natasha at Exile on Mom Street for her donation. Without them I could not have helped Autism Speaks to their total of $551,697 (as listed thus far). There were an estimated 13-15000 people at the walk and it was a great event.
What inspires you? Do you have a charity you actively participate in? Stop by Cinnamon and Honey and see what else is inspiring people this week!