Money Talks

“Yeah, I dig it. The beat is sick, kinda like a panic attack set to music.”
“Then it’s settled. You’re in. You’ll be on the soundtrack?”
“Yep. Just hand over that check and everything will be awesome.”
“Nice doing business with you.”
***
“I can’t believe you actually said ‘the beat is sick’. We are actual musicians you know?”
“And we still are, we’re just making bank now.”
“You’re right. Let’s go shopping! I need a dress for my date with Bieber tonight.”
“You don’t even like dudes.”
“Exactly.”
And somewhere a tiny hipster shed a tear for another sellout.

 

This is the first time I’ve gone literal for one of Lance’s prompts over at My Blog Can Beat Up Your Blog.  My 100 words based on Tegan and Sara’s “Everything is Awesome”,  are what must have occurred prior to this song being released.  What in the actual world is this shit?

 

From the same duo who did this?

 

Excuse me while I go claw my eardrums out.

 

 

Stay positive & love your life.

-Melissa

 

Today:

Listening to:

Eating:  A salad.  Meh, not what I want for lunch.

Reading:  “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” by David Sedaris

Random fact:  Today is my one year blogging anniversary!

The Consultant

Today’s 100 word story for Lance’s 100 Word Song post inspired by The Primitive’s “Crash”.   Go visit and join the fun!

“I need reporting showing sales from each of our entities broken out by region and revenue stream.”

“Got it.”

“Also, each morning I need to see all sales for the previous day and noon projections for the current day.”

“Of course.”

“And the information for all of these figures needs to be obtain and sorted from eighteen different sources.”

“No problem.”

—–

“You know our software can’t do any of the things you just promised, right?”

“Don’t worry about that, you’ll figure it out. “

“If you don’t slow down and stop writing checks our asses can’t cash, we’re gonna crash.”

 

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Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa

 

 

Today:

Listening to: 

Eating:  Some pasta concoction made from all the fridge scraps last night.

Drinking:  Blue Monster

Random thought:  Once a scorpion, always a scorpion.

Let Me Drown

I could not abandon my buddy Lance’s 100 Word Song blog hop two weeks in a row.  And when I saw this week’s selection was a 90s gem, I knew I had to fire up my keyboard and bang out a quick 100!

I’m not sure why this song made me think addict, but it did.  Here are my painful 100 based on October Project’s “Deep As You Go”.
I’d watched his eyes roll back, his jaw soften; his arms go limp. He called it taking a trip, a trip to a place where I could never follow.

Sometimes I’d place my cheek over his mouth and feel the tickle of his breath, my eyes watching for his chest to rise and fall.

Sometimes I’d lie on my back on the cold floor and count ceiling tiles or name  state capitals.

Sometimes I’d merely listen to the clock tick and let the tears fall freely from my eyes; my soul drowning in sorrow. And he let me drown.

 

 

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Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa

 

 

 

100 Word Song: Blake, Incarcerated

Everything in the place has the same smell. I can never quite put my finger on what it is. Musty and sad, like how you’d imagine broken dreams may smell. To me, it smells like home. I always knew I’d end up here.

Father was forever down on his luck and looking for his next scheme. Mom, well she was the Bonnie to his Clyde, his biggest fan and willing sidekick. And that left me as heir apparent, ready to pick up the banner and march on when they were sidelined. I’m their son, from my head to my toes.

 

 

 

My 100 words for Lance’s 100 Word Song Challenge based on Alabama 3’s “Woke Up This Morning”.  Why not give it go yourself?  Up for the challege of telling a story in 100 words?  Go visit him here.

 

Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa

 

Today:

Listening to: 

Eating:  couscous and aparagus

Random thought:  I need to admit to my caffeine addiction.  That’s the first step, right?

The Guest (Part XXIV)

This week I’m moving my The Guest story along once again.  This story started out as an entry for Trifecta in October and was only supposed to span that month.  Well, here we are in February still pushing toward the conclusion (which has changed in my head several times!).  Check out my last installment here.  Or get caught up on the entire story here.

The first 100 of the 321 words are also for my buddy Lance’s 100 Word Song Challenge.  If you’re not familiar, go check it out.  He writes some cool stuff (including two books….I’m just a smidge jealous)  and this week he was awesome enough to let me select the song:  Blind Melon’s “Tones of Home”.

The entire 321 are for Trifecta’s challenge this week using the third definition of the word manipulate.  Enjoy!

 

“Hmmm, what do I think? Well, for one, I don’t like the way you’re living. I mean everyday recently has been like a rollercoaster.” She said, her voice pitched perfectly in tones of my childhood home.

I silently rolled my eyes.. Here is comes; cue the judgmental sister soapboxing. How could she possibly understand? Cause, the problem, it’s here. It’s what she can’t see.

“But,” she continued. “I think I know what’s going with her.”

I leaned in waiting for her to reveal the nugget of understanding I so desperately needed.

“She’s obviously pregnant. God, you guys are so unobservant.”

—–

“Yo, hey bro, still on the phone?” she asked.

I snapped out of shock and replied, “Yeah, I’m here.”

“Well, have you found the answer you’re looking for?”

“I’m 100% sure that isn’t the answer I was expecting. I thought she’d gone looney. You know she’s been freaking out ever since the whole aquarium pod thing and then there was Cubbie. I just thought she’d completely lost it. This? A baby? Why hasn’t she said anything?” I asked.

“Shit, look at your reaction! You aren’t exactly jumping for joy ya know.”

“No, it’s cool. The idea of being a father actually feels pretty good. It’s just,” I said pausing. “Why hasn’t she told me? I’m Mr. Supportive! It’s like she simply used all of these weird happenings to manipulate the truth. Maybe she is looney!”

“Honey, all pregnant women are looney! Look, you guys haven’t exactly had the easiest last couple of months. Her body is freaking out on her and then there’s the hormones. The hormones, you don’t know anything about that!” she said.

“Me a Dad? Yeah, okay. Me a Dad! You know, it’s been an eventful and enlightening call Sis. Thanks, but I think I need to go find the future mother of my child. As per usual, she has some explaining to do.” I said hanging up.

 

Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa

 

Today:

Listening to:  Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Pin

Eating:  broccoli and carrots with Gardein Chk’in.

Random fact:  There are few things I hate more in life than a person camping out in the left lane of the highway.  Asshole, are you oblivious to all of the cars passing you on the right?  Yep, you are.

100 Word Song Challenge: Take It To the Sky (The Guest Part XXIII)

100 more words of The Guest for this week’s 100 Word Song Challenge.  Prompt song for the week:  Tori Amos “Take to the Sky”

New to The Guest?  Get caught up here.

“I feel like I’m moving in circles, ya know?” I said to Beth over the phone. I knew things had gotten really confusing any time I reached out for advice from my big sister. She was full of great insight and ideas, but she had a challenging time reserving her judgment.

“Once I think we’re okay, there she goes again, just, well, acting like a weirdo.” My confession felt good. This is the first time I’d acknowledged to someone else that I was struggling with whatever she was putting me through.

“So let me have it. What do you think?”

 

Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa

 

Today:

Listening to:  Boss Hog – Sick

Eating:  Leftover tofu and macaroni casserole.

Random thought:  Holy crap is the Shaky Knees festival line-up insane this year.  So excited!

 

100 Word Song: Limelight (The Guest Part XXI)

This week’s songspiration comes by way of our friends in the great, white north, Canada to be specific:  Rush’s “Limelight”.  Rush is a strange band with even stranger fans.  Their lyrics, saga-like albums, and overall approach to music speaks to my inner nerd.  What a great prompt for this crazy little tale I’m concocting.Check out last week’s installment here:  https://melstepp01.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/100-word-song-starting-over-the-guest-part-xx/

Next time I’ll provide a link of the entire story to date.  I’m actually a little nervous to read it as a piece, because I’m not sure how well these little choppy bits will fit together.  Cohesively?  We shall see.  This is my first stab a  longer story.

And now, The Guest Part XXI-

And just like that, things were back to normal, at least some sense of what normal would mean for me now. We relaxed back into our routine. She visited Cubbie’s grave-site each day at noon when the sun sat high on its perch. Me, I resumed my role as the supporting act to her lead. This was, after all, her show. Though at times I felt ill-equipped to act, I was destined for this part.

So we moved on with our lives and everything seemed fine, great even. The nightmare that had been the underlying theme seemed to have passed.

 

Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa

 

Today:

Listening to:  George Ezra – Budapest

Eating:  Black beans, black rice, veggies, and soysage.

Random thought:  I’ve been thinking about the sun and beach all morning.  By the time warm weather arrives, I’ll be jumping out of my skin!

100 Word Song: Starting Over (The Guest Part XX)

100 Word Song is back this week and Lance & Leeroy have started the year off with a John Lennon tune, “(Just Like) Starting Over”.  It’s a great fit to continue my The Guest series considering what happened last time (click here to catch up).

And now, part XX:

I followed her inside like a scolded puppy. It was as if my body and mind operated independently. I knew I shouldn’t follow. I knew I should’ve cut the ties several episodes ago. But our life together was so precious, and despite it all, I couldn’t let her go.

So I told myself I’d give it one more chance. She’d be back to normal and it’d be like before. We’d be together again, on our own, like we used to be: no mystery pod creature, no strange aquarium disasters, and no comatose girlfriend. It’d be just like starting over, again.

 

I also wanted to take the time today to make you guys aware of a great site for gift giving, Uncommongoods.com.  They have some great stuff in a variety of price ranges.  It’s a great place to find something for someone who likes the nerdy and off-the-wall or that person who really does have everything.  I’ve picked up some really cool stuff for my folks here and just last month scored a super cute wedding gift for a couple in their thirties who are well established (ie. they don’t need a damn toaster).  Check it out:

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You put the heart pin where you met.   I thought it was super adorable.

There are only a few sites that I tend to come back to time and time again, and this is one of them.  They always have new, interesting stuff.  Check them out!

http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/whiskey-stones-gift-set

http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/pick-punch

http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/kinetic-sand

Be careful when you get their catalog; you’ll want everything in there!

Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa

Today:

Listening to: Banks – This Is What It Feels Like

Eating:  The rest of the sesame ch’kin.  Yum.

First song that popped into my head this morning:

Random thought:  I amazed at the human subconscious and what it can “create”.   I am dreamer.  I literally dream every night AND always remember my dreams upon waking.  I sometimes wake myself crying.  Sometimes I work out solutions to problems via my dreams.  And usually I awake with a song on the brain.  How did this Pet Shop Boys song end up being the first thing on my mind this morning?  Analyze away.

 

 

 

 

100 Word Song: Fall At Your Feet (The Guest Part XVIII)

I’ve had such minimal writing time lately (boo!) that it seems this Guest series is all I’ve been able to keep up with!  So I’m especially looking forward to each installment!   Time for another journey into 100 Word Song hosted by Lance.   This week Jen, from My Skewed View, picked the song.  She hosts a kick ass blog hop for music lovers each Tuesday called Twisted Mix Tape.  I’ve been absent with out leave for a few weeks, but will return next week…..promise.  Won’t you join us?

Anyway, Jen picked “Fall At Your Feet” by Crowded House.  I’m virtually high-fiving her for this pick y’all.  I LOVE Crowded House.  This is one of my “mom’s bands” that really stuck with me.  Neil Finn is one of my favorite lyricists of all time.  Solid, solid song.  And it works nicely for the next 100 words in my story about a couple whose lives are being torn apart by a surprise house guest.

Get caught up on the last post here.

I peered around the corner of the house and there she sat, legs akimbo on the cold ground. The colander lay forgotten at her feet. She was rocking rhythmically and holding something in her lap. I could hear her sobbing; it was getting louder by the second. It was as if some slow turning pain was building inside her. I went to call out, but hesitated and started backing away toward the house.

My clumsy feet defied me; I heard a twig snap and her head jerked around, our eyes meeting. There was something dark there shining through her tears.

Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa

Today:

Listening to:  Empire Of The Sun – DNA – The Aston Shuffle Remix

Eating:  Left over tots and ch’kin.  Arugula and shitake salad.

Drinking:  H20, but a Monster is in my near future after lunch.

Random fact:  Matt and I are becoming damn near unbearably obsessed with our Christmas lights.  Oh well, at least it stopped raining so they work now, mostly.  Also, they’re the best in our neighborhood (or else we’d be out buying more).  And finally, we’re both equally crazy which is either a positive or negative depending on how you look at it.  I, for one, love our “enthusiasm” for the holidays!

100 Word Song: Nearly Lost You (The Guest Part XVI)

This week I return to write for 100 Word Song AND had the honor of selecting the tune!  I didn’t give it too much thought this time.  I just decided I’d go with the first thing that popped up on my shuffle.  Thankfully it is a solid tune and one which lends itself nicely to my ongoing story The Guest.  I also happen to think it worked its way into Lance’s story quite well!  Enjoy:   Screaming Trees’ “Nearly Lost You”  (Also, if you haven’t seen the movie Singles, go watch it.  Now.)

Catch up on the last episode here.

And now let’s see what is going on as Thanksgiving dinner is being prepared.
Snapping out of my shock, I smiled back at her. “I’m just a bit surprised is all. I mean, you haven’t been yourself for weeks. I thought I’d nearly lost you.” I said my expression moving from joy to concern.

“Huh,” she said shrugging casually. “I don’t really remember much of the last few weeks.” And then she continued her chopping, measuring, and stirring.

I shivered. Essentially she’d just gone through a month-long fugue state and here she was humming her way through Thanksgiving,  turkey and all! And here I was waiting for whatever had taken her “there” to return.

 

Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa