Because of my work’s biennial cycle, my work days are getting longer and longer. This has led me to spending a lot of time with headphones and Spotify channels. I stumbled on Lissie and I can’t wait to throw my credit card at her merch table when she comes through town next.

And, if you just want something in the background for a while:


Juliette Listens To Country

I grew up in the South, but I’ve never called myself a fan of country music. I’ve never NOT liked it, and in fact, for the majority of my life, I’ve had a best friend or roommate who loves it, but I can’t say that I personally know a whole lot about it. But the past few weeks, I’ve found myself lingering on the country station. I think I enjoy it because if I listen to it all the way to or from work, I feel like I’ve listened to six or seven mini audiobooks. That’s probably my favorite thing about country music– the fact that it tells a complete story in less than four minutes.

So I heard this first. It’s pretty quintessential Texas Forever. Somebody should make a Friday Night Lights montage with this:

Next, I heard this song by Chris Cagle. I didn’t love it– but thought it was catchy, for sure, but I tend to read too much into these things some times and I found myself thinking “It doesn’t matter what kind of gone it is! Quit decidin’ between beer and whiskey and go woo your woman back!”

Speaking of that– let’s talk about how this song made me all teary in the car. And again when I got home and played it for Todd. I mean– it’s awesome.

If you can find me a woman who doesn’t want to man to say those things to her, I’ll eat  a ten-gallon hat.

Finally, there was this song. It was actually the first song on the country station that caught my attention, because while it’s not often I can sing a Josh Turner song and absolutely relate, this song happens to be the perfect explanation for why I’m walking away from my well-paying, enjoyable, room-for-growth-ful job in three short months.

That’s right folks, you heard it here first… come December, I’m gonna be a stay-at-home mom. 🙂 Then maybe I’ll have time to write blogs about things other than what I heard on the radio this week.


Treat me like a Bantha and I feel so rough…

This song will now be in your head for the rest of the day, but it is so worth it. Watch all three and marvel at all the ways we can make our opinions known.




And now, a question for you my friends, what angsty version of this song do you want to write? I think my ode will be to summertime that I used to know – full of popsicles and pools and flip-flops and none of this pesky “work to eat” business.