Saturday Night Serenade–It’s Been A Long Week

This has been a looooooong week, friends.  Just off a tw0-week vacation, nothing should ever be so bad.  And yet…

The details aren’t important.  It’s not as if anything went particularly wrong.  It’s just that going in for the daily beating is getting old.  Tonight’s Powerball is enticingly huge.  So maybe we won’t have to go in to work on Monday.

Tonight I’m getting my punk on with the Ramones’ I Wanna Be Sedated, a song that swirled through my head all week.  Ba-ba-bamp-ba ba-ba-ba-bamp-ba I wanna be sedated!  

Keeping the theme punk, tonight’s bonus track is Green Day’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame performance of Basket Case from last year’s induction ceremony.  It’s why live music is the best!

I believe I’ll find myself a glass of wine and proceed to be a bit sedated as we enjoy the weekend.

Happy Saturday night!

Here’s Hoping…

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Several weeks ago, Mr. R. was informed that his contract at work would not be renewed. In addition, his services were no longer required, although he would continue to be paid through February, the duration of his contract.

It’s looking like he may have gotten a new job, the same position only with his former employer’s competition. It’s not a done deal yet but our fingers are crossed. I’ll keep you updated when we know more.

Saturday Night Serenade–Lenny Kravitz

It’s been a long week, boys and girls.  One of those where it seems that you get up, go to work to take your daily beating, go home to eat dinner and go to bed, just to get up and do it all over again.  Somehow my retirement plan of hitting the Powerball just hasn’t panned out yet.

This song kept playing in my head, I want to fly away.  Yeah, yeah, yeah.  Truthfully, I’d be thrilled to just go out dancing on a Saturday night.  Yeah, yeah, yeah.  Maybe we will, then again I’m just as grateful for the weekend to hang out with my sweet and think my own thoughts.

I hope you’re well this weekend, spending time with those you love.  Take the time to fly away, even if it’s just at home.  Happy Saturday night!

Saturday Night Serenade–By Request

I’m a GRITS, y’all.  A Girl Raised In The South.  Sometimes known as a SAP–Southern American Princess.  Although I’ve lived in South Florida (which is not the South) for the past quarter century, at heart I’m a Southern girl.  And I love my Southern rock.  Give me the Allman Brothers, the Georgia Satellites, the Zac Brown Band, the Marshall Tucker Band, and the Eagles and I’m a happy girl.

But Lynyrd Skynyrd holds a special place in my heart.  Way back in the Stone Age, in high school, I was a member of the Varsity Chorus and the Show Choir.  Oh, yeah, I was a huge dork.  And I loved nothing better than to arrive at chorus early.  Because there was a trio of guys who’d commandeer the piano and play Freebird until the teacher made them stop.  It was the best and I can’t hear the song without traveling back in time.

Today’s Saturday Night Serenade comes by request from Mr. R.  We’ve had a crazy kind of week that ended with his being bought out of the remainder of his work contract to the tune of five months.  So he has five months of being paid every two weeks without the bother of having to show up for work.  Five months to find the next thing.  As he puts it, he’s free as a bird now.  Happy Saturday night!

It Took An Act of Congress

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Wednesday, August 26 is Women’s Equality Day.  In 1971, the US Congress passed a resolution setting aside this day each year to commemorate the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment giving women the right to vote, and to acknowledge that we still strive to appreciate equal rights in our working lives and our personal lives.

We have come a long way, baby.  Recently, two women graduated from Ranger School.  It was widely reported in all the news outlets, but in the next breath it was questioned whether or not they’d be allowed to serve as Rangers.

Graphic from Fusion

The pay gap is still almost as wide as ever.  I found this graphic from an article on Fusion’s WordPress blog pretty interesting.  The statistics compare similarly educated men and women in various fields.  For no discernible reason, men tend to be paid more in a lot of jobs.

Here is the actual resolution from forty-four years ago.  We still have a long way to go, baby.

Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971
Designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and

WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.

Oh, The Cosmos Knows

imageIt’s the tail end of what has been such a nice, relaxing summer. School starts for kids on August 17.  Teachers are required to report on August 11 at 8:00am.  Which means I’m not on the clock until then.

So why did I go in twice this week?  Because as any teacher will tell you, there is no way to get everything done that you need to get done during your contract hours.  That means teachers donate hundreds of hours of manpower for free.

But I digress.  The main point of this post is to share the freaky but true fact that as I was driving on my way to the school this morning, AC/DC came on the radio singing Highway to Hell.

And I wondered…how did they know???

Saturday Night Serenade–Smile

Mr. R. and I have been having the best summer.  His odd work schedule, which we hated while I was still working, has been an absolute God-send.  We’ve stayed up late at night, slept in late in the morning, hung out until time for him to go to work.  We’ve had the luxury of being able to enjoy each other.

I’m studiously ignoring the fact that shortly, I’ll be back to the grind, and we’ll be back to the weeks where we don’t really see each other from Sunday night until Friday afternoon.  There is a possibility that he’ll get back to a more normal schedule before too long.  I just want to make sure I appreciate the moments.  I love this song.  It reminds me of how I feel about my sweet.  I hope you like it, too.  Happy Saturday night!

Smile

You’re better than the best
I’m lucky just to linger in your light
Cooler than the flip-side of my pillow (that’s right)
Completely unaware
Nothing can compare to where you send me
It lets me know that it’s okay (yeah, it’s okay)
And the moments when my good times start to fade

[Chorus:]
You make me smile like the sun,
Fall outta bed
Sing like a bird,
Dizzy in my head
Spin like a record,
Crazy on a Sunday night
You make me dance like a fool,
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold,
Buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild
Oh, you make me smile

Even when you’re gone
Somehow you come along
Just like a flower poking through the sidewalk crack
And just like that
You steal away the rain
And just like that

[Chorus]

Don’t know how I lived without you
‘Cause every time that I get around you
I see the best of me inside your eyes
You make me smile

You make me dance like a fool,
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold,
Buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild
Oh, you make me smile

[Chorus]

(Oh, you make me smile)
Oh, you make me smile
(Oh, you make me smile)
Oh, you make me smile

Awwww!

Mr. R. begins a new schedule today.  Up until now he’s worked from 7:00am-3:00pm, which is essentially my schedule.  We’ve been able to carpool together, chatting on our way to work and decompressing afterward, getting all our gripes out of our systems before we get home.

Today he began working from 3:30pm-11:30pm, meaning that every day I’ll get out of work just about the time he leaves the house.  Which sucks, at least until I get out for the summer in two weeks.

Then it might actually be nice.  We’ll be able to sleep in together every day, and since I won’t be getting up at 5:00am like I do when I’m working, I can stay up to see him when he rolls in after midnight.  At least until I go back in August.  Sigh.

wpid-screenshot_2015-05-25-19-26-20-1.pngTonight he sent me this picture with the caption, “Wanted a soda, got you.”  He’s such a keeper.  Maybe this won’t be so bad.