What’s Making Me Happy: December 2018 and January 2019

Winter in Massachusetts means that, as a resident, you often get some… interesting weather. Two Sundays ago, we had a storm that started as snow, then changed to rain and later to sleet / freezing rain. Then our high temperatures for the next two days were in the single digits Fahrenheit, with wind chills below 0. (Plus, all the snow and rain that had fallen? It froze.) By that Thursday, it was precipitating like crazy again – except it was pouring rain, because the temps had warmed up to over 50 deg F (10 deg C). 😮

And then, on other days, it’s still cold but at least nice enough for moments like the banner image. 🙂 So where was I when I took this photo? And what joys from the past 2 months did I decide to share today? Let’s get right to it! Continue reading

Top 10 Previously Released Albums I Bought in 2009

It’s almost the end of the year… which means only one thing: It’s top 10 list time!

2009 was a big music year for me.  I bought or received more albums this year than I did any other year.  And while there were a lot of good or great releases from this year, there were also some good or great albums from years past that made an impression on me.  So, before I reveal my list of my favorite albums from this year, here is my list of my favorite previously released albums that I bought in ’09. Continue reading