My Burlesque Mind

sultry

last inhale

before it hits

hello mind

hello bliss

the bass starts to drop

the drumbeat slows

then the sweet, sweet sound

starts to flow

that dark blues guitar

glides straight through my veins

swells in my stomach

drives me insane

my hips lead the way

legs follow slowly

torso starts to sway

arms flow so smoothly

like wind beneath wings

fingers start roaming

across collar bones

reaching up behind ears

though hair starts combing

the music has me

firm in its grasp

I’m completely lost in it

swimming in a symphonic sea

this is where I come

when I need to find peace

moving to this guitar

 until I find my release

@ Kristian Weigman

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Friday Favorites #17

One would think submitting an 800 page report from one software to another would be simple. I mean after all it is only 800 pages of html text I have to filter through to find any mistakes, then find who made such mistakes, contact them to fix said mistakes, and repeat this process until all the mistakes have been corrected. Then it’s just a simple click of a button to export data from my agencies software to the HUD agency. Easy peasy, right?!

I’m not joking, this report is literally 800 pages, it is literally html text, and it should not be this complicated, and the exporting process never EVER goes smoothly, EVER!!!!

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But on a positive note, it is Friday (FINALLY) & other than the hiccups of sending this enormous report & dropping a tomato on my shirt, today has been extremely productive.

So I’m going to share some of my favorite things to lift my spirits by reminding myself of all the things I have to be grateful for, and to connect with you, my beloved readers. Maybe we have similar interests, maybe we’re kindred spirits, or maybe you’re not having the best of weeks either and could use a little pick-me-up!

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The artist I would like to highlight today is:

Maggie Rogers

I first discovered Maggie Rogers last summer, a friend on Instagram posted a song of Maggie’s to her Instagram story, and I’ve been hooked ever since!

Her music comes from the soul, makes my hips sway, and makes me happy! Maggie seems like my kind of people, I bet we’d be friends if we ever met.

I hope you enjoy her music as much as I do!! ❤

  • Light On

  • On+Off

  • Love You For A Long Time

  • Give A Little

  • Burning


If you have been reading me for a while, then I am sure you have probably figured out that one of my favorite things to do in all the world is laugh!! I love to laugh and I love people who make me laugh, which isn’t hard to do since I’m so easily amused.

Another one of my all time favorite celebrities is Keanu Reeves. He’s a really nice guy with a great sense of humor, I mean what’s not to love?

Here he is in an interrogation gone wrong. I love these “Funny or Die” skits.


So what music to you love to listen to? Who can you just not get enough of? Who makes you laugh?

Have a fantabulous weekend, everyone!

Stay weird and great!!

Love & life lessons,

Kristian ❤

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Friday Fictioneers: The Garden

I was introduced to this prompt by Nova. If you haven’t been to Nova’s blog yet, you should do yourself a favor and pay her a visit. She is a wonderful writer and an even more wonderful person. Just click on her name to be directed to the prompt where I learned about the Friday Fictioneers!

What exactly is the Friday Fictioneers?

The Friday Fictioneers is a prompt challenge created by Rochelle Wissof. And her instructions are quite simple.

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Image Credit: Rochelle Wisoff

You can read more about the Friday Fictioneers here.


I thought this sounded like fun, so I thought I’d give it a shot and write my own story in 100 words or less using the photo prompt that was given below:

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Image Credit: J Hardy Carroll http://hawesescapes.com/

The Garden

It was the way he opened himself to me, like a flower welcoming the sunlight. I could have sat forever beneath the palm trees, listening to him talk for hours. About his life, the sights he’s seen, or about the universe. The subject didn’t really matter.

It was about the feeling he gave me, the way he made my home a sanctuary for butterflies, and the way my blood instantly boiled at his gentle touch.

And when he kissed me in that garden, I knew this love was one for the ages.

Word Count: 92

Want to join in on the fun? Just click on the frog below to post your own story in 100 words or less.

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Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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Wordless Wednesday 43 – Photo A Day Week 9 (Posted On A Thursday)

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All day yesterday I kept thinking it was Tuesday which completely threw me off. I almost missed a report that was due (fortunately, my part was already completed, I was just waiting on finance’s portion,) I forgot to post Wordless Wednesday for the week, and I’ve just been off my game this week, but things are getting back on track.

I figured a day late is better than a whole week, right?!

So here we go!


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Day 58 Through 64

Day 58

Another Cheat

I cheated last week with a screenshot, and I did it again this week, but this is so funny and true!! I just had to share!

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Day 59

If I Were Art

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Day 60

Novelty Socks

From my West Coast family! ❤

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Day 61

New(ish) Favorites

Both “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” and honey roasted pistachios!! I love Jeff Goldblum and I was so excited when I saw his documentary coming to Disney+ It was one of the first shows I started watching when the service became available! Pistachio’s are one of my go to snacks, they are healthy and delicious! When I saw honey roasted pistachio’s, I knew I had to try them. I’m so glad I did.

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Day 62

“By The Light OF The Silvery Moon”

This was taken with my phone, not bad, but I can’t wait to try out my new astronomical lens for my camera!!

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Day 63

It’s Amazing What A New Shampoo Can Do For A Gal’s Confidence

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Day 64

Pen Pal Crafts

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I hope all of you had a wonderful Wednesday!

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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everything remains the same

sad

i lift my skirt

up to my knees

walk through the field of sunflowers

barefoot and laughing

 

you see i’ve learned

to count my blessings –

to stop and smell the flowers

and feel the sun shine upon my face

still it’s hard

not to dwell on all my heartache’s

 

i walk on through this field

through the grass

grown brown and still

not comprehending why

it’s so damn hard

to let go of my pain

 

and past these flowers

sits an old ford truck

broken, rusted, and

sinking into this field

collecting drops of rain

 

and it’s hard not to

feel empathy for this

broken piece of metal

but still I see the beauty

that remains

 

and looking back

on all these crimson sunsets

in these foggy

cut-throat mornings

i have grown weary

 

and if i spoke these words

from the dark and cobwebbed

corners of my mind

if i let them slip passed

my dried and cracked lips

would anyone even hear me?

 

if you were here

i’d let my blouse fall to the floor

and the braids fall from my hair

then i’d kiss you

with my quivering mouth

so plain

 

outside the rain

would beat upon our

metal roof

and the thunder

would applaud

the love we make

 

they say god doesn’t give us

more than we can carry

well I don’t know that I believe in god

but I do believe in love

for it is the only thing

that has kept me sane

 

there’s something you must understand

i have looked my demons in the eyes

laid bare breasted on the floor

and told them to do their best

to destroy me

 

And i’ve been to hell

and back

so many times

i must admit

this simple life

sometimes seems boring

 

there’s a lot of things

that can kill a person

there’s a lot of ways to die

but yet these heavy burdened ghosts

still walk beside me

 

and there’s a lot of things

i don’t understand

how so much hatred

can fill the heart of a man

but it’s this pain i hide

that fuels the love

inside me

 

will i always feel this way –

not good enough to save anyone

and time keeps changing

but everything continues

to remain the same


Poem is by yours truly
image found on Flickr

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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Friday Favorites #16

Here we are at the end of another work week!! Shout out to all of you who don’t have a traditional Monday through Friday job, you guys don’t always get the credit you deserve, but I want you to know, I see you!

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One of my favorite things is self discovery, and I’m loving my new mindset. I’ve been questioning a lot of things, and I really like this feeling of letting go of certain beliefs, especially those beliefs that hinder my mental health!

I am making some very big changes in my life. What, exactly? Well, I’m leaving that a mystery for now, but I am focusing more on myself & my dreams this year. Time is the most precious gift we have, and I’m tired of wasting it on things and people that don’t matter. I want to be happy, less stressed, and have more freedom to travel and write, and I am determined to make that happen! I am determined to find ways to thank the people in my life who have supported me & spend more time with those I love. Forget the American dream! Forget what society says or thinks! I’m done, I’m tired, and I’m over it!! It’s time for me to focus on my dreams and truly LIVE!!! ❤ I am so excited about my future, and these steps I’m making are among my favorite things, so that’s why I included them here.


I am going to do these Friday Favorites a little differently than I have in the past. Instead of highlighting a variety of songs, I’m going to take it artist by artist. I LOVE music, and I love all kinds of music, and I think this is a good way to share my favorites with you, and it is my hope, you’ll share your favorites with me, because another one of my favorite things in the entire world is discovering music!!

So today, I am going to highlight one of my all time favorite artists:

Ray LaMontagne

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I absolutely love this man. His voice is very unique, he’s soulful, his music is deep, and I have had the pleasure of seeing him live!! Amanda took me a few years ago for my birthday, and it was one of the best experiences I’ve had. He talked about how beautiful life is and how it’s passing so many of us by because we’re all too busy hiding behind our phones. He made some very valid points, and I just agree with his beliefs on life & the world.

I hope you will enjoy these songs as much as I do!

  • Can I Stay

  • Empty

  • You Are The Best Thing

  • You Should Belong To Me

  • Hold You In My Arms


Another one of my favorite things to do is laugh! I love to laugh, and I love people who make me laugh. I have my go-to’s when I’m feeling down and I need someone to cheer me up. My husband makes me laugh on a daily basis, and although, I can’t pinpoint the exact reasons why I fell in love with him, I can guarantee that this was one of them. I was hooked the moment he made me snort from laughing!

One of my favorite celebrities that I can always count on for a good laugh is Justin Long! He’s so funny, and I simply adore him!!


So what music to you love to listen to? Who can you just not get enough of? Who makes you laugh?

I’m wishing all of you a fantabulous weekend!

Stay weird and great!

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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Is Kindness Always Genuine?

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About a month ago I was chatting with a coworker. She told me that she waits to send her Christmas cards about 5 days before Christmas, this way she knows who sent her a Christmas card simply because they wanted to, and who sent her one only because she sent one first. Those cards always come after Christmas.

She then went on to explain that more often than not, the people who sent her a card early in December are the people she can count on to be there for her, and the one’s she receives after Christmas are the ones who consider her an afterthought.

This got me thinking….

Is Kindness Always Genuine?

If someone is only nice because someone was nice to them, is it still considered kindness?

And at what point does kindness stop being about what we can do for others and what we can gain from kindness?

If someone is only kind because of what they can gain from kindness, is it still considered kind?

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It doesn’t matter what the act is. I have heard several people say they don’t comment on other’s blogs until they comment first. Well what if everyone had that same mentality? No one would ever talk to anyone. What if someone is shy and they are waiting on you to make the first move?

How many people miss out on amazing opportunities because they are busy waiting?

I once worked for a man who actually admitted the only reason he went on so many missions trips and went out of his way to help other’s in third world countries was because it made him look good, and he was seen as a hero. He also admitted that the only reason he donated so much to charities was because of the enormous tax deduction from his business.

So is it really kind if the only reason he helps others is to feed his ego and line his pockets? I mean those people are still getting help regardless, but would he still be as helpful if it didn’t make him look like a hero or fatten his wallet?

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Personally, I suppose I believe the act is that of kindness, but the kindness itself, when acted out for personal gain, is not genuine.

I believe that a true act of genuine kindness is done with a person’s best interest at heart. It’s done because one wanted to shed some light on another person, or to make them smile, or lift their spirits. It is not done because one can hold it over the person’s head later and say “Well remember that time I helped you out?” It is not done to reciprocate kindness,

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Now I know what you must be thinking, “But Kristian, you are a big supporter of paying it forward.” And you are absolutely right, I am a big supporter of paying it forward, and when an act of kindness (no matter how small) is shown to you, I absolutely believe you should pay it forward, however; if the only time you show kindness is in return to someone else’s kindness, you might want to step out of that box and make the first move for a change. That’s all I’m sayin’

AND…… it is not about what you can gain in return!

So if someone doesn’t send you a Christmas card? Who cares! Send them one anyway. If you see a blog post you really like but that person has never commented on any of your blog posts, comment anyway.

There are millions of ways you can show kindness, and it doesn’t always take money, and it can be done for people you know & complete strangers, and you don’t have to wait until an act of kindness is shown to you before you can do something kind for someone else.

Be Bold! Be Creative! And ALWAYS be Kind!

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

 

 

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Wordless Wednesday 42 – Week 8

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Day 51 Through 57

Day 51

“Hearts and Skulls”

This is my favorite wax seal, for the current moment anyway. 🙂

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Day 52

“The Tug of The Past”

I took this picture for the poem of the same name.

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Day 53

“My Favorite Cafe.”

I had to run some errands in town on my lunch break, so I stopped at my favorite cafe and treated myself to a London Fog.

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Day 54

“Lunch Date With The Hubs”

I absolutely love Japanese food and my husband recently found out about a Japanese restaurant in Frostburg, Maryland, which isn’t too far from where we live. We had to check it out, and I’m so glad we did, because now I have a semi-local place to get my Yaki Soba fix!!

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Day 55

“October Poem”

I wrote this poem for my bestie in Arizona. She loves October as much as I do and so I wrote this with her in mind, knowing how homesick she was for fall. This poem inspired me to write a poem for every month, which has led to the idea of a book of poetry, which I hope to publish by the end of this October! A full year of writing poetry! Some of the poems I have featured on my blog. Others will be read for the first time in the book! I’m so excited!!

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Day 56

“This One Is Cheating”

So I know this is technically cheating, because I only took a screenshot, however; it technically still is a picture, and I absolutely love these comics!! Plus, I can’t lie. I was in the middle of my household chores, realized the sun had already set, and I still had not taken a picture for the day.

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Day 57:

“Snowflakes That Stay On My Nose And Eyelashes”

Yesterday it snowed about an inch an hour, so I got out to take a picture before the wind blew it off the trees. Snow isn’t my favorite thing in the world, but I can’t deny it’s beautiful!

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That’s another week of pictures in the books!

Wishing all of you a very happy hump day!! camel

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

 

 

 

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Spilled Words

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I guess you know

by now

that you have always

been my muse –

 

begging me to write us

in permanent ink

words spilled on pages

of bodies spilled on sheets

 

I don’t know

if it’s the music

or the words slipped

passed your tongue

bled through pages

written on my neck

 

but my body

has become

sanctuary

for butterflies

and I’m writing myself

whispering

 

come here.


Words are by yours truly

Image was found on Pinterest

And this is the song I was listening to when I wrote this.

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That Really Burns My Biscuits! #3

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Ya know what really burns my biscuits?

Passive Aggressive Behavior!!

I work with a couple of passive aggressive people. They will intentionally wait until the last minute to finish their portion of a report or project that I need to submit, knowing damn well that I like to submit my reports and projects early in case there are any mistakes I need to fix, or if the state decides last minute that I need to add something because they changed their policy and failed to notify anyone, (the latter happens WAY more often than it should) I still have time to make the changes before the deadline. However, due to those people who put it off until the last possible minute, I usually can’t submit it until the day the report is due. This drives me absolutely crazy!!

These same people will also put passive aggressive statements in emails, or make some sort of snide remark when it is completely uncalled for! If they have something to say, why can’t they just say it? Why must they throw these slight jabs into emails, or make an insulting remark after an issue has been resolved?!?!

UGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!

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I swear I’m going to eye roll myself into another dimension if things don’t change soon!!!

What about you? Does passive aggressive behavior make you want to strangle the life out of someone? 

I’d love to hear your rants!

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

 

 

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