Come Over & Other Random Musings on a Crappy Monday

Phew, has it ever been a week. My doggy is having a rough time. She stumbled a couple of times on Saturday – as if her legs couldn’t hold her up. Her legs just seemed to go right out from under her. It just killed me – especially since I had to go to work later that afternoon for an event. This is the second time this has happened. The day before, she limped all day. It hurt my heart. But that’s not all that’s going on with her. So tomorrow we’re off to the vet. This poor girl. She has been so healthy, for so long.

She’s put in a good 11 years without any health issues. It’s probably just about that time that stuff would pop up. She has been my most loyal (and also neurotic), hilarious companion since the day I adopted her in Joshua Tree, California. I’m bummed, to be honest. I shared a little about her, here. If you know me in real life, like know me-know me, you will learn pretty quickly that my dog is a constant source of laughter up in here. She’s a nut. Seeing her struggling has not been easy.

Overall, I’ve been in a weird spot this last week while I balance figuring out next steps (career wise), with finishing a “work project” before I can officially depart. The other thing to balance, is some tough disappointments for this old heart of mine. I need a freaking hug is what I’m saying. One of the things I know for sure? I really cannot function well without music. So here are a few favorites getting me through over the last week. What are you listening to these days?


Come Over by Sam Hunt – enough said. Also, the “Between the Pines” version of his songs are my favorites.

“Grab your key
Climb in your car
Put your headlights in my yard
Pull up the drive
Put it in park
Walk inside
Underneath my stars, I’ll be waiting
I’ll be waiting
Don’t say a word
Don’t say a word
Come over”


“But maybe we just slow down
See where it can take us”


“Ooh, your love is a symphony
All around me
Running through me
Ooh, your love is a melody
Underneath me
Running to me
Your love is a song
The dawn is fire bright
Against the city lights
The clouds are glowing now
The moon is blacking out, it’s blacking out
So I’ve been keeping my mind wide open
I’ve been keeping my mind wide open, yeah”




I’m off to do a little work on the writing before turning in for the night. What are you listening to this week?

What I’m Listening To . . .

Louis Armstrong, music, elaina avalos

Here’s what I’m listening to this week. In many ways, this has been a hard week. But it’s also a good week. It was one I needed to make more changes and push me further in the right direction. There’s a whole wide world out there, friends. And there’s a lot left for me to do in it. So music this week is a random mix. I’ve been listening to the playlist for my novel, A Thousand Years, which I’m editing, as well as some playlists that are older favorites.

Another Spotify playlist that’s on repeat is, Road Songs. These songs were inspired from many a road trip. That’s just something I don’t do (road trip) anymore and need to. This is a crazy mix of country (like classics from George Strait – like Carrying Your Love With Me), classic rock, instrumentals from the amazing guitarist Phil Keaggy, and a personal favorite – Fernando Ortega.

An all-time favorite song from this playlist is “The Color Green” by Rich Mullins. I still feel like I’m driving up & down Highway 1 in California, when I hear this song.

Another favorite, Sunday Nights if You Were Here:

What are you listening to these days? What’s inspiring you or keeping you motivated?