The Condensed Version

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I grew up in a tiny town in the southern United States, where I spent most of my childhood riding my bicycle or exploring the woods! At the age of nine, we moved to “town.” Of course, what we referred to as “town” had less than 13k people, so many things remained the same except we got cable TV! This meant MTV! Before, living in the “boondocks” there was only Friday night videos. The discovery of MTV was a pivotal point in my life.

Through a series of intentionally skipped-over events, I was emancipated at the age of fourteen and…

Music made parenting easy!

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It’s unclear how my love of music began, but I assure you it wasn’t because anyone sang to me as a baby. Although, my mother said it’s because the teenage babysitter I had in the late ’70s would take me to the disco on Saturday afternoon.

My mother also claimed I learned to dance before I could walk — A talent that I’ve long forgotten! But, one of my earliest memories involves wedging a butter knife, just right, into the stereo to get the 8-track to play; I was around three or four years old.

Music was my mother’s idea…

Maintaining a 4.0 GPA takes work!

Person holding large chess piece.
Person holding large chess piece.
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If you have read about me here or here, you know that on top of my long-term career and eminent midlife crisis, I am also a full-time (non-traditional) college student. So, how do I maintain a 4.0 GPA with so many demands?

To speed this four-year degree along, I have opted to take summer courses — four of them! That is twelve credit hours. Each college course is traditionally 16 weeks. When taken in the summer, the college courses are condensed into five weeks of continuous demands and deadlines.

The only thing that makes this option possible for me is…

Those fireworks are not for you!

Patriotic cake
Patriotic cake
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Being born on a major holiday must be like having a sibling that steals your thunder at every available opportunity. Since I was raised as an only child, sibling rivalry was one problem I didn’t have.

My birthday falls on the 4th of July. Yep, Independence Day! Woohoo! Firecracker baby! All Americana! There’s even a book/movie, Born on the 4th of July! I mean, I’m patriotic, don’t get me wrong. …

Where your possessions show and tell us all about you.

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Estate sales are a place where buyers make snap judgments and piece together your life in less than thirty minutes — give or take, depending on the size of your home, and of course, your address. Yes, others are definitely judging you on that. The address determines where you appear on the schedule for the estate sale goer — if at all.

The weekend pastime of going to estate sales was introduced to me a decade ago by my husband, though at the time, we were only dating. We both appreciate antique, vintage and unique finds. …

I rinsed away my bitterness with the remnants of dinner.

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As my day comes to an end, I rinse the dinner dishes and stack them in the dishwasher just so. The thoughts running through my mind sound something like this: When will I get to sit down? We should strictly use disposable dishes. When are they going to invent disposable pots and pans? Why does it appear that I am the only person in the house able to load or unload the dishwasher?

Today is Monday, it’s been a slow start to the week for me. I awoke just before…

The pinnacle of happiness: On tour!

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Faith No More’s album, The Real Thing, was released in the summer of 1989. However, the album wouldn’t be on my radar for another year. That’s how living in the deep south worked back then. It took time for things to trickle down.

The internet wasn’t a thing yet, and the local radio stations only played the top hits. By this time, I did have MTV, but that’s not how this album came to be in my life. Nope, I have Arsenal Hall to thank for that — Thank you, Mr. Hall!

My senses declared them similar to Red…

Pink Floyd is the G.O.A.T and a tether to my past.

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According to, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) spent 958 weeks on the chart! That’s a couple of blinks over 18 years!!! As no surprise, a quick Google search additionally reveals that it is one of the best-selling albums worldwide, with an estimated 45 million copies sold!

What makes this album so great? EVERYTHING! If you don’t know what I mean, just put on a pair of headphones, get comfortable, close your eyes, and listen to the album in its entirety, start to finish! Consider it guided meditation! …

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The Trader Joe Takeaway

Seldom do I notice odd (or any) looks in my direction from strangers, probably because I’ve become immune to outside opinions over the years. But this day, the look I received was impossible to ignore.

My husband and I had swooped into Trader Joe’s Saturday afternoon to grab a few items, one of which was wine. When we approached the register, the cashier immediately began making small talk about our choices. Luckily, there wasn’t anything I would consider embarrassing in the cart. However, I imagine that his method of a conversation starter will become uncomfortable quickly one day!

Anyway, he…

Brandy Niremburk

Business Operations Manager, writer, & over-thinker who has been known to suffer from analysis paralysis from time to time. Visit me at

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