I’m all about tricking myself into productivity and rewarding myself when things get done. One way I’ve done that in the past was to reward myself with $10 guilt-free on iTunes when I got a paper submitted.
I haven’t gotten any papers submitted (or resubmitted) yet this fall, but I did write two grant proposals (and received one) and I’m making lots of progress on the revisions (though you wouldn’t know it from my counter at left). So I decided that it was time to reward myself a bit. Here’s what I got:
- Winter Wonderland sung by James Taylor
- Masters in this hall sung by Bach Choir (a real cool, under-played carol)
- Carol of the Bells sung by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir (another carol I wish I heard more often)
- Concrete Sky by Beth Orton (a Pandora discovery that I just love)
- Evidence by Tara MacLean (another Pandora discovery)
- In My Daughter’s Eyes by Martina McBride (I can’t help but like this one right now)
- Rocks and Water by Deb Talan (a Pandora discovery with a very appropriate title)
- In this Life by Chantal Kreviazuk (Pandora again)
- Ooh Child (Alternate Version) by Beth Orton (since I like Concrete Sky so much, I figured I’d give another one of hers a try)
- Edelweiss by The Innocence Mission (love the song from childhood, and this is a very sweet version)
- Going to the Zoo by Peter, Paul, and Mary (another I grew up with and have to have for Minnow)
- I have a song to sing o! by Peter, Paul, and Mary (as above)
What do my musical tastes say about me? Do you have any recommendations for the iTunes shopping trip I’ll reward myself with when this paper is accepted?
Of course, it is a little silly to be spending money on music right now. It’s my favorite musical time of the year – when I can listen to Christmas carols all day long without anyone giving me funny looks.