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Sunday Shuffle #423

I finished in the pool on Friday, started my classwork yesterday, and start school on Wednesday. The calendar says summer lasts for another month plus, but it is quickly coming to an end mentally. I'm gearing up to make this a great school year - my 9th at Central. I'll be student teaching starting in March, which will be here before I know it, I'm sure. I'm going to do my best to balance between school and school and swimming lessons and life, to try to not get bogged down in the work and stress about it. I know I won't be able to engage in pop culture as much as I'd like, but that's okay. I'll appreciate every book I do get to read or TV show I'm able to keep up with. The one good thing is that music is always able to be a constant. Don't know what I'd do without it. Anyway, I got a little rambly this morning and I apologize if I bored you. Just a little State of the Justin for the 2016-2017 school year. Let's get on with today's ten...

1. This Room/The Love Language (19) - last played on 1/4/15
2. Different Drum/Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs (1) - ripped in April
3. War Buddies/Harvey Danger (10) - last played on 6/4/15
4. No Cars Go/Arcade Fire (10) - last played on 4/20/15
5. The Bad Actress/Josh Ritter (15) - last played on 10/14/15
6. The Queen of Lower Chelsea/The Gaslight Anthem (15) - last played on 6/12/16
7. Elizabeth and Mary Meet The Pelican/British Sea Power (6) - last played on 3/20/15
8. Flying High Again/Sloan (28) - last played on 4/3/16
9. I Fought Piranhas/The White Stripes (14) - last played on 8/8/15
10. I Feel Like Going Home/Yo La Tengo (7) - last played on 10/20/13

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