Jan 30, 2009
One of those Facebook memes going around my circle these days:
The iPod Game
1. Put your iPod or other music player on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS!
* I added an mp3 link when possible. The links without a play button (like this –> “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” – Vampire Weekend) will take you to a place where you can hear the song. Sadly there were a couple songs that I couldn’t find at all.
IF SOMEONE SAYS “IS THIS OKAY” YOU SAY?
Rattlesnake Charm (Dream Machine) –Sean Hayes
WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
Sex and Mayhem –Devastations
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?
Say What You Want –Texas
WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
No More Running Away –Air Traffic
WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
Red Light –Jonny Lang
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
Superstar (Carpenters Cover) –Sonic Youth
WHAT IS 2+2?
Kid Fears –Indigo Girls
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
Don’t Dream it’s Over –Crowded House
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
Eleanor –Low Millions
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
The Way We Get By –Spoon there is a free download at betterPropaganda!
WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
When I am Gone –Sparrow House
WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
Postcards From Italy –Beirut
WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO (hear) AT YOUR WEDDING?
Waiting For the Sun –The Jayhawks
WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Oxford Comma –Vampire Weekend again there is a free mp3 at betterPropaganda!
WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
If You Fall –Azure Ray
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
The Very Thought of You –Billie Holiday
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
Love Revolution –All Mighty Whispers
WHAT’S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?
In the Time We’ve Got –The One AM Radio
HOW WILL YOU DIE?
Over My Head (Cable Car) –The Fray
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
Double Vision –The Ponys
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
Happy –MaryKate O’Neil
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
Coffee and Cigarettes –Michelle Featherstone
WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED?
There’s a Girl –The Ditty Bops
WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
Solome –Van Elk
DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?
Won’t Be Long –Ferraby Lionheart
IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
Precious –The Pretenders
WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?
Goodbye –Elephant Parade
WILL YOU POST THIS?
I am Not My Hair (Konvict Remix) –India.Arie feat. Akon
Jan 29, 2009
A short while ago, I wrote about finally cleaning out the boxes in my garage. The boxes of salvageable items from Starr’s car. Thankfully the police officer who gathered these items for us was careful and there wasn’t anything in the boxes that had blood or glass on them. I can’t say the same for the local coroner who handed me Starr’s purse and wallet, just days after the accident. I will always hate him just a little bit for that. It was his attitude and the things he said, like he was trying to do things to purposefully upset me. I was already upset. Hell, I am still upset.
The way he brought me to the back of his truck and opened the doors just so we could stand there by the gurney that had carried Sunny’s body. We didn’t need to be there, he already had Starr’s belongings in his hands. He then handed me the wallet and started picking bloody glass out of it while I was holding it. Tossing the bits, bits of Sunny, onto the parking lot while “apologizing” for having tinted windows in the back of the truck “but he needed them because of the types of things he carried back there.” Was he taking it upon himself to make sure that I knew something terrible had a happened? Trust me, I knew. Was it some sort of cruel punishment for being the parent of the survivor? It was cruel and I will never forget it.
Back to the boxes. One of the items salvaged from the car, was this little stuffed dog. He was the girls constant companion. He was there for all the fun that they had and he was there when Sunny died. I have adopted him and he sits in my room, clearly visible at all times. He does bring back memories of Sunny with each and every glimpse, but for some reason he doesn’t make me sadder. I appreciate this token and the memories he carries. This dog will never be just another stuffed animal thrown in a drawer or box and forgotten.
He means something to me.
Jan 28, 2009
A friend asked me recently what my favorite song of all time was. Truth is, I just don’t know. I have many many songs that sing to my heart, or make me smile or move more than others. It truly depends on the day, the hour, my mood, current events, etc.
Quickly checking my iTunes library of songs, this is the single most played song in my collection:
“Music When the Lights Go Out” – The Libertines
However, that doesn’t account for playing music on my iPod, from different sources or especially life before iTunes. CD’s, cassette tapes, records and the radio! Or the fact that I don’t listen to music at the computer much anymore, it has been a few years. At any rate, this song is the second most played:
“What You Wish For” – Guster
“Mushaboom” – Feist
“Not For All the Love in the World” – The Thrills
“Maybe I’m Amazed (Paul McCartney and Wings Cover)” – Jem
“Beautiful” – Lee and LeBlanc
“Delicate” – Damien Rice
And lastly, the tenth most played song:
Jan 27, 2009
The vase on the left was a gift from my parents. They picked it up while traveling in New Zealand. It was originally a fence post…remnants of it’s former life are still visible. The drilled hole. Moss that’s still attached. I liked it and appreciated it.
It gave my dad an idea. This time it was a good idea!
He wondered if he could do something similar with wood from Granddaddy’s old barn. It might be a nice way to preserve a little bit of history. He contacted a wood crafter/artist and had them made. I believe that he had one made for each of Grandmother and Granddaddy’s grandchildren. They don’t have the same feel or look as the New Zealand piece, but they do carry our personal history. Our memories of visiting the farm, of the many hours spent playing in and around the barns. For some, the memory of working the farm along side Granddaddy. Of the cows and the farm equipment.
I treasure these memories and am grateful to have these lovely reminders.
Jan 26, 2009
Borrowed from Jason at The Jason Show (Happy 40th Jason!). Unfortunately, I celebrated my 40th just a short while ago…but thought I would play along anyway!
Do you think you’ve really lived so far? This is a list of 100 activities–some I have experienced (in red), some I have not (in black).
*I am enjoying listening to Heather Browne’s (I am Fuel, You are Friends) DJ set while I personalize the list.
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band–does singing into my hairbrush as a teen (or last week?) count? Thought not.
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Bathed in a river
7. Been to the Taj Mahal
8. Walked on a glacier in Alaska
9. Caught and held a snake
10. Spoke in front of a big crowd–hopefully I will never have to.
11. Bungee jumped
12. Had a whirlwind love affair that broke your heart
13. Found an arrowhead or fossil
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch–I am not sure what this means. I draw. I’ve created all kinds of things..from scratch.
15. Rescued an animal–I remember a bird, and then there was Jimmy Crow, who I didn’t rescue, but did help nurse back to health. Last summer, there was that earthworm on the driveway, I tossed him back onto the grass…it counts!
16. Ate sweet breads, glands or tripe–I hear that sweet breads are good. I can’t do it.
17. Seen Mount Rushmore in person
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hiked to base camp on Mt. Everest
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Watched an animal being born
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Learned a foreign language
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Stayed up for more than 24 hours
31. Trained a dog to do cool tricks
32. Been on a cruise–Northern Europe
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors–if I knew where they were from, it might help. But non-specifically, I have visited England, Ireland, Germany and France among others…so I think I have the majority of countries covered, but not specific towns etc.
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Can drive a stick shift car
37. Won over $1000 in a raffle or lottery–*crosses fingers and checks latest Powerball numbers* …um, no.
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke–and I never will.
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Broke a bone
47. Started your own business
48. Quit a job because you were totally unhappy
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the Eiffel Tower
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain passionately–I feel like this should be a definite yes…but sadly no.
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Joined a prayer group
58. Taken a martial arts class–I hated it.
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching–I haven’t been on a “whale watching” trip/cruise, but have watched for and seen many whales from land and while on our cruise.
63. Received flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving–and I won’t.
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy–many books. They were what I wanted to save.
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar–I don’t care for it.
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the changing of the guards in London–saw the guards, but not the changing.
77. Broken something extremely expensive
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Got a tattoo
83. Been to a coffee shop in Amsterdam
84. Seen the aurora borealis in person–and it was incredible!
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Toured the UN
95. Hiked to Machu Picchu
96. Swam in the Indian Ocean–no, but I have in the Mediterranean Sea.
97. Conversed with someone when neither of you spoke each others language–not really “conversed”, but yes.
98. Dirty danced
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Acted in a play–does the first grade Thanksgiving play count? Otherwise, no…by choice.
How many of these things have you done?
Jan 23, 2009
As much as I loved having Starr home for Winter break, I didn’t enjoy the added mess. Since she moved back to the sorority house on Monday, I have been busy cleaning and catching up.
I am not worrying about corners or under the sofa cushions, I am dusting, picking up, vacuuming the middles. I will work on detail cleaning once I have the big things done. It feels good and calming to have eliminated some of the clutter and messiness that I allowed to grow over the past few weeks.
While I continue my little cleaning fest, I will leave you with Starr’s favorite clip from Bill Cosby’s live concert from 1983 which we watched a couple weeks ago and is just one of the many productive things we did together over break!
Jan 22, 2009
It was a rough day, but here are a few recent finds:
This is not new to me, but just recently posted on Spinner. It is one of my many favorites from the Shortbus
Jan 20, 2009
I received my second bill with a Where’s George stamp last week. The first bill that came across my path wasn’t actually mine but a one dollar bill that my dad received as change while on Holland America’s ms Prinsendam near the islands of French Polynesia. He brought it to me December 2003 and I entered it into the Where’s George data base. Since then that one dollar bill has had a total of zero hits. Zero, in five years.
Last week while out for a glass of wine with a friend, I received my second Where’s George bill. A five dollar bill. This one has been hit twice since it was originally entered just this past December. All of the hits are from here in town.
So, perhaps this Where’s George bill will see more action, and possibly make it out of town someday!
Go, Abe, see the world!
Jan 19, 2009
It was a friend’s post about laundry the other day that fueled this post.
Laundry. Never ending. Constantly being generated. A must do chore.
Despite my numerous protestations here and the number of times I have personally cursed the ever growing piles of dirty clothing. I am thankful.
With each load, warm, clean and smelling fresh, I am grateful that I still have Starr in my life. That, despite the intense pain of losing Sunny, I still have her here. I was “this close” to losing both of them that day. I cherish each phone call, text, plea for help, meal cooked, dirty dish and every article of dirty clothing that comes with her presence in my life. I even cherish the arguments and petty fights that we have. Which might just account for still being a pushover about doing her laundry while she is at school.
With each tank top, sock or pair of jeans, I am thankful. While at the same time I am pained. Deeply. I miss Sunny greatly and am crushed multiple times daily over her family’s pain and loss.
It is possible to be both grateful and broken at the same time. I wish that I didn’t have to know this fact.
Jan 17, 2009
David Letterman’s Great Moments In Presidential Speeches, a Compilation