Saturday, April 30, 2011

Song Challenge Day 2

Day 2 is the opposite of day 1, today is your least favorite song. Easy peasy for me, I heard this song on the Current all the time last summer and fall and it drove me crazy. Chuck even called in to request that they stop playing it. "Right now?" the DJ asked. "No." said Chuck. "Stop playing it period. Like never hear it again." The DJ was totally thrown off and mumbled something like he can't do that or he'll try. Needless to say it didn't work.

Behold the bad lyrics, the mediocre song story and the awful chorus that makes my teeth itch that is a song entitled XXXO by M.I.A.

I understand that you are trying to say that you want hugs and kisses but seriously repeating 2 letters over and over again is the best you can come up with?! That is just plain pitiful.

I know there are other songs I'm not fond of like that Trace Adkins song called Honky Tonk Badonkadonk (no one can sing about asses like Sir Mix-A-Lot) and that dumb James Blunt song called Beautiful, (a little tid bit of info for you, a few years ago that song was in the top 10 wedding songs for the year. I guess no one listened to the lyrics, he is stoned, riding the train and lusting after another man's wife. Bad karma to dance to on your wedding day.) But currently in my life this XXXO song takes the cake.

Friday, April 29, 2011

A Month of Music Day 1

There has been something floating around facebook called the 30 Day Song Challenge. For 30 days there is a new theme for your song pick; your favorite song, your least favorite song, a song that reminds you of a place, etc. My friend Holly has been doing it and each day it was fun to see what her pick was. So I've caved and jumped on the bandwagon. And I want to post my choices here for a few people (uh-hem, Mom) who are not on facebook, I figured they should get to enjoy my choices too.

Day 1 - Your favorite song.
Bon Jovi's Livin' On A Prayer

I may get judged for this, but I don't care. I love 80's music and I can't help but jump up and down and love life a little more when I here this song! And the word favorite has such a final ring to it. Favorite ever? Goodness, such pressure. The Beatles were in the running as well as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, but my 80's adoration won out. There just might be a few other 80's songs in this list, just be fair warned.

What's your favorite song?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I'm a Dork

I have no problem letting my Freak Flag fly. I have little idiosyncrasies that make me ME. And this right here is one of them.

I love American Idol! I haven't been into it since the first season when Kelly Clarkson won, but surprisingly, my boyfriend loves this show. So I jumped on the bandwagon right away! I love stuff like this!

And these kids can SING! Seriously. It's hard to pick one, they all are fantastic! But my favorite guy is this one, a Mr. James Durbin. Wanna talk rock star? He's got it. Period.

If he was 10 years older, I'd be all over that. And my man says he's glad James is so young. :-) And jokingly Chuck and I were wondering if it would be shameful to get a James Durbin poster in our apartment. I think it would be awesome! I watch it every week, totally couch dance to his songs (in fact, this week we stood up for it we were so excited. Shhhh don't tell.) I get goose bumps every time he sings, and I vote. Over and over again.

See? Dork. Freak Flag blowing in the breeze.

Seriously, I love Idol. And I think this kid can win! (Here's hoping I didn't j-i-n-x him) Listen to his videos, tune in next week, and enjoy the rock star entertainment!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Overshare of the Day

I'm a hodge podge of feelings right now. And I need to write them out to sort through them. My emotions, listed in 10 words or less:

and yet I think all of these can be wrapped up into one word, hormonal.

Yes, I realize what I just admitted to with the above statement. But I'm a woman and we all go through it. No shame in my game. And I think there may be one or two more people who can relate to feeling so funky and emotional and not really sure why. And that unsureness is the most frustrating thing about it all!

Grrrrr, stupid estrogen.

What would clear these hormonal blues in 10 words or less:
a burger
new shoes
oreos and milk

I think those things could cheer up just about any girl.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sunday's Awesome List

Today's Bucket of Awesomeness:
1. Yesterday's day of fun! We went and played bingo at the Uptown VFW and I won $27! Bingo is easy fun, pair it with beer and urban townies, and you got a few hours of goodness!
2. Finding good deals at second-hand clothing stores. I've frequented Everyday People, which is a great place for cute clothes. I got a fab dress there last summer and yesterday Chuck got a pair of Steve Madden shoes for $20 and I got 2 shirts and some bangles for under $20 myself! I love bargain shopping!
3. Waking up on a religious holiday, realizing all the stores where you were going to run your errands are closed and having a fantastic day of nothing! A yummy breakfast, a nap, a little laundry, a walk, some cleaning, some computer work. But all in all a day of nothing in particular and it's awesome!
4. Having the patio door wide open and then not closing the shades when the setting sun travels past. I'm just so happy the sun is out that I don't want to shut it out of my place for a moment.
5. The budding trees! I love little buds of new plants soon to be bursting forth with new color and new life! I wait for the day I look out my window and all the trees have blossomed into beauty!
6. Getting a call on this day from a friend like I have for the past how-many-years and telling me he prayed for me at church. Whether that's true or not, that yearly phone call brightens my day, makes me laugh, and makes me thankful for my friend!
7. Watching America's Funniest Home Videos, people falling and getting scared will always be funny!
8. Pizza. Pizza is so good. And dip it in a little caesar dressing, even better!
9. Turning around on my couch and finding my cat like this...

He looks so embarrassed and ashamed. But no, just napping the day away like he should, being a cat and all.

Go find what's awesome in your life!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Big Soap Box Part 2

So I got on my high horse in the last post. Apologies if I offend. But really, when has anyone known me to hold my tongue? It's one of my finer qualities, clearly.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My Soap Box is Big

So I might paint myself into a corner here. Or wind up eating my words, (Lord knows that has happened once or twice in my life.) Or someone will school me in my wrongs. But the talk of taxes, our national debt, taxing the top whatever percent of the American public, I'm soooo over it!

And let me tell you why!
1. We get taxed. We ALL get taxed. We get taxed to pay for things like public schools, road work,, national parks, art museums, radio stations like The Current, public transportation, and new sports stadiums like Target Field. And those that aren't willing to have some of their money taken to pay for all the public things they enjoy, well those people should be on house arrest. If you aren't willing to pay, you shouldn't be allowed to use.
2. I don't care what side you are on, both sides get taxed. This is one issue where it effects everyone. And I know that one argument is "It is not my responsibility to support others." Well, let me tell you, I'm not a religious person, but there is a special spot in hell for those that believe that statement. Or anything along those lines. You may think it's not your responsibility, but it is your duty as a fellow human being to help others. I'm sure you'd be singing a different tune when your job cuts your position, and because you are so overly-qualified, you can't get another job. Unemployment here you come. Which means "Thank you tax payers."
3. There are so many other topics to be discussing. We need taxes to pay for things that we all like and we all use. Lets talk the ridiculous topics that should have been cut out in the Civil Rights era, like gay rights and abortion. How come we are still segregating our fellow citizens? Are we really stuck 50 years ago? REALLY?! How can anyone believe in their heart that one person doesn't deserve what they themselves have? When at the end of the day everyone goes home, has dinner, snuggles with those important to them, and gets up and goes to work the next day. And abortion and birth control.... oh goodness, there is a difference between having sex and having a baby. I think these are 2 separate topics but sadly it's all rolled into one in the government. But when it comes down to it, who are you Mr. Congressman to tell someone what to do with the fetus that is growing in a woman's uterus after she was raped by her next door neighbor? You don't know what she went through and if she doesn't want to carry the child, then she shouldn't have to.
4. My paycheck never changes no matter who is in office. I've always worked paycheck to paycheck, I've always had to budget my grocery money. No matter what has happened or will happen I think I will always be struggling. But I've got a roof over my head, food in my fridge, a job that I like, and I'm still able to help and donate to others.
5. And I realize that numbers 2 and 3 come back to number 1 because we can't help others and enjoy social events without taxes. Which is why the topic of taxes is deader than the horse they started beating back in 1776. We have to pay. Paying taxes is how this country keeps running. And those with more money should pay more taxes. If I made 6 figures I'd be willing to pay more. I can surely tell you I would up my donations to public radio, I would volunteer with foundations that count on taxes to run, and I would continue to work hard for my money. My money benefits me as well as my fellow human beings.

Subtopic/Authors Disclaimer: I realize that there are some that take advantage of tax payers and the funds supplied to the public. I see it every day working downtown. But those are such a small percentage of all the good that can come from paying taxes. Focusing on those bad seeds is like focusing on the one bad thing that happened to you on the way to work, rather than realizing how great the rest of you day was.

Next topic. Please.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Well Said

"Remember when teachers, public employees, Planned Parenthood, NPR and PBS crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401Ks, took trillions in TARP money, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in bonuses, and paid no taxes? Yeah, me neither."

This has been running around facebook today. And I am a fan. I can not wrap my mind around the fact that people want to get rid of the arts and organizations that help others like Planned Parenthood.

One of the many reasons I have become a sustaining member for our local public radio station. They have done nothing but good for my life and the general public.

Monday, April 11, 2011

A Letter

Dear Monday,

Thanks for kicking my ass into next Tuesday. In the future could I please have at least a 12 hour notice that you are going to be smothering me with every twist and turn a day could take all before my coffee has kicked in. I did not appreciate the volume at which you greeted me nor how early you arrived. I thought the joke that I was going to be opening the store instead of the one scheduled was rather uncalled for. The fact that my tummy was angry could have waited until I was off the clock. If you're the one who sent the memo to all those customers telling them to bombard me at the same time this morning, you need to be taught some manners. And if you could pass on the manners lesson to those whom every morning don't say please or thank you, that would be much appreciated. I'm really sure you couldn't have at least emptied the dishwasher or picked up a little while both Chuck and I were working our tails off. And in case you hadn't guessed it, we were not friends until about 1:30 this afternoon. And I'm still hesitant to allow the rest of my day to be joyous, in case you spit on that too. If you could talk to Tuesday and tell him to up the ante for tomorrow and make it less stressful and more light and breezy, the way a spring day, work or not work, should be, I'll consider allowing you to be back on my good side. Feel free to grovel, send a rainbow my way, or have the trees start to bud. Those things are a good start to redeeming yourself.


Sunday, April 10, 2011

I desire...

I want this in my house.

If I had to chose the one with all the shelves cocked to an angle so the books all sit in the corner to the shelf. Wicked cool.

And P.S. I'm writing again. For the first time in months. The creative bug has bitten me again. It's cautiously awesome.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Cherry to My Day

I have officially hit 30 followers! Holla! Thanks to whomever was the last one to join! I really have no idea how the ones that have followers in the 1000's do it. That is a lot of people tuning in every day to read about you life. Not that I would mind ;-)

I had yoga tonight and it was much needed. I know this because I really didn't want to go. It was just too much. I wanted to put on my comfy pants and be a lazy piece of lazy for the rest of the night. But that was what was kicking me out the door to stretch my body and my mind. It was a good, yet pushed class. My arms were shaking and my legs cramped. But it always reaffirms my confidence when my teacher uses me as the guinea pig and the example. I guess I am doing something right and I'm good at it too!

And then I came home to a dinner of chicken, mashed potatoes, and fresh green beans being started on the stove. Mmmmmm lovely. We cooked together and talked about our day. He makes cooking fun. And he takes an interest in my day. I am lucky lucky girl.

And to top it off, I was told tonight that I am a muse. Wow. Again, wow. I think I can cross that off my unattainable life list. One never thinks that they would want to be considered a muse, but once the words are out there.... It's an amazing, awesome, stellar thing.