Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Multiply life by the power of two.

I haven't written in here in ages, but I wanted to update and pass along a link to a new blog, dedicated to my new baby twin daughters, who were born on July 16th. I'm truly hoping to do a better job of keeping that blog updated and maybe writing in this one from time to time here. You can find the new blog at: The Twins' Blog

Sunday, July 10, 2011

You got a good style.

It's been a while since I had a chance to brag about my boy, so here are a few pictures of my beloved Guster... who is nine now!



Guster highly recommends taking your vitamins.


Guster loves control of the remote.


Guster loves the t-shirt quilt (but not sharing it with his sister).


Guster on his 9th birthday


Guster loves watching the Mavericks beat the Heat.

Guster
Guster clearly loves looking cute!



Sunday, April 17, 2011

And she don't always say what she really means.

Already up to #5 on my "song a day" quest. I'm amazed I've made it this far; what does that say about my ability to stick with things?

Today's prompt: day 05 - a song that reminds you of someone

Many songs remind me of many people, but I chose Gordon Lightfoot's "Sundown" because it is the one song that, no matter when I hear it, I'm instantly reminded of my dad. I can picture myself, around 5 or 6-years-old, in the tiny backseat of his Porsche, as this song played on the radio while he drove. It wasn't until years later that I heard it somewhere that I even knew who sang it, nor did I quite grasp the song's true meaning as a child. Probably for the best.

Per the rules, a video. This one is from 1974! Impressive.



I am not feeling well today, so not much else to share. I started reading the book Swamplandia! in earnest today -- mostly because all I've been doing today is sitting on the couch, with one of the four cats in constant rotation on my legs, watching the NBA Playoffs and reading. The book was quite publicized for a while, so even though it didn't seem like my usual fare, I grabbed a library copy for my Nook -- I'm about halfway through, and I'm not sure how I feel about it. It's a little odd.Very mystical and frankly, a bit sad. I'll see it through to the end, though.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

And I know I'll never be the same.

Today's song meme subject: day 04 - a song that makes you sad

There are actually a lot more songs, I think, that made me sad versus happy. Catchy and upbeat songs, I guess, make me happy, but sad lyrics always seem to stick with me more. Call me Miss Melancholy.

I discovered (or perhaps re-discovered) Gary Allan's "I Just Got Back From Hell" after losing my very dear cousin to suicide. Gary Allan lost his wife to suicide, and his song details his life and emotions after her death. It was (and still is) a very powerful song for me after losing Treen. I relate to it very much. I used to drive around in my car, listen to this song on repeat, and sob. It made me sad, but it also provided an odd sort of "been there" comfort -- someone else detailing the guilt, the sadness I felt -- and, after a while, the same "I can keep going" emotion. I still can't hear it without feeling sad, though.

Per the rules, a video:



I'm also including the lyrics, because I can:

I just got back from Hell
and I'm standing here alive
I know it's really hard to tell
Don't know how I survived
But I can't say that I'm doin' great
But I think I'm doin' well
That Devil's gonna have to wait
'Cause I just got back from Hell

Well, I just got back from Hell
And I guess to tell the truth
Well, I've been mad at everyone, including God and you
When you can't find no one to blame you just blame yourself
And I know I'll never be the same
I just got back from Hell

Forgive me if I had any part
If ever broke your heart in two
Forgive me for what I didn't know
For what I didn't say or do
And, God, forgive me as well
'Cause I just got back from Hell

Well, I just got back from Hell
And I need to make some plans
It's the last thing that I wanna do
But I'll do the best I can
I'm gonna learn to live again
But I think I'll sit a spell
Tell the world that I'm alive
and I just got back from Hell

I can't say that I'm doin' great
But I think I'm gettin' well
Gonna let the world know I'm alive
And I just got back from Hell
And I just got back from Hell
I just got back from Hell
Got back from Hell


I actually thought of Treen today. Kate and I were supposed to walk in the Charlottesville MS Walk, but it was rained out. We had already picked up my friend's dog for the walk, so we felt bad just turning around and coming home. Instead, we picked up sandwiches and took Athena for a small walk, to a pavilion/small historic site near my office. We were in the middle of a crazy rainstorm, with tons of wind, but we ate our favorite sandwiches with Athena at the ruins of a historic site as the wind swirled around us. It was the sort of "let's make something fun and memorable out of a bad day" thing my Mom always did when I was a kid. My cousins were always in awe of the crazy things my Mom did with us. Trina would have enjoyed today. Sometimes you make your best memories out of the unexpected. Miss you, cuz.

Friday, April 15, 2011

I was a train wreck waiting to happen.

As I continue on the music meme quest, today's request is: day 03 - a song that makes you happy

I love Chantal Kreviazuk's "Before You." It's catchy and the chorus is infectious, which always makes me happy, plus it reminds me of meeting Kate.

Per the rules, a video:




My other story for today: Today was the best food day of my life, I swear. I consumed far too much of said food, but yum. And everything I ate was from Charlottesville's Downtown Mall. First was the Downtown Hot Dog Company, where I consumed a delicious hot dog and tater tots. So good. Then we moved on to Cappellino's Crazy Cakes, which makes my most favorite cupcakes. Here, my friend and I did a "shot" -- of butter cream frosting. Oh lord - heaven. An oreo cupcake followed once I got back to the office.

Sadly, I'm not done. After the roller derby tonight, we ate pizza at Christian's, which has delicious pizza. This was followed by Sweetfrog, which lets you make your own frozen yogurt creation.

I'm pretty sure I've consumed nearly all my favorite foods today -- all I needed was some chicken fingers. Or a Krispy Kreme. Or... perhaps I should stop.

It's been a good day.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

But I won’t follow you into the rabbit hole.

Day 2 of the Music Quiz: your least favorite song

I don't really care for this one; if I don't like a song, I don't listen to it. So no "least favorite song" pops out at me. So, instead, you get my least favorite song from today. I am completely in love with a website called Rdio, which lets you stream what seems like a gazillion songs for only about $5 a month. I love it, and I've found so much new music via this site. I'm constantly adding new songs to my queue.

Anyway, I know it's sacrilege, because it seems like EVERYONE likes them, but I just can't get into The National. I tried again today, after seeing a friend's Facebook link. I just can't. It's not the sound for me.

So when I listened to "Terrible Love" today, I cringed a bit. I feel guilty even just saying it. But the quiz made me.

So there.

Here's the video, per quiz regulations:




In other news, I was at the doctor's this morning, and an older (very old) man was waiting for his wife. She came out with the doctor, who told him that they were going to have to take her to the hospital (not sure what was wrong -- seemed like an infection). This old man was so upset, and also so confused. It was heart-breaking to watch. He'd have to ask the doctor questions multiple times, because it seemed he'd forget the answer immediately. He clearly cared so much for his wife, though. It was so awful to think of them being apart as she entered the hospital. Made me think of my grandparents; my grandmother would always stay with my Grampa as long as she could when he was in the hospital. They were so rarely apart in their 60+ years of marriage. It was sad, but touching, moment today. I hope she recovers well.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

She's always been real good at listening.

I am attempting yet another gimmick in an effort to update these thing and get my writing juices again. We'll see how long I make it.

I saw this floating around Facebook, but have no desire to spam my Facebook "friends" (acquaintances?) with it, so I shall spam all my readers here instead (sense the sarcasm?).

day 01 - your favorite song

day 02 - your least favorite song

day 03 - a song that makes you happy

day 04 - a song that makes you sad

day 05 - a song that reminds you of someone

day 06 - a song that reminds you of somewhere

day 07 - a song that reminds you of a certain event

day 08 - a song that you know all the words to

day 09 - a song that you can dance to

day 10 - a song that makes you fall asleep

day 11 - a song from your favorite band

day 12 - a song from a band you hate

day 13 - a song that is a guilty pleasure

day 14 - a song that no one would expect you to love

day 15 - a song that describes you

day 16 - a song that you used to love but now hate

day 17 - a song that you hear often on the radio

day 18 - a song that you wish you heard on the radio

day 19 - a song from your favorite album

day 20 - a song that you listen to when you’re angry

day 21 - a song that you listen to when you’re happy

day 22 - a song that you listen to when you’re sad

day 23 - a song that you want to play at your wedding

day 24 - a song that you want to play at your funeral

day 25 - a song that makes you laugh

day 26 - a song that you can play on an instrument

day 27 - a song that you wish you could play

day 28 - a song that makes you feel guilty


Apparently, you are to include a video or such with each song.

So, today's request is my favorite song. Oh my! For a person obsessed with music (I have a good 13,500 songs on my iPod), this is tough. However, for the longest time, Mary Chapin Carpenter's "Middle Ground" was always my favorite. My last.fm profile backs me up. It's really hard to go wrong with this song -- it's classic MCC: deep but fun to listen to. As do many of her songs, it constantly leaves me wondering: Does Chapin know me, and I just don't know it? This song is about me, I swear! It is, of course, per my M.O. obscure enough that I cannot find a video of it on youtube. (Clearly I fail at this project already.) So, you'll have to read the lyrics and imagine. Or download it on iTunes. Or buy MCC's amazing album, Shooting Straight in the Dark. You won't be disappointed.

Lyrics to my favorite song:

For years she's lived on her own
In a corner of the city
Twice a year she gets back home
Playing catch-up with the family

She tells her folks what they need to know
Her mother says she's much too thin
Her sisters ask about her beau
Her dad inquires, how's business been

She's thirty-three this time around
She's always been real good at listening
Her sense of humor never lets her down
Except sometimes there's something missing

Hey, middle ground
A place between up and down
She could be safe and sound
Oh, to know middle ground

For years she's been on her guard
She's kind of tense around the shoulders
She wonders why she works so hard
She counts the days 'til they promote her

She'll take a weekend now and then
To stay in bed and watch the reruns
She'll turn the phone off when guilt sets in
But Sunday always kinda leaves her let down

Hey, middle ground; a place between up and down
She could be safe and sound; oh, to know middle ground

She gave her heart away one time, and says that she hasn't seen it since
Love's a puzzle in her mind; the pieces match, but don't quite fit; hey...
And these days run thick or thin
It never rains, or else it's pouring
All her single friends are men
She thinks married girls are so damn boring

Hey, middle ground; a place between up and down
She could be safe and sound; oh, to know middle ground
Hey, middle ground; a place between up and down
She could be safe and sound; oh, to know middle ground
Oh, to know middle ground; oh, to know middle ground