Monday, January 31, 2005

I'm Employeed!


I actually started work today!! I am very excited and happy! I'm working part time at Curves in my home town, which is just a few blocks down the hill from where I live! Yay! It can also turn into a full time job as well. Even bigger yay!

I will no long be unemployed!

Anyone care to join me in the happy dance to a paycheck, albeit a small paycheck.

I'm just so glad to be getting out of the house. It's going to be nice. Plus I get to work out for free now, and since the club has a tanning bed, I can use that free! Woot! Not that I'll do the tanning thing. I like being all pale and pasty.

But anyway, I'm employed!!

Way Too HappyWay Too HappyWay Too Happy

Light at the end of the tunnel

Well, I might have a part time job now! At least that's hopeful, right? The girl at Curves called me and said she had gotten her management position at one of the stores in the mall.

Here's hoping that I might be able to get her job. She works the night shift and the weekend shift. If I got it my hours would be 3-7ish M-F and 7-11 on Saturday. Not bad. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, because any job at this point is good. And if it lets me exercise, well wonderful. I'm happy.

So let's keep our fingers crossed for me. Cos I could really use anything at this point, to get me slowly back on my feet.

Monday Madness!

Haven't done this meme in awhile.


1. Are you more likely to rent or buy DVD's (VHS's)? Why?
I buy them. I'm terrible at taking things back, plus we have a maxi saver theater that shows movies for a buck. (usually right around the time they are out on DVD) Why rent a DVD when I could go to the theater and have a night out.

2. If you rent DVD's, do you bother viewing the 'Behind the Scenes' or watching the entire movie again with commentary on?
You know, I very seldom watch the commentary or behind the scenes stuff on the DVDs I have. I think Van Helsing and Moulin Rouge were the only ones I really watched extras from.

3. Do you think these features warrant the extra cost for DVD? (Afterall, we were able to buy new release VHS for $9.99 prior to DVD).
It all depends. For some of them, the bonus footage is great, others not so great. Hugh Jackman bloopers are worth every penny.

4. What's your favorite DVD (or VHS) in:
*Drama Chocolat
*Comedy Benny & Joon
*Action I hate action movies
*Suspense/Thriller The Secret Window
*Horror Van Helsing.

Oh and since I was mentioning Van Helsing....

Mmmm Dracula.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

I've grown out of it

It's funny how you can be really excited about something when it first comes out,(Yeah I'm talking about a cd) but after a few months it kinda falls flat.

I'm talking about Elvis Costello's Delivery Man, which on first listen I loved, or at least I thought I loved. It has some really great songs. I love Monkey to Man. The Name of This Thing Is Not Love, The Judgement among others. But what's been putting me off are the songs like Heart Shaped Bruise that have vocals with another artist, in this case EmmyLou Harris.

OK, it's not EmmyLou's fault. Well, yes it is. See I had heard this song years ago on a live recording. It's beautiful, and frankly I liked it as a solo, which is how he still does it in concert. Which leaves me to wonder why he had to ask people to sing with him.

Nope this girl is not fond of duets and when you get down to the duet with Lucinda Williams, well my ears just start to bleed, and I get nauseous..and well...I put on North.

Yeah. You read that right. I put on North. The CD that I dislike/hate.


Because anything is better than Lucinda Williams gravelly edgy voice.

I think that I would almost prefer the vocal stylings of our illustrious pop tart set to Lucinda.

Anyway, it's the additional vocalists that keep me from listening to this album as much as I'd like. It doesn't measure up to When I Was Cruel the way that I thought it would.

Not to say that I don't like this album either, because I do, but after a few months of listening to it, I think I've outgrown it. Now, if only he'd come out with something new. (Besides an opera about Hans Christian Anderson)

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Feeling Nostalgic

Yesterday, when I was coherent, I started to go through some of my vacation pictures. I started to really miss some of the places I had been and the people I had seen.

So I'm going to share a few of the pictures I took in June and Sept in my favorite place on earth and in my second favorite place. (Along with some of my favorite people)

Then, I'm going to sit around and feel sad that I'm probably not going to get back there this year.

All At Sea Posted by Hello

This is the beach at Atlantic City from my June visit.

A wave by that cute little keyboardist, Paul Bliss at the end of the Moody Blues concert. Posted by Hello

This was the best concert ever.

I think the guys are See Sawing. Posted by Hello

This is where I stayed on both trips.

My favorite casino. Posted by Hello

And this is the best part of Atlantic City, when the Moody Blues aren't around.

The Boardwalk Posted by Hello

Now at the second most beautiful place on earth, Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.

A lake view Posted by Hello

This was the estate of Pierce Du Pont.

The fountains are beautiful there. Posted by Hello

I always loved going here as a child. Mostly, because I love the chime tower.

The Chime Tower Posted by Hello

And lastly another place I had never been, The Brandywine River Museum.

The Brandywine River. Posted by Hello

I had two wonderful trips last year. I hope I can get one this year, but I really don't think so. I posted these pictures here, because I know most of you don't go to my photoblog and I wanted to share some of my memories with you. Enjoy the photos.

Friday, January 28, 2005

Top Five On Friday!!!

It's time for my favorite meme! Why is it my favorite? Because I create it! Go over to Music Memoirs if you don't believe me! Oh, and play along too!

This week's question

Top five bands that you think are underrated, and your favorite album by each.

1. The Moody Blues: These guys deserve much more credit than they get, especially for the work they did after 1978. The album I'm picking is Strange Times from 1999.

It's probably one of their best albums from the days after the core 7.

Recommended songs: English Sunset, Forever Now, Sooner Or Later (Walking On Air)

2. Keri Noble: I can't begin to say how much I love her first official release, Fearless. She's on a tour of Japan to promote the CD now. She's a little bit jazzy a little bit folky. I hope she gets some more exposure here in the US. She deserves it.

Recommended songs: Talk To Me, I Won't, Piece Of My Heart

3. Annie Haslam: The front woman for the progressive band Renaissance and a wonderful solo artist and painter. Didn't I just say that yesterday? More people should hear this lovely lady's music. The album I recommend, Blessing In Disguise, which I'm sure will surprise my Moody Blues friends. Why? It's not the one with the song The Angels Cry, which was penned by Justin Hayward.

Recommended songs: After The Oceans Have Gone, Love Lies, Love Dies, New Life

4. Midge Ure: Known for being the lead singer of Ultravox and also being part of the songwriting team that penned the Band Aid single Do The Know It's Christmas, Midge deserves far more recognition than he gets. Did you know that his song Breathe was featured in the Swatch ads in the 90s? Yeah, that was him.

The album I recommend, Pure

Recommended songs: Little One, I See Hope In The Morning Light, Cold Cold Heart

5. Oingo Boingo: Fronted by composer Danny Elfman, these guys didn't get enough attention. Yeah, we've all heard Weird Science and Dead Man's Party more than we really need to, but they have other songs. Most of them are pretty damn good to.

The album I recommend, Dark At The End Of The Tunnel

Recommended songs: Try To Believe, Is This, Long Breakdown

I have all the songs I recommended, so if any of you are curious, just let me know and I'll send them to you. I was tempted to upload them via You Send It, but I don't have the patience to upload all those songs. I will do it, if any of you are interested.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Thursday Ramblings

~ I'm still sick. Today's crud includes runny nose and clogged ears. I'm sick of the crud. Really Really sick of it.

~ Thanks to Brian I found out that Elvis Costello was working on an opera about the life of Hans Christian Anderson. Proof that Mr. Costello can and will do anything. Kudos to my sexy geek.

~ Ringo Starr is going to do the voice of an animated superhero. Gotta love him! He's done so many great fun things in his career. And let's face it, he may not be the best looking Beatle, but he's the most lovable one.

~ John Lodge's Golf Tournament raised $600,000 for his Barbados Charity. Now if only we can get a few more pictures of John in his sexy shorts, showing off his shiny leggies. Mmmm Lodgey leggies really do it for me.

~ Annie Haslam is doing a small acoustic tour of the East. OK..basically it's Harrisburg, Media, and Atlantic City. Tickets are on sale of course, and sadly I can't go. I'd love to see Annie live, she has a remarkable voice and she's a talented painter.

~ A recommendation for all the fans of jazz music out there: Madeleine Peyroux. She's another real diva that makes real music, without being a tramp.

She's worth checking out. She's touring too, but the closest she's coming to Pittsburgh is Charlestown WV in February at the Mountain Stage.

~ This is so not going to be my year for concerts. Some shakeup in Clear Channel has messed up the City of Pittsburgh getting any good shows. Guess I'll be road tripping this year, if anyone comes to any of my favorite cities.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

I'm sick and tired

Of being sick and tired! Just when I think I'm over the sickness, it comes back. I went to the Best Buy yesterday, on a quest for two CDs which I ended up ordering online, and then to Curves. I came home, and the cough was worse than ever. Today I have had a headache that makes me feel like my eyes are going to pop out of their sockets.

This is getting old!

I've been sick for almost 2 weeks now. Mind you I haven't been dying sick all that time, but I haven't really felt like myself in all this time.

This isn't fair.

I want to go to Curves without having to suck on a cough drop. Because anytime I do any strenuous aerobic exercise, in comes Mr. Cough. Mr. Cough is getting annoying. I think he needs to go find someone else to torment. I've had enough.

I just want to feel alive again! Is that too much to ask?

A Musical Meme

Elena told me I had to do this one. So I'm doing it, cos it's kinda fun.

What are the first ten random songs on your computer/MP3 player?
01. Suzanne Vega - Solitute Standing
02. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Watching The Detectives (live)
03. Oingo Boingo - No Spill Blood
04. Elvis Costello & The Attraction - Men Called Uncle
05. Hanson - Sure About It (Allow me to explain...this song was on the music system in one of my previous work places.It's damn catchy)
06. Erasure - In My Arms (Acoustic)
07- Elvis Costello - Dark End Of The Street
08. The Hollies - Carrie Anne
09. John Lodge - Piece Of My Heart
10. Erasure - No G.D.M.

What is the total amount of music files on your computer?
Winamp says that I have 3163 mp3s. I'm not sure if I've updated my player recently though, but this is close enough.

The last CD you bought is:
I bought two yesterday, and they weren't the ones I went shopping for.

Minnie Driver - Everything I've Got In My Pocket

The Dresden Dolls

What is the song you last listened to before this message?
Duran Duran - Ball & Chain

Write down five songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you:
The Moody Blues - Talking Out Of Turn
Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Man Out of Time
The Moody Blues - Meanwhile
Oingo Boingo - Try To Believe
Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Distorted Angel

3 people that must do this meme
Moody Mistress
Miss Tay

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

The mp3 player works!

Can I get a woot for this?


The oldest bratling was able to find the software that needed downloaded, so that the player could be formatted! Yee Ha! So I've got my teeny tiny lighter-sized mp3 player ready to go, whenever I decide to get back to walking. (Or whenever this damn cough goes away)

I've got my first playlist of about 20 some song all transferred over. I was doing a little happy dance when I heard the tiny thing play Billie Myers - Am I Here Yet (Return To Sender) last night. The thing has pretty good sound. I'm impressed.

Granted I would love to have an Ipod or the Dell equivilent, but I don't have 300 dollars to buy one, and if I did have that kind of money, well, I'd have either a new Emachine or a nifty new digital camera. (But if anyone wants to buy me one, like my lovely sister bought me this cute little gadget, I'll be happy)

But for now, I'm really content with what I have. So I'm just going to head on off to Best Buy to get the new Erasure CD and hopefully the new Devlins CD so that I can have some new tunes to play on the darn thing.

Take Me Back Tuesday

Here's the Tuesday meme care of Fallen and the rest of ladies at Music Memoirs

1. Name your 5 favourite hard rock artists.
Def Leppard

2. Name 5 leading vocalists for any hard rock band.
Joe Elliot
Brett Michaels
Klaus Meine (Lady Starlight, did I spell his name right?)
Kip Winger
David Coverdale

3. Power Ballads. Name your three favourites.
Def Leppard - Love Bites
Poison - I Won't Forget You
The Scorpions - Wind Of Change (I liked this one before I heard it 6 bazillion times on the way to and from Canton OH...Now it just traumatizes me)

4. Bonus question - name 3 one hit wonder hard rock bands from the 80's or 90's.
White Lion (Though I think they had 2 hits)
Vixen (Had 1 big hit, but 2 albums..were a decent enough girl band too)

Monday, January 24, 2005

Things to Ponder

A friend of mine from Art of the Mix, posed some things to ponder on his blog. I then posted them at Music Memoirs to see if anyone else would like to play along.

So here we go..

In the last year or 6 months

Concerts I saw:
The last concerts I attended were in June. Both were the Moody Blues. Yup, I'm sad and pathetic.

Artists that I've been turned on to:
Jamie Cullum, Tierney Sutton, Judith Owen, Keri Noble

Old favorites who are still rocking hard:
Duran Duran, Elvis Costello
oh and in case you think I forgot...THE MOODY BLUES!! (No new album to squee about, but they still kick ass live)

Guilty pleasures:
Erasure, who have a new CD out TOMORROW!!! Love them!! Love Them! Go buy Nightbird!!!

A new boredom threshold

Yes, I'm on the threshold of boredom again. No wait, that's not right, I'm already bored. I'm just taking boredom to a whole new level.

How so, you ask?

I'm organizing and tagging my mp3s.

Yes, that requires much free time and much boredom, considering that right now I have about 3200 mp3s on my computer. And people wonder where my hard drive space goes.

Hmmmm, you'd never guess music? Right?

I'm working at getting my mp3 playlist online. Winamp generates and HTML playlist, I just have to figure out where to put it. Then you can see all the weird crazy things that I listen to on a daily basis.

I know you're excited.

And boy am I bored.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Singing the old standards

I've ranted on about how I hate Rod Stewart's American Songbook albums, but I suppose that doesn't mean that other people can't do them and do them well.

I was going through CDs and I found the Red Hot And Blue compilation, which might as well been the companion CD to the De-Lovely Soundtrack. Where the movie soundtrack tends to have the performers doing the songs as they were originally intended to be performed, the Red Hot & Blue compilation gives the songs a modern twist. (At least modern as of the 90's)

I suppose the main difference between the two CDs would be that the Red Hot & Blue disc was primary European artists like Jimmy Somerville, Erasure, U2 and Aztec Camera. Not that De-Lovely didn't sport just as many famous European singers, but the soundtrack had far more mainstream hit makers.

Robbie Williams did the the film's title number phenomenally well, but he did his own album of standards not long ago. Robbie could fit in well with the Rat Packers, in my opinion. Elvis Costello could too. I loved his version of Let's Misbehave and his earlier rendition of Love For Sale. But Elvis has been known to do justice to the strangest songs. His contribution to the Gershwin Tribute, But Not For Me was beautiful as is his version of Kurt Weill's Lost In The Stars. (That song makes me swoon)

So why then don't more people that can sing do albums of old standards? Perhaps because we like to torture our ears with people like Rod Stewart's versions. (Not to say that they all are bad, because I've heard one or two that I liked)

Of course if we want to hear good versions of these old songs, we can always buy albums by Diana Krall, Tierney Sutton, Harry Connick Jr or Michael Feinstein, but that would guarantee the album to be good, and there would be no surprises involved when you discovered that you liked the sound.

But hell, I'll take what I can get. I wonder if I could convince Justin and John to record Cole Porter's Too Darn Hot.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Proof that it snowed

Well, we didn't get quite the amount of snow that they were predicting, and I'm really sad about it too.

But we did get snow.

My car is buried in snow. Posted by Hello

Look at poor Bernie, buried underneath it all. Maybe tomorrow I'll be motivated enough to clean her off.

Another lazy weekend

I'm sitting here watching the snow fall now. Big huge flakes of snow, coming down at quite a fast pace. We're supposed to get several inches today.

So later on, since there's not going to be anything else to do today, I'm going to get out my camera and snap a few pictures of the snow. I was still sick earlier in the week when we had that first burst of snow. This time I can take some snow pictures.

The rest of the weekend will probably be very unexciting. Nowhere to go and nothing to do, because of the football game tomorrow.


Even though in my heart of hearts, I know they are going to lose and lose big. And that's the reason I don't even want to see the game. I want them to win so badly. They deserve a Super Bowl. The Steelers finally have a good team and have played good football all season, it would be an awful shame to see them lose now when they are this close to making it.

Snow and football the perfect combination for a lazy weekend.

Have I mentioned I don't like football? (I'm only happy for the Steelers because they are the Pittsburgh team)


That means they better win, or it's not going to be a lazy weekend, it's going to be a damn boring one.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Top Five On Friday

Time for another musical meme brought to you by moi and the rest of the ladies at Music Memoirs.

Top 5 Albums you couldn't live without when you were growing up.

1. The Beatles 65

Stolen from my brother. I still have his vinyl copy of this. It's very beat up but it has I'll Follow The Sun on it and that's all I cared about at the time.

2. The Monkees Greatest Hits

My very first album that wasn't related to cartoons!

3. Culture Club - Colour By Numbers

Karma Chameleon was my favorite song for the longest time. It still makes me smile, and I still want to learn make up tips from Boy George.

4. Madonna - Like A Virgin

I think every little girl at the time wanted to be Madonna. Material Girl was my favorite song. This in my opinion, is the best era of Madonna.

5. Cheap Trick - Lap of Luxury

I spent a lot of hours drooling over Robin Zander in the late 80's. Come to think of it, I probably still can spend some hours drooling on Robin Zander. Age has been kind to him.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

The Finished Mix

Here's the Hidden Treasures Mix

Elvis Costello - Party Girl (Armed Forces)
Erasure - Cry So Easy (Wonderland)
The Moody Blues - Under My Feet (The Present)
David Bowie - Thursday's Child (...hours)
Paul McCartney - Press (Press To Play)
Duran Duran - UMF (The Wedding Album)
Cheap Trick - No Mercy (Lap of Luxury)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Insider (Hard Promises)
Suzanne Vega - Soap & Water (Songs In Red And Gray)
Sarah McLachlan - Out of the Shadows (Vox)
Oingo Boingo - Heard Somebody Cry (Dead Man's Party)
Billie Myers - It All Comes Down To You (Down to You Soundtrack)
Semisonic - Over My Head (Chemistry UK)
Cyndi Lauper - Shine (Shine EP)
Adam Ant - Manners & Physique (Mannners & Physique)

Anyone wanting a copy just leave a comment and I'm sure we can work something out.

Hidden Treasures

I started work on this mix idea last week before the flu hit. (BTW, it's still trying to hit, just not as hard)

The idea behind it is songs that are great, but have Classic songs on the album that they came from.

Somehow that doesn't sound quite the way I wanted it to.

But let me try to explain, as it was put to me. Accidents Will Happen and Oliver's Army are both Classic Elvis Costello songs from the album Armed Forces, but there's a little gem called Party Girl on it as well. Party Girl is a hidden treasure.

So that's what I'm trying to work on right now. The problem I've run into is that bands like the Beatles just don't really have any hidden treasures. All the songs are classics.

And then what of an artist that has an album that doesn't really have any huge hits, but great songs. The entire album is a bunch of hidden treasures.

So essentially, this is a great mix idea, and it's making my head explode. Which oddly feels a bit like the flu.

Right now I have about 10 songs, so it's halfway done. I don't think there will be any surprises as to what artists I've chosen. I can be very predictable sometimes, but I'm going to post the tracks later, so you can see just how predictable I am.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Returning from the dead

OK, I know. I only felt like I was going to die. Today was the first day I was fairly certain that the Grim Reaper wasn't knockin' on the door.

Whatever crud is going around is pure evil.

I'm just glad I've seen the worst of it. (Or at least I hope so)

There are about a half dozen things that I was doing last week that this crud interrupted.

The only thing I did get done over the weekend was the story. Yes, the rough draft of my second sad pathetic novel is done. I'm working on editing some things I didn't like and I truly hope it will be done completely over the weekend.

So now that I'm away from death's door, I have to get back to those mixes I was going to make. (And that cleaning I should have done 2 weeks ago)

I promise a more amusing post soon.

Until then, I'll leave ya with something pretty.


Tuesday, January 18, 2005

10 Reasons to love the Flu

01. Easy weight loss. (I mean why eat when you can't taste it?)
02. I really don't need both lungs. (Couging one up is fun!)
03. Great excuse to stay in bed 24/7.
04. You want to acheive that pale and pasty look without makeup.
05. Its great practice for when your hung over. Bright lights really hurt.
06. It allows you to catch up on all that TV you were missing.
07. You didn't really want to leave the house anyway.
08. Its a good excuse to be coddled.
09. Cough medicine tastes oh so good. Medicine
10. You always wanted to finish off a bottle of Advil cold and flu by yourself.

No, I don't feel any better.

Take Me Back Tuesday

I can almost breathe today. Be happy! I know I am! The sad part is, it's about 5 degrees below zero. So I'm not doing much of anything, cos I'm scared to leave the house for fear of a relapse.

So without further adieux Take Me Back Tuesday, brought to you by that Other Andrea at Music Memoirs.

First - who are your five favourite duos? Go back as far as you like, or as recent as you like.

Justin Hayward and John Lodge -- The Blue Jays
Andy Bell and Vince Clarke --- Erasure
Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger - General Public (who were part of the English Beat)
Jimmmy Somerville and Richard Coles - The Communards
Siobahn Fahey and Marcella Detroit - Shakespeare's Sister

Secondly, name five Canadian musical groups or artists.

Glass Tiger
Jann Arden
Bryan Adams
Diana Krall
KD Lang

Thirdly the lyrics. This time with a twist. Match them to the artist.

"There's something about you girl....." B. INXS

"What is wrong with my life, that I must....." D. Fine Young Cannibals

"I'm never gonna dance again...." A. Wham

"I tried to discover, a little something.." E. Erasure (how appropriate)

"I'm stepping through the doorway..." C. David Bowie

A. Wham B. INXS C David Bowie D Fine Young Cannibals E. Erasure

Monday, January 17, 2005

Monday Madness

My head still feels like its going to explode. So obviously no Curves for me today, which kinda depresses me. It also means I have nothing to post about unless you want to hear about stuffy noses, eyeballs that feel like they are going to pop out of their sockets and a cough that sounds like a very angry dog.

I didn't think anyone did, so I'll do Monday Madness instead

Name your favorite...

1. Family Game - Monopoly
2. Piece of Jewelry My white gold anniversary band. (And no I'm not married, I just wanted one)
3. Winter Activity hibernation.
4. Hot Beverage Mint hot chocolate from starbucks
5. Quote If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance. - George Bernard Shaw
6. Color on You black
7. Summer Activity walking on the boardwalk at Atlantic City
8. Topping on Pancakes raspberry syrup
9. Musician LODGEY

Sunday, January 16, 2005

It's Snowing

And I'm too damn sick to care.

Finally, the white stuff makes an appearance and here I am sitting at the computer for a few minutes, while my head doesn't feel like it might explode. All I want to do is go to sleep and stop coughing.

I wish my family could keep their damn germs to themselves.

Of course, my immune system gives in on the weekend.

Oh and watching the Steelers play when you feel next to death is not a good thing. Could they have played any worse then they did yesterday?


At least they won. (In overtime by a flipping field goal!)

Sadly by the time they decided to win the game, I was in a sweat and my head was throbbing.

Come to think of it, my head still feels that way. I think I'm just going to go back to bed. Sick In Bed

Saturday, January 15, 2005

I'm sick and depressed now

GAH! I'm worse than this morning, but I can't sleep. I've tried, and I just lay there and feel miserable about myself and life in general.

I've been working on the last bit of the current story I've been writing. It's almost done and that depresses me. It's like a baby to me and it's going away, very soon. I have a horrible time editing things when I finish them too. So I'm more likely to start something else than work on what's wrong with the current project.

The other thing depressing me is my mp3 player. It's a player/flash drive. My HP doesn't seem to think that it exists.

I wanted this mp3 player so badly, because when the weather is good I like to take walks on the hill where I live and at the walking path in a neighboring town.

Both computers seem to have taken exception to it in one way or another.

God forbid I have a teeny tiny little thing to carry with me instead of a big huge cd player walkman.

I never should have gotten out of bed today. I should have stayed all snuggly warm with my odd dreams of Chris Meloni from Law and Order SVU (don't ask). Instead, I got up and the day has gone from bad to worse. At least when I went to bed I didn't know that my mp3 player hated me.

So much for Christmas gifts that I was excited about.

I think I'll crawl back under the covers now.

Damn Virus

This past week or so has seen just about everyone in my house sick. I was all excited, my immune system had fought off most of it. Yipee!

I spoke to soon.

Sometime last night, I got this damn tickle in my throat, now I'm barking like a dog.


Thankfully it doesn't seem like anything else is accompanying the damn cough. That brings me joy, except when I get a cough, it never goes away. It's kinda like Justin Hayward and his sinus infections. When they come, they come for the long haul.




I wonder how many cough drops a person and injest before turning into one? I wish people would keep there damn disease and pestilence to themselves. Unless of course it's Justin Hayward...and then well, I might make an exception to the rule.

Cos well...I think the picture speaks for itself.

Friday, January 14, 2005

Top Five On Friday!

Courtesy of myself and those other music lovin' ladies over at Music Memoirs.

Top 5 Songs To Get You In The Mood

And if you have to ask, in the mood for what? You've obviously never been in the mood. Tongue Out 2

1. Elvis Costello - Inch By Inch

Don't move a muscle baby
Don't even flinch
You can miss me by a mile
Or just inch by inch
Inch by inch
Inch by inch
Inch by inch
You can pull me up again
Inch by inch
Inch by inch
As pulses race
I long to see that look upon your face

2. The Moody Blues - The Other Side Of Life

Baby, baby, baby, let's investigate
The other side of life tonight
The lovers and the fighters
And the risks they take
Are on the other side of life tonight
Let's loose our way
Go completely astray
And find ourselves again
You know the only way to get there
Is to take that step
To the other side of life tonight

3. Elvis Costello - I Want You

It's the stupid details that my heart is breaking for
It's the way your shoulders shake and what they're shaking for
It's knowing that he knows you now after only guessing
I want you
It's the thought of him undressing you or you undressing
I want you
He tossed some tattered compliment your way
I want you
And you were fool enough to love it when he said
"I want you"

4. Oingo Boingo - Elevator Man

Friction and harmony - who's gonna ride with me
I'm the elevator man

Who's going down who's comin with me
Who wants to take a chance
On a piece of abstract reality
It's only just a dance
Won't you come and ride with the elevator man
Who's goin down yeah - movin slow without a sound

5. Justin Hayward - The Lights Are Low

I feel your magic as we move and sway
Seems like my self-control is slipping away
Let me taste the love, let me drink the wine
That's yours and mine

Did you ever wake up in the morning
To find that nothing, nothing was the same
And the only thing that really matters
Is the pleasure and the pain

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Concert Dreams

I guess talking about how I wish I were going to see Duran Duran in April prompted the dream, except it wasn't about Duran Duran. It was about The Moody Blues, who are touring CA and NV for 2 weeks at the end of this month.

OK, so there's no way I'm seeing them this time round.

(insert growl here)

So why was I dreaming about them?

Not a clue. OK, I have a clue. I was talking about how this probably wasn't a great time to be touring CA. The last thing I want is for my Moody Men to wash away with a landslide etc.

It was nice too, because the concert in my dream was in Youngstown. (I loved that venue) I was in the front row, staring at Justin Hayward and John Lodge kept coming over to the center, so I was a happy girl.

I hate those dreams though, because I will wake up, and I'll still be in my house, in my bed, and there won't have been a concert the night before. There won't be a hundred + pictures that I snapped.


That's just so wrong.

And not having seen this

is even more wrong.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Building New Mix CDs

I asked some of my Live Journal friends for suggestions for mix cds, themes or phrases that I could build a mix out of.

I got several really great ideas.

One of them is Hidden Treasures. The idea behind this mix idea is too take albums that have classic songs on them, but find another song that's great, just not as easily recognized or not considered a classic.

It's quite a project, right now, because while I'm looking for songs, I'm also cleaning out my mp3s. I keep so many tracks that I'm never going to listen to. So today I'm deleting them. It's not as if I can't put them back when I feel the need.

Of course, the songs I'm looking for aren't there.

Can I get a Grrrrr please?

Baring Teeth

Thank you.

Here are the other ideas I'm working on:

Beatles Covers (I'm trying to avoid bad ones, so this is hard!)
Dead Men Walking
Songs that have the title in the first line (Another hard but not impossible one)

So, I'm going to pose the question to all of you too. What's a good idea for a mix cd? I plan to make several over the next few days. I promise to post the final tracklistings here. So, help me out and give me some ideas.