Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Early To Bed

So as to avoid watching the State Of The Union Address, I'm packing up and heading to bed early tonight.

Nothing can make me watch the leader of the free world tonight. I'll get enough of it when I wake up and turn on the Today Show. (More than enough)

I'm taking a good book and my Muvo filled with exercise music and curling up under the covers. I don't care if I don't fall asleep right away. All I care about is not hearing those 20 odd minutes of lies about the War On Terror and Iraq and how the country is in marvelous shape.

I can't take those kinds of lies anymore. I can't take hearing how good things are when I have friends that can't afford to keep their furnaces on because their heating bill for one month was $700. I hate hearing about how we have to help liberate other countries when there are so many people suffering in this country and when so many people (myself included) don't have health care.

I do know one thing, W's view of the State of the Union and mine are probably two very different things.


Ok, for the last month or so I've fallen off the weight loss bandwagon. Not too badly but it's time to start getting back into the swing of things before I fall off much farther.

Christmas is just a bad time. And recovering from it is dificult. That coupled with a job that made me slightly nutty (OK more than slightly nutty) and you have a nasty combination.

I have a goal now. It's 120 lbs. I will make it there by this summer if it kills me. Mind you its not really far away. Just about 10 lbs depending on what scale I'm on.

I hate winter. Because the weather is so unpredictable and I can't get out and about as much as I'd like. I hate being couped up and there's so much that I do during the summer that's just not fun in the winter.

My weekends are usually full of places where I walk, right now I'm lucky if I get off my butt in the winter.

Boredom sets in and that's bad. Because the only thing there is to do on a boring winter day ends up being eating.

So today I'm going to spend more time at Curves and I'm going to use my cross country ski machine, even though the machine is the most boring form of exercise. Because if I don't get to 120 by May I'm not wearing that bathing suit I bought last year. (Which I didn't wear last year at all)

Weight Watchers TV dinners are going to be my friend.

Someone put me out of my misery, please!

Monday, January 30, 2006

Life Shrinks

The peanut gallery has a few things to say today.

~ My tax return was accepted! Yay for me! Yay for money to pay for necessary stuff like new glasses this month.

~ My dentist appointment is Thursday. I'm scared to death.

~ BMG had a half off/no shipping sale. I'm finally going to own a copy of Alison Moyet's Voice CD and for only $8.99 and tax. Woot!

~ I ordered the 2 Grey Eye Glances CDs too. They shipped today so I should have them by the end of the week! Squee. Incidentally I found out that the song Your Move is a hidden track on Songs Of Leaving. I have an mp3 of that track and I wondered where it came from. Thanks to someone doing a wackadoodle google search that led them here, I found the answer.

~ Dad's surgery went well last week. I took him to the doctor's this afternoon to have the huge compression bandage taken off. Everything is healing as it should be and he can wear his specs now, so he can drive. The bandage was so big that he couldn't wear his glasses.

~ Boston Market is damn yummy! I think the only thing I did was eat today. Not a good thing, but when the food is that good, you stop caring.

~ I drove past Best Buy today and didn't stop to go shopping. That my dear friends is will power!

Random 10

My weekend playlist for the meme @ Music Memoirs.

10 songs that sum up your weekend...or were on your weekend playlist...and one picture that relates back. (oh, and if you feel like it, tell us why you picked the songs you did)

Def Leppard - Rock Of Ages
The Moody Blues - Tuesday Afternoon

Both of these songs were played at Redd Dawg's yesterday. When I heard The Moodies come on, I practically squealled in delight. It's not often that I hear them when I'm out and about!

Adam Ant - Room At The Top
Bernie Barlow - Astral Plane
Grey Eye Glances - Big Red Boat
Erasure - Always
Duran Duran - One Of Those Days
Cliff Richard - What Car?

These songs are part of the playlist I made for my Muvo when I was working out on the ski machine.

Diana Krall - East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon

I was listening to all my Diana discs this weekend on my winamp.

Julia Fordham - Hope, Prayer, & Time

My favorite song by Julia, it's so uplifting. It's on my Songs In The Key of She Mix CD that I was listening to in the car this weekend.

Why did I choose this picture? Because Justin's just so darn cute and after hearing Tuesday Afternoon at the restaurant I decided that if I don't see these guys at least once this year I'll be a very unhappy girl.

As always if you want any of these songs, leave a comment and I'll YSI your requests to you.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Productive Weekend?

This weekend I accomplished the following

~ 3 loads of laundry

~ 2 grocery shopping trips

~ 1 trip to Walmart where I didn't spend all the cash on me. Plus I bought my mum these

~ Spent a half hour each day on my cross country ski machine. I actually feel more exhausted using that than I have going to Curves lately.

~ Came up with a new playlist for the Muvo for exercising. (Had to get some bouncy workout tunes loaded)

~ Had some yummy wings at Redd Dawg's All Star Clubhouse in Belle Vernon, and my very favorite Key Lime Shooter!

~ Cleared some space on the hard drive only to download more stuff to it afterwards. Music is so damn seductive!

~ Ordered the free quarterly visitors guide for PA, so that I can come up with some good, cheap/free weekend ideas for when the weather gets better.

~ Did my taxes. Woot! I'm getting a refund!! I also made the least amount of money last year than in all the years that I've been working. Boo hiss!

~ Decided that the CDs for the month will be Grey Eye Glances - Songs of Leaving and If I Was and Elvis Costello - My Flame Burns Blue

~ Got rid of the trash. (I'm bad at garbage duty)

New Erasure CD!

I had almost forgotten one of my favorite bands when in my infinite boredom I went over to Erasure's Offical Site yesterday.

In high school my best friend turned me onto them. The first two albums I heard were Wonderland (their first cd) and Chorus (which was there most recent cd at the time). I was in love.

At the time I was really into 80's music, so these guys really fit the bill. And yes, they were a musical obsession of mine. They still are. I do my best to get whatever CDs are released, when they are released.

So when I was perusing the site, I was excited to see at least a UK release date for their next album, Union Street. I knew about this, but it had totally slipped my mind.

It's all acoustic and its taking old Erasure songs and giving them a bit of a Western Cowboy (as John Lodge says) feel to it.

Why do all Britboys long to sing country music?

~shakes head~

I'm really looking forward to this even though it's a compilation album with a twist. The fun part now will be deciding if I'm going to get the UK version or just wait until they release it in the US. I'm really in no position to spend the extra cash so I should wait, but Union Street isn't do out until April so I'm worrying needlessly about nothing.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

My Life's Soundtrack

As you all know music has always played a huge part of my life. I'm always on the lookout for new sounds and there can never be one absolute favorite band or song in my life. Take a walk with me through the music that's made me the Music Whore that I am.

In the late 70's two of our local channels used to play The Monkees and The Beatles cartoons. The Monkees were on WPGH and I think they were on at 4 o'clock. I was totally captivated by Davy Jones. So much so that I wanted to have my name changed to Jean so that Davy could be singing Daydream Believer about me! And if that wouldn't work, I wouldn't mind being his Cuddly Toy.

With the Beatles it was another tiny two minute song that got me. The song was I'll Follow The Sun. We were cleaning at one point and out of nowhere came a copy of Beatles '65 with that song on it. It was my brother's as I've said before. The sleeve is battered, but I still have it, don't plan on ever giving it back either. That's one of my favorite Beatles albums.

Being a child of the 80's there were a few bands/artists that I loved at that time. It wasn't always all about 60's music. Like every girl in the early 80's I wanted to be Olivia Newton John. Physical and Xanadu were my two favorite songs. I can recall clearly watching a concert of hers on HBO and falling in love with the song Heart Attack.

Then there was the matter of Culture Club. I blame Girl Scouts for that obsession. We were at a roller skating party and they played Karma Chameleon while I was out trying to keep balance and not brake any bones. Everyone loved that song including my mother. Mind you, my love for Culture Club was not popular among the kids at school who all love Michael Jackson (Ewww), Wham! and Duran Duran. I liked Wham! but never enough to really obsess and Duran Duran had to wait awhile for me to have more time to devote to liking them.

By the mid-80's the 60's were back. It was 20 years since Sgt Pepper. In 86' my first love, The Monkees were back on the scene and I got to see my first concert! I also picked up a love for Herman's Hermits because of that tour. I was particularly fond of Just A Little Bit Better. I have 2 original albums that I picked up at flea markets about that time. I've never fond a CD that had all the songs I loved on it, plus none of the actual albums are in print. Grrr at those bastards at the RIAA again.

In those two years George Harrison came out with Cloud 9 and another video captivated me. Cloud 9 was probably my most eagerly anticipated album of my life. Plus to my young ears, it was also the greatest thing I had ever heard. Plus this album catapulted my favorite Beatle into the spotlight. George was everywhere then. He even had a weekend on Vh-1 and I finally got to see the videos for Crackerbox Palace and This Song! I found a copy of 33 1/3 on vinyl at a local used record shop but the song Beautiful Girl skipped. Oddly all my copies of this album did that. I was glad when the Dark Horse albums got reissued.

Mtv was the channel to watch. The Monkees were on Nick at Nite along with shows like Laugh In which I still love even though they are so dated it's disgusting. And then this video for a little song called Your Wildest Dreams was being played. I wanted to be the girl in the video. I wasn't particularly attracted to any member of the band in question. (pun intended) That was my first exposure the Moodies and though they didn't really attach themselves to me like the bad fungus that they are, they would come back into my life again and again. (
Even if Justin's freaky hair from the video clip for Nights In White Satin did scare the hell out of me)

I picked up other bands in the coming years. In junior high, I succumbed to the hair metal bands that were so popular. Poison and Def Leppard were my two big favorites. Funny though that my favorite Lep tune isn't a rocker at all. It's Two Steps Behind. When I saw them a few years back, in the second row of the University of Pittsburgh gym, I was totally disappointed that they omitted that song.

My last years of high school were full of varying musical styles. I picked up on the 80's artists that I had ignored in their heyday. I fell in love with The Phantom Of The Opera. Oh and Paul McCartney forced me to listen to a snarky punk who wrote several songs with him during the late 80's.

There was a lot of musical love going on for me at the time. Cheap Trick released Lap Of Luxury and the single The Flame. I fell for Robin Zander instantly. Adam Ant did an album called Manners and Physique with the awesome single Room At The Top. God the list could go on. I had a love affair with XTC for awhile.

But as High School ended two bands dominated my life and would for quite some time.

Oingo Boingo and Duran Duran.

My last boyfriend in high school loved Boingo. He looked quite a bit like Danny Elfman too. I have too many favorites to really list them, but We Close Our Eyes is one song I can always listen to when I want to feel good.

I'm not really sure how I managed to get into Duran Duran. I really think the two huge singles from the Wedding Album were enough to make me try to buy up every Duran Duran thing I could find. I have vinyl and import CDs and posters and magazines. Why? All for the love of Simon Lebon and Nick Rhodes. I've seen them twice in concert and both experiences were lousy. Not the show, but the crap venues they've played in Pittsburgh. So I'll blame the obsession with Come Undone. I still buy their CDs as soon as I can. (Even when they suck, like Thank You)

My next musical obsessions are actually artists that I should have liked a lot more earlier on. Elvis Costello popped back into my life via an online friend. It helped that he released a great album, When I Was Cruel at the time. And everytime someone on the food channel makes a Tart, the song from that CD gets stuck in my head for weeks!

In early 2003 we finally succumbed to digital cable and I had Vh-1 Classic. That brought me the Moody Blues again, in the form of that video that still makes me cry. Suddenly a certain tall leggy blonde moody blue meanie seemed quite attractive to me. All the Core & moved into my collection as well as the rest of their back catalog and another obsession was born.

It's a shame the first album of "new" material that I was going to get excited over was a Christmas/holiday CD. I was angry at this at first. I wasn't the fan of Christmas tunes then that I am now. But Don't Need A Reindeer won me over. It's great live. I was lucky enough to hear them play it in Youngstown. I was lucky enough to get a Lodgey hug in Youngstown too.

Since the Moody Blues took over I haven't had many more bands that were real obsessions. Only two stand out to me right now; Grey Eye Glances and Cliff Richard.

GEG is the band I recommend to everyone. Go to CD Baby and look them up. Big Red Boat is my favorite song right now, from the album A Little Voodoo. To think, I never would have heard of them if I hadn't made a request at a live journal community for songs by great female vocalists.

As for Cliff Richard, I knew him through various duets he's done over the years, but damn Mistletoe and Wine! Damn Cliff at Christmas! Damn my love for cheesy pop music. Damn for me loving his last album and the song Somethin' Is Going On.

My life has been full of music. From Broadway show tunes to Punk, I've listened to almost anything once. Sure I didn't mention all my loves here. There are far too many of them for one post. But I've got to save room for whatever's to come, right?

Friday, January 27, 2006

Top 5 On Friday

The last of 3 weekly memes @ Music Memoirs.

Top 5 "Classic Rock" Bands (and your favorite song by each if you feel so disposed)

1. The Moody Blues

Props to them for still touring and being generally good 40 years later. After all, they're just singers in a rock n' roll band.

The Moody Blues - I'm Just A Singer In A Rock N' Roll Band

2. The Beatles

The band that got the ball rolling. There aren't many bands with this much talent. That's such a shame.

The Beatles - In My Life

3. Elvis Costello w/and without the Attractions

The best thing about Elvis; his snark. Plus he's much more of a chameleon than any other artist. There aren't many genres that he hasn't tried over the years and for the most part he adapts to those different style remarkably well.

Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Shabby Doll

4. Cheap Trick

Great songwriting. A cute singer. What more can you ask for? Fashion sense! Oh well, ya can't win em all.

Cheap Trick - I Can't Take It

5. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

The epitome of rock n' roll. And hell, if George Harrison likes ya, you can't be all bad!

Tom Petty - You Got Lucky

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen albums that I can't live without.

1. Elvis Costello - Blood and Chocolate

This is one of those albums that I can listen to again and again. It's so full of Elvis' signature snark and emotion. I don't think there's a song on this album that I don't like, plus it has several songs that top my favorites list: I Want You, Battered Old Bird, Crimes of Paris and Next Time Round. (See, I've already listed half the disc!)

2. The Moody Blues - Strange Times

This is my favorite Moody Blues CD. I realize in Moodyland it's a sacrilidge not to love a Core 7 CD, but I'm sorry. Mike Pinder's songwriting makes me suicidal. The songwriting on this album is superb. Justin and John have some true gems on this album. Again it's another that I can listen to the whole way through and that includes Words You Say, which I've come to love despite the fact that it makes no damn sense at all.

3. The Moody Blues - Every Good Boy Deserves Favour

Of the Core 7 albums by the Moody Blues, this is my favorite. This album truly has some great songwriting by all the members of the band, plus this is the album with The Story In Your Eyes, probably Justin's best guitar solo. It also has one of the most beautiful album covers.

4. George Harrison - Cloud 9

The wait for this cd was one of the longest in my life. The release date of this album was pushed back at least 4 times over the course of that summer. I think it was 86 or 87. I harassed the employees of every Camelot Music that I went into. George has done better albums, but this one will always be my favorite. Fish On The Sand is the best track on this one, in my humble opinion.

5. The Beatles - Rubber Soul

The Beatles hadn't quite reached the psychedelicness that was to change and shape the musical world, but this album had hints of what was to come. It's still light and cheery sounding. Of all the albums the Fab Four did, this is my absolute favorite. Could it be because Nowhere Man is on it? Quite possibly.

6. The Monkees - Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones

Psychedelic Monkees! My first copy of this is an old Colgems record that I was given by my best friend, Tina's mum. Michael Nesmith really shines on this album, with songs like Love Is Only Sleeping, Salesman and The Door Into Summer.

7. Grey Eye Glances - Eventide

I fell in love with this band through this album. It's a recent addition to my favorites list but I know that life wouldn't be the same without songs like Angel and Snow. I'm so glad I discovered this record.

8. Keri Noble - Fearless

I discovered Keri Noble on someone's blog. I can't remember whose though. There's not a bad song on this CD. She's a fine example of what I like in female musicians/songwriters; a good voice that's not too little girl sounding and songwriting that's neither too angsty or too whining.

9. Erasure - Chorus

I think this was one of the first Erasure CDs I bought. It's probably the most techno sounding of all their discs. Ok, techno-popy. Andy's vocals on Siren Song and Am I Right are absolutely haunting. The rest of the album is pure pop fun.

10. Duran Duran - Notorious

Maybe it's because the guys were definitely at their prettiest at this time, but this is my favorite Duran Duran disc. The songs I like the best weren't the big hits either. Proposition and Veritgo (Do The Demolition) are two songs I think everyone should hear from this record.

11. Justin Hayward - Night Flight

It seems that most people hate this album. Not I. It's not my favorite of Justin's solo works, but I can't live without it, because if I didn't get to hear Justin sing "lopsidin lovin'" at least once in awhile, my days just wouldn't be as cheerful. It's a good album of tunes that are very 80's. And frankly I don't think that's a bad thing. Plus the liner notes have some darn cute pictures of Justin inside.

12. Oingo Boingo - Dark At The End Of The Tunnel

Another album full of favorites. This is probably the best Oingo Boingo CD. Danny Elfman shows off the fact that he can write songs that aren't cheesy and kitschy. Dark and brooding at times and even uplifting once or twice. This is one CD I will never tire of.

13. Bernie Barlow - Golden

Go buy this album off Bernie's offical site. She's got a great voice. She puts up with my Moody Men on a regular basis (lucky wench) and she hasn't killed any of em. Another fantastic lady that should be selling lots of records, but isn't.

Other Thursday Thirteeners

Two Wheelings?

Isn't the one in West Virginia enough? I certainly thought so. I was looking at the tour dates over at Davy Jones' website and as I scrolled down I saw that he had a tour date in Wheeling on July 4th.

Needless to say I started to do several different variations on "the happy dance." I haven't seen any of my Monkee Men in years. I was excited in a hundred million kind of ways. Davy Jones in Wheeling and 2 days after my birthday.

Then I looked a little closer at the page.

Then I wanted to cry.

Because the tour date wasn't in Wheeling, WV at all.

Of course not. Seeing Davy Jones would bring me joy and we can't have that, right?

So where is this other Wheeling at? (And I'm sure there are a zillion more out there that I don't know about, but only this other one gave me palpitations)

Wheeling, IL.

Poo on you, Wheeling, IL! I wanted to see Davy Jones this summer.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

All Of My Hunks

What would Hump Day be without the hunks. I decided that today, because I need extra Hump Day goodness, that I'll parade all of my hunks. Or rather, all of my musical hump day hunks.

Davy Jones, my first musical love. Hey, he's single and living in PA, maybe I should look him up!

George Harrison and Paul McCartney, my two favorite Beatles.

Elvis Costello, my favorite snarky geek. He gives the best hugs in the world. Damn Diana (Krallomort), for snatching him up.

Si-moan Lebon, my favorite fashionable and fashionably challenged hunk. In this picture, he's stylin'.

Cliff Richard: No man at 65 should look this good.

Pinky and the Brain! Erm Justin Hayward and John Lodge. I think John would be flattered that my nickname for him is Brain. Not too sure what Justin would think, and not to sure I even care.

Andy Bell, the why isn't he playing for my team hunk.

I think I've got almost all of them this week. You can't accuse me of not spreading the love around, right?

Tuesday, January 24, 2006


I ordered 2 Cliff Richard CDs right before Christmas. One of them was on backorder and I ended up canceling it. It was a Christmas CD, so it can wait til later in the year. The other disc, As Real As I Want To Be, didn't seem to want to get to my door.

I emailed the seller five times before I got a very sheepish reply back with a promise to ship another copy of the CD to me, and this time first class mail.

I accepted that promise, deep down believing that I had thrown $5.27 to the wind. Money's tight right now, so that idea really irked me, especially since I've used Half.com without complaint for yonks.

Today when the mail came my CD was there.

And it was a US release. Weird! I didn't think that Cliff's music got released here. As a bonus it had that beautiful duet with Olivia Newton-John from the musical Heathcliff on it; Had To Be. That was an even more pleasant surprise. Have I mentioned how much I love that song?

I'm a very happy camper now, and since I have Cliff goodness now, the next CD I buy will be one of the many Grey Eye Glances discs on my list.

Updates From The Home Front

Yesterday was not fun, not that I thought it would be. My father's surgery was an on and off thing from 8 a.m. until about 3 p.m. He got home a few minutes before I came home from work.

They found three spots of cancer that had to be removed. The biggest part was near his ear. They took one spot from his cheek and another from his lip.

To all you smokers out there. This is a small reason why you shouldn't. M'kay?

They had to do some skin grafting and he's got a bandage that makes him look like a mummy. Which in some cases is funny, but the fact that for almost a week he's restricted from doing some things that are really basic, makes it not so.

He's only allowed to eat soft foods for the first 24 hours. No bending. He's not allowed to turn his head, because the main cuts were by his ear. This also means he's not able to wear his glasses. That also adds to the trouble. Without the glasses, no driving.

So I'm going to be a very busy girl for a week. Plus I'm going to have to take a half day at work next Thursday to take him to the doctors.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Quiet Monday

There are too many things on my mind for me to be too entertaining today.

~ My dad's surgery is today. I've tried my best not to be worried about today. It hasn't worked. I thank everyone that have offered prayers and whatnot. They are always helpful.

~ I developed a tooth ache this weekend. Not good. I have neither the money nor the insurance for a dentist. Not to mention the fact that I haven't been to a dentist in years. (Because of this lack of insurance thing) I don't know how long I can hold off making an appointment, but I'm scared to death of going.

~ If things go the way I think they are at work today, I'm getting in the car and driving to New Jersey to see if anyone will hire me as a drink girl. OK, I'm being purely sarcastic, but my little world has the potential to crumble right now, and I'm not amused by this fact.

I just hope today goes by smoothly and that the rest of my week is calm. There shall be no mayhem today! I decree it and thus it should be so. Right? Anyone have some Advil please? Cos my tooth still isn't listening to this "No Mayhem" decree.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Random 10 - Hiding from the Game Week 2 Edition

I can't watch! I can't watch! Football makes me nervous! So I've been hiding in my room with the computer playing any and everything this weekend. BTW I did turn on the Zen Micro today!

But that's not what this is about. Here's my wacky random playlist from this weekend because that's one of my favorite Music Memoirs memes.

George Harrison - Shanghai Surprise
(Love this cheesy theme song.)

John Lennon - Watching The Wheels (Acoustic)
(I was in a Lennon-y mood today)

Feargal Sharkey - Cold, Cold Streets
(Cheesy 80's music is always a good thing)

Justin Hayward - A Whiter Shade Of Pale
(I love his version almost as much as the original)

Cliff Richard - Bachelor Boy
(Shiny happy music)

The Moody Blues - The Swallow
(Strange Times was on my winamp most of the morning)

Grey Eye Glances - Big Red Boat
(They played Philly last night. I hate Philly! I hate that Philly is 6 hours away and has the most obnoxious traffic in PA)

Conjure One - Sleep
(If you like Enigma, this band is definitely one to check out)

George Harrison - Tears Of The World
(One of the bonus tracks on the reissues of the Dark Horse discs)

Bernie Barlow - Down By The Sea

Oh and the picture?

The Steelers are going to the Super Bowl!!!!!!

Feeling Sentimental.

Ok, I still haven't ordered the CD I was planning on ordering, but I still have a balance on that lovely download site. For something like $13.00 dollars I've bought 3 albums and a bunch of assorted random songs that I've been looking for.

I just downloaded Tinata Tikaram's latest CD, Sentimental from that site.

I bought it specifically because Nick Lowe sings on two of the tracks, and I do love Nick. It's my goal today to listen to the whole thing and to download a few more songs from that site. I still have $6.50 left to spend before I have to reload my balance. I just wish they had some of Nick Lowe's albums to download. He's probably the only artist that they are lacking there.

Maybe all this new music will get me to fill my Zen Mirco and build that new playlist for the Muvo, that's on my "to do" list.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Saturday Randomness

I think Saturdays are perfect days for collecting random thoughts.

~ Nightingale asked me to post my lists.

My "to do" list is still mostly in my head but here are the few things I've been planning on doing.

1. Shopping/Laundry with Grandma.
2. Clean out the closets.
3. Take down the Christmas Tree. (I love my tree. I'd leave it up all year if I could)
4. Whip up a couple of batches of snacks for tomorrow's Steeler's Game party.
5. Get to 7 p.m. mass tonight, because I can never get my butt out of bed for the 8.a.m service on Sunday morning.
6. Actually use the Zen Micro I paid nearly 200 dollars for this month.
7. Make a new playlist for the old Muvo, because I still love that little player.
8. Do some form of exercise.

And as for my CD list? This is my half.com list. It doesn't have everything on it, (Like those 4 Grey Eye Glances CDs I still want)but it has just about everything else.

~ Just when I thought some of my troubles were over with work, new ones that I have no control of appear. I'm not sure if I'm worrying needlessly, but I'm worrying nonetheless.

~ I'm suffering from lack of concert anxiety. I don't know why. There's no one touring in my part of the world that I want to see, but I'm thinking because last year was such a good year for concerts (I saw 5) this year is going to be a famine of musical goodness.

~ I'm in one of those moods where I really need to talk to someone and I swear all my friends have lost the ability to pick up the phone and dial. Sometimes you need to bitch to people that aren't your family.

~ I've been reading alot lately. I think that's what's really put me in a state, because I've been reading romance novels mostly. Lordy I could use some romance in my life, but I don't know where to find it.

I'm reading a wonderful book right now though.

I love reading about families and life that's not always picture perfect.

~ Oh and this is my favorite album right now.

Cliff really touches on several genres on this CD. He also manages to do "Christian" music that doesn't make me cringe. I've never liked Christian pop music. It doesn't sit well with me. But for some reason, he can do songs like that well, and incorporate them into an album that isn't really a "Christian" album so to speak.