Nineteen Ninety Nine

February 7, 2009

Sam tagged me (on Facebook), so here goes. (I swear I did not manipulate my answers or my ipod!)

INSTRUCTIONS:
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!
4. Tag friends who might enjoy doing this as well as the person you got this from.
(Do it if you want to; don’t do it if you don’t want to.  It’s as simple as that.)

IF SOMEONE SAYS “IS THIS OKAY” YOU SAY?
Fire It Up (Modest Mouse)

WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
Dig That Crazy Chick (Sam Butera & The Witnesses)    [If the shoe fits…]

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?

Love Me Two Times (The Doors)      [Heh!]

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?
Working Class Hero (John Lennon)

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?

Take Me to the Hospital (The Faint)      [That’s too funny!]

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
When Your Mind’s Made Up (from the movie “Once”)

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
Watching the Detectives  (Elvis Costello)

WHAT IS 2+2?
Darkness on the Edge of Town (Bruce Springsteen)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
Sax and Violins  (Talking Heads)

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?

This One Goes Out to the One I Love (R.E.M.)

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?

I Want You (Marvin Gaye)

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?

Feuilles-O (Simon & Garfunkel)

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
Killing the Blues (Robert Plant & Allison Krauss)

WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Jigga What/Faint (Jay-Z and Linkin Park)        [Hah!]

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Fitter Happier (Radiohead)      [Hee!]

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
Pennyroyal Tea (Nirvana)

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
Papa Was a Rolling Stone (The Temptations)     [Bwahahahaha!]

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?

Evil and a Heathen (Franz Ferdinand)      [I have interesting friends!]

WHAT’S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?
Phantom Limb (The Shins)       [That is pretty bad…]

HOW WILL YOU DIE?
Wanna Be Startin’ Something (Michael Jackson)     [(Shouldn’t that be wanna be ending something?]

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
Exo-Politics (Muse)

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
Until the End of the World (U2)     [(Umm, yeah, that’s a real knee slapper…]

WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED?
A Slow Song (Joe Jackson)

WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
Ave Verum Corpus, K618 (Mozart, performed by the Berlin Philharmonic)

DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?
Little Eyes (Yo La Tengo)

IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?

Dude Looks Like a Lady (Aerosmith)

WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?
Dream A Little Dream of Me (The Mamas and the Papas)     [“Phantom Limb” would have been a good answer for this one!]

WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?
1999 (Prince)

Song of the Day:  1999 by Prince

Before I get to today’s Holidailies prompt, I’m going to do the Letter meme that’s going around.  I first saw it at LA’s place.  These are the instructions:

You leave a comment on this post, and I’ll assign you a letter. You write about ten things you love that begin with your assigned letter, and post it at your place. When people comment on your list, you give them a letter, and the chain continues on and on. (Don’t worry, you can leave comments without fear of commitment.  I’ll only give out letters to people who ask for one.)

I have been assigned the letter “R.”

1. Rebecca, my firstborn daughter, has a sunny disposition and a big heart. She has brains as well as beauty.  I’m very proud of her.  Here she is with her boyfriend, Matt.

2. Rachmaninov (or the variation, Rachmaninoff ) – I fell in love with the music of this Russian composer/pianist when I saw the movie “Shine.”  In this Youtube clip you can hear Rachmaninov play his Piano Concerto 3.

3. Radiohead – I love Thom Yorke’s voice and “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” is one of my all-time favorite songs.

4.  Raspberries – When they are in season, there are not many fruits that I like more than raspberries.  Eating them is a tactile pleasure as much as it is a gustatory one.  There’s something velvety about the feel of a raspberry on my tongue.  I also love raspberry sauce.

5. Red – My favorite color.  I love red autumn leaves, red barns, red nail polish, red lipstick (even though I can’t wear it), red tomatoes and red cherries, cardinals and red-breasted robins, the red flesh of a ripe watermelon, painting the town red, walking the red carpet, Red Rover, etc.

Photo from hi5layouts

6. Reading – It’s no secret that I’m an avid reader  – always have been, and I suspect I always will be.

7. Repose – I love to sleep.  After a draining day of trying to carry on in spite of constant pain and fatigue, it feels so good to tuck myself in and drift off to the Land of Nod.

8. Repast – I really like to eat.    Stuffed sole, penne a la vodka, Buffalo chicken wings, calimari fra diavoo, pad thai , homemade pizza, pastichio,  falafel, chicken francese, filet mignon, lobster, peanut sesame noodles, ziti al forno, king crab legs, crabbies (see below), etc.  The only food I’m not crazy about is ham.

9. Respect – Find out what it means to me.  Seriously, the lack of respect these days is alarming, and I’m not just talking about young people.

10. Retirement – I love the thought of not having to go to work anymore.

Okay, here’s today’s Holidailies Prompt:  Share a favorite recipe that you like to make (or persuade someone to make for you) at this time of year.

This appetizer has become a family favorite at Christmas.

Crabbies:

2 (6 pkg.) English muffins
2 sticks butter, softened
4 tbsp. mayonnaise
2 jars Old English cheese spread
2 cans crabmeat
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp salt

Beat all ingredients except crabmeat together. After ingredients are smooth, fold in crabmeat and spread over the English muffins. Bake at 400 degrees until bubbly.  Cut into quarters. Note: They may be kept frozen for weeks before baking.

By the way, it’s becoming too much of a chore to try to come up with an entry every day.  The holiday  season is hectic enough without putting any more pressure on myself, so I’m calling it quits with Holidailies.

Song of the Day: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

I’ve always liked the idea of Holidailies and decided to give it a shot this year.   I don’t know if I’ll be successful  – the thought of posting an entry every single day until January 5th is a daunting one.  But, what the heck.  It’s worth a try.

Today’s prompt:  Introduce yourself

I am 54 years old but don’t feel or act my age.  One of the things to which I attribute my youthful attitude is the fact that I am surrounded by teenagers five days a week (while school is in session).  I work in a computer lab in what is classified as an inner city school.  For the record, this is the same high school I graduated from in 1972.

I have two daughters – Rebecca, who will be 22 years old on Sunday,

and Leigh, who is 20.

Both girls are presently in college, which means that we are really feeling the squeeze financially.  Rebecca will earn her Bachelor’s degree next year (after finally settling on Sociology after switching her Major six times), so the money situation should improve somewhat.  (The girls are on their own as far as Master’s degrees go, and, in Leigh’s case, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.  We’ll help them as much as we can, but they’re going to have to take out large loans.)

Daniel (my 2nd husband) and I will celebrate our 4th anniversary in March.  Being married to someone who suffers from chronic pain is not an easy row to hoe, but Daniel is very helpful, patient, understanding, thoughtful and loving.   I am truly blessed to have him in my life.

Speaking of chronic pain, I have Fibromyalgia (accompanied by Irritable Bowel Syndrome and chronic fatigue), Degenerative Disc disease, a herniated disc in the lumbar spine, pinched nerves,  Anticardiolipin antibody, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (mild), and a persistent pain in the right shoulder blade that drives me out of my ever loving mind.

Our nest is pretty close to empty.  Rebecca lives at her father’s place, and Leigh is away at school.  On the other hand, we do have dearly loved “fur children,” Eleanor Rigby, a cockapoo, and Penny Lane, a dachshund.

I am an avid reader. Knitting is a more recent obsession, having learned how to do it only about a year and a half ago.  Music has always played a very important role in my life.  My tastes range from The Beatles to Linkin Park to Mendelssohn to Modest Mouse to Conor Oberst to Broadway soundtracks to The Talking Heads to U2 to the B-52s to Elvis Costello to Radiohead to The Clash to The Shins to opera, and so on.

To sum things up, I yam what I yam.

Reading: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

Song of the Day:  I Yam What I Yam from the Popeye Soundtrack

These Vagabond Shoes

November 30, 2008

We had a really nice Thanksgiving with The Ex and his mother.  (She was on her best behavior, by the way.)   It was a very low-key holiday, which suited me just fine.   I was especially grateful to not have to listen to the Obama bashing I’m quite certain was spewing forth from the mouths of my father and brother-in-law.

I’ve been off work since 11:30 on Tuesday.  One of the best things about being off is sleeping late.   For me, “sleeping in” means 6:00 am, or 7:00 if I’m really lucky.  Therefore, I was shocked when I woke up yesterday and saw that it was 10:00 am. I could easily get used to this.

I could also get used to evenings like the one I’m enjoying right now.  After spending seven hours on my feet in the kitchen a couple of days this past week, my body and mind needed to rest.  So, I’ve been sitting here in the family room, knitting in front of the fire, and listening to tunes on my ipod, which is set to “shuffle.”

It’s a hoot to listen to songs that jump from John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero” to Cher singing “It Ain’t Necessarily So” (from “The Glory of Gershwin”), to Elvis Costello’s “Oliver’s Army,” to U2’s “Pride (In the Name of Love), to “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” by The Temptations, to “Don’t Worry About the Government” by The Talking Heads, to “I Want You,” by Marvin Gaye, to Elton John’s “Burn Down the Mission,” to Radiohead’s “Street Spirit,” to “1999” by Prince, to Nirvana’s “Pennyroyal Tea,” to “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra, to “Invisible” by Modest Mouse,  to Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Something,” to “Jump, Jive and Wail” by Louis Prima, to “Jigga What/Faint” by Jay-Z with Linkin Park, to “Oh Darling” by The Beatles, to Joe Jackson’s “It’s Different For Girls,” to “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane, to “Sea Legs” by The Shins, to “Requiem, Op. 48, Pie Jesu.”

This is the life.

Song of the Day:  This is the Life by Amy MacDonald

“And the songs they get louder
Each one better than before

And you’re singing the songs
Thinking this is the life.”