7.30.2006

Sleep writing 101.

I was just skimming through the blogathon posts and realized I did a little more sleep writing than just in that one post where I talked about it. It makes sense. I was exhausted after all. heh.

I mean, does this make sense to you?

4:45 and I've resorted to cold coffee, Tom Petty (Echo CD), ice packs on my shoulder, and knitting a couple of stitches at a time until I am afraid that my dozing will knock the needle out of the project and I wondered if sie could put the charcoal gray one on. I think that is how things will shake out, besides. And soon I yope.


ROFL! It started out strong and quickly fell apart. :) Glad everybody else was sleeping and didn't catch it. I should just do a whole new category of blogging - sleep blogging! Like sleep walking, but less dangerous and more muddled!

You know you're a true writer when you can do it in your sleep? With your eyes closed?

Thank you... and did you know?

When the Party's Oooooover!

Just wanted to say during this brief period of awakeness this evening, thank you to Robert and Theresa (Hi Theresa! Thanks for stopping by, oh fellow tapper! See you Thursday night at class!) for your donations. I didn't even have the strength to go see how things looked at 8 am on the blogathon site to notice that I had more donations this morning before I stumbled the three feet from my desk chair to my bed. Smooches to you both!

Also, if you are stopping by late because you were out of town for blogathon or just heard about it or only now are realizing what fun and mayhem you missed out on or realizing what a long and difficult journey I was on for 24 hours (are you playing your tiny violin for me??? :( boohoo) and are wishing you could have been a part of it all... you still can!!! Blogathon is still open to taking donations for 48 hours after the actual event, so hop on over and Sponsor me if you'd like. The American Cancer Society will love you and you will have my undying gratitude!

And so far? (drumroll please) you all raised $792 for the American Cancer Society. Because you rock. Shite. Here come the waterworks again!!!

So Thank you ALL!!!!


And if you still want to donate to my favorite charity - The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Hudson, you can do so by Clicking Here!

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The 8:00 am post - #49? Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!



There may be just a short hiatus for 500 miles. But then again, there may not. I have a 500 miler to finish up and I am so close. Keep an eye on me. You never know what I'm going to do.

Smooches kids. Thank you for everything you did to help me reach my goals! You rock!

Oh, and Wes? I made it. I hope you are celebrating hard. Let me know how that goes for you. ;)

You'll be hearing from Blogathon if you have become a sponsor. They'll be writing to remind you to head on out to my charity - that would be the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Hudson - to make your donation. At that point you can either pay online or print off an offline donation form to mail in a check or money order. Thank you so very much.


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The 7:30 am post - #48 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

I still don't know if I get to stop at this one and fall into my bed exhausted when I finish this one or not.

Oh man - somebody keep track of this in case I do it next year? I would have liked to have found it about six hours ago. Oy.

Keli came in about half an hour ago between posts and caught me cat-napping...

"Mama?"

I leaped from the bed. You should feel my shoulders now. I was sleeping in a very strange position. I was seriously trying to not get too comfortable for fear that I would not wake up when my alarm went off.

Keli: Did you give up???

I was so glad that I could tell her I was still hard at it.

Searching for camera. Marge says I must have a photo during these last remaining moments before I sign off.

So here you go, Marge. This one's for you. Smooches, chica.




I'll be back at 8 for one final post and then I'm going to sleep forever! And I'm shutting off the phones and everything! :)





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The 7:00 am post - #47 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

We're storming into the final hour here kids (and thank goodness for that).

These make me happy. I need happy because my arms are falling off.

Bren and Sara goofing off. Well, Bren goofing off. Sara just looking lovely here.



Then Sara realized what he was doing.



And finally... they get serious again.



The day may be lightening, but it isn't a bright and sunny day by any stretch of the imagination at all.

In this post I also want to say once again, thank you for everybody who donated, thank you to everybody who commented and stuck with me as late as they did during the night. Thank you to those who visited me live and in person. You all made this not nearly as painful as it could have been. I've had a lot of fun. Any regrets? Not at all. You all rock. You've been helping me do a really wonderful thing. And it is news like this from Dalene that make everything so completely worth it. Okay. Resting and doing that 7:30 post. Is that the last one? It's the 48th. Is there supposed to be an 8:00 one? I'm so confused!

To be continued...

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The 6:30 am post - #46 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

Right after I posted the last one I realized that the sky was getting lighter out. Daylight! Woot! I'm reading things in Wikipedia now to stay awake. Learning and raising money for cancer research. Who can beat that?

So who has heard of Matt Harding the dancing guy?

The video compilation of his dancing can be found here. Just click on the play arrow in the center of the screen when you get there.

And here is a tribute compilation created in honor of him... I enjoyed watching them both. Perhaps you will too.

See you at 7.




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The 6:00 am post - #45 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

Whoever said it isn't a good idea to take little catnaps between posts? Silly kids. They are probably right, but so far I've been okay with it. Haven't even needed the alarm clock to get me up (mostly because I will suddenly fall over and realize I've fallen asleep, jump up and get back at it in a terrified panic hoping I haven't missed a posting time). I cannot believe there are still two hours to go. And I just did this whole staying up all night thing a little over a month ago during the Relay! Do I have some once-a-year limit?

Haven't told my tales from da hood yet. Now? Oh dawg no. I'm way too tired. It would be completely incoherent. I can't even type my name right now.

Let's close this post with this lovely photo of Keli's friends, Bren and the beautiful Sara. Just because I love it.









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The 5:30 am post - #44 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

Getting weak here, I know...

This is a photo of a grad cake. Kel's best friend is going to school for fashion design. So her cakes all had clothing on them. The first one had a lovely dress on it. Wish I'd thought to snap a photo of that one. This is the second. I got the pic after they began cutting. Cute, though, huh?

Only 5 posts to go!

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The 5:00 am post - #43 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 43 * 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

4:45 and I've resorted to cold coffee, Tom Petty (Echo CD), ice packs on my shoulder, and knitting a couple of stitches at a time until I am afraid that my dozing will knock the needle out of the project and I wondered if sie could put the charcoal gray one on. I think that is how things will shake out, besides. And soon I yope.

*sniffle* I'm sleepy!

Only three hours left.

I wonder how the bonfire was?



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The 4:30 am post - #42 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

We're in the 40's! Oh my. I hadn't even noticed that with the fact that I'm sitting in this chair so close to sleeping half the time (not getting on the floor and not even touching the bed. Nuh uh. No way. If I can semi-drift off sitting up in this hard chair? No way I am sitting on anything softer for the next four hours.

I can knit! I can read! I can write! There are plenty of activities still aead of me when they are still up there.

Back when I did the NaNoWriMo that couple of years, I discovered something interesting and more than a little funny. Where some people talk in their sleep, I write in my sleep.

But not much and it is frequently me who sees it because of how close I become with the customers.
That last sentence was a perfect example. I have no idea what the heck I was talking about, but because I had fallen asleep in the middle of writing it, my sleep brain took over and finished it but I don't have a clue as to what it means.

The things I ended up with from these little sleep writing sessions were often quite humorous, however. So I would hang on to them to chuckle at later.

Must use particular caution from here on out. Falling asleep is quite risky as I may sleep right through a time slot alotted for posting.



Here is Kel during our trip to Chicago a few (as in 5 or 6) years back. She's riding the ferris wheel over Navy Pier. Great trip and good memories. A Diva adventure.



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The 4:00 am post - #41 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

So Heather (bless her heart) asked me to talk about vacations. I've had some great ones (Cancun, Florida, New Mexico, Colorado). It would be fun to have already blogged about all of them and be able to just link up with them now. But unfortunately, I haven't. (drat!)

In the meantime while I continue to work on the vacation thing. Here is another reason my baby makes me proud... Most of you have seen this before, but it fits with the theme tonight.




So this first one, of course, is how my dear one looked several years ago. Middle school age. I was homeschooling her, except for her learning of the French Horn. She would head off to school each day and practice with the band and have a lesson with the instructor once a week. The rest of the week, I'd pull out the keyboard and she'd practice with me playing along so she'd hear how the notes were supposed to sound. One day she decided to cut all of her hair off and donate it to Wigs for Kids. This is not the same organization as Locks of Love, but similar. So she asked if it was okay with us. We were okay with it after talking with her about it for a while.

After that she looked like this:



And from there she decided she hadn't gone far enough. Cancer kids don't end up getting down just this nice uniform little buzz cut she did. And so then she went to this:



Oh, and have I mentioned that this all took place before we ever found out that her Dad had the brain tumor?


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The 3:30 am post - #39 Blogathon 2006, Yo (The one where I do another meme... heh)

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

Five items in my freezer
A very awesome new eye pillow that smells so divine
A gel neck pillow, also used for my migraining days
A package of Dabruzzi's cheese raviolli
A package of Morningstar Farms mini corn dogs
A package of Morningstar Farms soy bacon

Five items in my closet
A step stool so I can reach the upper shelf which nothing is on
The two laundry baskets which are piled with junk that came from the old house
Two knitting bags with half completed projects because I do not knit in the summer, especially when the heat index is 112 as it was part of today
A photo of the eldest sibling as a young tween kicked back in our house on Gray, looking very hippie
A bag of stuff from the old file cabinet that I no longer have

Five items in my car
My tap shoes
Keli's tap shoes
A local phone book
A stress ball/Capital from Celebration on the Hill training that one of the other Reps gave me
Lanyards filled with Relay pins hanging over my rear view mirror

Five items in my purse
iPod, duh
Purple ink pens
Drink cards for the Mighty Dunn
Punch cards for the Mighty Dunn
Navigator Cards from ACS



Woot. I like memes in the middle of the night. Next up? Vacation hot spots ala Heather. Thanks dear!

Not much to report, but if I can find a photo or two, that will help. :)


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The 3:00 am Post - #39 Blogathon 2006, Yo

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

I think it is time to start checking in on some of the other blogothon participants and see how they are doing at the whole staying awake thing. Oy.

When I don't need to stay awake? I do not have a problem. At all. I can sit up and surf blogs all night.

I did do a little surfing. Enough to find this. Thank you dear. You made me get all teary eyed. I've got such good friends.


Next up? The meme of fives, found over at Beth's.


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The 2:30 am Post - #38 Blogathon 2006, Yo

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

And here we go again! 10 minutes to posting time and not a thing to write.

But here for your amusement/amazement... 30 second bunny theater presents:

Your favorite movies!

Alien
It's a Wonderful Life
Pulp Fiction
Casablanca

Check them out. Laugh. Cry. ;) And go see all of the others. They are a hoot!



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The 2:00 am Post - #37 Blogathon 2006, Yo JYP 4

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

JYP4 of Blogathon 2006 - "After Midnight"

After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang down.
After midnight, we're gonna chug-a-lug and shout.
We're gonna stimulate some action;
We're gonna get some satisfaction.
We're gonna find out what it is all about.
After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang down.

After midnight, we're gonna shake your tambourine.
After midnight, it's all gonna be peaches and cream.
We're gonna cause talk and suspicion;
We're gonna give an exhibition.
We're gonna find out what it is all about.
After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang down.

After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang down.

Yeah, that's right. I didn't write that. It isn't junk yard poetry. Well guess what? It's 1:45 am and I've been blogging for 17 and 3/4 hours. I'm drinking cold (not iced this time but now cold) coffee, eating far more espresso beans than a person should because they taste so dang good, and ramen.

There is a computer voice telling me how hot it is going to be over the next few days and that we should stay indoors unless we dress cool and drink lots of water and check on our neighbors. Then a different computer voice comes on and talks about the tornado watch that is in effect until 6 am. If I turn it back on alert, I risk having that stupid thing blaring at me again. But if I leave it on like this, the voices are liable to drive me insane. Do you really think I can write poetry anymore? Look how well I was doing with it an hour ago!

Okay. Finishing this, posting a few minutes early and going to jog around and put these dishes and espresso beans and cookies out of reach. I do not want need any more of them at all.



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The 1:30 am Post - #36 Blogathon 2006, Yo - Good grief, she's eating again?

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog post for Ramen...

Mmm. Ramen... Back with a JYP post in 30. And maybe something intelligent, too. Okay, I'll make no promises... But more than a poem. After all, the rules say that can only take 10 minutes.



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The 1:00 am Post - #35 Blogathon 2006, Yo More Movie talk...

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

I've seen some great movie lists from those of you who are still with me. Thank you!

I'll give you some of mine now in no particular order because I don't have the time to sit and fuss with categories and switching them around to order them.

Shawshank Redemption.
Rear Window (I'm a sucker for Jimmy Stewart)
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Pianist
The English Patient
Mystic River
Harold and Maude
Pulp Fiction
Cider House Rules
The Graduate


I did see Life is Beautiful last year and loved it, as well.

A new way to wake up, fellow blogathonners!!! Live in an area where threatening weather may happen during the thon. My weather radio which sits about 10 feet from my computer just went off. I nearly jumped out of my skin. Nothing too bad - tornado watch. And not even in my county. But it woke me up plenty. Guess I'll go get some more iced coffee and take a jog around the house and see what the kid is up to.

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The 12:30 Post - #34 Blogathon 2006, Yo

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

I have some seriously awesome news. And seeing that my charity is ACS and that's what I'm really all about around here, this is what I want to put out for my next post. I've been gone for about 35 minutes and I need to do some catching up around here after that. So forgive the quickie. Smooches!

From Dalene, one of the fabulous writers at the Cancer Blog:

I came home from taking my MIL to dinner and my dad called tonight. Two years after I was diagnosed with breast cancer, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Last year, even after radiation treatments, his PSA scores went way up. The doctor sent my dad, age 72, home basically telling my dad to let the doctor know when he began to feel pain in his bones. (You know what that means) Then they put my dad on different therapy and his PSA numbers are way down. WAY down. Unbelievable down. My dad's voice sounds strong. I thought you might like this late night news. Never give up never give in -- you just never know. It's been a good day. Dalene
Dalene, I would say that it has been a very good day. This is such fabulous news! Thank you for sharing it with us!




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The Midnight Post - #33 Blogathon 2006, Yo

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

JYP 3 in the Blogathon... Topic - Maps (because I'm Geographically challenged)

Memorizing all those maps when I was just a tot
Was torture like no other and it set my brain to rot
we colored all those countries and the keys that helped you read it
and then we had to learn it all and after? could forget it.

Oh yeah. My brain is fried. Fried green tomatoes. That's what my brain is.

Getting some fresh air for the next 20 minutes or so.

This one is being posted a few minutes early so I can do that.

Stay tuned for excellent news (if you didn't already find it in the comments) in the next post.




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7.29.2006

The 11:30 pm Post - # 32 Blogathon 2006, Yo

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

So in #31 I want to talk a little bit about movies. I want you to tell me what you're renting, seeing in the theaters, actually purchasing... Because Kel and I really love our movies. It's probably the number one thing we purchase for gifts for each other (it helps to have the projector, though. I'm not sure it would be as big a thing for us without that).

What are your favorites? Are you a gore watcher? Do you enjoy the love stories or the older flicks?

There are a lot of movie lists out there. Various critics with varying opinions. I tend to think less of a paid critic's opinion than I do the paying movie-goer's opinion myself. The thing I really like about those lists is that it gives me something to go on when I walk into Blockbuster or whatever to find a movie to rent on the weekend.

Looking at the AFI 100 Greatest American Movies for example, Lists Citizen Kane as the number one film. I've still not seen this movie. Looks like one for the upper part of my "To Rent" list. It won't be on top, because there are others that I really want to see sometime soon.

So send me your favorites list. And I'll work on compiling some of mine.

And we'll share. Especially if you stick around during the night. heh. Otherwise you might miss some of my top 10 lists.


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The 11:00 pm Post - # 31 Blogathon 2006, Yo - We're so into the poem thing it's Haiku time!

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

Mmm coffee smells good
I want to swim in a vat
of its aroma.


Today a couple came up to me in Dunn and introduced themselves to me. They said they had seen me there so often before they just had to learn my name so they could say hello properly. We exchanged greetings. Then he asked me if I was working since I was sitting there with a computer in my lap for a change rather than a book. "No, I'm actually blogging all day for charity." I expected him to give me a blank look, but instead he turned to his wife and said, "Oh! She has one of those blog sites." And then they looked back and wished me luck and wandered away.

Okay. gotta post. See you in 30!


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The 10:30 pm Post - # 30 Blogathon 2006, Yo

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

It's JYP 2 in the Blogathon... and another rush job because I am getting so distracted with these delicious mint oreos sitting here and all of the lovely comments people have left me that I can read and respond to.

So here's another Junk Yard Poem topic - RUNNING

gotta get the rhythm
gotta get the beat
gotta find the breath to move and thud and pound my feet

once they're all in line
then I'll find my pace
then I'll be just fine to run and finish up the whole darn race


Sorry for the short length. I had another four minutes. No more distractions! Except I need to go make coffee. Don't want to start dragging this early. The night is young, my friends. On Yahoo chat? I'm kinnicchick. If you have gmail? You can find me out there and chat with me, too. Yeah. Keep me awake. The night is young.


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The 10:00 pm Post - # 29 Blogathon 2006, Yo

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

First, thanks to KathyC for her donation on my RFL site! Smooches! And thanks to Ken for his sponsorship! Woohoo! This thing just keeps getting bigger! Michele asked me at 3 Hats tonight if it was worth it. Well, I'm only just over half done, but so far? Heck yes! And a big thanks to Beth for pimping my blogathon on her site!

The first Junk Yard topic has been tossed out by Miss Kim. I hope several of you will play along. Here are the rules for JYPoetry... Junk Yard Poetry Day......

First...The Rules.....

1. NO EDITING! ( you are on your honour on this one)

2. Must postbefore the follwing weeks topics go up...( originally it was that the poem had to be posted in mere minutes, but given the different time zones and locations it makes more sense to allow for these things) Please Use comments to let me know you are in! ******By now you have all realized how lax i am about this rule.....

3. Poem has to be written in less than 10 minutes.....Yes you heard me 10 minutes or less, with again i repeat..No EDITING

The topic - Bugs!

And for me tonight, seeing as how it is 9:55 as I'm writing this sentence, I have five minutes to compose my poem on bugs... Please post your own in the comments or on your blog and let me know you have!!!!

Bugs...

Bugs do not please me at all.
They make my skin itch and spine crawl.
There's one thing I wish.
And that's bugs to banish...
Because bugs drive me right up the wall!


Thank you. Thankyouverymuch.




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BUGS! Junk Yard post coming up soon...

Thanks Kimby!

The 9:30 pm post - #28 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

Another five minutes to post. What to say this time? Oh dear the words they do not come.

I'm heading home right after this to have a couple of mint oreos which I am now addicted to (ooh something else I didn't mention) thanks to KathyHowe.

My Keli just called me to check and see how things are going. Since I have her computer she can't check online. (Thanks Keli!)

And now I'm out of here to get this posted on time.

And the posts will get more real again. I have a meme coming up in the 10:00 hour at some point.

Stay tuned...




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The 9:00 pm post - #27 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

I have five minutes. :) Yeah, Game one of the Farkel tournament has now ended. The Farkel King has proven his worth once again. He is king of the farkels. :)

If there is anyone hanging around right now, let's talk about addictions. I'm not talking about negative, bad addictions here.

I'm talking about not so negative addictions. Here are my current addictions:

  • Relay

  • blogging (this one won't last much longer, I bet)

  • keen shoes (I currently have four pair of sandals and one pair of shoes)

  • coffee - duh

  • walking

  • reading

  • writing

  • 24


What are your addictions? I'm sure I have more and they will come to me while I'm farkeling during the next 30 minutes. I'll let you know if they do.




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The 8:30 pm post - #26 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

Yep, Farkel King is STILL King of the Farkels.... heh...




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The 8:00 pm post - #25 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

and the Doughboys Pizza has arrived...

What could be better than pizza, smoothies, peaches (thanks Mom!) and Farkel?

Right in the middle of a 24-Hour blogathon... *sigh* I am certainly not going to lose any weight during this event.




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The 7:30 pm post - #24 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

We interrupt this Blogathon for FARKEL!!!

You will now be receiving some intermittent half-hour posting mixed into my farkeling.

How to relax after a tough day of Garage Sale prep...





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The 7:00 pm post - #23 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

Wes and Michele have arrived and my parents are just leaving. Things are hopping here at the Hats. A tiny little miniature dog has just departed, as well. Interesting.

I've asked for suggestions from my companions here on a topic so that I can just GO on something and not think and get this dang thing done. They are no help whatsoever. And so I must go myself. I'm ready to pick up my phone and call Marge and ask her to look something up for me.

I'll have a meme to do later in the evening, but that will take far too long while I have company here with me.

So. Prom Themes. Do you remember yours?

Grasping at straws here people... Stairway to Heaven is what I'm picturing because of decorations in our beautiful gymnasium. Christopher Cross had that lovely song "Sailing" and that was one of our themes. What were the others? I have No. Idea.

What were yours?


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The 6:30 post - #22 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

VERY tiny quickie... sorry.

Don't even know what to say here. Heading to flickr...

Fortifying before Girls' Night

Keli and I went to Dunn very early after they opened and this photo is a result. So here you have a shot of where I spent the first eight hours of Blogathon 2006... Okay, yes. I know. This was a cheap post. I'm sorry. :(




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The 6:00 post - #21 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

Where were you in '82?

I'm serious here. Now, I know (sad enough as it is for me to admit this) that some of you hadn't even been born yet.

This is where I was... Some of these gals might even be looking on here today. I hope so because they will probably get a chuckle out of the photo. :)



This was the 'morning after' breakfast. It was the day after prom. Some of us stayed out all night. My mom offered to have a brunch for us at our place and we gathered there for a really great spread. Yeah. Dig that 'fro I'm sportin'. The other ladies? Those I've seen of late all look pretty much exactly the same. Of course their hair and fashion are updated from the 80's since then, but aging? Who's aging?

Okay. I'm posting and running to the Hats. Later!

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The 5:30 post - #20 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

I got outside! I walked! I went all of the way to the mailbox and back. It's a whole, gee, I dunno... 50 yards away maybe?

And the heat! The oppressive, humid, sticky, wonderful heat! It is currently 93 degrees (farenheit, of course) out there. The heat index (how it feels) is about 105. The heat is supposed to remain excessive through Monday. Okay with me. It makes my walking/running pretty intense, but I'm really good at drinking a lot.

In the next half hour I'll be posting and then heading up to 3 Hats where at some point I'll meet Wes and Michele for dinner and Farkel. Anyone else who might be reading along and who happen to be local are welcome to stop in and join us! It would make for a fun party.

They close at 11. I don't think I'll be there that late unless others I know are there as well. Zoofy, where did you head this weekend? Wish you would have headed this direction. *sigh*

Did you see this photo in my Relay Collection? It is another of my favorites... The Survivor Shirt... Thank you for joining me on this Blogathon.





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The 5:00 post - #19 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

Ya'll have GOT to check out this guy's Blogathon efforts. There is some serious talent going on over there. And who can deny a charity like Doctors Without Borders?

Tell him I sent you. Heck. Maybe he'll give me a shout out, too. heh. Probably not. That man cannot have time for anything extra with the work he is doing. I bow down to his greatness.

Awesome work, Tom... A great chuckle I had visiting you... Kimby, perhaps some Junk Yard ideas to be gained over there!

And now for a pretty picture...



This is that handsome beau of Keli's performing at the Battle of the Bands a couple of weeks back during our little town's summer celebration.

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Woohoo!

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

Holy Toledo, Batman! Look at that total of mine, Growing and Growing and Growing!

Thank you Jen for your hourly sponsorship and your linky love from your site! How cool is that?!




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The 4:30 post - #18 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

So now I'm back home and wondering what I should post next. I'm feeling slightly uninspired at the moment.

I could show you how those fabulous bookshelves look now that I've got them loaded up with the projector and movies. I still *heart* Ikea. And am thinking about the next piece of furniture that I need for the living room once we move Keli in to her apartment.



Next will be a sofa of some sort... For more comfortable sitting. Or lying down and falling asleep while watching movies. Yep. Because that would be fun.

What's your dream purchase? Not that a sofa is my DREAM purchase. That would be something much more spectacular. Will have to think on that one. For a late-night post perhaps.

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The 4:00 post - #17 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

Mystical just took off and I'm going to travel back to my house as soon as I post the 4:00 writing. Unfortunately I have no idea what this one will be about. *harumph*

I haven't taken any photos yet. I feel funny taking pictures of strangers so I didn't want to take photos of the weekend crew working here. I could have taken a picture of Wes who was here working on his computer for a while. But I didn't. I could have taken a picture of Mystical hard at her writing. But I didn't. I couldn't take pictures of the Erberts and Gerbert's crew making our sandwiches because we're back to the strangers thing again.

I think the Dunn crew are totally sick of seeing me here so I'm really ready to clear out. I want to walk home but then my car is stuck here and I have the computer and all of this other stuff, so I can't really do that. Maybe after the 4:30 post I can go for a quick walk. I'm feeling so sluggish that a little exercise would be good for me. I should have had Cheri come over for some tap dancing in the garage this evening after farkel. :)

Okay. Going to post a couple of seconds early so I can clear out. Hard to sit here when they are trying to sweep around me. *sigh*




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The 3:30 post - #16 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

Jealousy...

The green-eyed monster. I remember being a very jealous girlfriend when I was in highschool. And how silly that seems to me now in retrospect. But you can't beat up on your teenage self too much, I guess.

There was one instance in particular, I walked in on my then boyfriend sitting on the floor beside a girl in the otherwise empty bandroom. They were chatting and giggling and having a good time. She was so pretty. She still is, in fact. I see her once a year and she just doesn't change. She is a timeless beauty. Anyway, I got absolutely beside myself with jealousy. I saw them sitting there and my stomach filled with dread and I became ill. I knew at that instant that I had lost him to this perfect girl, because not only was she beautiful, she was the kindest and sweetest person that I knew.

I spun around and beat it before either of them saw me. I headed down the hall blindly and out into the commons where a friend saw me and stopped me to ask what was wrong. He could see in my eyes that I was upset. I tried to assure him that I was fine but he wasn't buying it. I kept going and headed straight to my best friend. "Have you got your car? It looks like a perfect afternoon for shopping and a movie to me."

She grinned and grabbed her car keys and purse from her locker and we were free. Pizza Hut, Kmart in Stillwater (this was before Hudson had any real shopping - obviously before Stillwater did, either! :)) and then a movie... we knew how to live, baby! I could count on being saved by Pooh.

It was years before I ever talked to that beautiful girl again. Because it was all her fault that my boyfriend would sit so cozily with her in the bandroom you know. And she and I had been very cordial and friendly prior to that stupid incident. Jealousy is such a ridiculous thing. I'm so glad I've grown up since then.




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The 3:00 post - #15 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

We interrupt this blogathon to eat a little lunch.

You all have got to try Erbert and Gerbert's Narmer sometime. It is so yummy. Mix it with a Strawberry Smoothie. Oh yeah. Blogathon heaven for lunch.

Marge and I highly recommend this for nutritional goodness in a paper sack.

Back to the writing practice soon.




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The 2:30 post - #14 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

Next topic: Write about being late... I have 15 minutes until post time...

I hate being late but apparantly, my body/mind just seems to work better when I am. So I perpetually do. Which is why I've earned the name Batoutofhell girl, I think. I drive that way because I'm always running late for things. I don't want to arrive late to things, or turn things in late for work or back in the day for school, but I just seem(ed) to work better when I was approaching the deadline. So I tended to put things off. A lot.

What's that? I have an appointment at noon? It's half an hour across town? I'll leave twenty minutes before I'm due. But I'll be there pretty much on time, flying in the door at the last possible second.

When I do leave with plenty of time ahead of me? I'm still running on high octane fuel and with every cylinder blazing. Take Thursday night, for example. I picked Keli up 45-minutes prior to our tap dancing class and we were about 15 minutes away. This would leave us enough time to pick up bottled water to drink in the warm dance studio (it was about 95 degrees outside - can you say hydration boys and girls???). I literally flew up to town thinking out loud about which would be the fastest way to Cheri's house and making my decision based on the fact that we had to stop for water. I headed to the grocery store mentally planning the shopping trip. Kel said, "Why not stop at Target?" which was a closer store and had water bottles right on the checkout lanes. So I made a quick reroute and pulled in there instead, mentally changing gears to the new purchasing thoughts.

I was in and out of the store inside five minutes and back on the road again. As we approached the road where Cheri lives/teaches I looked at the clock on the dash and realized we had about 25 minutes before the start of class. I chuckled and glanced at Keli. "We're a little early, huh?"

She looked back at me and shook her head. "I was wondering what your big hurry was when you were talking about fastest routes and practically running into the store. Do you remember last week when you picked me up at the same time so we could actually shop for a few things? We wandered around the store picking things out and taking our time."

We ended up driving around the neighborhood for twenty minutes as I pointed things out to her and laughed about houses that I thought people lived in when I was a kid and my school bus drove that route. I even pointed out where a teacher of hers had lived as a kid. We were still the first students to arrive. It was weird. I'm not an early person. I wonder if I was late being born. Because being early like that is just not in my nature.

Thinking about that, it's just lucky I'm getting these posts in on time! yay me! ;)


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The 2:00 post - #13 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

Looks like I have 4 minutes to write this one. Marge and I have been chatting. So I told her "Quick - give me a topic." She looked up today's topic in The Writer's Book of Days and today's topic is Write about a scent...

So a free write on A Scent...

Sitting in Dunn Bros there is one dominating scent today. Peaches. Yup. How can that be? I don't have a clue where it is coming from. I think it must be from the chewy bar that the girl who was sitting next to me a little while ago opened up. I don't know for certain. Or perhaps the teen is wearing some peach lip gloss. I know she isn't drinking a peach smoothy. Nor is her friend who sits by the fireplace. While I sit here writing and expecting to smell espresso beans, and with my stomach gurgling in a very hungry manner listening to the great tunes they have playing today, all I can smell is peaches. And it makes me that much more hungry.

So who's going to bring me a fresh peach, yo?




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The 1:30 post - #12 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

baby keli

This is my baby.

I may have a lousy memory about some things. But I sure remember this particular day.

embouchure_work

And this one...

And who could forget this one???

goofy girl


I love you, my own fantastic goofy girl...


More soon. Mystical has arrived!



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The 1:00 post - #11 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

Oh dear. Bad enough I put that photo on my blog. Dalene decided to spread it around a little. heh.

Just got an email notice that Michele and Wes donated to my Relay site. Thank you!!! Smooches!

Where has the past 30 minutes gone?

This is some news I wanted to spread and 1 pm is middle of the day and perhaps a good time to spread it... First the link to the article on the Cancer Blog - a great and informative site...

and here the article reproduced because I don't want you to miss it:

Nicotine speeds lung cancer
According to experts, nicotine alone is not a cancer-causing agent. However, Srikumar Chellappan and University of South Florida researchers report that nicotine does promote cancer by stimulating cancer cells in the growth of lung cancer tumors.

The researchers explain that tobacco smoke contains a variety of tobacco-specific carcinogens, many of which are derivatives of nicotine that are formed during the curing of tobacco. Researchers studied receptors that bind nicotine, known as nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, nAChRs, and found this process to be in part responsible in the cell proliferation and the progression of lung cancer tumors.

The research article Nicotine induces cell proliferation in its entirety is available online as a PDF document.







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I interrupt...

My blogathon posts to say this one thing...

You know I've got that little thing over there on the sidebar that tells me how many people are online. At one point I looked and it said 7. SEVEN! That's a lot to be online at once. It's totally COOL!

I love it that seven people were online at one time reading along with these blogathon adventures. But please! Say HI! :)

Please???

I don't care if you have nothing to say about what I'm posting. Just say hi!

Or not. I'll leave you alone now. Keep coming back. Keep reading. It's nice just to know you are out there.

The 12:30 post - #10 Blogathon 2006, Yo. A post about books...

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

So what have you been reading lately?

You know already that I've been reading Capote. But that isn't all I've been reading. I'm currently reading The Time Traveler's Wife. I went into it knowing nothing about it and with no preconceived notions whatsover. I'm completely hooked. It's fascinating. It's a love story and I suspect there will be a tragic ending which will rip my guts out, but I'm not going to dread that. The husband involuntarily travels through time - not big jumps, just throughout his own life span back and forth. The woman in the story moves through her own life sequentially. Quite normally, except she encounters this man throughout her life in various stages of his life as he is on his time travels. A fascinating and lovely read.

I recently finished Dinner at The Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler. A story told from multiple points of view, few of the characters were likeable, it was a rather morose tale, making me feel blue throughout. It pulled me along and the writing was well done. All stories do not need to be happy with happy endings. In fact, movies that have tragic things going on throughout and then wrap them up right at the end to make them all perky and wonderful in the end are usually totally unbelievable and make me mad.

There is another book out in my car... gotta run and get it. So I can quickly post and submit by 12:30... Okay - Ann Packer's The Dive From Clausen's Pier. Awesome. This one hit me. Passing it on for others to read. And much of it took place in and around Madison and mentioned places I love. I'd dive deeper here but I'm running out of time. Maybe later.

Aside from those? It's been fluffy stuff. Koontz. And some King. Scary stuff to make me jump at every noise in the house when I'm alone at night. heh.

So what are you reading? And what do you think of it? I'm always looking for ideas.




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Thank you!

The 12:00 post - #9 Blogathon 2006, Yo. How'm I doin' so far?

It's Blogathon day! 24-hours of Solid Gold Fun!

I must have some strong juju. Marge called me within minutes of posting that photo and she hasn't even been online yet!

As long as Ken is online, I just have to say this... In reading over your list of ideas that I can post about to stay busy for the 24 hours, I have to laugh everytime I come to this one - Post my favorite recipes for special occasions.

That must be when I cut up soy hot dogs and/or brocolli to add to the easy mac or something... ROFL!!! That was a good one!

I spent so much time in formatting to set up a signature on here that I've run out of time to post. Another shorty. This will NOT be the norm. So sorry. Back again soon (as you well know).





Join in the fun by stopping by often and make sure you comment when you do visit. I want to know who comes by. And if you want to donate to my favorite charity - The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Hudson, you can do so by Clicking Here! (If you happen to have Norton Antivirus with Adware blocking installed, you may have a little difficulty because of a bug in their software. You can shut off adware to go to the Blogathon site and sponsor me. Or you can simply head HERE and sponsor me directly on the Relay site.)

Thank you!

The 11:30 post - #8 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

Something short so I can feel semi-caught up for five minutes. Because I'm stressing. And how fun is that?

Mystical? If you sign on and read at all, you are welcome to join me at any point today. Whatcha doing this morning? Was I supposed to call you? heh.

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The drink of choice for this set of posts... Coffee Ice Crema with a double shot of espresso, skim milk and no whip. YUMMY!

The 11:00 post - #7 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

First of all a couple of shout outs - Thanks to Iki for her linkage to my blog and to my parents, Trish, Lisa and Mark for their sponsorships... I don't get emails from Blogathon telling me when I have sponsors, which means I have to go check on that as well as writing and everything else that I'm doing - driving to places or farkeling or writing or eating or whatever... so if you do sponsor me and want me to shout out (None of the above were expecting a shout out, I'm just doing that), then please email me or comment. Thanks!

Wow. Your response has been so overwhelming. You all rock. I'm so appreciative.

So remember earlier this summer when I ended up all itchy and splotchy? And there was some question as to what caused it and all I could come up with was my big signature statement - the oodles and oodles of cancer bracelets that I was wearing? Well, I stopped wearing them and eventually the hives went away and the itching stopped and it didn't come back. So I chalked it up to a fluke and put them back on again. Well, lo and behold they came back. Drat. But I still chalked it up to a fluke because these are a symbol of who I am and what I do, dogdamn it. But I took them off and put them away for a while and things cleared up. After many days. And a lot of itching.

Well a few days ago I decided that enough was enough. I was certain that it had been a lotion I was using at the time. Had to be. Because there is No. Way. it was the bracelets. None. So I pulled them back out again. And I put them on. I took them off at night for sleeping to give my skin a break. And nothing happened. My wrist beneath looked okay. Everything was fine. For two days, maybe three, I was wearing them. With a nice break at night and during showers. And there was no itching.

Until this morning when I got up. I noticed I did a little scratching before I reached to put them on. "Uh oh." I thought. That isn't good. Then I reached up to my neck. That was the other place that I broke out so badly before. I was a little itchy there too. I didn't scratch. I just gently rubbed. "Huh."

Sorry for this stupid photo, but there were only two that showed the bracelets out on flickr... this was the least stupid...

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I left them off this morning. Sitting here at the Mighty Dunn in the natural light of the window, I turned my wrist over and had a peek about an hour ago. It's suspiciously speckled and bumpy. It still itches. Dang it. Guess that concludes the current bracelet/allergy experiment for this month.

The 10:30 post - #6 Blogathon 2006, Yo.

I thought of a guilty pleasure musically... Bread. An embarrassment, too. Kind of. Yeah - How about this one? Think of the simpery voice singing it - If you are in your 40's I know you can hear it in your head...

I found her diary underneath the tree...
and started reading about me.
The words she'd written took me by surprise.
You'd never read them in her eyes.

They said that she had found,
the love she'd waited for.
Wouldn't you know it?
She wouldn't show it...


From memory folks... I could go on and on. I have their greatest hits in my car. Or I did. I'm not sure it is still there. I think it is back in the house now. *sigh* I love that cd.

Don't you dis me.

Caramel machiatto numero uno is finished.

The 10:00 post - #5 Blogathon 2006, Yo.



Seeing as how I'm blogging for Relay For Life, I thought it would be appropriate to blog about this extremely cool thing that ACS has created. They now have a virtual Luminary Ceremony online where you can light a luminary for friends and loved ones who have battled cancer and are either currently fighting or have survived or lost their fight.

I know they would love to see countless bags out there as a tribute to everyone who has gone through this. It can bring the battle home and create an online and lasting tribute to those who have been through it. The Relay bags we make at the events are beautiful as you can see from the many photos on the Relay flickr sites that exist, but they burn out after a few hours and are gone. Yeah, it's a cyber thing. But as you can see by the hundreds that have been created before word has really even gotten out, it is a meaningful thing to those who have learned about it. Consider making an online luminaria for someone you love. And pass the word on.

The 9:30 Post - #4 Blogathon 2006, Yo. The Musical Meme! Finally...

This meme has been sitting in my drafts pile for a long time just waiting for me to fill it out. I snagged it from Golf Widow weeks ago and thought this would be a good time to bring it on out.

As you can see, there are still some blank spaces. It is a work in progress. Perhaps I'll get some time to finish it during the next few hours. Perhaps not. Doing this much so far has been grueling. I'll try. I sure would like to. It has been sitting waiting for me long enough!

I had to have some help coming up with some of it because I don't have the memory I used to. So thanks to Jeff, the over-a-million-made-5-star-latte-man who led me to a fun web site filled with lists of things to trip your memory right down memory lane. Sometime when you are looking for ideas for theme music stuff, head on over to Digital Dream Door. Great site. And thanks to Keli, too. Who always has songs and music right at the tip of her tongue, and is never afraid to give me her opinion on anything. Smooches dear.

The "Up-to-Three" Music Meme: The rules are that you can name fewer than three, but only up to a maximum of three, and, when required, you have to list specific songs.

Song(s) That I Loathe to the Core of My Being

  • We Built This City by Jefferson Starship
  • Proud Mary by ANYBODY (this song has been done to death but it keeps rising from the grave...
  • by

Musical Artist(s) That I Loathe to the Core of My Being
  • Stevie Nicks (yeah, okay. Just shut up. I don't care that she is an icon or such an integral part of such a wonderful group... blech.)
  • Shania Twain (she don't impress me much... heh)
  • John Fogerty (leave me alone, I know there are a lot of JF lovers out there... blech... may the bad moon rise elsewhere.)

Rolling Stones Song(s) I Love
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • As Tears Go By
  • Time is on My Side


Beatles Song(s) I Love
  • I Saw Her Standing There
  • In My Life
  • Blackbird

Wh♂ Song(s) I Love
  • Behind Blue Eyes
  • We're Not Gonna Take It
  • I Can See For Miles

Reggae Song(s) I Love
  • One Love/People Get Ready by Bob Marley
  • Three Little Birds (Bob again but as performed by Tracee Chapman)
  • ???

Country Song(s) I Love
  • Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares) by Travis Tritt
  • You Say it Best When You Say Nothing at All performed by Ronan Keating
  • Rodney Crowell's After All This Time

Movie Soundtrack(s) I Love
  • Garden State
  • Phenomenon
  • Practical Magic


Musical Soundtrack(s) I Love
  • Wicked
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Anything with Gene Kelly. I'm a sucker for Gene Kelly. His voice is like buttah and I can just close my eyes and see his fabulous dancing, which is really the icing on the cake. Have I mentioned lately that I'm back in tap class (I'm kidding about mentioning it lately, kids)? And now my dance teacher (HI CHERI!) is chatting casually with me about ballroom dancing. heh. I must be eminating those Richard Gere vibes again.

Cover Song(s) I Love
  • La Bamba (originally done of course, by Ritchie Valens in 1958 - and beautifully) by Los Lobos
  • Hurt (originally by Nine Inch Nails) by Johnny Cash
  • Respect (originally by Otis Redding) by Aretha Franklin

Contemporary Top-40 Artist(s) I Secretly Love
(I don't think I have any secrets, musically. I may say "Shut up" a lot, but I always tell.) I left this line in here from GolfWidow, because it spoke my language. :)


Song(s) That Bring Me to Tears
  • We Built This City because after I hear it I cannot get the dogdamn thing out of my head for weeks. And that really drives me insane. I really hate that song. So tears in a very bad way.




Song(s) That Make Me Shake My Ass
  • Please Please Me by the Beatles
  • O, Lover by Jason Mraz puts me in dance class when we are doing some Latin dance stuff


Classical Composer(s) I Love
  • I'm boring, but there are some Mozart Horn Concertos that knock. me. out.
  • Tchaikovsky
  • Vivaldi

Rap/Hip-Hop Song(s) I Love
  • Funky Cold Medina by Tone Loc
  • Wild Thing by Tone Loc
  • Something from Outkast I suppose... Or the Fresh Prince. Heh. I'm such a big time Rap/Hip-Hop girl.

70s Disco Song(s) I Love
  • I will Survive by Gloria Gaynor because of the memories of the first time I heard it... *sigh* ;-)
  • It's Raining Men by Weather Girls (and thank you Bridget Jones's Diary soundtrack for bringing this one back - it fit the film so perfectly!)
  • Boogie Oogie Oogie by Taste of Honey (it's just fun to say, isn't it???)

70s Supergroup Song(s) I Love
  • Hotel California by The Eagles
  • Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen


Metal Song(s) I Love (oh gawd... seriously? Gonna have to think a lot harder on this one. And love is an awfully strong word...)
  • I have tried. I have looked at list upon list of top metal songs. If someone else would like to make suggestions to me and persuade me - bring me over to the dark side... feel free. But personally? Metal just doesn't turn my crank. Oh well.

New Wave Song(s) I Love (Oh where do I begin?)
  • Don't You Forget About Me by Simple Minds
  • In a Big Country by Big Country
  • Everybody Wants to Rule The World by Tears for Fears (I wore this cassette OUT)

Soul/R&B Song(s) I Love
  • Chain of Fools by Aretha Franklin
  • Stand by Mefrom Ben E. King
  • Maybellieneby Chuck Berry

Power Ballad(s) I Love






Pre Rock and Rock Era Songs I Love






Punk Song(s) I Love recognized
  • Rock the Casbah by The Clash
  • Rock 'n' Roll High School by The Ramones
  • Gloria performed by Patti Smith

Singer/Songwriter Song(s) I Love
  • Imagine by John Lennon
  • Moon Shadow by Cat Stevens


MTV Video(s) I Love
  • Fatboy Slim's Weapon of Choice, starring Christopher Walken. :) Thanks for the introduction to that one Mark.
  • Don't Come Around Here No More from Tom Petty
  • Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer

"None of the Above" Songs I Love
  • American Pie by Don McLean
  • Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers



Guilty Pleasures
  • My current obsession with Elliott Smith (and yes, Wes, I live to tell about it!:-))




Songs to Have Sex To (The prude in me is screaming, "What??? I can't leave this category here...!!! I certainly cannot answer it!" And so my answers are... ROFL)
  • Your Body is a Wonderland by John Mayer
  • by Dave Matthews
  • Let's Get it On by Marvin Gaye