Saturday, February 28, 2009

February Wrap Up

Top 5 days: 2, 8, 18, 23, 27

Top 5 Things That Must Go:
1. Surpirses
2. My crazy ass neighbors
3. 7 am meetings
4. Sake 
5. Winter

Top 5 Things That Make Me Smile:
1. Smart boys
2. The Republican
3. Sushi night
4. Jazz games
5. Sitting at the bar

Top 5 Songs:

1. Lior: I'll Forget You

2. You and I Both: Jason Mraz

3. Jai Ho: Slumdog Millionaire

4. Caring is Creepy: The Shins

5. Barack sings Single Ladies

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ready Freddie

I'm currently on a Queen binge and I'm obsessed with Freddie Mercury: his hot little body, his moustache, his fancy microphone pole, his tight white pants, his charisma. I know he was gay, but seriously, the man was sexy. Have you ever seen Queen: Live at Wembley Stadium?? Amazing. Your life will not be complete until you watch it in one sitting. I think Chris Williams might look like Brian May if he ever grew his hair out. Some of my favorites, in no particular order. 

Saturday, January 31, 2009

January Wrap Up

Top 5 Days in January: 7, 16, 21, 24, 31

Top 5 Things That Must G0:

1. Inversion
2. Nebulousness
3. Vodka on Wednesdays
4. Bars on the west side
5. $12 drinks

Top 5 Things That Make Me Smile:

1. Reuniting with old friends from India
2. President Barack Obama
3. Book Club
4. The Bakery
5. 30 Rock

Top 5 Songs

1. Come Home: Back Door Slam

Um, these kids are only 20?? One word: amazing.

2. Walk Away: Ben Harper

I was really, really into this song in 2003 when I lived in Chicago. I recently rediscovered it and also discovered it still makes me sad.

2. Use Somebody: Kings of Leon
One of my favorite bands is finally breaking through the mainstream. Great song. 

3. Blindsighted: Bon Iver

4. Old White Lincoln: The Gaslight Anthem

So the lead singer kind of sounds like stupid Brandon Flowers from The Killers. One difference though, this band actually kicks ass. It's a weird mix of Bruce Springsteen and The Clash, I like it.

5. Heartless: Kanye West

PS: Happy Birthday to Sonny!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Family Ties

It's been awhile since I've had posted any pictures of my nieces and nephews, so here's a quick review for posterity. 

Chaya and Sarah opening presents on Christmas morning

Braden and Macklin

Mack all decked out in his UT outfit

Scarlett can't seem to open her eyes for pictures

Teagan is very anti-camera these days, so this is the best one I've got

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Jed!!

Happy 30th Birthday to Jeddy! Many of you know, Jed is my cousin, but he is also one of my very best friends. I can't begin to tell you how much he means to me. He's one of the only people I can tell anything to; he knows me inside out. Countless hours and hours of talking, it would probably add up to years. And yet, we still never run out of things to talk about. We were best friends at birth and we are best friends now! 

Last year, I wrote about my favorite memories for everyone's birthdays, starting with Jed. This year, I'm going to write about 10 songs that will forever remind me of Jed.  

Top 10 Birthday Songs: Jeddy Style

1. I Will Survive: Gloria Gaynor

We actually have a dance to this song that we made up driving to Cedar City in 1997. We've done many a dance to this song throughout the years. And yes, I'm doing the dance right now.  

2. Ain't No Mountain High Enough: Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

When Jed was on his mission in Mexico, he and I exchanged many, many letters and tapes. I used to send him all kinds of prohibited music, including this gem. I think we even recorded each of the parts so we could sing it with each other on tape. I preferred Marvin's part, mostly because of the "Wooooo!" at 1:40. Wow, we were dorks. 

3. Anything from Sound of Music

I cannot watch this movie without thinking of Jed. He used to be obsessed with the Sound of Music. I remember when he came to Utah for Christmas in 1986, he got the video from Santa. I think we must have watched it about 20 times. Maybe, if you're lucky, Jed will get you a Sound of Music DVD and a rose. But that's a story for another time...ha!

4. Baby Got Back: Sir Mix A Lot

Karaoke. Head's Up. Enough said. 

5. Brandy Alexander: Ron Sexsmith

Unfortunately, this song isn't on You Tube, but it's one of my favorite songs ever. Jed introduced me to this song in August and I must have listened to it 5000 times. "She's my Brandy Alexander...always gets me into trouble."

6. We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters

Jed and I used to listen to this song in our 20s and wonder where our lives would end up. 


7. You're My Peace of Mind: David Ruffin

Another mission gem. Jed was going through a really hard time and this became one of our songs. Too bad it's not on You Tube, I love this song. 

8. Golden Girls Theme Song

Anyone who knows Jed, knows that he loves the Golden Girls. No explanation needed. 

9. Shirley Q. Liquor: K-Mark

Ok, so it's not really music but I couldn't leave this out. "Tell your mama I asked how she's durring!"

10. Ready to Take a Chance Again: Barry Manilow

This is the theme song to one of our favorite movies: Foul Play.  Classic movie and classic song. 

Runner-up: Irish Washerwoman

If you've ever done square dancing with my family on Thanksgiving, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Monday, January 19, 2009

We Shall Overcome

What an amazing time in our history! Today we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King and tomorrow we will witness the inauguration of our country's first black president. The wisdom of MLK, a follower of my beloved Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence, never ceases to amaze me. So much of what he had to say is still applicable in our world today.

"Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary."

"Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."

I am excited and hopeful for the change Barack's inauguration will bring for America. However, part of me knows that MLK's dream has not been completely fulfilled.  There has been progress, but there is still a long way to go. The fact that we have elected a black president is an important step in the realization of the dream, but it's just one step.  

"Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today my friends - so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'

I have a dream today.

This will be the day, this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning 'My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my father's died, land of the Pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!'

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true."

I still believe in the dream!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Half Birthdays and Such

Very bad start to the year. I haven't kept any of my resolutions or even thought about keeping them. Tonight I ate Oreos and Pringles for dinner. I don't think winter is good for me. The cold irritates me, the dark makes me sad and the snow forces me to become a recluse. At least I have a couple of vacations to look forward to: Roatan in February and a long overdue trip to Austin to see Ryan and Scott in March. One day, I will be warm again.

Yesterday was my half birthday, I'm now 30 1/2 years old. It sounds a lot older than 30. Anyway, in honor of my half birthday here's a little glimpse into my psyche based on my birthday:

July 12: You Are a Magician

You're a dynamic, charismatic person who's possibly headed for fame.
You tend to charm strangers easily. And you usually can get what you want from them.
Verbally talented, you tend to persuade people with your speaking and writing.
You are affectionate and loving, but it's hard for you to commit to any one relationship.

Your strength: Your charm

Your weakness: Your extreme manipulation tactics

Your power color: Indigo

Your power symbol: Four leaf clover

Your power month: December

Jed sent this to me and he thinks it's pretty accurate. He's just jealous because his power color is tan. Lame. What does your birth date mean?

Song of the day on repeat: Missed the Boat, Modest Mouse

This is one of my very favorite songs by one of my very favorite bands. The lyrics are brilliant. Hopefully, I haven't missed the boat just yet...I suppose I'll leave that question for when I'm 31.