Thank you, Cee Lo

I thought I had found cardio soundtrack nirvana when I hit upon the “Glee” station on Pandora. Oh, my friends, little did I know… In truth, that discovery was an important step on my path to enlightenment, as it was only because of my Gleek-dom that and Gwyneth’s guest stint that I found myself singing “Forget You” 24/7. If (IF!) you have Pandora on your phone (or your laptop or whatever), do me a favor: set up a new station using Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” as your search term and bask in the glory of some good, good music. OMG! To go from Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher” to Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Put Your Records On” to Harvey Danger’s “Flagpole Sitta” (whaaaaat?!?!?) to Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” was pure magic. There you go, Pandora powers that be, proof that your music genome project works: you have generated the playlist of my life. I fully expect that “Philadelphia Freedom” will be queuing up anytime now.


March 30, 2011. Tags: . daily life, music. Leave a comment.

45 years ago today, a wonderful thing happened

Happy birthday to my husband! I am a lucky woman, to have such a good man.

Feast your eyes on the creation that Girlie and I came up with for this year’s cake. (She started out campaigning for a Hello Kitty cake. I suggested that while she might very much want to make a Hello Kitty cake, it might be more thoughtful to think about something Daddy would really like, and use that idea for a cake. She caught on to the thoughtful angle right away, and insisted that golfing was the way to go. I did my best.)









NB: The above photo was taken before I stuck an enormous Hello Kitty candle on the top.

March 16, 2011. daily life. 1 comment.

It’s raining, it’s pouring

Tell it like it is, Boss.



March 10, 2011. Tags: . daily life, music. Leave a comment.

A Facebook-free Lent for me

I have decided to give up Facebook for Lent. And all the game apps on my iPhone. No, I am not 13… which is all the more reason for me to cut out the mindless techno time suck mechanisms that eat up way too large a portion of my day. Trivial? Perhaps. But hopefully not so much trivial as surprisingly mindful, in that I will (again, HOPEFULLY) be more present in my life and not always seeking some distraction. Which would be a very good thing, indeed.

Wait: I have this blog set up so that my posts here always show up on FB, too. (Shameless self-promotion.) Does that count? Hmm… OK, to clarify: I will not be logging into Facebook anytime from now until Easter (and hopefully maybe thereafter). But the blog posts will continue to appear, just because… well, just because.

See you on the other side, FB friends.

March 9, 2011. daily life. Leave a comment.

It’s a new day

It is crazy to feel like today is the beginning of my new year? Buds on the trees, hyacinths peeking out of the ground, this morning holds all the promise of good things just about to make themselves known. And I’m actually motivated to put away laundry and organize the house, which is a feeling so unfamiliar that I cannot help but think the universe has undergone some major change. I guess I’ll just go with it!

February 21, 2011. daily life. Leave a comment.

Like a good neighbor…

15 inches of snow later, and our street still isn’t plowed. Harumph. Thank goodness we have some seriously awesome neighbors who have made this whole Thundersnow/Snowmageddon/Snowpocalypse 2011 event a bit more bearable: mad props to Joe & Gwen, who I already knew were fantastic people, for really showing what they’re made of today. Joe took his monster snow blower all over the neighborhood to pitch in where people needed help (including our sidewalks!), and Gwen followed up with a phone call to let us know that she would be replenishing supplies of coffee, wine, and brownies available on their front porch all day to whoever was snowbound in the neighborhood and in need of sustenance. “We’ll just pretend it’s Vail,” she laughed, “and enjoy!” I’ll drink to that.

January 27, 2011. daily life. Leave a comment.

A snowday miracle

Thank you, God, for letting my husband’s plane back from the west coast be one of the few that actually made it THE VERY LAST ONE that was let into PHL today, during the umpteenth snowstorm of the season.  Kind of ironic that tonight would be the one night in I don’t know how long that that flight actually got in without issue, given that it’s also the one night that my choir rehearsal was cancelled (and so I didn’t need to worry about him getting home to take over parenting duties)… but a small miracle nonetheless. An even better one might be making this the last big snow of the season. I’m just sayin’.

January 26, 2011. daily life. Leave a comment.

Amor vincit omnia

You know what’s a really good thing? A good dad. Mine was a stay-at-home dad for the early years of my life — the guy who invented a whole cast of characters to populate the original stories he told me everyday — the guy who was the only dad in the pool at swim class at the Community House — the guy who, when facing his own death, gave me his take on the meaning of life by quoting Chaucer.

So Happy Birthday to my dear old Daddy Jim, who would have been 86 today! Wow. What you would have thought of the 21st century, dude… Wish you were here.

January 25, 2011. people. 1 comment.

Take two

So I just changed the name of this blog. I know, I know: only two days into its short life, and already I feel the need to start over! I think I may actually have kind of an issue with naming things… When I adopted my dog 10 years ago, I was so excited to be able to pick out a great name for her; but I kept forgetting what I had chosen and could never remember what to call her, so then reverted back to the name she came with. (“You know, Ellie isn’t such a bad name,” my mother said to me… And she was right, of course, as my sweet Border Collie is much more an Ellie than a Caeli or Kylie or whatever I thought sounded cool at the time.) Thank goodness my husband picked out our daughter’s name — that would have been a big one for me to goof on.

Anyway, what was only yesterday “My Favorite Things” shall now be known as “It’s a Good Thing,” because it occurred to me that I am at a very much more Martha Stewart stage of my life than a Sound of Music one. What exactly that means, I’ll leave up to you to figure out. And of course, be sure to come back soon, because tomorrow is another day, and who knows what name we might have moved onto by that point.

January 24, 2011. meta. Leave a comment.

Sunday afternoons

Ahh. This is one of the the few times (actually, probably THE ONLY time) during the week that I get to be alone in my own home. AND I LOVE IT! My husband is at the gym, my daughter is at her grandmother’s, and I get to be by myself. Yesssssss.

And so today: I get home from church and what do I find awaiting me in our empty house (except for the dog)? A Runaway Bride/You’ve Got Mail double header. Score! Only thing that could top that combo would be bookending it with Sleepless in Seattle at the front end and When Harry Met Sally at the back end — and that might be too much, even for me. Generally, I’m not that much of a movie person — seriously, I think the last one I saw in a theatre was The Dark Knight (OMG Christian Bale!) — but there are some that I do just love to have on, anytime. And TBS never fails to deliver. :)

So, for this first entry in my collection of favorite things, a big shout out to perennially wonderful sappy chick flicks during Mommy’s time off. Now excuse me while I revel in being able to watch what I want on TV.

January 23, 2011. movies. Leave a comment.