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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

iPod Confessions

Like most humans with the ability to hear, I love music. I have a wide variety of tastes in music, and have a really hard time categorizing my taste. If I had to, I'd say, "All, but only a little country."

I was looking at my iPod and saw some wild inconsistencies in my tastes. I have something like eight or nine hundred songs downloaded, so there's no way I could go over the list that closely - no one has time for that. But I scrolled through my ipod (phone) and made some lists in case you are REALLY bored today!

Please especially take note of the second group if you're looking for new music.

Top 7 most embarrassing finds:
1. Boyfriend - Justin Bieber
2. AN ENTIRE HANSON ALBUM
3. Several songs by Miley Cyrus... and.....
4. Some One Direction and even worse.....
5. Several more songs by Justin Bieber (other than the one already listed)
6. We built this city - Starship (I should be more embarrassed about this song than I am)
7. Several Britney Spears songs

Top songs I most recommend you listen to (my favorites) (if I made you a mix tape, this is what would be on it):
1. All the girls are complicated -Laura Cantrell
2. Dance me to the end of love - Madeleine Peyroux
3. Don't stop me now - Queen
4. Hands in pockets - Laura Gibson
5. Hey Brother - Avicii
6. Horchata - Vampire Weekend
7. Lily (Con Estrella Morente) - Chico & Rita New York Band & Orchestra
8. Little things - Pomplamoose
9. Love of mine - Nickel Creek
10. Out in the Twilight - Tally Hall
11. Simple Girl - Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
12. Space Oddity - David Bowie
13. Scarecrow - Counting Crows
14. Still - Gretchen Parlato
15. Surrey with the fringe on top - Blossom Deary
16. Tapioca Tundra - the Monkees
17. Truckstop gospel - Parker Millsap
18. Wild child - Brett Dennen
19. Domino Man - The Beautiful South

Top UGH I AM SO OVER THIS SONG songs:
1. Fancy - Iggy Azalea
2. All about that bass - whatshername
3. Happy - Pharrell
4. Royals - Lorde (make it stop)
5. Take me to church - Hozier

Top 3 most random songs:
1. The Courtship of Eddie's Father (theme song)
2. Hail to the chief - US marine band
3. Snowbird - Anne Murray

Top what was I thinking when I downloaded this song??
1. Bed intruder song - Antoine Dodson
2. Down - Jay Sean (what the!?)
3. I gotta a feeling - Black Eyed Peas (omg)
4. Lollipop - Lil Wayne (ew - don't listen to this song. What was I thinking!?!)
5. My style - Black Eyed Peas (oh my gosh, I have two songs by them on my ipod?? who am i?!)

Top 12 nostalgia (school days) songs:
1. All I want - Toad the Wet Sprocket
2. Cornflake girl - Tori Amos
3. Eternal flame - The Bangles
4. Fall on me - REM
5. Find the river - REM
6. ALL THE REM SONGS
7. Hole hearted - Extreme
8. To be with you - Mr. Big (still love this song so, so much - just TRY to listen to it without singing along. Can't be done. Physically impossible.)
9. I'd die without you - PM Dawn
10. Shake the disease - Depeche Mode
11. Spoonman - Soundgarden
12. All songs by Jellyfish

Top TURN IT UP songs:
1. Back in black - AC/DC
2. Houses of the holy - Led Zeppelin
2. Closer to the Heart - Rush
4. Doctor Feelgood - Motley Crue
5. It's tricky - Run DMC
6. Sabatoge - Beastie Boys
7. E-pro - Beck
8. ALL Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and Rush songs - too many to list

Random iPod observation:
There's a lot of music by: Counting Crows, They Might be Giants, Disney movies, boy bands, Jellyfish, Led Zeppelin, Metalica, John Mayer, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Billy Idol, Simon and Garfunkel, and Kanye West (?!). And even some Eminem.

I would love to hear about some of your iPod confessions if you feel like sharing.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Facial Blindness

The other day at Target, I found a yummy looking bag of jelly beans. Figuring one bag wouldn't be enough for Easter, I looked for a second bag of the same kind. However, it seemed that this bag was in the wrong place, so I had to search all over to find its family of yummy jelly beans.

A woman who works there saw me searching and offered to help. I thanked her and she said, "It's no big deal - I see you here all the time and we went to school together!"

I have no memory of this person, but believed her. She went on and on about how she likes seeing me there because I'm a familiar face. The next day when I went back to get something I'd forgotten the day before, she came out of the back room saying, "Hi, friend!" I said, "oh gosh, I'm so embarrassed - yes, I'm here again." She said, "It's ok! I feel like we grew up together!"

Hm. Who is this person?

The next day I told this story to a guy who also has a booth at the farmers market. I told him the story hoping he would be able to help me identify her because he went to the same high school as me. I described her to him and told him her first name.

He asked, "was she in band or orchestra?" I said, "oh, good question. That would help a lot." Then I asked, "Which were you in in?" He said, "Band. I played the trombone. With you."

Oops. I have no memory of him in band. In my defense, however, he is several years younger than me which in high school is a lifetime.

Overhearing our conversation, several venders at booths near us went, "ooooooooh! You were 'that' kind of girl!" Indicating a snob, I think. But I was in no way a snob! I was a fake grunge person. It was the 90's and Nirvana and Pearl Jam were big and I was trying to be grunge, but was such a poser in retrospect.

I think the main reason I don't remember these people is because high school was 100 years ago. Or maybe I have facial blindness.

Have any of you had similar experiences?


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wednesday Thoughts

Let's go back to the old style of sharing random thoughts on a Wednesday, shall we? Here we go:

1. Is buying baskets ever a good idea? A friend and I were talking the other day about how you always find baskets at garage sales. It's the one thing you can count on. Yet, I am always tempted to buy them. "Oh, this would look so cute with apples or cloth or something in it..." Stop tempting me, baskets!!!

Just walk away.

2. I went to an ear, nose, and throat specialist this morning. Yesterday I filled out all the paperwork online about my health history. This is a new one:

Finally a doctor who gets me.

3. My general feelings about today:



4. So, I've been watching a show called Supernatural on Netflix. Have you guys seen it? It appeals to me because it's about scary stuff like ghosts and monsters and mysteries. Also, the main characters are ok on the eyes. However, I think it's a show for dudes. The two brothers always have the same looks on their faces and they're always yelling about how they don't want to talk about their feelings. One of them occasionally talks about his feelings and tries to get the other brother to as well, but it always ends up like this:

Sam: Dude, I know you're hurting about so and so.
Dean: We're not going to do this right now.
Sam: It's not going to go away! You need to talk about it!
Dean: Don't do this, man! I'm fine!
Sam: You're not fine. I can tell. I'm your brother.

Dean: Look, I don't know what you're talking about. 
Sam: Ok, but (heartfelt look), when you're ready to talk, I'm here for you.
Dean: Whatever, dude.


We're both pretty.

Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Nope-ril Fools

I'm anxious today. April Fools' Day can be unbearable in some ways. Mainly when it comes to social media. Here are two pranks I BEG of you to not lie about on social media tomorrow:

1. Fake pregnancy
2. Fake engagement

Every year on April Fool's Day, I quickly scroll past so many of these on Facebook, rolling my eyes and cringing at the comments, "SO happy for you!!" "You two are so cute together!!" "Wonderful news! - grandma"

I am not a total April Fools' Day Scrooge. I think some pranks are funny. My kind of April Fools' joke is when the victim is laughing and not humiliated or damaged in any way.

Here are some examples of big NO'S!




Here are some I think are funny:


 

Here's one I can't decide if I like or not:


Everyone has a different idea of what's funny and acceptable for April Fool's Day. Personally, I tend to gravitate toward the googly eyed variety of pranking, which won't surprise a single one of you. No one is hurt. Everyone is a little amused. No damage done.

What's the best prank you've ever done? How do you feel about April Fools' Day?

Monday, March 30, 2015

Stab-worthy

Every now and then I try to take a good, hard look at myself and the things I could improve about myself. I think about my annoying quirks and I try to improve and do better. I'm sure I'm not aware of everything I do that rubs people the wrong way, but I do my best to be a good person.

However. You can't please everyone, and that's something I've learned to accept. Just by being yourself, some people aren't going to like you. No matter how much you try to be a good person. And really, that's fine. I know I'm not perfect, but I try to be genuine and nice and for that reason, I don't think I'm exactly stab-worthy or anything.



Someone I know is mad at me right now. This person doesn't read this blog, so I'm not being passive aggressive by writing about this. He/she won't see this post. I can tell this person is mad at me - it's very obvious based on the limited interaction we have with each other. I have no idea why they're mad at me. I thought things were totally fine between us. But this person has a history of getting angry at the drop of a hat over every little thing. So, I've just decided that I don't care. When I was younger (in my 20's or younger), it would have really bothered me to know someone was mad at me. But at this point in my life, I don't have time for that kind of nonsense.

This next bit of information is going to make you think I'm some kind of monster, but I promise I'm not! A month or so ago, one of my sisters mentioned to me that it was someone's birthday. She had seen it on Facebook. I thought, "hmm. That's weird. I didn't see that on Facebook! In fact... I haven't seen any posts from that person in awhile...." So I went to look them up and not only had they unfriended me, they had BLOCKED me!

Honestly, my only reaction was to laugh. As far as I know, this person has no obvious reason to be mad at me. Meaning, we haven't seen each other in years, have had minimal Facebook interactions, and no interactions outside of Facebook in a years. Did one of the Onion articles I post offend her? Did I forget to "poke" her back on Facebook? I have no idea. And because I have no idea, I can't bring myself to care.

Don't get me wrong, if it was someone I was close to - in either case- I would care. I would try to make amends and find out what was going on. But I'm at an age now when I can't be bothered to worry about people making up fights in their heads.

Have any of you had things like this happen? What is your attitude towards it?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring!

What the what? I haven't blogged since March 2nd? I swear I have never neglected this blog like I have in the last six months or so. I know why - it's because I've been stressed. When I'm really stressed, I have a hard time finding lighter things to blog about. I'm able to be calm in my day to day life, but when I start digging deeper, it ends up something like this:


So I end up shutting down the browser with my blog on it and going back to what I was previously doing.

But now that spring is here, I'm feeling like I can peek out from my hole like that evil Punxutawney Phil, and maybe clear my head a little bit. We all hate Punxutawney Phil, right? Just want to make sure we're all on the same page with that.

I've been working a lot in the last few months on ways to relieve stress. Here are some of the things that work best for me:

1. Crafting. A friend told me recently that people who craft more live longer - that crafting puts you in a meditative state. Obviously that depends on the kind of crafting you're doing, but I can definitely state that when I'm in the crafting zone, it really is like meditating.

2. The occasional massage. My work offers seated massage for a discounted price twice a month and you better believe I take advantage of that. The massage therapist, Grace, is amazing. Picture this:



Except even better. (Here's a link to her website if you're looking for an amazing massage therapist.)

3. Farmers Market. Every Saturday for the past couple months, I've been selling baked goods and small crafts at the local indoor farmers market. I LOVE it. It's been so fun to not only try out new recipes and share them with others, but the thing I love the most is the social aspect. Friends and family have come by to support me and I've loved seeing them and catching up. I also love meeting new people at the market. It's been a blast and helps pull me out of the winter yucks. And fingers crossed, I'll be able to get a spot at the summer market and the fun will continue!

4. Keeping very, very busy. Every night when I get home from work, I have at least two projects I have to work on. It hasn't been great for my social life, but it is nice to be busy. It's my preferred state of being.

Well, I'm getting bored reflecting on myself. I'm sure you are getting bored too. I'm making no commitments to blog more often but I sure hope I will. I miss interacting with you all! Because goshdarnit, you guys are pretty a-ok. One more gif for the road:

Please tell me you're watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hi, guys

I haven't written in a long time because I've been hibernating.

Here are some things I've been up to lately, in case you're bored enough to wonder.

1. Sleeping whenever I can. Like I said, hibernating.
2. Watching Netflix but feeling dissatisfied with everything I watch. I'm ready to spend time outside again and Netflix is starting to make my eyes blur.
3. Working at the local farmers market. I opened a booth selling cookies and other sweets and little yarn animals. It's been a blast. Even when I had to load up my car this past Saturday in negative fifteen temperatures. I have been really enjoying it.
4. Working for the man.
5. Working with the girls at church.
6. Thinking about how sweater season is ending soon so I better start exercising more.
7. Reintroducing fruits and vegetables into my diet (kidding, it's not that bad - - just sorta that bad).
8. Watched the series premiere of Last Man on Earth last night and thought it was really funny. Is it really funny, or am I just bored? Really not sure.

I was going to try to make that list ten items long but I ran out of steam. Or maybe that's all I've been up to?

Oh wait:

9. Crafting. So much.

And:

10. Shopping on Amazon.

There we go. Now we're all up to date on the goings on of my life the last month or two.

I'm optimistic now because it's March. Winter will be over soonish. Last night the weatherman said we're done with sub zero temperatures. I had a nightmare last night that I woke up and it was negative six degrees outside. But it was just a dream. Just a dream.

Ok, now we're up to speed. Except I didn't tell you the most important thing. I found a funny gif to share with you.


Now we're up to speed.