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Long time, no blog March 7, 2009

Filed under: 101 in 1001,music — airingdirtylaundry @ 9:43 am

Sorry for the absence . . .I just kind of lost my blogging mojo for awhile.  Everything’s fine, my pregnancy is going well, I just haven’t really had anything of note to write about.  And now as I sit here this morning, watching the sun (gasp! the SUN!) break through the clouds, once again the last thing I want to do is sit here on the computer when I could be outside on a long walk.  So I’ll keep this short.


I haven’t been too enthusiastic about my music selections over the past few weeks.  I started out with The Best of Radiohead.  I have the limited edition 2 disc CD, so I listened to one disc one week and one the next.  I just wasn’t feeling it, but I plodded on through both weeks.  I was always a big Radiohead fan.  Pablo Honey was a staple in my music rotation in college.  But I’ve barely listened to this “Best of” compilation since it was released less than a year ago.  I can’t figure out if my music tastes have changed over the past –ahem– 15 years, or if I was forcing myself to listen to this when I wasn’t really in the mood for it.

This past week I pulled out Candlebox’s self-titled debut album, another gem from my college years.  I couldn’t even listen to it for the entire week.  I ditched it for the radio on Wednesday.  “Far Behind” was OK the first, and even the second time around, but I just couldn’t bring myself to continue with a whole week of Candlebox.

I think I’ll put a little more thought into my music choice for this week.  Somehow, it seems like I’m . . .maturing.  Who would’ve thought?

In the meantime, I’m going to go outside and play go for a walk and enjoy the warmer weather.


#84 Have Reunion With Grade School Friends I Recently Reconnected With . . .DONE! February 14, 2009

Filed under: 101 in 1001,friends — airingdirtylaundry @ 10:38 am

Thanks to Facebook, I recently got back in touch with some classmates that I lost track of after graduation.  Last fall, we started talking about the possibility of meeting up and catching up.  I was actually the one to push the issue (me? timid little me?), and we agreed to get together in Harrisburg in early February for dinner and a few drinks.

I’ve kept in touch with 2 of the girls since we graduated from high school–Lori was my roommate in college for 3 years, Amy has been one of my very best friends since third grade, and both were in our wedding.  But none of the 3 of us kept in contact with the other 3, and none of the other 3 kept in contact with each other.  Make sense?

We met at the Appalachian Brewing Company, and by the time the waitress came back to the table with our drinks, it was like it was the late 80’s/early 90’s all over again.  We’ve all changed with time, but inside we’re all the same.  The connections were still there.  I was interested and fascinated with what they’ve done with their lives.  We gabbed and gabbed and yelled and laughed loudly and long (thankfully the place was huge and noisy), interrupted each other mid-story, and re-lived the good ol’ days.  We sat there for over 3 hours and not ever was there a moment of awkwardness or silence or uncomfortableness.

It has been SEVENTEEN years since we’ve all been in the same room together, but we didn’t miss a beat.  We’re already planning our next get-together, and since we’re all still in the PA/MD area, there’s really not an excuse for us to NOT see each other every few months or so.


Travelin’ Tunes–Parts Five and Six

Filed under: 101 in 1001,music — airingdirtylaundry @ 10:17 am

So I kind of had to drop the “this week in music” since I have been neglecting my blog and haven’t posted ANYTHING in almost 2 weeks.  Today is a major blog catch-up day, so be prepared.  I have 3 weeks of The Bold and The Beautiful DVR’d, so I’m spending a nice relaxing morning catching up on blogging and soaps.

LAST week, I listened to Deana Carter’s “Did I Shave My Legs For This?”.  It’s probably been at least 10 years since I listened to this CD, so while it was a nice little blast from the past, I just couldn’t get into it.  I love all kinds of music, but I like them all at different times.  By pulling this CD off the shelf, I felt like a was forcing a country mood and it just didn’t  take. 

Regardless, I did get into this one:

THIS week, I switched gears a bit and went for something a little heavier, Linkin Park’s Minutes to Midnight.

This is one of the few CDs I own that I like just about every song.  Or at least there aren’t any songs I need to breeze through because they’re annoying.  I love how some of the songs are truly hard rock, while some are more towards the alernative end of the spectrum.  A great mix of tempos. 

And while the song “Bleed It Out” is the one that stays in my head, I couldn’t help but to pick the song “Valentine’s Day” for my chosen snippet of the week.  A depressing take on a day supposedly filled with love, but I like it anyway.


#80–Switch Out Interior Light Fixtures . . .DONE! January 31, 2009

Filed under: 101 in 1001 — airingdirtylaundry @ 10:53 am

Last weekend my brother and his girlfriend came up to visit.  While she and I were out shopping for her wedding dress, my brother was kind enough to switch out all of our light fixtures for us.  The way I undertsand it, Mike supervised.  Along with Forrest.

It’s not that I couldn’t switch the lights out myself.  In our old house, I took down the grimy ceiling fan in the kitchen one day and replaced it with a flushmount light fixture.  It only took me, well, the whole day.  And three trips to the hardware store.  It seemed much more efficient to just have my brother do it.  It took him less than 3 hours to put up 11 lights.  He’s an electrician, so at least I know it was done correctly and safely.  I really appreciated that he was willing to spend a Saturday doing the same thing he does all week, so I made sure to have a roast in the crock pot and a fridge full of beer for him when he was done.

I know Mike doesn’t really care about the lights, but I think they made a world of difference!

Thanks, Dave!


Travelin’ Tunes–This Week in Music Part 3 January 26, 2009

Filed under: 101 in 1001,music — airingdirtylaundry @ 7:28 pm

Maybe the title should be LAST week in music, hmmm? Seems I have nothing else going on in my life other than telling you about the CDs I listen to in the car, and I can’t even keep up with blogging about THAT! This week’s CD is New Order’s Republic.

I bought this CD in 1993 right after it came out, and other than the song “Regret”, I probably listened to it no more than five times since I bought it. Last Monday, I popped it into the CD player, sure that this time it would be different. It wasn’t.

It’s an OK CD, but nothing spectacular. I could go the whole week listening to it in the car on the way to and from work, but now that the week is over, it may be another 15+ years until I have the desire to listen to it again. And by that time, CD players will be what 8-track players are today. I just can’t help but compare this album with 1987’s Substance .  Although I’m not a die-hard New Order fan, if I had to pick an “essential” New Order CD, it would be Substance. A lot more danceable, a lot more memorable.

The one track on Republic that I can’t get out of my head?


Travelin’ Tunes–This Week in Music Part Deux January 17, 2009

Filed under: 101 in 1001,music — airingdirtylaundry @ 9:40 am

When I popped this week’s music selection into my CD player bright and early Monday morning, I felt like I was in a time machine, transported back to the early 90s.  It was hard to concentrate on driving with all of the memories flooding back to me–blaring this CD in a suite in the dorms our freshman year before we donned our flannel shirts and headed out to Zelda’s late at night for quarter drafts.  Listening to the cassette tape over and over until it wore out, and immediately going out to the store to buy another one because I couldn’t go a day without listening to it.

Erasure–Pop!: The First 20 Hits

This album defines my college experience and made me smile non-stop the whole time I was in the car this week.  I still know every word.

I couldn’t pick a favorite, so I chose the first youtube video that came up when I searched.  And so I leave you with this:


Travelin’ Tunes–This Week In Music January 10, 2009

Filed under: 101 in 1001,music — airingdirtylaundry @ 10:33 am

One of my 101 things in 1001 days is to listen to a different CD on the way to and from work each week.  I have a relatively short commute–20 minutes in the morning because no one else is on the roads at 6:40 and 30 minues in the evening when I sit at the same stop light 3 times in a row because of all the idiots who try to cut through a shopping center parking lot to skip a light and end up jamming the intersection.

But I digress.

My purpose in doing this is to dig some of the CDs out of our collection in the cobwebby basement that deserve a listen.  CDs whose songs weren’t cool enough to make it onto my mp3 player, CDs I haven’t listened to since college.  There are some real gems in there, I just have to brave the basement to find them.

However, this week I didn’t bother to get out an old CD (baby steps, people), I instead chose a CD that Mike picked up for me on an impulse a few weeks ago–the soundtrack to the movie Juno.

This soundtrack features Kimya Dawson and the Moldy Peaches, plus classics from the Kinks, Buddy Holly, Mott the Hoople, and The Velvet Underground.  If you’ve seen the movie, the soundtrack is absolutely perfect for it.  Mostly upbeat in an odd, quirky sort of way (except for the depressing Sonic Youth song), it allowed me to start off my day in a great mood and let me forget all of my frustrations once I left work for the day.  I couldn’t ask for more in a soundtrack.


Anyone Else But You by the Moldy Peaches

Just try to get it out of your head.


#83 Win Another Award From The American Cancer Society . . .DONE December 7, 2008

Filed under: 101 in 1001,benefit,special occasions — airingdirtylaundry @ 12:11 am

Thanks for all of your kind words about Aunt Mary’s passing.  I had a lot to write about, but didn’t want to jam it all into one post, and my little tribute to her definitely deserved top billing.  My Vegas recap is still in the works (if “in the works” means I need to start writing it), so I’ll save that for later.  Trailing on the end of our whirlwind week that involved a trip to Vegas, a trip to New Jersey and back, and, oh, that almost-neglected thing called WORK, Mike and I had a dinner to go to.  A volunteer recognition dinner for the American Cancer Society.

Remember the award we won last year?

We did it again!  We are proud and honored to be the recipients of the 2007-2008 American Cancer Society’s Greater Pittsburgh Unit Income Development Merit Award. 

We met some amazing people at the dinner.  The woman next to us was a lung cancer survivor and had the most positive outlook.  She’s been through a lot in the past few years and still has some small tumors that are inoperable and will just need to be monitored.  She had always been a worrier about every little thing, but once she was told that she had cancer, the worrying went away.  She felt calm.  She knew it wasn’t her time to go and that she had to make the most of what time she does have left and realized that worrying about it would get her nowhere.  It was so inspiring to talk with her.

We also got to spend some time with the director of our local office.  She showed such an interest in our benefit, our motivation, and our vision of taking the benefit to the next level.  She lost her own mother to cancer 25 years ago, so working for the ACS is not just a job to her. 

Since we had won last year, we didn’t expect to win again this year.  I think both of our jaws dropped open as soon as the announcer said our names–we were stunned!  It’s such a great feeling to have our efforts recognized and gives us even more motivation to make next year’s event a smashing success!


101 in 1001 December 1, 2008

Filed under: 101 in 1001 — airingdirtylaundry @ 12:20 am

I’m a list-maker.  I can’t help it.

Planning a dinner for company?  Make a list.

Need to remember what to pack for a trip away?  Make a list.

Going to the grocery store?  Make a list.

I love lists.  I like seeing everything I have to do listed in one place.  It helps me prioritize.  It makes me giddy when I can cross things off or–gasp–FINISH a list.

On one of the blogs I started reading lately (go! look!  She takes AWESOME pictures! Of weddings!  That make me tear up just looking at them!), there was reference made to a list she’s working her way through–the completion of 101 tasks in 1001 days.  I was intrigued by the idea and spent a lot of time thinking about what would be on my list.  So I, of course, started making my own list (and am still in the process . . . HERE it is).  Although inspired by Melissa because some of the things on her list are so creative and whimsical and awesome, I quickly realized that most of my “things” equate to housework . . .clean this, organize that, and so on.  But, oh well.  The purpose, for me at least, is to make some of these things habit, or to finally do things I’ve been putting off.

So, as of today, December 1st, 2008, my 1001 days begins.  As I check things off, I’ll be sure to, you know, blog about it . . .

Interested in knowing more about the 101 in 1001 challenge?  Go here.

Want to do it too?  Did my “clean out the closets” inspire you in the way Melissa’s list (and photography) inspired me?  Let me know and I’ll follow you along on your attempt to cross ’em all off!