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Archive: March 2008

the fun never got off the ground.

Occasionally my friends and I like to have small little dance parties in my living room. As in we’ll pop a CD into the player, turn it up, and dance like crazy before going out for the evening. Generally, this involves 3 or 4 of us. So what? It gets us pumped. We usually listen to a little mix that Nina made a couple years ago called the “fun mix.” This fun mix lives up to its name and includes songs like “Back That Ass Up” (our personal favorite) and a whole lotta Kanye.

I was sorting through my CDs a while back when I realized that I too have a fun mix. Oooh, the excitement. I was thinking it must have been made some time around Junior year in college, so it could be a bit old school. But I pride myself on my generally good taste in music, so I wasn’t too worried. There would probably be a bit too much Enrique involved, but hey, he’s fun, so that would be OK.

So during one of our pre-going out dance parties, I whipped out my CD and said, “Hey guys, I’ve got a fun mix of my own. Let’s see what’s on it.” My friends were game…but quickly regretted it.

It was bad. Really bad.

Here is the track listing for my “fun mix”:

1. “Irresistible” by Jessica Simpson- OK, so my tastes were a bit questionable but a fun song nonetheless, yes? Maybe we’re just off to a slow start.

2. “The Good Life” by Weezer- Awesome song, but it had been so long since I heard it it took a bit for me to place it. I don’t think my friends were impressed by it either. If only they knew how bad it was about it get.

3. “All or Nothing” by O-Town- Um, what? Fun? How is this on a fun mix? How is this on any mix I have in my possession? I was starting to get embarrassed. And I still knew all the words. I think we all did.

4. “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child- I seriously hate this song so I don’t know what possessed me to put it on a mix. Maybe this mix isn’t really mine? Right, that must be it.

5. “Every Other Time” by LFO- This mix really isn’t mine, I swear. And no, I do not own both of LFO’s CDs, thank you very much. At least I don’t currently have them at my apartment. I’m feeling a little ashamed, starting now.

6. “Ghost of You and Me” by BBMak- I seriously hate myself right now. I think my friends are concerned. I should probably just turn the CD player off and go hide.

7. “Dirty Pop” by Nsync- I suck at life.

8. “In My Pocket” by Mandy Moore- You know I love Mandy Moore, but this song? Not OK.

9. “Prophet of Doom” by the Samples- I am a huge Samples fan, but how is this fitting in with the plethora of boy bands? And furthermore, a song called Prophet of Doom is not fun. Not one bit. Was I depressed?

10. “Estoy Aqui” remix by Shakira- Love it. Now, this is my idea of a fun mix. Do I still have time to redeem myself?

11. “Get Your Freak On” remix by Nelly Furtado and Missy Elliott- Again, I actually like this song for an old school fun mix, though it reminds me entirely too much of working at American Eagle.

12. “Spinning Away” by Sugar Ray- If there’s one thing you might not know about me it’s that I used to be the biggest Mark McGrath fan everrr (in his pre-ET days). I had pictures of him hung on my bedroom walls everywhere. I’m starting to seriously wonder how old I was when I made this mix. 13?? I really, really hope so. Could you make CDs back then?

My friends stopped listening right about now and asked to put Nina’s fun mix on.

13. “Airport Song” remix by Guster- Actually a good remix, but not fun per say. Kind of scary. This song reminds me of spending Christmas in Key West junior year of high school. My sister gave me the CD and I lay by the pool listening to it on my DiscMan. Yup. Discman.

14. “Be Like That” by 3 Doors Down- Why? This song is like the complete opposite of fun. I totally must have been depressed.

15. “Dame Un Poco Mas” by MDO- You’ve probably never heard of it. I definitely did a group project where we danced to this song in high school Spanish class. I clearly enjoyed it a little too much and felt the need to put it on the fun mix.

16. “Lovin’ Each Day” by Ronan Keating- Ohhh it’s getting bad again. Real bad.

17. “Six Packs” by The Getaway People- Wow. Haven’t thought about this song in ages. It was the theme for Young America. Am I the only one who watched that TV show? Probably.

18. “Landing On the Sidewalk” by the Samples- The Samples again. I liked them a lot. I quoted them in my Senior bio with “maybe nothing lasts forever, not the mountains nor the sea, but the times we had together, they will always be with me.” Awww. Not a good fun mix song.

19. “Something About You” by Five for Fighting- I still stand by the fact that I was a Five for Fighting fan before anyone else. I don’t know if this is something to be proud of, but I was at the time. The other quote in my Senior bio was “I don’t know where I’m going yet, but I sure am getting there” from “Easy Tonight.” I’m so clever.

20. “East Coast Anthem” by Good Charlotte- Did I even know Good Charlotte in high school? Strange.

No, I was not able to redeem myself. And I can’t believe I just admitted to everyone that I listened to all that horrible music as a Junior/possibly a Senior in high school. I know I’m not alone though. I can’t be.

Moral of the story? Don’t label something “fun mix” unless it actually is a fun mix. Or at least doesn’t have 3 Doors Down and every boy band known to man on it. That’s just not fun to anyone anymore.

Not fun. But you probably remember all the words too.

I had a big-size version of this cover on my bedroom wall. Why did my parents allow this? I guess I turned out semi-normal. Kinda?

Dame un Poco Mas. Fun, but super gay.

things that would make my job better.

Best idea ever.

Jonathan Fields. Found via Lifehacker

I really need to get a treadmill and set this thing up. Burning 600 calories before lunch would be just fabulous. And make me feel much better about spending all day sitting either at my desk or on my couch typing on my computer. Especially on gross rainy Boston days like today where I practically have to force myself to get up, put clothes on (also known as yoga pants, a sweatshirt, and Uggs), and take a walk down the street.

And I’d probably blog more too.

Lifehacker is becoming one of my new favorite sites. And I am turning into a huge tech dork. I don’t know what’s happening…but I guess I am my father’s daughter.

busy but alive.

I’ve been such a bad blogger and reader recently. Ugh. I’m trying my best to get back into it, but things have been crazy with work. Just freelance work, but still. I’m working for a few sites now and there is constantly work to get done. I’m at that point where I constantly feel like I’m two steps back and need to catch up. I just want to feel caught up for a couple days so I can breathe a bit (and maybe even go to bed before 4 a.m.). At least it’s all work that I genuinely want to do and enjoy doing. But I miss this too. Anyway, I’m trying, I promise!

My sickness is gone. I have no idea what it was, but I honestly felt like I was on my death bed for 24 hours, then woke up the next day and felt like I had a small cold. OK. I’ll take it. I was starting to freak out that I was going to have the flu for an entire week. Sas caught it from me and had basically the same exact thing happen to her. Hopefully it means we have strong immune systems and can fight stuff off.

I’m happy to be back at my apartment after 5 nights of dogsitting. Mitzi destroyed much of my personal property and I spent my last evening alternating between yelling at her and ignoring her. This was mostly due to the fact that she went upstairs to the washing machine, took my favorite bra off the top, and chewed the straps off. Then proudly carried them into the kitchen to show me. After lots of silent treatment, I felt bad because she looked incredibly sad, so I finally forgave her. Still. Not impressed with her behavior. But it’s not good to go to bed angry. And she was trying so hard to cuddle with me, I just couldn’t resist. I’m a sucker.

You know your life is a bit sad when you get a text message from your friend saying “over 100 osmonds on oprah” and then five minutes later your mom calls and says, “Susie! Donny is on Oprah!” And you have to say to both of them, “No kidding. It’s a re-run. I’ve seen it already.” Um, I like Donny Osmond, OK? Sara tried to make me explain it tonight and I couldn’t. I just like him. And now we’ve learned that I like men who are both annoying and goofy. Worrisome? Yes. Sounds dangerously close to a manchild, and we all know that’s the last thing I need.

OK, off to watch Drive-By Truckers on Conan and finish working on a project that is finally starting to make sense to me. More soon. Including a picture-rich update of my upcoming Thursday night with TKTC!!! You have no idea how excited I am.


This was my day/night. Yay.

I pretty much never get sick, so when I am, I tend to flip out a little. I’ve never had the flu before, and I’m really, really hoping I don’t have it this time. I feel incredibly achy though and just all around blah. Ughhh. I started a new freelance job yesterday that is requiring a lot of my time. And considering I couldn’t even bear to look at a computer screen all day, I’m going a little crazy. Thankfully, I felt a bit better tonight (Tylenol Cold is seriously my best friend. In. Love.) and managed to get my hours in. But now it’s late and I should be sleeping, so I can get better. Well really, it’s still quite early for me.

It doesn’t help that the pups woke me up at 5:00 a.m. this morning and that every time I cough, Mitzi licks my face (ew). Or that she thinks it’s OK to stand on me when I’m sound asleep. Or that Cissy has the most high-pitched bark ever that feels fabulous on my already feeling like it’s being crushed by a million boulders head, and chooses to bark for absolutely no reason all day long.

All I had to eat today was toast and some soup. I felt like I could maybe eat some oatmeal later, so I threw some in my duffel on my way to my aunt’s house. As I was working, I noticed Mitzi being particularly quiet, so I went in the kitchen and there she was with oatmeal all over her face and the floor. I wish I thought to take a picture. However, I wasn’t really in the mood for her shenanigans, cute as she might have looked.

Pretty much how she looks at me 24/7:

weekend’s over.

I had a fun weekend that involved a Mexican fiesta with friends and a return to a bar we haven’t been to in months, and culminated in a Celtics game and the realization that the bartender at a certain Beacon Hill bar knows Sara and I and the type of wine we like to order on Tuesday evenings.

This post is going to be random, because I have lots running through my head right now.

“When it rains it pours,” my dad said to me today. And oh how right he is. All of the sudden I’m being inundated with potential freelance jobs and maybe even some “real” jobs too. Of course, these opportunities are welcomed wholeheartedly (hi, it’s almost tax time). But they leave me even less time for sleep and sometimes make me feel a bit overwhelmed.

It feels like I just left, but I am heading back to the aunt and uncle’s on Wed. for some more dogsitting. I highly enjoy the little pups but sometimes miss sleeping in my own bed and having my comforts all around (and my roommate!), so I’m sure I’ll be back and fourth a bit. Not to mention, despite the fact I work from home, they insist on still having the dogwalker come twice a day, so I prefer not to be at their house during the day. Basically all I really have to do is sleep there.

It was pointed out to me that I say “basically” a lot. I’m trying to quit.

Chelsee got a new iMac and videochatted with me this afternoon and it made me slightly uncomfortable. Haha! She couldn’t even see me for some reason, but I could see her and all I could think about was that scene in American Pie. The best part was when Katie walked into their apartment and I could see her and say hiii. I don’t know why I’m so amazed by technology these days, but I seriously am.

I realized this even more when I was thinking about how addicted to my Filofax I am. These days, most people are addicted to their Blackberries, iPhones, and other electronic devices. Why am I still being addicted to paper and pen? I seriously must be a few years behind the times. Hopefully I’ll catch up soon.

Also, tonight was a fabulous TV night. First was the Osmond family reunion and now Garth Brooks is on Leno. Hiii, it’s like my childhood dream come true (I know, I was a weird child who apparently had a strange facination with older musician-like men).

While discussing Usher’s new song, “Love in This Club,” and the ridiculousness of the lyrics, Chels brought up Mariah Carey’s “Touch My Body.” I had never heard it before. But now I just heard the song AND saw the video and um, it’s beyond ridiculous. And I can’t stop laughing.

Leno just said he isn’t really a fan of monkeys and Christina Ricci said, “I actually really dislike monkeys.” Haha! My new favorite people. I don’t think I could be in a movie where monkeys were involved…I feel bad for her.

My mom told me I should take Oprah’s online class about “awakening your life’s purpose.” I might have at one point been offended by this, but I’m really not because she’s probably right. Who doesn’t need to awaken their life purpose though? I mean, really, do any of us know what our true life purpose is? If you do, you’re way ahead of me. I’m not so certain this is something Oprah could help me with though.

I have a bunch of things to blog about but they all take thought and I start my blogs too late in the day to think. I promise I will have some more thought-provoking posts soon. Tomorrow in particular. Just sit tight

And now, back to work, and possibly bed at some point.