Blogger Music Props

I just looked at the calendar.  A week from tomorrow is my very first Half Marathon, as if I haven’t talked about it enough. 

I’m ignoring my schedule, and trying to rig up my iPod for the best music ever.  I’ve taken out some dogs (Boogie Shoes, Maroon 5), and added some music I’ve gotten from around the blogosphere…(What is love?  From Razzdoodle…great song…and Xenia’s whole playlist from a week or so ago.) 

Here are my top 13.1 favorite running songs.  Ever. Well, 13 actually.

  1. Ain’t Goin’ Down till the Sun Comes Up-Garth Brooks (serious ass kicking fun)
  2. Anchors Aweigh (yes, I’m patriotic like that…)
  3. Venus (Bananarama extended version)
  4. Beautiful Day-U2 (Who couldn’t run to that) …actually anything by U2.
  5. Lose Yourself-Eminem
  6. Candyman-Christina Aguilera.
  7. Cocaine Blues-Johnny Cash
  8. Dueling Banjos-Deliverance Soundtrack (ignore the gruesome mental images)
  9. Give It 2 Me (Paul Oakenfold Edit Rmx)-Madonna 
  10. A Little Less Conversation-Elvis Presley
  11. Real-Goo Goo Dolls
  12. Incredible-Clique Girlz
  13. Hold On-Mere

Okay.  I’ll think about taper week tomorrow…but for now…can you help a girl with her playlist?

PS–I’m now hooked on Blip!  (See top Sticky Post)

CD Love

Does anybody buy CD’s anymore in this age of downloading?  The reason I ask is that, recently out of frustration in looking for a certain ONE song in my mp3 databank of 5000+, I bought a CD. 

Unbelievably, I bought Trace Adkins.  Don’t ask me why.  I think it’s his song, “You’re Gonna Miss This“, which was my ex-husband’s ring tone, because NO one puts baby in the corner…but I digress.  I ended up listening to the whole thing, and liked some of it.

In this age of downloaded bits, I never get to hear all of the songs I would never download, because I’m looking for ONE song only, and believe me, I have a boatload of crap CDS, that had I not joined Columbia House, I would have never bought. 

Think about it.  My sister and I used to listen to the Eagles’ 8 Track of their Greatest Hits, and we knew when the song would get that CLUNK sound when it was changing tracks.  Remember this album? 

  Hotel California really told a STORY.  What if I had downloaded only ONE song from that album…maybe Hotel California….but I would have missed Wasted Time, or Pretty Maids All In A Row

 Do you know these songs in order?  I do.  I was in 6th grade, and we listened to this over and over and over.  We didn’t have the luxury of lifting the needle…well, we did but really you just played it.  As it was meant to be heard.  Maxwell’s Silver Hammer would have been completely missed in today’s downloading climate.

So, what am I doing?  Buying CDs.  I just bought No Line On the Horizon, U2’s latest effort.  Beautiful.  I don’t know if the youtube I posted is currently on the radio’s playlist, but I’m sure glad I didn’t miss it. 

Give it a listen.  Then go pull out a whole CD and listen to it the way the artist arranged it.

**You got me rocking and a-reeling

Date: 11/12/2008 6:45 PM
Type: Hill
Course: In Town
Distance: 3.22 miles
Duration: 33:00
Pace: 10:15 / mile
Shoe: Mizuno Wave Renegade 4
Weight: 🙂
Weather: 67° F
Statistics: Calories: 443

Had to shake off yesterday.  When I re-read yesterday’s post, I just thought…Ick.  So, I took the boys to Tae Kwon Do, dropped off my keys at the gym, and went out in my hat.  It was 67 degrees, so it really wasn’t necessary.

I ran, even though it felt like a hammer was hitting the side of my heel every step I took.  Over the catwalk and overpass, past walkers and people getting home from work.

In the morning, I don’t see anyone, so it’s a little better for my ego.

I’m currently listening to Fleetwood Mac Rumours again, and forgot how great that album was.

** From I Don’t Want To Know, by Fleetwood Mac

It gets in your head…

We were playing Pictionary, yes Pictionary in 6th period yesterday.  Who am I to scoff at enrichment of Vocabulary Development??  One of the boys, a kid who *seems* to claim a gang asks me to put on this song. 

I put it on.  The room is swaying.  I like it.  …But, it’s “gangster”.  Is it?  I guess the whole gun thing, and poker, and…many of my kids look like this singer, or try to emulate him.  I can’t tell you how many times we have to have kids take off a red or blue shirt, turn stuff inside out, etc. because it’s too gang related.

Is this any different, really than what we listened to in 7th grade?  We didn’t have Youtube, or video or anything…but we had music exactly like this…unrequited love, pleading for love, etc.  Pick a song, it was always about love. 

I remember not understanding what *making love* meant.  Until I was old.  Much older.  It was the 70s.  I was naive.

We played Pictionary, and listened to oldies.  The boys told me what they loved best about this song was Marvin Gaye.  NOW, they are speaking my language…Al Green, Marvin Gaye…Suavacito. 

Happy Weekend.  Listen, and see if that doesn’t get in your head.  Look at how BEAUTIFUL Marvin is with his feather.

Let’s move before they raise the parking rate**.

photo  We’ve gone from the smoky, gray skies to this beautiful blue this morning.  That’s the flag that flies in my front yard.  I wanted to get a pic to compare it to the sky we had before Bass Lake.  Simply Beautiful.  Today, the Telegraph Fire in Mariposa County is out of control.  We wouldn’t be able to go to the lake if we needed to go today. 

Ran 2.93 at a snail’s pace.  I do hills, but even that isn’t enough to justify my ever slowing pace.  I was out there at 5:30am, making myself run through this GI problem I seem to be having. 

This song came on my shuffle just as I hit the high run.  The groovy visuals are for all the acid-droppers out there*.  The song is a great Catwalk song…and good news for us… I called the Police Dept. a month or so ago, because we had quite a bit of tagging there from reputed gangs in our area.  Last week, I noticed the volunteers up there painting over them.    Nice to run on quiet concrete again.

*disclaimer: I’m not advocating dropping acid.

**from Alright Now, by Free.

*I got more rhymes than the bible’s got psalms*

I’m in an Old School kind of mood.  Ha!  I didn’t even KNOW these were old school until a friend yelled to me, “Hey that’s old school!”  And, I’m like, “Yeah!”  (secretly thinking that I just found some hot new music…)  I’m cool like that.

Since Razzdoodle isn’t here, I’ll steal his leeetle idea about his Friday Songs.  I hadn’t seen this video, and starting laughing.  Not at the obviously bad story it tells, but Queen Latifah, the girls wearing suspenders, and of course…the hand movement that tells you how to move a record back and forth if you are a very cool hip hopper in the 90s.  LOL  Plus the fact, it’s one of my favorite running songs.  Makes me laugh.  Me, an almost 50 year old woman, laughing as I run.  I’m sure it’s quite a sight.

Rode my bike to the gym at 5:30am (blah) to lift weights. Blah.  Did I say that already?

Okay then, here’s another.  Now, imagine 85 Jr. High PE Students Jumping to this for the full four minutes.  It was one of our best workouts.  Good thing I never heard the lyrics until now.  It’s another one of those laughable songs that comes on my shuffle. I especially enjoy the men in kilts…and the bagpipes…who knew?

Perhaps I was a rapper in my previous life.

*Title from Jump Around, by House of Pain*

*Exciting isn’t it, a special kinda business*

Wishon Cove, at Bass Lake


I’m having a ball posting pictures from my phone with WordPress’ new little gadget.  This is a doctored photo of Wishon Cove, at Bass Lake.  Great vacation.

  • First the run.  God, I was tired.  Drug myself through town, ended up at the Mother Ship (Starbucks), where as I was leaving the restroom, my girls had a Venti iced water waiting for me.  I BIG PUFFY heart them so.  I ran an 11:10 pace, so I was definitely dragging. 
  • I can’t even remember my first three songs today, and I’m way too lazy to go look.  Trying to squeeze out the last ten days of my summer.  Last night rode my bike to my side of the catwalk; the boys were with Dad on HIS side.  We met at the top.  Pretty cool, in my opinion. 
  • My Husker pal Lisa, turned me on to the Olympics ATT Music website.  If you want some kickass running music, go there.  Three Doors Down, the Champion in Me is featured today.
  • Mayflower Madness:  My Dad has been working on the Geneology for the special Mayflower Heiress Descendant designation.  He finally gets it all sent in to the person who will fine-tooth-comb it.  She writes:

Thank you for all the documentation which you sent.  However, there are still some items needed:

Gen 7:  Stutson/Stetson Eaton

            Documentation is needed that names his parents:  Acc to  his birth is listed on Film # 1000500  Index of early to 1900 births, his marriage is on Film # 1000989.  I don’t know if you are near to a Mormon Family History Center where you could order the films…if not, please let me know.
I found his cem record in Waupaca Co., WI Dayton township in the Crystal Lake Cemetery with the date 08 Nov 1870.  It also states that Almira is buried there, but gives no further information.

The following death certificates are needed:

Gen 8:  Mary Eaton Fuller
Gen 9:  Myra Fuller Eddy
            Walter Eddy
Gen 10: Allan Eddy
             Gladys Eddy

Was Abel Eaton in the Rev. War?

Thank You, M*****S******, Historian.

My Dad replies:

The death certificates are no problem although they will cost $12.00 apiece.  You might ask M***** why the death certificates are critical to the genealogy proof.   I’m just curious and we’ll get it if necessary.  I thought the information I sent that tied them into the family tree was pretty solid.  I sent pictures of all five of the grave sites and I personally attended the funerals of Walter, Myra, Allan, and Gladys so I know they are all dead!


For some reason, that just had me laughing out loud.

*From OPP, Naughty by Nature, which was my last song this morning*