Archive for September, 2007

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Thursday Thirteen!

September 27, 2007

This one’s been brewing in my head ever since Carrie‘s “13 vivid memories” post…

Thirteen songs that carry vivid memories for me:

1. The Sting theme: my mom gave 40 piano lessons a week in our house for a period of my childhood. And everyone played The Sting. It was all the rage. Muffled strains of it would greet me as I walked up the driveway after school.

2. The first song I ever wrote: I believe I was about 6 or 7 when I wrote it. I remember it all and no, I won’t tell you the words, because it’s soooo cheesy and embarrassing. I remember sitting under a tree across the street from our house and singing it to myself.

3. Feast of Lights: this was a Hannukah song we sang in grade school choir, the song that totally hooked me on singing.

4. Listen what the Man Said: It was hard to choose between this and Silly Love Songs…there was a lot of Paul McCartney at the pool, back in the days when they were still allowed to pipe WLS-AM over the intercom while we were swimming away our summer days.

5. You Can Close Your Eyes: Ahhhh, Sweet Baby James. This is the song that, no matter where I am, says to me, “lie on the floor and chill, we’ve made it, it’s going to be a great weekend!” I can feel it in my bones.

6. O Magnum Mysterium: Hearing this takes me back to college, the day I found out my audition for the chamber singers was successful. I had never heard them sing, I totally auditioned blind — and when I sat and listened to them sing Palestrina I was blown away that I (me!) was considered good enough to sing with them. My years doing so were amazing and challenging, and I’m still honored that i got to be a part of it all.

7. If I’m Drowning: I hear this song, and I’m thrown back to a dusty road outside Bushnell, Illinois in the summer of 1991, where we popped in the Cornerstone tape for the ride home and about thirty seconds into this song by an unknown band, we realized we’d probably missed one of the best shows. I was kicking myself. I’m still kicking myself. But I’ve seen Over the Rhine live many times since…so it’s all good.

8. Tempted: Fast forward a few years — Over the Rhine is opening for Squeeze and I got free tickets for passing out flyers. I’m in the bathroom and I hear the strains of Tempted begin so I hightail it back to the floor, where DH is waiting. Except he’s not my DH yet — we’re on our second date. And as I slide in next to him, he takes my hand. *swoon*

9. Thanksgiving (Poi Dog Pondering): …our first dance at our wedding. That one’s a shoo-in. 😉

10. Angry Words (Willy Porter): I listened to this song approximately nineteen thousand times while playing Nintendo golf on the floor of our newlywed apartment. Great song.

11. Titanic theme: This is my favorite soundtrack of all time, and the vivid memory attached is sitting in the theater watching the trailer for Titanic, knowing instantly that I must see the movie because the music was so incredible. Though I loved the movie too, I was more interested in the release date for the soundtrack. It’s so stunning.

12. You are Mine: All the David Haas haters can bite me — this song has a special place in my heart, always has. It was the first song I sang to my firstborn, all sweet and fresh from God. Poor kid, she didn’t get many other songs for the next six weeks or so, I was so whacked out. But she got this one, right after she was born.

13. Remember Me: Mark Schultz’s self titled album was released two years prior, but for some reason this song was all over the radio the summer I lost our second child. It took about a year before I could hear it without getting really choked up. It’s all wrapped up in the memory of singing for the Mass of Holy Innocents, three months after our loss, the morning I learned I was pregnant again.

And those are just scratching the surface….

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Jodi

September 26, 2007

…has a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad virus on her computer.  Send good techno vibes her way….

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can’t

September 26, 2007

get this song out of my head. gah!

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I haven’t posted about the garden

September 17, 2007

…because I don’t want to gloat. Not that my garden is super fab or anything, but I’m still so bummed for Jodi and the whole bindweed fiasco. Sigh.

But…we have squash!

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And luckily, the frost we were supposed to get on Friday night never materialized. So my peppers aren’t dead yet. We’ve had a lot of Gypsy peppers, a decent amount of jalapenos, and exactly two green bell peppers. The plants keep fruiting (is that what it’s called, even??) and then the teeeeny tiny peppers fall right off. My (very hip! very now!) friend the organic farmer tells me this might be due to some kind of bug. Oh well…I’m just glad that everything didn’t die. (And that I don’t have bindweed in my yard. Sorry Sis. 😦 )

Dang critters dug up my lettuce last night though. Grrr.

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random thoughts on picking up and moving across the country

September 14, 2007

No, we’re not moving. We’re actually only dipping our toes into the vast ocean that is Thinking About Moving. But I’m not going to lie, it’s at the forefront of my mind 24/7.

It’s not really “across the country” either. A mere 500 miles. But you know, the in-laws can’t exactly come over and watch the kiddos so we can go on a date if we’re 500 miles away…so for most practical purposes, it qualifies as a Big Move.

There are a few pros:

  • lower cost of living, which translates to more house for the money (the likes of which we won’t be able to afford here until 2016 when our current mortgage is paid off…if even then)
  • better weather, but all four seasons are still observed, from what I understand
  • a job my husband can live with, vs. one that sucks the life out of him
  • everyone says it’s a great place to live

But the cons do give me pause…

  • uprooting after 38 years in the same place…leaving family, friends, school, church, yadda yadda
  • along the same lines, the loss of this “home base” that enables us to see friends and family who are passing through town
  • if we ever do want to come back here, the cost of living thing will bite us you-know-where
  • the cost of living doesn’t seem to carry over to parochial schools, which are 25-50% more expensive there

Additional random stuff:

  • the real estate market sucks right now for sellers…who knows how long it will take to sell our house, which will necessitate maintaining two households indefinitely
  • this wouldn’t normally be as big of a deal, but we just used half of our emergency fund to buy a car
  • even though I don’t see them very often — we are all so busy — I can’t even bring myself to think about leaving my friends, most of whom have been in my life for 15-20 years (or more!)
  • but I am so thankful for my online friends, who will be here whether I log onto the boards from here or there. seriously. huge comfort. I don’t know if I could handle not having anywhere at all where I know people and am known. being the new person sucks.

Tracey was so right — it’s got to be so much easier when you don’t have a choice.

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Dear Home Seller,

September 13, 2007

I know you must be awfully excited about your honkin’ big screen TV, but really, when photographing your home for selling purposes, you don’t need to feature it prominently. It’s a freaking eyesore.

And speaking of eyesores, you might want to pack up some of your crap — you’re moving, aren’t you? I can’t be alone in thinking that looking at all of the floral-overdecorated-kitschy junk in your home photos is about to make my head explode.

One more thing — the fact that your hot water heater is in the corner of a room, in plain view? You might want to downplay that. I’m just sayin’.

Helpfully yours,

Julie

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call me

September 12, 2007

Hey sis…I’m admittedly dependent on speed dial. The phone that has your # saved is dead, and I have misplaced my address book…doh! Give me a call. I’ve almost got some news to share.