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The correct answer for yesterday’s song trivia is:

“I Wanna Sex You Up” by Color Me Badd 

Go here if you want to see them perform on Soul Train.  Please respect the color-coordinated suits.

Because they each got one half of the answer correct KM and Jenni will both receive something “real nice”.  Please e-mail me with your addresses and I will get your prizes out by the end of the week.

Maybe I don’t get out enough, but I thought this was fun.  I’m thinking it should be a weekly feature. 

I was telling Audrey yesterday that my mom is really into music (playing piano and singing) and my dad always seemed to have the radio on.  They really encouraged me to explore what I liked in terms of music.  That might explain why my CD collection is so seemingly random.  I have Buddy Holly, classic rock and lots of country from my dad.  My affection for James Taylor, Carole King, standards and all Christmas music comes from my mom.

When I started listening to my own music I completely fell off the deep end – hip hop, rap, grunge, pop, 50s and 60s beach tunes, disco, Motown – I went through a lot of phases.  I’m still not sure what my “genre” would be.  Crazy, possibly? 

That’s why I think keeping this as a weekly contest would be great.  Everyone will always have a chance because I won’t stick to one type of music. Plus I love sending mail almost as much as I like to receive it.  The only rule that I would like to follow (for now anyway) is no Googling (cheaters!).   I have no way of enforcing it though so we’ll operate on the honor system.

What do you think?  Will you play along?

Before I get to today’s post I have one small housekeeping note.  If you’ve commented in the last few days and haven’t received an e-mail from me, would you please let me know?  I try to respond to everyone but my e-mail has been acting weird since late last week and I don’t think all of my messages have gone through.  Thanks!

Moving on….

I’ll try not to ramble too much about the weekend, here are the high points:

We had a disastrous date night dinner which was followed by a vow to stay away from chain restaurants for the foreseeable future (agreed upon exceptions include Panera and Culver’s).

Washed all of our windows inside and out and did an insane amount of yard work while TTO was working on Saturday.  Am an awesome wife.

Went out to a bar in Hometown to celebrate a friend’s birthday.  While there I was accosted by a “sexy” policewoman.  Turns out it was my old neighbor.  I used to change her diapers.  I wanted to throw my coat over her and take her home.  When did I get so old?

In the car on the way home from said bar one of the mix CDs I talked about on Friday came on.  Since TTO’s musical tastes are much more discerning than mine I thought it would be fun to play Who Sings This Song.  He wasn’t doing too well (because most of the songs are so old and bad) until, “Tick tock you don’t stop, stop, to the heart.”* 

TTO: (Turning down the volume) “Would you like to hear a fact?”
Me: (Was he president of the fan club? Is he related to them some how?) I would love to hear a fact!
TTO: When I was eleven I spent the night with my cousins and was able to watch SNL for the first time. This band was the musical guest.
Me: That’s…disappointing.
TTO: I know.    

Trekked to the outlet mall with M on Sunday.  I was looking for a new swimsuit for our Mexico trip and in the first store found four bins labeled “Swimsuits $1.99”.  Score, right?  Not so much.  Those four bins held only bottoms.  I found exactly one top, in an extra-large, that didn’t match any of the bottoms.  Normally I would chalk this up as odd, but two other stores had exactly the same thing.  Just bottoms?  What am I missing here?

I did buy a new winter coat that I am unreasonably excited about.  However, it is white.  Am I crazy?  I’m hoping that it will force me to be more responsible about not spilling.  I think I’d better Scotchguard it just in case.

I spent all day yesterday mired in a work-related project.  It was sucking the life out of me.  Fortunately it’s almost done and the remaining pieces shouldn’t be too difficult.  My job is based in retail and as a result we have to think pretty far out.  For me, 2008 is already over, 2009 is in the works and 2010 is being planned.  Do you have any idea how confusing this is?

Last night I went home and did more yard work.  I stayed out until it was too dark to see what I was doing.  Sadly enough that meant 7:00.  I hate that about this time of the year. 

I think that pretty much sums it up.  I’m sorry for the scatterbrain-ness.  I’ll try to be more coherent tomorrow.

*Anyone who can correctly name the song and the band responsible will win a fabulous prize.  TTO, you are not eligible.

I’ve never placed or replied to an ad on Craigslist and it is now very unlikely that I ever will.

Nanny Ad Slaying

I just don’t have any words for how unbelievable and scary this is.   

Last night I was organizing my CDs and I came across a few blank ones.  I knew that they were mixes I’d made in college so I threw them in my bag thinking they’d be fun to listen to on my way to work.

Oh Lord.  I had to share the playlist of one in particular because it is so random.  And awesomely bad.

Please consider that this was made at least six years ago and should not be any indication of my current musical tastes.  It was also probably put together during an all-nighter.  I still enjoyed the heck out of it this morning.

I Just Wanna Love You – Jay Z
(The inspiration for my new tagline.)

Girls, Girls, Girls – Jay Z

H.O.V.A. – Jay Z
(Are we seeing a bit of a trend?)

Hey Baby – No Doubt

That’s The Way Love Goes – N’Sync’s cover of Janet Jackson
(This is surprisingly enjoyable.  Remind me to tell you about the time I saw them in concert.  That’s right.  I did.)

I’m Just A Girl – No Doubt

Seven Days – Craig David

Fill Me In – Craig David

Once In My Life – Craig David
(Whatever happened to this guy? I was obviously a fan.)

Spend My Life With You – Eric Benet (the ex-Mr. Halle Berry)

Now That I’ve Found You – O-town
(Completely ridiculous, but I really liked them for a few months for some inexplicable reason)

End of the Road – Boys II Men
(The quintessential junior high school dance song. Why I was listening to it as a college senior escapes me.)

While You Loved Me – Rasacal Flatts
(How the heck does a country song fit in with the rest of these?!)

Satisfaction – Britney Spears’ cover of The Rolling Stones

Slave 4 U – Britney Spears
(Britney, please come back! You used to be so awesome.)

Crazy Love – Brian McKnight
(I like the Ray Charles/Van Morrison version better.)

He Loves U Not – Dream
(The precursor to Danity Kane. A young, all girl band put together by P.Diddy. I believe this was their only song. As is the case with most bands put together by P.Diddy.)

Cruisin’ – Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow
(This was from the movie Duets. Don’t ask me how I remember this. D’Angelo’s version is far superior although I love Huey Lewis’ voice. Shut up.)

Please don’t laugh at me. At least not too hard.

I really want to call this Friday Fotos for Phriday Photos for alliteration purposes, but I just can’t bring myself to spell incorrectly.

Anyway, here are photos of the haircut.  I am even more excited about it now that I’ve discovered I can wash it and do nothing else and it still looks decent.  My hair has always been way too high maintenance.  Wash and wear has never worked for me.  Until now.

It’s pretty messy, but this was at the end of the day.
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Please ignore the face with no makeup and the teeth in desperate need of a few Crest Whitestrips.  Also?  Where is my upper lip?

Your husband will look at you funny when you ask him to take your picture for the internet.
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So it’s imperative that you act casual.   

And the dresser.

Before:
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During:
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After:
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And because he is very jealous of all of the other dogs getting so much attention, here is a close up of Gus.
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