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Jammy’s Jam of the Day – November 2, 2011

This song came on my ipod while I was cooking dinner tonight.  Well, it was breakfast for dinner (my favorite!), but I digress. . .

“These Are Days” – 10000 Maniacs

There’s just something about this song that makes me smile and reminds me of good times past and present.  It is a reminder to be in the moment and experience what is going on around you.  Life is a series of moments – things we learn from, grow from, and make us who we are.

Enjoy these moments. Be happy. Don’t let fear stop you. Learn. Grow. Love. Share.

Live.

 

Me: The Playlist

Last night I was sitting in my backyard, reading and listening to music while enjoying the perfect Minnesota evening.  There was a bit of a chill in the air so I had to wear a hoodie and the air was full of fall smells – leaves, a bit of dampness, and bonfires.  All of this in the city too.

As I tweeted last night, “I love when a song just captures my thoughts perfectly” and I must have done something to please the ipod gods, since it kept playing the most perfect songs to reflect the moment and me.  

This lead me to think – what would I put on a playlist to reflect or represent me?  Not necessarily about a specific moment or situation, but me.  Who I am. What makes me happy. What explains a bit about what goes on in my often overactive imagination.  What I think about myself and what I think others think about me.

Fast-forward to this morning and I’ve decided to have a go at creating this playlist.  I’m going to use Spotify to house it for now, and at some point I may publish it for others to listen to.

I think this is going to be an interesting exercise for me.  I often say that my life can be described by a series of song lyrics, so it’s about time I put together the music to do just that.  Plus, it’ll make me do some thinking and reflect upon various things.  As I’ve said before, if you stop thinking, challenging, reflecting or learning you’ve stopped living.  Asking yourself and others difficult questions isn’t a bad thing – it’s a part of the journey we are all on.

Has anyone else tried doing this?  Anyone want to play along at home? 

I hope everyone (in the States at least) is enjoying this holiday weekend.  Enjoy.

 

Help me decide!

I like snarky/witty/random tshirts and I’d like to get a new one for my birthday.  However, there are just too many great options out there and I can’t decide.  So, I’m looking for some help to spend a bit of my money by crowdscourcing the decision.

Here are the “finalists”, in no particular order:

1.  Evil Genius

2.  Meh

3.  Catnip

4. Quack!

5.  Back to the Future shirt to be named later (there are quite a few options I’m thinking about)

6.  Not My Fault

7.  Selected options from The Oatmeal (Special Ops Bunny, War Kitten, or Polar Bear in Coffee)

Let me know which one I should get, or offer up a suggestion of your own (nothing too racy or vulgar, yeah?).  Aaaand, go!

Things you notice on a walk

Yesterday, I had to walk from my office to a friend’s house for a ride home due to what I will refer to as CARFAIL 2011.  I ended up walking along the normal route that I drive to and from work each day.  One thing that struck me about half-way into the mile long walk is how your perspective changes when you’re not in a car zooming by at 35 MPH.

I noticed small things like kids playing in the front yard of an apartment building – their laughter and joy rising above the din of the cars driving by.  I noticed the details on some of the great old houses along the street, where people have worked to preserve the historic beauty and charm.  I noticed the number of small buisnesses along the route, many bustling with customers and covering a wide variety of needs – including a Thai restaurant, a motorcycle shop, a music school, a youth hostel and a co-op.

I nodded hi to people as I walked by, each of us on our own journey, our own path, but recognizing we were both a part of this community.  While I may have been in my own world with my thoughts and music, I was still taking in what was around me. This often happens while I am walking around my own neighborhood during walks with Scout.

I want to see what is going on around me – notice those small things that bring a smile to my face or remind me of something.  I think I’m going to try to make it a point to go on more walks or ride my bike more places while the weather cooperates.  It not only helps me connect with things around me, but also has the pesky side benefit of being good for me.

It’s amazing the things you notice when you slow down a bit and really look at what is going on around you.  Something I need to do more of, and I’m looking forward to it.

Take 5: TV shows I need to watch

I’ve apparently missed out on a lot of good TV over the last few years, so I’m going to attempt to make up for lost time.  Now that I don’t have cable, I’m no longer a slave to my DVR or what is currently on.  Thank cheesus for Netflix.

Better late than never, yeah?

Here’s the line-up:

1.  30 Rock – I was on Team Studio 60 when this show started, so avoided it.  Now, I’m embracing it because it is pretty awesome.

2.  Parks and Rec – This show is pretty much my life in TV show form.

3.  Dr. Who – I know tons of people that watch this show and have been told I would enjoy it.  Plus, it continues my newly discovered love of all things BBC.

4.  6 Feet Under – All I’ve seen is the “Rapture” clip, but that was pretty hilarious.

5.  Well, turns out I only have four. . . . .any suggestions?  Please?  Preferably something that I can stream or that you are willing to lend me the DVDs of.  Aaaand, go!