Thursday, September 16, 2010

It's a Wild World

"Oh, baby, baby, it's a wild world
It's hard to get by just upon a smile
Oh, baby, baby, it's a wild world
and I'll always remember you like a child, girl"

-Cat Stevens, "Wild World"

As I was tearing through my desk this morning, frantically looking for my keys...and my watch... and my headphones (so sometimes I'm not quite so organized), I knocked over a towering stack of CDs. The stack of CDs has been sitting on my desk untouched since 2007 or so. No lie. Each and every time I rearranged, I had carefully transported the hoard of case-less scracthed and dusty CDs. With and iPod and an iPhone, I never really felt the need to spend hours sorting through them.

And this morning as they pinged around on the bare tile, I ignored my initial (read: lazy messy bum) thought to push them under my desk with a few swipes of the feet and deal with them later. Instead, I scooped up the stray CDs and threw them in my work tote, figuring I could attempt to spice up my work playlist.

Once in the car, I dug my hand deep into the tote and wound up with the "How to Deal" soundtrack. I thought once (okay, twice.) about throwing it back in and looking for a CD where I could actually remember the track listing. But once again, I ignored that and ....


a totally adorable version of a mommy and her bebe dancing to Wild World.

I bought the soundtrack the summer before I went to college. I was heading out on RV road trip with a friend and her parents. I had just had my first kiss days before with a boy who would ignore my calls and inevitably dump me the week I returned. And I spent the trip blasting track 4, Liz Phair's "Why Can't I?," on my discman. Yeah, I said discman.

And this morning as that track started up, I laughed aloud. It felt good to remember those days - good to remember the melodramatic mouthing the words in sync with Liz as I wondered how she could read the very words of my soul.

As track 4 segued into track 5, my trip down memory lane took a sudden turn. It was Beth Orton's version of the Cat Steven's classic, Wild World.

The first time I heard it, I was 17 - fresh out of high school and desperately afraid of what was to come - the change that was right around the corner. I remember being perched on the RV couch, meditating on the lyrics and nauseatingly following the yellow stripe on the asphalt as we drove home.

Today, I am 25. And if we're being honest, I'm a little bit scared of the changes that are in store for me this coming year. There are moments when I feel like I'm not strong enough or brave enough to handle the adult world. It's a subtle fear in the back of my mind that makes me wish I could see how everything works out. I effortlessly made it through the changes of college and beyond, but now I wonder how will I fare through year 25?

But maybe these feelings are a good thing.
Maybe fear keeps us on our toes?
Maybe it forces us to deal?

so tell me.
What's one CD/Song/Artist/Band that instantly brings you back? One that gets you thinking about whats to come?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Little Thing 54

Looking down at my shimmery teal toes and knowing that all across the country this month, I have something in common with some of the most amazing women I've ever met.

If you haven't gotten your teal pedi done up yet,
do it for Lisa.

Little Thing 53

After a week of being sick, finally being able to breathe through my nostrils instead of wheezing through my mouth.

No one likes a mouth breather.
Jusssst sayin.'

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Rally Up!

Geaux Geaux Geaux


Just want to send the boys in Black & Gold a little love as they take on the Minnesota Vikings tonight!

Just a little reminder of how it went last time the Vikings were in the dome.

Hell, even Bobby Jindal is pumped up.

Tout Simplement Magnifique

Just a quick one before I get on with my Thursday!
(That's right...THURSDAY. Not Wednesday like half of us are feeling. Hallelujah!)

Having a google alert on your name comes with a few advantages. Sure, you know when the internet is talkin' bout you. But you also manage to stumble upon insanely talented Louisiana photographers who share your name and your love for New Orleans.

What's that?
That only happens to me?
Yeah. I know.

I'll share with y'all.
You can treat yourself to Michelle C. Broussard's New Orleans Slideshow as well.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Oh I wish...

Let's just start out this week's posting with the most amazing part of my weekend....

It was glorrrrrrious!

Thanks to the 610 S for a chance to rendezvous with this beauty!

Friday, September 3, 2010

And We're Off...

...Well we will be in a few hours, anyways.


With 2 duffel bags, a train case, a lap top bag, a purse and the game Apples to Apples I think I may be equipped to handle my 3 day jaunt to Houston. Hah!

Lint roller? Check. 3 sticks of deodorant? Check. Enough clothes to last me a month just incase I decide to move to Houston tomorrow? Checkity Check Check.

So I may be a teensie bit over packed for SKing & I's rendezvous with our new favorite city but its in direct correlation with my excitement level.

We've got some lovely happenings planned, including the BrewMasters International Beer Festival (& YES I won the VIP Tickets!) down in Galveston, TX.

If anyone will be down there this weekend, definitely let me know via Twitter or EMail and we'll share a beer and toast the good life.

To everyone else,
I hope you have a lovely and safe Labor Day weekend!

Laissez les bon temps roulez!
& Remember... pas sur les meubles!


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Make Me a VIP

My entry to win these VIP Tickets to the Brewmasters International Beer Fest!