Monthly Archives: April 2008

playlist 2 …

We’re back for round two, and this time, there’s another hidden theme. A few artists in this mix are near the top of my favorites list – Toby Lightman has an organic sound to her music that I can’t resist, and The Animals Were Gone is among my favorites by Damien Rice. Cruel Sun is a Rusted Root classic, and Take Five: Classic Jazz is great Saturday morning coffee music! Oh, and if you haven’t heard the new Counting Crows album, Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings, it’s great! A bit “noisier” than their previous albums, which is a good thing. Still, though, with that classic Counting Crows signature sound. And while Catie Curtis usually requires me to be in an introspective mood, her music reflects life, telling stories that range from detailed accounts of hard times to some of life’s little successes. She’s amazing!

Enjoy!

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Song Title … Artist … Album
01. Round & Round … Toby Lightman … Bird on a Wire
02. Half Acre … Hem … Rabbit Songs
03. On Green Dolphin Street … Lifescapes … Take Five: Classic Jazz
04. Finger Lickin’ Good … The Beastie Boys … Check Your Head
05. Space Dog … Tori Amos … To Venus and Back
06. My Generation … Limp Bizkit … Chocolate Starfish & the Hot Dog Flavored Water
07. Insignificant … Counting Crows … Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings
08. Nightingale … Norah Jones … Come Away With Me
09. She Talks to Angels … The Black Crowes … Shake Your Money Maker
10. The Animals Were Gone … Damien Rice … 9
11. That Bug Bit Me … The Mighty Mighty Bosstones … Let’s Face It
12. Crocodile Tears … Catie Curtis … Truth from Lies
13. Cat Turned Blue … Rusted Root … Cruel Sun

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georgia on my mind …

April brought the promise of a road trip, and a road trip it was! To celebrate my father-in-law’s 60th birthday, it was decided we would all head to Georgia. Why Georgia? To keep it simple and without drawing out the family tree, family is there. They’re fun, welcoming, and also happen to have a gorgeous house!

Day One:
With the dogs off to the kennel for the long weekend, we hit the road. Departure time: 1:50 pm. We got off to a great start, and with the exception of one accident and a surprising sleet/hail storm, the trip was rather uneventful. Thankfully, we arrived in Gainesville, GA unscathed just after 1:00 am.

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Day Two:
We awoke to the smell of some seriously amazing breakfast – pancakes, bagels, eggs, grits (Ick!), and cereal. After a quick trip to the outlets, we spent another glorious 7 hours in the car … to Atlanta airport and back. I’ll spare you the profanities and leave the day at that!

Day Three:
Amazing. If you like small, quaint towns with lots to see and do, you’ve got to get to Dahlonega, GA. This place is incredible; like a trip back in time. I’ve got to get back there sometime soon, but minus two things – rain and the men! Here are some of the local shops: Desert Moon Gallery, Dahlonega General Store, Treasures Within, The Glassblowing Shop, Cranberry Corners, Bleu Art Gallery, Studio Jewelers, Vickie Lynn’s, and Massachusetts Bay Trading Company.

The evening was just as fun. Neighbors and friends gathered to celebrate Terry’s 60th, and it was a blast! The evening included a few hilarious attempts at pool, some delicious margaritas, the customized voice and guitar playing of a stand-in “Willie Nelson,” tasty collard greens, and the comedy provided by my two amazing nephews!

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Day Four:
“Home again, home again, jiggity jig.” Another 11 hours in the car brought us home around 6:30, just enough time to check on the cat, grab something to eat, and head home to unpack.

Conclusions?:
Family is great! A huge thanks to Aunt Joyce & Uncle Mike for their amazing hospitality, and to my father-in-law for giving us an excuse to get away and party! Our nephews are always much appreciated, not only for their snuggly love, but for creating unforgettable memories. This time, it was walking backwards up the hill, sneaking the “icning,” and a few good laughs when they said, “Get some balls, Justin!” and “Namim hung like horse!” Finally, I want a German Shepherd! Maverick is adorable! I need two dogs like I need a hole in the head. Oh well, these are the days …