Friday, May 30, 2008

Top 10 Favorite Summer Songs

This morning I was driving to work and a local radio station was talking about favorite summer songs, and they listed some great ones like The Thong Song, Summer Girls, and Crazy. I wanted to share my own personal list.

So, here are my ten favorite summer songs. They are more or less in order, but not completely. I think most of them are equal.

1. Do You Realize—The Flaming Lips
I don’t think you could have summer without The Flaming Lips. The next three songs are from such great albums—that the albums themselves are almost the embodiment of summer for me. However, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is my favorite album for summer.

2. Float On—Modest Mouse
I bought this album the summer before my senior year of college. I lived in Siloam Springs that summer. I was very lonely. Spring was in Tulsa, and Holly was working all the time and spending time with her boyfriend. I remember thinking about how great the lyrics were, and my favorite line is:
“Well, a fake Jamaican took every last dime with a scam
It was worth it just to learn some sleight-of-hand
Bad news comes don't you worry even when it lands
Good news will work its way to all them plans”

3. Sail to the Moon—Radiohead
This album came out before or during the summer of my junior year of college, and I was in a horrible place. I had just been broken up with, and my clothing was permanently stained red because of my openly bleeding heart. My parents had planned a trip to Phoenix, AZ that summer because my father had a conference there, and we took a road trip. I remember laying out by the pool with my sister, and listening to this CD on loop. What I love about Sail to the Moon is the lullaby affect it had one me. The romantic melody but the lyrics do not match up.

4. No Surprises—Radiohead
My ex-boyfriend turned me onto Radiohead, and one summer I house sat for his family. I had just learned how to rip music from a CD and burn it onto another CD. I made my first mixed CD the summer of 2001, and I never looked back. This song and one other Ex-Factor by Lauryn Hill was on that first “Sweet Tunes.” I remember Sheena and I were listening to the song and she said, “You know he sings about how crappy everything is all the time, but he makes it seem okay.”

5. These Days—Nico
I have listened to this song every summer since I first discovered The Royal Tenenbaums (which is also a great summer movie). “Please don't confront me with my failures, I had not forgotten them.” Need I say more?

6. Big Girls Don’t Cry—Fergie
This song has to be mentioned because Mary-Beth and I spent all summer listening to it last year. We drove all around Dallas, and would sing it at the top of our lungs. I even sang it karaoke at a pool party once.

7. Rush of Blood to the Head—Coldplay
I have always argued that this song is about Forrest Gump (another great summer movie), but I have always been told that, “No, no it is about President George W. Bush.” I think that in summer time people usually do more impulsive things than usual, and I think that typically it gets blamed on a rush of blood to the head.

8. Ex-Factor—Lauryn Hill
I love this song. This is one of the best break-up songs every written. I discovered this song while purusing my then boyfriends cd collection, and even from the beginning of our relationship—I knew that this song was about this person and myself. I think of this song and I think my home town in Grove, Oklahoma. I would drive around in the summer, college looming ahead of me, and with new love found. Yet I could not shake the truth in Lauren’s words:
“See I know what we got to do
You let go and I'll let go too
'Cause no one's hurt me more than you
And no one ever will”

9. Somewhere Only We Know—Keane
I heard this song on a Victoria Secrets commercial, and I could not believe I had never heard the song before. I spent the rest of the week doing internet research until I found it on a forum. It was a song by a band called Keane. The song reminds of a short story I wrote once about a cliff that over looked a ravine with a bench, and it was summer time when I wrote the short story.

10. Jesus Freak—DC Talk
This song reminds me of the best parts of summer in middle and high school—church camp. I loved church camp, and I used to attend Falls Creek in the summer. It was this huge hilly camp ground near Turner Falls in Oklahoma that was hot as hell (or not), and we would spend all our free time in the cabin playing cards and listening to Christian pop music.

What do you think your favorite summer songs are?

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Meredith loves McDreamy

So, I started watching Grey’s Anatomy again. I could not help it. Friend, R (I am taking a cue from Ann here on shorting people’s names to one letter) in Austin watches and he got me watching it again.

I used to write regularly about Grey’s Anatomy, and how ridiculous it all was. I think it was something that most people enjoyed reading. Perhaps I will do it about Lost too, but the problem with most Lost fans is that they are always a few episodes or seasons behind for some reason. No one fan is on the same page with Lost.

So anyway, back to Grey’s. I think, actually I know in my gut that Rose is going to be pregnant. She is going to be pregnant with McDreamy’s baby, and even though we all were celebrating that finally, FINALLY, Meredith can love—McDreamy is going to have a baby with Rose, the nurse. I like Rose. She deserves better than McDreamy though. Maybe she can date Christina?

George and Lexie are obviously going to end up together. And by “end up together,” I mean have sex. I do not mean fall in love and have a meaningful relationship. People do not do that on Grey’s Anatomy. Since George could not have Meredith he will get his chance to have Lexie. She is, in my opinion, much more awesome than Meredith anyway.

Can I just say, “Called it” about Calli and Erica. Calli is a weirdo character with no direction. My prediction is that next season she is going to be dating the Chief or something like that. She is the character most likely to sleep with the most unlikely character on the show. She slept with George, McSteamy, and now she is going to sleep with Erica. Oh, Dr. Torres, you mislead and strangely written character.

Alex and Izzy should be together, I think. Alex is a crap head, and Izzy is too—so they belong together. Both of them are self-righteous, indigent, and use their “medical” training as a way to let people almost die or actually die. *Cough* Denny.

Anyway, what did you think of the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy?

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Just to make it worse

My friend Ellie took this video:

You can see Spring and Chris. You can hear me singing, and Mary-Beth and I yelling!

God does love his children. Yeah.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Please, feel free to be jealous

I think most people have a list of things that they want to do before the die. I know I do. Sunday night I got to cross one thing off.

See Radiohead live in concert.

Just so you know Thom Yorke dances like an amazing, white, British man with nothing to lose.

Plus they played Fake Plastic Trees, Paranoid Android, Pyramid Song, You and Whose Army, and The Bends. Radiohead played other songs of course, but I just wanted to rub these songs in your face.

What did you do on Sunday night?

Friday, May 16, 2008

These Might Not be My Favorites Next Year

Spring wrote about her ten favorite films, and so in best friend fashion I wanted to do the same thing—countdown and all.

10. Pirates of the Caribbean
9. Dumb and Dumber
8. Stardust
7. Hairspray
6. Little Miss Sunshine
5. Garden State
4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
3. Moulin Rouge
2. Fight Club
1. The Royal Tenenbaums

Okay, well there it is. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

For Sean Because He Graduated High School.

My little brother Sean graduated from high school on Tuesday. Here is a list for him of 10 things that I wish someone had told me before going to college.

10. People from Texas love their state. You will always know that there is someone from the State of Texas by how they decorate their dorm room. They do make a wrapping paper with the state of Texas printed on it, and someone will figure out how to decorate their room/door with this. This is the only state with that problem.
9. There is no need to run down the hallway of your dorm— unless there is a fire. Which mostly likely there will not be, but you will experience three to four fire drills at 3:00 a.m. at least two to three times a semester. Please see number 8.
8. When you cook popcorn there is no need to cook it for very long. Most popcorn cooks at about 2 minutes. Understand that if you cook your popcorn longer than 2 minutes chances are that it will be burnt, and the fire alarms will go off causing everyone in your dormitory to have to go outside and stand around in the cold. Please—do not overcook your popcorn.
7. Don’t think that just because you put your name on an item in the shared dorm refrigerator that someone isn’t going to eat it. They are.
6. It is okay to question authority, and to make the authority answer for why they do something or why they are making you do something.
5. College is a balance between having fun and getting your work done for your classes. I have never heard anyone say that they wish they had not done more of one or the other.
4. Good music and good books are meant for sharing. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad for sharing your music with another person. Also, if you don’t read—you should. Pick up a book. Your brain will thank you.
3. If you don’t doubt the existence of God, and then somehow find God again by the time college is over then you didn’t learn anything, and you should have to repeat college.
2. Don’t be afraid to try new things, but don’t be afraid to stand your ground. It is okay to test your beliefs but don’t lose your moral fiber.
1. Life is a lot like driving on the highway in a heavy rain. The important thing to remember is not to get lost in the lighting and the oncoming headlights, but to focus on the lines on the road. You can get through anything if you focus on what is in front of you. Just like rain is good for the world—it is good for your life.

Good luck Sean, and all those graduating out there. I am sure when Sheena graduates college I will write a nice like post about how life after college is lame, and how no one out there prepares anyone for being in their twenties.

Sunday, May 11, 2008


Do you know, I sometimes wish I was
a firecracker?
A quick spark of light
and pow— beauty
and before anything can ruin it
I’m gone
All that is left is ash and memory
The wind blows it all away

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Just in case you didn't know.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Regarding the New Job and New Co-Workers

If there is something that The Office has taught us is that people can survive a boring job it they have clever and wonderful work friends. Thus far two days into my into my new job in Austin—I have not yet met a Jim to my Pam, Dwight, or even Michael. If I had to categorize very many of my new co-workers they would be more like Angelas. I think I have might have met a Phyllis and even a Meredith.

Don’t get me wrong, my co-workers all seem very nice. We even have a British administrative assistant. I have my own cubicle, and I do not have to deal with clients who would rather live their lives in denial then actually help their own children. So that is all a bonus. There is also a refrigerator thief around. My plan is catch this thief red-handed. I have yet to figure out the plan. However I think it will involve my urine and a bucket of sherbet.

The weird thing about co-workers is that you spend so much of your time with them. You spend more time with your co-workers than you do your own family or friends. That is when your co-workers actually become your friends. Then they become your work family. I had a work family in Dallas. I had a warm, comfortable work family. Work families though unlike real families quickly forget their lost member, and fill the spot with someone else.

Oh, well.

I could still meet my Jim. It is more likely though that I will meet a Dwight. This could make for good blog writing.