Monthly Archives: December 2007

Happy New Year, Everyone!!


The Chili family’s plans for New Year’s Eve are to head to Bowyer and Tonks’ place to be together, play the Wii, and order Chinese food. Hopefully, the Falcon and MeadMaker families will be able to join us. I’ll bring champagne for the grownups and sparkling grape juice for the kids.

We’re hoping to catch the New Year in London on the BBC so that we won’t be out too late. We’ve got little kids who can’t make it to midnight anyway and I’m nervous on New Year’s roads; we don’t drink, but that’s not an assurance of our safety. Once we’re home, we’ll put the girls to bed and roust them to watch the NYC ball drop at midnight, we’ll pass around kisses and happy wishes, then we’ll all head back to bed.

Not terribly exciting, I know, but it’s our tradition and we love it.

I hope you all have a safe and happy New Year celebration!

(Thanks, Liv, for the great graphic!)


Filed under celebration

New Year, New Look *Edited*

Despite how averse I am to change, I decided that it was time for a new look around here. It’s not a drastic change, really, but it IS a change….

*I’ve changed it again – and may not be done yet.  This change was inspired by the fact that I couldn’t add a search feature to the old template, and I needed to find something that I’d written about before.  It frustrated me to not be able to find what I was looking for, so I dumped that template in favor of this one.  I’m not sure I’m settled yet; I’ll let you know when I’m satisfied…*


Filed under Uncategorized

See What You Started, Gerry?

My friend JRH was inspired by me (who was inspired by Gerry, who was inspired by his older brother) to make a list of HER favorite music. She didn’t get to 100, though, telling me that “I could play with this forever, but I am going to stop now. 100 was way too many and the ones I add beyond this I just keep taking off.” I’ve obtained her permission to post, so here are 47 of my friend’s favorite songs:

Push – Matchbox 20
The guitar at the beginning gets me, and “I want to take you for granted” keeps me.

Anna Begins – Counting Crows
I wish I knew what he was singing about, but I love it and it resonantes nonetheless. “When she sneezes, I believe it’s love.” but “If you don’t want to talk about it, then it isn’t love.”… “There’s something in a shade of grey, something in between.”

I’ve Been Delivered – The Wallflowers
So much imagery.

Fool in the Rain – Led Zeppelin
“I run in the rain til I’m breathless. When I’m breathless I run til I drop.” You talkin’ to me?

Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney
This was me at 19.

American Tune – Paul Simon
I have loved Paul since I knew what music was.

Why Georgia – John Mayer
Me in Virginia at 27 starting down a path to make a permanent life that I wasn’t sure I wanted. Why Richmond, really.

You Wreck Me – Tom Petty
It just rocks.

And She Was – Talking Heads
Remember how Aly McBeal had a theme song? This is mine.

Southern Cross – Crosby, Stills, and Nash
I don’t know, I just like it.

Desperation Song – Carbon Leaf
In concert. The energy coupled with the fact that only the true fans know the words.

What About Everything – Carbon Leaf
Grounding. “What about that midnight phone call? The one that wakes you from your dreams.”

Breathe (2AM) – Anna Nalick
The woman has a way with words. I especially like how she addresses how we interpret songs (you know, like I am doing now).

Romeo & Juliet – Dire Straits
My English teacher friend actually uses this song and the others on the album as a lesson.

Fly – Dixie Chicks
“It would take an acrobat. I’ve already done all that.” Yeah, I had.

Mississippi – Sheryl Crow
This just rocks too. And the Dixie Chicks do a nice job with it too.

Galileo – Indigo Girls
My favorite IG song. I like the drums at the beginning and I like their thoughts on reincarnation.

Why Should I Cry For You? – Sting
“What would it mean to say I loved you in my fashion?” I love the idea that one can love you “in their fashion” even if it’s not enough.

The Long Away Around – Dixie Chicks
Soundtrack for my road to adulthood. Love the way the girls reference earlier songs.

Wrap Your Arms Around Me – Barenaked Ladies
Who needs Barry White?

Blame It On Me – Barenaked Ladies
Punny & witty yet profound.

And So It Goes – Billy Joel
“In every heart there is a room, a sanctuary safe and strong to heal the wounds of lovers past until I new one comes along” spoke to me when I was in my early teens and in between crushes. “I would choose to be with you. That’s if the choice is mine to make. But you can make decisions too. And you can have this heart to break.” spoke to me in college, laying it all on the line.

Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
I heard Natalie Maines talk about covering this song with the Dixie Chicks and how she was 27 when the song clicked for her and how Stevie Nicks was 27 when she wrote it. Guess how old I was?

Fire and Rain – James Taylor
Sometimes sad is good.

Bright Lights – Matchbox 20
“Took all except my name.” Plus, the piano.

More For Me – Andrew Kerr
See Why Georgia.

Me & Julio Down By The School Yard – Paul Simon
The first popular song I knew the words to.

Tiny Dancer – Elton John
The bus scene from Almost Famous. Count how many songs from Cameron Crowe films are on this list.

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Checked out my eye color lately? And, for the record, I liked this song before Sleeping With The Enemy brought it back.

Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel
Lloyd Dobbler. Sigh. CC #2.

Split Screen Sadness – John Mayer
The boy has a way with words.

The Horses – Ricky Lee Jones
Jerry Maguire. CC #3.

World On Fire – Sarah McLachlan
I love Sarah.

Elsewhere – Sarah McLachlan
A song about the struggle for power and control.

Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby – Counting Crows
“The last one out of the circus has to lock up everything.” That so would have been my yearbook quote.

Shiloh – Neil Diamond

Small Town – John Mellencamp
The soundtrack to my childhood photo album.

Stuck In A Moment – U2
Stuck in a moment. Leave it to Bono to describe it exactly as it is.

What A Good Boy – Barenaked Ladies
Love a band that sends you to the dictionary. Hairshirt. Well, now I know.

Why Don’t You And I – Santana with Chad Kroeger or Alex Band
The rush of a new relationship.

Underneath Your Clothes – Shakira
“Underneath your clothes, there’s an endless story. That’s the man I chose. That’s my territory.”

Weather With You – Crowded House
The Finn Brothers make pretty music.

Silent All These Years – Tori Amos
Anger never sounded so pretty.

Hey California – Catie Curtis
Describes my love affair with New England and its winter.

Hallelujah – Rufus Wainwright
It may be on the Shrek soundtrack, but Alison Janney & Mark Harmon… sniff.

Only The Good Die Young – Billy Joel
My theme song as good girl high schooler.

Your Body Is A Wonderland – John Mayer
It just makes me happy. And horny.

p.s.  Today is Grammar Snob‘s birthday; go on over and wish her happy!


Filed under Friends, fun, meme, music

Another Voice Joins the Chorus!

My smart, funny, and observant sister, who comments and occasionally guest-posts here as Auntie, has opened up her own blog!

Go on over to Who Does She Think She Is Anyway and check her out!

Leave a comment

Filed under admiration, Blogroll, celebration, Home and Family

What’s YOUR Ringtone?

If, when you call someone, you could have their phone ring a particular song, what would it be?


For some of you, this is a hypothetical question; what song do you feel represents you best? For those of you who know my cell phone number, though, this is an “I want an answer” question – I can set the iPhone to ring clips of anything that I have in my iTunes library. When you call me, what do you want my phone to ring?

Just as points of interest, when I call Mr. Chili from the home line, it plays a bit of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and when Dudley calls him, it plays this bit from Steppenwolf. I’ve been having fun thinking up what music I would assign to my friends, and I’m interested to see what YOU guys would want my phone to sing while you’re calling me…


Filed under Friends, fun, Home and Family, Little Bits of Nothingness, music, My husband rocks!, my oh-so-exciting life, Questions

If There’s Going to Be Snow Anyway… (edited*)

… I may as well at least try to enjoy it.

The Chili and Bowyer families are going snow tubing today. Bowyer, Tonks and the boys are due here by 8 this morning, at which point five adults and four children will pile into our respective cars with all our boots, snow pants and gloves and head for a kinda-local ski slope that has a decent snow tube run. We’ll spend the first half of the day there – Bruder Chili has his flight back to ‘Bama this late afternoon – and I fully expect to have a wonderful time.


The first time we went snow tubing (ever) was in March of last year when Dudley and Squeaky came to visit. I didn’t expect to enjoy myself nearly as much as I did because, you know, it’s outdoors… in the snow, where it’s cold. I DID enjoy myself, though – quite a lot – and I’m looking forward to today. I’m sending gratitude to Lee for covering my Friday morning yoga class so that I can enjoy this time with my family, and now I’m off to gather up my snow pants and ear-flappy hat.

I hope your day is as much fun as I expect mine to be!

(the photo credit goes to Dudley, who had the foresight to bring a camera with him when we went tubing last year and was kind enough to send me all the photo files. That’s Punkin’ Pie in the front and Mr. Chili in the back…)

*we had a WONDERFUL time.  I highly recommend it!


Filed under celebration, Friends, fun, Home and Family, Little Bits of Nothingness

A Bad Feeling

bhutto_benazir.jpgWhile I was getting dressed this morning, Mr. Chili, surfing his laptop from the bed, told me that Benazir Bhutto had been assassinated yesterday.

I gasped and have had the worst sinking feeling ever since.

I don’t really know much about foreign politics.  Hell, I don’t really know much about domestic politics; it all seems like so much playground bullying to me.  I know, as they say, just enough to be dangerous.  I do believe, though, that Ms. Bhutto was going to be a calming, rational influence on Pakistan; at least, moreso than any one else I’d seen.  Calm and rational are two things that country (and ours) sorely needed.

I keep coming back to the idea that I’ve been kicking around since this fall, when I attended a symposium about the Holocaust: when will we (will we?) ever figure out that none of this matters?  That we get so much more from cooperation than we ever do from competition?  That we all belong to each other, and that hurting you hurts me?

I’m mourning Ms. Bhutto’s passing today, and hoping with all the energy that I can spare that the energy that she brought to her country and her people is carried on by others who want to see peace and cooperation more than they want to see struggle and war.

image credit 


Filed under admiration, memorials, social issues, Worries and Anxieties