Wednesday, February 17, 2010

In Honor of St. Valentine: Break-Up Songs So Good That They Make You Want To Break Up

The best (or worst?) break-up songs* in my life in no particular order:

“If Winter Ends” Bright Eyes
“Oh Me” Nirvana
“Untouchable Face” Ani DiFranco
“Cocoon” Jack Johnson
“Back to Black” Amy Whinehouse
“Use Me” Bill Withers
“Army of Me” Bjork
“Colors and The Kids” Cat Power
“Tyrone” Erykah Badu
“Morning Theft” Jeff Buckley
“Condor Avenue” Elliott Smith
“I Used to Love Him” Lauryn Hill
“The Early Morning Hour” Leah Siegel
“Between the Bars” Elliott Smith or Madeline Peyroux
“Trailer Trash” Modest Mouse
“Green Gloves” The National
“I’ve Been Loving You Too Long To Stop Now” Otis Redding
“Where Is My Mind” Pixies
“Rid of Me” PJ Harvey
“I Know It’s Over” The Smiths
“Irreplaceable” Beyonce
“I Know I Know I Know” Teegan and Sarah
“New Slang” The Shins
“Contrast and Compare” Bright Eyes
“Perfect Circle” REM
“You Are the Everything” REM
“A Thousand Hours” The Cure
“Disintegration” The Cure
“Dreams To Remember” Otis Redding
“You Keep Me Hangin’ On” The Supremes
“Band of Gold” Freda Payne
“Knives Out” Radiohead
“You Oughta Know” Alanis Morissette
“I’m So Tired” The Beatles
“The Flame” Cheap Trick
“I’ve Never Loved a Man” Aretha Franklin
“Romeo & Juliet” Dire Straits
“Blue Moon” Elvis Presley (Sun Sessions) or Cowboy Junkies
“Up In Arms” Foo Fighters
“I Hate Myself For Loving You” Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
“Mr. Brightside” The Killers
“Where Did You Sleep Last Night” Nirvana (Leadbelly)
“Divorce Song” Liz Phair
“Where Did Our Love Go?” The Supremes

*I haven’t had a break up in a number of years and some of these songs are newer than that. Some break up songs are so good that they make me want to break up just so I can play them over and over and over again. (I won’t be breaking up anytime soon, don’t worry.) This list is not definitive...I may keep adding songs as I think of them. Inspired by NPR All Songs Considered Valentine Show.

Who Needs a Groundhog?

There is a bird outside my bathroom window that is sure that it’s spring. There is 18 inches of snow on the ground and it’s still snowing. February has been the snowiest month in the history of our city—we’ve had 29.5 inches already and it’s just past Valentine’s Day. Still every day that bird sits in the dark morning ice, on a dried up, snow-covered berry bush and sings. Today, there were two birds singing in the bush—the same bush that in summer is so full of birds eating berries that when it swells it drowns out your thoughts and conversations. I am grateful to this bird and his friend. The song gives me hope.
It has been a very long, very lonely winter.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Why so quiet?

Well, shortly after starting my New Year's resolution to write every day, I found out that I am pregnant. And of course, I have wanted to write about it, have written about it privately--but I couldn't tell the world until I was sure that everything was okay in there. And it is after my first doctor's appointment yesterday. I am 9 weeks and 2 days pregnant. The fetus is moving around and has a nice, strong, fast heartbeat. All is well.

More to come.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

So, here it begins

Today is my first yoga class at Balanced Yoga in Clintonville. I am having some anxiety because I have never taken a yoga class with strangers. So there it is. I am in my thirties and I have first-day-of-school-in-a-new-town anxiety. I also have a nice pimple to go along with my adolescent worries.

My friends made it safely to England. They are getting keys to their new flat and shopping for a bed now. I have never been to England. I will go soon. Maybe this summer. So far this is reading like ajournal, which is not exactly what I envisioned, but bear with me.

I cook pretty much every day. Yesterday, I ate out three meals—all very delicious. Breakfast was eggs, over easy, and soupy black beans with a grilled tortilla from the cafĂ© at work. The meal felt like a hug from a Mexican grandmother that I always wanted but don’t have. Lunch was Ha Long Bay on Sancus. I had chicken pho and fresh spring rolls. The place is very spruce and bright. The food was clean and comforting—perfect for a snowy, cold winter day. My final meal was from the Indian place at the North Market—also very good and similarly comforting.
Today, I am making dinner for a friend. What am I making? Good question…I haven’t figured that out yet. I will let you know tomorrow.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

2010 Resolutions

1. be mindful (especially when eating, cooking, and moving)
2. learn marriage skills
3. read about happiness and self-improvement
4. learn yoga
5. practice writing every day
6. take in what I read and apply what is useful (right away)
7. figure out what to do with pomegranates

This blog is dedicated to the fulfillment of my first and fifth resolutions for 2010. I hope to touch on all of my 2010 resolutions over the course of the next year in this blog. I have never written a blog before so please forgive my digressions, tangents, and unsophisticated, novice blogger tendencies. My intentions are good. I am writing to myself and to an imaginary audience (are you out there? are you reading this?) and to my friends Ben and Michelle who are newly transplanted from Columbus, Ohio to the UK. Any questions?