Friday, August 7, 2009

ABBA's Soundtrack

I really don't have much to say today, but I now feel obligated to post almost daily just to give you all a glimpse into the soundtrack of my life. So, here is today's song and why....

The Theme Song to Fat Albert

Why? I feel my brain is all mushy today...I have mush-brain.... One of the characters on Fat Albert was named "Mush-Mouth".... Ergo, The Fat Albert Theme Song

Just one more glimpse into how this mad, mad, mad, mad world called ABBA's brain works....

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Lost Dr. Seuss Poem

As I clean out my office in preparation for A.C.E., I came across this and thought I'd share. If the author of this is out there and finds this post, I apologize for stealing this and I'm NOT claiming that I wrote this in any way, shape, or form....

I Love My Job!
I love my job. I love the pay!
I love it more and more each day.
I love my boss, he is the best!
I love his boss and all the rest.

I love my office and its location, I hate to have to go on vacation.
I love my furniture, drab and grey, and piles of paper that grow each day!
I think my job is really swell, there's nothing else I love so well.
I love to work among my peers, I love their leers, and jeers, and sneers.
I love my computer and its software;
I hug it often though it won't care. I love each program and every file.
I'd love them more if they worked a while.

I'm happy to be here. I am. I am.
I'm the happiest slave of the Firm. I am.
I love this work, I love these chores.
I love the meetings with deadly bores.
I love my job - I'll say it again - I even love those friendly men.
Those friendly men who've come today,
In clean white coats to take me away!!

So, the song to add to the soundtrack today.... Dr. Demento's Delights They're Coming to Take Me Away.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Issue: I'm no longer good at walking alone.

History: I've been really doing a good job walking pretty consistently and the last couple of times Samantha has joined me on my walks. Today, however, I was on my own. When walking with Sam, I have a tendency to walk a little slower. Sam is a couple of three inches shorter than I am and I have a fairly long stride. In order to put her into a complete run, I keep my long stride and just slow the pace down.

Today, I didn't have her around to be my "pace" car. I started out at a pretty good pace and the next thing I know my ankle starts to give me troubles. Actually, let me say it was hurting. I've had to be very careful with this ankle for almost a year now, ever since I fell of Jill's boat last year and sprained it. It has never healed properly and I baby it. I haven't been having any troubles with it lately, thanks to being really careful with how I walk and working to keep everything in alignment.

Solution: I really, really wanted to stop walking, but knew that I would just be mad at myself if I did that. I stopped and did some stretching and then decided that I needed to slow myself down. Easier said than done, without my pace car. So, how did I do it? I had to come up with a song (I know that is a shocker that I turned to music) that would give me the correct pace. I came up with and started singing in my head Patsy Cline's Walking After Midnight. It has a nice 4/4 beat with a bit of bounce.

And yes, that would be the song to add to ABBA's soundtrack for the day.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Project A.C.E. Is Underway

Project A.C.E. = Andrea's California Exodus

I went to Pilates today and met with my trainer, and friend, Abby for the last time. As she pulls out the workout sheet that she created for me so that I could continue my Pilates work after I've returned to Texas. I immediately started crying... it started very suddenly and unexpectedly. I realized that this is really happening and I have SOOO much that I need to do and SOOO many people and things that I really am going to miss. Not only do I have all of the spots that I have yet to see, although I think it is going to have be moved to another list of things that I want to do when I come back and visit.

This week my list of things that I need to accomplish:
  1. Finish quilts and get them mailed off (not really part of Project A.C.E., but needs to get done)
  2. Pack up my sewing equipment (after I finish #1)
  3. Go to storage unit and get wine boxes and then get additional boxes from BevMo
  4. Sort through clothes and determine what is going to Goodwill
  5. Shred and pitch paperwork
  6. Have a nervous breakdown (one of many, I'm sure)
  7. Get a couple of good walks in
So, back to my final workout with Abby.... One of the items that she had me do towards the end of the workout was called "swimming"; which is basically laying on your stomach and making that swimming motion, which is supposed to work the stomach and back muscles. Anyway, I immediately start singing R.E.M.'s Nightswimming. So, that is the ABBA soundtrack entry for the day.

And as a side note... One of the lines in the song is "...September's coming soon...." Freaky, huh?

Monday, August 3, 2009

How Our Minds Work

I've spoken before about how minds think differently and this was evidenced again today while walking with Samantha.

We passed a car that had a bumper sticker that said "War is never the Answer".

I said, "Doesn't that depend on what the question is?"

Sam got to thinking about it and started down a lengthy path about the possibilities of when War would be the answer from a philosophical standpoint. (Sorry, Sam, I sorta stopped listening and drifted off into my own world.)

I had to interrupt her and say, "Yeah, I wasn't thinking of that, I was thinking of questions of this nature:"
  • Name the 1969 song by Edwin Starr, which is a blatant anti-Vietnam War protest....
  • Name the band that sings Low Rider....
  • What 3 letter word is akin to the Old High German word werran meaning to confuse...
So, there are times when "War" is the answer....

(And yes, that would be 2 song references in the soundtrack of my world....)