Saturday, September 1, 2007


-Because some of you have asked... we fared miraculously well through the hurricane. Downed fence, trees in the yard, shed blown across the yard. But our house was fine, and even more miraculously our insurance company came through for us. Thanks for asking.

-Don't forget that Monday Missions begin this Monday, and I realize, now, that I brilliantly planned them to start on Labor Day (ack!), so why not start thinking about yours now (I've been composing mine for a few days as i sat in the car line at MQ's school. This does not promise that it will be good, however). The Mission is to write a post that takes a familiar tune, and gives it new words. Have fun!

-When MQ has to go to school in the morning, I lovingly rub her back to wake her up at about 10 minutes to seven in the morning. This is after I have been whacking the snooze alarm on my clock for appx. 30 minutes, before finally dragging my crabby self into the shower in an attempt to be cheerful Any bets on when she will wake up tomorrow, Saturday, when there is no school? I am betting on 6:25am, like last Saturday.

-In the car today I heard (twice!) OMD's If You Leave, causing me to think about how when I was a kid the music from my parent's youth was called "Oldies." Does this song, that pulls me straight back into the 80s, qualify as an "Oldie"? And what do teenagers today think about this music? And do I really care? Can I think about all of this while I'm singing my heart out? Apparently so.


Joy, of course said...

I am so glad to hear you made it through okay and that your insurance company is playing nice. Can't wait to see your song rewrite. :)

niobe said...

Looking forward to see what revised lyrics people come up with.

Candygirlflies said...

So very glad you fared well during the hurricane... and it warmed my heart to hear about all of you husband's heroic efforts (but, really, would YOU have married a lesser man? I think not!)

Two of my best friends (Canadians from Ontario on vacation) were trapped in N.O. during the very worst of the disaster... I should forward you the news article about their terrifying adventure, and battle to return home... NO thanks to our Canadian Government, I might add. It was a horrible week, but they were two of the very lucky people who managed to escape the disaster scene after it was all over, because of their own sharp wits, and because of the wonderful N.O. people (mainly their wonderful hotel staff) who stopped at nothing to assist them.

Oh, this is turning into a LOOONG comment... I must be feeling better!!

Regarding the "oldies" from the eighties... We have something on the radio here called "The Lost Eighties Luncheon", where they play nothing but the music of my teenage-years for several hours every day! It's bliss, let me tell you (although my mother would beg to differ).

Maybe the challenge should be to set new words to an eighties tune?! I'll do my best over the next few days...

NotSoSage said...

Oh, yeah, tracks from the eighties are played at the Retro '80s and [gulp] '90s Nights at the clubs downtown. Now, how does that make you feel?

Tracey said...

Yeah, OLDIES.... It's a bit of a mess with your brain, isn't it? Because I'm not OLD, like my parents were. :)

slouching mom said...

There is something very peculiar about thinking of eighties bands like Flock of Seagulls and Squeeze as OLDIES. Very peculiar.

blooming desertpea said...

Yes, it is weird to think of music of the 80s as oldies but that's the way it really is - and teenagers? - they think OUR music sucks, believe me! (**rolling eyes**)

jen said...

glad you are all safe.

i was with some co-workers the other day and one of them said they loved The Cure, they are SO retro.


Alley Cat said...

Nah, the '80s could never be thought of as anything but the most awesome decade for music EVER!!!!! Right?

Emily said...

70's and 80's music makes me sweat. Literally. I have a physiological reaction to it. I've learned to change the channel post haste if a song with too much "funk guitar" or synthesizer starts wafting through the speakers...I've had some near misses with road rage.

That said, I may try my hand at the Monday Mission, but more than likely it'll be a 90's tune...or an angry eighties ballad. :P

Amy York said...

Whew ~ glad you fared well and your insurance company came through for you.
I refuse to call 80's music "oldies". "Oldies" are from the 50's and 60's ~ the stuff my mom listened to when she was a kid!! It is not nearly as cool as what I listened to as a kid. ;)
Oh, and my kids are always up at 7am on Saturdays and Sundays too. Sigh.

Christine said...

of you leave--that makes me feel all school girlie!

and the monday mission sounds like fun but it scares me! if i decide to give it a go I'll let you know.

thirtysomething said...

Oh, yes, my kids do this--wake up at least a half hour earlier on the weekends than we have to on the schoolday..and whiny? No way...on a schoolday, of course...wonder why it is like that..but I can remember this as a kid too--up at the crack of dawn on Saturdays to see what adventure the day would hold.
OMD...I can hear it now...I love this music. that might scare me, let us not think that OMD is oldies, ok? ;)

Julie Pippert said...

I am waiting for inspiration...oddly since i make up stuff like this all the time. LOL

Using My Words

Jennifer said...

Now I have If You Leave in my head and I'm loving it. Oldie? No way! Not unless they also want to call big hair and shoulder pads outdated...oh, um...never mind.


I'm glad you made it through the hurricane without major damage and loss. And glad to hear your insurance company took care of you as well.

And now I think I need to get started on my Monday Mission. This is going to be a toughie for me.

thailandchani said...

It's impossible for me to think of 80s music as "oldies". It seems like only a few weeks ago we were hearing Tears for Fears on the radio.

60s music.. now that's my version of "oldies". LOL



Mad Hatter said...

If You Leave has that classic mixed metaphor: "seven years passed under the bridge like time standing still." Ew.

On the topic of 80s songs and Monday Missions, I sorta met the challenge this week. What? It's already midnight here.

Emily said...

I love that song.