Wednesday, March 24, 2010

This, That or The Other

How about a few 'down to earth' type updates, just the daily 411. The changes in the weather seem to have taken their toll on my sinuses today, I've been trying to keep it clear to no avail. Hopefully that's all it is, a few minor sinus problems rearing their ugly heads :) Other than that, I've just been really busy at work and trying to stay afloat in the other areas of my life, trying to stay motivated enough to maintain some semblance of a workout schedule. Then of course Taxes have been a major pain again this year, but hopefully that will resolve o.k. Just gotta do what we gotta do sometimes.

I still try to find a few minutes each day to enjoy some relaxing quiet time, to stay grounded and relieve some of the stress.

Last night we made eggplant Parmesan (healthy version). What I mean by that is that we try to put better ingredients in it and watch the sodium content. You have to look for hidden evils in the stupid ingredient lists sometimes on food, like "modified wheat flour" - basically equals MSG, and anything Hydrogenated equals trans fat, and of course the high fructose corn syrup... They put some sneaky stuff in there sometimes. The only way to get free of the rotten game is to "grow your own". That would be nice, I guess but some of us are not lucky enough to have a 'green thumb' or the time that it takes to do everything yourself. It would be fantastic, believe me I wish I was that way... But I can't do it all.

Looking back, I believe my parents could always do anything, they had a garden, Mom can sew anything and quilt and all, Dad was able to do anything in the world with his two wise hands, build shelves, machinery, do auto work, fix things... but I'm just ME... and that's very limited. What will I do in an emergency or if I ever needed to? I just think of that sometimes. None of us are perfect I know, and I tend to overthink things sometimes.

Musically, and memory-wise I have been slipping back in time again, wishing for simple sweet days when I felt safe and knew everything was going to be alright. It's hard to hang on to that as an adult sometimes. I miss my Daddy, I wish I could call him up on the phone and just talk to him and hear his voice. It never gets easier, it might numb for a few days, or weeks, but something always reminds us and the scab gets scratched off and we bleed a little more. Blood, sweat, tears... and then back to music huh. ;)

So today I have been remembering a movie that Billy Crystal produced entitled "*61" about the 1961 New York Yankees season wherein Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle both vied for the Babe Ruth Record. I have included part 1 below, and if you ever feel like a good 'baseball movie' then watch it.

I think Billy Crystal did a good job with the film. I guess in some small way the baseball history reminds me of Dad too, even though he wasn't a player, and not a huge fan, I think of the St. Louis Cardinals... Daddy was from Missouri, and we spent some time visiting St. Louis with family when we could. We have some good memories... It all ties together somehow I suppose... it just does.

That's about it for me today, just a few misty words and silly reminders. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. Enjoy the rest of your week! -AJ

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Justin's Country Roots

A rare look at early Justin Timberlake. Well, I can't help him out here at all, but in his defense I guess you could say he may be 10 or 11. Still, don't you just want to roll on the floor laughing?? You GO Justin!!! ;)

Monday, March 22, 2010

What Time Is it?!

[Parental Warning - Mature Content I Suppose]

Ok, I decided to 'get cracking' on another installment of this because I enjoyed writing about songs in my playlist and why I chose them so much. If you want, you can read the first part below from 3/20. Otherwise, let's get this party started.

Today's Random Ten! Ooh look it starts with a really good one:

1. Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix

My love affair with Jimi Hendrix and his music began long ago. There has always been something haunting to me in his words, his enchanting chords and just to look at his facial expression in the photos that have been around since he's been gone. "Little Wing" began as my special song, once again because of "Z". We would be riding a back road late at night, holding hands and Z would look at me and just say, "Butterflies and Zebras and Moonbeams" and smile that smile. One night as we left work for one of our late-night back road ventures, he handed me a version done by Sting. He told me that when he listened to Sting, it made him want to be a bad boy and turn his hat backwards lol. Then when I met my husband, astonishingly it was his favorite song too and I discovered we both had a Hendrix fetish.

I can't deny this song and its hold on my life.

2. Tom's Diner - Suzanne Vega

Wow, Tom's Diner... that really takes me back. This song was written in 1981 by Suzanne Vega (I'm sure everyone at least vaguely recalls her). However, it was not released until 1991, ten years later. It was originally a capella, but they released a version of it that had music behind it. I remember both. I know, I know that doesn't answer why I have it my playlist, does it? Well, to be honest, it was just a song frequented by myself and two of my Floridian friends, Amy and James. It reminds me a bit of relaxing, rainy days.

We'd play it a lot (especially James) whenever we were hanging out, riding around shopping or what have you. That is, before they off and moved back to Florida to live Happily Ever After. So far so good Amy and James!! This one is for you guys.

3. Easy - Faith No More

Easy? Well this one is Easy indeed. Originally recorded by Lionel Richie, this fantastic "remake" done by Faith No More is one of my favorites. The song itself has always been a favorite, even the Richie version. Though you can hear distinct differences in the versions, Mike Patton made such a spot-on marvelous job on this tune. It's at the top of my sing-along sensations.

4. Jungle Love - Morris Day and The Time

Picture it, awkward girl too shy for words, wearing a hideous outfit from the 80s... nobody ever asks her to dance, but when the DJ cranks up and everyone hits the floor at the high school dance, who is she to resist the magic of Morris Day and The 'M!#&*%!n' Time as they jammed "Jungle Love"? Fast-forward to modern day Memphis, Tennessee as we see this same sweet, (slightly older) shy girl on the busy weekday Interstate, bobbing her head, and singing along to the same song, can you tell me... "What Time Is It?!?!!"

5. You Might Think I'm Crazy - The Cars

The Cars have long been a favorite of mine. Many of their songs take me back to my good times with my Sister Vickie and nieces, and even to the days when I used to force the sleepyheads to sit up and watch "Friday Night Videos" with me. "You Might Think I'm Crazy" reminds me of a simpler time of accompanying my sis on downtown Memphis errands, of the Green Thunderbird with the white leather seats, our legs sticking to them in the hot summer humidity. Riding around, attending softball games, the wind blowing through our hair as the smell of "Oscar de la renta" perfume permeated our olfactory systems, we sighed with the glee of freedom and childhood.

6. Goddamn - Hellyeah

Here we switch from the innocence of youth to the dirty sounds of more modern metal. These guys are one of my more recent digs. Although they began more around 2001, most of their notoriety came about 2006-2007. Vinnie Paul (Dimebag's brother and drummer from Pantera), and the other guys came from Damageplan, Mudvayne and Nothingface (but I won't punish them for the Mudvayne thing). The act is original, the sound is fresh with a familiar feel, and the groove is heavy and in your face.

I listen in when I feel like kicking someone in the teeth. ;)

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7. I'm Broken - Pantera

Pantera is close to my heart always, and I can listen to them virtually anytime. I'll probably always ache for the good ol' days before the death of legendary guitarist Dimebag Darrell.

Still, we have Pantera's music to remember him by, along with a host of other gifts that he left us.

"I'm Broken" is one of my favorite songs, and as such must be included in my playlist to jam on whenever I get sick of kicking people in the teeth and need to simply smash their faces in. (I jest, slightly)

8. Take A Picture - Filter

Filter has always been a group that I enjoyed quite a lot. Their notorious 1995 hit "Hey Man, Nice Shot", a reaction to the well-documented public suicide of Pennsylvania state treasurer Budd Dwyer, who shot himself during a press conference with a .357 Magnum was something in itself. It just isn't one I want to listen to on rotation. Yes, "Take A Picture" is another feel-good song for me, even though it doesn't link to a particular memory. I was reminded of the song and the band when I watched the 2004 film "The Girl Next Door" (starring Elisha Cuthbert). It was used in the soundtrack, and has been on my playlist somewhere ever since.

9. Missing You - Mary J. Blige

Mary J is one of my favorite R&B Singers, and this song writes home regarding the heartbreaking feeling of missing anybody you love or miss in your life. She pulls at the soul strings, and you can't help but sing along. I can be a Diva for the 4:16 that this song is jamming through my speakers, because I am gonna be singing along, no doubt.

10. Cowboy Song - Thin Lizzy

I Love Thin Lizzy, and I wish Phil Lynott (the bass player and Lead Singer) had made it to present day. Unfortunately, many of these so-well-loved music geniuses check out way before their time. Maybe they can't take the pressures that come with stardom, or maybe they were just too beautiful for this world. One can only speculate.

"Cowboy Song" always gives my heart a little "tug", and reminds me of days when I worked at R.R. Donnelley back home. That's when I really started digging into the Thin Lizzy music, and it's been part of my soul ever since. Rock on Phil Lynott, wherever you are out there in the cosmos... I know you are!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

They Write The Songs

As I was sitting here feeling like writing something but not quite sure where to start, I came up with a little idea. I thought that I would go to my My Playlist, the one entitled "Jaxxx's Boombox" (it's actually on the blog way down, bottom left if you ever feel like jamming it). My idea was just to hit "random" and do an explanation of ten of the songs and why they exist on my playlist. This has the potential to drum up some memories or interesting stories.

I'm totally going to play it fair and really do the first 10 randoms that pop up, so it may or may not prove interesting, I am going to roll the dice and see what we get though.

This isn't a "Meme" at all, but if you want to do something similar, why not. It could give you a creative spurt or bring back some interesting memories for you. Go for it.

Ten Random Songs on Jaxxx's Boombox and Why!

1. Drop Dead Legs - Van Halen

This song takes me way, way back. Although it is not a very interesting story, it was a "feel good song" for me. I remember hanging out at the Good Ol' Mall Of Memphis way before it was demolished of course, hearing it blaring out from the Ice Chalet. That moment was suspended in my memory. When I hear "Drop Dead Legs", I just rewind for a few minutes and feel that slight chill once again, as if I was sitting at the food court overlooking the ice skaters, or a spring day on campus when I might blare the song in my car and just breathe deep and sigh.

2. Thuggish Ruggish Bone - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

There was a CD I had back in the mid-late 90s that had a variety of R&B Hip Hop favorites on it. One of those songs was "Thuggish Ruggish Bone". I liked the groove, I like the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and it just brings back some good memories for me having countless cups of coffee at the Truck Stop in the middle of the night, then going for breakfast at the Casino... of fun friends like Kenneth (one of the coffee friends). He liked me, wanted to go out with me. So for our first "date" I forced him to go see "To Wong Foo", which if you remember was one of those movies that a straight man might cringe through. However, he was a trooper and made it through, only saying a comment or two like "If they kiss I'mma get sick!!!" Good times. Good times. I did Kenneth wrong, I sort of had him in the friend zone, but still I was conflicted and from time to time I would hook up with him. He was a really good guy. Kenneth, I'm sorry for taking your friendship and your admiration for granted. You didn't deserve it.

3. Bomber - Motorhead

Come on kids... it's Motorhead! It really needs no further explanation. First you just have to love the name Motorhead, and secondly they're one of the most rockin bands ever.

Who remembers this gem?

[Chazz and Rex are testing Chris]
Chazz: Who'd win in a wrestling match, Lemmy or God?
Chris Moore: Lemmy.
[Rex imitates a game show buzzer]
Chris Moore: ... God?
Rex: Wrong, dickhead, trick question. Lemmy *IS* God.

Bomber is just one of those songs that makes you wanna drive fast and do dangerous things. Besides a band that comes on stage and just says "We are Motörhead and we're gonna kick your ass!!" is Rock and Roll forever to me.

4. Clouds - Chaka Khan

For one, I Lovvvee Chaka Khan-Hey I always told you I was extremely eclectic. Further, I loved this song since I was a teenager and would go out on the front porch of my childhood home (Mom and Dad's house), and play my music while I lay out on the lawn on a quilt watching clouds, sunbathing, and trying my hand at getting tan. The tanning never quite worked out for me, but I gained a great appreciation for Clouds (the song AND the real deal), and even today nothing quite marvels me like watching clouds roll by on a beautiful warm day, finding treasures and mysteries lost for ages in those mysterious magical creatures. Roll on.

5. Dead Flowers - Towns Van Zandt

This is a simple one. I chose this version because I am an absolute lover of a little movie we all know as "The Big Lebowski". If you are not familiar with this movie then I assume you are totally out of your element, and don't even know what it means to abide. Do yourself a favor and rent or BUY it for your collection NOW.

Although Dead Flowers is a Rolling Stones song (written by Jagger and Richards), and one I love very much, I have a partiality to the Van Zandt version because it is part of the phenomenon that IS the Big Lebowski. That movie, while not only one of the funniest I have ever seen, holds a special place in my heart as well because my Husband and I used to fall asleep to it almost every night for a long time.
Well when you're sitting there in your silk upholstered chair
Talking to some rich folk that you know
Well I hope you won't see me in my ragged company
Cause you know I could never be alone

Take me down little Susie, take me down
I know you think you're the queen of the underground
And you can send me dead flowers every morning
Send me dead flowers by the mail
Send me dead flowers to my wedding And
I won't forget to put roses on your grave
6. Vicious - Lou Reed

Lou Reed is one of my favorite New York Musicians and I admire him for many reasons. To me, he is one of those great song writers. As well, I am also an artist and since he was affiliated with Andy Warhol, hey bonus. This song actually was influenced a lot by Andy Warhol, so it's the best of both worlds. I like the sound, the beat and the general viciousness of it all. ;)

7. Piece of My Love - Guy

Ooh this one digs in a little deep. "Piece of My Love" by Guy (some of the 'guys' who went on to form "Blackstreet") is special to me because it is one of those make-out songs from my Time With Z (a.k.a. Butterflies, Zebras Moonbeams). We had a lot of special songs together, and each one of them has the capacity to bring back those warm feelings and memories... that lost electric fire. Things like that never quite fade completely. When I think of all the wonderful feelings I have experienced through music and the souls I have shared love and laughter with, I am a very lucky woman. That one's for you Z.

8. Boys of Summer - Don Henley

This one is from the dusty archives too. I remember listening to it as I was getting ready for the first day of school after summer break. The chords in this song, the words, the mood- just gives me a fuzzy, dreamy feeling that honestly brings a little melancholy tear just from hearing it. I never get tired of the song, and it always makes me picture riding to a lake, seeing sunsets, and feeling the electric infatuation of youth. My love for this song truly will be strong after the boys of summer are long gone... Thanks Don! :)

9. Kiss My Ass Goodbye - 7 Year Bitch

7 Year Bitch was one of the coolest girl bands ever, one of my favorites. I have this song in my list because my best friend Tamra and I used to blare this band, as well as L7, White Zombie, and many other hardcore and rockin tunes to our fun-filled trips to the mall, out to eat, and to all of our wild and wondrous adventures. The song quite frankly is one of my only ways of "being near" my best friend that I never get to see, and miss so very much. That one's for Tamra!

10. Alive and Kicking - Simple Minds

Three things: Eighties, John Hughes Films and Youthful Innocence. Anytime I hear this song I want to go pull out my Sixteen Candles and Breakfast Club movies and just veg out with cocoa and I also want to hang out with my Sister, Vickie who's house was usually the place I watched all of these. I miss the good old days very much. Those songs don't help matters. ha-ha.

Ok, that wraps up the random 10 from my boombox. It was so much fun doing it--I might have to put up a sequel. Hell, I have plenty of songs to go through, so stay tuned!

Friday, March 19, 2010

A Poem I Wrote

"The Grass Is Not So Sure"

The grass is not so sure.

It offers forth
a green, maybe two
as an offering for
the goddess of spring.

Mother Nature blushes

with her curious glory.

Some trees are bold
to open an eye,

certain lovely flowers too-
peeking out above

the dead and gone...

watching, waiting patiently
for their stage cue.
The sky is brighter

day by day...
creatures big and small

come out to play.

Their intuition

is strong and pure,

but the grass

is not so sure.

*In honor of Spring, (c) 2010 Jacqueline Wood

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Soothe Me

It's not exactly sunny around here today, and it's not exactly raining either. However, since I am a fan of rain sounds as well as relaxation and meditation, I thought I would share this. Do yourself a favor and take 6 1/2 minutes to just soothe your soul. Bet it helps (either that or makes you need to pee).

Just try it. Close your eyes and listen.

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More later when I, myself feel more relaxed. :)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Time Won't Give Me Time

Generally, I am quite a heavy sleeper. Last night, however, I awoke to the sounds of a violent thunderstorm. As I listened to the thunderous clatter, and noticed the flashes of lightening, I took advantage of the moment and turned over to a more comfortable position.

Though I realize the power of nature, for some reason I love thunderstorms. I could sleep for days in a good one. So, as you can imagine it wasn't long before my deep-seated slumber returned.

When I walked outside this morning to leave for work, the sky was clear but the evidence of heavy rains and winds was apparent. I dreaded letting the dogs out because I could foresee that in a matter of seconds, the German Shepherd at least would be a complete mud ball.

That's the breaks I suppose.

So it's been a bit of a busy week at work, and a lot of thoughts and confusion abound, but I always find time to escape "within" and relax, whether it is sitting at the park during my lunch hour and meditating, or just getting away from my desk at least. I find solace in my music and companionship everywhere with my friends, guides, soul mates (don't we have more than we realize!)

Keeps me off the ledge! :) I jest... I love being a little mad, but I at least can admit and realize it, so does that make me less loco?

Here I am this afternoon plugged into my playlist (the one you can see on the left down there near the bottom on my blog). I change the songs around sometimes, or maybe add a few tunes I have been dying to hear. When I am working on my PC it is convenient because I can just plug in my headphones and close myself off to the outside world (well, mostly).

This weekend, don't forget it's time to "Spring Forward" with Daylight Savings Time. I can hardly believe it's that time, and of course I don't take kindly to losing an hour of sleep... but think of it this way, I get a little extra daylight to enjoy riding my bike.

"Saving Daylight"

See?? There is some sort of blessing in every inconvenience, some sort of gift with every loss... Something good about everything. It's all in how we look at the situation.

Think more positive with me, I'm trying to.

Just waiting for my change...


Monday, March 08, 2010

Ride Into Spring

The weekend weather was just about perfect, all sunny, just a few illuminated clouds, temperatures in the mid-60s. I can't think of anything negative to say other than there was not enough of it as usual.

Since the temperatures were so nice, I of course requested the escort of my esteemed bike, "Jimi", and we took a few scenic routes. Most of my readers have heard me mention before, but I will say once again that it was as if I cranked my bike, rode out off my street and went through a "Bob Ross Painting", out the other side and beyond. I describe it that way because when you're on the back of a bike, neck-deep in the serenity of well traveled back roads it seems sometimes that it's all done in oil on canvas, and that you can nearly see the brush stroke of God himself. At least that's how I see the beauty of the universe that surrounds me.

Now that the winter is dripping from the rooftops and windshields of America, I thought to myself this morning that I might be smelling the last few intoxicating and delectable whiffs of smoke from neighborhood chimneys and throughout the countryside. Since the buttercups are waking up from their frosty slumber too, spring seems finally possible. Once again, new beginnings and rebirth abound.

As far as color is concerned, each season has its own lovely hues to boast of, so I've nothing to miss since there will be plenty of color bouncing forth in blooming abandon. Even the smoke of winter has a cousin who vacations down south in the warmer months called 'Barbecue', so he's just as delightful if not more in some ways.

Yes it's nearly that time once again here in Memphis, time to worship the mud, mosquitoes, music, warmth and the cuisine that brings visitors from all over. Well, not the mosquitoes mind you, but most of the others. If you happen to pass through, be careful of them. Though easily mistaken for it, they are not the Tennessee state bird, contrary to the rumors you may have heard.

Here's to a beautiful new season, and my best wishes to all of you (my dear readers) as you begin or continue your journey forth. Perhaps you will discover new roads you hadn't noticed before. Simply be reminded "Wherever you look, there's something to see."


Aunt Jackie

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Hey Seventeen

Recently, as I have been reading around the net, a few articles I encountered have found me all misty and philosophical (what doesn't?). So I thought it was about time to write myself a letter again. Since I have done the "Letter to my 10 year old self" before, I thought it time to send one out to the lovely 17 year old me.

(Clears Throat)

Ok, here goes...

Dear Jackie at Seventeen,

This is odd for me as I don't quite know where to start. As you well know, I am rarely at a loss for words. Don't worry, just let me think for a moment...

The world as you know it has changed so very much. Right now everyone is telling you that you have your whole life ahead of you and how great it is going to be, so I don't want to be that person just repeating the same old tired lines.

You are full of hope, promise and you're so very boy crazy right now... that's going to get you into more trouble than you realize, but I can't tell you to avoid lessons, it wouldn't be right (but please for the love of God don't wear that shirt and hat).

However, if there is one person on Earth that I'd prefer for you to avoid, it would be Chris. When you meet him, go run screaming the other way. I mean, if it hadn't been for your experiences with him, I don't know if you would meet Richie (your husband, yes you finally met him after kissing a lot of frogs). Life is very good, and you have many blessings, but it's not easy.

No, I'm sorry to say that it hasn't been easy at all, it's not going to get any easier. So far you haven't become a millionaire, or done anything that earth-shattering. Maybe you could take this as a warning of being so unmotivated and such a procrastinator. If you want to do something, you just follow your heart and go for it. Try harder to believe in yourself. You can do anything in the whole world you want to do, and maybe you should just try a little harder so you don't end up working any dead end jobs. If you could make a living doing what you love you'll be happier. Just try.

I suppose if by telling you a thing or two, it caused a little change in your life that you would still end up wherever you were supposed to be (your path), and that would still be just fine.

Your heart is going to take a few severe beatings along the way, I must tell you, so get in some good 'cardio' and strengthen it well. Still, don't let it make you afraid to feel.

Although heartbreak is imminent, I am not going to tell you to hold back. Love is the one thing in this life that makes it all worthwhile, no matter how painful or pointless it may seem sometime to love another. You have a gigantic heart, a wonderful family and plenty of love to spare.

Giving love is better than any gift you could receive, you'll see that.

Oh and while you're at it, try to do better at keeping a healthy lifestyle, you're going to get really frustrated with yourself if you don't. That "body is a temple" thing is not total bullshit, give it a chance.

Cherish every moment that you can with your family too, because believe me time slips through your fingertips like warm summer sand and you can't hold on to it no matter how hard you try, even if it is an illusion (no we haven't beaten that yet). So spend time with them, enjoy Mom and Dad. Though one day when you finally marry, maybe rethink the "quicky" method because I think it hurt Mom a little and you are probably going to wish Daddy had walked you down the Aisle.

I don't want to say too much because I want you to still go and enjoy this life, especially right now, since you still have it all ahead of you. (Sorry, I guess I couldn't resist).

Last but not least, stay sweet and don't let go of that magic spirit of yours. You're going to need it a lot, and there is honestly nothing magical about being an adult or "growing up". I still haven't done it, and my childishness is what gets me by most days. That and music and the art that surrounds me, so just stay who you are... just maybe be a little tougher where people are concerned. Oh yes, and when you see "Z", please give him a huge hug for me, and a kiss... Hold on as long as you can... you will not regret that.

That about wraps it up, Jackie... I love you very much, I miss you something awful and most of all, I wish I were right there with you to do it all over again.

Yours Truly,

Jackie from 2010
(You just do the math)

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Can I Dance With Madness?

People of the world, and especially our roads and interstates, never cease to piss me off. I was just noticing today as I made my usual way to work that it seems like people still love to dart out in front of people just so they can slow down to a creepy-crawl and annoy the hell out of someone that they spot who they think is in a serious hurry.

Well I am glad they have so much time on their hands to terrorize their fellow man.

These of course being some of the same pinheads that speed up just to keep you from getting over, or they jump in front of you in the tiny bit of space that you had given yourself to ensure safe distance from the other car, and then immediately turn or jump off the interstate. They were TURNING. Why on earth was it absolutely mandatory that they be in front of me to do this?

Then there is just the general everyday army of stunt people racing at breakneck speeds to get to their destinations. Believe me I don't care, just speed on. It's your ticket and I'm not in that big a hurry to get where I am going.

Then just today, I noticed something else.

The idiots who turn their blinker on to go, say... Left but they merge or turn right. Wobbling along was this genius who had their left signal on, at least a mile or so, then as I decided to pass them they immediately merged in the opposite direction and got off the interstate.

Where are people's brains? What are they thinking about?

Once more, anytime I decide to try to be cordial to any other driver, they don't want it. They'll jump in front of me, cut me off, act like they're going to slide over on top of my car and can't even see that I exist, but if they have their blinker on as if they want over and I give them space and flash lights to indicate I am graciously allowing them to merge, they want no part of it. They decide to go straight.

WTF? I just want to clobber them sometimes... everyone. Every day something more irritating.

In brighter news, I am enjoying my new fitness classes pretty well. I'm forcing myself to go so I don't feel like crap about not going (you know how you can do yourself sometimes).

First off is "Zumba". Zumba class loosely resembles working out, but much more seems like Dance class. It is alot of latin, middle east beat fused with a bit of African here or there. The instructor I've been going to uses a lot of different music, most of which is Latin-based beats, so I like that a lot. Now, I do not claim to be any sort of a dance professional. In fact, I can't keep up with a lot of the moves so far, but I am just moving a long and trying to learn them. In the meantime, I am getting a pretty nice workout.

The other class I tried so far was Les Mills "BodyFlow", which is a combination of Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi, lots of stretching, core work and relaxation at the end. I think this one is good for my stress levels.

At any rate, we shall see... can I drop some pounds and inches (much needed ones at that)? I certainly hope so because I am getting really tired of feeling like such a cow and I just want to feel good and healthy again. Bring on the Joy.

No photos today. Use your imagination, I know you all have a fantastic one... and I will see you guys around, I am trying to get around and catch up with all of your blogs and updates. Hope you're all well!

Oh yeah, before I leave forgot to tell you guys to check out this band called "Rock Sugar", they do some very interesting Mash-ups between classic rock and metal songs and some pop. Sound odd, but you gotta listen for yourself. I dig it.

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