Healthy body, healthy spirit, healthy mothering. This is the journey I have set out on with my two amazing children.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

top music

I was reading a great blog (which has since gone private) and the idea was to list the top 100 songs that anybody who wants to be an artist/musician should know.  Well, I am neither an artist nor a musician.  I am just a 35 year old that loves to listen to music.  Most any type of music will do, I just really enjoy the feeling a great song can  get going inside of me.  Sometimes it's just a happy to be alive kind of thing, other times I may need a good cry.  Many of my choices are NOT classics and there are not 100 of them.  In fact, many people will be thinking "this chick must be out of her mind.  That song sucks."  That's ok.  Because this is my list, not yours.  :)  Oh and these aren't in any particular order.  Just the random way my mind works.

I've also tried to link to original videos or performances when I could find them.

1. Dancing Queen by Abba  Seriously, who could hear this song and not start singing along?  As the song says "you're in the mood for a dance".


3. Rock Around the Clock - Bill Hailey & the Comets 

4. Highway to Hell - AC/DC  This is just a great rock song.

5. Walk This Way- Run DMC with Aerosmith  As a kid this was one of my first introductions to rap music.

6.  Smoke on the Water- Deep Purple  Probably the greatest intro riff ever.  Everybody knows  the beginning although maybe not the entire song.

7. Free Bird- Lynyrd Skynyrd

ELVIS PRESLEY  Pretty much anything by the King works for me but these are some of my favorites.
A photograph promoting the film Jailhouse Rock...Image via Wikipedia

MICHAEL JACKSON  Thriller was the first record I bought for myself.  I was 8 years old and I still have it.

Cover of Cover of Thriller

11.  Beat It

12.  Thriller


13.  The Pretender

14.  Somebody's Baby - not necessarily his greatest song but one of my personal favorites


13. The Phantom of the Opera - Andrew Lloyd Webber  If only because it was this opera that first introduced me to opera as a musical art form.  I have learned to love and enjoy listening to many classics because of this song.


14. I Want it That Way - Backstreet Boys  I know.  I know.  


15.  Your Cheatin' Heart- Hank Williams  His voice was just cool.

16. Crazy - Patsy Cline  Maybe not technically a cheater but given her life story this is where it seems to fit best.

COUNTRY CLASSICS When I think of my young childhood this is the music that comes to mind.  My favorite memory is of mom blasting our stereo while dancing around & cleaning the house.  She was listening to the classic country station.

17. The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band  Outside of strict bluegrass this is the best fiddle song there is.

18.  Behind Closed Doors - Charlie Rich

19.  Hello Darlin' - Conway Twitty  This could be under cheating songs as well, but I always think of Conway Twitty as one of the country greats.

20.  I Believe in You - Don Williams

21.  Lord I Hope This Day is Good - Don Williams  Really any song by this man sends a shiver down my spine.  Honest, simple and amazing.

22.  King of the Road - Roger Miller


23.  Love Song - The Cure  

24. Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles  This is the classic end of love song.

25. La Vie en Rose - Edith Piaf

26. It's Too Late - Carole King

27. It Ain't Me Babe - Joan Baez  "I'm not the one you want babe.  I will only let you down."  Simple honesty.  It kills me.


28.  Bootylicious - Destiny's Child  I am not the biggest Beyonce fan but this song makes me move.  I couldn't link to it because I have the Youtube safety filter enabled and this song is blocked.  :)


29.  Falling Slowly from "Once"- Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova  Such a lovely melody.

30.  Eye of the Tiger - Survivor  It may not be the theme to Rocky but this is the song I think of every time I see a picture of Sylvester Stallone.


31.  Harper Valley PTA - Jeannie C. Riley  As a kid I never understood why my mom loved to listen to this song.  Now, I'm a single mom and sometimes I feel I could use this song as my personal anthem.  Plus my mom was a single mom for a lot of years and I can still picture her wearing her blue jean mini skirt and pink heels.  It was the 80s so don't judge.

32.  Coat of Many Colors - Dolly Parton  This dang song makes me cry every time I hear it.

MY MORNING SONGS PLAYLIST (well, not all of them, but my favorites)  I am NOT a positive, suzy sunshine kind of person.  Most days, I am grumpy or just plain bitchy about something or everything.  I try to start my day with some good music with the idea being to put me in the right frame of mind.  No, it doesn't always work but I keep listening for songs to add to the list.

33.  Three Little Birds - Bob Marley  Such a positive, upbeat song.  "Don't worry about a thing cuz every little thing gonna be all right."

34.  I Saw the Light - Hank Williams

35.  Good Day Sunshine - The Beatles

36.  Respect - Aretha Franklin  Reminder to myself not to settle for the treat-me-like-crap guy I am usually attracted to.


37.  Hate Me - Blue October  The guy wants his ex to hate him because he is no good for her.  He's a drunk/depressed/drugged out selfish SOB that treats her like crap and she just keeps coming back for more.  I wish my ex-husband had loved me enough to say this to me.  Twisted but true.  "Hate me today.  Hate me tomorrow.  Hate me so finally you can see what's good for you."

38.  Baby Got Back - Sir Mix a Lot  Such a misogynistic song.  My guilty pleasure.  I just can't not sing this song when I hear it.

39.  Good Girls Bad Guys - DMX  My ex used to say this was our song.  Pretty self explanatory.  Also a bit depressing.


40.  CCR

41.  Bachman Turner Overdrive

42.  The Doors

43.  The Allman Brothers

44.  Crosby, Stills, Nash &/or Young---he loved them all

45.  Bread

46.  Firefall-  A Colorado band that Dad just loved.  He took me to see them up in Golden at some little bar when I was in my 20s.  It was nice to hang out with him.

47.  The Eagles- Dad loved their music.  All of it.  I can't hear a song by them and not picture Dad rockin' out, drumming on whatever was at hand; a table, his leg, the steering wheel or one of us kids' backs or legs.  Dad loved to drum.

48.  Mi Abuelito - Fernando Ortega  The only Christian song that makes me think of Dad.   He loved it because he said it reminded him of his own Dad.

49.  Tom Petty-  Anything before the year 2000.


50.  Raspberry Beret - Prince  My kids know that if a Prince song comes on (not just this song) that they need to zip it and let Momma sing.

51.  Uptown Girl - Billy Joel  I am sitting here watching the video with Christie Brinkley as the uptown girl & Billy as a mechanic right now in my head.  Love it!  Click on the link if you want to watch it too.

52.  Anything by Bob Seger-  My mom LOVED him and I grew up listening to all of his songs.

53.  The Lovecats - The Cure

54. Duran Duran - Pretty much any song from their 80s albums will get me singing along.

55.  Sexy & 17 - The Stray Cats  My one and only trip to rock-a-billy land.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

CU Buff

Colorado Buffaloes athletic logoImage via Wikipedia
Well, it's official.  I am enrolled as a full time student at the University of Colorado Boulder campus.  I am a CU Buff!

I just spent about 3 hours on the school website figuring out what classes I was taking.  My schedule is not an easy one this semester, but it's going to be worth it.

MWF    8-8:50 Modern/Contemporary Lit

         12:12:50 General Physics lecture

Tu/Th   8-9:15 Physiology lecture
    Th 10-11:50 Physics lab

Tu/Th    2-3:50 Anatomy Cadaver lab

It's pretty heavy on the sciences but that's the way pre-med works.  Most of my classes from the community colleges I have attended transferred with no problems with the exception of Statistics and a diversity requirement.  I am petitioning to have both of those accepted.

I can't wait to get into that cadaver class.  It feels like I have been waiting forever to qualify and I am finally getting my reward.  :)

The one downside is that my boss isn't going to be happy with this schedule.  I normally work on Fridays at noon and now I'll be in class.  Hopefully we can work something out.  This schedule leaves me with a lot of free time on campus and I can't wait to find things to fill the hours with.  I already know I am looking into the student rec center, we get to use the pool & the gym and that will be a great thing to add to my workouts (once this darn foot heals).  I am also applying to be a research assistant and have been scouring the school website looking for opportunities that sound interesting.

I think I will look into the local after school program for the kids on my longer days.  Technically they are old enough to come home by themselves, it would be about an hour but I just don't know how comfortable I am with that.  We'll just have to wait and see what happens.

All in all, today was a great day and I can't wait for school to start.  After all, who wouldn't want to spend their days with this view?

CU BoulderImage via Wikipedia

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Saturday, July 10, 2010


I am not a klutz.  Seriously.  I don't fall down a lot.  I rarely slip, even on icy surfaces (good thing cuz Colorado can get pretty slippery).  That said.

These stairs took me out!  Or to be more precise, the crap my 8 year old left on the stairs (after my repeated yells to put it away!) took me out.  I was headed out the door on Wednesday, didn't see the red, very slippery folder, stepped down on it and the next thing I knew I was on my ass.

Yes, I heard a pop.  Yes my vision went dark and to a very small pinpoint.  Yes I immediately felt like puking.  Yes it hurt as bad as giving birth, with no drugs, to a 10 lb. baby with a 14 1/2 inch head.  And yes, I do know exactly what that feels like.

Thank God my kids were there to help me.  Kelen helped me get my shoe and sock off.  The immediate swelling was not a good sign.  Amidst my cursing (lots & lots of cursing) I managed to tell my son to run to the neighbors and get me some help.

Said neighbor got me to the ER, watched the kids in the waiting room and then gave us a ride back home.  So very glad I know him and that he was home.  I don't have insurance and there was NO WAY I was paying for an ambulance.

Turns out nothing is broken.  A very bad sprain which means a few mildly torn ligaments.  Ouchie!  The next morning I drove myself to my chiropractor, he lent me some crutches and adjusted the ankle.  I headed to the natural grocery store for some herbal supplements and some fresh pineapple (helps reduce swelling).  This was a huge mistake.  I was hobbling along on the crutches, holding a bottle in each hand and had no way to grab the pineapple.  Pathetic.  By the time I managed to get back to my car, my foot was throbbing and I was near tears.

Sis took me back to see the chiro that afternoon after picking up my x-rays from the hospital.  He did another adjustment and ordered me to stay off my feet until Sunday morning.  There goes 3 days of pay.  :(

This is my view while icing my leg.  Thank God I shaved the night before this all happened.

My kids and sister grabbed me a huge stack of dvd's to watch while I am laying around doing a whole lot of nothing.

A wonderful lady from church brought us this delicious dinner Friday night.  She also volunteered to show me how to texture my walls and to climb up the ladder to finish my painting (seeing how I won't be climbing anything for awhile).

I stole wireless internet from one of my neighbors and watched 3 hours of VH1's  "100 Greatest songs of the 90's".  This was R.E.M.  I love them!

Now it is Saturday night.  I still hurt but the good news is that I can actually walk (if I wrap my leg SUPER TIGHT and put on my splint).  So glad cuz those darn crutches really hurt my armpits.

On the other hand, I was kind of enjoying hollering for the kids to refill my water, bring me my ice pack & watching them fold the laundry.  :)  Who's gonna tell them that Momma can move again?  Not me that's for sure.

Momma's update: Here is a picture of the ankle on day 1

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Holy Crap Batman! I have muscles!

This post should actually be titled Holy motherbleepin' bleepity bleep bleep!  

That has been the soundtrack to my mornings for the past two weeks.  You see, my mom asked me to be her workout partner with a dvd her doctor gave her.  Simple premise.  If you have 15 minutes you can do this workout.  I don't know anybody, or have ever known anybody that doesn't have 15 minutes a day.  So I agreed, set my alarm for 25 minutes earlier (the extra 10 minutes was so that I could find my tennis shoes and get a glass of water.)

Day 1: squats, running in place, push ups, ab work

Day 2: shoulder presses, jumping jacks, bicep curls, ab work

Day 3: tricep dips, jumping jacks, squats, ab work

Day 4: lat pulls, jumping jacks, 3 different kinds of push ups, ab work

You do 20 seconds, all out as high intensity as you can then 20 seconds rest.  Another 20 seconds all out followed by 20 seconds rest.  Then one last 20 second rep followed by 2 minutes of walking, stretching and drinking water.  You then go back and do the three 20 second reps of the next exercise.  This continues until you finish all four exercises.

The squats were torture from the get go.  By the second rep my thighs and butt were on fire.  Actually I may have preferred an actual fire because then I would've had an excuse to actually sit down rather than just teasing myself with the whole halfway down then back up crapola.  I also did my first push ups since high school.  It wasn't pretty.

On day 2 I realized that I can't do jumping jacks anymore.  There were two reasons for this.

1--I need a better sports bra.  The girls were still headed up when I was headed back down and vice versa.  That is more pain that ANY exercise is worth.

2--My knee (left knee torn LCL 5 years ago) is still not strong enough for jumping of any variety.

Day 3 was the most discouraging.  I can't do the tricep dips.

I ended up doing the old school weights behind the head thing.

Day four almost killed me.  Those push ups are tricky suckers.  Your lats are already sore from the pulls and the first set of normal push ups had lulled me into a false sense of security.  The 2nd rep is of push ups with your arms spread wide.  This is damn near impossible as it utilizes your already screaming lats.  3rd set is with your arms close together.  I can now feel muscles in my lower arms and triceps that I never even knew I had.  It's been more than 24 hours and those boogers are still sore.  I may need to invest in an ice pack.

I am doing day 1 and 2 on Monday, Tuesday and resting on Wednesday.  Days 3 and 4 are Thursday and Friday with the weekend off.  I have also been VERY careful of what I am eating.  I make sure I get at least 2 servings of fruits/veggies with EVERY meal, have just about given up soda (down from 2 large McD's cokes a day) and have replaced that with water.  Doc dvd wants me to basically cut out all carbs while I reestablish a normal metabolism but I haven't managed that yet.

The good news?  I have lost 11 lbs in two weeks without starving, without supplements, without emptying my wallet and without having to go to the gym.  Kinda makes the achy body worth it.