I found a photograph...

Ok, I may be having a bit too much fun today. But take a peek about what I could have looked like in an old yearbook:







Gumball Machine

My very own gumball machine, now resides as my desk! Yippee :-)


GROWL Memphis

So here is something that made me smile and laugh this morning. My neighborhood is very quaint and active. What I like most about my area is that it’s very runner, walker and biker friendly...Until things like Crepe Myrtle’s grow out of control and block the side walk.

And trust me I know all about the Crepe Myrtle’s out of control way – mine is constantly making a mess of my car, driveway and porch. I spend more time then I care to think about trying to tame this crazy tree plus its’ flowers and dust.

That leads me to my morning funny. My neighbor who lives around the corner has a Crepe Myrtle that literally took over the sidewalk. I jokingly told our mutual friend that the tree had begun to beat me up (leaving me with pink flowers entangled in my curls). To avoid the confrontation with the tree, Parker and I had decided to move to the street when we approached that block.

Until this morning when I got a pleasant surprise & note, which culminated in me smiling and laughing. See below:

As I stood there giggling I noticed some chalk was left out, so what did I do? I wrote back of course!!! I replied, “Thanks the management “hearts” it!” and “Bonus next month!” The older couple who lives in between our houses stopped as I finished up my chalk response. They declared to me how impressed they were with my neighbor’s tree trimming efforts.

Here is a shot of the offending tree:

And finally all this got my creative juices flowing so I wrote the following fake e-mail response to my friend:

Ms. Peacock**,

I wanted to extend a 3 Bark salute to you this morning from GROWL Memphis*! We were notified by some nosy neighbors in your 'hood that the crepe myrtle at your residence was finally cut back allowing bikers, runners and walkers access back to Sevier from Shirlwood & Philwood. Most importantly it now allows Dogs and their human companions a clear walkway to tread on their daily poop & scoop outings.

I for one tested this poop path this morning with Sir Barks-A-Lot (a Beagle) & Mr. Pickles (a Pomeranian) and we were quite impressed with the tree surgery. Mr. Pickles even christened the tree in his excitement. I know what you're thinking, but don't worry!!! I carry a canine fanny pack that includes doggie bags, wipes and a few innovative sprays to clean up the toughest mess (which is also available for ONLY $49.99 on the growlmemphis.org website).

Again, thank you so much for trimming back the tree and allowing our four-legged brothering the privileges to "walk this way!"

If you would like to learn more about GROWL Memphis, make a purchase, donation, register your dog or become a resident dog walker/dog walker –in-training please visit us online @ www.growlmemphis.org

Yours truly,

B. Mad Dog

Betty "The Mad Dog" Beagle
President & Communications Chair
GROWL Memphis

* GROWL Memphis = Greater Residences of Wags & Licks in Memphis
**Name has been removed to protect the innocent

Anyway, I hope you get a chuckle out of this like I did. TGIF to all my Reeling with Rachiley readers out there!


Sacred Stones

"Would you catch me if I was falling?
Would you answer if I was calling?
Could you love me with my eyes closed?
'Cause I saw something and I don't know what to do"


Willie Nelson & Dave Matthews Band Setlist @ Autozone Park 8.2.08

Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews Band played at Autozone Baseball park last night. It was fantastic, even if it was a super hot Memphis summer night. Here is the setlist for DMB, hopefully in the coming days I will be able to find Willie's set list too:

Don't Drink the Water
Old Dirt Hill
Eh Hee
Water/Wine Jam
Tripping Billies
Gravedigger (with Willie Nelson)
The Song That Jane Likes
Drive In Drive Out
Burning Down The House
So Damn Lucky
Crash Into Me
Corn Bread
Where Are You Going
Smooth Rider
Louisiana Bayou
Two Step

Anyone Seen The Bridge
Too Much (tease)
Ants Marching


Faith, Hope & Love

In such a fast paced world sometimes we neglect the most basic things in our lives. The things that exist right in front of us – family and friends are often taken for granted. Sometimes we would rather choose to play on our blackberry, Iphone or computer then to look away from the screen for a few minutes to really treasure the things that really matter.

Instead we toil away on that work e-mail, proposal, game or anything else that occupies our forefront. I for one am as guilty of doing this as anyone else. I often get caught up in something from work or some emotional tie that I carry with me outside of the office (which I probably should have just check at the door).

I always found it slightly refreshing though when I talked with my old manager a few jobs back. He seemed to always fret and worry about his to-do list for work, but always found solace in going home. And you could tell that he just adored his family to no end.

Yes, his job provided him a never ending list of tasks. But his family provided him a substance that enriched his life. His entire family bonded over music and religion. And you could just tell how his wife lit up his world. They practiced and lived the motto “Faith, Hope and Love.”

This lesson is going to come into play now and in the coming days since his wife passed away from a rare blood disease. It saddens me to see him so torn apart, since I always picture him as this pillar of strength. But the way his wife lived her life touching countless other directly and indirectly with faith, hope and love will live on through him and their children. I hope that peace finds him and his children.

And I hope that all of us too, will find comfort in the simple things that are in front of us through faith, hope and love.


Coldplay Set List @ The United Center 7.22.08

This concert was absolutely AMAZING...I was so blown away by the music and the event Coldplay created, that's all I've got to say for the moment. Here is the set list from the show:

Life In Technicolor
Violet Hill
In My Place
Viva La Vida
Fix You
Strawberry Swing
Chinese Sleep Chant (side stage)
God Put A Smile Upon Your Face (side stage/techno version)
Speed Of Sound
Lost! (repeated for video)
The Scientist (Acoustic)
Death Will Never Conquer (Will - Acoustic)


Lovers In Japan
Death And All His Friends
The Escapist

Encore 2:

Green Eyes (Chris & Will acoustic)


R.E.M. @ RedRocks 6.3.08 Setlist

Just rolled back in from Colorado and there will be more details, photos to follow, but here is R.E.M.'s Setlist from Red Rocks, Tuesday, June 3, 2008:

Living Well's the Best Revenge
What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
Welcome to the Occupation
Man Sized Wreath
World Leader Pretend
Hollow Man
Walk Unafraid
The One I Love
Feeling Gravity's Pull
Final Straw
I've Been High
Let Me In
Horse to Water
Bad Day
Orange Crush
I'm Gonna DJ

Supernatural Superserious
These Days
Losing My Religion
Fall On Me
Man On The Moon


Austin City Limits

Years ago (ok - during high school), my friends and I would rush home on Saturday evenings to catch SNL. Those days have come and gone with the introduction of things like beer, darts, board games and a great little invention known as a DVR.

Do you know what I now love coming home to on Saturday nights? No, it's not Mr. Wonderful. I enjoy coming home to catch Austin City Limits (or my DVR’d version of it) on the Memphis local PBS – WKNO. What makes it even sweeter is when it's one of my favorite bands.

The beauty of Austin City Limits is that they showcase music inside and out. And there is always a wide variety of artists willing to showcase their new and old tunes. Plus they are very good about featuring artists who are on the cusp of being discovered by a mass audience.

That’s why I’m not in favor of looking weeks ahead to see who will be featured on Austin City Limits. Instead I choose to be pleasantly surprised when I tune into ACL and someone like R.E.M. (who was featured on Saturday) just happens to be playing! Or a new artist is showcased and somehow they really make my ears perk up.

So if you’re a music fanatic, enjoy the occasional good tune or just interested in catching a show you might not see in your local area. I would suggest you make Austin City Limits a destination since they’ve been serving up a solid musical fare since 1975.


2008 KU Basketball Champions

Seriously I woke up this morning still in awe of the KU victory. I've been dreaming & cheering with college pals about KU winning a national title since I was a freshman...And I literally watched our hopes fade away each March. It particularly hurt in '97 when I was a sophomore in Lawrence and we lost to Arizona (who ended up winning the championship) after an almost perfect season.

After graduation, we kept on cheering. My friends and I joined our cheers with my sister and her KU friends in '02 (Maryland - sadly I watched us self destruct in person in ATL) & '03 (Syracuse - where I heard an earful from a close friend) as we lost in the final 4 back-to-back. And then we saw Roy leave in abrupt matter to go back to UNC.

With the arrival of Bill Self we continued to win, but had a little trouble cracking anything above the elite 8 (but we were still happy making the tourney). That was until now…The KU season started out great! We seemed to be pacing one of my other favorite teams – Memphis.

But Memphis kept winning and KU could never secure the #1 as we dropped games to K-State (bitterness), Texas and Oklahoma State. I argued with my friends in Memphis. I was practically begging to see a KU vs. Memphis match-up in January & February as the smack-talk flew about who which team was better.

But the road to the final 4 paved the way for my ideal match-up KU vs. Memphis to become a reality. And I have to say the victory was both thrilling and bittersweet. I’m not sure a writer could have predicted a better script for this year’s tourney. I'm proud to be a Jayhawk and a KU alum. But honestly I was sad how my hometown, family and friends became a bit deflated after the loss. Hopefully as time passes we can all look back and just reminisce about what an amazing game the championship was… I know I will remember it fondly. ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK, GO KU!!!

PS – I’m going to have trouble waiting around another 7 months until basketball season to start-up again.


I Will Possess Your Heart

I caught the new Death Cab for a Cutie song, “I Will Possess Your Heart” on XM radio yesterday on the way into the office. Gosh, it’s just so darn good…I “heart” Ben Gibbard, so I immediately pre-ordered Narrow Stairs album on iTunes and got the single. It’s definitely the highlight of my week thus far and I can’t wait until May 13th to check out the rest of album.


Ski Break for Spring Break? Not Quite...

Here you can see my reaction after I stepped in (what seemed like) a foot of snow and got smacked upside the head with a snowball. Funny I'm not in Colorado or Vermont. And I wasn't even on ski trip somewhere for spring break. This all took place last Friday here in Memphis. Seriously, can you believe it snowed here in March?


Psycho Killer

My co-worker started singing about a psycho flower, which got me thinking about this Talking Heads song. Now I keep having the "fa's" going through my head...Please someone stop me from singing:

"Psycho Killer
Qu'est-ce que c'est
fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa far better
Run run run run run run run away
Psycho Killer
Qu'est-ce que c'est
fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa far better
Run run run run run run run away"


The Well-Traveled Check

I received a check a few weeks back. In the span between then and now, I somehow misplaced it. The reality of the situation was that I did not misplace the check. I had lost the check!

As I began to retrace my steps, I truly believed that I lost it at Wild Oats or somewhere along the path back to my house. Like the saying goes, "easy come, easy go." Until I picked up my parent's mail yesterday. Someone at the Kroger on Mendenhall found my check, put it an envelope and returned it to me.

Thanks to the kindness of a stranger, the story of the well-traveled check ends up in my favor. And that check will soon become money in the bank!


Sarah Silverman vs. Jimmy Kimmel

Sarah and Jimmy have been keeping me in stiches over the last week with their on-air antics. If you haven't please check out their videos:

"I'm F*cking Matt Damon"

"I'm F*cking Ben Affleck"


KU vs. UCLA - 12.2.95 - Rock Chalking Old School

This was hands down the best basketball game I ever saw at Allen Fieldhouse and probably my entire time at KU, if not ever*. It was my freshman year and I lived across the street from the Fieldhouse. I remember walking over with my friends really early on a chilly December morning to meet up with some other friends who had been camping out for us for seats since we got back from Thanksgiving. We ended up with prime seat selection under the basket for this showdown between these two historic basketball programs.

The Kansas Jayhawks' started Jacque Vaughn, Paul Pierce, Raef LaFrentz, Scot Pollard and Jerod "Floor Burns" Haase against the defending national champion UCLA Bruins. I couldn’t contain my excitement as the game progressed. It was certainly chilly outside, but things were definitely heating up in the “Phog.” KU came back from being 19 down to beat UCLA (for the first time) by 15. It was probably one of my most favorite memories of KU and KU Basketball! So please watch and enjoy (and maybe you can find the Freshman me too):

*This could be my favorite basketball moment, but I have to admit going to the Final 4 (even when we lost) was a pretty darn good experience too.


Veggie Kind of Life

I had an interesting conversation yesterday with one of my oldest friends. Typically I make it a habit not to share these conversations in my blog, but I have to say I’m actually quite impressed at the challenge she and her boyfriend are about to embark on.

Wendy and Gordon* have announced yesterday that they are going vegetarian for 30 days. And if it works out during the trial period it might become a permanent life style change.

I’ve known Wendy has been reading a book called the “Skinny Bitch” because we’ve had some discussion about it at length. The book, which is on/was on the New York Times bestseller list, definitely provides a controversial approach/discussion to diets and veganism. But whatever your personal stance on the situation may be in regards to the book, it makes people think (which is half the battle).

This book and living a healthy lifestyle was enough to inspire them both to take a chance. So yesterday they made it official! Wendy and Gordon are ready to try out this lifestyle (vegetarian not complete veganism). And Wendy had just completed the grocery shopping to prove it. Funny, I see many more trips to Whole Foods/Wild Oats in their future.

And hopefully they might allow me in the future to report again on their progress and challenges as they face the world as newly inducted vegetarians.

*The names have been changed to hide their identity, which allows me to blog about it with permission!


Smoothies, Movies, Hoops and a Total Lunar Eclipse (of the heart)

I’ve picked up a bad habit at work the last few weeks. It involves me having lunch with some co-workers at tropical smoothie across the street. It’s usually the same crowd, but the topics rarely change. Usually the following occurs:

·Debate over what to get - should I have a Blimey Limey or a Toucan Delight smoothie today? Do you think I can go for breakfast wrap still or should I settle with a popeye’s favorite? Hey – do you think we will be charged for this meal now or next month*?

·Someone starts quoting from the likes of Tommy Boy, Billy Madison, Spaceballs, The Three Amigos and more…Then a debate ensues about a quote or a character which means someone has to pull their blackberry and prove they are right.

·A heated discussion involving college basketball is a given on each and every trip. Usually there is a discussion centered around the merits of KU vs Memphis Basketball (which means I’m usually outnumbered). But we will always round out the conversation by talking about Mississippi State, Tennessee, IU, Duke, UNC and Texas. Specifically we love chatting about the coaching smack talk – ya know Roy vs. Coach K., Bobby Knight retiring the team to his son or when will Kelvin Sampson get his walking papers…

·At least one educational tidbit is inspired by the plethora of flat screens located in Tropical Smoothie. Today’s discussion revolved around space, specifically because we will experience a Total Lunar Eclipse tonight. Previous weeks we were obsessed over politics and super bowl predictions.

Ahh, where these conversations start, skew and lead to are up to anyone at the table. But these tropical smoothie lunches definitely provide a stimulating lunch hour away from the office.

Here is my post tropical smoothie playlist for your enjoyment:

1. Pot Kettle Black – Wilco
2. You You You You You– The 6ths
3. Life is Beautiful – Vega 4
4. Howl – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
5. Ache for You – Ben Lee
6. Friends – Ryan Adams
7. Hope – Jack Johnson
8. Magic In The Air – Badly Drawn Boy
9. Bullet Proof…I Wish I Was – Radiohead
10. Bring On the Night – The Police
11. #41 – Dave Matthews Band
12. Moonlight Drive – The Doors
13. A Bad Dream – Keane
14. Safe European Home – The Clash
15. Swallowed In the Sea – Coldplay

PS – Maybe one day soon (when the temp rises) we will travel to tropical smoothie on a short walk, thus reducing our carbon footprint :-)

*Tropical Smoothie had an issue with their credit card batching process, which somehow reflected in most charges showing up on our statements in February. Guess this is a trial an error process when you open a new store, but I’m thinking we need a free smoothie for the inconvenience.


Indigo Girls Revisited

The Indigo Girls returned last night to play the Rose Theater at the University of Memphis. The venue is kind of small (for a theater), which made the setting very intimate. The music was crisp and vibrant. I was glad to see both Amy & Emily return to Memphis instead of canceling the concert out right, like a lot of musicians do.

This is probably the 5th time I've seen the Indigo Girls perform live and they always leave me wanting more. They just consistently put on a good live show. They balanced out their set with old and new tunes. And I love how they constantly say, "Thanks Y'all" after every song. I was a little bummed that they skipped out on a few songs I wanted to hear, but I guess those are the breaks...no worries, I sang them to myself as I fell asleep last night.

Power of Two

Here is the complete set list from the Memphis show:
Pendulum Swinger
Become You
Hammer & Nail
Three County Highway
Power of Two
Ozilline w/ Michelle Malone
It's Alright
Dairy Queen
Let It Be Me
Shame On You w/ Michelle Malone on harmonica
Get Out The Map w/ Michelle Malone
You & Me of the 10,000 Wars
Jonas & Ezekial
Least Complicated
Money Made You Mean
Prince of Darkness
Johnny Rottentale
Closer to Fine w/ Michelle Malone

Gone Again w/ Michelle Malone


Alternate Universe

I've been living in an alternate universe the past few days. Mainly due to the fact that I've been achy and cranky with some sort flu like symptoms. It's almost like I've been in mirage...

In the past few days my co-worker seems to be exercising and working at the same time. She has gotten me into the stupid habit of sitting on the ball when she is in meetings. Check it out, how can you resist?

And then to top things off KU lost to Texas on Big Monday. It was quite a sad evening, but what saddened me the most was Parker’s loyalty. Sitting with the longhorn faithful….please!



What a great tune by The Tragically Hip. It's soft, sweet and a bit somber. I guess it kind of reflects my current mood. I rediscovered this song off a mix cd that I found last week from an old friend (i think the cd was given to me about 6 years ago). I've been listening to it on and off the past few days, but it was a perfect back drop for driving around and running a few morning errands on Saturday. This song however, just seems to evoke a lot and I love the following lines:

"maybe I'll go to New York,
I'll drag you there
you said, "no one drags me

Does it diminish your
super-capacity to love"


Sleep The Clock Around

And the puzzle will last till somebody will say
"there's a lot to be done while your head is still young"
If you put down your pen, leave your worries behind
Then the moment will come, and the memory will shine


Wonders of Wheatgrass

This morning I ran into Wild Oats on the way to the office to get a smoothie. I usually reserve the fruit smoothie as a treat to myself when I'm not working or after a workout, but today I was feeling a little blue and it’s still so gray/gloomy from the storms last night. So I decided what the heck - Mango Colada time it is!

I paid for my smoothie and walked up to the bar, where they prepared my drink. While I was standing there a very chipper guy (another customer) started talking to me. He was getting his daily wheatgrass & juice fix. Here is a bit of our conversation:

Wheatgrass Guy: “Hi, good morning to ya!”

Me: “Umm, hi…”

Wheatgrass Guy: “What are you getting?”

Me: “The mango smoothie…”

Wheatgrass Guy: “Ohh, that’s good. Have you ever had a wheatgrass shot?”

Me: “Umm, nope…”

Wheatgrass Guy: “Well they are great for you. It helps your heart, improves your digestion, fights cancer…It’s pretty much good for well everything”

Me: “It’s grass.”

Wheatgrass Guy: “You should try one. I’d like to buy this lady a wheatgrass shot. Make me another. Will you please try it?”

He then proceeded to spend another few minutes convincing me of the benefits of the daily wheatgrass usage and that I might actually like it. I finally just gave in and drank the darn thing.

By then my smoothie order was up, I thanked the Wheatgrass Guy who said, “No problem, off to work, have a good day!”

He then put on his headphones and walked out. I probably had a very puzzled look on my face as I started to sip my smoothie, because the silence was broken by the guy behind the Juice bar. The juice bar guy said, “Rachel, you two are both in here enough that I’m sure you will see him around again.”

Needless to say it was just another chance encounter that makes up a composite of my life. And now I’m left thinking about the wonders of wheatgrass, this weird after taste and the randomness of life.


Super Tuesday/Fat Tuesday

I hope everyone, of legal age of course, is taking advantage of their opportunity to go out and vote today. Times like today are some folks only chance to voice their opinion.

Black or White, Right Wing or Left Wing, Jewish or Christian it doesn't matter; the choice is left up to you and your vote. Sometimes the candidate you back wins, sometimes they lose. But at least you are allowed to be a part of the process, which isn't the case for many folks around the world.

I've been exercising my right to vote since 1995 and hope to continue to be able to cast a vote as long as I can read the ballot. I followed the election for work in 2000 when I worked for a newspaper, which nearly burned me out on politics forever. But I surprised myself by helping campaign for a candidate a bit in 2004. Like I said before, the process intrigues me.

So again, I encourage you to vote today. Research, read and learn about who you think would work best for you and your community. And rock the vote – it literally takes about 2 minutes.

PS – Some people fondly call today Super Tuesday (for the election), but it also coincides with Fat Tuesday this year…Ahh to be gluttonous and partake in some Mardi Gras action today. A king cake, some bead tossing and a few adult libations. Definitely a better way to spend the day, instead of being cooped up behind a desk.


Indigo Girls Postponed

I'd been excited all week for 2 days of Music. First seeing Band of Horses and the following day the Indigo Girls. Unfortunately my musical evening ran dry last night. As my friends and I were eating dinner we were informed that the show had been cancelled. At first I was choosing not to believe it, but as word spread like wildfire throughout the restaurant, I realized this was no hoax.

It didn’t stop us from driving up to U of Memphis campus to see the signs for ourselves.

I was bummed, but seriously why does SPE look so darn chipper? Whatever the case may be we will now have to revisit this topic on 2.13.08. And I hope Amy feels better soon!


Band Of Horses

What can I say...I'm still blown away by the Band of Horses show I went to last night at the Hi-Tone. Great Music. Great People. Great Fun. Best of all the show was $13. It's probably the best live music bargain I've gotten in a while.

Many of you know I've been raving about the Band of Horses over the last few months. That or maybe I've just inundated you with some of their songs. But really I can't help but gush over them. I just can't help but to sing along! I love sound and the lyrics. And every time I spin either album I discover that I don't want to tune them out or skip a song. So they've become a heavy favorite in my rotation.

Plus they put on one heck of a live show, even with all the bearded/mountain men in attendance or performing. Here is a short clip from last night:

Hopefully in the coming days I will be able to provide a complete playlist. Until then you will have to suffice with my memory of them playing some of my favorites like Ode To LRC, No One's Gonna Love You , The Great Salt Lake, The Funeral & Cigarettes, Wedding Bands. Plus they sprinkled in a Chicago & CCR cover.
I would highly recommend listening to a few Band of Horses tunes or seeing them live. They will not disappoint!

PS - Yes, the prospect of some good tunes really did ease my pain about KU's lost to K-State.


Inspector Rachiley

One of my coworkers is always coming into the office with fantastic hats, boots and coats. Her style is very natural, playful and funky, yet always professional. Ahh let's just call her hip, fashion corporate barbie. Anyway, she comes in daily with always one piece that attracts attention. Actually most folks in my office have a very good since of style. And because we all sit so close, a lot of discussion seems to ensue about clothes, hair, celebrity gossip, etc.

So yesterday I decided that maybe, just maybe despite my wacky hair that I could partake in this hat craze. Especially since it's been so darn cold as of late. So here I am below attempting to try on one of fc barbie's hats:

GO Rach GO!

Ok, maybe I'm not ready to pull off that fashion trend like that since I look more like inspector gadget - the tacky khaki trench coat...Maybe I'll just stick to the conversations celebrity gossip, books, movies and music.


Children’s Benadryl – Grape Flavored!

I’m sitting at my desk this afternoon hopped up on Children’s grape chewable Benadryl tablets.

You may be asking yourself two questions:

1. Why the need for Benadryl?
2. And if you do need Benadryl, why the need for the children’s chewable format?


A. I had an allergic reaction yesterday, which could have been caused by a multitude of irritants none of which I can firmly pinpoint. But what remains is an itchy rash all over my upper torso area. Lucky me, right?

B. I have a very sensitive palate and honestly sometimes I feel the chewables are much more user friendly. And trust me friends when you are itchy, cranky and don’t want to take any medication you do things to fool yourself. Even if that means taking a children’s tablet. And let’s be honest I’m really a big kid at heart.

In all serious though, I’m currently in one of those weird phases of being sleepy with a slight hint of edginess caused by the Benadryl. I’m pretty sure working is probably not one of my wiser moves after having a reaction, but I felt the need to come in and try to wrap up paperwork on a time-sensitive project. So here I am now sitting, waiting (for the paperwork to be routed back to me) and reading the back of the box of Benadryl which warns me about the following:

*marked drowsiness may occur
*excitability may occur, especially in small children
*be careful when driving a motor vehicle or operating machinery

OK, maybe I should stop reading the back of this box and head home...

Before I go, here are my first 10 songs that came blaring from my Ipod after I took my last dose of children’s chewables:

1. The Time of Times – Badly Drawn Boy
2. Just Tonight – Jimmy Eat World
3. You Might Think – The Cars
4. Night Drive – The All-American Rejects
5. L.A. Woman – The Doors
6. Panic-Oh! – Los Abandoned
7. So Much Work – Pete Yorn
8. Geek USA - Smashing Pumpkins
9. 5 Times Out of 100 – Hot Hot Heat
10. Take It On The Run – REO Speedwagon


Rock Chalking on Big Monday/Mark Lives in Ikea

Work today was absolutely insane. You know how some of those Mondays can feel, right? I literally felt like I packed in 4 days of work into 1. So by the time I left the office, I could have sworn it was Wednesday or Thursday. With no inking of the actual day I came home and started chillaxin.

All of sudden my phone started blowing up. Who could it be? To my surprise it was KU Crider rolling in the STL. She was on her way to the watch the Big Monday game with the rest of the KU Alums in the area. I had completely forgotten that tonight was the KU vs. OU match-up. Thanks for the reminder Crider, I'm so ready to Rock Chalk, Jayhawk KU!

In other news it's been a while since I last posted and a lot has happened. KU beat VT in the FedEx Orange Bowl (hey maybe we can be a football school too). I'm currently addicted to Scrabulous. I'm way excited to go see the Band of Horses concert at the end of this month. And did I mention KU Basketball is on...Seriously, could life get any better?

One final thought for the evening before I turn my full attention to college basketball. Over the weekend I came across the report about Mark Malkoff experiment living in Ikea. This guy is hysterical! You may remember that over the summer when he visited 171 Starbucks in NYC in just under 24 hours. Well now he's taking refuge in Ikea and making me laugh. So if you have time check it out:



Happy New Year 2008!!!

So 2008 has officially rolled in! I’m just so darn exuberant for the New Year. I can hardly contain myself...Yippee 2008…Can’t you tell?
If I wanted to be official and all I would try to recount my accomplishments from 2007 before allowing you to peek into my goals for 2008. Unfortunately, my legal council has advised me against releasing my reactions to the previous year or promoting my resolutions for this year*.

Instead I hope you all can find a way to personally reflect the sorrows, joys and accomplishments that you received in 2007. And hopefully 2008 will shine a light of
happiness and success on all the roads that you choose to travel.

In the meantime here are first few songs spewed out my Ipod this morning when I got to work:

1. Cigarettes, Wedding Bands - Band of Horses
2. On Earth – The Sundays
3. Candy Everybody Wants – 10,000 Maniacs
4. Love Me Two Times – The Doors
5. One I Love – Coldplay
6. Tomorrow Comes – Edie Brickell
7. Fake Frowns – Death Cab for a Cutie
8. Bodysnatchers – Radiohead
9. Way to Blue – Nick Drake
10. Maze – Phish
11. Something Pretty – Patrick Park
12. Sitting, Waiting, Wishing – Jack Johnson
13. My Happiness – Elvis Presley
14. Cryin’ – Aerosmith
15. Go On Ahead – Liz Phair
16. Jokerman – Bob Dylan
17. Girl – Tori Amos
18. Sweetest Thing – U2
19. Back On The Chain Gang – The Pretenders
20. Anyone Else But You – The Moldy Peaches

What a calm way to shuffle into the New Year!

*This will make me compliant with ISO 9000/Six Sigma/Performance Evaluation Standards for 2008, etc…and will reduce my liability on any past, present or future claims in regards to defaulted resolutions.