Archives for July 2015

I’ve Fallen Into The Apple Music Rabbit Hole & I Can’t Get Out

Way back when I was a fresh-faced newlywed who had no need for anything even remotely resembling an intensive nighttime moisturizer, I listened to a whole lot of Ben Folds Five. It was the perfect angst-y music for my angst-y inner English major, and I’m happy to tell you that tonight, thanks to Apple Music (I promise I’ll quit talking about it eventually), I’ve listened to all manner of Ben Folds Five favorites that I haven’t heard in years.

I may have also made playlist that I’m lovingly referring to as Summer Dance Party (for Old People). It’s not quite finished, but I feel really good about its potential to get my fellow 40-somethings up and moving. And please know that I was tempted just now to say “on the dance floor,” but then I remembered that 40-somethings don’t typically hang out near a lot of dance floors, so I guess I’m hoping that it’ll at least convince some of us to stand up from the table and move our arms.

Nothing like breaking it down for four whole seconds before you take your seat again.

So anyway. The weekend. Yes. We did have one. Alex hung out with a friend Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, and since David didn’t have to work on Friday, we had the best, most laid-back day. Hazel was so pleased to have everybody in one place, as evidenced by the fact that she ran to the couch after Alex’s friend left and stayed in this position for about half an hour.


In the meantime, I finally finished the newsletter and sent it out, and then we spent the rest of the day right here in our pajamas. It was delightful.

We knew that our 4th was going to be low-key because some of our family members are having to lay low right now thanks to various pains, injuries, and ailments, and the folks we normally shoot fireworks with were out of town. But then Alex ended up going to a friend’s house to swim and cook out, so David and I went out to eat and then proceeded to run about 14 errands. One of the things we’d wanted to do over the weekend was make a list of everything – EVERYTHING – we eventually want / need to do to the inside and outside of our house, and I’ll be diggity dog if we didn’t finally get ‘er done. That list is long, and it is intimidating, and it makes me just a tiny bit anxious, but it feels like a relief to have finally identified ALL THE THINGS.

Y’all be sure to check back in around 2024 to see if we’ve accomplished all of them.

Do you hear my nervous laughter?

Probably the biggest thing on our list is the kitchen, and the main hang-up I’ve had with getting started on it is 1) not wanting to spend the money and 2) being so afraid that I’m going to get it wrong. I like so many different styles and colors that my Pinterest board for kitchens looks like it has a personality disorder, and I’m having the hardest time figuring out what will be classic but a little bit contemporary and colorful but not obnoxious. So, um, I’ll let you know when I get that particular set of problems solved. We are not going to go the route of a major gut job because we know it’ll get way too expensive way too fast, so we need to be smart about what we do.

Not gonna lie. It makes my head hurt a little bit. But I’m excited. But it still makes my head hurt. SO MANY DETAILS.

A few minutes ago, though, I was looking at to get the full range of Princess Charlotte’s christening photos, and I saw this.

Photo Credit: Chris Jackson

Photo Credit: Chris Jackson


I mean. My goodness. Y’all. That is one cute young’un. So maybe I’ll just print out this picture and tape it to my current circa 1974 kitchen cabinets and call it a day. INSTANT HAPPINESS.

So that’s about all that’s going on around here. A big ole to-do list, a whole lot of music, and a fun week ahead.

Hope your week is fun, too!

(And if you have a bad day, just look at this.)

Photo Credit: Chris Jackson

Photo Credit: Chris Jackson

(It’ll make it all better.)

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 50


Well, our little podcast and Sally O’Malley have something in common.

This is our 50th episode, only I didn’t even realize it until Alex mentioned it to me right before we started recording, and then I forgot to say anything to Melanie until about 2/3 of the way through the podcast.

So clearly we’ve planned an enormous celebration.

We did make a very impromptu (and somewhat unorganized) decision to do some special giveaways, though, and you’ll find out the what and the how if you listen to the podcast. You can enter on my blog and Melanie’s blog; there will be four winners total.

And somehow, considering that this is our 50th podcast, it seems fitting that the content is absolutely all over the place. YOU SHOULD EXPECT NO LESS. We talk about Mabel and Piper’s trip to the Pawderosa Ranch, my many hair-related insecurities, the wonder that is Apple Music, my Power Ballad Mix Tape playlist, our enthusiasm for Top 40 radio, and so much more.

Thanks so much for listening, y’all. And for being patient when we’d take a year-long break between podcasts. And for not being critical when the sound was terrible. And for consistently encouraging us like crazy where this silly little podcast is concerned. In its own unique way, it has been and continues to be a blast.

You can click here to listen. Or here. You can even listen right here on the blog.

Or, as always, you can subscribe on iTunes if you’re feeling particularly fancy.

Just FYI – here’s where you can get more info on the products / places we mention (these aren’t affiliate links – just regular ole links):

Jen Lancaster’s I Regret Nothing
Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies
Benefit They’re Real! Mascara
The Most Awesome Power Ballad Mix Tape Playlist (by Sophie via Apple Music)

Enjoy, y’all.

11 Mildly Interesting Points On A Tuesday Night In Almost-July

1. I just got home from a quick trip to Mississippi, and in case you are wondering, every 18-wheeler in existence is currently traveling on I-20.


3. Mama had a couple of doctor’s appointments today, and she was a little (uncharacteristically) frustrated when we were leaving the house this morning because she didn’t feel like she’d had enough time to get ready. So when I looked at her black pants, aqua jacket, 2 pearl necklaces, dangly earrings, and 3 sparkly bracelets, I got a little tickled. “You’re good, Mama,” I said. And she was.

4. A little while ago I was setting up our Family Sharing on Apple Music, and after I clicked on some preferences it suggested this little treasure for me.

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SO. MANY. MEMORIES. First cassette, first album I played on a jam box, and endless quantities of early teenager angst. FANTASTIC.

5. Then I spotted this little gem over on the sidebar, clicked on it, and I was back on Highway 25 in my Buick Regal again…his original Greatest Hits album was my FAVORITE thing to listen to on the way to college (besides Amy Grant’s The Collection, of course).

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6. And speaking of…

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…so I think Apple Music and I are going to be fast friends. I’ve resisted any pay-for-streaming service because I worried about the songwriters getting their fair share, but I’m gonna give this one a try. We shall see, I reckon.

7. I still have a few newsletter-related emails I haven’t answered yet. One thing to keep in mind is that if you subscribed after I sent out the first newsletter, Mail Chimp will not send you the first one. You should get the second one, though – and it’ll go out this Thursday or Friday. If you’d like to subscribe, just fill out this handy form.

8. You might need to sit down for this next bit of news, but I went to the movies TWICE last week. TWICE. TO THE PICTURE SHOW. I don’t even know the last time that happened. But we went to see Inside Out (which I LOVED – have thought so much about it after the fact, too) and Max (a little long, but it was a sweet dog movie). Anyway, I realized when we went to see Inside Out that our theatre has $2 Cokes and $2 popcorn on Thursdays, and that may well be a summertime game changer.

9. I am so sad about Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck’s divorce that it’s borderline irrational. But I honestly feel heartbroken for them. That’s probably weird. But I do.

10. This Apple Music thing is no joke, y’all. I listened to Chicago 17 and almost started digging through my bathroom drawers for my Merle Norman eye shadow sampler with that turquoise shade I liked so much in 7th grade. I told Melanie a few minutes ago that I feel like I found my red cassette tape carrier that was my constant companion in the 80s.

11. And finally – just because it never, ever gets old and I never, ever get tired of posting it.

Happy Wednesday, y’all.