Archive | November, 2011

Christmas Jam: Paul McCartney, Wonderful Christmas Time

30 Nov

This reminds me so much of being a kid and driving around with my parents, listening to Christmas music on the radio. It still makes me feel like I’m just waiting impatiently for Christmas break, so I’ll be able to stay home, eat candy, and not suffer through gym class. I know a lot of people don’t like this song, but those people are crazy.

Christmas Jam: The Beach Boys, Child of Winter

29 Nov

This is probably the weirdest Christmas song I’ve ever heard, and I’ve heard a lot of weird Christmas songs.

This isn’t from the very popular Beach Boys Christmas album, the one with Little Saint Nick and all those jams you know and love. This is from their 70’s Christmas album that was kind of a flop and inexplicably included Seasons in the Sun. Child of Winter is definitely in my top 5 Christmas songs, and that’s mostly because of the bananas spoken interlude.

Happy Birthday, Chasey!

29 Nov

Today my youngest broseph Chase turns the big 1-7. I can still remember when Mama W. told us she was pregnant. I laughed at her because I thought she was telling a joke. Then I told my 3rd grade teacher that my mom was pregnant, and Mama W. told me to say “having a baby,” not “pregnant.” I don’t know why.

From those humble origins sprang Chase, the most fashionable family member, or at least the family member who makes the least money and yet spends the most on clothes. But this isn’t a post to make fun of him! That’s what real life is for. This post is to say happy birthday to my great little bro! He might wear some ugly pants, but at least he celebrates what makes him unique, which isn’t always easy to do in high school. I’m proud of him for standing up for what he believes in, whether it’s giving some Mormon kid a smackdown or just wearing those ugly pants. Sorry. I can’t help it. Chasey is a creative and funny little dude and I can’t wait to see what he ends up doing in the rest of high school, college, and beyond.
Happy birthday, little bro! See you tonight!

Christmas Jam: Hall and Oates, Jingle Bell Rock

28 Nov

I don’t really understand anything about this video. Why so campy? Why is Oates allowed to sing so much? Just why?

Christmas Jam: Dolly Parton, Hard Candy Christmas

27 Nov

From now until Christmas, I’ll be sharing a favorite Christmas song every day! I tend to favor the weird, the wonderful, and the sequined, so it’s no surprise that my first pick is by my idol, Dolly Parton.

Hard Candy Christmas, like most of my favorite Christmas songs, doesn’t sound like a Christmas song at all. I mean, Dolly didn’t even have the decency to throw in some jingling bells or anything. Also like most of my favorites, it’s a sad Christmas song. I don’t know why I like sad Christmas songs so much. Why can’t I just listen to Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree? Spoiler alert for future Christmas posts: I can and I do. BUT this is a song I would love even if it didn’t have anything to do with Christmas, just because it’s sad and lovely and Dolly sounds like a bird sent from heaven to teach us all about true beauty. I love her so much.

I’m Thankful For…

26 Nov

Two days late, here’s my list of what I’m thankful for. It’s not like thankfulness has a expiration date.

1. Young Nicolas Cage.

I will keep preaching the gospel of the Cage until everyone agrees with me. Young Nicolas Cage was the most attractive man ever. It is only very recently that things have gone to pot, and I feel like, as a society, we are to blame. Why won’t we let him be great?

2. This chicken walk Kyle MacLachlan does in Blue Velvet.

People forget how goofy David Lynch is. He’s goofy, you guys. I think about this chicken walk scene, like, several times a day and I’m just so thankful it exists.

3. Netflix
How else would I watch an insane amount of Friday Night Lights? Which brings me to number 4….

4. Matt Saracen

Do you think I like having a creepily intense crush on a guy playing a high school student? Of course I don’t. I feel weird. But I can’t stop these feelings any more than I can say, “Oh, no thanks, I won’t watch just one more episode of FNL and stay up way past my bedtime and sleepwalk through the next day at work.” Matt Sarecen is, hands down, the most realistic depiction of a small-town high school student I’ve ever seen on TV. I’ve heard rumblings that bad things may or may not be coming Matt Saracen’s way, but don’t spoil anything for me. Don’t you dare. I’m going to need a lot of time to emotionally process whatever might happen. Remember the part where he sings to his grandma? Oh my Lord.

5. Pizza. Just in general.

6. You! Thanks for reading, commenting, and being all-around super-great ladies and gents.

Say Hello to Your Friends

23 Nov

I don’t ask much from you, but I really need you to learn the words to the Baby-sitter’s Club theme song so we can sing it together, okay?

This intro sets up so much. Claudia and Stacey are stylish. Dawn loves hiking! Kristy does not give a shit and just wants to go eat that pizza. Mallory is…ugh.
Also, I hope I’m not the only one who was like “Stacey, do not even LOOK at that fruit. YOUR DIABETES!”


22 Nov

Maybe next year I will do a project where I create a piece of art everyday. That sounds fun, right? But only if every single piece of art is related to Nicolas Cage!

This is just amazing. Found via Craft.


22 Nov

I guess I have a bright orange buffet in my dining room now.

Mama W., thrifty shopper extraordinaire, found this at a moving sale. I’m just going to wait it out and see if the color grows on me. Y’all know I love bright colors, but this might too much even for me. I think I’ll stick it out, though. this buffet and me, we’re in it for the long haul.

Visions of Reba: The Heart Won’t Lie

21 Nov

Do you remember when you joined the Navy? You were so young, with your baseball cap and your weird leather jacket. Vince Gill kept staring at you longingly. Do you remember that? And he yelled at you, like, all the time. When you tried to climb that wall in your flattering sweatpants, when he made you do pushups in the mud, when he made you run up steps. Just constant yelling. But then, do you remember how it turns out you guys were secretly in love? Or I guess you were, because he snuck up behind you and wiped mud off your cheek? That’s what love is, probably. Making someone in the Navy do pushups in the mud and then wiping the mud off their cheek. Reba remembers.

This is another video where Reba shows off her mad acting skills. That scene where she’s frightened in “combat”? Golden. Also, Vince Gill (another staple of my youth) has a voice like melted peanut butter. The best part is when they sing to each other through a window.

No, Reba, it’s not life that’s getting in the way. It’s that window.