Do the iPod Shuffle


Welcome to “Hey!  My iPod is on Shuffle Week”, in which I put my iPod on shuffle, and share the first one to three songs that come up, discuss my history with those songs and then try to justify my awful taste (or impress you with my excellent taste, depending on what kind of mood my iPod is in).

what secrets shall my shuffle reveal?

Let’s just jump in, shall we?  iPod’s on Shuffle…and….GO!

Song #1: “That Thing You Do!” by the Oneders (later Wonders) from the That Thing You Do! Soundtrack

My history with this song: Seriously – of all the songs to come up first?!?  I saw the movie That Thing You Do! on a “group date” in 8th grade with my then boyfriend Richard, which was my first date ever (even if it was only a pseudo-date).  We sat close, and he put his arm around me and it was nice.  In retrospect I strongly suspect he was trying to figure out a way to grope my chest (he was unsuccessful), but at the time I was blissfully unaware of any potential hidden agendas.  That night was also the night of my first kiss, which happened outside the Apple Valley movie theater while we waited for our rides; it was really nice – no tongues or anything, just pleasantness.  The next day I went to the mall with the girls  who had also been on the group date with me and we all bought the “That Thing You Do!” single on cassette tape.  Ahhh, the winter of 1997.

Awful Taste or Great Taste?  Tough call, right?  This song has so much personal history for me, and you cannot deny that it is catchy so I can’t see myself having to justify it.  Then again, that movie was pretty awful and it is kind of a silly song – too close to call, I say.

Song #2: “Maid Marion” composed by Michael Kamen off the Robin Hood:Prince of Thieves Soundtrack

My History with this song: When I came up with this theme week, my first thought was, “I bet that iPod is going to spit out some Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Soundtrack music” and lo – out it comes second.  As you probably know about me, I loved that movie when I first saw it at the age of 8 and I still love it, a lot.  I own it on special-edition 2-disc DVD.  I just watched it last night, in fact, in a completely weird bit of coincidence (I was seriously jonesing for some Alan Rickman after watching Harry Potter).  So when I say that I love the soundtrack perhaps even more than the movie, you gotta know that means something.  Apart from the fact that it has my favorite song “Everything I Do [I Do It For You]” on it, the score is beautiful and Robin Hood-y and wonderful.  I actually also owned this one on cassette tape, and then I bought it again on CD before transferring the entire soundtrack to my iPod. The “Maid Marion” theme incorporates the melody from “Everything I Do [I Do It For You]”, initially played on oboe, until the sweeping swell of the strings takes it away.  GORGEOUS!

Awful or Great? I’m sorry, but any haters out there have me contend with – you should be impressed by my great taste right now, and I will defend this movie/score/track till the day I die.


Song #3: “Gimmeakiss” by the Avett Brothers off the album Four Thieves Gone

My history with this song: I like the Avett Brothers a lot, having gotten into them when Tess and I were going to go to the Newport Folk Fest two years ago where they were performing (which we didn’t end up doing).  I really like this song – I like the singer’s rough, shouty voice and I like the lyrics.  I don’t have much of a personal history with this song – I listened to the whole album Four Thieves Gone in the last month or so of school during the first year at my job. As I counted down the weeks until summer, this album gave me a sense of summer-y excitement that I suppose I still associate with it.  Still – I mostly just like it.

Awful/Great?  Great, obviously.  The Avett Brothers are one of the bands that lend an air of respectability to my otherwise sort of silly iPod contents.

And that does it for today.  Tune in later in the week as I delve further into the heart of my iPod and explore my mostly amazing taste in music.


Chicken Cutlet Night


Not that this is exclusive to November or anything, but we’ve just had Chicken Cutlet* Night and it was glorious – a perfect cap to an otherwise pretty awesome day.

Today marked the start of my winter farmer’s market, which was super-busy and had an amazing energy that made me excited about life.  The situation there was such that I am genuinely looking forward to sacrificing sleeping in on every Saturday morning so I can work the old family chicken n’ eggs booth.

Besides the great energy, there were oodles of tasty local foods and stuff which I will spend the next several months sampling and purchasing at a rate of $20 per week (self-imposed spending limit lest I go bananas), spread around to various vendors.

Today I got parsnips, swiss chard and brussels sprouts (that looked like JINGLE BELLS no less) from a veggie stand, and a creamy jalepeno cheese spread from Naragansett Creamery (really very delicious), along with a loaf of sourdough bread (and okay, a brownie) from Seven Stars.

coolest looking vegetable ever, and delicious too

PLUS I got free half-empty jars of condiments from a vendor who had opened the jars for sampling (Mustard & Dill dipping sauce = AMAZING!)

After that I got to hang out with a cute puppy while drinking a (FREE!) chai and peruse the mall (but NOT buy anything!  No-buy-vember still on!) and then it was home for Chicken Cutlet Night.

We made oven roasted brussels sprouts, parsnip chips and chicken cutlets. We used Emeril’s recipe for fried chicken, which we know from experience is phenomenal, but we replaced cut-up chicken parts with thinly pounded chicken cutlets.  They were significantly easier to cook and still awfully delicious.  Also, everything else was delicious too.

Now I am actually going to leave my house AGAIN after 10:00 pm to go to a place that serves alcohol and has people in it.  Crazy.

This November is starting out great, what with the writing, the not buying things, the promise of lots of beards to come and Chicken Cutlet Night.  I have high hopes for it as a month in general. I cannot wait for the other amazing things I get to buy and/or cook after next week’s farmer’s market – I am definitely eying cranberries and sausages for next time.

Seriously, the anticipation is palpable.

Oh – and other highlights for things that happen in November since today is the last day of Things That Happen in November Week:

  • a variety of birthdays, like Lauren’s and Gabby’s and Allison’s and Canadian super star Bryan Adams
  • Thanksgiving, a holiday which I always appreciate and enjoy
  • My first year getting to miss the Thanksgiving Feast at school, which is really something to be Thankful for
  • the start of Holiday Season, which I would maintain is the most wonderful time of the year

happy birthday and thanks for the songs


*or as Tessa calls it now, “chicky chicky chicky chick”