Friday, May 29, 2015

It Blows My Mind

Sometimes it is best to just sit back, relax, trust in divine design and listen to Abbey Road. It has always worked for me and it works for me still.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Love Transcends All Space and Time

Good Grief, how is Lenny Kravitz 51 years old? It doesn't seem possible. I've seen Lenny many times and this is always my very favorite song. There's a nice short version, the original video, the Lenny we fell in love with all those years ago.

BUT...if you've had a tough couple of hours (or in my case DAYS), check out the long live version too. Yougottogottogotto...take me to church Lenny!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

After All These Years

A world without Letterman?  I didn't get married until I was 43. It's a silly gross cliche but I went to bed with David Letterman more nights than I can even imagine!

Godspeed, thanks for filling those long nights with laughter for so many years. I may have to drink coffee at 5pm, but I'm going to stay up tonight for a final fling.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Be Kind To Your Knees

Two of my sweet lovey cousins have daughters that are part of the Class of 2015. Sweet sweet girls, you have the entire world on a string. Ready, set, GO GET IT!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Just Busy Earnin'

It's Monday again and I'm glad I've got a good grind to get back to. Granted, it isn't "break dancing in a music video" good, but it is more than okay. Happy Monday!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I Don't Scare Easy No More

This week, I watched the reality show "Southern Charm" and seriously laughed until my sides hurt. To make up for it, I watched "Frontline" last night on PBS. It was all about salmonella poisoning...not sure I deserved a punishment THAT harsh. Cook the crap outta that chicken folks!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Once Upon A Different Life

This is one of those days when I wish I still had the Cabriolet, just to let the top down and drive with the radio blaring whatever the DJ played next.

And this is one of those songs that makes me wish I was 19, at an outdoor show watching this guy and developing another music crush.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

A Few Basic Common Sense Rules

Praise the Lord and pass the SPF 100, the pool repair guys should be here tomorrow. We have a little leak. There's been so much rain, we were unable to drain the pool. But keep your fingers crossed boys and girls because Casa Sughrue should be in business by the weekend woo hoo!

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

I Used To Be A Swinger

Yesterday one of my dearest friends celebrated her birthday. She has been my buddy for over forty years and we've shared a love of music since we first met in pre-school. I wish I had five bucks for every dance we've done through the years. I feel pretty sure we had a least one to this song. Hope we get to make up a new routine soon!

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

When Your Dreams Are Only Blue

Like so many people, I watched A Montage of Heck this week. And one of the biggest surprises for me was actually my own reaction. I love Nirvana. Come on, I was working in a record store in 1991, I still remember listening to Bleach and Nevermind for the first time and thinking "Well, we've really got something here folks..."

But...I thought Kurt was a self absorbed a-hole. I thought his attitude was a little "affected" (my grandmother's polite way of saying fake). I don't know that I learned anything new about him from the documentary. What was really illuminated was how different I am in 2015. I'm more receptive. I'm more loving. I'm less cynical. I'm less judgmental. I wish Kurt could have made it out of his twenties because maybe things would have been different for him too.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

In A Different Time On A Different Floor

I took a couple of days off work to potty train the princess. It is funny how football cheers and basketball chants from 30 years ago can be used during potty time with just a couple of minor substitutions. Every awful thing you've ever heard about potty training is true, plus about 50 other things that folks are just too embarrassed to say out loud.

But one thing I know for sure is this: my parents and grandparents somehow had the patience to wait this thing out with the most stubborn girl in the world (my sister) so we will make it too. Send nice dry thoughts our way!

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

I Go Downtown

Goodbye April, my very favorite month of the year. I was born in April, I got married in April. I saw my sweet sweet baby for the very first time in April (a teeny tiny speck on an ultrasound screen but proof of her existence nonetheless). You've always been good to me April, looking forward to seeing you again next year.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

More Than I Could Ever Promise

If you were falling, then I would catch you.
You need a light, I'd find a match.
Cause I love the way you say good morning.
And you take me the way I am.
If you are chilly, here take my sweater.
Your head is aching, I'll make it better.
Cause I love the way you call me baby.
And you take me the way I am.
I'd buy you Rogaine when you start losing all your hair.
Sew on patches to all you tear.
Cause I love you more than I could ever promise.
And you take me the way I am.
You take me the way I am.

It's like Ingrid just ripped the words right outta my heart, I tell ya!

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Jumpin' Jesus Holy Cow

Happy 3.0 to my sweet hubby. I would meet him at the court house on casual Friday all over again, Winter summer, day or night, centigrade or fahrenheit.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Sweet And Sour Miss

Wow, it has been a really long week! But it is Friday now folks and I'm as happy as Robert Randolph taking it to church in a jam session!

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

It's Scary Business

I'm surprised by one of the things I miss from my Nashville years,,,Writers in the Round. Then I remember that for every really awesome song and story, there were at least 10 awful songs and stories that were unbelievably bad. But there were many really good writers. I'm still very grateful that I have zero musical talent because that business is brutal.

All three of these guys did at least one show at Cafe Milano. I had a HUGE crush on Radney Foster. And this is one of my favorite songs ever.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Everything Delightful

Happy Earth Day everyone! I always like to take some time to consider how to reduce my carbon footprint on Earth Day. I've made a few small changes that at least make me feel like I'm making a difference. Last year I stopped using paper towels to clean my house, I use newspaper from our recycling bin to clean mirrors and windows then sponges, brushes and microfiber towels for everything else. Not sure what I'm going to try this year but I plan to hop over to to recalculate my footprint.

And here's a favorite that is sure to make you feel like an old school hippie living out on The Farm.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cut Out The Middleman

Spoon is one of those bands that reminds me of the wonder filled days of working in a record store (I think I was still working at The Sound Shop when I first heard them). Yeah, their latest album is seriously amazing but Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga and Transference were just awesome. I knew this band way back when people, like almost 20 years ago. That proves I was really truly cool, right?

Whatever man, here's a little Spoon...

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Some Good Clean Fun

Today, it only seems right to share a couple of my favorite Little Feat songs.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

The Kid Is Back

A real toe tapper for our Friday listening pleasure. If there is one thing I love more than underdogs, its gingers!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

That's Some Funky Lemonade

If you ever needed proof, I mean 100% proof that I am older than it goes...

The LL Bean catalog, I can find something I like on almost every page. And I love their swim suits.

Your baby ain't that sweet.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Fallen Angel Who Visits Your Dreams

If I could give advice to single women in their twenties and thirties, I would have a TON of things to say. But a biggie would be "Don't waste your time on someone who is just incapable of loving you. Every minute you waste with the wrong person is a minute you lose with the right one."

This could very well be the saddest song in the world. If you ever get a chance to see Jill Sobule live, just do it. Amazing! She is amazing.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Ain't Gonna Double Back

All last week, I felt old, so old it deserves all caps OLD. But this song takes me back to high school and summer sun and cruising around in a convertible Jeep. And just for a minute, if I close my eyes really tight, I feel 17.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Lilacs In Her Hair

My sister is cooler than your sister (unless you are Beyonce because no one is cooler than Solange).

And if Beyonce is reading my blog, Hey Girl, your sister is cooler than mine!

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Some Shine When The Day Is New

Even the sun shines brighter on Thursday! The weekend is so close I can almost reach out and touch it, I swear.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I'm A Certified Fool

I've changed my mind....I want to go and see the Stones! I want to go! I want to go!

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Got A Bottle And A Rosary

Oh April, the month of my birth! This month will just be some of my favorite songs, no reason or rhyme or method to the madness. Just stuff I like...

And I love Ryan Adams without apology my friends...sigh...

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Just Until My Skin Turns Brown

Feel better Joni! Like most girls from the past 3 generations, I feel like I know you or at least like you know me.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I'm Free But I'm Focused

So 20 years later, I still don't have it all figured out just yet. But I do know that everything is going to be fine and that is something I wasn't sure of in 1995. I miss the music, I miss the silly TV shows. Most of all I miss those dear, dear friends that I saw every single day. I didn't realize what an amazing GIFT that was.

Goodbye March, we'll see you again soon! I miss you 1995 and think of you often. Thanks for everything!

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Monday, March 30, 2015

I Know A Girl Who Thinks Of Ghosts

March really marched on by this year. One thing I've noticed about motherhood is that time certainly seems to go much faster when all you want it to do is slow down just a little. I guess it is the reverse 'watched pot never boils' syndrome.

This song makes me feel SO OLD but it was everywhere in 1995 and I adored it!

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Good Excuse For An Endless Spree

My kiddo has started saying the silliest craziest things. The new one that makes me almost fall down with laughter is "A big thumbs up!" which is of course followed up with a tightly closed fist with the thumb wrapped tightly INSIDE the fist. So a big thumbs up gets no thumb.

I guess you would have to see it to fully appreciate it, kind of like the Mona Lisa...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

You Were One

There is a spring in my step this morning, I guess it is because Spring is really here...meaning the temperature will drop this weekend and the jackets will come back out hopefully for the very last time this year!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I'm Gonna Break Down At Fifty

Getting old is rough on my poor silly body. Trying to get back into fighting shape is now an actual FIGHT. But I get up, get going and tell myself every day I'm a little further down the path to health.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Somehow The Vital Connection Is Made

Trying to fake the funk. The sun is shining, the daffodils are blooming, the baby is full of shouldn't be too hard to shake off this bad case of the Mondays!

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Friday, March 20, 2015

If You Want It You Got It Forever

I loved loved loved D'Angelo's first album so much. Seriously, so much. And Brown Sugar was the jam in 1995. Since today is the first day of Spring, I'm thinking of my my little red VW Cabriolet. And cranking up that entire album but especially this song.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Little Fish Big Fish

20 years can really change a person. I hope it hasn't changed PJ Harvey too much. The video for Good Fortune is exactly how I wanted to dress, how I wanted to wear my hair, how I wore my lipstick and eye make up...I wanted to BE Polly Jean. She's freaking awesome, a little part of me would still like to be PJ in 1995. But Nikki Sughrue has a pretty good life too (and 1995 was pretty great for her).

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Reel 1,2,3

So it is St. Patrick's Day and as a good Sughrue should, I'm sporting the green (although I was tempted to put on some orange to see if my mother-in-law would mention my choice).

1995 was the year Riverdance really took off and thus it was the year I started doing a little skippy jig at any sporting event when my team needed a big huge push of good luck. It isn't something I do every game. The magic is reserved for playoffs, for championships, for Alabama...

Get out your hard shoes!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Faster Than The Speed of Sound

Monday Monday Monday Monday Monday Monday...

On another note, I still love you Billy Corgan. I couldn't quit you if I tried.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Sitting Around The House

You know you are on vacation when you wake up and think "Man, is it really Friday ALREADY?"

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

I Try To Ram Her Into The Ground

I heard a DJ this afternoon talking about an interview with Julia Roberts. She was asked what rock song described her and she used one of my favorite lyrics from Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road." Because I don't know about you, but when I think of Julia Roberts, the first thing I think is "You ain't a beauty but hey you're alright." Gurl...please...<insert teeth suck & eye roll here>

If I ever see her walking down the street, I'm going to punch her straight in her lady junk then I'm going to put gum in her hair. I don't think she has any misconceptions about how she looks.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

You're Drinking What They're Selling

First day of staycation is so great! I got up, made my bed, fixed a nice healthy breakfast and ran two miles in a light drizzle. Just kidding, I lazed around for a few hours before going to Big Lots and a kids consignment sale. But I did put on mascara AND lip gloss for only the 2nd time in 2015, so that has to be worth something, right?

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Sirens Sang Their Songs For Me

At 5pm, I am on vacation for THREE WHOLE DAYS! It is gonna be awesome, a nice staycation to catch up from a super busy winter. Seriously, I cannot wait!

See ya suckers!

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Friday, March 6, 2015

Nature's Candy in My Hand

Some things need no explanation. Then some things have no explanation. Eat a peach, it's Friday!

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

But Gravity Always Wins

Thinking of all my sweet DC friends who are in pain this week over the unexpected loss of a dear girl. Call a member of your tribe today, your best friend from junior high, your college roomie, the cubicle mate at your first real job....whoever. Call someone you love, someone you miss and tell them you appreciate their friendship.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

So How We Gonna Kick It?

Ugh, is February finally over? That was one rough month, I'm so ready for March. I have a new really super guilty pleasure, the show "Hindsight" on VH1. Love it, a woman who seems about my age is taken back to relive 1995. I gotta tell you, of all the years not spent with my husband, 1995 was my favorite! Great friends, fun job, graduated from college...all around, 1995 was awesome!

The music was so amazing and such a part of my life, the entire month of March is dedicated to 1995! Kick back, relax, put on a pair of Chuck Taylors (or Birks if you've got 'em) and enjoy!

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Closing Both Eyes Now The Head Filled With Light

Happy Birthday George and Jody! All I truly have to do is to be happy, thanks for the reminder George!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

They Call Me a Dreamer Well Maybe I Am

Consumed with is always a friend if you want to lift your spirits or if you are just in the mood to be consumed by the feelings. Today I chose the latter, all day long.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Oh, It Goes So Quickly

One of my musical sisters is free at last. I would love to hear you belt out one more verse of some random crazy rap song. Shine on Shannon Quinn, thanks for making me laugh until my ribs hurt and sharing the Birmingham music scene with a Tennessee girl.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Hold You In My Arms All Night

I am so predictable. Yes, I love this song and The New Basement Tapes (and yes I have a little musical crush on Taylor Goldsmith). But this song is all about my sweet hubby. Happy Valentines Day to the cutest boy I ever saw...

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Come and Rock My Dreams

I have had a crazy couple of weeks at work. It seems like I look up and it is dinner time and bath time and bedtime. So maybe it's time for something warm and cozy and relaxing on a cold Thursday night.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Let Me In Mama

Another love song for another dear friend who was a great big part of my remarkable twenties. Happy Birthday Daisy, thanks for including me in your incredible journey! Boy it sure is fun!

Just like us, here's one that just gets better with age!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Who Raised the Roof and Never Made a Sound?

I'm going to be mushy mushy all week. At least my music will be. I can't help it, I love my husband folks! So I really drink the red Kool-Aid called Valentine's Day.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

I Wish I'd Stayed Asleep Today

Have you ever had one of those days where you just pray all day that you can refrain from smacking a stranger just because you want to smack someone? Really? I haven't either, just wondered if maybe you guys ever experienced something that CRAZY.

The Cure - Close To Me (1985) from MTVClassic1 on Vimeo.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

You're My Stone Inspiration

You know what's my stone inspiration? Five words: Lionel Richie, Mutton Chops, Afro (maybe that is just a big natural but whatever).

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

You Make Me Wanna Sing

When you meet the one, you know it. Trust me on this young don't have to question it or wonder about it or ask your friends or see a psychic. You just know.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

We Shall Walk & Talk In Gardens All Misty Wet With Rain

There are different types of love, of this I'm sure. But I don't know of a greater love than the love between two friends who know every little secret, all the good and the gooey and the awful and the anguished pieces of the puzzle. My sweet friend had a birthday yesterday. There is no greater love than hers. I am so proud to call her my friend and often dream of the days we've walked and talked and laughed. And man, I can't wait until we share the next one.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Love Like Ours Should Not Be Far Apart

February can't be cover free but it can be all about the love.  And I love Dwight (and especially love his Buck Owens tribute album, it is crazy good)!

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Turn My Sorrow Into Treasured Gold

I hate to sound like a guitar nerd but that tone gets me right in the good groovy spot. Makes me wanna dance on a sunny Friday afternoon!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

To My Heart I Must Be True

I don't mean to sound like a broken record but...

Sunshine! Sunshine! Sunshine!!!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015

Pulling The Puzzles Apart

Fridays are still considered party time around here but the biggest part of the party wears a Rapunzel princess nightgown and her drink of choice is 1/2 filtered water, 1/2 black cherry juice in a Dora sippy cup.

Snuggle up wth a sugar cookie and keep warm this weekend! If your lucky, maybe you'll get some sprinkles.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Success Has Been So Easy For You

Beautiful sunshine, so nice to see you! It was warm enough yesterday to play outside! It almost feels like the Bahamas (not really, I just thought I would make a stupid pun on my blog)...

But I really do love this song! And Sunshine! And exclamation points!

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Monday, January 19, 2015

That's Nice For You

Oh golly, if this song doesn't make you deep sigh on a Monday morning, you have a hard, hard heart. And if you haven't heard Kate McGarrigle sing this song, you gotta find it and read the story behind the song. That will get a deep sigh for sure. And if THAT story isn't sad enough and you have never read anything about Allison Moorer and Shelby Lynne's family would be hard to imagine anything more tragic...

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Friday, January 16, 2015

In My Head I Paint a Picture

I listened to hours of depressing rainy day music all week long. I had a couple of really great covers picked out for today but I needed to find a toe tapper...I can't drag into the weekend. So hope this gets your toes a'tappin friends...look, what the heck is that bright ball of fire in the sky?

Here is a cover of a cover of an original you probably never heard!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

It Makes Me Mellow Down To My Soul

I am constantly surprised by how many of my favorite love songs seems to be about my kiddo now that I'm a mommy. It is one life change I didn't expect, all these things that once seemed romantic would now just be about unadulterated love.

This is one of those songs. Enjoy the rainy Monday music my people!

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Friday, January 9, 2015

But Clouds Got in My Way

So today's cover is a pretty funny is Joni covering Joni. The album Both Sides Now is seriously one of my favorites. Amazing. But I love comparing 2000 Joni to 1969 Joni, sunshine/light to clouds/dark, her self portraits match her voice perfectly.

Because I love both versions of this song, here is the "Cover" and the "Original"

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The City's Heart Begins To Beat

A friend had a Michael Jackson listening party a few nights ago and danced until dawn. I made a joke that you can tell a woman's age by her album preference, "Thriller" versus "Off the Wall"...not too ashamed to say I'm an "Off the Wall" girl.

But when you hear this cover, it is hard to remember this is a dang Michael Jackson song!!!

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Send Me Photographs and Souvenirs

This song makes me think of my baby and the fact she's growing up and will one day be GROWN up. Whatever, it makes me almost cry thinking of the day when I wait on Sophie's phone calls...

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Friday, January 2, 2015

There's Nothing I Can Do About It

January is here and I still want to stay under the covers. Since this is my blog, I think I will! Interesting fact, when I met my husband (1991), he looked like Eddie Vedder. They both look a little different now but my husband is still a sweet potato so I got that going for me!

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