Yesterday’s attempt at spring cleaning my CD collection ended with me questioning a lot of things. Why do I own albums by Cam’Ron, Rah Digga, and Blaque? Did I actually purchase The American Pie Soundtrack with my own money? Joan Osborne has more than one song (apparently, since I own the whole album)? And why, oh why, do I have cases to three different Tom Petty albums, but not the CDs? At least no one has messed with anything with the name Seger on it. That would be absolutely disastrous.
Regardless of the garbage I found amongst my collection, I did find some great old gems that I forgot I owned ( Aaliyah, I’m talking to you, girrrlllllllll). I also found some of my old Blink 182 albums, which excited me and prompted me to hold a little concert in my apartment. You’re welcome, neighbors…that’s called payback for all those days you played your stupid clarinet at 8am on a Sunday morning.
As I listened to my favorite Blink song of all time, All the Small Things, I thought about all the small things that had brought me joy this week. True, sifting through my collection of music excited me and brought me many smiles as I recalled specific memories related to specific songs, but it didn’t come close to some of the other cherries on my sundae this week. Those awards go to:
1. Easter Dinner: Easter this year was different than years prior. Our family welcomed a few random people to celebrate with us because they didn’t have anywhere else to go, and it was quite nice. My brother was able to join us, which was great since I don’t get to see him often. I also welcomed back alcohol…Lent, you were a long season, but I didn’t slip up once. Yes, I am patting myself on the back.
2. NYC is back in my life. Well, in a small way. My Aunt Sheila brought me back my absolute favorite chocolate from one of my favorite places in NYC, The Chocolate Bar. This chocolate is so amazing it has the power to heal, and I am confident that it is made up of crushed up angel wings and cherubs. My favorite is the sea salted dark chocolate which you can order here, or you can check it out the next time you are in the city.
3. Adam will be seeing us soon. Yeah, that’s right, Mr. Levine…Whit and I got our tickets to come see you on August 26th, so you better be dressed just as you are in this fanpop photo:
4. Team Brunette. Raising money for Alzheimer’s awareness usually entails events that don’t allow me to get physical. That’s about to change. I will be one of the members of Team Brunette in the inaugural Blondes Vs. Brunettes Let’s Tackle Alzheimer’s football game coming up June 1st in Akron. To say I am excited is an understatement. I love football, I love raising money for this cause, and I know if she could, my grandma Bubu would be there cheering me on (and making brownies for all of the players). If you are interested in attending, I have tickets that are $20 or you can go to my personal page and make a donation. It is a great cause, and I am honored to be a part of it for so many reasons.
5. I’m Insane. Not really, but I did start up the Insanity workout program again, and I’m really excited about getting back into it. However, as happy as I am, part of me is quite sad. The last time I did Insanity my friend, Andy, and I did it at the same time. We were able to talk about our mutual hate of mummy kicks and our improvements together every day at work. Knowing that my dear friend is still fighting for his life after that horrible accident on December 21st makes me want to work extra hard, not just for me, but for him as well. For those of you following his progress on the CaringBridge site, you know he is making very positive strides. For those who aren’t, I ask that you keep him in your thoughts. We all want him to wake up and laugh with us so badly.
6. Katie Was Here Photography! My logo for my business is done, is absolutely beautiful, and exactly what I wanted! I am so very lucky to have a friend as gifted as Mandy Tucker aka Hummuside, who created the design for me. My web site is still a work in progress, but I am glad to finally share not only the name of my business, but the image that will be attached to my work. My goal was to create something that had the same affect as graffiti. To me, if I hold true to what I believe and envision as a photographer, my stamp on the images I shoot will be as apparent as a graffiti artist. Everyone would know it was me who took the shot due to my signature style. This logo fits that idea perfectly, and yes, those are my real lips.
Here’s hoping you all have a wonderful Monday! Let’s all do the rain dance in an attempt to deter any negative weather from ruining the Indians home opener tomorrow…. I hate when my hair gets wet.