Thursday, April 29, 2010

Banana Wind 1997 St Louis, MO

My First Jimmy Buffett Concert--I wore a JB shirt of Josh's. It rained and my raincoat lining bled all over the shirt. I was horrified and my mom and I spent hours scrubbing the dye out of the shirt. I am still surprised we managed to get it out. My mom was not scared of mixing chemicals when stains called for it. This was about five months after Josh and I started dating.

01 One Particular Harbour
02 Cuban Crime of Passion
03 Holiday
04 Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit
05 Come Monday
06 Why Don’t We Get Drunk (Two parrotheads from the Crowd Sing)
07 Jamaica Mistaica
08 Only Time Will Tell
09 Barometer Soup
10 Fins
11 Cheeseburger in Paradise
12 Son of a Son of a Sailor (w/Ralph and Robert)
13 The Onion (Peter Mayer on Vocals)
14 It’s My Job (Mac and Jimmy)
15 Desdemona’s Building A Rocket Ship
16 Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
17 The City (Mac on Vocals)
18 School Boy Heart
19 A Pirate Looks at Forty
20 Southern Cross
21 Brown Eyed Girl
22 Margaritaville
First Encore:
23 Volcano
24 Beatles Abbey Road Medley
Second Encore:
25 Lovely Cruise

Jimmy Buffett List

Here are a few songs I love that I would like to hear in a concert someday.

Love in the Library

When the Coast is Clear (Josh informed me I have already heard this one--it's a good one)

Brand New Country Star

Delaney Talks to Statues

Lone Palm

Merry Christmas Alabama

Livingston Saturday Night (for the man I met on a Marta bus once after a concert who told me he had been to 27 concerts hoping for this song)


Jimmy Buffett in Atlanta was amazing. I was happy to hear my favorite song for the second time live. The concert had an awesome playlist and JB seemed to be in good voice. Although we prepared for rain, the weather was perfect...maybe a bit cool.

The Show:
01 Nobody From Nowhere
02 License to Chill
03 School Boy Heart
04 It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere (w/Mac)
05 Pencil Thin Mustache
06 Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
07 Volcano
08 Take Another Road
09 Boat Drinks
10 Where the Boat Leaves From (Zac Brown Band Cover, w/Zac Brown)
11 One Particular Harbour
12 Big Top
13 Everybody’s on the Phone
14 Woman Goin’ Crazy on Caroline Street
15 Creola (Nadirah)
16 Cheeseburger in Paradise
17 Come Monday
18 Son of a Son of a Sailor
19 Cuban Crime of Passion
20 A Pirate Looks at Forty (w/Zac Brown)
21 Back Where I Come From (Mac and Jimmy)
22 Tampico Trauma
23 Southern Cross
24 Margaritaville (w/Zac Brown)
First Encore:
25 Last Man Standing
26 Fins
Second Encore:
27 Lovely Cruise (Solo Acoustic)

Ended the Atlanta trip with a trip to IKEA and a Varsity Fried Peach Pie (chili dog and Varsity Orange too).

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Five Years

I am profoundly changed.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Another Loaf

I am amazed that I can bake bread. I know that seems silly, I have been baking for awhile now. I can't help it, bread is amazing.

Tonights bread:

Friday, April 16, 2010

Our House

Roses are a blooming.

Rhododendron are beginning to show their color.

About five (six, seven ?) years ago we planted rhododendron, who thrive in the shady area behind the deck. I admit, I chose them because in It's a Wonderful Life, Mary hides in the rhododendron when she loses her robe walking home from the dance with George Bailey.

My new day lily garden--or at least one of them. The birdbath came from my grandparents and needs to be filled with water.

At our house, a few roses are blooming. The azaleas are nearly in full bloom. The dogwood tree is beautiful with it's beautiful white flowers. The rhododendron are full of buds with one tiny bit of pink showing through the green. My new day lilies are up and green. I can't wait to see them in full bloom later this Spring. The Lily of the Valley and Lilacs I planted last year have shown themselves. I even have a bit of life showing from the blackberries and raspberries that survived a hot, dry summer (with some neglect I admit).

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Three Apple Fritters is the tally for this year.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

34 Things

To be donated tomorrow to the thrift store--34 items less in my home.

Wednesday, April 14, 1976

The date of my birth. The day started out great. I had a sort of odd turn in the middle, but I am hopeful it will end well.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

April 14 in History

Friday 14, 1865:
Abraham Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth; he dies the next day.

Saturday 14, 1860:
The first Pony Express rider reaches Sacramento, California.

Sunday 14, 1912:
The British ocean liner RMS Titanic strikes an iceberg in the North Atlantic on its maiden voyage, plunging beneath the waves and taking with it over 1,500 lives at about 2:20 a.m. the following morning.

Monday 14, 1828:
Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Main Branch of the Library

I am happy with my Madison Public Library. It is familiar and cozy. Today, we were in Huntsville after eating lunch and decided to go to the Main Branch of our Huntsvile/Madison Co. Library System. It is huge. They have the foreign films categorized by language. They have cds like you wouldn't imagine.

Delaney needed books about Sally Ride for a school project. Her brand new school is lacking in books for the library. They are working on the situation with book drives and parents donating books and money. The library is getting fuller, but there was not one book on Sally Ride. I knew the Huntsville Main Library would be the place to go. We found several. I was relieved, if Huntsville, Alabama was lacking on books about astronauts I would have been disappointed.

I was happy to see John Updike books I have not read. I took home one Updike and two Homer Hickam books. I have had books brought to the Madison Branch from other branches. It is nice to be able to walk through the stacks though. The online listings doesn't give the same experience as searching the shelves.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Homer Hickam

The mining accident in West Virginia brought to mind Homer Hickam. I enjoy his books, especially those relating to his childhood. He was raised in a coal mining town. A thoughtful friend gave me a personalized, autographed copy of one of his books. I wondered why she asked me months prior to Christmas which of his books I owned.

I was captivated by the movie October Sky. Being a teacher, I know the impact an interested teacher has on an individual. I have had several of these teachers myself. In high school, Mr. Whitener taught me that trying my best was more important than perfect grades. In college, Dr. Pratt encouraged my questions.

I know my father was one of those teachers to many of his students. Students who would find their way to our front porch years later--to share news with their former teacher.

I admit, I love coming of age stories. I like to know what events lead people to who they are today. Homer Hickam gives a lot of credit to his community. I also was surrounded by many wonderful people, who cared about me and what kind of person I would become. I long for the same community for my children.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

April Showers Bring...

I admit, April brings sorrow.

Five years ago it began, It was my 29th birthday. My mother was at the end of her life. I knew it. I spent my birthday at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens with my girls. I was trying to make the best of the day. I kept thinking about my mom, for without her I wouldn't have a birthday. I cried. I cry now remembering it. I knew it would be the last birthday I would have with her alive. My dad sent a card and signed both of their names. Six days after my birthday, my mom died.

April 4 is my parents anniversary--that happened to be Easter this year. I cried during church thinking about it all. The combination of emotions overwhelmed me. I still feel that way. I don't know how to describe it--I am a mess is as good as I can do.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Oh How I Love Harold

This book is amazing. I loved it as a child. Harold created his world, whatever he needed or wanted with his purple crayon. I loved (ok, still love) crayons. I remember in college preparing lesson plans making books with the class. We made our own book with a favorite crayon. I would have Lynnea and the Cornflower Blue Crayon. In second thought, perhaps Lynnea and the Red Orange Crayon would be a great choice. Red Orange never has been given the credit it deserves.

I made it!

I actually completed a goal! I ate no meat through the Lenten season--Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday. I haven't really gorged myself on meat since, although today I did stock up on some favorites at Publix. Cuban Sandwiches for dinner tonight!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Big Fish

Big Fish is among my favorite movies. It captivated me more than movies usually do. I tend to like realism. I read non fiction and I like real things. This whole movie is beyond explanation. There are events that just can't be true--that is the premise of the movie. The son can't relate to the seemingly tall tale telling father who is dying of cancer.

My mom was in the midst of terminal cancer when I saw this movie. I would have imagined it would hit too close to home and not be enjoyable. Somehow, this one is beyond that. It is one of those movies that just moves me.

Tim Burton Movies or I saw Alice in Wonderland last night

Here is a list of Tim Burton movies I found online.

Stalk of the Celery Monster (1982)
Frankenweenie (1984)
The Jar (1985)
Pee Wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Beetlejuice (1987)
Batman (1989)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Conversations with Vincent (1990)
Batman Returns (1992)
Ed Wood (1994)
Batman Forever (1995)
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
Mars Attacks! (1996)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Big Fish (2003)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Sweeny Todd (2008)
Coraline (2009)
9 (2009)
Alice and Wonderland (2010)

Friday, April 2, 2010

April Fools

I just don't get into April Fools Day Pranks. I admit, I am not a pranks sort of person any day of the year. The kids in my class this year, they were really into it.

The combination of a birthday boy bringing cupcakes, April Fools Day, and an Easter Party with egg hunt made for a very fun and wild day. Whew!