and that was the year that Notre Dame played Florida in the Sugar Bowl and we road tripped down there for New Year's Eve and for the game. Ahhh ... sweet memories of being told we could not beat Florida and Jerome Bettis high-stepping it (repeatedly) into the end zone.
Yes my favorite place to be ... Is not a land called Honah Lee ... Mentally or physically ... I wanna be in New Orleans.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
The Retro Friday series will resume next Friday, but in the mean time, here is a summary of the Retro Friday posts that I have penned so far! And by all means, if you have any suggestions for future Retro Friday blog posts, please leave me a comment!!
Sunday, March 13, 2011
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Depeche Mode (pronounced /dɛˈpɛʃ/, de-PESH) are an English electronic music band which formed in 1980, in Basildon, Essex.
Depeche Mode have had forty-eight songs in the UK Singles Chart and #1 albums in UK, US and throughout Europe. According to EMI, Depeche Mode have sold over 100 million albums and singles worldwide, making them the most successful electronic band in music history. Q magazine call Depeche Mode "The most popular electronic band the world has ever known".
And I truly don't think there is a Depeche Mode song that I've met ... that I haven't liked!
Here are a couple of my faves.
Everything Counts ... oh how I love this song. I know if you look at the lyrics it is more of a big business greed song, but this week it has meant something very different to me. I know we are not meant to be on this earth forever, but we all need to slow down and keep in mind that everything does count ... every moment, every conversation, every experience. Everything counts in large and small amounts!
Behind the Wheel/Route 66 ... I love the mix of these two songs. Behind the Wheel is such a seductive song, as many of Depeche Mode's songs are, and Route 66 is a favorite of mine seeing as I've landed myself in St. Louis .... Route 66!
Blue Dress ... yet another seductive Depeche Mode song ... they seemed to have been very much captivated by issues of control ... and then the lack thereof! But I do love the haunting sound of this song.
And there you have today's edition of Retro Friday ... a smattering of Depeche MODE!
Fathers and daughters have a very special relationship, but the interaction between a son and his Father is something a daughter simply cannot duplicate.
I must say my Dad and I have a very special relationship. I followed in many of his footsteps. I excelled in High School, went to his alma mater Notre Dame, and I have always shared his competitive nature and love of sports ... but the relationship that I see forming between my Father and my son is something I could never have done.
From a very early age my son loved baseball. The year that Mark McGwire hit 70 home runs my son was two years old, and even at that young age, he would sit with me on the couch and watch Mark McGwire and Cardinal baseball.
When my son was 4 years old we signed him up for his first t-ball team, and he was a natural from the word go. He had the perfect swing. Such focus on the ball. And already I could see my Dad's eyes lighting up.
When it was time for my son to join a competitive league, my Dad hit it off with his new head coach (a fellow military guy) and as a result my Dad ended up being one of the assistant coaches on the team. My Dad, and the coach, being military guys, were pretty tough coaches. We lost a couple of players along the way because the boys did not like being yelled at, but the coaches really knew what they were doing (my Dad included) and they shaped these boys into some pretty decent ball players.
Here we are in my son's last season before High School, and he really has come a long way. He used to get so upset when Grandpa would yell at him, but now he can stand there, process what is being told to him (or at times yelled at him), and make the necessary adjustments. It has really been quite a ride.
I love watching the two of them sitting together, watching baseball, or the Discovery Channel, or whatever they happen to be doing. I loved to share time like that with my Dad myself ... but when I watch the two of them together, there is something special there that only comes from two guys spending time together.
This spring my Dad and my son will attend their first Cardinal Spring Training game together (a first for both of them) and I couldn't be happier that they will get to do this first together.
I love my Dad, and I will always be Daddy's Little Girl ... but I am so glad that he is finally getting the little boy he never had!
Friday, March 4, 2011
I was introduced to the band Nine Inch Nails my freshman year in college. Their first album, Pretty Hate Machine, dropped that fall and we instantly fell in love with the band. They had a totally unique sound, all their own, and the lyrics were perfect for the rebellion that we were feeling in our first year away from home.
Nine Inch Nails (also known by the acronym "NIN") is an American industrial rock project, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio. As its main producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, Reznor is the only official member of Nine Inch Nails and remains solely responsible for its direction.
Reznor's singing follows a similar pattern in all of his songs, frequently moving from whispers to screams. He also uses noise and distortion in his song arrangements, and incorporates dissonance with chromatic melody and/or harmony.
The first of NIN's songs that we fell in love with was "Head Like a Hole." It was a staple at all dorm parties/dances that year. Apparently we were not the only ones who loved that song, as to this day the song is the set closer for most NIN shows, or the last song before the encore if an encore takes place.
Some other songs of note off Pretty Hate Machine are "Terrible Lie" and "Sin."
The album The Downward Spiral was a major commercial success that established Nine Inch Nails as a reputable force in the 1990s music scene, particularly following the release of the single "Closer" and its controversial video. It has been widely regarded by music critics as Nine Inch Nails' best work.
An interesting note on the recording of the album The Downward Spiral ... To record the album, Reznor rented the house located at 10050 Cielo Drive in Beverly Hills, California where actress Sharon Tate was murdered by members of the Manson Family in 1969. Reznor built a studio space in the house which he named Le Pig, after the message that was scrawled on the front door with Tate's blood by her murderers.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Here is as little excerpt from my blog post. You can read the full post on Then Life Happens! (photo courtesy of maxpate at stock.xchng)
I am well aware that the path of life that we travel down is full of twists and turns, and forks in the road. But I have never been so aware of the great importance that our fork in the road decisions hold, until the past few weeks.
I love being a Mother. I can’t imagine for one second not being a Mother. It is something I have always wanted to do. It was never a question of “if” I have kids, it was always a “when” I have kids. They are my pride and joy. My everything. And although every decision, when it comes to your child, is an important one, they seem to be getting more and more important as time goes by ...