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sights and sounds {part four}

Getting some words of encouragement a little over a week ago seemed to light a fire in me last week – or maybe it was just being out and about so much in and around the city.

coffee on a friday

Even after that HUGE cup of joe, on Friday afternoon I wasn’t sure where the energy was going to come from to teach my happy hour class that evening. Leave it to a room full of yogis and some new tunes to get a part-time yoga teacher going.

grady and macbook

Upon my iTunes browsing adventures, I came across the Vitamin String Quartet and their wide array of covers of popular pop tunes. I could have spent a hundred dollars on MP4s, but to Hans’ pleasure, I only spent about $10 — which included this:

That was a $1.29 well spent — students in two separate classes specifically asked me about this track. I love shaking things up and giving them a big of the unexpected – even in the background soundtrack of their practice.

Saturday included a treat that’s been long overdue. Hans was jonesing for a trip to his favorite Tremont restaurant for awhile now. And with Zack Bruell Restaurant Week going on thru the 25th, I made reservations for Parallax.

parallax lobster roll

…but in our usual fashion at such restaurant week events, we didn’t order off the Restaurant Week menu. I started with the thai coconut and chicken soup (I could have eaten three bowls of this and been happy) and the sashimi salad, and Hans couldn’t resist the pumpkin gnocchi. We then split three delicious sushi rolls: one crab, one spicy tuna and one lobster (pictured above).  From service, to food, to the background music (rock hits of the 70′s and 80′s FTW), we will always keep Parallax in our back pocket for a much needed date night out.

Sunday morning rolled around fast, and Hans was ready to take on another one of my yoga classes. We found ourselves bright and early at for my 8:30 Sweet Heat Flow class. Since I’ve started teaching at Evolution Yoga, he’s been dabbling with more formal studio classes.  I love having him in class – he’s my extra boost of confidence.

evolution yoga sunday morning

My eyebrows might be out of control, but Hans’ side crow is quite steady. He’s even able to stack his thigh on just one elbow – compared to me stacking on both elbows. Ahhh, the bonus of regular weightlifting Myself, I snuck back to EY for Sandy’s 4PM Jungle Vinyasa class where we started by rolling out our hamstrings and glutes – but she kindly threw in some backbends for yours truly. #lovethatlady

Sunday night wrapped up having family over for homemade slow cooker pot roast. As captured via Instagram video, my recipe is pretty much a chop-and-drop one. Five or so hours later, it gives you enough to feed five adults a bit leftover – mostly thanks to my mom bringing along haluski (cabbage and noodles) that made the gluten-eating diners quite happy. And me crazy jealous.

As for today: I’m catching up on the things-to-do that I shoved off this weekend. For a change, it feels like a “weekend from the weekend”!

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ten things this tuesday: karaoke edition

If you were on Twitter last night, you might have seen some ridiculous tweets about an activity that highly enjoy: karaoke! Exhibit A:

That Twitter conversation lead to some ridiculous moments which included a lot of laughing at my kitchen table. I love my ladies. Check out Julie’s post for more tweets from last night.

It got me thinking of the days when our friends would regularly meet up at a local dive bar on Saturday nights for some cheap drinks and karaoke. There were always just enough people to keep things flowing and entertaining, but just enough where you could easily sing three or four songs in an evening if you wanted to. Plus, the DJ is an old high school buddy that always takes care of us!

Since I’m already humming those tunes we’d all used to belt out, why not share them today – in our usual Tuesday fashion:


1. I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston: This is MY song and it’s a must sing of mine. Every night, every time. I get seriously mad when someone else sings it. Be warned.

2. It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls: I keep this one of file for the always bound to happen “ladies group sing” number.

3. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond: I really enjoy that Hans enjoys karaoke as much as I. I don’t think I’ve ever told him, but I always loves when he busts out this oldie but goodie.

4. Piano Man – Billy Joel: At our bar, there’s a gentleman that ALWAYS sings this song – but he also plays his own harmonica throughout. It’s pretty sweet.

5. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen: My girl Stacie busts this out like it’s nobody’s business. You go girl.

6. Love Shack – B-52s: While you would expect this to be a guy-girl duet, I prefer to sing this with my great friend and maid of honor Dana. She makes one mean Fred Schneider.

7. Rebel Yell – Billy Idol: This is a staple of another one of our friend’s repertoire. Guy has the fist pump down.

8. These Dreams – Heart: This is my go-to slow song. Sometimes you need something that everyone’s not expecting.

9. Only The Good Die Young – Billy Joel: One of Hans’ standbys, and it’s just a feel good tune. Gets everyone moving!

10. I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher: When I do get talked into a duet with Hans, it’s almost always to this song. I have the right hairstyle, not so much Cher’s vocal range. You win some, you lose some.

It’s your turn – what song are you singing on karaoke night?

whatever wednesday: VH1’s 100 Greatest of the 2000s edition

I’ve returned to an old obsession: countdown lists on VH1. They’ve also recently brought back Pop Up Video which I’m absolutely giddy about! My girl – and Chicago Marathon finisher!Kali was enjoying it just as much as I:




So as I go through the listing of their 100 Greatest songs from the 2000s to create one epic iTunes playlist, I thought I’d share some randomness via a “Whatever Wednesday” style entry. Here’s what comes to mind when I hear a few selected songs…

#100. Sisqò, “Thong Song”: brings back memories from a 2000 high school marching band trip to Walt Disney World. Can’t imagine why we heard this song 8 million times in one week in the height of Spring Break season in the bikini capital of the US…

#93. Ok Go, “Here It Goes Again”: Who didn’t download this immediately to their running playlists when it came out? Also one of the best music videos of all time.

#91. Creed, “With Arms Wide Open”: I have a talent for switching the radio station in record time when any Creed song starts to play. Same with Nickelback. BLAH.

#74. Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone, “Ridin’”: A staple of the infamous “Summer of ‘06” mix CD I threw together, our crew – including Hans, his bro, some select friends and myself – jammed to this all summer long on the docks with some brews the summer before we got married. It was like our celebration of being single for one more summer without all the dating around.

#70. Chris Brown featuring Juelz Santana, “Run It!”: Confession – I really love all of Chris Brown’s music but feel really guilty about it due to the whole Rihanna thing. I actually curse Mr. Brown whenever I realize a new song is by him because I can’t help but car dance.

#59. Justin Timberlake, “Cry Me a River”: From my favorite album of the 2000s.

#57. Mary J. Blige, “Family Affair”: One summer I was really into tanning – horrible, I know – but this song was so popular that it became my “tanning song”. It was on the radio practically every time I went to the tanning salon.

#36. *NSYNC, “Bye Bye Bye”: Makes me think of watching their HBO special in a childhood friend’s living room – oh to be sixteen again…

#35. John Mayer, “Daughters”: Swoon. I don’t care that you’re a dirty man whore – you can play my guitar strings any day.

#32. Maroon 5, “This Love”: The Spring of 2004, Maroon 5 came to Baldwin-Wallace and gave one of my top three concerts that I’ve ever attended. My best friend Mary and I would jam to this and the popular “Sunday Morning” as we drove around Berea, belting out the tunes as loud as we could.

#27. Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris, “Yeah!”: How is this NOT in the top ten?!

#25. Nelly, “Hot in Here” and 10. 50 Cent, “In Da Club”: two of my college bar jams. Throw in JLo’s “Play” – you lost me to the dance floor for the evening. I didn’t go to the bar to drink – I went to dance my behind off then DD everyone home in my minivan. They called me Soccer Mom around my sorority floor.

#6. Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx, “Gold Digger”: I remember when this came out in August 2005 being extremely upset that I wasn’t going to be able to include this with my college jam memories. See previous point.

#4. Eminem, “Lose Yourself”: Hans’ personal choice for number one and a sample to any of his iTunes playlists.

#2. OutKast, “Hey Ya!”: In my opinion, should have been number one. Shake it…

Check out the list here – what song brings back memories for you?

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