I Need an iNtervention

on March 3, 2009

In my list of favorite things I mentioned my iPod. Let me say that a little over a year ago, I didn’t see the need for one of these. I could play my CDs in my car and there’s always the radio. As a former disc jockey, I’m programmed to prefer radio over satellite or MP3 players. But then I saw the light.

For my 2007 birthday, I didn’t get a single present. So I bought my own. (This happens pretty much every year which works out well as I have an excuse to buy me something extravagant. Hello new car!) What I bought was an iPod Nano. And I fell in love.

I take this little gem everywhere I go. It holds around 2000 songs, but right now I only have maybe 700-something on it. I’m in the process of adding a ton of my CDs into the computer so my list is always growing. But another reason my list is always growing is iTunes.

iTunes is my nemesis and my new love all at the same time. You can buy just the song, people. I don’t have to buy every uninteresting, over-popped, over-produced song just to get that one I like. The other night I spent $20 in one sitting (songs are $.99 each) and only one purchase was an entire CD. The rest was individual songs like three from The Fray and that Jai Ho from the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack.

Don’t get me wrong, I agree with Kid Rock who thinks this breaking up of the product was a horrible move on the part of the music industry. He’s right. Artists go into the studio to create an album (to use the now antiquated word for the compilation) and that is their product. They put their heart and soul into the entire collection and that’s what they are selling. Making it possible for the consumer to buy one tenth of the product makes the product worthless. Why not just offer a bunch of songs and forget about it?

However, I’m taking advantage of the industry’s poor decision making. I do try to listen to the 30 second snippets of all the songs on a CD and if I like enough of them, I’ll buy the entire thing. I love finding a gem that you’d never hear on the radio. But when I don’t like that many and I only want two or three songs, I love that I can get them without the complete investment.

How about everyone else? Have you jumped on the MP3/iPod bandwagon? Do you spend way too much time looking for new music and way too much money buying it? What’s the latest artist/song you’ve fallen in love with. This is my latest obsession. Natasha Bedingfield’s Soulmate.

My Favorite Things

on February 19, 2009

I realize I am no Oprah (though I’d kill to take over her show when she finally gives it up) but I have some new favorite things. As I’m feeling generous (and needed something new on this blog that did not involve whining), so I’m going to share them with you.

Sportswear – I’m sure you’ll all gasp in shock when I say I am not the workout type. I don’t have “workout clothes” and never have. I played sports for many years but that only required sweats and a few old t-shirts. Now, I have found the joy and comfort that is sportswear. You have to get some of these Lux Suede Fleece Pants from Reebok. I found them at one of those wholesale stores for like $12 or some such. They are AMAZING. I also love this polyester, stretchy, long-sleeved top I found from Champion, but can’t find it on the web anywhere. It has a nice collar with a ¾ length zipper and the texture on the inside is uber-soft. Fits perfectly and I found it at the same wholesale store. I really need to go back and get more of these things.

iPod – I’m clearly not talking about *new* things here, but I really do love my iPod. It’s the greatest invention since indoor plumbing. To have so much music in one little device that sounds great, fits anywhere, and even works with my car radio is like finding the Holy Grail to me. The cup one I guess, not the dead body one. And speaking of books…

Eat Pray Love – This book by Elizabeth Gilbert is a treasure. Again, as this book was released in 2006, I’m clearly far behind the rest of civilization. In this memoir, Ms. Gilbert spends a year abroad with four months in Italy, four months in India, and four months in Indonesia. Along the way she meets some colorful characters, herself, and her new love. Pretty much in that order. This is one that when I’m finished I’ll likely read it again with a highlighter in hand to mark all the lines I want to remember. This book should be mandatory reading for every woman over thirty. Not that I would discriminate and say a woman under thirty can’t read it, but women over thirty would absolutely benefit from this read.

Chocolate Frosting – This explains why I need the sportswear. There is very little in this world as satisfying as sitting down with a canister of good old-fashioned chocolate frosting…and a spoon. Upon the first bite, my eyes actually roll back in my head. I have no problem admitting my addiction to chocolate and I manage to stay on the wagon for long periods of time. But then I fall off. I have not only fallen off these days, I’m being dragged along under the wheels. I thought I would treat myself over the Valentine’s weekend (since no one else was going to) and bought a yellow cake mix with chocolate frosting. The cake mix is still in the cupboard. Now I have to buy another container of frosting. Darn.

SPRING – Have I mentioned I don’t like being cold. Actually, that’s an understatement. I HATE to be cold. And I’m ALWAYS cold. I have a little heater that sits under my desk at work. I use it year round. Even when it’s 100 degrees outside. Mostly to battle back against the air conditioning. So I am ecstatic that Spring is forcing its way in here in the Va Beach area. We’ve hit over 70 degrees already. Grant it, then it went back to the 30s and we had a little dusting of snow. And though it’s beautiful today, they are calling for snow this weekend. (Which means we will see nothing. Trust me.) The sun is shining and the temps are rising and I am very, very grateful for it.

There you go, some of my favorite things. My guess is that you can’t buy Spring, but the rest of the stuff is pretty easy to find. I really recommend that chocolate frosting. And then wearing those fleece pants on the treadmill.

What are your favorite things? Any new discoveries lately? Anyone get anything really cool from their sweetie that give the rest of us awesome-present-envy?