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320th Friday Blog Roundup

On Tuesday, I was in the house writing when I heard strange music playing, and while it was faint, it sounded like it was coming from inside the house.  My immediate and completely logical assumption was that there was a deranged killer waiting for me in my basement, playing electronic music to lure me downstairs where he would hack me apart (I have a very very healthy imagination).

So I stood by the basement door, my ear pressed to it, about to call 9-1-1 to tell them about the killer playing electronic music in my basement when I realized that the basement wasn’t the source of the sound.  It sounded like it was coming from the living room.  And my next thought was, “great, so the killer is under the table and now I’m going to be hacked to bits.”

I bet you’re wondering how I could possibly be writing this, but I was actually wrong.  The twins had downloaded a musical screensaver to Josh’s computer, hence the creepy, quiet electronic music as fish swam past on the screen.



Merry almost Christmas!  I hope you have excellent plans for the weekend and much happiness over the holiday.  And if you’re not having a happy holiday and need to vent to someone, hey, this Jew will be around.  Saturday is sort of just Saturday in my world.  We’ll be volunteering.  And making marble runs.  And eating chili.  And trying to get in the last few moments of Christmas music from the radio (Josh doesn’t know about this last piece…shhh…)

Instead of the Weekly What If: Since Christmas is ending this weekend, and the Christmas music will go off the radio (sniff), please share your favourite Christmas song to make the ultimate play list.

Mine is either Josh Groban’s “O Holy Night” or the Kinsey Sicks dragapella version of “Jingle Bells, Don’t Ask Don’t Tells” (which they retired since they repealed DADT).


Rather than ask people to make big resolutions that we never keep (come on, admit it), BlogHer is asking people to write small steps they’ve taken towards better health.  One small thing you’ve worked into your day that sets you on a different path.

I’m working on this project so I really want to encourage you to participate.  We think a lot about our bodies — maybe more than the average person.  Surely there is something you have done, some small step, to wrest back control of your body and overall health.

Click over to read how to participate — I’d love to see some ALI people represented in the project.


And now, the blogs…

Trying to Conceive has a post utilizing one of my favourite songs: “Circle Game.”  It’s about using a song to plug back into how you felt as a child; singing the song with the idea that it was pretty and life continues on, but without the realization of how you’d feel when you’re dragging your feet to slow the circles down.

Blue.Bell.Beat has a post set in 2000.  It is about her first time being alone; on the other side of the world.  And meeting the woman who would kick her out of her funk and get on with seeing the world.  It’s a lovely post, and I feel like a good reminder about living is tucked away somewhere within the lines.

Lastly, Uncommon Nonsense has a post about the uncomfortable questions and comments that can arise when you’re visiting friends and family (you know, as you might be this weekend).  I absolutely love this phrase: “pre-wincing with pain” and wish her good thoughts for her upcoming visit.

The roundup to the Roundup: it turns out that it was a screensaver and not a killer in my house.  Merry Christmas if you celebrate it and answer the Instead of the Weekly What If.  Participate in BlogHer’s small steps project.  And great blog posts to read.


1 HereWeGoAJen { 12.24.10 at 9:43 am }

My CD player is going bad. So sometimes it just randomly turns on. The best time was when it turned on the Charlie Brown song just as I walked into the house from the garage. It was like I had my own entrance song. The worst times are when I am alone in the house and all of a sudden music comes on and I jump ten feet into the air.

O Holy Night is my favorite song.

2 Rachel { 12.24.10 at 10:53 am }

It’s a tie:

Jars of Clay “Little Drummer Boy”

Third Day “Do You Hear What I Hear”

Merry Christmas…uh…Happy Hanukah? 🙂

3 nh { 12.24.10 at 12:47 pm }

I don’t know if it’s my favourite song but the song that always means it’s Christmas when I hear it is: (feel the need to apologise if these are particular to the UK)
Stop the cavalry – Jona Lewie
This year through I have loved Annie Lennox’s new song
Universal Child

Enjoy your Saturday!

4 loribeth { 12.24.10 at 1:26 pm }

We have a clock radio downstairs in the kitchen that I listen to in the morning while I’m eating breakfast. Unfortunately, one morning, I accidentally switched it to “alarm” instead of “off.” I woke up in the middle of the night hearing music & voices coming from downstairs. All I could think was that burglars had invaded & were listening to a boom box while they were riffling through my possessions. I woke up dh & he went downstairs to investigate & found the radio on. Duh.

My addition to the list: “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)” by Nat King Cole.

5 a { 12.24.10 at 3:13 pm }

O Holy Night is my favorite. However, this year, all I can hear is Wham’s Last Christmas, which is my daughter’s apparent favorite Christmas song. She sings it ALL THE TIME! She also likes Holly Jolly Christmas and Bruce Springsteen’s version of Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – which makes it very obvious that she’s related to my oldest sister (those are her favorites).

6 Krista { 12.24.10 at 3:36 pm }

Definitely “Nat King Cole’s- The Christmas song.” Every time I hear it I get goosebumps, it represents Christmas for me.

7 Rain { 12.24.10 at 4:02 pm }

I love “Good King Wenceslas”. It’s by far my favorite song!

8 Rochelle { 12.24.10 at 4:54 pm }

My heart strings have been pulled by a steven curtis chapman song I keep hearing called “All I really want for Christmas is a Family”. It makes me cry everytime. Longing to adopt a child that may already be out there just fills me to the core.

And glad it wasn’t a crazy musical killer in your house lol! Merry Christmas from ICLW #110

9 Battynurse { 12.24.10 at 4:58 pm }

I have so many favorite Christmas songs that I don’t even know where to begin. Seriously. No. Idea. I will be missing Christmas music though after tomorrow.
I don’t really (as of yet anyways) have any big plans for Christmas. I want to sit and watch movies. Of course part of that plan included me sleeping all day today and being up all night tonight. Yeah, see how that worked? It’s nearly 2pm and I’m still awake.

10 Kerrik { 12.24.10 at 10:57 pm }

Thanks so much for the mention on the Roundup. I feel really honored 🙂
Hope you are enjoying your holidays, without any uncomfortable situations!

Oh, and I’m definitely a sucker for the “Carol of the Bells,” and Eartha Kitt’s “Santa Baby”

-Kerri from Uncommon Nonsense

11 marilyn { 12.25.10 at 3:18 am }

What a scary imagination you have!! 🙂 Wow- no more scary movies for you! hehehe Favorite song..yes..it is absolutely The First Noel.

12 jes g { 12.25.10 at 9:24 pm }

hands down, the best christmas song ever is Bing Crosby’s Mele Kalikimaka. I LOVE IT!!!!

13 heartincharge { 12.26.10 at 4:19 pm }

I agree – Josh Groban Oh Holy Night. I just have to stop what I’m doing and listen whenever that song comes on.

I also love Silent Night by the Temptations.

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