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Saturday, October 21, 2006

A week in the life

Tuesday night, as Lisa has described, we all got soaking wet and chilled to the marrows of our souls. I have to say, though, that I did not feel cold until we left the warmth of the crowd and walked back to our car. Amazingly, we'd gotten a great parking spot, and it was a short walk. Once the heater was on, and I'd kicked off my shoes (mental note: must clean shoes), I felt great.

Ani was also great - she looked well and healthy, her voice sounded amazing, and I always enjoy seeing her play with minimal back-up. Her guitar is her second voice, and when the two are allowed to harmonize and dominate the stage, it's magic. Her set was a good mix of new and old favorites - Lisa mentioned that she messed up some of the lyrics, but when you have as large a repertoire as she does, AND mommy-brain, it's only to be expected. And her wry and graceful self-corrections are as enjoyable as the rest of her gig.

Thursday night we intended to stay home and have a quiet night with the girls, but apparently the road to Fonda San Miguel's is paved with good intentions. We ended up there with our neighbors and our other neighbors and enjoyed our $9 margaritas immensely. Well, we did until Paula recounted the tale of her fourth birthday party. Do you have any sad stories from the fourth grade? Turns out that we all did.

Yesterday the weather was so beautiful that I just wanted to celebrate. Mid-seventies, sunny, crisp - a perfect Austin October day. I loaded up at CM with good food, and invited everyone over. We snacked on membrillo and manchego, roule and french bread, salmon mousse and crackers, and chips and guacamole until we were stuffed. THEN we ate Jesse's amazing Penne with Vodka Sauce, salad, and more bread - this time toasted with garlic butter. It took awhile before we were able to eat the ice cream, chocolate angel food cake, and chocolate sauce with optional Kahlua, but it was worth the wait. In the meantime, we enjoyed Paula's margaritas (we went through a bottle of tequila) and at least 4 bottles of wine.

So it should come as no surprise that by the end of the evening, Angela and Paula and Dawn were singing karoake-style with empty - or full - bottles of wine in their hands. Each of us took turns hiding out at this computer, choosing songs from among our 300GB library.

Here's the playlist we created:

Song Artist
Slowhand by Pointer Sisters
U Got the Look by Prince
I Fall to Pieces by Patsy Cline
Heartbreaker by Pat Benatar
I Think I Love You by Partridge Family
Dead Man's Party by Oingo Boingo
Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
Morning Train (Nine To Five) by Sheena Easton
Feel Like Makin' Love by Roberta Flack
Fire Door by Ani Difranco
Blister In The Sun by Violent Femmes
Mr. Jones by Counting Crows
If You Asked Me To by Celine Dion
Dancing In The Dark by Bruce Springsteen
You're So Vain by Carly Simon
Burning Down The House by Talking Heads
Let's Go by Cars
I Love Rock N' Roll by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
Son of a Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield
Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas
Don't Stop Believin' by Journey
I Melt with You by Modern English
Super Freak by Rick James
Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry
Brick House (Bonus Track) by The Commodores
Evil Woman by E L O
Sex Machine by Sly and the Family Stone
Sweet Home Alabama by Alabama
If I Can't Have You by Bee Gees

Where were the children? Well, sometimes principals must be sacrificed for the greater good. Once the hitting was happening on a per-minute basis, we decided that a little Mary Poppins was in order. Hazel and Lilly fell asleep watching it, and Hannah and Maya went to Hannah's room to read and do puzzles when it was over. Later that night, Hannah asked me, "Why did you play the music so loud?" Xander stayed up and put his game face on, especially enjoying playing with Wade and Veronique - who knew dropping a tissue repeatedly could be so much fun?

I wish you were there!

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

All those tracks sound like great drunken sing along tunes. I remember a similar night with friends, before we had children but they did, when we were playing Queen's greatest hits and all did the "train" dancing through our kitchen and living room. The next morning the girls said, "That was fun dancing last night. Can we do that again this morning?" We all looked into our coffee, embarassed and said, "NO!"