Friday Fives: Five Songs That Instantly Make Me Think ‘Summer’

Welcome to Friday Fives, my Friday meme where I post a list of five things. I had writer’s block this morning trying to come up with a topic for today, so I asked on Facebook with a simple “what would you like me to list?”.  Since I had already started a draft post about my favorite Summer songs, I went with Suzanne’s suggestion to list five songs that instantly make me think “summer” when I hear them. Here they are!

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1. “Summertime” – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (Will Smith)

THIS SONG, you guys. From the first time I heard it (the video premiered on MTV back in the olden days when MTV showed videos), it instantly said “summer” to me. I like listening to it on a warm evening while driving with the windows rolled down :)

2.  “Jump” – Van Halen

Released in January ’84, by summer that year this song was everywhere. I was at Interlochen that summer and it seemed every cabin had at least one Van Halen cassette to pop into a boom box. One morning we took a bus ride to the beach and sang this song at the top of our lungs the whole way there.

3.  “Hold On” – Wilson Phillips

When Wilson Phillips released their self-titled debut album in 1990, “Hold On” shot to the top of the charts and was played on the radio every day for months. Years, maybe. By summer it was everywhere, and it became another of my roll down the window and SING favorites. I can harmonize like a boss to any Wilson Phillips song :)

4. “Surfin’ Safari” and “Surfin’ USA” by The Beach Boys. Really, no explanation necessary here, once school gets out, radio stations start playing Beach Boys songs, and when the kids go back to school, the songs disappear. The Beach Boys = Summer!

5. “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell Williams

I love this song so much I play the YouTube video a couple of times every day. I would download it but my phone is ancient and music sounds terrible coming out of it. Anyway, Blurred Lines is my JAM, and I’m positive that I will forever associate it with the beginning of Summer 2013. There are both unrated and clean versions, I mostly listen to the clean version they performed on The Voice, not because I’m a prude or anything, but because it’s the best live recording I’ve found. Take a listen!

Whether the song has “summer” in the title or not, what songs instantly remind you of summer?

Friday Fives 03-21-13: Cool Stories From The News (and Videos!)

Welcome to Friday Fives, my weekly meme where I post a list of five things. Here’s three stories from the news I think are cool, plus two videos we Edwards’ think are awesome.  Enjoy your weekend!

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  1. NYC chocolatier Sugar and Plumm has created a $1,000 Easter Egg. You read that correctly, a one thousand dollar chocolate egg. The 22 pound, three foot tall egg contains dark, milk and white chocolates along with marzipan flowers, ladybugs, and what looks like a dozen or so chickens probably also made out of marzipan. Can you even imagine having that kind of money to spend? lol Read the original story at
  2. Ex-WWE star Chris Masters got a shocking phone call from his Uncle – a crazed neighbor had barricaded himself inside Masters’ mother’s home and was threatening to set the house on fire. So what did Masters do? He pulled a freaking tree out of the ground and used it as a battering ram to bust through a window and rescue her. LIKE A BOSS. Read the original story at
  3.  Blogger Perez Hilton surprised his readers yesterday with a huge announcement – he’s become a father! Thanks to an egg donor and surrogate, the 35 (on Saturday) year old Hilton, real name Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr., named his son Mario Armando Lavandeira, III. See the adorable baby and read the original story at
  4. From comes Dora The Explorer And The Destiny Medallion Part 1, the first video in their 3-part adventure series. Dora’s not just an explorer, she’s a badass treasure hunter who will do anything to defeat Swyper and get the medallion back. Wait until you see this as live action, people.  The video’s not embeddable, so copy/paste this or go to and search Dora.  Trust me.
  5. Also from comes the trailer for “Disney Princess Spring Breakers”, with Jasmine, Cinderella, Snow White, and Ariel doing pretty much every bad thing you can think of. NOT for the faint of heart, even this short trailer crams in drugs, drinking, smoking, and Snow White taking a bite of a “magic” apple.  Abby Elliott (SNL) is Cinderella and Amber Stevens (“Greek”) is Jasmine. And it’s hilarious.

So there you have three stories and two videos to entertain you this weekend! Share something with me in a comment that you think I should read or watch, and have a great weekend everybody!

Friday Fives Weekly Meme with Linky

friday fives badge table for fiveWelcome to Friday Fives, the weekly meme where I post five of something, and then offer a linky that’s open to everyone.  This week, I’m thinking about all of my East Coast friends who have had their houses flooded, their roofs damaged, who have no power.  I wish I could get all of them here to Michigan to stay with me!

I also have been thinking about new blog friends, making them, that is. I like to make personal connections with my readers by chatting with them on Facebook and Twitter, seeing what they’re Pinning. That’s why I added a linky to this weekly meme, so I can get to know all of you better! Below is a list of five of my social networks. In the linky below, please feel free to add your own links, to your Facebook page, Twitter stream, Google+ page, StumbleUpon page, and/or Pinterest boards. I encourage you to visit each other as well!






Have a safe and fun weekend, everybody!

Friday Fives Writing Prompt: Exertion (*LINKY*)

Friday Fives meme table for fiveWelcome to Friday Fives, my weekly (well, okay, not weekly, but on Fridays when I remember lol) meme where I take it easy and post five somethings. Thanks to a horrible bout of insomnia, I was up all night last night. My body is refusing to sleep, but I know I’m going to crash soon, so I wanted to get a post up first! I googled “friday blog memes” and found a site called “Friday 5″! I swear, I had no idea. But the good news is, each Friday, the blog posts five questions to answer around a topic, participants are encouraged to answer them on their own blog and then go back and link up. Easy peasy!  This week’s questions are related to exertion. Gee, my favorite :P


  1. What was the cause of your last working up a sweat?
  2. What routine part of your life seems to take more mental effort for you than for most others?
  3. What’s something many others consider laborious but you consider rather easy?
  4. What’s something you’re going to have to do really soon but have been putting off just because it’s going to be a lot of work?
  5. Where’s the steepest hill in your neighborhood?


  1. Thanks to being in pre-menopause, and thanks also to the diuretic my doctor has me on to help lower my blood pressure, I work up a sweat doing pretty much anything. I sweat when I blow-dry my hair, I sweat when I cook dinner, I sweat in my sleep. I know, eww.  My favorite way to work up a sweat (okay, my second favorite way) is with good old-fashioned housework. That’s right, I enjoy working up a sweat with housework because the more I sweat, the more weight I lose!
  2. I had to think about this question for a minute – you know what seems to take me more mental effort than it seems like it should? Getting dinner on the table at night. With all three kids running in and out of the kitchen (because of course they are STARVING, they haven’t eaten in FOREVER, they can’t WAIT for dinner, etc.), the dog whining at the front door waiting for Chris to get home, and the inevitable phone calls, most nights I feel like I’m losing my mind as I try to manage the chaos!
  3. Hmm. I’m not sure there’s anything I consider easy that other people think is really hard. Oh, I know! Making chili. My Easy Salsa Chili is super fast to make but tastes like it took hours to prep and make.
  4. This one’s easy – getting all the reviews and giveaways  I’m behind on posted!
  5. We live at the top of our neighborhood, which is built in a big circle, and our street is on the outside ring of the circle. So whether you turn left at the end of the block or right, you have a nice easy hill to go down, but a dang steep one coming back up!


If you decide to do this meme today and answer these five questions on your own blog, remember to visit Friday 5 for October 26: Exertion and leave your link there. On THIS post, I have a linky up that you can use for ANY POST ON YOUR BLOG. Pick your favorite post you wrote this week and link it up below. I promise to stop by and read the post! TGIF everybody!


Friday Fives 6-22-12: Five Things About Me

Welcome to Friday Fives, the weekly meme where I post a list of five anythings! This week, I’m thinking about things that new readers might not know about me.  Feel free to play along with Friday Fives by posting your own list on your blog, on your Facebook wall, your Google + stream, on Twitter – or even by leaving your list in my comments!

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1.  I was adopted when I was 16 months old, from foster care. My biological mother had a stroke shortly after my birth and passed away, leaving my biological father with five girls. I have a scrapbook my foster mother kept that shows I was very happy with her. My parents adopted three children altogether – my sister Martha in 1964 when she was 4 weeks old, then me in 1968, and then my brother Steve in 1974, he was 10.

2.  Because I was always singing as a toddler, my Mom convinced a piano teacher to take me on as a student when I was 3.  I played the piano and took weekly lessons until I was 16.  I played the Oboe from 6th grade until the end of Senior Year,  and the flute just for Freshman year.  I miss having a piano and wish like crazy that we could afford one.

3. I am superstitious about two things: 1. if I spill salt or even just knock over the salt shaker, I pick up a pinch of it between my fingers and toss it over my left shoulder. 2. I always, ALWAYS put my left shoe on first. If someone hands me my right shoe, I wait until they hand me the left one and then put that one on first.  I have no idea why I do either one of those things!

4. I’ve been to Venezuela, which I was privileged to visit my Senior Year of high school when our Orchestra teacher arranged a concert tour that included staying with host families in Caracas, rehearsing and performing with the local High School’s Orchestra, visiting an exclusive country club for a day of swimming, traveling to an English-language high school for a performance, taking the visitor’s tour of their version of the White House, and finally, performing for the First Lady of Venezuela. It was an experience I’ll never forget!

5. I also spent 5 weeks in London getting a couple of credits towards my Bachelor’s at MSU as part of their Overseas Study program. Part of the program was an optional weekend trip to Scotland, which included an overnight stay at a college in Glasgow and a day exploring Edinburgh.  A bunch of us also traveled to Stonehenge, and our professor took us to Stratford for the day. It was five amazing weeks of hand-writing two page papers for credit and visiting every touristy place London has. I loved it!


Okay, so that’s five things off the top of my head about me. Tell me something about you! Ready, set, Comment!