Dress & A Ditty: And We Were Singing

A good song has a catchy beat and meaningful lyrics. A great song takes you back to a place, a person, or an unforgettable moment. Today’s great song does just that….

Five years ago today, countless hearts were broken when my cousin was surprisingly taken from this world at an unfairly young age. His memory lives on the hearts and minds of our family; I am frequently reminded of his infectious laugh or of dancing with him at my wedding.

Today I think of when we celebrated his life and will forever associate this song with that day. I’ll never forget standing with my siblings and cousins in a circle, singing through our tears, and toasting each other to his memory.

Although my cousin would likely poke fun at me for something as silly as a Dress & A Ditty, I’m sticking with it:

Wear this when you’re lounging around reminiscing over old photos or when you’re out sharing memories with family and friends.

And listen to this, sing at the top of your lungs, and throw your hands in the air when you belt out:

Them good ol’ boys were drinking whiskey in rye / Singing this’ll be the day that I die / This’ll be the day that I die.

Miss you, cousin.

Image Sources: Forever 21, Google Images

Dress & A Ditty: Think Pink

Wow, it’s already Wednesday?? This week has FLOWN by! It’s been absolutely nuts around here as we prepare for Wyoming Art for the Cure! I’m so excited for the event…it’s this Friday!

Since I’m in a pink state of mind with the upcoming celebration, I had to use the color as inspiration for this week’s Dress & A Ditty. (Note: not every week will be colors).

So, here we have it:

Dress – Where this BCBG dress from Tula (an awesome women’s store in FC) to a fabulous event or for a fancy night out.

& A Ditty – Listen to this song by Pink (even though it’s slow and a little sad…it’s one of my faves) to mellow out while you’re prepping hair and makeup before your big night.

P.S. To make a donation to Wyoming Art for the Cure, click here!

Here’s to Life!!!!

In 2004, I went to what used to be the Starlight in Fort Collins, CO to see a band my spouse said was pretty good. That band was Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers (formerly The Refreshments).

I fell in love that night in a bad way. When ex-guitarist Steve Larson busted out a cover of Ring of Fire, I melted. When Roger Clyne played Green & Dumb, my heart soared. I was an insta-fan and have been cyber-stalking, as well as real-life stalking, them ever since.

I’ve been to countless RCPM concerts between that first Starlight show and now. I’ve followed them all up and down the Front Range, crashed the backstage to meet the band…..uh…..a couple of times, named my blog after my favorite song, and have been moved to tears more than once at an RCPM event. I LOVE them.

Lucky for me, I get to see them again!!! TONIGHT!!! Roger Clyne and current RCPM guitarist, Jim Dalton, are partnering with Johnny Hickman from Cracker for their 5th annual Three Amigos show at the Road 34 Bike Shop! Bah! (I think I’ve been to the show all five years….)

I’m trying to keep my excitement to a reasonable level; I don’t want to overdo it and accidentally induce labor somehow (although if my son were born at a Roger show,  I wouldn’t really have any issues with that).

I’ve said almost everything I can about the band in numerous posts and if you have some free time this afternoon, please check them out here. If you’re pressed for time, you can walk down memory lane with me in the bazillion pictures I added below. So many good concerts…so many Stacey hairstyles?

Have a great weekend everyone. In the words of Roger Clyne, Here’s to Life!!!


Workout Wednesday: Music

Good Morning!

Well, another slow workout week has come and gone for me. I swear the day I started tracking my sweat sessions to share with you all, I started working out less! Or, perhaps I’m just realizing that I didn’t run or do yoga as much as I thought I did….Hmmm?

Well, either way, it’s so helpful to reflect on my exercise habits and look for ways to improve them each week. Many thanks once again to all of you for providing me this support!

This week, I’ve been thinking about how to make my cardio and yoga sessions a bit more fun. I think it’s probably time to take a good look at my standard running playlist and change things up!

Via Lyrics to Live By

Right now, my playlist looks like this (not always listened to in this order):
  • Ke$ha: Tik Tok    <– I’ll never tire of this song.
  • Social Distortion: Angel’s Wings
  • Stone Temple Pilots: Hollywood Bi**h
  • Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers: Mekong
  • Dropkick Murphy’s: Amazing Grace
  • The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night
  • Jane’s Addiction: Superhero
  • Eazy-E: Gimme That Nut    <– This is mildly embarrassing. 
  • Union Underground: Killing the Fly
  • Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers: Easy
  • Ke$ha: Your Love is My Drug

Now, don’t get me wrong, this is a very motivating list! I love me some RCPM & Ke$ha…clearly. But, it’s time to change things up a bit! I’d love your suggestions for ways to improve it.  I plan to make an additional yoga playlist with softer, calming music, too. (I don’t have a yoga list at all! I do yoga in silence: lame.)

So, without further stalling, my workout schedule for the last week is below. Scoff if you will, it’s pretty light, but for two days I have the excuse of being attacked by a flying insect:

  • Wednesday 7/6: Off
  • Thursday 7/7: Off
  • Friday 7/8: 3 Mile Run
  • Satuday 7/9: 2.5 Mile Run – Shorter cause I was stung by a wasp. Ouch!
  • Sunday 7/10: Off – Swollen leg from wasp sting.
  • Monday 7/11: Off – Swollen leg from wasp sting.
  • Tuesday 7/12: 30 min yoga

So, there ya have it. Laziness and nature got the best of me (darn you wasp!). But, now I’m looking forward to building my new playlist and going for run a later today!

Don’t forget to send me your music suggestions (for running or yoga)!