Monday, August 1, 2011

Organize your Stuff: Week 19 (round 4): OLW Blog Hop

Today is the first of August, and therefore it is time for the monthly One Little Word Blog Hop (goes live 8AM PST)!

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Our One Little Word (OLW) for 2011 is Embrace! This month, Ali Edwards at Big Picture Classes gave us the homework to chronicle the top nine on our playlist.


Question: First (sounding totally like our Grandma) what is a playlist?

Answer: it is on your ipod.

Question: What ipod?

Answer: Than use what you listen to on the radio.

Question: What if your AM talk radio doesn’t play songs?

OCD Me is totally freaked out about failing the assignment at this point. We do not even know what music we like, as our CDs have been put away since we had kids (Inner Hoarder last actually saw them in early 2007 when we got Fabulous Spouse an ipod and transferred them all to it before he went to Iraq), and AM Radio is what we prefer to dial up in the car.

Since it is summer, PA Me tends to manipulate the votes, especially as the POW has been busy with Lady of the Shoe duties… ribbon cuttings, mall openings, and such. Finally, with one day to go before travelling down to Idaho for a visit (20 hours of driving for a 36 hour visit…totally worth it!), Fabulous Spouse helped us out by pulling out the afore mentioned ipod, and going through the zillion songs he had on his playlist.

The Rough Draft

The Final

Why we picked this 9 songs:

1. The Lazy Song-Bruno Mars: It is summer. This is PA Me’s anthem. If she could sleep until noon with no consequences, she would.

2. Fireflies-Owl City: This is Girl Friday’s FAVORITE song. If the POW gives in and turns off the “talk-y people”, this song is almost surely going to be playing soon. When it does, Girl Friday asks to have the volume turned up and she sings along.

3. Hey there Delilah-Plain White Tees: This was our Iraq deployment song, and it still moves us. This is probably because Fabulous Spouse travels a lot, but is always there for us, even if it is only over the phone.

4. It’s the end of the World as we know it-R.E.M.: This is just one of our all-time favorite songs. When it comes on you want to bounce and shake and sing along. However, we always sing the “time alone” part of the refrain. We do not know why.

5. I need a Hero-Bonnie Tyler: This was on our Kids Incorporated cassette growing up, on my kids’ Shrek movie as an adult, ...and being outside of Seattle, we have an anti-rain thing.

6. Somewhere over the rainbow-Judy Garland: Memories of waiting for that Wizard of Oz special on TV. Seattle is the Emerald City…and gosh darn it, after such a cold we year, can we please have some blue skies and warm summer temps (318 minutes over 80 degrees F this year).

7. Tubthumping-Chumbawumba: It is fun, upbeat. It was our favorite song as we finished college and got married. We make our own beer. We just like it.

8. If I die young-The Perry Band: For starters, we are SO allergic to roses, that we would have to be dead to enjoy them, and it is just another fun listen if you don't pay too close attention to the lyrics.

9. AM Radio: As we said before, this is the POW’s #1 radio choice. It is over 80% of our radio listening. And because you actually have to pay attention, it prevents highway narcolepsy.

Hope that you enjoyed our July Homework!

To go to the start of the list, go visit Margie (

Next hop: Cassie (

Hope you are having fun with your word!


Jasmine said...

This is a really interesting page- I LOVE it!
A {Little} Dab of Glue

Tammy said...

I'm loving your page and the yellow. That's a very interesting mix of music!

Mary Jo said...

Very cool page!
I did a layout a few months ago with my top five playlist :)

Cassie_lu said...

love how you turned the red ruby shoes into gold and your picks seem to really speak of your life to you, perfect

Cheri said...

It may have been an 11th hour effort, but you came up with a totally cute and totally relevant layout from it! Years from now, you'll love looking back and seeing which songs defined your life in 2011.

Jan B said...

Ok. You officially crack me up! Your cards look great and I LOVED reading about why you chose them. I KNOW you're having fun on the journey! Thanks for inspiring me to do the same! Blessings... :)

Maureen said...

I love your iluustrations and fear of Failing??? oh No, that word doesn't exist in OLW. Ali makes sure of it.

Melissa Elsner said...

Oh my gosh I loved CHUMBAWUMBA! Haha! What a hoot! Great idea to record your playlist too.

JennL said...

great work this month, amanda! i also loved that you listed out why you chose each song.

Lynn said...

Love the artwork on your canvases! Very nice!

jillconyers said...

Love your take on the July prompt. Great songs!

Anonymous said...

Great list and the best part was your commentary! I love your color combo and artwork detail. Perfect! It turned out so lovely. So glad to have you on the blog hop!

Anonymous said...

Brilliant song list. I loved Tubthumping too. and there's nothing wrong with talk radio.