My November Playlist

I know some of you can relate when I say that I love music. It’s not just this little statement, but I love music. I love the way it makes me feel. I love that it so often makes me think. I love that it makes me smile and usually makes me either want to get up and move or stay quiet laying on my bed and just enjoying the moment.
I always listen to music with an open mind- I’ll listen to anything from screaming metal to bluegrass- and I love it all. Music is powerful and it’s always been a source of energy, comfort, and inspiration to me. I relate significant moments in my life to the music I was listening to at the time, and I love that connection.
I remember the first time I heard Shiver Shiver by Walk The Moon. I thought my heart was going to burst. There have been many songs and bands over the years that have elicited that response in me. Does music ever make you feel that indescribable way? Nine Inch Nails, The Last Goodnight, Mika, and even Brittney Spears has made me feel that indescribable way at one point or another. Every time a song does that to me, it’s always different- the emotions I mean. Sometimes it’s overwhelming excitement and joy, sometimes quiet sorrow. But one thing is certain- it’s always powerful and I crave it.
So as I said, my taste in music is pretty eclectic, but this is what’s on replay this month. Listen to the whole thing, you just might find something you like!

(If you’re reading via an RSS feed, you’ll need to click over to the blog to be able to see the playlist. )

PS_ You’ll need to scroll the playlist down to get it all.


Last night and remembering why I believe in Pilates

Last night Andy and I went for tapas at Tin Angel Cafe and then to Saltair for the Foster The People concert. Those guys really know how to put on a great concert. There were zero down time moments and the energy just built the entire time. The atmosphere was amazing.

This is what we were in last night. The Encore Finale- Pumped Up Kicks (of course.) Everyone jumping, sweating, screaming, clapping, singing–I love concerts.

We got home late, but I made myself get up early to drive to Salt Lake for Pilates. Remember how I’ve been complaining that I can’t find any decent Pilates classes close to my home? Well, I finally decided that if I wanted to get trained right, then I was willing to drive to Salt Lake every day for it.
I want to go into more detail about why I’m choosing to study Pilates, but I’ll save that for another day. I know this is what my body and mind need. Anyway, I did a bunch of research, and finally decided to try Streamline Body Pilates. I was not disappointed this time! It was awesome.

off to class

Ten years ago I took my first Pilates class at Weber State and I was spoiled. The teacher I had was amazing. She emphasized form and alignment, while referencing the proper names of the muscles and bones we should be focusing on. She taught us how to breath and how to use our mind to focus energy and strength to certain areas of our bodies. I fell in love with how Pilates made me feel in that class. In all, I took that class four different semesters while I was in college, even though it wasn’t counting toward my degree.
That told me something- Pilates was a good place for me. I wanted to be there on the mat every day.
Since that time I’ve searched off and on for another Pilates experience as good as that one, and haven’t been able to find it–until now. I started to worry that the first teacher I learned from had created an illusion in my head about how great Pilates was and that it wasn’t really like that. (If you’ve gone to a group Pilates class at a local gym you probably haven’t had a true Pilates experience.) But about fifteen minutes into the class today, I realized that everything about the experience I was having was good and so familiar to that first Pilates class at Weber State that made me love it.
As the teacher today called out things like “engage your pelvis while keeping a neutral spine,” and “pull your belly button to your back,” I thought, ‘I want to be her. I want to help people feel as good as I feel right now.’
I can’t say enough good things about Pilates. It’s more than just exercising to burn calories. It’s about creating and maintaining a strong, healthy body from your core outwards. It’s about awareness of the way your joints function, the way your muscles engage and the way that every part of your body -including your mind and breath- work together.
I’m excited to continue learning and training towards becoming certified to teach it. 

30 Days Hath November: Day 07

Day 07: A Song for the Day.

I couldn’t think of a song for today because it was just such an ordinary day. So I pulled out my lyric journal (yep, I have a lyric journal) and opened it to a random day.


“Perfectly Clear” by Jewel; November 3, 2007



30 Days Hath November via So Fawned

The list:
Day 01: A self-portrait.
Day 02: Three inspirational quotes.
Day 03: Something I never leave the house without.
Day 04: A friend I adore.
Day 05: Three years ago today.
Day 06: A book I’m reading.
Day 07: A song for the day.

Day 08: The last item I purchased.
Day 09: A close-up of my day.
Day 10: What I love about my job.
Day 11: Something I’ve been craving.
Day 12: Three blogs I can’t get enough of.
Day 13: Something I’m proud of.
Day 14: A favorite movie.
Day 15: Some style inspiration for the season.
Day 16: Someone who inspires me.
Day 17: My family.
Day 18: What I wore today.
Day 19: A silly self-portrait.
Day 20: A childhood anecdote.
Day 21: Something I could never tire of.
Day 22: Some place I’ve traveled.
Day 23: Eight things you didn’t know about me.
Day 24: Something that means a lot to me.
Day 25: The contents of my purse.
Day 26: Something I’m looking forward to.
Day 27: Myself, one year ago.
Day 28: A skill I’d like to learn.
Day 29: Some place I’d like to visit.
Day 30: Three wonderful things that happened this month.

Did you watch the Tony’s?

I loved the show last night. I’m such a sucker for broadway style dancing. I love the energy of it. Here are two of my favorite numbers of the evening:

How to Succeed in Business with Daniel Radcliffe & John Laroquette:

I think Daniel Radcliffe did such a great job. I was very impressed. It’s always such a pleasure to see actors that can sing and dance and handle the stage. The choreography on this number was so great, not to mention the vocals. Best number of the night in my opinion.

Sutton Foster with Anything Goes:

Love the tapping and Sutton just can’t lose. She’s so versatile.

Neil Patrick Harris and Hugh Jackman- dueling hosts:

I thought these guys were great. Loved hearing them sing together…and their dancing!? haha so awesome. Very entertaining, funny and a great compliment to one another.

What was your favorite highlight of the show?


A fun Saturday night- Kalai

Last night Andy and I went to see Kalai in concert at the U. Andy saw him several years ago and told me about him, so I went and got us tickets. The concert was so great and we had so much fun just enjoying the night together, listening to great music. Perfect.

Sadly though, we forgot our camera, so no pictures. But here’s a couple of videos I found on Youtube of my favorite songs that he performed last night:

Anyway, if you ever get the opportunity to go to a Kalai show, don’t pass it up. He’s hilarious and has amazing, amazing talent.