Twisted MixTape: British Invasion (of my playlist)

Hooray  it’s Twisted MixTape Tuesday again!

Our harmonic hostesses Jen at My Skewed View and Kristi at Finding Ninee are giving us a freebie today. The theme is Anything Goes! So, I decided to reveal my love for British pop music.

I lived in the United Kingdom from September 2009 to February 2013. During that time, I developed a taste for dance/electronic type music. I had to, or I wouldn’t be able to listen to the radio. So, this week I give you:

British Pop Music Will Infect Your Brain And Leave A Permanent Mark

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The criteria is simple. The song must have appeared on the UK top 40 Chart at some point between September 2009 and February 2013. Easy peasy.

I had a hard time narrowing it down! So first I’m going to do my own Top of the Pops. Top 5 songs that hit #1:

1. Sing by Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth Band featuring The Military Wives’ Choir (6/62012, 1 week)

This song was written to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I just think its beautiful and love that they use military wives (being that I am a military wife myself). One of the few non-dancey type songs ever heard on the radio over there.

2. She Makes Me Wanna by JLS (featuring Dev) (8/6/2011, 1 week)

This is such a stupid song. But I just love it. Anytime it came on the radio, I’d start dancing in my station wagon. Thank goodness my kid was too young to be embarrassed.

3. Changed The Way You Kiss Me by Example (6/8/2011, 2 weeks)

I love this man’s voice.

4. Heatwave by Wiley ft. Ms. D (8/11/12, 2 weeks)

If I still partied, this would scream summer in the dance club to me. But I don’t party, so instead I just laugh ’cause this guy says his name a bunch in the song.

5. Titanium by David Guetta ft. Sia (2/11/12, 1 week)

David Guetta pretty much ruled the UK airwaves while I was there. He had so many songs with so many different collaborators. This one is my favorite. I AM TITAAAANIIIIUM!!

BONUS: Killing In The Name by Rage Against the Machine (12/26/2009, 1 week)

The Christmas #1 is a big deal over there. It’s the last number one of the year and it means a lot to the Brits for some reason. For quite awhile, the Christmas #1 had been whoever won X Factor that year. But in 2009, a British couple started a campaign to have this be Christmas #1…and they won. Awesome. Plus I just love this song – it’s tied with Lose Yourself by Eminem for my most motivating running song.

Those were my favorite #1s as chosen by British listeners. But they don’t always get it right *cough* Bom Bom Bom by Sam and the Womp *cough* so I decided to do a list of my favorite songs that should have been #1.

1. Earthquake by Labrinth ft. Tinie Tempah

“I’m feeling like a straight tenna.” Epic lyrics.

2. We’ll Be Coming Back by Calvin Harris ft. Example

Did I mention I love Example’s voice? Especially when it’s used to croon these lyrics over a slightly haunting melody.

3. Wonderful by Angel

This song changes direction so many times. I love it. Plus he says he feels “mayjah” which always makes me think of Posh Spice.

4. Down With The Trumpets by Rizzle Kicks

Just a couple of kids, getting together and making awesome music. I think this was the first British song I loved the first time I heard it on Radio 1.

5. Untouched by The Veronicas

This speaks to my inner junior high girl and her hopeless crushes on boys. I wish this song had been around then so I could have swooned over my “true loves” while jamming out to this song.

I’m Auditioning For Idol!

I’m Auditioning For Idol!

…Blogger Idol, that is. I don’t want to be the next William Hung.

It’s a little scary to put myself out there like that. It’s one thing to do blog hops and link-ups, which bring great exposure. This is putting my stuff out there for the specific purpose of being judged. I’m already pretty sure I’m not going to get picked for the Top 12, but I’m going to do it anyway. I’m scared to death of being rejected, but even if I don’t make it, I figure I can learn something from it. More people will see my words, which is awesome. I’ll probably get to find some other great blogs (I never would have found Momastery if I hadn’t gotten to know some other bloggers from the Honest Voices link-up). And who knows – maybe I’ll make it into the Top 12 and get the chance to hone my writing skills and get solid feedback from other writers.

There are some great prizes involved: $300 gift certificate to Marware, $300 gift certificate to Bullet Designs, One Free Month of Intermediate Level Blog Management Services from Bloom Blogs ($249 value), 1 Week of Full Service Pinterest Management from Little Birdie Social Media ($50 value), One Year of PicMonkey Royale ($33 value), $25 Gift Certificate to Baconery (mmm, bacon) and a $25 Amazon Gift Certificate. I’m uber-duber excited about the PicMonkey Royale prize – I love making buttons for my posts on PicMonkey and I’m dying to try out the Royale features (but I’m too cheap to buy them). And who doesn’t love free money at Amazon?

If I make the Top 12, you may see me begging for votes. I’ll try to keep it to a minimum, pinky swear. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter and, if you feel so inclined, support me in going for Blogger Idol 2013! Check out http://www.facebook.com/bloggeridol and let them know you want ME to make it to the Top 12! You can also find the list of judges and let them know how awesome I am (and read their stuff ’cause it’s good).

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The Best of Third Eye Blind – Twisted MixTape

I’m trying out a new game this week! An awesome chick called Jen Kehl does Twisted MixTape Tuesday. Every week, she gives us a theme and challenges us to create a 5-song mixtape. This week’s is pretty easy: Best of any Band. I’ll play!

I kind of had a hard time picking a band, but only because I kept ignoring the one my mind would go to automatically. In high school, I was a huge Third Eye Blind fan. HUGE. Like, memorized every song on the two albums they’d released, plotted to run away to San Francisco and just knew I was going to someday marry Brad the drummer. They played in Eugene, OR when I was a senior in high school. So my mom took my best friend and me to see them. And we got to meet them. Squeeeee!

Me (and my mom) with Brad, Tony and Arion. Stephen wouldn't take any pictures. Jackass.
Me (and my mom) with Brad, Tony and Arion. Stephen wouldn’t take any pictures. Jackass.

Anyhoos, I present to you my Top 5 Third Eye Blind songs:

#1 Anything
This song is way too short. I want many more minutes of its awesomeness. I love the way it starts slow, crescendoes to crazy, then drops off. And who wouldn’t love to have someone croon, “Anything for you…”

#2 Motorcycle Drive-By
I was really depressed in high school. This song spoke to me. “I’ve never been so alone, and I’ve, never been so alive.” When I’m depressed, I feel this burning, aching in my chest. Like there’s always been. God I love this song.

#3 The Red Summer Sun
Rock. It builds. There’s a little “doo doo doo doo doo doo” ditty in there. Then it builds and Stephen does his best butt rock scream: “It’s been a long time, been a long time/To walk with the mighty.” YES. Probably the only 3EB song you could headbang to (in parts).

#4 I Want You
I thought this song was the height of Le Sexy Times at a time when tongue-kissing was the most daring sexual exploit I’d achieved. But if you really listen to the lyrics, they’re kind of dark and weird. I still like it.

#5 The Background
Did I mention I was really sad in high school? I tried to hide it. And did a fairly good job (until sophomore year). The background was where the truth was.

Finish The Sentence Friday

I love having some outside inspiration for writing. It makes me get outside my comfort zone and write about something that I might not have thought about. I also love link-ups because I meet so many great people!

I’m trying out a new Friday link up: Finish the Sentence Friday. The hostesses are Stephanie from Mommy, for Real, Janine from Janine’s Confessions of a Mommyaholic, Kate from Can I Get Another Bottle of Whine? and Dawn from Dawn’s Disaster. This week’s topic is “When I was younger…”

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Circa 1999

When I was younger, I lacked self esteem. I remember a nervous girl, wanting so badly to fit in and be one of the “cool kids” but feeling like I’d never be good enough. In high school, I floated between different groups, hoping to find my niche. I was in the advanced placement classes, but felt inadequate because I wasn’t the smartest. I played varsity volleyball, but felt ineffective because I wasn’t one of the stars. I had plenty of boyfriends, but felt ugly because certain boys weren’t interested in me. Drinking alcohol helped me break out of my shell, because when you’re buzzed and blacked out, you don’t care what other people are thinking. Alcohol really was liquid courage for me, but it ended up being my worst enemy (2 sexual assaults while blacked out before graduating high school is not a proud achievement). I didn’t know who I was, so I tried on many identities in my search for the “right one.” None of them fit and I ended up with what felt like a split personality: the smart, hardworking, good girl who turned into the loud, smoking, crazy party girl when the alcohol hit her lips.

Senior picture
Senior picture

I made so many bad decisions when I was younger because I was afraid. Afraid of ridicule, afraid of being disliked, afraid of being alone. This is one thing that terrifies me as a mother: that my child might grow up to make decisions based on fear. My parents did the best they could for me; I don’t blame them for my problems. I know that there are marked differences between my childhood and my son’s childhood so far, but still I worry that I won’t do the “right things” to help nurture a strong sense of self in him. I want him to know who he is and not be afraid to make decisions that honor that – even if those decisions don’t go with the popular opinion.

There are so many things I wish I could tell that girl. If I could sit down with my younger self, I’d tell her:

  • Don’t straighten your hair. Your curls are gorgeous if you just leave them alone. YOU are beautiful without changing what you look like.
  • Don’t sleep with that guy. He doesn’t love you and you will not love yourself for doing it. You will not find your self worth in the arms of random men. Respect your body and don’t be afraid to say no. If he does leave you because you said no, he didn’t deserve you in the first place.
  • Don’t strive for perfection. It’s not possible. Be happy with where you are and what you have accomplished. You don’t have to be perfect to be loved.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Being strong doesn’t mean suffering silently. Tell someone how much it hurts before it’s too late.
  • Don’t stop writing. It saved your life once and will keep wounds from festering. Writing is your voice in this world; don’t let your pain silence you.

Liebster? WTF is that?

Liebster? WTF is that?

liebster-blog-awardI was nominated for an award. These things are pretty awesome, because it means someone else looked at my blog and thought, that blog deserves an award. And that someone else wasn’t my mom, so double win. My new friend Julie at Next Life No Kids nominated me, which I think is pretty frickin’ awesome considering our first conversation was an argument that ended in a mutual agreement that cheese is awesome (cheese was unrelated to the original argument). All arguments should end that way.

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*Note: for once, Google failed me. I typed in “queen cheese” and no pictures of cheese with a crown came up (though a surprising number of girls in dumb trucker hats did pop up). So, I made the above masterpiece myself. All hail the queen.

Since I have found myself with a plethora of free time since finishing my CNA course (CNA standing for Certified Nurse Assistant or Chuck Norris Approved, depending on my mood), I’m diving right into this. Because there are strings with this award. I can’t just put a sweet badge on my blog, I gotta work for this thing (Whomp, whomp)! Who am I kidding – I love writing about myself so of course I don’t mind. Though some would say I have a problem being told what to do, so we’ll see how this goes…

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  1. List 11 facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  3. Ask 11 new questions to the bloggers you nominate
  4. Choose 11 bloggers (with 200 or less followers) to nominate.
  5. Visit each bloggers page and tell them about the award.
  6. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them
  7. No track backs (so we’re clear, I still have no idea what this means) <—- Julie had this in her rules and I left it because I, too have no idea what this means

I wonder what the deal is with all the 11’s? I suddenly realize that I have a thing for even, round numbers because this emphasis on 11 vaguely bothers me. Does that count as my first fact? Nah, just consider it a bonus.

11 Facts about MEEEEEE

  1. I was the Coos County (Oregon) Spelling Bee Champion in 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades. 4th and 6th grades, I lost 1st place to some d-bag whose name I totally don’t still remember (bitter, much?).
  2. I was the Forum Editor for my community college newspaper. I was nominated for this position because it’s been said I like to complain about things. Strangely, the position suited me.
  3. I flunked out of sailing school when I was 10 or 11. I crashed one of the small boats into my best friend and decided that was enough sailing for me.
  4. I love Disney movies. One of the best fringe benefits of having a kid is getting to watch all those classic movies. NOTE: Home on the Range is not in this category; please don’t ever make the mistake of exposing your child to this particular Disney movie. He will want to watch it incessantly and it does, in fact, suck.
  5. I’m slightly obsessed with playing bingo. Senior years, I’m ready for you!
  6. I just discovered the other day that my favorite type of pizza is sausage and banana peppers. Wonder if that will still taste good on a cauliflower crust?
  7. ^^I ask that question because I try to eat somewhat Paleo. I did a 21 day sugar detox a while ago and felt fantastic afterward.
  8. I am addicted to caffeine and I am ok with that.
  9. I quit smoking cigarettes a few years ago. I’ve had a few lapses since officially quitting, but have never fully gone into a relapse. It’s been almost a year since my last cigarette and I’m pretty stoked on that.
  10. I really miss my cat, Lola. She passed away 2 years ago. I was there, stroking her head and telling her how much I loved her when she passed. It still hurts because I still blame myself for not seeing her sickness until it was too late.
  11. I am an only child, but my parents have since adopted two Pomeranians who are very annoying little brothers.

Whew! Now for some more fascinating information about me as I answer the questions Julie wrote:

  1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? Probably Israel and the Middle East. I’m fascinated by the Bible as a historical document and it would be crazy amazing to see some of those places in person.
  2. Who in your life has had the most influence on you or your writing? My son, no doubt. He inspires most of my writing (since I write primarily about motherhood and breastfeeding). He also makes me want to be a better person.
  3. On a scale of 1-10, how attractive do you think you are? Please explain. 🙂 Ack! Shoot, I guess I’d say I’m a 6? I’m trying to love and accept my body for what it is and not be angry at it for what it isn’t. I like my blue eyes, I like my dimples and I’m learning to like my curly hair.
  4. Horror film or chic flick? If it’s a horror film from the 80s, count me in. I love all those super cheesy horror films that still make me crap my pants – Monkey Shines, Ghoulies, Pumpkinhead, Child’s Play, Puppet Master, Freddie movies, Jason movies. The 80s sure knew how to scare and entertain at the same time.
  5. How long have you been blogging? I launched www.youareagoodmama.com in September 2012. This is the first time I’ve consistently blogged. I’ve started other blogs (I have like 9 WordPress addresses) but have never gotten past one or two posts.
  6. What is your biggest pet peeve? People who drive with their blinker on. OMG, are you turning or are you not??? MAKE UP YOUR MIND!!!
  7. Do you have any bad habits we should know about? Yes – I have several character defects that I’m working on! Stay tuned for a future post about those 🙂
  8. What’s your favorite blog to follow? Why? Hmm, depends on the reason. For humor, I love Martinis or Diaper Genies and Baby Sideburns. Seriously hysterical. For levelheaded parenting stuff, I like PhD in Parenting. For everything breastfeeding, I adore The Leaky Boob.
  9. What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Forgive yourself.
  10. What’s the worst piece of advice you’ve been given? A wedge haircut would look great on you.
  11. What is the first thing you would do if I gifted you a million dollars? Look at you suspiciously, then grab the money and run, laughing maniacally. Then when I’d come to my senses, I’d do something awesome for you to say, Hey thanks for the million dollars, buddy! After that, I’d give the rest to my husband to manage because he is so much better at managing money than I am.

And here are my nominees!Liebster2

Jennifer at Half Crunchy Mom

Aprille at Beautiful in His Time

Arielle at Their World We Live In

Kristen at it.started.with.a.bump

Nikki at Thirty Something Mom

Meredith at From Meredith to Mommy

Michiko at There’s Something About Michiko

Sara at I Choose Joy (she recently posted she’s taking a much-needed break from blogging. But mark her for the future!)

*Yes, I realize there are only 8 when the instructions said 11. I’m new, I don’t know that many bloggers yet! Plus, slipping in an even number is calming me down.

My questions for the lovely nominees:

  1. What’s your favorite childhood memory?
  2. If you could do any job in the world (money/education no object), what would you do and why?
  3. You’re stuck on a desert island that has food, water and shelter (your basic survival needs are met). What 3 things would you wish to have with you and why?
  4. What person, dead or alive, is your hero?
  5. What’s your favorite animal?
  6. What’s your go-to snack?
  7. What inspired you to start your blog?
  8. What’s your favorite type of music?
  9. Which cartoon character would you most want to hang out with?
  10. Is there anything that makes you giggle uncontrollably?
  11. What’s your favorite flower?

5 Minute Friday

In an effort to cut my teeth as a blogger, so to speak, I’m challenging myself to join different link-ups. This one is simple: write for 5 minutes on a topic – no editing, no thinking, just writing. Then share it and check out what others have written! 5 Minute Friday does this every week. So, here goes nothing…

This week’s topic: Friend.

Why is it so hard to put words to this topic? Why does my heart ache and feel heavy when I try to think about what friend means to me? What do you do when you are so confident that someone will be in your life forever, and then they start slipping away? What do you do when you realize that you are the one slipping away? What do you do when it feels like the only glue holding you together are the memories of bygone fun? What if you’re trying to figure out how much of that past fun was good, and how much of it was part of the unhealthy you’re trying to get rid of? What do you do when you aren’t sure what friend means? What do you do when you’re so unsure, you’re stuck in one place? Why don’t you fight the sadness?

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Ultimate Blog Party 2013

Thanks to From Meredith to Mommy, I discovered the Ultimate Blog Party 2013 at 5 Minutes for Mom.

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It’s a way to share your blog with a wider audience while discovering new blogs along the way. I’m pretty excited to take part in it. I love finding new blogs and learning from others’ experiences, plus I think it’ll help me grow as a blogger/writer to put myself out there. So, here goes with the intro post!

My name is Sara. I’ve loved writing since I was a little girl and kept journals and notebooks full of poems (mostly ones about whoever my crush was that month). I’ve attempted blogging many times, but never found my groove. This blog has had a few hiccups since I started it last fall, but I think I’ve found my niche.

I write about my experiences as a mama. I don’t really fit any label (plus, labels are so restricting!). I’m a little bit crunchy, a little bit funny, a little bit sarcastic and (hopefully) a little bit entertaining. A lot of my posts will involve breastfeeding, healthy lifestyles and mother -to-mother support. Like many moms, I’m constantly plagued by Mommy Guilt, that uneasy feeling that I’m doing it all wrong and my child will end up scarred for life because of the choices I’ve made. Getting my feelings down on paper (or screen) reminds me that I’m doing the best that I can, I’m acting from a place of love, and that’s all my child needs.

imageSpeaking of said child…I have one son, Colt, who is currently 2.5. He is independent, strong-willed, fearless, curious and full of energy. I love it when he wraps his arms around my neck and plays with my hair (something he’s done since infancy). I’m constantly in awe of this beautiful boy I helped create.

At this moment in time, I am a stay at home mom. My husband is in the Air Force and we recently moved back to the states after 3.5 years in England. After a brief spell with relatives in Oregon, we will be settling in Texas this summer (until the Air Force sees fit to move us again). In England, I worked in health/fitness and became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. I also have degrees in public health and interests in crafts/creative endeavours.

Find me on Facebook if you want to keep tabs on what happens here!

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Take care!