Monthly Archives: June 2010

I’m creating an iTunes playlist of my 101 favorites songs ….

I love this song.  It reminds of those first moments of falling in love, when everything is wrapped up in the other person.  I also … as usual … love to sing along to it!

Favorite Lyrics: “it’s just like we were meant to be” “Why can’t I breathe whenever I think about you?” “someone who wants to be with you to”

Liz Phair: Why Can’t I?


I tend to get in a rut with music, listening to the same artists over and over.  It gets a bit repetitious.  To fulfill my goal of scoping out new favorites, I have been posting New Music Fridays the last few weeks.  (or at least, New Music to Me).

Since I’ve been spending a bit of time in iTunes this week (updating my iPhone, and setting up the new iPod Touch) I decided to check out the Genius Recommendations for me.  This took me to Michelle Branch, which led me to Whitney Duncan.  I will admit, I like Country music.  I like Country music I can sing along to.  I have the feeling I will be singing along with this one for awhile.

Whitney Duncan: When I Said I Would


Or as my friend Nikky says – “I’m going to do these things or die trying!”

I started this vision board a few weeks ago, then realized today it’s silly to wait until it’s done to publish it as it will never truly be finished.  I’m posting this today, and will go back and add and update as needed.  I’ve almost got one knocked off the list – I ordered my new MacBook Pro on Tuesday (should be here Mon or Tues next week).

1. This gorgeous rental house in Italy near Camaiore – I WILL be staying here on my dream trip to Italy.

2. Happiness! – I’m happier than I’ve been in years, but will always continue to strive for happiness in my life.  (Happiness Group Rocks!) … Which reminds me, I should probably write a post about Happiness Group — adds to to-do list.

3. Vernazza Italy – Part of the Cinque Terre and one of my dream destinations.  A few years ago, Heather Hunter (aka This Fish), traveled around Europe for a writing gig.  She visited Vernazza and took some amazing pictures which she posted to the blog the company set up for her to write at.  (I can’t remember the name of it, and not sure if it’s still online, but I’m checking)  Ever since reading her posts and seeing the pictures, I’ve been dying to visit.

4. MacBook Pro – Check!

5. Digital SLR camera – I love taking pictures, but have never had a really good camera to take them with.

6. Machu Picchu – My brother’s friend spent a couple months in South America recently.  As he described some of his travels, my first question was “Machu Picchu??”, to which he replied “Yes!”  He ended up taking quite the interesting route to Cuzco (nearest city in Peru) and definitely enjoyed the experience.  He did say that the site is far more touristy than you expect from the pictures.  I would love to look on it with my own eyes!


I ordered a MacBook Pro a few days ago.  This is a huge step for me as I’ve been a confirmed PC person for years.  However, my mom bought a MacBook and I have a few friends with them, and they are just so much …. nicer? better? faster? funner? …. than my PC.

Apple has a deal running right now for students (thank you Grad school).  If you purchase a new MacBook Pro, you can get a free iPod Touch (8g).  Whoo hoo – the kids can play with that instead of my iPhone!

The first package arrived today from FedEx.  This is the package with all the extra stuff.  Apparently, 2 day shipping means something different in China, because the computer shipped yesterday, but it won’t be here until Tuesday next week??  Anyway …. I opened the package with the iPod Touch and the neoprene sleeve, and the Parallels program (to run windows program on the Mac for work).  Low and behold, there’s this really heavy box that’s supposed to be the iPod Touch.  I open it up to discover they have sent me not 1, not 2, but FIVE iPod touches!!!

I am getting the first one for free, and apparently they thought I deserved four more because I’m such an amazing person.  They’re absolutely right of course, but I had a sneaking suspicion there was a mix-up somewhere.  I checked the packing slip to make sure they didn’t charge me for five.  Nope – only 1 shipped!

I then texted a friend saying:

“OMG!!! I ordered 1 free iPod touch and they sent me 5 … Seriously”
“$1000 worth of iPod touches on my desk”

Her response:

“I so get one!”

My response:

“I doubt they will let me keep them, I’m calling now”

We then went back and forth on the merits of calling versus not calling.  Her best argument “you could get someone fired if you call them on this!” My argument, hopefully no one will get fired, but they certainly need to know if someone is fulfilling orders with 5-pack boxes of Touches instead of one.

This all happens on the day with the highest call volume to Apple.  As I heard the message “we are experiencing abnormally high call volume” my heart sank a bit.  iPhone 4 release day.  Ugh.  As I sat on hold I will admit to a moment where I wondered how long I would have to wait on hold before I could consider it a good faith effort to return the product I didn’t purchase.  15 minutes? 30 minutes? Would I feel obligated to try again tomorrow if it ended up being too long?  I also started thinking about how nice it would be to not hear the kids fight over who gets to use the sole iPod touch in our house.

All that being said, I waited on hold for about 15 minutes and spoke with a very nice gentleman named Chris who sounded a little shocked that they sent 5 instead of 1.  He thanked me very much for my honesty and advised he would send out a shipping label for the extra four.  When they get them back, they will credit my store account with $75 for being so honest.

I’m really trying hard to think how cool it is that I get $75 of Apple Store credit ….. but those iPod Touches were really really pretty.

* My co-workers may not speak to me for awhile! 🙂

** I really hope returning these four doesn’t screw up the rebate for the one I received for free!!  A condition of the rebate is I can’t return the item under question – if they only have record of sending me one and I return them will it cause problems?? ***


I just discovered this blog a few days ago after seeing a “shared” post by my friend Nibby Priest.  If you use Google Reader, you can share posts that you find interesting.  Friends can then “follow” you and read the posts that you share.  I have discovered several sites that I probably wouldn’t have found on my own this way.  (for more on Google Reader tips/tricks, check out their blog http://googlereader.blogspot.com/)

The post that caught my eye was a free e-cookbook download. I love to cook, but have a tough time during the work week.  I always seem to fall back on the same old recipes that I’m most familiar with making.  It’s kind of rough when the kids keep saying “not THAT again!”.  What I really love about this cookbook – all the recipes have 5 ingredients and take 10 minutes!  Seriously!!!

After downloading and checking out the recipes, I decided to read back through older posts.  I love the concept of minimalist cooking and am excited to learn more about it.

The author also decided to go vegetarian for the month of May.  One of my goals this year is to cut down on meat and eat healthier.  I’m thrilled with some of the simple, easy recipes she has posted (and the photos are beautiful – I don’t recommend looking at them until after you’ve eaten.  I’m starving right now).

Posts I’m reading:

Ooooo – and I just found the “Start Here” section …. yes, I’m a bit slow.  She’s listed out the top posts from the site here.

*you can follow me on Google Reader here: http://www.google.com/reader/shared/ashl.whtny


What three independently owned businesses would you miss if they disappeared?  Stop in.  Say hello.  Pick up something that brings a smile.  Your purchases are what keeps those businesses around.

http://www.the350project.net/home.html

I love this idea.

My Facebook status update today:

Ok quick …. name three local businesses you would miss if they disappeared! My three today (out of the tons that I love) – Julienne Tomatoes Deli & Bakery, Crooked Tree BreadWorks and McLean & Eakin Booksellers …. hmmm, food and books – yep, there is a theme here. Check out the 3/50 project – I love this idea!

(as an aside – the Parmesan Pepper bread from Crooked Tree BreadWorks is AMAZING!!! – I highly recommend it)


This is one of my top 10 favorite songs of all time.  I love everything about it – even the really long version that makes you wonder if it’s ever going to end.

Favorite line:
“I mean to tell you all the things I’ve been thinking deep inside my friend, with each moment the more I love you”

*sigh*

Dave Matthews Band, Crush