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Baby I Need Your Loving

Baby showers are either be hit or miss for me. The more formal ones with games like, “Guess what the nasty baby food in this diaper is!” or “Guess how huge this mommy-to-be is with toilet paper!” and the ever-loving “Don’t say any of these 20 words” clothespin game usually make me want to ditch the “fun” early. On the other hand, there are baby showers that are actually fun for me. They usually involve a more casual atmosphere, creative games, or even no games at all. So maybe it’s not the baby showers that wear on me—maybe it’s just the games. In any event, I got to go to a really sweet, enjoyable baby shower today! The planners, Jodi A. and Jessica V. did a fantastic job with making the shower a hit!

My friend Jeannie and her husband Anthon are expecting their little bundle of joy, Finn, in just a few weeks! It was a huge party and a bunch of my closest girlfriends were there, so you can imagine the level of fun we had. We got to share stories about adventures in babysitting and a lot of the mothers at the party shared some of their exciting personal stories with their own kids. The food spread was amazing and despite the blazing heat, the laughter and lemonade were flowing heavily! At one point during a conversation, I made a comment about how the perfect baby shower song would be, I’M COMING OUT! I started singing it and my friend Alisa suggested that I l write a blog post about funny baby shower songs. (Thank you so much for the fantastic idea, Alisa! I hope I make others laugh as much as we did at the party!) 🙂

So without further adieu:

AMO’S BABY SHOWER PLAYLIST:*

  1. I’M COMING OUT by Diana Ross (duh)

  2. PUSH IT by Salt-N-Peppa

  3. ON THE WAY DOWN by Ryan Cabrera

  4. AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

  5. WHAT IS LOVE by Haddaway

  6. U CAN’T TOUCH THIS by M.C. Hammer

  7. THE ELECTRIC SLIDE

  8. SAFETY DANCE by Men Without Hats

  9. THE GREAT ESCAPE by Gwen Stefani

  10. WHOOMP! (THERE IT IS) by Tag Team

* I may be the only one laughing at that list.

And if that wasn’t enough, I also took some fun photos at the baby shower:

Pita chips, hummus, and delicious lemonade were just some of the tasty treats at the shower

Jeannie giving a sweet "Thank You" speech

A place to write down prayers, words of encouragement, or advice for Jeannie, Anthon and Finn

One of the wonderful party planners: Jessica V.

Jessica's beautiful (and delicious) cake pops!

Party peoplessss!

Cake ball with raspberry treats

Presents!!!

View of the crew


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Cornbread and Butterbeans

Kickin’ back the sparkling pear juice at Zoo Tunes with Maggie!

When my friend Maggie invited me to go to Zoo Tunes at Woodland Park Zoo with her, I was a little hesitant because I’d never heard of the band we were going to see, and I wasn’t sure I would be able to sit through an entire set at the park if their music was unappealing. She told me that the main band was called CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS, so I headed over to that desolate wasteland known as MySpace and listened to some of the tracks on their page. They weren’t really my style per se, but I wasn’t completely turned off either—maybe I just wasn’t in the mood to listen at the moment. I agreed to go, though, mainly because I like to take any opportunity I can to spend time with her (she’s such an amazing friend). When we got to the park, we nabbed a spot on the ground in the center section a few rows back from the stage and snacked on sandwiches, cookies, and sparkling pear juice as the openers played their set.

I wasn’t really keen on the opening act, The Be Good Tanyas. While I do enjoy folk music from time to time, and they are very sweet and talented, their style was just not my cup of tea. After the set change, I wasn’t sure what to expect next. I got up to stretch my legs and walk around for a bit and I came back to a full-on old-time music party rockin’ from the stage! One thing I really appreciated about their set was the variety in styles they presented. They started off with a sweet bluegrass song, then moved onto a folk song, and on to some R&B style songs. They even did a “Brooklyn meets Ireland” vibe song, called MOUTH MUSIC:

As they moved onto the more bluesy tunes, I appreciated them even more. I liked that they played some of the lesser appreciated instruments: the harmonica, violin, kazoo, fiddle, the bones, and even the air bass. 😉 Their onstage banter was also really fun:

I’m really glad I went because I got to enjoy a great evening of laughter, quality time, food, and music that got my feet tapping and my hips swinging. So if you like the videos here, or you are just in the mood for a more old-time sound, you should check out some of their other songs at:

http://www.carolinachocolatedrops.com/

Carolina Chocolate Drops breakin’ it down at Zoo Tunes! Me gusta!


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The Living Proof

A few days ago, my friends and I went to the theater to see THE HELP. THE HELP is a new movie based on the book of the same name by Katheryn Stockett. If you haven’t seen the movie trailer, you can check it out right here:

On all accounts, it is a prime example of a chick flick, but I would still recommend it for guys to watch as well. It offers a glimpse into the past and even more into our present and what our future could be like. I’ve always been a supporter of equality and social justice. I remember sitting in the library in my Elementary school devouring books about The Underground Railroad and the steps leading out of slavery. I also read a lot of books about the Titanic and the Holocaust, noting the classism that heavily ruled those times. I am not ignorant to the fact that those issues—racism, slavery, classism—still exist today. There are some who believe that since our nation is called The United States of America that it is united in every way, but they would be wrong. There is still an abundance of hatred and intolerance in our nation that runs deep and is often shrugged off as a social norm.

There was one scene that captured my attention like no other. In that scene, one of the maids was being arrested in public. Both black and white people were present during the arrest. As the white families noticed what was going on, a large group of them turned around not wanting to acknowledge what was going on. There was, however, another white woman in a car with her son watching what was going on with smug confidence. I remember getting sick to my stomach and crying during that scene. Not only does it break my heart to see people being harmed, belittled, and humiliated, but knowing that the woman in the scene was proud that a black woman was being publicly humiliated and sent off to prison was just beyond my comprehension.

I didn’t only cry at the traumatic scenes though, I also cried during the hopeful scenes—the scenes where there was recompense for enduring the struggles, where love and friendship pushed people past the hurt and where voices that were otherwise stifled were finally heard. During the credits, we all sat still and watched the names roll by as a beautiful song played in the background (see below). When the lights came up, I looked over to my group of friends that were with me and said, “Well I think it’s safe to say there are no more tears in my body. I just cried them all out.”

As I laid in bed that night, I was overwhelmed with thoughts of wanting to go back in time and join Skeeter in her quest to right all the wrongs. It reminded me of a talk I had with my boss when I was in Austin. I sat in his office in tears because of a situation involving a child that I had crossed paths with, who had been given the short end of the stick. I had to come to terms with the fact that my hands were tied in a way that I couldn’t actually help them the way I wanted to and that I had to let it go and just hope that their parents would change and that child would have a chance for success in life. He looked at me and said, “You have such a strong conviction to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves.” In that moment, I realized why I was so engulfed in studying the things I did when I was growing up—I truly wanted (and still want) liberty and justice for all. All of those things rolled together made this movie so much more impacting for me. That said, I highly recommend this book and movie to anyone and everyone! The characters are so well-written (both on page and screen) and it might just leave you with a greater sense of hope and justice.

So I leave you with these 3 things:

1. Do yourself a favor and go see THE HELP.

2. If you need a pick-me-up or a reminder of the power of courage, hope and destiny that you have inside of you, watch the video below.

3. Mary J. Blige’s voice can still send chills up and down my spine. ♥

So glad the worst is over
(Cause it’s all beneath me now) 
I can start flying now
My best days are right in front of me
And I am almost there
Cause now I’m free
Anything you say to me
And everything you do
You can’t deny the truth
Cause I’m the living proof
So many don’t survive
They just don’t make it through
But look at me
I’m the living proof


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All Is Not Lost

There are some things I can always count on when I take trips home to visit my family:

1. I will gain about 10 pounds from eating at all my favorite spots that aren’t here in Seattle.

2. I will be a hot and sweaty mess because nowadays, even 70 is “hot.”
(all my Austin friends, this is your cue to facepalm.)

3. I will get to spend a LOT of quality time with friends and family.

4. I will have Chick-Fil-A.

and 5. I will take a LOT of pictures.

I’ve always loved the art of photography and since my memory isn’t always the greatest, it’s come in handy to have photos that I can look back on to remember special moments. While I was in Austin last month, I got to go on a photo stroll with one of my great friends, Joshua. I took both my digital camera and my Diana Mini on the stroll and was so excited to walk away with 2 rolls of used film! Since I was counting on my Diana Mini to give me the great shots I wanted, I only took a couple of shots on my digital. The only backfire was that I left the film in the side pockets of my bag in the intense heat—this is no bueno. I still can’t believe I did that. So when I went to pick up my photos from Target yesterday, I was surprised to see that nearly all of my film had been damaged and warped from the heat. Lame. Sauce. There were a few that survived, and I figured I would post them here now that I’ve got them scanned in. I hope you enjoy them!

From le Diana Mini:

"Anti-cues"

This one comes with a story.
While we were taking photos in an antique store on South Congress, I saw these old wooden blocks on top of a glass case.
Not thinking (this seems to be my running theme for that day), I said out loud, “Anti-cues.”
Joshua laughed at me and I realized it was “Ant-eeks” and not actually “Anti-cues.”
Senior moment at 29, yes, I think so. 😉

South Congress Ave. Marketplace

Spider House Coffee Shop Lights

Hotel Reno Sign

Big A at Spider House

From le digital:

South Congress Cafe

The Photographer In The Photo