Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Also Buddies, Though They MIGHT Deny It.

They are 18 months apart, of the opposite sex, with very different personalities. There is bound to be a wee bit of sibling conflict. But, when push comes to shove, they love each other and miss each other terribly when the other is away. They are each others greatest audience and probably greatest muse. I love it when I find pictures of the two of them being silly. They apparently borrowed my camera in the early hours of the morning one day.
Jake took the picture, Abby edited it. (LOVE!)


My Break Up With WoW - Unplugged.

Orignially written on March 1, 2011 but never posted.
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Ok. So. I've fully admitted my natural geeklicious-ness. But, I'm about to flaunt it. Full force - like one nerdy, beautiful peacock.  Just stay with me for minute - I'll try to redeem myself with a minimal number of words.

I broke up with World of Warcraft.

Yep, THAT game. The super huge, South Park spoofed, billion dollar, online game.

Basically - Wilo started playing it, while I adamantly hated it. Despised it. We used to full out argue about him spending his free time developing this video gaming hobby. For a very tech savvy wife - I just didn't 'get it'.  In my mind, I was irritated that a game was keeping him from spending time with ME, when I was right there.Cause, HELLO, it IS all about ME, you know.

Soon I realized that the fight was really stupid. So what that he was playing a game on the computer while I surfed the internet or watched TV. We had 2 kids and a newborn at that time, so we weren't going out anywhere. Wil wasn't ditching me to go to the bar every night, or excluding me from it. He asked me several times to play. I finally gave in one day.

I wasn't hooked, at first. But, I did like how happy it made him to see me nerding it up beside him. I started to realize that the game was also heavily internet social. There was actual human interaction between real people behind an onscreen avatar. Wilo and I played together but quickly made online friends. It was a lot of fun.

But.

It kinda ruled all my free time. It's crazy consuming like that. You get sucked in I'm a natural born leader - not to pat myself on the back, but I am - and quickly, I found myself leading a rather large "guild". (Keep reading, I'll speed the nerd chat up). I also developed really good friendships with people whom I talked to every day. Then, I became pregnant and my world turn upside down, and WoW came crashing down off anytime of priority list.

Over the course of the past year and a half, I played less and less. Eventually I didn't play at all. I left the guild and it's members - my friends - to fend for themselves. I hurt their feelings because I just dropped off the face of Azeroth.

I feel bad about that part, but otherwise...

I blog more.

I broke up with WoW and now spend my evenings, HERE.

I like you SO MUCH BETTER.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

15 Albums - Again.

I cannot believe I never posted this here on this blog. Sigh. I have referenced this list in several other posts too. Anyways, this is one of my all time favorite posts, ever. I originally intended to post it in March of last year, and apparently did not. I must have been to busy growing a human.)

 I was tagged in a note on Facebook this week, and it was one that I had already completed a few years back. I had also posted this on a blog I had in 2007, so a good number of you have read this already. But, I thought it was worth posting again in 2010!. Music is my mistress - and I put a lot of thought into narrowing down my favorite, most personal albums. Here you go,. in no particular order...the music that shaped ME!

1) Revolver, The Beatles... I first heard this album when I was in 7th grade. We had a music teacher who took a week and showed us all about these handsome men from Liverpool.. In retrospect, I am sure she was a huge fan and this was a fun project for her. I immediately bonded to the sound, and to the Beatles themselves. When I was 14 I traveled to the British Isles, and while in England bought some really nice matted, framed photos of them.  They have hung, somewhere, in every place I have lived. I like the fact that my children recognize the Beatles when they hear it.

2) Desperado, The Eagles
. I borrowed this cd from my uncle around the same time and I remember thinking wow, um, this is what REAL music is....I love the Eagles! Desperado especially... It haunts me and romances me at the same time. This is one of the first albums that my heart connected with, and I began to realize that I had very good taste in some very good Rock and Roll.

3) Appetite for Destruction, Guns and Roses. Paradise City. This is funny. So, when I was in 3rd grade, a boy I liked wore Guns and Roses T-shirts every day. I remember him singing Paradise City on the bus on the way home from a field trip. He was so dreamy and such a rebel, in my little girl mind!  Since then, I have had a life long attraction to boys who dig music. I sang the song when I got home, and my mom hated it! I never forgot the words or the band. Years later, in Middle school, I listened to the album and had a friend make me a tape of it. Its remained a favorite. Dunno why, but they specifically remind me of how it feels good to break the rules sometimes.

4) Keep the Faith, Bon Jovi. Ahhh, My sweet Jon Bon Jovi. I loved that man, and even as I type this it stirs a bit of emotion in my heart. I first heard Bon Jovi at the beach, in a beautiful beach house with my entire family. The house was amazing. I was so lucky as a child to get to experience a taste of luxury like that. There was a big open sun room on the back..I'd grab that tape, and my walkman (google it if you are a youngin!) and sit out there and soak in all the sun and soak in all the words. I listened to that album over and over. I still listen to Bon Jovi at least once a week. We have to maintain our relationship!

5) Crazysexycool, TLC. This album introduced me to R&B. I loved the beat, the lyrics and the girls. Aside from Wilson Phillips, this was the first girl band that I really really liked. A couple years ago I watched a VH1 documentary about Lisa Left Eye and her untimely passing. I cried like a baby.

6) Workingman's Dead, The Grateful Dead. This is the first Dead album that I owned, and I bought it because of Uncle Jon's Band. It immediately started a love affair with this sound, time, and culture.

7) Add it Up (1981-1993), The Violent Femmes. I have owned this album about 5 times since I was 16. If it gets lost or broken, I always replace it.  A good friend, introduced them to me and I really took to the funky. I liked the sex and the love, and the folky sound. They were one of the first concerts I attended..and that concert marked the day that I fell in love with seeing Live Music. I unfortunately find myself having to skip many of the songs on that CD when the kids are around these days, and they are dying to hear the songs I skip. One day, I'll share them.

8) Rift, Phish.
Now you either 1) love phish, 2) hate phish or 3) have never heard of them. Phish was huge in developing my taste for Jam bands, and my taste for hippie folk. I took to this band because it was so evident that they were the opposite of pop music. With Phish its all about the music, not the lyrics. Phish is diverse, on the same album you can hear genuine rock and roll, bluegrass, reggae, salsa, country, I love it. So many memories are tied to this album but I'll spare you from listening to them as some of them were honestly, drug induced. I've seen Phish live several times, and would love to catch them this summer in the famous, Alpine Valley, but wouldn't get as crazy as I did then, for sure.

9)Where the Fields Grow Green, Ekoostik Hookah. Want to talk about music that changes your life? Yeah, Hookah did that for me. I was introduced to Hookah before meeting Wilo by another good friend. I fell in love with the sound and the message. For real - peace, love, happiness. Going against the grain of what was considered to be normal. I first saw them at a festival the summer after I graduated. I loved the freedom, the acceptance. It was the first time that I felt what it was like to be completely free. I could let down my guard and be who I really was, despite what my parents thought of it. I fit in in so many ways. I eventually met Wil at a Hookah show (October 31, 1999) and my life changed that night. Whenever life is getting hectic, and I feel old and confined by my current mom/wifey gig, I put on Hookah and it instantly takes me back to the days where I was just a pretty hippie chick who saw shows all the time.

10) Lands Unknown, The Shantee. Local to Columbus, this album will never be far from my cd player. The same songs Wil and I danced to back in the day, have been sang and danced to by all of my children. Mike Perkins is a genuine, fun loving, down to earth artist, who simply as he states in Brotherman, "just try's to make a living out of singing songs to my brotherman". I can relate to almost  every song. These songs have accompanied me thru out every stage of my life since 18, the hardest times, the happy times and the times in between. Out of all the options for fun in C-town, If I get a night free, I am trying to go dance my bootie off with my girls to Mike Perkins.

11) Fleetwood Mac, Fleetwod Mac
. Ok, let me just say that if I was a lesbian, Stevie Knicks would be my dream lady. (HA!) Her gypsy ways and her raspy sound have intoxicated me from the start. She is what I consider to be beatiful. Been a fan my whole life. My dad liked them too and I think this album came from him. Fleetwood Mac has such a unique gritty yet classy sound. I love Lindsey Buckingham's guitar playing and how they just plain and simply rock.

12) Sticky Fingers, The Rolling Stones. I dont know why but every time I hear a Stones song, I feel so cool.  Seriously, I do. It's, cool, sexy music. I can remember being about 16 and driving around listening to the Rolling Stones and smoking. I have never found Mick Jagger to be attractive, but I was so attracted to the "roles" he played. There is an unspoken spark to their songs, and its made obvious by their longevity in the music world. Wild Horses was on this album, and its the first song that got me hooked to the band. .

13) Free at Last, DC Talk
. This is probably my oldest and most favorite album, I owned it at 11, and I also went to my first concert ever at that age. God showed me at that young of an age that music is indeed special, and can be used as to communicate very dearly and intimately with us. Everything Good Comes from God right? So, Good Music does too. DC Talks music inspired me, spoke to me and changed me. The band has since gone their own ways I believe, but I still find direction and comfort in one of their Members, TobyMac. And, his stuff is musically sound, and diverse, and funky.

14) Fashion Nugget, Cake. Cake has some funky jams man. ahaha. For real. Again music from my past that I've held on too. Did you know they sing the theme song to Chuck? Cool, huh?

15) 40oz to Freedom, Sublime
. This is my album for when I need to say wt-heck ever... I will forever appreciate Bradly Nowell's tattoos, sexiness and angst. hehe. God Rest his soul. Sadly, the lifestyle overcame him and he died of an heroin overdose leaving a child and a wife behind. Its really rather sad to know that while his life was undoubtedly exciting and fun, he missed what would have probably made him the most happy. I have all the Sublime albums and get made fun of for it, but sublime is special.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Going on a Bear Hunt

This is probably the most profound post I've ever written.  Just go with me for a minute.....

My all time favorite camp fire kid song is, "Going on a Bear Hunt!".

I love, love, love the words and all the actions.

But today, I love it for it's deeper meaning that can be applied to so many trying situations in our lives. Because, as we all know...

You can't go OVER it.

You can't go UNDER it.

You must go THROUGH it.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Unplugging

I have nearly 500 posts  here on the backend of my Blogger.

I plan on stepping away from the computer over the next several days, so in an effort to keep you all entertained and to highlight some of my favorite and/or previously unposted writings - I will be sharing them over the course of this week and next.

If we are good enough to have each others digits - I invite you to call me. It will probably be the fastest, most effficient way to reach me as I plan on unplugging a bit and while this internet deal is oh. so. lovely - there is something to be gained by actually talking.

If you wanna call a sista and can't you can email me personally (melhunziker @  yahoo.com) and we can can connect!

As always, thank you for reading. 

10 Days with NO SPENDING.

Have you ever went TEN Days without spending ANY money?

I have and I often do. 

When we made the decision to go from two incomes to only one - I knew that my spending habits would have to be revisited.  I have never been one heavily focused on anything designer or weekly shopping sprees, or fancy - better-than-the-jones' material goods. You would think living without spending money would come easy for me, because I prefer the simplicity and don't require much.

But.

My spending habits fall short when you think of how often I was stopping to buy a $4 coffee, or a $25 fast food meal for my kids, or a quick $7 movie. All that stuff adds up SO qucickly.

Once you become cautious of those extra dollars that spend so easily, you'd be surprised at how much money you spend on completely unnecessary nonsense.  Of course, my revelation was expedited because we have to make every dollar count, but none the less, it's a good habit to have.


Here is an article from Yahoo today that sparked the thought behind this post, and that shares some really helpful tips. Even if you don't  HAVE to watch your budget, challenge yourself to do so!

We live our lives with so much useless crap.

Eliminate some over the next 10 days and watch your bank account smile!