Saturday, July 26, 2008

Just More Ways to Introduce Myself, Really

Today is a beautiful summer Saturday in sunny California. I know this because I can see it through the windows of my classroom, where I am cooped up with an unbelievable workload and no end in sight. Nothing like a bright blue sky to say, "Hey, loser! Betcha wish you hadn't picked such a hard career path NOW!" Well, actually, Blue Sky, I'm quite happy with my chosen profession, thankyouverymuch. I just wish I felt a little more confident in my abilities to do well in it.

At any rate, while I'm digging my way through the lesson plans and test questions and books I've never read (but somehow have to teach), I have two memes for you. WAIT! I know there are some of you out there - don't lie - who see the word meme and roll your eyes, going, "Oh, GAWD, not another meme! I hate those damn things..." But hey, they're not all bad, and really, since I have tons of new readers out there (Hi, Twitter followers! Hi, visitors from Her Bad Mother! Hi, BFF attendees!), it's another good way for folks to get to know me a little better. Really. It's not just laziness on my part.


The first meme comes from the beautiful Brooke of oh my seven. The rules are simple: Go to (motto: “When you care enough to hit send”) and pick 5 cards that describe yourself in amazingly unflattering ways. Since I already loved this particular ecard site, I was definitely keen to participate. And let me just tell you that picking only 5? Was HARD. But here are my choices:

For all my Twitter followers. All my updates are really just cries for help in disguise.

Yep, I do lots of stupid shit. Some of it here on this blog. Hey, no one's perfect...

I am SO that person. Mostly, I call my mom, and she has a contractual obligation to listen. Signed in blood.

I just know another one's coming someday, and my insurance now isn't as good as it was the last time.

Seriously, in fact. My close friends/family have instructions to post here on the blog if anything happens to me and let anyone who wants to attend know about the funeral. Yep, I'm morbid like that.

Ah, those cards really strike right at the heart of my dark humor. And now for something completely different, a music meme! This one's been around everywhere lately, but I know for certain I've seen it at The Caffeinated Librarian, Tense Teacher, and one other blog I can't remember right now. (Was it you?) The rules:
  • Put your iPod or music player on your computer on random.
  • Post the first four lines from the first 20 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song (Skip repeat artists).
  • Post and let everyone guess what song and artist the lines come from.
  • Don’t cheat! (NO GOOGLE)
I'm also adding my own rule here: Only guess one song to start. Once I feel everyone's had some time to guess at least once, I'll open it up and you can guess others that you might know also. I'll fill in the answers and correct guessers as they come.

1. I don't mind if you got something nice to say about me
I enjoy an accolade like the rest
You can take my picture and hang it in a gallery
With all the who's who's and so-and-so's who used to be the best
("Legacy" by Nichole Nordeman - guessed by Tpiglette.)

2. Hey, boy, don't ya know
I got something going on
I got an invitiation
Don't ya keep me waiting all night long
("Come on Over" by Christina Aguilera - guessed by Debra.)

3. Si es cuestión de confesar
No sé preparar café

Y no entiendo de fútbol

Creo que alguna vez fuí infiel

4. Everyone agrees it came too soon
It was only meant to be an intersection
You kept fear of death in the back pocket of your jeans
In the palm of your hand, affection
("Say Uncle" by Vienna Teng - guessed by Dead Charming.)

5. Who doesn't know what I'm talking about?
Who's never left home, who's never struck out

To find a dream and a life of their own

A place in the clouds, a foundation of stone
("Wide Open Space" by the Dixie Chicks - guessed by Issa.)

6. I looked out this morning and the sun was gone
Turned on some music to start my day
I lost myself in a familiar song
I closed my eyes and I slipped away
("More Than a Feeling" by Boston - guessed by Latte Mommy.)

7. I, I've always been a little shy
I've always been the quiet type 'til now

And I, I never let my feelings show

I never let anybody know just how
("Love You Out Loud" by Rascal Flatts - guessed by Ashley.)

8. And now I know
Spanish Harlem
are not just pretty words to say
I thought I knew
But now I know that rose trees never grow in New York City
("Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" by Elton John - guessed by Major Bedhead.)

9. You swore that you had taught me everything from A to Z
With nary an omission in between
But I will tell you what you obviously forgot
That's how a ruler rules a queen

10. In the car I just can't wait
To pick you up on our very first date
Is it cool if I hold your hand?
Is it wrong if I think it's lame to dance?
("First Date" by Blink 182 - guessed by Gnomesque.)

11. At last my love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a song
Oh yeah, at last the skies above are blue
("At Last" by Etta James - guessed by Jody.)

12. I would lay me down to sleep
And pray the Lord my soul to keep
Though I never saw Him there
I believe He heard each prayer
("Still Listening" by Steven Curtis Chapman - guessed by Dead Charming.)

13. Vivo por ella sin saber
Si la encontré o me ha encontrado
Ya no recuerdo como fue
Pero al final me ha conquistado
("Vivo Por Ella" by Andrea Bocelli - guessed (mostly) by Juka.)

14. Oh I tried to
Make the best of

All the sweet love
That you gave me
("Fool That I Am" by Rita Coolidge - guessed by Seeser.)

15. Chill out, whatcha yellin for?
Lay back, it's all been done
And if you could only let it be
You would see
("Complicated" by Avril Lavigne - guessed by Tense Teacher.)

16. You've got your ball
You've got your chain
Tied to me tight
Tie me up again
("Crash Into Me" by Dave Matthews Band - guessed by Clair.)

17. I'm looking at you, old friend of mine
It's no use pretending that everything's fine
Now don't be so brave, don't be so proud
I want you to know that I'm here for you now
("Let Me Show You the Way" by Testimony A Cappella (more famously by Michael W. Smith) - guessed by William.)

18. We look for You in the mountains
And in the valleys below
Yet all the while we can't hear
Your whisper in the wind's soft blow
("So Subtly" by Rescue - guessed by Natalie.)

19. Softly, like a whisper
Hold me in your arms

Everything fades

But you and me
("Where You Are" by Rie Sinclair - guessed by Ali.)

20. An only child, alone and wild
A cabinet-maker's son
His hands were meant for different work
And his heart was known to none
("Leader of the Band" by Dan Fogelberg - guessed by Jody, who's not so good at the guessing once. :-P )

Good luck figuring out my eclectic music collection. I make no excuses or apologies for my taste.


Anonymous said...

Okay, look, I don't have an iPod and unless it's by Ani Difranco and maybe NKOTB, I don't know no stinkin' lyrics.


I can now blame you for the fact that I may never blog again because I must play on that someecards site. Hell, I might even do that stupid meme of yours.

Because I care like that. I'm sweet and funny and thoughtful, despite the fact that you are nasty.

Seriously, can you believe how many people wanted to get in on the "nasty"?! I love it!

Lara said...

as the dozens and dozens of notifications were coming from twitter, i was literally laughing my ass off. i couldn't believe how many people were all, "ooh, she's nasty? what? MUST FOLLOW."

Jody said...

oOOoooo well I stopped at number 11. I also Have this tune on my IPOD.

Its Etta James =)

Jody said...

20. Leader of the Band by D. Folgerberg yeahhh!!

Lara said...

jody - you're not so good at this "only guess one" thing, are you? ;)

fortunately, your enthusiasm is cute, so you are forgiven. (this time.)

Anonymous said...

#2 - Christina Aguilera's Come On Over, Baby

I have Etta James on my mp3 player too. :)

And thanks(?) for the ecard site. Because I really needed another time suck. :)

Issa said...

Love the postcards, the Twitter one kills me. And the calling when driving one, because that's pretty much the only time I call anyone. The rest of the time I text.

#5 is Wide Open Spaces, Dixie Chicks...and I like anyone who likes the chicks.

lattemommy said...

#6 - More Than a Feeling by Boston.

Cheesy, but totally great song!

Those cards are hilarious. Excuse me while I spend the next half hour of my life harrassing everyone I know with ecards. I'll send the hate mail your way. ;)

Lara said...

latte mommy - bring it on! i love hate mail. especially when it's deserved. :)

bikerchick said...

Lara, thank you for saving me the inevitable humiliation of being the last to discover that rockin' ecard site. My troglodyte friends depend on me to show them the way online. I love the Twitter one!

Lara said...

bikerchick - no, no, no. thank YOU for using the word 'troglodyte' in a comment on my site. because THAT is an awesome word, and i haven't heard anyone use it in far too long. it does me good as an english nerd to see such awesome vocabulary in use.

William said...

Can I get credit if I don't know the artist?

Because #17 is "Let Me Show You The Way". The only recording I have of it probably has, believe it or not, YOU singing on it, because it's an old unmastered recording from Natalie. How's that for obscure?

Lara said...

william - you totally get credit, because that recording (though the mastered version from the final CD) is, in fact, the version that played in itunes when i did the meme. ha!

Clair said...

#16 is Crash. That song, and the whole DMB album, brings back such great memories of my junior year college dorm. Thanks! Awesome, eclectic collection.

tpiglette said...

Ack, I have to pick ONE? I guess I'll go with #1 since it's comes first numerically, and also because #17 and #18 probably don't count for me because I arranged them. :-P Anyway, #1 is "Legacy" by Nichole Nordeman. Whoo! :) Awesome song.

Natalie said...

#18 is "So Subtly," by Testimony A Cappella (or more famously, by Rescue).

Anonymous said...

#15 is "Complicated" by Avril Lavigne.

I have no clue about the rest.

unmitigated me said...

#8 is that Maria, Maria by Carlos Santana?

brooke said...

Wow, I have no idea about any of the songs. I know millions of songs... just not the ones that haven't already been guessed.

And I am in love with someecards. They make me laugh.

Major Bedhead said...

#8 is Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters by Elton John.

I cannot believe a child such as yourself has that song on her iPod. I freakin' LOVE that song but I am an old fart.

Major Bedhead said...

Oh, and I can't play along because my iPod is loaded with about 87 episodes of This American Life.

gnomesque said...

10) is First Date by Blink-182

Victoria said...

Each time I get one, someone else has already gotten it! So here I am, three days later (slight exaggeration), still not having left a comment, and with nothing to say.

Except those eCards are fucking-A funny.

Juka said...

Number 13 is a really beautiful song called "Vivo por ella." It's sung by a guy and a girl, one of whom is named Andrea Boticelli...or something like that. Definitely Andrea, but it's probably not Boticelli :-P

Anonymous said...

I love those cards! I could spend hours looking through them. I actually enjoy that meme and might have to try it on for size.

You've got some fantastic tunes on your iPod. Of course, now I have Crash running through my head. That's gonna leave a mark.

Glad to have found your blog!

lu said...

love, so inappropriate and so hilarious!

i saw your name on another site and had to write to ask you how got it - i may not use mine on blogger, but happen to share it and was named after dr zhivago.

have you also spent your life being called laura or la(i)ra mistakeningly?!

Ali said...

oooh ooh. rie sinclair! where you are!!

Anonymous said...

#14 is Fool That I Am by Rita Coolidge.

Of course, I like Rita Coolidge just because I thought she was singing about my baby sister when I was little (though that's a different song). :)

Kennethwongsf said...

I just have a iPod Shuffle, but I think I can still participate.

About one of your cards, I think apologizing in advance for the stupid shit one is about to do is not only admirable but the right thing to do. Some people don't apologize even after they've done tons of stupid shit.

Run ANC said...

Those cards made me laugh out loud - I have a dark sense of humour too. I'll have to check out that site.

Ashley // Our Little Apartment said...

I'm gonna


- Rascal Flatts, baby.

Number 7.

(And I'm with Major Bedhead. I LOVE This American Life!!!!)

Anonymous said...

Number four is Vienna Teng, "Say Uncle"

Anonymous said...

And number 12 is "still listening" by SCC (Steven Curtis Chapman). Six years as a CCM radio DJ for the win.

It might have been redone by another group (Lifesong maybe???), but the original was SCC. Or maybe Charlie Peacock. hummm...

Anonymous said...

is number 9 from the musical "camelot"?

I want to guess that, but I can't make the neurons in the brain link up to form the memory...

Lady M said...

'Please make yourself available to talk when I have nothing to do while driving' - so funny! My parents are totally victim to my calls too. Now it's not just when driving, it's when feeding the micro dude.

Hope school prep is going well for you.

Lisa said...

I do most of my talking in the car on the way to work! Comes from having a 45-60 min car ride! And I loved the Sorry in advance card...that is totally me too! Although I would add the word say into that because I am the queen of the obvious statements!