I have a lot of other things I could be doing right now, things I should probably be working on, focusing on. There are tests to correct and costumes to sort, but what am I doing? I am making a mix CD for my new house.
Patrick and I have a furniture shopping date tomorrow night, and then on Saturday, we’ll be going out to get new house things with the girls. We’re going to order their desks, and buy the paint and the bedding. The girls are still way into mythology, so to keep them focused, they have a Team Mythology All Around Us scavenger hunt, where they have to find symbols of mythology, identify to whom they belong, and make a quick sketch of what it is. For example - an owl, Athena, on the ugly lamp in the Modern Room at Jordan Furniture. There will be little prizes along the way, and hopefully they’ll stay cooperative and engaged while Patrick and I try out every single reclining sofa in the entire place.
And on the way, we’ll listen to the mix CD. Here are the songs:
Don’t Stop Believing - the Glee version, because we’ve been playing that all winter to try to stay positive. And it totally worked!
Dreams - the Cranberries. That’s Patrick’s god-song, and it blesses us. I love that one.
Dancing in the Streets - ‘cause I totally feel like doing that all the time. I just can’t stop smiling! Smiling's my favorite!
Sir Duke - the one that goes, “You can feel it all oooooooover!” It’s all about music…and...um, happiness.
Keep on Growing - Sheryl Crow. There will be a lot of growing that will happen in this new house, by all of us.
If I Had $1,000,000 - Barenaked Ladies. LOVE this song. And the thing is…if I had a million dollars, I would buy this exact house. I really would. But I would have a treehouse with a little fridge and yes, I’d still eat Kraft dinner.
Happy Working Song - from Enchanted. Remember that scene where Amy Adams cleans the Grey's Anatomy guy's house? Because it would be lovely if the little mice and cockroaches could help us paint the walls and put the dirty socks in the washer. I will be singing to all of them. I will be hoping for birdies and bunnies and things to come, though.
I Know it’s Today - from Shrek, the Musical. This is a song with three princesses that the girls and I sing together at the tops of our freaking lungs in the car. It’s all about how the princess knows that today is the day her prince will come along. Every day…it’s today. It’s about continuing to believe - to know - that your dream will come, no matter how many days you spend waiting in the tower.
All You Need is Love - from the Across the Universe soundtrack. Self-explanatory.
Somebody to Love - again, the Glee version. It’s exciting and makes us all sway in the car. You can’t help it.
Don’t Fence Me In - from the Kit Kittredge soundtrack. “I want to be myself in the evening breeze, and listen to the rhythm of the cottonwood trees…send me off forever, but I ask you please…don’t fence me in.” We are all making space for each other.
Haven’t Met You Yet - Michael Buble. I love this snappy, peppy song, and even though I’ve got my fellow and I’m so glad of him, I like the idea that new life is waiting around the corner all the time. (No, not a baby! Bite your tongue.) I am sort of thinking of this one as the characters that Patrick and I have yet to write.
Movin’ Right Along - the Muppets. ‘Cause Kermit is my idol and it’s a perfect road trip song. “Getting there is half the fun, come share it with me…”
Build Me Up Buttercup - One of my paint swatches is called Buttercup. Yeah…this one is a stretch. But it's a fun song. Summery.
Our Song - Taylor Swift. This one is mostly for Abby, but I love the image of a slammin’ screen door.
The Best is Yet to Come - Frank Sinatra. Because it always, always is. But now’s great, too.
Die Vampire Die - from (title of show) This has become a bit of an anthem for me this year. Of course, we’ll have to skip this one if the girls are in the car, because they say the f-word like three times. Oh, how this song charges me up. It’s both a sword and a shield.
Our Love is Here to Stay - Harry Connick Jr. ‘Cause it’s our song.
Signed Sealed Delivered - My house is singing this one to me. “Signed, sealed, delivered…I’m yours!” In just two more weeks, it will be. Plus, this song makes me think of Tom Hanks walking through New York City in spring with a bouquet of daisies. (You've Got Mail) * Happiness! *
Don’t Rain on My Parade - Yes, Glee again. But that episode about Sectionals when she sang this was my favorite hour of TV of, like, the decade. It’s my ringtone and it makes me smile every single time. I’m so marching my band out and beating my drum.
You Can’t Always Get What You Want - Alright already with the Glee!! “If you try sometimes, you just might find…you get what you need.”
I got what I wanted and what I needed. I am so freaking grateful I can barely keep my heart in my chest.