Thinking ‘Bout Blogging

I have this dream. This dream that one day people will actually read my blog. And along will those readers will come expansion sweet, sweet expansion that makes my blog as awesome as the multi-sectioned behemoths that are the pioneer woman and Katie from marriage confessions (ie my idols. Those women rock so hard).  On that lovely day, you can find posts like this in my “music” section, separate from my teaching blog. However, today’s music post is going to be, well, right here, because:

a) I don’t have a teaching section since I haven’t started… teaching.

b) I have about 2.5 readers and no need for fancy schmancy sections.

Today, I’m going to blog about music. Rest assured, I am no authority of any kind on music. I’m not into any kind of indy scene. I listen to Delilah at night. I love air supply, for Pete’s sake. Is it coming across that I have no clue what I’m doing? Oh, good. because I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT I’M DOING.


I know what I like. And since this is my blog, you get to know what I like. Excited?!?!?!

Well too bad. Because I am!!

Today’s little piece of musical heaven is forcing me to make a statement I never, EVER, thought I would say. Are you ready for the truth? Can you handle the truth?

I like Hanson. I really, really do.

Now, to qualify that, I like post MMMMBop Hanson. I do not like long-haired whiney Hanson. I like soul patched, suit wearing, jazzy bluesy, dancing Hanson. And you should too! Here’s why:

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There are so many things going right here. The song is fun, kicky and sassy and just pop enough to make it radio friendly. It’s got a bluesy tilt to it that makes me so, so fond of these guys. And speaking of these guys- when did that Hanson brothers get so cute? I know they were pretty little boys, but they are FINE men. And great instrumentalists, I might add. Understated drums, sassy piano, and a skilled guitar riff make this supremely listenable. Plus, I dare you to watch this video without smiling. It’s an all singing, all dancing extravaganza, both an homage to the Blues Brother and the coolest block party ever.

After listening to this I had to see what else the Hanson brothers had for me, since “Thinkin bout something” doesn’t officially drop til April 27th and their next album until June. Well, it turns out everything they put out post- MMMBop is really not half bad. They have a 5 song EP, “Stand Up, Stand Up,” that is particularly good. Different from “thinkin’ ’bout something,” since most of the songs are slower, but very heartfelt. It’s a 5 piece acoustic lovefest which made me love Hanson for the first time!

Disclaimer: These reviews are my own opinions. I am not paid by Hanson. Wouldn’t that be awesome if I was? Hanson, get in touch. I’m completely willing to be your pundit for pay.

Investing in Excitement

I’ve been thinking so much lately about becoming a teacher. Which should be expected, as it’s only, what, two months away? In June I’ll head over to Houston for a month of intensive training at Teach for America institute. It feels so close. Now I know there are an awful lot of milestones marking the path to Houston and eventually the  Rio Grande Valley: finals, senior week, finishing off the st louis bucket list with the crew, road trip to Texas with the Grumpy Old Man. That’s an awful lot to do in a month and a half. And yet it all seems to fade away in my head when I think of THE FUTURE (in ALL CAPS of course).

I’m alternately scared and excited. Excited every time I think about how much I love working with high school students. Scared at every defeated blog post I read. Excited when they’re followed by a post full of excitement and drive.  Mornings at the Museum, excited. Long discussions with GOM over a long-distance relationship, scared. TFA pre-reading, excited. TFA pre-reading, scared. Moving back to Texas, excited. Leaving St. Louis, scared. Should I keep going? I think I’ll spare my 1-4 readers the joy of a continuing list.

Right now, I’m just trying to let the excitement rule. I know that, realistically, teaching is going to be hard. Very hard. Hard being the biggest understatement of the year.  But if I’m not excited now, I won’t have any joy to carry me through when it gets hard. The way I see it, I’m investing for the future! I’m also trying to follow the cliché and live in the moment. Good friends, good school, good boyfriend. Life is… what’s the word? good.