going back, way back

The realization that I cannot stop time hit me the other day when I realized that my *gulp* 35th birthday is 10 weeks away. That’s right…and that sounds so old. Turning 30 didn’t bother me. Probably because I was too sleep deprived to even know what day of the week it was, much less the actual date! But, 35 has had a different effect on me. It bothers me. I don’t like it. I would like to start counting backwards from now on…can we all just agree to that?? I guess it would be hard to explain to the foursome, who still count the minutes until their next one starting the day after their current birthday!!

So, as I was looking at the calendar my thought process went..10 weeks = 15-20lbs that need to be lost. Perfect timing. Now, if I could just think about it and make it happen.  You know, like a modern day I Dream of Jeannie. A twitch of the nose and viola! But back to reality and that means I actually need to do something to lose the weight.  Oh, the details.

My weapon of choice is the elliptical machine that I am fortunate enough to have at my house. I like watching shows or movies on it while I workout.  Friday Night Lights did wonders for me last year!! Thank you, Coach Taylor and Riggins! I was kind of at a loss for what series to start and was thinking about it while listening to the new She & Him Christmas album (fantastic album, by the way!!).  And at the same time, a friend posted about the show New Girl, in which Zooey Deschanel (of She & Him) is the star (with an awesome character name). I decided it was worth checking out…how could I ignore those signs?!

I get everything ready and search for the New Girl downloads on my iPad. I found the episodes and start downloading, but something at the bottom of the page caught my eye.  iTunes thought that since I search for ‘New Girl’, that I might, naturally, be interested in ‘New Edition’. Anyone remember them?! Hell ya, I do! That was the very first cassette that I purchased. And I am pretty sure I got ripped off, because I bought it from my older brother and it had been out for a few years! I was so excited and listened to it non-stop on my new Walkman that I had gotten for Christmas. So, how could I resist the walk down memory lane?! No, I didn’t buy it (not that interested in the walk), but I did listen to the previews. Kinda crazy how it all came back to me. “Candy Girl” was their big hit, but my favorite was always ‘Pass The Beat’…..shake it, don’t break it, it took your mother nine months to make it.  Here is a little video to take you back….the funny thing is this is the first time I have seen this video because we were not allowed to watch MTV!

Candy Girl:

Oh, how the world works….here I was looking 35 in the eye ready to fight it tooth and nail and then in an instant I am back to being a pre-teen girl bopping around the house with her Walkman and a little hip hop.  Maybe age is all about your state of mind. Maybe music can keep you young. Maybe 35 isn’t all that bad. Maybe I’ll still put up a fight, but at least I’ll do it with good music by my side.

edited to add: HOLY SHIT! Right after I published this, there was an email in my inbox informing me that New Edition is coming to Louisville right before my birthday?! I didn’t even know there were still together. And big enough to play the Yum! Center?! Haha….how crazy is all that?!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shane Bertou
    Dec 13, 2011 @ 13:39:04

    Good call! “A Very She & Him Christmas” is one of my favorite albums this season. I especially love the simplicity and warmth of their version of “The Christmas Waltz.”


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