I Survived Eat Through Austin

…and then this morning I Googled “master cleanse.”

ooooooohhhhhhhhh man, I am full of food. This year’s food-trip with Tara and Dave was shorter than the last time, but I managed to get an extraordinary amount of eating in. I started strong and ended strong, you guys. I had ice cream for dinner last night. Yes, that is bragging.

We did some antiquing (someone please send me these chairs), some drinking (heh, “some”), and some friend-gathering as we repeatedly hid from the oppressive heat. I recorded a podcast as the first female guest for a future episode of Totally Hungover, which may or may not end up being the last time they allow a female guest. There was officially too much Whataburger and not enough migas. Continue reading

Aloha from Overwhelming Positivity Podcast 23: Tandoori Lady

We didn’t just take a million pictures and post six thousand tweets. We made a podcast.

I’m honored to have been a part of Overwhelming Positivity 32, where you learn about zipline freak-outs, island curses, and why we should get a refund from our stargazing trip. And it starts with my “phone voice.” We recorded it on our last night in Hawaii, and by the end of it, you might feel you went on this trip, too. Or at the very least, you might come down with a touch of the “Aloha spirit.”

If nothing else, please don’t miss the, lovingly handmade by Glark. You might be inspired to add your own lyrics.

(I like to download their podcasts so I can take them with me on planes and trains and doctor’s waiting rooms. It makes me that crazy lady who laughs into the air and sometimes says, “I know!” …but at this point, I’ve got nothing left to lose.)

[I swear to you, this is the last time I’ll talk about this Hawaii trip. Last time!]

for your listening pleasure…

[readermail]Last week, on pamie.com, there was a discussion about men who won’t listen to female singers/bands – which is just stupid.

In response, my latest podcast is Women Who Rock, a (rather unimaginatively titled) mix of rock, soul, blues, and jazz tracks by mankind’s better half.

Track Listing:

  • Elastica – Connection
  • Pretenders – Precious
  • Goldfrapp – Lovely 2 C U
  • Rufus & Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
  • Madonna – Into The Groove
  • Ann Peables – I Can’t Stand the Rain
  • Fiona Apple – Tymps (The Sick in the Head Song)
  • Holy Cole – Little Boy Blue
  • Erykah Badu – Tyrone
  • Cassandra Wilson – Time After Time
  • Lucinda Williams – Essence
  • The Slits – Typical Girls
  • Blondie – Dreaming
  • Ike & Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits
  • Kelly Clarkson – Since You’ve Been Gone
  • B’52’s – 52 Girls
  • Sahara Hotnights – Rockaway Beach
  • Martha & the Vandalls – Dancing In The Street
  • The Breeders – Cannonball
  • Christina Marrs – Darling Niki
  • Nina Simone – Feelin’ Good
  • Stars – Ageless Beauty (The Most Serene Republic Remix)
  • Cat Power – Wonderwall
  • Bangles – Manic Monday
  • Shannon – Let The Music Play
  • Nikka Costa – Like a Feather
  • Sugercubes – Birthday
  • Inara Geirge – Genuis
  • Siouxsie & the Banshees – Mirage
  • Yum Yum Orange! – I Want To Be Your Boyfriend
  • Aretha Franklin – I Get High
  • Jill Scott – Gimme’
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips – Midnight Train to Georgia
  • Mary Lou Lord – Nineteen
  • Patty Griffin – Truth (No. 2)
  • Etta James – Tell Mama

office mates

I used to be very shy. A quiet girl who liked to read books and stay out of the way. I wrote a lot of stories to entertain myself, and I wrote them from inside a walk-in closet because I’m a dork. I avoided making new friends because I knew I’d end up moving, and I didn’t want to lose more friends. Continue reading

Bettye LaVette: I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise

Song: “The High Road”

I didn’t know anything about Bettye LaVette when this CD came into my life. So I immediately thought, “I didn’t know that Fiona lyric was a reference to an old song.” Nope. Other way around. This is a collection of covers that is so good it feels like you’ve snuck into Bettye’s house when she thought she was alone and boozy, singing sad songs while cleaning her kitchen sink.

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