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5 Things I Was Doing 10 Years Ago

-I was probably writing yet another essay for a lit class.
-Crushing on a guy eight years younger than me.
-Wondering if teaching was what I really wanted to do.
-Wondering how the heck I ended up in college.
-Working on changing my life.

5 Things on My To-Do List Today

-Lose weight
-Cut out more carbs.
-Try not to sweat the small stuff.
-Grades.
-Go to the gym.

5 Snacks I Like

* Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews
* Philly soft pretzels
* Lay’s barbecue chips
* Watermelon
* Popcorn

5 Things I Would Do If I Was A Millionaire

* Pay off my debt and my mom’s debt.
* Buy my mom a new car.
* Buy a new House for me & a condo for my mom.
* Quit teaching and go to grad school.
* Do something to help single moms.

5 Places I Have Lived (for various lengths of time)

* Van Nuys, California
* Raleigh, North Carolina
* If my summer vacation counts…Nashville, Tennessee
* “My town,” New Jersey
* Philadelphia if you count my month-long stay in an incubator.

5 Jobs I Have Had

* Stacking printer paper onto pallets at a bindery
* Cashier at Drug Emporium
* Candy striper….still have the smock.
* Uh…do you want fries with that?
* Various temp jobs, including a couple of months at Warner/Elektra/Atlantic…now, that was f-u-n!

5 People I Tag to Answer

Five people who’d like to do this.  🙂

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Well, looks like my dad is pretty wise.  He, like me, loves music.  It goes beyond, “Oh, that’s a nice song.”  As my dad puts it, he “gets special feelings” whenever he hears music that he likes.  I’d have to say that I agree.  If I hear Bach’s violin concerto in A minor, my heart floats right along with the strings.  When I hear Metallica, I feel energized and ready to roll over anything standing in my way.  When I hear a song that makes my heart twinge or makes it want to reach out to others, it makes me smile, even through the tears.  Sometimes music even makes me laugh.  It just gives me “special feelings.”  (Yeah, as if all my trips to the Opry over the summer weren’t enough evidence.)

So, back to my dad’s wisdom:

Songs that make our hearts soar can make them stronger too, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday. They found that when people listened to their favorite music, their blood vessels dilated in much the same way as when laughing or taking blood medications.

“We have a pretty impressive effect,” said Dr. Michael Miller, director of preventive cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

“Blood vessel diameter improved,” he said in a telephone interview. “The vessel opened up pretty significantly. You can see the vessels opening up with other activities such as exercise.” A similar effect is seen with drugs such as statins and ACE inhibitors.

When blood vessels open more, blood flows more smoothly and is less likely to form the blood clots that cause heart attacks and strokes. Elastic vessels also resist the hardening activity of atherosclerosis.

(H/T:  Fox News)

No wonder Keith Richards is still among the living.

So HERE is a song that I’ve heard on the radio a few times, lately, that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy when I listen to it.

Just a note:

emomeI completely fogot to post this past week’s winners of the caption contest.  They will be included with the caption contest post I’ll put up later tonight.  Sorry.  It’s been a long, busy week.