25 and I’m a Rock Star

February 18, 2005

I have dinner plans tonight with some friends and coworkers, so my family decided we’d celebrate my birthday and do presents last night. And oh, did we ever. We had my mom’s Spanish rice, which is one of my favorite meals from childhood and nothing like the Spanish rice you get in TV dinners or with Mexican restaurant combos, and my Nanie made a “better than sex” cake, which was like this crazy awesome concoction of toffee and cool whip and chocolate cake with pudding or syrup or something in it. Holy crap. I want some. I should have had that for breakfast.

AND I got my birthday presents:

  1. a microwave, from my mom & dad (for whenever I move the hell out already);
  2. a cool coat I’d eyed when out with my mom once recently, because what I really need is four (!!) winter coats. But this one is seriously awesome;
  3. a pair of lounging pants I’d wanted from my sisters, and the pants are sooo warm and comfy and loungy;
  4. AND an iPod mini, in pink, from my awesome sister Ginny, who is awesome and generous and did I mention awesome?

Everyone kept asking me what I wanted for my birthday and I couldn’t come up with anything. I was seriously not expecting any of this, especially the iPod. My family is not into extravagant gifts and this was a huge surprise.

So although I have to wear a suit and be in meetings all day today, I’m really happy to have so many friends and family members who love me. And thank you all for the birthday wishes you’ve already given.

Now, I have a request for you all. I have this iPod mini now, see, and I’m at a complete loss for things to get on iTunes for it. I’ve come up with a few things, mostly 70s music since I’m on a huge 70s kick these days, but I need more stuff. Especially since I’m taking a plane trip tomorrow. (I’m going to Atlanta for a few days for work, did I mention that?) So, I want everyone reading to think of ONE cool song – just one – that I should download from iTunes. You can only pick one because, for starters, I don’t have a bazillion dollars to spend on iTunes, but also, because if everyone gives me a ginormous playlist, I’ll get all overwhelmed and forget to download anything.

So that’s your task. For my birthday, I want songs.

You guys rock.

Filed under: everyday stories


  • 1. Ellen  |  February 18, 2005 at 11:37 am

    I came from soverycherry’s diary, and she says that it’s your birthday. So. Happy Birthday! I hope you enjoy your special day!

  • 2. Kristen  |  February 18, 2005 at 11:53 am

    Brushfire Fairytales by Jack Johnson. The entire Brushfire Fairytales album (as well as the On and On album) rocks the world, but if I had to pick one song that makes me smile, it’s Brushfire Fairytales. Maybe because it’s the first song on cd and I know what I’m in for when I hear the first few chords. Could I be any dorkier about this??? It’s just that I love me some J.J. and want everyone else to love him, too.
    Enjoy your mini- I LOVE the hell out of my iPod.

  • 3. grass  |  February 18, 2005 at 12:54 pm

    float on by modest mouse

  • 4. invisibledon  |  February 18, 2005 at 1:01 pm

    Happy Birthday

  • 5. Sandy  |  February 18, 2005 at 1:10 pm

    OH MY GOD! We have matching iPods! We’re iPod twins! The best thing I can say about iTunes is the free music. Every Tuesday you get a free song of the week, and if you kind of snoop around (mostly in the top row of graphics), there’s MORE free stuff. Obviously, it’s not always going to be stuff you would normally listen to, but sometimes you find you like it anyway. My recommendation (which was the free Song of the Week the first week I had my iPod) is “Don’t Stop” by Lateef and the Chief.

  • 6. Sandy  |  February 18, 2005 at 1:10 pm

    Oh, and Happy Birthday!

  • 7. jim  |  February 18, 2005 at 1:23 pm

    mates of state, “a duel will settle this”:


    Or, the first song i ever got from them, “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)”


  • 8. ~A  |  February 18, 2005 at 3:23 pm

    ipods destroy a person’s ability to remeber songs they love. It’s like walking into a video store, What movie have I’ve been longing to see? Step into the video store and hell if I know.

    Rebellion (Lies!) by Arcade Fire.

    …or you could go after “Born to Be Alive” by idon’tknowwho. That’s ’70’s.

    Happy Birthday, punk. I’m glad you’re feeling better.

  • 9. jen  |  February 18, 2005 at 3:37 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LORIE. How come you get to be so young?

    Download Jeff Buckley’s “Lover, You Should Have Come Over.”

  • 10. Beth  |  February 18, 2005 at 4:50 pm

    Happy Birthday! Try “Selling Tomorrows” by Red Wanting Blue. It’s my current must repeat a zillion times a day song.

  • 11. Sammi  |  February 18, 2005 at 5:02 pm

    I Just Called to Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder

    “uh hi, im looking for a record for my daughter, ‘i just call to say i love you’.” “uh we dont have it go to the mall” “look do you even know your daughter? there’s no way she likes that song, oh is she in a coma?” “ok asshole, i didnt know it was pick on the middle aged square guy day. im sorry. fuck you” “uh byebye”

  • 12. ImFromCollege  |  February 18, 2005 at 5:50 pm

    Y Control, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

  • 13. jim  |  February 19, 2005 at 8:11 pm

    sammi: it was going to be a *snapsnapsnapnap” CONVERSATION STIMULATOR DUDE!

  • 14. Sammi  |  February 20, 2005 at 1:42 am

    jim: i was gonna ask you for your top 5 favorite records to play on a monday morning and you had to go and fucking ruin it. well we’ll do it next monday, NO, i wanna do it now!

  • 15. ~A remote location  |  February 20, 2005 at 1:02 pm

    Lorie: Happy Birthday.
    Again. :otreblA~

  • 16. jim  |  February 21, 2005 at 3:35 am

    sammi: well it’s fucking monday afternoon you should get out of bed earlier!

  • 17. Jessie  |  February 21, 2005 at 11:22 am

    Happiest Birthday Lorie!

    David Gray “This Year’s Love”

  • 18. Amy Bo Bamy  |  February 21, 2005 at 1:50 pm

    the previous comments reminded me of two really awesome songs:

    “ocean breathes salty” by modest mouse
    “maps” by the yeah yeah yeahs

    Happy (belated) Birthday!! :D

  • 19. ~A report  |  February 21, 2005 at 10:52 pm

    Well, our little bumblebee went had some celebration alright:

    She went out drinking with Kappa Kapp Delta and partied all night, all day with the Gamma boys and went home with Ray.

    …to D.C.

    She won’t be back ’til Tuesday – but boy oh boy will she have some stories to tell!


  • 20. jen  |  February 22, 2005 at 10:45 am

    Anxiously awaiting stories!

  • 21. ~A  |  February 24, 2005 at 12:15 pm

    Okay now, it’s pretty old now, Rock Star.

    You’d better be in traction from hauling that microwave around the office to show off to all your coworkers.

    …or something.

  • 22. Taylor  |  February 25, 2005 at 9:59 am

    I know you’re back and I’m about a week late, but you should totally download “Use Me” by Bill Withers. It’s full of 70’s funk goodness. You won’t regret it.

  • 23. annika  |  February 25, 2005 at 2:19 pm

    Crap, Lorie. i’m so sorry i’m late in wishing you a happy 25th. So happy 25th babe! i hope it was great.

    Tune: anything by Earth Wind and Fire is totally cool, but i’d suggest “Reasons.” i totally dig that song.

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