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Monday Music Madness

After moving my stereo into the kitchen (I now need to find a remote for it) I needed something to make my music louder when playing it in my craft room. Between the iPod and iPad I can charge one while paying the other, or play and charge one item. Whatever combination rows my boat.

A little bit retro and perfect in pink – the other choice was a ghastly orange on black – the sound quality is as expected for the price and certainly better than not having it all.




Retro music Monday

Admit it. At some stage, those of us who are old enough to know, still like to get our groove on to old 80’s music. No? It’s just me. Ah well.
Still in tidy mode and clearing things up, I was looking for a new home to 3 boxes of ….cassettes. Yup, you read that right. We still have a portion of the many cassettes that were bought with hard earned teenage money. Who remembers having to do this…

20130624-162131.jpg I think every tape I got out had to be re wound tightened to some degree.
A lot were ruined in a a minor car incident – when the car started leaking and we found them floating on the floor of the back seat one morning. Ok, it wasn’t quite that bad, but they were ruined none the less. And they were the good ones. High rotation kind of good ones.
Not like this one


And with the sun shining, the doors wide open – and no neighbours that close by to be bothered – cranked up the volume. And not just on any old stereo. An old vintage Sony cassette recorder that I bought from a friend for hubby, coz he loves the old stuff. Well, I do too, and the sound is pretty good. A little crackly, but not too bad.


What am I listening to. Some things that are definitely best left in the 80’s and some that are, well, better.
Looking in the boxes, there are two distinct types. Compilation tapes (hubby) and straight albums or “best of’s”. Mine.
Sart by thinking Kim Wilde,Jenny Morris, ZZ Top, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart and they’re the good ones. There are plenty of others, like Boney M (hmm?) Psuedo Echo (I loved these boys, who were HOT as only 80’s pop stars can be), Madonna (me again, all of them now purchased as CDs), Roxette, Cyndie Lauper, Gloria Estefan. And quite a few doozies I’m not going to mention. I think you get the picture. This doesn’t stop me taking on the “dance like no one is watching” thing and believe me, you don’t want to see that!

Lets see what else was in there

20130624-162709.jpg a soundtrack to a movie I haven’t seen, Mozart? and other bits.

20130624-162919.jpg all I see there is Milli Vanilli… ~hangs head in shame ūüė¶ ~

20130624-163322.jpg and a few interesting pieces there. Out of these, Melissa Ethridge has made the transition to cd.
I can’t finish this without including a clip of some sort. But what. Frankie goes to Hollywood, Duran Duran, Milli Vanilli (not sure I’d really do that to you, could be good for a laugh). No, I think a little classic ZZ Top will fit the bill nicely.

What are your faves from the 80’s, were there any??

~From your friendly un cool 80’s chick ~ Jen ūüôā

Ten Days on the Island

As promised here is the link to this amazing week of arts and theatre, wine, music and much more. While I am open minded – anyone been to/heard of MONA? – and like things a little different, most of these art installations are just too “arty” and un-interpretable for me.
Check out the website and decide for yourself.


Have a great day ūüôā

50 Years

I’m back at the school¬†again and more of those sports certificates came out… this time I was given the whole¬†pile and flicking through them put me off my game, again.¬† Nostalgia is a pain sometimes.
On the road heading home and this song came on.¬† Part of the wonderfully tragic 80’s, it was released when I was still in Primary school (yr 6, aged, oh, about 12)¬†and tied in with the emotions of leaving Gr 10 some 4 years later (and those damned awards from the same year).

So here is the Uncanny X-Men Рwith the oh-so-hot-to-a-12yr-old Brian Mannix out front singing 50Years.


and then many moons¬†later, on the final¬†of Spicks and Specks in 2011, looking like the aging rocker he is….


Jennifer ūüôā

don’t we all love being sick…?

Really, who enjoys being cooped up in bed, especially when all you’re doing is sleeping.
It all started Friday night, with a glass of wine*.¬† Just a little, as I could feel the ‘head’ coming on, and really didn’t fancy having one glass knocking me flat on my back.¬† That’d look real good wouldn’t it.

Thursday night¬†I had¬†a¬†crap sleep, and Friday I was feeling, weird, all day. I couldn’t put my finger on it, just weird.

So, Friday night, after my wine,¬†as I now know what is coming my way,¬†I take one of those cold ‘n’ Flu pills that are either for¬†night or day use.¬† I must have been¬†sick as during the night while wiiiide awake, I wondered if I had indeed taken the wrong pill. There was sleep happening, but not enough to feel any kind of rested.
Yup. Sure enough when I checked the packet, day pill gone.

First thing I said on Saturday morning… “I’m not going anywhere today…” which thankfully was met with agree-ance.¬† No arguing on how I was feeling.¬† My boys all left the house (to work and visiting friends) and my routine began: sleep 2 hrs, get up, more Panadol¬†& drink, sleep 2+ hrs… repeat¬†4 times and finally rise at 5.30 when they arrived home¬† – wanting their pizza for dinner. What?!¬† thank goodness for pre made bases and 2 boys who helped. Hubby looks good, although¬†slightly uncomfortable with a rolling pin.¬† He makes everything food-wise look awkward.¬† Gotta say though, they were the best pizzas I’ve made in a while. ūüėČ

Nothing like spending all day in bed and looking like death warmed up with a really Bad Hair Do when you greet people at the door.  Feeling like your head is about to explode and tired enough to just curl up in a corner and sleep.
Son #2 asked if I felt better, son #1 said “you look like shit mum”, gee thanks Ryan.

Nine thirty comes and this time I check the packet and get the right pill.  Hoping it was going to knock me out, I chilled with a drink then went to bed.
Ha!! Not likely, took me ages to get to sleep and still didn’t sleep well.¬† Maybe I’d had too much already..?¬† I don’t think so.

This morning?? Bounced out of bed.¬†¬†The best part of being sick, specially a 24hr¬†thing, is the feeling when you wake and know it’s all gone.¬† That feeling of energy, and actual¬†willingness to do things.¬† A shower and food just tops it off, and you’re ready to face the world.
Woohoo!! Laugh and scream and run around like a lunatic – well, you don’t actually do it, you just want to.

There’s something about the way your body recuperates that is just so cool. How it just knows there’s something wrong and if you don’t listen, it makes you.¬† Knocks you for 6 if it has to.¬†And keeps you¬†there til it¬†says “ok, you’re ready now”.
I’m not often sick (thankfully) so when it happens I try to¬†‘bask’ in it… yeah right, like that works.¬† I have the original Mr Nice guy.¬† So sympathetic he is.¬† Not.¬† Sure he cares in his own way.¬† But as¬†I don’t get ‘man-flu’ it’s not that bad apparently,¬†and I just have to soldier on.¬† I can be grateful that the last few times I’ve been sick, he’s been home to care for the kids…¬†Plus I have way too many things I need to do this week¬†to be sick anyway.

Hoping none of my southern (hemisphere) friends are getting sick while my northern friends are enjoying the warmth (sticky humid yuck) of summer ūüôā

Jennifer – smiling once again ūüėÄ
Chillin’ out with the radio playing their Sunday 80’s Night while I write¬†– Rock on!! some real corkers¬†in there with the¬†good stuff.

*(I have 6 free bottles that I need to review for Naked Wines Aus. Maybe a Wine review post for another day).