February 24 14

Hey, you know what a control freak work-at-home mom who doesn’t get paid vacation days and who doesn’t like change in routine loves?

Let me tell you, then.

Jury Duty. The day after the kids go back to school after March break. I see that March is going to be a super productive one for me. (I guess I’ll see you all in April?)

And by loves, I really don’t mean loves. In case you weren’t sure.

“Bring reading material!” is what everyone warns when I tell them whine about jury duty. Apparently, in addition to doing something extremely important for our judicial system (that’s actually not sarcasm—I think the idea of jury duty is kind of awesome, and I’m sure it’s because of things like The Good Wife), there’s an awful lot of sitting around involved.

I won’t complain about this part. I’m actually quite skilled at sitting around and doing nothing. And I’m in the middle of exactly four novels and one book about panic attacks that I need to finish.

Between all of the panicking about how much work I’m missing, of course.

I do have a few little projects I can do while I’m sitting around required to not do anything.

Such as designing the perfect soundtrack for the movie version of my life.

What? I’m probably older than Justin Bieber and Katy Perry put together and they both have movies about their lives. And mine needs a soundtrack. It’s important, you know.

“Music, you know, true music, not just rock ‘n’ roll, it chooses you. It lives in your car, or alone, listening to your headphones—you know, with the vast, scenic bridges and angelic choirs in your brain. It is a place apart from the vast, benign lap of America.” ~Lester Bangs in Almost Famous.

Wait. Not everyone does things like this? Do you also not pick celebrities to have as your house for the ultimate dinner party? Do you also not name fictional babies in your head?


what is on the soundtrack of your life

1. I And Love And You by The Avett Brothers

2. Ahead of The Curve by Monsters of Folk

3. Possum Kingdom by Toadies

4. Darden Road by Beta Radio

5. Click, Click, Click, Click by Bishop Allen

6. Omaha by Counting Crows

7. The Freshmen by The Verve Pipe

8. The Sparrow and The Medicine by The Tallest Man on Earth

9. The Grammarian by Tigers on Trains

10. The Trapeze Swinger by Iron & Wine

11. America by Simon and Garfunkel

12. Twenty Miles by Deer Tick

13. Come Healing by Leonard Cohen

14. Ho Hey by The Lumineers

15. If I Ever Leave This World Alive by Flogging Molly

See also: a cast for this movie. 

Think Mindy Kaling would want to play me?

Or…Anna Kendrick? She wouldn’t even have to do the cup trick. Not even once.



  1. Ooh, such a great list. I will forever say that ‘August and Everything After’ is my favourite CD of all time and my husband and I always argue about which song is the best (I say Omaha, he says Mr. Jones). I And Love And You was played at our wedding and we love some Flogging Molly :)


    ali replied on

    I could probably argue for at least 6 of the songs on that album being my favorite—it depends on the day, really. It’s just so, so good—and still holds up. xo


    Comment by Kerri on February 24, 2014
  2. Having never been selected for jury duty, I’m sort of jealous, and sort of feel like I did when nobody wanted to pick me for their volleyball team in grade ten gym.

    Also, I don’t even know half your soundtrack songs so now I know what I’m gonna do today. You’re always so helpful! :)


    Comment by Alex on February 25, 2014
  3. Have you already been selected for jury duty or have you been called to be selected? I was on a jury a few years ago and I do know that if you are to suffer an financial hardship from doing so you will be exempt. In Saskatchewan anyway.


    Comment by Jodi on February 25, 2014
  4. I’m impressed that I actually knew a few songs on that list!

    Maybe your jury duty is like it is here and you call the day before and then hopefully they’ll say “we don’t need you after all!”


    Comment by Kristabella on February 25, 2014
  5. Hey Ali,

    It was great seeing you last week at Rebecca’s event.

    Your tweet imploring people to comment on three blog posts today inspired me to comment on this one.

    I don’t have a soundtrack for my life, per say, but when I was a teenager, until I was well into my twenties, I had a song for every guy I liked or dated. Even to this day when I hear them, they take me back.

    Music does that for me though. Is it a soundtrack to my life? Maybe. But for the most part the trip I take down memory lane when I hear a specific song, or a song from a certain year, is unlike anything else.

    Now to comment on two more blog posts today! :D


    Comment by Sarah on February 25, 2014
  6. You turned me onto The Avett Brothers when you posted about them on fb awhile ago and I will forever be in your debt. Their songs feed my soul.


    Comment by Krystal on February 25, 2014
  7. Another Avett Lover because of you who first introduced me. Did you ever see them do the I and love and you version with the Brooklyn orchestra? It was incredible!



    Comment by Jenn on February 25, 2014

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