March 10 14

Emily had a birthday party on Saturday night — nine-ish seventh graders over for pizza, Gravity, chocolate fondue, and giggles.

As far as 13-year-old birthday parties go, I’d say it was a pretty good one. Her father and I, not wanting to get in the way or embarrass her as parents of newly-minted teenagers are apt to do, decided to stay just close enough to make sure they didn’t burn the house down with the fondue flame, but far away enough that we couldn’t hear their extremely important conversations about boys, iphone cases, and candy.

So, like elderly people we sat in our dining room and worked on a puzzle of a castle of some sort—without a picture. (Also, there was a missing piece which did nothing good for my OCD tendencies.)

And then suddenly we were discussing our favorite Beatles songs. I don’t even know how we got to that point, really, but I think it evolved from the game we were playing with Josh earlier in the day — Guess the Singer. To which, PS, Josh Martell guessed Elvis Presley or Stillwater to almost every single song.

Stillwater. You know, not a real band.

For the record, I was pretty sure of my top five Beatles songs before we even began. Happiness is a Warm Gun, Blackbird, Across the Universe, Norwegian Wood, Dear Prudence

Not necessary the most obvious and typical choices, but not necessarily, say, Revolution 9. I stand by them; I’m owning my picks. I’m sure some people would disagree, and I’m okay with that.

And then the man I have been married to for fifteen years and ten months started talking about his choices and he tossed around Why Don’t We Do It In The Road and then, then, then came the animal travesty trifectaRocky Raccoon, Piggies and OH MY LANDS DIG A PONY which was actually on his list until I shamed him into taking it off.

Sheesh. You think you know someone.

But, he made it up to me by making me Irish Hamentashen with both Guinness beer and Baileys because I asked him to—embracing both alcohol-heavy March holidays—Purim and St. Patrick’s Day. We are equal opportunity around here when it comes to holidays and baked goods. {I may have already eaten three} {four}


And he cleaned up the mess afterwards.

And then went grocery shopping.

I think I’ll keep him around, even though he loves Dig a Pony.


  1. Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! I love this! Revolution 9! ahahahahaha! My all time favourite Beatles song is Blackbird, but I’ve tried in the past and I can’t pick just five songs… there are too many great ones. I’m with you on all of your picks except for Across The Universe and I’m also with Gav on his picks (even Dig a Pony), I often break into Why Don’t We Do It In The Road… just saying. Also: hello? Sexy Sadie, Here Comes The Sun, In My Life… I know what I’ll be listening to today. 🙂

    Comment by Sandy on March 10, 2014
  2. So hard to pick five, right? Because they have a million songs! It’s crazy.

    I just have this thing about why don’t we do it in the road…I can’t explain.

    Comment by ali on March 10, 2014
  3. But it’s such a good one! Because, really? Why don’t we? ahahahahaha!

    Comment by Sandy on March 10, 2014
  4. Maybe that’s just it for me…WHO WANTS TO DO IT IN THE ROAD???

    Comment by ali on March 10, 2014
  5. *cough* There are a lot of factors to consider…

    Comment by Sandy on March 10, 2014
  6. A+ list. My favorites (in no particular order) are:

    1. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
    2. Here Comes the Sun
    3. Here, There and Everywhere
    4. Blackbird
    5. Happiness is a Warm Gun

    And ahhh Revolution 9 is pure torture.

    Comment by aly on March 10, 2014
  7. Dad and I just had the debate.. He is totally with you on Piggies and Dig a Pony, though he argues that Rocky Raccoon has some social satire that brings it up a level. Personally I adore Eleanor Rigby. I could listen to it on repeat all day.

    Comment by Jenn on March 10, 2014
  8. I can’t get behind a song called Rocky Raccoon. I just can’t 🙂

    Comment by ali on March 10, 2014
  9. I don’t think I can pick 5! In My Life is my number 1, for sure. I also love most of your top 5 – Across the Universe, Dear Prudence, Norweigan Wood.

    Now I need to go listen to all the CDs and pick more!

    I want those cookies right now.

    Comment by Kristabella on March 10, 2014
  10. You married a good man … even if he has weird taste in songs. 😉

    And THIRTEEN? I don’t believe it.

    Comment by Angella on March 10, 2014
  11. My favorite is I Will, but dare I say I think Alison Krauss does it better.

    Comment by Alison on March 11, 2014

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