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I’ve had this post as a draft for months, but seem to have mostly encountered rain when I was out of town and not blogging. It’s supposed to rain today (well, it was supposed to rain yesterday too) – but I’d really like it to rain today. So this is a Cure-esque prayer for rain as much as anything.

I’m a big fan of the theme playlist. I have dozens of them. When I drove the 22 hours from my old home to my current one I mentally compiled theme playlists during one entire day of driving. I had notions of auditioning at my local college radio station only to get to my new town and find out that the most popular/iconic DJ’s signature is theme playlist shows – there goes my chance at radio greatness. So I just amuse myself with them.

My Rainy-Day Playlist (ultra-literal)

  • The Beauty of the Rain – Dar Williams
  • Singing in the Rain – Gene Kelly
  • Don’t Rain on My Parade – Barbra Streisand
  • It’s Alright – Indigo Girls
  • Rainin’ in My Heart – Willie Nelson
  • Purple Rain – Prince
  • Raindrops + Sunshowers – The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Have You Ever Seen the Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Prayers for Rain – The Cure
  • Rain King – Counting Crows
  • The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) – Missy Elliott
  • No Rain – Blind Melon
  • As the Rain – Jeb Loy Nichols
  • Raining in Baltimore – Counting Crows
  • Monday’s Rain – The Clientele
  • Lover, You Should Have Come Over – Jeff Buckley
  • Rain Check – Ani Difranco
  • Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  • I Wish it Would Rain – The Temptations
  • Here Comes the Rain Again – Eurythmics
  • Rainbow Connection – Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
  • Over the Rainbow – Willie Nelson
  • Raining in Darling – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
  • Rain City – Turin Brakes
  • When it Rains – Eli Young Band
  • Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain – Willie Nelson
  • Raining in Philly – J.B. Beverly and the Wayward Drifters
  • Over the Rainbow – Connie Haines
  • I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
  • Didn’t it Rain – Songs: Ohia
  • Who’ll Stop the Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • William, It Was Really Nothing – The Smiths
  • Plainsong – The Cure
  • Rainy Days and Mondays – The Carpenters
  • Bus Stop – The Hollies
  • Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head – B.J. Thomas
  • Mercy of the Fallen – Dar Williams

I know there are other rain songs, but these are the ones I own and ergo the ones on my playlist.  It’s a long list – Seattle long even though I live in the sunny south and as I look out my window the gray clouds are dissipating to reveal a bright blue sky.  I’m normally a sun girl, but not today.  To you it might sound strange; I wish it would rain.  (Oh how I wish that it would rain.)  If you haven’t heard that Temptations song, you really should.  It’s one of my favorites and on the cusp of perfect song-dom.

My assault on the world begins now.

<3 Ice (wo)Man, Power LL

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is to make tasty things to eat.

The last two weeks of my life have been ridiculously stressful and awful.  I ate many yummy things (like multiple containers of ice cream) but I think it’s time to reintroduce vegetables into my diet.

These are the ingredients I’d like to use this week:

  1. Two anaheim peppers (one hot, one mild – but I have no idea which is which)
  2. One jalapeno
  3. A mini tub of grape tomatoes
  4. Carrots
  5. Snow peas
  6. Garlic
  7. Pesto tortellini
  8. Frozen broccoli

After consult the internet, these are my proposed dishes

  1. Anaheim peppers stuffed with feta cheese and jalapeno – either with raw peppers or cooked
  2. Pesto tortellini tossed with olive oil, broccoli, Parmesan cheese, and cherub tomatoes either sauteed or roasted
  3. Candied carrots
  4. Honey glazed peas and carrots
  5. I also really want to make microwave caramel popcorn, the recipe is pretty much the same as the microwave peanut brittle I make every Christmas (fantastic with cashews as well, but DON’T double this recipe).  You have to be quick when you add baking soda to this kind of thing.

I will probably throw tomatoes in with my egg whites a few times, but I still need some more things to do with all those tomatoes

Is Chris Cornell really singing Imagine on The Tonight Show right now?  Does he look like Dave Grohl to anyone else?  He never has to me before, but something about his long-haired unwashed self.  Ok, I’m about a minute in, and now remembering how much I LOVED Chris Cornell.  Not only could he scream with the best of them the do the whole smooth vocal thing, but holy crap he was hot.  I’ve been feeling 90’s tastic lately, mostly due to the J. Crew catalog with the denim shirt, white turtle neck and thick black cardigan on the cover.  Can I get my flannel back out?  Oh wait, it won’t be flannel weather until those two weeks in January.  I am LOVING the rain though.  I’ve had my AC off for TWO WHOLE DAYS!

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