Every day I’m shuffling …

So, I’ve seen this meme floating about the t’Internet and finally decided to give it a … wait for it … shuffle.

Ba doom tish.

Apparently, it originated as a game called the Very Quick Generic MP3 Player Shuffle Game on Radio 1’s Chris Moyles’ Show and was emblazoned into meme folklore by Seasider Clare.

I’m supposed to stick my iPhone on shuffle and then list the first 5 songs it plays … WITHOUT CHEATING …then tag some folk to do the same.

Fuck’s sake. While there’s some fabulous music on it, there’s also some utter shite.


Here goes nothing …

1. Closer to Love by Mat Kearney

2. Here With Me by Dido

3. Skinny Genes by Eliza Doolittle

4. La Isla Bonita by Madonna

5. Halo by Beyonce


An interesting, eclectic mix, no?

I’m not tagging anyone … just feel free to do it and let me know that you do so I can check out your collection.

I promise not to poke fun. Much.

Because you asked for more …

I know you’ve all been patiently awaiting  a follow-up performance to my karaoke or should I say Karenoake vlog.  *cough, cough*

Well, ask and you shall receive.  When I saw that the theme for this week’s musical meme over at Xmas Dolly’s blog was the 80’s, I just couldn’t resist roping another poor, unsuspecting victim to help me out.

This time it’s my sister.

And, Madonna’s Dress You Up.

I apologise in advance for the pain that may be inflicted upon your ears should you choose to watch …

Fuck’s sake.  Anyhoo, here’s the real deal …I watched this video all the time as a teen just so I could learn all the moves …

And, if you’re a glutton for punishment and want some more stellar entertainment,  we did another one over at my sister’s blog, Gone Bananas with my SIL Denise from Run DMT … this one has some extreme dancing, so be warned.

Don’t worry, nobody was injured during filming.


Five songs to live your life by … I think


Some are good, some are crap and some are just fantabulous.

Am I right?

No offence meant, but some I’m tagged for make me grumble and think “what the what” while others I get and I’m all “hells yeah!”

Well, this “Five Songs to Live Your Life By” made me exclaim the latter.  I was actually tagged for it by Him Up North way back when … and far, far away … over yonder … in another time and place.  What with one thing and another going on in my life and ma heed right now, I’m only just getting round to it now.  And, being ever so slightly indecisive and maybe a tad contrary, I found it very difficult to narrow it down to just five.  I mean, how do you do that?


Anyway, without further ado and in no particular order, here be my five … I think …

1.  Say  by John Mayer

For someone who’s in communications and frankly never really shuts up, I’m not very good at speaking up for myself.  So, this song is a gentle reminder for me to put it all out there and just say what I need to say instead of bottling it up or throwing a paddy.

“You’d better know that in the end
It’s better to say too much
Then never say what you need to say again”

2.  Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield

When I hear this song, it makes me feel like I can do … well, just about anything.

“Today is where your book begins”

3.  By Your Side by Sade

This song makes me a bit weepy every time I hear it.  It’s such a beautiful song with simple, heartfelt words that really hit home to me I think because this is how I love.  And, want to be loved.  I have to remember to not expect anything less.

“You think I’d leave your side baby
You know me better than that
You think I’d leave you down when your down on your knees
I wouldn’t do that”

4.  These Are Days by 10,000 Maniacs

This is a song that I love and definitely live by in that it makes me want to stop and smell the roses, hear my children’s laughter and appreciate all I have.

“And as you feel it,
You’ll know it’s true
That you are blessed and lucky
It’s true that you
Are touched by something”
That will grow and bloom in you

5.  Material Girl by Madonna

My brothers and their friends used to annoyingly call me the material girl back when I was a scrawny 14-year-old Madonna wannabe.  So, I thought, ye know what … fuck it … I’m putting this song on my list and embracing my inner material girl.  Call me shallow.  I don’t really give a shit.  I like nice things and I’m not ashamed to admit it.  Plus, it’s still a great tune.

“We are living in a material world and I am a material girl!”

There you have it, my five songs to live my life by … I think.

Now, in the spirit of all good memes … because everybody love a good meme and because I’m nosey and would like to see their choices, I’m tagging the following fantabulous bloggers …

Reluctant Housedad

Mum of 4

Cheeky Sweety

And Then All I Thought About Was You

3 Bedroom Bungalow

Rosie Scribble

Luke, I Am Your Father

Goodbye Pert Breasts

… and anyone else who wants to give it a go.

Musical Monday . . . Borderline

Musical Monday

So, I’ve picked Madonna’s Borderline for this week’s Musical Monday  . . . evidently, there is also a double disc of her latest greatest hits collection that included the hit.  So, all is forgiven — I just bought the wrong one!


Something in the way you love me won’t let me be
I don’t want to be your prisoner so baby won’t you set me free
Stop playin’ with my heart
Finish what you start
When you make my love come down
If you want me let me know
Baby, let it show
Honey, don’t you fool around

Just try to understand
I’ve given all I can ’cause you got the best of me.

Borderline … feels like I’m goin’ to lose my mind
You just keep on pushin’ my love over the borderline
Borderline … feels like I’m goin’ to lose my mind
You just keep on pushin’ my love over the borderline (borderline)
Keep on pushin’ me, baby
Don’t you know you drive me crazy
You just keep on pushin’ my love over the borderline.

Something in your eyes is makin’ such a fool of me
When you hold me in your arms you love me till I just can’t see
But then you let me down, when I look around, baby you just can’t be found
Stop driving me away, I just wanna stay,
There’s something I just got to say

Just try to understand
I’ve given all I can ’cause you got the best of me.


Look what your love has done to me
Come on, baby, set me free
You just keep on pushin’ my love over the borderline (borderline)
You cause me so much pain, I think I’m goin’ insane
What does it take to make you see?
You just keep on pushin’ my love over the borderline.

Keep pushin’ me, keep pushin’ me, keep pushin’ my love
(You just keep on pushin’ my love over the borderline, borderline)
Come on, baby, come on, darlin’, Yeah
Da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da

Random Tuesday Thoughts . . . The Borderline Mid-Life Crisis and Begging Pooches


How I heart Tuesdays . . . where I can let all my randomness hang out with sheer abandonment.

  • So, I’ve been enjoying jamming to some old school Madonna with my boys.  I purchased her latest album Celebration and evidently they are well impressed with it.  Funny to see them kick it to songs that I danced to when I was a young, innocent teen.  *sigh*  Anyway, the album is fab, but where, oh where is the song Borderline?  It’s one of my favourite all-time Madonna songs and I really think it should have been included.
  • We’re trying a new dinner schedule in the household.  The hubby rarely makes it home for dinner these days and the boys come home from school absolutely ravenous, so I’ve decided just to feed them their evening meal as soon as they traipse in the door.  Then, I’ll hold out till the big man gets home and we can eat together.  Day one didn’t go so well as I got hungry at 6 p.m. and had to eat, but will try again today.
  • My dog is getting ridiculously greedy these days . . . he is a beggar and I know, you are probably thinking well, aren’t all dogs beggars?  Yes, they are but lovely old Bingo takes it one step further . . . he’s a loud beggar.  He will think nothing of staring at anyone in my home who has food and whining . . . very loudly.  I need the dog whisperer to come and tell me what to do coz I think we’ve exhausted just about everything else.
  • Florida decided to have another out-of-character hot and humid days this past weekend . . . when we had opening soccer ceremonies.  Sitting in the hot, sweltering sun . . . made for not a happy family!!  We got over-heated and retreated to the air con until my oldest son’s first game.  It ended in defeat, but very proud of him that he managed to play in that heat.
  • I managed to squeeze in a pedicure this weekend and it was pure bliss.  When I got home, my little one was asking me what colour I got so I set about explaining what a French polish was to him.   Now, he is going round telling everyone I got a French fry pedicure!
  • I hate to admit it, but I was a little crabby this weekend.  No, I can’t blame it on that time of the month . . . I actually thought it was on account of detoxing from all the Halloween candy, but I have another theory.  I think I’m think I’m having a mid-life crisis.  I mean, I am turning 40 next year!  Doesn’t everyone go through this?  Is it my time to have tantrums and buy something really crazy like say, a convertible car.  And, do I need to sit my kids down and say boys, so sorry but mummy is having a mid-life crisis?  She’ll get over it in a year?
  • I’ve also been a bit of a nag this week.  Some days it feels like I am the only one around here trying to keep some semblance of a tidy home . . . the one tidy boat in a sea of messy testosterones.  How on earth did my mother manage with four of us I wonder?
  • Day three of NaNoWriMo is going okay and we’ll just leave it at that.

Feel free to let your own randomness hang out today and if you do, head on over to The Un Mom to link up.  Happy Randomness to one and all.

Musical Monday . . . Gambler

Musical Monday

So, this week’s Musical Monday is an oldie but goodie that goes out to my hubby . . . Gambler by Madonna.

This past weekend, he competed and took 1st place in his first individual pool tournament!  He walked in expecting to get knocked out in the first round, but kept winning . . . and quite possibly annoying all the other higher ranked players.

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They never saw him coming!  Hehe!  My hubby, the pool shark!

Gambler, gambler


I’m a gambler, and I will take you by surprise
Gambler, I’ll aim this straight between your eyes
Gambler, yeah I know all the words to say
‘Cause I’m a gambler, I only play the game my way, yeah

Don’t want to say this but I think that I should
I’m better off forgotten if you think that I’d be good
One day you see me the next day I’m gone
Don’t fight me baby I don’t want to hold on
I’m a gambler, a gambler

You’re not happy with the way I act
You better turn around boy, don’t look back
You’re getting angry, you know I can see
You’re just jealous ’cause you can’t be me



You can’t stop me now
‘Cause I’m right and I’m making advances
Let me show you how
Tonight, I’ll be taking my chances
On you, on you, on you, on you, that’s right baby

I’m a gambler, gambler
You understand what I’m talking about?


I’m a gambler, a gambler
Gambler, ’cause I’m a gambler

You can’t stop me now
I’m on the road baby I know how
You can’t stop me now
Oh no

You can’t stop me now (repeat 3 times)

‘Cause I’m a gambler, yeah I’m a gambler
That’s right baby