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Way Back … Back To The Days of Leg Warmers, Neon Clothing and Aquanet Hairspray

18 Feb

A friend of mine recently celebrated her 40th birthday, but I imagine it didn’t play out the way she anticipated it.

At work with a double ear and throat infection.

I imagined she would have pictured something different for the big 4-0.

I don’t know. You hit 15, 16, 21, 30, 40, 50, 60 … Those are milestones you think about when you’re younger and you imagine certain things transpiring. Relaxing on a beach. A quiet dinner with family. A wild party with friends. A cake with candles. All sorts of things, but feeling crappy and knocking back some pretty intense antibiotics isn’t something high up on your list. I’m sure she’ll celebrate afterward, or maybe she partied during Valentine’s weekend, but either way I felt kind of bad.

Birthdays should come with a little silver lining, no matter how bad the storm. I felt bad about it and didn’t know how to improve her situation. I had sent her a card with all the loving bosom buddy words my Guat heart could muster and she did receive it before the big day, but considering the Debbie Downer that infections can create I thought I’d make her one of my famous mixed tapes … you know the kind you wish your boyfriend would have taken the time to create and put in your locker. Although her husband is a pretty awesome guy too, so I’m sure he found ways to make the birthday better.

But on behalf of the comadre code it was still my duty to spread a little sunshine. We’re all in it this year, every one us is hitting the big 4-0. So, I took her way back … back to the days of leg warmers, neon clothing, and Aquanet Hairspray, in hopes of making her smile.

Music from your childhood always makes you feel better, takes you to your teenage years, dances in the gym, Friday Night Lights moments, first Molly Ringwald experience, yearbook photos, and laugh out loud scenarios with your girlfriends.

So in an effort to brighten your weekday thought I’d share the mixed tape I made for my friend. Hope it takes you back to the days of Marty McFly.


This is Side A.


Crush on You — The Jets


Saving All My Love For You — Whitney Houston


Spring Love — Stevie B


Lady in Red — Chris DeBurgh


Total Eclipse of the Heart — Bonnie Tyler


You Are The First, My Last, My Everything — Barry White


In Your Eyes — Peter Gabriel


If You Were Here — Thompson Twins


Querida — Juan Gabriel


Quien Como Tu — Ana Gabriel


Daily Prompt Challenge: Mixed Tape

12 Dec

I remember it. It was the 80s and it meant so much when you got one … You thought yeah … this is my Jake Ryan and he must definitely like me. The mixed tape. It was the plastic  four-inch prized possession of any girl growing up. It was your die-hard four-week, four-month, or four-year love story caught on a Maxell, TDX, or Memorex cassette tape — a CD or iTunes playlist for those of you who don’t recall the awesomeness of Lloyd Dobler or the Breakfast Club.

Yes … the cassette tape … it rocked. It was a time machine that transported you back to the hallway where you met him at your locker, back to football games, back to 4th period math, back to the homecoming dance, back to kissing in the rain, and back to any after school special kind of moments.

Image via ct.com

Image via ct.com

Mixed tapes … yeah they took me back in time. So when I came across this week’s Daily Prompt Challenge that involved creating a musical playlist of songs that describe my life, including what I hope for my future … I said yes. Most definitely yes.

Every life involves love, heartbreak, drama, strength, healing and empowerment. I’m a chick … empowerment is always part of the deal. In the early years, when I was in junior high, there were plenty of love songs … the kind where I pine for a guy and he doesn’t really notice my awesomeness because I was more of the Chapstick type of girl, instead of the lipstick type.  But it was all good. I got over it. Things changed in high school and college. So here is Side A and Side B of the Guat’s Life Mixed Tape.

I Need Love – LL Cool J

Groovy Kind of Love – Phil Collins

I’ll Give All My Love To You – Keith Sweat

You Belong With Me — Taylor Swift

Cool It Now – New Edition

End of The RoadBoyz II Men

Keep Ya Head Up – 2 Pac

Por Amarte – Enrique Iglesias

One Headlight – The Wallflowers

We Belong Together Mariah Carrey

Stuck In a Moment – U2

The Show – Lenka

Ironic – Alanis Morissette

If You’re Going Through Hell – Rodney Atkins

Family Affair – Mary J. Blige

Live Like You Were Dying – Tim McGraw

Got My Toes In The Water – Zac Brown Band

Roll With Me – Montgomery Gentry

Carnival – Celia Cruz

Settlin’ – Sugarland

Home – Dierks Bentley

Break My Stride – Matthew Wilder

Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

Hope you enjoyed the album.