Favorite Songs of 2003

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After much contemplation, here is my list of the top 50 songs of 2003:

1. “Ignition” (remix) – R. Kelly
2. “Hey Ya!” – OutKast
3. “F**k It (I Don’t Want You Back)” – Eamon
4. “Get Busy” – Sean Paul
5. “Addicted” – Simple Plan
6. “Powerless (Say What You Want)” – Nelly Furtado
7. “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me” – Keith Urban
8. “Calling All Angels” – Train
9. “Bigger Than My Body” – John Mayer
10. “Numb” – Linkin Park
11. “Hey Girl” – O.A.R.
12. “In a Little While” – Uncle Kracker
13. “8 Mile”– Eminem
14. “Bring Me to Life” – Evanescence
15. “When I Look to the Sky” – Train
16. “Laid” – Matt Nathanson
17. “Can’t Stop Loving You” – Phil Collins
18. “The Way You Move” – OutKast
19. “Anthem” – Good Charlotte
20. “Your Body is a Wonderland” – John Mayer
21. “Baby Boy” – Beyonce feat. Sean Paul
22. “In Da Club” – 50 Cent
23. “Lose Yourself” – Eminem
24. “Get Low” – Lil John & The East Side Boyz feat. Ying Yang Twins
25. “Why Don’t You and I” – Carlos Santana feat. Alex Band
26. “This One’s for the Girls” – Martina McBride
27. “The Scientist” – Coldplay
28. “If You’re Not the One” – Daniel Bedingfield
29. “Crazy In Love” – Beyonce feat. Jay-Z
30. “Gimme the Light” – Sean Paul
31. “Me Against the Music” – Britney Spears feat. Madonna
32. “Headstrong” – Trapt
33. “I Hate Everything About You” – Three Days Grace
34. “I Miss You” – Blink-182
35. “American Girls” – Counting Crows
36. “Harder to Breathe” – Maroon5
37. “The Boys of Summer” – The Ataris
38. “White Flag” – Dido
39. “More to Life” – Stacie Orrico
40. “Stacy’s Mom” – Fountains of Wayne
41. “Hit That” – The Offspring
42. “The First Cut is the Deepest” – Sheryl Crow
43. “Someday” – Nickelback
44. “Where is the Love?” – Black-Eyed Peas
45. “Breathe” – Michelle Branch
46. “Times Like These” – Foo Fighters
47. “Here Without You” – Three Doors Down
48. “So Far Away” – Staind
49. “Out of Control” – Hoobastank
50. “Why Can’t I” – Liz Phair

What are some of your favorites?

Designer Purses

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What is it with all the 12-year-olds roaming the mall toting designer purses?  Are Dooney & Bourke bags the new eighth grade status symbol?  Does asking mommy for a Coach purse for Christmas grant these middle school girls entrance into the popular crowd?

A friend of mine was recently telling me about his current dream girl from work.  He sighed wistfully when he mentioned that she had a real Louis Vuitton bag.  I said, “Yeah, right.”  He responded that he knew she had a real one because he’s learned what to look for in an LV bag to make sure it’s the real thing.

I do not understand the designer purse obsession.  I even wanted one up until this afternoon – when I realized I’d be looking like a 12-year-old by carrying it.  Plus, why buy a purse for hundreds of dollars when:
        a.  Everyone else already OWNS the purse.
        b.  So many people have a knockoff version of the purse
             that most will doubt the authenticity of yours.
        c.  You can buy a cute, practical bag that matches
             everything for $40 or less at Macy’s.

Let’s get a grip, people.  Get a fake one, or buy a nice Nine West bag for 40 bucks.  You could be blindly obsessing over Paper Denim jeans, Diesel sneakers, Abercrombie sweaters, Ugg boots, and Von Dutch accessories with all that money you’d be saving.


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I suppose this questionnaire is supposed to sum up my year. I’m afraid there’s much more to it than this, though…

What did you do in 2003 that you’d never done before? Started running almost every day

 Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I did, and I will.

 Did anyone close to you give birth? No

 Did anyone close to you die? No

What countries did you visit? A few little Caribbean ones on a cruise in March

What would you like to have in 2004 that you lacked in 2003? My own apartment

What date from 2003 will remain etched upon your memory? July 3rd

What was your biggest achievement of the year? The PR Case Studies campaign proposal for the Art Museum of Western Virginia/graduating college

What was your biggest failure? Forgetting to late-drop Calculus, therefore, failing it – obviously.

 Did you suffer illness or injury? Ear infections, sprained finger, ear infections, ear infections

What was the best thing you bought? Flat-screen monitor

Whose behavior merited celebration? My three roommates for being the best friends ever

Where did most of your money go? Clothes

What did you get really, really, really excited about? Applying to Navy OCS

What song will always remind you of 2003? King of Wishful Thinking – Go West

Compared to this time last year, are you:
      Happier or sadder? Happier

      Thinner or fatter? Thinner

      Richer or poorer? Richer

What do you wish you’d done more of? Flirting

What do you wish you’d done less of? Crying

How will you be spending Christmas? Same as always

Did you fall in love in 2003? No

How many one-night stands? 4?

Who were your best friends? Andrea, Jess, Katie, Kristy

What thing did you do that was meaningful to others? Memorized my part as G.T.B. for the Chi Omega Initiation Ceremony

What was your favorite TV program? American Dreams, JAG, The OC, Dawson’s Creek, The Bachelorette (on the big screen @ the Chi-O house)

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Hate, no, but, I have lost respect for several people that I considered great friends this time last year.

What was the best book you read? Hawaii by James Michener

What was your greatest musical discovery? Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

What did you want and get? Gamecube and Animal Crossing

What did you want and not get? A trip to Hawaii

What was your favorite film of this year? Pirates of the Caribbean

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? 22, ate dinner @ Beamer’s w/my favorite sisters and Ryan, went downtown to Hokie House, TOTS, and probably more bars

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? The Hokies winning all their games and heading to the Sugar Bowl

What kept you sane? January – June: Andrea, Hilary, Brad  June – December: Kristy, running, and TV

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Julia Stiles (as always), Josh Duhamal

What political issue stirred you the most? The war, obviously, just like everyone else

Who did you miss? January – May: Mike May – December: Andrea, Katie, Jess, Jenn, Sara, Ryan, Hilary, Brad, all my sisters and friends from school

Who was the best new person you met this year? Brad Hockenberry – in PR Case Studies

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2003: 1. You can’t trust everyone, you can’t fix everything, you can’t go everywhere, but you can find happiness with what you have.  2. If you want to do something, do it.  It doesn’t matter what people say or whether or not they expect it of you or even if they think you’ll succeed.  What matters is what you think, and that’s all. 3. Managing a restaurant, even a small one, is not as easy as it looks, but it is as fun.

Quote that sums up your year:  There are too many to list.  Here’s my favorite at the moment: “Life is short.  Sooner or later you have to face up to who you are and stop trying to be someone else.” ~Mac

Mona Lisa Smile

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What a great movie!  It was a nice break from the cheesy romantic films, the Christmas movies, the action flicks, and the Disney fantasies.  Julia Stiles, Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, and all of the cast give and excellent performance portraying life at Wellesley College in the 1950s.

The movie explores the women’s roles and choices during the period.  The girls seem to want to graduate college only to marry and become housewives.  Julia Roberts’ character, Katherine Watson, a bohemian from California, tries to teach them otherwise – that they can achieve anything because they are the smartest and sharpest women in the country.  She teaches the girls to look at the world through new eyes and realize that marriage and a family aren’t necessarily the ideals for everyone. 

While Dunst’s character struggles to keep up the appearances of her “perfect” marriage, Stiles’ character debates whether to go to law school at Yale or settle down with her boyfriend.  The title, Mona Lisa Smile, ties the underlying themes together – is she smiling because she’s happy, or is it just for show?  Things are not always as they appear.

Here’s an article comparing the issues of women’s roles and choices in the ’50s versus today.

Mona Lisa Song
by Livingston and Evans, recorded January 7, 1958

Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa, men have named you
You’re so like the lady with the mystic smile
Is it only ‘cause you’re lonely they have blamed you
For that Mona Lisa strangeness in your smile

Do you smile to tempt a lover, Mona Lisa
Or is this your way to hide a broken heart
Many dreams have been brought to your doorstep
They just lie there, and they die there
Are you warm, are you real, Mona Lisa
Or just a cold and lonely, lovely work of art


“You can bake your cake and eat it, too.” ~Katherine Watson, Mona Lisa Smile