It is my pleasure to introduce my first guest blogger, Jennifer Adams. Jenn and I are from the same little town in Upstate NY, and although we were little more than acquaintances in school, we have recently connected and become fast friends. She has a kind, gentle, and creative spirit, and I am so pleased that she volunteered to guest blog. Jenn does not have a blog of her own – yet – but I hope with a little encouragement, she will be ready to dive in with both feet. Here is her bio:

I am Jenn Adams, originally from a gem of a town, Trumansburg, NY.  I  now live in beautiful Bend, Oregon with my talented husband Aaron and our very busy son Clark.  When I am not gardening, cooking, or doing something artistic, you can find me camping or hot spring hopping around the Pacific Northwest.


I remember it like it was yesterday.  Sitting down to take the SAT exam.  Literally preparing to unload your brain and see how you rank.  Anxious, exhausted, unsure of the future, I sliced open the security sticker on the side and top of the packet with my trusty Dixon Ticonderoga Number Two pencil and started to print my name at the top.  The smell of freshly sharpened pencils, overly scented deodorant (you know the kind that all the boys wore to be more manly) and cherry chapstick permeated the room.

OK-first question.  Here we go.


  1. An exodus is _______.

(a)  the final scene of a play

(b) a mass movement of people

(c)  the outer layer of skin

(d) a category of plants in the vegetable kingdom

I felt a rush from toe to head.  THANK YOU BOB MARLEY!!! Every little thing IS going to be alright!!

Although exhausted at the end of the test, with a lovely reggae beat I had conquered the most feared exam that I was aware of.  Music has a wonderful way of guiding me through life.

What songs have helped you get through it all?

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Elaine GriffinElaine Griffin (a.k.a. Laine) is a freelance WordPress designer, content creator, and speaker. She brings her background as a sociologist, advocate, and educator, to her work and her writing, which has been featured on BlogHer and The SITS Girls. On The Laine List she spills her guts about life, motherhood, and balancing work and family. She also sprinkles in some fun recipe and cocktail posts. On Elaine Griffin Designs, she writes easy to follow tutorials about WordPress, social media, SEO, and blogging.
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  1. says

    I think if I tried to list all my anthems, I’d totally take over the comment section! Some of my favorites are “Walk of Life” (Dire Straits), “Changes in Lattitudes Changes in Attitudes (why yes, I am a Parrot head), and Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon).

    • Jenn Adams says

      Excellent choices and thanks for commenting! We were just singing Werewolves of London two weekends ago while camping in Eastern Oregon. Great tunes!

  2. says

    Great Post! And welcome to the blogging world Jenn!

    I’m a big fan of anything Bif Naked when it comes to getting through rough things. She has an anthem for anything and everything, especially “I love Myself Today” def a favorite.

    • Jenn Adams says

      Thanks for the encouragement Emily! I will certainly check it out. I love me some new music, especially something that I can have on standby for those rough times…

  3. Elaine Plummer says

    At the time I took the college admission tests, which was decades, decades and more decades ago, I remember singing to myself the song: “I’ve got to get out out of this place, if it’s the last thing I ever do”. It worked. However, I got out only to get into another place.

    • Laine says

      That’s life, isn’t it? One place we want to break out of after another. Hopefully you are where you want to be now!

  4. says

    Goodness…I love music but don’t know the names of any songs (to recall)…I just plug in “Indie Folk” into Pandora and let it run….But it is always a good thing when pop culture can help us pass standardized tests. That gives me hope for the Spongebob Generation. :)

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