The Return of Crazy Eyeris: What’s on Your Playlist?

Photo credit: Skate of Emergency by Gomisan on Flickr
Photo credit: Skate of Emergency by Gomisan on Flickr

I bet you thought I forgot about Crazy Eyeris, right?

Or maybe YOU forgot about Crazy Eyeris

I have not written about my journey to derby since March 8, 2012.

Yes, I feel a little like a loser.

It seems that life was getting in the way of… well… life! Turns out building a business, working two part-time jobs, and keeping up with two kids and a house was leaving little room for workout time. Or much else for that matter. And since I was basically starting from sedentary, I really needed to get some strength back before derby workshops.

Now I have FINALLY got this shit figured out.

You see, all you really need to do to find time is dig really deep to find what is REALLY important to you, and decide to do it. For me, I had to say, “I will not work 12 hours a day. I will take time in the morning to get my family going, and then I WILL work out.”

(Here’s another really important part of this puzzle: I was scared of failing. There, I said it. I still am scared, but we don’t need to discuss it any further, because I’m moving on.)

And so here I am, almost a year later, hopping back on the track.

I have been working out at home, and I feel pretty good with what I have here – an elliptical, stairs, a house I can actually run laps in, weights, the resistance of my own body. No gym is required, and I have the added benefit of having my children witness me taking care of myself. I work out in the morning, and sometimes the kids join me, sometimes they dance, sometimes they just eat and watch me and try not to laugh.

Generally we listen to the Pop and Hip Hop Power Workout station on Pandora, but that is getting a little old. I seriously need to get my iPod together and get a good playlist going. I’m hoping you can help. Here is my top ten so far!

The Crazy Eyeris Playlist, Part 1

Pump It – Black Eyed Peas
Rock that Body – Black Eyed Peas
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon Five
Move Ya Body – Nina Sky
Bulletproof (Dave Aude Cherry Radio Remix) – LaRoux
Let the Bodies Hit the Floor – Drowning Pool
Whip It – Devo
Stronger – Kanye West
Like a G6 – Far East Movement
Let it Rock – Kevin Rudolf

There you have it. What would you add to this list?

We rock with Pandora all day

Today’s NaBloPoMo prompt is: Can you listen to music and write? What song did you hear today?

I’m going to switch it up a bit and give a list of what I am listening to right now.

Listening to music while I am doing any kind of work is not only possible for me, but it is a requisite. It is the one and ONLY thing that keeps my daughter from mom-mom-momming me every ten seconds.

Top ten artists we are listening to now and why (and in no particular order).

Lady Gaga – Okay, I’ve always liked Lady Gaga. She is clearly talented, and I have a soft spot for pop music. But her newest single “You and I” really stole my heart.

Mumford and Sons – My friend Brooke introduced me to this. Dave Matthews meets Coldplay. Sad, but soothing, and good background music.

Florence and the Machine – I’m pretty convinced at this point that no one current does it like Florence. Adele is close, but too one-dimensional in her lyrics. Boys aren’t the only thing to be sad about, Adele!!

Radiohead – Although their latest album is slightly depressing, it seems to play on a loop in our car. And that’s okay.

Bruno Mars – I don’t even know what to say about this. Kid has talent, I tell ya! And my daughter freaks.out. when he comes on.

Ke$ha – For when I want to pretend that I’m single. And am going to brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack before going out and hittin’ on dudes. Hard.

Ray LaMontagne – Romantic, acoustic, folk – a la Van Morrison. Love, love love. Ray LaMontagne could hold me in his arms forever, and I could listen to him sing forever.

Donna the Buffalo – A local but nationally (internationally?) touring band. My all-time favorite, and a family favorite. Let me put it to you this way, Donna the Buffalo is what I was listening to as my children were being born.

Justin Bieber – What? My kids like it, okay?? And there is just nothing wrong with bubblegum pop.

Rusted Root – I am playing them today because I am going to see them tomorrow. Whoot!

So, that is what we are listening to right now. What are you listening to?