Tunes For Tuesday – Inspired by Mad World

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Welcome to Tunes For Tuesday!

Music, Tunes For Tuesday

Image: Daisy


Last week I took a break – even from Tunes For Tuesday but this week I have a special post about the Mad World book signing party (complete with a MW inspired tune)!


The night was a fun one with Michael Des Barres, Moby and Annabella Lwin joining co-authors Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein at Book Soup in West Hollywood.

Mad World Book, Michael Des Barre, Moby, Lori Majewski, Jonathan Bernstein and Annabella Lwin

MDB, Moby, Lori Majewski, Jonathan Bernstein and Annabella Lwin


There was a quick Q&A before the signing with co-authors and Annabella.  While waiting on line for Annabella, someone pointed out that Judd Nelson was in the store.  He was nearly unrecognizable – see for yourself:


Judd Nelson

That is Judd Nelson with the helmet. He didn’t take it off the entire time.


Annabella was so incredibly sweet.  She signed my book (and why I didn’t take a photo with her, I don’t know).


Mad World

Jonathan and Annabella


It was also great to meet Lori and Jonathan.


Mad World Book


There were a plethora of Duranies in the house (like Rhonda of Daily Duranie) so I needed to document which Duran guy was and will always be my favorite.


Duran Duran, Mad World

That’s my guy.

It was a fun night.  I was a little tired because I had just been to the Jamba Juice FiTrends Expo a few hours earlier – but it was totally worth it!


Oh yeah, the music for today is inspired by Mad World but not one of the songs from the book.   In honor of the lovely Annabella Lwin, I’m featuring a performance video of one of my favorite Bow Wow Wow songs, “Do You Wanna Hold Me”.  I forgot all of the California references in this song and  I hope you enjoy it!




Didn’t you want to look like Annabella in the 80′s?  If not, who was your style idol of your teenage years?


Getting JambaFit!

Posted on by Melissa Burton in Fitness, Food & Nutrition | 27 Comments

Hi there, I’m back!  

The blog was unexpectedly quiet for a few days last week.  

There’s a lot going on in my world right now but I’ll do my best not to go into shut down mode again.


So let me tell you about one of my latest adventures…


Jamba Juice, Blend in the Good, JambaFit

Last week I was invited to the 4th Annual Jamba Juice #JambaFit FiTrends Expo Event at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica.  It was a great day of nutrition, education and fitness with some bloggy friends and fitness legends.


Jamba Juice, FiTrends Expo

Yes, that is THE Venus Williams AND “Body By Jake” on the schedule!


For me, it’s always a joy to actually get a chance to meet other bloggers IRL.  I was happy to get this photo with Katy@JoyLaughterSweatMonica@RunEatRepeat, my #dirrtydozen Ragnar teammate, Gillian@That’sG, and a Friday’s Featured Female, Tiffany@RunningHutch before the busy day began.

Healthy Living Bloggers, JambaFit, Jamba Juice, FiTrends Expo

Katy, Monica, Me, Gillian, Tiffany

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For #BostonStrong and All Runners Everywhere

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Today marks the running of the 2014 Boston Marathon.  Although I will never qualify for this race, I am part of the running community and I know that this will be an emotional race for all involved.  Last year my entire family came out to support the #BostonStrong movement and this year, I felt a short post would show my reverence for this great event so in the motivational words of The Alarm, I leave you all with this:   The Alarm, Rain In The Summertime, #BostonStrong   For an amazing story about my friend Gerard Pescatore (aka The Music of Running) and his amazing wife who is returning to Boston this year, you should read this.   For all runners everywhere.

Friday’s Featured Female – Karen Booth

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Welcome to Friday’s Featured Female!

Friday's Featured Female, #FFF
This weekly series features inspirational stories from admirable women.  IMHO, it’s always good to be reminded of how strength, determination, hard work, heart and ingenuity can impact the quality of one’s life and I’m proud that these women will allow me to share their stories here.


Today I’m featuring author, parent, fellow 80′s diehard and Duranie extraordinaire, Karen Booth.  Karen and I have Duran Duran and Twitter for bringing us together.  I really am indebted to social media for expanding my circle of friends (is that cool or sad because many of them I’ve never even met IRL).  Even though Karen has gotten the chance to meet Duran Duran on more than one occasion, I still like her (very much in fact).

Karen Booth, John Taylor, Duran Duran

Yeah, that’s Karen and John Taylor.

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Lucky 7

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Wild Boy is 7 today – 1/3 of the way to the legal drinking age.Last year, my post about Wild Boy’s birthday was about being 1/3 of the way to being a legal adult so I guess that it’s fitting that this year, I bring drinking into the equation.

This year that I felt the need to drink a little bit more as a parent.  If Wild Boy at 6 years old is any indication of what he’s going to be like as a teenager, I’m in a lot of trouble.  But until that time, I’ll just remember that the days are long but the years are so very short and remember some of the highlights from this year:

Birthday, 7th birthday

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