Tunes For Tuesday – Billy Joel

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Music, Tunes For Tuesday

Image: Daisy


The one song I never expected Billy Joel to play at the Hollywood Bowl concert I went to in June was, “Vienna”.  I went as far as to tell Jay as much as we listened to it on the way to the show.  I love the song and when it was featured in one of my favorite chick-flicks, “13 Going On 30″, it was solidified as a favorite forever.

With lyrics like, “Slow down you crazy child…” and “…you know that when the truth is told that you can get what you want or you can just get old” that this song is one that makes an impact.  I found the clip from “13 Going On 30″ and I’m sharing it with you today.  I hope you love it as much as I do.




What is your favorite Billy Joel song?

Making My Way Back – A Unique 13 Step Program

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I’m back from my nearly month-long break.


In the blogging world, not posting content is considered blogger-suicide.


My inconsistency wasn’t intentional but it was necessary.


My head, heart, soul and body needed to retreat….and so I did.


But I’m ready to talk about it all now so here goes……


My last post mentioned that I was in New York City saying good-bye to my beloved Brooklyn apartment.  With no offense intended to anyone who has used traditional 12 step programs to deal with addiction, this final act of truly leaving New York was quite an ordeal for me.  After living in Los Angeles for nearly 2 years, I didn’t think that the act of selling my New York apartment wouldn’t be so devastating but it was.


It’s taken me nearly a month to be able to write about my unique 13 steps to dealing with my own transition but here goes:


Step 1:  Arrive at midnight to an empty apartment except for a mattress on the bedroom floor and this thoughtful table set by a loving husband.  Cry.


Maker's Mark, lonely table

Notice the Maker’s Mark and the unseen gift left by loving husband.

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Tunes For Tuesday – Barenaked Ladies

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Welcome to Tunes For Tuesday!

Music, Tunes For Tuesday

Image: Daisy


Today’s Tunes For Tuesday has double sentiment.  After nearly 2 years in Los Angeles, we have sold our apartment in Brooklyn.  I’m in New York this week seeing friends, speaking at the A Healthy U Conference and lastly, saying good-bye to the apartment that has been the place I called home for longer than any other place I’ve ever lived.


It’s also my 14 year wedding anniversary and I’m in New York and Jay is in California.  We’ve never been apart on our anniversary so with a nod to our first joint concert together and the sadness of letting this apartment go, today’s tune is Barenaked Ladies, “The Old Apartment”.


Wedding picture from Studio 450 NYC 5-6-00

May 6, 2000 – Studio 450

Hope you enjoy!


Where have you lived the longest?

Not Feeling Groovy

Posted on by Melissa Burton in Balance | 7 Comments

If you’re looking for a party post on Cinco de Mayo, you’re not going to find it here today.  I’m not in a party mood at all.


Today’s post isn’t about food, family, fitness or Duran Duran

but since it’s MY truth, I’m sharing it here.


I’ve been in a terrible funk lately and I can’t seem to shake it.



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Friday’s Featured Female – Gillian@That’

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Friday's Featured Female, #FFF


Today’s Friday’s Featured Female is the very sweet, smart and very athletic Gillian@That’sG (soft g in Gillian BTW).  I met Gillian at FitBlogLA and her great smile and sunny personality made her a person I definitely had to get to know after the rush of meeting a whole slew of people was over.  I’m so glad that the blogging world has brought this fun girl into my real life.  Gillian and I did a 2 hour hot yoga class together not long ago and even though we weren’t in the same van together, we were part of the same Ragnar team just last month!   I’m amazed at how Gillian does all that she does and has a smile on her face.   I’m inspired by her and I know you will be too.


So……….have you met Gillian?


Hi everyone!  I’m Gillian and I blog over at That’s G.

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