The sound of music

January 8, 2007 on 5:23 pm | By | In Random Musings | 1 Comment

Betsy's iPodI have the BEST HUSBAND EVER!

When it comes to giving Christmas presents to each other, we’re really predictable. I always write out a list of what I’d like — typically little things such as books, CDs, jammies, a gift certificate for a massage — nothing big ticket. I don’t get jazzed over jewelry (other than my wedding band and engagement ring), and there’s really not much else I feel I need. So Christmas morning rarely brings any surprises; the gifts from my darling are those I’ve specifically asked for. And each year he proclaims he doesn’t want anything, so I get him clothes (which he does appreciate), along with a few silly little items.

This past Christmas, given our upcoming trip to France and our optimistic proclamation that 2007 WILL be the year we tear down our house and rebuild, we decided to forego exchanging gifts. Sure I bought him his favorite Scotch (Lagavulin 16-year single malt), but I didn’t wrap it, nor did I wait until Christmas morning to give it to him. (I had forgotten that Lagavulin is tough to come by this time of year — most liquor stores sell out in mid-December — so when I found a bottle sitting on the shelf while picking up some booze for a client, I snapped it up).

My darling did think of a good — small — gift for me: a CD of songs of my choosing. You see, I love to get my groove on while listening to party music in my car. You know, mindless dance music. He’s made a couple of CDs for me over the years (one has primarily 60s pop, the other 70s disco), but there were a few more songs I wanted to hear.

There was one catchy tune I had just started hearing that I loved. I didn’t know the artist nor the name, but I told my darling it was something like, “Get Your Sexy On.” Imagine the hits we got when we searched for that term on the Internet! (I’m still blushing). He then turned to iTunes and asked me if it could possibly be “Sexyback” by Justin Timberlake. “Justin Timberlake?” I exclaimed. “You’ve got to be kidding me. I’m 43 years old, for chrissakes; there’s NO WAY I’d like Justin Timberlake.” But you guessed it — that’s exactly the song I had been grooving to over the past few days. sigh

So in addition to Justin, I wrote out a list of 14 other songs that I wanted on the CD — everything from Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman” to Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie.” I sat on the couch next to him as he purchased and downloaded all the singles from iTunes. Once again, there’d be no surprises on Christmas morning.

Now I must digress. Neither my darling nor I run with any music as we both prefer to let our minds wander. Running provides the perfect opportunity to mull over one’s day and think about the week/month/year to come. Mind you, I had never tried running with music (I figured I’d probably enjoy it), but I just didn’t feel compelled to buy another gadget. I was discussing this with my darling’s cousin on Christmas Eve — she too is a runner and was very excited to receive a coat with a cute little pocket in which to carry her iPod. She was surprised to hear that given all the running we’re doing we don’t listen to music to help pass the time. But I reiterated my preference for letting my mind wander.

Okay, enough digressing.

On Christmas morning I grabbed for the CD case under the tree. I had to hear Justin! I tore open the package to see my darling had customized the CD case with a picture of me competing in my first triathlon; a very cute touch, I thought. I opened up the case and a puzzled look immediately crossed my face. There was no CD; I was staring at a slim green piece of metal with a small screen and a white circle with the word “Menu” on it. Then it dawned on me: he got me a friggin’ iPod! In Ovens to Betsy green no less! I threw my arms around his neck and immediately burst into tears.

Now that I’ve had the chance to run with my new toy, I can honestly say I don’t know how I survived without it.

As a side note, that is indeed me in the picture above (in addition to being the best husband ever, my darling is an extremely talented photographer). I’ve been meaning to post this for quite some time — we were originally just going to do a quick shot of me with the iPod — but then my darling suggested we make it look like the iPod billboards. Of course, he immediately wished he hadn’t said that since it meant more work for him. But yesterday he had to get out his white screen for another product shot, so we decided to give it a go. I feel like I’ve been fighting just a bit of a bug lately, and having to whip my head from side to side in a wild fashion didn’t help matters. After 20 minutes of this I was dizzy and nauseated and had to lie down for a nap. Ah the life of a model!!!

1 Comment

  1. Hi Betsy,

    I know many runners think running to music defeats the purpose of one of the most wonderful benefits of running… the calm and quiet surroundings so conducive to clearing the mind and cleansing the soul. I find I go through phases when I don’t want music for that very reason. Most times though, knowing I can strap on my mp3 and let the beat of the music carry my feet is the only thing that gets me out the door. Whatever can help pass the miles!

    So, congratulations on your new toy! Be safe and have fun with it. Oh… and your picture is about the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.


    Comment by Angie — January 14, 2007 #

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