Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Revelations of a Not So Serious Kind (OOTD)

Have you ever had to do that ice breaker? The one where you're asked to come up with three statements about yourself, two true and one false? Sometimes it's three true and one false. Or three false and one true. Or two false and one true. Or any other combinations of numbers and reversals of falsehoods and truths. And then your peers/colleagues/fellows-in-training (almost always these things are done at team-building/professional development/leadership training events) have to guess which statement is the odd one out - the true statement, or the false statement, depending on how it's set up. All of this, in order to help you reveal something surprising about yourself, to your peers/colleagues/fellows-in-training.

The surprising truths I usually reveal about myself? Well, they run the gamut (I'm a woman of varied complexity and mysteries?) but I just thought of one the other night, while driving back from a visit to Orange County, with my family:

I love country music.

Which may not be so weird, I suppose, until you consider that I grew up in suburban Orange County (California) in the 80s and early 90s, listening to KIIS FM and KROQ, and spent my young adult years living and working in Los Angeles. And the fact that I'm an Asian-American, who grew up nowhere near the midwest, south, or any other place that might have popularly favored country music. That's a little odd. I remember being a freshman in college at UCLA, and introducing Reba McIntyre to my roommate (who was also Korean-American) and us joking about how fun it'd be to go to a Reba concert, only we'd be the only Asians there. It's true, I can't say I've been keeping up with country for the past ten years or so - somewhere around 2002, I got well and truly hooked on NPR, so I rarely listen to music stations these days. But when I'm on long drives with the husband, we tend to listen to music, and the other night, I asked him to find me some Mary Chapin Carpenter on Spotify.

And wow, it was like sinking into your favorite chair with a glass of your favorite wine, and just marinating in good feelings.

I don't even know if there's a country music station in San Diego, but I'm thinking there must be one, right? Anyway, I'm not really sure how well country-music fans overlap with Anthropologie fans (next thing you know, I'll be telling you I love NASCAR...which, well, I don't. Though my favorite Pixar movie of all time is Cars, so that comes pretty close I guess...) but if you are a country music fan, let me know in the comments who/what I've been missing out on these past ten years. Any particular musicians/songs/albums worth listening to?

Top: H&M Chiffon Blouse (similar here, here, and here)
Pants: J. Crew Minnie Pant in Denim (similar here, here, and here)
Shoes: Givenchy Platform Clog Sandals (similar here, here, and here)
Necklace: Oh Hello Friend Pocket Watch Necklace (similar here, here, and here)
Watch: Michael Kors Crystal Chronograph (on sale, here!)
Lip Color: Poppy King for J. Crew

And what about you? Have you ever had to do this ice breaker before? What's your surprising truth?


  1. Every year at least once I feel like I do one of these team building exercises as a teacher with my colleagues.  When it comes down to something interesting about myself I'm always at a loss for words.  I like to portray a very boring lifestyle, especially towards my students lest they thing I'm some sort of party animal.  But it happens to be quite true.  My husband on the other hand always comes up with great things like, "One of my main goals in life is to bike across every bridge in the NYC area" because he's deeply interested in bridges and biking. 

    I love your shirt, BTW.  I've been meaning to find a good blouse ever since Chloe from The Chloe Conspiracy wore this amazing ASOS blouse. 

  2. love this outfit! pretty shoes! xxx

  3. I grew up in OC too and love country music.  I'm a big Keith Urban fan.

  4. You look great in this outfit. I love the color of the blouse with the denim.
    I've been considering buying a pair of JC's Minnies. How did you find the sizing?
    I thought I'd read to size down.

    I've had to do a similar type of ice-breaker. I don't really like it. I always feel terribly embarrassed.

  5. Icebreakers, always a good time. I love how someone ends up inadvertently ends up revealing something way too personal that they probably should not have told anyone. Not that I'd put country music in that category. ;) I went to an agricultural magnet high school so country music was everywhere but I'm not a big fan of the genre. I do like some crossover bands like Nickel Creek, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Lagwagon, Hank III, and Slobberbone.

    Careful there with NASCAR...huge fan here. Seriously. Love me some Dale Jr!

  6. Darling, I love country music! And there are two decent country stations in San Diego -- 95.7 and 97.3. It is all I listen to, I find it very comforting or uplifting. 

    I have been scheming to play this game with the husband -- but I am struggling to find a "lie" that he'd believe. 

  7. Those Minnie's look fabulous on you!! I love how you kept the top flowy and feminine. I say go for the red too!!

  8. well, *ahem* funny you should mention country music! I have 9 CDs out, they received quite a bit of attention several years back, Im kind of the disposed faux rockabilly queen now, but since I got layed off from my dayjob, my music has kind of kept me alive. Love to send you a complimentary CD?

  9. I love country music too, Carol!  :)  I spent my middle school, high school and college years in the South and country music just grew on me.  I agree with Natalie, I also listen to 95.7 and 97.3.

    Let's see, some of my favorite artists since 2002 would be ...

    Rascal Flatts (maybe they were pre 2002?  Well, either way, they've had some good recent stuff)
    The Band Perry - the lead singers voice is so ... um ... haunting?  But in a good way!  I'm not sure what the right word is.  lol
    The Zac Brown Band - "Whatever It Is" and "Chicken Fried" are really good
    Lady Antebellum - "I Run To You" is so catchy
    Sugarland - the lead singer has such a strong, amazing voice!
    Carrie Underwood - I think I love just about everything she does
    Daris Rucker - the guy from Hootie and the Blowfish went solo and country - he has a good one called "Alright"
    Jerrod Niemann did a remake of "Lover, Lover" that is catchy
    Miranda Lambert - "The House That Built Me" is simply amazing.  It makes me want to cry every time I hear it - and I'm so NOT a cryer!
    Sara Evans has a new-ish one called "A Little Bit Stronger" that I think is pretty moving
    Taylor Swift - some of it is kind of teenage-ish, but there are some good ones in there too

    Okay, that's all I could come up with off the top of my head.  Hopefully that will help give you a place to start!  :)

  10. my japanese mother loves country. she also is probably stuck in 1992, but yes there are country music stations in san diego.

    (i guess my surprising truth would be that i love singing along to musicals on long commutes or roadtrips. rarely if other people are around.)

  11. Anthropologie and country can and do mix.  Some of their clothes has that country vibe and a lot of contemporary country has taken on pop, urban or rock influences.
    I love the Zac Brown Band, Miranda Lambert, and Dierks Bentley.  Also as a high school teacher I hear my fair share of Taylor Swift and have a soft spot for her too.  A specific song recommendation: "Dirt Road Anthem," by Jason Aldean.  I like the remix with Ludacris best.

  12. Too funny.  I usually reveal that I've hitchhiked AND picked up hitchhikers. 
    And that I was in 4H and raised 2 lambs that I happily led across the auction block for some poor slob to bid on. I definitely like the "Alt country/bluegrass" genre and more old-school style (Willie Nelson), but can't quite deal with some of the more contemporary Nashville variety (Brooks and Dunn, for instance).  I have seen Lyle Lovett THREE times, even though I don't really consider myself a huge fan, but the venues have been pretty fabulous - Austin, TX, Redrocks, CO, and Disney Concert Hall. Finally, I prefer the 'get-drunk-and-brawl' to the 'I-love-you' type of country songs!  

  13. I do not like ice breakers.  I do not like role plays.  But I DO like County Music!  I'm a huge Kenny Chesney fan.  We've seen him a half dozen times and would go again in a heartbeat.  I use to be a huge Guns n Roses fan.  I stood in line for tickets to see them play at Alpine Valley in East Troy, WI.  It's an outside venue and it poured out.  Skid Row opened, my mascara was running, and my Harley Davidson tank top was drenched, but it was so worth it!  Most people would find it hard to believe I was a huge rock fan back then!

  14. !  I grew up in the Bay Area, not a single person I knew listened to country (it was trendy to answer the question "what kind of music do you like" with "everything but country") but I found CMT at some point and watched it obsessively all through middle and high school.  :)

    I'll second the Band Perry and Lady Antebellum plus lesser known Stealing Angels and Pistol Annies.