These Boots Were Made for Shufflin’ & #ROW80

In case you are not an American or were hiding in your basement from the threat of Zombie Apocalypse, the Super Bowl was played on Sunday. I had no idea until about a week before who was playing, and I’m not sure now who won. Obviously, I am not a football fan.

However, I did turn on my television mere minutes before halftime because, by golly, I wanted to see that halftime show! The main performer was a pop star whom I would argue is my generation’s Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, The Beatles — you know, those performers who make it big, influence others, and experience decades of success. Moreover, Madonna is known to put on a heck of a show.

Ignoring MIA’s lack of decorum and any comments others made, I personally thought the show was great. Madonna did not disappoint. (Watch however much you want.)

Always looking for take-aways, here’s what I got out of it:

Madonna is a better singer now than when she started. You get better over time if you choose to learn, practice, and hone your craft. Madonna had the benefit of a vocal coach for the Dick Tracy film and training with her Evita performance. Plus, she has hours and hours of singing and performing under her belt. She’s better now for it.

You can still wear hot over-the-knee boots after age 50. And those boots were made for shufflin’. Madonna is 53 year old. Yes, I know she stumbled one little time, but did you see that stage? I’d have been tumbling through half that performance if I’d been in those heels and attempting cartwheels. Meanwhile, I just need to walk most of the time, so I’m thinking about getting a pair of those boots. Where I can find reasonably priced knock-offs?

Motherhood changes your perspective. Madonna recently said in an interview that she argues with her teenage daughter about the length of her daughter’s skirt. Of course, Mom wants it to be longer. Despite her reputation as a sex goddess, Madonna was dressed pretty modestly and kept the moves suggestive rather than some of the more blatant choreography she has demonstrated in the past. I wonder if she was thinking of the other moms out there.

That ROW80 twitter party anthem is pretty catchy. Nicole Basaraba introduced Party Rock Anthem as the #ROW80 Party Anthem/pre-sprint warm-up song. “Every day I’m shufflin’.” Get your boots on, and let’s go!

Here are my Revised ROW80 goals for Round 1 of 2012:

  • Finish editing Grace & Fire mystery novel and send to reader. Finished January 19.
  • Write 2,500 1,500 words per week on young adult novel, Sharing Hunter. Nothing yet this week. Sadly.
  • Blog twice a week on Amaze-ing Words Wednesday and Deep-Fried Friday, and check-in with ROW80 updates twice a week. Posted Valentine’s Special: Candy Heart Sayings on Wednesday and The Kissing Disease & ROW80 update on Sunday.
  • Comment on at least 10 15 blogs per week (not counting ROW80 update comments). Failed to count. I will start keeping track again.
  • Read one writing craft book. Reading On Writing; now on page 195 of 291.
  • Read five eight fiction books. 5 down, starting The Cat, the Lady and the Liar (a cozy mystery) by Leann Sweeney.
  • Exercise three times per week.

How’s it going for y’all? Got your boots? Got your word count? Are you rockin’ the ROW?

8 thoughts on “These Boots Were Made for Shufflin’ & #ROW80

  1. Julie, I love this post! I thought I was the only one who got the impression Madonna has toned down due to motherhood. Throughout her performance, my mind kept going back to what she might have done if she didn’t have a daughter watching. And yes, those boots are definitely rockin’. She definitely did a fab show.

    Your goals are super high, and you’re doing well with them.. I don’t know how you keep up with all that reading. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Suzanne. Maybe she does think about her daughter watching now.

      As for keeping up with the reading, not much else I can do right now. The house is a wreck, no exercise happening, and my errand list is growing instead of getting checked off. But no worries. It will all wait for me to be ready to go there, and in the meantime I get to read. 🙂

  2. Loved Madonna’s half time show. I am amazed that she’s 53 and can still dance and move like that. Impressive.
    Your goals are impressive and you are knocking them all down. No worries on the word count. I am sure it’ll come and if not, we can’t “hit” every week. I am blown away by the amount of reading you do – wowzers!!!

    1. With not much else to do, I am getting more reading done. In fact, I read through about 50 blog posts yesterday! I think I’m caught up with that now. Thanks for all of the encouragement, Natalie!

  3. I agree whole heartedly that Madonna has grown so much over the years in her ability to sing. It is brilliant. So, honesty is the best policy, so here it is… I didn’t watch the super bowl. I don’t like sports, except for cycling… Tour de France. I better not marry someone who loves sports. I might just die. Yet, they’ll have to deal with me watching the Tour de France for three weeks during July. haha
    Anyway, good luck with you goals. I’ll be rooting you on for sure! 🙂

  4. Enjoyed this post! Madonna did rock the boots, but I ended up feeling old. I had to explain to my girls that Madonna was my Lady Gaga. Plus, my kids wanted to know who Ferris Bueller was.

    Hope you are squeezing in more writing this week. I’m wearing my editing hat now, but need to get back to writing.

    1. Thanks, Tia. I have to explain all kinds of things to my kids. My one draw-the-line: They WILL know the Beatles by name – John, Paul, George & Ringo. You made me think of that with Ferris Bueller (Shake It Up, Baby!). LOL.

      I’d better get a LOT done tomorrow to have something great to report for the Sunday ROW80 update. Enjoy the editing & writing.

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