Jimmy and Me


I sang loudly. In the emptiness of my car. With no one to tell me to hush. If you like pina coladas…and gettin’ caught in the rain… There’s no one quite like Jimmy Buffet to make my lonely heart sing.

JD’s been out of town for the past few days and I kinda, sorta miss him telling, asking, begging me to stop singing. I think I’m the next American Idol contender, but he thinks I’d get kicked out of a karaoke joint any night of the week. Whatever. I continue to sing loudly because singing makes me happy. Lighter. When things are swirling madly around my heart and mind, melodies bring me back home.

When JD arrived home today, I immediately started singing, Do yoooooooou like pina coladas…and gettttttttin’ caught in the rain… the minute he walked in. Before his bags hit the floor, he was rolling his eyes. But I don’t care. Because singing makes me happy.

And singing is so much less annoying than rubbing your spouse’s face in your armpit. Yes. Oh, yes. Because in case you’re wondering, that’s exactly what JD did to me last week after I sang him a song about how fresh he smelled after a late-night run.

It’s nice to know the romance takes on different shapes after a while. The shape of a c-sharp gone bad. The shape of girl trying to free herself from a warm armpit. And the shape of two people loving each other in spite of it all.

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  1. WeezerMonkey

    July 25th, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    I love singing loudly (and badly), too. And I also love my husband as much as you love yours, it seems. 🙂

  2. Camillle

    July 25th, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    How cute….you make my Friday a happy one!

  3. Melissa McClure

    July 26th, 2008 at 12:04 am

    Jimmy Buffet rocks. I’m going to see him in October in San Diego! So does Rupert Holmes (Who sings the Pina Colada song) 🙂

  4. cassandra m

    July 26th, 2008 at 12:07 am

    How funny…I can totally see you singing so loudly. You should make a video for American Idol and post on your blog here. We could all vote for you…ha.ha. Have a great weekend!

  5. kerri mcconnell

    July 26th, 2008 at 12:08 am

    haha! my husband and JD one in the same… i thought Rick was the only person who did that… *sigh* 🙂

  6. Wayne Toshikazu

    July 26th, 2008 at 12:20 am

    This post totally grossed me out. LOL. But it’s still good all the same. Keep on rockin’! 🙂

  7. Val McCormick Photography

    July 26th, 2008 at 12:48 am

    Yeah, I would rather listen to someone singing than get my face to an armpit, lol. How funny it is than when we are in a car we can let go and just belt out any ol’ tune.:-) I totally hear someone singing now (I live near the beach and there is always karaoke and music). BTW, now I have that song in my head, If you like piña coladas…

  8. Clare Day

    July 26th, 2008 at 1:07 am

    Yeah I sing all the time too 🙂 usually about totally random things like my shoes being tight, or the dishes needing to be done 😀 You are my hero Jas!

  9. j.ro

    July 26th, 2008 at 1:20 am

    it’s fun that’ll you have these memories marked down in the blogosphere for you to hold onto in years to come … sweaty pits and all!

  10. Christine Farah

    July 26th, 2008 at 2:50 am

    LOL One word Ew! It’s true love comes in all forms. 🙂

  11. Lindsay P

    July 26th, 2008 at 3:15 am

    I’m glad to know I’m not the only one that uses my car as the setting for my own personal rock concert :o)

  12. deb

    July 26th, 2008 at 3:49 am

    i’m so glad someone else said it already. because i thought i was going to show my age by saying, "oh…hon…that’s not a jimmy buffett song."

    but the song is fun.
    and so is being a parrot-head.
    and so is your story…arm-pits and all.

    all the best!

  13. Ashley Brockinton

    July 26th, 2008 at 4:07 am

    This sounds like me and my husband but you would just have to throw in a 2 year old in a tutu and plastic high heels dancing to my bad singing.

  14. Ken Burg

    July 26th, 2008 at 4:20 am

    Melissa beat me to it. It’s Rupert Holmes doing the song… but that doesn’t mean Jimmy isn’t great 🙂

  15. Jasmine*

    July 26th, 2008 at 4:29 am

    Ha! Yes, I KNOW Holmes sang this song, but the one I was singing to was a remake by Jimmy Buffet…which can be found on his greatest hits record. Strangely enough, a Los Angeles radio station was playing it this morning on my way to the gym…it’s definitely Eye of the Tiger, but it sure put me in a good mood! 🙂

  16. Jane Chung

    July 26th, 2008 at 5:15 am

    During the summer when Kevin has to leave for work and I get to stay in bed all day, I like to send him off with, "Think of me … think of me fondly … never say goodbye …" in my best Phantom voice. He rolls his eyes at me just like JD does at you! Men. =)

  17. annajoy

    July 26th, 2008 at 5:55 am

    so cute. i love your random posts about your life almost as much as your awesome photo posts 🙂

  18. Sherry

    July 26th, 2008 at 6:26 am

    Although I’m a fan of your photography, I enjoy the way you share your personality as well. This post just really put a smile on my face. My hubby and I have little things just between the two of us…which make no sense to anyone else…but they are our special love moments! And I think "love moments" are the best! 🙂

  19. Matthew Saville

    July 26th, 2008 at 6:28 am

    Sweeeeeet Carolina, bum bum bum! …Oh wait nevermind…

  20. Holli True

    July 26th, 2008 at 7:21 am

    I love this- because I know exactly what you mean! The little things that kinda make you crazy- but would really make you crazy if they stopped happening. 🙂 My hubby and I are about to celebrate 9 yrs of marriage- I can tell you- each year only gets better! 🙂


    July 26th, 2008 at 9:40 am

    I play air drums in the car to make me happy. Drivers next to me at red lights tell me to stop…but I don’t listen…I just keep drummin’

  22. Christine Meintjes

    July 26th, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    you have to see Mama mia…I almost started singing in the movie! Love the songs…

  23. christina LeMarr

    July 26th, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    *sigh* Nothing says lovin like an arm pit to the face…yup…hub’s done that one to me too….I’m still plotting my revenge 😉

  24. deB perry

    July 26th, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    sing away sistah…sing away! 😉

  25. Tracy Grant

    July 26th, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Your entries usually lighten my mood and this one is no different.
    Thank you :>)

  26. Carrie McCluskey

    July 26th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Awww, that is sick! lol in a good way.

  27. Chatti

    July 26th, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    haha…i love this entry. i burst out singing all the time! it’s so good!

  28. stacy cross

    July 26th, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    girl- you are so silly and so fun! Glad to know I’m not alone in this world!!

  29. Ashley

    July 26th, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    I love it! Now THAT’S what romance and love is all about. And no one can tell it in a short synopsis like you can.

  30. Zaida Rios

    July 26th, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    I love singing aloud, too. Of course, when noone is around. Sorry to call you out, but as a Florida girl I’ve got to tell ya that this isn’t a Jimmy Buffet tune, though. 🙂

  31. kimberlee

    July 27th, 2008 at 12:12 am

    you are way too cute. 🙂

  32. Jamie

    July 27th, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Hey girl! I did a shoot today at The Woodlands Market St and guess what? There is a lululemon there! AAAAAAAAAHHHHH! See you soon!

  33. Michelle-

    July 27th, 2008 at 3:15 am

    Hi, I stumbled upon this website and love it! Would you mind telling me the "Add a Comment" plug-in you used. I can’t seem to find it on wordpress. Thanks! Love your work!

  34. Rachel Brooke

    July 27th, 2008 at 3:44 am

    Yes, you’re last few sentences say it all…the shape of love is not always glamorous but that’s what makes it so real.

  35. Natarasha N. Wright

    July 27th, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    This is so cute…it had me laughing all the way through the post…lol Sing it girl…SING!

  36. Cathy and David

    July 28th, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Aw. 🙂 You made Cathy cry happiness, and made me all happy too. 😀 Good story! When can we expect your first book? -David.

  37. Robin Dini

    July 28th, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    ah jasmine. i can always count on reading your blog in the morning for a quick pick-me-up. You’re too freakin’ funny.

  38. Betsy, La Vida Creations

    July 29th, 2008 at 6:28 am

    Jasmine, this post made us love you even more (if that’s possible…)! We’re such huge parrotheads and totally relate to the "taking you away from it all" mentality. Yeah, Buffett! Just downloaded some Buffett songs for the Rockband to test our skills 😉 Fins up!

  39. Jeff, La Vida Creations

    July 29th, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    I see that my beautiful wife just beat me to this post! 🙂 Ya know, our first dance at our wedding was "Knees of My Heart" by Jimmy Buffett. We’ll be attending our 18th Buffett concert in October. You say "fanatic", I say "devoted Parrothead". Come have a margarita with us sometime in SD Jasmine! We’ll sing some tunes loudly with ya! 😉

  40. Kathy

    July 30th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Love that song too…..but hate
    to tell you Jimmy doesn’t sing it.
    Is sung by Rupert Holmes.

  41. Lan Bui

    August 7th, 2008 at 3:33 pm