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WO: Weekly Obsessions

I’ve sat down to write non-WO posts time after time, but I can’t seem to get the words out. There are a multitude of topics I want to cover; and yet, I can’t push through the pain, frustration or sheer madness of it all. Until this wave of emotion subsides, here’s what else is on my mind:

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  1. Salesian Boys’ & Girls’ Club: I recently volunteered for Junior League SF at the Salesian Boys’ & Girls’ Club during their 4th Annual Food & Beer Fest. We served the most delicious deviled eggs, focaccia bread, beer and more while dancing to the DJ’s party playlist and raising money for an excellent cause. I’m legit looking forward to next year’s event already.
  2. Nook: A friend suggested we try this restaurant Sunday and it became the perfect first half of an eight-hour brunch. Situated right off the cable car line, we sat outside with delicious food and bottomless mimosas (served until 3pm), and chatted endlessly while watching tourists roll by. This one is definitely going in my brunch spot rotation.
  3. “Amy”: The tragic rise and fall of Amy Winehouse may not have surprised some, given her troubled past. But this incredible documentary gives the public a harrowing look into her private life and demons, plus the people surrounding her during those ups and downs. I saw a screening last weekend and am recommending it to anyone with two ears who’ll listen.
  4. “Sit Still, Look Pretty” – Daya: If there was ever a modern-day anthem for girl power, this is it. Who can argue with lyrics like “…Then Snow White / She did right in her life / Had seven men to do the chores / ‘Cause that’s not what a lady’s for”? It’s on repeat in my personal playlist, pushing me and other women to be OK with flying solo to take over the world 😉

Images courtesy of: Salesian Club, Yelp, Konbini, Genius

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The Greatest Love of All

As you’ve all heard by now, Whitney Houston died Saturday at the age of 48. The iconic songstress and legendary diva was found in a Beverly Hills hotel room, and news of her passing spread quickly through our technology-driven society.

Status updates and tweets flurried, while videos of her unforgettable performances surged on YouTube. And at the end of it all, the question remains unanswered: Was this yet another tragedy caused by substance abuse?

To say that I was shocked to hear of her death would be an exaggeration. Similar to the news of Amy Winehouse’s passing, we all know the troubled past Houston endured through her decades-long career.

It seems all of her relationships were tumultuous: with drugs, with abuse, with longtime partner Bobby Brown.

Seven albums, three film soundtracks, six Grammys, 30 Billboard Awards, 22 American Music Awards and two Emmy awards later,  Houston sold more than 200 million albums and singles worldwide … a professional career so powerful, no wonder her personal life was a constant roller coaster.

I like to think that Houston’s greatest love was sharing her talent with the world. In the spirit of tribute, here are some of my favorite Whitney moments — some serious, some not so much. Feel free to share yours in the comments below.

“I Wanna Dance with Somebody” — My all-time favorite song of hers is best used for a reception entrance or getting ready for a night out, a la “13 Going on 30.”

One of many impressions Maya Rudolph excelled at: Whitney, what what?

“I Will Always Love You” — I don’t remember the plot from “The Bodyguard,” but I will never forget the way this powerful, emotional ballad captivated me as a child.

“Being Bobby Brown” gave us a peek into their relationship, and this clip in particular was made wildly popular by Joel McHale and “The Soup.” 

The VH1 divas perform “I’m Every Woman;” Whitney and Chaka Khan lead vocals.

And the songbirds keep singing like they know the score — rest in peace, Whitney Houston (1963–2012).