Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Tuesday

Time to get a bit random before Thanksgiving.
  • We had a fabulous sunrise this morning.  I love living somewhere we can see these lovely colors:

  • I got a batch of rolls made last night, along with a batch of sugar cookies and dinner.  Go me!  The rolls are for Thanksgiving, the cookies were for Turbo--he made a cookie cutter in shop class and got extra credit of he took a cookie cut with said cookie cutter to he teacher.  I think it was a way for the teacher to get free cookies.
  • This has to be the best way to cook a turkey:
Have a fantastic Thanksgiving everyone!
Join in on the random fun  with  Stacy.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thankful Monday

Well, here we are the Monday before Thanksgiving.  We have a lot to fell thankful for this year, but also a lot to feel sad about as well. 
We are currently all healthy.  The boys are managing to do well enough in school.  Nick and I are doing well at work.  We had some very good times this summer--a trip to Jackson Hole Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park, days up four wheeling, trips to the lake to kayak, some camping thrown in for fun. It's good to remember the fun we had.
As for this weekend, I accomplished the laundry.  I made cinnamon rolls with a friend for the up coming holiday.  Made plans to manage the controlled chaos that is the end of this week.  There will be 19-21 people at our friends house and she and I will be working together to keep the chaos at a minimum.  It's going to be so much fun!

And now for some thankful songs for MMMM:
Josh Turner with Everything is Fine:

Darius Rucker with This:

Again Darius Rucker with Alright:

Happy thanksgiving all!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Cold Tuesday

Yes, people, it's cold here.  We got snow last night and there is wind out there and it's frigid.  We can safely say winter is here.  At least it came with the white stuff.  Cold is so much easier to handle if there is snow on the ground too.
Now for the random:
  • Bruiser has a concert at school this week.  I think I have heard most of the songs he will be singing.  The kid likes to sing. It should be a cute concert.
  • Going to be a busy end of the week.  Bruiser's concert, then Bruiser has a birthday party to attend at the bowling alley, and on Sunday we are heading over to our friend's house to make cinnamon rolls for thanksgiving week.  And I get to sneak a round of laundry in there too.
  • And somewhere in there butter rolls need to be made--2 batches.  Thanks goodness for the bread maker--it whips up the dough in no time.
  • As to the whole red cup at starbucks thing.  Ugh, people, it's just a cup.  Not the holy grail.
  • I need chocolate.  That's something to be concerned about.  Or wine.  I could use some wine.
Have a good week all!
Join in on the random fun  with  Stacy.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday With Music

We didn't mange too much this last weekend.  It was quiet and not too stressing.
However, Friday, Turbo had an incident at school.  He had some friends that had been teasing him--ribbing him by calling him a girls name similar to his name.  He finally had enough and turned and socked the kid in the face.  Not the most desired reaction.  With the zero tolerance policy at school now he got suspended for 5 days. He will be at the Youth Crisis Center and be able to keep up with his school work, so it could have been worse. Junior high aged kids are so hard to deal with.

On another note, Bruiser lost another tooth this weekend.  One on the bottom.  Two more are loose.  The poor kid could be toothless by Christmas.

Not much else to share. Looking forward to the festivities that kick off next weekend with the annual cinnamon roll baking for Thanksgiving.

Now for Music.  The theme is Big Band era music.  Not music I am all that familiar with so here goes:
The Andrews Sisters with Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy:

Benny Goodman with Sing, Sing, Sing:

And Bobby Darin with Mack the Knife:
Have a good week all--we look to get snow and almost blizzard conditions.  Fun no?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tuesday and It's Random

Hey, Hey, Hey!  It's Tuesday.  And we are one day closer to the Holiday season.  Although, the holiday season has already hit the stores.  I keep hearing the ads that promise the lowest prices of the season for the coming weekend. Either things are already as low as they will go, or someone is fudging the prices. Advertises annoy me.

Now on to the random that is floating around in my brain:
  • Bruiser lost his top front tooth last night.  We hit it with oragel, numbed it up good and Nick gave it a yank.
  • And presto, no more tooth.  He now has an adorable lisp when he talks.
  • And of course the tooth fairy came and left him money for it.
  • He has three other loose teeth.  Poor kid is going to be toothless for Christmas.
  • So, we have most of the plans for Thanksgiving set right now.  Just the grocery shopping and cooking to do.  The busier I am the better for this first holiday season without my mom.
  • We have snow in the forecast for tonight.  3-7 inches.  It's not going to fall vertically.  It will be horizontal snow.  Wind does that sort of thing to snow.
  • Exactly when did my boys get so big?
  • I do love them though.  Crazy, annoying, lovable, boys!
Have a wonderful week everybody!

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Routine Monday

Yep, things are starting to settle into something resembling a routine again.  Not a humdrum one either.  I still miss my mother at the oddest of times and the the smallest of things will remind me of her, but we are all coping as well as can be expected.  The holidays will be a bit rough, but hopefully we will be busy enough not to dwell on her not being here and be able to remember her joy in being with us.
Nick went Pheasant hunting Saturday morning.  He brought home two birds and they were delicious. He fully intends on going again. He might even be able to go duck hunting with the same friend he went with on Saturday.  Nick is a bit excited about that.
Bruiser's heel is mending up well.  He will have some lovely scars, but if that's the worst, then we are doing OK.  He keeps growing though. The size 6 pants he is wearing are starting to get just a bit tight  and short.  Time to roll him into the size 7 stuff. At least I kept most of it from when Turbo wore it.
Turbo.  Turbo is trying very hard at school.  Math is still biting him, but he isn't failing it at the moment.  He's doing well in his other classes.  And right now he's not failing anything. A momentous occasion. He is still video game obsessed, but loves it when I read to him on our road trips.  Strangely, he has discovered the fantasy section in the school library.  He is liking it so much that he asked me to buy him a book for his Kindle.  Actually a three book set for his Kindle. Actual books with chapters and no pictures. I was so thrilled.

Now on to music:
Freebie week so here we go:
Home Free with Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget:

Dallas Smith with Kids With Cars:

Chris Jansen with Better I Don't:

Have a great week all!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Monday Music

And here we are after a fun Halloween Weekend.  The boys both ended up trick or treating (the lure of free candy was too much for Turbo to resist).  It was a fun evening with friends and family--or in our case family who are very good friends.
Thanksgiving was discussed.  We have plans in place so the hole my mom has left will not be as gaping.  I think Christmas will be more difficult.
We have more snow predicted for this week. Fall is over here.  We do need to rake some leaves.  But only if we beat the snow.  If not, we will be raking in the spring.
And now for MMMM.  Movie soundtracks is the theme this week.  Let's see what we can do with this:
From Top Gun, Kenny Loggins with Danger Zone:

From The Breakfast Club, Simple Minds with Don't You Forget About Me

And Blake Shelton's 2011 Version:
Have a great week all!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Hodgepodge--Thought Provoking

1. October 21, 2015 is Back to the Future Day. Did you see the movie? The sequels? In the second film, Doc takes Marty into the future to prevent Marty's future son from making a mistake. They leave 1985 and land on a 'skyway' on October 21st, 2015. So tell us, what were you doing in the fall of 1985?
I have seen the Back to the Future movies multiple times. My kids love them. I have only seen them on video and on TV. 
Now let's see fall of 1985...I was 12 and in 7th grade. I was a nerdy bookworm, the quiet girl in the second hand clothes that was totally not cool. The social jungle that middle school can be was not a good place for me, so I escaped into books. The library was my favorite hangout.

2.  If time travel were possible, would you want to go to the future? The past? 
I'm tossed on this one.  Seeing certain events of the past would be interesting, I do enjoy history, but the temptation to change things would be hard to resist.  As for the future, well, I'm not sure I would want to know what happened to me so much.  Again the temptation to change things would be overwhelming when I came back.  That's if there was a return trip on the mix.

3. We're not flying cars, but some of the technology imagined in the 80's film has indeed come to pass in real life 2015-flat screen TVs on the wall, tablets, fingerprint recognition, video conferencing, online banking, 3-D movies, motion controlled video games, drone cameras, and smart glasses (Google glass).  Do you worry technology is growing at a rate so fast we'll soon be unable to keep up with it's demands? Do you think the Internet does more harm than good? 
People are adaptable.  Technology will keep progressing as long as people have the imagination to ask the question and then go find the answer.
the internet does no more harm or good the TV does.  Look at the questions asked with every technology advance, radio, Movies, TV.  There are always critics that question the benefit and the downsides to each one.  The internet is a bit more pervasive, but still just a tool.

4. Your favorite dish prepared in a slow-cooker? Your favorite fast food? 
I love corned beef and cabbage in the crock pot. 
I love a good crispy chicken sandwich, from any of the fast food places really.  On occasion I like a burger too.

5. No time like the present, down time, face time, pressed for time, in the nick of time, make time, mark time, or just in time...which timely saying most relates to your life right now? 
No time like the present.  With the passing of my mother and looking at all the projects she left behind, going and doing the things I have on my bucket list hold a lot more appeal.  I don't want to look back and say if only...

6. Tell us about a place you went as a child or younger person that's no longer there or is now something else. How does that make you feel?
My high school is now a lovely grassy area.  My hometown built a new high school and demolished the old one. I feel a bit sad.  there was a renovation project on the high school during my freshman year.  Those renovations lasted less than 20 years. And the kicker is the new high school needs repairs and expanding already.

7. Describe your comfort zone.
I have a select group of friends and I like to get together with them regularly. I like being at home.  There is a nice routine we are getting back into and that is comfortable.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
It is a dreary, wet day here.  I'm not sure if it got cold enough for the rain to fall as snow last night.  It might have.  Honestly, I think we will have snow by Halloween.  We usually do. Beginning of November at the latest.  Of course it could snow for Halloween.  One year we got a foot of wet heavy snow in about 3 hours Halloween night.  There were some very wet trick or treaters that year.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tuesday, Tuesday

So, on with Tuesday Randomness. 
  • Parent teacher conferences went better than I thought they would. Bruiser got glowing reviews.  He is reading above his grade level and doing Math just fine.  He gets along with the kids and his teacher loves him.  All around good reviews.
  • Turbo got better reviews overall than I thought he would.  He still has issues with focusing in class.  He tends to space out, but he's pleasant and cooperative in class.  He has a few classes to catch up in still, got to pull those Ds up some more, but he's working on it without much complaint. 
  • The boys watch for VW Bugs all the time.  However, I put a stop to slug bug when Turbo slugged me while I was driving.  Now we call it. I did enjoy this though:
  • Very good Question:
  • I must admit, I'm looking forward to Halloween this year, as long as the weather holds. THe chances of snow before then are good though. We actually have a 50% chance of snow tonight.  It won't stick, but it will most likely fall.
  • And now for the Halloween nod for the day: 
Everyone have a great day!
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Monday, October 19, 2015

Another Weekend Bites the Dust

Yeah, so another weekend down and while we did stuff, not much of it was terribly spectacular. Our lives right now are sort of really mundane.
Bruiser did decide what he wanted to be for Halloween.  He has determined that a ninja is the costume of choice this year.  I'm OK with that.  No makeup to deal with. So we found a yellow ninja outfit for him to wear for the three events he will be hitting for Halloween.  Yep the kid has a busy run for Halloween Saturday.  Well, first there is the school party and costume parade Friday morning.  Then there is the downtown trick or treat Saturday morning.  And finally the main event, trick or treating with his cousins. That weekend will be busy.
Anyway, this last weekend saw us rearranging the kitchen slightly.  We put the icebox that came from my mother's childhood home in our kitchen.  I'm storing baking dishes in it. It looks really nice.  We also set up the TV and sound system my mother had in our living room.  Over all, we were happy with what we got done.

So MMMM is a freebie week.  Let's see what tricks my fancy:
Little Big Town with Painkiller:

Chris Janson with Power of Positive Drinkin':

Home Free (feat. the Oak Ridge Boys) with Elvira:

Have a great week!


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