Archive for August 2009

Music Wednesday: It Won’t Be Like This For Long

August 26, 2009

I found this song recently even though it’s a few months old now (it was released in February 2009). It’s from the latest solo album from Darius Rucker (Hootie!!) which is actually a country album. I’ve always found Hootie’s stuff very relatable and this song is no different. Anyone with little kids, or even big kids, will certain get what he is singing about. Not a day goes by that I don’t look at Dylan with amazement that we’ve already reached the age of 3. The song is called “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and it’s about the stages in life. It’s VERY country which is very unlike me but like I said, I’ve always like Hootie & Darius Rucker and always found a connection into what they were singing about and this song brought a tear to the eye.

Henry, Hoopty’s and the Big Red Car

August 17, 2009

We spent the weekend with our friend Ari and Amber and their two sons Harrison and Elijah. We had a blast. We took the kids to Six Flags The Great Escape on Saturday and boy was it hot. I know Dylan had a blast jumping on all the rides and then making it over to Wiggles world.  While at Wiggles World he got to ride on the Big Red Car, something he had been talking about doing for days because we told him about it a few days before we went. In fact, on the ride up he kept mentioning it but we went up on Friday night and I think he was a little disappointed the Big Red Car wasn’t at Ari and Amber’s house. He got to hug Henry, Wags, Dorothy and the Captain, which I know he loved.

Saturday was a very HOT day, maybe the hottest day this summer. After we got back from the Great Escape, we jumped in their pool for a bit which certain made us feel much cooler,  ate dinner, put the kids to bed and watched Role Models, which was pretty funny.

Sunday we got up, played with the kids, talked about hoopty’s,  took some very tired kids to breakfast, returned to the house to play for a little bit more then got on the road for the trip home. Trip home wasn’t too bad, Dylan took a nice nap in the car and then played with his legos and water table when we got home. Thanks to Ari and Amber for being such wonderful hosts, can’t wait to do it again someday!!

We had a lot of fun this weekend but it was one extremely tiring weekend. I think next weekend is going to be more of the same. Saturday we’re going to the RenFaire for the day and Sunday is my nephew’s 6th birthday party.

Music Wednesday – Woodstock

August 12, 2009

Hard to believe that the original Woodstock was 40 years ago. It’s kind of hard to believe that the second Woodstock to celebrate the first Woodstock happened 15 years ago. I was supposed to go to that one before my parents put the kibosh on those plans and ended p watching it via PPV.

Jimi Hendrix – 1969 – Purple Haze
The Who – 1969 – My Generation
CCR – 1969 – Born on the Bayou
Janis Joplin – 1969 – Piece of My Heart
Blood, Sweat & Tears – 1969 – Spinning Wheel

All these were classic performances at the original Woodstock and 1994 tried to re-do what 69 did but it just wasn’t the same but I do have a few favorites.

Primus – My Name is Mud – Considering it poured before Primus came out, there was LOTS of mud
Green Day – Paper Lanters – The INFAMOUS Green Day Mud Fight with Fans… Best quote of the show: “This isn’t peace and love, its fucking anarchy!!”
Cypus Hill – Insane in the Brain – Hip Hop, something no one in 1969 ever heard of!!
Nine Inch Nails – Closer – You could put the entire NIN set up here as it was insane, amazing, etc..

I know this one is from 1999’s version but its up for a reason:

Limp Bizkit – Break Stuff – 1999’s Woodstock was an Epic Fail due to the rowdy crowds that completely lost it, trashed the place and created complete caos. I trace it back to this moment of the show. Limp Bizkit invited everyone to let out their frustrations and anger and the crowd tore up the place. After LB got off the stage, Rage Against The Machine came on and just fueled the fire. There were too many angry bands that led the march and ruined the original Woodstock message, which is why we’ll hopefully NEVER see another Woodstock.

Why I Love My Flip

August 10, 2009

For Father’s Day this year I got a Flip. I love the thing. It makes taking video in situations where you wouldn’t carry a video camera a breeze. They come out in HD and make it simple to upload to a PC. It’s an awesome little camera. It has a rechargeable battery in it but in a pinch, takes 2 AA batteries so you’ll never be without power.

Case in point, Terri and Dylan went to the Land of Make Believe on Saturday while I stayed home to work on the house. They came home with a ton of videos for me to watch. How cool is that?? Here are 2 of my favorites.

This is Dylan on the Train and LoMB which he absolutely loves…

LoMB has a castle where they do live shows but use the guests at the part to act in them. This is the second time Dylan has done it, this time as a Spriggan?? Whatever that is.. of course Dylan sees the horns and thinks cow!!

What I Would Remake

August 6, 2009

Doesn’t it seem like Hollywood is out of original ideas? I mean how many things are going to get remade? I kind of felt it last year when 90210 returned to TV but I admit I did watch it all year long, even though it wasn’t that wonderful. This year, they’ve remade Melrose Place, which in my opinion was a REALLY bad show the first time around. I am getting tired of this trend and thankfully there are some shows and movies that are made from original ideas. However, I will admit to being happy that Rob Zombie has redone the Halloween movies and it continuing with Halloween 2 which like his first remake adds something more to the story.

I’ve also said that if I were going to remake a show, I’d pick Dawson’s Creek. I mean the original show was far better than 90210 or Melrose and the ending of the original show certainly gives a writer enough story lines to continue on with it. In the original, Joey and Pacey ended up together, Jen died leaving her daughter to Jack and Dawson moved to Hollywood and created “The Creek.” So where would I pick up? I’d follow Pacey and Joey who have moved back to Capeside in order to be closer to family while they raise their family. They have a son who’s name is..ready?? Dawson.. in memory of their childhood friend. Jack’s still in Capeside raising Jen’s daughter and in fact has become the first gay mayor of Capeside. Dawson’s (Leery not Witter) mom and sister still live in Capeside as well. Of course there would be new characters as well. Hey, if you can do it with crappy shows like 90210 and Melrose, why couldn’t you do it with a better show like Dawson?

Music Wednesday – Stuff I Don’t or Wouldn’t Like

August 5, 2009

So talking about my Music Wednesday’s themes and selections with Terri last night, I asked what the theme should be for today. She told me I should let her do it, so I am (although I am actually doing the post, inserting my comments but she picked the songs).  In her words, this is music I don’t or wouldn’t like if I haven’t heard it.

Lady Gaga – Boys Boys Boys: She’s right, not really into Lady Gaga. I’ve mentioned I can dig Poker Face but that about it. Apparently she wanted to write the female version of Motley Crue’s Girls Girls Girls. I’ll pass on both!!

Lonnie Donnegan – Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It’s Flavor On The Bedpost Overnight: I can’t even really comment. I mean I’ve never heard the song, heard of the song until Terri sent me this list.

Ace of Base – Blooming 18: She’s right, I’ve hated Ace of Base (shouldn’t it be Bass or are they playing tag?) since the day I first heard them. Reminds me of Abba which I also hate, which surprisingly she didn’t list.

The Ting Tings – Thats Not My Name:  I don’t HATE this song but I don’t particularly like it either.  Song is way too repetitive for me, like a trance (and a monotone one at that) and in the end I just want to know what the f  is your name then.

Real McCoy – Come and Get Your Love:  Not sure I ever heard this song but I’m not a Real McCoy fan so that’s probably why and again, she’s right.

Starz on 54 – If You Could Read My Mind: I wasn’t a fan of the original Gordon Lightfoot song (or remakes by Babs and Viola Wills)  so it’s hard for me to like this song remade. If I compare the two (here’s Gordon’s) the remake is certainly better but still doesn’t thrill me.

All American Rejects – Gives You Hell: Just not a fan of the AAR. I can’t put my figure on my but they just don’t do it for me.

Jennifer Lopez – Lets Get Loud:  She’s right I can’t stand this song…

Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl: It’s not that I didn’t like this song, its that I didn’t understand why she would make a song where she swears so much. I think when this came out Terri was doing a show with all kids and I remember one of them saying their mom wouldn’t let them have this CD because of this song. When your target audience is a bunch of kids who need their parents to buy them the CD and won’t because you swear, why do it?

Amy Winehouse – Rehab: Everyone once in while an artist will come out and people go absolutely crazy over them. I’ll sit down, listen to a song of theirs and just not understand what all the fuss is about. (my short list of these types of people would be The Jonas Bros, Miley Cyrus, Joss Stone and Amy Winehouse). I find this song EXTREMELY annoying.

So there’s the list she sent me, minus a few that I disagreed with. At the end of the day, Terri’s taste in music and my taste in music are very different although we do agree on some stuff. Maybe we should put a list together that reflects that.

Project Playroom

August 3, 2009

Work has begun on what I would like to call “Project Playroom.” When we moved into our house almost 4 years ago, we had a room in the basement that someday we knew we’d like to do something with but there were a few problems with it. Issue number one, the house ran on oil heat and the oil tank was located behind a wall in that room. It was dirty and smelly and we knew if we wanted to do something with that room ever, we’d have to get rid of that before anything else. In fact, when we moved in and were giving house tours to family and friends, my then 4 year old niece told us the basement was “nice…but dirty!!” Last October we converted our heating over to natural gas and got rid of the oil tank. Problem number two, the heating pipes that run from the furnace to the upstairs of the house hang below the rafters in this room. Last week, a plumber came and ran everything through the rafters so I close up the entire ceiling (since its just heating pipes and no valves/shutoffs). That’s all I need for outside help in order to finish the room. I spent yesterday afternoon hanging some recessed lighting but didn’t get all of them up. I have to move some outlets and cable/internet hookups to a different part of the house. Once that’s done, I can frame some walls, sheetrock the entire room, paint and then lay a new laminate floor. A lot of work ahead but once it’s done it will be nice.

We spent a lot of time trying to figure out what to do with this room. Originally we thought game room with a pool table but the pool table would have taken up the entire room. Looking around the house we saw how much stuff Dylan has and we thought it would be nice to have a playroom with some decent storage but we felt like we were banishing him to the basement until I found a picture on flickr of a playroom in a basement. It was a very nice room, didn’t really look like a basement and made us feel better about doing it.

So the work has begun but it will probably take some time to finish it. I felt bad yesterday because Dylan knew I was working on the room yesterday and kept running over to the stairs that go down there to see if it was done.

After the playroom is finished, my workshop is soon to follow with a makeover..(it’s also the basement, behind where the playroom will be).