#MirthMusicMon – Disco!

15 Sep

I woke up this morning with The Hustle playing in my head.

I’ve always (for some strange reason) wanted to learn the moves to that song. Perhaps one day I will manage to sufficiently bribe my husband into teaching me. :)

This song led me to thinking about a few 70s themed videos I could use for today’s Mirth and Music Monday post. As it turns out I actually managed to find the two videos that came the most strongly to mind.

Enjoy!

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Today’s first offering is quite short, but makes me chuckle every time:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5M7f5RVXJdE

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Secondly we have a clip from That 70’s Show that immediately came to mind when I thought of doing a disco themed post. I apologize for the one swear word.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOy9LEWsKHY

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That’s it for today, folks.

For more Mirth and Music Monday head on over to Emily Witt’s blog. :)

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I’m Hungry – a Poem

12 Sep

“I’m hungry”

She always seems to say.

“I’m hungry”

Can be heard throughout the day.

Grapes and cheese

Peanut butter on toast

Pork and beans

Sunday roast

There’s no escape

You know it’s coming

Her mouth agape

The words are forming

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“I’m hungry!”

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And just because I can…

(and because it makes me laugh even though it’s in French(?) )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxLcZau_YaM

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#MirthMusicMon – Homer and an Oldie

7 Sep

It’s that time again.

Mirth and Music Monday! Yay!

Time to get ready for a giggle and some tunes.

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This first video caught my eye because it’s a very over done version of what a brother-in-law set up for a friend of his. She had decided to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and wanted my sister and his help. So they set up the camera, she said her piece, then the water started. My niece and nephew got to throw big cups of water on her, then my BIL dumped a bucket of ice water over her and as she’s recovering he sprays her with the hose. Pretty funny. I’ll have to show it to you when they get it posted. :)

Until then, though, here’s the Simpsons ALS ice bucket challenge video.

Enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYNPtDbykp0

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I chose the music portion of this week because I heard it on our local oldies station a few days ago and it keeps popping back into my head. Thank goodness it’s a song I like. :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYcZo-h_6U4

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Thanks for stopping by.

If you would like to see more Mirth and Music Monday posts click HERE.

That’s the same place you would go if you wanted to join our happy little crew of bloggers. Just click there and put in your link. Easy. :)

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Have a Great week!

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In Loving Memory of My Butt

3 Sep

When I met my husband I probably weighed 105 pounds soaking wet.

We have always been honest with each other, so it’s not surprising that not long after we were officially a couple he told me he was going to put some meat on my skinny little bones. He started cooking up his favorite recipes (did I mention he’s half Italian? Yum!), and I did research on what I should eat to gently put on some mass.

After about a year or so I was up another 20 pounds. I thought I was cute before? I felt freakin’ hot at 125. What surprised me was how easy it was to maintain. I didn’t go over, and once I got into the habit of eating more protein and a little more fat I didn’t slide back very often.

Then came the economic slip’n slide. His job was in housing. Mine was in mortgage loans. Let’s just say there was a lot of ouch before we were both unemployed. Not pretty.

So, I went from a busy little bee in an office to a couch potato as we sat around filling out every application we could lay our hands on. My weight crept on so slowly that before I realized it I was 150 pounds and had split the inner thigh of my much loved, second hand pair of Gloria Vanderbilt jeans. A very sad time for me. I worked hard to maintain a positive light on my body. The last thing I wanted was to become depressed over something that was reversable.

Now the goal was to healthily lose 25 pounds. P90X only made me sweat a lot (although the endorphin highs were a lot of fun), and walking wasn’t enough. Eventually life led me to find The 4-Hour Body. Following the slow carb diet laid out in that book my blood sugar leveled out so nicely that I rarely had a migraine. I soon realized that while I wasn’t losing weight, my flub was being replaced by some pretty amazing muscle. Without working out!

That’s when I implemented some of the author’s recommended exercises to help women put on muscle but still maintain that hour-glass figure. Since I hadn’t seen my actual waist in a while it was very hard to only do the moves twice a week.

My figure was improving, my blood sugar was wonderfully stable, I had just published my book of poetry… and I realized I was late for my period. Like, not normal late.

After a year of trying I was beginning to worry, but there it was, a second blue line that was even darker than the sample line. No maybes about that! Ironically I tested the morning after Mother’s Day. :)  I was officially 5 months pregnant on Labor Day, and should give birth some time after my 31st birthday in January. Sometimes it seems almost surreal.

Right now, anyway.

It felt horribly, kill-me-now real up until almost a month ago.

My round size 9 body met up with morning sickness, oral thrush and pretty serious food aversions (like, to almost all food). The oral thrush lasted about a month and a half, despite prescription medication. The morning sickness finally let up about 3 weeks ago. I haven’t vomited in about 4 weeks. Please, God, don’t let that come back.

At my last weigh in at the birthing center I was 132 (a month ago). I had lost 18 pounds in about 2 1/2 months on one of the most miserable crash diets imaginable. The things is, I hadn’t just lost fat. I know I have lost a lot of muscle mass as well.

Want to know how I know?

My butt.

Yes, my butt. I had quite a nice booty goin’ on back there. And it was all muscle.

Now, wooden benches and metal folding chairs are like torture devices.

I have a bony butt again.

Waah-haha! :'(

I am a twig again. I don’t even look pregnant. Five months along and I barely pook out.

I keep flashing back to that part in Mulan where the match maker circles her and says “Too skinny. Not good for bearing sons.”

There will be triumph! There must be. This can not continue. At this rate I will just be a little stick figure with a giant baby belly. Bed rest would be mandatory because eventually I would not have the ability to walk around! I probably wouldn’t even have the strength to give birth and be stuck with a mandatory c-section!!

*Breathes into a paper bag*

The light at the end of this tunnel? The fact that a few days ago I worked up the courage to steal a bite of my husband’s very creative scrambled eggs… and they tasted like eggs. They didn’t settle all that well, but still! :D

Then I tried a spoon of some of clam chowder he was eating and that tasted right. Although it did have an unpleasant aftertaste.

But the most important thing of all? He made some taco flavored beef/pasta concoction the other night. It smelled good while he was cooking it. He asked if I wanted some. I cautiously said I would try a little. He brought me about half a cup. I ate it all!!! No unpleasant side effects, either. If I wasn’t already full of that and raw veggies I totally would have accepted his offer of seconds.

There is hope. :)

Now I just have to get my protein intake up to where I can start on a very mild muscle building work out twice a week. Pretty much what I was doing before the baby’s presence threw my life for a loop.

I very much look forward to having my booty back. ;)

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P.S. Don’t worry, the baby’s doing fine.

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#MirthMusicMon – Funny… Ballet?

31 Aug

Poor abused me.

For the past two weeks someone has been beating up on me. I’m talking kicking, punching, even weighing their opinion on what I eat!

Yes, folks. This kid is opinionated.

I ate a nectarine this afternoon and I thought I had a class full of gymnasts in there. Talk about sugar high. For some reason peanuts get this little one kicking around as well.

I referred to him/her as ‘this thing’ Saturday afternoon and instantly felt the hardest kick yet. Already talking back. ;)

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But, on to the reason for this post:

Mirth and Music Monday! Yay!

This week I found a little something that (unintentionally) continues with the cultured theme started last Monday.

Let’s see what you think. :)

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Check out the link right Here to see who else has put together Mirth and Music Monday posts this week.

It’s the same link you would need if you are interested in playing along with us. All that is required is that your post have something funny and something musical. Then simply put your link in the list and voila! you’re a member of the #MirthMusicMon group.

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Have a Great Week!

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#MirthMusicMon – Classical Doesn’t Mean Boring

25 Aug

I know, I know. I said that there would hopefully be another blog post last week.

But I have a good reason…

I blame my husband.

Ha.

You see, about 3 weeks ago my husband started writing what he thought would be a 3-ish page story. He was wrong. At my last reading he has 105 pages. Now, because we need to make money ASAP (you know, with that whole baby on the way thing), and because this pregnancy seems to have robbed my brain of my usual creative flair, I have thrown myself into editing. Editing his novel in the making, my mother’s inspirational historical romance, and a short story my husband finished several months ago.

To be honest, my mom’s book is at the top of my priorities, seeing as how she asked first. After that is my husband’s short story (titled Wolf Town), then his novel (with the working title of When Justice Howls).

Also on the to do list is a website for his writing and steampunk creations, including an online store. I think this part of the plan scares me the most. Knowing how I prioritize my fear (you know, stupidly) it will probably turn out to be the easiest part.

But enough of my excuses.

On to Mirth and Music Monday!

To begin with we have a classical quartet of lovely ladies… having some sort of one-up contest and ending with one of my favorite songs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jMkoeQNHC8

Then I found a silly little something that surprised me:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkYZtATiwVs

There you have it. The proof that just because it looks or sounds like classical music that doesn’t necessarily mean it will put you to sleep.

You’re welcome.  :D

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If you would like to see who else is playing along with Mirth and Music Monday this week click HERE.

That’s also where you input your link if you should decide to join the ranks of Monday Merriment.

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Have a great week!

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P.S. I apologize for the videos just being links. I am getting used to WordPress’ new post creation format and must not have learned the ‘trick’ yet.

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#MirthMusicMon – Singing Your Punctuation

17 Aug

Ah, the tail end of summer.

The heat is letting up a little, harvest is well under way, and children are already complaining about the speedy approach of school days. I know, because I was hearing a couple siblings sharing their dread at a restaurant this evening.

I wonder how many parents can’t wait until the kids are no longer under foot all day, every day?

Oh well.

On to the real reason for this post: Mirth and Music Monday!

Something funny and something musical, and today they are both contained in one video.

Here you go:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnDZ3a1WoQw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnDZ3a1WoQw

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There were tons of Dean Martin Show clips to choose from, but I thought this one would really appeal to writers and teachers alike. Or anyone who loves to watch two men laugh so hard they cry. :)

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I hope to get another post out some time this week. Hopefully by telling you about this goal it will actually happen. Hopefully.

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Thanks for reading/watching. If you would like to see more Mirth and Music Monday posts click HERE.

That’s the same place you would go if you wanted to join our happy little crew of bloggers. Just click there and put in your link. Easy. :)

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Have a Great week!

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#MirthMusicMon – Songs of the Farmer

10 Aug

This past week or two it is very obvious that I live in an agricultural area.

Grain is being harvested, straw and hay are being baled, and the onions are getting their pre-harvest attention. There is a ton of dust in the air.

I’m not complaining, though.

Even though I have never participated in the farming process I love to watch the fields change through the year. It makes me happy to see winter wheat sprouting in the early spring and drive past rows of ripening corn in the summer.

That is probably why I love these songs so much.  :)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYHeUSrjpxE

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNJBk_O9nYs

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And just to make double sure you giggle at least once:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avtyShQwhkI

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Alright, now that I’ve had you watch a bunch of stuff about growing stuff click HERE to see who else is joining along with Mirth and Music Monday this week.

As always, if you want to play along with us all that’s required is a blog post with something funny, something musical, and a link to the Mirth and Music Monday linky. Once your post is up head over to the link up and add your blog to the list. Then Ta-Da! you will be another member of the jolly people of MMM Land.  ;)

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Have a Great week!

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#MirthMusicMon – Dangerous Green Things

4 Aug

This week I am just going to jump straight into it. I need to get to bed so I’m ready for a drive to the ‘big city’ for my 16 week prenatal checkup. Thankfully my sister (who will be my coach) is doing the driving, so I just have to handle my tummy for another long afternoon away from the house.

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First off we have a short little video that had me laughing way too hard when my dad showed it to me years ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLP4QkflB-o

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And since I have recently learned that Godzilla is celebrating his/her/its 70th birthday this year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T65rW_SIzg0

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That’s all folks!

If you enjoyed this post, or if it stank but you’re willing to give the meme another try, head on over to the linky for this fun Monday meme HERE.

That’s also where you can put your own link if you decide you would like to play along with on on this Mirth and Music Monday adventure. :)

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Have a Great week, everyone!

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#MirthMusicMon – Funny Mom Parodies

27 Jul

This has been an interesting day.

We woke up to a power blip that somehow knocked out internet out. We managed to get it fixed just in time for me to start work on Mirth and Music Monday. Whew!

Also, this has not been a good day, uh, morning sickness wise. On the up side, I don’t think my abs have ever been this solid. :)

Enough about me, it’s time for the fun stuff.

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This first one is a mom parody of Let It Go (like you aren’t all more than a little tired of that tune), but it’s a good one. Honest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqqlylre2BU

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The next one is a mom parody of Footloose (the song, not the entire movie).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTBdOgsYdjM

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Check out the link right Here to see who else has put together Mirth and Music Monday posts this week.

It’s the same link you would need if you are interested in playing along with us. All that is required is that your post have something funny and something musical. Then simply put your link in the list and voila! you’re a member of the #MirthMusicMon group.

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Have a Great Week!

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