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song of the now

17 July, 2017

…and second place is Maroon 5’s “Don’t wanna know“, and I liked it before I even saw the video, with sad lyrics, melancholic melody, but a beat you can dance to. Recently saw on theFaceBook a “post a gif that matches your mood”…and that song was in my head. I looked for a gif for the song, and discovered hilarious giant costumed characters running around. Yup. Matched my mood.

But, winner of GBAtT’s Song-of-the-Now award goes to Imagine Dragons “Believer“. I dunno why I like it so, but lyrics like “third things third” and “last things last” sure help. (I just saw the vid, it’s not my cup of tea.)

 

Between Shades of Gray

28 June, 2017

Ruta Sepetys’s Between Shades of Gray

“When the rest of the world finds out what the Soviets are doing, they will put an end to all of this.”  

A story of a young girl, trying to survive, during WW2, when the Soviets sent her and her family to Siberia. I’m glad I read it. It is a good read, a quick read. I am also glad that I read while the sun was shining, and not during the gloom of winter.

I recommend.

 

 

 

Memorial Day

28 May, 2017

the other day, there was a Memorial Day event at UW, I visited during my lunch. A little sad about how few students were there. Not that I was ever at a Memorial Day event…well…before last week.

Fifty years since the Vietnam War… are we any wiser?

a few weeks in review

27 May, 2017

Sunday – April 30th – after MrC two basketball games, MsS soccer, MrG soccer – where I had to be a ref. And I was terrible, we had a BoyScout event for MrG’s group. I was the “leader” as in, hey, let’s go play disc golf, a buddy from work has a couple dozen discs he donated to us. We had parents and siblings along, I thought it went well. Before we went, MrG was complaining, didn’t want to go, didn’t want to do disc golf, wanted to bowl. I told him “we told people we are doing this, and they are expecting it. It’s a nice day, we’re going outside.”

At work that week: I sat next to lake on my lunch and watch a pair of geese with their goslings come ashore, they were cute, and fuzzy, and their fuzz kinda looked dark green.

Saturday – May 6th –
Basketball game – MsS sat next to me. MrG noticed MrC was crying at start of the game, I guessed it was because he spilt water on his shirt, he was fine by the time to go in and play.

Music stores with boys…I took them to used instrument store, (Trading Musician), which is awesome, with lots of guitars, drums,,, And because I can’t help myself we went to a TedBrown, a student/school/classical oriented store, and I picked up four music books for ukulele. A different day, I took the boys up to Capitol Hill to visit Bischofbeger Violins… because it’s cool. And maybe MrG will want to play viola next year. And, one of the people invited us into the shop to see!!! Love that place. (Dislike parking & driving on Capitol Hill)

Football game for MrG. MsS & MrC played in the woods with friends. Well not really woods, but under the trees, and although close, we couldn’t actually see them from where we were. The trees separated playground from football field. So lots of kids around.

Sunday May 7th- they all took turns being monsters for a couple hours. And you know how kids are. Monster, then flip the switch to “nice”, all the while parents are still trying to calm themselves down from the emotional drama an hour before. MrC freaked about chores / going to a friends. MsS freaked about chores. MrG freaked about BoyScouts, didn’t want to go, and when there was a competition, and part of it was an obstacle course with jump rope, which he can’t do, and so he just got frustrated, walked away, and didn’t want to go to ice-cream with his Den buddies. I wanted ice-cream. And I told the kids, “you beat me, I’ll buy you ice-cream.” (Note: I felt alright after running the course. Tired, out of breath, out of shape, but alright.)  And, I planted some corn!

Monday May 8th – came home, I told them to grab soccerball, basketball, jump rope, and we went to a local playground.

Friday, 5/19, talent show at the school. MsSqueaky was in a hip-hop dance group, and performed. I love it! I am so glad that she keeps trying out new things through after school activities. I am proud of all the kids that went on stage.

Follow up on JumpRope… I forced MrG to go out and jump rope several times. He didn’t want to. I had to nag him to do it, “you were upset because you couldn’t, all you have to do is practice.”  He got it.  Oh yeah, the BoysScouts redid the obstacle course two weeks later, May 20th, and I am happy to say that all of the boys had improved in a couple different areas.

Midweek – We went bike riding on the InterUrban trail…well, they rode, I walked, and a time or two they were up ahead of me and I couldn’t see them, had to have faith they would be faith. Speaking of, early in the ride, they got to a parking lot entrance, MsS quickly braked, MrC did not notice in time, and crashed into her, and he went flying. She was unfazed.

5/27 This morning:
MsS: “Remember that game we played yesterday, where we bothered each other?”
MrC: “Yeah”
MsS: “Want to play it again?”
MrC: “OK”

Saturday 5/27, MyBetterHalf took MrG to a Sounders match. MsS and MrC performed a talent show for me…bike riding, kung-fu (MsS hand & kicking, MrC staff), hula dancing, and a skit.

heartbeat

22 May, 2017

I loved Sharon Creech’s heartbeat.

Not sure if it’s a novelized poem, or a poem-ized novel. I was hesitant to read it, but it looked short. I am glad I did.

The parts I want to share with my childrens:

  • Art teacher assigns “draw this apple a hundred times”
  • sounds of ultrasound heartbeat
  • argument with track coach
  • the race

 

Bring it On Aliens

21 May, 2017

Saturday night, we took the childrens to see a local high school perform the musical “Bring It On”.  I was impressed by what high school kids can do.

Sunday night, I went solo to see the latest Aliens franchise movie. Meh.

If this was a normal movie review, I would say “Spoilers Ahead”…but if you’ve seen Alien and Aliens then there’s no surprises. IF you haven’t, STOP, right now, and go watch Alien, and then tomorrow night watch Aliens. Two different movies. Two wonderful movies.

Alien:WhicheverMovieNumberWeAreOn…the big fight scene, not really believable, so I wasn’t really invested in it. There was one scary idea… Alien spread by fungal type spores. (Seriously, if you don’t want to sleep, google the zombie ants of the Amazon. Ant gets a spore, grows a mushroom out of its head, still walking around, doing normal ant stuff, until it’s time, then goes up, and mushroom explodes, spreading spores all over. Fungi are weird. And we have no idea how weird, because we don’t really study them.) But we didn’t spend much time on the implications of death by spore. It was drawn out, to get to the classic Alien stuff,…no surprises for us in the audience, we’ve seen the face-huggers, the chest-bursts, the acid-blood. Nothing new here.

I wonder, if you are gonna colonize a planet….why send men? Men are bigger, and so need to eat more, plus have all that extra testosterone which might not exactly make a situation better. Send women. And maybe a -80 freezer with large variety of sperm. I thought about this, while they were looking at the embryos on the space ship in Alien movie.

Yup… Lin-Manuel Miranda -vs- Alien… surprise, surprise… Miranda won.

And the tickets were cheaper, too!

 

 

soundgarden

18 May, 2017

I love that Soundgarden took noise, and made something beautiful. Feedback, rumbling bass, out of tune guitar, dissonant guitar riffs, screaming & screeching vocals… all those ugly pieces, into wonderful music. I heard they used a lot of non-standard time signatures, but I never noticed it, and I appreciate that, if the audience notices something complicated your doing, you’re doing it wrong.  (Aaron Copeland is like this, very easy to listen to, very difficult to play.)

I tried to take the childrens to the Soundgarden at NOAA recently. It was closed. That place was cool. If you were lucky enuff to be there when the winds were blowing just right, you would be surrounded by haunting beautiful noise.

Rest in Peace Mr Cornell.

Walk Two Moons

14 May, 2017

finished up the family book club book, Sharon Creech’s “Walk Two Moons”

I had to pause reading it, because I didn’t feel like crying at a restaurant, just saying.

There was a sentence that I liked, I shared with MrG and he liked it too: “We walked through the tiny living room into the miniature kitchen and upstairs into my father’s pint-sized bedroom and on into my pocket-sized bedroom and into the wee bathroom.”

A good book.

recently

13 April, 2017

the evening of Wednesday, April 5th

  • MrCuddles demonstrated his kung-fu and broke a board with a kick for me
  • MrGrunty and I played catch while talking about if Mr Westbrook would get the tripple-double record for the season  (he did!!!)
  • MsSqueaky and I went shopping for her very own pocket knife. The BoyScouts issue all third graders a knife, GirlScouts…knives aren’t priority. Took her to sporting goods store. The big and scary looking / military style / hunting style she didn’t want. She ended up with a small SwissArmy knife. The guy at the store was very kind, “take your time, not every knife is for every person, get one that is right for you.”

the evening of Thursday, April 6th… me and the childrens spent a bit of time drawing together at the dinner table.

the morning of Tuesday, April 11th

  •  MsSqueaky first words in the morning “Papa are you feeling better? Is your headache gone?”  (Previous night I fell asleep way early with a bad headache.)
  • MrGrunty was first one awake, and was reading. He seems to have found a good book, and is doing more reading without us asking him to. Then when he saw me, his first words were “can I give Sophie a treat?”  Awww…he’s getting more familiar and liking our pets more.  Why I remember, when he was a toddler, and Sophie was AFRAID of kids (MsS would grab for her) Sophie-kitty and MrG surprised each other in the hallway, and had a little stand off, neither sure how to react. Sophie then got brave and advanced. MrG fell on his butt. Sophie sauntered past, sashaying her big fluffy tail.
  • MrCuddles was asking what college he would need to go to to be a “fire fighter, police officer and construction worker.”  I encouraged him to start with an EMT training.

Morning of Wednesday, April 12th, on ride to school MrG asked who was going to be in the family book club. We all said “yes” and he was happy that we would participate. I pointed out that we had already read a book as a family, “Ivan” and “HarryPotter” the fourth graders said.  “And ‘Goodnight Moon’, I added. They laughed.

<sadness warning>

Wednesday evening, fears from a ominous & vague post on TheFacebook confirmed, an ex-co-worker had committed suicide. We worked together in the kitchen for a few years, he was surly, and loyal to his friends, loved to shock people with his jokes, loved the SuperSonics and heavy metal. I hope and pray, that after “Guido” insulted St. Peter for an hour, then told St. Peter a bunch of offensive jokes for an hour, that Guido was allowed into heaven, so he could finally play with his daughter who was born asleep less than a year ago. I still don’t know what to say. We weren’t close, even back when we worked together. I’m more sad than I would have thought. Sometimes demons win and humans lose. Sometimes it’s not fair. And it’s scary, I have had a pretty good life, how would I react to depression, death of a child, war, debilitating disease, death of a loved one… I dunno.  Sometimes people do stupid things. Rest in peace, Guido.

 

today

9 April, 2017

MyBetterHalf had a race.

MsS had a soccer game.

I forced the children to do chores with much weeping and gnashing of teeth.

MrG had a soccer game. MsS went to girl scouts, and MrC went to visit his BFF.

That doesn’t seem like much, but we are tired.

I did find time to play basketball with MrC and MrG.

MsS is working on a super-powers for our family collection of cards/game. I will have water power. MrC will have fire power. (Is MsS saying we fight!?!) MsS has heal powers. MrG has grass powers…uh…I hope the bad guys have hay fever. MyBetterHalf has sun powers.