Friday, 26 October 2012

Old Timey Rhymes

A few nights ago I was laying down with Evelyn getting her to sleep and as per usual Max and Vik crawled in as well. Some nights I turf them back to their room and other nights I am content to let them snuggle in. This happened to be one of those nights.

The boys wanted a story but Eve was just about asleep so I wasn't going to be flipping on any lights at that point. It was dark and quiet and even my eyes were already closed. As I laid there I started to recite some songs and poems from my childhood. I am talking some golden oldies here. I thought I would share some of those classics here.

Five Little Monkeys (apparently there is controversy with this one, who knew??)

5 Little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped his head, mama called the doctor the doctor said, no more monkeys jumping on the bed.
4 Little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped his head, mama called the doctor the doctor said, no more monkeys jumping on the bed.
3 Little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped his head, mama called the doctor the doctor said, no more monkeys jumping on the bed.
2 Little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped his head, mama called the doctor the doctor said, no more monkeys jumping on the bed.
1 Little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped his head, mama called the doctor the doctor said, no more monkeys jumping on the bed.

Miss Polly Had A Dolly (lack of historical MUST be old)

Miss Polly had a dolly who was sick sick sick
So she called for the doctor to come quick quick quick
The doctor came with his bag and his hat
And knocked on the door with a rat tat tat
He looked at dolly and he shook his head
He said " Miss Molly put her straight to bed"
He wrote on a paper for a pill pill pill
"I'll be back in the morning with the bill bill bill"

Shortnin' Bread (written by James Whitcomb Riley in 1900. The song is much longer but these are the words that I remember)

Mamma's little baby loves shortnin' shortnin'
Mamma's little baby loves shortnin' bread
Get out the skillet, get out the pan, Mamma's gonna make some shortnin' bread

Mamma's little baby loves shortnin' shortnin'
Mamma's little baby loves shortnin' bread
Get out the butter, get out the jam, Mamma's little baby loves shortnin' bread

Polly put the Kettle On (originated in England late 1700s)

Polly put the kettle on, kettle on, kettle, on
Polly put the kettle on, we'll all have tea
Sukey take it off again, off again, off again
Sukey take it off again, they've all gone away

Monday, 22 October 2012

Great Things are Worth the Wait

At the very beginning of the January '12 Daddy joined a rock band. He has been in a variety of bands before from touring top 40 style to original bands. Then there is the stuff we do together not to mention the library of songs he has written himself.

The band he joined at the beginning of the year has a twist. They are a cover band. More of a full on act covering the Ramones, Blondie, and Cyndi Lauper. They also have their sights set on a big goal. International touring. Yup. That's right. Think tourist destinations. Think Vegas. Think HUGE hotels with clubs and bars where the band plays every night to a different crowd because the crowd always changes. Keeping the people entertained is priority #1.

Daddy was recruited into this band project by the frontman who has quite an impressive track record of rocking himself. They have known each other somewhat for a while and sometimes paths cross because they are meant to. The frontman of the Ramones act also happens to be married of the amazingly talented woman who portrays both Blondie and Cyndi (who she can pull off being a dead ringer for).

So what do you get when you combine years of hard work, major talent, and committed band members? You get something destined for great things. Something that is going to ROCK!!

Now the band started jamming and practising in January. Then in the early spring practices became more like rehearsals (like wigs and outfits style). May rolled around and they played a very specific show. It was a music video shoot really. The band ran through their act and it was taped on HD cameras and would be eventually edited.

So we waited. And waited. And waited. Finally the video was done. Aaaand it sucked. Don't get me wrong, the band didn't suck. The person who did the video editing sucked. Not only did it take longer that it was supposed to but it was a product that no one would be willing to put their name on.

The mastermind behind everything (who I will just keep referring to as Frontman) took it then upon himself to reedit and remaster the video and synched audio. I don't know if you have ever taken it upon yourself to edit a little movie or video or use iMovie but frustrating doesn't even come close. I have huge respect for this man for everything he has done with this band project.

So we waited. And waited. And waited. When you start waiting so long it becomes hard to keep faith in the project but I never let mine falter because I knew that is when I needed to have it the most. FINALLY the new video was finished. Aaaand it was AMAZING. I can not say enough what a fantastic job he did on everything. Since a picture says 1000 words imagine what some videos can say...
BLONDIE by Atomic Blondie

CYNDI LAUPER by True Colors

RAMONES by Maroons NYC

In addition to the videos being complete the web site is also up and running. You can check them out at Top Tier Tributes where there are a whole load of still shots as well as song lists. These rockers truly Rock the Rock. 

Now as you can maybe guess now we get to wait some more. It is time for the DVD to be farmed out to a variety of different booking agencies. See who bites. See where this goes. 

Summer and almost fall are over and the video is finished (which means Frontman's time is back available) the band will be back to rehearsing. That means normally a few nights a week and a weekend day are devoted to practice (not to mention the constant practice that Daddy does here around home). It may put some extra strain on me but I figure it is good practice for when the band has to travel and we don't go with them (although we hope to go along for a lot of it). 

With all that being said I'll close now. I think I'll give the videos another watch (Evelyn loves dancing to Blondie and Cyndi and fist pumps for the Ramones).

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Peak 313 Challenge Check In #4

This won't be a long post today. Last week was a VERY laid back kind of exercise week for me. I think sometimes everyone just loses a bit of gusto and you have to allow yourself that. It is what keeps you from mentally and physically burning out. It is NOT something that I overly feel good about however it isn't like I can do anything about last week now.

I only got physical activity 4X last week. Well, maybe 4.5X is more accurate. I got in a couple walks with the kids. We also had a couple very fun dance parties. Now THAT is cardio. They love it, especially when the get picked up and spun and flipped around. On the Monday evening I was also able to fit in a run through of some strength intervals (that is where the 0.5 comes in).

I am coming up on the last week of this challenge. It is a bittersweet feeling really. I have thoroughly enjoyed the push, the spiritual aspect, and also blogging about and sharing it. I hope to finish this last week strong in both heart and spirit.

Speaking about strength of heart...that brings me to last week's verse which I will share and leave you with today...

"Above all else, guard you heart, for it is the wellspring of life."
Proverbs 4:23

Monday, 1 October 2012

Peak 313 Challenge Checkpoint #3

I was somewhat under the weather this past week which really threw a wrench into many of my plans. One thing I neglected to do was cut and paste up my Soul Food verse as I did in the first two weeks. If I had done that I am without a doubt positive that I would have been much better prepared to withstand all the horrible food cravings I caved to last week.

See, last week's verse was all about cravings. Today cravings are around us everywhere. Every day we have more and more thrown at us. This applies not just to food but to things, belongings, and even people. "The cravings in the world-the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes, and the boasting of what he has and does-comes not from the Father but from the world." 1 John 2:16. It is amazing what some little visual reinforcement can do especially when that reinforcement is coming from the Word of God.

However, while I felt horrible all week and made poor food choices I STILL EXERCISED!! I pulled through. I picked up my socks, pulled myself off the couch and got up and at it 4X this week. Not my usual five or six but all things considered that four times isn't too shabby.

Monday- 1/2 hour interval jog (pushing that stroller again)

Tuesday-Yoga Meltdown DVD

Wednesday- OFF

Thursday-Music Video Exercise
This was a particularly fun thing to do. I just didn't feel like popping in the same old DVD and I am quite familiar with the majority of the moves so I made up my own circuits. The music video that Daddy made has three band mashups for a total of 5 minutes. This pretty much matched up perfectly with the interval system I am already familiar with. I chose my own cardio and strength and ab moves and worked through the video six times for a total of 30 minutes including my warm up and cool down. It was a lot of fun. I think I will do this a lot more often now.

Friday- OFF

Saturday- OFF

Sunday- 70 minute walk + 15 minutes strength

This week marks checkpoint three for the challenge. I can't believe it is already over half over. I hope it doesn't take long for another challenge to pop up. I love the additional motivation and accountability that it provides. I have a new verse to print off and I am praying to knock off five workouts this week.

Time to get Living And Active!