February 25, 2010

Music Makes Me Dance!

I've always heard that music can really connect with a person's emotions. Music can make you laugh, cry, think, dance, or who knows! We've all got that one song that evokes some type of feeling or brings back memories whenever we hear it. I have several. :)

For example, every time I hear "Strawberry Wine" it takes me back to the awkward 8th grades dances in middle school. I still remember how badly I wanted to dance with my crush, we'll just call him "Bert". And of course, what did Bert and I dance to? Strawberry Wine!!

And "Genie in a Bottle" reminds me of high school. I remember choreographing that song in the basement of one of my best friends houses.

The list could go on and on. But I never really thought about how much music really can have an impact on someone until today.

I had a horrible day. NOTHING went right. I had problems with co-workers, students and some nasty parents. It was just one of no good, horrible, terribly bad days. I then got off work and went to the sporting goods store to get snow pants for the snow tubing field trip I got suckered into tomorrow. And of course, there were NONE. But the clerck did say that they'd have more next year!! Ugh! Then I headed home and found the kids sitting in my mother in law's kitchen eating ice cream, BEFORE dinner! Seriously?! They were so wound up. Headache!!

Anyway, on the way home Michael Buble's new song "Haven't Met You Yet" came on the radio. I turned it up and started softly singing to it. I slowly got louder and louder. Then I started dancing to it as I drove down the road. By the time the second verse started I was belting out the song so loud passing cars could probably hear me! And I was trying so hard to dance in my seat that those passing cars probably thought I was having convulsions!

But I noticed I felt so much better. I had a smile on my face. Everything was ok. None of the 'bad' things of my day really mattered. I remembered that I just need to LIVE IN THE MOMENT! Enjoy life. Have FUN! Live a little! Dance a lot!!

Try it! Turn on some of your favorite tunes the next time you're feeling down and see what happens! I'm convinced that no matter how bad my day has been all I need is a good song and some cute dancing shoes (or socks)!!

February 12, 2010

Snow, Snow, Snow!

Over the last week my area has been pounded by snow. I'm not in the hardest hit area, but over the last week we've gotten around 3 1/2 feet where I live. The roads have been horrible. Many roads have been closed for days. Some areas have had driving bans to try and keep people off the dangerous roads. After the first snow storm my husband and I took the boys out to play, and I thought I'd share some pictures. These were all taken earlier this week, after the first band of snow. We got another 18 inches the day after these were taken.

My husband decided to jump off of our porch into the snow, just like the big kid he is!! :)

Poor little Bear didn't like being put down in the snow!

At one point I looked out the window and 4 of our neighbors were all out with their snow blowers, and several others with shovels. They were all helping each other. This man was snow blowing paths from house to house down the middle of the road, which hadn't been plowed.

February 08, 2010

Writer's Block

I have writers block.

Well, maybe I'm just not a writer, because I have "writer's block" nearly every day. Hence the reason I only write a few times a week.

But I have noticed that there will be times during the day that I think, "Oh, this will be so good to blog about!!!" But later that evening, as I sit down at the computer, one of two things happens.

Either, one, I can't remember that "great" idea that I had earlier. Or, two, that "great" idea is totally lame and boring.

For example, earlier today I broke my toothbrush. It's one of those fancy electric toothbrushes, that my mom got me for Christmas last year. One of the little parts with the bristles on it popped out and was vibrating all over the place. It was very annoying. I thought I could fix it, and pushed it back together. But it popped out again. So I pushed it back in, harder this time, jamming it. So now it just makes a strange grinding sound. Sigh....

Anyway, I was so upset this morning about my toothbrush, I thought, "you know, it is true, you never how much you'll miss something until it's gone." Then I stared at my toothbrush a little longer, wondering how much a new one would cost me and thinking about how horrible it would be until I got a new one. Then it hit me.... BLOG POST! Yes! I have something to write about!! WooHoo!!

And guess what?! I even made a note of my amazing brain storm!! The problem? When I sat down this evening I remembered thinking that I had something to say, but couldn't remember.
Then I remembered my note.... so I went and looked at it. Then I realized how stupid my toothbrush story was. (Yes, I know, I told it anyway. But in a different way and to illustrate a purpose, so it's ok.) :)

I love blogging. I really do. But I have the hardest time coming up with material sometimes. Hmm.... what shall I write about tomorrow?? I'll have to remember to keep taking notes!! That really helped tonight!!!

February 05, 2010

Five for Friday: 5 Reasons I have a Headache Today

1) I ate all of my chocolate yesterday, which left me with none for breakfast this morning.

2) My 5 year old kicked a ball which hit me square in the side of the head.

3) My kids think that they are the Jonas Brothers, even at 6:30am.

4) I was graced with my special visitor this week.

5) I ate all my chocolate yesterday.

February 01, 2010

My Utter Impulsivity

Last night my husband turned on the Pro Bowl and took his usual position on the couch. I walked into the room and asked him a question about the game, pointing at the TV. Now I didn't touch the TV, but I was very close to it, within an inch or so.

At this point my husband looks at me and yells: "Don't touch the TV!"

I replied: "I didn't touch the TV, but so what if I did. If I want to touch the TV, I will!"

I turned and started to walk back to the kitchen, but of course I just had to walk back in and say: "In fact, if I want to lick the TV, I will!!"

And I hate to admit it, but it took every bone in my body to NOT lick the TV!!

Ugh! My husband really brings out the best in me!!