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Finally Got a Library Card!


This week, we finally got me a library card. I’ve been talking about it for a long time now, and after much begging and demanding, we finally got one. Needless to say, I’m a little more than happy. It’s been awhile since I had new books to read, and I got a really good selection. So the last few days I’ve almost completely neglected my computer and have devoured my books.

I just finished reading “How Sex Works” by Dr. Shanon Moleam, and I have to say it was a delightful read. Not only did it really make me use my brain, it was plenty informative, I learnt a few things that I didn’t know (especially about evolution) and it only took me a couple days to read it.

We also got movies from the library. So far we’ve watched one of my favorite Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies ever, Shall We Dance. Kaeidyn stayed up late to watch it, and kept trying to figure out why it was black and white. She was almost angry and upset about it. It’s been so long since I got to see a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie, that I was completely swept up to it and was made even happier to see The Boyfriend enjoying the movie and even tapping his foot along with the music.

For years, I’ve thought of myself as more of a Warrior than a Trekkie. But after getting season 1 of Star Trek: Voyager from the library, I’ve completely changed my tune. I am, without a doubt, 100% a Trekkie. So far, I’m loving Captain Janeway, and seriously want to be here. The only thing I’m not liking so far is all the time travel, but at the same time it keeps me intrigued.

Other than that, things are going pretty well. Work is good, though incredibly boring. I’m not a fan of jobs where I feel like I’m getting paid to sit around and do nothing. I’d rather have a steady flow of work, not too slow, not too busy. Some days I get that, but for the most part I just feel bored. Oddly enough though, I come home and feel like it was a stressful day at work.

So that’s just a quick update of what’s been going on around here. Nothing too crazy, just the way I like it. I’ve got a couple posts in the works that I’m hoping to have out sometime this week or next, so stay tuned for that. How’s your week going?

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Loving Google!!!


Okay, I know I’ve said it about a million times and all the people who aren’t in it, probably won”t get it, but Google is the best ever!!!

So this morning, as always, I check my Google Reader (+1 for Google!!), then I run across this post about a Gameboy Music Video. In the description, they talk about Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” on a Gameboy, so curiosity makes the cat happy, so I followed the link.

Next thing you know, I’m watching this internet meme of two of the BEST musicians on YouTube (+2 for Google). The next half hour is spent watching some of the best YouTube videos I’ve ever seen.

Here’s the story:

Jake says to Kurt, you can’t play any real songs on the recorder. With drumpad and recorder in hand, Kurt proves Jake wrong by playing Justin Bieber’s “Baby” and then challenges Jake to do better.

The next few videos take them through the challenge as more and more instrument types are introduced including a CROCKenspiel, a cellphone, a Zither and the final video of the Sqeakaphone.

After the final video, the two guys get together, Jake on guitar and Kurt on his drumpad, and bang out some amazing music!! While watching the challenge, you think, “Yeah, these guys are great musicians because of their ear and innovation”, but you definitely don’t expect what you hear!

Below is the video that started the whole challenge. From within the video, you can click on the links at the end of the video to take you to the challenge response, or you can scroll down to see the links to all the videos including the one where they get together.

 

So readers, what do you think of this internet meme? What songs would you like to hear and what types of creative instruments can you think of or have you played?

The Entire Meme:

  1. Kurt vs. Jake:“Baby”… on RECORDER?!?!
  2. Jake vs. Kurt:“Telephone”… on GLOCKENSPIEL?!?!
  3. Kurt vs. Jake:“Moonlight Sonata”… on CROCKenspiel?!?
  4. Jake vs. Kurt:“Beat It”… on GAMEBOY?!?!
  5. Kurt vs. Jake: “Zelda’s Lullaby”… on OCARINA?!?!
  6. Jake vs. Kurt: “Only Girl (In the World)”… on ZITHER?!?!
  7. Kurt vs. Jake: “Pachelbel’s Canon”… on CELL PHONE?!?!
  8. Jake vs. Kurt: “Bad Romance”… on SQUEAKAPHONE?!?!
  9. When They Get TogetherJake and Kurt: Cover of Nelly’s “Just a Dream”

Leave your comments and let me know which one is your favorite!


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Cute Story, Good News


So, tonight was a rather funny night. The first time I ever saw the movie “Click”, where Adam Sandler died, I cried my eye balls out. Well, like mother, like daughter, so did Kaeidyn.

As his family gathers around him, Kaeidyn starts pouting just a little bit. Then they start crying and he’s crying, next thing you know she’s right out blubbering. Rubbing at her eyes while The Boyfriend and I try to hide our laughter, and I try to hide my tears. It was such a cute moment.

It’s not the first time she’s cried at a movie, but it’s the first time she’s cried and truly understood why she was crying. The first time she cried during a movie was when we first moved into this house and she watched “Spirit”. I don’t think she really understood why she was crying then, at least not like she did tonight.

All the kids have been doing really quite well. Along with my Mom, they bought me flowers the other day. I had had a really rough couple of days with the kids and they were just being incredibly crazy. Mom picked me up for work and I had just had enough and I was really upset and angry. So Mom talked to the kids, and they went out and bought me flowers while I was at work, and when I came home they ushered me into the kitchen to a bouquet of flowers. They were really good for the rest of the night too, which just made it that much better!

More good news is that The Boyfriend has officially been bumped up to full-time!! We’ve been hoping that it would happen for a really long time, and it finally did. We’re both so relieved and so excited. He’s loving his job, I’m loving my job, so work is finally good!

A couple posts back, I had written about being all worried about my brother and my Mom because of my brother. Well, I’m very happy to say that that worry has now been taken care. After spending a little longer than a week in the hospital, Goober was successfully moved into a group home, where he is so far doing really good. They tested him for schizophrenia and so far that is a no-go, so they’re still saying it’s non-specific psychosis, though Goober and I were talking the other night and he pointed out that it could be Seasonal Affective Disorder, since it only seems to happen during these months. I told him to discuss it with his psychiatrist.

My sister came down for a short weekend visit last weekend and that was really great. We went clothes shopping (which I don’t get to do often enough, though sadly it was a horrible experience for me, but picking out clothes for her to try on was super fun!), and it was all around a good time. Looks like she’ll be back in July.

In online news, well there’s not really too much here honestly. I’ve kind of been slacking this week. I’ve got a lot that’s in the “Work In Progress” stage and nothing at the completion stage. I started a new blog called Valerie Rayne’s Randomness. And it’s a very random slice of the web. From my favorite quotes, to some of my favorite YouTube videos, and my answers to Formspring questions, plus a whole bunch more, it’s just literally a bunch of randomness.

I’ve also been reading my Google Reader religiously and seriously delighting in it. I love that I’m the only person I know who has any idea what’s going on in the online world. It makes for rather boring conversation, but I feel far superior than most in at least one area of my life.

Other than that, my week has been pretty boring. I sleep, I stare at my computer screen, I work for a short time and then I stare at my computer screen more. Starting Monday, life should be a little more exciting as I start walking to and from work.

At first I was oober bummed about it and almost mad at my Mom for it, and then I started thinking that I’ve been complaining for months about wanting to lose this baby belly, what better way than to start walking! It’s not like work is that far, and the only part I can see being a big problem is this large hill that I have to walk up when I come home. Other than that, I think it’s going to be fun and if I lose some of the 30 lbs. that I want to lose this year, I’ll be really incredibly happy.

Oh yeah, for anybody who has previously checked out my Stay Connected page to be greeted with blankness, it’s no longer blank. What is on there is mostly a draft, though all the links work. Hopefully soon, I’ll be able to make it look a little better. One step at a time…