Saturday, April 14, 2012

Spring break-less.

K- has been on spring break this week.  We, unlike classmates and others we know, did not go on vacation.  This isn't against anyone who could get away.  That's a great thing.  I have a friend who, though there was a family death expected and it in fact occurred, she was able to sneak away for a bit of time here and there that was somewhat enjoyable. 

We pressed on and worked as usual.  That's certainly okay, as there are bills to pay and that kind of needed done.  Well, at least the city taxes had to be filed.

What did we do? 

Thursday, 4/5:  K- had school, but afterwards, we went forth for the chop.  Both of us are delighted with our cuts. 

Friday, 4/6:  I know that we did a bit of running and I don't recall exactly what.  I do know, however, that K- and I spent a good amount of time filling 350 eggs for the family hunt.  We also attended evening service.

Saturday, 4/7:  The egg hunts.  We had one for church and one for family.  They were lovely and exhaustively took up the entire day.

Sunday, 4/8:  Easter bunny.  Did he arrive?  That was the question posed to me by my sweet thing at 6:20 AM.  I think that I grunted and lifted the covers for her to climb in.  Jar Jar Binks woke her up when she accidentally rolled over his voice activation button on his hand.  We had a lovely service, brunch at church, lunch at my parents with my sibs and an early dinner at the in-law's.  We came home, went for a walk and K- was able to use her new bike. 

Monday, 4/9:  Hubs wanted to take K- fishing out on the boat, but 44 degrees didn't sing real well for fish willing to bite, so they had a Star Wars Festival at home.  All went well until I received a call from Hubs panicking because K- accidentally ripped the cape off the vintage Darth Vader.  Yes, my husband called me at work about that.  In the end, it was all an accident, Hubs apologized to K- for being upset and we've all learned that the vintage Star Wars cannot be undressed like the Barbies can be. 

Tuesday, 4/10:  K- and my MIL went to the movies.  They saw the Lorax.  Once again, K- won an iPod (generic) from the grabber machine.  The other she had stopped working, so she replaced it.  In the meantime, I still have a Hello Kitty iPod sitting to given out.  Obviously, K- doesn't need it.

Wednesday, 4/11:  K- went to hang with my MIL again.  They had a grand time, of course, as most of the school days K- has to do homework and reading.  That takes away from their fun time.  In the evening, we had plans to meet up at a kiddie indoor wonderland AKA Fun N' Stuff to hang with her siblings.  They ran around and had a great time together.  K- misses hanging with them, so the time of play was great. 

Thursday, 4/12:  My sister was scheduled to have her colonoscopy (all went well!), so I signed up to bring dinner.  I made a breakfast casserole (egg strata or egg pie as LeAnne calls it), muffins and a fruit salad.  She wanted something a bit low level since she had just cleared all the piping out to squeak status.  K- and I also had a dental appointment (scheduled it so far ahead that I didn't know it was spring break until the week ahead) and both of us came through with flying colors.  Hooray!

Friday, 4/13:  We were on a mission.  K- and I hit the thrift stores for some dresses.  We were on the hunt.  We purchased 4 dresses or so, a handful of books, a game and a polymer clay kit.  We hung out at my cousins house for bit and played.  K- was able to play with the neighbor for a while and we went on another walk.  At this point, we've been doing those for a couple of weeks now and are pretty good at getting out for the nightly walk about 6 nights a week. 

Saturday, 4/14:  We had our lovely Lowe's Build and Grow workshop, jetted off to the local university for swimming lessons and now we're back home crafting for a bit.  We made some beads with the polymer clay set that we found and we'll be stringing our beads in just a bit.  K- is having quite a lovely time beating the clay with a spoon.  I made mine in more even sizes, but hers are kind of all over the place with size.  We'll see how they bake. 

Sunday, 4/15:  The start of soccer season!  We're holding our breath, since opening day appears to be one possibly filled with thunderstorms.  A friend loaned a pair of brand new soccer shoes to K- (I tried to decline and she insisted saying that she found them at Target sinfully cheap), she had some shorts (I feared that they might go south while she was running) but I found another pair for a buck at the thrift.  The little girl that she watches will be thrilled to take K-'s old bike as a play bike at her house and we're thrilled with that.  More stuff we don't need shuttled off to lands with a need.  I also passed on a good 25 pairs of K-'s underwear that were just replaced with the next size up.  No, she doesn't need 30 pair of underwear, but my MIL buys underwear all the time.  At least we found a behindy to put those on, as well. 

I hope that you've had a wonderful week and I'm certain that you could care less to give a hoot as to what we were doing or where we were going.  That's all good.  At least I killed a few minutes for you, right?  ;)

Have a great day!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

My husband listens to death metal. I don't. AKA the post about the Rock Hall Induction this weekend and the people in my CD collection who aren't included.

That Metal Show refers to the Rock Hall as the "Hall of Shame."  Now, I don't fully agree, though I do believe (and know) that there are many people who should be in there who aren't.  I mean, how can you leave out Iron Maiden when they are one of the most influential rock bands or Rush who did get their start in Cleveland when no one else would play them? 

I had started this post back on September 2, 2010.  I don't really recall why I did, but since it was there, I decided to check dates to see who qualified.  1987 is the magical qualifying year, as it has to be 25 years from the first record.  (I went by the years listed on Wikipedia, so they may be band inception dates as opposed to records.  I'm not certain.)  For whatever it is worth, here is my list and my sadness that they haven't been put up for induction.  Please understand, too, that I wouldn't necessarily put each and every single one of these bands up for Rock Hall Induction, but most of them I would love for them to consider. 

Please know that the bands who are crossed out don't qualify date-wise for induction.

A-  Alice in Chains- 1987

B-  Blind Melon- 1992-
      Barenaked Ladies- 1988
      Beastie Boys- Being inducted this year.
      (The) B-52's- 1976
      Black Sabbath- Inducted
        (I actually met them.  Bill Ward shook my hand and thanked me for coming out to see them.) 

C-  (The) Cure- 1976
      Candlebox- 1991
      (Tracy) Chapman- 1986 (from Cleveland!)
      (The) Cranberries- 1989
      Cake- 1991
      (The) Cult- 1983

D-  Dave Matthews- 1991
      Deep Forest- 1992
      (Anne E.) DeChant- 1992 (from Cleveland!)
      Duran Duran- 1978

E-  Eric Clapton- inducted
      Edie Brickell- 1985

F-  (Ben) Folds (Five)- 1988

G-  Guns N' Roses- Being inducted this year minus Axl, at his request. Read below.

H-  House of Lords- 1987 (left over from college days)

I-  (Natalie) Imbruglia- 1989 
     Iron Maiden- 1975

J-  Jane's Addiction- 1985
     Joan Osborne- 1989 (from the closing gallery pick pile)


L-  Led Zeppelin- inducted
      Linkin Park- 1996

M- Mighty, Mighty Bosstones- 1983
      Metallica- inducted
      Marilyn Manson- 1989  (My glassblowing days) From Canton, Ohio!
      Ministry- 1981
      Motley Crue- 1981
      Megadeth- 1983

N-  Nine Inch Nails- 1988 (From Cleveland!) 
      Natalie Merchant- 1981

O-  Only Children- Cleveland only.
      Odd Girl Out- See Anne E. DeChant.  Lakewood, Ohio.

P-  Pink Floyd- inducted.
      Pavement- 1989
      P.O.D.- 1992
      Pantera- 1981 (Yes, I do like some Pantera and saw them in concert with someone once.)
      Pearl Jam- 1990
      Poster Children- 1987

Q- Queensryche- 1981

R-  R.E.M- 1980
      Rusted Root- 1990
      Rush- 1968

S-  Sarah McLachlan- 1988
     Stone Temple Pilots- 1986
     Squirrel Nut Zippers- 1993

T-  Tori Amos- 1986
     10,000 Maniacs- See Natalie Merchant
     Temple of the Dog- 1992 (a band combo)
     Tears for Fears- 1981

U-  Under the Tree- Cleveland area only.


W-  White Town- 1989

X-  (In)x(s)- yes, I know that I cheated- 1977



I'm thinking that I got everyone, but feel that I may have missed a few.  At any rate, do you have anyone that you would have loved to see included?  Any major oversights in the Rock Hall?  Do tell!

ETA:  And because it seems like Axl Rose doesn't like to share the stage with anyone or have anyone possibly upstage him, he has declined his portion of the nomination to the Rock Hall with specification that he not be given the induction in absentia or have anyone speak on his behalf.  Hmm.  Does this ranting tantrum stink of what happened with him when James Hetfield stepped into stage pyrotechnics and Axl threw a fit when James had to be transported to the hospital?  Hmmm.  Axl, get over yourself.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

We've been walking.

I admit that I've been a bit off with my posting, since we've been busy walking each night. I do have updates, though.

1. K- brought her grades up to all A's and one B. We were so proud! Truly, she works very hard.
2. We went to the Tenebrae service at church and it was very moving. I hope that I spelled that right.
3. We enjoyed Easter egg hunts on Saturday. We had one at church and one with my sister's family.
4. K- was delighted with the new bike she received for Easter. We explained that the bunny doesn't usually bring big gifts like that, but he noticed that she had grown out of hers.
5. K- has a date tomorrow with her siblings. She is very excited to see them!
6. We had delightful dinners on Sunday with our families. It was nice that we could all make it to my parents house at the same time.
7. It was nice to get to talk to my SIL on Sunday. We haven't been able to talk in a while.
8. Our garden veggies are doing fine, despite the continual shift of weather. It was snowing today.
9. K- starts back to soccer on Sunday and putting her in a league not in our incredibly sports obsessed subsection of the city isn't a bad thing. Wow. It is eat or be eaten and we're not for that.
10. I'm pleased to say that I'm at the 10 pound mark and happy with that. Of course, diet blew out of the window on Sunday. Oops.