Monday, October 22, 2012

Wiggly Giveaway!

As most of you know, my boys were really big Wiggles fans when they were little. They've grown out of them, but in all honesty, they're both still really fond of the guys in the group. We've been fortunate enough to meet all of The Wiggles at various times, so they'll always be a part of our lives.

Anyway, I have two extra copies of these books -- Wiggly Numbers and Wiggly Colours. I thought it would be fun to offer them through a drawing. All you have to do is leave a comment here on my blog and answer a few simple questions:

1. What is your favorite number, and why is it your favorite?
2. What is your favorite color, and why is it your favorite?

I'll put all the names in a hat and draw a winner in one week. So, check back on October 29th to see who the winner is. Good luck and thanks for playing along!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Peer pressure from old guys?

And by that title, I do NOT mean the two old guys in this picture. I adore those two old guys. Anyway, I found myself glued to my laptop from 7:30pm to 9pm last night. The Red Hot Chili Peppers were performing for the ACL Festival in Texas. Most of the 3-day festival was aired online via You Tube. RHCP was the final act for the event, so I was happy I could watch them live, and for free made it even better. I used to go to a lot of concerts, but don't get too many opportunities to do that living in Montana. The next concert I'm going to see is the RHCP, but I'm driving 9+ hours to get to Seattle, Washington to watch them. There are not many bands that I'd drive that far for, but Red Hot Chili Peppers are an exception -- possibly the only exception.

Before the Peppers took the stage last night, Iggy and the Stooges were scheduled on the bill. They had performed earlier in the weekend, so their performance wasn't live. Now, I'm older -- having grown up in the 1970s -- so I'm fully aware who Iggy Pop is. Growing up, I listened to all sorts of music, thanks to my family being into different types of genres. I don't recall if my brother or sister liked Iggy, but I know I never did. He just wasn't my thing, even later on when I started going backwards in time with my music interests. He was one artist I just never got into, for some reason or another.

Well, last night I was watching Iggy's performance while waiting for RHCP. As I watched the show I also was reading the comments from viewers, which were going up live as the show progressed. Obviously, there were some mixed comments regarding Iggy. I mean, the man is 65-years-old, so obviously he's not going to hit it off with everyone. A lot of people didn't care for Iggy and his band. What I found interesting was how older people (and I was just going off their avatar pictures) were literally ragging on those people for not liking Iggy Pop. They were saying all the usual stuff -- like how he was an icon, how he was one of the first punk rock artists ever, how the younger generation doesn't respect older musicians, and so forth. Then it got ugly where they were accusing RHCP fans for not being real fans because RHCP loves Iggy Pop. They brought up how Anthony Kiedis is good friends with him, how he got a lot of his moves from Iggy, even how he's starting to look more like him. Most RHCP fans I know are well aware RHCP loves Iggy Pop.

Anyway, it just struck me funny because here were these older people (mostly men) who were trying to intimidate people into liking Iggy just because the members of the RHCP like him. It was comical in a way. It was like they were saying you weren't a real Chili Peppers fan if you didn't like Iggy Pop too. Ugh. These people looked to be in their 40s and 50s. Peer pressure at that age? Seriously? It made me think of a bunch of kids playing in a sandbox. "If you don't like peanut butter & jelly, I'm not going to be your friend." Talk about stupid. I consider myself a RHCP fan and there are a lot of things the band members like that I do not like. I don't think they'd hold anything against me, especially the fact that I don't care for Iggy Pop. It's not so much his music, but his mouth. He's extremely foul-mouthed and I had to keep the volume down whenever he was between songs because every other word was the f-bomb. I realize RHCP's do that too, but not to the same degree as Iggy. I adore AK, but we have different tastes in a lot of things. That's okay.

But for these grown men to be ridiculing people for not liking this old punk rocker and saying they're not true fans because RHCP likes them ... well, that just cracked me up. That kind of mentality is pathetic. Even Flea, the bass player, just tweeted that Iggy ruled the festival. That's fine, but I also know Flea would respect people for liking different types of music. Anyway, it just struck me funny for grown men to be talking to people like that. I really wanted to type, "Okay, guys, time to go back to your mom's basement." 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Nativities and minis ...

I had to go to the dentist today, which is an hour away in the city of Whitefish. On my way home, I stopped at a few thrift stores. One was new by the Humane Society. I found the Nativity pictured above for two dollars. It has a few dings in the finish, but I think I can touch those up. I collect Nativity scenes and am getting really partial to the one piece sets. Sorry the picture is blurry, but you get the idea.

I also found this plaid skirt pictured above. I'm really into plaid right now, as some of you know. This skirt is cool because it has bike shorts attached inside. So, I guess it's a skort, although it looks like a skirt in the back as well. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, I've been doing a "______ a day" theme. I started with coffee mugs. Then I went to jammie pants. Then I did Little Golden Books. Now I'm doing "Plaid of the Day" and posting a picture of something related. So, if you're interested in plaid, check it out.

I got the skirt home and tried it on. I figured it would fit, but I didn't bother trying it on at the store. As it turned out, I liked it a lot more once I got it on. I'm kicking myself for not buying a pair of capris in the same fabric. They were by the same company, so I'm figuring whoever donated them to the Salvation Army probably gave both up at the same time. I'd like to go back for the pants, but am not sure when I'll be up in town again. I don't think I can talk Rick into stopping on his way home from work. He hates that place.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Just an update ...

We had an incredible sunset last night. This picture hardly justifies it. However, I know when Neil runs in saying, "Did you see the sunset? It's beautiful!" then it has to be pretty darn spectacular. It was, although I didn't put much effort in photographing it well. Today is cloudy and the forecast said it might rain, but we have yet to see that. It's warmed up a bit from the past few days when it was dipping into the 20s at night. Now it's back to the 30s and 40s, which isn't bad. Those frosty mornings make it feel like autumn though.

I apologize to anyone reading who has a blog that I haven't visited in awhile. I have been really bad about blogging, but would like to get back into it. I've been busy with the start of the school year though, as well as trying to catch up on some school-related projects that are long overdue. Each year I make a yearbook for my kids and I'm behind on that right now. So any free time I've had -- that hasn't been wasted on social media sites -- has gone to working on the yearbook. I've also been in a bit of a slump and haven't felt like doing much of anything these past few days. So anyway ... I hope all is well with you!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Good Morning, Moon!

I got up this morning to get a cup of coffee and on my way back to my room, I noticed the moon shining brightly in the front yard. I grabbed my camera and took a few pictures. This was probably the best one, which isn't all that great. It was taken on an auto-setting, through a dirty window. Regardless, it was pitch-black outside and it was seven o'clock in the morning. Hello, darkness! Fall is definitely here.