Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Ocean Scene with Octopus and Nautilus

Please indulge me while I brag about my son. When he was 3 he decided he wanted to be an artist when he grew up. At 6 he still wants to be an artist. He takes classes. He practices every day. This is his most recent drawing.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Intersection of Happy and Sad

The internet has been infected with some particularly virulent memes recently, and no I'm not talking about keyboard cat or three wolf night. Today it seemed like everywhere I went people were talking about the best and worst things, or, even better, things that were both. Not wanting to be left behind, I thought I'd join the in-crowd (see Facebook quiz, I'm still trying hard to be cool).

So here we go, let's put the bests first, in no particular order:
  • Kissing my 4 year old on top of his head
  • Sitting up at night with my 6 year old in the top bunk and talking until he can fall asleep. We have our best conversations when he has insomnia
  • Holding my boys when they were infants, or toddlers, or in preschool, or...just holding them no matter how old they are
  • Watching my boys play together, and seeing how much they enjoy each other
  • 1991
  • Painting
  • Driving - alone, for long distances, preferably somewhere I've never been before
  • Thinking about possibilities, for renovating the house, vacation, supper, my future, anything really.
  • Blueberries

And the worsts:
  • Hearing the alarm go of at 6:45 and knowing I have to get up
  • Naples, Italy
  • Seeing my boys hurt, physically, emotionally, it doesn't matter how
  • Letting people down
  • A $20,000 math mistake
  • Pneumonia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • 2009 - even though far worse things actually happened to me in 2008, I hate 2009 more
  • Dealing with people who see in me their idea of who I must be instead of who I actually am.

And, for good measure, a few things that simultaneously make me happy and sad:
  • Dogs
  • Germany
  • Watching my boys grow up
  • 1987
  • Childhood
  • Ice cream
  • My son's family portrait

That's all for now. Time to play me off, keyboard cat.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Yippie yi Ohhhhh to the Block Rockin Beats

My son loves techno. That's what he tells me anyway. He likes the beat and he likes the "robot" sound of it. I take no responsibility for this. It must come from the German side of his family.

He also likes Johnny Cash, more specifically Folsom Prison Blues, which I currently have in the heavy rotation playlist on my ipod. He sees to it that it gets extra heavy rotation.

His unusual combination of musical tastes got me thinking. If, like, me, you're addicted to Glee, you're already familiar with the episode where they try to do mash ups of songs that really, really don't go together.

If I were to remix Johny Cash as a techno artist, my first choice would be Ghost Riders in the Sky. Yes, I know he didn't write it, but he recorded it so it counts. I have the chorus
"Yippie yi Ohhhhh
Yippie yi yaaaaay
Ghost Riders in the sky
looping round and round in my head backed by a hard driving beat that drops off just as the words start. Unfortunately, because I'm not a techno artist, I can't get it out, as much as I really would like to, because maybe then it would go away.

As it turns out, someone has already made a techno song titled "Ghostriders." I did consider linking to it, but it's even more painful than the version in my head, and I just couldn't bring myself to inflict it on you.

Instead I'll embed this one. It's Cash's "I Walk the Line" all technofied, and actually not too bad, if, you know, you're into techno, like my son.

This is for you, B.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Post Halloween Poll

What's the best Trick-or-Treat candy?

My list:
My true favourite is Goldberg's Peanut Chews, or whatever the name is of the company that makes them now, but only NYers will know these, so, sticking to more widely distributed snacks:
1) frozen snack sized Snickers, must be frozen
2) Plain or Peanut M&M's, depending on my mood, ideally ones manufactured in the U.S. because they taste chocolatier and yes, I really can tell the difference.
3) KitKat (milk, dark, or chunky, I am equal opportunity with KitKat)
4) 100 Grand Bars
5) Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Agree? Disagree? Discuss.

(and be aware that I can't for some reason, comment to my own blog posts so I'm not ignoring you, I just need to save my answer for a separate post.)