Friday, March 12, 2010

Friday Leftovers (March 12)

Weekly thwarted blog posts rolled up into one leftover post.

Word Association

Play along here.

1. Detective :: Inspector
2. Bangs :: Cut
3. Consultant :: Advise
4. Puzzle :: Jigsaw
5. Learn :: Alphabet
6. Necklace :: Earrings
7. 184 :: Bottles of beer on the wall
8. Stimulation :: Excitement
9. Layered :: Cake
10. Police :: Officer

Explanations: I've been thinking of playing the CD Yvie got in Kindergarten with Spanish-language songs and things for Kennedy. Actually, Kennedy likes that CD since she heard it a million times. It's got a really good thing for the alphabet on it. I've not played it recently but I should so Kennedy can absorb all that info and maybe learn the alphabet in Spanish before she starts school. And even if she doesn't, it'll be a good head-start for her anyway.

And Kennedy needs to have her bangs cut. Or we need to let her grow them out. They're in the in-between stage and only serve to cover her eyes and block her view.

The People Have Spoken

And it looks like LB wins in a landslide.

Over on my little poll there, I'd asked who you guys thought would win Saturday's showdown between myself and my brother Danny, and out of the 15 people who voted, 13 chose yours truly.

Woo hoo! Looks like I'm going to win by a lot!

Well, I suppose the race won't be won by the number of supporters I have, which is too bad because then I'd bury him early.

Saturday's 5K Race Recap

Since Saturday's race will be short (twentysomething minutes as opposed to nearly five hours of Surf City) my plan is to come home and write a race recap. Usually I'll mobile blog the results or some post letting you know that I finished the race but this time I think I'll wait to blog about it all at once. I'm hoping to have something up in the early afternoon, so just wanted to give you a heads up in case you wanted to come back and see how yours truly fared.

I hope to have good news, and also to have a good recap for you guys to read regardless of how I did.

Musician In Training

Can you play a musical instrument?

I can't. I took saxophone in the fifth grade but quit after a few months. I really wish I would have stuck with it because it would be cool to play a sax. I took guitar lessons once too, as an adult. That was hard and I didn't really learn anything except that I wouldn't make a good guitarist.

Anyway, Yvie started taking piano lessons on Thursday. It was her first lesson and she seemed to enjoy it. We have had a piano for the longest time - it was Mrs. LB's old piano - and we never used it, so we finally decided to put it to use. We had someone come tune it and then signed Yvie up for piano lessons.

Not sure how it'll go - I don't expect her to play Bach or something anytime soon - but hopefully she'll stick with it and take a liking to music. And if she doesn't take to it, that's fine too. I just think it's cool when people can play instruments.

LB Song of the Week

The girls really like this song. Actually, I think Yvie is the one who digs this song.

This is called Free Like A Bird by a fella with the strange name of Caspar Babypants. Yvie asked me who sang that song and when I told her his name, she laughed and said that he had a strange name. I told her it probably wasn't his real name but she seems to think it is.

Anyway, Mr. Babypants spared no expense for his video.


Jephy's Mom said...

Good luck on your race tomorrow. I can't wait to here the results.

Jephy's Mom said...

I mean "hear the results" not "here the results".

thamesarino said...

hey LB, good luck in the race. I hope you smoke your brother. Just out of curiosity are you younger or older?
I think that learning to play the piana is an excellent idea! It's a great way to open up a whole different part of your brain. Music is a wonderful thing! Can you tell I had piano lessons for years? : ) I played the clarinet, and played the bass clarinet(which is pretty close to a sax)in the middle school and high school marching band for a couple years too. The sad thing is that now I can't even read music anymore, although I can play simple little songs by ear on a piano still.

Katie A. said...

You better put up the results on FB because I will be waiting on pins and needles!!!
I played piano for 12 years - took lessons. I hated my teacher but never told my parents. I hated to practice, she made it completly unenjoyable. When I look back now and talk to my parents about it, they wish they would have asked or dug deeper because although I was good, it was like pulling teeth to get me to practice. Today I can sit down a bust out a few songs, but my brain has block a lot of it because of the horrid teacher experience. Just make sure Yvie likes her teacher - it will make all the difference.
Good luck buddy! Can't wait to see you win!!!!

Whitney said...

Good luck, good luck, GOOD LUCK!!!

Willoughby said...

Can't wait to hear that you've beaten Danny (the power of positive thinking)!!

I think it's great that you've started Yvie with piano lessons. I've been thinking about doing the same with my daughter. We have an electronic keyboard that she's really good at playing.

I've always wanted to play the piano, and I can pick out a few songs by ear, but I've never taken lessons. I played the clarinet in elementary school, but that was really just an exercise in humiliation. I wasn't very good at it.

Good luck on your race!

Christy said...

I seriously can't wait to read about the race report. It's like the showdown of the century!! For reals!

Good luck and kick some ass!

Chicago Mom said...

Good luck tomorrow! My daughter and I will send up some bedtime prayers for you. :)

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

Good luck tomorrow!

As for being musically inclined, not me! It's a talent I have always wanted but completely lack. I took violin in 3rd grade- my mom made me practice outside. Maybe that's why I married a musician, to live vicariously. Our daughter plays the ukelele, she'll be starting guitar in about 18 months, so she takes after dad.