Variations in Music

I was driving home tonight listening to Sirius XM Holiday Traditions. Usually some classic Christmas melodies and songs are played that everyone has heard at some point. These are calm and soothing as I drive home from work.

I was pleasantly surprised when an instrumental rendition of “My Favorite Things” was played. The biggest difference from the original song (and most music on this station) was that it was up beat and cantina sounding. It got me grooving and wanting to race home. The song must’ve been really good because the main part of the instrumental is still in my head. And I’m bobbing around humming it.

I enjoy when artists take an original piece and add their own colour to it. It shows off their talents out loud. These are a few of my favorite things

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Living: Rearranged

Christmas decorations have taken over our home and I love it. As the years have gone by, more decorations have been acquired. Nicer decorations to be precise. Many which I have made in order to create a flow throughout our home.

This year my wife has been heavily involved in decorating for the holiday season. Usually she is too overwhelmed with her business to help me out. So she just shows up in the home and accepts how I decorated. Which has been great since we both have similar tastes and ideas. Over the past couple of days, she has added her own personal touch. Which has also brought on the idea of rearranging our main floor layout.

Our piano has moved into our old dining room now. This is where it once was when we first purchased it. But when we redid the floors and took out the old breakfast nook- it moved to that location.

2016 Christmas What happened to our dining room table you ask? Funny story- it’s now in the family room near the fireplace. Which is going to be super cozy for our dinners this month. Hold on Josef! The couch isn’t there anymore. That’s right. The couch is now where the piano once was.

Basically we recycled our home into a new formation. Since we won’t be selling any time soon, and we really don’t want to spend a fortune on new furniture or renovations for the main floor, this was our best option. I really like the idea of our sun room (ex-dining room) becoming a music room. As well as the family room becoming the dining room. I’m just not sold on where the couch is. I figure I’ll give it a month and see how it goes.

Maybe for Christmas we can get more bean bag chairs instead so that I can continue to Be too comfortable.

Choir Night 2017

Since our children began at Langley Fine Arts, they have expanded their interest in many arts. While their majors are in the music program, they have enjoyed drama, art, photography and film. Tonight is the yearly Christmas showcase of the choir talents of the school.

I was never very talented at singing. My wife is decent, but won’t perform for people. So it surprised me when all three of our children willingly joined choir at school. All of them have enjoyed it so much so, that they keep returning to it.

My wife and I are extremely proud of our children. We are looking forward to watching the annual “Night of Choir”. This is a great way to get us all in the Christmas spirit a few weeks ahead of schedule.

Holiday Music

I love this time of year. The music is all the same everywhere you go. Carols and Christmas songs pumped through the airways. In the stores, on the radio, even loudly through my home.

I love it all- from The Chipmunks to Barbra Streisand; Elvis to N’Sync… classical music to progressive rock. If it’s Christmasy or winter filled- my emotions get hyped.

Yes, playing Christmas music on November 1st is allowed. I need my two months of music. These are songs I’ve heard over the years numerous times. I could recite and sing along to them. Except maybe with “The Vienna Boys Choir” according to my wife… but it’s so much fun to attempt.

May the joy of music fill your homes and hearts this holiday season as it does mine!

Scream Real Loud

It’s the little things in life that bring me joy unexpectedly. Like this morning when I got a Facebook notification:

Ahhhhhhhh!

So much fun to have one of my childhood idols do something as simple as click an icon for me.

The rest of my day couldn’t bring me down. Thank you Mr. Herman. lol

Deep Sleep Awakenings

I don’t like being woken up in the middle of sleep. I don’t get angry about it, just irritated. It’s even more frustrating when sleeping during the day because of working night shift. Luckily for me, I’m a deep sleeper and can also pass out quickly. So my frustration is usually minimal.

But, there’s nothing more annoying than having to get up in the middle of a deep sleep just to go pee. Well, maybe leg cramps suck- those also wake me up from time to time. I need to drink more water to prevent leg cramps, but that’ll mean I need to pee more. It’s a vicious cycle.

Perhaps its middle age creeping up on me. It’s probably going to be a way of life at some point. I’ll just need to accept it and hope that I have a few good years ahead of me before I start to wet the bed.

Go Karts

Last night was our management Christmas Party. We started with a regular meeting at work followed up with an evening of Go Karts. I haven’t driven a Go Kart in close to 15 years. Of which, I have driven real Go Karts only about three times in my life.

Most of my Kart skills are from Mario Kart. Which started back in 1992 with Super Mario Kart on the Super Nintendo. I have owned at some point in my life, nearly every Mario Kart game. I have spent hours and hours memorizing the courses. The biggest problem I face when racing now is my family.

They beat me.

Constantly.

It’s almost at a point where I don’t like racing them. But I still enjoy the quality time I get to spend with them. Plus no one usually gets injured.

Last night at Go Karts, I got hit pretty bad. I was cutting through a corner and got nailed by another driver. The result is a huge bruise that is causing some intense pain on my outer ribs. I’m not having any problems breathing, so my ribs should be ok. Last night was pretty fierce and competitive. If we do this again as a team building, I’ll gladly go and watch from the sidelines.

But in the meantime I think I’ll just stick to losing in the comfort of my living room with the sounds of cackles and insults from my children.

When I Listen to My Music- Everyone Else Does As Well

Driving to pick up the kids today I decided to crank the radio- as I usually do. I’ve always loved listening to music loudly. Anyone who knows me knows this to be true. No matter what song I am listening to, if I like it- I don’t get easily embarrassed playing it loudly.

As I sat in the pick up lane to get the kids, some classic 90’s songs were heard coming from my car. This also included some choreography as I sat there. As parents walked by, they couldn’t help but smile, hum along and dance as well. Hearing the Spice Girls played so loud that you could hear it in the school was my way of summoning my children out.

As my children entered the car, some complaining and embarrassed looks were had. But the volume didn’t get turned down. Their classmates headed towards their respective rides home and smiled and danced along. The ride home was eventually filled with fun from the kids as they realized that this was happening no matter what.

Our journey home was great. No fighting or complaining. We listened to Trans Siberian Orchestra: Wizards in Winter belt out holiday cheer. When we got home, the kids asked if I could put on Christmas music throughout the house. Something about loud progressive rock music made us all joyous.

Or else it was the ringing in our ears that reminded us of sleigh bells.

Either way, Christmas Cheer is here!

Holidaze are Coming.

I love the Christmas season. Every year I go all out and decorate our home. I also spend a small fortune on gifts for my family throughout the year to make it a special time. But there is one thing I look forward to every year. The Christmas Booze Tree.

We have had it for a few years now. I like to stock it up by the start of December. It’s a great way to enjoy the end of a night shift by spiking a coffee before retiring for the day. It’s also great for a day off of lounging around.

It originally started out being set up off to the side of our kitchen counter. We’d also add in different liquors to adapt to our fancies. We love fireball and eggnog while decorating the trees! Best concoction ever.

But over the years, the “tree” has made it’s way to being more easily accessible as we walk past with a glass in hand. But by the end of December, I’m quite done with the sweet liqueurs. Much like a live Christmas tree, this tree slowly dries up as each bottle empties.

Then the New Year begins with a small haze of how the last year ended.

Getting Into The Christmas Spirit Through Films

To me, Christmas and Christmas movies go hand-in-hand. We have a collection of Christmas DVDs that we bring out every year and start watching them as a family every couple of days or so until Christmas.

Last night we watched “The Polar Express” as a family. Usually we skip this one because the kids end up watching it in school at some point. It seems the teachers like this film or the live action “The Grinch” to show kids before Christmas break.

We also watched “The Powerpuff Girls” afterwards. PPG is what brought my wife and I together when we first started dating. Since then, we have gone out to meet the voice actors and had them autograph our PPG movie poster. I get good feels enjoying this animated short.

The last day of school, or shortly there after, we sit down and enjoy “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”. It’s a great way to realize that doesn’t matter what happens over the holidays, as long as you make the best of it.

And of course, on Christmas Eve, we watch “A Christmas Story”. This has always been my personal favorite film every since it used to be aired repeatedly for 24 hours on tv back in the day.

We also watch lots of other Christmas films throughout the next 30 days. “Scrooged” “Elf” “Gremlins” “Die Hard” plus many more. I love that we can spend time as a family just enjoying these shows. It makes the Christmas spirit come alive as we near the final day. I’m pretty sure my kids will continue to watch these and many more festive films as they grow up.