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A ticklish hedgehog

Be sure to have your speakers on when you play this one!

Here is the video!

As you may know, I was part of the Healthy Kids Thank-a-thon, and 9News came to the house to film us! Well, the article on the 9News website is up, and so is the video!

Click on the photo to check out the video!

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Check it out!

If you’re reading this in a FeedReader, hop on over to The Casual Perfectionist, and click on the above slide to see the youtube video.  Thanks to CCIC for posting the video!

As Seen on TV: The Video!

As you may remember, I was on live TV on October 3rd.  I promised to post the link for those of you who missed it.  I waited and waited for the video link to my segment to show up on the TV channel’s website, but alas, it never did.

Waiting wasn’t very hard, because you know how patient I am!  [Cue the maniacal laughter here…] *cough*

After an excruciating week of waiting, we decided to take matters into our own hands.  So…we’ve done it ourselves!  Without further ado, here is my Live TV Debut in Denver!

Finally, you get to see the video!  There were no wardrobe malfunctions!  I didn’t burst into flames or hysterical laughter!  And, Ana Cabrera pronounced my name correctly!  Yay!

I think it went pretty well, considering we didn’t do a run-through of any kind, and I didn’t get any direction. A large portion of my life has been spent doing sales presentations, so I just went into that mode.

Somehow I remembered to smile, breathe, and not play with my hair too much.  (Had I known exactly where the camera was going to be, I would have stood on the other side of Ana.  My hairstyle would have been a little more cooperative that way, but that’s okay.)  I didn’t have to worry about my posture, because the little mic-pack they had me strap on was poking me in the back!  (Getting ready for Live TV could be a blog-post in and of itself!)

Over all, it was a blast!  I had so much fun doing it.  It was over in a blur, and I’m so glad I had the chance to experience it.

Dirty Words

I grew up in a house that didn’t allow swearing of any kind. My parents were very strict with that, and the harshest word I heard at home was when my dad used “dirty cockroach.” (If you heard that, it was best to steer clear of Dad!) But, then I started riding the bus. Do you want to know what I heard on the bus? Everything. Potty-mouthed sailor-wannabes rode my bus. I remember sitting there trying to figure out what in the world they meant with some of the words they were using.

One day, I couldn’t handle the suspense, and when I got home, I decided to ask my mom what a particular word meant. She was getting supper ready in the kitchen. “Mom, what does f*ck mean?” I asked innocently. I will never forget the color of white that she turned. She gasped and asked where I’d heard that. “On the bus,” I told her. I could tell that she was visibly upset. “Go ask your father,” she stammered.

So, I skipped into the living room where Dad was sitting on the couch in front of the TV. My dad knew everything about everything. You could ask him anything and you’d get an answer. “Dad,” I said. “I heard a word on the bus, and I asked Mom what it meant, and she told me to ask you,” I said, dying to know what the big deal was. I mean, I’d asked mom about all kinds of words before, and it was no big deal. Something was different this time.

“What word was that?” he asked.

“F*ck,” I said, watching for his expression to change.

I remember his eyes crinkling with a smile and he chuckled. Then, in true Dad-form, he explained that the word that had made my mother turn pale was actually a crude description of what happens when creatures mate. Like what happens between bulls and cows in the pasture. We lived on a farm, so the description made perfect sense. I thought it was the silliest choice of word ever. And, even now, whenever I hear that word I think of cattle.

“You can ask me what any word means,” he said. “But don’t ever say those things around your mother.”

I know that what I’m about to say will make my mother shake her head with disappointment, but I really don’t have a problem with swear words or the people who use them. I don’t use them on my blog, but that’s my choice, and it honestly doesn’t bother me if they are used appropriately or in a clever context. Yes, there are cases where even I have to question the usage (the show Deadwood, for example?), but I don’t believe in censorship, and I never have. The language got in the way for me with Deadwood, so I didn’t watch it. It was a simple choice. But, the language in the Sopranos? That was totally realistic and didn’t even make me blink. It made the story so believable.

That being said, I live with a toddler…a sponge of a toddler that is soaking in every word around her and then using it out loud. In public. To Grandma. To someone who may be offended.

Right now, it’s pretty easy to control her environment, but we don’t live in a bubble. We hear choice words when we’re out and about. Eventually she’ll go to school and hear every dirty word known to man. The trick will be getting her to understand that there are appropriate places to use the proper words. People will judge her based on her word-choice, so it’s important to create the picture she wants others to see.

And, since having a child, my husband and I have tried our hardest to be a source of repeatable, grandma-quality words. I’ve resorted to saying, “Come on, dude!” in the car, and hearing my husband refer to the driver who cut him off in traffic as a ding-dong makes me laugh out loud. My, how times have changed. 😉

Speaking of life with a toddler, below is the funniest commercial I have seen in a long time. One of my sisters quoted this Orbit commercial weeks ago, and I’d never seen it. (We have TiVO, so commercials are a rare occurrence in our house.) But, I happened upon it one night and then found it on youtube.

I’ve included a transcript below it, because it is so funny. It makes me laugh just thinking about it.

So, if you live with a toddler and you’ve run out of clean words to say, here are some dirty ones. 😉

Wife: You son of a biscuit-eating bulldog!

Bill, her husband: What the French toast?

Wife: You didn’t think I’d find out about your little doo-doo head cootie queen?

The Other Woman: Who are you callin’ a cootie queen, you lint licker!?

Wife: Pickle you, kumquat!

Bill: You’re overreacting…

Wife: No, Bill, overreacting was when I put your convertible into a wood chipper…Stinky McStinkface!

The Other Woman: You Hoboken.

Orbit Announcer Lady: Fabulous! New Orbit Raspberry Mint cleans another dirty mouth. *bing!* For a good clean feeling no matter what.

LOST: Season 4 Preview!!

If you LOVE Lost as much as I do, you HAVE to watch this trailer!! This makes me SO EXCITED to see the new season!!

Check it out!!

Here’s the link.

I CAN’T WAIT!!!

🙂

Rock Band – Sweet Success!

Well, last night Momma (and ‘momma’) completed all the songs in the Expert Level in Rock Band! This was my main goal and not an easy task. Actually, it was a lot easier than I anticipated…until I got to “Reptilia” by The Strokes. Yeah, I’ve never heard of that song either. Somehow I’d passed it in the Medium Level (a week or so ago, I completed all the songs in that level and decided to jump right to Expert. I sang one song on the Hard Level and got 5-stars right away…you only need 3-stars to pass the song, so I decided to spend my time tackling the Expert Level. Beating that level will automatically give you points for the levels below it.)

Anyway, “Reptilia” was wiping the floor with me and my microphone. I just could not get it. The way the game works is if you’ve built up some ‘points’ you can mess up a portion of the song and still move ahead if you can pull it all together quickly. The problem with this song was the fact that the first part of the song was extremely difficult for me, and by the time I made it through to a part of the song I could actually sing, the screen would flash red, and because it was the beginning of the song, I had no points built up to save me. I’d fail the song and get boo’ed off the stage. And, that’s really tough on my rockstar ego!

So, Claire and I found the song on youtube and I made it my personal mission to master it. (Yes, I’m a dork.)

Here it is, although, I don’t care to ever hear it again. 😉 Of course, after listening to it on repeat all day, it kinda wears on ya.

For some reason, the video isn’t embedding properly, so here is the link.

So, last night, Daddy had been invited to play in someone else’s Rock Band. While he went to be a traitor play drums and guitar with his friends from work, Momma and Claire had their challenge for the evening. Beat “Reptilia.” Move on in the game. (It was the last song to complete before moving ahead…you can’t move ahead until you’ve properly sung each song in the “city.” And, if you’re stuck on one song: too bad, so sad.)

I put the game in practice mode and tried something that I’d been working on all day in my youtube sessions. The lead singer’s voice is so bizarre to me and impossible for me to match. So, I had been playing around with octaves. You don’t have to match the voice or octave if you can match the note…so I tried it in practice mode, and by my calculations, I had just enough points to maybe pass the song!

So, I went into the “play a gig” mode and chose my White Whale of a song. Whatever I’d done with all my youtube practicing worked! I passed it with no problems! Success! It was all a breeze from there. In two hours, I’d sung through all the rest of the songs in the remaining cities, and had beaten the Expert Level.

So, where do I go from here? Well, there is an achievement you can earn when you sing a song at 100% in Expert Level. I’m so close with “Dani California” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I’m at 99%. This is another of Claire’s favorite songs at the moment. She calls it “Californay” and begs for me to sing it. A lot. All day. Hence, the 99% rating and huge score on that song.

I also have a huge score for “In Bloom” by Nirvana. So, I may try to get a 100% score on that one, too. (And, yes, Claire runs around the house singing “Don’t know what it means……..don’t know what it means……” Ha!)

And, to get “Reptilia” out of your head, here is “Dani California” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers:

For some reason, the video isn’t embedding properly, so here’s the link.

You’re welcome. 😉

ROCK ON

Yesterday was a pretty stressful day in my business world, and my day was indescribably horrible. Luckily, it was also the release for Rock Band for the Xbox. I’m not really into all this gaming stuff, but my hubby assured me that this game was awesome, and that I would fall in love with it.

He picked up his pre-ordered copy, and we set it up last night. He was a drummer in a former life, and I was itching to sing. (I used to sing all the time, but I haven’t done that in a while.)

This game is SO MUCH FUN. I cannot even describe how much fun this is!!

My hubby ROCKED the drum-set like there was no tomorrow, and I ROCKED the mic, if I do say so myself. All the troubles of the day were blasted out through my mic. I felt like a rockstar. In fact, I was a rockstar.

In case you’re curious, here is one of the songs we did:

http://youtube.com/watch

Embedding has been disabled, but here is the link to the video of “I Think I’m Paranoid” by Garbage.

This is supposedly the real band, but the resemblance to what was going on in our basement last night is uncanny! 😉 You can see me singing lead vocals, and you get some glimpses of my hubby on the drums. For some reason, you can’t see Claire running around and singing into her pretend mic. I’ll have to talk to the videographer about that…

I’m totally kidding. I’m not Shirley Manson, and we aren’t in Garbage. But, last night, the difference was negligible. 😉

Some friends are coming over tomorrow, and all four of us will play. (We have two guitars, the drum-set and a mic.) I can’t wait!

ROCK.
ON.

Move it! Move it!

Okay, one of my friends posted a song on her blog a while ago. I listened to it with Claire, and she was hooked. This song brought back all kinds of fun memories from my clubbin’ days, so I did some poking around and found the original (by Reel 2 Real) on youtube.

Thankfully, this song has added a welcomed break to our Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’ routine. It hasn’t replaced it, but it has at least added some variety to my day. 🙂

So, Claire will ask for whichever song she wants. It’s really cute, actually. She’ll either say, “Momma, Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin!!” or she’ll say, “Momma, I like ta MOVE IT. Move it? Move it? Move it?” As her personal DJ it is then my duty to drop everything and make the song play RIGHT NOW.

So, this post is going to serve as a universal bookmark, of sorts. This is so that regardless of which computer I’m near, I can pull up the blog, click on the “video” category and have whichever song Her Highness requests playing within mere moments of her request.

I aim to please. 😉

So, here it is. The video quality is what it is, but just like the Rollin’ song, we don’t watch the video. We just click, minimize and dance around the room.

Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’

My daughter is addicted to the theme song from Rawhide. How did this happen, you ask? Well, it’s because it’s one of those random songs from my past that got trapped in my head and accidentally falls out every now and then. Yes, I was born years after it was even on television. If you pay attention long enough, a Marty Robbins song is bound to escape, closely followed by whole excerpts from Monty Python’s Holy Grail. (I’ve already mentioned the little thing about “Shake Your Booty“…) I’m not sure how to stop it. It just happens.

So, I’ve sung the “rollin’ rollin’ rollin’” and “keep them doggies rollin’, Rawhide!” parts of the song over and over, so much that she now requests it. To give my singing voice a rest, I decided to find it on the Internet. This is the best copy I can find. The video is clever, but to be honest, I have the window minimized most of the time as we listen to it.

Over and over. All day. Welcome to my world.

This probably isn’t what the youtube guys had in mind for their product, but it is what it is.

Watch (listen) at your own risk: