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Love this.  Happy Tuesday. Happy YOUesday!

I admit my heart is still breaking over Japan. The Tsunami. The Earthquake. The Nuclear Explosions. The Deaths. And, it is frigid winter over there. I’m sure it is for many of you have aching hearts,  too.

thanks for the photo, leslie

I hope you had a beautiful weekend. With my grandmother, cousin, sweet sister and beautiful neice were in town – plus and lots of family and friends in our back yard to celebrate Beatrice’s 4th Birthday Pirate style — WE DID!!!

Here is a band that I am enjoying thanks to Black Eiffel. The name of the band is:  Little Joy. Have you heard of them? They are happy, chirpy, cheerful and FANTASTIC! Amazing voice:  this clip is amazing, too.

Little Joy

photo from Chronicle Books

Download the album on itunes or amazon.*

Posted on Wednesday, now has 10.7  million views – if you haven’t seen this, it’s worth a peek:

Am I the last one to see this T-Mobile Welcome Back clip? It is awesome. I think the flashmob ad campaign is rusty. But, in this instance, who cares? I love it! What would you think if you came off a plane home – to that?!? I love the people’s surprised faces. Ironically, they are real. Seriously. It is live filming. The reactions are from true witnesses – filmed by 18 hidden cameras. I like the range of the music selected. The ‘vocal orchestra’ peformand is spectacular: “At Last” by Etta James, “Comin’ Home Baby” by Mel Torme, “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison, “I am the Passenger” by Iggy Pop and “I Knew You Were Waiting (for me)” by George Michael & Aretha Franklin.

I like everything about this commercial, Saatchi & Saatchi London rocked it.

Nice work, T-Mobile.

Brad Tygart with Defining Motion finished the “fun” video for my favorite Statesboro Electrician. I love it. I laugh and smile every single time that I see it…especially Rod’s part. I helped, barely, but I helped behind the scenes. Well, I was there. I was there with Whitaker and Beatrice. Ahhh, not very much assistance, really. Anyway, it was amaza-heart-warming to see all these people support Brian. It made my heart sing that day…and, every time that I see it.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you everybody – especially Brad, the people who came by, texted, emailed, facebooked, called, sent written testimonials. Thank you every-single-body!!!

Good job, Brad. Good job, Brian. You guys are a duo!

Let me know what you think about it.

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I heard Ben E. King’s Stand By Me today on the radio. I could see Dad singing this song. He loved it. He would get really into it by closing his eyes. This song is sooo Daddy. Ahhhh, brings tears and smiles all at the same time.

I was singing along actually beginning to get teary when, ironically, I passed by one of the establishments that my sister and I toured in consideration of his move from therapy to a nursing home.

It was an atrocious place that did not pass our standards for relocation. Pitiful place.  

The sight of it made me smile, happily.  I was beholden with peace. Relief. Gratitude.  Ben E. King kept singing.   I am so happy that Dad skipped that place on his trip to heaven. And, so thankful that I heard this song today.

Here are the lyrics to Stand By Me by Ben E. King:

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No I won’t be afraid, no I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darlin’, darlin’, stand by me, oh now now stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
And the mountains should crumble to the sea
I won’t cry, I won’t cry, no I won’t shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darlin’, darlin’, stand by me, oh stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me, stand by me-e, yeah

Whenever you’re in trouble won’t you stand by me, oh now now stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

Darlin’, darlin’, stand by me-e, stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

 

This is the amazing marriage of talents of Yo Yo Ma and Alison Krauss. It is a match made in heaven which was released in 1999 on the Appalachain Journey album.

The lyrics for Slumber My Darling are here.

So the last few weeks I was feeling drained and uninspired so I looked for inspiration. And I found it. I have a few places to look for daisies of happiness, daffadils of amazement, and poppies of inspiration. When I am feeling blah, I often listen to music, read books and blogs, play on youtube, go for a jog or piddle about the back yard. Here’s one of the trinkets in my pick-me-up box, one of the flowers in my garden.  

Here’s a youtube place that I visit. It’s one that I love. Alessandra (Ferri) is beautiful and so is Sting.


I didn’t even know that two year olds can ride bikes. Did you? I guess, I still have a lot to learn in this weary old parenting world.


Hmm…my rusty french doesn’t provide me with the ability to translate this clip. drat. But the upbeat music and quirk-i-ness make me smile.

Here is a link to the lyrics to the song: http://www.paroles.net/chanson/24977.1


About the Documentary: Birth: it’s a miracle. A rite of passage. A natural part of life. But more than anything, birth is a business. Compelled to find answers after a disappointing birth experience with her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to examine and question the way American women have babies. The film interlaces intimate birth stories with surprising historical, political and scientific insights and shocking statistics about the current maternity care system. When director Epstein discovers she is pregnant during the making of the film, the journey becomes even more personal. Should most births be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potentially catastrophic medical emergency?

You can find more information:  The Business of Being Born, Southern Mamas

Other Links and information:

ADVOCACY & BIRTH RESOURCES

Childbirth Connection: 212.777.5000 – www.childbirthconnection.org

Choices In Childbirth: 212.983.4122 – www.choicesinchildbirth.org

Citizens for Midwifery: 888.CFM.4880 – www.cfmidwifery.org

My Birth Team – www.mybirthteam.com

Birth Works: 888.TO.BIRTH – www.birthworks.org

Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) – www.motherfriendly.org

CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION

Birthing from Within: 505.254.4884 – www.birthingfromwithin.com

The Bradley Method: 800.4.A.BIRTH – www.bradleybirth.com

Lamaze International: 800.368.4404 – www.lamaze.org

HypnoBirthing: 603.798.3286 – www.hypnobirthing.com

HypnoBabies: 714.952.2229 – www.hypnobabies.com

MIDWIVES PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

American College of Nurse-Midwives: 240.485.1800 – www.acnm.org

Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA)  888.923.MANA (6262) – www.mana.org

DOULAS

Assoc. of Labor Assistants & Childbirth Educators (ALACE): 888.222.5223 – www.alace.org

Doulas of North America: (DONA) International:  888.788.DONA (3662) – www.dona.org

They’re baackkkk. The singing pirates are back in the freecreditreport.com New Car Commercial. And, I love it. This barnstorm of commercials is so funny to me. Admittedly, it sounds bonkers but sometimes I like commercials more than television shows.  While I wangle a short attention span, I have an advertising degree in custody.  This interesting coupling of traits makes me an ad agencies dream.  Yes Madison Avenue, I am JUST who you are looking for! 

Anyway, here is my new fave commercial. 

Eric Violette is the actor in each of the commercials of freecreditreport.com campaign. And, no he is not in a real band. Rather, he is a comedian.

The lyrics:  Well I’m shopping for a new car, which one’s me? A cool convertible or an SUV. Too bad I didn’t know my credit was whacked, so I driving off the lot in a used sub-compact.F-R-E-E, that spells “free”, credit report dot com baby. Saw their ads on my TV. Thought about goin’ but was too lazy.Now instead of lookin’ fly I’m looking fat, my legs are sticking to the vinyl and my posse’s getting laughed at.F-R-E-E, that spells “free”, credit report dot com baby…

My other posts about commercials:

 

Have you seen the Free Credit Report Dot Com Dream Girl commercials?  Well, I married my dream girl. Well, I married my dream girl. Brian and I laugh uncontrollably EVERY time we see this one. And, the jingle gets caught in my head.  The replaying of the lyric in my head is annoying.  Yet, it is a cute commercial.  

Eric Violette sings in entire series of commercials. 

Here are the lyrics to the Dream Girl Commercial:

well i married my dream girl,
i married my dream girl
but she didn’t tell me her credit was bad
so now instead of living in a pleasant suburb
we’re living in the basement at her
mom and dad’s
no we can’t get a loan for a respectible
home just because my girl defaulted
on some old credit card
if we’d gone to free credit report dot com
i’d be a happy bachelor with a dog and a yard

Do songs get stuck in your head, too? Like does the melody play over and over again uncontrollably?  

I guess this is what advertising is all about, why it is scary and why it works.  It’s also a good reason to get less TV time. 

Are you looking for the Free Credit Dot Com Pirate Commercial?  I blogged about it. Click HERE.

My other posts about commercials:
Snoop Dogg Fatherhood Intro
Free Credit Report Dot Com Pirate Commercial
Mastercard Favorite Things Commercial
Free Credit Report Dot Com Bicycle Commercial
Rock Star Free Credit Report Dot Com Commercial
Free Credit Report Dot Com USED/NEW CAR Commercial
Free Credit Report Dot Com Pirate Commercial

If you know me, then you know: I like politics.  I really appreciate campaigns, candidate branding, party allegiance, spin, debates, and well, most of things that make up an entertaining political circus.  It fascinates me. It always has. Even as a middle-schooler I participated in mock U.N.’s, Youth Assemblies, and debates and presided over G.U.N.A (Georgia United Nations Assembly). 

I am independent, which means that I swing both ways ie. I select my party by the issues and candidate stance as it compares to my current status, lifestyle, and whims.  My party affiliation has changed in the last 12 years.  

Anyway, anyway, anyway…the point of this post is to tell you a cool little fact I found out tonight (on Access Hollywood, I am embarrassed to say).  Meghan McCain is blogging from her Dad’s campaign. How cool is that! In McCain Blogette she threads campaign commentary with herself as the needle sewing through the trail. It is SO awesome. 

Seriously.  I mean, right next to pictures of her Dad giving a speech there is a picture of her with the spike of her heel broken off.  She is so “real” and touchable. 

In my opinion, her blog adds a youthful face to the old hands of the McCain Campaign

While critics argue that make-up preferences and down-loadable play lists have little place with political narrative, that is just exactly what a blog is.  It’s personal. It reflects the writer. This one reflects the patchwork of Meghan’s perspective, the colorful, sometimes-miss-matched-but-ever-honest quilted triangles of her view. 

The fact that Meghan has worked at Saturday Night Live AND Newsweek supports the theory that this girl has an open mind, is smart, spunky and has a sense of humor. 

Here’s my shout out to you Meghan: You Go Girl. I like your fresh-y blogettes: the Scorpio, the Aries, and the Sagitarious. More, I think they really add a crisp, modernistic, somewhat radical twist on this year’s Republican ticket. 

Here’s her latest Youtube clip, which chronicles the South Carolina win from Charleston.
Other bloggers talking about Meghan:  Sparrow Blog      Eight for 08′  Buzz Feed

So, if you are a blogger, or if you aren’t a blogger, what do YOU think? 


This little video is great.  I found it at Getting Things Done in Academia.  It is also posted at More than a Permanent Student.  It helps put life in perspective in a science-y way, but I like that.  Yes, I am a closet scientist.  Some days, I really think that I missed my calling.  I asked for a microscope from Santa when I was in the fourth grade. Shhh…don’t share that with anyone. I am a little embarressed.  I also read by Dad’s Astronomy Magazines with ferver.  And, Astronomy is pretty intense reading. I remember reading them in elementary school as young as the fourth grade. I do not know how much I comprehended but I read them.  I also used to love his nights with the stars — looking thru the telescope as he pointed out this planet, and that constellation.  Now that I am reviewing the “science in my life,” I remember getting an ‘A’ in College Biology and a ‘B’ in the second level.  This is pretty rare for non-science majors at UGA.  I just like that kind of stuff. I know, it is super weird.  I probably shouldn’t reveal it but.  It is MY blog after all.  So, I admit it:  I like science. There it’s said and it’s done. 

So, per the video: 

Happy New Year from one dweller on the Pale Blue Dot to another!

About This Video From: TRUEADONIS on youtube

… Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s… (more)
Added: April 29, 2007
… Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors, so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known. (less)

Added: April 29, 2007

The only way that I have found to include a slide-show on a WordPress blog is to create the show on another site, copy the code and insert the code into the page or post. I used www.onetruemedia.comto make a slide-show. I found it relatively simple to use. More, they had music, transitions, and effects buttons which made building the show clear and easy.  It was very uncomplicated. If I can do it, anyone can! 

I copied the show onto www.youtube.com , then pasted it into my post. 

For your reference, here is the slide show that I made: 

Try it.  Get creative. Give your blog some blogedy!  Let me know how your’s turns out.  Post a copy in the comment section. I would love to see what you come up with. 

Here are two other slide-show programs that I have been recommended, however, I have not tried either. 

http://sculptmagazine.com
http://vitiligocover.com


Okay, since I have had a Statesboro theme lately I can not resist showing you this fine display of South Georgia talent. 

Hell LOW flesh peddlers, your talent search will come to a  halt upon feasting your eyes on this commercial. It’s great to know there are a few souls with aptitude in the Bulloch County area. Who said, “white redneck men can’t dance?”

I have GOT to share this. If you do not do any thing else today, you must find a computer with sound and watch this.  I promise, you are going to smile. It is absolutely ridiculous. 

This one goes out to Amy — my long left the ‘boro, we went to the science fair in the 8th grade, I am super smart, beautiful friend Amy.  You, anyone who lives in Statesboro but does not have cable, former Statesboro residents, and well, just anybody have need to see this.  This is a a real commercial created and aired right here in the ‘boro. You either hate it or you love it.  For those of you who do not live here anymore, this is a reminder of why you relocated.  Yes, this commercial won Northland Cables BEST COMMERCIAL one year.  I am serious.  When this is the cream of the crop, you have a good idea about the quality level of programming we experience in rural Georgia.

So, do you love it, or do you hate it?  I want to know what you think.

I LOVE it. I am just cheesy like that!

Get into the Holiday Spirit

                 Statesboro Style!

 Watch the Commercial.

Come to the Downtown Statesboro Festival of Floats Parade on Dec 6, 5:30 p.  Ten get to the phone quickly to order your tickets to see Emma’s Holiday Follies. Call 912-212-2787 or visit the Box Office.  The show is December 14 – 16 at the Emma Kelly Theater. Bring your camera to take pictures with Santa and the Grinch after the show.  

Contact:  Connie Hayes, Assistant Director Averitt Center for the Arts home of The Emma Kelly Theater 33 East Main Street  Statesboro , Georgia 30458  912-212-ARTS

Okay, I know it sounds ridiculous but I love the new CVS commercial – the one for caregivers.  To see it click here. Every time I hear the commercial I wish for the music to play on and on.   I finally decided I would find out who  sings it so I could find it on itunes.  Apparently, Kathy Fisher of Fisher the Band sings it.  It is not available for download. 

I discovered that Sarah Maclaughlin also sings it.  She sang it in Charolette’s Web a few years ago, which I did not see.  And, she sang it the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade that year.  I must not have seen that either. 

It is a beautiful song. 

You can buy the album by clicking HERE.  Charlotte's Web, Music from the Motion Picture

Here’s Sarah’s rendition: 

If you are interested, here are the lyrics:

The sky knows when its time to snow
You don’t need to teach a seed to grow
It’s just another ordinary miracle today
Life is like a gift they say
Wrapped up for you everyday
Open up and find a way
To give some of your own
Isn’t it remarkable’
Like every time a raindrop falls
It’s just another ordinary miracle today
Birds in winter have their fling
And always make it home by spring
It’s just another ordinary miracle today
When you wake up everyday
Please don’t throw your dreams away
Hold them close to your heart
Cause we are all a part
Of the ordinary miracle
Ordinary miracle
Do you want to see a miracle’
Its seems so exceptional
Things just work out after all
It’s just another ordinary miracle today
The sun comes up and shines so bright
It disappears again at night
It’s just another ordinary miracle today
I found Meadow Rabbit’s is also blogging about Ordinary Miracle Day.  I guess she listens to the song as she spins. 

I am so digging this. It’s Naughty by Nature…family style.

Interesting, very interesting.  A very conservative, well I thought he was conservative, friend sent me this Youtube clip of Pink.  `Maybe he sent it because he thinks I am liberal.  He’s always thought I was too liberal. But, I admit I didn’t think he had a soft spot. So, I am impressed that he sent this clip. 

All I have to say is sometimes, the Georgia Coast will swing even the most difficult cases to the left a little.

I clicked, and I listened.  I like it. 

How to Make a Nappy Cake

Things you will need:

  • 100  (+ or -) diapers
  • Gifts to hide and to decorate the exterior
  • Rubber bands
  • papertowel rolls
  • A Disposable Cookie Tray
  • Ribbon – 8 feet of 1″ or larger for finishing tiers
  • wooden dowels
    1. To form the top of the diaper cake, roll up a diaper, starting at the ‘open’ top end.
    2. Wrap a rubber band around the rolled diaper to stop it from unrolling. I used hair-bands. They come in a box of 750.
    3. Add 5 more diapers to the rubber band.
    4. For the middle layer, repeat step 1. Then add a new, bigger rubber band and add about 15 diapers.
    5. For the base, repeat step 2. Add a very big rubber band and add about 30 diapers.
    6. Place the largest layer of the cake on the base.
    7. Remove one or two diapers and replace with a gift. Inside each layer, hide a surprise such as a coupon, a doll, some cream, or a piece of baby clothing.
    8. Once you have the gifts inserted into each layer, assemble the remaining tiers of the cake.
    9. Secure them together by carefully inserting wooden dowels through each layer from top to base.
    10. Add a ribbon around each layer to cover the rubber bands.
    11. To finish off  you can wrap the in cellophane or netting, if you like.

    *See photos of cakes I think are impressive here.

    My other posts about Nappy Cakes:

    Decorated Sugar Cookies for Baby Shower
    Aunt Stephanie’s Diaper Cake
    Beatrice Plays with Barry White
    Diaper Cake is Sunny and Yellow
    Diaper Cake Progress
    How to Make a Nappy Cake
    Diaper Cake Pictures
    Baby Boy Diaper Cake Pictures

     

    Someone sent this to me. And, I probably should not post it especially since I will not be posting for a few days. It is going to appear at the top of my blog. Oh, no. It will serve as my hostess, it will be right in the foyer waving hello to all those who pass. But, here goes.  If you got a kick out of the Senator Craig debacle you will chuckle.  It really is funny.