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Music Monday – Updated*

I don’t really remember the first time I heard music by B.B. King. I’ve been trying to remember for  a few days. It seems like I’ve just always liked it. It’s likely I didn’t catch onto blues music until maybe sometime in high school. When I was a kid I listened to what my dad did – 60’s and 70’s rock and roll. It’s not like we had a choice, we might have lost a hand had we tried to hit the eject button on the tape player in the vehicle. As a result though I can pretty much name any CCR song in less than five notes. Along with many other bands of that era. I’m not really complaining – the Z Man is only six and he can recognize and sing some songs older than me.

But somewhere along the way I heard blues music, and not just any blues, I’m talking BB King,  Muddy Waters, Etta James. Most albums by a single artist I own is Mr. BB King himself and his sweet girl Lucille (followed by Ms. Terri Hendrix, but more on her next time). Last year I got to see him in concert and it was truly one of my most favorite things I’ve done. Oh you’re thinking, blues, really? Doesn’t that get you down? Honest answer is NO! So many emotions in the music, it can bring me up when I’m down, or mellow me when I’m over-extended. Music is such a mood enahncer for me in general, but the blues take the cake for me. At 83 years young Mr. King is still putting on a show and rocking the entire crowd. I truely believe when he sings that he’ll “do this ’til the day I die” he means every word of it. Here’s BB singing one of my favorite songs back in 1989…

I’ll try to share a little bit of my music tastes each Monday if I can – I’ve created an iTunes iMix with some of my favorite BB King songs on it but apparently you have to wait for it to post. I’ll put it up here as soon as it becomes available. And without further delay –

I don't really remember the first time I heard music by B.B. King. I've been trying to remember for  a few days. It seem...

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Chewy

In my own defense I am NOT a Star Wars geek, but I am surrounded on all sides by them. Big C made the comment the other day that if he was ever on a game show and the question was about Star Wars he’d call the Z Man as his lifeline. Seriously. That big of a geek, and I mean geek in a very endearing way. He is after all my geek. On that note, I found a few Star Wars YouTubes the other day and for some non-specific reason I feel compelled to share.


The Z and I giggle at this one the other day, then he went and tried every cabinet door we had to see if we had our own “Chewy”


This guy dresses up like a clone trooper and goes out all around Tokyo and dances… hmmm….

In my own defense I am NOT a Star Wars geek, but I am surrounded on all sides by them. Big C made the comment the other...

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MEdia Room (Actually it’s a WEdia Room)

The weekend before Thanksgiving we decided it was a great time to tear out the flooring in what was the boys old bedroom. It had a hole in the floor (more like a gapping spot from the Grand Canyon) that needed to be repaired, before the end of the weekend we had the floor repaird and the wall ready to be painted. The Friday after Thanksgiving I managed to finish painting all the walls and then on Saturday we were able to lay down the new flooring within about five hours and then finish the trim work. Sunday we decided that even though we originally planned to purchase new furniture to put into the media room that it may be a few months before we had time to go look so we took the love seat from the front room and a recliner from the bedroom to furnish our new room. One trip to target later we had a nice little TV stand and an ottoman that held video games and video game controllers on the inside. For Christmas we treated each other to a nice DVD player with surround sound and a nice, large LCD TV. It’s awesome for movie watching. I put together a quick time lapse of the constuction because I can and I like Vimeo.


From Bedroom to Media Room from Kim Moreland on Vimeo.

Here are some finished photos (you can click on them to see larger versions). We certainly enjoy it and it’s a “No Toys Allowed” room which is super sweet. It’s nice to have a room for us to enjoy in the house. It was about a two week project in all and well worth it. Next project – storage barn.
Media Room - TV

Media Room - Furniture

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Day One

K'Nex Coaster SideviewIt’s the first day of the new year and I barely set foot outside today. I spent the larger part of the day vegging in the recliner with the Little C who hasn’t felt well lately. We reclined, covered up and watched Cartoon Networks’ marathon of Looney Toons. However for the first four hours of the day I built a gift Z Man got from Santa. Yes, that’s right FOUR HOURS. I finally agreed to put together his K’Nex Double Dare Dueling Roller Coaster and all of it’s 1,054 pieces. Casey J patiently hung by waiting for me to finish so he could be the first to give it a try. I can’t believe I’m going to say this but it was grueling work. I’ve got a hunch back to go along with my sore butt. It is actually a really cool toy and pretty darn creative, it also has some alternate designs but at four hours of build time on this one I’m not sure I’ll take it apart. Problem is it’s over three feet tall and takes up a fair chunk of space. They don’t have a lot of space in their room especially with the large Millenium Falcon taking up a good two square feet of room. I’ve got a nice little box for all the pieces to be put in, I’ll let them leave it out for a few days before deciding what on earth to do with it. I put together a little montage of the coaster track in action. Enjoy!!


K’Nex Coaster Build from Kim Moreland on Vimeo.

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