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Lucky 7

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Wild Boy is 7 today – 1/3 of the way to the legal drinking age.Last year, my post about Wild Boy’s birthday was about being 1/3 of the way to being a legal adult so I guess that it’s fitting that this year, I bring drinking into the equation.

This year that I felt the need to drink a little bit more as a parent.  If Wild Boy at 6 years old is any indication of what he’s going to be like as a teenager, I’m in a lot of trouble.  But until that time, I’ll just remember that the days are long but the years are so very short and remember some of the highlights from this year:

Birthday, 7th birthday

  • You are a green belt in Martial Arts and are determined to get to blue before the end of the year.
  • You and your best buddy in class won the Jog-A-Thon for the 1st grade (you did the equivalent of a 10K in an hour – which is faster than I run for sure).
  • The important toys went from Lego to Power Rangers to Ddjaki, Pokemon and Rainbow Loom right now.
  • Kale and broccoli are now foods you enjoy eating (thumbs up for this RD mom) and ice cream is something you don’t like so much.
  • You’re getting exposed to Jewish education twice a month (you’re already ahead of me in this department, kid).
  • Sports became a big deal this year – we even got a wall decal with your name on it and all the sports you like.  Basketball, handball, tetherball and soccer seem to be your favorites.  This is the year that baseball became boring.  We’ll see if you sign up for Little League next year.
  • Skateboarding now has priority over bike riding and the scooter, that’s so 5 years old.
  • You got a chance to stay up late, eat at Bottega restaurant’s private room and be a part of an adult evening.
  • We all got the chance to discover why Californians love camping at Pismo Beach
  • You got the chance to spend some time in the summer and at Thanksgiving in NY and say goodbye to our Brooklyn apartment.
  • According to you, shirts are now optional at home and friend’s houses.
  • Your current favorite song is “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons and you sing it all of the time.
  • Math is still your favorite subject.  You’re doing well but you’ve been told by your teacher that you need to slow down (and “swalllow your comments” in class)
  • Curse words were finally introduced.  I couldn’t help but laugh when you thought “shick” was a curse word.  You laughed when I told you what the true word meant.
  • You’ve instituted a nightly hug time, rarely sleep with Moo anymore (although he’s always on your nightstand) and have started shooing Jay and me away when we drop you off at school.
  • You told your first very big lie and got into a lot of trouble for it.  I’m not sure how deep the long term consequences will go but you’re learning what it’s like to grow up a little bit.
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babydickey.com – Can I laugh at the name of the site?

I love you my energetic, passionate, sweet, smart, handsome and overly delicious child and although I’d like to keep you small forever, I’m thrilled to be your parent.

 

Tunes For Tuesday – Social Distortion

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Welcome to Tunes For Tuesday!

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The tune for today is honor of Wild Boy’s birthday tomorrow.  WB’s favorite song is “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash.  He sings it all the time and even got his preschool music teacher to sing it during weekly sessions at school (he still plays it even though WB is long gone from the school).

Although the original version by the Man In Black is classic and wonderful, I happen to love this version by Social Distortion.  Mike Ness has a vocal quality that I think is the epitome of rock and roll.  I have quite a few Social D songs in my regular running playlist.  If you haven’t heard this version, you should and if you have already, you know you need to hear it again.

Play it loud and enjoy!

 

 

Cover or original?  You choose.

Tunes For Tuesday – The Housemartins

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Welcome to Tunes For Tuesday!

Music, Tunes For Tuesday

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Today’s pick is “Happy Hour” by The Housemartins to celebrate a bunch of great things – Jay’s birthday (which was yesterday) , the arrival of great friends (who are in town for the week) and my upcoming So Cal Ragnar Relay this coming weekend.

The Housemartins had a #1 single with their fantastic acapella version of the song, “Caravan of Love” and wound up later spawning two major careers  - Norman Cook (aka FatBoy Slim) and Sean Welch (of The Beautiful South – a band we like in our house a lot).

I hope this upbeat fun song (starts at 00:51) inspires you to go to Happy Hour tonight.  I know I’ll be doing a lot of Happy Hours this week!  Yay!

 

 

Do you have a favorite cover song?

Tunes For Tuesday – The Plimsouls

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Welcome to Tunes For Tuesday!

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The early 80′s have been on my mind lately (surprise) given my Top 10 80′s Movies Geek Guys post that I did for AJ@Confessions of a Fat Girl, and since the movie “Valley Girl” was on that list, I had to feature this band, The Plimsouls, this week.  The Plimsouls actually perform two songs  in the movie but “A Million Miles Away” is my favorite one  I have feeling with the So Cal Ragnar Relay fast approaching, this is a song that’s going to mean something entirely different in a few weeks.

Enjoy!

 

 

What is your favorite song from a movie soundtrack?

Tunes For Tuesday – Spandau Ballet

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Welcome to Tunes For Tuesday!

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Today’s Tunes For Tuesday is Spandau Ballet’s “Gold”.  Not only has “gold” been on my mind since Wild Boy won 1st place in his elementary school Jog-A-Thon this week (he ran the equivalent of a 10K – - – he’s isn’t even 7 yet) but Spandau’s been in the news recently.

Spandau Ballet, SXSW

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Spandau Ballet just appeared at SXSW with a film premiere and concert and the very lucky Lori Majewski (co-author of the eagerly awaited 1980′s New Wave book and blog “Mad World”) got the chance to interview them (she had some great photos on Instagram) and it reminded me of three things:

1.  I’ve always said that Jon Hamm as Don Draper is just a cheap imitation of Tony Hadley in his Spandau hey day.

2.  I will always have a special place in my heart for Gary Kemp.  He was the first person to ever ask me for my business card (during my brief time working in the music business) and I, of course, didn’t have one but man, I wish I did!

3.  It makes me think of Melissa@MizMeliz who loves Spandau like I love Duran Duran.  This is for you Melissa!

Enjoy!

 

 

What do you think of my Don Draper/Tony Hadley comparison?