Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Wii Wednesday

Yesterday I spent 8 hours looking for the Nintendo Wii. I became obsessed with getting one after playing it for the first time this Christmas. After traveling to 13 different stores and getting the "yeah right" look from every store clerk when I asked them if they had a Wii, my sister called me and told me that a Walmart by her house had them. Sure enough, I got there and they had plenty. My husband and I stayed up until almost 1 am setting up and playing our new Wii. It is the game system of all game systems. If you don't have one, you don't know what you're missing. You can even connect to your wireless from the console and download games, play other people and send them messages. Oh, here comes my husband. He just finished playing the boxing game. He claims it's the ultimate workout. Happy New Year's Eve! Be safe!


Monday, December 29, 2008

January NaBloPoMo: CHANGE

Okay, so I swore I would never do this, but as usual my sister has inspired me to do something else I'd never thought I'd do. I will be participating in the NaBloPoMo for the month of January. For those of you who don't know, NaBloPoMo stands for National Blog Posting Month. It is a social network that has a different theme for blog posts every month and challenges its members to post every day for a month. This will be an insteresting experiment for me since I struggle to post once a week, but since this month's theme is CHANGE, it seems fitting for me to break out of the box for this one. My first post will be on January 1, 2009. Wish me luck!



Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Singing Trade

Okay, I'm not sure I can even call singing a trade, but it is definitely a love. I absolutely love to sing! The best gift my husband ever gave me was a karaoke machine a couple of Christmases ago. He has regretted it ever since. I have my own little private karaoke parties where I sing my heart out and he whines and plugs his ears. It always ends with:
Me: If you don't like hearing me sing, why did you buy me a karaoke machine?
Hubby: pained look on his face...I don't know.
If I did possess the "singing gene" there would be no stopping me. I'd be like Tina Turner or Beyonce on crack! I'm taking center stage on Christmas and New Year's Eve because I have managed to work group karaoke into the schedule for both days. I can't wait!



Monday, December 22, 2008

Childhood Trades

As a child I did just about everything: basketball, softball, volleyball, karate, gymnastics, ballet, tap, jazz, girl scouts, theater, trumpet, piano, and probably a few others that I can't remember. Now some of these trades I was really good at, and I'll be the first to admit there were some in which I did not excel. Thanks to my parents I was able to participate in various activities and learn how to be a part of a team and interact with people. My parents allowed me to have a lot of input in what I wanted to do. They never pushed too hard in any one direction--they let me make the choice. On the one hand, it was great that they let me be my own person. On the other hand, there were some decisions where their advice would have been helpful.
For example, I started doing gymnatics at a very young age (4 or 5). I was really good at it. After a couple of years, I discovered karate and wanted to try it. My mother told me I had to choose between gymnastics and karate because we couldn't afford for me to do both. I didn't know any better so I chose karate. That only lasted a couple of months before I was ready to move on to my next discovery. I often wonder how different my life would have been if I had stayed with gymnastics. I'm not blaming my mother or saying she should have made the decision for me, but I think she could have persuaded me to stick with gymnastics.
Another example is the trumpet. I was a wonderful trumpet player. It came naturally. I rarely practiced, but I was still chosen as 1st trumpet every year. I started playing in the thrid grade. When I got to high school, I played my freshman year. It was at that point that I decided I was too "cool" to be a band geek. The next year the band director sought me out to be in the band and I said no. My parents allowed me to quit because I said I didn't want to do it anymore. This decision I think was by far the worst one I ever made. I love music and I love to sing. Though I cannot sing my way out of a paper bag, I was a really good musician. Once I learned how to read music from playing the trumpet, I taught myself how to play the piano. I would love to pick up an instrument right now and play. I still know the notes, but my playing skills have diminished greatly.
I know that I should not dwell on the past and what might have been, but I'm wondering what childhood trades I can channel in my adult life to help me figure out "what I want to be when I grow up." For now I'm just Joan of all Trades!

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