I have decided that I want to get Gwen Stefani’s new album. And a few others, but right now, I want that one. I’ve listened to all the little snippets that Google Play lets you listen to, and I like them. She doesn’t have a video for one of my favorites on the list, but I think this one might run a close second.
Another song that just speaks to me is this one by Kelly Clarkson. It’s been one of my favorites for a long time now. The video cracks me up, too. I am SO one of those people! Many years ago, I looked up from where I was stopped at a traffic light, to see a trucker clapping at my car dancing. D’oh! *redface* I chose to believe the thumbs up he gave me was because I was an awesome car dancer and not an amusing idiot. Quit laughing! Awesome car dancing is too a thing! Well, it should be!
One of the first things I do online each day is manage the website I still maintain for the Messianic congregation my husband and I were involved with. I clear out the inbox, forward things to the Rabbi that need his attention, update the daily verse and the Facebook page they have, etc. In addition to the daily verse, I try to post things in celebration and remembrance of the Jewish holidays, too. My husband and I try to observe them, also. Not in an Orthodox way, so much as a way to honor what they mean to us as believers in Christ, Who was, at the heart of it, a Jew.
Today is Purim!
In the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, on its thirteenth day … on the day that the enemies of the Jews were expected to prevail over them, it was turned about: the Jews prevailed over their adversaries. – Esther 9:1
And they gained relief on the fourteenth, making it a day of feasting and gladness. – Esther 9:17
[Mordecai instructed them] to observe them as days of feasting and gladness, and sending delicacies to one another, and gifts to the poor. – Esther 9:22
Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination.
In celebration of the day, one of the members of the Facebook group shared a video. It made me laugh, so I thought I’d share it with you.
The wind and ice was so bad today that we turned our computers and electronics off for safety’s sake. We kept having these power flickers where things would go slightly dim for a few seconds, then restore itself to normal. I had a delivery guy come this afternoon, and a trip that should have taken him 10 mins took close to 40. He said there were several cars in ditches along the sides of the roads and that things were really icy. So, Winter has finally arrived in Chicagoland, ain’t it grand? [yes, that IS sarcasm!] It certainly doesn’t help for those folks who get the post-Christmas blues.
Which is part of why I love this song so much. Just because Christmas day is over, doesn’t mean that Christmas has to be over in our hearts, right? We can have that every day. And I particularly love this song because there is a day-after-Christmas birthday in our home. I think I’m going to make it part of my post-Christmas tradition now. I hope you enjoy!
Christmas is almost here!! Are you excited yet? My husband – who is now on vacation, yay! – and I are more excited than the kids, I think. Probably because we know what they’re getting, heheheh.
Two of my favorite songs are by Matthew West. I fell in love with his re-arrangement of a tradition hymn, and another song he sings from his The Heart of Christmas album.
I hope you like them, too!
I had to hurry to get my pictures this week as there was a storm a-brewin’! And I mean, it was a big one! We even got hail! I took a video, and posted it to YouTube, which I’ve never done from my phone before so I’m kind of interested to see how it turns out.
You can see the storm starting to move in here. Hurry up and take the pictures!
So far, things are still looking good! Green and growing, everything seems so lush. Yay! I did have a fight with that little chipmunk again last week, but I used the hot sauce spray trick and it seems to be working. Of course, I’ll have to add more as it gets diluted when it rains.
I think my favorite pot this week is this one. I love, love, love that purple potato vine! It’s really starting to pop out and say hello now! Soon it’ll start draping and trailing out of the pot. And the sweet alyssum! Flower candy for sure!
I got a drop of two of rain just as I finished, and then it broke and we had a downpour, so I stepped outside to get some pictures of it, and ended up taking a little video, too. It’s been a while since we’ve had hail, and for some reason that’s always kind of exciting, except when it’s big enough to really do some damage, I mean.
Google tells me my video has been uploaded, so here it is. Storms. Because you’ve never seen storms before. Hey, when I said Nature, I meant the weather, too! LOL
How’s your garden growing this week?
Daughter: Mom, what’s the longest word you know?
Mom: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. It was a song … from a Disney movie …
Daughter: How do you spell it?
Mom: Like it sounds. (You hush, dear Reader! It’s a long freaking word and I don’t have it memorized!)
So, now that the song is stuck in MY head, I figured I’d share the love so it can be stuck in YOUR head, too. You’re welcome.
PS. Daughter made a horrified face after seeing the video.
It’s Monday! And, it’s the Monday before Passover! That calls for some music, don’t you know. I have just the thing to get you in the mood.
Check out this group of nice Jewish young men. They have lots of talent, and clearly lots of fun making their videos.
And in case you missed their Passover song from last year, you can check it out here – believe me, it’s worth the listen!
Okay! So I have done the first thing you’re supposed to do when you’re on vacation – sleep in! I am so looking forward to the next 4 weeks – weather getting nicer, kids off school, a chance to maybe tackle the proverbial “Spring cleaning.”
Lately I have been trying to “reintegrate” my online self, for lack of a better term. Some time ago, prior to the 2008 elections – remember how divisive that was? – I decided to compartmentalize my thoughts. I was afraid of offending readers who didn’t share my religious or political views. So I set up faith and political blogs. Then, when Google Reader shut down and my husband decided to stop using the DarcKnyt name for his blog, well that meant I should probably hang up the DarcsFalcon moniker, too. I mean, how could I be Darc’s Falcon if there wasn’t a Darc? So I set up my Vanessence name, and thought, well, since I already have faith and political blogs, how else can I define myself? Enter all the other blogs. I’m sure I got carried away but it’s fun and I kind of liked it but it has been kind of overwhelming to keep up with them all and all their attendant Readers and FaceBook names Twitter accounts and everything else. I haven’t been very good at it, at all. The last few months, I’ve kind of felt like I wanted to be me, all of me, in one place, for goodness sake, and not scattered to the high online winds. If I’m going to post something that might be offensive – like a political post – then I guess I’ll just use a disclaimer at the top of the post. And I can make a text template for that. Thank you Windows Live Writer!
All that being said, it’s Music Monday! As a bit of background, for Christmas we got our son the Mass Effect Trilogy video game, and my husband really got into it, too, which meant that I sort of did as well, as an observer. We tend to do that as a family – we obsess over things for a bit, learn as much as we can about it, and then move on to the next thing. So, lately it’s been Mass Effect. We all have our favorite characters and dialog and ‘missions’ and so forth. I’ve watched my son’s and husband’s gaming skills go through the roof and they’ve had a chance to really share some good father/son time over it, too. One of the things we all seems to like is the opening music for the 3rd leg of the trilogy. The score for the whole game is cool but the title sequence for the 3rd installment is particularly stirring for us. There is a haunting quality to it, as well as a hopeful undertone that some may or may not agree belongs to that leg.
I hope you enjoy!