Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday before Christmas! Merry Christmas!!!!!

WOW, two days before Christmas! I can't quite unwind yet, and I've already taken my bedtime meds (yes, you read right, I work tonight, and have to sleep this afternoon!). I looked at my blog and thought, gosh, I haven't really posted much in the past few days----well, on others' blogs but not here on my own! I'm sure that many of you are so organized that you had your Christmas cards out at the beginning of the month, Well, I wanted to do that, too, but it didn't happen this year! I just got them all mailed out on Wednesday this week. I had two cards that had to go out of the country, one to Ontario, Canada and the other to Athens, Greece, for family and friends. I do the handwriting, then, I have to track down hubby and son to both sign.  We were so pathetic at doing cards a few years ago, that I brought them with us to WDW, and stayed in our room at Pop Century for a couple of hours signing and addressing cards on Christmas Day!!!
Ha! It had to be the latest that we ever got cards out!!

One of our Holiday WDW trips from a few years back, we were in Liberty Tree Tavern,  if I can remember correctly!
I have all sorts of faiths in my family and friends, and I know that I didn't want to address religion in my blog, but this will probably be one of the rare occasions that I do. My husband's brother and his wife are Buddhists, and we respect their decision on their faith, and they are okay with us still sending Christmas cards to them, as far as I know. I have Messianic Jews in our of my mother's sister's families, and I never know whether I should wish them Happy Hanukkah or Merry Christmas. The rest of our family and friends vary from Catholic to Episcopal, Baptist, Methodist, to name a few. I have friends who are nonbelievers, and friends of other faiths, and I respect what they feel and believe in. And, I have readers of other faiths, and I respect that, too! I may not go to church all of the time, but do try to get to the Christmas Eve services---which I'm planning to do tomorrow night.

Steven inside the tube area for picture taking at Sea World last December 26th! It was a very cold and chilly overcast day!

We are aiming to do something different for Christmas this year, and I'll post about it after the fact. If you're a twitter follower of mine, I may be posting on Sunday, so keep an eye out!! My father opted to go up to North FL for the weekend, so he won't be hanging out with us. (I did spend some time with him earlier this week, and took him to Cracker Barrel for lunch. I think that he doesn't like it so much when I pick up the check, but he paid for so many things for us kids when I was younger, so I want to help him out now.)
I can't believe that he'll be 76 on the 4th of January! Whew, that makes me feel a little old now!!
If I don't post tomorrow (Saturday), I'm wishing you all and your families a very Merry Christmas, and may you have an awesome one!!!


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Google+ And Facebook Island Hop #5 ---Via Jamerican Spice

Hi all! Colette from Jamerican Spice is holding a Google+ and Facebook Island Hop, and I hope that you join it!  If you follow me, just leave a message below so that I can follow you back!

FL Mom's Blog Facebook Page

Barb on Google+    I haven't figured out how to make a Google+ page for the blog yet!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Last Week

What I didn't mention between Monday's Music Moves me and other posts last week, was that I was on FMLA for about a week, and I returned back to work last night. Friday a week and a half ago, I went to my Internal Med doctor, for some pain complaints that I had that I didn't think were Fibro pains. I had discussed the issues with my neurologist's RN, and she had talked to my neurologist, and since she was going out of town, she felt that my primary needed to do the work-up. I had shooting pains in my elbow/forearm area, and couldn't life my left arm and wash my hair without a great deal of pain on Thursday night. He ordered an X-ray of the left elbow, which came back negative. My left leg, from the knee down was trying to go what I'm calling "rag doll limp" while I was at work Thursday night, when I was walking around the building and when I was standing at my med cart passing meds to my residents.  It kind of concerned me, since it happened at least 3 or 4 times that night. He gave me lifting restrictions of no more than 5 pounds, and I had to wear a sling. I ended up on FMLA leave for the week, and just returned back to work last night. I also had a MRI of my Lumbar Spine, and it showed a slightly bulging disc if I can remember correctly from L4-5. Nothing to really worry about right now, though it may be uncomfortable at times.  Due to the sling during that time, I ended up watching a lot of tv, and posting on GetGlue! I may have been on the computer here and there during that time, but not a whole lot. I spent time on my iPhone and the iPad. 
Doing better now, due to the heating pad and the Diclofenac and the sling, and resting!

Mega Bloks Family Club (Review)

 Do you have children who love to build? My son still loves to build at 13 now, and he helped with the review of the Blok Squad Construction Site that we were given. Unfortunately, between my work schedule  and his science project taking 90% of his time recently, we haven't completed building the set yet. I have enclosed pics of what we were able to complete!  (We are currently calling it a work in progress, and when we get it completed, I'll post the pics on my blog then!) We had chosen the Blok Squad Construction Site set, since son thought that the equipment pieces looked neat. This set is for ages 5 and up, and it includes 3 vehicles to build and figures (3), including a 4x4, Track Loader and a Road Roller. They can pretend to build a road, clear a rock quarry, and smooth down a path with their vehicles! They can collect and combine sets to male heavy-duty construction machines to complete any mission! The great thing about the Mega Blok sets is that they are for the children who have transitioned from the mini blocks into micro blocks. The playsets also introduce kids to different heroes, like the construction guys, police, and firemen! 

The Blok Squad Construction site retails for $19.99 for ages 5 and up! They are available  in the U.S. at Toys 'R' Us, Walmart and, Available in Canada at Walmart CDN, Toys'R'Us,, and Zellers.  The Blok Squads are perfect for this children who are ready transition from minis to micro blocks and work on more detailed projects. 

For more information, you can cheek out Mega Bloks and the Blok Squad buildable playsets at Mega Brands ! They have a Mega Bloks Family Club, that you might want to sign up for at Mega Bloks Family Club ! There's a 12 Days of Christmas Holiday fun giveaway going on, and you might want to check it out!  

My thoughts.... great toys which  young minds can be creative with and enjoy! I highly recommend them!

Disclosure: We were given a free product in order to facilitate at review from Child's Play Communications for Mega Bloks Family Club.  The opinions expressed here on my blog were mine and my son's! Honesty is important!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday's Christmas Music Moves Me: A blend of Christmas music!

I had forgot all about Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song", music that my mother played when I was a child at Christmas time. I had the opportunity to listen to a lot of the classics back then! I stumbled upon Natalie's version when looking for today's song! She has such a lovely voice!
Also, I got picked as one of the two "Spotlight Dancers"!! Too cool!

Spotlight Dancers

Saturday, December 10, 2011

My Boy's a teen today!

Happy 13th birthday, Steven! We hope that you have an awesome day!
Mom and Dad

Friday, December 9, 2011

Krishenka's Vintage Treasures: The Vintage Arcade Feature + $29 Giveaway

Krishenka's Vintage Treasures: The Vintage Arcade Feature + $29 Giveaway:   A packed to the rafter’s box of mixed goodies ranging from vintage to the unusual. Some of the bits-N-bobs included are - vintag...

I've entered this giveaway, and thought that I'd share the link with you all, too!!! What an awesome box of goodies~~!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Little Silver: The Stolen Souvenir (CD Review) and Interview!

Little Silver is a band made up of the husband and wife duo of Steve Curtis and Erika Simonian. They recently debuted their recording of The Stolen Souvenir on their Record Park label.  Let me give you a little more about their history in music! Erika's been a one decade veteran of of NYC's songwriter circle, with a Lilith Fair appearance and praise from The NY Times under her belt.  Steve's one of the founding members of the acclaimed band Hem. With Hem, he sold over 85,000 records world-wide, and performed all over. This couple is definitely not new to the music scene!! Little Silver's band includes Ray Rizzo on drums (Dawn Landes, Doveman) and David Tarica on bass (Mia Riddle). Hem's trademark jewel box lullabies are a central feature of Little Silver;s sound. Little Silver also reaches out, venturing into the experimental and rock-and-roll-terrain.

The Stolen Souvenir was co-produced by Phil Palazzolo and mixed by Brandon Eggleston, They're currently preparing for touring on both coasts, and will be back in the studio during the fall of 2011 to put together a long-playing record. I reviewed Little Silver's EP.  I really enjoyed all of their songs, of which there is five on the current EP, which you can purchase through iTunes!  I was really surprised to hear "Irene, Goodnight", reminded me of the old song, "Good night, Irene". Their other songs are: "Sleep Till Morning", "Where We Met", "Food From The Cow", and last but not least, the title song, " The Stolen Souvenir". I was driving around between appointments one days when I was listening to it in my car, definitely enjoying the drive hearing their music! Should I pick a favorite song or tell you that I seriously recommend all of the songs!

Steve and Erika's title song from the EP The Stolen Souvenir had some collaboration with Nina and Peter 
in the making of a video for the song. I found it to be quite interesting, and will be sharing the link to it for you to see!! This song is about a kind of special secret thing, the stolen souvenir is a something just out of sight, just barely perceptible, but important in some way that you maybe don't totally understand! (Some things to look for the video: the camera pans past a 1920's photo of one of Steve's music teachers, in the hills outside Kathmandu, and the video ends with a fanatical postcard (with a beloved family recipe for grilled chicken!).

Now, onto my interview with Steve Curtis and Erika Simonian:

1)  Me:   Hi Steve, Erika.  Congrats on being new parents! Have you thought about writing and recording a song for your baby daughter?

Steve and Erika:    Thank you so much . I have thought a lot about this as she's a constant love generator- it seems my heart is some never-ending motor. However, it's a tricky thing, capturing that divinity without sounding cliche. We're always searching for that balance and trying new ideas out.
Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) has struck that balance in the most beautiful way that I've heard  lately, a song called "I've Never Loved Someone".

"I've Never Loved Someone"
And might I mention that I don't officially know if this is a song about her child, but it sure sound like it to me!

2) I enjoyed watching the video for "Stolen Souvenir"! Have you thought about writing another song for Peter and Nina to create video?

Steve and Erika: We'd loooove to work with them again. That was a serious amount of work for them, so we're trying to let sometime pass before we approach them again.

3) How long has Little Silver been together, and now did you come up with the name for your band?

Steve and Erika: Little Silver has been together for perhaps two years, though we only really decided to record and play shows last year. And Little Silver is the name of the town where I was raised in New Jersey. As long as I can remember, we celebrated the name of the town. My mom even got printed us up t-shirts when we were 7 and 8 years old that read "I LOVE LITTLE SILVER" in kind of stiff, felt lettering. So, when we were trying to decide on a band name, Steve kept saying, "What about Little Silver?" I sort of couldn't hear it fresh, having heard it so many times in my life, writing my address, etc. It's sort of like saying, "How's St. Louis? Or Tallahassee? Actually, comet think of it, those sound pretty cool. Up for grabs, people!

4)  Were either of you musically trained?

Steve? You can answer this one. The short answer for me, Erika, is "no". Steve: "nothing that translates dirtily to writing the sort of music we are interested in with LIttle Silver; that's more just a function of lots of time spent listening and playing. But when I was a music major in the broadest liberal-arts-sense (totally loved it), and took all manner of music lessons growing up since a young age (piano, bass, orchestra, then finally guitar, mostly totally loving all of it :))."

5) Any thoughts of doing a tour around the USA next year in the South and Mid-West?

Steve and Erika: Heck Yes! We're working on it, and with Hazel in tow.

And one more thing, thanks for the opportunity to interview you, Erika and Steve!

Steve and Erika: Oh, thank YOU, We appreciate it!

Now for some links where you can find out more about their band and their music!!

Little Silver's website

Facebook page


My Space

LIttle Silver "Stolen Souvenir" Video


Disclosure: I was given a copy of the cd in order to facilitate my review from Sneak Attack Media. The opinions expressed by me are my own! Honesty is everything!