Christmas Postathon…Day 2

A holiday song you like to sing along to

I have always thought that Christmas Caroling looked really neat….however I don’t really like the cold and I’m not too crazy about walking either so I have my own version. I drive around in my car and sing along really loudly with the Christmas songs on the radio. Not only is it fun but there is the added bonus of embarrassing my children if they happen to be in the car with me. Hubby and I dance in our seat and sing along to the radio the rest of the year so why should December be any different, right?

Today’s prompt, you will notice, does not ask for your “favorite holiday song”. I would not have been able to pick just one. I have different favorites depending on what I’m doing or what mood I’m in.

If I want to feel really warm and sentimental, I would listen to Johnny Mathis sing The Christmas Song, or Bing Crosby’s White Christmas. If I’m decorating or baking cookies, I would put on Christmas in Sarajevo or the Waitresses singing Christmas Wrapping and when I hear songs like Silent Night or The First Noel I just want to soak in the spirit of the Season…

And if I’m driving around in my car the song I most enjoy sing along (loudly and off key) to is…

All I have to hear is the opening beats and I get stupid giddy and excited. The energy and fun just keep me pumped.

So what’s you favorite?

The Bearded Men

Things are getting pretty hairy around my house but I can’t complain because it’s for a good cause. My husband and son are taking part in No Shave November. For those unfamiliar, this is an event that started in 2009 and is focused on raising awareness in men’s health issues. Men all over participate by growing facial hair sometimes as a fundraiser or sometimes just for solidarity. Hubby is participating with the other men at work. My son just hates to shave so I’m not sure about his true motivation!

The other males in my husband’s family, his dad, brother and uncle, have all had full beards for as long as I’ve known them (rumor has it that my father-in-law was born with his beard but I’ve not seen any photographic evidence 😉). Hubby had a mustache when we met and sported a beard for a short time when the kids were small but he’s been clean shaven for the last 15 years. Once , a year or so ago he started to grow a beard but when it came in more gray than brown he promptly shave it off! I guess now at the ripe old age of 53 he has decided to embrace the gray. Personally, I think he looks rather distinguished even if it is a little scratchy.

Young Mr D, as I said, avoids shaving no matter what month it is. If he ever was motivated to pick up a razor, it was because of a girl and he is currently unattached. The problem is that his facial hair is hit or miss. He has a great set of mutton chops an a bit of a goatee but nothing in between! It drives me crazy but I can’t start nagging again till December 1st.

In honor of No Shave November, I did a little research on facial hair. It was quite enlightening. For instance, did you know…

  • Abraham Lincoln, the 16th U.S. President, was the first to have facial hair and William Howard Taft, who left office in 1913, was the last. So the Oval Office has been clean shaven for over 100 years!
  • Professional airline pilots are required to be clean shaven to insure a tight seal with auxiliary oxygen masks. Similarly, firefighters and other jobs may prohibit beards because of the need to wear masks or respirators.
  • In Amish society men shave until they are married then they grow a beard and are never without one from then on.
  • In the Middle-Age Europe, a beard displayed a knight’s virility and honour and apparently holding somebody else’s beard was a serious offence that had to be righted in a duel. (Yikes!)
  • There are numerous type of beards, many with clever and interesting names like Chinstrap, Chin Curtain, Monkey Tail, Old Dutch, Van Dyke, Hollywoodian, Designer Stubble (really) and my favorite Friendly Mutton Chops (not to be confused with with the unfriendly ones). 😊

So that’s my ode to facial hair. It will certainly be a topic around here for a few more weeks. If you want to take part or just find out more about No Shave November go to No-Shave.org.

Who’s the first person you think of when it comes to “famous beards”?

If We Were Having Coffee…9/13/15

This post is part of the Weekend Coffee Share brought to you curtesy of Part Time Monster Drop by and check it out!image

If we were having coffee…I would pour you a cup of strong brew and find out how your week went? I’d ask if you were able to enjoy some relaxing time with family and friends? Hope so. I would like to tell you that my week was like that too but it was actually kind of crazy and exhausting!

I would tell you that Tuesday was the first day of the school year which meant ‘back to work’ for me. The first few days of each year are always an adjustment with new schedules and nervous children but the unseasonably hot weather around here added several degrees (pun intended) of craziness. The school I work in was built in 1923 which means the electrical system is almost as old. Fully air conditioning the building would overload the system so only about half the rooms are equipped with air. Those grades in the hottest rooms on the upper floor  try to hang out in the library or other cooler classrooms if they can. The children were real troopers. I was cranky and sweaty!

Finally, on Thursday, we were blessed with a drop in temperature and some much needed rain. The only problem was that it came with thunder and lightening, not something that most small children are overly fond of. The third graders and I were in computer class when a nearby lightening strike caused a powersurge followed by a 30 second blackout. As an added bonus, when the power returned a glitch in the system set off the fire alarm! The law requires that we evacuate when the fire alarm sounds but it was storming outdoors so the entire school “evacuated” to the gym and waited, as the ear splitting alarm continued to ring, for the police officers to reset it and give us the all clear. Needless to say the students were a little out of sorts for the remainder of the day.

If we were having coffee…I would tell you that Miss Dee also survived her first week of school. She was a little overwhelmed at first because on the first and second day of school the tennis team had two away matches scheduled, one that was an hour and a half drive. Adjusting to a 6am wake up call was hard enough but the matches kept her out till after 7:00 each night. She was really happy about Thursday’s rain storm just because it meant practice was cancelled! Otherwise this is an easy year for her since she worked so hard to get most of her required classes out of the way during her first three years of high school. She has two fun art/photography classes and a 9th period study hall which means she can leave school at 1:40. Seniors also have the option of coming home for lunch.

Hubby and Mr D are adjusting to their new schedules as well although juggling work, 5 college classes and a social life is going to catch up with my son sooner or later! Watch out when it does!!

Well, I know we both have a lot to do. Thanks so much for stopping by! I am going to start my day and get productive….after just one more cup. Wanna join me?