Crazy Little Thing Called Love: A Fun Musical Exploration

While working on the Random Acts of Kindness version of the theme of Love, the Collaborator and I also thought it would be fun to do a post about absolutely ridiculous songs on the topic of love. Wow, there were lots! Some of our selections are just silly, some are crazy, and some are downright ridiculous. On a couple of them (we’ll let you figure out which ones), the videos further enhance the ridiculous element. Hope you have as much fun exploring these gems as we had finding them. Enjoy!

I Believe in a Thing Called Love (The Darkness)

Without Love (Hairspray)

Honey Bee (Blake Shelton)

When I Get You Alone  (Robin Thicke)

We Go Together (Grease)

Dammit Janet (Rocky Horror Picture Show)

 

It’s Not Unusual (Glee)

Silly Love Songs (Paul McCartney)

Lovefool (Cardigans)

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

A Moment in Time – 6:58 p.m. on 12/14/13

A new moment has been posted. If you’d like to join in and share your moment in time, here is the info. I’ve done two so far, and they are very interesting. Check it out. 🙂

A String of Pearls

The next A Moment in Time is on Saturday, December 14 at 6:58 p.m.

A Moment in TimeHere is how A Moment in Time works.

1. I will provide a time–an exact moment on a specific day–for bloggers to be aware of, to think about what they are/were doing right then and whether it’s significant enough, in some way, to be written about and added to the list. Each new day and moment will be provided via a regular blog post as well as at the bottom of the A Moment in Timepage.

2. Sometime after that moment passes, write your post. Title it with this format:  6:58 p.m. on 12/14/13

3. Let your readers know how to find the A Moment in Time prompt by providing a link to this post so that they can learn more about it and participate themselves. If it’s easier, just copy and paste the blurb below.

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Love and Random Acts of Kindness: A Musical Exploration

For today’s theme, Eva chose A Love Letter In This Digital Age: Music Theme ~ Love. While there is a touch of romantic love in this post, the Collaborator and I explored the larger realm of love when people reach out to others and show love in unexpected ways. Sometimes, it’s as simple as making someone smile or laugh. And sometimes it’s much more profound. Regardless, random acts of kindness can make a difference in someone’s life, and the possibilities exist for them to make a bigger impact, especially if people pay it forward.

I sometimes have a tendency to be overly optimistic, but I find that it’s better than the alternative. Looking for the good sometimes disappoints, but there are moments when love transcends many of these disappointments. And in case you think I’m a little too optimistic, I have another post to follow that is much lighter.  🙂

Give a Little Bit (Roger Hodgson)

Stereo Hearts (Glee)

Better Days (Goo Goo Dolls)

Build Me Up, Buttercup  (Highway Sing-A-Long)

Good Life (OneRepublic)

Ever Ever After (Carrie Underwood)

Heroes (Glee)

Pay It Forward

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To see the other posts on this theme, visit the links listed below.

EVA:

http://47whitebuffalo.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/whats-love-got-to-do-musical-theme-for-friday-the-13th-of-december-2013/#like-5349

http://47whitebuffalo.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/more-amour-with-legs-hands-lips-and-the-kiss/

 

http://47whitebuffalo.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/lovers-a-touch-of-drama/#comment-11031

BEAR:

http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/music-themes-love/

JOHNNY:

http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/musi-theme-december-13-love/comment-page-1/#comment-2740

The Quilt Top Takes Shape

On Tuesday, December 3, I had four piles of different kinds of blocks, two eager students willing to play with said blocks, and a queen-size bed that almost accommodated the layout for the throw-sized quilt.

THE BLOCKS

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THE LAYOUT DESIGNERS

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhile I could have done the arranging of the blocks myself, Belle and Hebbe have been coming over on Tuesday afternoons for several weeks to work on their own projects and to peek into my quilting process. They are both interested in commercial design as well as a variety of arts and crafts. Hebbe has also designed and made some of her own clothes by hand, and she may take on a new garment project next semester, using my machine. They have been intrigued about the quilting process and wanted to participate. This seemed the perfect way to include them. So on Tuesday, December 3rd, they arrived ready to “play” with the blocks and see what kind of design they could come up with. A queen-sized bed was their canvas, and 120 quilt blocks made up their palette.

THE RULES

  1. Solid blocks and pieced blocks are alternated.
  2. Attempts should be made to keep each particular fabric from matching that fabric in any adjoining block, whether that be horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
  3. Blocks of the same colors should not be clustered too heavily in one area.
  4. Darks and lights should be spread throughout the quilt, as much as possible with the other constraints.

Numbers 1 and 2 were the prevailing rules, and numbers 3 and 4 were more like general guidelines. The process included a lot of placing, moving things around, moving other things around, and then discovering that something else needed to be moved around. OK, there might have been a little frustration here and there. It was like a giant jigsaw puzzle. It looks like fun, but it has moments when you’re not sure if you can find the piece that fits into a specific spot. But they kept at it (with a little help friendly advice from me. (Although it may have seemed like interference or, worse, changing making up the rules as we went along. OK, that may not be far from the truth.) Still, they persevered, and the results were worth the struggles, as you can see below.

THE UNVEILING

I’m very happy with the results. Of course, this will shrink significantly when I sew all the blocks together with the 1/4″ seams, but it will be a nice size for curling up on the couch.

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By the way, 522 days to 60.

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An Update on the Quilting Update

It’s been about three weeks since I posted an update on the quilt I’m making for my daughter. While much of the reason for the lag in updating has been due to work projects and other deadlines, I also made an error in some of the assembly. As I put blocks the first blocks together, everything was fine. You might recall some of those first lovely blocks.

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Not only are these 24 1/2-inch blocks not pressed, they are also not correct. Suddenly, there wasn’t enough give and take among the colors to really be effective. I discovered this problem on November 26, when two of my students who are interested in crafts and fabric art came over in the afternoon to help play with the layout. Luckily, they brought other projects to work on as well, because it didn’t take long to realize that my large groupings totally limited the ways in which all the pieces could be laid out. This may have worked if I had only had two (or three) colors, and could group things together by color, but this project definitely got out of hand in terms of the number of colors and tones I was juggling.

Luckily I only had to rip out 12 such groupings before I could get back on track with actually planning a layout that would be more colorful. So the dismantling of seams took place, and then the counting began. The idea is to have 60 blocks that are pieced (like those in the first two pictures) and then 60 solid squares (shown with the pieced ones in the unpressed samples above). And then they are alternated–pieced block, solid square, pieced block, solid square, etc.

Somewhere along the line, I had started to experiment with other pieced blocks instead of just the penny patch. In the end, I had 31 penny patch block (the pieced blocks above). To supplement them (and reach 60) I created simple four-patch blocks (on the left) and some interesting three piece blocks (on the right) to reach required number of 60 pieced blocks.

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I made these additional types of blocks rather than doing all the cutting required to make more penny patch blocks. I had done the initial ones in a production line approach, and I didn’t really want to do it again after thinking I was finished. In addition, with all the colors and the lack of low value fabrics, there was plenty going on. The quilt will not be lacking for interest. In fact, the actually penny patch effect is lost in all this color, so I will try the pattern again another time and follow the recommended number of colors and values a little more closely. But for Kate’s quilt, the way it’s turning out is a lot like her: unusual and definitely unpredictable.

TO BE CONTINUED . . .

More or Less – A Musical Exploration of Want and Need

With my not-so-secret collaborator, a collection of songs was begun with the idea of “have” and “have not,” feast or famine, greed and gratitude in an effort to contrast “more” and “less.” With just a couple of exceptions, the selections turned out to be more relationship driven than I had intended. But the results are still interesting, with the longing for more that is part of relationships that can never be and with gratitude when one finds the relationship that fulfills one’s hopes and dreams. And one song reminds us that even though we can’t always have what we want, we can often find what we really need.

I’m Not That Girl (Wicked)

I Want It NOW! (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

This one shows the greed of someone who is spoiled, used to getting her own way. And no matter what she has, she always wants more. Her father has given her the idea that money can give her whatever she wants, and she is good(!) at throwing temper tantrums.

On My Own – Samantha Barks (Les Miserables 2012)

I Could Not Ask For More (Edwin McCain)

(There’s Gotta Be) More to Life (Stacie Orrico)

You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Glee)

All You Need is Love (Glee)

Links to the other participants:

Bear:   MORE OR LESS?    http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/music-themes-more-or-less/

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Eva:     MORE AND LESS. OR, IS IT SUPPOSED TO BE LESS OR MORE? MUSICAL THEME. AN OPEN INVITATION TO GEESE AND MORE. LESS WAR DESIRED.          http://47whitebuffalo.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/more-and-less-or-is-it-supposed-to-be-less-or-more-musical-theme-an-open-invitation-to-geese-and-more-less-war-desired/#comment-10933

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Johnny:  MORE OR LESS   http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/music-theme-for-december-8-more-or-less/comment-page-1/#comment-2584

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10:23 pm on 12/06/2013

Endless possibilities

(Photo credit: jefito)

Have you ever wondered what you really wanted? Have you ever really defined it? Or dared to admit it to anyone, even yourself? Or do you, like me (and probably many others), avoid the question or answer it superficially. In this post from Farther to Go!, there is an exercise that asks you to answer that question every day for 30 days.

I started about three weeks ago. I can’t tell you exactly without digging out the notebook I was using. I wasn’t using cards as suggested in the exercise–not at first. I am now. I’m doing several things differently now.

On Friday (12/6/13), I realized that the exercise wasn’t going very well for me–for reasons I will share below. But, the bottom line is that I decided that day that I would start over, and change the things that weren’t working. So that evening, at about 10:00, I filled out my first card for the new 30-day period. And afterwards, I had a breakthrough.

It may not have been exactly 10:23, but I suddenly understood with complete clarity that I could no longer settle for mediocrity. I had to think about what I want without limits, especially the limits I put on myself. Thinking that I can possibly know what’s best, or what’s practical, or what’s feasible, or–most importantly–what’s possible. My life to this point is full of experiences that would have seemed impossible by any standards and yet I’m here, living this crazy life that couldn’t have been imagined prior to living it. I realized that the starting over was important, that by changing the way I approached the process of exploring what I wanted, I would be more effective, and more free–I could imagine even impossibilities. Up to the point of starting over, four basic things were getting in my way of making the most of this exercise.

  1. Sometimes, I’d miss a day because I didn’t set an intention for writing in the notebook. If I had it would be on my daily list, and it wasn’t. I thought I could remember something as simple as adding a few lines to my notebook each day. (I know better than this!) To learn more about the power of intentions, look here. Further, the routine itself has an effect on what emerges. If I get in the habit of making the list each day, the pump is primed when I sit down to fill out the card..
  2. I started by using a notebook for making my lists, instead of the 4 x 6 index cards suggested in the activity. I didn’t realize it at the time (obviously), but it really makes a difference to have a confined space with a specific amount of lines for each day. Even if I had used the index cards, I suspect I wouldn’t have written something on every line. Many of my lists in the notebook wouldn’t have been long enough to put something on each line of a card. I took the “easy” way out, If no more ideas were immediately accessible, I stopped writing. Using a notebook made it easy to fall into that trap, so using the index cards is a much better method–for me at least. No stopping until I actually have something on every line. This problem is also related to the next one.
  3. I was approaching my list-making from a place of practicality. I knew on an intellectual basis not to do that, to let my mind go and to explore the possibilities in spite of the reasons for censoring. And while I KNEW that the sky was the limit, my lists had become rather dull and lifeless. At first, I wasn’t sure what had happened, and then I realized something that put a lot of things into perspective. I had fallen back into moving through my days and activities on autopilot. From there, it was more than a slippery slope to falling into old habits: it was a free fall into a pit of mediocrity.
  4. I needed to re-commit to paying attention, to being mindful of the process, and not just make the listing another thing to check off. Yes, it’s important to schedule it to make sure it happens, but the actual process has to be more mindful than that.
My Pile of Index Card

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So on Friday, I dusted myself off and began again with 30 4 x 6 cards, a clear intention, and a plan. I can already see and feel a difference. Each of these cards is completed in just a few moments, but the impact isn’t limited to the immediate moment. Wherever this path leads me, I know that my life will be different because I dared to answer the question of what I really want. As I write this post on Sunday, I just finished my 3rd card, and I am excited about the possibilities that are showing up. Now when I finish a card, I’m smiling. I have gone beyond the intellectual grasp of the concept back to an experience of reimagining my life. I can’t wait to see where this path leads.

If you’ve never thought about what you really want (or even if you have), I recommend this exercise. It only takes a few minutes a day, but the results may change the way you think about what’s possible.

Related articles:

http://randeebergen.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/a-moment-in-time-1023-p-m-on-12613/

http://farthertogo.com/2013/11/11/what-do-you-want-2/

https://myriad234.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/reimagining-my-life/

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A Moment in Time is a shared blogging experience, where writers document and share their stories from the same moment on the same day. The day and time for the next A Moment in Time is posted by Randee every few days in such a way that you’ll have a heads up on the exact moment to which you need to attend and focus on and, if it’s significant in some way, write about and add to the list.

A Moment in Time – 10:23 p.m. on 12/6/13

For those who are interested in joining in, here is the next date and time posted by Randee. Looking forward to seeing what you’re up to.

A String of Pearls

The next A Moment in Time is on Friday, December 6, at 10:23 p.m.

A Moment in TimeHere is how A Moment in Time works.

1. I will provide a time–an exact moment on a specific day–for bloggers to be aware of, to think about what they are/were doing right then and whether it’s significant enough, in some way, to be written about and added to the list. Each new day and moment will be provided via a regular blog post as well as at the bottom of the A Moment in Timepage.

2. Sometime after that moment passes, write your post. Title it with this format:  10:23 p.m. on 12/6/13

3. Let your readers know how to find the A Moment in Time prompt by providing a link to this post so that they can learn more about it and participate themselves. If it’s easier, just copy and paste the blurb below.

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Across the Universe – A Sunny Musical Theme for December 4

This was almost the post that wasn’t. In spite of help from the daughter AND the husband, the mother almost lost the file entirely. With a lot of help, it was reconstructed, and here it is: a collection of songs about a sun, a moon, some stars, Jupiter and the distance between them all. We hope you enjoy!

Here Comes the Sun (Glee)

Walking on Sunshine (Katrina and the Waves)

Glad You Came – The Wanted (Glee)

Drops of Jupiter (Train)

Dancing in the Moonlight (Toploader)

Walkin’ on the Sun (Smash Mouth)

The Space Between (Dave Matthews Band)

Ray of Light (Madonna)

Big Bang Theory Theme (BareNaked Ladies)

To the Moon and Back (Savage Garden)

Beatles Across the Universe (NASA/JPL)

Published on Mar 31, 2012

For the first time ever, NASA beamed a song — The Beatles’ “Across the Universe” — directly into deep space at 7 p.m. EST on Feb. 4. The transmission over NASA’s Deep Space Network commemorated the 40th anniversary of the day The Beatles recorded the song, as well as the 50th anniversary of NASA’s founding and the group’s beginnings. Two other anniversaries also are being honored: The launch 50 years ago this week of Explorer 1, the first U.S. satellite, and the founding 45 years ago of the Deep Space Network. Learn more at: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/universe/f….

 Catch a Falling Star (Perry Como)

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Check out these selections from the other participants:

Bear:    HEART OF THE SUN   http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/music-themes-heart-of-the-sun-2/

Bear:    INTO THE HEART OF THE SUN    http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/music-themes-into-the-heart-of-the-sun/

Bear:     UNDER THE SUN       http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/music-themes-under-the-sun/

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Eva:       CATCH SOME HEAT RAYS    http://47whitebuffalo.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/catch-some-heat-rays-set-the-controls-for-the-heart-of-the-sun-music-theme/

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Willow:

Johnny:  SET THE CONTROLLS FOR THE HEART OF THE SUN   http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/set-the-controls-for-the-heart-of-the-sun-music-theme-december-4th/

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D. S. Nelson:  PLANETARY MUSIC   http://hatpaintladdersandwonkypooh.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/planetary-music/

7:11 pm on 12/3/13

officeSometimes, moments are messy. This particular moment didn’t look messy to the casual observer. My husband and I were having our amazing dinner. He had prepared dinner (as is the case most of the time), and it tasted great. I was aware of the time. In fact, he noticed me checking the time. It was 7:08. And at 7:11, he had just initiated a conversation about the desks in my office. That all of the desks are now in their appropriate cubicles. Oh happy day!

Our offices were relocated from one building on campus to another, and the past weekend was “moving day.” I did meet with someone about the textbook project on Monday, but it was loads of fun without a desk, so today, I came home after class to work. Now that the desks are back, life can resume.

But I also realized that there was a project that I wanted to be further along on. And because, some projects are taking more energy and attention than is warranted, other things have slipped away. I haven’t let myself dwell on them, but tonight they were somehow coming back to haunt me, just subtly–around the edges of my consciousness. Time to make a new list. Organize the things that are floating around in my head. Because the high spirits I had earlier thinking things were moving along ok are more illusionary than real.

So I will regroup tonight. Make that list. Spend a few moments catching my breath and planning for tomorrow. Enjoy my husband’s company. And start again tomorrow. This is just one moment. Others will be better. Others will be more significant and relevant. I won’t dwell on this one.

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A Moment in Time is a shared blogging experience, where writers document and share their stories from the same moment on the same day. The day and time for the next A Moment in Time is posted by Randee every few days in such a way that you’ll have a heads up on the exact moment to which you need to attend and focus on and, if it’s significant in some way, write about and add to the list.