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Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 2)

The Seven Quick Takes Friday is hosted by Conversion Diary.


I’m over my back thing and I’ve been walking on a regular basis. In fact, I was so motivated yesterday that I did Turbo Jam in the morning and then walked 5.75 miles last night while watching “Wanted.” (And today I’m hobbling around like a little old lady, but whatever, I can take it).

My goal? Is to get back into my skinny white jean shorts before this summer. I can get into them now, but it’s a tight fit. I want to lost a few more inches so they fit comfortably.


Next Thursday is the end of the 1st semester. GD is thisclose to making straight A’s. I’m on pins and needles and couldn’t be more proud of him. He’s turning out to be quite the student. And that’s saying a lot considering his scholastic history. Who knew!


MK is REALLY enjoying pep band and has decided to bite the bullet and participate in high school band next year. YAY! We keep telling him that if he plays his cards right, he might be eligible for a music scholarship for college. Wouldn’t that be something!


Speaking of MK’s playing – before I forget, here are the songs he played for the honors band performance back in November. These are 8th graders who auditioned, from all over the city, to play in this band. MK made 6th alto saxophone chair (he almost didn’t make it!). Not bad for a bunch of middle schoolers. 🙂

Oh, one more thing, these kids had never played these songs before THE day of the performance. Most of the kids had never even met each other before THE day of performance, either. They got together at 8:00 in the morning, learned the songs and then performed them for the parents/family at 3:00 that afternoon. Quite impressive!


Purple Mountain Majesty (All the veterans were asked to stand after this song – it was quite emotional).

Ghost Riders

Want to know a secret? I tear up and cry and every time I hear him play. Every. Single. Damn. Time. I guess I’m just so proud of him that I can’t contain it. It’s embarrassing, if you want the truth. MK just rolls his eyes at me.


I didn’t get any writing done this week – none. And I have no excuse, none. I was too busy answering emails (as I should because I get paid to take care of these people after all) and of course, blogging. I really must set some boundaries on this blog thing or it will become (more of) an unhealthy addiction.

I will do better next week.


Today is my menstrual anniversary. I have no idea what year I started my period, but I have always remembered January 9th as being THE day it happened.

There’s a bit of trivia I bet you wished I hadn’t shared with you.


One good thing about being on the computer all week? I’ve run across some really great blog entries and I’m really excited to share those with you in the Blogger’s Best Carnival coming up January 31st. I’m going to call them “Editor’s picks” and ladies and gentlemen, you’re truly going to love them – they are that good.

In addition, I’m curious. How consistent are you in clicking links blogger’s put in their entries? I’ve been forcing myself to slow down and follow links and wow, that’s how I ended up reading some of the great blog posts I’m going to link to in the carnival.

I hope you’re taking the time to explore other blogger’s because let me assure you, it’s well worth your time to do so. Especially links provided by blogger’s you enjoy reading to begin with. It’s almost a sure thing that you’ll enjoy the click.


The 10th photo contest begins tomorrow – are you playing?

Photo Contest at

5 thoughts on “Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 2)”

  1. I KNOW! Sick, isn’t it. For some reason, I remember January 9th but I have no idea what year.

    It made an impression, apparently. 😀

  2. Thanks Jessica!

    MK first started playing in six grade – he was 11 (he’s 13 now). We put him in weekly private lessons for about a year and a half, but we sort of felt like he wasn’t learning anything new with his teacher so pulled him. But he has both band AND jazz band (jazz band is an actual class!) so he gets plenty of practice at school.

    Up until that point, he hadn’t expressed an interest in music. Then, in six grade, they gave the kids a chance to take a band class and try various instruments until one of them “stuck.” GD wasn’t interested in even trying but MK fell in love with the saxophone immediately and has been playing ever since. I have to say, our school system has an AWESOME music program.

    I would suggest just sort of making instruments available to your daughter and see if she’s interested. You might also check into her school to see what sort of music programs they offer.

    Thanks for your interest in the Blogger’s Best Carnival! You can submit the link to your article here. You can find out more about the carnival here.

    Take care!

  3. Karen: that music was amazing. I got the chills listening to Purple Mountain Majesty. I’m very very impressed with these kids. I’m trying to get my kid to learn piano and at 5plus she’s just not that into it. How old was your son when he started playing?

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