When we were Basement Dwellers occupying my parents’ basement while looking for a house, a tiny little stray kitty appeared in their backyard.  

Naturally we couldn’t leave the poor thing out in the cold, and adopted the scraggly little thing, who went through a few name changes (including ‘Shatner’) before his final name of #Squeak.  Yep, you even pronounce the ‘Hashtag’ portion of his name.  

While he and Blackspot were hanging out together, they liked to climb over the stuff my mom had stacked along the walls of the solitary bedroom in the basement – she had a dog bed on top of a high shelf, but they managed to climb up and knock it down to the floor, immediately taking over its comfort:


Stray kitty doggy bed domination leads to world domination…Stay tuned.



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I survived the Testosterone Spring Break, and everyone is back on a regular schedule – almost.  Today Princess Nagger is testing into her new school district’s Gifted Program for next year – she could have avoided the testing, since she was already pre-qualified when we transferred her into the new school district (since she’s been in the Gifted Program since 1st grade in PA and was in that program in the other school district after we moved here).

However, the decision didn’t come until after she’d already been at her new school (since our new house put us in a different school district than when we were basement dwellers at my parents’ house) in her new class with her new teacher a week.  Still with me?

Since she’d already fallen in love with her new teacher and suddenly got excited about school all over again (details on the prior school/teacher fiasco coming later – it’ll simply solidify that teachers really do  make a difference) we decided to just let her stay where she was at, in a ‘regular’ classroom, since moving into the gifted program would mean a different class and teacher.

I wanted to let her enjoy the second half of the school year (not saying that she wouldn’t, since her new school has been an improvement by leaps and bounds) so letting her stay where she was at after the stress of the double-move was the intelligent thing to do, and the best thing for her.

At any rate, I thought today I would do something a little different and share a piece of homework that Princess Nagger had to turn in just before her Spring Break – the assignment was to pick five different things to write, or write 2 pages of anything that isn’t a list.  She opted for the latter, since she tends to be on the wordy side like her Mama (Ahem), not to mention she’d written a poem she really wanted to share with her class.

Without further ado, here is the (unedited) writing that Princess Nagger simply entitled “Live”:

“I can’t deny,
The loss of time,
I never knew I had.

I can’t forget,
What I’ll regret,
‘Cause that’s why I’m alive.

When I die,
Time will rise,
And fall upon the winners.

But then I start to fly,
High in the sky…
And forget all that has happened.”

(There’s kind of a backstory to this poem, and this is how I’m going to spend a 2-page report. Try to deal with it.)

This poem started with me doing some browsing on the internet. I was searching for a game I heard of called Spore, where you create creatures and survive in a pre-set unknown planet that you can name yourself, and wanted to try it. So I bought the game. I created my account and played for large chunks of time, since I was on summer vacation and I had nothing to do. Since there’s an online sharing system, I found a few friends, created some buildings and animals, shared them, and went on with survival on planet “Earth Maybe.”

After many weeks, then months, and almost a year after I joined Spore, I had completed many save files, made almost 50 friends, and discovered something all the people of Spore do.


I kind of freaked when I heard there were dragon contests, bird contests, even spaceship contests that anyone can enter a creation in. I had also found some color contests (and I gladly entered them, of course) that just asked you to “color this snake as creatively as you can.”

So it was some time after I had found a friend with the user name of “cheekymoomoo” that she posted a poem contest. “Write the best poem you can think of. Poems will be judged at the end of Aug. By their originality.” I did the only thing I could possibly do: Enter the contest.

It took about 40 minutes just to get the poem figured out. I had thought about how bored I was and that I was losing time to have fun fast, and that I couldn’t deny it. That’s how I finally got “I can’t deny, the loss of time,” as my first two lines. At some point, I thought it smart to ponder the next line faster and tried to think of something good, but then the only thought I had was to say that time was flying by without me even knowing it. So I wrote “I never knew I had.”

The third line had nothing to do with time, it’s just me saying that I can’t keep forgetting important things that I might regret later on when they happen. And so I realized that I couldn’t put everything on one line, so I split it into two.

            “I can’t forget,
            What I’ll regret,”

I didn’t even realize how dumb I sounded when I wrote the next line because it just sounded good to me. I just said, “All this stuff is happening because I’m alive, and it’s what keeps me alive…” and wrote the next line.

           “’Cause that’s why I’m alive.”

I had no thought or meaning to the next lines, I thought they sounded neat though.

            “When I die,
            Time will rise,
            Then fall upon the winners.

            But then I start to fly,
            High in the sky,”

And so we come to the final line.

I thought about my character would have no memory of anything when she woke up, so I just put it in. No thought.

            “And forget all that has happened.”

The good news is I went and entered it with a nice creation, a flying bird with a single feather missing. I won first place, by the way.

And now the deepest thing I’ve ever written, as said by a random person I don’t know:

“I am Icewind. I am on a quest. My sister is dead. I am going to die here. I am not coming home. I have no family. I have traveled the mountains searching. I have found nothing.

I am hungry. I am tired. I am most likely doomed.

I will survive.

There you have it – what do you think of her writing style?  I, for one, am very proud of her work, in fact I was rather amazed by it.  Of course I’m prejudiced since she’s my precocious 11 year old.


I’m to interject here that I encountered protestations from the Princess Nagger about posting this on my blog, since she tends to be protective of her creativity, and fears how people may or may not perceive her from her writings.  I’m sure she’ll get over it.

I’m also to tell you, per her instructions, that I “stole” her Surface to acquire this written piece, and she only acquiesced when I said she would be free to watch Full Metal Alchemist if she cooperated with my retrieval of her document.  Done and done!

I’m sure in spite of her protestations, she’ll love getting your feedback.  After all, she tends to think she’s a bit famous being the ‘star’ of my blog.

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Well whaddaya know.  I survived Testosterone Spring Break.  Of course I didn’t get the stuff done I wanted to get done, but that’s OK,  it’s a new week, right?  

Speaking of a new week, this week’s Monday’s Music Moves Me Theme is a freebie, so naturally I’m having some fun – some of the songs I’ve chosen are at the bottom of the Top 40 list – maybe they’ll get a little boost this week, eh?

Let’s start with a new (to me) artist who has thus far released two albums, and happens to have co-written one of my favorite Florida Georgia Line‘s songs, “Cruise”.   True story!

Fun fact – this particular artist also happened to have been a contestant on Survivor: Nicaragua.  I’m not a Survivor watcher, but thought that was an interesting tidbit – he finished as the runner up, so any of you Survivor fans might recognize him.

Even though he received national media attention on the show, he says that his reality show stardom did not help propel his country music career – but he did acknowledge it was an important life event that was more valuable than money, because it put his life in perspective.


Give a listen to Chase Rice with “Ready Set Roll”:

Next up we have a song that proves love can be found in the strangest places, including the back of a cop car.  One of the co-songwriters has even revealed that the lyrics in the song are, for the most part, a true story.

When the trio of songwriters got together, one of them already had a track written – a love story with a twist – which they started working from.  One of the songwriters stepped into the vocal booth and began freestyling — but everything he was singing was “lovey dovey stuff,” and that’s not the direction the artist wanted to go.

Instead, he came up with another idea — an idea that bordered on delinquent, but kept love at the forefront of the message: the idea of falling in love in the back of a cop car.


Here’s Keith Urban with “Cop Car”:

Next up is a favorite group whose video includes shots from their tour last year, both live shows as well as intimate backstage moments.  The song about being drunk on love hits especially close to home for one of the quartet, who lost the love of her life when her husband passed away of a heart attack in 2005.

This song touches her deeply, especially now that she’s experienced what it feels like to fall in love again after great loss.  She was blessed with a second chance at love years later with her new hubby.


Here’s Little Big Town with “Sober”:

Last, but definitely not least, is one of my favorite duo’s back with a new tune from an album that won’t be coming out until sometime this summer. I cannot wait to listen to all the new music they’ll have on that album! They have been wanting to write and share new music, and now that they’ve formed their own label, the shackles have been removed.  I know, that’s a bit dramatic, but that’s the impression I’ve gotten watching interviews of them.

Something these two artists are known for are their unique harmonies – they really sound amazing together, and they bring two very unique individual talents to the table every time.  They’ve been performing together for so long, when they hit the chorus their two voices blend together so well, you think it’s just one voice.  It’s a signature sound they’ve been crafting for over a decade.


Give a listen to Big & Rich with “Look At You”:

That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday!


Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me:


I have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohorts, Callie from JAmericanSpice, Cathy from Cathy Kennedy’s Blog, and Naila Moon at Just the Stuff Ya Know.  Naila will be on vacation (lucky girl) for a little while, so our friend Danielle from Royalegacy will be helping us out.  And a big thank you to Becca from Everyday Life for picking up the slack whilst my co-hort in crime Cathy and I were in absentia.

Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!





The awesome Run DMT also hosts Music Monday (who graciously helps out with our hostessing every time we need it, and who I had the privilege of meeting in person at BlogHer – she’s even more adorable than I imagined):



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