You know how people say “Blink and you’ll miss (insert whatever here)”? Well, I blinked. It’s Monday again and I’m still behind on stuff from last Monday! Apparently I’m getting old, because those that are they also say that time flies by faster as you get older.

Although, let’s go with the version that time flies when you’re having fun – I’d much rather think that I’m having fun rather than getting old, wouldn’t you?

At any rate, it is Monday again, so that means we have some great tunes to drive away the Monday Blues. This week’s theme is tell us where you are from, and post your hometown bands, artists, or songs. Sweet!

Being that I was born and raised in Seattle (with a side life-trip of 16 years in Pennsylvania but with a return ‘home’ more recently), I’m of course opting for the Seattle venue. I’ve always been a Washitonian or Seattlite at heart, in spite of my wayward travels.

Let’s start with an American singer-songwriter and beatboxer who was born in Redmond, Washington (just the other side of Lake Washington from Seattle), and was the runner-up on the sixth season of American Idol. Bet you’ve already guessed who that is, right?

His newest album was recently released on May 20, 2014. That particular album was his first independent record and was available for pre-order on PledgeMusic before its release. The pre-ordered copy included special extras such as posters and insiders on his album – I even have a signed copy! I’ll have to share a pic of that tomorrow.

His mother was a former rocker who still sings and plays guitar, so we know where he inherited his talent from. He started beatboxing at seventeen, picking up that talent purely by ear listening to CDs of beatboxing.

He describes himself as an improv musician and often uses devices such as loop pedals and the Kaoss Pad to layer beatboxing, instruments, vocals and effects to create a song live on stage.


Because he’s one of my favorite Seattleite artists, I’ve chosen two songs to share. First is a song that wasn’t a single, but I really liked it when I listened to it. I guarantee you won’t be able to sit still while listening. Here’s Blake Lewis with “Rhythm Of My Heart”:

The second song by Blake Lewis is one of my favorite performances on American Idol way back in 2007. Here he is again with Bon Jovi‘s “You Give Love A Bad Name”:

Next up is a sister-duo who have been around a long time from here in the Seattle area. In fact, before I moved to Pennsylvania when I was actively doing commercials and ‘extra’ work for local filming in the area, I was represented by the same agent as this duo. Pretty cool, no?

One of the defining characteristics of this group is their diversity in music styles which has been evident in their chart successes. Throughout their history, they have been labeled as Hard Rock, Folk, Easy Listening, Heavy Metal, and Adult Contemporary, many times demonstrating two or more of these styles on the same album.

Their success all these years and starting so long ago has been said to have been a revolution for women in music, breaking genre barriers and garnering critical acclaim. In addition to their own recording careers, the sisters have played a role on the Seattle music scene with their own local recording studio.

Fun Fact: Among the artists that have used their Bad Animals Studio  are Neil Young, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains.


Without further ado, here’s Heart with “Crazy on You”:

Next up is an artist who at age eight, performed Johnny Cash’s “Tennessee Flat Top Box”  with her mother, and began playing the guitar and writing songs at age fifteen. At sixteen, she became a backup singer for an Elvis impersonator. She was diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder as a teen, and dropped out of school to pursue a career in music. She began her career performing in Seattle music clubs with twin brothers, and joined Columbia Records in late 2004 and recorded her debut self-titled album the following year.

The title track from her second album was used in a General Motors television commercial, as well as a 2008 commercial for Super Bock which helped the song reach number 1 and the album reach number 4 on the Portuguese charts.

The song I’ve chosen was featured on the end credits of the romantic drama film The Lucky One. Several of her songs from her previous album were featured in one of my favorite TV shows, Grey’s Anatomy.

Fun Fact: On January 11, 2014, she sang the National Anthem for the Saints vs Seahawks NFL Playoff game (Go Hawks!).


Give a listen to Brandi Carlile with “The Story”:

Just for fun, here’s Sara Ramirez (aka Grey’s Anatomy’s Callie Torres) with her amazing cover of the song:

Last, but certainly not least, the hubby suggested that since we called Pennsylvania home for 16 years, I should include at least one artist from that area. I agree. Especially since I found out one of my favorite artists was born and raised there.

Last fall this artist released a brand new song that is a bit different from her usual fare. It’s a peppy rock-tinged song whose style is that of the 80′s influence. It wasn’t a single (she’s still working on her next album), but it was written specifically for the British film One Chance – a movie about an opera-singing sensation after he wins Britain’s Got Talent in 2007. This song plays during the closing credits.

The Grammy winner became the only female artist to have two million-plus opening weeks.


Give a listen to Taylor Swift with “Sweeter Than Fiction”:

I apologize I didn’t get around to everyone last week – I blinked too much and the week was gone. I’ll be sure to visit everyone  this week – leave the light on  for me, m’kay? 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, and our newest awesome member, give a warm welcome to Becca of Everyday Life.

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!



Patrick Weseman of Adventures in Weseland



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I can’t believe it’s already the middle of summer! I’m still fruitlessly looking for that ‘pause’ button. We have been jonesin’ to get out on the water this summer, but everyone’s crazy schedules have prohibited that from happening.

That and the weather – when schedules have been conducive, Mother Nature has not been in a cooperative mood. We’ve gotten close, though, at least this past weekend we got to enjoy some outdoor fun at my aunt’s cabin on the lake roasting hot dogs and s’mores over the campfire. And both kids were excited about the anticipation of getting out on that water soon:


We are planning to go back up there one weekend to help my uncle rebuild their dock – a big storm caused a majority of it to float away. Those winds can be pretty brutal, even on this little lake: 


Once we help fix the dock, we’ll be spending as much time as possible floating in the water as well as fishing. I caught one of the biggest fish on Opening Day years ago on this lake – maybe I can repeat that performance in the future.

We also have plans to go out in a family friend’s boat to go Salmon fishing soon – I’m looking forward to that, and I know it will be an awesome experience for the kids, too.

Provided no one has the penchant to get seasick, that is.

I’d also love to get out on Lake Washington and get some sailing in – nothing compares to sailing. Though we’ll have to agree to disagree that sailboats are better than speedboats.


Aside from just enjoying time out on the water, I’m looking forward to getting as much fishing in as possible. I’ve fished from a very young age and enjoy it immensely – hopefully the hubby and kids will love it as much as I do.


Princess Nagger has already tried fishing – and loves it, so I know it won’t take much to convince her that fishing is fun. Especially since she was the only one who caught a fish this day out on the water:


She even tried to fish at our goldfish pond when she was really young – with her kid pole (that ended up at the bottom of a lake later) that had a rubber fish on the end to practice casting – wonder what the goldfish were thinking as she kept dunking that rubber fish in the pond ‘fishing’?


Whatever we end up doing, whether it be sailing across water that looks like glass, or speeding around with skis and tubes, or partying like rock stars on a pontoon boat – we’ll be having a great time. And all boaters can benefit from since they have excellent resources and tons of information that can help newbies or seasoned boaters.

On their homepage you can find  Stories of Discovery videos which are documentary-style videos that tell the stories of real boaters like me. My favorite is the video with on of my favorite country stars, Jake Owen. and if you want to see an amazing story, be sure to watch the short film on the site called Good Run. A very touching story about a man’s life journey by boat – be sure to have tissues handy!

Here are some helpful resource links on

Discover Boating is the U.S. recreational boating industry’s nonprofit awareness program to help people get on the water to experience the fun of boating. For those looking to get their feet wet, is an unbiased online resource to explore the enjoyment and accessibility of the boating lifestyle.

Packed with easy, interactive features to familiarize people with all aspects of life on the water, offers a boat selector guidecost comparison toolrenting optionsfavorite boating destinations, links to education courses – even nautical lingo and how-to videos.

Plus, offers tools and information for experienced boaters looking to learn more. 

You can learn more about boating on the Discover Boating website.

Connect with others interested in boating by connecting with Discover Boating on Twitter, InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest. Be sure to use hashtag #DiscoverBoating when you do!

Do you enjoy boating? Have you been out on the water yet this summer?





Note: I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Discover Boating. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. As usual, all opinions are my own and not influenced by outside sources. See my disclosure policy here.

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Princess Nagger’s cat, Blackspot, has been hiding out as much as possible because of our new doggy, Lila, being fascinated with the oddity known as a cat.

Every so often I’ll have a chance to pet him, and there are those rare moments I’ll actually get a decent picture of him (and not of his hind end as he retreats in haste).

This is one of those moments. You know what they say – a picture is worth a thousand words… I think this one pretty much says it all – if you want the full effect, go ahead and click on the picture to super size him, I dare you (a new tab or window will open):


I hope it gave you a good laugh, too. 



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