I can hear it happening upstairs *smack* "Does that hurt?" *smack* "Does THAT hurt?" What is up with that? (yes, I put a stop to it) Children can be so very weird. The other day during lunch, The Prawn (4) suddenly turned to Fishy (6) and started whaling (walin' - exactly what word is that, anyway??) on his back with her fists. She wasn't mad or anything, just felt like lightin' him up, I guess. He didn't bat an eye. Now I'm not sure whether this was because A) she is 4 and has muscles as effective as limp cappellini or B) she does this sort of thing all the time and he's used to it and I just haven't noticed. I hope it's A. Scary. We had a brief talk. Brief is all that works with a 4 yo or they'll space out and forget the last 5 pieces of info you taught them. Actually, I think that's true of any age.
I'm slowly chewing through my queue of books in progress. I finished Beowulf, which would have been a very fast read had I not treated it like a magazine and read it 5 mins at a time. Good story and it was particularly interesting to see the bits that influenced Tolkien. I've decided that Artemis Fowl the Opal Deception is next to go down since it's the next fastest read, and then the SW book on loan and the Thos Covenant book 2 on through the end (for the third time around) and into the new book. I'm going to have to hurry, cuz I have a hankering to read the H2G2 books again, as well as the Dune series. Zoiks. No shortage of reading in my future. Sad thing is, I write more than read these days, so I haven't been making very good progress through my list.
I've been listening to Green Day's "Wake me Up When September Ends" fairly incessantly because a) it's a great song and b) it's one of the few songs I can play from the album with the kids listening. I'm sure it's no accident that the song is #11 on the album, but I've been wondering about the lyrics. Does he mean that this is all one big September ever since the war started, and please just wake him when it's all over? 7 years has gone so fast, 20 years has gone so fast - predicting a longer more drawn-out thing than anyone imagined? I saw the vid online and it's a guy signing up with the army - girlfriend gets mad. Are the time references about waiting for him to get out of Basic Training, and then maybe he ends up signing for 7 yrs, then 20 (for retirement?) I guess somewhere there's prolly an explanation of these things. So that's prolly what I'll be looking for next.
Last night at TKD we had quite the workout. I think my heart was sore afterwards! We did some really good sparring drills and sweated a lot. Today I jump-roped a bit longer than usual and practiced my pushing spinning back-kick and now my calf muscles are not happy. I taught class this morning and reffed for sparring this evening. It's fun reffing and very satisfying when the kids are able to take coaching and apply it.
Sounds like the kids are doing MadLibs. "I need 6 adjectives." "Prickly, cold, hot, spicy, pink, green." "6 nouns." "Mold, poster, hair, lightbulb, trophy, toaster." Okaaaay. Should be a fun one! :o)
I can never do short posts.
Back, I am, and with song meaning information. (says the wise Yoda)
Thank you Wikipedia.
"The song was co-written by the members of Green Day (with Billie Joe Armstrong writing the lyrics), and was co-produced by Green Day and Rob Cavallo. There once was much debate about what this song was about. However, Billie Joe has confirmed to the mass public that the song was written as a memorial anthem about his father, a jazz musician and minor league baseball catcher, who died when Billie Joe was only ten years old.
In this melancholy ballad, Billie Joe, backed by the support of the other members of Green Day, takes a trip back to his painful childhood and thinks about the day he lost his innocence when his father died. Like any traumatic event, Billie Joe never truly recovered, and he can't believe that twenty years have passed since the day. As Armstrong associates pain with the month September, the death month of his father, he would rather not deal with anything related to the month prompting him to sing, "As my memory rests, but never forgets what I lost... Wake me up when September ends...""
They touch on the "ambiguous meaning" and the military theme of the vid as well. OK, so maybe SEAL was right - use as needed. *shrugs*
Speakinawhich, Tony Levin has a very amusing website.