My Real Life

March 15, 2010

I Love the Nightlife

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 8:14 pm
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So, my Eddie Rabbitt reference, last night, made me nostalgic for the music of the 70’s.

I was singing 70’s music in my head all day.

Then, while in the drive-thru at the bank, one of my all-time favorite 70’s songs came on.

“I Love the Nightlife” by Alicia Bridges.

I had the 45.

I practically wore that sucker out.

Oh, I love the nightlife…I got to boogie…on the disco ahhhhhhh, oooh yeah….

I used to sing the heck outta that song.

Ask Erin.

She’ll tell you.

I even had the whole weird, Alicia Bridges accent, strange speech pattern thingy going on.

Good Lord, I loved that song.

So, tonight, while I was making dinner/playing Winnie-the-Pooh CandyLand with Baby Monkey…

…I spontaneously burst into my full-blown, Alicia Bridges impersonation.

Which caused Baby Monkey to put down his game pieces, look at me, and make this face:

He makes that face at me a lot.

Apparently, I do much that is not to be believed.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love my music from the 80’s.


As a girl who was born in 1972, I’ve got a love for the 70’s.

And goodness…do I love the nightlife.

What about you?  Any guilty pleasure 70’s songs you can’t help but belt out when the urge hits?

Share it with us in the comments!

March 14, 2010

Stormy Night

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 8:22 pm
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Last night was a stormy night.

I love a stormy night.

I realize that it would have been a lot more catchy to quote Eddie Rabbit here, but it wasn’t just a rainy night.

It was a stormy night.

Raise your hand if you got the Eddie Rabbit reference.



If not, go look it up on YouTube and listen to the song. 

An all time favorite.

The name?

Uh, duh!

“I Love a Rainy Night.”

But, I digress.

So, it was a stormy night.

Howling wind.

Rain pelting the house.

Having to go out and rescue the recycling bin and garbage cans twice before we thought to put them in the garage where they wouldn’t blow away.

Here are a few shots of our little stream which is usually low enough for us to step across on the stones that lay at the bottom.

We all snuggled up, warm and safe, inside and listened to the storm rage outside and just enjoyed each other.

This morning, we drove around and surveyed the damage and were grateful that we didn’t have trees that fell on our homes or cars as many did. 

That we have a house where the basement stays dry and doesn’t fill with water.

That we didn’t lose power.

Ah, forget it…

Here ya go…

Eddie Rabbitt – 1980

Well I love a rainy night
Well I love a rainy night
I love to hear the thunder
Watch the lightning
When it lights up the sky
You know it makes me feel good

Well I love a rainy night
It’s such a beautiful sight
I love to feel the rain
On my face
To taste the rain on my lips
In the moonlight shadow

Showers wash
All my cares away
I wake up to a sunny day
‘Cause I love a rainy night
Yes I love a rainy night
Well I love a rainy night
Well I love a rainy night

Well I love a rainy night
Well I love a rainy night
I love to hear the thunder
Watch the lightning
When it lights up the sky
You know it makes me feel good

Puts a song
In this heart of mine
Puts a smile on my face every time
‘Cause I love a rainy night
Yes I love a rainy night
Ooh I love a rainy night
Yeah I love a rainy night

Showers wash
All my cares away
I wake up to a sunny day
‘Cause I love a rainy night
Yes I love a rainy night
Well I love a rainy night
Well I love a rainy night

March 13, 2010

Rainy Weekend

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 3:49 pm
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Sure, there are downsides to rainy weekends.

The St. Patrick’s Day parade was cancelled.

Our stream is about to overlflow and flood the yard and the street.

However, we’re all still in our jammies.

I got to make egg and cheese sandwiches for everyone’s breakfast.

I get to look at this, all day.

There are impromptu naps.

Lots of games are being played.

Love the sun, but sometimes, the rain does more than help the flowers grow.

March 11, 2010

Spring is Here

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March 10, 2010

Days End

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 9:14 pm
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It’s been a busy week.

Aside from my regular work, I taught a course for our Professional Development Academy, Baby Monkey battled a stomach bug that he then passed on to Real Man, and I had to finalize housing 98 college students who are coming to town to play a concert from my alma mater, The College of Wooster, in Wooster, Ohio.

And it’s only Wednesday.

Here’s the good news.

It’s been a beautiful week.

The monkeys have been able to play outside in the warm, albeit muddy, yard.

I’m feeling better every day.

The course I taught went well, and I was really impressed with the teachers who attended.

Real Man’s bout with the stomach bug was short lived, and no one else is showing signs of having caught it from him.

Every night, after the boys go to bed, while Real Man checks our stocks and his e-mail, Monkey Girl sits on my bed with me, and reads a book.

This week, she took out from the library a series of books called “Tales of…”  Tonight, she read tales of India.  Last night it was China.  Who knows what tomorrow will be?

She reads and giggles and asks how to pronounce things and reads passages out loud that she thinks are interesting.

She is pure delight and makes a long week more than bearable.

Love her.

March 8, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:16 pm

Ted is the man who works tirelessly to create the Playbill for our Spring Musical every year.

He takes hundreds and hundreds of photos during our rehearsals, and then, after the Saturday night show, at the cast party, he puts them all out for the students to take.

Thankfully, he takes out all of the pictures of the directors BEFORE putting them out for the kids.

Otherwise, we believe there would be dartboards with our faces on them all over town.

Directing the play can be…intense.

Anyway, as I looked through the photos of myself, on Saturday night, I was able to do a little self-reflection.

I love being the musical director of the play.

I honestly do.

I enjoy watching it all come together, and am always moved to tears, the night of the show, as I sit in the pit, with the band, and mouth the words to every song, just in case someone forgets or needs a cue for a musical entrance.

Yet, to look at these pictures, it’s hard to imagine that the kids hug me after the show.

Actually, looking at these pictures, it’s hard to imagine that anyone would ever want to hug me.

Here I am, probably singing the song the way I want it to be sung.

Apparently, the way I want it to be sung is “seriously.”

Here’s another one.

Apparently, I am teaching “the crane” move. (Yes, someone actually did the crane, from the Karate Kid, in the play)

However, it’s the “serious crane.”

I have mentioned before how much I enjoy playing the piano.

Can’t you tell?

And here…teaching a song.

My guess is I was teaching “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”

Or not.

Finally, there’s this:

Playing and singing together.


So, here’s the self-reflection:

The kids know I’m enjoying myself when I jump around like a loon, in an effort to get them to loosen up.

However, I think more of my time is spent in these activities, and I’m concerned that this is what I look like most of the time.

I look at the pictures and know that I’m concentrating.

I worry that the kids might see these faces and think that I’m angry or not enjoying myself.

So, next year, I’ll need to make an effort to pay closer attention to my expression.

The kids should know how much I love working on the play, and how much I enjoy them.

My second piece of self-reflection is that if Ted took these photos on different days, I wear this outfit waaaaay too often.

Sick Guy

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 10:42 am

My monkeys don’t usually get sick.

They are pretty healthy kids.

Yet, when they do get sick?

It’s pretty pathetic.

So, today will be filled with snuggles, dry food, and lots and lots of love.

March 7, 2010

Not My Usual Modus Operandi

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:18 pm

Yes, I have a “Real Food” page, where I have listed the recipes that we usually eat around here.

However, I have also started that page with the disclaimer that I’m not much of a gourmet.

Our usual fare is pretty tame.

Tonight, though, I created…

a masterpiece.

At this point, you are probably imagining filet mignon or something fancy.

It was mac and cheese.

But, better.

So, pardon me for hijacking my own blog, but this is too good not to share, right here on the main page.

In a saucepan, melt 1/4 stick of butter.

Finely chop a few cloves of garlic and add to the butter.

Add 1/2 cup of chicken stock/broth

Add 2 cups milk

When that comes to a boil, lower heat and add almost a whole block of sharp cheddar cheese, diced

When the cheese is completely melted in, add to 1 pound of cooked pasta (we used elbow…Rachel Ray used whole wheat penne)

Add cooked broccoli florets

Put in a greased casserole dish

Sprinkle the top with the remainder of the cheddar, shredded and a handful of flavored bread crumbs

Cook at 350 in the oven for about 15 minutes, just to brown the top


Even Real Man had seconds and he is not a mac and cheese fan.

I just thought it was a nice twist on a fairly plain meal.


Small Kindnesses

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 3:58 pm

I resumed teaching piano lessons yesterday and started with the two sisters who come to the house.

When their mom pulled up to pick them up, she said that she hoped I was feeling better, and handed me this plate.

I’m not sure you get the entire feeling for how big these are.

Let’s try something else.

Here is Baby Monkey holding a strawberry.  He’s four, and a big kid.

Needless to say, they were delicious!

Small kindnesses are wonderful.

Tomorrow, I’ll pay it forward.

You Get What You Pay For

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 3:51 pm
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So, Real Man and I have a tv in the bedroom.

We’ve had this tv for years, and while it works, it is small.

Real Man is not a fan of having a tv in the bedroom.

I’m so tired at night, I hate watching on the couch, falling asleep, having to rouse myself, head to the bedroom, then try to fall back to sleep.

So, we often watch in the bedroom.

Real Man found a deal on a 40″ flat screen Sony Bravia.

When I say deal, believe me, I mean DEAL! (More than 1/2 off)

So, it was delivered on Friday, and when I got home from the play on Friday night, it was all set up.

We settled in to watch the last episode of Season 1 of Battlestar Galactica and it was beautiful.

For 5 minutes.

Then, this happened.

Do you see them?

Those, those…lines???

It’s like anyone who appears on the left-hand side of the screen is in jail!

Needless to say, we were on the phone with Sony immediately and they are sending a new one.


Were we unhappy?

You betcha.

Do I continue to watch, even with the lines, until the other one comes?

You betcha.

Can’t help but wonder if sometimes, you really do get what you pay for.

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