Posted: December 5, 2008 in Bring the funny, Calvin, insomnia, Music, Video

1iconcalvinkissgirlhandIt’s 4:30 in the morning and I’ve been up for an hour. I’m now on the couch in the living room, drinking too-weak tea (I didn’t let it steep long enough – I was cold and wanted to get under the blanket), with Zoe at my side. Oz just jumped up a minute ago to say hi, got in Zoe’s bubble space to do so, and she didn’t hiss.

That, my friends, is progress.

I only got a few hours of sleep – Calvin and I went to bed at about 10:30, but then lay there talking and giggling like teenagers for another hour before we finally fell asleep. It’s a wonderful, glorious thing to fall asleep while laughing.

We’d been talking about our ex’s, and how Calvin still has unanswered questions and would like to be able to get the real truth out of his ex’s head. He said he kind of wished she had a blog like I have, so that he could read what was really going on in her head. We had the following exchange:

Laura – “So, would you like her to have written a whole saga like I did?”
Calvin – “Well, yeah. I think it would have been… I don’t know…”
Laura – “Cathartic?”
Calvin – “Well, I was thinking more like, you know, medicinal.”
Laura – :: blink ::

Heh. You know he says things like this on purpose, don’t you, just so I have things to write about?

Prior to turning out the lights, Calvin had spent a good half-hour scouring the internet for a replacement starfish necklace. He couldn’t find the exact place we went to on-line, so he said, “Oh well, we’ll just have to go back! Darn!”

I love that man.


This song is stuck in my head, and has been for a week. It’s on Rock Band 2, and I have to say that vocally, I TOTALLY KICK THIS SONG’S ASS. Which is saying a lot, because the difficulty meter is pegged on this one. (Also, Calvin is awesome on the guitar. Must give him his props.)

Other songs I kick ass on: Faith No More’s “Epic”, Fallout Boy’s “Arms Race”, and Boston’s “More Than A Feeling.” Songs I don’t kick ass on: any Judas Priest. Just can’t get my voice wrapped around ’em.


Hah, now to change the musical mood ENTIRELY. PBS is running their regular funds drive right now, and they had on the “Yanni – Voices” special last night. Calvin and I are big fans of Yanni, and I LOVE what I’ve seen and heard from this project so far. He took his existing instrumental songs and added lyrics to them, then got these four VERY talented young singers to accompany. He’s touring next year and you can REST ASSURED we will be hooking ourselves up with tickets.

Just LISTEN to this tenor, Nathan Pacheco. I LOVE TENORS.

What this video doesn’t show is the pure joy that is evident on this man’s face as he sings.

Le sigh.

He also does a very lovely duet with another member of their quartet, Chloe:


Okay, I’m going to go surf the web for the next hour and a half, before I have to start getting ready for work. I foresee a nap in my future. I’m a bit psychic, you know.

  1. angelcel says:

    Hey, good morning! Now usually, because of time differences, I’m near the end of the line when commenting. Now, because I’m on your side of The Pond, and I’m a ridiculously early riser, I might just be the first. Wayhay! (‘Little things amuse small minds’).

    I know a site that has, or at least had, a few starfish design necklaces in silver. I’ll send you the link if you like … but I do think you should go back there anyway!

  2. Taoist Biker says:

    I am SO CLOSE to nailing 5 gold stars on “More Than A Feeling” on Expert drums. I love to play that song, and my little goofs are pissing me off!

    “Epic,” while I love the song, blows goats on drums. I just can’t seem to get it together.

    “Inside the Fire” on Hard = I rule. I mosh while playing. Demon-angels get their wings.
    “Inside the Fire” on Expert = I fail. “DAMN THIS CHORUS, I NEED A DOUBLE-BASS PEDAL!!!!”

  3. Kim says:

    You were up at 4:30? You should’ve called me, I was awake and on the computer too! Except wait – 4:30 your time would be *counting fingers*…7:30 my time. I had gone back to bed by then. Nevermind.
    Insomniacs of the world unite!
    Bad Spellers of the world UNTIE!

  4. Heather says:

    Calvin would just get mad if she kept a journal because he wouldn’t be able to censor it first! 😉

  5. Heather says:

    Censor “The Story of THEM”, is what I meant. Not the entire journal. Oh…YOU know what I mean. 😉

  6. Laura says:

    Jayne – Really? Where are you at?

    TB – Do they make a double bass pedal for Rock Band?

    Kim – Heh, and then you would have been mad that I woke you up!

    Heather – Erm. Uh-kay. For the record, though, he doesn’t censor me, he just adds his two cents or otherwise asks me not to post too-personal things.

  7. Calvin says:

    I guess by true definition I do censor some stuff just because this is a PG blog and I know some folks and family members who read would be disturbed by all the details.
    And as far as “The Story of THEM” goes there would be nothing to censor while I’m not proud of allot of stuff with my ex I would always be completely honest about everything as it might help someone else figure it out sooner than I did with less mistakes.
    I’m sure lots of people would love to have the power to ask certain people specific questions and those people would have to answer and do so truthfully.
    I have suggested that she start a XXX blog and password protect it giving the password only on request and with warning that you may be offended by what you read or see.
    The pics and avi’s sure would be interesting.

  8. Heather says:


    But I know Laura will throw something at me or raspberry in my general direction.

    Calvin needs to start his own XXX blog. I have a friend that did porn for a while and that was just…weird. So I can’t say I would look. Ha! 😉

  9. Taoist Biker says:

    Uh, yeah, so how do you ask your friend-who-does-porn if they had a good day at the office?

    Damn, this conversation would be SO MUCH MORE FUN on a XXX-blog, hehehehe. I have my Gutter Surfing badge on my scout uniform, after all.

    Anyways, Laura, the add-on kick pedal I bought for RB (Rhythm Maker is the name, I think?) has a place where you can plug in another pedal in series and double them up. I think if I had another one like it, it would work great. As-is, I can plug in the original RB pedal…but the real problem is that as long as one pedal is down, the circuit is closed and the game detects “pedal down.”

    And the original pedal fires so high in its range of motion that you really can’t get any speed on it – the game just gets to a point at which it’s just constantly detecting “pedal down” and not the fact that you’re bouncing them back and forth. It reaches this point at a speed so slow that it’s actually faster for me to double-hit on one drum – I only use the double-bass on a song with a long series of fairly slow kick drum hits, like the middle of “My Sharona” or “Ride the Lightning” or something.

    Now I’m realizing I should have saved all the RB stuff for an email and not bored the shit out of everybody else, but I’m too lazy to cut and paste it, so y’all can suck it. I’m home for the day with nuttin’ to do but play Xbox and drink bourbon, so I think I’ll crank up the RB right now! woohoo!

  10. […] By iamheatherjo My poor Laura reminded me of something […]

  11. Lana says:

    that chole chick looks like a bratz doll… sorry it was there I had to say it !!! =)

  12. angelcel says:

    Hey Laura…we’re down in Naples, Fla. …Currently sitting by the pool in the sunshine, and considering it’s hovering around 40 degrees back home, feeling like I’ve died and gone to heaven!

  13. Laura says:

    Calvin – Darling, why don’t YOU start up an ex-ex-ex blog? You’ve got the imagination for it! I promise I’ll spell check you.

    Heather – Oh, just say it! 😀

    TB – Now what would THAT merit badge look like, I wonder? Also, LAWS. I’m so novice on the drums that what you just talked about just makes me anxious. My ego can’t stand to be boo’ed off stage. My little feelings get all hurty.

    Lana – Huh! You’re right, she does!

    Jayne – Lovely!!! Are you going to do the tourist thing and hit the Disney parks while you’re there?

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