Friday, March 24, 2023

Saturday 9: Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head


Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head

Saturday 9: Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) In this week's song, BJ Thomas sings that he knows it won't be long until he finds happiness. What are you looking forward to today? What's going to make you smile?  I am filling this out on Thursday night, but I am looking forward to seeing my mom tomorrow (Friday) and I am picking up Josh from work so she can see him too.  I am also looking forward to sleeping in a little this weekend.

2) BJ Thomas met his wife Gloria at a bar. She was there with his drummer, but BJ let his friend know he felt a connection to Gloria and was going to drive her home. BJ and Gloria were married for 50 years, until his death. Have you and a friend ever found yourselves attracted to the same person? If yes, how did you handle it?  no
3) This song is from Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, which has been called "the most entertaining Western ever made." Do you enjoy Westerns?  I like them.

4) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is one of the most popular movies Paul Newman made, but he liked to say his "favorite role is philanthropist." He raised an amazing $500 million for children's charities through his Newman's Own brand. The most popular Newman's Own product is salad dressing. What flavor of salad dressing would we find in your kitchen right now? Ranch
5) Burt Bacharach won the first of his three Oscars for this song. Yet 20th Century Fox originally wanted to cut the song from the movie, maintaining that that song and the famous "bicycle sequence" between Paul Newman and Katharine Ross were anachronistic and made the movie too long. Burt and the movie's director George Roy Hill fought for it, insisting that it helped define the optimistic character of Butch. Tell us about a time you were glad you stood your ground.

6) Edith Head also won an Oscar for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. She said that Robert Redford, who played Sundance, presented a wardrobe problem. His jawline is too strong so she had to create special wider-brimmed hats to balance it. If you could magically change one of your physical features, which would you choose? And which feature would you never change?  I would want to be thin get rid of my belly fat.  I would want to keep my eyes.  I like my smile too.  I had a student tell me this week that he liked it when I smiled at him.  My students are 5 years old.  Precious. :)

7) In 1969, when this song was a hit, The Beatles played their last concert on the roof of Abbey Road Studios. When did you last climb onto the roof?  I have never been on the roof of my house.  I think I have only been on part of one roof.  I went to visit a friend at college one time and you could climb out on their roof, so I did that.

8) Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries sold at a brisk pace at Christmastime 1969. They're still popular today. Were you a fan?  I have never read those.

9) Random question: Do you consider yourself old fashioned?  maybe a little, but my son Josh is old fashioned. :)  I think that is so cool.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Tuesday 4 Meme- Spring



Hello and  welcome back to Toni Taddeo's Tuesday 4.

1. Spring cleaning is a very old tradition.  Some say it began with Passover and removing leaven from the home and the fact that windows begin to be thrown open.  What Spring cleaning do you do?  I do my deep cleaning when I get out of school in May, so the Spring cleaning is the same as always with exception to the lawn.  We start picking up sticks and rocks, sweep, run the leaf blower and start mowing.  Then once school is out, I start doing more cleaning where I am throwing things away.

2. Does daylight saving time make any difference in your life for good or bad?  This year it made me really tired.  It never has before.  I love having the longer days once the time changes.  I think the more sunlight I get, the happier I am.

3. Do you have a spring reading/watch list or perhaps a 'to do' list?  I read a lot during Spring Break.  I did have a list of books.  Now, I will start planning for summer, which will include more romance books...lighter reading.

4. The "peepers" are back here by the water. There are thousands of this itty bitty frogs(the size of a finger nail) peeping like loud birds.

What signs of spring are showing up in your neck of the woods and what Spring flower is your favorite to see blooming?  We have had daffodils and crocus bloom already and the trees are starting to get tiny leaf buds.  This is a nice time of Spring...the mosquitoes are not back yet.  They start showing up in May and that is when I have to stay inside.

Friday, March 17, 2023

Saturday 9: The Rocky Road to Dublin



Saturday 9: The Rocky Road to Dublin (2008)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song is about a young man who leaves home to seek his fortune. How old were you when you first moved out on your own?  I was 17, just starting college.  I turned 18 in September, but school started in August.  I lived in the dorms that year.

2) He leaps onto a ship but the captain makes him sleep in the hold with pigs. Have you ever taken a cruise? (If so, we hope you had better accommodations.)  I have never been on a cruise.
3) This recording of the song is by The High Kings. Well established in Ireland, their career reached new heights in March 2012. Right after playing for the Lord Mayor of London's St. Patrick's Day celebration, they flew to Washington to perform for President Obama at the White House St. Patrick's Day concert. Tell us about a time when you were so happy, you had to pinch yourself to make sure you weren't dreaming.  When I became a mom, when I got my teaching job, when I got married, graduation from college.  The big moments in my life.
4) This song was chosen because Friday was St. Patrick's Day. Do you celebrate this holiday?  Not really.  If I am going to be out, I will try to wear green.
5) Leprechauns are a symbol of St. Patrick's Day. These small Irish fairies are said to live in the forest, guarding their gold. Do you often wear gold?  Not really.

6) McDonald's has made Shamrock Shakes a St. Patrick's Day tradition. McDonald's began adding the drive-thru window to their restaurants in the 1970s. Would you rather order from the restaurant counter or the drive-thru?  I like the drive thru for fast food.

7) A four-leaf clover is considered good luck. Do you have a lucky charm?  I don't think so.
8) Thinking of Lucky Charms, they are magically delicious. What breakfast cereal is in your kitchen right now?  I don't think we have any cereal.
9) Random question: Think of your upcoming week. Which day will be the busiest?  It looks like Thursday may be my busy day.  We are meeting for Pre-K graduation.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Tuesday 4 Meme- Saint Patrick


Saint Patrick

 It's time once again for Toni Taddeo's Tuesday 4.

Since Saint Patrick's Day is March 17 it might be nice to talk about it.

1. Do you celebrate the day and is it more secular or religious for you?  I wear green, but that is about it.

2. Americans eat corned beef and cabbage but it's not traditional in Ireland at all.   In my  house its Colcannon and Beef Stew or Cottage pie (shepherds pie made with beef instead of lamb).. which is more realistic and far less salty.  Do you make special meals for holidays?  What will you make for St. Patrick's Day?  I make special meals for some holidays, but not St. Patrick's Day.

3.  Do you have much green in your wardrobe? Does the color look good on you?  Not really.  It was my favorite color in college and I had a lot of Hunter Green clothes/shoes/coats...but I do not have much green now at all.

4. In school we put up giant green shamrocks and Leprechauns. We made green paper chains to decorate our classrooms.  What do you do to decorate?  I do not decorate my house at all.  The kids made shamrocks at school and they are hanging in the hall.

Friday, March 3, 2023

Saturday 9: Wagon Wheel


Wagon Wheel

Saturday 9: Wagon Wheel (2013)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This week, Darius Rucker sings about hitching a ride to reach his lady love. Have you ever thumbed a ride?  no, that has always been scary to me.
2) Along the way, he loses his money in a poker game. Successful poker players are good at bluffing, or misleading others about about their cards. Are you good at bluffing, whether at cards or in life?  not at all.
3) Darius began has career as the lead singer of 90s soft-rock band Hootie and the Blowfish. Today he's a country singer. Let's say you're stuck in traffic and only one radio station comes in clearly. Would you prefer it play soft rock or country?  soft rock
4) Darius Rucker will be on tour throughout 2023, playing dates all over the country and making a couple stops in Cancun. Have you ever visited Mexico? If so, where did you go?  no

5) Darius has lent his talents to fundraising for The First Tee, a non-profit that teaches children "life lessons, self-confidence, and resilience through golf." Did you participate in organized sports as a youngster? If yes, what did you play?  I was in track and cheerleading

6) A big sports fan, he has six TVs in his home so he can watch several games at once. His largest set is 70". When it comes to TV screens, do you believe bigger is better? Or are you just as comfortable watching from your laptop or phone?  I like to watch on a big screen.  I will watch on my phone if I have to, but I do not like it.  My son is totally fine with watching shows on his phone.
7) In 2013, when "Wagon Wheel" was popular, fans were flocking to the movie theater to see Catching Fire, the second in the Hunger Games series. Are you a Hunger Games fan?  yes

8) Also in 2013, the word "selfie" was added to the Oxford Dictionary. Do you take a lot of selfies?  hardly ever
9) Random question: If we paid you $5,000, would you get Saturday 9 tattooed on your right forearm?  no, I have zero tattoos and I am good with that.

We got our classrooms moved over to the intermediate school (I am sharing a room with the other pre-K teacher).  The classroom is nice and the staff have been great there.  I have managed our schedule so we do not have recess at the same time.  That way we are able to get some real teaching in during those times.  It has worked out ok.  We have one week down.  Next week I have a teacher conference in Lake of the Ozarks called Young Years.  There will be children's authors there and sessions on a lot of different topics.  Then Spring Break.  I am looking forward to some rest.  I will not get home until late next Saturday (the conference is 4 days) I will see you all the following week.