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Our Low Key Weekend That Surprised Us With a Major Accomplishment ;-)

September 25, 2017

This weekend was the type of weekend we all yearn for from time-to-time.  We had very little scheduled, except for one t-ball game.  But, despite an excessive amount of lounging about, we were able to get one very major thing accomplished.

And that ‘thing’ snuck up on us quite unexpectedly.

We were sitting and eating lunch at home, while listening to tunes on the Jawbone player via my husband’s phone.  Out of the blue, each of the children selected the song that will play as they emerge from the bull pen or as they come up to bat in professional baseball.

Bam.

Amazing right?!

While it is not yet clear what team each one will play for, we are pretty pleased they’ve sifted through enough songs to state with confidence what song will play in fifteen or twenty years or so to signify they are coming onto the baseball field.  Here are their choices.

Drum roll please.

Our oldest son chose “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns and Roses.

Our daughter picked “Let it Go” from Frozen.

And, our youngest son landed on “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus.

To think I had no idea this would happen when I woke up on Sunday morning!

I feel it necessary to explain that we try to offer a diverse array of music to our children, which even includes Vivaldi.  And, we listen to the radio in the car as well, so that we can stay current in various genres of music.  As you know, when listening to the radio, you have no control over what song comes on and how attached to it your child might become.

I just felt like I needed to put that out there.  You know.  Because of the Guns and Roses choice. 😉

In any case, what the latter two choices lack in intimidation, they make up for in originality.  I am pretty sure no professional baseball player has ever emerged to “Let it Go” or “Party in the USA.”

Those two songs will surely cause great confusion to the opposing team, making them think the player at the mound or at bat is weak.  They will snigger and let down their guard, which will naturally lead to the success of our offspring in their professional baseball careers.

I’m so glad we have all of that figured out.  It’s taken a little bit of pressure off of the future and my retirement planning. 🙂

Aside from accomplishing this great feat, we did do a few other things over the weekend.

The children set up an art sale again.  Our little rental is on a very quiet culdesac so unlike last time, they didn’t get a single customer.

Low Key Weekend Art for Sale

Art Sale on the WeekendWe checked on the house a couple of times.  It is progressing nicely.  I keep hoping we will be in by Christmas, after all it just needs a few doors – right?

Front Door - Weekend

We had the seawall repaired at the beach and it looks amazing!  Batman himself came out to help us comb the sand and get everything even again after parts of the beach washed out from heavy rains a few weeks ago.

Batman Hits the Beach - Weekend

Batman Beachcomber - WeekendIn football news, we wrapped up Sunday watching the Green Bay Packers beat the Cincinnati Bengals, who are also known as the Cinnamon Bagels according to my eldest.  And, this is what indoctrination looks like.

Packers Fans - WeekendThe Packers won in overtime led by Aaron Rodgers, who has the worst record in the NFL for overtime wins.  Until last night he had never won a game in overtime!

And, that was a wrap on the weekend.  We are back to bed early and up before dawn for school and looking forward to the next weekend!

Journey on and while you are out there journeying about, you might appreciate this little tidbit about the history of a compass and how it works.

XO,
Melissa


A Compass

Prior to the invention of the compass, navigators and explorers referenced the stars and landmarks in order to navigate the world.  The ancient Chinese were the first to utilize early origins of the compasses we know today.  They floated magnetic needles in bowls of water.  The needles were magnetized by stroking them with lodestone, which is naturally magnetized.

A compass works by sensing the magnetic field that is produced by the Earth’s core.  In reality, the magnetic field is weak on the surface of the Earth, so in order for the magnetic field to affect the compass the compass must be light and have an almost frictionless bearing.

The magnetic fields of the Earth have been known about for a very long time.  The ancient Greeks knew of them, but didn’t quite understand them.  Christopher Columbus used a magnetic compass on his journey across the sea.  And, in 1600 the physician to Queen Elizabeth I of England proposed that the Earth was a giant magnet.  It turns out he was right.

Of course, these days we have satellites and Global Positioning Systems (GPS), but it never hurts to keep an old-fashioned compass around.  You never know when you might need it!

 

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