Mundane Monday Moring Music: Salt ‘N Peppa – “Shoop”

Hey Readers!

It’s been a while since I have shared a MMMM post. My life has become hectic since the VP of Cuteness started school this fall. The landscape of the blogisphere has changed for me, so I have had to learn to adjust. I  know it is a bit late for it this morning, but I would have been sad if I did not share one this week!

Bundled up in my favourite blanket while I clack away on my laptop, I felt I needed a song that will help me move around and get warm. I decided to go back to my teen years for a fun song that always made me dance and sing along. This week’s MMMM pick is “Snoop” by Salt N’ Peppa. This song is peppy, fun, and has a lick that will stay in my head all day! I need a fun song like this to get me though the rest of the tasks of my day, and a bit of nostalgic memories with my friends also helps make my day brighter.

I hope that “Snoop” get you dancing in your chair and makes your day brighter on this mundane Monday morning!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese

Mundane Monday Morning Music: Lil’ Bow Wow / Kurtis Blow – ”Basketball”

Mornin’ Readers!

I know, I took a week off! Last week I was celebrating a Long Weekend, so I was kicking up my feet and running away from being too connected to my laptop! It was a needed rest, and it was great to get away from the city for a few days with my family in the country.

Now that it is Monday morning and back to the status quo, I need to be motivated to get my butt in gear and get moving! I have my usual duties to get through, as well as a milestone birthday to plan for my other half. This week’s pick was inspired my by eldest and her love for just about anything basketball related, so during one of our ”music appreciation” classes, I introduced her to the Space Jam soundtrack. It was a favourite of mine when during my teen years.

We then watched Lil Bow Wow video ”Basketball” and I knew I had to use it as a pick for a MMMM feature before the summer ended. This song is so much fun! I love this song on my workout mix because it the beat is awesome and catchy. This video is also nostalgic because it is taken from the iconic Kurtis Blow song of the same name 20 years later. I had to include his video in this post as well because of the memories it brought back, and, well, it’s such a fun video to watch!

Though you may not be inspired to pick up a basketball and start hoopin, it up today, I hope ”Basketball” helps to get you fired up and motivated on this mundane Monday morning!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese

Mundane Monday Morning: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – “Parents Just Don’t Understand”

Mornin’ Readers!

This morning was an early one after a long night of constant interruptions. My other half came home late since it is the beginning of my annual “flying solo mission,” then two of the “Bosses” kept waking up until I decided that it was a sign to just bite the bullet and start my day.

I was ready curl up for a cat nap when I was reminded of my shopping excursion with the eldest of the Bosses a few days ago. Since she is graduating from the eighth grade in a few days, I had to get her some somewhat dressier clothing to wear. I usually enjoy a good shopping trip, but when it comes to dressy clothing, this indulgence turns quickly into an exercise of patience (I’ll explain more in another post soon). It also inspired my MMMM pick for the week. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s “Parents Just Don’t Understand” popped into my head as soon as we started to disagree about the pants she was going to wear. It has to be the most memorable line in the  be the song where Will Smith raps about how he and his mom are talking about his clothes:

I said, “Mom, what are you doing, you’re ruining my rep”
She said, “You’re only sixteen, you don’t have a rep yet”
I said, “Mom, let’s put these clothes back, please”
She said “no, you go to school to learn not for a fashion show!”

Though my daughter is not sixteen yet (she’s thirteen), and these clothes may not have been for school, our conversation went down in this similar fashion. I also had many a disagreement like this with my mom where clothing was concerned, and it was weird (and funny) to finally be on the flip side of the conversation and understand (yet still do not agree with) my mom’s point of view.

Besides the flashbacks and nostalgia, “Parents Just Don’t Understand” is such a fun song to wake up to and to make Monday mornings a little bit sunnier. It is really funny, the beat is fun and will get stuck in your head, and you’ll be smiling while it replays over and over in your head because you can relate to one aspect of this song or another.

I hope that “Parents Just Don’t Understand” brings back memories of your childhood (or adulthood), and makes you smile on this mundane Monday morning!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese

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Mundane Monday Morning Music: Madonna – “Vogue”

Mornin’ Readers!

It’s been a bit of a mixed bag of good and bad this morning. I got my initial tasks crossed off of my “To-Do” list, but there have just been little things that seem to pop up that keep setting me back. It has made it hard to gauge which way my morning is going today.

Even picking this morning’s MMMM song has been a fickle task. I originally had a tune I thought was going to be great this morning, but it didn’t pan out that way. It took me a while to choose today’s pick. I wanted to pop into the 80s for some nostalgic music, and I eventually decided to go with some Madonna music. I wanted to go with “Holiday,” but I have already used this song already, so I had to move things up about a decade for today’s pick. I went with “Vogue.” This song always brings back memories of my friend from middle school who was a huge Madonna fan. She LOVED this song, and it became burned into my memory. “Vogue” is also one of the ultimate dance songs, so it is greatly needed to get me going this morning! Besides, how can you resist doing the choreography along with Madonna in this video?!

I hope “Vogue” gets you on your dance floor, and to some great memories to make your mundane Monday morning off to a great start!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese

Mundane Monday Morning Music: Brandy and Monica – “The Boy is Mine”

Mornin’ Readers!

We have (finally) hit June, yet the weather is still trying to decide whether summer is on its way or if cold temperatures will be the norm for a while longer. As I started working at the Blinky the Computer this morning, I had to wrap myself up in a comforter with a few extra layers of clothing for warmth. I just can’t wait for summer to arrive! I LOVE the sun and the heat!

I decided I needed a fun song this morning that I can move to to get my blood going. I turned to my late high school days for for inspiration to choose today’s MMMM pick. Brandy and Monica’s duet, “The Boy is Mine” has to be one of my favourite songs from my youth, and I still love belting out this tune! Back in my day, my girls and I chose sides, being on Team Brandy or Team Monica (I was, and still am Team Monica) singing this song together while we jokingly fueled the “rivalry” between these two singers. Nowadays, I still love dancing and singing this song, and it really helped to shake off the chills that the cool weather brought with it today! In my head, summer officially starts today!

I hope that “The Boy Is Mine” gets you singing and dancing, brings back fond memories, helps to make new memories and makes summer seem that much closer for you on this mundane (and chilly) Monday morning!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese

Mundane Monday Morning Music: Cyndi Lauper: “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”

Mornin’ Readers!

After my whirlwind weekend at the BConnected Conference here in the national capital region of Canada, I am bushed! I was energized by the sessions and the Wine and Cheese Networking Party, but you do loose some energy taking in all of information and fun!

Another fun part of this past weekend was the After Party by some of the bloggers of this conference (Thanks Ann and Kristen!). It made the weekend even more fun and memorable! This party also helped to inspire this week’s MMMM pick. I chose Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.” Nothing says party time more than snacks, candy, “party drinks,” and playing Cards Against Humanity with Hello Kitty paraphernalia and glitter! The ladies and the conference’s webmaster (the lone male in the room for most of the night) had so much fun laughing and chatting away throughout the night. It was an experience I will not forget and I am glad I was invited to be a part of the fun! This song really captures the spirit of that night!

I hope that “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” helps you to stir up fun memories of times gone by with great friends! If it doesn’t, then it is also a great song to belt out at the top of your lungs!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese

Mundane Monday Morning Music: The Go-Go’s – “Our Lips Are Sealed”

Mornin’ Readers!

It’s been another rocky start this morning as we all had a late start after a fab weekend (doesn’t this always happened after having a great time?). All three “bosses” slept in, and I planned on a “before the crack of dawn” myself…that all went according to plan when I woke up and the sun was up! It also does not help that it is the first rainy day in about a week today (yeah, rain is always a great motivator to want to get work done)   😦

After clickity clacking my fingers at top speed, I am now (somewhat) caught up with my morning tasks. Luckily chose my MMMM pick this weekend while getting some chores done around the homestead. While dancing around to some tunes from my youth, I heard a song I haven’t heard in a while.  It was The Go-Go’s “Our Lips Are Sealed.” It got me singing (making the bosses question my job security) and having a great time while doing things I’d rather not do during a gorgeous Saturday morning. It also brought back some fun memories of putting on mini concerts with my sister where we also were the only ones in attendance.

I hope that “Our Lips Are Sealed” gets you out of the gray clouds and rain and brings back some fun memories on this mundane Monday morning for you!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese

National Siblings Day: Fond Memories and Great Life Lessons

Hey Readers! Today is National Siblings Day, and it got me thinking about my two older siblings and everything we have been through through my lifetime. There are so many memories and lessons that both of my siblings taught me (whether they were aware of it or not), and they make me feel happy that they are in my life. They helped to make this little lady into the woman I am today. Even then, I was tipping my hat to people!

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Here is a pic of the three of us many moons ago! Yes, Mr. T was a big influence on me, Readers! 😛

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My older brother, for the most part, was the main male influence in my life when I was little. He was the oldest and was also the only boy. I felt, at times, that he was a bit lonely, especially since there was a bit of a gap between him and rest of us (he is four years older than my sister and 5 1/2 years older than me). He did what many older siblings did, you know, hog the television when our mom wasn’t watching it, tell us tall tales about why things were the way they were, and use us as guinea pigs for his various “experiments.”

One of my favourite memories has to be when I was about five years-old, and my brother thought he was a gourmet baker. He decided that he would make a cake from cake mix and thought he knew what he was doing. After putting in WAY too many eggs into the mix, resulting in a very gloppy and bubbly mess after he took it out of the oven. Realizing that he shouldn’t be the first to taste his masterpiece, he turned to us to see if the cake tasted okay. let’s just say we let him know just how great his creative cake was with a mess all our own all over our tiny kitchen! Even though my brother did all of these things to my sister and I, there were other things my brother did that helped me learn some great lessons throughout my time at home.

Out of all of us, he was the quiet one, so I learned how to stop blabbing all the time and to try listening once in a while to what others are saying. He also taught us how to play video games and introduced me to the wonderful world of comic books that I still enjoy today. His closet became my closet, too. There were times that he allowed me to borrow his clothes during my tom boyish phase throughout high school. The fact that the jeans I borrowed from him were baggy on him didn’t stop me from sporting the latest fashion trends (they were a waist men’s size 44, and I was lucky enough to be a women’s size 24…yeah, it was fun to keep these babies up!). My brother is a very interesting cat who, for being the quiet one, never gave our home a dull moment and let us know he cares about us in his subtle ways.

This is an even older pic of my big brother. He had to be about four or five years-old here. Like me, he’s camera shy.

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My older sister and I have had an interesting relationship. When we were younger, we had our love-hate moments, but, if push came to shove (you know, fights over clothes and make up), we always could depend on each other. My sister is also a very funny character and there were times that I had to explain certain things to her. There were song lyrics I had to correct for her (ex – “Soap On A Rope” was really “End Of The Road”,) and the many times we played practical jokes on other family members, both at home and on road trips. It took a while for me to realize just how much my big sis really cared about me, and now we are the best of friends.

My sister has and continues to teach me so many life lessons. She plays Devil’s advocate to see things from another point of view. She calms me down and makes me sit on my hands when I get too upset about a situation. She taught me to do things for myself when she knew I could do it on my own. I learned so many fashion tips and tricks from her over the years as a result of plundering her closet time and time again. She taught me to expand my appreciation of music by having to listen to some of her “questionable” choices (some of them have been used in my Mundane Monday Morning Music picks). I continue to learn how to face the unknown without fear as she experienced different situations in her life. Finally, she continues to teach me that life is a crazy adventure, and to have fun along the way, especially when you get lost (as we have on MANY occasions)! She sets such an example for me to try and live up to. I don’t know what I would do without this crazy and clever cat!

I don’t have any pics of her when she was a child. This one I found in an old wallet of mine from high school. She loves the camera, and it loves her, too!

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So there you have it! We have had our ups and downs, but we are siblings and we love each other a bunch. I am raising my “bosses” to love each other and to look out for one another every day. I hope that they have such fond memories of each other as they become adults and giggle at their cute, fun and goofy pics of when they were young like I have today.

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Are you the oldest, the middle or the youngest child? What was the best memory or lesson you were taught by your siblings?

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Mundane Monday Morning Music: Katy Perry – “Firework”

Mornin’ Readers!

Sorry about missing last week’s MMMM. It was a Crunch Week, and by the time I got around to writing it, it was well into the afternoon.It has been a while since I have missed one.

It has been a rough morning after Super Bowl XLIX! I think I indulged too much into junk food, and I’m feeling a bit sluggish today. 😦 Congrats must be given to the New England Patriots for their comeback to win their fourth championship in fourteen years. I was cheering for last year’s champs, the Seattle Seahawks. At least it was not a runaway game like last year, and it was a good one to watch!

This week’s installment of MMMM was inspired by Katy Perry’s performance during this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show. I think it was a good performance. I had fun rockin’ out on my couch to some of her hits, along with Missy Elliot and Lenny Kravitz. It’s been a while since I have enjoyed this portion of the Super Bowl in a while.  My pick this week is Perry’s song, “Firework.” This one has to be one of my favourites that she sings. It’s really high energy, it’s playful and fun, and it’s inspiring! What more can you ask for in a MMMM song?!

I hope that “Firework” helps you be a happier you and gets you through the grind this Monday morning!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese

Year-End Wrap, 2014!

Hey Readers!

It’s almost 2015, so it is only fitting that I do a year-end wrap of everything I loved about Reese Speaks for 2014! It was a really good year, and I am so pleased with what I have accomplished. I have written more posts this year, both for myself and for other blogs/publications than I did this year, and the experiences I had were so interesting and fun.  Here are a few of my fav parts of 2014!

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The Tulip Festival – I wrote quite a few posts this past year, so this has to be the hardest section to pick my favs from! Out of all of the posts I wrote for Reese Speaks, one of my favs had to be about visiting this festival at Dow’s Lake here in Ottawa, ON! I really love going to this festival every year as the varieties of tulips are all so beautiful to look at, and I loved all of the exhibits, statues and entertainment available for festival-goers to take in.  I can’t wait to see what this festival has in store for attendees this coming year!

 

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 Saucy Pork Tenderloin – Out of all of the food I shared with you this year, this recipe for my other half’s Saucy Pork Tenderloin had to be my absolute fav! I dream about this dish! It was juicy, flavourful, and, well, saucy! It’s also easy to make, as I even attempted to make this dish myself last year! It is one that you should try for yourself one night for dinner!

 

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My Encounters of the Y&R Kind – This post was a great one for me to write about because I got to share with you one of my secret passions away from the computer: The Young and the Restless. It is my fav soap, and I have been watching it since I could remember. I also love how the stars of the show like to interact with their fans, and I wrote about how getting into the fab world of social media allows me to get them know them more as people away from their roles.

 

Can you guess which autograph belongs to which actors on Y&R? Guess which one belongs to Eric Braeden? Trust me, it's not a hard one to find! :P

Can you guess which autograph belongs to which actors on Y&R? Guess which one belongs to Eric Braeden? Trust me, it’s not a hard one to find! 😛

 

Fav Experiences

Ottawa’s Italian Week Festival – This is an experience I like to enjoy with my kids every year! I like to spend a day on Preston Street celebrating with other revelers of this festival, watching beautiful cars race by, playing with my kids at the mini amusement park set up for them to enjoy, and enjoying the community come out for events to celebrate their heritage.

 

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Meeting Melody Thomas Scott – This was such a great Ladies’ Day out at the Women’s Show with my friend, Sandy, as Y&R watchers, we got to meet MTS! She was funny and really down to earth. It was so much fun to also talk to other soap lovers while we waited for the show to get started as well as in line to meet the soap icon.  It was a day I will never forget!

 

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Getting Engaged – This has to be put on the highlight reel for my year-end wrap, because, well, it’s a big step in my life! As I said in the post, I’m not too sure as to the ins and outs of this new stage in my life, but it was a surprise from my other half, and one that we can explore together until we take the next step: Marriage!

 

Fav MMMM Picks

Radio Head – “15 Step” – I was never a big Radio Head fan until my other half introduced me to them. Then I fell in love with them instantly! This is one of my fav songs from this group, and off of their In Rainbows album. It is also very different from most of my MMMM picks, which is another reason why I chose this pick as one of my favs this year!

No Doubt – “Underneath It All” – I have loved No Doubt for a long time, and I chose this MMMM pick as one of my favs because it was my fav of the picks that I chose to play for a long weekend to mellow things out, yet still get you in a good mood to start off your day. This is one of my fav songs from this group as well.

Montell Jordan – “This Is How We Do It” – Although this song was also played on a long weekend, I chose this song as one of my favs for two reasons: a) It’s a fab song to get moving to any day of the week, including the Labour Day Long Weekend Monday; and b) it was also my most popular MMMM post this year! What can I say, a lot of people love this song!

 

Fav Christmas Picks

Christmas Movie Picks: Family Edition – Out of all of the television and movie picks I wrote this Christmas season, this one had to be my fav because these were favs of my family that we watched over and over again, not only during this Christmas, but throughout the year as well.

Chuck Berry – “Run, Rudolph, Run” – I chose this MMMM pick that was also a part of my Christmas Hit List because it is a fav with my family, and it is a song that got us all in the Christmas spirit! We listened to this song  A LOT over the past few weeks, and I know will be requested to be heard over and over again during future Christmas seasons!

Mary J. Blige – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” – I will probably have this song played on my Christmas Hit List every year.  I love Mary J. Blige, and her version of this song gets me really excited about Christmas Day.  I try not to play this song too much until a few days before the big day, and when it is played on Christmas Day, it makes me think about all of the good things that have happened throughout the year, and how thankful I am to have the amazing family and friends I have around me.

 

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I Had A Lot Help From My Friends

Okay, Readers, this is a wrap for my Year-End Wrap, 2014! These were some of the bright spots on Reese Speaks this year. My year would not have been as bright if it was not for so many people! My first thanks has to go to you, Readers! A blog, big or small, is supported by those who take the time to read it, and I have to thank you for all of the support you have given me! I also want to thank other bloggers who follow my blog. The blogging community is such a supportive one, and I love how great bloggers can be.  Thank you to the blogs and publications that allowed me to read the stories they share, and to allow me to share on their sites as well! Last, but certainly not least, to my family. These people are not just the people who I am related to (who I love dearly and thanks profusely everyday), but who are my friends who are like family to me.  You have helped me, supported me, listened to me (patiently) when needed to vent, and have made me a better person by allowing me to learn from you. I am eternally grateful to you, and I am humbled to be around. Thank you, whether I’m related to you, engaged to you, or who I have met along this crazy journey of life, for this past year, and the help you have given to my blog.

I wish everyone the best for 2015, and let’s see what experiences I will get to share with you this year at Reese Speaks!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese