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Shuffling Ice Syndrome and Breath of Heaven…

I couldn’t decide which title to use, so I inappropriately used both of them.  Shoot me.  Neither one goes with the other, but I have ADD… give me a break… oh look, a shiny penny!

Now that my favorite season of all the seasons is here full force, which is winter… NOT… I find myself adopting a new mechanism for walking outside… and by walking outside I mean literally in parking lots and/or from the car to the house… not like exercise walking.  You couldn’t pay me 8 billion dollars to get me out woggercising with ice on the ground!  AIN’T HAPPENING!  The reason being?  Almost a year ago to the very day is when I was standing out in the driveway, still as a dead, frozen mouse, when all of a sudden my feet slipped out from underneath me and I broke my right wrist.  What followed was one of the most miserable winters in all of existence… and now… I find myself shuffling like an old lady, approximately 2 feet per hour and grabbing anyone’s arm who happens to be walking near me.  I get anxiety when I think of having to walk on or near ice because ice is deceptive… you think you’re sure footed and before you know it you’re lying on your back seeing drunken dancing sugar plums in front of your eyeballs.

It’s quite entertaining to watch… for everyone but me… and I’ve adopted chanting how much I adore winter (opposite day) and how I’m going to move from winter as soon as I can afford to.  You best believe it.  Save me that shack in Arizona nearest the ocean!  😛   I even dug out the clutz Christmas present I got from my sister one year.  These rubber majiggies that you stretch over the bottom of your shoe that are supposed to provide traction.  I wore them into Kneaders on Saturday evening, got one of the spikes caught in the carpet, tripped, and the thing came flying off my shoe and some poor chic who was trying to eat a sandwich in peace had to stand up and show me where my flying rubber spike had landed.  Thank all that be holy it wasn’t on someone’s eyeball!

I best get over it.  I start classes again on January 6th and I will have to navigate the icy USU campus for at least 4 months.  Meanwhile… who has a spare spike-studded walker I could borrow for 4 months?  😛  Oh, and a Valium.

As for the 2nd title… Merry Christmas this week, friends.  I hope you all get to spend some time with family and friends and get to remember the real reason for the season amidst the Santa parts.  As my gift to you, here’s a practice recording of my Madre and I singing “Breath Of Heaven,” one of my favorite Christmas songs.  Mary’s point of view, but also a prayer we could all use for a trial we may be going through.  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

As a side note… you can ignore in the background the TV being turned full blast because we were too loud.  Story of my life… my family is SO over me singing… moving on, folks… nothing to hear here!   Also, this isn’t meant to be a visual video… since the only thing you get to see is Mary’s stomach… I wasn’t so great at aiming the camera… or remembering the lyrics in the 3rd verse… or… eh well.

I have traveled many moonless nights
Cold and weary with a babe inside
And I wonder what I’ve done
Holy Father, You have come
And chosen me now to carry Your Son

I am waiting in a silent prayer
I am frightened by the load I bear
In a world as cold as stone
Must I walk this path alone?
Be with me now, be with me now

Breath of Heaven, hold me together
Be forever near me, Breath of Heaven
Breath of Heaven, lighten my darkness
Pour over me Your holiness for You are holy
Breath of Heaven

Do you wonder as you watch my face
If a wiser one should have had my place?
But I offer all I am
For the mercy of Your plan
Help me be strong, help me be, help me

Breath of Heaven, hold me together
Be forever near me, Breath of Heaven
Breath of Heaven, lighten my darkness
Pour over me Your holiness for You are holy

Breath of Heaven, hold me together
Be forever near me, breath of Heaven
Breath of Heaven, lighten my darkness
Pour over me Your holiness for You are holy
Breath of Heaven, Breath of Heaven
Breath of Heaven



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Shorties and Mistletoe…

Oh my gadfrey gurney in a box of lame-os (those are Oreos’ lamer cuzzin)!  I’ve been hearing this new “Christmas” song (and I use that word lightly… this ain’t no Christmas song!) on the radio and on television and on my Michael Buble Christmas special (which ended up being semi cheesy when it wasn’t about the music… stick with the music, Buble!)  Anywho, it’s by Bieber Fever who just so happens to have a WHOLE dagnabbed CD of “Christmas” songs… which I will not be buying because a.) I’m not 13 and 2.) I will not be contributing to Christmas songs that have the word “shorty” in them.  Seriously now!?!?!?  If I didn’t know what that word meant (a pet/slang name for a girlfriend), I’d think they were totes degrading short people… short people UNITE!!!  Unfortunately, I’m not one of your people, shorties, but I would volunteer to smoosh anyone via sitting on them who harrasses the shorties of the world… Bieber Fever you’re first in line!!!!   Samplings of the lyrics to this song:

I don’t wanna miss out on the holiday
But I can’t stop staring at your face
I should be playing in the winter snow
But Imma be under the mistletoe

With you, shawty, with you
With you, shawty, with you
With you, under the mistletoe

Excuse me whilst I vomit into my peddle pushers.  I’m a traditionalist, through and through, so when someone writes a new, nonclassic Christmas song, it best be a dagnabbed good song… otherwise, I’m going to hate it and then I’ll make fun of it on my blog.  I am seriously going to be dreaming about shawties tonight, aren’t I?

That said, there have been a handful of recently written, nonclassic Christmas songs that I’ve added to my must-listen-to-Christmas-song list… and that’s what this blog post is dedicated to today… yes, I’m cheating on the top 5 Christmas songs… but add these as top 5 plus a few more!

The first one is from the stylings of Harry Connick, Jr.  Love me some Harry!  It’s called It Must’ve Been Ole Santa Claus.  Love it… it’s catchy and a cute story and catchy and fun and Harry!  What more can you ask for in a new Christmas song!

Next is one of those bawl your way through a song songs… Oh… maybe that’s just for friendly woman hormone hoarding week.  Madre and I sang this song in Relief Society on Sunday.  Mary’s song and point of view… it’s full of such desparate want for comfort and help from above… “Breath of Heaven.”  I love it!

And thirdly… this song isn’t a “new” song per se… it’s just a different arrangement of a very classic Christmas tune… and it ain’t Christmas until I’ve heard it at least once.  Babs Streisand’s version of “Jingle Bells!”

There you go, Shawties… Bieber Fever… take a note from these folks next time… okay now!?

Question of the Day:  What nontraditional Christmas songs are your favorites? 


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