"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Monday, August 25, 2008

It takes visitors to town...

...to get us to try new things.
Why is this?

My sister-in-law happened to be in Austin this past weekend visiting, and on Sunday we headed to the Stubbs BBQ Gospel brunch. Seriously - I've never heard "Jesus" so much in a single day - especially having just been at church earlier that morning. Gospel soul music. Fried catfish. And Pecan Pie. Sunday mornings don't get much better.
* I feared the fried stuff might be liver, but once my son told me how great it was, I knew it couldn't possibly be. The only people who like liver are my parents.


While hanging out, I revealed one of those things on my list. You know, the list you have somewhere (maybe just in your mind) of everything you want to do in life. Big things. Small things.
Me - I want to sing Karaoke. Bohemian Rhapsody. Yeah, I know it's like 5 minutes long, but I know all the words and all the various voices. I can do it. Now I just need to be somewhere where I spontaneously get the chance. There has to be something so freeing about getting up in front of a crowd of strangers and doing something like this.
You know - the old saying: Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway.
Karaoke bar, here I come.

So what's something fun on your list?

And finally, we had our own minor Cake Wreck this weekend. For my husband's 40th, I asked them to write a big "40" on the cake. It came back with "Big 40!!" on it! Too funny!

21 comments:

TJ Brown said...

That sounds like a fun Sunday! Especially the pecan pie. Mmmm. Don't think I could do the cat fish , but I can do the pie:)

PJ Hoover said...

I thought fish was healthier, Teri! Even deep fried!
It was fun :)

keri mikulski :) said...

What a great day..

On my fun list? Hmmm.. Go to a fantasy baseball, softball, or soccer camp. :)

Carrie Harris said...

I did the karaoke thing for my 30th birthday. It's ridiculous how nervous I was, but then again I can't sing my way out of a paper bag. Oh, and I did Cyndi Lauper. :) Anyway, good luck; can't wait to hear how it turns out!

PJ Hoover said...

How fun, Keri! Fantasy sports camp! So when will you do it???

I think I'd be nervous, too, Carrie! But then I've seen other people up there and thought I could do Karaoke at least that well.
And Cyndi Lauper rocks! Good choice :)

Thanks for visiting!

Tabitha said...

Karaoke??? *screams and runs away* I can handle bugs, snakes, spiders, lizards, mice, you name it. I may not like it, but I can handle it. Karaoke will give me fainting fits. :) I'm in awe of people who have the guts to do that. :)

PJ Hoover said...

Which means you have to do it, Tabitha! I know totally what you mean!
Talk about getting out of the comfort zone. :)

Working Mom said...

Karaoke bar for your 40th?

PJ Hoover said...

Sounds perfect, Working Mom! I'll have to start preparing myself early. :)

Devon Ellington said...

When I relocate and get my house, I'm buying a piano and taking lessons.

Most stuff that goes on "the list" -- it gets listed, I make a pitch and get hired to write about it, and then I just go and do it, so very little stays on the list for very long.

PJ Hoover said...

Fantastic, Devon! I love that!
And ditto on the piano. I plan to get one once the play kitchen and train table go.

Sheri said...

Sorry - I've been away and I feel like I've missed a lot! And... I come back to liver YUCK! I hated liver as a kid. My parents also loved it and my mom made it about once a week. I HATED liver night. I never got it! I used to say... liver's an organ you know... and it's job is to clean the blood! We are eating something that's filled with all the junk from our blood! She'd say, "shut up and eat your liver. It's good for you."

OK, I'm off on a tangant...I've never had catfish. Never! (and yet, unfortunately, I've had liver...)

Oh and... Is this the real life... or is this just fantasy... caught in a landslide... no escape from reality... ... ... Mama! Just killed a man....

Oh yeah - that's been on my to do list since about 13! I used to sing it (still do) on the top of my lungs over and over and over. Drove my sister crazy! 8) so when you come to NJ and we do a MS swap, we'll have to find a karaoke bar...

OH and I just have to say... *big 40!!!** I laughed OUT LOUD! Did he think it was funny? That's the funniest thing I've ever heard! (I just read it again, and I laughed just as hard. It just never gets old!)

Sheri said...

Sorry - I meant tangent - not tangant...

PJ Hoover said...

I'm seeing that NJ trip already, Sheri! I am so psyched someone else has this same dream. We need to do it!
Catfish is yummy. I never understood liver night either. My parents thought it was a treat. We thought it was torture. I tried it over and over and never could stomach the stuff!
Yes, Big 40 makes me smile every time I think about it!

We've missed you!

beth said...

On my list: travel the world, or at least the fun parts :) Also: sky diving.

PJ Hoover said...

You are one brave gal, Beth!

Prince Balthazar said...

I love me some catfish! Can't say the same for Karaoke. Although if I had to do it, Bohemian Rhapsody would be the one to do!

Thanks for your comment on my blog, PJ. I look forward to reading the Emerald Tablet!

PJ Hoover said...

Your welcome, Prince Balthazar! All this talk of catfish makes me want to run to the store and get some. Lemon Pepper. Or perhaps Cajun.
And seriously, was Bohemian Rhapsody written with Karaoke in mind or what? I always think of that movie Wayne's World where they sing it in the car.

Thanks for visiting!

Sheri said...

We had salmon for dinner last night...

I don't even eat flounder - long, gross story - I'll spare you.

But after that I kind of stay away from all bottom feeder fish and only eat the ones that swim at the top of the ocean...

Dawn Buthorn said...

What is it about parents and liver? We had it a couple times a year, and it was the most disgusting vile food I'd ever tasted! And I have yet to meet someone my age that likes it. What was it about that generation that thought it tasted good? I told my kids how lucky they are; they'll never have to even taste it. Of course, they complain so much about everything else that I should make it just to show them how good they've go it!
They had karaoke at the VC residency in July, but I was far to chicken to even consider it. Maybe next time though...

PJ Hoover said...

I get it, Sheri. No bottom feeders. It may be a good rule!

I think you're onto something with the generational thing, Dawn. Maybe I'll let my kids try to someday just so they can have as much fun poking fun at it as we do!
Yes, next time on the karaoke!
Welcome back!