Sunday, January 26, 2014

Just a random Saturday's happenings

Joel started a karate class a couple weeks ago.  Mark has been taking him, but on this day, Mark had a meeting to attend so taking Joel and staying with him fell to me.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself as I know absolutely zero about martial arts, and I liked watching him get the hang of things little by little.  Also, I sat next to a dad whose 5 and 7 year-old kids were there for the first time, just giving it a try, and I was charmed by the little boy.  He didn't want to be there and kind of whimpered quietly, all the while staying on the floor and doing all the things everyone else was doing for the entire 90 minutes.  One time he ran over to his dad, hugged him, and said, "I'll stay for 18 more minutes."  He was 5!
bad phone picture
When we got home, I tried to make a nice brunch for us complete with Mark's famous pancakes.  There is a reason that he makes them.  His are perfectly round and all the same size.  And mine...well, they look disastrous, although thankfully, they are quite edible.

Mark called me then to ask me to come rescue him.  He had locked his keys in the car.  So the kids enjoyed a nice brunch without us.  Because as soon as Mark got home he had to head back out again with Jack and Joel who were planning to go serve lunch at the soup kitchen.  They were home before I expected them because as it turned out, there was another whole bunch of volunteers who showed up from the winter carnival crew, and there was no need for them.

So, Joel, Jack, and I took a walk.  It`s been really brutally cold here in the last couple days, but yesterday was 20F.  I heard myself say to one of the boys before they ran out to the car to head out with Mark to Maison Revivre, "Oh, you don't need your gloves today.  It's warm!"  ha!  Anyway,  back to the walk...we went down to the river.  It was snowing lightly and felt so mild, that we enjoyed ourselves immensely after the first 5 minutes which were a little rocky with some some sad words exchanged between Joel and me.  I hope the remainder of the outing was so nice that those first minutes were erased from our memories.
another bad phone picture
Meanwhile, Sam and Hervé were setting up to record one of their songs for their big end-of-secondaire project.  They worked all afternoon, (breaking only for supper), and into the night.  Marion came around 7:30 to do her part of the recording.  I can`t wait to hear it all together.
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At one point, I went into the "recording studio" and asked if I could listen and watch for a bit. They reluctantly agreed and then said I could videotape that section for them since I was in there anyway. Someone messed up, so they had to restart and told me to stop taping.  As they got reorganized, I said, "Well, maybe you messed up, but you look handsome!"  They both gave a half-hearted snort.  I said, "Is that why you didn't want me in here?  For stuff like that?"  Sam says, "I was just about to say that!" 

One of their two songs that they record is going to be an original.  Sam wasn`t completely satisfied with the lyrics they had already, so he stayed up late Friday night (we had no idea he was doing this, and we kind of found out about the song accidentally.  We don`t know when he was planning to tell us...anyway, we were touched by his words and I for one, can`t wait to hear it all put together)

Dancing in the rain


Do you feel like you’re running out of air
Like your dreams just aren`t going nowhere
You can’t afford to  give up and let go
‘Cause you’re not that far from home

Sometimes everything seems so out of sight
‘Cause in the end we’re all just searching for light
Why is it that some people find it while others grasp
On to anything and everything that crosses their path

But then again when haven’t we felt lost before
It’s not so simple avoiding the storm
But can we come together as one
A generation dancin’
Dancin’ in the rain
Dancin’ in the rain

In a world so sick with pain
Loneliness can drive you insane
Where do you look when everything caves
It’s so hard for the lonely

But then again when haven’t we felt lost before
It’s not so simple avoiding the storm
But can we come together as one
A generation dancin’
Dancin’ in the rain
Dancin’ in the rain

And when the rain is pouring down
Will we know how to fight the downpour?
‘Cause all we need is love and grace to keep us on our feet

But then again when haven’t we felt lost before
It’s not so simple avoiding the storm
But can we come together as one
A generation dancin’
Dancin’ in the rain

Dancin’ in the rain...

Raphaël came over after supper to spend the night with Jack.  I gave Joel a haircut and then Mark, Joel, and I played 3 rounds of rummy.  And Mark beat us good.  I read Redwall to Joel and then he went to bed.

And that ends my ramblings about an ordinary Saturday of which I'm not willing to lose the memories.