I have not been so excited about singing a song in such a long time. I stumbled on this song the other day and I was like GIMME GIMME THIS SONG.

I am going to sing this in a few weeks at my choir concert. I want to nail it. I just wanted to show you all because this song is amazing and so is Sutton Foster.

Found You!

Little Reirei has been getting quite big lately. It seems like every day she doubles in size. However, she has been doing some naughty kitten thing like doing poos and wees in places that are not her litterbox. I won’t bore you or gross you out with the details, but basically little Reirei is still a baby and still has a lot of growing up to do.

Today, she acquired some new toys from someone we met here in town who had a cat who didn’t play with them anymore. Reirei was very pleased to get new toys and loves to play with them. While we were playing with her today, hilarity and giggle fits ensued. It was also a rare occasion where one of us had the brains to grab the video. Who knows – maybe someone else will find Reirei’s commando rolls and silly kitten antics as hilarious as we did. Excuse our ridiculous giggle fits, please.

I am going on a trip this week down to the school where I’ll be teaching in January. I am going to be sitting in on classes and just generally seeing how the school is run all week (plus probably doing something useful around there too, I’m sure). I am going to be staying with one of the teachers for the week and I am very excited. I think it will be great to finally meet some of the people I’ll be working with.

I’ll be taking my camera with me and I’ve scheduled some blog posts for your enjoyment along the way while I’m gone because I don’t think I’ll have much access to the internet while I’m away. You won’t hear much from me around the internet other than my already scheduled blog posts until I return at the end of the week. Then I have to work on Saturday AND Sunday. Bummer.

In the meantime while I’m packing, here are some random things I’ve liked on YouTube lately to entertain you. I hope you all have a wonderful week! I know that I will!

First, a funny video, because everyone likes humour.

Some well made videos that make you think and tell great stories.

And you’ve got to have some videos of cats, am I right?

One of my coworkers won a million dollars playing lotto at our store last month. Of course everyone’s first instinct is to complain saying “I wish it would have been me” but of course half of them don’t play. I don’t think anyone is entitled to complain about not winning the lotto if they don’t even play. Maybe I should start telling them all that I wish someone would just walk up to me and hand me a million for doing nothing at all because at least that makes more sense.

Instant Kiwi

I bought a lotto ticket the other day. It looked a lot like this one, being a losing ticket and all, so I will borrow someone else’s lovely photo from Flickr. I should have known I would lose anyway. The odds of someone winning the lotto are slim to none. What are the odds of two people winning the lotto from the same place? I don’t think it would be very good, if I had to guess. Playing the lotto is fun, though.

In New Zealand, they only have the big lotto drawing once a week. That’s pretty different to me being that in New York it’s every day and the jackpots are even bigger – and that’s just one state compared to an entire country. (Yes, yes, I know New York is huge but I’m just noticing more differences and musing about them.) It costs a lot more for a weekly drawing here, too. I guess I won’t be gambling on lotto tickets very much.

They have really funny commercials, though. This one is my favourite.

I was working at the supermarket dairy the other day when I noticed a cute little kid in a shopping cart who was obviously talking to me. He was being pushed around by his mother and was sitting in that front seat part and couldn’t have been more than 2 years old. He was at that age where you couldn’t always understand what he was saying even though you could tell that he was definitely forming complete sentences and making sense so I answered him with one of those animated and polite, “oh, really? Cool!” Then I gave him my biggest smile. :)

My toddler buddy started hysterically laughing. Whatever he had said was obviously the funniest thing on the planet and so I gave a chuckle too since I was obviously in on the joke. Also, he was a really cute kid and he had just brightened my day, as kids do.

His mother turned to me and felt the need to not only translate what her son had said but also explain it to me. She told me how her little whipper snapper had somehow seen an episode of South Park and that’s where he heard the joke, “Do you like fish sticks? What are you, a gay fish?” That is when I understood what the kid had said. He had just told me this joke. The mother apologized again as the kid kept blurting out the joke at me. I told her it was cute and she smiled and ran away.

Today, I was minding my own business and out of the corner of my eye I saw the same kid. I smiled at him and he screamed at me, “GAY FISH!” I laughed out loud and said to him, “Oh! You remember me, huh?” I thought it was pretty adorable that he remembered. Also, it was pretty hilarious. It was probably funnier if you were there and it doesn’t sound so funny now that I’m writing it down but perhaps you can still see the hilarity in it all because I definitely do.

Do you like fish sticks?

In my last post where I shared my picture of my “cloud castle,” I got an awesome comment from Alexandra. She said that the picture reminded her of the song Castle On A Cloud from Les Misérables and she told me I should sing it and share it with everyone.

I thought that was an awesome idea. Castle On A Cloud was one of my favourite songs when I was a kid. It was one of the first songs I learned when I first started taking voice lessons and Les Misérables was also the first musical I saw on Broadway so it is very special to me.

Enjoy! Thanks for the suggestion, Alexandra!

[box type=”shadow”]Question 7 of the BlissMB 30 Day Meme: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? What about now? [/box]

From the time I could speak, I was singing as well. As most kids who are encouraged to sing are, I was also a really big ham. Not only did I really enjoy singing for everyone, but I was pretty darn good at it, too! I loved to sing. Every chance there was for me to be on stage, I was there. Talent shows, theater, those annoying little performances you can pay to do at amusement parks, private voice lessons and acting lessons… you name it!

I wanted to be a singer! I wanted to be an actress! Combine them, and you had my dream! Musical theater was just everything I always wanted! Even before I knew what it was called, I told my mother that I wanted to be a “singing actress.” I’ll probably never live that one down even though it is pretty damn cute. (Just like I’ll never live down the fact that I used to call entomologists bugologists – even though I am pretty sure that these terms are actually synonymous.)

Now I am a mathematics teacher. I am certified to teach math to intermediate and secondary students. You may think that this is quite unrelated but actually music and math are very related. Many people who excel in music also are very good in math. I have always loved math and I have always loved music.

Now something that is somewhat unrelated: one of my favourite songs. Enjoy.

I also haven’t given up on my music. I still sing professionally and plan to always sing and perform and keep my love of music and performance with me for the rest of my life. I am just glad that I can have both of these things that I love in my life with me.

[box type=”shadow”]Question 4 of the BlissMB 30 Day Meme: What is your current interest? And why? (Eg. Reading novels by a particular genre/author, new hobby, fashion, etc) [/box]

This is quite a broad topic, but I will list a few of them!

Spinning show
Photo by -Kj.

First, my newfound love and hobby of exercising! It may sound pretty silly and maybe a bit lame but I really enjoy it and love it. I look forward to working out every day. Each day I plan out what I am going to do and then I enjoy reaching my goal. Lately, I have been spinning. Spinning is done on a type of exercise bike in a class but it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before and it’s incredibly addictive for some people. If you want to learn more about it you can read about it here and here.

Bluff Hill Lookout
Church Photos Vegan Pizza!! Fouton cat. Sunset Beach Napier Centennial Gardens Vineyards Birthday Bash

Photography is obviously another hobby of mine. I know I’m an amateur because I honestly don’t do much to increase my skills. Well, other than take a lot of pictures. I guess that’s better than nothing, though. I do enjoy taking photos.

Amazon Kindle

I enjoy reading. I use my trusty Amazon Kindle that I received last year for my birthday. I often go through phases with my reading. I will chew through a bunch of books and then I won’t read for a month or two. I often read fiction books, especially fantasty and science fiction. I enjoy all kinds of books, however, and lately I have been branching off into reading all types of genres. Feel free to follow me at goodreads!

The last thing is singing. I will let that speak (or sing) for itself. Here is a video of me singing the Ave Maria at my own wedding. You can see more at my YouTube Channel.

Not that you really need a math lesson but the math teacher in me just needs to clarify! Pi is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi Day is celebrated by math geeks like me around the world on March 14th since Pi = 3.1415926535…

Now that you have had your math lesson, I’ll give you something fun! You all like music, right? Well if I asked you how you could make music even more awesome, what would you say? I’d tell you that you could add some math! More specifically, add Pi! Enjoy!

I decided to participate in the Word Meme that has been floating around!

Word Meme from Caity! on Vimeo.

Words said:
Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

Questions answered:
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -Dr. Seuss

I had the opportunity to read a very special book for Earth Day today – The Lorax. If you haven’t read it, you really should. Here is a movie that was made that illustrates the story but as always it’s much better if you read the story yourself. Enjoy!

What do you think the boy hearing the story will do with the Truffula seed that the Once-ler tosses to him? Do you think the seed symbolizes something else? Something bigger?

Have you done anything for Earth Day?

Personally, I think every day is Earth Day but I wanted to post something special today.

Josh showed me something really interesting tonight. He wanted me to listen to this techno song (even though we are both not very partial to techno) but he promised me that he had a purpose. He told me to really listen to it for a while and hear how it went. So I did.

Then, Josh told me to listen to this song.

I love when people are able to take songs and create entirely different and beautiful music and remixes from it. I wanted to share it with you.

Do you have a favorite remix?