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Thursday, November 7, 2013
November 7th Challenge
it’s Christina –
y’all. I hope you had a wonderful evening. Last night my hubby and I watched
the CMA Awards. Did any of you? It was interesting.
and Carrie were rather funny, most of the time. Although, I’m not quite sure
about the feuding skit; I guess I missed some juicy gossip and the meaning
behind it went over my head.
Their bit with the Duck Dynasty guys was
didn’t much care for Eric Church channeling Metalica, but I was moved by Alan
Jackson and George Straight’s tribute to George Jones.
tribute to Kenny Rogers was also sweet, especially when the entire audience
sang along with Kenny and Jennifer Nettles to Islands in the Stream,and when Darius Rucker started with the words "You gotta know
when to hold um...".I will admit, I had never heard the Kenny
Rogers' song Rascal Flats played, and I really thought I knew them all.
and wife dynamic duo, Blake and Miranda, both walked away with their fourth awards
for male and female vocalists of the year.
Musgraves looked none too pleased when Miranda won. Media had been predicting
for weeks that Kacey would be sweeping the awards this year, and I guess she
bought into all the hype. She’s still very young and has not mastered the grace
yet to hide her disappointment when all cameras are upon her, but she will. The
girl is crazy talented and will be getting her fair share of awards in the
did win for new artist of the year. Florida Georgia Line won for single of the
year and duo of the year.
Brice won song of the year for “I Drive Your Truck”, a song that still chokes
me up even though I’ve heard it a million times. When the award was presented,
we got the back story for the song. It was inspired by a soldier who lost his
life in Afghanistan and his father who still drives his truck (in the song it’s
Big Town won for vocal group of the year and Blake Shelton won for album of the
maybe it was just me, but Tim McGraw didn’t look well. He sounded marvelous,
but something just wasn’t quite right. He appeared overly thin, his face was
drawn and gaunt, and those ridiculous high-waisted grey pants he was wearing didn’t
help. He is doing another movie right now, so maybe he needed to lose weight
for the roll. I hope that is all it is and he isn’t ill, for the sake of him,
his family and his fans.
considering this was the last year he could win the award because he has
announced his retirement, George Straight won for entertainer of the year. The
same thing happened years ago when Garth Brooks announced his retirement, but
unlike Garth, I think Mr. Straight will stay retired.
of Garth Brooks, because of his mega worldwide stardom, in 2005 the Country
Music Association created an award called the Pinnacle Award for singers who
become a global phenomenon. Until last night, Garth Brooks had been the only
recipient of this prestigious award. Now he has company. Miss Taylor Swift has
joined him in the country music elite. Not too shabby for a twenty-three year
old. What a beautiful, classy woman she’s becoming.
you probably know more about country music than you ever cared to know. Sorry
if I bored the non-country music lovers, but I do love country music, it is predominantly
the only music I listen to, so CMA awards night is special.
hope you have a great day and happy writing!
Your Last Challenge:
Something old, something new…
Something old, something new, something
borrowed, something blue and a sixpence in her shoe. We have all heard this,
and if you are a woman who has gotten married, you probably made sure you adhered
to the poem, well maybe not the sixpence, but do you know why you did?
The poem originated in the late 1800s
and it was the supposed good luck charms to ensure the bride of a happy,
successful marriage. The “something old” was there to ward off the “evil eye”,
which could render her barren. My something old was my grandmother’s cross
necklace, so I guess I was doubly protected. The “something blue”,
traditionally the garter worn by brides, was also a tool to ward off the “evil
eye” in the form of a distraction. Think about it, the bride was all in white,
the groom in black and white, the only color around was the blue garter which
the groom would throw, drawing the “evil eye’s” attention away from the bride.
Of course my garter was blue. Do the make them in any other color for brides?
The “something borrowed” is supposed to
be from a woman who has already been blessed with children. Are you noticing a
theme here? My borrowed was a handmade handkerchief from my aunt. She had one
child, so I guess I was covered.
There is no information on the “something
new” or the “sixpence in the shoe”, but I would say the new symbolizes a new beginning
and new life together, and the sixpence is to ensure you will never be without
funds. Let me tell you, by the end of the night, the penny in my shoe was
becoming rather annoying. At one point, when I took my shoe off so I could
wiggle my toes, the penny fell out and rolled across the dance floor. Now there
was a sight; me in my voluminous white dress, chasing a coin across the room.
At the time of my wedding, I had no
idea as to where the traditions had come from or what the meanings behind them were,
yet I still made sure I adhered to each and every one, as I am sure many brides
before me have done and many brides will continue to do in the future, whether
they know why or not.
(Twenty-three years and counting.)
Next Challenge is:
The countdown has begun…
You have 10 minutes (be honest). There is no right or wrong,
just write. Spelling and punctuation don’t count and NO ONE is allowed to criticize
what someone else has written. Go.