Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I Needed This Laugh Today!

Ahh, the power of babies! I don't care who you are, try not to smile after watching this video! Enjoy, Chicken Wingers!

Until next time,
The Grinning Miss Chicken Wing

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Chicken Wing Musical Obsession Part Deux

Okay, I have a confession to make. In regards to the title of this post, I have to warn you that this may happen a lot, where I introduce musical acts that I am obsessed with.

The reason for that is because music flows in my heart. I love almost EVERY single kind of music you can throw at me, and I genuinely mean that. There are always different things that capture me, from the melody to the lyrics, to the overall presentation. Sometimes, I like a band just because of how they perform live. Sometimes, I like an artist based only on what they record (you know those artists/bands - you obsess over their CD's and then buy tickets to their show and it's horrible).

But this guy I'm going to obsess over with you seems to be the real deal. His name is Jason Mraz, and behind the handsome voice is a great performer. His demeanor seems very laid back, which is why the end result shocks your system - his songs sound simple, and are easy to hum along to, but when you really take a second and listen, the intricate musicality that he intertwines with his lyrics is really outstanding.

If you like what you're about to hear, and want more, look up the following titles: "I'm Yours," "Lucky," "You and I Both," or "The Remedy," all of which had major radio play and are simply fabulous!

The song I'm going to share with you, though, is entitled "If It Kills Me," and it just might be one of the most romantic songs ever! The first video has a picture of Jason, so you can see him (he's quite cute) and is a very clear rendition of this song. Then, if the song itself didn't make you feel anything at all (in which case, check your pulse because you're more than likely crazy), I've included the second video, which is a number from So You Think You Can Dance. Yes, I'm sure you're surprised about that one! Haha! But, it's my blog, so I can reference that show as many times as I want! :-) The choreography is by Travis Wall and the dancers are Jason and Jeanine, and they do a marvelous job.

So, enjoy it, Chicken-Wingers! I hope you fall in love with this artist. Trust me, they wouldn't make the blog if I didn't honestly believe they're worth it!

Here we go!

Until next time,
Swaying-and-humming Miss Chicken Wing

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Feeling of Giving

As I've mentioned before (here and here), the only way you can recreate the feeling you get when you help someone is by helping someone else. It never goes out of style, it never gets old, and it's one thing that you truly can never get tired of. There are very few things that fall into that category (like good dessert, laughing with friends, and Cool Whip, among other things).

Well, this past weekend I had the pleasure of being invited to join the 2009 Women's Build at our local Habitat for Humanity, and it was a blast! I got to be on a team that we coined "Norma and the Pink Seahorses," (more on that in a second) and we constructed all of the jacks (for doors and windows) of the home.

It was a great bonding experience! Some women I knew, and some I'd never laid eyes on before, but we were all there supporting a great cause. The one thing that I love about Habitat for Humanity is that it's a hand up, not a hand out. The homeowners help build their own home, and in this case, it was a single mom with two children. She couldn't believe all of the progress we made and she was excited to help out in any way she could!

Now, back to the team name that you're probably wondering about. Norma was a great lady at the fantastically young age of eighty who was wayyyyy more handy with a hammer than I am. She just lit up our faces with smiles the entire day, and therefore, we made her our team captain. The t-shirts for this build were pink (it was a women's build, after all, and you know yours truly had absolutely no problem with this choice), so that's where the pink came from. The last part of the equation came out of a moment of hilarity. My great friend, Clarissa, said to me with the straightest, most serious face, "I think this seahorse is about to break." I looked at her and must have had the most incredulous face on, because she laughed and inquired as to why I was looking at her that way. I asked her to say what she said again, and I was trying to make out what she was talking about and she repeated herself and pointed to the SAWHORSE!

Our whole team just lost it, and she was embarassed, but she shouldn't have was CLASSIC, PRICELESS, and completely ADORABLE. So, we then brought our team name into the world: Norma and the Pink Seahorses.

See pic below of Miss Chicken Wing as a Pink Seahorse:

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Please note the hot pink tool belt and baby pink hammer. The leader of the Habitat Roadtrip Crazies told me that all I needed to be a successful Crazie was a toolbelt and a hammer, so you know I wouldn't waste the opportunity to completely go girly. Besides, part of the proceeds of each sale went towards breast cancer, and when I saw that, it was a done deal. Check out to get your own!!!

Until next time,
Miss Chicken Wing-Seahorse

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

INSANELY Awesome Quote

One of my friends had the quote that I'm going to share with you today as her facebook status. When my eyes read the text, I was immediately taken aback like, "Wow. That so eloquently puts love into perspective."

As everyone knows, love is as simple or as complicated as you make it. For me, I complicate absolutely everything, so you know which route I take! But this quote really summed up love for me in three short much so that I felt compelled to share it with my readers.

Take a minute after you read it and let it sink in. I think you will find that it resonates with you. I hope that you gain perspective, or breathe a sigh of relief and think, "That's what I've always tried to say about love but didn't know how to articulate it."

Here goes:

“No one falls in love by choice, it is by CHANCE.
No one stays in love by chance, it is by WORK.
And no one falls out of love by chance, it is by CHOICE.”
(Source Unknown)

If you have any particular feelings, please feel free to post them, but I hope you all enjoy it!

Until next time,
Miss Chicken Wing

Friday, September 11, 2009

TODAY: The Upside

After the last post, I'm sure most of you are wondering - what upside could there be to today?

Well, I'm a glass-half-full kind of gal and there is an upside to today. I'm choosing to be mindful of the downside, but more consumed by the upside.

You ready for this???

Today is Mr. Chicken Wing's 28th Birthday!!!! :-) So, I am choosing to put more focus on today for him, because his birthday was deeply affected in 2001, and subsequently, every year since then.

Here are some snapshots of your very own birthday boy!!! Enjoy!


Miss Chicken Wing

TODAY: The Downside

Today is September 11th. Today marks the anniversary of the largest tragedy in United States history - the day when we were attacked, and 2,993 people lost their lives.

While it is a depressing thing to remember, due to the loss we felt that day and the loss we feel every day as the war rages on and on, it is exceptionally important to recall the happenings of that day. It was a day for the history books, and I remember exactly what I was doing when it occurred. I was in high school and on a break, when we saw the first Tower burning, and then not too long afterwards, we saw the second plane hit the second Tower. Then, we were informed of the attack on the Pentagon. Finally, the last plane went down in that field in Pennsylvania. We were young and naive to attacks on our country, but we all knew the gravity of the situation. There were tears and flashes of anger, but mostly disbelief - "things like this don't happen." Well, they do happen sometimes, and it's just the reality of the world we live in.

So, I would like to send a prayer up to heaven for all of those who were lost that day - for their families and friends, who have to carry on today after experiencing that pang of loss for the 8th time. I would like to pray for the survivors and their families and friends, for today is a reminder of just how fragile life is. I would like to pray for the heroes, and there were many. The policemen, the firefighters, the EMTs, the doctors, the volunteers, the passersby, the legislation who were put in an impossibly vunerable position that day, the passengers of the last hijacked plane, United Airlines Flight 93, who were able to stop their attackers from doing more damage - and giving their lives in the process. I would like to pray for the troops, who have been fighting to protect us since the beginning of our great nation, and especially for the past 8 years. They have fought, they have been wounded, they have had to be apart from their families, they have died.

9/11/01...we must never forget. We must always remember.

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I am a proud American. Out of all of the feelings that this tragedy caused, the most dominant feeling was love. Pure love. That is why we are who we are...we are Americans. Americans are some of the proudest folks in the world, and we should be. We live in a pretty great place, and while we might encounter struggles while trying to survive, we have a whole lot to be thankful for. Enjoy the video above, and pray for those I mentioned above today...add on anyone that you'd like! The power of prayer is unmatched, and if there was ever a day to do it, today is it!

God Bless America,
Miss Chicken Wing

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Chicken Wing Musical Obsession

One thing you may not know about me is that I have a slightly obsessive personality...sometimes a movie, song, book, TV Show, etc. will catch my attention and I can't get enough!

One of my obsessions for the past few years is a band called Paramore. They are completely awesome, and I hope to shed some light on this group if you've never heard of them before. Their music is great (with amazing guitar riffs, and of course, rhythmic drumming). One of my favorite aspects of this band (like many Paramore fans) is Hayley Williams, the lead singer. She's a tiny "one-of-the-boys" girl with a powerhouse voice that is completely unexpected. I think another surprise that comes along with Hayley is her vocal control - every note she sings is calculated, and her endurance is incredible....she can jump around the stage, throw her hair around, and her voice never falters. The best part is - Hayley is not a lip-syncher! She sings live, as evidenced by the deviations from the original song and new arrangements, as well as her acoustic ability. Basically, she is completely awesome!

So, here is the video for their new single, Ignorance, and I hope you enjoy them. I've also included the video for Decode, which was used on the Twilight soundtrack. You will see the range of this group, and don't be surprised if you find yourself wanting more. As far as I can tell, it's a common side effect of Paramore!

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Miss Paramore-Obsessed Chicken Wing
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