Our House…The Kids Off On Summer Vacation Song

One of my favorite songs…

My take on “Our House” during summer vacation from school.

Ode to my teenage boys.

 

Our House (Previously sung by Crosby, Stills & Nash) Remake by Erin Cooper Reed

I’ll grab a shovel,
You find the handle, for the broom that we bought today.
Staring at this mess, for hours and hours while I listen to you,
Say you’ll clean it, all week-long for me, only for me.
Come to me now and turn off the Xbox live for just five minutes, everyone can wait.
Such a dirty room, the windows are illuminated,
By the evening, sunshine through those, dog nose prints for you, only for you.
Our house is a very, very, very fine house with a hockey net laying in the yard,
Why is putting things away so hard?
Now everything is messy ’cause of you.
And our, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah…
blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,
blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,
blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,
blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,
blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,
blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,
blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,
blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,
blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,
blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,
blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,
Blah, blah, blah, blah…
Our house is a very, very, very fine house with a hockey net laying in the yard,
Why is putting things away so hard?
Now everything is messy ’cause of you
And our,
I’ll grab a shovel, while you find the handle for the broom that we bought today-ay-ay-ay.

Why I Think That Seth McFarlane Is The Devil But I’d Still Like Him To Sing At My Wedding…

How many years do I have to listen to Family Guy blasting from my son’s room? I have to tell you, I absolutely hate Family Guy and everything that it stands for. (If it stands for anything at all… I still haven’t figured that part out, and I probably never will)

Okay, I admit, I may have laughed because of the shock value, once, but let me tell you, I was ashamed of myself. I abhor judgement and prejudice. In my opinion, Seth McFarlane has left no stone unturned. Family guy is unmerciful to women, every race and every religion.

I will be forever amazed by the ratings and popularity that this show has received while being consistently violent, racist and sexist.

What bothers me more than that, is when I see a four-year old wearing a Stewie shirt…seriously? What are we teaching our children?

Or… worse yet an infant.

Whatever.

In my home, when I yell, “Please SHUT THAT OFF! I don’t want you watching Family Guy!”

I’m met with, “Why mom? It’s funny!” in unison.

To which I reply, “Because Seth McFarlane is the devil!

In response, my kids laugh until they can’t breath.

We have repeated this conversation again and again throughout the years, to no avail.

I continue to cringe each and every time I hear the Family Guy theme song blaring from the other room. Oh, dread!

I stand by what I say, and my kids think that I just take Family Guy all too seriously.

Nevertheless, this statement has become the running joke in our home. The other day I overheard my son Rocky on the phone. “Ya, my mom thinks that Seth McFarlane is the devil. (Laughter) I know, right?”

I don’t feel comfortable completely bashing a fellow New Englander, so in Seth’s defense, let me spin you a little story…

We were living in North Carolina when my kids were young. One day, my son Rocky got off of the school bus with a black eye, a real shiner.

“Rocky what happened to your eye?” I asked.

“A girl called me “Cracker” and then she punched me.” He replied.

“Oh, my God! I’m calling the school and the bus company!” I stated.

“Mom, don’t.” Rocky pleaded, as I got some ice and wrapped it in a towel to apply to his swollen face.

“This is discrimination.” I said, “But I want you to understand discrimination. This is what African-American people have suffered for centuries.”

“Mom, my eye hurts.” Rocky said.

“I’m calling the school now.” I replied, “Just keep the ice on it.”

 

I talked to the school, the bus company and met with the girl’s parents. We worked it all out but Rocky was afraid to go back to school and he was obviously embarrassed.

I got an idea in my head, and when I get an idea, there is no stopping me. We were all going to watch the 1977 miniseries Roots, as a family. I thought it would be a good way for my children to learn about racism and discrimination, as well as, the perfect time to turn a set back, into a life lesson.

As fate would have it, within days, I just happened to find the entire Roots video series at a local consignment shop for only twenty dollars. I was elated! I was on the right path and the universe was working in my favor!

 

“Okay everybody, tonight we are watching Roots, as a family!” I announced.

“What’s Roots?” Kevin asked.

“It’s a movie that I watched as a kid. It was on television. We’re going to watch a segment every night.” I explained.

“For what?” Rocky inquired.

“Well, so we can learn about discrimination, racism, slavery and… well, history.” I replied.

“Slavery?” Kevin asked, “Is that when all of the African-Americans escaped and were hiding, lying down, on the lower level of a ship?”

“Didn’t a lot of them get sick and some of them died trying to get free?” Eric added.

“Yes.” I said, surprised and impressed with my children’s knowledge. “You both must have been paying attention in history class!” I exclaimed proudly.

“We didn’t learn that in history, mom.” They both stated, “And we already know all about slavery. We don’t need to watch Roots.”

“You’re not going to watch Roots? Why not?” I asked, feeling my pride slip into disappointment. “How do you know all about slavery?” I asked.

“We watched it all on an episode of Family Guy.” They replied.

My heart sank. So much for family movie night.

 

I do have to hand it to Seth McFarlane, I never saw the episode, but my children had learned some history.

 

None of that has changed my opinion of all of the detrimental things that I feel Family Guy offers.

 

Writing this, I felt compelled to googled Seth McFarlane.

He is self-made and pretty impressive.

And guess what? This dude can sing!

Don’t believe me, check out the video below.

Maybe, I’ll never be a Family Guy fan, but I do know this…

Seth, you did teach my kids some history…

And after watching that performance, I think that you may have been a little off target on your calling. Micheal Buble’ look out, Seth McFarlane may be giving you a run for your money. Imagine that!

Either way, I’m pretty sure that now, “I’ve got Seth under my skin.”

And, Seth McFarlane, if your schedule allows, do you think that you might be available to sing at my wedding?

Just putting it out there.

Erin Cooper Reed

Monday Got You Down? Try A Little Music!

Mondays are tough! I work long hours on the weekends and even though I have every intention of setting the world on fire on Monday, it usually doesn’t happen.

Throw in the Fairfield County weather forecast for today; cloudy with a chance of showers. If you’re feeling like pulling up the covers and staying in bed, know that you’re not alone.

In fact:

Statistically, 50% of employees are late for work on Monday morning. That’s staggering!

So what can you do to combat the Monday morning blues?

Play some music!

Listening to music improves your mood and boosts your immune system. It also helps to relieve stress, anxiety and depression.

So if you’re feeling like this today…

Then start your day off with one of the top ten motivational songs…

Feeling any better yet? I hope so!

Happy Monday!! Have a great and productive week.

Don’t let rainy days and Mondays get you down!

Much love,

Erin Cooper Reed

Here’s What’s In Store…The Ultimate Social Media Calendar June 2017

Welcome June! The month that is not only the official start of summer, but also the most popular month for weddings.

I was anxious to find out what’s happening in June 2017. I even looked it up for you so that you wouldn’t have to.

You’re Welcome!

According to the “Ultimate Social Media Calendar 2017” here is what we have to look forward to this month:

June 1st – 

Global Day of Parents

International Children’s Day

June 2nd – 

Leave The Office Early Day

National Donut Day

June 4th – 

Civic Day of Hacking

National Cancer Survivor’s Day

June 5th –  

World Environment Day

June 6th – 

Higher Education Day

June 8th – 

World’s Ocean Day

Best Friends Day

June 14th – 

World Blood Donor Day

National Flag Day

June 18th – 

Father’s Day

June 20th – 

World Refugee Day

June 21st – 

National Selfie Day

World Music Day

International Yoga Day

First Day of Summer

June 23rd – 

Take Your Dog to Work Day

June 27th – 

National Sunglasses Day

June 29th – 

National Handshake Day

June 30th – 

Social Media Day

Now, I don’t know about you, but personally, I was hoping for some downtime this summer…and now I’m feeling totally overwhelmed.

The only way that I can figure I’m going to be able to survive all of these festivities if I combine all of the above “Holidays” and get them out-of-the-way in one day, ya know, for efficiency’s sake.

So I’ve decide that tomorrow, I’m going to wake up early, grab a donutthrow on some music and do a little yoga before selecting the perfect pair of sunglasses for my dog Max to wear when he goes with me to work.

I plan on using my time at work to make a donation to the refugees (In Donald Trump’s name, of course) and to purchase some Malware to ensure that our companies computer doesn’t get hacked. Once I know that our computer system is secure, I’ll give my boss a firm handshake before informing him that I’ll be leaving the office early to go donate blood.

On my way home from giving blood I’ll make it a point to see both of my parentsI’ll give my mom a hug and congratulate her on being a cancer survivor before having to leave to purchase a small flag to put at my dad’s grave site. I’ll wish my dad a Happy Father’s Day and tell him how much I miss him, then I’ll return home to see my children.

I’ll drop Max off at my house, throw on a bikini to celebrate the first day of summer and call my best friend to see if she would like to go to the beach with me to help me remove some of the liter and cans from the ocean to protect the environment.

I’ll spend the last few moment’s before heading off to the beach, begging my kids to complete their summer homework packets so that they can pass to the next grade and eventually get a higher education.

I’ll forget my sunglasses because Max is still wearing them (What can I say?) and I’ll end up with a weird tan line on my forearm from where I gave blood.

But don’t worry, you won’t miss a thing.

I’ll be sure to document it all in selfies and post it on social media!

 

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Have a great June and a memorable summer my friends!

Much love,

Erin Cooper Reed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell Me What Ya Think…

All right. Here is my handsome, talented, film making, rapping, son Kevin at a rap battle called Grind Mode Cypher in Massachusetts.

Apologizes for any swearing. This kid is just sayin that he has more to talk about than suburbanites rapping about gang banging and murder.

He is straight up the fast rapping real deal.

I hope that someone discovers this talent

So proud of my boy!