#JustJoJan Day 25 – Prediction

The first thing I thought of when I read the prompt word was football, so bear with me, if you can.  I’m a huge football fan and I have a favorite college team and NFL team.  This year did not go as predicted for either team.  Not only that, every time I went to watch another team, I feel like they always ended up losing.

I think fans can get pretty ridiculous, but there is a Budweiser commercial that is pretty spot on, in my opinion.  We, as fans, literally believe that there are things that can be done to affect the outcome of the game.  My hubby just started watching football with us, and he doesn’t get it yet.

It doesn’t matter how far ahead your team is, you never say, “This game is over.  There’s no way they can come back!”  I blame him for the Cowboy loss to the Packers in the playoffs last year.  At some point, when the Cowboys were ahead, he said something similar to that and I reminded him that we don’t say that, no matter how far ahead we are.  I also reminded him that the Packers are famous for ridiculous come-backs.  Even having the conversation affected the game, in my opinion.  He’s getting better, but he still has a hard time.  This year, he started asking for permission.  “Is it okay if I say they’re going to win now?”

Well, no, but now that you’ve said it, they’re probably going to lose, so thanks!

I was busy one Monday night during this year’s football season and actually forgot the Cowboys were playing (don’t judge me).  When I finally turned it on, they were losing.  I sent a text to my friend that I hadn’t missed much and literally within minutes, the Cowboys scored two touchdowns.  Her husband told her to tell me to keep watching because I obviously affected the game just by turning it on.

Like it says at the end of the commercial, “It’s only weird if it doesn’t work”, and in my opinion, it works more than you even realize!

I wanted to include the commercials in my post and came across another one, so I’ve included them both for your viewing pleasure.

“It’s like magic, only real.”

Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the video and/or hyperlinks to videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

 


Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda G. Hill. Today’s word, prediction, was suggested to us by Dar at Darswords.

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Song Lyric Sunday – Alice by Avril Lavigne

The very first song I thought of when I posted the theme was “Magic” sung by Selena Gomez in the Disney TV show Wizards of Waverly Place.  Believe it or not, it was one of my favorite shows to watch with the kiddos and I think I ended up liking it more than they did.  However, I listened to it and read the lyrics and it just wasn’t something I wanted to use as my pick.  I usually tend to post songs with lyrics that have deeper meanings.

While I was listening to it, though, I saw this song on the “up next” feed.  I remembered hearing this song when I saw the movie Alice in Wonderland and I remembered falling in love with it.  I didn’t necessarily take the time to try and find it, though, so it was a nice surprise today when I clicked on it and listened to it.

It’s a little sideways to the theme, but what is more magical than Alice in Wonderland?  I know that’s not really what the song is about though.  It’s more about Alice standing up and finding her way home rather than giving in to fear.  There’s some great empowerment themes in the song and it’s something I really needed to hear today.

I do hope you enjoy!

Lyrics found at AZ Lyrics
Written by Avril Lavigne

Trippin’ out
Spinnin’ around
I’m underground, I fell down
Yeah, I fell down

I’m freakin’ out
So where am I now?
Upside down
And I can’t stop it now
It can’t stop me now,
Ohhh

I, I’ll get by
I, I’ll survive
When the world’s crashin’ down
When I fall and hit the ground
I will turn myself around
Don’t you try to stop it!
I, I won’t cry

I found myself (myself) in Wonderland
Get back on my feet again
Is this real? (Is this real?)
Is it pretend? (Is it pretend?)
I’ll take (I’ll take) a stand (A stand) until (Until) the end

I, I’ll get by
I, I’ll survive
When the world’s crashin’ down
When I fall and hit the ground
I’ll just turn myself around
Don’t you try to stop me!
I, I won’t cry

I, I’ll get by
I, I’ll survive
When the world’s crashin’ down
When I fall and hit the ground
I will turn myself around
Don’t you try to stop me!
I, and I won’t cry


The Song Lyric Sunday theme for this week was to post a song about magic.  Please feel free to click the link, read the rules and post one of your own.

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Friday Fictioneers – The Birds

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PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

The birds.  It was always the damn birds.  Ninety-seven of them today… five more than yesterday.

Any doubts he’d been harboring finally melted away.  It was actually happening.  He’d foretold this event hundreds of years ago, barely believing it himself when he glimpsed it in the fire.  No one believed him then and it was even less likely they’d believe him now.

Sighing, he stood up as straight as his body would allow and made his way back inside. Looking at his bent and withered hands, he willed them to perform the way they used to.  He was humanity’s last hope.


Friday Fictioneers is a weekly flash fiction prompt where we are given a photo and asked to write a 100 word story – beginning, middle and end.  This one came in at 101 words.  I hope you enjoy!

Click on the blue froggy to read other amazing 100-word stories!

#LoIsInDaBl Day 25 – Rivendell

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always really loved elves.  I know they are snobby, elitist jerks sometimes, but of all the fantasy races I’ve read about, they are the ones I always wanted to be.  And when I think of a fantastical destination, the only one I ever really wanted to visit was Rivendell.

Here are some quotes I found from J.R.R. Tolkien himself:

“For a while the hobbits continued to talk and think of the past journey and of the perils that lay ahead; but such was the virtue of the land of Rivendell that soon all fear and anxiety was lifted from their minds. The future, good or ill, was not forgotten, but ceased to have any power over the present. Health and hope grew strong in them, and they were content with each good day as it came, taking pleasure in every meal, and in every word and song.”

“Elrond’s house was perfect, whether you liked food or sleep or story-telling or singing (or reading), or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all. Merely to be there was a cure for weariness. … Evil things did not come into the secret valley of Rivendell.”

 

I also remembered a song I heard when I was a teenager, so I looked it up today and the lyrics took my breath away.  They are beautiful and the perfect description of the place I will always consider my number one place to go if it ever decides to find its way into our reality.

Rivendell (Link is for the YouTube video)
Lyrics by Niel Peart (Found on Rush’s website)
Music by Geddy Lee
Performed by Rush

Sunlight dances through the leaves
Soft winds stir the sighing trees
Lying in the warm grass
Feel the sun upon your face
Elven songs and endless nights
Sweet wine and soft relaxing lights
Time will never touch you
Here in this enchanted place

I’ve traveled now for many miles
It feels so good to see the smiles of
Of friends who never left your mind
When you were far away
From the golden light of coming dawn
Till the twilight when the sun is gone
We treasure every season
And every passing day

You feel there’s something calling you
You’re wanting to return
To where the misty mountains rise
And friendly fires burn
A place you can escape the world
Where the dark lord cannot go
Peace of mind and sanctuary
By loudwater’s flow

We feel the coming of a new day
Darkness gives way to light a new way
Stop here for a while until
The world calls you away
Yet you know I’ve had the feeling
Standing with my senses reeling
This is the place to grow old
Till I reach my final day


Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling around with Bee.  Today’s prompt was “celebrate your imaginary destination”.  I didn’t mean to turn this into a Song Lyric post, but the song was too perfect not to put here.  I hope you enjoy!

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#LoIsInDaBl Day 18 – Oh, Scotland

I hear your name and smile
Feeling memories
Of a place I’ve never been
Longing to surface
Have I walked in your glens
Stood amongst your stones
Gazing at the pale blue sky
Magic swirling around me?
If I was ever there
The memories are guarded
Lost to other lifetimes
Of wandering
But sometimes I feel as though
You’re an old friend
Waiting to embrace me once again
Oh, Scotland
How I long to return
In this lifetime
For the very first time


Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling around with Bee.  Today’s prompt was “countries we love”.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about for today’s post, but I knew for sure which place I was going to write about.  It seemed fitting that my thoughts escaped through poetry.  I hope you enjoy!

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JustJoJan Day 25 – Street Magic

The actual word we are supposed to use today is “prestidigitation”, but since I have to think  about how to pronounce it every time I write it, I don’t want to actually write it in my post more than once. I hope you’ll thank me for that.

So that word up there means “to perform magic”, which I think is easy enough to write about.

I never really did like the older magic shows – the bird coming out of the hat, sawing a woman in half and you know… the really cheesy ones. It wasn’t until I saw David Blaine perform on TV that I realized I enjoyed street magic a lot; the up close and personal stuff that can’t really be possible, and yet, he did it.

My boyfriend loves the show The Carbonaro Effect on TruTV. I can watch it for a few minutes, but then it starts to get really boring. I don’t know if Michael Carbonaro just talks too much and I get tired of his rambling stories, or if I just can’t believe that people really believe some of the things he says to explain his magic. I wonder how many non-believers he goes through before finding someone to fall for his stories?

He does the up close and personal stuff too, so I’m not sure why I don’t like it as much as when I saw David Blaine’s Street Magic, but I just don’t. My boyfriend loves it, though. He watches it all the time when I’m reading upstairs and I hear him laughing. It makes me smile to hear him so happy, even if it’s for a show that I don’t much care for.

I can’t decide if I would like magic better if I knew the secrets behind it, or if it would really fall flat if I found out how it was performed.


Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda G. Hill. Today’s prompt, prestidigitation, is brought to us by Pamela at Butterfly Sand.

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OctPoWriMo – Believe in Magic

Believe in Magic

Everything I’ve seen and heard
Teaches me to believe in
Magic
It doesn’t take wands
It doesn’t take potions
No school of Hogwarts needed
Just step outside and take a look
At all the wonders of the world
Majestic peaks
A colorful array of flowers
Rainbows that stretch across the sky
But the thing that firmly cements
My personal conviction
Is the human body in all it’s glory
Millions of nerves connected in
A perfectly performing machine
Heal your body
Heal your mind
How can you not
Believe in magic


Today’s prompt for OctPoWriMo is “Magic.” Feel free to click the link and join in the fun or read other amazing poems about magic.

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