Carpe Diem Y’all by Michele Bernard

Writer, Texan, Semi-interested Sports Fan

Dad – Mom’s Hogging the Microphone

rock_band_cover.jpg“We weren’t too ambitious when we started out. We just wanted to be the biggest thing that ever walked the planet.” Steven Tyler of Aerosmith

I was over video games when controllers went from two buttons to something resembling a ten-key punch.

Then, last night, my 15 year old opened his birthday present .

Life may never be the same.

(And yes, son, I will pay for your therapy.) 

In the meantime: Rock on party people. 

Game Spot Score 9.0 Editor’s Choice:  Rock Band does a superb job of bringing out the wannabe rock star in all of us, and creates one of the best party-game experiences of all time.  –

Carpe Rockem Y’all, Michele


January 26, 2008 Posted by | Best Lines, Blogroll, Carpe Diem Quotes, Dance, Family, Heart, Her Royal Nerdiness, Humor, Humor Writers, Just Wow, Michele's Musings, Motherhood, Music, Parenting, Winter | 4 Comments

Don’t Pay the Ransom

dance-s.jpgI try to leave out the parts that people skip.  ~Elmore Leonard

Don’t pay the ransom, I got away and have just enough time to say: 

:::pause for effect:::

1.  I finished the YA novel

:::dance in circle::::

2.  I said I FINISHED the YA NOVEL

:::pump arm in air and repeat after me, “Woot Woot”:::

December 6, 2007 Posted by | Best Lines, Books, Dance, Heart, Her Royal Nerdiness, Just Wow, Michele's Musings, Novel Writing, Novelists, Shameless Self Promotion, Writerly Stuff, Writers, Writing | 2 Comments

Best First Wedding Dance Ever

Work like you don’t need the money – Mark Twain

December 1, 2007 Posted by | Dance, Dance Quotes, Humor, Just Wow, Michele's Musings | 2 Comments

Crank Dat Soulja Boy

While my husband and I are learning to salsa, our kids are doing this:

And they’re not the only ones.  So are


and Barney:

and the Texas Longhorns:

and even Dora the Explorer:

And now, thanks to these folks, you can crank dat soulja boy too:

Carpe Dance’m Y’all, Michele:)

October 16, 2007 Posted by | Dance, Humor, Just Wow, Michele's Musings, Music | 1 Comment

Away Message

Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop to look around once in a while you could miss it.  ~From the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

To all both of you in Virtual Reality visiting my blog:  I’ll be away for a bit.  Lots of fun stuff going on in Actual Reality.  Fun stuff requiring me to leave the keyboard.  Fun stuff requiring me to pack bags.  Fun stuff requiring me to wear sunglasses.  Plus, multiple writing deadlines loom.  Honest to goodness paying gigs.  Which is a good thing.  Mama needs new dance shoes. 

Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele 

September 26, 2007 Posted by | Best Lines, Carpe Diem Quotes, Dance, Michele's Musings | Leave a comment

Hurts So Good

My how time flies when not using your dance muscles for a decade (or two).  Twenty-four hours after my husband and I enjoyed our second two hour salsa lesson, it even hurts to read.  But my, what a good time.  I’d give it two thumbs up, but it hurts to do so. 

Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele


September 25, 2007 Posted by | Dance, Family, Heart, Michele's Musings | Leave a comment

Happy Birthday To Me

Relax, it’s not my birthday.  Yet.  But my husband surprised me with an early birthday gift and made good on a promise he made New Year’s Eve all at the same time. 

Flashback to New Year’s Eve:  Dressed to the nines, there we sat (and sat and sat) watching all the other couples glide around the dance floor, my feet tapping, remembering how much fun I used to have with my beloved dance partner Billy who passed away so many years ago.   My husband looked over and promised he’d learn to dance so next year, we too could join the fun. 

This week, he signed us up for 14 weeks of Latin Dance lessons.  To put this in perspective:  AND IT’S FOOTBALL SEASON.  Of course the caveat is if the Cowboys are playing, I’m on my own. 

So last night was our first salsa lesson.  We had a blast. 

And everything, even my fingers hurt today.  We were both moving a little slow around the coffee pot this morning, but it was worth it.   

I found this video that kind of looks like my husband and me dancing, except not.  My husband’s hair is much shorter and I don’t think we learn that last move till week three.  Other than that, it’s pretty close, but not really.

Salsa dancing at the Berlin Congress

September 17, 2007 Posted by | Dance, Family, Heart, Michele's Musings, Music | 4 Comments

New At Bat Song?

I’m always searching for the perfect Life At Bat Song, the song they break into right after your name is called to step up to the plate.  The perfect song needs to provide insight into who you are, inspiration to you as a player, have a motivational beat, be a tone setter for your opponents, and blend well with the clapping and cheering of the fans in your peanut gallery.  So is  I Don’t Dance from Disney’s High School Musical 2 a contender?  Looks like a few big leaguers are trying it on for size.  What’s your At Bat Song?  Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele

August 25, 2007 Posted by | baseball, Dance, Humor, Just Wow, Michele's Musings, Music, Notes from the Cheap Seats, Sports Stuff, Summer | 1 Comment

Happy Feet

dancing%20with%20the%20stars2.jpg Dancing is like dreaming with your feet!  ~Constanze

I wish I could find the fun facts and statistics I once read explaining why the popularity of dance increases in our society during times of war.  If I could, this would be a much smarter essay.  And it might explain why each Monday night I forget for one hour to worry about the state of the union, the safety of my son the soldier, or the unstable spring weather outside.  Instead, I stop down and smile the kind of smile that hurts my face while watching ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.  Even the men in my family hover around the edges of the den to check it out, though they say they’re just passing through to the kitchen. 

And each Tuesday morning I wake up with new worries.  Will Apolo and Laila make it to the next round?  I certainly hope so.  Then I smile, sashay across the room, and freak out my fourteen year old son with the threat of making him dance with me.  Good times. 

So dancing for stress reduction:  I highly recommend it!  Unless of course you’re my fourteen year old, then I guess dance could be considered stress inducing.  Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele

We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.  ~Japanese Proverb

May 8, 2007 Posted by | Best Lines, Blogroll, Carpe Diem Quotes, Dance, Dance Quotes, Michele's Musings | Leave a comment