Friday, October 22, 2010

The Real Me

A bloggy friend of mine, Jen from Denton Sanatorium, has challenged people to show who they really are!  If they are brave enough.  So ready or not....
  •  My house is messy more than it is clean.  I am not sure how often I vacuum.  But given the floors are usually cluttered with toys and papers, it probably isn't that often.
  •  I let the boy sleep in a favorite shirt....wait for it...he has already worn it....not yet....he plans to wear it tomorrow.  I just might let him.  
  •  Little Middle and the boy seem to be fighting more and more these days.  They can hardly be in the same room for more than five minutes without getting into it.  I am getting very tired of it.  I want to either lock myself in my room, or lock them in theirs.
  • At least once a week, but sometimes more, we are "TV People."  Which means we eat dinner while watching TV.  Sometimes it is something Disney, but once in a while it is Myth Busters.  
  •   Thursday I made cookies.  I made dinner.  I did the dishes.  And that was it. and yet I was totally worn out.  Why is that?
  •  I will say that until Thursday I was running all day each day.  Sometimes I do burn the candle at both ends.
  • I am often described as easy-going.  I am.  As long as I get my way.   
  • I have been known to duel with pool noodles
  • My daughter can burp on command.  I can not.  However, if I am drinking a Diet Coke....
  • There are certain nights that I work my schedule around what is on TV.
  • I turn my computer on before I eat breakfast.
  • I eat raw cookie dough
There is much more, but I will leave that to the imagination for now.  What about you?  Who is the real you?

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Energetic is something I have never been accused of being.  Not even as a child was I told--that I can recall--that I had unending energy.  Maybe I did.  I don't remember being so full of energy that it is exhausting to watch.  Loud is something I have been accused of.  That and verbal diarrhea. 

There are energy bars
There are Energy Drinks
There are even Energy Pills
For generations we have been trying to find ways to bottle our childrens energy.  And if we could, oh the money we would make.  I think though, that people are just wired differently.  Some people simply have energy that is unmatched.  And some of us struggle which why there are products like these.  However, I just think it's age and full schedules.  When you are no longer 20 and you are suddenly balancing not just your schedule, but also your families it hard to have the energy to do much of anything.  Even blogging can sometimes be exhausting!!

How do you get your energy?

Jenny Matlock


 After a two week hiatus, I am back on the band wagon with Two Truths and Lie.  The idea is to try and figure out which one is my lie.  There are no prizes, just the satisfaction of knowing you figured it out!  If you haven't played before, it's lots of fun.  Two truths. One Lie.  Link up.  Easy Peasy!  Lemon Squeezy!

1.  I was Madonna for Halloween
2.  I was Marilyn Monroe for Halloween
3.  I was a PlayBoy Bunny for Halloween


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

DWTS TV Theme Week

It is week five of DWTS and the pressure is on.  The remaining stars now have to really step it up if they want to stay.  And let's face it.  They all want the prize.  This week the theme is television.  Each couple will dance The Rumba, Quick Step or Foxtrot to a theme from a television show.  Sounds like it will be hard, but lots of fun.
Brandy and Maks Chmerkovskiy 1-800-868-3406

Maks and Brandy are dancing the Quick Step to Friends. A lot of unnecessary and punny remarks were made during rehearsals.  Brandy to Maks:  Will you always be there for me?"  Maks to Brandy:  Most of the time.  There dance was fun and clean.  I think all the elements were there.  She improves each week.  They even earned themselves a standing ovation.

Len said he was so impressed with their dance and assured them he was not joking.  "Without a doubt your best dance!"  Bruno congratulated Brandy and Maks telling them that they have found the right formula.  "I kept thinking you were going to lose it, " he said.  "But you were on it!"  Carrie Ann applauded her for trusting herself and her partner. 

Backstage Brooke asked,  "Who's your biggest competition?" 
Brandy:  Myself and my fears.

CA:  9
Len: 9
Total: 27
Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas  1-800-868-3409

Florence and Corky danced The Tango from you guessed it, "The Brady Bunch."  It seemed really odd to me, but it actually worked.  During rehearsals, Florence had a special guest come and visit:  Barry Williams.  It was so sweet to see them together.    Florence and Corky's Tango was sassy and started out with Florence in the most hideous red plaid frock.  Thankfully she ditched it early on to reveal the gold sparkly job you see above.  This woman amazes me.  I hope I am half as spunky as she is when I am 76!   

Bruno told her the dance had a beautiful beginning and then she became a  rag doll. But he maintained it was fabulous at the beginning.  Carrie Ann said she liked it, and that the dance showed off her elegance.  Just a tiny bit of timing was off.  Len told her it was no fluke that she was still here and that this was possibly her best dance so far.

Carrie Ann:  7
Len: 7
Bruno: 7
Total: 21

 Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya 1-800-868-3408

Kurt and Anna are dancing The Quick Step to  "Bewitched"  Anna has never heard of or seen Bewitched.  Oh honey we need to give you a gift set! Kurt gives her a very basic explanation but made sure he mentioned the nose twitch. Anna's attempt is okay but she is no Elizabeth Montgomrey!
Back to the dance.  I am really enjoying Kurt Warner.  There is something about him.  His presence perhaps.  He is very charming on the dance floor and I often get a Gene Kelly feel from him.  Their dance is playful and the use the musical tinklings of "Samantha's nose twitching." to their advantage.  Carrie Ann raved about him being the incarnation of Gene Kelly.  See!  Len told him after last week there was only one way to go and that was up.  "And up you have gone!"  Bruno loved the use of the twinkling magic.  And congratulated him on his form and timing.  A warning of posture, but other than that... "brilliant!"

Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total: 24

Adrinna Patridge and Tony Dovolani 1-800-868-3401

Adrinna and Tony are dancing The Rumba to "The Hills." Adrinna is in the place Bristol was last week with this dance.  UNCOMFORTABLE.  Tony relays a story about a time when Richard Gere told him to get over the nerves of The Rumba one should dine on onions and garlic.  Fresh and straight.  Can you say BLARGH!  And she did it.  Well sort of.  She took a nice size bite out of an onion.  Chewed it for awhile then spit it out swearing she would never eat onions again.  Her comfortable level was, I felt, apparent in this dance.  It made it seem timid for a Rumba.  Len told her she had nice hip action and good chemistry with Tony, but that she looked intimidated.  "Open up more." he told her. Bruno told her that her technique had improved as well as her attention to detail.  However he wanted the dance to, "pulsate with passion!  The Rumba has to smolder!  Don't be plastic.  Be fantastic!"
Carrie Ann told her that everything from the hip down was gorgeous, but from the hip up it was still and dead.  And then in a voice that probably only dogs could hear, she accused them of a lift. Tom Bergeron said, "Carrie Ann sees lifts in her sleep."

Carrie Ann:7
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total: 23

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer 1-800-868-3403

Kyle and Lacey are dancing the Fox Trot to the Charlie's Angels theme.  First of all, Kyle has no idea who the real Angels are.  He is under the delusion that they are:  Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu.  At least Lacey kind of knows as she sports a "Farrah Fawcett" do.  Lacey brings in Kym Johnson and Chelsie Hightower to further coach Kyle in how to do a proper Fox Trot.  A proper Fox Trot, it was not.  They did way too much disco grooving.  And I just knew Len would call them on it.  Bruno said that Kyle brings on the feel good, but that his Foxtrot was possessed by disco fever.  Carrie Ann said she disagreed and thought he made a groovy Charlie.  That he was leading and focused.  Len said, "It started out bad and got worse and worse."  He went on to say, "I couldn't stand it, it was terrible!"  Tell us how you really feel, Len.

Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 5
Bruno: 7
Total: 20

 Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke 1-800-868-3404

Rick and Cheryl dance The Rumba to Hill Street Blues.  It was pretty good but Rick has got to loosen up.  Carrie Ann is the first to speak and makes a blathering fool of herself when she does.  "Officer! Officer" she breathed.  "I need to  report a crime! It should be a crime that you can look that good and your rumba got hotter and hotter." Will someone hose her off please.  Seriously Carrie, you need a hobby. Or a man.  Len said there was ease and elegance but it was more like a couple staying together for the sake of the children.  Bruno defended that the children would be gorgerous.

Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total: 24

 Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas 1-800-868-3407

Bristol and Mark are dancing The Jive to the theme from The Monkees.  Mark comes up with the brilliant idea of  Clown lessons.  Clown lessons?  Seriously?  Where are the boys!?  How about a MONKEE MARATHON!!

Mark also thought it would be a clever idea to start in GORILLA suits!  I have to say it:  WTF!?  Gorilla suits?  Seriously!?  They are THE MONKEES!  Not The GORILLAS!  The Monkees!  Yes I am a fan!!  Thankfully they lost the gorilla suits to reveal...50's styled clothes.  Okay...I get's the Jive.  But um...the Monkees were the 60's.  Sadly, the shedding of the gorilla suits threw Bristol off for the remainder of the dance.  Sorry Mark that was a BAD idea.  Do not repeat it.  Len liked it!  He said he enjoyed the Gorilla suits and wished they kept them on longer.

Bruno also loved the gorillas. However the  technique was lost after the gorillas suits were left behind.  Carrie Ann said she was happy for Bristol for trying something new and seeing a great transformation.  Hmmm is she speaking metaphorically or literally? Carrie Ann also said she made a big step forward but she forgot a lot of the moves.

Carrie Ann:  6
Len: 6
Bruno: 6
Total 18

 Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough 1-800-868-3411

Jennifer and Derek  may be decked out to match "Leave it to Beaver," but they are dancing their Foxtrot to  Married with Children.  I seriously laughed out loud when the first chords began.  Jennifer was dusting a fifties style living room when Derek comes home.  "Hi honey, I'm home!"  It was a good dance and I enjoyed the flare they gave it.  And they are currently in jeopardy!  Really!?  I digress.  Bruno enjoyed watching the perfect housewife and told her she was pristine and elegant.  Hmmm...the judges are liking that word tonight:  elegant.  Carrie Ann said it was good, but not nearly her best.  Len said it was it bit too theatrical, and that he didn't like all the business with the feather duster.  I am with Tom who said, "This from the man who liked the monkey *cough* gorilla *cough* costumes better???"  But as my mom and sister pointed out.  Jennifer is the better dancer and that is why she shouldn't use the gimmicks.  Okay.  I accept that.

Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 8
Bruno: 9
Total:  25

Couple going home:  Florence and Corky.  Noooo not Mrs. Brady!  I am going to miss her spunk!
Photos From ABC

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Jumping the Shark

Are you familiar with the term, "Jumping the Shark?"  If not, I will tell you.  It refers to a rather famous episode of Happy Days in which Fonzie literally jumped over a shark.  It conveys the message of when a television has "jumped the shark" or reached its peak.

I have way too many shows that I follow and keep up with to list them all.  So I will just mention a few.  Desperate Housewives continues to be outrageous, devious, delicious and always makes me LOL. Perhaps though, with Gabby's daughter being switched at birth, they have.  Grey's Anatomy addressed a very real issue with hospitals and stories of revenge in their season finale and opener.  I was glued to my seat with that one.  Its sister show Private Practice, is testing the shark infested waters as they killed one of their own last season.  I mean was that really necessary?  But then, they didn't throw him under a bus!  Ooops.  Maybe Grey's has jumped. 

Lost and 24 completed their series last May.  Lost was slated for 6 seasons and unless you watched them all you would have no clue if they jumped a shark or a polar bear.  Jack Bauer would not jump the shark.  He would wrestle it into submission, torture it for answers and then shoot it. 

Brothers and Sisters has entered dangerous waters I think.  Last season ended with a horrible accident involving the Walker clan.  Rob Lowe's character was killed and Patricia Wettig's character is suffering from...wait for it....amnesia.  Now while I am impressed with Wettig's acting as well as those around her as they are affected by her confusion, dementia, and "Swiss cheese" memory; as I watched on Sunday, I couldn't help but feel I was watching a day time soap opera.  Yes, I realize this is a night time soap opera drama, but what are they planning on doing with that character?  Where is this leading?  Have they jumped the shark?  What shows do you think have jumped the shark?

Monday, October 18, 2010

What Would You Do?

When Kristin was turning four and we lived in military housing, she had a little friend who was exactly one year older than her.  And by exactly, I mean exactly.  They were one year apart to the day and had so much fun together.  Her friend's mom and I were friends too.  Our husbands were both in the Coast Guard.  Her husband was on a ship, which meant he would be gone on patrols for weeks at a time.  It just happened to work out that he was going to be home on our daughters birthdays.  So we decided to throw a big party for the two of them.  They were so excited.  

The day before the party Kristin's friend got sick.  We're talking spiked a fever and throwing up all over the place.  With all of this happening she still planned on having the party.  I was a bit concerned, but decided it would be okay.  Besides her husband was going to be on duty over the following two weekends and then back out on patrol for another 4-6 weeks.  How could I argue with that?  Well I couldn't. And her daughter was feeling better.  Of course the day after the party Kristin was the one throwing up and spiking a fever.  I knew how and where it came from.  I was a bad Mommy for not pulling out of the party.  She of course bounced back in less than a day, because kids do.  They are resilient.  But I have to ask...what would you do?  I used to say, I would never do that! I would not have a party if my kid was sick.  Nobody wants to share that nasty stuff.

Well Saturday was Ryan's birthday.  He was so excited.  It was all he could talk about in the week leading up to it.  At lunch before his party, he started to get quiet. He didn't hardly touch his food.  I simply dismissed it as excitement and nerves.  He has a lot a little social anxiety.  We went through his party happily, with fun games and little or no drama!  No drama that is until it was over, and poor Ryan threw up on the patio.  D'oh!  In my defense I had no idea the poor kid was sick.  I felt so bad for him and for anybody he may have shared with!  It's just one of those cases where you end up eating crow!

So I have two questions today...what would you do?  And...have you ever eaten crow?