Friday, October 29, 2010

Zumba, Dreams, Halloween



I went to ZUMBA for the very time with my good friend Emmy this week.  It was a lot of fun.  It also was hard.  I am so out of shape.  I also felt like the most awkward woman in the room.  I like what Emmy said, "She (the instructor) makes me feel so white!"  That was spot on!  Poor white women with no rhythm.  The funny thing is we both can dance.  I can really appreciate the stars on DWTS now.  It is seriously like okay your going to do a dance you have never done before and you just follow along.  Oh and it is a mix of Latin and Belly dancing.  I do think a lot of it is muscle memory.  But the thing is, I liked it.  It was nice to be out doing something that wasn't grocery shopping, taxiing kids around, or making meals.  This was all about me.  And I like to be all about me...sometimes.

I had a very bizarre dream last night.  I am guessing my nose must have been completely blocked on one side because in this dream I had cotton balls, wads of toilet paper, and even a plastic bag up in there.  I wasn't picking my nose in my dream.  However, I had like an inside view.  Think The Fantastic Voyage.  Or for you younger folk, Innerspace.  

Now that I have completely grossed you all out, why don't you go and visit my other blogs today:  Point and Shoot and Metabolism Blues.

Have a Happy and safe Halloween!! 


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Frogs Frogs Frogs!


When my mom first moved to this area in October of 1994 it was a very different and small town.  There were 3 street lights.  The new McDonald's was like super big news.  It has grown from about 30 thousand to over one hundred thousand.   There is a beautiful greenbelt that winds throughout our neighborhood and we both are backed up to it at different places.  

My mom's first winter here, was an unusually wet one.  Her back yard was literally a pond.  There is a picture of her holding a ruler to show the depth of the water.  The water reached up to her patio door.  But what does that have to do with frogs?  Well, I am so glad you asked!  See this was before all those great calling plans came about, and cell phones were a precious thing.  I lived in Northern Ca, and we would send audio letters to each other.  One time, she included the sound of the frogs that had taken up residence in her backyard.  It was unbelievable.  There must have been thousands of them.  It was like you were in the middle of frog central.  It was insane!  

That Christmas, I sent my mom a frog.  Not a real one!  Gees!  That's just weird.  No this was a little plush frog.  Or a key chain.  I honestly don't remember now.  But it was received with laughter, and it started a long running joke of giving my mother a frog of some sort for all gift giving occasions.  Every where in her house you will find a frog.  Some are stuffed, some are pewter, some are glass.  She even has salt and pepper shaker frogs.  It's a long running joke that has turned into a tradition.  And it all started from a symphony of frogs. 
What funny things do you collect?

Jenny Matlock
 

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truthsandlies



Do you remember my Halloween truths and lies?  Let me refresh your memory...

1.  I was Madonna for Halloween....in deed I was.  I know.  Your image of me is totally blown now.  I was 21, super skinny, and super nuts!  Looking back, I think, "What possessed me!?"
2.  I was a PlayBoy Bunny....indeed I was!  At age ELEVEN no less.  You have to understand that this was when PlayBoy was in its peak.  Every little girl was dressed up like a bunny.  But mine was the best costume.  My mom--yeah what was she thinking?  She will tell you she doesn't know...because she really doesn't.  Anyway, she made the ears with coat hangers and satin material.  They looked like the real deal.  I had the cuffs, the collar, and my poofy tail was made with yarn.  I just wore a pink bathing suit.  Heels!  Holy cow!  Nuts.  
3.  I was Marilyn Monroe.  Nope.  But one day...I will be.  She is what Madonna tries so desperately to be and will never achieve!  

So now....are you ready???

1.  I'm totally geeking out about Harry Potter coming November 19th!
2.  I am going to see it in IMAX
3.  In costume

Now link up and play along.  You can also play the alphabet game with Miss Jenny!  She is lots of fun!  I promise she won't bite.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

DWTS Rocks the Ballroom

This week DWTS is going to rock the ballroom!  Complete with pyrotechnics.  There will also be a dance marathon.  I feel sorry for the couple who dances last!!
This week their dances are The Tango and The Paso Doble.  Interesting fit don't you think? 

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

Audrina and Tony are dancing The Paso Doble this week.  This is a very aggressive dance.  Last week, Bruno told Audrina to be "fantastic" not "plastic."  So, in order to pump up some of that "rage," Tony treated her to a boxing lesson in which she was beating up on "Bruno."  Actually it was his face on a dummy.  She was ready to go!!!  Their song, I felt was all too appropriate:  Another One Bites the Dust.  Sadly, that is what happened to her aggressive attitude.  She had the face, but mostly I felt it was too nice. Len said, "To be honest you're getting on my nerves!"  He explained that while she certainly has technique the dance continues to lack character. Bruno concurred that Len was right. And he encouraged her to move it to the next stage! Carrie Ann told her that her improvement since week one is truly impressive, but that she was lacking the intention.  "Master that, and watch out!"

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

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

Kyle and Lacey are dancing The Tango. Kyle did not do well last week, so he was even practicing at home.  No, he didn't get to take Lacey home--much to his disappointment I am sure, however his brother happily filled in and danced with his brother wearing a girlie shirt.  It was a bit disturbing.  Disturbing or not, Kyle's hard work paid off.  He was worlds better than the week  before.  I was impressed.
Bruno told him his footwork was so much better. He also praised him for doing better with his "holds." Carrie Ann said she loves the way he threw in the "Kyle Style." A little bit out of control she noted, but otherwise very well done.  Len said, "I'm not gonna sack you, I'm gonna back you!" He told him his dances are performance driven and that he would like to see more balance.  But overall well done!

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 7
Bruno: 8
Total: 23
Kyle shouts, "That feels AMAZING!"  This is his highest score so far!

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

Jennifer and Derek have the Paso Doble.  She is ready to go.  Almost too much.  Derek is such a sweet kid, and he does not want to injure Jennifer.  She has screws in her neck.  Really he needs to trust her to tell him where the limit is.  That being said, I enjoyed their Paso, but Jennifer was a wild woman.  She took that aggression and ran with it.  Almost literally.  Carrie Ann told her to calm down that she was way out of control, causing the dance to become disjointed. She warned that Jennifer is going down hill.  *No!  She can't!  Vote! Vote!* Len told her dancing is about balancing. "You got the the attack the aggression and the attitude. But you lost control."Bruno told her she got the rage right...that she looked like a woman on the edge of a nervous break down. He told her to tone down a little.

Scores:
Carrie Ann: 6 --whoah Carrie Ann!  A six?  Was it really that bad!?
Len: 7
Bruno: 7
total: 20  Probably their lowest score.

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

Rick and Cheryl are dancing The Tango. For Rick, this means work on his frame and his posture.  Rick analyzes every single step.  Cheryl, tells him he can't pick the dance apart like that.  He just has to feel it.  That is not an easy thing to grasp.  Maybe if she told him to think of how he feels about basketball.  Okay, first of all, Rick is like ten feet tall.  Okay he is more like six foot eight.  And Cheryl is five foot four.   So the height issue is always a challenge for them.  Usually they pull it off.  Tonight they managed it again.  But I'm sorry.  He looked like a big scary robot.  And the silver only emphasized that!  And at the end of the dance, he dipped Cheryl up and down really fast three or four times.  I am quite certain she will have whiplash.

Len said he was impressed with his hold and posture. He pointed out that it is a difficult dance and despite the height difference it was very well done.  Bruno said he looked a Mohican on the war path!  He was worried about whether he might scalp Cheryl or the very least cause her some whiplash.  Thank you Bruno! He said it needed a little more romance and to be a little less scary.  Carrie Ann told him he did amazing. (Of she said that!) She said that he balanced it perfect. And then she warned him to be careful, "you get so stern we lose "Rick" the person."

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

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

Bristol and Mark are dancing The Tango.  After last weeks dismal performance in gorilla suits they really couldn't do any worse.  And I was right about the costume throwing her off.  She said she forgot everything.  Well she worked hard this past week and her efforts shined through.  What a nice comeback!  Bruno said she was all woman tonight and this dance balanced both performance and and technique.  Carrie Ann said it was ridiculously amazing.  And Len said she is almost a champ.

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

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

Kurt and Anna are dancing The Paso Doble.  And with the theme being Rock N Roll Anna brought in Brett Michaels to teach him the real attitude of rock.  I thought they did all right.  Not as good as last week.  But good.  At the end, Kurt dragged Anna across the stage to the judges table.  It was quite amusing. Carrie Ann said the dance was scruffy and that it lacked polish.  She said it didn't come together. Len said he felt awkward watching it. Bruno told him he looked like he was doing karate.  "You looked like Jackie Chan.  We want Banderas."

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  6
Len: 6
Bruno: 6
Scores: 18

Brandy and Maks Chmerkovskiy 1-800-868-3406

Brandy and Maks are dancing The Tango.  Brandy is extremely emotional and stressed.  All of which, she puts on herself.  Despite that she does very well in rehearsal.  And on the dance floor even better.  Len exclaimed that Maks was his hero, and that it was THE dance of the night.  Bruno said that their Tango really rocked.  Carrie Ann said she had goose bumps and that the the dance was very impressive even with the tiny missteps.

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
Total: 26

Next is The Dance Marathon:  The Swing, Jive, and Lindy Hop.  Lifts are legal. 



This is where I am glad I am not a judge.  To have them all dancing at once and having to single them out one by one until only one couple remained would be an impossible--for me--task.  But they still managed to do it.  From first eliminated to the last couple standing...dancing...


Kurt and Anna 4points for a total of  22
Bristol and Mark 5 points for a total of 28
Rick And Cheryl 6 points for a total of 30
Kyle and Lacey 7 points for a total of 30
Audrina and Tony 8 points for a total of 32
Jennifer and Derek 9 points for a total of  29
Brandy and Maks 10 points for a total of 36

Couple Going Home:  Audrina and Tony.  It came down to them and Jennifer and Derek.  Scroll back up and write their number down.  

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ten Things




It is that time again!  To reflect on things that have made you smile during the past month.  Emmy who is our lovely host usually does this on the last Tuesday of the month, but since she just got back from a trip she is doing it tomorrow.  So if you still want to play you can! 

I for one, can not believe that another month has gone by, but also that the month in question is OCTOBER!  Oh and if you are familiar with NORAD tracks Santa...that is 60 days away.  Yes...60.  Two months people.  But I am not blogging about that event.  I am blogging about ten things that made this CA Girl smile in October!

1.  A birthday party for a special boy
2.  Another birthday party for another special boy!
3   Finding Costumes for all three kids for under $35!
4.  Even finding one for me for under $10!
5.  Looking for work does not make me smile...but nearly fitting into a size 12 does!!
6.   Seeing and hearing Ryan start to read.  
7.   Kristin for working so hard
8.  Emily for making marked improvements
9.  Rain...yeah I really like it.  It feels like winter.  I want to snuggle under a big blanket with a book and some hot chocolate!
10.  Making 100 followers!  Now that made me smile ear to ear!

I love doing this each month as it makes me realize all the good I got going on.  What are you smiling about?


Monday, October 25, 2010

Guess What?


I have officially gone over 100 followers!  I can't tell you how excited I am!  Well actually I can!  I am so excited about this.  So much so that I am having a giveaway.  With the help of a dear bloggy friend of mine!  Christine from Write Brained.  She is an author, a mom, and she makes some really cool jewelry!  Oh and she has some killer recipes too!

So see those cool key chains in the picture?  That is what you can get.  She will stamp anything you like into your key chain.  So how to get it?  Follow me of course, and tell me why you do.  Yeah I want some comment love.  Also it would be really nice if you would pay Christine a visit too!! 

Put on your party hat!  WOOHOO!